Boys playing chess at ChessFest at Trafalgar Square

Family Fun: ChessFest Returns to Trafalgar Square This Sunday

Following the last year's success, ChessFest returns to Trafalgar Square for a day of family fun, for free, including trying your luck at challenging a seven-year-old chess prodigy...

Lead Photo: ChessFest

ChessFest brings a day of free family chess-based fun to central London when it returns to Trafalgar Square. 

This Sunday, July 17, the iconic location will be busied with entertaining variations of the strategy based game, showcasing chess's accessibility, inclusivity and educational benefits. 

Activities include a human chess game performed by fantasy characters played by professional actors, blindfold chess, giant speed chess and matches against the England chess team - including Grandmaster Gawain Jones who is ranked in the world’s top 100.

Broadcasted on a big screen is Battle of the Prodigies between the USA and England, with Kushal Jakhria and Bodhana Sivanandan  representing the home side.

Both youngsters won multiple gold medals at the World Schools competition in Rhodes earlier this year after mastering the game during the lockdowns. 

ChessFest visitors will be able to challenge Kushal and Bodhana too in the Are you smarter than a 7-year-old challenge. 

Online games between players in London, Liverpool and New York will also be broadcasted on the big screen.

Professional chess teachers will offer lessons and a stack of chess tables will be set up for people to have a game on too. 

Date: Sunday, July 17

Time: 11am-6pm

Address: Trafalgar Square WC2N 5DN

Website: chess-fest.com


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