Chess in the Park

In view of the coronavirus situation and government advice, Chess in the Park is postponed until it is safe to resume.

Playing outdoors in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle

An idea that was floated in 2017and was taken forward successfully in 2018 and 2019 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.

Our Opening Day for this year is Thursday 2nd April 2020, and play will be on Thursdays and Sundays during British Summer Time, April - October (weather permitting of course).

Initially players had been bringing their own sets and clocks, however ten chess sets were presented to Gary in April 2018 by Sean Marsh of Chess in Schools and Communities, and these are available with donated chess clocks free of charge for anyone turning up and wanting to play.

Chess in the Park now have their own Facebook page

The Evening News ran an article about the development, 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.