Wednesday, September 29, 2010

News from our friends to the southeast at Lincoln-Way West High School, New Lenox

Our next tournament is October 9 (2010): Lincoln-Way West's National Chess Day Open.
Lincoln-Way West High School, 21701 S. Gougar Road, New Lenox, IL 60451. Enter by the main entrance.
Three sections: 3-SS G/60 USCF rated open section; 3-SS G/60 ICCA rated High School section; 4-SS G/40 non-rated Elementary & Junior High section. 

EF: With a pre-registration e-mail before or on Thursday October 7, and on-site registration between 8:00 and 8:30 on Saturday, $5 (with a purchase of USCF membership, the entry fee is free); else $10 (with a purchase of USCF membership, $5). 

For students, the pre-registration e-mail should contain your name, grade, school, and which section you wish to play in (and USCF ID# if you have one); for adults, it should contain your name and USCF ID# (if you have one). 

Awards: medals will be awarded to all 1st place ties. 

Info: Onsite concessions will be available.

Questions: Contact stevencraigmiller at

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Monday, September 13, 2010

Exciting chess fashion accessory...

Chess Merkin on display at Middlewest Fest
No self-respecting chess player should leave home without their very own chess-piece merkin. Available through the wife of DeKalb Chess Club member Daniel Cruz and her business partner, this is only one of the fabulous and creative merkin designs they've crafted.

Merkins have a centuries' old history that is absolutely fascinating. They makes a wonderful gift certain to be appreciated by any chess-minded recipient. If you're looking for an edge in your next tournament, and you're short on time to absorb chess theory, this may be the distinctive solution that will set you apart from your opponents.

Monday, September 6, 2010

New Poster Debuts

Everywhere we look in today's world, we are barraged with messages. Which ones we heed and which we ignore, well, that's a science paralleling the complexity of a chess game.

To keep up with the Joneses, DeKalb Chess Club has commissioned a portfolio of posters designed to entice new blood to open play, held twice a week at Borders. Without further ado, the latest in a continuing series debuts below: