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19 Apr

Viktor Victor

Chess-wise, the United States has possibly never had it so good. Not only does the US have three players in the top-10 for the first time, but two of those elite players seem to be on winning streaks.  While all the focus has been rightly on newly-crowned US champion Wesley So – who has won […]

17 Apr

Breaking Glass

It was Hillary Rodham Clinton who claimed she put millions of cracks in the highest and hardest glass ceiling of them all, though came short of shattering it. The same could well be said of Judit Polgar, whom many thought could have shattered the glass ceiling by being the first woman to challenge for the […]

13 Apr

The Foisor Fairytale

All the smart money on the outcome of the 2017 US Women’s Championship at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis was going the way of a three-way fight for the title between defending champion Nazi Paikidze, and those two perennial top seeds and rivals, Irina Krush and Anna Zatonskih, the multi-time champions […]

11 Apr

So Precise; So Brilliant

Will this glorious run ever end for Wesley So? The Minnetonka-based Filipino Grandmaster added the coveted title of 2017 U.S. Chess Champion to his over-bulging trophy cabinet, as he proved to be so precise in winning a two-game, tie-breaking playoff against veteran former champion Alexander Onischuk at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint […]

07 Apr

The Dean Dies

The 2017 U.S. Championship  at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis was in a somewhat sombre and reflective mood before the start of round 8 with the official announcement of the sad news that the last of the golden greats of U.S. Chess, Arthur Bisguier, the legendary former U.S. Champion, Hall of […]

06 Apr

The Spanish Inquisition

As the famous Monty Python sketch would say, “No one ever expects the Spanish Inquisition!” But that’s just what happened in a dramatic round 7 of the 2017 U.S. Championship at Rex Sinquefield’s Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, as the defending champion, Fabiano Caruana was sensationally put to the rack in spectacular […]

03 Apr

My 60 Memorable Games

Last summer, pundits were thinking that the next world title challenger for Magnus Carlsen – after Sergey Karjakin’s challenge – would be either Fabiano Caruana or Vladimir Kramnik, possibly even Hikaru Nakamura. But then back in July 2016, after his tournament in Bilbao, Spain, Wesley So started his remarkable journey of winning every elite event […]

01 Apr

When The Goat Eats The Wolf

In 2005, Garry Kasparov shocked the chess world by announcing his retirement at the end of the Linares tournament. He was just weeks away from turning 42, and he reasoned wisely that chess doesn’t get any easier with the depleted brain cells once you pass 40. Similarly, Gata Kamsky, 42, has hinted heavily over the […]

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21
Apr

That ’70s Grünfeld Book

Set in the era of Led Zeppelin 8-tracks, Tab cola, flared trousers, and hanging in the back of a Vista Cruiser or “hanging” in a musty Wisconsin basement, we all laughed while we got educated by a little piece of television history we call That ’70s Show. And for those of a certain age, we […]

19
Apr

Viktor Victor

Chess-wise, the United States has possibly never had it so good. Not only does the US have three players in the top-10 for the first time, but two of those elite players seem to be on winning streaks.  While all the focus has been rightly on newly-crowned US champion Wesley So – who has won […]

19
Apr

The End of the Year Online Tournament

Our final online tournament for the school year is coming up! Students are encouraged to participate and put their chess knowledge that they have learned this year to the test. The End of the Year Online Tournament will be held Wednesday, May 3rd from 7am to 9pm in your time zone! The top 3 students, as […]

17
Apr

Breaking Glass

It was Hillary Rodham Clinton who claimed she put millions of cracks in the highest and hardest glass ceiling of them all, though came short of shattering it. The same could well be said of Judit Polgar, whom many thought could have shattered the glass ceiling by being the first woman to challenge for the […]

13
Apr

The Foisor Fairytale

All the smart money on the outcome of the 2017 US Women’s Championship at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis was going the way of a three-way fight for the title between defending champion Nazi Paikidze, and those two perennial top seeds and rivals, Irina Krush and Anna Zatonskih, the multi-time champions […]

11
Apr

So Precise; So Brilliant

Will this glorious run ever end for Wesley So? The Minnetonka-based Filipino Grandmaster added the coveted title of 2017 U.S. Chess Champion to his over-bulging trophy cabinet, as he proved to be so precise in winning a two-game, tie-breaking playoff against veteran former champion Alexander Onischuk at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint […]

07
Apr

The Dean Dies

The 2017 U.S. Championship  at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis was in a somewhat sombre and reflective mood before the start of round 8 with the official announcement of the sad news that the last of the golden greats of U.S. Chess, Arthur Bisguier, the legendary former U.S. Champion, Hall of […]

06
Apr

The Spanish Inquisition

As the famous Monty Python sketch would say, “No one ever expects the Spanish Inquisition!” But that’s just what happened in a dramatic round 7 of the 2017 U.S. Championship at Rex Sinquefield’s Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, as the defending champion, Fabiano Caruana was sensationally put to the rack in spectacular […]

03
Apr

My 60 Memorable Games

Last summer, pundits were thinking that the next world title challenger for Magnus Carlsen – after Sergey Karjakin’s challenge – would be either Fabiano Caruana or Vladimir Kramnik, possibly even Hikaru Nakamura. But then back in July 2016, after his tournament in Bilbao, Spain, Wesley So started his remarkable journey of winning every elite event […]

01
Apr

When The Goat Eats The Wolf

In 2005, Garry Kasparov shocked the chess world by announcing his retirement at the end of the Linares tournament. He was just weeks away from turning 42, and he reasoned wisely that chess doesn’t get any easier with the depleted brain cells once you pass 40. Similarly, Gata Kamsky, 42, has hinted heavily over the […]