June 12 to 15, 2014 Riviera Casino & Hotel
Simultaneous Chess Exhibitions
Thursday, June 12th & Saturday June 14th

 Side Events   Women’s Open   Game/10 $3k Blitz   Blitz 2 Blitz 3   Chess Camp   Youth Events   Lectures Simuls   Poker Tournament   Spirits of Chess 


GM Wesley So

Defending National Open Champion GM Wesley So will give a Simultaneous Exhibition at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday. Entry Fee $25 by 5/22, $30 later.

Wesley was born in the Cavite province of the Phillipines in 1993. His father taught him to play chess at the age of 6 and competed in junior tournaments by the age of 9. In addition to the National Open he has won numerous National and International Chess Tournaments, most recently the 17th Unive Chess Tournament in Hoogeveen.

He currently attends Webster Univerity in Saint Louis and is a member of the SPICE chess team.

GM Timur Gareev

2010 National Open Champion GM Timur Gareev will give a Blindfold Simultaneous Exhibition at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday. Entry Fee $50 and the event is limited to the first 10 entries.

Timur was born in Tashkent Uzbekistan in 1988 where he learned chess from his grandfather at the age of 6. He won the Asian under 14 championship at the age of 12, and became Asia's youngest Grandmaster at the age of 15. In addition to the 2010 National Open, Timur has won several other major U.S. Swiss Tournaments and placed 3rd in the U.S. Championship i 2013. He has participated in two World Chess Olympiads.

He moved to the U.S. in 2005 where he studied and was part of the chess team at the University of Texas at Brownsville. He graduated with a degree in Business Marketing and in 2012 won the prestgious Samford Chess Fellowship. He currently resides in Las Vegas where he teaches chess and prepares for the tournament circuit.

Timur hopes to someday set a world record of 64 simultaneous blindfold games. He has played over 30 but will limit this exhibition to a more “relaxed” 10 players.

GM Irina Krush
U.S. Women's Champion GM Irina Krush will give a simul just for kids 14 and under at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday. Entry Fee $20 by 5/22, $25 later.

Irina was born in Odessa, Ukraine in 1983 and learned chess at age five. She moved with her parents to Brooklyn that same year. At age 14 she became the yougest U.S. Women's champion ever, a record she still holds. She played first board on the medal winning U.S. Women's team in the 38th Chess Olympiad and is a frequent participant in the U.S. Chess League.

She graduated summa cum laude from New York University in 2006 with a degree in International Relations. In 2008 she was awarded the prestigious Samford Fellowship.

She is a frequent contributer to Chess LIfe and other publications, and is well known as a live game commentator. Her chess training videos, the "Krushing Attacks" series, is highly rated.


Las Vegas International Chess Festival   ·   June 12-15, 2014
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