Saturday, 15 June 2013

Playing chess in the park: Bulgaria's open air tournaments

Sofia City Garden, one of the busiest parks of the Bulgarian capital, is known as the place where informal open air chess tournaments take place.  
Strolling there on a nice summer day you will witness gangs of (mostly) elderly men engaged – or sitting and waiting to be engaged – in chess matches. 

Often they are surrounded by agitated spectators. An occasional open-mouthed tourist flashing his/her camera makes the atmosphere even more heated. 

After a few beers our fellow EVS volunteer Ricardo decided to challenge one of the players. Guess who won.

Chess in the park.

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