Best of CLO 2018 #6-US Chess School in San Fran by Shlyakhtenko

The #6 article in Best of CLO 2018 is US Chess School in San Fran: Sam Takes the Chocolate by NM Robert Shlyakhtenko. Judges praised Robert’s humor and the instructional value of his article, which gave an inside look into the 46th edition of the US Chess School, held in August 2018 at the Mechanics Chess Club.

In the afternoon Greg took us to a chocolate store nearby; Everyone got free samples and Greg bought a box of chocolates for the winner of the blitz tournament. As any of the cashiers would tell you, there is nothing more frightening than having twelve kids walk into your store all at once; when leaving, I heard one of them sigh: “Oh my Lord…”

Once we got back to the camp, Sam showed us a series of positions entitled “Beat Sam”, in which his opponents were either winning or at least had a serious advantage, but missed the correct continuation and failed to convert.

You can find out more about the US Chess School on twitter, facebook, instagram and founder IM Greg Shahade’s YouTube channel, where he posts videos of USCS blitz and bullet tournaments.

Robert plays blitz with Eric Li, much to the delight of the Hey Zap employees, who hosted USCS participants

The Judges Sound Off   

This just sounded like a fun time.  I enjoyed the quotes, as well as the humor   of the author- GM Josh Friedel 

As the young correspondent points out, the overriding theme of this camp is to “Beat Sam,” as in the reigning US Champion. Apparently a 2700 can solve difficult puzzles and win rook endgames down a pawn, but has difficulty giving blitz simuls to strong master level kids. Nonetheless, the nine puzzles included in the report are highly recommended for chess parents, coaches and advanced students. –Michael “f-pawn” Aigner

Best of CLO Countdown 

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7. Eyes Wide Open: Gareyev Wins 2018 U.S. Open by Al Al Lawrence

6. US Chess School in San Fran: Sam Takes the Chocolate by NM Robert Shlyakhtenko


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