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Contributors February on uschess.org
Al Lawrence
(Looks at Books, p. 12) is a former
executive director of both USCF Team Time
and the World Chess Hall of Fame.
His latest book with GM Lev
The U.S. Amateur Team Championships
are widely considered the most fun
Alburt, Chess for the Gifted
tournament series in the national
and Busy, can soon be previewed
at www.chesswithlev.com. calendar of events. CLO will feature
coverage from all four events, held
over Presidents Day weekend from
Macauley Peterson February 17-20 in Northbrook, Illinois
(Looks at Books, p. 14) is a
(North), Parsippany, New Jersey (East),
freelance mediamaker, currently
Fort Lauderdale, Florida (South) and
for hire. His written work has
Santa Clara, California (West). Also look
appeared in New in Chess
for U.S. Chess Scoop videos from the
magazine and Matten (The
Netherlands), 64 (Russia), Chess U.S. Amateur Team East in Parsippany.
(U.K.), Pen de Rey (Spain) and
Schach (Germany).

Eric K. Arnold
(Cover Story, p. 20) is a freelance
photojournalist based in Oakland,
California. A lifelong chess
aficionado, Arnold won a 2011 Improve Your Rep
award from the Society of
IM Greg Shahade follows up
Professional Journalists for
multimedia arts and culture his piece on opening books with
coverage of Oaklands hip-hop scene. an essay on opening repertoires,
and the kinds of openings he
believes most suitable for various
Nelly Rosario playing strengths.
(Chess and Love, p. 26) is the
author of Song of the Water Saints
and currently teaches creative
writing in the MFA program at
Texas State University.

GM John Fedorowicz
(2011 World Youth, p. 30) is in Chess on the Rock
the U.S. Chess Hall of Fame, has The 10th year anniversary Gibraltar
captained the U.S. Olympiad team Chess Congress features a star-studded
on two occasions and has field including many Americans such as
frequently acted as a second or Varuzhan Akobian, reigning Womens
advisor to Gata Kamsky. Champ Anna Zatonskih, Irina Krush
and Marc Arnold. Top seeds include
Jamaal Abdul-Alim Peter Svidler and Judit Polgarlook
(2011 K-12, p. 36) is a for reportage by Macauley Peterson.
journalist and chess teacher
in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Tim Redman Jonathan Hilton on Chess


(Education, p. 42) has been a
contributor to this magazine for
Around the World
more than 35 years. He served From chess cosmopolitanism to his adventures
twice as president of the USCF. in Central America, Jonathan Hilton continues
to reveal how chess has influenced his education
off the board. In Februarys installment, he
completes his piece on learning firsthand about
Dr. Alexey Root, WIM
(Education, p. 44) is the author
of The Living Chess Game: Fine the experience of being an immigrant in Belgium.
Arts Activities for Kids 9-14 As usual, a blindfold chess game is involved!
(Libraries Unlimited, Santa
Barbara, CA; 2011) and a frequent
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February Chess Life
Columns

12 LOOKS AT BOOKS
Small Scenes with Big
Players Behind the Old Iron
Curtain
By Al Lawrence

14 LOOKS AT BOOKS
Still Going Strong: Yuri
Averbakh
By Macauley Peterson

16 CHESS TO ENJOY
Will You Walk Into My
Parlour?
By GM Andy Soltis

18 SOLITAIRE CHESS
The Great Vera Menchik
By Bruce Pandolfini

46 BACK TO BASICS
Corporal Aventuras Borodino
By GM Lev Alburt

48 ENDGAME LAB
A Master of the Endgame
By GM Pal Benko

Departments

3 PREVIEW
6 COUNTERPLAY
8 USCF AFFAIRS
10 FIRST MOVES
52 TOURNAMENT LIFE
70 CLASSIFIEDS
71 SOLUTIONS

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It is hard to believe that at one time
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and martial arts. Adisa Banjokos
PHOTO: ERIC K. ARNOLD

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anniversary this month; our report
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Counterplay

A sour Dutch treat? 16. Bh6 Rg8 17. Qh5 Qe8 which also clearly
favors White but does not represent an
In Bruce Pandolfinis normally excellent Corrections
immediate winning attempt like my main
Solitaire Chess column, I have noticed
line) 16. ... Kg8 (or 16. ... Kg7 17. Bh6+, In the January 2012 issue, USCF
a couple of errors, the most striking of
where 17. ... Kg8 gets mated in two and the Affairs, IM John Donaldson has
which occurs in the analysis to Whites
other king moves lose the rook with check replaced John McCrary as the chair
14th move (Dutch Treat, September
while White continues the assault) 17. Bh6 for the Professional Players Health
2011). White played 14. Be6+, certainly
(threatening mate in two) after which there and Benefits committee. Donald-
a reasonable move, and after 14. ... Kh8
is no defense that does not lose a lot of sons e-mail is imwjd@aol.com.
15. Qe2 White won a nice game. But in
material. The only real try is 17. ... Bf6 (17. Donaldson is also chair of the
the notes, Pandolfini only gives 2 points
... Qe8 gets mated by 18. Qg4+) and White Awards committee using the same e-
part credit for the (significantly stronger)
just captures on f6, 18. exf6, after which mail address. Further, in the same
sacrifice 14. Bxg6 hxg6 15. Qxg6+, writ-
Black is totally lost, much more so than in committee list, there was a typo in
ing, The queen, by herself, can effect a
the game continuation. Rules committee chair David Kuhns
draw ... But there is probably no more
e-mail address, which should read
attack. ... Accept 1 bonus point if you Christopher Girardo
realized this. via e-mail e4e5@hughes.net.

In the December 2011 issue, ICCM


rsn-wq-trk+ Simple but profound? Bart Gibbons article Retreat To The
zpp+-vl-+- There are an unlimited number of chess First Rank ... And Win! incorrectly
variants we can imaginethe Fischer Ran- stated that the 1957 U.S. Champi-
-+pzp-+Q+ dom position is just one, but the one rules onship game Bobby Fischer/James
+-+-zP-+- change that may impact the royal game Sherwin was included in Fischers
the least is to give the second player, the My 60 Memorable Games. Thanks
-+P+-+-+ choice of color i.e. even though he/she to many readers for pointing out
+-+-+-zP- moves second, he/she can have the white that it was actually their game three
pieces so that the first move goes to the months earlier at the New Jersey
PzP-+-zP-zP player with the black pieces. Open that Fischer used in his book.
tR-vL-+RmK- For tournaments the player who moves
first is identified on the chart with the player In the December 2011 Endgame
of the black pieces getting to choose the Lab, the game Coen Zuidema/Pal
After 15. Qxg6

In fact I think White should take penalty color. To a computer it wont matter, but I Benko was incorrectly identified as
points for stopping his analysis at this predict that a player who moves second being played at the 1972 U.S. Cham-
point, as there is a forced win to be had: 15. with the white pieces will play more aggres- pionship. It was played at Skopje,
... Kh8 16. Qh5+! (Pandolfini only analyzes sively. It might make for an interesting Yugoslavia, at the 20th Olympiad.
16. Qh6+, which wins by repeating the psychology experiment. Thank you to IM Anthony Saidy and
position and then playing Qh5, but this Howard Sample for the correction.
move is necessary at some point, as well as
Richard Moody, Jr.
In the November 2011 issue, reader
Schoharie, New York

Vladimir Zelevinsky caught two


errors: In Chess to Enjoy, the play-
ers cities were reversed; Vladimir
Lyavdansky played for Leningrad
and Anatoly Volovich played for
Moscow. Also, in our Reshevsky
cover story, we listed the 1948 World
Championship (The Hague - Moscow)
as a quadruple, but the event had
five rather than four rounds.

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USCF Affairs February

USCF EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT SUSAN HOUSTON


Position: Accounting Associate
Susan started as a USCF employee in February, 2005. For those of you who remember the phrase gal
Friday, Susan is ours! Working in our accounting department, not only does she take care of daily accou-
ting duties including invoicing advertisers with USCF publications, she also assists in the
membership/ratings department with the processing of memberships, inputtting tournaments, and
assisting organizers with getting set up in our TD/Affiliate area of uschess.org. Susan just recently
added overseeing the Junior Grand Prix, Grand Prix and chess coach program to her duties.
Susan is very active in the Cumberland County Chess Club with running chess events and inputting
the tournaments and memberships.
We are delighted with and proud of the dedication that Susan shows to the USCF and all of our mem-
bers and organizers.

USCF Remembers

ART WANG: 1942-2011 married and started a family. He returned BOB DONALDSON, 1920-2011
to chess as a member of the famous Cas- By STEVE DOYLE
tle Club in the late 1960s. Members
By JIM EADE
Art Wang passed would take turns hosting events in their
away on Monday, homes, and Art recalled those days
December 12, 2011. fondly. Those were good memories, in
The cause of death part, because he won or was co-champion
was esophageal of the club nine times.
cancer. Art was a Arts other main hobby was golf. He
chess master when was not very good at golf (one mutual
chess masters were friend said it was more like watching
few and far between. polo) but he was very good at betting.
He was born in Whenever he was behind, he would offer
Chungking, China a new bet, and more often than not
in June of 1942. He came to the United would figure out a way to break even, if
States in 1946 with his mother and older not come out ahead.
brother, Harvey. His father stayed behind The following game was played against
as head of security for Chiang Kai-shek. another promising junior player at the
Bob Donaldson with his son Robert
His father did not survive the year. time. The two players remained friends
Things were difficult for Mrs. Wang, who to the very end. Bob Donaldson, a long-time New Jersey
had lost everything but a small inheri- chess leader, died at the age of 91. Bob was
tance. They ended up in Berkeley, active in the Wilmington YMCA Chess Club
California, where Art grew up. Queens Gambit Declined (D30) in the 50s and 60s before moving to Toms
Art learned to play chess at a Koltanowski Art Wang River, New Jersey and starting the Toms
chess festival in Sonoma. Koltanowski Don Sutherland River Chess Club in 1964. Bob was instru-
was an extremely active chess promoter, Oakland YMCA Invitational, 1960 mental in representing New Jersey to the
and there was always someplace to play USCF and attended many delegate meetings
chess in northern California when Art and U.S. Opens. He was active in chess up
until nine years ago as illness prevented
1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 c6 5. Nbd2
was a kid. He became a regular at the
Berkeley YMCA, and later at the Mechan- him from going to tournaments and clubs.
Nbd7 6. Bd3 dxc4 7. Nxc4 b5 8. Nce5 Bb7

ics Institute of San Francisco. Bob promoted chess in a small shore


9. 0-0 Bd6 10. a3 0-0 11. e4 Qc7 12. Nxd7

Art participated in the 1957 U.S. Jun- community and the club that he founded
Nxd7 13. e5 Be7 14. Ng5 g6 15. b4 a5 16.

ior, which was won by Bobby Fischer. Art eventually grew to 200 plus members
Rb1 axb4 17. axb4 Nb6 18. Qg4 Nd5 19.

later won the California Junior Champi-


Ne4 Rfd8 20. Bg5 Ra4 21. Qh4 Rda8 22. and was one of the largest chess clubs in
onship in 1960. Art considered a 1960
Bc2 R4a7 23. Bb3 Bxg5 24. Nxg5 h5 25. the country. Through the 1980s Bob
Mechanics tournament to be his best Bxd5 cxd5 26. Qf4 Qe7 27. g4 hxg4 28. f3 stayed involved with the club on its advi-
ever. He tied for first with Bill Addison, g3 29. Qxg3 Kg7 30. h4 Ra2 31. h5 Rh8 32. sory board. He was a gracious and kind
who later became one of the leading man that loved chess and will be long
remembered by all who touched this
hxg6 Rhh2 33. f4 fxg6 34. Rfc1 Ba8 35. Rc5
players in the United States.
knight of our royal game.
Bb7 36. Rbc1 Rag2+ 37. Qxg2 Rxg2+ 38.
Art enlisted in the Army in 1962, got Kxg2 Kg8 39. Rh1, Black resigned.

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First Moves

dozens of games including several chess-based competitions, such


as speed chess, Chess960 and bughouse. Over tea near Etans art
gallery, Tenderpixel, he explained the rules and inspiration behind
Diving Chess. Players compete using a floating chessboard and
waterproof setyou can only think about your moves underwater.
Once a player emerges from the water, he must move within five sec-
onds. If he fails to, he receives a penalty. Three penalties equals a
time forfeit. If someone surprises you with a tactical trap, its hard
to hold your breath for over a minute [to analyze the lines].
Etan said, Its a way to bring the physical into chess. When you
hear chess and physical, I cant blame you for thinking of chess-
boxing (though in my case, I think of hula chess!). Chessboxing,
a striking visual combination, was invented by Berlin-based artist
Iepe B.T. Rubingh and has since exploded into a phenomenon, with
its own organization and clubs from India to Los Angeles. The hybrid
sport has been featured in news networks all over the world, and
draws hundreds to events for the fight cards, and also to London,
which has one of the most active clubs. Malcolm Pein, organizer
of the London Chess Classic, said its thrilling to call the play to
hundreds of spectators at chessboxing matches. Its the most
accessible analysis he has ever ventured. Malcolm points out the
most esoteric things for non-chessplayers is algebraic notation. I
never call out the name of a square (i.e.- g5) unless Im sure its
highlighted on the screen.
Malcolm is also the manager of the London Chess Centre, which
was just a block away from my hotel on the famous Baker Street,
home of fictional Sherlock Holmes. At the shop I met Sabrina
Chevannes, an energetic chess expert, promoter and founder of the
Chevannes Academy. She also works with Malcolm on various proj-
ects, including publicity for the London Chess Classic. Sabrina
told me about her passion for promoting women in chess. Like in
the U.S., many people she spoke to about sponsorship and support
took a hyper-logical approach that constantly asked questions like
Why support a female player who would not get any special atten-
tion for her accomplishments if she was male? rather than asking
a question we both felt more connected to: Why is promoting
women in chess important to bringing more players and attention
to chess? Sabrina organized the 1st English Womens Rapid Play,
which featured over a dozen players including Jovanka Houska, the
number one woman player in England.
Although Id love to see a higher ratio of female players in all tour-
Diving chess: The latest idea for combining naments, there is much to be proud of stateside. When I told
physicality with our mind game. Sabrina about the prize fund, structure and publicity scope of the
U.S. Womens Championship, she was impressed. At the British
Championship, women play in the overall competition along with the
men. The womens prizes and title goes to the player who scores the
most points. In 2011, IM Jovanka Houska scored 7/11 and received
From Diving Chess 1,000 pounds (about $1,600) for winning the British and English
womens titles. Anna Zatonskih earned over ten times more ($18,000)
at last years U.S. Womens Championship at the Chess Club and
to Painted Games: Scholastic Center of Saint Louis.
My final adventure in British chess promotion was at the Univer-
sity of Greenwich at a gallery show by Lizi Sanchez and Tom
Adventures in Hackney, The Knight Turns its Head and Laughs. Many of Tom Hack-
neys paintings were abstract works, painted according to chess
games. Paint is applied whenever a piece travels through a partic-
British Chess ular square, leaving a visual impression of the most heavily trodden
paths of a chessboard. Over traditional pub fare by the river Thames,
Hackney and I spoke about his work and the intersections of chess
Chess Life Online Editor and art. He told me he uses the moves of a chess game to gener-
ate form, whereby that form is encoded. His painted abstract
works feature games from the Spassky versus Fischer match as well
Jennifer Shahade reports from England
as two victories by Marcel Duchamp. Working with Duchamp
games is kind of like playing a guitar Johnny Marr (of The Smiths)
played. This was more than just a cute metaphorHackney once
CHESS CAN LITERALLY take your breath away in diving chess, strummed the legends guitar at a friends apartment.
a new form that Etan Itfeld debuted at the Mind Sport Games in Lon- The annual London Chess Classic made the city an interna-
PHOTO: ETAN ITFELD

don last August. Imagine being engrossed in the intricacies of a pawn tional chess center, piquing American interests as we watch our
endgame or a complex Sicilian, while your thinking time is limited Hikaru Nakamura battle the likes of Magnus Carlsen and
by the strength of your lungs. Itfeld, who previously lived in Cali- Viswanathan Anand. From diving chess to painted chess games,
fornia, is the organizer of the Mind Sport Games. The one-week my trip to London showed there are plenty of chess adventures
competition series held annually in London in August consists of to explore under the surface. .
10 Chess Life February 2012 uschess.org
Tracing the life of the troubled chess genius
from brilliant beginning to shocking endgame.

Bobby Fischer Against the World is a documentary feature


exploring the tragic and bizarre life of the late chess master
Bobby Fischer. The drama of Bobby Fischer's career was undeni-
able, from his troubled childhood, to his rock star status as World
Champion and Cold War icon, to his life as a fugitive on the run.
This film explores one of the most infamous and mysterious
characters of the 20th century.

In 1972, an epic chess match took place in Iceland between


representatives of the two great super-powers of the world:
Bobby vs. Boris. Boris was backed by the Mighty Soviet Union,
with late night phone calls coming from his handlers in Moscow,
telling him what his next move should be.

Meanwhile, Bobby stood alone against the might of the oppos-


ing nation. But, Bobby was not exactly alone. The Americans did
not need to tell him what moves to make on the chessboard.
Bobby already knew how to do that. Rather, what the Americans
needed to do was somehow to get him to sit down at the board
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Small Scenes with Big Players
Behind the Old Iron Curtain
Yuri Averbakh has been influencing many important aspects
of chess for the better part of a century.

AVERBAKH AT 90 Yuri Averbakh, the worlds oldest living grandmaster, turns 90 this month. He was of worldwide impor-
tance in no fewer than four areas of our gameplaying, writing, coaching, and governing. He won the Moscow Championship in
1949, became a grandmaster in 1952, and was a candidate for the world championship at Zurich in 1953. He competed in the
USSR championship (the most powerful national chess championship that ever existed) 16 times, winning the title in 1954, ahead
of a constellation of now legendary starsincluding Mark Taimanov, Viktor Korchnoi, Tigran Petrosian, Efim Geller and Salo Flohr.
He tied for first in 1956 with Boris Spassky and Taimanov. In 1958, Averbakh qualified for the Potoroz interzonal, barely missing
the cut for the candidates tournament. For decades he edited the highly influential Shakhmaty v SSSR (Chess in the USSR) and
Shakhmatny Bulletin (which Bobby Fischer called the worlds best chess magazine). The publication of Averbakhs five-volume Com-
prehensive Chess Endings cemented his reputation as a renowned expert on the endgame. As a trainer and second, he aided, among
others, four world championsMikhail Botvinnik, Mikhail Tal, Petrosian, and Spassky. Averbakh held important positions within
the Soviet Chess Federation, becoming its president in 1972.

Over the next few pages, Macauley Peterson provides a brief profile of Yuri, while Al Lawrence reviews Averbakhs
autobiography, just this year translated into English.

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Yuri Averbakh, walking treasure-house of chess history, championship match. Two years later, after Korchnois defec-
comrade and confidant of the greatest generations of Soviet tion while in Holland, then-federation president Averbakh
champions from Andor Lilienthal and Mikhail Botvinnik to was asked to sign an official letter of condemnation. Failing
Anatoly Karpov and Garry Kasparov, and for many years one to return from a trip abroad was then considered a criminal
of the most powerful men in the USSRs chess apparatus, has offence, tantamount to defecting from ones nationality, Aver-
hundreds of historically revealing insider-stories to tell. bakh writes. Next come two sentences exquisitely framed to
But hes keeping those to himself. confess the pettiest instincts of man. But that was not the
Instead, with the less-than-modestly entitled Centre Stage and main thing, of course. Given that Korchnoi had only recently
Behind the Scenes: The Personal Memoir of a Soviet Chess Leg- written me an apologetic letter, I had absolutely no desire to
end, he gives us chatty, jumbled reminiscences of small scenes support him now. Averbakh signed. And he catalogs some
with the big chess playersenjoyable enough for a real fan of notables who had also signedTal, Vassily Smyslov, Pet-
the game. Along the way, we get a taste of what it was like to steer rosian, Taimanov, and others, and goes on to write that Only
a wary course through the Kafkaesque chambers of the old a few failed to signBotvinnik didnt, Gulko, who immedi-
Soviet hierarchy, with divisions like the Department of Propa- ately fell out of favor, and David Bronstein, who then became
ganda and Agitation, a phrase a neviezdny for a long time.
right at home in an old Monty Averbakh shrugs off the arranged
Python skit. But it wasnt funny at draws between Soviets during
the time. A scribbled note made in interzonals with an after-all-
your file could wreck a career or, theyre-friends attitude, never
during Stalins reign, get you sent acknowledging the USSRs col-
right to the Gulag or even shot. lective approach to producing
And the offense neednt be communist challengers while con-
important or even political. structing a Berlin Wall of collusion
In 1954, despite being national to block the progress over three
champion, Averbakh himself was decades of Western threats like
made a neviezdnyone who was- Sammy Reshevsky and Fischer.
nt allowed abroadbecause, Averbakh cruises through a quick
cranky and tired from losses to recollection of 1953 Zurich with-
Donald Byrne in the USA-USSR out even a whisper of the
match, he refused instructions to conspiracy now acknowledged
help with teammate Alexander (with at least ostensible repen-
Kotovs adjournment. Averbakh tance) by the super-tournaments
rehabilitated himself by joining chief chronicler and second-place
the Communist Party. Always and finisher, Bronstein.
everywhere, life is a series of Ironically, Bobby Fischer made
accommodations. Averbakh president of the USSR
The next year he served as Chess Federation. Soviet chess
teenage Boris Spasskys second apparatchiks were diving out of
to the 1955 World Junior Cham- the way before the bulldozer
pionship. After winning the event, Bobby was driving left them try-
Spassky, channeling his salty- ing to explain the shambles to
tongued trainer Alexander Tolush, their bosses. There were no oth-
issued a barrage of foul language ers who wanted to put their neck
while playing billiards in Antwerp on the line. That left Yuri. So
with the Soviet ambassador, who they made him an offer he could-
dutifully reported the lapse in nt refusenik.
comportment to the Sports Com- Centre Stage and Behind the Scenes: The Personal Averbakh felt compelled to visit
mittee. Spassky was immediately Memoir of a Soviet Chess Legend by Yuri Averbakh. Spasskys training camp, and the
recalled to Moscow for a hearing New In Chess, 2011, 272 pages, $32.95 from uscf- peek we get confirms the legend of
which would have kept him from sales.com (catalog number B0109NIC). Boris as the loveable, lazy Russ-
going to the Interzonal in Stock- ian bear of chess. The table was
holm and perhaps derailed his career. Luckily for his charge, covered with dominos and playing cards, and when it came to
Averbakh knew how to ooze just the right oil on the perilous lunchtime, a smiling Boris produced a bottle of whisky. With
waters, and the young champ went on to play in Sweden. all the pressure from the Kremlin to stop Fischer, you might
Like anyone, Averbakh seeks to put himself in a good light. expect instead a dour cadre of Russian theoreticians laboring
Three-time U.S. and Ukrainian champion GM Lev Alburt, who into the wee hours to uncover ambushes in the Najdorf Sicil-
defected in 1979, told me that Averbakh never did anything ian. So I asked Alburt if he could verify Averbakhs image.
hurtful unless he was really forced to. High praise, I suppose, Well, not exactly, he laughed. When I visited, it was only a
for a long-term Soviet apparatchik. After all, few have the con- bottle of vodka.
victions and courage of a Boris Gulko, who, in The KGB Plays Oddly, theres nary a diagram or a chess move in the book,
PHOTO: MACAULEY PETERSON

Chessa truly revelatory and important book, recalls Aver- which seems a strange omission when the onboard position is
bakh as a willing KGB-collaborator. Sometimes, even in central to a specific reminiscence. Just a dozen or so well-placed
Averbakhs own version, we can see through the cracks in the game snapshots would have added a lot of interest for the
books persona. books target audience.
In 1974 Viktor Korchnoi had written Averbakh an insult- If a book, like a restaurant meal, has to be judged in part
ing letter blaming him for the late starting time for his finalist based on its potential, then this one is like getting a plate of
match with Anatoly Karpov, which turned out, when Bobby beans at Mortons Steakhouse. Theyre nice beans, but youd
Fischer refused to defend his title, to be the de facto world expect a meatier dish.

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Still Going Strong: Yuri Averbakh By MACAULEY PETERSON

This month a great chess player, historian, tant to win, but to do so artistically. Each whereby he or she may hit that peak of
author and trainer turns ninety years old. chess game is an opportunity for artistic concentration and creativity.
Yuri Lvovich Averbakh lives in Moscow, expression. The Russian grandmaster Finding a personal approach is impor-
and during a visit to the Tal Memorial in Vladimir Simagin was one. tant for Averbakh. In the West we have
November, he invited me to the Moscow often heard lauded the Botvinnik school,
Sometimes a player doesnt fit neatly
Central Chess Club (now dedicated in the training methods followed by many of
into one category, but is instead a hybrid
honor of Mikhail Botvinnik) on Gogolevsky todays top grandmastersincluding Kas-
of two. David Bronstein and Mikhail Tal,
Boulevard, for a friendly chat. parov and Kramnik. But Averbakh stresses
for instance were both fighters and artists.
In a hall flanked by black and white that Botvinniks method only works for
Averbakh counts himself among the sci-
portraits of grandmasters and formal Botvinnik, citing as an example Taimanovs
entists, and in fact he studied engineering
world champions, with a chessboard in crushing defeat at the hands of Bobby
before becoming a professional chess player.
front of him, Averbakh shared some of his Fischer in their 1971 Candidates Match.
I discovered immediately when I
insights into professional chess, and how [Botvinnik] wrote this is my method
started ... that I have not enough motiva-
he approaches the game, both as a com- and you can see the story of Taimanov ...
tion to be a real champion. But from
petitor, and now as a coach and mentor. He asked Botvinnik to help him and
another point [of view] I like to analyze, I
Of particular interest to me was his Botvinnik gave him lots of advice. This
like to work on chess, and of course my
characterization of players based on sty- advice was very good for Botvinnik but not
approach was scientific.
listic archetypes. He has six: for Taimanov, because Taimanov was a
As a professional, Averbakh tried
completely different mancompletely dif-
Killers: Marked by the desire not only to methodically to improve his game by exer-
ferentin approach to life [and] to chess.
win, but to score decisive knockout blows. cising his subconscious mind, and
Taimanov, a concert pianist has an
Alexander Alekhine, Viktor Korchnoi, and intuition. It is very important to raise con-
artistic personality, says Averbakh, and
Mikhail Botvinnik were killers. sciousness when you are working in
therefore an artist such as Mikhail Tal
chess, he explains. Theatre has long
Fighters: Have an extreme will to win, but would have been better suited to aid his
played an important role in Russian cul-
not necessarily by knockout. [Garry] match preparation. Nevertheless,
ture, and Averbakh found inspiration as
Kasparov is a fighter with strong motiva- Taimanov counted himself as a pupil of
a player in the method-acting training
tion. Lets say hes half fighter, half killer. Botvinnik and so sought his help instead.
approach of Constantine Stanislavski.
Avarbakh sees this as a mistake.
Averbakh notes that the necessary qual- It turns out a relative of Averbakhs
It was necessary to think about Fischer
ities of fighters and killers may be harmful wife was a student of Stanislavski, and
too, because [Botvinnik] gave advice, not
to a players life away from chess. Kas- recommended that the young Averbakh
thinking about what personality Fischer
parov, he suggests, isnt a successful examine Stanislavskis oeuvre. May I
[had], because he wanted to fight Fis-
politician because hes too much of a say I was looking for what I have found in
cher on Fischers territory. And Fischer on
killer, too eager to score that knockout Stanislavskis worka way how to
his territory was too strong for Taimanov
blow, which runs counter to the political approach chess [analysis]. To use the
too strong, he emphasizes.
requirement of compromise. same system which Stanislavski used in
Nowadays, Averbakh says he is trying
[the] theatre. The same approach.
Sportsmen: View chess like any other to combine the scientific and artistic
For instance I was working on some
game. They play to win, but lack any approaches. When I look at chess, I try
ideas in endings ... I had one problem to
obsessive tendencies, and away from the to represent games as theatre. You can
solve and I couldn't find the solution.
chessboard are readily able to lead a nor- show on a chess board, any kind of play
And when I was not working on this ... I
mal life. Jos Ral Capablanca and Boris drama, tragedy, comedy, ballet. All what
was away somewhere, not over the chess-
Spassky are two. is typical for art, you can represent on a
board, but immediately I found the chess board.
Gamblers: Enjoy many games, such as bil- solution, because my mind was working. In the theatre you may find a tragedy
liards or cards. Karpov is the classic example. The gap between a strong grandmaster in four acts, but Averbakh showed me the
and a world championship candidate is tragedy of one tempo.
These first four groups all have strong
partly a difference in the ability to attain
motivation, endemic to their character.
peak performance during the game. Aver-
Scientists (also known as Explorers): bakh thinks this is about more than just -+-tr-+r+
Approach chess the way they would sci- study of positions, but it lies in the subcon- +-+-+-+k
ence, with a particular fondness for scious churning away while the player is,
analysis. Chief among their aims is the for instance, walking in a park or sitting in -+-+-+-+
accumulation of knowledgethey seek the theatre watching a performance. +-+-+-+K
to understand chess, but may lack the I believe it is the best way to create real
single-minded focus on victory that it chess masters: To use Stanislavskis system. -+-+-+-+
takes to reach the absolute summit of But what does this mean in practice? Its +-+-+-+-
the chess hierarchy. These include Aron clearly an individual process, which may
Nimzowitsch and Akiba Rubinstein. not be amenable to sweeping generaliza- -+-+-+-+
tions. Averbakh seemed to be describing
And finally: the need for a player to get himself into a
+-+RtR-+-
Artists: For artists, it is not only impor- particular frame of mind at the board,
White to move and win or
Black to move and draw

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If it were Black to play after exchang- White has two rooks against the queen, 1993 at age 71, but since then he has
ing rooks he would reach an easy draw. and the move. worked extensively as a coach. He relates
But White to move can win. an observation working with children
1. Rg2+ Kf8 (Of course 1. ... Kh8 allows
from remote areas of Russia during a
1. Re7+ Kh8 2. Kh6 Rge8 is forced. 3. Rdd7! mate on the h-file.)
summer camp.
Kg8 4. Kg6 and the rooks will soon mate.
And now the ballet starts. I discovered these children are not
Averbakh moves on to a comedy. developednot on the same level as [chil-
2. Kg5+! Kg7 Moving to the e-file allows dren in] Moscow or [St. Petersburg] or a
the king and queen to be skewered. big city ... And chess can help them to
-+-+-+-+
take the necessary level, not with the
+-+-+-+K aim of training new chess professionals,
3. Kf4+ Kf6 4. Kg3+ Kg5 5. Kf2+ Kf4 6.
Kg1+! And Black finds himself without a
but simply to prepare them academically.
-tR-+-+-vL partner, and soon without a queen!
Teaching in chess is also an art,
+-+-+k+- It means that you can represent on the Averbakh suggests, because its neces-
-zp-+-+-+ chessboard, all kinds of dramasof the- sary to have an individual approach.
atrical exhibitions. And this is a very Lets say you have thirty people, and [not
+PzP-+-+- interesting approach because it shows all of them can] be world champion.
pvl-+-+-+ that chess is not only a sport, but chess Maybe one from thousands. But for many
is an art. It is very good for teaching, for people it is just amusement, practically,
+-+-+-+- instance, girls, because not every girl and good spending of time.
White to move likes to fight, but for them a theatrical For a child to succeed its necessary
approach is more interesting. [that] he must be interested in it. If hes
White has an extra rook, but Black Averbakh finds the pedagogical device not interested, it will be no good really.
threatens to queen his a-pawn. is equally effective amongst young children Chess has the advantage that its such a
and his work with elderly people, using rich game, allowing for a variety of styles
chess as a means of fending off Alzheimers and approaches. Unlike cards or other
1. Rb5+
Black cannot move the king to the disease. Middle-aged women have no inter- games, Averbakh thinks, chess can help
fourth rank because of Rxb4+ and Ra4 est in fighting either, but show them a anybody with the right approach.
stopping the pawn. Therefore: position where the movement of the pieces If a child is to move on to study chess
mirrors a ballet or comedy and they can more seriously, he adds, first of all its
1. ... Ke6 2. Ra5 become happily engaged. necessary to understand what he wants,
Now if 2. ... a1=Q, 3. Rxa1 Bxa1 4. Of course, Averbakh retains a wealth of whether it be to become world champion,
cxb4, and only White can win. So ... first hand knowledge about chess as a or simply to use chess as a means of
sport. In his professional career, the high self-development. And after you discover
2. ... Ba3, renewing the threat. point was his 1954 win of the USSR [that], its necessary to work to develop his
3. Bg7 a simple move, but one which Championship, at the age of thirty-two. best qualities in this direction.
doesnt obviously solve Whites problem. In my time, the best time to be a world As he moves into his ninth decade,
champion was before forty. Thirty-two or Averbakh remains active, busying himself
3. ... a1=Q 4. Re5+ Kd6 (4. ... Kf7 5. thirty-three is best. Bronstein, Geller, with work on the history of chess. Inter-
Rf5+, etc.). Taimanov, and Petrosian were all within estingly, the memoir, recently published
five years of each other. Petrosian was the in English by New in Chess, was written
best because he was younger. in Russian a few years ago, but it has yet
5. Rd5+! Kc6
The rook cannot be captured in view of Thirty years later, in 1984, Averbakh to be published in Russia. Averbakh
c4+ winning the queen! served as an arbiter of the first Karpov- reports that he now has a contract with
6. Rc5+! Kb6 Again the rook is immune. Kasparov World Championship match. a Russian publisher and expects the work
Theoretically [the] first match should to appear there sometime this year.
7. Rb5+! Ka6 8. Ra5+! be a win by Karpov, because at that time Averbakh is in remarkable shape for his
At the end of this illustration, its nearly Karpov was practically much stronger. age, a fact he attributes to an athletic
impossible to hide my amusement. Yuri But Karpov wanted not only to win, Kar- lifestyle. When I was a young boy, I was
Lvovich pounces: You are smiling! It is pov wanted to win 6-0, to crush Kasparov. a sportsman. I played volleyball, hockey
a comedy! But it was too much. Karpov was not so and skating. I was in a school where
strong to play five months, and in the sport was on a very high level. He was
Even dance can be found on the chess- final he couldnt play. He was in very bad also a strong swimmer, and a boxer.
board, and here is an example of a ballet: condition. His people were trying very Ironically, it was only after he began to
much to help him but he was helpless. He focus on chess that Averbakh experi-
-+-+q+k+ overestimated himself. enced an unusually late growth spurt;
Averbakh believes that the controver- he says he grew more than three inches
+-+-+-+- sial decision by FIDE President Florencio between the ages of eighteen and twenty-
-+-+-mK-+ Campomanes to stop the match was inap- five. As a volleyballer, he could have really
propriate, in part because Karpov had a used that height!
+-+-+-+- rematch clause in the rules. The interven- The chess world can hope that, from
-+-+-+-+ tion was not sportsmanlike, he says. this giant of the game, still of sound body
He marvels at the effect the epic match and mind, his memoir will not be the
+-+-+-+-
R+-+-+-+
had on Kasparov, who was still just
twenty-one at the time. Kasparov began
last word. .
These books by Averbakh are also avail-
this match as a young boy, and finished able on uscfsales.com: Chess Endings
+-+-+R+- as a man. Essential Knowledge and Chess Tactics
White to move Averbakh played his last tournament in For Advanced Players.

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Chess to Enjoy

Will You Walk Into My Parlour?

By GM Andy Soltis

Greed is punished most dramatically in opening traps. But these days its other
transgressions that can cost you the game.

Opening traps used to be the morality c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6.


tales of chess. They were mini-parables After 4. cxd5 exd5 5. Bg5 Be7 6. e3 c6 rsn-wqkvlntr
about the wages of sin, particularly the sin 7. Qc2 Black usually castles and looks for zp-+-zppzpp
of avarice: an opportunity to simplify his way to
One side delays development to win a safety by trading pieces, such as 7. ... 0- Nzpp+-+-+
pawn. He knows the dangers of pawn- 0 8. Nf3 Ne4, e.g. 9. Nxe4 dxe4 10. Qxe4? +-+-+l+-
grabbing but goes ahead anywayand Bxg5.
gets crushed. -+-zP-+-+
The moral was clear. Dont be greedy. rsnlwqk+-tr +-+-+-+-
Play safe moves and live a clean life.
But a new generation of devilish traps zpp+-vlpzpp PzPP+-zPPzP
punishes players for making ... well, safe- -+p+-sn-+ tR-vLQmKLsNR
looking moves. Consider the following
position, which appears hundreds of +-+p+-vL- After 6. Na6
times in databases. It can come about -+-zP-+-+ The other Fischer Trap arises in the
from several openings, including 1. c4, 1.
Sicilian Defenses Accelerated Dragon, 1.
Nf3, and 1. d4. One popular route is 1. d4 +-sN-zP-+-
e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 g6
d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Qc2 dxc4 5. Qxc4 PzPQ+-zPPzP and now 5. Nc3 Bg7 6. Be3 Nf6 7. Bc4 0-
Bf5 6. Nc3 e6 7. g3 Nbd7 8. Bg2 Be7 9.
0. Bobby loved to set up an attacking
0-0 0-0. tR-+-mKLsNR
formation, with Qd2, f2-f3, Bb3, 0-0-0
and h2-h4-h5.
After 7. Qc2
r+-wq-trk+ But Petrosian chose the immediate 7. To reach the desired position, White
zpp+nvlpzpp ... Ne4?? and discovered to his horror should play 8. Bb3 and then 8. ... d6 9.
that he was lost after 8. Bxe7 Qxe7 9. f3 and 10. Qd2. But in his first Inter-
-+p+psn-+ Nxd5! cxd5 10. Qxc8+. zonal in 1958, Fischer played 8. f3? and
+-+-+l+- Accident? Yes, but in the 60 years since was surprised by 8. ... Qb6!.
it was first sprung, more than 60 other Blacks obvious threat is 9. ... Qxb2
players have blundered exactly this way, but he also has two subtle ones, 9. ...
-+QzP-+-+
+-sN-+NzP- according to databases. Nxe4 and 9. ... Ng4, followed by 10. ...
This could be called the Petrosian Bxd4. Fischer thought for more than an
Trap. Hes not the only world champion hourhis longest ever thinkand man-
PzP-+PzPLzP
tR-vL-+RmK- with that kind of dubious distinction. aged to draw after 9. Bb3 Nxe4?! (9. ...
There are two candidates for the title of Ng4!) 10. Nd5!. Since he already had a
the Fischer Trap. reputation as an opening expert, the trap
After 9. ... 0-0

White needs a solid, developing move. One occurs in the Caro-Kann, 1. e4 c6 should have become world-famous.
What is more solid than 10. Rd1 ? 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5. Bobby Yet 8. f3? Qb6! has occurred more than
But this is a losing blunder because 10. experimented with 5. Nc5. Its not a bad 1,000 times(!), according to databases.
... Bc2! threatens the rook and also cuts move. But twice on his Fischers cele- Among the victims was Paul Keres.
off the queens retreat (11. ... Nb6!). White brated 1964 simultaneous exhibition tour Todays traps occur in modern openings
is lost. At least 15 strong players, includ- he met 5. ... b6 with 6. Na6?. but they often use tactical tricks that are
ing grandmasters like Maya Chiburdanidze well over a century old. One arises in a
and Istvan Csom, have fallen for this. trendy line of the Trompowsky Attack,
(see diagram top of next column)
This is another feature of todays traps. Neither of his opponents found the 1. d4 Nf6 2. Bg5 Ne4 3. Bf4 c5 4. c3 Qb6.
They often claim a great player as their punishing 6. ... Nxa6 7. Bxa6 Qd5!, which A natural move is the innocent-looking
victimeven their first victim. That was threatens to win the bishop with 8. ... 5. Qb3. How could offering to go into an
the case when Tigran Petrosian, in his Qa5+ and to raid the kingside with 8. ... endgame be risky?
first game in a Soviet championship, met Qxg2. White may not be completely lost The answer lies in 5. ... cxd4, so that 6.
1. d4 with the safest defense there was, after 8. Be2 Qxg2 9. Bf3 Qg6 but his cxd4 Qxd4. White can avoid this with 6.
the Queens Gambit Declined, 1. ... d5 2. position isnt promising. Qxb6 axb6but would be in trouble after

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Problem I Problem II Problem III
Olaf Olaf Ulvestad
Al Horowitz
Larry Yeager
Olaf Ulvestad
Olaf Ulvestad
Anthony Santasiere

This year marks the 100th anniver- -+-+-+k+ -+-+rtrk+ -+-tr-+-+


sary of the birth of one of Americas zpL+-zpp+p zppzp-+pzpp zpl+-vl-mk-
least known stars. Olaf Ulvestad won
no titles higher than Washington
Pzp-trl+p+ -+-vl-wq-+ -zpq+p+-+
state champion but amassed an
+-+-+-+- +-+-+-+- +-zp-zP-+Q
impressive record over 40 years that -zP-+-+-+ -+Lsn-+-+ -+-+-zP-+
included wins over Lajos Portisch +-+-vL-zPn +P+-sN-+P zP-+-vL-mK-
and David Bronstein and a tie for
third place in the 1948 U.S. Cham-
-+-+-zPKzP P+-wQ-zPP+ -zPP+-+-+
pionship. The Two Knights Defense
+-tR-+-+- tR-+-+RmK- +-+-+R+-
line that runs 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3.
Bc4 Nf6 4. Ng5 d5 5. exd5 b5!? could
White to play Black to play White to play

be known as the Ulvestad Variation,


Problem IV Problem V Problem VI
thanks to his extensive analysis. The
Olaf Ulvestad Olaf Ulvestad Herman Hesse

Chessmetrics website figures he was


Arpad Elo Herman Steiner Olaf Ulvestad

the 81st strongest player in the world lsn-+kvl-tr -+q+-trk+ r+-wq-trk+


at his peak, in 1946. Ulvestad, who
spent his later years in Spain, pro-
+-+p+pzp- +-+ntRp+p +-zp-+p+-
vided us with games for this months -+-+-+-zp -+-zp-+p+ p+n+-+pzp
quiz. In each of the following posi- +LzpPzP-+- +-zp-+-wQP +p+-+-zP-
tions you are asked to find the fastest -wq-+-+-+ -zp-zP-+-+ Pvl-+-+nzP
winning line of play. This will usually
mean the forced win of a decisive
+Q+-+N+- +L+-+-+- +PsNp+N+-
amount of material, such as a rook -+-sN-zPPzP -zPP+-zPP+ -zP-+-zP-vL
or minor piece. For solutions, see +-+-+RmK- +-+-+-mK- +-+RwQK+R
page 71. White to play White to play Black to play

7. cxd4 Nc6 8. e3 Nb4. So he tries to 6. Nd2 (and then 6. ... Nxd4 7. Ndxe4) or
escape with 7. Bxb8. something else. He decided to play more rsnlwqkvl-tr
sharply and looked at 6. d5. zpp+-+pzpp
rvLl+kvl-tr The point is that 6. d5 exf3 7. dxc6
fxg2 seems to win material (8. Bxg2 bxc6) -+-+psn-+
+p+pzppzpp but White can avoid that by inserting a +-+p+-vL-
-zp-+-+-+ check, 8. cxd7+.
Instantly I played the moves. In my cal- -+PsN-+-+
+-+-+-+- culation I supposed that after 8. ... Qxd7 +-sN-+-+-
-+-zpn+-+ or 8. ... Bxd7 Id get the better endgame,
he wrote in Shakhmaty v SSSR. As soon PzP-+PzPPzP
+-zP-+-+- as my hand released the pawn I realized tR-+QmKL+R
PzP-+PzPPzP with horror that it loses.
Black won a piece after 8. ... Nxd7!, Black to play
tRN+-mKLsNR threatening both 9. ... Qxg5 and 9. ... 10. Bxf6 Bb4+ turned the tables.
gxh1=Q. He was more upset when he Fines game began 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3.
realized the trap had occurred in another
After 7. Bxb8

But now 7. ... dxc3! threatens to queen Nc3 Nf6 4. Nf3 c5 5. Bg5? cxd4 6. Nxd4
Soviet event that year. (In fact, two of and the moral seemed to be that White
after 8. ... cxb2. White can stop that with them.) just had to avoid his faulty fifth move.
8. Be5 but then 8. ... Rxa2! won in sev- What makes some modern traps so But there have been dozen of victims of
eral master games. If the idea seems diabolical is that you can fall into them via 6. ... e5 since Finebecause they kept
familiar its very similar to what might different move orders. That didnt happen reaching the diagram by other sequences:
have happened in a celebrated game of much with old-style traps, which typi- Some fell into it via 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6
Karl Schlechters back in 1911. cally began with 1. e4. But it occurs a lot 3. Nc3 d5 4. Bg5 c5 and now 5. Nf3?
A Russian master named Vladimir in todays 1. d4 games. For example, cxd4 6. Nxd4 e5.
Doroshkevich explained how he became check out this position. Others got there via the Benoni, 1. d4
one of the victims of a trap that begins 1.
Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 c5 and now 4. Nc3
c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. Nf3 f5. He was white (see diagram top of next column)
cxd4 5. Nxd4 d5 6. Bg5? e5.
in a Soviet championship game in 1970 Seems routine, right? Wrong. Black is And in a 1984 match, Sammy
and recalled that 4. d4 and then 4. ... e4 better after 6. ... e5! as Reuben Fine Reshevsky began a game with 1. d4 e6 2.
5. Bg5 had been played before. But his learned when he lost a miniature as White Nf3 c5 3. c4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 d5
memory gave out when Black replied 5. after 7. Ndb5 a6 and then 8. Nxd5? axb5 6. Bg5?and was punished by Larry
... Nf6.
Doroshkevich spent 15 minutes trying
9. Nxf6+.
He expected to win after 9. ... gxf6 10.
Christiansens 6. ... e5!. .
to recall whether the right response was Qxd8+ and 11. Bxf6+. But 9. ... Qxf6! Read Chess Life Onlines daily news updates.

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Solitaire Chess

The Great Vera Menchik

By Bruce Pandolfini

Join the club!

Vera Menchik (1906-1944) was possibly that the note to Blacks move is over and
the first woman to compete successfully Whites move is in the next line.**
9. Ne7
Not 9. ... Nd4?, dropping a pawn after
with the top male players. She captured
10. Nxd4 exd4 11. Bxd4 (1 bonus point).
the first official womens title in 1927 and
If 9. ... Na5, then 10. b3, with 11. g4, and
5. f3 Par Score 4
wound up defending her womens world White plays the Smisch Variation,
then 12. Ng3 offers full play on the king-
championship all six times it was con- securing e4 and g4. Receive full credit for side. Sir Georges countrymen, Amos
tested. It was master Albert Becker who the alternatives 5. Nf3, the Classical Sys- Burn and F.D. Yates, retreated 9. ... Nc6-
supposedly made up the concept of the tem; 5. f4, the Four Pawns Attack; 5. b8, following up with ... a7-a5, ... Nb8-a6,
Vera Menchik Club, which consisted of top Be2, the Averbakh System; and 5. g3, and ... Na6-c5. Its awfully slow, and
men Menchik defeated. Soon thereafter the Fianchetto Variation. when the knight reaches c5, it butts up
Becker became its first member. In the fol-
against the solidly guarded e4-pawn.**
lowing game between Menchik and George 5. 0-0
Thomas (Black), played in London in 1932,
Thomas is added to the club very nicely.
10. g4 Par Score 5
White stakes out space on the kingside.
6. Be3 Par Score 5
The game began: Accept full credit for 6. Nge2 e5 7. Bg5.
If 6. Bg5, there follows 6. ... c5. 10. Nd7
Black is thinking about reposting the
knight at c5, but theres also the idea of
Kings Indian Defense, 6. e5
Smisch Variation (E70) Even here 6. ... c5 can be played as a following with the advance ... f7-f5. As we
Vera Menchik gambit, but no one knew that in 1932. already know, c5 is not a great square ver-
George Thomas Well, no one talked about it in public.** sus the Smisch, so maybe 10. ... Ne8,
London, 1932 guarding g7, with the idea of playing ... f7-
f5, is probably better.**
7. Nge2 Par Score 5
This was Alekhines recommendation in
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6
place of the immediate 7. d5 (for which we
11. Rg1 Par Score 5
rsnlwqk+-tr award full credit). The idea 7. dxe5 dxe5 Often the rook remains on h1 to sup-
zppzp-zppvlp 8. Qxd8 Rxd8 (only 4 points part credit) port the advance, h2-h4-h5. But as the
was Botvinniks choice versus Tal, 1961. present game shows the h-pawn can
-+-zp-snp+ It doesnt offer advantage, but against advance without rook support. Its place-
+-+-+-+- Tal it usually wasnt a bad notion to get ment at g1 is to discourage f7-f5. Now
queens off the board. White is poised to open the g-file against
-+PzPP+-+ the black king.
+-sN-+-+- 7. b6
Blacks choice is a rightly forgotten
11. a5
PzP-+-zPPzP move that reduces options on the queen- Black aims to prevent b2-b4, thus
tR-vLQmKLsNR side. Today, 7. ... c6, with 8. ... Nbd7, is securing c5 for the knight. Despite Whites
the main line. Perhaps Sir George wanted last move, 11. ... f5 should be played,
to avoid 7. ... Nc6 8. d5 Ne7 9. c5.** because without this advance Black is
Your starting position

Now make sure you have the above sure to get out-spaced on the kingside.
position set up on your chessboard. As
8. Qd2 Par Score 5 After 11. ... f5 12. gxf5 gxf5 13. Bh6, the
you play through the remaining moves in Menchik prepares 0-0-0 in the short move 13. ... Ng6 defends and even threat-
this game, use a piece of paper to cover run and Bh6 in the long run. Add 1 bonus ens ... Qd8-h4+.**
the article, exposing Whites next move point for each thought.
only after trying to guess it. If you guess
12. 0-0-0 Par Score 5

correctly, give yourself the par score.


