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 Kasparov’s coaching staff and special training sessions with Garry Kasparov himself.

The second weekend of December saw a new training session with promising American players. The following attended the camp:

Standing: Khodarkovsky, Kasparov

Sitting: Jacobson, Yip, Wu, Lee, Yoo, Mishra

– IM Brandon Jacobson (NJ)- only one GM norm left for the title, as he has crossed 2500
– IM Christopher Yoo (CA)- 2nd highest rated 13-year old in the World
– IM Abhinav Mishra (NJ) – the youngest IM in the world, at the age of only ten years, nine months and three days;
– IM Carissa Yip (MA) – rated #1 in the previous rating list among all US Women players. Member of the Olympic team and competing for first board.
– WIM Rochelle Wu (CA) – Youngest member of the 2019 U.S. Women’s World Championship team
– WCM Alice Lee (MN) – 10-years old freshmen of the program, 2019 World Cadets Champion for girls under 10

The session was conducted by the 13th World Chess Champion, Garry Kasparov and FIDE Senior Trainer Michael Khodarkovsky at KCF’s headquarters in Midtown Manhattan.

Renowned grandmaster and trainer Dmitry Gurevich attended this session and had the following to say:

“I was fortunate to be present at two sessions of KCF Young Stars years ago: first time with Sam Schmakel and later with Brian Luo. Both of these students are very talented and bright. Sam became an IM and Brian stopped playing, unfortunately. But, talent aside, this generation is on a totally different level.
Dmitry Gurevich gave great praise to this new group of Young Stars
For example, years ago Garry would go for length to explain some interesting but basic endgames. Now he wouldn’t touch them because they are too simple for the modern youngsters. Brandon, Carissa, Abhimanyu and others are much stronger than the top boys and girls 10-12 years ago.
On the other hand their strength is based on computer  analysis and preparations and what will come out of it remains unclear.
Garry Kasparov seems to be enjoying working with his young students now as much as he did back then.  The audience was engaged and responded enthusiastically. I don’t know anybody better and more charismatic than Kasparov, to share his wisdom with the youngsters and give them the resources to reach their peak. We can only wait and see what happens next.
Thanks to Michael, the organization was superb now as it was years ago. My student Alice Lee was invited for the next KCF session, and I am looking forward to attend it in Saint Louis in June.”

Young Stars has open admission for talented kids from all over the World to apply to this elite program. Candidates may apply by submitting the application found here: KCF YoungStars Application. The program is open for talented players that are nine (9) years of age on January 1, 2020, and not older than thirteen (13) years of age on January 1, 2020.

Send the full applications to: youngstars@kasparovchessfoundation.org

Carissa Yip is the 2021 U.S. Women’s Champion

IM Carissa Yip clinched victory in the 2021 U.S. Women’s Championship with a round to spare, after defeating IM Nazi Paikidze in today’s penultimate round. With an unreachable score of 8.0/10, Yip also made history by becoming the first woman ever to defeat four former champions in a U.S. Women’s Championship. Currently tied for 2nd place are GM Irina Krush and WGM Begim Tokhirjonova, with 6.5/10.

IM Carissa Yip has been one of the leading students at the Young Stars project. The Kasparov Chess Foundation (KCF) and Saint Louis Chess Club have been running the very successful Young Stars – Team USA program for the past six years. Team USA’s program has helped develop several American chess prodigies from across the country. including the likes of GM Jeffery Xiong and GM Sam Sevian. Team USA has been capped off with individualized training sessions with Kasparov’s coaching staff and special training sessions with Garry Kasparov himself.

Carissa Yip (bottom left) at the latest Young Stars training session with Garry Kasparov

Carissa’s confident chess catapulted her to the top of the standings and is uncatchable before the last round even starts. She will finish the event against IM Katerina Nemcova.

IM Carissa Yip at her post-win interview with GM Maurice Ashley. Photo courtesy of the Saint Louis Chess Club

Congratulations to the 2021 U.S. Women’s Championship, 18-year old Carissa Yip!

