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Contributors
FM Allan Savage engineer/rocket scientist, a CC international
(Looks at Books, p. 10) is a chess bibliophile master, 1976 Absolute champion, 1990 1993
and long time contributor who lives in Maryland. USCF vice president, 1993 `1996 USCF treasurer,
He is currently writing volume four of The Chess 2002 2004 USCF VP of finance, and founder of
Biography of Marcel Duchamp. The House of Staunton, Inc.

Jerry Hanken Al Lawrence


(U.S. Open, p.18) is a frequent contributor (Gadget Guide, p. 32) has written 13 books, the
with over 100 Chess Life articles carrying his latest being Chess Training Pocket Book II, written
byline since 1975 and is the president of the with GM Lev Alburt. He is a former executive director
Chess Journalists of America. of both the USCF and the World Chess Hall of Fame.

Jonathan Hilton FM Mike Klein


(Denker and College, p. 23 27) is a high school (Olympiad Preview, p. 38) is a frequent contributor
senior in Ohio, served as chief judge for the 2008 to Chess Life.
Chess Journalists of America awards, and is a
frequent blogger for Chess Life Online at uschess.org. IM Eli Vovsha
(New England Masters, p. 40) is originally from
Frank Camaratta Israel but now lives in New York, where he plays
(Staunton Collecting, p. 28) is a retired aerospace for the Queens Pioneers in the U.S. Chess League.

November on uschess.org

Root Kamsky on!


We will offer on uschess.org cover
age of the Kamsky/Topalov match,
currently set for November 25
December 16 (as we go to press),
but which has seen a dramatic
arc of scheduling changes. Gata
Kamsky is Americas greatest hope
to reclaim the world championship
crown since Bobby Fischer.

Josh on the Pan-Ams


GM elect Josh Friedel reports
from the Continental Pan Am
Championships, a 2009 World
Cup qualifer, set for Boca Raton,
FRIEDEL BY JEN SHAHADE; KAMSKY BY IAN ROGERS

Florida, November 1 7. Josh


Friedel won the CJA humor award
for his tales of American triumph
and trouble in European opens.

I WANT YOU
to follow the Olympiad!
Be sure to cheer on the American teams at the Dresden
Turkey sandwich
U.S. Chess League semi finals go
Olympiad (November 12 25). Kamsky, Nakamura, Onischuk, down November 10 19, so check
Shulman and Akobian are lined up to play for the men out uschess.org for contests and
while Krush, Zatonskih, Goletiani, Rohonyan and reports, carve turkey on the 27th
Abrahamyan will represent the women. Watch out for and come back to Chess Life Online
exclusive blogs on uschess.org by GM Ian Rogers, for our coverage of the National
FM Mike Klein, and Jonathan Hilton. Chess Congress (November 28 30).

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November Chess Life
Features
28 | COLLECTING
On Collecting Staunton Chessmen By Frank Camaratta
For some chess players, the pieces are as important as the
game itself. If youve ever wanted to build a collection of the
pieces that almost define tournament play, the founder of
the House of Staunton helps guide the way.

32 | GADGET GUIDE
Holiday Shopping Guide for
the Chess Player & Family By Al Lawrence
Looking for that special something for a chess friend?
For yourself? For someone new to the game? Our shopping
guide will help steer you to just the right gadget.

38 | 2008 OLYMPIAD
Handicapping the U.S. Olympiad Teams
By FM Mike Klein
With a world championship candidate leading the way for
the mens team and the powerful duo of Irina Krush and
Anna Zatonskih leading the womens team, medal hopes are
high for the U.S. this year. Mike Klein tells you what to expect.

40 | 2008 NEW ENGLAND MASTERS


Masterful Erenburg By IM Eli Vovsha
GM Sergey Erenburg wins the New England Masters
outright over a strong field in the continually growing
event, which this year moved to Rhode Island.

Columns
10 LOOKS AT BOOKS
The Business of Chess By FM Allan Savage
12 CHESS TO ENJOY
The Idiots Maneuver By GM Andy Soltis
16 SOLITAIRE CHESS
Morphy had technique By Bruce Pandolfini
18 | COVER STORY
U.S. Open
Our coverage of the
46 BACK TO BASICS
Taking the Fifth By GM Lev Alburt
U.S. Open features
reporting on the main
48 ENDGAME LAB
Positional Draws By GM Pal Benko
event by Jerry Hanken
and reports by Jonathan
50 WHATS THE BEST MOVE?
Composed Endgame Studies By GM Larry Evans
Hilton on both the Denker
Tournament of High Departments
School Champions and
the brand new Tournament
3 PREVIEW

of College Champions. 6 COUNTERPLAY (includes call for nominations)


8 FIRST MOVES
51 USCF AFFAIRS
54 TOURNAMENT LIFE
70 CLASSIFIEDS
71 SOLUTIONS

On The Cover
Our new U.S. Open champion, who joins an illustrious
list that includes recent winners GM Boris Gulko in 2007
and current U.S. Champion GM Yury Shulman in 2006,
strikes a thoughtful pose.
Cover design by Frankie Butler; Photography by Thomas Alleman

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Counterplay

To the TDs: Thank you! We applaud you for your diligent effort at analysis and for not
I just wanted to applaud U.S. Champion GM Yury Shulman taking what we print for granted. The main reason certain lines
and other important chess figures around the United States for are not explored is simply one of space. Editors are always bal
their efforts in promoting chess to people of all ages. I think that ancing what we want to print with what we can print.
the efforts of these [chess] celebrities are partly responsible for As to 22. Ke2: the main reason this does not work is due to
the reemerging popularity of chess, particularly at the scholas piece count. Reminding our readers of the moves to this point:
tic level. If you think about it, in how many sports do you
have a chance to meet, shake hands, and take pictures with your
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Bc5 5. Nb3 Bb6 6. a4 Qf6 7.
idols that you read about (and that may even be published in
Qe2 a6 8. Nc3 Nge7 9. Nd5 Nxd5 10. exd5+ Ne7 11. a5 Ba7 12. h4 h6
a national magazine like Chess Life!)?
13. Bd2 0-0 14. Bc3 Qd6 15. 0-0-0 Nxd5 16. Rxd5 Qxd5 17. Qg4 g6 18.
However, I think that these organizers need more help from
Qf4 Kh7 19. Bd3 Qxg2 20. Qf6 Qxh1+ 21. Kd2 Be3+
local chess players to promote their events. Just having star Now if 22. Ke2, then 22. ... Bd4 23. Bxd4 Re8+ 24. Be3 Qd5
power alone doesnt guarantee a good turnout. We adult chess (or 24. Be5 Rxe5+ 25. Qxe5). White no longer has any active
players should take more responsibility for boosting atten threats and is simply far behind in material. Black will soon catch
dance so that future generations can enjoy well funded up in development with a winning advantage.
tournaments where they can meet their chess heroes.
We should also show more appreciation to the tournament
directors by at least saying a simple thank you after each tour
nament for all the time and effort they put into professionalizing Call for Nominations
our sport. Without them, we wouldnt have an organized sys
tem to enjoy our sport.
The U.S. Chess Federation (USCF) will hold an elec
Sherwin Chan
via e-mail tion in 2009 for four at large positions on the USCF
executive board. Each position is for a period of four
What about 22. Ke2? years.
Its clear from the magazine that you prefer e mail correspon Any current USCF member who is not a current
dence, but my circumstances as a prisoner make that USCF employee or designated contractor (see the USCF
impossible. bylaws for those definitions) can be nominated as a
In the six years that I have been a member of the USCF, I have candidate for election to the USCF executive board.
learned a great deal from the magazine. My favorite feature is Nominations must be by petitions containing the sig
Solitaire Chess. Many times I dont fully understand why natures of 30 or more voting members of the USCF
one of my choices is bad, and it remains a mystery because Mr. and by a filing fee of $250 payable to the U.S. Chess Fed
Pandolfini doesnt disuss it; in these cases, I generally conclude eration. The petition to nominate a candidate and the
that my move choice must lose the initiative or something. How filing fee must be received at the USCF office in Ten
ever the May 2008 Solitaire Chess game is so vexing that I nessee by Monday, January 12, 2009. (Send nominations
absolutely must search for answers. and the filing fee to Cheryle Bruce, U.S. Chess Federa
The text move is 21. ... Be3+ 22. fxe3 for a par score of 5. This tion, P.O. Box 3967, Crossville, TN 38557 3967.)
line results in allowing the black queen to call check on h2 fol The nomination petitions must contain the dated sig
lowed by the black queen sacrificing herself to destroy whites natures, printed names and USCF IDs of each voting
checkmate combination and reach an about even endgame member, and should contain the following text: We,
materially. And Mr. Pandolfini notes at the end of the column the undersigned, being voting members of the U.S.
that a repetitious set of moves was deleted, a little dance that Chess Federation, nominate (candidate name goes
ensued in the actual game after 22. ... Qh2+. here) as a candidate for election to the USCF execu
My own analysis is that 22. fxe3 deserves not a par score of tive board in the 2009 election. We also consent to
5, but at the very least a question mark. It seems better in every having our names and USCF IDs published as having
respect for the king to simply move to e2. After 22. Ke2, the black signed this petition. A sample nomination form will be
queen is stuck on h1 and unable to call check (except for made available on the USCF website.
back rank checks that are simply followed by KxQ and Whites Candidates must consent to be on the ballot, either
checkmate threat remains pristinely intact.) On two separate by signing their own nominating petition or by a sepa
days no less than four chess players here analyzed the position, rate notice to the USCF.
trying to guess what possible reason makes 22. fxe3 superior A voting member for this election is any current USCF
to 22. Ke2. We reset the board and played again, step by step, member whose membership as of April 30, 2009, expires
from the beginning to ensure that the position after 21. ... on or after June 30, 2009, and who will be age 16 or older
Be3+ was set up correctly. I am simply overwhelmed with frus by June 30, 2009.
tration. I know that magazine editors hate requests for personal Ballots will be distributed to voting members around
replies, but if you dont publish this letter, I am enclosing a SASE June 1st and will be counted in July. The terms will
in the hopes that someone will take pity and write a one sen begin at the conclusion of the 2009 delegates meeting
tence scrawl explaining what possible resource Black has if and will run through the conclusion of the 2013 dele
White plays 22. Ke2. gates meeting. For further information, see the USCF
Thanks for your assistance, and keep up the great work! website, uschess.org.
~ Mike Nolan, USCF election committee
Matt Leachman
Iowa Park, Texas

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First Moves

Burning to Play Chess on TV?


We need 10-15 chess players for Monday, June 16. We will be filming
in South Beach. It is for the TV series Burn Notice on ABC. You will
be paid $125 for a full day. Please contact us if you are interested.

he forwarded e-mail was from a casting agency seek- logos visible on our clothing. We were lucky enough to have
ing chess players to play in the background of a scene the wardrobe woman give us both new outfits. My approved
T for Burn Notice, a USA Network show about a black-
listed spy. The location would be South Beach in Miami,
wardrobe consisted of a white/gray collared shirt (opened
up at the chest), brown shorts, and flip flops. Neil got the
Florida. I told my friend Neil Parsont that we could play chess worst of it! He had to wear a tie-dye tank-top shirt, army
on South Beach, get paid $125 for it, and be on TVwhat shorts, shoes, and a fishermans hat. He looked so funny;
a no brainer! He immediately said, Sign me up! a typical South Beach denizen.
On the shooting day, we were referred to as the real We walked to the chess scene with the beautiful beach in
chess players and told to meet at 9:00 a.m. in the parking the background. Neil and I set up our pieces on one of the
lot near the Miami Convention Center. The wardrobe rules custom built tables and started playing blitz chess. How can
were: Wear whatever you normally wear when you play you call this work? We must have played over 40 games and
chess. They also reminded us to bring our boards, pieces, enjoyed every minute of it. We met the director, the actors,
and our little chess clocks. When we explained to a pro- and the fifty other extrasbikini models, dog walkers,
PHOTO: JEFFREY ROTHMAN

duction assistant that we were the real chess players, we surfers, bicyclists, and even more real chess players.
heard, You guys dont look like real chess players. We We were done by 4:00 p.m., thanked everyone for
responded by taking out our chessboard and clock and having us, and took photos of the staff and scenery. We
playing blitz in front of everyone. gave back the clothes we borrowed. Neil was just get-
We were escorted to wardrobe to see if we were approved. ting used to his wardrobe and actually started liking it!
We both got declined immediately because of brand-name The show aired on August 14. ~John White

Noam Rothman (foreground table, left) playing Cory Riegelhaupt (right) on camera. Noam plays K-1 and Cory plays K-3 USCF scholastic
chess, and both enjoyed the TV experience that John White writes about above.

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Looks at Books

The Business of Chess


Chess entrepreneur Bob Long publishes his long-awaited semi-autobiography.

By FM Allan Savage

nce you get past the somewhat startling cover that annotations. There is also a set of combination diagrams (with
somehow perfectly fits the enigmatic title, the reader solutions) from super tacticians Tal, Nezhmetdinov, and Richter.
O is presented with a semi autobiographical account of A good deal of chess advice is scattered about, even though
Bob Long who has been a businessman for 35 years and chess the author disavows that being the true purpose of the book.
player for 40. The book gives his unique perspective of some For instance, there are some lengthy discussions about certain
one who is in the business of chess marketing and publishing. openings valuable for club level players, including a short
It is peppered with stories, business tips, and chess informa chapter on a weird opening played by some grandmasters.
tion that are meant to be engaging and compelling. This is an There is some general advice about chess improvement, mem
unusual potpourri of subjects and specifically designed that way. ory, and pattern recognition.
The authors stated purpose was to present chess instruction, A good number of personal photographs are interspersed
entertainment, and a business manual. throughout, but the quality of many of
It has elements of all three but the mix is them is somewhat poor, though there is
not easy. The books three sections (each a nice one of Judit Polgar at age 12
with many chapters) are titled Busi with her father Laszlo, standing at
ness, Business and Chess, and Longs bookstall.
Chess. The attempt to segregate the There are some fascinating chess
three topics was not completely success anecdotes you never heard, such as
ful. There are chess discussions in the the story of when historian Ken Whyld
business section and business topics in once sat on a review board for a doctoral
the chess section. Long states that he thesis in chess and flunked the stu
wrote as things occurred to him, but felt dent! The recounting of Longs famous
that he curbed his previous tendency chess festivals is also not to be missed.
to go tangential. Unfortunately, I still There is a chapter about book review
found evidence of this and as a reader it ing and also many interesting book
was sometimes difficult to focus on what recommendations, but most concern
was intended. business and self help.
There is a forward by GM Karsten In full disclosure, I should say that
Mller that presents the highlights of the I have known Bob Long for many years
book (especially the chess part) via a few in a variety of capacities as his writer,
pithy quotes, but it does not go far enough editor, customer, and friend. The book
as there is so much more. There are cer is written in a tone that captures his
tainly quite a number of business tips true nature he tells it as he sees it,
throughout, both general and specific. holds nothing back, and meets his
This alone will be worth the price of the stated goal of honesty of being fair in
book for some, but may be of little inter The Chess Assassins Business Manual
word and deed. I, too, must be hon
est to others. The business topics include by Bob Long. Thinkers Press, Inc. est in this review. It is an unusual
advertising, customers, tricks and traps, 294 pages. List Price: $30.00 book that has many virtues, but its
from bob@thinkerspressinc.com
techniques, buying and selling, and run or Chessco,1524 LeClaire St., attempted audience may be on one
ning a niche business. Davenport, IA 52803 hand too broad (business people and
The book is filled with frequent biting chess players) and on the other hand
and sarcastic remarks on all aspects of business and chess, and too eclectic (the chess entrepreneur). The writing is at times
is certainly entertaining. The author has an amusing tendency original, engaging, and funny, but at other times quite
toward hyperbole when describing absurd situations or actions. opaque. He admits that originally the book was a bunch of
Many pages are enhanced with excellent comments in the disjointed chapters and that it was rewritten and rearranged
actual margins, and the side bars picture many books and mag several times. Clearly things have been tightened up but I am
azines that Bob has published over the years. not sure the results will be satisfactory to all readers. Being
In the chess section the choice of full games is a mixed bag. semi autobiographical, the author has tried to fit in all
Some personally memorable, more heavily annotated games of aspects of his life, but it may be a difficult fusion for some
the authors are given, but their quality ranges from entertain readers who are only familiar with one area. It might have
ing to boring. Games of famous players are also presented (a worked better as two separate books but should still satisfy
number by Kramnik, Bronstein, and Gufeld), but with light the right reader. .
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Chess to Enjoy

The Idiots Maneuver

You know the Alekhines Defense and maybe the Lucena position as well. But do
By GM Andy Soltis

you know the Swiderski shift? Or the Flohr-Saemisch maneuver? You should.

Openings honor the players who After White safeguarded h2 with 18.
invented or popularized them. The list is +r+ rk+ g3 Black turned his attention to the newly
long and it begins with the Abrahams +lqnlppp weakened diagonal, 18. ... Qa8!, la Reti.
Variation, Alapin Opening, Alekhines A maneuver is a mini plan. Like many
Defense, Allgaier Gambit, Anderssens pp ppn + good plans if not most it only takes
Attack and so on. + + + + two or three moves to complete. One of the
Combinations also remember their most popular is the shift of Whites knight
innovators, with names like Lgals mate +PNP+ + from b1 to d2, then to f1 and g3 in the
and Bodens mate. So do endgame + NLLP+ Ruy Lopez and Giuoco Piano. It was made
themes, as in the Lucena position and the famous by Wilhelm Steinitz, who used it
Philidor drawing method used in rook PP + QPP to plant an attacking knight on f5.
endings. + RR+ K But Steinitz did it with a pawn on d3.
But maneuvers dont get respect. It took some time for players to appreci
After 14. Rfd1
Among the few that are recognized are ate that the knight shift to g3 was more
Richard Retis rearguard attack on the Praxis and the pawn structure it valuable after White pushes to d4 because
center Whites queen goes to a1 to sup describes is much older. By 1934 it was then his e pawn is well protected. One of
port a bishop at b2 and the Lasker rook well known that Black was supposed to the first examples of that was:
advance mentioned a few months ago in play ... Rfd8 to prepare ... d5. But:
this space. But they are the very few. Closed Ruy Lopez,
And thats wrong. The player who Chigorin Defense (C96)
comes up with an original strategic idea Siegbert Tarrasch
14. ... Qb8!? 15. Bf1 Bd8! 16. b3 Bc7
Black is making ... Bxh2+ possible after
that can be applied in several positions is ... d5. After seeing this game I thought the Carl Schlechter
at least as deserving of recognition as positional stylist Salo Flohr deserved Monte Carlo 1902
the guy who finds a new move in the credit for the ingenious bishop dance.
Sicilian Defense. Thats why Ive been Then I found a reference on some Russ
trying for years to trace some of the great
1. e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5.
ian website to the Flohr Saemisch
maneuvers back to their origins.
0-0 Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. c3 0-0 9. h3
maneuver.
One of the strangest maneuvers occurs
Na5 10. Bc2 c5 11. d4 Nc6 12. Nbd2 Re8 13.
Friedrich Saemisch? Hes certainly not
in a hedgehog pawn formation: a black
Nf1!
remembered as a master of maneuver.
bishop snakes its way from f8 to e7 d8 Hes the butt of the story that ends with
c7. This happens in lines of the Sicilian,
r+lqr+k+
Nimzovich shouting, Why must I lose to
English Opening, and even the Queens this idiot?
+ + lppp
Indian. An early example: But if you see ... Bd8 c7 as a tactical p+np n +
idea, a disguised attack on h2, it makes
Symmetrical English (A31) sense that Saemisch was its pioneer.
+pp p +
Karel Treybal After a bit of searching I found:
Salo Flohr
+ PP+ +
Ujpest 1934 Symmetrical English (A31)
+ P +N+P
Karel Opocensky PPL+ PP+
Friedrich Saemisch
Bad Pistyan 1922
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5.
Bd3 d6 6. 0-0 Be7 7. c4 Nbd7 8. Nc3 a6 9. R LQRNK
Be3 Qc7 10. Rc1 b6 11. f3 Bb7 12. Qe1 0-0 After 13. Nf1

Now on 13. ... Bf8 14. Ng3 White can


13. Qf2 Rac8 14. Rfd1 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 a6 5. c4
Qc7 6. Nc3 Nf6 7. Be2 b6 8. Be3 Bb7 9. f3 d6
continue with normal moves like Be3
without fear that ... exd4 will expose and
(see diagram top of next column)
The term hedgehog is quite old Aron
10. Qd2 Nbd7 11. 0-0 Be7 12. Rfd1 0-0 13.
win his e pawn.
Nimzovich used it in his 1929 book Chess
Rac1 Rac8 14. Bf1 Qb8 15. Qf2 Kh8 16. Nc2
Bd8! 17. Na1 Bc7!

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Problem I Problem II Problem III
Foxwoods 2008 GM Alexander Ivanov IM Dean Ippolito GM Alexander Ivanov
GM Pascal Charbonneau Jonathan Hilton Marc Esserman

Most fans could easily locate on a r+ +k+ r r+n+ rk+ r+ k +r+


map the famous tournament loca
tions like Moscow and New York.
pp+ +p+p pl+ +plp + +llp+
Some could even find Wijk aan Zee
+lQp+p+ +p+ +p+ p+p+p+ p
and Linares. But where is Mashan + + + + + P p + + + + q
tucket? You guessed right if you +L+P+ + qp +P+ + + + +P+
know thats where the annual Fox
woods Open is played in
+ q + + +N+ L P + + +Q+
Connecticut. This years version
P+P+ PPP PPQ+ PLP PPP+ +LP
ended in a five way tie for first prize +R+ +RK R +R+ K + +R+R+K
in the open section. GM Yury Shul White to play White to play White to play
man won a blitz playoff to be named
tournament winner. In the following Problem IV Problem V Problem VI
six positions from Foxwoods 2008 David Hua Mike Mason Christopher Williams
GM Mark Paragua
FM Norman Rogers Alex Cherniack
you are asked to find the fastest
winning line of play. Usually this + r +k+ + +k+ +
will mean the forced win of a decisive
r+ + rk+
amount of material, such as a rook
pp+ +p+p pp+r+ppn +p+n+ +
or minor piece. For solutions, see +pp qp+ + + + p p+ + +p+
page 71. + + + + + + + +q + + p +
+P+P+l+ + R + + l +pp +
+PNKLn+n +P+Q+PP + rq+ +P
P+L+ + + PL + + P + + PP+
R + +Q+R + +R+ K QNL +RK
Black to play Black to play Black to play

Play continued 13. ... h6 14. Be3 Bf8 15. an English amateur. Hes so forgotten Today we appreciate that Nc3 Nd5 can
Ng3! Qc7 16. a4 Bd7 and White obtained a that some sources say he was Harry be prepared by the clever maneuver Nf3
solid edge after 17. d5! Ne7 18. Nh4, prepar Wilson and others say D. Wilson. e1 c2 e3! so that White can retake on d5
ing f2 f4. Black stopped that with 18. ... g5 with another knight. The earliest exam
but then another common Lopez maneu The French maneuver ple of that seems to be this game:
ver, 19. Nf3 Ng6 20. Nh2! and 23. Ng4!, Louis Charles de la Bourdonnais
helped White win. D. Wilson Symmetrical English (A35)
Attacking maneuvers tend to be older London 1837 Rudolf Swiderski
than defensive maneuvers. The first Jacques Mieses
known rook lift appears in one of +kr + r Coburg 1904
Gioacchino Grecos illustrative games,
circa 1620. A white rook went from a1 to pp+ll pp
a3, then scooted to d3 at the start of the
1. c4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. Nf3 e5 4. g3 f5 5. d3
qn+p+ n
middlegame and finally to g3 to wind up
Nf6 6. Bg2 Be7 7. 0-0 d6 8. Bd2 0-0 9. a3 Bd7

the crushing attack. + ppP + 10. Ne1!

Retreats arent well appreciated even First class positional play, said the
tournament book. White spies the weak
+ P + +
when they sharpen play. One of the most
common retreats occurs in various lines P P +N+ point in the enemy camp the square
of the Sicilian Defense when White pulls d5 and directs his knight there.
PL+ +PP
back his knight from d4 to b3. In this way
he discourages a trade of knights. RNLQ+R+K 10. ... Qc8 11. f4 Be6 12. Nc2! Qd7 13. Ne3!

The stem game may be Johann Bauer


Nd4 14. Ned5!
After 12. fxe5
Jacques Schwartz, Vienna 1890 which White dominates d5 and his superior
went 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 He played 12. ... Be8! and then 16. ... ity was clear after:
Nc6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Nb3!?. When Black Bh5 to obtain an excellent game. But
played 6. ... Nf6 7. a3 d5 8. exd5 exd5 his facing a much stronger opponent, Black
14. ... Bxd5 15. Nxd5! Nxd5 16. Bxd5+! Kh8

d pawn came under fire from Be2 f3 and lost this game.
17. b4 Bf6 18. Rb1 Rab8 19. e3 Ne6 20. Qf3

White won. The most successful case I found of a He went on to win in fine style.
But more often the innovator of a new maneuver occurred in a Black ver Rudolf Swiderski was one of the worlds
maneuver loses the first time he tries it. sion of the queenside stonewall pawn top two dozen players a century ago. But
Take the case of Blacks chronic problem structure. Thats when he plays ... c5 hardly anyone knows his games today.
in the French Defense: What does he do and ... e5, creating a hole at d5. The Swiderski shift Ne1 c2 e3! is a
with his pawn pound queens bishop after
he restricts it with 1. ... e6?
Its not easy to exploit that square.
Black can meet Nc3 Nd5 with ... Nxd5!
worthy legacy. .
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Morphy had technique

Despite being best known for a particular facet of his chess game, Morphys
By Bruce Pandolfini

game, like that of most great players, exhibited great depthas illustrated
by this months workmanlike example.

Its easy to think of the great Paul Mor correctly, give yourself the par score.
phy (1837 84) as being the consummate Sometimes points are also rewarded for
13. Ng4
Black plunges into attack as his center
attacking player, and surely, his games second best moves, and there may be
is collapsing. Lets see how well it does.**
are replete with wonderful combinations bonus points or deductions for other
and sacrifices. But truly he was a com moves and variations. Note that ** means
plete player, who was often content to that the note to Blacks move is over and
14. Qxd5 Par Score: 5
Accept only 3 points part credit for 14.
get an advantage and to nurse it home Whites move is on the next line.
h3, if you spotted 14. ... Bh2+ 15. Kh1?
through good strategy and proper tech
Nxf2+ and intended 15. Kf1. Add 1 bonus
nique. We see this simple and direct
point if you continued the analysis, see
10. Bxd7+ Par Score: 5
approach applied in his 6th match game Retreating 10. Be2 scores only 2 points
ing 15. ... Nxf2 16. Kxf2 (add 1 bonus
against J. Lwenthal, played in London in part credit, and was not the type of move
point more if you thought to continue
1858. Morphy soon wins material, simpli that would have appealed to Morphy. Nor
with 16. Qxd5); 16. ... Qf5+; add 1 bonus
fies the position to nuts and bolts, and would 10. a4 or 10. Qe2 (each of which
point more if you then saw 17. Qf3!. Thats
wields a passed pawn as a powerful also gets 2 points part credit) have proved
far enough for now.
weapon. An early Sicilian Defense, the attractive to him. He trades to keep the
game began: initiative. 14. Bxh2+
10. Qxd7
Sicilian Defense (B32) In a way, Morphy is playing hypermod
15. Kh1 Par Score: 5
Receive only 2 points part credit for 15.
Paul Morphy ernly, ceding the center for now, hoping
Kf1, since it makes more sense to keep the
Janos Lwenthal to attack it.**
bishop under attack.
London 1858, 6th match game
11. Re1 Par Score: 6
Accept only 3 points part credit for 11.
15. Qxd5

Bg5 Ne4; or for 11. Nc3 d4 12. Qf3 Rd8


1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. Nxd4 e5 5.

13. Ne4 Be7, both of which are satisfac


Nxc6 bxc6 6. Bc4 Nf6 7. 0-0 d5 8. exd5 cxd5 16. Nxd5 Par Score: 4

tory for Black.


9. Bb5+ Bd7
16. 0-0
r+ qkl r Facing 17. Rxe4+, Lwenthal removes
his king from the center.**
11. Bd6
 p +l+ppp Maroczy suggested 11. ... e4 12. Nc3
Rd8 13. Bg5 Be7, which perhaps was too
solid for Lwenthals tastes. With his
+ + n + 17. f3 Par Score: 5
Deduct 3 points for falling into the trap
pawn going to e4 he wants the bishop
17. Rxe4? Nxf2+ 18. Kxh2 Nxe4.
+L+pp +
+ + + + posted at d6, pressuring the kingside.**
17. exf3
+ + + + 12. Nc3 Par Score: 5
White develops with a threat. Blacks
center is under fire.
PPP+ PPP 18. gxf3 Par Score: 4

RNLQ+RK 18. Ne5


Your starting position
12. e4
Pick up 1 bonus point for seeing that 12.
Now make sure you have the above ... d4 is refuted by 13. Qxd4, thanks to the
19. Re3 Par Score: 5
Lwenthal still has his tricks. Give
position set up on your chessboard. As pin.**
yourself 1 bonus point for seeing that 19.
you play through the remaining moves in
this game, use a piece of paper to cover Kxh2 is met by 19. Nxf3+ and 20. ...
Nxg5. Now the f3 pawn is guarded and
13. Bg5 Par Score: 5
the article, exposing Whites next move Deduct 3 points if you fell for 13. Nxd5?
only after trying to guess it. If you guess Nxd5 14. Qxd5 Bxh2+. the bishop on h2 is threatened.

16 Chess Life November 2008 uschess.org


Problem I Problem II Problem III
ABCs of Chess Fork Mating net Pin

These problems are all related to


+ + +k+ +
+r+k+ +
qr+ k
key positions in this months game.
+pl + p + +
+ + + +
+ p
In each case, Black is to move. The + + + + l + + + + + + p
answers can be found in Solutions + + + + + + + + + + N +
on page 71. +q+ +n+ + +p+ + + PP+ +
November Exercise: Take a col
+ + P + + + + + + + +P+
lection of tactics. It could be a book PP + +P+ + + +P+ + Q K +
of stratagems or a tactical database. + +QR K + +RRK+ + + + +
Starting wherever, try to analyze the
first problem from the attacking
sides perspective. After solution, go Problem IV Problem V Problem VI
back to the initial position and pre Discovery Discovery Mating net
tend its the other player's move.
Then try to find a move that thwarts +
+ +k+ + +k+ + +
+k+ +
the winning line. Do this regularly + pq+pp + pp + + p
p +
and soon you're thinking more two + l n + + + q + + + + +
way chess, with a greater sensitivity
to spotting potential threats ahead of
+ +N+ + + P r + + + q +
time. As your sensors deepen, widen + + + + + Q + + + r + +
and sharpen, watch your game + + + + + + + + + + +K+
improve, feeding off the special pleas + + PP+ + + RP+ +Q+ +P+
ure inspired by frustrating an
opponents insidious schemes.
+ +QR K + + +K+ + +L+ R

Award yourself 1 bonus point if youve


been operating under the realization that
19. f6 27. c7 Par Score: 5
Add 1 bonus point for seeing that 19. Add 1 bonus point if you recalled an ear
Black cant play a rook to c8 because of
Bg3 is answered by 20. Kg2; also add 1 lier note and remembered the possibility
the knight fork at e7.
bonus point for seeing that 19. ... Nc4 of 28. Re8+.
can be met by 20. Rc3.** 23. Rf7
Black hopes to stem the invasion of
27. Rcxc7
Theres nothing else worthy of being
the white rooks.**
20. Kxh2 Par Score: 4
Time for Morphy to take a piece, and done. Hes got to give a rook to stop the
now we see the other wonderful side to pawn.**
Morphy. He is going to do all the neces
24. Rae1 Par Score: 5
White looks to simplify further, plan
sary things to simplify the position, so
ning 25. Re8+. Give yourself full credit if
28. Re8+ Par Score: 6
that his material edge is decisive. This is Morphys final finesse, and its
your general analysis you reversed the
slightly better than 28. Nxc7.
20. Rad8 order of Whites 23rd and 24th moves.
Take 2 bonus points for analyzing 20.
28. Kg7
fxg5 21. Rxe5 Rxf3 22. Rxg5 Rf2+ 23.
24. Kf8
Black defends the home rank, trying to
Rg2, and Morphy keeps his stuff. After the
prevent further trades.**
29. Nxc7 Par Score: 5
text move, Black hopes to move the knight On 29. ... Rxc7, the invasion, 30. Re7+,
with tempo and then get the white forces off the last black rook, leaving
bishop.** Black rookless and hopeless. So, Black
25. c5 Par Score: 5

21. Rxe5! Par Score: 6


Passed pawns must be pushed. Morphy
knew the idea before it was articulated.
Accept only 3 points part credit for 25.
resigned. Morphy had technique. .
This puts an end to all tricks, and, of Download a .pgn file of this issues
course, heads toward further simplifica Re7, which, though White is a piece games, read new articles at Chess Life
tion and the gaining of ultimate control. ahead, drags out the winning process. Online, and participate in the USCF discus
If 21. ... fxe5, then 22. Bxd8 leaves Black sion forums all at uschess.org.
with even less with which to fight back.
25. g6
Append 1 bonus point if you saw that
21. fxg5 25. ... Rc8 26. c6 Rxc6?? allows 27. Re8 Total your score to determine your
approximate rating below:
mate. Also give yourself 1 bonus point for
22. Kg3 Par Score: 5 seeing that 25. Rfd7 26. c6 Rxd5 27. Total Score Rating
White defends his loose pawn, as does c7 leads to a simplifying check at e8 and 95+ 2400+
Black on the next move. the promotion of the c pawn.** 81-94 2200-2399
66-80 2000-2199
51-65 1800-1999
36-50 1600-1799
22. h6 26. c6 Par Score: 5
21-35 1400-1599
06-20 1200-1399
0-05 under 1200
23. c4 Par Score: 5 26. Rc8

uschess.org Chess Life November 2008 17


Cover Story

Sevillano Triumphs
PHOTO: THOMAS ALLEMAN

18 Chess Life November 2008 uschess.org


After an exciting finish with three tied at the top,
IM Enrico Sevillano finishes in first place on tiebreaks
but a disappointing turnout leaves the USCF looking
for creative ways to increase participation.

By Jerry Hanken

he granddaddy of U.S. chess tournaments is facing an uncertain future. The 109th incarnation of the
U.S. Opena unique national eventwas played deep in the heart of Texas in Dallas between August
T 2-11 and was, for the most part, an artistic success. But in the areas of attendance and number of
grandmasters (GMs), somewhat less so. There were 379 attendees but only two grandmasters. The tourna-
ment was enjoyable for all who did play, but granddad is badly in need of a blood transfusion.
First, let me make it clear as to where I am coming from. Your reporter wears many hats in the Federation
and in this report, full disclosure requires that I share with you the fact that I serve as the volunteer chair-
man of the USCF U.S. Open committee, charged with finding ways to improve and perpetuate this most venerable
of USCF national tournaments. My committee consists of Hal Terrie from New Hampshire, Walter Buehl from
upper New York state, and Jim Mennella from New Jersey. Between the four of us, we have played in over
150 combined U.S. Opens. I have not missed one since 1972 in New Jersey and all four of my committee mem-
bers have long personal streaks of Open attendance. More will be said of our plans for Indianapolis next year
at the end of this report. Now we will take a look at the results and play of this year in Dallas.

Over Reduced Field


Nothing that has been said above in any way diminishes the fine performances turned in by the competi-
tors in this Open. With excellent scores of 8-1, three topped the field. Last years U.S. champion, GM Alex
The Pittsburgh Pounder Shabalov took a half-point bye in the accelerated five-day schedule and yielded only
a draw to senior master Gabriel Battaglini in round five while winning all the rest.
Texas native son Rade Milovanovic picked up a full-point forfeit in round one (which hurt his tiebreaks)
and survived a sixth-round loss to GM Alex The Yerminator Yermolinsky to finish with a flourish of three
sparkling wins in a rowthe last against local hero IM Big Joe Bradford. Joe, now a senior but playing like
a kid, was trying to add a second U.S. Open title to the one he garnered 30 years ago in Phoenix, falling just
short. No one has ever won U.S. Opens 30 years apart.
But the winner was 40-year-old IM Enrico The Tiebreak Kid Sevillano from southern California. I gave
him that nickname as after he won the Open on tiebreaks he then grabbed the Southern California Open
the same way. He had just won the Southern California Invitational Championship (a separate state under
the USCF) in July on tiebreaks also. That is quite a trifecta!
The victory was especially sweet for the humble and always cheerful Enrico as it carried an invitation to
the $130,000-prize-fund in the U.S. Championship scheduled for May 2009 at the great new Saint Louis Chess
and Scholastic club. Please see the interview on page 21`.

uschess.org Chess Life November 2008 19


Cover Story

Sicilian, Alapin Variation (B22) Already an unusual move in the champion, and current frequent Chess
IM Enrico Sevillano (2534) Queens Indian. It is reminiscent of the Life contributor, Alexey Root and settled
Barry Endsley (2000) Kopec System against the Sicilian. down to a life of academia. They pro
U.S. Open (3), 08.06.2008 duced two beautiful children who
(surprise, surprise!) both like and play the
6. Nh3 a6 7. g3 Nf6 8. Bg2 0-0 9. 0-0 Nc6 10.
This was Enricos favorite game from a3 e5
game.
this Open. The database and ratings Enrico takes the first shot at the cen Dougie, as we called him in those
report has it played against a Mark ter as he tries to seize the initiative. days in Los Angeles, did get an interna
Muecke but in fact it was played against tional master title but played very little
Mr. Barry Endsley in round three. That 11. b4 exd4 12. exd4 a5!
after his and Alexeys move to Texas.
which we call a rose by any other name With this well timed thrust, he gets it. When he did play, he dominated as sug
would smell as sweet. White has no good way to answer this and gested by the 2570 rating he brought to
keep equality. The b pawn is under direct this Open.
attack. If he advances it, then 13. ... It was clearly the proximity of the Open
1. e4 c5 2. c3 d5 3. exd5 Qxd5 4. d4 Nf6 5.

Nxd4! when 14. Qxd4 is met by 14. ... Bc5 this year along with the decision of his
Nf3 Bg4 6. Be2 e6 7. h3 Bh5 8. 0-0 Nc6 9.

and, of course, taking on a5 gives up the oldest child to play, compounded by the
Be3 cxd4 10. Nxd4 Bxe2 11. Qxe2 Nxd4 12.

c5 square after 13. ... Nxd4. Chess is a fact that Alexey had to be there as a del
Bxd4 Be7 13. Rd1 Qc6
Not the best. 13. ... Qh5 14. Qxh5 Nxh5 game of setting problems for your oppo egate and to conduct scholastic
15. c4 0 0 16. Nc3 is equal. nent hoping he wont or cant solve them. workshops, which lured Root out of
retirement.
I had not seen Doug for quite a long
14. Nd2 0-0 15. Nf3 a6 13. Nb5 axb4 14. Nxd6 cxd6 15. Bf4 d5
It appears that Black is preparing a Quickly resolving his only weakness, time before this Open and when we played
minority attack but this admirable posi the doubled pawn. our third round game I asked him how old
tional plan is inappropriate for the he was. Though I could have done the
moment as there will soon be a raging fire 16. cxd5 Nxd5 17. axb4 Qf6 18. Rxa8 Bxa8
math if I had thought of it, I was blown
on the black kingside. The move 15. ... 19. Re1 Qxd4+ 20. Qxd4 Nxd4 21. Bd6 Rc8
away when he told me he was 45. To me,
Qe4 would still leave Black worse but it 22. f4 Nf6
he looks exactly like the same teenager he
is playable. The champion now has a clear and was when he beat the pants off of me a
lasting advantage in both material and couple of times so many years ago. Was
position. He shows his very smooth tech that really in the late 80s?
16. Rd3 Rad8 17. Ne5 Qc7 18. Rg3 Bc5 19.

nique the rest of this game. He had stumbled slightly in round four,
Qe3 Bxd4

yielding a draw with real teenager and up


and coming master, Jeff Haskel. In round
+ 
r rk+ 23. Bxa8 Rxa8 24. Rd1 Ne2+ 25. Kf1 Nc3 26.
+pq +ppp seven Dougs hopes for a U.S. Open title
Rc1 Nce4 27. Be5 Ng4 28. Ra1 Rc8
It is wise to keep his rook as he has took a severe setback when he lost his
much better late middlegame attacking only game, to IM Michael Mulyar, from
p+ +p n +
+ +  N + chances. Colorado, who had one of the better tour
naments in his chess career. Michaels
loss to a resurgent Shabalov in the last
+ 
l + + 29. Ra2 Rc1+ 30. Kg2 Rd1 31. Bc7 Ne3+ 32.
+ P Q 
RP round put him at seven but he was play
Kf3 Nd5 33. Bd8 Rf1+ 34. Nf2 Nxb4 35. Re2
ing for at least a tie for first.
Nd5 36. Kg2 Rxf2+
Now that he has two pawns, the rook Doug made a great comeback, winning
PP + PP+
R + + 
 K can safely be traded. Whites resignation his last three, but this strong effort was
After 19. ... Bxd4 here would be no surprise to anyone. not quite enough to grab the brass ring.

French Defense,
37. Rxf2 Nxf2 38. Kxf2 Kf7 39. Ke2 Ke8 40.
Tarrasch Variation (C06)
20. Rxg7+! Bh4 d6 41. Kd3 Kd7 42. Kd4 Kc6 43. Bd8
A sparkling rook sac which wins by IM Michael Mulyar (2445)
Nc7, White resigned.
force. This was pleasing to the spectators. Now the long wait for the tiebreaks IM Doug Root (2570)
began. U.S. Open (7), 08.08.2008
20. ... Kxg7 21.Qg5+ Kh8 22. Qxf6+ Kg8 23.
cxd4 Rd5 24. Qg5+ Kh8 25. Rc1 Qd8 26. Qh6
Aside from the big three, the single This is nondescript French which
Rxd4 27. Rc7 Kg8 28. Rc3, Black resigned.
fourth place finisher deserves serious explodes into tactics very early. Its hard
Black has just run out of any plausible mention. Doug Root, a professor at Texas to pinpoint just where Root went wrong
defensive moves. Tech, playing as an amateur, came as but it is a fun game to play over.
close as anyone could and not win, with
Unorthodox Opening (A40) seven and a half points. This score has
1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5.

Chaitanya Vaidya (2327) been enough to win or tie for first in prior
Bd3 c5 6. c3 Nc6 7. Ne2

IM Enrico Sevillano (2534) nine round U.S. Opens. (Some of you 7. Ndf3 is more popular here.
2008 U.S. Open (9), 08.10.2008 young ones may not know that the U.S.
Open was at least 12 rounds for more
7. ... f6 8. Nf4 Qe7 9. Nf3 cxd4 10. cxd4 fxe5
Going into the last round, Sevillano than 60 years. The last 12 rounder was
11. dxe5 Nc5
had black and needed to win to keep up Los Angeles 2003. This was only the 12th The try 11. ... Ndxe5 or 11. ... Ncxe5,
with the other two with whom he was 9 rounder in Open history.) is actually good for White as it opens
tied. Doug Root grew up in Southern Califor lines to the black king before he can get
nia and we all expected him to become a to a safe haven.
grandmaster. He chose another path how
1. d4 e6 2. c4 b6 3. Nc3 Bb7 4. f3 f5 5. e3

ever. He married former U.S. woman


Bd6 12. Bc2 g6 13. Be3 Bg7

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This is a major early decision. The dou All is now in balance.
r+l+k+  r bled pawns dont look especially weak, but
Michael pays a price in king safety later
21. Kh2 Bf5 22. Rg1 Nd7 23. Nf3 dxc4
pp+ 
 q lp in the game. More prudent might be the It is odd to take the gambit pawn so late
+n+p+p+ quieter simple developing move 8. Nc3. in the game but Shaba has an interest
+ np
P + ing idea.
8. ... Bxf4 9. gxf4 Qe7 10. Nbd2 Nbd7 11. e3
+ + N + Ne4 12. Nxe4 fxe4 13. Nd2 Nf6 14. f3 exf3 15. 24. Nd2 Bd3 25. Be4 e5!
And this is it. He takes advantage of the
Nxf3 Bd7 16. Ne5 Be8
+ + LN+ Black keeps his bishop in spite of the pinned pawn on f4. Now the tactics begin
PPL+ PP
P great white knight on e5. It will come in in earnest.
R +Q
 K +R handy later.
26. Bxd3 cxd3 27. dxe5
After 13. ... Bg7
With 27. Rfg2 exf4 28. Rxg7 fxe3 29.
17. Qb3 Bh5 18. h3 Kh8 19. Qa3 Qe8 20. Rf2

Should Black try to avoid the coming Qxd3 Rf2+ 30. Kh1 Nf6 Blacks advantage
Bg6

sac on g6? The rest of the game is about The position has changed. Now Black is huge and obvious.
just that question. And how? A queen is willing to trade the bishop to facilitate
move seems awkward. This is the beauty the heavy pieces getting to the kingside.
27. ... Nxe5 28. Rfg2 Ng6 29. Qxd3 Qe7 30.

of over the board chess. These questions


Nf3 Rae8

play out as a clash of human wills, imag


ination, and ideas. You can put the
position on any strong program and you ENRICO SEVILLANO:
will get a didactic answer. But an engine
does not sweat or worry or wonder if
My opportunities increased when I came to the U.S.
being out of the money will mean not
being able to pay the rent! I dont neces After Enrico had concluded a highly and a rating system. But my opportu
sarily mean these two international successful month of August with a nities increased when I came to the
masters, but make the broader point as number of tournament wins, he sat U.S. in 1995. I needed a fresh start.
to why we all fervently pursue the game. down to talk to me. Im very lucky that my wife, Rose,
allows me to devote myself to chess.
14. Bxg6+!? hxg6 15. Nxg6 Qc7 16. Nxh8 Jerry Hanken: You prevailed on
Yes, I earned that title way back in
You were already an IM then?
Qa5+ 17. Nd2 Nd3+ 18. Kf1 Ncxe5 tiebreaks in the U.S. Open without
It appears that Black has found great 1986 by winning the Asian Junior
even knowing the consequences! But
counterplay but he is now an Exchange IM Enrico Sevillano: Yes, I know Ill Championship. I followed in the foot
you do now ...
down and, in the end, it is the white king be playing in next years U.S. Cham steps of Anand!
which is safer. pionship. Thats very important to
I got one at a round robin here in Los
Do you have any GM norms?
me, and I look forward to the new
venue and format. (It will be a 24 Angeles in 2003, beating GM
19. Qh5+ Kf8 20. f4 Qb5 21. Kg1 Kg8 22.

player Swiss, with qualifications Minasian and drawing Akobian,


fxe5 Bxh8 23. h4 Bg7 24. Rh3 Qxb2
When making this move I suspect that mainly based on rating with the Khachiyan, and Becerra. I need to
Doug knew that his counterattack had U.S. Open champion as one of the get more such opportunities.
fallen short. He yields the back rank to the few exceptions. ~JH)
white queen.
Going back into your thoughts about

Its a life. There are elements of art,


chess, what is chess to you?
Yes, sometimes. I have some regular
As a professional, do you teach?

students, including my stepson John science, and competition really, ele


25. Rf1 Qxe5 26. Qe8+ Kh7 27. h5, Black

Bryant, whos about 2350. Hes only ments of everything in life. When I
resigned.
There is no longer any way to fight on. 16, and I think hell be a grandmas occasionally lose to lower rated play
Looking backward with 20 20 hindsight, ter. And Id like to mention an adult, ers (like you!) I accept it
it probably was better for Black to have Indra Lahiri, an expert who resumed philosophically and move on.
tried to avoid the sac. playing after a few years off. And two Is there any chance that chess will
young twins from San Diego, Darren
Dutch Defense (A90)
ever get the public recognition it
and Aaron Chow.
IM Michael Mulyar (2445) Its not taken seriously now, though
deserves in the U.S.?

GM Alexander Shabalov (2657) In the Philippines, when I was four. things are improving. Were still struggling.
When did you learn chess?

2008 U.S. Open (9), 08.10.2008 My dad played almost every day. I Heres my signature question: what
learned a lot just watching him. He
For this critical deciding round, The
historic player would you most like to
didnt play in tournaments and did
Pounder trots out the old Horowitz I dont have a single favorite any of
spend an afternoon with?
nt know theory kind of like me in
Stonewall. He makes it work in a game the world champions ... If you held a
that respect!
which does define the subtle but real gun to my head, Id choose either
boundaries between a strong interna Fischer, Capablanca, or Kasparov.
Oh, from what Ive seen youre hardly
tional master and a grandmaster. Shaba
theoretically ignorant! Do you recall at
has not had a particularly good year but Im not sure, but I was pretty young,
what age you could beat your dad? OK, Ill have to accept that! Getting
here he demonstrates his clear grand maybe ten. He had mixed feelings
back to the U.S. Open, you scored 8 of
master virtuosity. about it! Yes, [my draws were] with GM Yer
9. A fine score, with two draws.

molinsky and IM Mulyar. My best


The Philippines has lots of activity win was against IM Blanco of Mexico.
1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 c6 4. Qc2 f5 5. g3 Nf6 When did you come to the U.S.?
6. Bg2 Bd6 7. 0-0 0-0 8. Bf4

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N8d7 12. f4 f5 only hope of tieing up the white pieces.


+ +r
r  k This structure: white pawns c4 d5 f4,
and black pawns c5 d6 f5, gives White a
50. Kd1 Kxg7 51. Bxf5 Kg8
pp+ 
 q pp Now it is simple. 51. ... Be8 52. Kc2 Bg6
nice advantage.
+p+ +n+ 53. Bxg6 Kxg6 54. d6 Qxg5 55. d7 Qd8
+ + + + 56. Rd3 and the simple plan of maneu
vering the knight to support the pawn
13. b3 Nf6 14. Bb2 Ng4 15. Rf3 Bf8 16. h3

push will win.


Nf6 17. Nd1
+ + 
P + Whites plan of Nf2, Ng3 f1 h2 and g2
+ +QPN+P g4 is very slow, but Blacks cramped
position makes it difficult for him to
52. Bxd7 Qxd7 53. Nh5 Qd8 54. Rd3 Kh7 55.
PP + +R K maneuver.
d6 Kg6 56. Nf4+ Kf5 57. d7 Kxf4 58. g6,
Black resigned.
+ + +  R What a nice finish! The queen cannot
After 30. ... Rae8
dance at both weddings! Matt lost a tough
17. ... Bg7 18. Nf2 Qe7 19. Ng3 Bd7 20. Nf1

game to co winner Milovanovic in the


Nh5
Trading will make it easier for Black to
next round but won his last round to
maneuver. White now tries his g4 break
secure his place in the money. I will not
31. Rxg6!
This Exchange sac keeps Mulyar in before Black can fully organize his pieces.
doubt Matts killer instincts again! (JH)
the game!
21. g4 Bxb2 22. Qxb2 Ng7 23. Ne3 Kf7
With the idea of ... Qf6, so White has to
The Open will survive
31. ... hxg6 32. Ne5 Kg8 33. Rxg6
Taking with the knight leads to a move his rook from the diagonal.
Of course the U.S. Open is not going
slightly better ending for Black.
away, despite this years attendance prob
lems. It is more than just a chess
24. Rf1 Qf6 25. Qc2
25. Qd2 immediately is better, as the
tournament: it is the hub of USCF gover
33. ... Rf6 34. Rg5 Qe6 35. Ng4 Rff8 36. Qd4
game move wastes a tempo.
nance and the occasion for both the now
Re7 37. f5
The game is even after Ne5. traditional Arnold Denker Tournament
of High School Champions and the new
25. ... Re7 26. Qd2 Kf8 27. Nh1 Rae8 28. Ng3

College Tournament of Champions event


37. ... Rxf5 38. Nh6+ Qxh6 39. Rxf5 Rxe3 40. Qd4 29. Ne2 Qf6 30. g5 Qf7 31. Ng3 Qg8! 32.

which will be much bigger next year in


Qc4+ Kh7 41. Qg4 Qd6+ 42. Kg2 Qd2+ 43. Kf2
The immediate h3 h4 h5 may be
Indianapolis. There are also the U.S.
Rf2 Qd5+ 44. Kh2 Qd6+ 45. Kg2 Re6 46.
stronger, but in time pressure I did not see
Open Blitz (won this year by Julian Lan
Qf5+ Rg6+ 47. Kh1 Qg3, White resigned.
Now its over. The spectators loved this Blacks plan here.
daw) and a host of other smaller events.
closing round donnybrook and Mulyar I raised an alarm in the beginning of
has nothing to hang his head about. He this report to get your attention and to
32. ... Qh8 33. Qc3 Rf7 34. h4 h5 35. gxh6

had a fine tournament. Michael deserves give an honest account of the fact that we
e.p. Qxh6 36. Rh1 Nc8 37. Qe1!

a nickname. With his long chin and It is important to keep the queen on the
fell below our expectations in Dallas. Over
Roman nose, I will call him Caesar. e1 a5 diagonal. Whites break is a bit
the next eight months you will see a deter
early right now, for example 37. Ng2 Ne7
mined push to make 2009 a really big and
I have been following the chess career 38. h5 gxh5 39. Nxh5 Nxh5 40. Rfh3
successful event. We have a million
of young Matt Parry of Rochester, New Qf6.
ideas and some fine promotional minds
York for some time now. One of the nicest working on this project, but we welcome
people I know, I was afraid he was too nice your ideas and any donations to the U.S.
37. ... Ne7 38. Qa5! Ng8 39. Qc7 Nf6 40.

to be the killer one needs to be to win on Open fund.


