Saturday, April 9, 2011

Casual Night - Ashland XX starts next week!

Over a dozen players including three new eager minds and our bi annual visitor from PA enjoyed some stress free chess on Casual Night.

Paul Farb (1900) and visiting Steve Boak (1813) contested their latest battle in a series that started in CA around 20 years ago with Steve getting the upper hand this time. Klaus Johnson brought in a copy of the book Palma de Mallorca, 1970 Interzonal Chess Tournament and several of us enjoyed playing through a dozen or so of the games. Naturally bughouse broke out with a couple of our new players jumping in.

A handful of us visited the British Bulldog Pub afterwards to go over games and play some consultation blitz??! Be sure to check out this chess friendly Pub on Sundays as some casual players gather and if you can beat one of the owners you'll win a free pint! The April 16 Meet Up will be held in the back room of the pub from 10-4. Contact Daniel for more information.

Next week is Round 1 of Ashland XX. This tournament will be our normal, two section tournament: Five round Swiss. Two Sections. One round a week for five weeks. Entry fee $3 a round for club members, $5 a round for non-members. One bye allowed, No last round byes. Rounds start at 7:30. Game 90 Open Section First Place $35, Second Place $20, U1805 $15 U1605 $15. Club members with a floor of 1800 receive free entry, $15 will be deducted from any prize won. Amateur Section (U1505) First Place $35, Second Place $20, U1205 $15 U1000 $15. Perfect score (5-0, byes do not count) wins free entry into a Cola Club tournament. After going seven tournaments (1 year) without the free entry being claimed it's been claimed in the last two tournaments! Can someone post a perfect 5-0 in this one?

The Lee Hyder Memorial is coming up on May 20 here in Columbia. Be sure to take advantage of the early entry of $65 before May 10. The regular entry fee is $80 and this deadline is only 1 month away.

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