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Chess Kids [VIDEO]
By CLO   
December 31, 2014
Check out a video from our friends at chess.com, celebrating kids who love chess and including plenty of shots from the National K-12 Grade Championships.
Largest Pan-Am Since 1986 in Full Swing
By Al Lawrence   
December 29, 2014
Al Lawrence of Texas Tech reports from the largest Pan-American Championship since 1986, hosted by the University of Texas at Brownsville in South Padre Island.
Finegold's Chess Resolutions
By GM Ben Finegold   
December 28, 2014
Finegold225.jpgGM Ben Finegold's chess resolutions for 2015 include many that you might want to consider adopting: try a new opening & play the same regardless of your opponent's rating.
The Thrill of an Early Upset: The Pan-Ams Begin
By Ben Silva   
December 27, 2014
The Pan-American Championships have begun in South Padre Island. One of our writers on the scene, FSU student Ben Silva, scored a rare upset in round 1.
A Coach's Tale: DesMarais's Path to the Win
By Life Master Joel Johnson   
December 23, 2014
promo0320.jpgJoel Johnson, coach of 12th grade co-champion Nick DesMarais (with Samir Sen), analyzes Nick's key games from Orlando, and offers observations on the fierce teams in New York and Florida.
Krush on Orlando: What It Takes To Be a Champion
By GM Irina Krush   
December 22, 2014
magnusss1.jpgGM Irina Krush's report on the K-12 Champs in Orlando ranges from her thoughts on World Champion Magnus Carlsen's simul to impressions of some of our youngest new champs, including Jonathan Chen (Grade 1) & Nico Chasin (Grade 2).
Merry Christmas from Benko
By GM Pal Benko   
December 21, 2014
For a holiday present, composer GM Pal Benko presents 10 twin mates in two. How many can you solve?

The December Check is in the Mail: Miniatures Galore
By Alex Dunne   
December 21, 2014
gabrove250.jpgDecember's check is in the mail features some of the most thrilling miniature postal games of 2014, as Alex Dunne says, "the sharp cheese and crackers" of the chess world.
Kannappan on the Approach of the Pan-Ams
By IM Priyadharshan Kannappan   
December 18, 2014
This year’s Pan-American Champs are set for University of Texas at Brownsville in scenic South Padre Island from Dec 27-30. IM Priyadharshan Kannappan of Lindenwood previews the event. 
K-12 Grades: Sweeps and New York Success
By CLO   
December 17, 2014
medalsUSCF.JPGResults are in at the K-12 Grade Nationals in Orlando, Florida. New York teams shined at the official USCF National Championship event, winning in 11 out of the 13 sections.