Qxd6+ Kg8 41. h5!?

the highest level. But this was a fine tour Having just made the second time con
The five year attendance awards certifi
nament for Matt who finished with seven trol, I was quite exhausted, and although
cates, which we revived in 2006, have
of nine and shared fifth thru 19th places. the subtle 41. Ke1! should keep a winning
proved very popular and if you will be at
Further, he produced what I believe to advantage, I seemed to have no patience
five or any multiple of five U.S. Opens next
be the best game of the 2008 U.S. Open. for such a quiet move and also the
year, be sure to contact me at jerryhanken
This is a true Parting with the Lady in queen sacrifice was so interesting.
@aol.com. You must be in attendance
its best sense and his opponent Michael
Wang, when he resigned, acknowledged
41. ... g5 42. fxg5 Ng4+ 43. Nxg4!
And here it is in all its splendor. Matt
and playing to get your award.
For more U.S. Open reporting, see
.
the special beauty of this game. Here the Hankens reports in the August
underplays this point in the game but it
young master annotates and gives his is the climax! (JH) archives of Chess Life Online.
thoughts during the game.

Alekhines Defense (B03)


43. ... Qxd6 44. Nh6+ Kf8 45. Nxf7 Kxf7 46.
U.S. Open
Matt Parry (2288)
h6 Rh8 47. Re1
Not 47. hxg7? Rxh1 48. Nxh1 Qh2+. At A Glance
Michael Yang (2187)
U.S. Open 2008 (6), 08.07.2008 47. ... Re8 48. hxg7 Date: August 1 10, 2008
Notes by Parry Matt still does not have quite enough Location: Westin Park Central,
material if youre just counting, but the Dallas, Texas
protected passed pawn on d5 will be the Top Finishers: 1st 3rd: Alexander
decider. Just watch it work! (JH) Shabalov, Enrico Sevillano, Rade
1. e4 Nf6 2. e5 Nd5 3. d4 d6 4. c4 Nb6 5.

Milovanovic, 8; 4th: Douglas Root,


exd6 exd6 6. Nc3 Be7 7. Bd3 c5
Probably too soon, as White gains space 7.
and cramps Blacks position.
48. ... Rxe1 49. Kxe1 Qe7+
Better is 49. ... Qe5+. This active square Chief Tournament Director: Bill
8. d5 0-0 9. Qc2 g6 10. Nge2 Re8 11. 0-0 for the queen is Blacks best option and Snead

22 Chess Life November 2008 uschess.org


Shaking Up College Chess
By Jonathan Hilton

or a group of high school students, collegiate Team Championship is but a


almost no conversation topic is small oasis, too distant to offer much
F taboo. From so called hot button
issues like religion and politics to the
inspiration for the average college expert
with no other tournament players for
most bizarre details of our personal lives, teammates.
were willing to talk about nearly anything College chess suffers from a lack of a
once the adults clear the room. Some unified individual championship as well
times, we talk about our hopes and similar to the overall international
dreams for the future. And for those of us situation in chess. The former Collegiate
in the teenage chess world, this means Championship, which was held in con
sharing our personal answers to the junction with the K 12 individual grade
tough question we face: Will I play chess level championships in December each
in college? year, had a crucial problem for many col
As a master level player in the 2008 lege students, it was during finals week.
2009 graduating class of high school Attendance at the event was usually mis
seniors, this question represents a sharp erable. The 2007 Collegiate Championship
fork in lifes road for me, just like it does held last December drew only 29 players.
for chess playing students nationwide. For comparison, this years high school
Although many colleges have chess clubs, nationals drew 1,221 players.
they often suffer from a lack of participa This year, however, the USCF took out
tion. Youre more likely to find a handful an axe and hacked a small opening over
of students playing blitz in a dorm than the icy permafrost of college chess. The IM Daniel Fernandez
actively participating in a college club. executive board, joining forces with the
Yet the prospect of leaving campus to USCF college committee, took a leaf from dents, from AF4Cs First Move curricu
travel to a major tournament more than the tree of Arnold Denker and created a lum for 2nd and 3rd graders to the
once in a blue moon seems dubious for Tournament of Champions for college Junior Grand Prix. Sponsorship of the
most full time students. For someone at players. The six round affair was held in College Tournament of Champions will
the expert or master level hoping to con conjunction with the Denker, lending it help them expand their work to include
tinue playing seriously in college, additional prestige. Students represented college level chess.
attending a school with built in support their colleges the way that Denker repre Yet, despite the awesome prize fund,
for its chess program makes sense. Yet, sentatives represent their home states. this years College Tournament of Cham
as young people in a highly competitive This in itself has the potential to make the pions, held August 2 5, drew only 17
world, were constantly reminded by par newly established College Tournament players from seven states. The three orig
ents and academic advisors that we arent of Champions an enticing event, but as inal sections the U1700, U2100, and
going to college to play chess. Thus, icing on the cake, a robust prize fund of Open had to be merged to create a large
most of us eventually choose tournament five grand was offered! enough playing field. According to market
abstinence during our college years. The journey needed to raise this kind ing aficionado James Stallings, director of
For the chess nation, the consequences of money for a new tournament could the University of Texas at Dallas chess
of this decision are staggering. There are make for an entire article in itself. The first program, the tournaments advance mar
9,946 USCF members between the ages $2000 came from the individual pockets keting proved to be its Achilles heel.
of 14 and 18. From ages 19 to 23, how of USCF officials in a strong show of com $5,000 has the potential to draw a lot
ever, there are only 2,503 members. That mitment to righting the situation in college more than 17 people, Stallings said. We
means only about one in four students chess. $250 came from the ever charita need to find a way to get the message out,
choose to continue rated chess immedi ble New Jersey State Chess Federation, but the difficulty is that the very people
ately after their high school years. and another $250 from small individual were targeting probably arent reading
Although some of these young men and contributions. The last $2,500 was the TLAs in Chess Life.
women may return to the game later in donated by the family friendly online Stallings is already working actively to
life, the lack of interest in chess at the col chess server World Chess Live (WCL). increase awareness among colleges in
lege level prevents us from retaining Joel Berez, C.E.O. of WCL, wrote: We Indiana about the tournament, which
thousands upon thousands of tourna donated the money at the last minute will be held in Indianapolis in August of
ment competitors. when we heard this event was short of its 2009. Many colleges are willing to pay the
The message I am hearing from col sponsorship goal. We expect to return way for students to represent them at
lege students who are fading out of the next year as the principal sponsor. Berez prestigious events, chess tournaments
game is this: We dont want to quit. There explained his hopes to promote the bud included. We need to make college chess
are just so few real opportunities to com ding tournament through WCLs players alert to this fact.
PHOTO: ELIZABETH VICARY

pete! Unlike the world of scholastic chess, increased participation with the event, I believe it will take time for the tour
with its solid support infrastructure of possibly by holding Internet qualifiers. nament to build up to the size and
school coaches and local organizers, col It fits in with our specific mission: significance of the Denker. Despite the
lege chess organization is haphazard at encouraging young players to enjoy chess unpromising first year turnout, it may
best. At worst, its un hyped and unpub as a lifelong interest, whatever their lev well take root and do for college chess
licized, or even nonexistent. In this vast els of skill and ambition. WCL supports what the Polgar has done for girls chess:
desert wasteland, the Pan American Inter a broad range of chess programs for stu create a one of a kind experience that

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keeps players fighting to earn the right to I was happy to see this move. I feel f4 squares to White but with my queen
come back and represent their peers. As that it is hard for White to prove an on e2, how can I exploit this? Meanwhile,
universities establish tournaments to advantage in the main line of the Maroczy Blacks c6 knight is ready to go to e5,
decide their representatives, a gradual Bind, namely: 5. ... g6 6. e4 d6 (frequently with a major offensive against my king.
ripple effect could occur, helping to shake played also is 6. ... Nxd4 7. Qxd4 d6 8.
up the stagnant college chess scene. Play Be2 Bg7 9. Bg5 0 0 10. Qd2 Be6 11. Rc1
15. f4
ers in the Denker might eventually go on Qa5 12. f3 Rfc8 13. b3 a6 14. Na4 Qxd2+ I also considered 15. f3 but did not
to play in the College Tournament of 15. Kxd2 Rc6) 7. Be2 Bg7 8. Be3 0 0 9. like my position after 15. ... h3 16. Bf1
Champions. College representatives 0 0 Bd7 10. Qd2 Nxd4 11. Bxd4 Bc6 12. Ne5! 17. fxe4 fxe4 18. Nxe4 Bg4 19. Qc2
might elect to also play in the U.S. Open. f3 a5 13. b3 Nd7 14. Be3 Nc5 15. Rab1 Bf3 20. Rg1 Qb6 when Black has more
High school students sitting around a Qb6 16. Nd5 Bxd5 17. cxd5 Qb4 and in than adequate compensation for the
table may ask each other not whether both lines White gets nowhere. pawn. The numerous positional advan
theyre going to play any chess during col tages such as the bishop pair, far better
lege, but whether theyll have a shot at development and the terrible coordination
6. Ndb5 d6
making it to the College Tournament of I wasnt prepared for this move, of Whites pieces gives Black a decisive
Champions at the school of their choice. although it is the main line. I had only advantage.
The winner of this years College Tour studied 6. ... d5 7. Bf4 e5 8. cxd5 exf4 9.
nament of Champions was IM Daniel dxc6 bxc6 10. Qxd8+ Kxd8 11. Nd4
15. ... Bg7 16. Qd2
Fernandez of the University of Texas at (According to Korchnoi, the dubious 11. A sad concession to have to make after
Brownsville. Despite being the top seed, Rd1+ only aids Blacks development, for playing 14. Qe2 just two moves ago. With
Fernandez described his tournament as example: 11. ... Bd7 12. Nd6 Bxd6 13. ... Qa5 on the horizon, c3 (and conse
being a bit of a roller coaster, with some Rxd6 Rb8 14. Rd2 Ke7 with approximate quently a3) need protection.
close calls. Leading the tournament by equality. Blacks development advantage
a half point going into the last round, Fer and activity makes up for his somewhat
16. ... Qa5 17. Kf2
nandez felt confident. I have a history of sloppy pawn structure) 11. ... Kc7 12. I finally get a chance to play 17. 0 0 but
being able to close out tournaments and g3 and although theory assesses this still it is no good after 17. ... Bxc3 18.
take the first prize, he said. Yet in his position as approximately equal, Korch Qxc3 Qxc3 19. bxc3 hxg3 20. hxg3 and
last round game against Corbin Yu of noi seems to think White has a small White is plagued with structural weak
Iowa, his ship nearly sank. I had White, edge. nesses all over the place (a2, c3, c4, g3).
but out of the opening my opponent was
winning. Im a solid player so that kind
7. Bf4 e5 8. Bg5 a6 9. Bxf6?! 17. ... Nb4 18. Ke2

of thing is not supposed to happen! Here A slightly dubious and older move. The After making this forced move, my self
Fernandez describes his comeback in more modern trend seems to be 9. Na3 esteem had hit rock bottom. The thought
that critical last round: Be7 10. e3 0 0 11. Be2 Be6 12. 0 0 with of losing this game finally crossed my
a slightly superior positional game for mind as a very real possibility. At this
White. moment, a montage of chess scenes went
English, Symmetrical (A33) through my head. In my chess career I
IM Daniel Fernandez (2454) have had the good fortune of being able
9. ... gxf6 10. Na3 f5 11. e3 Be6 12. g3

Corbin Yu (2136) This move is redundant and a waste of to close out tournaments (for the most
Tournament of College Champions, time. Whites bishop needs to be devel part), and thought that finally luck had
Dallas (6), 08.06.2008 oped to e2. I felt that this move was come up with me and it was time for me
necessary because of the pressure that to finally lose a decisive game. But instead
Black will apply along the g file with ... of giving in, I remembered the words of the
Going into this game I had a mere Qg5 and ... Rg8, but it was nothing to be late GM Edmar Mednis: when losing, sit
half point lead over the competition and afraid of after all. tight and hope for a blunder.
felt pressure to win in order to clinch I had planned to respond to 17. ... Nb4
clear first. Playing down and with white by playing 18. Bf1 but overlooked(!) the
12. ... h5 13. Bg2 h4 14. Qe2?
I was confident nothing could go wrong. obvious 18. ... hxg3+ 19. Kxg3 0 0 0
Interestingly, I played my opponent sev r+ qkl r when Black can choose how to destroy
eral months earlier in the online +p+ +p+ me. A ... d5 break in the center as well as
collegiate chess tournament and was the possibility of an attack on my king are
fortunate to draw, so, although I knew
p+npl+ + both possible, with ... d5 looking much
it would not be easy, I felt better pre + + pp+ stronger.
pared this time around.
+P+ +  p 18. ... Rc8 19. Rhd1?
1. Nf3

N N 
P P A careless mistake. Clearly it was bet
This has been my signature first move ter to use the other rook in order to get
for the last few years. Being a full time
PP +QPLP it off the menacing g7 bishops diagonal.
student and part time chess teacher has 
R + K +R
not allowed me to study many openings,
19. ... 0-0?
After 14. Qe2
so instead of playing sharply I aim for An obvious but careless move. How
quiet positions where I can utilize my A waste of time. This becomes appar can ... 0 0 be wrong? After this move it
ent in a few moves. appears as though the tables will turn.
experience and positional understand
ing (which you wouldnt know I had after
seeing this game!).
14. ... e4! 20. g4!

A very strong move that I underesti I shoot after my only real compensation:
mated. At first glance, this move seems getting rid of the e4 pawn by attacking the
pawn base, f5, and capitalizing on the
1. ... c5 2. c4 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5.
Nc3 e6 quite weakening conceding the d4 and

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pinned b4 knight. 34. ... Kd7 35. Nb5 Re6 36. Rg2
+r+ k + The rule of multiple weaknesses. I wont
get anywhere merely attacking d6, so I
20. ... Rfd8?
Blacks last mistake. After this move,
+p+ +p l
bring the rook to the unoccupied g file
Whites position becomes playable. Nec p+np + + with the intention of penetrating into
essary was 20. ... Bxc4+ 21. Nxc4 Rxc4 + + + + Blacks position and going after his other
22. gxf5 Qxf5 23. Kf1 is best and although
weaknesses (f5 and h4).
some dust has cleared, Black maintains +P+pP p
firm control of the game with an extra N + 
 P +
pawn and strong piece activity. After the
36. ... Bf8 37. Rg5 Rf6 38. Rh5 Rh6 39. Rxf5,

game my opponent and I saw the follow


Black resigned.
PP 
R +L P With a two pawn lead and consistent
ing neat line: 22. ... Bxc3? 23. bxc3 Nd3
24. Bxe4 Nxf4+ 25. Kf3! Qe5 26. Bxb7
Qxf5! 27. Rg1+ Ng6+ 28. Kg2 with approx
+ + +K+
After 27. ... Rxc8
pressure, Black decided to resign. .
See additional scholarship information at
imately equal chances in this crazy knight makes a big difference. uschess.org/scholastic/scholarship.php
position.
28. ... Re8 29. Bxc6 bxc6 30. Kf2 Ke7 31.
21. gxf5 Bxf5 22. Nd5!
Taking advantage tactically of Blacks
Kf3?!
A careless mistake. Better was 31. e4
College Tournament of
only real weakness in his position, the taking advantage that after 30. ... Ke7,
pinned knight on b4. The following six
Champions
Black blocked the rook, making the pawn
moves are forced: push possible.
At A Glance
22. ... Bg4+ 23. Kf1 Bxd1 24. Rxd1 Nc6 25.

Date: August 2 5, 2008


Ne7+! Kf8 26. Nxc8 Qxd2 27. Rxd2 Rxc8 31. ... f5
Now I have a self inflicted backward
Location: Westin Park Central,
pawn on e3.
Dallas, Texas
(see diagram top of next column)

Top Finishers: 1st: Daniel Fer


nandez, 5; 2nd: Aibek Iskakov,
28. Bxe4 32. b3 a5 33. Nc2 c5? 34. Na3!
Now White is the one with the clear I played 33. Nc2 bluffing that I would
4; 3rd 4th: Bayaraa Zorigt,
advantage. I liked my chances of win continue with Nd4. This encouraged Black
Arturo Gracia Jr., 4.
ning here because, normally, to play ... c5, now I have a permanent out
Chief Tournament Director: Bill
opposite color bishops are drawish post for my knight on b5, where it attacks
Snead
endgames, but having the rook and Blacks backward d6 pawn.

The Denker Trio


By Jonathan Hilton

ome play chess for fun. Others play stamina, a fierce sense of danger at the
chess for blood. We play chess for board, and an incredible ability to win
S honor. Who are we? We are the
Denker representatives, and we come
games when the chips are down. This
year, three co champions shared the glory
from Alaska to Hawaii, from California to with 5/6 a rare tie, making 2008 an
Maine. We represent not only ourselves, exception in the Denkers recent trend
but our state federations, home clubs, toward clear winners. In fact, the last
schools, coaches, friends, and families time more than two tied for first place was
the chessplayers and non chessplayers eight years ago!
that have shaped us into champions. Each winner had a unique story, with
Success for a Denker representative FM Daniel Yeager on one side, Julian
does not solely consist in winning the Landaw on the other, and expert Scott
tournament. Success is achieved by play Low falling somewhere in between. One
ing with pride. Fighting spirit, thing the members of this unlikely trio
camaraderie, and etiquette are traits pos shared? They all admitted to having fol
sessed by the ideal representative. lowed, consciously or unconsciously,
Personal respect at the Denker is unpar some piece of advice given by USCF Exec
alleled there are no cheap psychological utive Director and former Denker
tricks, no routine intimidation tactics. representative Bill Hall during his rous
During this six round, four day, 48 player ing speech at the opening ceremony!
PHOTO: ELIZABETH VICARY

tournament, not a single dispute arose, FM Daniel Yeager


reported chief tournament director Daniel Yeager: A fierce competitor
Dewain Barber. takes time to travel With the unyielding concentration of a
By the afternoon of the fourth day, It is hard to get ones head around the fighter pilot and the thorough eye of a
however, a true champion of champions powerful brain of FM Daniel Yeager. A computer, Yeager did not lose a single
is decided. The champion of champions young man of few words, he lets his game during his entire stay in Texas four
is someone with extraordinary mental incredible chess record speak for itself. wins and two draws in the Denker; three

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draws, five wins, and a bye in the U.S. d2 square. The downside is that the move However, this option would have been
Open. Total: fourteen consecutive games 5. Bd2 could also be a useful developing great for White.
without a single loss! move for White.
Yet, to many, Yeager remains a mystery.
21. ... Ndxc5 22. dxc5 Nxc5 23. Nd4
Perhaps the most reticent player in the Of course not 23. b4? Nb3.
5. Bd2 Be7 6. Bg2 0-0 7. 0-0 c6
Denker, the Pennsylvanian can hold an Aiming for a closed Catalan position.
entire conversation without saying a sin After 7. ... dxc4 8. Qc2, Whites fifth move
23. ... Ba8 24. b4 Nd3 25. Rc7 Rb7 26. Rxb7
gle word! Often, he communicates has proved useful, clearing the way for
Bxb7 27. Bd7 Rb8 28. Bc7 Ra8 29. b5 Nc5
through grins, shrugs, and laughter. He Rc1.
30. Bc6
has a hunger to hunch over the chess Removing a key defender and planning
board in deep concentration, and comes to play Nd4 c6.
8. Qc2 b6 9. b3 Ba6
to scholastic tournaments with the clear A good move, preventing 10. Nc3 due to
intention of capturing the top prize. He is the attack on the c4 pawn.
30. ... Bf6 31. Bxb7 Nxb7 32. Ra6
disciplined and does what it takes to Preparing to play b5 b6. 32. b6? a5
churn out top performances during his was certainly not to my liking.
10. a4
7 0 victory at this years high school Aiming to play a4 a5 and exploit the
nationals, Yeager was sure to look after slightly awkward position of the bishop on
32. ... Nc5 33. Ra5 Nb7 34. Ra2 Bxd4 35.
himself, heading off to bed early on mul a6. 10. Rd1 Nbd7 11. Bf4 is another
exd4 f6 36. Ra6 Rc8 37. Bf4 g5 38. Be3 Rb8
tiple nights. A few days after the Denker, option, reaching a Queens Indian A better try was 38. ... Rd8 39. Rxf6
I asked Yeager what he enjoys most about Defense. Black soon strikes with ... c5, Nd6 40. Bxg5 Nxb5, but White has the
chess. He instantly broke into a grin; leading to a complicated position. shot 41. Rb6! axb6 42. Bxd8 Nxd4 43.
after some initial hesitation, he gave a sur Bxb6 with a winning endgame.
prisingly honest answer: I love to win!
10. ... Nbd7 11. a5 c5 12. Nc3!?
he exclaimed. Offering a pawn sacrifice on c4 which
39. Rxf6
Thus, I was surprised to discover how Black should accept. 12. Rd1 would have 39. Rxa7 Nd6 and Black could hang on
much traveling and socializing Yeager been the safer and better option, when for awhile. Now Blacks kingside pawns
accomplished during his stay in Texas. Black is running out of useful moves. If fall, and he resigned on move 58.
Even before the start of the Denker, he 12. ... Rc8 13. axb6 Black has to take
and his father, Richard Yeager a likeable back with the queen, leading to a struc Julian Landaw: Hakuna matata
extrovert whose supportive presence is a tural advantage for White: 13. ... Qxb6 14. Julian Landaw, the representative from
key factor in Daniels success took a Ba5 Qb8 15. Nbd2. southern California, blundered in round
day trip out to see the University of Texas three to Karel Gonzalez of Florida, losing
at Dallas (UTD). James Stallings, the on the spot. He laughed the loss off
12. ... bxa5?
director of the UTD chess program, had Once White regains the a5 pawn with quickly and came back fighting only to
arranged a special tour for Denker partic Qa2, Black will have a tough time hold trade a winning position for a losing one
ipants, so both Yeagers eagerly signed ing everything together. Black must accept in round four against Haizhou Xu of Ver
up to go. This turned out to be a wise the pawn sacrifice: if he doesnt, the mont. But, through Caissas divine
move: Daniel Yeager wound up capturing bishop on a6 did not fulfill its duty. 12. intervention, Xu returned the favor and
one of two full four year scholarships ... dxc4! 13. bxc4 Bxc4. The diagonal has dropped a rook in a nutty endgame time
awarded by UTD during the Denker event! opened for the bishop on g2, but Black is scramble. But then in round six, his
(The other was awarded to Low. Landaw, solid. White has no immediate threat. closed Sicilian brought him a dismal posi
who has graduated high school, had tion. He held on for dear life as his
already enrolled in UC Berkeley.) opponents dark square bishop ravaged
13. cxd5 exd5 14. Qa2 Qb6 15. Qxa5
I rarely saw Yeager unaccompanied by Even better is 15. Ne5! Rybka gives his kingside. I kept messing up and get
fellow Denker comrades. Whether he was 15. ... Rad8 (15. Qe6 16. Qxa5 Bb7 17. ting bad positions, but I kept my cool
visiting local eateries with Scott Low, Nd3 cxd4 18. Nf4) 16. Nxd5 Nxd5 17. and managed to turn them around, says
hanging out in the weight lifting room, or Bxa5 Qe6 18. Bxd8 Nb4 19. Bxe7 Nxa2 Landaw. This was indeed the truth in
just exploring the hotel with friends, the 20. Bxf8 Nxf8 21. Rxa2 with a clear that fateful round six game, Landaw
Pennsylvanian chess machine always advantage for White. regrouped mentally, regrouped his pieces
showed his human side between rounds. to the center, and then capitalized swiftly
He was living the chess players dream, on a blunder from his opponent to win the
15. ... Bb7 16. Na4
traveling the country and enjoying every 16. Ne5 was again worthy of consider game.
moment in Dallas. Yet he maintained an ation. What brought Landaw success in the
unrelenting positional control throughout Denker? Although he admits luck was
all six rounds, including this last round involved, Landaws unusually relaxed
16. ... Qxa5 17. Bxa5 Rfe8 18. e3 Rab8 19.
win over then tournament leader Matt attitude allowed him to breeze through a
Rfc1 Ne4?!
Parry: 19. ... Rec8 20. Bh3 cxd4 21. Nxd4 Denker winning ordeal that would have
Bd6 is a better try. proved an emotional roller coaster for
Queens Indian Defense (E15) anyone else. His calm attitude which
FM Daniel Yeager (2353) reminds one of the Swahili phrase
20. Bh3!
Matt Parry (2279) The bishop finds a great diagonal and hakuna matata, meaning no worries
2008 Denker Tournament of High School attacks one of the key defenders of the c5 allowed him to rise to the top of the pack
Champions (6), 08.05.2008 pawn. when the four days of Denker drama were
Notes by Yeager done.
In an audio interview I did with Landaw
20. ... Bc6 21. Nxc5
I considered 21. Bxd7 Bxd7 22. Nxc5 shortly after the tournament (available at
Nxc5 23. dxc5 Rxb3 24. c6 but I didnt like chessclub.com/mailing/2008/08ewcl/
1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. g3 Bb4+
Forcing Whites bishop to the awkward the idea of giving up my great bishop. news.html), Landaw explained that he

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has grown and matured in his emotional At this point I felt very confident. My Then, there was a strange twist of fate
handling of chess. When I was younger, pawn cannot easily be stopped, and I can
I used to be very emotional, he admitted. soon move my king up the board with Sicilian Defense (B32)
I dont feel much pressure ... I just walk strong penetration. Scott Low (2184)
around, cool myself off, get some water, Erik Patchell (2085)
talk to people and I feel really light, Denker Tournament of High School
44. Ng1!!
really relaxed. He said that he definitely After this move I felt probably three Champions (6), 08.05.2008
agreed with Bill Halls message about not different emotions. First I was thinking, Notes by Low
letting a Denker loss bring one down. Wow, what is this kid doing? I thought
Here Landaw describes his emotional Chen just had to go 44. Ng3, in which
reaction to one of his tournaments many case I would play 44. ... Ng4, threatening
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 e5 5.

surprises. 45. ... Rh2+ 46. Kg1 f2+. Then, after look
Nb5 d6 6. N1c3 a6 7. Na3 b5 8. Nd5 Nge7 9.

ing over some of the lines in my head I


c4 Nd4 10. Bg5 h6 11. Be3 Nxd5 12. cxd5

Birds Opening (A03) found Chens stalemate idea. My reaction


Be7 13. Bxd4?

Tony Chen (1926) was, Oh no, did he just completely trick Losing the bishop pair and turning the
Julian Landaw (2297) me here? And finally, with about a cou initiative over to Black.
Denker Tournament of High School ple of minutes left in the game, I felt an
Champions (1), 08.02.2008 acceptance and thought, Well, lets just
13. ... exd4 14. Qxd4 0-0 15. Be2 f5 16. 0-0

Notes by Landaw see if this will work out somehow.


Bf6 17. Qb4 fxe4 18. Nc2 Qb6 19. Rad1 Bd7
20. Ne3 Rae8 21. a4
1. f4 d5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. e3 Bg4 4. Be2 Bxf3 5. 44. ... f2 45. Rxe3 f1=Q 21. Bh5, with equality, was better.
Bxf3 c5 6. 0-0 Nc6 7. b3 e5 8. fxe5 Nxe5 9. And here is the brilliance in Chens
play: he has stalemated his own king
21. ... a5 22. Qb3
22. Nc4 Qa7 23. Nxa5 e3 24. f4 bxa4
Qe2 a6 10. Bb2 Qc7 11. d4 Nxf3+ 12. Qxf3
and has the plan of simply checking me
holds the balance.
Bd6 13. g3 0-0 14. dxc5 Be5 15. Bxe5 Qxe5
16. Nd2 Qc3 17. Qe2 Rae8 18. Rfe1 Qxc5 19. with his rook until I have to capture it.
Qd3 Re7 20. c4 Rfe8 21. Nf1 dxc4 22. Qxc4 The game would end in a lousy draw! 22. ... Rb8 23. axb5 Bxb5 24. Bxb5 Qxb5 25.
Qxc4 23. bxc4 Ng4 24. Rab1 Ne5 25. Rec1
46. Rh3+?? Qa3 Qc5 26. Qxc5 dxc5 27. Ra1 Rxb2 28.
Rc8 26. Nd2 Rd7 27. Nb3 Rxc4 28. Rxc4
Unfortunately, White does not find the
Rxa5 Bd4 29. Nd1 Rb1 30. Ra2 Rc1 31. Re2
Nxc4 29. Nc5 Rd2 30. Rxb7 h6 31. Nxa6 Rxa2
correct plan! He needs to prevent my king
Rb8 32. Rxe4 Rbb1 33. Ree1 Bc3??
33. ... Kf7 and Black is only slightly bet
32. Nc5 Nxe3
Even after analyzing with Fritz, I am still from entering the queenside, as we will
see in a couple of moves. White could ter, surprisingly.
not certain as to whether this position is
theoretically a win for Black or a draw. draw with 46. Re6+!! Kg5 47. Rg6+!!, after
which Black has the surprising 47. ...
34. Nxc3, Black resigned.

Kf4! 48. Rf6+ Kg3! (Threatening mate! During a post Denker interview, I asked
Low his favorite part of Bill Halls opening
33. Rb1 Rg2+ 34. Kh1 Rc2 35. Ne4 f5 36.
Isnt this exciting?) 49. Rg6+ Kf2 50. Rf6+
speech. The message to thank your par
Nd6 g5 37. Re1 f4 38. h4!
A powerful move. White trades off two Ke1 51. Rxf1+ Kxf1 52. Nh3 with a the
oretical draw! Of course, I would try for ents for being behind you every step of the
pairs of pawns, leaving me with only one
a swindle in this type of endgame with way was something really important I took
pawn left on the board. If he could then
Black, but it is still disheartening that I away from it, Low remarked. After a
trade his knight for the pawn, a drawn
might not have been able to win! moment of reflection, he began to wonder
R+N vs R position might be reached.
aloud if hed actually remembered to do it.
He gave me permission to thank them
publicly here in Chess Life. To Scotts par
38. ... Kh7 39. hxg5 hxg5 40. gxf4 gxf4 41. 46. ... Kg5 47. Rh5+ Kf6 48. Rh6+ Ke5 49.
Re6+ Kd4 50. Rd6+ Kc3 51. Rc6+ Kb4 52.
ents, and to all the parents of the Denker
Nb5?

+
+ + + +k
+ + +
Rb6+ Ka5
Now my king finds a safe haven since
after 53. Ra6+ or 53. Rb5+ I can snag the
champions including my own thanks!
See the August archives of Chess Life
.
rook with my queen. Online at uschess.org for more about
the Denker by Jonathan Hilton.
+ + + + 53. Rb2 Qg2 mate.
+N+ + +
+ + p + Scott Low: The middle ground 2008 Arnold Denker
+ + 
n + Scott Low from Maryland fell some
where in between the contrasting styles
Tournament of High
+r+ + + of Yeager and Landaw. His first three School Champions
+ + 
R +K games were won with Yeager like preci
sion; he made few, if any, slight mistakes
At A Glance
After 41. Nb5
and patiently outplayed his opponents.
Date: August 2 5, 2008
Yet his tournament turned into a Landaw
Location: Westin Park Central,
styled roller coaster during round 4, in
Dallas, Texas
41. ... Rd2?
I unfortunately miss the powerful move which he had to rely on a flag fall to score
Top Finishers: 1st 3rd: Daniel
41. ... Nf5! After 42. Na3 Ra2 43. Nc4 the full point in a messy position versus
Yeager (PA), Julian Landaw (CA),
Ng3+ 44. Kg1 f3, when the threats of ... Karel Gonzalez. Then, in round 5, he suf
Scott Low (MD), 5; 4th 6th:, Matt
f2 and ... Rg2 mate cannot be stopped. Its fered defeat at the hands of Matt Parry.
Parry (NY), Michael Yang (MN),
good news that I didnt find this line, His hopes of winning the tournament
Ricky Selzler (WA), 4.5.
because otherwise I wouldnt have gotten rested on beating Kentuckys Erik Patchell
Chief Tournament Director: Bill
to see Chens brilliant idea later on! in round 6 and his prospects seemed
Snead
bleak from his unlucky thirteenth move.
42. Nc3 Kh6 43. Ne2 f3

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On Collecting
Staunton Chessmen
A guide for the serious collector

By Frank Camaratta

y chess set collecting obsession obtained a copy of the design registration been reported, but not verified, that Cook
had its start a few months after for the Staunton chessmen from the was affiliated with the ILN, possibly as a
M I first learned the moves of the
game. That was the summer before my
patent office in London. The Staunton
chessmen design was registered as num
partner. It has also been reported, again
without verification, that Cook was John
16th birthday. A few friends in my new ber 58607 on March 1, 1849. The title of Jaques son in law.
neighborhood took the pains to explain the registration was Ornamental Design
the moves to me and I was addicted. All for a set of Chess Men. It was registered What to look for in the early sets
I could do was eat, drink and sleep chess. by Nathaniel Cook, 198, Strand, London, Make no mistake about it. If you are
I was entering my junior year in high under the Ornamental Designs Act of looking for a set of antique Staunton
school. I turned 16 in the fall of that year 1842. Interestingly, the registration was chessmen to enhance your collection,
and, for my birthday, my mother gave limited to Class II, articles fabricated there are chessmen produced by Jaques
me a nice set of wooden Staunton chess mostly from wood. of London and then there are the rest.
men. These were nothing spectacular, There have been allusions to a set of Jaques Chessmen, Staunton or other
just a good, solid, German made weighted similar chessmen having been designed wise, are by far the most collectible and,
set of lacquered chessmen in a wood around 1835. That fact seems to have as a consequence, the most expensive.
slide top box. The pieces were tourna been repeated several times in the liter This is not to say that there are not other
ment size and I made good use of them in ature. However, there is no evidence to Staunton chessmen that are worth col
the years that followed. support that contention. lecting. For example, British Chess
The lessons Ive learned in the interven Well, who was Nathaniel Cook and what Company Xylonite chessmen quickly
ing 22 years I would like to now share was his connection with John Jaques, come to mind. However, if you are look
with you. I hope to help you avoid some the original manufacturer? Moreover, how ing for one set of vintage Staunton
of the pitfalls and costly mistakes that can did Howard Staunton get into the mix? chessmen, you must have a Jaques.
befall a new collector. An education in col What is known is that the first Staunton What follows is a distillation of the
lecting can cost more than tuition to a chessmen were manufactured by the firm important details that will serve as a
four year college. Make no mistake about of John Jaques, whose business premises roadmap for anyone who is seriously con
it, this can be a costly education. First, were in Hatton Garden, and later on the templating this investment.
having been a serious tournament chess Strand in London. What is also known is
player, my interest was in practical play that Cook managed to obtain the endorse The chessmen
ing sets the Staunton design in ment of the then self proclaimed world The original Staunton chessmen pro
particular. What I had discovered very champion, Howard Staunton who, after duced by Jaques were and still are quite
early in my collecting career was that defeating the leading French champion unique in appearance. Although generally
there was woefully little information on Pierre de Saint Amant in their landmark described as a radically new design for their
the Staunton chessmen and what did 1842 match, became the worlds time, the form was based on the earlier
exist was mostly incorrect. So, I decided unofficial world champion. Northern Upright Chessmen which were
to pull together as much information on What is not known is the relationship designed in the 1840s by Lord John Hay.
the Staunton pattern as I could. between Jaques and Cook or between The Staunton chessmen featured very
The Staunton chessmen were designed Cook and Staunton. We do know that broad bases, gracefully contoured stems
and first manufactured in the United Staunton wrote a daily chess article for and attractively turned and carved head
Kingdom by the firm of John Jaques. I the Illustrated London News (ILN). It has pieces. From the graceful forme cross

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The original Jaques Staunton design from 1849,
still familiar to all chessplayers 160 years later.

atop the king to the six crenelled rook, for the ebony side were stained box Jaques London on their bases. This
these chessmen make an impression. wood. If you find a set of Jaques is true for both the boxwood and
The knights, however, are their hallmark. chessmen with stained boxwood black ebony as well as ivory chessmen. The
They were derived from the visages which knight heads, the set is pre 1852. J. can sometimes be difficult to dis
adorn the Elgin Marbles, which form a 8. In a true Jaques set, the kings crosses cern. All legitimate Cook style Jaques
part of the east pediment of the Greek are removable. Also, the knights are chessmen will have both the J.
Acropolis. The Marbles were expropri two pieces the head and the base Jaques London imprinted on the base
ated in 1816 by Sir Thomas Bruce and which are screwed together. of the king as well as a white label
brought to London. They can be viewed 9. Jaques was the first chess set manu which have been hand signed and
today at The British Museum in London. facturer to affix the symbol of a kings hand numbered by Howard Staunton.
Here are some important details to look crown to the summits of the kingside Find one of these and you have found
for in the chessmen: rooks and knights. This praxis was a very valuable collectible set of
1. The original Staunton chessmen were largely copied and is no longer unique Jaques chessmen.
available in a standard size (8.9 cm) to sets produced by Jaques. These 14. The Jaques London mark on the
and a full club size (11 cm king) only. knock offs are often offered on eBay as underside of the ivory chessmen
2. The original chessmen were available authentic Jaques chessmen. Dont be varies in configuration and can be
in boxwood and ebony, ivory and fooled. Look for the Jaques London confidently used to date the set. The
Wedgwood Carrara(!). This latter is mark imprinted on the base. earliest marks were printed on two
largely unknown to both the Wedg 10. The library size (7.3 cm king) was parallel arcs. Later ivory sets were
wood and the chess collector added around 1852; the small club marked in two parallel straight lines
communities. size (10 cm king) around 1856. and then in a single straight line.
3. The large club size ivory set was intro 11. Although library sized and ivory sets
duced to the line in very limited were NEVER weighted, the standard Registration certificates
quantities in April of 1850. size sets were available in both 1. Each chessman in a Jaques set, sold
4. Jaques originated the weighting of weighted and unweighted configura during the first three years of produc
their chessmen for enhanced stability. tions. The small club and full club size tion, had a small green paper disk
5. Only the 11 cm boxwood and ebony wooden sets were always weighted. affixed to the underside of their bases.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF FRANK CAMARATTA

chessmen were weighted initially. Ivory 12. Every Jaques chess set will have 2. This disk bore a registration mark
chessmen were NEVER weighted. Jaques London imprinted on the consisting of a small diamond which
6. The 8.9 cm standard size chessmen upper part of the rim of the base of the identified the day, month and year
could be felted or unfelted. Ivory chess white king if the set is boxwood and the design was registered, the class
men were NEVER felted. ebony and on the underside of the and a parcel number. This protected
7. The black knight heads for the box base of the ivory king. Both kings are the design from piracy during those
wood and ebony chessmen were so marked for sets produced after three years.
actually stained boxwood. Apparently, around 1890. 3. Although the pamphlet from the
carving the rock hard ebony was dif 13. The kings from the earliest Jaques patent office in the U.K. lists one reg
ficult and more time consuming than chessmen, which I refer to as the istration disk design for 1849, the
boxwood, so, for the first three years Cook style in my codex of Jaques year the Staunton chessmen were reg
or so of production, the knight heads chessmen, will have the imprint J. istered, I have discovered that there

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9. The large weighted wooden chessmen


were not offered in carton pierre cas
kets. These caskets are very fragile
and the heavy pieces would simply
break through the sides.

Early labels (18491851)


1. Each box bore a manufacturers label
affixed to the underside of the box or
on the bottom inside of the large Span
ish mahogany caskets. This praxis
was later changed to affix the label to
the underside of the lid of the
mahogany boxes.
2. The earliest labels were white with a
decorative black fleur de lis. A slightly
different label was designed for sets
numbered 600 or so to 999.
3. Along with the box contents and reg
istration number (58,607 5&6 Vict.
Cap. 100.), each label bore an original
One of the hand-signed and numbered labels that were
affixed to the box of each of the early Staunton sets
(not a facsimile) signature of Howard
Staunton and the production num
ber of the set, also in Stauntons hand.
were actually three designs printed directly on a wear surface. Based on certain observations, I
and distributed. The first two had 3. The mahogany boxes were lined in a believe Staunton hand signed and
printing errors and omissions. These green billiard cloth and lacked the numbered 999 labels (or signed as
were used from 1849 to 1852, after center partition found in later boxes many as he could until hampered by
which the patent office printed the (post 1890). writers cramp).
registration disks correctly. 4. The mahogany boxes which housed 4. These early labels were numbered
the club size wooden chessmen had a sequentially, so set #120 could be an
Boxes and carton-pierre caskets large scalloped brass escutcheon inset 8.9 cm wooden set in a small
Perhaps the most intriguing aspects of into the lid and around the keyhole. mahogany box, while set #121 might
collecting Jaques Staunton are the richly Mahogany boxes which housed later be a large ivory set in a large carton
adorned Gothic style carton pierre cas sets would use circular plaques rather pierre casket.
kets in which they were housed, designed than the scalloped brass on the top of 5. Little known is the fact that the ear
by Joseph L. Williams. Matching carton the lid and a thin brass strip set inside liest labels also have the Jaques
pierre treatment adorned leather the keyhole. London imprint invisibly embossed
chessboards were designed and sold by 5. Carton pierre caskets were made in into the label. The same tool used to
William Leuchars and first offered to the three configurations. All three config mark the bases of their kings was
public in December 1849. urations utilized the same four side used to make this imprint. This little
1. Chessmen were initially housed in and lid moldings. For the library size known fact alone should be worth the
hinge top mahogany boxes with a sets, which were introduced around time you took to read this article.
semi mortise lock and key, carton 1853, the casket had a false, raised 6. Labels were used for sets sold during
pierre caskets in three configurations bottom. The 8.9 cm and later the 10 the first two years of production.
for unweighted wooden and ivory cm sets were both housed in caskets
chessmen, and the large Spanish with the bottom located in its normal Numbered labels (1852-1856)
mahogany coffer with removable com position. Carton pierre caskets, which After three years, the design registra
partmented trays for the small and housed the club size ivory sets, utilized tion expired and was not renewable. On
full club size ivory chessmen. a height extender which increased August 11, 1852, Nathaniel Cook entered
2. The mahogany boxes which housed the casket height by around 1 inch. into an arrangement with Howard
the earliest boxwood and ebony chess 6. The underside of the lid of each carton Staunton for the exclusive use of his
men were distinctive. They had unique pierre casket has a decorative gold name and facsimile signature on the
hand made dovetail joints, soft, leaf fleur de lis. The specific pattern labels. This next group of labels was pro
slightly rounded corners, and they can be used to date the earliest cas duced under this new arrangement.
bore their manufacturers label on kets. The decorative pattern was Labels within each of the three color
PHOTOS COURTESY OF FRANK CAMARATTA

their undersides. Some of the earliest standardized around 1853. groups were numbered sequentially with
boxes also bore a small green label on 7. The earliest carton pierre caskets had out regard for the size of the chessmen.
the underside of the lid. Printed on ivory colored satin interiors. 1. Following the Staunton hand signed
that small label were the words The 8. A l l c a r t o n p i e r r e c a s k e t s h a d a labels, there were a series of labels
Staunton Chessmen Jaques, London. leather hinged lid and side mounted which showed box contents, registra
This label is quite rare and a good ribbons which held the lid in a near tion number (58,607 5&6 Vict. Cap.
indication that the box is one of the vertical position. There was also a 100.), a facsimile signature of Howard
earliest made to house the Staunton small leather or cloth tab on the front Staunton and a mechanically printed
chessmen. Later mahogany boxes of the lid to facilitate opening. These production or entered number.
would carry their labels on the under boxes are almost always found with 2. These early manufacturers labels were
side of the lid. This did help preserve the straps and tabs severed or miss printed in green, yellow and red. The
the labels since they were not placed ing and the lids detached. green labels bore entered numbers

30 Chess Life November 2008 uschess.org


from 1000 to 1999. These were used
exclusively on the mahogany boxes
which housed the wooden chessmen.
Yellow labels bore numbers from 2000
to 2999 and were used exclusively on
carton pierre caskets which housed
Library sized and 8.9 cm boxwood
and ebony chessmen. Finally, red
labels were numbered from 3000 to
3999 and were used on BOTH the
large fitted Spanish mahogany cas
kets and carton pierre caskets which
housed ivory sets of all sizes.
3. After the supply of numbered manu
facturers labels was exhausted, new
labels were produced which displayed
the box contents and registration
number, but no longer bore a produc
tion number. These labels were printed
in green, yellow and red. Yellow and
green were used exclusively on boxes
which housed boxwood and ebony
sets, while, as before, the red labels
were used exclusively for the ivory
An early registration disc and the
chessmen. These labels were used Jaques imprint on the base of an ivory set
from around 1856 through 1862. The
final run of these labels in the late
1850s had an incorrect registration Leuchars were weighted. Although considerations as well when contemplat
number (58,697 5&6 Vict. Cap 100.) somewhat difficult to see, the Jaques ing your purchase. So is condition. A well
4. In 1862, a new label was introduced London mark on the upper bevel of the restored set of chessmen will always com
which commemorated an award kings base is over stamped Leuchars. mand a considerably higher price than a
Jaques received. The label now bore set in original condition that is damaged,
the words Two Prize Medals Awarded The design evolves has a poor finish or both.
1862. The box contents and facsimile The Jaques Staunton chessmen have
Staunton signature still appeared, but evolved over the 150 or so years since Conclusion
the entered number was dropped. their introduction. Many of the changes Beware of counterfeits. With the rising
Eventually, the box contents were were made to improve the robustness of price for a good set of Jaques chessmen,
dropped from the face of the label. the chessmen. Among the other changes coupled with their increasing scarcity,
made were the relative proportions of the sets made up from pieces assembled from
The Leuchars factor chessmen. Queens and pawns were made unrelated sets, as well as freshly turned
The earliest advertisements for the new taller and the weight of the chessmen counterfeits, are becoming alarmingly
Staunton chessmen have the following was increased. more common. Labels from old Jaques
statement: The Nobility and Gentry are Boxes and labels also underwent signif boxes are often affixed to boxes which are
respectfully informed that these new and icant changes. Boxes housing sets not original to the chessmen. Off brand
elegant CHESS MEN are now obtainable produced after 1895 or so were fitted
chess sets are frequently passed off as
of W. Leuchars, 28. PICADILLY The with a partition which separated the white
earliest Jaques chessmen were sold authentic Jaques chessmen.
pieces from the black. Labels changed
through Leuchars and are quite valuable. The safest course is to purchase your
every five years or so.
They have the following unique features: antique Jaques chess set from a rep
utable dealer. Ask for a letter certifying the
1. The Jaques London mark on the bases How to choose
of both the wooden and the ivory sets When you make your commitment to authenticity of the chessmen. Obtain a
were over stamped Leuchars. In the invest in a set of vintage Jaques chess letter of provenance, if available. In the
case of the ivory sets, the Jaques Lon men, you must decide: Are you looking for end, the extra cost will prove to be money
don mark is actually scratched out a set which is the most collectible, or one well spent.
and over stamped. In addition, a which is the most playable? If you intend Finally, antique chess sets are not for
Leuchars green sticker was affixed to to use the chess set for play, then you everyone. Boxes are worn and often split.
the underside of the white kings base. probably do not want an ivory set. Also, Labels are tattered. The chessmen them
2. Leuchars ivory sets were sold only in you probably want a set with a 4 or selves will be dinged and the baize base
carton pierre caskets and only in the larger king. If you are looking for collec pads ratty. There will most certainly be
8.9 cm king. The label on the casket tability and investment growth potential, hairline cracks in the ebony chessmen.
bore a green Leuchars sticker. then you want a very early club size If, in the end, you decide that you
3. Leuchars ivory sets also featured a wooden set or an ivory set. Ivory sets really dont want to own an antique
very unique knight design, not asso prices increase exponentially with size. A chess set, do yourself a favor. Purchase
ciated with the Elgin Marbles in any good rule of thumb to follow when collect a fine set of House of Staunton chess
way. These are quite rare. ing for value rather than utility is larger men, which can be purchased directly
4. Leuchars were only offered boxwood is better than smaller, older is better than from houseofstaunton.com or through
and ebony sets in the 8.9 king. Box newer, and ivory is king. uscfsales.com. Theres none finer at
wood and ebony sets offered by Original boxes and labels are important any price! .
uschess.org Chess Life November 2008 31
Gadget Guide

Holiday Shopping Guide


for the Chess Player & Family
Want that special chess-something this holiday season?
Leave this article in a conspicuous place with one
or more of the following chess gifts circled!

