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Ron Finegold, 1937-2014
By GM Ben Finegold   
July 17, 2014
FinegoldShen.jpgRon Finegold, member of the Michigan Chess Hall of Fame, died on July 15 after a long illness. His son, GM Ben Finegold annotates two of his games, including a 1963 French battle against Fischer.
US Masters Returns to North Carolina Labor Day Weekend
By Gary Newsom   
July 15, 2014
The US Masters is set to make its third consecutive appearance in North Carolina. This year's edition will again be held over Labor Day weekend at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Greensboro, NC.
GM Stripunsky Takes Down Fairfield County Masters
By Ian Harris   
July 15, 2014
GM Stripunsky took down the Fairfield County Masters in Norwalk, Connecticut, which featured seven GMs. He defeated IM Jan Van der Mortel in the final round to take clear first.
Americans Take the Lead in Mexico
By Ted Castro   
July 14, 2014
CastroMexico.jpgHalf-way through the XXV Panamercan Youth Chess Festival held in Oaxtepec, Morelos, Mexico and the American team is racking up points. Find details from Ted Castro of the NorCal House of Chess. 
Cadet Set forJuly 19-23 in Rockville
By CLO   
July 14, 2014
The 2014 US Cadet Championship is set July 19-23 at the Rockville Hilton in Rockville, Maryland. Four players over 2400 will compete, including Mika Brattain & Josh Colas.
Travel & Chess: From Paris to the French Quarter
By Jamaal Abdul-Alim   
July 11, 2014
Jamaal Abdul-Alim, 2013 Chess Journalist of the Year, writes about recent travels, where he played chess in the Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris and met the icon Jude Acers in New Orleans.
US Girls Closed Set for New Hampshire, July 17-21
By Nita Patel   
July 10, 2014
The University of New Hampshire at Manchester and Relyea Chess will host the first ever United States Girls Junior Closed Championship, July 17-21. Participants include 10-year-old expert Carissa Yip. 
The Scoop on the World Open
By US Chess Scoop   
July 9, 2014
Watch our video report from the World Open, which features tournament champion Ilya Smirin, Conrad Holt (behind Smirin on tiebreak), as well as GMs Mark Paragua & Oliver Barbosa.
Yes2Chess Finals Begin in London
By Coach Jay Stallings   
July 8, 2014
Thirty-nine scholastic chess teams from across the United States competed for a chance at an all-expense paid trip to London in the inaugural Yes2Chess competition.
Ilya Smirin Wins the World Open
By CLO   
July 7, 2014
Smirin400.jpgGMs Ilya Smirin and Illia Nyzynyk and Conrad Holt topped the crosstables at the World Open (DC, June 30-July 6) with 7-2; winning $9,891 each, with GM Smirin winning the title in playoff. (Updated with Norm info!)
U.S Junior Open Hits Houston Next Weekend
By Franc Guadalupe   
July 6, 2014
Kesavslide.jpgThe 2014 U.S. Junior Open will be held at the Marriott Houston South, 11-13 July. So far, the top seed for the main event is 14-year old California resident Kesav Viswanadha, rated 2360.

Powerful Olympic Teams Set for Tromso
By CLO   
July 4, 2014
Two powerful American teams head to the Olympiad in Tromso, Norway (August 1-15) next month. Open team captain IM John Donaldson told CLO, "Both teams will be rated in the top 10 and have chances to reach the podium if they prepare hard and play well."
Ortiz Suarez Wins in DC, Norms for Kannappan, Korley & Liang
By Steve Immitt   
July 2, 2014
Awonder1.jpgGM Isan Reynaldo Ortiz Suarez won $3000 and clear first in the DC International (June 26-30)while Kannappan earned a GM norm and Korley & 11-year-old Liang earned IM norms.
GM Kayden Troff Crowned Junior Champ in Saint Louis
By Brian Jerauld   
June 30, 2014
GM Kayden Troff, the 16-year-old phenom out of Utah, has won the 2014 U.S. Junior Closed Championship in clear first with an impressive 7/9 score.
Accepting Bids – 2014 U.S. Open
By Franc Guadalupe   
June 27, 2014
The US Chess Federation has reopened the Bookstore bids for the 2014 U.S. Open in Orlando (July 26-August 3.) Bids must be submitted to and not later than July 5, 2014.
Katz, Williams, Tang & Wang Among Big Winners in Tarrytown
By Beatriz Marinello   
June 26, 2014
justustang.jpgThe 2014 North American Youth in Tarrytown welcomed 291 players. Katz won the Under 18 section and earned an IM title while Williams and Tang earned IM norms. In the Girls Under 18, 12-year-old Annie Wang earned the WIM title.
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