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U.S. Championship Update
By Bill Hall   
March 31, 2007

In the latest Frank Berry U.S. Championship(May 15-23,Stillwater, OK) update, the USCF announces four new categories of Patron entry fees for titled players and special prizes donated by the National Open (June 7-11, Las Vegas.)
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Jorge is Back!
By Jennifer Shahade   
March 29, 2007

Photo Chris Bird

You may remember Jorge Zamora from the early 90s, when he won the World U10 Championship, defeated Polgars and Shirov in blitz matches and impressed Mikhail Tal. After a 12 year break, he's back as Jorge Sammour-Hasbun. His recent wins in Dos Hermanas and the Eastern Class show that he still has plenty of game.
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UTD Takes Final Four
By Jennifer Shahade   
March 26, 2007

Yulia Cardona and Reiner Gonzalez from third place finishers, Miami Dade. Photo Jason Janik

March chessboard madness went down over the weekend at the Final Four of College Chess. (Dallas, March 24-25)See how University of Texas at Dallas emerged victorious, extending UTD's undefeated streak to 60 games!
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South Wins Amateur Team Playoffs
By Jennifer Shahade   
March 24, 2007

Daniel Ludwig Photo Kellie Harding

On March 24 on the ICC, "Four Found Fischers" from the South (Daniel Ludwig, Cory Acor, Jeffrey DeJesus and Anthony Felicione) became U.S. Amateur Team Champions. They defeated "Beavis and Buttvinnik" from the East in Round 1 and "Repeat Offenders" from the North in the finals.
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Pruess Wins Norm in France: Part II
By Josh Friedel   
March 23, 2007

Photo courtesy http://www.cappelle-chess.com

In Part II of his Cappelle Le Grande (March 3-10, France) report, Josh Friedel shows off two of his exciting draws, gives counting lessons, and explains how David Pruess reeled in his first GM norm.
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March Chess Madness
By Jennifer Shahade   
March 23, 2007

Photo Jennifer Shahade

This weekend features two major team events, the US Amateur Team playoffs (Mar.24, ICC) and the Collegiate Final Four (Mar. 24-25, Dallas). So go ahead and watch the spring flowers bloom and your NCAA picks get knocked out, but keep one eye on the chess madness!
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Ehlvest Takes US Masters
By Todd Andrews   
March 21, 2007

Photo Jennifer Shahade

Jaan Ehlvest scored 7.5/9 in the U.S. Masters (Hendersonville,NC), winning clear first by a full point. Todd Andrews reports on Jaan's result and also profiles two lesser known participants: a Mongolian student and a German-American veteran.
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Muhammad Earns IM Title
By Jennifer Shahade   
March 21, 2007

Photo H.Rumph

FIDE officially awarded Stephen Muhammad his IM title after he reached the 2400 rating. Read full story to see who the Georgian-based positional player thanks for the title, and play over one of his favorite games.
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Girls Battle in Chicago
By Betsy Dynako   
March 19, 2007

16 and under champ Karsten McVay, looking at the game of 18 and Under winner Krista Selby.

The field at the 4th All Girls' Nationals in Chicago may have been diminished by last weekend's snowstorm, but according to Betsy Dynako, exciting chess and spirit abounded. For games and a huge photo gallery, read full story.
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Pruess Wins Norm in France: Part I
By Josh Friedel   
March 18, 2007

Photo courtesy http://www.cappelle-chess.com

IM Josh Friedel reports from the Cappelle Le Grande Open in France(March 3-10) where his friend IM David Pruess had a breakthrough event to score his first GM norm. In the first of a two part series, Josh quotes from David's journal, explains why TDs should never give David two whites in a row and wonders when chess maturity sinks in.
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Jennifer on Women's Chess
By Jennifer Shahade   
March 17, 2007

Two talented elementary school students: Lillia Poteat and Maddie Bender. Photo J.Shahade

On March 11, CLO editor Jennifer Shahade hosted an advanced womens' chess class at the Marshall Chess Club. This weekend, the 3rd Annual Girls' Nationals is on in Chicago. (March 16-18) Check out Jennifer's Blog to read about her class, Chicago and her thoughts on women's training and tourneys.
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Juniors Rating Update
By Greg Shahade   
March 16, 2007

GM Hikaru Nakamura and IM John Bartholomew

Hikaru rockets up to the number one overall spot, John Bartholomew officially earns his IM stripes and the South represents with new top junior list additions Kazim Gulamali and Daniel Ludwig. Read this and more in Greg Shahade's report.
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U.S. Masters in Full Swing
By Todd Andrews   
March 15, 2007

Ray Robson (left) photo by Dujiu Yang; Kazim Gulamali photo courtesy Georgia Chess Association

Tennessee State Champion Todd Andrews reports from the U.S. Masters in Hendersonville, North Carolina (March 10-18) where young stars Kazim Gulamali and Ray Robson are shining at the halfway mark.
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Dr. Dís Check-up
By Steven Dowd   
March 14, 2007

This month's problem column shows off the flashy problems of the "German Sam Loyd", Fritz Geigold. In Dr.Dowd's own words: "Anyone who plays through these and isn't jazzed must be numb!"
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Kraai Wins in Chicago
By Jennifer Shahade   
March 13, 2007

Motivated organizers such as Sevan Muradian and Chris Bird are providing a steadier stream of American norm tournaments than ever before. In last week's Chicago IM norm round robin (March 5-11)IM Jesse Kraai prevailed by a full point.
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Becerra is Champion of Champions
By Jennifer Shahade and Duncan Oxley   
March 13, 2007

Photo Clint Ballard

The final leg of the 2007 "Champion of Champions" was held on the Internet Chess Club, March.10 in collaboration with the US Chess Federation. GM Julio Becerra of Florida prevailed over NM Xiao Chiang, earning a coveted U.S. Championship spot.
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