Richmond Chess Fest welcomes youth walk-ins

Richmond Chess Fest welcomes youth walk-ins
Players at the 2022 Richmnond Chess Festival (Photo courtesy of Myriah Ball).

By Kathy Chouteau

Make your move to take on the Black Knight of Richmond at the fourth “Richmond Chess Festival” Sat., Oct. 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at CoBiz Richmond.

The Chess Fest is a free community chess tournament celebrating National Chess Month in Richmond and featuring various activities thanks to the West Coast Chess Alliance partnering up with Richmond Main Street. Organizer T.C. Ball said that community members age 7 on up to elder adulthood usually participate and walk-in spots are still available for youth.

Chess Fest participants can take on the Black Knight of Richmond—a.k.a. T.C. Ball—in the Black Knight Challenge for a chance to receive some swag. Other activities that day will include Bug House (quick team games) from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Battle of the Badges (police vs. firefighters) at 12 p.m.; and a Non-Rated Quad Tournament from 12-3 p.m. Chess sets and clocks will be provided.

Although registration is no longer open, walk-in slots will be available the day of the event for youth, per T.C. Ball. Richmond Main Street’s Spirit & Soul Festival will also be occurring in the surrounding community that day.

CoBiz Richmond is located at 1503 Macdonald Ave., Suite A, in Richmond. Questions? Contact T.C. Ball at [email protected] or (510) 439-6311.