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Phone call from Gaddafi



Russian says he spoke with Gadhafi by phone and that he doesn't plan to leave Tripoli

Associated Press | 47 minutes ago in World



The Russian head of the World Chess Federation said he spoke Tuesday with Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and that he remains in Tripoli and defiant.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov has known Gadhafi for years. His visit to Tripoli in July was among the last times the Libyan leader was seen in public after NATO airstrikes began.

Ilyumzhinov said in an interview with the Interfax news agency that Gadhafi called him at around 6 p.m. Moscow time (1400 GMT, 10 a.m. EDT) and said he was "alive and well and still in Tripoli and not planning to leave Libya."

He said Gadhafi sounded full of vigor and told him he was "certain we will win."

Ilyunzhinov said he also talked to Gadhafi's son Mohammed, Libya's Olympic chief, who said his father's forces would "drive the rats out of the city."

Source: http://www.newser.com

Big National Chess Day Celebration on October 8th!



Big National Chess Day Celebration on October 8th! There will be many additional surprise events during the tournament!



The 2011 SP World Open for Boys and Girls has moved from Las Vegas (in June 2011) to Chicago (in October 2011) per the request of many parents and coaches. I expect this event will be bigger and better than ever! I would like to thank the organizer of the LV Chess Festival for hosting this event in previous years. The North American Chess Association will be the new host this year.



Susan Polgar World Open for Boys and Girls 2011

October 7 – 10, 2011

Doubletree Hotel – Oakbrook, IL



Over $100,000 in Chess Prizes and Scholarships

Register Online Now

7R Swiss System; 8 sections: (K-3), (4-5), (6-8), (9-12)

Time Controls: (K-3) G/30 + 5/sec delay

(4-5) G/45 + 5/sec delay

(6-8) G/45 + 5/sec delay

(9-12) G/60 + 5/sec delay






Round Times: (K-3) Sat/Sun 11am, 1pm, 3pm; Mon 10am

(4-5) Sat/Sun 11am, 1:30pm, 4pm; Mon 10am

(6-8) Sat/Sun 11am, 1:30pm, 4pm; Mon 10am

(9-12) Sat/Sun 11am, 2pm, 5pm; Mon 10am






Side Events: Bughouse – Friday 7:30pm

Puzzle Solving – Saturday 7:30pm

Blitz – Sunday 7:30pm

Ongoing Side Event: Walk-in simul presented by the Chicago Blaze US Chess League team. Done with your game or waiting for your child to finish? Take on a member of the Chicago Blaze between the hours of 12pm and 6pm!

Additional side events to be listed closer to event date. Please check the tournament website for more details.

All equipment will be provided (boards, sets, clocks). Organizer provided equipment must be used. Equipment will be on discounted sale upon tournament completion for school clubs and parents to purchase.

Cajun Chess will be equipment vendor onsite.

All 4th – 12th grade participants who are not a current member of the US Chess Federation will receive a 1-year free membership (no magazine option) included with their tournament entry fee.

All (K-12) participants will receive a free 1-year membership to ChessKid.com (a $49.95 value!)

Prizes

(Boys and Girls – All sections)

All 4th – 12th grade participants who are not a current member of the US Chess Federation will receive a 1-year free membership (no magazine option) included with their tournament entry fee.

All (K-12) participants will receive a free 1-year membership to ChessKid.com (a $49.95 value!)

1st place: Netbook Computer

2nd place:
$250 in Chess Prizes

3rd place:
$175 in Chess Prizes

4th place:
$100 in Chess Prizes

1st place in 9-12 to receive scholarship to Texas Tech University!

Trophies to top 15 individuals

Trophies to top 4 school teams*

Trophies to top 4 club teams*

Certificate of Participation for all players

Tournament Fees

$45 post-marked by 8/27/2011

$50 post-marked by 9/10/2011

$55 post-marked by 9/24/2011

$60 thereafter and onsite

Side events are each $15 mailed in with entry or $20 on-site

Register Online Now

Payments to be mailed to (payable):

North American Chess Association

4957 Oakton Street Suite 113

Skokie, IL 60077

Questions: sevan@nachess.org

or call 847.423.8626

Mention Polgar Tournament in your message

* Top 4 player scores count toward school team prizes; school team trophies awarded in each section; Top 4 player scores count towards club team prizes; club team trophies awarded overall (not based on sections).

Doubletree Hotel – 1909 Spring Road – Oakbrook, IL 60523 – 630.472.6000

$79 room rate; must call hotel directly and ask for North American Chess rate.