Armed and dangerous:


2Robot from Perfect Chess by Novag

A chess present is like an over-the-board sackits not the gift that counts so much as
the thought behind it. Choosing a holiday present for a chessplayer from among the thou
sands of current possibilities even if that player is you requires knowledge and analysis.
We risk the equivalent of wrapping up a Guitar Hero for someone who turns out to be just
one lick short of Clapton (oh, look, this set shows how each piece moves), or putting the CERN
particle accelerator in the hands of Forrest Gump (gee thanks for ChessBase; Ill save both
my games). Lets not even mention that red and white set with elephants for rooks (look at
those tusks!) kept around for a decade in the event that Aunt Betty visits to see that her treas
ure is still taking up sandwich room on the family coffee table.
This article can help by calling attention to some of the newest and coolest chess gadgets,
gizmos, and treasures on the market. Feel free to leave this section open when your own Aunt
Betty comes calling. (Products listing members prices can be found in your members cata
log, bound into this issue between pages 36 and 37 or online at USCFsales.com.) By Al Lawrence

32 Chess Life November 2008 uschess.org


Moving, but nated spots on the sides of the board it be turned on or off.) And Phantom offers
in different ways will not reset the pieces for a new game. Excaliburs normal training features
like a teaching mode that will help
The Novag brand founded by the beginners learn the moves. It offers selec
courtly German chess computer pioneer Take advantage of the YouTube age by view-
table opening lines to let you practice
Peter Auge manufactured units by 1978, ing a short video of 2Robot going through its
your favorites. It will even estimate your
just over a year after Sidney Samole, paces. I found one that supplies audioso
rating. Excalibur has built a convenient
inspired by a Star Trek episode, you hear the quiet operation of the arm:
piece storage compartment into the unit.
produced Fidelity Electronics pioneer youtube.com/watch?v=hSuwLhVq3oY
A big advantage is that it works either
ing Chess Challenger. Nowadays, both Overall dimensions: 15 X 15 X 9
with six C batteries (not included), freeing
companies traditions are carried on by (including arm); -inch king, 1 1/8-inch squares,
you from the tyranny of the cord or an
family scions, Auges daughter Jeannine MSRP: $200-$250.
included AC adaptor.
and Samoles son Shane. The two compa
nies each offer chess computers that
would make a welcome gift under your Phantom
of the oh-ah
Once again, see it in action on YouTube, in a
tree. Both computers move the pieces three-minute video, which has a clear audio of
automatically, eliminating the bother of voice and sound effects, as well as the notice-
having to make your opponents move. able noise Phantom Force makes while moving:
Both computers have a similar street youtube.com/watch?v=QJADuhQAUQ0
price. But there are important differences Overall Dimensions: 12 1/2 x 15 1/2 x 2;
between the two automatons. 1 5/8 king, 1 squares. MSRP: $244.95.
USCF Member Price: $239.95

All I want for Christmas


is my 2Robot, please Is that a GM
(See photo left) in your pocket?
Under the branding Perfect Chess by
Novag, Jeannines company has publi
cized a dramatic, new entry into the Moving pieces by telekinesis?
market, 2Robot. It uses a robotic arm that Phantom Force from
Excalibur Electronics
makes its move after you enter yours in the
normal autosensory way by pushing the If the telekinesis of Heroes Sylar is
from square and then pressing the to more your style than Robosapien, Excal
square. I reviewed a sample said to be iburs Phantom Force could be for you. You
essentially the same as the final product, enter your moves just as with 2Robot.
due out in time for holiday shoppers. Then Phantom also makes its own move,
Obviously, playing chess with a robotic but not with an arm. Phantom slides its
arm offers a wow factor. The unit is a piece onto its new square, using below
great before dinner conversation piece. the board magnets. Like its robotic
Even as a jaded veteran of chess electron competitor, when it captures, it removes
ics, I enjoyed playing it and showing off the your piece first; then it moves its own
sample. Novags units are known for offer man to occupy the vacated square. Knight
ing solid playing strength. 2Robot offers moves are an oo ah moment. Since its
Four million chess games
128 selectable levels, which means it can chessmen are board bound, Phantom will in your pocket
adapt to family members and keep up deftly scoot blocking pieces to the far edge
with you as you improve. (The best train of their squares, making way for the horse
PocketFritz 3.0 is just out. Im strictly
ing technique is to play at a level man to glide through. Then Phantom
Blackberry, so I didnt have a way to test the
challenging but not overpowering to your jadoubes the displaced pieces back to
ChessBase (CB) software. The idea is that
current strength.) It lets you set up any the center of their squares. Watching
anyone with a Pocket PC now has unfettered
position, verify a position at any time, Phantom set up the pieces for a new game
access to a 2650 (estimated Elo) player.
modify a position, take back up to 25 half or watching it play itself either a whole
Moreover, according to the CB website,
moves, switch colors, get best move hints, game or the remainder of one youve tired
PocketFritz 3 gives you direct access to
and enjoy the usual features populating an of is another entertaining sidelight.
the new high speed online database of over
upscale computer. But Phantom is hardly all glitz. It plays
four million games, developed by Chess
On the con side, special training options a tough game. It offers 136 levels and all
Base. Lets hope the director is watching.
are limited to revealing legal moves in any the standard upscale features discussed
position, and the unit runs only on its in regard to 2Robot it will let you set up
included AC adaptor. The arm takes time positions, verify them and give you hints
to move it starts from the same ready and more takebacks than anyone should
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: PocketFritz 3.0

position and returns to it between picking ever use. But it does offer some substan
runs on Pocket PCs with Microsoft Windows

up a piece and putting it on its new square. tial extras. First of all, it talks, in a kind
Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC, Microsoft Win-

(Its clock stops when it decides on a move, of sexy bossy robo woman voice, announc
dows Mobile 2003 Second Edition, Microsoft

before the arm starts its routine, not when ing all moves. (You can select or switch
Windows Mobile 5.0, Microsoft Windows

its move is finished which seems the only between English, French, or Spanish
Mobile 6.0, Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.1.

reasonable solution and is the same each unit comes equipped with all three.)
Installation requires a Windows computer with

method adopted by Phantom Force below.) All the spoken words show up on the
a DVD drive. MSRP: $64.95. USCF Mem-

And although, like the Phantom, 2Robot scrolling dot matrix display. Phantom also
ber Price: $62.95

neatly sets up captured pieces in desig offers special sound effects. (Sounds can

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Gadget Guide

Oh, boy! move the pieces around and conve Random is good
Its a MonRoi! niently return to game positions.) Besides,
I felt very cool. Bond with his Walther
(Ou si vous parlez un petit peu franais: PPK had nothing on me.
Oo la la! Cest un MonRoi!) When I got back to my PC, I could
upload games into PGN files. I could print
out copies of score sheets. And I could
download games in PGN by putting them
on an SD card, which the unit accepts.
Some tournament organizers have even
purchased related MonRoi equipment
that allows your unit to broadcast your
game on the Internet and receive your
pairings for the next round automati
cally. (Didnt I tell you it was cool?) Such
upcoming tourneys are listed on the Mon DGT clock:
Folds and generates Fischer
Roi website. Random Chess positions
Innovation produces apprehension in
some. The MonRoi screen requires that
Theres a new clock that folds to fit in
you, your opponent, and the director use
your shirt pocket its about the same
the stylus to sign windows on the screen
size as a small eyeglass case and offers
before you can save the game. One of my
all the features you need. Not only that,
opponents at the 2008 U.S. Team East
its the only clock that generates
refused to sign on the grounds that I
Chess960 (Fischer Random) chess posi
could use his signature to steal his iden
tions. This clock is made from cool. So
tity! (For the record, MonRoi doesnt allow
even if your recipient (well keep pretend
Hi-tech scorekeeping: you to reproduce anyones signature. And
ing this isnt all about you) already has a
Monroi I wonder if my opponent realized that I
chess clock, at $37.95 for members, the
could easily scan his signature from a
DGT960 makes a unique gift.
Like me, do you sometimes have trou paper score sheet. For that matter, I have
ble deciphering your score sheets after a Karpovs, Kasparovs, and John Updikes
tournament, or reconstructing missing autographs. Hmm. If I can figure out how
moves? Do you keep a database of your to implement whatever my opponent was
2 years of operation on one CR2032-3V

games on your computer, typing or mous afraid of, perhaps this could be a very
battery (included). Folded, it measures 5"

ing them in with specialized software? special Christmas at the Lawrence house
long, 2-5/8" wide and 1" high. Display

MonRoi (in French, something like mon hold.) But such hyper technophobia is
measures 4" x 1". MSRP: $39.95.

rwah, my king) is produced by a Quebec rare and unimportant in practice. I


USCF Member Price: $37.95

company of the same name and gives quickly caught on to scribbling anything
you a high tech alternative. The prod in the windows and saving the game.

Cat-proof chess
uct, a Personal Chess Manager (PCM) (a MonRoi makes a great gift, for you, a
chess PCA), gives you the ability to record chessplaying family member, or a friend
your chess games at the board by tapping but a very good friend, because currently
a clear, backlit, and generous 2 1/8 x 2 the units are available for $359 at Mon
7/8 LCD board with the included stylus. Roi.com, where you can get lots more
With its built in safeguards against info on the PCM.
misuse to gain an unfair advantage, Mon
Roi is a fully approved way of keeping
score by both FIDE and USCF. (Its likely
that MonRoi was some years ago the
SPECIFICATONS: Handheld; White &

impetus that led to rescinding the old


Black; LCD display: color, 240 x 320;

rule allowing you to record your move


Dimensions: 8.1 cm (W) x 12.6 cm (H) x 1.8

before making it. Obviously, you see the


cm (D); Weight: 200 g (including battery);

new position onscreen.) The products


SRAM Memory: 512kB; Flash Memory:

advantages relieve players of some long


4MB; stores more than 50 chess games;
New Wave Chess:
standing annoyances.
Power: lithium-ion battery, AC over mini-
analyze in a windstorm
I test drove a MonRoi in two USCF
USB; Wireless: 2.4GHz RF, 64kb/s; Run

national tournaments and quickly got to I cant leave a position set up in my


time: minimum 10 hours

love the convenience. MonRoi offers a house because my cats seem to love to
Available at MonRoi.com: $359

long, reliable run time from its built in analyze in my absence. (My dog prefers a
battery, which can be recharged with the ball.) And the cats never have the cour
included AC adaptor or USB connection. More Gift Ideas! tesy to reset the position. So I may have
Recording games was easy. I could change a special use for this next product, New
quickly between the view of the diagram Dont see something you like here? Wave Chess. The 8 x 8 board is
and an onscreen score sheet. And I loved Your USCF Sales catalog, packed made from corrugated cardboard that
the convenience of sitting in the lobby with items you can purchase with a can withstand 275 pounds of pressure.
or coffee shop, analyzing or showing my USCF-members discount, can be found Two dimensional pieces slip into laser cut
games. (Only after youve finished and between pages 36 and 37 of this issue! slots to stand up. (The set also comes
saved a game does the unit allow you to with similarly constructed checkers.) The

34 Chess Life November 2008 uschess.org


visual effect is a bit holographic, but you chess at a collectors house.
can play a game. The functional benefit Literally millions of games in Like a trained jeweler noting the vari
www.chessgameslinks.lars-balzer.info

is that the pieces are undisturbable. electronic databases, grouped ations in his gems, we see differences in
Indeed, opponents can sail this set back in dozens of ways. our Stauntons. We may have a plastic
and forth like a Frisbee without putting set for tournaments, but we want a wood
a piece out of place. So if, say, you need set in our family room. Weighted pieces
to analyze in a windstorm or are chained are a must. Theres balance to consider,
on the opposite side of a slave galley ship USB Chess height to width ratio, the detailed carving
from your opponent this is the set for of the knights, the angle and depth of
you. Seriously, its a low cost set I think the bishops miter stop me.
Marcel Duchamp would admire for its Heres a brand new one to consider for
design. Not for all of us, but at least for Christmas: the New Classic Series Chess
collectors and players with felines. men. Its designed to give you a seriously
high quality wood set without the com
mensurate reduction in your net worth.
It offers a 3 7/8" king with a 1 5/8" diam
SPECIFICATONS: 1 5/8 pieces stand

eter base, weighs an impressive 52


up on 8 square with a full 3-D effect.

ounces, and includes four queens, mak


Laser-cut corrugated board. Double-wall

ing upside down rooks dclass at your


corrugated board manufactured to withstand

USB Chess connects, house. For the black army, you can
275 lbs. of compression.
but not to us choose from four different wood tones,
Available at paradoxyproducts.com:

brown to black. Your choice determines


$12.00

the exact price, ranging from a members


If you Google new chess products, you
price of $69.95 to $99.95. They play well
may turn up USB Chess, a product
Worldwide sled that allows you to hook up a 10 x 10
on any standard tournament board
(although the extra scootch on the 2
Santas sleigh of chess goodies glides rubberized board with a plastic set to
square version gives them the Leben
along merrily on the web. Lets face it, at your Windows computer. It works. You
sraum they deserve). Board is not
the end of this year of four dollar a gal can play chess against a built in computer
included. See them exclusively in your
lon gas, and resulting staycations, many program or against a friend. But warn
USCF catalog.
of us will be trimming more than the tree Aunt Betty of this one. The game is not
this holiday season. If youre a computer saved in PGN or any other workable for
user with access to the Internet, you can mat. And I could get it to save only the King: 3 7/8, 1 5/8 diameter base.
supplement your paid for chess gifts, or final (or most recent) position, and was USCF Members price: $69.95-99.95;
even make it a cost free chess for the hol unable to run the position backward to see catalog in center of this issue.
idays altogether, by downloading your play through a game.
presents from the Internet. There are

Master chess lessons


perfectly good versions of high priced Google USB Chess to find shopping sites.
software (for both Windows and Mac) Interactive USB chess board. Flexi board so it
available free on the web from database can be rolled up. Chess pieces. CD with soft- Perhaps chess gadgets arent your idea
management software, to mega sized ware. Requires Windows XP. Requires a USB of stocking stuffers. In that case, have you
game collections, to playing engines (pro port. Size: 29 x 26 x 1 cm. MSRP: $28.95. ever fantasized about getting a lesson
grams you can play and analyze with on from a world famous chess guru? Make
your computer). And these arent mere it a Christmas present to yourself. The
toys for tyros. Crafty, for example, is a cost of getting to the mountaintop is not
completely free chessplaying program for New Classic Series as out of reach as you might think (less
your PC that plays blitz in the neighbor Chessmen than $100 an hour).
hood of a 3000 Elo and plays tournament My writing partner and three time U.S.
controls at about 2800. champion, GM Lev Alburt (212 794 8706),
Of course you can do your own and Bruce Pandolfini (212 777 0576) are
searches online, but heres a few sites to Chess Life columnists who give lessons
get you started merry downloading: over the phone. Youll remember such a
lesson forever. And who knows, you may
become permanently chess enlightened.
A well organized site that offers
chesszone.org

descriptions and download sites Feel free to leave this article open on the
for all kinds of chess software. coffee table, highlighting your favorites.
Wood is good: the new Classic Series
Chessman in Sheesham Better yet, use the new Wish List reg
istry at USCFsales.com. Send Aunt Betty
the link. If colors are reversed and you
Aunt Betty needs special guidance here.
Another site linking to excellent remain clueless in time pressure, sign
chess.kearman.com/html/software.htm
To non tournament players, all our offi
free chess software, including Win onto USCFsales.com to buy a gift certifi
cial sets look humdrummingly alike. Have
board, a game viewer that will cate, and write a card that says Santas
provide an onscreen board to let you
view PGN (portable game notation)
you had the experience of playing on a
friends objet dart? (Blindfold, please!)
My late old college pal and chess expert
on the way with the USCF sled. .
files, a format widely available on
Jack Winters pointed out that whenever Make sure you see the USCF Sales
the web for example, at www.pgn
youre tempted to record Space Ship X catalog between pages 36 and 37!
mentor.com/files.html.
Mushroom, youre probably playing

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2008 Olympiad

Handicapping the U.S. Olympiad Teams

Can our olympiad mens team top their


2006 bronze-medal performance?
With a world championship candidate

and a murderers row


of players backing him up,
the chances are yes.

By FM Mike Klein

race yourself for the next six weeks lead the U.S. team to bronze in the 2006 can left from the 2004 team.
of chess. GMs Vladimir Kramnik Olympiad in Turin, Italy. Although he Board four will be occupied by GM Yury
B and Viswanathan Anand will play
a world championship match, followed
has the lowest career olympiad percent
age of any of his teammates (56 percent
Shulman, who will be competing in his first
olympiad for the U.S squad. He automat
shortly thereafter by GMs Veselin Topalov in two events), Kamsky often faces 2750+ ically qualified by winning the 2008 U.S.
and Gata Kamsky squaring off for the competition round after round. Chess Championship. Shulman is also 33
right to challenge the winner. But if Close behind on rating and presumptive and he will surely be eager to get back to
nationalism is what you are looking for, board two is GM Hikaru Nakamura (FIDE the olympiad after a decade break. He
your post Beijing olympics lull can be 2697), the youngest member of the team. played three times for his native Belarus
satiated at the upcoming chess olympiad, Although Nakamura, 20, deferred his in the 1990s, scoring 65 percent, the
to be played this month from November board two status at the Turin Olympiad, best career record on the current team.
12 25 in Dresden, Germany. he has gained 33 points and has acquired The American men will take GM
The United States will field its strongest heaps of experience since 2006. In a recent Varuzhan Akobian as their lone alter
team ever in the mens division. The quin interview, Nakamura promised to play nate. The Armenian born talent will turn
tet of GMs will be led by Gata Kamsky, the more mainstream openings going forward. 25 in the middle of the tournament. Ako
countrys highest rated player (FIDE 2723 He played 11 of 13 rounds at the last bian, rated 2610, was in a virtual
as of July). Kamskys appearance is some olympiad, going +4=6 1 (63.6 percent), dead heat for the final spot with GM Alex
what surprising but nonetheless and his youth means he may play nearly Shabalov (who was actually one point
appreciated by domestic chess fans his every round in this edition too. higher on the July FIDE rating list). But
planned match with Topalov is slated to GM Alexander Onischuk is the third according to USCF qualification rules, a
begin the day after the olympiad ends highest rated team member at 2670. He sliding scale of bonus rating points are
(whether that match will take place as is one year Kamskys junior but has awarded for players under the age of 26
planned remains to be seen, but the dates played in no less than five olympiads (the complete formula also factors in
PHOTO: JEFF WEISS

and location of Lvov, Ukraine have been totaling 54 games, scoring a respectable USCF rating, peak ratings and has min
guaranteed by FIDE President Kirsan 60.2 percent overall (his first three imum activity requirements). Akobians
Ilyumzhinov). Kamsky, 34, is a top 20 appearances were with the Ukranian del ten extra points for being 24 years old net
world player who took a seven year hia egation, but he moved to the U.S. in ted him the final spot. He will look to
tus from chess, eventually returning to 2001). Onischuk is also the only Ameri play as well as he did in Turin, where the

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mer World Champions and GMs Mikhail (56.1 percent) over 20 olympiads. China
Tal, Anatoly Karpov and Tigran Pet is the most decorated country in recent
THE OLYMPIAD
Structure, history and rosian. Kashdan would go on to help the history, with four consecutive gold
U.S. win three of its four gold medals of medals from 1998 2004. Their women
the 1930s. The last mens medal was a have medaled in nine olympiads in a row
rule changes for 2008
bronze in 2006, where team members and have never finished worse than
The chess olympiad is chess premier performed at a 2656 level. They have a sixth in their 14 appearances.
team event. The biennial contest pits the lifetime record of +920=887 309 (64.4 The Dresden incarnation has installed
top male and female players from nearly percent) spanning 33 olympiads. some significant rule changes, causing
every FIDE country against one another This year Russia comes in as the heavy some to dub this the reform olympiad.
in a Swiss system pairing format. The favorite. Trying to rebound from their Mens teams will now only have one
best player from one country will play disastrous sixth place finish in 2006, alternate (down from two) and womens
the best player from the opposing coun the six time champions lineup consists teams will now have four boards compet
try, and so forth on down to fourth of GMs Vladimir Kramnik, Alexander ing (up from three). The uniform four
board. Morozevich, Peter Svidler, Alexander plus one system makes full equality
This year is the 37th running of the Grischuk and Dmitry Jakovenko. Their amongst the two tournaments. This will
olympiad, which was first held unoffi FIDE average is a gaudy 2750, the high generally benefit countries that have
cially in conjunction with the summer est for any team in history. deep womens programs and may also
olympics in Paris in 1924 (FIDE was As of the registration deadline, 135 benefit countries with younger men the
born on the final day). The first official federations nominated teams to com reduction in alternates means top play
olympiad took place three years later in pete; in 2006 an all time high 148 ers will now have to play more in early
London. Like the summer and winter nation teams played. From IM Jacob rounds and fatigue may become an
olympics, the chess olympiad awards Aagaard of Scotland to Arne Zwaig of issue. Perhaps to partially offset this, the
medals to the top three finishers. Both Norway, a total of 5,512 men have com tournament has been reduced from 14
team and individual medals are peted in at least one olympiad. Only rounds (women played 13) to 11. In
awarded, with the former being the two have perfect scores in a minimum addition, match points are now the scor
focus. The American men have com of nine games Alexander Alekhine in ing system instead of game points,
piled five team gold medals (the last in 1930 and IM Robert Gwaze in 2002. making for some intriguing decision
1976), five silver medals and seven No country has played in all 36 events making by players.
bronzes. Their first medal was a silver but several have missed only one. Other rule changes include barring
in 1928, where the team was led by The womens olympiad began in 1957 teams from changing team members at
GM Isaac Kashdan, who remains the and now coincides with the mens event. the last minute and abolishing all draws
most successful American ever at the The Americans are not as well known before move 30. Players are now
event. His lifetime record was +52=22 here, having won only a lone silver in required to show up on time for each
5, or 79.7 percent better than GM 2004. They finished fourth in 2006 and game and shake hands to commence
Garry Kasparov and fourth to only for have a lifetime record of +314=227 221 play or they will be forfeited.

U.S. used him often in the early rounds will arrive in Dresden with her highest Olympiad newcomers WGM Katerina
and he delivered with a +3=3 1 perform ever olympiad rating 2470. Rohonyan, 24, and WFM Tatev Abra
ance (64.3 percent). Current U.S. Womens Champion hamyan, 20, will round out the team.
The team chose as its captain IM John WGM Anna Zatonskih, 30, played board Rohonyan is the third Ukrainian American
Donaldson and will be one of the pre one for the womens squad in 2006 but on the womens team and Abrahamyan,
tournament favorites to medal; they will is once again outrated by Krush and like Akobian, got the selection based
likely enter as a top five seed. may cede her the top board. The two partly on the age bonus. She gets 30
The olympiads keep getting stronger women have a lot in common both were bonus rating points for being 20 years old,
and stronger, Donaldson said. My first born in the Ukraine and both have which narrowly edged her past both WGM
time as captain was 1986 and few teams played in four past olympiads (Zaton Camilla Baginskaite and WIM Batchimeg
had all grandmaster lineups much less all skihs first two trips were under the Tuvshintugs.
players over 2600. I expect in Dresden Ukrainian flag). Additionally, the duo The womens team will be an underdog
there will be at least a dozen teams with were part of the 2004 silver medal team, to medal but will be aided by the experi
average ratings over this benchmark. The the only top three finish in American enced support staff of Captain Michael
competition will be very tough. history. Led by GM Susan Polgar, that Khodarkovsky and Coach GM Gregory
The current installment of American teams average FIDE rating was 2490, Kaidanov. Gregory will not play after a
women will be a blend of veteran talent the highest ever for the Americans, string of six consecutive olympiads he
and less familiar faces. Top player IM whereas this years team is 2375, its competed in from 1996 2006 (over which
Irina Krush, 24, is the likely number lowest since 2000. time he chalked up one team silver, two
one board. Her tremendous history at Occupying board three will be fellow team bronzes, and one individual silver for
four olympiads (including the last three) WGM Rusudan Goletiani, 28, three time going +6=4 0 on board four in Calvia,
has yielded a 69.1 percentage over 47 World Youth chess champion and a Spain in 2004).
games (the most by any American woman native of the republic of Georgia. This will To follow all the action, go to the
on this years team). Although this would be her second olympiad. Goletiani is official web site of the 2008 Olympiad
be the first year she has played top board rated 2359. In 2006 she scored six wins, dresden2008.de and also look for regular
since 2002, it was there in Bled, Slovenia five draws and a single loss, for a 70.8 updates on uschess.org as well as an
that she went undefeated, remarkable percent score, the best of any American in depth feature in February 2009 in
since she played 13 out of 14 rounds. She competing in Dresden. these pages. .
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2008 N.E. Masters

Masterful Erenburg

Despite a move to a new home in Rhode Island, the New England


Masters continues to attract top players looking for norm opportunities.

By IM Eli Vovsha

he time is 3:30 p.m. Having arrived at Pawtucket a cou This year, the Masters is hosted by the Blackstone Chess
ple of hours before the first round, I set out exploring the Academy at the comfortable To Kalon Club. The reduced fee for
T area in an attempt to find a good place to eat. An hour later,
I return to my hotel room with my loot: two cold sandwiches
foreign players and the decent hotel rate helped to attract an
intriguing field of players, among them a few strong grandmas
of dubious quality. A seasoned amateur on the American chess ters, some hungry international masters, and a bunch of
scene, I am not entirely displeased. After playing in the World underrated youngsters. As my own preparation for the tourna
Open (at the old location) and the Amateur Team East, I have ment consisted of a few wipeouts by computers on the Internet
learned that if you cant have your way with Burger King, you Chess Club (ICC), I cant help but wonder whether the liquor
better run on Dunkin or at least have a car. store I passed by earlier is indeed as useless as I thought.
Fast forward. Walking from the hotel to the playing venue, my These impressions are partially confirmed in the very first
thoughts drift to the tournament. Chris Bird, who undertakes round when four of the top seven seeds (including myself) con
almost every aspect of the organization, and who ran the cede a draw. Perhaps a bit tired after the trip, or maybe just
2006/7 editions of the Masters, is highly regarded among excited by the rearranged tables (lessons from the U.S. cham
chess players, and I am curious to find out whether the hype pionship?) which make it more pleasant to play on the spacious
PHOTO: BETSY DYNAKO

is justified. Such open tournaments, where strong players are top boards, most of the favorites recover in the second round
actually offered conditions (i.e. free or reduced accommodation, (this humbled no typo here author prefers crowded areas).
appearance fees), and lower rated players are given the chance This trend continues in the next round, and in round four we
to make norms, have been too rare a bird in the U.S. until have the first real heavyweight clash on board one.
recently. Between large opens and one night rapids, they are Jorge Sammour Hasbun is well known to ICC and U.S. Chess
almost a missing link in the chess food chain. League fans for his enterprising play and superb blitz skills, but

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in this game GM Timur Gareev showed his attack is very strong after 24. ... b4.
true class, leaving Jorge no chance.
18. ... Bd4
18. ... Bxa3? loses a piece: 19. Na4
Qa6 20. bxa3 cxd5 21. exd5 and Black
24. ... b4 25. Nd1 Rb7
Preparing to double the rooks. 25. ...
Nimzo-Indian (E20) has insufficient compensation.
Rfc8 is also good.
Jorge Sammour Hasbun (2575)
GM Timur Gareev (2613)
19. Na4
New England Masters, Pawtucket (4), Otherwise ... Nc5 is coming.
26. h4 Rfb8 27. a4?
27. Bc1 was the only move. Black
08.13.2008
would then have to regroup his pieces (e.g.
queen to b6, rooks to the c file) before
19. ... Qa7 20. Qe2

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. f3 d5 5. a3


r+ +  rk+ delivering the final blow.
Be7 6. e4 dxe4 7. fxe4 e5 8. d5 Bc5 9. Nf3
Bg4 10. h3 Bxf3 11. Qxf3 Nbd7 
qp+n+p pp 27. ... b3 28. Bd3 Nxa4 29. g5 Nxb2!

+p
n + + An emphatic finish.
r+  qk+ r
pp
 pn+ppp 
p +P p + 30. Nxb2 a4 31. Be3 a3 32. Bxd4 Qxd4 33.
Qf2 Qc3
N+PlP+P+
+ +  n + White cant stop ... Rc7 followed by
+  lP
p + 
P +L+ +P a2(+), without losing a lot of material.

+P+P+ + P 
 LQ+ + 34. h5 Rc7, and White resigned.

P 
 N +Q+P +K+ +R+R
After 20. Qe2 After this game, Jorges tournament
P + +P+
 went south and he failed to win another
An attempt to stop ... b7 b5. By now it game, while Timur remained in the lead
is clear however, that something went
R 
 L 
KL+R until the last round. In the meantime, over
After 11. ... Nbd7 wrong with Whites middlegame plan. on board two, the eventual winner played
Wait a second! Both sides were making one of his best games of the tournament.
The opening stage is almost over and we logical moves and White looked better
can draw conclusions. White obtained a just 10 moves ago. So how is this possi
strong center, a pair of bishops and some Sicilian Defense, Pelikan
ble? Looking at the position after Blacks and Sveshnikov Variations (B33)
space advantage. He can hope to develop 11th move again, you may notice however,
some initiative on the kingside by push GM Sergey Erenburg (2621)
that despite being a bit passive, Black has IM Justin Sarkar (2487)
ing his pawns. Black on the other hand, no weaknesses. Crucially, he does have
has a very concrete plan of playing on the New England Masters, Pawtucket (4),
a long term positional advantage: control 08.13.2008
dark squares with ... Ne8 d6, ... a7 a5, ...
over the dark squares and a closed cen
Bd4, ... Nc5 and later ... c7 c6 and ...
ter which favors the knights. Therefore,
Qb6.
the onus was always on White to prove
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5.

tangible compensation for his strategic


Nc3 e5 6. Ndb5 d6 7. Bg5 a6 8. Na3 b5 9.

deficiencies.
12. g4 Nd5 Be7 10. Bxf6 Bxf6 11. c4 b4 12. Nc2 a5
A typical move in this type of structure, 13. Be2 Bg5 14. Qd3 0-0 15. 0-0
but I prefer 12. Bd3 0 0 13. Bg5 hinder All this is well known. Black has also
ing Blacks plan, as played in
20. ... Rab8!
20. ... b5 21. dxc6 (21. cxb5 cxb5 22. tried 15. ... Be6 and 15. ... Rb8 here, see
Krush Sarkar, 90th ch Marshall, 2006. for example, Kamsky Ivanchuk, Sochi
Bxb5 Rab8) 21. ... bxc4 is also possible,
as the ensuing complications favor Black. 2008.
But why rush when White is limited to
12. ... 0-0 13. Bd3
13. g5 Ne8 14. h4?! Nd6 15. h5? can
passive defense?
15. ... Bb7 16. Rfd1
not go unpunished: 15. ... f5! and White Perhaps better then Rad1 which was
is in trouble. 13. Bg5 is possible but tried in Malakhov Carlsen, Bosnia 2006,
makes less sense in combination with
21. Rf3?
21. Bc3! may have been the last chance. since the rook on a1 is used to support
12. g4. a2 a3.
White must at least exchange the bishop
turned monster on d4 to take away some
of the bite in Blacks attack. In this case,
13. ... Ne8 14. Bd2 16. ... Nb8
14. b4 Bd4 15. Bd2 a5 and Black has Black maneuvers the knight to c5. The
nothing to worry about. 21. ... b5 22. dxc6 bxa4 23. Bxd4 Qxd4
24. cxd7 is still premature. drawback is that this gives White time to
play a2 a3 and gain the initiative. An
alternative plan is ... Ne7 trying to
14. ... a5
14. ... Qh4+?! 15. Ke2 only helps White. exchange Whites knight on d5.
21. ... b5 22. cxb5

Since the center is closed, Whites king is Surprising as it may seem at first sight,
perfectly safe, while Black just wasted a White is already lost here. For example,
22. dxc6 bxa4 23. Bc1 Nc5 and White can
17. a3 bxa3 18. Qxa3 Na6
couple of tempi (the queen cant stay on Only a temporary pawn sacrifice, but
h4 for long). do nothing to stop Black from taking the
one that ultimately leads to a difficult
c6 and then the c4 pawns, or 22. Nc3 b4. endgame. However, it is not easy to find
a better continuation as White threatens
15. 0-0-0 Nd6 16. Kb1 c6 17. Rdf1
Vacating the d1 square for the queen. Nc3 (followed by Nb5 or c5) targeting the
22. ... cxb5 23. Nc3 Nc5
23. ... b4 is also strong.
weakness on d6. For example, 18. ... Nc6
19. Nc3 Be7 20. c5 winning a pawn.
17. ... Qb6 18. Qd1
Necessary to prevent ... Qb3 and ...
24. Bc2

a5 a4. 18. Na4? Qb3. 24. Na2 is a better try. Still, Blacks 19. Qxa5

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2008 N.E. Masters

Since Justin played rather quickly up A typically clean effort from the two I calculated this far assuming that
to this point, Sergey suspected that this grandmasters who solidified their position Black can resign, while Sergey saw,
Nc6 Nb8 Na6 plan could be home prepa atop the standings in rounds 5 7. With
ration. He therefore spent some time the top seed, GM Leonid Kritz, off his
24. ... Qe5!
evaluating the resulting endgame, even best form, it looked increasingly like a two
though the alternatives allow Black to horse race. + + +k+
play ... Nc5 and are not very promising. +l+ lp
pp
The virtues of preparation Q+ + + +
19. ... Qxa5 20. Rxa5 Nc5 21. Rxa8 Rxa8
My goal for the tournament was to play + +nq +
as many interesting games as possible. In
r+ + +k+
+l+ +p pp the bigger scheme of things, I just cant + N + +
quite understand, why is winning in any + + +P+
way important? Nevertheless, the desire
+ p + +
+ nN
p l to succeed is sometimes just too strong, P+ + +P P
and somehow I won a few too many +R
L + K
games, helped no doubt, by some of my
+P+P+ +
After 24. ... Qe5!
+ + + + esteemed opponents who fearing my
not so secret lack of preparation, simply But thought that White is winning after
avoided their regular opening lines. Thus,
PN+L
 PPP
25. Qc4. In the post mortem, however,
+ +R+  K in round eight I was unexpectedly involved together with GM Gareev we discovered
After 21. ... Rxa8
in the decisive game of the tournament. that the position actually contains some
The game itself was less entertaining than fantastic resources for both sides.
I would have liked. But there was ade
quate compensation in the form of some
22. b4!
Not 22. f3? Ra2 23. Rb1 Na4 and Black
25. Qd3!
wins the pawn back with equality. thrilling post game analysis provided It turns out that Black counters 25.
below. Qc4? with 25. ... Ba6!! (25. ... Bc5? 26.
Bb2 and White wins) and now White must
22. ... Nxe4 23. Bf3 Nd2?
This move almost loses by force. Black be careful since 26. Bf4 Nxf4 27. Qxa6
had to play 23. ... f5 24. Nce3 (or 24. Post-game compensation Qxd4+, or 26. Qxa6 Qxd4+ 27. Kf1 Qd1+
Bxe4 fxe4 25. Nce3) 24. ... g6 (24. ... GM Sergey Erenburg (2621) 28. Kf2 Qc2+ loses material. The main line
Bxe3 25. Nxe3 f4 26. Nf1 Rb8 27. b5) IM Eli Vovsha (2519) continues 26. Rb8+! Qxb8 27. Qxd5 and
25. Bxe4 fxe4 26. b5 and White has a New England Masters, Pawtucket (8), Black has plenty of compensation for the
small but pleasant advantage. Even worse 08.15.2008 pawn. Another possibility for White is
is 23. ... Bxd5? 24. Rxd5 when Black 25. Rxb7 Qxd4+ 26. Kf1 Qd1+ 27. Kf2
cannot stop one of the following ideas: q + +k+
 Bc5+ (27. ... Qd4+ 28. Ke1 is probably not
Rxd6 or Rxe5. sufficient for Black. For example, 28. ...
Bb4+ 29. Rxb4 Qg1+ 30. Qf1 Qxf1+ 31.
+l+ lppp
r+ ppn + Kxf1 Nxb4 32. a4 and White wins.) 28.
24. Ne7+ Kf8 25. Bxb7 Ra2
The only move. If 25. ... Ra7 (or 25. ... Kg3 Qe1+ (28. ... Qxc1 leads to a similar
line) 29. Kh3 Qxc1 30. Rb8+ Bf8 31.
Rb8) then after 26. Nf5 Rxb7 27. h4 Bf4
+ + + +
28. g3 Black loses either the bishop or the +rNP+ + Rxf8+! Kxf8 32. Qd6+ Ke8 33. Qxd5 with
knight. + N 
LP+ good chances to win the endgame.
26. Nf5 Rxc2 27. Ra1! P+ +Q+P P 25. ... Bc5
Activating the rook and exploiting The only move since 25. ... Ba6 loses to
26. Qe4!.
Blacks back rank problems.
+RR + K
Black to play

In this position I blundered with 20. ...


27. ... Bd8 28. g3! 26. Bb2
An excellent move. Now Blacks pieces The most logical move, but White has
Rc8? completely missing 21. Qb5! Ra3 22.
are far too disorganized and Ra8 (or Bd5 a couple of alternatives. 26. Kf1 Nb4 27.
Nc6! after which White is clearly win
and Ra7) is unstoppable. Rxb4 (27. Nc6 looks pretty but doesnt
ning. Instead Black must try,
work 27. ... Bxc6! 28. Qd8+ Qe8 29.
Qxe8+ Bxe8 and Black is ok) 27. ... Bxb4
28. ... g6
28 ... Rxc4 was the last chance, but 29. with sufficient compensation. 26. Qe4 is
20 ... d5
20. ... Rc7?? 21. Qxa6!
Ra8 Rc1+ 30. Kg2 Ke8 31. b5 (preparing very interesting as White gives up a piece
Bc6[+]) 31. ... Kd7 32. Bc6+ Ke6 33. Nxg7+ but Black has problems with his back
Kf6 34. Rxd8 (34. Ne8+ may be even rank and untangling his pieces. 26. ...
21. exd5
21. Qb2? doesnt work because of 21.
stronger) 34. ... Kxg7 35. Rxd6 and White Qxd4+ (26. ... Qxe4 is possible although
... Rb4.
is winning. after 27. fxe4 Bxd4+ 28. Kh1 Nb6 29.
Bf4 Black has some problems) 27. Qxd4
Bxd4+ 28. Kh1 to avoid checks from a6;
21. ... exd5 22. Nxd5!
Let the fireworks begin!
29. Ne3 Rb2 30. Ra8 Rxb4
30. ... Ke7 31. Bc6! wins a piece. 28. ... Bb6 29. Be3! Bxe3 30. Rxb7 and I
think Black can hold, but please consult
your local super grandmaster first.
22. ... Rxc1+ 23. Bxc1 Nxd5
Black must give up material since 23.
31. Rxd8+ Ke7 32. Nd5+ Kxd8 33. Nxb4

... Bd6? loses to 24. Nxf6+ gxf6 25. Bh6.


Nxc4 34. Bd5, Black resigned.
Since Black loses the f7 pawn, the
26. ... Nf4
endgame is hopeless. 24. Qxa6 26. ... Nb4 27. Qd2 is winning for White.

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But White has the simple 30. Rf1! and
Black can resign. 29. ... Nxd4 30. Bxd4
27. Qd2! 28. ... Rc8 29. d4 Kg5 30. Rhf1 g6 31. R1f7
Other moves let the advantage slip. 27.
Bxf3+ 31. Kg1 Qf5 is similar to the main
Bc6 32. Re7, Black resigned.
Qc4? (27. Qb5 leads to similar lines) 27. With this resounding victory, his fourth
line.
... Qe3+ 28. Kh1 (28. Kf1? Nd3 29. Qc2 straight, 13 year old Parker Zhao secured
Ba6 30. Qe2 Nb4 and Black wins) 28. ... his first international master norm with
Nh3! (28. ... Nd3 just gives White more a round to spare. With the pressure off,
30. Rf1!
Bravo. If you had any doubts, this is the
options since ... Qg1+ is not a threat: 29. he duly lost his last round game to GM
only move to play for a win. 30. Qxe2?
Rf1) 29. Qe2 (29. gxh3?? Qxf3+ 30. Nxf3 Erenburg, propelling the latter to sole
Qxb1+ 31. Kg2 Qxa2 and White should be
Bxf3 mate) 29. ... Nf2+ 30. Kg1 Nh3+ 31. first. Still, his total of six points was suf
looking to equalize.
Kh1 with a draw. ficient for a shared fourth place and the
under 2400 prize. A similar feat was
accomplished by Canadian junior Victor
30. ... Nxd4
30. ... Nxg3+ 31. hxg3 Qh3+ 32. Kg1
27. ... Ne2+
Black must continue the onslaught; Kaminski, who with half a point less but
wins easily for White.
otherwise White manages to consolidate. against stronger opposition achieved his
first norm before the last round.
Several other players including Marc
31. Bxd4 Bxf3+ 32. Kg1
The storm is over. White is up an
28. Kh1
28. Kf1? Nxd4 29. Bxd4 Ba6+ 30. Kg1 Esserman and Louie Jiang were in the
Bxd4+ and Black is playing for a win. Exchange for no real compensation. Black running for the coveted norm, but could
can put some resistance though, so win nt pull it off in the last two rounds. WFM
28. ... Bd6 ning this position is by no means Alisa Melekhina came even closer, need
Again, the only chance. elementary. ing a draw in the last round for a WGM
norm. Alas, drawing with Black against
29. g3 Apparently, in round eight, queens GM Kritz proved too difficult.
White must be careful too, 29. f4?? in werent only flying in the skittles room. In
fact loses to 29. ... Qe4 hitting b1 and g2; the following diagram the top seed had
30. Rg1 Nxg1 31. Kxg1 Bxf4 32. Qe2 just played 21. ... Rb8 attacking b2, how The long road home
Be3+ 33. Kf1 Qb1+. should White continue? The time is 11:00 a.m. I am on the
train heading back to N.Y. Some of the
+ + +k+ participants have prolonged their stay to
How to continue? play four more rounds in the Blackstone
+l+ +ppp Parker Zhao (2283) Open which follows the Masters. However,
+ 
l + + GM Leonid Kritz (2666) I cannot afford such luxury and am brac
New England Masters, Pawtucket (8), ing myself for the most difficult facet of a
+ + q + 08.15.2008 chess tournament: the moment, invari
+ 
N + + ably occurring during the trip back home,
rl+n
 r k when reality sinks in; when school, work,
+ + +PP and all these hitherto remote concerns are
P
L 
Qn+  P + + +p
p suddenly as tangible as the plastic pieces.
q +p+ 
 p Some play for fun or for the experi
+R+ + +K ence. Others hope to gain a few rating
After 29. g3 p +p
 P + points or enjoy the competition. And then
there are those who simply want to live in
This is an amazing position. Black can
+ + +  P
this little world of pure thought for a
sac his queen in three different ways (!) P 
 NL+ 
Q short while. But in that moment of rude
but, what a pity, nothing seems to save awakening, when reality knocks so
him.
PP+ +P+

harshly at the door, they all intuitively dis
+  K +R+R cover why they play this silly old game,
29. ... Qf5
In our analysis we also looked at 29. ...
After 21. ... Rb8 and why they keep playing it. .
See more reporting on the New England
Qxd4 30. Qxe2 (30. Bxd4 Bxf3 mate!) 30.
Masters at Chess Life Online, and
... Qd5 31. Kg2 Qxa2 32. Rd1 and Vovshas interview with Erenburg in
22. Qg6!!

although it is not simple, White should be Game over!


the online version of this article.
winning. 29. ... Qe4 is even more remark
able.
22. ... Qe3+ 23. Kd1
23. Kb1 also wins. New England Masters
+ + +k+ 23. ... fxg6 At A Glance
+l+ +p
pp 23. ... f5 is hopeless; 24. exf6 e.p. Nxf6
25. Rxf6! and White wins. Date: August 11 15, 2008
+ 
l + + Location: Blackstone Chess Club,
+ + + + 24. Rxf8+ Kh7 25. h5 Qxd3+ Pawtucket, Rhode Island
Black has no choice but to part with the Top Finishers: 1st: Sergey Eren
+ 
Nq+ + lady. burg, 7; 2nd: Timur Gareev, 7;
+ + +P
P 3rd: Eli Vovsha, 6; 4th 7th:
26. cxd3 Bd7 27. hxg6+ Kxg6 28. Kc2 Leonid Kritz, Joshua Friedel,
P
L 
Qn+ P White is up an Exchange and has a Jacek Stopa, Parker Zhao, 6.
+R+ + +K dominating position. Black resigned after Chief Tournament Director:
a few more moves. Carol Jarecki
After 29. ... Qe4 (Analysis)

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Back to Basics

Taking the Fifth

Think long and hard when facing an early opening surpriseperhaps this non-
By GM Lev Alburt

theoretical move is a mistake which allows, and deserves, swift punishment.


Resist the temptation to go quickly into familiarand not so promisinglines.
Ive picked up the game below not for Gambit. If he takes on d4 then I offer
its brilliancies, but for its very common another pawn with 3. c3 and if he takes
3. ... e6
As shown in my previous note, 3. ...
(alas) errors. The first came only on move on c3 then I recapture with the knight,
cxd4 4. cxd4 d5! was both needed, and
two as a provocative, and bad, 2. ... Nc6, gaining rapid development for the price of
adequate, for achieving equality.
and for two more moves Black allowed, a pawn and resulting in lots of pressure
(invited!) and White refused to apply, the on the Black position. When my opponent
punishing d4 d5. declined the gambit in this fashion, I
4. Nf3
Whites best here is the same 4. d5,
In the final stage of the short game, rich knew he wasnt familiar with these ideas
albeit his edge here (after 4. ... Ne5) is
in both strategy and tactics, Black failed for White or Black and I instantly felt
to find an adequate developing plan, thus that I was going to get a big advantage. smaller (+/=) than +/ in the 3. d5 line.
permitting Rob Dolan, winner of this In my book, 2. ... Nc6 deserved a full Remember: if you can push a central pawn
months award, to expose the black king question mark. to the fifth rank attacking the enemy
to a decisive and well conducted attack. knight, do it or at least consider it very
Writes Mr. Dolan:
3. c3 seriously.
Here I should have played 3. d5! which
This game was played in the San Diego pushes the knight around while gaining
4. ... Nf6

Chess Club in Balboa Park; the time con space in the center, but since I normally After 4. ... d5, were in an (equal) French.
trols were G/40 and it was the first round play the c3 Sicilian (1. e4 c5 2. c3) I felt
of a four round tournament. I had the very comfortable going back into familiar
5. d5!

white pieces and the lower rating, while lines. Also, if my opponent had captured
my opponent was a strong class A player on d4 with 3. ... cxd4 I simply recapture r+lqkl r
with the black pieces. I had performed 4. cxd4 and Ive got a nice two pawn cen
ter on d4 and e4.
pp+p+ppp
fairly well in the previous rounds, having
two wins, and a draw against another +n+pn +
class A player. Now all that stood between r+lqklnr + pP+ +
me and first place was my opponent.
(As usual, Levs comments are in italics.)
pp+ppppp + +P+ +
+n+ + + + P +N+
Sicilian Defense (B22)
Rob Dolan (1788)
+ + + + PP + PPP
Joselito Penaflor (1904) + PP+ + RNLQKL+R
San Diego Chess Club, 2008
+ + + + After 5. d5

PP + PPP Now the central assault begins! Blacks


c6 knight is going to have to find a new
1. e4 c5 2. d4 Nc6?!
RNLQKLNR
r+lqklnr home, while White is winning space,
Analysis diagram after 4. cxd4
tempo, and awesome piece development.
Unfortunately, Rob didnt act on his
pp+ppppp
instant feeling (yes, 3. d5 gives White a
5. ... exd5
+n+ + +
real, substantive edge, +/ , after, for exam A serious mistake. Black had to play
ple, 3. ... Ne5 4. f4 Ng6 5. Nf3). And in the either 5. ... Nb8 or the more provocative 5.
+ p + +
+ PP+ + line he opted for (see the analysis dia ... Ne7. In both cases hes worse (by no
gram) the move 4. ... d5 takes care of more than +/=).
Whites nice center, while the only famil
+ + + +
PPP+ PPP iar line to be reached, with 5. exd5 Qxd5 6. exd5 Nb8
6. Nf3, leads only to equality. Rob faced a
RNLQKLNR clear choice a large advantage or an
apparent familiarity (and equality), and
(see diagram top of next column)
After 2. ... Nc6
he made an archetypically (alas) wrong
My opponent declined the Smith Morra choice.
7. Bg5

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then 10. ... g5 11. Bg3 Bxg3 12. hxg3 d6;
rnlqkl r also deserving attention is 9. ... Re8, r+lqr+ k
pp+p+ppp preparing ... Bf8 (and then ... d7 d6). p np+p+
+ + n + 10. c4 Na6 11. Nc3 Nc7 p l p L
+ pP+ + r+lq rk+ + pPN +
+ + + + p np+ppp +P+ +Q+
+ P +N+ p l n + + +L+ +
PP + PPP + pP+ L PP + PPP
RNLQKL+R +P+ + + R + R K
After 6. ... Nb8 After 18. Qg4
+ N +N+
If 7. d6! Qb6 8. Qe2+ Kd8 9. Ne5 Bxd6 PP +LPPP Black resigned, because there is no
10. Nxf7+, White wins the rook while per defense to mate. If Black plays 18. ...
manently confining the black king to the R +Q+RK Rg8, 19. Nxf7 mate, and capturing the
center. I found that variation after the After 11. ... Nc7 knight allows 19. Qg7 mate.
game, but my move, 7. Bg5, develops a I was beyond excited to have beaten
new piece, pins the knight to the queen, Blacks last three moves were a pure such a high rated player in this fashion,
and prevents the bishop from coming to waste of time. and as a result I took clear first in the
e7 because of 8. d6. If he tries to check under 1800 category, won $75, and
with the queen I simply develop my bishop achieved a class A rating. It will be a very
12. Ne4
to e2 and then castle. White is winning. memorable game and tournament for the
If Black had nothing better than to lose
a rook like above, or even to lose a piece
12. ... Qe7
rest of my chess career. .
for a pawn with 7. ... Be7, then, undoubt Now Black is dancing to my tune. Im
edly, 7. d6 was a winner, while 7. Bg5 forcing him to defend for the rest of the
would have required a question mark. game. If 12. ... Be7, 13. d6! wins a piece. Encyclopedia of Chess Openings
However, Black can counter 7. d6 with 7. (ECO) codes referred to:
... Ne4 8. Qe2 f5 9. Nfd2 or 9. Bf4, and
+/-
13. Bd3 h6
while White has a big edge the game is not Poor Black is trying desperately to Advantage for white
over yet. break the pin, but White no longer needs +/= Small advantage for white
it and simplifies the position.
Too late indeed! Shop for ECO books
and CDs at uscfsales.com.
7. ... Bd6?
Perhaps 7. ... d6 was relatively better. 14. Nxf6 gxf6 15. Bxh6 Re8
8. Be2 0-0 9. 0-0
r+l+r+k+
rnlq rk+ p npqp+ Send in your games!
pp+p+ppp p l p L If you are unrated or were rated
+ l n + 1799 or below on your Chess Life
+ pP+ + label, then GM Lev Alburt invites
+ pP+ L +P+ + + you to send your instructive games
+ + + + with notes to:
Back to Basics, c/o Chess Life
+ +L+N+
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R +Q+RK
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After 15. ... Re8
backtobasics@uschess.org
RN+Q+RK
After 9. 0-0
GM Alburt will select the most
16. Re1?! instructive game and Chess Life
I missed the impressive 16. Nd4! which will award an autographed copy of
Levs newest book, Chess Openings
9. ... b6
My opponents bishop on c8 is unable leads to quick victory no matter how
to develop on the c8 h3 diagonal because Black responds. for White, Explained (by Lev Alburt,
his dark square bishop is blocking his d7 True, but White still has many easy Roman Dzindzichashvili and Eugene
pawn. Moving his pawn to b6, he tries to roads to victory. Perelshteyn) to the person submit
get the light square bishop to either b7 or ting the most instructive game and
a6.
16. ... Qd8 17. Ne5 Kh8? annotations.
Black is severely cramped and finding I threaten mate if Black captures the Do not send games with only a
it hard to develop! knight. Now I could instantly win the few notes, as they are of little instruc
Another critical moment in the game. queen with 18. Nxf7+ but I saw an even tive value and cant be used. Writing
To get out of the bind, Black has to play ... better move. skills are a plus, but instructiveness
d7 d6 (the attempt to develop with 9. ... b6 is a must! Make sure your game (or
is inadequate, as will be clear very soon).
18. Qg4!, Black resigned. part of it) and your notes will be of
Thus Id suggest 9. ... h6, and if 10. Bh4, interest to other readers.
(see diagram top of next column)

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Endgame Lab

Positional Draws

GM Benko looks to Chess Life readers questions to inspire his column.


By GM Pal Benko

Back to baseics SarichevVersion by P. Benko Breaking Whites fortress.


