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Idea: Let's build a database of chess parks

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  • Idea: Let's build a database of chess parks

    I went to Washington DC a couple weeks ago to attend an internet security conference (relevant to my day job). It turned out there was a chess park in Dupont Circle right outside my hotel room. It occurred to me it might be neat to have a centralized repository of public chess parks.

    There are some neat possibilities with this but first off, we need to compile as many locations as possible.

    So please feel free to post follow-ups here, please put the city / country in the subject line and as close as you can get to the address in the body (intersections, etc).

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    Toronto, Canada

    Intersection of Yonge & Shuter Streets, north side of Shuter, across Yonge St. from the Eaton Center.

    Yonge St and Shuter St., Toronto, ON - Google Maps
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    • #3
      I remember seeing something like this on the internet a couple of years ago. I'll have to hunt and find it again. It was basically just a listing of popular spots (parks or otherwise) to hang out and play chess for free. I remember emailing them to let them know of a bookstore near me where people used to hang out on Monday evenings and play. Unfortunately, that bookstore no longer exists.

      --Fromper

      "Don't be afraid of ghosts! Always play the moves you want to play unless you see a genuine tactical drawback." --Grandmaster Neil McDonald

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      • #4
        I just saw something like this on chessninja today. There's a Chicago Chess Blog (Kimbark?) that seems to be collecting info for that area, too.

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        • #5
          Windsor, Ontario

          Google Maps

          Stone tables and benches with chessboards on Maiden Lane just off of the main drag of Ouellette. I think some of the boards have the white square in the wrong corner.
          Last edited by Crash; 09-12-2007, 03:16 PM.

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          • #6
            I searched on google and couldn't find the site I was thinking of that listed places to play all over the world.

            I did find something VERY interesting that I think I'll start a separate thread about, though.

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            "Don't be afraid of ghosts! Always play the moves you want to play unless you see a genuine tactical drawback." --Grandmaster Neil McDonald

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            • #7
              Washington, DC

              Dunlop Circle, just across from New Hampshire NW. Stone tables on which the players place roll-up boards.

              Chess Park in Dunlop Circle Washington DC - Google Maps
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              • #8
                Feel free to add these locations in New York City.
                Narz's Chess Page

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                • #9
                  yes i have finally arrived to this site
                  my name is aziz
                  i am a moderator at the new fast rising chess site that will be well recognised all over. at the site we try our best to develop ways to which the user can feel at home and also assist them to grow in their chess.
                  you should pop by sometime. the url is "www.chesscube.com" you pc would require a flash player download which is free and once registering your pc would ask if you want to download it....

                  but enough bout that, i wana know what this forum is all about? can anyone tell me?

                  i hope its ok cos i can tell you about alotta good chess sites who alotta gm's use... some of them you pay for like icc and others you dont. like fics and chesscube
                  Last edited by Perseus; 12-07-2007, 10:32 AM.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Perseus View Post
                    We are an all-purpose chess community. You can post on any chess (and almost every non-chess) subject here, play correspondence, ask for and participate in analysis, recommendations, all sorts of questions, post and read news, the usual .

                    On that note though, (please don't take it as negative criticism, it's not so-intended).
                    Try to stay (somewhat) on-topic, your link to chesscube is a welcome one, but could you perhaps post it in a more appropriate thread? Also, we have a section devoted for introducting new members.

                    That said, a hail and hearty welcome
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                    If I might add to that with another comment. You've posted (about) the same post in three different threads, in all of which it's more or less off-topic. I would kindly ask you not to do that. Just start a new thread in an appropriate section on the subject in the future.
                    Have you read the Forum rules?

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                    • #11
                      Hear Hear!

                      Brilliant Idea! And one that many a wandering chesser has dreamed of......

                      I support this idea whole heartedly!

                      Ok, let's see... There's the Santa Monica International Chess Club (North side of the boardwalk (On the promenade with a dozen solid Masters, at least), Chicago!, Ok, on the shore of lake Michigan?, in Chi-town there's a chess park, sacraficing pieces only excites the local Masters... Till they lose of course.... (I was raised by Masters... ) Washington Square park, NYC, (Searching for Bobby Fischer), Well there's three anyway...


                      Cheers!

                      Hey, come play me a game of chess at planetchess

                      upper left of home page is chess room link.

                      Planetchess.org is still in test mode... but the chess server is up.
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                      • #12
                        Edgewater Park

                        It just so happens that there is a nice park in Cleveland, Ohio called Edgewater Park, where alot of players come during the summer to play. In fact, an associate and I throw a tournament there every Labor Day and have since 1992. Since that time, several prominent players have shown up there, including most recently Alexander Shabalov.

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                        • #13
                          Here's an odd one: The Florida Renaissance Festival at Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach, Florida has open chess play. They've got three giant boards (roughly 1 foot squares, I'd guesstimate), and people just walk up and play. There used to be a strong player who played there for money, but I think the faire got rid of him because they considered it gambling. The faire runs for 5 weekends every February-March. Next weekend is the final one for this year.

                          As a ren performer who doesn't have an act right now and has never worked that particular faire, I've actually been thinking of asking if I can take over as the resident chess expert next year. I'm thinking that if I give people prizes for beating me instead of money, then they might see it as just another faire game, not gambling.

                          --Fromper

                          "Don't be afraid of ghosts! Always play the moves you want to play unless you see a genuine tactical drawback." --Grandmaster Neil McDonald

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                          • #14
                            Brilliant idea, thanks. I have stumbled across a few around the world but need to work on correct adresses!

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                            • #15
                              I met Shabalov in Philly, 93' World Open. I saw him standing there with two tennis racquets. Being a not so bad tennis player, and considering I had the wherewithall to bring my racquets, I walked up to him and said; "You play tennis?" (Silly question in hindsight) He replied yes, so that was enough for me to invite him to tennis the next morning, he agreed. My friend, (A NM was hiding in the corner much mortified)

                              Now, the entire evening before our morning rendezvous, I considered how I would present this to friends back home, "I beat GM Shabalov!" er, at tennis.

                              Lo and behold, He beat my shorts off....

                              End of story...
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                              "Players who fail to study tactics systematically tend to suffer from tactical blind-spots that plague them throughout their playing career, and thus they fail to realize their full potential." GM John Nunn.
                              Chess is 99 percent tactics. - Teichmann
                              Chess is 99% tactics - Alexei Shirov
                              "I absolutely agree with the well-known maxim: 'Chess is 99% tactics." GM Susan Polgar

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