Monday, October 28, 2013

Registrations Open for The OTHER Tal Memorial, November 9

Photo credits via Wikipedia, Circa 1982
Mikhail Tal would have been 77 years old on November 9th. Perhaps if he'd smoked fewer cigarettes, he'd have been around to join us as we observe his birthday with a four-round, all-ages, USCF-rated tournament in DeKalb.

Off in Russia they hold a big Tal Memorial event in November, so we've decided to call ours "The OTHER Tal Memorial" in order to avoid confusion. We'd hate to have some geographically-challenged GM show up at our event.

In what should feature three sections, this will be the perfect warm up for players entering the ICA's 2013 All Grade which is being held the following weekend in Normal at the Bone Center on the campus of Illinois State University, NIU's cousin to the south.

It's also the perfect follow up to the 2013 Polgar World Open to be held November 2 and 3. Young chess players thrive when playing beyond mere scholastic events, giving their game well-rounded perspective.