What if Bakersfield Had More Giant Chess Boards

By Courts & Greens - April 17th, 2017 in Games

giant chess game board surrounded by artificial grass by Courts and Greens in Bakersfield

Tired of playing chess against your computer?  If only Bakersfield had a Giant Chess Board, like the one in Morro Bay.

Few games endure the way chess has.  Romanticized by nobles from earlier centuries, revered by Benjamin Franklin, and played today by amateurs and professionals alike, Chess combines strategy, sacrifice, foresight, and caution into an 8×8 grid with unique pieces and movements.  It’s a simple formula for fun, but not exactly a game you can improve upon.

Unless you make the board bigger and take the game outside.  

Make it large enough for a park or playground, and you’ve got a Courts & Greens solution just waiting to happen. As of this writing, the closest Giant Chess board to Bakersfield is located in Morro Bay.  It’s a popular landmark and attraction for the coastal town, but imagine how cool giant Chess boards would be for everyone to enjoy here in Bakersfield, let alone, in your very own backyard?

With the growing efforts to improve our town, it could offer another way for people to interact and connect with each other in the community. It could be a hub for Chess tournaments, casual games, and timed Speed-Chess variants that make you run pieces across the board for exercise. These are just a few ideas, but imagine the other benefits and possibilities.

Maybe this blog post will get the pieces moving to turn that dream into a reality, instead of having to drive two and a half hours to Morro Bay.  Until then, give us your feedback in the comments section.  We’d love to know what you think.

Your move, Bakersfield.