Friday, August 9, 2013

Cookout to benefit the Chicago Chess Center!


Sunday, September 8


Lakeview Men's Club
2732 N Pine Grove Ave
Chicago, IL 60614



Come out and eat, drink and socialize at the Lakeview Men's Club at a cookout to benefit the Chicago Chess Center. All proceeds go to the CCC. Cash bar. Ages 21 and over.

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Assassinating the Sniper

Monday, August 5, 2013

David Peng wins Under 10 Gold at Pan Ams!

Check out Aviv Friedman's article on Chess Life Online.

Photo courtesy Chess Life Online.  
Back row: Jessica Regam, Armen Ambartsoumian, Aviv Friedman, Andranik Matikozyan, Agata Bykhovtsev
Front row: Aasa  Dolammapati, Naomi Bashkansky, Aksithi Eswaran, David Peng, Kevin Cole.

U.S. Open decompression

Back from Madison!  I dropped 42 (!) rating points.  There's some rough justice: I'd been playing poorly & somehow gaining ELO.  At the U.S. Open, I played well enough to have a mediocre event: my opponents did not permit me that luxury.

As for real players: NM Sam Schmakel (right in below picture) was still in contention for the national title in the final round, but lost to IM Mackenzie Molner (left) in yesterday's final round. Schmakel, FM Eric Rosen, and NM William Aramil all finished with 7-2 scores, a full point off the 8-1 score posted by IM Molner, GM Julio Sadorra, and GM Joshua Friedel.

MSA crosstable here.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Another Internet game

White makes some instructive mistakes in this game, in effect a Sicilian Dragon by transposition from the Sozin, Benko Variation (6...Qb6).