Bench Chess

A chess match in the park is not a rare sight, but for the game to take place on a park bench…not in a park…with dignified combatants matching wits in a vandalized working-class setting and so focused on their field of play to ignore a snapping shutter near-at-hand — well that’s pretty interesting.

Classic Gallic profiles, classic blue-collar Paris setting, intensity and camaraderie are all part of the composition which leaves the Game of Kings looking populist and noble at the same time.