Thursday, October 27, 2005

The Chess Monster of Tompkins Square

Daniel Wallace of The Villager spends some time with Lewis Taylor, a.k.a. the Chess Monster, and learns about true happiness.

"....As corny as it sounds, if someone were to offer me all the money in the world, but said I had to give up chess, I wouldn't do it. I'd say, nope, no thanks. You know, I feel sorry for people. I knew guys in New Rochelle who had everything society had to offer, a house, a car, a family. But they just — weren't — happy."

He shook his head. "Chess has opened up a whole new world to me. I have found my happiness."

And looking at him, a big jovial man smiling in the autumn sunlight, I had to agree. Chess is certainly happy.

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