Thursday, June 9, 2016

Bill Hall passes away at age 46


I am very sad to learn of the passing of Bill Hall, US Chess Executive Director from 2005-2013. He died early Tueday morning of complications from Diabetes. Rest in Peace, my friend. My sincere condolences to his family as well as his many friends in the chess community and elsewhere.

We first met at the Crossville Chess Club, held weekly at the Dairy Queen, in October 2002, when I held the position that he assumed three years later. This photo was from my last visit with him in Crossville, Tennessee, in 2011. During the visit, we played a consultation match with two young chess players from the local community. The game ended in a draw and was refereed by Alan Kantor (with the red shirt). I stopped in Crossville last month hoping to visit with him, but was told by Harry and Jay Sabine that he was quite ill. Even though we didn't agree on every subject, Bill was uniformly gracious, respectful and kind to me whenever we met... a professional in every sense of the word.

Services for Bill Hall will be held at Bilbrey Funeral Home in Crossville, TN. Visitation will be held Thursday from 5-7 PM and Friday morning from 9-10 AM. The Funeral will be held at 10 AM with burial to follow in Clarkrange, TN.
In lieu of flowers the family is accepting donations towards funeral expenses. Donations can be made directly to Bilbrey Funeral Home. Just let them know it is for Bill Hall's funeral.

I will be heading to the funeral this morning and staying at the Best Western in Cookeville, TN, tonight, in case anyone in the area would like to meet up for dinner after visitation hours.

BEST WESTERN Thunderbird Motel
900 S Jefferson Avenue,
Cookeville, TN, 38501, United States
Phone: 931/526-7115

The game score from our consultation game is on the US Chess web site. Follow this link to play over the game and read the original story.

Additional photos here.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

2016 KENTUCKY SENIOR OPEN


2016 KENTUCKY SENIOR OPEN CHESS TOURNAMENT
Open to age 50 and older (born before July 16, 1966)
Prize Fund: $500 based on a minimum of 20 players –additional prizes as entries permit
July 16-17, 2016

Sponsored by Kentucky Chess Association and the Powell County Chess Club
- At the beautiful Brookside Cottage clubhouse (pictured above),
277 Brookside Drive at Willlowbend Way, Stanton, Kentucky 40380.
Directions: Mountain Parkway Exit 22 – Stanton. Go North on Main Street. Turn left onto Railroad Street (across from old railroad depot). Turn left on Willowbend Way. Building is on your left. If lost, call Brian Charles, 606-481-4700 and he will lead you in.

Rounds: 5 Round Swiss System
Time Control: G/90;d5
Schedule: Saturday at 10 AM, 1:30 PM and 5 PM; Sunday at 9:30 AM and 2 PM
Byes: Unlimited half point byes available if declared before start of round 2
Entry Fee: $25.00 if mailed before July 9, $35 later and at site, $10 EF for new players
{Include name, address, USCF ID # and e-mail. July ratings will be used.}

Registration: Saturday from 9:00 to 9:45 AM. Players may enter late with a bye in round 1.
USCF membership required; KCA dues $5 (optional). Sets will be provided. Bring a clock, if possible.

Advance entries to: Frank Niro, tournament director, 637 Stratford Drive, Lexington, KY, 40503 (checks payable to TD please) [Cell # 503-347-0750]
E-mail questions to: ChessSafari@yahoo.com

Prizes: 1st Place $150, 2nd Place $100, Class A/B $50, Class C/D $50, Class E & below $50, 1st Place age 65 to 79 $50, 1st place age 80 and over $50. Top Kentucky resident will receive an engraved plaque, and also have their name engraved on a permanent Steve Dillard memorial trophy.

Open to all, regardless of residence

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Chess City of the Year - Louisville, Kentucky

Photo was taken this past November at the Susan Polgar Foundation World Open held at the Brown Hotel in Louisville. Pictured are, l. to r., Susan Polgar, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, Tony Perugini, Frank Niro and Daro Mott.

Congratulations to the chess community of Louisville, KY, for being named "chess city of the year" by US Chess. Also to Larry Bell for his Outstanding Career Achievement Award. Very well deserved! I anticipate that Daro Mott or Ryan Velez will let Mayor Fischer know. The formal recognition will be at the awards luncheon in Indianapolis during the 2016 US Open in August.

The official US Chess announcement is located here.

LARRY BELL {photo courtesy of Kentucky Chess Association}

Thursday, May 19, 2016

2016 SPICE Cup set for October


2016 SPICE Cup

$15,000 Guaranteed!

Free Entries to GMs, IMs, WGMs, WIMs, 2300+, Etc.

