Of Grandmasters, and Flash

FOR some, chess is a blood sport. And in New York, Tuesday night is when the gloves come off. John Fernandez's adrenaline starts spiking two hours before the night's heavyweight bouts. It is then that the soft-spoken chess teacher, who lives in Chelsea, tries to calm himself before starting to moderate the trash-talking online chat sessions that run simultaneous to the matches.

By IAN URBINA

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