Charles Nacc of Pennsylvania writes: I
am puzzled that the very beautiful
3. bxc7
+ +K+l+
Sarichev position has no prelude. He Turning into your version of this
enclosed the following. +p+ + + endgame. Not too long and a great addi
PPl + + tion but at least it shows how a white
Sarichev brothers pawn appeared at c7.
Shatmatni Listok 1928 + + + +k Chernov has enriched this endgame.
+ + P +
+K+ +l+ Here I add a bit more to the prelude.
+ + + +
+p+ + + A. Chernov P. Benko
after Sarichev brothers
+ + + +
PPl + + + + + +
+ + + + White to play and draw + + + +
+ + P + +p+ K +
+ + +k+ Andrey Chernov P + + +
+ + + + after Sarichev and P. Benko
+ + + L
+ + + + + + + + + + + +
White to play and draw
+p+K+ + +l+ + +P
Intention: P + + + + + + k
1. Kd7 + + + L + + l +
Yet 1. Kxb7 Bd5 2. Kc8 Bxc6 3. b7 is + + +kP White to play and draw.
equal or 1. c7 etc. also draws.
+ + + + 1. Kd7!
Not 1. h4? since 1. ... Kh3 or 1. ... Bf2
1. ... Bxf4 2. c7 Bxc7 3. bxc7 Bh7
l+ + + +
This is the original endgame but wins.
because the beginning is faulty, the first + + + l
part is usually omitted and printed only White to play and draw 1. ... Bg3
from this stage. 1. ... Kxh3 2. Kc7 Bd5 3. Kb8 and the
white king is in a safe haven, which is
what Black will try to prevent next. If 1.
4. Kc8!! b5 5. Kd7 b4 6. Kd6 Bf5 7. Ke5 Bc8 1. Bd8!
8. Kd4, Draw. 1. Kc8? Bd5 2. Bd8 Bh2 3. Be7 (3. Bc7 ... Bd5 2. h4 Kh3 3. h5 Kg4 4. Bd8 Kxh5
Here I correct the original by eliminat Bxc7 4. bxc7 b5) 3. ... Bg3 4. Bd8 Be4 5. 5. Bc7 and Kc8 Kb8 draws.
ing the cooks. Be7 (5. Kd7 Bf5+) 5. ... Bxh4 6. Bd6 Bg3
7. Be7 and the black king goes to the
queenside to take the b6 pawn and wins.
2. h4 Kh3 3. Bd8!
The try 3. h5? Kg4 4. Bd8 Kxh5 5. Bc7
(see position top of next column)

The solution is same as before. 1. ... Bh2 Bxc7 6. bxc7 allows 6. ... Bd1! and wins.
This is the best try. (1. ... Bd5 2. Bc7
An additional concept Be3 3. Kc8 Bf4 4. Kb8 Be4 5. Ka7 and the
3. ... Kg4

No less noteworthy is the following let Two drawing lines are 3. ... Bxh4 4. Bc7
White fortress results in a positional draw Bg3 5. Kc8 Bxc7 6. bxc7 b5 7. Kd7 Bd1
ter from Andrey Chernov of Minnesota A while 1. ... Bb1 2. Kc8 Be4 3. Kb8 Bf2 4.
challenge about the same famous work. 8. Kc6 draws or 3. ... Bd1 4. Kc8 Bf3 5.
Ka7 is equal.) h5 Bf4 6. h6 draws.
(see second diagram, next column) 2. Bc7 Bxc7
4. Bc7 Bxc7 5. bxc7 Bc2

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Problem I Problem II
Benkos Bafflers Yochanan Afek, Israel-Holland Velimir Kalandadze, Tbilisi, Georgia
Benko 80 Benko 80

Most of the time these studies


resemble positions that could actu
k+ + + + R +
+ +
ally occur over the board. You must + + + + + +
 p +
simply reach a theoretically won + + + + + + +P+
position for White. Solutions can be + +pP + + + + p
found on page 71. + P + + + + +Pq
Please e mail submissions for + + + + +K+ + p
Benkos Bafflers to: pbenko@ + n + K + + +P+
uschess.org + + + + +k+ + +
White to play and draw White to play and draw

Also drawing is 5. ... Kf5 6. Ke7! Be6 7. A missed draw


h5 Bc8 8. Kd8. Jozsef Foldi
84. Rb6! Kb8 85. Rh6 Ka7 86. Rxh3 Ra3 87.

Jozsef Gonda
Kf4 Rd3 88. Rxg3 Rd8
Can White win? Perhaps there is some
Budapest, 1951
way to give up the pawn at the right
6. Kc8!! b5 7. Kd7 Bf5+ 8. Kd6 b4 9. h5 Kg5

moment to win the rook and bishop vs.


10. h6 Kxh6 11. Ke5 Bc8 12. Kd4, draws.
With these additions to the front and + + + + rook ending. By the way, here is the dia
back ends, this classical endgame can
gram after 88. ... Rd8, reached it seems
start a new life. This last addition resem + + + +
to me more or less by force if I have time
bles a better known positional draw also +l+ k + to continue the game.
on the b file.
+ + + + I answered IM Taylor that the position
is drawn because whenever the white
Safe shelter pK + + + king approaches it is always possible to
L.I. Kubbel 1934
+p+ + R chase it away with checks. Of course, it
is fatal to trade rooks. I had worked this
+ k + + P + +p+ theme out in an artistic endgame some
+  +
l + + + + + years before.
White to play
+ + +P+ P. Benko
+ + + + Sakkelet, 1997 First Prize
Buried bishop
Another positional draw is given in the
p + + + +k+ + +
+ +l+ + next letter from Californian IM Timothy + + K p
Taylor.
This is my game, where I lost on time
P + L + + + + +
+ + K + in what appears to be a winning position. + + + +
White to play and draw But no one can show me how to win,
and I am baffled myself. The computer is + R + +
no help either. I am also including this + + + +
game in my next book.
1. Bb6+ Kd7 2. Ba5 b3 3. Kd2 Bxg6 4. Kc1
And now we have a positional draw. +r+ + +
After 5. Bd2 it is impossible to remove the IM Timothy Taylor (2383)
GM Robert Fontaine (2683)
bishop from the c1 h6 diagonal and after
+ + + +l
trading, the white king cant be chased Las Vegas, Nevada 2006 White to play and draw
away from c1 (it can only be stalemated).
It is useful to get acquainted with such L+ + + +
positional draws, otherwise failures can
1. Rd8+ Kc7 2. Rg8 Rg2 3. Kf7 g5 4. Ke6! g4

occur over the board as happened in this


5. Rg7+ Kc6 6. Rg6! g3 7. Kf5+ Kd7 8. Rg5
kP+ + +
next case:
Rf2+ 9. Kg4 g2 10. Kh3 Rf5 11. Rg7+ Ke6 12.
+R+ + + Kh2 Kf6 13. Rg3 Rg5 14. Rf3+ Ke5 15. Kg1!

+ + +K+ Not 15. Re3+? Kf4 16. Re1 g1=Q+! 17.


Rxg1 Rh5 mate.
(see position top of next column)
White lost after playing 1. Kc4, but a r+ + + +
draw arises after: 15. ... Rf5 16. Rg3, Draw.
+ + + pp
White chased the g7 pawn as far as
g2 to bury the h1 bishop, thereby reach
1. Rxg2!
+ + + +
Not 1. Kc5? a3.
+ + + + ing a positional draw.
Take a look at this months Bafflers for
1. ... Bxg2 2. Kxa4 Bd5 3. Kb4
Now the white king can reach the safe
c1 square with the draw assured.
White to play

Here I lost on time, but intended:


even more positional draws. .
Download a .pgn file at uschess.org.

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Whats The Best Move?

Composed Endgame Studies


By GM Larry Evans

They look so real 1. White to play and win 2. White to play and win
The beauty of endgame studies is
they look so real, unlike artificial + + + + + + + +
problems requiring mate in a set + + + + kp+ + +
number of moves. 365 Selected
Chess Endings by Norman T.
+ + + + + + + +
Whitaker and Glenn E. Hartleb in
+PK + + + +P+ +
1960 proffered a sparkling gem for + N + + + N + +
each day of the year. The book has + + + + +P+ + +
now been reprinted by Ishi Press
with a colorful new introduction.
+ + kl+ + + + +
Solutions on page 71. + + + + +l+K+ +
(a) b6 (b) Nc6 (c) Kd6 (a) Kc1 (b) Kd2 (c) d6
Readers are invited to send their posi
3. White to play and win 4. White to play and win
tions in for possible consideration in
this column. Send to whatsthebest
move@uschess.org or mail to Chess
+ +L+ + + + + +
Life, c/o Whats The Best Move, PO + +P+ + + +
 P
p +
Box 3967, Crossville, TN 38557. + + Knk + + +R+
+ + + + + + + +r
+ + + P + + + +
+ + + + + + + +
+ + + + + + K +
+ + + + + + + +k
(a) Bh7 (b) h5 (c) Ke6 (a) Rg1+ (b) Kg3 (c) Rxg7

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Susan Polgar and the late GM Arnold Denker. the last few months. In addition to the
online version you are used to, we have
Dewain Barbers dedication to scholas through and co founded the Susan Polgar begun to offer .pdf downloads of the
tic chess is unprecedented. It all began in National Invitational for Girls with GM magazines. These .pdf files will include
1974 after he had been teaching for six Susan Polgar. This tournament also invites all pages in the magazine, including
years. Every year he hosts two free chess one girl from each state along with winners advertisements, that are not currently
tournaments in southern California and of selected qualifying tournaments. available in the html (web) versions.
provides trophies. He also is a member of This tournament has revolutionized Adobe Acrobat offers a free download of
the scholastic committee and was a mem girls chess in America and it has clearly a reader that will allow you to read .pdf
ber of the scholastic council helping write become the most prestigious all girls files at adobe.com/products/acrobat/
the scholastic regulations. championship in this country. readstep2. html.
Dewain is the author of the very pop He currently serves as the chairman for To see all of your membership options,
ular The Guide To Scholastic Chess. He both the Polgar and Denker committees. please see the ad on page 5 of this issue
was the recipient of the Dondis award He also organizes these two events and or visit our uschess.org webstore by click
(U.S. Chess Trust), scholastic service provides medallions and other prizes to ing on the Join/Renew link at the top
award, and the special services award the participants. right of the home page. To view the online
from USCF. Just prior to his retirement Through his love and passion for versions of Chess Life, click on the Chess
from teaching, he received the teacher of scholastic chess, and his commitment to Life Magazine link on the left side of the
the year award from his district. the Denker and Polgar events, more than home page. To view the online version of
In 1984, GM Arnold Denker wanted to a million dollars in scholarships and Chess Life for Kids, click on the Scholas
start a high school tournament where prizes have been awarded to young, tic/College link on the left side of the
one champion from each state would deserving, and talented young chess play home page, then the Chess Life for Kids
attend a tournament to decide who would ers across the country. link on the left side of the page.
be the champion of champions. Dewain On behalf of our chess community, The USCF is committed to keeping up
was asked to make this tournament pos especially the countless young players with evolving technological changes and
sible. Nearly 25 years later, this who have benefited by his commitment to enhancing your membership by providing
tournament is still going strong. scholastic chess, I would like to sincerely the new Regular and Premium member
In 2003, he was asked to do something thank him for everything he has given to ships as a key component of this
similar for girls. Once again, he came our game. ~Paul Truong commitment.
PHOTO: COURTESY OF PAUL TRUONG

The USCF Mission


USCF is a not-for-profit membership organization devoted to extend- a monthly magazine, as well as targeted publications to its mem-
ing the role of chess in American society. USCF promotes the study bers and others. It supervises the organization of the U.S. Chess
and knowledge of the game of chess, for its own sake as an art and Championship, an open tournament held every summer, and other
enjoyment, but also as a means for the improvement of society. It national events. It offers a wide range of books and services to its
informs, educates, and fosters the development of players (profes- members and others at prices consistent with the benefits of its mem-
sional and amateur) and potential players. It encourages the bers. USCF serves as the governing body for chess in the United States
development of a network of institutions devoted to enhancing the and as a participant in international chess organizations and
growth of chess, from local clubs to state and regional associations, projects. It is structured to ensure effective democratic procedures
and it promotes chess in American society. To these ends, USCF offers in accord with its bylaws and laws of the state of Illinois.

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2008 WORLD CHESS LIVE GRAND PRIX SUMMARY
World Chess Live sponsors $20,000 at the 2008 Grand Prix!

Welcome, Members!
Welcome to World Chess Live (WCL), a new family- he was ranked behind GMs Ivanov, Kudrin, Erenburg, and that, he dropped out of Grand Prix action almost
friendly service with special benefits for USCF members. Paragua, the Floridian fighter has seen the end of a completely.
WCL is pleased to sponsor USCFs 2008 Grand Prix (GP) long layover in the doldrums. Hes emerged to take a
and 2008 Junior Grand Prix. Were providing prize funds whopping ten-and-a-half point lead! To date, Becerra still has only won Grand Prix points in
of $20,000 and $7,500 (in cash, merchandise, and mem- five tournaments! For comparison, Ivanov, now #2 on
berships), and will also be running online grand prize Why has Becerra been a sleeper so long? Although the Grand Prix list, has won points in nine events spread
satellite events throughout the year. he has consistently been ranked in the top 10, one throughout the course of the year. New Yorker IM Alex
could count his tournament victories on a single Lenderman, who surged from #9 to #6 this month,
As long as Ive been writing these blurbs, Julio Becerra hand. Becerras apparent inactivity on the Grand has won points in a whopping eighteen events.
has always been ranked somewhere around the middle Prix list put him safely under the radar. Back in
of the pack. It was as if the Grand Prix were a giant game March, Becerra won more Grand Prix points than Be sure to check for live updates on the Grand Prix stand-
of Candy Land and Becerra was stuck in the Molasses there are feathers on a turkey by winning Foxwoods; ings at www.uschess.org/datapage/GP-standings.php

~Jonathan Hilton
Swamp. Yet Becerra has proved to be the great sleeper he then won a cornucopia of points at a qualifier for as GMs Ivanov and Kudrin make their plays to push
of the Grand Prix top 10 this year. Although last month the U.S. Championship later that month. But after Becerra out of the top spot

2008 WORLD CHESS LIVE GRAND PRIX STANDINGS


The following point totals reflect all rated event information as of September 23 for the 2008 World Chess Live Grand Prix. All Grand Prix updates are unofficial and subject
to change during the year or until year-end tabulation is complete.

OVERALL STANDINGS JUNIOR CATEGORIES


NAME STATE PTS. NAME STATE PTS.
Players born between 1985 and 1987 inclusive:
2 GM Alexander Ivanov MA 166.68 1 IM Kirill Kuderinov TX 90.11
3 GM Sergey Kudrin CT 160.54 2 GM Hikaru Nakamura NY 66.71
3 IM Joshua Friedel NH 58.50
4 GM Sergey Erenburg MD 150.54
5 GM Mark Paragua NY 141.63 Players born between 1988 and 1990 inclusive:
6 IM Alex Lenderman NY 139.26 1 IM Alex Lenderman NY 139.26
2 GM Alejandro Ramirez TX 91.00
7 GM Alex Yermolinsky SD 136.96
3 Maxx Coleman KS 41.00
8 GM Alexander Shabalov PA 135.18
9 GM Melikset Khachiyan CA 113.75 Players born between 1991 and 1992 inclusive:
1 FM Daniel Yeager PA 41.66
10 IM Enrico Sevillano CA 102.58
2 IM Robert Hess NY 36.80
11 IM Jay Bonin NY 98.14
3 Warren Harper TX 36.00
12 GM Alexander Stripunsky NY 96.58
Players born between 1993 and 1994 inclusive:
1 FM Ray Robson FL 73.26
2 Mark Heimann PA 43.50
SENIOR CATEGORY 3 Steven Zierk CA 26.25
Players born 1943 and before: Players born 1995 and after:
1 GM Anatoly Lein OH 18.33 1 FM Daniel Naroditsky CA 26.25
2 FM John Curdo MA 18.00 2-3 Aquino Inigo CAN 10.00
GM Julio Becerra has vaulted to the top
3 FM Alex Dunne PA 10.00 2-3 Stuart Finney RI 10.00
spot despite winning Grand Prix points
in only five tournaments.

CATEGORIES AND PRIZES


$12,000 IN CASH PRIZES! SENIOR CATEGORY $7,500 IN JUNIOR GRAND PRIX PRIZES!
FIRST PRIZE: $5,000 ! 1943 / before 1st: $300 2nd: $200 3rd: $100 FIRST PRIZE: $1,000 !
2nd: $2,500 3rd: $1,000 4th: $800 2nd: $600 3rd: $300 4th: $200
5th: $700 6th: $600 7th: $500 JUNIOR CATEGORIES 5th: $150 6th: $100 7th: $75
(according to date of birth)
8th : $400 9th: $300 10th: $200 8th : $50 9th: $25
1985-87 1st: $250 2nd: $150 3rd: $100
1988-90 1st: $250 2nd: $150 3rd: $100 The first place JGP winner will also receive U.S. Open entry and
$4,000 IN MERCHANDISE PRIZES! a plaque from the USCF. 1st 10th place winners will receive 2 year
PHOTO: BETSY DYNAKO

1991-92 1st: $250 2nd: $150 3rd: $100 WCL junior and USCF Young Adult memberships; 11th 20th place
11th: $200 13th: $200 15th: $150 1993-94 1st: $250 2nd: $150 3rd: $100 winners will receive 1 year WCL junior and USCF Young Adult
12th: $200 14th: $150 1995/after 1st: $250 2nd: $150 3rd: $100 memberships. Each state JGP winner will receive 1 year WCL
junior and USCF Young Adult memberships and a $20 WCL store
Top 40 non titled players: 1 year WCL membership worth $50. For all of the above junior categories: 1st place is also awarded a gift certificate.
(FIDE titled players are always free on WCL) 3 year WCL junior membership ($75 value); 2nd 5th places are
awarded a 2 year WCL junior membership ($50 value); 6th 10th
places awarded 1 year WCL junior memberships ($25 value).

www.worldchesslive.com Real chess. Real people. Real fun!


World Chess Live, a new family-friendly online chess service, is sponsor of the 2008 World Chess Live Junior Grand
Prix (JGP). Official standings for events received and processed by October 1, 2008 are unofficial and subject to change
during the year or until year-end tabulation is complete. There are currently 4,469 players with JGP points. 363 JGP
events resulted in points earned. Top prize includes free entry and $1,000 in expense money to the 2009 U.S. Open as
well as a plaque. Other prizes awarded to the top 20 finishers and the top individual in each state.

2008 World Chess Live


Junior Grand Prix Top Overall Standings

Name State JGP Pts. Name State JGP Pts.


HUTTON, JACK NY 135 HELLWIG, LUKE AL 100
GIANNATOS, PETER NC 135 MC CLANAHAN, GAVIN JACOB IL 100
ZHAO, SHICHENG VA 135 HARMON-VELLOTTI, LUKE ID 100
PENA, JOEL ANTHONY U NJ 135 CHILLAKANTI, KARTIK CA-N 100
HEUNG, CHRISTOPHER FL 130 AMARASINGHE, PRASHANTHA N MI 100
PINKERTON, JAMES CARL MD 125 HALL, ROBERT MI 95
DEJONG, ANDREW NC 125 KLEINMUNTZ, ROBBIE S IL 95
SHEINWALD, NOWELL R NY 120 PAPALIA, STEVEN A UT 95
CHEN, JEREMY NJ 115 SREENIVASAN, RAMANUJA MD 95
VIRKUD, APURVA MI 115 GUREVICH, DANIEL GA 95
BODEK, MICHAEL H NY 110 CHIANG, MICHAEL NY 95
GRAIF, WILLIAM NY 110 DANG, MICHAEL MI 95
CACHAY, JOHN JEFFERSON CA-S 110 WEINER, ALEX AL 95
LI, BRIAN S VA 110 OSMULSKI, MAX NJ 95
LARSON, ERIC DANIEL MI 105 KUTIKOFF, ADAM FL 95
SCHNEIDER, THOMAS GEORGE WI 105 MALHOTRA, AKSHAY TX 90
SINGH, REVA SHREE NY 105 SCHILLEMAN, ANDREW MI 90
ROSENTHAL, NICHOLAS FL 105 CLAYTON, RYAN DANIEL OH 90
FISHER, WILLIAM PA 105 CHINCHWADKAR, OJAS G CA-N 90
MOST, ERIC M VA 100 BAT-AMGALAN, MARAL CA-N 90

A new family-friendly online


chess service from the Internet
Chess Club, is pleased to
welcome our friends from
the U.S. Chess Federation.

To celebrate its launch, this year WCL will be:

Sponsoring the USCFs 2008 Grand Prix and Junior Grand Prix
Running weekly and monthly Online Grand Prix tournaments
Giving every USCF member a free six-month subscription to WCL
And more...

For details, go to www.worldchesslive.com/uscf

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Tournament Life

TheTournament Announcements on the following pages are provided


for the convenience of USCF members and for informational pur-
poses only. Unless expressly indicated otherwise, neither the U.S.
SEE PREVIOUS ISSUE FOR TLAS APPEARING NOVEMBER 1-14

Chess Federation nor Chess Life warrants the accuracy of anything


USCF National Events 2012 National Elementary (K-6) contained in these Tournament Announcements. Those interested

May 11 13 Nashville, Tennessee


Championship in additional information about or having questions concerning any
of these tournaments are directed to contact the organizer listed.
Chess Life will exercise all due diligence in providing accurate
See TLA in this issue for details: 2015 National Elementary (K-6) typesetting of non-camera-ready copy but assumes no responsibil-
ity for errors made in such work.
May 8 10 Nashville, Tennessee
2008 National Scholastic K-12 Championship

December 12 14 Kissimmee,
Championship SUBMISSIONS: If possible e-mail your tla to: tla@uschess.org
(Joan DuBois). For tla deadline schedule, formatting help and Grand
Florida
Noote: Organizers previously awarded options for Prix information see October 2008 pg. 52-53 or check
USCF National Events must still submit proposals www.uschess.org/tla/grprixstdarc.php and click on a WCL GP Sum-
mary. Payment can be done online through the TD/Affiliate area or
2008 Pan American Intercollegiate (including sample budgets) for their events. sent to: U.S. Chess, TLA Dept., PO Box 3967, Crossville, TN 38557.

December 27 30 Ft. Worth, Texas


Chess Tournament
Bids on the following tournaments are
Overdue Bids
Nationals
All tournaments listed in Tournament Life are USCF
World Amateur Team & U.S. Team past deadline and will be considered rated. USCF MEMBERSHIP IS REQUIRED FOR ALL
immediately: EVENTS. If not a member, add dues to advance
February 14 16 Parsippany, New
East - 39th Annual
2008 U.S. Masters entry fee or pay them with entry at site.
Jersey 2009 U.S. Amateur Team (West) Dec. 12-14, Florida

2009 U.S. Amateur (South, North,


2008 National Scholastic K-12 Championship

April 3 5 Nashville, Tennessee East)


2009 SuperNationals IV 7SS, G/90. Disneys Coronado Springs Resort, 1000 W. Buena Vista Drive, Lake

2009 U.S. Senior Open


Buena Vista, FL 32830. 407-939-1020 or 407-939-1000 and ask for the chess
rate ($120). 13 Sections (No collegiate section). Play only in your grade sec-

Future Events (Watch for details) 2009 U.S. Junior Open & Closed
tion. December rating supplement will be used. 1/2- point bye available any
round (except round seven) if requested in advance of rd. 1. Zero point byes
available for any round if requested prior to pairings. Team score = total of

Feb. 14 15 Waukesha, Wisconsin 2009 U.S. G/15 (QC)


2009 U.S. Amateur Team - North Bids due by Dec. 1, 2008: top three (minimum two) finishers from each school per grade, first place indi-
vidual and team, including ties, will be National Champion for their grade.

2009 U.S. Action G/30


Schedule: Opening ceremony Fri. 12:30 pm. Rds.: Fri. 1 pm-6 pm, Sat. 10 am-

Feb. 13 15 or 14 15 Orlando, 2009 U.S. G/60


2009 U.S. Amateur Team - South 2 pm-6 pm, Sun. 9 am-1 pm. Awards Ceremony Sun., Approx. 5 pm. Special round
times for K-1 sections: Fri. 1:30 pm-5:30 pm, Sat. 9:30 am-1:30 pm-5:30 pm,

Florida 2009 U.S. Masters


Sun. 9:30 am-1:30 pm. Awards Ceremony Sun Approx. 4:30 pm for K-1 EF:

2009 U.S. Class Championships


$40/participant (postmarked by 11/14), $60/participant (postmarked by
11/28), $75 later or $80 at site, $5.00 extra for all phone registrations, $20

Feb. 28 Mar. 1 Anderson, Indiana 2009 National Youth Action


2009 U.S. Junior Chess Congress change fee for roster or section changes after 11/14 or any onsite changes.

2009 Pan Am Intercollegiate


Onsite registration Thurs. 9 am-10 pm & Fri. 8 am-noon. After 10 am players
may not be paired for round 1. Awards: Trophies to top 10 individuals & top

May 23 25 Tucson, Arizona 2009 Collegiate Final Four


2009 U.S. Amateur - West five teams (minimum) in each grade. Class prizes: 1st-3rd place K-3: 800-999,
600-799, U600, Unr. 4-6: 1000-1199, 800-999, 600-799, U600 Unr. 7-9: 1200-
1399, 1000-1199, 800-999, U800, Unr. 10-12: 1400-1599, 1200-1399, 1000-1199,

June 4 7 Las Vegas, Nevada


2009 National Open
2010 U.S. Open*
Bids due by Dec. 15, 2008: U1000, Unr. Every player receives a commemorative item! Side Events: Bug-
house: Thurs. 11 am, Reg. onsite only Thurs. 9 am-10 am, $25/team. Blitz

July 6 10 Crossville, Tennessee


Sections: K-6 and K-12, Thurs. 5 pm, Reg. onsite until 4 pm. Blitz EF: Onsite
2009 U.S. Cadet - $20; Advance/online entry: $15. Blitz Awards: Trophies in K-6 and K-12 sec-

2011 U.S. Open*


Bids due by June 15, 2009: tions. Individual: TBA, Team: 1st-15th place. K-6 Class: 1000-1199, 800-999,
2009 Tournament of College 600-799, U600 Unr. K-12 Class: 1400-1599, 1200-1399, 1000-1199, U1000, Unr.
Bughouse Awards:Trophies for Bughouse,TBA. Team Rooms are limited. Con-

August 1 3 Indianapolis, Indiana


Champions tact Cheryle Bruce 931-787-1234 ext.147. Hotel info: disneyworld.disney.go.com/

Please contact the National Office if


Bidding Deadlines wdw/resorts/resortLanding?id=CoronadoSpringsResortLandingPage Ques-

you are interested in bidding for a


tions: Cheryle Bruce: 931-787-1234 ext. 147, Email: cbruce@uschess.org or

December 11 13 Dallas, Texas


2009 National Scholastic K-12 Ent: U.S. Chess, Attn.: K-12 Championship, P.O. Box 3967, Crossville, TN 38557

National Event. The USCF recommends


or online at https://secure.uschess.org/webstore/tournament.php. Web-

that bids be submitted according to


site: main.uschess.org/tournaments/2008/k12/. WCL JGP.
2010 National Elementary (K-6)
the following schedule. However, bids
Dec. 27-30, Texas

May 7 9 Atlanta, Georgia


Championship 2008 Pan American Intercollegiate Chess Tournament

may be considered prior to these dates.


Location: DFW Airport Marriott South, 4151 Centreport Blvd, Fort Worth,
Texas, 76155. HR: $79/79/79/79. marriott.com/dfwam?groupCode=panpana&
2011 National Elementary (K-6) app=resvlink, or call 800-228-9290 reserve by 12/5 (or rate could go up) and

*USCF reserves the right to decline all


May 6 8 Dallas, Texas
Championship ask for Pan American Intercollegiate Chess rate. Free Parking. Tournament

bids and organize the event itself.


Dates: December 27-30, 2008. Intercollegiate Tournament Format: 4 Player
Teams, up to 2 Alternates, traditional 6 round Swiss Tournament, Game/120
with a 30 second increment. Coach/captain must hand in proposed team ros-
ter changes one hour before the beginning of the round. Rounds: Rd. 1: 12/27
6 pm, Rd. 2: 12/28 10 am, Rd. 3: 5 pm, Rd 4: 12/29 10 am, Rd 5: 5 pm, and
Rd 6: 12/30 9 am. Open to: College and University teams (at least two Play-
Tournament memberships not valid for National events ers) from North and South America including the Caribbean. Teams must
supply letter from University stating that the players meet eligibility require-
ments. Entry Fees: Priority Registration by December 2, 2008 - $200 per
team. After December 2, 2008 $225 per team. Prizes: 1st place team =
Junior Tournament Memberships (JTMs) Available
USCFs Tournament Membership (TM) program, which allows players the option of joining for only
$1250, 2nd place team = $750, 3rd place team = $600, 4th place team = $400,
5th place team = $250, Top InternationalTeam = $500, Top 4 boards = $100
one event at a greatly reduced rate, has been modified. Junior TMs for age 24 or below may be
each. Team Trophies: Division I Champion 2200 and above, Division II Champ

purchased from affiliates and are now available to them for $7 online with rating report submis
2000-2199, Division III Champion 1800-1999, Division IV Champion Under

sions. They include one issue of Chess Life or Chess Life for Kids, and $5 of this fee may be applied
1800, Top 5 teams, Top 3 International Teams, Top four Boards, and Top Alter-

to a full membership within 60 days. JTMs not valid for National events.
nate.Tournament is Fide Rated but uses USCF rules. For Additional information

Many scholastic tournaments exist that are not USCF rated, and the USCF is concerned that the
or online registration go to: www.swchess.com or contact Barbara Swafford,
214-632-9000, info@dallaschess.com Ent: Dallas Chess Club, C/O Barbara
reason is that organizers fear losing players unwilling or unable to pay entry fee plus dues of $17
Swafford, 2709 Longhorn Trail, Crowley, TX 76036. NS NC W FIDE. WCL JGP.

(Scholastic), $19 (Youth), or $25 (Young Adult). The availability of a $7 option should cause some Feb. 14-16, New Jersey
of these events to switch to being USCF rated, promoting membership. The idea behind the TMs
World Amateur Team & U.S. Team East
is not to sign up a lot of them, but rather to cause more USCF rated tournaments to be held.
39th Annual Celebrate the 60s!

More details on uschess.org.


6SS, 40/2, SD/1. Parsippany Hilton, 1 Hilton Ct., Parsippany, N.J. 07054. Chess
Rate valid until 1/16. Reserve early 973-267-7373 or 1- 800-HILTONS. Mor-

Beginning in 2007 with the February rating List, the rating supplements will be
ris/Essex train to Morris Plains 1.5 miles. Open to 4- player teams with one

updated EACH MONTH on the USCF website, and each monthly rating supplement will
optional alternate. Team average (4 highest ratings2008 Annual Rating list)

be used for all tournaments beginning in that month, unless otherwise announced in
must be under 2200, no more than 1000 points between 3rd & 4th board if team

Chess Life.
average over 2000. EF: $140 postmarked by 2/5/09. $180 after or at door.
all teams, any changes at site $25 charge. Check out official website www.nj

The USCF website at www.uschess.org also frequently lists unofficial ratings.The pur-
scf.org. Prizes: 1-5th Place teams, plaque and 4 digital clocks; Top Team

pose of unofficial ratings is to inform you of your progress; however, most


(Denis Barry Award) U2100, 2000, 1900, 1800, 1700, 1600, 1500, 1400,

tournaments do not use them for pairing or prize purposes. If you would otherwise be
1300, 1200, 1000 each plaque and 4 Digital Clocks; Top college team (same

unrated, organizers may use your unofficial rating at their discretion, even without
school) 4 Digital Clocks & plaque; Top HS team (grades 9-12 same school),

advance publicity of such a policy.


Top Middle School (grades 5-9 same school), Top Elementary School (grades
K-6 same school), Top 2 Scholastic Teams (mixed schools okay) (Collins

54 Chess Life November 2008 uschess.org


Tournament Life

Award), Mixed Doubles (2 males, 2 females-no alternates), Seniors (all play- easiest & cheapest transportation from Cincinnati Airport. Ent: Continental Info: Scott Parker, 770-939-5030, president@georgiachess.org, www.georgia
ers over age 50), Military, each plaque & 4 Digital Clocks to top team; Chess, Box 249, Salisbury Mills NY 12577. Questions: 845-496-9658. $10 serv- chess.org. WCL JGP.
CompanyTeam (same employer) Old Timers Trophy (all players over 65), Fam- ice charge for refunds. Advance entries will be posted at chesstour.com. WCL
World Chess Live Grand Prix Points: 10 (enhanced)
Nov. 22-23 or 23, New York
ily (4 family members), State teamsCT, DE, MD, MA, NJ, NY, (Benjamin JGP.
Award), PA, VA, NC, Canada, Ethel Collins Perseverance (lowest scoring
World Chess Live Grand Prix Points: 6
Nov. 15, New York What A Turkey Open!
scholastic) each plaque top team; Best Player 1-4 and top alternate, All 6- 4-SS, 30/90, SD/1, Chess Center at the Marshall Club, 23 W 10 St, bet. 5th-6th
0 scores each Digital clock. Biggest Individual upset each round Engraved Cross Buffalo Kellogg Leadership for Community Change Monthly Grand Ave, NYC: 845-569-9969. $$ 1,200 b/60 paid entries, minimum half each prize
pen; Entry fee refunded to team with Best Chess related name, Sunday Prix - Every 3rd Saturday Gtd. May be limited to 1st 62 entries! 2 sections, Open. $$ 400-200-100,
night Best Chess Related costumes or gimmick1960s themegour- 4SS, Rd. 1-3: G/45, Rd. 4: G/60. Main Place Mall Upper Level, 390 Main Street, U2200/unr. $100. FIDE. Under 2000. $$ 200-100, U1800 $100, $100 unr. prize
met dinner for four. Reg. 9-12 Sat 2/14. Rds. 1-7:30, 11-6, 9-3:30. Special Buffalo, NY 14202. Food Court has several vendors available during Mall Oper- limit. Both, EF: $45, Club membs $30, GMs free ($25 from prize), specified
Events!! Surprises and special give-aways each round. Sunday night ation. EF: $50.00. No checks or credit cards onsite. $$GTD: $250-150.00. Greater NY Scholastic prizewinners free. Online entry at www.chesscenter.cc
Bughouse $20 per team-cash prizes, Sunday Morning 960 Tournament U1750 $80.00, GUARANTEED. Reg.: 8:15AM AND 9AM. $40.00 If postmarked thru 11/20. 2 options: 2-Day, rds 12:30-5:30 pm each day; 1-day (rds 1-2 G/30),
8AM-Two Person team event $20 per teamprizes per entries. HR: Parsip- no later than 7 days prior to the start of the tournament. Rds.: RD1: 9:30AM, 10-11:15 am-12:30-5:30 pm Sun., merge rd 3. 2 byes max, commit by rd 2. Reg.
pany Hilton, chess rates expire 1/16/2009. Rates $117 (up to 4 in room) 2nd RD2:11:15AM, RD3:1PM AND FINALS, RD4:2:45PM G/60. One half byes avail- ends 15 min. before game. Re-entry $20, counts half. Foreign unr. must enter
hotel now attached to Hilton also up to 4 in room $112 per night-Hampton Inn able if directed to tournament director by the prior round. Chess gear & Open. CCA Ratings may be used. EF $10 extra by phone! WCL JGP.
-includes breakfast for 4 each day. For help forming teams and more information supplies available for purchase by Sophia Lynn. Ent: Archangel 8 Chess Acad-
World Chess Live Grand Prix Points: 6
contact esdoyle@aol.com: Chks payable to NJSCF, mail by 2/01 to: E.Steven Nov. 23, New York
emy. No phone entries. Email: arcangel8chess@yahoo.com. INFO: Mc Duffie
Doyle, 17 Stonehenge Road, Morristown, NJ 07960. (Include Team name, Chess Ambassador. Advanced entries greatly appreciated! Canadians
Captain, players full names, USCF Expiration, ID numbers and ratings in board Cordiscos Chess Center Monthly Open
Welcomed! NS NC W.
order). Include SASE for confirmation if wanted, No registered or certified mail 4 Round SS, Time control G/60. Reg.: 8:45 AM to 9:30 AM. Entry: $30/$35 at

World Chess Live Grand Prix Points: 20 (enhanced)


accepted. NS, NC, W. Nov. 15-16, New Hampshire site. (checks payable to Cordiscos Corner Store) Rounds: 9:45-12:15-2:45-5:15.
Prizes: 1st $200 - 2nd $100 - 3rd $50 !!!GUARANTEED!!!!! Limited to first 20
Apr. 3-5, Tennessee Southern New Hampshire Open entries. Please bring sets and clocks. Cordiscos Chess Center. 308 Chenango
SuperNationals IV Best Western Executive Court Inn, 13500 S. Willow Street, Manchester, NH St. (corner Robinson & Chenango Sts.), Binghamton, NY 13901 (607)772-8782.
2009 Elementary, Junior High and High School National Championships in one 03103. In 2 Sections, Open: 5SS, GAME/110 + 10 Sec. FIDE rated. $$GTD: $500- jcordisco@stny.rr.com.
great event! 7SS, G/120 (K-1 G/90), Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention 250. U2250 $150, U2000 $150. U1750: 5SS, GAME/110 + 10 Sec. Open to 1750
Center, 2802 Opryland Dr., Nashville, TN 37214. (615) 883-2211 HR: $139 sin- A Heritage Event!
& under. $$GTD: $400-200. U1500 $100, U1250 $100. ALL: EF: $50 in advance,
gle-quad. All under one roof! $50,000 in Cash Scholarships!! 20 Sections An American Classic!
$55 at site. Reg.: Registration 9:00-9:45. Advance entries must be postmarked
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(Select only one): High School: K-12 Championship; K-12 U1600; K-12 U1200; Nov. 27-30, California Southern
by 11/9/2008. Rds.: 10-2:30-7, 9-2. Unrated may only win 50% of place prizes
K-12 U800; K-12 Unrated. Junior High: K-9 Championship; K-8 Championship; in U1750. ENT: Alex Relyea, 49 Technology Dr. #89, Bedford, NH 03110. INFO:
K-9 U1250; K-8 U1000; K-8 U750; K-9 Unrated. Elementary: K-6 Champi- 44th Annual American Open
Alex Relyea relyea@operamail.com. HR: $89.99 877-627-2525. www.rely 8SS, 40/2, SD/1. LAX Renaissance Hotel, 9620 Airport Bl, Los Angeles, CA 90045.
onship; K-5 Championship; K-6 U1000; K-5 U900; K-3 Championship; K-3 U800; eachess.com. FIDE NS W. WCL JGP.
K-1 Championship; K-6 Unrated; K-3 Unrated. EF: $40 postmarked, faxed or $$36,000 b/o 400 entries, 50% of each prize gtd. In 6 sections (Unr. must play

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online by 3/5, $60 postmarked, faxed or online by 3/19, $75 after 3/19, $80 Nov. 15-16, Virginia in Unr. or Open). Open: $3600-1800-800-600-500-400, U2450/Unr. $800-400,
on site. DO NOT mail entries after March 19 they may not be received in time. U2300/Unr. $600-300. U2200, U2000, U1800: Each $3000-1500-700-300.
$5 extra for all phoned registrations. $20 change fee for roster or section 13th Annual Northern Virginia Open U1600 $2400-1200-500-300. U1400/Unr: $2000-1000-500, U1200 $900-450 (not
changes after March 19. USCF membership is required (may be paid with entry). 5SS, Rds 1-3 G/2, rds 4-5 30/90 SD/1. $$2,100 (Top 3 G) B/80. New Loca- a separate section; U1200s also eligible for U1400 prizes), Unrated: $300-150
AWARDS: Trophies awarded in accordance with Scholastic Regulations and tion: Hotel Sierra, 45520 Dulles Plaza, Sterling, VA 20166. www.hotel-sierra.com (Unrateds in this section eligible for these prizes only). Special prizes $1400
based on number of participants. Team score = total of top four (min. two) luxurious single and double suites. 20 Reserved Single Suites available by Oct in memory of Joyce Jillson: Best tactical games 200-100, best positional
finishers from each section. March 2009 rating supplement will be used. 21 at $99. Doubles are great for families! Contact hotel at 703-435-9002 or 1- games 200-100, best tactical game non-Master 200, biggest rating gain by
BYES: One 1/2 pt. bye available in rounds 1-6 if requested prior to 10am, Fri 800.4.SIERRA (Be sure to ask for Virginia Chess rates) or lauren.osburn@ woman 400, biggest rating gain under age 13 200 (established ratings over
(4/3). On site entries after 10am, Fri 4/3 will receive a 1/2-point bye for hotel-sierra.com or book it online at stay.hotel-sierra.com/?id=VIR Near 1000). EF: Open, U2200, U2000, U1800, U1600, U1400 $120 if recd by 11/25,
the first round. SCHEDULE: Rounds 1-2: Friday (4/3) 1:00pm & 7:00pm, Dulles Airport. Wonderful new playing site! See tournament website for direc- $50 more for players rated under 2000 playing in Open, Unrated $40. All: $30
Rounds 3-5: Saturday (4/4) 9:00am, 2:00pm, & 7:00pm, Rounds 6-7 (4/5) tions and more information. Open: $575-300-200 (G);Top X/A-Unr/B/C/D each more at door. SCCF membership reqd, $18, $10 jrs under 19 includes Rank &
9:00am, & 2:00pm. Main Event Awards Ceremonies, Sunday (4/5); K-1 at $175, Top U1200 $150, Reg.: Saturday Nov 3: 8:30 am-9:45am. Rounds: Sat File magazine, OSA. No checks at door cash, credit card or money order only.
approximately 5pm, all others approximately 7pm. SIDE EVENTS: Bughouse 10-230-7, Sunday 10-3:30p. One 1/2 pt bye allowed, must commit to byes before 4-day schedule: Reg. closes noon 11/27, Rds. 12:30-7:30, 12:30-7:30, 10:30-
Championships:Thursday, 4/3, 11:00am, Register ON SITE ONLY by 10:00am. Rd 1, and are irrevocable after play starts. EF: $45 if recd by Nov 8th, $55 at 5, 10-4:30. 3-day schedule: Reg. closes 11:30 a.m. 11/28, Rds. 12-2:30-5-8
EF: $20 per team/2. Blitz Championship:Thursday, 4/2, 5:00pm, register online site. Ent: Michael Atkins, PO Box 6138 (yes 6138!), Alexandria VA 22306. (G/1), schedules merge in Rd 5 and compete for common prizes. Byes (2
or on site by 4:00pm. EF $20. Please refer to the website: www.Super Make checks to: Virginia Chess. Email: matkins2@cox.net, but NO e- max) with advance notice. CCA minimum ratings andTD discretion used to pro-
NationalsIV.com for updated schedule details, Simuls, lectures, and other activ- mail entries, just information Web: www.vachess.org/nova.htm. W, NS, FIDE. tect you from improperly rated players. November Rating Supplement used. Lec-
ities. Advance entries must include players name/information and all fees to WCL JGP. tures and videos. HR: $99, (310) 337-2800, mention chess. Parking only $6. Info:
NTD Randy Hough (626) 282-7412, randallhough@yahoo.com. Ent: American
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be accepted. Roster changes are considered new entries and will be Nov. 18, New York
charged according to date received. List name, address, phone, section, Open, PO Box 205, Monterey Park, CA 91754 or www.americanopen.org. NS,
grade, school (even if no team), coachs name, email, birthdate, USCF ID num- W, F. WCL JGP.
St. Johns Masters at the Marshall Chess Club
ber, USCF expiration (enclose USCF dues if necessary) and rating. Players must 4SS, G/30.ThirdTues. of every month. 23 W. 10th St., NYC. 212-477-3716. Open A State Championship Event!

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be eligible to play in accordance with USCF Scholastic Regulations. Entries may to players rated over 2100 (plus all players scoring 2.5 or more at any CCNY Nov. 28-30, Louisiana
be faxed to: 931-787-1238. Mail Entries To: 2009 SuperNationals IV, P. O. Box at MCCThursday 4 Rated GamesTonight! since the prior months SJM) EF: $40,
3967, Crossville, TN 38557. Enter online at: www.uschess.org. WCL JGP. members $30, GMs $10 (returned on completion of tournament). For each event, 2008 Louisiana State Championship
money added to prize fund by the sponsors, St. Johns University, and other gen- (Gustav-free Edition!) 7-SS, G/150 (Rnd. 1: G/2). Site: Hilton New Orleans Air-
erous patrons. Top three prizes guaranteed. $$G 300-200-100. Top U2400 and port, 901 Airline Dr., Kenner, LA 70062. EF: $80 if mailed by 11/19, $90 at site.
Grand Prix Top U2300 prizes. Special prize for biggest upset. Reg.: 6:15-6:45. Rds.: 7-8:15-
9:30-10:45pm. One bye available, rds 1 and 4 only; declare at registration.
LCA Memb. reqd ($10 Adult, $5 Schol.), OSA. Prizes: $4500 b/100, 50% Gtd.
One Section: Open: $800-450-250, U2000: $450-250; U1800: $400-250; U1600:
$400-200; U1400: $350-200; U1200/Unr.: $350-$150. Reg.: Fri. 11/28, 8-9 AM.
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A Heritage Event! Nov. 20, New York
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Nov. 8-9, Oklahoma Rds.: Fri.: 9:30-2-7:30, Sat.: 10-6, Sun.: 9:00-3:00. Business meeting: Sat.
11/29, 3:30 PM. HR: (800)872-5914, $79 single/double, $89 triple/quad
10 Grand Prix Points Tonight!
OCF Championship - 63rd Jerry Spann Memorial reserve by 11/7, ask for Louisiana Chess Association rate. Ent/Info: Adam
4-SS, G/30, Chess Center at the Marshall Club, 23 West 10 St, bet. 5-6 Ave, NYC:
5-SS, G/90 + 30 sec, $$G 1,700. Quality Inn, 2515 W. 6th Ave (Hwy 51), Still- Caveney, 1301 Gen. Taylor St., New Orleans, LA 70115, cb20234@yahoo.com,
212-477-3716. EF: $35, Club membs $25, GMs free ($20 from prize), specified
water, OK 1-405-372-0800 HR: $60-60-60. Wi-Fi, EF: $25 reserve, $40 Open, (504) 895-4133 (evenings), (504) 615-6730 (on day of tourney). NS, NC. WCL
Greater NY Scholastic prizewinners free. $$560 b/32 paid entries (may be lim-
$10 more at site. OCF $10. Two Sections: FIDE Open: Gtd 1st 500, 300, 200 A: JGP.
ited to 1st 36 to enter), top 2 Gtd: $$ 200-110-50, Top U2200/unr $105, U2000

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$200 B: $200 Reserve: U-1600 Gtd 1st $200, 100, Class $ per entries; Reg.: $95. Limit 2 byes (1 bye for U2000), commit by 8:15. Reentry $15. CCA ratings Nov. 28-30, Michigan
9-9:45am. Rds at 10-2:30-7, 9-1:15. 2 half pt byes rds 1-4, Open is FIDE rated, may be used. Class pairings OK rd. 4. Reg ends 10 min before game. Rds 7-
NC, CMV, LS, W, Free Parking. Jim Berry, Box 351, Stillwater, OK 74076, 1405 8:15-9:30-10:45 pm. Phone entry often impossible! 2008 Motor City Open
762-1649. WCL JGP. 6-SS. 3 Sections: OPEN, U1800, U1300.Top section FIDE-rated. $9,250 OVER-
World Chess Live Grand Prix Points: 30 (enhanced)
Nov. 21-23, Florida
World Chess Live Grand Prix Points: 120 (enhanced)
Nov. 14-16 or 15-16, Ohio ALL. 66 2/3% Guaranteed. Held at the CROWNE PLAZA AUBURN HILLS,
7th Annual Turkey Bowl
17th annual Kings Island Open 5SS, G/120, Sat. (2-day Sch.) Rd. 1 G/60. Hosted by the Student Union at Florida
5SS, 40/2, SD/1 (2-day option, rds 1-2 G/75), Kings Island Resort, 5691 Kings Atlantic University, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton. $$5,200 b/160 paid entries, USCF Membership Rates
(U.S., CANADA, MEXICO)
Island Drive (I-71, 6 mi north of I-275), Mason OH 45040. Free parking. $$ 25,000 60% min. Gtd. 4 Sections: Open: $800/Trophy-500-300, U2300/Unr $200-100.
based on 360 paid entries (re-entries count as 70% entries, U1000 Section EF U2100: $600/Trophy-300-200. U1700: $600/Trophy-300-200. U1300: $600/Tro-
30% entries, unrated not counted); minimum $20,000 (80% of each prize) phy-250-150, top U1000/Unr $100. Unr. may enter Open or U1300 only. EF: $59
guaranteed. Free analysis of your games by GM Arthur Bisguier. In 7 sections: by Nov. 18, $10 more later and on-site, GMs & IMs free ($59 deducted from Type 1 yr 2yr 3yr
Open: $2500-1200-600-300-200, 1st on tiebreak $100 bonus, top U2300/Unr prize). Reg.: ends 1/2 hr before 1st rd. Rds.: 3-Day 1st Rd. Fri. 7:15, 2-Day 1st
$1400-700. FIDE. Under 2100: $2000-1000-500-300-200. Under 1900: $2000- Adult $49 $83 $116
Rd. Sat 10, Rds. 2-5 Sat. 1:15, 6:30, Sun. 9:30, 2:30. 2 1/2 pt. byes, if reqd before
1000-500-300-200. Under 1700: $2000-1000-500-300-200. Under 1500: rd. 2. HR: $74 by Cut-off Date, Fairfield Inn, 561-417-8585. Ent: Boca Raton Adult (online purch) $41 $76 $109
$1500-700-400-200-100. Under 1300: $1500-700-400-200-100. Under 1000: Chess Club, 2385 Executive Ctr. Dr., Ste. 100, Boca Raton, FL 33431. Online entry
$100-60-40, trophies to top 10. Unrated prize limits: U1000 $40, U1300 $100, Senior (65+) $36 $65 $93
& addl info: www.bocachess.com, 561-883-2917. FIDE. WCL JGP.
U1500 $200, U1700 $300, U1900 $500. Balance goes to next player(s) in line. Young Adult (U25) $25 $44 $62
EF: 3-day $103, 2-day $102 mailed by 11/6, all $105 online at chesstour.com A State Championship Event!

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by 11/11, $110 phoned to 406-896-2038 by 11/11 (entry only, no questions), Nov. 21-23 or 22-23, Georgia Youth (U16) $19 $33 $46
$120 at site. Under 1000 Section EF: 3-day $33, 2-day $32 if mailed by 11/6, Scholastic (U13) $17 $30 $42
Youth provides bimonthly Chess Life,
$34 online at chesstour.com by 11/11, $36 phoned to 406-896-2038 by 11/11, 2008 Georgia Class Championships

Scholastic bimonthly Chess Life for Kids,


$40 at site. No checks at site, credit cards OK. Re-entry $70; not available in 5-SS, G/120 (2 day schedule, rd 1 G/90), Atlanta Chess Center, 5155A E.
Ponce de Leon Ave, Scottdale, Ga 30079. $4,000 based on 84 entries, 75% Gtd.
others listed above monthly Chess Life.
Open Section. All: FREE ENTRYTO UNRATED. Unofficial uschess.org ratings based
on 4 or more games usually used if otherwise unrated. Special 1 year USCF 6 Sections. Premier (over 1999): $500-325-225, u2200: $275-175; A (1800-

See www.uschess.org for other membership


dues with Chess Life if paid with entry- online at chesstour.com, unrated $20, 1999), B (1600-1799), C (1400-1599), D (1200-1399), U1200: $250-150-100 each

categories. Membership dues are not refund


rated $30. If mailed, phoned or paid at site, unrated $30, rated $40. Cost of section. Note: u2200 is not a separate section. Players may play one section

able. Dues may be changed without notice


reduced dues borne by Continental Chess. 3-day schedule: Reg ends Fri 6 pm, above current rating. Trophy to top Georgia resident each section. EF: $49 if
recd by 11/19. $60 later or at site. Reg.: 6-7pm on 11/21 or 8:30-9:30am on

and promotional rates may be withdrawn or


rds Fri 7 pm, Sat 11-6, Sun 9-3:15. 2-day schedule: Reg ends Sat 10 am, rds
Sat 11-2:30-6, Sun 9-3:15. Byes: (note change): OK all, limit 2, must commit 11/22. Rds.: 7:30; 2-7; 10-3. 2 day schedule: rd 1 at 10am on 11/22, then

modified.
by rd 3 and have under 2 pts. HR: $71-71, 800-727-3050, 513-398-0115, schedules merge. Half point bye any round, limit 2, must commit when enter-
reserve by 10/31 or rate may increase. Car rental: Avis, 800-331-1600, use ing. No changes. GCA membership reqd for Ga residents. Ent: GCA, PO Box
AWD #D657633, or reserve car online through chesstour.com. Car rental is 1611, Decatur GA 30079-1611. Make check payable to GCA. No credit cards.

