Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Round 3 Nov 19th

Round 3 continues the current tournament on Nov 19th.

 Jordan Anderson is the TD for this tourney.

 Call text or email to by 7:15pm to be counted.

 No Club meeting Nov 26th.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

This week rd 5 of Ashland XLV

This week will be rd 5 of Ashland XLV. We will not watch the Pawn Sacrifice movie as there is no showing in Columbia. Text or call by 7:15 PM to be counted in the tournament on Sept 24th.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Ashland XLV

Upsets galore this past week in Ashland XLV Round 2.

Check Current standings of Ashland XLV here

Round 3 is Sept 10th at Ashland United Methodist Church.

Call or text before 7:15pm to be counted for round 3.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Columbia Open Results

Fifty-six players competed The Columbia Open circa 2015  this past weekend  Aug. 22-23 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Columbia!

Congratulations to Peter Suich of Morristown, TN on winning this year’s Columbia Open!

Peter finished with 4.0 points with his only loss coming in the second round to Kevin Seidler (CO).

Randal Ferguson of Greenville placed second with 3.5 points.

Emmanuel Carter (NC), Kevin Seidler (CO), Kevin Wang (GA), and Jonathan Tan (SC) tied for third in the Open Section - all four players finished with 3.0 pts.

In the U2000 Section, Sijing Wu (AL) won the first place prize with 5.0 pts!

Ernest E. Nix, Jr. (SC) won second place with 4.0 pts.;

third place was split by Daniel Andrzejewski, Jr. (NC) and Vignesh Sekar (GA) - both finishing with 3.5 pts.

In the U1600 Section, the first place prize went to Gunateja Guruvelli (SC) with 4.0 pts.

Marty Anderson (SC) won the second place prize with 3.5 pts.

Victor Suich (TN), Zachary R. Darga (SC), Aditya N. Dias (SC), and Joshua Gambrell (SC) tied for third place with 3.0 pts. each.

In the U1200 Section, first place prize went to Robert Hylton (SC) with 4.5 pts.; second place was split by Birney Blind (SC) and Richard Trela (SC) - both with 4.0 pts.;

The U1000 prize was claimed by Ed Stewart (GA) with 2.5 pts.

Congratulations to all our prize winners!

Special thanks to Jordan Anderson (TD duties), Andrew Plyler(TD and DGT board guru), and NM Sam Copeland (online game support).
Thank You to all players and family members who chose to come out and spend their weekend with us here in Columbia!
We hope you had a great time and would love to see you back next year and also at this same location for the SC State Championships October 30th - November 1st!

Full Crosstable can be seen here.

This Thursday starts our next weekly tournament.  Call email or text by 7:15pm to be counted.

Round 1 of Ashland XLV begins on Aug 27th 1 rd per week, Rd 5 is Sept 24th.
G75+30s incr. In two sections, Open and U1505   $10 for entry  or $3 per round.
Sept Ratings list will be used.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Ashland Rapid and Casual Night before The Columbia Open

Fifteen players joined in the fun for the Rapid Game 30 tournament.
In the top section, Sam Copeland and Adam Shaw split first place and Ian Bell finished third with 3 points.

In the U1505, Mike Mayfield dominated with 4 points.  Marty Anderson and Shaun McCoy tied for second with 3.5 points. There were some nice rating gains by a few players in this tourney.  Game 30 is a different beast.

Thursday 8/20/2015 is a casual stress free club night before the Columbia Open.
There will be an endgame lecture session before free play so come and join the fun an learn something.

Saturday 8/22/2015 is The Columbia Open.  If you haven't registered yet you still have time to do so at the early entry fee.  Feel Free to go here for more information and to register.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Ashland Rapid

Four rounds of Ashland Rapid have taken place with all remembering how to win with the in between Game 30;d5 time control.

In the top section Sam Copeland and Adam Shaw have 2.5 points each with Ian Bell close behind with 2 points.

