Chess King

Chess player at outdoor tables, Dupont Circle, Washington, DC

The poker-player in me admires the guys (and they’re pretty much always guys) who hustle chess in public parks. They run on smarts and nerve and they work a keen psychological edge. The air around them hums with the energy of their game.

I didn’t notice this until I looked at this image in full enlargement: in one lens of the Chess King’s eyeglasses you can see reflected the hand of his opponent making a move on the board. But I know everything I need to know about the outcome of this match from the jut of CK’s cigarette and the studied calm of his gaze.

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