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Chess Life After Fabiano Caruana won the 2018 Candidates tournament, Chess Life asked

JUNE photographer Maria Emelianova to shoot a photo of Caruana draped in the American
flag. Here she relates the behind-the-scenes story about finding an American flag in
Berlin, Germany:

COLUMNS The story behind the flag was that when I came to Baden-Baden [Germany], I
realized there [was] absolutely no place to buy the flag, except online, and I was
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simply too late. So my first idea was to check the Kuhlhaus (ed. note: the
Every Which Way
By GM Andy Soltis tournament’s event space), which has the flags in front of it all year round. I don’t
speak German well and the guy at the desk there wasn’t speaking English, so my
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boyfriend Peter Doggers did the job. [Peter] first asked, “Do you happen to have a
Colle-Zukertort, Ever Green
By GM Lev Alburt
U.S. flag?” [as] they didn't have [one] outside. And the guy said yes. Then [Peter]
explained the story: Grenke tournament, Berlin Candidates, Fabi winning it, and, of
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Caruana versus Grischuk at the tells the same story again (in perfect German, of course), and then says, “Please wait
Candidates
here,” and disappears. So we felt like this [was] going well. And five minutes later he
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appeared with a perfect (but huge) flag on the wooden pole! He took our passport
22 LOOKS AT BOOKS / SHOULD I BUY IT? details, we signed some form (they had a form for this case?!), and left with a flag!
Decisions, Decisions
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The Tragic Rudolf Charousek 26 COVER STORY / 2018 CANDIDATES
Caruana Wins Candidates Tournament
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in Berlin
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The Devil is in the Detail Fabi is the first American in almost a half century to
By GM Daniel Naroditsky
compete for the unified world championship title.

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GM IAN ROGERS
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AL LAWRENCE
(Final Four) is the former Executive
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World Chess Hall of Fame. He is
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GRAND CHESS TOUR ABROAD with GM Lev Alburt, is Chess for the
As the Grand Chess Tour begins its third season, look for tactics quizzes from the opening rapid Gifted and Busy.
and blitz events in Brussels-Leuven (Belgium) and Paris, which will feature our Big Three:
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Counterplay / Readers Respond

Letters: Correction, Ethics


the draws themselves. It wasn’t. To get an idea himself. In his memoirs Tal said there was “practi-
CORRECTION of how Fischer’s charges were viewed at the cally unanimous” press criticism after his two short
Thanks for publishing my article “Chess time, see Eliot Hearst’s column, “The Selfmate draws with Petrosian in the first half of the
Changing Academic Trajectories” in the of Bobby Fischer,” in the July 1964 issue of tournament. “We decided, ‘Right, we’ll show them
May issue of Chess Life. However, there were Chess Life. how to really draw without a fight!!’” Tal recalled
two editing errors. First, “Sharon” was Soltis also repeatedly conflates “Quick Draws” (page 122 of the 1976 edition of The Life and
changed to “Sharron” three times in the with “Pre-arranged Draws.” According to Soltis, Games of Mikhail Tal).
paragraph-long excerpt from my 2006 book the four Tal-Petrosian games at the 1959 So their third game was over in five minutes and
Children and Chess: A Guide for Educators. Candidates were also pre-arranged, as were their 15 moves. Chess Life readers may remember my
Second, what I wrote immediately after that games at Varesse, 1976. I’ve never heard that April 2013 column in which I discussed their equally
excerpt was changed, from, “I made at least claimed before by anyone, and Soltis provides bogus fourth game, a 25-move draw. It was so hastily
one mistake in that paragraph: Monohon’s no evidence, and there’s no reason to pre-suppose composed in advance that it allowed Tal two forced
first name is ‘Sharron’ not ‘Sharon.’ ” to, “I it. When you play multiple games with the same wins, which he conveniently overlooked.
made at least one mistake in the above opponent, and they were amenable to a quick Tal claimed the first two games with Petrosian
paragraph: I stated that chess tournaments draw last time, it stands to reason that they might were legitimate. I don’t see how any reasonable player
provide peers who inspire academic be amenable next time as well. Pre-arrangement can look at their first game—1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 e6 3.
achievements.” is possible, but not necessary. Nf3 d5 4. d4 c5 5. cxd5 Nxd5 6. g3 cxd4 7. Nxd5 Qxd5
In contrast to that edited sentence, my One minor factual correction. Soltis claims 8. Qxd4 Qb5 9. e3 Qb4+ 10. Bd2 Nc6 11. Qxb4 Bxb4
article supports my 2006 book’s general- that the Benko-Keres game took place in the 12. Bg2 Bd7, Draw agreed—and believe it was real.
ization, “Chess tournaments give a child last round of the Curaçao tournament. In fact, Mr. Cree explains games like this by saying,
intellectually motivated peers, who then it took place in the penultimate round. “When you play multiple games with the same
inspire one another to early or advanced Now, if Mr. Soltis had wanted to provide an opponent, and they were amenable to a quick draw
achievements.” The apparent confusion for example of an ethical conflict involving Bobby last time, it stands to reason that they might be
the editor was that I wrote, about that 2006 Fischer, a very good one can be found in the amenable next time as well.”
generalization, “I wondered whether I made Santiago 1959 tournament. In this tournament, Fine. But of the previous Tal-Petrosian games,
a mistake.” The mistake I wondered about Fischer was annoyed by his loss to Ludek only one out of the six could be considered bloodless
is whether I should have generalized from Pachman. To retaliate, Fischer prepped Luis and even that lasted 22 moves.
my experience. Perhaps only a few people, Sanchez before his game with Pachman, with I can more readily understand why Mr. Cree is
including me, have been inspired academ- the result that Sanchez beat Pachman. unaware of the Tal-Petrosian pact at Varese 1976. It
ically by their chess peers. Research is needed A few rounds later, just before Fischer’s game has been discussed at some length, but mainly in non-
to see if that inspiration is universal. with Carlos Jauregui, Fischer saw Jauregui and English media. For example, Lajos Portisch gave his
Dr. Alexey Root, WIM Pachman talking before the game. Fischer account in a 2016 interview on a Russian website,
Denton, Texas accused Pachman of prepping Jauregui. Pachman https://chesspro.ru/interview/portisch _interview.
claimed that he had, when in fact he hadn’t, just Now to Curaçao 1962. Bobby Fischer’s allegations
to psych Fischer out. As a result, Fischer lost his appeared in the August 20, 1962 issue of Sports
SOLTIS ON ETHICS game to Jauregui. Did Fischer behave unethically? Illustrated (you can find it on the internet if you
Did Pachman? hunt). He said Soviet players cheat in various ways
Ironically, Andy Soltis’ column on ethics in
Graeme Cree and it was “flagrant” at Curaçao. One way was to
chess (April 2018) is itself guilty of revisionist
Austin, Texas agree to quick draws in advance. “There was open
history. Soltis states that Petrosian, Geller,
and Keres agreed to quick draws with each GM SOLTIS RESPONDS: collusion between the Russian players,” he wrote.
other at Curaçao, and that Bobby Fischer called What really happened at Curacao 1962 remains “They agreed ahead of time to draw the games they
this cheating. Not quite. Fischer’s claim was fuzzy for many observers because the Keres-Geller- played against each other.”
that Korchnoi threw games to Petrosian, Geller, Petrosian draws are not even mentioned in most Mr. Cree concludes that it is “not quite” true that
and Keres (why he would throw games to all sources and because the information from other Fischer called this cheating. Huh?
three of them rather than to one designated sources is contradictory. The person who talked Instead, he says what Fischer accused the Soviets
winner, Fischer never explained), and that it most about them was Viktor Korchnoi. At various of doing was throwing games. Not quite. What
was these thrown games that made the draws times, he claimed the draws were a plot directed Fischer said was that during a mid-tournament
possible. Nobody believes that Korchnoi threw solely at him. Then he said they were aimed at him break there was “talk” that when the second half of
those games any more (according to Korchnoi, and Bobby Fischer. Then he said the targets were the tournament began “one of the four [leading
Fischer himself backed off from the claim. See him, Fischer, and Mikhail Tal. Soviet players] was certain to begin losing to the
Chess Life & Review, January 1977), and so this Mr. Cree is clearly knowledgable about some others.” When play resumed Viktor Korchnoi lost
part of Fischer’s claim is now usually edited aspects of that era. But he said he’s “never heard” to Paul Keres, Tigran Petrosian, and Yefim Geller.
out of history when the story is retold, in about the Petrosian-Tal draws in the 1959 Candi- But Fischer stopped short of claiming the games
order to make Fischer look better by making dates tournament. That’s odd because there’s been were fixed. “Anyone could draw his own conclusions
it appear that Fischer’s main objection was to quite a bit written about them—including by Tal from this sequence of events,” he said.

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First Moves / Chess news from around the U.S.

Chess and Libraries


A strategy for increasing chess visibility
By DR. ALEXEY ROOT, WIM

A LIBRARY-CHESS PARTNERSHIP IS A LOW-COST INVESTMENT TO GET MORE PEOPLE INTO THE GAME, INCREASES LIBRARY TRAFFIC, AND
OFFERS A NEW COMMUNITY SERVICE.

S
ince I last wrote about International Games Day for Chess Life libraries). Academic librarians work at college and university libraries.
(August, 2013), “games day” has become “games week.” The Public librarians work at public libraries. School librarians work at K-12
American Library Association reported, “Due to ever-increasing school libraries (which are sometimes called media centers).”
demand, International Games Day became International Games Week I asked librarians Kerol Harrod of Denton Public Library and Neil
in 2017! Each year libraries are encouraged to participate by creating Krasnoff of Highland Park High School Library about chess in libraries.
fun, educational and innovative programs encouraging gaming in their Kerol emailed, “I would like chess players to make the first move and
communities, in order to reconnect those communities around the approach librarians with programming ideas. Librarians can plan chess
educational, recreational and social value of all types of games.” Companies programs, but we are not always chess players. Tell us what you want!
and organizations become sponsors by donating games to libraries. One Do you want chess classes, chess tournaments, a chess club, chess
of the sponsors is Chess in Schools and Communities, which donates 50 exhibitions (like simuls)? Knock on your librarian’s door and suggest
chess sets and boards. programs. Start a conversation. See the library as a resource. You may be
In addition to sponsors, volunteers and participants are essential for surprised at the possibilities.”
International Games Week (November 4-10, 2018). As I wrote in 2013, Neil began an annual district-wide non-rated tournament as a fundraiser
“Even though November is months away, contact academic, public, or for his high school chess club. He emailed, “All the district elementary
school librarians now to plan for chess to be at your local library (or schools participate in the annual non-rated tournament. We raise enough

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First Moves / Chess news from around the U.S.

FACES
ACROSS
THE BOARD
By AL LAWRENCE

BRENAN
NIERMAN
FALLS CHURCH,
VIRGINIA
Horsies to knights
“I’m a Bobby Baby,” Nierman said. He grew up
on a horse farm, which would seem idyllic to
many. But his 1972 summer vacation from fifth
grade was roiled by parental divorce. The Fis-
cher-Spassky World Championship match in
Reykjavik, Iceland, provided some diversion. The
effect of Bobby’s dramatic delays and final vic-
tory, coupled with the background of U.S.A.-Rus-
sia Cold War tensions, made Fischer the most
famous man in the world. For the first time,
chess was cool, even for kids.

“But I really didn’t start to study chess until I


was in the ninth grade at Staunton Military
GM IRINA KRUSH, A SEVEN-TIME U.S. WOMEN’S CHAMPION, ASSISTING AT A LIBRARY PROGRAM. Academy”—a foretelling but accidental allusion
to the 19th-century British chess champ. Since
money each year for a six-to-eight person partner with the library, they get a space to then, “Chess has been a joy and a harsh mis-
team to attend the US Chess high school learn, play chess, and engage with other tress. I’ve been so disgusted with my lack of
nationals. In 2017, our team participated in members of the community. My library also progress and so discouraged that I’ve quit at
least twice. But it has also taught me persever-
SuperNationals VI.” Even though tournaments provides chess boards and pieces, tables, chairs,
ance, and for that lesson, I owe all to my dear
and events at libraries are often non-rated, and even some advertising of events. Why do
coach Nazi” (newly-minted 2018 U.S. Women’s
they grow interest in chess and ultimately we do this? It helps us bring more people into
chess champ, IM Nazi Paikidze). A member of
support US Chess. the physical space of the library and, through the of the Arlington Chess Club, the oldest in
Neil elaborated, “The rating system of US feedback from chess players, allows us to make the District of Columbia area, Brenan now sets
Chess is a great motivator for the most serious better collection development choices (e.g. “a yearly goal of reaching a certain rating.”
chess students. I encourage my students to books, videos, and online resources).”
become members of US Chess when they start The website for International Games Week Brenan started serious training later in life, after
to succeed in non-rated tournaments. Once is http://games.ala.org/international-games- academic accomplishments and the start of his
they play in rated tournaments, they often week/. Your “first moves” might be to alert career. Valedictorian in high school, he went on
become obsessed with raising their ratings. academic, public, or school librarians to the to earn a Ph.D. in government from Georgetown
While I don’t completely think that obsession free games they can get if their libraries join University. In 1995, he moved to Falls Church,
is healthy, it helps the students become more International Games Week or to help them where he works with counseling terminally ill
goal-directed and they study the game more include chess during that week. From your patients. He married his wife Josefina, and has
seriously, sometimes going over interesting first moves, chess games will happen, as they a daughter, Jereille, and a son, Frankie.
games on the US Chess website. Also, the have at the Denton Public Library and the .
major tournaments, like state and nationals, Highland Park High School Library. Chess FM Jennifer Yu, who lives in nearby Ashburn,
are rated. So if they want to be involved in helps librarians achieve their goals and seems to bring Brenan good luck at tourna-
our team’s goals, such as being one of the top connects chess players with their libraries. ments. “She walked by my board a couple of
five high school teams in Texas, they need to times, and because she reminds me of Coach
join US Chess.” Web extra: Alexey Root, Kerol Harrod, and Nazi, I was able to remember Nazi’s tips on
Kerol emailed that chess helps librarians Neil Krasnoff presented “Winning with Chess playing better, winning one of my better games,”
serve their communities: “We strive to provide in Your Library” on April 4, 2018 at the Texas Brenan recalls. “That’s how strong these women
relevant programming and resources to the Library Association Annual Conference. To are: Sometimes they can help, even just by
community, and to do that we need to know view the presentation, go to uschess.org and walking by!”
what the community values. When chess players search for the title. Write to faces@uschess.org.

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First Moves / Chess news from around the U.S.

Chess for Life


A Canadian program uses chess as part of a novel youth
sentencing initiative.
By JAMAAL ABDUL-ALIM

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT ARE DR. JEFFREY MACCORMACK, JOSH MARKLE, DR. MONIQUE SEDGWICK, RILEY KOSTEK AND DR. LANCE GRIGG.

W
hen Lance Grigg read about a 12- a number of possible solutions, keeping in mind chess to teach analytical thinking to children.
year-old boy who had been a healthy respect for rules,” he says of chess. Grigg says he also drew inspiration from news
sentenced to practice basketball after “Rules are helpful and create the possibility for articles he found about GM Maurice Ashley and
he pulled a knife on another youth and demanded all that creative thinking.” a chess program for kids that Ashley runs in
money, Grigg thought to himself: Why not The judge told Grigg his proposal sounded Brooklyn. The program involves the Police
sentence young offenders to learn chess? interesting and asked Grigg to send him some Athletic League and the Brooklyn District
Grigg got the chance to pitch the proposal research. attorney’s office.
when he ran into Derek Redman—the Canadian And so began the Chess for Life program— “I was looking for stuff that I could give the
judge who imposed the novel basketball an alternative sentencing program for young judges and the probation officers and the Crown
sentence—when the judge was working out at people who become involved in the criminal Attorney (the Canadian prosecutor’s office) to
a fitness center at the University of Lethbridge justice system in Alberta. say: ‘This is something worthwhile,’” Grigg says.
in the province of Alberta, where Grigg is an While the program is located in Canada, some
associate professor of education. of the inspiration for the program comes from PLAYED CHESS AS A KID
“When I read that and ran into Derek, I said, the United States. Grigg says one reason he chose to develop
‘Wow, what about chess?’ ” Grigg recalls of his “I stumbled onto besomeone.org,” Grigg says an alternative sentencing program that involves
encounter with the judge, whom he knows of the chess program begun by Orrin “Check- chess is because he played chess in the Calgary
personally. “Talk about a sport, an art form, a mate” Hudson, a former Georgia state trooper Chess Club as a youth.
game that is about thinking of consequences of and founder of Be Someone Inc., a Stone “It made a huge impact on me,” Grigg says,
moves before you make them, trying to identify Mountain, Georgia-based nonprofit that uses recalling that he played in tournaments as a youth.

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Grigg says he stopped playing chess after he with Grigg at the University of Lethbridge. The program began on a more formal basis
began college but rediscovered the game when The classes took place in the afternoon on with the Alberta Justice Office earlier this year.
he began his career as an education professor. campus in Turcotte Hall. Seven or so youths have been referred to the
He joined the professors’ chess team, which plays The youths came to campus with their program thus far. Their sentences require them
the student chess team every year for a trophy. probation officers or by themselves. Grigg made to spend 25 hours studying chess. Since the
He recently got back into tournament chess sure they had granola bars and juice and other program meets for 90 minutes on Fridays, that
to sharpen his game as he runs the Chess for “goodies.” translates to about four months of Friday
Life program. Classes began with chess videos from afternoon chess lessons.
“I want to make sure my game is up to speed,” tournaments around the world. Grigg says he and a team of researchers hope
Grigg said. “They really got excited about speed chess to learn if 25 hours of chess instruction can help
and blitz chess,” Grigg says. young offenders make better decisions.
TRIAL RUN Other lessons involved chess puzzles on a The hoped-for outcome is captured in a
Grigg says Judge Redman had him do a trial whiteboard or projection screen. They might description of the program: “Engaging youth
run of the Chess For Life program at the study openings up to about the seventh move in developing disciplined thinking skills can
beginning of 2017. About three or four youths and then play out the rest of the games on only help them make good choices now and in
referred by Redman began to attend chess lessons their own. the future.”

step at a time, in one direction at a time, can’t make those connections, nor fully
Foundations much like the king on our chessboard. understand them yet even if we take the
By SCOTT MILLER Grandpa Lenk directed a company for time to explain. But the young student of
many years that dealt in high quality fishing the game can learn quite a lot. The mind
“Hi, I’m Scott.” reels, and was also associated with the famed ponders and weighs alternatives, and learns
“Hello, young man. I’m the King of Mitchell fishing reel coveted by collectors to think before acting. The tradeoffs that
Sweden.” today. His company later became known as choices represent become increasingly
The King was visiting Grandpa Lenk, and ABU Garcia. Newell Rubbermaid owns it apparent. While a child may not be able to
Grandpa Lenk was teaching me chess. So, now, but it was a force to be reckoned with construct a highly complicated stratagem,
from my earliest days my instruction in in its heyday, as was Grandpa Lenk himself. chess can help their mind to grow in that
chess was indirectly connected with royalty. Was the young King dining with Grandpa direction. Excellence can follow from a
This didn’t improve my capabilities, I Lenk, his family, and me on a trip to take strong foundation.
hasten to add. I remain at best a player of counsel of an éminence grise, as constitu- I see it every day teaching my daughter
middling talents. But it does mark a rare tional changes advanced towards him? I will to play chess. She is just a year older than I
and unusual beginning in the game we love, never know the answer to that question. was when I first began to learn the game
and leads me often to reflect upon its The perceptions of a four-year old are from Grandpa Lenk. In many ways, her
attributes. insufficient to judge. But while King Carl experience is like my own. We begin with
Grandpa Lenk was not my grandfather. XVI Gustaf may have lost that particular basic elements. We take our time.
He was the grandfather of my best friend round of real-life chess, both he and I appear Expectations are set for the level of a
when I was just four years of age. Grandpa to have learned from the best. beginner. Even the brightest kindergartener
Lenk was well into his eighties when he My foundation in chess began in the runs out of patience, and only wants to
and I first met, and I can still remember fashion that characterizes everyone’s intro- return to the game later. I’m sure Grandpa
clearly how he affected me with the duc tion to the game. Grandpa Lenk Lenk went through all that with me. That
combination of his frail physical form and acquaint- ed me with the chess pieces, their he did so willingly and enthusiastically is
sharp, incisive mind. He may have been names, and their respective capabilities on one of life’s finer compliments, and his
elderly, but he was not to be trifled with, the board. When you’re young and learning foundation is one that I am passing on every
and that message radiated from his body chess for the first time, your imagination time that my daughter and I take out the
fires. That’s all the more true when you’re chessboard.
PHOTO COURTESY OF UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE

language outwards.
A formidable adversary. A great friend. four years of age, and have recently met a Once in a while, special people come into
I was four years old in 1974. It must have real King at dinner. The pieces have person- our lives. The thing to do is appreciate them.
been an interesting and challenging year for alities. The king looks regal, austere. The Equally, moments in life arise occasionally
the Swedish monarch, who had recently queen looks kind, but her power and ability when, through a special person or some
succeeded his own grandfather to the throne. to do almost anything is exciting. The knight other form of introduction, an undertaking
Carl XVI Gustaf ascended the Swedish intrigues for his ability to jump and move of value and consequence presents itself.
throne during a time of rapid change. Not in two directions at once. Castles ignite the The thing is to recognize it when it happens.
long thereafter, the 1974 Instrument of imagination with fortresses of old. For the Chess cultivates in our youth all the traits
Government modernized the country, but youthful student of chess, the chessboard they need now more than ever in a changing
did so by depriving the King of his formal comes to life. world: persistence, caution in action, percep-
powers to appoint the prime minister and It doesn’t dawn on the young student of tivity, the ability to adapt to new situations
function as commander-in-chief of the chess that the queen’s characteristics, being and to think through a complicated problem.
military. The monarchy had been rendered a blend of the rook and the bishop, may Showing your child how to play chess is
more symbolic, in a significant way. This symbolize the melding of temporal and showing that child how to live life.
was now a King who could only move one spiritual power. That comes later. Children That’s a great foundation, and a fine legacy.

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MORPHY MORSELS:
A TOP TEN LIST
IN HONOR OF PAUL MORPHY’S BIRTHDAY (June 22, 1837 – July 10, 1884)

3. Rumored to have relied on his remarkable

2. Won three games memory and natural intuition, rather than


against Hungarian study or train regularly
chess master
1. Johann Löwenthal
at age 12 (some 4. Began playing competitively only
because he was too young to start
Learned to play sources claim practicing law after
chess simply by one game was
Rue D’ Orléans
graduating law
Orleans watching games drawn) school at age 19
between his
father and uncle;
by age nine, was
considered one
of New Orleans’

6.
best players Played blindfold chess against

5. Considered the first eight players in an 1858 exhibition


unofficial World Champion in Paris that
after defeating the best rocked the
players of his time (with the chess world
exception of and solidified

PHOTO CREDIT: MORPHY BY SOLARGREENCOLOR VIA WIKIMEDIA; ICONS BY FREEPIK


Howard Staunton, his celebrity
who managed to
avoid a match)

7. Nicknamed “The Pride and


Sorrow of Chess” because even
though he was one of the world’s
most brilliant players, he left
chess to become a lawyer
and later struggled with
mental illness.

8. Chess “career,” in
total, lasted no
more than 18
months

9.
Never launched his law
career because his chess
fame eclipsed his chosen
profession

10. Included in Bobby Fischer’s


list of the 10 greatest
players of all times

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Our vision is to enrich the lives of all persons


US CHESS and communities through increasing the play,
VISION study, and appreciation of the game of chess.

2018 EXECUTIVE BOARD ELECTION


Candidates are listed in an order determined during a YOUTH CATEGORY
double blind drawing held in our office with the City of Any Youth category member who wants the May
Crossville Mayor James Mayberry. Ballots will be distrib- candidates’ statements may receive them on request
uted to all voting members who are a current US Chess since they do not receive the May issue of Chess Life.
member for the entire day Central time on May 5, 2018, This applies only to Youth members who will be age 16
who will be age 16 or older by June 30, 2018, and who
or older by June 30, 2018, since otherwise the Youth
registered to vote by May 1, 2018.
member will not be receiving a ballot. For more infor-
The deadline to register to vote was May 1, 2018. mation, contact Kathleen Collins either by email at
kcollins@uschess.org or by phone at 931.787.1234 ext. 131.
To check your registration status and for additional
information, go to your MSA page at https://secure2. In addition to the statements that appear on the following pages, a 150-word
uschess.org/voter-registration.php and verify that statement appeared in the April 2018 Chess Life and a half-page statement in
your “Voting Member Status” is “Registered Voting Member.” the May 2018 Chess Life. These are available in the Chess Life archives on
–Ken Ballou, US Chess election committee chair uschess.org.

2018 SCHOLAR-CHESS US CHESS


PLAYER AWARDS CORE VALUES
US Chess is pleased to announce the five winners of •Education. •Integrity.
the 2018 Scholar-Chessplayer Awards. The Scholar- Chess is an educational tool aiding in We respect and maintain good
Chessplayer Awards target high school juniors and the learning of planning, cause and relationships with our customers and
seniors who excel in academics, chess, and leadership. effect relationships, pattern recognition, stakeholders as well as the game of
The five winners receive equal $1,500 scholarships and research, all key skills for success in chess itself.
totaling $7,500.00 in awards. STEM (Science, Technology,
Engineering, Mathematics). •Accessibility.
These annual recognitions, provided by the US Chess Chess can and should be enjoyed by
Trust with the support of the National Scholastic
•Customer Service. individuals regardless of social or
Chess Foundation and US Chess, are intended to
We strive to be responsive, adaptive, economic status or physical or
encourage high school students who promote a
positive image of chess. This year’s recipients are: and proactive in providing services to developmental capability.
our customers.
Abhimanyu Banerjee, 16, •Love of the Game.
from Gainesville, Florida; •Excellence. Chess is a historic and iconic game,
Maggie Feng, 17, from Dublin, Ohio; We recognize the value of excellence and we celebrate its history, growth
both in chess as an activity and the and evolution in our activities and
Craig Hilby, 18, from Irvine, California; services we provide to our customers. services.
Seth Talyansky, 17, from Portland, Oregon;
•Communication. •Outreach. We work to extend the
and We will continually inform and be knowledge and appreciation
Andrew Tang, 18, from Plymouth, Minnesota. responsive to our members and customers. of chess.

US CHESS Empowering people through


MISSION chess one move at a time.
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US Chess Affairs / News for our Members

RANDY BAUER
Experience. Leadership. Proven Results.
In past Executive Board elections, the voters have put their trust in me by electing me four times. On each
occasion, the overall condition of US Chess has improved. I have provided leadership that led to key
accomplishments:
• Cleaned up the US Chess finances and ensured sound budget practices
• Lined up the sponsor for the highly successful U.S. and Women’s Chess Championships
• Secured non-profit tax status for US Chess
• Re-shaped the organization’s mission and vision statements and instituted a long-range strategic planning
and performance measuring process.
These past successes uniquely position US Chess for new and greater successes. However, we must resist “the
kid in the candy shop” philosophy that US Chess should go on a spending spree or make haphazard choices. I will provide experienced leadership
that will make the tough choices and achieve quantifiable results.
There are promising opportunities for US Chess to build on these past successes—to “grow the game” and advance our mission of empowering
people through chess. That will require Executive Board members with the experience, leadership and proven results. I am pleased and gratified
that many eminent US Chess thought leaders are endorsing my candidacy. These include:
• Rex Sinquefield, the greatest chess benefactor in US Chess history—a man whose vision has put St. Louis on the world chess map and whose
generous support has made the U.S. Chess Championships world-class events for the past decade.
• Bill Goichberg, arguably the most prominent chess organizer and tournament director in US Chess history—and, in my experience, the best
Executive Board member I ever served with.
• Ruth Haring, the best US Chess President with whom I served—a leading champion of our organization’s role in FIDE and in increasing our
focus on women’s chess activities.
• Gary Walters, the US Chess President during my last term on the Board, whose leadership helped advance many of the financial and strategic
improvements for US Chess.
I asked each of these US Chess leaders for their support, and they were happy to provide it. I sincerely ask the same of you—please support my
candidacy and vote in the 2018 Executive Board election.

LAKSHMANA VISWANATH
Retention
Last time I talked about committee revamping. This month it is about retention of the young adults.
We all know from elementary to middle to high school to young adult, our membership is always
declining. For thousands of reasons we lose players in those age groups.
I do not have to go through an exhaustive list of reasons why the retention will help. Here is a crazy
idea. Any way you want to call it or market it. Buddy system. Buy one, get one free. Idea is for each
young adult membership to give another young adult membership free. They have to enroll together.
This will keep that age group interested in chess. There is no guarantee that this will increase the
membership. It is also possible that rather than increasing the membership numbers we may end up getting less monies. The goal
here is simply peer influence (pressure).
It is not the amount collected. This incentive makes two folks join hands to become a member and keep their membership current.
And the expectation is that they keep playing and being active. I am amenable to reasonable ideas to make this a better proposal. Let
us grow to six figures!
As you all know, I got elected into a position that was vacated mid term. I have only served for one year. No, I do not yet have a long
list of accomplishments to my belt. I have made a difference in the Executive Board meetings, networked with a lot of people, and
am listening to them. I continue to be a tournament director running small and large events. None of my other activities will
diminish my passion for chess. Lastly, I have no financial self interest in being a board member. I humbly request your support.

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ANJELINA BELAKOVSKAIA
Why am I running for re-election?
Because I care deeply about US Chess and its future—for my own kids, my students, my chess friends and
colleagues, and for the welfare of the entire membership.
In addition to bringing more women and girls into chess, we are now revitalizing senior chess, expanding
youth opportunities, helping players with special needs, and providing more opportunities and value to all
members. This year, US Chess will send teams to the World Senior Team Championship and Under 16 Chess
Olympiad. We’ll be supporting our professional players and new scholastic members alike, as well as working
with clubs and affiliates, enhancing our mutually-beneficial cooperation with US Chess Trust, and far more.
Some of the members have lived through the tough times of US Chess, when the future was a matter of
survival. Now, as our financial situation is consistently improving, it is time to move forward and concentrate
on growth. A balanced Executive Board ensures that we make financially sound moves, but also don’t stagnate
and lose momentum, or risk losing our accumulated advantage.
I am a strong proponent of growth and expansion for US Chess through wise and responsible financial investments.
Since there are many topics that can’t be addressed here due to space limitation, please visit my dedicated Facebook page—https://www.facebook.com/
AnjelinaUSChess/ It covers:
▪ Membership Organization and/or 501(c)(3) ▪ Benefits of Chess in Education Fundraising
entity ▪ College Chess, Affiliates and Chess Clubs for ▪ Expanding and Enhancing US Chess
▪ US Chess and US Chess Trust relationship Adults Partnerships
▪ US Chess and FIDE relationship ▪ Professional (Top) US Chess Players ▪ Outreach
▪ US Chess website ▪ Chess Seniors ▪ US Chess Membership
▪ Women and Girls in chess ▪ Players with Special Needs ▪ US Chess Governing Body and Future
▪ Scholastic Chess ▪ Finances, Corporate Connections and https://www.facebook.com/AnjelinaUSChess/

Thank you for giving me an opportunity to serve US Chess in the last three years! It has been a great and fulfilling experience that I intend to
continue! Please support me in my goal to expand US Chess to a new level.

RYAN VELEZ
I am offering to serve on the Executive Board not just because I want to but because I am concerned
the future of US Chess may be in jeopardy. As a life member, I don’t want to see my investment
squandered because we end up with bad leadership. I see US Chess’ future threatened in two primary
ways.
First, we need to begin transitioning knowledge and responsibilities from older generations to
younger ones. Younger generations need training and knowledge, so they do not reinvent the wheel
or repeat mistakes. One suggestion I’ve made is US Chess must create a Tournament Organizer’s
Handbook. It allows previous generations to write down their ideas and younger generations to
benefit. If we do not transition this knowledge, then US Chess will suffer.
The second reason I fear for US Chess’ future has to do with the reserve fund. For those that don’t
know, as of August 2017 US Chess had $1,000,000 in a reserve fund. This money is intended to be saved to cover ourselves in hard
times. However, there are some people who feel we should dip into that fund to pay for chess programming. I disagree with
spending it because that figure only represents about 3½ months of operating budget. If we dip into the reserve fund, then Chess
Life, our office staff, or other systems could be adversely affected. I don’t want to see that happen, which is why I am advocating we
grow the reserve fund and to cover 9-12 months of operating budget.
I believe if we successfully transfer knowledge to younger people and we keep the reserve fund intact, the future of US Chess will be
secure. With a secure future, US Chess can focus its efforts on membership acquisition and retention. The main area for acquisition
I have identified is looking to the needs of underrepresented groups. We need to help show people how chess can permeate and
strengthen any culture or community.
If you give me your vote, I will give you a voice. I am a very accessible person on the US Chess forums, Facebook, and through e-
mail. I will listen to what you have to say and do my best to represent you. I also have no problem explaining why I voted a certain
way on an issue. I will also respect anyone whose opinion differs from mine. Thank you.

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Chess to Enjoy / Entertainment

Every Which Way


Forward is not the only good direction on the board.
By GM ANDY SOLTIS

CHESS IS PRIMARILY A VERTICAL GAME. profiled movie stars and world leaders—looked grabs a pawn. A move that does three things
We have hot-wired ourselves to believe that at the life of Frank Marshall, he showed off this at once must be good, right?
pieces should advance when they move, just as game, claiming his great Russian rival resigned Wrong. Fischer overlooked 12. ... Nf6!,
pawns must advance. here. (In fact, Chigorin played out 8. ... g6 9. which does five things. It stops both mate
But that may blind us to the two other Qxa5 Nf6 until move 20.) threats. It makes Black’s own mate threat (13.
directions: sideways and backwards. With experience, players develop better ... Qxg2). It attacks the undefended bishop (13.
Arnold Denker, a U.S. Champion, discovered horizontal vision. What is more difficult to ... Qxb5).
this when he was growing up and read a acquire is backward thinking. That is, retreats. If that weren’t enough, the retreat also
textbook by Geza Maroczy. As he put it in Chess Bobby Fischer was famously punished in this threatens to win Fischer’s queen with 13. ...
Life in 1974, it is easier to make errors involving game: Bd5. Fischer resigned, rather than play out 13.
horizontal lines “because players are more g3 Bd5! 14. d3 Qf5 15. Bd7!? Qf3.
accustomed to thinking vertically on the board.” TWO KNIGHTS DEFENSE, You might think that strong retreats are most
This explains blunders like: FRITZ VARIATION (C57) common in the middlegame, when a player
GM Bobby Fischer realizes that the white knight he placed on b5
QUEEN’S GAMBIT, Robert Burger would be better off on e2. He regroups,
CHIGORIN DEFENSE (D07) Simultaneous exhibition, San Francisco, beginning with Nc3! and Ne2!.
Frank Marshall California, 04.13.1964 Even GMs do this. I remember a wonderful
Mikhail Chigorin Boris Spassky quote in Robert Byrne’s book
Monte Carlo (4), 02.07.1902 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Ng5 d5 about the 1974 Candidates matches: “Viktor
5. exd5 Nd4 6. c3 b5! 7. Bf1!
[Korchnoi] spends his time in the opening with
1. d4 d5 2. c4 Nc6 3. Nc3 dxc4 4. d5 Na5
5. Bf4 Bd7 6. e4 e6 7. dxe6 This retreat is the only way for White to the White pieces putting them all in the wrong
gain an edge, theory says. places so that he can reposition them in the
early middlegame. He’s done that all his life.
7. ... Nxd5 8. cxd4 Qxg5 9. Bxb5+ Kd8 10.
Qf3 Bb7 11. O-O exd4 12. Qxf7??
It’s his style.”
But sometimes the retreat comes early:

DUTCH DEFENSE (A84)


IM Alfredo Brito Garcia
Juan Chacon Jerez
Ch Spain (team)(4), Oropesa, Spain, 1996

1. d4 e6 2. c4 f5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qb3 c5 5.


a3 Qa5 6. Bd2 Nc6?

Black must have seen how 7. ... Bxe6 allows (see diagram next page)
the unpleasant 8. Qxd8+! Kxd8 (8. ... Rxd8 9.
Bxc7) 9. 0-0-0+ Kc8 10. Nb5!. Now 7. d5! Nd4 8. Qd1 is strong because 9.
So he played 7. ... fxe6??, overlooking 8. Qh5+! White would stand well after 12. d3. But e3 will win the trapped knight. White preferred
and 9. Qxa5. When Life magazine—which usually Bobby threatens mate on e8 and d7 and also to threaten 8. axb4:

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PROBLEM I PROBLEM II PROBLEM III


Champions GM Liren Ding
GM Magnus Carlsen
GM Liren Ding
GM Magnus Carlsen
GM Hikaru Nakamura
GM Veselin Topalov
Showdown Quiz
The Champions Showdown was
another treat from the Saint Louis
Chess Club and Scholastic Center:
Eight world-class players, led by
World Champion Magnus Carlsen,
battled it out in blitz and rapid chess
last November. The tournament
provides our six quiz positions this BLACK TO PLAY BLACK TO PLAY BLACK TO PLAY
month. In each diagram you are
asked to find the fastest winning line PROBLEM IV PROBLEM V PROBLEM VI
GM Fabiano Caruana GM Liren Ding GM Lenier Dominguez Perez
of play. This will usually mean the GM Alexander Grischuk GM Magnus Carlsen GM Wesley So
forced win of a decisive amount of
material, such as a minor piece. But
be on the lookout for mating attacks.
For solutions, see page 71.

WHITE TO PLAY BLACK TO PLAY WHITE TO PLAY

strategic plan and ensure advantage. Greg had 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. g3 Bb7 5.
another idea. Bg2 Be7 6. 0-0 0-0 7. Nc3 d5 8. cxd5
exd5 9. Ne5 Qc8 10. Bg5 Qe6 11. Rc1 c5?
20. Bf3 Qe5 21. Qh4 Nh6 22. Bc1! Nf5 23. 12. Nd3!
Qh1 Qe7 24. Bg2!
White couldn’t play 12. dxc5? Qxe5. Black
likely expected 12. e3 and a double-edge
middlegame after 12. ... Rd8 13. f4 Nc6.
But after 12. Nd3! he faces a powerful Nf4.
He could resign after 12. ... Nbd7 13. Nf4 Qf5
14. Bxf6 Bxf6? 15. Bh3!. Or he could play on a
pawn down after 14. ... Nxf6 15. dxc5 and
Ncxd5.
7. Qd1! Bxc3 8. Bxc3 Qc7 9. d5, Black
12. ... cxd4 13. Bxf6 Bxf6 14. Nxd5! Bxd5
resigned.
15. Nf4 Qd6 16. Nxd5! Bg5 17. f4 Bd8
When I was looking over the games of the Or 17. ... Bh6 18. Nc7 and White wins a full
late Greg DeFotis, I remembered watching this rook.
game and being astonished. White wanted more than 16. Bxd5 Nd7 17.
White’s threat is 25. g4, trapping the knight.
It wouldn’t work immediately because 24. g4 Bxa8 Rxa8. He assured himself of that with 18.
ENGLISH OPENING (A21) Nh4 25. Bg5 Nxf3 is check. Black resigned Nc3!.
Greg DeFotis (U.S.) He will also win the d-pawn and Exchange
on move 37.
Daniel Wright (England) after 18. ... Na6 19. Bxa8 Qb8 20. Nd5 Qxa8
Of course, most great retreats are just
World Student Team Championship (6), 21. Qxd4. Even worse for Black is 18. ... Nc6
temporary. But there are also magical knights
Dresden, Germany, 08.01.1969 19. Nb5!.
that make powerful backward hops until they
are back where they started: But what about 18. ... Qb4? Doesn’t that
1. c4 g6 2. Nc3 Bg7 3. g3 e5 4. Bg2 d6 5. allow Black to cut his losses with 19. Bxa8 dxc3
Rb1 a5 6. a3 Nh6 7. d3 0-0 8. Nf3 Nc6 9. or 19. Na4 Nd7 20. Bxa8 b5!?
b4 axb4 10. axb4 Nd4 11. Nxd4 exd4 12. QUEEN’S INDIAN, The answer is a third retreat, 19. Nb1! when
Ne4 Nf5 13. 0-0 h5 14. Bb2 h4 15. Ra1 Rb8 OLD MAIN LINE (E18)
16. b5! hxg3 17. hxg3 Nh6 18 Qd2 Ng4 19.
White emerges at least a piece ahead.
GM Boris Spassky Who says horses can’t run backward?
Qg5 Qe8
GM Viktor Korchnoi
Now 20. b6! would carry out White’s Zonal tournament (13), Moscow, 03.07.1964 See pages 13-15 for Executive Board election information.

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Colle-Zukertort, Ever-Green
This time, the Magic Formula worked!
By GM LEV ALBURT

TO PLAY THE COLLE-ZUKERTORT AS 4. Bd3 c5 9. ... Bb7 10. f4 Rc8 11. 0-0
White is easy and pleasant and requires very
little memorization. After:
1. d4 d5 2. Nf3

Now White is at the crossroads: 5. c3 is the And then either 12. g4 and 13. g5, or 12.
Colle Opening, and ... Rf3, 13. Rh3, and 14. Bxh7+.
Easy. Fun. Seems to work with the black
5. b3
2. ... Nf6 knight on either c6 or d7, with the black queen
... a quite different kind of opening, is the on either c7 or e7 (or d8). A truly universal,
Unprepared, who’d dare to go into the 2. ... Zukertort (often called Colle-Zukertort). almost magic, attack formula.
Bf5 3. c4 e6 4. Qb3 lion’s den? While Black—unless very well prepared—
5. ... Bd6 6. Bb2 Nc6 7. a3
must solve difficult problems and make nerve-
To stop worrying about Black’s threat, ... wracking decisions (supported by in-depth
Nc6-b4 (which, strictly speaking, isn’t even a calculations)—or collapse under Zukertort’s
threat here). “Zuggernaut.”
Drew Lane (azlane on Chess.com), the winner
7. ... 0-0 8. Nbd2 b6 9. Ne5
of this month’s Most Instructive Game and Notes
Award, characterizes his game (on the next
page) as “similar to many that I have read about
in the various Colle books.” As Black was lost
on move 13 and beyond redemption on the
next move, this reads as a full-hearted paean
to Zukertort!
ANALYSIS AFTER 4. Qb3
Writes Drew (my further comments are in
Black is fine after 4. ... Nc6. italics):
3. e3 e6
I am recently retired and have decided to
Why not 3. ... Bf5 and only then ... e7-e6?— revisit chess in my free time. I have always
the same challenge through 4. c4 e6 5. Qb3 been a casual player but have decided to study
may be even more frightening here. The assault begins! chess now so that I can be more competitive

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while also keeping my mind sharp. One of the 12. ... Nd7??
openings that I have tried to learn is the Colle
This was a blunder by Black and I no longer
as it seems to fit my personality.
need to chase the knight on f6 that was guarding
The game below was similar to many that I
h7. I decide to attack with bishop on d3 with
have read about in the various Colle books I
plans to follow with Qh5. Better was 12. ... b5
have been studying and I thought it might be
with a small advantage to White.
helpful to readers. My Fritz rating for a first-
And I believe White is up, say, half-a-pawn, a
time player must be from my tactics score as I
serious advantage.
believe I am around a 1200 player (24 games
on Shredder and 15 on Chess.com [11wins/four 13. Bxh7+! ±
losses]). For this reason, I changed my ELO Not “±” but “almost winning.” (The rook on f8 is
below to 1200: badly missing!!)
7. ... Bd6 8. b4
13. ... Kxh7??
COLLE-ZUKERTORT (D02)
Fritz believes the position is equal. I am not
Azlane (1200) This makes it easier for me.
sure why I didn’t play 8. b3 as that is book.
Julieta23 (1514) His best was 13. ... Kf8 14. Qh5 Nf6.
Perhaps you wanted to threaten to attack the c6-
Chess.com (Game/30), 01.13.2018 While 14. Qh5 is OK, 14. Bd3! is stronger (and
knight with your b-pawn. At least your opponent
simpler). White has a solid extra pawn and a strong
1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 e6 3. e3 c5 thought so, thus—quite unnecessary—8. ... a6.
attack.
8. ... a6 14. Qh5+
I’d prefer here the freeing 8. ... e5!?. I don't feel there is much Black can do now,
9. Bb2 0-0 as most of his pieces are sealed off from being
able to help.
I am happy to see Black castle as almost No. You shall beat here AlphaZero (or Magnus
every time with CZ my opponent delays Carlsen), ten out of ten.
castling or even castles queenside. Now that
14. ... Kg8 15. Qxf7+
the king is in this position I can focus my
attack, though I need to capture or get Black Keeping the king in check while I lift my
to move the knight on f6. rook and prepare Rh3.
10. 0-0 Re8 15. ... Kh8 16. Rf3, Black resigned.
This is a common move in the Colle- The CZ seemed to work as planned, with
An error, as the rook is ill-placed on e8, much
Zukertort (CZ) books I am reading, but the black pieces cramped and sealed off from
better on f8.
first time I have faced it in a game. preventing a kingside attack. The move of the
11. Ne5
4. Bd3 knight from f6 led to the downfall.
Following book for CZ and opening a This is a true problem for Black in the Zukertort:
White’s fourth move provokes/invites 4. ... c4.
diagonal for the queen. Even a single error could be fatal, as 12. ... Nd7
After 5. Be2, White shall then attack the overstepping
clearly was.
c4-pawn by b2-b3, sometimes by e3-e4. On balance, 11. ... Qc7
I’d take White. Thus: kudos to Black’s subtle (but
threatening) 4. ... Nc6!. The idea ... Qc7 is better for White than ...
4. ... Nc6
Qe7, though I need to be mindful of an attack Send in your games!
at h2.
It is Nc6 that makes me think that Black may Black’s position is still defendable, but some subtle If you are unrated or rated 1799 or be-
have plans to capture my "Colle bishop" on d3. play is required: 11. ... Qb6 first, to prevent f2-f4, low, then GM Lev Alburt invites you to
and only on 12. Ndf3, 12. ... Qc7. send your most instructive game with
5. a3
12. f4
notes to:
Protects against ... Nb4, attacking my Colle
Back to Basics, c/o Chess Life
bishop.
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But ignoring ... c4. Stronger was 5. b3, with a
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Or e-mail your material to
5. ... cxd4
backtobasics@uschess.org
Here, after 5. ... c4, Black gains not one, but
(almost) two tempi, as in some key lines the move GM Alburt will select the “most instruc-
a2-a3 isn’t needed. For example, after 6. Be2 Bd6 7. tive” game and Chess Life will award an
b3 cxb3, Black is at least equal. autographed copy of Lev’s newest book,
Platonov’s Chess Academy (by Lev Alburt
6. exd4 Nf6 7. Nbd2 and Sam Palatnik) to the person
submitting the most instructive game
(see diagram top of next column)
Again a book move to support Ne5. and annotations.
I am happy to be able to set up my CZ Ah, but together these book moves make Zuker- www.ChessWithLev.com
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Caruana versus
Grischuk at the
Candidates
Fabiano’s near-perfect play against an in-form Grischuk
By GM ROBERT HESS

FABIANO CARUANA WILL CHALLENGE 4. ... d5 5. Nbd2 Nxd2


Magnus Carlsen for the World Chess Champi-
The continuation 5. ... Nc5 6. Nb3 Ne6 7.
onship! American chess fans have spent months
Nbd4 Nxd4 is most popular at this point.
celebrating this tremendous achievement. The
Granted, this isn’t a particularly common line
psychological roller coaster that Fabi went
to begin with, but the knights’ tango is comedic.
through—in addition to the challenges he faced
over-the-board—could only be handled by a player 6. Bxd2
with nerves of steel. A half point ahead entering Recapturing with the queen is interesting
the final round, Caruana was guaranteed qualifi- and ambitious. The plan is to maneuver her
cation only by winning his own game. So with majesty to the kingside: 6. Qxd2 Be7 7. Qf4
that in mind, what is the best way to play against and White aims to apply pressure with Qg3.
an extremely strong opponent? Do you try to
neutralize White’s initial advantage and settle for 6. ... Be7 7. Bd3 c5 8. c3 Nc6 9. 0-0 Bg4 14. ... Bg6 15. bxc5 Bxc5 16. Ng5 with the
a draw while praying the other two fail to win? 10. Re1 Qd7 11. h3 Bh5 intention of Bxg6 and e6.
Or do you play ambitiously, venturing into A novelty in a rare position. Spanish Super- 14. ... h6! 15. Bg3 b6 16. Nd4
dangerous waters? The answer to this question GM Francisco Vallejo Pons achieved an advan-
can be found by Fabiano’s near-perfect play. Already in time trouble, Grischuk greatly
tage after 11. ... Bf5 12. Qc2 Bxd3 13. Qxd3 0-0 changes the dynamics of the game by forcing
14. Rad1 Qe6 15. a3 a6 16. Be3 Rad8 17. b4 cxb4 an exchange of queens. Unfortunately for him,
PETROFF DEFENSE (C43) 18. axb4 1-0 (47) Vallejo Pons, Francisco (2696)- the middlegame with a two bishops “advantage”
GM Alexander Grischuk (FIDE 2767, RUS) Perez Garcia, Rodney Oscar (2426) Lugo 2009. is unfavorable for White, whose pawn on e5
GM Fabiano Caruana (FIDE 2784, USA) is overextended.
12. Bf4 Qe6 13. a3
Candidates Tournament 2018 (14), Berlin, Possible was 16. Qc2 Bg6
Germany, 03.27.2018 The retreat 13. Be2 opens up some serious
a) Compromising White’s kingside pawn
discoveries on the bishop on h5. Black can in
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 structure only helps him initiate a quick assault:
turn change his bishop’s diagonal, though
16. ... Bxf3 17. gxf3 (17. Bf5 fails to trap the queen
Caruana’s Petroff Defense was tested repeat- White’s initiative quickly grows after 13. ...
and loses because of 17. ... Be4) 17. ... g6 18. f4
edly at the Berlin Candidates tournament. Bg6 (13. ... 0-0 14. Qd2 renews the threat of Qxh3 19. Bxg6 fxg6 20. Qxg6+ Kh8 21. Qxc6;
Grischuk, who was no longer in contention Nd4, whereas 14. ... Bg6 merely transposes to b) 16. ... Rad8 is really smart, intending to
for first, avoided the main lines in which this variation.) 14. Qd2 0-0 15. Rad1 with 16. meet the queen trapping move 17. Bf5 with
Caruana is extremely well versed. Ng5 to follow. To my eyes this appears to be the pin 17. ... Bg6. Note that starting with 16.
3. d4 Nxe4 4. dxe5 an improvement over the game. Qb1 would prevent this response, but would
More frequently played is 4. Bd3 d5 5. Nxe5 13. ... 0-0 14. b4 make 16. ... Bg6 17. Bxg6 fxg6 more effective
Nd7 6. Nxd7 Bxd7 7. 0-0 Bd6 8. c4 though the for Black, since White would have to spend an
(see diagram top of next column) additional tempo connecting his rooks;
position remains extremely solid. Hikaru
Nakamura failed to get an advantage against Caruana makes an essential prophylactic 17. Bxg6 fxg6 is a capture away from the
Yaroslav Zherebukh at the 2018 U.S. Champi- move. The luft for the king is an added benefit center, yet the semi-open f-file gives Black
onship in this line after 8. ... 0–0 9. c5 Be7 10. to permanently preventing Ng5 ideas. For serious activity.
Qc2 Bf6. instance, extremely problematic for Black is 16. ... Bxd1 17. Nxe6 fxe6 18. Raxd1 c4 19.

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Bc2 b5 Rac8 which prepares ... d4. And White is not


in time to infiltrate: 28. axb5 axb5 29. Ra6 Ra8
30. Rxc6 Ra1+ 31. Re1 Rxe1 mate.
27. ... Re8 28. Bd6 Rac8 29. Ra1 Red8 30.
Bb1

just a draw of his own, but why not just secure


the full point he earned? After 41. ... Rd8 42.
20. a4 R2a6 Bf4+ 43. Ke2 Rb2+ 44. Kf1 Rxd7 45.
There was hardly a choice for Grischuk since Rxd7 c3 46. Rd1 c2 47. Re1 c1=Q 48. Raxe6+
Caruana would have played ... a5, blasting open Kg7 (Not 48. ... Kf5?? 49. g4 mate) 49. Rxc1
the file. The downside of this push is that Black Bxc1. This ending must be winning, though
can soon undermine the protecting of the b- 30. ... Rd7 the h1 square not matching the color of the
pawn with ... d4. dark-square bishop is worrisome.
Patience is a virtue that the best players in
20. ... a6 the world truly comprehend. Hastiness would 42. Ke2 Rd8 43. Rc2 Rxb4
have made Black’s life so much more difficult
If it was not the final round of the Candidates A pawn is a pawn, but Caruana had even
here: 30. ... d4 31. axb5 axb5 32. cxd4 Nxd4 33.
tournament, Caruana could have considered better: 43. ... Rg1 44. Kf2 Rd1 45. Bb5 (45. Ba4
Ra7+ Kg8 34. Rea2.
20. ... a5 21. axb5 Nxb4 22. cxb4 axb4 though R8d2+ 46. Rxd2 Rxd2+ 47. Kf1 Ra2) 45. ... R8d2+
the risk of complete liquidation is completely 31. Ra3? 46. Rxd2 Rxd2+ 47. Kf1 c3 48. Ra1 c2 49. Ba4
unnecessary. In the game, Caruana kept firm Grischuk fails to find his last opportunity to Be3 50. Rc1 Rf2+ 51. Ke1 Bxc1 52. Kxf2 Be3+.
control of the winning chances. seize counter play. A defensive task is much 44. Bc6 c3 45. Rd7 Rc8 46. Be4 h5
21. f3 more difficult with material equality and no
plan, as compared to being down a pawn with Fixing the weakness on g2, Caruana ensures
Defending the e5-pawn with 21. f4 keeps activity. 31. axb5 axb5 32. Ra6 Ra7 (32. ... d4 that Grischuk will never wiggle out of his bind.
the bishop stuck on g3. And after 21. ... Rac8 33. Be4 is always the problem.) 33. Rxa7+ Nxa7 The rest is easy.
and ... d4 can’t be stopped without losing the 34. Ra2 Nc6 35. Ra6 d4! (The greedy 35. ... 47. Kd3 Rb2 48. Ke2 h4 49. Rd1 Ke5 50.
f4-pawn. Nxe5 36. Ra7+ Kg8 37. Bh7+ looks suspicious Ra1 Rd8 51. Rd1 Rdb8 52. Ra1 Bd2 53. Ra6
21. ... Bg5 for Black. The king is forced into the corner Rd8 54. Rc6 Rb1 55. Kf2 Ra1 56. Rc4 Rd4
and a true passed pawn will be hard to 57. Rc8 Rb4 58. Ke2
A better version of the prior piece sacrifice
orchestrate.) 36. cxd4 Nxd4 37. Ra7+ Kg8 38.
line is 21. ... Nxb4 22. cxb4 Bxb4, since Black
Bh7+ Kh8 39. Be4 c3 40. Rh7+ Kg8 41. Rxh6
snags the second pawn immediately. Even if
with the threat of perpetual check via h6-g6-f6.
objectively the move is strong, it simply is not
After 41. ... Nf5! and White will be fortunate
the right decision given the event standings. It
to survive; the loss of a piece for several pawns
is quite conceivable that White plants his bishop
appears unavoidable.
on g6 and threatens f4-f5.
31. ... d4 32. axb5 axb5 33. cxd4 Nxd4 34.
22. Bf2 Bf4 23. Bc5 Rfd8 24. Bd6 Bg3 25.
Rea2 Nc6 35. Be4 Bxe5
Re2 g5 26. Kf1 Kf7
Now is not the time for imprecision. After
35. ... Nxe5 36. Ra7 Rcd8 37. Bxe5 Bxe5 38. Bc6
Rxa7 39. Rxa7+ Kf6 40. Bxb5 c3 41. Ra2 the
ending is not easy to win without the second
pair of rooks. 58. ... Kf4

36. Bxc6 Rxd6 37. Bxb5 Rd1+ 38. Ke2 Rg1 It wasn’t too late to be careless. 58. ... Rbb1?
39. Ke3 Rb1 40. Ra7+ Kf6 41. Bd7 59. R2xc3 and the game is immediately
drawn. There was a gorgeous mating net in
(see diagram top of next column)
place here. 58. ... Re1+ 59. Kf2 Rbb1 60.
41. ... Bf4+ R2xc3 Bf4!!