In the U1505 section, Mike Mayfield is in the lead with 3 points and a slew of 2.5 points follow.

Round 5 and a plus 1 game is this Thursday.  Come join the fun.

Next Thursday Aug 20 is casual night with details to be announced later this week.

August 22 -23 is The Columbia Open at the Hilton Garden Inn.  If you aren't registered yet please go ahead and register here or email me and let me know.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Ashland XLIV in the Books

A total of Twenty-Six players battled it out in Ashland XLIV over the 5 weeks during the early summer months. We also had 5 new players join the club and much fun was had by all.

In Round 5, Sam Copeland claimed the point against Adam Shaw to even up with Shaw at 3 points. Ian Bell defeated Gil Holmes to also move to 3 points. Rade Musulin and James MacDougall agreed to settle the argument later deciding on a draw. In the longest game of the night, Daniel Smith and Brandon Jordan battled it out and this time Smith came away with the point.

In the U1505 section, Richard Watts moved into the lead with a win over Marty Anderson. Tal Kasher also claimed the point from Mark Woodman to move into a tie with Watts at 3.5 points. Ed Stewart defeated William Cordova and Mike Miller defeated Luke Copeland.

Congrats to the winners of the tourney and thanks to all who participated to increase their chess skills.

This Thursday July 2nd No Meeting

July 9th - Casual Night possible a blitz tourney
July 16th - Quick Tournament (3rd G15+10s inc)
July 23rd - No Club Meeting

August 22-23 - Columbia Open!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Ashland XLIV Rd 4

A good turnout with sixteen players for Round 4 of Ashland XLIV.

In the Open James MacDougall gave Adam Shaw his first loss of the tourney.
Ian Bell and Rade Musulin played to a draw.

In the U 1505, Mike Mayfield and Marty Anderson played to a draw.
Martin Caluag claimed the point from Mark Woodman.
Tal Kasher defated Ed Stewart and Elizabeth Yankovsky defeated Mike Miller.
Newcomer to the club William Cordova claimed the point against fellow newcomer Dargen Brabham.

This Thursday June 25th is Round 5 of Ashland XLIV
Upcoming dates to be aware of.

July 2nd - No Meeting
July 9th - Casual Night
July 16th - Quick Tournament (3rd G15+10s inc)
July 23rd - No Club Meeting

August 22-23 - Columbia Open!

If you havent been following the Norway Chess tournament you can review the games on chess24 or your other favorite chess site.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Ashland XLIV Round 3

In the Open section, Ian Bell, who controlled most of the round allowed Adam Shaw a cheap tactic and to escape with the full point.  Gil Holmes and Rade Musulin played long through an interesting position to finally agree to a draw.  In the U1505 Martin and Marty squared off and while club rookie, Martin Calaug had an early chances in an aggressive position, Marty was able to stave off the attack and push the game to a draw.  Richard Watts, Mark Woodman, Tal Kasher and Ed Stewart were able to claim points in their games over Michael Miller, Birney Blind, Elizabeth Yankovsky and Luke Copeland respectively. As always, the current crosstable can be found here.


  • July 2nd - No Meeting
  • July 9th - Casual Night
  • July 16th - Quick Tournament (3rd G15+10s inc)
  • August 22-23 - Columbia Open!

Here's an interesting position from Dan Smith, see if you can spot the winning move:

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Border Battle Round 4

Round 4 went 7 NC-5 SC. NC wins by 5 boards.  Mike Boone went 4-0 in the Class C section.

Border Battle Round 3

Winners in round 2 were Mike Boone who is 3-0.  Both B players won ; Alverson and Fejzilai.  Shaw won in top Class A.  SC down by 3 points going into last round.
From the other side.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Border Battle Round 2

After Round 2 SC is down by a point 12.5 to 11.5.  Congrats to class c players Shaun MCCOY and Mike Boone for each going.  In the Champions match Christensen holds a tough draw vs Mabe.

