Chess in the Park

Playing outdoors in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle

An idea that was floated last year and is being taken forward in 2018 is outdoor chess of the style that is more familiar in New York or Belgrade, and we've been happy to lend our support to it.

With the enthusiastic agreement of the owner of the Fountain Cafe, Gary Scott, players from Chess Edinburgh member clubs, in addition to visitors, have been meeting each Thursday and Sunday afternoons from 2.00 pm - 5.00 pm at West Princes Street Gardens.

This season will end on Sunday 28th October 2018.

Our Opening Day for next year is Thursday 4th April 2019 which Sean Marsh of Chess in Schools and Communities will attend.

Up till now the players have been bringing their own sets and clocks, however, ten chess sets have been presented to Gary and these are available with donated chess clocks free of charge for anyone turning up and wanting to play. The presentation was made at the Fountain Cafe in April 2018 by Sean Marsh of Chess in Schools and Communities. That marked the beginning of play on Thursdays and Sundays during British Summer Time, April - October, weather permitting of course.

The Evening News ran an article about the development and expect to do a follow up after this year's opening, while you can view a video below showing IM Mark Orr playing Mark Fraser at the Cafe.

The Chess magazine published a four-page article, July 2018 edition, which can be read here.