Sponsored by Webster University and the Susan Polgar Foundation

St. Louis, Missouri
October 17–22, 2016

GM/IM norm opportunity – Minimum rating (FIDE) 2100
Limited to first 50 entries. October 2016 rating will be used.

Time Control:
G/90 + 30 second increment from move 1

Prizes:
$15,000 guaranteed

$5,000-$2,500-$2,000-$1,500-$1,000-$500
U/2400 FIDE $500-$250-$125
U/2300 FIDE $500-$250-$125

Top Woman $500-$250

Limited FREE hotel accommodation (double occupancy) at the Clayton Plaza Hotel available to foreign GMs.

Entry Fees:
Free to GMs, IMs, WGMs, WIMs, FIDE rated players over 2300, and all foreign players with 2100+ FIDE (must complete all 9 rounds), if registered by September 30, 2016. $50 later or on site. The rating minimums are to be met at the time of registration (or at any time starting April 2016 until the start of the tournament).

$100 to FIDE 2200-2299, $200 to FIDE U-2200 if received by September 30, 2016. Additional $50 later or on site.

Venue: Clayton Plaza Hotel
7750 Carondelet Ave, St Louis, MO 63105 (FREE shuttle from the Lambert–St. Louis International Airport)
$109/night, FREE Breakfast/Internet/Parking

For reservations guests should call 314-726-5400 and ask for “In House Reservations”
Group Name is SPICE Cup; Group Code is CPP

Send entries to: Webster University – SPICE
470 E. Lockwood Ave
St. Louis, MO 63119

Questions or registration for titled players: Email: spice@webster.edu or call 314-246-8075

Schedule

Monday, October 17
5 pm – Round 1

Tuesday, October 18
10 am – Round 2
5 pm – Round 3

Wednesday, October 19
10 am – Round 4
5 pm – Round 5

Thursday, October 20
5 pm – Round 6

Friday, October 21
10 am – Round 7
5 pm – Round 8

Saturday, October 22
10 am – Round 9

All Rounds played at the Clayton Plaza Hotel

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Announcing the 2016 BLUEGRASS STATE GAMES – CHESS


2016 BLUEGRASS STATE GAMES – CHESS

Event Date: Saturday, July 23, 2016
Entry Fee: $30 for one event; $35 for two events
Sport Commissioner: Frank Niro; chesssafari@yahoo.com; TD: Ryan Velez; chessperformance@gmail.com

VENUE: YUSSMAN CHESS CENTER
Steve Dillard Playing Hall
Lower Level – Suite 079
173 Sears Ave.
Louisville, KY 40207

REGISTRATION: Use separate individual entry form for each player. Printable entry form is located at the following url: http://bgsg.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Individual-Entry-Form.pdf.

If you plan to register at the site, you need to bring completed paperwork by 9:30 am. Your information must be added to tournament software before the matches can begin. USCF identification number is essential to have the tournament rated and needs to be known in advance in order to put players in appropriate division. Include the expiration date or if new, write “new” in the space. Students – List school or organization name on entry form (Example: Scout Troop #8 or PL Dunbar H.S. and grade.)

FORMAT: Swiss for the adults and teams; Modified for the scholastic. Each player will have 45 minutes with a delay of 5 seconds to play each game. Four rounds: first round starts at 10 am. Second, third, and fourth rounds will start as soon as possible after the previous match. The day’s events will last from 10 am-4 pm followed by an opportunity to register for Quick Chess.

RULES: United States Chess Federation tournament rules (6th. edition).

EQUIPMENT: Sets and boards will be provided. Please bring digital chess clocks with delay options, if you have them.
{more information on reverse side}
SANCTION: United States Chess Federation, membership required for rating purposes. Discounted single tournament annual memberships will be available at the site. Expired memberships should be renewed online at uschess.org prior to the tournament.

AGE: Age as of July 22, 2016

AWARDS: Gold, Silver & Bronze will be given in the following categories:
Open/Beginner: Overall, 50 & Over, 20 – 49, 19 & Under, Women
High School: Overall, Senior, Junior, Sophomore, Freshman, & Team consisting of 4 players
Middle High School: Overall, 8th grade, 7th grade, 6th grade, & Team consisting of 4 players
Elementary School: Overall, 5th grade, 4th grade, & Team consisting of 4 players
Primary School: Overall, 3rd grade, 2nd grade, 1st grade, Kindergarten, & Team consisting of 4 players

QUICK CHESS EVENT INFORMATION BELOW
REGISTRATION: On-site registration for this event from 4:00-4:30 pm.
FORMAT: 4 rounds at 10 minutes/game. Double Swiss Pairings.
RULES: USCF Quick Chess Rules in force. All players required to use a chess clock.

