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ChessLife MARCH COLUMNS


14 LOOKS AT BOOKS / THE DRAGON


The Theory and Practice of the Sicilian Dragon By John Hartmann


16 CHESS TO ENJOY / ENTERTAINMENT You’ve Got My Number


By GM Andy Soltis


18 BACK TO BASICS / READER ANNOTATIONS The Pin Is Mightier Than The Sword


By GM Lev Alburt


46 SOLITAIRE CHESS / INSTRUCTION Cruising Away


By Bruce Pandolfini


48 THE PRACTICAL ENDGAME / INSTRUCTION Of Knights and Men


By GM Daniel Naroditsky


28 OPENINGS / NEW JERSEY OPEN Openings for Amateurs—and Grandmasters


DEPARTMENTS


6 MARCH PREVIEW / THIS MONTH IN CHESS LIFE AND US CHESS NEWS


8 COUNTERPLAY / READERS RESPOND


10 FIRST MOVES / CHESS NEWS FROM AROUND THE U.S.


11 FACES ACROSS THE BOARD / BY AL LAWRENCE


12 US CHESS AFFAIRS / NEWS FOR OUR MEMBERS


53 TOURNAMENT LIFE / MARCH 71 CLASSIFIEDS / MARCH 71 SOLUTIONS / MARCH


72 MY BEST MOVE / PERSONALITIES THIS MONTH: GM ALEJANDRO RAMIREZ


ON THE COVER


Even though Pete Karagianis’ article “The Struggle,” beginning on page 20, focuses on the trials of American Swiss events, we felt this photo of the super-GM Vassily Ivanchuk encap - sulated Karagianis’ idea.


PHOTO BY DAVID LLADA 4 March 2016 | Chess Life


By Pete Tamburro A look at the fighting openings used at the 2015 New Jersey Open


32 SCHOLASTICS / MAX LU Master Max


Max Lu is the latest prodigy to break the record for youngest US Chess master. By jamaal Abdul-Alim


35 TACTICS / EASTERN OPEN Tactical Fun at the Eastern Open


The 42nd Eastern Open featured 160 players with GM Sergey Erenburg winning by a full point over GM Alexander Shabalov. Here are a selection of tactical highlights from the Bethesda, Maryland event held just after Christmas. By Tom Beckman


38 COLLEGE CHESS / 2015 PANAMS Texas Tech Comeback


TTU’s Rebuilt Program Wins PanAms; UT-RGV, Webster and Columbia Join Final Four By Al Lawrence


44 2015 GRAND CHESS TOUR / 2015 LONDON CLASSIC Carlsen In Top Form


Caruana, Nakamura well back in pack at London Classic By John Saunders


20 The Struggle By PETE KARAGIANIS


The struggle of chess is quite simple: you can work tirelessly for extensive periods of time, give all you have to give, and make only incremental progress, if that.


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