Saturday, July 30, 2011

Congratulations to chess camp student.


I am sure his Coaches Rafi, George, and Korey
at the
Friday Knights Chess Camp,
held this past week, July 25-29,

are proud of their very young student.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Say What?

It's official!

MCC admits a History of Problems?

It's a good laugh!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

World Team Championship

NOTE: Games from the tournament are below in viewer, you will need Java!

Good Luck to all of the USA team members, and a special shout out to Mid-South Chess Camp instructors GM Robert Hess and GM A Onischuk!

From the USCF website:
World Team Championship Begins
By Tony Rich
July 18, 2011

'In round 1, the U.S. was slated to play Russia. Players waited with bated breath the morning of round 1 to see who they would play. Since each team comes with one alternate player, it isn't clear until the day of each round what lineup a county will put forth. Russia, fielding the strongest team in the event, decided to play GM Sergey Karjakin (2788), GM Ian Nepomniachtchi (2711), GM Peter Svidler (2739) and GM Nikita Vitiugov (2733) - resting GM Alexander Grischuk (2746). The Americans in turn posted GM Gata Kamsky (2741), GM Alex Onischuk (2675), GM Yury Shulman (2617) and GM Robert Hess (2609) for their roster, while GM Yasser Seirawan rested. When asked what he thought of the Russian lineup, GM Hess said, "This is a really tough event, especially since we have to play Russia and Armenia (two of the strongest teams in the event) in the first two rounds. However, we came to play, so let's bring the battle to them."

Hess went on to describe the differences in training amongst the countries represented. "I do wish we had more time to prepare as a group. I mean, everyone has spent a lot of time preparing individually before we came, but preparing as a group is different. Armenia had a two week training camp before arriving, and the Russians had at least a week. In team events it's really important that everyone comes together and performs as a single unit. We (the Americans) really get along well, so let's see how that pays off."'


So far there are 80 games from the World Team event in China below, you will need a java viewer to play through the moves.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

US Chess Squad in China for the World Team Championship

GO USA!!! GO USA!!! GO USA!!! GO USA !!!

GM Robert Hess and GM Alex Onischuk, both former instructors with the MID-SOUTH CHESS CAMP are in China for the WORLD TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP!

GM Hess was here in Memphis just last month for the TENTH ANNIVERSARY of the MID-SOUTH CHESS CAMP! If you missed it, you really missed a great opportunity for chess instruction from some of the leaders in current chess competition.

US Squad Arrives in China for World Team Champs
By Tony Rich
July 15, 2011

The squad in Shanghai: Tony Rich of the CCSCSL, GM Yury Shulman, GM Ben Finegold, GM Robert Hess, GM Alexander Onischuk, IM John Donaldson and GM Gata Kamsky

The countdown has begun for the 2011 World Team Championship (Ningbo, China, July 15-26), and members of the U.S. team are congregating in Shanghai to prepare for the epic confrontation. GMs Gata Kamsky, Alex Onischuk, Yury Shulman and Robert Hess will meet their team member, GM Yasser Seirawan, in Ningbo, China tomorrow, while team captain John Donaldson and coaches Varuzhan Akobian and Ben Finegold burn the midnight oil to prepare.

The World Team Championship, organized every other year, is an invitational team round robin in which countries vie for top honors. The stellar performance by the Americans in 2009 in Bursa, Turkey earned them the silver medal. However, with a stronger field and the absence of GM Hikaru Namakura, who had a previous engagement in Dortmund, speculation remains on the possibility of repeating. Not to be deterred, GM Finegold said, "It would be perfectly reasonable to see us to finish in the top 3. Don't forget that other super GMs like Kramnik (Russia) and Ponomariov (Ukraine) will both be in Dortmund as well.", when asked what his hopes are for the U.S. team.

For complete article click here