PUZZLE SOLVING:
(new section this year) A special puzzle solving contest in memory of Steve Dillard will be held during the event. Entry fee: $5, payable on the day of the tournament.
________________________________________
Send entry forms for by email:
aratliff@bluegrasssports.org

by mail:
Bluegrass State Games
162 E. Main, Suite 210
Lexington, KY 40507

by fax:
859-286-5158

at site on day of event:
Blank paperwork will be available. See further instructions under REGISTRATION (above).

We are sorry, but checks and credit cards cannot be accepted at site. Cash only on day of event.


Thursday, May 5, 2016

2016 SPF Girls Invitational


Rules & Conditions for the 13th Annual Susan Polgar Foundation Girls’ Invitational – the richest all-girls championship in the world!

($200,000+ in scholarships + $7,500 cash prizes)
July 23 (arrival day) – 28, 2016 at Webster University (St. Louis, Missouri)

The Annual SPF Girls’ Invitational, in its 13th year, is the most prestigious All-Girls event in the United States. It is also the first All-Girls event approved and sanctioned by the USCF back in 2003. It is an invitational event, and will once again be held at Webster University (St. Louis, Missouri).

Each state, as well as each country in the American Continent (South, Central, and North America) is allowed to nominate one representative. Each Canadian province is allowed one representative to be nominated. In addition, automatic qualifying spots will be awarded to the reigning winners in each section of the annual Susan Polgar Foundation National Open for Girls and the Susan Polgar Foundation World Open for Girls.

Webster University will provide complimentary room and meal accommodation on campus for all qualifiers!

• There will be an intense training session with Susan Polgar and members of the SPICE team, followed by a 6 round (g/90+30) FIDE rated championship tournament.
• The traditional Blitz, Puzzle Solving, Bughouse events will stay the same as in previous years.
• There will be many chess prizes awarded, as well as scholarships to Webster University.

Official representatives should be nominated by June 10, 2016. Official representative alternates may be substituted no later than July 11, 2016. (Susan Polgar and/or the Polgar Committee may allow the host state / country to enter an additional qualified player.) Susan Polgar and/or the Polgar Committee may allow exceptions to the June 10 entry/alternate deadline. Should the state / country affiliate fail to respond to the notice for this tournament, Susan Polgar and/or the Polgar Committee may determine the candidate from that state / country.

Players must have been enrolled in a school (up to 12th grade) located in the state or country they represent, also of the year in which the tournament is held. Home-schooled students who are under the age of 19 on July 22nd of the year in which the event is held or students who have never attended college on a full time basis prior to June 1 of the year in which the tournament is held, are eligible to represent the state / country in which they reside.

Exception: If a player graduates from high school early and is already attending college, she may still represent her state if nominated. This is the decision of each state affiliate or country.

VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: The participants of the Susan Polgar Girl’s Invitational DO NOT have to be high school students (they can also be in kindergarten, elementary, or middle school). All qualifiers must be under the age of 19 (by July 22nd of the year in which the tournament is held)!

Special invitation for this year: All past participants of the SPNI and SPFGI (Susan Polgar National Invitational/Susan Polgar Foundation Girls’ Invitational 2004-2015) are invited to participate in the 2016 SPFGI. The idea is to have the past participants learn my method of training so they can go back home and share their knowledge with the younger players. However, registration MUST be made ASAP since space is limited. There will be mutual training sessions for all, however separate section & prizes for alumni participants over the age of 19.

Players are required to furnish the organizer an emergency phone number and the e-mail address of a parent/guardian.

There is no entry fee to participate in the 2016 SPFGI; however, players are responsible for their own travel.

For alumni participants, wild card/special invites, coaches, parents, or other family members, inexpensive accommodations are available for housing and dining on Webster’s campus. Please note that all reservations and registrations MUST be made (and accommodation expenses prepaid) no later than June 15, 2016.

Prizes: Trophies / plaques will be awarded to the winners of the Susan Polgar Foundation Girl’s Invitational Puzzle Solving, Blitz, Bughouse and the SPFGI Championship. Co-champions are recognized in the case of a tie, with each champion receiving a Champion’s Plaque or Trophy.

The Champion (or Co-Champions) of the main event will automatically be invited to defend her/their title (must meet age requirement).

Champion: Webster University scholarship* (full tuition and fees approximately $25,000 + per year x 4 years)

2nd place: Webster University scholarship (approximately $14,000 + per year x 4 years)

3rd place: Webster University scholarship (approximately $12,000 + per year x 4 years)

(In case of a tie, a playoff will used to determine the level of scholarships)

* The scholarships to Webster University must be exercised no later than Fall of 2019, and are not transferable. In addition, these scholarships cannot be combined with other academic scholarships, or stacked. If players won scholarships in past events, they can choose to exercise the highest one.

