Mayor’s Cup Chess Championship Coming to Harlem

A boy moves a giant chess piece on a board in London's Trafalgar Square. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)Students in grades K-12 will bid for the title of “Best in the City” during the competition this weekend in Harlem.

By Tom Liddy

Who’s going to be king?

Some 600 kids will vy for the title of the best chess player in the city on Saturday.

The students will descend on Frederick Douglass Academy, on Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard and 149th Street, in Harlem for the four-round tournament, beginning at 10 a.m.

The Mayor’s Cup, will be divided into elementary and junior high/high school students with three levels of play each – open, novice and unrated.

The competition will be open to all students, grades K-12, from public Catholic and independent schools.

A winner will be awarded in each category.

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