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International Chess Park

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Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica, CA
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No chess pieces

We had a little time to fill and searched for this place because a game of chess is always good... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Davenport, IA
via mobile

Quite the place. Lots to see and do. The outdoor, life size chess board was neat to see and play... read more

Reviewed March 19, 2017
Richland Center, Wisconsin
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  • Excellent25%
  • Very good45%
  • Average12%
  • Poor12%
  • Terrible6%
Oct 10, 2016
“Fun to watch”
Aug 20, 2016
“Very Interesting”
Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica, CA
Santa Monica
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a little time to fill and searched for this place because a game of chess is always good. Arrived to find a large area of tables with chessboards available but no pieces to play with.

Thank thimdog
Reviewed March 19, 2017 via mobile

Quite the place. Lots to see and do. The outdoor, life size chess board was neat to see and play. The street entertainment was fun to enjoy as well.

Thank luttig7
Reviewed December 5, 2016

Chess masters and chess students gather to learn from one another. Their concentration is as intense as the vibe.

Thank writerjoseponce
Reviewed October 10, 2016

Right by the pier, it is fun to stop by and watch different people out playing chess. Not something you can just stop and do, unless you happen to carry your chess set with you. There were a few homeless people sleeping on the benches...More

Thank SherriLR
Reviewed August 20, 2016

On the Santa Monica beach next to the Pier is the Chess Park. It is fascinating. The chess boards are laid out on tables with chairs and there is a huge board laid out on the ground. There are elevated walkways and viewing place all...More

Thank Jim K
Reviewed August 13, 2016

Our Granddaughter loves to play chess. So when I told her Santa Monica had a chess park and that should could play with the big chess pieces she was super excited.. She won the first match and lost the second but had so much fun.....More

Thank scubaldy
Reviewed April 29, 2016

Lots of tables but no players except the one homeless looking dude. I stopped here on a chilly overcast morning around 11:00am. I suspect later in the day or on a weekend day there will be players Clean and well kept its just south of...More

1  Thank SanMo
Reviewed March 23, 2016

I enjoy watching veteran chess players of all ages enjoy the matches & teach newer chess players about the game.

Thank SMOgal
Reviewed February 29, 2016

I was expecting scantily clad women at the CHEST PARK. Imagine my surprise when I discovered a bunch of people sitting around benches actually playing CHESS. I really misunderstood the front desk clerk at the hotel. Stop on by... the suspense and action will leave...More

1  Thank TiredWorldTraveler
Reviewed December 15, 2015

If you are into chess or just learning there is almost always a chess game in progress, or someone to talk chess with.

Thank Leah B
Santa Monica
Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a
balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a
thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers,
roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the
famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles
weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa
Monica pier spins high above the water, while park
revelers scream with delight riding the roller
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