A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from May 05, 2016
“Why can’t New Yorkers play chess?"/"They’re missing two towers.”

A possibly politically incorrect joke about New Yorkers and the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center (also called the “Twin Towers”) is:

Q: Why can’t New Yorkers play chess?
A: They’re missing two towers.


The “rook” chess piece is also sometimes called a “tower.” Jokes about the 9/11 tragedy, however, are usually inappropriate.

A chess joke ("the Muslim was well on the way to victory after taking the American’s two towers") was cited on the newsgroup alt.humor on September 18, 2001. “Hey Mr Bush : Wanna play chess?? - No thank you, I’ve lost my two towers” was cited on Twitter on November 30, 2009.

“Why did 10 die?"/"Because he was in the middle of 9/11” is another joke about 9/11.


Wikipedia: Rook (chess)
A rook (♖ ♜ borrowed from Persian رخ rokh, Sanskrit रथ ratha, “chariot") is a piece in the strategy board game of chess. Formerly the piece was called the tower, marquess, rector, and comes (Sunnucks 1970). The term castle is considered informal, incorrect, or old-fashioned.

Google Groups: alt.humor
An American and a Muslim play chess…
Thinkit
9/18/01
...who wins?  Neither...a plane runs into their building, the Pentagon.  Although the Muslim was well on the way to victory after taking the American’s two towers.

Google Groups: comp.lang.java.programmer
How to download and install Emacs
Galen Boyer
7/15/02
On Mon, 15 Jul 2002, wrote:
> In article ,
> Galen Boyer wrote:
>
>> my government should be able to tell your government what to do
>> and if you decide not to sell us what we need, well, you know what
>> happens then.
>
> Yes we know very well what happens when USA is using that attitude.
> People start hating USA, terrorists start attacking and George W.
> Bush will lose all his chess games bacause he is missing two towers.
> Btw, I was on World Trade Center last monday.

Twitter
Chistes
‏@ElCuentadientes
#Jokes Hey Mr Bush : Wanna play chess?? - No thank you, I’ve lost my two towers
8:50 PM - 30 Nov 2009

Twitter
Skye Suicide
‏@skyesuicide
Why the americans never win in the chess?
Because he lost the two towers. - Huahuahuahuahaubrbr?
5:11 PM - 22 Jul 2011

Twitter
Ivan Bezdenezhnykh
‏@bezdec
@koffboy Americans cann’t play chess any more. They’ve lost two towers.
8:20 AM - 23 Aug 2011

reddit
Why can’t Americans play chess ?
submitted September 18, 2015 o by InjustBiker
Because they are missing two towers.

reddit
How come Americans never play chess?
submitted October 20, 2015 by nickmariostories
Because they are missing two towers.

9gag
sebdelaroche 12 points · 22 Dec
Why don’t New Yorkers play chess anymore? They’re missing two towers.

reddit
Why can’t New Yorkers play chess?
submitted May 5, 2016 by hardpencils
They’re short 2 towers.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CitySports/Games • Thursday, May 05, 2016 • Permalink