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GM Alonso Zapata Wins Southeast Chess Open

by • April 8, 2014 • Featured, News, Open Events, Tournament ResultsComments (2)2801

Southeast Chess held its first long time control tournament on 5 Apr 2014.  5 rounds, all of game in 120 minutes were held, beginning on Saturday, breaking the Georgia tradition of having a Game 90 first round on Saturday.  The organizers report that this schedule, with no Friday option, was accepted well.  Approximately 52 players [&hellip...

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Walton High School Wins!

April 7, 2014 • Featured, News, Tournament Results2208

by Ted Wieber Congratulations to Walton High School of Cobb County on winning the 2014 Team Chess Championship! A record 28 five-student teams from 22 different schools competed at this annual state championship event held on Saturday, March 29th at Emory...


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March 31, 2014 • Featured, From The President, News, News1347

In our efforts to continue to grow and improve, Georgia Chess Association would like to take this moment to announce one particularly exciting development that has recently launched. As many of you know, the Georgia Chess magazine has consistently been...


Francisco, R – Baghwat, N USATS (Round 2)

March 31, 2014 • Featured, Games1182

By Richard Francisco The following game was played in round 2 at the USATS. It was my favorite game, as I was able to execute a standard attacking strategy in a novel form. 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.h4 h6 5.g4 Bg6? This retreat is inaccurate.  Black is...

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76th Tata Steel Chess Master 2014: Two Game Analysis

March 31, 2014 • Featured, News3389

The 76th edition of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament took place January 10-26, 2014 in the city of Wijk aan zee in the Netherlands. The top players competed in two groups (previously there were three), with twelve players in each, instead of fourteen. The...



March 29, 2014 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured1687

One of my favorite chess books is Domination in 2,545 Endgame Studies, by Ghenrikh Kasparyan. It is solely about how to dominate your opponent’s pieces. Domination is a way to say that even though a piece has a wide choice of squares, it cannot avoid...

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A Mother’s Perspective on the National Title

March 29, 2014 • Featured, News1311

By Susan Justice The journey started twelve years ago when my then two year old son surprised me by setting up the chess board correctly when asked to clean up the pieces that were scattered across the floor. Although it feels like we have reached the...


2014 K-8 Team State Qualifier and Championship

March 29, 2014 • Featured, News, Tournament Results1507

Passers-by at the Cobb Galleria Centre were astonished to discover over 1000 kids happily spending their Saturday in an all-day intensive chess competition. While most elementary and middle school students often enjoy their weekends playing team sports or...


Catching up with the 2013 K-1 National Co-Champion

March 22, 2014 • Featured, News1252

Georgia scholastic player and frequent GCA tournament volunteer Katie Hill sat down for an interview with the reigning K-1 National Co-Champion, Drew Justice (who is a current 2nd grader at Whitefield Academy). Drew earned his national title by winning all...


13th Annual MLK Tournament

February 16, 2014 • Featured, News, Tournament Results1426

 By Laura Doman Over 440 kids in grades K-12 played in the 13th Annual MLK Tournament, held Monday, January 20, 2014 at Whitefield Academy.   Under the direction of tournament coordinators Katie Hartley and Susan Justice, the five round competition hosted...