Outdoor chess tables launched in Hammond’s Pond

Chess tables at Hammond's Pond

Do you want to know your Knight from your Rook? Your King from your Pawn?

Get to know more about chess and learn the skills behind the brainteaser game at an event at Hammond’s Pond Carlisle on Thursday 11 July between 4.30pm and 6pm.

Cumberland Council has installed outdoor chess tables at Hammond’s Pond and Bitts Park, Carlisle using government funding. 

The four-seater metal tables, which feature a durable and sturdy chess board, are a fantastic addition to the existing green space facilities at both parks.

Cumberland Council, working in partnership with Carlisle Chess Club, Cumbria Chess Association and Chess in Schools and Communities, invite everyone to join them at Hammond’s Pond on Thursday 11 July to play a game of outdoor chess and find out more about this timeless and intellectually stimulating game that has captivated players of all ages for centuries. 

John Lydon, Cumbria Junior Chess Organiser, will give a short talk and members of Carlisle Chess Club will be on hand to give advice and tips on playing chess.

John Lydon said:

“Chess in a very inclusive game where male and female, young and old, disabled and able-bodied people can all play and compete on equal terms. The game has many benefits and teaches important skills such as planning, calculation spatial awareness, logical thinking and concentration amongst others. 

“Whether you have played chess before or you are a complete beginner we welcome everyone to join us at Hammond’s Pond to find out more about this fascinating game.”

Chess is enjoyed by all ages and skill levels, with easy to learn rules the game continues to grow in popularity.  It is hoped that the outdoor chess tables will create opportunities for people to come together in a joint activity and inspire the next generation of chess players. 

Councillor Anne Quilter, Cumberland Council’s Executive Member for Vibrant and Healthy Places, said:

“I am delighted that we have been able to install outdoor chess tables within both Hammond’s Pond and Bitts Park. It further enhances our commitment to the health and wellbeing of our residents.

“The tables will provide an excellent opportunity for both the local community and visitors to connect with others who share a passion for the game, reducing social isolation and increasing social inclusion. The outdoor chess tables provide a free, easily accessible activity for all ages whilst also allowing people to connect with nature in our beautiful parks.”