Gareev and Ramirez Share Samford Scholarship
By IM John Donaldson   
March 30, 2012
Alejo.jpgThe FRANK P. SAMFORD, JR. CHESS FELLOWSHIP, marking its twenty-sixth annual award, has selected Grandmasters Timur Gareev of Brownsville, Texas, and Alejandro Ramirez of Garland, Texas, as its 2012 Fellows.
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World Champ Vishy Anand to Visit Los Angeles
By Ankit Gupta   
March 28, 2012
Anandslide.jpgMetropolitan Chess, Inc. will be hosting IGM and World Champion Viswanathan Anand in August 2012. This will mark the first time in 17 years that Viswanathan Anand will come to the United States for a chess related purpose.
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Hess and Shankland to Clash in Online Match
By IM David Pruess   
March 26, 2012
63911.jpgYoung Grandmasters Robert Hess and Sam Shankland will clash on chess.com's next "Death Match." Find details in the full preview by IM David Pruess. 
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Denker & Barber Events Set for Vancouver, Washington
By Jon Haskel   
March 26, 2012
denkerslide.jpgThe 2012 Denker Tournament of High School Champions and the 2012 Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions are set for Vancouver, Washington from August 4 to August 7 in tandem with the US Open (August 4-12). States should contact Jon Haskel to nominate representatives.
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New to New to Chess: Castling in 60 Seconds
By CLO   
March 26, 2012
Kacieslide.jpgNew to our new to chess section is a quick refresher explaining the basics of castling in 60 seconds. An advanced player yourself?  Share with friends to explain why experienced players from "B" players to Grandmasters do it almost every game.


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IM Norm Tourney Underway at NorCal House of Chess
By Michael Aigner   
March 23, 2012
NorCalIMNorm2012-1.jpgMotivated by the success of the Northern California International in January, chess coach Ted Castro organized a 10-player IM-Norm Invitational featuring IMs Sevillano, De Guzman and Kaufman.
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Five-Way Tie at Mid-America Open
By CLO   
March 23, 2012
BenFslide.jpgGM Ben Finegold, IM Ron Burnett, Kevin Wasiluk, Sean Vibbert, Doug Eckert tied for first at the Mid-America Open in Saint Louis with 4/5 each.
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Second Grade Girl Wins High School Championship
By Richard Peterson   
March 22, 2012
Giaslide.jpgRichard Peterson writes about his daughter Gia's big win in the high school section of the multi county 2012 Sequoia High School Chess Championship and the massive teddy bear she earned. 
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Holt and Robson Score in Texas
By CLO   
March 20, 2012
Holtslide.jpgConrad Holt and GM Ray Robson were the stars of the UTD Invitational in Dallas. Holt earned his final GM norm while Robson scored an impressive 7/10. 
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GMs Benjamin, Gelashvili, Kekelidze & Kudrin Top Long Island Open
By Harold Stenzel   
March 20, 2012
DSC01692.JPGGMs Joel Benjamin, Tamaz Gelashvili, Mikheil Kekelidze and Sergei Kudrin topped the Long Island Open, a new event which featured over $12,000 in prizes and five grandmasters. See details and two key games. 
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Americans in Reykjavik
By Macauley Peterson   
March 18, 2012
Iceland450.jpgNine U.S. players flew to the exotic capital of Iceland for the Reykjavik Open. Macauley Peterson reports and includes video clips with GMs Maurice Ashley, Fabiano Caruana, Robert Hess & IM Irina Krush.
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Final Four of Chess Offers Summer Internships to Top College Players
By Bernadette McConville   
March 16, 2012
On March 31, the final four NCAA college basketball games face off, teams of collegians with high skills of a more intellectual kind will compete on an elite national stage in the DC-Metro area–the Final Four of College Chess. GM Alex Onischuk (pictured) will also give a simul. 
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Caruana Wins Clear in Iceland
By CLO   
March 15, 2012
Italian-American GM Fabiano Caruana took clear first at the Reykjavik Open 2012 with 7.5/9 while American GM Robert Hess came in joint 9th with 6.5/9. 
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Western Class: The Young and the Veteran
By Randy Hough   
March 13, 2012
Nov08CLMcover.jpgIM Enrico Sevillano took first place at the Western Class Championships (March 9-11) in Agoura Hills, California. Full report includes games by Sevillano and several young talents.
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US Junior Congress Brings Talent to San Fran
By Aditya Kumar & Sarah Wilson   
March 12, 2012
Perkinsslide.jpgBig winners at the US Junior Chess Congress in San Francisco include Ted Belanoff in the 20 & Under, Sudarshan Seshadri in 18 & Under, Charles Tang in 16 & Under and Joaquin K Perkins in 8 & Under (left).
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Brooklyn Castle Premieres at SXSW
By CLO   
March 12, 2012
Brooklyn Castle, a documentary about the Championship I.S. 318 chess team, premiered at the Southwest by Southwest film festival. Check out the latest trailer and a movie review.
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