US Chess News

The Olympiad: Who Are the Top Rivals to the U.S. Team?

The gold-medalist U.S. Team is returning to the Olympiad as the Defending Champions with the same line-up: Fabiano Caruana, Wesley So, Hikaru Nakamura, Sam Shankland, and Ray Robson. Actually, in many ways, the team is greatly improved due to its members recent achievements, such as Caruana earning the right to challenge for the World Championship and Shankland winning the U.S. Championship and crossing 2700 for the first time.

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Chess Life Magazine

GM Ioan-Cristian Chirila took clear first at the 2018 National Open—the centerpiece of the annual Las Vegas International Chess Festival—but winning was not without its challenges. In our cover story, GM Elshan Moradiabadi writes about the festival and how Chirila achieved his hard-fought victory. Also look for articles on the U.S. Women’s Open and on the NATO Chess Championship, held for the first time in the United States.

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Chess Life Kids

IM Eric Rosen captured the many sights and moods from the 2018 National Elementary (K-6) Championship in a stunning photo essay, which is featured in this month’s Chess Life Kids. Also look for a Q&A with our 2018 U.S. Champion, GM Sam Shankland, in our My First Moves column.

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