There's only one way to build our chess community - we have to BUILD it together!

Look at this beautiful first sample mockup...just think about how beautiful the full sized tables will look?  We're just getting started!  Check out the picture slide show we've provided below, so you can see the steps it took to get us to this picture.  

The game of Chess is not merely an idle amusement.
Several very valuable qualities of the mind, useful in the course of human life, are to be acquired or strengthened by it, so as to become habits, ready on all occasions.

By playing at chess, then, we may learn:

1. Foresight, which looks a little into futurity, and considers the consequences that may attend an action; for it is continually occuring to the player, 'If I move this piece, what will be the advantages or disadvantages of my new situation? What use can my adversary make of it to annoy me? What other moves can I make to support it, and to defend myself from his attacks?

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Chess Communité is currently accepting donations.

To fund public chess in New Orleans, use any major credit card via our Paypal buttons.

To donate materials or to volunteer, please contact us.

Thanks, and we hope to see you soon for a game of chess!
Our goal is to build artistic and functional chess tables in public spaces throughout the city. We hope that this free recreational option for children and adults will stimulate minds, encourage interactions between diverse groups of people, and promote nonviolence through play.
Our interview with Times-Pic reporter Wes Muller was published on today! It should be on the front page of the Living Section on Wednesday, January 30.

Our favorite quote from the article:

"We hope to create a space that will give people a way to engage in a peaceful, non-violent manner," Sierra said. "Chess is a game that transcends culture. It doesn't matter what nationality, creed or color you are."

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The New York Times reported yesterday that a group of Harlem residents who typically play outside in St. Nicholas Park were so dedicated to their game that they actually found an indoor location rather than pack it in for the winter.

Now that's what we call love for the game.

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Thank you so much for all of your support. Thanks to you we were able to raise $3,670.00, plus a promise of 2 tables donated from artists! Thats what I call a GREAT START.

We received donations and pledges from 44 different people and businesses, which shows broad and far-reaching community support.

Thank you for sharing our vision of progress and a more beautiful New Orleans.

In the coming weeks, we will begin putting our plan into action - we will collaborate with artists and the City to build upon the foundation of success that your contributions have helped lay. We are also pursuing several sources of donated materials. We are hopeful that at least some of the tables our artists build can be made with fully donated, found, reused, recycled, and/or upcycled materials.

Again, thank you so much for your support and be on the look out for more news from the Chess Communité!

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Mauricio Sierra at New Orleans' only two existing chess tables.

Chess Communité's board was interviewed by Times Picayune reporter, Wesley Muller, today.

Look for Chess Communité on and in the local paper on January 30, 2013.

Damon of Swamp Deville has offered to design, create, and donate a chess table and two stools to Clouet Gardens. 

Clouet Gardens is a small pocket park in Bywater, Damon's neighborhood. 

We think his tree trunk design will be uniquely suited to Clouet Garden's aesthetic, and are excited for public chess to grace Clouet St! Hopefully soon Bywater's young and old will meet at Clouet St. for chess.

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