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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! 

Urban Chess 

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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 Urban Chess initiative (end 2017), 119 Dutch municipalities have placed public chess tables. In June 2024 we've reached 246 Urban Chess locations in The Netherlands.

On 20th July 2024 the 250th Urban Chess location will be inaugurated in the municipality of Westland. On this same day FIDE, the world chess federation, celebrates its 100th anniversary.

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".

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