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6th Annual Berkeley Chess School Chess Festival, held at the Hillside School in Berkeley, May 17, 2015; photos by Richard Shorman

9th Annual Ray Schutt Memorial Blitz Chess Tournament, played at the Mechanics' Institute Chess Club in San Francisco, May 3, 2015; photos by Richard Shorman

Fide Master, Dr. Eric Schiller, selling some of the many books he has written at the CalChess Super State Chess Championship; played at the Santa Clara Convention Center, May 2, 2015. Photos by Richard Shorman

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