Checkmate, Winter. Outdoor Chess is back

Checkmate!  Outdoor chess players looking for their next opponent.

Checkmate! Outdoor chess players looking for their next opponent.

Spring is in the air! Which means that pawns, Queens, and Kings litter the streets again (the chess pieces of course). New York City is world renowned for playing chess in the great outdoors. Here are some places where you can witness masterful chess moves or even challenge the best yourself.

Washington Square Park

The cornerstone of Manhattan’s chess district. Famous for it’s stationary chess tables and atmosphere  This area was even featured in the film “Searching for Bobby Fischer” the classic film about a legendary player who used to frequent these tables.

Union Square

Chess masters from all over the world travel here to compete with the best. Don’t let that intimidate you though, for a small fee you can play with them. You can always just bring your own board and play with your friends too.

Bryant Park

Located by the gorgeous fountain terrace in Bryant park. This chess area will soothe you with tranquil bliss as you plot against your opponent.

Central Park

There actually exists a house completely dedicated to chess & checkers in Central Park.  The Chess and Checkers House,  offers 24 outdoor chess and checker tables.It has indoor as well as outdoor tables that attract players of all ages and abilities.

Marshall Chess Club

The oldest chess club located in NYC. This community of chess grand masters and enthusiasts, hosts plenty of chess tournaments all year round. Feel free to check out an event and spectate to learn amazing new techniques. If you’re feeling confident, you can always challenge members head on!

Photo Credit: Flickr / Charley Lhasa


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