Additional CASH SCHOLARSHIP this year!

1st place = $2,500
2nd place = $1,500
3rd place = $1,000

Top under 13 = $500
Top under 10 = $500

Triple-crown champion (main event, blitz, and puzzle solving) = $1,000

Biggest upset prize (each round) = $50 x 6 = $300 gift certificate

Best dressed player = $100 gift certificate

Best written essay about the SPFGI experience = $100 gift certificate

There will also be additional surprised prizes which challenge intellect and wit!

(In case of a tie, cash prizes will be shared)

The Polgar Committee’s goal is to have all 50 states (including two representatives for California, two for Texas, and two for Missouri), the District of Columbia, as well as each country in the American Continent (South, Central, and North America) represented. We strongly encourage each state and the District of Columbia affiliate to hold a scholastic championship tournament to determine each state’s champion and representative. Failing this, rating criteria may be acceptable. A scholastic girls’ champion or the highest rated girls’ scholastic player in a state who has no state affiliate of the USCF should contact the Polgar Committee as soon as possible.

Susan Polgar and/or the Polgar Committee and its members may elect to award a limited number of wild cards each year for the Susan Polgar Girl’s Invitational.

Special qualifying events: The Polgar Committee will award automatic qualifying spots to the reigning winners in each section of the annual Susan Polgar Foundation National Open for Girls and the Susan Polgar Foundation World Open for Girls.

The SPFGI Chairperson is Martha Underwood (AZ).

NOTICE TO ALL STATE OFFICIALS: Please send the nomination from your state to the Polgar Committee (PolgarCommittee@gmail.com).

Contact info: Polgar Committee (PolgarCommittee@gmail.com)

The Susan Polgar Foundation can be contacted at 806-281-7424 or through info@PolgarFoundation.org.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Pairings for Round 1. 2015 SPF Girls Invitational


BdResWhiteResBlack
1THAIS CASTILLO MORALES (1614)DANITZA VAZQUEZ (2107)
2LILIA POTEAT (2044)EMMA CHENG (1581)
3SHIMERA PAXTON (1553)NOZIMA ARIPOVA (1967)
4THALIA CERVANTES (1967)CASSIE PARENT (1549)
5SOFIA STANESCU-BELLU (1531)VERONIKA ZILAJEVA (1901)
6RACHAEL ENG (1887)EVELYN CHEN (1508)
7CHLOE WONG (1501)SERAFINA SHOW (1879)
8SAITHANUSRI AVIRNENI (1861)NIGINA ARIPOVA (1456)
9NEHA DIAS (1426)ELLA PAPANEK (1839)
10MAGGIE LUO (1815)KAREN SALZGEBER (1400)
11PEISHANIKA ARNOLD (1385)SHAYNA PROVINE (1804)
12NAOMI BASHKANSKY (1803)SKYLAR HSU (1384)
13SARAH FAITH CARSON (1347)ANDREA BOTEZ (1803)
14SASHA KONOVALENKO (1795)SARVAGNA VELIDANDLA (1337)
15BEATRICE LOW (1326)NASTASSJA MATUS (1785)
16AIYA CANCIO (1775)WILLOW KATRINA LETARD (1320)
17CHARITY CARSON (1285)TRINA CHATTERJEE (1753)
18KIANA HAJIARBABI (1729)TRIYA VENKATARAJA (1268)
19IOANA MURGULET (1228)IRIS ZHOU (1727)
20YASSAMIN EHSANI (1725)RUI YANG YAN (1224)
21MEGHANA KANCHARLA (1175)RACHEL TAO (1719)
22ANNAPOORNI MEIYAPPAN (1702)ALLYSON WONG (1139)
23ELENA ALLEN (1088)ELVIA NATARENO (1675)
24ANASTACIA LOPEZ SANCHEZ (1658)TEMILOLUWA ADEROGBA (1014)
25SHAHRZAD HAJIARBABI (953)AINE CAROLINA LIMA (1646)
26DIAMOND ABDUS-SHAKOOR (1638)EMILY HOGUE (836)
27GISELLE KIMBALL (793)ASHLEY TAPP (1625)
28KATHRYN THOMAS (1619)CHARITY FARELL (unr.)

