ChessFest: 16-18 July in London – Public event in Trafalgar Square

ChessFest: 16-18 July in London – Public event in Trafalgar Square

Dorset Junior Chess players may be interested in the following event in London

Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC) have announced ChessFest, a three-day programme of outdoor events to encourage everyone to get ‘on board’ with the game of chess.

ChessFest will take place from 16th – 18th July at locations in central London, drawing on the chess theme of Lewis Carroll’s Alice Through the Looking Glass, celebrating the 150th anniversary of its publication.

ChessFest culminates in a family-friendly day of chess activities open to the public at Trafalgar Square on Sunday 18th July from 11am until 6pm. All events at Trafalgar Square are completely free of charge!

CSC will be running a number of activities throughout the day, including:

  • Social Chess – 100s of chess tables for chess fans of all abilities to play against each other
  • Chess Lessons – Completely free chess lessons for children and adults from professional chess teachers and some of the UK’s top players
  • GIANT Chess – Blitz chess played it on a giant chess board. There will be 6 giant chess sets dotted around the square for people to play on.
  • A human chess game – 32 actors will take the place of chess pieces and re-enactf the Immortal Game which was played 170 years ago at nearby Simpsons-in-the-Strand.
  • Challenge the Master – How many moves you can last against a Grandmaster?
  • Online Chess Challenge – Two giant screens broadcasting all the day’s activities along with challenge matches between players in Trafalgar Square

ChessFest will leave a legacy for London as CSC will work with local councils to install giant chess sets and concrete chess tables in London parks to enable chess to be played all year round as in New York, Paris, Amsterdam and other cities.

More details can be found on the ChessFest page.