The Market Street Chess Scene is Still Around, But It’s Nothing Like the Old Days – Thanks, Gavin Newsom!

Cause, you know, a bunch of people playing chess on folding chairs on the sidewalks of Fifth and Market, well, that didn’t do you any good at all, did it, former Mayor Gavin Newsom?

This is the current iteration, as seen these days betwixt 6th and 7th on Market:

Not as big a scene, oh well.

But what’s this? Unlicensed open-air chess-playing in Lower Market? Yes, in Justin Herman Plaza right at Market and Stuart:

Will somebody call 911 on these guys?

Yes, eventually…

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2 Responses to “The Market Street Chess Scene is Still Around, But It’s Nothing Like the Old Days – Thanks, Gavin Newsom!”

  1. Newb says:

    It use to be near Powell and Market, but the police told them to go be homeless somewhere else. So they had to make the long, arduous pilgrimage to 5th & Market, where it’s today considered the best part of the entire neighborhood.

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