Over-the-board Outdoor Chess in the Park 2020

Welcome to outdoor over the board safe live scholastic chess. Come on out to safely play in a chess tournament. Here are the latest responses for who is coming to outdoor chess this summer of 2020:

Saturday, August 29 at Riverbank State Park, 3:00-6:00: Louis Barry, Adam Shekel, Miley Shekel CANCELED

Sunday, August 30 at Roberto Clemente State Park, 3:00-6:00: Louis Barry, Kylie Bockowski, Lucas Bockowski, Adam Shekel, Miley Shekel CANCELED

To Sign up send an email to brjohn@juno.com Deadline is Friday 12:00 Noon. Maximum number of players is 12 on any day. (Waiting list if more sign up to allow for no-shows.)

On July 17, 2020, The Right Move Chess announced plans to hold limited (12 scholastic players max) chess outdoors on Saturday at Riverbank State Park from 3:00-6:00 and on Sunday at Roberto Clemente State Park from 3:00-6:00. You can register online brjohn@juno.com for any session, or as many sessions as you like. All are free, and require masks, social distancing and sanitizing hands as safety guidelines. PLAYERS CAN REGISTER ON-SITE, BUT ONLY THE FIRST 12 WILL BE PERMITTED TO PLAY.

On August 8, 2020 The Right Move changed the format for over-the-board safe live scholastic chess tournaments. Beginning Aug 15 & 16 Chess began at 3:00 so players can get in 4 rounds. If less than six players are signed up for Saturday or Sunday than that day will be canceled. (G/30; d5). Rounds will start ASAP. Play may extend beyond 6:00PM. The deadline for signing up is Noon on Friday. Check our website here to see the numbers signed up for this week: Trophy for 1st & 2nd (Minimum 8 players in this section); Medal 2.5 points (Minimum 4 players in that section)

Future dates at Riverbank during August: 22,29

Future dates at Roberto Clemente during August: 23, 30.

Summary of Sessions for Over the Board Outdoor Chess in the Park:

July 25 Surya Krishnan (Gr 6) played 4 games (G/30;d5) finishing 2-2. Games played at picnic table in shade at far end of track (close to 138th St entrance). Session ended at 6;05. Yeshua Matos Gr 5 (962) searched park end to end but did not find chess playing group.

Picture shows opening day with Surya’s family and Brother John at Riverbank State Park, not far from the pool near the 138th St. entrance to the park. The basketball and tennis courts are located on the deck above our shaded area, at the far end of the track from the 145th St Entrance .

July 26 Glynnton Buckley defeated Yeshua Matos in a three game match play (G/30;d5), 2-1

Aug 1 Kylie Bockowski (708), Lucas Bockowski (628), Yeshua Matos (962) and one more played a quad with exciting chess action for all as all were tied at 1-1 going into the third and final round.

Aug 2 Sunday– While the thunderstorms were expected between 1:00 and 3:00 in the Bronx today that didn’t happen. Instead by 4:00 the sun shone brightly. . The Right Move was well prepared in the shade. Yeshua Matos lost in match play, 2-1.

Aug 8  Yeshua Matos taught Brother John many lessons after Edward and his mom showed off their chess skills.

Aug 9 Yeshua Matos arrived and played one game (unrated)

Aug 15 Alice Chovanec and Samuel Negussie tied for 1st place, 5-1, in the round robin format, while Kylie Bockowski and Andres Gundy tied for 3rd place, 4-2. All games ended by 5:30. (Ed. note: tournament not yet rated while uscf website if still being updated.)

Samuel versus Mytery Guest
Andres takes on Gabriel at Riverbank

August 22 at Riverbank, beginning at 3:00: Canceled- not suffieient entries
Yeshua Matos, Adam Shekel, Miley Shekel
(Need six signed up or event canceled)

August 23 at Roberto Clemente, beginning at 3:00: Canceled – not sufficient entries
Yeshua Matos
(Need six signed up or event canceled)

Thanks to all those able to responed to out live outdoor over the board chess this summer. We especially thank the New York State Department of Parks for their help and support. The staffs at Riverbank and Roberto Clemente have been most gracious during these pandemic days.

Tentative Indoor Scholastic Free Chess Tournaments at Riverbank State Park if adequate safety guidelines for COVID-19 and protocols are firmly kept: All events would be on Sunday and limited to 48 people with a new format that has been sent out on mailchimp on Sunday, August 16.

Oct. 18, Nov. 8, Dec. 6, Jan. 10, Feb. 2, Mar. 7, Apr. 4, May 2 and June 6.

-Renee M. Scorcia, President