8. Nc6 To quote the great Fred Reinfeld: Cas-
Sometimes points are also rewarded for tles queenside!
second-best moves, and there may be
9. d5 Par Score 5
bonus pointsor deductionsfor other Menchik is agreeable as the advance
12. Nc5

moves and variations. Note that ** means comes with tempo on the knight. 13. Ng3 Par Score 5

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Problem I Problem II Problem III
ABCs of Chess Pin Pin Skewer

These problems are all related to


-+-wq-+k+ -+-mk-+r+ -mk-tr-+-+
key positions in this months game.
+-+-+pzpp +-zpq+-+- +pzpq+-+-
In each case, Black is to move. The -+-+-+-+ -+-+-+-+ -+-zpl+-+
answers can be found in Solutions +-+pzp-+- +-+-+-zp- +-+-+-+-
on page 71. -+-+P+-+ -+-+-vL-+ -+-+-+-sn
February Exercise: Create a spe-
+-+P+-+P +-+P+-+l +-+P+-vL-
cial book or file. Every time you play -+-+-zPP+ -+-+-zPL+ -+P+-+L+
a game, or analyze through one, sum- +-+Q+-mK- +-+Q+RmK- +-+Q+RmK-
marize the three most important ideas
youve derived from that experience.
The notations might refer to moves, Problem IV Problem V Problem VI
maneuvers, plans, techniques, pit- Trapping Trapping Mating net
falls, or anything of consequence.
You may even go elsewhere, if the -+-+-+-mk -+k+-+r+ -+-+-+-+
chess material suggests useful or +-+-snr+p +-zp-+-+- +-+k+-+-
intriguing matters in other areas of -+-+-zppwQ -+-zpq+n+ -+-+-+-+
your life. Make a habit of reviewing
this mounting register at least several
+-+-+-+P +-+-zp-wQ- +-+-zp-+-
times a week. Such reinforcement -+-+-+-+ -+-+-+-zP -+-zpPsn-+
will naturally strengthen your game +-+-+-+- +-+-+-+- +-+-+KvLq
as it suggests something else: that so -zP-+-+-+ -+P+-vL-mK -+-wQ-zP-+
much of learning has to do with
relearning.
+K+-+-+- +-+-+R+- +-+RtR-+-

No credit for 13. Bxc5 bxc5. This would Deduct 2 points for making either bad
be a misuse of the dark-square bishop, choice.
16. Bh6 Par Score 5
White eliminates a key defender, after
which has a more important role to play. which the dark squares around the black
king are weak.
20. Kh8
If 20. ... Kxf6, then 21. Qg5+ Kg7 22.
13. Bd7
Now its too late for 13. ... f5, which h6+ Kg8 23. Qf6 and mate at g7 to follow
would have been answered by 14. gxf5
16. Qa7
If 16. ... Bxh6, then 17. Qxh6 brings the
(1 bonus point).**
gxf5 15. Nh5 Ng6 16. Nxg7 Kxg7 (16. ... queen too close to the king.**
f4 17. Bxc5) 17. Bh6+, winning the
21. Qh6 Par Score 5

Exchange (accept 2 bonus points for so White infiltrates on the weak dark
squares and threatens mate.
17. Bxg7 Par Score 5
analyzing).**
17. Kxg7
14. h4 Par Score 5 21. axb2+

White seeks contact with the g6-pawn 18. Nf5+! Par Score 6
and the eventual opening of the h-file (1
22. Kb1 Par Score 5

bonus point). 18. Nxf5 Here the white king is safe.


If 18. ... Kf6, then 19. g5 is mate (1
bonus point). On 18. ... gxf5 there follows
14. a4 22. Rg8

Better 14. ... f6, to answer 15. h5 with 15. 19. gxf5+ Kh8 20. Qh6 Rg8 (20. ... Ng6 21.
... g5. That would have kept the lines closed. hxg6 fxg6 22. fxg6) 21. Qf6+ Rg7 22.
23. hxg6 Par Score 5

Theres also the trap 14. ... f6 15. Bh6 Threatening Qxh7 mate (1 bonus point).
Qxg7 mate (2 bonus points).
Bxh6 16. Qxh6 Kh8 17. h5? g5, with Ne7- Better would have been 18. ... Bxf5,
g8 catching the entombed queen. Add 1 since the bishop plays no role in the sub-
23. fxg6

bonus point if you saw through that one. On If 23. ... Rxg6, then 24. Rxg6 (1 bonus
sequent proceedings.**
14. ... f6 White would probably have played point).**
15. Be2 and 16. f4 (1 bonus point). Note that
19. gxf5 Par Score 5
15. ... Qc8 16. f4 exf4 17. Bxf4 Bxg4 fails
24. Qxh7+ Par Score 5
On 24. ... Kxh7, its over with 25. Rh1+
to 18. Bxg4 Qxg4 19. Nf5 and wins.**
Bh3 26. Rxh3 mate (1 bonus point). This
19. a3
There is no satisfactory way to
is more potent than 24. Rh1 (only 3 points
strengthen the kingside defenses, so Black
part credit), allowing 24. ... Bh3 25. Rxh3
15. h5 Par Score 5
White maintains the general plan of a goes all out on the queenside.**
c6, delaying mate.
kingside attack, thinking of opening lines.
15. Qb8
20. f6+ Par Score 5
If 20. bxa3, then 20. ... Qxa3+ plays into
24. Black resigned. .
Perhaps Black eyed some hope of sack- Blacks hands. The same would have For scoring box, see page 71.
ing on a3, opening the b-file.** been true for 20. b3 Nxb3+ 21. axb3 a2.

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Cover Story

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Adisa Banjoko: Im not trying to really cultivate competitive chess players out of these kids. I just want them to survive. Behind Banjoko,
left to right: Sam Martin, Shanghua Zhong, Warren Medina, Jesus Medina.

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By NELLY ROSARIO

February is the month for lovers, including,


and especially, chess mates.

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Chess & Love

HESS PLAYERS, REJOICE. The Medieval troubadour was in part responsible for landing
You would have been sexy in the Middle Ages, when skills the queen on the chessboard and thus sexualizing the game,
on the chessboard was what separated the wheat from according to Yalom. It was the troubadours verses that put
the chaff among singles looking for mates of distinction. women on pedestals and at the center of romantic conquest. He
The chessboard came to qualify as a sexual space after the sang of checkmate in the game of love, of suffering under the
queens appearance drew more and more women and girls to multi-squared wiles of his beloved, of woman as the object of
the game, according to historian Marilyn Yalom in Birth of the conquest and as the font of a male bliss earned valiantly
Chess Queen. For the nobility in Europe, a highly ritualized and through knightly trial and tribulationjousting, difficult jour-
hierarchical game like chess, where each piece moves in its pre- neys, pain, injury, and other acts of chivalry that further
scribed directions, served as the perfect excuse for lovebirds to popularized the erotic nature of chess.
spar their hearts out on a level playing field.
Chess and romance are no longer bedfellows in our collec- Circa 2003, Carl sits in my apartment in Brooklyn. Were lis-
tive psyche. Online dating sites like www.chesslover.co.uk, tening to Dead Prez, warily measuring the strange chemistry
which markets itself as helping singles find their perfect between us.
match, elicit chuckles from chess players and non-players alike. Definitely not my type, this round the way boy. Way too young.
The crudest and most literal image I have of chessboard as sex- Uniformed in baggy jeans, baseball caps, sneakers, and T-
ual space is from Brian Kaplan, a high-school classmate who shirts. Line of work unclear. Built like a football player. Not much
told me that he once saw two homeless people [embraced] on of a talker, either, save for the occasional disyllabic phrase:
the chess tables in Washington Square Park back in the 80s. whattup, dont know, hey ma.
Far more telling of the contemporary divorce of chess from sex You play? he says, fiddling with the chessboard on my cof-
or romance is the fact that Kaplan prefaced this anecdote with: fee table. Why else would I have a set? I say.
Probably inappropriate for [Chess Life]. True, true.
For those who live and breathe chess, discussing the game No sir, no way, no how, Im thinking.
in relation to that other game describes a game unto itself. He sets up the pieces. Queens on their colors, white square
In most games, I am thinking about girls for about 50-75 per- to the right, all that jazz. He chooses black. When I offer a switch,
cent of the time, says Grandmaster and American champion he shrugs, says, Nah. White makes the first mistake, ma.
Alexander Shabalov in Jennifer Shahades 2005 book Chess And then we spar our hearts out, right beside the fica tree
Bitch, another 50 percent goes to time management, and with in the living room.

Love and War are the same thing, and stratagems and policy
are as allowable in the one as in the other.
Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes

whats left over I am calculating. He plays like his build, steadily forging ahead and gaining ter-
Its actually a sexy game, British international master ritory with his quarterbacks. Oh, how he works those little men.
Jovanka Houska tells The Telegraph. Its the clash of wills, the Its sexy as all hell, the leaden simplicity and perseverance of
intellectual battle, the power struggle between a man and a his game.
woman. Thats quite romantic. Touchdown, checkmate, whatever ...
Guardian writer Stephen Moss view is that the true nature
of chess is a Darwinian struggle for power and sexual Serbian Woman GM Maria Manakova had her own sweet sur-
supremacy. He echoes the common Freudian view that the render. Heres how she describes to The Telegraph her first game
desire to play chess in males is born out of a subconscious desire against ex-husband Serbian grandmaster Miroslav Toi :
to kill the father, that the importance/impotence of the king is I made a move. I didnt go with my king to the corner, I went
what attracts boys to the game, whose rules mirror those of sex. to the center, and my ex-husband thought, Oh, shes so brave.
Shahade scoffs at these kinds of Oedipal models. The writer He fell in love with me immediately, because in this move was
and woman grandmaster prefers a more Jungian reading of the my character, my wish to be with him. Maybe I didnt want to
game as a system of opposites ... knowing when it is time to show it, but maybe I wanted him to win a little bit. I surren-
attack and when to defend. dered myself to him. He liked that.
Then theres the love story of Zhu Chen, which Shahade
White or black, yin or yang, Freud or Jungwhichever side writes about in her book. Chinas second womens world chess
of the board one chooses, most talk of chess can be boiled down champion and the countrys 13th grandmaster first met her hus-
to coded definitions of courtship and sex. band at a 1994 Asian youth tournament in Malaysia. Mohammad
Al-Modiahki was Qatars first grandmaster and named player of
the century within the Arab countries. Before Chen could
Queens Gambit, Accepted or Declined improve her English, which Al-Modiahki speaks fluently, chess
and love was their lingua franca.
Their parents disapproved of the union, believing that there
Its time for some mind sex, we aint got to take our clothes off
were too many differences between thema sentiment that
yet ... Relax, I got the good vibrations ... Before we make love lets
Chen refers to as a cold war. But Chen and Al-Modiahki
have a good conversation ... African princess, tell me yo inter-
stayed together. There are many combinations with the king and
ests ... we can play a game of chess on the futon ... When you
queen that are quite beautiful, she says in an Asian Times inter-
show me your mind, it make me wanna show you minesBefore
view. And in her own autobiography she writes, Chess is a good
the nights through, we could get physical too ... Opposites
way to bridge different cultures in a peaceful way, and my rela-
attract thats the basis ... Our sex is the wind that separates the
tionship with Al Modiahaki is a great example of this.
yin from the yang
Mind Sex, Dead Prez

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Chess is also a good way to bridge gay characters with about spirituality and the state of the Middle East.
straight moviegoers. But Carl had taught me a thing or two about perseverance.
[C]ultural divisions over race have been supplanted in the pop- One day, two of my queens mated peacearts king to death, and
ular American consciousness by a debate over gay rights, says I havent played him since.
E! Online writer Jennifer Arrow. Shes referring to the tacit love
affair between future archenemies Charles Xavier (Professor X)
and Erik Lehnsherr (Magneto) of Marvel Comics X-Men saga. The Kibtizin
2011 summer blockbuster X-Men: First Class includes a chess The mating game seems to amount to a certain type of chess
game between them thats all too reminiscent of the famous problem addressed by Vladimir Nabokov in the preface to his
sexually-charged scene between Faye Dunaway and Steve novel The Luzhin Defense:
McQueen in the 1968 crime thriller The Thomas Crown Affair. ... the point is not merely the finding of a mate in so many
Arrow points to scenes in which the two mutants (i.e., gay) loll moves, but what is termed retrograde analysis, the solver
around together on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial while play- being required to prove from a back-cast study of the diagrams
ing chess and gazing at the oh-so-phallic Washington Monument. position that Blacks last move could not have been castling or
No, seriously, playing chess is obviously PG-13 movie code for must have been the capture of a white knight en passant.
And then Magneto and Professor X did it ... again.
And there it is, a modern-day take on the Medieval associa- In other words, a good part of the pleasure we derive from
tion of the image of the (mixed-sex) chess match with romance. romance is not merely in the culmination of the sex act itself
In fact, according to Yalom, the image of chess play between a (a petite mort lasts seconds), but in the chase (pre-mort) and in
man and a woman came to be so strongly linked to romance the Monday-morning quarterbacking (post-mort).
in the Middle Ages that the mere use of it as cover art suggested Before and after the king is dead, then, its off to the skittles
love and sex as subject matter, whether or not actual game play room for all matter of pre- and post-mortem kibitzing, of wheel-
factored in the content. ing and dealing and quickies. In The Chess Artist, writer and
But alas, though its 2011, proponents of gay marriage believe chess enthusiast J. C. Hallman recalls his first visit to a World
that were still living in the Dark Ages. Unlike Chen and Al-Modi- Open skittles room in Philadelphia with the kind of melancholy
ahki, Professor X and Magneto must remain closeted forevermore. a church boy would on being introduced to a brothel:
They should be married and living happily ever after, insists
Arrow, but for now theyll spend the rest of their lives in mis- I watched them play for a time, two or three dollars a game ...
erable devotion ... facing each other from across the line, instead and the rooms mood was lively. But I found the Skittles Room
of living together in Westchester mansion splendor, playing depressing ... I wanted organized chess to be a thing that elevated
chess until theyre too old and creaky to move the pieces. culture ... Here in the Skittles room, chess was still just a toy ...

My own miserable devotion was to an online player named Yes, kid, sex is just a toy, is the message proposed by a good
peaceart. That marriage lasted a month. He was a trash-talk- number of self-published dating-advice books geared towards
ing, 45-year-old Aquarius from Canada, miles ahead of me in men. Ill reluctantly mention Bettor[sic] Off Single: Why Commit-
rank. A rather abusive relationship. Our chat box would be just ment Is A Bad Gamble For Men by one Ray Gordon, if only
as often littered with at-sign bleeps as with civil digressions on because its chess-sex kibitzing gone wild. In this e-clunker, a mid-
the nature of peace and art. He had a crush on my avatar, a dle-aged, self-avowed PUA (pick-up artist) and amateur chess
curly-haired brown girl in a blue halter top, back-dropped by player performs a meticulous post-mortem on his entire career.
soaring dolphins. Yes, Im a blundering fish of a player. And The manual, priced at a whopping $0, is geared towards the
peacearts aggressive game aroused me. We flirted in English, seduction community and divided into two volumes, comprised
Spanish, and Italian. He mentioned his amazing trip to the of 44 lessons further subdivided into Field Reports. Each field
Dominican Republic, the beaches, the music, the women, how report concludes with an Obligatory Postgame Network Press
an Italian stallion and a Dominicana would be explosivea Conference, followed by an After Further Review. (Its worth men-
remote possibility, further sabotaged by his constant play on tioning here that the character of Grandmaster Luzhin in
the word checkmate, along with a porn clip he e-mailed that Vladimir Nabokovs novel suffers a nervous breakdown).
went straight to my spam folder. Chess was my way of making seduction my top priority ...
After two weeks of humiliating games, peaceart was the devil and this is why I was getting results: I was actually trying, while
I knew. He played in that romantic chess style of the 19th cen- most of my peers were living on autopilot, not developing any
tury, gambits galore. Cheap tactics included chats in all-caps alpha gimmicks, writes Gordon in what has to be the most

Gift ideas for the afficionado...


White- and milk-chocolate chess sets$45 to $300
Love Chess Heart sticker by HappyDoggies$6
RockLove Jewelrys King and Queen sterling-silver earrings
(or any same-sex pair from the Chess Earring collection)$96

Donation to 9Queens, an organization that provides chess


instruction to those most in need of the games benefits,
especially girls and at-risk youth$1 and up.

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TMId, bizarre, and psychotic PDFs Ive ever scrolled through kiss is made further secretive by the framing of the couple inside
an endless string of projected moves, crackpot tactics, and the product bottle, which stands rather erect in the foreground.
strategies on how to find love, or at least try to. Behind the couple and partly framed within the bottle is a
Chess is not an easy [conquest], says even Burt Hochberg, naughty little voyeurthe black bishop (f5)! Refraction bends
game expert and former Chess Life editor. Apparently, neither the bishops upper body to suggest that hes leaning towards
are women, because it takes Gordon 591 pages to demon- the couple in a gesture of curiosity and disapproval.
strate to the grandmaster the delicate art of picking-up SHBs Meanwhile, beyond the frame of the bottle, the game of life
(smoking-hot babes). appears to be in stasis for those chess pieces not immersed in
At one point, Gordon considers quitting chess altogether, evok- vodka or in the throes of lust. These poor souls include: 1) a
ing Hallmans realization that he no longer wanted to be a black pawn standing alone (c3), 2) a black rook (a8) facing a
serious chess player after panning the watered-down machismo white bishop (a5) and a white pawn (b6), 3) a white pawn (d5)
and bent personalities of the Skittles room. singlehandedly confronting the black king (d8), and 4) the
A woman plays chess with the devil in the 14th-century God-fearing half of the aforementioned black bishop (f5).
moral treatise The Edifying Book of Erotic Chess by French I leave it to the chess analyst to divine any other subliminal mes-
physician Evrart de Conty. First meant as commentary on the sages from the board positions of this ridiculously staged game:
allegorical work of a poet, the extensiveness of de Contys notes
made it a popular work in its own right. This manual of seduc-
tion offered highly symbolic descriptions of a series of love White and Black to mate after choosing
battles between the narrator and his lady. The move-by-move to drink love potion.
narrative was meant to clarify respectiveand respectablegen-
der roles in courtship (and to guide a future narrator during her r+-mk-+-+
online games with a so-called peaceart). One of the original man- +-+-+-+-
uscripts was destroyed in the firebombing of Dresden in 1945. -zP-+-+-+
vL-+P+l+-
Knights in Shining Armor: -+-+-+-+
Love Triangles on Squares +-zp-+-+-
Back to square a1: Chess and romance are no longer bedfel- -+-+-+-+
lows in our collective psyche. However, the game pieces still +-+-+-+-
embody the notions of chivalry and romance that are still big
players in Western consciousness. Women are to wait (in vain) (Smirnoff, 1997)
for their knights in shining armor, having been raised on Dis-
ney-princess paraphernalia. A king-sized bed is a requisite of
the consummate bachelor pad. Men are to be knightly and fight
for a womans honor, be it in a sports arena, on the silver Making Moves
screen or in a nightclub in Turin. Chaste or not, the bride is to The most talked about convergence of alcohol, chess, love and
say yes! to the corset and white dress, made popular during battle took place in 2006, after the 37th World Chess Olympiad
the Middle Ages by Anne of Brittany as a symbol of virginity. in Turin, Italy. In this contemporary legend, coined Gormally-
And because illicit affairs never go out of fashion, were still in gate by the media, British GM Danny Gormally punches
love with legends of knights who squarely gallop into triangles. Armenian GM and world number three Levon Aronian in a jeal-
Many films have revisited the legend of Tristan and Iseult. King ous fit after Gormally sees Aronian dancing with Australian
Mark (Rufus Sewell!) sends his nephew Tristan (James Franco!) Woman International Master Arianne Caoili. The duel takes place
to Ireland to fetch the princess Iseult (Sophia Myles!), who is at a nightclub with the impossible name of Hiroshima Mon
betrothed to the king. On the trip back, Tristan and Iseult acci- Amour. Revenge comes a few days later, when Gormally is
dentally drink a love potion meant for the bride and groom, after allegedly assaulted by several of Aronians teammates. In the
which viewer discretion is advised. Instead of depicting the lovers end, the chess world gets more press coverage than ever, the
in flagrante delicto, a 14th-century carving renders them, well, dueling knights patch up, and Aronian and Caoili live on hap-
engaged in a game of chess. pily ever after as a couple.
The legend of Tristan and Iseult is said to have influenced that Caoili has since won the London Chess Classic Womens
other one we treasure, Lancelot and Guinevere. Its a familiar story: Invitational Tournament and appeared as a celebrity dancer in
Lancelot, King Arthurs trusted knight, falls in love with the kings Australias fifth season of Dancing with the Stars.
wife Guinevere. A 14th-century painting depicts Lancelot send- When two people make moves, like in sex, like in love, they
ing Guinevere his prize after winning a chess game: a magic do some moves to win, says Maria Manakova, ex-wife of
chessboard in which the pieces move on their own accord. Yugoslav grandmaster Miroslav Toi . Yes, not only he, but she,
the woman.
The lasting power of these legends is especially not lost on The Erotic Book of Chess encourages women to play an active
marketing forces. In 1997, Playboy ran a Smirnoffs print ad that role in seduction. According to Yalom, not only does the woman
was captioned Pure Mate. The photograph captures a chess make the first move by playing white, but she initiate[s] the
game in progress, during which the white queen (e1) is swept course of love through her most strategic weapon, a weapon
off her pedestal by a black knight (e2). Manakova deployed when she posed nude for the Russian
Their embrace is made to look illicit in a number of dramatic mens magazine Speed.
ways. That the queen is white and the knight is black imme- Once people see that chess is not just for nerds, says
diately appeals to taboos about crossing class and racial lines, American International Master Jeremy Silman, but also for real
not to mention the implied beauty and beast (white-princess people who love all that life has to offer, more people might give
and black-horse-man). And whether positioned deliberately or [chess] a serious try.
by artistic license, the black king stands in his queens square If hes right, Chess and Romance might just be pausing their
and the white queen in her kings square (off her color). The game to open a bottle of wine. .
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2011 World Youth

Awonder Liang takes gold and Ruifeng Li takes


silver at the 2011 World Youth Championship

F
By GM JOHN FEDOROWICZ

or the first time the World Youth Chess Championship was played in South America. Previous tournaments were played
in Spain, Greece, Turkey, France, The Republic of Georgia, and Vietnam. This years event was hosted from November
17th to the 27th by the Brazilian town Caldas Novas, famous for its water parks and hot springs. I traveled with Aviv
Friedman, Armen Ambartsoumian, Gennady Zaitchik and Michael Khodarkovsky.
We always leave a few days early just in case we encounter travel snafus. JFK airport got us off to a bad start with our flight depart-
ing two hours late. We made up some time on our way to Sao Paulo, but not enough to save our connection. After a seven-hour
wait in Sao Paulo we finally made it to Goinia where we were met by a small car. With poor Aviv cramped into a backseat we made
our way to Caldas Novas in a driving rain storm. We conversed in Spanish with our enthusiastic young driver. GM Joel Benjamin
had bigger problems as his ride from Brasilia to Caldas Novas failed to find him. The tired grandmaster arrived about 10 hours
later than he shouldve after some unwanted adventures, but in one piece.
Just like a year ago in Halkidiki, Greece, we had our largest delegation ever. With over 60 players, it was about 20 more than last
year. Also like last year, the group was dominated by our under 8 and under 10 (30 players), making for a very inexperienced team
something like we are used to. Our two highest-rated players were Eric Rosen, 2305 FIDE, and Michael Vilenchuk at 2219 FIDE.
Despite this we felt we still had good medal chances. Good experienced coaches of course can help a lot and we had quite a strong
crew. In addition to this author and my four travel companions we were helped by GMs Joel Benjamin, Nick de Firmian, Sam Palat-
nik, Yury Shulman, and IM Andranik Matikozyan. I cant imagine any country coming too close to this staff of coaches. In addition,
Yury Shulman and Shaun Smith helped out with Justus Williams, James Black and Rochelle Ballantyne who were sponsored by
Chess In the Schools. The coaches were responsible for six players each with 20 to 30 minutes of preparation time. Thanks to organ-
izer GM Darcy Lima and the Thermas di Roma Hotel for providing us with a team room; with 10 coaches we needed a good-sized
room and we got one. We gathered there for our all important post-game analysis.
The way Team USA is set up, as in past world youths, our strong medal contenders come from relatively unknown young-
sters. This year was no different. Wisconsins Awonder Liang dominated the boys under 8 section. He started with seven wins
then had a draw followed by a last round loss to Ram Aravind L N of India. His tiebreaks were so strong he had clinched the
gold medal before the last game. I chose these two Awonder games because he won the games while exhibiting different styles.
His round five game took a positional path while his round seven win flashed big tactics (with help from his opponent).

Sicilian Defense, Bg5!? is more to the point. 12. ... Re8?!


Black keeps playing moves without
Scheveningen Variation (B83)
finding a constructive plan. 12. ... a4 13.
11. ... a5!?
Awonder Liang (FIDE 1872, USA)
Nc1 a3 14. b3 Nb4 gives Black good coun-
CM Matvey Pak (FIDE 1860, RUS)
r+-wq-trk+
terplay.
World Youth 2011 (5), 11.22.2011

1. e4
+p+-vlpzpp 13. Kh1 h6?!
This is my favorite game from Awon-
-+nzplsn-+ Blacks best is again 13. ... a4 14. Nc1
ders event. For such a young player he zp-+-zp-+- a3 15. b3 Nb4.
showed a Karpovian positional sense. -+-+P+-+ 14. a3!
1. ... c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 +NsN-vL-+- As weve seen in previous notes, its impor-
e6 6. Be3 Be7 7. Be2 Nc6 8. 0-0 0-0 9. Qd2 tant to keep Black from pushing to a3.
Typical of the Boleslavsky variation is
PzPPwQLzPPzP
9. f4 e5 10. Nb3 exf4 11. Bxf4 Be6. +-+R+RmK- 14. ... a4?

After 11. ... a5 The pawn on a4 is easy pickings.


9. ... e5?!
This move can be played if Whites Black should charge this pawn down
15. Nc1 Qa5 16. Nb5

pawn is on f4, when Black would secure to a3. White sees that the trade of queens
e5 for a knight. leaves Black with two targets on a4 and d6.
12. f3
Blacks main idea is 12. a4 Nb4 playing
10. Nb3 Be6 11. Rad1 16. ... Qxd2 17. Rxd2 Red8 18. Rfd1 Ne8 19.

Attacking the d5 point with positional for a fast d5; 12. a3!? slowing down Blacks
Nc3! Bf6 20. Bb5 Nd4 21. Bxe8

ideas similar to the Sveshnikov with 11. a5-pawn keeps things under control. Taking with 21. Bxa4!? looks like it

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snags a pawn, but Awonder elects to Closed Ruy Lopez,


play it safe. r+lwq-trk+ Chigorin Defense (C96)
21. ... Rxe8 22. N1e2 Nxe2 23. Rxe2 Bc4 24. zpp+-+pzpp Ruifeng Li (FIDE 1919, USA)
Erdemdalai Yondonjamts (FIDE UNR, MGL)
Red2 Be7 25. Nd5 Bxd5 26. Rxd5 -+nvlpsn-+ World Youth 2011 (1), 11.18.2011
White is clearly better here. Blacks
queenside will come under heavy
+-zpp+-+- Ruifeng got the ball rolling towards
pressure. -+-zP-+-+ medal contention with this round one
win.
26. ... Rec8 27. c3 Rc6 28. Rb5 Rc7 29. Rdd5 zP-zPLzPN+-
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5.
Ra6 30. Ra5! -zP-sN-zPPzP 0-0 b5 6. Bb3 Be7 7. Re1 0-0 8. h3
-+-+-+k+ tR-vLQ+RmK- The so called Anti Marshall system is
After 8. a3 a good way for White to channel Black
+ptr-vlpzp- into normal Ruy lines. 8. c3 d5 9. exd5
r+-zp-+-zp position requires. The d5 point is an Nxd5 10. Nxe5 Nxe5 11. Rxe5 c6 12. d4
excellent outpost. Bd6 13. Re1 Qh4 14. g3 Qh3 15. Be3 Bg4
tR-+Rzp-+- 16. Qd3 Rae8 is an example of main line
Marshall theory. If anyone is looking for
15. Rc1 Qd7 16. Bb1!
p+-+P+-+ White correctly keeps this important a solid defense versus 1. e4, this variation
zP-zP-vLP+- attacking piece. must be considered.
-zP-+-+PzP 16. ... Bd5 17. Qd3 f5 18. Rce1 Nc6 8. ... d6
+-+-+-+K Playing 18. ... Be4!? would force an Playing 8. ... d5 9. exd5 Nxd5 10. Nxe5
important decision for White ... sac or Nxe5 11. Rxe5 Bb7 12. d3 with an
not sac? 19. However, after Rxe4 fxe4
After 30. Ra5
improved version of the Marshall Gambit
Forces the a win of clear pawn with no 20. Qxe4 g6 21. Ng5 collapsing e6 looks for White since his c-pawn is on c2 not
compensation for Black. very good for White. hampering his development.
30. ... Rcc6 31. Rxa6 Rxa6 32. Rb5 Bg5 33. 19. b4 a6 20. Bc2 Bxf3?? 9. c3 Na5 10. Bc2 c5 11. d4 Nc6 12. d5 Nb8
Bxg5 hxg5 34. Rxb7 The beginning of a chess blindness
Now its just a mopup operation. combination that loses a piece and the rsnlwq-trk+
game.
34. ... g6 35. Kg1 Kg7 36. Kf2 Kf6 37. Ke3 Ke6 +-+-vlpzpp
38. Kd3 f5 39. c4 Ra8 40. h3 fxe4+ 41. fxe4 21. Qxf3 Nxd4
p+-zp-sn-+
Rf8 42. Rg7 Kf6 43. Ra7 Rb8 44. Kc2 Rb3 45.
Rxa4 Rg3 46. b4 Rxg2+ 47. Kd1 Rg3 48. b5 r+-+-trk+ +pzpPzp-+-
Rxh3 49. b6 Rh7 50. Rb4 Rb7 51. a4 g4 52. a5 +-+q+-zpp -+-+P+-+
Kg5 53. Ke2 Rf7 54. b7, Black resigned.
pzp-vlp+-+ +-zP-+N+P
+-+-+p+- PzPL+-zPP+
Colle System (D05) -zP-sn-+-+ tRNvLQtR-mK-
Awonder Liang (FIDE 1872, USA)
Cenker Eren Tan (FIDE Unrated, TUR) zP-+-+Q+- After 12. ... Nb8

World Youth 2011 (7), 11.24.2011 -vLL+-zPPzP


This was Awonders seventh straight win
13. Nbd2

and virtually clinched the championship.


+-+-tRRmK- 13. a4!? gives White a potential target
After 21. ... Nxd4 on b5 and takes advantage of Blacks
1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. e3 suspicious move order. 13. ... Bb7 (13. ...
Better in this position is 3. Bg5 or 3. Bd7 14. axb5 Bxb5 15. Na3 Bd7 16.
Nxe5! dxe5 17. d6) 14. axb5 axb5 15.
22. Bxd4 Bxh2+ 23. Kxh2 Qxd4
Bf4, getting the bishop out before playing Black mustve been wondering, How
e2-e3. Rxa8 Bxa8 16. b4 c4 is one of my favorite
did this happen? Ruy Lopez games of all time, Karpov-
3. ... d5 4. Bd3 c5 5. c3 Unzicker, Nice 1974, where White won in
painful positional style.
24. Rxe6 Rad8 25. Kg1 Rc8 26. Bb3 Kh8 27.
The Colle System is a popular, but pas- Rfe1 h6 28. Qe3 Qb2 29. Rxh6+ gxh6 30.
sive opening. Qxh6 mate. 13. ... Nbd7 14. Nf1 Nb6 15. b3 h6 16. Ng3
Kh7?!
Another young player that finished with
5. ... Nc6 6. 0-0 Bd6 7. Nbd2 0-0 8. a3
This doesnt feel right in principle. Black
a medal was Ruifeng Li. I helped Ruifeng is looking for trouble from the Bc2.
and his dad with some opening prepara-
(see diagram top of next column)

tion for his late-round games. I was 17. Be3


impressed with his systematic way of
8. ... b6
There is a slight edge after 8. ... e5!?, Moving the knight with 17. Nh2!?, play-
studying and all the ChessBase work he ing for a rapid f2-f4, is a good alternative.
freeing the position.
had done. Having organized openings
and a willingness to study will help 17. ... Re8 18. Qd2 Bf8 19. Nh2 g6 20. f4!
Ruifengs progress a lot.
9. b3 Qc7 10. e4 cxd4 11. cxd4 dxe4 12. Nxe4
Nxe4 13. Bxe4 Bb7 14. Bb2 Ne7! As a rule, White should play this when
So far he is playing the moves the (see game top of next column) Black cant establish a strong ... Ne5.

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20. ... exf4 21. Bxf4 Bg7 Bg7. Black could also try 6. ... b5 7. Bb3 Kings Indian Defense,
Na5 gaining the bishop pair, but falls
Black is under heavy pressure with
Classical Variation (E92)
behind in development after 8. d4 Nxb3
21. ... Nfd7 22. Rf1 Qe7 23. Ng4.
WCM Sarah Chiang (FIDE 2056, USA)
9. axb3. Julia Alboredo (FIDE 1813, BRA)
22. Rad1 Ng8 23. Nf3 7. c3 0-0 8. h3 b5 9. Bc2 d5?! World Youth 2011 (2), 11.19.2011
Playing for a timely e4-e5.
r+lwq-trk+ 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 d6 3. Nc3 g6 4. e4 Bg7
The Kings Indian Defense is a popular,
23. ... Bb7 24. h4!
+-zp-vlpzpp complicated, and somewhat antiposi-
r+-wqr+n+ p+n+-sn-+ tional opening.
+l+-+pvlk +p+pzp-+- 5. Be2 0-0 6. Nf3 e5 7. d5
psn-zp-+pzp -+-+P+-+ The Petrosian Variation, named after
+pzpP+-+- +-zP-+N+P the former world champion, the late great
Tigran Petrosian.
-+-+PvL-zP PzPLzP-zPP+
+PzP-+NsN- tRNvLQtR-mK- 7. ... a5 8. Bg5 h6 9. Bh4 Bd7
With 9. ... g5 10. Bg3 Nh5 11. Nd2 Nf4
P+LwQ-+P+ After 9. ... d5
12. 0-0, White has the positional idea of
+-+RtR-mK- An odd-looking move, getting into some Bg4 or play on the queenside.
After 24. h4 kind of Marshall but down some time. 10. Nd2 Na6 11. a3 Qe8 12. b3 Nh7 13. f3 g5?!
White is picking apart Blacks kingside. 10. d4!? This move weakens crucial light
Compare the position after 10. exd5 squares near Blacks kingside. Better is
Nxd5 11. Nxe5 Nxe5 12. Rxe5 c6 13. d4 13. ... h5!? 14. Rb1 Nc5 15. 0-0 Bh6 16.
24. ... Nf6 25. h5 Bc8 26. hxg6+ fxg6 27. Bb1

to a Marshall and we must agree this is Qc2 f5 17. b4 axb4 18. axb4 Na4 19.
Bg4 28. Qc2
Loading up for e5! good for White. Nb5 with some advantage for White.
28. ... Nh5 29. Nxh5 Bxh5 30. Rf1 Rf8 31. Be3 10. ... Nxe4 11. dxe5 f5 14. Bf2 f5 15. exf5 Bxf5

After 11. ... Nc5!? the game has trans-


Bxf3?
The ... Bh5 was holding things together. posed into an Open Ruy Lopez-type of
r+-+qtrk+
32. gxf3 Qh4 33. Rd2 Nd7 34. Rh2 Qg3+ 35. position. +pzp-+-vln
Rg2 Qh3 36. Rh2 Qg3+ 37. Qg2 Qe5? 12. exf6 e.p. Nxf6 13. Bg5 Bc5 14. Nbd2 Qd6 n+-zp-+-zp
White has chances to blast g6 after 37. 15. Nb3 Bb6 16. Nbd4 Nxd4 17. cxd4 Ne4 18. zp-+Pzplzp-
... Qxg2+ 38. Rxg2, but at least Black is Bxe4 dxe4 19. Rxe4 Qg6?
still playing. -+P+-+-+
38. Qh3!
r+l+-trk+ zPPsN-+P+-
+-zp-+-zpp -+-sNLvLPzP
This simple double attack does the job.
pvl-+-+q+ tR-+QmK-+R
38. ... Nf6 39. Bxh6 Nh5 40. f4 Qf6 41. e5,
Black resigned. +p+-+-vL- After 15. ... Bxf5

-+-zPR+-+ Black has given White a strong out-


One of our oldest representatives was +-+-+N+P post on e4 for no good reason.
Eric Rosen, who competed in the open
under 18. Eric started the tournament PzP-+-zPP+ 16. Nde4 Nf6 17. Bd3 Bg6 18. 0-0 Nh5 19.

with a rank of 27, meaning a lot of hard


c5!?
tR-+Q+-mK- I felt that Blacks lack of active play
work and highly-ranked opponents lay
ahead of him. He was up to the task. Con-
After 19. ... Qg6
means White was better off keeping the
gratulations to Eric for making an The bishop move 19. ... Bb7!? 20. Be7 tension. 19. Rb1! followed by b3-b4 leaves
international master norm. Seven out of Qd7 21. Bxf8 Bxe4 leaves Black down a the Na6 looking ridiculous was the patient
Erics nine opponents were higher-rated, pawn, but with some chances. approach. Its hard to find a decent plan
making his 6-3 score an impressive achieve- for Black.
ment. Here is one of Erics easier victories: 20. Qb3+ Kh8 21. Rae1 h6 22. Be7 Bf5 23.
19. ... Nxc5 20. Nxc5 dxc5 21. Bxc5 e4!?
Ne5, Black resigned.
Why not? Black confuses the issue.
Closed Ruy Lopez (C87) Blacks queen lacks a good square.
22. Bb5
Our highest-scoring girls were WCM
FM Eric Rosen (FIDE 2305, USA)
Safer was 22. Nxe4!? Bxa1 23. Qxa1
Sarah Chiang, Mariya Oreshko and Agata
FM Toms Kantans (FIDE 2338, LAT)
with White still holding on to a slight
Bykovtsev. Take a look at Sarahs han-
World Youth 2011 (5), 11.22.2011
advantage.
dling of the Petrosian variation against her
Brazilian opponent. The game starts off
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 d6 4. 0-0 a6 5. Ba4 22. ... c6 23. dxc6 Bxc3 24. cxb7 Qxb5 25.
as a positional struggle favoring White,
Nf6 6. Re1 Be7 Qd5+
A good way for Black to develop in the but the early c4-c5 push allowed crazy
Steinitz system is 6. ... Bd7 7. c3 g6 8. d4 complications. (see diagram top of next page)

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4. d4 g6 7-2 score, good enough for fifth place in


r+-+-trk+ the open under 12. Still it had to be a bit
This was Mariya playing white two
of a disappointment after last years unbe-
+P+-+-+- rounds earlier versus Nominerdene: 4.
lievable 9-2 and second on tiebreak finish
... d6 5. Nf3 Nf6 6. Bd3 e6 7. 0-0 (7. c3
-+-+-+lzp (tied for first place). I like Jeffreys style:
Be7 8. Qe2 0-0 9. e5 dxe5 10. dxe5 Nd5
good, crisp, aggressive chess mixed with
zpqvLQ+-zpn 11. h4 It might be easier for White to
good preparation. Hell be a perennial
create kingside threats without castling.
-+-+p+-+ contender as he moves up in the age
The Rh1 could help with Bh7 Ng5 ideas)
groups. This game shows Jeffrey catch-
zPPvl-+P+- 7. ... Be7 8. Bxa3 0-0 9. e5 Ne8 10. Nc3
ing his opponent in a theoretical spin
with attacking chances in a French
-+-+-+PzP cycle. Black was in trouble early with no
Defense type position.
tR-+-+RmK- chance to defend.
5. Nf3 Bg7 6. Bc4 d6 7. 0-0 Nf6 8. e5!?
White needs to play aggressively or the
After 25. Qd5+

compensation could dry up.


Ruy Lopez (C77)
25. ... Bf7?? FM Jeffrey Xiong (FIDE 2056, USA)
Black falls apart in the complications, Joshua Johnson (FIDE 1862, TRI)
8. ... dxe5 9. Nxe5 0-0 10. Bxa3
losing a lot of material. 25. ... Kh7! Going Whites bishops are exerting great pres-
World Youth 2011 (2), 11.19.2011
over the game afterwards this move con- sure on Blacks kingside, making developing In this game Jeffrey takes care of his
cerned us. It seems that it wins for Black. difficult. Trinidadian opponent in tactical style.
26. bxa8=Q Rxa8 27. Qxa8 Qxc5+ 28.
Kh1 Bxa1 (28. ... e3!?) 29. Rxa1 e3.
10. ... Nc6 11. Nxc6 bxc6 12. Re1 Re8 13. Bc5 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5.
a5 14. Qf3 Bb7?? d4!?
One of the many trappy tactical lines
26. bxa8=Q Rxa8 27. Qxa8+
All of a sudden Sarah is up two
r+-wqr+k+ White can try.
Exchanges. +l+-zppvlp
5. ... b5
-+p+-snp+
Blacks results from this position are
27. ... Be8 28. Qd5+ Bf7 29. Qd8+ Kh7 30.

horrible. 5. ... exd4!? 6. e5 Ne4 7. 0-0 Be7


Qe7 Qxb3 31. Qxe4+ Kg8 32. Rad1 Nf6 33.
zp-vL-+-+-
8. Nxd4 Nxd4 9. Qxd4 Nc5 is a much
Rd8+ Kg7 34. Bf8+ Kg8 35. Bxh6+ Be8 36.
-+LzP-+-+
better and safer path than what Black
Qg6+, Black resigned.

Mate follows on g7. +-+-+Q+- played in the game.


Mariya employed her favorite anti-Sicil-
-+P+-zPPzP 6. Bb3 exd4 7. e5 Ng4 8. 0-0 Be7 9. Bf4 Bb7
ian weapon (the Wing Gambit) to good tRN+-tR-mK- White has compensation after 9. ...
effect in the following game. Whites devel- h5!? 10. c3 g5 11. Bd2 Ngxe5 12. Nxe5
opment and pressure caused a terrible
After 14. ... Bb7
Nxe5 13. cxd4 Nc6 14. Qf3 because of
blunder. Black cracks under the pressure. 14. ...
Blacks unsafe king.
Ba6 gives Black good defensive chances.
10. Bd5 Qb8 11. Bxc6 dxc6 12. Nxd4
Sicilian Defense (B20) 15. Qb3!
Mariya Oreshko (FIDE 1694, USA) This nasty double attack wins a lot of rwq-+k+-tr
Karamcheti Priyamvada (FIDE 1782, IND) material. +lzp-vlpzpp
World Youth 2011 (5), 11.22.2011

Mariya was one of our top scorers in the


15. ... Ba6 16. Bxf7+ Kh8 17. Bxe8 Nxe8 18. p+p+-+-+
girls under 12 along with Agata Bykovt-
c3 Bf6 19. Qa3 Bd3 20. Bxe7 Bxe7 21. Qxe7
+p+-zP-+-
sev, both at 612.
Qxe7 22. Rxe7 a4 23. Na3 Nd6 24. Re6 Rd8
25. f3 Kg7 26. Re7+ Kh6 27. Rc7 Bb5 28. h4 -+-sN-vLn+
1. e4 c5 2. b4!? How about 28. Rc1!. +-+-+-+-
The Wing Gambit is a tricky gambit 28. ... Re8 29. g4 g5 30. hxg5+ PzPP+-zPPzP
that isnt seen much nowadays. The idea With 30. Nxb5!? cxb5 31. Rc6 Blacks tRN+Q+RmK-
is to clear out Blacks wing pawn and remaining forces will be tied up.
gain control of the center. After 12. Nxd4

Already Black is in big trouble.


30. ... Kxg5 31. Kf2 Kf4 32. Nxb5 cxb5 33.
2. ... cxb4 3. a3 bxa3?! Rd7 Re6 34. Rb1 Rh6 35. Rxd6!
White gets too much play after this. This simplifying combo takes care of 12. ... Nh6 13. Bxh6 gxh6 14. e6 c5 15. exf7+
Declining the gambit is best with 3. ... d5 Blacks small hopes. Kf8 16. Ne6+ Kxf7 17. Nxc5!
4. exd5 Qxd5 5. Nf3 (5. axb4?? Qe5+ 0-1 Winning a pawn and leaving Black with
was the unfortunate game Shirazi-Peters, a leaky king position.
35. ... Rxd6 36. Rxb5
1984 U.S. Championship, Berkeley) 5. The mate threat allows Whites rook to
... e6 6. Bb2 Nf6 7. c4 bxc3 e.p. 8. Nxc3 get behind Blacks passed pawn. 17. ... Rg8 18. Nxb7 Qxb7 19. g3
Qd8 was coach Armens excellent prepa- This forced defensive move ends any
ration from last years World Youth in hope Black has for attack or defense.
36. ... Rf6 37. Ra5 h5 38. Rxh5 a3 39. Ra5 a2
Greece. In Vetoshko-Troff, White was
40. Rxa2 Rh6 41. Kg2, Black resigned.
down a pawn in an isolated-pawn position 19. ... Rg5 20. Nd2 Bf6 21. c3 Rd8 22. Qc2
with zero attacking chances. Jeffrey Xiong finished with an excellent Rg6 23. Rad1 Qc8 24. Ne4 Rdg8 25. a4 h5

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26. axb5 h4 27. bxa6 h3 28. Qd3 Be7 29. a7 Nb5 Qd7 19. Nd4 Qc7 20. c3 Qc4 21. Qf2?? little ones going for a subway ride!) The
Kg7 30. Qd7 Qf8 31. a8=Q! tournament hall was a short 100 yard
walk from the hotel lobby. Across the
This deflection wins the bishop and -+r+-trk+
street from our hotel was an enormous
the game. zp-+-zppvlp water park with some incredible pools
31. ... Qf3 32. Qxe7+ Kh8 33. Ng5, Black -zp-zp-snp+ and water slides. The atmosphere was
resigned. always festive and upbeat, conducive for
+-+-snP+- relaxation and good chess. The accom-
modations were fine as was the food, with
Last up in our game section is a game -+qsNP+-+
many choices.
played by one of our youngest partici- +-zP-+-+P One thing that bothered me was FIDE
pants, seven-year-old Jason Metpally,
changing the format from 11 rounds to
showing a tactical alertness that will serve PzP-+-wQLmK
nine rounds. I figure if were traveling
him well in future battles. tR-vL-+R+- that far, more games are better. Most
After 21. Qf2 sections were decided by tiebreak, 11
rounds would most likely bring a clear
Sicilian Defense, White is having problems with tactics winner. I hope next year it reverts back to
Dragon Variation (B70) on the g4-square and this one ends the 11 games.
Dmitry Minko (FIDE 1375, RUS) game. Id like to extend a special thanks to the
U.S. Chess Trust for their generous con-
Jason Metpally (FIDE Unrated, USA)
tribution of $11,000. With many coaches
World Youth 2011 (5), 11.22.2011 21. ... Neg4+! 22. hxg4 Nxg4+ 23. Kg1 Nxf2

At SEVEN years old Jason was our and travel expenses it was greatly appre-
24. Kxf2 Bxd4+ 25. cxd4 Qxd4+ 26. Ke1

youngest representative. Here he takes ciated. The chess is very serious, but
Qb4+ 27. Kd1 Kg7 28. Rh1 Qd4+ 29. Ke1

care of his Russian counterpart. when its done it was fun hanging out with
Rxc1+!
Jason continues to play accurately. friends and parents thanks to them. The
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. group of players I was assigned were hard
working and cooperative. We didnt win
30. Rxc1 Qxb2 31. Kd1 Qxg2 32. Re1 Qxa2
Nc3 g6
The Dragon Variation is very popular any team medals, but we fought hard
33. Re2 Qb3+ 34. Rec2 Qd3+ 35. Rd2 Qxe4

with young players. and won some nice games. Thanks to


36. fxg6 Qxg6 37. Rcc2 Qg1+ 38. Ke2 Qg2+

Emily, Joshua, Michael, Apurva, Kadhir,


39. Kd3 Qf3+ 40. Kc4 Rc8+ 41. Kb4 Rxc2 42.

Josiah and Ben for making my job easy.


Rxc2 Qe4+ 43. Kc3 h5 44. Rc1 h4 45. Rg1+
6. g3 Bg7 7. Bg2 0-0 8. 0-0 Nc6 9. Nce2 Bd7
Next years tournament will be played in
Kh7 46. Kd2 Qd4+ 47. Ke1 Qxg1+ 48. Kd2
10. h3 Rc8 11. Be3 b6 12. f4 Be6 13. Kh2
About equal is 13. Nxe6 fxe6. Maribor, Slovenia. I wish all of our kids
Qg3 49. Ke2 h3 50. Kd2 h2 51. Ke2 h1=R 52.

the best of luck, keep playing and study-


.
Kd2 Rh2+ 53. Kd1 Qg1 mate.

ing! See you all in Maribor!


