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John Grefe in Australia – The Chess and Meditation Tour
By David Lovejoy with material by GM Ian Rogers   
February 26, 2014
Gref300.jpgDavid Lovejoy remembers American US Chess Champion John Grefe's (1947-2013) tour of Australia in 1975, and explores the relationship between chess and meditation.
The Illini Samwich Capture US Amateur Team North Title
By Betsy Dynako   
February 25, 2014
The-Illini-Samwich-vs-No-Dr.jpgThe Illini Samwich team, consisting of Sam Schmakel, Eric Rosen, Michael Auger and Shreya Mangalam, took first place at the US Amateur Team North, held in Schaumburg, Illinois from February 21-23. 
Grandmaster Annotations of the US Amateur
By Onischuk & Chandra   
February 23, 2014
KasparovAkshat.jpgGM Aleksandr Onischuk annotates a game from the US Amateur Team while young stars Akshat Chandra of "Quest to GM" offers thoughts on a key battle as well vs. the victorious Princeton squad.    

Russians Never Retreat from Georgia
By Frank Johnson   
February 21, 2014
photoleadUSATS.jpgRussians Never Retreat, led by Daniel Gurevich took top honors on tiebreak over Gator Chess at the US Amateur Team South, held this year in Georgia for the first time.
US Amateur Team West: Ted Talks, Luke Annotates
By Ted Castro and Luke Harmon-Vellotti   
February 21, 2014
NorCalChesslead.jpgUS Amateur Team West back to back champions "Nor Cal House of Chess" captain Ted Castro talks team strategy while Luke Harmon-Vellotti of UCLA annotates an exciting battle vs. Cameron Wheeler.

The Scoop on Parsippany [VIDEO]
By US Chess Scoop   
February 20, 2014
The US Scoop from the US Amateur Team Champs in Parsippany features new Executive director Jean Hoffman, SM Joshua Colas and CLO contributor Matan Priletensky.
Two In a Row for Princeton At Amateur Team East
By Al Lawrence   
February 19, 2014
KasparovleadUSATE.jpgFor the second year in a row, “Princeton A” won the World Amateur Team Chess Championship. Al Lawrence reports on Kasparov's visit and some of the fun surrounding the popular team event.
For the Love of Team Chess: Illinois Scholastic A Big Draw
By Betsy Dynako   
February 18, 2014
Homewood-Flossmoor-HS-of-Fl.jpgA week before the US Amateur Team North heads to Illinois, Betsy Dynako covers the Illinois High School State Team Chess Championships, which featured nearly 140 teams.  
The February Check is in the Mail
By Alex Dunne   
February 18, 2014
Alex Dunne's February Check is in the Mail column features a game by Stephen McGregor, the the 2010 Electronic Knights Champ. Also find games by  Paul Boymel and Barry Endsley (pictured).  
Chess Party Underway in Parsippany
By Al Lawrence   
February 16, 2014
Despite a snowstorm that snarled travel from the Deep South to New England, 278 chess teams trekked to the Parsippany Hilton in New Jersey. Midway through, Al Lawrence highlights key players and guests.
Awonder at a Small Town Chess Festival
By Hank Anzis   
February 14, 2014
Awonder1.jpg14 expert and higher players, including World Under 10 Champion Awonder Liang, braved poor weather conditions for the first tournament of its kind, a strong three-round open in Marshalltown, Iowa.
Host Columbia Prevails in Ivy League Faceoff
By Matthew Michaelides   
February 12, 2014
Columbia440.jpgTournament host Columbia University won the 4th annual Inter-Ivy League Chess Tournament. Matthew Michaelides of the Columbia Chess Club writes about key moments.
Irina on Gibraltar: Surprise Winner, Too Late for Americans
By GM Irina Krush   
February 11, 2014
StuartIrina.jpgGM Irina Krush writes about the Gibraltar Chess Festival, champion Cheparinov, American contenders and monkeys. She also weighs in on her experience of commentating, and how it differs from playing. 
How to Spot Top Talent: Greg on Chess
By IM Greg Shahade   
February 9, 2014
jeffery_xiong.jpgIM Greg Shahade talks about his observations from organizers 23 sessions of the US Chess School and the one key thing that he notices in many of the most talented young students.
Nakamura vs. Carlsen: The Musical
By GM Ian Rogers   
February 6, 2014
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GM Ian Rogers presents "Nakamura vs. Carlsen", the Musical, based on their thrilling contest in Zurich, Switzerland. 
L.A to Saint Louis: Kostya on Chess at Lindenwood
By Kostya Kavutskiy   
February 4, 2014
lindenwood-team-extreme.jpg Kostya Kavutskiy writes about his journey from Los Angeles to Saint Louis to attend Lindenwood University, where his is both earning his MBA and pursuing his chess development.