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Pinoy of Chicago Revamp Wins US Amateur Team North
By Betsy Dynako   
February 26, 2015
Pinoy of Chicago Revamp, led by IM Angelo Young, took clear first at the US Amateur Team North in Schaumburg, Illinois. Full story with photos and key games by Betsy Dynako. 
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Hat Trick! NorCal House of Chess Sweeps the 2015 U.S. Amateur Team West
By Kostya Kavutskiy   
February 23, 2015
NorthCal440.jpgFor the third year in a row, the perennial powerhouse team NorCal House of Chess won the U.S. Amateur Team West, this time sweeping the field with a perfect 6-0 score. Kostya Kavutskiy reports.
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Texas sized Swiss – Four GMs tie for first in Southwest Class
By Colonel David A. Hater   
February 23, 2015
Kamsky250.jpgIn the Master's section of the Southwest Class, GMs Gata Kamsky, Yarsola Zherebukh, Anton Kovalyov and Holden Hernandez Carmenate tied for first with Kamsky taking the title on tiebreak. See key games and full story by Colonel David A. Hater. 

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Ringoir tallies final GM Norm at Chinggis Chess Club
By Tom Langland   
February 21, 2015
ringoir_receiving_GM_norm.jpg IM Tanguy Ringoir and GM Negi Parmijaran tied for first at the GM Norm Invitational at the 1st Chinnggis Chess Club. Ringoir, a UMBC student, also picked up his final GM norm. 
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The US Chess Scoop: "Who is Your Dream Team?"
By US Chess Scoop   
February 19, 2015
The US Chess Scoop went to Parsipanny, New Jersey for the World Amateur Team Championships to find out who would be on the perfect "dream team." Top picks included Carlsen, Nakamura, So and Krush.
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Virginia Assassins Eliminate the Opposition at the USATE
By Al Lawrence   
February 18, 2015
USCF400.jpgVirginia Assassins took first place in the World Amateur Team Championships, held over President's Day weekend in Parsipanny, NJ. AL Lawrence reports on the action-packed weekend.

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The February Check is in the Mail
By Alex Dunne   
February 16, 2015
RAgozinCheckInMail.jpgIn his February "Check is in the Mail" column, Alex Dunne goes over a key game from the 2nd World Correspondence Chess Champion, Viacheslav Ragozin. 
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Nakamura Breaks 2800 on Way to Zurich Win
By CLO   
February 16, 2015
GM Hikaru Nakamura broke 2800 at the Zurich Chess Challenge and is now #4 on the live rankings. Updated with full games list and playoff battle vs. Anand.
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Stalemate: A Valentine's Chess Poem
By Casey Hill   
February 14, 2015
Happy Valentine's Day! Find the chess-themed love poem "Stalemate" by Casey Hill.
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Happy Valentine's Day from Pal Benko
By GM Pal Benko   
February 13, 2015
HeartTwins.jpgIn honor of Valentine's day, legendary GM and composer GM Benko presents a series of twin problems in hearts, rings and H/V letter problems. Solve one for every candy you eat!
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Arthur Shen Tops Steve Ferrero Memorial
By IM Dean Ippolito   
February 13, 2015
arthurshenslidef.jpgFM Arthur Shen topped the 2nd annual Steve Ferrero Memorial, held on February 8 at the Dean of Chess Academy in remembrance of 1st club member Steve Ferrero.

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Wesley So Lectures at the Mechanics' Institute
By IM John Donaldson   
February 13, 2015
WesleyNar2.jpgGrandmaster Wesley So, currently rated number seven in the world, gave a well-received lecture to an audience of approximately 80 players at the Mechanics' Institute Chess Club of San Francisco on February 10th.

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US Amateur Team Preview
By Kostya Kavutskiy   
February 13, 2015
USATW.jpgKostya Kavutskiy previews the US Amateur Team West, which begins this weekend along with the US Amateur Team East in Parsippany and the US Amateur Team Norht in Schaumburg.
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Shankland on his Rise From GM to Top Hundred: Part II
By GM Sam Shankland   
February 12, 2015
SamTata300.jpgIn the second part of GM Shankland's in-depth piece on reaching the top 100 players in the World, he offers analysis and five main guidelines, including a reminder than we can learn from all hardworking players.
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A Fight for Survival: Thad’s No Fun Wins US Amateur Team South
By Ben Silva   
February 10, 2015
Trophypic1.jpgBen Silva covers the US Amateur Team South, held a week earlier than the other Amateur Team competitions in Atlanta, Georgia. Thad's No Fun, with NM Richard Francisco, NM Sanjay Ghatti, Frank Johnson, Grant Oen took clear first.
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Chess State: The Movie
By Betsy Dynako   
February 9, 2015
SamMoviestill.jpgFind out more on Chess State, a documentary on team chess in Illinois, which releases on February 10th.
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