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    • World Youth Championship

      (WARNING: Lots of pictures ahead!) From Nov. 6-19 I was in Maribor, Slovenia for the 2012 World Youth Chess Championship (WYCC). The World Youth is an annual 11-round event with multiple age categories: U-8, U-10, U-12, U-16, and U-18, with bot... | Read More

      • IM Fins0905
      • | Nov 23, 2012
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      • | 12 comments
    • SPICE Cup Open

      I had a frightfully poor tournament at the SPICE Cup Open held in St. Louis, MO, October 16-21. I dropped 25 USCF points and about 20 FIDE points in a tough field (12 GMs, 12 IMs out of 42-players); easily my worst tournament in many, many years.... | Read More

      • IM Fins0905
      • | Oct 31, 2012
      • | 3467 views
      • | 7 comments
    • Noel Skelton Open

      Earlier this month I played in the Noel Skelton Open (Sep. 1-2) in Plymouth, MN. This is a new tournament sponsored by the tournament's namesake: Mr. Noel Skelton. Noel is a USCF expert and businessman who wanted to do something unique to support... | Read More

      • IM Fins0905
      • | Sep 24, 2012
      • | 4275 views
      • | 6 comments
    • St. Olaf, Twin Ports, Columbia

      Wow, is fall already right around the corner? Summer seemed incredibly short, and I don't even have to worry about returning to school (unlike many of my students)! I've had a really nice last month or so (pretty much non-stop chess), and below i... | Read More

      • IM Fins0905
      • | Aug 26, 2012
      • | 3678 views
      • | 12 comments
    • Western Invitational Chess Camp

      Ah, the summer chess camp. Often misinterpreted as a threat ("You better be good this summer or I'm sending you away to chess camp") or a punchline ("Oh, you had a blast at adventure camp? Well, I had the time of my life at CHESS CAMP!), insiders ... | Read More

      • IM Fins0905
      • | Jul 31, 2012
      • | 4953 views
      • | 25 comments
    • The Man in the Hat

      99 | EUGENE VARSHAVSKY |5.0 |H 0|X 39|Z 77|X 56|X 49|L 8|X 159|L 41|L 45| NJ | 12575590 / R: 2169 ->2165 | | | | | | | | | | |   The first and only time I met Eugene Vars... | Read More

      • IM Fins0905
      • | Jun 30, 2012
      • | 3971 views
      • | 10 comments
    • Chicago Open

      Greetings to all chess fans out there! The World Championship just concluded with a hard-fought victory for Vishy Anand, and I felt inspired to write a bit on my recent tournament experience in the Windy City. I played in the super-strong Chicag... | Read More

      • IM Fins0905
      • | May 31, 2012
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      • | 10 comments
    • Minnesota Closed, Bobby Fischer Blitz, Okoboji Open

      Immediately after returning from Iceland I flew to my home state to take part in the Minnesota Closed Championship (Mar. 16-18). The MN Closed is a six-player round-robin that determines the official State Champion. I qualified based on my perform... | Read More

      • IM Fins0905
      • | Apr 30, 2012
      • | 3689 views
      • | 12 comments
    • Reykjavik Open

      From March 6-13 I played in a very enjoyable event: the Reykjavik Open, held in the chess-crazy country of Iceland. The Reykjavik Open is a strong international tournament that has built an outstanding reputation over the years. Icelanders are k... | Read More

      • IM Fins0905
      • | Mar 31, 2012
      • | 3490 views
      • | 10 comments
    • Minnesota Open

      Last week I took a trip back home to play in the 119th Minnesota Open (Feb. 17-19). This is a tournament I've grown up on (my first Open was in 2000 at age 13), and it's always a real pleasure to play. People come and go in the chess world, but he... | Read More

      • IM Fins0905
      • | Feb 24, 2012
      • | 5312 views
      • | 15 comments