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 Dozens of nationally-ranked juniors were part of the large field at this year's SPFNO. Read the recap and see the pictures of the action and the winners.
 

 Propelled by student enthusiasm and support from BayAreaChess and others, the kids at Grant Elementary of San Jose are learning great lessons on and off the chessboard. Here's their story.
 

 Fighting chess helps East Bay native triumph. Analysis of his final round win by IM Vignesh Panchanatham.
 
 Also, BAC Coach GM Zviad Izoria garners draw vs. world no. 6 GM Wesley So. Read IM Vignesh Panchanatham's recap and game analysis.
 

 Read IM Vignesh Panchanatham's analysis of Zviad's awesome win at the US Chess Championships 2018 over Caruana, who will be facing Magnus Carlsen for the world title this fall, and the rest of Vignesh's daily analysis (on our blog).
 

 Read the story, published in US Chess News, of the teams and players that excelled in our record-setting tournament, which drew 1,160 players!
 

 BAC's IM Vignesh Panchanatham recounts how a low-expectations mindset helped him to one of the best tournaments of his chess career. With game analysis, including his win over one of America's top rising GMs.
 

 Read the recap and analysis of one of the key games by IM Vignesh Panchanatham.


  Click on link above to view pictures of the action and the winners, and read the full list of team and individual board winners.


 Despite just failing to make the playoffs, writes IM Vignesh Panchanatham, highlights abounded.


 Our Director of Enrichment, Abel Talamantez, explains how - and how YOU can help.


 Our IM Vignesh Panchanatham has the recap of this very close match.

 Our IM Vignesh Panchanatham has the recap and the game analysis.

 Relive the fun and excitement of the biggest US Amateur Team West tournament ever, with 440 players and 110 teams!

 Our IM Vignesh Panchanatham has the recap and the game analysis, featuring world no. 2 GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, IM Kostya Kavutskiy, local prodigy FM Christopher Yoo and Man of the Match, GM Daniel Naroditsky.

 BAC Coach Kostya Kavutskiy helps you diagnose whether it's knowledge or one of your chess skills that's holding you back - and how to improve both.

 Taking first over 15 other teams is no easy feat. Here's how the Hackers did it, writes IM Vignesh Panchanatham.

 The San Jose Hackers met their (Dallas) Destiny despite a great performance from BAC Coach Daniel Naroditsky.

 
 BAC Coach IM Kostya Kavutskiy recommends the best books and apps to improve your tactics and take your rating to 1600 - and beyond!

 
 Read about the local junior and adult players who placed highly - or won! - the open and Junior Grand Prixs, as well as a column by GM Daniel Naroditsky, and a profile of our executive director!

 Read the full recap of our 2018 kick-off, with analysis by F-Pawn's Michael Aigner.

 IM-elect and BAC Coach Faik Aleskerov was Man of the Match, upsetting a GM and IM, writes IM Vignesh Panchanatham. But technical difficulties vs. the Australia Kangaroos resulted in a narrow loss. Panchanatham analyzes 4 of the best games.

  Read IM Vignesh Panchanatham's recap of the San Jose Hackers' convincing 1st-round win over the Rio Grande Ospreys in the Pro Chess League, with analysis of the 4 best games, including BAC Elite Team Member Ivan Ke's two GM wins!

 If you are a current player or parent: We've created a new Facebook Group specially for critical, can't miss news about tournaments. Please join us here, thanks!

 
 Happy holidays to the chess community from myself and the rest of BayAreaChess! 2017 was another momentous year, but I’m looking forward to even bigger and better 2018!
With so many things to talk about, there are two end-of-year updates: one primarily for tournament players, including both Scholastic and Regular competitors. The other one is aimed at students & parents in one of our many Enrichment programs. Please read both to learn about the breadth of just what we do here at BayAreaChess!






Read our review on the last BAC Championship that brought a few surprises and upsets! We always like to close the year in style:) As always, We appreciate US Chess' support to publish our articles on their platform! Read full report here.





Did you attend the 2017 Grade Level Championship? We had record numbers, and an amazing weekend!  Read the full article on USCF website, and check out photos on multiple Facebook albums: Action Shots, Trophy Winners, Album_1, Album_2, Album_3 & CalChess.








Read our teaser for the upcoming Thanksgiving tournaments, with historical reminisces included.  Read the full article on Facebook, and check out last year's photos here.




Some of the best school teams in the Bay Area - and the entire U.S. - competed at the 2nd Bi-Annual Northern California Scholastic Team Championship earlier this month. Read the full report at U.S. Chess News, and browse and share the photos on Facebook here.





If you weren't there, you don't know what you have missed! Showcase of the amazing GrandMasters: Total of 11 Grandmasters came to compete for the National Title. We had so much fun watching the exciting games!
Read our report at US Chess News and browse through the photos on Facebook here.






 Record breaking attendance both at the regular and at the scholastic side event over the Labor day weekend at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Read our report at US Chess News.




NM Christopher Yoo just finished the Calgary International with an impressive 3/6 (withdrawing after Rd6) winning against GM Razvan Preotu and drawing GM Julio Becerra. Congratulations to this BAC Elite Team member!





NM Gabriel Bick, NM Ivan Ke and NM Christopher Yoo are heading home after some exciting tournaments. NM Gabriel Bick was the NorCal representative for the Denker Invitational (tournament of state HS champions) and finished an amazing 7th place from the 48 players around the US. Meanwhile NM Ivan Ke was the NorCal representative of the Barber invitational (middle school state champions) finishing 10th place out of 48 players.






People's tournament will always hold a special place in the chess community's heart due to it's tradition. Read IM Vignesh Panchanatham and Dr. Judit Sztaray's report on the 42nd People's tournament. Go through two exciting games analyzed by IM Vignesh and read the details of the tournament. Read the full article here






Facebook is buzzing!!! with over 1000 shares and 100k views, you don't want to miss seeing GM Mamedyarov's 25second game against BAC Elite Team member NM Christopher Yoo with 3 mins on his clock! Watch the video here and take a look at many other videos and photos from the San Jose Hacker's Master Camp as well as the amazing and exciting tandem clocked simul event.






Read the newest report on the latest edition of the recurring BAC Championship cowritten by IM Vignesh Panchanatham and Dr. Judit Sztaray. Go through two exciting games analyzed by IM Vignesh and read the details of the tournament. Read the full article here






BayAreaChess is very excited to announce to have an ALL SAN JOSE HACKERS Coached SUPER MASTER CAMP during the week of July 17-21. All 5 Grand Masters will be coaching at some point of the week, and one morning, ALL HACKERS will be present at the camps. More info can be found on our enrichment website. And please read the USCF email blast for details also. ...






Executive Director Dr. Judit Sztaray was awarded the 2017 Organizer of the Year by US Chess at their Executive Board meeting June 4th. Read the official announcement ...






Kayva Meiyappan won the 2017 CalChess Girls K-Gr12 State Championship held on June 3-4 weekend. She emerges on top with 4.5 points, ahead of Joy Xu with 3.5 points. Check out the results on our website ...






With a nerve-wracking ending, the 2017 Best of the West Championship finished with a 7-way tie in the Open section among GM Izoria, GM Khachiyan, NM Zhu, NM Bick, NM Ke, NM Aigner and NM Nagarajan. Check out the complete result on our website ...






172 excited students participated over Memorial Day Monday at the Santa Clara Hilton. This year marked a record high attendance. Check out the results & Thank You for attending our event!






 

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