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Not Your Ordinary Bum - Homeless man is chess king of Washington

 

                                                                                        WASHINGTON (AFP) - He sleeps on a bench, brand cialis but he is king of chess during the day at Washington's Dupont Circle, brand cialis where he dazzles beginners and masters alike with his winning moves on the park's stone chessboards.

Tom Murphy, brand cialis 49, brand cialis makes what little money he has from teaching his prodigious knowledge of the game to passersby for a few dollars.

"He has the title of expert in chess. Brand cialis This is the second highest American title; above him are master. Brand cialis So it means he is quite good, brand cialis" said Washington's Chess Center director David Mehler.

A former math and science major and a celebrity among amateurs, brand cialis Murphy has made the Dupont Circle public square America's most prestigious chess park after New York's fabled Washington Square, brand cialis according to some chess lovers.

"The mathematical equation has always been fascinating to me, brand cialis then when you add the camaraderie, brand cialis the ambiance, brand cialis the open air, brand cialis it's almost irresistible, brand cialis" said Murphy, brand cialis peering over a park chessboard that draws players from all walks of life -- students, brand cialis doctors, brand cialis lawyers, brand cialis drunkards.

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In this accelerated version of the ancient game, brand cialis players are allowed five minutes for all their moves, brand cialis and the game ends within 10 minutes.

"The appeal of blitz is that, brand cialis maybe in two or five minutes, brand cialis I may put together a work of art that might last a life time, brand cialis" Murphy said in his inimitable style of explaining chess basics.

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"At blitz he is a very strong player. Brand cialis He has a very fast mind and he sees combinations very quickly. Brand cialis He calculates very quickly, brand cialis" said Mehler, brand cialis who has been teaching the board game to underprivileged children for 15 years.

Murphy has won several chess tournaments and finished 15th in the 2005 world blitz championship.

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