Here is news from the NC perspective.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Ashland XLIV Round 1

Ten intrepid players kicked off round 1 for Ashland XLIV.

In the top section, Ian Bell and Sam Copeland played a fascinating game. In the end, a slight miscue led the game to a draw. Rade Musulin continued his impressive play to claim the point against strong competitor Dan Quigley. Adam Shaw dispatched Mike Mayfield to jump into a tie for the lead.

 In the U1505 section, Marty Anderson continued his long game winning streak this time Ed Stewart succumbed to his attack. Richard Watts impressively ground out the win against a hard fighter in Mark Woodman.

Round 2 continues the tourney on June 4th.  Email, call or text me to be included in the tourney.

Here is a great position from this round to play against your computer.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Ashland Quick XLVII, Ashland XLIII Results

There was a good turnout for Ashland Quick XLVII with fourteen players participating and six more playing casual and kibitzing.

In the Top Section, Keith Eubanks ran the gauntlet with a perfect 3-0 score.  Rade Musulin continued his impressive play only succumbing to Mr. Eubanks.

In the Middle section, Ian Bell claimed first with a perfect 3-0 and a log jam ensued fro second with Mike Mayfield, Richard Watts, and Ed Stewart all claiming 1 point each.

Six players were in the final swiss section.  Newcomers to the club Tal Kasher and Martin Caluag each shared first with 2 points each and relatively newcomer Mike Miller claimed 1.5 points.

Full Results

In round 5 of Ashland XLIII, which concluded the tournament, Sam Copeland(2288) defeated Gil Holmes(1750) to claims first with 4.5 points.

Keith Eubanks(2059) defeated Adam Shaw(1804) to move into sole second place.

Dan Quigley(1789) returned to his club and defeated Ian Bell(1875).

In the U1505 section, Marty Anderson defeated Mark Woodman to move to 5-0 improving his rating by over 200 points and jumping above 1400!

Full Results

On May 28th starts Ashland XLIV which is a 5 round tournament which will run through June 25th.

May 30-31st is the SC vs NC border battle in Charlotte, NC.  If you are interested and have not let me know please do so.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Ashland XLIII Round 3 and other news

Reminder on Monday May 4th GM Ben Finegold will be visiting Columbia, South Carolina to educate with a Chess Lecture and then play all comers in a simultaneous exhibition.  The lecture will begin at 7pm at the North Trenholm Baptist Church.  $15 per attendee covers the lecture and the simul.  Sign up online at

Sixteen players turned out for Round 3 of Ashland XLIII.

Sam Copeland defeated Ben Caiello to move to 2.5 points.
Ian Bell defeated Keith Eubanks.  Brandon Jordan defeated Daniel Smith in an exciting finish and Gil Holmes claimed the point from Shaun McCoy.

In the U1505 section Marty Anderson defeated Mike Mayfield to move to 2 points.
Jared Whiting defeated Birney Blind.  Richard Watts defeated Mark Woodman and newcomer Michael Miller defeated Chad Davis.

Round 4 continues on May 7th.

May 9th Midlands Scholastic Chess League VI

May 23-24th South Carolina Open Greenville, SC

May 30th -31st SC vs NC Border Battle Charlotte, NC  Champion vs Champion
2 players from each class per state from E to Expert
Let me know if interested or have questions.

Mark your calendars for the August 22nd weekend as the Columbia Open returns.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Ashland XLIII: A tension filled round

 Ashland XLIII started with a very tense and hard fought Round 1 as all players were deep in thought well past the half way mark.

Sixteen players came out to compete in the Open and Under 1505 sections with others playing and conversing in the skittles room.

In the Open section, Ian Bell(1781) played white against Sam Copeland(2309) and his stout Dutch defense but couldn't break through and Sam claimed the point.

Board 2 pitted "Big" Ben Caiello(2126) against Gil "KingSlayer" Holmes(1710).  After much determined thought by both sides, the game was drawn when all pawn left the board.

