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Final Four in Baltimore
By Jennifer Shahade   
April 6, 2008
ErenburgCLOslide.jpgThe Final Four has begun in Baltimore (April 5-6), but the action will come down to the final round on Sunday, when powerhouses UTD and UMBC face off.
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Junior High Update
By Jennifer Shahade   
April 5, 2008
Dawrincloslide.jpgMidway through the Junior High Nationals, perfect scores abound, with most favorites still on 3-0. Check out game highlights, a note from Scholastic director Jerry Nash and a youtube video.  
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Irina Krush Wins Challenge Match
By J.Shahade/B.Dynako   
April 4, 2008
IrinaCLOslidefinal.jpgIM Irina Krush defeated IM Lilit Mrktchian in the first North American Challenge Match (Chicago, March 31-April 3). The score was 1.5-1.5 last night, but Irina stepped it up in round 4, showing off the advantage of two bishops.
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Nationals Tactics Warm-Up
By Elizabeth Vicary   
April 4, 2008
JrTacCLOslide.jpgIt's a big weekend for U.S. Chess, with the Junior High Nationals (Dallas, April 4-6) and the College Final Four (Baltimore, April 5-6). Watch the games for both live on monroi and try your hand at this tactics warm-up.
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Todd On Tulsa
By FM Todd Andrews   
April 3, 2008
TODDCLOslide.jpg FM Todd Andrews, who narrowly missed out on a qualfication spot, annotates the high and low points of his result at the Frank Berry U.S. Championship Qualifier Open.
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GM Joel on Even Stronger Computers
By GM Joel Benjamin   
April 3, 2008
Joelslideask.jpgA reader wonders if computers would be even stronger if they were programmed to avoid dry positions and seek the jugular. Find out what GM Joel thinks and send your own inquiries to askgmjoel@uschess.org.
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E.Vicary Previews Nationals
By Elizabeth Vicary   
April 2, 2008
LeeCLOslide.jpgNationals season begins with the Junior High (Dallas, April 4-6), followed by the High School (Atlanta, April 18-20) and Elementary (Pittsburg, May 9-11.) I.S. 318 coach Elizabeth Vicary makes predictions and details how a championship team prepares.
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Krush-Mrktchian Match Kicks Off
By Betsy Dynako   
April 1, 2008
LilitCLOslide.jpg The 1st North American Challenge Match (March 31-April 3) features IM Irina Krush and IM Lilit Mrktchian of Armenia. The match began last night with a fighting draw.


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Qualifier Open: A Qualified Success
By Tom Braunlich   
April 1, 2008
ShankCLOslide.jpgIn an in-depth report on the Frank Berry U.S. Championship Qualifier Open, Tom Braunlich highlights the best games, the controversies and confirms the qualifiers.
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New Findings on Gender and Tactics
By Jennifer Shahade   
April 1, 2008
CLopp1slide.jpgRecent studies show that girls solve pawn promotion tactics more quickly than boys, who excel in checkmate puzzles. This finding may go back to the ancient labor division between hunting and child rearing.
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