Chess Players are Urged to Sign-Up for the 3nd Annual “Chess On...

Chess Players are Urged to Sign-Up for the 3nd Annual “Chess On The Square” Tournament Set for Rodney Square on June 3, 2017

Mayor Purzycki thank City Council Member Congo and Local Businessman Terrone Warren for staging another annual, free event


Chess players of all skill levels are invited to participate in the 3nd Annual “Chess on the Square” event on Saturday, June 3rd beginning at 10 a.m. in Wilmington’s Rodney Square. This FREE chess tournament and chess learning event is sponsored by Council member Trippi Congo, local barber shop owner Terrone Warren and Lisa Flowers. Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki thanked City Council Member Trippi Congo, Terrone Warren, and Lisa Flowers for staging another event, which has been very popular since its inception a few years ago.

Warren owns the BVD Barber Salon at 223 West 8th Street in Wilmington and is organizing the tournament with Congo and Ms. Flowers. They said the FREE tournament will feature multiple chess tables and simultaneous games in the center of the City’s busiest and biggest public square. To register for the FREE chess tournament visit , email or call 302.420.2152.

Warren said “Chess on the Square” is a chess tournament mixed with a day of fun 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.”

The event will operate under the Swiss Chess tournament system which means 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 3 to 5, or for those with a chess rating below 600; the second section will be for grades 6 through 8, or for those with a rating below 1000; and the final section is for high school students and adults with a chess rating over 1000.

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.