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November 15, 2009 | By Jack Peters
Position No. 6081: Black to play and win. From the game Jaan Ehlvest-Andrew Karklins, Reno 2009. Solution to Position No. 6080: White wins efficiently by 1 Ba6! bxa6 2 b7 Bc7 3 Rxe8 Bxe5 4 dxe5 Kxe8 5 b8Q+. If 1 . . . Rh3 2 Bxb7 Rxf3+ 3 Kb4 Rf1, one simple method is 4 Rxe8 Kxe8 5 Bxc6+ Kf7 6 b7, gaining at least a piece. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France edged Sergei Zhigalko of Belarus to win the World Junior Championship in Puerto Madryn, Argentina. Each scored an undefeated 10 1/2 -2 1/2 in the 82-player tournament, the most prestigious age-limited event.
August 26, 2009 | Larry Gordon
California's college-bound high school seniors scored somewhat better than the national average this year on the SAT exam's writing section but slightly worse on critical reading and math, according to results released Tuesday. With 800 a perfect score on each part of the arduous college entrance test, California's 2009 high school graduating class averaged 500 in critical reading, 513 in math and 498 in writing. The national averages were 501 in critical reading, 515 in math and 493 in writing.
August 1, 2009 | Lauren Goldman
Los Angeles was host to the Summer Olympics 25 years ago. This fifth part of a 16-day series looks back at Day 5, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 1984. -- The U.S. women's gymnastics team soared to new heights on this day. Trailing the Romanians by less than a point when the day began, Julianne McNamara earned two perfect scores, with her 10 on the uneven bars being the first perfect score by a U.S. female gymnast in the Olympics.
August 31, 2005 | Jean Merl, Times Staff Writer
The nation's high school class of 2005 posted a record-high score on the math portion of the SAT, but displayed a lack of progress on the verbal part of the widely used college-entrance examination, test officials said Tuesday. As a whole, students who graduated this spring and were entering college this fall averaged 520 on the math portion and 508 on the verbal, on a scale from 200 to 800 possible points per section. The math was up two points from the year before and the verbal was the same.
April 25, 2005 | Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writer
Chris Scullin isn't so cocky as to think he plays a perfect guitar solo or has perfect form on the running track. But there was no denying those SAT scores: 800 points on math, 800 points on critical reading, 800 points on writing. A perfect 2400. "I was just staring at the screen, thinking, 'No, this can't be right,' " said Chris, 17, a Loyola High School junior from Beverly Hills who retrieved his scores from the Internet earlier this month.
April 12, 2005 | Stuart Silverstein and Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writers
As a new era of SAT scores dawned Monday, Carole Wampole was eager to learn her son's results on the recently revised college entrance exam. The Newport Coast businesswoman checked the website of the College Board, the owner of the SAT, through the night in hopes of getting an early peek at the scores. She succeeded shortly after 5 a.m. -- the time the College Board had announced it would post results -- but Wampole had few regrets about losing a night's sleep.
April 9, 2005 | Stuart Silverstein, Times Staff Writer
For generations of college-bound teenagers, nailing a 1600 on the SAT has been as good as it gets, equivalent in American popular culture to pitching a perfect game or bowling a 300. But no longer. Starting Monday, the venerable college entrance exam will sport a new scoring format and frame of reference. With the recent addition to the SAT of a third section that includes a handwritten essay, 2400 is becoming the new 1600.
August 8, 2004 | Diane Pucin, Times Staff Writer
As she stood on the runway, ready to power down the mat and plant her chalky hands on the vault horse, Mary Lou Retton thought, "10!" She was an optimist, after all, and if she needed a perfect score to win a gold medal, she was going to get one. The 16-year-old girl from Fairmont, W.Va., stood only 4 feet 8 and weighed 92 pounds. She had turned to her personal coach, Bela Karolyi, a moment earlier and said, "I'm going to get a 10." Karolyi replied, "Yes." And Mary Lou Retton got her 10.
June 20, 2004 | Duke Helfand, Times Staff Writer
Zachary Olkewicz is not your ordinary high school dropout. During his senior year at Burbank High, Olkewicz found himself caring for his ailing father while attending school day and night to make up for classes he had failed as a freshman. The pressures drove Olkewicz to drop out -- but he was determined to finish his education by taking the GED high school equivalency exam.
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