Despite winter storm warnings and winds exceeding 40 mph, ten daring souls made it to Borders Dec. 14 for an afternoon of competitive chess.
I was saddened that folks from downstate had to turn around due to white out conditions on Illinois 51. Similar troubles beset an Elgin-based member who encountered challenges on Plank Road (thanks for the text message, glad you are safe!).
Nonethless, we were able to get in three rounds of 30-minute time control games, with Phil J. (of Elgin) and Bill R. (of DeKalb) taking top honors with 2.5/3. Darin L. (of Sugar Grove) took a clear third with 2.0/3.
In order to accommodate a few non-USCF members and due to other late arrivals, the group elected to keep the tournament "off the books" so to speak. Results were not submitted to the USCF; no entry fees were collected. Nonetheless, Julie and the gang at Borders provided some wonderful gift bags and Phil, Bill and Darin walked away with some yummy hot cocoa and tasty chocolates. Other prizes were saved for our next event, January 2nd (HAVE YOU SENT IN YOUR RSVP, YET? SEE ABOVE!).
So thanks Al, Brian, Cliff, Don R. and Nathan (along with his siblings!) for coming out on this blustery December day! I know I won't soon forget it (and I'm sure Nathan won't soon forget dropping his queen under time pressure or the squandered opportunity to call a fallen flag -- There's always next time!).