Workshop Results

USCF Rating Report

Five chess students braved the icy weather to study and play chess at the Bryn Mawr Community Center on December 21. Students played a few rated games, learned about various pawn breakthroughs in the endgame, and analyzed their games.

New Chess Videos - December 19

New this week in our online chess video library:

1) NM Adam Weissbarth analyzes a recent tournament game between two students rated about 600. In particular, this game focuses on when players should begin trading pawns in the middle of the board.

2) For more advanced subscribers, IM Bryan Smith analyzes the blitz tiebreaks of the championship match of the 2008 U.S. Chess League season. See how Dallas Destiny defeated the Boston Blitz to win their second consecutive championship.

Tournament Results: K-12 Nationals

Congratulations to Benjamin Lu of Kutz Elementary School in Doylestown! Benjamin went 7-0 in Florida this weekend to become national champion for 1st grade, including a victory over the top-seeded player (rated 1595) in the 6th round.

Another one of our regular Silver Knights competitors, Kevin Zhou, had an impressive performance in the 2nd grade section, tying for first place (finishing fourth on tiebreaks) with five wins and two draws.


New Chess Videos

New this week in our chess video library:

1) IM Bryan Smith analyzes the games from the finals of the U.S. Chess League, and

2) NM Adam Weissbarth analyzes a recent tournament game, showing another example of how to learn from games you win.

Tournament Results - Holiday Rumble

USCF Rating Report

Thirty-four scholastic chessplayers took part in the Holiday Rumble, held on 12/13/08 at Beaumont Elementary School in Devon. Mike Zhang swept through the K-3 section with a score of 4-0, followed by Praneeth Ramesh at 3.5-.5 and Jeremy Miller, Jason Hurle, and Spencer Lasky at 3-1. Ithan Elementary School narrowly edged out the team victory over Beaumont by a score of 9.5 - 9.

In the K-8 section, Matthew Razat won all four games to take first place. Patrick Liu and John Peterson took 2nd and 3rd place with 3-1 scores. Beaumont Elementary won first place team with a score of 7.5

New Chess Videos

New this week in our online chess video library:

IM Bryan Smith analyzes his five wins from the National Chess Congress. Bryan won the tournament ahead of six Grandmasters, and as a result he should be ranked around 30th in the United States as of the next rating supplement!

New Chess Videos - November 26

New this week in our online chess video library:

1) IM Bryan Smith shows Shirov-Topalov, a game from the recently completed 2008 Chess Olympiad.

2) IM Bryan Smith analyzes his last-round win over GM Darmen Sadvakasov. This win enabled Bryan to tie for first place in the King's Island Open in Ohio.

3) NM Adam Weissbarth analyzes a position that could have arisen from Smith-Sadvakasov, and shows how several small advantages can add up to a large advantage.