Caruana could have gone up a bishop for 59. Kf2 Rbb1 60. Rf8+ Ke5 61. Bd3 Rb2
62. Ke2 Re1+ 63. Kf2 Rc1 64. Rxb2 cxb2
two pawns, though he evidently wanted to
27. Bc7 65. Rb8 Bc3 66. Be4 Bd4+ 67. Ke2 Kf4
keep more pieces on the board in order to 68. Rb4 e5 69. Rb7 Kg3, White resigned.
With such a poorly placed light-square maximize his winning chances. At this point,
bishop, White can never seriously fight for the Karjakin had drawn and Mamedyarov’s draw Caruana won by playing practically flawless
a-file. The try 27. Ra1 is simply met by 27. ... was winding down, meaning Caruana needed chess in the game’s critical moments.

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Decisions, Decisions
A thoughtful, didactic account of over-the-board decision
making
By JOHN HARTMANN

Indian Olympiad team that won its first medal Bilbao Grand Prix in 2008 to begin to unpack
(bronze, Open section) in that nation’s history, his point.
and he currently coaches the Indian U16 and
Olympiad teams.
Having retired from active competition in
2008, today Ramesh is one of India’s leading
chess trainers. Among his students are IM
Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa, the youngest
international master in history at 12 years old,
and 18-year-old Grandmaster Chithambaram
Aravindh. He also has launched an online chess
academy at chessgurukul.com and at nurtr.com,
with the ultimate aim of offering chess training
to all comers, regardless of ability to pay. If
Anand is responsible for the current popularity
of chess in India, it will be trainers like Ramesh AFTER 14. ... a5
who will shape its future.
Now Ramesh has written a fine new book, Here Carlsen played the amazing 15. d5!!,
Fundamental Chess: Logical Decision Making, and Ramesh writes:
published by Metropolitan Chess Publishing “I remember checking this position with an
out of Los Angeles. As its title suggests, the engine and 15. d5 was its 31st choice! Does
book offers readers a thoughtful, didactic this make d5 good or bad? ... Carlsen came up
SINCE WINNING THE WORLD JUNIOR account of over-the-board decision making. I with the surreal move 15. d5!! to open up the
Championship in 1987 and becoming the first enjoyed it immensely. dark-squared bishop and to create attacking
Indian grandmaster in 1988, Viswanathan At its root, chess is all about decisions. We chances against the black king, temporarily
Anand has almost single-handedly defined use various tools—principles, logic, calculation— stuck in the center of the board. It is not unusual
chess in India. His rise to the World to make the best choices we can in the time we for strong players to give up a pawn for the
Championship was eagerly followed by his have available to us. If we make better decisions initiative. But would the mere knowledge of
countrymen, chess fans and lay-people alike, than our opponent, we win. If not, well... this principle convince us to play this move in
and his 2013 match in Chennai was, despite Chess training, on Ramesh’s telling, is an actual game? I think not.” (11)
Anand’s loss to Magnus Carlsen, a huge boon designed to teach us to use all of the tools For the record, the game continued: 15. ...
to Indian chess. available to us in the decision-making process. Nxd5 (if [a] 15. ... cxd5? 16. Bb5+ Nd7 17. Ne5
Anand’s example served as an inspiration for His emphasis is practical—after all, as he notes, Bc8 18. Qh5 g6 19. Qf3 and White should win;
an entire generation of Indian chess players, “Knowing is NOT doing!” (25)—and in this, [b] 15. ... exd5 is met with 16. Nd4 where White
including Grandmaster Ramachandran Ramesh— he echoes the philosophy of Mark Dvoretsky, has ideas of Qa4 and Nf5 with full compen-
“R.B. Ramesh” as he is widely known—who whom he mentions in the Introduction (6- sation; and [c] 15. ... Qxd5 is answered by 16.
served as a commentator for the 2013 match. 7) as an important influence on his teaching Ne5 Bb4 {16. ... Bd6 17. e4 Qc5 18. Rc1 with
He was the first Indian to win the British Open and playing. initiative} 17. Qa4 0-0 18. Rfd1 and White has
Championship in 2002, earning his grandmaster Ramesh cites a rather famous game between the initiative).
title a year later. In 2014 Ramesh captained an Magnus Carlsen and Levon Aronian from the 16. Ne5 Nf6 (after 16. ... Be7 17. Qh5 g6 18.

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Qh6 Bf6 19. e4 Nb6 20. Rab1 and White has weakness” are somewhat lacking in books on his pawn on a4 to stabilize the c4-square for his
the initiative) 17. Qa4 Bb4 18. Nxc6 Bxc6 19. chess strategy. Here we get a “teacherly” knight. Moreover, if Black castles on the kingside,
Qxc6+ Ke7 20. Rfd1 and White has good exposition of how to approach the topic, where he does not have as many defenders, it is
compensation for the pawn. Aronian resigned focusing mostly on the bishops, and I want to possible that White could launch a direct attack
after the 36th move. quote Ramesh’s summary at some length before with f2-f4, g2-g4 and f4-f5. Hence Black wants
How did Carlsen decide to play such a move? turning to one of his examples. (Thanks to to secure adequate counterplay on the queenside
There are, I think, some terminological difficulties Metropolitan Chess for granting permission before he makes the decision to castle short. If
in Ramesh’s account, but he seems to argue to use these passages in this review.) things get too hot on the kingside, then he could
something along these lines. Neither brute “Here is a general guide for knowing which consider keeping his king in the center or even
calculation nor intuition—defined as “the output color to play on, depending on the situation: sending it to the queenside if necessary.
of our knowledge, experience, and confidence 1. Same colored bishops for both sides:
“16. axb5 cxb5 17. f4 Qb6 18. Nd2 If White
at that point in time” (16)—alone could have Only the bishops should focus on their colors. tried to launch an attack immediately with 18.
guided Carlsen’s choice. Both are required to All the other pieces should play on opposite g4 then Black would have adequate resources:
accurately assess a nebulous concept like compen- colors. For example: if both sides have dark 18. ... a4 19. Nd2 Qc6 20. f5 gxf5 21. gxf5 exf5
sation, particularly in such a complex position. colored bishops, we should put all our other and Black is much better ... [note that] 22. Rxf5
Ramesh contends that “young players” will pieces on light squares. is impossible in view of 22. ... Qg6+.
often depend heavily on either calculation or “18. ... Qc6 19. Nf3 a4 With a small advan-
2. Two bishops versus bishop and knight:
intuition when they should harmoniously tage, Black went on to win from here. In this
consult both. During his discussion, however, The side with the two bishops should play on example, Black not only used his pieces but
he appears to argue that there is a tendency the colors where the opponent does not have also his pawns to gain control over the light
today towards the calculative pole of this a bishop. The side with the bishop and knight squares on the queenside.”
dialectic, especially among the young, and that should play on the color of the bishop. Part III (“Fundamentals of Chess Training”) is
the training of “logical, intuitive thinking” is a 3. Opposite colored bishops: Both sides devoted to general training advice—how to study
necessary counterbalance. Such training is should play on the colors of their bishops. the opening, how to prepare for tournaments,
achieved through “accumulating more knowl- 4. One bishop versus one knight: The side how to understand the endgame, etc.—and what I
edge and experience in various types of with the knight should play on the opposite would call Ramesh’s “philosophy of improvement.”
positions.” (16) color of the opponent’s bishop. The side with Many teachers warn their students not to worry
Fundamental Chess: Logical Decision Making the bishop should utilize his other pieces on about their ratings. Borrowing from the work of
is clearly constructed with this goal in mind. the opposite color of the bishop. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and classical Indian
In Part I (“Logical Reasoning”), Ramesh tries 5. Both sides have both bishops: When philosophy, Ramesh persuasively argues that such
to unpack the nature of our thought processes, the central pawns are fixed on a particular color, worry has deleterious effects on our results and,
and Chapter Two, entitled, “The Problem of we should play on the opposite color of our more importantly, our enjoyment of the game.
Choices,” is perhaps the core of the book. We opponent’s centralized pawns, and try to Parts I and II are very concrete in nature,
are faced with the necessity of choosing between exchange the opponent’s bishop of that same offering readers dozens of examples to illustrate
multiple reasonable moves in most non-critical color. For example: if the opponent’s center key teaching points. Part III is, in contrast,
positions, and most of us, I suspect, would pawns are fixed on light squares, then we should almost all text. There is a lot of interesting and
admit that this can be a source of no small angst exchange the dark colored bishops and fight for inspirational material here, to be sure, and
over the board! the dark colors with other pieces.” (208-209) Ramesh’s trademark optimism is especially
Ramesh offers general advice for such apparent in these pages. Still, the book feels
situations: we use a “scanning technique” to Ramesh follows this with eight examples, somewhat disjointed, and Part III feels in some
make a broad list of possible moves, which we each demonstrating some element of this general ways like an afterthought or appendix to the
prune by process of elimination. We analyze framework. The discussion of the first position, main part of the book.
forcing continuations to see if any tactics exist, taken from Polzin-Motylev (Bundesliga, 2008), This is particularly true in Chapters 11 and
and we try to remain practical in our decision- is typical of both Ramesh’s style and analysis: 17, where Ramesh discusses the proper use of
making. Ultimately, as he puts it, “[c]ontra- the computer in opening study. ChessBase is
dictory principles occur all over the board ... not an intuitive piece of software to use, and
We need to choose the principle appropriate instruction should involve specific how-to’s and
to the position at hand in order to find the best illustrative screenshots. Instead we get text-only
move or a decent plan.” (68) To me this sounds renderings of database screens and opening trees.
like an argument for training intuition in a It’s an opportunity missed, and one that would
more traditional sense. have been very easy for the editors to fix.
Part I is largely a series of annotated examples Fundamental Chess: Logical Decision Making is a
that unpack elements of our decision making vastly ambitious book, covering wide swaths of
and thought processes. Part II (“Practical Chess chess philosophy and practice. Such enthusiasm
Play”) turns to more practical applications of makes its small flaws rather forgivable. Its target
logical reasoning, again through the use of audience—“younger players,” or, in Ramesh’s
illustrative examples. Chapters are devoted to AFTER 14. Nd3 system, those rated 1500-2400 (!?)—is very wide,
topics like the initiative, conversion of advan- and one could argue that the book tries to cover
tages, and prophylaxis, but I was most interested “14. ... Nc4 Both sides have dark-squared too much ground. But I would much rather read
in Chapter 9, “Playing on Colors.” bishops, so they should try to put their other an enterprising work than a limited, modest one,
Talk of color complexes and weaknesses has pieces on light squares. and at the end of the day, the author has given us
always been opaque to me, and good “15. Qe2 b5 White at some point could kick a book that will reward multiple re-readings. Well
explanations of what is meant by a “dark-square the c4-knight with b2-b3, so Black aims to put done, “Ramesh sir.”

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abiano Caruana has earned the right to challenge Magnus Carlsen pre-tournament favorite Levon Aronian and fading Russian Alexander

F for the world title in November after a dramatic victory at the


Candidates Tournament in Berlin.
Caruana, 25, led the 14-round tournament, alone or shared,
from the fourth round, so his qualification for the million-
Grischuk to finish a point ahead of Karjakin and Azeri GM Shakhriyar
Mamedyarov.
Caruana later said that the loss turned out to be just what was needed
to wake him up; prior to then, he had been too intent on defending his
dollar title match, and 95,000 Euro first prize, was well deserved. lead: “For a few hours after I lost that game I felt awful and then the
However, Caruana needed to show extraordinary mental strength to next day I just felt much better. I don’t know why—it was like a weight
recover from a shattering defeat by former challenger GM Sergey was lifted from me. My play was so heavy for a few games and it
Karjakin in the 12th round, a defeat that left Caruana equal first with culminated in that loss, and after I lost that game I started to feel much
the Russian and behind all his main rivals should a tiebreaker be needed. freer in my play and more confident. I still had the feeling that I had
Knowing that one-and-a-half points might not be good enough, thrown away the tournament, but I thought I [would have] my chances
Caruana somehow found the energy to win his last two games, beating and at least I [started] playing better and the games showed it.”

ROUND 14
Going into the final round, Caruana’s main
rival appeared to be Karjakin, who had
recovered from a 1 out of 4 start to score 6½
During that
from his next nine games. Karjakin was playing
hitherto undefeated Chinese Candidates debu-
final game, it was
tant GM Ding Liren, who also had an outside
chance of qualifying should he win and Caruana
said that only
falter.
“It was only after Ding played 27. ... h3+!
Carlsen would be
that I felt very safe about that game,” admitted
Caruana, who now just needed to avoid losing
crazy enough to
and for Mamedyarov not to win against the
tournament’s loose cannon, GM Vladimir risk everything
Kramnik.
just to win one
YAY FOR ... h3!
GM Sergey Karjakin (FIDE 2763, RUS)
more game but
GM Liren Ding (FIDE 2769, CHN)
Candidates Tournament 2018 (14), Berlin, Caruana showed
Germany, 03.27.2018
otherwise.
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AFTER 27. Nd5

27. ... h3+


“I didn’t really have a chance to look at
Shakhriyar’s game until after the time control
because [Grischuk and I] were in our own time
pressure,” explained Caruana. “After the time
control, [that game] was just dead drawn so it

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didn’t worry me too much. RUY LOPEZ, 8. ... Nh5


“Going into the final round I had thought BERLIN DEFENSE (C65)
Played after 13 minutes and the first new
that a draw would be a good result and I didn’t GM Levon Aronian (FIDE 2794, ARM)
move. All the correspondence games had seen
want to do anything crazy. Then if one of the GM Vladimir Kramnik (FIDE 2800, RUS)
8. ... h6, which rather defeats the tempo-saving
other players won it would just be bad luck. If Candidates Tournament 2018 (3), Berlin,
purpose of 7. ... Rg8. “I couldn’t really remember
Sergey [had scored 5 wins] in the last [eight Germany, 03.12.2018
my analysis. I didn’t analyze 7. ... Rg8 for long
rounds], what can you do?” because it is obviously so good. I knew Black
What Caruana did do is win his last game, 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6
has a few good moves here, and I remembered
making sure that even another win would not The first Berlin Defense in the Berlin Can- that 8. ... Nh5 (and 9. ... g5) was one of the very
enable Karjakin to catch him. didates. interesting moves. That’s it.”
(See Robert Hess’ column “In The Arena” on page
4. d3 Bc5 5. Bxc6 dxc6 6. 0–0 9. c3?!
20 for this game. ~ed.)
During that final game, it was said that only “After 6. 0-0 I already had a good feeling,” “Maybe I should play 9. Nc3,” said Aronian.
Carlsen would be crazy enough to risk every- said Kramnik, “since if he doesn’t follow with The players then analyzed 9. ... g5 10. Nxe5 g4
thing just to win one more game but Caruana 7. h3, I simply play 7. ... Bg4.” Carlsen, who 11. d4 gxh3 (“11. ... Bd6! is also possible, but it
showed otherwise. has taken the white side of this line against is already a better version of the game for
By pushing on and beating Grischuk, many of the world’s best players, has tried 6. White.”) 12. g3 Nf6 when Kramnik commented,
Caruana sent out a message to Carlsen: his will h3, 6. Nbd2, 6. Nc3 and, 6. Qe2—but never 6. “I remember analyzing these positions with a
to win was no less than that of the World 0-0. computer and White was more or less holding,
Champion’s. Declining to agree to a draw—a but for a human it is really difficult because
6. ... Qe7 7. h3
draw that would have guaranteed Caruana a White’s king is very weak.” In fact after
title match—while knowing that a single mistake Aronian’s counter 13. dxc5! Qxe5 14. Bf4 Qxc5
could hand the world title challenger’s position 15. Bxc7, White already has an edge, so 11. ...
to Mamedyarov was a sign of serious self- Bd6! was the way to go for Black.
confidence. Caruana also topped Carlsen’s
9. ... g5 10. Nxe5
winning Candidates score from 2013 (and
indeed was the best winning Candidates score “10. d4 is an option,” said Kramnik, “when
of the modern era). 10. ... g4 11. dxc5 gxf3 12. Qxf3 Qh4 looks very
“I am absolutely thrilled,” said Caruana at dangerous for White as my pieces are entering
the final press conference. “Coming into today the kingside.”
I wasn’t sure what would happen. A few days 10. ... g4
ago I thought the tournament was out of my
hands. I really couldn’t be happier.” “This can be played by hand,” said Kramnik.
Caruana will be the first of Carlsen’s chal- “I always considered 7. h3 as a very serious 11. d4
lengers younger than the Norwegian and, if he move and I actually spent a lot of time analyzing
can repeat the form shown in Berlin, could The continuation 11. Nxg4? Bxg4 12. hxg4
it,” explained Kramnik. “But then, a couple of Qh4+ 13. Kg1 Ng3 and mate next is typical of
prove a handful. years ago, I found this very strong resource:”
“I will prepare hard for the [World Champi- the dangers already surrounding White’s king.
onship] match,” said Caruana who explained 7. ... Rg8!! 11. ... Bd6 12. g3 Bxe5 13. dxe5 Qxe5 14.
his pre-tournament strategy for the Candidates Qd4 Qe7!?
“I had this prepared and was waiting for my
tournament as follows: “[Before Berlin] I went moment to use it,” said Kramnik. “I was looking “The most difficult decision in the game,”
to Miami for nearly three weeks for a training for something here and had been analyzing 7. said Kramnik. “If I play 14. ... Qxd4! 15. cxd4
camp with several grandmasters. Rather than ... h6, with the idea, 8. ... g5, when it is very, gxh3 16. Kh2 f5, Black has a very nice position
freezing in St. Louis, it was 80 degrees in Miami. very sharp. And at some point I realized that I —there is no risk and Black is just better. But
We went jogging in the morning, we ate outside could save a tempi with 7. ... Rg8!. Then when then I realized that 14. ... Qe7 was much more
in the evening; it was beautiful. We went to you analyze it with a computer, everything is critical—I just want to mate him. Soon I realized
the beach and worked on chess pretty much clear. Of course I never thought I would have that White [could be] in terrible trouble [along
all day. It was the perfect way to prepare for a chance to play it against Levon in the the h1-a8] diagonal. Still it was a difficult
the event. I came to Europe early because my Candidates—there are so many [regular] 1. e4 decision, as I like better endgames!
coach [GM Rustam Kasimdzhanov] lives in players who also play 4. d3. For Levon it’s quite “Missing 14. ... Qe7 was an oversight on my
Germany so I just stayed at his place before I bad luck to meet a strong novelty with White part,” added Aronian. “I didn’t realize that Black
traveled to Berlin. I didn’t have any jet lag.” —it’s happened to me a few times.” In fact 7. ... doesn’t have to exchange queens. I was hoping
“Maybe he is worried,” joked Caruana when Rg8 has been played in a few correspondence to get a slightly worse position after exchanging
asked how Carlsen would be feeling, “but games dating back as far as 2012, but it seems on d4 and then fight for a draw, but 14. ... Qe7
Magnus did say that he would like to play a that even Kramnik did not know about them. is very strong.”
match against me.” Carlsen has his wish—but
it is said one must be careful what you wish for. 8. Kh1 15. h4 c5 16. Qc4?

“Almost the only move,” said Kramnik, “since “A terrible blunder,” said Aronian. “I didn’t
ROUNDS 1-7 8. ... g5 was already a big threat.” The immediate realize how bad my position was and forgot
For the first three rounds, Kramnik looked 8. c3 walks into 8. ... g5! 9. d4 exd4 10. cxd4 that Black [would be] threatening ... f5.”
like Superman, winning two games and winning Bb6, and 11. Bxg5—here or earlier—can always Kramnik responded, “During the game I
the brilliancy of the tournament against Aronian. be met by 11. ... Bxh3!. thought that White should play 16. Qd3! Bd7

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GM Fabiano Caruana (USA), GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov GM Sergey Karjakin (RUS),


9/14 (AZE), 8/14 8/14
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GM Liren Ding GM Vladimir Kramnik (RUS),


(CHN), 71⁄2/14 61⁄2/14

GM Alexander Grischuk GM Wesley So GM Levon Aronian (ARM),


(RUS), 61⁄2/14 (USA), 6/14 41⁄2/14

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17. c4 and 18. Nc3. Of course Black is better really stupid to miss something when any the previous move, calculates that his bishop
but it is kind of holdable.” [normal] move wins.” is safe on f6.
16. ... Be6 17. Qb5+ c6 18. Qa4? 25. ... gxf3 26. exd5 Qe2! 27. Re1 g2+, 12. Nd2!? Re8 13. Bf3 Ne5 14. Bf4
White resigned.
Played after Kramnik’s first long think, 21
minutes. Kramnik may have intended 14. Ne4
but then 14. ... Bh4! is annoying for White.
14. ... Kf8 15. Bd5 c6 16. Bb3 Bf5 17. h3 g5
18. Bh2 Kg7

White’s last chance was to grovel with 18.


Qd3 Rd8 19. Qe3 but Kramnik dismissed this After 28. Kh2 g1=Q+! 29. Kxg1 f2+ it is
line as unplayable with the wave of a hand. game over.
18. ... f5!

“He missed this idea,” explained Kramnik. “I Aronian bounced back immediately from
saw this when I played 16. ... Be6.” that loss with a win against Karjakin, who 19. c4
seemed to be out of contention for the top
19. Bg5
prize. Seemingly locking in the bishop on b3, but
“While Levon was taking his time I was Meanwhile Caruana was quietly taking the 19. Ne4?! Bxe4 20. Rxe4 d5 21. Ree1 b5! would
walking around [thinking] and I couldn’t find lead, starting with an easy first round defeat of be much worse, after which White is effectively
the slightest chance for White,” said Kramnik. So and then beating Kramnik in round four in a piece down and Black should win on the
“My point is that after 19. exf5 Black has 19. ... the battle of the tournament—and also the game kingside.
Nxg3+! 20. fxg3 Bd5+ 21. Kg1 Qe2 [and it’s that started Kramnik on his downward slide. 19. ... g4! 20. Ne4 Bxe4 21. Rxe4 Bg5+ 22.
mate].” Caruana’s win over Aronian in round seven Kb1 gxh3
19. ... Rxg5! 20. hxg5 f4 21. Qd1 was another example of Caruana’s ability to
Having burned time on every move since
keep control of the craziest complications.
After the more obvious 21. Kh2, the simple 10. ... 0-0, Caruana was down to less than than
21. ... Qxg5 22. Qc2 0-0-0 23. Rd1 Rxd1 24. 10 minutes on the clock, provoking Kramnik
PETROFF DEFENSE (C42) to push for complications, which neither player
Qxd1 Qh6! leaves White defenseless.
GM Vladimir Kramnik (FIDE 2800, RUS)
is able to control.
21. ... Rd8 22. Qc1 fxg3 23. Na3 Rd3! 24. GM Fabiano Caruana (FIDE 2784, USA)
Rd1 Candidates Tournament 2018 (4), Berlin, 23. c5?!
Germany, 03.14.2018

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nf3


Nxe4 5. Qe2 Qe7 6. Nc3

24. ... Bd5!! “I had noticed this but thought it looked very
risky,” said Caruana. “I was more expecting 23.
“Flashy but not very difficult—by the end I gxh3 and now after 23. ... f5! 24. Re2 Nf3 25.
was just trying to make it beautiful. Of course Rxe8 Rxe8 26. Bxd6 Re2 Black at least stands
it is not very professional since any move wins By now some pundits were concluding that very decently.”
and I was [a little] afraid that I would miscal- the players, both already well placed in the
23. ... f5! 24. Rb4 hxg2 25. Rxb7+ Kh8!
culate.” tournament, had decided to take a day off. They
25. f3 couldn’t have been more wrong ... “Maybe I also had 25. ... Re7,” said Caruana,
6. ... Nxc3 7. dxc3 Qxe2+ 8. Bxe2 Nc6 9.
“but I thought the way I played was very good.”
“My main idea was 25. Rxd3 Qxe4+ 26. f3
Be3 Be7 10. 0-0-0 0-0 11. Rhe1 Bf6 26. cxd6 Nf3 27. Ba4!
gxf3! 27. Re3 f2+ 28. Rxe4+ Bxe4 mate!,” said
Kramnik with a smile. “But just to be sure I The move 11. ... Bd7 is simple and safe, but “The only way to keep fighting,” said
was calculating this line 10 times—it would be Caruana, having spent 25 minutes on this and Caruana. “Well, White also has 27. Bg1,”

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responded Kramnik. However, when Caruana the two players were not sure how Black should think 43. ... Kc5 is forced (because if 43. ... h4
instantly replied 27. ... Re2!, Kramnik conceded continue, not noticing 34. ... Bf6! 35. Rc8 Rxb2+ 44. c5+! wins) then after 44. b4+ I probably
that 27. Bg1 was unplayable. 36. Kc1 Rxa2! and suddenly White can resign. have to play 44. ... Kd4.”
27. ... Nxh2 28. Bxc6 34. Rc7 Kg7 35. a4 Kf7 36. Bb5 Ke7?!
“Yes, I didn’t want to give this counterplay,”
said Kramnik, although after 45. Bc6! White
“Black needs to be fast,” said Kramnik, and prevents 45. ... Rg2, cutting out the counterplay
indeed 36. ... f4 was the last hope for Black to and winning.
stay on top in the queening race.
43. ... h4 44. c4
37. a5 Rf4
“White could also win with 44. Be2,” opined
Kramnik, but Caruana was not so sure. “Who
wins the race after 44. ... Rg3 45. b5 h3?” the
American queried, with the players analyzing
46. b6 h2 47. Rb8 Rg1 48. Bf3!? before Kramnik
threw his hands in the air as if to say, “This is
too ridiculous!” In fact, had Kramnik played
47. Bf3!! in this line, he might well have
28. ... Rad8! triumphed, but of course Caruana could and
should pull out of the race via 46. ... Nd5 47.
“This was the move I had missed,” admitted Rb8 Nxb6! with a likely draw.
Kramnik. “If not 28. ... Rad8, then White is
better.” 44. ... h3 45. c5+ Ke5 46. Rb8
“I spent my last three minutes trying to make 38. c3! “I thought this just finishes the game,”
28. ... Re4! work,” said Caruana. Kramnik admitted Kramnik. Yet, despite falling into a
looked puzzled, mentioning 29. Bxe4 fxe4 30. “If 38. a6?! Rb4! followed by 39. ... Bf6, and brilliant Caruana trap, the move is probably
Rg1 before Caruana pointed out 30. ... e3!! 31. Black has counterplay,” explained Caruana. White’s best try as other Kramnik ideas such
fxe3 Rf8! and Black wins. Caruana did not play 38. ... Kd6 as 46. c6 h2 prove too slow.
28. ... Re4 because of the immediate 29. Rg1
The immediate 38. ... Rg4 39. Rh1 Bf4 40. 46. ... Rxa7 47. Rg8
but he had not noticed that then the paradoxical
29. ... Re6! keeps Black on top. Rb7 Rg6!, intending ... Bd6-c5, would keep the
game in drawing bounds, but only a computer
29. d7 Re2 30. Bxg2 Rxf2 31. Bc6 could find this in time trouble.
“Of course Black is better,” said Kramnik, 39. Rb7
“but in time trouble things start to go wrong
[for Black].” “39. Rc6+! just wins,” declared Kramnik,
giving the variation 39. ... Ke7 40. Rb6?! when
31. ... Ng4?
in fact Black can turn the tables after 40. ...
“Putting my knight on e3 takes too much Re4! (40. ... Nc4?! 41. Re1+! Kf7 42. Re8!) 41.
time,” said Caruana. “I considered 31. ... f4 32. a6 Nc4!. However Kramnik’s intuition was
Rxa7 f3 but couldn’t break down 33. Ra3. correct. Instead of 40. Rb6?!, 40. a6! is very
Caruana gave the line 33. ... Rd2 34. Rxd2 Bxd2 strong for White, since 40. ... Rxd7 allows 41.
35. Bxf3 Nxf3 36. Rxf3 Rxd7 37. c3 which the Rc8! Ra7 42. Re8+, winning the knight.
47. ... Bf6!! 48. d8=Q
players agreed should probably be a draw, but 39. ... Rg4 40. Re1 f4 41. a6 h5
he missed 33. ... Nf1!, headed for d2 with a A chastened Kramnik took nine minutes
large advantage for Black. “Now I just relaxed,” said Kramnik. “I thought before accepting that he had nothing better.
everything wins.” His intended 48. Rxg4 actually loses after 48.
32. Rxa7 Ne3 33. Rg1
42. a7 Ra8 ... Kf5! with the threat of mate on a1.
48. ... Bxd8 49. Rxg4 Bf6 50. Rg6 Rb7

“Probably I should just make a draw with


50. ... Kf5 51. Bd3+ Ke6 52. Bc4+ Kf5,” said
Caruana. “I could try 52. Rxf6+!? Kxf6 53. b5,”
said Kramnik. “Of course it is still a draw but
White is the one playing.”
51. Be2 Rxb4+ 52. Ka2

“Suddenly I am better again,” said Kramnik.


“Yes, I completely underestimated how strong
the c-pawn is here,” agreed Caruana. “It is
running very quickly.”
33. ... h6?!
43. b4 52. ... Nc2 53. Rc1
“I wanted to get my king to the center,”
explained Caruana. “I thought that 33. ... Rxc2 “Now it is already not so easy,” said Caruana. “I wanted to play 53. Rb1,” explained
was a chance,” said Kramnik, but after 34. Rc7 “I thought White should play 43. c4!? when I Kramnik, “but 53. ... Re4! confused me.”

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53. ... Nd4 54. Bd3 Ra4+ play 59. Rf1? but I missed 59. ... Nd2+ 60. Kc2 sitting close behind Caruana, having knocked
Ra2+! and when I saw that check I panicked over Karjakin in a long queen ending and then
and played the first move that came to my mind.” taking advantage of a Kramnik suicide mission.
59. ... Ra1+ 60. Kc2 Rxd1
Ding and Grischuk joined Kramnik on 50
percent, with Ding having drawn every game,
Here, after Caruana had left his seat, Kramnik though not without ups and downs.
slumped over the board in despair. Too late he
realized that 61. Kxd1 allows the h-pawn to ROUNDS 8-13
queen after 61. ... h2. The two leaders went into their shell,
61. Ba6 Rd2+ 62. Kc1 Bb2+ 63. Kb1 Kxc5 drawing game after game, though Caruana
64. Bb7 Ne5 65. Rf6 f3 66. Rf5 f2, White went close to grinding down Ding in round
resigned. nine.
The Chinese grandmaster managed to extend
In contrast Wesley So had a nightmare start, his drawing run to 11 only by missing a forced
55. Kb1?!
losing his first two games, both with black, to mate against Grischuk.
“This was stupid,” said Kramnik. “I just Caruana and Grischuk. He recovered somewhat Meanwhile, So stopped the bleeding with a
decided to repeat moves first but I missed 55. in round six against Aronian but fell back again series of draws while the Kramnik roller-coaster
... Nb3. After 55. Kb2 Ke6 and now you don’t after a moment of carelessness against Karjakin. was continuing to provide plenty of excitement
threaten anything, so 56. Rh1.” for the spectators. The game Kramnik-Aronian
“Now I have 56. ... Rb4+ 57. Kc3 Nc6+,” confirmed that Aronian was in free-fall; it was
A CARELESS MOMENT
responded Caruana, and after Kramnik’s his third consecutive loss and one more was
GM Sergey Karjakin (FIDE 2763, RUS)
desperate final try 58. Rxf6+ Kxf6 59. Rxh3, “I to follow. For the player who had had chances
GM Wesley So (FIDE 2799, USA)
should be able to deal with it,” said Caruana to win every previous Candidates tournament
Candidates Tournament 2018 (7), Berlin,
with a laugh, since 59. ... Kg5 is an immediate of the modern era, Berlin 2018 was a crushing
Germany, 03.18.2018
draw. disappointment.
55. ... Nb3! In the 12th round the tournament was blown
wide open by defeats for the two leaders:
“Now White has to be careful already,” said Caruana falling to Karjakin, as mentioned
Caruana. above, while Mamedyarov gave Ding his first
56. Re1+ Kd5 57. Kc2 win. (“Why against me?” Mamedyarov was
heard to bemoan later.)
“I was still searching for a win,” admitted
Kramnik, “but the position is becoming too
tricky to play in time trouble.” PETROFF DEFENSE (C42)
GM Sergey Karjakin (FIDE 2763, RUS)
“57. Rxf6 should just be a draw,” added
GM Fabiano Caruana (FIDE 2784, USA)
Caruana. “I just didn’t have time to calculate
Candidates Tournament 2018 (12), Berlin,
everything,” Kramnik responded, the players
AFTER 35. Kb5 Germany, 03.24.2018
examining the line 57. ... Ra1+ 58. Kb2 Rxe1
59. Kxb3 (59. Rxf4 h2 60. Rh4 is also good So had been under pressure since the opening 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nf3
enough.) 59. ... h2 and now Kramnik’s intended and here could finally equalize with 35. ... Rc7. Nxe4 5. Nc3 Nxc3 6. dxc3 Nc6 7. Be3 Be7
60. Bb5 loses to 60. ... Ke5, but 60. Bc4+! Kxc5 However here, with just over five minutes on 8. Qd2 Be6 9. 0-0-0 Qd7
61. Rf5+ enables the white bishop to reach d5 the clock to reach move 40, So used two of
with a draw. them and chose a move which created a
57. ... Nd4+ 58. Kb1 Nf3 devastating new threat for White.
35. ... Ke8? 36. Kb6!

Suddenly 37. Kb7 becomes a deadly threat,


and the black king cannot return to f8 without
losing the knight after 37. Rf2.
36. ... g5!?

Hoping to meet 37. Kb7 with 37. ... Rxc6,


whereas the immediate 36. ... Rxc6+ 37. Kxc6
Nxe5+ allows 38. Kd6! Nxg4 39. Kxe6 Kd8 40.
h3! and Black’s kingside pawns are doomed. 10. a3!?

37. h3! Nxe5 “I don’t think this was a surprise for Fabiano
as it had been played by his second Rustam
59. Rd1? Desperation, but there is now no defense
Kasimdzhanov,” said Karjakin.
against 38. Kb7.
“I ran myself down to two seconds and just 10. ... h6!?
38. Nxe5 Rc3 39. Rh2 Ke7 40. Kb5 Re3,
panicked,” confessed Kramnik. “White can still
and Black resigned. “I was expecting 10. ... a6,” said Karjakin.
make a draw here with 59. Rxf6! Nxe1 60. Bf1!
h2 61. Rh6. The problem is that I wanted to By the end of the first half Mamedyarov was 11. Nd4 Nxd4 12. Bxd4 Rg8 13. Be2

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“My first intention was 13. c4 but then Black 20. ... b6?
has 13. ... c5 and 14. ... 0-0-0,” explained A critical moment that passed uncommented Italy or USA?
Karjakin. by the two players. After 20. ... b6 White is At his winner’s press conference
13. ... c5!? given the opportunity to restrict Black’s activity Caruana made a point of saying, “I
“I wasn’t sure this was best,” said Karjakin. so the pawn sacrifice 20. ... f5! needed to be really hope, [as a result of my
“Yes, perhaps just 13. ... a6,” responded Caruana. considered. Since Black threatens to consolidate victory], chess becomes more
Or 13. ... Qa4,” added Karjakin, “with ... 0-0-0 with ... Kb8, ... b7-b6 and ... Bf6, White is obliged popular in both the USA and Italy.”
later. to grab the f5-pawn, but after 21. Be6+ Kb8
22. Rxd8+ Qxd8 23. Bxf5 Bf6! White struggles However, almost simultaneously,
14. Be3 d5 15. f4 0-0-0 16. Bf3 to return the light-square bishop to d5 and, the Chess Club and Scholastic
should White incautiously go for another pawn Center of Saint Louis was issuing a
with 24. Bxc5?!, then Black can respond 24. ... press release indicating that
b6 25. Be3 Qe7! after which White must grovel Caruana’s decade representing
for a draw via 26. Bd4 (26. Bd2?! Qe2) 26. ... Italy, from age 12 to 22, was to be
Bxd4 27. Qxd4 Qe1+ 28. Qd1 Qxd1+ 29. Kxd1 written out of history. The press
Rf8 30. g4 g6 31. Bxg6 Rxf4 32. h3. release stated that Caruana was
21. g4 Bf6 born in Miami and “relocated
several times and ultimately made
St. Louis his home in 2015.”

Caruana’s father Lou, on the Chess


Club and Scholastic Center of Saint
16. ... Bg4?! Louis’ commentary stream,
reinforced the point that Caruana
“When I first played 16. Bf3, I thought 16.
was solely an American, saying,
... Bg4 was very natural and I expected this,”
“Moving to Europe was a gamble. In
explained Karjakin. “It wasn’t an easy decision
fact, it was a bigger gamble than
to sacrifice, but if I don’t sacrifice in this
we realized at the time. Fabiano
tournament situation, then when? If I don’t
was always an American. Changing
sacrifice it will be very drawish, so it was a
22. Kb1 federations [to play for Italy] was a
perfect moment for sacrificing!”
“I shouldn’t have allowed this,” admitted strategic decision at the time. It was
“It was only a few moves after the sacrifice always the plan to come home [to
Caruana. “Probably I should just play 16. ... f5 that I realized that I really can’t do anything,”
17. Qf2 Qc7 but I thought I would be okay after the U.S.] at some time.”
explained Caruana. “I was under this illusion
17. Bxd5 but it becomes very difficult to play. I that I would have some counterplay, or some
should have had a feeling that 17. Bxd5 would Yet Caruana was tipped as a World
way to trade bishops, or some way to get my
be unpleasant for me. I don’t know why, but Champion-in-waiting only after his
king safe, but I just couldn’t find a way. White
that feeling of danger was absent.” extraordinary 2014 Sinquefield Cup
just plays these prophylactic moves, Kb1, Ka2,
“In Fabiano’s line after 18. Rd3 Rd7 19. Rhd1 win in St. Louis—one of the greatest
and the king is very safe. Maybe it’s not so bad,
Rgd8 White can try 20. h3 and 21. g4 when I tournament performances of any
but practically I just thought it was so unpleasant
feel that White should be better,” responded player in history. At the time,
and with each move it became more unpleasant.
Karjakin. Caruana was competing as an
22. ... Rd7 23. Rd3 g5 24. Ka2 Ree7 25. Italian and receiving extensive
17. Bxd5!! Bxd1 18. Rxd1 Qc7 19. c4 Qf3 Kd8 26. Bd2 Kc8
support for training from the Italian
“Once I went to the rest area and I looked at Chess Federation. However, this
the monitors and saw it from the white side I may also have been the event after
started to regret what I’d done because it looked which the wheels starting seriously
so beautiful for White!” confessed Caruana. turning to encourage Caruana to
return to the U.S. permanently, and
19. ... Rge8 20. Qf2
indeed, in 2015 Caruana accepted a
lucrative offer to become a U.S.
player again.

27. Qf1!

“I was very proud when I found the idea of


27. Qf1 and 28. Rh3,” confessed Karjakin.
“Otherwise Black’s position is very hard to
break down.”

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27. ... Rd6 and Mamedyarov to reset and bounce back up to this point,” said Caruana. “This is what I
with wins. wanted: a game where the position doesn’t
“I just couldn’t see a way to counter 28. Rh3,”
simplify immediately.”
admitted Caruana. “I thought that after losing
the g5-pawn I might have easier play.” CLOSED RUY LOPEZ, 15. ... Bg6 16. Nbd2 Nh5 17. Nf1 Bc5 18. g3
ANTI-MARSHALL SYSTEMS (C88)
28. fxg5 Bxg5 29. Bxg5 hxg5 30. Qf5+ GM Fabiano Caruana (FIDE 2784, USA) The start of a remarkably slow plan, possible
Rdd7 because the g6-bishop slows down any Black
GM Levon Aronian (FIDE 2794, ARM)
“I could try 30. ... Qd7 31. Qxg5 Rg6,” said Candidates Tournament 2018 (13), Berlin, counterplay.
Caruana, “but after 32. Qh4! I didn’t see my Germany, 03.26.2018 18. ... Kh7 19. Kg2 Qe7 20. Bc2 Rfd8 21. b4
next move.” Bb6 22. a4 Nf6 23. Nh4
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6
31. Qxg5 Qe5 32. Qh6 Kd8?! 5. 0-0 Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 0-0 8. d3 d6 “I saw the option 23. axb5 axb5 24. Qxb5
“If 32. ... f6, then 33. g5 is winning,” claimed Bxf2 25. Qxc6 Bxe1 26. Nxe1,” said Caruana,
Caruana, but after Karjakin indicated 33. ... “but I didn’t want the game to get too out of
fxg5 34. Qc6+ Qc7!, Caruana agreed, “This is control—which it did anyway!
nothing.” 23. ... Qe6 24. Bd3?!
“I was just going to play 33. h4! after 32. ...
f6,” said Karjakin. “White is better but it was a
better try for Black.”
33. g5!

“Now I felt it should be very bad for Black,”


said Karjakin, “and I didn’t manage to mess it
up!”
33. ... Qd6 34. Qh8+ Re8 35. Qh4
9. Bd2!?
“I wanted to play 35. Qh3 but then I saw 35.
... Qf4, the only move,” said Karjakin, (showing “Grischuk came up with this against Aronian
the variation 35. ... Qg6? 36. Qxd7+! Kxd7 37. the round before,” said Caruana. “It’s not exactly
Bxf7+ Qxd3 38. Bxe8+! and White wins.) “After a novelty but it is a brilliant opening invention. “After 24. Nxg6 fxg6 25. Bd3 I was worried
35. ... Qf4, White just plays 36. Rf3!,” responded It opens a new chapter in the Anti-Marshall. about 25. ... Rf8,” said Caruana. “But 24. Bd3
Caruana. “It was already dead lost for Black.” It was kind of fun to look at a totally fresh gave a lot of counterplay, which I perhaps
position on the rest day.” should not have allowed.
35. ... Qg6 36. Qg4 Re5 37. h4 Ke7 38.
Rd2 9. ... Bg4 24. ... Bh5!
“Levon played in the most critical way,” said “24. ... Ne7 with the idea 25. Nxg6 Nxg6 26.
Caruana. Against Grischuk, Aronian had tried axb5 axb5 27. Bxb5 Bxf2!? doesn’t work because
9. ... Kh8 10. h3 Nd7 looking for a quick ... f5 of 28. Bc4!,” explained Caruana.
advance.
25. g4 Bxg4! 26. hxg4 Nxg4
10. c3 d5!?
“There was also the possibility 26. ... Qxg4+
A typical Aronian choice. 27. Qxg4 Nxg4 28. Be2 Bxf2,” said Caruana,
The continuation 10. ... Na5 11. Bc2 c5 was “but after 29. Rd1 Bxh4 30. Bxg4, although
also completely playable. Black has three pawns for the piece, the pawns
11. h3 Bh5 are not moving and I thought White should
be technically winning here.”
Not usually a good square in lines where
White has played d2-d3, but now any retreat 27. Nf5 Nxf2 28. Bc2 g6 29. N1e3!?
38. ... b5
of the bishop would lose the e5-pawn and 11. “29. N5e3! Nh3 30. Nd5 Ng1! is very unclear,
Desperation. “If I play 38. ... Rd8 then 39. ... Bxf3 12. Qxf3 should almost always be better unfortunately,” said Caruana. On 31. Qd3
Rf2 is winning, so everything is hopeless,” for White in the long term. Aronian suggested 31. ... Ne7 whereupon
conceded Caruana. Caruana noticed that (31. ... Nxb4 32. cxb4 c6
12. Qe2 Rb8?!
39. Bxf7! Qf5 40. Rxd7+ Kxd7 41. Qxf5+ 33. Nc7) 32. Nfe3 would allow 32. ... Qh3+!
Rxf5 42. g6 Ke7 43. cxb5 Rh5 44. c4 A computer suggestion, but it turns out just 33. Kxg1 Qg3+ with perpetual check because
Rxh4 45. a4 Rg4 46. a5 Kd6 47. a6 Kc7 to waste time. of the pin on the e3-knight. “My knight on d5
48. Kb3, Black resigned. 13. Bg5 is simply unstable,” sighed Caruana. However
The point behind Black’s last move is that the in this line 32. Qg3! should be good enough
Suddenly Karjakin was tied for the lead with attempt to grab material with 13. exd5 Nxd5 14. for White, while Black’s attempted improve-
Caruana and Mamedyarov was half a point Qe4 walks into 14. ... Nf6 15. Qxc6?! Rb6 16. ment 31. ... Nxb4!? 32. cxb4 c6 fails to the
behind but equal with Ding and Grischuk— Nxe5! Bd6! and the white queen has no escape. amazing computer move 33. Nc7!!.
any of those five could realistically hope for a 29. ... gxf5 30. exf5 Qf6 31. Qxf2
13. ... dxe4 14. dxe4 h6 15. Bc1!
match with Carlsen.
A rest day followed, allowing both Caruana “I was lucky enough to get my preparation (see diagram top of next page)

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... Nxb4 and 32. ... Rd4 is very beautiful.”


32. Rh1 Rd6 Fabi Facts
“Here I don’t have any ideas,” admitted Aronian. 1992 Born in Miami

33. Bxe4 Rg8+ 34. Kf1 Ne5 35. Qf4 c6 1996 Family moves to New York

2002 Pan-American U/10 Champion

2004 Family moves to Madrid, turns


professional

2005 Changes Federation to Italy

31. ... e4? 2007 Moves to Budapest, works


with Chernin. Grandmaster at age 14
“I spent a long time here—10 minutes on 30.
... Qf6 and 31. ... e4—but I didn’t see 31. ... 2007, 08, 10, 11 Italian Champion
Nxb4!! 32. cxb4 Rd4!,” said Aronian. “I was
looking at 31. ... Nd4, but even then I didn’t 2009 Moves to Lugano
look at recapturing with the rook. I am not 36. axb5 2012 Moves to Madrid, wins
upset that I missed 31. ... Nxb4. It’s just that it
“Here 36. Rxh6+! Qxh6 37. f6+ Rg6 38. Reykjavik, Dortmund, second at
didn’t even come to my mind that I could play
Qxh6+ Kxh6 39. Nc4+! wins on the spot,” Wijk aan Zee and Sao Paulo/Bilbao
a slow move [32. ... Rd4 or 32. ... Rxd4].”
“After 31. ... Nd4 I can play 32. Be4 but [31. pointed out Aronian. “Right, that would have
2013 Wins Bucharest Kings, Paris GP
... Nxb4 32. cxb4 Rd4] is incredibly strong,” been the easiest,” agreed Caruana. “I was trying
replied Caruana, “with ... Rf4 and ... Rg8 coming.” to make 36. Nd5 work but then Black has 36. 2014 Wins Sinquefield Cup with
Aronian, who had been told some variations ... Rg1+! so I decided just to exchange on b5 812⁄ /10 score (starting with 7
before coming to the press conference, showed because I had run my time down and it consecutive wins); wins Dortmund,
Caruana the line 33. Kh3 Rg8 ... couldn’t hurt.” Baku Grand Prix; reaches 2800;
36. ... Rg5 becomes world number two

Preventing 37. Rxh6+ but now Black is losing 2015 Moves to St. Louis, wins
on the queenside as well! Dortmund, Khanty Mansiysk Grand
37. bxa6 Qd8 38. f6+ Ng6 39. Rxh6+!, Prix; rejoined US Chess Federation
Black resigned.
2016 Wins U.S. Championship,
Caruana was back in the lead but knew that second at Wijk aan Zee and Moscow
he could not afford to get into a tie with Candidates, leads U.S. team to gold
Mamedyarov or Karjakin and, in the case of a medal at Baku Olympiad
big tie, Ding might also prevail on tiebreakers.
“It is the most open Candidates tournament 2017 Wins London Classic
since 2013 and even there only two players 2018 Wins Berlin Candidates
... and now the only good move, 34. Nd5!! Rxd5 could win,” said Caruana. “Here three, maybe tournament to become challenger
35. Qf3 followed by 36. Be4. “It’s not so easy even four, have a chance.” for Magnus Carlsen’s world title
just to give up a piece,” admitted Caruana. “31. Then came the dramatic final round ...

FIDE CANDIDATES TOURNAMENT 2018 — MARCH 10-28, 2018


Rating Country 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Score
1. GM Fabiano Caruana 2784 USA x ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 9
2. GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 2809 AZE ½ ½ x ½ 1 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 8
3. GM Sergey Karjakin 2763 RUS 1 ½ 0 ½ x ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 1 8
4. GM Liren Ding 2769 CHN ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ x ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 7½
5. GM Vladimir Kramnik 2800 RUS 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ x 1 0 ½ ½ 1 1 6½
6. GM Alexander Grischuk 2767 RUS 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 0 x 1 ½ ½ ½ 6½
7. GM Wesley So 2799 USA ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 x 1 ½ 6
8. GM Levon Aronian 2794 ARM 0 0 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 x 4½
For more information, see the official website: https://worldchess.com/berlin/.
Note: First game shows player's result with white pieces against opponent, second game show result with black pieces.

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Webster’s Fin
“Subtle trap” in the last
Valley Snaps
al Four Streak
game going decides the title By AL LAWRENCE

LEFT TO RIGHT: GM VLADIMIR BELOUS, GM KAMIL DRAGUN, GM ANDREY STUKOPIN, GM BARTEK MACIEJA
(HEAD COACH), GM HOVHANNES GABUZYAN, GM CARLOS ANTONIO HEVIA ALEJANO; PHOTO BY DAVID PIKE
College Chess / Final Four

“A diabolical drawing trap.”


THE WORDS WERE GM SUSAN POLGAR’S. The “trap”—along with an unusual rule—denied her Webster University team a sixth national
college championship. Instead, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) brought home its first national title, winning what US
Chess President Mike Hoffpauir recognized as “the strongest-ever Final Four.”
The finish on Easter Sunday morning was as dramatic as only a team championship can get. Everything came down to the last game going.
Webster’s captain, GM Ray Robson, sat across from GM Dariusz Swiercz of St. Louis University. Robson, playing white, knew that the sum of his
university’s season, as well as continuing its historic streak, hinged on the game’s outcome. Webster needed a win to take first on tiebreaks. And,
although unlikely to be on Robson’s mind, there was a personal record at stake. With a win, Robson would have played on six straight national
college championship teams. Since titled players are limited to six tries, it would be an unsurpassable record. The moment deserves recreating.

