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CalChess State Championship in Santa Clara, August 30, 2014; photos by Richard Shorman



NM Josiah Stearman's 11th Birthday celebration and IGM Sam Shankland's lecture for the Berkeley Chess School, August 29, 2014; photos by Kerry Lawless



ROBERT PELLERIN (1935-August 2, 2014) He was a co-founder (along with Hans Poschmann) of the Fremont Chess Club in 1968. He was also instrumental in getting the Fremont Police Department to fund the award-winning Blue Knights scholastic chess team. He will be missed by his friends.



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California Chess Historian: Kerry Lawless "chessdryad — sbcglobal.net"
CalChess Photographer: Richard Shorman "purdyfine — hotmail.com" (Richard reads his email, but doesn't respond).
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Our sincerest thanks to Salman Azhar, Alan Benson, John Blackstone, John Donaldson, Jim Hurt, Richard 'S' Lee, John P. McCumiskey, Elizabeth Shaughnessy, Mark Shelton, Richard Shorman, and Ted Yudacufski for their extensive contributions.