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City envy: we want a chess bar like Oslo

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Ariane Sohrabi-Shiraz

A standard Friday night doesn’t need to end in a sweaty club, with you dancing badly to Cardi B. Norwegians have found a way of making going out more intellectually stimulating: they’ve made chess cool.

Chess is increasingly becoming the game of choice to watch or play for the country’s young and trendy residents, and in Oslo they have the perfect place for it.

The Good Knight is the world’s first chess bar, where every table has an integrated chessboard. Feeling brave? You could play against a bartender – but keep in mind one of them is a grandmaster who won the Norwegian Blitz Chess Championship. Then again, you may as well have a go: your ego will probably be less bruised from losing at chess on a night out than from being discovered asleep in your half-eaten kebab.

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