Despite a "feather dusting" of snow and one of the more challenging weeks of my life, the Home for the Holidays Open will take place today as promised.
With more than 22 RSVP's as of yesterday, this promises to be one of the better-attended tournaments in the DeKalb Chess Club's two and a half year history.
Will we eclipse the Lincoln Penny Challenge of 2011 which included 36 competitors? You'll have to tune in later to find out.
With the strong pre-registration, I've configured the tournament field into four sections: Open, Under 1800, Under 1500 and Under 1200... but as advertised, TD discretion allows sections to be adjusted as registrations dictate. Just trying to make this the most competitive tournament possible for as many entrants as possible, you know? Special requests are accommodated within reason.
However, the unrated side event tentatively scheduled for the middle of the day will not be held due to the lack of a single advanced entry.
Thanks to Greg Protano for all his assistance with tournament set up and we'll see you after 9am for on-site registration. First round will begin PROMPTLY at 10am and the third round should wrap up neatly by 5:30pm.