Chess in the Park Rapid Open at
Bethesda Fountain - Central Park
Saturday, September 16, 2023
Thank you to the NYC Parks Department for another great event. Over 900 players participated in the chess tournament, and hundreds move in our side events.
Big thanks to CM Gale Brewer and CM Shawn Abreu for opening the event with speeches along with the NYC Parks Department. We would also like to thank CM Shekar Krishnan for supporting this special event.
Congrats to all who played and all won trophies in this event.
We also would like to thank GM Joel Benjamin and GM Maxim Dlugy for playing an exhibition match before the main event started. GM Dlugy won 2-0.
We also had Girls to GMs and the US Women's Committee at the event.
NM Eric Fleischman was on hand showcasing his new chess book, and he shared a table with NM Nate Shuman who had a table to represent his organization: Mindmates.
Finally, we want to thank our good friend GM Hans Niemann for coming to the event. Hans gave a nice speech to open round 2 where he announced his $10,000 scholarship program, and took pictures, signed boards, and took on challengers throughout the day.
2023 Chess in the Park
Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023
6/SS, G/10, Unrated Event (Not USCF rated)
Bethesda Fountain Central Park
Enter at 72nd Street
This event is not USCF rated.
COMPETITION SECTIONS (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
All sections are playing "Clock Move" and not Touch Move. All moves are complete once a player hits their clock. Also, illegal moves result in the loss of one minute, and an illegal move with less than a minute on the clock, results in a loss.
Youth Unrated: Open to unrated players under age 12
Adult/Teen Unrated: Open to unrated players ages 13 and up
Novice: Open to players rated under 900
Reserve: Open to players rated 900-1299
Intermediate: Open to players rated 1300 to 1699
Open Championship: Open to players rated 1700 and above
THE TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
Check-in: 8:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
Opening Remarks: 10:45 a.m.
Rounds: 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m.
Awards Ceremony: 4:30 p.m.
Public Bathrooms located on middle staircase passed the terrace playing area.
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