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


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

Tom Murphy, colace in us 49, colace in us 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. Colace in us This is the second highest American title; above him are master. Colace in us So it means he is quite good, colace in us" said Washington's Chess Center director David Mehler.

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

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

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

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

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

The game, colace in us he said consists of "few guiding principles: king safety, colace in us fight for the center, colace in us give every piece a job."

"At blitz he is a very strong player. Colace in us He has a very fast mind and he sees combinations very quickly. Colace in us He calculates very quickly, colace in us" said Mehler, colace in us 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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