The city of Caldas Novas is a Brazilian
13. ... Na5 14. g4??
Walking into a nice tactic that wins an
tourist attraction because of its agua
important pawn.
Read more USCF reporting from Brazil on
quente (hot water in Portuguese). Hot Chess Life Online, November archives,
tub springs were everywhere. Most of the including Andrea Rosens Sucesso in
USA contingent stayed at the Thermas di
14. ... Bxg4! 15. f5
With 15. hxg4 Nxg4+ Whites game col-
Brazil where she wraps-up the World
Roma Hotel. For safety reasons, the best
lapses.
Youth and declares it Sucesso even
world youth venues are always self-con- beyond fantastic quantifiable achieve-
15. ... Bxe2 16. Qxe2 Nc4 17. Bc1 Ne5 18. tained. (It wouldnt be good to have the ments such as Liang's gold medal.

2011 World Youth Championship At A Glance


Date: November 17-27, 2011
Location: Caldas Novas, Brazil
U.S. Results: Under 8 Girls: 6 pointsKaavya Ramesh, Naomi Bashkansky, Chenyi Zhao; Under 8 Open: 712 pointsAwonder Liang,
612 points (GOLD)David Peng, 6 pointsBrian Gu, 512 pointsBen Rood, 5 pointsJosiah Stearman, Ethan Joo, Aydin Turgut, 412
pointsJason Metpally, Ajay Krishnan, 4 pointsArman Baradaran Hosseini, Nguyen Dang Minh; Under 10 Girls: 6 pointsAnnie
Wang, 512 pointsEmily Nguyen, Katherine Davis, Devina Devagharan, 4 pointsSadia Qureshi; Under 10 Open: 7 pointsRuifeng
Li (SILVER), Tianming Xie, 612 pointsAlbert Lu, 6 pointsTanuj Vasudeva, John Burke, 512 pointsMichael Wang, Bovey Liu, Mar-
cell Szabo, Thomas Knoff, 412Nicolas Checa, 4 pointsBrandon Nydick; Under 12 Girls: 612 pointsMariya Oreshko, Agata
Bikovtseva, 6 pointsSimone Liao, 512 pointsKimberly Ding, 5 pointsMaggie Feng; Under 12 Open: 7 pointsJeffrey Xiong, 6
pointsCameron Wheeler, 512 pointsKesav Viswanadha, Michael Chen, Allan Beilin, 5 pointsJonathan Chiang, 412 points
Andrew Tang, 4 pointsKadhir Pillai; Under 14 Girls: 7 pointsSarah Chiang, 512 pointsRachel Gologorsky, 412 pointsLillia Poteat,
Apurva Virkud; Under 14 Open: 612 pointsKevin Wang, Varun Krishnan, 6 pointsMichael Bodek, 512 pointsJustus Williams, Jarod
Pamatmat, Michael Brown, Tommy He; 412 pointsJames Black, 4 pointsJialin Ding, Joshua Colas; Under 16 Girls: 5 points
Jessica Regam, 412 pointsRochelle Ballantyne; Under 16 Open: 412 pointsJohn Hughes; Under 18 Girls: 5 pointsEmily Tallo;
Under 18 Open: 6 pointsEric Rosen, 5 pointsMichael Vilenchuk.
Full results can be found here: http://www.wycc2011.com/

Coaching Staff: IM Armen Ambartsoumian, GM Joel Benjamin, GM Nick de Firmian, GM John Fedorowicz, FM Aviv Friedman, FST
Michael Khodarkovsky, IM Andranik Matikozyan, GM Sam Palatnik, GM Yury Shulman, GM Gennady Zaitchik.

uschess.org Chess Life February 2012 35


2011 K-12

Perfect scores abound in Texas, led by 12-year-old


Christopher Wu, with 17-year-old Matthew Dahl taking
top honors in the National K-12 Championships.

By JAMAAL ABDUL-ALIM

f all the youths whove com- November 18-20 at the opulent Hilton The others who achieved perfect scores
peted in the National K-12 Anatole in Dallas, Texas, by securing his were fifth-grader Christopher Chen, of
Championships over the third perfect score of 7 points at the Texas; third-grader Marcus Ming Miyasaka,
years, few have matched the national scholastic tournament. of New York; and first-grader Aryaman
accomplishments of 12- Even though he was the highest-rated Bansal, of Texas.
year-old Christopher Wu. player in his section, which he entered with The top honor went to 17-year -old
Ever since he first came on the chess an official rating of 2256, Christopher says Matthew Dahl, a senior at Saint Thomas
scene as a young tyke in 2004, Christo- achieving a perfect score during this last go- Academy in Mendota Heights, Minnesota.
pher has won first place at the K-12 round was more difficult than a simple Though one point shy of a perfect score,
Championships on four different occa- calculation of the odds might suggest. Dahl emerged as the sole victor in the
sionsand three times he did so with A lot of people think that it is very 12th grade section, thereby securing a
perfect scores. easy for the top seat to win first place, four-year scholarship to the University of
The first perfect score took place when Christopher told Chess Life. However, it Texas at Dallas (UTD).
Christopher competed in his National K- is actually harder if you are the first seat. Its a great opportunity for chess play-
12 Championship as a kindergartner in You're expected to win first place and ers to get a full-ride to college and really
2004. He accomplished the feat again in beat everyone else ... and if I don't it will continue their chess careers beyond the
2005 as a first-grader. be a disappointment. high school level, said Chief Tourna-
Over the past few years, he never At the time of the tournament, Christo- ment Director Jonathan David Shacter.
finished the grade-level competition in pher was a full 120 rating points higher The USCF really appreciates having UTD
less than second place, and he won than the second-highest-rated player, provide that for the students.
first place for a third time in 2009 with Andrew Liu, whom he defeated in an Dahl, a student of Life Master Victor
6 12 pointsjust a half point shy of a exciting round six game that is anno- Adler, told Chess Life he plans to accept the
perfect score. tated on page 38. Only one other youth in scholarship and study business at UTD.
Now a seventh grader at Walter R. Satz the seventh grade section had cleared The K-12 Championship, he said, was
School in Holmdel, New Jersey, this past the 2000 rating threshold. really tough.
fall, Christopher regained his status as Christopher wasnt the only youth who A lot of games I got really lucky in,
undefeated champion in his section of the finished the 2011 K-12 Nationals as a Dahl said, recounting one game in which
National K-12 Championships, held sole victor with a perfect score. he and his opponent agreed to a draw

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Matthew Dahl wins, and plans to accept, a four-year
scholarship to the University of Texas at Dallas.

when Dahl had only one second on his


clock and his opponent had five seconds.
Although chess is a big part of the culture
at UTD, Jim Stallings, Director of the Chess
Program at UTD, told the youths that there
are easier ways to get into the university
than battling it out on the chessboard:
And that is through good academics,
Stallings told the youths. We have far, far
more scholarships for good academics. So
just because we only give out one scholar-
ship here today doesnt mean you cant
get an academic scholarship.
Judging by his sheer dominance at
the K-12 Championships over the years,
Christopher, a student of GM Alexander
Shabalov, seems well-positioned to col-
lect the UTD scholarship should he
decide to compete for it as a high school
senior in 2016. Asked how he won so
PHOTOS: JAMAAL ABDUL-ALIM

many K-12 Championships at such an


early age, Christopher attributed his suc-
cess to natural talent and a simple love for
the game.
Ever since I started playing, I have
enjoyed the game and thought it was
interesting, Christopher said. There was
also a natural talent involved. Christopher Wu: His fourth first K-12 first-place finish and third perfect score.

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2011 K-12

Coach Tim Tusing of Oak Hall School in Gainesville, Florida: We just have a nice family network that sticks together and helps support me and support chess.
Left to right, with Tusing: Kindergartners Hailey Griffis, Emory Ezzell, Will Guan, Aryaman Sriram, Rikhil Venkataperumal.

Some people are good at certain things, Modern Defense (B06) 9. ... b6
and other people are good at different
If 9. b5 then I could attack with 10.
Christopher Wu (2256)
things. I just happen to have a natural tal-
a4 and break open the queenside.
Andrew Liu (2136)
ent for chess, and that is how I got so good National K-12 Championships, Round 6
when I was young. Notes by Wu 10. Ne2 Bb7 11. Nh2
On a more specific level, Christopher
Opening up the c- and f-pawns.
credits his various K-12 Championship
victories over the years to the fact that he
1. e4 g6
I prepared against this.
11. ... Nf6 12. Ng3 c5 13. c3 Nd7?
always gets a good rest before each game
Why does he go back?
and regularly reviews his openings. At
larger tournaments, he occasionally
2. d4 d6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. Be3 a6 5. Bd3 e6 6. Nf3
I wasn't sure if my setup was good,
14. h5 g5?!
reviews opponents games as well.
because it blocks the f- and c-pawns. Not sure if this is necessary; he could
But, by far, the most important thing
just leave the pawn structure as it is.
I do that helps me succeed is that I always
PHOTO: COURTESY OF TIM TUSING

This allows the f2-f4 lever.


focus as hard as I can, every round at the
6. ... Ne7 7. Qd2 h6

board, Christopher said. Even if Im Stops Bh6 but now he cant castle. 15. Bc2
exhausted, I keep pushing at the board,
and sometimes can salvage a win out of
8. h4 (see diagram top of next column)

a losing position. Maybe playing for h4-h5. Defending d4 to prepare for f2-f4 (15.
Here are notes from Christophers f4 gxf4 16. Bxf4 e5 17. Be3 cxd4 18. cxd4
round-six game against Andrew Liu; he exd4 19. Bf4 Ne5).
8. ... Nd7 9. 0-0

says. Strength wise, this was the hard- Castling queenside he could play
est game to play because my opponent ... b7-b5 and ... c7-c5 and open up the 15. ... e5!

was the strongest. queenside, weakening my king. He has to play this to stop f2-f4 to

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Bansals father estimates that in the past
r+-wqk+-tr r+-+-trk+ year, Aryaman has spent about 300 hours
+l+nsnpvl- +lwq-+pvl- on study, another 300 hours at or traveling
to tournaments, and about 200 hours of
pzp-zpp+-zp pzp-+-+-zp just fun play-chess-at-home time.
+-zp-+-zpP +-+pzpPzpP This last part does not contribute to
chess, and is just poor discipline on our
-+-zPP+-+ -+-zPP+-+ part, Bansal explains apologetically.
+-zP-vL-sN- +L+-vL-+- In his peer group, Bansals son is a rel-
ative rarity in that his only coach is his dad.
PzPLwQ-zPPsN PzP-wQ-+P+ Almost all my sons chess friends have
tR-+-+RmK- +-+R+RmK- coaches weekly, though, Bansal said.
Below is an annotated game from
After 15. Bc2 After 23. gxf5
round six between Bansals son and
break open the center. Rishith Susarla.
24. dxe5 Qxe5 25. exd5 Qg3? I think this game was pretty good,
16. Rad1
Maybe a better defense could have been Bansal said. Short, dynamic, full of tac-
Thinking about cracking open the d-file. offered. 25. ... Qd6 blockades the pawn tics and counterplay, with some instructive
and keeps on applying pressure. tactical errors from both sides.
16. ... Qc7 17. Bb3 The father and son regularly review
Aiming for the f7-weak spot so he cant
26. Bd4 Bd8 27. Qc3 Qh4 Aryamans games together.
castle queenside (17. dxc5 dxc5 and not Trying to come up with something. Any lines missed we look through using
much play on the d-file. 18. Qd6 Rc8). Fritz, Bansal says of the computer-based
28. Bg7 chess program. The commentary is all
17. ... Nf6?
Not the most precise, but I felt the what my son says, and I type it up in
Goes back again to try to attack pawns. endgame was winning after 28. ... Rc8 29. Fritz for him, mostly to remember what
Qd4 Qxd4+ 30. Bxd4. was going through his mind while he
18. f3 0-0 played the game.
Brings his king to relative safety so
28. ... b5?
that he can try something in the center. No better is 28. ... Re8 29. Bh8 f6 30.
Bxf6 Bxf6 31. Qxf6. Elephant Gambit (C40)
19. Ng4 Nxg4 Aryaman Bansal (1413)
He doesnt really have a choice. (19. ... Rishith Susarla (1422)
29. Bxf8 Bb6+ 30. Bc5 Rc8 31. Bxb6 Rxc3
Rad8 20. Nxh6+ [20. Bxg5 hxg5 21. Qxg5 National K-12 Championships, Round 6
32. bxc3 Qg4
also a possibility] 20. ... Bxh6 21. Bxg5 A little better is 32. ... g4, but he is still Notes by Bansal
Bg7 22. h6 Bh8 23. Bxf6 Bxf6 24. Nh5 lost. 33. Rd4.
Bh8 25. Qg5+ Ng6 26. Qxg6+). 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d5 3. exd5 Bd6
He plays an opening that I don't know!
33. Rde1 Kh7 34. f6, Black resigned.
White is completely winning since when
20. fxg4 cxd4?!
A bad move, he has to play 20. ... c4 to his rook arrives on e7 his bishop can 4. Nc3 Nf6 5. Bb5+ c6 6. dxc6 bxc6 7. Bc4
lock out my key bishop. check on c2 and eventually he will dou- 0-0 8. 0-0 e4
ble up on the e-file and play Re8.
21. cxd4 d5?
rsnlwq-trk+
Looks good, but White is better devel- Many parents of children who com-
oped so any center break is bad for Black. peted in the K-12 Championships in zp-+-+pzpp
Dallas this year said they believe strongly -+pvl-sn-+
in the benefits of hired coaches.
22. Nf5
Getting the knight out of the queens Dilesh Bansal, a management consult- +-+-+-+-
range. ant in Dallas and father of first-grade, -+L+p+-+
first-place winner Aryaman Bansal, is
not one of them. +-sN-+N+-
22. ... Nxf5
Pretty much forced because I can take I have strong opinions on this, and I PzPPzP-zPPzP
out his good bishop and have some have surveyed so many chess parents
sacrifice ideas. here in Dallas so I will say this, Bansal tR-vLQ+RmK-
said. For my son, Aryaman, I self coach. After 8. ... e4
He relates that he hired three different
23. gxf5
coaches on different occasions, paying
them each for about two or three lessons
(see diagram top of next column 9. Nd4?

for Aryaman. My best move is 9. Ng5 Bxh2+ 10. Kxh2


23. ... Bf6
But I did not find value for money in Ng4+ 11. Kg1 Qxg5 (11 ... Qd6 12. g3??
Has to stop the powerful f6 from trap- them at $50 an hour, Bansal said. Using Qh6) 12. d4 Qh5 13. Bf4.
ping is bishop. (23. ... dxe4 24. f6 Bh8 tactics books, online video lessons is
25. Bxg5 hxg5 26. Qxg5+ Kh7 27. Be6 much better.
9. ... Bxh2+ 10. Kxh2 Qxd4

Bc8 28. Rc1; 23. ... Rfe8 24. f6 Bf8 25. Whatever one thinks about Bansals My opponent missed the Greek-gift
exd5 e4 26. Rf5 White is still better disdain for hired chess coaches, the fact mating line.
because of more space and potential remains that his son not only took first
sacs on g5; 23. ... Rad8 24. f6 Bh8 25. place in the first grade section, but did so
11. d3 Qe5+ 12. g3 Ng4+?

dxe5 dxe4 26. Bd4). by achieving a perfect score. Too late for the Greek gift; there is no

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2011 K-12

more mate threat (12. ... Bg4 bishop could When Praveen drew in the seventh onships for the experiencesaid he
own the weakened light-square complex round, too, it enabled Rayan to finish with enjoyed making himself available to help
13. Qd2 Qh5+ 14. Kg1 Bf3 leads to mate). clear first at 612 points to Praveens 6 points. the young players improve.
Rayan and Praveenwho have become I like looking at games, looking at what
friendly rivalsboth represented the United they did, and I like to have something to
13. Kg2 Qh5? 14. Rh1
Now his queen is under fire! States and finished with seven out of 11 offer them, Gater said.
points at the World Youth Chess Champi- Gater had plenty to offer young Ben-
onships in Greece (held in 2010) and jamin, including some tips on how he
14. ... Qe5 15. Qe2 Re8 16. dxe4 Qc5 17. Be3!
finished 22nd and 21st place, respectively. could have taken a strong position and
rsnl+r+k+ Both youths plan to compete at made it even stronger in a game that he
zp-+-+pzpp the World Youth Chess Championships was clearly winning.
set to take place this November in Hes really tied down, Gater said of
-+p+-+-+ Maribor, Slovenia. Benjamins opponent. I dont know if its
+-wq-+-+- Another one of Castros students, Vig- clear you can checkmate him by force, but
nesh Panchanatham, tied for first in the youve got some good stuff going on.
-+L+P+n+ sixth grade section at this years National But instead of moving his queen to e6,
+-sN-vL-zP- K-12 Championships. Like Rayan, Vig- Ben played queen to f3, traded away a
nesh won clear first at the National Junior bishop that he had positioned on a very
PzPP+QzPK+ Congress Championships, even though he dangerous diagonal, and missed an
tR-+-+-+R played up in the 13-and-under section. opportunity to gain tempo and a better
He also finished ninth at the 2010 position with a check.
World Youth Chess Championships in Still, with Blacks king stuck in the
After 17. Be3

With the idea of baiting his knight to get Greece, and, like Rayan, plans to compete center, Gater said, Benjamin did a good
an open file against f7. at the World Youth in Slovenia this year. job of trading off all the pieces that were
Castro notes that 20 of his other stu- defending his king.
17. ... Nxe3+ 18. fxe3 Nd7 19. Raf1 Ne5 20. dents also fared well in various sections So now you need to get the rest of
Bb3 Bg4 at the K-12 Championships. your attacking pieces in, Gater said.
In the sixth grade section, five out of But in a series of trades, Benjamin
An overloaded knight and a free f7-pawn.
the top ten are my students and unfortu- mistakenly left his king vulnerable to a
nately had to play against each other, stunning back-rank checkmate, a last-
Castro said. In the final round, Vignesh chance opportunity to win that his
21. Bxf7+! Kh8??
The decisive blunder giving a mate in had to play another student of mine, otherwise losing opponent saw and seized.
two. Check-Sac-Mate! Kevin Moy, who also did pretty well in that Black got really lucky, Gater told Ben-
tournament. Two of my studentsJef- jamin. No one likes to lose like this.
22. Rxh7+ Kxh7 23. Rh1+, Black resigned. frey Tao and Kevin Moywho ended up
Though not everyone believes in hired in the top five, only lost to Vignesh. The K-12 Championships arent always
coaches, its hard to make a case against about scoring the most points as an indi-
private lessons when you consider the The K-12 Championships were about vidual. Sometimes, its about scoring the
success of the students of NorCal House far more than just wins and losses. It most points as a team.
of Chess instructor Ted Castro. Three of was largely about learning. One person who knows something
his students won first place at the K-12 As youths played out their games in the about putting together a good chess team
Championships, and many others would various ballrooms on the ground floor of is Tim Tusing, chess coach at Oak Hall
have done better were it not for the fact the hotel, dozens of chess educators from School in Gainesville, Florida, which won
that they had to play each other. across the countryincluding this writer first-place team trophies in the kinder-
In the kindergarten section of this years gathered for the 2nd George Koltanowski garten and first-grade sections after they
K-12 Championships, one of Castros Memorial Conference on Chess and Edu- scored 1012 and 13 points, respectively.
students, Maurya Palusa, of Fremont, cation (see story on page 42). The winning Oak Hall first-grade team
California, tied for first place. Just outside the chess and education con- members were Nicholas Dang, Avery
Another student, Rayan Taghizadeh, ference, members of the University of Texas Bernstein, and Frederick Huang. The
won first place in the fourth grade section, at Dallas team set up a table and made kindergartners were Richard Ezzell, Arya-
and boosted his rating from 1970 to 1984. themselves available to play matches with man Sriram, and Hailey Griffis.
This is his third national title, Castro youths or go over their tournament games. Tusing, their coach, is a military aircraft
says of Rayan, who also finished first with Priceless, said Robert Friedlander, parts broker by day and front man in a
a perfect score at the National K-12 Cham- when asked what he thought of the fact fledgling Florida-based rock band called
pionships in 2009. More recently, he that his two sons, Benjamin, 7, and Radio Ghost by night.
finished first place with a perfect score in Justin, 5, were able to go over their games You gotta be a front man if youre
the 11-and-under section of the National with UTD chess team player Daniel Gater going to be a chess coach, Tusing said
Junior Congress Championships in Santa (2174), a freshman majoring in econom- after he and his kindergarten and first-
Clara, California last October. ics and pre-med. grade students collected their first-place
Both he won convincingly and won Were kind of here on our own without team trophies.
clear first, Castro says. a coach, Friedlander said. Our coaches Chess is serious business at Oak Hall
At the most recent National K-12 are involved with a tournament in Ari- School.
Championships, the only thing that zona. Our coaches are very upset they We do chess club four days a week,
stopped Rayan from achieving a perfect could not travel with us to help the boys Tusing said. Kids do a lot of puzzles, a
score was a round six draw against the during their tournament in Dallas. lot of homework, a lot of private lessons.
higher-rated Praveen Balakrishnan, who Gaterin an interview with this writers The average chess student at Oak Hall,
dropped slightly at the K-12 Champi- daughter, Hadiyah Abdul-Alim, 10, who he said, puts in up to two hours of study
onships, from 2031 to 2029. also competed in the K-12 Champi- per day. Computer programs arent a

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part of the chess team. Tusing says pre- At tournaments such as the K-12 The USCF was deeply saddened to learn
vious awards won by Oak Hall students Championships, Tusing says, he has stu- of the death of K-12 participant 17-year-
help motivate current students to win. dents ask themselves a series of basic old Quinton Smith from Lubbock, Texas.
They see what the other kids have questions before every move. Our sincere condolences to his family
done, Tusing said. Thats a good confi- There is a list of idiot questions that and friends. For information, including
dence builder. they ask, Tusing said. Like, Can he a link to a memorial fund, please see
Parents play a major role, too. take my queen? Can he checkmate me? main.uschess.org/content/view/11492/3
We just have a nice family network Can I checkmate them? 19/. For scholarship information, please
that sticks together and helps support me Evidently, asking the idiot questions see main.uschess.org/content/view/
and support chess, Tusing said. has its rewards. . 8164/131.

2011 National Scholastic (K-12) Championship At A Glance

Date: November 18-20, 2011 Location: Hilton Anatole, Dallas, Texas Chief Tournament Director: Jonathan David Shacter
Top Finishers: 12th grade1st, 6: Matthew Dahl, 2nd-4th, 512: Ben Gershenov, Jason Altschuler, Zhou Fang; 11th grade1st,
612: Christopher Heung, 2nd, 6: Kevin Chandra; 10th grade1st, 612: Sam Schmakel, 2nd-3rd, 512: Derek Chang, Eve Zhurbin-
skiy; 9th grade1st, 612: Bryan Hu; 2nd, 6: Tyler Rhodes; 8th grade1st, 612: Mika Brattain, 2nd-3rd, 512: Andy Shao, Akshay
Malhotra; 7th grade1st, 7: Christopher Wu, 2nd, 6: Andrew Liu; 6th grade1st-2nd, 612: William Graif, Vignesh Pan-
chanatham; 5th grade1st, 7: Christopher Chen, 2nd, 6: Rishi Rajendran; 4th grade1st, 612: Rayan Taghizadeh, 2nd-3rd, 6:
Praveen Balakrishnan, Dante Peterson; 3rd grade1st, 7: Marcus Miyasaka, 2nd-5th, 6: Akshita Gorti, Maanav Ganthapodi,
Akash Vijay, Anirudh Ganesh; 2nd grade1st-6th, 6: Christopher Shen, Daniel Levkov, Rohan Suryawanshi, Constantine
Oskiper, Corwin Cheung, Luke Robitaille; 1st grade1st, 7: Aryaman Bansal, 2nd-4th, 6: Rishith Susarla, James Cooper,
Milind Maiti; Kindergarten1st-2nd, 6: Chinguun Bayaraa, Maurya Palusa. 12th grade team1st-2nd, 14: Solomon Schechter
Westchester, University High; 11th grade team1st, 1512: Plano East High School, 2nd, 15: Horace Mann; 10th grade team
1st, 1412: Westwood, 2nd-3rd, 1212: St. Johns School, Hanna High School; 9th grade team1st, 15: Catalina Foothills High
School, 2nd, 13: Trinity Prepatory School; 8th grade team1st, 14: I.S. 318, 2nd, 10: Canyon Ridge Middle School; 7th grade
team1st, 1312: Hunter College Campus School, 2nd, 2nd, 13: I.S. 318; 6th grade team1st, 14: Canyon Vista Middle School,
2nd, Quail Valley Middle School; 5th grade team1st-2nd, 1312: Scicore Academy, Dalton; 4th grade team1st-3rd, 1212: Dal-
ton, Aspen Elementary, Skaggs Elementary; 3rd grade team1st, 17: Universal Academy, 2nd, 1512: Dalton; 2nd grade
team1st-2nd, 1412: Scicore Academy, Columbia Grammar; 1st grade team1st, 13: Oak Hall, 2nd, 12: Dalton; Kindergarten
team1st, 1012: Oak Hall, 2nd, 10: Dalton.

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Education

Reaching the Next Level


The Second Koltanowski International Conference on chess and education
By DR. TIM REDMAN

fter a ten-year interval, Kolty 2 started at Kolty 1. In an essay based on to find skill transferthat learning chess

A was held Friday and Saturday,


November 18 and 19 at the Hilton
Anatole Hotel in Dallas, in conjunction
their talk, William Bart and Michael Ather-
ton gave an introduction to the
neuroscientific basis of chess playing and
will help student performance in math,
reading, science, and social science. With
some limited evidence to support the ben-
with the National K-12 Championship. A provided fMRI (functional magnetic reso- efit of chess on reading (Margolies, Rifner)
lot has happened in the field of chess nance imaging) scans that were published which is my own area of interest, nothing
and education in the last ten years. in the conference book, Chess and Educa- has been found to demonstrate that domain
Joseph Eberhard, in one of the two talks tion: Selected Essays from the Koltanowski mastery in chess transfers to other aca-
in plenary session on Friday afternoon, Conference. At Kolty 2, Stephen Lipschultz demic areas. Anecdotal evidence abounds
described a key change: Neuroscience is spoke on Advances in Cognitive and Neu- and we teachers can see the benefits of
taking us to the next level. He observed rosciences: the Impact on Educational chess for our students, but scientific evi-
that cognitive neuroscience is helping us Chess. Acknowledging that he is a physi- dence is lacking. So concluded several
understand how people papers from both
learn, but he also chal- Koltanowski conferences.
lenged: Can we now use The United States has a
neuroscience to better
More artists fail proud tradition of local
understand affective devel- control of schools so
opment? Dr. Eberhard was for lack of character than research is needed to make
one of the returning veter- the case for chess one
ans. His talk in 2001 was
on the benefit of chess
for lack of intelligence. school district at a time.
We dont have a national
instruction for economically ministry of education.
disadvantaged children. In ~EZRA POUND And yet, Dr. Lipschultz
his talk at the one-day pointed out, we are con-
Chess in Education workshop held in con- cian not a neuroscientist, Dr. Lipschultz fronted by the absolutely terrifying data
junction with the U.S. Open in Oakbrook, then proceeded to give a bravura sum- on low socio-economic status children
Illinois, in 2006, his thinking had evolved. mary of the current state of cognitive who enter school with deficient language
There he suggested a change in the lan- neuroscience with particular emphasis on skills. As David Barrett pointed out in
guage of the claims we are making for chess. Although he said that there is not his study about Using Chess to Improve
chess, from chess makes you better in much science to support our claims that Math Achievement for Students Who
math, reading, etc. to chess develops chess helps with reading and math skills, Receive Special Education Services, the
the thinking skills that are at the founda- he pointed to a promising area of research gap, as registered on the TAKS (Texas
tion of improvement in math and reading. that could demonstrate the educational Assessment of Knowledge and Skills)
At Kolty 2 he said simply: Much has been benefits of chess. exam widens as time goes on. The gap
learned about how we learn. Until now, the Holy Grail of research in between the special education students
This discussion about neuroscience chess and education has been the attempt and the overall student score for math is

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-6.0 in third grade growing to -35.4 in his students to deal with these obstacles. and specifically about how skills and char-
eleventh grade. We could expect the same Davids approach is to highlight the pri- acter formation acquired through chess
worsening problem in other areas. Eco- macy of character in his preparation. transfer into the world of investment bank-
nomically disadvantaged students begin Dr. Teresa Parr presented the most tan- ing. To remind us that Kolty 2 was an
their education with poor cultural cap- gible evidence of the promise contained in academic conference, not a cheerleading
ital, the subject of another university this new approach in her talk Exploring convention, University of Texas at Dallas
conference on chess and education held the Malleability of Executive Control. (UTD) undergraduate Saheli Nath reported
in Aberdeen, Scotland, a few years ago After touching on the problems with exist- on The Effects of Playing Chess on Self-
and covered in Chess Life. These stu- ing research in chess and education, she esteem: A Case-Control Pilot Study. Her
dents begin the game giving rook odds. narrowed her focus to exploring the ques- project was funded through a scholar-
Dr. Lipschultz believes that poverty tion: How and why does chess have its award by the UTD Office of the Vice
affects brain development in a potentially impact? She and her colleagues have just President for Research and it was super-
reversible way. The single most important received a million-dollar grant from the vised by Dr. Alexey Root. The group
new approach coming out of Kolty 2 has Department of Education to explore the studied consisted of forty college students
to do with the potential benefit of chess impact of chess on beneficial character ages 18-40 divided into chess players and
not on skill transfer but on improved traits, grouped under the umbrella term non chess players (experimental and con-
executive functions. Inhibition, what executive control. These include habits trol groups) and it concluded that there
we call self control, positively affects life promoted through chess such as metacog- were no significant differences between the
success in areas such as health and nition (thinking about thinking), inhibition self-esteem scores of the two groups. Julie
wealth. To the extent that chess can versus impulsivity (consider the touch- Blasingame disagreed, arguing that chess
improve metacognition, impulse control, move rule), and immediate feedback on builds self-esteem.
planning, and restraint, it can be of great hypotheses tried over the board. Funding Returning to the increasing importance
benefit to children. agencies dont want to hear about chess, of neuroscience in chess and education,
David MacEnultys talk on Preparing she advised, thus the indirect approach three cognitive psychologists from the Uni-
Children for Tournament Play had noth- taken. Her work, aside from the promise versity of Texas at Dallas, James Bartlett,
ing to do with openings, middlegames, or of its research, inaugurates a new rhetor- Amy Boggan, and Daniel Krawczyk, spoke
endgames and everything to do with psy- ical basis for arguing for the benefits of about their work. UTD Chess Program
chological preparation. After regaling the chess, an approach advocated by Dr. Eber- Director James Stallings approached Pro-
audience with a number of horror stories hard five years ago. [See Dr. Roots fessor Krawczyk after hearing him talk
from his experience as a coachintimidat- interview with Dr. Parr in this issue.] about brain health and suggested that he
ing behavior before the game and during Of course, Fernando Moreno has been use chess in his research. UTD has two
the game, breaking rules, and other exam- saying this for some years now. He spoke centers, The Center for Brain Health and
ples of unethical behavior, not just on the about the perspective from counseling, the Center for Vital Longevity whose
part of the children playing, but also on the and how he uses chess metaphors to help research interests can coincide with inter-
part of parents, coaches, and tournament students make good life choices. Dmitry ests in chess and education. With an assist
directorshe explained how he prepared Schneider spoke about chess and finance from IBM executive Rodney Thomas, the

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Education

chair of the Chess Program Advisory Board When the essential funding for the Kolty Conference on Chess and Education was
at the University, the research went for- 2 Conference was in place, Dr. Alexey sponsored by the U.S. Chess Trust and the
ward. Professor Bartlett gave a general Root approached UTD alumnus Clemente University of Texas at Dallas. The U.S.
orientation to their work on face recogni- Rendon about additional support. As a Chess Trust chair, Harold Winston, has
tion, UTD Ph.D. student Amy Boggan result, the Texas Chess Association pro- been a tireless advocate for the value and
explained how chess is an area particularly vided significant funding. We decided that importance of this kind of academic con-
suited for this kind of study, and Profes- those funds would be best used for Texas ference. As a proud member of the board
sor Krawczyk gave a detailed explanation teachers. As a result, and due to Dr. Roots of the U.S. Chess Trust, I am particularly
of brain function and chess perception. Dr. efforts, four ninety-minute sessions on grateful for its support. Myron Lieberman
Krawczyk noted that chess is a very emo- Friday (so teachers could get excused par- wrote an article about the Conference that
tional game and Dr. Bartlett confirmed ticipation) were available to provide can be found at the Chess Trust website
that emotional-affective systems play a six-hour potential clock hours for Texas www.uschesstrust. org. The University of
critical role in chess. gifted and talented teachers (G/T). The Texas at Dallas was an equal sponsor with
A traditional subject of discussion in the sessions were comprised of 45 minutes on the Trust. From the outset of the chess pro-
field of chess and educationchess as the nature and needs of G/T Learners, 45 gram at UTD, Provost Hobson Wildenthal
social goodwas also prevalent. Texas minutes for creativity and instructional has stressed that the function of a univer-
Chess Association President Clemente strategies, 90 minutes for social and emo- sity is not just to field a championship
Rendon gave an uplifting talk about how tional needs, 90 minutes for differentiated chess team, but to do research, hold con-
chess made a difference in Brownsville curriculum, and 90 minutes for identifi- ferences, and teach online courses on
County, Texas, one of the poorest coun- cation and assessment. The latter session chess and education. His vision has held,
ties in the United States. He correctly was a plenary session in which Dr. Eber- and although we are very proud of the
pinpointed the rhetorical interest in the hard presented his ideas (see above) and great successes of our chess team, UTD
Brownsville story on the part of the Dr. Root presented some intriguing lesson also values the academic side of chess. I
national media as the timeless appeal of plans that will be included in her next have already noted the great value provided
the underdog. Kevin OConnell in the sec- book, Thinking with Chess: Teaching Chil- by the co-sponsorship of the Texas Chess
ond plenary session presented an account dren Ages 5-14, forthcoming from Mongoose Association. The U.S. Chess Federation
of the runaway success of the scholastic Press in October 2012. also contributed by providing us with meet-
chess program in Turkey. Professor Frank Bradys personal memories of ing rooms during their national K-12, as
Charles Moura Netto of Brazil gave a mov- Bobby Fischer provided a great close in they did for Kolty 1 in 2001.
ing presentation about the use of chess in his keynote address. I am proud to have served as Conference
prisons in the Brazilian state of Espirito As you can well imagine, much more of chair for this second Koltanowski Confer-
Santo. Noting a partnership between the great worth was presented. PDFs of all the ence on Chess and Education. But I must
municipality of Santa Maria de Jetibs talks or powerpoint presentations are emphasize that the entire Conference was
pro-chess pedagogical program and the available at The University of Texas at an effort by Team UTD. Associate Chair
State Secretary of Justice to place chess Dallas chess website, www.utdallas.edu/ Dr. Alexey Root organized all of the Texas
in prisons in Espirito Santo, Professor chess/kolty2. Association for the Gifted and Talented
Netto described a classic win-win out- George and Leah Koltanowski were sessions and chaired several sessions.
come. The scholastic program developed dear friends of mine for several decades. Associate Chair James Stallings handled
cognitive ability in students and the prison I enjoyed reminiscing with Myron and all matters of logistics flawlessly, helped
program reduced prisoner violence and Rachel Lieberman, also their good friends, by Assistant Chair Luis Salinas. And
aimed to reduce the rate of recidivism. about stories we recalled. It is fitting that eleven (11!) UTD students from the chess
UTD Senior Lecturer Tom Lambert a second Kolty Conference be dedicated club and the chess team all volunteered
assisted with a simultaneous translation to their memory. their time to make this event happen. To
from and into Spanish for Professor Netto. The Second International Koltanowski all, my thanks. .
Chess and the Marshmallow Test
By Dr. Alexey Root, WIM

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded $1,049,094 to research how chess
might help with executive control and, also, with academic achievement. GM Maurice
Ashley and Teresa Parr, Ph.D. (photo, left), are part of the research team. The grants
title is Exploring the Malleability of Executive Control1.
Just before I learned of this grant, I read the marshmallow test chapter of Daniel
Aksts We Have Met the Enemy: Self-control in an Age of Excess. In typical experiments,
a four-year-old child would be left alone with a single marshmallow, a pair of
marshmallows, and a bell. The experimenter would explain that he had to leave for
a bit and that the child would have a choice. If he waited for the adults return, he
could have the pair of marshmallows. But if he didnt want to wait, he could summon
the grown-up by ringing the bellin which case he could only have one marshmallow.
PHOTO: ALEXEY ROOT

Waiting longer for two marshmallows is associated later in life with good grades in
school and getting along well with others. Akst wrote, If self-control is so important
for kids, can it be taught? There is every reason to believe that it can. ... Martial arts,
music lessons, or other activities requiring sustained attention probably help. When
I read that last sentence, I thought that chess, like martial arts and music, might teach
self-control. I interviewed Dr. Parr via e-mail to find out more.

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Are self-control and executive control leads to improvements in achievement.
However, I did not find a single study
Executive control is an umbrella term
similar?
that directly examined this
Dr. Teresa Parr
which includes our ability to reason, relationship. Since executive functions
plan ahead, multi-task or switch is not my area of expertise, a colleague Dr. Teresa L. S. Parr has a doctor-
between tasks, sustain attention, of mine recommended that I talk to ate degree in clinical psychology.
delay gratification, and make complex Dr. Ellefson, who was, at the time, She has spent years working with
decisions. So, depending on how a faculty member at nearby Virginia families and children of all ages in a
broadly you are using the term Commonwealth University. She
self-control, you could say that it variety of therapeutic, educational,
specializes in executive functions and
is an aspect of executive control. medical, and research settings. Dr.
curriculum development, so she was
the perfect person for me to consult. Parrs undergraduate and graduate
What do you hope to find about After several conversations, we began work was completed at Virginia
connections between chess, executive to concoct a plan to conduct this Commonwealth University. Her clin-
control, and academic achievement? research ourselves. As our study ical internship was completed at the
started to take shape, we realized University of North Carolina Medical
What implications will this research
we needed additional expertise, so School at Chapel Hill. Her scholarly
have for chess in schools?
Those of us who work in the field have
we reached out to Dr. Serpell at writing has been published in book
no doubts that broad-based
Virginia State University. Dr. Serpell chapters and research articles in
implementation of chess programs
also has expertise in the area of the field of psychology. Dr. Parr lives
across the country would have a
executive functions, but has additional
dramatic impact on academic outside of Richmond, Virginia with
expertise and experience in conducting
achievement. Schools, however, are her husband and three children.
school-based research in urban
inundated with such claims, and are
settings. Our next goal was to find a
looking for evidence before they invest
school system interested in partnering
ever-decreasing funds into a program
or curriculum. There is a lot of with us.
Fortunately, we found a large urban subjects, as well as activities that
anecdotal and correlational research might appeal to students with different
that supports the benefits of chess as a school system in the mid-Atlantic
region willing to work with us. They interests and learning styles. It is
way of boosting success; however, important that we provide a uniform
correlational research can only tell already had chess programs in some of
their schools and a strong commitment experience to all of the students
us whether changes in one variable involved in the project, so we have
(in this case, chess) are associated with to chess, so they were a natural fit. The
next step was to find a funding agency. to use a very detailed curriculum
changes in another variable (academic and provide rigorous training and
performance). So, in our case, we The Department of Educations
Institute for Education Sciences was oversight. Most chess coaches have
cannot know with certainty whether other responsibilities which would
other factors cause the relationship another good fit. Their mission, as
stated on their website, is to provide prohibit their involvement in such
we see. Perhaps, for example, the a comprehensive project.
relationship between the coach and rigorous and relevant evidence on
the students, rather than playing which to ground education practice and
chess, causes students to study harder. policy. We applied to their program on
What roles do you [Teresa] and GM

We are interested in whether chess cognition and student learning which


Ashley have in the research?
Drs. Serpell and Ellefson and I worked
might have its impact by improving focuses on research designed to
together to write the proposal, and,
executive functions. If that is the case, improve educational practices through
now, to run the research project.
it would help explain why playing chess the use of advances in cognitive science
GM Ashleys primary responsibilities
seems to impact performance in so which matched well with the focus of
are curriculum design and training.
many areas. If we can begin to narrow our study on executive functions.
down the mechanisms of change
involved, the case for chess in schools The initial U.S. Department of Educations
Institute of Education Sciences grant
What chess curriculum (software,
is that much stronger. teacher instruction) will be used with
the subjects? is listed at http://ies.ed.gov/funding/
We are working with graduate students grantsearch/details.asp?ID=1202. Where
from Virginia State University and will Chess Life readers be able to learn more
Tell me about how the grant came about,

Morgan State University to run the


since one of the collaborators is from the
about this research as it progresses?
My training is in clinical psychology,
University of Cambridge in England.
program. They will be using a Chess Life readers can follow our progress
so when I became interested in the curriculum designed by GM Ashley
potential of chess to enhance academic
success, I naturally started combing
and me. The curriculum is based on
methods GM Ashley has used for over
pions.com/researchnews. .
via our blog at www.mauriceashleycham-

journals to learn more. I found twenty years. A key component of his 1The program is funded by the Institute of

numerous studies from all over the approach is the disaggregated teaching Education Sciences, U.S. Department of
world that reported correlations method in which complex subjects are Education, through grant R305A1 10932 to the
between playing chess and broken down into their constituent University of Cambridge for an internationally
improvements in academics and parts and studied in depth before being collaborative project between the University of
behavior. I was intrigued that playing taught as a whole. So, for example, Cambridge, Virginia State University and
chess seemed to impact subjects not participants will work on gaining Ashley-Parr, LLC. The opinions expressed here
obviously related to chess. Intuitively, fluency with each piece before playing are those of the author(s) and do not represent
we assume that playing chess a full game. We also include opportu- views of the Institute or the U.S. Department
enhances skills such as planning nities for students to explore of Education, University of Cambridge or
ahead and focusing which likely connections between chess and other Virginia State University.

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Back to Basics

Corporal Aventuras Borodino

By GM Lev Alburt

At Borodino (September 7, 1812) Napoleon, ill and uncharacteristically


overcautious, allowed a Russian army under Kutuzov to escape to fight another
daya sort of chess draw.

The winner of this months award, Rene Signaling my intent to reposition my


Aventura (U.S. Army) filled his annota- -vlrwq-trk+ knight in preparation for an attack against
tions with military terms, which I found +p+-+pzpp my opponents kingside.
quite contagious.
(My further comments are in italics). p+n+psn-+ 18. Qe2 b5 19. Rac1 h5 20. h4 Qd6 21. Na2?!

+-+p+-+- -vlr+r+-+
Slav Defense (D15)
Enrico Balmaceda (2037, U.S. Navy) -+-zP-+-+ +-+-snpmk-
Rene Aventura (1720, U.S. Army) zP-sNLzPQ+P p+-wqpsnp+
2011 U.S. Interservice Chess
Championship, 06.15.2011 -zP-vL-zPP+ +p+p+-+p
tR-+R+-mK- -+-zP-+-zP
1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Nf3 a6 After 13. ... Bb8
The Slav Defense is not my favorite
zP-+-zP-zP-
opening as black in response to 1. d4. I the passive position after move 14, so I NzP-+QzPL+
played this Slav simply because it was decided to make a weakening move 14. ...
fashionable in the 2011 All Army Chess g6 in front of my king with the intention +-tRRvL-mK-
Championship held May 15-19. of positioning my pawn in support of my
pieces to attack first before he can react.
After 21. Na2

At first, I was surprised to see the


Sailors move, it does not seem right to
5. e3 Bg4 6. h3 Bxf3 7. Qxf3 e6 Mr. Aventura is quite correct in the

retreat an active piece during the battle.


assessment of the game and in the chosen
rsn-wqkvl-tr
History check! Navy Admiral Nimitz did
plan (to play ... h7-h5).

not retreat during the Battle of the Mid-


+p+-+pzpp 16. Bf1
p+p+psn-+ At this time, I took a badly needed way, General MacArthur retreated to
break, closing my eyes for 25 minutes Australia in the Battle of the Philippines.
as my headache was unbearable and the
+-+p+-+- I like 21. Na2, as it allows the activation
-+PzP-+-+ medicine didnt seem to work. The of the otherwise very passive bishop. The
+-sN-zPQ+P headache continued to linger with little knight could be brought into the fray then.
relief. After the break I made the casual
PzP-+-zPP+ move Re8.
21. ... Nf5 22. Bb4!
A nice counterattack from the Sailor,
taking control of the a3-f8 diagonal.
tR-vL-mKL+R 16. ... Re8 17. Bg2
After 7. ... e6

The Navys two-bishop advantage is


-vlrwqr+-+ 22. ... Qd7 23. Qe1

purely academic. +p+-+pmkp -vlr+r+-+


8. cxd5 cxd5 9. Bd3 Nc6 10. 0-0 Bd6 11. Rd1 p+n+psnp+ +-+q+pmk-
0-0 12. a3 Rc8 13. Bd2 Bb8 +-+p+-+- p+-+psnp+
(see diagram top of next column) -+-zP-+-+ +p+p+n+p
Around this time, I was quite happy zP-sN-zPQzPP -vL-zP-+-zP
with my position as all my pieces are
developed to reasonable squares. I felt
-zP-+-zPL+ zP-+-zP-zP-
that I had equalized the position. tR-+RvL-mK- NzP-+-zPL+
After 17. Bg2
14. Be1 g6 15. g3 Kg7 +-tRRwQ-mK-
My opponent seems to be content with 17. ... Ne7 After 23. Qe1

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23. ... Ng4 24. e4 Too slow. White had to play 30. d5 and 41. d7 Qh3+ 42. Kf2 Rf4+ 43. Ke1 Qh1+,
(if allowed) 31. d6. Draw agreed.
Suddenly the quiet positional game
opens up and becomes very sharp and 30. ... f4!
-+-+-+-+
A key move. The Army intends to use
tactical.
the light squares of the h3-c8 diagonal +-+P+-mk-
with the intended target on the g4-square
24. ... dxe4 25. Rxc8 Rxc8 26. Bxe4
p+-+-+p+
-vlr+-+-+ for his powerful queen. Then the weak-
ness on h4 and f4 will tell. The Navy will +p+-zp-+p
+-+q+pmk- not be able to mount a counterattack -+-+-tr-+
p+-+p+p+ with an extra pawn on d4 quickly enough
to deflect the Armys plan. (31. gxf4 Nf6, zP-+-+-+-
+p+-+n+p followed by ... Qg4+.) -zP-+Q+-+
-vL-zPL+nzP 31. Ne2 fxg3 32. Nxg3 Bxg3 33. fxg3 Re3 +-+RmK-+q
zP-+-+-zP- Final position
-+-+-+-+
This is the first time in my life that I
NzP-+-zP-+
played a game of chess for more than
+-+RwQ-mK- +-+q+pmk-
p+-+-+p+ five hours. I never knew that chess con-
centration could last this long. All I
After 26. Bxe4

wanted was to rest my head and I offered


+pvL-+-+p
him a draw for the second time despite my
26. ... Ba7?
-+-zP-+nzP
Black should either take the pawn on d4 positional and material advantage and
my friend gladly accepted it. The ending
(why not?) or block it with 26. ... Ne7 and zP-+-tr-zP-
then 27. ... Nf6eventually, with ... N -zP-wQ-+-+ would have been 44. Kd2 Rd4+ 45. Kc2
(either) d5. Qc6+ and 46. ... Rxd7, winning.
+-+R+-mK- A good chessplayer, like a good Soldier,
27. Bxf5 exf5 After 33. ... Re3
A big mistake, paving the way for a
should train himself to be able to play/fight

winning naval passed pawn.


reasonably well even when sick or tired.
34. d5
Kibitz ... (chess) History check! About
Correct. 27. ... gxf5 weakens the black Other moves also lose, e.g. 34. Qg2 (or twenty years ago British-American Grand-
kings guardbut Whites strong passer is 34. Kg2) 34. ... Qc7. master Tony Miles played all his games in
a greater evil. a super-strong Wijk aan Zee tournament
34. ... Rxg3+ 35. Kh1 Qf5!
lying on his stomach (due to a serious
28. Bc5?!
With the threat to mate in three moves. back injury)and came in first!
My opponent missed the opportunity to But, in fairness, both players can be
take advantage of my mistake. The Sailor
was short on time with less than five
minutes left on his clock while I had 14
36. Qe2

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Endgame Lab

A Master of the Endgame

By GM Pal Benko

GM Gedeon Barcza (1911-1986)

1911 was a good year for grandmaster


births. Besides Sammy Reshevsky, -+-tr-+k+ -+-+-+-+
Mikhail Botvinnik and Andor Lilienthal, zp-+-+p+- +-+-+-+-
the strong Hungarian GM Gedeon Barcza
also entered this world. Champion of -+-+pzp-zp -+p+-+r+
Hungary eight times and a member of +-+-+-+- +p+-+p+R
his countrys Olympic team (among other
international successes), he was a math-
-+R+-+-+ -+-+k+-zP
ematics professor who later became editor +-+-+KzP- +-zP-+-+-
of the Hungarian chess magazine. As a
teacher he left his mark on multiple gen-
PzP-+-zP-zP -+-+-mK-+
erations. Endgame students will find his +-+-+-+- +-+-+-+-
games valuable for study since he was,
first of all, an endgame specialist.
After 27. ... gxf6 Black to play

the queenside pawn minority, but two Also good was 58. ... f4 59. Rc5 f3+ then
Barcza Opening (A11) other factors demonstrate the inferiority after 60. Ke1 Ke3 61. Re5+ Kf4 62. Rc5
GM Gedeon Barcza of the black position: Black is unable to Kg3 63. Rf5 Rd3 etc.
GM Vasily Smyslov create a passed pawn on the kingside
because of his doubled pawns, and the
59. Rh8 Kg4 60. Rh7 Re6+ 61. Kd3
Moscow Ol, 1956
king is confined to his feeble h-pawn. If 61. Kf2 Re4! followed by 62. ... Rc4
1. Nf3 Nf6 2. g3 d5 3. Bg2 Bf5 (?) wins.
This opening used by GM Barcza (and
28. ... Rd5 29. b4! Kg7 30. a4 e5

named after him) often transfers into 30. ... a5 31. Rc5!
61. ... f4 62. h5 Kf3 63. h6 c5 64. Rh8

other systems. The bishop excursion is After 64. c4 b4 65. Rh8 b3 66. h7 Re7
one of these transpositions, but it is safer wins.
31. b5 Rd1

to prepare for it with c6 first. In case of 31. ... Rd7, 32. a5 followed
by b4-b5-b6 and Rb4 wins.
64. ... Rd6+ 65. Kc2 c4 66. Kb2 Re6 67. Ka3
4. c4 c6 5. cxd5 cxd5 6. Qb3 Qc8 7. Nc3 e6 8. Ke3 68. Kb4 f3 69. h7 Re7 70. Kxb5 f2 71.
d3 Nc6 9. Bf4 Be7 10. 0-0 0-0 11. Rac1 Qd7 32. Rc7 a6 33. bxa6 Rd4 34. a7 Rxa4 35. Kd3 Rf8 Rxh7 72. Re8+ Kd3 73. Rf8 Rh5+ 74.
12. e4! f5 36. Kc3 Kf6 37. Kb3 Ra1 38. Kb4 Kg5 39. Kb4 Ke3 75. Re8+ Kf4, White resigned.

