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And call'd it Caissa from the dryad's name:
(Whence Albion's sons, who most its praise confess,
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An original Schjeide Chess Table...made in Berkeley!


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Marita Sosonko, GM Gennadi Sosonko signing the Mechanics' Institute Grandmaster Register and MI Director John Donaldson at the Stamer Memorial, June 7, 2014; photos by Richard Shorman



San Francisco Grandmaster Invitational, at the Fisherman's Wharf Marriott Hotel, June 7, 2014; photos by Richard Shorman



GM Sam Shankland, winner of the Best of the West Class Championship, at the Santa Clara Marriott Hotel on May 25, 2014; photos by Richard Shorman



Berkeley Chess School's Theatrical Play, "The Story of Chess", at the Annual Berkeley Chess Festival on May 18, 2014; photos by Richard Shorman



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California Chess Historian: Kerry Lawless "chessdryad — sbcglobal.net"
CalChess Photographer: Richard Shorman "purdyfine — hotmail.com" (Richard reads his email, but doesn't respond).
Games Editor: Andy Ansel "aansel — Verizon.net"
Chess Author: Frisco del Rosario "frisco — appleisp.net"

Our sincerest thanks to Salman Azhar, Alan Benson, John Blackstone, John Donaldson, Jim Hurt, Richard 'S' Lee, John P. McCumiskey, Elizabeth Shaughnessy, Mark Shelton, Richard Shorman, and Ted Yudacufski for their extensive contributions.