I always think of that quote from "Philadelphia, here I come" by Brian Friel every time I see somebody setting up a chess board. I remember precious little else about that play.. I can't even remember if I liked it or not.
I realize these are NOT swans.. but you get the point what with the colours and all. I saw these having a bit of a face-off at Trout Lake. The geese were very obviously wanting to hop up on the curb to get out onto the grass, but the crow was having none of it. It was stale-mate for ages until the crow got bored and headed off. I liked the way the second goose was very "dum-de-dum, I'll just wait in line here no bother Mr. Crow".