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The Candidates Tournament

by • April 30, 2014 • Featured, NewsComments (1)12937

By Carolina Blanco The Candidates Tournament was an eight players double round-robin event played over fourteen rounds in all. It was held in the Russian city of Khanty-Mansiysk between 03/13-03/30/2014. The winner, Anand Viswanathan, will now challenge Magnus Carlsen in the World Championship that is to take place in November 2014. The World Championship...

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King in the Center

April 25, 2014 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured1295

By Donny Gray Back in the olden days, late 1970’s, GM Larry Christiansen came to Little Rock Arkansas to give an exhibition and lecture. My rating then was around 1800 give or take a rating point or two. Two things stand out about his visit to me that...

Aviva Smith earns 8th place at the Girls Nationals in Chicago April 2014. Seen here with USCF President and WIM Ruth Haring.

Georgia Girls Play in National Girl’s Tournament

April 25, 2014 • Featured, News1924

By Laura Doman Women and girls are a distinct minority among the players in a chess tournament hall. This is most noticeable at Scholastic tournaments, especially when round pairings are first posted on the walls. Within seconds, crowds of boisterous boys are...


GM Alonso Zapata Wins Southeast Chess Open

April 8, 2014 • Featured, News, Open Events, Tournament Results2909

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...

HS State Champions 2014

Walton High School Wins!

April 7, 2014 • Featured, News, Tournament Results2281

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...


Welcome to

March 31, 2014 • Featured, From The President, News, News1420

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, Games1252

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, News3506

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, Featured1777

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, News1424

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...