FOREWORD AND INTRODUCTION (
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First thing any one should be aware of when frequenting a public park to play chess, cards, backgammon, or even Scrabble and Go Fish. Public Parks are frequented by any one who so choses to do so.
Those there may be police officers, drug addicts, white collars professionals, criminals, hustlers, or whomever just like else where else in society.Second I draw to your attention the special breed of person commonly refered to as a chess hustler. Chess Hustlers exist for one reason and one reason only: to part you from your money just like any other hustler. Now not to get you paranoid as I have been inclined towards private stakes on a chess game myslef butjust because some fools will stand on street corners advertising their wares doesn't mean thateveryone and allhustlers will act or do the same.
I once heard someone glowingly write:
"Try thinking of them as 'street artists' and you may get a clearer idea of the range of people involved. Some are homeless. Some are homeless by choice. Some are people who show up to play in the parks two or three days a week, and may have other jobs (other lives) on other days. A fair number are students. Some are indeed very good. Certainly expert strength at blitz, some better. You do get an occasional grandmaster, although that's rare, and they're not usually fulltime participants. Some hustle other things as well, and chess fills the time while they're waiting for the cell phone to ring."
On the other hand, Matt Gaffney (a master) offers a more cynical lookofchess hustlers (in a view closer to my own) who are the equivalent of 3 card Monty players--proving that it's possible to rig even a chess game:
But in the "gypsies, tramps, and thieves" mix, it may be the "tramps" that predominate in most cities.
BUT: NOTE: Do not try to claim gambling is illegal to get out of paying a wager for a game of street chess as if it were illegal: For chess in many jurisdictions (e.g.
NOTE: Do not try to claim gambling is illegal to get out of paying a wager for a game of street chess as if it were illegal:
For chess in many jurisdictions (e.g.
First: Prisons are full of storiesthatpeople getkilledreneging on such small bets as a cigarette. Second:Fromquiet Cambodia it was reportedwhen the winner was not paid his winnings ($5) by his undoubtedly macho police officer opponent that he killed him. Three: It is best not to bet what you do not have (betting what you do not have to pay know as ass betting as in you bet your ass you don't get your ass beat if you don't pay up). Fourth: Even if you win there is no guarantee you will get paid and may get cheated (stiffed) for even a dollar.
I've seen it happen in well populated public places like Washington Square Park in broad daylight with plenty of witnesses.
SO BEWARE: Caveat emptor Latin for "let the buyer beware". Before statutory law, the buyer had no warranty of the quality of goods. In many jurisdictions, the law now requires that goods must be of "merchantable quality". However, this implied warranty can be difficult to enforce, and may not apply to all products. Hence, buyers are still advised to be cautious.
In addition to the quality of the merchandise, this phrase also applies to the return policy. In most jurisdictions there is no legal requirement for the vendor to provide a refund or exchange. In many cases the vendor will not provide a refund but will provide a credit. In the case of software, movies and other copyrighted material many vendors will only do a direct exchange for another copy of the exact same title. Most stores require proof of purchase and impose time limits on exchanges or refunds; however, some larger chain stores will do exchanges or refunds at any time with or without proof of purchase.
This phrase has given rise to many informal variations, such as caveat reader (properly, caveat lector).
The opposite of Caveat emptor is Caveat venditor or Caveat vendor, meaning "let the seller beware."
Los Angeles Area:
Plummer Park: Right off Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood, 5 or 6 blocks west of La Brea Avenue, this park is smack in the middle of Los Angeles' answer to Moscow on the Hudson and is a big hangout for former Russians/Soviets. In good weather and during daylight hours, you will find many former citizens of the Soviet Union playing various games (backgammon, chess, and some card games) in the back section of the park (right next to the tennis courts). Be forewarned that: (i) this is a serious gambling place despite the "no gambling" warning signs, and you might have problems getting a friendly game here; and (ii) you don't want to bother the old Russian men playing backgammon for large stakes who are accompanied by 300-pound guys talking constantly on cell phones (or even look at them funny). Strength of opponents varies widely, but there are usually at least a couple of players of expert to master strength there during peak hours (mid to late afternoon 7 days a week), and there are a few guys approaching IM strength (at least at blitz) who sometimes show up and hustle a bit.
