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4th Annual “Chess On The Square” Tournament Set for Rodney Square on Saturday, June 2

Post Date:05/15/2018 9:30 AM

Mayor Mike Purzycki thanks local business owner Terrone Warren for sponsoring this FREE yearly event; chess players are urged to sign-up now!

Chess players of all skill levels are invited to participate in the 4th Annual “Chess on the Square” event, which will be held Saturday, June 2 beginning at 10 a.m. in Wilmington’s Rodney Square. This FREE chess tournament and chess learning event is sponsored by local barber shop owner Terrone Warren. Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki today thanked Warren for staging this annual event, which is popular with chess players of all ages. The Mayor also thanked Council Member Trippi Congo for his sponsorship of the annual event.

Warren owns the BVD Barber Salon at 223 West 8th Street in Wilmington and organizes the tournament each year with Lisa Flowers. Warren and Flowers said this year’s FREE tournament will feature multiple chess tables and simultaneous games in the center of Wilmington’s main public square. To register for the FREE chess tournament visit, email or call 302.420.2152.

Chess on the Square is a chess tournament mixed with a day of fun for people of all ages and for all levels of chess experience. Warren and Flowers said chess players with varying skills are invited to compete, and that less experienced players are especially welcome so they can learn more about the game and increase their ability to become a chess expert.

The event will operate under the Swiss Chess tournament system, meaning players are never eliminated. Instead, players are paired in each single round and the winner is the player who earns the most points at the end of the tournament. Players typically earn a single point for a win, and a half-point for a draw. In each round, a player will be paired against an opponent who has the same number of points. The tournament will be divided into three sections. The first section will be for grades K to 5, or for those with a chess rating below 500; the second section will be for grades 6 through 8, or for those with a rating below 900; and the final section is for high school students and adults with a chess rating over 900.

All registered participants will receive a medal to commemorate their participation, while the 1st place winners and 2nd place runners-up in each category will receive a trophy. The tournament will also feature an open chess session for beginners or less-experienced players who want to improve their chess game in a non-competitive setting. Organizers will also have beverages and snacks available for all registered participants.


News and information from the Office of Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki 

John Rago
Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy and Communications
Mobile: (302) 420-7928
Paul Ford Jr.
Communications Specialist
Mobile: (302) 530-2171
Dan Sanchez
Digital & Social Media Manager
Mobile: (302) 605-0026

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