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And call'd it Caissa from the dryad's name:
(Whence Albion's sons, who most its praise confess,
Approv'd the play, and nam'd it thoughtful Chess.)

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GM Evgeny Sveshnikov at the GM Invitational Pro Chess Tournament, played at the Fisherman's Wharf Sheraton Hotel in San Francisco, March 28, 2015; photos by Richard Shorman

GM Susan Polgar chatting with NTD Tom Langland at the Susan Polgar National Open for Girls and Boys, in San Mateo, March 1, 2015; photos by Richard Shorman

Steve Brandwein Memorial Blitz, held at the Mechanics' Institute Chess Room in San Francisco, February 21, 2015; photos by Richard Shorman

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