If you go to a park in most large cities, there is usually someone with a table trying to hustle chess. These players come out each day and try not to look too conspicuous. They try to look disheveled so that a passer-by will not be intimidated. Then the hustler will lighten their pocket out of a few 20s. However, what happens when the hustler gets hustled? Sometimes a hustler can call someone over and not realize who they are playing. Next time you challenge someone to a game in a park, make sure they’re not a Grandmaster!
Dr. Daaim Shabazz is the creator and webmaster of The Chess Drum. He serves as a tenured faculty member of Global Business & Marketing at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, USA. He holds an MBA in Marketing and a doctorate in International Affairs & Development. He has served the journalist community for more than 30 years and still competes in tournaments occasionally.