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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

"Ned" Rosenbaum Dead At 71

It is always sad to hear of someone passing; even more so if it is in an unexpected accident. Stan Mullins called me a few minutes ago to report the untimely death of "Ned" Rosenbaum a member of the old "Blue Dragon" Chess Club. I didn't know "Ned" very well, but I remember that he was one of my opponents at two of my "simul's" conducted at the old "Blue Dragon" (both a restaurant and the nick name for the Nelson County Chess Club) and was a strong player, very intense at the board.

"Ned" drowned when his car went off the shoulder in flood waters near his home. Click here to read the report in today's Kentucky Standard.

My condolences to the Rosenbaum family.

Added 1 Dec by author. Here is a link to Ned's obituary in the Nelson County Gazette.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

2012 Club Championship!

Don't forget that we vote the first Tuesday in December on the 2012 Club Championship Format and on the topic of having a Reserve Champion in order to maximize participation and competition in the monthly tourneys.

The two choices on the ballot are . . .
Add up the scores from the 12 monthly tournaments
Sum up the Jan - Nov Tourneys and Take the top 4 into a December Tourney

If you can't make it that Tuesday, send your vote to a club officer before that meeting.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving To Everyone!!

I want to wish all the club members, friends and families a Happy Thanksgiving!

Stay safe, if you are traveling and let's finish the year off with some exciting chess!!

God Bless and Good Chess!!
Johnny O.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

What Was Your Excuse??

There were only two of us tonight for chess. Sal gave up watching the Republican Debate, I missed the X-Factor, what was your excuse?

So far Gelvic has come up with the most valid excuse which puts all others to shame.
The picture above is of Gelvic's car after he flipped it while in route to work after being called in unexpectedly.

Fortunately Gelvic emerged unscratched and took the picture with his phone!! I'm glad Gelvic survived unharmed; hopefully he has good insurance!! I'm glad to know that a Honda is up to the challenge as many of our members drive one.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Owens Brings Back 37 Rating Points From Alabama!

Johnny Owens played in the Huntsville Open on Saturday and scored 2.5-1.5 with his only loss to Expert Jerry Spinrad of Tennessee. Jerry went on to win the event with a perfect 4-0 score. Johnny also drew his game with Antonio Gellineau rated 1962. Johnny's performance rating for the tournament was 1951!

This was a 4-round swiss tournament at Game/75!

The crosstable can be found here!

Friday, November 18, 2011

College Street Now Open

According to this mornings News Enterprise the bridge has been completed and College Street is accessible from the By Pass again.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

2011 Club Championship Pairings Are Set!!

Per page 295, Table B, of the USCF Rule Book, the pairings for this year's club championship are now set!

Name listed first will have the white pieces!
December 6, 2011
Round 1:

Round 2:

Round 3:

December 13, 2011

Round 4:

Round 5:

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Still Tied After 30 Games!

Johnny Owens and Jerry Weldin both scored 2.5-0.5 in tonight's tournament to tie for 1st place!

We are both tied for (adjusted score) fourth place in the Club Champion qualification!

The tournament crosstable can be found here!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Taking the Cake

In case you have not seen it; here is a pic of the cake along with other shots of players.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Veterans Appreciation Chess Tournament 2011 Results

Yesterday proved to be a great day for chess in Cox's Creek, Kentucky with 24 players and about 10 spectators attending to say "THANK YOU" to our Military Veterans. The tournament was a huge success due to the many who volunteered their time, money, food, prizes, and labor. First of all, I would like to thank Steve Parsons for agreeing to be the Tournament Director and Johnny Owens for being the Asst. TD. You guys were great!! That tournament was full of "firsts" for many of our kids and we needed someone with patience and grace. THANKS!
Club member, Amy Nunn, provided a fun and educational dessert by creating chocolate chess pieces and placing them on a huge cake imitating a chess board. The "White Mates in Four" puzzle was beautiful and thought provoking. So much so that attendees could write their names and solutions on paper and put them in a basket for a drawing at midday. Puzzle solver champions were Johnny Owens and Nathan Kaissieh! PHOTOS OF THE CAKE AND CHOCOLATE TO COME in a later post.
The local Girl Scout Troop 1260 decorated the cafeteria. Jerry Weldin donated many items for the raffle while other club members and guests generously donated money for Support the Troops. (We raised $75 for that group.) Bonnie Hall and Kelley Mehl, both collegues of mine at Cox's Creek School, cooked and served all who were hungry. These girls also provided hospitality to folks with conversation, supervision of the cafeteria, and service.

Winners of the Open Division, split the $150 prize three ways: James Lawson, Larry Bell (Veteran), Lexington, and Eddie Barber, Bowling Green, each won first place. In the Under 1000 division, 14 players vied for the prizes and there were several ties, however, the $100 first prize was clearly won by Nathan Kaissieh, Nelson Co. High School. Second place- Branden Darby, Nelson Co. High; Brayden O'Banion,Cox's Creek Ele.School; and Sal Mancuso (Army Veteran) of Radcliff.
This year there was a prize for the top unrated player as this was the first U.S.C.F. chess game for 9 players. The $20 prize for top Unrated Player was won by Brayden O'Banion. Second place unrated players were Ben Risner, Bryce Reiter, Carson Mouser, Alex Hagan, and Elliott Reiter. Third place unrated players were Keeton Fell and Emily Nalley. Fourth Place unrated players were Benji Rice and Josh Thompson All unrated player winners were awarded medals.

