Today we are happy to announce that the chess players get to stay in the mall at Park Royal.
Park Royal organzied several meetings with the chess players in order to sit and talk and understand more about our needs and what the community wants. This is an act of good will and makes this a perfect game of win/win for all. It was not their intention to cause any discomfort to the group. The players have been offered a spot designated especially for chess and fairly close to the food court on the same floor. A chess area has been promised and will have built in high tables much like the ones in the food court for playing chess. Together some recycling bins will be put in the area and food allowed to be eaten there at the tables whilst playing games. The public have equal rights to use this area also. We are all very grateful for this opportunity. The players all agree to take care of this area and make a commitment to welcoming anyone interested in stopping by to watch and learn.
I thank Park Royal for including me in an important board meeting where I was told that I represent the youth and that my voice was important and will be heard.
The community will be happy with this outcome. It’s obvious they played a great game of chess and assisted in leading the players toward victory. We all look forward to moving on and enjoying the future and plans in store for summer days at Park Royal.
Look out for this years joint community chess event at Park Royal Mall!
Park Royal’s Joint Press Release:
CHECK IT OUT HERE BELOW
First decision made is that for now the chess players can remain and play chess in the food court mall until a final decision ‘to accommodate’ is made in the next 48 hrs – FEELING POSITIVE!
THE SUN IS SHINING AND BEING AT PARK ROYAL MALL AND MEETING FRIENDS IS A FUN WEEKEND FOR ME.
Stay positive everyone!
Great support from the West Vancouver Community and people everywhere huge thanks!
Now lets stay cool and wait for a decision promise to update immediately.
MY FUN DAY AT PARK ROYAL MALL YESTERDAY:
A win for our 94 year old player
A curious little girl watching me play whilst she ate ice-cream
Friend meet up, dinner and walk through the village at Park Royal
Looking forward to a great outcome for chess players at
Park Royal as summer days are here!
NEWS COVERAGE BELOW
SAD NEWS to share with my community and the world. As of April 1st and this is not an April Fool’s joke, Park Royal mall in West Vancouver has banned the playing of the game anywhere in the mall. For more than 50 years chess has been played at the mall.
I first met the players when I was 8 years old during a shopping trip when I spotted the large over size pieces in the hallway. Parents and children were watching as they walked by. It didn’t take much when I was spotted watching a game, with more than just a curiosity but I was trying to figure out the moves on the board. Suddenly I was drawn into a game by a friendly (old) face and began playing and didn’t want to leave.
I have been attending chess at Park Royal ever since and consider this group my chess family. They have welcomed me, encouraged me to play and helped build my confidence to play chess and continue to play and go on to compete in two World Youth Chess Championships representing Canada. I truly believe that they were the people that kept me playing in my city and I am grateful for these friendships.
What will they do now and where will I go to play? I’m sad for them. Some players between 80-94 yrs old built friendships over the board as I have with them. This loss is greater than the management at Park Royal realize.
Thank you Vancouver Sun for making this FRONT PAGE NEWS IN PRINT, CBC News and others for sharing this community news! READ THE DETAILS HERE:
Our last Day at Park Royal Mall March 31:
Here I am (right) playing on the chess inlaid tables which has been removed after the renovations and upgrades.
Here we are playing on the last day.
I hope that Park Royal Management can find a solution to accommodate us somewhere else in the mall in the future. (We offered to cover the cost for this) We are not a chess club, but people who drop by unplanned during a shopping trip, etc. for a friendly game of chess.
Wish us luck!
Chess at Park Royal in 1987
I have been waiting to share this news with you for a few weeks! I’m so happy to have been asked to write for chesskid.com. Firstly because I feel this is my opportunity to share with people around the world just how serious a chess player I am, (naturally how much time I have for chess will always dictate how far I go) but regardless of this, I’m training, getting stronger and enjoying the complexities of this game even more than ever! Also having a platform to continue to encourage girls to play chess remains a goal of mine.
Here is the first article an intro that will be live on chesskid.com Dec 7. But you can still see it here now! Check out my games in the article. (Continue clicking on the moves to see the whole game)
I’ll be writing more soon and hope there is plenty for young children to follow too.
READ THE ARTICLE CLICK BELOW:
2nd article: NO ONE LIKE BOBBY
I was recently sent this video below by my mom and she asked me to think about something. She asked me to think about the value of making ‘long term goals’, over having ‘short term goals’. Generally speaking having short term goals provide an instant gratification and maybe takes less effort, and long term goals although a slower journey, is the way to a greater success!