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2013 WESTERN ALLIANCE SUMMER CAMP RECAP

2013 WESTERN ALLIANCE SUMMER CAMP RECAP

Posted on 04. Jul, 2013 by .

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8TH ANNUAL WESTERN ALLIANCE JUNE 25-28TH, 2013 At the International School of Tucson (IST) One of the largest chess Camps in Arizona and the largest in Tucson took place at the end of June as usual. The Camp consisted of the Main Event (9AM-4 PM), the Evening Events (5PM-7PM) and the Grand Prix #4 tournament […]

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TUCSON SUMMER CHESS CAMP: JUNE 26-30TH

TUCSON SUMMER CHESS CAMP: JUNE 26-30TH

Posted on 09. May, 2012 by .

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The 7th Annual Western Alliance Tucson Summer Chess Camp is under way and open for registrations. There are less than 2 months left before the next Western Alliance Tucson Summer Chess Camp! This is your chance to join the largest Tucson camp of the year with amazing Instructors at a very affordable rate. Official Camp […]

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Recap: Chinese Center USCF Tournament: Dec 17th

Recap: Chinese Center USCF Tournament: Dec 17th

Posted on 29. Dec, 2011 by .

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The 4th one of its kind event took place at the spacious Tucson Chinese Cultural Center on December 17th. What a wonderful tournament! In addition to a record breaking participation, we also had a great turn-out in the “Master” section. It is a section that is notoriously hard to organize, since many professionals are not […]

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IM MAC MOLNER AND FM PEDRAM ATOUFI CONFIRMED FOR DECEMBER 17TH TOURNAMENT!

IM MAC MOLNER AND FM PEDRAM ATOUFI CONFIRMED FOR DECEMBER 17TH TOURNAMENT!

Posted on 08. Dec, 2011 by .

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  We have wonderful news: For the Tucson Chinese Center Winter Open we have 2 great additions (players) for the “Master” section and 2 general additions to make the even even more exciting! International Master Mac Molner (who recently moved to Tucson)  and FM Pedram Atoufi ( funder of the Scottsdale Unity Chess Club) will […]

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UPCOMING: Anaconda Winter Chess Camp: December 26-28th

UPCOMING: Anaconda Winter Chess Camp: December 26-28th

Posted on 05. Dec, 2011 by .

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The Camp will be held December 26th through 28th. It starts on Monday and it fits very well right after Christmas and before New Years and when most schools are out. It is hard to believe, but this “new” idea is in its 8th year of making! The word “Anaconda” refers to the slow and […]

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Our Newest Coach: IM Mac Molner

Our Newest Coach: IM Mac Molner

Posted on 19. Nov, 2011 by .

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I know IM Mac Molner a lot from tournament chess as well as in life. We just finished 2 International tournaments together- in Los Angeles (Metropolitan Invitational) and in Texas- the Susan Polgar SPICE CUP 2011. We also had a chance to prepare for some chess events together and I had the pleasure of having […]

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2011-2012 TUCSON EVENT CALENDAR

2011-2012 TUCSON EVENT CALENDAR

Posted on 15. Sep, 2011 by .

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Dear players and chess parents, To make it as convenient as possible for everyone to find tournaments, camps and other events right here in Tucson, we will keep updating this particular post with all upcoming events and their respective fliers.  While the exact amount of events for each month may change, this post should give […]

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Recap: Winter Chess Camp- Dec 26-28th

Recap: Winter Chess Camp- Dec 26-28th

Posted on 02. Feb, 2011 by .

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Anaconda Winter Camp: December 26th-28th, 2010 Anaconda Chess Camps are now in their 7th year of making and as popular as ever. As many of you know, we organize a Winter Camp at the end of each December and the Summer Camp in the middle of every August. For the 2010 Winter  Camp ACFS decided […]

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WINTER HOLIDAY CHESS CAMP: DECEMBER 26-28TH

WINTER HOLIDAY CHESS CAMP: DECEMBER 26-28TH

Posted on 29. Nov, 2010 by .

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Please download the flyers below for the Winter Chess Camp, taught by IM Levon Altounian and FM Ken Larsen. There will be 3 Main groups and 1-day Strategy Session Camp for 1500+ players. Download PDF 2010 holiday poster small Download DOC file Holiday Anaconda December 2010

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FM Warren Harper: US Junior Ch-ship recap

FM Warren Harper: US Junior Ch-ship recap

Posted on 11. Aug, 2010 by .

