Chess & Checkers

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Chess and checkers in Central Park is one of New York’s most well-known traditions. In addition to being speckled with tables ideal for a game, Central Park hosts some facilities specifically designed to encourage the playing of chess and checkers.

The Chess & Checkers House offers an ideal spot to play, as well as the option to borrow chess, checkers, dominoes and backgammon. Click on the link for more information.

It is also possible to play in many locations throughout the park. Some tables have chess boards already pre-imprinted.

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On certain summer weekends, players young and old can enjoy the expertise of grandmaster chess players. These events, usually held on Saturdays, include lectures on chess strategy. Additionally, up to 30 players at a time play each grandmaster. This chess series is free for adults and children.

Alternatively, you can bring your own chess board and pieces and wait to be approached.

Choose pieces that will withstand wind.

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