Category Archives: Chess News

Chess Tournaments in Utah in 2017

By the Utah chess teacher Jonathan Whitcomb Chess Tournament for Children ($5 at the door) I’m looking forward to directing the first annual Young Living Chess Tournament for children, to be held at the Young Living Lavender Farm near Mona, … Continue reading

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Free K-12 Chess Tournament in South Jordan, Utah

From the chess instructor Jonathan Whitcomb of Murray, Utah The public library in South Jordan, Utah, will host a free student chess tournament on Saturday, October 29, 2016, from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.. This is the library just a bit … Continue reading

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Learn Chess With Lessons in the Salt Lake Valley

[Updated June 16, 2017] Jonathan Whitcomb, author of Beat That Kid in Chess, is now offering lessons in his home in Murray, Utah (a few miles south of Salt Lake City). The $25 chess lessons include one free copy of his … Continue reading

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San Francisco Scholastic Championship

The following shows the top nineteen players who each scored at least three points in this four-round tournament: the San Francisco Scholastic Championship on March 12, 2016. Pre-tournament regular ratings are given after the tournament score. The ages and grades … Continue reading

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2016 Utah Speed Championship

By Jonathan Whitcomb Chess Grandmaster Troff wins by four points in the open section Fourteen wins in as many games—that gave 17-year-old Kayden Troff a clear victory at the University of Utah, on Saturday, February 27, 2016, in the open … Continue reading

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A Rare Chess Opening Move for White

Larsen’s Opening (1. b3) has taken over fifth place, narrowly pulling ahead of g3 in the popularity race for White’s first move. Out of 281,678 games played in major tournaments in the years 2014 and 2015, Larsen’s (1. b3) numbered 2,049 … Continue reading

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Free Chess Tournaments

Chess books have been the subject of posts lately, but we now turn to something new on this blog: free chess tournaments. Most such events are probably for children and teenagers, at least in the USA, but some tournaments include an … Continue reading

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Paul Keres Memorial Tournament

From January 7-9 (2011), to celebrate the 95th year since the birth of Paul Keres, a chess festival was held in Tallinn, Estonia. It included an all-play-all rapid tournament and a round robin (with eight contestants) final tournament, won by … Continue reading

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