I played a few games of blitz with this guy, pictured below. I lost all the games, but didn't break my budget. We played for $2.00 a game and I only played 3 games. It turned out he was originally from New York and played in the various parks there. We compared notes on New York chess people we both knew.
Unfortunately I did not write down this guy's name, so I don't remember who he is. It's too bad because I wanted to tell some of the New York people he knows that I played with him out in San Francisco. I didn't get an opportunity to have someone take some pictures of me playing. I figured I would get some pictures on my next trip to San Francisco. However I may be wrong. It seems the good folks of San Francisco's City Hall don't think much of the chess cast of characters and forced them to move out. I wasn't aware of this until I saw this post on James West's blog. He linked to a letter written by Chris Torres of Chess Musings. Torres has several articles about the closing, and The Chess Drum has written on the topic too.
Maybe they got tired of arresting the Bushman on Fisherman's Wharf. He's good for a few laughs. He hides behind a bush and shakes it as tourists walk by. Some of the reactions of the tourists are pretty funny. I had fun watching and taking pictures.
Waiting for his next victim.
Hopefully they'll get it sorted out. They should spend more time going after the overly aggressive panhandlers, and less time bother a few street chess people. IMHO. End of social commentary. Now back to our regular scheduled programming. Next on the schedule is the 23rd Thursday Night Action Championship. Hopefully I can improve upon my results of the past couple of years.