15 year old IM Daniel Naroditsky is currently tied for the lead at the 2011 SPICE Spring Invitational at Texas Tech University. He is in the running for a GM norm after 6 rounds so far. Not only he is a good player, he is also an excellent author (Mastering Positional Chess), and well mannered young man. I am very impressed with his chess and writing skills.
With a nucleus of young, talented, and all around good kids like Naroditsky, Yang, Robson, and Hess, etc. the future of American chess is bright.
Positional sacrifices, improving piece placement, defense in worse positions, prophylaxis, and building and breaking fortresses, are skills every club player needs to master in order to win more games. Junior World Champion Daniel Naroditsky teaches very practical lessons, based on his own experience. Daniel Naroditsky (1995) turns out to be not only a remarkable chess prodigy, but also a born writer and instructor who gives crystal-clear verbal explanations on the essence of positional chess. In a special introduction Daniel?s parents tell the story of how their son wrote this book. An astonishing work and an instructive delight.