Chess & Backgammon

Play Chess & Backgammon at a designated area, located in the 40th Street Plaza. See our Chess Host for equipment, to be paired for a game, or to discuss your next move. Free to play and all are welcome.

Beginner Chess Socials

May - August
Thursdays, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Join other beginners to learn the basics of this ultimate game of strategy.

Chess Tournaments

June 12, July 17
Sundays, 9:00am - 4:30pm

Small fee required. Visit Tri-State Chess for details and registration. Cash prizes for winners.

Host a Party at Chess & Backgammon

Chess is great fun for a birthday party. You bring the cake and we’ll provide group lessons, chess problems, or a mini-tournament.

If you'd like refreshments, we're happy to connect you to our excellent onsite food kiosks. Afterward, celebrate with drinks and no-wait entry at Manhattan's hottest after-work scenes, Bryant Park Cafe and Southwest Porch.

To inquire about availability and fees, email celebrate@urbanmgt.com.

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Hours

  • April – October
  • Daily: 11:00am – 8:00pm
  • All hours are weather permitting.

Bryant Park Chess & Backgammon are endorsed by the Marshall Chess Foundation.

For information about Marshall Chess Club memberships, lectures, films, and tournaments call: 212-477-3716.

Upcoming Events

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Welcome beginners! Learn to setup a chess board and map out your next move with assistance from our Chess Host. Kids welcome.

 
Thursday, May 12, 2016

Welcome beginners! Learn to setup a chess board and map out your next move with assistance from our Chess Host. Kids welcome.

 
Thursday, May 19, 2016

Welcome beginners! Learn to setup a chess board and map out your next move with assistance from our Chess Host. Kids welcome.

 
Thursday, May 26, 2016

Welcome beginners! Learn to setup a chess board and map out your next move with assistance from our Chess Host. Kids welcome.

 
Thursday, June 2, 2016

Welcome beginners! Learn to setup a chess board and map out your next move with assistance from our Chess Host. Kids welcome.