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International Chess Park

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Fun to watch

Right by the pier, it is fun to stop by and watch different people out playing chess. Not... read more

Reviewed October 10, 2016
Houston, Texas
Very Interesting

On the Santa Monica beach next to the Pier is the Chess Park. It is fascinating. The chess boards... read more

Reviewed August 20, 2016
Jim K
Indio, California
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3 weeks ago
“Should rename it Druggie Park”
Apr 1, 2018
“A unique chess park”
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Every time my husband and I try to visit Chess Park to enjoy a game of chess, it is overrun with druggies who are shooting up and smoking marijuana out in the open. These individuals also yell and attack each other while we residents try...More

Thank Jessica Y
Reviewed April 1, 2018

This is a very well known chess park right on the beach in Santa Monica. It has bee shown in many movies and tv shows. If you are on the beach, you might want to stop by just to see it :)

Thank Samuel M
Reviewed August 8, 2017

Great place to sit and play some games while enjoying the sun. Sadly there are no enough shade but... girls passing by!!

Thank Jorge S
Reviewed June 20, 2017 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.

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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 Summerasalifestyle
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