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March 30, 2015 43

AMHERST CHESS WHIZ, 9 YEAR OLD WINS STATE

NEW YORK (Buffalo) When 9-year-old Ashton William stands next to his first-place chess trophy at its place of honor in front of the fireplace, it comes up to his chest. The outsized reward, which he received after beating 150 other kids from New York, Connecticut and New Jersey at the 48th Annual New York Chess Championship in Saratoga Springs on March 1, has elated Ashton. “I felt that I did something great,” said Ashton, a fourth-grader at St. Gregory the Great School in Williamsville. Ashton fell for chess in kindergarten, after he spotted chess lessons being given at the Audubon Library in Amherst. “There were two opposite sides, and I thought it was like a battle,” he said. His parents… Read More...
Mar 30, 2015 43

PITTSBURGH CHESS TOURNAMENT SUPPORTS GIRLS

PENNSYLVANIA (Pittsburgh) Armed with kings, queens, knights and pawns, girls are defying the idea that chess is a man’s game. On Saturday, girls between second and eighth grade gathered at Oakland Catholic High School in North Oakland to participate in a chess tournament. The free event was organized by Pitt freshman Anjana Murali, who is also a staff writer for The Pitt News. The ANNpower Vital… Read More...
Mar 25, 2015 93

A CHESS MASTER TRIES TO TURN RABBITS INTO WOLVES

NEW YORK In the rear of a Harlem chess club last Sunday night, amid the hubbub of trash-talking players, a group of polite schoolchildren took turns playing speed chess against a large man whose dreadlocks were mostly covered with a wool hat. They were students from the elite Dalton School on the Upper East Side, and they were playing “like scared rabbits,” observed their coach, Jerald Times. “I… Read More...
Mar 24, 2015 310

GM CLAIMS CHESS IS RIDDLED WITH CHEATS USING SMARTPHONES

UNITED KINGDOM The genteel world of British chess has been rocked after a top grandmaster claimed the game of kings is riddled with cheats. Daniel Gormally, 38, suggested the game is facing an epidemic of people popping to the loo during competitions and using mobile phones to work out their next move. Mobile apps such as Droidfish and Shredder have made it easy to play chess on the move and… Read More...
Mar 21, 2015 148

MY THOUGHTS AS A 17-YEAR OLD FEMALE CHESS PLAYER

WCM Claudia Muñoz www.claudiamunoz.com It has been a while since I last posted in my website! I have learned that being a 17-year old high school teen and chess player has been increasingly difficult not only because of time constraints but also because of personal challenges I have faced in my daily life. Last year was an awesome 2014 for me in chess but as soon as I got off the plane from the… Read More...
Feb 19, 2015 188

A MESSAGE TO MY LOYAL FOLLOWERS

WCM Claudia Muñoz www.claudiamunoz.com I have always believed that if I am going to do something in life, I will focus on becoming the very best. In this 2015 I seemed to have hit a chess wall for some not so good results in four straight tournaments. It is for this reason that I have decided to rearrange my schedule and allocate more time in my chess training. You will see less of me here in my… Read More...