Bryant Park | Chess & Backgammon

Chess & Backgammon

Play Chess & Backgammon at a designated area, located in the 40th Street Plaza. See our Chess Host for equipment, to be paired for a game, or to discuss your next move. Free to play and all are welcome.

Per New York City law, gambling is illegal in all city parks. The games area is provided for your recreation and enjoyment, gambling of any kind will not be tolerated; violators will be asked to leave the park.

Beginner Chess Socials

May - August
Thursdays, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Join other beginners to learn the basics of this ultimate game of strategy.

Chess Tournaments

June 12, July 17
Sundays, 9:00am - 4:30pm

Small fee required. Visit Tri-State Chess for details and registration. Cash prizes for winners.

Host a Party at Chess & Backgammon

Chess is great fun for a birthday party. You bring the cake and we’ll provide group lessons, chess problems, or a mini-tournament.

If you'd like refreshments, we're happy to connect you to our excellent onsite food kiosks. Afterward, celebrate with drinks and no-wait entry at Manhattan's hottest after-work scenes, Bryant Park Cafe and Southwest Porch.

To inquire about availability and fees, email

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  • April – October
  • Daily: 11:00am – 8:00pm
  • All hours are weather permitting.

Bryant Park Chess & Backgammon are endorsed by the Marshall Chess Foundation.

For information about Marshall Chess Club memberships, lectures, films, and tournaments call: 212-477-3716.