With a significant development advan- Whenever GM Barcza found himself a


Kb5 Kh5

tage, White is correct in opening lines to In time trouble Black realized only after pawn up, he usually managed to win
secure an endgame edge. touching the king that 39. ... Kg4 is los- even theoretically drawn positions.
ing after 40. Rc4+ followed by 41. Ra4.
12. ... dxe4 13. dxe4 Nxe4 14. Nxe4 Bxe4 15. King Misstep
Ne5 Nxe5 16. Bxe4 Nc6 17. Rfd1 Qc8 18. 40. Kb6, Black resigned.
Gedeon Barcza
Qa4 Rd8 19. Rxd8+ Qxd8 20. Bxc6 bxc6 21. Barcza played very accurately. Petar Trifunovi
Qxc6 h6 22. Be5 Bg5 23. Rc4 Qd1+ 24. Kg2 Budapest, 1948
Rd8 25. Qf3! Qxf3+ 26. Kxf3 Bf6(?) Mutual Passed Pawns
Trading for Whites strong bishop but GM Paul Keres (see diagram top of next column)
weakening his own pawn-structure. GM Gedeon Barcza The position is drawn but transferring
Instead 26. ... Rd5 followed by a7-a5 Tallin, 1957 theory into practice does not always go
was more advisable. smoothly.
(see diagram top of next column)
27. Bxf6 gxf6 1. Ke4 Kg3
Either 1. ... Rh8 or 1. ... Rg5 were still
57. ... Rd6
Black plays carefully. Either 57. ... Kd3
playable.
(see diagram top of next column)
or 57. ... c5 58. Rh8 Rb6 look forceful.
This is a draw, but converting theory
28. Ke3!
Blacks difficulty will mainly be due to 58. Ke2 Kf4 into practice does not always go smoothly.

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Problem I Problem II
Benkos Bafflers O. Pervakov R. Becker
Harold van der Heijden 50 JT, 2010 Harold van der Heijden 50 JT, 2010

Most of the time these studies


resemble positions that could actu-
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Solutions can be found on page
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White to play and win White to play and draw

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White to play Black to play White to play

1. Ke4 Kg3 52. Kf3 Nf5 53. Nf8 Kc3 54. Kf4 Nh4 55. Kg3 Rf4 67. Kh3 Kf3 68. Bc7 Rxf5 69. Kxh4 Ke4
Both 1. ... Rh8 and 1. ... Rg5 are playable.
Nf5+ 56. Kg4 Ne3+ 57. Kg5 Kd4 70. Bd8 Rb5 71. Bc7 Kf5 72. Bd6 Kg6 73. Bc7
Again, simpler and better was 57. ...
Ng2 58. Ne6 Kc4, etc.
Rb4+ 74. Kh3 Rg4 75. Bd6 Kf5 76. Bc7 Ke4
2. Re7 Ra5 3. e3 Kg4??
The losing move as the black king gets
77. Bd6 Kf3 78. Bc7 Rg1 79. Kh2 Rc1 80. Bb8

pushed to the side of the board. Either 3.


Kg4 81. Be5 Rc2+ 82. Kh1 Kh3 83. Kg1 Rc5
58. h4 Ke5 59. h5 Nf5 60. Ng6+ Ke6 61. Nf4+
... Rc5, 3. ... Rg5 or even 3. ... Rh5 are
84. Bb8 Rg5+ 85. Kf1 Rg4!, White resigned.
It is useful to be aware of the fact that
Ke5? 62. Nd3+ Ke6 63. Nf2 Ke5 64. Ng4+!
good, but 3. ... Rb5? would lose to 4.
the position is drawn if the pawn is on h4.
Ke6
Rg7+ Kf2 5. Kf4 Rb8 6. Rf7 Rb3 7. Kg4+ After 64. ... Ke4, 65. Ne3 would quickly
Kxe3 8. Rf3+. Computers are required win.
for such finesses. Turn back to the above diagram, the
65. Kg6 Nh4+ 66. Kg7 Nf5+ 67. Kf8! Kd6 right defensive method could have been:
Mutual Zugzwang. If 67. ... Kd5, then
4. Rg7+ Kh5 5. Kf4 Ra8 6. e4 Kh6 7. Rg1 Kh7
again 68. Ne3+! would win.
8. Kf5 Ra7 53. Kf1 Ra3

After 8. ... Rf8+ 9. Ke6 Re8+ 10. Kf7 Now after 53. ... g4 54. hxg4+ hxg4 55.
wins. 68. Kf7 Kd7 69. Kf6 Ne7 70. Ne3 Kd6 71. Kf7 g3! fxg3 56. Bxg3 gxf3 57. Bc7 the posi-
Nc6 72. Nc4+ Kd7 73. h6 Nd8+ 74. Kf6 tion is a theoretical draw.
9. e5 Ra2 10. Kf6 Rf2+ 11. Ke7 Ra2 12. e6 Black resigned.
Re2 13. Kf7 Rf2+ 14. Ke8 Ra2 15. e7 Rd2 16. 54. Bb6 g4 55. hxg4+ hxg4 56. fxg4+ Kxg4
Rg4, Black resigned. 57. Bf2 Rxa5
Since he sees the Lucena position
An Exchange Up
GM Barcza proved that this position
16. ... Rd1 17. Kf7 Rf1+ 18. Ke6 Re1+ 19.
GM Jan Hein Donner
cannot be won.
Kf6 Rf1+ 20. Ke5 and the coming win.
GM Gedeon Barcza
Budapest, 1967
58. Ke1
Zugzwang (see diagram top of next column) Not 58. Be1?
GM Gedeon Barcza
Hans-Joachim Hecht 53. g4+? 58. ... Ra1+ 59. Ke2 Rc1
Budapest, 1962 White feared the g5-g4 breakthrough. If 59. ... Rh1 then 60. Be1!
But, as we will see later, this fear was
unfounded. Now Black wins with long,
(see diagram top of next column)
Here 52. Kf3 would be winning but it is
60. Kd2! Rh1 61. Ke2 Rh2 62. Kf1 f3 63. Kg1!!
accurate, and instructive play.
Blacks turn.
Rxg2+ 64. Kf1
And again the so-called del Rio posi-
tion draw appears. This endgame, a
53. ... fxg3 e.p. 54. Bxg3 Rxa5 55. Bc7 Ra2
51. ... Ne3
This is OK since 52. h4 meets 52. ... valuable addition to endgame theory, was
56. Bg3 Ke6 57. Bc7 Rc2 58. Bb8 Kd5 59.

Nf5+ but 51. ... Kc3 was simpler.


Ba7 Ke5 60. Bb8+ Kd4 61. Ba7+ Kd3 62. Bb6
Ke2 63. Kg2 Rc8 64. h4 gxh4 65. f4 Rc4 66. f5 later confirmed by computer. .
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Info/flyer: BayAreaChess.com/usatw12. Help in forming teams: a player 2012 National High School (K-12) Championship
1) The guaranteed first prize must be at least $150. and see bayareachess.com/events/12/usatw or email teamhelp@Bay (Apr. 12 Bughouse & Blitz) 7SS, G/120. Hyatt Regency Minneapolis,
2) No more than one prize under $100 may count towards the AreaChess.com for teams seeking players & players seeking teams. 1300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403, 612-370-1234. Chess Rate
Grand Prix point total. Contact: For all these events, online entry at BayAreaChess.com/my/ $125. 5 Sections: K-12 Championship, K-12 Under 1600, K-12 Under
usatw12 and contact Bay Area Chess, 1590 Oakland Rd., Ste B213, San 1200, K-12 Under 800, K-12 Unrated. April Rating Supplement will
3) Prizes below the maximum entry fee do not count towards Jose 95131. T: 408-786-5515. E: ask@BayAreaChess.com. NS, NC, W, F. be used. Unrated players may play in the Championship or Unrated sec-
the Grand Prix point total. Chess Magnet School JGP. tion only. One 1/2-point bye for any round, except Rd. 7, if requested in
advance. EF: $50 if by March 25, $70 if by April 8, $85 by 6 PM CDT on
A Heritage Event! April 12 or $90 at site. Mailed entries must be p/m by April 8. $5 extra
SUBMISSIONS: If possible e-mail your tla to: tla@uschess.org Feb. 18-20, New Jersey for all phone registrations, $20 change fee for roster or section changes
(Joan DuBois). For tla deadline schedule, formatting help and Grand 42nd Annual World Amateur Team & U.S. Team East after April 8. Onsite registration: Thurs. 9am-10pm & Fri. 8am-10am.
Prix information see January 2012 Chess Life pg. 48-49 or check 6SS, 40/2, SD/1. Parsippany Hilton, 1 Hilton Ct., Parsippany, NJ 07054. Players registering after 10am will get 1/2-point for Round 1. Awards:
http://main.uschess.org/go/tlainfo. Payment can be done online Chess Rate valid until 1/16. Reserve early 973-267-7373 or 1-800- A minimum of 1 individual trophy per 10 players and 1 team trophy per
through the TD/Affiliate area or sent to: U.S. Chess, TLA Dept., PO HILTONS. Morris/Essex train to Morris Plains 1.5 miles. Open to 4- 15 players (average attendance in the past two years, not incl. SN IV)
Box 3967, Crossville, TN 38557. player teams with one optional alternate. Team average (4 highest rat- plus plaques for 4 players and coach of top five teams in each section.
ings - 2012 January Rating list) must be under 2200. EF: $150 postmarked Class trophies to the top three in the following classes: K-12 Cham-
by 2/5/12. Scholastic teams College and below $145 per team, ALL-$185
Nationals after or at door. - all teams, any changes at site $25 charge. Check out
official website www.njscf.org. Prizes: 1-5th Place teams, plaque and 4
pionship: 1900-1999; 1800-1899; 1700-1799; 1600-1699; 1500-1599;
1400-1499; 1300-1399; 1200-1299; U1200, K-12 UNR. All participants will
Feb. 17-19 or 18-19, Florida receive a commemorative medal at the completion of the final round.
digital clocks; Top Team (Denis Barry Award) U2100, 2000, 1900, Teams: A team must have at least two players, although no maximum
2012 U.S. Amateur Team Championship - South 1800, 1700, 1600, 1500, 1400, 1300, 1200, 1000 each plaque and 4 Dig-
5SS, G/120 (2-day option, Rd. 1 G/60). Universal Palms Hotel, 4900 number of players. The top four scores in any section will count for the
ital Clocks;Top college team (same school) 4 Digital Clocks & plaque; team score. All on team must attend the same school. Opening Cere-
Powerline Rd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309. Only 10 mins. to the Beach. Top HS team (grades 9-12 same school), Top Middle School (grades 5-9
HR: $69 hotel chess rate expires Dec. 14, then $89 is the hotel chess mony: 12:30pm Friday. Main Event rounds: Friday 1pm, 7pm; Saturday
same school), Top Elementary School (grades K-6 same school), Top 2 9am, 2pm, 7pm; Sunday 9am, 2pm. Awards Ceremony: Approx 7pm Sun-
rate, 954-776-4880. 4-player teams (with one optional alternate). Team Scholastic Teams (mixed schools okay) (Collins Award), Mixed Doubles
average (4 highest ratings - January rating list) must be under 2200. Win- day. Special Events: National High School Bughouse Championship:
(2 males, 2 females-no alternates), Seniors (all players over age 50), Mil- Thursday 11am; EF: (On site only) $25 per team. Bughouse registration
ning team qualifies for National playoff online. EF per player: $40 by 2/10, itary, each plaque & 4 Digital Clocks to top team; Company Team (same
$49 later. SPECIAL EF: Team (one entry must be made for all players) ends at 10am Thurs. National High School Blitz Championship:Thurs-
employer) Old Timers Trophy (all players over 65), Family (4 family mem- day 5pm; EF: $15 per player, $20 after April 8 or on site. Scholastic
$150 by 2/10, $190 later (any team changes $10). Teams from outside bers), State teams - CT, DE, MD, MA, NJ, NY (Benjamin Award), PA, VA,
Florida will receive $25 off team entry fee. PRIZES:Top 1-3rd place teams; Meeting: 3pm Saturday. Parents and Friends Tournament: 4SS, G/30,
NC, RI, OH, Canada, each plaque top team; Special Plaque to Top College Saturday 10:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm, 4:30pm. Onsite registration only.
Top class teams: U2000, U1800, U1600, U1400, U1000, U800; Top Sen- (NJ , NY, Pennsylvania), Best Player 1-4 and top alternate, All 6-0 scores
ior team (all 50 & above), Top Female team, Top College team (same Rated and Unrated sections. Trophies for Parents/Friends, participant and
each Digital clock. Biggest Individual upset each round Engraved Cross student combined results. ALL: Please bring clocks. Sets and score
school), Top High School team (same school), Top Middle School team pen; Entry fee refunded to team with Best Chess related name, Sun-
(same school, grades 6-8), Top Elementary School team (same school); sheets provided. USCF membership required. Mail entries to: U.S.
day night-- Best Chess Related costumes or gimmickgourmet dinner Chess Federation, Attn: High School, P.O. Box 3967, Crossville, TN 38557.
Top Boards 1-4. Schedule: 3-day: 1st Rd. Fri. 7:30, 2-Day 1st Rd. Sat. for four. Reg. 9-12 Sat 2/18: Rds. 1-7:30, 11-6, 9-3:30. Special
10; Rds. 2-5 Sat. 1:30, 6:45, Sun. 9:30, 2:45. Free parking and Free Inter- Additional details, updates, corrections and on-line registration:
Events!! Surprises and special give-aways each round. Mystery www.uschess.org/tournaments/2012/hs. Chess Magnet School
net. Ent: Boca Raton Chess Club, 2385 Executive Ctr. Dr., Ste. 100, Boca Guest and special Sunday morning panel on 72 match! Sunday night
Raton, FL 33431. Online entry & add'l info: www.bocachess.com, 561- JGP.
- Bughouse $20 per team. Cash prizes. HR: Parsippany Hilton, chess rates
479-0351. Chess Magnet School JGP. expire 1/16/2012. Rates $119 (up to 4 in room) 2nd hotel now attached Apr. 20-22, Illinois
Feb. 17-19 or 18-19, Illinois to Hilton also up to 4 in room $126 per night-Hampton Inn---includes 2012 All-Girls National Championships presented by the Kasparov
2012 U.S. Amateur Team Championship - North breakfast for 4 each day. Back up hotel - Sheraton Parsippany-about 2 Chess Foundation in association with the Renaissance Knights
One section: Open. Sets-Boards-Clocks provided for USAT only by miles. 973-515-2000. $99 per night. For help forming teams and more Chess Foundation & USCF
North American Chess Association. Open: 5SS, G/90+30/increment, 2- information contact: noreen@deanofchess.com or Facebook: ATE- 6SS, G/90 d5. Swissotel, 323 E. Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL 60601, 888-737-
day: rd.1-2 G/60. Crowne Plaza Hotel, 2875 N. Milwaukee Ave., Team. Chks payable to NJSCF, mail by 2/05 to: E. Steven Doyle, 17 9477, Hotel Rate includes full breakfast & children under 18 stay
Northbrook, IL 60062. 847-298-2525. $83.00 chess rate single-double- Stonehenge Road, Morristown, NJ 07960. (Include Team name, Cap- free. 6 Sections: 8 years old and younger; 10 and younger, 12 and
triple-quad until 2/3/12, FREE BREAKFAST BUFFET INCLUDED WITH tain, players full names, USCF Expiration, ID numbers and ratings in board younger, 14 and younger, 16 and younger, 18 and younger. Age as of
ROOM! Please reserve early. Open to 4 player teams with one optional order). No team can include more than two GM's. Include SASE for con-
alternate. Team average (4 highest ratings - January Rating List) firmation if wanted, No registered or certified mail accepted. NS, NC, W.
must be under 2200. EF: 3-day $140, per team if received USPS or on- Chess Magnet School JGP.
line 6 PM by February 4th, $160 if received USPS or on-line 6 PM by Feb. Feb. 26, New Mexico USCF Membership Rates
14th, $180 on-line until Feb. 16th 6 PM and at door. Individuals wishing Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 10 (enhanced)
to play, send $35 and request to be put on a team by USPS (received by 2012 U.S. G/15 Championship (QC)
Premium (P) and Regular (R)
2/14) or on-line by 2/16 6 PM, $45 thereafter. Team changes on site or 6SS, G/15. University of New Mexico Student Union Building, Albu- (U.S., CANADA, MEXICO)
after 2/16 6 PM $20. Check out official website www.chessweek querque, NM 87131. USCF Membership required - available onsite. One
end.com for more info and complete prize list. Prizes: Awards to top section, all players have an opportunity to win a U.S. Championship! Type 1 yr 2yr 3yr
two teams, top teams with average rating u1900, u1600, and u1300. $$400-200-100 (B/50) U2400, U2200, U2000, U1800, U1600, U1400,
Award for Best Team Name. Winning team qualifies for national play-offs. Adult P $46 $84 $122
U1200: $100 each, unrated: $50. Higher of regular or quick rating used
Prizes to best team composed of juniors (high school and younger-must for prize eligibility. EF: $39. $10 late fee if after 1/23. Free entry to GMs, Adult R $40 $72 $104
declare eligibility to win prize). Prizes to top score on each board. IMs, and WGMs. Rds.: 6:30pm, 7:10pm, 7:50pm, 8:30pm, 9:10pm,
Rounds: 3-day: on-site registration/check-in 5:30-6:30pm, rds.: 7pm, Senior (65+) $40 $72 $104
9:50pm. Up to 2 half point byes upon req. before rd 1. NS NC W. ENT: Wired
10:00am & 4:00pm, 10:00am & 3:30pm. 2-day: on-site registration/check- Kings CC; 12004 Prospect Ave NE; Albuquerque, NM 87112. HR: $71 505- Young Adult P (U25)* $33 $61 $88
in from 8:00-9:30am, rds. 10:00am & 1:00pm then merge with 3-day. 944-2599 Hilton Homewood Suites ABQ Airport, available until 2/1/12
Illinois Blitz Championship on Saturday night, $25 received by 2/14 Young Adult R (U25)* $26 $47 $67
or room block full. Online Entry & add'l info: www.SouthernRockyOpen.
USPS or on-line (2/17), $30 at site. Illinois FIDE titled players get free com, WiredKingsCC@gmail.com, 505-550-4654. Part of the 2012 Youth P (U16)* $28 $51 $73
entry-contact us for more info. First round 8 PM, 2 games with each oppo- Southern Rocky FIDE Open Chess Festival. See 2012 Southern
nent, 5 rounds, bring sets, clock, & boards for Blitz. See www.chessweek
Youth R (U16)* $22 $40 $57
Rocky FIDE Open in Grand Prix for more information.
end.com for details. All: Checks made payable to and sent to: Chess Cen- Scholastic P (U13)* $24 $43 $61
tral, 37165 Willow, Gurnee, IL 60031. Please include Team's name and Mar. 3-4, California, Northern
2012 U.S. Junior Chess Congress Scholastic R (U13)* $17 $30 $42
roster (plus ID#s), captain's email and phone number, and desired
schedule. Info: www.chessweekend.com, 847-773-7706 before 6 PM. (Blitz on Mar. 2) San Francisco Airport Hyatt Regency, 1333 Bayshore
Premium membership provides a printed copy
of Chess Life (monthly) or Chess Life for Kids
North American Chess Association will provide Sets-Boards-Clocksfor Highway, Burlingame, CA 94010. Experience Spring in San Francisco! Hotel
USAT only. Chess Magnet School JGP for US Amateur Team North, rate $99 only. 8 sections based on age: 6 & under, 8 & under, 10 & under,
Open Section. 12 & under, 14 & under, 16 & under, 18 & under, 20 & under. Individual (bimonthly) plus all other benefits of regular
Trophies: All (6 & under), top 20 (8 & under, 10 & under, 12 & under), top membership. Regular membership provides
online-only access to Chess Life and Chess Life
Feb. 18-20, California, Northern 15 (14 & under), or top 10 (16 & under, 18 & under, 20 & under). Super
for Kids; a tournament life announcement
29th Annual U.S. Amateur Team Championship West Performance trophies to players tied for last place with a trophy award
(Blitz/Scholastic Feb. 20 only.) Main event: 6SS, 30/90 sd/60. Hyatt and the top player(s) in each rating class who did not get a place trophy.
Regency, 5101 Great America Pkwy., Santa Clara, CA 95054. Free Park- Participation medals to all entrants. Team Trophies: Top 10 (6 & under, newsletter will be mailed to adults bimonthly
ing! Hotel: Free Parking! $109 call 800-233-1234 for chess rate. Reserve 8 & under, 10 & under, 12 & under) or top 5 (14 & under, 16 & under, 18 and to scholastic members three times per
year. Youth provides bimonthy Chess Life,
by Feb. 4 or rates may increase. Four-player teams plus optional alter- & under, 20 & under) based on section. Winning record required for all
Scholastic bimonthly Chess Life for Kids, oth-
nate, average rating of four highest must be under 2200, difference trophies. Time control: G/90 except G/30 for Ages 6 & under and Ages
ers listed above monthly Chess Life. See
between ratings of board 3 & 4 must be less than 1000. January 2012 8 & under) Schedule: Onsite Registration: Saturday 7:30-8:30am.
Supp, CCA min & TD discretion to place players accurately. Main Event Rounds: Saturday 9am, 12:45, 4:30pm, and Sun 9, 12:45pm. Ages 6 &
Prizes: Exclusive commemoratively inscribed digital clocks to each under: Saturday 9:00am, 10:45am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm, 3:30pm. Ages 8 & www.uschess.org for other membership cat-
player and trophy to the team for top 3 overall teams, top team u2000, under: Onsite Registration: Sunday 7:30-8:30am. Round: Sunday 9:00am, egories. Dues are not refundable and may be
u1800, u1600, u1400, and u1200; top industry team (all players from 10:45am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm, 3:30pm. Byes: Max one 1/2-point bye
the same company), top family team (siblings, cousins, parents, except last round (must request before start of 1st round). Entry Fees changed without notice.
uncle/aunts, grandparents), top junior team, and top school team; top by 2/18: 1-day $48, 2-day $60, Add $10 (2/19-25), $20 (2/26-3/1), $40 *Ages at expiration
scorer on each board (1-4). Gift certificates for best 3 team names. Main (3/2-3 & onsite). Blitz: Friday Registration: 5-5:30pm, Games 6-8pm. 2

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3/25; $70 if by 4/8; $85 by 4/19; $90 after/ on-site Do not mail after 4/13

NATIONAL SPRING
as your entry may not be received on time. Opening Ceremony: 6pm,
Friday. Rounds: Rd. 1 6:30pm Fri; Rounds 2-4 Sat 10am, 2:30pm,
6:30pm; Rounds 5-6 Sun 9am & 1pm. Awards Ceremony: Sun. 5pm.
Trophies to top 15 indiv & top 3 teams (top 3 players added for team

SCHOLASTIC
scores). Bye: One 1/2-pt bye available, any round, if requested before
end of Rd. 2 and if player has not received a full-point bye. Side Events:
Bughouse Tournament Fri. 1pm, EF $25/team. Blitz Tournament
Fri. 3pm, EF $15 by 4/19, $20 after or on site. HR: $169-169 includes full
breakfast, children under 18 stay free, 888-737-9477, reserve by 3/15
or rate may increase. Entries: online/info at: www.renaissanceknights.

CHAMPIONSHIPS org/allgirls or mail to RKnights, Attn: All Girls, PO Box 1074, North-
brook, IL 60065, include name, section, rating, USCF ID#, date of birth,

2012
grade, school name city & state. Chess Magnet School JGP.
Apr. 27-29, California, Southern
2012 National Junior High (K-9) Championship
(Apr. 26 Bughouse & Blitz) 7SS, G/120. Town and Country, 500 Hotel
Circle North, San Diego, CA 92108, 1-619-291-7131 or 800-772-8527,
Chess Rate $125. 6 Sections: K-9 Championship, K-9 Under 1250, K-
9 Unrated, K-8 Championship, K-8 Under 1000, K-8 U750. April
Rating Supplement will be used. Unrated players may play in the Cham-
pionship or Unrated sections only. One 1/2-point bye for any round,
except Rd. 7, if requested in advance. EF: $50 if by April 8, $70 if by April
22, $85 by 6 PM PDT on April 26 or $90 at site. Mailed entries must be
p/m by April 22. $5 extra for all phone registrations, $20 change fee for
roster or section changes after April 22. On-site registration:Thurs. 9am-
10pm & Fri. 8am-10am. Players registering after 10am will get 1/2-point
NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL for Round 1. Awards: A minimum of 1 individual trophy per 10 players
and 1 team trophy per 15 players (average attendance in the past two
(K-12) CHAMPIONSHIP years, not incl. SN IV) plus plaques for 4 players and coach of top five
teams in each section. Class trophies to the top three in the follow-
ing classes: K-9 Championship: 1400-1599; 1200-1399; 1000-1199;
APRIL 1315, 2012 U1000; Unrated. K-8 Championship: 1500-1599; 1400-1499; 1300-1399;
1200-1299; 1100-1199; 1000-1099; U1000; UNR. All participants will
receive a commemorative medal at the completion of the final round.
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis Teams: A team must have at least two players, although no maximum
1300 Nicolett Mall number of players. The top four scores in any section will count for the
team score. All on team must attend the same school. Opening Cere-
Minneapolis, MN 55403 mony: 12:30pm Friday. Main Event rounds: Friday 1pm, 7pm; Saturday
9am, 2pm, 7pm; Sunday 9am, 2pm. Awards Ceremony: Approx 7pm Sun-
612-370-1234 day. Special Events: National Junior High Bughouse Championship:
Thursday 11am; EF (on site only) $25 per team. Bughouse registration
Chess rate: $125 ends at 10am Thurs. National Junior High Blitz Championship:Thurs-
single/double/triple/quad day 5pm; EF $15 per player, $20 after April 22 or on site. Scholastic
Meeting: 3pm Saturday. Parents and Friends Tournament: 4SS, G/30,
Saturday 10:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm, 4:30pm. Onsite registration only.
Rated and Unrated sections. Trophies for Parent/Friends participant
NATIONAL JUNIOR HIGH and student combined results. ALL: Please bring clocks. Sets and score
sheets provided. USCF membership required. Mail entries to: U.S.
Chess Federation, Attn: Junior High, P.O. Box 3967, Crossville, TN 38557.
(K-9) CHAMPIONSHIP Additional details, updates, corrections and on-line registration:
www.uschess.org/tournaments/2012/jhs. Chess Magnet School
APRIL 2729, 2012 JGP.
May 11-13, Tennessee
Town and Country Resort 2012 National Elementary (K-6) Championship
(May 10 Bughouse & Blitz) 7SS, G/120, K-1 G/90. Gaylord Opryland,
500 Hotel Circle North 2800 Opryland Dr., Nashville, TN 37214. 615-889-1000 or 888-777-6779
Chess Rate $139. 9 Sections: K-6 Championship, K-6 Under 1000, K-
San Diego, CA 92108 6 Unrated, K-5 Championship, K-5 Under 900, K-3 Championship,
1-800-772-8527 K-3 U800, K-3 Unrated, K-1Championship. May Rating Supple-
ment will be used. Unrated players may play in the Championship or
Chess rate: $125 Unrated sections only. One 1/2-point bye for any round, except Rd. 7, if
requested in advance. EF: $50 if by April 22, $70 if by May 6, $85 by 6
single/double/triple/quad PM CDT on May 10 or $90 at site. Mailed entries must be p/m by May
6. $5 extra for all phone registrations, $20 change fee for roster or sec-
tion changes after May 6. On-site registration: Thurs. 9am-10pm & Fri.
8am-10am. Players registering after 10am will get 1/2-point for Round
NATIONAL ELEMENTARY 1. Awards: A minimum of 1 individual trophy per 10 players and 1 team
trophy per 15 players (average attendance in the past two years, not incl.
(K-6) CHAMPIONSHIP SN IV) plus plaques for 4 players and coach of top five teams in each sec-
tion. Class trophies to the top three in the following classes: K-6
MAY 1113, 2012 Championship: 1300-1399; 1200-1299; 1100-1199; 1000-1099; 900-999;
800-899; U800; UNR. K-5 Championship: 1300-1399; 1200-1299; 1100-
1199; 1000-1099; 900-999; 800-899; U800; UNR. K-3 Championship:
Gaylord Opryland Resort and 1100-1199; 1000-1099; 900-999; 800-899; 700-799; 600-699; U600;
UNR. K-1 Championship: All players in this section receive a trophy. All
Convention Center participants will receive a commemorative medal at the completion of the
2800 Opryland Drive final round. Teams: A team must have at least two players, although no
maximum number of players. The top four scores in any section will count
Nashville, TN 37214 for the team score. All on team must attend the same school. Open-
ing Ceremony: 12:30pm Friday. Main Event rounds: Friday 1pm, 7pm;
615-889-1000 or 888-777-6779 Saturday 9am, 2pm, 7pm; Sunday 9am, 2pm. Schedule for K-1: Friday
1:30pm, 6:30pm; Saturday 9:30am, 1:30pm, 6:30pm; Sunday 9:30am,
Chess rate: $139 1:30pm. Awards Ceremony: Approx 7pm Sunday. Awards Ceremony
single/double/triple/quad for K-1: Approx 5:30pm Sunday. Special Events: National Elementary
Bughouse Championship: Thursday 11am; EF (on site only) $25 per
team. Bughouse registration ends at 10am Thurs. National Elementary
Blitz Championship: Two sections: K-6 and K-3. Thursday 5pm; EF $15
per player, $20 after May 6 or on site. Scholastic Meeting: 3pm Satur-
day. Saturday. Parents and Friends Tournament: 4SS, G/30, Saturday
10:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm, 4:30pm. Trophies for Parents/Friends, par-
ticipant and student combined results. Mail entries to: U.S. Chess
Federation, Attn: Elementary, P.O. Box 3967, Crossville, TN 38557. Addi-
tional details, updates, corrections and on-line registration:
www.uschess.org/tournaments/2012/elem. Chess Magnet School
JGP.
FOR MORE DETAILS VISIT USCHESS.ORG A Heritage Event!
May 26-28 or 27-28, New Jersey
68th Annual U.S. Amateur East Championship
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Telephone 732-560-0500 (NYC train to Bound Brook 1 miles away). In 3 200-200-200-200-200. Under 2000. $$: 3200-1600-800-500-400-250-250- Feb. 11-12, California, Southern
Sections: Championship (U2200), Reserved (U1800), Booster (U1400). 250-250-250-200-200-200-200-200. Under 1800. $$: 3200-1600-800-500- Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 6
2-day & 3-day schedules. 3-Day Registration: Saturday May 26, 9:30- 400-250-250-250-250-250-200-200-200-200-200. Under 1600. $$: What's in a Name?
10:45 am. Schedule: Rounds 12-6, 11-5, 9-3. 2-Day Registration: 3200-1600-800-500-400-250-250-250-250-250-200-200-200-200-200. (Sponsor: Harold C. Valery, MD, INC.) Open (6SS, G/60, No time
Sunday May 27, 8:30-9:30 am. Schedule: First 3 games, 5/27, G/60. Under 1400. $$: 2000-1000-700-400-300-250-250-250-250-250. Under delay), Reserved (7SS, G/60, No time delay) 11514 Santa Monica Blvd.,
Rounds 10-12:15-2:30. All schedules merge in round four. Each Sections: 1200. $$: 1200-600-400-300-250-200-200-200-200. Unrated, $$: 500- LA 90025, 2nd fl. 2 sections: OPEN & RESERVED. EF: $60 at the door ($55
Trophies to top five and top Senior 55/over and Jr's under ages 16 & 13. 300-200. Plus Score Bonus ($14,000 guaranteed) in addition to any other if received by 2/10); $50 LACC members ($45 if received by 2/10); Sib-
Championship:Trophies to top U2000, U1900 and U1850. Reserve:Tro- prizes, every player who finishes with 3-1/2 points or better wins a $50 lings $15 off, $30 new LACC members, Free new LACC Life members! 20%
phies to top U1600 and U1500. Booster: Trophies to top U1200, U1100, gift certificate. Plus score certificates will be awarded on site only. Play- off EF for each friend you bring in. Reg.: Sat 2/10 11-12 pm. Rds.: 12,
U1000, U900 and U800. EF: $49 if postmarked by May 23, or paid online ers under age 15 are eligible for best game prizes including the Freddie 2, 4 pm each day. Byes: Up to three 1/2-point byes available. 1-Day
via EntryFeesRus.com. EF: at site $60 cash. Byes: Three 1/2 point byes award plus $200 (donated by Fred Gruenberg). Top 2 sections FIDE option I: Play 1 day- no 1/2 pt byes- 1/2 EF. 1-Day option II: Play 1 day
allowed in rounds 1-5. Ent: Ken Thomas, 115 W. Moore St., Hackettstown, rated. EF: $169 by 2/29, $199 by 5/28, $219 by 6/13, $240 on site. $40 & receive three 1/2 pt byes- full EF. Prizes: $$ 1,500 Cash & Gifts (b/45,
NJ 07840. Checks to NJSCF. Info: 908-619-8621 or acn@goes.com. NS. discount for seniors 65 and over. Add $120 for adults rated under 2100 2/3 Guaranteed). 1st-3rd $400-200-75 U2200: $125. U1900: $200-100;
NC. W. Chess Magnet School JGP. or juniors under 2000 playing in the Championship Section. This is an open U1700: $10050-Digital Clock; U1500: $100-50; U1300/unrated: $75. Ent:
tournament - you may play in any section at or above your rating level; LACC, Box 251774, LA, CA 90025. Info: Mick Bighamian: Cell (310) 795-
June 9-10, Tennessee
2012 U.S. Amateur South Championship unrated players may play only in Unrated or Championship Section. Pro- 5710; Mick@LaChessClub.com or www.LAChessClub.com. Parking:
University of Memphis, University Center, 499 University St., Memphis, Free street & BoA Parking; or building basement ($3).
visionally rated players may not win more than 3rd prize in any section
TN 38152. SECTIONS: Championship (U2200) & Reserve (U1600). except Championship. CCA minimum ratings or other ratings may be used Feb. 11-12, Missouri
SCHEDULE: 5/SS, G/90 td/5. Reg.: Sat. 9:00-9:45AM. Rds.: Sat. 10-2- if higher than USCF June Supplement. Reg.: 3 p.m.-10 p.m. Thursday, 8- Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 15
6; Sun. 9:30-1:30. PRIZES: $1000 of Gift Certificates and awards based 8:30 a.m. Friday. Rds.: 11-6, 10-5, 10-5. 2-day schedule: Reg.: 8-9 a.m. 2012 Club Championship
on 60 paid entries. (Championship): 1st- River Cup trophy + $150 GC, Saturday. Rds.: 10-12-2-5: merge with 3-day in round 4. Half point byes 5SS, G/90. Chess Club & Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, 4657 Maryland
2nd-plaque +$100 GC, 3rd-plaque+$75 GC; U2000 1st-small tro- available in any round, but round 5 or 6 byes must be requested before Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63108. PF: $1,200 UNCONDITIONALLY GUARAN-
phy+$50 GC. (Reserve): 1st-large plaque+$125 GC, 2nd-plaque+$75 the start of round 2. Chess sets and boards provided for tournament play TEED: 1ST Place-$400 + Plaque, 2nd Place-$300, 3rd Place-$200. Top
GC, 3rd-plaque+$50 GC; U1400 1st-small trophy+$50 GC; Unrated only, not for skittles. Please bring chess clocks! The LAS VEGAS INTER- Under 2100--$150-$100-$50. Registration: 10:00-10:45. EF: $60, $50 for
1st-$50 GC. EF: $40 ($10 less to Juniors under age 18 or Seniors over NATIONAL CHESS FESTIVAL features the National Open, the U.S annual members of the club if registered by 2/10. Round Times: Sat-
age 60), $50 on-site. MISC: One requested half-point bye allowed, any Game/10 Championship, the International Youth Championship and other urday: 11, 2:30, 6. Sunday: 11, 2:30. One 1/2 point bye available if
round, must request before the start of Round 3. SIDE EVENT: SATUR- events. Many free extras and surprises! Free parking. Free raffle with declared before round 2. MCA Membership required from $5. OSA. Info:
DAY ONLYScholastic (K-12) sections in a separate room from main great prizes. Free GM Lectures. Free GM analysis of your games. Grand- 314-361-CHESS, info@saintlouischessclub.org. Chess Magnet School
tournament: U1000, U550, & Unrated. 4/SS, G/30 td/5. Reg. 11-11:45AM. master Chess Camp for all ages on Thursday. U.S. Game/10 and JGP.
Rd. 1 at 12PM, rest ASAP. EF-$15 by two days before the event, $20 after Grandmaster Simuls Thursday afternoon. Youth Tournaments Fri- Feb. 16, New York
& on-site. Trophies or Medals for all Side Event players! ADDL. DETAILS: day, Saturday & Sunday. Poker Tournament Monday morning. LOW Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 10 (enhanced)
www.shelbycountychess.org. ENTRY: Online entry at www.cajunchess.com room rates! HR: $59 single or double ($89 Friday and Saturday 10 Grand Prix Points Tonight!
or mail registration to Shelby County Chess, ATTN: Amateur South, 1614 4-SS, G/25 + td/5 or G/30 + td/0, Chess Center at the Marshall Club,
nights). 1-800-634-6753 or (702) 734-5110. Don't be shut out; make
Vance Ave., Memphis, TN 38104. INFO: Arlene Kleiman, midsouthchess@ 23 West 10 St., bet. 5-6 Ave., NYC: 212-477-3716. EF: $35, Club membs
hotmail.com; Korey Kormick, kjkormick@hotmail.com. Chess Magnet your reservations early and be sure to ask for the chess rates; The
Riviera sells out most weekends. Cutoff for special hotel rate is May 28th. $25, GMs free ($20 from prize), specified Greater NY Scholastic prizewin-
School JGP for main event. ners free. $$560 b/32 paid entries (may be limited to 1st 36 to enter),
Rates may be as high as $150 a night later. RESERVE NOW! Credit
June 14, Nevada card or one night room deposit will be required to hold reservation, may top 2 Gtd: $$ 200-110-50, Top U2200/unr $105, U2000 $95. Limit 2 byes
Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 80 (enhanced) be canceled 72 hours in advance for nominal fee. Tournament Registra- (1 bye for U2000), commit by 8:15. Reentry $15. CCA ratings may be used.
2012 U.S. Game/10 Championship (QC) tion: National Open, PO Box 90925, Henderson, NV 89009-0125, on line Class pairings OK rd. 4. Reg ends 10 min before game. Rds 7-8:15-9:30-
6SS, G/10. Riviera Hotel and Casino, 2901 Las Vegas Boulevard South, at www.VegasChessFestival.com or by fax at (702) 933-9112. Info: (702) 10:45 pm. Phone entry often impossible!
Las Vegas 89109. $$G 5,000. 1500-800-500, U2300 450, U2100 400, 560-0955 and leave a message. NS. W. FIDE. Chess Magnet School JGP. Feb. 18-19, Virginia
U1900 350, U1700 300, U1500 250, U1300 200, U1100 150, unrated Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 6
100. There must be 3 players eligible for each prize to be awarded. EF: 3rd Annual Hampton Chess & Sport Festival
$69 by 5/28, $79 by 6/13 $100 on site. REG.: 2-4 p.m. Rds.: 5-5:30-6-
6:30-7-7:30. Higher of regular or quick rating used. Bring clocks. 1/2 point
Grand Prix 5SS, G/2. Hampton Roads Convention Center, 1610 Coliseum Dr., Hamp-
ton. 2 sections: Open & U1600. Prizes: $1500 b/0 50 Increased with
bye available in any round (limit 2). HR: $59 single or double ($89 Friday Feb. 11, New York 56+ entries. Open Section: $250-200-150 1800-1999 $120 U1800
and Saturday nights). 1-800-634-6753 or (702) 734-5110. ENT: National Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 10 (enhanced) $110. U1600 Section: $200-150-120 1200-1399 $100 U1200 $100. Free
Open, PO Box 90925, Henderson, NV 89009-0125, on line www.Vegas New Yorker Winter Game/75! tee shirt & athlete badge to every entry. HR: See website for hotels.
ChessFestival.com or fax at (702) 933-9112. NS. NC. W. 4-SS, G/75 + td/5. Chess Center at the New Yorker Hotel, 481 8th Ave EF: $40 by 2/15 else $50. Reg.: 9:00-9:40. Rds.: Sat. 10-2:30-7, Sun. 10-
A Heritage Event! at 34th St., across from Penn Station, NYC: 845-569-9969. EF: $40, $33 2:30. Entries/Cks: Virginia Chess, 1370 S. Braden Cres., Norfolk, VA
An American Classic! postmarked by 2/3, $35 phoned with credit card by 2/8 to 406-896-2191 23502. Info: Ernie (757) 853-5296, ESchlich@verizon.net. www.vachess.
June 15-17 or 16-17, Nevada (credit card entries only), $32 online at www.chesscenter.cc thru org. Single half pt. Bye available. Chess Magnet School JGP. NOTE: VCF
Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 200 (enhanced) 2/8, GMs free ($25 from prize), free to specified Greater NY Scholastic Cup Simul. Exhibition by IM Adu Fri. at 7pm EF: $15. This is part of a sports
2012 National Open prizewinners! $$1,200 b/60 paid entries, minimum half each prize Gtd: festival and your athlete badge gives you free entry to watch other
6-SS, 40/2, SD/1 (2 day option rds 1-3 G/45). Riviera Hotel and Casino, $$ 300-200-100, top U2200/unr. $150, U2000 $130, U1800 $120; Mixed sports. Scholastic event Sat. 2/18.
2901 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas 89109. $80,000 Guaran- Doubles Bonus Prizes: best male/female duo combined score (must
Feb. 18-20, California, Southern
teed Prize Fund will not be reduced. Championship. $$: 6400-3200-1600- declare by 1:30 pm): $125-75. Limit 2 byes (1 bye if U2000), commit by Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 150 (enhanced)
800-500-300-300-300-300-300-200-200-200-200-200, under 2500 1600, 2 pm. Re-entry $20. Ent (mail by 2/3): Chess Center of NY, PO Box 4615, The Recession Buster Open (over Presidents' Day weekend)
under 2400 1200, under 2300 1000. $2,000 EXTRA for perfect score. The New Windsor, NY 12553. CCA ratings may be used. Reg. ends 30 min 6-SS, 40/2, SD/1, or 2-day schedule rds 1-3 G/60, then merges; 5 sec-
winner of the Championship section also receives a replica of the Edmond- before game. Rds. 11 am-2-4:45-7:45 pm. Bring sets, clocks! Chess ond time delay for all games, no deduction. Sheraton Mission Valley Hotel,
son Cup. Under 2200. $$: 3200-1600-800-500-400-250-250-250-250-250- Magnet School JGP. 1433 Camino Del Rio South, San Diego, CA 92108. $$20,000 Guaranteed
prize fund. 5 Sections. Prizes: Open Sec 1st $2,600-1,800-1,200-900-600-
500-400, BU2300 $800-400, BU2200 $1,000-600-400-200; Premier
Section (U2000): $1,000-600-400-200; Amateur Section (U1800)
$1,000-600-400-200; Reserve Section (U1600) $1,000-600-400-200;
Booster Section (U1400) $600-400-200-100, BU1200 $300-150, Best
18th annual WESTERN CLASS Unrated $100. Plus Best Game Prizes: $75-50-25, one reserved for
non-open sections. Reg.: 3-day: 9 to 10:30 AM Saturday, Feb official rat-
ing list used. 2-day: 9 AM to 10 AM Sunday. Rds.: 3 day: 11 AM & 6 PM
March 9-11, Sheraton Hotel, Agoura Hills, CA on Sat & Sun; 10 AM & 4:30 PM on Mon. 2-day: 10:30 AM, 12:45 & 3 PM
Sun, then merges. EF: Only $100 if received by 2/12, or $120 at door. No
$20,000 projected prizes, $16,000 minimum guaranteed credit cards at door, checks or cash only. Special rate of only $75 if U1400
or unrated and received by 2/12, or $90 at door. Also special rate for GMs
and IMs: $20 if recv'd by 2/12, or $60 at door. Open section expected to
5 round Swiss in 7 sections, you play only those in your section (may play up one be FIDE rated unless prohibitively expensive. Unrateds may play in any
class). Choice of 3-day or 2-day schedule, both merge after round 2. Prizes based on section, but can win only $100 in the Booster Section and $200 in all other
sections, except the Open where they can win place prizes only. SCCF
230 paid entries (Class E & re-entries count half); min. 80% of each prize guaranteed. membership req'd ($18 Adult, $10 Jr) for all So Cal residents. Two half
Master Section (2200/up): Prizes $2000-1000-500-300, clear/tiebreak point byes OK in rds 1- 4 only, must be requested at least one hour before
round. Byes in rd 5 - 6 must be requested before Rd 2, and are irrevo-
win $100 bonus, top U2300 $800-400. FIDE rated, 100 GPP (enhanced). cable. Re-entry Fee: from 3 day to 2 day is $75, for non-Open sections
only. Ent: SDCC, PO Box 120162, San Diego, CA 92112 or enter online at
Expert Section (2000-2199): $1500-800-400-200. www.scchess.com. For more info call Bruce Baker of SDCC at (619)
239-7166 or see our website at sdchessclub.multiply.com. Hotel Rates:
Class A Section (1800-1999): $1500-800-400-200. Special rate of only $110 single or double, 619-260-0111. Please book
Class B Section (1600-1799): $1500-800-400-200. ASAP, ask for chess rate, as rates will go up and rooms may sell out. See
www.sheraton.com/sandiegomv Close to airport, great attractions such
Class C Section (1400-1599): $1400-700-400-200. as Sea World, the SD Zoo. Big parking lot allows large vehicles to be just
steps away. This is a State Championship Qualifier. Chess Magnet
Class D Section (1200-1399): $1200-600-300-200. School JGP.
Class E Section (Under 1200): $600-300-200-100, trophies to top Under Feb. 18-20, Oklahoma
Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 20
1000, Under 800, Under 600, Unrated 3rd Jerry Hanken FIDE Open
Unrated limit $150 in E, $250 D, $400 C, $600 B, $800 A. $500 limit 8-SS, G/90+30spm, (Reserve: 10-SS, G-60+15spm dual rated) $$G
2,400. Quality Inn-Stillwater, 2515 W. 6th Ave. (Hwy-51) Stillwater, OK 1-
if post-event rating more than 30 pts over section max 12/8/11-3/8/12. 405-372-0800. HR: 68-68. Wi-Fi, EF: Open: $55, Reserve: $30 (deduct $10
only if ck postmarked before Feb 15): OCF $10 required OSNA. Two Sec-
FULL DETAILS: see Grand Prix in this issue or chesstour.com. tions: Open (FIDE): Gtd 1st 500, 300, 200, X: $200 A: $200-100, B:
$200, C: $200, D: $100. Rds. at 10-2:30-7, 10-2:30-7, 9-1:15. 2 half pt byes
rds 1-7, FIDE (Open) Reserve: U-1350 1st $100, Other class prizes per

