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Russian Chess Masters

Rb8 2. Bh3 Rd8 3. g8 Q Rxg8 4. d8 Q Rxd8 5. Bc8 wins. Starting with Black is acceptable but it must be indicated. Black has two equal options here, just as in the twin. Most of the time these studies resemble positions that could actually occur over-the-board. You must simply reach a theoretically won position for White. Solutions can be found on page 71. Please e-mail submissions for Benko's Bafflers to pbenko uschess.org L. Prokes 1949 (Correction by P. Benko)...

Chess Journalist Of The Year

Dear Chess Players and Chess Journalists, I am so pleased and honored to have been named The Chess Journalist of the Year (CJA) for 2009. Thanks to all of you, dear chess players, who have supported me in my eternal quest to promote chess around the world. Nowadays, in the Internet age, journalism has evolved, it's no longer reserved to writers in newspapers and to distant TV reporters, but to you and me, using new technologies. Today, we can talk about chess on Twitter and on Facebook, we can...

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. 11 6-8 Green Mt Open, Stratton Mt VT (see Oct) 11 13-15 Kings Island Open, Mason OH* 11 27-29 National Congress & Blitz, Philadelphia* 12 26-28 Empire State Open, Saratoga Sprgs NY* 12 26-29 North...

Nonprodigy Makes A Big Leap

At 14, Alburt became a Category I player, approximately equivalent to our 2100 level, but he stayed at that level for a number of years, seemingly not progressing. Then during a twelve-month period in 1964-65, Lev experienced one of those mysterious leaps in strength that seem sudden after a period of apparent stagnancy. The 19-year-old suddenly broke through to the expert level in those days probably equivalent to our 2300 level, and in another six months reached master. This milestone was...

Secrets of Opening Surprises

No time to study chess opening theory Secrets of Opening Surprises SOS consists of highly playable, unusual opening ideas. Because an SOS is such an early deviation from the regular lines in mainstream openings usually before move six , the probability of you being abie to bring the variation actually on the board is very high. If you are tired of main lines, if you are looking for simple but effective weapons to perplex your opponent, then you will feel very much at home in the world of SOS. 1...