The FourCorner outdoor chess club is a very enjoyable thing to do on a sunny Saturday afternoon. It meets at noon in St John's square, a short walk from Farringdon train station, a part of the city that is quiet at the weekend. It is free and you don't need to book – just turn up and take part.
The atmosphere is fun and friendly, it doesn't matter whether you are a good player or a complete beginner, you will find a game. To be honest, you don't even have to play, there were some people who just came to watch.
They say that chess is good for keeping the brain active and in that respect, this club would certainly be good for the over 55s. The chess sets are laid out on a small wall and have a natural seat on one side, on the other side the player will have to stand, so if you have a back problem you may have to ask to be on the seated side. I don't think anyone there would have a problem with this though.
The setting is lovely, a tree lined square, there is even a beautiful quiet contemplative walled garden on one side, with plenty of seats, where you could go and gather your thoughts after a tricky game.
This is thoroughly recommended on a beautiful summer's day, so get out there and enjoy it now – as it might be a bit different on a damp day in November, although I suspect that they have a friendly pub nearby that they can adjourn to.
The Four Corner Club also meet on a Wednesday evening at 6pm in Granary Square, near King's Cross Station – perhaps I will see you there.
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