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Laura Lewis
Ralph Ashby, 102, makes his next move during another weekly Tuesday afternoon chess game at Hickmans Crossroads Library.
102-year-old chess player is king of the boards

HICKMANS CROSSROADS — He’s been strategically maneuvering rooks, bishops and pawns for four decades, and he’s not about to stop now.

Ralph Ashby, founder of the Grand Strand Chess Club that meets and plays weekly at Hickmans Crossroads Library, turned 102 on July 31.

The centenarian keeps on going like energetic chess royalty, regularly showing up for the Tuesday afternoon gatherings at the county library branch on Calabash Road where, from 1 to 4 p.m., the chess club has the library meeting room all to itself for its weekly games.

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