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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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Re-opening after twenty years; the first meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at 7pm. Come for an evening of casual chess.

Mechanics' Institute Newsletter by IM John Donaldson

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41st People's Chess Tournament at the U.C. Berkeley Faculty Club, July 31, 2016; photos by Richard Shorman.

New Fremont Chess Club (located at the Odd Fellows Lodge in the Irvington District of Fremont) closes its doors for the last time; July 27, 2016. Ken Zowel revived the club in 2007.

IM Ray Kaufman and LM Frank Say tied for 1st in the Sunday Speed Tournament at the It's Your Move Gamestore in the Temescal District of Oakland, July 24, 2016

Paul and Jay Whitehead in front of the Mechanics' Institute Chess Room's Challenge Board in 1973

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

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