Tang's Donut Shop:At the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Fountain Avenuein Hollywood, a couple of miles west of downtown Los Angelesalong Sunset. A donut shop that is a hangout for chess and backgammon players (they also play cards there), this is chiefly a place for gambling (for small to medium stakes unless you are lucky enough to gain entre into the perennial "high roller" game, which has been going on for sporadically for at least 15 years to my knowledge) but it is still possible to get free games here. There are normally a few players there at any time after dark 7 days a week, but the peak hours are between 9 p.m.and dawn the next day. Somewhat of a hangout for local Filipino players, there are usually one or two masters there in the evenings willing and able to take your money. (This used to be a much better place to play and spectate, with the likes of Cris Ramyrat and other extremely strong blitz players showing up on a semi-regular basis, but seems to have gone into a bit of a decline in recent years.
San Francisco Area:
ALISO VIEJO: The Fighting Knights Chess Club meets 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays (call the club for exact dates) in the Aliso Viejo Library at the corner of Pacific Park and Journey Ave. Rated tournaments, instruction available, all ages and levels welcome. Dues: $25/year, includes a T-shirt and discount on tournament entry fees. Contact Rusty Myers at (949) 425-1667 or [email protected] mailto:[email protected].
ARCADIA: The Arcadia Chess Club meets at 6:30 p.m. Mondays in the Senior Citizens building, 405 S. Santa Anita Ave. Continuous rated tournaments, casual play. Dues: $10/year, $7.50/year for juniors and seniors. Call Fred Brock at (626) 331-1638 or Mel Clark at (626) 447-9355.
BISHOP: Kava Coffee House, 206 N. Main St., welcomes chessplayers. A regular group assembles after 5:00 p.m. Tuesdays, but chessboards are available at all hours. Call (760) 872-1010.
BURBANK: A group meets Wednesdays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Joslyn Center, 1301 W. Olive St. (at Griffith Park Drive). Casual play, ages 55 and up only. No dues. Call (818) 238-5353.
CARLSBAD: A group meets 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays in the Carlsbad Senior Center, 799 Pine Ave. Casual play. Most attendees are over age 55, but younger adults are welcome. No dues. Call (760) 602-4650.
COSTA MESA: The Chess Center, 2651 Irvine Ave., Suite #122, offers chess instruction for children Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings. Adult class at 2:00 p.m. Sundays. Tournaments on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings and at 4:00 p.m. Sundays. Closed Saturdays. Casual play, lectures, lending library of chess videos, chess supplies for sale. For prices and exact times, call Al Massip at (949) 646-6696.
ENCINITAS: A group meets 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays in the Senior Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive. Casual play, ages 55 and up only. No dues. Call (760) 943-2250.
ESCONDIDO: A group meets noon to 4 p.m. weekdays in the Senior Center, 210 Park Ave. Casual play, ages 50 and up. No dues. Call (760) 837-4688. test
FRESNO: The Fresno Chess Club meets 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Mondays in Carl's Jr. restaurant, 3820 N. Cedar. Rated tournaments, Action chess, casual play, chess library. Dues: $15/year, $8/year for students, women, and those who live outside Fresno County. Contact [email protected]
GLENDALE: Chessplayers are welcome at Java City CafÃƒÂ©, 134 N. Brand Ave. Casual play, speed chess, Siamese chess. Bring your own equipment. Call the restaurant at (818) 956-3925.
HEMET: The Hemet Chess Club meets noon to 6:00 p.m. Sundays in Olivera's Coffee Shop, NE corner of State and Stetson. Casual play, tournaments. Dues: $15/year. Call Craig Greisen at (909) 925-8483.
IRVINE: The Orange County Chess League meets 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Wednesdays in the Lakeview Senior Center, 20 Lake Rd. Casual chess, blitz chess, free instruction from expert Takashi Iwamoto. No dues. Contact Mike Carr at (949) 768-3538 or at [email protected]
JOSHUA TREE: The Joshua Tree Chess Club meets 5:30 p.m. to midnight Fridays at Faith Lutheran Church, 6336 Hallee Rd. in Joshua Tree. Casual play, occasional tournaments, some instruction, junior chess program. Dues: $10/year, free to juniors. Contact Mark Muller at (760) 367-2311 or at [email protected] <mailto:[email protected]> or call Henry Schmit at (760) 367-7173.