 

Young Stars return to in-person session

The Kasparov Chess Foundation (KCF) and Saint Louis Chess Club have been running the very successful Young Stars – Team USA program for the past six years. Team USA’s program has helped develop several American chess prodigies from across the country. including the likes of GM Jeffery Xiong and GM Sam Sevian. Team USA has been capped off with individualized training sessions with Kasparov’s coaching staff and special training sessions with Garry Kasparov himself.

The Saint Louis Chess Club is an organization that knows no rest! The day after finishing the Chess 9LX: Champions Showdown, the club hosted the summer session of the Young Stars – Team USA program. Garry Kasparov lead the session and was assisted by FIDE Senior Trainer Michael Khodarkovsky. The session was an intimate one, with four talented youngsters participating:

  • WIM Rochelle Wu – u10 World Girls Cadet Chess Champion 2016
  • IM Carissa Yip – Reached the third round of this year’s FIDE World Cup
  • GM Brandon Jacobson – Winner of the 2020 Charlotte Open
  • IM Christopher Yoo – Obtained his second GM norm days before the session

This year has been a tough one for young players: despite their list of accomplishments and willingness to participate in every event imaginable, many international competitions were cancelled or postponed in the last year and a half due to Covid.

Left to Right standing: Christopher Yoo, Michael Khodarkovsky, Garry Kasparov, Brandon Jacobson. Sitting: Carissa Yip and Rochelle Wu

This session marked a return to “over the board” training, as Covid regulations allowed for travel and a small session to be held. The players welcomed the ability to ask questions in person while practicing against each other in blitz games and regaining a feel for the pieces.

Garry Kasparov scored a strong 5.0/9 performance in the Chess 960 tournament against some of the best players in the world, and it is clear that his feel for many positions is still spot on. He was able to use fragments of these games to show some key concepts:

Kasparov, G – So, W Chess9LX: Champions Showdown 2021. White to play.

Despite the fact that this is clearly a Fischer Random game – as hinted by the awkward bishops on b1/b8 and queens in the corners, positional chess concepts are still of incredible importance, as well as knowing your classics. Here Kasparov uncorks the positionally correct idea of 12. Nxe8! eliminating a “bad” bishop that would hold on to the light squared structure while preventing the sacrifice of an exchange on f6. White went on to achieve a dominant position. This was certainly reminiscent of Fischer’s exchange of a “good knight for bad bishop” in his duel against Petrosian in 1971: 50 years ago!

Brandon Jacobson balances his life as a college student at Columbia University and as a grandmaster.

Carissa Yip celebrated her 18th birthday by attending the Young Stars training camp! Carissa’s last over the board tournament before the pandemic featured her win against World Champion Ju Wenjun at the Cairns Cup in Saint Louis.

The camp was extremely fast-paced: with only four players and two days of training, the amount of chess looked at and solved was quite intense. Brandon Jacboson was particularly impressed by the following composition which was selected from the treasure cove of Michael Khodarkovsky.

White to play and win. Remember to find the best resources for black as well! Solution at the end of the article. N. Elkies, 5th prize at the Assiac Memorial Tournament 1988. 

Even “over the board sessions” have the need for plenty of technology. Engines and databases are a necessary part of a strong young player’s set of resources.

Rochelle Wu has been a Young Star since 2017, and she just hit her new rating peak of 2211! Here she is relaxing at the Kingside Diner, part of the Saint Louis Chess Campus

The players are preparing for a strong return to over the board chess: most notably Carissa Yip will be back in Saint Louis in a few weeks for the 2021 U.S. Women’s Chess Championship, where will fight for her first national championship title. Christopher Yoo will continue his quest to obtain his final grandmaster norm in the upcoming tournaments.

The Young Stars Program has open admission for talented kids from all over the World to apply to this elite program. Candidates may apply by submitting the application found here: KCF YoungStars Application. The program is open for talented players that are nine (9) years of age on January 1, 2021, and not older than thirteen (13) years of age on January 1, 2021.

Send the full applications to: youngstars@kasparovchessfoundation.org

Study’s solution: 1. Nf7 g3! distracting the king is the most resilient 2. Kxg3 Kg6 and now it is the spectacular 3. Nh8+!! that is the only winning move. 3…Kg7 4.a4! (this one, because if 4.Kf4?, then 4…b5! 5.Ke5 Kxh8 6.Kd6 Kg7 and black survives since his King reaches c6 square just on time) 4…Kxh8 5.Kf4 Kg7 6.Ke5 Kf7 7.Kd6 Ke8 8.Kc7 Ke7 9.Kxb6! Kd7 10.Kxb7 wins.

