Experienced as well as novice chess players are invited to participate in the 2nd Annual “Chess on the Square” event to be held Saturday, May 28 beginning at 10 a.m. in Rodney Square. This FREE chess tournament and learning event is sponsored by local barber shop owner Terrone Warren and is supported by Council Member Trippi Congo as well as other members of the Wilmington City Council.
Terrone Warren said “Chess on the Square” is a chess tournament mixed with a day of fun that is geared for all ages and for all levels of experience. “Chess players with varying skills are invited to compete,” said Warren. “We especially welcome less experienced players who want to learn more about the game and increase their ability to become a chess champion.”
Warren owns the BVD Barber Salon at 223 West 8th Street in Wilmington and is organizing the event for a second year with additional assistance from Lisa Flowers. Warren and Flowers said the FREE tournament will feature multiple chess tables and simultaneous games in the center of the City’s busiest and biggest public square.
They said this year’s event will operate under the Swiss Chess tournament system. Under this system, 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 as the other player. The tournament will be divided into 3 different 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 – 8 or for those with a rating below 900. The last section is an open section for high school students and or adults who have a chess rating over 900.
Warren said 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.