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Tournament Life

1500 Opdyke, Auburn Hills, MI 48326 (Directions and Lodging Info below). 2- Under 1600: $2000-1000-500-300-200. Under 1400: $1400-700-400-300- 500-250, U2400: $550, U2200: $500-125. U2000: $600-300-125, U1900: $125.
Day & 3-Day Schedules available. Up to three 1/2-pt. byes available; must be 200. Under 1200: $1400-700-400-300-200. Unrated may not win over $100 in U1800: $600-300-125, U1700: $125. U1600: $550-250-125, U1500 $125.
requested before start of RD 4. All sections merge after RD 3. Unrated eligi- U1200, $200 in U1400, $300 in U1600, $500 in U1800, or $700 in U2000. Top U1400: $500-200-125, U1300 $125. U1200: $400-200-125, U1100 $125, U900
SEE PREVIOUS ISSUE FOR TLAS APPEARING NOVEMBER 1-14

ble only for UNR and Overall prizes in ALL sections, can play in ANY section. 7 sections entry fee: 3-day $108, 2-day $107 mailed by 11/19, all $109 $125. Unrated: $200-$100. online reg: www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?
Cell phones must be turned off or in silent mode while in tournament room. online at chesstour.com by 11/25, $115 phoned by 11/25 (406-896-2038, no event_id=1637832. Note that Active.com charges a small fee. CCA min. rat-
INFRACTION: deduct 1/2 the remaining time or game forfeiture if less than questions), $130 at site. GMs free, $100 deducted from prize. Re-entry $60, not ings. Up to two 1/2 pt. byes if requested before end of Rd. 2, but not for BOTH
10 minutes remaining on clock; automatic forfeiture for 2nd infraction. Spec- available in Premier. Mailed EF $3 less to PSCF members. No checks at site, 4th & 5th Rd. K-12 Scholastic on Fri. 11/28 see DFW K-12 Championships ad
tators will be subjected to expulsion for the remainder of the event for any credit cards OK. 3-day late entry ends Fri 11 am, rounds Fri 12 & 7, Sat 11 & elsewhere. Ent: Dallas Chess Club, 212 S Cottonwood Dr, #A, Richardson TX
offense. Headphones cannot be used if opponent objects for any reason and 6, Sun 10 & 4:30. 2-day late entry ends Sat 9 am, rounds Sat 10, 12:45, 3:30 75080. Ph: 214.632.9000. Info: info@dallaschess.com or www.swchess.com
cannot be used in the last round by players with a plus score. Player must be and 6, Sun 10 & 4:30. Trophy Sections: Under 1000, Under 800, Under 600. NS, NC, W. FIDE. WCL JGP.
willing to present same toTDs for examination at any time. Failure to do so will Trophies to top 8 players in each section. Entry fee: $27 mailed by 11/19, $28
World Chess Live Grand Prix Points: 20
Nov. 28-30, Washington
result in removal from tournament without refund. Strict headphone and cell online at chesstour.com by 11/25, $35 phoned by 11/25 (406-896-2038, no ques-
phone rules in effect. Rules posted at site. USCF and MCA memberships tions), $40 at tmt. No checks at site, credit cards OK. Late entry ends Sat 9 WA Class Championship
required; can be purchased on site. Bring boards, pieces, clocks. IM Ben am, rounds 10 am, 12:45 pm, 3:30 pm each day. All trophy sections: Entry Marriot RedmondTown Center, 7401 16th Avenue NE, Redmond, WA 98052 (425)
Finegold Lecture on Fri, 11/28, 3:30-4:30pm ($10). EF by Mon., 11/24 (add fee: $27 mailed by 11/19, $28 online at chesstour.com by 11/25, $35 phoned 498-4000, hotel room 89.00 for single and double. Check nwc website www.nwc
$10 after): OPEN: $100 ($90 for Oage 64, Uage 16 or UNR). IMs and GMs Free by 11/25 (406-896-2038, no questions), $40 at site. No checks at site, credit chess.com for tournament info. 40/2 SD, 6 rd. swiss. Entry Fees and Prize
($100 EF deducted from prize). NO Re-Entries in OPEN Section. U1800: $90 cards OK. Late entry ends Sat 9 am, rounds 10 am, 12:45, 3:30 pm each day. Fund $5,000 Guaranteed by the Entry fees listed as: By Oct 12 / By Nov
($80 for Oage 64, Uage 16 or UNR). U1300: $80 ($70 for Oage 64, Uage 16 or All sections: FREE ENTRY TO UNRATED. Unofficial uschess.org ratings based 9 / At site: Master (2200&above) EF $65 / $70 / $80, $525, $325, U2300 $200.
UNR). Re-Entries: $45, $40 (Up to two 1/2-pt. byes allowed from previous RDS). on 4 or more games usually used if otherwise unrated. Special 1 year USCF Expert (2000-2199) EF $60 / $65 / $75, $425, $275, U2100 $150. Class A (1800-
TL: 3-Day Schedule: G-120. 2-Day Schedule: Rds 1-3, G-60; Rds 4-6, G-120. dues with Chess Life if paid with entry- online at chesstour.com, unrated $20, 1999) EF $55 / $60 / $70, $325, $200, U1900 $125. Class B (1600-1799) EF $55
REG: 3-Day Schedule: Fri, 11/28, 9:00-11:00am. 2-Day Schedule: Sat, rated $30. If mailed, phoned or paid at site, unrated $30, rated $40. Cost of / $60 / $70, $325, $200, U1700 $125. Class C (1400-1599) EF $55 / $60 / $70,
11/29, 8:30-9:30am. RDS: 3-Day Schedule: Fri, 11-6; Sat, 12-6; Sun, 10-2:30. reduced dues borne by Continental Chess. Student/Alumni trophies to top 5 $325, $200, U1500 $125. Class D (1200-1399) $55/$60/$70, $325, $200,
2-Day Schedule: Sat, 10-12:30-3-6; Sun, 10-2:30. $$9,250 OVERALL (66 2/3% teams of 4 (regardless of section) representing any U.S. college, HS or pre-HS U1300 $125, Class E (1199&below) $50/$55/$65, $175, $100, U1000 $75
guar.): OPEN: $4,600 (b/56): 1st-2nd-3rd, $1,200-$600-$400; 1st-2nd U2400, players attend or have graduated from. Half point byes OK all rounds; limit U800 $75 unrated $75. WCL JGP.
$350-$250; 1st-2nd U2200, $350-$250; 1st-2nd U2000, $350-$250; 1st-2nd 2, must commit before rd 3 or have under 2 pts. HR: $91-91-91-91, reserve by

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U1800/UNR, $350-$250. U1800: $2,450 (b/40): 1st-2nd-3rd, $700-$400- 11/13 or rate may increase. Parking $5/day to all players; guest room not Nov. 29, California Southern
$350; 1st-2nd, U1600, $300-$200; 1st-2nd U1300/UNR, $300-$200. U1300: required. Car rental: 800-331-1600, use AWD D657633 or reserve car online
$2,200 (b/38): 1st-2nd-3rd, $600-$400-$300; 1st-2nd U1200, $275-$175; 1st- through chesstour.com. Ent: Continental Chess, Box 249, Salisbury Mills NY American Open Quick Chess Championship (QC)
2nd U1000/UNR, $275-$175. Mechanical or Quartz Clock for Biggest Upset in 12577. $10 charge for refunds. Questions: chesstour.com, ccaguide.com, 845- 5-SS (double round), G/10. LAX Renaissance Hotel, 9620 Airport Bl., Los Ange-
each section! Directions & Lodging: CROWNE PLAZA AUBURN HILLS, 496-9658. Advance entries will be posted at chesstour.com. WCL JGP (top 7 les, CA 90045. $1000 Gtd.: $250-150; U2200, U2000, U1800, U1600, Unr.
located off I-75 at Exit 79 (University Drive). Turn left over overpass, right at sections). each $100 (Unrated eligible only for Open and Unr. prize). EF: $30 received by
the first light (Opdyke). Go 1/2 block down. Reserve online at www.cpauburn 11/25, $35 at site. Reg closes 8 pm. Rounds: 8:15-9-9:45-10:30-11:15. Dou-
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Nov. 28-30 or 29-30, Texas ble bye (1 pt) available for round 1. Enter: www.americanopen.org or American
hills.com or call toll-free at 1-800-593-5434. Ask MCO chess rate ($69) by 11/7.
Info, Ent: Ed Mandell, All The Kings Men, 28546 Dequindre Rd, Warren, MI Open, PO Box 205, Monterey Park, CA 91754. Info: Randy Hough (626) 282-7412,
8th Annual Ken Smith Memorial Open randallhough@yahoo.com.
48092, (586) 558-4790. Toll-Free, (866) 538-7890. Fax, (586) 558-2046. Email:
5SS, Open: G/90 with 30 sec increment, Rest: 30/90, SD/1 (Rest 2-day

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allthekingsmench@aol.com, Web: www.allthekingsmenchess.com. WCL JGP. Nov. 29, Ohio
options rd 1 G/120). DFW Marriott Hotel & Golf Club at Champions Circle, 3300
An American Classic! Championship Parkway, Fort Worth, TX 76177 HR: $89-89, (888)-236-2427,
A Heritage Event! reserve by 10/26 or rate may increase, mention Dallas Chess. Open is Fide rated House of Chess Open

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Nov. 28-30 or 29-30, Pennsylvania but uses USCF rules. $$8,400 base on 200 full entries (excludes scholastic), 4SS, G/45. House of Chess, Great Northern Mall, North Olmsted, OH (W of JC
75% GTD. 7 $$ sections. Note that Unrated section may be merged with U1600 Penny). Sections: Open, U1600. Reg.: 11-11:25 AM. Rds.: 11:30-1:15-3:30-5:15.
39th annual National Chess Congress section, but in that case, unrateds only eligible for unrated prizes and class pair- Prizes (guaranteed): Open: 1st $200, 2nd $100; U1900 1st $100; Reserve
6SS, 40/2, SD/1 (2-day option, rds 1-3 G/50). Trophy sections play separate ings possible. EF: 3-day $79, 2-day $78 mailed by 11/20, $90 thereafter/site; (U1600): 1st $100 Ent: $25, Club members $20. Info & entries: House of Chess,
2-day schedule only, 11/29-30, G/50. NOTE CHANGE: There is no Unrated Junior (U19) 3-Day $71, 2-day $70 mailed by 11/20, else $80, Junior (19) counts Great Northern Mall, North Olmsted, OH 44070. Phone: (440) 979-1133. E-mail:
Section; unrateds may enter any section between Under 800 and Under 2200. 90% toward base; Seniors(over 65), Handicap, additional family member and info@houseofchess.com. Web www.thehouseofchess.com/.
Sheraton Hotel Philadelphia City Center, 17th & Race Sts., Philadelphia 19103.
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unrated 3-day $44, 2-day $43 if mailed by 11/20 else $55, these count %60 Nov. 29, Ohio
$30,000 GUARANTEED PRIZE FUND. Free analysis of your games by GM Arthur toward base. GMs free if complete tournament & turn in legible scoresheets,
Bisguier. In 10 sections. Premier, open to all rated 2000/above and juniors under $80 deducted from prize. GMs must register at site. Re-entry $55 counts Tryptophan Open
18 rated 1800/above. $3000-1500-700-400-200, clear win or 1st on tiebreak 60% toward base. Re-entry not allowed in open section. 3-day: Reg.: Fri. 4-SS G/75, New Song Comm Church, 13873 National Rd, Reynoldsburg, OH
$100, U2400/Unr $1400-700. FIDE. Under 2200: $2000-1000-500-300-200. 6:15-7:15pm, Rds.: 11/28 7:35pm, 11/29 2pm-7, 11/30 8:30am-2. 2-day: 43068. EF: $20 by 11/26, then $30; $5 less w/Golden Buckeye Card. Sections:
Under 2000: $2000-1000-500-300-200. Under 1800: $2000-1000-500-300-200. Reg.: 11/29 8:35-9:05am, Rd 1: 9:30am then merge with 3 day. Open: $900- Open, Reserve (U1600). Prizes $725 Gtd: Open 200-150 U1800 100 Upset

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25; Reserve 100-75 U1400 50, Upset 25. Reg.: 8:30-9, Rds.: 9:30, 12:30, round Reg.: 9-9:30am EF: Open $35 by 12/3, $45 after, Scholastic $20 by 12/3, 2 sections (Open and U2200). Dean of Chess Academy, 1161 Route #202,
3:15, 6:30. More Info: www.neilley.com/chess, grant@neilley.com, 614-314- $30 after, $5 discount for BCC members. GMs & IMs FREE ($35 from prize) Branchburg, NJ 08876 (near Chubb Lane) GRAND PRIX SECTION: 9RR, G/10,
1102. WCL JGP. Open rounds: 10-1-3:30-6pm, Scholastic rounds: 10-11:30-1-2:30-4. Info: Ken- All Masters will be in top section, which will be a 9SS if necessary. $300, G$$
neth Poole 661-304-7468 Ent: Bakersfield Chess Club, P.O. Box 176, 3501 Mall 100-100-100. U2200 SECTION: 10RR OR 10SS based on entries. G$$ 90% of
A Heritage Event! View Rd., Suite 115 Bakersfield, CA 93306. EF collected returned in prizes. 1-2-3 get 50%-30%-20%. BOTH SECTIONS:
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Nov. 29, Tennessee
World Chess Live Grand Prix Points: 6
Dec. 6, New Hampshire Rounds 4pm then ASAP. No Byes: $33 if mailed by Dec. 8, $36 online at entry
48th Mid-South Open feesrus.com, $39 at site. Reg.: to 4pm, Dec. 13. Entries to: Ken Thomas, 115
2 sections: Open and Under 1600. 5 round swiss, G/60. $525 guaranteed prize Manchester December Blitz (QC) W Moore St., Hackettstown, NJ 07840. Contact Ken at Cell 908-763-6468 or
fund. EF: $30.00 by 11/22. $40 at site (MCC members $30 anytime). First 4 6 Rd. DBLSS, Game/5. Best Western Executive Court Inn, 13500 S Willow acn@goes.com. NS NC W.

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entries with uscf ratings greater than 2100 get free entry fee with fee subtracted Street, Manchester, NH 03103. Blitz rule #3A is in effect. EF: $25, $5 less with Dec. 13, New York
from any winnings. Prizes: Open: 1st $200, 2nd $100 Under 1600: 1st $150, Manchester December Swiss entry. $$GTD: $200-100. U2000 $100, U1600 $100.
2nd $75. Site: Hampton Inn, 962 South Shady Grove Rd., Memphis, TN 38120. Registration: 7:00-7:45 PM. Rds.: Round 1 8 PM then ASAP. ENT: Alex Relyea, Jennifer Woods Memorial Grand Prix
Hotel reservations: (901) 762-0056. Registration (11/29) 7:30am-8:45am. 49 Technology Dr. #89, Bedford, NH 03110. INFO: Alex Relyea relyea@opera 4SS RDS. 1 & 2 G/60, RDS. 3 & 4 G/90 @RCC (GTD) $150-90-60 class $80. Reg.:
Rounds: 9-11-1:30-3:30-5:30. Entries: Memphis Chess Club Inc., PO Box mail.com. www.relyeachess.com. NS W. 8:30-9:15. RDS.: 9:30-12-2:15-5:30 EF: $30 Adv Ent/Info: Rochester Chess Cen-
17864, Memphis TN 38187-0864.
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Dec. 6, New Hampshire ter, 221 Norris Drive, Rochester, NY 14610. (585)442-2430.

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A Heritage Event! Dec. 13-14, Alabama
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Nov. 30, Massachusetts Manchester December Swiss
Best Western Executive Court Inn, 13500 S Willow Street, Manchester, NH 03103. 7th Dothan Open
Pillsbury Memorial In 2 Sections Open: 4SS, GAME/65, $$GTD: $250-150-100. U1900 $100. 6-SS Rd 1 G/75 Rds 2-6 G/90 Holiday Inn Express 4090 Ross Clark Circle,
4SS, G/60. Leominster Veterans Association, 100 West Street, Leominster, MA U1650: 4SS, GAME/65, Open to 1649 & under. $$GTD: $150-100. U1300 $100. Dothan, AL. (334-699-6868) Excellent Playing Conditions! 2 Sections - Open:
(formerly Boys & Girls Club). $$1350 b/45 fully paid entries, 75% guaranteed. ALL: EF: $28 in advance, $33 at site. Registration: 9:00-9:45. Advance entries $300 (Gtd) $150 U2000 $100 (Conditional) U1800 $75 Reserve: $200 $100
In 3 sections: Open: $300-$150, U2100 $75. Under 1900: $250-$125, U1750 must be postmarked by 11/28/2008. Rds.: 10-12:30-3:00-5:30. Unrated may U1400 $75 U1200 $45 Unr $40 EF: $45 Prereg (By Dec 8) $55 On-Site Rd times
$75. Under 1600: $200-$100, U1300 $75. EF: $39 postmarked by 11/24 or online only win 50% of top prize in U1650. ENT: Alex Relyea, 49 Technology Dr. #89, Sat: 9:30, 1:00, 4:30 Sun: 9:00, 1:00, 4:30 Byes: max 2 must commit before
(PayPal) at www.MassChess.org by 11/28; $45 on site. Discounts: Seniors Bedford, NH 03110. INFO: Alex Relyea relyea@operamail.com. www.relyea 1st round. TD: Jeff Rizzo, 334-237-0534 or jeffrizzo@centurytel.net see flyer
(65+): $10 off; additional family members: $10 off (first family member pays chess.com. JGP. NS W. WCL JGP. at alabamachess.com. WCL JGP.
full entry fee). Limit one discount per player. No credit cards on site (cash or
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check OK). Reg.: 8:30-9:30. Rds.: 10-1-3:15-5:30. Bye: limit one, any round, Dec. 6, New Jersey Dec. 13-14, California Southern
if requested with entry. Memb. reqd: MACA ($12 adult, $6 junior under 18).
WMCA, OSA. Ent: Online at www.MassChess.org or mail check (payable to GAME 10s Galore #4 (QC) 10th Annual Joseph Ileto Memorial
MACA) to Ken Ballou, 27 Fenway Drive, Framingham, MA 01701-4012. Info: 2 sections (Open and U2200). Dean of Chess Academy, 1161 Route #202, 5SS, 30/85, SD/30 (1st 3 rounds), 40/2, SD/1 (last 2 rounds). Sierra Vista Rec
George Mirijanian, 978-345-5011, or PillsburyInfo2008@masschess.org. Branchburg, NJ 08876 (near Chubb Lane) GRAND PRIX SECTION: 9RR, G/10, Center, 311 N Rural Drive, Monterey Park, CA 91755. $1300 guaranteed: $300-
All Masters will be in top section, which will be a 9SS if necessary. $300, G$$ 200-100, U2300, U2100, U1900, U1700, U1500 each $100, U1300, U1100 each
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Nov. 30, New Jersey 100-100-100. U2200 SECTION: 10RR OR 10SS based on entries. G$$ 90% of $75, Unrated $50. EF: $30 if recd by 12/11, $40 at door. Special option for
EF collected returned in prizes. 1-2-3 get 50%-30%-20%. BOTH SECTIONS: HS/below: $10, 5 trophies only. SCCF membership reqd of So. Californians:
GAME 10s Galore #3 (QC) Rounds 4pm then ASAP. No Byes: $33 if mailed by Dec. 2, $36 online at entry $18, $10 jrs. Reg.: 9-9:40 am, Rds.: 10-2-6, 10-4. Info: Randy Hough (626) 282-
2 sections (Open and U2200). Dean of Chess Academy, 1161 Route #202, feesrus.com, $39 at site. Reg.: to 4pm, Dec. 6. Entries to: Ken Thomas, 115 7412, randallhough@yahoo.com. Ent: SCCF, PO Box 205, Monterey Park, CA
Branchburg, NJ 08876 (near Chubb Lane) GRAND PRIX SECTION: 9RR, G/10, W Moore St., Hackettstown, NJ 07840. Contact Ken at Cell 908-763-6468 or 91754. State Championship Qualifier. WCL JGP.
All Masters will be in top section, which will be a 9SS if necessary. $300, G$$ acn@goes.com. NS NC W.
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100-100-100. U2200 SECTION: 10RR OR 10SS based on entries. G$$ 90% of Dec. 14, Connecticut
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EF collected returned in prizes. 1-2-3 get 50%-30%-20%. BOTH SECTIONS: Dec. 6 & 7 or Dec. 7, New York
Rounds 11pm then ASAP. No Byes: $33 if mailed by Nov 26, $36 online at UCONN December Open Grand Prix
entryfeesrus.com, $39 at site. Reg.: to 11am, Nov 30. Entries to: KenThomas, New York Marshall CC December GP! UCONN Castleman Bldg., Room 204, 261 Glenbrook Rd., Storrs, CT 06269. 4-
115 W Moore St., Hackettstown, NJ 07840. Contact Ken at Cell 908-763-6468 4SS, 30/90, SD/1; Marshall CC, 23 W. 10 St., NYC, 212-477-3716. EF: $45, Mem- SS, G/60. EF: $35, $45 at site. $$ 350-200 both gtd.,Top U2000, U1800, U1600,
or acn@goes.com. NS NC W. bers $25. $$625 Gtd: 250 -100-75, U2200/Unrated $100, U2000 $100. Reg. U1400 $100 each b/30. Prizes increased as entries allow. Reg.: 9-9:45 AM.
ends 15 min. before game. Rds.: 2 schedules: 2-day, rds 12:30-5:30 pm each Round 1 at 10AM, all others ASAP. Parking is across the street behind the Bron-
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Dec. 5-7 or 6-7, Florida day; 1-day, (rds 1-2 G/30), 10-11:15 am-12:30-5:30 pm Sun; both merge rd 3. well building. Advance Entry & Info: Tom Hartmayer, 963 Mansfield City Rd.,
Limit 2 byes, commit at entry. NO RE-ENTRY. May be limited to first 60 players. Storrs, CT 06268. Make checks payable to: Tom Hartmayer. 860-989-5394,
North Florida Open WCL JGP. tomhart3@charter.net, www.uconnchess.uconn.edu.
5-SS, 40/2, SD/1 (2-day option, rds 1-2 G/70), Hyatt Regency Jacksonville River-
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front, 225 East Coast Line Drive, Jacksonville FL 32202. Downtown hotel, Dec. 7, New Jersey Dec. 16, New York
adjacent to Jacksonville Landing and Times-Union Center for the Performing
Arts. $$G 5000. 4 sections. Open: $800-400-300, U2200/Unr $300-150. FIDE. ICA Early Winter 2008 Open Championship St. Johns Masters at the Marshall Chess Club
Under 2000: $500-250-150, U1800 $300-150. Under 1600: $400-200-150, NEW FORMAT & INCREASED PRIZE FUND Bergen Academy, 200 Hackensack 4SS, G/30.ThirdTues. of every month. 23 W. 10th St., NYC. 212-477-3716. Open
U1400 $250-150. Under 1200: $300-150-100. No unrated may win over $100 Ave., Hackensack, NJ 07601. Open To All Ages With Rating >1400 4SS G/60 to players rated over 2100 (plus all players scoring 2.5 or more at any CCNY
in U1200, $200 U1600 or $300 U2000. EF: 3-day $68, 2-day $67 mailed by 11/27, U. S. Chess Federation Membership Required, Prize Fund ($$ b/40) 1st - 3rd at MCCThursday 4 Rated GamesTonight! since the prior months SJM) EF: $40,
all $69 online at chesstour.com by 12/3, $75 phoned to 406-896-2038 by 12/3 $300, $250, $200, U2000, U1800, U1600 each $100. Best Under 13 Years Old members $30, GMs $10 (returned on completion of tournament). For each event,
(entry only, no questions), $80 at site. $30 less to Under 1000. No checks at $75, Best Over 65 Years Old $75. Prize Fund Will Not Be Reduced Below 70 %. money added to prize fund by the sponsors, St. Johns University, and other gen-
site, credit cards OK. All: FREETO UNRATED. Unofficial uschess.org ratings based Reg Ends at 9 Late Entrants Will Receive 1/2 Point Bye For Rnd 1. EF: Adv (pmk. erous patrons. Top three prizes guaranteed. $$G 300-200-100. Top U2400 and
on 4 or more games usually used if otherwise unrated. Special 1 year USCF By Dec 3rd) $40, AT Site $45. GMs Free Entry. Make EF: and/or USCF member- Top U2300 prizes. Special prize for biggest upset. Reg.: 6:15-6:45. Rds.: 7-8:15-
dues with Chess Life if paid with entry- online at chesstour.com, unrated $20, ship checks payable to: International Chess Academy. INFO 201 287 0250 or 9:30-10:45pm. One bye available, rds 1 and 4 only; declare at registration.
rated $30. If mailed, phoned or paid at site, unrated $30, rated $40. Cost of 201833 1741, Email: Diana@icanj.net (Web Site Entries: www.icanj.net). Rds.:
9:30 AM, 11:45 AM, 2:15 PM, 4:30 PM. ENT: DianaTulman, 28 Canterbury Lane,
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reduced dues borne by CCA. Re-entry $40; not available in Open Section. 3- Dec. 19-21 or 20-21, Georgia
day schedule: Reg. ends Fri 6:30 pm, rds. Fri 7, Sat 11-6, Sun 9-3:15. 2-day New Milford, NJ 07646. NS NC W.

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schedule: Reg. ends Sat 10:30 am, rds. Sat 11-2:30-6, Sun 9-3:15. Byes Dec. 13, New Jersey 38th Annual Atlanta Open
(note change0: OK all (limit 2), must commit before rd 3 and have under 2 pts. 5-SS, 30/90, SD/1 (2-day schedule Rd. 1 G/90). Atlanta Chess Center, 3155A
HR: $89-89, 904-588-1234, reserve by 11/21 or rate may increase. See GAME 10s Galore #5 (QC) East Ponce de Leon Avenue, Scottdale, Georgia 30079. $4,200 b/ 84 maximum,
www.northfloridaopen.com for low cost parking; hotel garage is $15. Ent:
Continental Chess, Box 249, Salisbury Mills NY 12577. $10 charge for refunds.
Questions: www.chesstour.com, 845-496-9658. Advance entries posted at
chesstour.com. WCL JGP.

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Dec. 6, California Southern

The Bakersfield Open


4-SS, G/60, Clarion Hotel 3540 Rosedale Hwy, Bakersfield, CA. $$1,000 b/o 35,
80% GTD Open: $350 (min. $300 Gtd. 1st), $175, $100 top U2000 $150, U1800

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$125, U1600/Unr $100. Scholastic (K-8) 5-SS, G/30,Trophies awarded to 1st-
3rd place in each scholastic category. All: 1/2-pt bye available with entry any

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Tournament Life

$2,100 Guaranteed! In 5 sections: Open/Unr.: $600-400, u2200: $300-200-100. mailed by 12/12. Online EF: $245 online at chesstour.com by 10/15, $275 by Texas, 76155. HR: $79/79/79/79. marriott.com/dfwam?groupCode=panpana&
Under 2000: $300-200-100. Under 1800: $300-200-100. Under 1600: $300- 12/19, $300 12/20 until two hours before round 1. Phoned EF: $250 phoned app=resvlink, or call 800-228-9290 reserve by 12/5 (or rate could go up) and
200-100. Under 1400: $250-200-100, u1200-$150. EF: $64 3-day if received to 406-896-2038 by 10/15 (no questions), $280 by 12/19. No phone entry after ask for Pan American Intercollegiate Chess rate. Free Parking. Tournament
SEE PREVIOUS ISSUE FOR TLAS APPEARING NOVEMBER 1-14

by 12/18 and $63 2-day if received by 12/18; $69 at site. GMs and IMs free; 12/19. EF at site: $300. Open Section EF surcharge: Open Section EF $200 Dates: December 27-30, 2008. Tournament Format: 6 round Swiss System.
$65 deducted from prize. Re-entry: $35. Bye: all rounds except last, limit 2, must more if under 1900 or unrated; 90% of surcharges added to prize fund. Spe- G/120, 30 sec. inc. 7 Sections. Open: Open to all, U2000: Open to 1999 & under.
commit before 1st round. 3-day schedule: Reg.: ends at 7 p.m. on 12/19. cial EF: Seniors over 65 in Under 1300 or above, $70 less. Re-entry $120; not Unrateds may play in this section but not be eligible for prizes. U1800: Open
Rounds: 7:30; 2-7:30, 10-3:30. 2-day schedule: Reg.: ends 9:30 a.m. on 12/20. available in Open Section. GMs $150 from prize. U1000/Unr Section EF: 4-day to 1799 & under. Unrateds may play in this section but not be eligible for prizes.
Rounds: 1st at 10 a.m., then merges with 3-day. Hotel/Info: (404)-377-4400 $44, 3-day $43 if mailed by 12/12, $45 online at chesstour.com by 12/19, $50 U1600/Unrateds: Open to 1599 & under. Unrateds play in this section. Unrated
or atlantachess@yahoo.com. Enter: Same as above. NS. NC. www.atlanta phoned by 12/19 (406-896-2038, entry only, no questions), $60 at site. FREE may only win unrated prizes that are determined by unrated entry fees. The
chessclub.com. WCL JGP. ENTRY TO UNRATED in U1000/Unr Section. Unofficial uschess.org ratings unrated entry fees do not apply for U1600 prizes. U1400: Open to 1399 & under.
based on 4 or more games usually used if otherwise unrated. All: No checks Unrateds may not play in this section. U1200: Open to 1199 & under. Unrat-
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Dec. 20, New York at site, credit cards OK. Special 1 year USCF dues with Chess Life if paid with eds may not play in this section. U1000: Open to 999 & under. Unrateds may
entry- online at chesstour.com, unrated $20, rated $30. If mailed, phoned or not play in this section. Rounds: Rd. 1: 12/27 6 pm, Rd. 2: 12/28 10 am, Rd.
New York December Action! paid at site, unrated $30, rated $40. Cost of reduced dues borne by Continen- 3: 5 pm, Rd 4: 12/29 10 am, Rd 5: 5 pm, and Rd 6: 12/30 9 am. Entry Fees:
5-SS, G/30, Chess Center at the Marshall Club, 23 W 10 St, bet. 5-6 Ave, NYC: tal Chess. 4-day reg. ends 12/26 5 pm, rds 12/26 6 pm, 12/27 10-5, 12/28 Priority Registration by December 14, 2008: $60. After December 14, 2008: $75.
845-569-9969. EF: $40, Club membs $25, GMs free ($20 from prize), specified 10-5, 12/29 10-4:30. 3-day reg. ends 12/27 4 pm, rds 12/27 5-8:30, 12/28 Guaranteed Prizes: Open: 1st= $600, 2nd = $300, 3rd = $200, 1st U2200
Greater NY Scholastic prizewinners free! $$ 840 b/42 paid entries, minimum 10-1:30-5, 12/29 10-4:30. Byes (note change): OK all, limit 3, must commit
= $400, 2nd U2200 $200. For all other sections (U2000, U1800 etc.) 60%
half each prize Gtd: $$ 300-200-115, top U2200/unr. $125, U2000 $100. Limit before rd 3 and have under 2 pts. HR: $96-96, 800-833-3308, 702-739-4111,
returned as prizes (30% for 1st, 20% for 2nd and 10% for 3rd). Additional Info:
2 byes, commit by 1:30. Re-entry $20. CCA ratings may be used. Rds. 12-1:30- rate may increase if not reserved by 11/22, all rooms in chess block may sell
One bye available if requested by end of round 2. However players in the Pan
2:45-4-5:20 pm. Reg. ends 10 min. before game. Online entry at www.chess out about 11/1. Free parking (garage at adjacent Paris Las Vegas Hotel is most
convenient). Car rental: for special Avis rate reserve car through chess- Am Intercollegiate may have byes any time as long as requested 45 minutes
center.cc thru 12/18; $10 extra to enter by phone!
tour.com or call 800-331-1600, use AWD #657633. Foreign player ratings: before round starts AND as long as they are paired in the Pan American Inter-

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Dec. 26-28 or 27-28, New York Usually 100 points added to FIDE, 100 to FQE, 200/more to most other foreign, collegiate. Open section is Fide rated but uses USCF rules. Sections may be
no pts added to CFC or Jamaica. Most foreign ratings other than CFC, FQE or combined if there is a low turnout in one of the sections. More info:
4th annual Empire State Open Jamaica not accepted for U2000 or below. Highest of multiple ratings usually www.swchess.com or contact Barbara Swafford, 214-632-9000, info@dallas
6SS, 40/2, SD/1 (2-day option, rds 1-3 G/60), Saratoga Hilton Hotel, 534 used. Players who fail to disclose foreign or FIDE ratings may be expelled. US chess.com Ent: Dallas Chess Club, C/O Barbara Swafford, 2709 Longhorn
Broadway (I-87 Exit 13-N, 4 miles north on US 9), Saratoga Springs NY 12866. player ratings: December list used; FIDE ratings not used. Special rules: In Trail, Crowley, TX 76036. FIDE NS NC W. WCL JGP.
Free parking. $$G 5000. In 4 sections. Open: $800-400-300, top U2200/Unr
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round 3 or after, players with scores of 80% or more and their opponents may Dec. 29, District of Columbia
$300-150. FIDE. Under 2000: $500-250-150, top U1800 $300-150. Under not use headphones, earphones, or cellphones or go to a different floor of the
1600: $400-200-150, top U1300 $250-150. Under 1200: $300-150-100. Unrated hotel without Director permission, and must submit to a search for electronic
may not win over $100 in U1200 or $200 in U1600. EF: 3-day $83, 2-day $82
Eastern Open Blitz Championship (QC)
devices if requested by Director. Ent: Continental Chess, Box 249, Salisbury Mills Westin Washington DC City Center Hotel, 1400 M St. NW, Washington, DC. 5-
mailed by 12/18, all $84 online at chesstour.com by 12/23, $86 phoned to 406- NY 12577. Questions: www.chesstour.com, 845-496-9658. Advance entries Rd Double Swiss, See Eastern Open TLA for hotel details. TC: G/5 in One
896-2038 by 12/23 (entry only, no questions), $90 at site. Special EF: FREE posted at chesstour.com. WCL JGP. Section: Open $$1400 B/50 (top 3 in Open G) $$: $400-$225-$175 (G) U2200-
TO UNRATED. Unofficial uschess.org ratings based on 4 or more games usu-
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Dec. 27, Oklahoma $150, U1900 - $150 U1600 - $150, U1300 - $150 EF: $35 if Recd by 12/22, $45
ally used if otherwise unrated. Special 1 yr USCF dues with Chess Life if paid
at site, only cash entries. Mail will not be checked after 12/24 so do not send
with entry: online at chesstour.com $30; mailed, phoned or paid at site $40. Re-
18th Holiday Open 2008 late entries! At Site Reg.: Any time during tournament and 12/29 until 10PM.
entry $50; not available in Open. GMs free, $60 deducted from prize. All: No
4-SS, G/80 white, G/85 black. Quality Inn 2515 W 6th St., Stillwater, OK 1-405- Rds will start 10:15p promptly and successive rounds posted as soon as they
checks at site, credit cards OK. 3-day schedule: Reg. ends Fri 10:30 am, rds.
372-0800. HR: $60. Free Parking. $$200 1st, $$100 2nd.other $ per entries. Reg.: are ready. One bye allowed for two-1/2 points, only for late entry. Regular USCF
Fri 11-6, Sat 11-6, Sun 9-3:15. 2-day schedule: Reg. ends Sat 9:30 am, rds
9-9:45am. RDS.: 10-1-4-7. EF: $20. OCF req $10. Jim Berry, P O Box 351, Still- ratings used for pairings and prizes, and a variation of the new USCF rules will
Sat 10-1-3:30-6, Sun 9-3:15. Bye: all, limit 2, must commit before rd 3 & have
water, OK 74076 405-762-1649. jaberrycg@aol.com. CMV, LS, W. WCL JGP. be used (posted at site). Make check payable and send to: Michael Atkins,
under 2 pts. HR: $102-102, 888-999-4711, 518-584-4000, reserve by 12/12 or
PO Box 6138, Alexandria, VA 22306, members.cox.net/tournaments/eoblitz-
rate may increase. Car rental: 800-331-1600, use AWD D657633, or reserve A Heritage Event! .htm W, NS.
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Mills NY 12577. Inquiries: www.chesstour.com, 845-496-9658. $15 service Dec. 29, Nevada
charge for refunds. Advance entries posted at chesstour.com. WCL JGP. 35th Annual Eastern Open
8-SS. $14,000 Guaranteed Prizes. No based on prizes! Westin Washington North American Blitz (QC)
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Dec. 26-29 or 27-29, Nevada
DC City Center Hotel, 1400 M St. NW, Washington, DC. TC: 40/2, SD/1. Rds.: 5-SS, G/5 (double round,10 games), Ballys Las Vegas (see North American
Sat: 1 - 7:30, Sun: 11 - 5:30, Mon: 11 - 5:30,Tues: 10 - 4:30. EF: $98 if by 12/11, Open). $$G 2500. In 2 sections: Open: $400-200-150, top U2400/Unr $240-
18th annual North American Open
7SS, 40/2, SD/1 (3-day option, rds 1-4 G/75), Ballys Casino Resort, 3645 Las $110 at site. Reg.: Sat., 12/27, 10 - 12 noon. $$G Open Section: 1,500- 120, U2200 $220-110. Under 1800: $300-150-100, top U1600 $180-100, U1400
Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas NV 89103. $$ 150,000 based on 750 paid entries 1,100-750-500-300, Under 2400/Unr. $750. Under 2300 $725 Under 2200 $150, U1200 $80, no unrated may win over $150. EF: $40, no checks, enter at
(seniors count as 3/4 entries, re-entries & GMs as half entries, U1000/Unr Sec- Section $1,000-500-250 U2000 $300-150. Under 1900 Section $1,000-500- site only. Quick-rated, but higher of regular or quick USCF rating used for pair-
tion rated players as 1/5, unrateds in U1000 not counted), else in proportion; 250 U1700 $300-150. Under 1600 Section $1,000-500-250 U1400 $300-150. ings, prizes. Reg. ends 10:15 pm, rds. 10:45-11:30-12-12:30-1. Bye: 1.
Under 1300 Section $750-375-200 U1100 $300-150. Note that U2000, U1700,
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$100,000 minimum (2/3 each prize) guaranteed. Unrated must enter U1000/Unr Dec. 31, New York
or Open Section. In 7 sections. Open: Open to all, but EF is $200 more if Under U1400 & U1100 are prizes but not separate sections. No unrated player may
1900 or unrated. $12000-6000-3500-2500-1400-1000-800-700-600-500, clear win more than $800 in Under 2200, $400 in Under 1900, $200 in Under 1600 (22nd Annual!) Your Last Blunder Of 2008!
winner or 1st on tiebreak bonus $200, 2300-2499 $3000-1500, U2300/Unr or $100 in Under 1300 Section. No credit cards accepted. GMs free, $80 4-SS, G/30, Chess Center at the Marshall Club, 23 West 10 St, between 5-6 Ave,
$3000-1500. FIDE. Under 2100: $10000-5000-3000-2000-1000-800-700-600- deducted from prize. Special EF: $40 less to juniors (under 20) in Open Sec- NYC: 845-569-9969. EF: $40, Club membs. $25, GMs free ($20 from prize), spec-
500-400. Under 1900: $10000-5000-3000-2000-1000-800-700-600-500-400. tion or playing up. $50 less to unrateds in 4 lower sections. Re-entry: $80. Byes ified Greater NY Scholastic prizewinners free. $$ 920 b/40 paid entries,
Under 1700: $10000-5000-3000-2000-1000-800-700-600-500-400. Under available any round but rds. 6-8 must commit before rd. 3. Limit 2 byes for class minimum half each prize Gtd: $$ 300-200-115, top U2200/unr. $110, U2000 $100,
1500: $8000-4000-2000-1500-1000-800-700-600-500-400. Under 1300: $8000- prizes. HR: Only $73! Call 202/429-1700 by 12/3 for this very low rate. Ent: U1800 $95.Limit 2 byes (1 bye if U2000), commit by 1:30. Re-entry $20. CCA
4000-2000-1500-1000-800-700-600-500-400. Under 1000/Unr: $400-200- Make checks payable to Eastern Open. Mail to U.S. Chess Center, 1501 M St. ratings may be used. Reg. ends 15 min before game. Rds. 12-1:30-2:45-4 pm.
120-80, trophies to top 10, no unrated may win over $100. Prize limits: 1) Play- NW, Washington, DC 20005. Info (no entries) 202/857-4922. FIDE. WCL JGP. Online entry at www.chesscenter.cc thru 12/29; phone entry a Big Blun-
ers with under 26 games played as of 12/08 list may not win over $1500 U1200,
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Dec. 27-30, Texas der!
$2500 U1500 through U2100. Games rated too late for 12/08 list not counted.

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2) If more than 30 pts over section maximum on any list 12/07-11/08, prize Jan. 1, New York
limit $1500. 3) Balance of any limited prize goes to next player(s) in line. 2008 Pan American Class Championships
Mailed EF: 4-day $244, 3-day $243 mailed by 10/15, 4-day $274, 3-day $273 Location: DFW Airport Marriott South, 4151 Centreport Blvd, Fort Worth, First 10 Grand Prix Points In 09!
4-SS, G/30, Chess Center at the Marshall Club, 23 West 10 St, bet. 5-6 Ave, NYC:
212-477-3716. EF: $35, Club membs $25, $5 less if also entering 12/31 Last
Blunder, GMs free ($20 from prize), specified Greater NY Scholastic prizewin-
ners free. $$560 b/32 paid, top 2 Gtd: $$ 200-110-50, Top U2200/unr $105,
U2000 $95. Limit 2 byes (1 bye for U2000), commit by 8:15. Reentry $15. CCA
ratings may be used. Class pairings OK rd. 4. Reg ends 10 min before game.
Rds 7-8:15-9:30-10:45 pm. Phone entry often impossible!

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Jan. 3-4 or 4, New York

Happy New Year Open!


4-SS, 30/90, SD/1, Chess Center at the Marshall Club, 23 W 10 St, bet. 5th-6th
Ave, NYC: 845-569-9969. $$ 1,200 b/60 paid entries, minimum half each prize
Gtd. May be limited to 1st 62 entries! 2 sections, Open. $$ 400-200-100,
U2200/unr. $100. FIDE. Under 2000. $$ 200-100, U1800 $100, $100 unr. prize
limit. Both, EF: $45, Club membs $30, GMs free ($25 from prize), specified
Greater NY Scholastic prizewinners free. Online entry at www.chesscenter.cc
thru 1/1. 2 options: 2-Day, rds 12:30-5:30 pm each day; 1-day (rds 1-2
G/30), 10-11:15 am-12:30-5:30 pm Sun., merge rd 3. 2 byes max, commit by
rd 2. Reg. ends 15 min. before game. Re-entry $20, counts half. Foreign unr.
must enter Open. CCA Ratings may be used. EF $10 extra by phone! WCL JGP.

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Jan. 9-11 or 10-11, Florida

Central Florida Class Championships


G/120 (2-day: Rd.1 G/60), Orlando International Airport Hotel & Confer-
ence Center, 3835 McCoy Road, Orlando, FL 32812. $$7100/ b150, 75%
Guaranteed. 6 Sections: OPEN: $1000-400-200, U2200 $200, U2100 $150. Class
A: $600-300, U1900 $150. Class B: $600-300, U1700 $150. Class C: $600-300,
U1500 $150. Class D: $600-300, U1300 $150. U1200: $500-300, U1000 $100,
U800 $50. Rated players may play up one class only. Unrateds limited to $50
unless Place prize in OPEN. EF: 3-day $69, 2-day $68 by Dec 26, both $80
later and on-site. Re-entry $40. $15 less to students in grades K-8 in U1200
section. CFCC members receive $15 ($5 for Jr/Sr memb) discount. Trophies to
top in each section (& Class X) also Class F, G, H, I, J & Unr in U1200 having
more than one entry. FCA members eligible for FL GP Awards. Reg.: ends 1/2
hr before 1st rd. Rd. 1: 8pm Fri (2-day: 10am Sat at G/60). Rds.: 2-5: Sat 1 &

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6, Sun 9 & 2. 1/2 pt. byes if reqd before rd. 2 (max 2). HR: $85 (Interior) 407- A Heritage Event! Mar. 6-8 or 7-8, California Northern

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859-2711; $69 (Exterior) 407-367-4225; (mention Chess). Reserve by Dec Jan. 16-19, 17-19 or 18-19, Pennsylvania
26. Ent: CFCC, c/o Harvey Lerman, 921 N. Thistle Ln., Maitland, FL 32751; or Western Chess Congress
online: 2009CFclass.eventbrite.com. Info: 407-629-6946 or www.centralflchess. 41st annual Liberty Bell Open 5SS, 40/2, SD/1 (3-day option, rds. 1-2 G/75; U1100 & U900 sections are 6SS,
org. WCL JGP. 7SS, 40/2, SD/1 (3 day option, rds 1-2 G/75; 2 day, rds 1-4 G/40). U900 Sec- 3/7-8 only, G/65). Concord Hilton Hotel, 1970 Diamond Blvd, Concord CA
tion plays 1/18-19 only, G/40. Sheraton City Center Hotel, 17th & Race Sts., 94520 (I-680 Willow Pass Rd exit). Free shuttle between hotel and Concord
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Jan. 10, New York
Philadelphia 19103. $$20,000 b/320 paid entries (U900 Section counts 1/3, GMs BART station. Free parking. In 8 sections. $$G 20,000. Premier, open to all over
New York Winter Game/45! ), else in proportion, except minimum 60% of each prize guaranteed. In 2006 1950 and juniors under 18 over 1800: $1600-900-500-300, clear or tiebreak win-
5-SS, G/45, Chess Center at the Marshall Club, 23 W 10 St, bet. 5-6 Ave, NYC: to 2008, the tournament had over 320 paid entries each year and the $20,000 ner $100, top U2300 $800-400. FIDE. Under 2100: $1400-700-400-300. Under
845-569-9969. EF: $40, Club membs $25, GMs free ($20 from prize), specified projected prize fund was increased. In 8 sections. Open: $2000-1000-500-300- 1900: $1400-700-400-300. Under 1700: $1400-700-400-300. Under 1500:
Greater NY Scholastic prizewinners free! $$ 840 b/42 paid entries, minimum 200, 1st clear or on tiebreak $100 bonus, 2300-2399 $800-400, U2300/Unr $1200-600-300-200. Under 1300: $1200-600-300-200. Under 1100: $600-
half each prize Gtd: $$ 300-200-115, top U2200/unr. $125, U2000 $100. Limit $800-400. FIDE. Under 2100: $1000-600-400-300-200. Under 1900: $1000- 300-200-100. Under 900: $600-300-200-100. Unrated must play in U1900 or
2 byes, commit by 2 pm. Re-entry $20. CCA ratings may be used. Rds. 12-2- 600-400-300-200. Under 1700: $1000-600-400-300-200. Under 1500: below with maximum prize U1900 $600, U1700 $500, U1500 $400, U1300
3:45-5:30-7:15 pm. Reg. ends 10 min. before game. Online entry at www. $1000-600-400-300-200. Under 1300: $700-400-250-150-100. Under 1100: $300, U1100 $200, U900 $100; balance goes to next player(s) in line. Top 6 sec-
chesscenter.cc thru 1/8; $10 extra to enter by phone! $700-400-250-150-100. Under 900: $150-100-50, trophies to top 8. Unrated tions EF: 4-day $119, 3-day $118 mailed by 2/26, all $120 online at
may enter any section, but may not win over $50 in U900, $100 in U1100, $200 chesstour.com by 3/3, $125 phoned to 406-896-2038 by 3/3 (entry only, no ques-

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Jan. 16-19, 17-19 or 17-18, California Southern U1300, $300 U1500, $400 U1700, or $500 U1900. Top 5 sections EF: 4 day tions), $140 at site. U1100, U900 Sections EF: $57 mailed by 2/26, $60
$99, 3 day $98, 2 day $97 mailed by 1/8, all $100 online at chesstour.com by online at chesstour.com by 3/3 (entry only, no questions), $65 phoned to 406-
16th annual Western Class Championships 1/13, $105 phoned by 1/13 (406-896-2038, entry only, no questions), $120 (no 896-2038 by 3/3, $70 at site. All: FREE TO UNRATED. Unofficial uschess.org
7SS, 40/2, SD/1 (3-day option, rds. 1-2 G/75; Class E & U1000 play 1/17-18 checks, credit cards OK) at site. GMs free, $80 deducted from prize. U1300, ratings based on 4 or more games usually used if otherwise unrated. Special
only, G/65). Renaissance Agoura Hills Hotel, 30100 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills U1100 Sections EF: All $20 less to rated players. U900 Section EF: $27 1 yr USCF dues with Chess Life if paid with entry: online at chesstour.com $30;
CA 91301 (US-101 to Reyes Adobe Road exit). Adjacent to the Santa Monica mailed by 1/8, $28 online by 1/13, $30 phoned by 1/13, $40 at site. All: FREE mailed, phoned or paid at site $40. Re-entry (except Master) $60. Mailed EF
Mountains, 26 miles west of Burbank, 12 miles from Malibu, 28 miles from Ven- TO UNRATED. Unofficial uschess.org ratings based on 4 or more games usu- $7 less to rated CalChess members. 3-day schedule: Reg. Fri to 6:30 pm, rds
tura. Free parking. $$20,000 based on 230 paid entries (re-entries, E, U1000 ally used if otherwise unrated. Special 1 yr USCF dues with Chess Life if paid Fri 7:30, Sat 11-6, Sun 9-3:30. 2-day schedule: Reg Sat to 10 am, rds Sat 11-
count as half entries), minimum $16,000 (80% each prize) guaranteed. In 8 sec- with entry: online at chesstour.com $30; mailed, phoned or paid at site $40. 2:30-6, Sun 9-3:30. U1100 & U900 schedule: Reg. Sat to 11:30 am, rds. Sat.
tions. Master (over 2199): $1600-900-500-300, clear or tiebreak winner $100, Mailed entry $3 less to PSCF members. Re entry (except Open Section) $80. 12-3-6, Sun. 9-12:30-3:30. All schedules: Byes OK all, limit 2, must commit
top U2300 $800-400. FIDE. Expert (2000-2199): $1400-700-400-200. Class A 4-day schedule: Reg ends Fri 6 pm, rds 7 pm, 11-6, 11-6, 10-4:30. 3-day before rd 3 and have under 2 pts. HR: $99-99-109, 925-827-2000, reserve by
(1800-1999): $1400-700-400-200. Class B (1600-1799): $1400-700-400-200. schedule: Reg ends Sat 10 am, rds.11-2:30-6, 11-6, 10-4:30. 2-day sched- 2/20 or rate may increase. Car rental: Avis, 800-331-1600, use AWD #D657633.
Class C (1400-1599): $1300-700-400-200. Class D (1200-1399): $1200-600- ule: Reg ends Sun 9 am, rds 10-12-2-4-6, 10-4:30. Under 900 schedule: Questions: chesstour.com, 845-496-9658. Ent: Continental Chess, c/o Goich-
300-200. Class E (1000-1199): $600-300-200-100. Under 1000: $600-300- Reg. ends Sun. 9 am, rds 10-12-2-4, 10-12-2. Bye: all, limit 3, must commit before berg, Box 661776, Arcadia CA 91066. $15 service charge for withdrawals.
200-100. Rated players may play up one section. Unrated must play in A or rd 3 and have under 2 pts. HR: $93-93-93-93, 215-448-2000, reserve by Jan 2 Advance entries posted at chesstour.com. WCL JGP.
below with maximum prize A $600, B $500, C $400, D $300, E $200, U1000 $100; or rate may increase. Car rental: Avis, 800-331-1600, use AWD #D657633 or
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balance goes to next player(s) in line. Top 6 sections EF: 4-day $114, 3-day Mar. 13-15 or 14-15, Missouri
reserve through chesstour.com. Ent: Continental Chess, Box 249, Salisbury Mills
$113 mailed by 1/9, all $115 online at chesstour.com by 1/13, $120 phoned to NY 12577. Questions: 845-496-9658, www.chesstour.com. $15 service charge
406-896-2038 by 1/13 (entry only, no questions), $130 at site. Class E, Under 13th Annual Mid-America Open
for refunds. Advance entries will be posted at chesstour.com. WCL JGP.
1000 Sections EF: $52 mailed by 1/9, $55 online at chesstour.com by 1/13 5SS, 40/2, SD/1 (2-day option, rds 1-2 G/70), Crowne Plaza Hotel St. Louis-
(entry only, no questions), $60 phoned to 406-896-2038 by 1/13, $70 at site. A Heritage Event! Clayton, 7750 Carondelet Ave., St. Louis MO 63105 (I-64 W/US 40-W Exit 32B,

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All: FREETO UNRATED. Unofficial uschess.org ratings based on 4 or more games
Jan. 29-Feb. 1, Bermuda 1.2 miles north on Hanley Rd). $$ 20,000 based on 250 paid entries (re-entries
usually used if otherwise unrated. Special 1 yr USCF dues with Chess Life if count half, unr in U1200-U2000 half, U900 Section one quarter), minimum
paid with entry: online at chesstour.com $30, mailed, phoned or paid at site $40.
2009 Bermuda International Open, 25th Anniversary $16,000 (80% of each prize) guaranteed. In 7 sections: Open: $2000-1000-600-
5SS, 40/2, G/1. Fairmont Southampton Resort. Thurs. Jan. 29. Cocktail recep- 400, clear winner or 1st on tiebreak $100 bonus, top U2300 $900, U2200
Re-entry (except Master) $60. SCCF memb. ($18, jr $10) required for rated South-
tion 6:30 followed by 8 pm Blitz tournament. Rounds: Fri. 8pm, Sat./Sun. 9am, $800, U2100/Unr $700. FIDE. Under 2000: $1500-700-400-300. Under 1800:
ern CA residents. 4-day schedule: Reg. Fri to 6:30 pm, rds Fri 7, Sat 11-6, Sun
3pm. 1 bye any rd. but 5th. Coffee, tea, cookies served S & S. Closing party: $1500-700-400-300. Under 1600: $1500-700-400-300. Under 1400: $1200-600-
11-6, Mon 10-4:30. 3-day schedule: Reg. Sat to 10 am, rds Sat 11-6, Sun 11-
Sun. 7:30pm Buffet dinner free for all participants and spouses. Prize fund Gtd. 300-200. Under 1200: $1200-600-300-200. Under 900: $100-600-40, trophies
6, Mon 10-4:30. Class E & U1000 schedule: Reg Sat to 9:30 am, rds Sat
$5000: Open $1000 (plus air from East Coast and hotel for 10), $800, $600, to top 7. Unrated may enter any section, with prize limits: U900 $50, U1200 $150,
10-1-4-7, Sun 9-12-3. All schedules: Byes OK all, limit 3, must commit before
$400, $200. U2200, U2000, U1800, U1600 all $250, $150, $100. Top non-titled U1400 $300, U1600 $400, U1800 $500, U2000 $700. Balance goes to next
rd 3 and have under 2 pts. HR: $87-87, 818-707-1220, reserve by Jan 2 or rate
also wins RT from East Coast and hotel for 2010. EF: $100, payable on site. Free player(s) in line. EF: 3-day $103, 2-day $102 mailed by 3/5, all $105 online at
may increase. Car rental: Avis, 800-331-1600, use AWD #D657633. Questions:
to GMs, IMs, EF deducted from prize. Sets provided, bring clock. Fairmont chesstour.com by 3/10, $110 phoned to 406-896-2038 by 3/10 (entry only, no
chesstour.com, 845-496-9658. Ent: Continental Chess, c/o Goichberg, Box
Southampton 1-866-540-4497, chess tournament rate ($199+tx). More questions), $120 at site. Under 900/Unr Section EF: 3-day $23, 2-day $22 if
661776, Arcadia CA 91066. $15 service charge for withdrawals. Advance
info contact: Nigel Freeman cadilly@northrock.bm or IA Carol Jarecki car- mailed by 3/5, $25 online at chesstour.com by 3/10, $27 phoned to 406-896-
entries posted at chesstour.com. WCL JGP.
olj10280@yahoo.com. FIDE Ratings available. WCL JGP. 2038 by 3/10, $30 at site. FREE TO UNRATED IN U900 OR U1200 SECTIONS.

