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Kaidanov Ends 2011 with a Win at Eastern Open
By Jamaal Abdul-Alim   
December 31, 2011
Kaidanov_ Gregory 2 .jpgGM Gregory Kaidanov won clear first at the Eastern Open in Washington, DC. The full report includes his win against GM Ivanov, which featured a rare move in the Nimzo-Indian.
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UT Dallas Streaks to Pan-Am Victory
By Dr. WIM Alexey Root   
December 30, 2011
009-(1).jpgThe University of Texas at Dallas repeated as Pan Am Champs from December 27-30. UMBC, Texas Tech and NYU took the remaining three spots to the Final Four of College Chess. Dr. WIM Alexey Root gives the full story...
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4th Annual Schein – Friedman Awards Announced
By Mark Schein and Aviv Friedman   
December 30, 2011
AwonderBW.jpgThe Schein - Friedman Scholastic Recognition Project is glad to announce its fourth year scholarship recipients: World Youth gold medallist Awonder Liang, National Master Sarah Chiang & 10-year-old expert Ruifeng Li.
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Chess Holiday in Vegas: North American Open Begins
By Kostya Kavutskiy   
December 28, 2011
ballys.jpgKostya Kavutskiy reports from the North American Open in Las Vegas. Participating Grandmasters include Vallejo Pons of Spain, Ivan Sokolov of the Netherlands and US GMs Akobian, Friedel and Shabalov. 
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Pan-Americans Take Off in Dallas
By Dr. WIM Alexey Root   
December 28, 2011
009.JPGThe Pan-American Championships, which began on December 27 in Dallas, features a star-studded field of Grandmasters. Dr. Alexey Root reports from the scene.
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A Pawn Against an Army: Dr. Dowd on Minimals
By Dr. Steven Dowd   
December 26, 2011
KonradImmortal.jpgA minimal is defined as a chess problem where one side has only one piece, often against a large army on the other side. Dr. Dowd shows examples from each piece, including the "Immortal Problem."
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Greg on Chess: For My Birthday, Stop Asking About Norms!
By IM Greg Shahade   
December 24, 2011
gregslide.jpgIM Greg Shahade, who celebrated his birthday on December 22nd, explains why he doesn't want you to wish "good luck on earning a norm" for any special occasion.
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Jennifer on X Chess & Best of CLO
By Jennifer Shahade   
December 21, 2011
Jennifer Shahade unveils the first episode of the Xtreme Chess Championships on her CLO blog. She also wishes readers a happy holiday season and calls for nominations for Best of CLO 2011.
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Onischuk Wins in Dallas; Holt Earns GM Norm
By James Stallings   
December 20, 2011
HoltUTDlead.jpgGM Alexander Onischuk took clear first at the University of Texas at Dallas Invitational (Dec 10-15) while IM Conrad Holt's late-tournament surge earned him his second GM norm.
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Last Chance to Renew at 2011 Rates
By USCF   
December 20, 2011
slideUSCFflag.jpgExciting changes are in store for USCF membership starting in 2012. The most prominent is a new "3-month" membership. As of January 1, 2012 membership rates will also change. In these last couple weeks of December, take your last chance to renew at the 2011 rates.
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Chirila & Onischuk Lead in Dallas
By James Stallings   
December 19, 2011
300.jpgGM Cristian Chirila and GM Alexander Onischuk lead the University of Texas at Dallas Invitational after six rounds. 
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Kostya Kavutskiy on Breaking 2366
By Kostya Kavutskiy   
December 16, 2011
kosyaslide.jpgKostya Kavutskiy describes his journey from easily gaining rating points to plateau to a post Western States Open peak of 2366. He also shows his win over GM Alexander Ivanov, where he was able to overcome his fear of complex positions.
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A Foundation in Memory of Konrad Cunningham, Chessplayer & Soldier
By Lurene Cunningham   
December 15, 2011
Konrad250.jpgKonrad Cunningham (1987-2011), a chessplayer and a member of the US Air Forces inspired The Konrad Cunningham Foundation. The foundation aims to spread his spirit, which attracted hundreds to his funeral and his love of chess, which he instilled to students by volunteering at the Woodlawn Library.
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Rex Sinquefield Inducted into Missouri Sports Hall of Fame
By CLO   
December 15, 2011
ribbon.jpgRex Sinquefield, the founder of the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis with Jeanne Sinquefield, will be inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame on Sunday, January 29 in Springfield, MO.
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Nakamura: Second, and Going Solo
By Macauley Peterson   
December 15, 2011
LCClead.jpgMacauley Peterson reports on Hikaru Nakamura's excellent second place finish at the London Chess Classic and the status of his training work with Garry Kasparov.
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Art Wang (1942-2011)
By Jim Eade   
December 14, 2011
Art Wang, a chess master when chess masters were few and far between, died on Monday, December 12, 2011. Jim Eade of the US Chess Trust writes about his fellow Californian.
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