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U.S. Chess League Week 1 Recap
By Jennifer Shahade   
August 30, 2007

Katerina Rohonyan of the Baltimore Kingfishers, here pictured from the 2007 U.S. Women's. Photo Betsy Dynako

In the first week of the U.S. Chess League, the two expansion teams, The Queens Pioneers and the NJ Knockouts played to a draw. On Wednesday the other 5 teams played- the most surprising result being the Baltimore Kingfisher's upset victory over the NY Knights.


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Robert Hungaski Wins Gold!
By R.Hungaski/J.Shahade   
August 29, 2007

Photo courtesy Robert Hungaski

IM Robert Hungaski just won a gold medal for the U.S. at the Pan-American Junior Championship (Aug.18-24) in Riobamba, Ecuador. Hungaski treats CLO readers to in-depth analysis of his crucial victory over the tournament's top-seed.


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Amon Simutowe Wins Third Norm
By Jennifer Shahade   
August 27, 2007

Photo Daaim Shabazz

Zambian born, Dallas resident Amon Simutowe made his third GM norm at the Euwe Stimulans tournament. (Arnhem, the Netherlands, August 17-26, 2007). Amon just graduated from University of Texas at Dallas, and since then he has been searching for his final norm.


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4-Way Tie in Atlantic Open
By Michael Atkins   
August 27, 2007

Adithya Balasubramanian. Photo Michael Atkins

IM Benjamin Finegold, IM Mikhail Zlotnikov, Anton P.Del Mundo and Chris J. Mabe tied for first at the Atlantic Open (August 24-26, Washington D.C.) Virginia junior Adithya Balasubramanian also had a notable tournament, gaining over 30 points to jump over 2200.


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Reiner Makes Third Norm in Spain
By Jennifer Shahade   
August 24, 2007
thumb_Reinerlead.jpgReiner Gonzalez of Miami just made his third GM norm at the Banyolos Chess Festival (August 16-24) in Spain; CLO brings you the news, and Reiner's road to the GM title. 
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USCL Kicks off on Monday
By Jennifer Shahade   
August 24, 2007
thumb_USCLmainlogo.jpg The third season of the U.S. Chess League begins on Monday at 7 PM EST with a match-up between the two new teams, the Queens Pioneers led by Alexander Stripunsky and Ildar Ibragimov and the NJ Knockouts led by Joel Benjamin. Also adding to the excitement this year is Hikaru Nakamura, who joined the NY Knights.
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Interview with a Mayor Chess Player
By Tim Steiner   
August 22, 2007
thumb_Funklead.jpgKansas City area chess coach Tim Steiner interviews Kansas City mayor Mark Funkhouser. "The Funk" doesn't just talk a big chess game- he takes it very seriously, calling chess the only fun thing he does, and choosing his local chess club as the spot to watch his election returns come in.
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Prawns & Pawns in Singapore
By Linda Inouye   
August 22, 2007
thumb_Usteamlead.jpgEight talented Californian junior players traveled to Singapore for the World Youth U16 Olympiad (August 4-12). The parents, spearheaded by Linda Ionuye, compiled a blog from this exotic and grueling chess trip.
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August Junior Rating Update
By IM Greg Shahade   
August 21, 2007
thumb_lendermanlead.jpgIn the August rating update for juniors, Greg talks about why there aren't more awards like the Samford, replacing university chemistry class with "Closed Postions" and how many of our top ten juniors will become GMs before the age of 25.
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Joel Johnson Wins U.S. Senior
By Charles Hatherill   
August 20, 2007
thumb_JoelJohnsonJarecki.jpgJoel Johnson won clear first in the U.S. Senior Open (August 14-19) with 5.5/6. The players had a wonderful time at the beautiful resort hotel, La Quinta, in Palm Springs.
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Kritz Wins New England Masters
By Betsy Dynako and Jennifer Shahade   
August 20, 2007
thumb_NEMasterslead.jpg23-year-old GM Leonid Kritz of Germany won the New England Masters (August 13-17) with 7/9. Read full story for more photos and interviews by Betsy Dynako and the exciting games from the 2nd half, including Dean Ippolito's tenacious win against Shabalov.
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Googling the Grandmasters
By Dr.Dowd   
August 17, 2007
thumb_problementry.jpgIn his August "check-up", Dr.Dowd tells us what happens when you google problem legends. He also presents eight problems from an online solving magazine, Echquier Belge and reveals the answers to his July column, "Summer Minis."
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Kritz and Shabalov Lead NE Masters
By Jennifer Shahade   
August 16, 2007
thumb_Leonidlead.jpgGerman GM Leonid Kritz and U.S. Champion Alexander Shabalov lead the New England Masters (August 13-17) with 4/5 each. Read full story for games and a photo series by Betsy Dynako.

Update: GM Leonid Kritz wins New England Masters with 7/9. Full report coming soon.


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U.S. Senior Open Underway
By Charles Hatherill   
August 16, 2007
thumb_Shipmanlead.jpgAfter two rounds of the U.S. Senior Open (La Quinta, California August 14-19), four players are tied for first with 2-0 scores, while top seed IM Walter Shipman ceded a draw.
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Onischuk On Biel Tiebreak
By GM Alexander Onischuk   
August 14, 2007
thumb_Bieltiebreaklead.jpgAt the Biel International Chess Festival (July 21-August 2), Alexander Onischuk had his third stellar tournament in a row, tying for first with Magnus Carlsen. Here Alex shows us his humble side, by focusing on his loss in the tiebreak match.
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U.S. Senior Open Begins Tomorrow
By Jennifer Shahade   
August 13, 2007

La Quinta Resot

The U.S. Senior Open (August 14-19) begins tomorrow in Palm Springs, California at the luxurious La Quinta resort. James Eade from California is the top preregistered seed.
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