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entries; Reg.: 9-9:45. Rds at 10-1-4-7, 10-1-4-7, 9-Noon. 3 half pt byes A Heritage Event! Feb. 27-Mar. 26, New York
rds 1-9 for Reserve, LS, W, Free Parking. Frank Berry, 402 S. Willis St., Feb. 25-26, New Hampshire Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 6
Stillwater, OK 74074. FKimBerry@AOL.com, 405 372-5758. Chess Mag- Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 6 92nd Nassau Grand Prix
net School JGP for Open Section. 36th Queen City Open 5-SS, 40/80. 1st Presbyterian Church, 1st & Main Sts., Mineola. 2 sec-
Feb. 21, New York 4SS, 40/100, SD/1, d5. Comfort Inn, exit 4 (Queen City Bridge) off I-293, tions: Open: EF: $38 by 2/25, $$ (630 b/18, top 2 G) 200-100, U2100/UR,
Manchester, NH. 603-668-2600. HR: $80, mention NH Chess , reserve 1900, 1700 each 110. Booster: open to U1500/UR, EF $22 by 2/25. $$
Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 15 (enhanced)
Marshall Masters! early. $$2,225 b/65, 75% Gtd. 4 sections: Open: EF: $44 by 2/23, (270 b/15) 100, U1300, 1100/UR each 85. Both: non-memb EF $11
4-SS, G/25d5. Third Tuesday of every month. Marshall CC, 23 W. 10th St., GMs/IMs free. $300-200-100, U2100 $125-75. U1935: $150-100-75, more. EF at site $7 more. 2 byes 1-5. Reg ends 7:15 PM. Rds.: 7:15 each
NYC. 212-477-3716. Open to players rated over 2100 (plus all players scor- U1750 $100-50. No Unr. may win over $75. U1635: $150-100-75, U1450 Mon. Ent: Harold Stenzel, 80 Amy Dr., Sayville, NY 11782. captnhal@opt
ing over 50% in any MCC Open or U2300 tournament since the prior $100-50. No Unr. may win over $75. U1335: $150-100-75, U1000 $100- online.net. Chess Magnet School JGP.
month's Masters). EF: $40, members $30, GMs free. $$G250-150-100. 50. No Unr. may win over $75. All: EF: $44 by 2/23. Special EF for jrs U21
in U1335 section only, $29 if by 2/23. Sunday Swiss (2/26 only). 3SS, G/60. Mar. 2, Pennsylvania
Prizes to U2400, U2300 and biggest upset. Reg.: 6:15-6:45 pm. Rds.: 7-
EF: $28 if by 2/23. $$100-50-30 (b/8). Two sections w. duplicate prizes Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 6
8:15-9:30-10:45. One bye available (Rd 1 or 4 only), request at entry. 2012 PA Quick Chess Champ (QC)
www.marshallchessclub.org. if entries permit. Sun. Swiss Reg: 9:30-10:30am Sunday, Rds: 11-1:30-
4. All EF: $5 more if at site. Two-day Reg: 8:30-9:30am Sat., Rds: 10-3:30, 6SS, G/7d3. Hotel Carlisle & Embers Convention Center, 1700 Harrisburg
Feb. 23-26 or 25-26, New Mexico 9:30-3.One 1/2 pt. bye OK for Rds.1-3 in two-day sections if rec'd with Pike, Carlisle, PA 17015, Exit 52A NB/Exit 52 SB off I-81, Exit 226 off PA
Turnpike. 3 sections, EF rec'd by 2/13: Open: $12. U1500: $10. U1100:
Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 80 (enhanced) ent. Ent: NH Chess Assoc., Hal Terrie, 377 Huse Rd. #23, Manchester,
Southern Rocky Fide Open NH 03103. Info: 603-668-8368 or halterrie@comcast.net. W. Chess $8. $$ (730G): Open: 175-100-50, U1800 $45, U1600 $40. U1500: 125-
5SS, G/90+30s inc, University of New Mexico - Student Union Building. Magnet School JGP. 75-50, U1200 $40, Unr $30. U1100: Trophies: 1-10, U800, U600, 1-2 Unr.
Albuquerque, NM 87131. USCF Membership required - available onsite. All: EF: $20 after 2/13, PSCF $5 OSA. Reg.: 6-6:30pm. Rd 1: 7pm. Feb
Prizes: $5,275 Guaranteed, $6,000 projected in 6 sections. Open Feb. 25-26, Texas 2012 Regular ratings used. Bye: limit 1, ask by rd 2. HR: Mention PA
(FIDE Rated): (G/$) $1,500-800-500, U2400 $200, U2200 $200-100, Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 6 States for best rate; 800-692-7315 $75. Ent: PSCF, c/o Tom Martinak,
U2000 $200-100. Reserve (U1800): (G/$) $600-300-200, U1600 $150- Winter Open 25 Freeport St., Pittsburgh, PA 15223-2245. Info: martinak_tom_m@hot
75. Booster (U1400): $$350, (B/35) $200-100, U1200 $75, U1000 $75. Hornbeak Bldg, 2nd floor, 4450 Medical Dr., San Antonio, TX 78229. 4-SS, mail.com, 412-908-0286. W.
Unrated: (B/20) $150+Trophy-100-75. 1-Day Scholastics Sat. & Sun- 30/90, SD/60. $$1,450 b/40 full entries, 2/3 gtd., 2 sections. Open:
$300-200, U2200 $150, U2000 $150. Reserve (U1800): $200-150, Class Mar. 2-4 or 3-4, Massachusetts
day (K-9, U1200). Trophies 1st-5th, 1st K-6, K-3, & 1st 2-day score. EF
C $150, U1400 $100, unr. $50. Unrated may play only for top Open prizes Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 80 (enhanced)
(if by 1/23): Open $79, Res. $49, Booster $35, Unr. $25. $10 late fee after 21st annual Eastern Class Championships
1/23, $20 after 2/16 or at site. Free Entry for GM/IM/WGM. Scholas- or Unrated. EF: $40 if rec'd by 2/23, $45 at site. Option: play for 1/2 prizes,
EF $20 by 2/23, $25 at site, counts as 1/2 entry towards based-on. Reg.: 5SS, 40/2, SD/1, d/5 (2-day option, rds 1-2 G/75, d/5). Host Hotel at
tic $15/Day - $25/Both days. 3-Day Schedule: Fri. (Reg: 5-5:30PM) Rds Cedar Lake, 366 Main St., Sturbridge, MA 01566 (I-84 Exit3, near I-90).
at 6PM; Sat. 10AM, 6PM. Sun. 9AM, 2PM. 2-Day: Sat. (Reg: 8:30-9AM) 11 am.-12:30 p.m., Rds.: 1-6, 10-3. Swap & shop used books, equip. 10:30
a.m.-noon. Half-pt. bye any one rd., notice before rd. 2. Entries: SACC, Free parking. $$ 18,000 based on 220 paid entries (re-entries & $60 off
Rds at 9:30AM, 1:30PM, 6PM. Sun. 9AM, 2PM. 2-Day Rds 1-2, G/90 and entries count half), minimum $12,000 (2/3 of each prize) guaranteed. In
merges into 3-Day G/90+30s at rd. 3. Scholastic: Rounds: 9:30, 10:45, 9306 Autumn Sunrise, San Antonio, TX 78254. Info: sanantoniochess.com,
jphyltin@yahoo.com. NS. NC. W. Chess Magnet School JGP. 7 sections: Master (2200/up): $1700-1000-500-300, clear winner or 1st
1, 2:30, 4:00 each day. All games G/30. Up to 2 half point byes upon req. on tiebreak $100 bonus, top U2300 $800-400. FIDE. Expert (2000-2199):
before rd 1 in all sections. NS NC W. ENT: Wired Kings CC; 12004 Feb. 25-26, Washington $1400-700-400-200. Class A (1800-1999): $1400-700-400-200. Class B:
Prospect Ave NE; Albuquerque, NM 87112. HR: $71 505-944-2599 Hilton Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 15 (1600-1799) $1400-700-400-200. Class C (1400-1599): $1200-600-300-
Homewood Suites ABQ Airport, available until 2/1/12 or room block 20th Dave Collyer Memorial 200. Class D (1200-1399): $1000-500-300-200. Class E (Under 1200):
full. GM Khachiyan and GM Yermolinsky Simuls and Lectures - Thu. and 5SS, G/115. St. Anne's Children's Center Conference Room, W. 25 Fifth $400-200-120-80, trophies to top U1000, U800, U600, Unrated. Rated
Fri. at 3:30p and 6:30p. Thursday events at rec'd hotel. Online Entry & Ave., Spokane WA 99201. Sleep-in Option: Players may play round 1 begin- players may play up one section. Prize limits: Unrated may not win over
add'l info: www.SouthernRockyOpen.com, WiredKingsCC@gmail. ning at noon with a G/60 t/c. EF: $27 if received by 2/24; $33 at door $150 in E, $250 D, $400C, $600 B, or $800 A. If any post-event rating
com, 505-550-4654. U.S. G/15 Championship held after SRFO on Under 19 $5 less. $$GTD: $400-250-175. Ex -- $100; A; B; C; D; E/Unr: posted at uschess.org 12/1/11-3/1/12 is more than 30 points over
Sunday 2/27, See National Events. Chess Magnet School JGP. $100-75; Biggest Upsets: $100-50-50 (non-provisional ratings only). section maximum, prize limit $500. Balance of any limited prize goes to
Feb. 24-26, Iowa One prize per player except for biggest upset. Reg.: Feb. 25 8:30-9:30 next player(s) in line. Top 6 sections EF: 3-day $108, 2-day $107 mailed
Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 6 am (sleep-in option must register by 11:40). Rds.: 2/25: 10(or 12) -- 2:30 by 2/23, all $109 online at chesstour.com by 2/28, $110 phoned to 406-
Quad Cities Chess Championship at The Lodge -- 7:00; 2/26: 9:00; 1:30. one 1/2 point bye available. Players meeting 896-2038 by 2/28 (entry only, no questions), $120 at site. GMs free, $90
5SS, 30/60, SD/60. The Lodge, 900 Spruce Hills Dr., Bettendorf, IA 52722. at 9:45 Feb. 25. ENT: Spokane CC, c/o Kevin Korsmo, 9923 N. Moore, deducted from prize. EF for all in Class E, and unrated in Class D: all
Iowa Qualifier $$500 gtd. $150-100-50, U1600, U1400, U1200, U1000 Spokane, WA 99208-9339. INFO: www.spokanechessclub.org, kmko- $60 less. No checks at site, credit cards OK. Advance EF $5 less to MACA
$50 each. EF: $20 by Feb 22 ($5 more if on-site). Rds.: 1st rd either Fri rsmo@comcast.net. NS NC W. Chess Magnet School JGP. members; may join/renew at masschess.org. Unofficial uschess.org
8pm or Sat 9am, then Sat 2:30pm-8pm, Sun 9am-2:30pm. Info: Kevin Hyde, Feb. 25-26, Wisconsin ratings usually used if otherwise unrated. Special 1 yr USCF dues with
hyde@ioa.com, 828-674-6073. HR: $89 www.lodgehotel.com. Chess Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 10 magazine if paid with entry: Online at chesstour.com, Adult $30, Young
Magnet School JGP. UW Winter Open Adult $20, Scholastic $15. Mailed, phoned or paid at site, Adult $40, Young
5-SS, TC rds 1-3 G/120 rds 4-5 45/2, SD/1. Union South, 1308 W. Day- Adult $30, Scholastic $20. Re-entry $60; not available in Master Section.
Feb. 24-26 or 25-26, Tennessee 3-day schedule: Reg ends Fri 6:30 pm, rds Fri 7 pm, Sat 11 & 6, Sun 10
Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 6 ton St., Madison, WI 53715, 608-263-2600. Rds.: 10, 2:30, 7:30; 10, 3:30.
EF: $20 if received by 2/23, $25 at site. $$ $1000 GTD. 1st $200, 2nd & 4:15. 2-day schedule: Reg ends Sat 10:30am, rds Sat 11, 2:30 & 6,
Greater Memphis Open 2 Sun 10 & 4:15. Byes: OK all, limit 2; Master must commit before rd 2,
6SS, G/120 (Open & U1600). Site: Greater Memphis Chess Center, $165, 3rd $135, A $100, B $90, C $80, D $70, E $60, U1000 $55, Unr $45.
Entries: Guy Hoffman, 1305D Tompkins Dr., Madison, WI 53716-3279. others before rd 3. HR: $89-89-99, 800-582-3232, 508-347-7393, request
5796 Shelby Oaks Dr., Suite 11, Memphis, TN 38134. Round times: Fri chess rate, reserve by 2/17 or rate may increase. Car rental: Avis,
7pm, Sat 9-2-7, Sun 9-2. Optional 2 day with round 1 and 2 as G/60 9- Phone: 920-279-0701 NC. NS. Chess Magnet School JGP.
800-331-1600, use AWD #D657633, or reserve car online through
11:30 and merge. EF: $45 before 2-20-12, $55 after and onsite. GMCC Feb. 26, New Mexico chesstour.com. Ent: Continental Chess, Box 249, Salisbury Mills, NY
and MCC members $40 anytime. USCF Youth and Scholastic Players may Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 10 (enhanced) 12577. Questions: DirectorAtChess.us, 845-496-9658. Advance entries
enter either Section to compete for no prize money for $25 anytime. Re- 2012 U.S. G/15 Championship (QC) posted at chesstour.com. $15 service charge for refunds. Chess Mag-
entry after round one: $25. Guaranteed Prize Fund: Open: 1st $250, 2nd See Nationals. net School JGP.
125, 3rd 75, Top U1600: 1st 125, 2nd 75, 3rd 50. Special U1000 Scholas-
tic section. 4 round G/1. Entry fee: $15. Round times: Sat 9-11:30, 2,
4:30. Trophies to top 10. Onsite Registration: Friday 2/24: 5pm-6:30pm,
Saturday 2/25: 7am-8:30am. Tournament Director: Gary M. Pylant, gpy-
lant@gmail.com, 901-359-8616. memphischess.com. Chess Magnet
School JGP for Open & U1600 Sections.
Feb. 24-Mar. 9, New York
Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 10 (enhanced)
Queens Late Winter Open
16th annual MID-AMERICA OPEN
6-SS, G/45 (G/40d5). All Saints Lutheran Church, 164-02 Goethals Ave.,
Jamaica, NY 11432. EF: $40, $45 at site, $10 less to QCC members. $$200-
Mar 16-18 or 17-18, Clayton, MO (Saint Louis)
$100 guaranteed to top 2, more per entries. Up to two 1/2 pt byes ok
with advance notice (all byes must be declared at entry). REG.: 7:30-8:00. $18,000 projected prizes, $12,000 minimum guaranteed
RDS.: 8:15 and 10:00 each Friday. ENT (mail by 2/17/12): Ed Frumkin,
445 E. 14th St. #10D, NYC 10009, (212-677-3224 before 10pm and 5 round Swiss, 7 sections, play only those in your section. Choice of 3-day or 2-day
before 5pm on Fri).
schedule, both merge after rd 2. Prizes based on 220 paid entries (re-entries & $60 off
Feb. 25-26, Maryland entries count half, U900 Section 1/4); 2/3 each prize minimum guaranteed.
Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 10
UMBC Open - Alvin S. Mintzes Chess Tournament Open Section: Prizes $2000-1000-500-300, clear/tiebreak win $100
5SS, 20/1, SD/60;D/5. University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 1000
Hilltop Circle, Baltimore (in Commons, 3rd floor). Held concurrently with bonus, top U2300 $900, U2200 $800, U2100 $700. FIDE rated, 80 GPP.
Maryland Sweet 16 (Invitational) - winner to receive in-state fixed-dol- Under 2000 Section: $1400-700-400-200.
lar tuition scholarship to UMBC. Open: (All) $$1050: $350-200-100 Gtd.,
Class prizes $100 ea. To top U2250, U2150, U2050, U1950. Free ent. to Under 1800 Section: $1300-700-400-200.
GMs, $40 deducted from any prizes. U1800: (U1800/Unr.) $$765 b/40:
$250-175-100, Class prizes $80 ea. to top U1600, U1400, U1200 (b/4). Under 1600 Section: $1200-600-300-200.
No Unr. player may win more than $200 in this section. All: EF: $40 if post-
marked by 2/10, $50 later, $10 less if under age 20. Reg.: 8:30-9:30am Under 1400 Section: $1000-500-250-150.
Sat., Rds.: 10-3-7:30pm Sat, 10:30-3:30pm Sun. Byes: Up to three 1/2- Under 1200 Section: $1000-500-250-150.
pt. byes avail. in Rds. 1-5 if req'd at least 1 hr. before Rd. (before Rd 2
for any Rd. 4-5 bye), but only at most one 1/2-point bye in Rds. 4-5. HR: Under 900 Section: $200-100, trophies to first 5, top U700, U500, Unr.
La Quinta Inn and Suites, 1734 West Nursery Road, Linthicum, MD
21090, 410-859-2333, Ask for UMBC chess rate. www.lq.com (From I-95, Unrated limit $100 in U900, $200 U1200, $400 U1400, $700 U1600,
take Exit 47A onto I-195 towards BWI Airport. Take Exit 2A onto 295 north
towards Baltimore; take first exit, bearing right onto West Nursery $900 U1800. $500 limit if post-event rating is more than 30 pts over section
Road.) Directions to UMBC: Take Exit 47B off I-95 & follow signs to
UMBC. Park in Lot 9 or 16. Ent: Dr. Alan T. Sherman, Dept. of CSEE, UMBC,
max 12/15/11-3/15/12.
Attn: Open, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250. Make out check to FULL DETAILS: see Grand Prix in this issue or chesstour.com.
UMBC. For more information: ChessClub@umbc.edu, (410) 455-8499,
www.umbc.edu/chess. NS, W. Chess Magnet School JGP.

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Tournament Life

A Heritage Event! Unrated may not win over $150 in E, $250 D, $400 C, $600 B, or $800 A. Mar. 16-18 or 17-18, Missouri
Mar. 2-4, Virginia If any post-event rating posted at uschess.org 12/8/11-3/8/12 is Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 80 (enhanced)
Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 30 more than 30 points over section maximum, prize limit $500. Balance of 16th annual Mid-America Open
44th Annual Virginia Open any limited prize goes to next player(s) in line. Top 6 sections EF: 3-day 5SS, 40/2, SD/1, d/5 (2-day option, rds 1-2 G/75,d/5). Crowne Plaza Hotel
5SS, Rd. 1 G/120 D/5, Rds. 2-5 40/2 SD/1 D/5. DoubleTree Hotel Dulles $113, 2-day $112 mailed by 3/1, all $115 online at chesstour.com by 3/6, St. Louis-Clayton, 7750 Carondelet Ave., St. Louis, MO 63105 (I-64 W/US
Airport - Sterling 21611 Atlantic Blvd., Sterling, VA 20166. Tel: 1-703-230- $120 phoned to 406-896-2038 by 3/6 (entry only, no questions), $130 at 40-W Exit 32B, 1.2 miles north on Hanley Rd). $$ 18,000 based on 220
0077. Fax: 1-703-230-0078. $69(!!)Rooms. Reserve by Friday Feb 17th to site. EF for all in Class E Section, and unrated in Class D: all $60 less. paid entries (re-entries & $60 off entries count half, U900 Section 1/4),
ensure chess rate. Direct link for hotel registration by 12/1 available on Unofficial uschess.org ratings usually used if otherwise unrated. All: minimum$12,000 (2/3 each prize) guaranteed. In 7 sections: Open:
tournament website. $$ $3400 in Two Sections, Top 4 G in Open, rest Special 1 yr USCF dues with Chess Life if paid with entry: Online at $2000-1000-500-300, clear winner or 1st on tiebreak $100 bonus, top
Based on 140 Open $600-400-300-200 (G) Top X, A each $180. Winner chesstour.com. Adult $30, Young Adult $20, Scholastic $15.Mailed, phoned U2300 $900, U2200 $800, U2100 $700. FIDE. Under 2000: $1400-700-
gets plaque as 2012 Virginia Open Champion. Amateur (U1900): $400- or paid at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $30, Scholastic $20. Re-entry 400-200. Under 1800: $1300-700-400-200. Under 1600: $1200-600-300-
200-150, Top B, C, D, U1200 Each $160, Top Unrated $100. Amateur (except Master) $60. SCCF memb. ($18, jr $10) required for rated South- 200. Under 1400: $1000-500-250-150. Under 1200: $1000-500-250-150.
winner gets plaque and 2012 Virginia Open Amateur title. ALL: Reg. Fri- ern CA residents. 3-day schedule: Reg. Fri to 6 pm, rds Fri 7, Sat 11 & Under 900: $200-100, trophies to first 5, top U700, U500, Unrated.
day 3/2 5:30p-7:45p. Rds.: 8pm Friday, Sat 10a-4:30p, Sunday 9a-3:30p. 6, Sun 10 & 4:30. 2-day schedule: Reg. Sat to 10 am, rds Sat 11, 2:30 Prize limits: Unrated may not win over $100 in U900, $200 U1200,
EF: (Reduced!) $50 if received by Feb 25, $60 later and at site. $30 & 6, Sun 10 & 4:30. Byes: OK all rds, limit 2; Master must commit before $400 U1400, $700 U1600, or $900 in U1800. If any post-event rating
Re/entry allowed from Rd. 1 into Rd. 2 only. Sat Reg. 9-9:45. One 1/2 point rd 2, others before rd 3. HR: $87-87, 818-707-1220, reserve by 3/5 or posted at uschess.org 12/15/11-3/15/12 is more than 30 points over sec-
bye allowed with entry, declared before Rd. 1 and then irrevocable. VCF rate may increase. Car rental: Avis, 800-331-1600, use AWD#D657633. tion maximum, prize limit $500. Balance of any limited prize goes to next
membership required for Virginia residents ($10 Adults, $5 U19) Ent: Make Questions: chesstour.com, 845-496-9658, DirectorAtChess.us. Ent: Con- player(s) in line. Top 6 sections EF: 3-day $109, 2-day $108 mailed by
checks payable to Virginia Chess and mail to: Michael Atkins, PO Box tinental Chess, PO Box 249, Salisbury Mills, NY 12577. $15 service 3/8, all $110online at chesstour.com by 3/13, $115 phoned to 406-896-
6138, Alexandria, VA 22306, website: www.vachess.org/vaopen.htm, charge for withdrawals. Advance entries posted at chesstour.com. Chess 2038 by 3/15 (entry only, no questions), $130 at site. $60 less to unrated
matkins2@cox.net for questions, NO INTERNET or PHONE entries. NS, Magnet School JGP. in U1200 or U1400. U900 Section EF: All $80 less than top 6 sections
NC, W. FIDE (Open). Chess Magnet School JGP. EF. No checks at site, credit cards OK. GMs free, $100 deducted from prize.
Mar. 10-11, Louisiana All: Unofficial uschess.org ratings usually used if otherwise unrated. Spe-
Mar. 3-4 or 4, New York Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 6 cial 1 yr USCF dues with magazine if paid with entry: Online atchesstour.
Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 10 (enhanced) 2012 Louisiana Pro-Am
Marshall March Grand Prix! com, Adult $30, Young Adult $20, Scholastic $15. Mailed, phoned or paid
5-SS, G/2 (Round 1: G/90). Site: Holiday Inn Metairie New Orleans Air- at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $30, Scholastic $20. Re-entry $60; not avail-
4-SS, 30/85d5, SD/1d5. Marshall CC, 23 W. 10th St., NYC. 212 477- port, 2261 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, LA 70001. EF: $50 if mailed by
3716. EF: $50, members $30. $$625 Gtd: 275-150, U2200/unr. $105, able in Open Section. MCA memb. ($5) required for MO residents. 3-day
3/5, $60 at site. LCA Memb. req'd ($10 adult, $5 Schol.), OSA. Prizes: schedule: Reg ends Fri 6pm, rds Fri 7 pm, Sat 11 & 6, Sun 10 & 4:15.
U2000 $95. Reg. ends 15 min. before round. Rds.: 2 schedules: 2-day, $1800 b/60, 50% Gtd. Two Sections: Pro (Open): $400-200; U2000 $200-
Rds. 12:30-5:30PM each day; 1-day, (Rds. 1-2 G/25d5) 10-11:15AM-12:30- 2-day schedule: Reg ends Sat 10 am, rds Sat 11, 2:30 & 6, Sun 10 &
100. Amateur (U1800): $250-100; U1600 $200-100; U1400 $150; 4:15. Byes: OK all, limit 2; Open must commit before rd 2, others before
5:30PM Sun; both merge rd. 3. Limit 2 byes, request at entry. NO U1200/UNR $100. Reg.: 3/10, 8-9am. Rds.: Sat: 9:15-1-5:30, Sun: 9:30-
RE-ENTRY. FIDE (G/30 not FIDE ratable). www.marshallchessclub.org. rd 3. HR: $89-89, 888-303-1746, 314-726-5400, request chess rate,
2. HR: Call for Rates, (504) 373-5946; rates will be high and availability reserve by 3/2 or rate may increase. Car rental: Avis, 800-331-1600, use
Chess Magnet School JGP. low because the SEC Basketball Tournament is in New Orleans at the time, AWD#D657633, or reserve car online through chesstour.com. Ent: Con-
Mar. 3-4, Pennsylvania cheaper lodging may be available at the following hotels within walking tinental Chess, Box 249, Salisbury Mills, NY 12577. Questions: DirectorAt
Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 6 distance: Days Hotel (504) 833-8201; LaQuinta Inn (504) 835-8511. Chess.us, 845-496-9658. Advance entries posted at chesstour.com. $15
2012 Carlisle Open & PA Collegiate Championship Ent/Info: Adam Caveney, 1301 Gen. Taylor St., New Orleans, LA 70115, service charge for refunds. Chess Magnet School JGP.
5SS, G/90d5. Hotel Carlisle & Embers Convention Center, 1700 Harris- cb20234@yahoo.com, (504) 895-4133 (evenings), (504) 615-6730 (on day
burg Pike, Carlisle, PA 17015, Exit 52A NB/Exit 52 SB off I-81, Exit 226 of tourney). NS, NC. Chess Magnet School JGP. Mar. 16-18 or 17-18, New York
off PA Turnpike. 2 sections: Open & U1500. $$ (1260G): Open: 180-120, Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 60 (enhanced)
U2200 $110, U2000 $100, U1800 $90, U1600 $80. U1500: 150-100, Mar. 13, 20, 27, Apr. 10, 17, 24, May 8, New Jersey Long Island Open
U1400 $90, U1200 $85, U1000 $80, Unr $75. All: College Tr: 1-2 in each Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 6 5SS, 40/2, SD/1, d/5 (2-day option, rds 1-2G/75, d/5). Holiday Inn Long
section, 1-2 team (top 4 over both sections). EF: $29 rec'd by 2/13, $39 West Orange CC 2012 Championship Island - Islip Airport, 3845 Veterans Memorial Highway, Ronkonkoma, NY
after, PSCF $5 OSA. Reg.: 8:45-9:30 am. Rds. 10-2-5:30, 9-1. Feb 2012 7 rds., G/100 (5 sec. delay), Reg. 7-7:30 P.M., rds. start at 8:00. EF: $30.00, 11779. Free parking, free shuttle from LIRR or Islip Airport. Prizes
ratings used. Bye: limit 1, ask by rd 2. HR: Mention PA States for best members $25.00. Prizes: 1st $150, 2nd $100, 3rd $75, Best under 1900 $12,000 based on 150 paid entries, $8000 minimum (2/3 each prize) guar-
rate; 800-692-7315 $75. Ent: PSCF, c/o Tom Martinak, 25 Freeport St., $60, 1700 $50, 1500 $40. All prizes guaranteed. Details: westor- anteed; re-entries & $50 off entries count as half entries. In 4 sections.
Pittsburgh, PA 15223-2245. Info: martinak_tom_m@hotmail.com, 412- angechessclub.blogspot.com and buickchess@gmail.com or 973-736- Open: $1500-800-500-300, clear or tiebreak winner $100 bonus, top
908-0286. W. Chess Magnet School JGP. 3433. Byes: Three 1/2 byes available in any rd; must know by the end U2300/Unr $600, U2200/Unr $500. FIDE. Under 2100: $1000-600-400-
of rd.4. Address: Toby Katz Community Center, 650 Pleasant Valley Way, 300, top U1900 $500, U1800 $400. Under 1700: $900-500-300-200, top
Mar. 9-11 or 10-11, California, Southern West Orange, NJ 07052. Advance entrees welcome. Chess Magnet U1500 $450, U1400 $350. Under 1300: $800-400-200-100, top U1100
Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 100 (enhanced) School JGP.
19th annual Western Class Championships $300. Unrated may not win over $200 in U1300 or $400 in U1700. EF:
5SS, 40/2, SD/1, d/5 (2-day option, rds.1-2 G/75, d/5). Sheraton Agoura Mar. 16-18 or 17-18, California, Northern 3-day $103, 2-day $102 mailed by 3/8, all $105 online at chesstour.com
Hills Hotel (formerly Renaissance), 30100 Agoura Rd., Agoura Hills, CA Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 6 by 3/13, $110 phoned to 406-896-2038 by 3/13 (entry only, no questions),
91301 (US-101 to Reyes Adobe Road exit). Adjacent to the Santa Mon- Bay Area Chess Spring Open $120 (no checks, credit cards OK) at site. GMs free; $100 deducted
ica Mountains, 26 miles west of Burbank, 12 miles from Malibu, 28 miles 5SS, G/120 (2day rds 1-2 G/45). 1639A S. Main St., Milpitas. Park free. from prize. EF for Under 1000 or unrated in U1300: (NOTE CHANGE):
from Ventura. Free parking. $$20,000 based on 230 paid entries (re- Prize: $2,400 b/55. 3 sections. 1900+ $300-200-100 u2100:100-80. $50 less. Unofficial uschess.org ratings usually used if otherwise
entries, Class E count as half entries), minimum $16,000 (80% each 1500-1899 $300-200-70 u1700:100-70-70. U1500 $300-200-70 u1300:100- unrated. Special 1 year USCF dues with Chess Life if paid with entry.
prize) guaranteed. In 7 sections. Master (over 2199): $2000-1000-500- 70-70. Unr max $100 exc Open. EF: $67 (2d $66) by 3/14, Onsite +15 Online at chesstour.com, Adult $30, Young Adult $20, Scholastic $15.
300, clear or tiebreak winner $100 bonus, topU2300 $800-400. FIDE. Playup +20, r/e 33 EconOpt: EF-20, 1/2 of calc prize. GMs/IMs free: Mailed, phoned or paid at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $30, Scholastic $20.
Expert (2000-2199): $1500-800-400-200. Class A (1800-1999): $1500- prize-EF. Mar 12 Supp, CCA min & TD disc used. Sched: Reg F 6-6:30p, Re-entry $60; not available in Open Section. 3-day schedule: Reg
800-400-200. Class B (1600-1799): $1500-800-400-200. Class C Rds F 7, Sa/Su 9:30, 2 (2 day Reg Sa 8:30-9a Rds Sa 9:30, 11:30 merge ends Fri 6:30 pm, rds. Fri 7 pm, Sat 11 & 6, Sun 10 & 4:15. 2-day
(1400-1599): $1400-700-400-200. Class D (1200-1399): $1200-600-300- rd3). Max two 1/2-pt byes commit bef rd3. Info: BayAreaChess.com/ schedule: Reg ends Sat 10:30 am, rds. Sat 11, 2:30 & 6, Sun 10 & 4:15.
200. Class E (Under1200): $600-300-200-100, trophies to top U1000, spring12. E: ask@BayAreaChess.com, NS, NC, W. Chess Magnet School All: Half point byes OK all, limit 2, Open must commit before rd 2, oth-
U800, U600, Unr. Rated players may play up one section. Prize limits: JGP. ers before rd 3. HR: $75-75, 631-471-0401, reserve by 3/2 or rate may
increase. Car rental: Avis, 800-331-1600, AWD D657633, or reserve car
online through chesstour.com. Ent: Continental Chess, Box 249, Salisbury
Mills, NY 12577. $15 service charge for refunds. Questions: www.
chesstour.com, DirectorAtChess.US, 845-496-9658.Advance entries
posted at chesstour.com. Chess Magnet School JGP.

13th annual PITTSBURGH OPEN Mar. 17, New Jersey


Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 20 (enhanced)
St. Patrick's Day
March 23-25 or 24-25, Doubletree Green Tree Somerset Holiday Inn, 195 Davidson Ave., Somerset: Exit #10 off I-287,
off Easton Ave. (One Open Section and K-8 Quads). Grand Prix Section:
4SS, G/60, $$G: $300-200-100-100-50. Also $75 Minimum Prize (not a
$12,000 projected prizes, $9,000 minimum! class prize-see web site) Top Expert, A, B, and U1600 No pooling nor dupli-
cate prizes! Trophies to 1st, Top Exp. A, B, C, D/E, Sr., Jr. EF: $39 on
entryfeesrus.com. $49 cash at site. Reg.: 9-10am. Starts at 10 am then
5 round Swiss, choice of 3-day or 2-day schedule. Prizes $12,000 ASAP With lunch break. Scholastic Quads (K-8): 3RR, G/45, EF: $15 early
based on 150 paid entries (re-entries & $50 off entries count half), EntryFeesRus.com or $20 cash at site by 10am. $$G: $40 or Trophy, all
get awards. 1st round 10am then ASAP with lunch break. Info: call Ken
with 75% of each prize minimum guaranteed. In 5 sections: at 908-619-8621 or email, njchess64@yahoo.com. NS, NC, W.
Mar. 17-18, Tennessee
Open Section: Prizes $1500-800-400-200, clear/tiebreak win $100 Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 6
Saint Patrick's Day Open
bonus, top U2300/Unr $700, U2200/Unr $600. FIDE rated, 60 GPP 5SS, G/120 (Open & U1600). Site: Greater Memphis Chess Center, 5796
Shelby Oaks Dr., Suite 11, Memphis, TN 38134. Round times: Sat 9-2-
Under 2100 Section: $1000-500-300-200, top Under 1900 $400. 7, Sun 9-2. EF: $25 before 3-15-12, $30 after and onsite. GMCC and MCC
members $25 anytime. USCF Youth and Scholastic Players may enter either
Under 1800 Section: $1000-500-300-200, top Under 1600 $400. Section to compete for no prize money for $15 anytime. Re-entry after
round one: $15. Guaranteed Prize Fund: Open: 1st $200, 2nd 100, 3rd
Under 1500 Section: $800-400-300-200, top Under 1300 $300. 50, Top U1600: 1st 100, 2nd 50, 3rd 25. Special U1000 Scholastic sec-
Under 1200 Section: $400-250-150-100, trophy to top Under tion. 4 round G/1. Entry fee: $15. Round times: Sat 9-11:30, 2, 4:30.
Trophies to top 10. Onsite Registration: Saturday 3/17: 7am-8:30am.
1000, Under 800, Under 600, Unrated. Tournament Director: Gary M. Pylant, gpylant@gmail.com, 901-359-
8616. www.memphischess.com. Chess Magnet School JGP.
Unrated limit: $150 in U1200, $300 U1500, or $500 in U1800. Mar. 20, New York
FULL DETAILS: see Grand Prix in this issue or chesstour.com. Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 15 (enhanced)
Marshall Masters!
4-SS, G/25d5. Third Tuesday of every month. Marshall CC, 23 W. 10th St.,
NYC. 212-477-3716. Open to players rated over 2100 (plus all players scor-
ing over 50% in any MCC Open or U2300 tournament since the prior

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month's Masters). EF: $40, members $30, GMs free. $$G250-150-100. DirectorAtChess.us, 845-496-9658. Advance entries posted at chesstour. 12:30-1:45-3-4:15. Ent/Info: PSCF, c/o Tom Martinak, 25 Freeport St.,
Prizes to U2400, U2300 and biggest upset. Reg.: 6:15-6:45 pm. Rds.: 7- com. Chess Magnet School JGP. Pittsburgh, PA 15223-2245, 412-908-0286, W.
8:15-9:30-10:45. One bye available (Rd 1 or 4 only), request at entry.
Mar. 30-Apr. 1, North Carolina Apr. 4-8, 5-8, 6-8 or 7-8, Pennsylvania
www.marshallchessclub.org.
Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 20 (enhanced) Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 200 (enhanced)
Mar. 23-25 or 24-25, Pennsylvania The Big Enchilada II 6th annual Philadelphia Open
Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 60 (enhanced) Holiday Inn - Highwoods, 2805 Highwoods Blvd., Raleigh, NC 27604. 5- In 8 sections. Open Section, Apr 4-8: 9SS, 40/90, SD/30, inc30. GM &
13th annual Pittsburgh Open SS, 30/90 SD/60 or Rd.1 G/90 for two day. $7,000 b/132. $5,000 GTD!! IM norms possible, FIDE rated. U2200 to Under 1200 Sections, Apr
5SS, 40/2, SD/1. d/5 (2-day option,rds 1-2 G/75, d/5). Doubletree Hotel OPEN (FIDE rated): $1,000-$500-$300-150-100. X, u2000 $300-$100 ea. 5-8, 6-8 or 7-8: 7SS, 40/2, SD/1, d/5 (3-day option, rds. 1-2 G/75, d/5,
Pittsburgh Green Tree (formerly Radisson), 101 Radisson Dr., Pittsburgh, U1800: $800-$400-$250-150-100. u1600 $250-$100. U1400: $700-$350- 2-day option, rds. 1-4 G/40, d/5). Under 1000 Section, Apr 7-8: 7SS,
PA 15205. 3 miles south of downtown, 13 miles from Pittsburgh airport $200-150-100. u1200 $200-$100 Top Upset in each section: $60-40. G/40, d/5. At the upscale, luxury Loews Philadelphia Hotel, rated
(free shuttle). Free parking. $$12,000 based on 150 paid entries (re- ALL: EF: $70 (by 3/23)/$80 on site. +$2 for PayPal Re-entry $40 (counts Four Diamonds by AAA, 1200 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107.
entries & $50 off entries count half), $9000 (75% each prize) minimum as 1/2 EF). GM/IM Free. $70 deducted from any prize. NCCA req'd OSA. Prizes $80,000 based on 500 paid entries (seniors, re-entries, GMs, IMs,
guaranteed. In 5 sections. Open: $1500-800-400-200, clear or tiebreak Up to 2 byes allowed. Must request by noon Sat. Reg.: Fri. 6PM-7:45PM. WGMs count as half entries, U1200 Section 40%entries, U1000 Section
winner $100 bonus, top Under 2300/Unr $700, Under 2200/Unr $600. Sat. 8AM-9:45AM. Rds.: Fri. 8PM or Sat. 10AM. Then 2PM-8PM, Sun. 9AM- 15% entries), else proportional, minimum $60,000 (75% of each prize)
Under 2100: $1000-500-300-200, top Under 1900 $400. Under 1800: 2:30PM. Unr. may not win 1st prize in U1400 or U1800. INFO: Jeff Jones guaranteed. Open: $7000-4000-2000-1000-800-700-600-500-400-400,
$1000-500-300-200, top Under 1600 $400. Under 1500: $800-400-300- (919) 270-9948. RaleighChess@yahoo.com. ENT: RTCC, PO Box 37331 clear or tiebreak first $200 bonus, FIDE Under 2400/Unr $2000-1000.
200, top Under 1300 $300. Under 1200: $400-250-150-100, trophies to Raleigh, NC 27627. HR: $79 1-4. (919) 872-3500. Ask for the Chess rate Under 2200, Under 2000, Under 1800: each $5000-2500-1200-800-600-
top Under 1000, Under 800, Under 600, Unrated. Unrated may not win by 3/23 to guarantee. Website: www.chesstbe.info/. Chess Magnet 500-400-300-300-300. Under 1600, Under 1400: each $4000-2000-1000-
over $150 in U1200, $300 U1500, or $500 U1800. Top 4 sections EF: 3- School JGP. 700-500-400-300-200-200-200. Under 1200: $1500-800-500-300-200-200-
day $103.50, 2-day $102.50mailed by 3/15, all $107 online at 200-100-100-100. Under 1000: $400-200-100, trophies to first 5, top U800,
chesstour.com by 3/20, $110 phoned to 406-896-2038 by 3/20 (entry only, A State Championship Event!
Mar. 31, Connecticut U600, U400, Unrated. Prize limits: 1) If official rating 4/11-3/12 or unof-
no questions), $120 (no checks, credit cards OK) at site. GMs free; $100 ficial post-event rating posted at uschess.org 4/4/11-4/4/12 is more than
deducted from prize. Under 1200 Section EF: $50 less than above. Unof- Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 10
2012 CT Open State Championship 30 points over section maximum, prize limit $1500. 2) Unrated (0-3 life-
ficial uschess.org ratings usually used if otherwise unrated. Special time games rated) cannot win over $200 in U1000, $400 U1200, $800
1 year USCF dues with magazine if paid with entry: online at $$2000 b/60. 4-SS, G/60. Hopkins School, 986 Forest Rd., New Haven,
CT 06515. Two Sections: OPEN, U1600. EF: $60 Online or mail, $100 at U1400, $1200 U1600, $1600U1800, or $2000 U2000. Unofficial uschess.
chesstour.com, Adult $30, Young Adult $20, Scholastic $15. Mailed, org ratings usually used if otherwise unrated. 3) Provisional (4-25 life-
phoned or paid at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $30, Scholastic $20. Re- site. Prizes: Open $500-$300-$200 3x$100, 5x$50, U1600 $300- $100-
$50. Trophies: CT Open Champion, U1600 Champion, ONE DAY Reg.: time games rated) cannot win over $300 in U1000, $800 U1200,
entry $60; not available in Open Section. 3-day schedule: Reg ends Fri $1500U1400, or $2500 U1600. 4) Balance of any limited prize goes to next
6 pm, rds. Fri 7 pm, Sat 11 am & 6 pm, Sun 10 am & 4:15 pm. 2-day 8:00-8:45. Rds.: 9-11-1-3. Register Online: www.edutechchess.com or
www.CTChess.com. player(s) in line. Open EF: free to GMs, IMs, WGMs; $150 deducted from
schedule: Reg ends Sat 10 am, rds. Sat 11 am, 2:30 pm & 6 pm, Sun 10 prize. US players with current or former FIDE ratings of 2200/over:
am & 4:15 pm. All: Half point byes OK all, limit 2, Open must commit before Mar. 31-Apr. 1 or Apr. 1, New York $225 mailed by 3/27 or online by 4/2, $250 at site. Foreign FIDE rated
rd 2, others before rd3. HR: $91-91-91-91, 1-800-395-7046, 412-922-8400; Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 10 (enhanced) players: $175 mailed by 3/27 or online by 4/2, $200 at site, Others: $375
reserve by 3/9or rate may increase. Car rental: Avis, 800-331-1600, Marshall March/April Grand Prix! mailed by 3/27 or online by 4/2, $400 at site. U2200 through U1400 Sec-
AWDD657633, or reserve car online through chesstour.com. Ent: Con- 4-SS, 30/85d5, SD/1d5. Marshall CC, 23 W. 10th St., NYC. 212 477- tions EF: 4-day $224, 3-day $223, 2-day $222 mailed by 3/27, $225 online
tinental Chess, Box 249, Salisbury Mills, NY 12577. $15 service charge 3716. EF: $50, members $30. $$625 Gtd: 275-150, U2200/unr. $105, by 4/2, $250 at site. U1200 Section EF: 4-day $84, 3-day $83, 2-day $82
for refunds. Questions: www.chesstour.com, Director@Chess.US, 845- U2000 $95. Reg. ends 15 min. before round. Rds.: 2 schedules: 2-day, mailed by 3/27, $85 online by 4/2, $100 at site. U1000 Section EF: $32
496-9658. Advance entries posted at chesstour.com. Chess Magnet Rds. 12:30-5:30PM each day; 1-day, (Rds. 1-2 G/25d5) 10-11:15AM-12:30- mailed by 3/27, $35 online by 4/2, $50 at site. Phone EF: All $5 more
School JGP. 5:30PM Sun; both merge rd. 3. Limit 2 byes, request at entry. NO than online EF, 406-896-2038 (entry only, no questions), available only
Mar. 30-Apr. 1 or Mar. 31-Apr. 1, Florida RE-ENTRY. FIDE (G/30 not FIDE ratable). www.marshallchessclub.org. through 4/2. Online late entry after 4/2: available until 2 hours before
Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 40 (enhanced) Chess Magnet School JGP. your first game, same price as entry at site. EF $100 less to rated sen-
10th Annual Southern Class Championships A Heritage Event! iors 65/over in U2200 through U1400. Special 1 year USCF membership
5SS, 40/2, SD/1, d/5(2-day option, rds 1-2 G/75, d/5). Wyndham Orlando Mar. 31-Apr. 1, New York with magazine if paid with entry: Online at chesstour.com, Adult $30, Young
Resort, 8001 International Dr., Orlando 32819. Free parking. $$14,000 Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 120 (enhanced) Adult $20, Scholastic $15. Mailed, phoned or paid at site, Adult $40, Young
based on 200 paid entries (re-entries & $50 off entries count half), 2012 Marchand Open (34th Annual) Adult $30, Scholastic $20. No checks at site, credit cards OK. Re-entry:
$10,500 (3/4 each prize) minimum guaranteed. In 7 sections. Master Dr. Erich Marchand requested that his friends play chess in his mem- $100, no re-entry from Open Section to Open Section. 5-day schedule
(2200/up): $1200-600-400-300, clear or tiebreak winner$100 bonus. FIDE. ory. 5SS, 30/60, SD/60 5 Sec delay. Location: Strong National Museum (Open only): Reg. ends Wed 6 pm, rds. Wed. 7 pm, Thu 12 & 7, Fri 11 &
Expert (2000-2199): $1000-500-300-200. Class A (1800-1999): $1000- of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester, NY. $$10750 Gtd. Open 6, Sat 11 & 6, Sun 10 & 4:30. 4-day schedule (U2200-U1200): Reg. ends
500-300-200. Class B (1600-1799): $1000-500-300-200. Class C Section: $2000-1300-850-550-300, Under 2200 & U2000 each $500- Thu 6 pm, rds. Thu 7 pm, Fri 11 & 6, Sat 11 & 6, Sun 10 & 4:30. 3-day
(1400-1599): $1000-500-300-200. Class D (1200-1399): $800-400- 300. FIDE Rated EF: $70. U1800 Section: $600-400-250. Under 1600 schedule (U2200-U1200): Reg. ends Fri 10 am, rds Fri 11, 2:30 & 6, Sat
300-200. Class E (Under 1200): $800-400-300-200. Rated players $400-250. EF: $65. U1400 Section: $400-275-175. Under 1200 $275-175. 11 & 6, Sun 10 & 4:30. 2-day schedule (U2200-U1200): Reg. ends Sat.
may play up one section. Unrated may enter A through E, but may not EF: $60. U1000 Section: $260-190-130-70. Under 800 $150-90-60. EF: 9am, rds Sat. 10, 12, 2, 3:45 & 6, Sun 10 & 4:30. 4-day, 3-day, & 2-day
win over $200 in E, $350 D, $500 C or $650B. EF: 3-day $98, 2-day $97 $55. Unrated players in the U1800 section can only win $125, in U1400 merge & compete for same prizes. Under 1000 schedule: Reg. ends Sat.
mailed by 3/23, all $99 online atchesstour.com by 3/27, $105 phoned to & U1000 $55. IM and GM's free if registered by 3/17. Great food avail- 9 am, rds Sat 10, 12, 2 & 3:45, Sun 10, 12 & 2. Byes: NOTE CHANGE:
406-896-2038 by 3/27 (entry only, no questions), $120 (no checks, credit able at site. Reg.: 8:30-9:15 am. Rds.: 10-2:15-6:30, 10-2:15. One 1/2 Half point byes OK all rounds, limit 4 byes, Open Section must commit
cards OK) at site. GMs free; $90 deducted from prize. EF for under 1000 point bye available in rd 1. 2, 3, or 4 if requested at entry. Info: 585-442- before rd 2, other sections before rd 4. Bring sets, boards, clocks if
or unrated in E: all $50 less. Unofficial uschess.org ratings usually 2430. Ent: Rochester Chess Center, 221 Norris Dr., Rochester, NY 14610. possible- none supplied. HR: $98-98-123-123, 215-627-1200, reserve by
used if otherwise unrated. Special 1 year USCF dues with magazine W. Chess Magnet School JGP. 3/21 or rate may increase. Parking: Hotel has valet parking only, with
if paid with entry. Online at chesstour.com, Adult $30, Young Adult $20, a special chess rate of $30/day. Many parking lots nearby charge much
Scholastic $15. Mailed, phoned or paid at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $30, Apr. 1, Pennsylvania less, with rates lowest on the weekend. Gateway Garage, 1540 Vine St
Scholastic $20. Re-entry $60; not available in Master Section. 3-day Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 6 (1 block from Sheraton Hotel) is about $5/day Sat & Sun, $18/day other
schedule: Reg ends Fri 6 pm, rds. Fri 7 pm, Sat 11& 6, Sun 10 & 4:15. 2012 PA State Game/29 Champ. (QC) days. Car rentals: Avis, 800-331-1600, use AWD #D657633 or reserve
2-day schedule: Reg ends Sat 10 am, rds. Sat 11, 2:30 & 6, Sun 10 & 5SS, G/29d0. O'Hara Student Center, Univ. of Pitt., 4024 O'Hara St., Pitts- car online at chesstour.com. Ratings: FIDE used for Open, USCF April
4:15. All: Half point byes OK all, limit 2, Open must commit before rd 2, burgh, PA 15213. 2 Sections: Champ: EF: $25 by 3/24, $35 later. $$ list for U2200 & below; note that ratings after the April list (see above)
others before rd 3. HR: $81-81 plus resort fee (currently 7.5%), 1-800- (690G): $200-100, U2000 $90, U1800 $80, U1600 $70, U1400 $60, U1200 may result in a $1500 prize limit. Foreign player ratings: For U2200 and
421-8001, 407-351-2420; reserve by 3/16 or rate may increase. Car $50, U1000 $40. Trophies: 1-3 U1400, 1-3 U1200, 1-3 U1000. Scholas- below, usually100 points added to FIDE, 100 to FQE, 100/more to most
rental: Avis, 800-331-1600, AWD D657633, or reserve car online through tic: Grades K-12 unrated or U900. EF: $15 by 3/24, $25 later. Trophies other foreign, no points added to CFC, PR or Jamaica. Some foreign rat-
chesstour.com. Ent: Continental Chess, Box 249, Salisbury Mills, NY to Top 7, 1-3 U600. ALL: Trophies: 1-2 Schools, 1-2 Clubs, Teams of 4-7 ings not accepted for U2000 or below. Highest of multiple ratings usually
12577. $15 service charge for refunds. Questions: www.chesstour.com, players from both sections. PSCF $5, OSA. Reg.: 10-10:30am. Rds.: 11- used. Players who fail to disclose foreign or FIDE ratings may be expelled.

