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Jennifer on Chess Talk with John Watson
By Jennifer Shahade   
April 30, 2009
JenJohn.jpgListen to Jennifer Shahade's ICC interview with IM John Watson. As part of a U.S. Championship promotional series, Internet Chess Club made the broadcast available to all.
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Road to GM: Not Broken
By FM Daniel Rensch   
April 29, 2009
Renschslide.jpgFM Daniel Rensch writes about his plans for the Grandmaster title, and an unexpected obstacle at the height of his confidence in 2004. His next chance for norms will be close to home: the Copper State International, hosted by his company, American Chess Events.
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Games and Photos From the All-Girls
By Franc Guadalupe and Jennifer Shahade   
April 29, 2009
MeganANnaslide.jpgCheck out more photos and games from the All-Girls, including wins from 12& Under Champ Lilia Poteat, 16& Under Champ Rochelle Ballantyne and 18& Under Champ Megan Lee.
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World Chess Live Tournament of College Champions
April 29, 2009
WCLLOGO.jpgThe World Chess Live Tournament of College Champions will be held from August 1-4 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Update:  WCL College Entrants will get half price entry into the U.S. Open!
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Gata Scores After Slump
April 29, 2009
Nalchikslide.jpgGM Gata Kamsky scored in round 9 against Grischuk after three losses in the Nalchik Grand Prix (April 15-30). In typical Kamsky fashion, the game was over 100 moves! After this win, Kamsky drew his final three games while Aronian won first.
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Daily Fantasy Chess Prizes
April 28, 2009
Fantsaychess2.jpgThe 2009 Fantasy Chess competition for the U.S. Championship (Saint Louis, May 7-17) will feature daily book prizes for contest leaders. Check out the list of books up for grabs.
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USCF seeks FIDE Zonal President
By Bill Hall   
April 28, 2009
USCF is now accepting applications for the volunteer post of FIDE Zonal President for the U.S. Zone.  Applicants should contact Bill Hall by May 12.
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IM Ray Robson Wins Samford Fellowship
By Allen Kaufman   
April 27, 2009
IM Ray Robson of Largo, Florida,14, has been awarded the 24th Frank P. Samford Jr. Chess Fellowship. Ray, who is home-schooled, will be able to travel more and have more lessons with his coach Alex Onischuk.
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Akobian Wins Californian Challenge
By Thomas Southerland   
April 27, 2009
GM Varuzhan Akobian won his rapid match against GM Yury Shulman 3.5-2.5, and won the blitz 6-2. The match was held at the Robinson Racheria resort and featured a $10,000 prize fund. Organizer Thomas Southerland gives the full story.
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Megan Lee the Big Winner at All Girls
By Dr. Alexey Root   
April 27, 2009
Jasmineslide.jpgMegan Lee won a scholarship to UTD by winning the 18&Under section of the All-Girls-Nationals (Apr. 24-26, Dallas). Check out Dr. Alexey Root's photos from the event including blitz champ Jasmine Fermin to the left.
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Fantasy Chess 2009
By Arun Sharma   
April 24, 2009
200fantasy09.jpgIn 2009 Fantasy Chess, YOU decide who will get more points in U.S. Championship match-ups such as Kamsky-Nakamura and Zatonskih-Krush. Prizes include a Monroi PCM! To play, make sure you are registered on uschess.org and your membership is renewed.
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Be a USCF Benefactor!
By USCF   
April 24, 2009
Help promote American chess by becoming a USCF Benefactor Member. Benefactor Membership includes Life Membership, a special membership card, and recognition on a benefactor page of our website and periodically in Chess Life.
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Basketball Chess Video
April 23, 2009
closlidenba.jpgWatch a video from nba.com , posted on youtube that features NBA players battling over the board. Also check the archival articles by CLO contributor David Friedman on chess and basketball. 
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Akobian Leads Against Shulman
April 22, 2009
akobianslide2.jpgIn the four-day rapid match in Robinson Rancheria Resort and Casino (April 22-25), GM Varuzhan Akobian leads 1.5-0.5 over his friend and Olympic teammate, GM Yury Shulman.
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Adventures of a Samford: Perfect in Toronto
By GM Josh Friedel   
April 22, 2009
JoshTorontoslide.jpgGM Josh Friedel writes the Toronto Open, where he scored 5/5. He talks about his favorite game from the event, why perfect wasn't enough for first and his preparations for Saint Louis.
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Landon Brownell (1989-2009)
By Robby Adamson   
April 22, 2009
LAndonSLIDE.jpgNM Landon Brownell, member of the Catalina Foothills team, and the 2006 National High School Champion died in a car accident on April 21. Robby Adamson shares memories of "an amazing person" who defined "team player."
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