With an ever-growing turnout for our Open Play sessions, it's time to see if anyone is capable of repeating as champion in one of our local tournaments. To date we've had three different individuals take top honors in our open Sunday tournaments. Who will be next?
With holiday season upon us, our valued-host Borders has more merchandise out for public browsing so we are a little pressed for tables. No more than 24 players can be accommodated. Due to these space limitations, it's highly encouraged to RSVP to reserve your place in the tournament pool by dropping an email to DeKalbChess@gmail.com or posting a comment below. Otherwise, it's first come, first served.
Again, registration is from 11:15 to 11:45am. Play will begin at noon with everyone playing four rounds. Subsequent rounds are tabbed for 1:30, 3:00 and 4:30pm. Hopefully, the time control allows chess combatants enough time to think strategically while allowing for sufficient variety over the course of the afternoon.
Bear fans will be provided updates during the latter part of the afternoon as the Patriots invade Soldier Field. We're keeping a slot in the tournament open for Tom Brady in case he wishes to engage in a real game. Other NFL scores available upon request.
Updated Weather: Despite the forecast for some light snow for Sunday, we remain optimistic that the tournament should be readily accessible. For out of towners, Borders is located on Illinois Route 23 which is cleared rapidly by local crews (and chess-appreciating elves). Compared to Monday's forecast temperature in the single digits, Sunday's expected high in the teens will be downright balmy! Besides, Borders' cafe offers some of the most delicious hot chocolate this side of the Rockies.
All in all, it should be a perfect day to remain inside with us, pushing a little wood (or plastic) rather than fighting the Christmas shoppers at a crowded mall or conducting snowball fights with your neighbors. Chess is so much more civilized!
See post above for weather-related alterations.