Friday, May 3, 2013

U.S. Championships, Round 1

The U.S. Championship and the Women's Championship began this afternoon: the only game in progress involves the #1 player in Illinois, GM Yury Shulman.  FM John Bryant is up the Exchange, but Yury seems to have a (tricky) tablebase draw in hand...

After 112...Kc5!, White has no time to take: 113.Rxg4 hxg4 114.Kxg4 (otherwise the pawn queens) 114...Kd6 is a dead draw.

The game continues, so I hope this post is not a jinx.  (Update: drawn in 130 moves.)

Our other local representative, WIM Viktorija Ni, drew comfortably against WGM Camilla Baginskaite

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Final Day of All-Girls Nationals (Reminder: Kasparov book signing today at 3 p.m.)

Mayor Emanuel meets U of C freshman Darrian Robinson (Photo Betsy Dynako for Chess Life Online)
Coverage at Chess Life Online.  The event is at the Swissôtel Chicago, 323 E. Wacker.  Former World Champion Garry Kasparov will be signing copies of his books from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.