2015 SPFGI Bughouse Championship
Sunday, July 26, 2015

1st Place
ARIZONA: Aiya Canco (AZ) & Rachael Eng (AZ), 10-0

2nd Place
CHOCOLATE: Danitza Vasquez (Puerto Rico) & Serafina Show (CA), 7-3
MINIONS: Diamond Abdus-Shakoor (OH) & Lilia Poteat (NY), 7-3
NOBODY: Thalia Cervantes (MO) & Ashley Tapp (Canada), 7-3
CASSANDREA: Andrea Botez (Canada) & Cassie Parent (IL), 7-3

3rd Place
CIA: Ella Papanek (NY) & Yassi Eshani ((NY), 6-4
NOTHING: Sasha Konovalenko ((MI) & Chloe Wong (WI), 6-4
MAGIC: Nastassja Matus (MN) & Iris Zhou (MO), 6-4
HAJIBARBIS: Kiani Hajibarbi (KS) and Shahrzad (KS), 6-4
DIAMONDS: Neha Dias (SC) & Peishanika Arnold (IN), 6-4
CV: Veronika Zilajeva (OK) & Charity Farell (OK), 6-4

4th Place
TEX MEX: Anastacia Lopez (Mexico) & Ioana Murgulet (TX), 5-5
CARSONS: Sarah Faith Carson (IA) & Charity Carson (IA), 5-5
CALIFORNIA: Evelyn Chen (GA) & Trina Chatterjee (CA), 5-5

6th Place
BUBBLES: Willow Letard (NM) & Maggie Luo (VA), 4-6
OREGON: Elena Allen (OR) & Thais Castillo Morales (Costa Rica), 4-6
MUSTANGS: Allyson Wong (CA) & Annapoorni Meiyappan (CA), 4-6
LUCKY: Skyler Hsu (MD) & Emma Cheng (OH), 4-6
MARVEL: Shayna Provine (IL) & Giselle Kimball (NV), 4-6
CHAMPIONS: Sarvagna Velidanda (AL) & Meghana Kancharla (NH), 4-6

7th Place
PEPPERMINT: Beatrice Low (CT) & Rui Yang Yan (CA), 3-7

8th Place
438ERS: Katie Thomas (KY) & Karen Salzgeber (MS), 2-8
SPARK: Emily Hogue (UT) & Aine Lima (Brazil), 2-8

9th Place
ELEPHANT-MONKEYS: Temi Aderogba (ID) & Triya Venkataraja (NC), 0-10

Monday, July 20, 2015

2015 Bluegrass State Games - Chess


Medal Winners – 2015 Bluegrass State Games
Big Sandy Community & Technical College
Mayo Campus, Paintsville, KY
July 18, 2015


Game in 45 minutes per player with 5 second delay

Open

Gold – Christopher Coleman
Silver (tie) – Tyler Mainous & Shane Ward
Bronze – John Biliter & Larry Greer

















Christopher Coleman & Shane Ward during their crucial final round game

Under 1400

Gold – Adam Wheeler
Silver (tie) – Steve Phillips & Allen Maddix
Bronze – Jackie Ward & Paul Childers

Kindergarten through 5th Grade

Gold – Kyle Wheeler

6th through 8th Grade

Gold – Linden Wheeler

High School

Gold – Sean Howard











Action Game in 10 minutes

Gold (tie) – Taylor Mainous & Sean Howard
Silver (tie) – Christopher Coleman, Shane Ward & Adam Wheeler

Staff

Jason Kretzer, Ricky Hamilton, Katerina Nemcova & Natasha Niro

Organizer

East Kentucky Chess Club, Pikeville, KY

















Adam Wheeler & John Biliter

Special Thanks

Mike Mackenzie & John Biliter

Respectfully submitted,
Frank A. Niro, Commissioner

U.S. Chess Federation rated tournament cross tables for this event


Tournament directors Jason Kretzer & Frank Niro

Thursday, March 5, 2015

12th Annual SPFGI details announced


Rules & Conditions for the 12th Annual Susan Polgar Foundation Girls' Invitational
(Over $200K in prizes and scholarships)
July 25 (arrival day) – July 30, 2015 at Webster University (St. Louis, Missouri)

The Annual SPF Girls' Invitational, in its 12th year, is the most prestigious All-Girls event in the United States. It is also the first All-Girls event approved and sanctioned by the USCF back in 2003. It is an invitational event, and will once again be held at Webster University (St. Louis, Missouri).

Each state, as well as each country in the American Continent (South, Central, and North America) is allowed to nominate one representative. In addition, automatic qualifying spots will be awarded to the reigning winners in each section of the annual Susan Polgar Foundation National Open for Girls and the Susan Polgar Foundation World Open for Girls.

Webster University will provide complimentary room and meal accommodation on campus for all qualifiers!

• There will be an intense training session with Susan Polgar and members of the SPICE team, followed by a 6 round (g/90+30) FIDE rated championship tournament.
• The traditional Blitz, Puzzle Solving, Bughouse events will stay the same as in previous years.
• There will be many chess prizes awarded, as well as scholarships to Webster University.

