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Copper State International Kicks Off
May 29, 2009
The Copper State Open, a strong international tournament with great norm opportunities, kicked off Friday, May 29 in Mesa, Arizona with 32 players including 6 GMs.
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Kruml and Qi Tie in U.S. Amateur West
By Enrique Huerta   
May 28, 2009
The U.S. Amateur Team West in Tucson, Arizona (May 22-25) attracted 192 players including 13 experts in the Championship section. Eric Qi and Joseph Kruml tied for first with 5/6 with Kruml taking 1st on tiebreak.
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GM Joel: Sleepless in Saint Louis
By GM Joel Benjamin   
May 27, 2009
GM Joel Benjamin gives us a round by round account of the 2009 U.S. Chess Championship from a wild win over Krush to tough losses to Akobian and Kamsky. He also touches on sleepless mornings and his plans for 2010.
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Hutama Wins U.S. Amateur Championships East
By Steve Ferrero   
May 27, 2009
The 66th Annual U.S. Amateur Championship East Tournament, held in Somerset, New Jersey drew 220 players up 50 from 2008. Sandi Hutama won the Championship section. See winners and photos in full story. 
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Ehlvest Wins Title in Chicago with Dutch Magic
By Jonathan Hilton   
May 26, 2009
Jonathan Hilton reports from the Chicago Open where GM Jaan Ehlvest squeezed out the title in an Armageddon game against Gabriel Sargissian. Hilton also annotates a Tyler Hughes victory and covers a Finegold post-mordem. 
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Six Tied for Lead in Chicago
May 25, 2009
After five rounds of the Chicago Open (May 22-25), six GMs are tied for the lead, with 4/5: Sargissian, Shabalov, Sadvakasov, Shulman, Ehlvest and Kacheishvili. Two more rounds will determine this year's Champion.
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Amateur Championships Underway
By Steve Ferrero and Enrique Huerta   
May 24, 2009
The Amateur West and East Championships are underway Memorial Day Weekend in Tucson, Arizona and Somerset, New Jersey. Check out games from each coast.
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Hilton on Playing Like Finegold in Chicago
By Jonathan Hilton   
May 23, 2009
Jonathan Hilton reports from the Chicago Open, where top seeds in the 4-day schedule include GMs Gabriel Sargassian and Loek Van Wely. Hilton focuses on playing like Ben Finegold.
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Photos From ChessFest 2009
By Jennifer Shahade   
May 22, 2009
Check out photos from Chess Fest, held in Tucson, Arizona. The event, hosted by 9queens, was intended to spread chess to the community at large, and featured face-painting, live music and an art auction in addition to chess.
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Chicago Open Kicks Off Memorial Weekend
May 22, 2009
chicago09.jpgThe Chicago Open, with a 100K prize fund (May 22-25) kicks off Friday night. Check out updated results and news on the official website and look for CLO blogs by Jonathan Hilton and photos by Betsy Dynako.
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Interview with Hikaru Nakamura
May 21, 2009
Watch a video interview with 2009 U.S. Chess Champion Hikaru Nakamura just after he secured victory.
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2010 U.S. Championships Announced at Closing
May 20, 2009
See photos from the closing ceremony of the 09 U.S. Chess Chess Championship. Nakamura spoke, Sutovsky sang, Krush met her favorite rapper and president Rex Sinquefield announced that the 2010 Champs will return to Saint Louis.
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Schein Friedman Scholarship Details
By FM Aviv Friedman   
May 19, 2009
Mark Schein and Aviv Friedman, in cooperation with the US Chess Trust, are happy to announce their second annual scholastic recognition project.

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Fantasy Chess Finishes!
By Arun Sharma   
May 18, 2009
orlandoslide.jpgThe winners are in for the fantasy chess competition, which was held in conjunction with the 2009 U.S. Chess Championship. Orlando Gonzalez of I.S. 318 wins first place.
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Nakamura 2009 U.S. Chess Champion!
By Jennifer Shahade   
May 17, 2009
hikarufinalslide.jpgGM Hikaru Nakamura won clear first and $40,000 in the 2009 U.S. Chess Championship with a final round win over GM Josh Friedel.
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Round Eight Video Recap
By Macauley Peterson and Jennifer Shahade   
May 17, 2009
Check out the round eight video recap from the 2009 U.S. Chess Championship.
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