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Here's a good article on the recently concluded 2007 U.S. Interservice Chess Championship:

Twenty-one of the best chess players from the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force gathered at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar June 11-15 for the 2007 U.S. Interservice Chess Championship.

The players were competing for the opportunity to play in the 18th NATO Chess Championship, where they would compete as the U.S. national team against military teams from other countries.

The top player from each service based on the end of the week point standings would be selected for the NATO team. The remaining two slots would go to the two players with the next highest point totals - regardless of service.

Both the Army and Air Force have tournaments that determine their interservice tournament participants; the Navy and Marine Corps use recruiting tactics to make up their squads.

All six of this year's Navy competitors are stationed in the San Diego area. Navy Service Representative Julie Smith said the close proximity of the players went a long way in establishing team camaraderie.
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