Opening 10th March 2018 of the chess court (3 public chess tables) in Máximapark, Utrecht. On the right, at the chess table, Alderman Kees Geldof. This
was the first chess court in a Dutch city park!
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Jorden van Foreest, Dutch Champion 2016 and Winner of Tata Steel Chess 2021, is Ambassador of Urban Chess.
Since I started my initiative (end 2017), more than 100 Dutch municipalities have placed public chess tables. Late 2023, Aalsmeer became the 100th municipality to install chess tables. In December 2023 we've reached 206 Urban Chess locations in The Netherlands.
This link leads you to the Urban Chess country map, showing you all locations in The Netherlands with chess tables. I am grateful to Michiel Zandbelt for all his efforts in maintaining and updating this map: https://www.eerbeekseschaakclub.nl/openbare-schaaktafels/
In February 2018 primary school Pantarijn in De Meern (Utrecht) placed a chess table at their school yard. During the opening alderman Paulus Jansen (on the right), responsible for Sports at the city of Utrecht, and myself played the first game of chess. Click here to see the video.
Susan Polgar: "Here is a picture of me with the engineers during the process of installing chess tables in a university park".