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! Since then, already 18 Dutch municipalities have placed public chess tables.
I am delighted to inform that Jorden van Foreest, Dutch Champion 2016 and Winner of Tata Steel Chess 2021, has become an Ambassador of Urban Chess. Here is the link to Jorden's website: https://jorden.vanforeest.com/
Since I started my initiative (end 2017), many Dutch municipalities have placed
public chess tables in the open space (see list below). For 2021 I foresee that approximately 20 new municipalities will be joining the list. In the meantime Urban Chess has gone global, it's now also being adopted in Salta (Argentina) and in several Spanish municipalities.
- Beijum (Groningen area)
- Schiermonnikoog (Isle of Chess!)
- Den Helder
- Middenmeer (NH)
- Eindhoven (at Johan Cruyff court in Woensel-west)
- Stichtse Vecht (Loenen)
- Den Haag
- Capelle aan den IJssel
- Alphen aan de Rijn
Please get in touch with me if you would like to launch a similar initiative in your city.
I'm happy to guide you on the steps to take.
You can leave your comments at the bottom of this page, or reach out to me through the 'Contact' page.
Jesús Medina Molina
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".