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I came across some students at the University of Washington enjoying a game of chess on the lawn during spring break. One of the guys was coaching the other about the directions and spaces a rook could move, which led me to believe that one of them was new to the game. Some grass blades and flower petals had been strewn onto the board and the grouping of friends were seated like figures in a painting that might hang in the Musée d'Orsay.