After many weeks of planning, the North Shore Chess Center will celebrate our Grand Opening on Saturday October 9, 2010. This day also happens to be National Chess Day (not to mention my youngest daughters birthday!). For this special occassion we have a number of activities planned, open to everyone free of charge.
To kick things off, Mr. George Van Dusen, who is the Mayor of Skokie, will cut the ceremonial ribbon to help inaugurate the Chess Center. Mr. Van Dusen has been very supportive of chess in Skokie having also done the ceremonial pawn push at the Chicago Blaze inaugural match 2 years ago. The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 10:30am.
Our next chess adventure leads us to a 30 board simul by Grandmaster Mesgen Amanov, who has just returned from the 39th Chess Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia where he played 1st board for his native country of Turkmenistan. This simul is available on a first come, first seated basis. Make sure you're there for the ribbon cutting to get your spot! The simul will begin between 11:15 and 11:30am
The third activity of the day will be a G/15 + 10/sec increment quick rated chess tournament. USCF membership will be required for this. This will be a 4R-SS tournament. The tournament will begin at 3pm
The final activity of the day will be a group lesson provided by a member of the Chicago Blaze. We will review a few games from the current season of the Chicago Blaze. The group lesson will begin at 7pm
On Sunday October 12 beginning at 1pm we will host a 4R-SS Game/30 + 30/sec increment tournament. USCF membership will be required.
The address of the North Shore Chess Center is 5500 West Touhy Ave Suite A, Skokie, IL 60077. You turn on Linder Street from Touhy. The parking lot entrance is on Linder, but the Chess Center faces Touhy. We are directly across the street from Pet Smart. We are about 3 blocks west of the Holiday Inn on the same side of the street.
Friday, October 8, 2010
Grand opening details....
Well, at least he got the announcement out more than twelve hours in advance!