I don’t know what I just watched but I know I had a good time. There’s something mesmerizing about watching people play chess who actually know how to play chess. Ya know, instead of using it as a checkers board. It’s like watching baseball players hit dingers during batting practice or watching Steph Curry and Klay Thompson go off in the three-point contest. Masters at work on their craft even if my stupid low-IQ brain fails to grasp everything that’s happening. Hands moving pieces, trash talking, hitting the button on the box even though I don’t understand its purpose. It’s at those moments when I realize I really am a stupid person. When the act of people moving their hands quickly, instead of understanding the moves themselves, gets me excited. Also, did the old hustler hold his own better than expected or was the grandmaster dude throwing him a bone? When I first clicked the video I expected the game to be over in three moves.
PS- Love love love the hustler trying to cheat while they were playing. Even with the cameras there and everything. He doesn’t care. No rules in the street. If you ain’t cheating, you ain’t trying.