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North Carolina Chess Fixture Ron Simpson Dies
By CLO   
September 21, 2013
Ron250Simpson.jpgFM Ron Simpson, a beloved member of the chess community, died on Thursday September 19th after a battle with cancer. GM Ashley once said, "I wouldn't be the player I am today without him."
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Jennifer on the Sinquefield Cup
By CLO   
September 21, 2013
JasonMomentAir.jpgOn her blog, CLO editor Jennifer Shahade writes about her favorite Sinquefield Cup moments.
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Steve Ferrero (1962- 2013)
By IM Dean Ippolito   
September 21, 2013
steve-dean-2009.jpgIM Dean Ippolito of the Dean of Chess writes about Steve Ferrero, an active chess expert who passed away last week. The Dean of Chess will be hosting a memorial Grand Prix for Steve on December 1.
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The September Check is in the Mail
By Alex Dunne   
September 19, 2013
Wolff.jpgThis month's "Check is in the Mail" includes an annotated game by International Correspondence Chess Master Wolff Morrow.
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10 Things We Learned From the 2013 Sinquefield Cup
By GM Ian Rogers   
September 17, 2013
carlsenvaronian_001.JPGGM Rogers talks about ten things learned from the Sinquefield Cup, including "It's Not About the Money", "US Chess fans will pay to watch chess" & "Anand will be the underdog at the World Champs."
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Week 3 USCL Highlights: 3 Teams Stay Perfect
By Kostya Kavutskiy   
September 16, 2013
USCLmainlogo.jpgAfter three weeks of US Chess League action, three teams retain perfect scores: Carolina Cobras, Miami Sharks and the Dallas Destin. Kostya Kavutskiy covers the highlights, including the "Move of the Week." 
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Back to the US Chess School: Greg's Top Five Tips
By IM Greg Shahade   
September 14, 2013
USCSLogoLead.jpgUS Chess School founder IM Greg Shahade recently unveiled a new website. Getting into the "Back to School" spirit, Greg presents his top five tips on how to improve. 
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Nakamura Clear First at Halfway Point of Sinquefield Cup
By Brian Jerauld   
September 13, 2013
After three rounds of the Sinquefield Cup, Nakamura leads with 2.5/3. In his round three battle vs. Carlsen, he used an unusual weapon. Read more and watch round four live on Sept 13, 2 EST. 
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Nakamura Leads Sinquefield Cup after Two Rounds [VIDEO]
By CLO   
September 11, 2013
The strongest tournament in US history, the Sinquefield Cup, is underway and the local hero, GM Hikaru Nakamura is in the lead with a perfect 2-0 start.
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US Chess League: Fireworks From the Start
By Kostya Kavutskiy   
September 8, 2013
USCLmainlogo.jpgKostya Kavutskiy highlights key tactical moments from the first two weeks of the US Chess League. Miami, Dallas and San Franciscso all started with 2-0.
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World's Best Gather in Saint Louis for Sinquefield Cup
By Mike Wilmering   
September 7, 2013
MagnusSlideSinq.jpgFind details on the 2013 Sinquefield Cup, starting on September 9th, Monday in Saint Louis and featuring World #1 Carlsen, #2 Aronian as well as the top two US players, Nakamura and Kamsky.
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Labor Day Madness Part II: From New York to California
By CLO   
September 5, 2013
NickCheca.jpgOur round-up of Labor Day weekend tournaments includes the New York State, where 11-year-old Nicholas Checa (pictured) became the youngest champ. NEW: Salman Azhar on the CalChess State Open.
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Labor Day Madness Part I: Mamedov Wins US Masters
By CLO   
September 3, 2013
TatevUSM.jpgGM Rauf Mamedov won this year's US Masters, held in Greensboro NC over the holiday weekend. Many players earned norms, including Justin Sarkar (GM norm), Tatev Abrahamyan (IM norm) & Sabrina Chevannes (WGM norm).
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Sadorra to Defend U.S. Class Title
By CLO   
September 2, 2013
Sadorra245.jpgGM Julio Sadorra will defend his US Class Championship (September 27-29, Houston) title in a strong field with several other GMs.
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Labor Day Chess Madness Begins Early in Iowa
By CLO   
August 31, 2013
AwonderBrooks200.jpgAs the US Masters begins in North Carolina, and major Grand Prixs and State Championships span the holiday weekend, the Iowa Open is already in the books.
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US Squad Bags Bevy of Medals & Norms in Toronto
By CLO   
August 30, 2013
Akshat.jpgAmerican players excelled at the North American Youth Championships in Toronto from Aug. 14-18. Akshat Chandra earned the IM title while Justus Williams and Alexander Velikanov earned IM norms.
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