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Come Join Us at Thursday Throwdowns

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By Tim Brookshear The Thursday Throwdowns were started in an effort to maintain an evening tournament in the Decatur area. They are loosely modeled after the Tuesday night tournaments that were run on a weekly basis at the Atlanta Chess Center for around twenty years. When I started this tournament at the end of 2012, [&hellip...

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Summertime Advice From Your Friendly Neighborhood Chess Coaches

July 1, 2014 • Featured, News2485

By Laura Doman Aahh…summer.  Time to enjoy the longer days outside and have fun swimming, camping, or playing a favorite sport. But when the temperature dances above the 90 degree mark with matching humidity levels or a late afternoon downpour suddenly...

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GM Alonso Zapata is GA State Champion 2014

June 2, 2014 • Featured1808

The Georgia State Championship was held Friday-Sunday May 2-4, 2014 at the Atlanta Marriott. With the generosity of Phillip O. Taylor augmenting prize funds, $8,000.00 was awarded to players. There were three sections: Championship – players above 2000...

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Alternate Rating Systems and USCF Scholastic Competition

June 2, 2014 • Featured, News1720

by NTD Jeff Wiewel and LTD Fun Fong The issue of how to regard players that use primarily alternate (non-USCF) ratings has been active within the national scholastic community for several years. The issue has been mulled over by various USCF sub-organizations...


Stepping Into a Larger World

June 2, 2014 • Featured, News1463

by Jim Mundy If you’ll allow me a quick introduction, I am CM Jim Mundy, a local champion, an Intercontinental Bronze Medalist, a chess promoter, and a coach. I’ve been writing articles, with the guidance of many dedicated editors such as Daniel...

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From the New GCA Director of Communications

June 1, 2014 • Featured, News1234

by Laura Doman “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” George Bernard Shaw How would you rate the Georgia Chess Association’s ability to keep you informed on a timely basis about relevant chess events,...

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A GM in Town

June 1, 2014 • Featured, News2011

by IM Carlos Perdomo If names like Anand and Nakamura sound familiar to you, you have some knowledge about the Chess World. But did you know that the current Georgia State Champion GM Alonso Zapata has the record of beating former world champion GM...

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Queen and Pawns in the Endgame

June 1, 2014 • Endgame Fundamentals, Featured2351

By Donny Gray Many times after a long hard fought battle, your chess game becomes a race to Queen a pawn. But no matter what the position, someone will Queen first. Let’s take a look at some of the resulting endings when someone Queens first. If both...

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Chess in Films

June 1, 2014 • Featured2286

by WIM Carolina Blanco Chess has been part of numerous films around the world and although sometimes it is not the subject of the movie, there are many scenes in non-chess movies featuring a chess set or something related to the game. Below are my favorites...

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USCF Elementary Nationals, Dallas, TX

May 20, 2014 • Featured, News1823

The National Elementary Championship was held May 9-11, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. Eleven Georgia scholastic players traveled to Dallas, Texas to participate in this event. Over 300 Georgia scholastic players had attended the Junior High Championship in Atlanta...