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A Novice November

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The CCSCSL Invitational: Round 1 Recap

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By GM Ben Finegold

The CCSCSL Invitational GM Norm tournament began with Executive Director Tony Rich answering a question about the draw rules. Many tournament organizers nowadays, especially those overseeing GM round-robins, are worried about the number of draws, specifically the number of short “GM draws.”

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Thanksgiving Open Recap and GM Norm Preview

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By Mike Wilmering and Mike Kummer

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Round by Round Recaps

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Replay and Download Games

Games from the Open Section (download | replay)



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Thanksgiving Open, GM Norm Tourney in Saint Louis


SAINT LOUIS, November 25, 2011 -- Chess players across the country will be gathering in Saint Louis this week to give thanks for tournament chess. The Thanksgiving Open, scheduled to be held November 25-27 at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, features a prize fund of $10,050, and 10 titled players have already signed up to compete:

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Draws abound at Tal Memorial

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A slow start: Rounds 1-3

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Clark Elementary Eagles Play Chess





By Alex Vergilesov

The eagles have landed … on the chess board! Forty-six students at Clark Elementary School in Webster Groves have joined the CCSCSL’s scholastic program. The group was split into three classes, by grade level, and three instructors give lessons simultaneously at the facility on Tuesdays. It is one of the biggest individual programs in the CCSCSL scholastic chess program.

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SPICE Cup: Round-by-Round

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The Final Day 

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