Young Stars May Training Session

School is out in most of the country, and the chess world is back in full force. Tournaments are happening online and offline around the World, and our Young Stars are training hard to be prepared for them. The latest training session happened on May 24th and 25th via Zoom.

The Kasparov Chess Foundation (KCF) and the Saint Louis Chess Club have been running the very successful Young Stars – Team USA program since 2011. Team USA’s program has helped develop several American chess prodigies from across the country, including the likes of GM Jeffery Xiong and GM Sam Sevian. Team USA has been capped off with individualized training sessions with Kasparov’s coaching staff and special training sessions with Garry Kasparov himself.

The latest two-day session was conducted by Garry Kasparov with the assistance of FIDE Senior Trainer Michael Khodarkovsky. GM Dmitry Gurevich, coach of WCM Alice Lee, was also present.

The participants were:

  • WCM Alice Lee, 11 years old. Gold Medal at the 2020 U12 World Online Girls Championships.
  • NM Tanitoluwa Adewumi, 10 years old. Current youngest National Master in the country.
  • FM Jason Liang, 14 years old. Jason is close to his IM title.
  • IM Christopher Yoo, 14 years old. Gold Medal at the 2020 U16 World Online Championships.
  • IM Abhimanyu Mishra, 11 years old. Trying to break Karjakin’s record of the youngest GM in history, “Abhi” has two GM-norms to his name already.
  • GM Jonas Bjerre, 16 years old. Jonas is 2550 and seeking to cross the 2600 barrier soon.

Tanitoluwa “Tani” Adewumi showing how his powerful knight on d4 allowed him to defeat experienced IM Justin Sarkar at a recent over the board event.

Tani, a 10-year-old Nigerian refugee, recently made nationwide headlines for becoming one of the youngest masters of our sport. You can hear the exposé about him on NPR at the following link: NPR Article about Tani.

Tani had the following to say about these two days: “I really liked the Kasparov lessons; I learned new ideas and new things.  I got things to pick up in chess and outside of chess. I was happy to see Kasparov himself and when I was able to show my game it was a really cool experience. I learned a lot from the lessons.”

Jason Liang (presenting his game against IM Ippolito above) is an ambitious FM that certainly plays a lot! Fresh off the Missouri Grand Chess Championship, Jason will take only one day off after this training session before participating in the 9th Cherry Blossom Classic in Virginia.

Professional players train with modern technology, but also with the old format of books! Studying your classics is certainly important. Christopher Yoo holds the record for being the youngest player to defeat a 2700+ player in tournament play when he toppled Le Quang Liem at the 2019 Bay Area International.

Young Alice Lee had a fascinating position during one of the games that she presented to the class:

In Talukdar-Lee, White has a tough choice. As Kasparov pointed out, only the brilliant 55. Bd5!! is a study-like win in this position. The move chosen in the game, 55.Kf6? actually loses!

These Young Stars are immediately putting their new knowledge in practice in tough tournaments: Jason Liang is participating in the Cherry Blossom Classic, Christopher Yoo in the GM-Norm section of the Charlotte Chess Invitational, Jonas Bjerre in the 8th Cattolica Festival.

The Young Stars Program has open admission for talented kids from all over the World to apply to this elite program. Candidates may apply by submitting the application found here: KCF YoungStars Application. The program is open for talented players that are nine (9) years of age on January 1, 2021, and not older than thirteen (13) years of age on January 1, 2021.

Send the full applications to: youngstars@kasparovchessfoundation.org

Announcing the 2021 North American Youth Chess Championship (NAYCC)

With the relaxing restrictions and Chicago’s goal of reopening by July 4, the organizers of the 2021 North American Youth Chess Championship (NAYCC) are excited to announce they are moving forward with tournament in Chicago from August 16 – 21, 2021. The tournament will take place at the Hilton Chicago, a centrally located luxury hotel in downtown Chicago that overlooks Lake Michigan, Grant Park, and the Museum Campus. 

