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Help Send Ben Rood to Slovenia

To the Supporters of Northern California Chess, On November 2, 2012 California chess super-star Ben Rood will leave for Maribor, Slovenia in order to compete in the FIDE World Youth Chess Championships. Ben Rood asked his family to attend for support as he battles the best eight-year-olds from around the globe. A family trip toContinue reading “Help Send Ben Rood to Slovenia”

2012 U.S.C.F. National Elementary (K-6) Chess Championship

Beginning May 11, Nashville Tennessee will host the 2012 U.S.C.F National Elementary Chess Championship. This is the paramount annual chess event for children ages 4-12. Below is a highly biased preview for this year’s event. The competitors listed in this article are all kids I have the pleasure of playing chess with on a weeklyContinue reading “2012 U.S.C.F. National Elementary (K-6) Chess Championship”

Children’s Chess in the Bay Area

A Parent’s Guide to Chess in the San Francisco Bay Area: Bay Area chess parents have many resources available to help establish their children’s chess calendar. Two of my  favorite Northern California chess websites are listed below. 1) SiliconValleyChess.com This is the web site to visit to get all the latest information on children’s chess events inContinue reading “Children’s Chess in the Bay Area”

National Elementary Chess Championship: Part Three

The 2010 edition of the Burt Lerner National Elementary Chess Championship is now history.  Once Again, Northern California has proven itself to be an ideal location for budding young chess players to grow into national champions.  Below is a list of the 2010 National Chess Champions from Northern California: Daniel Lu scored 6/7 at the  2010  Burt Lerner National Elementary ChessContinue reading “National Elementary Chess Championship: Part Three”

CalChess Scholastic Chess Championships: Part Three

Day two of the 2010 CalChess Scholastic Chess Championships began with a rather contentious coaches meeting. As usual, all the colorful personalities and huge egos resulted in a very heated discussion. The use of electronic devices to keep score and the ability to have unrated players play in the junior varsity sections were the mostContinue reading “CalChess Scholastic Chess Championships: Part Three”

CalChess Scholastic Chess Championships: Part Two

The 2010 CalChess Scholastic Chess Championships got underway this morning. This years Calchess Scholastic State Championship drew around 900 players and was noticeably smaller in size than some previous years. Even with the smaller turn out, it is clear that scholastic chess is alive and well in Northern California. Mission San Jose Elementary School ofContinue reading “CalChess Scholastic Chess Championships: Part Two”

CalChess Scholastic Chess Championships

For the last month I have been neglecting my blog in favor of focusing all my energy toward preparing chess students for the CalChess Scholastic State Chess Championships.  Everyone involved in Northern California chess regards the CalChess State Championships as the paramount scholastic chess tournament on the west coast. As a professional chess coach forContinue reading “CalChess Scholastic Chess Championships”