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Warrant Officer Al Renteria during the Gulf War, long before he retired, founded Operation Interdependence, and began shipping signed chess sets to the troops. -- Mar 2000

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From its simulated desert command post at the National Association of Broadcasters trade show in Las Vegas, Operation Interdependence launches the Signature Chess Sets Program -- 20 Apr 2005
Click to expand Miss Oceanside and Peter Shikli, the MegaChess CEO, signing chess pieces at the Mission Marketplace Military Appreciation Day in Oceanside, CA.
-- 29 Jun 05
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3rd Battalion, 25th Marines in Iraq. Bare walls except for pictures from home and a Marine's rifle. -- 23 Jul 05
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Shipped from the Marine Parents United Convention to TF S1,3-15 IN -- 14 Sept 05
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ROTC, Boy Scouts, US Army, and kids sign chess sets at the Oceana Festival in Virginia. -- 21 Sep 05
Click to expand 1st Battalion, 5th Marines in Iraq. -- 8 Oct 05

Click to expand Chess signing at the National Association of Convenience Stores in Las Vegas. -- 10 Nov 05

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Mississippi Army National Guard, 1st Platoon, Viper Company stationed in Iraq. -- 20 Nov 05
Click to expand Deputy Secretary of Defense and Secretary of the Navy Gordon England signs the chess pieces to be given to Walter Reed Army Medical Center for wounded troops to use as part of their rehabilitation process. -- 10 Dec 05

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Signing well wishes at Wal-Mart in Dumfries, VA on chess pieces going to Walter Reed Army Medical Center. -- 10 Dec 05
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Command Sergeants Major Lawrence Holland, 7th Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Defense
accepting signed chess sets arriving at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. -- 30 Dec 05
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Happy wishes written at the "Happiest Place on Earth", Disneyland, CA. -- 22 Feb 06
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Jose Sanchez, US Army in Iraq. -- 15 Mar 06
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Chess piece signing at the National Association of Broadcasters trade show in Las Vegas -- 27 April 2006

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Chess piece signing in Indiana for kids and the young at heart -- 15 May 2006
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And at a 9/11 memorial service at the George W. Bush Presidential Library
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NY City Policeman, Sgt. Chris Gallagher (knealing), and Brian Freeman of the London Fire Brigade -- 9 Sept 2006



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Bringing out the big guns, a MegaChess set with a 6-foot king (above) at the 2007 National Association of Broadcasters trade show. Signing at left is David K Rehr, President of the NAB.

And below is rock-and-roll legend Chubby Checker signing a chess piece.

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Chess signing by Space Shuttle workers from Boeing at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center
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At the offices of the Director of the VA facilities in the Los Angeles area with Jane Schwartz (left), the CEO of Operation Interdependence, and Al Renteria (right), the Founder.

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A chess signing at a Walmart store

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Signings by the players in the Bookcliff Middle School Invitational Chess Tournament

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