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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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The Definitive History of California Chess; with scans of Magazines, Columns and Ephemera.

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Recent and Past Chess Tournaments, Scholastic Tournaments, and Old Photographs.

The Purdy Fine Method of chess, and more.

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The club will be closed on March 29th for elevator repairs; but will re-open on April 5th for casual and ladder chess.

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Last round of the 2017 US Amateur Team West Championship at the Santa Clara Convention Center on February 20, 2017.

Jay Blodgett and IM Tim Taylor before the 1st round of the CalChess Senior State Championship at the Double Tree by the Hilton Hotel Berkeley Marina on February 10, 2017.

GM Victor Korchnoi and award-winning actor Peter Falk at the United States Open Championship in Pasadena on August 7-19, 1983; photos by Stella Monday.

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Mechanics' Institute Newsletter by IM John Donaldson

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.