40th annual WORLD OPEN


Sheraton City Center Hotel, Philadelphia - $254,000 projected prizes, $204,000 minimum!
Open Section: 9 rounds, July 4-8 or 2-8, FIDE norms possible
Under 2400 through U1600: 9 rounds, July 4-8, 5-8, 6-8 or 2-8
Under 1400, Under 1200: 9 rounds, July 4-8, 5-8 or 6-8
Under 900: 9 rounds, July 6-8
Senior Amateur, Womens Championship: 6 rounds, July 1-3*
Under 13 Championship: 9 rounds, July 1-3*
Under 13 Booster: 6 rounds, July 4-5*

Open through Under 1200 schedules merge and compete for same prizes.
Also Philadelphia International June 28-July 2.
See Tournament Life or chesstour.com for details. *Schedule allows play in more than one section.

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Tournament Life

Special rules: Players must submit to a search for electronic devices 4/12, free Sat. night room for GMs registering early. Open, U2000, & A Heritage Event!
if requested by Director. In round 3 or after, players with scores of 80% U1600 3-day schedule: Reg ends Fri 7 pm, rds Fri 8, Sat 11&6, Sun 9&3. May 4-5 or 5-6, Ohio
or over and their opponents may not use headphones, earphones or cell Open, U2000, & U1600 2-day schedule: reg ends Sat 10am rds 11-2:15- Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 60 (enhanced)
phones or go to a different floor of the hotel without Director permission. 6, 9-3 U1200 3-day schedule Reg. ends Fri 7 pm, rds Fri 8, Sat 11&3:30, 48th Cincinnati Open
Ent: Continental Chess, Box 249, Salisbury Mills NY 12577. Questions: Sun 9&1:00 U1200 2-day schedule Reg. ends Sat 10am rds 11, 1:15 & 3:30, 5SS. Hilton Garden Inn, 5200 Natorp Blvd., Mason, OH 45040. Five
www.chesstour.com, DirectorAtChess.US, 845-496-9658. You may request Sun 9&1:00. Ent: MCA, c/o Michael Regan, 1827 Thornton Ridge Rd., Tow- Sections: Open, U2200, U1900, U1600, U1300. Time Control: 40/2,
lowest possible section if April rating unknown. $15 service charge for son, MD 21204. Online entry and link to room reservations at: http://the SD/60 d/5; 2-day rds 1&2 G/75 d/5. Prizes: Open: $1,000-750-500-250;
refunds. Advance entries will be posted at chesstour.com. Chess Mag- mdopen.com. Questions: mregan@baltimorechess.org. Chess Magnet U2200: $700-500-300-150; U1900: $400-300-200-100; U1600: $300-
net School JGP. School JGP. 200-150-100; U1300: $225-150-125-100. Open section prizes guaranteed;
other prizes in the under sections based on 100 total entries for the tour-
Apr. 12, New York Apr. 27-29 or 28-29, Vermont nament, else proportional. (No unrated may win more than the third-place
Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 10 (enhanced) Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 20 (enhanced) prize amount except in Open.) Entry fee: $95 if mailed/emailed by April
10 Grand Prix Points Tonight! 23rd annual Vermont Resort Open 30, 2012; $115 after April 30/onsite. Re-entry $50. Free entry to GMs/IMs
4-SS, G/25 + td/5 or G/30 + td/0. Chess Center at the Marshall Club, 5SS, 30/90, SD/1, d/5 (2-day option, rds 1-2 G/60, d/5). Holiday InnRut-
who complete schedule; $95 deducted from prize. Registration: Friday,
23 West 10 St., bet. 5-6 Ave., NYC: 212-477-3716. EF: $35, Club membs land/Killington, 476 Holiday Drive (near intersection US-4 and US-7),
May 4 5:00-6:30; Saturday, May 5 9:00-10:30. 3-day schedule: Friday
$25, GMs free ($20 from prize), specified Greater NY Scholastic prize win- Rutland, VT 05701. Free shuttle to Amtrak, bus terminal or Rutland Air-
7:00, Saturday 11:00 and 5:30, Sunday 9:30 and 4:00. 2-day schedule:
ners free. $$560 b/32 paid entries (may be limited to 1st 36 to enter), port. Free parking, free wireless, heated pool, whirlpool, exercise room;
Saturday 11:00 and 2:00, then merge with 3-day. Byes: Maximum two
top 2 Gtd: $$ 200-110-50, Top U2200/unr $105, U2000 $95. Limit 2 byes restaurants within easy walking distance. $2000 guaranteed prizes.
half-point byes, must commit before round 3. HR: $99, group code COT,
(1 bye for U2000), commit by 8:15. Reentry $15. CCA ratings may be used. In 3 sections. Open: $400-200-150, top Under 2010/Unr $220-110.
reserve by 4/13/2012 or rate may go up; reservations 800-560-7843 or
Class pairings OK rd. 4. Reg ends 10 min before game. Rds. 7-8:15-9:30- Under 1810: $300-150-80, top Under 1610 $160-80, no unrated may win
513-204-6000 or www.cincinnatimason.hgi.com. Bring sets and clocks.
10:45 pm. Phone entry often impossible! over $150. Under 1410: $100-50, trophies to first 3, top Under 1210,
Advance entries: Cincinnati Open, PO Box 499006, Cincinnati, OH
Under 1010, Under 810, Unrated. Top 2 sections EF: 3-day $68, 2-day
Apr. 27-29 or 28-29, Maryland 45249-9006 or by email to a.hodge195@gmail.com. Registration form
$67 if check mailed by 4/20, all $69 online at chesstour.com by 4/25, $75
Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 50 and complete information at www.Chessinnati.com. Questions: Alan
phoned to 406-896-2038 by 4/25 (entry only, no questions), $80 at site.
2012 Maryland Open Hodge 513-697-6930, a.hodge195@gmail.com. Chess Magnet School
Under 1410 Section EF: All $40 less than top 2 sections EF. All: No checks
5SS, 40/100, SD/45 inc/30, (Rnd 1 G/90 inc/30) (2-day schedule: rds 1- JGP.
at site, credit cards OK. Special 1 year USCF dues with paper maga-
2 G/45 inc/30) U1200 G/120 d/5(2-day option, rds 1-2 G/60 d/5). zine if paid with entry. Online at chesstour.com, Adult $30, Young Adult May 18-20 or 19-20, New York
Rockville Hilton, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852, 301-468-1100. $20, Scholastic $15. Mailed, phoned or paid at site, Adult $40, Young Adult Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 20 (enhanced)
All prizes guaranteed. 4 sections: Open FIDE: $1200-600-300-200-100, $30, Scholastic $20. Re-entry $40, not available in Open. GMs & IMs free; 20th annual New York State Open
top U2201 $125, top Life Master $100. Amateur Section (U2000): $60 deducted from prize. 3-day schedule: Reg. ends Fri 6:30 pm, rds 5SS, 30/90, SD/1 (2-day option, rds 1-2 G/60). Tiki Resort (formerly
$800-400-250-125-75, top U1800 $125, top 1st Cat $90. Reserve Sec- Fri 7, Sat 11 & 5, Sun 9 & 2:15. 2-day schedule: Reg ends Sat 10:30 am, Howard Johnson), 2 Canada St., Lake George, NY 12845. $$G 3000. In
tion (U1600): $650-350-200-100-75, top U1400 $110, top 3rd Cat $80. rds. Sat 11, 2 & 5, Sun 9 & 2:15. Half point byes OK all, limit 2; must 4 sections. Open: $$ 400-200-150, top Under 2010 $230-120, top Under
Novice (U1200): $500-250-150-100-75, top U1000 $100, top unrated $70. commit before rd 2. HR: $89-89, 802-775-1911, reserve by 4/13. Car 1810/Unr $220-110. Senior, open to under 1910 or unrated born before
Unrated may not win over $200 in U1200 or $300 in U1600. A free con- rental: Avis, 800-331-1600, AWD #D657633, or reserve car online at 5/21/62. $$ 300-150-80, top Under 1710 $120-60. Under 1610: $$ 300-
tinental breakfast for participants will be provided on Sunday chesstour.com. Unofficial uschess.org ratings usually used if other- 150-80, Under 1410 $120-60, unrated limit $150. Under 1310: $100-50,
morning. We will optionally text your pairings to your cell phone. EF: $60 wise unrated. Ent: Continental Chess, PO Box 249, Salisbury Mills, NY trophies to first 3, top U1000, U800, Unr. All: 1 year NYSCA membership
by 4/12 mail or online, $70 by 4/24 online, $75 by 4/26 online, and $80 12577. DirectorAtChess.us, chesstour.com, 845-496-9658. $15 service prize to NY residents who are not members. EF: 3-day $78, 2-day $77
at the door. Special EFs: GM&IMs free; $60 deducted from prize. Spe- charge for refunds. Advance entries posted at chesstour.com. Chess mailed by 5/11, both $79 online at chesstour.com by 5/16, $85 phoned
cial HR: $99, ($25 EF discount if staying in hotel) may not be avail after Magnet School JGP. to 406-896-2038 by 5/16 (entry only, no questions), $90 at site. No

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60 Chess Life February 2012 uschess.org


See previous issue for TLAs appearing February 1-14

checks at site, credit cards OK. Entry fee $50 less to all in U1310. Spe- May 26-28 or 27-28, California, Northern 7/5/99 rated under 1000 or unrated. Trophies to top 10, 1st U800, U600,
cial 1 year USCF dues with magazine if paid with entry- online at Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 100 (enhanced) U400, U200; free entry to all CCA tournaments 7/15/12-10/31/12 to1st.
chesstour.com, Adult $30, Young Adult $20, Scholastic $15. Mailed, Best of the West Class Championship Prize limits: 1) Players with under 26 games played as of 7/12 official
phoned or paid at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $30, Scholastic $20. Re- 6SS 30/90 sd/60 (2-day rds 1-3 G/60 merge in rd4). Marriott, 2700 Mis- list may not win over $600 in U900, $1500 in U1200, $3000 in U1400 or
entry $40, not available in Open Section. GMs free, $60 deducted from sion College Blvd., Santa Clara, CA. Hotel $89. Prize: $17,000 b/264 U1600. Games rated too late for 7/12 list not counted. 2) If official rat-
prize. 3-day schedule: Reg ends Fri 6:30 pm, rds. Fri 7, Sat 12 & 6, Sun (2/3rd guaranteed). 6 sections. Open (2200+ FIDE rated 82% Gtd): 2500- ing 7/11-6/12 or unofficial post-event rating posted 7/3/11-7/3/12
10 & 3:15. 2-day schedule: Reg ends Sat 11:30 am, rds Sat 12, 3 &, 6, 1200-600-200, top u2300 300-100. Expert/A/B/C: 1200-600-300-100-100- was more than 30 points over section maximum, prize limit $2000. 3)
Sun 10 & 3:15. Half point byes OK all, must commit before rd 2; limit 2 100. D/E/unr: 1000-400-200-100, top u1200 600-300-100. Unr max $300 Unrated (0-3 lifetime games rated) cannot win over $300 in U900, $800
byes (limit 1 bye if under 1810/unr in Open). HR: 65-65 (poolside), 75- exc in Open. EF by 5/22: $99. Onsite +$25, Play-up +$20. r/e $40. Econ U1200, $1200 U1400, $1600 U1600, $2000 U1800, or $2500 U2000. 4)
75 (regular), call 518-668-5744 Mon-Fri 9 am-5pm, reserve by 5/5 or rate Opt: EF-20 & 2/3 calc prize (not avail in Open). GMs/IMs free: prize-EF. Balance of any limited prize goes to next player(s) in line. Open, U2400,
may increase. Car rental: Avis, 800-331-1600, use AWD #D657633, or May 2012 Supp, CCA min, & TD disc to place players. Sched: 3-day Reg U2200, U2200, U1800, U1600, U1400 EF: Mailed by 2/15, all 5-day $305,
reserve car online through chesstour.com. Unofficial uschess.org ratings Sa 10-11, Rds Sa/Su 11:30-5:30, Mo 10-3:30; 2-day Reg Su 9-9:30, Rds 4-day $304, 3-day $303, 7-day $307. Open has 5-day and 7-day only; no
usually used if otherwise unrated. Ent: Continental Chess, Box 249, Sal- Su 10-12:30-2:50-5:30, Mo 10-3:30. Max two 1/2-pt byes, commit bef rd 7-day in U1400 orU1200. Mailed by 5/15 all $10 more, mailed by 6/20
isbury Mills, NY 12577. www.chesstour.com, DirectorAtChess.us, 3. Parking $5. Ent: Bay Area Chess, 1639A S. Main St., Milpitas, CA all $20 move. Online at chesstour.com, all $307 by2/15, $317 by 5/15,
845-496-9658. $15 service charge for refunds. Advance entries posted 95035. Rfnd fee $20. Info: BayAreaChess.com/bestwest. E: ask@Bay $327 by 6/25, $350 6/26 to 2 hours before round 1 or at site. Phoned
at chesstour.com. Chess Magnet School JGP. AreaChess.com. T: 408.786.5515. NS, NC, W. Chess Magnet School JGP. to 406-896-2038, all $330 by 6/25. At site, all $350; no checks, credit cards
OK. GMs free in Open; $200 deducted from prize. IMs, WGMs EF $100
An American Classic! June 14, Nevada less, $100 deducted from prize. All Open Section EF $100 more for US
May 24-28, 25-28, 26-28 or 27-28, Illinois Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 80 (enhanced) players never rated 2200 or over by FIDE. Under 1200 Section EF: all
Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 200 (enhanced) 2012 U.S. Game/10 Championship (QC) $150 less. EF for U900 Section, or unrated in U1200 Section: $43
21st annual Chicago Open See Nationals. mailed by 6/20, $47 online at chesstour.com by 6/25, $60 online to 2 hours
Open Section, May 24-28: 9SS, 40/2, SD/1, d/5, GM & IM norms pos- A Heritage Event! before round 1 or at site. Rated seniors 65/up in U1400 or over: all $150
sible, all Open entry fees $100 more than below for US players never rated An American Classic! less. Senior Amateur or Women's Championship EF: $76 mailed by
2200/over by FIDE. Under 2300 to Under 1300, May 25-28, 26-28 or June 15-17 or 16-17, Nevada 6/20, $78 online by 6/25, $90 at site. Under 13 Championship or
27-28: 7SS, 40/2, SD/1, d/5 (3-day option, rds 1-2 G/75, d/5; 2-day Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 200 (enhanced) Under 13 Novice EF: $39 mailed by 6/20, $41 online by 6/25, $50 at site.
option, rds. 1-4 G/40, d/5). Under 1100 (NOTE CHANGE), May 26-28 2012 National Open No checks at site; credit cards OK. Re-entry: $160, no re-entry from Open
or 27-28: 7SS, G/90, d/5 (2-day option, rds 1-4 G/40, d/5). Under 900, See Nationals. to Open. $20 fee for switching section after 7/3. Special 1 year USCF
May 27-28: 7SS, G/40, d/5. All: No 5 minute time deduction. At Westin dues with magazine if paid with entry: Online at chesstour.com, Adult $30,
Chicago North Shore Hotel, 601 North Milwaukee Ave, Wheeling IL 60090 June 29-July 3 (New date), Pennsylvania Young Adult $20, Scholastic $15. Mailed, phoned or paid at site, Adult $40,
(from Chicago, I-294 north to US-45 north; from Milwaukee, I-94 east to Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 150 (enhanced) Young Adult $30, Scholastic $20. Open to U1200 5-day schedule: Wed
Lake Cook Rd to US-45 south.) Free parking. Free analysis of your 9th annual Philadelphia International 7 pm, Thu 11 am & 6 pm, Fri 11 am & 6 pm, Sat 11 am & 6 pm, Sun 10
games by GM John Fedorowicz, beginning two hours after the start of 9SS, 40/90,SD/30, 30 second increment. Sheraton Philadelphia City am & 5 pm. U2400 to U1200 4-day schedule: Thu 11, 2:30 & 6, Fri 11
each 4-day round. Free lectures by GM Fedorowicz 5pm Friday, 9 am each Center Hotel, 17th & Race Sts., Philadelphia, PA 19103. Parking $10/day & 6, Sat 11 & 6, Sun 10 & 5. U2400 to U1200 3-day schedule: Fri 11,
day Saturday, Sunday, Monday. $100,000 guaranteed prize fund. In 9 chess rate with guest room at Sheraton, $20/day chess rate without guest 1:30, 3:30, 6 & 8:30, Sat 11 & 6, Sun 10 & 5. Open to U1600 7-day sched-
sections. Open: $10000-5000-2500-1200-900-700-600-500-400-300, room, parking lot next to hotel may be much less than $20. $$G 8000: ule: Mon-Wed 7 pm, Thu-Fri 6 pm, Sat 11 & 6, Sun 10 & 5. All above
clear or tiebreak winner bonus $200, top FIDE Under 2500/Unr $2000- $2000-1200-800-700-600-500-400-300, top FIDE under 2300 or unrated schedules merge & compete for same prizes. Under 900 schedule: Fri
1000. FIDE rated, GM and IM norms possible. Under 2300: $5000-2500- $1000-500. Minimum prize $800 to foreign GMs who complete all games 11 am, 2 pm & 5 pm, Sat & Sun each 10 am, 1 pm, 4 pm. Senior Ama-
with no byes (limited to first 5 foreign GMs to enter), $300 to US GMs, teur & Women's Championship schedule: Sun 11 am & 6 pm, Mon 10
1200-900-700-600-500-400-300-300. FIDE rated. Under 2100: $5000-
foreign IMs & foreign WGMs (all must complete all games with no byes.) & 5, Tue 10 & 4:30. Under 13 Championship schedule: Sun 11 am, 2
2500-1200-900-700-600-500-400-300-300. Under 1900: $5000-2500- IM& GM norms possible; FIDE rated. EF: Free to GMs, IMs, WGMs. For-
1200-900-700-600-500-400-300-300. Under 1700: $5000-2500-1200- pm & 5 pm, Mon 10, 1 & 4, Tue 10, 1 & 4. Under 13 Booster schedule:
eign FIDE rated players: $125 mailed by 6/18, $127 online by 6/23, $150 Wed 11 am, 2 pm & 5 pm, Thu 10, 1 & 4. Half point byes OK all, limit 4
900-700-600-500-400-300-300. Under 1500: $4000-2000- 1000-800-600- at tmt. USA current or former FIDE 2200/up rated players: $225 mailed
500-400-400-300-300. Under 1300: $4000-2000-1000-800-600-500-400- (limit 2 in last 4 rds), Open must commit before rd 2, others before rd
by 6/18, $227 online by 6/23, $250 at tmt. Others: $325 mailed by 6/18, 4. Limit 1 half point bye in 6 round sections. Entries, re-entries close 1
400-300-300. Under 1100: $1500-700-400-300-200-200- 100-100. Under $327 online by 6/23, $350 at tmt. All: No checks at site, credit cards OK.
900: $500-300-200, trophies to first 5, top U700, U500, U300, Unrated. hour before your first game. Bring sets, boards, clocks if possible- none
Special 1 year USCF dues with magazine: see World Open. Schedule: supplied. HR: $99-99, 215-448-2000, ask for chess rate, may sell out about
Prize limits: 1) Players with under 26 lifetime games rated through 5/12 Late reg. ends Fri 10 am, rds Fri through Mon 11 & 6, Tue 11. Two half
list may not win over $800 U1100, $1500 U1300 or $2500 U1500. Games May 31, two night minimum July 6-7. Special car rental rates: Avis, 800-
point byes available (must commit before rd 2); norm not possible if tak- 331-1600, AWD #D657633, or reserve car online through chesstour.com.
rated too late for 5/12 list not counted. 2) If official rating 5/11-4/12 or ing bye. HR: $99-99, 215-448-2000, reserve by 6/5 or rate may increase.
unofficial post-event rating posted 5/24/11-5/24/12 was more than 30 Foreign player ratings: Usually 100 pts added to FIDE (except Open Sec-
Bring sets, boards, clocks if possible- none supplied. Ent: Continen- tion), 100 to FQE, 200 or more to most foreign, no pts added to CFC, Puerto
points over section maximum, prize limit $1500. 3) Unrated (0-3 lifetime tal Chess, PO Box 249, Salisbury Mills, NY 12577. $15 service charge for
games rated) cannot win over $200 inU900, $400 U1100, $700 U1300, Rico or Jamaica. Some foreign ratings not accepted for U2000 or below.
refunds. Questions: 845-496-9658, www.chesstour.com. Advance entries Highest of multiple ratings usually used. Players who fail to disclose for-
$1000 U1500, $1500 U1700, $2000 U1900 or $2500 U2100. Unofficial posted at chesstour.com. Invitations: GoAtChess.us (use @ instead of
uschess.org ratings usually used if otherwise unrated. 4) Balance of any at). Chess Magnet School JGP.
limited prize goes to next player(s) in line. Top 7 sections Mailed EF:
5-day Open $205, 4-day $204, 3-day$203, 2-day $202 mailed by 3/29; 5- A Heritage Event!
An American Classic!
day $225, 4-day $224, 3-day $223, 2-day $222 mailed by 5/16; all $250 July 4-8, 5-8, 6-8, 2-8, 1-3 or 4-5, Pennsylvania
at site. No checks at site, credit cards OK. Top 7 sections online EF Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 300 (enhanced) CONTINENTAL CHESS SCHEDULE
atchesstour.com: $207 by 3/29, $227 by 5/21, $250 after 5/21 until 2 40th Annual World Open Visit our website at www. chesstour. com for
hours before rd 1. Top 7sections phoned EF at 406-896-2038 (entry only, 9SS (Senior Amateur, Women's Championship and Under 13 Booster are late news, results, games, CCA minimum ratings,
no questions): $230 by 5/21 (entry only, no questions). No phone entry 6SS). Sheraton Philadelphia City Center Hotel, 17th & Race Streets,
after 5/21. GMs, IMs, WGMs, foreign FMs free in Open; $200 deducted advance entries, and more!
Philadelphia, PA 19103. For shuttle info from Philadelphia Airport, call 800- Most tournaments have alternate schedules
from prize. All Open Section EF $100 more for US players never rated 2200 559-2040 or 215-616-5370. Parking $10/day chess rate with guest room
or over by FIDE. EF $100 less to seniors age 65/over in top 7 sections. at Sheraton, $20/day chess rate without guest room, Gateway lot at 1540 playing less or more days than listed below.
Under 1100 EF: $85 mailed by 5/16, $87 online at chesstour.com by 5/21, Vine, 1 block from hotel, is about $5/day Sat & Sun, $18/day other Asterisk means full details in this issue-
$100 at site. Under 900 EF: $35 mailed by 5/16, $37 online at chesstour. days. In 13 sections with $250,000 projected prizes, $200,000 mini- otherwise, see future issues or our website.
com by 5/21, $50 at site. Online or mailed EF $5 less to ICA members; mum. 80% of each prize guaranteed based on 1180 paid entries total in
join at il-chess.org. An ICA Tour Event. Special 1 yr USCF dues with mag- first 9 listed sections, all prizes guaranteed in Senior Amateur, Womens 3/2-4: Eastern C lass C hampionshipos, Sturbridge M A*
azine if paid with entry: Online at chesstour.com, Adult $30, Young Adult Championship, Under 13 Championship, and Under 13 Booster. GMs, 3/3-4: N ew Y ork State Scholastics, Saratoga Springs N Y *
$20, Scholastic $15. Mailed, phoned or paid at site, Adult $40, Young Adult IMs, WGMs, Under 1200, seniors count as 50% entries, Under 900 as 3/9-11: W estern C lass C hampionships, Agoura Hills C A*
$30, Scholastic $20. Re-entry: $100, no re-entry from Open to Open. 5- 15%entries. Free analysis of your games by GM Sam Palatnik 7/4-8; free 3/16-18: M id-America O pen, St Louis M O *
day schedule (Open): Reg. ends Thu 6 pm, rds Thu 7 pm, Fri 12 & 7, Sat GM lectures 9 am 7/6 & 7/7. Time controls: Open 40/90, SD/30, 30 sec- 3/16-18: Long Island O pen, R onkonkoma N Y *
11 & 6, Sun 11 & 6, Mon 10 & 4:30. 4-day schedule (U2300 to U1300): ond increment. U2400, U2200, U2000, U1800, U1600, U1400, U1200 3/23-25: Pittsburgh O pen, Pittsburgh PA*
Reg. ends Fri 6pm, Rds. Fri 7 pm, Sat 11 & 6, Sun 11 & 6, Mon 10 & 4:30. 40/2, SD/1, d/5 (4-day option rds 1-2 G/75, d/5, 3-day option rds 1-5 3/30-4/1: Southern C lass, O rlando FL*
3-day schedule (U2300 to U1300): Reg. ends Sat 10 am, Rds. Sat 11, G/45, d/5). U900, Under 13 Championship, Under 13 Booster G/65,
4/4-8: Philadelphia O pen, Philadelphia PA*
2:30 & 6, Sun 11 & 6, Mon 10 & 4:30. 2-day U2300 to U1300 sched- d/5. Senior Amateur, Womens Championship 40/2, SD/1,d/5. Open,
9SS, July 4-8 or 2-8: $20000-10000-5000-2500-1200-1000-800-700-600- 4/27-29: G reen M ountain O pen, R utland V T*
ule: Reg. ends Sun 9 am, Rds. Sun 10, 12, 2, 3:45 & 6, Mon 10 & 4:30.
4-day, 3-day & 2-day U2300 to U1300 schedules merge & compete for 500, clear winner bonus $300, top FIDE U2500 $2000-1000. If tie for first, 5/4-6: W estern Amateur, Los Angeles C A*
same prizes. 3-day Under 1100 schedule: Reg. ends Sat. 1 pm, Rds Sat top 2 on tiebreak play speed game 11:30 pm 7/8 for title & bonus prize. 5/18-20: N ew Y ork State O pen, Lake G eorge N Y *
2 pm & 6 pm, Sun 10, 2 & 6, Mon 10 & 2. 2-day Under 1100 schedule: GM & IM norms possible. FIDE rated. Under 2400/Unr, 9SS, July 4-8, 5/24-28: C hicago O pen, W heeling IL*
Reg. ends Sun 9 am, Rds Sun 10, 12, 2, 3:45 & 6, Mon 10 & 2. 3-day & 5-8, 6-8 or 2-8: $13000-7000-3000-1500-1000-900-800-700-600-500, top 6/29-7/3: Philadelphia International, Philadelphia PA*
2-day U1100 schedules merge & compete for same prizes. Under 900 U2300/Unr $2000-1000. FIDE rated. Under 2200/Unr, 9SS, July 4-8, 7/4-8: W orld O pen, Philadelphia PA*
schedule: Reg. ends Sun 9 am, rds Sun 10, 12, 2 & 3:45, Mon 10, 12, 2. 5-8, 6-8 or 2-8: $13000-7000-3000-1500-1000-900-800-700-600-500, top 7/20-22: C hicago C lass, W heeling IL
Byes: OK all, limit 4(limit 2 in last 4 rds), Open must commit before rd U2100 (no unr) $2000-1000. FIDE rated. Under 2000/Unr, 9SS, July 4- 7/20-22: Pacific C oast O pen, Agoura Hills C A
2, others before rd 4. Hotel rates: $103-103-103-103, 800-937-8461, 847- 8, 5-8, 6-8 or 2-8: $13000-7000-3000-1500-1000-900-800-700-600-500, 7/27-29: Southern O pen, O rlando FL
777-6500, reserve by 5/11 or rate may increase. Car rental: Avis, 800- top U1900 (no unr) $2000-1000. Under 1800/Unr, 9SS, July 4-8, 5-8, 7/27-29: Bradley O pen, W indsor Locks C T
331-1600, AWD #D657633, or reserve car online through chesstour.com. 6-8 or 2-8: $13000-7000-3000-1500-1000-900-800-700-600-500, top 8/3-5: C leveland O pen, C leveland O H
U1700 (no unr) $2000-1000. Under 1600/Unr, 9SS, July 4-8, 5-8, 6-8
Foreign player ratings: Usually 100 points added to FIDE, 100 to FQE, 8/10-12: C ontinental O pen, Sturbridge M A
or 2-8: $11000-6000-3000-1500-1000-900-800-700-600-500, top 1500 (no
200/more to most other foreign, no pts added to CFC or Jamaica. Some unr) $2000-1000. Under 1400/Unr, 9SS, July 4-8, 5-8 or 6-8: $10000- 8/17-19: M anhattan O pen, N ew Y ork N Y
foreign ratings not accepted for U1900 or below. Highest of multiple rat- 5000-2500-1200-1000-800-700-600-500-400, top U1300 (no unr) 8/17-19: C entral C alifornia O pen, Fresno C A
ings usually used. Players who fail to disclose foreign or FIDE ratings may $1600-800. Under 1200/Unr, 9SS, July 4-8, 5-8 or 6-8: $5000-2500- 8/24-26: Atlantic O pen, W ashington D C
be expelled. US player ratings: May official ratings used; FIDE ratings 1200-1000-800-700-600-500-400-300, top U1100 (no Unr) $1200-600. 9/1-3: N ew Y ork State C hampionship, Albany N Y
used for Open Section. Unofficial uschess.org ratings usually used if oth- Under 900/Unr, 9SS, July 6-8: $1000-700-500-400-300-300-300, tro- 9/21-23: Louisville O pen, Louisville KY
erwise unrated. Special rules: 1) Players must submit to a search for phies to first 10, top U700, U500, U300, Unrated. Senior Amateur, 6SS, 10/4-8: C ontinental C lass, Arlimgton V A
electronic devices if requested by Director. In round 3 or after, players July 1-3: Open to Under 2010 or unrated born before 7/4/62. $$ 500- 10/5-7: Los Angeles O pen, Los Angeles C A
with scores of 80% or over and their opponents may not use head- 300-200, topU1810 $280-140, top U1610/Unr $250-130, top U1410 $200. 10/12-14: M idw est C lass, W heeling IL
phones, earphones, cellphones, or go to a different floor of the hotel Women's Championship, 6SS, July 1-3: Open to all females. $$ 500- 10/19-21: Boardw alk O pen, Asbury Park N J
without Director permission. Ent: Continental Chess, Box 249, Salis- 300-200, top U1800 $240, U1600 $220, U1400 $200, U1200 $180, U1000 11/9-11: Kings Island O pen, M ason O H
bury Mills, NY 12577. Questions: DirectorAtChess.US, 845-496-9658, $160, trophy to top U800, U600, Unrated. FIDE rated. Under 13 Cham- F or later events, see chesstour.com .
www.chesstour.com. You may request "lowest possible section" if May rat- pionship, 9SS, July 1-3: Open to all born after 7/3/99. Trophies to top
ing unknown. $15 service charge for refunds. Advance entries will be 10, 1st C, D, E, Unrated. Free entry to all CCA tournaments 7/15/11-
posted at chesstour.com. Chess Magnet School JGP. 12/31/11 to 1st. Under 13 Booster, 6SS, July 4-5: Open to all born after

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eign or FIDE ratings may be expelled. US player ratings: Official July Mar. 3, Alabaster Scholastic 9-9:30 4ssxG/60 10 12:30 2:50 5:10. 2 Sects: u1700, 1700+. EF: $44
ratings used; FIDE ratings used for Open Section only. Unofficial 5SS, TC: G/30. Thompson Intermediate School, 10019 Hwy 119, by 2/9. Info: BayAreaChess.com/superswiss12. NS, NC, W.
uschess.org ratings usually used if otherwise unrated. Special rules: Alabaster, AL 35007. Open (K-12): EF: $20; Middle (K-8), Elementary (K-
1) Players must submit to a search for electronic devices if requested 4): EF: $10, if mailed by FEB 25th. Trophy: Top 3 Individual, Medals Feb. 11, Pleasanton Taco Bell Swiss at Hilton
by Director. In round 3 or after, players with scores of 80% or over and 4th-6th. Late REG.: MAR 3rd at 8AM. Rds.: 9-10:15-12-1:15-2:30. Checks Hilton, 7050 Johnson Dr., Pleasanton. Trophies: Players w/winning
their opponents may not use headphones, earphones, cell phones or go payable to: Caesar Chess. ENT: Caesar Chess LLC, 5184 Caldwell Mill record, teams w/2+ players. Sched: Reg 9-9:30a. Games 10a-2p. 3 Sec-
to a different floor of the hotel without Director permission. Ent: Conti- Road, Suite 204 - 202, Birmingham, AL 35244. Info: CaesarChess@yahoo. tions: u500 5xG/30, u900 5xG/30, 900+ 4xG/45. EF: $33 by 2/9, Onsite
nental Chess, Box 249, Salisbury Mills, NY 12577. Questions: com/www.AlabamaChess.com. +$15. Info/flyer: BayAreaChess.com/tacobell12. NS. NC.
www.chesstour.com, DirectorAtChess.US, 845-496-9658. You may request Mar. 30-Apr. 1 or Mar. 31-Apr. 1, 10th Annual Southern Class Cham- Feb. 18-20, 29th Annual U.S. Amateur Team Championship West
lowest possible section if July rating unknown. $15 service charge for pionships (FL) See Nationals.
refunds. Advance entries will be posted at chesstour.com. Bring set, board, See Grand Prix. Mar. 3-4, 2012 U.S. Junior Chess Congress
clock if possible- none supplied. Chess Magnet School JGP. See Nationals.
Jul. 28-Aug. 1, Maryland Arizona Mar. 9-11 or 10-11, 19th annual Western Class Championships (CA-
Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 150 Feb. 23-26 or 25-26, Southern Rocky Fide Open (NM)
2012 Washington International S)
See Grand Prix. See Grand Prix.
9SS, 40/90, SD/30 inc/30. Rockville Hilton, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville,
MD 20852, 301-468-0308. Guaranteed Prizes: $5000-3000-2000-1000- Feb. 25, Liulia Cardona's Tempe Open Mar. 16-18 or 17-18, Bay Area Chess Spring Open
900-800-700-600-500-500, top U2500 $700-300, top U2300 $700-300. 4 round, USCF rated tournament; SECTIONS: USCF: 2000 & up/1600- See Grand Prix.
(minimum 2100 FIDE to play. FIDE ratings used for pairings and 1999/1200-1599/U1200. ASCF: U1000; G/60 for the top 4 sections. Mar. 31, Santa Clara County Elementary Championship
prizes). Sets, board and clocks provided. GM and IM norms pos- G/30 for U1000; ROUND TIMES: 4 top sections: 9am/11:15am/1:30pm/ Harker Middle, 3800 Blackford Ave., San Jose. Trophies: Top 7 players
sible. Free Continental breakfast every morning. Optionally, pairings 3:30pm. 5:30pm Ceremony. U/1000: 9am/10:15am/12:00pm/1:15pm. & Top 5 teams in each section. 7 sections based on grade KG-6. Sched:
can be texted to your phone. EF: GMs, non-US IMs, or FIDE over 2500 2:30pm Ceremony. PRIZES: $200 1st, $100 2nd 2000 & up/ Top 3 trophies Reg. 8:30-9a. KG, Gr 1 2 3: 5xG/30 games 9:30, 10:45, 12:30, 1:45, 3.
Free, US IMs, non-US FIDE rated, or FIDE over 2400 $200, FIDE over 2300 in 1600-1999, 1200-1599, and U1200/ Top 5 U1000 plus best U800 and Gr 4 5 6: 4xG/45 games 9:30, 11:15, 1:15, 3. EF: $37 by 3/28. Info/flyer:
$300, FIDE over 2200 $400, FIDE under 2200 $500. All $25 more after U600; ENTRY FEE: $20 by 2/22, $23 by 2/23, $26 by 2/24, $30 at site. BayAreaChess.com/santaclara12. NS, NC, W.
6/1, $50 more after 6/29, $75 more after 7/24, $100 more at the door. $10 to play up. TO REGISTER: chessemporium.com, call 602-482-4867.
Special EFs: ALL EFs $50 less, if staying at the Hilton. Schedule: Reg SITE: 1835 E. Elliot Rd., Tempe, AZ. Apr. 7, May 6, Bay Area Chess4Less Quads
ends Sat 10 am, rds 7/28-7/31:11&6, Wed 8/1 10am. HR: $98. Ent: MCA, 1639A S. Main St., Milpitas. Trophies for winning record. Sched: Check-
Mar. 9-11 or 10-11, 19th annual Western Class Championships in by: 3:15p, 3xG/30. Games: 3:45-6. EF: $19 by Wed before tourney.
c/o Michael Regan, 1827 Thornton Ridge Rd., Towson, MD 21204. More (CA-S)
information, link for hotel reservation & online entry at: http://washing- Info/flyer: BayAreaChess.com/chess4less. NS. NC.
See Grand Prix.
ton internationalchess.com. Chess Magnet School JGP. Apr. 7, May 6, Bay Area Chess 4 Less Swiss
May 4-6 or 5-6, Western Amateur (CA-S)
See California, Southern. 1639A S. Main St., Milpitas. Trophies: Players w/winning record, teams
Regional California, Northern
w/2+ players. Sched: Reg. 8:30-9a. Games: 9:30a-2p. 3 Sections: u500
5xG/30, u900 5xG/30, 900+ 4xG/45. EF: $27 by Wed before tourney.
Info/flyer: BayAreaChess.com/chess4less. NS. NC.
Alabama Capital City C. C. Sundays Chess for Kids
A Heritage Event! A State Championship Event!
Round Table Pizza, 3005 Freeport Blvd., Sacramento. Quads (3/RR). T/C: Apr. 20 or 21 or 22 or 21-22, CalChess State Scholastics Champi-
Feb. 18-19, Queen of Hearts - 40th Annual G/30 w/5 Second Delay. RDS.: 12pm/Ongoing. PRIZES: 1st - Trophy or
5SS, TC: 30/90; SD/30. AUM Taylor Center. 7401 East Dr., Montgomery, onship 2012
Inscribed Chess Clock, 1st thru 4th - Medals or Pins. TIE-BREAK: G/7 w/3 Note corrections: Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great America
AL 36117. OPEN ($$b/25): $325-200-150-A:125-U1800: $100; RESERVE Second Delay. EF: $20 (Includes $5 Food Gift Certificate). REG.: 11am at
($$ b/25): $275-150-125-E:100-U1000: $75. Late REG.: FEB 18th, 8- Pkwy. Park free. Hotel $109: Hyatt Regency, 5101 Great America Pkwy.,
Site Only. DIRECTOR: John C. Barnard 209-450-6133. JohnCharles Santa Clara. Main Event: Trophies to all KG & top 20 players (winning
8:45am. Rds.: 9-2-7; 9-2:30. EF: $40; if mailed by FEB 11th; $50 at site. Barnard@gmail.com, capitalcitychessclub.com.
SCHOLASTIC (K-12): 5SS, TC: G/30. PREMIER (UNR-1200) and NOVICE record) in each section. Medals to others. K-3 u900 sections: Sat 9a. K
(K-8; Not Rated): EF: $20/$10; if mailed by FEB 11th, $10 more at site. Feb. 11, Pleasanton Taco Bell Quads at Hilton & 4-6 u750: Sun 9a. Blitz Fr 6-8:30p. Bughouse Sa 6-8:30p. EF by 4/10:
Trophy: Top 3; Medals 4th-6th. Rds.: 9-10:15-12-1:15, 2:30. Checks Hilton, 7050 Johnson Dr., Pleasanton. Trophies: Players w/winning 1-day $48, 2-day $60. Onsite+$40. Apr Supp & TD disc to place players.
payable to: Montgomery Chess Club. ENT: Montgomery Chess Club, record. Sched: Check-in 4p, Games 4:30-6:30p. 3xG/30. EF: $25 by Info/reg: CalChessScholastics.org. Quest: ask@BayAreaChess.com.
2625 Burkelaun Dr., Montgomery, AL 36111. Info: ChessClubMont 2/9, Onsite +$15. Info/flyer: BayAreaChess.com/tacobell12. NS. NC. USCF+CalChess Mem reqd. NS, NC, W.
gomery@gmail.com/www.AlabamaChess.com. Chess Magnet Feb. 11, Pleasanton Taco Bell $uperSwiss at Hilton May 4-6 or 5-6, Western Amateur (CA-S)
School JGP. Hilton, 7050 Johnson Dr., Pleasanton. Prize: $1,000 b/44. Sched: Reg See California, Southern.

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number of tournament entries allowed for the year for each player is ten. Note: Prize fund based on 200 entries 1st-place prize merchandise credit of $30.
and may be decreased proportionately per number of entries assigned. ENTRY FEE: $10.
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with class-level pairings.
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See previous issue for TLAs appearing February 1-14

May 26-28 or 27-28, Best of the West Class Championship online through chesstour.com. Ent: Continental Chess, Box 249, Salisbury website in case of inclement weather: newtownchessclub.wetpaint.com.
See Grand Prix. Mills, NY 12577. $15 service charge for refunds. Questions: www.chess Arrive early, space is limited. NS, NC, W.
May 27, Azhar Memorial NorCal Grade Level Champ tour.com, DirectorAtChess.US, 845-496-9658. Advance entries posted at Mar. 31, 2012 CT Open State Championship
Marriott, 2700 Mission College Blvd., Santa Clara, CA. Hotel $89. Trophies: chesstour.com. Chess Magnet School JGP. See Grand Prix.
Top 20 players & Top 10 teams in ea section. 8 sections: KG 1 2 3 4 5 6
7-12. Sched: Reg. 8:30-9a. K-3: 5xG/30 games 9:30 11 12:30 1:50 Colorado Mar. 31, 2012 New Haven Scholastic Championship
5-SS, G/30. Hopkins School, 986 Forest Rd., New Haven, CT. 06515.
3:15. Gr 4-12: 4xG4/5 games 9:30 11:20 1:15 3:15. EF by 5/22: $39. Info: Feb. 23-26 or 25-26, Southern Rocky Fide Open (NM) Three Sections: U1200, U1000, U800/unrated. EF: $50 Online or mail,
BayAreaChess.com/grade12. NS, NC, W. See Grand Prix. $100 at site. Trophies: Top 5 each section, Top 3 Scholastic Teams. ONE
DAY Reg.: 9:00-9:45. Rd. 1 10am then asap. Register Online: www.edu
California, Southern Mar. 10-11, Manitou Springs: COLORADO SPRINGS OPEN
5-SS, Rds. 1-3 40/90 and G/1; Rds. 4-5 40/2 and G/1. Manitou Springs techchess.com or www.CTChess.com.

