Chess Month in Richmond bringing festival, more opportunities to play

Chess Month in Richmond to bring festival, other opportunities to play
Chess event in a Richmond park in 2016

In celebration of Chess Month in Richmond during the month of October, a lot more opportunities to play chess are coming to the city.

That includes The Chess Month in Richmond Festival on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 10:30 a.m. (registration) to 3 p.m. in the Bermuda Room at Richmond Memorial Auditorium, 403 Civic Center Plaza. The festival will feature two tournaments: a Quad and Speed Chess Tournaments.

In addition to the festival, a “Chess for School” enrichment class is being launched at eight West Contra Costa Unified schools and two community centers. The new schools project is funded by the Chevron Richmond Environmental and Community Investment grant program.

The October festival is a collaborative community project involving the City of Richmond’s Community Services Department, the Berkeley Chess School, and the West Coast Chess Alliance and is a fiscal project of the Richmond Ed Fund. It was formed last year, after Richmond City Council designated October as Chess Month in Richmond to encourage and engage local youth in the game.

“Chess is a multi-dimensional, inter-generational, mentally stimulating activity,” said TC Ball of the West Coast Chess Alliance. “The game of chess has the power to enhance diversity across boundaries of race, culture, and socio-economic factors that in many cases divide people.”

For more information contact: TC Ball (510) 439-6311 or


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