Family Chess Day coming to Nicholl Park

Family Chess Day coming to Nicholl Park
West Coast Chess Alliance at Taste of Richmond in Civic Center Plaza. (Photo credit: Kathy Chouteau)

By Kathy Chouteau

Nicholl Park will be “where it’s at” for Richmond’s first Family Chess Day in the Park this Sat., July 22 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., which also happens to be International Chess Day.

The free event is open to chess enthusiasts of all ages and is made possible by the West Coast Chess Alliance in partnership with the City of Richmond’s Community Services Department—Recreation.

“This is an opportunity to meet and play chess with enthusiasts of all ages,” organizer TC Ball, a.k.a. “The Black Knight,” told the Richmond Standard, “Along with free play we are hosting a community chess workshop for beginners.”

There will be a Blitz event during the day, and at noon, a “Beginner Chess Class” is scheduled. The West Coast Chess Alliance is suggesting community members bring a chess set, a picnic basket and a blanket to the event to enjoy the “family day of chess.” Chess sets and clocks will be provided.

The West Coast Chess Alliance said that International Chess Day is a day that grew from an idea by UNESCO that “celebrates the long history of chess and recognizes the role chess plays in connecting people across societies.” According to the Alliance, the game has broken many barriers—including class, language and cultural—by having “two people sitting down to play one of the most mentally challenging games in the world.”

To enroll in the free Family Chess Day in the Park, click here. Nicholl Park is located at 3230 Macdonald Ave. in Richmond.