Akopian Triumphs in Gibraltar
By Ian Rogers   
thumb_krush52_web.jpg Hikaru Nakamura places second in the Gibraltar Chess Festival while Irina Krush defeats GMs Akopian and Korchnoi, just missing her second grandmaster norm. GM Ian Rogers reports.


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Chess Problems of the Champions
By Steven Dowd   
thumb_problementry.jpg Although today chess problems and chess play often are two separate worlds, this was not always the case. Great players were often involved in the composing of problems. Here we will look at some problems composed by world champions, national champions, and contenders to the throne.


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Daaim Shabazz: Playing to the Beat of a Different Drummer
By Gregory S. Kearse   
thumb_shabbaz_web.jpgWhile dancing on the edge of the global village, Daaim Shabazz has created and maintained a valuable and unique chess news website, thechessdrum.net.


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In the Arena: Sarkar Gets GM Norm at Marshall
By Justin Sarkar   
thumb___Sarkarlead.jpg The 90th Marshall Chess Club Championship was a 100 Grand Prix point, nine-round Swiss which featured 19 Masters, including five GMs and four IMs. For IM Justin Sarkar, the venerable club was the location of his first GM norm.


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Looks at Books: Sunny Side Up
By Joel Benjamin   
thumb_PerloBook_Web.jpgBook of the Year in England last year and finalist for ChessCafe.com Book of the Year this year, this endgame book is being bandied about as an instant classic.


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USCF Executive Board Candidate Statements
By Hal Bogner   
USCF Executive Board Candidate Statements


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Chess to Enjoy: Levelling the Field
By Andy Soltis   
“ ... the true essence of the contest ... was really between men in two different roles: man as a performer and man as a toolmaker.” Feng-Hsiung Hsu, Behind Deep Blue


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