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No, Fabiano Caruana Did Not Inspire a Generation of Young American Chess Players

No, Fabiano Caruana Did Not Inspire a Generation of Young American Chess Players

Fabiano Caruana, without question, is the best classical chess player in the United States. He’s the 2nd best chess player in the world. And last November, he was just a tiebreak away from becoming World Champion.  In the American mainstream media, Caruana has been portrayed as the successor to 11th World Champion Bobby Fischer. He’s written about as a celebrated, nationally-admired figure, one that has inspired a generation of young American chessplayers. In many ways, Caruana is widely seen as…

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Is Rex Sinquefield Really Single-Handedly Responsible for the Growth of the US Chess Team?

Is Rex Sinquefield Really Single-Handedly Responsible for the Growth of the US Chess Team?

There’s a common theory in chess circles: that American billionaire and chess philanthropist Rex Sinquefield (pictured above) has been single-handedly responsible for the elevation of the US Chess Team to a position among the other two superpowers of chess, Russia and China, both of whose national teams benefit greatly from significant government funding. How has he accomplished this? Critics say he has done so through funding the defections of world-class grandmasters to the US Chess Federation. Most notably, in 2014,…

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Fantasy Football Musings #1

Fantasy Football Musings #1

Note: This blog was meant to be published last Friday, when the news discussed here just broke, but I had to trade away Hyde in my own league first, and then I simply forgot to publish it for a few days. But here it is anyways. I know. We’re all waiting for that next edition of the Stock Up Stock Down column. So am I (note the sarcasm). To be honest, that column takes a very long time to put…

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