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Balancing Act: Heroes don't always wear capes — sometimes they play chess (and wear a tiara)

CHICAGO - My first encounter with the Chess Lady was in a classroom at Dewey Elementary in Englewood, where she cheerfully explained the Fibonacci sequence to a group of third-graders. (And to me. I hadn't a clue.)

"Add the first two numbers to get the next number," she said via video, after the pattern "1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21" appeared on a screen at the front of the classroom.

My second

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