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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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What's New

Weibel Quads, Emory Tate Memorial in Fremont, November 7, 2015; photos by Richard Shorman

Berkeley Chess School's Spooky Swiss at the German International School in Berkeley, October 31, 2015; photos by Richard Shorman

IM Emory Tate (1958-2015) Five-time United States Armed Forces Champion and the highest rated African-American to ever reside in California.

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California Chess Historian: Kerry Lawless "chessdryad —"
CalChess Photographer: Richard Shorman "purdyfine —" (Richard reads his email, but doesn't respond).
Chess Author: Frisco Del Rosario "frisco —"

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