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2017 Greater New York: record-breaking numbers!

All Photos in this article by Vanessa Sun The banners celebrating the 15 years of the Kasparov Chess Foundation and welcoming players, parents, and coaches, which numbered well over 2000, to the playing hall The 2017 Greater New York Championship had a record-shattering attendance, just in time for the Kasparov Chess Foundation’s 15th year anniversary! […]

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Chess in Africa

After visiting Africa on a tour, GM Maurice Ashley was deeply moved by the extreme poverty, underlying beauty, and promise of hope. Together with Graham Jurgensen, they enlisted the help and patronage of the Paul Allen Foundation, as well as the Kasparov Chess Foundation in the USA and Africa, to take three grandmasters on a […]

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Jeffery Xiong is 2017 Samford Fellow

Jeffery on the cover of Chess Life The FRANK P. SAMFORD, JR. CHESS FELLOWSHIP, marking its thirty first annual award, has selected Grandmaster Jeffery Xiong of Plano, Texas, as its 2017 Fellow. The Samford is the richest and most important chess fellowship in the United States having awarded over two million dollars the past three […]

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Kasparov Chess Foundation Announces 2017 Individual and Team Regional Scholastic Championships; Kicks Off 15 Year Anniversary with First of 15 Worldwide Events

New York, NY, Jan. 23, 2017 — Kasparov Chess Foundation is celebrating its 15th anniversary with a slate of 15 major events scheduled around the world, the first of which are the Greater New York, Greater Chicago, and Greater Mid-Atlantic Scholastic Chess Championships, in Brooklyn, NY, Chicago, IL, and Baltimore, MD, respectively. The events are […]

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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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