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Merry Christmas from Benko
By GM Pal Benko   
December 21, 2014
For a holiday present, composer GM Pal Benko presents 10 twin mates in two. How many can you solve?

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The December Check is in the Mail: Miniatures Galore
By Alex Dunne   
December 21, 2014
gabrove250.jpgDecember's check is in the mail features some of the most thrilling miniature postal games of 2014, as Alex Dunne says, "the sharp cheese and crackers" of the chess world.
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Kannappan on the Approach of the Pan-Ams
By IM Priyadharshan Kannappan   
December 18, 2014
This year’s Pan-American Champs are set for University of Texas at Brownsville in scenic South Padre Island from Dec 27-30. IM Priyadharshan Kannappan of Lindenwood previews the event. 
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K-12 Grades: Sweeps and New York Success
By CLO   
December 17, 2014
medalsUSCF.JPGResults are in at the K-12 Grade Nationals in Orlando, Florida. New York teams shined at the official USCF National Championship event, winning in 11 out of the 13 sections.
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GM Irina Krush on Orlando so Far
By GM Irina Krush   
December 14, 2014
GM Irina Krush blogs from the National K-12 Championships, where she has been giving talks as well as a simul. She explains why she has her eyes glued to the second and third grade sections.
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K-12 Underway in Orlando!
By CLO   
December 13, 2014
The National K-12 Championships are underway in Orlando, Florida. Top seeds include Josh Colas and Justus Williams in the 11th grade and Jeevan Karamsetty in the 12th grade. 
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Rainn Wilson To Participate in Carlsen Simul!
By FM Mike Klein   
December 11, 2014
The first ever Chess.com event to feature World Champion Magnus Carlsen will include nine Chess.com members, a celebrity, and a ChessKid!
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The Auction is On: Bid for Time with Aronian & US Chess Stars
By Aviv Friedman   
December 11, 2014
Bidding is open for an online benefit auction to benefit the Schein-Friedman Scholastic Recognition Project. The stars are headlined by super-GM Levon Aronian! 
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National K-12 Championships Start on Friday
By Franc Guadalupe   
December 9, 2014
Students will compete for National individual and team titles in 13 different sections, as well as for over 300 trophies, in the National K-12 Championships, which begin on Friday.
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Nakamura Scorches London Rapidplay
By CLO   
December 8, 2014
US #1 Hikaru Nakamura blazed through the London Superrapidplay to score 9.5/10 including victories over World #2 Caruana, former World  Champ Anand and GMs Adams and Giri. 
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Hou Yifan, Gareev, Shankland to Headline Hawaii Chess International
By Beau Mueller   
December 8, 2014
Three of the world’s best chess players are headed to the Hawaiian island of Oahu in March to take part in the “Hawaii Grandmaster Challenge” -- a four player round robin invitational tournament with one spot up for grabs.
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Six American Titles Approved in Sochi
By Jennifer Shahade   
December 5, 2014
Six American titles were recently approved at the Presidential Board meeting in Sochi, Russia including young stars GM Sam Sevian and IMs Yian Liou and Kesav Viswanadha.

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Boros & Root on the Danger of Chess Stereotyping
By WIM Alexey Root and GM Denes Boros   
December 4, 2014
WIM Dr. Alexey Root and GM Denes Boros team up for an article on stereotyping chessplayers based on age and gender, and how much it can cost a player. 
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Saint Louis Archbishops Win US Chess League Title
By CLO   
December 4, 2014
STLAB.gifThe Saint Louis Archbishops won the 2014 United States Chess League title in a blitz tiebreak victory over the Dallas Destiny. 
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Gareyev Wins American Open
By Randy Hough   
December 3, 2014
1618707_10151987928042545_1784913480_n.jpgTimur Gareyev scored 7/8 to capture clear first at the American Open in Orange, California, held over Thanksgiving weekend. Randy Hough reports and shows key games.
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Chess Life Bonus Cut: A Chance Encounter with Bobby Fischer
By Macauley Peterson   
December 2, 2014
Browne250.gifFind our CLO Bonus cut "A Chance Encounter with Bobby Fischer", a companion to “Walter Browne Searches the Infinite Finesse”, Macauley Peterson’s interview in the December issue of Chess Life Magazine.
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