Archive for June, 2014

There is some food for thought in the recent article on Magnus Carlsen’s parents (Henrik and Sigrun). It details the approach they used in order to raise a World Champion chess player. Of course most parents feel their child is special, but the Carlsens did not see the talent in Magnus what would turn him […]

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2014 U.S. Junior Chess ChampionshipSt. Louis, Missouri, USARound #9 (Sunday, 29 June 2014) Overall Table White Score Rating Black Score Rating Result 1 IM Sevian, Samuel 4.5 2442 IM Ostrovskiy, Aleksandr A 4.0 2423 1-0 2 FM Williams, Justus D 3.5 2278 FM Shen, Arthur 2.5 2331 0-1 3 GM Troff, Kayden W 6.0 2494 […]

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2014 U.S. Junior Chess ChampionshipSt. Louis, Missouri, USARound #8 (Saturday, 28 June 2014) Overall Table White Score Rating Black Score Rating Result 1 IM Ostrovskiy, Aleksandr A 3.5 2423 IM Harmon-Vellotti, Luke 3.5 2412 ½-½ 2 IM Xiong, Jeffrey 4.5 2437 FM Bodek, Michael H 4.5 2389 0-1 3 NM Colas, Joshua 2.0 2247 GM […]

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2014 U.S. Junior Chess ChampionshipSt. Louis, Missouri, USARound #7 (Friday, 27 June 2014) Overall Table White Score Rating Black Score Rating Result 1 FM Shen, Arthur 2.5 2331 IM Ostrovskiy, Aleksandr A 2.5 2423 0-1 2 IM Sevian, Samuel 3.0 2442 NM Larson, Matthew W 2.0 2160 ½-½ 3 FM Williams, Justus D 2.5 2278 […]

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2014 U.S. Junior Chess ChampionshipSt. Louis, Missouri, USARound #6 (Thursday, 26 June 2014) Overall Table White Score Rating Black Score Rating Result 1 IM Ostrovskiy, Aleksandr A 2.0 2423 FM Bodek, Michael H 3.0 2389 ½-½ 2 IM Harmon-Vellotti, Luke 3.5 2412 GM Troff, Kayden W 3.0 2494 0-1 3 IM Xiong, Jeffrey 3.5 2437 […]

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2014 U.S. Junior Chess ChampionshipSt. Louis, Missouri, USARound #5 (Tuesday, 24 June 2014) Overall Table White Score Rating Black Score Rating Result 1 NM Larson, Matthew W 1.0 2160 IM Ostrovskiy, Aleksandr A 2.0 2423 1-0 2 FM Shen, Arthur 0.5 2331 NM Colas, Joshua 2.0 2247 1-0 3 IM Sevian, Samuel 1.0 2442 IM […]

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2014 U.S. Junior Chess ChampionshipSt. Louis, Missouri, USARound #4 (Monday, 23 June 2014) Overall Table White Score Rating Black Score Rating Result 1 IM Ostrovskiy, Aleksandr A 1.5 2423 GM Troff, Kayden W 2.5 2494 ½-½ 2 FM Bodek, Michael H 1.5 2389 FM Williams, Justus D 1.5 2278 ½-½ 3 IM Harmon-Vellotti, Luke 2.0 […]

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2014 U.S. Junior Chess ChampionshipSt. Louis, Missouri, USARound #3 (Sunday, 22 June 2014) Overall Table White Score Rating Black Score Rating Result 1 NM Colas, Joshua 1.0 2247 IM Ostrovskiy, Aleksandr A 1.0 2423 ½-½ 2 NM Larson, Matthew W 0.0 2160 IM Xiong, Jeffrey 2.0 2437 ½-½ 3 FM Shen, Arthur 0.5 2331 IM […]

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BREAKING NEWS! Gabon made headlines at The Chess Drum after being involved in a “zero tolerance” controversy involving the late Jean-Pierre Moulain Ayombo at the 2008 Olympiad in Dresden. Moulain was on 8.5/10 when he was accused of not being present at the board against a winless player from the U.S. Virgin Islands. They awarded […]

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2014 U.S. Junior Chess ChampionshipSt. Louis, Missouri, USARound #2 (Saturday, 21 June 2014) Overall Table White Score Rating Black Score Rating Result 1 IM Ostrovskiy, Aleksandr A 0.0 2423 FM Williams, Justus D 1.0 2278 1-0 2 GM Troff, Kayden W 1.0 2494 IM Sevian, Samuel 0.0 2442 1-0 3 FM Bodek, Michael H 1.0 […]

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2014 U.S. Junior Chess ChampionshipSt. Louis, Missouri, USARound #1 (Friday, 20 June 2014) Overall Table White Score Rating Black Score Rating Result 1 IM Xiong, Jeffrey 0.0 2437 IM Ostrovskiy, Aleksandr A 0.0 2423 1-0 2 NM Colas, Joshua 0.0 2247 IM Harmon-Vellotti, Luke 0.0 2412 1-0 3 NM Larson, Matthew W 0.0 2160 FM […]

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FM Justus Williams Last year, Justus Williams earned his first FIDE title after losing out on tiebreaks to FM Akshat Chandra at the North American Youth Chess Championship (NAYCC). Williams earned the FM title and returned this to the NAYCC year with the intent of completing his goal of earning the IM title. In the […]

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According to a press release of the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis, the U.S. Junior Closed will commence on June 19th. The tournament will feature most of the top players under-21 and all will be competing for a spot in the 2015 U.S. Championship. GM Kayden Troff will head the field of […]

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The Tromso Olympiad is drawing near and 181 teams are expected to assemble on the grandest stage for chess. About a month ago there was a lot of speculation that the event was in danger, but the Olympiad organizing committee got a timely allotment of 12 million krones. The record number of teams will travel […]

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Ian Wilkinson QCPresident of Jamaican Chess Federation. The Ethics Commission of the World Chess Federation (“FIDE”) conducted meetings in Athens, Greece over several days commencing the 6th June, 2014. Popularly called the “World Chess Court”, the Commission is FIDE’s disciplinary and quasi-judicial arm that normally handles charges or complaints involving individuals and/or national chess federations […]

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Famed Chess Coach Aims to Make California’s Best Chess Camp Even Better The Torres Chess and Music Academy is excited to announce the addition of International Master Emory Tate to our roster of famed chess instructors. Over the board, Tate is widely regarded as one of the greatest attacking chess players of our time. Emory […]

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Dear chess community, This year has been quite eventful thus far. The year began with the coronation of a new World Champion, the Tata Steel Classic and the ratcheting up of the FIDE Presidential campaign. In March there was the Candidates tournament to determine who Carlsen would face in November in his first defense. No […]

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New in Chess (2014/3)

Viswanathan Anand made what was perhaps the most impressive comeback in recent times with his epic win at the Candidates Tournament. With his win he earned the right to face Magnus Carlsen who dethroned him last December in Anand’s hometown. While sponsors have not been secured yet, the November rematch will prove to be a […]

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