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The language of chess

 

Although the game itself may be viewed as the domain of grandmasters, child geniuses, and computer boffins, the language…

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Palabra del día epyllion
Pronunciación: ɪˈpɪlɪən
noun
a narrative poem resembling an epic in style...

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