Keith Eubanks(2035) won with a Pirc defense against Daniel Smith(1537).
Board 3 game Pirc Defense with Fritz Analysis.

Josh Goley(1362) played up a section and held his own against Adam Shaw's(1827) attack but in the end it was too much and Shaw claimed the point.

In the U1505 section, Mike Mayfield faced off against familiar foe in Birney Blind and when the smoke cleared Mayfield walked away with the victory.

Marty Anderson defeated newcomer to the club Michael Miller.  Jared Whiting and Mark Woodman paired off and this time it was Whiting who claimed victory.
In the last game but not least, Richard Watts defended with black claiming the point against Ed Stewart.

Round 2 continues the tourney on April 23.  Reserve your spot by 7:15pm.

Monday May 4th GM Ben Finegold will be visiting Columbia, South Carolina to educate with a Chess Lecture and then play all comers in a simultaneous exhibition.  The lecture will begin at 7pm at the North Trenholm Baptist Church.  $15 per attendee covers the lecture and the simul.  Sign up online at

May 9th Midlands Scholastic Chess League VI

May 23-24th South Carolina Open Greenville, SC

May 30th -31st SC vs NC Border Battle Charlotte, NC  Champion vs Champion
2 players from each class per state from E to Expert
Let me know if interested or have questions.

Mark your calendars for the August 22nd weekend as the Columbia Open returns.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Ashland Quick XVLII and Other Events

Ten players tossed the wood around for Ashland Quick XVLII.

Other gathered in the skittles for lively discussion about the Laws of chess and life.

In the top quad, Adam Shaw played solidly to win with 2.5 points.  David Stoner placed second with 2 points.

In the Swiss section, Ian Bell continued his winning ways by defeating all on-comers.  Josh Goley placed second in the section with 2 points.

Full Results can be seen

Some upcoming Events to be aware of:
On April 16th,  Ashland XLIII begins a 5 round weekly tourney.  Details can be see via the club calendar.

Monday May 4th GM Ben Finegold will be visiting Columbia, South Carolina to educate with a Chess Lecture and then play all comers in a simultaneous exhibition.  The lecture will begin at 7pm at the North Trenholm Baptist Church.  $15 per attendee covers the lecture and the simul.  Sign up online at

May 9th Midlands Scholastic Chess League VI

May 23-24th South Carolina Open Greenville, SC

May 30th -31st SC vs NC Border Battle Charlotte, NC  Champion vs Champion
2 players from each class per state from E to Expert
Let me know if interested or have questions.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Club Championship Wrapup Quick Report

Twenty five players 37 games.  One Champion, Ben Caiello, goes 4.5/5.

Congrats to Big Ben on his repeat!

Ian "For whom the" Bell "tolls" takes clear second with 3.5 points.

Tied for third with 3 points
Sam Copeland
James MacDougall
Mark Woodman

Top U1600 Richard "Kilo" Watts

Top U1200 Mark Woodman

Full Crosstable here

Board 1 Game
James MacDougall vs Ben Caiello

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Round 4 Little room for Error

Drawn games are sometimes more scintillating than any conclusive contest. - S. Tartakower

Twelve players competed in Round 4 of the Columbia Chess Club Championship.  Leader Ben Caiello and Gil Homes had requested byes which allowed a little ground to be claimed by the pack of wolves following closely.

On board 1, familiar foes Keith Eubanks and James MacDougall paired off and played a highly competitive game as both were still in the hunt for the Championship.
Board 1 Game

On board 2, Ian Bell and Sam Copeland played a French.  Board 3 matched Adam Shaw and Robert Folts against each other.  The top 3 boards all ended in draws after much maneuvering and thought.

On the other three boards, the Black side claimed the point in each.
Mark Woodman claimed the point from Ed Stewart.

Richard Watts defeated Jared Whiting and David Stoner claimed victory against Birney Blind in a very tight contest.