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Tournament Life

All: Unofficial uschess.org ratings based on 4 or more games usually used if all $107 online at chesstour.com by 4/6, $110 phoned to 406-896-2038 by 4/6 Unrated (0-3 lifetime games rated) cannot win over $100 in U900, $600 U1300,
otherwise unrated. Special 1 yr adult USCF dues with Chess Life if paid with (entry only, no questions), $120 at site. All: FREE TO UNRATED IN U1000 OR $1000 U1500, $1300 U1700, $1600 U1900 or $2000 U2100. 4) Balance of any
entry: online at chesstour.com $30, mailed, phoned or paid at site $40. Re-entry U1300 SECTIONS. Unofficial uschess.org ratings based on 4 or more games limited prize goes to next player(s) in line. Mailed EF: 4-day $199, 3-day
SEE PREVIOUS ISSUE FOR TLAS APPEARING NOVEMBER 1-14

$60; not available in Open Section. No checks at site, credit cards OK. MCA usually used if otherwise unrated. Special 1 yr USCF dues with Chess Life if $198, 2-day $197 mailed by 3/16; 4-day $219, 3-day $218, 2-day $217 mailed
memb. ($5; higher with printed magazine) required for MO residents. 3-day paid with entry: online at chesstour.com $30, mailed, phoned or paid at site $40. by 5/13; all $250 at site. No checks at site, credit cards OK. Online EF at chess-
schedule: Reg ends Fri 6 pm, rds Fri 7 pm, Sat 11-6, Sun 9-3:15. 2-day No checks at site, credit cards OK. Re-entry: $100, no re-entry from Open Sec- tour.com: $200 by 3/16, $220 by 5/19, $250 after 5/20 until 2 hours before rd
schedule: Reg ends Sat 10 am, rds Sat 11-2:30-6, Sun 9-3:15. Byes: OK all; tion to Open Section. 5-day Open Section schedule: Reg. ends Wed 6 pm, 1. Phone EF at 406-896-2038: $205 by 3/16, $225 by 5/19 (entry only, no ques-
must commit before rd 3, having under 2 pts. HR: $87-87, 888-303-1746, 314- rds. Wed. 7 pm, Thu 12 & 7, Fri/Sat 11 & 6, Sun 10 & 4:30. 4-day Lower Sec- tions). No phone entry after 5/19. GMs free; $150 deducted from prize. WGMs
726-5400, request chess rate, reserve by 2/27 or rate may increase. Car tions schedule: Reg. ends Thu 6 pm, rds. Thu 7 pm, Fri/Sat 11 & 6, Sun 10 & $100; another $100 deducted from prize. EF $70 less to all in Under 1300 Sec-
rental: Avis, 800-331-1600, use AWD #D657633, or reserve car online through 4:30. 3-day Lower Sections schedule: Reg. ends Fri 7 pm, rds Fri 8 pm, Sat tion and to seniors over 65 in Under 1500 & above sections. Under 900 EF:
chesstour.com. Ent: Continental Chess, Box 249, Salisbury Mills NY 12577. Ques- 10,12:30, 3, 6, Sun 10 & 4:30. 4-day & 3-day merge & compete for same $24 if mailed by 5/13, $25 online at chesstour.com by 5/19, $30 phoned to 406-
tions: 845-496-9658. Advance entries posted at chesstour.com. WCL JGP. prizes. Byes: OK all; limit 4 (limit 2 in last 4 rds), must commit before rd 3, hav- 896-2038 by 5/19 (entry only, no questions), $40 at site. No checks at site, credit
ing under 2 pts. Bring sets, boards, clocks if possible- none supplied. HR: Grand cards OK. All: FREE ENTRY TO UNRATED in U900 or U1300 Sections. ICA
An American Classic!
Pequot Tower (tournament site, very luxurious) $132-132, Great Cedar Hotel membership ($15, scholastic $10) required for rated Illinois residents. Spe-
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Apr. 8-12, 9-12 or 10-12, Connecticut
(connected building; very close) $118-118,TwoTrees Inn (15 minute walk; free cial 1 yr adult USCF dues with Chess Life if paid with entry: online at
11th annual Foxwoods Open shuttle) $108-108. 1-800-FOXWOOD, must reserve by 3/26 or you will have to chesstour.com $30, mailed, phoned or paid at site $40. Re-entry: $100, no re-
Open Section, Apr 8-12: 9SS, 40/2, SD/1. GM & IM norms possible. Lower stay at least 3 miles away. Car rentals: Avis, 800-331-1600, use AWD #D657633 entry from Open to Open. $20 fee for switching section after 5/19. 4-day
Sections, Apr 9-12 or 10-12: 7SS, 40/2, SD/1 (3-day option, rds. 1-4 G/50). or reserve car online at chesstour.com. Foreign player ratings: Usually 100 schedule: Reg. ends Fri 6 pm, Rds. Fri 7 pm, Sat 12 & 7, Sun 12 & 7, Mon 10
Foxwoods Resort Casino & Hotel, Rt 2, Mashantucket CT 06339 (I-95 to Exit points added to FIDE, 100 to FQE, 200/more to most other foreign, no pts added & 4:30. 3-day schedule: Reg. ends Sat 11 am, Rds. Sat 12, 3:30 & 7, Sun 12
92 to Rt 2 West, or I-395 to Exit 85 to Rt 164 to Rt 2 East). Free parking. 45 miles to CFC, PR or Jamaica. Most foreign ratings other than CFC, PR, FQE or & 7, Mon 10 & 4:30. 2-day schedule (U1300 & up): Reg. ends Sun 9 am, Rds.
fromT.F. Green Airport (Providence, RI), 14 miles from Groton/New London Air- Jamaica not accepted for U2000 or below. Highest of multiple ratings usually Sun 10-12:30-2:30-4:30-7, Mon 10 & 4:30. Above schedules merge & com-
port; for shuttle from New London Amtrak station call 1-800-USA-RAIL. Bus used. Players who fail to disclose foreign or FIDE ratings may be expelled. US pete for same prizes. Under 900 schedule: Reg. ends Sun 9 am, Rds. Sun
transportation: 1-888-BUS2FOX. Free shuttle to Mashantucket Pequot Museum, player ratings: April list used; FIDE ratings not used. Special rules: Players 10-12:30-2:30-4:30, Mon. 10-12:30-2:30. Byes: OK all, limit 4 (limit 2 in last 4
largest Native American museum in USA. Prizes $100,000 based on 650 paid must submit to a search for electronic devices if requested by Director. In round rds), must commit before rd 3 having under 2 pts. Hotel rates: $94-94-94-94,
entries (Seniors count as 3/4 entries; U1000 Section, re-entries, GMs, WGMs 4 or after, players with scores of over 80% and their opponents may not use 800-937-8461, 847-777-6500, reserve by 5/9 or rate may increase. Car rental:
& foreign IMs/WIMs as half entries), else proportional, minimum $70,000 (70% headphones, earphones or cellphones or go to a different floor of the hotel with- Avis, 800-331-1600, AWD #D657633, or reserve car online through chess-
of each prize) guaranteed. In 7 sections: Open: $10000-5000-2500-1500- out Director permission. Ent: Continental Chess, Box 249, Salisbury Mills NY tour.com. Foreign player ratings: Usually 100 points added to FIDE, 100 to
1000-700-600-500-400-400, 2300-2499 $3000-1500-700, Under 2300/Unr 12577. Questions: 845-496-9658, www.chesstour.com. You may request low- FQE, 200/more to most other foreign, no pts added to CFC or Jamaica. Most
$3000-1500-700. If tie for first, top 2 on tiebreak play speed game (white 7 min- est possible section if April rating unknown. $15 service charge for refunds. foreign ratings other than CFC, FQE or Jamaica not accepted for U2000 or below.
utes, black 5 minutes & gets draw odds) for title & free room at 2010 Foxwoods Advance entries will be posted at chesstour.com. WCL JGP. Highest of multiple ratings usually used. Players who fail to disclose foreign
or FIDE ratings may be expelled. US player ratings: May official ratings
World Chess Live Grand Prix Points: 200 (enhanced)
Open. FIDE rated. Under 2100, Under 1900, Under 1700: each $5000-3000- May 22-25, 23-25 or 24-25, Illinois
2000-1000-700-600-500-400-300-300. Under 1500, Under 1300: $4000-2000- used; FIDE ratings not used. Unofficial uschess.org ratings based on 4 or more
1500-1000-700-600-500-400-300-300. Under 1000: $1000-600-400-300-250- 18th annual Chicago Open games usually used if otherwise unrated. Special rules: 1) Players must sub-
200-150-100. Prize limits: 1) Players with under 26 lifetime games rated as 7SS, 40/2, SD/1 (3-day option, rds 1-2 G/75; 2-day option, rds. 1-4 G/45). Under mit to a search for electronic devices if requested by Director. In round 4 or
of 4/09 list may not win over $500 in U1000, $1500 in U1300, or $2500 in U1500. 900 section plays separate 2-day schedule only, G/45. Westin Chicago North after, players with scores over 80% in U1300/up and their opponents may not
Games rated too late for 4/09 list not counted. 2) If more than 30 points over Shore Hotel, 601 North Milwaukee Ave, Wheeling IL 60090 (from Chicago, I- use headphones, earphones, cellphones, or go to a different floor of the hotel
section maximum on any USCF rating supplement 4/08-3/09, prize limit $1500. 294 north to US-45 north; from Milwaukee, I-94 east to Lake Cook Rd to US-45 without Director permission. Ent: Continental Chess, Box 249, Salisbury Mills,
3) Unrated (0-3 lifetime games rated) cannot win over $300 in U1000, $600 south.) Free parking. $100,000 guaranteed prize fund. In 8 sections. Open: NY 12577. Questions: 845-496-9658, chesstour.com. You may request low-
U1300, $1000 U1500, $1300 U1700, $1600 U1900, or $2000 U2100. Initial rat- $8000-4000-2000-1200-800-600-500-400-400-400, clear winner bonus $200, est possible section if May rating unknown. $15 service charge for refunds.
ings that will appear after the 4/09 list used at Directors discretion; if used, top Under 2500 $2000-1000. If tie for first, top 2 on tiebreak play speed game Advance entries will be posted at chesstour.com. WCL JGP.
rule 1 applies. 4) Balance of limited prize goes to next player(s) in line. Mailed (white 7 minutes, black 5 minutes & gets draw odds) for title & bonus prize. A Heritage Event!
EF: 5-day (Open only) $205, 4-day $204, 3-day $203 if mailed by 1/10; 5-day Under 2300, Under 2100, Under 1900, Under 1700: each $6000-3000-1500- An American Classic!

World Chess Live Grand Prix Points: 300 (enhanced)


$225, 4-day $224, 3-day $223 mailed by 3/31; all $250 at site. CSCA members 1000-700-500-400-300-300-300. U2300 Section is FIDE rated. Under 1500: July 1-5, 2-5, 3-5 or June 29-July 5, Pennsylvania
may deduct $4 from mailed EF only. No checks at site, credit cards OK. Online $5000-2500-1200-1000-700-500-400-300-300-300. Under 1300: $3000-1500-
EF at chesstour.com: $207 by 1/10, $227 by 4/6, $250 after 4/6 until 2 hours 1000-800-600-500-400-300-300-300, top U1100 $800-400. Under 1100 play for 37th Annual World Open
before rd 1. Phone EF at 406-896-2038 (entry only, no questions): $210 by 1/10, both U1300 section prizes & U1100 class prizes; receive larger if winning both. 9SS, 40/2, SD/1 (4-day option, rds 1-2 G/75, 3-day option, rds 1-5 G/45), Under
$230 by 4/6. No phone entry after 4/6. GMs, foreign IMs, foreign WGMs, for- Under 900: $200-120-80, trophies to top 10. Prize limits: 1) Players with under 900/Unr Section plays separate 3-day schedule only, G/45. Sheraton City Cen-
eign WIMs free; $150 deducted from prize. US WGMs $100; another $100 26 lifetime games rated through 5/09 list may not win over $1500 U1300 or ter Hotel, 17th & Race Sts., Philadelphia 19103. Parking $5 for hotel guests
deducted from prize. EF $70 less to seniors over 65 in Under 1300 & above $2500 U1500. Games rated too late for 5/09 list not counted. 2) If more than playing in tournament. Downtown location, Franklin Institute, many muse-
sections. Under 1000 Section EF: 4-day $104, 3-day $103 if mailed by 3/31, 30 points over section maximum on any list 5/08-4/09, prize limit $1500. 3) ums, stores, restaurants within a few blocks. Prizes $250,000 unconditionally

60 Chess Life November 2008 uschess.org


guaranteed. Free analysis of your games by GM Sam Palatnik; free lectures LIST USED; FIDE ratings not used. Unofficial uschess.org ratings based on 4 ulations. Flyer/Entry Form: logicalchess.com/hcc or alabamachess.com -
by other GMs 9 am 7/3 & 7/4. In 9 sections (Unrated eligible only for Open, or more games usually used if otherwise unrated. Special rules: 1) Players link to calendars.
Under 2400, or Under 900). Open: $20000-10000-5000-2500-1500-1000-800- must submit to a search for electronic devices if requested by Director. In round
Dec. 13-14, 7th Dothan Open
700-600-500, clear winner bonus $200, top U2500 $2000-1000. If tie for first, 4 or after, players with scores over 80% and their opponents may not use head-
See Grand Prix.
top 2 on tiebreak play speed game 7/5 (white 7 minutes, black 5 minutes & gets phones, earphones, cellphones or go to a different floor of the hotel without
draw odds) for title & bonus prize. GM & IM norms possible in 5-day & 7-day Director permission. Ent: Continental Chess, Box 249, Salisbury Mills, NY Dec. 20, Bham Chess Club
schedules. FIDE rated. Under 2400: $14000-7000-3000-2000-1000-900-800- 12577. Questions: www.chesstour.com, 845-496-9658. You may request low- USCF rtd G/45. Loc. Rocky Ridge Church (Fellowship Hall) 2404 Altadena Rd.,
700-600-500, top U2300 $2000-1000. FIDE Under 2200: $14000-7000- est possible section if June rating unknown. $15 service charge for refunds. Bham, AL. EF: $25 by 12/5; $35 at site. USCF mem. reqd. 1 sect. Checks to
3000-2000-1000-900-800-700-600-500, top U2100 $2000-1000. Under 2000: Advance entries will be posted at chesstour.com. Bring set, board, clock if pos- Bham Chess Club 2336 Tyler Rd., Bham, AL 35226. USCF # on memo line.
$14000-7000-3000-2000-1000-900-800-700-600-500, top U1900 $2000-1000. sible- none supplied. WCL JGP. PRIZES b/25: 1st-$150; 2d-$100; 3d (U1700)-$80; 4th (U1400/UNR)-$65.
Under 1800: $14000-7000-3000-2000-1000-900-800-700-600-500, top U1700 RDS.: 9:15am; 11:30am; 1:30pm; 3:30pm.Tie Breaks USCF Rule 34E. Cellphones
$2000-1000. Under 1600: $12000-6000-3000-2000-1000-900-800-700-600- vibrate; score sheets provided. Reg.: Sat. 12/20 8:00am-8:45am. Questions?
500, top U1500 $2000-1000. Under 1400: $10000-5000-2500-1500-1000-
900-800-700-600-500, top U1300 $1500-800. Under 1200: $5000-2500-1500-
Regional R.W. Ellis (205) 979-6068; kee@bellsouth.net.
Dec. 27-28, Athens-Huntsville CC December 2008
1000-800-700-600-500-400-300. Under 900/unrated: $300-200-100, trophies Alabama 4SS, G100, T/D5, Athens Rec. Ctr., 270 US Hwy 31 N @ US Hwy 251 I-65/Ex.
to top 10, no unrated may win over $100. Prize limits: 1) Players with under Nov. 22-23, Magic City Open 351; Athens, 35611. $250/b/20:125-75-50, U1800/$30 U1600/$20. EF: $19,
26 games played as of 7/09 list may not win over $1500 in U1200, $3000 U1400 USCF rtd 5rd SS, 30/90; SD 30. Loc: Bridge Club, 2116 Columbiana Rd., if received by Dec. 24, $25 Dec. 27. RDS. 9:00-12:30 daily. ENT/Checks:
to U1800. Games rated too late for 7/09 list not counted. 2) Players with offi- (Columbiana Crossing strip mall) Bham, AL 35226. Entry fees: $45 by 11/15; Edward Labate; P.O. Box 1404; Athens 35612. INFO: www.labatechess.com WCL
cial rating more than 30 points over section maximum any month 7/08-6/09 $55 at site. USCF mem. rqd. 2 sects, OPEN & RESERVE. Checks to Bham Chess JGP.
have a prize limit of $2000. 3) Balance of any limited prize goes to next Club 2336 Tyler Road Bham, AL 35226. USCF # and Sect. on memo line.
player(s) in line. EF, if mailed by 2/17: 7-day $307, 5-day $305, 4-day $304,
3-day $303. Mailed by 5/15: 7-day $317, 5-day $315, 4-day $314, 3-day $313.
Prizes b/50: OPEN $300 + trophy; $175, $100. U/2000 & 1800 $100 + tro- Arizona
phy. RESERVE (U/1600) $200 + trophy; $150, $75. U/1400 & U/1200 $75 + Dec. 26-29 or 27-29, 18th annual North American Open (NV)
Mailed by 6/18: 7-day $327, 5-day $325, 4-day $324, 3-day $323. At site: All trophy. U/1000 UNR $55 + trophy. RDS.: 11/22: 9am, 1:45pm, 6pm. 11/23:
$350; no checks, credit cards OK. Online entry at chesstour.com: $310 by 2/17, See Grand Prix.
8:30am, 1:30pm. Tie breaks USCF Rule 34E. Cell phones VIBRATE. Score
$320 by 5/15, $330 by 6/24, $350 after 6/24 until 2 hours before rd 1. Phone
entry at 406-896-2038: $315 by 2/17, $325 by 5/15, $335 by 6/24 (entry only,
sheets provided. REG.: Sat. 11/22, 7:20am-8:20am. Questions: R.W. Ellis
(205-979-6068) or kee@bellsouth.net. WCL JGP.
California Northern
no questions). No phone entries after 6/24. GMs free; $200 EF deducted Nov. 15, Cupertino G/60 Open Tournament!
from prize. WGMs $100; another $100 EF deducted from prize. EF $100 less Nov. 29-30, Athens-Huntsville CC November 2008 4SS, G/60. 10675 S. De Anza Blvd #4, Cupertino, CA 95014. 408-996-1236.
to all in U1200 Section and seniors over 65 in Under 1400 & above. Under 4SS, G100, T/D5, Athens Rec. Ctr., 270 US Hwy 31 N @ US Hwy 251 I-65/Ex. ($500 b/32) $150-100-50, u1600 $100-$60-$40. EF: $30 by 11/14, $40 same
900/Unrated Section EF: $25 if mailed by 6/17, all $26 online at chess- 351; Athens, 35611. $250/b/20:125-75-50, U1800/$30 U1600/$20. EF: $19, day. Reg.: 10-10:45. Rds.: 11-1:30-3:45-6:15. Site capacity: 32. Info:
tour.com by 6/24, $30 phoned by 6/24 (entry only, no questions), $40 at site. if received by Nov. 26, $25 Nov. 29. RDS. 9:00-12:30 daily. ENT/Checks: albertjrich@yahoo.com.
FREE ENTRYTO UNRATED in U900/Unr Section. No checks at site; credit cards Edward Labate; P.O. Box 1404; Athens 35612. INFO: www.labatechess.com. WCL
OK. Re-entry: $160, no re-entry from Open to Open. $20 fee for switching JGP. Nov. 15, Fresno Chess for Kids
section after 6/30. Special 1 yr adult USCF dues with Chess Life if paid with Manchester GATE School, 2307 E Dakota, Fresno CA 93726. In 4 Sections
Dec. 3, 10, 17 Athens-Huntsville CC December Wednesdays High School (9-12): 5SS, G/30, Middle School (7-8): 5SS, G/30, Elemen-
entry: online at chesstour.com $30, mailed, phoned or paid at site $40. 5-day 4SS, G90, T/D5, 270 US Hwy 31 N @ US Hwy 251 I-65/Ex. 351; Athens,
schedule: Wed 7 pm, Thur 11 am & 6 pm, Fri 11 am & 6 pm, Sat 11 am & 6 tary (4-6): 5SS, G/30, Primary (K-3): 5SS, G/30, ALL: EF: $12 advance; $20
35611. EF: $5. 1st Rd. 6:15 RDS.: 6:45. INFO: 256.829.2298. WCL JGP. at the door. Individual and Team Trophies. Reg.: 11/15 8:30-9:15. Advance reg
pm, Sun 10 am & 5 pm. 7-day schedule: Mon-Fri each 7 pm, Sat 11 am & 6
pm, Sun 10 am & 5 pm. 4-day schedule: Thurs 11, 2:30 & 6, Fri 11 & 6, Sat A State Championship Event! recd by 11/12. Rds.: 10:00, 11:30, 1:00, 2:30, 4:00. ENT: Chess for Kids, PO
11 & 6, Sun 10 & 5. 3-day schedule: Fri 11, 1:30, 3:30, 6 & 8:30, Sat 11 & 6, Dec. 6, ACF Inc. G/45 Championship Box 27, Visalia CA 93279. INFO: Allan Fifield, 559-734-2784 & 559-967-3379
Sun 10 & 5. All schedules merge & compete for same prizes. Under 900/Unr 5SS, G/45; USCF dual-rated; Multicultural UMC Center; 604 Jordan Lane, sequoiachess@sbcglobal.net. OTHER: Also non-rated sections K-3 & 4-6.
schedule: Fri 1:30, 3:45 & 6, Sat 11, 1:30, 3:45 & 6, Sun 10 & 12:30. Half point Huntsville, Alabama 35816. From I-565, take Jordan Lane exit, turning north sequoiachess.com. Food on site. NS NC W.
byes OK all, limit 4 (limit 2 in last 4 rds), must commit before rd 3 and have off exit ramp. Continue north crossing Holmes Avenue intersection. Multicul-
Dec. 6, Fresno County Championship
under 2 pts. Entries, re-entries close 1 hour before your first game. Bring sets, tural Center is (0.1 mile further on right). $$ (b/45); Open: $100-70-50, A $70,
St. Agnes Medical Center, Education Room B, 1303 E. Herndon, Fresno, CA 93720.
boards, clocks if possible- none supplied. HR: 93-93, 215-448-2000, may U1800/Unr $70. Reserve (U1600): $90-60-40, D $70, E $70; U1000 $60; Unr
In 2 Sections Open: 4SS, Game/60, Reserve (Under 1600): 4SS, Game/60,
sell out about 5/31, two night minimum 7/3-4. Backup hotel: Radisson Plaza $20; Open and Reserve championship trophies and titles awarded to top ACF
Open to 1599 & under. ALL: EF: $35 if received by 12/03/08; $45 thereafter.
Warwick, 215-735-6000, $93-93. Special car rental rates: Avis, 800-331-1600, members; Eligible players must play round 5 to win prize or title. EF: Open &
Trophies. Reg.: 12/06 8:45-9:30. Rds.: 10:00-12:30-3:00-5:30. 1/2 pt bye
AWD #D657633, or reserve car online through chesstour.com. Foreign player Reserve $20 postmarked by 11/30, $30 on site. Reg.: 8am 9:00am on
available. ENT: Fresno Chess Club, 4085 N. Peach #166, Fresno, CA 93727.
ratings: 100 pts added to FIDE, 100 to FQE, 200 or more to most foreign, no 12/6. Rds.: 9:15-11:00-1:00-2:45-4:30. Memb. reqd: USCF ($ see uschess.org),
Vaness French 559-243-6226. frenchchessman@sbcglobal.net. Non-rated
pts added to CFC. Most foreign ratings other than CFC or FQE or Jamaica not Alabama $10, OSA. Ent.: Gerald Larson, 2909 Gallalee Road, Huntsville, AL
side event for Non-USCF members; No analysis in playing room; Full service
accepted for U2000 or below. Highest of multiple ratings used. Players who fail 35801. Info: glarson@knology.net. This tournament abides by Alabama Chess
cafeteria at site. NS W.
to disclose foreign or FIDE ratings may be expelled. US player ratings: JULY Federation, Inc. Policies and the most recent edition of USCF Rules and Reg-

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Tournament Life

Dec. 13, Reedley Chess for Kids Dec. 5, 12, 19, 26, LACC Friday Nite Blitz G/5 (QC)
T L Reed School, 1400 N Frankwood, Reedley CA 93654. In 4 Sections: High 5SS, G/5 (10 Games). LACC, 11514 Santa Monica Blvd., LA, CA 90025, 2nd floor
GOLD AFFILIATES
Cajun Chess
School (9-12): 5SS, G/30, Middle School (7-8): 5SS, G/30, Elementary (4- (4 blks 405W). EF: $10. USCF Quick rated. Reg.: 7:30-8. Rds.: 8-8:30-9-9:30-
SEE PREVIOUS ISSUE FOR TLAS APPEARING NOVEMBER 1-14

6): 5SS, G/30, Primary (K-3): 5SS, G/30, ALL: EF: $12 advance; $20 at the 10. 2 Free Parking lots SW of S. Monica & Purdue; or in the bldg. basement
door. Individual and Team Trophies. Reg.: 11/15 8:30-9:15. Advance reg recd ($2). Prizes: 1/2 collections. Inf: (310) 795-5710 or Mick@LaChessClub.com.
7230 Chadbourne Drive
by 12/10. Rds.: 10:00 11:30 1:00 2:30 4:00. ENT: Chess for Kids, PO Box 27,

New Orleans, LA 70126


Dec. 6, The Bakersfield Open
Visalia CA 93279. INFO: Allan Fifield, 559-734-2784 & 559-967-3379
See Grand Prix.
504 208 9596, cajunchess@yahoo.com
sequoiachess@sbcglobal.net. sequoiachess.com. Food on site. NS NC W.

www.cajunchess.com
Dec. 6, 13, 20, 27, LACC LA Masters G/30
Dec. 26-29 or 27-29, 18th annual North American Open (NV)

Continental Chess
4SS, G/30. LACC, 11514 Santa Monica Blvd., LA, CA 90025, 2nd Fl (4 blks
See Grand Prix.
405W). EF: $30, ($20 LACC memb). Reg.: 5:30-6. Rds.: 6, 7, 8, 9. Prizes: 3/4

Association
Jan. 16-19, 17-19 or 17-18, 16th annual Western Class Champi- collections. 2 Free lots SW of S. Monica/Purdue; or bldg. basement ($2). Inf:
onships (CA-S) (310) 795-5710.

PO Box 249, Salisbury Mills, NY 12577


See Grand Prix.
Dec. 6, 13, 20, 27, LACC Saturday Swiss G/30
845 496 9658
Mar. 6-8 or 7-8, Western Chess Congress 4SS, G/30. 11514 Santa Monica Blvd., LA, CA 90025, 2nd Fl (4 blks 405W). EF:

chesstour@aol.com, www.chesstour.com
See Grand Prix. $20, (15 LACC memb). Reg.: 11:30-12. Rds.: 12, 1, 2, 3. Prizes: 1/2 collections.

DC Chess Association
2 Free lots SW of S. Monica/Purdue; or bldg basement ($2). Inf: (310) 795-5710.
California Southern
LA CHESS CLUB * www.LaChessClub.com
Dec. 7, 14, 21, 28, LACC Sunday Swiss G/60
2520 Tenth St. NE, Suite 28, Fridays: 8 PM-10 PM (Blitz Tournament) Saturdays:
3SS, G/60. 11514 Santa Monica Blvd., LA, CA 90025, 2nd Fl (4 blks 405W). EF:

Washington, DC 20018 10AM-10 PM (Class& 2 Tournaments) Sundays: 12


$20, ($15 LACC memb). Reg.: 11:30-12. Rds.: 12, 2, 4. Prizes: 1/2 collections.

202 506 2927 PM-6 PM (Tournament) Tuesdays: 7:30 PM-9:30 PM


2 Free lots SW of S. Monica/Purdue; or bldg. basement ($2). Inf: (310) 795-

vbennett@dcchess.com, www.dcchess.com (Intermediate/Advanced Lecture) 11514 Santa Monica


5710.

Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025 * (310) 795-5710 (4 blocks


New Jersey State Chess
Dec. 13-14, 10th Annual Joseph Ileto Memorial
West of 405, Santa Monica& Butler * Second Floor)
Federation
See Grand Prix.

Private (1:1) Lessons * Group Classes * Tournaments. Dec. 26-29 or 27-29, 18th annual North American Open (NV)

c/o Roger Inglis, 49 A Mara Rd.,


See Grand Prix.
Nov. 27-30, 44th Annual American Open
Lake Hiawatha, NJ 07034
See Grand Prix. Jan. 16-19, 17-19 or 17-18, 16th annual Western Class Champi-

973 263 8696, rwij@njoychess.com,


onships
Nov. 29, American Open Quick Chess Championship (QC)
www.njscf.org
See Grand Prix.
See Grand Prix.

New York State Chess


Nov. 29, American Open Scholastic Colorado
Association
5-SS, G/45. LAX Renaissance Hotel, 9620 Airport Bl., Los Angeles, CA 90045. Dec. 6-7, Manitou Springs: Winter Springs Open
Open to HS/below. In 4 sections K-12: trophies top 5, 2 each grades 9-12, 1 4-SS, 40/2 and G/1, Masonic Lodge, 455 El Paso Blvd, Manitou Springs. 3 Sec-
c/o Karl Heck, 5426 Wright Street, County
each K-8. K-8: trophies top 5, 2 each K-8. K-6: trophies top 5, 2 each K-6. K- tions: June (open to all), July (U1800), August (U1400). Entry fee $30 if

Route 67, East Durham, NY 12423,


3: trophies top 4, 2 each K-3. EF: $16 received by 11/25, $20 at door. Reg.: 9-9:45 recd by 12/4, $35 at site. $8 off EF for Juniors, Seniors, Unrated. Cash prizes

518 966 8523, sldkth@nyair.net,


Rounds: 10-11:30-1-3-4:30. Enter: www.americanopen.org or American Open, per entries. Register 8:30 - 9:30, rds schedule 10, 4; 9, 3. Entries to Richard

www.nysca.net
PO Box 205, Monterey Park, CA 91754. Info: Randy Hough (626) 282-7412, ran- Buchanan, 844 B Prospect Place, Manitou Springs CO 80829. Phone (719)
dallhough@yahoo.com.

North American Chess


685-1984 or e-mail buckpeace@pcisys.net. CSCA membership required ($15,
Nov. 30, American Open Action 10 for juniors/seniors), OSA. Colorado Tour Event. WCL JGP.

Association
5-SS, G/30. LAX Renaissance Hotel, 9620 Airport Bl., Los Angeles, CA 90045. Dec. 9, December 2008 G/29 Series Event - Fort Collins (QC)
EF: $20 received by 11/25; $25 at door. 80% of entry fees returned in prizes A CO G/29 Grand Prix Event. (Not a USCF GP Event) 3SS, G/29, no delay. One
2516 North Waukegan Road, Suite 342,
Reg.: 11-11:45 a.m. Rounds: 12-1:15-3-4:15-5:30. Enter: www.americanopen. Section, Accelerated Pairings with more than 12 entries. EF: $3. Prizes: 100%

Glenview, IL 60025
org or American Open, PO Box 205, Monterey Park, CA 91754. Info: Randy Hough minus USCF rating fee. (60% for tourney prizes, remainder to Grand Prix Prize

888 80 CHESS
(626) 282-7412, randallhough@yahoo.com. Fund.) Reg.: 630-700pm onsite only, e-mail if you intend to come. Rds.: 7pm,

info@nachess.org, www.nachess.org
8pm, 9pm. Site: Lory Student Center, 2nd Floor Food Court, Colorado State Uni-

SPICE
versity campus, Fort Collins, Colorado, 80525. For Info: Lee Lahti, Phone:
970-372-8590, E-Mail: lee.lahti@comcast.net.

Box 45080, Lubbock, TX 79409


Connecticut
UCONN Chess Club
GOLD & SILVER AFFILIATES
806 742 7742
Tues. & Thurs 7:30PM. Castleman Building, Room 204,
SPICE@ttu.edu 261 Glenbrook Rd., Storrs, CT 06269. Contact: TOM
www.SPICE.ttu.edu
GOLD
Any affiliate that has submitted at least 50 HARTMAYER. Contact Phone: 860-989-5394. Email:
tomhart3@charter.net. Web Site: www.uconnchess.
Susan Polgar Foundation
USCF memberships during the current or
uconn.edu. No dues required. Casual Play, USCF Rated
previous calendar year, or is the recognized Events, Blitz Events, League Play, Matches, Club Cham-
6923 Indiana Avenue, Suite 154,
State Affiliate, is eligible to become a Gold pionships, Sets & Clocks Available, Chess Items for
Lubbock, TX 79413 Sale, Classes, Lectures, Simuls, Under Age 18 & Begin-
212 748 9584 Affiliate. Gold Affiliates are honored in a spe
ners Welcome, Handicap Accessible. As location may
PolgarFoundation@aol.com cial list in larger type in Tournament Life each change, please check website or call contact phone #.
www.SusanPolgarFoundation.org month, giving the affiliate name, address,
phone number, e mail address, and website.
Tri-State Chess
Nov. 15-16, 29th Townsend Cup

Gold Affiliation costs $350 per year, and exist


4-SS, 40/2, SD/1. Comfort Suites, 64 Knotter Dr., Southington, CT. Three sec-

288 Third Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215 ing affiliates may substract $3 for each month
tions: OPEN, EF: $40, $$50%-30%-20%, trophies top 3 Under 2000. RESERVE

1 888 CHESS 35
(Under 1700), EF: $25, trophies 1-2-3. NOVICE (Under 1400), on Sat., 4/SS,
remaining on their regular affiliation, or $20
G/1, EF: $20, trophies 1-2-3. Unrated players in Reserve, Novice not eligible
MKurtzman@TriStateChess.com, for each month remaining on their Silver Affil
for first prize. ALL: EF $10 more at door. Reg.: 8:30-9, Rds.: 9-2, 9-2. (Novice

www.TriStateChess.com iation. As of August 6, 2007, by paying an


9-11-2-4). HR: $89. Ent: Fred Townsend, 11 Cole Dr., Wolcott, CT 06716.

Unity Chess Club


ftownsend@snet.net, (203)-879-2009. NS. NC. WCL JGP.
annual payment of $500 (instead of $350), Nov. 20, Dec. 4, 11, 18, UCONNs Uncle Ken Montenegro Memo-

9375 E. Shea Blvd., Suite 100, Office 136,


Gold Affiliate status may be obtained with no rial

Scottsdale, AZ 85260
UCONN Castleman Bldg., Room 204, 261 Glenbrook Rd., Storrs, CT 06269. 4
minimum requirement for memberships sub- - SS, G/90. Reg.: 7-7:30pm. Rds.: 7:30pm. EF: At site $10, $5 students. $$ 50%
480 949 5464 (KING) mitted. - 30% - 20% net EFs. 1/2 point byes available in rounds 1 - 3 only, no last round
info@unitychess.com
byes. Info: Tom Hartmayer, 860-989-5394, tomhart3@charter.net. WCL JGP.

unitychess.com SILVER
Any affiliate that has submitted at least 25
Dec. 14, UCONN December Open Grand Prix
See Grand Prix.
USCF memberships during the current or Dec. 14, UCONN School of Engineering December Scholastic
previous calendar year, or is the recognized
UCONN Castleman Bldg., Room 204, 261 Glenbrook Rd., Storrs, CT 06269. 3
SILVER AFFILIATES State Affiliate, is eligible to become a Silver
Sections: K-2, 3-5, 6-8 All: 4-SS, G/30. EF: $25, $30 at site. Reg.: 9-9:45 AM.

Michigan Chess Association Affiliate. These affiliates will be recognized


Round 1 at 10AM, all others ASAP. Prizes: Trophies to top 3 in each section.

in a special list in Tournament Life each


Sections may be combined for pairing purposes, if less than 5, but prizes

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remain the same. Parking across the street behind Bronwell bldg. Advance
month, giving the affiliate name, state, and
Oklahoma Chess Foundation
Entry & Info: Tom Hartmayer, 963 Mansfield City Rd., Storrs, CT 06268. Make

choice of either phone number, e mail


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www.OKchess.org address, or website. Silver Affiliation costs


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Orange Crush Chess Club (IN) $150 per year, and existing affiliates may
Dec. 26-28 or 27-28, 4th annual Empire State Open (NY)

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their regular affiliation. As of August 6, 2007,
Sparta Chess Club (NJ)
Apr. 8-12, 9-12 or 10-12, 11th annual Foxwoods Open
See Grand Prix.

www.spartachessclub.org
by paying an annual payment of $250.00 Delaware
Renaissance Knights (IL)
(instead of $150), Silver Affiliate status may be
A State Championship Event!

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obtained with no minimum requirement for Nov. 22-23, 2008 Delaware State Open Championship
memberships submitted. Howard Johnsons Hotel (Constitution Room), 1119 S. College Ave., Newark,
DE 19713. 5-SS: TC: Rds 1-3, G/90; Rds 4&5, G/120. REG.: Sat 8:45-9:30.

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Rounds: Sat 9:45, 1:15, 5:15 Sunday 10, 3 (DCA meeting 9:15 Sunday) Byes: increase. ENT: Make checks payable to JOB. Send checks and registration forms is in the back, down the stairs by the office. When: Starts Every Friday except
limit 1, byes in rounds 4 & 5 are irrevocable and must be requested prior to to Kennedy Chess Association, 6280 Coral Way, Miami FL 33155. For info and the Fri before the second Sat doors open at 6:00 P.M. tournament starts at 6:30
round 3. In 4 Sections OPEN SECTION: EF: $40 by 11/17, $50 at site (GM, IM registration forms go to www.jrorangebowl.com - chess championship, email P.M. Type: 3 Rounds, Game/5, Round Robin Quad, U.S.C.F. Rated. EF: $7.00 if
free). $$60% Rtd: 40%-25%-15%. under 2000 10%, under 1800 10%. StateTitle to wtmkennedy@flash.net or call 305-984-9896, fax 305-666-4031. received one week before tournament starting date, $8.00 at the door. Prizes:
andTrophy to Delaware Mens champion and Delaware Womens champion (both Based on 4 full Pd. entries per quad, First in each quad: $20.00, Second in each
Jan. 9-11 or 10-11, Central Florida Class Championships quad: chess merchandise. Send advance entries to: Donald Urquhart, 501
must play in open section). Open Trophy for 1st (if 1st is DE player, that player
See Grand Prix. N. East St. #802, Indianapolis, IN 46204-1629. For more info: call Don at (317)
gets DE champion trophy & open trophy goes to next in line). RESERVE SEC-
634-6259 or e-mail akakarpov1@mw.net.
TION (Under 1800): EF: $35 by 11/17, $45 at site. $$60% Rtd: 40%-25%-15%.
Under 1600 - 10%, Under 1400- 10%. Trophy to Reserve Champion. AMATEUR
Georgia FREE ENTRY: Quad Quick Chess Tournament (QC) Fri. before the sec-
SECTION (under 1200): EF: $35 received by 11/17, $45 at site. $$60% Rtd: Nov. 21-23 or 22-23, 2008 Georgia Class Championships ond Sat. of the Month
50%-30%-20%. Trophy to Amateur Champion. SCHOLASTIC: Rounds 5 SS, See Grand Prix. G/15, U.S.C.F. rated. Located at 2302 West Morris St. at the West Morris St.
G/30, EF: $10. Prizes: Trophies for top 3. Reg.: 8:45-9:30. Rds.: 9:45, 11:15, Nov. 29, 2008 Atlanta November G/45 Championship Free Methodist Church in the Ellis Hall Room. Entrance in back, down stairs,
1:00, 2:30, 4:00. ALL: Memb. Reqd: DCA membership $10 ($5 under 18). OSA. 4-SS, G/45. Atlanta Chess Center, 3155A East Ponce de Leon Avenue, Scottdale, by office. Late Ent. 6-6:25pm. Rd 1, 6:30pm. Prizes: First in each quad gets
ENT: David Power, 7005 Pleasant Court, Wilmington, DE 19802. INFO: David Georgia 30079. In 2 sections: Open: EF: $22 if received by 11/29; $25 at site. choice of 50% off entry fee for Sat. Monthly a $15.00 value certificate, or chess
Power, bikedavid@aol.com. (302)-762-4695 (home only). HR: $69 single, $74 (b/35), $150-100-70, u1900, u1700, u1500 each $60. Under 1300: (not part merchandise. A cash buyback option is available on the certificate, call for details.
double 1-888-268-8521 or 302-368-8521 must reserve by Friday 11/14. of base) $17 if received by 11/29; $19 at site. Unrateds play for FREE!Trophies Second gets the prize not chosen by First EF: Free. Adv. ENT: Donald Urquhart,
www.delawarechess.org. NS NC W. WCL JGP excluding Scholastic Section.WCL to top 3, top 2 under 1100, top u900, top unrated, top girl. Reg.: ends 10:30 501 N. East St. # 802, Indianapolis, IN 46204-1629. Info: call Don at 317-634-
JGP. a.m. Rounds: 11-1-3-5. Info: (404)-377-4400 or atlantachess@yahoo.com. 6259 or e-mail akakarpov1@mw.net. A ORANGE CRUSH EVENT.
Enter: Same as above. NS. NC.
District of Columbia Every SECOND Sat. of the Month. OPEN CHESS TOURNAMENT
5 Round, G/61, U.S.C.F. rated. 2302 West Morris St. at the West Morris St. Free
Dec. 5-7 or 6-7, North Florida Open (FL)
Dec. 13, Rated Beginners Open (RBO) See Grand Prix. Methodist Church in the Ellis Hall Room. Entrance in back, down stairs, by office.
4-SS, G/30. US Chess Center, 1501 M St. NW, Washington, DC 20005. Open to Late Ent. 8-9am, Rd 1, 9:30am. Prizes: $465.00 b/o 20 full pd. Ent. 1st $150;
players rated under 1200 or unrated. EF: $15 ($12 if by 12/6). 5 sections by Dec. 19-21 or 20-21, 38th Annual Atlanta Open 2nd $75; Class A, B, C, (D, E, Unr) $60 each. Prizes increased if entries allow.
age. Reg.: 12-12:45. Info: 202/857-4922. www.chessctr.org/rbo.php. See Grand Prix. EF: $25 if recd one week before tournament date, $30 at door, $5.00 discount
Dec. 27-30, 35th Annual Eastern Open Dec. 28, 7th Annual Time Control Open for your birthday month, FIDE Titled Players Free. + Free Sack Bar Adv. ENT:
See Grand Prix. 4-SS, Rd. 1 G/30, Rd. 2 G/45, Rd. 3 G/60, Rd. 4 G/75. Atlanta Chess Center, Donald Urquhart, 501 N. East St. # 802, Indianapolis, IN 46204-1629. Info: call
3155A East Ponce de Leon Avenue, Scottdale, Georgia 30079. In 2 sections: Don at 317-634-6259 or e-mail akakarpov1@mw.net. Note: there must be at
Dec. 28, Eastern Open Sunday Quads Open: $675 b/37, 50% GTD. $150-125-100, u1900, u1700, u1500 each $100. least 3 entries in a class for that class prize to be awarded. If two adjoining
Westin Washington DC City Center Hotel, 1400 M St. NW, Washington, DC, 3- Under 1300: (not part of base) EF: $16 if received by 12/27; $18 at site. Unrat- class prizes are vacant, a combo prize will be awarded. News Flash!!! OCCC
RR, G/75. EF: $30 $$ $90 each quad. Reg.: 11 - 11:45. Rds.: 12 - 3 - 6. eds play for FREE! Trophies to top 3, top 2 u1100, top u900, top unrated. Reg.: Has won the bid for 09 US Open. All Sat Monthlys will offer Orange Points
Dec. 29, Eastern Open Blitz Championship (QC) ends 10:30 a.m. Rounds: 11-12:30-2:30-5. Info: (404)-377-4400 or that may be used for FREE ENTRY to US Open in 09. WCL JGP.
See Grand Prix. atlantachess@yahoo.com. Enter: Same as above. NS. NC. Nov. 14-16 or 15-16, 17th annual Kings Island Open (OH)
See Grand Prix.
Florida Idaho
Palm Beach Gardens Chess Club
Dec. 6-7, A-B-C Open
Rated tournaments and skittles games every Saturday
Nov. 22-23, 2008 Southern Idaho Open 5-SS, G/120, Jameson Inn, 215 Dixie Way S. (Roseland), South Bend, IN
morning 9:00 am till 4:00 pm. www.palmbeachchess
Obenchain Insurance Building Community Room - Rear Entrance, 260 South 46637. (574) 277-3211. All 1 section, open only to players rated 1400-1999.
club.info, (561) 762-3377.
Main, Twin Falls, ID. 4SS, G/120. ONE 1/2 pt bye rounds 1 - 3, must notify TD EF: $20 if recd by 12/3, $25 at site. $$ 1,500 b/30 (min. $1,000 G): $500, 250,
before FIRST round. Rounds: 9, 2, 8, 1. Reg.: 8 - 8:30am Saturday Nov 15. SEC- 150, B 200-100, C 200-100. Reg.: 9-9:30, Rds.: 10-2-7, 10-2. ENT & Info: Roger
TION: OPEN. EF: $30 by 11/14/2008, $40 at door. SECTION: U1400. EF: $20 Blaine, P O Box 353, Osceola IN 46561. (574) 257-9033, reblaine@hotmail.com.
Boca Raton Chess Club Friday nights, Game 90 Tournament, one by 11/14/2008, $30 at door. PRIZES: OPEN = $125, $100, $75 b/15. PRIZES:
game a week for 4 weeks. www.bocachess.com, 561-883-2917. WCL JGP.
U1400 = $100, $75, $50 b/15. CONTACT: Idaho Chess Association, % Barry
WCL JGP. Mar. 13-15 or 14-15, 13th Annual Mid-America Open (MO)
Eacker, MOL@q.com. 208-733-6186. NS, NC, W. WCL JGP.
Nov. 15, 4th DBCC Game/45 Open See Grand Prix.
5SS,G/45, Schnebly Recreation Center, 1101 N. Atlantic Ave, Daytona Beach, Illinois May 22-25, 23-25 or 24-25, 18th annual Chicago Open (IL)
FL 32118. 2 sections: Open EF $25, $$(250b/12): 100-75, Top U1600 50-25. See Grand Prix.
Nov. 15, Quad Tournament
Scholastic: EF $5, Trophies. Reg.: 9:00-9:45. Rds.: 10-11:35-2-3:35-5:10.
Three rounds at Game/80 time controls. Holiday Inn Hotel, 495 Airport Road,
Ent: P. B.Tomaino, 575 N. Williamson Bl., #116, Daytona Beach, FL 32114. INFO:
386-239-9485. pibit@cfl.rr.com. www.daytonabchcc.org W NS NC.
Elgin IL. The playing site is conveniently located at the northeast intersection Iowa
of I-90 and Rt. 31. Entry fee is $20. Cash prizes of $40 for first and $20 for Nov. 23, Maharishi Action Open
Nov. 15, Orlando Bonus Tornado second in each Quad. Registration begins at 8:30 AM, first round starts at 9:30. Argiro Student Center, garden level classroom, Route 1 and Wallace Drive,
4-SS, G/75, Melody Manor, 813 Montana St. EF: $30, CFCC mbr:$25, Masters This single day event ends by 6:30. For more information, visit our website at
free-EF deducted from prize. $$605 b/30: 200-100-80, U1800, U1600, U1400 www.mchenryareachess.org or call Bob at 815-519-3323.
$75 ea. Prize increased 50% for 4-0 score. Reg.: 9:30am. Rds.: 10-12:30-3-
Nov. 25, 1st Annual JJC Turkey Bowl (QC)
5:30. Info: (407)629-6946, centralflchess.org. WCL JGP.
5SS, G15, Joliet Jr. College, Bldg J, 1215 Houbolt Road,Joliet, Il 60431 (Park
Nov. 21-23, 7th Annual Turkey Bowl in J lot). $$$230 b/30, $50-30 A,B,C,D,E/F each $30, unrated book prize. EF:
See Grand Prix. $10 by 11/19, $15 at site, one half pt bye max. Reg.: 6:00pm-6:50pm. Rds.:
Nov. 23, Tampa Chess Club U600/Unr Sizzles 7:00-7:35-8:10-8:45-9:20. Checks payable to: Dennis Doyle, 536 Springwood
10936 N 56th, Temple Terrace, 33617. 4SS, G/30 +5 secs. Entry: $20. Grades Drive, Joliet, IL 60431, No phone or credit card entries, bring chess set and
K-12 only. U600 & Unrated players. b/20 each sect. $100, 60, 40. USCF clocks, none provided. Bring USCF id to tournament. E-mail:ddoyle@jjc.edu.
required. Trophies 1-5 plus team. Rd1-1pm, 2-4 asap. No pre-reg. ENT/INFO: Dec. 14, Knights Quest
www.wflachess.org. CoachT Call 813-727-8852. NS, NC. 4ss, Game/30. Renaissance Chicago North Shore Hotel, 933 Skokie Blvd.,
Northbrook, IL. 3 Sections: Open (Juniors & Adults), U1200 & U800 (Juniors
Dec. 5-7 or 6-7, North Florida Open only). Prizes:Trophies top five each section, medals all others. EF: $25 by 12/8,
See Grand Prix. $30 after. Reg.: 12:00-12:30 pm. Rds.: 1 at 1:00 pm, rest ASAP. Ent: Renais-
Dec. 6, Jan. 10, $500 Guar. Cash Opens sance Knights, PO Box 1074, Northbrook, IL 60065. Online Ent/Info:
5rd Swiss G/30 EF: $25; $30 at door. $100-$60-$40; U1600, U1400, & U1200 www.rknights.org, Sheila Heiser 847-526-9025.
$50-$30-$20 each. 1st rd 10:15 AM. Sunshine Center, 330 Fifth St. N., St. Dec. 27, Mayor Daleys Holiday Chess Championship
Petersburg, FL. NS, NC, W. preregister at: www.stpetersburgchessclub.com. Come play chess at Mayor Daleys Holiday Sports Festival, Americas largest
727-822-1171. indoor play ground with over one million square feet of fun. 4ss, Game/30.
Dec. 6, Jan. 10, St. Petersburg Rated Beginners Open (RBO) McCormick Place Lakeside Ballroom, 2301 S. Martin Luther King Drive, Chicago,
5rd Swiss G/30 USCF RBO 4 Sect. K-2U400; K-5U500; K-8U700; & K- IL. 9 Sections - Open (USCF-rated): K-2, K-5, K-8, and Open (Adults &
12U1000; top 12 in each get trophy; all others medal. Team (2 or more) - best youth); Reserve (non-USCF rated): K-2, K-5, K-8, and Open (Adults & youth)
four scores from all divisions. EF: $18. 1st rd: 10:15 AM. Sunshine Center, 330 Plus High School: 5-board team non-USCF rated (meets ISHA requirement).
Fifth St. N., St. Petersburg, FL. NS, NC, W. pregister online at www.stpetersburg Awards: Open & Reserve - Trophies to top 10 individuals & top 3 teams*
chessclub.com. 727-822-1171. (scholastic sections) in each section. High School - Trophies to top 3 teams
with medals for team members. Rounds: 10 AM, 11:30 AM, 1:30 PM & 3:00
Dec. 7, Jacksonville USCF Booster Quads PM. EF:$10 per player before 12/20; $15 Day of event. Onsite Reg. 8:30-9:00
3RR, G/30, Hyatt Regency (see North Florida Open). EF: $20. 1st prize each sec- AM. Special hotel rate of $89 at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place (312) 567-
tion: choice of 2 year USCF Adult membership with Chess Life, 4 year USCF Young 1234; mention Mayors Office of Special Events. Ent: Renaissance Knights, PO
Adult Membership with Chess Life, or $40. Reg: 9-11 am, Rds: 11:30-12:30-1:30. Box 1074, Northbrook, IL 60065. Online Ent/Info: www.rknights.org, Sheila
Ent: at site only, no checks. Heiser 847-526-9025.
Dec. 12-14, 2008 National Scholastic K-12 Championship Jan. 11, Indian Trails Public Library Championship (QC)
See Nationals. 4ss, Game/20. Wheeling Park District Community Recreation Center, 333 W.
Dundee Rd., Wheeling, IL 60090. 8 Sections: Open (USCF-Rated)- Primary
Dec. 13, 5th DBCC Game/45 Open (Grades K-3), Elementary (4-5), Middle School (6-8), High School & Adults.
5SS,G/45, Schnebly Recreation Center, 1101 N. Atlantic Ave, Daytona Beach, Reserve (non-USCF rated for individuals only) K-3, 4-5, 6-8, High school & Adult.
FL 32118. 2 sections: Open EF $25, $$(250b/12): 100-75, Top U1600 50-25. Awards: Trophies top 3 individuals each section& top teams in Open Sections;
Scholastic: EF $5, Trophies. Reg.: 9:00-9:45. Rds.: 10-11:35-2-3:35-5:10. Ribbons Reserve Section EF: $17 Open, $5 reserve - Advanced Registration only.
Ent: P. B.Tomaino, 575 N. Williamson Bl., #116, Daytona Beach, FL 32114. INFO: Rds.: 1 at 1:00 pm, rest ASAP. Ent: Indian Trails Public Library, Attn Elva
386-239-9485. pibit@cfl.rr.com. www.daytonabchcc.org W NS NC. Arreola, 355 S. Schoenbeck Rd, Wheeling, IL 60090. Info: www.rknights.org,
Dec. 13-14, 7th Dothan Open (AL) Sheila Heiser 847-526-9025.
See Grand Prix. Mar. 13-15 or 14-15, 13th Annual Mid-America Open (MO)
Dec. 27-29, 11th Annual Jr. Orange Bowl International Scholastic See Grand Prix.
Chess Championship May 22-25, 23-25 or 24-25, 18th annual Chicago Open
7SS, G/60, Embassy Suites Hotel, Miami Intl Airport, 3974 South River Drive, See Grand Prix.
Miami FL 33142. In 4 Sections: Ages 9 and under, 10-12, 13-15, 16-20.
Players must have a USCF membership EF: $50 individual, $160 team (4 play-
ers in a team). Prizes: Trophies to top 10 individuals and top 5 teams. HR:
Indiana
$139.00, 1-800-EMBASSY or 305-634-5000, reserve by 11/26 or rate may Chess Club Friday Night Blitz (QC)
2302 West Morris St. at the West Morris St. Free Methodist Church. Entrance

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Maryland if received by 11/13/08, otherwise $27, $17 BCC members. $$b/entries.