Suddenly she sees

Unthinkable act





Vase thefts add to grief



Crime: At least 300 solid-bronze fixtures stolen from graveyard

Posted: August 23, 2011 1:55 a.m.



Thieves keep stealing metal vases from the grave of a local boy who died of leukemia five years ago, and the boy’s frustrated father wants something done about it.



Since 2006, Chan Reader has worked diligently to preserve the memory of his son Sean, who was 12 years old when he died Aug. 14, 2006.



But three times in one month, thieves stole the brass vase from Sean’s headstone at Eternal Valley Memorial Park & Mortuary in Newhall.



The thefts pain him every time, Chan Reader said.



“If my garage is broken into three times, then that’s a message to me that I have to do something to stop it happening,” said Reader, who is not the only victim.



In the last six weeks, at least 300 solid-bronze 8-inch vases — valued at about $150 each — have been stolen from more than 100 graves in the Rose Garden area of Eternal Valley, owners of the facility confirmed Monday.



“Right now, we are temporarily replacing the vases with less-expensive ones until the issue is resolved,” said Jessica McDunn, spokeswoman for Eternal Valley owners Dignity Memorial based in Houston, Texas.



“A sheriff’s deputy has been assigned to the area. There are now nightly patrols,” she said.



“It’s very difficult to secure cemeteries,” said added. “By their nature, they are open to the public.”



Repeat offenses



In July, thieves stole at least 13 brass flower vases from graves at Eternal Valley, according to incident reports logged by deputies at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.



The vases are attached by a thin chain to each bronze grave plaque.



On the day of the first theft three weeks ago, Chan Reader replaced the vase on his son’s grave, but thieves returned later that same day and stole the replacement vase.



“The day I called, it was stolen again. It’s unbelievable,” Reader said.



Thieves struck three times in the span of three weeks, he said.



Each time they strike, they rob Chan Reader of far more than just a vessel in which to place flowers in his son’s honor.



His love for his son and his devotion to his son’s name turns from disappointment to frustration, and frustration into anger, Reader says.



Chess champ



Every year, Reader keeps the memory of his son alive by holding a benefit dinner in his honor.



Sean’s Night — which helps raise money for the California Youth Chess League and local chess programs by purchasing magnetic chess boards for hospitalized kids — is held this year on Sept. 10 at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Newhall.



The event also raises scholarship money for after-school chess classes.



Sean Christian Reader, who was leader of the Meadows Elementary Chess Team, was born in Santa Monica on Sept. 18, 1993.



When he attended first grade at Meadows Elementary, he was excited at the chance to join the chess team there.



Three years later, he won the title of Southern California State Third Grade Champion.



In 2005, he became the Western States Sixth Grade Champion — ranked in the national top 100 and ranked in the top three among Southern Californian chess players his age.



Just days after being diagnosed with leukemia, Sean Reader boarded a plane bound for the 2005 SuperNationals in Nashville, where he put his illness out of his mind and finished with five wins and only two losses against the best elementary-school players in the United States, leading his team to a tie for second place nationally.



http://susanpolgar.blogspot.com/search/label/Sean%20Reader



Source: http://www.the-signal.com

Marking the centenary of a cerebral champ



SANDS: Marking the centenary of a cerebral champ

By David R. Sands

The Washington Times

Tuesday, August 23, 2011



He boasted a record and a resume as impressive as anyone who ever played the game, but it always seemed that three-time world champion Mikhail Botvinnik was more admired than loved by chess players around the world.

Botvinnik, born 100 years ago on Aug. 17, 1911, brought an unprecedented level of precision, drive and technical sophistication to the game, helping to formulate and then mastering the insights of the great Soviet school of chess and ranking among the very best players in the world from the mid-1930s into the 1960s.

But his powerful, logical style generated relatively few brilliancies over his lengthy career, and many of the players he held off as world champion, including such greats as Paul Keres, David Bronstein and Mikhail Tal, today claim far more fervent fans than the cool, cerebral Botvinnik. Still, his was a style that generated impressive results, including 15 years as world champ, six Soviet national titles (a record he shares with Tal) and a string of victories in legendary tournaments.

He influenced a new generation of Soviet greats, including junior stars (and future champs) Anatoly Karpov and Garry Kasparov, and top players to this day routinely cite Botvinnik’s “One Hundred Selected Games” collection as a seminal influence on their own early development.

We honor Botvinnik, who died in 1995, with a game taken from the twilight of his career in 1968, two years before he essentially gave up competitive play at age 59.

More here.