After round 4 Ben Caiello is atop the tournament with 3.5 points.  James MacDougall is in sole second place with 3 points, which will setup an exciting 5th round battle between the two.  Can James MacDougall claim the point and the title?  Ben Caiello clinches with a Win or a Draw.

Five players follow with 2.5 points.

Leaders for the U1600 prize are Ian Bell and Richard Watts with 2.5 points
Josh Goley, 2.5 points, is in the lead for the U1200 award with Mark Woodman in second with 2 points.

Full Crosstable is here

It should be a very exciting Round 5 on March 26th.  Confirm your entries by 7:15 to be counted.

No club meeting on April 2nd.

Haste is never more dangerous than when you feel that victory is in your grasp.-Eugene Znosko-Borovsky

Friday, March 13, 2015

Round 3, A most exciting Round!

The winner of the game is the player who makes the next-to-last mistake. - S. Tartakower

Eighteen members suited up for battle over the board in Round 3 of the Columbia Chess Club Championship while a handful gathered in the skittles room for blitz and to watch and kibitz about the fireworks.   Full crosstable here

On Board 1, the leaders matched up in what turned out to be one of the most exciting games the club has seen in a while, arguably ever.  Ben Caiello(2115) and Keith Eubanks(2069) started a quiet with a quiet Pirc opening and finished with a tactical flurry of piece sacrifices.  When the smoke cleared Caiello claimed the point after sacrificing no less than both rooks and a promoted queen and Eubanks giving up a bishop and a Queen!  With so much carnage, spectators were taking cover to avoid being collateral damage.

Board 1 Slugfest

On Board 2, Gil Holmes(1739) pulled a huge upset by defeating Sam Copeland(2303).  The game was an Alekhine's Defense by Copeland and Holmes created two Octopus Knights deep in enemy territory.
Board 2

Board 3 hosted James MacDougall(2017) against Adam Shaw's(1879) French Defense. MacDougall took home the point after pulling another one from his bag of tricks.  His choice was a Larsen type setup with 2.b3  and later following up with g4?! and h4.  An interesting setup to the bastion of the French Defense.
Board 3

Ian Bell(1588) took down Marty Anderson(1139), Shaun McCoy(1382) defeated Jared Whiting(1045) and Brandon Jordan(1648) returned to the board to defeat David Stoner(1643).

Richard Watts(1257) grabbed a piece for a pawn then battened down the hatches to hang on against Ron Tims(1459) initiative.

After a bare knuckle donnybrook erupted for majority of the round, Ed Stewart(949) and Birney Blind(1106) drew and agreed to settle it another day.

Although not the tactical melee as board 1, the Mark Woodman(995)- Josh Goley(1190) brewhaha on board 6 was just as exciting.  A play by play man might say, Woodman mate threat, Goley to 1 second on the clock finds only move.  Oh my! Woodman mate threat Goley down to 1 second on the clock finds only move.  Woodman moved to remove only defender and allows Goley counter play with checks. In the end Goley promted a pawn and then gobbled up Woodman's remaining pawn before executing fine technique leading to mate.

Current leaders after 3 rounds
Ben Caiello 3 points. James MacDougall and Gil Holmes 2.5 points.
U1600 Ian Bell, Shaun McCoy 2 points Richard Watts 1.5
U1200 Josh Goley 2 points, Marty Anderson, Jared Whiting, and Mark Woodman, Ed Stewart with 1 point.

The Champion is still to be decided with 2 more rounds and some interesting match ups to be played.
Join the fun in Round 4 on March 19. Reserve your spot by 7:15 pm to be counted.

Chess is a matter of delicate judgement, knowing when to punch and how to duck. - Robert J. Fischer  

A passed pawn increase in strength as the number of pieces on the board diminishes. - J. R. Capablanca

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Round 2 a Big Barn Burner

With familiar faces old and new, Twenty -Two players brought their "A" game for Round 2 of the Columbia Chess Club Championship.  With so many byes in round 1 the pairings looked on paper as many mismatches rating-wise but the fighting spirit was in full force.  In the end, all the higher rateds won, with one draw but that doesn't tell the full story of how hard and well the underdogs played.
Current Crosstable is here.

