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Chess Without Borders Help Build Future for Meher
By Rishi Sethi   
February 28, 2011
Meher-before-surgery.jpgStudents at Chess Without Borders have made new moves as social entrepreneurs. Watch an excerpt from a documentary which features their help in raising funds for a young burn victim, Meher.
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Hikaru Nakamura in Memphis: An Interview with the Man with a Key to the City
By Alan Kantor   
February 28, 2011
memphislead225.jpgLast week, GM Hikaru Nakamura received a key to the city of Memphis. Nakamura talks to Alan Kantor about his goals, his role at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis and his big win at Tata Steel Chess.
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Banawa and Wang Earn IM Norms at Metropolitan Invitational
By Ankit Gupta   
February 28, 2011
wangslide2.jpgAt the 3rd Metropolitan FIDE Invitational in Los Angeles, CA, Phillip Xiao Wang (pictured) and Joel Banawa earned their first IM norms while IM Jacek Stopa took clear first.
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An Amateur Invades the World Amateur Team Championship
By US Chess Scoop   
February 25, 2011
LauraSmiles.jpgChess Amateur Jason Smiles explores his first ever chess tournament, theWorld Amateur Team Championship in Parsippany,New Jersey. He meets many top players including GM Robert Hess, GM Leonid Yudasin and NM Laura Ross.   
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USC Takes Down Amateur Team West
By Kostya Kavutskiy   
February 25, 2011
Peters.jpgUSC, led by IM Jack Peters, scored a perfect 6-0 to become the 2011 US Amateur Team West Champions. Kostya Kavutskiy reports from Woodland Hills, California. 
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Pascal on Bermuda: A Two-Hour Trip to Chess Paradise
By GM Pascal Charbonneau   
February 24, 2011
Bermudalead.jpgGM Pascal Charbonneau writes about a decade worth of trips to the Bermuda Open and his fateful game against GM Larry Christiansen in this year's event. Christiansen ended up winning the tournament on playoff tiebreak. 
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Bryan Smith Earns GM Norm in Bulgaria
By CLO   
February 24, 2011
BSmithslide.jpgIM Bryan Smith earned a GM norm at the 33rd Bulgarian International Open Chess Championship in Plovdiv, Bulgaria (Jan. 30-Feb. 6). See two key wins by Smith.
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10K US Championship Blitz is Back: April 25, Saint Louis
By CLO   
February 24, 2011
10KBlitz2011.jpgThe US Championship blitz tournament is back, with $10,000 in prize money at stake on April 25th in Saint Louis! See tournament flyer and TLA details.


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US Amateur Team North: The Bell Tolls for Azbel Over UChicago Team on Tiebreak
By Andrea Rosen   
February 23, 2011
IMG_4581.jpgAndrea Rosen reports from the 2011 US Amateur Team North, where For Whom the Azbel Tolls, led by GM Friedel, edged out UChicago.edu on tiebreak.
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A West Orange Krush at the US Amateur Team East
By Al Lawrence   
February 22, 2011
Zlot.jpgResults are in at the US Amateur Team East. The top team is "West Orange Krush" while 6-0 individual scores including GM Robert Hess on board 1.
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Borders Chess Stories
By Dr. WIM Alexey Root   
February 22, 2011
bordersslide.jpgWhen most Borders stores close their doors for the last time in April, some chess clubs will lose their longtime homes. Dr. WIM Alexey Root interviews three Borders chess afficianados including Chess Life Magazine editor Daniel Lucas.
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Armageddon Your Pieces Takes Amateur Team South on Tiebreak over Team Nobody
By Melinda J. Matthews   
February 22, 2011
lakeivanhoeJPG.jpg At the US Amateur Team South in Orlando, Armageddon Your Pieces took top honors, over team "Nobody" on tiebreaks. See Melinda J. Matthews illustrated report including coverage of the scholastic team event.
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Day Two of the USATE: Names, Gimmicks, and Games
By Al Lawrence   
February 21, 2011
KISS500.jpgAfter day 2 of the US Amateur East, 6 teams hold perfect scores while best team name honors went to GM Hess's team, Chilean Defense: No Miner Pieces Trapped. Best Costume prize went to Khesh.
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US Amateur Team East Features Seven GMs
By Al Lawrence   
February 20, 2011
Westpointlead.jpgTwo teams from China watched as West Point cadets presented the American flag to open the 41st U.S. Amateur Team East, which began yesterday along with the US Amateur West, North and South. 
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Website Updates on MSA and Spring Nationals
By CLO   
February 18, 2011
USCFlogoslide.jpgSee new pages for the 2011 Spring Nationals in Columbus, Nashville and Dallas. Also check out a new MSA data page, an Events Rated list by month and state.
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Lipstick Checkmate: A Trailer for Play Like a Girl!
By Jennifer Shahade   
February 16, 2011
JenPlaglead300.jpgWatch CLO editor Jennifer Shahade's trailer for her new book, Play Like a Girl! Tactics by 9 Queens, in which she faces off against former Denker Champ Abby Marshall in an unusual chess game.
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