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In Dallas, A Rocky Start, a “Rocky” Finish
By Dr. WIM Alexey Root   
November 30, 2009
GMs Kacheishvili and Izoria won the GM section of the University of Texas at Dallas Invitational. Meanwhile, in the IM section, Bayaara Zorigt earned her first WIM norm.
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Newsflash: Results in for Thanksgiving Tourneys
By Jennifer Shahade   
November 30, 2009
At the National Chess Congress, four tied for first: IMs Smith, Krush, GM-elect Lenderman and GM Stripunsky. Kraai and Shankland tied for 1st at the CalState Champs. Landaw, Matikozyan and Khachiyan tied for first at the American Open.
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Front Page News: University of Texas at Dallas Chess Team Travels to Cuba
By none   
November 29, 2009
The front page of the Dallas Morning News today featured a story on students from the University of Texas at Dallas contesting a chess match in Cuba. Read the entire article online and see trip photos and interviews with UTD players.
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Three Lead American Open at Halfway Point
By Randy Hough   
November 28, 2009
GM Melikset Khachiyan, IM Andranik Matikozyan, and Master Julian Landaw lead the 45th Annual American Open in Los Angeles at the halfway point with 3½ of 4. Randy Hough reports from the scene.
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Nakamura Tops Carlsen in BNbank Blitz in Norway
By none   
November 28, 2009
Our US Champion Hikaru Nakamura topped Magnus Carlsen in the finals of the BNbank Blitz in Norway, which features a mix of invited and qualified players.
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Thanksgiving Tourneys Begin in Philly and LA
By none   
November 27, 2009
As soon as chessplayers slept off the turkey, Major Grand Prix tournaments began in Los Angeles and Philadelphia. See live coverage fo the National Chess Congress and look for upcoming video from Philly and stories from LA.
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Americans in the World Cup: Kamsky Out
November 27, 2009
After losing two American players in round two playoffs, the bad news continued for the American squad at the World Cup. Gata Kamsky lost with White in the first game of his match with Wesley So and was unable to even the score in game two. 
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Americans in the World Cup: Akobian and Shabalov Out
By Jennifer Shahade   
November 26, 2009
In the World Cup round two tiebreaks, two American players, GM Alexander Shabalov and Varuzhan Akobian were eliminated in the rapids. Good luck to our sole remaining American player, Gata Kamsky, who plays Wesley So in round 3.
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GM Josh Friedel on the World Cup: All the Way to Siberia for This?
By GM Josh Friedel   
November 26, 2009
GM Josh Friedel writes about his round 1 loss in the World Cup to Wang Hao and what he learned from it.
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Sharks and Knights in US Chess League Championships!
By Arun Sharma   
November 25, 2009
In the US Chess League semifinals, the New York Knights and the Miami Sharks beat New Jersey and San Francisco, despite both of the winning teams being up against draw odds. New York and Miami will face off in the final on Dec. 7.
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Morales and Samuelson Win Duncan Oxley
By Jon Haskel   
November 25, 2009
Andrew Samuelson from George Mason University and Luciana Morales from the University of Texas at Brownsville finished tied for first in the 3rd Annual Duncan Oxley Memorial tournament (the annual online collegiate individual championship.)
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New National Event: US Girls Junior Open
By USCF   
November 25, 2009
In conjunction with the 2010 Denker Championship and Tournament of College Champions will be a new National event: The US Girls Junior Open. All three events will be held in Irvine, CA from July 31 to August 3.
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Kamsky Advances; Akobian and Shabalov Head to Tiebreaks
By Jennifer Shahade   
November 25, 2009
Defending World Cup champ Gata Kamsky advances into round three with a draw today, while Shabalov and Akobian both head back to the tiebreaks. Alexander Onischuk is out.
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Ice Cream, Two Minute and Norm Hopefuls at the University of Texas at Dallas
By WIM Alexey Root   
November 24, 2009
WIM Dr. Alexey Root covers the University of Texas at Dallas Invitationals, where norm hopefuls play in two sections. Read about consolatory ice-cream, a two-minute match and follow analysis by UTD Junior Tautvydas Vedrickas.
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World Cup Round 2, Game 1: Kamsky Wins, Onischuk Falters
By Jennifer Shahade   
November 24, 2009
The second round of the World Cup, the American squad had two decisive results: Gata Kamsky won with Black over Zhou Weiqi and Onischuk lost to Naiditsch. Shabalov and Akobian both scored draws.
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Shabalov and Akobian Advance in World Cup!
By Jennifer Shahade   
November 23, 2009
Shabalov broke through against Baklan to advance to round two of the World Cup. Akobian won a marathon tiebreak match against Tregubov while Shulman lost a tough match against Savchenko.
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