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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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IM Emory Tate ponders while winning his 2nd round game at the United States National G60 Championship, held at the Santa Clara Convention Center, September 26, 2015; photos by Richard Shorman

NM Uyanga Byambaa at the CalChess Labor Day State Championship, held at the Burlingame Hyatt Regency, September 6, 2015; photos by Richard Shorman

Raquel Browne at the Walter Browne Memorial Service, held at the San Francisco Mechanics' Institute, August 15, 2015; photos by Richard Shorman

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