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Chess Without Borders at Melbourne Immigration Museum

Want to test your chess skills? The Immigration Museum is hosting chess tournaments, DJs and panel talks all weekend.
By James Shackell
May 26, 2023
By James Shackell
May 26, 2023
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Want to test your chess skills this weekend? On Friday, May 26 and Saturday, May 27, the ground floor of the Immigration Museum will be hosting Chess Without Borders: a celebration of chess, migration and diversity in our community.

Whether you're a grandmaster or you still call knights the 'horse ones', it doesn't matter – there's a game here for you. Come and battle it out on beautiful, handcrafted chess dhurries (woven rugs), enjoy live DJ sets, join in tournament festivities and dabble in some Lego chess building.

On Saturday afternoon there'll also be a panel discussion, Chess in Our Communities, where you can hear from some of Melbourne's oldest and most beloved chess clubs. See how this 1500-year-old game can transform lives and break down barriers.

The event is entirely free, but it doesn't cover entry to the Immigration Museum, and you'll need to register for specific events via your booking confirmation email. If you want to head down on both days, make sure you grab a Friday and Saturday ticket. If nothing else, you'll probably learn how that en passant thing works.

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