LA HABRA: The La Habra Chess Club meets at 6:00 p.m. Fridays in the Community Center, 101 W. La Habra Blvd. Continuous rated tournaments, casual play, instruction for beginners, USCF membership required, all visitors welcome. Dues: $3/year, $1.50/year for juniors under 18. Call Jerry Schain at (562) 691-2393.
LA PALMA: The La Palma Chess Club meets 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Fridays in Central Park, 7821 Walker St. Rated tournaments, Action chess, casual play. Dues: $10/year. Call Brian Scanlon at (714) 523-2550.
LA PALMA: The La Palma Junior Chess Club meets 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Fridays in Central Park, 7821 Walker St. For young players and adults. Monthly fee of $50 pays for instruction, tournaments, trophies, pizza, and soda. Contact Joe Hanley at (714) 925-3195 or at [email protected] <mailto:[email protected]>. Website: www.chess4children.com <http://www.chess4children.com/>.
LAGUNA WOODS: The Leisure World Chess Club meets 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Thursdays in the Community Center building in Leisure World. Guests are welcome. Casual play, ladder competition, occasional simul. Call Alan Brown at (949) 206-1039.
LAWNDALE: The Alondra Park Chess Club meets 6:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Tuesdays in the club house at 3850 W. Manhattan Beach Blvd. Convenient to Hawthorne and Gardena. Rated six-round tournaments, speed chess on seventh Tuesday, no smoking. Dues: $5/year plus $5/tournament. Call Hank Shipin at (323) 938-0707.
LONG BEACH: The chess room in Bixby Park, 130 Cherry Ave., is open for casual play from noon to 8:00 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, noon to 5:00 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and noon to 4:00 p.m. Sundays. Free. Tournaments possible if someone volunteers as organizer and director. Contact Eric Sakurai at (562) 989-1323 or [email protected] <mailto:[email protected]>.
LONG BEACH: Players gather for casual play at Golden Burger, 2301 E. 4th St., after the chess room in Bixby Park closes. Call the restaurant at (562) 434-2625.
LOS ALAMITOS: Chess Palace, 4336 Katella Ave., is open Monday- Thursday 7 PM; Fridays 11AM to 11:PM; Surdays 11AM to 10PM; Sundays 11AM to 7 PM. Rated tournaments, Action chess, youth tournaments, chess lessons, blitz, occasional lectures and simuls, large selection of chess books, computers, and equipment for sale, lending library of chess videos, excellent website. Dues: $3/day or $99/year. Call Austin at (562) 598-5099.
LOS ANGELES: The Exposition Park Chess Club meets 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sundays in the Exposition Park branch of the public library, 3665 S. Vermont Ave. Casual play, lectures, simuls, instruction, free tournament on the first Sunday of every month. No dues. Call the library at (323) 732-0169 or send a message to the club secretary at [email protected] <mailto:[email protected]>.
LOS ANGELES: The Wilshire Chess Society meets on the fourth Sunday of every month in the Westside Pavilion, Westwood Blvd. at Pico Blvd. Rated Game/45 quads at 10:30 a.m. in Community Room Ã‚ï¿½CÃ‚ï¿½ on the third floor, west of Barnes & Noble. Monthly club newsletter. Dues: $15/year. Contact Michael Jeffreys at (310) 473-6291 or at [email protected] <mailto:[email protected]>.
LOS ANGELES: A group of seniors meets Monday and Friday mornings at 8:00 a.m. in the Freda Mohr Community Building, 330 N. Fairfax Ave. Casual play, no smoking. Call Hank Shipin at (323) 938-0707.
LOS ANGELES: The Los Angeles Chess Club meets 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturdays on the fourth floor of 11514 Santa Monica Blvd., above Javan restaurant. Instruction for beginners at 10 a.m., advanced class at 11 a.m., tournament at 12:30 p.m, casual play. Dues: $200/year or $10/visit for non-members, first visit free. Call Mick Bighamian at (310) 559-5551.