The Renaissance Knights Chess Foundation, the International Chess School, the United States Chess Federation, the Confederation of Chess for America, and the World Chess Federation (FIDE), are pleased to invite players under 18 years old (as of Jan 1, 2021) from the USA, Mexico, Canada, and Bahamas to the 17th Annual North American Youth Championship. Players will participate in the following categories: Under 8 years old, under 10, under 12, under 14, under 16, and under 18; Open and Girls sections.

This is an international tournament where FIDE Titles and norms will be awarded to the top 3 players in each section. Trophies will also be awarded to the top players in each section. This will be a FIDE and US Chess rated tournament. Players may register online through the event website. Early entry fee is $150.00 thru June 15 (This includes $25 for FIDE America and all rating fees).

The tournament is a 9-Round, Swiss with a time control of 90 minutes plus 30 second increment per move. The tournament schedule allows players and their parents the time to enjoy all Chicago has to offer.  Arrival day is Monday August 16 with a Blitz tournament scheduled at 5 PM. There will be two rounds each day from August 17 – 20. At 10 AM & 4 PM. On Saturday August 21, the final round is at 9 AM and the closing ceremony is at 3 PM.

The organizers have arranged with the hotel a special rate of $165 (USD) for single/double occupancy, triple $189, quad $214; plus tax. This rate is good for three days pre and post event for those who want to arrive early or stay after the tournament to enjoy all the city has to offer. 

The organizers recognize the challenges presented by COVID-19 and are implementing precautionary measures to prevent and reduce the spread of COVID-19 among players and guest at the tournament.  Details can be found on the event website.

To register for the tournament, make hotel reservations, or for more details visit https://www.naycc2021.com/.

KCF University Cup a Big Success

The first Kasparov Chess Foundation University Cup has exceeded all expectations with a huge number of participants.

The team on-line tournament brought together universities from around the World to compete in a four on four rapid format. The universities were allowed to line up four players and one alternate per team. Each university could participate with more than one team, but only with one team with a rating average over 2200.

GM Naroditsky and FM Giannatos provided commentary during the event

Played over two days on the weekend of February 6 and 7, the event accommodated college students from all continents. This proved to be a great success as the following incredible statistics show:

  • 122 teams from 72 universities
  • All continents
  • 24 countries
  • 527 players – 19 GMs, 14 IMs, 1 WGM, 20 FMs, 4 WFMs
  • 2156 games played

The tournament was broadcasted live on Twitch to tens of thousands of unique viewers and was widely spread in social media. KCF Young Stars alum GM Daniel Naroditsky was joined by FM Peter Giannatos to cover the action throughout all nine rounds.

World Champion Garry Kasparov joined the commentary during the second day and talked about a variety of subjects, from the tournament games, to Alireza Firouzja’s meteoric rise! You can find the candid commentary in the following links:

Twitch Link Day 1

Twitch Link Day 2

Garry Kasparov’s commentary can be found between rounds six and seven on the second day. Kasparov also addressed all the participants before the games of day started.

World Champion Garry Kasparov eloquently spoke about many things in the chess world, and passionately analyzed some of the games!

The tournament had some clear rating favorites, and they certainly did not disappoint. The University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley (USA) was the #1 seed and really put their foot down on the event. Scoring a perfect 9/9, they left no doubt of who the best team in the event was. The clear leader of the team was GM Vladimir Fedoseev who scored an amazing 8.5/9.

Second place went to the University of Missouri (USA), a relatively new scholarship program that fielded strong grandmasters. Their second board, GM Mikhail Antipov also scored 8.5/9 and was a cornerstone of the team’s success.

Third place was decided on tiebreaks, as Texas Tech University edged out University of Texas at Dallas (USA), Gunadarma University (Indonesia) and University of Cambridge (England) in the final standings. It was Texas Tech’s FM Alexey Sorokin with another 8.5/9 performance that strengthened their squad.

Many other prizes were awarded, but the most valuable were certainly the 1st place and top-u2200 prize as they included an exclusive online training session with Garry Kasparov himself!