On Board 1, Ben Caiello(2115), fresh off his 5-0 performance at the SC State Scholastic Championship, defeated up and comer Josh Goley(1140) to stay in the lead and move to 2-0.

On Board 2, Marty Anderson(1139) put up a tremendous battle against Keith Eubanks(2069) but finally succumbing to the stronger player.  This game looked like a draw early on then better for black and in the end Keith claimed victory moving to 2-0 to keep pace with the defending champion.

James MacDougall(2017), returned to rated play determined not to falter and quickly equaled up as black in a tame Sicilian, then never gave up the initiative against Daniel Smith(1404).  Sam Copeland(2303) pulled the King's Gambit from his bag of tricks and claimed the point against a determined David Stoner(1643).

Adam Shaw(1879) welcomed stalwart club member Mike Mayfield(1391) back to the club by exerting the power of the bishops and moving to 1.5 points.   Coming off a near upset in week one, Richard Watts(1257) could not deter Gil Holmes(1739) from his goal in round 2, also moving to Round 2.

Shaun McCoy(1382) returned to the club and played a fine game against a higher rated Robert Folts(1735).  In the end, after a minor piece and pawns endgame the game ended in a draw, the only of the night.

Runner up SC State Scholastic Champion Ian Bell(1588) defeated Ed Stewart(949).  David Boyd(1368), playing with black returned to the club to defeat Luke Copeland(617).  Mark Woodman(995) bounced back from a round 1 loss to defeat new club member Tim Watkins and Jared Whiting(1045) defeated a talented new member in Olivia Watkins.

Current leaders after 2 rounds with much chess to be played.
Ben Caiello and Keith Eubanks 2 points
U1600 Ian Bell, Shaun McCoy, David Boyd with 1 point
U1200 Josh Goley, Marty Anderson, Jared Whiting, and Mark Woodman with 1 point.

Round 3 continues the tournament on March 12.  Reserve your spot by 7:15 pm to be counted.

As a highlight to the fighting spirit I will recycle a post form 2010. This was submitted by Donny Gray and originally published in the TN Chess News. Donny gave me permission to share this. It may give you a better outlook next time you play someone much higher rated that you.

When playing someone that is vastly higher rated than you it is very easy to get discouraged and almost be defeated before you even move one pawn. There is the other side of this subject as well. What about when you are the higher-rated player in this situation? Then you have the tendency to play fast and careless.

But the truth is that anyone can play way over their head on occasion. You just have to forget ratings and go for it!At the recent TN Senior Open my 2nd round game had all the above and then some. Most likely in all my tournaments my 2nd round opponent was the lowest player I have ever played. If I have played others in his rating range I have forgotten. - Donny Gray

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Club Championship Underway

Almost as many players requested 1st Round byes as played in the round in the 2015 version of the Columbia Chess Club Championship with 10 players stepping up to compete and march towards claiming the title.  Current cross-table can be viewed here.

On board 1, current Club Champion Ben Caiello(2115) craftily took the victory against a resilient Ian Bell(1588) to start his defense of the title.  The battle decided was the trending 6. h3 line(Adams Attack) against the Sicilian Najdorf.

Check out the board 1 fireworks.

On board 2, Ron Tims(1459) returned to rated play but faced a tough opponent in previous club champion and perpetual powerhouse Keith Eubanks(2069).  Eubanks claimed the victory stating his case for the 2015 title.

In a well played and hard fought game Robert Folts(1735) and Richard "Kilo" Watts(1257) played it to a draw, agreeing to disagree and saving a decisive decision to another day.

Joshua"I don't play Hockey" Goley(1190) defeated Jared "Not from Subway" Whiting(1045) to claim the point and moving into third place.