DIABOLICAL 82. a7!! 32. Nb1 Rf3


GM Ray Robson (2734, Webster) Robson finds it! So far, so great for Webster. Black puts a knight on the rim and then passes
GM Darius Swiercz (2758, St. Louis U.) Caught up in the moment, some of the crowd up a chance to double on the “seventh” rank!
Final Four of College Chess (3), New York, erupts into such a whoop that Hoffpauir dashes The great and doctrinaire 19th-century German
New York. 04.01.2018 upstairs from the playing room with stern chessplayer and writer Siegbert Tarrasch would
instructions to be quiet. Now, with best play, be verklempt with exasperation. In an unemotional
White could win. version of the verdict, Stockfish agrees.
82. ... Kc7 The continuation 32. ... Rff2 33. Nxa3 (33.
Rd2) 33. ... b5 keeps Black close to equal.
33. Nxa3 Rxe3 34. Rd2 Rxd2 35. Kxd2
Rh3 36. Nc4 Rh2+ 37. Kd1 Nf4 38. Nxe5
c5 39. Ng4 Rh8 40. a4 Ne6 41. Kd2 Nd4
42. Rg2 g5 43. Ne5 Re8 44. Nc4 Rh8 45.
Ne3 Rh3 46. Nf5 Ne6 47. Kc3 Rh1 48. Ne3
Kc6 49. Kd2

The move 49. Kc4 seems the right direction,


POSITION AFTER 81. … Ra5 when White is on the verge of winning: 49. ...
Nd4 50. Rf2.
Downstairs at the Marshall Chess Club in
49. ... Kd7 50. Nf5 Rh3 51. Kc3 Rh1 52.
Greenwich Village, both players hunch over
Ng3 Rh3 53. Ne2 Rh1 54. Kd2 Rh3 55. Ng1
the board in a playing room now otherwise Rh8 56. Nf3 Ke7 57. Rh2 Rg8 58. Ke3 Rg7
empty except for Chief Arbiter Oscar Garcia Put yourself in Robson’s jiggling shoes. He 59. c3 g4 60. Nh4 Rg8 61. Nf5+
and Hoffpauir, who keep spectators, along with must win for the team. And he must respond
players finished with their games, upstairs. within the interval. What’s your move? Enjoy
Having exhausted most of the time in the the whole, nail-biting game:
Game/90 time control, and now in a difficult,
materially-unbalanced ending, Robson and RUY LOPEZ, BERLIN DEFENSE (C65)
Swiercz must make each move within 30- GM Ray Robson (2734, Webster)
second increments. GM Dariusz Swiercz (2758, St. Louis U.).
Robson presses creatively to find a way to Final Four of College Chess (3), New York,
win. But Swiercz is tenacious and tricky. Even New York, 04.01.2018
though a draw won’t change St. Louis Univer-
sity’s disappointing last-place finish, it would 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5
tie the match—and St. Louis University would 5. Bxc6 dxc6 6. Nbd2 Bg4 7. h3 Bh5 8.
play spoiler to the hopes of cross-town rival Nb3 Bd6 9. Bd2 b6 10. g4 Bg6 11. Nh4 a5
Webster—and prove the newest scholarship 12. Qf3 Qd7 13. Nf5 Bxf5 14. gxf5 a4 15.
team can play with anyone. Nc1 0-0-0 16. Ne2 Kb7 17. 0-0-0 Qe7 18. White’s position is now very encouraging
Black’s last move allows only one winning h4 Bb4 19. Bxb4 Qxb4 20. h5 Qe7 21. Kb1 to Webster fans.
a3 22. b3 g5 23. hxg6 e.p. hxg6 24. fxg6
response. Upstairs in the spectator area, com- 61. ... Kf6 62. Rg2
fxg6 25. Qg3 Qc5 26. Rhf1 Nh5 27. Qe3
puter engines assess and then, given a moment Qxe3 28. fxe3 Rdf8 29. Kc1 Nf6 30. Rg1 Stronger is 62. Rh6+ Kf7 63. e5 g3 (63. ...
more, recalibrate—like a car navigator recalcu- Rh2 31. Nc3 Nh5 Ng5 64. Rc6) 64. Rf6+.
lating after a missed turn—revealing that
Robson is indeed uncorking a series of star A bit better was 31. ... Nd7 32. Nb1 Rff2 33. 62. ... Rg6 63. Nh4 Rg8 64. d4 cxd4+ 65.
moves in the endgame. Nxa3 Nc5 34. Kb1 (34. Rh1 Rhg2 35. Rhg1). cxd4 c6 66. Nf3

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The move 66. Nf5, followed by 67. Rc2, also 83. Rh8?
looks sufficient.
66. ... g3 67. b4
The winning move was 83. Rh7+! After 83.
... Kb6 84. e6!. Again, the one move that wins
Final Team
Also winning is 67. Ng1 Rg4 68. Ne2 c5 69. (Equal is 84. d6.) 84. ... Ng6 85. Ke4 Ra1 86.
Kf5 is hopeless for Black.
Results
e5+ Ke7 70. Kf3.
67. ... Ra8 68. Ra2 83. ... Ra4+! UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS RIO
Even better was 68. e5+! Ke7 69. b5 cxb5 Playing solely on increment, Black finds the GRANDE VALLEY (2683.0)
70. axb5 Ra5 71. Rxg3 Rxb5 72. Rh3. only drawing move! 712⁄ GAME POINTS
Winning is 83. ... Rxa7 84. Rh7+ Kb6 85. Head Coach: GM Bartek Macieja
68. ... g2 69. Kf2
Rxa7 Kxa7 86. e6! (Equal is 86. d6). GM BELOUS, Vladimir (2684)
Instead, 69. a5 may keep some advantage. 84. Kc5 Ra5+ 85. Kd4 Ra4+ 86. Kc5 Ra5+ GM DRAGUN, Kamil (2686)
Now both Houdini and Stockfish show the 87. Kb4 Rxa7 88. Rh7+ Kb6 89. Rxa7 GM STUKOPIN, Andrey (2683)
game as a dead even “0.00.” Many spectators Kxa7 90. Kc5 Kb7 91. Kd6 Kc8 92. e6
upstairs at the Marshall, eyes glued to computer Kd8. GM GABUZYAN, Hovhannes
evaluations, grinned or grimaced, depending (2679)
The black king gets into its best defensive
on their affiliations. GM HEVIA ALEJANO, Carlos
position and the game is “0.00.”
69. ... Rg8 Antonio (2569)
93. Ke5 Nxd5 94. Kxd5 Ke7 95. Ke5 Ke8
The right defense. So now Robson must stir 96. Kd6 Kd8 97. e7+ Ke8 98. Ke6,
the pot. Stalemate. WEBSTER UNIVERSITY
(2716.8)
70. Ra1 Nf4 71. a5 bxa5 72. bxa5 Nh3+ 73. Stalemate gives UTRGV the half-point it
Ke3 g1=Q+ 74. Nxg1 Nxg1 needs to be the champ! Robson was creative 7 GAME POINTS
and aggressive. Swiercz played the last 15 moves Head Coach: GM Susan Polgar
The engines still call this completely equal.
precisely, despite being under great pressure GM DURARBAYLI, Vasif (2694)
But Robson’s play is cunning, going for
imbalanced material. He’s the one with winning and sometimes in earshot of crowd outbursts. GM SHIMANOV, Aleksandr (2713)
chances. He will win a third pawn for the piece. This fighting game is a credit to both players. GM ROBSON, Ray (2734)
And Black’s cavalry is far from the action, resting GM CORI, Jorge (2723)
in an opponent’s stall. GRINS AND GRACIOUS GM NYZHNYK, Illia (2697)
CONGRATS GM PROHASZKA, Peter (2688)
75. Rc1 Ke7 76. Rxc6 Nh3
With their fate dangling at the mercy of players
Giving the piece back is the clear way to a from two other teams for hours, UT-RGV’s
draw. 76. ... Rg3+ 77. Kf2 Rd3 78. Kxg1 Rxd4 contingency was all big grins when they finally TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY
79. e5 Rd5. clutched their first-ever national college champi- (2635.5)
77. d5 Rg3+ 78. Kd4 Nf4?! onship President’s Cup. “I am so proud of my 5 POINTS
students,” UTRGV’s Coach Bartek Macieja said. Head Coach: GM Alex Onischuk
“Not all of the students were in their best shape.
GM BARYSHPOLETS, Andrey
But even those students fought hard till the last
pawn and contributed in the best possible way (2670)
they could.” Back on campus, recognition was IM MATSENKO, Sergei (2620)
overwhelming. The team’s photo was “not only GM VORONTSOV, Pavlo (2644)
on the opening website page of UTRGV, but IM SHTEMBULIAK, Evgeny
even on the front page of the whole UT system.” (2608)
Official celebrations with UTRGV President Guy IM TORRES ROSAS, Luis Carlos
Bailey followed, along with congratulations from
(2421)
Texas Governor Greg Abbott, senators and
congressmen.
GM Polgar’s Webster finished in an unfamil- ST. LOUIS UNIVERSITY
79. a6! iar second place, and she was very gracious in (2699.5)
Whoops and admonishments. The star move defeat. “They were the first ones to approach 412⁄ POINTS
the engines “wanted.” Now, with best play, me and congratulate us, even though I can Head Coach: GM Alejandro
White should win. imagine how tough it was for them,” Macieja
Ramirez
said. “Objectively, they had the strongest team,
79. ... Ra3 80. Rh6 Kd8 81. e5 Ra5 and they were so close to winning their GM IPATOV, Alexander (2723)
eighth title (and the sixth for Webster University) GM SWIERCZ, Dariusz (2757)
See the diagram (above) at the beginning of
the article. Black chooses a defense that allows in a row. ... I am convinced their record will GM ZHEREBUKH, Yaroslav (2701)
only one winning response. stay unbeaten for decades or a century.” GM RAMBALDI, Francesco (2617)
To recap the round-by-round: In round one GM ALI MARANDI, Cemil Can
82. a7!! Kc7
on Saturday, UTRGV jumped in front with (2571)
Here we are at the second diagram (above) three game points in its 3-1 defeat of St. Louis
IM DERAKHSHANI, Dorsa (2373)
of the article. What did you choose? University, with key wins by GMs Vladimir

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Belous and Hovhannes Gabuzyan, leaving


second-seed St. Louis, the only team other than
Teaching America’s most hated Webster with a 2700 average rating, in a deep
hole. (Keep in mind the unusual rule, well
understood by all teams: Game points, not match
points, are what count at the Final Four.)
Meanwhile Webster, on the back of Ray
Robson’s win, picked up 2½ points in a narrow
victory over Texas Tech. Then in round two,
Webster beat UTRGV 2½-1½. That put Webster
up by ½-point going into the final round. But
UTRGV then put that lead in doubt with a 3-1
romp over Texas Tech, while the first three
games in the Webster versus St. Louis matchup
were drawn. That left it all up to Robson-
Swiercz.
Texas Tech, the only team not fielding at
least four grandmasters—it gets by with two
grandmasters and two international masters—
is traditionally the lowest-rated team, and, as
One of St. Louis University’s grandmaster players might have taken a different usual, under Head Coach and Hall-of-Famer
path if a lucrative chess student hadn’t become the most hated man in America. GM Alex Onischuk, played above statistical
expectations, finishing third.
If you think I’m “Trumpaggerating,” just Google “Most hated man in America.” “You can’t win the PanAms without a hero,”
Martin Shkreli’s (above, left) photo will pop up. He’s the multi-millionaire whiz-kid Webster’s Paul Truong said. GM Vladimir
who hiked the price of the life-saving drug Daraprim from $13.50 to $750 a pill— Belous filled that role for UTRGV. He was the
more than a 5,000 percent increase—just because he could. Now “Pharma Bro” is only player to score 3-0, and he did it on board
doing seven years for securities fraud stemming from his hocus-pocus during a one with two blacks. Robson turned in an
previous stint as a hedge fund boss. You might say he’s an all-round scoundrel, outstanding 2½-½ as an impressive last hurrah
not just a pharmaceutical specialist. to college competition. He just couldn’t find
that last winning move.
Here’s Belous’ impressive first-round win,
revealing the weapons of surprise and prepa-
ODD BOARD-FELLOWS ration.
Sometime before all this came to light, back when GM Yaro Zherebukh (above,
right) was still an undergrad studying finance at Texas Tech, Shkreli contacted
Zherebukh for chess lessons. Despite the fact that the two are both brilliant, they
QUEEN’S GAMBIT ACCEPTED,
seem unlikely board-fellows. “Yaro Z” is well-liked, with a “regular guy”
CLASSICAL MAIN LINE (D27)
GM Alexander Ipatov (2710, St. Louis U.)
personality despite his achievements. His team spirit helped lead Texas Tech to
GM Vladimir Belous (2668, University of
an upset win in the 2015 PanAms. In the 2017 U.S. Championship, he drew GM
Texas Rio Grande Valley)
Wesley So and scored a dazzling kingside rout of GM Fabiano Caruana, then
Final Four of College Chess (1), New York,
number three in the world and now the World Championship challenger. All this
New York, 03.31.2018
never went to Yaro’s level head. On the other hand, Shkreli was to become the
Comments by Belous.
poster child for egomania. Even during his trial, he couldn’t rein in his offensive
tweets, causing the judge to revoke bail, putting Shkreli in a cell. I’ve known Alexander for a long time. He is
a very solid player. I played on the first board,
Yet Yaro’s hourly fee, although it wouldn’t buy a single dose of Daraprim, was so my plan was to try to equalize and to play
rewarding, and Shkreli was a good student who treated his teacher well. In fact, safely.
Shkreli behaved “like a nice guy,” Zherebukh said. Shkreli flew Yaro from dusty 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. c4 d5 4. Nc3 dxc4
west Texas to New York City in first class and had a car waiting to pick him up at
the airport. He put his teacher up gratis in a hotel in Manhattan for a weekend of
I decided to surprise my opponent in the
opening.
little actual work.
5. e3
Shkreli thought so much of Zherebukh that he offered him a job when he But I completely forgot to review how to
graduated. Yaro accepted, counting on a rewarding place to land after react after this move. Fortunately, I had
graduation. It was an opportunity to enter the financial world in Manhattan—the experience as White, so I kind of knew where
center of the action. “But then he was arrested and went to jail,” Yaro said. “I had to develop the pieces.
to have a Plan B.” That plan turned out to be a master’s program in applied
5. ... a6 6. a4 c5 7. Bxc4 Nc6 8. 0-0 cxd4
financial economics at St. Louis University, where he rides a full chess scholarship.
Yaro should have some first-hand observations to share if the program requires a The move 8. ... Be7 is more flexible, not
session in business ethics. allowing White to develop his dark-square
bishop.

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TOP PHOTO COURTESY TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY; BOTTOM BY AL LAWRENCE; OPPOSITE PAGE, SHKRELI FROM WIKIMEDIA; ZHEREBUKH COURTESY OF CHESS CLUB AND SCHOLASTIC CENTER OF SAINT LOUIS

TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY: FRONT ROW (LEFT TO RIGHT): WIM IRYNA ANDRENKO, WGM CARLA HEREDIA, WCM CLAUDIA MUNOZ, SHRUTHI GIYYAR.
BACK ROW (LEFT TO RIGHT): IM LUIS CARLOS TORRES ROSAS, GM PAVEL VORONTSOV, IM EVGENY SHTEMBULIAK, GM ALEX ONISCHUK (HEAD
COACH), TEXAS TECH PRESIDENT LAWRENCE SCHOVANEC, IM SERGEI MATSENKO, GM ANDRII BARYSHPOLETS, OPURICHE “IFY” DURUOHA

ST. LOUIS U.: FRONT ROW (LEFT TO RIGHT): GM ALEXANDER IPATOV, GM FRANCESCO RAMBALDI, GM DARIUSZ SWIERCZ, GM YAROSLAV ZHEREBUKH,
IM DORSA DERAKHSHANI. BACK ROW (LEFT TO RIGHT): GM ALEJANDRO RAMIREZ (HEAD COACH), GM CEMIL CAN ALI MARANDI, NOZIMA ARIPOVA

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WEBSTER UNIVERSITY: FRONT ROW (LEFT TO RIGHT): GM PRIYADHARSHAN KANNAPPAN, GM JORGE CORI, GM ILLIA NYZHNYK, GM SUSAN POLGAR
(HEAD COACH). BACK ROW (LEFT TO RIGHT): [BYSTANDER], GM VASIF DURARBAYLI, GM ALEKSANDR SHIMANOV, GM PETER PROHASZKA, GM RAY
ROBSON, GM EMILIO CORDOBA

9. exd4 Be7 10. Re1 0-0 11. Bg5 Bd7 12. he had chosen was wrong. Instead: 15. Ne4! position, it wasn’t the best decision. Instead, I
Qe2 Be7 (After 15. ... Qe7 16. d5 exd5 17. Bxd5 Rad8 should play 16. ... Bxe5!, keeping the knight to
After 12. Ne5 Rc8 13. Bb3 h6, Black should 18. Qc4 Be6 19. Bxe6 Rxd1 20. Nxf6+ Qxf6 21. be able to defend my king more easily should
be OK. Bxf7+ Qxf7 22. Qxf7+ Kxf7 23. Rxd1 White is it come under attack. 17. dxe5 Red8. White
12. ... h6 13. Bxf6?! winning) 16. d5 exd5 17. Bxd5 Qc8 18. Qc4 Be6 has weak pawns on e5 , b2 and a4.
19. Bxe6 Qxe6 20. Qxe6 fxe6, when White is a 17. dxe5 Be7 18. Bd3?
Probably not a bad move, but I would not give little bit better, because of the pawn structure.
up my bishop if I were White. The dark-square Best was 18. Rd3! Qxc4 19. Rxd7 b5 20. axb5
15. ... Qc7 16. Qh5?!
bishop is important in this type of position. axb5 21. Qf3 which is equal. But it is difficult
The alternative was 13. Bh4, though I didn’t to find such moves while in time trouble. My
expect my opponent to play it, as during my opponent spent too much time for his previous
preparations I had observed his tendency to moves.
keep the bishop on the other diagonal with an
18. ... Red8
intention to sacrifice it on h6. After 13. ... Nh5
14. Bxe7 Nxe7 15. Ne5 Nf6, perhaps White is With the a-pawn on a2, it would not be so
slightly better, but not more than that. obvious that Black was better.
13. ... Bxf6 14. Rad1 19. Qf3 Qb6 20. Qe4 g6 21. Qe2 Kg7
The line 14. d5 Nd4! 15. Nxd4?! (After 15. Now my king is safe.
Qd3 Nxf3+ 16. Qxf3 Qb6 Black is completely 22. g3 Rac8 23. h4 h5 24. Be4 Qb4 25.
all right.) 15. ... Bxd4 16. dxe6 (Black has a huge Kg2 Be8
edge after 16. Rad1 e5) 16. ... fxe6 is slightly Now Black can get a long-lasting positional
better for Black. In this case, I would have a advantage. Better was 16. Qg4!? or 16. Ne4!? My plan was to keep improving my position
worse pawn structure, but it would be fully Bxe5 17. dxe5 Nxe5 18. Nd6 Nxc4 19. Nxe8 slowly. I did not want to rush else I might make
compensated by my two amazing bishops. Also, Bxe8 20. Rc1 Rc8 21. b3 b5 22. axb5 axb5 23. a mistake. Plus, Alexander was already playing
my rook on f8 would enjoy a half-open file. bxc4 bxc4. with only a few minutes remaining on his clock.
After 25. ... Bxa4?! 26. Rxd8 Rxd8 27. Nxa4
14. ... Re8 15. Ne5?! 16. ... Nxe5?!
Qxa4 28. Bxb7 a5 29. Qf3 Rb8, it wouldn’t be
After the game Alexander concluded the plan I love to play with two bishops, but in this so simple to win.

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26. Bf3 Bc5 27. Ne4 Rxd1 28. Rxd1 Bxa4 Red Raider, GM Yaro Zherebukh. 26. Bb2 Rxb2
29. Rc1 Bb5 30. Qd1 b6!
1. ... Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 The only move.
A rock solid move, defending against all 5. e4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 c5 7. Rb1
27. Qxb2 a5 28. Rd1 Re8 29. h3 Qb4 30.
possible threats. Now Black is a pawn up. One of the many moves. The main idea is Qc1
31. Nd6 Rc7 to prevent Black from exchanging the dark-
It is important not to lose concentration square bishop after ... c5xd4 and ... Bb4+.
even for a moment and to keep an eye for little 7. ... Be7 8. Bb5+ Bd7 9. Bxd7+ Qxd7
tactics like 31. ... Rd8?? 32. Nf5+. The recapture 9. ... Nxd7 is possible too,
32. Nxb5 Qxb5 33. Qe2 Qb4 since after 10. Rxb7 cxd4 11. cxd4 Nb6 the rook
It is more difficult for White to defend with gets trapped.
queens alive. There are three weaknesses: b2, 10. Nf3 0-0 11. d5!?
e5, and f2. Moreover, the opponent is in time Immediately challenging Black in the center.
trouble! If White manages to play c3-c4, the passed pawn
34. Rd1 a5 35. Rd8 Be7 36. Ra8 Rd7 37. on d5 will be a long-term problem for Black.
Qe4 Qxb2 38. Qc6 Hence, Yaro decides to blow the position up ...
11. ... f5! 12. Ne5 Qd6 13. Nc4 30. ... c4?

The move 13. Rxb7!? seemed critical to me, The move 30. ... h6 still offered some hope,
but I was not able to evaluate the position and but after 31. Kh2 White still has a powerful
therefore opted for 13. Nc4. After 13. Rxb7!?, initiative.
Black could play 13. ... Bf6 (After 13. ... Qxe5!? 31. Qg5+ Kh8 32. Qf6+ Kg8 33. Rd5, Black
14. Rxe7 Qxe4+ 15. Qe2 Qxe2+ 16. Kxe2 exd5 resigned.
17. Rd1 White has the initiative.) 14. Nc4 Qa6
15. Qb3 Nd7, when the position is unclear. Chief Organizer Mark Herman, CEO of his
own award-winning gaming company and a
13. ... Qa6 14. Qb3 fxe4 15. 0-0 exd5 16. retired division head for Booz Allen Hamilton
Ne3 Rf7 17. Qxd5 Nc6 18. Qxe4 Bf6?!
(BAH), has steadily improved the Final Four
An inaccuracy. The bishop on f6 becomes during his eight years of remarkable volunteer
Looking for counterplay. a target for White’s knight. It was better to service to the event. Mark again worked with
38. ... Qd4 play 18. ... Bf8 19. Nd5 Rd8 20. Bg5 Rdd7 Jonathan Haber of Cluen.com to stream live
which is equal. commentary by GM Max Dlugy, former world
The move 38. ... Bc5?? looks tempting, but
19. Nd5 Qxa2
junior champ, and seven-time U.S. Women’s
it is wrong, as White is not obliged to capture
Champ Irina Krush. Hoffpauir is another eight-
the rook: 39. Qc8!,with checkmate threats.
year Final Four volunteer, tireless in his many
39. Rb8 a4 40. Kh3 a3 41. Ra8 Qxf2 42. Ra4 efforts all over the country for chess. He flew
No better is 42. Qxd7 Qxf3. into New York City from BAH business in
Japan to oversee the team meetings, making
42. ... Rd2, White resigned.
sure the special rules governing the event were
That game gave me a lot of confidence for followed. Oscar Garcia again served as interna-
the rest of the tournament. tional arbiter for the event.

GM Pavlo Vorontsov played a vital game TWO SIGMA AND BOOZ ALLEN
for Texas Tech, as he did at the PanAms to HAMILTON SPONSORSHIP KEY
secure the team’s qualification. But this time Two corporations who believe in the benefits
his opponent was the formidable GM Yaro of chess make the improvements in the college
Zherebukh, now playing for St. Louis Uni- Also difficult is 19. ... Ne5!? 20. Bf4 Qd3 21.
Rfe1 Qxe4 22. Rxe4 Nd3 23. Be3 Rd7 24. c4. championship possible. The Final Four of College
versity. Chess was once again generously sponsored by
20. Rxb7! Rxb7 21. Qe6+ Kh8 22. Qxc6 Two Sigma and BAH through contributions to
QUEEN’S GAMBIT DECLINED, Qb3 23. Nxf6 gxf6 24. Qxf6+ Kg8 25. c4 the US Chess Trust. The event is sanctioned by
EXCHANGE VARIATION (D35) The bishop is getting ready to support the US Chess. And of course, the Marshall Chess
PHOTO CREDIT: AL LAWRENCE

GM Pavlo Vorontsov (2652, Texas Tech U.). attack. From a practical point of view, it is Club in New York’s Greenwich Village was again
GM Yaro Zherebukh (2714, St. Louis U.) almost impossible to defend such position with the natural host for such an elite showdown.
Final Four of College Chess (2), New York, black, as the king on g8 will remain exception- The 2018 Pan-American Intercollegiate
New York, 03.31.2018 ally weak for the rest of the game. Team Chess Championship will be organized
Comments by GM Vorontsov. The follow-up 25. Qg5+ Rg7 26. Qxc5 was by Bay Area Chess and held in San Francisco
less clear to me. December 27-30. Match points will qualify the
1. d4
top four U.S. universities for the 2019 Final
25. ... Qxc4
After a tough loss to Ray Robson in the first Four of College Chess, where game points will
round, which cost our team the match, I was A better defensive try might have been 25. either start a new streak or crown a brand-
determined to bounce back against the former ... Re8!? 26. Qg5+ Rg7 27. Qd5+ Rf7 28. Qxc5. new champ.

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The Tragic
Rudolf Charousek
This month’s game features one of the most memorable
combinations ever played.
By BRUCE PANDOLFINI

CHESS HAS CERTAINLY HAD ITS SHARE remaining moves in this game, use a piece of 5. … Bc5 
of tragic figures—players who left us early or paper to cover the article, exposing White’s next
before having had the chance to fulfill ambition move only after trying to guess it. If you guess 6. Nxc3 Par Score 5
and promise. One such gifted individual was correctly, give yourself the par score. Sometimes
Finally, White takes back a pawn, while
the Hungarian phenom, Czech-born Rudolf points are also awarded for second-best moves,
mobilizing the queen-knight. Black, of course,
Charousek (1873-1900), who died of illness at and there may be bonus points—or deductions—
is still up a pawn, but White has some play for
the age of 26. Charousek was much admired for other moves and variations. Note that 
the material deficit.
by contemporaries for his tactical acumen and means that White’s move is on the next line.
invention. An example of his sizeable combina- 6. … d6
3. c3 Par Score 5
tive facility is the following game played against
Rather than bringing out the queen by 3. This move unleashes the queen-bishop as
Jakob Wollner (Black) at Kaschau in 1893.
Qd1xd4, where it would be subject to enemy it stops the potential menacing advance, 7.
Never fearful of gambits, Charousek pushed
threats, White opts for a gambit, hoping to open e4-e5.
his attack with aplomb and a sense of certitude
in the face of various counterthreats. And while lines for development and quick attack. Such 7. 0-0 Par Score 5
the turbulent play could have gone either way, sharp beginnings are right up Charousek’s alley.
By getting the king out of the center, White’s
Charousek managed to get through it all, 3. … dxc3 attack can proceed more freely, without worry
finishing with one of the most memorable of counterattack to his own king.
combinations ever played. The game began: Black accepts the gambit. After all, as Steinitz’s
play embodied, a pawn is a pawn is a pawn. 7. … 0-0
(Steinitz? How did he get into this?)
DANISH GAMBIT (C21) In turn, Black strives to improve his own
Rudolf Charousek 4. Bc4 Par Score 5 king’s position. Nothing unusual here. At this
Jakob Wollner This is a main move in the Danish Gambit. point, we’d have to say that White doesn’t have
Kaschau 1893 But accept full credit for 4. Nb1xc3, transposing quite enough to justify the gambit. Somehow,
into a Göring Gambit, or as a chess hustler I he’s going to have to make things happen.
1. e4 e5 2. d4 exd4
know likes to say, a “boring gambit.” 8. Ng5 Par Score 6
4. … Nf6 Full credit for 8. Bc1-g5. That would have
This is not Black’s best move. He comes out developed another piece and placed the f6-
with a clear edge by playing 4. ... c3xb2, when knight in a potentially annoying pin. Instead,
White doesn’t have enough for the two pawns, Charousek opts for pure attack, without fear
or 4. ... d7-d5, when Black gains time to speed of delaying his development.
up his own development. 8. … h6
5. Nf3 Par Score 5 This puts the question to the king-knight,
Charousek wants Black to take on b2, so his but a more promising idea would have been 8.
queen-bishop can deploy along the a1-h8 diag- ... Nb8-c6, furthering his development. Even
onal. Accordingly, he plays a useful developing so, after 8. ... h7-h6, Black still has an edge
Now ensure that the above position is set up move that keeps the flank placement possibility based on material superiority.
on your chessboard. As you play through the alive. Accept full credit for 5. Nb1xc3. 9. Nxf7 Par Score 6

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PROBLEM I PROBLEM II PROBLEM III


ABCs of Chess Mating net Mating net Mating net

These problems are all related to key


positions in this month’s game. In each
case, Black is to move. The answers can
be found in Solutions on page 71.

June Exercise: Naturally, we strive to


train for whatever might come our way.
For White, we settle for one definite
opening move, and then try to learn
satisfactory variations against all reason-
able responses. And for Black, we seem- PROBLEM IV PROBLEM V PROBLEM VI
ingly need to know even more. How Mating net Mating net Mating net
can we find systems and lines that we
can employ to cope with practically
everything reliably? One way is to let
leading players do the work for us. By
studying and adopting the openings
of a single top player, we are more
likely to play harmoniously, and play
openings and defenses consistent with
a characteristic style.

Charousek bites the bullet. Really, retreating 11. … Qh4 15. Kh1 Par Score 5
the knight would have made little sense. At
This looks intimidating, but it passes the White gets out of check. The mate threat
least this keeps the position on edge.
advantage over to White. Black might have still stands.
9. … Rxf7 been able to stay in the game with 11. ... Rf7xf2, 15. … Bd7
What else? Black must take the knight. The when 12. e6-e7+ could have been answered by
12. ... Rf2-f7+. At that point, it doesn’t seem This develops the bishop and stops the mate.
rub is, he should still have the edge after 10.
that White is winning. But not for long.
Bc4xf7+ Kg8xf7. True, the black king would
then be a bit exposed, but White’s ability to 12. exf7+ Par Score 5 16. Rae1 Par Score 7
exploit that exposure would have been abated Another developing move and another
So White gets the rook with check. Further-
by the surrender of two minor pieces useful to threat. All of White’s pieces are now poised
more, he now has a significant advantage. Black
the fueling of that attack: White’s king-bishop for action.
doesn’t have a meaningful choice. He must play
and king-knight.
his next move. 16. … Nc6
10. e5 Par Score 6
12. … Kf8 Black develops his last minor piece, and that
Charousek finds a way to complicate. Since allows the a8-rook to guard e8. But it doesn’t
the e5-pawn can’t be taken without loss of Black’s Practically forced. Otherwise, White gets a
new queen. stop Charousek.
queen (note the pin on the d-file), Black’s king-
knight would essentially have to move, with 13. Bf4 Par Score 6 17. Qe8+ Par Score 7
things in the air. Besides, after 10. e4-e5, the f7- Is this queen sacrifice justified?
rook remains pinned, still available for capture. This develops a piece and handles Black’s
biggest threat: the potential mate at h2. Deduct 17. … Rxe8
10. … Ng4 3 points if you overlooked the mate threat. Taking with the bishop, 17. ... Bd7xe8, doesn’t
The black knight moves into position to assail 13. … Nxf2 delay the outcome.
White’s kingside. Is Black about to gain control
Black can still hope. Maybe White will now 18. fxe8=Q+ Par Score 6
of the position? If Charousek were still with us,
he might say “no,” but possibly not in English. play 14. Rf1xf2. Now the bishop doesn’t have a choice. It
11. e6 Par Score 7 14. Qe2 Par Score 7 must take on e8.
18. … Bxe8
Instead of settling for 11. Bc4xf7+ (accept White grapples with Black’s threats by issuing
only 5 points part credit), when White’s offensive a huge threat of his own: mate at e8. 19. Bxd6 mate! Par Score 7
might be petering out, Charousek decides to
14. … Ng4+
confound the situation even further. Not only A truly beautiful denouement! Double check
is he threatening the f7-rook, the g4-knight is Black uses the discovered check to save his and mate!!
now hanging. knight. See scoring box on page 71.

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The Devil is in the


Detail
Attention to detail—in the sense of provoking and holding your
opponent accountable for seemingly insignificant errors—is an
indelible component of practical endgame mastery.
By GM DANIEL NARODITSKY

A FEW WEEKS AGO, UPON RETURNING A2) 31. Kh2 is Stockfish’s initial recommen-
to my dorm after a calamitous math exam, I dation, but the circumspect 31. ... b6!, preparing
spotted a parking citation neatly pinned to the ... Nf3+ followed by ... Qb7, forces White’s
windshield of my car. For several minutes I hand. After 32. Ne7 Nf3+ 33. Kg2 Ne1+ 34.
stood motionless, every bone in my body Kf1 (34. Kh1 Qb7+ 35. Nc6 Nd3 36. Kg1 Kg7
disgorging righteous anger at the injustice is similarly uninspiring) 34. ... Qc4+! 35. Kxe1
visited upon me. What gall, what gall indeed, Qe4+ Black delivers perpetual with room to
Stanford University has in oiling its swollen spare. Note that with the black queen on d3,
financial coffers during finals week! the king can never escape via b4 due to ... a5
In the end, saner heads prevailed. After all, (mate!).
an expired parking permit is an expired parking 30. Qd4 Qe5! is the simpler tactical justifi-
permit, and pending the rejection of a pitiful, AFTER 29. Qe3 cation. Either trade leads to a dead-drawn
excuse-laden appeal, $45 will be deposited in single-piece ending.
the appropriate piggybank. at the GRENKE Chess Classic. As the fourth These are impressive amounts of variations
But the consequences of negligence are round of the classic played out, it seemed that to calculate in time pressure, but the very fact
altogether different in the endgame realm. In Fabi’s crusade was beginning to lose its vigor. that it is necessary to calculate so many lines in
today’s column, I argue that   In only 29 moves, Naiditsch has swapped off a fairly balanced position is an unwelcome omen.
     
  most of the pieces and steered the game into Therein lies the rub: It is tempting to assume
    an anemic queen-and-knight endgame. White’s that the only risk attendant to a complex tactical
       active knight is tough to make good use of operation is that of a straightforward blunder.
     while protecting his king and is made all the  
 
 This is not exactly a controversial more pronounced by the specter of a check on  

statement. However, as the following instructive f3. Aiming to curtail any last shreds of ambition    
   
encounter shows, attention to detail, while easy that Fabi may have been harboring, Naiditsch  
to preach, is remarkably difficult to practice. initiates a small tactical operation. practical  
 
29. ... Nc4?!
To this end, Naiditsch has several options
A FABI-LOUS ENDGAME Naiditsch spent 2½ of his remaining six that obviated the need for such risk. The most
GM Fabiano Caruana (FIDE 2784, USA)
minutes on this move, presumably in an effort precise of them was 29. ... f6!, buttressing the
GM Arkadij Naiditsch (FIDE 2701, AZE)
to ensure that all of White’s manifold queen knight and pumping in some luft for the king.
GRENKE Chess Classic 2018 (4), Karlsruhe
sorties could be effectively neutralized—and White does not have much in the way of serious
& Baden-Baden, Germany, 04.04.2018
they can: practical attempts: 30. Qe4 Qc6 forces the trade
30. Qe8 Nd2! creates immediate and highly (or perpetual after 31. Qb4 Qc1+), while 30. f4
(see diagram top of next column)
effective counterplay against White’s king, gxf4 31. Qxf4 (31. gxf4 Ng6 is asking for trouble)
Fabiano Caruana is in the midst of a leading to a perpetual in every line: 31. ... Qb6+ 32. Kf1 Qa6+ is yet another
memorable stretch in his career. As if emerging A1) 31. Ne7 Qc1+ 32. Kh2 (32. Kg2?? Qf1+ perpetual (do you see why 33. Ke1 fails?). My
as Magnus Carlsen’s next challenger was not 33. Kh2 Nf3 mate would be an effective guess is that Caruana would have played 30.
enough, Fabi supplemented his victory at the strategy if it were loser’s chess) 32. ... Nf3+ Qe4 and offered a draw, since there will be hell
Candidates with a dashing gold medal campaign 33. Kg2 Ne1+. to pay if Black’s queen safely lands on c6.

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PROBLEM I: 1500 LEVEL PROBLEM II: 2000 LEVEL


Practicum GM Anatoly Karpov GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
GM Garry Kasparov GM Alexander Grischuk
Each month GM Naroditsky will present World Championship 1987 Berlin Candidates 2018
two problems taken from actual games
that illustrate the theme of this month’s
column. Your task is to find the best line
of play. Problem I should be solveable by
a player at roughly a 1500 rating and
Problem II by a player roughly at a 2000
rating.

See the solutions on page 71.

WHITE TO MOVE WHITE TO MOVE

30. Qc3 Qe5 1950s (says the ingrate who slept with a leather- position in terms of immediate threats. White’s
bound first edition of Zurich 1953 under his plan of attack (g4, Nf5, Qb4-d4, etc.) may be
pillow). After 34. Qxb2 Qd5+ it is handshake slow, but Black can do absolutely nothing to
time, and this time it seems that there just isn’t stop it.
any more room for shenanigans. But once again, 36. ... Kg7 37. Qb4 Qb1 38. g4
the devil is in the detail. The tactics may be
impressive, but you cannot allow yourself to be
swayed by sharp tactical play. And impressed
Fabiano was not: his reply came before Naiditsch
so much as finished writing down his move. 
34. Qe4!

What a scheming little imp this Fabiano


Caruana is! The queen escapes the last accessible
31. Qd3! square, on the diagonal, and this time the threats
Er-oh. There’s that yellow envelope on the are immediate and deadly. And while Black is
windshield. This move doesn’t look intimidating: far from lost, the problems he is facing are,
after all, Black can deliver a check on e1 and practically speaking, virtually insurmountable.
capture on b2 with tempo. And besides, is 34. ... Qxa4? Having done its job, the knight prepares to
White even threatening a serious discovered reenter with deadly effect.
check? As discussed above, the point to remem- I’m going to do you the liberty of revealing
38. ... Kg8 39. Nf5
ber is that Fabi is not trying to win the game that 34. ... Qd7 was the only saving move. There
immediately. Rather, he avoids a draw and is no real logic behind this move, but the fact With the knight independently supported,
confronts Naiditsch—who by now has four of the matter is that all other moves lose. The White’s queen is finally free to deliver the final
minutes for 10 moves—with unanticipated point is that 35. Qe5 meets with 35. ... Qc6+ blow.
problems. Indeed, something like 31. ... Na5 36. Kg1 and while there is no more perpetual, 39. ... Qc2 40. Qb8+ Kh7 41. Qb7 Kh8
does not lose, but after 32. Ne3+ Kg7 33. b3! Black saves the day with 36. ... Qg6!. In light
White establishes a positional bind that reaches of this, White should prefer the prophylactic Or 41. ... Kg6 42. Qa6+ f6 43. Qb7! with
biblical proportions in the event of 33. ... Nc6?! 35. Kh2!, renewing the threat of Qe5. I analyzed mate to follow.
34. Qd7!. So Naiditsch has little choice other this position with a certain anonymous friend, 42. Qe7, Black resigned.
than to continue burning bridges in search of and the verdict seems to be that after 35. ...
Nxa4 36. Qe5 Kg6! Black hangs on by the skin Black stops mate with 42. ... Qc6+ 43. Kh2
an immediate resolution. Qg6, but 44. Qe5+ picks up the hapless knight.
of his teeth, though 37. h4! once again brings
31. ... Nxb2 32. Qc2 Qe1+ Hopefully, it is evident that my intention in
Black to the precipice and demands inhuman
And the German maestro rises to the task! precision. That is why I assigned a question dissecting Naiditsch’s downfall is not to act as
Now White is the one who must resolve a thorny mark to Naiditsch’s previous move; 34. ... Qxa4 an armchair critic. Faced with problems of such
dilemma: 33. Kh2 Nxa4! is an immediate draw, may be the decisive mistake from an objective magnitude, yours truly would have undoubtedly
since Black’s pieces are active enough to take the standpoint, but in a practical sense the battle gone down even with hours left on the clock.
sting out of any discovered check. Note that was lost on move 33. Instead, I hope that this game hammers in the
White can keep the extra piece with 34. Ne3+ notion that what ends as a calamity frequently
35. Qxb7 Qa2 36. Ne3! starts with a tiny inaccuracy. Oh, and don’t park
Kg7 35. Qxa4 Qxf2+ 36. Ng2, but after something
like 36. ... Qc5 all three results are possible. Quiet but absolutely deadly. With this move, without a permit if you’re ever in Stanford.
White completely seals in Black’s tandem, since 1 For the sake of completeness, it bears
33. Kg2 Qd1?
36. ... Nc4 is not possible due to 37. Qe4+. It mentioning that 33. ... Qb4! was the final chance to
This is the sort of move that might have been might not seem intuitively obvious that White secure a surefire draw. For instance, 34. a5 Qc4!
accompanied by an exclamation mark in the is winning, but it is wrong to think of this and this time, liquidation is truly forced.

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2018 US CHESS GRAND PRIX STANDINGS


NAME STATE PTS. 2018 AWARDS
1 GM ALEXANDER SHABALOV PA 116.20
2
3
GM FIDEL CORRALES JIMENEZ
GM MELIKSET KHACHIYAN
MO
CA
68.54
63.08
$ 12,500
4 GM ALEXANDER IVANOV MA 59.66
IN CASH PRIZES!
5 GM RUIFENG LI TX 57.25 FIRST PRIZE: $5,000!
6 IM KEATON KIEWRA CA 56.25
7 GM SERGEY ERENBURG PA 52.50 2nd: $2,500 | 3rd: $1,000
8 IM JOHN DANIEL BRYANT CA 51.25 4th: $900 | 5th: $800
9 GM KAMIL DRAGUN TX 49.40 6th: $700 | 7th: $600
10 GM ELSHAN MORADIABADI NC 49.30 8th: $500 | 9th: $300
11 IM DIONISIO ALDAMA CA 46.33 10th: $200
12 GM YAROSLAV ZHEREBUKH MO 44.00
13 IM THOMAS BARTELL PA 40.70
14 GM ALEX SHIMANOV MO 39.50 The Grand Prix point totals reflect all
15 GM SERGEY KUDRIN CT 39.00 rated event information as of May 2,
2018 for the 2018 Grand Prix.

2018 US CHESS JUNIOR GRAND PRIX STANDINGS


The top prize for 2018 is a Chess.com one-year Diamond membership valued at $100, a Chess.com gear/merchandise package valued at $100, a US
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Name State Pts. State Leaders State Pts. State Leaders State Pts.
DE DONA, MARK NY 5667 PAULSON, MICHAEL N KS 3052 PAIK, JUSTIN RI 2083
FAN, JERRY NY 5450 MORGAN, TRINITY KY 1560 RAJA, SHIVANI SC 1140
SHINKLE-STOLAR, KYLER PA 4343 MAYEUX, BENJAMIN THOMAS LA 2284 TAO, CHRISTOPHER SD 431
LU, SAMUEL MO 4276 HAN, HENRY YU-FENG MA 2444 VAZQUEZ MACCARINI, DANI TERR 786
VIDYARTHI, OMYA CA-N 4041 GUO, ANDREW MD 2474 KOSTINA, POLINA TN 2762
CARTWRIGHT, SAMUEL ME 2485 ESPINOZA, LUIS TX 2800
State Leaders State Pts. BYRD, JONATHAN ABRAM MI 2730 GARZA, JASON TX 2800
STALLWORTH, JACOB AL 3006 PATTERSON, BEN MN 2300 RAY, UJAN UT 2435
WENG, KAYLA AR 1354 PANDA, ASISH MO 2815 GUO, EDWARD VA 3543
REMPE, JONAS JAKOB RAZA AZ 2419 GRIFFIN, GABRIEL MS 3050 COLLINS, ALEXANDER VT 1847
MEIYAPPAN, KAVYA CA-N 3774 WALTHALL, THOMAS KASEY MT 2100 SINGH, ADITYA WA 2608
ZHANG, KEVIN SHAOWANG CA-S 1966 DURBHA, ANTARA NC 2996 DASHO, DAKITO WI 3482
BECHTEL, JACOB THOMAS CO 1772 TAN, SOPHIE NE 36 KUKKILLAYA, SOHAN WV 1294
SU, JASMINE ZHIXIN CT 2972 TORRES, FRANK WY 470
TIRUVEEDHULA, SUHAVI NH 1564
STEINER, ADAMSON DC 2904 MUNDAYAT, ABINAV RAJIV NJ 3965
DESVIGNES, SAMERIS RENAE DE 3324 CONTRERAS, ANDRES NM 1165
WANG, JULIAN-ALEXANDRE FL 3798 MURTY, ASHWIN NARAYAN NV 976
MYDUKUR, AMIT GA 3086 YU, SICHENG NY 3600
COPELAND, ELI IA 2615 NIESET, ANDREW OH 2424
SHEPARD, RIVER CHARLES ID 2976 KOLOEN, PRESTON OK 1400
KODIPPARAMBIL, ADVAITH G IL 4039 SOIFFER, DUNCAN SMITH OR 3500
KACZANOWSKI, AIDAN P IN 3271 TOMLIAN, NATE PA 3760
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GM analysis of your games. Free Daily Bulletins and free commemorative All tournaments are non-smoking with no computers allowed unless otherwise advertised.
DVD for all participants. Grandmaster Simuls and Chess Camp for
all ages on Thursday. U.S. Women’s Open Wednesday and Thursday. BLZ: Blitz rated. Memb. Membership required; cost follows. Usually refers
Walter Browne Memorial Blitz Thursday 2:00 p.m. Youth Tournaments req’d: to state affiliate.
Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Blitz Sectionals Friday, Saturday & Sunday. QC: Quick Chess events.
Poker Tournament Monday Morning. Don’t be shut out - make your $$Gtd: Guaranteed prizes. Open: A section open to all. Often has very strong play-
reservations early and be sure to ask for the CHESS rates — $69 single ers, but some eligible for lower sections can play
or double ($92 Friday and Saturday nights) guarantees a premium room $$b/x: Based-on prizes, x = number of entries needed to for the learning experience.
with new furniture, refrigerator, flat screen TV and more. The resort payfull prize fund. At least 50% of the advertised
package including access to the Fitness Center, free WI-FI, and more prize fund of $501 or more must be awarded. Quad: 4-player round robin sections; similar strength
is substantially discounted for our group. Cutoff for special hotel rate players.
is May 31; after that rates will increase significantly and there Bye: Indicates which rounds players who find it incon-
venient to play may take 1⁄2-point byes instead. RBO: Rated Beginner’s Open.
may not be any rooms available. (800) 732-7117 or www.Veg-
asChessFestival.com/hotel. ENT: Vegas Chess Festivals, PO Box For example, Bye 1-3 means 1⁄2-point byes are Rds: Rounds; scheduled game times follow. For exam-
90925, Henderson, NV 89009-0925, online at www.VegasChessFes- available in Rounds 1 through 3. ple, 11-5, 9-3 means games begin 11 a.m. & 5 p.m.
tival.com. Info: (702) 930-9550 and leave a message. FIDE. W. on the first day, 9 a.m. & 3 p.m. on the second day.
CC: Chess club.
JUNE 21-24, LOUISIANA Reg: Registration at site.
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 30 dx: Time delay, x = number of seconds.
2018 U.S. SENIOR OPEN +xx: Time increment, xx = number of seconds added RR: Round robin (preceded by number of rounds).
6SS, G/120 i30 (Game in 2 hours with 30-second increment.) USCF and after each move. SD/: Sudden-death time control (time for rest of game
FIDE rated using FIDE Rules. Open to all players age 50+ by start date
of tournament (6/21/2018). SIDE EVENT: 2018 U.S. Senior Blitz Tour- EF: Entry fee. follows). For example, 30/90, SD/1 means each
nament: 5-min. Blitz Tournament on Thurs., 6/21, at 1pm (details player must make 30 moves in 90 minutes, then
below). Hilton New Orleans Airport Hotel, 901 Airline Dr., Kenner, LA Ent: Where to mail entries. complete the rest of the game in an hour.
70062, Ph: 504-469-5000 (hotel is directly across from the New Orleans FIDE: Results submitted to FIDE for possible rating.
SS: Swiss-System pairings (preceded by number of
Int’l. Airport with free hotel/airport shuttle service). HR: $119 + tax
for single, double, triple or quad – mention Cajun Chess Tournament G/: Game in. For instance, G/75 means each side has rounds).
and reserve by May 28 to assure group rate. Free parking and free 75 minutes for the entire game.
Unr: Unrated.
basic internet in each room. Hotel hot breakfast buffet tickets discounted GPP: Grand Prix Points available.
to $15 including tax and tip (usually $19.95 without tax and tip) for hotel W: Site is accessible to wheelchairs.
guests only. Ratings used will be from June 2018 USCF Supplement. HR: Hotel rates. For example, 60-65-70-75 means $60
WEB:
SECT: One OPEN Section only with Class Prizes. $5,000 b/80 full-paid single, $65 twin, $70/3 in room, $75/4 in room. Tournaments that will use a player’s online rating.
ent. TOP PRIZES: $1250-800-500-300; (U2300): $500-300; (U2000):
$300-150; (U1800): $300-150; (U1500/Unr): $300-150. Plaque to top JGP: Junior Grand Prix.
winner in following age categories: 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74,
75+. A player may win both a place award and an age award. In the

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JULY 20, NORTH CAROLINA used; unofficial ratings (at least four games) used if otherwise unrated. 408-7640, 203-358-8400; reserve by 6/1 or rate may increase. Ent:
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 10 CCA ratings used if above US Chess. Foreign player ratings: usually 100 chessaction.com or Continental Chess, Box 8482, Pelham, NY 10803.
2018 U.S. G/10 CHAMPIONSHIP (BLZ) points added to FIDE or FQE, 200+ added to most foreign national $15 service charge for refunds. Questions: Chesstour.com, Direc-
6 rounds, G/10 d0. Renaissance Charlotte Suites Hotel, 2800 Coliseum ratings, no points added to CFC. Highest of multiple ratings generally torAtChess.us, 347-201-2269. Entries posted at chessaction.com (online
Centre, Charlotte, NC – 844 277 1443 and mention chess tournament, or used. Entries: US Chess, ATTN: 2018 U.S. Open, PO Box 3967, Crossville, entries posted instantly). Blitz Sat 9:30 pm, enter by 9:15 pm.
reserve online at www.charlottechesscenter.org. Reserve early or block TN 38557. Online entry available, see website. Phone entry: 800.903.8723.
Not FIDE rated, No cell phones. Bring a clock — none supplied. US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
may run out. Free parking. $1000 guaranteed prize fund in one section. A State Championship Event!
G/10 National Championship: $300 – 200, top U2200 $150, top U1900 Sets/boards supplied for tournament but not for skittles. Many meetings,
workshops and seminars, including: US Chess Committee Meetings JUNE 9-10, VERMONT
$150, top U1600 $100, top U1300/Unr $100. Trophy and 2018 U.S. National US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 6
G/10 Champion title to first place. US Chess Blitz rated, but July regular 8/1-8/3, US Chess Awards Luncheon 8/4 Noon, US Chess Delegates
ratings used for pairings and prizes. Up to 3 byes available, request Meeting 8/4-5. Many side events and other championships, including: 2018 VERMONT OPEN
before round 2. Rounds Friday 7:30pm then ASAP, tournament should U.S. National Blitz Championship 7SS Double, G/5 d0, Rd. 1 at 12 4SS, 40/90, SD/30 d5. Contois Auditorium, Burlington City Hall, 149
end before 10pm. Registration: $30 online at www.charlottechess NOON 8/4; U.S. Open Weekend Swiss 5SS, G/60 d5, 12-3 Sat 7/28, Church St., Burlington, VT 05401. Three sections. Championship: EF:
center.org or check mailed to Charlotte Chess Center, 1800 Camden Road, 10-12:30-3 Sun 7/29; U.S. Open Scholastic (see separate TLA for the $43 if rec’d by 6/7. $$Gtd: 260-170, U2110 160, U1960 150. State cham-
Suite 108, Charlotte, NC 28203 by Wednesday July 18. $40 after or on- Scholastic event); Mon-Wed-ThuFri July 30, August 1, 2, 3 U. S. pion title to top-scoring Vermont resident. Under 1810: EF: $38 if rec’d
site. $10 Off Total Registration if Staying at Sponsored Hotel Cash or Open Quads (one-day events) G/30 d5. Entry fee $20. Registration by 6/7. $$Gtd: 210-140, U1610 130-90. Under 1410: EF if rec’d by 6/7:
check only on-site. Info and registration: www.charlottechesscenter.org, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Rounds at noon, 1:30 p.m. & 3:00 p.m. $50 to first in $33 if rated 800-1409, $23 if U800/Unr. $$Gtd: 150-100, U1210 80,
980 265 1156, grant@charlottechesscenter.org. each quad. Tue July 31 U.S. Open Quads (Tuesday Quads Only)G/60 U1010 60. All sections: EF $7 more if paid at site. No unrated player
d5. Entry Fee $20. Registration 9 a.m.-10:00 a.m., Rounds at 10:30 a.m., may win more than $90 in Under 1810, $45 in Under 1410. Reg.: Sat.
JULY 21, NORTH CAROLINA 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. $50 to first in each quad. U.S. Open Bughouse 9:30-10:35 a.m., Rds.: 11-4, 10-3. Half-point bye OK except for Champi-
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 20 Sat. 10:30 AM 7/28. 19th Annual Golf Tournament for the US Open onship round 4. Ent: Parker Montgomery, PO Box 831, Middlebury, VT
2018 U.S. G/30 CHAMPIONSHIP Chess Players, (see tournament website for details). US Open Tennis 05753-0831; vermonty64@earthlink.net, mobile 802-349-7739.
5 rounds, G/30 d5. Renaissance Charlotte Suites Hotel, 2800 Coliseum Tournament (see tournament website for details). In addition, three US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
Centre, Charlotte, NC – 844 277 1443 and mention chess tournament, other championships will also take place: the 2018 Denker Tournament JUNE 9-10, TEXAS
or reserve online at www.charlottechesscenter.org. Reserve early or of HS Champions (see website for participants’ list), the 2018 Barber
block may run out. Free parking. $4000 guaranteed prize fund in US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 15
Tournament of K-8 Champions (see website for participants’ list)
three sections. G/30 National Championship: $800 – 400 – 200, top NTCA 2ND ANNUAL SUMMER OPEN
and the 2018 National Girls’ Tournament of Champions (see website
U2000 $200. Under 1800: $500 – 300 – 200, top U1600 $200. Under for participants’ list). Please check the U.S. Open website often for 5SS, G/75 inc/10. North Texas Chess Academy, 3730 N. Josey Ln. #124,
1400/Unr: $500 – 300 – 200, top Under 1200 $200. Trophy and 2018 updates, new information and corrections and other useful doc- Carrollton, TX 75007. $1,250 Guaranteed. Now in FOUR Sections, USCF
U.S. National G/30 Champion title to first place in Championship section. uments! www.uschess.org/tournaments/2018/usopen/ Rated only. June monthly Rating Supplement used. Open Section:
Rated players may play up if within 100 points of cutoff, unrated players $500-$200-$100 - U1750 Section: $250-$100-$65 - EF: $65 by
must play Under 1400 section. Up to 2 byes available, request before AUG. 4, WISCONSIN 6/3, $80 after. Rounds: Saturday 3pm – 6:30pm, Sunday 10am –
round 2. Rounds Saturday 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 3:30pm, 5pm. Registration: US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 15 1:30pm – 5pm Registration Ends 30 minutes before round 1. Check,
$60 online at www.charlottechesscenter.org or check mailed to Charlotte 2018 U.S. OPEN NATIONAL BLITZ CHAMPIONSHIP (BLZ) Cash, or CC accepted onsite. Late forfeiture time is one hour. Two half
Chess Center, 1800 Camden Road, Suite 108, Charlotte, NC 28203 by 7 Double Round (14 games) Swiss, 1 section, G/5 d0. Blitz rated, higher point byes allowed if requested before round 2. Questions: info@north-
Thursday July 19. Discounted early combined entry of $110 if also of regular or Blitz rating used. Entry fee $40, free to Unrated players if texaschessacademy.com. SAVE on early registration at https://www.north
entering G/60 Championship Sunday. $75 after or on-site. $10 Off Total paying US Chess dues. Registration 9-11:30 a.m, round 1 begins at texaschessacademy.com/book-online U1250 Section – Trophies to
Registration if Staying at Sponsored Hotel Cash or check only on-site. noon. $2000 Guaranteed Prizes!: $$400-200-150, U2200 $200-100, Top 3 Finishers- U700 Section – Trophies to Top 3 Finishers. U1250
Info and registration: www.charlottechesscenter.org, 980 265 1156, U2000 $200-100, U1800 $180-90, U1600/Unrated $140-70, U1400 $100, and U700 are one Day Events (6/9 ONLY) EF: $30 by 6/3. $40 on
grant@charlottechesscenter.org. U1200 $70. See also www.uschess.org/tournaments/2018/usopen for site. 5 Rounds. G/30 d5. North Texas Chess Academy, 3730 N. Josey
additional details. Ln. #124, Carrollton, TX 75007. Registration Ends 30 minutes before
JULY 22, NORTH CAROLINA round 1. Two half point byes allowed if requested before round 2. Round
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 30 US Chess Junior Grand Prix! 1 - 9am, Rest asap. SAVE with early registration at www.northtexas-
2018 U.S. G/60 CHAMPIONSHIP AUG. 17-21, NORTH CAROLINA chessacademy.com.
4 rounds, G/60 d5. Renaissance Charlotte Suites Hotel, 2800 Coliseum US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 200 (ENHANCED)
Centre, Charlotte, NC – 844 277 1443 and mention chess tournament, 2018 U.S. MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIP US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
or reserve online at www.charlottechesscenter.org. Reserve early or 9-SS, 40/90; G/30, inc.30 from move one. Embassy Suites Hotel, 204 JUNE 15-17 OR 16-17, VIRGINIA
block may run out. Free parking. $5000 guaranteed prize fund in Centreport Dr., Greensboro, NC 27409, (336) 668-4535, mention chess US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 120 (ENHANCED)
three sections. G/60 National Championship: $1000 – 500 – 300, top tournament (code CIC) for discounted hotel rate of $102 until Aug. 3, 7TH ANNUAL CONTINENTAL CLASS CHAMPIONSHIPS
U2100 $200, top U1900 $150. Under 1700 $800 – 400 – 200, top U1500 2018. Reserve hotel online: http://embassysuites.hilton.com/en/es/ 5SS, 40/100, SD/30 d10 (2-day option, rds. 1-2 G/60 d10). Westin
$150. Under 1300/Unr: $600 – 400 – 200, top U1100 $100. Trophy and groups/personalized/G/GSOGBES-CIC-20180816/index.jhtml?WT.mc_ Tysons Corner, 7801 Leesburg Pike (VA-7), Falls Church, VA 22043. Free
2018 U.S. National G/60 Champion title to first place in Championship id=POG Non-refundable deposit required. GM, IM, WGM, and WIM parking, free shuttle to Tysons Corner Center and Metro. $20,000 guar-
section. Rated players may play up if within 100 points of cutoff, unrated norms may be possible. 2013-17 tournaments were superswiss with 16 anteed. 7 sections: Master (2200/up): $2000-1000-500-300, clear win
players must play Under 1300 section. Up to 2 byes available, request norms achieved! $27000 in prizes UNCONDITIONALLY GUARANTEED! or 1st on tiebreak $100, top U2400 $800-400. FIDE. Expert (2000-2199):
before round 2. Rounds Sunday 10am, 12:30pm, 3pm, 5:30pm. Regis- $7000-4000-3000-2000-1500-1000-1000-1000-1000-1000 Class prizes $1400-700- 400-200. Class A (1800-1999/Unr): $1400-700-400-200.
tration: $60 online at www.charlottechesscenter.org or check mailed (FIDE): U2500 $900-600, U2400 $700-500, U2300 $600-400, U2200 $500- Class B (1600- 1799/Unr): $1400-700-400-200.Class C (1400-1599/Unr):
to Charlotte Chess Center, 1800 Camden Road, Suite 108, Charlotte, 300. EF: GM’s and foreign IM’s free (contact organizer for possible $1300-700-400- 200. Class D (1200-1399/Unr): $800-400-200-100.
NC 28203 by Thursday July 19. Discounted early combined entry of additional conditions). Others by Aug. 12: $249; US IMs and NC residents: Class E (Under 1200/Unr): $800-400-200-100, plaques to top 3, 1st
$110 if also entering G/30 Championship Saturday. $75 after or on- $199. Add $50 late fee after Aug. 12. $25 discount to all playing in 2018 U1000, U800, Unr. Rated players may play up one section. Unrated
site. Cash or check only on-site. $10 Off Total Registration if Staying at Washington International. No entry fee deduction from any prize. Elgibility: limits: E $150, D $250, C $350, B $500. Mixed doubles prizes: best
Sponsored Hotel Info and registration: www.charlottechesscenter.org, Must have FIDE or USCF Masters title; juniors (under age 21) must be male/female 2-player team combined score among all sections: $800-
980 265 1156, grant@charlottechesscenter.org. previously rated over 2000. RDS.: Aug 17: 7:00PM then 11-6, 11-6, 11- 400. Must average under 2200; may play different sections; register
6, 11-6. HR: $102 all rooms are suite style. Free made to order breakfast (no extra fee) by 2 pm 6/16. Top 5 sections EF: $118 at chessaction.com
A Heritage Event! daily, free manager’s reception nightly, and free airport shuttle available. by 6/13, 3-day $123, 2-day $122 mailed by 6/6, $130 at site, or online
US Chess Junior Grand Prix! Advance Entry: www.carolinaschessinitiative.com. Alternately, checks until 2 hrs before rd. 1. GMs, IMs & WGMs free in Master; $100 deducted
JULY 28-AUG. 5, JULY 31-AUG. 5 OR AUG. 2-5, WISCONSIN may be sent to: CCI, c/o Walter High, 105 N. Crabtree Knoll, Chapel Hill, from prize. Class D or E Section EF: all $40 less than above. No
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 300 (ENHANCED) NC 27514. Make checks payable to: Carolinas Chess Initiative (CCI). No checks at site, credit cards OK. Unofficial uschess.org ratings usually
119TH ANNUAL U.S. OPEN onsite entry for round 1 (cutoff for rd. 1 electronic entries is noon Aug. used if otherwise unrated. Special 1 yr USCF with magazine if paid
Includes Traditional one game per day schedule (9 days), a 6-day slow 17). BYES: Invited players with conditions must play all rounds. Three with entry. At chessaction.com, Adult $35, Young Adult $22, Scholastic
time control option, and 4-day option. 9SS, 40/120, SD/60; d5 (4-day half-point byes allowed for all others, any round; must request prior to $15. Mailed or at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $25, Scholastic $17. Re-
option, Rds. 1-6, G/60 d5; then 40/120, SD/60 d5). Madison Marriott rd. 4. INFO: Walter High (Organizer) wmhigh@nc.rr.com. More info entry $50 (no Master Section). 3-day schedule: Reg. Fri to 6 pm, rds.
West, 1313 John Q. Hammons Dr., Middleton, WI 53582, HR: $115, Call including pre-entry lists available at: carolinaschessinitiative.com. FIDE Fri 7, Sat 11 & 5, Sun 10 & 3:15. 2-day schedule: Reg. Sat to 10 am,
(608) 831-2000, mention “US Chess”. Reserve by June 30th or rate rated. Hotel has a no smoking policy which includes electronic cigarettes. rds. Sat 11, 2 & 5, Sun 10 & 3:15. Bye: all, limit 2; Master must commit
may increase. $50,000 in prizes based on 500 paid entries, else FIDE electronic device rules in effect. before rd. 2, others before rd. 3. HR: $104-104, 1-866- 716-8108, reserve
proportional, $40,000 (80% of each prize) minimum guaranteed. by 6/1 or rate may increase. Ent: chessaction.com or Continental Chess,
A one-section tournament with Class prizes. Top U.S. player not otherwise Box 8482, Pelham, NY 10803. Refunds, $15 service charge. Questions:
qualified qualifies for 2018 U.S. Championship. Choice of three sched-
ules: Traditional: 40/120 SD/60; d5. One round daily at 7 PM, except
Rd. 9, 3 PM 8/5. 6- Day Option: 40/120, SD/60; d5. 7 PM 7/31, 12
Grand Prix Director@Chess.US, chesstour.com, 347-201-2269. Entries posted at
chessaction.com (online entries posted instantly). Blitz Sat 9:30 pm,
enter by 9:15 pm.
NOON & 7 PM 8/1-8/3, 7 PM 8/4, 3 PM 8/5. 4-Day Option: Rds. 1-6: US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
G/60 d5; then 40/120, SD/60 d5. 12 NOON, 3 PM, 7 PM, 10 PM 8/2; 12 JUNE 8-10 OR 9-10, CONNECTICUT US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
NOON, 3 PM, 7 PM 8/3; 7 PM 8/4; 3 PM 8/5. All schedules merge after US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 50 (ENHANCED) JUNE 15-17 OR 16-17, FLORIDA
Round 6 & compete for same prizes. Projected prizes: Top places 24TH ANNUAL NORTHEAST OPEN US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 20
$8000-4000-2000-1500-1000-800- 600-500, clear or playoff winner $200 5SS, 40/100, SD/30 d10 (2-day option, rds. 1-2 G/60 d10). Sheraton 9TH SUMMER SOLSTICE OPEN
bonus. If tie for first, top two on tiebreak play Armageddon game (White Hotel, 700 Main St., Stamford 06901. Parking $10. $10,000 guaranteed. 5SS, Open section (FIDE-rated) G/90+30 sec. incr., All other sections
5 minutes, 2-sec delay, Black 3 minutes, 2-sec delay and gets draw 4 sections. Major: Open to 1800/above. $1200-700-400, U2250 $600- but U1100 G/120 d5, U1100 section G/90 d5 (2-day Option all sections
odds) for bonus and title. Class Prizes: Top Master (2200- 2399) $2500- 300. Under 2050: $1000-600-300, U1850 $500-250. Under 1650: Rd. 1 G/60 d5). Hyatt Place Boca Raton/Downtown, 100 E. Palmetto
1200-800-500, Expert (2000-2199) $2500-1200-800-500, Class A $800-500-300, U1450 $400-200. Under 1250: $600-400-200, U1050 Park Rd., Boca Raton, FL 33432. $$7,000 b/170 paid entries, 60% min.
(1800-1999) $2500-1200-800-500, Class B (1600-1799) $2500-1200- $150, plaque to top 3, 1st U1000, U800, U600, Unr. Unrated limit $100 Gtd. Open: $800/Trophy-500-400, U2300/Unr. $300. U2100: $700/Tro-
800-500, Class C (1400-1599) $2000-1000-600- 400, Class D (1200-1399) in U1250, $300 U1650. Mixed doubles prizes: best male/female 2- phy-400-300, U1950 $200. U1750: $700/Trophy-400-300, U1650 $200.
$1500-700-500-300, Class E or below (under 1200) $1500-700-500-300, player combined score among all sections: $400-200. Must average U1450: $700/Trophy-400-300, U1350/Unr. $200. U1100: Trophies for
Unrated $800-400-200. Half-Point Byes: must commit before Round under 2200; may play different sections; register (no extra fee) by 2 1st to 3rd, 1st U900, 1st U700/Unr., Medals to all others. Top Senior
4; up to 3 byes allowed for 2000/up, 2 byes for 1400-1999, one bye for pm 6/9. Top 3 sections EF: $95 at chessaction.com by 6/6, 3-day $98, Prize (among all cash prize sections, must be at least 55 on June 15)
Under 1400/Unr. Limit 1 bye in last two rounds. Zero-point byes are 2-day $97 mailed by 5/31, $110 at site, or online until 2 hrs before rd 1. $200. Unr. may enter Open, U1450 or U1100 only. Unr. only eligible for
always available in any round if requested at least two hours before U1250 Section EF: all $30 less than above. No checks at site, credit Unr. Prizes in Open & U1450. EF: All but U1100 $84 by June 12, $10
the round(s) in question. Entry Fee: Online, $145 by 6/25, $165 by cards OK. GMs $90 from prize. CSCA members, online EF $3 less. Re- more later, $15 more on-site, GMs & IMs free ($84 deducted from
7/16, $185 after 7/16. By mail, $147 postmarked by 6/25, $167 post- entry $50, except Major Section. Unofficial uschess.org ratings usually prize). U1100 section $44 by June 12, $10 more later, $15 more on-
marked by 7/16, $187 after 7/16; do not mail after 7/23! By phone, used if otherwise unrated. Special 1 yr USCF with magazine if paid site. Re-entry cash prize sections $44. Reg.: Ends 1/2 hr before 1st rd.
$150 by 6/25, $170 by 7/16, $185 after. No phone entries after 5PM with entry. At chessaction.com, Adult $35, Young Adult $22, Scholastic Rds.: 3-Day 1st Rd. Fri. 7:30; 2-Day 1st Rd. Sat 10; 2nd Rd. Sat. 1:15;
Central 7/27 (close of business at the US Chess Office)! At site, all $15. Mailed or at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $25, Scholastic $17. 3- 3rd Rd. all sections but U1100 6:30, 3rd Rd. U1100 5:45; 4th Rd. Sun.
$190; Free entry for GMs and WGMs for main event only. All entries day schedule: Reg ends Fri 6 pm, rds. Fri 7, Sat 11 & 5, Sun 10 & 3:15. 9:30; 5th Rd. all sections but U1100 2:30, 5th Rd. U1100 1:45. 2 1/2
must be made at least two (2) hours prior to the player’s first game. 2-day schedule: Reg ends Sat 10 am, rds. Sat 11, 2 & 5, Sun 10 & pt. byes, if req’d before rd. 2. HR: $119 by Cut-off Date, Includes free
Current US Chess membership required. July Rating Supplement 3:15. Bye: all, limit 2; must commit before rd. 2. HR: $105-105, 800- breakfast & Internet, Overnight parking is $10 per night (in & out is

