Dynamic Chess Finishes First in a Series of Tournaments

Dynamic Chess TournamentOn Sunday October 23rd, Dynamic Chess, Inc. hosted the first in a series of eight monthly scholastic tournaments at Whitney Young High School in Chicago. This central Chicago location attracts chess players from across the city as well as the suburbs. Participants not only compete for tournament trophies for the top five places but also the overall series championship which earns the top finisher in each section a free entry into a Dynamic Chess summer chess camp.

On this Sunday, thirty-one participants enjoyed a friendly yet competitive chess tournament. In the K-2 section, Jake Joseph of Evanston cruised to a first place finish. Finishing out the top five were Samuel Pastor, Messiah Akhanatan, Jonah Karafiol, and Jeffery Huang.

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Cheryl Liu Wins Scholarship

Cheryl Liu (second from left) with GM Susan Polgar (second from right) and the other two winners.My name is Cheryl and I spent a week at a Texas Tech University SPICE (Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence) program/tournament called the Susan Polgar Girls Invitational. 44 girls, one from almost every state, came to listen to lectures and play in a tournament. I, along with two other girls going into their senior or junior year of high school, won a $40,000 scholarship to Texas Tech University.

Read the continuation of this article for one of Cheryl's games from this event.

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Barber K-8 Nationals

Zachary Holecek attends Barber K-8 NationalsD4...D5. The players were tense as 25 silent battles started throughout the room. On board one a Northern Californian was battling a Georgian in the first round of a 6 round tournament. On board 22 I waited...

I'm Zachary Holecek, and I represented Illinois at the first "Dewain Barber" K-8 National Invitational in Orlando. The tournament was held at the Hyatt which connects to the airport and where the U.S Open, and the high school Denker were being held simultaneously.

Opening ceremonies started at 4pm on a Saturday afternoon. Most of the talks were about college chess, high school chess, scholarships and other subjects for the Denker players. After an hour of these speeches, Mr.Barber handed out participation medallions to all of the players.

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Raising a Champion

National Champion NM Eric RosenAndi Rosen, mom of 2011 National High School Champion Eric Rosen, writes about what it's like to raise a champion. Hint: it has little to do with being a tiger mom. Read the article here. (Originally printed in Chess Life, August 2011.)












"King Eric"

The 2011 National High School Champion Eric Rosen learned much from Chicago's Russian Jewish community.  Read this cover story in The Chicago Jewish News.