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I got a surprise e-mail about three weeks before the tournament from Tony Rich, the chief organizer of the Junior Closed and Women’s Championship, inviting me to play in the tournament. When I first read the invitation, I really wanted to play because I hadn’t really played in a strong tournament for a very long […]

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UA Junior Competing for Chess Title, $3,000

UA Junior Competing for Chess Title, $3,000

Posted on 03. Jul, 2010 by .

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Our very own Warren Harper is out to rock the chess world. To learn more about Warren, check out his bio

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Grandmaster Alejandro Ramirez (USCF 2600)

Grandmaster Alejandro Ramirez (USCF 2600)

Posted on 08. Nov, 2009 by .

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It is a pleasure adding one of the best chess players in the USA to our Honorary Instructor list— Alejandro Ramirez. I have known Alejandro for several years now, and he is not only a very strong and solid chess player, but also a very interesting person to be around. Even though he is residing […]

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Fide Master Warren Harper (USCF 2350)

Fide Master Warren Harper (USCF 2350)

Posted on 08. Nov, 2009 by .

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Warren is very competitive on the chess board and probably at every other sport and board game he plays. Becoming a Texas State Champion is not an easy feat! He is currently a student at the University of Arizona and just placed first at the super strong Green Fields Open 09. Warren is also a […]

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International Master Danny Rensch (USCF 2470)

International Master Danny Rensch (USCF 2470)

Posted on 27. Jan, 2009 by .

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Danny is a very dangerous player on the highest level, as his recent games with many accomplished Grandmasters in the National Open ’08 have shown. He is the Winner of the 2004 High School National Championship (individual), as well as many smaller tournaments throughout the US. Danny successfully runs “American Chess Events” in Phoenix.

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International Master Mark Ginsburg ( USCF 2400)

International Master Mark Ginsburg ( USCF 2400)

Posted on 27. Jan, 2009 by .

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An International Master for many years, Mark has many international tournaments under his belt and is exteremly difficult to beat. The winner of several competitions in Europe as well as the USA (such as the Universe Open 2008, Brugges and Eeklo, Belgium, 1985 and 1990), Mark specializes in Opening Systems and positional play. Mark has […]

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Vaishnav Aradhyula (USCF Rating 2170); Master

Vaishnav Aradhyula (USCF Rating 2170); Master

Posted on 27. Jan, 2009 by .

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Vaishnav has some impressive credentials: He was the 4th best chess player in the nation under 16; Captain of the 10th Grade, State, and National High School Champion Chess Team; National High School Blitz Champion; and the 2006 High School Chess Champion, to name a few. He has 4 years of excellent coaching experience, and […]

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Gordon Ruan (USCF 2000); Expert

Gordon Ruan (USCF 2000); Expert

Posted on 27. Jan, 2009 by .

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Gordon is a chess Expert and one of our out-of -state instructors. He was the 2006 Illinois State Champion and took 2nd place in both the 2007 National Open and the Chicago Open ( Master Section). A serious approach to chess studies as well as accomplishing set goals is what Gordon requires of himself and […]

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Gordon and George Ruan: A portrait in black and white

Gordon and George Ruan: A portrait in black and white

Posted on 21. Jan, 2009 by .

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AT FIRST GLANCE, brothers Gordon and George Ruan may seem like polar opposites. Gordon is a senior; George is a subfreshman. The former is calm and collected; the latter is excitable and energetic. However, they both share a fascination that transcends their differences and allows them both to see a world that is invisible to the casual observer.

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FIDE Master Ken Larsen (Current USCF Rating 2320)

FIDE Master Ken Larsen (Current USCF Rating 2320)

Posted on 02. Jan, 2009 by .

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Ken is a 5-time Arizona State Champion, and has 23 years of tournament experience. He is the Coach of the former National Champion, Orange Grove school team, and the Trainer of the 1996 World Junior Champion and Grandmaster Tal Shaked. Ken coaches at many schools across Tucson. He has a Degree in English Literature from […]

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University High School Urbana Shocks IHSA with State Chess Championship Victory

University High School Urbana Shocks IHSA with State Chess Championship Victory

Posted on 02. Jan, 2009 by .

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In a battle that made David and Goliath seem like a fair fight, tiny University High School in Urbana with an enrollment of 245 faced off against the top ranked Lincolnshire Stevenson whose enrollment is 4545 at the IHSA State High School Chess championship.

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