I was really excited to get invited to coach for the U.S. team at the 2018 Pan American Youth Chess Championships—it’s been a goal of mine for a few years now to work and prepare top talents, and this was an excellent opportunity to do just that.
Last week one of my favorite yearly events, the Spice Cup Open, concluded in Saint Louis, Missouri. With both Webster University and Saint Louis University now fielding powerful rosters of Grandmasters, the Spice Cup had a total of 22 GMs, many of them representing foreign federations, which makes the Spice Cup a great tournament for norm seekers.
This tournament was truly one of the most eventful that I’ve ever played – it seemed like every round there was some new story!
It’s a very enjoyable tournament, one of the main reasons being it takes place at a pace of one round a day! The best part about that is that you have time to actually enjoy the chess.
“The first norm is always the hardest”, I wrote, naively, back in 2014. I had just earned my first IM norm at the 2014 Spice…
A few weeks ago I traveled to Saint Louis for the annually held SPICE Cup Open, a tournament organized by Susan Polgar and Paul Truong,…
Grandmaster hopefuls IM Steven Zierk and IM Akshat Chandra tied for first at the 2016 Saint Louis Invitational, scoring 5.5/9 against a very tough field…
There was no real time to reflect on the slight disappointment in Cappelle-la-Grande, as the Cannes Chess Festival was only one day away. Tom (Riccardi)…
“If I don’t get my last norm on this trip it will be nothing but an utter failure,” I joked, half-seriously, to my roommate and…
Shortly after Thanksgiving the longtime running U.S. Chess School held its 32nd session in Glendale, California, featuring eight of the strongest juniors in America. Organized…
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