Official representatives should be nominated by June 8, 2015. Official representative alternates may be substituted no later than July 6, 2015. (Susan Polgar and/or the Polgar Committee may allow the host state to enter an additional qualified player.) Susan Polgar and/or the Polgar Committee may allow exceptions to the June 8 entry/alternate deadline. Should the state affiliate fail to respond to the notice for this tournament, Susan Polgar and/or the Polgar Committee may determine the candidate from that state or country.

Players must have been enrolled in a school (up to 12th grade) located in the state or country they represent, also of the year in which the tournament is held. Home-schooled students who are 19 or under on the year in which the event is held or students who have never attended traditional college on a full time basis prior to July 1 of the year in which the tournament is held, are eligible to represent the state or country in which they reside.

Exception: If a player graduates from high school early and is already attending college, she may still represent her state if nominated. This is the decision of each state affiliate.

VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: The participants of the Susan Polgar Girl’s Invitational DO NOT have to be high school students. Any qualifier who is 19 or under (on the year in which the tournament is held) is eligible!

Special invitation for this year: All past participants of the SPNI and SPFGI (Susan Polgar National Invitational/Susan Polgar Foundation Girls’ Invitational 2004-2014) are invited to participate in the 2015 SPFGI. The idea is to have the past participants learn my method of training so they can go back home and share their knowledge with the younger players. However, registration MUST be made ASAP since space is limited. There will be mutual training sessions for all, however separate section & prizes for alumni participants over the age of 20.

Players are required to furnish the organizer an emergency phone number and the e-mail address of a parent/guardian.

There is no entry fee to participate in the 2015 SPFGI; however, players are responsible for their own travel.

For alumni participants, wild card/special invites, coaches, parents, or other family members, inexpensive accommodations are available for housing and dining on Webster’s campus. Please note that all reservations and registrations MUST be made (and accommodation expenses prepaid) no later than June 15, 2015.

Prizes: Trophies / plaques will be awarded to the winners of the Susan Polgar Foundation Girl’s Invitational Puzzle Solving, Blitz, Bughouse and the SPFGI Championship. Co-champions are recognized in the case of a tie, with each champion receiving a Champion’s Plaque or Trophy.

The Champion (or Co-Champions) of the main event will automatically be invited to defend her/their title (must meet age requirement).

Champion: Webster University scholarship* (full tuition and fees approximately $24,000 + per year x 4 years) Champion's Cup. (In case of a tie, a playoff will used to determine the level of scholarships)

2nd place: Webster University scholarship (approximately $14,000 + per year x 4 years)

3rd place: Webster University scholarship (approximately $12,000 + per year x 4 years)

Additional prizes this year!

Top under 16: $1,000 scholarship to help defray expenses to the 2015 World Youth (if participating**)

Top under 14: $1,000 scholarship to help defray expenses to the 2015 World Youth (if participating**)

Top under 12: $1,000 scholarship to help defray expenses to the 2015 World Youth (if participating**)

Top under 10: $1,000 scholarship to help defray expenses to the 2015 World Youth (if participating**)

* The scholarships to Webster University must be exercised no later than Fall of 2018, and are not transferable. In addition, these scholarships cannot be combined with other academic scholarships, or stacked. If players won scholarships in past events, they can choose to exercise the highest one.

** After flight ticket has been purchased, a $1,000 reimbursement check will be sent to the winners.

The Polgar Committee’s goal is to have all 50 states (including two representatives for California, two for Texas, and two for Missouri), the District of Columbia, as well as each country in the American Continent (South, Central, and North America) represented. We strongly encourage each state and the District of Columbia affiliate to hold a scholastic championship tournament to determine each state’s champion and representative. Failing this, rating criteria may be acceptable. A scholastic girls’ champion or the highest rated girls’ scholastic player in a state who has no state affiliate of the USCF should contact the Polgar Committee as soon as possible.

Susan Polgar and/or the Polgar Committee and its members may elect to award a limited number of wild cards each year for the Susan Polgar Girl’s Invitational.

Special qualifying events: The Polgar Committee will award automatic qualifying spots to the reigning winners in each section of the annual Susan Polgar Foundation National Open for Girls and the Susan Polgar Foundation World Open for Girls.

The SPFGI Chairperson is Martha Underwood (AZ).

NOTICE TO ALL STATE OFFICIALS: Please send the nomination from your state to the Polgar Committee (PolgarCommittee@gmail.com).

Contact info: Polgar Committee (PolgarCommittee@gmail.com)

The Susan Polgar Foundation can be contacted at 806-281-7424 or through info@PolgarFoundation.org.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Local Chess Calendar


Here is a list of the upcoming chess tournaments in the local vicinity during the next several months. The events that I am planning to play in are in bold. Thanks to Robert Chenault of Cincinnati as well as the Kentucky Chess Association for the source information.

