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Chess at Max Euweplein

Max Euweplein
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The Battle

My last day in Amsterdam had my friend and I hurriedly navigating the path from the museum district to the train station. As we power-walked through one of the entertainment districts (Leidseplein), we came across a scene that stopped us in our tracks: two strangers with intensity and focus playing a life-sized game of chess. We had found ourselves at the Max Euweplein, named after the first and only Dutch chess champion Max Euwe. It turns out, the chess board is regularly played, and the area also contains a Max Euwe museum that pays homage to his endeavors and passion for chess.

At the time, we had never seen such a site and were awed by the players. After another 10 or so minutes, more passerby had stopped to watch. Finally, the man furthest away won the match...and without saying a word to the other, the players retrieved their bikes and went their separate ways. We, too, continued on to our final destination.