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September 29, 2014 88

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: HE TEACHES CHESS TO CHILDREN

PENNSYLVANNIA Anwar Smith leans encouragingly over the chessboard, facing his pint-sized opponent. He seriously considers her latest move, questioning her in a low, patient tone. Then, he plucks up her white knight. “I’m not going easy on them,” he explains over his shoulder to observers. “You have to lose to win” — that is, losing makes you really want to win, he clarifies. Smith teaches the ancient board game to about 50 students at Martin and Buchanan elementary schools. Kelly Killian, School District of Lancaster exceptional student specialist, says the parent volunteer began the program two years ago, after learning his daughter’s teacher encouraged students to play the game at recess.… Read More...
Sep 29, 2014 102

43 SPONSORING ME TO WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP IN INDIA

By WCM Claudia Munoz www.claudiamunoz.com After one month of having launched my online fundraiser for the 2014 World Junior Chess Championship in Pune, India (October 5-20), I am proud to inform my readers that as of today, September 28, 2014, I have 43-sponsors in 15 states and 5 foreign countries for a total of $2,780 dollars. This amount came through my website www.claudiamunoz.com as I… Read More...
Sep 26, 2014 768

FABIANO THREATENING TO OVERTAKE MAGNUS AS NO. 1

UNITED KINGDOM (In the graphic illustration Fabiano Caruana v Ruslan Ponomariov, Dortmund 2014. Level material, so how did the world No2 (White, to play) win quickly and imaginatively?) SOCAR Azerbaijan’s team of polyglot galácticos, financed by the state oil firm, duly regained the European Club Cup in Bilbao last weekend. The Baku squad fielded elite grandmasters from Bulgaria, China, England… Read More...
Sep 26, 2014 137

GO FOR CHESS, NOT CHECKERS WHEN RUNNING A BUSINESS

UNITED STATES Recently Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports claimed Duke University basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski was using his position as head coach of Team USA to gain an unfair recruiting advantage. The assertion is that as Coach K travels while running Team USA youth camps, he consistently gains contact with the country's best players before the NCAA grants such access to his coaching… Read More...
Sep 25, 2014 116

TEAM USA ON TRACK FOR SEVERAL MEDALS IN SOUTH AFRICA

SOUTH AFRICA Local Grandmaster Ben Finegold is in Durban, South Africa, this week representing Team USA as part of the 2014 World Youth Chess Championship. The international competition separates its field into six categories, from under-8 to under-18 in both girls-only and open sections, and crowns 12 World Champions annually. Upward of 1,000 players represent more than 85 countries in this… Read More...
Sep 24, 2014 211

Q & A WITH A FRESHMAN CHESS GRANDMASTER

INDIA Parimarjan Negi ‘18 holds the title Chess Grandmaster, awarded by the World Chess Federation in 2006 when he was 13 years and four months, beating Magnus Carlsen’s record by a month to become the second-youngest grandmaster ever. After receiving a chessboard when he was five, Negi took on chess as hobby, and then trained seriously — up until now. Though he is ranked No. 79 in the world, has… Read More...