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Rohonyan and Zatonskih Advance
August 31, 2008
Katecloslide.jpgKaterina Rohonyan prevailed against the higher-rated Natalia Zhukova to join Anna Zatonskih in advancing to round two of the Women's World Championship. (Nalchik, Russia, August 29-September 18) 
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FM Ylon Schwartz Makes WSOP Final Table
By Jennifer Shahade   
August 30, 2008
Ylonchessstudycloslide.jpgBrooklyn based gamesplayer FM Ylon Schwartz, has bested over 6800 players to qualify for the final table of the 2008 No-Limit Poker World Championship. He is nearly guaranteed the biggest payday ever for a chess/poker player. 
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Rohonyan and Zatonskih in Nalchik
August 29, 2008
Katecloslide.jpgWGM Katerina Rohonyan and IM Anna Zatonskih are both representing America at the Women World Championship (Nalchik, Russia, August 29-September 18). Update: Rohonyan and Zhukova tied 1-1, will go to playoff.
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Start Solving Now: Part II
By Gary Kevin Ware   
August 29, 2008
WurzburgCLOslide.jpgIn the second part of Start Solving Now, Gary Kevin Ware shows what makes a good mate in three and four and discusses how much harder they really are. Can you solve the mate in 3 to the left?


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U.S. Chess League Week 1 Quiz
By Jennifer Shahade   
August 29, 2008
USCLcloslide2.jpgThe first week of the U.S. Chess League featured Boston Globe coverage and six exciting matches. Take the CLO quiz to win your choice of swag from your favorite team!
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Abby on the Atlantic
By Abby Marshall   
August 28, 2008
Abbycloslide.jpgAbby Marshall blogs from the Atlantic Open (August 22-24, D.C) Her tumultuous tournament included nightmares on the c6 square, winning on time and a patient victory.
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Ivanchuk Wins; Gata Finishes with Four
August 27, 2008
TalMemCLOslide.jpgThe final round of the Tal Memorial, won by Vassily Ivanchuk featured five draws, although not all were short: American World Championship Gata Kamsky had a fighting 74 move draw with Ponomariov.
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Hikaru and Pascal Lead in Montreal
By Jennifer Shahade   
August 27, 2008
pascalhikarucloslide.jpgGMs Hikaru Nakamura and Pascal Charbonneau are leading the Montreal International Empresa round-robin with 2.5/3 each.
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Kamsky Beats Top Dog in Tough Tourney
August 26, 2008
TalMemCLOslide.jpgGata Kamsky is having a tough time in the Tal Memorial (Moscow, August 18-27), but he won today against the tournament's top-dog (with Kramnik) Morozevich, giving him a chance to end on a high note with one round to go.
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Erenburg and Stripunsky Take Atlantic
August 25, 2008
StripsCLOslide.jpgGMs Sergey Erenburg and Alexander Stripunsky took first place in the Atlantic Open (D.C, August 22-24) with 4.5/5 each. The Atlantic Open had a great turnout including five GMs and over 400 entries. 
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Americans in Canada
By Jennifer Shahade   
August 25, 2008
IrinaPascalCLoslide.jpgU.S. Champ Yury Shulman, GMs Nakamura and Akobian have arrived in Montreal for the International Empresa round-robin. The first round featured some hot theory cooked up by Canadian-American GM Pascal Charbonneau and IM Irina Krush.
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Start Solving Now: Part I
By Gary Kevin Ware   
August 22, 2008
GKWCLOslide.jpgIn the first of a two-part series, Gary Kevin Ware shows us how to approach chess problems, the anatomy of a good mate in two and the dangers of using Fritz to check your solving.
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U.S. Chess League Kicks Off Monday
By Robby Adamson   
August 22, 2008
USCLcloslide.jpgRobby Adamson previews the 08 season of the U.S. Chess League, which kicks off on Monday night with a match-up between the Arizona Scorpions and the Chicago Blaze, both new teams. 6 new GMs also join the USCL action this season.
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USCS Comes to New Jersey: Part II
By Elizabeth Vicary   
August 21, 2008
victorjoel150.jpgIn the second part of U.S. Chess School Comes to New Jersey, read about eight of the most talented juniors in America and an interview with GM Joel Benjamin.
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Chess Journalists of America Announce Awards
By Jonathan Hilton   
August 21, 2008
macauleyslideclonew.jpgJonathan Hilton, chief judge of the Chess Journalists of America (CJA) announces the full 2008 awards list,including Journalist of the Year Macauley Peterson. Also included are notes on scoring and links to many articles in CLO and CLM!
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U.S. Chess School Comes to New Jersey
By Elizabeth Vicary   
August 19, 2008
Closlideuscs.jpgThe U.S. Chess School met for the second time this summer from August 12-16 at the Dean Chess Academy in New Jersey. Joel Benjamin was the coach, check out highlights from the lessons and a quiz for you to try.
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