If you go down to the park today…


I enjoyed the recent BBC programme The Woodpushers (h/t to my brother for pointing it out):


The programme took me back down memory lane, in 2007 when I last played chess at Washington Square Park.

The kibitzer is my son, Tom, now 21.

We had gone to New York with our close friends John and Fiona, and their children Andrew and Emma. Without staying what I was doing, I steered the walk towards Washington Square, my frequent playground when I lived in Manhattan in 1993. I feigned surprise when we happened on people playing chess in the SW corner.

I recall that John asked if I wanted to play:?

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Chris Torres is a nationally renowned scholastic chess coach working in both Bakersfield and the San Francisco Bay Area. His classes have attracted players of strengths ranging from rank beginners to world champions. A chess professional since 1998, Chris is widely recognized as one of the main driving forces behind the explosion in popularity and sudden rise in quality of scholastic chess in California. Currently, Chris Torres has the ranking of candidate master and serves as the President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy. Mr. Torres’ hobbies include playing classical guitar and getting his students to appear on the national top 100 chess rating lists.

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