Fighting Spirit in the Southern California Championship

This year's Southern California Champion is seventeen-year-old FM Michael Brown. "I love chess simply because of its complexity. I can never sit still!" See his key victory over IM John Bryant.

Denker, Barber and NGIT Fields Set

The Denker tournament of high school champions, the Barber tournament of K-8 champs and the National Girls Invitational will coincide with the US Open (Phoenix, August 1-9).

From Texas to Ontario: Claudia on the North American Junior

Claudia Muñoz writes about her journey to the 2015 North American Junior Championships, which runs in Kitchener, Canada from July 26 - 30.

Eswaran and Tang Shine at the Pan-Am Juniors

Ashritha Eswaran earned a gold medal at the Pan-American Junior Girls Championship in El Salvador while Andrew Tang earned silver in the Open section. 

On Top of the Castle: Krush, Zapata and Korley

The Castle Chess Grand Prix in Atlanta ended in dramatic fashion with GMs Irina Krush and Alonso Zapata tied for first with IM Kassa Korley (pictured). 

2015 US Cadet Championship Starts July 25th

The Maryland Chess Association hosts the US Cadet Championship this year from July 25-29 at the Rockville Hilton. 

Gata Kamsky Wins New York International

Gata Kamsky won the New York International with 7/9. Bryan Quick writes about key match-ups and drama at the 8th edition of this star-studded tourney.

Improving Your Intuition at the US Chess School

 US Chess School camper David Brodsky writes about the 29th edition of the camp in New York, led by founder IM Greg Shahade and GM Alexander Stripunsky. Test yourself in some "intuition exercises", designed to be solved ...

US Junior Champion and Beyond: Akshat Chandra

Hear about Akshat Chandra's winning streak lately, culminating in his US Junior Championship title victory, which gave him a ticket to the 2016 US Chess Championships and his first US Chess rating over 2600.

USA Breaks Even at NATO Championship

Colonel David A. Hater reports on the 26th NATO Chess Championship held in Amsterdam, Netherlands from 6-10 July 2015.

Brave Chess at the US Junior

IM Akshat Chandra leads the US Junior Closed in Saint Louis after five rounds. Vanessa West notes the event features brave and thrilling chess, and she analyzes a fun Najdorf between IM Yian Liou and FM Ruifeng Li.


Featured Articles in the July 2015 Chess Life

  • Are we in a new Golden Age of American chess?
  • Spring Scholastics roundup featuring the National High School and KCF All-Girls National
  • The 2015 World Team Championship

Coming in the August 2015 Chess Life

  • Back to School with US Chess, featuring Carissa Yip writing about becoming the youngest female master
  • IM Erik Kislik on the Taimanov Sicilian
  • Jeffrey Xiong wins Chicago Open and becomes a GM-Elect
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