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Saturday and Sunday June 11th and 12th, 2011

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What is Chess-in-the-Street?


An outdoor chess event to be held as part of Ottawa's biggest street festival WESTFEST, on Saturday and Sunday, June 11th and 12th, 2011. The official announcement publicizing this event can be found on the WESTFEST site ( http://www.westfest.ca ) is as follows:

"Chess-in-the-Street is an outdoor chess event that takes the game of chess from the parlour to the street. Chess-in-the-Street will have numerous activities appealing to everyone: from kids to adults and from those who have never played before to the seasoned tournament player. With each game you play, your name will be entered in a draw for prizes. Chess-in-the-Street will also have GIANTCHESS!, a giant-sized chess board on the street. There will be a Simultaneous Chess Competition on Saturday afternoon  featuring a Chessmaster who will battle 15 simultaneous chess opponents.  Chess-in-the-Street will be held on June 11th and12th, 2011, 10 am through 4 pm Richmond Road & Roosevelt Avenue".


What‘s the point of Chess-in-the-Street?


Chess-in-the-Street is an OUTREACH EVENT, not a tournament. The theory goes, that there are tons of people who are aware of chess, but are not aware of what chess can offer to them. The success of this event only depends only upon the people having fun with chess in a novel and festive setting.


To appeal to kids, a big part of WESTFEST, Chess-in-the-Street is part of the ON-THE-STREET program, which is a series of interactive events and performers. This will encourage participation, especially their kids, their parents and adults to to play with one another. The point of it all is to show that chess is a social game. If just one person gets turned on to chess because of this event, it's a success.



What’s the format of Chess-in-the-Street?


Overall format:

  • Casual pick-up chess in a street setting starting at 10am.
  • To attract participation, each game played will be entered into a draw for prizes at the end of the day.
  • There will be regular sets available for play, and a giant chess set. Clocks will also be available for those wishing to use them.
  • A simul is scheduled on Saturday – approx 3:30pm – 5:00pm.


Site Plan & Logistics

  • 10’x10’ tent
  • 4 x 6’ tables accommodating eight (12) games for a total of sixteen(24) people.
  • Tables will be re-organized to accommodate a simultaneous event (1 against 15 opponents)
  • A giant chess set on the street (courtesy CMA)
  • Promotional literature.


Sponsors and Supporters


Thanks to the following sponsors for helping to make this event a reality!




  • We need volunteers to make this event a success. Our requirements are below.
  • A minimum of one person (preferably two) at all times to monitor games, accept entries for draw; must be knowledgeable of chess.
  • Knowledgeable chess volunteers to help during the day- mostly to hang out and encourage people to play. We're looking for minimum commitment of a two-hour block.
  • For the simuls, highly-rated chess players (volunteers already found!!!)


If you wish to volunteer, please contact the organizer





TIM BOUMA (613) 725-1645




Copyright 2010. Tim Bouma All rights reserved.


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trbouma said

at 7:57 am on Nov 13, 2008

migrated to the new version

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