Jeremy Chen triumph in Parsippany!
The oustanding victory of Jeremy Chen against a chess player 765 rating points above him, crowned the TAG student as the best upset in the third round of the U.S. Amateur Team East (Parsippany, NJ)
Conducting the white pieces, Jeremy with the rating of 996 in the USCF, defeated Joline James (1761) in 29 moves of the Fianchetto Variation of the King's Indian Defence.
The tournament was runned for three days from February 16 to 18, and reunites around two thousand chess players.
Jeremy acted as captain and first board of the TAG 2 team which included to Aravind Kumar, Nolan Fortin and Jay Yalamanchili.

Representing TAG were also the 'veterans' of the 2007 competition Kevin Zhang, Brandon Borden, George Didita and Daniel Selyutin.
Daniel individually completed five victories out of six games.
This is the first time that TAG in Princeton, the successful private chess program in Princeton area, attends with two teams in Parsippany.
"I feel very exhausted but the experience that our kids got, worth the effort" mentioned Elena Didita, coordinator of TAG for this event and other chess activities outside Princeton.

TAG 2 team from the left: Jay, Nolan, Aravind and Jeremy

Veterans of 2007 Daniel and George.

Brandon and Kevin, also veterans of 2007
To see Jeremy's winning game please click here
More pictures here

Three USA Titles for TAG students in Houston!

Writing a historical page in chess performances of New Jersey, three students of TAG, the successful private chess program in Princeton sponsored only for parents of children chessplayers, won each one first places in their divisions at the National Chess Scholastic 2007 in Houston TX.
Aravind Kumar, kindergarten from Orchard Hill Elementary, completed 6 out of seven points to get the crown of the country; Marko Vanselous, from Bear Tavern Elementary School,  playing under 800 rating was the best one among the second graders; and  Joel Pena from PDS, share also the first place with tie breaks in fourth graders.
TAG assisted to the competition with only six chess players all of them from diferent schools, including Rishi Rajendran, from Town Center Elementary School; Kevin Zhang from Cranbury School; and Jeremy Chen from Crossroads North Middle School.

Major Success for Princeton TAG at Houston Grade Nationals
By Valerie and Harry Vanselous

     Six determined members of Princeton TAG traveled to Houston, Texas in
December 2007 to compete in the National Scholastic K-12/Collegiate Championship.
All played their hardest, three returned as National Champions. 

     Aravind Kumar and Joel Anthony Pena were TAG’s frontrunners at the tournament. Kindergarten star Aravind Kumar, a student from Montgomery Township, won his grade level with 6 points. Kumar came out on top of a three way tie and was victorious over 48 kids. Joel Pena, a student from the Princeton Day School, was the 4th grade champion with 6.5 points. Pena finished 1st out of 169  4th graders.  

     Marko Van Selous, a 2nd grade student from Hopewell Township also won a National Title. With 4.5 points, Marko won a trophy for placing first in the 600-799 section for his grade. Marko placed 28 out of 119 2nd grade players.

     Other TAG participants at Houston were Rishi Rajendran [3.5 points], 6th grader Kevin Zheng [3.5 points] and 7th grader Jeremy Chen [2.5 points]. Playing seven games of chess was not enough for first grader, Rishi, of West Windsor, N.J. Rishi also chose to participate in the Blitz Championship. He scored a total of 3.5 points.

     The members of TAG had a thrilling experience at the Houston Grade Nationals. All enjoyed the competition. Playing seven games over a three day period against some of the best chess players in the country was an intense learning experience. We know that our son, Marko, though nervous and overwhelmed at times, learned strategies and skills he will take with him to other tournaments and life events. As his parents, we were pleased to see that Miguel prepared each student for the challenges they were to meet at Houston both months prior to the tournament and during the event. He was always there for the kids – to review games, to congratulate, to console, and to inspire. Miguel treats all his students as winners – and they are.    

Aravind Kumar, 5 years old USA Chess Champion in action during Houston tournament

Joel Pena and Aravind Kumar, exhausted but proud after tremendous achievement.