Click here for X-table.

KCA Awards and Recognition!!

After my last game in the Veteran's Appreciation Tournament, my opponent, Larry Bell asked me if I was the new expert from etown chess club that Steve Dillard wrote an article about at the KCA website and I told him that it was Joe. With much curiosity, I looked at the KCA website and found out that our club and some of our club members were mentioned in the article. Congratulations and thank you Joe for giving our chess club an exposure to the Kentucky chess community!! We are proud of you!

Friday, November 4, 2011

3rd Annual Veteran's Tournament

The picture above is the edible cake with chocolate pieces from last years tournament. I've been told that Amy Nunn, the current Kentucky Woman's Champion has volunteered to make this years cake.

There will be a raffle again this year and no one will go home empty handed! You will want to buy as many tickets as you can afford as I have seen some of the prizes!

The same lady who cooked last year will be cooking again... sorry my mouth was watering at the thought and I needed a Kleenex.

Donations for the raffle will be accepted up to the morning of the tournament.

Per request; here are the particulars on the Veterans Tournament.

Nov. 5 Veteran's Appreciation Chess Tournament
4SS, G/45. Cox's Creek Elementary School; 5635 Louisville Rd., Cox's Creek, KY. EF: Free to Veterans. All others: $20 by Nov 1, $25 at site (Cash Only). $$/Guaranteed, 1st Open $150, 1st Under 1000 $100, other prizes based on entries. REG.: 9:00-9:45 am. RDS.: First round 10 am, others ASAP. ENT: Elizabethtown Chess Club; PO Box 266; Elizabethtown, KY 42702-0266, (270) 872-5078, Steve Parsons. INFO: http//etownchess.blogspot.com.

The prize money is guaranteed and may be augmented depending on entry's.

Directions to playing site from E-town:
1. Start out going northeast on N Mulberry St/US-62 E/KY-61 N toward Plum Aly. 2.1 mi
2. Merge onto I-65 S toward Nashville.
If you reach Howell Dr you've gone about 0.3 miles too far
0.8 mi
3. Take the Martha Layne Collins Bluegrass Parkway exit, EXIT 93, toward Bardstown/Lexington. 0.9 mi
4. Merge onto Martha Layne Collins Blue Grass Pky E. 19.6 mi
5. Take the US-31E exit, EXIT 21, toward Bardstown/Hodgenville. 0.4 mi
6. Turn left onto US-31E/New Haven Rd. Continue to follow US-31E. 2.1 mi
7. Turn slight right onto W Stephen Foster Ave/US-31E.
W Stephen Foster Ave is 0.1 miles past Muir Ave
0.3 mi
8. Enter next roundabout and take the 3rd exit onto US-31E. 5.8 mi
9. [5716-5765] LOUISVILLE RD.
Your destination is 0.1 miles past Wheeler Wright Ln
If you reach Creek Pointe Dr you've gone a little too far

[5716-5765] Louisville RdCoxs Creek, KY 40013

**Moved to the top of the page by author to facilitate finding the tournament info for tomorrow.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Thank You!!

Thank you for electing me as the President of our club! I appreciate your confidence in me and I hope to meet and even exceed your expectations. Joe, Amy, Stephanie and I would do the best we could to reach our goals and we need every help from all the club members to reach them. I have a simple goal in mind to attract more players to join our club and would like to discuss it with you all in our next meeting.


p.s. This is one of the icons from where I came from (Cebu City) in addition to what Jerry already posted. Inside is Magellan's cross.

New Club Officers

Great attendance last night for the "1st Tuesday business meeting"; Bob Kilmer, Rudy, Sal, Dave, Amy, Nick, Kerry, Jerry, Joe, and Joe's son Stephen.

The names of the "volunteers" for office were read and the floor was opened for any other nominee's or volunteers. After receiving no additional candidates for office Bob Kilmer moved that the candidates be approved by acclimation; the motion was seconded by everyone present and the candidates were voted into office.

The format for the 2012 Club Championship was discussed and two proposals were submitted: 1. The highest cumulative total over the twelve month period. 2. The sum of the Jan-Nov monthly tournaments with a top 4 quad to decide the winner. Having a "Booster" section for those under 1400 was also discussed and it was decided to give everyone a chance to mull over the ideas and bring the subject up for a vote at the 1st Tuesday in December meeting.

Your new Club officers are Gelvic Cubar President, Joe Farrell Vice President, Amy Nunn Secretary, and Stephanie Clayton Treasurer. Go to the home page and click on members then the individual name if you desire to see a picture of the new officers or check out their current rating.

Everyone played at least one game with Dave beating Sal in the only rated game of the night.