Monday, August 13, 2012

IM John Bartholomew to visit Carolinas

International Master John Bartholomew will be visiting the Carolinas on a lecture and simul tour before playing in The Columbia Open on Aug 17th -19th.

The following events are scheduled:

Monday Aug 13th St. Andrews Regional Library 2916 Broad River Road Columbia, SC 6:30 pm

Tuesday Aug 14th   Lecture and Simul at Queen City Chess Club
Asian Herald Library 1339 Baxter St., Charlotte, NC  6:00 pm

Wednesday Aug 15th Lecture and Simul  at the Charleston Chess Club
Park Circle Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall
4701 Park Place West Durant Ave. North Charleston, SC 7:00 pm

Thursday Aug 16th Columbia Chess Club
Ashland United Methodist Church 2600 Ashland Rd. Columbia, SC 29210 7:00 pm
Lecture and consultation game vs local IM Alexander Matros.

A $10 donation to play in the simuls will be collected for scholastic chess.

More information on South Carolina's chess friend can be found here.

Come by for a lesson and bring your best game to checkmate a chess master.

Shaw and Price Win Ashland XXVIII

Eighteen players returned to the board to wrap up Ashland XXVIII.  Twenty six players in all competed in the tournament.

In the Open Section, Adam Shaw(1789) defeated Dan Quigley(1812) to claim 4 points and win the section.
Ben Caiello(1927) defeated Lendel Robinson(1767) to claim 3.5 points and improve his rating to 1949.  Erik Murrah(1693) never relinquished the initiative with white and defeated Dan Caiello(1626).  Visitor from the Greenville Club, Tim Rankin(2002) used all his time wisely to defeat Mike Mayfield(1395).  In the longest battle of the evening, George Morton(1623) converted his advantage to a win against Gil Holmes(1862).

In the Amateur section,  James Price's 3 points held strong winning the section.  Birney Blind(1202) defeated Julie Sheil(1104). Mark Woodman and Christian Dunlap agreed to disagree and agreed to a a draw.  Richard Watts(1309) returned to his winning ways by claiming the point against Michael Thompson and Andrew Manion(1023) claimed the point against newcomer Zach Hadsell.

Full tournament results can be seen here.

August 16th will be casual night and IM John Bartholomew will share some chess wisdom with a lecture before squaring off against IM Alexander Matros in a teaching consult game.

August 17th starts the Columbia Open.  If you aren't registered you can still register online or on site.

August 23rd will be Ashland QuickXXXII.  3 rounds of G20 quick chess.  Entry is $10.

There are lots of opportunities for chess learning int he near future.  Come out and share in the fun.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Ashland XXVIII Round 4

The inclement weather didn't keep the die hard competitors down for Round 4.

In the Open section, Adam Shaw(1789) claimed the point against Lendel Robinson(1767), which puts him into the lead with 3 points going into round 5.  Ethan Winter(1804) and Erik Murrah(1693) split the point with a draw and Dan Quigley(1812) defeated George Morton(1623).

In the Amateur Section, Josh Lewer(1198) defeated leader James Price(1111) and Christian Dunlap(982) claimed the point against Julie Sheil(1104).  In an extra game and longest game of the night, Ron Hinds(1582) converted the extra pawn in the knight and pawn endgame against Smith.

Round 5 wraps up the tournament on August 9th.  Call or text your entries before 7:15 to be counted.

Early entries keep rolling in for the Columbia Open.  Reserve your entry and save by entering by August 9th.