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First US Championship Wildcard Determined
By CLO   
April 1, 2010
The 24-player field for the US Championship (Saint Louis, May 13-25) is almost complete. See breaking news on the first wildcard selection.
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Catching up with GM Joel: A Ticket to the Big Dance
By GM Joel Benjamin   
March 31, 2010
GM Joel Benjamin describes sweating out an invitation to the 2010 US Chess Championship, where he was the final rating qualifier at 2621.
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Philadelphia Open Kicks Off Tonight!
By CLO   
March 31, 2010
The Philadelphia Open, the brand new CCA event that replaces the Foxwoods Open, kicks off tonight. Players in the 5-day Open section are eligible for norms. Check out event details and look for US Chess Scoop videos from the scene.
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Macnificent Games from the North American Masters
By CLO   
March 30, 2010
Check out three decisive games from the 25th North American Masters from IM-elect Mackenzie Molner who tied for first with GM Ben Finegold and earned his first GM norm.
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Team OC Wins Amateur Team Playoffs
By FM Takashi Iwamoto   
March 29, 2010
On Saturday, March 27, four US Amateur Championship Teams faced off on the Internet Chess Club. Team OC of the West won the finals over the Beasts from the Southeast. FM Takashi Iwamoto, Team OC captain gives a play by play.
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Former World Champion Smyslov, 1921-2010
By CLO   
March 27, 2010
Vasily Smyslov died on March 27 in Moscow at the age of 89. Smyslov became World Champion in 1957 after defeating Bovinnik in a match but lost the title back to Botvinnik a year later.
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Andrew Hubbard Wins World Amateur
By Sevan Muradian   
March 26, 2010
Andrew Hubbard of Illinois won the World Amateur Chess Championship with a score of 7.5/9. Along with the title goes the first place prize of $3,000, the FM title and a scholarship to TTU. Fan Yun won the Women's title on tiebreak over Anu Bayar.
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Champion of Champions: Perspective from Delaware
By FM David Gertler   
March 26, 2010
In the state champion of champions event two underdogs qualified from the East, Erik Santarius and Damir Studen. Defending champ IM Sam Shankland and IM Levon Altounian prevailed in the West. Hear Delaware rep Dave Gertler's perspective on the event.

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Mackenzie Molner Wins Big in Skokie!
By Sevan Muradian   
March 25, 2010
Mackenzie Molner and GM Ben Finegold tied for first in the 25th North American Masters. Mackenzie also earned his last IM norm and first GM norm. Siddarth Ravichandran also earned his final IM norm.
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Bob Rasmussen, Clubs Committee Chair, is Open for Questions
By Jennifer Shahade   
March 24, 2010
The Clubs committee has a new chair, Bob Rasmussen, the president of the Fresno Chess Club. Bob explains how he grew his club from 15 to over 300 in just 4 years. Call him with your questions on how to grow your club! 
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Daniel Gurevich on the Mid-America Open
By Daniel Gurevich   
March 24, 2010
This must be the week of young writers! Daniel Gurevich, 12, writes about the Mid-America Open, where he won against IM Michael Brooks. He also annotates his last round draw with another rising star, Kevin Cao.
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Maurice Ashley, $10,000 blitz tourney highlight 2010 U.S. Champs
By Mike Wilmering   
March 23, 2010
GM Maurice Ashley will be a commentator at the 2010 US Chess Championships. In other good news for visitors, there will be a US Championship Blitz Open with a $10,000 prize fund!
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March Madness on ICC: Champion of Champions and Amateur Playoffs
By CLO   
March 23, 2010
Get your popcorn ready for a week of action on the Internet Chess Club. Pairings are set for the US Amateur Team playoffs on March 27 while the Champion of Champions event kicks of Wednesday night.
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Shankland on Blitz, Blunders and Comebacks in France
By IM Sam Shankland   
March 23, 2010
IM Sam Shankland updates CLO readers with a trio of French tournaments, and his ongoing struggle to earn norm #3.
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Youngest Chess Author Ever: An Interview with Daniel Naroditsky
By Jennifer Shahade   
March 22, 2010
Between chess lessons, swimming practice and eighth grade, 14-year-old FM Daniel Naroditsky talked to CLO about his new book, Mastering Positional Chess (New in Chess Publishing). 
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Nakamura Blitzes Dos Hermanas
By John Henderson   
March 22, 2010
US Champion Hikaru Nakamura, arguably the strongest and best online blitz player in the world today won the Dos Hermanas blitz tournament, held on the Internet Chess Club. 
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March - Chess Life Online 2010

First US Championship Wildcard Determined Catching up with GM Joel: A Ticket to the Big DancePhiladelphia Open Kicks Off Tonight! Macnificent Games from the North American Masters Team OC Wins Amateur Team Playoffs Former World Champion Smyslov, 1921-2010Andrew Hubbard Wins World Amateur Champion of Champions: Perspective from Delaware Mackenzie Molner Wins Big in Skokie! Bob Rasmussen, Clubs Committee Chair, is Open for QuestionsDaniel Gurevich on the Mid-America Open Maurice Ashley, $10,000 blitz tourney highlight 2010 U.S. ChampsMarch Madness on ICC: Champion of Champions and Amateur Playoffs Shankland on Blitz, Blunders and Comebacks in France Nakamura Blitzes Dos HermanasYoungest Chess Author Ever: An Interview with Daniel Naroditsky Holt, Kleiman and Ramirez Top Mid-America Open Craig Jones is the 2010 US Masters Champion! World Amateur Kicks Off in Skokie! Becerra Wins SPICE CupChess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis Facebook Raffle! A Simul and a Lifeline for CharityUS Masters to Merge Tonight Matikozyan and Ramirez Top Western Class Chess Diva Show Invites All Blitz Comers to Support Haiti Relief Darwin Yang, 13, Earns First IM Norm Chess in the Wild Chessboxing Hits Los AngelesDarwin Yang Leads in LubbockBereolos, Jones and Pohl Lead the US Masters Two Weekend scheduleChess Without Borders Students Present at Jane Goodall's Roots and Shoots EventSicilian Upsets Kick Off Western Class US Masters to Kick off in North CarolinaMarshall Chess Club Hosts Bobby Fischer Memorial BlitzCalling All State Champions Nakamura, Kamsky, 17 Others Confirmed for 2010 U.S. Chess ChampionshipSpring in the Air at the Eastern ClassJennifer on Philly's Hall of Fame and Roulette Chess Illinois Top Juniors Learn From Top GMsAn Armenian Master on the UMBC Open Affiliate Emailing Service UpdateSpring Scholastics Notice Team Sevillano Tops Unique California Event Chess and Peace: Alexandra Kosteniuk The Sicilian Slayed: Kaidanov on Polgar Match The March Check is in the Mail