Saturday, April 30, 2011

Gata Kamsky repeats as U.S. Champion

Story at US Chess Online.  Congratulations to Gata Kamsky, a most worthy champion, and good luck against Veselin Topalov in next month's Candiates Match! 

And double congratulations to Chicago's Yury Shulman, who showed once again that he's at the very top of American chess.  He won the title in 2008, finished second in 2010, and second once again this year.  Yury and Viktoria's son Gabriel was born this past Sunday.

Michael Auger wins National High School Blitz Championship

The senior at Whitney Young is in my opinion the most naturally gifted player we've had since Morris Giles.  Congratulations!

Crosstable here. Michael's teammate, Sam Schmakel of Whitney Young, took second on tiebreaks; Eric Rosen of Niles North tied for seventh.  Aakassh Meduri of Hinsdale Central tied for ninth.

Standings for the main event are here.  After three rounds, Eric Rosen and Evan Spiegel of Niles North and Mark Waechter of Hinsdale Central all have perfect scores.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

K-12 chess camps this summer

As always, no endorsement, express or implied! (NM William Aramil and I were playing on adjacent boards in the last few rounds of the Philadelphia Open.)
Summer Chess Camps

June 20th-24th, 2011 at Whitney Young High School, 211 S. Laflin, Chicago, Illinois

July 18th-22nd, 2011 at Grace Episcopal Church, 924 Lake Street, Oak Park, Illinois

August 1st-5th, 2011 at Creativo! School, 5407 W. Devon, Chicago, Illinois

August 8th-12th, 2011 at Grace Episcopal Church, 924 Lake Street, Oak Park, Illinois

Experienced Tournament Section (Whitney Young Camp Only)
Featuring International Grandmaster Dmitry Gurevich
--2009 US Open Champion
--2010 Illinois Open Champion
Open to all 4th-12th grade chess players. Players should be regular participants in USCF rated chess tournaments. Space is limited.
Advanced Entry Fee - $300 (until 3/31/11); Regular Entry Fee - $350
Time - 9am to 3pm

Scholastic Section
Featuring National Master William Aramil
--2003 Denker National High School Champion
--Author of Complete Idiot's Guide to Chess Openings
--Trainer of 2011 Whitney Young High School State Champions
Open to K-12 chess players of all levels
Details: Advanced Entry Fee - $200 (until 5/31/11 for WY, 7/1/11 for OP, and 7/15/11 for Creativo); Regular Entry Fee - $250
Time - 9am to 2pm (Extended time from 2pm to 3pm for an additional $25/week)

Both sections include daily lunch, t-shirt, and recreation time at the high school gym (WY) and at nearby parks.

Register Online
For more information contact Paul Kash at or (773) 512-2811

Shulman beats Hess: championship finals against Kamsky begin today

Big news from Yury's interview with Maurice Ashley and Jennifer Shahade: Gabriel Shulman was born on Sunday. Congratulations to mom and dad!

Coverage at Chess Life Online and ChessBase.

The two-game finals match begins at 2 p.m.: follow it live at!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

The shortest post

Hello from Philadelphia! Sometimes playing chess gets in the way of blogging about chess.

Gata Kamsky beat Sam Shankland to reach the finals of the 2011 U.S. Championship. Our own Yury Shulman faces Robert Hess in a rapid playoff to determine the other finalist tomorrow. Follow the action at the Shulman-Hess playoff begins at 2 p.m.