After a fourteen year absence, the giant chess set that once graced the mall at Garden City Shopping Centre made its triumphant return earlier this month.
Garden City Shopping Centre once featured a popular ‘Chess Square’ with large wooden pieces in a recessed pit located near the former Eaton’s department store. The pit was removed as part of the mall’s expansion project in 1998 to make way for the addition of the Canadian Tire and Winners stores.
The new game will feature a durable plastic set with 36” tall king pieces and a flexible mat that can be easily transported. It will be dedicated to the late Daniel Abraham (Abe) Yanofsky, who was Canada’s first chess grandmaster and former mayor of West Kildonan. City Archives will be displaying personal and professional artifacts from Yanofsky’s life near the unveiling site.