LOS ANGELES: The California Chess Club at 11610 W. Olympic Blvd. offers a variety of tournaments and instruction for children and adults. For times and prices, contact Oscar Maldonado at (310) 473-2435 or at [email protected] <mailto:[email protected]>. Website: www.californiachessclub.com
LOS ANGELES: Lulu's Alibi, 1640 Sawtelle Blvd., welcomes chessplayers in the evening. Call (310) 479-6007.
LOS ANGELES: TangÃ‚ï¿½s Donuts, 4341 W. Sunset Blvd., welcomes chessplayers for casual play and speed chess, especially late at night.
MALIBU: A small group meets Tuesdays and hopes to have a larger playing site in March. Call Bill Pennucci at (310) 457-7803.
MORRO BAY: A group meets 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays at the big chess board on Embarcadero at Morro Bay Blvd. Chess pieces may be checked out weekdays from the Parks and Recreation Dept. Call Eugene Arcamonte at (805) 528-4079 or Bruce Risley at (805) 772-4114.
NORTH HOLLYWOOD: The North Hollywood Library Chess Club meets at 1 p.m. Sundays in the public library, 5211 Tujunga Ave. Mainly for students in grades K-12, but all ages welcome. Casual play, bring chess equipment. Dan Wong provides free instruction to kids on the first Sunday of each month. Call him at (818) 990-4748 or the library at (818) 766-7185.
OCEANSIDE: The Oceanside Chess Club meets 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Wednesdays in the North River Road Neighborhood Center, 5306 N. River Rd. Casual play, occasional rated tournaments. No dues required. Call James Fritz at (760) 967-0717.
ORANGE: The Orange Senior Club meets from noon to 4:00 p.m. Tuesdays in the Orange Senior Citizens Community Center, 170 S. Olive St. in Orange. Casual play, all ages welcome. Call (714) 538-9633.
PASADENA: The Pasadena Chess Club meets 7:30 p.m. to midnight Fridays in the Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. Holly St. Rated tournaments, Action chess, quick chess, occasional exhibitions. Dues: $15/year. Call Neil Hultgren at (818) 243-3809 or Tim Thompson at (818) 354-8698.
PASO ROBLES: The Paso Robles Chess Club meets 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Wednesdays in the Senior Center, 270 Scott St. Casual play. No dues. Call Dennis Steele at (805) 227-4444.
POWAY: The North County Chess Club meets 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Fridays in the Poway Senior Center, 13094 Bowron Rd. Continuous rated tournaments, casual play. Dues: $15/year, $10/year for juniors. Call Alina Markowski at (858) 792-2016 or Mike Nagaran at (858) 485-0241.
RIDGECREST: The Ridgecrest Chess Club meets 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturdays in the Kern County Library (west entrance), 131 E. Las Flores Ave. Casual play, occasional scholastic and club tournaments. No dues. Contact Dwight Morgan at (760) 377-0034 or [email protected]
SAN DIEGO: The San Diego Chess Club meets daily in the Balboa Club, 2225 6th Ave. (at Ivy) in Balboa Park. Club opens for casual play at 2:00 p.m. weekdays, 9:00 a.m. Saturdays, and noon Sundays. Rated tournaments at 7:00 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m. Saturdays, Action chess, speed chess, instruction by master Bruce Baker at 7:00 p.m. Thursdays, Jedi Knights childrenÃ‚ï¿½s club from 6:00 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays. Dues: $36/year. Call the club at (619) 239-7166 or David Saponara at (619) 420-7436.
SAN DIMAS: Coffee Bazaar, 661 W. Arrow Highway, welcomes chessplayers, especially from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. weekdays. Call (909) 394-1964.
SAN LUIS OBISPO: The San Luis Obispo Chess Club meets 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Thursdays in the Church of the Nazarene, 3396 Johnson Ave. Casual play, lectures, occasional tournaments. Dues: $10/year. Contact Barbara McCaleb at (805) 544-0717 or at [email protected].
SAN LUIS OBISPO: The Hawthorne Royal Knights Chess Club meets 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Fridays in Hawthorne Elementary School, 2125 Story St. Casual play, instruction, occasional tournaments. Open to any student in grades K-6. Dues: $20, some chess knowledge required. Contact Dennis Steele at (805) 227-4444 or at [email protected]
SANTA CLARITA: The California Youth Chess League offices at 25864 Tournament Rd., Suite G, are open for casual play and blitz Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. All ages welcome. Kids usually leave by 8:00 p.m. No dues. Contact Jay Stallings at (661) 288-1705 or at [email protected].
