Confessions of a Chess Dad

5/14/2003 – What makes a 12-year-old student from a New York private school babble with joy? Author James Traub reports from the "Nerdfest in Nashville", with its atmosphere of hopeless uncool. His well-written article reminds us of Fred Waitzin's book and Hollywood movie. Here are some other interesting news reports.

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Confessions of a Chess Dad
How to console your son after checkmate.

By James Traub, MSN,May 13, 2003, at 2:16 PM PT

Chess champion finds everyone targets No. 1
By Michael A. Fuoco, May 14, 2003, Pittsburg Post Gazette

Like an Old West gunslinger, whose quick draw and marksmanship made him both feared and unrelentingly challenged by those seeking their own fame, Alexander Shabalov is a marked man. That's what happens when you win the U.S. Chess Championship, as Shabalov did in January in Seattle. As the top gun in U.S. chess circles, Shabalov is now the player other players want to beat.

Chess club members pay tribute to national champion
By Tony LaRussa, Pittsburgh Live, May 14, 2003

Members of the Pittsburgh Chess Club honored fellow member Alex Shabalov, winner of this year's U.S. Chess Championship. Following the award ceremony Shabalov gave a detailed rundown of the moves and strategy he used in the last round game of his U.S. championship victory in Seattle, Wash., in January.

A Big Boom in the Brain Game
By D.K. Bharadwaj, Govt. of India Press Information Bureau, 13th May, 2003

A comprehensive look at the development of the game in India, from Mir Sultan Khan (the Punjabi player who came from nowhere to beat the likes of Capablanca and Tartakovar) to the "Inimitable Anand", the Chennai boy whose emergence has completely revolutionised the Indian chess. Great stuff, must read.

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