Meet the proprietor of the last chess supply store in New York City


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#2

I always liked walking past this place on the way downtown. Between the eccentrics who hang out outside, the fact that it’s an expensive retail storefront devoted to selling supplies for a single game associated with refined intellectuals, its “anyone is welcome” vibe, and the artistic quality of the sets displayed in the window, it was a regular reminder of what makes the city what it is.


#3

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#4

I don’t care how much you love chess, you can’t actually use more than maybe 2-3 sets. Unless some serious collectors are customers, how could this business ever be successful?


#5

Yeah, but whether you have 1, 2, 3 or even more sets, you’re always, no matter how hard you try to avoid it, going to be missing some pawns.


#6

Bishop to King 7. Checkmate I think.

@Boundegar

Maybe it also caters to tourists?


#7

Milk and cookies keeping you awake, huh?


#8

Have you ever even heard of chess BOOKS!?! There’s a bunch of them, many exceedingly hard to find.


#9

Many a visitor has come in trying to put a checkered past behind them.


#10

Are you saying they Go there?


#11

That ending man, it made me so sad. He just fades into the night :cry:


#12

No its more to do with this sex doll I found in the rubbish last night.


#13

Wonderful. Inspiring. That is all.


#14

Yeah, that’s going to end well for you…


#15

Not to me. Just look in the “For Dummies” section and I’m all set.


#16

Feels more like “made the city what it was”.

All the brainpower that used to be poured into chess… where does it go now?


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