Little India shophouses straddle heritage and progress

Kampong Kapor Road roughly bisects Little India - one half towards Race Course Road and the other towards Jalan Besar. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
Two adjoining shophouses undergoing extensive restoration in Desker Road in Little India. PHOTO: SEAN SEBASTIAN FONG
Two adjoining shophouses at 72 & 74 Desker Road in December 2019 before major conservation restoration works. PHOTO: SEAN SEBASTIAN FONG
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SINGAPORE - The pieces on the elegant wooden chessboard are moved with rapid, practised ease. Within mere seconds, chess enthusiast Jimmy Tan has demonstrated a classic set of opening moves dubbed the "Italian opening".

He made a bigger move of sorts, founding the private members' chess club Singapore Chess Social in a rented second-floor unit in a Rowell Road shophouse in Little India.

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