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“Husband Daycare for FREE” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of International Chess Park

International Chess Park
Ranked #37 of 103 things to do in Santa Monica
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150 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Husband Daycare for FREE”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2013

Searching for things that my partner could enjoy when we were visiting Santa Monica, I came across this little gem !!!! It is free, there is shade, close to toilets and best of all, you can drop your better half off here knowing he will stay put whilst you roam the shops of Santa Monica, cycle the boardwalk or head to the beach. The group is friendly and the skill level goes from beginner to craftsman !!! Bring your own pieces (the boards are embedded in the tables), set them up and wait for a game to happen.

Visited July 2013
2 Thank Judi K
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Los Angeles. CA
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“Diversity with a capital "D"”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2013

Chess park in Santa Monica, California is, in a word, amazing. First, it is free (parking excluded) which is hard to find these days. Next, it is fascinating. Where else can you see suburban soccer moms playing chess with knights of the open road. Anyone can play. Any age, any color, and any socio-economic status is allowed. English is not required or even necessary and smoking is not allowed. You do have to bring your own pieces, however, boards are built into the tables. I recommend packing a lunch and sunscreen and staying a while. If you do not know how to play chess, you can likely find someone willing to teach you. Don't count on a great deal of patience as these folks come to play. Paid lessons may even be available.

Visited July 2013
2 Thank jeffreysv
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