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Young Stars featured on worldchess.com

FIDE Master Dennis Monokroussos has written an excellent article on the continuous, and very recent, success of the Young Star students, focusing mainly on Sevian and Xiong. Find the article at: https://worldchess.com/2016/11/26/recent-triumphs-by-two-young-stars/

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U.S. Wins Gold at Chess Olympiad

The United States’ gold is the team’s first since 1976. But in that year, the Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc countries boycotted the competition because it was held in Israel. The United States’ previous gold medals were in the 1930s — 1931, 1933, 1935 and 1937 — before the Soviet Union began to dominate […]

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America’s Young Chess Champs

As featured in the Wall Street Journal on Sept. 5, 2016 – The Young Stars-Team USA program, a collaboration between the Kasparov Chess Foundation and the Saint Louis Chess Club, is churning out elite players at an impressive rate. Former Soviet chess world champion and political activist Garry Kasparov, now based in New York City, […]

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Xiong: World Champion

It has been an amazing series of tournaments for young Jeffery Xiong. Starting with his days at the Dallas Chess Club many years ago, it was clear that this young player had an enormous potential. However, his meteoric rise has surprised almost everyone. After having an excellent result in the U.S. Championship, Jeffery followed it […]

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Young Stars Xiong and Liang 1-2 at U.S. Junior

With a prize fund higher than most national championships, you can expect that the U.S. Junior will attract several talented players. Leading the pack was Jeffery Xiong, with his massive 2641 FIDE, but it was not all smooth sailing for him. Second place Awonder Liang, only 13 years old, chased him the entire way. ChessBase.com […]

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More tournaments, more success

It feels as if the Young Stars program is producing fantastic result after fantastic result, and that might just be the case. We published not too long ago a piece on Sam’s and Jeffery’s performances in their recent events, as well as Awonder’s fabulous result in the Continental Championship. Jeffery has made the headlines yet again. A […]

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Grand Chess Tour starts in Leuven

Only five days after the finish of a brilliant event in Paris, the Grand Chess Tour moves on to Leuven, Belgium with the top-10 players in the World. The tournament, named YourNextMove, is being hosted at the Leuven City Hall.   World Champion Magnus Carlsen playing an opening tandem simul The sponsor and organizer, Jan Callewaert, […]

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GM-norm for Awonder

13-year-old Awonder Liang just earned his first GM norm at the Continental Championships held in San Salvador, El Salvador May 28-June 5, 2016. There were 13 Grandmasters (GMs), 12 International Masters (IMs) and 12 FIDE Masters (FMs) competing in the event. Awonder comes from a greaet result in Hasselbacken The 11 opponents whom Awonder competed against […]

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Young Stars success: Sevian and Xiong

The fight to be known as the best prospect for chess in America is a tough one. With the chess boom caused by the coming of top-level GMs to this country, as well as the impact of the Saint Louis Chess Club and the Kasparov Chess Foundation, there have been several impressive talented players making […]

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Record-Breaking Turnout for 2016 All Girls Scholastic Championships

Nearly 450 K – 12 Students Across The Country Competed — And All Are Winners. New York, NY, April 25, 2016 — Kasparov Chess Foundation held its 2016 All Girls Scholastic Championships this past weekend at the Hyatt Regency, McCormick Place in Chicago, IL, and scored a checkmate in terms of attendance smashing previous records. […]

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