May in Review

 May in Review:

The Month that was ..May in Review (well the last 2 weeks)………

The 24th Annual Chicago Open was held May 21-25, 2015, at the Westin Chicago North Shore Hotel, 601 North Milwaukee Ave, Wheeling, Illinois.  

14-year old IM Jeffery Xiong won Open Section finishing with 7/9, ahead of 24 Grandmasters!

A total of 10 FIDE title norms were earned during the event:

GM – Jeffery Xiong, Ashwin Jayaram IM – Eric Rosen, Atulya Shetty, Sean Vibbert, Gauri Shankar, Kyron Griffith, Qibiao Wang WIM – Rachel Ulrich, Akshita Gorti

The final standings, with prizes, are now posted for all sections.



Xiong440 Photo Betsy Dynako

14-year-old Jeffery Xiong, took clear first at the Chicago Open  with 7/9 . Xiong took home over $10,000, earned his third GM norm and gained enough rating points to push him over 2500 FIDE!

Jeffery is a member of the Young Stars program co-sponsored by the STL Chess Club and the Kasparov Chess Foundation. The program offers extraordinarily talented children the opportunity to maximize their potential and to achieve the highest level in chess. World Chess Champion and KCF Chairman Garry Kasparov has personally coached the players through an intensive sessions, including those at the CCSCSL….

Chess Board

  Rd 9 White: Xiong, Jeffery(2497) – Black: Batista, Lazaro (2648)

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. d4 Nd6 6. Bxc6 dxc6 7. dxe5 Nf5 8. Qxd8+ Kxd8 9. Rd1+ Ke8 10. Nc3 Ne7 11. h3 Ng6 12. b3 Bd7 13. Bb2 Nf4 14. Rd4 Ne6 15. Rd2 Rd8 16. Rad1 Be7 17. Ne2 c5 18. Nc3 Bc6 19. Nd5 h5 20. c4 Rd7 21. Rd3 Bd8 22. Nd2 h4 23. Nf1 Bg5 24. Nh2 Rh5 25. Ng4 Kd8 26. Bc3 Kc8 27. Bd2 b6 28. Bxg5 Rxg5 29. Kh2 Rh5 30. f3 a5 31. Kg1 a4 32. Kf2 axb3 33. axb3 Kb7 34. Nde3 Re7 35. Nd5 Re8 36. b4 cxb4 37. Nxb4 Rhh8 38. Ne3 Ba4 39. Ra1 Ra8 40. Rda3 Nc5 41. Nbd5 Rhe8 42. f4 g5 43. fxg5 Rxe5 44. Nc3 Nd3+ 45. Ke2 Rae8 46. Nxa4 Rxe3+ 47. Kd2 Re2+ 48. Kxd3 R8e3+ 49. Kd4 c5+ 50. Nxc5+ bxc5+ 51. Kxc5 Rxa3 52. Rxa3 Rxg2 53. Kd6 Rg3 54. Ra5 Rxh3 55. Rf5 Rd3+ 56. Ke7 h3 57. Rxf7 h2 58. Rh7 Rd2 59. g6 Rf2 60. g7 Re2+ 61. Kd6 Rd2+ 1-0

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 2015 FIDE Grand Prix Series  May 14th to 26th 2015

MERK6221-470x313         MERK6211  (Kirill Merkurev)

In the final 11th round of the FIDE Grand Prix in Khanty-Mansiysk Fabiano Caruana and Hikaru Nakamura drew their respective games to take the top two spots in the overall Grand Prix standings and qualify for the 2016 FIDE Candidates Tournament.

Results and standings are online, visit also the photo gallery and replay the games.


May 29 2015

 Carlsen did a blindfold exhibition in New York, blitzing three opponents in a clock simul, averaging three minutes per opponent……


 On stage, Magnus Carlsen, the world chess champion from Norway, was wearing a blindfold and playing a timed exhibition against three people: J. Christopher Flowers, the chairman of J.C. Flowers & Company; Paul Hoffman, the chief executive of the Liberty Science Center; and Gbenga Akinnagbe, a star of the HBO series “The Wire.” Two grandmasters, Pascal Charbonneau and Anatoly Bykhovsky, made Mr. Carlsen’s moves as he called out to them, while Maurice Ashley, another grandmaster, provided occasional commentary.

 Video of the Simul /Full Article

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