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Chess Kids [VIDEO]
By CLO   
December 31, 2014
Check out a video from our friends at chess.com, celebrating kids who love chess and including plenty of shots from the National K-12 Grade Championships.
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Largest Pan-Am Since 1986 in Full Swing
By Al Lawrence   
December 29, 2014
Al Lawrence of Texas Tech reports from the largest Pan-American Championship since 1986, hosted by the University of Texas at Brownsville in South Padre Island.
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Finegold's Chess Resolutions
By GM Ben Finegold   
December 28, 2014
Finegold225.jpgGM Ben Finegold's chess resolutions for 2015 include many that you might want to consider adopting: try a new opening & play the same regardless of your opponent's rating.
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The Thrill of an Early Upset: The Pan-Ams Begin
By Ben Silva   
December 27, 2014
The Pan-American Championships have begun in South Padre Island. One of our writers on the scene, FSU student Ben Silva, scored a rare upset in round 1.
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A Coach's Tale: DesMarais's Path to the Win
By Life Master Joel Johnson   
December 23, 2014
promo0320.jpgJoel Johnson, coach of 12th grade co-champion Nick DesMarais (with Samir Sen), analyzes Nick's key games from Orlando, and offers observations on the fierce teams in New York and Florida.
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Krush on Orlando: What It Takes To Be a Champion
By GM Irina Krush   
December 22, 2014
magnusss1.jpgGM Irina Krush's report on the K-12 Champs in Orlando ranges from her thoughts on World Champion Magnus Carlsen's simul to impressions of some of our youngest new champs, including Jonathan Chen (Grade 1) & Nico Chasin (Grade 2).
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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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April - Chess Life Online 2014

USCF Customer Service SurveyTales from Atlanta: Advait on a Perfect Score Qualifiers for 2014 Pan American Youth [UPDATED DATES] 12 Ranks of Pawns: Strong Turnout at Junior High Champs National Junior High Begins in Atlanta Li, Chor Headline 2014 ChessKid Online Championship Timur Gareev Wins in Reno World Chess Hall of Fame Inductions Set for May 7 182 Players Qualify for 2014 World Youth Bill Mason (1964-2014)Kamsky Tops Philly on Way to Saint Louis Quest to the First GM Norm Philadelphia Open Underway Texas Beats Poland in Friendly Match US #1 Nakamura Signs with Red Bull Four GMs and a NM Top Bill Wright Saint Louis Open Ellen Xiang Wins Top Section at Record Breaking All-Girls California vs. JerusalemField, Commentators Set for 2014 U.S. ChampionshipsGM-elect Kayden Troff: A Case Study by Kenneth Kiewra [EXCERPT] USCF Joins the Party, Supports Millionaire Chess Neil Falconer 1923-2014All-Girls Nationals Kicks Off Friday San Francisco Scholastic Attracts Hundreds Yang & Catalina Foothills on Top in San Diego Sixth in San Diego: Homidan on his Final Scholastic Levon Aronian Headlines Metropolitan Chess CampMillion Dollar Chess Tournament Makes First Move 2014 Scholar Chess Player Award WinnersWebster Wins Again: Final Four of College Chess Sunday in San Diego: Yang Leads Among Flurry of Upsets High School Champs in San Diego Draws Star PlayersFinal Four Underway in New York The Road to the Blind World Champs: Interview with Alex Barrasso Kostya's New Venture: Metropolitan ChessLenderman Wins Long Island Open Melinda Turns it to Nicholas: On the Way to San Diego Troff, Yang & Abrahamyan Earn New TitlesUSCF Obtains 501 (c)(3) Status Deepak Aaron Gives Charity Simul at Georgia Tech