SANTA MONICA: The Santa Monica Bay Chess Club meets 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Mondays in Joslyn Park, 633 Kensington Road. Variety of rated tournaments, casual play, simuls, excellent playing conditions, over 50 years in business. Dues: $40/year, free to women and juniors. Call Pete Savino at (310) 827-2789.
SANTA MONICA: Chess tables are available from sunup to sundown daily at the Santa Monica International Chess Park, on the promenade just south of the Santa Monica pier. Casual chess, blitz, chess bulletin board, large demonstration board, occasional summer tournaments. No dues.
THOUSAND OAKS: The Conejo Chess Club has temporarily lost its site. Call David Howard at (805) 484-2354.
VAN NUYS: The Van Nuys Senior Citizen Chess Club meets 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. weekdays in the Bernardi Multipurpose Senior Center, 6514 Sylmar. Casual play. Dues: small donation (50 cents) per visit. Call the center at (818) 781-1101.
VENTURA: The Ventura County Chess Club meets on the second Monday of the month and on the later Tuesdays of the month in the Church of the Foothills, 6279 Foothill Rd. Rated tournaments, casual play. Dues: $35.00/year, $17.50/year for juniors and military, $2.00/night for non-members. Call Dan Nystrom at (805) 486-3842 or Chuck Smith at (805) 654-8472. Website: www.vcnet.com/~csmith/chess.html.
VISTA: The Palomar Chess Club meets at 7 p.m. Mondays in the Vista Bridge Center, 1350 E. Vista Way. Continuous rated tournaments. Call John Goddard at (760) 591-0200. Website: www.sdchess.com.
WEST COVINA: The West Covina Chess Club meets 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Senior Center, 2501 E. Cortez St. All ages welcome. Casual play, tournaments on Tuesdays. Bring chess equipment. No speed chess! Call Richard Williams at (626) 339-5188.
WEST HILLS: The West Valley Chess Club meets 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Thursdays in the West Valley Jewish Community Center, 22622 Vanowen St. Open to all, continuous rated tournaments, blitz, casual play. One of the largest local clubs. Call John Price at (818) 363-1379 or Duane Cooper at (818) 999-0837.Â
Boyton Beach: Richard Becker writes "On Monday nights, at Borders Books in Boynton Beach, on Congress Ave (don't have the exact address). Approximately 7 pm - close. On Tuesday nights, at Barnes & Noble in Boynton Beach, on Congress Ave. Approximately 7 pm - close."
Delray Beach: Richard "The Fromper" Becker writes "While I was there tonight, someone told me that the Wed night hangout is Books-a-Million on the corner of Federal Highway and Linton Blvd in Delray Beach, FL. Again, people start showing up around 7-8 pm and stay until close."
Melbourne: ScoobyDont writes "booksamillion on new haven rd. 7 pm- ?"
Palm Beach: Richard "The Fromper" Becker writes "There are a couple of bookstores here where people get together to hang out and play Chess. Please add them to your Chess Hangouts list. On Monday nights, at Borders Books in Boynton Beach, on Congress Ave (don't have the exact address). Approximately 7 pm - close. On Tuesday nights, at Barnes & Noble in Boynton Beach, on Congress Ave. Approximately 7 pm - close.There are 2 other nights where they meet at 2 other bookstores, but I forget which is on Wed and which is on Thur, as I haven't been to those. I live in Boynton Beach, so the two above are right down the street from me, and those are where I normally play (other than on the internet). "
Orlando: Sanford: Dave Larsen writes "Books-A-Million, most Tuesday nights, 7:30 or 8:00 - ?"
Sarasota: Richard Haas writes "1 - Selby Public Library downtown, 2nd floor Sunday 12 noon til closing. 2 - Senior Friendship Center US 41 x US 301 Friday's noon til closing."
St Petersburg: BlunderMaster writes "Did you include Zen Dog? I'll try to get the details for you."
