This Thursday, GVSHP will be hosting a program with our October Business of the Month, Chess Forum. The program is in preparation for the World Championship of Chess, which will begin the following day here New York City — the first time it’s been held in our hometown in over 20 years. More information can be found in our event description:
For the first time since 1995, New York City hosts the blockbuster 2016 World Championship of Chess. On the eve of the big event, join GVSHP at Chess Forum to celebrate the game’s long legacy in the Village. Imad Khachchan, owner of Chess Forum for over 20 years, will regale us with myriad tales of the vibrant Village chess scene. Come enjoy this Village institution with fellow chess lovers, and you may even strike up a game with a local master. Chess Forum was named GVSHP’s Business of the Month in October, and we’re proud to highlight this important chess haven. Imad says “Macdougal had Bob Dylan and Washington Square Park had Bobby Fischer” – and luckily for us, Thompson Street still has Chess Forum. Join us to celebrate Imad, his shop, and Village chess culture on November 10th!
Chess Forum owner Imad Khachchan will be joined by Raphael D’Lugoff, a jazz musician, chess aficionado, and son of Village Gate onwer Art D’Lugoff. There will also be a chess lesson or puzzle, depending on your skill level, by in house Chess Forum teacher Abderrahim “Rahim” Rajahi, in addition to free open play for everyone in attendance. You do not need extensive experience in chess, you could be a total beginner or just interested in the game and its place in the Village. There are still spots open for this event and we encourage anyone to sign up here.