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|28th North American Masters|
|PRESS RELEASE The 28th North American Masters will be held at North Shore Chess Center located in Skokie, IL from Sunday March 11th through Thursday March 15, 2012. The event will showcase three different events all at the same time. Grandmas...|
Sun, 11 Mar 2012 14:54:36 -0700
|28TH NORTH AMERICAN MASTERS|
|Featuring Daniel Rensch as Norm Hunter|
Sat, 11 Feb 2012 07:41:12 -0800
|Niles North Brings Home IHSA State Championship|
Niles North Brings Home IHSA State Championship
By George Slefo
More than 120 Illinois high schools competed last weekend at the IHSA Chess Championship. Niles North came out on top for the third time since 2006.
Last year, the Niles North chess team fell short in their hunt for a state championship, finishing second overall.
This year, it was checkmates all around, as the team claimed the top prize in the IHSA Chess Championship in Peoria on Friday and Saturday. This was North's third state championship since 2006.
More than 120 Illinois high schools competed, and Niles North remained undefeated throughout the tournament, finishing 7-0. The school's team consisted of 12 players overall, some of which are international superstars.
Senior Eric Rosen recently finished ninth overall at the World Youth Chess Championship in Brazil in November. He eventually lost to an Armenia player who ultimately went on to win the U18 sectional in the 1,200-plus tournament.
Yet last weekend, Rosen was with his fellow peers, working together to bring a state championship to Skokie.
"This was probably the most exciting and riveting tournament I've been to," said Brad Rosen, Eric's father. "It was just amazing what they were able to pull off."
Brad said the biggest turning point came in the sixth round, when junior David Paykin pulled off an amazing upset against a Stevenson High School student.
"David was the big star of the show," Brad said. "He literally pried victory from the jaws of defeat. He won it with drama and finesse. It was absolutely the turning point of the tournament."
This marked the second championship for Niles North's head chess coach, Harry Kyriazes. His last championship was in 20010. Kyriazes coached his team well, as all 12 students who competed won at least one game.
Skokie Patch would like to congratulate the 2012 Illinois State Chess Champions: Eric Rosen, David Paykin, Ethan Brown, Ben Marks, Rafeh Qazi, Adil Dzelilovic, Sorush Kadineh, Adam Rubinberg, Ross Schneider, Yuri Tytla, Emmett Barr and John Grossman.
|North Berkshire Chess Club Febuary 2012 Quad|
|USCF Quick Rated|
Fri, 20 Jan 2012 05:58:34 -0800
|Northeastern Open attracts more than 100 players|
Northeastern Open chess championship in Neenah attracts more than 100 players from several states
Tournament attracts more than 100 players to Neenah event
NEENAH — Patience, visualization and a good memory.
Those are the key skills needed to compete at a high level in chess, like the players at the 47th Northeastern Open chess championship held this weekend at the Holiday Inn Neenah Riverwalk.
Chess player families relaxed and talked strategy in the hotel's ballroom Saturday afternoon between rounds of the two-day tournament.
It was all business, however, once an official round began and the mental gears churned in the battles of skill and wits.
"I'd say patience and the ability to visualize are the most important," said Dennis Kosterman, assistant tournament director. "Not only what the board is now, but what it will be several moves from now. Memorization is also important in terms of opening moves and strategy."
The tournament, hosted by the Northeastern Wisconsin Chess Association, drew 102 players from Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin and was headlined by 8-year-old Awonder Liang, who recently won a world championship in his age group and is ranked "expert."
Matches can last up to five hours, and a player's first 35 moves must be completed within the first 90 minutes.
Wade Christensen, of Madison, provided some early drama for the tournament by defeating Liang in the first set of matches.
"He missed a move and dropped his bishop and that was it," Christensen said. "These young players keep getting better and better though. They've learned the fundamentals early on and have time to study online."
Other young players often hire coaches to develop their game.
Alex Betaneli was the lone "master" at the event and the top-seeded player.
Originally from Russia, Betaneli lives in Brookfield and tutors students all over the state.
"I do this full time, teaching and playing," said Betaneli, who has recently returned from a 10-day tournament in San Francisco.
He gives lessons using the online video-chatting system Skype to students as young as 5-years-old.
"Kids learn patience and to be gracious in victory and defeat," Betaneli said. "Chess is a game where you can't blame anybody but yourself if you lose, there are no other factors."
When asked about the skill gap between a master and novice player, Betaneli said if someone challenged him off the street to a $1,000 chess match he would win every time.
The pure skill is what separates chess from other strategic games like poker, where Betaneli said even the novice can defeat professionals due to the mathematic skew of luck.
Michelle Hintz, 17, of Marion, said as serious as many of the players take the game, she was playing the tournament to have fun.
"Whether you win or lose you still learn something new," Hintz said.
|Shankland Wins Northern California Int'l|
|The 2012 Northern California International ran fromÂ 2-8 January at the NorCal House of Chess at Northwestern Polytechnic University. The competition was a 9-round Swiss organised by Arun Sharma and Ted Castro, giving GM and IM title norm oppor...|
Mon, 09 Jan 2012 11:02:31 -0800
|Sam Shankland clear first in the Northern California International|
|The 2012 Northern California International was held from 2nd to 8th January, 2012, at the NorCal House of Chess at Northwestern Polytechnic University in Fremont, California. Following the tradition of Berkeley International, the tournament offered the possibilities for obtaining GM and IM norms. Presented by NorCal House of Chess Time Control: 40/90, SD/30 with 30 [...]|
Mon, 09 Jan 2012 04:24:34 +0000
|2012 Northern California International|
|The 2012 Northern California International is reaching an exciting climax in the NorCal House of Chess at Northwestern Polytechnic University. The competition is a 9-round Swiss organised by Arun Sharma, giving GM and IM title norm opportunities ...|
Fri, 06 Jan 2012 14:06:41 -0800
|North Berkshire Chess Club January 2012 Quad|
|USCF Quick Rated|
Sun, 01 Jan 2012 11:47:10 -0800
|Paco Vallejo tops the 21st North American Open|
|The 21st Annual North American Open was held at Bally’s Casino Resort, 3645 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, Nevada, from December 26-29, 2011. The event had 7 sections: Open, Under 2300, Under 2100, Under 1900, Under 1700, Under 1500 and Under 1250. The projected prize fund was $120,000 with $90,000 guaranteed. GM Francisco Vallejo [...]|
Sun, 01 Jan 2012 23:46:04 +0000
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