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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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What's New

The 11th Annual Ray Schutt Memorial Blitz Tournament, held at the San Francisco Mechanics' Institute on May 7, 2017, broke all blitz records for attendance in Northern California; it had 79 players!

IM Elliott Winslow TDing for the 2017 San Francisco Scholastic Championship at the San Francisco County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park on March 25, 2017. The event was sponsored by the Mechanics' Institute Chess Club.

Last round of the 2017 US Amateur Team West Championship at the Santa Clara Convention Center on February 20, 2017. The event was sponsored by Bay Area Chess.

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California Chess Archivist: Kerry Lawless ""
CalChess & ChessDryad Photographer: Richard Shorman "" (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.