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

Tom Murphy, buy discount sumycin online 49, buy discount sumycin online 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. Buy discount sumycin online This is the second highest American title; above him are master. Buy discount sumycin online So it means he is quite good, buy discount sumycin online" said Washington's Chess Center director David Mehler.

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

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

Garrulous and brilliant, buy discount sumycin online Murphy, buy discount sumycin online grew up in North Carolina and Philadelphia, buy discount sumycin online Pennsylvania, buy discount sumycin online two well known chess centers, buy discount sumycin online and specializes in a lightning version of chess known as "blitz."

In this accelerated version of the ancient game, buy discount sumycin online players are allowed five minutes for all their moves, buy discount sumycin online and the game ends within 10 minutes.

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

The game, buy discount sumycin online he said consists of "few guiding principles: king safety, buy discount sumycin online fight for the center, buy discount sumycin online give every piece a job."

"At blitz he is a very strong player. Buy discount sumycin online He has a very fast mind and he sees combinations very quickly. Buy discount sumycin online He calculates very quickly, buy discount sumycin online" said Mehler, buy discount sumycin online 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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