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ok), Day parking is free, 888-492-8847. Ent: Boca Raton Chess Club, 2018 NATIONAL OPEN site; $100 deducted from prize (no deduction from minimum prize). US
2385 NW Executive Ctr. Dr., Ste. 100, Boca Raton, FL 33431. $10 service See Nationals. FIDE Masters: $200 online by 5/25, $225 online by 6/25, $250 at site.
charge for refunds. Online entry & add’l info: www.bocachess.com, US players USCF or FIDE rated 2100/up:$300 online by 5/25, $325
JUNE 21-24, LOUISIANA
561-302-4377. online by 6/25, $350 at site. US players USCF or FIDE rated 2000-
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 30 2099: $400 online by 5/25, $425 online by 6/25, $450 at site. Others:
JUNE 16, MASSACHUSETTS 2018 U.S. SENIOR OPEN $500 online by 5/25, $525 online by 6/25, $550 at site. US sections EF:
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 6 See Nationals. $250 online by 5/25, $275 online by 6/25, $300 at site. All: Mailed entry
BOYLSTON CHESS FOUNDATION FATHERS’ DAY OPEN all $10 more; do not mail entry after 6/15. No checks at site, credit
4SS, G/60 d5. Sections: Open & U1900. Entry fee: $35, $20 for BCF US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
JUNE 22-24 OR 23-24, GEORGIA cards OK. Special 1 year USCF dues with magazine: see World Open.
members, $5 more if not registering before 9:00am on June 16. Prizes: Schedule: Late reg. ends Thu 6 pm, rds. Thu 7 pm, Fri 1 & 7, Sat-Mon 11
$400 GUARANTEED: Open $150-$100-50, U1900 $100. Registration: US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 120
CASTLE CHESS GRAND PRIX & 5. Two half point byes available; must commit before rd. 3; FIDE norm
9:15am – 9:45am. Rounds: 10:00am, 1:00pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm. Address: in Premier not possible if taking bye. HR: see World Open. Bring set,
Boylston Chess Foundation, 40 Norris St., Suite B101, Cambridge, MA 5-SS, G/120 d10 (2 day schedule, rd. 1 G/90 d10). Cox Hall Ballroom,
Emory University, 569 Asbury Cir., Atlanta, GA 30322. $13,500 G! Seven board, clock if possible- none supplied. Ent: chessaction.com or Conti-
02140. Phone: 617-714-3022. E-mail:boylstonchess@gmail.com. Register nental Chess, Box 8482, Pelham, NY 10803. $15 service charge for
at: boylstonchess.org. Sections: Master: $2,100-1250-750-450; U2400: $1050-650; Expert:
$900-650-400; Class A: $800-500-300; Class B: $600-400-250; Class refunds. Questions: www.chesstour.com, DirectorAtChess.us, 347-201-
JUNE 16-17, CALIFORNIA, SOUTHERN C: $500-300-200; Class D: $400-250-150; U1200: $350-200-100. All 2269. Entry list: see chessaction.com; online entries posted instantly.
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 6 prizes paid on-site on June 24, or mailed on June 25. Your choice. Invitations: Go@Chess.us.
2018 TAL MEMORIAL Official June rating used. Players may request to use latest unofficial JUNE 29, NEW YORK
(A sponsored event) 1 open Section. 6SS, G/60 d5. 11514 Santa Monica US Chess rating if higher. This will be used if otherwise unrated. Players US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 6
Blvd., LA 90025, 2nd fl. EF: $75; $55 LACC members; No-prize players & rated within 100 points of next higher section may up play one section, MARSHALL $500 FIDE BLITZ (BLZ)
spouses/siblings & new members 1/2 EF. Reg.: Sat 10-11:45. Rds.: except must be 2150 to play Master section. EF: $79 if received by 9-SS, G/3 +2. FIDE Blitz rated. USCF regular rating used for pairings &
12, 2, 4 pm each day. Byes: Up to three 1/2-point byes. Last Rd. bye 6/20. $100 later or at site. Free to GM, IM, WGM, WIM or USCF 2400. prizes. $500 GTD: $200-100; U2400/unr, U2200, U2000, U1800: $50.
before Rd. 5. 1-Day option I: Play 1 day- no 1/2 pt byes- 1/2 EF. 1- Unrated players: $50. Re-entry: $50. Cash or check only at site. EF: $20; Non-MCC Mbr: Additional $25 Mbr fee. ($5 late fee: in-person
Day option II: Play 1 day & get three 1/2 pt byes- Full EF. Prizes: Unrated may enter any section except Master. Prize limit of $150 in reg hour before Rd. 1.) GMs Free. Rds.: Begin at 7pm and continue
$1,500 (b/40, $750 Gtd) 1st-3rd $400-200-100. U2000: $100. U1800: U1200, $200 in Class D, $250 in Class C, $300 in Class B, $350 in Class ASAP. Max three byes; request at entry. Register Online: www.mar-
$200-100-$50; U1600: $100-50; U1400: $100-50; U1200: Book prize. A, and $400 in Expert to all unrated players. Balance of any limited shallchessclub.org/register.
Best attack: $25; Biggest upset: $25. Info: (310) 795-5710; prize to next player(s) in line. 3 day schedule: Reg: 6-6:30 pm on 6/22.
Mick@LAChessClub.com or www.LAChessClub.com. Parking: Free on Rds.: 7:00; 2:00-7:00; 9:30-2:30. 2 day schedule: Reg.: 8:30-9:30 am JUNE 30, TENNESSEE
streets, BoA, or basement. on 6/23. Rd 1 at 10:00, then merges with 3 day schedule. One 1/2 pt. US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 6
bye any round. Must commit before playing first game. No changes. JOHN HURT MEMORIAL 15
US Chess Junior Grand Prix! Site: IBEW, 1870 Madison Ave., Memphis, TN 38104. 4SS; G/60 d5. Two
JUNE 16-17, TEXAS Ent: On-line: www.castlechess.org; Castle Chess Inc., 5025 Antebellum
Dr., Stone Mtn., GA 30087. Make check payable to: Castle Chess Inc. sections: Open and U1600 Prizes: ($1000 based on 25 paid EFs) Open:
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 20 (ENHANCED) $300-200-100, U1600: $200-125-75; Rounds: 9-12:30-3-5:30. Open and
Info: tournament@castlechess.org; Grant Oen: 609-947-7323. HR: see
DCC FIDE OPEN VI www.castlechess.org. Note: Bring sets, boards, clocks. None supplied. U1600 Entry Fee: $40 by 06/23, $50 at door, MCC members $40 anytime,
5SS, G/90 inc/30. Dallas Chess Club, 200 S. Cottonwood Dr. #C, Richard- All parking at Emory is in either Fishburne or Peavine parking decks. Masters: free (EF deducted from winnings); Special U1000 Trophy Sec-
son, TX 75080. Two sections: Open and Reserve. Open: $$875G. FIDE No parking next to Cox Hall. Please allow time to walk from the deck to tion: 4SS, G/45 d5; Entry Fee: $15. Trophies for top 3 overall, top U800
and US Chess rated but uses FIDE rules. Use US Chess ratings and Cox Hall (the building with the clock tower.) W. and top U600. Round 1 at 9am, next rounds ASAP. On site Registration:
rules for pairings and for awarding prizes. Default late forfeiture time 06/30: 7:30am - 8:45am. You can pay the early entry fee with PayPal
is one hour. TD may extend this time at TD’s discretion. Note that US Chess Junior Grand Prix! until registration end time on Saturday. gpylant@gmail.com. Join online:
Foreign players must disclose their FIDE ID number before 1st round JUNE 22-24 OR 23-24, CALIFORNIA, NORTHERN http://memphischessclub.homestead.com/JohnHurtMemorial15.html
in order to play. Note that USA Players with no FIDE ID must disclose US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 30 (ENHANCED)
their email address. $$ $500-$250-$125. EF: 2400+ $125, 2000-2399 GM WALTER BROWNE MEMORIAL US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
$90, 1600 -1999 $99, U1600 $125, Senior/Birthday during tournament/ “New Milpitas” 372 Turquoise St., Milpitas, CA 95035, (map) Park Free! JUNE 30-JULY 1, TEXAS
Additional Family Member $55. Dallas Chess Club membership required 5SS, G/90 +30, 2-day rds. 1-2 G/61 d5. Prizes: 5,000 b/90 (60% guar). US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 10
or pay $20 non-member fee. Small Minimum prize to the First three 3 sects: 2000+ (FIDE) $1,000-500-200, u2300: 250-125-100. 1600- 2018 SAN ANTONIO CITY CHAMPIONSHIP
GM/IM’s who apply. GM/IM must play all rounds to get minimum prize 1999: $700-300-100, u1800: 200-100, u1600: $700-300-100 u1400: Hornbeak Bldg., 3rd Flr. 4450 Medical Dr., SA,TX 78229, 5SS, Rds., 1
(entry fee may be deducted from prize). Reserve: Open to players rated 125-100, u1200: 100. Unr max $100 exc Open. June 18 Supp & TD disc. and 2 G/90 d5, Rds. 3-5 G/120 d5, ($$ 3025 b/60, 2/3 gtd.) Open
below 2000 USCF. This section is not Fide Rated but is US Chess rated Reg.: F 6:30-6:45p & Sa 9:30-9:45a. Rds.: F 7p, Sa 10a, 3p Su 10a Section: $500 1st, $350 2nd, $250 3rd, U2000 $200 1st, $150 2nd,
and uses US Chess rules. EF: $40. 10$ non Dallas Chess Club membership 2:30p. (2-day Sa 10a 12:30 & merge). EF:109, Econ EF: 89 w 50% prz, U1900 $125 1st, $75 2nd, Reserve Section U1800 $400 1st, $250 2nd,
fee. The Reserve give back 10% in prizes and if at least 8 paid entries after 6/16+20. Playup +30. GMs/IMs- $0 by 6/8 (prize - EF). Info: $150 3rd, U1600 Section $175 1st, $ 125 2nd, U 1400 $125 1st, $75,
and if there is a clear winner, then that winner receives free entry to http://BayAreaChess.com/champs. 2nd, Unr. $75. Open Section EF: $65. if rcv’d by 6/22, $70 at site: Trophy
next DCC Fide Open. In the reserve section, Tournament reserves the to top Bexar County Resident. Reserve Section EF: $45. if rcv’d by 6/22,
right to use Fide rules on electronic devices and on starting White’s JUNE 23, MASSACHUSETTS $50 at site: Option play for 1/2 prizes: $35 by 6/22 for Open Section,
clock at start of a round and to use FIDE pairing rules. Also clocks will US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 6 $40 later and at site. Option play for 1/2 prizes for Reserve Section:
be set to ‘halt at end’. Both: Reg.: Saturday from 9:45–10:15 am. Rds.: WESTFORD JUNE BLITZ (BLZ) $30 by 6/22, $35 later and at site. Option play counts 2/3 toward “based
Sat 10:45 am-3:10pm-7:16pm, Sun 9:45 am- 2:10pm. One half point Bye 8SS, G/5;+2. Westford Regency Inn & Conference Center, 219 Littleton on”. ($ 5. Discount to Club Members and ex-military personnel paying
allowed if requested before end of round 2 and before getting full point Rd., Westford, MA 01886. EF: $20 to players in any Westford June Open full entry) Unr. Players cannot win more than $100 in Reserve Section
bye. Withdrawals and zero point last round byes are not eligible for section, $25 otherwise. $$GTD: $200-100. U2000 $100, U1600 $100. U1800. Reg.: 8:30-9:30 am. Rds.: 10-2-6; 9-2 half pt. bye any 1 rd.
prizes. Note that house players (if required) must pay $5 per round and Reg.: 8:00-8:45 PM. Rds.: Round 1 at 9 PM, rest ASAP. If fewer than 9 notice before Rd.2 is paired. Swap and shop used books, equip.: 8:30-
be US Chess members. ENT: Make/mail Checks payable to Dallas Chess entries, will play 4 DBLSS. ENT: Alex Relyea, 49 Technology Dr. #89, 9:30 am. Entries: SACC, PO BOX 690576, San Antonio, TX 78269-0576,
Club, C/O Barbara Swafford, 2709 Longhorn Trail, Crowley, TX 76036- Bedford, NH 03110. INFORMATION: Alex Relyea relyea@operamail.com. or PayPal. Contact info: Web: sanantoniochess.com, Ph.: 210-384-
4719. Info: 214-632-9000. FIDE. www.relyeachess.com. 4797, E-mail: lhrlouis@yahoo.com or louisrimpel2@gmail.com.
JUNE 19, NEW YORK US Chess Junior Grand Prix! US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 10 JUNE 23-24, MASSACHUSETTS JUNE 30-JULY 1, WISCONSIN
MARSHALL MASTERS - NEW PRIZES! US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 30 (ENHANCED) US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 20
4-SS, G/25 d5. Open to players rated 2000+. FIDE Rapid rated. $1,100 WESTFORD JUNE OPEN 7TH ANNUAL TWIN PORTS OPEN
GTD: $400-200; top U2400, U2300, U2200: $150; Biggest upset: $50. Westford Regency Inn & Conference Center, 219 Littleton Rd., Westford, (Overlooks Lake Superior) $5,800 in prizes projected + IM John
EF: $30; Non-MCC Mbr: Additional $25 Mbr fee. ($5 late fee: in-person MA 01886. In 4 Sections, Championship: 4SS, 40/90, SD/30;+30, Bartholomew, GM Bryan Smith, & GM Andrew Tang are playing!
reg hour before Rd. 1.) GMs Free. Rds.: 7-8:15-9:30-10:45pm. Max one Open to players rated 1800/above. FIDE rated. $$GTD: $600-300-250. Barkers Island Resort & Conference Center, 300 Marina Dr., Superior,
bye, for Rd. 1 or 4 only; request at entry. Register Online: www.mar- U2400 $250 U2200 $250. U2000: 4SS, 40/90, SD/30;+30, Open to WI 54880. Open: EF $85 by 15 April, $95 by 20 May, $110 after May 20.
shallchessclub.org/register. 1999 & under. FIDE rated. $$GTD: $400-200-150. U1800: 4SS, 40/90, Prizes (based on 45): $1,400, $700, $350; U2400 $250; U2200 $250;
SD/30;+30, Open to 1799 & under. $$GTD: $400-200-150. U1600: 4SS, U2000 $250. U1800: EF $75 by 15 April, $85 by 20 May, $100 after May
JUNE 20-21, NEVADA 40/90, SD/30;+30, Open to 1599 & under. Open to Adult unrated not 20. Prizes (based on 45): $1,000, $500, $250; U1600 $200; U1400 $200.
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 50 (ENHANCED) allowed in section. $$GTD: $300-150-100. U1400 $150 U1200 $150. U1200: EF is $50 by 15 April, $55 by 20 May, $65 after May 20. Prizes
2018 U.S. WOMEN’S OPEN ALL: EF: $70 postmarked 16 June, $80 at site. $30 discount to players (based on 20) 1st $250, 2nd $120, 3rd $80 + Trophies for the top 1st-
See Nationals. in U1600 sect. rated U1000 or unrated. Reg.: 8:30-9:30 on Saturday. 3rd Elementary students, 1st-3rd Junior high school students, and the
JUNE 21, NEVADA Rds.: 10-4, 10-4. 1 1/2 point byes rounds 1-3. ENT: Alex Relyea, 49 top 1st-3rd High school students. All Sections: 5SS, Rd. 1 G/60 + 30
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 50 (ENHANCED) Technology Dr. #89, Bedford, NH 03110. INFORMATION: Alex Relyea sec increment; Rds. 2-5 G/90 + 30 sec increment. Reg.: Sat 9-10am.
relyea@operamail.com. www.relyeachess.com. HR $125 by 1 June. Rds.: Sat 10:30-2-7; Sun 10-3. USCF memb. required. Advanced
WALTER BROWNE MEMORIAL NATIONAL OPEN BLITZ
(978) 692-8200 mention Westford June Open. Reg:Online at www.onlineregistration.cc or mail checks payable to Twin
CHAMPIONSHIP (BLZ) Ports Open: Dane Mattson, 2629 E. 4th St., Superior, WI 54880. Hotel:
7 D-SS (14 games), G/3, +2. Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
715-392-7152, chess rate $135. Rooms held until May 29. After May 29,
3000 Paradise Road, Las Vegas 89109. $5,000 Guaranteed Prize fund! JUNE 28-JULY 2, PENNSYLVANIA first come first serve. For more info: Dane Mattson, mattsondane@
Open: $1000-500-300. U2400 300, U2300 275, U2200 250, U2100 225, US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 200 (ENHANCED) gmail.com, 218-591- 3339.
U2000 200. Reserve (U1900): $500-300-150, U1800 250, U1700 200, 12TH ANNUAL PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL
U1600 175, U1500 150, U1400 125, U1200 100. Open section FIDE blitz 9SS, 40/100, SD/30 d10. Philadelphia Marriott Downtown (see World A Heritage Event!
rated. Must be 3 players eligible for each prize awarded. Unrated eligible Open for location, rates, parking). $25,000 guaranteed prizes, in 3 US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
for under prizes in open section only. EF: $50 by 5/31, $60 later. REG.: sections. Only Premier is FIDE rated. US sections are not open to players A State Championship Event!
by 1 p.m. Rd. 1 at 2 p.m. www.VegasChessFestival.com. FIDE. listed as foreign by FIDE. Premier uses June FIDE ratings for pairngs & JUNE 30-JULY 1, OKLAHOMA
JUNE 21, NORTH CAROLINA prizes, US sections use July official USCF ratings. Premier: open to US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 20
FIDE1900/over or USCF 2000/over and all FIDE rated foreign players. 73RD OKLAHOMA OPEN STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 6
GM & IM norms possible. Prizes $5000-2500-1300-800-600-400-300- 5SS, Rds. 1-2 G/90 d5, Rds. 3-5 G/2 d5. $1500 Guaranteed. Trade
CHARLOTTE CHESS CENTER THIRD THURSDAY RAPID 300, top FIDE under 2300 or unrated $1200-600. US Under 2100/Unr: Winds Central Hotel, 3141 E Skelly Dr. (I-44, Exit 228), Tulsa, OK, 918-
Third Thursday of every month! 4 rounds, G/10 inc/2. Charlotte Chess $2500-1300-700-500-400. US Under 1900/Unr: $2500-1300-700-500- 749-5561. 3 Sections: Open G$$ 500-300-200; Reserve (U1600) G$$
Center and Scholastic Academy, 1800 Camden Road, Suite 108, Charlotte. 400, unrated limit $1000, top U1700 (no unrated) $800-400. Premier 250-150-100; Booster (U1000) $$ b/entries; Plaques & USCF recognized
EF: $30 online or on-site by 6:45pm, $25 for CCCSA members. In one minimum prize guarantees: $600 to foreign GMs, $300 to foreign State Championship titles for OK resident section winners. EF: $45 if
section, prizes 100% guaranteed. OPEN: $150-100. Top U1900 $50, Top IMs/WGMs (all must complete all 9 games with no byes; limited to first rec’d by 6/25, otherwise $50, Booster Section $35, OCA membership
U1600 $50, Top U1300/Unr $50. US Chess Quick rated and FIDE 6 foreign GMs & first 6 foreign IMs/WGMs to enter by 5/25 at chessac- included. Reg.: 8:30-9:30am Saturday, must enter by Rd. 2 and play Rd.
Rapid Rated! Rounds 7:00pm, 8:00, 9:00. Info/reg: www.charlot- tion.com). Minimum prize $300 to other GMs (including US) who enter at 5 to be prize eligible. One 1/2 point bye in Rds. 1-4 only; accelerated
techesscenter.org, grant@charlottechesscenter.org chessaction.com by 5/25 and complete all 9 games with no byes. Premier pairings may be used; Unrated & Booster players limited to Booster &
JUNE 21-24, 22-24 OR 23-24, NEVADA EF: GMs, IMs, WGMs, foreign FIDE rated players: $50 online at ches- Reserve sections. Rds.: Sat 10-2-6; Sun 10 & 3. HR: $55 plus tax (1-4
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 300 (ENHANCED) saction.com by 5/25, $75 online at chessaction.com by 6/25, $100 at occupants), including breakfast buffet; no outside food or drink. OCA

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Annual Membership Meeting & Election of all Officers and USCF & 8:30, Sat 11 & 6, Sun 10 & 4:30. U900 Section, Unrated Section US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 20
OK Delegate: Sunday 8am; Voting Eligibility: Must be 16, Oklahoma schedule: Fri 11, 2:30 & 6, Sat 11, 2:30 & 6, Sun 10, 1:30 & 4:30. All 4TH AUSTIN CHESS CLUB SUMMER OPEN
resident & current OCA member; new or renewing members become schedules merge & compete for same prizes. Half point byes OK all, 100% GUARANTEED Prize Fund of $4025! Bridge Center of Austin, 6700
eligible by submitting OCA dues ($10) postmarked by 10 business days limit 4 (limit 2 in last 4 rds), Open must commit before rd. 3, others Middle Fiskville Rd., Austin, TX 78752. Entries are limited to the first
prior to 7/1. Contact: Chuck Unruh, PO Box 340, Collinsville, OK 74021, before rd. 5. Entries, re-entries close 90 minutes before round 1. HR: 160 participants to register, 60 players max per section. No limit on
800-460-2794, chunruh@aol.com. More info: www.ochess.org. $115-115-135, 215-625-2900, reserve early, chess block may sell out players rated 2200+. In 3 Sections, Championship: 5SS, G/90;+60,
by early June. Parking: Marriott valet parking, about $20/day (60% off Open to players 1800 and above. EF: $55 received or online by 5/15,
US Chess Junior Grand Prix! regular rate) for first 100 valet parking spaces sold. Gateway Garage,
JULY 2-3, PENNSYLVANIA $65 thereafter/site. $$GTD: $800-400-200. U2200 - $300-150, U2000 -
1540 Spring St. (3/5 mile from Marriott, 1 block from Sheraton Hotel), $250-100. Reserve: 5SS, G/90;+60, open to Ratings 1400-1799. EF:
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 40 (ENHANCED) about $7/day Sat & Sun, $20/day other days. Special car rental rates: $50 received or online by 5/15, $60 thereafter/site. $$: $450-250-100.
7TH ANNUAL WORLD OPEN WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP Avis, 800-331-1600, AWD #D657633, or reserve car online through U1600 - $200-100. Novice: 5SS, G/90;+60, Open to Ratings under
6SS, G/90 d10. Philadelphia Marriott Downtown (see World Open for chesstour.com. Foreign player ratings: See www.chesstour.com/for- 1400. EF: $45 received or online by 5/15, $55 thereafter/site. $$: $250-
location, rates, parking). Open to all females. $2500 guaranteed prizes: eignratings.htm. US player ratings: Official July USCF ratings used; 125-75. U1200 - $125-75, U1000 - $75 . ALL: Online Registration preferred.
$1000-500-250, top U2000/Unr $300, U1700 $250, U1400 $200, plaques July FIDE ratings used for Open Section. Unofficial uschess.org ratings Please see website for refund policy. Unrateds may only win place
to 1st, top U1200/Unr, U1000, U800. EF: $88 online at chessaction.com usually used if otherwise unrated. Special rules: Players must submit prizes. No “playing up”. Unrateds placed at TD’s discretion. One ½ pt.
by 6/30, $92 mailed by 6/15, $100 at site, or online until 8 am 7/2. GMs, to a search for electronic devices if requested by Director. See also bye if requested before end of Rd 2. Schedule: 3-day: Reg Fri 07/06
IMs, WGMs free; $80 from prize. Reg. ends 9 am 7/2, rds. 10, 2, 6 each chesstour.com/devices.htm. Ent: chessaction.com or Continental Chess, (space permitting): Fri. 6:00-7:00pm Rds: 07/06 7:30pm, 07/07 1pm &
day. Half point byes OK all rounds, limit 2 byes (limit 1 bye if under Box 8482, Pelham, NY 10803. Questions:chesstour.com, chesstour.info, 7pm, 07/08 9:30am & 3:30pm; 2-day: Reg Sat 07/07(space permitting):
1400), must commit before rd. 3. Special USCF dues: see World Open. DirectorAtChess.US. $15 service charge for refunds. Entries posted at 8:00-8:40am. Rd 1: 9:00am, then merge with 3 day schedule. ENT:
Ent: chessaction.com or Continental Chess, PO Box 8482, Pelham, NY chessaction.com (online entries posted instantly). Awards: Open through AustinChessTournaments.com, P.O. Box 1386, Round Rock, TX 78680
10803. $15 service charge for refunds. Entries posted at chessaction.com U1800 prizes awarded 7/8, others mailed by 7/23. Bring set, board, 512- 417-9008 www.AustinChessTournaments.com. INFO: Lori Balkum
(online entries posted instantly). clock if possible- none supplied. Lori. Balkum@AustinChessTournaments.com. DIR: 6700 Middle Fiskville
JULY 3, PENNSYLVANIA JULY 4, PENNSYLVANIA Road (in the Bridge Center of Austin), Austin, TX, next to Taj Palace Restau-
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 40 (ENHANCED) US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 15 (ENHANCED) rant. Online entries preferred: www.AustinChessClub.com. July 2018
6TH ANNUAL WORLD OPEN ACTION CHAMPIONSHIP 7TH ANNUAL WORLD OPEN GAME/7 CHAMPIONSHIP (BLZ) Supplement. Bring your own board and clock. Entries are limited to the
6SS, G/30 d5. Philadelphia Marriott Downtown (see World Open for 5-SS, double round (10 games), G/7 d2. Marriott Philadelphia Downtown first 160 participants (exceptions granted for ratings 2200+). W.
location, rates, parking). Prizes $7000 based on 100 entries, otherwise (see World Open). Prizes $1000 guaranteed: $300-150-70, U2100 $130- JULY 7, PENNSYLVANIA
raised or lowered in proportion; minimum guarantee $4667 (2/3 of 70, U1800 $120-60, U1500/Unr $100. EF: $40, at site only, no checks. US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 20 (ENHANCED)
each prize). GMs count as half entries. In 4 sections. Premier, open to GMs $40 from prize. Reg. ends 10:30 am, rds. 11, 12, 1, 2, 3. One pair WORLD OPEN G/10 CHAMPIONSHIP (QC)
1900/above. Prizes $1000-500-300, top Under 2400 $600-300. Under of 1/2 pt byes available, must commit before rd. 2. Blitz rated (will not 5SS, G/10 d2. Marriott Philadelphia Downtown (see World Open). $1700
2200/Unr: Prizes $600-300-200, top Under 2000/Unr $400-200. Under affect regular ratings), but higher of regular or blitz used for pairings & guaranteed prizes. In 2 sections. Open Section: $300-200-100, top
1800/Unr: Prizes $600-300-200, unrated limit $350, top Under 1600 prizes. $20 service charge for refunds. U2300 $220, U2100/Unr $200. Under 1900 Section: $200-100-50, top
(no Unr) $320-160. Under 1400/Unr: Prizes $400-200-100, unrated U1700 $130, U1500 $110, U1300 $90. EF: $40, at site only, no checks.
limit $200, top Under 1200 (no unr) $210-110. Top 3 sections EF: $96 US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
JULY 6-8, CALIFORNIA, SOUTHERN GMs $40 from prize. Reg: 6-9 pm, rounds 9:30, 10:10, 10:50, 11:30,
online at chessaction.com by 7/1, $100 mailed by 6/15, $110 at site. 12:10. 1 half point bye available, must commit before rd. 2. Quick-rated
GMs free, $90 from prize. Under 1400/Unr section EF: all $20 less US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 100 (ENHANCED)
PACIFIC SOUTHWEST OPEN (will not affect regular ratings); higher of regular or quick used for
than above. Reg. ends 10 am 7/3, rounds 11, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9. Half point pairings & prizes. $20 service charge for refunds.
byes OK all rounds, limit 2, must commit before rd. 3. Special USCF 5-SS, G/90 + 30 sec inc. At the Hilton Irvine/Orange County Airport,
dues: see World Open. $15 service charge for refunds. Entries posted Irvine, CA 92612. $10,000 in Guaranteed Prizes, 6 Sections. Prizes: A Heritage Event!
at chessaction.com (online entries posted instantly). Open Sec 1st $1,600-1,000-600-300-100, plus BU2300 $400-200; U2200, US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
U2000, U1800 ALL: $700-300-200-100; U1600: $600-300-100 U1400: JULY 7-8, WISCONSIN
An American Classic! $300-200, plus BU1200 $200-100, Book prize for Best unrated in each
A Heritage Event! US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 10
section, if any. Not FIDE rated. Reg.: 6:30 - 7:45 PM Friday, July official 42ND ANNUAL GREEN BAY OPEN
US Chess Junior Grand Prix! rating list used. No “fast” schedule or re-entries. One 1/2 point bye
JULY 3-8, 4-8, 5-8 OR 6-8, PENNSYLVANIA Radisson Hotel, 2040 Airport Dr., Green Bay, WI 54313. 5SS, 40/95, 30/1,
available, but must commit before Rd. 4. Rds.: 8 PM on Friday, 10 AM SD/30 d5. EF: $48, Juniors under 19 $43, if rec’d by 7/3, all entries after
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 300 (ENHANCED) & 3 PM Sat and Sun. EF: $90 Early Bird Special if received by 5/31, 7/3 including phone, email & in person are $12 more! $$ (Top 2 Gtd. 6
46TH ANNUAL WORLD OPEN $100 from 6/1 to 7/01, $120 from 7/01 -7/05, $140 on event day. No per class) $2010 Cash + 6 trophies! 1st $400 + trophy; 2nd $235, X
9SS. Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, 1201 Market St., Philadelphia, credit cards at door, checks or cash only. Special rate of only $60 if $160; 1900’s & 1800’s $145 each; 1700’s & 1600’s $140 each; 1500’s &
PA 19107, directly across the street from the world famous Reading U1400 or unrated. GMs, IMs, WGMs and WIMs all have free entry, but 1400’s $135 each; 1300’s & 1200’s $130 each; Under 1200/Unrated $115.
Terminal Market with over 80 food vendors. In 9 sections. $225,000 $100 deducted from any prize winnings. SCCF membership req’d ($18 Trophies to top Juniors ages 17-18, 15-16, 13-14, 11-12, 10 & under.
guaranteed prizes. Unrated may enter only Open, U2200, U2000, or Adult; $13 Jr or $3 Jr w/o mag,) for all So Cal residents. Entries: SDCC,
Unrated Sections. Free analysis of your games by GM Sam Palatnik PO Box 120162, San Diego, CA 92112 or enter online at www.scchess.com.
7/4-8, free GM lectures 9 am 7/6 & 7/7. Open Section, July 4-8 only: For more info call Chuck at 858-432-8006, or email me at chucnglo@
Open to all rated 2200/over USCF or FIDE, or must pay $100 more. aol.com Hotel Rates: $139, 800-445-8667, if booked by 6/06/18. This
40/2, SD/30 d10. Under 2200 to Under 1200 Sections, July 3-8, 4- event is a State Championship Qualifier.
8, 5-8 or 6-8: 40/2, SD/30 d10 (4-day option, rds. 1-2 G/60 d10; 3-day
option, rds. 1-5 G/35 d10). Under 900 Section & Unrated Section, US Chess Junior Grand Prix! CONTINENTAL CHESS SCHEDULE
July 6-8 only: G/60 d10, play separate schedule. Open: $20000-10000- JULY 6-8 OR 7-8, CALIFORNIA, NORTHERN More details at chesstour.com. For late
5000-2500-1300-1000-800-700-600-500, clear winner bonus $500, top US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 15 news, hotel availability, lectures, results,
FIDE 2300-2449 $5000-2500-1500, top FIDE 2200-2299 $5000-2500- 2018 SACRAMENTO CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP games, etc, sign up for free CCA Newsletter at
1500. Top FIDE U2200/Unr $5000-2500-1500. If tie for first, top 2 on ROUNDS: 6. FORMAT: Swiss. RATING: Full-K. SITE: Holiday Inn Express chesscalendar.com or chesstour.com.
tiebreak play speed game 10 pm 7/8 for title & bonus prize. GM & IM & Suites, 2224 Auburn Blvd, Sacramento, CA. ON-SITE REGISTRATION: Most tournaments have alternate schedules
norms possible. FIDE rated. Under 2200/Unr: $12000-6000-3000-1500- 7/6 – 8:30 am - 9:45 am; 7/7 – 8:00 am - 8:45 am. ROUNDS: 3-day: with less or more days than below.
1000-800-600-500-400-400, top U2100 (no unr) $2000-1000, unrated 7/6 – 10 & 3:30, 7/7 – 10:30 & 4, 7/8 – 10 & 3:30. 2-day : 7/7 – 9, Asterisk means full details in this issue-
limit $2000. Under 2000/Unr: $12000-6000-3000-1500-1000-800-600- 11:15, 1:30, & 4, 7/8 – 10 & 3:30 TIME CONTROLS: 40/90 G/30 +30 otherwise, see future issues or chesstour.com.
500-400-400, top U1900 (no unr) $2000-1000, unrated limit $1000. inc, 2-day: Rounds 1-3, G/50 +10 inc, Rounds 4-6, 40/90 G/30 +30 Events in red offer FIDE norm chances.
Under 1800: $12000-6000-3000-1500-1000-800-600-500-400-400, top inc. SECTIONS:Master/Expert (above 1999) - FIDE Rated, Reserve 6/8-10: Northeast Open, Stamford CT*
U1700 $2000-1000. Under 1600: $10000-5000-2500-1300-900-700-600- (U2000) ENTRY FEES: $85 postmarked by 6/30. $95 after 6/30. IMs/GMs 6/15-17: Continental Class, Falls Church VA*
500-400-400, top U1500 $2000-1000. Under 1400: $8000-4000-2000- free. Entrants may play up one section (max 200 points) for $20. $5 dis- 6/28-7/2: Philadelphia International, Phila PA*
1300-900-700-600-500-400-400, top U1300 $1600-800. Under 1200: count to CalChess members (excluding reentries). Reentry after round 6/29-7/1: World Open Senior Amateur, Phila PA*
$4000-2000-1000-800-600-500-400-400-300-300, top U1000 $1000-500. 2 of the 3- day schedule: $45. PRIZES: Master/Expert 1st Place $700 & 6/30-7/1: World Open Warmup, Philadelphia PA*
Under 900: $600-400-300-200-100, plaques to top 10. Unrated: $600- trophy, 2nd Place $500, 3rd Place $350. 1st Place Reserve $650 & 7/2-3: World Open Womens Champ, Phila PA*
400-300-200-100, plaques to top 10. Prize limits: 1) If any post-event trophy. Prize fund of $5,125 based on 90 full paid entries (with 75 full 7/2-3: World Open Under 13 Champ, Phila PA*
rating posted 6/30/17-6/30/18 was more than 30 points over section paid entries, the prize fund will be $4,100). HOTEL: Holiday Inn Express 7/3: World Open Action, Philadelphia PA*
maximum, prize limit $2000. 2) Players with under 26 lifetime games & Suites, $114 per night, available until 6/5/2018, (916) 923-1100 or 1-
7/4-8: World Open, Philadelphia PA*
rated as of July 2018 official list cannot win over $1000 in U1200, $2000 888-465-4329, online at www.hiexpress.com/sacramentone, group code
U1400, $3000 U1600 through U2000. Games rated too late for July SCC. Reserve earlyas the hotel has sold out over the tournament weekend 7/20-22: Peter Henner Memorial, Albany NY*
official list not counted toward 26 game total. 3) Balance of any limited in the past. ADVANCE ENTRIES & INFO: John McCumiskey (TD), e- 7/20-22: Chicago Class, Wheeling IL*
prize goes to next player(s) in line. Mixed Doubles Bonus Prizes: best mail: sactochess@sbcglobal.net; phone: (916) 524-9479. Checks payable 7/20-22: Pacific Coast Open, Van Nuys CA*
male/female combined 2-player team score: $3000-1500-700-500-300. to Sacramento Chess Club and mailed to 6700 50th St, Sacramento, CA 7/27-29: Bradley Open, Windsor Locks CT*
Team must average under 2200; may play in different sections; register 95823- 1306. Full flyer and advance entries: http://sacramentochess- 7/27-29: Southern Open, Orlando FL*
(no extra fee) before both players begin round 2; teams including an club.org under Weekend Events. OTHER INFO: Wheelchair Access. 7/27-29: Pittsburgh Open, Pittsburgh PA*
unrated limited to $500. Entry fee for Open through U1400 sections: 07/18 rating list, CCA minimums, and/or TD Discretion. The Master/Expert 8/3-5: Manhattan Open, New York NY*
Online at chessaction.com: $308 by 4/15, $318 by 5/15, $328 by section FIDE rated using USCF rules and pairings. E-mail address 8/10-12: Cleveland Open, Cleveland OH*
6/30, $350 at site until 1 1/2 hours before round 1, or online until 2 required for entrants of the Master/Expert section. Please bring clocks. 8/10-12: Central California Open, Fresno CA*
hours before. Mailed by 5/15: 6-day $326, 5-day $325, 4-day $324, 3- 1/2 point byes available in any round and must be requested before 8/16-20: Continental Open, Sturbridge MA*
day $323. Mailed by 6/15: all $10 more. All $100 more for Open the completion of the previous round. Maximum two 1/2 point byes per 8/24-26: Atlantic Open, Falls Church VA*
Section if not rated 2200/over by USCF or FIDE. Do not mail entry entry. 1/2 point byes for rounds 5 & 6 must be requested prior to round 8/24-26: Indianapolis Open, Indianapolis IN*
after 6/15. No checks at site, credit cards OK. GMs in Open: free; $200 1 and may not be changed. 8/31-9/3: New York State Championship, Albany*
deducted from prize. IMs, WGMs in Open: EF $100 less. Under 1200 US Chess Junior Grand Prix! 9/21-23: Hartford Open, Windsor Locks CT*
Section EF: all $100 less than above. Seniors 65/up: all EF $100 less JULY 6-8 OR 8, NEW YORK 10/4-8: Washington Congress, Falls Church VA*
in U1400 or above sections. U900 Section or Unrated Section EF: US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 10 10/5-7: Midwest Class, Wheeling IL*
$68 online at chessaction.com by 6/30, $73 mailed by 6/15, $80 at site
until 9:30 am 7/6 or online until 9 am 7/6. No checks at site; credit MARSHALL WEEKEND OPEN 10/13-14: Central New York Open, Syracuse NY
cards OK. Re-entry: $160, no re-entry from Open to Open. $20 fee for 5-SS, G/90 +30. $1,000 GTD: $500-200; U2200: $150; U1900: $150. 10/26-28: Eastern Chess Congress, Princeton NJ
switching section after 7/2. Special 1 year USCF dues with magazine EF: $50; Non-MCC Mbr: Additional $25 Mbr fee. ($5 late fee: in-person 11/2-4: Los Angeles Open, Van Nuys CA
if paid with entry: Online at chessaction.com, Adult $35, Young Adult reg hour before Rd. 1.) GMs Free. Rds.: 3-day: Fri. 6pm, Sat. & Sun. 11/2-4: Stamford Open, Stamford CT
$22, Scholastic $15. Mailed or at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $25, 12:30 & 5:30pm. 1-day: Sun. 9-10-11am (G/25 d5) then merge in round 11/9-11: Kings Island Open, Blue Ash OH
Scholastic $17. 6-day schedule: Tue/Wed 7 pm, Thu 6 pm, Fri/Sat 11 4. Max two byes; request at entry. Register Online: www.marshallchess-
club.org/register. For later events, see chesstour.com.
am & 6 pm, Sun 10 am & 4:30 pm. 5-day schedule: Wed 7 pm, Thu-Sat
11 am & 6 pm, Sun 10 am & 4:30 pm. 4-day schedule: Thu 11, 2:30 & US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
6, Fri/Sat 11 & 6, Sun 10 & 4:30. 3-day schedule: Fri 11, 1:30, 3:30, 6 JULY 6-8 OR 7-8, TEXAS

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Reg.: 8:45-9:25am. Rds.: 10-2:30-7:30; 10-3:30. HR: $99/$99/$109/$119 5SS, G/5 d0 (double round, 10 games). Marriott Philadelphia Downtown 5SS, 40/100 SD 30 d10 (2-day option, rds. 1-2 G/60 d10 schedules
call 920-494-7300 mention chess tournament. Room block held to 6/15. (see World Open). $3000 guaranteed prizes. In 2 sections: Open Section: merge starting round 3 for all sections). Ohio Union at the campus of
Other Info: 1/2 bye avail. Rds. 1, 2 or 3 if req’d w/entry. WI Tour Event. $500-300-200, top U2400 $220-110, U2200/Unr $200-100. Under 2000 The Ohio State University, 1739 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43210.
W. Entries & Inquiries to: Luke Ludwig, 2191 Allouez Ave., Green Bay, Section: $400-200-100, top U1800/Unr $220-110, U1600 $160-80, U1400 Prizes (Top 3 in the Open Section Guaranteed) $8500 based on 120
WI 54311. 920-465-9859, email: lukealudwig@aol.com. $100, unrated limit $200. EF (at site only, no checks): $40 by 7 pm 7/4, paid entries in 4 sections: Open $1100 - $800 - $600 - $400 Top
$50 after 7 pm 7/4. GMs $40 from prize. Reg. ends 9:30 pm, rounds U2300 $450 - $220 U2100 $700 - $500 - $400 - $300 Top U1900
US Chess Junior Grand Prix! 10, 10:45, 11:20, 11:55, 12:30. Half point bye available (1 point out of $350 - $200 U1700 $500 - $350 - $250 - $200 Top U1500$225 - $175
JULY 7-8, IOWA 2); must commit before rd. 2. Blitz rated (will not affect regular ratings); U1300 $400 - $250 - $150 Unrated players and provisional rated
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 15 (ENHANCED) higher of regular or blitz used for pairings & prizes. $20 service charge players only qualify for 25% of any prize in all sections except Open,
DES MOINES OPEN (IASCA GP QUALIFIER) FIDE-RATED for refunds. balance goes to next player in line. Entry Fee: Online - $100 by July
5-SS; G/90+30. Holiday Inn, 6111 Fleur Dr., Des Moines, IA 50321. 2, 2018 after that EF is $115, Mail - $105 by July 2, 2018 after that EF
515.287.2400. HR: $99. Round times: Saturday 10:00 AM, 2:30 PM; JULY 9, 16, 23, NEW YORK is $115, On-site EF $115. All: No checks at site credit cards are ok.
7:00 PM. Sunday 9:00 AM, 2:00 PM. Entry fee: Open $60 before July 5, US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 6 Re-Entry all sections - $30. GM & IM free entry. 3-day Schedule:
$70 on site. Reserve: $45 before July 5, $50 on site. On-site registration 76TH NASSAU ACTION Reg. ends Fri 6:30pm, rds. Fri 7pm, Sat 10:30pm & 5pm, Sun 9am &
8:30-9:45am on Saturday July 7th or pay on-line by July 5th at Onlinereg- 9SS, G/25 d5 or G/30 d0. 1st Presbyterian Church, 1st & Main Sts., 3pm. 2-day Schedule: Reg. ends Sat 9am, rds. Sat 9:30am, 12:30pm,
istration.cc USCF membership required. On-site available IASCA Mineola. EF: $35 by 7/6, $42 at site, non-memb $9 more. $$ (660 b/22, & 5pm, Sun 9am & 3pm. Byes: all sections, limit 1 – 1/2 point bye, no
membership required: $10. On-site available. Other states accepted. top 2 G) 200-100, U2100, 1900, 1700, 1500, 1300/UR each 72. 4 byes 1- last round bye, must commit before round 3. Entry or more infor-
Prize info: Open section $1500 b/30 entries. Top 3 guaranteed. $500, 9. captnhal@optonline.net. Reg to 7:15 PM. Rds.: 7:15-8:20-9:25 each mation: http://buckeyechess.com or mail to: Buckeye Chess Club,
$300 & $200 U2000-$150-$100; U1800-$150-$100. Reserve Section Mon. Ent: Harold Stenzel, 80 Amy Dr., Sayville, NY 11782. 3180 Wild Dunes Ct., Pickerington, OH 43147. Questions: Mr. Kelly
$1000 b/25 entries. Top 3 guaranteed. $250, $175 & $125; U1400- US Chess Junior Grand Prix! M. Bloomfield – Bloomfield.40@gmail.com or 614-668-5588.
$125-$100; U1200-$125-$100. Contact Bill Broich by phone at (515)
JULY 13-15, KANSAS A Heritage Event!
205-8062 or email bill@dsmchess.com. Additional info: USCF rating
used for pairings and prizes. USCF July supplement used for ratings. US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 6 US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
FIDE rules apply. FIDE rule 11.3 enforced with regards to electronic KANSAS OPEN JULY 13-15 OR 14-15, GEORGIA
devices. Byes: One 1/2 point bye if requested 1 hour prior to the start Site: Clarion Hotel, 12601 W. 95th St., Lenexa, KS. 3 sections: (7/14 US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 15
of the round. $99 Hotel rate, if reserved by June 15th. and 7/15) 5SS, G/120 d5. Prizes: $2070 b/80 non-scholastic rate 27TH ANNUAL ATLANTA CHAMPIONSHIP
entries, Open(all): $350-250-150, U1900: $120. Reserve(U1800): 5-SS, Interactive College of Technology, 5227 New Peachtree Rd., Chamblee,
US Chess Junior Grand Prix! $300-200-100, U1600: $75. Amateur(U1400): $250-150-75, U1200: GA 30341. $5000 b/100, $3000 guaranteed. 3 sections. Championship
JULY 7-8, ILLINOIS $50. Clear or tiebreak winner $25 bonus to top KS resident in each (FIDE-rated): Open to USCF or FIDE-rated 1900 and above. $750-500-
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 60 (ENHANCED) section. EF: $45 mailed by 7/7, $55 thereafter. Special: $10 discount 300; Top 2050 thru 2200, Under 2050: Each $250-150. Amateur: Open to
CHICAGO CHESS CENTER POTAWOTAMI OPEN AND FORT for advance entry into both KS Open + Blitz, $10 entry fee for Scholas- USCF-rated 1400 thru 1899 and Unrated. $500-350-200; Top 1600 thru
DEARBORN RESERVE tics, not competing for cash, but for awards in Reserve or Amateur 1750, Under 1600: Each $200-100. Reserve: Open to USCF-rated Under
$5,500 guaranteed! 5SS, Accelerated possible. G/90 +30 inc. UIC Student (and Blitz). Free Scholastic entry for some who competed in Kansas 1400 and Unrated. $350-250-150; Top Under 1200, $150-100. Entry Fee:
Center East, 750 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60607. Two Sections: Pota- state scholastic championship in March (see website) www.kansas $79 (3-Day), $78 (2-Day) — if rec’d by Jul 12; $85 at site. (W)IGMs,
wotami Open FIDE $1000-600-300-100; Under 2400 $310-200; Under chess.org Reg.: 7/14 8:00-9:30am. Rds.: 7/14: 10-2:30-7, 7/15: 9:30- (W)IMs Free ($60 deducted from any cash prizes won). Unrated: $40 Re-
2200 $300; Under 2000 $295-195. Fort Dearborn Reserve (Under 1800 2:00. KANSAS BLITZ CHESS: 1 section: (7/13), 5-double-round Entry: $40 (not available in Championship). 3-Day Schedule: Reg. ends
or unrated): $700-400-200; Under 1600 $210-105; Under 1400 $200-100; swiss system, G/5 d0. Prizes: $580 b/40 non-scholastic rate entries, Fri 7:00. Rds. Fri 7:30; Sat 2:30 & 7:30; Sun 10:00 & 3:30. 2-Day Schedule:
Under 1200 $195-90. Unrated may not win more than $200. ALL: EF: $69 $200-120-80, U2100 - $60, U1800 - $60, U1500/Unrated - $60. EF: Reg. ends Sat 10:00. Rds. Sat 10:30, then merges with 3-Day Schedule.
by 6/15, $79 by 6/30, $89 by 7/6; $99 onsite. Free advance registration $25 if mailed by 7/7, $35 thereafter. $10 entry fee for all Scholastics Time controls: Championship: 40/90, SD/30 d10. Other sections: G/120
to GMs, IMs, WGMs, & WIMs. $11 extra for Under 1700 to play in Open. not competing for cash. Reg.: 7/13 6-6:45pm. Rds.: 7:00, 7:30, 8, d5. All sections: 2-day Schedule, Rd. 1 G/90 d5. FIDE-Only: Rule 6.7a. “A
20% discount for CCC members. Postmark snail mail by 6/30; payable to 8:30, 9. KANSAS BUGHOUSE: 1 section: (7/13) 4pm. (details- see player who arrives at the board more than 30 min. late shall lose the
Chicago Chess Center NFP Inc., P.O. Box 180095, Chicago, IL 60618. REG.: website) HR: Clarion Hotel reservation at 913-217-1000. KCA Memb. game.” 1/2-Pt. Byes: Available any round (limit two) — must request
8-8:30 a.m. No phone entries. (To maintain good playing conditions, we req’d for all Kansas residents ($7 adult, $5 Sch.) participating in any 1/2-Pt. Byes before Round One commences. Requests may be nullified
reserve the right to close registration at or above 160 players; preregistration Kansas Open event. Other states welcome. See website for full details: once Round One commences, but no new requests will be honoured.
STRONGLY encouraged!) Rds.: Sat.: 9-2-7; Sun.: 10-3. Bye available in any www.kansaschess.org. Ent: Laurence Coker, 8013 W. 145th St., Over- Players Must Bring Sets, Boards, and Clocks – None Are Supplied By
round: must commit before end of rd. 2. All-day parking at 760 W. Taylor land Park, KS 66223. Make Checks payable to “Kansas Chess The Tournament Promoters. Entries and Information: americanchesspro-
St, $7. INFO: info@chichess.org or 773-294-1709. Sets & clocks provided. Association.” – Ph: 913-851-1583, e-mail: wlcoker7@hotmail.com. motions.com, (478) 973 – 9389. PHONE CALLS ONLY AFTER Jul. 12 – no
All-day parking at 760 W. Taylor available for $7. W. US Chess Junior Grand Prix! e-mails or TEXT messages, please!!
JULY 8, PENNSYLVANIA JULY 13-15 OR 14-15, OHIO A Heritage Event!
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 30 (ENHANCED) US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 60 US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
WORLD OPEN BLITZ CHAMPIONSHIP (BLZ) 2018 COLUMBUS OPEN (OPEN SECTION FIDE RATED) JULY 14-15, VIRGINIA

