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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Fantasy Chess!

Here's a fun opportunity from Jennifer Shahade and Chess Life Online:

Hello Fantasy Chess players and U.S. Championship fans,

This year's U.S. Chess Championship, held from May 7 to 17 at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis should be more exciting than ever--for the first time since 2006, Hikaru Nakamura and Gata Kamsky are both playing. 24 contenders will compete for a $135,400 guaranteed prize pool. In addition to that, there is a $64,000 Fischer Sweep prize for anyone who can recall Bobby Fischer's 1964 performance and win every game.

I'm also excited about this year's fantasy chess competition where YOU decide who will get more points in match-ups such as Shulman-Onischuk and Krush-Zatonskih. (You are predicting whether Zatonskih or Krush will get more points in the entire event, not what will happen if they are paired together.) Here is a link to play: Also see the detailed rules and prizes:

This event will be hosted on, so to play, you need to register on the site or login (to register as a member, you need your pin number,which you can find on the back of any personal Chess Life label.) You must be an active USCF member to win the prizes which include a Monroi Personal Chess Manager, a signed chess board by all the participants and a copy of Kasparov vs.Karpov signed by Kasparov to a "Good Guesser".

Once you enter, you can change your picks up to game time on May 8, 2 PM Central by returning to this link:

I'll be commenting live on the Championship daily along with GM Emil Sutovsky. If you're not in Saint Louis, follow the twitter feed and live streaming on the Internet Chess Club and

On, read about club founder Rex Sinquefield and during the event, watch CLO for video wrap-ups, blogs and of course, fantasy updates by Arun Sharma.

Good luck in fantasy chess and no matter how your team does, be sure to get the most out of what should be two very exciting weeks for chess fans!



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