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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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Wednesday, October 26th! Hayward Blitz Tournament; $10 entry fee (60% returned as prizes). Registration 7-7:30...round starts at 7:30pm. Please bring chess clocks.

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The Mechanics' Institute celebrates the 1st time since 1975 that the US Chess Team has won the FIDE Chess Olympics; September 20, 2016.

Jay Blodgett at the 1st meeting of the Hayward Chess Club in 20 years; held in the Odd Fellows Temple on September 7, 2016; photos by Richard Shorman.

Judit Sztaray at the 2016 CalChess State Championship held in the Santa Clara Convention Center by Bay Area Chess, September 4, 2016; photos by Richard Shorman.

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

Our sincerest thanks to Andy Ansel, Salman Azhar, Alan Benson, John Blackstone, Patsy A. D'Eramo, Jr., Frisco Del Rosario, John Donaldson, Jim Hurt, Clare Lawless, Richard 'S' Lee, John P. McCumiskey, Elizabeth Shaughnessy, Mark Shelton, Richard Shorman, Sam Sloan and Ted Yudacufski for their extensive contributions.