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US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 15 5SS, 40/100, SD/30 d10 (2-day option, G/60 d10). Westin Chicago North parking, free airport shuttle. $7500 guaranteed prize fund. In 4 sections.
28TH ANNUAL CHARLOTTESVILLE OPEN Shore Hotel (additional ballrooom added this year), 601 N Milwaukee Major: Open to 1800/up. $1000-500-300, top U2210 $500-250. Under
5SS, G/90 d5. EF: $60 by 7/8, then $75. 2 Sections: Open & U1700. Ave., Wheeling, IL 60090 (from Chicago, I-294 north to US-45 north; 2010: $800-500-300, top U1810 (no unr) $400-200. Under 1610: $700-
Prizes: $2000 b/o 60. Open Section: 1st-3d Places $$400, $$250, from Milwaukee, I-94 to Lake Cook Rd to US-45 south). Free parking. 400-200, top U1410 (no unr) $300-150. Under 1210: $400-200-100,
$$150 (guaranteed). All other prizes b/o 60 player minimum: U2100 $30,000 guaranteed prizes. In 7 sections: Master (2200/up): $3000- plaques to 1st, top U1000, U800, U600, Unr. Unrated may not win over
$145, U1900 $135; U1700 Section: $300, $200, $150; U1500 $140, 1500-800- 500, clear/tiebreak win $100, top U2400 $1200-600. FIDE. $100 in U1210 or $200 U1610. Mixed doubles: $200-100 to best
U1200 $130. Site & HR: Comfort Inn Monticello, 2097 Inn Dr., Char- Expert (2000- 2199): $2000-1000-600-400. Class A (1800-1999/Unr): male/female team combined score among all sections. Team must aver-
lottesville, VA 22911, (434) 977-3300, $114.95 + tax if reserved by $2000-1000-600- 400. Class B (1600-1799/Unr): $2000-1000-600-400. age under 2200; may play in different sections; register (no extra fee)
6/13. Reg.: 7:30-11:15 am. Rds.: Sat. 12, 3:15, 7:15, Sun. 9:30am, Class C (1400- 1599/Unr): $1800-900-500-300. Class D (1200-1399/Unr): by 2 pm 7/21. Top 3 sections EF: $93 online at chessaction.com by
1:15pm. Ent: Online at www.vachess.org or mail to Mike Hoffpauir, 405 $1500-800- 500-300. Class E (Under 1200/Unr): $800-400-300-200, 7/18, 3-day $98, 2-day $97 mailed by 7/11, $110 at site or online until
Hounds Chase, Yorktown, VA 23693. Checks to VCF. Mbr: USCF rqd, trophies to first 3, top Under 1000, Under 800, Under 600, Unrated. 2 hours before round 1. Online entry $5 less to NYSCA members (may
VCF rqd. for VA residents. Info: mhoffpauir@aol.com Rated players may play up one section. Prize limits: Unrated may not join with entry). U1210 Section EF: all $30 less than above. No checks
win over $100 in E, $200 D, $300 C, $500 B or $700 A. Mixed Doubles at site, credit cards OK. GMs, IMs & WGMs free, $80 deducted from
JULY 17, NEW YORK bonus prizes: best male/female 2-player “team” combined score prize. All: Re-entry $40; not available in Major. Unofficial uschess.org
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 10 among all sections: $1000-600-400. Team must average under 2200; ratings usually used if otherwise unrated. Special 1 year USCF with
MARSHALL MASTERS may play in different sections; must register (no extra fee) by 2 pm magazine if paid with entry. Online at chessaction.com, Adult $35, Young
4-SS, G/25 d5. Open to players rated 2000+. FIDE Rapid rated. $1,100 7/21. Top 6 sections EF: $128 at chessaction.com by 7/18, 3-day $133, Adult $22, Scholastic $15. Mailed or at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $25,
GTD: $400-200; top U2400, U2300, U2200: $150; Biggest upset: $50. 2-day $132 mailed by 7/11, all $150 at site, or online until 2 hrs before Scholastic $17. 3-day reg. ends Fri 6 pm, rds. Fri 7, Sat 11 & 5, Sun 10
EF: $30; Non-MCC Mbr: Additional $25 Mbr fee. ($5 late fee: in-person round 1. GMs $120 from prize. Class E Section EF: all $50 less than & 3:15. 2-day reg. ends Sat 10 am, rds Sat 11, 2 & 5, Sun 10 & 3:15.
reg hour before Rd 1.) GMs Free. Rds.: 7-8:15-9:30-10:45pm. Max one above. All: No checks at site, credit cards OK. Online EF $5 less to ICA Bye: all, limit 2; must commit before rd. 2. HR: $92-92 including breakfast,
bye, for Rd. 1 or 4 only; request at entry. Register Online: www.mar- members; join/renew at il-chess.org. ICA Tour event. Unofficial reserve by 7/6, use link at chesstour,com or call 518-438-8431. Ent:
shallchessclub.org/register. uschess.org ratings usually used if otherwise unrated. Special 1 year chessaction.com or Continental Chess, Box 8482, Pelham, NY 10803.
JULY 20, NORTH CAROLINA USCF dues with magazine if paid with entry. Online at chessaction.com, $15 service charge for refunds. Questions: www.chesstour.com, Direc-
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 10 Adult $35, Young Adult $22, Scholastic $15. Mailed or at site, Adult $40, torAtChess.US, 347-201-2269. Entries posted at chessaction.com (online
2018 U.S. G/10 CHAMPIONSHIP (BLZ) Young Adult $25, Scholastic $17. Re-entry (except Master) $50. 3-day entries posted instantly). Blitz tmt. Sat 9:30 pm, reg. ends 9:15 pm.
See Nationals. schedule: Reg. ends Fri 6 pm, rds. Fri 7, Sat 11 & 5, Sun 10 & 3:15. 2-
day schedule:Reg. ends Sat 10 am, rds. Sat 11, 2 & 5, Sun 10 & 3:15. US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
A Heritage Event! Bye: all, limit 2; Master must commit before rd. 2, others before rd. 3. JULY 20-22 OR 21-22, TEXAS
US Chess Junior Grand Prix! HR: $113-113-113-113, 800-937-8461, 847-777-6500, reserve by 7/6 US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 50
JULY 20-22 OR 21-22, ARIZONA or rate may increase. Car rental: Avis, 800-331-1600, use AWD HOUSTON SUMMER CHESS FESTIVAL
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 40 (ENHANCED) #D657633. Ent: chessaction.com or Continental Chess, Box 8482, 5SS, (Open and U2000 Sections are G/90 i30, and FIDE rated; All other
YE OLDE PUEBLO OPEN AND SCHOLASTICS Pelham, NY 10803. $15 service charge for refunds. Questions: Direc- Sections are G/120 d5). Free entry for GMs, IMs, WGMs and WIMs (EF
Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort, 10000 N. Oracle torAtChess.US, chesstour.com 347-201-2269. Advance entries posted deducted from winnings). SIDE EVENTS: Schol. Individual Tournament,
Rd.,Tucson, AZ 85704, 1-800-325-7832. SECTIONS: Premier (2000+), at chessaction.com (online entries posted instantly). Blitz tournament 4SS, G/30 d5, 1-day only, Sat. July 21st; “BAYOU BLITZ” Tourn. (7SS,
U2000, U1600, & U1200. Two separate scholastic tournaments (K- Sat 9:30 pm, enter by 9:15 pm. G/5 d0, USCF blitz rated, Sat. night after Rd. 3). Separate room for schol.
6/U800) held the same weekend more info at sazchess.org. SCHEDULE: Players - A trophy or medal will be awarded to each schol. player. Dou-
Premier & U2000 (3-day) 5/SS, 40/90 SD/30 + 30 inc. Reg.: 7/20 US Chess Junior Grand Prix! bleTree by Hilton Houston North (near IAH Airport – take JFK Blvd. exit
5:30-6:30 PM; Rds.: 7, 10-5, 9:30-3:30. (2-day) 5/SS, Rds.: 1-2 G/60 + JULY 20-22 OR 21-22, MARYLAND off of Beltway 8 West), 15747 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Houston, TX 77032,
30 inc. Rds.: 3-5 40/90 SD/30 + 30 inc. Reg.: 7/21 8:30-9:30 AM; Rds.: US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 30 Ph: 281-848-4000, $89 chess rate (reserve by 7/6 and mention Cajun
10-1:30-5, 9:30-3:30. U1600 & U1200 (2-day only) 5/SS, G/90 d5. Reg.: POTOMAC OPEN Chess Tournament). Free Parking! Free airport shuttle service! Free
7/21 8:30-9:30 AM; Rds.: 10-1:30-5, 9:30-1. PRIZES: Premier ($$Gtd.): 5SS, 40/90, SD/30 + 30” incr, (Rnd. 1 G/90 +30” incr) (2-day schedule: wireless internet in all guestrooms! Discounted Hotel Hot Breakfast
$750+Plaque-500-250; $$b/4 Top X, U2000 $150 each; $50 SACA gift rds. 1-2 G/45+30”incr) U1250 & U1000 G/120 d5 (Rds. 1-2 G/60 d/5), Buffet Coupons for all hotel room guests only ($12 – Guests are responsible
certificate to Top Jr. U18, Sr. 50+; U2000 ($$b/36): $300-150; $$b/4 U1250 3-day Rds. 1&2 G/120 d5. Rockville Hilton, 1750 Rockville Pike, for tax & gratuities). Hotel check-in time is 3pm; check-out time is 12
Top B, U1600 $100 each; $25 SACA gift certificate to Top Unr., Jr. U14, Rockville, MD 20852. $$Based on score. 8 sections: Championship (min. noon. For guests who need later check out on Sunday, you may stay in
Sr. 50+; U1600 ($$b/36): $200-100; $$b/4 Top D, U1200 $50 each; rating of 2100)(FIDE): 5.0 =$1600, 4.5 =$900, 4.0=$500, 3.5=$200, your room until 7pm for an additional day rate of $69; otherwise, hotel
Top Unr. $25 SACA gift certificate; U1200 Trophy to 1st + $50 SACA 3.0=$50 [min $1500 payout, top score group raised if less than $1500]. will store luggage at no charge on Sunday afternoon for those checking
gift certificate, Trophy to 2nd - 5th Place, Top U800/Unr. EF: GM, IM, U2300 (min. rating of 1900)(FIDE): 5.0 =$1500, 4.5 =$700, 4.0=$350, out at 12 noon and leaving later. 5 Sects. PRIZES: $13,000 b/250 full-
FM, WGM, WIM, WFM FREE! USCF 2200+ entry fee returned if schedule 3.5=$150, 3.0=$50. U2100 (min rating of 1700)(FIDE): 5.0 =$1500, paid ent. OPEN: $1500 + plaque-900-600-400-300; (2200-2399): $800-500;
completed. Premier (2000+): $80 (add $30 if 1800-1999); U2000: $60 4.5 =$700, 4.0=$350, 3.5=$150, 3.0=$40. U1900: 5.0 =$1200, 4.5 (U2200): $700-400; U2000: 800 + plaque-500-250- 100-75; U1800:
(add $20 if U1600); U1600: $50 (add $20 if U1200); U1200: $40. Early =$650, 4.0=$350, 3.5=$125, 3.0=$40. U1700: 5.0= $1200, 4.5 = $800 + plaque-500-200-100-75; U1600/Unr*: $800 + plaque-500-200-
Bird: $10 off by 6/20 ($5 off for Scholastic). LATE FEE: Additional $10 if $600, 4.0= $300, 3.5= $100. U1500: 5.0= $1000, 4.5= $500, 4.0= 100-75; U1300: $800 + plaque-500-200-100-75. *Unrated players may
entry received after 7/12, $20 after 7/19. ALL: 1/2 pt. byes all rounds $250, 3.5= $100. U1250: 5.0= $500, 4.5= $250, 4.0= $125, 3.5= only play in either of two sections (U1600/Unr. or OPEN). They may only
but must be requested prior to start of Round 2 (max 2). Re-entries: $50. U1000 (no adult Unr): 5.0= $250, 4.5= $125, 4.0= $50, 3.5= win 50% of the prize fund in the U1600/Unr. Sect., or they may play in
$60 Premier, $40 U1900, $30 U1500, $20 U1100. HR: $99 if by 7/1, use $20 Trophies to top 10 & top U800 in U1000. If no 5-0 in section, then the Open Sect. where they must pay full EF and are eligible for full prize
Group Code: WICC. Info: Martha Underwood, 520-990-6765, email: infor- sole 1st @ 4.5 or shared 1st at lower score receive bonus (added fund. NOTE: Due to FIDE rules, the main tournament room will be closed
mation@sazchess.org Ent: Events4Chess.com; postal registration to score prize) - Championship: $300; U2300 $250, U2100 $200, U1900 to outside non-playing spectators, but players who have finished their
$150, U1700 & U1500: $100; U1250 & U1000: $50. Unrated limited to games and have not left the tournament room will be allowed to stay to
available (checks payable to SACA) if postmarked by 7/13 to SACA, Attn:
$100 in U1000, $200 in U1250 and $400 in U1500. Sets, boards and see remaining games still in progress. SCHOLASTIC TOURN: 4 Schol.Sects.
2018 Ye Olde Pueblo, PO Box 40663, Tucson, AZ 85717. W. clocks provided in all sections! Optionally, pairings can be texted (For Individual Players in K-12 by rating sections, not a team event):
US Chess Junior Grand Prix! to your phone. Free Sunday morning continental breakfast for OPEN, U900, U500 and Unrated (for those who have a current USCF
JULY 20-22 OR 21-22, CALIFORNIA, SOUTHERN players. Parking free for day guests. EF: $109 by 7/3, $114 by 7/17, membership but no official rating yet). Prizes: Trophies to top 10
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 150 (ENHANCED) and $119 online only by 7/19, $130 at the door. Special EFs: $40 less individuals in each section. Every non-trophy winner receives a souvenir
23RD ANNUAL PACIFIC COAST OPEN for U1250, $60 less for U1000, GMs free, $50 deducted from prize, IMs chess medal. Scholastic Players may play in both Scholastic Tourn.
6SS, 40/100, SD/30 d10 (2-day option, rds. 1-3 G/45 d10). Airtel Plaza $45 off EF, $20 deducted from prize, $5 off EF if staying at hotel. HR:
(any section) and Main Tourn. (U1300 section only) if desired with
Hotel, 7277 Valjean Ave., Van Nuys, CA 91406. Parking $8/day, $12 $99, Rooms may not be avail after 7/3. 3-day schedule: Reg. ends Fri
7pm, rds Fri 8, Sat 11 & 6, Sun 9:30 & 3:30. 2-day schedule: Reg. ends a discounted entry fee ($75) by registering for the Scholastic Tour-
including overnight. Flyaway bus from LAX to Van Nuys about $10 each nament AND the U1300 section in the 3-day Schedule of the Main
way; free shuttle to bus and train station. Free wireless, indoor pool, Sat 10am rds. 11, 2:15 & 6, Sun 9:30 & 3:30. U1250 & U1000 schedule
Reg. ends Sat 10am rds. 11, 1:15 & 4:00, Sun 9:30 & 1:30 U1250 3- day Tournament with a 1/2-point Bye in the 2nd Round of the 3-Day
gym, hot tubs; restaurants within walking distance. $25,000 guaranteed Schedule. USCF-recommended computer tiebreaks will decide trophy
prizes. 6 sections. Major: Open to 1800/over. $3000-1500-1000-500, schedule: Reg ends Fri 7pm, rds. Fri 8, Sat 11 & 4, Sun 9:30 & 1:30. Ent:
Michael Regan, 1827 Thornton Ridge Rd., Towson, MD 21204. More and medal placements for winners of all schol. sections. Free chess gift
clear/tiebreak 1st $100 bonus, top U2300 $1200-600. FIDE. Under to oldest player and to player who travels farthest to the main tourn.
2100, Under 1900: Each $2000-1000-500-300. Under 1700, Under information, rules and registration at http://thepotomacopen.com.
event. CAJUN BOUNTY: Defeat the top ranked player in the OPEN sect.
1500: Each $1600-800-400-200. Under 1250: $800-400-200-100, plaques US Chess Junior Grand Prix! (main event) and win free entry to our next tournament! EF: $95 by 7/13,
to first 3, top U1000, U800, Unr. Mixed doubles: male/female 2-player JULY 20-22 OR 21-22, NEW YORK $110 thereafter and at site; Unr. (in U1600) $69 by 7/13, $85 thereafter
team combined score among all sections: $1000-500-300-200. Must US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 40 (ENHANCED) and at site.; Jrs. (under 19 yrs of age) and Srs. (age 60+) playing in
average under 2200; may play different sections; register (no extra 2ND ANNUAL PETER HENNER MEMORIAL U1300 Section: $69 by 7/13/18, $85 thereafter and at site. Schol. Tourn.
fee) by 2 pm 7/21. Unrated may enter any section, with prize limit 5SS, 40/100, SD/30 d10 (2-day option, rds. 1-2 G/60 d10). Ramada Only EF: $20 by 7/13, $30 thereafter and at site; Schol. and Main
U1900 $600, U1700 $450, U1500 $300, U1250 $150; balance to next Plaza Hotel, 3 Watervliet Ave. Ext (near I-90 Exit 5), Albany 12206. Free Event (U1300 only) EF: $75 by 7/13, $90 thereafter and at site; Re-
player(s) in line. Top 5 sections EF: $138 at chessaction.com by 7/18,
3-day $143, 2-day $142 mailed by 7/11, $160 (no checks, credit cards
OK) at site, or online until 2 hrs before rd. 1. GMs, IMs & WGMs free;
$130 from prize. Under 1250 Section EF: All $50 less than top 5
sections entry fees. Online EF $5 less to SCCF members; join/renew
at scchess.com. Re-entry (except Major section) $70. Unofficial
19th annual
uschess.org ratings usually used if otherwise unrated. Special 1 yr
USCF with magazine if paid with entry. Online at chessaction.com, Adult
$35, Young Adult $22, Scholastic $15. Mailed or paid at site, Adult $40,
PITTSBURGH OPEN
Young Adult $25, Scholastic $17. 3-day schedule: Reg. Fri to 11 am,
rds. Fri 12 & 6, Sat 12 & 6, Sun 10 & 3:15. 2-day schedule: Reg Sat to July 27-29 or 28-29, Wyndham Garden Airport
9 am, rds. Sat 10, 12:45, 3:15 & 6, Sun 10 & 3:15. All: Half point byes
OK all rounds, limit 2, Major must commit before rd. 2, other sections
before rd. 4. HR: $119-119, 818-997-7676, request chess rate, reserve
by 7/6 or may increase. Car rental: Avis, 800-331-1600, use AWD Free parking, free airport shuttle, $95 room rate
#D657633. Ent: chessaction.com or Continental Chess, Box 8482,
Pelham, NY 10803. Refunds, $15 service charge. Questions: www.chess-
tour.com, DirectorAtChess.US, 347-201-2269. Entries posted at
chessaction.com (online entries posted instantly). Blitz tournament
Larger prizes- $15,000 GUARANTEED!
Sat 10 pm, enter by 9:45 pm.
US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
JULY 20-22 OR 21-22, ILLINOIS
For full details see “Grand Prix” in this issue.
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 150 (ENHANCED)
11TH ANNUAL CHICAGO CLASS

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Entry Fee (no Re-Entry in OPEN and U2000 Sects due to FIDE): $35 (avail. Guaranteed. In 4 Sections. Open: $300-$100-U2100 $100. U-1900: Free parking, free airport shuttle, free internet in guest rooms and
up to Rd. 3); 3 re-entries or 2 Jr. entries count as one additional entry $200-$100-U1700 $100. U-1500: $200-$100-U1250 $100. U-1000: $80- skittles room. $15,000 guaranteed prizes. In 5 sections. Major: Open
for prize fund. 3-day Sched: Reg. Fri. 5:30-7pm, Rds. Fri. 8pm; Sat. 2-7, $40-U750, U500 $40 Each. Registration: Online at www.progresswith to 1800/over. $1500-800-400-300, clear/tiebreak win $100 bonus, top
Sun. 10-3. 2-day Sched: Reg. Sat. 7:45-8:30am, (Rds. Sat. 9-2-7, Sun. chess.org, 9-9:45 at site. Rds.: 10:00, 12:00, 2:00, 4:00, U1000 ASAP. Under 2300 $600-300. Under 2100: $1200-600-300-200, top Under
10-3. Both schedules merge at Rd. 2. Schol. Sched: (All 4 rds. G/30 d5 Free healthy box to all players! Info:Mike Joelson, 216-321-7000. 1900/Unr $500-250. Under 1800: $1200-600-300-200, top Under 1600
- one day only, Sat., July 21st). Reg. Sat. 8:30am-9:30am, Rds. at 10:00- (no unr) $500-250. Under 1500: $1000-500-300-200, top Under 1300
11:30-2:00-3:30; awards ceremony immediately after last round. Byes US Chess Junior Grand Prix! (no unr) $400-200. Under 1200: $700-400-200-100. Mixed doubles
for OPEN & U2000 Sects of Main Event: Up to two ½-pt. byes available A State Championship Event! bonus prizes: best male/female 2-player combined score among all
for any round except Round 5 (per FIDE rules - if you cannot stay for Rd. JULY 21-22, MICHIGAN sections: $600-300. Team must average under 2200; may play in different
5 you must take a 0-pt. bye or simply withdraw after Rd. 4); Half-pt. US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 6 sections; register (no extra fee) by 2 pm 7/28. Unrated prize limits:
byes for all other Sections in the Main Event are limited to two and you 2018 MICHIGAN BOTTOM HALF CLASS CHAMPIONSHIPS $100 in U1200, $200 U1500, $400 U1800. Top 4 sections EF: $108
must commit to the byes prior to the beginning of Round 3. No byes may 5-SS. University Quality Inn, 3121 East Grand River Ave., Lansing, MI online at chessaction.com by 7/25, 3-day $113, 2-day $112 mailed by
be added, changed or rescinded after the start of Round 3. Byes for 48912, 517-351-1440. HR: $97+tax by 6/20, after if space available. 7/18, all $120 (no checks, credit cards OK) at site, or online until 2
SCHOL. Tourn: Only one 1/2-point bye allowed and must commit before 6 Sections: Open, U1900, U1700, U1500, U1300, & U900/Unr (Sat). hours before rd 1. GMs, IMs & WGMs free; $100 from prize. U1200
Rd. 1. No byes may be added, changed or rescinded in the scholastic Open Section will be FIDE rated. EF: Open $55 (U18 $5 off), Free Section EF: all $40 less than top 4 sections EF. Unofficial uschess.org
tourn. after the start of Round 1. HR: $89 (281-875-4000), reserve by entry to GM, IM, FM, & 2200+, advance entry fee deducted from ratings usually used if otherwise unrated. Special 1 year USCF dues
7/6 and mention Cajun Chess Tournament to ensure group rate. ENT: prize. U1900, U1700, U1500, U1300: $45 (U18 $5 off); U900/Unr: with magazine if paid with entry. Online at chessaction.com, Adult $35,
On-line registration for tournament and hotel rooms, printable entry $28. Advance entries must be received by 7/19/18, after $10 more. Young Adult $22, Scholastic $15. Mailed, phoned or at site, Adult $40,
form, and more detailed info at www.cajunchess.com, or mail entry form Playing up allowed, but add $10 per group to entry fee. Make checks Young Adult $25, Scholastic $17. Re-entry $60 (no Major to Major). 3-
to Cajun Chess, 12405 Hillary Step Dr., Olive Branch, MS 38654. Info or payable to MCA. MCA memb req’d for Michigan residents, other states day schedule: Reg ends Fri 6 pm, rds. Fri 7 pm, Sat 11 & 5, Sun 10 &
Phone Ent: 504-208-9596 or 504-905-2971. Major credit cards accepted OK. TL: Open, U1900, U1700, U1500, U1300: G/115 d5, U900/Unr: 3:15. 2-day schedule: Reg ends Sat 10 am, rds. Sat 11, 2 & 5, Sun 10
(no checks at site). FIDE. G/30 d5. Reg:. Online: https://onlineregistration.cc/; Sat, 8:30- & 3:15. All: Half point byes OK all, limit 2, Major must commit before
9:30am. Rds: U1900, U1700, U1500, U1300: Sat 10am-2:30pm-7pm; rd. 2, others before rd. 3. HR: $95-95, 1-800-996-3426, 724-695-0002;
JULY 21, TENNESSEE Sun 10am-2:30pm, U900/Unr: 10am-11:30am-1:30pm-3pm-4:30pm. reserve by 7/13 or rate may increase. Ent: chessaction.com or Continental
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 6 $$Gtd: $2000; Open: $250-$150, U2200: $100 U2000: $100; U1900: Chess, Box 8482, Pelham, NY 10803. $15 service charge for refunds.
HOT SUMMER SWISS $150-$100, U1800 $75; U1700: $150-$100, U1600 $75; U1500: $150- Questions: www.chesstour.com, DirectorAtChess.US, 347-201-2269.
Site: IBEW, 1870 Madison Ave., Memphis, TN 38104. 4SS; G/60 d5. $100, U1300 $75; U1300: $150-$100, U1200 $75, U1000 $75; Entries posted at chessaction.com (online entries posted instantly).
Two sections: Open and U1600 Prizes: ($1000 based on 25 paid EFs) U900/Unr: Trophies to Top 3 Overall, Top U800, Top U600, Top 400, Blitz tournament Saturday 9:30 pm, enter by 9:15 pm.
Open: $300-200-100, U1600: $200-125-75; Rounds: 9-12:30-3-5:30. Top Unr. State Champions (Top Michigan Resident): Awarded to all 2
Open and U1600 Entry Fee: $40 by 07/14, $50 at door, MCC members day scheduled sections. Trophies for all place-winners listed above. US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
$40 anytime, Masters: free (EF deducted from winnings); Special U1000 Ent & Info: Jeff Aldrich, P.O. Box 40, Flint, MI 48501; jeff chess64@ JULY 27-29 OR 28-29, CONNECTICUT
Trophy Section: 4SS, G/45 d5; Entry Fee: $15. Trophies for top 3 gmail.com; (810) 955-7271. US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 60 (ENHANCED)
overall, top U800 and top U600. Round 1 at 9am, next rounds ASAP. On 23RD ANNUAL BRADLEY OPEN
site Registration: 07/21: 7:30am - 8:45am. You can pay the early entry A Heritage Event! 5SS, 40/100, SD/30 d10 (2-day option, rds. 1-2 G/60 d10). Sheraton
fee with PayPal until registration end time on Saturday. gpylant@ US Chess Junior Grand Prix! Hotel, 1 Bradley Airport (visible at airport entrance), Windsor Locks, CT
gmail.com. Join online: http://memphischessclub.homestead.com/Hot A State Championship Event! 06096 (I-91 Exit 40 to Rt 20). Free parking. $9000 guaranteed prizes. In
SummerSwiss2018.html JULY 21-22, NEW HAMPSHIRE 5 sections. Major: Open to 1800/over. $1000-600-300, U2300 $400-200.
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 20 (ENHANCED) Under 2100: $800-400-200, top U1900/Unr $330-170. Under 1800: $800-
JULY 21, NORTH CAROLINA 68TH NEW HAMPSHIRE OPEN 400-200, top U1600 (no unr) $300-150. Under 1500: $700-400-200, top
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 20 4SS, 40/100, SD/30 i30. Radisson Hotel Nashua, 11 Tara Blvd. (near Exit U1300 (no unr) $300-150.Under 1200: $400-200-100, plaques to first 3,
2018 U.S. G/30 CHAMPIONSHIP 1 of Everett Tnpk, US Route 3), Nashua, NH 03062; 603-888-9970. $$Gtd top U1000, U800, U600, Unrated. Mixed Doubles bonus prizes: best
See Nationals. 2,568. Four sections. Open, $$Gtd 300-200-100, U2300 200, U2100 160. male/female 2-player combined score among all sections: $200-100.
JULY 21, NEW YORK NH Champion title & $68 bonus to top-scoring NH resident. Tim Chevalier Must average under 2200; may play in different sections; register (no
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 6 Memorial Prize $100 to top-scoring NH resident under age 21. Under extra fee) by 2 pm 7/28 Unrated prize limits: U1200 $100, U1500 $200.
THE SUMMER BIRTHDAY DISCOUNT AT JUDSON 1950, $$Gtd 200-140-100 (no Unr may win more than 150), U1750 130. Top 4 sections EF: $88 online at chessaction.com by 7/25, 3-day $93, 2-
5SS, G/25 d5. Judson Memorial Church, Assembly Hall, New York 10012; Under 1650, $$Gtd200-140-100 (no Unr may win more than 120), U1450 day $92 if check mailed by 7/18, $100 at site, or online until 2 hrs before
Use 239 Thompson street entrance (between Washington Square South 130. Under 1350, $$Gtd 150-100-70 (no Unr may win more than 80), rd. 1. U1200 Section EF: all $30 less than above. All: No checks at site,
and West 3rd Street, near middle of block) and go downstairs; Wheelchair U1050 80. All, EF $54 in advance or $60 at door, except $48/$54 for credit cards OK. GMs, IMs, & WGMs free, $80 deducted from prize. Online
accessible. Near the West 4th Street Subway. $$G: $200-$150-$100, Under 1350 section, free to GM/IM in Open. NHCA memb. req. for rated EF $3 less to CSCA or WMCA members. Re-entry (no Major to Major)
NH residents: $8 adult, $6 age 18/under. Reg.: Sat 8:30-9:30 a.m., Rds.: $50. Unofficial uschess.org ratings usually used if otherwise unrated.
U2200 $75, U2000 $50, U1800 $50. EF: $20 if by 6/29; $30 between
10-4, 9:30-3:30. H-bye okay for any one round (except Open rd 4) if Special 1 year USCF dues with paper magazine if paid with entry. Online
7/7 and 7/19 at: www.chess4.nyc/summerentry.htm. Onsite EF is $40.
requested before Rd 2. No player may have both H-bye and full-point bye. at chessaction.com, Adult $35, Young Adult $22, Scholastic $15. Mailed
$10 discount for all entrants with birthdays between 6/21 and 9/23
NHCA membership meeting 9 a.m. Sun. HR: $119 (plus 9% tax) if reserved or paid at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $25, Scholastic $17. 3-day schedule:
inclusive. Proof does not have to be provided with entry but must be directly with hotel or online; reserve by 7/07, use code NHC. Ent: NHCA,
provided before or during onsite registration. See webpage above for Reg ends Fri 6 pm, rds. Fri 7 pm, Sat 11 & 5, Sun 10 & 3:15. 2-day
c/o Alex Relyea, 49 Technology Dr. #89, Bedford, NH 03110. To enter schedule: Reg ends Sat 10 am, rds. Sat 11, 2 & 5, Sun 10 & 3:15. Bye:
details. Register: 12-12:30. Rounds: 1- 2:30-3:45-5-6:15. Info: jgra- online using credit card, start by visiting www.nhchess.org. For additional
ham@nystar.com; Bring clocks and sets. None supplied. Limit two byes; all, limit 2; must commit before rd. 2. HR: $107-107, 860-627-5311; reserve
Information: relyea@operamail.com. by 7/13 or rate may increase. Ent: chessaction.com or Continental Chess,
must commit by 2:30.
JULY 22, NORTH CAROLINA Box 8482, Pelham, NY 10803. $15 service charge for refunds. Questions:
A State Championship Event! US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 30 chesstour.com, chesstour.info, DirectorAtChess.US, 347-201-2269. Entries
JULY 21, ALABAMA 2018 U.S. G/60 CHAMPIONSHIP posted at chessaction.com (online entries posted instantly). Blitz tour-
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 6 See Nationals. nament Sat 9:30 pm, enter by 9:15 pm.
ALABAMA DUAL-RATED STATE CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP
4SS, Game/45 + 10 second increment. Location: Evangel Church, 3975 JULY 27, NEW YORK A Heritage Event!
Vaughn Rd,. Montgomery, AL. Round times: 9:30, 11:30, 2:30, 4:30 Three US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 6 US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
sections: OPEN (b/20, 70%GTD): 1st $400, 2nd $200, U2000 $100. MARSHALL $500 FIDE BLITZ (BLZ) JULY 27-29 OR 28-29, FLORIDA
U1800 (b/20, 70%GTD): 1st $350, 2nd $175, U1500 $100. U1200 (b/20, 9-SS, G/3 +2. FIDE Blitz rated. USCF regular rating used for pairings & US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 120 (ENHANCED)
70%GTD): 1st $320, 2nd $160, U1000 $100. Trophies and Alabama titles prizes. $500 GTD: $200-100; U2400/unr, U2200, U2000, U1800: $50. 26TH ANNUAL SOUTHERN OPEN
to top Alabamian finishers. USCF and ACF required, OSA. EF (all sections): EF: $20; Non-MCC Mbr: Additional $25 Mbr fee. ($5 late fee: in-person 5SS, 40/100, SD/30 d10 (2-day option, rds. 1-2 G/60 d10). Wyndham
$40 by July 15, $45 thereafter or onsite (onsite registration 8:30-9:00AM) reg hour before Rd. 1.) GMs Free. Rds.: Begin at 7pm and continue Orlando Resort, 8001 International Dr., Orlando 32819. Special parking
Registration: Send name, USCF ID, section and entry fee (payable to ASAP. Max three byes; request at entry. Register Online: www.mar- $5/day; free with guest room. $17,000 guaranteed prizes. In 5
“Evangel Church”) to Doug Strout, 6000 Camelot Ct., Montgomery, AL shallchessclub.org/register. sections. Major: Open to 1800/over. $2000-1000-500-300, clear/tiebreak
36117, dtstrout@bellsouth.net. 1st $100 bonus, top U2300 $700-400. Under 2100: $1300-700-400-200,
US Chess Junior Grand Prix! top U1900/Unr $600-300. Under 1800: $1300-700-400-200, top U1600
JULY 21, OHIO JULY 27-29 OR 28-29, PENNSYLVANIA (no unr) $500-300. Under 1500: $1100-600-300-200, top U1300 (no
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 6 US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 100 (ENHANCED) unr) $400-200. Under 1200: $700-400-200-100, plaques to top Under
MUSTARD SEED MONSTER 19TH ANNUAL PITTSBURGH OPEN 1000, Under 800, Under 600, Unrated. Mixed doubles: best male/female
Mustard Seed Market, 6025 Kruse Dr., Solon, OH 44139. 4SS, G/45 d5 5SS, 40/100, SD/30 d10 (2-day option, rds. 1-2 G/60 d10). Wyndham 2-player combined score among all sections: $600-300. Must average
except U1000: G/30, d5. EF: $50, except U1000: $30. Prizes: $1500 Garden Pittsburgh Airport Hotel, One Industry Lane, Pittsburgh 15275. under 2200; may play in different sections; register (no extra fee) by 2
pm 7/28. Unrated prize limits: U1200 $100, U1500 $200, U1800 $400.
Top 4 sections EF: $113 online at chessaction.com by 7/25, 3-day
$118, 2-day $117 mailed by 7/18, all $130 (no checks, credit cards OK)
23rd annual at site, or online until 2 hours before round 1. GMs, IMs & WGMs free;
$100 deducted from prize. U1200 Section EF: all $40 less than above.

BRADLEY OPEN Unofficial uschess.org ratings usually used if otherwise unrated. Special
1 year USCF with magazine, paid with entry- online at chessaction.com,
Adult $35, Young Adult $22, Scholastic $15. Mailed or paid at site, Adult
$40, Young Adult $25, Scholastic $17. Re-entry $60; no Major to Major.
July 27-29 or 28-29 3-day schedule: Reg ends Fri 6 pm, rds. Fri 7 pm, Sat 11 & 5, Sun 10
& 3:15. 2-day schedule: Reg ends Sat 10 am, rds. Sat 11, 2 & 5, Sun
10 & 3:15. All: Half point byes OK all, limit 2, Major must commit before
Sheraton Hartford Hotel at Bradley Airport rd. 2, others before rd. 3. HR: $112-112 (no resort fee), includes resort
fee benefits (free wireless & entertainment in room, parking, use of
fitness center, etc). 1-800-421-8001, 407-351-2420; reserve by 7/12 or
rate may increase. Car rental: Avis, 800-331-1600, AWD D657633, or
reserve car online through chesstour.com. Ent: chessaction.com or
$9000 GUARANTEED PRIZES Continental Chess, Box 8482, Pelham, NY 10803. Refunds, $15 service
charge. Questions: www.chesstour.com, DirectorAtChess.US, 347-201-
2269. Entries posted at chessaction.com (online entries posted instantly).
Blitz tournament Sat 9:30 pm, enter by 9:15 pm.
For full details see “Grand Prix” in this issue. JULY 28-29, WISCONSIN
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 10
2018 U.S. OPEN WEEKEND SWISS

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See previous issue for TLAs appearing June 1-14

5SS, G/60 d5. $1,150 Guaranteed Prizes: $200-100-50, U2200/Unrated AUG. 4, WISCONSIN schedule: Reg ends Fri 6 pm, rds. Fri 7 pm, Sat 11 & 5, Sun 10 & 3:15. 2-
$160, U2000 $150, U1800 $140, U1600 $120, U1400 $100, U1200 $80, US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 15 day schedule: Reg ends Sat 10 am, rds. Sat 11, 2 & 5, Sun 10 & 3:15.
Unrated $50. Entry fee $40, Unrated players free if paying US Chess 2018 U.S. OPEN NATIONAL BLITZ CHAMPIONSHIP (BLZ) Byes: OK all, limit 2; limit 1 bye if eligible for class money prizes; must
dues. On-site Registration 10:00-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Rounds at noon See Nationals. commit before rd. 2. HR: $129-129, 559-268-1000, request chess rate,
& 3:00 p.m. Saturday, 10:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m. & 3:00 p.m. Sunday. See reserve by 7/27 or rate may increase. Car rental:Avis, 800-331-1600, use
www.uschess.org/tournaments/2018/usopen/ for additional details. US Chess Junior Grand Prix! AWD #D657633, or reserve car online through chesstour.com. Ent: ches-
AUG. 10-12, NEW JERSEY saction.com or Continental Chess, Box 8482, Pelham, NY 10803. $15 service
JULY 28-AUG. 5, JULY 31-AUG. 5 OR AUG. 2-5, WISCONSIN US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 60 charge for refunds. Questions: DirectorAtChess.US, chesstour.com, 347-
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 300 (ENHANCED) INTERNATIONAL MID ATLANTIC - FIDE & USCF RATED 201-2269. Advance entries posted at chessaction.com (online entries
119TH ANNUAL U.S. OPEN $5,000 fund Guaranteed 5-SS, G/120 + 5 seconds delay. OPEN $1200- posted instantly). Blitz tournament Sat 9:30 pm, enter by 9:15 pm.
See Nationals. $800- $600-$400-$200; UNDER 1900 $500-$300; UNDER 1700 $300-
$200; UNDER 1500 $300; UNDER 1200 $200. Entry Fee: $99 by June 1, US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
US Chess Junior Grand Prix! AUG. 10-12 OR 11-12, OHIO
AUG. 3-5 OR 4-5, NEW YORK 2018; US$109 by July 8, 2018 & US$120 After July 9, 2018. Register at
www.chesseducators.com Schedule: Fri 7pm; Sat. 10am & 3;30; Sun. US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 100 (ENHANCED)
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 120 (ENHANCED) CLEVELAND OPEN
17TH ANNUAL MANHATTAN OPEN 10am & 3:30. Byes: 2 byes available, must commit before round 3; 0
point bye for round 5. Official Hotel & Playing site: Crowne Plaza 5SS, 40/100, SD/30 d10 (2-day option, rds. 1-2 G/60 d10). Crowne Plaza
5SS, 40/100, SD/30 d10 (2-day option, rds. 1-2 G/60 d10). Crowne Cleveland Airport, 7230 Engle Road, Middleburg Heights, OH 44130. Free
Plaza Times Square, 1605 Broadway (48th-49th Street), New York 10019 Philadelphia-Cherry Hill is located on 2349 Marlton Pike W Cherry
Hill, NJ 08002 within 5 miles of Philadelphia’s Center City. Closest parking, free airport shuttle, many restaurants within easy walking dis-
(TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence). NO FOOD OR DRINK IS ALLOWED tance. $16,000 guaranteed prize fund. In 6 sections. Major: Open to
IN HOTEL MEETING ROOMS OR ADJACENT FOYERS OR HALLWAYS, airport Philadelphia. Cut off for group reservation “Chess Educa-
tors” is on July 9, 2018. Make a reservation by using the following 1800/above. $1800-900-600-300, clear/tiebreak winner $100 bonus, top
even if purchased from the hotel, except for water which will be supplied U2300 $600-300. FIDE. Under 2100: $1200-600-400-200. Under 1900:
by the hotel. $20,000 guaranteed prizes. 7 sections. Major: Open to website:https://aws.passkey.com/e/49569746 or calling calling 888-
233-9527 between the hours of 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM EST.Guest $1200-600-400-200. Under 1700: $1100-600-400-200. Under 1500:
1800/up. $2000-1000-600-400, clear/tiebreak win $100 bonus, top $1000-500-300-200. Under 1200: $700-400-200-100. Mixed doubles:
room rates for both King and or Queen/Queen guestrooms $112 rate
Under 2400 $600-300. FIDE. Under 2200: $1400-700-400-200. Under best male/female 2-player team combined score among all sections:
per night. For more information contact: info@chesseducators.com or
2000: $1400-700-400-200. Under 1800: $1400-700-400-200. Under $600-300. Must average under 2200; may play in different sections; reg-
917-553-4522. Organizers: Dov Gorman and Beatriz Marinello.
1600: $1200-600-300-200. Under 1400: $1000-500-300-200. Under ister (no extra fee) by 2 pm 8/11. Unrated prize limits:U1200 $100,
1100: $700-400-200-100. Mixed doubles: best male/female 2-player US Chess Junior Grand Prix! U1500 $200, U1700 $300, U1900 $500. Top 5 sections EF: $118 online
team combined score among all sections: $600-400-200. Must average AUG. 10-12 OR 11-12, CALIFORNIA, NORTHERN at chessaction.com by 8/8, 3-day $123, 2-day $122 mailed by 8/1, all
under 2200; may play in different sections; register (no extra fee) by 2 US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 80 (ENHANCED) $130 (no checks, credit cards OK) at site, or online until 2 hours before
pm 8/4. Unrated prize limits: U2000 $600, U1800 $400, U1600 $300, 9TH ANNUAL CENTRAL CALIFORNIA OPEN round 1. GMs, IMs & WGMs free; $100 deducted from prize. U1200
U1400 $200, U1100 $100; balance goes to next player(s) in line. Top 6 5SS, 40/100, SD/30 d10 (2-day option, rds. 1-2 G/60 d10). Doubletree Section EF: all $30 less than above. Online EF $5 less to OCA members.
sections EF: $138 at chessaction.com by 8/1, 3-day $143, 2-day $142 Hotel, 2233 Ventura St., Fresno, CA 93710. Free airport shuttle, free Unofficial uschess.org ratings usually used if otherwise unrated.
if check mailed by 7/25, all $160 (no checks, credit cards OK) at site, or parking for hotel guests. Cosponsored by Fresno Chess Club and Fresno Special 1 year USCF dues with magazine if paid with entry. Online at
online until 2 hours before rd 1. GMs free; $100 from prize. Under 1100 Chess Foundation. $$ 10,000 guaranteed prizes. In 4 sections: Major chessaction.com, Adult $35, Young Adult $22 Scholastic $15. Mailed,
Section EF: all $30 less than top 3 sections EF. Online entry $5 less to (1800/up): $1500-800-400-200, clear or tiebreak 1st $100, top U2250 phoned or paid at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $25, Scholastic $17. Re-
NYSCA members ($12/yr with 2 issues Empire Chess, $20/yr 4 issues, $600-300. Under 2050: $1000-500-250-150, top U1850/Unr $510-260. entry $50; not available in Major. 3-day schedule: Reg ends Fri 6 pm,
may join with entry). Re-entry $60, not available in Major. No checks Under 1650: $800-400-200-100, top U1450 (no unr) $420-210. Under rds. Fri 7 pm, Sat 11 & 5, Sun 10 & 3:15. 2-day schedule: Reg ends Sat
at site, credit cards OK. Unofficial uschess.org ratings usually used 1250: $500-250-150-100, plaques to first 3, top U1000, U800, U600, Unr. 10 am, rds. Sat 11, 2 & 5, Sun 10 & 3:15. All: Half point byes OK all, limit
if otherwise unrated. Special 1 year USCF dues with magazine if paid Unrated prize limits: U1250 $200, U1650 $400; balance goes to next 2, Major must commit before rd. 2, others before rd. 3. HR: $111-111,
with entry. Online at chessaction.com, Adult $35, Young Adult $22, player(s) in line. Mixed doubles: best male/female 2-player “team” com- 800-227-6963, 440-243-4040, request chess rate, reserve by 7/27 or
Scholastic $15. Mailed, phoned or at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $25, bined score among all sections: $200-100. Must average under 2200; may rate may increase. Car rental: Avis, 800-331-1600, AWD D657633, or
Scholastic $17. 3-Day Schedule: Reg. ends Fri 7 pm. Rds. Fri 7:45, Sat play in different sections; register (no extra fee) by 2 pm 8/11. Top 3 reserve car online through chesstour.com. Ent: chessaction.com or Con-
11 & 5, Sun 10 & 3:15. 2-Day Schedule: Reg. ends Sat 10 am. Rds. Sat sections EF: $93 online at chessaction.com by 8/8, 3-day $98, 2-day $97 tinental Chess, Box 8482, Pelham, NY 10803. $15 service charge for
11, 2 & 5, Sun 10 & 3:15. Half point byes available all rounds, limit 2 mailed by 8/1, $110 at site, or online until 2 hours before rd. 1. Under refunds. Questions: www.chesstour.com, DirectorAtChess.US, 347-201-
byes, Major must commit before rd. 2, others before rd. 3. HR: $235- 1250 Section EF: all $30 less than above. Online or mailed EF $15 less 2269. Advance entries posted at chessaction.com (online entries posted
265, 877-834-3613, 212-977-4000, reserve by 7/20 or rate may increase. to Fresno Chess Club members. GMs, IMs & WGMs free, $80 deducted instantly). Blitz tournament Sat 9:30 pm, enter by 9:15 pm.
Ent: chessaction.com or Continental Chess, Box 8482, Pelham, NY 10803. from prize. All: Unofficial uschess.org ratings usually used if otherwise
$15 service charge for refunds. Questions: chesstour.com, chesstour.info, unrated. Special 1 year USCF dues with Chess Life if paid with entry: Online US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
DirectorAtChess.US, 347-201-2269. Entries posted at chessaction.com at chessaction.com, Adult $35, Young Adult $22, Scholastic $15. Mailed, AUG. 11-12, ILLINOIS
(online entries posted instantly). Blitz tournament Sat 9:30 pm, enter phoned or paid at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $25, Scholastic $17. Re- US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 60 (ENHANCED)
by 9:15 pm. entry $60; not available in Major. No checks at site, credit cards OK. 3-day CHICAGO CHESS CENTER CLOUD GATE CLASS

17th annual MANHATTAN OPEN


August 3-5 or 4-5, 2018 - NEW SITE! Crowne Plaza Hotel, NYC
$20,000 GUARANTEED PRIZE FUND!
5 rounds, 40/100, SD/30, d10 (2-day Unrated prize limits: U1100 $100, 3-day schedule: Reg. Fri to 7 pm,
option, rds 1-2 G/60, d10). Both schedules U1400 $200, U1600 $300, U1800 $400, rds. Fri 7:45, Sat 11 am & 5 pm, Sun 10
merge and compete for same prizes. U2000 $600. am & 3:15 pm.
Crowne Plaza Times Square, 1605 Mixed doubles: best male/female 2- 2-day schedule: Reg. Sat. to 10 am,
Broadway (48th-49th St), New York 10019 player combined score among all sections: rds. Sat 11, 2 & 5, Sun 10 & 3:15.
(TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence). No $600-400-200. Different sections OK, must Byes OK all, limit 2; Major must
food or drink allowed in hotel meeting average under 2200; register by 2 pm 8/4. commit before rd 2, other before rd 3.
rooms or adjacent foyers/hallways, except
for water supplied by hotel. Top 6 sections entry fee: $138 online All: Bring set, board, clock if possible-
at chessaction.com by 8/1, 3-day $143, 2- none supplied. Unofficial web ratings
In 7 sections- you face only those in day $142 mailed by 7/25, $160 (no usually used if otherwise unrated.
your section. checks, credit cards OK) at site or online Hotel rates: $235-265, use link at
Major: Open to 1800/up. $2000-1000- until 2 hours before rd 1. chesstour.com or call 877-834-3613,
600-400, clear/tiebreak bonus $100, top Under 1100 Section entry fee: all $30 reserve by 7/20 or rate may increase.
U2400 $600-300. FIDE rated, 120 Grand less than top 6 sections entry fee. Entry: chessaction.com or Continental
Prix Points. Online entry fee $5 less to NYSCA Chess, Box 8482, Pelham NY 10803.
Under 2200: $1400-700-400-200. members; may join for $12 with entry. Refunds, $15 charge. Questions:
Under 2000: $1400-700-400-200. Re-entry (except Major) $60. chesstour.com, 347-201-2269,
Under 1800: $1400-700-400-200. USCF membership required. Special director@chess.us.
Under 1600: $1200-600-300-200. 1 year dues with magazine if paid online Entries posted at chessaction. com
Under 1400: $1000-500-300-200. with entry at chesssaction.com: Adult $35, (online entries posted instantly).
Under 1100: $700-400-200-100. Young Adult $22, Scholastic $15. Blitz Sat 9:30 pm, enter by 9:15 pm.