FEB. 27 - (Friday/Columbus) 3 Rounds - G/45;d5 - www.buckeyechess.com

Next Cincy Tornado
Saturday, Feb. 28th Cincy Tornado Chess Tournament "Pawn Gambits"
New!! 2 Sections. OPEN SECTION and Under 1600
Last Saturday of the month...every month. www.chessearth.com


FEB. 28 - (Saturday/Columbus) Chess-N-Chili - all Pre-Registered players get a FREE bowl of Chili!!! www.buckeyechess.com

MAR. 1 Sunday Blitz Weekly & Chess at Cancun's "casual play and chess matches"
- 1:00pm blitz tournament; $20EF - www.chessearth.com

MAR. 6 - Friday Nite Quick/DCC - 7:30pm - www.daytonchessclub.com

MAR. 7 - Arnold Schwarzenegger Scholastic Chess Classic - www.buckeyechess.com

MAR. 7 - (Saturday) Sycamore High School - 7400 Cornell Rd. Montgomery, OH 45242 www.chesscincinnati.com

MAR. 7 - (Saturday) Lexington 1st Saturday G/60 - lexchess.com

MAR. 8 Sunday Blitz Weekly & Chess at Cancun's "casual play and chess matches"
- 1:00pm blitz tournament; $20EF - www.chessearth.com

MAR. 13 - Friday Nite Quick/DCC - 7:30pm - www.daytonchessclub.com

MAR. 13-15 OR 14-15 19th annual Mid-America Open
TROPHIES PLUS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 120 (ENHANCED)
5SS, 40/110, SD/30 d10 (2-day option, rds. 1-2 G/60 d10). Crowne Plaza Hotel St. Louis-Clayton, 7750 Carondelet Ave., St. Louis, MO 63105 (I-64 W/US 40-W Exit 32B, 1.2 miles north on Hanley Rd). $$ 20,000 GUARANTEED PRIZE FUND. In 7 sections: Open: $2000-1000-500-300, clear winner or 1st on tiebreak $100 bonus, top U2300/Unr $800-400. Under 2100: $1400-700-400-200. Under 1900: $1400-700-400-200. Under 1700: $1400-700-400-200. Under 1500: $1200-600-300-200. Under 1300: $1000-500-300-200. Under 1000: $500-300-200-100, plaques to first 3, top U800, U600, Unrated Prize limits: Unrated may not win over $200 in U1000, $400 U1300, $600 U1500, or $800 U1700. Mixed doubles bonus prizes: best male/female 2-player “team” combined score among all sections: $800-400-200. Team average must be under 2200; teammates may play in different sections; teams must register at site (no extra fee) before 2 pm 3/14; teammate pairings avoided but possible. Top 6 sections EF: $109 online at chessaction.com by 3/11, $115 phoned to 406-896-2038 by 3/9 (entry only, no questions), 3-day $113.50, 2-day $112.50 mailed by 3/4, $130 online until 2 hours before game or at site. GMs free; $90 deducted from prize. U1000 Section EF: all $50 less than above. Online EF $3 less to MCA members. No checks at site, credit cards OK. Unofficial uschess.org ratings usually used if otherwise unrated. Special 1 yr USCF dues with magazine if paid with entry: Online at chessaction.com, Adult $30, Young Adult $20, Scholastic $15. Mailed, phoned or paid at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $30, Scholastic $20. Re-entry $60; not available in Open Section. 3-day schedule: Reg ends Fri 6 pm, rds. Fri 7 pm, Sat 11 & 5, Sun 10 & 3:30. 2-day schedule: Reg ends Sat 10 am, rds. Sat 11, 2 & 5, Sun 10 & 3:30. Byes: OK all, limit 2; Open must commit before rd. 2, others before rd. 3. HR: $95-98, includes free full hot buffet breakfast and free parking, 888-303-1746, 314-726-5400, request chess rate, reserve by 3/6 or rate may increase. Car rental: Avis, 800-331-1600, use AWD #D657633, or reserve car online through chesstour.com. Ent: chessaction.com or Continental Chess, Box 8482, Pelham, NY 10803. Questions: DirectorAtChess.US, chesstour.com, chesstour.info, 347-201-2269. $15 service charge for refunds. Advance entries posted at chessaction.com (online entries posted instantly). Blitz tournament Saturday 9:30 pm, enter by 9:16pm.


