Dima takes on the tennis stars

9/3/2003 – The 2003 U.S. Open is being plagued by rain, which forces the players to pass the time with other activities. Capriati naps and pedicures. Myskina and Likhovtseva play cards, Agassi gets a rubdown. But many players and celebrities are taking up the challenge to play Dmitry Schneider at simultaneous chess. It all there in the world sports press.

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New York Newsday: Passing The Time At A Soggy U.S. Open
As rain began to fall at the National Tennis Center for a second consecutive day, players, celebs and fans each have found ways to combat cabin fever. Jennifer Capriati's been catching naps and made some time Monday for a pedicure. Russian countrymates Anastasia Myskina and Elena Likhovtseva play cards. And Andre Agassi spent time yesterday in the locker room, splayed out and getting a rubdown. In the Player's Lounge, top seeds and juniors take advantage of Internet hookups, Foosball, Sony PlayStations, the "Putting Challenge 2" golf game and the chance to match wits with Dmitry Schneider, the top-ranked chess player in the 18-and-younger category in the United States. Schneider, who was brought in this week to teach racketeers a thing or two about rooks and pawns, takes on seven tennis players at a time and has yet to lose to one.

Kansas City Star: U.S. Open turns to chess master Schneider for diversion in rain
In the back of the players' lounge at the National Tennis Center on Monday, a long table with eight chess boards was set up. On one side of it, players, coaches and assorted others pulled up chairs. On the other, a teenage chess champion stood and took on all of them, patrolling from board to board, a sentry with a skinny body, pasty skin and a mind not to be fathomed. "I'm ready to take on more, but I don't think they have any more boards," said the champion, Dmitry Schneider, of New City, N.Y., sounding more earnest than boastful.

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