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Chess Notes

Weekly chess column

Many years ago Boston had a Metropolitan Chess League. In its heyday, it consisted of clubs in the vicinity, including the Lithuanian Club in South Boston, a social mecca for Lithuanians in the area, where Kazys Merkis, a correspondence champion, held forth. The Boylston Chess Club, Harvard, Danvers CC, Boston University, and MIT were among the participants.

The league folded for reasons we can’t remember. The Lithuanian Club was no longer active after Merkis’s death and the movement of youngsters out of South Boston. The local col-leges lost interest, or so it seemed.

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