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Jul 13, 2009 - Chess moves

Note: this photo was published in a Sep 26, 2009 blog titled "Chess Move." And a tightly cropped version of this photo was published in a Jan 21, 2011 blog titled "Expert Chess Players Win by Tapping Into Intuitive Brain Circuits."


Moving into 2012, the photo was published in a Dec 18, 2012 blog titled "Five Reasons to Move First."




You never know what you're going to find when you wander out into the streets of New York with a camera. While on my way to dinner at a local sushi restaurant last night, I stopped at a neighborhood playground on 99th Street and Amsterdam Avenue to see if there was a basketball game underway that I might photograph.


There was, but that was not the real "photo-op" that presented itself. Over at the side of the playground, there were some stone tables with chess boards laid out, and a few games of chess were underway. I watched a sequence of three games: a mother playing against a handsome, serious-looking man; then what appeared to be the mother's son, playing against the same man; and then the son playing against another young fellow who had stopped by to watch.


I took 165 photos, and with some difficulty winnowed it down to 40 "keepers". There's only so much variety that you can find in pictures of chess pieces on a board, but if you know anything about serious chess players, you'll know that what's most photogenic is their hands and their fingers as they grasp their chess piece at the beginning of a move, or their opponent's piece when they're about to remove it...


I've got lots of other stuff going on, so I'll only be able to edit and upload about 10 of these photos each day; it will take a few days to get all of them up here. Please be patient...

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Taken on July 9, 2009