Saturday, March 19, 2011

North Shore Chess Center tourney tomorrow

Another email cut-and-paste:
North Shore Chess Center G/45 - 4R-SS G/45 + 10/sec increment. North Shore Chess Center, 5500 West Touhy Ave Suite A, Skokie, IL 60077. 847.423.8626. EF: $20 for non-members of the chess center, $15 for members of the chess center received by 3/19. All $5 more onsite. Onsite registration - up to 15 minutes prior to round 1 or round 2. If registering prior to round 2, you will receive a half-point bye for round 1. Round times: 1pm for round one and then 15 minutes after final game from previous round completed. Half-point byes available in any round. Prizes: Book prizes for top three finishers. Biggest upset (150+ points): Free entry to following month G/45 + book prize. Parking: Free self-parking. Additional questions email to: USCF rated. For online registration and list of more events please visit -

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Get your brackets ready...

...for the ICA's equivalent of March Madness:
  • the 2011 Denker Qualifier (High School Invitational Championship)
  • the 2011 Girls' Invitiational
  • the brand-new Barber Qualifier (Invitational K-8 Championship)
The participant list is here!  These championship events will be held over the weekend of March 27-28 at the North Shore Chess Center in Skokie.

Betsy Dynako's photos featured in New in Chess 2011.1

Loek van Wely (photo Betsy Dynako)

Certainly I would have beaten GM Van Wely's lovely friend WIM Sonia Zepeda in last year's Chicago Open, had the troublemaking Betsy Dynako not urged me immediately prior to the beginning of the game to pay less attention to the board and more to the objectification of my opponent.  

Dynako: "She's very pretty."

blogger: "I only look at the women that I'm not playing."

Ms. Zepeda found a couple nice shots to turn a probable loss into a smooth win.

If you can afford the steep price, the trial subscription ($48 for five issues of New in Chess) is a very good deal!

Only a few hours left to save $20!

I paid $203 today to enter the Chicago Open online.  The price goes up $20 tomorrow!

Lufei Ruan at North Shore Chess Center

Brad Rosen reports on last Saturday's lecture.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Carlsen seems to be taking Amber seriously....

...according to the profile (teaser only online) in this week's New Yorker, available in both of Chicago's remaining bookstores.

Charlie Sheen, Bobby Fischer, and #notwinning

In the Wall Street Journal, of all places.  (Hat tip to Kevin Bachler.)

If Tigran Petrosian and Simon Webb had #tigerblood, so too must Tiger Hillarp Persson.

OK, enough of that.

Motokimi Yono

Motokimi Yono is in the Industrial Design program at UIC.  Here are two of several chess-related designs in Motokimi's portfolio:

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Free live commentary of the Amber event

Sunday's Round 2 commentary begins (I think!) at 8:30 Central Daylight Time. 

In his Round 1 wrapup, Ronen Har-Zvi covered a hilarious series of double blunders by Nakamura and Carlsen (in their defense, they were playing blindfold), and features Alexander Grischuk's amazing win against Vladimir Kramnik (also blindfold!).