In round 7, Sevian faced second seed GM Vladmir Belous on board 1. Sevian had the black pieces and trailed Belous, who led the tournament by half a point. Sevian won the game, taking over clear 1st, and he never relinquished the lead!
Posts from April, 2017
Wesley So, our new US Champion and current World #2 ranked player, dazzled with his queen sacrifice against Jeffery Xiong, one of the most brilliant…
This year marked the 50th Anniversary of the New York State Scholastic Championship, and, as befits such a milestone, this year’s attendance shattered previous records.
Just like last year, I list the ten biggest takeaways from the 2017 U.S. Championships. It’s great to see this tournament becoming stronger and more…
GM Pal Benko recently contributed Apri Fools problems to the April edition of Chess Life Magazine, in which you are challenged to construct checkmates. Here…
When I first started playing chess, I spent a lot of time studying the opening. Inspired by the World Champion at the time, Garry Kasparov, I spent hours memorizing lines in the Sicilian and King’s Indian and dreamed of catching my opponent with my opening “preparation.”
However, twenty years later, older and perhaps a little wiser, I find myself preferring to study the endgame.
The 62-player Open section was quite strong, which should be no surprise given the St Louis location. Many Webster students played as well as students from some of the other top college programs around the country.
From the moment we landed in Saint Louis we were greeted with signs of chess culture in the chess capital. A banner welcoming guests for the…
Before the first pawn was pushed, the All Girls National Championship was electric, thanks to a lightning strike. The 14th year of the annual event…
Andretta now was leading the tournament with a 2700+ GM and an FM all with 2 ½ out of 3! On Sunday morning, Andretta was on board one against Perez – an over 500 point rating difference that you hardly ever see in a class tournament.
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