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swiss, time control: G30. Reg.: 9am - 9:45 am. Rds.: 10 am, 11:15 am, 1:15 Reg.: 9:15-9:55 am. Rds.: 10, 12:40, 3:00, 5:15. NS, NC, W. Tel. 617-629-

We organize USCF-rated tournaments on Saturdays


pm, 2:30 pm, 3:45 pm. EF: $25. if received by Nov 22nd, $35. at site, Jrs and 3933.

for adults and kids. Free analysis by a National Mas-


SEE PREVIOUS ISSUE FOR TLAS APPEARING NOVEMBER 1-14

Srs $25 anytime. Prizes: $400. based on 20 players, 1st: $100., 2nd $80.
Nov. 16, BCC Sunday Scholastic Quads
ter at every tournament for the scholastic players.
Under 1800: $70.; Under 1600: $60. Under 1400: $50. Under 1200 or unrated:
3RR, G/40. Boylston C.C. 240B Elm St. Suite B9, Somerville, MA 02144. EF: $15;
Trophies to top scholastic finishers; 70% of entries
$40. Send entries to: John Salerno, M.U.M., 1000 N 4th St, MR# 692, Fair-
$10 BCC members. Prizes: $30 top in quad 2nd Medal. Reg.: 9:15 9:55 AM.
returned as prizes in open (adult) sections. To see a list
field, Iowa 52557 email: jsalerno@mum.edu, Tel: 641-472-1718.
Rds.: 10, rest asap. NS, NC, W. Tel. 617-629-3933.
Kentucky of dates and locations, see our website at www.silver
knightschess com. Phone: 610-446-0818. Email: chess@
Nov. 19, Dec. 3, 10, 17, Early Bird Wednesday Rapid Quads

silverknightschess.com.
Elizabethtown Chess Club Special 3RR, G/30. Boylston C.F., 240B Elm St. Suite B9, Somerville, MA 02144. EF: $24,
Rated tournament the 2nd Tuesday of each month and we meet every Tues- $17 BCC members; $$50 1st per Quad. Reg.: 6:00- 6:25 PM. Rds.: 6:30. Rest
day between 6:30-10:00. We meet at the Elizabethtown Community and Nov. 7, 14, 21, Catonsville Action Championship asap. NS, NC, W. Tel. 617-629-3933.
Technical College, in Room 108A of the OccupationalTechnical Building. For fur- 6SS, G/30, EF: $10.00, Rds.: 8:00pm & 9:15pm two rounds each week. Bye: Nov. 22, Greg Hager Memorial
ther details visit our website @ www.geocities.com/elizabethtownchessclub/ 1-4. Reg.: 7:15pm. Prizes based on entries with 65% returned in prize fund. Open, Under 1800, Under 1400 4SS, G/60. Boylston C.C., 240B Elm St. Suite
Nov. 22, KY Action Champ 2008 Bloomsbury Community Center, 106 Bloomsbury Ave., Catonsville, MD 21228. B9, Somerville, MA 02144. EF: $25, $20 BCC members. $$400b/30: 1st $100
5SS, G/30. U1600 or U1400 section depending on entries. UK Student Cen- Info: Joe Summers: josephas2@comcast.net or 410-788-1009. www.geocities. 2nd $50, Under 1800 1st $100 2nd $50, Under 1400 $60 2nd $40. Reg.: 9:15-
ter Room #231, Avenue of Champions (Euclid Ave), Lexington KY. Parking com/catonsvillechess. 9:50 am. Rds.: 10:00, 12:30, 2:45, 5:00. NS, NC, W. Tel.617-629-3933.
should be available in the Student Center lot. Do not park in posted areas that A State Championship Event!
are off-limits. EF: $12. Prizes: Trophies 1st overall in each section, Top
Nov. 29, Legends of Chess: Horatio Caro
Nov. 22-23, 2008 Delaware State Open Championship 2 Sections: Open & Under 1800. 4SS, G/65. Boylston C.C., 240B Elm St. Suite
X,A,B,C,D,E, Top Female, Top College Student. Rds.: 10:15 - 11:30 - lunch - 1 - See Delaware.
2 - 3:15. Speed chess tournament starts after G/30 tournament ends. $3 B9, Somerville, MA 02144. EF: $27, $17 BCC members. $$b/entries. Reg.: 9:15-
entry for Speed tournament. 100% entries returned with prizes based on Dec. 5, Catonsville Blitz Championship (QC) 9:50 am. Rds.: 10:00, 12:40, 3:00, 5:10. NS, NC, W.Tel.617-629-3933. WCL JGP.
players. ENT: Stephen Miller, 859.200.8460, zepper55@yahoo.com, Jerry 6SS, G/10, EF: $10.00, Rds.: 8:00, 8:25, 8:50, 9:15, 9:40, 10:05. Bye: 1-2. Reg.:
Nov. 30, Pillsbury Memorial
Baker, 859.806.0637, Lexchess@insightbb.com. Lexchess.com. 7:15pm. $$b/24 $90-$45 U1700 $25. Bloomsbury Community Center, 106
See Grand Prix.
Bloomsbury Ave., Catonsville, MD 21228. Info: Joe Summers: josephas2@com
Dec. 5-6, The Lexington Chess Tournament 2008 cast.net or 410-788-1009. www.geocities.com/catonsvillechess. Dec. 1, 8, 15, 22, Monday Night Swiss
See October CL. 4SS; G/100. Boylston C.F., 240B Elm St. Suite B9, Somerville, MA 02144. EF: $27,
Dec. 7, Catonsville First Sunday Tornado
$17 BCC members; Prizes b/entries. Reg.: 6:30- 6:50 PM. Rd at 7PM - NS, NC,
Louisiana 4SS, G/60, EF: $15 in advance $18 at door, Rds.: 10:00-12:30-2:45-5:00. Reg.:
9:15am. Bloomsbury Community Center, Room 118, 106 Bloomsbury Ave.,
W. Tel. 617-629-3933. WCL JGP.
Nov. 28-30, 2008 Louisiana State Championship Catonsville, MD 21228. $$b/24 $100-$50 U1700 $40 U1300 $40. Bye 1-3. Dec. 4, 11, 18, Thursday Night Swiss
See Grand Prix. Info: josephas2@comcast.net or 410-788-1009. www.geocities.com/catonsville 3SS; 40/90, G/20. Two sections: Open & Under 1800; Minimum 5 players to
Nov. 29, Kickoff Scholastic chess. Ent: Joe Summers, 1201 Daniels Ave., Baltimore, MD 21207. Include USCF have an Open section or these players will roll over the Under 1800 section.
(Gustav-free Edition!) 4-SS, G/30. Site: Hilton New Orleans Airport, 901 Airline ID and rating and make checks payable to Joe Summers. Boylston C.F., 240B Elm St. Suite B9, Somerville, MA 02144. EF: $27, $17 BCC;
Dr., Kenner, LA 70062. EF: $15 if mailed by 11/19, $20 at site. LCA Memb. reqd Prizes: b/20 1st $100, 2nd $20 in each section. Reg.: 6:30- 6:50 PM. Rd at 7PM
for grades 9-12 ($5), OSA. Three Sections: K-3, K-6, K-12. Trophies to top 3 Massachusetts - NS, NC, W. Tel. 617-629-3933.
in each section, medal and chess gift to all participants. Reg.: 10-10:45am. Rds.: Nov. 15, 6th annual UMass G/60
11-12:30-1:45-3. Ent/Info: Adam Caveney, 1301 Gen. Taylor St., New Orleans, Dec. 5, 12, 19, 26, Billerica Friday Swiss
4SS, G/60, UMass Campus Center Aud., UMass/Amherst, MA; EF: $26, by 11/10, 5 Rds. 40/90, SD/30. Billerica COA, 25 Concord Rd, Billerica, MA. EF: $12. Reg.:
LA 70115, cb20234@yahoo.com, (504) 895-4133 (evenings), (504) 615-6730 $31/at site. ALL COLLEGE STUDENTS: $20 adv. EF; Open: $780 b/30; Prizes:
(on day of tourney). NS, NC. 7:30pm. Cash prizes minimal b/entries. For info, call Brad Ryan, (978) 369-8533.
1st $200, 2nd $150; U1800/1st $150, 2nd $100; U1400/1st $100, 2nd $75. Reg.: NS, NC. WCL JGP.
8:30 AM. Rds.: 9:30-12-2:30-5. Titled Masters of any kind- FREE ENTRY (Adv.
Maine EF deducted fr/PRIZE WINNINGS) New/UNR players, $15 by 11/10, must Dec. 6, Quads 8-12
Nov. 22, MECA Augusta Series Fall Quads play in U1400 Section. W.M.C.A. MEMBER DISCOUNTS: $2 off. Mail check, 3RR; G/60. Boylston C.F., 240B Elm St. Suite B9, Somerville, MA 02144. EF: $27,
Maine Chessplayer of the Year event, (memb reqd:$5/$10, available on site; payable to W.M.C.A., and entry form to: Frank Kolasinski, 119 Brunswick $17 BCC members; $$50 1st per Quad. Reg.: 9:15- 9:55 AM. Rds.: 10:00, 12:40,
OSA). Ground Round Restaurant, Augusta, ME (next to Augusta Civic Ctr, Exit Street, Springfield MA 01108 Questions? Call Frank at 413-209-9450 or e-mail: 3:00. NS, NC, W Tel. 617-629-3933.
112 ME turnpike). Quad/G75; PRIZES: $25 1st in each quad ($b/36 entries). horseyman5000@aol.com. wwWesternMassachusettsChessAssociation.org.
Feb. 28-Mar. 1, New York State Scholastic Championships (out of
EF: $20 by 11/19, $25 on site REG.: 8:30-9:15. RDS.: 9:30-12:15-3:00. ENT: Nov. 15, BCF $10 Open 2 Sections: Open & Under 1800 state welcome)
Lee Doucette, 33 Belfort St., Portland, ME 04103. INFO: LFDoucet@maine.rr.com 4SS, G/60. Boylston C.C. 240B Elm St. Suite B9, Somerville, MA 02144. EF: $10 See New York.
(207)797-4215.

THANK YOU TO ALL WHO HAVE DONATED TO THE U.S. CHESS TRUST! (June 2007 through March 2008)
Legacy Donors: Deborah Doll, Nearing, GM Arnold Denker. Future Legacy Donors: Harold B. Dondis, Wil Wakely. Corporate Donors: Aetna, Exxon, IBM,
Microsoft, WalMart, X3D, Mobil, WaMu, Nugent & Haussler, PC Partners. Chess Philanthropists ($50,000 or more): Harold B. Dondis, Frank P. Samford
III. King Supporters ($10,000 or more): Frank Berry, Mark Fins. Friends of Chess ($5,000 or more): Anonymous, Mitchell Denker, Gerald Hoag, Adam
Sufrin, JDG Management, Shane Samole, Nearing Trust. Ben Franklin Donors ($1,000 or more): Anonymous NJ, Joel & Susan Channing, Gary Cooper,
John Dozier, Leroy Dubeck, Jim Eade, Leonard Helman, Roger Spero, Sunil Weeramantry (National Scholastic Foundation), Mr. & Mrs. Michael T. Graves,
Dr. William Henkin, Karl Irons, Victor Laurie, Harvey Schein, Mark Schein, Adam J. Semler, Randy Slifka, Mariko Zeitlin. Heritage Donors ($500 or more):
Richard Allen, Norman Forsythe, Clifford Lester, Rick Lester (Ursula Foster Scholarship), Henry Odell, Harold Winston, Steve Doyle, Ann Marks, Drs. Luann
Mostello & Art Milholland, Bill & Vesna Kelleher, Eric Lester, Robert Messenger, Henry Terrie, Selden Trimble, Mosh & Arianne Weinberger, Yuriko Young,
Randall & Leilani Sears, Dave Sutherland, Erland Millikan, J. William Cowart, Paul Albert. Associate Donors ($100 or more): Harvey Susswein, John M.
Bartkiw, Randy Bauer/Deborah OLeary, Walter Brown, Bernie Letner, David Kuhns, Jim Berry, Alan/Judy Cohen, Gary Fine, Martin/Joy Goldberg, Roger
Gotschall, Jim Gray, Randy Hough, Christopher Lerbs, Myron/Rachel Lieberman, Luke Neyndorff, Glenn Petersen, Larry Weston, Charles/Debrah Unruh,
Edward Zatorski, Joe Feagin, Marc Levine, Michael Goodall, Walter Buehl, Jr, GM Susan Polgar/Paul Truong, Dr. Jon E. Quinn, Burton Carpenter, Michael
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Goch, James Wheeler, Carol McCloud, Arthur Montgomery, Andrew Marshall, Barbara Falcner, Alexander Blum, Helen Kittsley, Kent Bach, Peter Knopf, Zevi
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Herbert Drechsler, Neil Levy, Richard Shuford, Roy Eikerenkoetter, Lewis Henry, Robert Pociask, Gail Maury, Dr. R.A. Letourneau, Gilbert Saulter, Roger
Hale, Albert Epostein, John Elder, Dr. Joe Wagner, Peter Stasz, Community Health Charities, Dayton Foundation (Ken/Peg Champney), Peter Tamburro, Don
Schultz, John/Eleanor Schweinsberg, Todd Lunna, Jorge Calderon, L.J. Lyell, Katherine Gasser, Richard Cheshire, Sheila Donoghue. Contributors ($50
or more): Alexander Reis, Anonymous WI, Frank Brady, Harvey Drutowski, Woodrow Harris, Michael James, Michael Nietman, Arlen Overvig, Robert Ras-
mussen, Thomas Richardson, Joseph Roster, Garret Sauber, Stephen Smith, Hal Sprechman, T. Torricellas, Donald Twombly, Douglas Southon, Robert Strickler,
Charles Behler, Peter Scott, Thomas Bagby, Matthew Grinberg, Chess Now Ltd, Peter Spizzirri, Dan Mayers, Joseph Slawinski, Robert Werdan, Robert Ras-
mussen, Steve Krevinko, Karl Filzer, William McClain, Andrew Nowak, James Lorentz, Robert Carey, Richard Nepolitan, John Brendel, Edmund Breider,
Peter Lahde, George Hermes, Ricard Vincent, Arhur Lewis, Allen Kaufman, Imgre Toth, Edward Dowdy, Gordon Gray, Baron Powell, Tony Newhall, Gerald
Larson, Donald Farrelly, Kenneth John, David Sachs, Tom Beckman, Captn Gary Black, Peter Hanen, Richard Adams, Michael/Laurie Stein, Thomas/Nancy
Simpson, John/Emily Summy, Ken Ballou, Ken Marks, Larry Reifurth. In Memory Of George Krauss: Blaine/Carol Asbrock, Edwary/Loretta Sytnik, Gabriel/Joann
Trotta, Wayne Rahe, Robert Lardon, Richard Cheshire, Carberry, Mary Alice Burke, Carol Wirtz, James/Jennifer Roth.

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Wizards of the Mind Chess School
15 Center Street, Springfield, NJ - Lessons on Wednes-
Michigan Jan. 16-19, 17-19 or 17-18, 16th annual Western Class Champi-

days and Saturdays for beginners, intermediate and


onships (CA-S)

advanced students. Scholastic USCF-rated tourna-


Nov. 28-30, 2008 Motor City Open See Grand Prix.

ments. For schedule and information visit our website


See Grand Prix.
Mar. 6-8 or 7-8, Western Chess Congress (CA-N)
Missouri at www.wizardsofthemind.com, email info@wizardsofthe
See Grand Prix.

Nov. 22, Saint Louis Swiss 6 New Hampshire mind.com or call 973-262-1395.
4SS, G/90, Chess Club & Scholastic Center, 4657 Maryland Ave., St. Louis, MO
Nov. 15-16, Southern New Hampshire Open Nov. 15, Hamilton Chess Club Quads
63108. EF: $35, $25 for annual members of the club. MCA Membership Reqd 3RR 40/80 15/30 15/30. Full K. Ray Dwier Recreation Center, Bldg. 392,
See Grand Prix.
from $5. OSA. $$GTD $1,200: $175 1st in each M/X, A, B, C, D, U1200. $50 Groveville, NJ 08620. Quads open to all EF: $10. $25 per Quad. Reg.: 9-
1st Unrated. Reg.: 8:00 - 8:50. Rds.: 9, 12:30, 3:45, 7. 1/2 point bye if declared Dec. 6, Manchester December Blitz (QC) 10:30/am. Rds.: 10:30/am-1:30/pm-4:30/pm NJ State Chess Federation, no
before round 1. Ent: PO Box 4641, St. Louis, MO 63108. 314-361-CHESS. Info: See Grand Prix. dues magazine Subscription per year, OSA NS NC W.
info@saintlouischessclub.org or www.saintlouischessclub.org. NS NC W. WCL Dec. 6, Manchester December Swiss
JGP.
Nov. 15, Kings Chess Club Quads
See Grand Prix. Morning quads and afternoon quads, G/30, K-12, Bethlehem Church, 758
Nov. 29, Thanksforchess Route 10, Randolph, NJ 07869. EF: None. Reg.: 9-9:20 am., 1st rd. 9:40. Medal
New Jersey
International Chess Academy (Fair Lawn, NJ)
Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, 4657 Maryland, Saint Louis, to each quad winner. Info: Bethlehem Church 973-366-3434 or Bob McAdams
MO 63108. In 3 Sections O1700: 5SS, G/60, $$b/15: $200-90-30. 1300-1700: 973-694-3988, rwm@fambright.com.
5SS, G/60, $$b/15: $200-90-30. U1300: 5SS, G/60, $$b/15: $200-90-30.
Affiliate Type: School. Chess Classes: Tuesday 6:30 PM
- 9:00 PM, Thursday 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM. Saturday
Unrates qualify and count solely for top unrate prize $50. ALL: EF: $30 before
Nov. 15, Union County (Kids are Kool) Open
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Add. 17-10 River Road, Fair Lawn,
Trophies Galore! Church of the Little Flower, 110 Roosevelt Ave., Berkeley
11/22. Onsite $35 cash. Send adv. entries to Isaiah Angeli, 4611 Starview Dr.,
NJ 07410. Phone 201 797 0330. Website: www.icanj.net
Heights, NJ 07922. In 4 Sections, Union HS Championship: 5SS, G/30, Open
St. Louis, MO 63128. USCF memb. reqd and dual rated. Rds.: 9, 11:15, 1:45,
Contact: Diana Tulman, 201 287 0250. Email Diana@
to High School. Union Grade 6 - 8 Championship: 5SS, G/30, Open to
4:15, 6:45. One 1/2 point bye available before round 1. INFO: Matt Angeli 314-
icanj.net. Add. 28 Canterbury Lane, New Milford, NJ
Grades 6-8. Union Grade K - 5 Championship: 5SS, G/30, Open to Grades
315-0222. mja.inc@gmail.com. NS.
07646.
K-5. Players must be or become USCF member to play in top 3 sections. K-8
Dec. 6, Saint Louis Swiss 7 Unrated-Beginners Event. 5SS, G/30. Open to K-8 unrated players. USCF mem-
International Chess Academy (Teaneck, NJ)
4SS, G/90, Chess Club & Scholastic Center, 4657 Maryland Ave., St. Louis, MO bership is not required in unrated section. First round starts 10 am, then
Affiliate Type: School. Chess Classes: Monday 6:30 PM
63108. EF: $35, $25 for annual members of the club. MCA Membership Reqd ASAP with lunch break after game two. ALL: EF: $20 if mailed by Nov. 10, $21
- 7:30 PM, Wednesday 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM, Sunday
from $5. OSA. $$GTD $1,200: $175 1st in each M/X, A, B, C, D, U1200. $50 with credit card via website entryfeesrus.com by 11/14, $25 at site by
10:00 AM - 3:30 PM. Add. 185 Court Street, Teaneck,
1st Unrated. Reg.: 8:00 - 8:50. Rds.: 9, 12:30, 3:45, 7. 1/2 point bye if declared 9:45am on Nov. 15th.Trophies to all who finish event,Top in each grade (in rate
NJ 07666. Phone 201 833 1741. Website: www.icanj.net
before round 1. Ent: PO Box 4641, St. Louis, MO 63108. 314-361-CHESS. Info: sections) is Union County Champion. Two byes allowed in first 4 rounds if
Contact: Diana Tulman, 201 287 0250. Email: Diana@
info@saintlouischessclub.org or www.saintlouischessclub.org. NS NC W. WCL requested with EF. ENT: Mail to Ken Thomas, 115 West Moore St., Hack-

icanj.net. Add. 28 Canterbury Lane, New Milford, NJ


JGP. ettstown, NJ 07840-2233. Enter on entryfeesrus.com website. INFO: Ken,

07646. The Teaneck facility offers a Summer Chess


(908) 763-6468 or acn@goes.com. NC W.

Champ, and Monday night tournaments 6:30 PM -


Mar. 13-15 or 14-15, 13th Annual Mid-America Open
Nov. 16, Westfield Swiss #55 (QC)
9:00 PM (tournaments can run later if necessary).
See Grand Prix.
5 Rd. game/15 full k (QC) Westfield Y, 220 Clark Street, Westfield, N.J. $500

Silver Knights Chess Tournaments


Apr. 8-12, 9-12 or 10-12, 11th annual Foxwoods Open (CT) Guaranteed $125,$85, $50 under 2100, under 1850, under 1600, under 1350

2-3 Saturdays per month we run scholastic USCF-


See Grand Prix. $60 each. Entrance Fee: $35, $25 members. Registration: 2-2:30 p.m.

rated tournaments throughout the Philadelphia area.


Rounds: 2:45-3:25-4:05-4:45- 5:30 p.m. Info: Todd Lunna 732-946-7379
Nevada
Tournament locations include Philadelphia, Mt. Laurel
www.westfieldchessclub.com.

(NJ), Bryn Mawr, Horsham, Collegeville, and more.


Dec. 26-29 or 27-29, 18th annual North American Open Nov. 20, ATKM 3rd Thursday Quads
Tournaments are open to grades K-12. Free game analy-
See Grand Prix. 3 RR G/30 in rated/unrated sections. All the Kings Men Chess Shop, 62 S. Broad-
sis by a National or International Master at each way, Pitman, NJ 08071. Prizes: $25/1st each rated quad, $10/1st each unrated
tournament. We have players of all skill levels compete
Dec. 29, Las Vegas USCF Booster Quads
quad. $$b: 4/quad. EF: $10 Rated, $5 Unrated. Reg.: 6-7pm. Rds.: 7-8-9pm.
in our tournaments, from brand-new kindergarteners up
3RR, G/30, Ballys (see North American Open). EF: $20. 1st prize each section:
Info: Stephen Dick, 856-582-8222 or cs@ATKMchessSets.com. All: No cks
through some of the highest-rated scholastic players in
choice of 2 year USCF Adult membership with Chess Life, 4 year USCF Young
onsite. Visa/MC/Disc OK w/$1 paid surcharge. Bring clocks!
the state. To see a list of dates and locations, see our web-
Adult Membership with Chess Life, or $40. Reg: 10 am-12 noon, Rds: 12:30-

site at www.silverknightschess.com. Phone: 610-446-


1:30-2:30. Ent: at site only, no checks. Nov. 21, Greater Cherry Hill Rapid Chess

0818. Email: chess@silverknightschess.com.


Dec. 29, North American Blitz (QC) For info. and registration, go to novemberrapidchess.eventbrite.com. Info. also
See Grand Prix. available by calling Dan at (856) 287-2393.

CHECK OUT USCFS CORRESPONDENCE CHESS RATED EVENTS

USCFs 61st ANNUAL USCFs 5th ANNUAL


2008 Open Correspondence Chess 2008 E-mail Correspondence Chess
Golden Knights Championship Electronic Knights Championship
$1,000 First Prize (Seven player sections, one game with each of six opponents.)
(plus title of USCFs Golden Knights Champion and plaque) $700 First Prize
2nd place $600 3rd place $400 4th place $300 5th place (plus title of USCFs Electronic Knights Champion and plaque)
$200 6th thru 10th place $100 each. Entry fee: $25. 2nd place $400 3rd place $300 4th thru 10th place $100
The entry deadline is November 30, 2008. each. Entry fee: $25.
These USCF Correspondence Chess events are rated and open to all USCF The entry deadline is November 30, 2008.
members who reside on the North American continent, islands, or Hawaii, These USCF Correspondence Chess events are rated and open to all USCF
as well as those USCF members with an APO or FPO address. USCF members with e mail access. Your USCF membership must remain
members who reside outside of the North American continent are welcome current for the duration of the event, and entry fees must be paid in U.S.
to participate in e mail events. Your USCF membership must remain dollars.
current for the duration of the event, and entry fees must be paid in U.S. Maximum number of tournament entries allowed for the year for each
dollars. Those new to USCF Correspondence Chess, please estimate your player is ten.
strength: Class A: 1800 1999 (very strong); Class B: 1600 1799 (strong); Note: Prize fund based on 200 entries and may be decreased propor
Class C: 1400 1599 (intermediate); Class D: 1399 and below (beginner level).
tionately per number of entries assigned.
Note: Prize fund based on 300 entries and may be decreased proportion
ately per number of entries assigned.

Correspondence Chess Matches (two players) E-mail Rated Events (need e-mail access):
$5 entry fee per person with two, four or six- Lightning Match Two players with two, four or
game options.
To Enter: 800903USCF (8723), Fax 9317871200
six-game option. Entry fee $5 per person.
Win A Correspondence Chess Trophy Swift Quads Four-player, double round-robin Name
or on-line www.uschess.org
Four-player, double round-robin with class-level format. 1st-place prize merchandise credit of $30.
pairings. 1st-place winner receives a trophy. Entry fee: $10. USCF ID#
Entry fee: $10.
Victor Palciauskas Prize Tournaments
Walter Muir E-Quads (webserver chess) Address City
Four-player, double round-robin e-mail format
Seven-player class-level pairings, one game with tournament with class-level pairings. 1st-place State ZIP
each of six opponents. Players must have a USCF receives a certificate.
CC rating to enter. 1st-place winner receives Entry fee: $7. Phone E mail
$130 cash prize and a certificate signed by Victor
Express Tournament Credit card # (VISA, MC, Discover, AMEX)
Palciauskas.
Entry fee: $25. Seven-player events, one game with each of six Exp. date
opponents.
John W. Collins Memorial Class Tournaments Prizes: 1st place $30 merchandise credit, 2nd If using VISA, need V code
Four-player, double round-robin with class-level place $20 credit.
pairings (unrateds welcome). 1st-place winner Entry fee: $15. Check here if you do not wish to have an
receives a John W. Collins certificate. Please circle event(s) selected.
opponent who is incarcerated. *Note: This may
Entry fee: $7. slow down your assignment.
NOTE: Except for Lightning Matches, Swift Quads,
Walter Muir E-Quads, Electronic Knights & Express
Tournaments, players will use post office mail, Make checks payable to U.S. Chess and mail to: Joan
unless opponents agree to use e-mail. DuBois, USCF , PO Box 3967, Crossville, TN 38557

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Tournament Life

A State Championship Event! Dec. 26-28 or 27-28, 4th annual Empire State Open (NY) Carroll and President, Bklyn. EF: $15 $$: Trophies to top 2 in each quad. Reg.:
Nov. 22-23, 2008 Delaware State Open Championship See Grand Prix. ends 10 minutes before rd. 1. Rds.: 3-4:15-5:30 718-645-5896.
See Delaware. Dec. 7, The Right Move #148 Team and Individual Championship
Jan. 16-19, 17-19 or 18-19, 41st annual Liberty Bell Open (PA)
SEE PREVIOUS ISSUE FOR TLAS APPEARING NOVEMBER 1-14

A State Championship Event! See Grand Prix. FREE EF. 4SS, G/30. Play starts promptly at 10:00. Players must check in by
Nov. 23, New Jersey K-12 Grade Championship 9:30A.M. Brandeis H.S., 145 W. 84th St., 10024 (near Columbus Ave, Manhat-
5SS, G/30. Brookdale College, 765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ 07738.
Feb. 14-16, World Amateur Team & U.S. Team East tan, NYC). Open to gr. K-12. Five rated sections: Open, Under 1700, Under
See Nationals. 1200, Under 800, Under 600. (May renew or join USCF at tournament). Non-
Student Life Center, use Parking Lot #7 or #6; 4 miles from Garden State Park-
way exit 109. 13 Sections: Play only in your grade! MORE TROPHIES! Grades July 1-5, 2-5, 3-5 or June 29-July 5, 37th Annual World Open (PA) member sections by grades: K-3, 4-6, 7-12. Trophies to top 3 in each section
K-6:Trophies to top 10 individuals, top 5 teams - top 3 from each school/grade; See Grand Prix. except Open ($50, $30, $20 for 1st-3rd); medal to each player with 2.5 or more
50% of players receive trophy or medal! Grades 7-12: Trophies to top 5 indi- points. Team plaque to 1st and 2nd each section, with top 4 scores counting
viduals, top 5 teams. Rds.: 10am and ASAP. EF: $30 by 11/16, $50 at site. USCF New York in each section (minimum 3 players on team in section). Non-member sections
offer additional prize of USCF membership to players scoring 4 points. To reg-
mem reqd. Reg.: 8-9:00 am. After 9:00am 1/2 pt bye rd 1. Info: 732 259-3881,
The Chess Exchange: Chess and Games Club ister: use website at www.therightmove.org or email - thechessstop @aol.com
hsprechman@characterkings.org Ent: Please make checks payable to NJSCF
G/30 Rated Quads 1st Sunday of every Month. G/5 BlitzTournaments Last Sun- or Fax to 718-455-2863 before 6:00 P.M. on Fri. Give full name, school, grade,
and send to NJSCF, PO Box 1511, Jackson, NJ 08527. Entries must include name,
day of every Month. 288 Third Ave., Brooklyn (718) 645-5896. Mon-Fri 12-8pm, USCF ID#, exp. date, and section. NO ON-SITE REGISTRATION.
grade, school, date of birth, USCF ID # & expiration, mailing address, phone
Sun 12-6pm. www.TheChessExchange.com www.TriStateChess.com Email:
number & entry fee, please include email address.The 1st Place player and team Dec. 11, 4 Rated Games Tonight!
TheChessExchange@TriStateChess.com.
from NJ in each grade will be recognized as the NJ Champion for that grade! 4-SS, G/30, Chess Center at Marshall Club, 23 W 10th St, bet 5-6 Ave, NYC: 212-
Chess sets and boards will be provided! Nov. 15, Buffalo Kellogg Leadership for Community Change Monthly 477-3716. May be limited to 1st 36 entries. EF $30, Club membs $20,
Grand Prix - Every 3rd Saturday specified Greater NY Scholastic prizewinners free. $$ (480 b/32 paid): 150-100-
Nov. 23, Westfield Quads See Grand Prix.
3 RR game/45 full k. Westfield Y, 220 Clark Street, Westfield N.J. Prizes: $50 50, Top U2200/unr $95, U2000 $85. Limit 2 byes (1 bye if U2000), commit by
to first in each section. Entrance Fee: $20, $15 members. Registration: 2-2:15 Nov. 15-16, Marshall CC November Open 8:15. Re-entry $15, counts half. Reg. ends 10 min. before game. Rds. 7-8:15-
p.m. Rounds: 2:30-4:20-6:10 p.m. Info:Todd Lunna 732-946-7379www.westfield 4-SS, 30/90, SD/60. Marshall CC, 23 W 10th St, NYC: 212-477-3716. EF: $45, 9:30-10:45 pm. Phone entry often impossible! $5 extra if entering under
chessclub.com. Members $25. ($360 b/24) $120-70-50, U2000/unr $65, U1700 $55. Reg.: ends 10 min. before game.
11:50am. Rds.: 2 schedules: 2-day, rds 12:30-5:30 pm each day; 1-day, (rds Dec. 13, 2nd Farmingdale CC Quick Rated Open (QC)
Nov. 28-30 or 29-30, 39th annual National Chess Congress (PA) 1-2 G/30), 10-11:15 am-12:30-5:30 pm Sun; both merge rd 3. NOTE CHANGE:
See Grand Prix. 7SS, G/15. Farmingdale Public Library, 116 Merritts Rd. Farmingdale, NY
Byes: limit two, with entry. NO RE-ENTRY. May be limited to first 60 players. 11735. Open to all U-2300/unr.: $(b/20): $100-80,Top U-1800/U-1500/U-1300
Nov. 29, Viking Last Saturday Quads WCL JGP. $65 each. EF: $25. Reg.: 9:15-9:45 AM. No adv. ent. Rds.: 10-10:30-11-11:30-
Somerset Ramada Inn, 60 Cottontail Lane, Somerset Exit 12, Route #287. In Nov. 18, St. Johns Masters at the Marshall Chess Club 12:15-12:45-1:15. 3 byes 1-7. Info: www.farmcc.webs.com. Please do not call
4 player Quads. G/90, Regs.: before 9am, Rds.: 9-12-3, EFTop quad $30, lower See Grand Prix. the library. NS. W.
Quads EF is $20 or $30. Prize: Top quad is $80, Lower quads between $40 and
Nov. 20, 10 Grand Prix Points Tonight! Dec. 13, Jennifer Woods Memorial Grand Prix
$80. Prize is based on the number of players paying $30. Player paying $20 may
See Grand Prix. See Grand Prix.
win only $40. Info: KenThomas, acn@goes.com / cell 908-763-6468. No elec-
tronic scoresheets. NS, NC, W. Nov. 22, Prove Your Point! Dec. 13-14 or 14, Marshall CC December Open
3-SS, G/30, Chess Center at Marshall Chess Club, 23 W 10th St, NYC: 212-477- 4-SS, 30/90, SD/60. Marshall CC, 23 W 10th St, NYC: 212-477-3716.; EF: $45,
Nov. 30, GAME 10s Galore #3 (QC) Members $25. ($360 b/24) $120-70-50, U2000/unr $65, U1700 $55. Reg.: ends
See Grand Prix. 3716. EF $20. 3-0 wins $40, 2.5 wins $20, 2 wins $10. Reg ends 7:20 pm. Rds.
7:30-8:30-9:30. 11:50am. Rds.: 2 schedules: 2-day, rds 12:30-5:30 pm each day; 1-day, (rds
Nov. 30, Westfield Quads 1-2 G/30), 10-11:15 am-12:30-5:30 pm Sun; both merge rd 3. NOTE CHANGE:
3 RR game/45 full k. Westfield Y, 220 Clark Street, Westfield N.J. Prizes: $50 Nov. 22, Syracuse Monthly Open Byes: limit two, with entry. NO RE-ENTRY. May be limited to first 60 players.
to first in each section. Entrance Fee: $20, $15 members. Registration: 2-2:15 4SS, Rds 1 & 2 G/60, Rds 3 & 4 G/90. Courtyard by Marriot, 6415 Yorktown Cir- WCL JGP.
p.m. Rounds: 2:30-4:20-6:10 p.m. Info:Todd Lunna 732-946-7379www.westfield cle, E. Syracuse (exit 35 I-90, Carrier Circle, 298 E, left at Holiday Inn). $(b/14):
$100-50, Class: $30. Reg: 8:30-9:15, Rds: 9:30-12- 2:15-5:30. EF: $30. Ent: Joe Dec. 16, St. Johns Masters at the Marshall Chess Club
chessclub.com.
Ball, 310 Helfer Lane, Minoa, NY 13116. See Grand Prix.
Dec. 6, GAME 10s Galore #4 (QC) Dec. 20, New York December Action!
See Grand Prix. Nov. 22-23 or 23, What A Turkey Open!
See Grand Prix. See Grand Prix.
Dec. 6, The Greater Princeton Championship Dec. 20, Syracuse Monthly Open
Princeton Day School, 650 The Great Road. Trophies to top 3 school teams and Nov. 23, Cordiscos Chess Center Monthly Open
See Grand Prix. 4SS, Rds 1 & 2 G/60, Rds 3 & 4 G/90. Courtyard by Marriot, 6415 Yorktown Cir-
top 6 in each section. Trophies to all players. Sections: FUTURE MASTERS and
cle, E. Syracuse (exit 35 I-90, Carrier Circle, 298 E, left at Holiday Inn). $(b/14):
CLOSED begin 10:45 (must preregister). FUTURE MASTERS G/60 3 rounds Nov. 23, Studio November Quad $100-50, Class: $30. Reg: 8:30-9:15, Rds: 9:30-12- 2:15-5:30. EF: $30. Ent: Joe
(Players K-12 over 1200), CLOSED G/45 (K-12 over 1000) 4 rds, ALL OTHER 3RR Game in 2. Reg.: 9:00 am Rds.: 10-2-6. Studio of Bridge and Games, 1639 Ball, 310 Helfer Lane, Minoa, NY 13116.
SECTIONS On Site Reg.: 11:30-12:30. 4 Rds.: 1, 2, 3, 4pm. (times will be Eastern Pkwy., Schenectady, NY 12309-6011.
accelerated if possible) G/30: OPEN (Players K-12 U-1000), Reserve (K-12 U- Dec. 21, 8th Annual Greater NY December Under 13 Open!
800), Novice II (K-8 U-600), Novice I (unrated K-6), K-1 (unrated) NO SCORE Nov. 26-Dec. 17, Marshall CC Under-2000 Wednesday Swiss 4-SS, G/30, open to all born after 12/21/95, Chess Center at Marshall Chess
K-1 (unrated). PARENTS OF PLAYERS G/30, rated, 3 rounds. Info and Regis- NOTE CHANGE: 4SS, 30/90, SD/60. 23 W. 10th St., NYC. 212-477-3716. EF: $40, Club, 23 West 10th St, bet. 5-6 Ave, NYC: 845-569-9969. May be limited to 1st
ter online: www.pds.org/chess. Inquires to Bonnie Waitzkin. Chessteach@ members $20. $$300 b/20: $120-70-50, U1700 $60. Reg.: 6:15-6:45, Rds.: 7pm 52 entries. 2 Sections. 1. Open, EF: $32 postmarked by 12/12. 2. Novice, for
gmail.com. Registration $35 (On-site $45). each Wednesday. NOTE CHANGE: Byes ok, limit 2, request by round 2. WCL Under 1000 or Unrated, EF: $31 mailed by 12/12. Both, EF: $30 online at
JGP. www.chesscenter.cc by 12/18, $35 by phone at 845-569-9969 by 12/18,
Dec. 7, ICA Early Winter 2008 Open Championship $40 at site, Club members $10 less ($5 fee for refunds).Trophies to top 10, top
See Grand Prix. Nov. 28-30 or 29-30, 39th annual National Chess Congress (PA) Unr, top 3 teams (top 3 scorers from same school) each section. 8 weeks free
See Grand Prix. entry to 1st, 4 weeks free to 2nd each section. Speed playoff for 4-0. Limit of
Dec. 7, ICA Early Winter 2008 Scholastic Championship
4 SS, EVERYONE PLAYS 4 GAMES, ALL PLAYERS WITH 2.5 POINTS OR MORE Nov. 29, Marshall CC Saturday G/60 2 byes, commit by 11:30. On-site reg. ends 9:30 am. Rds 10-11:30-12:45-2 pm.
WILL RECEIVE A TROPHY!!! Bergen Academy, 200 Hackensack Ave., Hacken- 4SS, G/60. Marshall CC, 23 W. 10th St., NYC. 212-477-3716. ($360 b/24) $120- Ent: Chess Center of NY, PO Box 4615, New Windsor, NY 12553. List USCF ID,
sack, NJ 07601. U.S. CHESS FEDERATION MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED FOR 70-50, 1700-1999/unr $60, U1700 $60. EF: $40, members $20. Reg.: rating, section, school/grade, DOB.
SECTIONS 1 AND 2. Info: 201 287 0250 or 201 833 1741 E-mail: Diana@ 11:15-11:45. Rds.: 12-2:30-4:45-7. NOTE CHANGE: One bye available, request Dec. 21, NEW Sunday Sliding Scale Quads!
icanj.net. (Web Site Entries: www.icanj.net) EF Adv (pmk by Dec. 3rd) $25 AT at entry. 3-RR, G/30, Chess Center at Marshall Chess Club, 23 W 10th St, NYC: 212-477-
Site $30 Reg ends 1/2 hr before 1st rnd. Late entrants will receive 1/2 point Nov. 30, Marshall CC Sunday Action 3716. EF: Master $35, Expert $30, A $25, U1800 $20. $$ (all EFs returned less
bye for rnd 1. In 4 Sections Section 1: G/45 Open to players rated below 1200 5SS, G/30, Marshall CC, 23 W. 10 St., NYC, 212-477-3716. EF: $40, members $36 per quad). Reg ends 7:20 pm. Rds. 7:30-8:30-9:30. NO FREE ENTRIES!!
K through 12th grade. Rds.: 9:45 AM, 11:30, 1:15, 3:00 PM. Section 2: G/60 $20. ($$ 360 b/24): 120-70-50, U2200/unr $65, U2000 $55. Rds.: 12-1:30-2:45- No phone entry!
Open to players rated below 1600 K through 12th grade. Rds: 9:45 AM, 12:00, 4-5:20pm. NOTE CHANGE: One bye available, request with entry.
2:15, 4:30 PM. Section 3: Open to unrated players K through 2nd grade. Dec. 21, Sunday Under 1400 Action!
Rds.: 10:15 AM (tournament will end at approximately 1:00 PM). Section 4: Dec. 1-29, Marshall CC Under-1600 Monday Swiss 4-SS, G/30, Marshall Chess Club, 23 West 10 St, between 5-6 Ave, NYC: 212-
Open to unrated players K through 12th grade. Rds.: 10:00 AM (tournament 5SS, 30/90, SD/60. 23 W. 10th St., NYC. 212-477-3716. EF: $40, members $20. 477-3716, for Under 1400 or unrated. EF $30, Club Members $20, specified
will end at approximately 2:00 PM). ENT: Diana Tulman, 28 Canterbury Lane, $$300 b/20: $120-70-50, U1300 $60. Reg.: 6:15-6:45, Rds.: 7pm each Mon- Greater NY Scholastic prizewinners free. $$200 b/20 paid: $100-60-40, $60
New Milford, NJ 07646. NS NC W. day. Byes ok, limit 2, request by rd. 3. WCL JGP. limit to unr. Reg. ends 3:45 pm. Rds. 4-5:15-6:45-8 pm. No advance entries.

Dec. 7, Westfield Quads Dec. 2, Marshall CC New York Experts Dec. 23, Marshall CC Victory U-1800
3 RR game/45 full k. Westfield Y, 220 Clark Street, Westfield N.J. Prizes: $50 4SS, G/30. Marshall CC, 23 W. 10 St., NYC, 212-477-3716. EF: $40, members 4SS, G/30. Marshall CC, 23 W. 10 St., NYC, 212-477-3716. EF: $40, members
to first in each section. Entrance Fee: $20, $15 members. Registration: 2-2:15 $20. $$300 b/20: $120-70-50, U1800 $60. Reg.: 6:15-6:45. Rds.: 7-8:15-9:30- $20. $$300 b/20: $120-70-50, U1400 $60. Reg.: 6:15-6:45. Rds.: 7-8:15-9:30-
p.m. Rounds: 2:30-4:20-6:10 p.m. Info:Todd Lunna 732-946-7379www.westfield 10:45pm. NOTE CHANGE: One bye available, request at entry. 10:45pm. One bye available, request at entry.
chessclub.com. Dec. 4, 4 Rated Games Tonight! Dec. 26-28 or 27-28, 4th annual Empire State Open
Dec. 13, GAME 10s Galore #5 (QC) 4-SS, G/30, Chess Center at Marshall Club, 23 W 10th St, bet 5-6 Ave, NYC: 212- See Grand Prix.
See Grand Prix. 477-3716. May be limited to 1st 36 entries. EF $30, Club membs $20, Dec. 27-28 or 28, Marshall CC December Open
specified Greater NY Scholastic prizewinners free. $$ (480 b/32 paid): 150-100- 4-SS, 30/90, then SD/60. Marshall CC, 23 W 10th St, NYC: 212-477-3716. EF:
50, Top U2200/unr $95, U2000 $85. Limit 2 byes (1 bye if U2000), commit by $45, Members $25. ($360 b/24) $120-70-50, U2000/unr $65, U1700 $55.
8:15. Re-entry $15, counts half. Reg. ends 10 min. before game. Rds. 7-8:15- Reg.: ends 11:50am. Rds.: 2 schedules: 2-day, rds 12:30-5:30 pm each day;
DROPPING OUT? 9:30-10:45 pm. Phone entry often impossible! $5 extra if entering under
10 min. before game.
1-day, (rds 1-2 G/30), 10-11:15 am-12:30-5:30 pm Sun; both merge rd 3. Byes:
limit two, with entry. NO RE-ENTRY. May be limited to first 60 players. WCL JGP.
Dec. 4-Jan. 15, Marshall CC Thursday Members-Only Swiss Dec. 28, Saratoga USCF Booster Quads (NOTE DATE CHANGE)
Have to miss a round? 5SS, 30/90, SD/60. 23 W. 10th St., NYC. 212-477-3716. Open to members only.
EF: $20. $$300 b/20: $120-70-50, U2000 $60. Reg.: 6:15-6:45, Rds.: 7pm each
3RR, G/30, Saratoga Hilton (see Empire State Open). EF: $20. 1st prize each
section: choice of 2 year USCF Adult membership with Chess Life, 4 year
Thursday; NO GAMES Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Byes ok, limit 2, request by round 3. USCF Young Adult Membership with Chess Life, or $40. Reg: 9-11 am, Rds: 11:30-
It is very important that you Dec. 6, 11th Annual Greenwich Holiday Open 12:30-1:30. Ent: at site only, no checks.
3SS, Rd 1 G/75, Rd 2, 3 G/90, Greenwich Free Library, Academy & Main St. (NYS Dec. 31, (22nd Annual!) Your Last Blunder Of 2008!
NOTIFY THE DIRECTOR Rt. 29), Greenwich, NY. Sections: Open: EF $20, U1500: EF: $15; both sections See Grand Prix.
EF $5 less for Life and New members (joining at site). $$b/16 $270. Open: $70-
before pairings are made, so no one 35, top U1750 $50; U1500: $50-25, top U1250 $40. Reg.: 9:00-9:45 AM, Rds.: Jan. 1, First 10 Grand Prix Points In 09!
is deprived of a game! If you forfeit 10-1:15-5. Info: John Hartnett 518-692-9030, truhart2@verizon.net. See Grand Prix.

without notice, you may be FINED up Dec. 6 & 7 or Dec. 7, New York Marshall CC December GP! Jan. 3-4 or 4, Happy New Year Open!
See Grand Prix. See Grand Prix.
to the amount of the entry fee!
Dec. 7, The Chess Exchange Sunday Trophy Quads Jan. 5-Feb. 9, Marshall CC Under-1600 Monday Swiss
3-RR, G/30,The Chess Exchange: Chess & Games Club, 288Third Ave., Between 5SS, 30/90, SD/60. 23 W. 10th St., NYC. 212-477-3716. EF: $40, members $20.

