Saratoga Staunton Club Quick Chess Tournament on December 10, 2017

The Saratoga Staunton Club will hold a Quick Chess Tournament on December 10, 2017. The event will be at the Saratoga Springs United Methodist Church 175 Fifth Avenue, Saratoga Springs NY 12866 in Room – Kitchenette 3 in the education wing of the church. (Park in the parking lot to your left when you drive into the church grounds and use the doors closest to that parking lot.) You can preregister by emailing moc.l1511033589iamto1511033589h@1sr1511033589uocel1511033589a1511033589 . The tournament will be USCF Quick Chess rated and USCF Membership is required. Official Rules Apply. Quick Chess is touch move. The Entry fee is $20, $15 for Staunton Club Members; pay at site, cash or check only. Games will be G/10 d3. (Game in 10 minutes with a 3 second delay) Registration with be from 7PM to 7:45PM. Rounds will start at 7:45 Prizes, based on 15 Entries will be $100, $50, and $35, top under 1700 $20. and top under 1300/unrated $20. (I will check if we need a minimum of two or three in a class for prize eligibility and post again or update this one before the tournament.)

Irina Krush lecture and simultaneous exhibition

The East Greenbush Chess Community will be sponsoring an afternoon lecture and simultaneous exhibition with GM Irina Krush on Saturday November 11th, 2017 beginning at 1:00 PM at their usual location of Sunshine Day Care, located at 14 Hays Rd, East Greenbush, NY 12061. This will be a no-fee event, but EGCC is requesting that attendees bring canned goods or non-perishable food donations for the Concerns-U food pantry.

Krush is a spectacularly successful player, one of 35 female GM’s worldwide, and a dominant force in American chess. I am a huge fan of her play, and strongly recommend that anyone who can make this event should make this event. In the likely event of more participants than seats, a lottery will be held to determine who gets to play. Interested parties should email Bill Matters , or call 518.477.2820 to let Bill know they wish to play.

This is a rare and exciting opportunity for players to compete against the 7-time US Women’s Champion. Please take advantage of this chance.

Reminder–Saratoga Quick Chess holiday tournament Sunday!

A brief reminder that the Saratoga Staunton Club is holding a quick chess tournament this Sunday. Registration from 7 until 7:45. This is a fun event, with a chance to play all the ideas you would regret playing in a standard rated event. Reckless attacks! Unsound sacrifices! Fun!

Joshua posted all the details in this earlier post.

Hope to see you there.

Schenectady Club Championship

The Schenectady Chess Club will begin its annual club championship beginning October 12th. Our tournament director is requesting that all participants declare their intention by Thursday, October 5th. Please contact Richard Chu with intent to join the club this year [$36] at moc.r1511033589r.pac1511033589yn@bu1511033589lcsse1511033589hcyda1511033589tcene1511033589hcs1511033589 . Emails should include USCF ID and expiration date.

The tournament will be a round robin event, with a G/100 d/5 time control.  We are sincerely hoping to complete play by the end of February.

In addition, Schenectady will be hosting a scholastic tourney simultaneously, with G/30 d/5 round robin, all-play-all event. The club offers scholastic membership for $18 per year. USCF membership is required. Any interested participants should contact me at gro.a1511033589cyne@1511033589retla1511033589w1511033589 with entry request, USCF ID, and expiration date. Affordable USCF memberships are available from the Right Move, whose first event will be Saturday October 14th. As director of the scholastic event I will accommodate entries on the 12th with proof of membership provided to me on the 14th at Bethlehem Middle School.

Please note that it is the club’s policy to provide trophies to winners. No cash prizes are available.

Still time to join Saratoga Staunton Chess Club and play for the championship

The 2017 club championship of the Staunton Chess Club will start on October 1. Because we are having a Quick Chess tournament on the 8th, we decided to accept entries for the club championship up until the start of the 2nd round on October 15.

Entry fee/club membership is $20. It is currently set as a double round robin, though we can change that if we get enough entries to make that impractical.

The Chess Club meets from approximately 7PM on Sundays and the tournament games usually start at approximately 7:30. Efforts are made to accommodate players schedules by allowing rescheduling games and playing make up games at times and locations agreed as acceptable by individual players.

If you have questions contact Alan LeCours moc.l1511033589iamto1511033589h@1sr1511033589uocel1511033589a1511033589

The club meets at the Saratoga Springs United Methodist Church.

