Thursday, June 13, 2013

Big Brother Accepting Registrations for 3rd Orwell Open

In the wake of revelations about NSA data-mining of phone records, there has been a surge in sales of George Orwell's classic 1984. But DeKalb Chess Club has been on the Orwell bandwagon for years.

Orwell -- better known as Eric Blair to his buddies -- was born June 25, 1903. After learning that the journalist and novelist may have dabbled at chess during his early job at a London book shop, the DeKalb club started a four-round, rated tournament in memory of his birth anniversary.

For the first time, we're honored to have been included as the fifth stop of the prestigious 2013 Illinois Chess Tour, bookended by the Chicago Open and the Chicago Class. Points earned at the Orwell will be accumulated by Illinois Chess Association members with awards provided after the Illinois Class later in the year.

Already registrations received suggest the Regular-Rated event will attract more than 30 participants. Early registration continues through Friday, June 21 at 9pm. An additional discount is available for ICA members.

Beyond the incredible experience to be gleaned in advance of the Midwest Classic, the Chicago Class and the US Open, Orwell participants will vie for a number of generously-funded cash prizes. See announcements here and on the ICA website for complete details.

Interested in playing? Drop an email with your name and USCF number and you'll be pre-registered. If you've never been a USCF member or your membership has lapsed, drop an email explaining your situation and we'll take it from there.

While tournament results will be reported to the USCF and will therefore become part of the public record, participants will be allowed to wear lead-lined helmets to discourage the government (and perhaps your opponent) from reading your mind during the tournament.

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