2013 Championship

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Is That Our Club President?

Yes, Gelvic is still playing chess and Playing Well! Last night at Meijer, Gelvic won his 1st round game vs. Robert Amback (1913) and then won his 2nd round game vs. Expert Felix Valdes (2066). Gelvic then withdrew from the tourney. I guess he decided to take his newly won rating points and run! Any case, he had a fine performance.

I scored 2.5 with 2 wins and a draw in the under 1800 section, good enough for 1st place in the section and $20.00! I will post my games on my new blog soon.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Hou Yifan Beats Polgar At Gilbralter

GM Hou Yifan, current Woman's World Champion and second highest FIDE rated female player at 2605, won with the white pieces today against GM Judit Polgar the top rated female at 2710.
As everyone knows Judit refuses to play in "female only" events and isn't as active since she became a mother. Yifan is fresh off successfully defending her title earlier in the year against Humpy Koneru who was the second highest rated woman player at the time. The world has long awaited a match up between Judit and another high caliber woman player; Judit triumped over GM Humpy Koneru in an earlier round, but this time youth has prevailed. There will undoubtedly be many articles written in print and on line about this encounter. Click here to see the game. (navigate down 4 games to Hou Yifan vs Judit Polgar)  There are still three rounds left and you can watch the commentary and the "Master Classes" at any time by clicking on this link. GM Nana Dzagnidze is playing amazing chess and is still in the leaders pack.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Visitors from France

On behalf of Amy, I agreed to post her message below:

Members in attendance tonight were Ernie, Amy, Bob, Kerry, Sal, Nick and Dave, who all played skittles. Also, a young man named Rayane visited our club along with his parents. They recently moved here from France and found us on the web while surfing for activities for their children. Rayane and his younger sister both play chess and will be a welcome addition to the club. Rayane played a 5 minute speed game against Ernie and lost on time, but Ernie thought Rayane had the better position. Welcome to the club Rayane, we look forward to some good chess!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

10 To Tango

Joe Farrell continued his string of victories by scoring 3-0 last night in the first tournament of 2012. Kerry Fatula "the Spoiler" was on fire last night and as he and Joe possessed the only perfect scores after 2 rounds; they were paired in the last round with Joe winning in a time scramble.
Kerry also served as the Tournament Director and should be applauded for a great job. No one would have guessed that it was his first time!
When the tournament is posted you will be able to click here for the X-Table.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

3 January Meeting

An even dozen attended the first meeting of 2012. 2011 Championship awards were presented with Kerry Fatula receiving a "spoiler" award and a Chess Digest pamphlet on the Larson Opening 1. P-QN3 from Jerry. Dues were set at $12 for the year and several topics were discussed before the games began.
Sal challenged Stephanie to a rated game which Steff won in 15 moves!