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UTD B and UMBC Tie; UTD Takes Trophy
December 30, 2008
University of Texas at Dallas's "B" team tied for first with the University of Baltimore County in the 2008 Pan-American Championships (Dec. 27-30, Dallas, Texas). Stanford and University of Texas at Brownsville round out the final four teams. 
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Pan-Ams Heat Up as UMBC Beats UTD A
December 30, 2008
CLOslideUMBC.jpgAt the Pan-American Championships, top ranked University of Baltimore Country beat host University of Texas at Dallas's "A" team. Update: UTD's "B" team and UMBC drew their final round game and tied for first with 5/6 match points each.
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Kacheishvili Takes Vegas
December 30, 2008
Georgislide.jpgGM Georgi Kacheishvili took clear first in the North American Open in Las Vegas, with a penultimate win over GM Varuzhan Akobian and a final score of 6/7.
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Seven Tied in D.C; Georgi Ahead in Vegas
December 28, 2008
Bryanslide.jpgSeven players are tied for the lead in the Eastern Open in D.C including Bryan Smith, pictured to the left, while GM Georgi Kacheishvili pulled ahead in the North American Open in Vegas with 4.5/5.
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Action Begins for 29 Teams at the Pan-Ams
December 27, 2008
DanielIgor.jpgCheck out photos by WIM Alexey Root from the opening ceremony of the Pan-American Championships (Dallas, Texas, Dec.27-30). Also see game highlights, standings after round 1 and complete team rosters.
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Holiday Chess Kicks Off
December 26, 2008
holidaycloslide.jpgNow that the presents have been unwrapped, chessplayers on both coasts can rush to their nearest massive open: The Eastern Open in D.C. and the North American Open in Las Vegas both start this weekend.
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Making a Team in Miami: Pan-Am Preview
By Chris Dobbs   
December 23, 2008
MaimiUCLOslide.jpgChris Dobbs writes about how he created a chess club at Miami University, and the team's preparation for the biggest collegiate event of the year. The Pan-American Championships kick off in Dallas, Texas from December 27-30.
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Onischuk Wins in Merida
December 22, 2008
Onicloslide.jpgGM Alexander Onischuk came out on top at the Carlos Torre Memorial in Merida, Mexico (December 13-22). Read about the tournament's unique structure, Alex's key wins and check out a huge photo gallery from WIM Luciana Morales.
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Berkeley Norm Hunt
December 22, 2008
zenyukcloslide.jpgGM Kacheishivili leads the 2008 Berkeley International and Zenyuk leads the norm hunt. Update: Zenyuk, Rensch and Esserman earned IM Norms +WGM for Zenyuk. Look for full story soon.
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Gems and GMs at the Berkeley International
By Jennifer Shahade   
December 18, 2008
davidcloslide.jpgFour rounds into the Berkeley International, GMs Zviad Izoria, Giorgi Kacheishvili and FM Daniel Rensch lead with 3/4. Check out game highlights including two sparkling wins from IM David Pruess and photos by IM Irina Krush.
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"See, there was this bird..." Grade Nationals 2008
By Elizabeth Vicary   
December 18, 2008
Kathchesscloslide.jpgElizabeth Vicary's report on the Grade Nationals starts with a story about a bird and a kindergartener's first Nationals, and includes a video update, photos, games and stories from a variety of champions and triumphant teams. 
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Problem Potpourri
By Gary Kevin Ware   
December 17, 2008
BristolCLOslide.jpg Gary Kevin Ware's holiday Problem Potpourri includes favorites that didn't quite make it into his 64-problem-tour. Also read about Gary's Gems, which marks the revival of the ladder on chessproblem.net.
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Interview With an American Medallist: GM Larry Kaufman
By Jennifer Shahade   
December 16, 2008
lead2trophy.jpgWorld Senior Champion Larry Kaufman talks to CLO about preparing for Senior, highs and lows of the event, and what working for the super-chess-computer Rybka taught him.

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Berkeley International Begins with Upsets
December 14, 2008
izoriacloslide.jpgThe Berkeley International (December 14-23)  began on Sunday 5 PM EST with six Grandmasters and many GM hopefuls. The first round saw many upsets, including Esserman and Rensch's wins over GMs Friedel and Bhat.
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Grade Nationals Results are in
December 14, 2008
orlandocloslide.jpgCheck out the results from the Grade Nationals in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, as well as some key games. 13 new individual champs were crowned including sixth grader Michael Bodek.
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Grades Down to Wire
December 13, 2008
bugchampsslide.jpgAfter five rounds of the Grade Nationals (Lake Buena Vista, Florida, Dec.11-14), there are few clear leaders but many perfect scores. After 2 more rounds, 13 new national champions and 13 new national championship teams will emerge.
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