In the longest game and highest number board Marty Anderson(1139) and Mark Woodman(995) fought hard into the night until a miscue broke the tension leaving "Mr. Anderson" on top.

Round 2 promises to be a barn burner on March 5 with others stepping back into the action to try and dethrone Caiello and Eubanks.

Call, email, or text your entry by 7:15 pm on Thursday to be counted.

Make sure you cheer on Ben Caiello and Ian Bell as they compete in the SC State Scholastic tournament in Mt. Pleasant,SC this weekend.  Caiello again defends his title, this time of SC State Scholastic champion.

Have some thoughts to share? You can comment below.

To start the topic: What is your favorite opening to play?  Do you have one?

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Casual Night

Club members packed out the building on Thursday for a night of stress free chess.  Players rotated freely among the 6 active boards throughout the night while catching up with old friends and meeting new members.  Lots of noise, laughter and fun was had on the bughouse board as Sam did his best to carry Adam against Chris and Gil.

This week(Feb 19th) is a Themed Quick Night.  4 round G15/d3.  The themed opening will be announced shortly before the round. No Entry Fee.  TD Jordan Anderson.

On February 26th the 2015 Club Championship begins.  Last year's Club Champion Ben Caiello will have his work cut out for him as he defends against a strong club line-up this year.  The line-up includes the club's newest top-rated member NM Sam Copeland, past club champions and club veterans Keith Eubanks and James MacDougall, as well as the club's several rising stars including Brandon Jordan and Ian Bell.  The Under trophy will also be up for grabs as the club has seen a lot of new members join its ranks over the last year.  Good luck to everyone who comes out to participate!

The entry-fee for the Club Championship is $10 for club Members(can join onsite) and begins 2/26/2015 through 3/26/2015.  One 1/2 point bye is allowed in any round except the final fifth round.  Be sure to text/call Daniel Smith or Jordan Anderson the night of to confirm entry as registration ends at 7:15.

Upcoming Events outside of the club.  Check Club Calendar for more information

Sat 2/21/2015 Midlands Scholastic Chess League IV (Adult section also) Columbia, SC

Sat 2/28/2015 SC State Scholastic Championships Mt. Pleasant, SC.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Ashland Quick XLVI

Ten players joined us for Ashland Quick XLVI.

The top section formed a quad.  Ben Caiello took the open section with 2 points after suffering a first round blunder to Gil Holmes.

The second section played a six player swiss.  The tournament finished with the most exciting game of the night ending in a hard-fought draw between the undersection winners, Dan Smith and club newcomer Joshua Goley.  The game traded down to an imbalanced Queen and Rook vs Queen and Bishop situation with chances for both sides.  The game ultimately boiled down to King and King with just seconds left on both sides of the clock.

The final cross table is here.  Thanks to everyone who came out and supported.

Next week is Casual Night.  Come join us for some stress free chess (and hopefully some bughouse!)

Tonight Arts and Draughts is happening at the Columbia Museum of Art and South Carolina Chess will be representing!  Come out to support our hobby and have some fun.  The entry fee is $5 for museum members and $8 for non-members.  See the link or text/email Dan Smith for more details.

See you all next week!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

New Year, New Battles

The New Year started out with new and hard fought battles over the board.
Sixteen regulars came out to play and the other regulars succumbed to the "but baby its cold outside." plead.

Rated winners tonight were Keith Eubanks, Ian Bell, Richard Watts, and Joshua Gambrell.
Next week continues the tournament with Round 2.

Ashland XLII will run through  January 29th.
February 5th will be the first Quick Tournament(3 Games of G20;d3) of the year.

Other tourneys to be aware of are:
Land of the Sky Asheville, NC Jan 23-25th
41 Snowstorm Special Charleston, SC February 13-14th
Midlands Scholastic IV Columbia, SC Feb 21st
SC State Scholastic Championships Mt. Pleasant, SC Feb 28th\

For more information look for information on the Club Calendar.