Tallahassee: magneto writes "on Mondays at 7pm EST to all times of the night we got to the Village INN, a restaraunt, on The Appalachee Parkway. There's a room in the back"
Tallahassee: magneto writes "also every Wendesday and Saturday at Lake Ella in Tallahassee"
Atlanta: petemwrites "Atlanta GA has Woodruff Park"
Atlanta: vek writes "At Border's Bookstore on Wednesday nights, I've heard. The Border's I saw it for is the one near Perimeter Mall." vek adds "I saw you still have a posting about chess at Border's in Atlanta. But it's defunct from whatI last heard."
Atlanta: vek writes "Also in Decatur near to the Dekalb Farmer's Market (east on Ponce de Leon Boulevard from Midtown) there is the Atlanta Chess Center"
Duluth: Certz writes "Another place to play chess in is at Borders bookstore located next to Gwinnett place mall. Hope that helps"
Savannah: AlexDC writes "We play chess in Savannah, Georgia at the Upper Crust by the Landings on Wednesday evenings, and also on Monday evenings at the Shoneys on Victory Drive (outdated. see next contribution). They also have boards for your playing pleasure at Gallery Expresso, a coffee shop downtown."
Savannah: Brian Nicholson writes "The Shoney's restaurant on Victory Drive in Savannah closed two years ago. The Savannah Chess Club now meets at Books a Million on Abercorn Street every Monday evening from 7:00 -11:00pm."
Scottsdale: KnightWalker writes "The Atlanta Chess Center on East Ponce de Leon is a good chess center"
Waikiki: HeavensMate writes "The Kuhio Beach chess tables, in Waikiki, Hawaii are a must-see for any vacationing chessplayers. Chess and babes, what more can you ask for? ;-)"
Waikiki: dnp writes "Just an update. Chess site at Kuhio Beach in Waikiki, Oahu; HI is currently under reconstruction after being demolished by the State. It is presently unknown if this area will be redone to accommodate chess players. I will advise you of the outcome once the area is rebuilt, if you would like.
Tuesday night at 7pm. If your on vacation, get terribly lost, and end up in Bloomington, your girlfriend definitely wont let you go to this former school building. Lets put it this way: I have lived in Bloomington for 6 years and my wife never set foot in the place. : ) No she is not a B its just she'd rather not. With clocks but not many rated over 1500. About 25 show up Mix about half kids half over 20.
Bloomington: Dennis Bourgerie writes "Lincoln Leisure Center, 1206 S. Lee Street, Room 203. Tuesday nights 7-10 p.m. Barnes and Noble bookstore, Tuesdays from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Chicago: BIGGY writes "At the "Java Oasis" , meets most days at this coffee shop located at 2240 S. Michigan"
Chicago: Siamese-Dream writes "Grant Park has a few chesstables where people play
Chicago: SQUAREHOPPER writes "Oak Street /North Avenue Beach In Chicago. (at the chess pavilion) This one is the most famous and most attended... especially during the summer months :<) and I think half of the "players" don't know how a pawn moves."
Chicago: mccld2 writes "There is a designated area for serious chessplayers at an area called Hyde Park. This chess site is located at 52nd & Harper. There are concrete chess tables there. The competition there is very good. In the summer time, chess is played around the clock. "
Crystal Lake: Adam Cheknis writes "Borders Tuesday nights 7-10:30"
Crystal Lake: Adam Cheknis writes "Crystal Lake Park District (building at the corner of Walkup & CL Ave) every second Saturday of the month from 7-10PM"
Peoria: Ron Suarez writes "Tthe Greater Peoria Chess Federation meets on Monday nights from 7:00 - ? at the Lakeview Museum."
Pekin: Ron Suarez writes "The Pekin Chess Club meets on Tuesday nights from 7:00 - 9:00 at the Miller Senior Center."
Rockford: CRBeach writes "Take a look at www.rockfordchess.org I did. It says Border's on Monday nights - State and Perryville"
Fort Wayne: Daniel L. Hyde writes "The Riverside Avenue Chess Club would like to be listed among the chess hangouts of the world. We are considering official club status, have been for a while now, but as we stand now, the RACC is just a place where chess happens, every friday night promptly at 7:30 pm. we play al fresco when the weather permits. We have a dozen or so core members and about twice that many irregulars. Our address is 604 (upper) Riverside Ave. Fort Wayne, IN 46805"
Davenport: Matt Nemmers writes "We meet at 6:30pm on Monday nights at Borders Book Store on 53rd Street in Davenport for skittles."
