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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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Weibel Gran Prix Quads in Fremont, October 11, 2014; photos by Richard Shorman

IM Anthony Saidy at the United States G30 Championship in Santa Clara, September 28, 2014; photos by Richard Shorman

Judy Sztaray at the United States G60 Championship in Santa Clara, September 27, 2014; photos by Richard Shorman

Falconer Blitz at the Mechanics' Institute Chess Room in San Francisco, September 21, 2014; photos by Elliott Winslow

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California Chess Historian: Kerry Lawless "chessdryad —"
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