Fern Street Chess Park

Open Sunrise to Sunset

The West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority invites you to play chess at the Fern Street Chess Park! Engage with other like-minded individuals looking for a mental challenge and community connection.  

FREE to play.  ALL ages and levels are welcome.  

Are you a beginner? Learn from others and play our provided available game sets.  

Want to learn ahead of a game? Here are some basic tips: Click Here

 Chess Facts 

  • It’s a mental game. However, the game can end as quickly as two moves. 
  • The longest possible chess game in terms of the number of moves is 5,949. 
  • Checkmate derives from the Persian phrase Shah Mat. The phrase means “the King is dead.” 
  • In 1989, a chess match between Ivan Nikolic and Goran Arsovic in Belgrade ended in a draw. It was recorded as the longest official check game and lasted 269 moves. 
  • The playing board used today with the alternating light and dark squares first appeared in Europe in 1090.

Want To Learn More

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Nationally Recognized

The American Chess Magazine honors the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority with a Special Recognition Award.

For Creating and Supporting a Dedicated Public Park that Unites a Diverse Community Through the Game of Chess

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