Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Rated Beginners' Open on November 17th

This event, at Concordia University in River Forest, is a good event for beginners from ages 6 to 96 (sorry, Erik Karklins, you're too strong, if not too old, to play).


Saturday, Nov. 17
5/SS, G/30 + d5
Open to players rated under 1200 or unrated. U.S. Chess Federation membership is required. To become a member, visit the USCF website or choose the appropriate option in the registration cart.
Sets will be provided; if you have a clock, bring it.
Schedule: Rounds at 10 and 11:15 AM, 1, 2:15 and 3:30 PM
Prizes: Trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, top U800 and top unrated
Entry Fee: $25 before Nov. 3, $30 before Nov. 15, $35 on site
Registration: To register in advance using a credit or debit card or Paypal, use the online shopping cart. To register by mail, send checks payable to the Illinois Chess Association to ICC RBO, 6021 N. Wickwood Road, Peoria, IL 61614. On-site registration (cash or check only) will be available from 9 to 9:45 AM.
Of course, the Illinois Class Championships will also be held concurrently at the same River Forest site.


Note for newbies: "5/SS" means (very roughly) that you'll be playing five games, and that winners play winners and losers play losers (no one is eliminated).  

"G/30 + d5" means that each player has thirty minutes to make his or her moves for the game, and that you're guaranteed at least five seconds to make a move, no matter how many moves you make. But if you run out of time, your opponent will probably be able to claim a win.

Now all the National Tournament Directors in Illinois will post comments about how I didn't get this quite right. But I think this is kinda close! 

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