To teach the un-teachable, reach the un-reachable, and always think before you move” is the core mission of the Big Chair Chess Club, Inc. at the Deanwood Branch located in the nation’s capital.  The organization teaches chess to inner-city children and adults, not only as a board game, but also as an application to life skills, such as improving one’s concentration and self-discipline.  

Anacostia’s Big Chair

 Anacostia has a very special landmark called the “Big Chair.”  Everyone in Anacostia knows that the big chair is located on Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue and V Street, SE.  The big chair was built  for Curtis Brothers Furniture Company, which as established in 1926.  Bassett Furniture Industries of Virginia constructed it.  Based on a Duncan Fife design, this special chair was built form original plans by Leo A. Jiranek.  At the time, it was said to be the largest chair in the world.  The chair is made of African mahogany and weighs 4,600 pounds.  It is 19  ˝ feet high and stands on a concrete, 4-foot-high pedestal.  Its seat is as large as two double-sized beds.

Big Chair Chess Club Inc.
4322 Sheriff Road Northeast
Washington, DC 20019-3737