16th Annual Chess-in-the-Park Rapid Open

Saturday, September 17, 2016

9:00 a.m.4:00 p.m.

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Come to the largest outdoor chess tournament in the United States! There will be competitions for kids, teens, and adults at all skill levels.

To play, please register in advance at chessintheschools.org. Registration is limited to the first 700 entrants. You will need to provide a name, section, phone number, email address, and USCF rating (if applicable). 

Competition sections (subject to change):

  • Youth Unrated: Open to unrated players under age 12
  • Adult/Teen Unrated: Open to unrated players ages 13 and up
  • Novice: Open to players rated under 900
  • Reserve: Open to players rated 900 to1299
  • Intermediate: Open to players rated 1200 to 1699
  • Open Championship: Open to players rated 1200 and above

Competition rounds will take place at 11:00 a.m., noon, 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. There will be a GM Speed Match at 10:00 a.m. GM will play with challengers throughout the day. Bring clocks if you own them. 

There will also be chess puzzles for kids. Chess sets, trophies, medals, and other prizes will be awarded after the last round. 

Please check in from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m, on the day of the event. 

For more information (and in case of rain), visit chessinschools.org or call (212) 643-0225 ext. 225.


Bethesda Fountain in Central Park
Directions to this location
Location Details:
Enter the park at 72ndt Street. Please check in from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.



Event Organizer

NYC Parks, Chess in the Schools

Contact Number

(212) 643-0225



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