Demetrius Goins

Small-town training leads to a coaching superstar Demetrius Goins was born in Oakland, California, at the start of USCF's fifth decade. My mother taught me to play chess when I was nine or 10, but just the moves. Later on, I neglected chess. But I ended up moving away to live with my uncle in the country. The town was very small, so there wasn't much to do. He and his uncle played every day. When I came back to the Bay Area in 1995 or 1996, I started playing with the guys on the street much...

Continental Chess Schedule

Visit our website at www. chesstour. com for ate 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. 12 26-28 Empire State Open, Saratoga Sprgs NY* 12 26-29 North American Open, Las Vegas* 12 29 North American Open Blitz, Las Vegas* 1 15-18 Liberty Bell Open, Philadelphia* 1 15-18 Golden State Open, Concord...

Chess Life Online

GM Hikaru Nakamura bypassed the World Cup to play in the super-strong London Classic (held from December 7-15) which will feature seven other grandmasters including GMs Magnus Carlsen and Vladimir Kramnik. How will Hikaru stack up against the world's best GM Ian Rogers will report from the scene. Look for images and games from the K-12 Scholastic Championships in Dallas, Texas (December 11-13), including coverage of Women World Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk's simultaneous exhibition. Pictured...

Leo Vigna

Leo Vigna was born in Paris, France, at the start of USCF's seventh decade. When he was five, his mother Zehra, who learned chess in her native Turkey, taught him the moves in two days using a Turkish translation of Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess. Moving to New York City, Leo quickly became one of the best players in his school, Lyc e Fran ais de New York, and needed stronger opponents. So he rode a taxi each week to after-school classes at P.S. 116 taught by IM Saudin Robovic. Frankly, becoming a...

Ron Hames

A pharmacist, a doctor, and much more than a 70-year-old nerd Radiologist Ron Hames was born in Brooklyn, New York the same year that USCF incorporated. He grew up in a world at war. News and entertainment came into his home carried by the voices and sounds from the family's tabletop and car radios. Hames, then only two-and-a-half, vividly recalls standing between his parents in the front seat during the long drive to Florida from New York City, hearing the announcement over the car's radio on...

Stephanie Ballom

Stephanie Ballom was born in Mansfield, Texas, at the start of USCF's sixth decade. When she was 10, she and her dad were walking through a Barnes and Noble when a chess book that came with a set caught her eye. Her dad bought the book and taught her to play. Later, I read How to Beat Your Dad at Chess. Shortly after that, I started beating him Stephanie grew up in a very chess-friendly town. David Harry, the mayor of Mansfield, actually taught chess after school, Stephanie said. Since I was...

Us Amateur Team Events

Feb. 13-14, Kingstowne Chess Festival (VA) 5SS, 45 2,25 1,SD 1 (45 2,SD 1 Round 4 only), Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel, 3841 E. Washington Ave., Madison, WI 53704. EF 21 (Juniors 17) by Dec. 15. 3 more later or on site. b 50 and 4 per class 125-85. A - 70 B - 60 C - 60 D - 50 E - 40 U1000 - 30 Unr - 30 Upset - 50. Reg. 99 30 A.M. Dec. 19. Rds. 10 00-2 30-7 30 10 00-3 30. ENT Dennis Kosterman, 28 Singleton Ct., Madison, WI 53711. INFO Dennis Kosterman, (608)770- 3133, dennisk tds.net. HR 69 (Block...

World Chess Live Grand Prix Summary

World Chess Live sponsors over 25,000 at the 2009 Grand Prix Welcome to World Chess Live WCL , a new family-friendly service with special benefits for USCF members. Once again, WCL is pleased to sponsor USCF's 2009 Grand Prix GP and 2009juniorGrand Prix JGP . We're providing prize funds of 25,080 and 10,200 cash, merchandise, and memberships , and will also be running online grand prize satellite events throughout the year. The 2009 Grand Prix is drawing to a conclusion but not without one last...

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I saw this variation back on move 40. Surprisingly enough, 44. e5 does not give Black a queen, because the play then follows 45. a5 e4 46. a6 e3 47. Kd3 This lures Black's king onto the fatal a8-h1 diagonal 47. Kf3 48. a7 e2 49. a8 Q White wins, or the trickier defense 47. c4 48. Ke2 c3 Black's best try 49. Kd3 , when the white king manages to stop both pawns . Both techniques worth remembering. 45. a5 Kd6 46. a6 Kc6 47. a7 Kb7 A typical folly. This move loses a tempo albeit here it's not...

Introducing

The Kopec Master Class Series New Millennium Edition From Legendary Chess Educator The Kopec Master Class New Millennium Edition This first of five DVDs focuses on visualizing Mafing Potferns amp Combinations Sacrifices, Combinations for material gain, Hanging Pieces amp much more Explores Tactical Tools of Checks, Pins, Skewers, Double-Attacks, Overloads, Undermining, X-Rays, etc. Brilliant examples throughout, wrapping up with Fischer's amazing Game of the Century Precisely demonstrating many...

Chess Life

While solving this months selection of puzzles from GM Andy Soltis October 2009 , I found a different solution for Perlis versus Znosko-Borovsky, St. Petersburg 1909. The straightforward 26. Rxe8 Rxe8 27. Rxe8 Bxe8 28. Qe7 Qa1 29. Bf1 seems decisive. I checked with various chess engines to see what could be wrong with my solution. Apparently nothing is wrong. Indeed It is the computer choice. Dr. Lasker notes only that White wins by force. I suppose after Black's error on move 23, it's just a...