The premier chess club in Southern California! (310) 795-


Los Angeles CHESS CLUB City Hall, 606 Manitou Ave., One open section. EF: $30 if rec'd by March Apr. 4-8, 5-8, 6-8 or 7-8, 6th annual Philadelphia Open (PA)
5710 * www.LAChessClub.com. The premier chess club
8, $35 at site. $8 EF discount for juniors, seniors, unrated. CSCA required, See Grand Prix.
in Southern California! Saturdays: 10AM-10 pm (Novice
($15, jrs & srs 10), OSA. Cash prizes per entries. Registration: 8:30-9:30,
Class & 3 Tournaments) Sundays: 12-6 & 1-5 pm
Rds. 10, 2:30, 7:00; 9:00 AM, 3:00. Entries to: Richard Buchanan, 1 Suther- Apr. 27-29 or 28-29, 23rd annual Vermont Resort Open (VT)
See Grand Prix.
(Beginner class & 2 Tournaments) Details on our web
land Rd., Manitou Springs, CO 80829. Phone (719) 685-1984 or e-mail
site Tuesdays: 7:30-9:30 pm (Intermediate/Advance
buckpeace@pcisys.net. COLORADO TOUR EVENT. Chess Magnet School
Delaware
Lecture) 11514 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
JGP.
90025 * (310) 795-5710 (4 blocks 405 West, Santa May 4-6 or 5-6, Western Amateur (CA-S) Newark Chess Club
Monica& Butler * 2nd Floor above Javan Restaurant) See California, Southern. 4-SS, G/75. USCF-rated games every Thursday 7-10 PM. 345 School
* Group Classes * Tournaments * Private (1:1) Lessons.
Bell Rd., Bear, DE 19701. For a full year of weekly games $22 for in-state
Connecticut players, $15 out-of-state! www.newarkchessclub.blogspot.com, newark
chess@gmail.com. Chess Magnet School JGP.
Feb. 4&5, 18&19, 25&26, LACC - Sat & Sun G/61
6SS, G/61. 11514 Santa Monica Blvd., LA 90025, 2nd fl. EF: $45 ($35 LACC Feb. 4, Brown University Open (RI)
memb). Reg.: 11-12 pm. Rds.: 12, 2, 4 pm each day. Prizes: 1/2 collec- See Rhode Island. Florida
tions. Parking: Free at BoA and streets ($3 basement). Info: 310/795- Feb. 11, Blizzard Open Boca Raton Chess Club
5710 or Mick@LAChessClub.com. Chess Magnet School JGP. CH Booth Library, 25 Main St., 3rd Fl., Newtown, CT 06470, 100 yds. south Friday nights, Game 90 Tournament, one game a week for 4 weeks.
Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25, LACC - LA Masters G/30 of Flagpole on Rte. 25. 3SS, G/45. Prizes: $$ per entries. Rds.: 12:15, www.bocachess.com, 561-479-0351. Chess Magnet School JGP.
3SS, G/30. 11514 Santa Monica Blvd., LA, 90025, 2nd Fl. 4 blks W 405. and as available thereafter. EF: $15 at door only. Reg.: 11:30-12. Info:
licensingagent@yahoo.com. Check website in case of inclement weather: Epicure Grand Prix Series at Miami Country Day
EF: $30 ($20 memb). Reg.: 5-6 pm. Rds.: 6, 7, 8 pm. Prizes: ($180 Scholastic and Non-Scholastic Sections. More info at: www.bocachess.com
b/10, 75%); Parking: Free at BoA ($3 basement). Info: 310/795-5710. newtownchessclub.wetpaint.com. Arrive early, space is limited. NS, NC,
W. or call 954-421-8222 or 561-479-0351.
Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25, LACC - Sat Nite Blitz (G/5) (QC) Pine Crest School Scholastic Grand Prix Series, Boca Raton
5DSS, (10 Games). 11514 Santa Monica Blvd., LA, 90025, 2nd fl. 4 blks Feb. 25, Mikhail Tal Memorial
More info at: www.bocachess.com or call 561-479-0351.
W 405. EF: $10. Q-rated. Reg.: 8-9 pm. Rds.: 9, 9:20, 9:40, 10, 10:20. CH Booth Library, 25 Main St., 3rd Fl., Newtown, CT 06470, 100 yds. south
Prizes: 1/2 EF. Parking: Free on Butler ($3 basement). of Flagpole on Rte. 25. 3SS or 3RR, depending on number of entries and South Florida Chess Club
ratings, G/45. Prizes: $$ per entries. Rds.: 12:15, and as available Wednesday's 6:30-10:30pm. Rated G/90 Tournaments and skittles. Most
Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25, LACC - Saturday G/61 thereafter. EF: $15 at door only. Reg.: 11:30-12. Info: licensingagent@ tournaments are 4+ rounds Call 561-573-3677 or 954-304-0928 or
3SS, G/61. 11514 Santa Monica Blvd., LA, 90025, 2nd fl. ($320 b/20), yahoo.com. Check website in case of inclement weather: newtownchess email southfloridachessclub@gmail.com or visit www.SouthFloridaChess
$100/50/30; U1800-1200:$50/40/30/20. EF: $25 ($20 memb). Reg.: 11- club.wetpaint.com. Arrive early, space is limited. NS, NC, W. Club.com. Chess Magnet School JGP.
12 pm. Rds.: 12, 2, 4 pm. Parking: basement ($3). Info: 310/795-5710.
Mar. 2-4 or 3-4, 21st annual Eastern Class Championships (MA) Feb. 4, February OCG Open
Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26, LACC - Sunday G/61 See Grand Prix. Orlando Chess and Games Center. 4SS, G/75. EF: $30. PF: $650 b/30
3SS, G/61. 11514 Santa Monica Blvd., LA, 90025 2nd fl. ($320 b/20), $250-$150-$100 best U-1600, U-1200, $75 each. Reg.: 9:15-9:45 am.
$100/50/30; U1800-1200:$50/40/30/20. EF: $25 ($20 memb). Reg.: 11- Mar. 10, Fischer Memorial
RDS.: 10am-12:30pm-3pm-6pm, www.orlandochess.com. Info: call 407-
12 pm. Rds.: 12, 2, 4 pm. Parking: Free at BoA and streets ($3 basement). CH Booth Library, 25 Main St., 3rd Fl., Newtown, CT 06470, 100 yds. south
248-0818 or email alex@orlandochess.com. Chess Magnet School
Info: 310/795-5710. of Flagpole on Rte.25. 3SS, G/45. Prizes: $$ per entries. Rds.: 12:15, and
JGP.
as available thereafter. EF: $15 at door only. Reg.: 11:30-12. Info:
Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26, LACC - Every Sunday Chess 4 Jrs. licensingagent@yahoo.com. Check website in case of inclement weather: Feb. 11, February OCG Quick Open (QC)
4 separate events 2 Sections: 1000+ & U1000 (latest ratings used), newtownchessclub.wetpaint.com. Arrive early, space is limited. NS, NC, Orlando Chess and Games Center. 6SS, G/29. EF: $30. PF: $650 b/30:
5SS, G/30. 11514 Santa Monica Blvd., LA, 90025, 2nd fl. 4 blocks W 405. W. $250-$150-$100, U-1600, U-1200 $75 each. Reg.: 9:15-9:55 am. RDS.:
EF: $25 ($20 LACC memb, $10 off siblings, Free new LACC memb). Reg.: 10-11-12:30-1:30-2:30-3:30, www.orlandochess.com. Info: call 407-248-
12-1 pm. Rds.: 1, 2, 3, 4 pm; Prizes: Trophies (Top 3) & Medals (rest); Mar. 16-18 or 17-18, Long Island Open (NY)
0818 or email alex@orlandochess.com.
each player receives a prize! Parking: Free at BoA and streets. Free See Grand Prix.
snacks & free class (12-1). Info: (310) 795-5710 or Mick@LAChessClub. Feb. 17-19 or 18-19, 2012 U.S. Amateur Team Championship -
A State Championship Event! South
com. Mar. 24, 2012 K-6, K-8, K-12 Connecticut Scholastic Champi- See Nationals.
onships
Feb. 11-12, What's in a Name? Held at RLMS on the Same Day! (A CT State Chess Association (CSCA) Feb. 25, February Scholastic Tournament
See Grand Prix.
sanctioned event hosted by the Roger Ludlowe Middle School PTA and Orlando Chess and Games Center. 5SS, G/30. EF: $30. Trophies and
Feb. 18-19, LACC - Sat & Sun G/90 DJA Chess Instruction) 5SS, G/30. Roger Ludlowe Middle School (RLMS), medals to all players, awards at 3:30 pm. Reg.: 9:15-9:55 am. RDS.: 10-
4SS, G/90. 11514 Santa Monica Blvd., LA 90025, 2nd fl. EF: $45 ($35 LACC 689 Unquowa Rd., Fairfield, CT 06824, (203) 255-8345 (I-95 exit 21 Mill 11-12-1:30-2:30, www.orlandochess.com. Info: call 407-248-0818 or
memb). Reg.: 11-12 pm. Rds.: 12, 3 pm each day. Prizes: 1/2 collections. Plain Road). Out of state players: prize and scholarship eligible except email alex@orlandochess.com.
Parking: Free on Butler ($3 basement). Info: 310/795-5710 or for 2012 Dewain Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions awards. Mar. 3, March OCG Open
Mick@LAChessClub.com. Chess Magnet School JGP. Championship Sections: Middle School (Grades 6 through 8), Elemen- Orlando Chess and Games Center. 4SS, G/75. EF: $30. PF: $650 b/30:
Feb. 18-20, The Recession Buster Open (over Presidents' Day tary (Grades 4 and 5), Primary (Grades 2 and 3), First Grade, Kindergarten; $250-$150-$100 best U-1600, U-1200, $75 each. Reg.: 9:15-9:45 am.
weekend) Novice Sections: Middle School (Grades 6 through 8 U1000), Elemen- RDS.: 10am-12:30pm-3pm-6pm, www.orlandochess.com. Info: call 407-
See Grand Prix. tary (Grades 4 and 5 U800), Primary (Grades 2 and 3 U600); EF: $55 if 248-0818 or email alex@orlandochess.com. Chess Magnet School
postmarked by 3/11; $75 by 3/18; $100 by 3/23 or later. NO ONSITE JGP.
Feb. 23-26 or 25-26, Southern Rocky Fide Open (NM) ENTRIES! Entry Fee includes $5 CSCA annual membership and participa-
See Grand Prix. tion fee. RDS.: 9:15-11:30-1:00-2:30-4:00 or as soon as possible if Mar. 10, March OCG Quick Open (QC)
Mar. 9-11 or 10-11, 19th annual Western Class Championships round finishes earlier; team pairings in rounds 1-4 only. Awards Cere- Orlando Chess and Games Center. 6SS, G/29. EF: $30. PF: $650 b/30:
See Grand Prix. mony: 6:00 PM. Grade Champion Plaques: Grade champions will be $250-$150-$100, U-1600, U-1200 $75 each. Reg.: 9:15-9:55 am. RDS.:
awarded for each grade in the Championship and Premier sections. A 10-11-12:30-1:30-2:30-3:30, www.orlandochess.com. Info: call 407-248-
Mar. 17, Joshua Tree March Madness Grade champion will be awarded for each grade; Top CT resident or top 0818 or email alex@orlandochess.com.
4SS, G/60, T/D:0. Reg.: 8-9:15. Rnds. 9:30, 11:45, 2:45, 5:00. Faith out-of-state resident attending a CT school full-time receives a plaque
Lutheran Church, 6336 Hallee Rd., Joshua Tree. (2 blks N. of Hwy 62). EF: Mar. 30-Apr. 1 or Mar. 31-Apr. 1, 10th Annual Southern Class Cham-
as top overall CT grade champion of that section. Championship and Pre- pionships
$30. Prizes: 70% EF. Info and Ent: Mark Muller, P.O. Box 502, 29 Palms, mier Section; The highest scoring Connecticut player in the Middle School
CA 92277, (760)367-2311, Email: muller29@roadrunner.com. NS, NC, W. See Grand Prix.
Championship Section will be awarded the K-8 Open State Champion Title
Apr. 27-29, 2012 National Junior High (K-9) Championship and eligibility for the 2012 Dewain Barber Tournament of K-8 Cham- Georgia
See Nationals. pions; $300 CSCA grant applied as assistance in travel expenses to this
national tournament event for the winner. Trophy Prizes Based on 50 Mar. 30-Apr. 1 or Mar. 31-Apr. 1, 10th Annual Southern Class Cham-
May 4-6 or 5-6, Western Amateur pionships (FL)
5SS, 40/2, SD/1, d/5 (2-day option, rds 1-2 G/75, d/5). Sheraton Four entries PER SECTION (400 total entries). Trophy Prizes may be scaled down
(or up). Individual and team trophies to be awarded as follows: Trophies See Grand Prix.
Points LAX, 9750 Airport Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045. Special parking
$5/day. $$10,000 guaranteed. In 5 sections. Under 2300: $1000-500- to top 10; Trophies to top 5 unrated in each Premier Section. Team tro-
300-200, top Under 2100/Unr $400-200. FIDE. Under 2000: $1000- phies to top 10 in each section; Large medals to all non-trophy winners;
500-300-200, top Under 1800 $400-200. Under 1700: $800-500-300-200, Top 10 schools combined sections team awards. All Sections: 3/2012
top Under 1500 $400-200. Under 1400: $600-300-200-100, top Under
1200 $300-150. Under 1100: $400-200-100-50, trophies to top 3,1st Under
900, Under 700, Under 500, Unrated. Unrated may not win over $200 in
Supplement used for Ratings and Pairings; Minimum of 2 players com-
prise a team, top 4 scores counted as team score. Team Rooms:
Available through the RLMS PTA at $100/room/day. Contact Mrs. Laura
DROPPING OUT?
Bernaschina (lamb5@optonline.net) for reservations and details. ENT:
U1100, $300 U1400, or $500 U1700. Top 3 sections EF: 3-day $83, 2-
day $82 mailed by 4/26, all $85 online at chesstour.com by 5/1, $90 DJA Chess Instruction, 248 Mill Street, Southington, CT 06489. NO Have to miss a round?
PHONE ENTRIES. Please include name, grade, school, section, USCF ID#,
phoned to 406-896-2038 by 5/1 (entry only, no questions), $100 (no
Exp. Date, home address, birth date, parent home and work phone num- It is very important that you
checks, credit cards OK) at site. U1400 Section EF: All $20 less than top
3 sections EF. U1100 Section EF: All $40 less than top 3 sections EF. All: bers, parents' names, e-mail address, and name of adult supervisor if
re-entry $60. Unofficial uschess.org ratings usually used if other
unrated. Special 1 year USCF dues with magazine if paid with entry.
under 16. INCOMPLETE ENTRIES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. NOTE: MAKE
CHECKS PAYABLE TO: CT ST SCHOLASTIC CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP. Info: NOTIFY THE DIRECTOR
Online at chesstour.com, Adult $30, Young Adult $20, Scholastic$15. DJA Chess Instruction office (860) 628-6777. before pairings are made, so no one
Mailed, phoned or paid at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $30, Scholastic $20. Mar. 24, Newtown Spring Open is deprived of a game! If you forfeit
3-day schedule: Reg ends Fri 6 pm, rds. Fri 7 pm, Sat 11 & 6, Sun 10 CH Booth Library, 25 Main St., 3rd Fl., Newtown, CT 06470, 100 yds. south
& 4:15. 2-day schedule: Reg ends Sat 10 am, rds. Sat 11, 2:30 & 6, Sun of Flagpole on Rte.25. 3SS, G/45. Prizes: $$ per entries. Rds.: 12:15, and without notice, you may be FINED
10 & 4:15. All: Half point byes OK all, limit 2, must commit before rd 3. as available thereafter. In 2 Sections: Open, Under 1200/Unrated. up to the amount of the entry fee!
HR: $89-89, 1-800-529-4683, 310-649-7025; reserve by 4/20 or rate may Unrated may not win more than 50% of prizes. EF: Both Sections: $15
increase. Car rental: Avis, 800-331-1600, AWDD657633, or reserve car at door only. Reg.: 11:30-12. Info: licensingagent@yahoo.com. Check

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Tournament Life

Idaho A State Championship Event! Mar. 16-18 or 17-18, 16th annual Mid-America Open (MO)
Mar. 2-4, 2012 Illinois K-8 State Championships See Grand Prix.
A State Championship Event! 7SS. Clock Tower Resort, 7801 State St., Rockford, IL 61108, (815)398- Mar. 17-18, 48th Greater Peoria Open
Feb. 18-20, 2012 Idaho Closed State Championship 6000 Toll Free: 1-800-358-7666, rooms: $95 (single-quad), Free Wi-Fi at 5 SS, G/120 T/d5. Lakeview Museum, 1125 Lake Ave., Peoria, IL 61614.
IDAHO RESIDENT'S ONLY! Chief TD: Jay Simonson. AmeriTel Inn (Boise hotel, free parking, indoor water park, video arcade. Four Sections: K- EF: $35 by 3/12, $45 at site, $20 Unr, $0 to Masters, $5 disc't ICA memb,
Towne Square), 7965 W. Emerald St., Boise, ID 83704. 208-378-7000. 6SS, 1 (G/25 d/5), Grades 2-3 (G/40 d/5), Grades 4-5 (G/55 d/5), Grades 6-8 $3 disc't GPCF memb. $$GTD: 80% of EFs. REG.: 8:30-9:30. RDS.: 9:45-
30/120, SD/60, d5. Annual ICA Business Meeting beginning at 8 AM prior (G/55 d5). Entry Fee: $35 postmarked by 2/20/12 USPS (or $35 on-line 2:15-6:30, 9:30-2:00. INFO: Bye 1-4. www.gpcf.net. ENT: Wayne Zimmerle,
to rnd 3. Rds.: 9, 4, 10, 4:30, 8, 3. Byes: One 1/2 pt Bye, rnds 1-5, One by 2/20, 6 pm); $50 postmarked 2/21 2/27 or On-Line by 3/1/12, 514 W Loucks #2, Peoria, IL 61604, 309-692-4480 day, 309-686-0192
0 pt bye avail rnd 6, must notify TD before rnd 2. Reg. & Ck in: 7:30-8:30 6 pm, or on-site by 3/2/12(on-site entries after 3/2/12 cannot be guar- night, wzim@sbcglobal.net. Chess Magnet School JGP.
Sat Feb 18. One Section: Open. EF: $35 (includes $10 ICA Membership) anteed pairing for round 1, instead they may receive 1/2 point bye
if registered by February 14, 2012. $30 (includes $10 ICA Membership) round 1). Must be current USCF member by 8:30 am, 3/3 to be paired. Mar. 18, Knights Quest #75
for Seniors (60+) and Juniors (under 18) if registered by February 14, Checks payable only to Chess Central. Awards: Individual: 1st-25th 4SS, G/30,d5. Renaissance Chicago North Shore Hotel, 933 Skokie Blvd.,
2012. $50 (includes $10 ICA Membership) for EVERYONE if registered after Place in each section (K-1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-8). Grade Awards: 1st-2nd each Northbrook, IL. Presented by Renaissance Knights Chess Foundation.
February 14, 2012. Optional Northwest Chess memberships available for grade. Class Awards: 1st-2nd Place with several classes per section. Com- USCF Rated Sections: Open (K-12 & Adults), U1400 (K-12 & Adults),
additional $15. Prizes: Trophies or plaques, 1st, 2nd, 3rd Overall; 1st, X, memorative medal or ribbon to all players. Teams: 1st-10th Place in each U1000 (K-8) & U600 (K-8). Awards: Top 5 each section, Top 2 teams
A, Woman, Junior, Senior, Unrated; 1st-2nd, B thru E. HR: $69.95 men- section. Special Sportsmanship trophy! Schedule: Opening Ceremony Sat., (except open), medals all others. Reg.: 12:00-12:30 pm. Rds.: 1 at 1:00
tion chess, 208-378-7000. Contact: Jay Simonson, rooknjay@yahoo.com, 3/2/12 at 9:30 am. K-1: Sat. 10-12:30-2-3:30, Sun. 9-10:30-12:30; pm, rest ASAP. EF: $25 by 3/12, $30 after, $35 on-site. Online Registra-
391 Carol Ave., Idaho Falls, ID 83401, 208-206-7667. NC, NS, W. Chess Grades 2-3: Sat. 10-12:30-2:30-4:30 Sun. 9-11-1; Grades 4-5 & Grades tion: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=
Magnet School JGP. 6-8: Sat. 10-12:45-3:15-5:45 Sun. 9-11:30-2. Side Events: Bughouse a07e5a13wj1a2054394&11r=m1wzh4bab. Mail-in Reg: Renaissance
Tournament Fri, 3/2/12, 6:15 7:45 pm. EF at site only: $20 per team ($10 Knights, PO Box 1074, Northbrook, IL 60065. $5 discount to siblings and
Illinois for individuals and we help you create a team) FREE INDIVIDUAL BUG- team members when registering together. Info: www.rknights.org, 773-
844-0701.
HOUSE ENTRY WITH RECEIPT FOR BOTH BLITZ & PUZZLE SOLVING!
5500 W. Touhy Ave., Suite A, Skokie, IL 60077,
North Shore Chess Center Registration closes at 5:45 pm, Fri, 3/2/12. One section only, K-8. Bug- Apr. 20-22, 2012 All-Girls National Championships presented by the
847.423.8626, www.nachess.org/nscc. Multiple monthly
house Awards: 1st-3rd Place. Blitz Tournament 5 SS Fri, 3/2/12, Kasparov Chess Foundation in association with the Renaissance
chess events: Quick and Regular rated tournaments,
8-9:30 pm, $15 postmarked by 2/20/12 or on-line 2/20/12 until 6 pm, Knights Chess Foundation & USCF
FIDE amateur tournaments, simuls and lectures by
$20 USPS post marked 2/21/12 - 2/27/12, or on-site or on-line until See Nationals.
masters. Private & Group lessons for all ages and
3/1/12, 6 pm. Registration on site closes at 7:30 pm, 3/2/12. Blitz
May 24-28, 25-28, 26-28 or 27-28, 21st annual Chicago Open
strengths available. Home of the Chicago Blaze US
Awards: Individual: 1st-5th plus class awards. Puzzle Solving Contest: See Grand Prix.
Chess League team. Contact: Sevan A. Muradian Inter-
Sat. 3/3/12, 6:30 pm, Puzzle Solving Prizes: 1st-5th overall; 1st-5th
national Arbiter & International Organizer - sevan@na
U1000, EF: USPS: $15 postmarked by 2/20/12 or On-line until 2/20/12, Indiana
chess.org.
6 pm. $20 USPS post marked 2/21/12 - 2/27/12 or on-line by 3/2/12,
6pm or at site by 5:45 pm. Awards Ceremony for Blitz/Bug house/ Puz Every Second Saturday of the Month
zle Solving: Sun, 9 am. K-8 Awards Ceremony: Sun, 3/4/12, 5:30-7 4SS, G/61d5. Donatos Pizza, 825 W 10th St., Indianapolis. Reg.: 11-
Feb. 12, Knights Quest #74 11:30AM, Rd 1, 11:40AM. $$:b/20 1st $200; 2nd $100; Class (A, B,) (C,
pm. Enter tournament on line (except Bughouse) at http://chessweek-
4SS, G/30,d5. Renaissance Chicago North Shore Hotel, 933 Skokie Blvd., D, E, Unr) $70 each. Prizes increased if + 20. EF: $27 - $5.00 BD month,
end. com. Checks payable only to Chess Central (no checks to
Northbrook, IL. Presented by Renaissance Knights Chess Foundation. - $5.00 for any state association (except ISCA), OCCC Memb.req'd Memb.
USCF or Mike Zacate): Mail registrations with name-contact info-
USCF Rated Sections: Open (K-12 & Adults), U1400 (K-12 & Adults), includes magazine+. FIDE Titled Players Free. Ent: Donald Urquhart, 501
grade-birthday-team/school-uscf ID & exp.-address-city-zip-e-mail
U1000 (K-8) & U600 (K-8). Awards: Top 5 each section, Top 2 teams N. East St. # 802, Indianapolis, IN 46204. Info: at 317-634-6259 or e-
address-coach name & contact info to: Mike Zacate, 9401 Birch Ave.,
(except open), medals all others. Reg.: 12:00-12:30 pm. Rds.: 1 at 1:00 mail akakarpov@att.net. 3 entries in a class req'd for that class prize
Mokena, IL 60448. Updated info/Hotels/On-Line Entries: http://chess-
pm, rest ASAP. EF: $25 by 2/6, $30 after, $35 on-site. Online Registra- to be awarded. Chess Magnet School JGP.
weekend.com. $10 service charge for on-site changes, and all refunds.
tion: http://events.r20constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=mlwzh
Bookdealer scheduled to be there. Orange Crush Chess Club Friday Night Blitz (QC)
4bab&oeidk=a07e5a1217j49897fla. Mail-in Reg: Renaissance Knights,
PO Box 1074, Northbrook, IL 60065. $5 discount to siblings and team mem- Mar. 10, 10th Annual Mark Oestreich Memorial Tournament Burger King, 410 E Morris St. (E. Morris St. and S. East St). Show your
bers when registering together. Info: www.rknights.org, 773-844-0701. Time controls: 30/70, then 40/60. No sudden death. Salem Community OCCC card for free upsize. Reg.: 6-6:25pm, starts at 6:30pm. Type: 3 RR
Center, 416 Oglesby St., Salem, IL. EF: $15.00. Prize fund: $360.00, based Quad, G/5d2, QC. EF: $8.00, $$4-Quad 1st $25.00. Ent: Donald Urquhart,
Feb. 17-19 or 18-19, 2012 U.S. Amateur Team Championship - North 501 N. East St., #802, Indianapolis, IN 46204. Info: Don at 317-634-6259
See Nationals. on 30. 1st $80, 2nd $40. Classes: A, B, C, D/E/Unrated $60.00 each. Reg-
istration: 8:009:15. Rounds: 9:30, 1:00, 5:00. Entries: Jim Davies or email akakarpov@att.net.
Feb. 24-26, Quad Cities Chess Championship at The Lodge (IA) 314-721-4967, 7358 Shaftesbury, St. Louis, MO 63130. jandadavies@ Mar. 16-18 or 17-18, 16th annual Mid-America Open (MO)
Across the river from Moline, IL. See Grand Prix. sbcglobal.net. See Grand Prix.

21st annual CHICAGO OPEN


May 24-28 (norms possible), 25-28, 26-28, 27-28 or 25-26, Westin North Shore Hotel
$100,000 PRIZE FUND UNCONDITIONALLY GUARANTEED!
Free lectures & analysis by GM John Fedorowicz, free entry to IMs, WGMs, foreign FMs
Open Section, May 24-28: 9 rounds, 5 days, 40/90, FIDE ratings used for Open, May official USCF for others.
SD/30, inc/30. 200 GPP. Unofficial web ratings usually used if otherwise unrated.
U2300 to U1300 sections: 7 rds, choice of 3 schedules. Prize limits: 1) If under 26 lifetime games as of 5/12 list,
4-day, 5/25-28, 40/2, SD/1, d/5. 3-day, 5/26-28, rds 1-2 G/75, limit $800 U1100, $1500 U1300, $2500 U1500. 2) If official
d/5, then 40/2, SD/1, d/5. 2-day, 5/27-28, rds 1-4 G/40, d/5, rating 5/11-4/12 or unofficial post-event rating posted 5/24/11-
then 40/2, SD/1, d/5. All merge & play for same prizes. 5/24/12 was/more than 30 pts over section max, limit $1500.
U1100 section: 7 rds, 5/25-26, G/40, d/5.
U900 section: 7 rds, 5/27-28, G/40, d/5. 5-day schedule (Open only): entries end Thu 6 pm, rds
Westin Chicago North Shore Hotel, 601 N Milwaukee Ave, Thu 7 pm, Fri 11 & 6, Sat 11 & 6, Sun 11 & 6, Mon 10 & 4:30.
Wheeling IL 60090. Free parking. In 9 sections: 4-day schedule: entries end Fri 6, rds Fri 7, Sat/Sun 11 &
6, Mon 10 & 4:30.
Open: $10000-5000-2500-1200-900-700-600-500-400- 3-day schedule: entries end Sat 10 am, rds Sat 11, 2:30
300, clear or tiebreak first $200 bonus, top FIDE U2500/unr & 6, Sun 11 & 6, Mon 10 & 4:30.
$2000-1000. FIDE rated, GM and IM norms possible. 2-day schedule: entries end Sun 9 am, rds Sun 10, 12, 2,
U2300: $5000-2500-1200-900-700-600-500-400-300-300. 3:45 & 6, Mon 10 & 4:30.
FIDE rated. U1100 schedule: Fri 7 pm & 9 pm, Sat 10, 12, 2, 3:45, 6.
U2100: $5000-2500-1200-900-700-600-500-400-300-300. U900 schedule: Sun 10, 12, 2, 3:45, Mon 10, 12, 2
U1900: $5000-2500-1200-900-700-600-500-400-300-300. Half point byes OK all, limit 4 (2 last 4 rds). Open must
U1700: $5000-2500-1200-900-700-600-500-400-300-300. commit before rd 2, others rd 4.
U1500: $4000-2000-1000-800-600-500-400-400-300-300.
U1300: $4000-2000-1000-800-600-500-400-300-300-300. Hotel rates: 1-4 in room $103, 800-937-8461, 847-777-
U1100: $1500-700-400-300-200-200-100-100. 6500, reserve by 5/11.
U900: $500-300-200, trophies to first 5, top U700, U500, Full details: see TLA this issue or chesstour.com. Bring
U300, Unrated. set, board, clock if possible- none supplied.
Unrated limits: U900 200, U1100 $400, U1300 $700, Entry: Chesstour.com or Continental Chess, Box 249,
U1500 $1000, U1700 $1500, U1900 $2000, U2100 $2500. Salisbury Mills NY 12577. $15 service charge for refunds.

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See previous issue for TLAs appearing February 1-14

May 24-28, 25-28, 26-28 or 27-28, 21st annual Chicago Open (IL) Ave., Catonsville, MD 21228. Info: Joe Summers 410-788-1009, joseph MI 49017. EF: (Add $10 after May 5, $15 at site) Open: 3 day $53; 2 day
See Grand Prix. as2@verizon.net. $52, IM/GMs free!(EF deducted from winnings). U1700: 3 day $43; 2 day
Feb. 25-26, UMBC Open - Alvin S. Mintzes Chess Tournament $42. U1000: $20. USCF and a State membership required(can be pur-
Iowa See Grand Prix. chased on site). Reg.: 3 day: Fri. 5-6:30. 2 day and 1 day: Sat. 9-11.
Feb. 24-26, Quad Cities Chess Championship at The Lodge TC: 3 day: Rds 1-3 G/2; Rds 4-5 40/2 SD/30. 2 day: Rds 1-2, G/60; Rd
Apr. 7, Philadelphia Open Action Quads (PA) 3 G/2; Rds 4-5 40/2 SD/30. 1 day (U1000): G/45. Rds.: 3 day: Fri. 7, Sat.
See Grand Prix. See Pennsylvania. 12-4:30, Sun. 10-3:30. 2 day: Sat. 11:30-2-4:30; Sun. 10-3:30. 1 day:
Mar. 16-18 or 17-18, 16th annual Mid-America Open (MO) Apr. 7, Philadelphia Open G/15 (QC) (PA) 11:45-2-3:45-5:30. Prizes: Open:(b/36) $1500-700, Top X-A-U1800/Unr
See Grand Prix. See Pennsylvania. $250. U1700: (b/36) $400-250, Top C-D-U1200/Unr $125. U1000: (b/22)
Mar. 24-25, TNT FIDE Rating Tournament $125-$75, Top 700-899, U700/Unr $50 (Unrated eligible for top/Unr
Apr. 8, Philadelphia Open Blitz & G/7 (QC) (PA) prizes only). Special Events: Blitz tournament: 7 Saturday. EF: 10 (
5 Rounds SS-Dual Rated-FIDE & USCF. Gentlemen Chess Club, 1101 W. See Pennsylvania.
4th St., Davenport, IA 52801. Reg. Onsite: 8:30AM-9:30AM, Sat., March 85% payout). IM/Gm Lecture-$10. Hotel: McCamly Plaza Hotel, Chess rate
24, 2012. Sections: Open to players with FIDE rating, USCF rating, or Apr. 27-29 or 28-29, 2012 Maryland Open $91/night, must reserve by Apr. 9th. Parking $8 a day. Info and Entries:
See Grand Prix. Stan Beckwith, 269-964-2927, 84 Bond Ave., Battle Creek, MI 49037-1907.
unrated. EF: $50.00. FREE for players with FIDE or USCF rating of 2200
and over. Prizes (Based on 14): 1st: $150, 2nd: $100; U1800 $75, $25 July 4-8, 5-8, 6-8, 2-8, 1-3 or 4-5, 40th Annual World Open (PA) Chess Magnet School JGP.
Best Unrated FIDE: $50. Prizes will be adjusted up based on atten- See Grand Prix. May 24-28, 25-28, 26-28, or 27-28, 21st annual Chicago Open (IL)
dance. Time Control for all 5 rounds: Game/90 + 30 sec cumulative Jul. 28-Aug. 1, 2012 Washington International See Grand Prix.
increment per move. Round Times: Sat., March 24; 1st Rd. 10:00AM, 2nd See Grand Prix.
Rd.: 3:00PM, 3rd Rd.: 7:30PM, Sun., March 25; 4th Rd.: 10:00AM, 5th Rd.: Minnesota
3:00PM. Entries: Advanced entries with entry fees quoted above must Massachusetts Apr. 13-15, 2012 National High School (K-12) Championship
be postmarked by March 23rd. All entries postmarked after this date or
submitted onsite will incur an additional $10. Make checks payable to Bill Feb. 4, Brown University Open (RI) See Nationals.
Broich. Mail entries to: Bill Broich, 7149 Wilshire Blvd., Windsor Heights, See Rhode Island.
May 24-28, 25-28, 26-28 or 27-28, 21st annual Chicago Open (IL)
IA 50324. Questions/information: broich01@yahoo.com. Other infor- Feb. 15, 22, 29, Mar. 7, 14, George E. O'Rourke Memorial See Grand Prix.
mation: One 1/2 - Pt Bye will be allowed in Rds. 1-4. Request for Byes 5SS, G/110. Wachusett CC, McKay Campus School, Room C159, Fitchburg
must be submitted during registration or by the end of Rd. 1. USCF
March 2012 Rating List will be used for pairing purposes. FIDE rules will
State University, 67 Rindge Rd., Fitchburg, MA 01420. EF: $1 per game
played or $20 annual club dues for all games played in 2012. Reg.: 7-7:10
Missouri
be used. p.m. Rds.: 7:15 p.m. Byes: 1-4, limit two. Prizes: chess books. Info: Feb. 11-12, 2012 Club Championship
George Mirijanian, 176 Oak Hill Rd., Fitchburg, MA 01420, miriling@ See Grand Prix.
May 24-28, 25-28, 26-28 or 27-28 21st annual Chicago Open (IL)
aol.com, 978-345-5011. Website: www.wachusettchess.org. Online rat- Feb. 18, 4th Annual Metro Saint Louis Class Championships
See Grand Prix.
ings as of Feb. 15 will be used. W. Chess Magnet School JGP. 3SS, G/85. Chess Club & Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, 4657 Maryland
Kansas A Heritage Event! Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63108. Free entries for GMs and IMs. EF: $35, $30
for annual members of the club if registered by 2/17. MCA membership
Feb. 25-26, 2012 87th W. Mass/Conn Valley
Mar. 16-18 or 17-18, 16th annual Mid-America Open (MO) req'd from $5. PF: $1,200 UNCONDITIONALLY GUARANTEED: $200 + Tro-
The Alumni House - Amherst College, 75 Churchill St., Amherst, MA
See Grand Prix. phy for 1st in each Section: M/X, A, B, C, D, U1200/UNR. Players must
01002. Two Sections: Two-Day: 5SS, G/90. EF: $30. $25 postmarked
by 2/20/2012. Reg.: 8:30am-9:15, Sat 2/25. Rds.: Sat: 9:30am, 1:30pm, compete in their own class. Winner of M/X Section qualifies for 2013 Club
Kentucky 5:30; Sun: 1:45pm, 5:15. One-Day: Sunday, 2/25, 5SS, 1-3 G/45; 4&5 Championship. Reg.: 9-9:45. Rds.: 10, 1:30, 5. One 1/2 point bye if
Feb. 11, The Nativity Academy Urban Chess Tournament G/90. EF: $25. $20 if postmarked by 2/20/2012. Reg.: 8:00am-8:15, Sun declared before round 1. MCA Membership required from $5. OSA. Ent:
529 East Liberty Street (www.mapquest.com), Louisville, KY. Registra- 2/26. Rds.: Sun: 8:30am, 10:15, 12:00pm, 1:45, 5:15. ALL: $2 discount 4657 Maryland Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63108, or online at saintlouischess
tion is from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. The first round starts promptly at 9:15 for WMCA members; $5 for members under 18. USCF Membership club.org. Info: 314-361-CHESS info@saintlouischessclub.org. Chess
a.m. and subsequent rounds as soon as possible. The entry fee is a mate- Required. 1st overall: revolving trophy and keeper, Trophy to top X, A, B, Magnet School JGP.
rial donation (soap, winter caps, scarves, toothbrushes, toothpaste, C, D, E, UNR. Limit of 1/2 point bye; specify round with entry. ENT: Mar. 3, 3's are Wild 3xtravaganza
toilet paper, dental floss, deodorant, etc.). All donated materials will be Payable to WMCA, c/o Ed Kostreba, 45 Fairview, Palmer, MA 01069. 3SS, G/85. Chess Club & Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, 4657 Maryland
given over to The Jefferson Street Baptist Center for distribution to INF: Ron Gist (413)695-7689, RonGist@ComCast.net. NS. NC. W. Chess Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63108. EF: $10, $3 for annual members of the club
homeless families (www.jeffersonstreet.org). The sections are unrated, Magnet School JGP. if registered by 3/2. 3 Sections: 1800+, 1400-1799, Under 1400. Win-
K/4, K/6 and K/8. The top 5 winners in each section (4) will be awarded Mar. 2-4 or 3-4, 21st annual Eastern Class Championships ner of each section receives a $33 Gift Certificate to the club. Winner of
trophies. This is a rated tournament. USCF membership is required. See Grand Prix. 1800+ Section qualifies for the 2013 Club Championship. Reg.: 9-9:45.
Contact: urbanlouisvillechess@yahoo.com for a registration form. Rds.: 10, 1:30, 5. One 1/2 point bye if declared before round 1. MCA Mem-
Access www.pottershousechess.com for more details on the tournament. Mar. 31, 2012 CT Open State Championship (CT) bership required from $5. OSA. Ent: 4657 Maryland Ave., Saint Louis, MO
See Grand Prix.
Mar. 16-18 or 17-18, 16th annual Mid-America Open (MO) 63108, or online at saintlouischessclub.org. Info: 314-361-CHESS,
See Grand Prix. Mar. 31, 2012 New Haven Scholastic Championship (CT) info@saintlouischessclub.org. Chess Magnet School JGP.
See Connecticut.
Mar. 24, Knights of Northern Kentucky Scholastic Chess Tourna- Mar. 10, Mizzou Quads
ment Apr. 27-29 or 28-29, 23rd annual Vermont Resort Open (VT) 3RR, G/70 d/5. UMC Memorial Union room S203, 518 Hitt St., Columbia,
5 Rounds, G/30 Rounds 1-3, G/45 Rounds 4-5. Rated (USCF member) $15 See Grand Prix. MO. Directions: From I-70 exit 126, south on Providence, east on Rollins,
and Non-rated/Novice $10 before 3/17/2012. RD 1 starts at 9:30 AM, July 4-8, 5-8, 6-8, 2-8, 1-3 or 4-5, 40th Annual World Open (PA) north on Hitt. Reg.: 9:30-10:15. Rds.: 10:30, 1:15, 4:00. EF: $20 if mailed
RD 2-5 ASAP. Prizes: Top 25% of each section get trophies in both rated See Grand Prix. by 3/3, $25 at site; site entries cash only. $70 first prize each quad.
and non-rated/novice, sections are K-1, K-3, K-5, K-8, K-12 and will Entries/info: Charles Ward, 2400 Cimarron Dr., Columbia, MO 65203;
combine and divide depending on entries. All participants get a memento Michigan czar8196@gmail.com. W.
of the day. Location: Walton-Verona High School/Middle School, 30 Mar. 23-25 or 24-25, 13th annual Pittsburgh Open (PA) Mar. 16-18 or 17-18, 16th annual Mid-America Open
School Rd., Walton, KY 41094. Contact: Linda Fritz, fritzlinda@aol.com, See Grand Prix. See Grand Prix.
859.630.2694. See website for more info: www.knightschess.org.
May 11-13, 12-13 or 13, 9th Great Lakes Chess Open May 24-28, 25-28, 26-28 or 27-28, 21st annual Chicago Open (IL)
Louisiana 5SS, U1000 4SS. McCamly Plaza Hotel, 50 Capital Ave., SW, Battle Creek, See Grand Prix.
Mar. 10-11, 2012 Louisiana Pro-Am
See Grand Prix.

Maine
A State Championship Event!
Mar. 3, Maine State Scholastic Team Tournaments
University of Maine, Orono. Elementary (K-3 and K-6 divisions) and Jun-
21st annual EASTERN CLASS
ior High; each with Championship and Novice Sections; all sections four
rounds, G/45. High School Teams (Championship, Reserve and Novice Sec-
Mar 2-4 or 3-4, Host Hotel at Cedar Lake, Sturbridge MA
tions), all sections four rounds, G/60. Pre-registration required ($5 per
player late fees may apply). All scholastic event sections except Novice $18,000 projected prizes, $12,000 minimum guaranteed
are USCF-rated. Non-USCF members can obtain memberships with entry.
Download information and entry forms at: http://ChessMaine.net, or con- 5 round Swiss, 7 sections, play only those in your section. Choice of 3-day or 2-day
tact Ron Lewis, evenings 207-781-3962 or email at raltiger@aol.com. schedule, both merge after rd 2. Prizes based on 220 paid entries (re-entries & $60 off
A State Championship Event! entries count half); 2/3 each prize minimum. Rated players may play up one section.
Mar. 17, Maine State Scholastic Individuals Tournaments Master Section (2200/up): Prizes $1700-1000-500-300, clear/tiebreak
Individuals: HS (Championship and Under 1200 Sections); JHS (one sec-
tion); and Elementary (K-3 and K-6 Sections). All sections four rounds, win $100 bonus, top Under 2300 $800-400. FIDE rated, 80 GPP (enhanced).
G/60. Pre-registration (EF $10); or register on-site (EF $15). All individ-
uals event sections are USCF-rated. Non-USCF members can obtain Expert Section (2000-2199): $1400-700-400-200.
memberships with entry. Download information and entry forms for Class A Section (1800-1999): $1400-700-400-200.
all events at: http://ChessMaine.net, or contact Ron Lewis, evenings
207-781-3962 or email at raltiger@aol.com. Class B Section (1600-1799): $1400-700-400-200.
Mar. 17, Sidekick Quads 8 Class C Section (1400-1599): $1200-600-300-200.
University of Maine, Orono. Adults-only USCF-rated (EF $15) and non-
rated quads (EF $10) tournament, G/30, register on-site; no prizes, all Class D Section (1200-1399): $1000-500-300-200.
net proceeds to benefit Maine Scholastic Chess. Enter at site (8:30 - Class E Section (Under 1200): $400-200-120-80, trophies to top Under
9:00AM) or for pre-registration and additional information visit:
http://ChessMaine.net. 1000, Under 800, Under 600, Unrated
Unrated limit $150 in E, $250 D, $400 C, $600 B, $800 A. $500 limit if
Maryland post-event rating is more than 30 pts over section max 12/1/11-3/1/12.
Feb. 17, Mar. 2, Catonsville Friday Knight Quick #133 & #134 (QC)
5SS, G/15. EF: $8, club members $5. Reg.: 7:30pm. Rds.: 8, 8:30, 9, 9:30, FULL DETAILS: see Grand Prix in this issue or chesstour.com.
10. $$b/24 1st=$50, 2nd=$25, U1850 $12. Website: http://my site.ver-
izon.net/vze12d59q/. Bloomsbury Community Center, 106 Bloomsbury

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Tournament Life

Nevada A State Championship Event! Mates Corporation, 1531 Irving St., Rahway, NJ. Info: Arthur Macaspac
Feb. 26, New Jersey State Elementary Championships (760)583-8429/(732) 499-0118. www.chessmatesnj.com.
Mar. 9-11 or 10-11, 19th annual Western Class Championships (CA- 5SS, G/30. Brookdale College, 765 Newman Springs Rd., Lincroft, NJ
Mar. 7, 14, 21, 28, Monday Quad G/30 and Chess Lessons
S) 07738. Student Life Center, use Parking Lot #7 or #6; 5 minutes from
3RR, Rds.: 7pm, 8:15pm, 9:30pm. EF: $20/$15. Prizes: $60 to first in each
See Grand Prix. Garden State Parkway exit 109. 2 Sections: Elementary (K-6) & Primary
section. GMs - Free entry. ($15 deducted from prizes). Chess Mates
(K-3). All: Trophies to top 15 individuals, top 5 teams. Elementary & Pri-
May 4-6 or 5-6, Western Amateur (CA-S) Corporation, 1531 Irving St., Rahway, NJ. Info: Arthur Macaspac (760)583-
mary: Top 5 in each grade. Rds.: 10am then ASAP. Top 4 scores constitute
See California, Southern. 8429/(732)499-0118. www.chessmatesnj.com. Chess Lessons: 5pm -
the team score for Elementary; top 3 for Primary. EF: $30 before 2/18,
6:30pm, Under 1600 USCF. Lessons fees: Monthly: $95 (Monday and
June 14, 2012 U.S. Game/10 Championship (QC) $45 at site. USCF memb. req'd. Reg.: 8-9:00am After 9:00am 1/2 point
Wednesday) and Daily: $15.
See Nationals. bye for round 1. Info: 732 259-3881, Ent: Hal Sprechman, P.O. Box 1511,
Jackson, NJ 08527 or online at www.characterkings.org. Entries must Mar. 10, King's Chess Club Quads
June 15, National Open Schoalstic Trophy Tournament Morning quads and afternoon quads, G/30, Kindergarten-undergradu-
include name, grade, school, date of birth, USCF ID and expiration date,
5-SS, Game/30. Riviera Hotel and Casino, 2901 Las Vegas Boulevard ate (scholastic, youth, and young adult memberships). Bethlehem Church,
mailing address, email address, phone number and entry fee. Checks
South, Las Vegas 89109. Open to players 18 and under. In 3 sections: made out to NJSCF. 758 Route 10, Randolph, NJ 07869. EF: None. Reg.: 9-9:20 am., 1st rd.
U1800, U1200, and U800. Unrateds in the U1200 section and all players 9:40. Arr. by noon to reg. only for afternoon quads. Medal to each quad
in the U800 section must be age 11 or under. Trophies to top 5 in each A State Championship Event!
Feb. 26 NOT Mar. 4, New Jersey Junior High School Championships winner. Info: Bethlehem Church 973-366-3434 or Bob McAdams 973-694-
section, top 2 in each odd 200 point rating group and unrated. EF: $33 3988, rwm@fambright.com. Weather closings will be posted on church
by 5/28, $39 by 6/13, $45 on site. REG.: 9-9:30 a.m. RDS.: 10-11:15-1- NOTE DATE CORRECTION. 5SS, G/30. Brookdale College, 765 Newman
Springs Rd., Lincroft, NJ 07738. Student Life Center, use Parking Lot #7 homepage at www.bethlehemchurch.org by 7:30am.
2:15-3:30. Blitz 6:30 p.m. ($15 by 5/28 $20 on site) HR: $59 single or
double ($89 Friday and Saturday nights). 1-800-634-6753 or (702) 734- or #6; 5 minutes from Garden State Parkway exit 109. 5SS, G/30. Sec- Mar. 10, Princeton Day School
5110. ENT: National Open, PO Box 90925, Henderson, NV 89009-0125, tion: JHS (K-9). ALL: Trophies to top 15 individuals, top 5 teams. Rds.: 650 The Great Road. Plaques to top 3 school teams and top 6 in each sec-
on line www.VegasChessFestival.com or fax at (702) 933-9112. NS. NC. 10am then ASAP. Top 4 scores constitute team score. EF: $30 before 2/18, tion. Medals to all players. Four sections for OVER 1000 begin at 10:15
W. $45 at site. USCF memb. req'd. Reg.: 8-9:00 am. After 9:00 am, half-point and must preregister: OVER 1600 (K-12), NEAR MASTERS (K-12 over
bye for round one. INFO: 732-259-3881, hsprechman@characterkings.org. 1400) and FUTURE MASTERS (Players K-12 over 1200) G/60, 3 rds.
June 15-17 or 16-17, 2012 National Open ENT: Hal Sprechman, P.O. Box 1511, Jackson, NJ 08527 or online at CLOSED (K-12 1000-1200) G/45 4 rds. ALL OTHER SECTIONS. G/30 4
See Nationals. www.characterkings.org. Entries must include name, grade, school, date rds. Beginning at 12:00 noon. (round times will be accelerated if possi-
June 16-17, International Youth Championship of birth, USCF ID #, & expiration date, mailing address, phone number ble): OPEN (Players K-12 U-1000), RESERVE (K-12 U-800), NOVICE II (K-8
5SS, Game/60. Riviera Hotel and Casino, 2901 Las Vegas Boulevard & entry fee. Checks made out to NJSCF. U-600), NOVICE I (unrated K-6), K-1 (unrated) NO SCORE K-1 (unrated).
South, Las Vegas 89109. In 4 Sections by age: 14 and Under, 14 and Feb. 26, Westfield Quads PARENTS OF PLAYERS rated G/30 3 rounds. Pre-registration online, pay
Under Reserve (rated below 1100), 9 and Under, 9 and Under Reserve 3 RR, G/40 T/D 5s, G/45. Westfield Y, 220 Clark St., Westfield, NJ 07090. at the door $35. Parents play free. On-site 11-12 noon $45. Info and reg-
(rated below 900). Trophies to top 10 in each section plus class trophies Prizes: $50 to first in each section. EF: $20, $15 Members. Reg.: 1:30- ister online: www.pds.org/chess. Inquires to Bonnie Waitzkin
and team trophies. 1st Place in each section wins a Computer loaded 2:15 p.m. Rds.: 2:30-4:20-6:10 p.m. Info: Todd Lunna 732-526-7163, Chessteach@gmail.com.
with Chess Software, 2nd-4th win chess prizes valued at 250-150-100. lunnaco@aol.com, www.westfieldchessclub.com. Mar. 11, Westfield Swiss #71 (QC)
Unrated players may not win 1st in Reserve sections. EF: $59 by 5/27, 5 SS, G/15 (QC). Westfield Y, 220 Clark St., Westfield, NJ 07090. $425
$69 by 6/13, $80 on site. 1/2 point bye in any round (limit 2) if requested Mar. 2-4 or 3-4, 21st annual Eastern Class Championships (MA)
See Grand Prix. Guaranteed $125, $60, under 2100, under 1850, under 1600, under 1350
in advance. REG.: 8-9 a.m. RDS.: 10-1-4, 10-1. Blitz 6/15 at 6:30 p.m. ($15 $60 each. EF: $35, $25 Members. Reg.: 2-2:30 p.m. Rds.: 2:45-3:25-4:05-
by 5/28 $20 on site) HR: $59 single or double ($89 Friday and Saturday Mar. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Wednesday G/90 (4SS, Monthly) and Chess Les- 4:45-5:30 p.m. Info: Todd Lunna 732-526-7163, lunnaco@aol.com,
nights). 1-800-634-6753 or (702) 734-5110. ENT: National Open, PO Box sons www.westfieldchessclub.com.
90925, Henderson, NV 89009-0125, on line www.VegasChessFestival.com Round starts: 7pm. EF: $30/$25. Prizes: 70% of EF. Prizes: 1st, 2nd &
or fax at (702) 933-9112. NS. NC. W. Class Prizes (based on the # of participants). 1 bye available, commit at Mar. 13, 20, 27, Apr. 10, 17, 24, May 8, West Orange CC 2012 Cham-
least two days before the next round. No re-entry. GMs free entry ($20 pionship
New Hampshire deducted from prizes). Chess Mates Corporation, 1531 Irving St., Rah- See Grand Prix.
Feb. 25-26, 36th Queen City Open way, NJ 07065. Info: Arthur Macaspac (732)499-0118/(760)583-8429. Mar. 16-18 or 17-18, Long Island Open (NY)
See Grand Prix. www.chessmatesnj.com. Lessons: 5pm- 6:30pm, Under 1600 USCF. See Grand Prix.
Lessons fees: Monthly: $95 (Monday and Wednesday)/Daily: $15. Mar. 17, St. Patrick's Day
Apr. 27-29 or 28-29, 23rd annual Vermont Resort Open (VT) Chess Magnet School JGP.
See Grand Prix. See Grand Prix.
Mar. 3, Central Jersey Chess Tournament Mar. 18, Westfield Quads
4SS, G/30. All Saints' Church, 16 All Saints' Rd., Princeton, NJ 08540. Park-
New Jersey ing, playground, wi-fi & lounge. 3 rated sections (all K-8, G/30): Open
3 RR, G/40 T/D 5s, G/45. Westfield Y, 220 Clark St., Westfield, NJ 07090.
Prizes: $50 to first in each section. EF: $20, $15 Members. Reg.: 1:30-
Fair Lawn Saturday Quads (above 900), Reserve (600-900), Experienced (below 600). 3 unrated 2:15 p.m. Rds.: 2:30-4:20-6:10 p.m. Info: Todd Lunna 732-526-7163,
Schedule through June 30, 2012. 3RR, G/60 for quads with rating above sections: K-1, Novice (2nd-8th grade), Parents/Adults. Trophies to lunnaco@aol.com, www.westfieldchessclub.com.
1000; G/30 for quads with rating below 1000 or unrated ICA. 9 - 10 SAD- 1st, 2nd, 3rd per section, 1st school/club team per section, $20 & Free
DLE RIVER RD., FAIR LAWN, NJ 07410. EF: $25 Prizes: $50 to 1st place EF to 1st in Parents/Adults. EF: $30 online at njchess.com by 3/1, $40 Mar. 25, Westfield Spring Scholastic
in each quad. Reg.: 1-1:15 PM. Rds.: 1:15 PM-3:30-5:40 (rating above after or on-site. Check-in/Reg ends 1pm, first round starts 1:30. Late Westfield Y, 220 Clark St., Westfield, NJ 07090. K-12 3 Sections: Open,
1000). Rds.: 1:10 PM-2:20-3:30 (rating below 1000 or unrated). Info: Diana arrivals may not be paired in first round. Late arrivals may not be paired Under 1250, Under 750. Open: 3 SS, G/40 T/D 5 s, G/45. Trophies to top
201-797-0330, diana@icanj.net; www.icanj.net. EVERY SATURDAY. ALL: in first round. Late arrivals may not be paired in first round. Separate 5 in each section. EF: $20, $15 at site $30, $25 members. Reg.: 2-2:30
ICA provides breakfast & lunch. awards ceremonies 4-5:30pm. Snacks & drinks sold on-site. Questions: p.m. Rds.: 2:45-4:25-6:05 p.m. Under 1250: 4 SS, G/25 T/D 5s, G/30.
newjerseychess@gmail.com. Trophies to top 5 in each section. EF: $20, $15 Members at site $30, $25
Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23, Wednesday G/90 (4SS, Monthly) and Chess Les- members. Reg.: 2-2:30 p.m. Rds.: 2:45-4:00-5:15-6:30 p.m. Under 750:
sons A State Championship Event! 4 SS, G/25 T/D 5s, G/30. Trophies to top 5 in each section. EF: $20, $15
Round starts: 7pm. EF: $30/$25. Prizes: 70% of EF. Prizes: 1st, 2nd & Mar. 3-4, New Jersey High School Chess Championships Members at site $30, $25 Members. Reg: 2-2:30 p.m. Rds: 2:45-4:00-5:15-
Class Prizes (based on the # of participants). 1 bye available, commit at 5SS, G/90. Union County Vocational Technical School, 1776 Raritan Rd., 6:30 p.m. Tiebreaks for trophies. Info: Todd Lunna 732-526-7163,
least two days before the next round. No re-entry. GMs free entry ($20 Scotch Plains, NJ 07076. 3 sections: Varsity Championship (9-12): 5 lunnaco@aol.com, www.westfieldchessclub.com. Send advance entries
deducted from prizes). Chess Mates Corporation, 1531 Irving St., Rah- player teams with one alternate allowed. Coaches set order by player to: Todd Lunna, 36 Maple Dr., Colts Neck, NJ 07722 by March 21, 2012.
way, NJ 07065. Info: Arthur Macaspac (732)499-0118/(760)583-8429. strength. Order must not be changed. Team avg. based on top 5 highest Make checks payable to Westfield Chess Club.
www.chessmatesnj.com. Lessons: 5pm- 6:30pm, Under 1600 USCF. ratings. Trophies to top 10 NJ teams. Trophies for top three players, boards
Lessons fees: Monthly: $95 (Monday and Wednesday)/Daily: $15. 1-5. Rds.: Sat. 10-2-6, Sun. 10-2. EF: $150-/team before 2/25. $185/team Apr. 1, Westfield Quads
Chess Magnet School JGP. at site. $5 per change on site. Junior Varsity (9-12): 4 player teams with 3 RR, G/40 T/D 5s, G/45. Westfield Y, 220 Clark St., Westfield, NJ 07090.
one alternate allowed. Team avg. based on top 4 highest ratings. Trophies Prizes: $50 to first in each section. EF: $20, $15 Members. Reg.: 1:30-
Feb. 5, 12, 26, Chess Mates Saturday Quad G/45 2:15 p.m. Rds.: 2:30-4:20-6:10 p.m. Info: Todd Lunna 732-526-7163,
3 RR, G/45. Chess Mates Corporation, 1531 Irving St., Rahway, NJ to top 10 NJ teams. Trophies for top 3 players, boards 1-4. Rds.: Sat. 10-
2-6, Sun. 10-2. EF: $120/team before 2/25, $150/team on site. $5 per lunnaco@aol.com, www.westfieldchessclub.com.
07065. Prizes: $60 to first in each section. GMs - Free entry. ($15
deducted from prizes). EF: $20, $15 Members. Reg.: 12:30-1:15pm. change on site. Booster (K-12): Trophies to top 15 individuals, top 5 Apr. 4-8, 5-8, 6-8 or 7-8, 6th annual Philadelphia Open (PA)
Rds.: 1:30pm, 3:15pm, 5pm. Info: Arthur Macaspac (732)499-0118/(760) teams, top 2 JHS teams, & top 2 elementary teams (K-6). Rds.: Sat. See Grand Prix.
583-8429. www.chessmatesnj.com. 10-2-6, Sun 10-2. Top 4 scores constitute team score. EF: $30 before 2/25,
$37 at site. All: USCF memb. required. Reg.: Sat. 8-9:00am. After 9:00am, Apr. 7, Philadelphia Open Action Quads (PA)
See Pennsylvania.
Feb. 6, 13, 27, Sunday Camp and Scholastic Tournament 1/2 Point bye for round one. Ent: Hal Sprechman, P.O. Box 1511, Jack-
Sunday Chess Camp: 10am 6pm. Registration fee: $85 members / son, NJ 08527 or online at www.characterkings.org. Entries must include Apr. 7, Philadelphia Open G/15 (QC) (PA)
$95 Non-members. Snacks and lunch included. Quad G/30: 3pm-6pm EF: name, grade, school, date of birth, USCF ID and expiration date, mailing See Pennsylvania.
$15/non-member and $10/member. Prize per Quad: 1st Place: Trophy address, email address, phone number and entry fee. Checks made out Apr. 8, Philadelphia Open Blitz & G/7 (QC) (PA)
or $25. Chess Mates Corporation, 1531 Irving St., Rahway, NJ. Info: Arthur to NJSCF. Chess Magnet School JGP. See Pennsylvania.
Macaspac (760)583-8429/(732)499-0118. www.chessmatesnj.com.
Mar. 4, Westfield Quads May 26, U.S. Amateur K-8 East U1200
Feb. 6, 13, 27, Sunday Open Blitz (G/5) (QC) 3 RR, G/40 T/D 5s, G/45. Westfield Y, 220 Clark St., Westfield, NJ 07090. 5-SS, G/30. Crowne Plaza Hotel, 110 Davidson Ave., Somerset, NJ, Tele-
RR, start: 7pm. Prizes: 80% of EF 1st, 2nd, & Class Prizes: based on the Prizes: $50 to first in each section. EF: $20, $15 Members. Reg.: 1:30- phone 732-560-0500. In 3 Sections (U1200, U900, & U600). Trophies to
# of participants. GMs - Free entry ($15 deducted from prizes). Chess 2:15 p.m. Rds.: 2:30-4:20-6:10 p.m. Info: Todd Lunna 732-526-7163, Top 10, Others win chess medallions. Unrated may not win first. Reg-
Mates Corporation, 1531 Irving St., Rahway, NJ. Info: Arthur Macaspac lunnaco@aol.com, www.westfieldchessclub.com. istration: Saturday May 26, 11am-12pm. Rounds: 12:30pm, then ASAP
(760)583-8429/(732) 499-0118. www.chessmatesnj.com. with lunch break after round #2. EF: $29 if mailed by May 25 or paid online
Mar. 5, 12, 19, 26, Chess Mates Saturday Quad G/45
Feb. 7, 14, 28, Monday Quad G/30 and Chess Lessons via EntryFeesRus.com, EF: $40 cash at site. One 1/2 point bye allowed
3 RR, G/45. Chess Mates Corporation, 1531 Irving St., Rahway, NJ
3RR, Rds.: 7pm, 8:15pm, 9:30pm. EF: $20/$15. Prizes: $60 to first in each if requested with EF. April Rating supplement used. Ent: Ken Thomas, 115
07065. Prizes: $60 to first in each section. GMs - Free entry. ($15
section. GMs - Free entry. ($15 deducted from prizes). Chess Mates W. Moore St., Hackettstown, NJ 07840. Checks to NJSCF. Indicate grade
deducted from prizes). EF: $20, $15 Members. Reg.: 12:30-1:15pm.
Corporation, 1531 Irving St., Rahway, NJ. Info: Arthur Macaspac (760)583- level. Info: 908-619-8621 or acn@goes.com. NS. NC. W.
Rds.: 1:30pm, 3:15pm, 5pm. Info: Arthur Macaspac (732)499-0118/(760)
8429/(732)499-0118. www.chessmatesnj.com. Chess Lessons: 5pm - 583-8429. www.chessmatesnj.com. May 26-28 or 27-28, 68th Annual U.S. Amateur East Championship
6:30pm, Under 1600 USCF. Lessons fees: Monthly: $95 (Monday and See Nationals.
Wednesday) and Daily: $15. Mar. 6, 13, 20, 27, Sunday Camp and Scholastic Tournament
Sunday Chess Camp: 10am 6pm. Registration fee: $85 members / June 29-July 3 (New date),9th annual Philadelphia International (PA)
Feb. 18-20, 42nd Annual World Amateur Team & U.S. Team East $95 Non-members. Snacks and lunch included. Quad G/30: 3pm-6pm EF: See Grand Prix.
See Nationals. $15/non-member and $10/member. Prize per Quad: 1st Place: Trophy July 4-8, 5-8, 6-8, 2-8, 1-3 or 4-5, 40th Annual World Open (PA)
Feb. 25, Hamilton Chess Club Quads or $25. Chess Mates Corporation, 1531 Irving St., Rahway, NJ. Info: Arthur See Grand Prix.
3RR, 40/80 15/30 15/30. Full K. Ray Dwier Recreation Center, Bldg. 392, Macaspac (760)583-8429/(732)499-0118. www.chessmatesnj.com.
Groveville, NJ 08620. Quads open to all. EF: $10. Prizes: $25 per Quad. Mar. 6, 13, 20, 27, Sunday Open Blitz (G/5) (QC) New Mexico
Reg.: 9-10:30/am. Rds.: 10:30/am-1:30/pm-4:30/pm. NJ State Chess RR, start: 7pm. Prizes: 80% of EF 1st, 2nd, & Class Prizes: based on the Feb. 23-26 or 25-26, Southern Rocky Fide Open
Federation, no dues magazine Subscription per year, OSA. NS, NC, W. # of participants. GMs - Free entry ($15 deducted from prizes). Chess See Grand Prix.

