Jeffery Xiong Makes History in Chicago Open

Congratulations to 14-year-old Jeffery Xiong, who took clear first at the Chicago Open with 7/9! Xiong took home over $10,000, earned his third GM norm and has met the 2500 FIDE requirement for the title!

Caruana and Nakamura Qualify for Candidates

Congrats to US Grandmasters Fabiano Caruana and Hikaru Nakamura, who both qualified for the 2016 Candidates Tournament! In the final leg of the event in Khanty Mansiysk, they finished 1st and 2nd respectively. 

USCF Sales Memorial Day Sale!

Get your summer chess book shopping on! Go to and use the code "MEMORIAL" to save 15% off any order over $100 before 5/31/15. 

Chicago Open Underway with Over 20 GMs

The Chicago Open is currently underway and young stars GM Sam Sevian and IM Luke Harmon-Velotti lead after four rounds. 

Fabiano Caruana Leads in Khanty-Mansisyk

Fabiano Caruana, who recently announced his move back to play for the United States, is leading the Grand Prix in Khanty Mansisyk while Hikaru Nakamura now has a plus score after beating MVL in round 7.

Shabalov and Lenderman Lead in Uruguay!

GMs Shabalov and Lenderman lead at the Continental Championships currently underway in Montevideo, Uruguay. USCF Events Director Franc Guadalupe reports.

Denker, Barber and Girls Fields Shaping Up

The Denker tournament of high school champions, the Barber K-8 and the National Girls Invitational will all take place from August 1-4 in conjunction with the US Open in Phoenix. State chess officials should email their nominees for these events ...

Irina Krush on Elementary Nationals: Study the Endgame!

GM Irina Krush provides a photo gallery from the Elementary Nationals, gives us endgame lessons and profiles some of the winners, including Rithik Polavaram in the K-3 and Tan Nguyen in the K-5.

Fabiano Caruana to Join U.S. Chess Federation

The United States Chess Federation (USCF) today announced that Fabiano Caruana has initiated the application process to change chess federations and to play for the United States.

2015 May UTB GM-norm and IM-norm Tournaments

The University of Texas at Brownsville Chess Program is organizing GM and IM norm tournament from May 13th to 18th. Find full details in the press release.

USCF Recognizes Joan Dubois's 45th Anniversary

The USCF celebrated Joan DuBois's 45 anniversary working for the organization with a luncheon attended by Executive Director Jean Hoffman and President Ruth Haring.


Featured Articles in the May 2015 Chess Life

  • US Amateur Teams Roundup
  • Nakamura wins Zurich
  • 2013 Absolute Correspondence Championship

Coming in the June 2015 Chess Life:
  • Nakamura wins U.S. Championship; Krush wins U.S. Women's Championship
  • Webster University Wins Final Four of College Chess
  • The Inaugural Hawaii Chess Festival
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