Iowa City: Tom Rocklin writes "Occasional games at the Java House on Washington downtown.When the weather is nice, the giant chess set is sometimes out on the downtown pedestrian mall."
Lawrence: Matt writes: "Monday night at borders cafe, lawrence chess club meets there."
Joe Muggs Cafe Books-A-Million - Monroe 1201 Lamy Lane Monroe, LA 71201 Saturaday mornings to early afternoon and Wednesday or Thursday evenings
"Advertising in the USCF Chess Life FM Jude Acers used to take on all comers
on a daily basis at the Gazebo Restaurant of the Old French Quarter (editors note though this iscurrently out of date as after a telephone call from his offices I was told he was up North after Hurricane Katrina but his sporit undoubtedly will return to New Orleans.
Julian Lewis writes "Wedneday nights at the Barnes and Noble (in the coffee shop), located in the Bayou Walk Shopping Center at the corner of Youree St. and E. 70th St., from about 6 pm to 11 pm."
Harvard Square, Cambridge; in front of the Au Bon Pain restaurant. Serious blitz for money or many off hand games outside and inside the restaurant.
In the warmer months, you can take on "The Chessmaster" (inactive USCF Master Murray Turnbull) for $2 a game. He also offers lessons right then and there.
Baltimore City: Deba writes: There's a place in Baltimore City. It's called Wylde Cafe, Eastern Ave - off of Broadway.somthing like that.
Chess Club- Ages 18+; Thursday; 7:00pm; Year-round; Harford County Community Services Building; All skill levels are welcome.
Las Vegas: Robert Bukovac write"Border's bookstore, corner of Sahara and Decatur, Monday and Thursday night, 6pm-11pm."
Bound Brook: cateyes writes "le-fou owns an upbeat place that is a combination art gallery, restaurant and bookstore.... there are chess boards available and at times the competition can be very tough. It's called the Palmyra Teahouse on Hamilton Street in Bound Brook, New Jersey"
Hoboken New Jersey
New York State
New York City
The Williamsburg Chess Club of this gentrified ghetto slum has allegedly become a very trendy area (I freguented the Williamsburg YHMA in the early 60s before it became overwhelmingly Spanish, Polish, or trendy) meets every monday at 8pm at The LUCKY CAT Cafe, 245 grand street in Williamsburg undoubtedly there will be much in contention there.
MacDonald Park (7 minute drive from midtown Manhattan)
Queens Boulevard, between Yellowstone Boulevard & Continental Avenue - Across the street from Post Office.
Best gathering of players in New York. No gambling whatsoever. Daily playing from about 1PMto midnight. This is an open area in the middle of Queens Boulevard. Lost of shopping and entertainement in nearby Austin Street. Play from late Spring to early Fall. Players of all strenghts, but masters show up on Saturday afternoons, occasionally Friday night or Sundays.
McDonald Park; Northern Boulevard in Flushing; Borough Hall; Newcomb Square; 81st Street and Ditmars Boulevard; 23rd Avenue (between 91st and 100th Streets); 164th Street near Kissena Park; Main Street (between the Long Island Expressway and Union Turnpike); Utopia Parkway (between Peck Avenue and the Long Island Expressway); Francis Lewis Boulevard (b/w the Long Island Expressway and the Grand Central Parkway); Shea Stadium.
On cold winter days, action moves to
ASTORIA. Queens New York
Steinway Street, two blocks off Northern Boulvard, across the street from PC Richards. Cheap, good food (try the Greek salad). Playing is free, a Balkan Latin American International chess free for all which is home to also Russians as it is also a Taxi driver hangout. Thoughit's suggested you order a refillable coffee or some food or drinks if you hang with friends who order that isn't necessary just tip the waitresses (Polish at last count) as they get paid based of tips. Best playing time is Friday, Saturday & Sunday, after 4 PM
Forrest Park, Queens
This park has a well founded traditional core constituency of regular chess players that can be found there in good weather occupying approximately 12 chess tables in action that adjourns to a nearby McDonalds in winter time or days of bad weather. Often they bring official boards. Sets and clocks and play.
