Meet New York City’s Street Chess Players (Street Chess Ep.2)

We are proud to bring you this five-episode portrait of Street Chess across the United States, and a celebration of the resilient communities that have formed through the universal love of the game.

This episode explores the eclectic group of street chess players in New York City, and tells the stories of how their paths are entwined with the beating heart of the city.

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36 Comments

  1. I would watch a 3 hour documentary on this. I hope someone is making one.

  2. I think 'Street Countdown' is far tougher.If you don't know, I'll just leave this here….. Tnetennba. Read it and weep Street Chess….🤣✝

  3. That the chess hustler who got beat by Hikaru?

  4. i cant find epidose one? Can someone send the link? thanks!

  5. If you travel north for an hour, you’d find some real good chess players in Bridgeport, CT. They’re awesome.

  6. Don't usually comment, but this series is good. Keep it going.

  7. the tattoo on that guy's forehead is a sigil of Lucifer

  8. Love this series! Looking forward to the next episode.

  9. This is what non-professional chess is all about, baby.

    Beautiful stuff. Appreciated!

  10. so sad to hear about TC!! had no idea he passed 🙁 RIP to a great NYC chess player

  11. Most useless video on chess, if it Can even be called that. Smh.

  12. Chess has become more popular over the last 40 years as unemployment rose. Arts and crafts have too.
    There was a huge boom with Bobby Fischer beating communism by himself,–but then they had to go to work and make a living, still having jobs to go to before we gave our free enterprise to china. Remember those days? Anybody?

  13. A devil worshiping chess player? That was a curve ball.

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  15. Not a lot of communities that have an age range of at least 40 years. Amazing video and well told!

  16. You're not playin' chess. You're playin' mess.

  17. This is my home. Sit down and be prepare to lose everything.

  18. "Because we know they are trying to support themselves… in the best way they know"– Is a great line.

  19. I saw crazier things happen in the Chess Shop West 4th late 90’s early 2000’s than many places I’ve traveled throughout the developed and “developing” world. Violence being just one. Ahhh those were the days. Also if anyone watches this and is / was down with the scene and in NYC… is there a guy who goes by V (I’m using discretion and won’t give his full name out but he almost never did either) still around? I could never get a dead bead on his age but he wasn’t a spring chicken when I was friends with him. Stayed with me on a number of occasions and spent MANY hours together. He CERTAINLY had an influence on my development. If you know / knew him you know his character is that strong (+ & -). He didn’t have a fixed address when I knew him. Anyway if he’s still alive and kicking and someone knows him or has his contact info (he only had a voicemail) hit me up.

  20. Needless to say V could play Chess. And play it EXTREMELY well.

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