Saturday, April 16, 2011

4-round Swiss at North Shore CC tomorrow

If you drop me an email for your event, I'll generally cut-and-paste the notice "as-is."  Sometimes I forget: it's OK to remind me!
Sunday April 17 
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 4/16. 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. Mail entries with registration information to:North American Chess Association (make checks payable to), 4957 Oakton Street Suite 113, Skokie, IL 60077. Online registration preferred. Additional questions email to: USCF rated. For online registration and list of more events please visit -

Scott Silverman Memorial next Saturday

I made travel plans before I knew about this honor the memory of our friend Scott....
Scott Silverman Memorial Tournament
Saturday April 23, 2011. The Scott Silverman Memorial. $750 guaranteed prize fund. 4R-SS G/60 + 5/sec delay. 
Prizes: 1st place - $250, 2nd place - $150, Top U2200, U2000, 1800, 1600, 1400 - $70 each, Biggest upset per round - chess prize (minimum 150 point rating difference).  The field will be limited to 6 players rated over 2200 by invitation only with the remainder to be U2200 by open registration. 
Rd Times: Rd 1 @ 10am; next rounds 15 minutes after final games complete from previous round. 
EF: $20 online ( or onsite.  No postal entries. Hard limit of 40 participants. 
Other info: April supplement used. USCF rated. USCF Membership Required. All equipment provided. 
Location: North Shore Chess Center 5500 W Touhy Ave Suite A Skokie, IL 60077. Questions -

Friday, April 15, 2011

IS 318 in Chicago

Girls from Elizabeth Vicary's famous IS 318 team in Brooklyn came to Chicago to participate in the All Girls, and (not surprisingly) did rather well.  Read all about it!

Vicary analyzing with her student Mariah

Moya-Cogshell, Chicago 2011
White to play and win

Analyze forcing moves first!

Games from Downers Grove

Daniel Parmet presents a very nice overview of the action at ICA's Chess Blog.

The following howler makes me feel a little better about my own blunders (as it did for Daniel).  Strong masters do silly things, too...though not as often.

Monokroussos-Stamnov, Downers Grove 2011

Black answered 58.Qe5 with 58...Rf7?? 

Monday, April 11, 2011

Chess meetup in Evanston

Another cut-and-paste:

Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave, Evanston, IL 60202

Apr 16, 2011
12 noon - 4 p.m.
Chess Meet-up

Evanston Chess Club will hold an open chess session on Saturday, April 16 from noon to 4 p.m. Stop by and play as many -- or as few games -- as you want. Players of all strengths, age 14 years and older are welcome.
We're sponsoring this Chess Meet-Up as part of the International meetup. We're extending a special welcome to online players in our area to come out and play over-the-board.
No registration required. For more information, please contact Maret Thorpe as noted below.
Send name, USCF number, and telephone number to Maret Thorpe
Bring clocks. -- Wheelchair accessible. No Smoking.

Final results of All Girls National

...are on the Renaissance Knights website.

Congratulations to Penny Xu, who took 2nd place in Girls' Under 18, and to Adele Padgett, who tied for first (taking 2nd on the fourth tiebreak!) in Girls' Under 16.  Story to follow on Chess Life Online.