Not every hustle is the same. There is legitimate hustling going on in New York though. They will take you every way they can. From walking down a simple street to entering the pool halls and going straight at it, there are hustlers everywhere and they know how to take your money.
But, the chess hustlers actually get respect. They are good players and people know that going into the game. The only time a player pulls a hustle in chess is when he acts weak and then comes strong when you put your money up on the table. Other than that, if he’s in the park playing chess, then you know he’s going to be good and he’s probably going to take your money.
That is unless a mastermind like Magnus Carlsen steps up. He thought he’d head to Washington Square Park and play a few games. The hustlers never saw him coming. They didn’t know who he was.
But, Magnus Carlsen is a world class chess player who has played some of the best in the game like Vassily Ivanchuck, Wesley So, Hikaru Nakamura, and Garry Kasparov. If you’re going to be a hustler on the streets of New York, it might be a good idea to learn some World Class Players as well as some of their moves.
It’s Not Quite The Same
There are many hustles on the streets of New York. But, hustling chess players aren’t like that at all. Just know that they are good. This is how they make their living. So if you’re going to play, bring your A game.
As An Added Bonus
She doesn’t really pop up out of nowhere. Liv Tyler was with them the whole time. They just wanted to take a nice little stroll through the park and let Magnus wipe the floor with the hustlers. That’s all!