US Chess News

The American Open: SoCal’s Chess Festival

“Previous American Open winners read like a Who’s Who in American chess. To name only a few and not to slight any of the fine players who have won or tied for first over the years: Gata Kamsky, Yasser Seirawan, Pal Benko, Robert Byrne, all World Championship candidates at one time or another, and the irrepressible Walter Browne who has his name on the winner list seven times!” -Jerry Hanken

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Chess Life Magazine

Our December issue features a little bit of everything chess-related to help you get through the holiday season! GM Ian Rogers covers the "Survivor" contest that was the World Cup; we profile our women's champion WGM Sabina Foisor; Dr. Alexey Root and William Root write about the connections between chess and music; and FM Bart Gibbons provides a strategy to help you avoid blunders. And don't forget our 2018 Annual Buying Guide which you can find here:

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Top Players

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Chess Life Kids

For this issue, we decided to just create a fun winter chess scene. But what is happening in this somewhat strange image? Get creative and tell us in our cover contest sponsored by US Chess Federation Sales—see details in “It’s Your Move” on page 13. Also, learn all about "Smothered Mates" in our featured story by FM Mike "FunMaster" Klein on page 8!

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