Here’s a fun project to consider for your school or library chess club!
After getting approval from their principal and PTA, one local elementary school chess club gathered students and parents to paint sidewalk chess boards using special concrete paint. They ordered medium-sized “giant” pieces to fit the boards, and they use these boards and adjacent picnic tables for outdoor lessons and for other fun events.
A second school club purchased plain concrete tables and benches and then spray painted boards on them.
Let’s face it: we’ve all had to modify our lives since COVID’s arrival in early 2020. We’ve successfully moved many indoor activities outdoors, and chess is no exception. Here in North Carolina, the winters are mild enough for folks to play outdoor chess year-round, making it a safe and fun option for everyone.
If you’re looking to get a game going on an outdoor board, here are some safe spaces from west to east in NC that you can “check” out: