A simple plan for the brilliance of chess

A simple plan for the brilliance of chess


(M) A LOCAL MAN WHO FACED HIS FAIR SHARE OF TROUBLE AND TRAGEDY AS A TEEN — IS NOW HELPING OTHERS ATTACK THEIR PROBLEMS (HE) HE’S SPENDING HIS OWN MONEY AND TIME … AND USING ONE OF THE CALMEST GAMES OUT THERE… TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE COMMUNITY. (M) EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTER WALT BUTEAU JOINS US NOW WITH THIS WEEK’S STREET STORY. It’s a 1500 year old game that just might be getting a new beginning in Fall River, right in here. Before he was carving castles. . . And ripping through chunks of marble. . James Medieros saw the magic of chess in the pshychiatrict hospital where he worked ———– In one minute he could be in a crisis and violent and then sit down and be fine and be engulfed in this game. ———— ————- About 5 years ago, he started turning scraps into 11 hundred pound chess tables. Crushed glass Sea shells Concrete Rebar Molded into boards…. ———- It’s right up the street. ————– That now pepper the Fall River landscape. . . ————- Love it. It’s a passion. ————- Each chess table has a story. One named for a friend who overdosed on heroin. Others stand strong in parks. A few—are in public housing complexes where kids just might play. ————– By adding it right into the infrastructure of a city as an architectural accent, just like a basketball hoop. ————- It’s a thinking game. You sit down and relax and you think. ————– Medieros didn’t do much thinking or relaxing as a teenager. . . Trouble collapsed on him at 13—when his father committed suicide. ————- I’ve seen a lot of horror in my life. ———— I got kicked out of school several years in a row. The alcohol. The drugs. ————– That tragedy brings us to this table—dedicated to his uncle who helped him when he needed it most. ————- Many a nights I ate dinner over his table. Now I’m in a position to give a table back. ———— He’s invested his own time and money on the project so far, but hopes a corporation can help him do even more. . . To bring this game to a new era of teenagers… who he says really need to think about their next move. ———– You always have to be thinking ahead. Just like in life, you alway have to be thinking ahead. How bout a thousand in Mass and a thousand in Rhode Island. How bout 100 in this city. ———— ———— I don’t think I ran into this game as a coincidence. I believe i ran into it for a reason and here I am. The one with his uncle’s name on it will be in place, ready to play in Bicentennial Park by June. On Chicago Street in Fall River, Walt Buteau, EWN. TONIGHT: EVENING SHOWERS

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