Thursday, June 26, 2014

33 Advanced Registered for 4th Orwell - Four sections strong!

Registrations have been solid for the 4th Orwell Memorial as of the deadline for early registration.

But in order to assure the deepest field of players possible, I am willing to extend the early registration discount through 11:59pm Friday for anyone who includes a line from any George Orwell novel along with their USCF ID # and an indication which section they wish to play.

Furthermore, ICA members will receive the early registration discount even if they just show up on tournament day (registration ends at 8:45am).

Hope to see you early Saturday!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Orwell Memorial Registrations Now Open - June 28th Looms

After nearly a six-month hiatus from USCF-rated tournaments, the DeKalb Chess Club is proud to host the next stop on the 2014 Illinois Chess Tour.

For the fourth year, the DeKalb club is observing the birthday of the author of Animal Farm and 1984 (born 6/25/1903). Legend has it, that Eric Blair (before he adopted his epic pen name) played chess between customers at a London bookshop where he worked as a young man.

Once again the Orwell will feature comfortable playing conditions, relatively long time controls (Game/60 plus a 5-second delay) and competitive sections, Open, Under 1600 and Under 1200. As usual with DeKalb tournaments, the TD reserves the option of re-arranging sections depending upon registrations received in order to assure the most equitable sections for the greatest number. Requests to "play up" will be considered because many players enjoy challenging themselves with tougher competition than their current rating may dictate.

Updated: We now have enough interest to offer an Under 800 section (with an additional prize available for the top scorer rated U600). The time control for the U800 will be Game 30 (with no delay) and there will be five rounds instead of four as in the other sections. The first round will get going shortly after 9am when the other sections start, but you should try to register by 8:45am.  The U800 will finish up in the middle of the afternoon, but if family members are playing in the main event, we will offer activities to keep participants busy until the other sections conclude.

In addition to the section prizes, there are usually at least one "Under Prize" in each section to recognize the players who are lower-rated when the day begins. So pretty much everyone is in contention for some prize until usually at least the third round.

Because of travel and the early start time, 1/2 point byes are available for the FIRST round only. (Second round should start around 11:15 am.)

A flyer for the tournament can be downloaded here.

Registrants so far (updated 6/19/14): [33 confirmed so far, several more maybes, 36-40 entries projected]

Open: (8-12) Rudy P, Jason D, James C., Chelsea, Aaron M., Adam B, Tom B., James D.

Reserve: (14-16) Erik C, Cliff A, Elijah P., Arnold O., Luis M (unr),  Jonathan G., David B., Aidan C, Arthur X., Joey B. William L, Archit, Don, Bill B., John (?)

Booster:
 (5-8) Scott D., Gary S., Charlie H,  Paul S., James F.,

U800:
(6-8) Bryce L., Jeremiah D.. Lori B., Ben B., Reese, Nathan (?), Alex, Ryan (?)

Who's next?

Saturday, March 1, 2014

No Tournament Today

At one time it was hoped that we would be hosting a tournament today, March 1. Due to health issues that is not possible. No formal announcement was placed, but apparently at least one person remembers that I had hoped to hold a tournament today. I apologize for the confusion.

No other date has been set up for any tournaments but check back here soon.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

All Systems Go for 2014 Illinois Kick-off in DeKalb

A little snow never hurt anyone... and despite the weather, DeKalb will be the site of the first rated tournament games in Illinois during 2014.

Preceded by a blitz event this morning, the official kick-off event should get underway after registration from noon-12:30pm. For late-arrivers, a first round bye is available (1/2 point). Time controls will be a unique 20 minutes plus 14 second delay in honor of the new year. Each round is anticipated to last around an hour with a steady variety promised for the day.  Drive safely -- and castle early!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Do, Adams and Patell Claim 2nd Home for the Holidays Sections

Clear firsts were achieved in all three sections of the Home for the Holidays tournament, held December 28 in DeKalb. Altogether 25 participated in the dual-rated event. USCF crosstables can be viewed here.

Warren Junior Scholar Vincent Do achieved his all-time high rating, 2027, winning all four rounds. Chicago Marish High School Senior Joe Fennessey, who recently qualified for the Warren program, overcame a second round defeat at Vincent's hands, to claim second with a 3.0/4 score.

In the Reserve Section, the DeKalb club's Cliff Adams went 4.0/4, boosting his rating 134 points to a mind-boggling 1433. Playing in over 100 events since 2004, Cliff has rotated between the high 1000's and the low 1300's in his USCF rating. Smashing the 1400-barrier is an impressive accomplishment for the Sycamore octogenarian. Cliff's previous high in the last two decades was 1361-rating achieved through a 2008 Quad in Elgin.

David Black and James Zhang split second place honors in the Reserve with 2.0/4 results.

Playing in his first rated event in 16 years, Aarish Patell won all four of his matches in the Booster Section, increasing his rating 230 points.

Freeport's John Werkheiser claimed clear second in the Booster, posting a 3.0/4 tally, losing only to Aarish in the third round.