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$7,500 guaranteed! Student Center East, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago, less if playing in the 2018 US Masters; All, $50 less, if staying at the U2100 & below if otherwise unrated. Special 1 year USCF with magazine
750 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60607. Five sections, two schedules: Hilton (min 3 nights); All, $25 less for new WI players; All, $20 rebate if paid with entry. Online at chessaction.com, Adult $35, Young Adult
Cloud Gate Masters, U2200, & U1900: 4SS, 40/100, SD/30, +30 for every new paying WI player you refer; All, $50 less, if born before $22, Scholastic $15. Mailed, phoned or paid at site, Adult $40, Young
from move 1. Rds.: Sat. 10-4, Sun. 10-4. U1600 & U1300: 6SS, G/65 8/11/1968. Byes: Available in all section for all rounds, limit three 1/2 Adult $25, Scholastic $17. 5-day schedule: Reg Thu to 12 noon, rds.
d5. Rds.: Sat. 10:15-2-5, Sun. 10:15-2-5. Cloud Gate Masters: Open to point byes. Schedule Reg ends Sat 10 am, rds. 8/11-8/14:11am & Thu 1 pm & 7 pm, Fri 12 noon & 6 pm, Sat 12 noon & 6 pm, Sun 10 am
above 1899 & unr. FIDE. GMs, IMs, WGMs, WIMs: free w/ advance 5:30pm, Wed 8/15 11am. HR: $107. Ent: MCA, c/o Michael Regan, 1827 & 3:30 pm, Mon 10 am. 4-day schedule: Reg Thu to 6 pm, rds Thu 7,
registration. $1100-600-300-200; U2300 $300. Omphalos Section: Thornton Ridge Rd., Towson, MD 21204. More information, hotel reser- Fri 12 & 6, Sat 12 & 6, Sun 10 & 3:30. 3-day schedule: Reg. Fri to 11
Open to U2200 & unr. $600-300-200-150. Bean Section: Open to 1899- vation link, & online entry at http://washintl.mdchess.com am, rds. Fri 12, 3 & 6, Sat 12 & 6, Sun 10 & 3:30. 2-day schedule: Reg
1600 & unr. $600-300-200-150. Pritzker Pavilion Section: Open to Sat to 9 am, rds. Sat 10,12, 2, 3:45 & 6, Sun 10 & 3:30. All schedules:
1599-1300 & unr.: $600-300-200-150. Lurie Garden Section: Open to
A Heritage Event!
US Chess Junior Grand Prix! Bye all, limit 2, Premier must commit before rd. 3 (round 9 bye, before
U1300 & unr. $600-300-200-150. EF: $84 by 6/22, $89 by 7/29, $99 by rd. 2), other sections before rd. 4. HR: $98-98, 800-582-3232, 508-347-
8/11, $109 onsite; Playup fees: 1900-2099 in Masters, $50. (Below AUG. 16-20, 16-19, 17-19 OR 18-19, MASSACHUSETTS 7393, request chess rate, reserve by 8/8 or rate may increase; rooms
1900 may not play up.) ALL SECTIONS: Byes: Limit 2 in Masters-Ompha- US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 200 (ENHANCED) may sell out before 8/8. Car rental: Avis, 800-331-1600, use AWD
los-Bean; limit 3 in Pritzker & Lurie; must commit before rd. 2; 2nd 48TH ANNUAL CONTINENTAL OPEN #D657633. Ent: chessaction.com or Continental Chess, PO Box 8482,
voluntary bye in a Sunday round counts as 0.4 towards prizes. Players Premier Section (5 days), Aug 16-20: 9SS, 40/100, SD/30 d10, GM & Pelham, NY 10803. $15 service charge for refunds. Questions: chess
with FIDE / foreign national ratings will be placed by TD. Unrated players IM norms possible, FIDE rated. Open to FIDE 1900/up or USCF 2000/up tour.com, chesstour.info, DirectorAtChess.us, 347-201-2269. Entries
cannot win more than 50% of top prize in any class section. REG.: and all FIDE rated foreign players. 4-day U2100 to U1250: 7SS, Aug posted at chessaction.com (online entries posted instantly). Blitz tour-
chichess.org/events or by mail to Chicago Chess Center NFP, Inc., PO 16-19, 40/100, SD/30 d10. 3-day U2100 to U1250: 7SS, Aug 17-19, nament Sat. 10 pm, enter by 9:45 pm.
Box 180095, Chicago, IL 60618. REG.: 8:00-9:15 a.m. (To maintain good rds. 1-2 G/60 d10, then merges with 4-day. 2-day U2100 to U1250:
playing conditions, we reserve the right to close registration at or above 7SS, Aug 18-19, rds. 1-4 G/30 d10, then merges with other schedules. US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
160 players; preregistration STRONGLY encouraged!) INFO: 773-294- Host Hotel at Cedar Lake, 366 Main St (Rt 20 West), Sturbridge, MA AUG. 17-19, NORTH CAROLINA
1709; info@chichess.org. Sets & clocks provided. All-day parking at 01566 (I-84 Exit 3, near I-90). Free parking. Experience early 19th US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 60 (ENHANCED)
760 W. Taylor available for $7. W. century America at Old Sturbridge Village (see www.osv.org). $35,000 2018 NORTH CAROLINA OPEN
guaranteed prizes. In 6 sections. Premier: $3000-2000-1500-1000- 5-SS, G/120 d5; 2-day schedule: Rd. 1: G/90 d5. Embassy Suites Hotel,
US Chess Junior Grand Prix! 800-600-500-400-300-300, clear or tiebreak win $200 bonus, top FIDE 204 Centreport Dr., Greensboro, NC 27409 (336) 668-4535, mention chess
AUG. 11-15, MARYLAND U2400/Unr $1600-800, top FIDE U2200/Unr $1600-800. Under 2100: for $102 rate (code CIC) until Aug. 2, 2018. Reserve hotel online: http://
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 200 (ENHANCED) $2000-1000-500-300-200. Under 1900: $2000-1000-500-300-200. Under embassysuites.hilton.com/en/es/groups/personalized/G/GSOGBES-CIC-
7TH ANNUAL WASHINGTON INTERNATIONAL 1700:$2000-1000-500-300-200. Under 1500: $1400-700-400-300-200. 20180816/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG Non-refundable deposit required.
9SS, 40/90, SD/20 inc/30. Rockville Hilton, 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Under 1250: $900-500-300-200-100, top Under 1000 (no unr) $400- 4 sections: Open, U2000, U1700, U1400, plus Saturday scholastic (U1000)
MD 20852, 301-468-0308. All prizes guaranteed Three Sections Masters 200. Unrated may enter any section but Premier, with prize limit U1250 see below. GMs and IMs encouraged to enter concurrent US Masters
Section (minimum 2100 FIDE or 2200 USCF to play. FIDE ratings $200, U1500 $400, U1700 $600, U1900 $800; balance to next player(s) tournament rather than the NCO. Open section is FIDE rated. $12000 in
used for pairings and prizes) $4500-2200-1100-900-700-600-500- in line. Mixed doubles: best male/female 2-player “team” combined total prizes UNCONDITIONALLY GUARANTEED! Prizes in all 4 sections:
400-300, top U2500 $1400-750, top U2400 $1200-650, top U2275 score among all sections: $1000-600-400. Must average under 2200; $1,000-500-300-250-150-125-125-100-100-100; Class prizes (U2100, U1850,
$1100-$550. Limited number of minimum prizes for non-US FIDE rated may play in different sections; register (no extra fee) before both begin U1550, U1200): $151-101 each section. EF: $79 if received by Aug. 12;
players, see web page. Limited amount of housing support is available round 2; only rounds 1-7 of Premier count towards mixed doubles. Pre- $95 thereafter; RDS.: Round 1: Friday at 7:30 pm or Saturday at 10:00 am
for non-US GMs and IMs. GM and IM norms possible. Expert Section mier EF: $228 at chessaction.com by 8/14, $235 mailed by 8/7, $250 (G/90 d5); then Saturday 2-7, Sunday 9-2. Two half-point byes allowed,
9-SS (under 2201 USCF and under 2100 FIDE, minimum 1750 USCF at site, or online until 11 am 8/16. GMs and foreign IMs/WGMs free; must be requested before Rd. 2 is paired. Advance Entry: Online registration
to play. USCF ratings used, FIDE rated) $2500-1200-600-500-400- $150 deducted from prize. US IMs/WGMs and foreign FIDE rated players, available at www.carolinaschessinitiative.com. Alternately: mail checks
300, top U2000 $1100-525. Contenders (under 1800 USCF): $100 less. Minimum prize guarantee (NOTE CHANGE) to the following to CCI, c/o Walter High, 105 N. Crabtree Knoll, Chapel Hill, NC 27514.
$2200-1100-500-200, top U1600 $500. Free Continental breakfast for who enter online at chessaction.com by 8/3 and play all 9 games with Onsite entry: Aug. 17 from 5-7:00 pm and Aug. 18 from 8:00-9:30 am. No
players Sat. and Wed. mornings. All equipment provided for all no byes: first 7 foreign GMs $500, first 7 foreign IMs/WGMs $300; smoking including electronic cigarettes. Saturday Scholastic: Open to
sections. Hospitality Suite Friday evening. Masters section EF: deduction cannot lower prize to below minimum. Under 2100 to Under K-12 rated U1000. 4 Rd-SS, G/30 d5. EF: $20 by Aug. 12, $25 thereafter.
GMs, non-US IMs Free; US IMs, WGMs and non-US FIDE above 2100 1700 Section EF: $158 at chessaction.com by 8/14, 4-day $164, 3-day On site entry closes at 10:00 a.m. Rounds: 10:30 am-12:30 pm-1:45 pm-
$199; FMs FIDE above 2100 $299; FIDE above 2200 $349; FIDE from $163, 2-day $162 if mailed by 8/7, $180 at site. Under 1500 Section 3:00 pm. Trophies: top 5 in three sections. Sections based on rating. INFO:
2100 to 2199 $399, FIDE from 2000 to 2099 $600, FIDE below 2000 EF: All $40 less than U2100 to U1700 Section EF. Under 1250 Section Walter High wmhigh@nc.rr.com.
$800. All $25 more after 6/11, $35 more after 7/28, $45 more after EF: All $80 less than U2100 to U1700 Section EF. All: Online EF $5 less
8/7, $70 more at the door. Experts EF: USCF above 1799 $249; USCF to MACA members; may join/renew at masschess.org. Re-entry $80; AUG. 17-21, NORTH CAROLINA
below 1800 $299. $20 more after 7/28, $30 more after 8/7, $40 more not available in Premier. Ratings: FIDE used in Premier, USCF August US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 200 (ENHANCED)
at the door. Contenders EF: $249. $20 more after 7/28, $30 more official in others (unless higher adjusted FIDE, foreign, or other over 2018 U.S. MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIP
after 8/7, $40 more at the door. Special EFs: Masters section, $25 the board rating is used). Unofficial uschess.org ratings usually used in See Nationals.

48th annual CONTINENTAL OPEN


Aug 16-20, 16-19, 17-19 or 18-19 - $35,000 guaranteed prizes!
Premier 9 rounds, others 7 rounds, GM & IM norms possible, Sturbridge Mass.
Sturbridge Host Hotel, 366 Main St (Rt Mixed doubles: best male/female 2- 5-day schedule (Premier): Reg Thu to
20 W), Sturbridge MA 01566, near the CT player team (avg. under 2200) combined 12 noon, rds Thu 1 & 7, Fri/Sat 12 & 6, Sun
border (I-84 Exit 3, near I-90). Free parking. score, all sections: $1000-600-400. See 10- & 3:30, Mon 10 am.
Visit Old Sturbridge Village (osv.org, swim in TLA or chesstour.com. 4-day schedule: Reg Thu to 6 pm, rds
Cedar Lake, visit shops & galleries. Unofficial uschess.org ratings usually Thu 7, Fri/Sat 12 & 6, Sun 10 & 3:30.
Premier Section: 9 rounds, Aug 16-20, used if otherwise unrated. 3-day schedule: Reg. Fri to 11, rds Fri
Open to FIDE 1900/up or foreign and USCF 12, 3 & 6, Sat 12 & 6, Sun 10 & 3:30.
2000/up. 40/100, SD/30 d10. Premier entry fee: $228 at 2-day schedule: Reg. Sat to 9, rds Sat
Other sections: 7 rounds, choice of Aug chessaction.com or entry.cc by 8/14, $250 10, 12, 2, 3:45 & 6, Sun 10 & 3:30.
16-19, 17-19 or 18-19, 40/100, SD/30 d10 at site, or online by 11 am 8/16. GMs & Half-point byes OK all rds (limit 2);
(3-day rds 1-2 G/60 d10, 2-day rds 1-4 G/30 foreign IMs/WGMs free; $150 from prize. Premier must commit before rd 3 (rd 9,
d10), all merge & compete for same prizes. US IMs/WGMs & FIDE foreign, $100 less. before rd 2), others before rd 4.
Minimum prize guarantee to the
Premier: $3000-2000-1500-1000-800- following who enter online by 8/3 & play all All: No smoking. Bring sets, boards,
600-500-400-300-300, clear/ tiebreak win 9 games with no byes:1st 7 foreign GMs clocks if possible-none supplied. Re-entry
$200 bonus, top FIDE U2400/Unr $1600- $500, 1st 7 foreign IMs/WGMs $300. (no Premier to Premier) $80.
800, FIDE U2200/ Unr $1600-800. FIDE U2100 to U1700 Section entry fee: Hotel rates: $98-98, use link at
rated, 200 GPP. $158 at chessaction.com or entry.cc by chesstour,com, or 800-582-3232 508-347-
U2100: $2000-1000-500-300-200. 8/14, $180 (no checks, credit cards OK) at 7393, reserve by 8/8.
U1900: $2000-1000-500-300-200. site, or online until 2 hrs before rd 1. Entry: entry.cc or Continental Chess,
U1700: $2000-1000-500-300-200. U1500 Section EF all $40 less than Box 8482, Pelham NY 10803 (see Chess
U1500: $1400-700-400-300-200. U2100-U1700, U1250 EF $80 less.. Life or chesstour.com for mail entry).
U1250: $900-500-300-200-100, top USCF membership required. See TLA Refunds, $15 charge. Questions:
Under 1000 (no unr) $400-200.. or chesstour.com for special rates. director@chess.us, 347-201-2269. Entries
Unrated limit: U1250 $200, U1500 Online entry fee $5 less to MACA posted at entry.cc (check list after entering).
$400, U1700 $600, U1900 $800. members, join/renew at masschess.org. Blitz Sat 10 pm, enter by 9:45 pm.

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US Chess Junior Grand Prix! A Heritage Event! check only. Players who forfeit any round are subject to a possible $25
AUG. 24-26 OR 25-26, INDIANA US Chess Junior Grand Prix! fine at TD discretion. SCCF membership req’d ($18 Adult; $13 Jr or $3
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 80 (ENHANCED) AUG. 25-26, IOWA Jr w/o mag) for all So Cal residents. $75 re-entry from 3-day to 2-day,
13TH ANNUAL INDIANAPOLIS OPEN US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 40 (ENHANCED) only players U2300 are eligible. Byes: 2 byes allowed, but must be
5SS, 40/100, SD/30 d10 (2-day option, rds. 1-2 G/60 d10). Crowne 64TH IOWA OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP (USCF & FIDE RATED) IASCA requested at least 1 hour before round; last round byes ok but must be
Plaza Indianapolis Airport, 2501 S. High School Rd. (off I-465 & Airport GP SUPER QUALIFIER requested before round 3 and are irrevocable. Please bring your own
Expwy), Indianapolis, IN 46241. Free parking, free airport shuttle, free 5-SS, G/90, i30. Accelerated pairings may be used in Rounds 1-2. equipment and know how to set your clock for incremental play. Entries:
wireless, indoor pool, game room, fitness center. $14,000 guaranteed IASCA Super GP Qualifier. Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, 300 E SDCC, POB 120162, San Diego, CA 92112 or online at www.scchess.com.
prize fund. In 6 sections. Major: Open to 1800/up. Prizes $1600-800- 9th St. (I-80, SE side of Exit 242), Coralville, IA 52241. Reg.: 8:30am For more info: Chuck Ensey at 858-432-8006 or email me at chucnglo@
500-300, clear or tiebreak winner $100 bonus, top Under 2200 $600-300. and ends at 9:30am. Rds.: Sat 10:15, 2:30, & 7:30; Sun 9:30 & 2:30. aol.com. The SCO is a State Championship Qualifier. SCCF Annual
Under 2000: $1000-600-300-200. Under 1800: $1000-600-300-200. EF: $62 if postmarked before 8/20; $75 at site. If rated under 1600 add Membership Meeting: Sunday 2 PM. Hotel Rates: Special rate of
Under 1600: $900-600-300-200. Under 1400: $800-500-300-200. Under $20. IM & GM free-EF deducted from any prize, Jrs. & Sr. $10 off, $10 $140, 619-291-7131, or 800-772-8527 if booked by mid-August, please
1100: $600- 300-200-100. Unrated may not win over $100 in U1100, off Out of state residents. Prize Info:Prizes: ($2500 b/65 Top 3 Gtd) book early as rates may go up or sell out.
$200 U1400, $300 U1600, $400 U1800, or $600 U2000. Mixed doubles 1000+T-400-200 U2200, U2000, U1800 200/100 each. US Chess Fed- A Heritage Event!
bonus prizes: best male/female 2-player team combined score among eration (USCF) membership required. On Site Available. IASCA US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
all sections: $400- 200. Team must average under 2200; may play in membership required, ($10 regular, $25 patron or Out of State Accepted A State Championship Event!
different sections; must register (no extra fee) before both players (OSA). On-Site Available. Send Entry Fee to: IASCA, c/o Mark Capron, SEPT. 1-3, OHIO
begin round 2. Top 5 sections EF: $108 online at chessaction.com by 3123 Juniper Dr., Iowa City, IA 52245 or register online at www.online US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 30
8/22, 3-day $113, 2-day $112 mailed by 8/15, all $120 (no checks, credit registration.cc Additional Info: USCF and FIDE Rated!! Byes: Bye 74TH OHIO CHESS CONGRESS
cards OK) at site, or online until 2 hours before rd. 1. GMs, IMs & WGMs available Rounds 1-3 if requested one hour prior to start of round. 6SS; 4 Sections: Championship, U2000, U1700, U1400. Championship
free; $90 deducted from prize. Under 1100 Section EF: all $40 less Rounds 4-5 only if requested prior to tournament starting. USCF – section FIDE rated. Players may play up only one section. Memb. req’d:
than above. Unofficial uschess.org ratings usually used if otherwise August 2018 Rating List will be used for pairing purposes. FIDE rules OCA membership is required for all players resident in Ohio. Join/renew
unrated. Special 1 year USCF dues with paper magazine if paid with will be used. Call 319-321-5435 or mcapron243@mchsi.com. The Marriott at http://ohchess.org/. No membership requirement for other players.
entry. Online at chessaction. com, Adult $35, Young Adult $22, Scholastic Hotel and Conference Center, Chess rate available, $103 (INCLUDES Time Control: Championship section 40/90, SD/30; +30. All other sec-
$15. Mailed or paid at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $25, Scholastic $17. PARKING) only until 8/8/18, rates may increase after this date. Pool, tions G/120 d10. Prizes: Championship: $1,200-800-600-400, top under
Re-entry $60; not available in Major Section. 3-day schedule: Reg restaurant, more restaurants in walking distance. 319-688- 4000. Mixed 2200 $350-250; U2000: $800-500-400-300; U1700: $600-400-300-200;
ends Fri 6 pm, rds. Fri 7 pm, Sat 11 & 5, Sun 10 & 3:15. 2-day schedule: Doubles will be available. Entry is $5 per person. Average rating of the U1400: $400-300-200-200, top under 1200 $175-125; prizes based on
Reg ends Sat 10 am, rds. Sat 11, 2 & 5, Sun 10 & 3:15. All: Half point male and female must be less than 2000. Scores will be based on per- 140 paid entries, else proportional. No unrated may win more than the
byes OK all, limit 2, Major must commit before rd. 2, others before rd. centage of each player with respect to their section (for example if you third-place prize amount except in Championship section. EF: $99 if entry
3. HR: $105-105, 1-800-227-6963, 317-236-7495; reserve by 8/10 or score 3 out of 5 you get an 60; if you score 3 out of 4 you get 75, etc). received on or before August 26, $110 thereafter. Free entry to
rate may increase. Car rental: Avis, 800-331-1600, AWD D657633, or The RBO has 5 rounds, the Reserve has 4 rounds and the Open has 5 GMs/IMs/WGMs/WIMs; $99 deducted from prize. Re-entry $50, available
reserve car online through chesstour. com. Ent: chessaction.com or rounds. Prizes: 1st $70; 2nd $40; 3rd 20. only for round 2, no re-entry to same section. Re-entry counts as 1/2
Continental Chess, Box 8482, Pelham, NY 10803. $15 service charge paid entry. Ent: Enter online at www.chesscincinnati.com. Mail entries
for refunds. Questions: www.chesstour. com, DirectorAtChess.us, 347- A Heritage Event!
US Chess Junior Grand Prix! to Ohio Chess Congress, 9180 Pinewood Dr., Loveland, OH 45140 with
201-2269. Advance entries posted at chessaction.com (online entries check payable to “Cincinnati Scholastic Chess” (organizers of the Cincinnati
posted instantly). Blitz tournament Sat 9:30 pm, enter by 9:15 pm. AUG. 31-SEPT. 3, SEPT. 1-3 OR 2-3, NEW YORK
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 100 (ENHANCED) Open). Enter onsite Saturday 8:00-9:30 am. Rds.: 11-5, 10-5, 9-3. OCA
A Heritage Event! 140TH ANNUAL NY STATE CHAMPIONSHIP board and membership meetings Sun 3-5. Byes: Up to two half-point
US Chess Junior Grand Prix! Out of state welcome. 6SS, 40/100, SD/30 d10 (2-day option in U2100 byes, must commit before 4:00 pm Sat. Hotel: Embassy Suites, 4554
AUG. 24-26 OR 25-26, VIRGINIA & below, rds. 1-3 G/40 d10). Albany Marriott, 189 Wolf Road, Albany Lake Forest Dr., Blue Ash, OH. $109/king bed, $119/two queen beds. All
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 150 (ENHANCED) 12205 (Thruway Exit 24, I-87 north to Wolf Rd, Exit 4). Free parking, suites also have sofa bed. Reserve by Aug 19 to ensure room and rate:
50TH ANNUAL ATLANTIC OPEN free airport shuttle, indoor/outdoor pool, fitness center, many restaurants 513-733-8900 and reference Ohio Chess Congress, or use link on our
5SS, 40/100, SD/30 d10 (2-day option, rds 1-2 G/60 d10). Westin Tysons nearby. September ratings used. $14,000 guaranteed prizes. In 5 website to book online. Bring sets and clocks except in Championship
Corner, 7801 Leesburg Pike (VA-7), Falls Church VA 22043. Free parking, sections. Championship, open to 1800/above. $1600-900-500-300, top section. Complete information at www.chesscincinnati.com. Questions:
free shuttle to Tysons Corner Center and Metro. $30,000 guaranteed U2300 $800-400. State title & $100 bonus to top NYS resident (both info@chesscincinnati.com or call/text Alan at 513-600-9915.
prizes. In 7 sections. Major: Open to 1800/up. $3000-1500-800-500-300, decided on tiebreak if tied). Under 2100: $1000-500-300-200, top Under A Heritage Event!
clear or tiebreak 1st $100 bonus, top U2300 $1400-700. FIDE. Under 1900/Unr $400-200. Under 1800: $1000-500-300-200, top Under 1600 US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
2100: $2000-1000-500-400-300. Under 1900: $2000-1000-500-400-300. (no Unr) $400-200. Under 1500: $800-500-300-200, top Under 1300 SEPT. 1-3 OR 2-3, NEW JERSEY
Under 1700: $1800-900-500-300-200. Under 1500: $1500-800-400-300- (no Unr) $300-150. Under 1200: $500-300-150-100, plaque to first 3, US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 80
200. Under 1300: $1300-700-400-300-200. Under 1000: $800-400-250-150- top Under 1000, Under 800, Under 600, Unrated. Mixed doubles bonus 71ST ANNUAL NEW JERSEY OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP - OVER
100, plaques to top 3, first U800, U600, Unrated. Mixed doubles: best prizes: best male/female 2-player team combined score among all sec- $$$10,000 $$$ IN PRIZES - GUARANTEED!!
male/female 2-player team combined score among all sections: $1000- tions: $600-300. Must average under 2200; may play in different sections; 6-SS, 40/2 d5, SD/1. Headquarters Plaza Hyatt, 3 Headquarters Plaza,
500-300. Must average under 2200; may play in different sections; register register (no extra fee) before both players begin round 2. Unrated may Morristown, NJ 07960. (973) 898-9100. A luxury hotel including spa.
(no extra fee) by 2 pm 8/25. Unrated may not win over $200 in U1000, not win over $150 in U1200, $300 U1500 or $500 U1800. Top 4 sections Free parking for day visitors. For chess rate ($129/night) use https://
$350 U1300, $500 U1500, $700 U1700, or $900 U1900; balance goes to EF: $103 online at chessaction.com by 8/29, 4-day $109, 3-day $108, 2- book.passkey.com/go/NJChess2018 for online reservations. Please
next player(s) in line. Top 5 sections EF: $133 online at chessaction.com day $107 if check mailed by 8/22, all $120 at site, or online until 2 hours register by 8/15. Short walk to train station with service to New York
by 8/22, 3-day $138, 2-day $137 if check mailed by 8/15, $150 at site, or before round 1. GMs $90 from prize. Under 1200 Section EF: All $30 and Philadelphia (via Newark). 5 minute walk to many restaurants and
online until 2 hours before rd. 1. GMs free; $120 from prize. Under 1000 less than top 4 sections EF. All: Online entry $7 less to NYSCA members shopping. EF: $78 if received by 8/28, $80 online at njscf.org until
Section EF: All $50 less than top 5 sections EF. All: No checks at site, (dues $12/yr with 2 issues Empire Chess or $20/yr with 4 issues; midnight 8/31, $90 onsite. In 3 sections, Open Section, Under 1800,
credit cards OK. Re-entry $60, not available in Major. Unofficial uschess.org join/renew with entry.) Unofficial uschess.org ratings usually used if Under 1600. With 3 day and 2 day schedules. Prizes: Open: $1400,
ratings usually used if otherwise unrated. Special 1 year USCF dueswith otherwise unrated. Special 1 year USCF with magazine if paid with $1100, $900, $700, $600, Class Prizes: 2000 - 2399: $500, $300, $100;
magazine if paid with entry- Online at chessaction.com, Adult $35, Young entry. Online at chessaction.com, Adult $35, Young Adult $22, Scholastic 2000 - 2199: $500, $300, $100; U2000: $500, $300 100; Class Prize:
Adult $22, Scholastic $15. Mailed or paid at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $15. Mailed or at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $25, Scholastic $17. Re- Top Senior (55+): 200; Trophy to NJ Champion. Under 1800 Section:
$25, Scholastic $17. 3-day schedule: Reg. ends Fri 6 pm, rds. Fri 7 pm, entry $60, all but Championship. No checks at site, credit cards OK. $500, $300, $100, Class Prizes: Top Senior (55+): 200. Under 1600
Sat 11 & 5, Sun 10 & 3:15. 2-day schedule: Reg. ends Sat. 10 am, rds. 3-day schedule:Reg. ends Sat 11 am, rds. Sat 12 & 6, Sun 12 & 6, Mon Section: $500, $300, $100, Class Prizes: Top Senior (55+): 200, Top D,
Sat 11, 2 & 5, Sun 10 & 3:15. Bye: all, limit 2, Major must commit before 10 & 3:15. 4-day schedule: Reg. ends Fri 6 pm, rds. Fri 7 pm, merges E & F: $200. $100 prize for best Open section game. $100 prize for best
rd. 2, others before rd. 3. HR: $104-104, 1-866-716-8108, reserve by 8/9 with 3-day Sat 6 pm. 2-day schedule: Reg. ends Sun. 10 am, rds Sun game in either Under 1800 or Under 1600 section. All sections get these
or rate may increase. Car rental: 800-331-1600, use AWD D657633, or 11, 1:30, 3:30, 6, Mon 10 & 3:15, no 2-day Championship. Bye: all, limit trophies: Top 3, Top Senior over 55, Top under age 16, Top under age
reserve car online through chesstour.com. Ent: chessaction.com or Con- 2, Championship must commit before rd. 2, others before rd 4. HR: 13. Unrated may win first place in Open section only. 3 day registration
tinental Chess, Box 8482, Pelham, NY 10803. $15 service charge for $103-103, 800-443-8952, 518-458-8444, reserve by 8/20 or rate may at hotel: 9:00am-11:00am 9/1. 2 day reg at hotel: Sunday, 9/2 9-10
refunds. Questions: chesstour.com, chesstour.info, DirectorAtChess.US, increase. NYSCA meeting 9 am Sun. Ent: chessaction.com or Continental am. Rounds: 3 day Saturday 12:00 & 6:30 pm, Sunday 11 am & 6 pm,
347-201-2269. Entries posted at chessaction.com (online entry posted Chess, Box 8482, Pelham, NY 10803. Questions: www.chesstour.com, Monday 9 am & 3:30 pm. Rounds: 2 day 1-2-3(G/60 d5) Sunday 10:30
instantly). Blitz tournament Sat 9:30 pm, enter by 9:15 pm. DirectorAtChess.US, 347-201-2269. $15 service charge for refunds. am, 12:45 pm and 3:00 pm. 3 Day and 2 Day schedules merge in round
US Chess Junior Grand Prix! Entries posted at chessaction.com (online entries posted instantly). 4. All Prizes Guaranteed. Email: noreenchess@gmail.com Phone: (973)
AUG. 24-26 OR 25-26, ARIZONA NYS Blitz Championship Sun 10 pm, enter by 9:45 pm. 219-6877. Mail checks made payable to NJSCF to: Noreen Davisson
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 30 (ENHANCED) 132 US 206, Flanders, NJ 07836. Entries should include name, USCF ID
A Heritage Event! and expirations, mailing address, email address, phone, section and
2018 ROOKERY OPEN US Chess Junior Grand Prix! schedule desired and entry fee.
Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort, 10000 N. Oracle SEPT. 1-3, CALIFORNIA, SOUTHERN
Rd., Tucson, AZ 85704, 520-544-5000. SECTIONS: Championship (2000+), US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 150 (ENHANCED) US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
Class A/B (1600-1999), Class C/D (1200-1599), U1200/Unrated. Players 40TH ANNUAL SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA OPEN A State Championship Event!
may play in a higher section than rating for additional fee. SCHEDULE: 6-SS, G/100 + 30 sec increment (2- day schedule rds. 1-3 G/45, d5, SEPT. 1-3 OR 2-3, CALIFORNIA, NORTHERN
5/SS, 3-day or 2-day schedule available. (3-day) 40/2, SD/1 d5; Rds. 7, then merges). Town & Country Hotel, 500 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 60
10-5, 9-4. (2-day) Rds. 1-2 G/90 d5, Rds. 3-5 40/2, SD/1 d5; Rds. 10- CA 92108. $$20,000 in Guaranteed Prizes in 7 sections. Prizes: 2018 CALCHESS STATE CHAMPIONSHIP $20,000 PRIZE FUND
1:30-5, 9-4. 1/2 pt byes allowed for all rounds but must be requested Open $2,400-1,600-1,200-900-600-500-400, plus BU2300 $1000-600 6-SS, G/120 +30 (2-day option rds. 1-3 G/61 d5). Crowne Plaza Silicon
prior to start of Round 2 (max 2). PRIZES: (Championship) $$G: $600- U2200, U2000, U1800, U1600 Sections All 4 sections pay: $1,000-600- Valley, 32083 Alvarado Niles Rd., Union City, CA 94587. $$ b/250 paid
400-200, Top U2200/Unr $200; (Class A/B) $$b/40: $300-200, Top 400-200 U1400: $600-400-200-100; New this year 7th section: U1200: entries 70% Guaranteed (not counting free entries). Six Sections: Master
U1800/Unr $125; (Class C/D) $$b/30: $200-100, Top U1400/Unr $75 $400-200-100 Reg.: 3-day: 8 AM to 9:30 AM on Saturday; 2-day: 8 AM $2500-1500-800-300-200 U2300 $200-100; Expert $1500-1000-600-
(U1200/Unr) $$b/30 $125-100-75. EF: (Championship) FREE for to 9 AM on Sunday Rds.: 3-day: 10 AM & 4 PM Saturday, 10 AM & 4:30 200. “A” $1200-900-500-200. “B” $1200-900-500-200. “C” $1200-900-
GM/IM/WGM/WIM, $65 if rec’d by 8/20, $75 if after 8/20; (Class A/B PM on Sun; 10 & 4 on Monday Rds.: 2-day: 9:30 AM, 11:30, 1:30 and 500-200. “D/E” $100-$500-$300-$100 U1200/Unr $500-200-100. Unrated:
and Class C/D) $50 if rec’d by 8/20, $60 if after 8/20; (U1200/Unrated) then merge at 4:30 on Sunday; 10 & 4 Mon Sept official rating list used. may not win more than $300 in any section. Except Master. Trophy to
$40 if rec’d by 8/20, $50 if after 8/20; “Playing Up” Additional $20 for Open section FIDE rated except for fast games in 2-day schedule. Players top finisher (State Champion) in each section. All, EF: postmarked by
each section you wish to play above your rating class. No Re-entries. with provisional ratings (less than 25 games) are subject to a 50% 8/29 $125. $145 at site. $5 discount to CalChess members. USCF memb.
ENTER: http://events4chess.com or mail to (make checks payable to reduction prizes, balance goes to remaining prize winners. EF: $90 Early req’d. May play up one section for add’l $40. GM/IM WGM/WIM free
“Rookery Chess”): 2018 Rookery Open, PMB 215, 4729 E. Sunrise Dr., Bird Special if received by 7/31, $100 from 8/1 to 8/24, $120 from entry. Reg.: Sat 9/1 9:30-10:30am, Sun 9/2 8-9am. RDS.: Choice of
Tucson, AZ 85718 or at site Reg: 8/24 5:30-6:30 PM and 8/25 8:30- 8/25 to 8/31 or $140 on event day. $40 surcharge for players U2100 schedules- 3-day, 2-day merge at round 4, all compete for the same
9:30 AM. HR: $129 (2 Queen) by 7/25 for chess rate, mention group playing in the Open section. Special rate of only $75 if U1400 or unrated. prizes. 3-day schedule: Sat 11:00-5:00; Sun 11:00-5:00; Mon 10:00-
code “CHES”; Online Res: http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/arizona/el- One book prize for best unrated player in each section, unrated players 3:30. 2-day schedule: Sun 9:30-12:00-2:30-5:00; Mon 10:00-3:30. 1/2
conquistador-tucson-a-hilton-resort-TUSHTHH/index.html or call are not eligible for any cash prizes. Special rate for GMs, WGMs, IMs pt bye(s) any round(s) if requested in advance (byes rds. 5-6 must be
1-888-370-0980. INFO: Karen Pennock, 520- 261-3176, email: kpen- and WIMs: free if emailed entry by 8/24 (but $100 deducted from any requested before rd. 1. 2018 September Ratings List, CCA minimums
nock_83@yahoo.com, web: www.events4chess.com. W. prize winnings), or $60 for late entry. No credit cards at door, cash or and Directors discretion will be used to place players as accurately as

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possible. Please bring clocks and equipment. Any player who has been DirectorAtChess.US, 347-201-2269, www.chesstour.com. $15 service JUNE 23, Alabama Quick & Blitz Championships (QC & BLZ)
rated over 100 points higher than the section maximum within the last charge for refunds. Entries posted at chessaction.com (online entries 5SS, TC: G/25 d4. EF: $30. Asbury UMC, 6690 Cahaba Valley Rd.,
year will automatically be moved up to the next section! HR: Crowne posted instantly). Blitz tournament Sun. 9:30 pm, enter by 9:15 pm. Birmingham, AL 35242. Premiere: (Rating: 1600+; PF: $400, $$GTD):
Plaza Silicon Valley N. INFO: Berkeley Chess School, Tournaments@ $175-125-U1800:100. Reserve: (Rating U1600; PF: $300, $$GTD): $125-
Berkeleychessschool.org (510)-843-0150. Ent: Berkeley Chess School,
A Heritage Event!
US Chess Junior Grand Prix! 100-U1300:75. Scholastic: EF: $20. (Rating U1200; Trophy Top 3). Rds.:
P.O. Box 10073, Berkeley, CA 94709. No Phone entries. Reg Online at 9-10:15-12-1:15-2:30. Blitz Tnmt: (Rating: Open; PF: $100, $$GTD): $50-
www.berkeleychessschool.org. Master Section FIDE Rated. OCT. 5-7 OR 6-7, ILLINOIS
30-20. Rds.: 4-4:30-5-5:30-6-6:30. EF: $10; if mailed by JUN 16th. Late
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 120 (ENHANCED) REG: JUN 23rd @ 8am. Make checks payable to: Caesar Chess. ENT:
SEPT. 15, TENNESSEE 27TH ANNUAL MIDWEST CLASS CHAMPIONSHIPS
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 10 Caesar Chess LLC, 5184 Caldwell Mill Road, Suite 204 - 202, Birmingham,
5SS, 40/100, SD/30 d10 (2-day option, rds. 1-2 G/60 d10). Westin AL 35244. Info: CaesarChess@gmail.com; www.AlabamaChess.org.
ORAN QUINTRELL MEMORIAL Chicago North Shore Hotel, 601 North Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling, IL
Site: IBEW, 1870 Madison Ave., Memphis, TN 38104. 4SS; G/60 d5. 60090 (from Chicago, I-294 north to US-45 north; from Milwaukee, I-94 JULY 13-15 OR 14-15, 27th Annual Atlanta Championship (GA)
Two sections: Open and U1600 Prizes: ($1000 Guaranteed!) Open: to Lake Cook Rd to US-45 south). Free parking. $20,000 guaranteed See Grand Prix.
$300-200-100, U1600: $200-125-75; Rounds: 9-12:30-3-5:30. Open prizes. In 7 sections. Premier (1900/up): $2000-1000-500-300, clear JULY 15, 2018 Atlanta Championship Scholastics (GA)
and U1600 Entry Fee: $40 by 09/08, $50 at door, MCC members $40 win or 1st on tiebreak $100, top U2300 $800-400. FIDE. 1700-2099: See Georgia.
anytime, Masters: free (EF deducted from winnings); Special U1000 $1400-700-400-200. 1500-1899/Unr: $1400-700-400-200. 1300-
Trophy Section: 4SS, G/45 d5; Entry Fee: $15. Trophies for top 3 1699/Unr: $1300-700-400-200. 1100-1499/Unr: $1200-600-400-200. JULY 20-22 OR 21-22, Houston Summer Chess Festival (TX)
overall, top U800 and top U600. Round 1 at 9am, next rounds ASAP. On Under 1300/Unr: $1000-500-300-200. Under 1100/Unr: $500-300-200- See Grand Prix.
site Registration: 09/15: 7:30am - 8:45am. You can pay the early entry 100, plaques to top 3, top U900, U700, U500, Unrated. Mixed doubles JULY 21, Alabama Dual-Rated State Chess Championship
fee with PayPal until registration end time on Saturday. gpylant@ bonus prizes: best male/female 2-player combined score among all See Grand Prix.
gmail.com. Join online: http://memphischessclub.homestead.com/ sections: $800-400-200. Must average under 2200; may play in different JULY 27-29 OR 28-29, 26th Annual Southern Open (FL)
Quintrell_Memorial.html sections; register (no extra fee) by 2 pm 10/6. Unrated prize limits: See Grand Prix.
US Chess Junior Grand Prix! $100 U1100, $200 U1300, $300 1100-1499, $400 1300-1699, $600 1500-
SEPT. 21-23 OR 22-23, CONNECTICUT 1899. Top 6 sections EF: $113 online at chessaction.com by 10/3,
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 40 (ENHANCED)
3-day $118, 2-day $117 mailed by 9/26, all $130 at site, or online until ARIZONA
2 hrs before round 1. Under 1100 EF: all $50 less than above. All: No
9TH ANNUAL HARTFORD OPEN checks at site, credit cards OK. Online EF $5 less to ICA members; JUNE 20-21, 2018 U.S. Women’s Open (NV)
5SS, 40/100, SD/30 d10 (2-day option, rds. 1-2 G/60 d10). Sheraton join/renew at il-chess.org. Unofficial uschess.org ratings usually used See Nationals.
Hartford Hotel, 1 Bradley Airport (visible at airport entrance), Windsor if otherwise unrated. Special 1 year USCF dues with magazine if paid
Locks, CT 06096 (I-91 Exit 40 to Rt 20). Free parking. $6500 guaranteed JUNE 21, Walter Browne Memorial National Open Blitz
with entry. Online at chessaction.com, Adult $35, Young Adult $22, Championship (BLZ) (NV)
prize fund. 4 sections. Major: Open to 1800/up. $1000-500-300, U2210 Scholastic $15. Mailed or paid at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $25,
$400-200. Under 2010: $700-380-200, top U1810/Unr $400-200. Under See Grand Prix.
Scholastic $17. Re-entry $50; not available in Premier. GMs $100 from
1610: $500-300-150, top U1410 (no Unr) $280-140. Under 1210: $300- JUNE 21-24, 22-24 OR 23-24, 2018 National Open (NV)
prize. 3-day schedule: Reg. ends Fri 6 pm, rds. Fri 7, Sat 11 & 5, Sun
150-100, plaques to first 3, top U1000, U800, U600, Unrated. Unrated See Nationals.
10 & 3:15. 2-day schedule: Reg. ends Sat 10 am, rds. Sat 11, 2 & 5,
may not win over $100 in U1210 or $200 in U1610. Mixed doubles:
$200-100 bonus to best male/female combined score among all sections. Sun 10 & 3:15. Bye: all, limit 2; Premier must commit before rd. 2, JUNE 22, Youth Trophy Tournament (NV)
Must average under 2200; may play in different sections; register by 2 others before rd. 3. HR: $113-113-113-113, 800-937-8461,847-777- See Nevada.
pm 9/22. Top 3 sections EF: $78 online at chessaction.com by 9/19, 6500, reserve by 9/21 or rate may increase. Car rental: Avis,
800-331-1600, use AWD #D657633. Ent: chessaction.com or Continental JUNE 23-24, International Youth Championship (NV)
3-day $83, 2-day $82 if check mailed by 9/13, $90 at site, or online until See Nevada.
2 hours before round 1. U1210 Section EF: all $20 less than above. No Chess, Box 8482, Pelham, NY 10803. Questions: chesstour.com, Direc-
checks at site, credit cards OK. GMs, IMs & WGMs free, $60 deducted torAtChess.US, 347-201-2269. $15 service charge for refunds. Entries JULY 20-22 OR 21-22, 23rd Annual Pacific Coast Open (CA-S)
from prize. Online EF $3 less to CSCA or WMCA members. Re-entry (no posted at chessaction.com (online entries posted instantly). Bring set, See Grand Prix.
Major Section) $40. Unofficial uschess.org ratings usually used if oth- board, clock if possible- none supplied. JULY 20-22 OR 21-22, Ye Olde Pueblo Open and Scholastics
erwise unrated. Special 1 year USCF dues with magazine if paid with US Chess Junior Grand Prix! See Grand Prix.
entry. Online at chessaction.com, Adult $35, Young Adult $22, Scholastic NOV. 9-11 OR 10-11, FLORIDA AUG. 24-26 OR 25-26, 2018 Rookery Open
$15. Mailed or at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $25, Scholastic $17. 3- US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 30 See Grand Prix.
day schedule: Reg ends Fri 6 pm, rds. Fri 7 pm, Sat 11 & 5, Sun 10 & 17TH ANNUAL TURKEY BOWL
3:15. 2-day schedule: Reg ends Sat 10 am, rds. Sat 11, 2 & 5, Sun 10 5SS, Open section (FIDE-rated) G/90+30 sec. incr., All other sections
& 3:15. Bye: all, limit 2; must commit before rd. 2. HR: $107-107, 860- but U1100 G/120 d5, U1100 section G/90 d5 (2-day Option all sections ARKANSAS
627-5311; reserve by 9/8 or rate may increase. Ent: chessaction.com Rd. 1 G/60 d5). Embassy Suites, 4350 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens,
or Continental Chess, Box 8482, Pelham, NY 10803. $15 service charge FL 33410. $$10,000 b/200 paid entries, 65% min. Gtd. Open: $1000/ JUNE 21-24, 2018 U.S. Senior Open (LA)
for refunds. Questions: www.chesstour.com, DirectorAtChess.US, 347- Turkey Bowl-700-500, U2300/Unr. $400-300. U2100: $800/Trophy-500- See Nationals.
201-2269. Entries posted at chessaction.com (online entries posted 400, U1950 $300-250, U1850 $150. U1750: $800/Trophy-500-400, U1650 JUNE 22-24, 2018 Not-A-Junior-Not-A-Senior Open (LA)
instantly). Blitz tournament Saturday 9:30 pm, enter by 9:15 pm. $300-250. U1450:$800/Trophy-500-400, U1350/Unr. $300-250. U1100: See Louisiana.
US Chess Junior Grand Prix! Trophies for 1st to 3rd, 1st U900, 1st U700, Medals to all others. Top JUNE 22-24, 2018 U.S. Junior Open (LA)
OCT. 4-8, 5-8 OR 6-8, VIRGINIA Senior Prize (among all cash prize sections, must be at least 55 on See Nationals.
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 200 (ENHANCED) November 9) $200. Unr. may enter Open, U1450 or U1100 only. Unr.
only eligible for Unr. Prizes in Open & U1450. EF: All but U1100 $89 by JULY 13-15, Kansas Open (KS)
10TH ANNUAL WASHINGTON CHESS CONGRESS See Grand Prix.
Premier Section, 9SS, Oct 4-8, 40/100, SD/30 d10; GM & IM norms November 6, $10 more later, $15 more on-site, GMs & IMs free ($89
possible, FIDE rated. Other Sections, 7SS, Oct 5-8 or 6-8, 40/100, deducted from prize). U1100 section $44 by November 6, $10 more later, JULY 20-22 OR 21-22, Houston Summer Chess Festival (TX)
SD/30, d10 (3-day option, rounds 1-2 G/60, d10). Westin Tysons $15 more on-site. Re-entry cash prize sections $45. Reg.: Ends 1/2 hr See Grand Prix.
Corner, 7801 Leesburg Pike (VA-7), Falls Church, VA 22043. Free parking, before 1st rd. Rds.: 3-Day 1st Rd. Fri. 7:30; 2-Day 1st Rd. Sat 10; 2nd
free shuttle to Tysons Corner Center and Metro. $26,000 guaranteed Rd. Sat. 1:15; 3rd Rd. all sections but U1100 6:30, 3rd Rd. U1100 5:45;
prizes. In 4 sections: Premier: Open to FIDE 1900/over, USCF 2000/over, 4th Rd. Sun. all sections but U1100 9:30, 4th Rd. U1100 10:00; 5th Rd. CALIFORNIA, NORTHERN
and all foreign FIDE rated players. $4000-2000-1000-600-500-400-300- 2:30. 2 1/2 pt. byes, if req’d before rd. 2. HR: $139 by cut-off date,
includes complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast, two-hour beverage JUNE 9, Foster City Luper$wiss90 (3SS, G/90 d5)
200, clear or tiebreak first bonus $100, top FIDE Under 2300/Unr Foster City Courtyard Marriott, 550 Shell Blvd., 94404. Prizes: $1,300 b/50.
$1400-700. FIDE. Minimum prize $600 to first 5 foreign GMs to enter reception nightly, Internet, refrigerator & microwave, free parking. Call
561-622-1000 and mention group code “ATB”. Each suite also comes 60% guar. 1900+: $200-100-100, u2000 50-50. 1500-1899: $200-100, u1600
online by 9/21 who play all 9 rounds with no byes, minimum prize 50-50. u1500: $200-100, u1200 50-50. June 18 Supp & TD disc. Reg.: 8:30-
$400 to first 5 foreign IMs to enter online by 9/21 who play all 9 rounds with a sleeper sofa. Ent: Boca Raton Chess Club, 2385 NW Executive
Ctr. Dr., Ste. 100, Boca Raton, FL 33431. $10 service charge for refunds. 8:45. Rds.: 9-1-4:30. EF: 49, Econ 39 w 1/2 prz. after 6/4 +20, playup +20,
with no byes, minimum prize $300 to the following who enter online GMs/IMs/NMs- $0 by 5/26. Info: http://BayAreaChess.com/grandprix. W.
by 9/21 and play all 9 rounds with no byes: other foreign GMs, foreign Online entry & add’l info: www.bocachess.com, 561-302-4377.
WGMs, US GMs. Under 2100: $2000-1000-500-300-200, top Under 1900 A Heritage Event! JUNE 9, Sacramento Super$wiss (4SS, G/60 d5)
(no Unr) $1200-600. Under 1700: $1700-900-500-300-200, top Under US Chess Junior Grand Prix! “NEW LOCATION” Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, Rancho Cordova, CA
1500 (no Unr) $800-400. Under 1300: $1000-500-300-200-100, top NOV. 17-18, TENNESSEE 95670. Prizes: $600 b/40. 50% guar. 1700+: $150-100, u1900 50. u1700:
Under 1100 (no Unr) $400-200. Prize limits: Unrated cannot win over $150-100, u1600 50. June 18 Supp & TD disc. Reg.: 8:30-8:45. Rds.:.9-
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 10
$200 in U1300, $400 in U1700, or $600 in U2100. Mixed doubles bonus 11:30-2-4:30. EF: 43, Econ 33 w 1/2 prz. after 6/4+15, playup +15,
59TH MID-SOUTH OPEN GMs/IMs/NMs-$0 by 5/26. Info: BayAreaChess.com/grandprix. W.
prizes: best male/female 2-player team combined score among all sec- 5SS, G/120 d5. Site: IBEW Local 474, 1870 Madison Ave., Memphis, TN
tions: $1000-500. Only first 7 rounds of Premier counted. Team must 38104. Three Sections: Open, U1700, and U1000. $1700 Prizes are JUNE 9, Sacramento Kids Quads (PK-12; 3xG/30 d5)
average under 2200; may play in different sections; register (no extra based on 35 paid entries in top 2 sections. Open: $550, $300, $200. “NEW LOCATION” Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, Rancho Cordova,
fee) before both players begin round 2. Ratings: October FIDE ratings U1700: $350, $200, $100. Entry Fee: $50 early by Nov 10, $60 late. CA 95670. Trophies: players w + score. Sched: Reqrd. Check-in 1:30-
used in Premier, USCF October official in other sections. Unofficial web MCC Members $50 anytime; Masters: free (EF deducted from winnings). 2p. Games: 2:30-5p. EF: 29, 44 after 6/4. Info: http://BayAreaChess.com/
ratings usually used if otherwise unrated, Top 3 sections EF: $158 Use PayPal to pay early EF up to registration time on Saturday! www.mem- signature. W.
online at chessaction.com by 10/3, 5-day $155, 4-day $154, 3-day $153 phischess.com/midsouth59.html Rounds: 9-2-7; 9-2. U1000 Trophy
if check mailed by 9/25, all $180 at site until 1 hour before rd. 1, or JUNE 10, Fremont Quick$wiss (4xG/45 d5)
Section: 4SS, G/45 d5; Saturday only; Entry Fee: $15. Trophies for top Fremont Marriott, 46100 Landing Pkwy., Fremont, CA 94538. Prizes:
online at chessaction.com until 2 hours before rd 1. U1300 Section: all 3 overall, top U800 and top U600. Round 1 at 9am, next rounds ASAP
EF $60 less than top 3 sections EF. Premier Section GMs, IMs, WGMs, $1,300 b/50. 60% guar. 1900+: $200-100-100, u2000 50-50. 1500-
(as soon as possible). On-site Registration: November 17, 2018 - 1899: $200-100, u1600 50-50. u1500: $200-100, u1200 50-50. Apr 18
foreign FMs: free, $150 deducted from prize; no deduction from minimum 7:30am-8:45am. Send mail entries to: MCC, P.O. Box 17864, Memphis,
prize. Premier Section FIDE rated foreign players: EF $60 less than Supp & TD disc. Reg.: 8:30-8:45. Rds. 9-11-12:45-2:30. EF: 49, Econ 39
TN 38187. Email: gpylant@gmail.com. w 1/2 prz. after 6/5 +20, playup +20, GMs/IMs/NMs- $0 by 5/29.
top 3 sections EF. Special 1 yr USCF dues with magazine if paid with
entry: Online at chessaction.com, Adult $35, Young Adult $22, Scholastic Info: http://BayAreaChess.com/grandprix.
$15. Mailed or at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $25, Scholastic $17. No
checks at site, credit cards OK. Re-entry: $80, no re-entry from Premier
to Premier. 5-day schedule (Premier only): Reg. ends Thu 6 pm, rds.
Regional JUNE 10, Bay Area Fremont Swiss (PK-12; 4SS, G/30 d5)
Fremont Marriott, 46100 Landing Pkwy., Fremont, CA 94538. Trophies:
players w + score. Sched: Reg.: 9-9:15a. Games: 9:30a - 1:30p. EF:
Thu 7 pm, Fri 1 pm & 7 pm, Sat 11 am & 5 pm, Sun 11 am & 5 pm, Mon 34, 49 after 6/5. Info: http://BayAreaChess.com/signature. W.
10 am & 3:15 pm. 4-day schedule: Reg. ends Fri 6 pm, rds. Fri 7 pm. ALABAMA
Sat 11 & 5, Sun 11 & 5, Mon 10 & 3:15. 3-day schedule: Reg. ends Sat JUNE 10, Bay Area Fremont Quads (PK-12; 3xG/30 d5)
JUNE 21-24, 2018 U.S. Senior Open (LA) Fremont Marriott, 46100 Landing Pkwy., Fremont, CA 94538. Trophies:
10 am, rds. Sat 11, 2:30 & 6, Sun 11 & 5, Mon 10 & 3:15. Byes: OK all See Nationals.
including last rd; limit 3 (limit 2 in last 4 rds), must commit before rd. 4. Players w + score. Sched: Reqrd. Check-in 1:30-2p. Games: 2:15-5p.
Bring set, board, clock if possible- none supplied. HR: $104-104-104, JUNE 22-24, 2018 Not-A-Junior-Not-A-Senior Open (LA) EF: 29, 44 after 6/5. Info: http://BayAreaChess.com/signature. W.
866-716-8108, reserve by 9/20 or rate may increase. Car rental: Avis, See Louisiana. JUNE 17, Palo Alto Duper$wiss75 (3SS, G/75 d5)
800-331-1600, use AWD #D657633 or reserve car online at chess JUNE 22-24, 2018 U.S. Junior Open (LA) Crowne Plaza Palo Alto, 4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306.
tour.com. Ent: Continental Chess, Box 8482, Pelham, NY 10803. Questions: See Nationals. Prizes: $1,300 b/50. 60% guar. 1900+: $200-100-100, u2000 50-50.

60 June 2018 | Chess Life


See previous issue for TLAs appearing June 1-14

1500-1899: $200-100, u1600 50-50. u1500: $200-100, u1200 50-50. w 1/2 prz. after 6/26 +20, playup +20 GMs/IMs/NMs - $0 by 6/20. Los Angeles, CA 90025. (4 blocks W of 405, SW corner of
June 18 Supp & TD disc. Reg.: 8:30-8:45. Rds. 9-12-3. EF: 49, Econ 39 Info: http://BayAreaChess.com/grandprix. W. Santa Monica & Butler * 2nd Floor – above Javan Restaurant)
w 1/2 prz. after 6/12+20, playup +20 GMs/IMs/NMs - $0 by 6/3. JULY 1, Bay Area Fremont Swiss (PK-12; 4SS, G/30 d5) Group Classes * Tournaments * Private (1:1) Lessons. Note
Info: http://BayAreaChess.com/grandprix. W. Fremont Marriott, 46100 Landing Pkwy., Fremont, CA 94538. Trophies: our monthly major tournaments. Also, we have the best Weekly
JUNE 17, Bay Area San Ramon Swiss (PK-12; 4SS, G/30 d5) players w + score. Sched: Reg.: 9-9:15a. Games: 9:30a - 1:30p. EF: BLITZ tournament on Saturday nights at 6:30 pm!!
Courtyard Marriott, 18090 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon, CA 94583. 34, 49 after 6/26. Info: http://BayAreaChess.com/signature. W. JUNE 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, Every Saturday & Sunday
Trophies: players w + score. Sched: 9-9:15a. Games: 9:30a - 1:30p. JULY 1, Bay Area Fremont Quads (PK-12; 3xG/30 d5) Chess 4 Juniors
EF: 34, 42 after 6/12. Info: http://BayAreaChess.com/signature. W. Fremont Marriott, 46100 Landing Pkwy., Fremont, CA 94538. Trophies: 9 separate events- 5SS, G/30 d0. 11514 Santa Monica Blvd. & Butler
JUNE 17, Bay Area San Ramon Quads (PK-12; 3xG/30 d5) Players w + score. Sched: Reqrd. Check-in 1:30-2p. Games: 2:15-5p. LA, 90025, 2nd fl. 4 blocks West of 405. EF: $30 ($20 LACC memb, No
Courtyard Marriott, 18090 San Ramon Valley Blvd., San Ramon, CA EF: 29, 44 after 6/26. Info: http://BayAreaChess.com/signature. W. prize 1/2 EF, siblings 1/2, Free new LACC members). Reg.: 12-1 pm.
94583. Trophies: Players w + score. Sched: Reqrd Check-in 1:30-2p. JULY 6-8 OR 7-8, 2018 Sacramento Chess Championship Rds.: 1pm & asap; done by 4; Prizes: Trophies & medals; All players
Games: 2:15-5p. EF: 29, 44 after 6/12 Info: http://BayAreaChess.com/ See Grand Prix. receive prizes! Parking: Free on streets & BoA. Free healthy refresh-
signature. W. ments. Info: (310) 795-5710 or www.LAChessClub.com or Mick@LA
JULY 7, Cupertino DuperSwiss75 (3SS, G/75 d5) ChessClub.com.
JUNE 17, Father’s Day Special Father & Child Championship Courtyard Marriott, Cupertino, CA 95014. Prizes: $1,300 b/50. 60%
(PK-12; 5SS, G/30 d5) guar. 1900+: $200-100-100, u2000 50-50. 1500-1899: $200-100, u1600 JUNE 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, LACC - Sat Nite Blitzathon G/5 (BLZ)
Santa Clara Convention Center, 5001 Great America Pkwy., Santa Clara, 50-50. u1500: $200-100, u1200 50-50. July 18 Supp & TD disc. Reg.: 5 separate events- 7DSS, G/5 d0 (Blitz,14 Games). 11514 Santa Monica
CA 95054. Special commemorative trophies to players w + score & all 8:30-8:45. Rds. 9-12-3. EF: 49, Econ 39 w 1/2 prz. after 7/3 +20, playup Blvd., LA, 90025, 2nd fl. 4 blks W of 405. EF: $20 ($15 LACC memb). No
teams. Sched: Reg.: 9:30-9:45a. Games: 10a - 5p. EF: 49 for kids, FREE +20, Rtd 2200+ $0 by 6/23. Info: BayAreaChess.com/grandprix. W. prizes 1/2 EF. Reg.: 6-6:30 pm. Register at LAChessClub.com and receive
for fathers (with child’s entry), 59 after 6/12. Info: http://BayArea a free gift. Rds.: 6:30, 6:55, 7:20, 7:45, 8:10, 8:35, 9 pm. Prizes: 1/2
JULY 8, Bay Area Cupertino Swiss (PK-12; 4SS, G/30 d5) collections. Parking: Free on streets & BoA. Info: 310/795-5710 or
Chess.com/parentsday. W.
Courtyard Marriott, Cupertino, CA 95014. Trophies: players w + score. www.LAChessClub.com.
JUNE 20-21, 2018 U.S. Women’s Open (NV) Sched: 9-9:15a. Games: 9:30a - 1:30p. EF: 34, 49 after 7/3. Info:
See Nationals. http://BayAreaChess.com/signature. W. JUNE 2, 9, 16, 30, LACC Saturday G/60
4 separate events- 1 open section, 6SS, G/60 d5. 11514 Santa Monica
JUNE 21, Walter Browne Memorial National Open Blitz JULY 8, Bay Area Cupertino Quads (PK-12; 3xG/30 d5) Blvd., LA 90025, 2nd fl. EF: $30/ ($20 LACC memb; No prizes 1/2 EF).
Championship (BLZ) (NV) Courtyard Marriott, Cupertino, CA 95014. Trophies: Players w + score. Reg.: 11-12 noon. Rds.: 12, 2, 4 pm each day. Prizes: 1/2 collections.
See Grand Prix. Sched: Reqrd. Check-in 1:30-2p. Games: 2:15-5p. EF: 29, 44 after 7/3. Parking: Free at BoA, streets, & basement. Info: 310/795-5710 or
JUNE 21-24, 22-24 OR 23-24, 2018 National Open (NV) Info: http://BayAreaChess.com/signature. W. www.LAChessClub.com
See Nationals. JULY 20-22 OR 21-22, 23rd Annual Pacific Coast Open (CA-S) JUNE 3, 10, 17, LACC Sunday G/60
JUNE 22, Youth Trophy Tournament (NV) See Grand Prix. 4 separate events- 1 open section, 6SS, G/60 d5. 11514 Santa Monica
See Nevada. AUG. 10-12 OR 11-12, 9th annual Central California Open Blvd., LA 90025, 2nd fl. EF: $30/ ($20 LACC memb; No prizes 1/2 EF).
See Grand Prix. Reg.: 11-12 noon. Rds.: 12, 2, 4 pm each day. Prizes: 1/2 collections.
JUNE 22-24 OR 23-24, GM Walter Browne Memorial Parking: Free at BoA, streets, & basement. Info: 310/795-5710 or
See Grand Prix. AUG. 11-15, 7th Annual Washington International (MD) www.LAChessClub.com
JUNE 23-24, International Youth Championship (NV) See Grand Prix.
US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
See Nevada. SEPT. 1-3 OR 2-3, 2018 CalChess State Championship $20,000 JUNE 5, 12, 19, 26, Santa Monica Bay Chess Club
JUNE 30, Foster City Luper$wiss90 (3SS, G/90 d5) Prize Fund TUESDAY EVENINGS; (4-SS, G/1:55 d5) Cash prizes. St. Andrew’s Church,
Foster City Courtyard Marriott, 550 Shell Blvd., 94404. Prizes: $1,300 See Grand Prix. 11555 National Blvd., WLA, 90064. EF: $10 - Club members, $25 - non-
b/50. 60% guar. 1900+: $200-100-100, u2000 50-50. 1500-1899: $200- members. Reg.: 7-7:10 p.m. Rds.: 7:10-11:00 p.m., USCF rated. Free
100, u1600 50-50. u1500: $200-100, u1200 50-50. June 18 Supp & TD parking. Free coffee. INFO: (310) 827-2789.
disc. Reg.: 8:30-8:45. Rds.: 9-1-4:30. EF: 49, Econ 39 w 1/2 prz. after CALIFORNIA, SOUTHERN
JUNE 16-17, 2018 Tal Memorial
6/25 +20, playup +20, GMs/IMs/NMs- $0 by 6/18. Info: http:// THE LOS ANGELES CHESS CLUB See Grand Prix.
BayAreaChess.com/grandprix. W. The Most Active Club on the West Coast! (310) 795-5710. * JUNE 20-21, 2018 U.S. Women’s Open (NV)
JULY 1, Fremont Super$wiss (4xG/60 d5) LACC: www.LAChessClub.com; VCC: www.ValleyChess See Nationals.
Fremont Marriott, 46100 Landing Pkwy., Fremont, CA 94538. Prizes: Club.com; Contact: Mick@LAChessClub.com; Saturday & Sun-
$1,300 b/50. 60% guar. 1900+: $200-100-100, u2000 50-50. 1500- days: 10 am-9 pm (Beginner/Novice & Intermediate classes + JUNE 21, Walter Browne Memorial National Open Blitz
1899: $200-100, u1600 50-50. u1500: $200-100, u1200 50-50. Feb 18 3 Tournaments each day – Details on our web site. Tuesdays: Championship (BLZ) (NV)
Supp & TD disc. Reg.: 8:30-8:45. Rds.: 9-11:30-2-4:30. EF: 49, Econ 39 7:30-9:30 pm (Advance lecture). 11514 Santa Monica Blvd., See Grand Prix.

