Thursday, 13 November 2008

Terra Firma Chess - New York City, USA - Washington Square Park

Washington Park Chess Players

Washington Square Park Chess Tables, Manhattan:

These are the famous outdoor chess tables on the southwest corner of Washington Square Park, Manhattan neighborhood of Greenwich Village. With the presence of a number of chess shops in the near vicinity the area is also known as the Manhattan "chess district". The location was used in the film "Searching for Bobby Fischer" (1993), based on the book by the same name, about Josh Waitzkin.

There have been many famous chess players, and celebrities, who have ventured to Washington Square park. For example, this link shows GM Hikaru Nakamura looking for a game.

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Terra Firma Chess - Australia - Giant Outdoor Chess Set - Hyde Park, Sydney

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Giant Outdoor Chess Set - Hyde Park - Sydney - Australia May 2005
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Celebrity Chess - Diego Maradona and the Grandmaster Draw Against Anatoly Karpov.

Football legend Diego Maradonna agrees a grandmaster draw against ex-world champion Anatoly Karpov on a live television program from Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2005.

Diego Maradona vs Anatoly Karpov (Blindfold) - "living chess" game.
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 d6 4.Nc3 - draw.

In the video Anatoly Karpov (wearing a blindfold) plays black against Diego Maradona using a "living" chess set. Following the game Karpov presents a chess set to Maradona where the chess piece bases are shaped like footballs. They then both sign a wooden chess board. Finally, Maradona presents Karpov with a signed football.

The Karpov visit was also reported by Chessbase.

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Musical Chess - Bob Dylan - Only A Pawn In Their Game

Only A Pawn In Their Game (Lyrics Bob Dylan):

A bullet from the back of a bush took Medgar Evers' blood.
A finger fired the trigger to his name.
A handle hid out in the dark
A hand set the spark
Two eyes took the aim
Behind a man's brain
But he can't be blamed
He's only a pawn in their game.

A South politician preaches to the poor white man,
"You got more than the blacks, don't complain.
You're better than them, you been born with white skin," they explain.
And the Negro's name
Is used it is plain
For the politician's gain
As he rises to fame
And the poor white remains
On the caboose of the train
But it ain't him to blame
He's only a pawn in their game.

The deputy sheriffs, the soldiers, the governors get paid,
And the marshals and cops get the same,
But the poor white man's used in the hands of them all like a tool.
He's taught in his school
From the start by the rule
That the laws are with him
To protect his white skin
To keep up his hate
So he never thinks straight
'Bout the shape that he's in
But it ain't him to blame
He's only a pawn in their game.

From the poverty shacks, he looks from the cracks to the tracks,
And the hoof beats pound in his brain.
And he's taught how to walk in a pack
Shoot in the back
With his fist in a clinch
To hang and to lynch
To hide 'neath the hood
To kill with no pain
Like a dog on a chain
He ain't got no name
But it ain't him to blame
He's only a pawn in their game.

Today, Medgar Evers was buried from the bullet he caught.
They lowered him down as a king.
But when the shadowy sun sets on the one
That fired the gun
He'll see by his grave
On the stone that remains
Carved next to his name
His epitaph plain:
Only a pawn in their game.

Performance by Bob Dylan of "Only A Pawn In Their Game", Newport 1964

Related Posts:
Musical Chess - Bob Dylan Interviewed By Bono (U2) 1984
Bob Dylan Talks Chess And East Orange New Jersey

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