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Nakamura and Pruess Take Vegas
December 30, 2007
pruessslide.jpgAt the North American Open in Las Vegas (Dec.26-29), GM Hikaru Nakamura and IM David Pruess tied for first with 6/7 each.
Four teams Perfect at Pan-Ams
By John Bartholomew   
December 29, 2007
johnbslide.jpgAfter three rounds of the Pan-American Intercollegiate Championship (Miami, Dec.27-30), four teams have perfect scores: UTD A, UTD B, UMBC A, and Stanford. IM John Bartholomew reports.
Arizona and Chicago Join the USCL
By Jennifer Shahade   
December 28, 2007
USCLmainlogo.jpgThe U.S. Chess League added two new teams for the 2008 season, the Chicago Blaze and the Arizona Scorpions. Off season action also includes a Game of the Year contest. Web-editor Jennifer Shahade is one of the judges.
Holiday Tournaments Underway
December 27, 2007
miamislide.jpgThe Pan-American Championship in Miami, Florida kicked off Thursday. Look for blogging by University of Texas at Dallas student IM John Bartholomew. Two major Swisses, The North American in Vegas and the Eastern Open in DC are also heating up the holidays...
Holiday Chess Trivia
By Michael Klein   
December 23, 2007
xmastrivialead2.jpgUp for grabs in CLO's Holiday Chess Trivia quiz are book prizes, including a signed copy of "King's Gambit" by Paul Hoffman.  Answers and winners now published! Congrats to 1st place winner, Jon Leisner. 
Kuljasevic Wins GM Norm in Dallas
By Davorin Kuljasevic/Jennifer Shahade   
December 21, 2007
Davorinslide.jpgUniversity of Texas at Dallas business student IM Davorin Kuljasevic won his first GM norm at the UTD Invitational. Davorin annotates two of his games  and tells CLO where he wants to go in chess and in business.
Diary of a Samford Scholar: European Fall Part II
By IM Josh Friedel   
December 19, 2007
joshrohdeslide.jpgIn IM Josh Friedel's second report on his European adventures, our 2007 Samford Scholar reports on the Bad Wiessee Open in Germany. Josh writes about losing with a rook vs. a knight, beating the "Mad Dog" and what he plans to do to get into top form.
GM Joel on the World Youth
By GM Joel Benjamin   
December 17, 2007
Joelead.jpgWorld Youth coach GM Joel Benjamin gives his thoughts on why Americans performed so well this year in Antalya, Turkey. Ask GM Joel a question of your own!
64 Square Tour
By Bart Gibbons   
December 17, 2007
llead64Q-mod.jpgIn an inspiring article, International Correspondence Master Bart Gibbons takes a 64-square tour through chess history, looking for the best moves on each square. Read, solve and feel free to disagree about his choices! Pictured to the left is Bart's favorite of the 64.
Gata Wins World Cup!!
By Jennifer Shahade   
December 16, 2007
kamskyfinalslide.jpgGata Kamsky drew the final game of his match against Shirov (Dec.13-16) to win the World Cup! Check out the game that clinched his victory.

Kamsky Closes in on Title with Draw
By Jennifer Shahade   
December 15, 2007

kamskysvidslide.jpgGata Kamsky followed up his fantastic win with White in game 2 of the World Cup final against Alexei Shirov with a draw. Now Shirov MUST win tomorrow or Gata wins the World Cup!

Kamsky Wins With White!
By Jennifer Shahade   
December 14, 2007
kamshirovslide.jpgIn game two of the World Cup final (Dec.13-17), Gata Kamsky defeated Alexei Shirov in a wild Anti-Sveshnikov, taking him one step closer to serious World Championship possibilities.
Kamsky Draws Shirov with Black
By Jennifer Shahade   
December 13, 2007
kamshirovslide.jpgIn the first game of the World Cup final (Dec.13-17, Khanty-Mansiysk), Kamsky drew against Alexei Shirov with Black. Although Shirov did have an edge against Kamsky's Ruy Lopez Breyer variation, Kamsky's solid play did not allow him many dreams of victory.
New York Triumphs at Grades
By Macauley Peterson/Betsy Dyanko   
December 12, 2007
hunterlead.jpgMacauley Peterson wraps up his thoughts on the K-12 Nationals/Collegiate (Dec.7-9, Houston.) Don't miss the article's photo gallery by Betsy Dyanko which includes a pic of Hikaru Nakamura who turned 20 on Dec.9.
Shirov and Kamsky Head to Final
By Jennifer Shahade   
December 11, 2007
Shirovslide.jpgShirov defeated Karjakin in the World Cup semifinals tiebreaker, so he advances to meet Gata Kamsky in  the four-game final, which begin on Thursday at 5 AM EST.
Play Like Ray!
By Alexey Root/Jennifer Shahade   
December 10, 2007
Robsonslide.jpgIn the UTD GM Invitational (Dec.6-14), Ray Robson clinched his final IM norm. He shares the lead with 4.5/6 with GM Alejandro Ramirez and IM Davorin Kuljasevic. Full story includes a Robson tactical challenge plus Alexey Root's interview with Ray's father.