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Chess Notes

Weekly chess column

Chess references are often used on television to suggest intellectual superiority. Not many of these programs give a good view of chess culture.

One that has is a recent episode of “The Moth,” a program dedicated to the art of live storytelling that appears on public radio. The show’s art director, Catherine Burns, has given us a transcript of the appearance of Maurice Ashley, the first and only African-American Grandmaster, who has described a separate world of New York City black chess in vivid terms.

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