A portrait of the unyielding community of hustlers and players, club managers, shop owners, and leading U.S. chess players around New York City's Washington Square Park reveals a love-hate relationship. The disdained park players (regularly referred to as "Chess Hustlers") speak sharply about their title and their life on the board and on the street.

Update: Village Chess Shop, one of the two shops profiled, closed its doors permanently in 2012, just one year after this short doc was made. It sat at 230 Thompson Street since 1972. We are proud to have had the opportunity to keep its legacy going - even if only on video.

Shot and Edited by
Gabby Zemer
Tas Pelikan
Michael Simon

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