Marko Vanselous, USAChess Champion in 2nd. grade at the U-800 section

Back at the training area, Rishi Rajendran, Aravind Kumar and Jeremy Chen, just returning from Houston

Kevin Zheng and Marko Vanselous, already in preparation for the next one.

Brandon Borden, champion of New Jersey 2007!
The 61st. version of the Open Championship of Chess in New Jersey was won by TAG student Brandon Borden with perfect score in five rounds of the under 1200 rating section.
This perfect performance demonstrate the power of his game as well as terrific improvement and justify his position  as the NUMBER ONE in his category in New Jersey State!

Brandon Borden first step with the masters

At the famous Marshall Chess Club in New York, Princeton TAG student Brandon Borden had a discrete participation but show his potential by sustaining a wonderful game against the master Vladimir Polyakin.

Polyakin, Vladimir  L.  (2128) - Borden, Brandon (1136) [B06]
Marshall Chess Club, New York, NY

NY SUMMER UNDER 2300 11.08.2007
[Fritz 10 and MI]
B06: Modern Defence

1.d4 g6 2.e4 Bg7 3.c3 Nf6 4.Bd3 0–0 5.e5
[5.Nf3 d5 6.e5 Ne4 7.0–0 c5 8.Qe2 Nc6 9.Bxe4 dxe4 10.Qxe4 Bf5 11.Qh4 Qd5 12.Be3 Rfe8 13.dxc5 Nxe5 14.Nxe5 Bxe5 15.Nd2 Rad8 16.Qa4 Bb8 17.Rfd1 Bd7 18.Qb3 Qh5 19.Nf1 Bc6 Sokolovs,A (2520)-Vokac,M (2450)/Germany 1995/GER-chT2/½–½; 5.Be3 d6 6.h3 Nc6 7.Ne2 e5 8.d5 Ne7 9.Nd2 c6 10.c4 b5 11.b3 a6 12.0–0 cxd5 13.cxd5 Nxe4 14.Nxe4 f5 15.N4c3 e4 16.Bxe4 fxe4 17.Bd4 Bh6 18.Nxe4 Nxd5 19.Bb2 Bb7 Sitaric,A (2058)-Tomerlin,S (2282)/Osijek 2004/EXT 2005/1–0] 5...Nd5 Black has a cramped position. Black's piece can't move: c8 6.Nf3N [6.f4 d6 7.Nf3 c5 (7...dxe5 8.dxe5 c6 9.Na3 Nd7 10.Be4 Nc5 11.Bxd5 cxd5 12.0–0 b6 13.Be3 Ba6 14.Rf2 Ne4 15.Rc2 Rc8 16.Rcc1 Qd7 17.Nc2 Rfd8 18.a4 Qc7 19.Ncd4 Bc4 20.a5 bxa5 21.Qa4 Rb8 22.b3 King,D (2435)-Davies,N (2410)/Germany 1986/GER-chT/1–0 (49)) 8.Be4 Nc7 9.Qe2 cxd4 10.cxd4 d5 11.Bc2 Nc6 12.0–0 Bg4 13.Be3 Ne6 14.Qd2 Rc8 15.Nc3 Na5 16.b3 Nc6 17.a3 f6 18.exf6 Rxf6 19.Ne5 Bf5 20.Bd1 Nc7 Vega Holm,F (2350)-Palacios de la Prida,E (2260)/Marchena 1991/EXT 2002/½–½] 6...d6 7.0–0 Nc6 8.Re1 [8.exd6 exd6 9.Qb3 Nb6=] 8...Bg4 [8...dxe5 9.Nxe5 Nxe5 10.dxe5=] 9.exd6² Qxd6 [9...exd6 10.h3 Be6 11.Na3²] 10.Nbd2

Position after 10.Nbd2

e5! (excellent move) 11.Nc4 Qe7 12.h3
[12.Ncxe5?! Bxe5 13.Bd2 Rfe8²] 12...Bxf3 13.Qxf3 [13.gxf3?! Qh4 14.Nxe5 Nxe5 15.dxe5 Rad8=] 13...Nb6 [13...Rad8±] 14.Nxe5 [¹14.Bf4!? Nxc4 15.Bxc4+-] 14...f6² Secures g5.  15.Bc4+ Nxc4 16.Qd5+ White forks: c4+g8

Position after 16.Qd5+

16...Kh8?? [16...Rf7 17.Nxf7 Qxf7² (‹17...Qxe1+ 18.Kh2 Qe7 19.Nh6+ Kh8 20.Qxc4+-) 18.Qf3] 17.Nxg6+!+- Decoy: g6 17...hxg6 18.Rxe7 Nxe7 1–0

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Susan Polgar was defeated by 11 years old Pavel Temkin!
Even when the situation occurred in a simul game, the young fifth grader of Princeton Charter School introduced a novelty with his sixth move against the former World Champion!

