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Once upon a time in Mexico: A Chess Adventure Retold by Francisco Anchondo

My friend Francisco Anchondo sent me a story from one of his recent chess adventures in Mexico. The story is fantastic and the game is even better. Enjoy!       From Francisco: On my way to Ensenada at 2:30 AM my vehicle was having some electrical problems. l waited at 7/11 /Pemex service station Continue reading “Once upon a time in Mexico: A Chess Adventure Retold by Francisco Anchondo”

A Tale of Two Cities

Charles Dickens penned “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” as his opening line in his masterpiece A Tale of Two Cities. I found myself pondering Dickens work and applying the opening line to the plight of the poor chess players in two Bay Area cities. As many of my readerContinue reading “A Tale of Two Cities”

San Francisco Chess Players No Longer Welcome on Market Street

Since my initial letter to Gavin Newsom expressing concern over San Francisco’s Market Street chess ban, a web-based movement has quickly developed and caused growing concern among chess players internationally. It is our belief that San Francisco’s anti-chess stance was made without regard for the scores of individuals who have benefited from the chess games on Market Street over the lastContinue reading “San Francisco Chess Players No Longer Welcome on Market Street”

Chess Disappears from Market Street

Many large cities have a special place for chess enthusiasts to play outdoors. For example in Boston chess players play at Harvard Square. New Yorkers can always find a good chess game at Washington Square Park. For San Francisco, we used to play on Market Street near the Bart Station. Sadly, this San Francisco claim to fame has beenContinue reading “Chess Disappears from Market Street”