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Top youth chess players to compete in Mayor’s Cup Chess Championships

5/1/2014, 5:11 p.m.
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and the city’s girls and boys Chess competitors.

On May 3, more than 300 of New York City’s top-rated scholastic chess players will compete in the 12th annual New York City Mayor’s Cup Chess Championships for the chance to be named the “Best in the City.” The tournament will take place at P.S. 11 (the William T. Harris School), located at 321 W. 20th St. in Manhattan. The final round begins at 2:15 p.m.

The Mayor’s Cup, produced by NYC & Company in partnership with Chess-in-the-Schools, is an officially sanctioned U.S. Chess Federation event.

Headlining the field of teams competing in this year’s event are I.S. 318 (Brooklyn) and Edward R. Murrow High School (Brooklyn), both of which recently finished in third place in their respective grade–level national championships. Former champion Oghenakpobo “Pobo” Efekoro (Forest Hills High School), who also recently took home a gold medal in the shot put competition at the 2014 New York City Mayor’s Cup Outdoor Track & Field Championships, joins an impressive list of nationally ranked individual players competing in the tournament.

The Mayor’s Cup series is produced by NYC & Company, the city’s marketing, tourism and partnership organization. The series showcases student athletes of all ages from across the five boroughs as they compete to prove they are New York City’s best in 10 different sports throughout the school year.

For more information, call 212-484-1270.