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Thank you for the almost 800 players and caravan of parents and coaches
that made the 2014 State Scholastics in Saratoga Springs the best-attended
Upstate scholastic ever. We congratulate our champion, IM Alexsandr
Ostrovsiky, who will be representing the Empire State in the Denker
Tournament of High School Champions in Orlando, Florida this summer.
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“If you know nothing at all about the game of chess other than the rules, there still things that you can do right away to help you win more games. You won’t be beating tournament players, but you can rise above your current level by studying the right things. The same principle applies to all levels of players. There are things that you can do immediately to win more games.” Read the rest of the article at entertainmentjourney.com/index1.htm
If you look closely at the Table of Contents, you’ll notice something about this issue of Empire Chess that has not been the case for many years. There isn’t an article by Bill Townsend. Bill has been quite busy with the running of his business and all that entails, so he has decided to take a break from Empire Chess. As much as we’ll miss him, we know that there are things even more important than our magazine, and we wish Bill every success in all of his endeavors.
In the last editorial, we bid adieu to Bill Hall, former USCF Executive Director. Mr. Hall has played in a couple tournaments since leaving his post in Crossville, but has not been active in the organizational side of the chess world. Our understanding is that he is looking for non-chess employment in Crossville, and we wish him well in that endeavor.