Chess in Venice

 ‘Birthplace of the physical fitness boom of the twentieth century’

mind meets body

‘No camping’

a couple celebrate their engagement with a photoshoot

while Humphry defies the ‘dogs off leash’ regulation

‘No fire, fireworks or barbecues’

‘No golfing’

‘No silly hats’

On adjoining Venice Beach Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek formed The Doors in 1965.


Matthew Beelby

Although no longer an active player, FM Matthew Beelby still follows the game closely. We found him in the Chess Park testing himself with a copy of John Nunn’s Chess Puzzle Book.

Matthew’s most cherished memories are of playing Andor Lilienthal in Budapest and meeting Mikhail Tal. Here of two his fine efforts:

And a lucky escape:

Beelby v Akobian 2007

White to play

Matthew played 33 Rdg1 after which Akobian could have won comfortably by maintaining the pin on the long diagonal and advancing his c-pawn. But after 33…Bxc2? 34 Rg7+ Kh8 35 e6! it dawned on the GM that he had no more than a draw:

and the game concluded 35…Be4+ 36 R1g2 Bxg2+ 37 Rxg2+ Kh7 38 Rg7+ Kh8 39 Rg6+ Kh7 40 Rg7+ Kh8 41 Rg6+ drawn


  1. Adrian Casillas says:

    A couple of brief notes:
    [1] clever article title, but that is Santa Monica beach, not Venice beach (which is a mile down the road);
    [2] Santa Monica was the locale for the great Piatagorsky Cup GM tournaments of 1963 and 1966.

    I spent my formative chess years – 1970s – hustling quarters on those benches – and enjoying the picaresque pleasures of its’ low-budget Fellini atmosphere – so I know whereof I speak.


  2. voidoi says:

    I took my first chess lessons from Beelby… still draw upon them.

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