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AugustChess Life


Columns


12 LOOKS AT BOOKS Teaching Chess in the Schools By C.K. Damrosch


18 CANDIDATES MATCHES


Chess 1, Poker 0 By GM Ian Rogers


At the Kazan Candidates Matches, “Ol’ Man” Gelfand impresses and Kamsky narrowly misses.


24 INTERNATIONAL CHESS Chess without Money: Stepping away from North America’s


“Big Tournament” Culture By Jonathan HIlton


What would chess look like in a world where money is not part of the game?


40 CHESS CLUBS


Metropolitan Chess: The Club of the Year By IM Jack Peters


A club in Los Angeles quickly earns national recognition through its innovative strategies.


48 SCHOLASTICS


An Encouraging Purr By Andrea Rosen


The mother of the 2011 National High School champion discusses raising a champion.


On The Cover


Perhaps no area of chess has changed more dramatically due to the rise of technology than has correspondence chess. Our cover artist Jon Cannell pays tribute to this, showing the evolution from postal to correspondence chess from postcards to laptops.


4 Chess Life — August 2011 uschess.org 14 CHESS TO ENJOY


Blunders Happen By GM Andy Soltis


16 SOLITAIRE CHESS


The Losing Way By Bruce Pandolfini


52 BACK TO BASICS


Optimism Triumphant By GM Lev Alburt


54 ENDGAME LAB


The 2011 Melody Amber Tournament By GM Pal Benko


Departments 3


PREVIEW


6 COUNTERPLAY 8 FIRST MOVES 11 USCF AFFAIRS 58 TOURNAMENT LIFE 78 CLASSIFIEDS 79 SOLUTIONS


COVER STORY


28 | A Tale Of Two Knights, Golden By FM Alex Dunne


Recapping the 2003 and 2004 Golden Knights tournaments


32 | Brave New World: Human Intuition and Computer-assisted Chess


By Dr. Howard Sandler and the Chessgames.com World Team


How a gang of amateurs bested some of the strongest players on earth.


36 | Stephen Ham, ICGM By FM Alex Dunne


Our latest player to earn FIDE’s top-title discusses the state of correspondence chess.


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