Saturday, June 21

San Francisco School of Chess

(IM David Pruess meditates during the final round of National Open in Las Vegas.)

Hello from San Francisco, the city by the bay! I am presently connected to the internet at Starbuck's Coffee on New Montgomery near Market Street.

The San Francisco School of Chess will meet tomorrow at the Mechanics' Institute Chess Club. This new school offers a series of lectures, roughly once a month, targeting the top kids in the Bay Area. The stated goal is to provide a boost to promising young chess players in Northern California both through interactions with GMs and IMs as well as their fellow juniors. Click on links to blog posts about previous lectures by GM Gregory Kaidanov and GM Melik Khachiyan. The brainchild of IM David Pruess and IM John Donaldson, the School is funded largely by the Mechanics' Institute and donations.

Check out this website that I have created for the School. About 15 invited juniors will attend tomorrow's lectures taught by IM Pruess and NM Sam Shankland. Future sessions will feature GM Nick DeFirmian, GM-elect Josh Friedel and GM-elect Vinay Bhat. Stay tuned for a special report next week.

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