Chess & Backgammon

The Chess Area, located in the 40th Street Plaza, provides the public with chess, and backgammon boards 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.

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


  • 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.