The final prizewinner list is as follows:

  • University of Texas Rio Grande Valley A, USA – 1st Place and Top University of the Americas + special prize of an on-Line training session with Garry Kasparov.
  • University of Missouri A , USA – 2nd Place
  • Texas Tech University A, USA – 3rd Place All top 3 teams from USA
  • Gunadarma University A, Indonesia – Top University of Asia
  • University of Cambridge, England  – Top University of Europe
  • University of Benin, Nigeria – Top University of Africa
  • Ivan Boberskyj Lviv State University of Physical Culture A, Ukraine – Top U2200 + on-line training session with Garry Kasparov
  • Georgia Tech B, USA – Top U2000
  • Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua, Mexico – Top U1800

The tournament was successfully hosted on the lichess.org platform. Chacha Nugroho provided the web hosting and pairing system for the event.

Kudos to the exceptional group of people that organized this event:

• Michael Khodarkovsky, Kasparov Chess Foundation President
• GM Alex Onischuk, US Chess College Committee Chair
• Grant Oen, Chief Arbiter
• GM Zlatko Klaric, KCF Adriatic Director
• Graham Jurgensen, KCF Africa Director
• Ignatius Leong, International Arbiter, KCF Asia-Pacific Director
• GM Darcy Lima, KCF Lusophone Director
• Hiquingari Carranza, KCF Ibero-America Director

We would like to thank the Charlotte Chess Center for their assistance during the event.

For more details and results please visit the official website.

Young Stars train during Holidays

This year has certainly been full of challenges, but that is exactly what chess players are prepared to face. The Young Stars programs continued through the year, but the sessions were held over zoom instead of in-person. After a successful initial virtual session over the Summer, the talented students returned during the holiday season for their training with former World Champion Garry Kasparov.

The Kasparov Chess Foundation (KCF) and Saint Louis Chess Club have been running the very successful Young Stars – Team USA program since 2011. Team USA’s program has helped develop several American chess prodigies from across the country, including the likes of GM Jeffery Xiong and GM Sam Sevian. Team USA has been capped off with individualized training sessions with Kasparov’s coaching staff and special training sessions with Garry Kasparov himself. With the success of the Young Stars – Team USA program, a new opportunity for young talents was started in 2018 with the Young Stars Global team. This holiday season saw the Global Stars continue the tradition started in 2020 of offering training sessions in different languages: English and Russian.

Both sessions were conducted by Garry Kasparov with the assistance of FIDE Senior Trainer Michael Khodarkovsky. GM Dmitry Gurevich was present as a guest in the English language session. The students were:

  • WCM Alice Lee, Gold Medal at the 2020 U12 World Online Girls Championships
  • IM Carissa Yip, Gold Medal at the 2020 U18 World Online Girls Championships
  • IM Abhimanyu (Abhi) Mishra, youngest IM in the World’s chess history
  • GM Jonas Bjerre, youngest Dane to achieve the GM title
  • GM Brandon Jacobson, Young Star’s newest minted GM
  • IM Christopher Yoo, Gold Medal at the 2020 U16 World Online Championships

The Russian language session students were:

  • CM Ihor Samunenkov, Ukraine , Silver Medal at the 2020 U12 World Online Championship
  • IM Volodar Murzin, Russia, Silver Medal at the 2020 U18 World Online Championships
  • Teimur Toktomushev, Ukraine
  • Alua Nurmanova, Kazakhstan

Each student was requested to annotate six of their games and present them to Kasparov. By presenting their games, the students had the opportunity to analyze various positions with Garry Kasparov and take in his comments and recommendations. GM Mikhail Kobalia, the newly appointed Chair of FIDE’s Trainer’s Commission, was present as a guest. Despite the pandemic, some of the players have had the opportunity to keep active in both over the board and online competitions.

Christopher Yoo has proven to be dangerous to GMs, even very strong ones!

GM Gadir Guseinov vs. IM Christopher Yoo, Online

Expecting a simple recapture with 19… bxc6, Guseinov surely planned 20. Nc5! with some compensation for the pawn. It was actually the continuation 19… Qxc6! 20. Qxe7 d4! that gave black an unsurmountable advantage.

WCM Alice Lee learning about modern treatments of the Grunfeld

IM Volodar Murzin is trying to use that strong e5 square in the Benoni structure

The beautiful winning idea (as explained in the variations in the picture) was discovered by Emanuel Lasker in a famous study 130 years ago!

