Inspired Chess in Vegas: Dreev Wins Edmondson Cup

GM Aleksey Dreev took the National Open title on tiebreak over GMs Gata Kamsky, Axel Bachmann and Illia Nyzhnyk. Vanessa West reports on why Vegas creates such inspired chess. 

Ashritha Eswaran Wins US Junior Girls!

Ashritha Eswaran took clear first at the 2015 US Junior Girls Championship (June 22-26) held in Tulsa, Oklahoma with 6.5/9. 

From the Vault: Chess Life Interview with GM Browne

Today we released the full interview with GM Walter Browne (1949-2015) by Macauley Peterson from the December 2014 issue of Chess Life. Browne talks about Bobby Fischer, his own playing style and the game he invented.

Welcome Back: Caruana Transfer Official

We are excited to announce that Grandmaster Fabiano Caruana's transfer to the US Chess Federation was approved by the Fédération Internationale des Échecs, or FIDE, on June 26, 2015.

GM Walter Browne, Six-Time US Champion, 1949-2015

The US Chess Federation regrets to report that six-time US Chess Champion Grandmaster Walter Browne died in Las Vegas in his sleep at the age of 66. 

Bykovtsev & Chiang Lead Junior Girls After Five Rounds

Agata Bykovtsev & Sarah Chiang lead the US Junior Girls Championship in Tulsa, Oklahoma after five rounds with 3.5 each. See key games, crosstable and a profile of organizer Frank Berry. 

IM and Beyond: Rosen on Lessons from Chicago Open

IM Eric Rosen reflects on a strong result in the Chicago Open, the outstanding performance by Jeffrey Xiong, and offers some more lessons on high tournament performance. 

Annie Wang Leads US Junior Girls After Three Rounds

NM Annie Wang leads the US Junior Girls Championship in Tulsa, Oklahoma with 3/3. See key games and standings and follow live games on Monroi at 10 AM and 4 PM CST. 

Casting Call: Nation's Brightest

 Find details on a casting call for a new gameshow, "Nation's Brightest", "We believe that anyone who plays Chess would be awesome at this game."

All Girls US Junior Underway in Tulsa

The 2015 US Junior Girls Invitational Chess Tournament is underway in Tulsa from June 22-26. The star-studded field boasts eight National Masters, including Carissa Yip, who recently broke the record for the youngest National Master in US history.

Vanessa on Vegas So Far

Vanessa West writes about her excellent result at the National Open so far, and covers some of the action so far, including the US Women's Open (co-winner Uganya Byambaa pictured).

Awonder and Ivanov Top Junior & Senior Opens

GM Alexander Ivanov won the US Senior Open held from June 12-14 in Schaumburg, IL, while Awonder Liang won the US Junior Open (Under 21), to qualify for the 2016 US Junior Closed.

Norway Chess – The Eternal Struggle Against Time

GM Ian Rogers reports on the inaugural event of the Grand Chess Tour in Norway, and the shocking first round loss on time from World Champion Magnus Carlsen.

Chess Campeona on the Move in El Paso

Claudia Munoz talks about her visit to El Paso to play in a strong open tournament and to be the guest of honor to inspire young chessplayers with a lecture and an all-girls chess simul.

Meet Vanessa West: On Chess, Writing & Winning

Our new CLO and Social Media assistant Vanessa West introduces herself to readers, explaining her passion for writing, chess and winning. Her next report will be from the National Open in Las Vegas! 


Featured Articles in the July 2015 Chess Life

  • Are we in a new Golden Age of American chess?
  • Spring Scholastics roundup featuring the National High School and KCF All-Girls National
  • The 2015 World Team Championship

Coming in the August 2015 Chess Life

  • Back to School with US Chess, featuring Carissa Yip writing about becoming the youngest female master
  • IM Erik Kislik on the Taimanov Sicilian
  • Jeffrey Xiong wins Chicago Open and becomes a GM-Elect
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