Open Streets with JP Chess
On Sunday, July 10, 2022 Jamaica Plain closed its main street (Centre Street) from 9am until 3pm to traffic and opened to pedestrians only. JP Chess, to celebrate one year since its first gathering, hosted an event at Open Streets which included unrated tournaments. They even featured us on CBS news!
The morning and afternoon tournaments split 20 players according to ability in to Groups A and B for a four round SWISS blitz (5 minutes). Each player played their opponent twice in each round, once with white and once with black. Games were unrated, entry was free but there were prizes on the line donated from local businesses J.P. Licks, JP Seafood, On Centre, Café Beirut and Caffé Nero.
The event was open to everyone and we had a good number of players come from Medford Chess Club. Invites were also sent out to other chess clubs.
If Open Streets happens again next year we shall be returning. Who knows; this could turn in to an annual event and grow in to a major tournament.
Check out our Gallery and Facebook page 'JP Chess' for photos.
If you are an organization or business and you're interested in sponsoring 2023's tournament please send us an email. We are looking for prize donors and financial support that will help us grow this into a bigger and better event. We'll also be looking for volunteers closer to the time to help plan, promote and run the tournaments.
Thanks to our donors for the prizes. Please thank them with your patronage and mention JP Chess.