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Young Stars Zooms to the Future

2020 has come with many challenges, but chess players must always be ready to rise up to them! Despite the health crisis created by COVID-19, and the lack of in person chess, this cannot, and does not, stop the talented hopefuls in their search for higher chess titles. The Young Stars Team USA session planned […]

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GM Gurevich on the online KCF Young Stars Camp

My first time attending the Kasparov Chess Foundation’s camp for talented kids in New York was with my student, Sam Schmakel of Chicago, in 2005.  This was the first time that Garry Kasparov and FIDE Senior Trainer Michael Khodarkovsky hosted a training camp to discover American talent.  While Kasparov had already retired from professional chess, […]

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Notice of Cancellation of KCF’s 2020 All-Girls Nationals

As the largest female chess tournament in the United States, we know that the tournament is the highlight of the year for many of the players. This is the first time in the events 17-year history that it has been canceled. The event will not be rescheduled. The next AGN will be place from April […]

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Record Breaking Regionals

This past weekend saw some record breaking numbers in both the Greater New York Scholastic and the Greater Chicago Scholastic chess tournaments. Held on Super Bowl weekend, the events attracted over 2000 students to duel over the black and white squares. New York, NY, February 4, 2020 — 1640 K-12 students, from over 280 schools, competed […]

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Kasparov Chess Foundation Announces 2020 Regional Tournaments: Greater New York, Chicago, and Mid-Atlantic Scholastic Championships

Greater New York: February 1 – 2; Greater Chicago: February 1; Greater Mid-Atlantic: February 15 New York, NY, Jan. 17, 2020 — Kasparov Chess Foundation announced its schedule for the upcoming regional (K – 12) Scholastic Chess Championships, including: The 54th Annual Greater NY Scholastic Championships, February 1 – 2, at the NY Marriott Hotel […]

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Congratulations to GM Jacobson!

The year has just started, but the Young Stars – Team USA program already has a new success story. It has been some time coming, and it certainly is good news: Brandon Jacobson has fulfilled his requirements for the grandmaster title! This comes after a very strong performance in the 2020 Charlotte Open. With 7.0/9, […]

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Young Stars USA Training

The Kasparov Chess Foundation (KCF) and the Saint Louis Chess Club have been running the very successful Young Stars program for the past seven years. The program has helped develop several American chess prodigies from across the country, including the likes of GM Jeffery Xiong and GM Sam Sevian. Students receive individualized training sessions with […]

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Congratulations to the youngest IM in history

Success is pouring for the members of the Young Stars program, and a new World Record has been broken! The title of youngest International Master, which belonged to Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa, clocked in at 10 years, 9 months and 20 days. Abhimanyu Mishra, has just broken that record by a mere 17 days, to clock in […]

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Congratulations to GM Bjerre!

A great success story coming out of the strongest Swiss tournament in chess history: Jonas Buhl Bjerre, part of the Young Stars program of the Kasparov Chess Foundation, achieved the final requirements to claim the title of grandmaster at the tender age of 15! This makes him the youngest Danish GM ever.Hard work pays off! […]

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KCF Newsletter #2

We are pleased to bring to you the second newsletter of the year for KCF, highlighting some of our more important contributions and events. You can find the newsletter below: Newsletter #2 2019 KCF

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