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4-Way Tie at SPICE Cup
September 28, 2008
ClosingCLOslide.jpgThe SPICE CUP ended in a four-way tie for first between GMs Varuzhan Akobian, Alexander Onischuk, Leonid Kritz and Harikrishna Pentala, all of whom scored 5.5/9.
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Hilton Blogs on the USCL at the Halfway Mark
By Jonathan Hilton   
September 27, 2008
jorgecloslide.jpgJonathan Hilton's halfway U.S. Chess League dispatch includes thoughts on his Game of the Week judging, Jorge Sammour Hasbun's thrilling style and Queens' Pioneers 5-0 start.
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Response to Move Theory
By David Kuhns   
September 27, 2008
movetheorycloslide.jpgDavid Kuhns, chair of the USCF Rules Committee responds to Tom Braunlich's Move Theory. Kuhns clarifies the difference between blitz rules and sudden death rules and offers tips to TDs and players.
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Get Ready for Earth vs. Space
September 26, 2008
spaceslide1.jpgOn Monday, September 29 Astronaut Greg Chamitoff will challenge  team earth to a ground-breaking Earth vs. Space Match. Find out how you and your friends can help earth win!
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Akobian Joins Mikhalevski in SPICE lead
By Jennifer Shahade   
September 26, 2008
varcloslide.jpgIn round six of the SPICE Cup, GM Varuzhan Akobian won a sparkling game against GM Stefansson to join Victor Mikhalevski in the SPICE Cup lead. Varuzhan and Victor have 4/6 with three rounds to go. 
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Mayor Visits Blaze Match
By Betsy Dynako/Andi Rosen   
September 25, 2008
mayorcloslide.jpgThe mayor of Skokie, George Van Dusen kicked off US Chess League's Chicago Blaze victorious match against Baltimore Wednesday night.
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Compose Like Mozart
By Gary Kevin Ware   
September 25, 2008
closlideGKW.jpg CLO problemist Gary Kevin Ware takes readers through the process of composing a problem, with the help of Sam Loyd and Thomas Taverner.
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Interview With New Women's World Champion, Alexandra Kosteniuk
By Jerry Hanken   
September 24, 2008
alexscloslide.jpgIn a CLO exclusive, Jerry Hanken interviews new Women's World Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk about her road to the title, her plans as the champ and how to attract more women to chess. 
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McCain and Obama Play Chess
By Jennifer Shahade   
September 23, 2008
closlideobamamccain.jpgIn the spirit of Friday's first presidential debate, check out photos from a top-secret Barack Obama-John McCain chess game. The moves and result of the game are under dispute so feel free to contribute your own take.
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Kritz in Clear Lead at SPICE
September 22, 2008
KritzClosliderook.jpgGM Leonid Kritz of Germany has taken the clear lead in the SPICE Cup (September 19-28, Lubbock, TX) with 2.5/3.  Check out game highlights, standings and links.
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Esserman Blogs From Miami
By Marc Esserman   
September 19, 2008
Essercloslide.jpgMarc Esserman blogs and annotates four games from last week's Miami Open. While Ray Robson took first place, Marc turned in a  2600+ FIDE performance good for his second IM norm.
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SPICE Cup Kicks Off!
September 19, 2008
BecOniR1.jpgThe SPICE Cup kicked off on Friday at 3 PM EST with some great American match-ups, including Becerra-Onischuk, to the left. Watch the games live on Monroi.com or ICC and check out the full article for a photo gallery.
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IM Alex Lenderman on the Pioneers
By IM Alex Lenderman   
September 18, 2008
Queens.jpgIM Alex Lenderman and his U.S. Chess League team, the Queens' Pioneers are both on 4-0 scores. Read Alex's thoughts on playing for Queens, annotations against his win over Ginsburg and test yourself on Alex's USCL Quiz for prizes!
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Kosteniuk Women's World Champion!
September 17, 2008
kosteniukcloslide.jpgIn a topsy-turvy fourth game, Alexandra Kosteniuk came out on top to score a draw and win the 12th World Women's Championship with a 2.5-1.5 final match win over Hou Yifan of China.
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Move Theory
By Tom Braunlich   
September 16, 2008
Tiebreakslide.jpgIn this must-read, in-depth article, Tom Braunlich investigates USCF and FIDE rules to try to decipher when a move begins and when it ends. Tom is the 2008 USCF Organizer of the Year and also brings 20 years of Game Design to his research.
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More From Miami
September 16, 2008
raydarmencloslidereal.jpgCheck out the final game that catapulted GM Darmen Sadvakasov into a tie for first with 13-year-old Ray Robson as well as the Armageddon match that gave Ray the title.
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