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Chess was the choice of intellectual gamesmanship

Published on Friday, November 22, 2013

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Abe Lohnes is in the midst of setting up the final moves of the chess match with Jack Ponder, who is peering over the newspaper.

Jim Fair

Abe Lohnes is in the midst of setting up the final moves of the chess match with Jack Ponder, who is peering over the newspaper.



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Jack Ponder prepares to make what will be his final move against Abe Lohnes.

Jim Fair

Jack Ponder prepares to make what will be his final move against Abe Lohnes.

Abe Lohnes and Jack Ponder spent their Friday afternoon enjoying the atmosphere at the Stomping Grounds playing chess. It was also Abe's sister's, Cassia, 4, birthday.

Their mothers, Holly Lohnes and Debi Ponder also had some quiet time in the front.

Abe was happy to announce he beat Jack in this game. Jack asked that the result not be made known, as he has taken the measure of Abe on previous occasions.

Abe described his final move:  “I moved my rook in the spot that his dead bishop occupied. It was between his king and his knight. He then moved his king to kill my knight and then I moved in my rook for the kill.

"If (Jack) would put his mind to it he would be a pretty good player."

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