Working hard at Princeton Charter School Chess Program in Princeton,
Pasha methodically improves every Tuesday next to 25 chess players of PCS..

Here is the game:

Polgar, Susan - Temkin, Pavel [D02]
Princeton, NJ 17.03.2007
[Miguel Iñiguez with the assistance of Fritz 10 (30s)]

D02: 1 d4 d5 2 Nf3 sidelines, including 2...Nf6 3 g3 and 2...Nf6 3 Bf4

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Bf4 Nc6 4.e3 Bf5 5.Nbd2 [5.Be2 h6 6.Ne5 Nxe5 7.Bxe5 e6 8.Bxf6 Qxf6 9.c4 Qg6 10.0-0 c6 11.Qb3 Rb8 12.c5 Be7 13.Nd2 0-0 14.Kh1 b6 15.Qa3 bxc5 16.dxc5 Bf6 17.Nb3 a5 18.Nd4 Bxd4 19.exd4 Rb4 Lagrotteria,S (2215)-Caruso,A (2265)/Verona 1997/CBM 056 ext/0-1 (31)] 5...e6 6.Bb5 Diagram


6...a6N [6...Bd6 7.Bxd6 cxd6 8.0-0 0-0 9.h3 a6 10.Be2 Qb6 11.b3 Nb4 12.Ne1 Rac8 13.c4 Ne4 14.a3 Nc3 15.axb4 Nxd1 16.Rxd1 Qxb4 17.g4 Bg6 18.h4 h6 19.f4 dxc4 20.bxc4 Qb6 21.f5 Lewandowicz,T (1546)-Ried,H (1587)/Bad Wildungen 2000/EXT 2003/0-1 (49); 6...Bb4 7.c3 Ba5 8.Ne5 0-0 9.Bxc6 bxc6 10.Nxc6 Qe8 11.Nxa5 Ne4 12.Nxe4 dxe4 13.Bxc7 1-0 Schmidt,O (1879)-Gerhardt,R (1800)/Brazil 2003/EXT 2006] 7.Bxc6+ bxc6 Black has the pair of bishops 8.Nb3 Ne4 9.0-0 [9.Ne5 f6 10.Nd3 g5=] 9...c5 [9...g5!? 10.Be5 f6=/+] 10.c4 [10.dxc5 Nxc5 11.Nbd4 Bg6+/=] 10...dxc4 11.Na5 White threatens to win material: Na5xc4 11...Bd6 [11...c3 12.Ne5 Bd6 13.Qa4+ Kf8 14.bxc3 Nxc3 15.Qc4 cxd4 16.Nec6=] 12.Nxc4 [12.Nc6 Qc8 13.dxc5 Bxc5+/=] 12...0-0 13.dxc5 Bxf4 14.exf4 Nxc5 White has new doubled pawns: f2+f4 15.Ne3 [15.Nce5 Qd6=] 15...Bg6 16.Ne5 Be4 [16...Nd3 17.Nxd3 Bxd3 18.Re1=] 17.Rc1 [17.Qxd8!? Rfxd8 18.Rfc1+/=] 17...Nd3= 18.Nxd3 Bxd3 [Worse is 18...Qxd3 19.Qxd3 Bxd3 20.Rfd1+/-] 19.Re1 Rc8 20.Rc3 Bb5 21.Qxd8 Rfxd8 22.Rec1 Rd7 23.b3 Covers a4+c4 23...h6 24.a4 Be2 25.f3 Kh7 [25...Rb8!?=] 26.Kf2 Bd3 27.Rd1 White threatens to win material: Rd1xd3 27...Rcd8 28.Rdc1 Rc8 Twofold repetition 29.Ng4 [29.Rc6 h5+/=] 29...Bg6 [29...Bf5 30.Ne5 Rd2+ 31.Kg3+/=] 30.Re1 [30.Ne5 Rd2+ 31.Kg3 Rb8+/=] 30...Rcd8 [30...Rd2+!? 31.Re2 Rd4=] 31.Ne5+/= Rd2+ 32.Re2 Rxe2+ 33.Kxe2 Rc8 [33...f6 34.Nc6 Rd6 35.Nb8+/=] 34.Rc6 White threatens to win material: Rc6xa6 [34.Nd7!? c6 35.Ne5+/-] 34...Rb8+/= Black threatens to win material: Rb8xb3 35.Rc3 Rb7 [35...Rc8!?=] 36.Nd7+/= Bf5 37.g4 Bb1 38.Nc5 White threatens to win material: Nc5xb7 38...Rb6 39.h4 f6? [39...h5!?+/= deserves consideration] 40.h5 [40.Nd7 Rb4 41.Nf8+ Kh8 42.Rxc7 Rxb3 43.Nxe6 g6+-] 40...g6? [40...Kg8 41.a5 Rc6 42.Kd2+-] 41.Kd2 [>=41.Nd7 might be the shorter path 41...Rb7 42.Nxf6+ Kh8 43.hxg6 Bxg6 44.Nd7+-] 41...gxh5+/- 42.Kc1 Bg6 43.Nd7 Rb7 44.Nf8+ Kg7 45.Nxe6+ Kf7?? Diagram


