Friday, September 12, 2014

First-Ever Bryant Park Kubb Tournament Scheduled

Last summer, the ancient Viking game of Kubb found a permanent home on the southeast corner of the park, next to the putting course, at The Green. Other amenities, like chess, the putting green, and the ping pong area already host tournaments, so it's about time that the Kubb area gets its own tournament.

Kubb returns to the lawn for the first-ever Bryant Park Kubb Tournament. 

With advice from the US National Kubb Championship, we've planned our first-ever Kubb tournament for 6pm on Tuesday, September 23 on the lawn (rain date is Wednesday, September 24). The tournament will be single-elimination and open to teams between two and six members. The winning team members will win individual trophies and a Kubb set to share, kindly donated by Old Time Games. (And if you don't win, you can buy your own Kubb set with which to practice from the Bryant Park Shop.) Register for the tournament here.

The King, the most important Kubb piece, nestles into the lawn. 

It's hard to imagine that this relaxing lawn game was originally played by Vikings as a way to keep their skills of strategy and focus sharp in between raids. For those of you who haven't tried Kubb yet, the game is a combination of chess and bowling and played by two teams of between two and six players apiece. Here's a more in-depth look at the history and rules.

Several guests play Kubb during their lunch on a crisp fall day.
The game is currently popular in Scandinavia and in the Midwest, where there is a large community of people of Scandinavian descent. The 2014 Bryant Park Kubb Tournament is a great way for the game to gain a foothold in the Northeast!

2014 Bryant Park Kubb Tournament
Tuesday, September 23
The Lawn

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