Saratoga Staunton Club Quick Chess Tournament on October 8

The Saratoga Staunton Club will hold a Quick Chess Tournament on October 8, 2017. The event will be at the Saratoga Springs United Methodist Church 175 Fifth Avenue, Saratoga Springs NY 12866 in Room – Kitchenette 3. The tournament will be USCF Quick Chess rated and USCF Membership is required. Official Rules Apply. Quick Chess is touch move. The Entry fee is $20, $15 for Staunton Club Members. Games will be G/10 d3. (Game in 10 minutes with a 3 second delay) Registration with be from 7PM to 7:45PM. Rounds will be at 8:00PM, 8:35PM, 9:10PM, and 9:45PM. Prizes, based on 15 Entries will be 1st.$75, 2nd. $30, 3rd. $15, top unders 1700 $20. and top under 1300/unrated $20.

The club is hoping to have 4 more quick chess tournaments this year.

If you wish to play in the Staunton Club Championship as well, there is still time to join the Staunton Club for $20 to enter the club championship tournament – which will save you $5 on this one.

The club meets at the Saratoga Springs United Methodist Church. This will be the location of both the Quick Tournament and the Club Championship.

For some reason I can’t get preview to work to check things out. So if this post is filled with idiotic typos email me moc.l1511033589iamg@1511033589namre1511033589puk.h1511033589soj1511033589 . For questions about the club email Alan LeCours moc.l1511033589iamto1511033589h@1sr1511033589uocel1511033589a1511033589 .

Schenectady Chess Club Annual Meeting

The Schenectady Chess Club will hold its annual meeting on Thursday September 21st at 8:00 PM. Dues are likely to remain at $36 annually. Please be kind to our Treasurer and bring exact change.

I intend to propose a scholastic club tourney, with G/25 d/4, to run concurrent with the traditional club championship. Schenectady has traditionally offered significantly reduced annual membership for scholastic participants. Note that the time control will only impact quick rating. This is negotiable. A time control of G/30 d/5 would impact regular rating, if preferred. A start time of 7:30 each Thursday would have an expected end time of 8:30. I propose that the tourney be a round robin, all play all. A smaller turnout could have a double round robin, all play all, each player having both white and black. If there is any interest, please email me with inquiries or entry request to Walter AT enyca.org.

The club meets at the Niskayuna Community Center.

Saratoga Staunton Chess Club annual meeting and club championship tournament

The Saratoga Staunton Club’s annual meeting will be held Sunday September 24, 2017 at 7:30 PM. The championship tournament usually starts one week later, which would be October 1. Combined membership/entry fee is $16; there has been discussion of raising it. The club meets at the Saratoga Springs United Methodist Church, 175 Fifth Av. Saratoga Springs, NY. New members are welcome and encouraged.

Notes on the tournament: Most likely it will be a double round robin, depending on entries. The past few years it has been a relatively small tournament. Also, it is run semi-informally, allowing for players to reschedule games as needed to accommodate the players. Most players have rescheduled games in the past. The length of the tournament will be determined by the entries and how many games have to be rescheduled. It is a great way to play one rated game a week.

There is no need to attend the annual meeting to play in the tournament, in the past entries have even been accepted after the tournament has started.

The club is planning to also host some Quick Chess events; tentatively, on Oct 8 and Dec 10 but no one has checked for conflicts yet. That and any other events will be discussed at the meeting. I will announce it here when it is decided.

Frenzy of Local Clubs’ Annual Meetings

Details for the locations of the clubs can be found on the Clubs tab.

Schenectady Chess Club: Thursday, September 21st, 2017 8:00 P.M.

Saratoga Staunton Knights: Sunday, September 24th, 2017 8:00 P.M.

Albany Chess Club: Wednesday, September 27th, 2017 7:30 P.M.

I might edit these times if someone screams loud enough, so please pencil these in, and check back over the next two days.

Albany v Schenectady match tomorrow, August 24th

Tomorrow night the annual match between the Albany chess club and the Schenectady chess club will be held at the Niskayuna Community Center. Details for location and contact information for the club presidents can be found on the Clubs tab above.If you are thinking about joining the clubs this is an excellent opportunity to meet the membership. For a nominal fee, players may participate, playing a rated game [game in 100 minutes with 5 second delay.] If you just wish to show up and quietly watch the games in progress, all are welcome. Registration is at 7, play begins at 7:30. USCF membership is required for rated play, so bring your card if you can.