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Some of The Continental Avenue Bridge’s Chess Tables Are Set Up Incorrectly

The new Continental Avenue Bridge park is, by all accounts, pretty awesome. Pedestrians, bicycles, and OH, chess tables! Yes! One problem, according to D contributor David Hopkins: they’re set up wrong.

If you click through to the KERA story in the tweet you’ll see that, yes, in fact, the tables are set up incorrectly. David—who knows way more about chess than I ever will—went on to say that he will not sleep until the error is corrected.

UPDATE: Only some of them are incorrectly installed. See above photo.

 

  • David Hopkins

    I will never rest until every single chess table at Continental Avenue Bridge Park gets the respect it deserves. (Plus, the jerky kid in the baseball cap started his queen on the wrong square. No way he could play queen to b4 unless he originally had it on e1. Queen starts on d1, loser! Clearly, he’s going for a Scholar’s Mate. The girl needs to play knight to f6 and shut that nonsense down. What is going on? I blame the parents.)

  • David Hopkins

    I will never rest until every single chess table at Continental Avenue Bridge Park gets the respect it deserves. (Plus, the jerky kid in the baseball cap brought his queen out too early. The Scholar’s Mate won’t work in that position. What is going on? I blame the parents.)

  • Tim Rogers

    Those kids clearly suck. Though one of them did have a question: “What’s to stop a homeless person from coming along and throwing the chess pieces into the river?” My only answer: “That person’s conscience.” The child was not satisfied with that answer.

    Here’s another question: why no drinking fountains on the bridge? There’s a pretty cool sprayground area, so the place is plumbed.

  • David Hopkins

    I’ll let those kids know that, when I am homeless, I will live on the bridge and I will protect those pieces with my stabbing stick.

    Drinking fountains cut into the squishy block budget.

  • Dan Koller

    I have a feeling David will be able to bring his own chess pieces to the Continental Avenue Bridge:

    http://marvel-chess.com/

  • RAB

    Dear David Hopkins:

    Look more closely. The girl has already LOST HER QUEEN. (WTF??) Therefore, the jerky boy is free to rampage with his queen, and the Scholar’s Mate or not, checkmate is clearly in his future. Poor girl — though it’s probably best that she learn her station in life early (i.e., dominance by jerky boys).

  • Tim Rogers

    No. YOU look more closely. Each set of pieces comes with an extra queen. That’s the queen you see off to the side of the girl’s board. I can confirm, though, that the boy did beat the snot out of that girl, and she nearly cried until her father reminded her that she was playing a boy nearly twice her age and that Vegas had him (the boy) as a heavy favorite.

  • David Hopkins

    Hm. I prefer traditional Staunton pieces, but I might make an exception.

  • AmyS

    It appears (from the photo above) that a simple quarter turn of the table will correct the problem? If the above table was turned, green would be in the right hand corner. Next turn would be white again. Option 2 – switch the chairs.

  • David Hopkins

    What Tim said. There’s a white queen on the board.

  • David Hopkins

    I’m driving there during my lunch break to try to fix the problem. However, solid concrete tables are FREAKIN’ HEAVY! I may need help.

  • Mick

    I wondered the same thing