Thursday, January 7, 2016

Registrations Strong For Lasker on Saturday January 9

In all sections except the Under 1000, registrations are looking strong for Saturday's Lasker Memorial. People seem to like the option of Game/75 with three rounds and Game/40 with five rounds. Perhaps this is a format worth perpetuating.

Please DO NOT show up without pre-registering in the U1000. There may be a consolidation with the higher-rated sections and I don't want to disappoint folks.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Lasker Memorial on January 9 Promises Something For All

Whether you like Game/40 or Game/75, the Lasker Memorial on January 9th promises to please.

The Championship Section will be for those who like the slow time control with three rounds of regular-rated play starting at 9:30am. Other Sections including Open, Reserve, Booster and Sub-Booster will feature five rounds of dual-rated play starting at 10am. All play should end by 6pm.

Entry fee is $12 for the first 24 players registering -- $15 for those who sign up after this or at the door... but a special discount is available (see below).

A family discount will give the second player in the same clan a $2 discount, the third member a $4 discount, etc. So if you have a brood of a seven or more, the youngest players get free entry! (yes, parents count too!)

Cash prizes will be distributed within the upper sections while eight trophies are available in the Super-Booster for players Under 1000.

Complete details are on this downloadable flier. (Note this flier was updated Tuesday night).

Monday, December 28, 2015

It's On: 2016 Northern Illinois Kick-Off -- Round One: 11:30am, Round Two: Round 2nd: 1:02pm; Conclusion by 6pm

As we welcome 2016, what better way to do so than five rounds of rated chess?

After some concern over the length of some games, we'll be doing away with the Game/20; d16 time control and going with a more conventional Game/30 with NO DELAY. That's right, bring back those old manual clocks because THIS ONE is going without a delay timer.

We'll do five rounds to make the drive worth it... and we'll keep it cheap: $6.102 entry fee. That's right, 2016 backwards -- and you can round it down to the nearest penny unless you have some micro-cents handy.

First round will start at 11:30 am so those who are traveling far or sleeping in can take their time meandering to the cornfields... or the church... where we'll be gathering.

I'll provide all the equipment. Just bring your USCF membership card and $6.102 (ok, forget the micro part)  -- along with another $5 if you want some pizza after the first round, and show up by 11:15am and you'll be all set for a thrilling day of chess. 

If you wanna skip round one, show up six seconds after 1:02pm (in honor of the entry fee) and we'll get you paired for round two with a half-point bye. You'll still get in four rounds of rated games.

And we be all done out and out of there by 6:10 (and 2 seconds) so you can enjoy your Friday night. How's that for a plan?

Sunday, December 20, 2015

4th Home for the Holidays To Be Held Saturday, Dec. 26

Saturday December 26
at 1st Congregational Church, 615 N First St, DeKalb

Registration: 8:45-9:20am; after that: 1/2-point bye

Rounds: 9:30am / 11:35am / Lunch / 1:50pm / 3:55pm with conclusion anticipated before 6pm.

4 Sections: OpenReserve: U1600, Booster: 1000-1250,  SuperBooster: U1000, all subject to adjustment and combination at TD discretion.

Format: 4 Rounds, Game/55; delay 5 seconds

G/55 with 5 second delay. This means each player has 55 minutes to make all moves in a game and up to 5 additional seconds for each move. This means the event will be dual-rated and count towards both the US Chess regular and quick ratings.

Cost: $8 with advance registration, $12 otherwise, limited to first 64 entries. Payable at door.

All equipment provided. Entrant equipment not to be used without TD authorization in order to preserve the peace.

To pre-register: email name, USCF ID, and desired section to

Friday, December 18, 2015

Holiday Season Is Full of Tournaments

The DeKalb Chess Club will be hosting a slew of tournaments during the holiday season just to make sure that chess brains don't get all soft and mushy like Santa's belly. All events will be held at the First Congregational Church in DeKalb.

The line up includes events on Saturday, December 26 -- the (4th Annual Home for the Holidays Open), Friday, January 1 (The 2016 Northern Illinois Kick-Off) and Saturday, January 9 (The Lasker Memorial Open).

Entry fees vary as to the schedules. But all require USCF (aka US Chess) membership.

A discounted membership is available for $9 to players prior to their high school graduation. (Annual USCF membership is normally $22 for freshmen and $26 for sophomores on up -- so this is a GREAT deal).

Contact for further details on the USCF memberships and for information on the tournaments.