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$$300 b/20: $120-70-50, U1300 $60. Reg.: 6:15-6:45, Rds.: 7pm each Mon- to 1st, thru 7/1 to 2nd, thru 6/1 to 3rd. Novice: open to Under 700 or unrated. feeds another). Speed playoff for 5-0. Limit 2 byes (rds. 4-5 commit before
day. Byes ok, limit 2, request by rd 3. No round January 19. WCL JGP. EF: $46.50 postmarked by 1/9. Trophies to top 12, top 3 unrated. Free entry rd. 3). Mail entries: list name, rating, ID# (proof of current USCF member-
to all Chess Center tmts. except quads thru 7/1/09 to 1st, thru 6/1 to 2nd, thru ship required, enclose dues if necessary), school, grade, birthdate, address.
Jan. 6, Marshall CC New York Experts
5/1 to 3rd. K-1, open to grade 1/below. EF: $46.40 postmarked by 1/9. Tro- Checks to (specify section): Chess Center of NY, PO Box 4615, New Windsor,
4SS, G/30. Marshall CC, 23 W. 10 St., NYC, 212-477-3716. EF: $40, members
phies to top 12, top rated U500, top 3 unrateds, top 6 schools. Free entry to NY, NY 12553.To confirm receipt, enclose SASE. No mail postmarked after 1/16.
$20. $$300 b/20: $120-70-50, U1800 $60. Reg.: 6:15-6:45. Rds.: 7-8:15-9:30-
all Chess Center tmts. except quads thru 7/1/09 to 1st, thru 6/1 to 2nd, thru Phone entries: $59 by credit card thru 1/26. Online entries at
10:45pm. One bye available, request at entry.
5/1 to 3rd. All: EFs $7 extra postmarked 1/10-16, all $65 at site; $15 extra www.chesscenter.cc: $46 thru 1/16, $53 1/17-1/26. No phone or on-line
Jan. 7, Feb. 4, Marshall CC Under-2000 Wednesday Swiss to switch sections. Mail entries $5 less per player if 4 or more from same entries after 1/26. On-site entry fee: $65. On-site reg. ends 9:15 am. Rds. 10-
NOTE CHANGE: 4SS, 30/90, SD/60. 23 W. 10th St., NYC. 212-477-3716. EF: $40, school in SAME ENVELOPE! All substitutions from advance entry list charged 12-2-3:30-5:15. Questions, credit card entries, team rooms: 845-569-9969 (or
members $20. $$300 b/20: $120-70-50, U1700 $60. Reg.: 6:15-6:45, Rds.: 7pm late fee. $15 charge for each refund. All players scoring 4 or more who dont 406-896-2191: 24 hours, entries only) or chesscentr@aol.com (Jan 30-Feb
each Wednesday. Byes ok, limit 2, request by rd 3. WCL JGP. win a trophy will receive a medal! 8 weeks free entry, except quads, to 1st team 1 only: 212-971-0101). Bring sets, clocks, boards NONE SUPPLIED!
Jan. 8, 4 Rated Games Tonight! each section, 4 weeks free, except quads, to 2nd team (top 4 scores from same A State Championship Event!
4-SS, G/30, Chess Center at Marshall Club, 23 W 10th St, bet 5-6 Ave, NYC: 212- school = team score). Speed playoff for 5-0. Limit 2 byes (rds. 4-5 commit before Feb. 28-Mar. 1, New York State Scholastic Championships
477-3716. May be limited to 1st 36 entries. EF $30, Club membs $20, rd. 3). Mail entries: list name, rating, ID# (proof of current USCF member- Open to grades K-12 in any state (top NYS player & team in each section are
specified Greater NY Scholastic prizewinners free. $$ (480 b/32 paid): 150-100- ship required, enclose dues if necessary), school, grade, birthdate, address. NY champions). Saratoga Hilton, 534 Broadway (I-87 Exit 13-N, 4 miles north
50, Top U2200/unr $95, U2000 $85. Limit 2 byes (1 bye if U2000), commit by Checks to (specify section): Chess Center of NY, PO Box 4615, New Windsor, on US 9), Saratoga Springs NY 12866. Free parking. Team prizes based on top
8:15. Re-entry $15, counts half. Reg. ends 10 min. before game. Rds. 7-8:15- NY, NY 12553.To confirm receipt, enclose SASE. No mail postmarked after 1/16. 4 scores from same school; no combined school teams allowed even if one
9:30-10:45 pm. Phone entry often impossible! $5 extra if entering under Phone entries: $59 by credit card thru 1/26. Online entries at www.chess school feeds another. Teams of 2 or 3 players allowed, but are at a disad-
10 min. before game. center.cc: $46 thru 1/16, $53 1/17-1/26. No phone or on-line entries after 1/26. vantage. In 6 sections, each is a 6SS, G/65 except K-1 is 5SS, G/30 playing Mar
On-site entry fee: $65. On-site reg. ends 9:15 am. Rds. 10-12-2-3:30-5:15. 1 only. High School, grades K-12. EF $42 mailed by 2/6. Top NYS grade 9-12
Jan. 10, New York Winter Game/45! Questions, credit card entries, team rooms: 845-569-9969 (or 406-896-2191, qualifies for Denker Tournament of HS Champions (Indianapolis, 8/1-4). Jun-
See Grand Prix. 24 hours, entries only) or chesscentr@aol.com (Jan 30-31 only: 212-971- ior High, grades K-9. EF $41.90 mailed by 2/6. Elementary, grades K-6. EF
Jan. 11, NEW Sunday Sliding Scale Quads! 0101). Bring sets, clocks, boards NONE SUPPLIED! $41.60 mailed by 2/6. Elementary Novice, grades K-6 under 800 or unrated.
3-RR, G/30, Chess Center at Marshall Chess Club, 23 W 10th St, NYC: 212-477- A Heritage Event! EF $41.50 mailed by 2/6. Primary, grades K-3. EF $41.30 mailed by 2/6. K-1,
3716. EF: Master $35, Expert $30, A $25, U1800 $20. $$ (all EFs returned less Feb. 1, Kasparov Chess Foundation presents the 43rd Annual grades K-1. EF $41.10 mailed by 2/6. Postmarked 2/7-17: All EF $10 more.
$36 per quad). Reg ends 7:20 pm. Rds. 7:30-8:30-9:30. NO FREE ENTRIES!! Greater NY Elementary ChampionshipUSCFs Longest-Running Do not mail entry after 2/17. Online at chesstour.com, all sections: EF $43 by
No phone entry! Scholastic! 2/6, $53 by 2/23. No online entry after 2/23. Phoned to 406-896-2038, all sec-
5-SS, G/30, open to all born after 2/1/96 not yet in 7th grade, New Yorker Hotel, tions: EF $45 by 2/6, $55 by 2/23. Credit cards only, no questions. No phone
Jan. 11, NY Winter Under 1800! entry after 2/23. Entry at site: all $60. 1 year NYSCA membership to all NY
4-SS, G/50, Chess Center at Marshall Chess Club, 23 W 10th St, bet 5-6 Ave, 481 8th Ave & 34th St, NYC. 3 sections: Varsity, open to all. EF: $47.60 post-
residents who are not members. Trophies to top 20 players, top 3 Unrated,
NYC: 845-569-9969. EF $40, Club members $30, $5 less if also entering 1/10 marked by 1/09/09. Trophies to top 12, top U1200, top 3 unrated, top 6 school
and top 8 teams each section and top each U1400, U1200, U1000 (HS), U1200,
Winter G/45, specified Greater NY Scholastic prizewinners free. Online entry teams. Free entry to all Chess Center tmts. except quads thru 8/1/09 to 1st,
U1000, U800 (JHS), U1000, U800 (Elem), U600, U400 (Elem Novice). Speed play-
at www.chesscenter.cc thru 1/8. $$ (480 b/32 paid entries): 150-100-50, thru 7/1 to 2nd, thru 6/1 to 3rd. Junior-Varsity: open to Under 1000 or off if perfect score tie. Free entry to NY State Championship, Labor Day
top U1600 $95, top U1400 $85. Limit 2 byes, commit by 2 pm. Reg. ends 15 min unrated. EF: $47.50 postmarked by 1/9. Trophies to top 12, top 3 unrated, top weekend 2009 (Albany), to top player each section. Schedule: Late reg. ends
before game. Rds. 12-2-4-6 pm. CCA Ratings may be used. $10 extra to 6 schools. Free entry to all Chess Center tmts. except quads thru 7/1/09 to Sat 11 am, rds Sat 12-3-6, Sun 9-12-2:45. Awards 5:30-6 pm. K-1 schedule:
enter by phone! 1st, thru 6/1 to 2nd, thru 5/1 to 3rd. Novice, open to Under 700 or unrated. Late reg. ends Sun 9 am, rds Sun 10-12-1:30-3-4:30. Half point byes OK all, limit
EF: $47.40 postmarked by 1/9. Trophies to top 12, top 3 unrateds, top 6 2, must commit before rd 2. HR: $114-114, 888-999-4711, 518-584-4000,
Jan. 16-19, 17-19 or 18-19, 41st annual Liberty Bell Open (PA) schools. Free entry to all Chess Center tmts. except quads thru 6/1/09 to 1st, reserve by 2/29 or rate may increase. 48 hours notice required for room
See Grand Prix. thru 5/1 to 2nd, thru 4/1 to 3rd. All: EFs $7 extra postmarked 1/10-16, all $65 cancellation. Backup hotel: Courtyard by Marriott, 2 blocks away, 518-226-0538.
A Heritage Event! at site. Mail entries $5 less per player if 4 or more from same school in Special car rentals: Avis, 800-331-1600, use AWD #657633. Mail entry: Con-
Jan. 31, Kasparov Chess Foundation presents the 43rd Annual SAME ENVELOPE! All substitutions from advance entry list charged late fee; tinental Chess, PO Box 249, Salisbury Mills NY 12577. Include name, rating,
Greater NY Junior High Championship USCFs Longest-Run- $15 extra to switch sections. $15 charge for each refund. All players scoring USCF ID, USCF expiration (non-members enclose dues), section, school, grade,
ning Scholastic! 4 or more who dont win a trophy will receive a medal! 8 weeks free entry, except birth date, address of each player. Checks payable to Continental Chess. $15
5-SS, G/30, open to all born after 1/31/93 not yet in 10th grade, New Yorker quads, to 1st team each section, 4 weeks free, except quads, to 2nd team (top per player service charge for refunds. $10 extra to switch sections, all substi-
Hotel, 481 8th Ave & 34th St, NYC. 3 sections: Varsity, open to all. EF: $48.60 4 scores from same school = team). Speed playoff for 5-0. Limit 2 byes (rds. tutions from advance list charged $60. Questions: chesstour.com, 845-496-9658.
postmarked by 1/09/09. Trophies to top 12, top U1200, top 3 unrated, top 6 4-5 commit before rd. 3). Mail entries: list name, rating, ID# (proof of cur- Bring set, board, clock if possible- none supplied. WCL JGP (top 5 sections).
school teams. Free entry to all Chess Center tmts. except quads thru 8/1/09 rent USCF membership required, enclose dues if necessary), school, grade,
July 1-5, 2-5, 3-5 or June 29-July 5, 37th Annual World Open (PA)
to 1st, thru 7/1 to 2nd, thru 6/1 to 3rd. Junior-Varsity: open to Under 1000 birthdate, address. Checks to (specify section): Chess Center of NY, PO Box 4615,
See Grand Prix.
or unrated. EF: $48.50 postmarked by 1/9. Trophies to top 12, top 3 unrated, New Windsor, NY, NY 12553. To confirm receipt, enclose SASE. No mail post-
top 6 schools. Free entry to all Chess Center tmts. except quads thru 7/1/09
to 1st, thru 6/1 to 2nd, thru 5/1 to 3rd. Novice, open to Under 700 or unrated.
marked after 1/16. Phone entries: $59 by credit card thru 1/26. Online
entries at www.chesscenter.cc: $46 thru 1/16, $53 1/17-1/26. No phone
Ohio
EF: $48.40 postmarked by 1/9. Trophies to top 12, top 3 unrateds, top 6 or on-line entries after 1/26. On-site entry fee: $65. On-site reg. ends 9:15 Nov. 14-16 or 15-16, 17th annual Kings Island Open
schools. Plaques to top 2 each grade: 4-6 (you can win both plaque & trophy). am. Rds. 10-12-2-3:30-5:15. Questions, credit card entries, team rooms: 845- See Grand Prix.
Free entry to all Chess Center tmts. except quads thru 6/1/09 to 1st, thru 5/1 569-9969 (or 406-896-2191: 24 hours, entries only) or chesscentr@aol.com
Nov. 16, Kings Island USCF Booster Quads
to 2nd, thru 4/1 to 3rd. All: EFs $7 extra postmarked 1/10-16, all $65 at site. (Jan 30-Feb 1 only: 212-971-0101). Bring sets, clocks, boards NONE SUP-
3RR, G/30, Kings Island Resort (see Kings Island Open). EF: $20. 1st prize each
Mail entries $5 less per player if 4 or more from same school in SAME PLIED!
section: choice of 2 year USCF Adult membership with Chess Life, 4 year
ENVELOPE! All substitutions from advance entry list charged late fee; $15 extra A Heritage Event! USCF Young Adult Membership with Chess Life, or $40. Reg: 9-11 am, Rds: 11:30-
to switch sections. $15 charge for each refund. All players scoring 4 or more Feb. 1, Kasparov Chess Foundation presents the 43rd Annual 12:30-1:30. Ent: at site only, no checks.
who dont win a trophy will receive a medal! 8 weeks free entry, except quads, Greater NY High School ChampionshipUSCFs Longest-Running
to 1st team each section, 4 weeks free, except quads, to 2nd team (top 4 scores Scholastic! Nov. 29, House of Chess Open
from same school = team). Speed playoff for 5-0. Limit 2 byes (rds. 4-5 com- See Grand Prix.
5-SS, G/30, open to all grades 12/below born after 2/1/89, New Yorker Hotel,
mit before rd. 3). Mail entries: list name, rating, ID# (proof of current USCF 481 8th Ave & 34th St, NYC. 3 sections: Varsity, open to all. EF: $49.60 post- Nov. 29, Tryptophan Open
membership required, enclose dues if necessary), school, grade, birthdate, marked by 1/09/09. Trophies to top 12, top U1700, top 3 unrated, top 6 school See Grand Prix.
address. Checks to (specify section): Chess Center of NY, PO Box 4615, New teams. Free entry to all Chess Center tmts. except quads thru 8/1/09 to 1st,
Windsor, NY, NY 12553. To confirm receipt, enclose SASE. No mail postmarked Dec. 13, Toledo Dec Swiss
thru 7/1 to 2nd, thru 6/1 to 3rd. Junior-Varsity: open to Under 1600 or
after 1/16. Phone entries: $59 by credit card thru 1/26. Online entries at Open, 4SS, Rnd 1 G/75, Rnds 2-4 G/90.The University ofToledo Health Science
unrated. EF: $49.50 postmarked by 1/9. Trophies to top 12, top U1400, top 3
www.chesscenter.cc: $46 thru 1/16, $53 1/17-1/26. No phone or on-line Campus, Center for Creative Education - Room CE0111, 3000 Arlington Ave.,
unrated, top 6 schools. Free entry to all Chess Center tmts. except quads thru
entries after 1/26. On-site entry fee: $65. On-site reg. ends 9:15 am. Rds. 10- Toledo, Ohio 43614. Can split into 2 sections if enough players. EF: $20 by 12/11
7/1/09 to 1st, thru 6/1 to 2nd, thru 5/1 to 3rd. Novice, open to Under 1000
12-2-3:30-5:15. Questions, credit card entries, team rooms: 845-569-9969 $25 at site. Reg.: 9-10 a.m., Rds.: 10, 1, 4, & 7. Prizes: $360 b/20, $100-50,
or unrated. EF: $49.40 postmarked by 1/9. Trophies to top 12, top 3 unrateds,
(or 406-896-2191: 24 hours, entries only) or chesscentr@aol.com (Jan 30- 1st Class A ,B,C,D/Under $40, 1st U1600 $50. Ent: James Jagodzinski, 7031
top 6 schools. Plaques to top 2 each grade: 7-9 (you can win both plaque & tro-
31 only: 212-971-0101).Bring sets, clocks, boards NONE SUPPLIED! Willowyck Rd., Maumee OH 43537. 419-367-9450. WCL JGP.
phy). Free entry to all Chess Center tmts. except quads thru 6/1/09 to 1st, thru
A Heritage Event! 5/1 to 2nd, thru 4/1 to 3rd. All: EFs $7 extra postmarked 1/10-16, all $65 at Jan. 10, Toledo Jan Swiss
Jan. 31, Kasparov Chess Foundation presents the 30th Annual site. Mail entries $5 less per player if 4 or more from same school in SAME Open, 4SS, Rnd 1 G/75, Rnds 2-4 G/90.The University ofToledo Health Science
Greater NY Primary Championship! ENVELOPE! All substitutions from advance entry list charged late fee; $15 extra Campus, Center for Creative Education - Room CE0111, 3000 Arlington Ave.
5-SS, G/30, open to all born after 1/31/99 in grades 3/below, New Yorker Hotel, to switch sections. $15 charge for each refund. All players scoring 4 or more Toledo, Ohio 43614. Can split into 2 sections if enough players. EF: $20 by 1/8
481 8th Ave & 34th St, NYC. 3 sections: Varsity, open to all. EF: $46.60 post- who dont win a trophy will receive a medal! 8 weeks free entry, except quads, $25 at site. Reg.: 9-10 a.m., Rds.: 10, 1, 4, & 7. Prizes: $360 b/20, $100-50,
marked by 1/09/09. Trophies to top 12, top rated U900, top 3 unrated, top 6 to 1st team each section, 4 weeks free, except quads, to 2nd team (top 4 scores 1st Class A ,B,C,D/Under $40, 1st U1600 $50. Ent: James Jagodzinski, 7031
school teams. Free entry to all Chess Center tmts. except quads thru 8/1/09 from same school = team score; no combined schools, even if one school Willowyck Rd., Maumee, OH 43537. 419-367-9450. WCL JGP.

Tournament Life Abbreviations & Terms


All tournaments are non-smoking with no comput- Enhanced Grand Prix points (see previous tions can play for the learning experience. stamped envelope.
ers allowed unless otherwise advertised by S page). OSA: Other states accepted. Refers to state SD/: Sudden-death time control (time for rest of
and/or C (see below for explanations). Ent: Where to mail entries. dues. game follows). For example, 30/90, SD/1 means
QC: Quick Chess events. FIDE: Results submitted to FIDE for possible PPHBF: Professional Players Health and Bene- each player must make 30 moves in 90 minutes,
$$Gtd: Guaranteed prizes. rating. fits Fund. then complete the rest of the game in an hour.
$$b/x: Based-on prizes, x = number of entries G/: Game in. For instance, G/75 means each Quad: 4-player round robin sections; similar Section: A division of a tournament, usually
needed to pay full prize fund. At least 50% of the side has 75 minutes for the entire game. strength players. excluding players above a specified rating. Play-
advertised prize fund of $501 or more must be ers in a section face only each other, not those in
GPP: Grand Prix Points available. RBO: Rated Beginners Open. other sections.
awarded.
HR: Hotel rates. For example, 60-65-70-75 means Rds: Rounds; scheduled game times follow. For SS: Swiss-System pairings (preceded by number
Bye: Indicates which rounds players who find it $60 single, $65 twin, $70/3 in room, $75/4 in example, 11-5, 9-3 means games begin 11 a.m. &
inconvenient to play may take -point byes of rounds).
room. 5 p.m. on the first day, 9 a.m. & 3 p.m. on the sec-
instead. For example, Bye 1-3 means -point ond day. T/Dx: Time delay, x = number of seconds.
byes are available in Rounds 1 through 3. JGP: Junior Grand Prix.
Reg: Registration at site. Unr: Unrated.
C: Computers allowed. Memb. reqd: Membership required; cost fol-
lows. Usually refers to state affiliate. RR: Round robin (preceded by number of rounds). USEF: Combined entry fee & USCF dues.
CC: Chess club. W: Site is accessible to wheelchairs.
Open: A section open to all. Often has very S: Smoking allowed.
EF: Entry fee. strong players, but some eligible for lower sec- WEB:Tournaments that will use a players on-line
SASE: For more info, send self-addressed
rating.

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Oklahoma www.northampton.edu/prof_com/youth/school_year/chesstournament.htm
or call Holly at 610-861-4120. Please print and mail form with payment (CC
by 11/14, $35 later, PSCF required $5, OSA. Reg.: 9-9:30. Rds.: 10-2:30-7, 10-
2:30. Info: 412-908-0286. Ent: PSCF, c/o Tom Martinak, 25 Freeport St,
Nov. 8-9, OCF Championship - 63rd Jerry Spann Memorial or check) to: Horizons for Youth, 3835 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem, PA Pittsburgh, PA 15223-2245. W. WCL JGP.
SEE PREVIOUS ISSUE FOR TLAS APPEARING NOVEMBER 1-14

See Grand Prix. 18020. Info: Holly 610-861-4120, Scott Zrinski (TD), sazmar00@rcn.com, or Nov. 28-30 or 29-30, 39th annual National Chess Congress
Ira Riddle (Chief TD), iralee@aol.com.
Nov. 15 (Sat.), OCF November Saturday Open See Grand Prix.
Quality Inn, 2515 W. 6th Ave (Hwy 51), Stillwater, OK 1-405-372-0800 HR: $60- Nov. 22, Early Bird Blitz (QC) Nov. 30, Philadelphia USCF Booster Quads
60-60. Wi-Fi, 3-SS, G-60 + 30 sec, EF: $20; OCF req $10; USCF rated, $$ G:100 4 double Rd SS, Gm/5, (play wh & blk vs. ea. opp., 8 gms total) Clarion Hotel, 3RR, G/30, Sheraton Hotel (see National Chess Congress). EF: $20. 1st prize
first, other prizes per entries. Rds.: 10, 1, 4 Reg : 9-9:45am, Pre-entries: Jim 300 Meadow Ave., Scranton, PA (exit 184 off I-81). EF: $12 by 11/21, $15 at each section: choice of 2 year USCF Adult membership with Chess Life, 4
Berry, P O Box 351, Stillwater, OK 74076, 1405 762-1649. site. Prizes (b/12): $50-$25,U1600-$25 upset prize & door prize! Reg.: 8:30- year USCF Young Adult Membership with Chess Life, or $40. Reg: 10 am-12 noon,
9:15am. Rds.: 9:30 and asap. Entries/Info: Bernie Sporko, 127 S. Main St.,
Dec. 27, 18th Holiday Open 2008 Rds: 12:30-1:30-2:30. Ent: at site only, no checks.
Carbondale, PA 18407. ph: 570-282-2793, cell: 570-604-2461 e-mail:
See Grand Prix. Dec. 6, W.Chester 1st Sat. Quads
basp0529@verizon.net.
3RR, 40/80,sd/30. United Methodist Church, 129 S. High St. West Chester, Pa.
Pennsylvania Nov. 22, Perkiomen Valley Classic
Silver Knights Chess Tournaments
EF: $20; every tenth quad free. $$40, $50 for 3-0, $5 for 3rd rd win if not 3-0.
Perkiomen Valley Middle School East, 100 Kagey Road, Collegeville, PA 19426.
2-3 Saturdays per month we run scholastic USCF-
Reg.: 9am; Rds.: 9:30,1,4:30. Info: Jim White 484-678-3164.
In 3 sections: K-12 Champ, K-8 U/1000, K-3 U/1000. (Students in grades 8
rated tournaments throughout the Philadelphia area.
and below may play in K-12 Champ if rated 800 or higher.) K-12 Champ: 3SS, Dec. 7, PCL December Quick Quads (QC)
Tournament locations include Philadelphia, Mt. Laurel
G/40. Rds: 10:00-11:20-12:40. K-8 U/1000 & K-3 U/1000: 4SS, G/30. Rds: 3RR, G/15. Wm. Pitt Union, Univ. of Pittsburgh, 5th Ave. & Bigelow, Pittsburgh,
(NJ), Bryn Mawr, Horsham, Collegeville, and more.
10:00-11:00-12:00-1:00. EF: $20 online by 11/19; $30 on-site till 9:30.Trophies PA 15213. EF: $10, $7 Jrs. $20 to 1st/quad. Reg.: 11-11:15am, Rds.: 11:30am-
Tournaments are open to grades K-12. Free game analy-
to top players and school teams in each section. 1/2 pt. byes available. Free Noon-12:30pm. Info: martinak_tom_m@hotmail.com, 412-908-0286. W.
sis by a National or International Master at each
game analysis by a National Master. See www.silverknightschess.com to reg-
tournament. We have players of all skill levels compete
Dec. 13, 29th Abel Bomberault Memorial
ister or for more information.
in our tournaments, from brand-new kindergarteners up
4SS, G/60. Pittsburgh Chess Club, 5604 Solway Street, Suite 209, Pittsburgh,

through some of the highest-rated scholastic players in


Nov. 22, Turkey-Shoot Quads PA 15217. EF: $20 postmarked by 12/8, $25 later, $4 extra to play up one sec-

the state. To see a list of dates and locations, see our web-
3RR, Gm/50, Clarion Hotel, 300 Meadow Ave., Scranton, PA(exit 184 off I-81). tion, $3 discount to PCC members. 2 Sections: Championship, open to

site at www.silverknightschess.com. Phone: 610-446-


EF: $25 by 11/21, $30 at site. $$60 1st ea. sect. Thanksgiving Turkey for 3-0 1800-up: Trophies to 1st - 2nd - 1st U2000. Reserve Section, open to U1800:

0818. Email: chess@silverknightschess.com.


score! Reg.: by 11:45am, Rds.: 12- 2- 4. Entries/Info: Bernie Sporko, 127 S. Trophies to 1st - 2nd - 1st U1600 - 1st U1400 - 1st U1200/Unrated. Reg.: 9-
Main St., Carbondale, PA 18407. ph: 570-282-2793 , cell: 570-604-2461 e- 9:45am. Rds.: 10 - 12:30 - 3 - 5:30. Info: 412-421-1881, www.pittsburghcc.org.
mail: basp0529@verizon.net. Ent: Pittsburgh Chess Club, Attn: Clyde Kapinos, 5604 Solway St., Suite 209,
1st Saturday Lehigh Valley Super Quads Pittsburgh, PA 15217. Checks payable to Pittsburgh Chess Club. NC, W.
3 Rd. RR, St James Church, 11th &Tilghman Sts, Allentown, PA 18102. EF: $10. A State Championship Event!
$30 Perfect Score, else $25 1st. Reg.: 12:30-1:30. Rds.: 1:30-3-4:30. No adv Nov. 22-23, 2008 Delaware State Open Championship Dec. 13, ASAP Chess Challenge Tournament
ent. Visit at www.lehighvalleychess.org/ or Call: 610-821-4320. See Delaware. Great Hall, Winnett Building, Comm. College of Phil., 1700 Spring Garden St.,
A State Championship Event! Philadelphia, PA 19130. 5 Sections. ALL SECTIONS FREE. Scholastic Non-Rated
Every 2nd Saturday. Allentown 2nd Saturday Quads
Sections: K-5: 4SS, G/40, 6-12: 4SS, G/45. Non-USCF-rated. Medallions to win-
3RR, G/40. St. Lukes Ev. Luth. Church, 417 N. 7th St., Allentown, PA 18102. Quads Nov. 22-23, 2008 PA State Junior Championships
5SS. 53 Trophies! (49 Individual, 4 Team). Wm Pitt Union, Univ. of Pittsburgh, ners. All: Depending upon entries, an additional round may be added or
open to all. EF: $12. $$24/quad. Reg.: 12-1, Rds.: 1:15-2:45-4:15. No adv. ent.
Info: 610-433-6518. Other rated events every week! 5th & Bigelow, Pittsburgh PA 15213. 7 sections: 2-day (Sat & Sun): Ages 16 sections divided. Reg.: 8:30am-9:30am. 1st Rd at 10am. Ent/Info & Pre-Reg
to 20 Open, Ages 13 to 15 Open, Ages 9 to 12 Open. EF: $18 by 11/14, $28 later. (by Wed 5pm): Justin Ennis, 1520 Locust St., Suite 1104, Phila., PA 19102, jen-
North Penn Chess Club TL: G/90. Reg ends 9:30. Rds: 10-1:30-5, 11-2:30. 1-day (Sun only): Ages 8 nis@phillyasap.org, 215-545-2727 ext. 17.
Main & Richardson, Lansdale, PA. See www.npchessclub.org for schedules & & Under Open, Ages 9-20 U900, Ages 9-20 U600, Ages 8 & Under U600. EF:
info or call 215-699-8418. Dec. 14, MasterMinds CC 2nd Sunday Swiss/Open Quads
$15 by 11/14, $25 later.TL: G/40. Reg ends 10:30. Rds: 11-12:30-2-3:30-5. All: Blair Christian Academy, Philadelphia, Pa., 220 W. Upsal St. 2 events. Quads:
Nov. 15, 7th Annual Horizons for Youth Scholastic Fall Chess Tour- Trophies 1st-7th, additional medallions, teams of 4 to 7 combined from all sec- 3RR, 40/80, SD/30. EF: $20, Perfect score winner $60 else $50. Rds.: 10-2-5.
nament tions, Trophies 1st-2nd schools, clubs. PSCF required $5, OSA. Info: Scholastic Swiss: EF $15, ASAP $5 recd by Thursday before, $25 at the door.
5SS, G/30. Northampton Community College, 3835 Green Pond Road, Main Cam- 412-908-0286, martinak_tom_m@hotmail.com Ent: PSCF, c/o Tom Martinak, 3 sections: Open 3SS G/60, Rds.: 10-12:30-3; 1st, 2nd, 3rd, top under 1200,
pus, College Center Building, Bethlehem, PA 18017. Reg.: 7:30-8:45am, Rds.: 25 Freeport St, Pittsburgh, PA 15223. W. WCL JGP (2-Day only). top unrated; U1100 -1st, 2nd, 3rd, top under 800, top unrated & U750K-6 - 1st,
9:30, 11, 12:30, 2, 3:30. Rated Section Age 16 and under. Non-Rated Sections 2nd, 3rd, top under 600, top under 400, top unrated 4SS, G/40. Rds.: 10,
A State Championship Event!
ages 14 and under. EF: $25 postmarked by November 10th, $30 later & on site. Nov. 22-23, 2008 Welsh S. White PA State Senior Championship 11:45, 2, 3:45. 1st & 2nd school & club trophies. All Reg. ends 9:30am. Free
Prizes: Rated-Trophies-1st, 2nd, 3rd, U1400, U1200, U1000, U800, U600, 5SS, G/120. Wm Pitt Union, Univ. of Pittsburgh, 5th & Bigelow, Pittsburgh PA parking on site! Ent: MasterMinds CC, 36 E. Hortter St., Philadelphia, Pa.
U400, UNR. Non-Rated Trophies b/o age. Please bring chess equipment. Ran- 15213. Open to ages 50 & Up. $$ (450G): 150-80, Ages 65 & Up $70, U1800 19119. Checks made payable to: MasterMinds CC Info: Bradley Crable,
dom draw prizes between rounds. Ent: Online registration forms at $60, U1600 $50, U1400 $40.Trophies to Champion &Top Ages 65 & Up. EF: $25 215-844-3881, info@mastermindschess.org, or www.mastermindschess.org.

ACTIVITY MEANS MEMBERS


New Affiliate programs, lower dues specials! Dues slashed for age 20-24!
The membership category previously called Youth has

Adult dues specials! >> been renamed Young Adult, and eligibility has changed
from under 21 to under 25. As a result, annual dues
for those aged 20 through 24 have been almost cut
in half, from $49 to $25!
Free LONGER Tournament Life Announcements!
One-year membership
RUN AN ADDITIONAL TOURNAMENT THIS WINTER!
Each affiliate is entitled to one TLA per month of up to 8
COLLEGIATE. A tournament limited to college students.
USCF dues have recently been drastically reduced for with Chess Life:
lines and up to 2 issues of Chess Life, for any tournament most college students! If purchased online at uschess.org, now only $41 for
between January and March 2009, if no TLA for such an
STUDENT. For college students or below or age 25 or below everyone! The sale is in effect through December
event appeared in 2008, and the TLA is e-mailed by the
(age 25 must be eligible).
appropriate deadline. The 8 free lines cannot be applied 31, 2008 and may be extended if the response is suf-
to longer TLAs. JUNIOR. For age 20/below (age 20 must be eligible). ficient. Two year memberships are now $76 and three
SPECIAL CATEGORIES QUALIFY FOR FREE TLAS! Each NON-SCHOLASTIC WITH SCHOLASTIC. A tournament year memberships $109. (Note to affiliates: If you collect
affiliate is entitled to one TLA per month of up to 8 lines for all ages held concurrent (same location) with a scholas-
tic tournament that in its previous year drew at least 50
a $49 membership and submit it online to USCF, there
for events in the following categories, if submitted by
e-mail. The free lines cannot be applied to longer TLAs: players. We encourage organizers of scholastics to hold is a $10 affiliate commission; if you submit it by mail
open or collegiate events on the side. or phone the affiliate commission remains $2.)
NEW! USCF BOOSTER TOURNAMENT. A tournament that
offers at least two USCF membership renewal prizes, or SPECIAL RATES FOR CLUB ADS. Up to 5 lines $180 per
a quad that offers at least one per section. year, $100 for 6 months for unchanged club ads in the TLA
section. Announce meeting dates & times, activities, con-
CHESS CLUB SPECIAL. A tournament playing only on
tact info, etc.
one or more weekday evenings.
USCF DISCUSSION GROUPS. See www.uschess.org/
RBO. Open to Under 1200/Unr or Under 1000/Unr.Tourna-
forums for four groups: Tournament Organization, Chess
ment name must include Rated Beginners Open or RBO.
Club Organization, Tournament Direction, USCF Issues.
BLITZ. Time control of Game/5. TLAs such as USCF-
rated Blitz every Friday 7 pm are accepted.

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Jan. 16-19, 17-19 or 18-19, 41st annual Liberty Bell Open info@dallaschess.com 214-632-9000. Do not call after 11/14 as we are trav- app=resvlink, or call 800-228-9290 reserve by 12/5 (or rate could go up) and
See Grand Prix. eling. Reg. Fri 11/21 from 7:00 pm-9:00 pm. Reg. Sat.11/22 at 7:30 am-8:30 ask for Pan American Intercollegiate Chess rate. Free Parking. Tournament
am. Sat. registration may require a 1/2 pt. 1st rd. bye. Sat. rds 911:30-6:00. Dates: December 27-30, 2008. Under 20 years old Scholastic Tournament
Apr. 8-12, 9-12 or 10-12, 11th annual Foxwoods Open (CT) Sun. rds 9-1:30. One 1/2 pt bye available, any round, if requested before end Format: Open to players under 20 years old who are not yet enrolled in col-
See Grand Prix.
of rd. 2 and if player has not received a full point bye. Fide rated but uses USCF lege. This is a 6 round Swiss, Game/120 with a 30 second increment. Rounds:
July 1-5, 2-5, 3-5 or June 29-July 5, 37th Annual World Open rules. Online registration (active.com charges a fee) : www.active.com/ Rd. 1: 12/27 6 pm, Rd. 2: 12/28 10 am, Rd. 3: 5 pm, Rd 4: 12/29 10 am, Rd
See Grand Prix. event_detail.cfm?event_id=1625966 Limited number ofTeam rooms available, 5: 5 pm, and Rd 6: 12/30 9 am. Entry Fees: Priority Registration by Decem-
www.swchess.com. Side events: 4 rd G/30 open tournament on 11/21 at 7:30 ber 2, 2008: $35. After December 2, 2008: $50. Prizes: Four-year scholarship
Rhode Island pm.This G/30 tournament has three sections: Open, U1400 and U750. EF: $15, toThe University of Texas at Dallas to winner. Winner must meet UTD entrance
$$$60% of entry fees. Bughouse OpenTournament Sat. 8:35 pm. EF: $20/team. requirement and follow team rules. UTD is sole judge as to who wins the schol-
Every Tuesday, Cranston-Warwick CC Monthly
Trophy prizes. Registration for side event online or onsite only. NS, NC, W. FIDE. arship. Top 10 trophies, medal to all participants. For Additional information
4SS, 40/75, SD/30. Garden City Center, Cranston. EF: $3/game (club mbrs:
WCL JGP. or online registration go to: www.swchess.com or contact Barbara Swafford,
$2/game). Reg.: 6:30-6:50pm; email preferred. Rds.: 1st 4 Tuesdays of the
214-632-9000, info@dallaschess.com Ent: Dallas Chess Club, C/O Barbara
month, 7pm sharp! 5th Tuesday extra rated games and events. One bye rd 1- A State Championship Event!
Nov. 22-23, 12th Annual Texas K-12 Grade Championships Swafford, 2709 Longhorn Trail, Crowley, TX 76036. WCL JGP.
3; if notified in advance. Prizes based on entries. Info: www.cranstonchess.org,
info@cranstonchess.org, 401-575-1520. WCL JGP. 6SS, Rds 1-3 G/45, Rds 4-6 G/60. Hilton Americas, 1600 Lamar, Houston TX
Nov. 1 & Nov. 22, BK Tournaments for Kids
77010. HR: $101-$101-$101-$101, mention Texas Grade and Collegiate Cham- Virginia
pionships to get rate. Reserve By 10/19 or rate may increase. The K-12 is Open
Reg. online: www.rhodeislandchess.org, Email: rhodeislandchess@yahoo.com
to TX residents or players attending Texas schools. 13 separate tourna- Nov. 15-16, 13th Annual Northern Virginia Open
phone: (401) 359-1602. See CL4K. See Grand Prix.
ments, one per grade (K-12).Trophies to top 10 ind. & top 5 teams (top three
Dec. 5, 12, 19, Arlington Chess Club Friday Night USCF Rating
Tennessee players added for team scores, no more than 2 teams per school in each grade.)
Winner of 12th Grade Section wins a 4 year scholarship to The University of Ladder
Nov. 22, Mid-State Scholastic Chess Championship Texas at Dallas, worth up to $43,000. Scholarship winner must meet UTD 30/90 SD/1. Lyon Village Community House, 1920 N Highland Rd, Arlington, VA.
5-SS. Christ the King School, 3105 Belmont Boulevard, Nashville, TN 37212. 4 entrance requirements and follow team rules. EF: $33 if postmarked by 11/14. Player with most monthly points - $50 and most total points May - December
sections: HS (grades 10-12), JHS (grades 7-9), Elem (grades 4-6), Prim $49 at site. Do not mail after 11/14 as your entry may not be received. Entries wins $100. Must Join Club to play ($50 Adult, $40 U18) check web to make sure
(grades K-3). All: EF $10 if recd before 11/17, $20 later and at site. G/30 rds. to: Dallas Chess Club, c/o Barbara Swafford, 2709 Longhorn Trail, Crowley TX we are open each week - members.cox.net/arlingtonchessclub/ladder.htm. Lad-
1-2; G/60 rds 3-5. Small sections may be combined. Reg.: 7:30-8:00 AM. 76036. Entry must include Name, USCF ID (or new/pending), grade & school der has been running for over 40 years, now win money too! Contact: Matt
Rds.: Rd. 1 9:00 AM, other rds ASAP. Prizes:Trophies to top 10 individuals, top and school location. Incomplete entries will be charged at site entry fee. No Grinberg for info: matt.grinberg@erols.com No advance entries, sign up for
unrated, top girl, top 5 teams in each section. Ent: Brentwood Chess School, refunds after 11/16. Email: info@dallaschess.com 214-632-9000. Do not call ladder weekly by 8pm, games start 8:15pm. Last series. WCL JGP.
P.O. Box 1547, Brentwood, TN 37024-1547. Info: NTD Mark Ishee (615) 426- after 11/14 as we are traveling. Reg. Fri 11/21 from 7:00 pm-9:00 pm. Reg.
Dec. 6, VB Winter Swiss
1171, mark.ishee@gmail.com. Make checks payable to Brentwood Chess Sat. 11/22 at 7:30 am-8:30 am. Sat. registration may require a 1/2 pt. 1st rd.
4SS G/70 Courtyard by Marriott, 5700 Greenwich Rd., Va. Beach. Prizes:
School. bye. Sat. rds 9:30-12:00-2:05-4:10. Sun.rds 10-1:15. One 1/2 pt bye available,
$700 b/o 30 $200, $100, A-B & unr-C-D-U12 each $80 Increased with 35+ EF:
any round, if requested before end of rd. 2 and if player has not received a full
Nov. 29, 48th Mid-South Open $32 by 12/4 else $40. Reg.: 8:30-9:00. Rds.: 9:20 - 12:15 2:45 5:15
point bye. Online registration (active.com charges a fee) : www.active.com/
See Grand Prix. Entries/Cks: Ernest Schlich, 1370 S. Braden Cres., Norfolk, VA 23502 (757) 853-
event_detail.cfm?event_id=1625920 Limited number ofTeam rooms available,
5296 mysite.verizon.net/eschlich WCL JGP.
Apr. 3-5, SuperNationals IV www.swchess.com. Side events: 4 rd G/30 open tournament on 11/21 at 7:30
See Nationals. pm. This G/30 tournament has three sections: Open, U1400 and U750. EF: Jan. 10, Kingstowne Quad #52/Action-Plus #24
$15, $$$60% of entry fees. Bughouse Open Tournament Sat. 8:35 pm. EF: Kingstowne Thompson Center, 6090 Kingstowne Village Pkwy., Alexandria, VA
Texas $20/team.Trophy prizes. Parent/Child team tourney Sat. 6:35 pm. EF: $10/team. 22315. 2 Events. Quad #52: 3RR G/100. EF: $10 if received by 1/7, $15 at site.
Trophy prizes. Registration for side event online or onsite only. NS, NC, W. Prizes: Medals to 1st and 2nd in each quad: gold to 1st if 3-0 score, else sil-
Nov. 15, Scholastic Turkey Tournament (K-12)
ver; bronze to 2nd. Rds.: 11-3-7. Action-Plus #24: 5SS G/45. EF: $15 if
5SS G/30 Sloan Creek Middle School, 440 Country Club Road, Fairview,TX 75069 Nov. 28, 2008 DFW K-12 Championships received by 1/7, $20 at site. Prizes $$250/20: $100-60, U1800-U1400-Unr. each
EF: $10 if registered before 11/01/08. $20 after 11/01/08. On-Site Regis- 5-SS, G/30. DFW Marriott Hotel & Golf Club at Champions Circle, 3300 Cham-
$30. Rds.: 11-1-3-5-7. Both: Reg. 10-10:45. Ent (checks payable to): Don W.
tration: 8:30-9:00 am. 1st Round: 9:00 am, all others ASAP. 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place pionship Parkway, Fort Worth, TX 76177. Opened to K-12. Two Rated Sections:
Millican, 5901B Prince George Dr., Springfield, VA 232152. e-mail (info only):
Trophies in U500, 500-800, 800+, and unrated. 4th Place winners receive a Champ. and U1000. EF: $22 if received by 11/20, $28 at site. Reg.: 8:00-8:30
dm407_92@hotmail.com W.
frozen turkey! Email: SloanCreekChess@aol.com. am. Rd 1 Pairings at 9:00 am rest ASAP with short lunch break. $$Trophies
Nov. 15-16, Fall Open Champ. - top 10 ind, top 5 teams, U1000 -Top 10 ind, top 5 teams, top 3 unrated.
TNI Building, 4410 Medical Dr., San Antonio, TX. 4-SS, 30/90, SD/60. $$1,100 One Not Rated Section: K-12 Not rated.This section is not rated but is opened Washington
b/40, 2 sections. Open: $250-150, U2100 $100, U1900 $100. Reserve (U1800): to both rated and nonrated players. EF: $12 by 11/20 else $17. $$trophies for
Nov. 28-30, WA Class Championship
$150-100, U1700 $100, U1500 $75, unr. $75. Unr. may play for open section top not rated section - Top 7 individual, top 3 Teams. HR: $89-89, (888)-236-2427,
See Grand Prix.
prizes or unr. only. EF: $30 if rec d by 11/13, $35 at site. Junior (18/under) or reserve by 10/26 or rate may increase, mention Dallas Chess. Make Checks
Senior (65+) entry (count 2/3 toward based-on): $20 by 11/13, $25 at site. payable to: Dallas Chess Club. US Chess Federation Membership is required
Except for not rated section. Online Registration: www.active.com/
Wisconsin
Reg.: 11 am.-12:30 p.m., Rds.: 1-6, 10-3. Half-pt. bye any one rd., notice
before rd. 2. Entries: SACC, POB 501, Helotes, TX 78023. Info: home. event_detail.cfm?event_id=1637842. Note that active.com charges a small fee. Nov. 22-23, 50th North Central Open/Martz Memorial A WCA Tour
satx.rr.com/sachess/, 210-744-9852. NS. NC. W. WCL JGP. Enter: Dallas Chess Club, 212 S. Cottonwood Dr, #A, Richardson,TX 75080. Ph: Event!
214.632.9000. E-mail: info@dallaschess.com NS, NC, W. Comfort Suite Hotel, N14 W24121Tower Place, Pewaukee, WI 53072. In 2 Sec-
A State Championship Event! tions, Open: 5SS, 30/90 Then SD/1, $5 Discount to juniors and new members.
Nov. 22-23, 12th Annual Texas Collegiate Championships Nov. 28-30 or 29-30, 8th Annual Ken Smith Memorial Open EF: $35 Before 11-22, $40 at the site. $$b/50: $200-150-110. A 90, B 90, C 80,
5SS, G/90, 30 sec inc. Hilton Americas, 1600 Lamar, HoustonTX 77010. HR: $101- See Grand Prix.
D 80, E 70, Under 1000 70, biggest upset 60. Rds.: ON 11-22, 10, 2:30, 7:30.
$101-$101-$101, mentionTexas Grade and Collegiate Championships to get rate. Dec. 27-30, 2008 Pan American Class Championships On 11-23, 10, 3. 1/2 Point byes, 2 at most. 1 FULL POINT BYES FOR MASTERS.
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Chess to Enjoy and Black will play ... Bc4 to capture the pawn 3. Kg3 Kb7 4. Kf4 Kc7
when it goes to b5. 4. ... Kc6 5. Ke5 reciprocal zugzwang trap.
B. Black also holds after 1. Kd2? Kb8 2. Kc3 Kc7.
Problem I.
5. Ke5 Kc6 6. Kf6!
C. The crusher is 1. d6! Kb8 2. Kc1 Bd3 (other
1. Rxb7! Black resigns in view of 2. Qxc6+ or 2. Qe7
6. Ke6? Ne8 7. Ke5 Nc7! and white is in zugzwang.
mate (or 1. ... Bxb7 2. Bb5+).
6. ... Ne8+ 7. Ke6 Nc7+ 8. Ke5!
Problem II. squares dont help since they are all forking dis- Black is in zugzwang.
1. a3! Black resigns because the queen is trapped tance from d7) 3. d7 Kc7 4. Ne6+ Kxd7 5. Nc5+ 8. ... Kd7 9. e8=Q+! Kxe8 10. Kd6 Kd8 11. Kc6 Kc8 12.
after, for example, 2. axb4 Qxb4 3. Bd2 Qb5 4. Bf1. Kc6 6. Nxd3. Kd6 Kb7 13. Kc5, Positional draw.

A. It looks easy but stalemate looms after 1. Bh7?


Problem III. 3. C. Composed by Behting. Problem II.
1. Rxd7+! Kxd7 2. Qxc6+ Kd8 3. Qxa8+ or 3. Rd1+. 1. Kc3+ Ka2 2. Ra8+
Kxh7 2. h5 Ne5! 3. Kxe5 Kg7 4. Ke6 Kf8. 2. Kc2? Ka3 3. Kc3 Ka4 wins.
B. Black also slips the noose on 1. h5? Nf8 2. Ke7
Problem IV.
1. ... Nf4+! 2. Bxf4 Qd4+ 3. Ke2 Nh2+ wins most of 2. ... Kb1 3. Rb8+ Kc1 4. Ra8 Kd1 5. Kd3 Ke1 6. Ke3
the white army (4. Ke1 Qxc3+ 5. Kf2 Qxc2+ and Kf1 7. Kf3 Kg1 8. Ra1+ Kh2 9. Re1! Qh6 10. Re6 Qh8
Kg7 3. Ke8 Ne6 4. h6+ Kh8 5. Kd7 Nf8+ 6. Ke7
then Black will play 6. ... Nxf1). 11. Re8! Qh6 12. Re6 Kg1 13. Re1+ Kh2 14. Re6, draw.
Ng6+ 7. Ke8 Nf8 8. Bh7 Ng6!
Problem V. C. The quietus is 1. Ke6! Kg7 2. h5 Nf4+ (or 2. ... Solitaire Chess ABCs of Chess
1. ... Rxd4 2. Bxd4 Ng5! wins with its threats of 3. ... Nf8+ 3. Ke7 Kh8 4. Bh7! Nxh7 5. h6 wins) 3. Kd6
Fork: Black wins the queen with 1. ... Bh2+ 2. Kh1
Rxd4, 3. ... Nxf3+ and 3. ... Ne6, e.g. 3. Kg2 Rxd4! 4. Problem I.
Kf8 4. h6 Ng6 5. Ke6 Ne7 6. Ke5 Ng6+ 7. Kf5
Qxd4 Qxf3+ and mates. Or 3. Qe3 Qxf3! and 3. Rf1 Nh8 (or 7. ... Ne7+ 8. Kg5 Nxg8 9. h7!) 8. Kf6
Ne6. Nf2+.
Nxf7 9. h7 Nh8 10. Be6 Nf7 11. Bg4 Nh8 12. Bh5
Mating net: Its over after 1. ... Rf8+ 2. Ke2 Rf2
Problem VI. Nf7 13. Kg6 Nh8+ 14. Kh6 Ke7 15. Kg7. Problem II.
1. ... Qxf1+! mates (2. Kxf1 Rxc1+ 3. Ke2 Re1).
A. Correct is 1. Rg1+! Kh2 2. Rg2+ Kh1 (if 2. ... Kh3
4. A. Composed by Prokop.
mate.

Pin: Since Whites queen is unprotected, the knight


Problem III.
Whats The Best Move? 3. Kg1 wins) 3. Kg3 Rh6! (if 3. ... Rg5+ 4. Kf4
Rh5 5. Rxg7) 4. h8=Q! Rxh8 5. Ra2 threatens
A. Black can give the bishop up for the pawn after
1. B. Composed by Kosek. is free for capture, 1. ... Rxe5. (Take the rook and
Ra1 mate.
B. Black draws instantly on 1. Kg3? Rh3+! 2. Kxh3
the queen hangs.)
1. b6? Ba8!
B. The blocking maneuver 1. Nc6! Bf1 (if 1. ... Bh3 Discovery: The simple 1. ... Nxd5 wins a piece,
Problem IV.
stalemate.
2. b6 Bc8 3. Kd6 will dislodge the bishop) 2. b6 C. On the tempting 1. Rxg7? Rh3! 2. Ra7 Kh2 holds since 2. Qxd5 is met by 2. ... Bh2+ and 3. ... Qxd5.
Ba6 3. Kd6 Bb7 4. Kc7 Ba8 5. Na5 Ke3 6. Nb7 because Whites king cant cross the Rubicon.
Discovery: Whites queen is won for a rook after
Problem V.
Kd4 7. Kb8 wins.
C. Inaccurate is 1. Kd6? Ba8 2. Nc6 Ke3 3. Kc7 Kd3 Endgame Lab Benkos Bafflers 1. ... Re1+ 2. Kxe1 Qxd4.
4. Kb8 Kc4 5. Na7 Bf3 6. b6 Kc5 7. Kc7 Bg2 and Problem I.
Mating net: Black puts White away with 1. ...
Problem VI.
stands ready to take on b7 if the pawn advances. 1. e6
2. C. Composed by Kubbel. 1. Kg3? Nb3! 2. e6 Nxd4 3. e7 Nf5+ and wins.
A. A false lead is 1. Kc1? Bg6 2. d6 Be8 3. Kc2 Kb8
Rf4+ 2. Kg3 Qg5+. If 3. Kh2 (or 3. Kh3), its mate
1. ... Ne4 2. e7 Nd6
with 3. Rh4. And if 3. Bg4 first, then 3. Qxg4+
2. ... Nf6 3. Kg3 Kb7 4. Kf4 Kc6 5. Ke5 see main line.
4. Kc3 Kc8 5. Kc4 Bf7+ 6. Kc5 Kd7 7. b4 b6+ 4. Kh2 Qh4 is mate. Not bad for a moments work.

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