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University of Maryland Balitmore County Wins Pan-Ams!
By Jennifer Shahade   
December 30, 2009
The University of Maryland Baltimore County defended their title at the Pan-American Championships in South Padre Island, Texas. The team earned a perfect 6-0 score.
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Justus Williams Takes Empire State
By Shaun Smith   
December 30, 2009
11-year-old Justus Williams prevailed this weekend at the Empire State Open, winning clear first with 4.5/6 and raising his rating 60 points to a personal best of 2140.
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Five Tie in Vegas; Akobian Top on Tiebreaks
By Randy Hough   
December 30, 2009
At the North American Open in Las Vegas, five GMs tied for first, Varuzhan Akobian, Josh Friedel, Victor Mikhalevski, Alex Shabalov and Alex Yermolinsky with Akobian prevailing on tiebreaks.
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Pan-Ams Heat Up with GM vs. GM Action
By Jennifer Shahade   
December 29, 2009
The Pan-American Championships are heating up in South Padre Island, Texas. Home team UTB drew with UTD B in round three, leaving only two perfect teams with 3/3: UTD A and UMBC A.
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Akobian Leads Going into Vegas's Final Day
By Randy Hough   
December 29, 2009
After defeating Daniel Naroditsky, GM Varuzhan Akobian is the clear leader as the North American Open enters its final day at Bally’s in Las Vegas.
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Ippolito Leads Eastern Open
By Michael Atkins   
December 28, 2009
IM Dean Ippolito leads the Eastern Open in Washington DC with 4/4. His latest win was an intense ending over GM Ivanov. Update: Lenderman wins clear first in the Eastern Open. Full story coming soon.
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Naroditsky Still Perfect in Vegas
By Jennifer Shahade   
December 28, 2009
After a round four upset over GM Alexander Shabalov, 14-year-old Daniel Naroditsky has the only perfect score at the North American Open with 4/4. Tonight the schedules merge.
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Three Lead in Vegas after Three Rounds
By Randy Hough   
December 28, 2009
After three rounds of the North American Open, GMs Akobian and Yermolinsky join 14-year-old Daniel Naroditsky with 3/3.
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Pan-Ams Kick Off in South Padre Island
By Jennifer Shahade   
December 28, 2009
The Pan-American Championships run from Dec.27-30 in South Padre Island, Texas. Stay up to date with links to standings and live games.
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Upsets, Miniatures and Muzak at the North American Open
By Randy Hough   
December 27, 2009
Randy Hough analyzes a few upsets and miniatures from round one of the North American Open in Las Vegas, including 15-year-old Vincent Huang's win over Ravichandran.
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Holiday Trivia Contest for ICC Memberships
By Betsy Dynako   
December 24, 2009
Identify the silhouetted players in this photograph contest to win one of four one-year memberships or membership extensions to the Internet Chess Club. Happy Holidays!
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Kosteniuk Spreads Holiday Cheer in Tucson
By Jennifer Shahade   
December 23, 2009
Move Over Santa! Women's World Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk spread holiday cheer in Tucson, Arizona with her goodwill simultaneous exhibition on December 20 for 9 Queens.
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Dan Heisman on the Improving Chess Thinker
By Jennifer Shahade   
December 22, 2009
Author and coach Dan Heisman talks on the US Chess Scoop about his new book, The Improving Chess Thinker by Mongoose Press.
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The Home Team's Perspective on the Pan-Ams
By WIM Luciana Morales   
December 22, 2009
University of Texas at Brownsville student WIM Luciana Morales previews (and climbs a few trees on the way!) the 2009 Pan-American Championships, to be held in South Padre Island from Dec.27-30. 
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Play Up at the Eastern Open
By Michael Atkins   
December 22, 2009
This year's big East Coast Holiday tournament, the Eastern Open in DC (Dec.27-30) features some interesting new prizes, including 32 upset prizes and Most Improved Player awards.
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USCF News: Update on Email Capabilities
By Mike Nolan   
December 22, 2009
The USCF has made several enhancements to its email capabilities recently, such as the ability to sign up for email updates when an event they played in has been rated.
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