Giving a lecture to a full house at the Chess and Checkers House in Central Park yesterday.
CHESS SERIES (Sunday) The Chess and Checkers House in Central Park has frequently been used for just about everything but chess and checkers — it’s been a visitors’ center and a card shop — but Renée Yarzig, who runs nonprofit chess programs, is trying to return it to its original purpose. At each event in her new Summer Chess Lecture/Simul Series there, a grandmaster will give a talk about chess and then take part in what is called a simul: boards will be set up for participants, and the grandmaster (Susan Polgar on Sunday) will move from board to board, playing one move at a time. But while the simul is limited to the first 30 players with a rating of 1,000 or more who register, there will be other opportunities to play: This Sunday’s event will be combined with Ms. Yarzig’s Cross-Generation Chess Program, which brings together children and elderly adults for games, lunch, live classical music (this time by the pianist Roy Eaton) and, most important, conversation. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., midpark, south of 65th Street; free. Registration advised: (917) 822-3141, crossgenerationchess.com.
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– GM Susan Polgar