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Weekly chess column

Recall that Knute Rockne brought eternal football fame to Notre Dame University and helped make it one of the country’s foremost universities by popularizing the forward pass and creating the legend of George Gipp.

The pioneer promoter of college chess has been Alan Sherman of the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, a cryptology expert who solved a problem of national exposure for his school of 13,000 students. His target: the “Final Four,” which is the name for the unofficial US college team chess championship playoffs. The winner of the “Final Four” wins the President’s Cup and becomes America’s college chess team champion. 

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