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GM Varuzhan Akobian (2678) GM Giorgi Kacheishvili (2670) North American Open, Las Vegas (6), 12.29.2008 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 a6 5. a4 e6 6. Bg5 Nbd7 7. a5 We have already left mainstream Slav lines. 7 h6 8. Bh4 dxc4 9. e3 b5 10. axb6 e.p. Nxb6 11. Ne5 c5 12. Be2 cxd4 13. Bh5 An unexpected attempt to create weak nesses in the black camp which Black answers coolly. 13 Ra7 14. Nc6 Qc7 15. Nxa7 dxc3 16. Bxf6 gxf6 17. Nxc8 cxb2 18. Rxa6 Bb4+ 19. Ke2 c3 20. Bxf7+ Who would think that...

State Champions

Alabama Joe Jurjevich, Brent Inman, Alex Weiner, Scott Varagona Alaska Marven Breis Arizona Levon Altounian Arkansas Tony Davis California, Northern Sam Shankland California, Southern Enrico Sevillano, Alexandre Kretchetov Colorado Philipp Ponomarev Connecticut Sergey Kudrin Delaware Jim Erskine, Phil Saponaro District of Columbia Marc Rotenberg Florida Julio Becerra, Ray Robson Georgia Ron Burnett Hawaii Cornelius Rubsamen, Robert Lau Idaho Jason Evers Illinois Alexander Stamnov,Angelo Young,...

Uscf Committee Chairpersons

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International Masters

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The Hoax is on

Very short games are often very entertaining. But if a game seems too short and too entertaining to be real, well maybe it isn't. American players have contributed some incredible miniatures to chess lit erature. At least one of them was literally not believed. Richard Kujoth Fashingbauer Milwaukee 1950 1. e4 c5 2. b4 cxb4 3. a3 Nc6 4. axb4 Nf6 Black follows the bad advice that the best answer to a gambit is quick develop ment, although that turns out poorly here. Based on 7. exf6 Qe5+ and 8....

Solvers

These titles are awarded by the Society of U S Chess Problemists Master Solvers Robert J Bales Jr Paul Birnbaum Ted Brandhorst David Dana-Bashian Kenneth Davenport Matthew Dickey Richard Fellrath Barry Keith Eugene Levin William Longren Eloy Martinelli Stephanos Pantazis Martin Rubin Peter Szusz U.S. Expert Solvers Walter Anthony Gabriel Balinth Todd Barre Ladislav Belcsak John Blood Albert Bobb Joseph Bohac Edward Boyle Brad Bradford Donald Burden Victor Burdick Renato Casalino Gennaro...

Continental Chess Association Schedule

Visit our website at www. chesstour. com for late news, results, games, CCA minimum ratings, advance entries, and more Most tournaments have alternate schedules playing less or more days than listed below, Asterisk means full details in this issue-otherwise, see future issues or our website. 4 9-12 Foxwoods Open, CT see March issue 4 24-26 Vermont Sprng Open, Stratton Mountain 5 15-17 New York State Open, Lake George NY 5 22-25 Chicago Open, Wheeling IL 6 25-29 Philadelphia International, Phila...

Endgame

11 USCF AFFAIRS 38 2008 YEARBOOK 53 TOURNAMENT LIFE GM Giorgi Kacheishvili has relocated to the U.S., and with his 2600 rating is now one of America's top players. Here he is pictured on the Brooklyn Bridge, close to his new home in New York City. Cover Photo Jeff Weiss Art Direction Frankie Butler GM Giorgi Kacheishvili, formerly of Georgia, wins the North American Open in Las Vegas. The new U.S. resident relates, I discovered that a lone Russian plane had passed over and dropped a 1,000 pound...

Chessplayer Scholars

In top 10 of high school class with USCF gt 2000 and SAT gt 1400 for possible college scholarships to UMBC. Prof. Alan Sherman, Dept. of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore County, 21250. 410-455-2666, dralansherman starpower.net. Wants to share an apartment with an apartment owner. Rudy Blumenfeld, 431 Beach 20th St., Far Rockaway, NY 11691. Southern Northern California Professional Photography of Tournaments and players. Documentary or artistic. USCF...

