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  • Nakamura tops Carlsen in blitz final!

    America’s #1 player Hikaru Nakamura is riding a successful year with several strong results including the U.S. Championship title and victories in San Sebastian and Mainz. He flamed out in Melody Amber after falling ill and finishing with a horrible score, but stated that December would be a pivotal moment…

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  • Guess the GM… The Amp Man in NY!

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  • Polgar, Truong booted from US Chess Fed

    Controversy continues in American chess. GM Susan (Zsuzsa) Polgar and FM Paul Truong (who are married) have had their memberships revoked from the United States Chess Federation. This brings to a head the vitriolic media battle within America’s top chess brass. This action was apparently enacted by the USCF Executive…

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  • Nakamura is “Fischer-esque”… wins 960

    U.S. Champion Hikaru Nakamura is on a rampage in 2009 having won six tournaments in a row including the recent San Sebastian in Spain and yesterday the Chess 960 World Championship in Mainz, Germany. He won the championship yesterday against the defending champion Levon Aronian of Armenia and the name…

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  • Hikaru chats with The Chess Drum

    Photo by Daaim Shabazz/The Chess Drum Hikaru Nakamura had just finished playing a tough game with Evgeny Najer in the 7th round of the World Open. After winning the game on move 55, the 21-year old knew that the fate would lie in the hands of players who he had…

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  • Najer, Nakamura win World Open!

    Viktor Mikalevski ponders Gata Kamsky’s next move while Nakamura-Najer reaches the climatic stage. Photo by Daaim Shabazz. In an unusual ending to America’s premier tournament, Evgeny Najer and Hikaru Nakamura topped the World Open field with a final 7-2 tally. What made this result so unusual was that Nakamura had…

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  • All Roads to Philly!

    One sure sign that summer is in full swing is when the World Open is near. However, there is also the Philadelphia International, a relatively new tournament that has attracted attention the last few years since its inception. This tournament allows players to play in two strong tournaments back-to-back. The…

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  • Darrian Robinson… the latest “Expert”

    Darrian Robinson in action against Columbian opponent in Ecuador’s 2006 Pan-Am Games. Photo by Cenceria Edwards. New York is a chess machine. It has been the “mecca” of American chess for more than a century. Fast forward and the age of technology and professional trainers has pushed the development curve…

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  • Louisiana’s Phillips wins again!

    Here is a blog report from Adam Caveney on Rene Phillips‘ win at the Louisiana Game/60 Championship. This follows Phillips Game/30 championship in March. Following is an excerpt: Chess tournament organizers in Louisiana better make sure that they have a fire extinguisher on hand just in case Rene Phillips shows…

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  • The Wire – Chess and Drug Dealing

    Back in 2002, there was a TV series called, “The Wire.” The show ran five seasons and was considered ground-breaking. It was about the trials and tribulations of living life in the inner city of Baltimore, Maryland. The backdrop is a housing project, a common fixture in inner cities where…

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