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July 31, 2010

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Tom Sheepandgoats

Remind me not to challenge this tyke. I'm sure he'd wipe up the board with me. I suspect that, as part of a child's regimen, chess does a youngster a lot of good.

But I knew two extraordinary chess players. One could see ahead 32 moves, the other 30. They'd sit down at the board together, the pieces as yet untouched. They'd concentrate for all they were worth. Finally, one would tell the other "I've got you checkmated in 24 moves." The other would survey the board, see that it was so, and hold out his hand in congratulations. "Great game," he's say.

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