Jennifer on Anatomy is Destiny in Saint Louis
By Jennifer Shahade   
February 29, 2012
 120216ChessHOF429.jpgCLO editor Jennifer Shahade writes about her recent trip to Saint Louis, where she saw Lilliya Lifanova's performance of "Anatomy is Destiny", presented by the World Chess Hall of Fame at the Contemporary Art Museum.
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Greg on Building an Opening Repertoire
By IM Greg Shahade   
February 28, 2012
Greg200.jpgIM Greg Shahade writes about how to build an opening repertoire based on your goals for chess improvement.
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X-Men Win US Amateur Team North
By Glenn Panner   
February 27, 2012
Xmen.jpg The Chess X-men team swept the US Amateur Team North, held at the Crowne Plaza in Northbrook, Illinois from February 17-19.

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Forfeit by Disconnection Connects at US Amateur Team West
By Kostya Kavutskiy   
February 24, 2012
Forfeit.JPGThe winning team at this year's US Amateur Team West was Forfeit By Disconnection (FM Robin Cunningham, Julian Chan, Todd Rumph, Dana Mackenzie, Steven Gaffagan), held in Santa Clara, CA.
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Chess Openings: A Crash Course From the World Amateur Team
By US Chess Scoop   
February 23, 2012
Jason Smiles asks participants at the World Amateur Team Championship in Parsippany, New Jersey about their favorite openings. Features GM Alejandro Ramirez, IM Greg Shahade, NM Laura Ross, IM David Vigorito, NM Andrew Wang, Emily Tallo and more.
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Yo Doy Clase Wins Record Setting US Amateur Team South
By Melinda Matthews   
February 23, 2012
2012AmateurSouthTopTeam-(1).jpgMelinda Matthews reports on the US Amateur Team South, which saw record breaking attendance in its new location in Fort Lauderdale.
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Nakamura seeks third U.S. Championship Title in St. Louis
By Mike Wilmering   
February 22, 2012
NakaslidePonR3.jpgThe fields are set for both the 2012 U.S. Championship and 2012 U.S. Women's Championship, scheduled to be held simultaneously May 7 through May 20 in St. Louis.
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“Forking with Tebow’s Knights” Avoids Mate to Win USATE
By Al Lawrence   
February 22, 2012
FinalGameUSATE.jpgGM Hess's team "Forking with Tebow's Knights" earned top honors at the record-setting World Amateur Team in NJ. See Hess's clutch win over WGM Goletiani, top board prizes and a game by GM Benjamin in Al Lawrence's report.
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60 Minutes on Magnus Carlsen [VIDEO]
By CLO   
February 20, 2012
Yesterday, 60 Minutes aired a piece on World #1 Magnus Carlsen. Catch the full piece and web extras and supplemental materials, including interviews with Frederic Friedel of chessbase and GM Danny King.
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U.S. Amateur Team East Shatters Its Own Attendance Records
By Al Lawrence   
February 20, 2012
DSC_0197_417.JPGThe U.S. Amateur Team East, an event known to put big fun into chess with a small entry fee and lots of fellowship, set a new attendance with 294 teams and about 1300 players. 
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GM Kekelidze Dominates Marshall Invitational, Salakhutdinov Earns IM Norm
By Anatoly Ostrovskiy   
February 17, 2012
MarshallLead.jpgGM Mikeil Kekelidze from Georgia scored an incredible 8 out of 9 to win the Marshall Chess Club Invitational. 49-year-old Columbia University professor Ildar Salakhutdinov earned an IM norm. 
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Two Americans Shine at First Saturday
By CLO   
February 17, 2012
Battey300.jpgAmerican players Erik Kislik and Alexander Battey are both doing well in First Saturday tournament series in Budapest, Hungary. Battey earned his third IM norm in the recent, February edition while Kislik, who already has three norms, surpassed the 2400 FIDE rating barrier.
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Joan Dubois & Judy Misner Celebrate 40+ Years with USCF
By Cheryle Bruce   
February 17, 2012
cake300.jpgValentine’s Day was a nostalgic occasion at USCF headquarters.  A celebration of the two longest term USCF employees – Joan Dubois with 42 years of service and Judy Misner with 41 years of service took place on February 14.
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The Chess Party of the Year: US Amateur Team Preview
By CLO   
February 14, 2012
sevian.jpgThe most anticipated adult tournament series of the year, the Amateur Team Championships are set for Presidents' Day Weekend in Northbrook, IL (North), Fort Lauderdale, FL (South), Parsippany, NJ (East) and Santa Clara, CA (West.)
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Dr. Kirshner's Legacy to Northern California
By Joyce Laforteza   
February 13, 2012
Age-Level-Room.jpgOn Sunday, February 5, while many people watched the Super Bowl,  540 young people between the ages of 4 and 13 turned out to play chess in the CalNorth Youth Chess Age Level Champs, founded and organized by Dr. Alan Kirshner four years ago.
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The February Check is in the Mail
By Alex Dunne   
February 12, 2012
Sawaski2.jpgAlex Dunne's February 2012 "The Check is in the Mail" features a game by 2007 Electronic Knights champion James Sawaski and an obituary of Louis B. Owen.

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