Chess + Backgammon

Bring a friend or be paired for a game and discuss your next move with our host

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.

Per New York City law, gambling is illegal in all city parks. The games area is provided for your recreation and enjoyment, gambling of any kind will not be tolerated; violators will be asked to leave the park.

Beginner Chess Socials

May - August
Thursdays, 6pm-8pm

Join other beginners to learn the basics of chess with help from a friendly Games Host.

Chess Tournaments

June 11 & July 9

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


Closed today

    Closed for the season. Will reopen April 2019.


40th Street Plaza
South side of the park between Fifth and Sixth Avenues

Note: Chess + Backgammon moves to the Fifth Avenue Terrace for the month of October.

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