How to play chess: A scene from ‘The Wire’

How to play chess:  A scene from ‘The Wire’


Come on, man, nah, come on, we right in the
middle of a game, yo. …I wanna see this. Ya’ll can’t be playin’ no checkers on
no chess board, yo! A’ight, a’ight, aright, man. Now look, check it, it’s simple, it’s
simple. See this? It’s the king pin, a’ight, and he the man. You get the other dude’s
king, you got the game, but he tryin’ to get your king too. So you gotta protect it.
Now the king, he move one space any direction he damn choose, cause he’s the king. Like
this, this, this, aright, but he ain’t got no hustle. But the rest of these mother fuckers
on the team, they got his back and they run so deep, he really ain’t gotta do shit.
Like your uncle. Yeah, like my uncle. Now you see this? This the queen. She smart. She
fierce. She move any way she want as far as she want. And she is the go-get-shit-done
piece. Remind me of Stringer. And this over here is the castle. It’s like the stash.
It move like this, and like this. Dog, stash don’t move, man. Come on, yo, think, how
many time we move the stash house this week? A’ight? And every time we move the stash,
we gotta move a little muscle with it right? To protect it. True, true, you right. A’ight,
what about the little bald-headed bitches right here. These right here? These are the
pawns. They like the soldiers. They move like this. One space forward only, except when
they fight. And it’s like, like this, and they like the front lines, they be out in
the field. So how do you get to be the king? It ain’t like that. See the king stay the
king, a’ight. Everything stay who he is. Except for the pawns. Now if a pawn make it
all the way down to the other dude’s side, he get to be queen. And like I said, the queen
ain’t no bitch. She got all the moves. Aright, so if I make it to the other end, I win. If
you catch the other dude’s king and trap it, then you win. Aright but if I make it
to the end, I’m top dog. Nah, yo, it ain’t like that, look. The pawns, man, in the game,
they get capped quick. They be out the game early. Unless they some smart-ass pawns.

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