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Akobian
By John Hillery   
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In his 7 years in the U.S., GM Varuzhan Akobian has developed a Los Angeles-cool style. Despite stellar results on the national and world stage, he has remained a bit under the radar.



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The Man Who Said No to Corus
By GM Ian Rogers   
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Hikaru Nakamura looks like a genius after declining an invitation to Corus Wijk aan Zee for the easier pickins of Gibraltar—despite suffering a slow start.



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"Three-peat" for Hikaru
By Jerry Hanken   
GM Hikaru Nakamura takes his third North American Open in a row—in an event that had one of the most exciting finishes in a Swiss final round in many a moon.



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Dallas Fulfills Their Destiny
By IM Greg Shahade   
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It was another banner year for the U.S. Chess League, as fans following online were treated to a thrilling tiebreaker match for the championship.



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Texas: A Growing Force in Scholastic Chess
By WFM Elizabeth Vicary   
The USCF’s year-end premier scholastic chess event shows evolving trends in the scholastic chess world—with one of the most significant being the increasing dominance of teams and players from Texas.  Elizabeth Vicary examines the various factors contributing to this fresh phenonemon.



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Looks at Books: Chess in the Classroom
By WFM Elizabeth Vicary   
As chess coaches and teachers start to wrap up this school year and begin planning for the new school year, former U.S. Women’s Champion WIM Alexey Root releases a book that will help guide the way.



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What's The Best Move: 2007 Tal Memorial
By GM Larry Evans   


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