Sunnyside This is a small local community park administered by the New York City Department of Parks located in Sunnyside Queenslocated at 43rd. Street and Greenpoint Avenue that has a number of standard New permanent chess tables. Generally it is a friendly family oriented area, and there are approximately eight tables. Though often many of its chess tables are misused and occupied by card players and regular park users, often two or three are used for chess in the good weather seasons. The games are usually unclocked. Freguented by Greeks, Armenians, Romanians, Russians, and South Americans from it is a friendly community game though be prepared for kibitzing butinskis and others. There are many affordable fast food restaurants and restrooms convenient to the area as there is a Pubic Library across the street.
Battery Park, Manhattan
Thompkins Square Park world famous as part of the Lower East Side some active chess playing at the table of the south west corner of the part though not necessarily for the unsavey out of towner as I saw the restaurant across the street get cleared out when some one tried robbing it and the dozens of police that soon followed.
Washington Square Park
Commonly said as WashingtonSquare Park, serious play, including blitz for money with expert-level players, all day until dark. Most are hustlers who only play for money. Rather mangy crowd with occasional drug trafficking, not recommended for unattended kids. Players often move to the nearby Chess Shop or Chess Forum shops to play in winter or after dark. Both are on the same block, two blocks south of the park on Thompson Street. They charge a few bucks for use of set and clock.
But that is only to the uninitiated stranger as there are distinctions between the Southwestern corner of the park on fourth Street and the Northeastern corner near Waverly place as the South Eastern corner is everything said about it (IF NOT MORE as it has come under the watch of Anti-drug task forces on occasion they installed video surveillance on the rooftops). Whereas the Northeast corner is much less hustler drug oriented and more friendly as it is frequented by retirees and neighborhood types. Even so both areas are generally fine if approached cautiously as where any where else can become a front cover for the sale of drugs of other illicit activities.
UPSTATE NEW YORK
Madquick writes "Crossgates Mall (in front of "The Gamekeeper"), 7pm-11pm MON Albany High School (cafeteria), 7pm-10pm WED"
CHESS TOURNAMENT -- The Second Annual Eden Park Chess Tournament boasts
$1,000 in cash and prizes. 11 a.m.-dusk. Saturday-Sunday. $10. Eden Park, Mount Adams. Duane Larkin 513-931-1550 or 513-641-2510
Victory Parkway and Macmillan Street, Gilbert and Eden Streets
Wednesday chess meetings
Lebanon: Marc Miller writes: "Hi Bill ; An informal chess club meets at the Allen Theater Coffee House in Annville Pennsylvania every Tuesday night at about 7:00 . Everybody who shows up gets to play , and its totally free of charge . The food there is
Philadelphia: sweeps writes "Rittenhouse Square on Walnut St."
When I recently visited the area in August 2005 for the Western Pennsylvania Chess Open I was told of Market Square and advised as to the hustlers and drugs both of which as I was from New York City I was Surprised. Though when I first visited on a Thursday when a free rock/Pop concert was provided by the City and there were perhaps 4 chess games going on (all without clocks) when I returned the following Monday there were none and perhaps those games were disappointingly merely ruses to front for drug selling.
Pittsburgh Jonathan Fry writes "There is a coffeeshop on East Carson and 14th St. in the South Side called "The Beehive" where casual chess games are played regularly in the evenings."
Wynnewood: Dan Heisman writes "The Main Line Juniors Club, which currently meets the 2nd and 4th Saturdays from 2-4 PM at the PennWynne Library in Wynnewood, PA "
Giant Chess Youth Tournament Sunday, October 24, 2004 at Wooldridge Square Park, youth in grades K-12 participated in a chess tournament using knee-high chess pieces on a giant chess board. Sponsored by Rocks & Rooks, Parks & Recreation Department, Ace Chess Club, and Downtown Austin Alliance.
Intersection of New Hampshire Ave, Connecticut Ave, 19th Street and Massachusetts Ave in Washington DC NorthWest (NW) area; Variety of chess strengths depending on the day and time of the week. Some hustlers. Best day to meet strong players is usually Sunday afternoon/evening.
Puerto Rico: also listed below as a separate country as part of "The Rest of the World"
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