United States G/30 National Chess Championship

California is set to host the U.S. G/30 Chess Championship on October Second, 2011. Having a U.S.C.F. National Championship in the Bay Area is a rare treat and many of my chess students are eager to win another national title. I will report live from the Santa Clara Convention Center and provide complete coverage ofContinue reading “United States G/30 National Chess Championship”

2011 United States Chess Championship: Scotch Game Novelty

Robert Hess contributed a new move to the theory of the Scotch Game in a surprisingly quick victory over Alexander Shabalov at the 2011 United States Chess Championship. According to my sources, Hess’ “10…Nb6” is indeed a novelty.  After the novelty, Robert Hess played a very clean game while his opponent played a dubious “16.Continue reading “2011 United States Chess Championship: Scotch Game Novelty”

R.I.P. Mike Goodall

Mike Goodall, my friend and colleague in chess, passed away on October 5, 2010. For 40 years Mike Goodall gave time and money to the cause of improving chess in California. Highlights of his service include directing the United States Chess Championship in 1975, 1984 and 1986. Mr. Goodall also directed the United States Women’sContinue reading “R.I.P. Mike Goodall”