GMs Invade King of Prussia
By Jennifer Shahade and Elizabeth Vicary   
June 30, 2007

Merab Gagunhasvili and Elisabeth Paehtz, visiting Coney Island, NY on their way to the World Open. Photo Elizabeth Vicary

The match-ups were fierce in the Open section of the World Open (June 28-July 4, King of Prussia, PA) from the first round, partly because of the U2400 section. The biggest upset so far is Thomas Bartell's victory over GM Yury Shulman.
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U.S. Women's Field Set
By USCF   
June 28, 2007

Photo Jacob Okada

The Frank K. Berry 2007 US Women’s Championship (July 16-20, Stillwater, Oklahoma) stars no less than 3 former US Women’s Champions: defending champ Anna Zatonskih, 2000 champ Camilla Baginskaite, and the tournament's top seed, 1998 champion Irina Krush.
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World Open Begins Today!
By Jennifer Shahade   
June 28, 2007

This year's World Open site

The World Open (June 28-July 4) begins today at King of Prussia, PA. Exciting features of this event include an U2400 section and a $30,000 projected grand prize in the Open. Keep Monroi bookmarked for live games, and watch CLO for updates.
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U.S. Junior Open Concludes
By Jennifer Shahade   
June 27, 2007

Brian Goldstein wins a spot in the 2008 U.S. Junior via his win on tiebreak over Edward Lu in the U21 section of the U.S. Junior Open (Tampa, Florida June 22-24.) Meanwhile, Miguel Fonseca wins Under 16, Haoqing Wang and Jared Lassner win Under 12, and Miguel A. Hernandez takes Under 8.
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E.Vicary on Chess, Girls and Genius
By Jennifer Shahade   
June 26, 2007

Chess coach Elizabeth Vicary with students outside City Hall in Brooklyn

Web editor and Chess Bitch author Jennifer Shahade speaks with I.S. 318 coach and chess expert Elizabeth Vicary on her recent Masters of Education thesis, "The Game of Kings?: Encouraging Middle School Girls' Success and Involvement in Chess."
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USCF Election Underway!
By USCF   
June 26, 2007

Photo Jacob Okada

Nearly 40,000 ballots for the 2007 Executive Board Election have been sent to USCF members around the country! Have you received yours? If not, be sure to contact Pat Knight at the USCF office to request a replacement. Read details on the 2007 election.
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Junior Open Draws 118 Players!
By Jennifer Shahade   
June 23, 2007

Photo Chris McCue

The U.S. Junior Open (Tampa, Florida June 22-24) drew 118 players in four sections.Read more.

Update: Brian Goldstein and Edward Lu win Under 21, Miguel Fonseca wins Under 16, HaoQing Wang and Jared Lassner win Under 12, and Miguel A. Hernandez takes Under 8. Full report coming soon.
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Marc Arnold Takes Juniors!
By Jennifer Shahade   
June 22, 2007

Elliott Liu and Corey Acor hoist U.S. Junior Champion Marc Arnold up! Photo Jon Haskel

Marc Arnold won a tactical last round game against Eric Rodriguez to win clear first in the U.S. Junior Championship (Tampa, Florida June 17-21) with 6.5/9.
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Ju and Harper Win Cadets
By Jennifer Shahade   
June 21, 2007

Warren Harper and Evan Ju; Photos Jon Haskel

Evan Ju and Warren Harper both pulled through in their final games of the Cadet Championship (Tampa, June 17-21) to tie for first with 7/10 in the prestigious National.

Update: Marc Tyler Arnold wins the U.S. Junior Championship! Full report coming soon.
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Mack and Mark Hold Lead at Juniors
By Jennifer Shahade   
June 21, 2007

Clockwise from left: Warren Harper, Jeffrey Haskel, Thomas Riccardi, Ray Robson and Robert Lau. Photo Jon Haskel

Mackenzie Molner and Mark Arnold lead the Junior Invitational (June 17-21, Tampa) with 5/7 and two rounds to go. The concurrent Cadet is down to the wire with just one round left. Evan Ju dominated for most of the event but lost to Warren Harper in round seven- Harper and Ju are now tied for first with Robert Lau just half a point behind.
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Cadets and Junior Update
By Jennifer Shahade   
June 20, 2007

Evan Ju (seated,left) helping out at a local elementary school. Photo courtesy William Ju

Despite a fifth round stumble against Alec Getz, Evan Ju continues to impress at the Cadet Championship (June 17-21, Tampa), leading by 1.5 points with 5/6. In the Juniors, held concurrently, Marc Arnold and Mackenzie Molner still lead by the narrowest of margins, with 3.5/5.
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Of Kings and Castles
By Steven Dowd   
June 19, 2007

Dr.Dowd focuses on problems involving rooks in this month's edition of Dr.D's Check-up. He also wonders how to incorporate solving competitions into major U.S. tournaments, and goes over the solutions to his May column.
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Evan Ju 4-0 in Cadets; Juniors Wide Open
By Jennifer Shahade   
June 19, 2007

Marc Arnold and Mackenzie Molner lead the U.S. Junior Invitational with 3-1 each. Photos Betsy Dynako and Jennifer Shahade.

In the Cadet Championships, Evan Ju is a clear point and a half ahead of the field with a perfect four out of four. The Junior Invitational has been a slugfest and it's anyone's tournament. Mackenzie Molner and Marc Arnold currently lead with 3/4.
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Adventures of a Samford Fellow
By Josh Friedel   
June 18, 2007

Photo Jennifer Shahade

2007 Samford Fellow IM Josh Friedel reports on the highs and lows of his active chess spring, including a first round loss to Nakamura in the U.S. Championships and a win over new U.S. Champ Shabalov at the Chicago Open.


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Corey Acor jumpstarts the U.S. Junior
By Jennifer Shahade   
June 18, 2007

Photo Betsy Dynako

Florida local Corey Acor gets off to a running start at the U.S. Junior (June 17-21) in Tampa. He is the only 2-0, having scored back to back wins in rounds 1 and 2 against Teddy Coleman and Ryan Milisits. Watch the games from the Junior and the Cadet live on monroi.com.
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Junior and Cadet Kick Off in Tampa
By Jennifer Shahade   
June 16, 2007

Photo Jacob Okada

The U.S. Junior Championships (U21) and U.S. Cadet Championships (U16) begin on Sunday, June 17 in Tampa, Florida. Defending Cadet champ Marc Arnold takes a shot this year in the Junior. The favorites by rating are Ray Robson in the Junior and Warren Harper in the Cadet.
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