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Contributors GM Ben Finegold


(“Looks at Books,” p. 10) is currently the grandmaster- in-residence of the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis.


Matan Prilleltensky (“Cover Story,” p. 18) is a regular contributor to Chess Life Online and plays for the Manhattan Applesauce in the U.S. Chess League.


Jamaal Abdul-Alim (“All-Girls,” p. 28) is a Washington, D.C.-based freelance writer who covers higher education and chess.


Jorge Berrera


(“Scholastics,” p. 32) has been teaching chess in schools for ten years. Starting at the Berkeley Chess School in California, he now lives in Chicago and teaches as part of the Renaissance Knights Chess Foundation.


GM Varuzhan Akobian (“In the Arena,” p. 36) is a former Samford Fellow and two- time Olympiad bronze medalist. He is the top-ranked player in California, fourth in the U.S. and ranks among the top 150 in the world. He has been featured on the MTV series True Life: I’m a Genius.


William Faulk (“In the Arena,” p. 36) is an educator/professor who has worked in public schools and at a highly-ranked private university. Mr. Faulk has written articles for Chess Life, Chess, Rochade Europa, New in Chess and other publications.


IM Dan Edelman (“World Open,” p. 40) was among America’s top junior players of the 1980s and 1990s and many- time U.S. scholastic and Pan-Am Intercollegiate chess champion. He was also the co-creator and co-organizer of some of America’s most interesting chess events including the Harvard Cup (1989-95), Karpov versus Deep Thought (1990), the USCF’s Chessathon (1992-93), the Reshevsky Memorial (1992), and the Fine Memorial (1993).


July on uschess.org Junior Closed in St. Louis


The U.S. Junior Closed, a 10-player round-robin invitational will be held


from July 10-15 at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis. A spot is up for grabs at the 2013 U.S. Chess Championship, also set for St. Louis. Find CLO reports and live commentary on uschesschamps.com.


Chess Fireworks


Chessplayers celebrate Independence Day at the biggest open tournament of the year, the World Open in Philadelphia. The event features


a quarter of a million dollar projected prize fund (and $200,000 guaranteed) and spans from July 4-8. In addition to CLO reportage, look for U.S. Chess


Scoop coverage, hosted on our channel, YouTube.com/USChess Federation.


Seniors & Juniors in Houston


The young and the experienced meet in Houston for the U.S. Junior Open (July 13-15) and the U.S. Senior Open (July 9-14).


Get Ready for Vancouver


As the U.S. Open in Vancouver, Washington approaches (August 4-12), check for updated information on the prestigious nine-round Open as well as


concurrent national championships, the Denker Tournament of High School Champions, the Barber K-8


Tournament of State Champions and the Trophies Plus U.S. Girls Junior Championship.


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