MAR. 15 Sunday Blitz Weekly & Chess at Cancun's "casual play and chess matches"
- 1:00pm blitz tournament; $20EF - www.chessearth.com

MAR. 14-15 MOTCF: Midwest Open Team Chess Festival - www.daytonchessclub.com

MAR. 14-15 2015 Ohio High School Middle School Championship - www.progresswithchess.org

MAR. 14 (Saturday) Toledo March Swiss (University of Toledo) James Jagodzinski 419-367-9450. (see Chess Life)

MAR. 20 - Friday Nite Quick/DCC - 7:30pm - www.daytonchessclub.com

MAR. 21 - 14th Annual Queen City Classic Chess Tournament - www.queencityclassic.org

MAR. 21 (Saturday/Cleveland) CWRU March Magnus; Free Pizza & Drinks for players! www.progresswithchess.org

MAR. 22 (Sunday/Columbus) - North Market Swiss - www.centralchessclub.com

MAR. 22 - Sunday Blitz Weekly & Chess at Cancun's "casual play and chess matches"
- 1:00pm blitz tournament; $20EF - www.chessearth.com

MAR. 27 - Friday Nite Quick/DCC - Games Start at 7:30pm - www.daytonchessclub.com

MAR. 28 (Last Saturday of Month) Cincy Tornado - "Zugzwang"
2 Sections: OPEN & Under 1600 - www.chessearth.com

MAR. 29 - Sunday Blitz Weekly & Chess at Cancun's "casual play and chess matches"
- 1:00pm blitz tournament; $20EF www.chessearth.com

APR. 3 - Friday Nite Quick/DCC - Games Start at 7:30pm - www.daytonchessclub.com

APR. 4 - (Saturday) Lexington 1st Saturday G/60 - lexchess.com

APR. 5 - Sunday Blitz Weekly & Chess at Cancun
- 1:00pm blitz tournament; $20EF - www.chessearth.com

APR. 10 - Friday Nite Quick/DCC - Games Start at 7:30pm - www.daytonchessclub.com

APR. 10-12 (In Columbus) 2015 National High School (K-12) Championship -www.uschess.org/tournaments/2015/hs/

APR. 12 Sunday Blitz Weekly & Chess at Cancun "casual play and chess matches"
- 1:00pm blitz tournament; $20EF - www.chessearth.com

APR. 11 (Saturday) “Diamonds Forever” Pawn Storm XXX - www.daytonchessclub.com

APR. 11 (Saturday) Toledo April Swiss (University of Toledo) James Jagodzinski 419-367-9450. (see Chess Life)

APR. 11 (Saturday) Parma Open - email:grubber@adelphia.net or www.parmachessclub.org/

APR. 12 (Sunday/Columbus) - North Market Swiss - www.centralchessclub.com

APR. 17 - Friday Nite Quick/DCC - 7:30pm - www.daytonchessclub.com

APR. 17-19 - 51st Cincinnati Open and 2nd Cincinnati Open Scholastic - www.chesscincinnati.com

APR. 25 (Last Saturday of Month) Cincy Tornado "En Passant"
2 Sections: OPEN & Under 1600 - www.chessearth.com

APR. 24-25 & May 1-2 Dayton Chess Club Championship - www.daytonchessclub.com

APR. 26 Sunday Blitz Weekly & Chess at Cancun "casual play and chess matches"
- 1:00pm blitz tournament; $20EF - www.chessearth.com

MAY 2 - (Saturday) Lexington 1st Saturday G/60 - lexchess.com

MAY 3 Sunday Blitz Weekly & Chess at Cancun "casual play and chess matches"
- 1:00pm blitz tournament; $20EF - www.chessearth.com

MAY 8 - Friday Nite Quick/DCC - 7:30pm - www.daytonchessclub.com

MAY 9 - Toledo May Swiss (University of Toledo) James Jagodzinski 419-367-9450 (see Chess Life)

MAY 10 Sunday Blitz Weekly & Chess at Cancun "casual play and chess matches"
- 1:00pm blitz tournament; $20EF - www.chessearth.com

MAY 15 - World A Fair. Pay Entry Fee at Dayton Chess Club and receive ticket to the World Affair. Walk 1/2 block
and play Friday Nite Quick chess tournament at the Dayton/Montgomery County Convention Center. Games start 7:30pm

MAY 17 Sunday Blitz Weekly & Chess at Cancun "casual play and chess matches"
- 1:00pm blitz tournament; $20EF - www.chessearth.com

MAY 21-25 - 24th Chicago Open - www.chesstour.com/chio15.htm

MAY 24 Sunday Blitz Weekly & Chess at Cancun "casual play and chess matches"
- 1:00pm blitz tournament; $20EF - www.chessearth.com

MAY 29-31 - 2015 Gem City Open - www.daytonchessclub.com

MAY 30 - Cincy Tornado CANCELLED FOR GEM CITY being held at Dayton Chess Club

June 6 - (Saturday) Lexington 1st Saturday G/60 - lexchess.com

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