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July Chess Life Columns


10 LOOKS AT BOOKS A Rock-Solid Curriculum By GM Ben Finegold


14 CHESS TO ENJOY Mungo says, “Black is


Better!” By GM Andy Soltis


16 SOLITAIRE CHESS


Who’s Giving the Exhibition? By Bruce Pandolfini


44 BACK TO BASICS Preparing the Classic Bishop


Sacrifice By GM Lev Alburt


46 ENDGAME LAB


45 Years By GM Pal Benko


Departments 3


I.S. 318 team members engage in a practice session.


PREVIEW


6 COUNTERPLAY 8 FIRST MOVES 12 USCF AFFAIRS 50 TOURNAMENT LIFE 70 CLASSIFIEDS 71 SOLUTIONS


18 COVER STORY


Team of History By Matan Prilleltensky


The Junior High I.S. 318 are National High School Champions and Ben Gershenov is the individual champion.


28 All-Girls


Fighting Spirit By Jamaal Abdul-Alim


11-year-old Anupama Rajendra is the youngest player in the tournament’s nine years to win the 18 and younger section.


32 Scholastics On The Cover


I.S. 318, a junior high school in Brooklyn, New York, has won the National High School team championship. This could be one of the most remarkable achievements ever in scholastic team chess. Read the story beginning on page 18. Pictured on the cover, left to right, are the four top scorers for the team: Matthew Kluska, Justus Williams, Isaac Barayev, James A. Black, Jr.


Cover photo by Adriana Lopez Sanfeliu


4 Chess Life — July 2012


Beat People! By Jorge Barerra


An atmosphere of fun and excitement at the All-Girls National Championship, as captured in this photo essay.


36 In the Arena


Playing Black By GM Varuzhan Akobian & William Faulk Inside the mind of GM Varuzhan Akobian


40 World Open


Vanquishing Vishy By IM Dan Edelman How I “Worsted” the World Champ in Hectic Heyday World Open


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PHOTO: ADRIANA LOPEZ SANFELIU


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