Thanks, pop. Yes, I love the "paned" glance of that woman too. I've always enjoyed street shots of groups of people. Almost invariably at least one person in the group sees the photographer. Then there's HCB's "Lock at Bougival" where the only person in the picture who sees the photographer is one of the dogs.
I took a closer look at the uploaded shots on my own monitor and I don't see any signs of over-sharpening. On the other hand, I normally sharpen for printing, so I often have to be careful to make a second less-sharpened copy for upload. I didn't do that this time.
Stamper, I played a lot of chess when I was in high school, and later when I was in pilot training, but it's been a long time since my last game. Unless my antique memory is failing, in the initial setup it's the king that takes his board color - which is the way this board is set up.
Here's one for Rob from the same shoot (yesterday). I like this one better in color.