In students’ lives, Berkeley Chess School makes moves

In 1981, Elizabeth Shaughnessy, an Irish mother of three, was asked by her son’s Bay Area elementary school to help provide after-school opportunities for students. As a former Irish women’s chess champion, Shaughnessy’s response was to start an after-school chess program. “I had 72 kids on the first day!” she
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Play with the Mechanics

The International House chess crowd tends to be an eclectic and eccentric group. At first it seems a cross-section of escaped asylum patients: frazzled gray hair, too-big military jackets and crooked mustaches abound. But they know their chess. And they certainly know the best places to play, including I-House, which
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Oaks creaking in the wind

I’ve been dismantled. Every bishop, knight and rook I once marshaled on the checkered battlefield has been ruthlessly eliminated. It’s taken exactly four minutes and 47 seconds — my humiliation is complete. Across the table from me, an older man with wispy, thinning gray hair taps the reset button on
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Livin’ in a gamer’s paradise

They are everywhere. They walk among us in the daytime and appear no different from you or I — they are neighbors, friends and co-workers. But come dusk they undergo a startling transformation. They occupy the back rooms and clandestine chambers of your cities, passing ghostlike through the streets and
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