Archive for July, 2012

FM Carlos Mena, a Cuban national, won the 2012 Southern Open this past weekend. The 20th Annual Southern Open was held from July 27th-29th, at the Wyndham Orlando Resort. Harvey Lerman was the organizer and Steve Emmitt was the tournament director. The tournament was held during heavy vacation season and there were many events being […]

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Ron Washington in 2006. Chicago has lost another chess personality. Ronald “Ron” Washington, 61, died on Friday, July 27th after being pulled from Lake Michigan fully clothed in an apparent drowning. Washington was apparently swept into the water and caught in a rip current. He was found a few hundred feet from the North Avenue […]

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National Master Josh Colas has just reached 2400 USCF. He will make a strong bid for the Cadet crown. Photo by Daaim Shabazz. The 2012 U.S. Cadet Championship will begin today with eight of the top juniors under the age of 16. The tournament will take place July 21st-24th at the Rockville Hilton in Baltimore, […]

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Bridgetown Chess Centre, Cavans Lane, Bridgetown Barbados July 10th – 13th, 2012 PRESS RELEASE 4: 2012-07-15 Husbands, Prescod and Yearwood Take Sagicor Chess Honours Central America & the Caribbean Boys Under-14 Gold Medalist and defending Sagicor Under-20 Junior Chess Champion, Orlando Husbands of The Lodge School, successfully defended his title and joined the exclusive club […]

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A focused Justus Williams makes an impression. Justus Williams has been a rising junior for the past year amassing an impressive resume. This year saw him lead his school to a historic double championship and a cover shot on Chess Life. Thus, Williams has become one of the top juniors in the country. His skills […]

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The first Black National Master Walter Harris on the March 1964 cover of U.S. Chess Life. In the U.S., the World Open serves not only as the marquee tournament, but as the unofficial barometer for how healthy the chess environment is in the country. Approximately 1000 players trek from around the country and world to […]

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Rodwell Makoto of Zimbabwe won the 2012 South African Open with superior tiebreaks over IM Johannes Mabusela, GM Ahmed Adly and Daniel Cawdery. All ended with 9/11. Makoto finished undefeated and drew with both Adly and GM Antonio Fernandes. Adly was upset by Craig Bornheim in the shock of the tournament and could not overtake […]

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The World Open is a special tournament in U.S. history. Having finished its 40th version, the tournament will move to Arlington, Virginia next year. There are no clear plans on whether it will return to Philadelphia. Nevertheless, I have many good memories of the World Open. Here are some of them from the 2012 event. […]

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GM Ivan Sokolov (right) drawing with GM Abhijeet Gupta in round #5. Ivan Sokolov of the Netherlands was declared the winner of the 2012 World Open after beating Alexander Shabalov in a Armageddon tiebreak. Both topped the field with 7/9 ahead of seven players which included top-seed Wesley So. America’s marquee tournament drew more than […]

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The July 2012 issue of Chess Life runs a story about the rise of IS-318 and their history-making story this past year. IS-318 won both the Junior High and High School championships in the same year. Titled, “Team of History” the article talks about how the chess culture has developed at the Brooklyn School and […]

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July 2012 FIDE Ratings

Since the last ELO list has been released Magnus Carlsen (2837, +2) got some breathing room after his win of the Tal Memorial. The lead is now 21 points as the Norwegian has inched closer to Garry Kasparov’s rating record of 2851. Levon Aronian (2816, -9) loss points after his subpar performance at the Tal […]

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If you have ever been within earshot of Ian Wilkinson at a chess event, you would believe he was discussing a delicious dessert of a five-course meal. He speaks with the passion of a connoisseur, historian and a most notably, a rabid fan. Wilkinson has decided to take his passion and spread it on the […]

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