Garry Kasparov enjoying a cup of coffee and sharing great insights during the online training sessions

Danish GM Jonas Bjerre joined the sessions with a slight time difference! The other students joined from the USA.

IM Carissa Yip was generous enough to give us some of her impressions from the sessions:

“I’m happy that we could still continue our sessions over Zoom in the middle of this pandemic. I really do love working on chess with talented juniors, and working with Garry especially has been and will continue to be such an amazing experience. Being able to discuss variations and access the mind of one of the greatest chess players of all time has been invaluable for my chess progress.”

Garry Kasparov wished the students to stay positive and continue studying. He is looking forward to seeing them in-person during the Summer sessions.

Young Stars has open admission for talented kids from all over the World to apply to this elite program. Candidates may apply by submitting the application found here: KCF YoungStars Application. The program is open for talented players that are nine (9) years of age on January 1, 2020, and not older than thirteen (13) years of age on January 1, 2020.

Send the full applications to: youngstars@kasparovchessfoundation.org

 

 

 

 

 

The Kasparov Chess Foundation Presents KCF University Cup Online Global Tournament

The KCF University Cup Will Take Place on February 6 – 7, 2021, via LiChess.org

New York, NY, Dec. 17, 2020 — The Kasparov Chess Foundation announces the KCF University Cup, which will take place online, February 6-7, 2021.  The tournament is open to teams from colleges and universities from all over the world.

The KCF University Cup is an international online event which is open to teams from a post-secondary school (university, college, community college, etc.) enrolled in at least one class in the January 2021 semester. A team consists of four players plus one alternate.  There is no entry fee for teams to participate at the KCF University Cup.  

A nine-round team, Swiss system tournament over the two days, with a rapid time control, will be played on the free and non-commercial chess platform, lichess.org.  

First place winning team will receive the KCF University Cup and exclusive online team training session with legendary World Champion Garry Kasparov.  

The top team in the U2200 category will also receive an online team training session with Garry Kasparov.  Plaques will be awarded to the top three teams in the final overall standings as well as to the top team in the U2200, U2000, and U1800 rating categories.  Plaques will also be awarded to the top team per FIDE Continent (Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe).

Kasparov Chess Foundation established a multinational team of officials and organizers to ensure a fair and friendly competition. 

Officials include: Michael Khodarkovsky, Kasparov Chess Foundation President; Grandmaster Alex Onischuk, US Chess College Committee Chair; International Arbiter Grant Oen, Chief Arbiter; International Arbiter Ignatius Leong, Kasparov Chess Foundation Asia-Pacific Director; Graham Jurgensen, KCF Africa Director; Grandmaster Zlatko Klaric, KCF Adriatic Director; Grandmaster Darcy Lima, KCF Lusophone Director.

For complete registration and rules details, please visit kcf.chessstream.com or email: KCFUniversityCup@chessstream.com with any questions.

About Kasparov Chess Foundation 

Founded by World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov, KCF’s mission is to bring the many educational benefits of chess to children worldwide by providing a complete chess curriculum and enrichment programs. The Foundation promotes the study of chess as a cognitive learning tool in curricular classes and after-school programs for elementary, middle and high schools, both in the public and private school sectors. The not-for-profit educational organization also organizes tournaments and competitions on a local and national basis. For more information, please visit http://www.kasparovchessfoundation.org.

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Contact: Richard Krueger – info@kasparovchessfoundation.org

Kasparov Chess Foundation Announces Greater New York and Greater Chicago Online Scholastic Chess Championships

Greater New York will be held on Jan. 30 – 31, 2021;
Greater Chicago will be held on Feb. 6, 2021

New York, NY, Dec. 31, 2020 — Kasparov Chess Foundation is moving its landmark Greater New York and Greater Chicago Scholastic Chess Championships to online format for the 2021 season. In keeping with the tradition, both tournaments are open to K – 12th graders in public, private, charter and home schools. The format for the online events will be modified compared to the established over-the-board events. 

“We understand the need for students to learn, play, interact and compete now more than ever,” explained Kasparov Chess Foundation President, Michael Khodarkovsky. “We’re providing a safe tournament infrastructure where the youth can still enjoy the game, while competing for individual and school team prizes,” added Mr. Khodarkovsky.

