Photo Op on Harlem Chess

Makkada Selah is a graduate student at Columbia’s School of Broadcast Journalism and she recently visited 125th Street and found a chess scene across from the renown Apollo Theater. Those of us in the chess community know about these chess spots in the various city parks and streets. Unfortunately, these players are often harassed making these chess locations transient.

Selah’s story captures some of the passion for chess, but a larger purpose capture in the video is the appeal of chess to the youth. She interviewed some of the players at the chess location and seemed to be intrigued at the spontaneous why these chess matches are arranged. Of course those in New York will understand the rich history in street chess stemming from the famous history of the Washington Square Park.

Harlem Street Chess from Makkada Selah on Vimeo.

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