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Chess lovers wage silent battles in state competition

Alex Lenderman waits for his opponent, Aleksandr Ostrovsky, to make a move during a game of chess at the 130th annual New York State Chess Championship at the Marriott Hotel in Colonie Saturday morning.
Photographer: Barry Sloan
Alex Lenderman waits for his opponent, Aleksandr Ostrovsky, to make a move during a game of chess at the 130th annual New York State Chess Championship at the Marriott Hotel in Colonie Saturday morning.
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Bobby Fischer’s defeat of Soviet chess champion Boris Spassky in 1972 was all it took to get 17-year-old Jay Bonin hooked on the game. Thirty-six years later, Bonin, now 53, of Queens, was at the Albany Marriott on Wolf Road on Saturday to play in the 130th annual New York State Championship chess tournament against about 200 other players. “It was his fighting spirit,” Bonin said of Fischer, who died in January at age 64 ...


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