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Pictures from the B’ROOK’LYN CHESS FESTIVAL.

This past Saturday, Aug 9th, I was happy to help with running the wonderful free chess event – B’ROOK’LYN CHESS FESTIVAL in the Dr Roland McNair Park at Eastern Parkway organized by the New York Chess and Games in co-operation with the New York City’s Park Department. The attractions of the day for hundreds of participants included free lessons, a chance to challenge a master to a speed game ( I was one of the masters to beat- congratulations to all who made it!) and a simultaneous display by Grandmaster Giorgi Kacheishvili who faced opponents on 30 boards at the same time. It was a beautiful day and I saw a lot of people having a great day playing chess- you can see some of that fun on the pictures below. I’m looking forward to more events like this one!


The simul area is ready for the participants.







Early morning setup of the beginner section with free checkmate lectures.


Master Azeez with his board set up for everyone willing to challenge him.


Azeez and other masters (Pavel, Andrey and Simon) were challenged to games all day .


GM Giorgi Kacheishvili at the beginning of the simul. Few players ended up drawing with the strong grandmaster.


Orange juice is known to help in playing good chess.


Young participants anxious to see what the grandmaster will play in his first move.


Pavel and Andrey holding the fort in the “Play the Master’ area.


“The Skittles Pit” was very popular , players of all ages enjoyed casual games in the beautiful summer weather.


Chess instruction in progress.


Free lessons were popular all day.


More of the action from the Skittles Pit.


The man behind it all- Christian Whitted, the Director of the New York Chess& Games.


Two great chess events in August!!

I’d like to let you know about two exciting chess projects that I’m currently involved in with my friend Christian from the New York Chess and Game Shop in Park Slope- the are both scheduled for August, so mark your calendars please.

Summertime is perfect for playing chess outside and therefore on Aug 9th (Saturday) from 10 to 4 we will be hosting a B’ROOK’LYN CHESS FESTIVAL in the Roland McNair Park at Eastern Parkway& Washington Ave (across the street from the Brooklyn Museum). This is a FREE event organized together with the NYC DEpartment of Parks and Recreation and the activities will include free lectures, play a master challenge, free play for all participants and the main attraction will be a simultaneous exhibition by Grandmaster Giorgi Kacheishvili who will play against opponents at 30 boards. Click here for the details!

And on August 24th we are organizing a speed chess tournament with special rules! We called it The Equalizer because it gives extra chances for the lower-rated players to win- if you are lower-rated player than your opponent, they will get less time on the clock! This is a great chance to beat the players rated few hundred points higher than you! This is an event with a $50 entry fee and there are great money prizes- there is $1000 in the prize fund for the winners in several categories- including prizes for the top performers in U-18 and U-12 groups. The event will take place at the New York Chess and Games Shop, which is located at 192 Flatbush Ave (at Dean St. across the street from the Barclays Center, close to all the trains that go to the Atlantic Terminal. Click here for the details and to register.

August sounds like a lot of fun, and I hope you will join us!