|NELSON LOPEZ II CAPTURES FIRST IN THE 2006 GM ARNOLD DENKER TOURNAMENT OF HIGH SCHOOL CHESS CHAMPION|
|By Joan DuBois|
|August 17, 2006|
Nelson Lopez II, from
The tournament is open to boys and girls in ninth through twelfth grade qualifying from their respective states. This year, for the first time, Elina Kats, from
The “Denker” was founded in 1984 by GM Arnold Denker (1914-2005). Denker
is known as the "Dean of American chess." The author, hall of famer and U.S. Champion continued to support the tournament throughout his life. The concept of the Denker is to bring together state high school champions to compete for glory as well as college scholarships. Some state championships are particularly competitive, like
Besides being an outstanding college, UTD has also been known to be highly competitive as far as chess is concerned. For information about the college, please contact The University of Texas at Dallas, http://chessweb.utdallas.edu/chessclub.htm.
In addition to the college scholarship, through the generosity of GM Denker’s son, Mitchell and the U.S. Chess Trust, scholarships totaling $2,200 will be awarded between the top ten finishers. Additional details can be found at: http://www.uschess.org/scholastic/denker.html.
See how competitive this tournament was with the following game from the tournament winner:
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. Nc3 a6 4. d4 cxd4 5. Nxd4 b5 6. Bd3 Qb6 7. Nb3 Qc7 8. O-O Bb7 9. Qe2 d6 10. f4 Nd7 11. Be3 Ngf6 12. Nd2 h5 13. f5 e5 14. a4 b4 15. Na2 Ng4 16. Bg5 Be7 17. Nf3 Rc8 18. Kh1 a5 19. c3 b3 20. Nc1 Nc5 21. Bxe7 Kxe7 22. Nd2 Nxd3 23. Qxd3 Qb6 24. Qb5 Qxb5 25. axb5 h4 26. Ncxb3 h3 27. g3 Ne3 28. Rf3 Nc4 29. Kg1 d5 30. Nxc4 dxc4 31. Nxa5 Bxe4 32. Re3 Bxf5 33. Nc6+ Kf6 34. Nxe5 g6 35. Ra7 Be6 36. b6 Rcd8 37. b7 Rd1+ 38. Kf2 Rhd8 39. Ra8 R8d2+ 40. Re2 Rh1 41. Rxd2 Rxh2+ 42. Ke3 Rxd2 43. b8=Q h2 44. Qh8+ 1-0
The United States Chess Federation (USCF), founded in 1939, serves as the governing body for chess in the
For additional information on the USCF see: http://www.uschess.org.