Friday, October 31, 2008

Let's Play Chess In Public Places

FIDE International Organiser & Arbiter Adam Raoof emails:
I am compiling a list of chess venues in London - not just chess clubs, which appears to be easy to find, but cafes and other places to play informally during the day and during the week.

If you know of any such venues, please let me know dates and times, the address and postcode and give me a contact number, as both Chess & Bridge and my own experience shows that most players who visit London as tourists want to play some chess at some point - and there is no information about it online!
What an excellent idea - and frankly I'm sure it's not just tourists who'd like to know this. I wouldn't mind having a few such venues up my sleeve myself.

So, can you help and do you know of such places? Click here to email Adam, or leave a comment below.

PS. We've had nerd points, we've had Nostradmus points, and today disco points are on offer for anyone who can say why.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Err... Does DISCO=DIScover Chess Options???

Angus

Tom Chivers said...

Nice try! But I'm afraid not...

RJ Christie said...

Tomorrow sees the $20m cricket match in the Standford Super Series in the West Indies. Cricket under lights, how the tradionalists would frown...


A bit of a circus really, not really cricket.

Kind of like disco chess...

Kasparov v Short in the Hippodrome in 1987 - complete with flashing lights and loud music as the tuxedo clad duo played a series of 25 mina side games?

Tom Chivers said...

Alas, those disco points remain unclaimed . . .

Magicmunky said...

Outside the national theatre in Sofia, BG. Old guys play there all summer in the sun,

ejh said...

Was Adam Raoof in Sister Sledge?

Tom Chivers said...

Oof! Now the actual answer will come as a disappointment...

Jonathan B said...

MagicMonkey,

That's worth knowing but doesn't really count as a London venue methinks.


RJC:
Cricket under bad lights ... how the players frown.

Anonymous said...

Yes, Jonathan, frowns all round it seems, but as they say - a million dollars turns a frown upside down...if you win of course!!

Jonathan B said...

what's the bloody answer then T.C.?

Tom Chivers said...

The title of the piece "Let's Play Chess In Public Places" is a reference to the 1978 disco classic "Penthouse presents pulsating disco and romantic moods for loving and dancing: The Love Symphony Orchestra", track one of which is called "Let's Make Love In Public Places".

I'm amazed no-one spotted it.