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Studying in Extremes: Jacek Stopa on Making GM
By Jacek Stopa   
May 30, 2015
JacekStopa300.jpgJacek Stopa explores his development on the way to the Grandmaster title, and how it interlaced with his journey to learn the Mandarin language. He also gives tips to players of all ages looking to improve.
Sarkar on Norm #3: Location, Location, Location
By Justin Sarkar   
May 28, 2015
Sarkar300.jpgJustin Sarkar writes about earning his third GM norm at the UTB-Brownsville GM norm tournament, as well as recent life improvements.
Jeffery Xiong Makes History in Chicago Open
By CLO   
May 27, 2015
Xiong440.jpgCongratulations to 14-year-old Jeffery Xiong, who took clear first at the Chicago Open with 7/9! Xiong took home over $10,000, earned his third GM norm and has met the 2500 FIDE requirement for the title!

Caruana and Nakamura Qualify for Candidates
By CLO   
May 26, 2015
fabi250.jpgCongrats to US Grandmasters Fabiano Caruana and Hikaru Nakamura, who both qualified for the 2016 Candidates Tournament! In the final leg of the event in Khanty Mansiysk, they finished 1st and 2nd respectively. 
Chicago Open Underway with Over 20 GMs
By CLO   
May 23, 2015
The Chicago Open is currently underway and young stars GM Sam Sevian and IM Luke Harmon-Velotti lead after four rounds. 
Fabiano Caruana Leads in Khanty-Mansisyk
By CLO   
May 21, 2015
FAbi400.jpgFabiano Caruana, who recently announced his move back to play for the United States, is leading the Grand Prix in Khanty Mansisyk while Hikaru Nakamura now has a plus score after beating MVL in round 7.
Shabalov and Lenderman Lead in Uruguay!
By Zonal President & USCF Director of Events Franc Guadalupe   
May 21, 2015
shabbalenderman.gifGMs Shabalov and Lenderman lead at the Continental Championships currently underway in Montevideo, Uruguay. USCF Events Director Franc Guadalupe reports.
Denker, Barber and Girls Fields Shaping Up
By Jon Haskel   
May 18, 2015
denkerforclo.jpgThe Denker tournament of high school champions, the Barber K-8 and the National Girls Invitational will all take place from August 1-4 in conjunction with the US Open in Phoenix. State chess officials should email their nominees for these events to Jon Haskel at [email protected].
Irina Krush on Elementary Nationals: Study the Endgame!
By GM Irina Krush   
May 15, 2015
LevkovTamazElemNats.jpgGM Irina Krush provides a photo gallery from the Elementary Nationals, gives us endgame lessons and profiles some of the winners, including Rithik Polavaram in the K-3 and Tan Nguyen in the K-5.
USCF Recognizes Joan Dubois's 45th Anniversary
By Cheryle Bruce   
May 13, 2015
JeanJoanRuth.jpgThe USCF celebrated Joan DuBois's 45 anniversary working for the organization with a luncheon attended by Executive Director Jean Hoffman and President Ruth Haring.
Fabiano Caruana to Join U.S. Chess Federation
By USCF   
May 12, 2015
FAbi400.jpgThe United States Chess Federation (USCF) today announced that Fabiano Caruana has initiated the application process to change chess federations and to play for the United States.
Acrobats & Pandas: Alisa's World Team Photo Tour
By FM Alisa Melekhina   
May 10, 2015
alisa380.jpgFM Alisa Melekhina's photo report from the Women's World Team Championship in Chengdu, China also shows off some of the most exciting games from the US squad in the second half of the event.
GM Irina Krush on a Walk Through the Elementary Nationals
By GM Irina Krush   
May 9, 2015
GM Irina Krush gives her impressions midway through the Elementary Nationals underway in Nashville, TN, including a photo gallery from round two, and snippets from her simultaneous exhibition.
Players Qualify for 2015 World Youth
By Jerry Nash   
May 6, 2015
The United States Chess Federation is pleased to announce that 194 players have qualified by rating to participate in the 2015 World Youth Chess Championships to be held in Halkidiki, Greece, from October 24 - November 5.
2015 National Elementary Chess Champs Kicks Off Thursday
By USCF Events Director Franc Guadalupe   
May 4, 2015
The last of this year's USCF Spring Scholastics, the National Elementary, starts on Thursday in Nashville at the Gaylord Opryland. GM Krush is the guest of honor.