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The Garden's Gambit

September 16, 2023
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


Calling all chess players! 


Immerse yourself in a captivating chess experience amid the serene beauty of Lauritzen Gardens! On Saturday, September 16, from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., local chess master Nathan Solon will take on 25 players at once in a thrilling outdoor chess simul, the first event of its kind hosted at the garden. Don't miss the chance to test your skills against a seasoned expert or watch in awe as the games unfold.   


Pre-registration is required to play, and the cost is $20 per player   


To participate in the match as a competitor, email Jennifer Evans at If a space is still open, you will be contacted for your registration information and to make payment. Space to compete is limited, so secure your spot early! Players are advised to arrive at 10 a.m. and should anticipate approximately 2 hours of enthralling gameplay.    


Spectators are welcome!  


Spectating is included with paid general admission and is free for garden members.  Whether you're a chess enthusiast or just curious about the game, all are welcome. Be a part of this engaging event, surrounded by the splendor of Lauritzen Gardens. It's a day of excitement and learning that you won't want to miss!   


Reserve admission tickets in advance at  


About Nathan Solon 


Nate Solon is a FIDE Master, chess coach, and writer based in Nebraska. As a junior he was one of the top players for his age in the United States. He took a break from chess to pursue professional poker and has also worked as a data scientist. He combines all of his experiences to find uniquely effective strategies for getting better at chess. You can find his latest thoughts on chess improvement on X (formerly Twitter) @natesolon or on his newsletter at   


**This event will happen rain or shine. In case of rain, the chess simul will be relocated indoors.   






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