Fountain of Youth

Roanoke’s Star City Chess Club with the assistance of PCC (Planet Chess Club) will add new youth/scholastic tournaments to the calendar! The USCF membership classification for youths is ages 15 and below. While the details are still being worked out, the plan is to have a 2-section, youth only tournament every two weeks on Saturdays. […]

Schedule Update

Following the success of its recent debut tournament, the Star City Chess Club with Planet Chess has placed more tournaments on its schedule. A main aim of Planet Chess is to understand the needs of a local chess community then fill the vacuum with exciting events and tournaments. To that end the most recent additions […]

Debut Success!

Star City Chess Club’s first tournament the G/15;d/5, USCF-rated Friday Night Rapid #1 went smoothly and was enjoyed by all. Many thanks to the players who made the tournament possible. You can see the final crosstable here: Crosstable: Friday Night Rapid #1 From a 6-player field of mostly new, unrated participants, congratulations is due to […]

Rated Chess Returns…

… to Roanoke Valley! After the successful start of its Tuesday Free Lesson Night, the Star City Chess Club’s debut chess tournament (the Friday Night Rapid) is scheduled. For an evening of chess mayhem and excitement, players of all ages and strengths are openly invited. Star City CC has more events on the horizon so […]

Hou’s on Top?!

Hou Yifan again wins the FIDE Women’s World Championship! In the ninth game of ten, Hou Yifan was victorious against challenger Mariya Muzichuk of Ukraine. The match score was 5-3 in favor of the Hou, and in a must-win situation Muzichuk pressed with the black pieces. The computers were evaluating the position as a draw, […]

Star City CC Lesson Night

MARK YOUR CALENDAR! The Star City Chess Club’s Free Lesson Night has changed nights! What: Star City Chess Club Free Lesson Night When: Tuesdays @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Where: Grandin CoLab 1327 Grandin Rd SW Roanoke, VA 24015 Conference Room B Cost: Free (Donations accepted!!) For more information please email: club @ […]

Preview: Tata Steel 2016

Tata Steel Masters, formerly called the Corus Chess Tournament, is one of the longest-running chess tournaments in the world and is set to kick off another ridiculously strong tourney this year. 2016 marks the 78th year in its history and from the looks of it, the common knowledge of getting weaker as one grows older […]

R. I. P. Ivan Bukavshin

Though no one here on the Planet Chess team knew him personally, we always feel the loss of promising chess players. Even more so when that player is as young and as talented as was Ivan Bukavshin. Ivan Bukavshin By Wind87 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons Grandmaster Bukavshin, 20 years old, of […]