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The Wood Pushers

11th September 2014, 9.30am BBC Radio 4

A close encounter with the street chess players of Greenwich Village in New York, who play for money on the stone tables in Washington Square Park. For these players, chess is like life - a game of survival, of war, of tricks and traps - with many paying their bills and living costs from the money they win at the tables. Chess is returned to its roots as a street-level pastime: fast, aggressive, winner takes all. Filled with the sounds of Washington Square and its nearby chess rooms this programme features a mix of characters who've been playing there for many years, and for whom chess is a spiritual anchor as well as an economic lifeline.

Producer: Simon Hollis
A Brook Lapping Production for BBC Radio 4