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Eighth Grade National Champions!

The I.S. 318 captured the eighth grade national championship in Dallas, Texas. The team was led by Isaac Barayev who scored 5 points and demonstrated his leadership skills by helping the team to win yet another championship. The eighth grade also included Kenneth Martin and the chess playing twins Mariah and Maya McGreen. The seventh [...]

Highlights From the IS 318 Tournament

This past weekend the IS 318 took on many strong teams in the Open section and some players had an outstanding tournament.  Markus Pond had a great tournament by beating both Azeez and Ashanti and his rating will see a big boost. Here is Raphael’s victory over  Chris Mercado

Positions and Photos from the IS 318 tournament

1. Keith is black in the above position and lost after his opponent played 7. Bxf7+ Kxf7 8. Ng5 Ke7 9. Qxg4. What did he miss? 2. Yuxin was on the black side of this Panov, and her opponent just played 9. c5. What are some ideas for black in this position (and in general in panov [...]

IS 318 Kicks Off New School Year with Victories in Chinatown and Harlem

IS 318 got off to an impressive start this school year by winning 5/6 of the sections they competed in. In the FDA tournament held on Columbus Day, IS 318 narrowly won the Open section over really tough opposition. Senior player Issac Barayev went 4-0 in the Open section to lead the team to victory. [...]

Danny Feng Become Expert! David and D’andrea Big Winners

At the Arcturian Chess Tournament today in Downtown Brooklyn, Danny Feng achieved his personal goal of becoming a chess expert!  He drew Master Jake Miller  and defeated former 318 great Oscar Santana. David Kim kept up the tradition of winning money by collecting over 100 dollars by scoring 3/4 including a sparkling win over 2300 [...]

Puzzles from PS 11, Part One

1. Anthony (white) has been studying the Max Lange, and here he played an exciting “318 theory” sacrifice to generate play. 2. This is his position a few moves later. How did white force checkmate? 3. Zion McKenzie was white. What should he have done? 4. Carlos Tapia (white) found a way to win a [...]

Chess problems from the IS 318 tournament

Congratulations to Moshe for winning the Junior High Novice section!! 1. Brian Arthur was white here. What should he play? 2. He actually played 22. Rf3 Rxc2 23. Bxc2 Qa5! How should he continue here? 3. Carlos took on h2: 15…Bxh2 16. Kh1. What should he play next? 4. The game actually continued 16…Bd6 17. Nb5  [...]

Puzzles from the PS 124 tournament!

1. Edeli is white in the position above. Her opponent played 9…Bg4. What happens next? 2. Teraab was black in the above position, and his opponent advanced in the center with e4. Is this thematic or just bad? 3. Jorge (black) found a great move here, winning white’s queen. What is it? Danny, with the [...]

Puzzles from the Marshall and FDA tournaments

1. In the above position, Kevin Marin blundered with 10. Ne5. How should Vaughn Soso (black) have responded? 2. Suggest an idea for Avery Jonas (white). 3. James Black was black in this position against Vaughn Soso. The game continued 8…d5 9. Bd3. How did Black now win a piece? 4. Kenneth Martin has gotten his bishop trapped. [...]