Silver Knights Coaches at the U.S. Open

U.S. Open Results

As we near the halfway mark at the 2008 U.S. Open, Silver Knights coach and IM Michael Mulyar is undefeated with a 4-0 score. Michael has tied for first at two prior U.S. Opens, so he clearly plays well in the one game per day format. We wish him good luck in the rest of the tournament.

FM Dan Yeager, another Silver Knights instructor, won the Arnold Denker Tournament of High School Champions with a score of 5-1. Dan gave up two draws and took first place on tiebreaks over Julian Landaw of California and Scott Low of Maryland. The Denker tournament is a prestigious, invitation-only event open to the high school champions of each of the 50 states. With the Denker title and the open K-12 championship that he won in the spring, Dan has established himself as the dominant high school chessplayer in the country during 2008. Congratulations to Dan on another great result!

New Chess Videos - August 4

This week, LM Sonny Kamberi shows more lines in the Two Knights Defense; IM Bryan Smith analyzes his 7th round game from the World Open, an epic battle against 2750-rated Swiss GM Vadim Milov; and NM Adam Weissbarth analyzes two student games that show some typical mistakes at the sub-1000 level and how to fix them.

Tournament Results - August 2

USCF Rating Report

Twenty-three scholastic chessplayers competed on August 2, 2008 in Horsham, PA. Top seed Kevin Zhou once again took first place, winning all four of his games. Tying for second place with scores of 3-1 were Rachel Yakobashvili, Yasasvi Hari, Drew Moses, Andrew Luo, and Max DuBoff. The highest-scoring school team was Goodnoe Elementary, with 5.5 team points.

New Chess Videos - July 28

This week, FIDE Master Dan Yeager analyzes the game that made him national high school champion; IM Bryan Smith analyzes his 6th round game from the World Open; and NM Adam Weissbarth concludes his five-part series on how to play the Scandinavian Defense with black.  Enjoy!

Workshop Results - July 27

USCF Rating Report 

Last Sunday, 15 scholastic chessplayers gathered at the Bryn Mawr Community Center to study for a day with IM Bryan Smith and NM Adam Weissbarth. The players were broken up into groups by rating. The championship game of the top group featured 7th grader Kunal Lobo, rated 1738, and 2nd-grader Kevin Zhou, rated 1165. Kunal, playing white, sacrificed a pawn in the early middlegame to stop Kevin from castling. The game was unclear for a long time, with both players having chances to win the game. In the end, Kunal's experience and steadiness won the day, as he outplayed Kevin in a long endgame that turned into a time scramble. Congratulations also go out to Jerry Mangan (768), Jacob Guynee (630), and John Bolger IV (322) for winning their respective groups.

New Chess Videos - July 21

This week, IM Bryan Smith analyzes his games from rounds 3, 4, and 5 of the recently completed World Open in Philadelphia. See the Pennsylvania champion go up against some of the best players in the world, including a round 5 battle against the eventual tournament co-champion, 15-year-old Indian prodigy Parimarjan Negi. Negi is well-known within the chess community for becaming a Grandmaster at the age of 13, the second-youngest player ever to attain that ranking.

Tournament Results - July 19

USCF Rating Report

Congratulations to the winners of the July Joust chess tournament:

Kevin Zhou in the 4-8/Championship section;
Aaron Lee in the K-3 U/1000 section;
Germantown Friends School in the 4-8/Championship section;
Princeton Charter School in the K-3 U/1000 section;

Eagleville Elementary School also had a big day. Only two students from Eagleville played in the tournament, but both of them, Kevin Zhou and Aaron Lee, won all of their games and took first place in their respective sections!