Rays Road to the Title

At the 2008 Miami Open, Ray Robson, America's latest rising star, scores a 2700 performance rating Ray Robson would like to be a grand master. As of this writing, his FIDE rating is 2455, but he has not yet earned a single grandmaster GM norm. This is not for a lack of stellar perform ances. In last September's Miami Open, the 14 year old netted a performance rating over 2700, good enough for a norm save for a technicality You have to play at least three existing grandmasters for the...

Kacheishvili Giorgi Contact Information

I've been a member of the USCF since 1973, and a Life Member since 1984. I've been a Tournament Director since 1974 and a National TD since 2000. For the past decade I've ran the USCF Tournament Clearinghouse for events happening from Baltimore down to Richmond. Doing this has required working with multiple organizers in the attempt to reduce unnecessary conflicts. In this same manner, I would like to help the USCF's Executive Board return to civility in its actions...

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CHESS TRUST June 2007 through March 2008 Legacy Donors Deborah Doll, Nearing, GM Arnold Denker. Future Legacy Donors Harold B. Dondis, Wil Wakely. Corporate Donors Aetna, Exxon, IBM, Microsoft, WalMart, X3D, Mobil, WaMu, Nugent amp Haussler, PC Partners. Chess Philanthropists 50,000 or more . Harold B. Dondis, Frank P. Samford III. King Supporters 10,000 or more . Frank Berry, Mark Fins. Friends of Chess 5,000 or more . Anonymous, Mitchell Denker, Gerald...

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Virtual Chess Openings

The most comprehensive chess opening reference in the world 1. Nh3 threatens 2. Ng5 , and if 1 Bf6 2. Ng5 Bxg5 3. Qh8 mate, or 1 f6 2. Qh8 mate. Problem II. 1 Bxd3 prolongs the game and isn't as good as 1 Ra6 , which prepares 2 Rca8 and 3 Qa1 4. Nxa1 Rxa1 mate. If 2. c3 then 2 Bxb3 wins a piece, and if 2. Ne2 then 2 Bxb3 threatens 3 Qa1 mate. Problem III. 1. c4 and now 1 Qxc4 2. Bd6 Ke8 3. Qg8 and mates or 1 B-moves 2. Bd6 . Black resigned after 1 d6 2. Rxd5 in view of 2 exd5 3. Bxd6 . Problem...

Giorgi Kacheishvili Chess Coach

USCF History, p. 10 served as both USCF and World Chess Hall of Fame executive director. His latest book, with Lev Alburt, is Chess Training Pocket Book II. North American Open, p. 18 is a frequent contributor with over 100 Chess Life articles carrying his byline since 1975 and is the president of the Chess Journalists of America. Ray Robson Profile, p. 24 is a media developer and foreign correspondent for the Internet Chess Club's Chess.FM. He was voted 2008 Chess Journalist of the Year by...

Phil LeCornu Life Member

USCF life member bequests 350,000 to USCF The U.S. Chess Federation learned of the passing of a longtime member, Phil LeCornu, through a letter from the execu tor of his estate informing us that he had left the Federation a bequest of 350,000. I was sorry to hear of his death but not at all surprised at his generosity to chess, for Phil and I were good friends in Chicago in the sixties and seventies. I discovered chess as a teenager, age fif teen, and by sixteen attended the major clubs...

The Berlin Defense and the Endgame

The Berlin Defense C67 in the Spanish torture is designed to head right into an ending. Benko brings us up to date on the latest in this potent weapon against attacking players. The third Grand Prix event of 2008 was organized in Elista, Russia. The Berlin Defense variation of the Ruy Lopez, a system that leads to an early endgame, was played four times here. Even Garry Kasparov praised it, label ing it as an effective weapon against attacking players, as Kramnik showed when he successfully...

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