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  1. 05 Jun '07 13:49
    What would you consider are classical chess towns (i.e. a town with rich chess history/culture)?

    Just to name a few places *I* know: Zürich, Hastings, New York, Baden baden

    But, what else is there? I do not mean just "any town where a big tournament was played", but something richer than that.
  2. 05 Jun '07 14:03
    Linares and Wijk aan Zee jump out as places whose names would be less familiar to non-chess players and have a history of strong chess tournaments.
    As for culture, as you say, a lot of places are famous for certain tournaments (eg Montreal 1979) and for certain chess players (Tal = Riga), but I wouldn't be able to say if there is a rich chess culture present in these places (by rich chess culture I assume you mean things like strong clubs/players based there or very active chess scene - many regular tournaments).
    If I were to move to a place solely to play chess the places that spring to mind are London, New York and Moscow.
  3. 05 Jun '07 14:07
    Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
  4. Subscriber davaniel
    1.Nf3
    05 Jun '07 14:40
    Scheveningen! 10 minutes by bike
  5. 05 Jun '07 15:12
    Reykjavik, Iceleand, 1972
  6. 05 Jun '07 15:33
    Originally posted by Golub
    What would you consider are classical chess towns (i.e. a town with rich chess history/culture)?

    Just to name a few places *I* know: Zürich, Hastings, New York, Baden baden

    But, what else is there? I do not mean just "any town where a big tournament was played", but something richer than that.
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  7. Standard member Daemon Sin
    I'm A Mighty Pirateā„¢
    05 Jun '07 15:36
    Originally posted by davaniel
    Scheveningen! 10 minutes by bike
    It's quicker by tram.
  8. 05 Jun '07 16:50
    Originally posted by Golub
    What would you consider are classical chess towns (i.e. a town with rich chess history/culture)?

    Just to name a few places *I* know: Zürich, Hastings, New York, Baden baden

    But, what else is there? I do not mean just "any town where a big tournament was played", but something richer than that.
    MAR DEL PLATA
  9. Standard member Evil Pawn 666
    Soul Taker
    05 Jun '07 19:32
    West Hickory. Its the mother lode. Completely untapped. One of the greatest players of all time comes from here. The community invites only the creme de cream and is completely secret. No uninvited players and absolutely no press. Pray that someday you will manage an invite just to watch.
  10. 07 Jun '07 14:01
    Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia.
  11. 07 Jun '07 17:21 / 1 edit
    Elista

    Also Bangkok due to the song One Night in Bangkok by Murray Head.