cause more grief [>=45...Kg8 46.f5 Bf7 47.gxh5 a5+/-] 46.Rxc7+ [>=46.Nd8+ finishes off the opponent. It wil be good to know if Susan missed the right move or she was assuming that the game is won anyway. 46...Kf8 47.Nxb7+-] 46...Rxc7+-+ 47.Nxc7 the very alert Pasha don't let the occasion go away and strike with: h4! 48.f5 Diagram


48...Bxf5! the decision. " My coach Nonna Karakashyan told me once how to win with a passed pawn and I saw here the good opportunity" __Pavel) 49.gxf5 h3 50.Nxa6 h2 51.b4 [51.Kb2 is no salvation 51...h1Q 52.Nc5 Qxf3-+] 51...h1Q+ 52.Kb2 [52.Kc2 doesn't improve anything 52...h5 53.Kd3 Qxf3+ 54.Kd4 h4-+] 52...Qxf3 53.b5 Ke7 [>=53...h5 makes sure everything is clear 54.a5 h4 55.Nb4-+] 54.Nb4 Kd7 55.a5

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Pavel just made 47...h4. Unable to stop the passed pawn,
Susan will respond with 48. f5

When the game was over, nicelly Susan accepted to this picture with the victorious Pasha.

Pasha and Susan

RR. Thanks to Galina, proud mother of Pasha for providing the pictures
Thanks also to Susan Conlon for her great shots.

TAG in Princeton Travels to Parsippany!

The powerful team of TAG chess students participated at the World Amateur Team 2007 tournament in February
Our representatives Kevin, George, Brandon and Daniel were selected in base to their perfect scores in past tournaments in Princeton area.

General Coordination:: Elena and Adrian
Transportation: Karen and Bob
Supporting: Hui and Zhifeng
Pictures: Annie and Oleg
Coaching: Oscar
Adviser: Miguel
Stars: Kevin, George, Brandon and Daniel

Nervous? Who? We? No way! ...Well, just a little bit

"It was the first time every member in the team of TAG
in Princeton to participate the Parsippany National
Chess Tournament on February 17-19, 2007. It was a big
challenge for kids to face adults especially Kevin. He
has to play with the best opponent in the team. Every
one has learned how to deal with the situations not
only technically, but physically and emotionally.
Kevin now is much more motivated in playing chess than
before. It was a great experience for the kids."

Hui Li (Kevin's Mom)

To this team...we made them sweat!

"This was a wonderful experience for kids and also for parents. Daniel still
talks about it."

