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What Happens in Vegas ...


I arrived at the 2011 Las Vegas Chess Festival in the usual way, a few days early, so I could ... Oh wait, I just remembered the title of this article! 

What was I saying? Oh yeah ... chess! The Chess Festival is just that. The event consists of a big tournament (National Open), a chess camp (I was one of the four GM teachers, with over 35 students!), a ten-minute tournament, a five-minute tournament, and lots of lectures and simuls.

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Gelfand to Lecture in Saint Lou on Sunday

[imagefield_assist|fid=10649|preset=fullsize|lightbox=true|title=GM Boris Gelfand will challenge GM Viswanathan Anand for the World Championship title next year.|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=700|height=467]SPECIAL ALERT - GM Boris Gelfand will present a special lecture at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center on Sunday, July 17. Gelfand will go over some of the games from the recent Candidate's Matches. His superb performance at the Candidate's Matches a few months ago earned him the right to challenge GM Viswanathan Anand for the title of World Champion.

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Windy City Blues

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2011 Premier and Amateur

Round 4

Vergilesov & Eckert took a quick draw, leaving the door open for Josh Frank to join them in first place after his win over Jim McLaughlin.  Margaret Hua defeated her former teacher Joe Garnier!  Way to go Margaret!  She joins Spencer Finegold fourth place with 3/4. 

Matt Larson was able to complete a perfect tournament, and will take clear first with 4/4.  Congratulations Matt!  Second place is shared four ways, between Katurah Gadson, Daniel Thurber, Haozhe Wang, and Marek Ziolkowski.  

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Saturday WOW Standings

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Overall Winner: Steve Bange 4/4

U1800: Jacob Wilkins 4/4

U1400: Jacinda Lee 3/4

Biggest Upset: Jacinda Lee, 571 pts

Youngest Player with a Win: Ronan Townes, 6yo

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The Match with Ray Robson

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I am going to write a long three-part blog for my readers who missed me this Spring. I was quite busy with the following:

Part 1 - Match with Ray Robson

Part 2 - Chicago Open

Part 3 - National Open

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Young Clinches U.S. Junior Championship

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By Ken West

Gregory Young is the 2011 U.S. Junior Champion, taking the title with a win Friday before the final round of play even began.

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Young in Control at U.S. Junior Championship

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SAINT LOUIS, June 24, 2011 -- With just two rounds remaining, Gregory Young stands alone at the top of the crosstables with a score of 6/7 in the U.S. Junior Closed Championship at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis.

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Young Retakes Lead at U.S. Junior Championship

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SAINT LOUIS, June 23, 2011 -- Alec Getz pushed d5 in response to John Bryant’s e4 and went on to win his fourth point Wednesday to move into third at the U.S. Junior Closed Championship at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis.

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Young Falters, Naroditsky Wins to Pull Even at U.S. Junior

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By Ken West

SAINT LOUIS, June 22, 2011 -- Alec Getz handed Gregory Young his first loss in the U.S. Junior Closed Championship Tuesday, and Daniel Naroditsky won his game against Warren Harper to pull even with Young at 4 points.

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