Friday, May 17, 2013

It's A Wonderful Life -- and a Wonderful Spring Day for Chess

The Sicilian Defense is not the only export from the largest island on the Mediterranean Sea.  American film director Frank Capra was also born there near the turn of the 20th Century... before coming over to the United States at age 6.

Settling in the southern California area with his family, Frank went on to earn an engineering degree before entering the film industry shortly before talking pictures appeared. It's A Wonderful Life is just one of the American classic films he created. In honor of Capra's birthday, DeKalb Chess Club (as if we needed an excuse) is hosting yet another chess event.

Registrations are flowing in like ZuZu's petals to Saturday's four-round tournament to be held in DeKalb.

At last count I've received around 20 RSVP's... which projects to a field of 28-30, comparable with the size of the other tournaments held in DeKalb this year. This portends a high likelihood that three sections will be created with plenty of "Under" prizes to make sure all participants have a shot at winning something.

No doubt some entrants will be gearing up for the Chicago Open which starts next week.

Early registration discounts are available through this evening... but on-site registration closes precisely at 9am (unless a first round bye is requested). All play should conclude by 6pm for those who have evening plans.

Bring your A-game... even if you're a Class B through E player!

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