23rd annual PACIFIC COAST OPEN


July 20-22 or 21-22, 2018 - $25,000 guaranteed prizes!
6 rounds, Airtel Plaza Hotel, Van Nuys CA (Los Angeles) - $119 room rates
6 rounds, 40/100, SD/30, d10 (2- Mixed doubles bonus prizes: 3-day schedule: Reg. Fri to 11 am,
day option, rds 1-3 G/45, d10), Airtel best male/female 2-player team rds Fri 12 noon & 6 pm, Sat 12 noon & 6
Plaza Hotel, 7277 Valjean Ave, Van Nuys combined score among all sections: pm, Sun 10 am & 3:15 pm.
CA 91406. Parking $8/day, $12 including $1000-500-300-200. Must average 2-day schedule: Reg. Sat to 9 am,
overnight. Flyaway bus, LAX-Van Nuys under 2200; may play in different rds Sat 10 am, 12:45 pm, 3:15 pm & 6
about $10 each way. sections; register (no extra fee) by 2 pm pm; Sun 10 am & 3:15 pm.
Hotel rate: $119-119, 818-997- 7/21; prize limits do not apply. Half-point byes OK all (limit 2);
7676, reserve by 7/6 or may increase. Major must commit before round 2,
Top 5 sections entry fee: $138 other sections before round 4.
$25,000 GUARANTEED PRIZES: online at chessaction.com by 7/18, 3-
In 6 sections: day $143, 2-day $142 mailed by 7/11, All: Bring set, board, clock if
Major (1800/up): $3000-1500-1000- $160 at site (no checks, credit cards possible- none supplied. Re-entry (no
500, clear or tiebreak win $100 bonus, OK) or online until 2 hrs before round 1. Major to Major) $70. US Chess Junior
top Under 2300/Unr $1200-600. FIDE Under 1250 section entry fee: Grand Prix Points available.
rated, 150 Grand Prix points (enhanced). All $50 less than top 5 sections fee. E n try: chessaction.co m o r
Under 2100: $2000-1000-500-300. USCF membership required. See Continental Chess, Box 8482, Pelham NY
Under 1900: $2000-1000-500-300. TLA or chesstour.com for special rate. 10803. $15 charge for refunds.
Under 1700: $1600-800-400-200. Unofficial uschess.org ratings Questions: chesstour.com, direc-
Under 1500: $1600-800-400-200. usually used if otherwise unrated. tor@chess.us, 347-201-2269. Advance
Under 1250: $800-400-200-100, entries posted at chessaction.com (online
plaques to first 3, top U1000, U800, Unr. Online entry $5 less to Southern entries posted instantly).
Unrated limits: U1250 $150, U1500 California Chess Federation members. Blitz tournament Sat 10 pm, enter
$300, U1700 $450, U1900 $600. Join/renew at www.scchess.com. by 9:45 pm.

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JUNE 21-24, 22-24 OR 23-24, 2018 National Open (NV)


See Nationals. DELAWARE GEORGIA
JUNE 22, Youth Trophy Tournament (NV) JUNE 15-17 OR 16-17, 7th annual Continental Class JUNE 15-17 OR 16-17, 9th Summer Solstice Open (FL)
See Nevada. Championships (VA) See Grand Prix.
JUNE 23-24, International Youth Championship (NV) See Grand Prix. JUNE 21-24, 2018 U.S. Senior Open (LA)
See Nevada. JULY 20-22 OR 21-22, Potomac Open (MD) See Nationals.
JULY 6-8, Pacific Southwest Open See Grand Prix. JUNE 22-24, 2018 Not-A-Junior-Not-A-Senior Open (LA)
See Grand Prix. AUG. 24-26 OR 25-26, 50th annual Atlantic Open (VA) See Louisiana.
US Chess Junior Grand Prix! See Grand Prix. JUNE 22-24, 2018 U.S. Junior Open (LA)
JULY 10, 17, 24, 31, Santa Monica Bay Chess Club OCT. 4-8, 5-8 OR 6-8, 10th annual Washington Chess Congress See Nationals.
TUESDAY EVENINGS; (4-SS, G/1:55 d5) Cash prizes. St. Andrew’s Church, (VA) JUNE 22-24 OR 23-24, Castle Chess Grand Prix
11555 National Blvd., WLA, 90064. EF: $10 - Club members, $25 - non- See Grand Prix. See Grand Prix.
members. Reg.: 7-7:10 p.m. Rds.: 7:10-11:00 p.m., USCF rated. Free
parking. Free coffee. INFO: (310) 827-2789. JULY 13-15 OR 14-15, 27th Annual Atlanta Championship
See Grand Prix.
JULY 20-22 OR 21-22, 23rd Annual Pacific Coast Open DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
See Grand Prix. JULY 15, 2018 Atlanta Championship Scholastics
JUNE 15-17 OR 16-17, 7th annual Continental Class 4-SS, Interactive College of Technology, 5227 New Peachtree Rd., Cham-
AUG. 10-12 OR 11-12, 9th annual Central California Open (CA-N) Championships (VA) blee, GA 30341. 3 sections. Middle School (K-8): Trophies to Top Five
See Grand Prix. See Grand Prix. Places; Highest Placed Unrated; Highest Placed Female. Elementary
AUG. 11-15, 7th Annual Washington International (MD) JULY 20-22 OR 21-22, Potomac Open (MD) (K-6): Trophies to Top Five Places; Highest Placed Unrated; Highest
See Grand Prix. See Grand Prix. Placed Female. Primary (K-3): Trophies to Top Five Places; Highest
Placed Unrated; Highest Placed Female. All: Participants who do not
SEPT. 1-3, 40th Annual Southern California Open AUG. 24-26 OR 25-26, 50th annual Atlantic Open (VA) win a trophy will receive a Participation Medal!! Time controls: G/30
See Grand Prix. See Grand Prix. d5. Schedule: Reg. ends 10:30am. Rds. 11:00am, 12:30am, 2:00pm, &
OCT. 4-8, 5-8 OR 6-8, 10th annual Washington Chess Congress 3:30pm. Entry Fee: $29, if rec’d by Jul. 14; $33 at site. Bring Set, Board,
(VA) and Clock – None Are Supplied By The Tournament Organizers. Special:
COLORADO See Grand Prix. A Master and/or Expert will be on hand for FREE ANALYSIS! Entries
JUNE 20-21, 2018 U.S. Women’s Open (NV) and Info: americanchesspromotions.com, (478) 973 – 9389. PHONE
See Nationals. CALLS ONLY AFTER JUL. 14 – no e-mails or TEXT messages, please!!
JUNE 21-24, 22-24 OR 23-24, 2018 National Open (NV) FLORIDA JULY 20, 2018 U.S. G/10 Championship (BLZ) (NC)
See Nationals. See Nationals.
Boca Raton Chess Club
JUNE 23-24, International Youth Championship (NV) Friday night tournament games, one game a week for 4 weeks. JULY 20-22 OR 21-22, Houston Summer Chess Festival (TX)
See Nevada. www.bocachess.com, 561-302-4377. See Grand Prix.
US Chess Junior Grand Prix! The Stormont Kings Chess Center in Miami, FL JULY 21, 2018 U.S. G/30 Championship (NC)
AUG. 11-12, Pikes Peak Open - Manitou Springs, CO We have a beautiful office with multiple rooms located in the See Nationals.
5-SS. Time Control Rds. 1-2 G/90 with 5 seconds delay; Rds. 3-5 G/90 Kendall/Falls/Pinecrest Area. We offer Private and Group Lessons, JULY 22, 2018 U.S. G/60 Championship (NC)
with 30 seconds increment. Manitou Springs City Hall, 606 Manitou Ave. Homeschool Activities, Tournaments, Camps, Family Game Nights, See Nationals.
One open section. EF: $40 if rec’d by 8/8, $45 at site. $5 discount for Parents Night Out, Casual Chess Play TSK Rated and more! Chess Sets
and equipment for sale. Complimentary Bottled Water, Ample Parking, JULY 27-29 OR 28-29, 26th Annual Southern Open (FL)
paid CSCA members (OSA). Additional $5 discount for Supporting Members See Grand Prix.
of Colorado Springs Chess Club. Cash prizes per entries. Second day Comfortable Waiting Room with legos, and other activities for siblings
Byes must be requested before Round 1. Register: 8:30 – 9:30 AM. while waiting. Located at 8353 SW 124 St, Suite 201-A, Miami, FL 33156. AUG. 11-15, 7th Annual Washington International (MD)
Rounds: 10 AM, 2:30 PM, 7:00 PM Saturday; 9 AM, 3 PM Sunday. Contact Chris Stormont, Phone: 786-303-2437, E-mail: chris@stormon- See Grand Prix.
Entries to: Richard Buchanan, 1 Sutherland Rd., Manitou Springs, CO tkingschess.com, Web: www.StormontKingsChess.com AUG. 24-26 OR 25-26, 50th annual Atlantic Open (VA)
80829. Information: (719) 685-1984 or buckpeace@pcisys.net. JUNE 15-17 OR 16-17, 9th Summer Solstice Open See Grand Prix.
AUG. 25-26, 64th Iowa Open Championship (USCF & FIDE See Grand Prix. OCT. 4-8, 5-8 OR 6-8, 10th annual Washington Chess Congress
Rated) IASCA GP Super Qualifier (IA) JUNE 21-24, 2018 U.S. Senior Open (LA) (VA)
See Grand Prix. See Nationals. See Grand Prix.
JUNE 22-24, 2018 Not-A-Junior-Not-A-Senior Open (LA) NOV. 9-11 OR 10-11, 17th Annual Turkey Bowl (FL)
CONNECTICUT See Louisiana. See Grand Prix.
JUNE 8-10 OR 9-10, 24th Annual Northeast Open JUNE 22-24, 2018 U.S. Junior Open (LA)
See Grand Prix. See Nationals. IDAHO
JULY 3-8, 4-8, 5-8 OR 6-8, 46th Annual World Open (PA) JULY 20, 2018 U.S. G/10 Championship (BLZ) (NC) JUNE 20-21, 2018 U.S. Women’s Open (NV)
See Grand Prix. See Nationals. See Nationals.
JULY 20-22 OR 21-22, Potomac Open (MD) JULY 20-22 OR 21-22, Houston Summer Chess Festival (TX) JUNE 21-24, 22-24 OR 23-24, 2018 National Open (NV)
See Grand Prix. See Grand Prix. See Nationals.
JULY 20-22 OR 21-22, 2nd annual Peter Henner Memorial (NY) JULY 21, 2018 U.S. G/30 Championship (NC)
See Grand Prix. See Nationals.
ILLINOIS
JULY 27-29 OR 28-29, 23rd Annual Bradley Open JULY 22, 2018 U.S. G/60 Championship (NC)
See Grand Prix. See Nationals. US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
JUNE 16, 1st Annual Little Egyptian Open/Reserve
AUG. 3-5 OR 4-5, 17th annual Manhattan Open (NY) JULY 27-29 OR 28-29, 26th Annual Southern Open 4-SS, G/75 d5. Southern Illinois University, Student Center, Cambria
See Grand Prix. See Grand Prix. Room, 1255 Lincoln Dr., Carbondale, IL 62901. EF: $20, $25 after May
AUG. 11-15, 7th Annual Washington International (MD) AUG. 11-15, 7th Annual Washington International (MD) 31st or onsite. USCF membership required. Free entries for GMs and
See Grand Prix. See Grand Prix. IMs. Rounds: 10, 1pm, 3:45, 6:30. Two Sections: Open: $300 1st,
$100 2nd place. U1800 $100 1st place. Based on 10 entries. (60%
AUG. 16-20, 16-19, 17-19 OR 18-19, 48th annual OCT. 4-8, 5-8 OR 6-8, 10th annual Washington Chess Congress payout). Reserve: U1600: $100 1st, $75 2nd, $50 3rd place. $$G Guar-
Continental Open (MA) (VA) anteed prizes for reserve. Reg.: 8-9:35am. Parking: Free parking in
See Grand Prix. See Grand Prix. student lots. Info: sichess.org, info@sichess.org, 618-203-0927.
SEPT. 21-23 OR 22-23, 9th Annual Hartford Open NOV. 9-11 OR 10-11, 17th Annual Turkey Bowl JUNE 16, 1st Annual Southern Missouri Illinois Egyptian RBO
See Grand Prix. See Grand Prix. 5-SS, G/30 d5. Southern Illinois University, Student Center, Cambria Room,
1255 Lincoln Dr., Carbondale, IL 62901. EF: $10, $15 after May 31st or
onsite. USCF membership required. Rounds: 10, 11, 1 pm, rounds 4 and 5
ASAP. Trophies: 1st and 2nd place U1000, U800, U600 and 1st U400,
U200 and 1-3rd place Unrated. Reg.: 8-9:35am. Parking: Free parking in
26th annual student lots. Info: sichess.org, info@sichess.org, 618-203-0927.
JUNE 21-24, 2018 U.S. Senior Open (LA)
SOUTHERN OPEN See Nationals.
JUNE 22-24, 2018 Not-A-Junior-Not-A-Senior Open (LA)
See Louisiana.
July 27-29 or 28-29, Wyndham Orlando Resort JUNE 22-24, 2018 U.S. Junior Open (LA)
See Nationals.
US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
$112 rooms with parking/wifi, $5 parking without room JUNE 24, Chicago Chess Center Plus-Score #21
4SS, G/65 d5. Student Center East, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago, 750 S.
Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60607. Three sections: OPEN: Each player with 4

$17,000 GUARANTEED PRIZES! points wins $240, 3½ = $120, 3 = $60, 2½ = $30. UNDER 1900/Unr.:
Each player with 4 points wins $200, 3½ = $100, 3 = $50, 2½ = $25.
UNDER 1500/Unr.: Each player with 4 points wins $160, 3½ = $80, 3 =
$ 40, 2½ = $ 20. ALL: EF: $37 by 6/18, $43 by 6/23, $50 onsite. $15 play-
up for U1800 in Open or U1400 in U1900. 20% discount for CCC members.
For full details see “Grand Prix” in this issue. Advance EF for GMs, IMs, WGMs, WIMs, 2400+ players: only $1! Rds.:
10- 1-3:30-6. Accelerated possible. ENT: www.chichess.org/events/ or
mail to Chicago Chess Center NFP Inc., P.O. Box 180095, Chicago, IL

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60618. REG.: 9-9:30 a.m. No phone entries. 1/2-pt. bye any round: request JULY 20-22 OR 21-22, 11th annual Chicago Class OCT. 5-7 OR 6-7, 27th annual Midwest Class Championships
before rd. 2. INFO: 773-294-1709,info@chichess.org. Sets & clocks provided. See Grand Prix. See Grand Prix.
Allday parking at 760 W. Taylor available for $7. W.
US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
US Chess Junior Grand Prix! AUG. 4, Chicago Chess Center Plus-Score #24 INDIANA
JUNE 30, Chicago Chess Center Plus-Score #22 4SS, G/65 d5. Student Center East, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago, 750 S.
4SS, G/65 d5. Student Center East, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago, 750 S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60607. Two sections: OPEN: Each player with 4 JULY 20-22 OR 21-22, 11th annual Chicago Class (IL)
Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60607. Two sections: OPEN: Each player with 4 points wins $240, 3½ = $120, 3 = $60, 2½ = $30. UNDER 1700/unr.: See Grand Prix.
points wins $240, 3½ = $120, 3 = $60, 2½ = $30. UNDER 1800/Unr.: Each player with 4 points wins $160, 3½ = $80, 3 = $ 40, 2½ = $ 20. AUG. 10-12 OR 11-12, Cleveland Open (OH)
Each player with 4 points wins $160, 3½ = $80, 3 = $ 40, 2½ = $ 20. ALL: EF: $36 by 7/31, $43 by 8/3, $50 onsite. $15 play-up for under See Grand Prix.
ALL: EF: $36 by 6/24, $43 by 6/29, $50 onsite. $15 play-up for U1700 1600 in Open. 20% discount for CCC members. Advance EF for GMs,
in Open. 20% discount for CCC members. Advance EF for GMs, IMs, IMs, WGMs, WIMs, 2400+ players: only $1! Rds.: 10-1-3:30-6. Accel- AUG. 24-26 OR 25-26, 13th annual Indianapolis Open
WGMs, WIMs, 2400+ players: only $1! Rds.: 10-1-3:30-6. Accelerated erated possible. ENT: www.chichess.org/events/ or mail to Chicago See Grand Prix.
possible. ENT: www.chichess.org/events/ or mail to Chicago Chess Chess Center NFP Inc., P.O. Box 180095, Chicago, IL 60618. REG.: 9- AUG. 25-26, 64th Iowa Open Championship (USCF & FIDE
Center NFP Inc., P.O. Box 180095, Chicago, IL 60618. REG.: 9-9:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m. No phone entries. 1/2-pt. bye any round: request before rd. Rated) IASCA GP Super Qualifier (IA)
No phone entries. 1/2-pt. bye any round: request before rd. 2. INFO: 2. INFO: 773-294-1709, info@chichess.org. Sets & clocks provided. All- See Grand Prix.
773-294- 1709,info@chichess.org. Sets & clocks provided. All-day day parking at 760 W. Taylor available for $7. W.
parking at 760 W. Taylor available for $7. W. SEPT. 8-9, Golden Buckeye Senior & Adult Open (OH)
AUG. 4, Chicago Chess Center Rated Beginners’ Open #19 See Ohio.
JUNE 30, Chicago Chess Center Rated Beginners’ Open #18 5SS. G/30 d5. Student Center East, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago, 750
5SS. G/30 d5. Student Center East, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago, 750 S. S. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60607. Two Sections: Under 1200 & OCT. 5-7 OR 6-7, 27th annual Midwest Class Championships (IL)
Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60607. Two Sections: Under 1200 & Unrated, Unrated, Under 800 & Unrated. ALL: EF: $20 by 7/30, $27 by 8/3, See Grand Prix.
Under 800 & Unrated. ALL: EF: $20 by 6/23, $27 by 6/29, $35 onsite. $35 onsite. Prizes: First place (or all scoring at or above 4½ points):
Prizes: First place (or all scoring at or above 4½ points): chess clock chess clock and book, 3½ points: two books. All players who compete IOWA
and book, 3½ points: two books. All players who compete the event the event will receive a book! Free entry & US Chess membership
will receive a book! Free entry & US Chess membership available available to a limited number of City of Chicago scholastic JULY 7-8, Des Moines Open (IASCA GP Qualifier) FIDE-RATED
to a limited number of City of Chicago scholastic players with players with financial need (honor system):info@chichess.org See Grand Prix.
financial need (honor system): info@chichess.org for details. ENT: for details. ENT: www.chichess.org/events. REG.: 9-9:30 AM. INFO: JULY 13-15, Kansas Open (KS)
www.chichess.org/events. REG.: 9-9:30 AM. INFO : info@chichess.org info@chichess.org or 773-294-1709. Rds.: 10-11:15-1:15-2:30-3:45. See Grand Prix.
or 773-294-1709. Rds.: 10-11:15-1:15-2:30-3:45. Sets & clocks provided. Sets & clocks provided. All-day parking at 760 W. Taylor available
for $7. W. JULY 20-22 OR 21-22, 11th annual Chicago Class (IL)
All-day parking at 760 W. Taylor available for $7. W.
See Grand Prix.
JULY 7-8, Chicago Chess Center Potawotami Open and Fort AUG. 11-12, Chicago Chess Center Cloud Gate Class
Dearborn Reserve See Grand Prix. AUG. 25-26, 64th Iowa Open Championship (USCF & FIDE
Rated) IASCA GP Super Qualifier
See Grand Prix. AUG. 11-15, 7th Annual Washington International (MD) See Grand Prix.
US Chess Junior Grand Prix! See Grand Prix.
OCT. 5-7 OR 6-7, 27th annual Midwest Class Championships (IL)
JULY 15, Chicago Chess Center Plus-Score #23 AUG. 18, 2018 Summer Chess Open Chess Tournament See Grand Prix.
4SS, G/65 d5. Student Center East, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago, 750 S. Salem Community Activities Center, 416 East Oglesby St., Salem, IL
Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60607. Three sections: OPEN: Each player with 62881. Swiss System – 3 rounds USCF Rated, Sponsored by the
4 points wins $240, 3½ = $120, 3 = $60, 2½ = $30. UNDER 1900/Unr.: Southern Illinois Chess League. Time Controls 30/70, then 40/60 d0. KANSAS
Each player with 4 points wins $200, 3½ = $100, 3 = $50, 2½ = $25. No sudden death – Entry Fee: $15.00 – Registration from: 8:00-
UNDER 1500/Unr.: Each player with 4 points wins $160, 3½ = $80, 3 9:15a.m. Rounds: 9:30a.m., 1:00p.m., 5:00p.m. - Prize Fund: $360.00, JULY 13-15, Kansas Open
= $ 40, 2½ = $ 20. ALL: EF: $37 by 7/8, $43 by 7/14, $50 onsite. $15 based on 30 players. 1st-$80, 2nd-$40, A,B,C,D/E/ Unr $60.00 each – See Grand Prix.
play-up for U1800 in Open or U1400 in U1900. 20% discount for CCC Entries: Carl Purcell 618-267-8145, 2749 S. Broadway, Salem, IL 62881 JULY 20-22 OR 21-22, 11th annual Chicago Class (IL)
members. Advance EF for GMs, IMs, WGMs, WIMs, 2400+ players: or purcellelectric@sbcglobal.net. See Grand Prix.
only $1! Rds.: 10- 1-3:30-6. Accelerated possible. ENT: www.chi AUG. 24-26 OR 25-26, 13th annual Indianapolis Open (IN) AUG. 25-26, 64th Iowa Open Championship (USCF & FIDE
chess.org/events/ or mail to Chicago Chess Center NFP Inc., P.O. Box See Grand Prix. Rated) IASCA GP Super Qualifier (IA)
180095, Chicago, IL 60618. REG.: 9-9:30 a.m. No phone entries. 1/2-pt.
bye any round: request before rd. 2. INFO: 773-294-1709,info@chi AUG. 25-26, 64th Iowa Open Championship (USCF & FIDE See Grand Prix.
chess.org. Sets & clocks provided. Allday parking at 760 W. Taylor avail- Rated) IASCA GP Super Qualifier (IA) OCT. 5-7 OR 6-7, 27th annual Midwest Class Championships (IL)
able for $7. W. See Grand Prix. See Grand Prix.

11th annual Chicago Class


July 20-22 or 21-22, 2018 - Westin Chicago North Shore Hotel
$30,000 GUARANTEED PRIZES - extra ballroom added!
5 rounds, 40/100, SD/30, d10 (2-day Unrated prize limits: $100 E, $200 3-day schedule: Reg. to Fri 6 pm,
option, rounds 1-2 G/60, d10), Westin D, $300 C, $500 B, $700 A. rds. Fri 7, Sat 11 & 5, Sun 10 & 3:15.
Chicago North Shore Hotel, 601 North Rated players may play up one 2-day schedule: Reg. to Sat 10 am,
Milwaukee Ave, Wheeling IL 60090. section. Unrated may enter A or below. rds. Sat 11, 2 & 5; Sun. 10 & 3:15.
Free parking. Due to last year’s turnout, Mixed doubles: best male/female 2- Half point byes OK all, limit 2,
we have added another ballroom! player combined score among all Master must commit before rd 2, others
In 7 sections; no unrateds in Master sections $1000-600-400. Must average before rd 3.
or Expert. No residence requirements. under 2200, may enter different sections,
An Illinois Chess Tour event. register (no extra fee) by 2 pm 7/21.. All: No smoking. Bring clocks, sets,
boards if possible-none supplied. JGP.
Master (2200/up): $3000-1500-800- Top 6 sections entry fee: $128 at Hotel rates: $113-113-113-113,
500, clear win or 1st on tiebreak $100 chessaction.com by 7/18, 3-day $133, 2- 800-937-8461, 847-777-6500, reserve by
bonus, top U2400 $1200-600. 150 Grand day $132 mailed by 7/11, all $150 at site, July 6 or rates may increase.
Prix Points (enhanced). FIDE rated. or online until 2 hours before round 1. Unofficial uschess.org ratings
Expert (2000-2199): $2000-1000- Class E Section entry fee: all $50 usually used if otherwise unrated.
600-400. less than top 6 sections entry fee.
A (1800-1999): $2000-1000-600-400. Re-entry (except Master): $50. Entry: chessaction.com or
B (1600-1799): $2000-1000-600-400. All: No checks at site, credit cards Continental Chess, Box 8482, Pelham
C (1400-1599): $1800-900-500-300. OK. Online entry fee $5 less to ICA NY 10803. Refunds, $15 service charge.
D (1200-1399): $1500-800-500-300. members; join/renew at il-chess.org. Questions: Director@Chess.US,
E (Under 1200): $800-400-300-200, Special 1 year USCF dues with www.chesstour.com, 347-201-2269.
trophies to top 3, top Under 1000, Under entry: see Tournament Life or chesstour. Entries posted at chessaction.com
800, Under 600, Unrated. com. USCF membership required. (online entries posted instantly).

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JUNE 22-24, 2018 U.S. Junior Open JULY 3-8, 4-8, 5-8 OR 6-8, 46th Annual World Open (PA)
KENTUCKY See Nationals. See Grand Prix.
JUNE 21-24, 2018 U.S. Senior Open (LA) JULY 20-22 OR 21-22, Houston Summer Chess Festival (TX) JULY 4, 7th annual World Open Game/7 Championship (BLZ) (PA)
See Nationals. See Grand Prix. See Grand Prix.
JUNE 22-24, 2018 Not-A-Junior-Not-A-Senior Open (LA) JULY 27-29 OR 28-29, 26th Annual Southern Open (FL) JULY 8, World Open Blitz Championship (BLZ) (PA)
See Louisiana. See Grand Prix. See Grand Prix.
JUNE 22-24, 2018 U.S. Junior Open (LA) JULY 20-22 OR 21-22, Potomac Open
See Nationals. See Grand Prix.
MAINE
JULY 20-22 OR 21-22, 11th annual Chicago Class (IL) JULY 27-29 OR 28-29, 19th annual Pittsburgh Open (PA)
See Grand Prix. JULY 21-22, 68th New Hampshire Open (NH) See Grand Prix.
See Grand Prix.
AUG. 24-26 OR 25-26, 13th annual Indianapolis Open (IN) AUG. 11-15, 7th Annual Washington International
See Grand Prix. JULY 27-29 OR 28-29, 23rd Annual Bradley Open (CT) See Grand Prix.
See Grand Prix.
AUG. 25-26, 64th Iowa Open Championship (USCF & FIDE AUG. 24-26 OR 25-26, 50th annual Atlantic Open (VA)
Rated) IASCA GP Super Qualifier (IA) AUG. 16-20, 16-19, 17-19 OR 18-19, 48th annual See Grand Prix.
Continental Open (MA)
See Grand Prix. OCT. 4-8, 5-8 OR 6-8, 10th annual Washington Chess Congress
See Grand Prix.
SEPT. 8-9, Golden Buckeye Senior & Adult Open (OH) (VA)
See Ohio. See Grand Prix.
MARYLAND
LOUISIANA MARYLAND CHESS TOURNAMENTS MASSACHUSETTS
MD Chess runs scholastic tournaments 2 Saturdays per month JUNE 16, Boylston Chess Foundation Fathers’ Day Open
JUNE 21-24, 2018 U.S. Senior Open from September through June & open tournaments 2 Saturdays
See Nationals. See Grand Prix.
or weekends per month throughout the year. Visit www.MD JUNE 23, Westford June Blitz (BLZ)
US Chess Junior Grand Prix! Chess.org to find tournament announcements, tutors, coaches, See Grand Prix.
JUNE 22-24, 2018 Not-A-Junior-Not-A-Senior Open & camps; register online for tournaments; & subscribe to
5SS, G/90 i30 (Game in 90 minutes with 30-second increment.) Open to scholastic and/or open e-newsletters. MD scholastic players JUNE 23-24, Westford June Open
all players ages 21 to 49 by start date of tournament (6/22/2018). who compete in the Varsity section (exclusively for players See Grand Prix.
Hilton New Orleans Airport Hotel, 901 Airline Dr., Kenner, LA 70062, rated 1600+) of a MD-Sweet-16 Qualifier can qualify for the JULY 3-8, 4-8, 5-8 OR 6-8, 46th Annual World Open (PA)
Ph: 504-469-5000 (hotel is directly across from the New Orleans Int’l. $45,000 scholarship to UMBC awarded annually. The Uni- See Grand Prix.
Airport with free hotel/airport shuttle service). HR: $119 + tax for versity of Maryland, Baltimore County’s chess team is a
single, double, triple or quad – mention Cajun Chess Tournament and US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
perennial top-10 contender for the national championship. JULY 11, 18, 25, AUG. 1, 8, Harlow B. Daly Memorial
reserve by May 28 to assure group rate. Complimentary parking for all
tournament attendees and free basic internet in each room. Hotel hot JUNE 15-17 OR 16-17, 7th annual Continental Class 5SS, G/100 d5. Wachusett CC, McKay Complex, Room C159, Fitchburg
breakfast buffet tickets discounted to $15 including tax and tip (usually Championships (VA) State University, 67 Rindge Rd., Fitchburg, MA 01420. EF: $20 annual
$19.95 without tax and tip) for hotel guests only. June 2018 USCF Sup- See Grand Prix. club dues or $1 per game. Reg.: 6:30-7 p.m. Rds.: 7:15 p.m. each Wed.
plement Ratings used. SECTS: OPEN (U2200 & U2000); U1800/ Byes: 1-4, limit two. Prizes: chess books to 1st-2nd, top U1910, U1710,
JUNE 27-JULY 1 OR JUNE 29-JULY 1, 8th annual World Open U1510, U1310. Info: George Mirijanian, 176 Oak Hill Rd., Fitchburg, MA
Unr.(U1600 & U1400). PRIZES: 80% of Entry Fees. Two place prizes in Senior Amateur (PA)
each main section; one place prize in each class section. EF: $60 by 01420, miriling2@aol.com, 978-345-5011. Website: www.wachusett
See Pennsylvania. chess.org. WEB: 7/11. Air-conditioned, free parking, cafe facilities, W.
6/1/18; $70 by 6/15/18; $80 thereafter and at site; On-site Reg: Fri.
6/22 from 11am-1pm. Rds.: Fri (6/22): 3pm; Sat & Sun (6/23-24): 10am JUNE 28-JULY 2, 12th annual Philadelphia International (PA) JULY 20-22 OR 21-22, Potomac Open (MD)
& 3pm. BYES: 1/2-point bye may be taken for any Round; limit of 2 See Grand Prix. See Grand Prix.
half-pt. byes allowed but must commit to any byes prior to the start of JUNE 30-JULY 1, World Open Warmup (PA) JULY 20-22 OR 21-22, 2nd annual Peter Henner Memorial (NY)
Round 3. ENTRIES: On-line registration, printable entry form, and more See Pennsylvania. See Grand Prix.
detailed info at www.cajunchess.com or mail entry form to Cajun
Chess, 12405 Hillary Step Dr., Olive Branch, MS 38654. Info or Phone JULY 2-3, 7th annual World Open Women’s Championship (PA) JULY 21-22, 68th New Hampshire Open (NH)
Ent: 504-208-9596 or 504-905-2971. Major credit cards accepted (no See Grand Prix. See Grand Prix.
checks at site). Please bring your own chess boards, sets and clocks; JULY 3, 6th annual World Open Action Championship (PA) JULY 27-29 OR 28-29, 23rd Annual Bradley Open (CT)
chess vendor will be on site. See Grand Prix. See Grand Prix.

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AUG. 3-5 OR 4-5, 17th annual Manhattan Open (NY) 10:00-2:30. Entry Fee: $50. Paypal https://goo.gl/xF72VV On site - 1000), 9 & Under Open, 9 & Under Reserve (under 800). Trophies to
See Grand Prix. cash only. Max one 1/2-pt bye if declared by Rd. 2. USCF & MCA mem- top 10 in each section plus class and team trophies. 1st Place in each
bership required, O.S.A., available on site. Fri Night Blitz June 29th section wins a Computer loaded with valuable Chess Software and
AUG. 16-20, 16-19, 17-19 OR 18-19, 48th annual 9pm G/5 d5. Reg.: 8pm Ent. $10 Prizes: $$b/15 $50/$40/$30, 8pm hundreds of Videos, 2nd-4th win chess prizes valued at 250-150-100.
Continental Open
Master Ken Jones Lecture. Entries/ Info: Randy Merrell, 5556 NW Unrated players may not win 1st in Reserve sections. EF $89 by 5/31,
See Grand Prix. Moonlight Meadow Dr., Lee’s Summit, MO 64064, rwmerrell@gmail.com, $99 by 6/20, $120 later. Half point bye in any round (limit 2) if requested
SEPT. 21-23 OR 22-23, 9th Annual Hartford Open (CT) 321-277-2751. Note: Sections can be combined for pairings if there is in advance. Reg.: 8:30-9 a.m. Rds.: 10-1-3:30, 10-1-3:30. Youth Blitz:
See Grand Prix. an inadequate number of participants in a particular class, though prizes 6/22 6:30 p.m. ($20 by 5/31 $25 later). HR: $69, $92 Friday and Saturday
and plaques are still given out based on each class. (800) 732-7117 Cutoff for special hotel rate is May 31; after that
JULY 13-15, Kansas Open (KS) rates will increase significantly and there may not be any rooms
MICHIGAN See Grand Prix. available. ENT: Vegas Chess Festivals, PO Box 90925, Henderson, NV
JULY 20-22 OR 21-22, 11th annual Chicago Class (IL) 89009-0925 or www.VegasChessFestival.com.
JULY 20-22 OR 21-22, 11th annual Chicago Class (IL)
See Grand Prix. See Grand Prix. JUNE 24, National Open Sunday Blitz Sectionals (BLZ)
JULY 21-22, 2018 Michigan Bottom Half Class Championships 7-RR G/3, +2. Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. $100-60 in each
JULY 20-22 OR 21-22, Houston Summer Chess Festival (TX) section of 8. EF: $30. REG.: by 9:30 p.m. Rd. 1 at 10 p.m. www.Veg-
See Grand Prix. See Grand Prix. asChessFestival.com.
JULY 27-29 OR 28-29, 19th annual Pittsburgh Open (PA)
JULY 28, Annual Free Entry USCF G/60 $300 Cash Prize Tournament JULY 20-22 OR 21-22, 23rd Annual Pacific Coast Open (CA-S)
See Grand Prix.
Liberty United Methodist Church, 1001 Sunset Ave., Liberty, MO 64068. See Grand Prix.
AUG. 10-12 OR 11-12, Cleveland Open (OH) (Free Parking Back of Church) 3SS, G/60 d5. Sections: Open & Reserve
See Grand Prix. AUG. 10-12 OR 11-12, 9th annual Central California Open (CA-N)
U1700. $300 Cash Prizes: 1st $100 2nd $50 Each Section! Register
online: reg4chess.com. Reg. Onsite @ 9:30AM. Rd. 1 @10:30AM. USCF See Grand Prix.
AUG. 11-15, 7th Annual Washington International (MD)
See Grand Prix. & KCCA Membership Required. Info: Ken at kcchess@gmail.com.
AUG. 24-26 OR 25-26, 13th annual Indianapolis Open (IN) AUG. 24-26 OR 25-26, 13th annual Indianapolis Open (IN) NEW HAMPSHIRE
See Grand Prix. See Grand Prix. JULY 21-22, 68th New Hampshire Open
AUG. 25-26, 64th Iowa Open Championship (USCF & FIDE AUG. 25-26, 64th Iowa Open Championship (USCF & FIDE See Grand Prix.
Rated) IASCA GP Super Qualifier (IA) Rated) IASCA GP Super Qualifier (IA) JULY 27-29 OR 28-29, 23rd Annual Bradley Open (CT)
See Grand Prix. See Grand Prix. See Grand Prix.
SEPT. 8-9, Golden Buckeye Senior & Adult Open (OH) OCT. 5-7 OR 6-7, 27th annual Midwest Class Championships (IL) AUG. 16-20, 16-19, 17-19 OR 18-19, 48th annual
See Ohio. See Grand Prix. Continental Open (MA)
OCT. 5-7 OR 6-7, 27th annual Midwest Class Championships (IL) See Grand Prix.
See Grand Prix. MONTANA SEPT. 21-23 OR 22-23, 9th Annual Hartford Open (CT)
See Grand Prix.
JUNE 20-21, 2018 U.S. Women’s Open (NV)
MINNESOTA See Nationals.
JULY 20-22 OR 21-22, 11th annual Chicago Class (IL) JUNE 21-24, 22-24 OR 23-24, 2018 National Open (NV) NEW JERSEY
See Grand Prix. See Nationals. JUNE 8-10 OR 9-10, 24th Annual Northeast Open (CT)
AUG. 25-26, 64th Iowa Open Championship (USCF & FIDE See Grand Prix.
Rated) IASCA GP Super Qualifier (IA) NEBRASKA JUNE 15-17 OR 16-17, 7th annual Continental Class
See Grand Prix. JULY 13-15, Kansas Open (KS) Championships (VA)
OCT. 5-7 OR 6-7, 27th annual Midwest Class Championships (IL) See Grand Prix. See Grand Prix.
See Grand Prix. JULY 20-22 OR 21-22, 11th annual Chicago Class (IL) JUNE 16, 93rd Central Jersey Chess Tournament
See Grand Prix. Princeton Academy, 1128 Great Road, Princeton. 3 rated sections –
Open, U1000, U600 – each K-12, 4 rounds, G/25 d5. 2 unrated sections
MISSISSIPPI AUG. 25-26, 64th Iowa Open Championship (USCF & FIDE – Intermediate (K-8), Beginners (K-2): 4 rounds. Trophies to 1st-3rd
JUNE 21-24, 2018 U.S. Senior Open (LA) Rated) IASCA GP Super Qualifier (IA) & top team per section, medals to all! $35 pre-reg online by 6/14. $45
See Nationals. See Grand Prix. on-site 1:15-1:45. Round 1 begins at 2:00pm. Register online: www.nj
OCT. 5-7 OR 6-7, 27th annual Midwest Class Championships (IL) chess.com, Info: Grant Oen, newjerseychess@gmail.com.
JUNE 22-24, 2018 Not-A-Junior-Not-A-Senior Open (LA)
See Louisiana. See Grand Prix. JUNE 16, King’s Chess Club Quads
Morning quads and afternoon quads, G/30 d5, Kindergarten-undergrad-
JUNE 22-24, 2018 U.S. Junior Open (LA) uate (scholastic, youth, and young adult memberships). Bethlehem
See Nationals. NEVADA Church, 758 Route 10, Randolph, NJ 07869. EF: None. Reg.: 9-9:20 am.,
JULY 13-15 OR 14-15, 27th Annual Atlanta Championship (GA) Las Vegas Chess Center 1st rd. 9:40. Arr. by 12:15 pm to reg. only for afternoon quads. Medal to
See Grand Prix. Location: 2560 Montessouri St., Suite 201, Las Vegas, NV, 89117 Schedule: each quad winner. Info: Bethlehem Church 973-366-3434 or Bob McAdams
Tuesday 7-10pm: Ladder Tournament, Quads( rated), casual play. Members 973-694-3988.
JULY 15, 2018 Atlanta Championship Scholastics (GA)
See Georgia. Free, NonMembers $5. Wednesday 7pm-10 pm: Casual Play. Members JUNE 17, Westfield G/45 Quads
Free, Non-Members $5. Thursday 7-10 pm: Blitz tournament, 5 double New uniform 12:30 starting time. 3-RR. G/40 d5. Westfield Y, 220 Clark
JULY 20-22 OR 21-22, Houston Summer Chess Festival (TX) rounds, US Chess rated, G/5 d0, no increments, EF: $10, 70% back in St., Westfield, NJ 07090. EF: $25, $20 members. Prizes: $60 to first in
See Grand Prix. prizes. Friday 6pm-11 pm: Classical Chess tournament, 5 SS US Chess each section. Register: 11:45 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Those registering after 12:20
JULY 27-29 OR 28-29, 26th Annual Southern Open (FL) rated( One round every Friday), G/90+30 EF: $20, Plaques for first places will be charged $5 extra. Rounds: 12:30, 2:15, 4:00 p.m. Info: westfield
See Grand Prix. in every section. Zwischenzug: US Chess and FIDE rated, 5 rounds, chessclub@gmail.com, www.westfieldchessclub.org/Events.html
G/30+10, EF: $40, at the door $50, 70% of entries back in prizes. Regis- JUNE 24, Westfield G/50 Quads
tration 10 am, RD1 10:30 am. Scholastic: First and last Saturday of the New uniform 12:30 starting time. 3-RR. G/45 d5. Westfield Y, 220 Clark
MISSOURI month at 11 am, 5 SS, US Chess rated events, G/30+5, EF: Members St., Westfield, NJ 07090. EF: $25, $20 members. Prizes: $60 to first in
$20, Non-Members $30. Trophies for 1-3 in every section, medals for each section. Register: 11:45 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Those registering after 12:20
Friday Improve Your USCF Rating Night players with plus score. Pizza Lunch included. We also offer after school
The Kansas City Chess Club, 2 S. Water St., Liberty, MO 64068. 3SS, will be charged $5 extra. Rounds: 12:30, 2:25, 4:20 p.m. Info: westfield
chess classes, master lectures, private classes and other activities, for chessclub@gmail.com, www.westfieldchessclub.org/Events.html
G/30 d5 at 6:30PM (not 7PM as published in March CL) - every Friday more visit our website www.lasvegaschesscenter.com , you may also
evening. Free Parking! Free Coffee! EF: $10. Flyer at: www.kansascity- contact us at 702-202-1797 or via email lvchesscenter@ gmail.com. All JUNE 27-JULY 1 OR JUNE 29-JULY 1, 8th annual World Open
chessclub.com. the chess equipment is provided, plus complimentary water and coffee. Senior Amateur (PA)
JUNE 21-24, 2018 U.S. Senior Open (LA) JUNE 20-21, 2018 U.S. Women’s Open See Pennsylvania.
See Nationals. See Nationals. JUNE 28-JULY 2, 12th annual Philadelphia International (PA)
JUNE 22-24, 2018 Not-A-Junior-Not-A-Senior Open (LA) See Grand Prix.
JUNE 21, Walter Browne Memorial National Open Blitz
See Louisiana. Championship (BLZ) JUNE 30, Hamilton Chess Club Quads
JUNE 22-24, 2018 U.S. Junior Open (LA) See Grand Prix. 3RR, 40/80 15/30 15/30 d0. Full K. McManimon Hall, 320 Scully Ave.,
See Nationals. Hamilton Twp., NJ 08610. Quads open to all. EF: $10. Prizes: $25 per
JUNE 21-24, 22-24 OR 23-24, 2018 National Open Quad. Reg.: 9-10:30am. Rds.: 10:30am-1:30pm-4:30pm. OSA. More
JUNE 30, Missouri Novice Championship - A Rated Beginner See Nationals. information: hamiltonchessclub.com or 609-758-2326 leave message
Open Tournament JUNE 22, Youth Trophy Tournament or text 609-351-2437. W.
Open only to new/unrated players or players Rated under 1000. 4 5-SS, G/25, +5. Westgate Las Vegas Resort. Open to players age 14 &
rounds, Game in 60 d0. Location: Unity Village Hotel, 1901 NW Blue JUNE 30-JULY 1, World Open Warmup (PA)
under. 3 sections: Open, U1000, U700. Trophies top 5 in each section, See Pennsylvania.
Parkway, Unity Village, MO 64065. Registration: 8:30-9:30. Round top 2 in each 200 point rating group and unrated. Must be 3 players
Times: 10am, 1, 3:45, 6:30. Entry Fee: $15 Paypal https://goo.gl eligible for each prize to be awarded. EF: $39 by 5/31, $50 later. Reg.: JULY 1, Westfield G/60 Quads
/xF72VV. MCA Required available onsite for $5, (O.S.A), No byes. Prizes: 8:30-9 a.m. Rds.: 10-11:30-1-2:15-3:30. Youth Blitz: 6:30 p.m. ($20 by New uniform 12:30 starting time. 3-RR. G/55 d5. Westfield Y, 220 Clark
based on 20: 1st $120, 2nd $75 3rd $50 plus medals. Entries/Info: 5/31 $25 later). www.VegasChessFestival.com. St., Westfield, NJ 07090. EF: $25, $20 members. Prizes: $60 to first in
Entries/Info: Randy Merrell, 5556 NW Moonlight Meadow Dr., Lee’s each section. Register: 11:45 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Those registering after 12:20
Summit, MO 64064, rwmerrell@gmail.com, 321-277-2751. Note: Sections JUNE 22, National Open Friday Blitz Sectionals (BLZ) will be charged $5 extra. Rounds: 12:30, 2:45, 5:00 p.m. Info: westfield
can be combined for pairings if there is an inadequate number of par- 7-RR, G/3, +2. Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. $100-60 in each chessclub@gmail.com, www.westfieldchessclub.org/Events.html
ticipants in a particular class, though prizes and plaques are still given section of 8. EF: $30. REG.: by 10:30 p.m. Rd. 1 at 11:00 p.m. www.Veg-
asChessFestival.com. JULY 2, World Open Monday Quad (PA)
out based on each class. See Pennsylvania.
US Chess Junior Grand Prix! JUNE 23, National Open Saturday Blitz Sectionals (BLZ)
RR G/3, +2. Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. $100-60, 2nd half JULY 2-3, 7th annual World Open Women’s Championship (PA)
JUNE 30-JULY 1, Missouri Class Championship 2018 See Grand Prix.
https://goo.gl/t3qtfw 5SS, G/115 d5. Unity Village Hotel, 1901 NW $40, in each section of 10-12. EF: $30. REG.: by 9:30 p.m. Rd 1 at 10
Blue Parkway, Unity Village, MO 888-377-0358. Prizes: $$b/10 per p.m. www.VegasChessFestival.com. JULY 2-3, 10th annual World Open Under 13 Championship (PA)
section M/X $250/$150/$100 A, B, C, D, U1200 $125/$100/$75. The JUNE 23-24, International Youth Championship See Pennsylvania.
2018 Missouri Class Champion Plaque awarded to the winner of each 6-SS, G/60 +5. Westgate Las Vegas Resort, 3000 Paradise Road, 89109. JULY 3, 6th annual World Open Action Championship (PA)
section. Registration: 8:30-9:30 Round times: Sat-10-2:30-7, Sun- In 4 Sections by age: 14 & Under Open, 14 & Under Reserve (under See Grand Prix.

