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Saturday, September 15, 2018

10:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.

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Chess players of all ages will compete in the 18th annual Chess-in-the-Parks Rapid Open, the largest outdoor chess tournament in the United States. Featuring the GM Speed Chess Match at 10:00 a.m. The Chess GM will play with challengers throughout the day. There will also be chess puzzles for kids. Chess sets, trophies, medals, and other prizes will be awarded after the last round!

How to Register

Registration is limited to the first 700 entrants. Sets and boards will be provided, but clocks will not; participants should bring a clock if they have one. Visit to register. You will need to provide a name, section, phone number, email address, and USCF chess rating (if applicable). All individual and team registrations must be completed on the CIS website.


  • Check-in: 8:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
  • Rounds: 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m.
  • Awards Ceremony: 4:30 p.m.

Competition Sections

  • 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 900-1299
  • Intermediate: Open to players rated 1300 to 1699
  • Open Championship: Open to players rated 1700 and above

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


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There are currently 3 service interruptions affecting access within this park.

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Raccoons in Central Park have tested positive for canine distemper virus. Although the virus cannot be transmitted to humans, it may be transmitted to dogs. Keep your pets safe in the park.

Please avoid wildlife and make sure your pets have up-to-date distemper and rabies vaccines. Keep your pet on a leash, especially during dawn and dusk.

Please call 311 or notify an on-site Parks employee if you see a sick or injured animal.

If you are bitten, wash the wound with soap and water immediately. Call your doctor to see if you need tetanus or rabies shots, and call 311 to report the bite.

The Health Department will continue to monitor this condition.

Anticipated Completion: Summer 2018

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Beginning Monday, February 26, Belvedere Castle will be closed for restoration. The castle will reopen to the public in 2019. To reach our Urban Park Rangers at Central Park, please call (212) 360-1444.

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Beginning Monday, February 26, Belvedere Castle will be closed for restoration. The surrounding plaza and terrace remain open, but will also close in the coming weeks. The Belvedere will reopen to the public in 2019. For more information on the restoration of Belvedere Castle, please visit Central Park Conservancy's website.

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