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Playoff Theory
By Tom Braunlich   
July 31, 2008
Tiebreakslide.jpgTom Braunlich takes a comprehensive look at various methods to break ties, and includes thoughts from an all-star roster of organizers and players, including GMs Joel Benjamin, Sergey Kudrin and USCL commissioner IM Greg Shahade.
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Biel Wraps as Sochi Kicks Off
By Jennifer Shahade   
July 31, 2008
sochicloslide.jpgBiel wrapped up with Alekseev taking a playoff against Dominguez while Onsichuk drew Carlsen, keeping him out of the winner's circle. Gata Kamsky started the Sochi Grand Prix using accurate defense in the Caro to draw against Peter Svidler.
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From Biel to Sochi
By Jennifer Shahade   
July 30, 2008
Domingezcloslide.jpgGM Alexander Onischuk is having a tough time in the second half of Biel, where Dominguez is poised to take first. As Biel wraps up, American chess fans can watch GM Gata Kamsky pick up the torch at Sochi Grand Prix (July 31-Aug.15).
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Stripunsky Wins Continental Open
By Chris Bird   
July 30, 2008
StripsCLOslide.jpgGM Alexander Stripunsky took top honors at the Continental Open (July 25-27, Sturbridge, MA). Check out game highlights, photos and learn how reading Chess Life helped author Chris Bird earn his first FIDE rating.
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Kuderinov Takes Chicago Class
By Betsy Dynako   
July 29, 2008
KirillCLOslide.jpgAt the Chicago Class Championships (Oakbrook, July 25-27), Kiril Kuderinov and Alex Yermolinsky tied for first, but the young Kazakh player took the title on tiebreak.
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Coleman and Moroney Top U.S. Junior
By Jennifer Shahade   
July 28, 2008
MaroneyColemanCLoslide.jpgMaxx Coleman and Tim Moroney both earned 5.5/6 at the U.S. Junior Open (July 25-27, Lindsberg, Kansas), but Coleman took the trophy and the title on tiebreak.
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Polgar Invitational Kicks Off at Texas Tech
By Randy Wheeless   
July 28, 2008
Polgargirlsslide.jpgThe Susan Polgar National Invitational for Girls kicked off Sunday with 52 players. The favorite, Courtney Jamison, is fresh off a medal performance in Argentina. Also playing are Ashley Carter, who played in all 5 Polgars and Sylvia Yang, World Youth medallist.
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Biel: The Friendly Super-Tournament
By GM Ian Rogers   
July 26, 2008
Bielslide.jpgUnfortunately for American fans, Onischuk fell to Dominguez on Saturday, his first loss in the 2008 Biel Chess Festival. GM Ian Rogers' onsite report focuses on the meteoric rise of Magnus Carlsen and how to define a "Super-tournament."
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GM Melik Annotates
By GM Melikset Khachiyan   
July 25, 2008
GMMelikcloslide.jpgIn a follow-up to Hanken's article on the Pacific Coast Open, co-champion GM Melikset Khachiyan annotates his favorite game from the event.
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1st World Mind Sports Games in China
July 24, 2008
WMSGCLOlead.jpgThe 1st World Mind Sports Games (October 3-18, Beijing) includes a strong U.S. team with GMs Shabalov, Akobian and IM Krush. Topalov tops the participant list but chessdom reports that Topalov has not signed a contract for China or the Kamsky Lvov match.
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Four Tie for First in Pacific Coast
By Jerry Hanken   
July 24, 2008
SAMPOCLOslide.jpgJerry Hanken's final report on the Pacific Coast Open includes details on all four co-champs, Sevillano, Khachiyan, Shankland and Aghasaryan. Michael Aigner "f-pawn" also annotates games from Bay Area stars Shankland and Zierk, who just broke master.
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Onischuk Draws Carlsen in Biel
July 24, 2008
CLOslideOniCarl.jpgAt the Biel Chess Festival, GM Alexander Onischuk drew his fourth round game with Magnus Carlsen. Carlsen, who is inching toward 2800, is now tied for first with Alekseev of Russia, with Onischuk half a point behind.
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Daniel Fernandez Wins U.S. Class
By Franc Guadalupe   
July 23, 2008
DanielFCLOslide.jpgIM Daniel Fernandez won the 2008 U.S. Class Championships (July 18-20, Houston) with 4.5/5. His closest rival, reigning Denker Champ Warren Harper came in clear second with 4/5.
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Onischuk Scores in Biel
By Jennifer Shahade   
July 22, 2008
thumbBieltiebreak.jpgAmerican GM Alexander Onischuk scored against GM Yannick Pelletier in round three of the Biel Chess Festival (July 20-August 1.) Onischuk, who tied for first last year in the same event with Magnus Carlsen, is currently tied for second.
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Continental Champs Comes to Florida
July 22, 2008
BocaCLOslide.jpgThe 2008 Pan-American/Continental Championship will take place November 1-7 in Boca Raton, Florida. If you're over 2100 USCF or 2000 FIDE, this is your chance to earn a spot in the 2009 World Cup!
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Hanken Blogs from the Pacific Coast
By Jerry Hanken   
July 21, 2008
HankenslideCLO.jpgJerry Hanken blogs from the Pacific Coast Open (July 17-20, Agoura Hills), which saw a four-way tie for first between Melikset Khachiyan, Enrico Sevillano, Robert Ashasaryan and Sam Shankland.
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