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JULY 3-8, 4-8, 5-8 OR 6-8, 46th Annual World Open (PA) AUG. 5, Westfield G/45 Quads AUG. 24-26 OR 25-26, 50th annual Atlantic Open (VA)
See Grand Prix. New uniform 12:30 starting time. 3-RR. G/40 d5. Westfield Y, 220 Clark See Grand Prix.
JULY 4, 7th annual World Open Game/7 Championship (BLZ) (PA) St., Westfield, NJ 07090. EF: $25, $20 members. Prizes: $60 to first in SEPT. 1, New Jersey Scholastic K-8 Championship
See Grand Prix. each section. Register: 11:45 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Those registering after 12:20 5-SS, G/30 d5. Hyatt Morristown, 3 Speedwell Ave., Morristown, NJ
will be charged $5 extra. Rounds: 12:30, 2:15, 4:00 p.m. Info: westfield 07960. Phone: 973-647-1234, mention NJ Chess. Free parking, public
JULY 5, 6, 7, 8, World Open Daily 2 pm Blitz (BLZ) (PA) chessclub@gmail.com, www.westfieldchessclub.org/Events.html
See Pennsylvania. transportation to NYC, Phil. walking distance, 30 restaurants, shops
US Chess Junior Grand Prix! and parks within 5 minute stroll. In three sections: Under 1200, Under
JULY 7, World Open G/10 Championship (QC) (PA) AUG. 8-12, 2nd FIDE World Junior U20 Chess Championship for 900, Under 600. Trophies to Top Ten in each section. Registration:
See Grand Prix. Players with Disabilities Saturday, September 1st, 11 am - 12 noon. Rounds: 12:30 pm, then
JULY 8, World Open Blitz Championship (BLZ) (PA) FIDE World Event. Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA. Under the auspices ASAP. EF: $30 if postmarked by August 25th. $40 cash at site. $32
See Grand Prix. of the FIDE, US Chess, NJ Chess Federation. Main Sponsors US Chess online at njscf.org until midnight 8/31. One 1/2 point bye allowed if
Trust, Kind and other individual donors and supporters. August 8-12, requested with entry fee. August Rating Supplement used. Entries: to
JULY 8, Westfield G/45 Quads Noreen Davisson, 132 Us 206, Flanders, NJ 07836. Entries must include
2018 (arrival day August 7 and departing Day August 13). 7 rounds
New uniform 12:30 starting time. 3-RR. G/40 d5. Westfield Y, 220 Clark section, name, USCF ID and expiration date, mailing address, email
Swiss System -time control Game 120, plus 5 seconds delay. FIDE
St., Westfield, NJ 07090. EF: $25, $20 members. Prizes: $60 to first in Rules. USCF and FIDE rated. Highest Rating for pairing purposes. address, phone number, and entry fee. Checks made out to NJSCF.
each section. Register: 11:45 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Those registering after 12:20 August ratings lists.Entry Fees: FIDE fee: $60 Tournament Entry Fee: Questions to noreenchess@gmail.com, phone: (973) 219-6877, W.
will be charged $5 extra. Rounds: 12:30, 2:15, 4:00 p.m. Info: westfield $80 Per Player by May 15, $100 by June 15, $120 after June 15. USCF Mem-
chessclub@gmail.com, www.westfieldchessclub.org/Events.html SEPT. 1-3 OR 2-3, 71st Annual New Jersey Open Championship
bership is required for USA Players. No half-points byes, only zero-point - Over $$$10,000 $$$ in Prizes - Guaranteed!!
JULY 15, Westfield Summer Scholastic byes. No on-site registration. Register at http://worldjuniorchess.org/ Free See Grand Prix.
New uniform 12:30 starting time. Westfield Y, 220 Clark St., Westfield, Training Available only for players participating in this event. August 8-10,
NJ 07090. K-12. 3 Sections: Open, U1250, U750. Open: 3-SS. G/40 d5. from 9am-2pm. Trainers Directors Dov Gorman and Beatriz Marinello. Cham- SEPT. 21-23 OR 22-23, 9th Annual Hartford Open (CT)
Rounds: 12:30, 2:15, 4:00 p.m. U1250 & U750: 4-SS. G/25 d5. Rounds: pionship rounds Schedule: Wed. Thurs. & Fri. rounds at 4pm; Sat. 10am See Grand Prix.
12:30, 1:45, 3:00, 4:15 p.m. Prizes: Trophies to Top 5 in each section. & 3;30; Sun. 10am & 3:30. Official Hotel & Playing site: Crowne Plaza OCT. 4-8, 5-8 OR 6-8, 10th annual Washington Chess Congress
Tiebreaks used. See USCF Rule 34E. EF: $25, $20 members. Register: Philadelphia-Cherry Hill is located on 2349 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, (VA)
11:45 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Info: westfieldchessclub@gmail.com, www.westfield NJ 08002 within 5 miles of Philadelphia’s Center City. Closest airport See Grand Prix.
chessclub.org/Events.html Philadelphia. Cut off for group reservation “Chess Educators” is on
July 9, 2018. Make a reservation by using the following website:
JULY 20-22 OR 21-22, Potomac Open (MD) https://aws.passkey.com/e/49569746 or calling calling 888-233-9527 NEW MEXICO
See Grand Prix. between the hours of 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM EST.Guest room rates for
JULY 20-22 OR 21-22, 2nd annual Peter Henner Memorial (NY) both King and or Queen/Queen guestrooms $112 rate per night.Organizers JUNE 20-21, 2018 U.S. Women’s Open (NV)
See Grand Prix. Beatriz Marinello Chief Arbiter Carol Jarecki and Deputy Chief Arbiter Martha See Nationals.
JULY 22, Westfield G/50 Quads Underwood. Consultants: GM Thomas Luther, Janelle Losoff and Sean JUNE 21-24, 22-24 OR 23-24, 2018 National Open (NV)
Manross and Chief Press Officer Dora Martinez. For information contact See Nationals.
New uniform 12:30 starting time. 3-RR. G/45 d5. Westfield Y, 220 Clark
St., Westfield, NJ 07090. EF: $25, $20 members. Prizes: $60 to first in +1 917-553-4522, info@chesseducators.com, Info@worldjuniorchess.org. JUNE 23-24, International Youth Championship (NV)
each section. Register: 11:45 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Those registering after 12:20 AUG. 10-12, International Mid Atlantic - FIDE & USCF Rated See Nevada.
will be charged $5 extra. Rounds: 12:30, 2:25, 4:20 p.m. Info: westfield See Grand Prix. JULY 20-22 OR 21-22, 23rd Annual Pacific Coast Open (CA-S)
chessclub@gmail.com, www.westfieldchessclub.org/Events.html AUG. 11-15, 7th Annual Washington International (MD) See Grand Prix.
JULY 27-29 OR 28-29, 23rd Annual Bradley Open (CT) See Grand Prix.
See Grand Prix. AUG. 12, Westfield G/50 Quads NEW YORK
JULY 29, Westfield G/60 Quads New uniform 12:30 starting time. 3-RR. G/45 d5. Westfield Y, 220 Clark
New uniform 12:30 starting time. 3-RR. G/55 d5. Westfield Y, 220 Clark St., Westfield, NJ 07090. EF: $25, $20 members. Prizes: $60 to first in JUNE 8-10 OR 9-10, 24th Annual Northeast Open (CT)
St., Westfield, NJ 07090. EF: $25, $20 members. Prizes: $60 to first in each section. Register: 11:45 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Those registering after 12:20 See Grand Prix.
each section. Register: 11:45 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Those registering after 12:20 will be charged $5 extra. Rounds: 12:30, 2:25, 4:20 p.m. Info: westfield JUNE 9-10, 2018 Vermont Open (VT)
will be charged $5 extra. Rounds: 12:30, 2:45, 5:00 p.m. Info: westfield chessclub@gmail.com, www.westfieldchessclub.org/Events.html See Grand Prix.
chessclub@gmail.com, www.westfieldchessclub.org/Events.html AUG. 16-20, 16-19, 17-19 OR 18-19, 48th annual US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
AUG. 3-5 OR 4-5, 17th annual Manhattan Open (NY) Continental Open (MA) JUNE 13-17, 11th New York International - CHAMPIONSHIP
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9-SS, 40/90, SD/30 +30. Only open to players currently rated 2000+ JULY 5, Marshall Guaranteed Action! JULY 15, Marshall Rated Beginner (3 Rounds) (RBO)
(USCF or FIDE). FIDE ratings used for pairings and prizes. FIDE rated. 4-SS, G/25 d5. $350 GTD: $125-75; U2200, U1900: $75. EF: $15; NonMCC 3-SS, G/25 d5. Only open to players without a rating or rated U1200. ($225
Prizes: $9,000 unconditionally guaranteed! $4000-2000-1000, U2400 Mbr: Additional $25 Mbr fee. ($5 late fee: in-person reg hour before Rd. 1.) b/25): $150-75. EF: $15; Non-MCC Mbr: Additional $25 Mbr fee. ($5 late
FIDE: $1000-500, U2300 FIDE $500. Entry Fee: $200. Players not rated GMs Free. Rds.: 7-8:15-9:30-10:45pm. Max one bye, for Rd. 1 or 4 only; fee: in-person reg hour before Rd. 1.) Rds.: Begin at 9am & continue ASAP.
USCF or FIDE over 2200: $300. GMs/Foreign IMs: Free. Local IMs: request at entry. Register Online: www.marshallchessclub.org/register. No byes. Register Online: www.marshallchessclub.org/register.
$125. $25 less for MCC members. All $50 more if received after May JULY 5, 6, 7, 8, World Open Daily 2 pm Blitz (BLZ) (PA) JULY 15, Marshall G/50 (Open & U1600)
31st. (Foreign players who play all 9 rounds receive $75.); Non-MCC See Pennsylvania. 4-SS, G/45 d5. Two Sections: Open: ($325 b/25): $150-100; U2000:
Mbr: Additional $25 Mbr fee. Rds.: Wed. 7pm, Thurs.— Sun. 11am & $75. U1600: ($325 b/25): $150-100; U1400: $75. EF: $20; Non-MCC
6pm. Two byes available, must commit before round 3; no byes available JULY 5, 11, 18, 25, Community Chess Club of Rochester Wed Mbr: Additional $25 Mbr fee. ($5 late fee: in-person reg hour before
in round 9. FIDE GM/IM Norms possible; must play all rounds. Limited Night Chess! Rd. 1.) GMs Free. Rds.: 12-2-4-6pm. Max one bye; request at entry.
to 70 players! Register early! Playing site: The historic Marshall Chess Note: 1 game rated per night, G/80 d5. Rochester Chess Center, 221 Register Online: www.marshallchessclub.org/register.
Club. Register Online: www.marshallchessclub.org/register. Norris Dr., Rochester, NY 14610. 585-442-2430. EF: $5, CCCR members
$3. Reg.: 6:30-7:20 pm. Rd.: 7:30pm. www.rochesterchessclub.org. US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
JUNE 15-17 OR 16-17, 9th Summer Solstice Open (FL) JULY 16, 23, 30, AUG. 6, 13, 20, Marshall FIDE Monday/U1800
See Grand Prix. JULY 6, Marshall U2200 Friday Night Action! 6-SS, G/90 +30. Two Sections: Open: Open to all players 1600+. FIDE
JUNE 15-17 OR 16-17, 7th annual Continental Class 4-SS, G/25 d5. ($300 b/25): $150-75; U1900: $75. EF: $20; Non- Rated. ($600 b/25) $200-150-100; U2000: $100-50. U1800: ($600 b/25)
Championships (VA) MCC Mbr: Additional $25 Mbr fee. ($5 late fee: in-person reg hour $200-150-100; U1500: $100-50. EF: $40; Non-MCC Mbr: Additional $25
before Rd. 1.) Rds.: 7-8:15-9:30-10:45pm. Max one bye, for Rd. 1 or Mbr fee. ($5 late fee: in-person reg hour before Rd. 1.) GMs Free. Rds.:
See Grand Prix. 4 only; request at entry. Register Online: www.marshallchess 7pm each Mon. Max two byes; request by Rd. 4. Register Online:
JUNE 19, Marshall Masters - NEW PRIZES! club.org/register. www.marshallchessclub.org/register.
See Grand Prix. JULY 6-8 OR 8, Marshall Weekend Open JULY 17, Marshall Masters
US Chess Junior Grand Prix! See Grand Prix. See Grand Prix.
JUNE 21-24, 11th New York International - U2200 Section JULY 7, World Open G/10 Championship (QC) (PA)
7-SS, 40/90, SD/30 +30. Open to all players rated U2200 and unrated. JULY 19, Marshall Thursday Action
See Grand Prix. 4-SS, G/25 d5. ($400 b/25): $150-75; U2200, U1900: $75; Biggest upset:
No FIDE ratings over 2200. USCF Ratings used for pairings and prizes.
FIDE Rated. Prizes: $8,000 based on 70 paid entries. $3000-2000- JULY 7, 14, 21, 28, Rochester Chess Center Saturday Tourna- $25. EF: $25; Non-MCC Mbr: Additional $25 Mbr fee. ($5 late fee: in-
1000, U1900: $1000-500, U1600: $500. EF: $200 if received by May ments! person reg hour before Rd. 1.) GMs Free. Rds.: 7-8:15-9:30-10:45pm.
31st; $250 in June. Non-MCC Mbr: Additional $25 Mbr fee. Schedules: 3-SS, G/60 d5. Rochester CC, 221 Norris Dr., Rochester, NY 14610. Max one bye, for Rd. 1 or 4 only; request at entry. Register Online:
4-day: Thurs. 7pm, Fri. – Sun. 12:30pm & 6pm. 2-day: Sat. 9-10:10- 585-442-2430. Prizes based on entries. EF: $15, RCC members $13. www.marshallchessclub.org/register.
11:20am (G/25 d5) then merge with 4-day.Byes: Two byes available, $2 less for HS and Pre-HS. Reg.: 1-1:45 pm. Rds.: 2-4-6. One bye JULY 20, Marshall Quick Chess (QC)
must commit before round 3. Limited to 70 players! Register early! available, request at entry. www.nychess.org. Also, Youth tournament, 6-SS, G/10 +3. ($250 b/25): $125-75; U1700: $50. EF: $15; Non-MCC
Playing site: The historic Marshall Chess Club. Register Online: G/30 d5, every Saturday morning 10am-1pm, trophies and prizes. Mbr: Additional $25 Mbr fee. ($5 late fee: in-person reg hour before Rd.
www.marshallchessclub.org/register. EF: $5. 1.) GMs Free. Rds.: 7-7:30-8:00-8:45-9:15-9:45pm. Max two byes; request
JULY 8, World Open Blitz Championship (BLZ) (PA) at entry. Register Online: www.marshallchessclub.org/register.
JUNE 27-JULY 1 OR JUNE 29-JULY 1, 8th annual World Open
Senior Amateur (PA) See Grand Prix. JULY 20-22 OR 21-22, Potomac Open (MD)
See Pennsylvania. JULY 9, 16, 23, 76th Nassau Action See Grand Prix.
JUNE 28, Marshall Thursday Action - NEW PRIZES! See Grand Prix. JULY 20-22 OR 21-22, 2nd annual Peter Henner Memorial
4-SS, G/25 d5. ($400 b/25): $150-75; U2200, U1900: $75; Biggest upset: JULY 9, 16, 23, 35th Nassau Senior See Grand Prix.
$25. EF: $25; Non-MCC Mbr: Additional $25 Mbr fee. ($5 late fee: in- 3SS, 45/90, SD/30 d5. 1st Presbyterian Church, 1st & Main Sts., Mineola. US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
person reg hour before Rd 1.) GMs Free. Rds.: 7-8:15-9:30-10:45pm. Open to born before 7/24/68. In 2 sections. Open: EF $13 by 7/6, $20 JULY 20-22, Marshall Monthly U2400 - New Friday Rd Time
Max one bye, for Rd. 1 or 4 only; request at entry. Register Online: at site, Booster: open to under 1700/UR. EF: $11 by 7/6, $18 at site, 5-SS, G/90 +30. Open to players rated below 2400 USCF. $1,000 GTD:
www.marshallchessclub.org/register. Both: non-memb $9 more. Trophies to top 3. Bye 1-3. Reg to 7:15 PM. $500-200; U2100: $150; U1800: $150. EF: $50; Non-MCC Mbr: Additional
JUNE 28-JULY 2, 12th annual Philadelphia International (PA) captnhal@optonline.net. Rds.: 7:15 each Mon. Ent: Harold Stenzel, 80 $25 Mbr fee. ($5 late fee: in-person reg hour before Rd. 1.) Rds.: Fri.
See Grand Prix. Amy Dr., Sayville, NY 11782. 7pm, Sat. & Sun. 12:30 & 5:30pm. Max two byes; request at entry. Reg-
US Chess Junior Grand Prix! ister Online: www.marshallchessclub.org/register.
US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
JUNE 28, JULY 5, 12, 19, 26, AUG. 2, Marshall Thursday Open JULY 11, 18, 25, AUG. 1, 8, 15, Marshall Weekly Wednesday JULY 21, The Summer Birthday Discount at Judson
6-SS, G/90 +30. ($600 b/25): $250-150-$75; U1900: $125. EF: $40; 6-SS, G/90 +30. Two Sections: U2000: ($600 b/25) $250-150-100; See Grand Prix.
NonMCC Mbr: Additional $25 Mbr fee. ($5 late fee: in-person reg hour U1700: $100. U1400: ($600 b/25) $250-150-100; U1100: $100. EF: $40; JULY 21, Marshall G/50 (U1700)
before Rd. 1.) GMs Free. Rds.: 7pm each Thurs. Max two byes; request NonMCC Mbr: Additional $25 Mbr fee. ($5 late fee: in-person reg hour 4-SS, G/45 d5. ($325 b/25): $150-100; U1500: $75. EF: $20; Non-MCC
by Rd. 4. Register Online: www.marshallchessclub.org/register before Rd. 1.) Rds.: 7pm each Wed. Max two byes; request by Rd. 4. Mbr: Additional $25 Mbr fee. ($5 late fee: in-person reg hour before
Register Online: www.marshallchessclub.org/register Rd. 1.) Rds.: 12-2-4-6pm. Max one bye; request at entry. Register
JUNE 29, Marshall $500 FIDE Blitz (BLZ)
See Grand Prix. JULY 12, Marshall Thursday Action Online: www.marshallchessclub.org/register.
4-SS, G/25 d5. ($400 b/25): $150-75; U2200, U1900: $75; Biggest upset: JULY 22, Marshall Rated Beginner
JUNE 30, Marshall G/50 (Open & U1800) $25. EF: $25; Non-MCC Mbr: Additional $25 Mbr fee. ($5 late fee: in-
4-SS, G/45 d5. Two Sections: Open: ($325 b/25): $150-100; U2200: 3-SS, G/25 d5. Only open to players without a rating or rated U1200. ($225
person reg hour before Rd 1.) GMs Free. Rds.: 7-8:15-9:30-10:45pm. b/25): $150-75. EF: $15; Non-MCC Mbr: Additional $25 Mbr fee. ($5 late
$75. U1800: ($325 b/25): $150-100; U1600: $75. EF: $20; Non-MCC Max one bye, for Rd. 1 or 4 only; request at entry. Register Online: fee: in-person reg hour before Rd. 1.) Rds.: Begin at 9am & continue ASAP.
Mbr: Additional $25 Mbr fee. ($5 late fee: in-person reg hour before www.marshallchessclub.org/register. No byes. Register Online: www.marshallchessclub.org/register.
Rd. 1.) GMs Free. Rds.: 12-2-4-6pm. Max one bye; request at entry.
Register Online: www.marshallchessclub.org/register JULY 13, Marshall Friday Night Blitz (BLZ) JULY 26, Marshall Thursday Action
9-SS, G/3 +2. USCF regular rating used for pairings & prizes. ($500 b/35): 4-SS, G/25 d5. ($400 b/25): $150-75; U2200, U1900: $75; Biggest upset:
JUNE 30-JULY 1, World Open Warmup (PA) $200-100; U2400/unr, U2200, U2000, U1800: $50. EF: $20; Non-MCC Mbr: $25. EF: $25; Non-MCC Mbr: Additional $25 Mbr fee. ($5 late fee: in-
See Pennsylvania. Additional $25 Mbr fee. ($5 late fee: in-person reg hour before Rd. 1.) GMs person reg hour before Rd. 1.) GMs Free. Rds.: 7-8:15-9:30-10:45pm.
JULY 1, Marshall Rated Beginner (3 Rounds) (RBO) Free. Rds.: Begin at 7pm and continue ASAP. Max three byes; request at Max one bye, for Rd. 1 or 4 only; request at entry. Register Online:
3-SS, G/25 d5. Only open to players without a rating or rated U1200. ($225 entry. Register Online: www.marshallchessclub.org/register. www.marshallchessclub.org/register.
b/25): $150-75. EF: $15; Non-MCC Mbr: Additional $25 Mbr fee. ($5 late JULY 14, Marshall U1900 Morning Action JULY 27, Marshall $500 FIDE Blitz (BLZ)
fee: in-person reg hour before Rd. 1.) Rds.: Begin at 9am & continue ASAP. 4-SS, G/25 d5. ($325 b/25): $150-100; U1700: $75. EF: $20; Non-MCC See Grand Prix.
No byes. Register Online: www.marshallchessclub.org/register. Mbr: Additional $25 Mbr fee. ($5 late fee: in-person reg hour before
Rd. 1.) Rds.: Begin at 9am & continue ASAP. Max one bye; request at JULY 27-29 OR 28-29, 19th annual Pittsburgh Open (PA)
JULY 1, Marshall G/50 (Open & U1500) See Grand Prix.
4-SS, G/45 d5. Two Sections: Open: ($325 b/25): $150-100; U1900: entry. Register Online: www.marshallchessclub.org/register.
$75. U1500: ($325 b/25): $150-100; U1300: $75. EF: $20; Non-MCC JULY 14, Marshall G/50 Open JULY 27-29 OR 28-29, 23rd Annual Bradley Open (CT)
Mbr: Additional $25 Mbr fee. ($5 late fee: in-person reg hour before 4-SS, G/45 d5. ($325 b/25): $150-100; U2100: $75. EF: $20; Non-MCC See Grand Prix.
Rd. 1.) GMs Free. Rds.: 12-2-4-6pm. Max one bye; request at entry. Mbr: Additional $25 Mbr fee. ($5 late fee: in-person reg hour before JULY 28, Marshall G/50 (Open & U1800)
Register Online: www.marshallchessclub.org/register. Rd. 1.) GMs Free. Rds.: 12-2-4-6pm. Max one bye; request at entry. 4-SS, G/45 d5. Two Sections: Open: ($325 b/25): $150-100; U2200:
JULY 2, World Open Monday Quad (PA) Register Online: www.marshallchessclub.org/register. $75. U1800: ($325 b/25): $150-100; U1600: $75. EF: $20; Non-MCC
See Pennsylvania.
JULY 2, 13th Nassau G/15 (quick rated only) (QC)
6SS, G/12 d3 or G/15. 1st Presbyterian Church, 1st & Main Sts., Mineola.
EF: $25 by 6/25, $32 at site. Non-mem $5 more. $$ (420 b/20) 120, U2100,
1850, 1600, 1350/UR 75 each. 3 byes 1-6. Reg to 7:15 PM. Rds.: 7:15-7:55- 2nd annual
8:35-9:10-9:45-10:20. Ent: Harold Stenzel, 80 Amy Dr., Sayville, NY 11782.
JULY 2-3, 7th annual World Open Women’s Championship (PA)
See Grand Prix.
PETER HENNER MEMORIAL
JULY 2-3, 10th annual World Open Under 13 Championship (PA)
See Pennsylvania. July 20-22 or 21-22, Ramada Plaza Hotel, Albany
JULY 3, 6th annual World Open Action Championship (PA)
See Grand Prix.
JULY 3-8, 4-8, 5-8 OR 6-8, 46th Annual World Open (PA) Free parking, $92 rooms including breakfast
See Grand Prix.
JULY 4, 7th annual World Open Game/7 Championship (BLZ) (PA)
See Grand Prix.
JULY 4, Marshall Independence Day Action!
Guaranteed prizes raised to $7,000!
6-SS, G/25 d5. ($525 b/25): $200-100; U2300, U2000, U1700: $75. EF:
$30; Non-MCC Mbr: Additional $25 Mbr fee. ($5 late fee: in-person reg
hour before Rd. 1.) GMs Free. Rds.: 11am-12:15-1:30-3:00-4:15-5:30pm.
For full details see “Grand Prix” in this issue.
Max two byes; request at entry. Register Online: www.marshallchess-
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Mbr: Additional $25 Mbr fee. ($5 late fee: in-person reg hour before OCT. 4-8, 5-8 OR 6-8, 10th annual Washington Chess Congress OCT. 5-7 OR 6-7, 27th annual Midwest Class Championships (IL)
Rd. 1.) GMs Free. Rds.: 12-2-4-6pm. Max one bye; request at entry. (VA) See Grand Prix.
Register Online: www.marshallchessclub.org/register. See Grand Prix.
JULY 29, Marshall Rated Beginner NOV. 9-11 OR 10-11, 17th Annual Turkey Bowl (FL)
3-SS, G/25 d5. Only open to players without a rating or rated U1200. ($225 See Grand Prix.
OKLAHOMA
b/25): $150-75. EF: $15; Non-MCC Mbr: Additional $25 Mbr fee. ($5 late JUNE 21-24, 2018 U.S. Senior Open (LA)
fee: in-person reg hour before Rd. 1.) Rds.: Begin at 9am & continue ASAP. See Nationals.
No byes. Register Online: www.marshallchessclub.org/register. NORTH CAROLINA JUNE 22-24, 2018 Not-A-Junior-Not-A-Senior Open (LA)
JULY 29, Marshall G/50 (Open & U1500) JUNE 21, Charlotte Chess Center Third Thursday Rapid See Louisiana.
4-SS, G/45 d5. Two Sections: Open: ($325 b/25): $150-100; U1900: See Grand Prix. JUNE 22-24, 2018 U.S. Junior Open (LA)
$75. U1500: ($325 b/25): $150-100; U1300: $75. EF: $20; Non-MCC See Nationals.
Mbr: Additional $25 Mbr fee. ($5 late fee: in-person reg hour before JUNE 21-24, 2018 U.S. Senior Open (LA)
Rd. 1.) GMs Free. Rds.: 12-2-4-6pm. Max one bye; request at entry. See Nationals. JUNE 30-JULY 1, 73rd Oklahoma Open State Championship
Register Online: www.marshallchessclub.org/register. JUNE 22-24, 2018 Not-A-Junior-Not-A-Senior Open (LA) See Grand Prix.
AUG. 2, Marshall Guaranteed Action! See Louisiana. JULY 13-15, Kansas Open (KS)
4-SS, G/25 d5. $350 GTD: $125-75; U2200, U1900: $75. EF: $15; Non- JUNE 22-24, 2018 U.S. Junior Open (LA) See Grand Prix.
MCC Mbr: Additional $25 Mbr fee. ($5 late fee: in-person reg hour See Nationals. JULY 20-22 OR 21-22, Houston Summer Chess Festival (TX)
before Rd. 1.) GMs Free. Rds.: 7-8:15-9:30-10:45pm. Max one bye, for JULY 13-15 OR 14-15, 27th Annual Atlanta Championship (GA) See Grand Prix.
Rd. 1 or 4 only; request at entry. Register Online: www.marshallchess See Grand Prix.
club.org/register. AUG. 25-26, 64th Iowa Open Championship (USCF & FIDE
JULY 15, 2018 Atlanta Championship Scholastics (GA) Rated) IASCA GP Super Qualifier (IA)
AUG. 3, Marshall Friday Night Blitz (BLZ) See Georgia. See Grand Prix.
9-SS, G/3 +2. USCF regular rating used for pairings & prizes. ($500
b/35): $200-100; U2400/unr, U2200, U2000, U1800: $50. EF: $20; Non- JULY 20, 2018 U.S. G/10 Championship (BLZ)
MCC Mbr: Additional $25 Mbr fee. ($5 late fee: in-person reg hour See Nationals. OREGON
before Rd. 1.) GMs Free. Rds.: Begin at 7pm and continue ASAP. Max JULY 21, 2018 U.S. G/30 Championship
three byes; request at entry. Register Online: www.marshallchess See Nationals. JUNE 20-21, 2018 U.S. Women’s Open (NV)
club.org/register. See Nationals.
JULY 22, 2018 U.S. G/60 Championship
AUG. 3-5 OR 4-5, 17th annual Manhattan Open See Nationals. JUNE 21-24, 22-24 OR 23-24, 2018 National Open (NV)
See Grand Prix. See Nationals.
JULY 27-29 OR 28-29, 26th Annual Southern Open (FL)
AUG. 4, Marshall U1900 Morning Action See Grand Prix. JUNE 23-24, International Youth Championship (NV)
4-SS, G/25 d5. ($325 b/25): $150-100; U1700: $75. EF: $20; Non-MCC See Nevada.
Mbr: Additional $25 Mbr fee. ($5 late fee: in-person reg hour before AUG. 11-15, 7th Annual Washington International (MD)
See Grand Prix. JUNE 24, Portland Chess Club Sunday Quads
Rd. 1.) Rds.: Begin at 9am & continue ASAP. Max one bye; request at PCC, 8205 SW 24th Ave., Portland, OR 97219. The live regular ratings
entry. Register Online: www.marshallchessclub.org/register. AUG. 17-19, 2018 North Carolina Open are usually used. G/50;inc15. EF: 15, 5 discount for PCC members and
AUG. 4, Marshall G/50 Open See Grand Prix. each extra family member in the same household, free entry if it’s your
4-SS, G/45 d5. ($325 b/25): $150-100; U2100: $75. EF: $20; Non-MCC AUG. 17-21, 2018 U.S. Masters Championship first US Chess rated tournament (must pay for US Chess membership).
Mbr: Additional $25 Mbr fee. ($5 late fee: in-person reg hour before See Nationals. US Chess membership required. Prizes: discounted entries, books, and
Rd. 1.) GMs Free. Rds.: 12-2-4-6pm. Max one bye; request at entry. bonus trophy or medal for scholastics. Reg.: 9-9:45am. Rds.: 10am,
AUG. 24-26 OR 25-26, 50th annual Atlantic Open (VA) 12: 30pm, 3pm. See more info. and rule variations used at pdxchess.org.
Register Online: www.marshallchessclub.org/register. See Grand Prix.
AUG. 5, Marshall Rated Beginner JULY 20-22 OR 21-22, 23rd Annual Pacific Coast Open (CA-S)
3-SS, G/25 d5. Only open to players without a rating or rated U1200. ($225 OCT. 4-8, 5-8 OR 6-8, 10th annual Washington Chess Congress See Grand Prix.
b/25): $150-75. EF: $15; Non-MCC Mbr: Additional $25 Mbr fee. ($5 late (VA)
See Grand Prix. AUG. 10-12 OR 11-12, 9th annual Central California Open (CA-N)
fee: in-person reg hour before Rd. 1.) Rds.: Begin at 9am & continue ASAP. See Grand Prix.
No byes. Register Online: www.marshallchessclub.org/register.
AUG. 5, Marshall G/50 (Open & U1600) NORTH DAKOTA PENNSYLVANIA
4-SS, G/45 d5. Two Sections: Open: ($325 b/25): $150-100; U2000:
$75. U1600: ($325 b/25): $150-100; U1400: $75. EF: $20; Non-MCC OCT. 5-7 OR 6-7, 27th annual Midwest Class Championships (IL)
See Grand Prix. MasterMinds Scholastic Summer League
Mbr: Additional $25 Mbr fee. ($5 late fee: in-person reg hour before Info at: www.mastermindschess.org.
Rd. 1.) GMs Free. Rds.: 12-2-4-6pm. Max one bye; request at entry.
Register Online: www.marshallchessclub.org/register. North Penn Chess Club
AUG. 9, Marshall Thursday Action
OHIO Main & Richardson, Lansdale, PA. See www.northpennchessclub.org
for schedules & info or 215-699-8418.
4-SS, G/25 d5. ($400 b/25): $150-75; U2200, U1900: $75; Biggest upset: JULY 13-15 OR 14-15, 2018 Columbus Open (Open Section
$25. EF: $25; Non-MCC Mbr: Additional $25 Mbr fee. ($5 late fee: in- FIDE Rated) JUNE 15-17 OR 16-17, 7th annual Continental Class
person reg hour before Rd. 1.) GMs Free. Rds.: 7-8:15-9:30-10:45pm. See Grand Prix. Championships (VA)
Max one bye, for Rd. 1 or 4 only; request at entry. Register Online: See Grand Prix.
www.marshallchessclub.org/register. US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
JULY 14, Toledo July Swiss JUNE 27-JULY 1 OR JUNE 29-JULY 1, 8th annual World Open
US Chess Junior Grand Prix! Open, 4SS, Rnd. 1 G/75 d5, Rnds. 2-4 G/85 d5. University of Toledo Senior Amateur
AUG. 9, 16, 23, 30, SEPT. 6, 13, Marshall Thursday Open Health Science Campus, Mulford Library Basement Cafe, 3000 Arlington 6SS, 40/100, SD/30 d10. Marriott Philadelphia Downtown (see World
6-SS, G/90 +30. ($600 b/25): $250-150-$75; U1900: $125. EF: $40; Ave., Toledo, OH 43614. Can split into multiple sections if enough players. Open for location, rates, parking). Open to all born before 7/1/68 and
Non- MCC Mbr: Additional $25 Mbr fee. ($5 late fee: in-person reg hour EF: $20 by 7/12, $25 at site. Reg.: 9-10 a.m., Rds.: 10, 1, 4, & 7. Prizes: rated under 2210 or unrated. $3000 guaranteed prizes. In 2 sections.
before Rd. 1.) GMs Free. Rds.: 7pm each Thurs. Max two byes; request $450 b/25, $100-50, Class prizes TBD based on split. Ent: jagz47@hot- Under 2210/Unr: $600-300-200, top U2010/Unr $350-200. Under
by Rd. 4. Register Online: www.marshallchessclub.org/register. mail.com. 7031 Willowyck Rd., Maumee, OH 43537. 419-367-9450. 1810/Unr: $500-250-150, top U1610 (no unr) $300-150, unr limit $200.
AUG. 10-12 OR 11-12, Cleveland Open (OH) JULY 20-22 OR 21-22, 11th annual Chicago Class (IL) EF: $88 online at chessaction.com by 6/25, $93 mailed by 6/15, $100
See Grand Prix. See Grand Prix. at site, or online until 2 hours before rd. 1. 5-day reg. ends 6 pm 6/27,
rds. Wed-Fri 7 pm, Sat 5 pm, Sun 10 & 3:15. 3-day reg. ends 12 noon
US Chess Junior Grand Prix! JULY 21, Mustard Seed Monster 6/29, rds. Fri. 1 & 7 pm, Sat 11 & 5, Sun 10 & 3:15. Half point byes OK
AUG. 10-12, Marshall PREMIER - New Friday Rd Time See Grand Prix. all rounds, limit 2 byes, must commit before rd. 3. Special USCF dues:
5-SS, G/90 +30.Two Sections: FIDE: FIDE Rated. Only open to players JULY 27-29 OR 28-29, 19th annual Pittsburgh Open (PA) see World Open. Ent: chessaction.com or Continental Chess, PO Box
with a current published rating 2000+ (USCF or FIDE); NO exceptions. See Grand Prix. 8482, Pelham, NY 10803. $15 service charge for refunds. Entries posted
Limited to 34 players. $1,750 GTD: $1,000-500. U2300: $250. EF: $100; at chessaction.com (online entries posted instantly). July official USCF
Non-MCC Mbr: Additional $50 Mbr + service fee. ($5 service fee for in- AUG. 10-12 OR 11-12, Cleveland Open ratings used.
person reg hour before Rd. 1.) First 5 GMs Free. U2000: Limited to 40 See Grand Prix.
players. ($1,000 b/40): $500-200; U1750: $150, U1500: $150. EF: $50; JUNE 28-JULY 2, 12th annual Philadelphia International
AUG. 11-15, 7th Annual Washington International (MD) See Grand Prix.
Non-MCC Mbr: Additional $25 Mbr fee. ($5 service fee for in-person See Grand Prix.
reg hour before Rd. 1.) Rds.: Fri. 7pm, Sat. & Sun. 12:30 & 5:30pm. US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
Max two byes; request at entry. Register Online: www.marshallchess- AUG. 24-26 OR 25-26, 50th annual Atlantic Open (VA)
See Grand Prix. JUNE 30-JULY 1, World Open Warmup
club.org/register. 5SS, G/90 d10. Marriott Philadelphia Downtown (see World Open).
AUG. 11-15, 7th Annual Washington International (MD) AUG. 24-26 OR 25-26, 13th annual Indianapolis Open (IN) Open to under 2100 or unrated (July official ratings used). Prizes $800
See Grand Prix. See Grand Prix. guaranteed: $200-100-50, U1900/Unr $120-60, U1700 $100-50, U1500
AUG. 12, Marshall Rated Beginner AUG. 25-26, 64th Iowa Open Championship (USCF & FIDE $80-40. EF: $40, at site only, no checks. Reg. ends 9 am 6/30, rds. Sat
3-SS, G/25 d5. Only open to players without a rating or rated U1200. ($225 Rated) IASCA GP Super Qualifier (IA) 10, 2, 6, Sun 10, 2. One half point bye allowed if under 1700, otherwise
b/25): $150-75.EF: $15; Non-MCC Mbr: Additional $25 Mbr fee. ($5 late See Grand Prix. two byes allowed; must commit before rd. 2.
fee: in-person reg hour before Rd. 1.) Rds.: Begin at 9am & continue ASAP. SEPT. 1-3, 74th Ohio Chess Congress JULY 2, World Open Monday Quad
No byes. Register Online: www.marshallchessclub.org/register. See Grand Prix. 3RR, G/90 d10. Marriott Philadelphia Downtown (see World Open). EF
AUG. 16-20, 16-19, 17-19 OR 18-19, 48th annual $25 (no checks). $60 1st each section. Reg. ends 9 am, rounds 10, 2, 6.
US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
Continental Open (MA) SEPT. 8-9, Golden Buckeye Senior & Adult Open JULY 2-3, 7th annual World Open Women’s Championship
See Grand Prix. Salt Fork State Park Lodge, Cambridge, OH. Ages 18 & up as of See Grand Prix.
AUG. 24-26 OR 25-26, 50th annual Atlantic Open (VA) 12/31/18. A relaxed schedule, rustic secluded venue and natural US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
See Grand Prix. setting make for a memorable weekend! 2 sections: Senior (age JULY 2-3, 10th annual World Open Under 13 Championship
50+), Adult U1700 (18+). 5SS, G/75 d10. Reg. Sat 9:30-10, Rnds. 6SS, G/60 d10. Philadelphia Marriott Downtown (see World Open for
AUG. 31-SEPT. 3, SEPT. 1-3 OR 2-3, 140th annual NY State 10:15-2-6:30 Sun 9:30-1:30. Side blitz tourney Fri eve. EF: $45 thru location, rates). Open to all born after 7/3/05. In 4 sections. Open
Championship 8/27 then $55; OCA members $2 less. Trophy prizes, 1st place OH Section: Trophies to top 7, top 2 Under 1600/Unr; free entry in all CCA
See Grand Prix. resident is 2018 OH Sr Champ! Fellowship of the King group rate tournaments 7/13/18-12/31/18 to 1st. Under 1400 Section: Trophies
SEPT. 21-23 OR 22-23, 9th Annual Hartford Open (CT) $114/night, 800-ATA-PARK, reserve early! More info: neilley.com/chess, to top 7, top 2 Under 1200, free entry in all CCA tournaments 7/13/18-
See Grand Prix. grant@neilley.com, or 614-314-1102. 9/30/18 to 1st. Under 1000 Section: Trophies to top 7, top 2 Under

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800, free entry in all CCA tournaments 7/13/18-9/30/18 to 1st. Under AUG. 16-20, 16-19, 17-19 OR 18-19, 48th annual JULY 27-29 OR 28-29, 26th Annual Southern Open (FL)
600 Section: Trophies to top 7, top 2 Under 400, top Unrated; free Continental Open (MA) See Grand Prix.
entry in all CCA tournaments 7/13/18-9/30/18 to 1st. EF: $48 online at See Grand Prix.
chessaction.com by 6/30, $51 mailed by 6/15, $60 at site. Late reg. AUG. 24-26 OR 25-26, 50th annual Atlantic Open (VA)
7/2 to 10 am, rds. Mon 11-2-5, Tue 10-1-4. Up to 2 half point byes See Grand Prix.
SOUTH DAKOTA
allowed, must commit before rd. 3. Ent: chessaction.com or Continental
Chess, PO Box 8482, Pelham, NY 10803. Questions: chesstour.com, AUG. 31-SEPT. 3, SEPT. 1-3 OR 2-3, 140th annual NY State AUG. 25-26, 64th Iowa Open Championship (USCF & FIDE
Championship (NY) Rated) IASCA GP Super Qualifier (IA)
chesstour.info, DirectorAtChess.US, 347-201-2269. $15 service charge
for refunds. See Grand Prix. See Grand Prix.
JULY 3, 6th annual World Open Action Championship SEPT. 8-9, Golden Buckeye Senior & Adult Open (OH) OCT. 5-7 OR 6-7, 27th annual Midwest Class Championships (IL)
See Grand Prix. See Ohio. See Grand Prix.
JULY 3-8, 4-8, 5-8 OR 6-8, 46th Annual World Open OCT. 4-8, 5-8 OR 6-8, 10th annual Washington Chess Congress
See Grand Prix. (VA) TENNESSEE
See Grand Prix.
JULY 4, 7th annual World Open Game/7 Championship (BLZ) JUNE 21-24, 2018 U.S. Senior Open (LA)
See Grand Prix. NOV. 9-11 OR 10-11, 17th Annual Turkey Bowl (FL) See Nationals.
See Grand Prix.
JULY 5, 6, 7, 8, World Open Daily 2 pm Blitz (BLZ) JUNE 22-24, 2018 Not-A-Junior-Not-A-Senior Open (LA)
4 separate tournaments at Marriott Philadelphia Downtown (see World See Louisiana.
Open). Each is a 4-SS, double round (8 games), G/5 d0. Prizes $$300 RHODE ISLAND JUNE 22-24, 2018 U.S. Junior Open (LA)
guaranteed: $100-50, U2100 $60, U1800 $50, U1500/Unr $40. EF: $20,
at site only, no checks. Reg. ends 1:45 pm, rds. 2, 2:45, 3:15, 3:45. One JULY 27-29 OR 28-29, 23rd Annual Bradley Open (CT) See Nationals.
pair of 1/2 pt byes available, must commit before rd. 2. Blitz rated (will See Grand Prix.
JUNE 30, John Hurt Memorial 15
not affect regular ratings), but higher of regular or blitz used for pairings AUG. 16-20, 16-19, 17-19 OR 18-19, 48th annual See Grand Prix.
& prizes. $10 service charge for refunds. Continental Open (MA)
JULY 13-15 OR 14-15, 27th Annual Atlanta Championship (GA)
JULY 7, World Open G/10 Championship (QC) See Grand Prix.
See Grand Prix.
See Grand Prix. SEPT. 21-23 OR 22-23, 9th Annual Hartford Open (CT)
See Grand Prix. JULY 15, 2018 Atlanta Championship Scholastics (GA)
JULY 8, World Open Blitz Championship (BLZ) See Georgia.
See Grand Prix.
JULY 20, 2018 U.S. G/10 Championship (BLZ) (NC)
JULY 14, W. Chester 1st Sat Quads SOUTH CAROLINA See Nationals.
Our 29th year! 3RR, Game/80 d5. 2nd Presbyterian Church, 114 S.
Walnut St., West Chester, PA. EF: $20; $40, $50 for 3-0. Reg.: 9am. JUNE 21-24, 2018 U.S. Senior Open (LA) JULY 20-22 OR 21-22, Houston Summer Chess Festival (TX)
Rds.: 9:40, 1:00, 4:00. Info: WCCC1975@gmail.com See Nationals. See Grand Prix.
JULY 14, MasterMinds CC Quads JUNE 22-24, 2018 Not-A-Junior-Not-A-Senior Open (LA) JULY 21, Hot Summer Swiss
Esperanza Academy, 301 W. Hunting Park Ave., Phila., PA 19140. Quads: See Louisiana. See Grand Prix.
3RR, G/85 d5. EF: $30 cash; winner $100. Reg. ends 9AM. Rds.: 9:30, JUNE 22-24, 2018 U.S. Junior Open (LA) JULY 21, 2018 U.S. G/30 Championship (NC)
1, 4. Info: mastermindschess.org or brad@mastermindschess.org. See Nationals. See Nationals.
JULY 20-22 OR 21-22, Potomac Open (MD) JULY 13-15 OR 14-15, 27th Annual Atlanta Championship (GA) JULY 21, 2018 Clinton Pearson Jr. Memorial Open
See Grand Prix. See Grand Prix. Cumberland Co. Community Complex, 1398 Livingston Rd., Crossville,
JULY 27-29 OR 28-29, 19th annual Pittsburgh Open JULY 15, 2018 Atlanta Championship Scholastics (GA) TN 38555. $420 guaranteed prize fund. In 2 Sections, Open: 4SS, G/60
See Grand Prix. See Georgia. d5, $$: $75. $30- X,A,B,C,D/Below. Amateur: 4SS, G/60 d5, Open to
U1200 & under. $$: $75. $30-F,G,H/Below,UNR UNR eligible for unrated
AUG. 3-5 OR 4-5, 17th annual Manhattan Open (NY) JULY 20, 2018 U.S. G/10 Championship (BLZ) (NC) prize only. ALL: EF: $15 if mailed by 7/16, $20 later or at site. Memb.
See Grand Prix. See Nationals. Req’d: TCA $10 TN residents only. ENT: Harry D. Sabine, P. O. Box 381,
AUG. 10-12 OR 11-12, Cleveland Open (OH) JULY 21, 2018 U.S. G/30 Championship (NC) Crossville, TN 38557. www.cumberlandcountychess.org/tournaments.
See Grand Prix. See Nationals. INFO: www.cumberlandcountychess.org or Harry at 931-261-8440. W.
AUG. 11-15, 7th Annual Washington International (MD) JULY 22, 2018 U.S. G/60 Championship (NC) JULY 22, 2018 U.S. G/60 Championship (NC)
See Grand Prix. See Nationals. See Nationals.

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JULY 27-29 OR 28-29, 26th Annual Southern Open (FL) JULY 20-22 OR 21-22, 2nd annual Peter Henner Memorial (NY) SEPT. 8-9, Golden Buckeye Senior & Adult Open (OH)
See Grand Prix. See Grand Prix. See Ohio.
AUG. 24-26 OR 25-26, 13th annual Indianapolis Open (IN) JULY 27-29 OR 28-29, 23rd Annual Bradley Open (CT) OCT. 4-8, 5-8 OR 6-8, 10th annual Washington Chess Congress
See Grand Prix. See Grand Prix. (VA)
AUG. 25-26, 64th Iowa Open Championship (USCF & FIDE AUG. 16-20, 16-19, 17-19 OR 18-19, 48th annual See Grand Prix.
Rated) IASCA GP Super Qualifier (IA) Continental Open (MA)
See Grand Prix. See Grand Prix. WISCONSIN
SEPT. 15, Oran Quintrell Memorial AUG. 31-SEPT. 3, SEPT. 1-3 OR 2-3, 140th annual NY State JUNE 30-JULY 1, 7th Annual Twin Ports Open
See Grand Prix. Championship (NY) See Grand Prix.
NOV. 17-18, 59th Mid-South Open See Grand Prix.
JULY 7-8, 42nd Annual Green Bay Open
See Grand Prix. SEPT. 21-23 OR 22-23, 9th Annual Hartford Open (CT) See Grand Prix.
See Grand Prix.
JULY 20-22 OR 21-22, 11th annual Chicago Class (IL)
TEXAS See Grand Prix.
US Chess Junior Grand Prix! VIRGINIA JULY 28-29, 2018 U.S. Open Weekend Swiss
JUNE 2-3, First Chess In Action Swiss Open (Katy, Houston) See Grand Prix.
JUNE 15-17 OR 16-17, 7th annual Continental Class
5SS, G/90 d5. 20615 Westheimer Pkwy., Katy, TX 77450. USCF rated. Championships JULY 28-AUG. 5, JULY 31-AUG. 5 OR AUG. 2-5, 119th Annual
Open and U1800. Prizes based on 50 paid entries: Open $325/ See Grand Prix. U.S. Open
$225/$125, U1950 $100; U1800 section $300/$200/$100, U1600 See Nationals.
$75. Rds.: Saturday 9:00 am /1:30 pm/5:30 pm, Sunday: 9:00 am/1:30 JUNE 27-JULY 1 OR JUNE 29-JULY 1, 8th annual World Open
pm. EF: by 5/14, free for FM/IM/GM/WIM/WGM, $40 for 2100+, all Senior Amateur (PA) JULY 29, 2018 U.S. Open Scholastic Championships
else $60; by 6/1, $70 for all; on-site $90, if after 8:30am, 1st round bye See Pennsylvania. Open to all US Chess members entering Grade 12 and below [including
must be taken. Register at www.ChessInAction.org. Player limit 50. new members]. 4 Round Swiss in Four Sections: Junior High -
JUNE 28-JULY 2, 12th annual Philadelphia International (PA) High School Championship: Open to players entering Kindergarten
JUNE 9-10, NTCA 2nd Annual Summer Open See Grand Prix. through the 12th Grade in the fall. Open to all ratings. Junior High -
See Grand Prix. JUNE 30-JULY 1, World Open Warmup (PA) High School Under 1200: Open to players entering Kindergarten
JUNE 16-17, DCC FIDE Open VI See Pennsylvania. through the 12th Grade in the fall. Open to players rated below 1200.
See Grand Prix. No Unrateds! Elementary Championship: Open to players entering
JULY 2, World Open Monday Quad (PA) Kindergarten through the 6th Grade in the fall. Open to all ratings. Ele-
JUNE 20-21, 2018 U.S. Women’s Open (NV) See Pennsylvania. mentary Under 1000: Open to players entering Kindergarten through
See Nationals. JULY 2-3, 7th annual World Open Women’s Championship (PA) the 6th Grade in the fall. Open to players rated below 1000. No Unrateds!
JUNE 21-24, 22-24 OR 23-24, 2018 National Open (NV) See Grand Prix. If the sections are larger than expected, they may be split into multiple
See Nationals. JULY 2-3, 10th annual World Open Under 13 Championship (PA) sections. Prizes: Trophies to the Top 3 in each section. The number of
See Pennsylvania. trophies may increase based on the number of entries. Schedule:
JUNE 21-24, 2018 U.S. Senior Open (LA) Championship Sections:Round One at 12 NOON. Round Two at 1:30
See Nationals. JULY 3, 6th annual World Open Action Championship (PA) PM. Round Three at 3:00 PM. Round Four at 4:30 PM. Awards Ceremony
JUNE 22-24, 2018 Not-A-Junior-Not-A-Senior Open (LA) See Grand Prix. at 6:00 PM. Time Control: Game/30 d5. Entry Fee: Online, $25 by 7/9,
See Louisiana. JULY 3-8, 4-8, 5-8 OR 6-8, 46th Annual World Open (PA) $35 after. By mail, $27 postmarked by 7/9; $37 postmarked by 7/16.
JUNE 22-24, 2018 U.S. Junior Open (LA) See Grand Prix. Do not mail after 7/16 - it will not be received! By phone, $30 by 7/9,
See Nationals. $40 after until 7/20 by 5 PM CDT. Onsite, $40 until 7/29 by 10 AM EDT.
JULY 4, 7th annual World Open Game/7 Championship (BLZ) (PA) See www.uschess.org/tournaments/2018/usopen/ for additional details.
JUNE 23-24, International Youth Championship (NV) See Grand Prix.
See Nevada. AUG. 4, 2018 U.S. Open National Blitz Championship (BLZ)
JULY 5, 6, 7, 8, World Open Daily 2 pm Blitz (BLZ) (PA) See Nationals.
JUNE 30-JULY 1, 2018 San Antonio City Championship See Pennsylvania.
See Grand Prix. AUG. 24-26 OR 25-26, 13th annual Indianapolis Open (IN)
JULY 7, World Open G/10 Championship (QC) (PA) See Grand Prix.
JULY 6-8 OR 7-8, 4th Austin Chess Club Summer Open See Grand Prix.
See Grand Prix. AUG. 25-26, 64th Iowa Open Championship (USCF & FIDE
JULY 8, World Open Blitz Championship (BLZ) (PA) Rated) IASCA GP Super Qualifier (IA)
JULY 20-22 OR 21-22, Houston Summer Chess Festival See Grand Prix. See Grand Prix.
See Grand Prix.
JULY 14-15, 28th Annual Charlottesville Open OCT. 5-7 OR 6-7, 27th annual Midwest Class Championships (IL)
JULY 20-22 OR 21-22, 23rd Annual Pacific Coast Open (CA-S) See Grand Prix. See Grand Prix.
See Grand Prix.
JULY 20, 2018 U.S. G/10 Championship (BLZ) (NC)
JULY 27-29 OR 28-29, 26th Annual Southern Open (FL) See Nationals.
See Grand Prix. WYOMING
JULY 20-22 OR 21-22, Potomac Open (MD)
JULY 28, Queen City of the Prairie Open See Grand Prix. JUNE 20-21, 2018 U.S. Women’s Open (NV)
An exciting new event in North Ft. Worth! Buffalo Room at Cabela’s, See Nationals.
12901 Cabelas Dr., Ft. Worth, TX 76177. In 2 Sections, Open: 4SS, JULY 21, 2018 U.S. G/30 Championship (NC)
See Nationals. JUNE 21-24, 22-24 OR 23-24, 2018 National Open (NV)
G/60 d5, $$: $100-80-60. Top U1700 $50. Reserve (U1200 & unrated): See Nationals.
4SS, G/60 d5, Open to 1199 & under. $$: $80-60-40. Top U600 $30. JULY 22, 2018 U.S. G/60 Championship (NC)
ALL: EF: $30. No checks/credit cards onsite; Cash, Zelle or PayPal only. See Nationals.
Reg.: 9:00am-9:15am; players not registered by 9:20am will be given JULY 27-29 OR 28-29, 19th annual Pittsburgh Open (PA)
1/2 point bye. Entry fee must be received by 8:59 pm on 7/27; $40 See Grand Prix. US Chess Membership Rates:
thereafter including onsite. Rds.: 9:30am 12:30pm 3:00pm 5:30pm. One
1/2 point bye may be requested for rds 1-3; must be requested prior to JULY 27-29 OR 28-29, 26th Annual Southern Open (FL) Premium (P) and Regular (R)
the start of the first round. ENT: 3617 Cripple Creek Trl., Ft. Worth, TX See Grand Prix.
76262, louis_reed@yahoo.com (Zelle or PayPal); please give USCF ID, AUG. 11-15, 7th Annual Washington International (MD) (U.S., CANADA, MEXICO)
section & bye requests in comments. INFO: louis_reed@yahoo.com. See Grand Prix.
http://tinyurl.com/AllianceChess1. W. Type 1 yr 2 yr
AUG. 24-26 OR 25-26, 50th annual Atlantic Open
AUG. 11-15, 7th Annual Washington International (MD) See Grand Prix.
See Grand Prix.
Adult P $49 $95
OCT. 4-8, 5-8 OR 6-8, 10th annual Washington Chess Congress
AUG. 25-26, 64th Iowa Open Championship (USCF & FIDE See Grand Prix. Adult R $40 $75
Rated) IASCA GP Super Qualifier (IA) Senior (65+) $40 $75
See Grand Prix.
WASHINGTON Young Adult P (U25)* $35 $65
UTAH JUNE 20-21, 2018 U.S. Women’s Open (NV) Young Adult R (U25)* $26 $48
See Nationals.
JUNE 20-21, 2018 U.S. Women’s Open (NV) Youth P (U16)* $30 $55
See Nationals. JUNE 21-24, 22-24 OR 23-24, 2018 National Open (NV)
See Nationals. Youth R (U16)* $22 $40
JUNE 21, Walter Browne Memorial National Open Blitz
Championship (BLZ) (NV) JUNE 23-24, International Youth Championship (NV) Scholastic P (U13)* $25 $45
See Nevada.
See Grand Prix. Scholastic R (U13)* $17 $30
JULY 20-22 OR 21-22, 23rd Annual Pacific Coast Open (CA-S)
JUNE 21-24, 22-24 OR 23-24, 2018 National Open (NV)
See Grand Prix.
See Nationals. Premium membership provides a printed copy of Chess
JUNE 22, Youth Trophy Tournament (NV) AUG. 10-12 OR 11-12, 9th annual Central California Open (CA-N)
See Grand Prix.
Life (monthly) or Chess Life Kids (bimonthly) plus all
See Nevada.
other benefits of regular membership. Regular member-
JUNE 23-24, International Youth Championship (NV)
ship provides online-only access to Chess Life and Chess
See Nevada. WEST VIRGINIA Life Kids. Youth provides bimonthly Chess Life, Scholas-
JULY 20-22 OR 21-22, 23rd Annual Pacific Coast Open (CA-S) JULY 27-29 OR 28-29, 19th annual Pittsburgh Open (PA)
See Grand Prix. tic bimonthly Chess Life Kids, others listed above
See Grand Prix.
monthly Chess Life. See www.uschess.org for other
AUG. 10-12 OR 11-12, Cleveland Open (OH)
VERMONT See Grand Prix. membership categories. Dues are not refundable and
JUNE 9-10, 2018 Vermont Open AUG. 24-26 OR 25-26, 50th annual Atlantic Open (VA) may be changed without notice. *Ages at expiration
See Grand Prix. See Grand Prix.

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MY BEST MOVE

Fred Wilson
Noted Chess
Bookseller
Became a Master
at age 71

MY BEST MOVE IS TWOFOLD, CONSISTING


of two moves made almost exactly 50 years apart;
the first was played over the board while the second,
and most important, was made in “real life.”
My first “best move” was played in the fifth
round of the Manhattan Open on August 6th,
1967. I was 21 years old, already married with
two kids, rated 2049, and still trying to “make
master”—a quest that began in 1961 at the New
York City Junior Championship, where I’d scored
only 3-3, but did win the “best-played game” prize
awarded by GM Bill Lombardy, and got my first
US Chess rating (1704). After four rounds I had


three points, having lost to GM Nicolas Rossolimo
in the second round (in a good game published I was used to dealing with tactical
both by The New York Times and Chess Review).
And now I faced future-IM Walter Shipman and
played what is still probably my best game ever:

MY BEST GAME EVER


Fred Wilson
surprises and I handle time pressure well.

Bc5 Bxc5 29. bxc5 Qxc5 30. d6 Qc8 31.


d7 Qd8 32. Nd4 Rxf2+ (The best try.) 33.

But here being a good chessplayer helped.
I was used to dealing with tactical surprises
Walter Shipman Kxf2 Qxd7 34. Nf3 Qe7 35. Rd5 g4 36. and I handle time pressure well. I immediately
Manhattan Open, 1967 (5) Red1! Qa3 37. Rd8+ Kf7 38. R8d7+ Ke8 began scouring my Greenwich Village neigh-
39. Ng5 Qb2+ 40. R1d2 Qf6 41. Rd8+
borhood looking for anything affordable
Qxd8 42. Rxd8+ Kxd8 43. Ne6+ Kd7 44.
nearby, got on many waiting lists, and discov-
Nd4 b4 45. Ke2 Kd6 46. Nxf5+ Ke5 47.
Nd4 Ke4 48. Nb3 h4 49. Nd2+ Ke5 50. ered to my horror why local realtors refer to
g3 h3 51. Kd3, Black resigned. my area as the “gold coast!” Everything was
so expensive!
I tied for first place with GMs Rossolimo, Putting on my best negotiator face, I entered
Pal Benko and Arthur Bisguier, winning
$167.50 (a week’s pay back then!) and gaining a beautiful old (1896), 11-story building at 41
80 rating points. Union Square West. Wow! Seeing the large
This brings me to the second, absolutely room (170 square feet) with a 12-foot ceiling,
crucial “best move” I had to make in my life, the original yellow oak floor, a handy, well-
though this time it was totally forced. After 38 built storage loft, and a large window looking
AFTER 20. ... Bb5 years at the same location, my little bookshop, north out over Broadway with a spectacular
Fred Wilson Chess Books, had to move out. view of the Empire State Building, I immedi-
After about five minutes’ thought I felt I was My old (1854) six-story office building at 799 ately said “I love it!” So much for my negotiator
somewhat worse, but then after another 10 Broadway in New York City—formerly the St. face, but the good news is I could afford it
minutes or so I found it: Denis Hotel where Paul Morphy stayed in 1857 and moved my inventory of 2,000 chess books
21. Qxb5!! My Best Move. 21. … axb5 22. and Abraham Lincoln in 1860—was sold for and dozens of vintage chess sets and clocks
Nxd6 Rc2 23. Nxe8 Qxe8 24. Rfe1 f5 one hundred million dollars in early 2017 and here on Dec. 19th, 2017.
will be replaced by a modern tech building. And here on 17th Street is where I will stay,
Risky. Probably Black should play 24. ... Rc8, All 60 small businesses had to move out by at least until I achieve both of my remaining
with the idea of keeping the d-pawn under the middle of 2018 and the new owner told us goals: to be in business for 50 consecutive
control, with more or less even chances. that any remaining months on our leases would years and to become the oldest player to reach
25. Kf1 Qe4 26. Rbd1! h5? 27. Bd6! Qc4 28. be waived as soon as we left. 2300. Or, die trying.

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