New Book Examines Chess’ History, Little-Known Role in Big Apple
Ever since Bobby Fischer won the world chess championship in 1972, the tactical game has become a centerfold to the busy, bustling world of New York. In “NY Chess Since 1972: A Guide Book of Places to Go and People You Will See Around NY Chess” (ISBN 1460961412), chess master for over a decade Peter Julius Aravena Sloan reveals the little-known world of chess playing taking place on the streets of the Big Apple.
From 1972 to present day, Sloan takes readers on a historical ride through the game’s place on the streets of New York. He covers the both Mayor Giuliani and Bloomberg’s roles in making chess playing legal on the streets, and he even touches on the initial ruling that separated the game from gambling activities like cards or dice.
Throughout “NY Chess Since 1972,” Sloan highlights various places around the city that have become popular to chess players, such as the Village Chess Shop on Thompson Street and the chess tables at Bryant Park and on Broadway.
A perfect read for chess fanatics and those looking for a unique tour of New York, “NY Chess Since 1972” offers readers a crash course in the 40 years of chess in the Big Apple as well as a whirlwind look at all of the city’s chess hotspots. More importantly, Sloan hopes to bring awareness to this interesting yet unknown world of chess playing.
“I hope ‘NY Chess Since 1972’ sparks some interest in organizing competitions and starting new chess clubs,” Sloan says.
“NY Chess Since 1972: A Guide Book of Places to Go and People You Will See Around NY Chess” is available for sale online at Amazon.com and other channels.
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