USCF Job Opening: Director of Events

The United States Chess Federation (USCF) is accepting applications for the position of Director of Events. Find a detailed job description.

Carissa Yip Breaks Master Record: "Follow Your Heart"

11-year-old Carissa Yip has become the youngest female in history to earn the chess master title. She annotates her key victory and tells CLO readers, "Follow your heart and you will have no regrets."

Nakamura Breaks 2800 on Way to Zurich Win

GM Hikaru Nakamura broke 2800 at the Zurich Chess Challenge and is now #4 on the live rankings. Updated with full games list and playoff battle vs. Anand.

Shankland Wins Stephen Brandwein Memorial Blitz

2014 Tromso Olympiad gold-medal winner Sam Shankland scored 10.5 from 12 in the Stephen Brandwein Memorial Blitz on February 21.

Register Now for the Spring Nationals!

Find out more details on the Spring Nationals in Columbus, Louisville and Nashville including special guests GMs Timur Gareev and Irina Krush.

Change of Venue for the 50th Anniversary National Open

The 50th Anniversary NATIONAL OPEN and the Las Vegas International Chess Festival, June 19-21, are moving to the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino. This was a forced move but an exciting one.

Pinoy of Chicago Revamp Wins US Amateur Team North

Pinoy of Chicago Revamp, led by IM Angelo Young, took clear first at the US Amateur Team North in Schaumburg, Illinois. Full story with photos and key games by Betsy Dynako. 

More Love From Benko

CLO editor Jennifer Shahade presents the twin compositions that GM Pal Benko sent her for her birthday. See how fast you can solve the aesthetic twin mate in three problems. 

Hat Trick! NorCal House of Chess Sweeps the 2015 U.S. Amateur Team West

For the third year in a row, the perennial powerhouse team NorCal House of Chess won the U.S. Amateur Team West, this time sweeping the field with a perfect 6-0 score. Kostya Kavutskiy reports.

Texas sized Swiss – Four GMs tie for first in Southwest Class

In the Master's section of the Southwest Class, GMs Gata Kamsky, Yarsola Zherebukh, Anton Kovalyov and Holden Hernandez Carmenate tied for first with Kamsky taking the title on tiebreak. See key games and full story by Colonel David A. Hater.&...

The US Chess Scoop: "Who is Your Dream Team?"

The US Chess Scoop went to Parsipanny, New Jersey for the World Amateur Team Championships to find out who would be on the perfect "dream team." Top picks included Carlsen, Nakamura, So and Krush.


Featured Articles

  • Chess In the Blackfeet Nation
  • Pan Am Championships
  • Games from the 41st Eastern Open
  • National K-12 Championship

Coming in the April 2015 issue of Chess Life:
  • Real Life or Chess Life?
  • The Thoresen Chess Engines Competition
  • Nakamura at Gibraltar; So at Tata Steel