(note: I’ll have to start typing faster – just saw that Andrew beat me to this)
Seattle Times columnist Danny Westneat had emailed us a few weeks ago, trying to get in touch with some of our site members and commenters that had been talking about Wednesday Chess Night at Thompson’s Point of View. Today’s paper includes his column on the topic, and it’s an interesting take on the problems of one of our more fearsome corners and some background on the organizer of the event: “Uncle” Ray Wright.
He learned the game in prison, and gives it some credit for turning his life around and helping him stay clean for 9 years. And most interestingly, they have plans to move the games out onto the street this summer, hoping that it can help calm the overall situation and change the perception of the intersection.
Chess night is every Wednesday at 7pm. Get some catfish and greens while you’re there, and make sure to keep an eye out for the gas-can hustle.