Chess & Backgammon

The Chess Area, located in the 40th Street Plaza, provides the public with an opportunity to play chess and backgammon for free. Games can be arranged through the monitor, and chess tournaments take place throughout the summer. Free chess lessons are available on weekdays from our resident expert.

Chess is great fun for a birthday party. You bring the cake and we’ll provide group lessons, chess problems or a mini-tournament. To inquire about availability and fees, email celebrate@urbanmgt.com.

Beginners' Socials
May - September
Thursdays, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

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Hours

  • April
  • Daily: 11:00 am – 6:00pm
  • May – September
  • Daily: 11:00 am – 7:00pm
  • October
  • Daily: 11:00 am – 6:00pm
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  • All hours weather permitting

Pricing

  • Free

Chess & Backgammon in Bryant Park are endorsed by the Marshall Chess Foundation.
For information about The Marshall Chess Club membership and lectures, films and tournaments, call: 212-477-3716.

Upcoming Chess Events

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Join us at our weekly Game Socials to meet up with like-minded players interested in the same games as you.

On Thursdays, beginners are invited to play chess.

 
Thursday, June 11, 2015

Join us at our weekly Game Socials to meet up with like-minded players interested in the same games as you.

On Thursdays, beginners are invited to play chess.

 
Sunday, June 14, 2015

Join Tri-State Chess for a USCF-rated chess tournament for children and adults. Visit Tri-State Chess for advanced registration information and list of fees. Prizes will be awarded to winners in each category.

Advanced registration is recommended, though on-site registration will run from 9-9:30 the day of the event. There will be seven sections and four rounds of play.

Those who wish to participate and are unable to pay the fee can enter to win one of five free entries. To participate, winners must also have a current, valid USCF membership. Those who do not have a valid membership can purchase one the day of the event ($17).

Inquire with Chess Host for application to win a free tournament entry. One entry per person is permitted. Submission of applications to the lottery closes at 7PM on Friday, June 5th, 2015. Five applications will be randomly chosen. Winners will be notified by June 10th.

 
Thursday, June 18, 2015

Join us at our weekly Game Socials to meet up with like-minded players interested in the same games as you.

On Thursdays, beginners are invited to play chess.

 
Thursday, June 25, 2015

Join us at our weekly Game Socials to meet up with like-minded players interested in the same games as you.

On Thursdays, beginners are invited to play chess.