Following are details on the two tournaments:

Greater New York Online Scholastic Chess Championships

Kasparov Chess Foundation, in association with Chess Center of New York, Little House of Chess and Internet Chess Club (ICC), presents the 2021 Greater New York Online Scholastic Chess Championships to be played on ICC’s platform, www.chessclub.com, on Jan. 30 – 31, 2021.  

The tournament features twelve sections, 4 Two-Day Championship sections and 8 One-Day sections: 

  1.   High School Championship (Saturday – Sunday)
  2.   Junior-High Championship (Saturday – Sunday)
  3.   Elementary Championship (Saturday – Sunday)
  4.   Primary Championship (Saturday – Sunday)
  5.   K-1 Championship (Saturday)

There will be 7 additional One-Day sections:  

  1.   High School Under 1900 (Saturday)
  2.   High School Under 1200 (Saturday)
  3.   Elementary Under 1400 (Saturday)
  4.   Elementary Under 900 (Saturday)
  5.   Junior High Under 1300 (Sunday)
  6.  Primary Under 1000 (Sunday)
  7.  Primary Under 700 (Sunday)

Online registration and complete instructions on how to enter and get a free promotional account with ICC in advance of the event can be found at www.gnyscc.com

Greater Chicago Online Scholastic Chess Championships

Kasparov Chess Foundation, in association with the Renaissance Knights Chess Foundation and ChessKid.com, presents the 2021 Greater Chicago Online Scholastic Chess Championships, on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021. The tournament will take place on the ChessKid online platform, www.chesskid.com. 

The tournament will have the following sections:

  1. Primary (K-3) Reserve (U600)
  2. Primary (K-3) Championship
  3. Elementary (K-6) Reserve (U800)
  4. Elementary (K-6) Championship
  5. Junior High (K-9) Reserve (U1000)
  6. Junior High (K-9) Championship
  7. High School (K-12) Championship

Online registration and complete instructions on how to enter and get a free account with ChessKid in advance of the event can be found at http://greaterchicago.rknights.org.

About Kasparov Chess Foundation 

Founded by World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov, KFC’s mission is to bring the many educational benefits of chess to children worldwide by providing a complete chess curriculum and enrichment programs. The Foundation promotes the study of chess as a cognitive learning tool in curricular classes and after-school programs for elementary, middle and high schools, both in the public and private school sectors. The not-for-profit educational organization also organizes tournaments and competitions on a local and national basis. For more information, please visit http://www.kasparovchessfoundation.org.

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The KCF Board Sends its Heartfelt Condolences to the Kasparov Family

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Garry Kasparov’s beloved mother, Klara Shagenovna Kasparova, from Covid 19. The Board of the Kasparov Chess Foundation sends its heartfelt condolences to the entire Kasparov family.
Klara has always been instrumental in Garry’s personal and professional life, supporting his dramatic rise as a young Soviet Junior Champion through becoming the 13th World Champion in 1985 through 2000. She was living in Moscow at the time of her death.
Our thoughts are with Garry and all who knew Klara during this difficult time. While the holiday season is upon us, we’re reminded of Garry’s heartfelt tweet from Mother’s Day, 2017, “To all the moms who do better than push us by teaching us to push ourselves!” Thanks Klara for all you’ve taught us.
For more information, please see Garry’s official statement.
– The Kasparov Chess Foundation Board of Directors

Top Results at World Youth and Cadets

The final knockout stage of the FIDE World Cadets & Youth Rapid Championships came to the end on December 22. The event held on Tornelo online platform, comprised five different age groups (U10, U12, U14, U16, and U18) with participants competing in two sections: girls and open.

1,380 young chess players from 114 different countries are took part in this world event which started back in November with the regional qualifiers.

Members of the Young Stars Program, the cooperation by the Kasparov Chess Foundation and the Saint Louis Chess Club to promote and foment talent across the country, have had incredible results in this important event:

  • Carissa Yip (Girls U18): Gold Medal
  • Alice Lee (Girls U12): Gold Medal
  • Christopher Yoo (Open U14): Bronze Medal

In total Team USA accumulated 8 medals, twice more than the nearest country!

A heartfelt congratulations to all the winners, certainly an auspicious event for the future of American chess.