Cigar, Coffee & Chess
Cigar, Coffee & Chess
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The three R’s refers to that well-known basic schooling principle: reading, writing and arithmetic. But for mental and spiritual stimulation, the ultimate is the three C’s: cigar, coffee and chess. The early origins of chess clubs can be directly traced back to coffee houses in the town; the most famous being in London, opened in 1828 by Samuel Reiss, originally called ‘The Grand Cigar Divan’, now known as Simpson’s-in-the-Strand, and regarded as the ‘spiritual home of chess’.


And the Westlake Park ‘Grandmaster of the three C’s’ is Peter Kinev, who can often be observed doing all three by playing street chess, while smoking his cigar and drinking a cup of coffee. When Peter was a kid back home in mother Russia, in the good-old-bad-old Soviet days, he went to a Pioneer School to be trained in chess.  I don’t qualify as a Grandmaster of the three C’s – cigars and chess I can easily and readily do, but I have a lifelong distaste for coffee.


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