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Einstein said it “shackles the brain.” That’s a good summary of the masochistic appeal of chess, a game that causes insanity in a significant number of its greatest players and depression among the rest. At the U.S. Chess Center, Alex Sherzer will not only lecture on but replay two recent games. America’s newest grandmaster at the ripe age of 22, Sherzer will illuminate—in a way mere mortals can understand—the thinking on both sides of the board. At 7 p.m. at the U.S. Chess Center, 1501 M St. NW. $5. (202) 857-4922. (Patrick Symmes)