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Contributors


Al Lawrence (“Looks at Books,” p. 12) is a former executive director of both USCF and the World Chess Hall of Fame. His latest book with GM Lev Alburt, Chess for the Gifted and Busy, can soon be previewed at www.chesswithlev.com.


Macauley Peterson (“Looks at Books,” p. 14) is a freelance mediamaker, currently for hire. His written work has appeared in New in Chess magazine and Matten (The Netherlands), 64 (Russia), Chess (U.K.), Peón de Rey (Spain) and Schach (Germany).


Eric K. Arnold (“Cover Story,” p. 20) is a freelance photojournalist based in Oakland, California. A lifelong chess aficionado, Arnold won a 2011 award from the Society of Professional Journalists for multimedia arts and culture coverage of Oakland’s hip-hop scene.


Nelly Rosario (“Chess and Love,” p. 26) is the author of Song of the Water Saints and currently teaches creative writing in the MFA program at Texas State University.


GM John Fedorowicz (“2011 World Youth,” p. 30) is in the U.S. Chess Hall of Fame, has captained the U.S. Olympiad team on two occasions and has frequently acted as a second or advisor to Gata Kamsky.


Jamaal Abdul-Alim (“2011 K-12,” p. 36) is a journalist and chess teacher in Washington, D.C.


Dr. Tim Redman


(“Education,” p. 42) has been a contributor to this magazine for more than 35 years. He served twice as president of the USCF.


Dr. Alexey Root, WIM


(“Education,” p. 44) is the author of The Living Chess Game: Fine Arts Activities for Kids 9-14 (Libraries Unlimited, Santa Barbara, CA; 2011) and a frequent contributor to Chess Life and Chess Life Online.


February on uschess.org


Team Time The U.S.Amateur Team Championships are widely considered the most fun tournament series in the national calendar of events. CLO will feature coverage from all four events, held over President’s Day weekend from February 17-20 in Northbrook, Illinois (North), Parsippany, New Jersey (East), Fort Lauderdale, Florida (South) and Santa Clara, California (West). Also look for U.S. Chess Scoop videos from the U.S. Amateur Team East in Parsippany.


Improve Your Rep


IM Greg Shahade follows up his piece on opening books with


an essay on opening repertoires, and the kinds of openings he


believes most suitable for various playing strengths.


Chess on the Rock


The 10th year anniversary Gibraltar Chess Congress features a star-studded field including many Americans such as Varuzhan Akobian, reigning Women’s Champ Anna Zatonskih, Irina Krush and Marc Arnold. Top seeds include Peter Svidler and Judit Polgar—look for reportage by Macauley Peterson.


Jonathan Hilton on Chess Around the World


From chess cosmopolitanism to his adventures in Central America, Jonathan Hilton continues


to reveal how chess has influenced his education off the board. In February’s installment, he completes his piece on learning firsthand about


the experience of being an immigrant in Belgium. As usual, a blindfold chess game is involved!


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