Annie Lyubchenko (Daniel's Mom)

So here we are. Happy after our not bad performance and ready for the next event!

By ChessBase News
Chess World Sensation:

GM Magnus Carlsen, a 14 years old boydefeats GM Alexei Shirov, number ten at the world ranking!

Here's the situation: a 14-year-old boy has to play a tournament game against one of the most dangerous players in the world, one of the top ten no less. But it is firebrand Alexei Shirov who succumbs to the ferocious attack and relentless pressure of his youthful opponent. Illustrated report.

Drammen International
Chess Festival
27.12.2004 – 05.01.2005

Round seven of the Smartfish Chess Masters saw women's world champion Antoaneta Stefanova score her first full point in this tournament - and a fine victory it was, over Kjetil Lie, who is trying to complete his GM norms. Luke McShane, who is in good form, defeated former world champion Alexander Khalifman's B20 Sicilian.

But the game of the day was the encounter between the world's youngest GM, Magnus Carlsen, and one of the top ten players in the world, Alexei Shirov. Magnus had not been having a great tournament so far, but you wouldn't know it by the way he tackled Shirov. The 14-year-old threw everything he had at his opponent's king in one of the most exciting games of the tournament.

Carlsen,M (2581) - Shirov,A (2726) [C95]
Smartfish Masters Drammen NOR (7), 03.01.2005

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0-0 8.c3 d6 9.h3 Nb8 10.d4 Nbd7 11.Nbd2 Bb7 12.Bc2 Re8 13.Nf1 Bf8 14.Ng3 g6 15.b3 c6 16.Bg5 Bg7 17.Qd2 Qc7 18.a4 d5 19.dxe5 Nxe5 20.Nxe5 Qxe5 21.Bf4 Qe6 22.e5 Nd7 23.Bh6 Bh8 24.f4 Qe7 25.Re3 Nf8 26.Rf1 c5 27.f5 d4 28.cxd4 cxd4

Playing against one of the most dangerous super-GMs in the world the boy leaves his rook hanging and goes for a kingside assault: 29.fxg6!? hxg6? 29...dxe3 30.gxf7+ Qxf7 31.Rxf7 exd2 32.Rxb7 Rad8 33.Bd1 Rxe5 would have worked fine for Black. 30.Nf5. Carlsen has no inclination for the defensive 30.Qxd4, he is after blood. 30...gxf5 31.Rg3+ Ng6 32.Bxf5 Qxe5 33.Rg4 Bg7 34.Bxg6 fxg6 35.Rxg6 Re7 36.Rf4.

White's last move threatens 37.Rfg4 with a winning attack. But instead of 36...Bc8 Shirov finds the wrong defence: 36...Be4? 37.Rg5. Now Black doesn't have the vital queen check on e3. 37...Qe6 38.Bxg7. Black cannot recapture: 38.Bxg7 Rxg7 39.Rxg7+ Kxg7 40.Qxd4+ Kg8 41.Rxe4 leaves White with two pawns and a devastating attack. 1-0. So Magnus was a bit fortunate, but he earned his luck with a very spirited game against "fire-on-the-board" Alexei Shirov.

In this picture Carlsen has just played his final move, 38.Bxg7. Shirov realises that he is lost

At the end of the game Magnus was in terrible time trouble, and the audience was crossing their fingers, hoping for a draw. After the game the young lad told the audience that he had felt comfortable with his position all the way through the game. This sounded a bit strange, because GM Østenstad in the commentary room had been much more pessimistic. Shirov did not comment on his game. He was upset that he had lost to a blunder.

pictures by Rune Elven

GM Gildardo Garcia at the Forum

Grandmaster Gildardo Garcia won the closed Chess Tournament on August 20, at the facilities of the Chess Forum, with a impressive result of +7 =3 -0. At the event participated also FM Jairo Moreira, FM Angel Mera, Raul Marquez, the 9 years old Christopher Shimizu, and the president of, Miguel Iñiguez.


Irina vs. Almira in NY

Irina Krush, the top rated woman in United States will face Almira Skripchenko , female champion of France, at the Russian Samovar, 256 W 52ndStreet, on September 16


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