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Tuesday, December 25, 2007

2007 Pan American Intercollegiate Set to Begin

From December 27-30, the 2007 Pan American Intercollegiate Chess tournament takes place at Miami Dade College.

The six-round event is open to college teams throughout North and South America, as well as the Carribean. Last year, the top two teams came from the same school. The University of Texas-Dallas (UTD) captured both first place and second place, with perennial rival University of Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC) finishing a rather distant third.

You can read about last year's event in the January 2007 and February 2007 editions of my Scholastic Chess ChessCafe column.


Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Review: How Life Imitates Chess

My review of Garry Kasparov's latest book How Life Imitates Chess, is currently on the ChessCafe home page. I found it to be an intriguing combination of part autobiography and part textbook of life lessons.


Latest Scholastic Chess Column Now Online

My December Scholastic Chess ChessCafe column is now online. In it, I cover the 2007 National Youth Action tournament in St. Louis and the 2007 World Youth Chess Championships in Antalya, Turkey. A number of games from these events with nice tactical shots are included.


Sunday, December 09, 2007

National K-12 Heads Into Final Day

The 2007 National K-12 Championships head into the final day of the three-day event in Houston, Texas. Click on "Pairings and Results" here for updated information.

I don't yet have the final number of players in the tournament, but over 1300 sent in advance entries.


Ray Robson is 4-0 at UTD GM Invitational!

FM Ray Robson

The pairings haven't been easy - he's faced two IMs and two GMs, but after four rounds, FM Ray Robson stands at a perfect 4-0 at the UTD GM Invitational. The best place to follow the results are at MonRoi. The University of Texas-Dallas page can be found here, but they seem slow in updating the results. Coverage is supposed to also be available at the Internet Chess Club, but if so, it's not easily accessible - I haven't found it yet.

I think the "FM" in front of Ray's name stands for "Fearless Master."


Saturday, December 08, 2007

Photos from National K-12 Championships

Here are some photos of action at the National K-12 (grades) tournament from Susan Polgar's blog:

Christopher Wu and coach IM Dean Ippolito

Tommy Polgar and GM Maurice Ashley


Thursday, December 06, 2007

UTD Grandmaster Invitational Begins Today

The University of Texas-Dallas (UTD) again holds its annual Grandmaster Invitational Tournament, with the first of 11 rounds beginning today, at 5:30 PM Central time. Four GMs are entered, and other players include IM Sal Bercys and FM Ray Robson.

More information is available at the UTD Grandmaster Invitational page, and you can follow the tournament's progress at the Internet Chess Club or at MonRoi.


Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Gold, Silver, and Happy Memories for U.S. Team

Daniel Naroditsky
photo: Dujiu Yang, Chess Life Online

Sarah Chiang
photo: Dujiu Yang, Chess Life Online

Daniel Naroditsky won a gold medal at the 2007 World Youth Chess Championships in Antalya, Turkey, and Sarah Chiang won silver. Next week you can read about it in my December Scholastic Chess column at ChessCafe.

You can also find a number of informative articles at Chess Life Online:


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