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51st Greater NY Scholastic Championship Breaks Records

This scholastic tournament draws many of the best players in the region. This year there were six masters, including 2 FIDE masters. Part of the reason that the higher rated players show up is a significant prize: free entry for an entire year into all Continental Chess Association Tournaments that have a guaranteed prize fund!

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Grade Nationals: The Experience

Although becoming a national champion is a monumental achievement, there is much more to gain than the prizes. Less than 1% of the over 1500 players can take home 1st place trophies. For most, what really counts is the experience.

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Tactical Play at the London Classic

This month, Wesley So won the London Classic, the overall Grand Chess Tour, and became one of the few people to cross the 2800 FIDE rating mark. In addition, Hikaru Nakamura and Fabiano Caruana won 2nd and 3rd in the tour, making 2016 a fantastic year for American chess.

Can you solve tactics from some of the best games in the tournament?

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Nashville: Day 1

At National Championships with such vast and diverse fields, it is very difficult to stay on a perfect score, even as a top seed in the early rounds. Expectations are high, and ambitious lower rated players are plentiful.

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Champions Showdown Tactics

At the end of the Champions Showdown, a 24 game marathon between Vishy Anand, Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, and Veselin Topalov in classical, rapid and blitz…

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