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US Chess Champion Coming To Newtown

Published: June 09, 2018 at 12:00 am


The 2018 US Chess Champion, Sam Shankland, will be at NYA Sports and Fitness Center, 4 Primrose Street, on Saturday, July 7, for a chess simultaneous exhibition and lecture. In the exhibition, he will play one simultaneous game against all who wish to play him.

Mr Shankland, who holds the title of International Grandmaster, recently won the US Chess Championship, finishing ahead of three of the top ten players in the world, one of whom (Fabiano Caruana) will challenge World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen for the world title this November.

Grandmaster Shankland is also the former three-time California State Champion, has won two gold medals representing the United States at Chess Olympiads, is currently the fourth ranked player in the US, and 44th in the world.

The exhibition and lecture is scheduled to start at 1 pm. It is open to all. There is a fee of $40 per person to play the US Champion. Spectators who wish to listen to the lecture and watch the exhibition may do so at a fee of $5 each.

It is strongly recommended that those wishing to play register in advance, as soon as possible, with Glenn Budzinski at, since there are only a limited number of boards available.


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