Checkmate Chatswood festival

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Posted By: Peter Abbott
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Date Posted: Mon, 25 Mar 2024

Willoughby City Council will make Chatswood CBD a vibrant chess board from 22 April to 19 May 2024 with its Checkmate Chatswood festival. Open to enthusiasts and novices alike, the festival boasts a packed schedule of interactive displays, educational workshops, and competitive tournaments designed to celebrate the strategic game of chess in all its glory.

A highlight of the festival is a Simultaneous Chess Display with Grandmaster Anton Smirnov

You can experience the thrill of playing against a chess grandmaster. Grandmaster Anton Smirnov will showcase his extraordinary talent by playing against 24 participants simultaneously. This event is a unique opportunity to observe and participate in a display of high-level chess strategy, reminiscent of scenes from "The Queen's Gambit."

Date: Saturday, 11 May 2024
Location: The Concourse, 409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood. Chatswood Chess Club (which became Norths Chess Club) first met in 1908 at the School of the Arts in Chatswood - where the Concourse now stands. It is very special for our club to return to its roots for this festival.
Time: 11 AM 
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Other Festival Highlights Include:

  • Chess Sculptures Exploration: Throughout the festival, 22 April - 19 May, Chatswood CBD. Venture out to discover supersized inflatable chess pieces scattered across Chatswood. This visual feast offers a unique backdrop for memorable photos with family and friends.
  • School Holiday Chess Workshops: Scheduled for 22 April - 24 April at the Creator Space, Chatswood Library. Designed for children aged 5 to 12, these workshops are a fantastic opportunity for young minds to learn the basics of chess or sharpen their skills with advanced strategies. Registration is essential.
  • Interactive Giant Chess Set: Available on select dates from 22 April - 19 May at The Concourse - The Green Space. Challenge your friends and family to a friendly game on a life-sized chess board. It's a perfect blend of physical activity and mental challenge suitable for all.
  • Junior Chess League Tournament: Sunday, 28 April at The Concourse Foyer. A competitive event for players aged 5 to 17, offering them a chance to engage in a rated tournament, win prizes, and connect with fellow chess enthusiasts.
  • Challenge a Chess Master: Saturday, 04 May at The Concourse. An open invitation to test your skills against International Master Cameron McGowan. This casual yet competitive setting requires no registration, making it easy for all to join.
  • NSW Chess Association Allegro Tournament: Sunday, 19 May, at The Concourse Foyer. This ACF and FIDE rated ‘allegro’ tournament invites players of all ages to compete in seven 30-minute rounds of intense chess action.

Be Part of the Chess Community

Checkmate Chatswood is not just a celebration of chess; it's a communal event bringing together individuals through the shared love of the game. Whether you're looking to compete, learn, or simply enjoy the atmosphere, the festival offers something for everyone.

Mark your calendars and be ready to join in the festivities. 

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