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The best way to become a champion chess player is by playing over complete games. Manus's stories and poetry are meant to lift you up between each game. After all, only chess and chess only, makes a tired chess player. Many of the things that the characters in the chess stories do are gained from the experiences of Manus's childhood in the neighborhoods of Boston. So sit back, grab a board and the book and enjoy a tall tale, a poem and exciting games. Here's a word from a grand checker player, his late father, God bless him: He said, "Manus, sharpen your gippy to avoid a bad turn." So, he says the same to you. God bless and good chess.