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Feb. 26, 2012 U.S. G/15 Championship (QC) W. 10th St., bet 5-6 Ave., NYC: 212-477-3716. May be limited to 1st 36 Mar. 5-Apr. 9, FIDE Mondays!!
See Nationals. entries. EF $35, Club membs $25, GMs $20 from prize. $$ (480 b/32 paid): 6-SS, G/120d5. Marshall CC, 23 W. 10th St., NYC. 212 477-3716. Open
May 4-6 or 5-6, Western Amateur (CA-S) 150-100-50, Top U2200/unr $95, U2000 $85. Limit 2 byes (1 bye if to all players rated 1600 or above. EF: $50, $30 members. $$500 b/24:
See California, Southern. U2000), commit by 8:15. Re-entry $15, counts half. Reg. ends 10 min. $175-125-100, U2000 $100; 2 byes OK, commit before Round 4. Reg.:
before game. Rds. 7-8:15-9:30-10:45 pm. Phone entry often impossi- 6:15-6:45, Rds.: 7PM each Monday; FIDE rated. www.marshallchess
New York ble! $5 extra if entering under 10 min. before game. club.org. Chess Magnet School JGP.
Feb. 9, 3rd Long Island CC G/10 (QC) Mar. 2-4 or 3-4, 21st annual Eastern Class Championships (MA) Mar. 7-Apr. 4, Marshall Wednesday U1400!
7SS, G/10(t/d5). United Methodist Church, 470 East Meadow Ave., East See Grand Prix. A NEW REGULAR MARSHALL CHESS CLUB TOURNAMENT! 5-SS,
Meadow, NY 11554. Open to all U-2300/unr. $(b/20): $100-80. Top U- Mar. 3, Marshall Saturday U1800! G/85d5. Marshall CC, 23 W. 10th St., NYC. 212-477-3716. EF: $50, mem-
1800, U-1500, U-1300 $60 ea. EF: $25. Non LICC members +$5. Reg.: 4-SS, G/40d5. Marshall CC, 23 W. 10th St., NYC. 212 477-3716. ($300 bers $30. ($450/20): $240-120, U1100 $90. Reg.: 6:15-6:45pm. Rds. 7
6:40-7:10 PM, no adv. ent. Rds.: 7:15-7:45-8:15-8:45-9:15-9:45-10:15. b/20): $160-80, U1500 $60. EF: $40, members $20. Reg.: 12:15-12:45. pm each Wednesday. Limit 2 byes, request by Rd 3. www.marshallchess
3 byes 1-7. Info: www.lichessclub.com. NS. Rds.: 1-2:45-4:30-6:15PM. One bye available, request at entry. www.mar club.org. Chess Magnet School JGP.
Feb. 11, New Yorker Winter Game/75! shallchessclub.org. Mar. 7-Apr. 4, Marshall Wednesday U2000!
See Grand Prix. Mar. 3-4 or 4, Marshall March Grand Prix! PRIZES INCREASED BY 50%! 5-SS, 30/85d5, SD/1d5. Marshall CC, 23
Feb. 11, Point Me To The New Yorker! See Grand Prix. W. 10th St., NYC. 212-477-3716. EF: $50, members $30. ($450/20):
3-SS, G/30. Chess Center at New Yorker Hotel, 481 Eighth Ave at 34th A Heritage Event! $240-120, U1700 $90. Reg.: 6:15-6:45 pm. Rds. 7 pm each Wednesday.
St, across from Penn Station, NYC. EF: $20. 3-0 wins $40, 2.5 wins $20, A State Championship Event! Limit 2 byes, request by Rd 3. www.marshallchessclub.org. Chess Mag-
2 wins $10. Reg. ends 7:15 pm. Rds. 7:30-8:30-9:30. Bring sets, clocks! Mar. 3-4, 45th annual New York State Scholastic Championships net School JGP.
Feb. 16, 10 Grand Prix Points Tonight! Open to grades K-12 in any state (top NYS player & team in each sec- Mar. 8, 4 Rated Games Tonight!
See Grand Prix. tion are NY champions). Saratoga Hilton, 534 Broadway (I-87 Exit 13-N, 4-SS, G/25 + td/5 or G/30 + td/0, Chess Center at Marshall Club, 23
4 miles north on US 9), Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Free parking. Team W. 10th St., bet 5-6 Ave., NYC: 212-477-3716. May be limited to 1st 36
Feb. 16-Mar. 8, Long Island CC Late Winter Open prizes based on top 4 scores from same school; no combined school teams entries. EF $35, Club membs $25, GMs $20 from prize. $$ (480 b/32 paid):
4SS, G/90(t/d5). United Methodist Church, 470 East Meadow Ave., East allowed even if one school feeds another. Teams of 2 or 3 players
Meadow, NY 11554. Open to all U-2300/unr. $(b/20): $105-85. Top U-1800, 150-100-50, Top U2200/unr $95, U2000 $85. Limit 2 byes (1 bye if
allowed, but are at a disadvantage. In 8 sections, each is a 6SS, G/61 U2000), commit by 8:15. Re-entry $15, counts half. Reg. ends 10 min.
U-1500/unr. $55 ea. EF: $30. Non-LICC members +$10. Reg.: 6:40-7:10 except K-1 is 5SS, G/30 playing Mar 4 only. No 5 minute time control
PM, no adv. ent., Rds.: 7:15 PM SHARP ea. Thursday. 2 byes 1-4. Info: before game. Rds. 7-8:15-9:30-10:45 pm. Phone entry often impossi-
deduction. High School, open to all in grades K-12. EF $38.20 mailed by ble! $5 extra if entering under 10 min. before game.
www.lichessclub.com. NS. Chess Magnet School JGP. 2/10. Top NYS grade 9-12 qualifies for Denker Tournament of HS Cham-
Feb. 18, Marshall Saturday G/60! pions. High School Reserve, open to K-12 under 1200 or unrated. EF Mar. 10, Marshall Saturday U1400!
4-SS, G/55d5. Marshall CC, 23 W. 10th St., NYC. 212-477-3716. ($360/24): $38 mailed by 2/10. Junior High, open to all in grades K-9. EF $37.90 4-SS, G/40d5. Marshall CC, 23 W. 10th St., NYC. 212 477-3716. ($300
$160-80, U2000 $65, U1700 $55. EF: $40, members $20. Reg.: 11:15-11:45 mailed by 2/10. The higher rated (post-tournament) of the top NYS K-8 b/20): $160-80, U1100 $60. EF: $40, members $20. Reg.: 12:15-12:45.
am. Rds.: 12-2:30-4:45-7. One bye available, request at entry. www.mar in JHS or top NYS K-8 in HS qualifies for Barber Tournament of K-8 Rds.: 1-2:45-4:30-6:15PM. One bye available, request at entry. www.mar-
shallchessclub.org. Champions. Middle School Reserve, open to K-8 under 1000 or unrated. shallchessclub.org.
EF $37.80 mailed by 2/10. Elementary, open to all in grades K-6. EF Mar. 10-11 or 11, Marshall March U2100!
Feb. 18, Syracuse University Feb Open $37.60 mailed by 2/10. Elementary Reserve, open to grades K-5 under
4SS. Rds.: 1&2 G/60, Rds.: 3&4 G/90. (Syracuse University, Hall of 4SS, 30/85d5, SD/1d5. Marshall CC, 23 W. 10th St., NYC. 212 477-3716.
800 or unrated. EF $37.50 mailed by 2/10. Primary, grades K-3. EF
Languages, Room 101). EF: $30. Prizes: (b/20) $200, 125, Class 100. Reg.: EF: $45, Members $25. ($540 b/36): $240-120, U1850 $95, U1600 $85.
$37.30 mailed by 2/10. K-1, grades K-1. EF $37.10 mailed by 2/10.
8:30-9:15. Rds.: 9:30, 12:00, 2:15, 5:30. Contact: Joe Ball 315-436-9008. Postmarked 2/11-21: All EF $10 more. Do not mail entry after 2/21. Reg.: ends 12:15PM. Rds.: 2 schedules: 2 day, Rds. 12:30-5:30 PM each
Chess Magnet School JGP. Online at chesstour.com, all sections: EF $40 by 2/10, $50 by 2/27. day; 1 day, (Rds 1-2 G/35) 9:40-11:05AM-12:30-5:30 PM Sun; both
No online entry after 2/27. Phoned to 406-896-2038, all sections: EF merge rd.3. Limit 2 byes, request at entry. NO RE-ENTRY. www.marshall
Feb. 19, Marshall Open & U1500 Sunday Game/45!
4-SS, G/40d5. Marshall CC, 23 W. 10th St., NYC. 212-477-3716. Two sec- $55 per player by 2/27. No phone entry after 2/27. Entry at site: all $60. chessclub.org. Chess Magnet School JGP.
tions-you play only those in your section: A. Open ($360/24): $160-80, Trophies to top 15 players and top 7 teams each section, top 3 unrated Mar. 15, 4 Rated Games Tonight!
U2100 $65, U1800 $55. B. U1500 ($240/16): $120-65, U1200 $55. EF: in Primary, K-1, and each reserve section, and top U1500, U1300 (HS), 4-SS, G/25 + td/5 or G/30 + td/0. Chess Center at Marshall Club, 23
$40, members $20. Reg.: 11:15-11:45 pm. Rds.: 12-1:45-4:00-5:45. U900, U700 (HS Reserve), U1200, U1000 (JHS), U700, U500 (MS Reserve), W. 10th St, bet 5-6 Ave., NYC: 212-477-3716. May be limited to 1st 36
One bye available, request at entry. www.marshallchessclub.org. U1000, U800 (Elem), U500, U300 (Elem Reserve). Speed playoff if per- entries. EF $35, Club membs $25, GMs $20 from prize. $$ (480 b/32 paid):
Feb. 20, Presidents' Day Madness fect score tie. Free entry to NY State Championship, Labor Day weekend 150-100-50, Top U2200/unr $95, U2000 $85. Limit 2 byes (1 bye if
6-SS, G/25d5. Marshall CC, 23 W. 10th St., NYC. 212-477-3716. EF: $45, 2012 (Albany), to top player each section. Schedule: Late reg. ends Sat U2000), commit by 8:15. Re-entry $15, counts half. Reg. ends 10 min.
members $25. ($480/24): $200-100, U2000 $70, U1700 $60, U1400 10 am, rds Sat 11, 2, 5, Sun 9, 12, 2:30, awards 5 pm. K-1 schedule: Late before game. Rds. 7-8:15-9:30-10:45 pm. Phone entry often impossi-
$50. Reg.: 10:15-10:45. Rds.: 11-12:15-1:30-3:00-4:15-5:30. Two byes reg. ends Sun 9 am, rds Sun 10, 12, 1:30, 3, 4:30, awards 5:45. Half point ble! $5 extra if entering under 10 min. before game.
available, request at entry. www.marshallchessclub.org. byes OK all, limit 2, must commit before rd 2. HR: $117-117, 888-999-
4711, 518-584-4000, reserve by 2/18 or rate may increase. 48 hours Mar. 15-Apr. 12, Marshall Thursday Members-Only Swiss!
Feb. 20-Mar. 19, Marshall Monday U1600! notice required for room cancellation. Backup hotel: Courtyard by Mar- 5-SS, G/115d5. Marshall CC, 23 W. 10th St., NYC. 212 477-3716. Open
PRIZES INCREASED BY 50%! 5-SS, G/85d5. Marshall CC, 23 W. 10th riott, 2 blocks away, 518-226-0538. Special car rentals: Avis, to MCC members only. EF: $30. ($450 b/20): $240-120, U2000 $90. Reg.:
St., NYC. 212-477-3716. EF: $50, members $30. ($675/30): $360-180, 800-331-1600, use AWD #657633. Mail entry: Continental Chess, PO 6:15-6:45. Rds.: 7PM each Thursday. Limit 2 byes, request by rd. 3.
U1300 $135. Reg.: 6:15-6:45pm. Rds. 7 pm each Monday. Limit 2 byes, Box 249, Salisbury Mills NY 12577. Include name, rating, USCF ID, USCF www.marshallchessclub.org. Chess Magnet School JGP.
request by Rd 3. www.marshallchessclub.org. Chess Magnet School JGP. expiration (non-members enclose dues), section, school, grade, birth date, Mar. 16-18 or 17-18, Long Island Open
Feb. 21, Marshall Masters! address of each player. Checks payable to Continental Chess. $15 per See Grand Prix.
See Grand Prix. player service charge for refunds. $10 extra to switch sections, all sub-
stitutions from advance list charged $60. Special 1 year USCF dues with Mar. 17, Marshall Saturday G/60!
Feb. 23, 4 Rated Games Tonight! magazine if paid with entry. Online at chesstour.com, Young Adult $20, 4-SS, G/55d5. Marshall CC, 23 W. 10th St., NYC. 212-477-3716. ($360/24):
4-SS, G/25 + td/5 or G/30 + td/0, Chess Center at Marshall Club, 23 Scholastic $15. Mailed, phones or paid at site, Young Adult $30, Scholas- $160-80, U2000 $65, U1700 $55. EF: $40, members $20. Reg.: 11:15-11:45
W. 10th St., bet 5-6 Ave., NYC: 212-477-3716. May be limited to 1st 36 tic $20. Questions: chesstour.com, 845-496-9658. Bring set, board, clock am. Rds.: 12-2:30-4:45-7. One bye available, request at entry. www.mar
entries. EF $35, Club membs $25, GMs $20 from prize. $$ (480 b/32 paid): if possible- none supplied. Chess Magnet School JGP (except K-1). shallchessclub.org.
150-100-50, Top U2200/unr $95, U2000 $85. Limit 2 byes (1 bye if
U2000), commit by 8:15. Re-entry $15, counts half. Reg. ends 10 min.
before game. Rds. 7-8:15-9:30-10:45 pm. Phone entry often impossi-
ble! $5 extra if entering under 10 min. before game.
Feb. 24-Mar. 9, Queens Late Winter Open
See Grand Prix.
Feb. 25, Marshall Saturday U1600!
4-SS, G/40d5. Marshall CC, 23 W. 10th St., NYC. 212 477-3716. ($300
NEW YORK STATE
b/20): $160-80, U1300 $60. EF: $40, members $20. Reg.: 12:15-12:45.
Rds.: 1-2:45-4:30-6:15PM. One bye available, request at entry. www.mar
shallchessclub.org.
SCHOLASTIC CHAMPIONSHIPS
Feb. 25-26 or 26, Marshall February U2300!
4SS, 30/85d5, SD/1d5. Marshall CC, 23 W. 10th St., NYC. 212 477-3716. March 3-4, 2012 - Saratoga Springs, NY
EF: $45, Members $25. ($540 b/36): $240-120, U2000/unr $95, U1700
$85. Reg.: ends 12:15PM. Rds.: 2 schedules: 2 day, Rds. 12:30-5:30 PM
each day; 1 day, (Rds. 1-2 G/25d5) 10-11:15AM-12:30-5:30 PM Sun; both
6 rounds, three each day, G/61 (except K-1), 5
merge rd.3. Limit 2 byes, request at entry. NO RE-ENTRY. www.marshall second delay, open to grades K-12 in any state (top NYS
chessclub.org. Chess Magnet School JGP.
Feb. 26, 36th Binghamton Monthly Tournament
player & team each section are NY champs).
4SS, G/65 d/5. Prizes: $500 b/26 Open-$150-$100-$50 Reserve-$100- Team prizes based on top 4 scores from same school; individual
$75-$25 (U1700). Advance Entry: Open-$35 Reserve-$25 (U1700) $5 entries welcome. 203 trophies to be awarded, plus free entries for NY
more on site-cash only on site. Schedule: Registration on site 8:459:15
AM. Rounds: 9:30-12Noon-2:30-4:45. Free USCF 90-day membership (call players! Reserve hotel room by Feb 18.
for details) Mail Entry: checks payable to: Cordisco's Corner Store 308
Chenango St., Binghamton, NY 13901 (607) 772-8782 cordiscos@stny. In 8 sections: High School (K-12), High School Reserve (K-12
rr.com. Chess Magnet School JGP. under 1200/unr), Junior High (K-9), Middle School Reserve (K-8
Feb. 27-Mar. 26, 92nd Nassau Grand Prix
See Grand Prix.
under 1000/unr), Elementary (K-6), Elementary Reserve (K-6 under
Feb. 27, Mar. 5, 12, 19, 26, Dutchess County Championship
800 or unrated), Primary (K-3), K-1 (K-1; this section is G/30 and plays
5SS. G/90, 5 second delay. EF: $5.00. Rockefeller Hall, Vassar College, Sunday, March 4 only, 5 rounds, G/30, 5 second delay).
Poughkeepsie. Prizes: Trophies for first and second place overall, and
for each class consisting of 4 or more players. Adv. Ent: Michael O'Con-
See TLA under New York for full details.
nor, ocnnr@aol.com. Club website: www.vassar-chadwick.com. NS.
Chess Magnet School JGP.
Mar. 1, 4 Rated Games Tonight!
4-SS, G/25 + td/5 or G/30 + td/0, Chess Center at Marshall Club, 23

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Mar. 17, Utica Four Seasons - Winter U2000), commit by 8:15. Re-entry $15, counts half. Reg. ends 10 min. to top Board 1 and Board 2 scorers/10 teams (prizes raised or lowered
4SS, Rds. 1-2 G/60; Rds. 3-4 G/90. Mohawk Valley Community College, before game. Rds. 7-8:15-9:30-10:45 pm. Phone entry often impossi- proportionally). One 1/2 point team bye permitted, which must be
Exit 31, I-90, bear left, South on E. Genesee, (2.6 miles), left on Memo- ble! $5 extra if entering under 10 min. before game. requested at entry. If one player on team is unavailable, replacement
rial Highway (2.3 miles, left Sherman, right into MVCC, Payne Building Mar. 31, 2012 CT Open State Championship (CT) player must be rated lower and occupy board of player replaced, regard-
3rd Floor). EF: $30. Prices b/20: $200, 125, 75, Class 100. Reg.: 8:30- less of rating. EF: $35 per player, $25 QCC members. REG.: 7:30-8:00.
See Grand Prix.
9:15. Rds.: 9:30-12:00-2:15-5:30. Ent: Joe Ball, 310 Helfer Ln., Minoa, RDS.: 8:15 each Friday. ENT: Ed Frumkin, 445 E 14th St #10D, New York,
NY 13116. 315-436-9008. Chess Magnet School JGP. Mar. 31, 2012 New Haven Scholastic Championship (CT) NY 10009 (212-677-3224do not call on Thursday or Friday). More
Mar. 18, 37th Binghamton Monthly Tournament See Connecticut. detailed contact information at www.queens-chess.com. Mail entry by April
4SS, G/65 d/5. Prizes: $500 b/26 Open-$150-$100-$50 Reserve-$100- Mar. 31, Marshall Saturday U1800! 6. Chess Magnet School JGP.
$75-$25 (U1700). Advance Entry: Open-$35 Reserve-$25 (U1700) $5 4-SS, G/40d5. Marshall CC, 23 W. 10th St., NYC. 212 477-3716. ($300 Apr. 14, Marshall Saturday U1400!
more on site-cash only on site. Schedule: Registration on site 8:459:15 b/20): $160-80, U1500 $60. EF: $40, members $20. Reg.: 12:15-12:45. 4-SS, G/40d5. Marshall CC, 23 W. 10th St., NYC. 212 477-3716. ($300
AM. Rounds: 9:30-12Noon-2:30-4:45. Free USCF 90-day membership (call Rds.: 1-2:45-4:30-6:15PM. One bye available, request at entry. www.mar b/20): $160-80, U1100 $60. EF: $40, members $20. Reg.: 12:15-12:45.
for details) Mail Entry: checks payable to: Cordisco's Corner Store 308 shallchessclub.org. Rds.: 1-2:45-4:30-6:15PM. One bye available, request at entry. www.mar-
Chenango St., Binghamton, NY 13901 (607) 772-8782 cordiscos@stny. shallchessclub.org.
rr.com. Chess Magnet School JGP. Mar. 31-Apr. 1 or Apr. 1, Marshall March/April Grand Prix!
See Grand Prix. Apr. 14-15 or 15, Marshall April U2100!
Mar. 18, Marshall Open & U1500 Sunday Game/45! 4SS, 30/85d5, SD/1d5. Marshall CC, 23 W. 10th St., NYC. 212 477-3716.
5-SS, G/40d5. Marshall CC, 23 W. 10th St., NYC. 212-477-3716. Two sec- Mar. 31-Apr. 1, 2012 Marchand Open (34th Annual)
See Grand Prix. EF: $45, Members $25. ($540 b/36): $240-120, U1850 $95, U1600 $85.
tions-you play only those in your section: A. Open ($360/24): $160-80, Reg.: ends 12:15PM. Rds.: 2 schedules: 2 day, Rds. 12:30-5:30 PM each
U2100 $65, U1800 $55. B. U1500 ($240/16): $120-65, U1200 $55. EF: Apr. 4-8, 5-8, 6-8 or 7-8, 6th annual Philadelphia Open (PA) day; 1 day, (Rds. 1-2 G/35) 9:40-11:05AM-12:30-5:30 PM Sun; both
$40, members $20. Reg.: 11:15-11:45 pm. Rds.: 12-1:45-4:00-5:45. See Grand Prix. merge rd.3. Limit 2 byes, request at entry. NO RE-ENTRY. www.marshall
One bye available, request at entry. www.marshallchessclub.org. chessclub.org. Chess Magnet School JGP.
Apr. 7, Marshall Saturday G/60!
Mar. 20, Marshall Masters! 4-SS, G/55d5. Marshall CC, 23 W. 10th St., NYC. 212-477-3716. ($360/24): Apr. 27-29 or 28-29, 23rd annual Vermont Resort Open (VT)
See Grand Prix. $160-80, U2000 $65, U1700 $55. EF: $40, members $20. Reg.: 11:15-11:45 See Grand Prix.
Mar. 22, 4 Rated Games Tonight! am. Rds.: 12-2:30-4:45-7. One bye available, request at entry. www.mar May 18-20 or 19-20, 20th annual New York State Open
4-SS, G/25 + td/5 or G/30 + td/0. Chess Center at Marshall Club, 23 shallchessclub.org. See Grand Prix.
W. 10th St, bet 5-6 Ave., NYC: 212-477-3716. May be limited to 1st 36 Apr. 7, Philadelphia Open Action Quads (PA)
entries. EF $35, Club membs $25, GMs $20 from prize. $$ (480 b/32 paid): July 4-8, 5-8, 6-8, 2-8, 1-3 or 4-5, 40th Annual World Open (PA)
See Pennsylvania. See Grand Prix.
150-100-50, Top U2200/unr $95, U2000 $85. Limit 2 byes (1 bye if
U2000), commit by 8:15. Re-entry $15, counts half. Reg. ends 10 min. Apr. 7, Philadelphia Open G/15 (QC) (PA)
before game. Rds. 7-8:15-9:30-10:45 pm. Phone entry often impossi- See Pennsylvania. North Carolina
ble! $5 extra if entering under 10 min. before game. Apr. 8, Marshall Open & U1500 Sunday Game/45! Mar. 30-Apr. 1 or Mar. 31-Apr. 1, 10th Annual Southern Class Cham-
5-SS, G/40d5. Marshall CC, 23 W. 10th St., NYC. 212-477-3716. Two sec- pionships (FL)
Mar. 23, Marshall Friday Quads! See Grand Prix.
3-RR, G/40d5. Open to all levels; Quads formed by rating. Marshall CC, tions-you play only those in your section: A. Open ($360/24): $160-80,
23 W. 10th St., NYC. 212 477-3716. EF: $25, members $20. $50 for each U2100 $65, U1800 $55. B. U1500 ($240/16): $120-65, U1200 $55. EF: Mar. 30-Apr. 1, The Big Enchilada II
winner. Reg.: 5:15-5:45. Rds.: 6-7:30-9PM. $40, members $20. Reg.: 11:15-11:45 pm. Rds.: 12-1:45-4:00-5:45. See Grand Prix.
One bye available, request at entry. www.marshallchessclub.org.
Mar. 23-25 or 24-25, 13th annual Pittsburgh Open (PA)
See Grand Prix. Apr. 8, Philadelphia Open Blitz & G/7 (QC) (PA)
Ohio
See Pennsylvania. Feb. 11, Progress with Chess Monthly Open
Mar. 24, Marshall Saturday U1600! 4SS, G/30. Fairhill Center, 12200 Fairhill Rd., Cleveland, OH 44120. EF:
4-SS, G/40d5. Marshall CC, 23 W. 10th St., NYC. 212 477-3716. ($300 Apr. 11-May 8, Marshall Wednesday U1400! $20. Reg.: 9-9:45. Rds.: 10, 11:30, 1, 2:30. Prizes: $350 Guaranteed:
b/20): $160-80, U1300 $60. EF: $40, members $20. Reg.: 12:15-12:45. 5-SS, G/85d5. Marshall CC, 23 W. 10th St., NYC. 212-477-3716. EF: $50, Open (1st $100, 2nd $50 U-2000 $50). Reserve U-1500: (1st $70, 2nd
Rds.: 1-2:45-4:30-6:15PM. One bye available, request at entry. www.mar members $30. ($450/20): $240-120, U1100 $90. Reg.: 6:15-6:45pm. Rds. $40 U-1000 $40). Entries: Progress with Chess, 12200 Fairhill Rd.,
shallchessclub.org. 7 pm each Wednesday. Limit 2 byes, request by Rd 3. www.marshallchess Cleveland, OH 44120. Info: www.progresswithchess.org. Contact: Mike
Mar. 24-25 or 25, Marshall CC March U2300! club.org. Chess Magnet School JGP. Joelson 216-321-7000.
4SS, 30/85d5, SD/1d5. Marshall CC, 23 W. 10th St., NYC. 212 477-3716. Apr. 11-May 8, Marshall Wednesday U2000! Feb. 17, DCC #7 Quick 2012 (QC)
EF: $45, Members $25. ($540 b/36): $240-120, U2000/unr $95, U1700 5-SS, 30/85d5, SD/1d5. Marshall CC, 23 W. 10th St., NYC. 212-477- 4SS, G/25, td5. Dayton Chess Club, 18 W. 5th St., Dayton, OH. One bye.
$85. Reg.: ends 12:15PM. Rds.: 2 schedules: 2 day, Rds. 12:30-5:30 PM 3716. EF: $50, members $30. ($450/20): $240-120, U1700 $90. Reg.: Prizes based on entries. EF: $10 ($8 DCC mbrs). Rds.: 7:30/8:30/
each day; 1 day, (Rds. 1-2 G/25d5) 10-11:15AM-12:30-5:30 PM Sun; both 6:15-6:45 pm. Rds. 7 pm each Wednesday. Limit 2 byes, request by Rd 9:30/10:30. Info: DCC.18W5@sbcglobal.net or 937-461-6283.
merge rd.3. Limit 2 byes, request at entry. NO RE-ENTRY. www.marshall 3. www.marshallchessclub.org. Chess Magnet School JGP.
chessclub.org. Chess Magnet School JGP. Feb. 24, DCC #8 Quick 2012 (QC)
Apr. 12, 10 Grand Prix Points Tonight! 4SS, G/25, td5. Dayton Chess Club, 18 W. 5th St., Dayton, OH. One bye.
Mar. 26-Apr. 23, Marshall Monday U1600! See Grand Prix. Prizes based on entries. EF: $10 ($8 DCC mbrs). Rds.: 7:30/8:30/9:30/
5-SS, G/85d5. Marshall CC, 23 W. 10th St., NYC. 212-477-3716. EF: $50,
Apr. 13, Marshall Friday Quads! 10:30. Info: DCC.18W5@sbcglobal.net or 937-461-6283.
members $30. ($450/20): $240-120, U1300 $90. Reg.: 6:15-6:45pm. Rds.
7 pm each Monday. Limit 2 byes, request by Rd 3. www.marshallchess 3-RR, G/40d5. Open to all levels; Quads formed by rating. Marshall CC, Mar. 2, DCC #9 Quick 2012 (QC)
club.org. Chess Magnet School JGP. 23 W. 10th St., NYC. 212 477-3716. EF: $25, members $20. $50 for each 4SS, G/25, td5. Dayton Chess Club, 18 W. 5th St., Dayton, OH. One bye.
winner. Reg.: 5:15-5:45. Rds.: 6-7:30-9PM. Prizes based on entries. EF: $10 ($8 DCC mbrs). Rds.: 7:30/8:30/9:30/
Mar. 29, 4 Rated Games Tonight! 10:30. Info: DCC.18W5@sbcglobal.net or 937-461-6283.
4-SS, G/25 + td/5 or G/30 + td/0. Chess Center at Marshall Club, 23 Apr. 13-May 4, 12th Queens Team Championship
W. 10th St, bet 5-6 Ave., NYC: 212-477-3716. May be limited to 1st 36 4-SS, G/115/d5. All Saints Lutheran Church, 164-02 Goethals Ave., Mar. 9, DCC #10 Quick 2012 (QC)
entries. EF $35, Club membs $25, GMs $20 from prize. $$ (480 b/32 paid): Jamaica, NY 11432. Open to two player teams with April ratings aver- 4SS, G/25, td5. Dayton Chess Club, 18 W. 5th St., Dayton, OH. One bye.
150-100-50, Top U2200/unr $95, U2000 $85. Limit 2 byes (1 bye if aging U2000. $$100-50 to top 2 teams, $60 top U1700 team, $60 each Prizes based on entries. EF: $10 ($8 DCC mbrs). Rds.: 7:30/8:30/9:30/
10:30. Info: DCC.18W5@sbcglobal.net or 937-461-6283.
Mar. 10, Toledo Mar Swiss
Open, 4SS, Rnd 1 G/75, Rnds 2-4 G/90. The University of Toledo Health
Science Campus, Mulford Library Basement Caf, 3000 Arlington Ave.,

LONG ISLAND OPEN Toledo, OH 43614. Can split into 2 sections if enough players. EF: $20 by
3/8, $25 at site. Reg.: 9-10 a.m., Rds.: 10, 1, 4, & 7. Prizes: $360 b/20,
$100-50, 1st Class A ,B,C,D/Under $40, 1st U1600 $50. Ent: James
Mar 16-18 or 17-18, Holiday Inn Islip Airport - $75 rooms! Jagodzinski, 7031 Willowyck Rd., Maumee, OH 43537. 419-367-9450.
Chess Magnet School JGP.

$12,000 projected prizes, $8,000 minimum guaranteed Mar. 16-17, 11th Annual Queen City Classic Chess Tournament
5SS, G/30. Paul Brown Stadium, Club West, Downtown Cincinnati, OH.
14 School Sections, includes rated and non-rated. Grade K Non-Rated,
FIRST CCA TOURNAMENT ON LONG ISLAND SINCE THE 1970s! 1 Non-Rated, 2 Non-rated, 3 Non-rated, K-3 Open, 4 Non-Rated, 5 Non-
Rated, 6 Non-Rated, 4-6 below 700, 4-6 Open, 7-9 Non-Rated, 7-9 Open,
10-12 Non-Rated, K-12 Open. USCF membership is not required for the
5 round Swiss in 4 sections; you play only those in your section. Choice non-rated and K-3 rated sections. Prizes: Trophies to all who score 3.5
of 3-day or 2-day schedule, both merge after rd 2. Prizes based on 150 paid points or higher, top three team trophies awarded and medals to all oth-
ers. EF: $35 early bird fee and $45 EF after February 17th. EF includes
entries (re-entries & $50 off entries count half); two-thirds of each prize lunch, t-shirt, program/score book, medal, and simul participation. Reg-
minimum guarantee. Special $75 room rates, free parking, free airport shuttle. istration closes Wednesday, March 14, 2012. NO ON-SITE REGISTRA-
TIONS. Schedule: Friday, March 16, check in from 5-6 p.m. FREE SIMUL
at 6:30 p.m. for tournament participants, $20 for Non-participants.
Open Section: Prizes $1500-800-500-300, clear/tiebreak win $100 bonus, SIMUL features International Master Irina Krush, International Grand-
masters Maurice Ashley and Gregory Kaidanov. March 17, check in
top U2300/Unr $600, U2200/Unr $500. FIDE rated, 60 GPP. 7-8:30 a.m., matches begin at 9:00 a.m. Grandmasters will be available
Under 2100 Section: $1000-600-400-300, top U1900 $500, U1800 $400. for questions and instructions all day. Entry/Info: 1-866-PS-CHESS (772-
4377) or www.queencityclassic.org.
Under 1700 Section: $900-500-300-200, top U1500 $450, U1400 $350. Mar. 23-25 or 24-25, 13th annual Pittsburgh Open (PA)
Under 1300 Section: $800-400-200-100, top U1100 $300. See Grand Prix.
Mar. 24-25, MOTCF (Midwest Open Team Chess Festival)
Unrated prize limits: $200 in U1300, $400 U1700. 5SS, Rds. 1&2 G/90, td/5, Rds 3-5 G150, td/5. Location: Dayton Chess
Club, 18 W. 5th St., Dayton, OH 45402. Four players/team plus one alter-
nate. Team ratings for pairings determined by average of highest four
FULL DETAILS: see Grand Prix in this issue or chesstour.com. ratings with imputed ratings for players rated more than 400 points below
team average. Reg.: Sat. Mar 24, 9-10:30am. Rds.: Sat 11, 3, & 7 - Sun
10 & 3:30. Entry fee: $160/team prior to Mar 24. $200/team at site.
Prizes: (Based on 28 teams). Open: $1,050-$750, U2000: $700, U1800:

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$600, U1600 $500. Top boards (1-4) $75. Hotel: TBD/See website. Reg- only until Sat 3/3 8:30pm. Rds. begin Sat 3/3 8:45pm. EF: $20/team. HR: Tennessee
ister: Mail - Dayton Chess Club, 18 W. 5th St., Dayton, OH 45402 or at Mention PA States for best rate; 800-692-7315 $75. Ent: PSCF, c/o Tom
www.daytonchessclub.com and use entry forms there as well. MC/V at Martinak, 25 Freeport St., Pittsburgh, PA 15223-2245. Info: 412-908-0286, Feb. 24-26 or 25-26, Greater Memphis Open 2
site, no checks. Info: DCC.18W5@sbcglobal.net or 937.461.6283. Chess martinak_tom_m@hotmail.com. Chess Magnet School JGP for 2-day See Grand Prix.
Magnet School JGP. sections. Mar. 16-18 or 17-18, 16th annual Mid-America Open (MO)
A State Championship Event! Mar. 10, MasterMinds CC Swiss/Quads See Grand Prix.
Apr. 14, Ohio Elementary Championships Blair Christian Academy, 220 W. Upsal St., Philadelphia, PA. Quads: Mar. 17-18, Saint Patrick's Day Open
5SS; Sections: Primary Championship (K-3), Elementary Championship 40/75 SD/30 TD/5. EF: $20 cash, Perfect score winner $50 else $40. Rd. See Grand Prix.
(K-6), Elementary Reserve (K-6 U750), plus K-6 Non-Rated section. G/30 1 10AM then asap. Scholastic SS, EF $5 rec'd by Thursday before, $15
d5 except Championship sections round 5 G/45 d5. Open to K-6 students at the door. 3 sections Rd. 1 10AM then asap: K-12 3SS, G/55 TD/5 1st, A State Championship Event!
enrolled in Ohio schools or home-schooled in Ohio. Sycamore High 2nd, 3rd, top under 1200, top unrated; K-8 4SS, G/35 TD/5.1st, 2nd, 3rd, Apr. 14, Tennessee All-Girls Scholastic State Championship
School, 7400 Cornell Rd., Montgomery (Cincinnati), OH 45242. EF: $25 top under 800, top unrated; K-6 4SS, G/35 TD/5.1st, 2nd, 3rd, top under 5SS, G/40. 3rd Floor, Keathley University Center, MTSU 1301 E. Main St.,
through Mar 31, then $35 through Apr 11. ($10/$15 for federal lunch pro- 600, top under 400, top unrated. 1st & 2nd school & club trophies. All Murfreesboro, TN 37132. Two Sections: Championship Section open to
gram students.) No onsite registration. Awards: Individual trophies to Reg. ends 9:30am. Ent: MasterMinds CC, 36 E. Hortter St., Philadelphia, all TN girls ages 18 & under. EF: $20 pstmkd by 4/10/12, $25 later. Com-
top 10 places in each section, and all scoring at least 3.5 and top five PA 19119. Checks made payable to: MasterMinds CC. Info: Bradley petition Section open to all TN girls ages 12 & under. EF: $15.00 if
K-3 Non-Rated who do not win a place trophy; team trophies to top 5 Crable, 215-844-3881, info@mastermindschess.org, or www.masterminds pstmkd by 4/10/12, $20.00 later, USCF and TCA membership req'd., Tro-
teams in each section. Complete information at: www.Chessinnati.com. chess.org. phies 1st6th place, medals 7th10th place, plus prizes to 1st3rd place
Contact: Alan Hodge 513-697-6930, a.hodge195@gmail.com. in each section. Rds. both sections: 9:00, 10:30, 12:00, 1:30 3:00, Play-
Mar. 17, St. Patrick's Day (NJ) off if needed: G/10, G/5, Coin toss, Winner of Championship Section will
Apr. 14, Toledo Apr Swiss See Grand Prix. be crowned TN All-Girls State Champion and receive Grand Prize of par-
Open, 4SS, Rnd 1 G/75, Rnds 2-4 G/90. The University of Toledo Health Mar. 18, PCL March Quick Quads (QC) tial scholarship to college of choice. Special events: Exhibits & Seminars
Science Campus, Mulford Library Basement Caf, 3000 Arlington Ave., 3RR, G/15d3. Wm. Pitt Union, Univ. of Pittsburgh, 5th Ave. & Bigelow, Pitts- for players and Parents from WiSTEM, GRITS, NGCP, MTSU, Free games
Toledo, OH 43614. Can split into 2 sections if enough players. EF: $20 by burgh, PA 15213. EF: $10, $7 Jrs. $20 to 1st/quad. Reg.: 11-11:15am. analysis by NM. Inq.: clarksvillechessclub@charter.net. Ent: Clarksville
4/12, $25 at site. Reg.: 9-10 a.m., Rds.: 10, 1, 4, & 7. Prizes: $360 b/20, Rds.: 11:30am-Noon-12:30pm. Info: martinak_tom_m@hotmail.com, Chess Club, c/o Roy Manners, 1215 Cumberland Heights Rd., Clarksville,
$100-50, 1st Class A ,B,C,D/Under $40, 1st U1600 $50. Ent: James 412-908-0286. W. TN 37040. Online: www.tnchess.org.
Jagodzinski, 7031 Willowyck Rd., Maumee, OH 43537. 419-367-9450.
Chess Magnet School JGP. Mar. 23-25 or 24-25, 13th annual Pittsburgh Open May 11-13, 2012 National Elementary (K-6) Championship
See Grand Prix. See Nationals.
May 4-5 or 5-6, 48th Cincinnati Open
See Grand Prix. Mar. 24, 11th Annual Horizons for Youth Scholastic Spring Chess June 9-10, 2012 U.S. Amateur South Championship
Tournament See Nationals.
May 24-28, 25-28, 26-28 or 27-28, 21st annual Chicago Open (IL) 5SS, G/30, d/5. Northampton Community College, 3835 Green Pond Rd.,
See Grand Prix. Main Campus, College Center Building, Bethlehem, PA 18020. Reg.: Texas
7:30-8:45am. Rds.: 9:30, 11, 12:30, 2, 3:30. Rated Section Age 18 and Feb. 18-19, Southwest Collegiate Championships
Oklahoma under. Non-Rated Sections ages 14 and under. EF: $30 postmarked by 5-SS, G/90 inc/30. 5SS. Sheraton Dallas Hotel, 400 North Olive St., Dal-
Feb. 11, OCA Dog Fish Action Swiss March 22nd, $35 later & on site. Prizes: Rated-Trophies-1st, 2nd, 3rd, las, TX 75201. HR: $109-$109-$109-$109, 214-922-8000 or 888-627-8191,
5SS, G/30 (3-second delay), one section, dual rated Regular & Quick. Best 4th U1400, U1200, U1000, U800, U600, UNR. Non-Rated Trophies b/o age. Mention Texas Chess Association to get Hotel Chess Rate. Reserve by
Western Airport Hotel, Garnett & I-244 (222 N. Garnett Rd.), Tulsa, 918- For rated section, please bring chess equipment. Random draw prizes 1/27/12 or rate may go up. One night deposit may be required by Hotel.
438-0780. EF: $20, OCA membership included, registration at door. between rounds. Sudden death, if necessary for 1st-4th Non-Rated G/7, Top 4 count for team score. USCF membership required. Fide rated but
USCF membership required. Prizes: All entry fees returned as prizes; d/3, G/6vG/4.5, d/0 Armageddon if necessary, tie breaks determines color uses USCF rules. Fide pairing rules may be used. Monroi devices may be
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CHESS TO ENJOY ENDGAME LAB


(page 17) Benkos Bafflers (page 49) PROMOTE AMERICAN CHESS
Problem I. Problem I.
U.S. Championship 1946 1. Rd4+
1. Bc8! and Bxe6 wins the trapped knight at h3.
Problem II.
U.S. Open 1946
The first thematic try is 1. Re5+? Kxe5 2. Bxh6
a1=Q 3. Bg7+ Ke4 4. Bxa1 Rc1 5. Rf4+ Ke3, how-
ever White cannot force a win.
Be a USCF
1. ... Nf3+! 2. gxf3 Qg5+ 3. Kh1 Qf4 threatens mate
on h2 (4. Ng4 Qxd2).
Problem III.
1. ... Kxd4 2. Bb2+ Ke3 3. Rf3+
3. Re2+? Kd3 4. Kxc5 Rh5+ 5. Kb4 a1=Q 6. Bxa1
Rb5+ 7. Kxb5 stalemate.
Benefactor!
Ventnor City 1939 3. ... Ke4 4. Kxc5 a1=Q 5. Bxa1 Rc6+ 6. Kb5!
White won after 1. Rg1! Qf3+ 2. Qxf3 but 2. Kh2+! wins. HELP PROMOTE
leads to mate. Also, 1. ... Kf8 2. Kh2! followed by 3. Of course not 6. Kxc6? yielding stalemate.
Qh8+ leads to mate. 6. ... Rc5+ 7. Ka6 Rc6+ 8. Kb7 Rc1 9. Rf4+ Kd5 AMERICAN CHESS
ational Championship 10. Bd4 wins.

NAL OPEN
Problem IV.
U.S. Open 1946 Problem II.
BY BECOMING A
1. Qa2! wins a piece, e.g. 1. ... Qxb5 2. Rb1 or 1. ... 1. Re4 USCF BENEFACTOR
Bb7 2. Qa7. The thematic try is 1. Rxb4? c2 2. Rc4 Bg6 3. Kg3
E 1517 OR 1617
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