Friday, March 31, 2006

Updated Club Calendar

We updated the Kenilworth Chess Club's Calendar for the coming months and set a few dates to note on your calendar. Here are the highlinghts - the rest you can see online:

April 6 - 8:30 P.M. FIVE MINUTE TOURNAMENT -- $5.00 entry fee -- 100% RETURNED AS PRIZES. We typically run our five-minute tournaments as round robin affairs starting at 8:30 and ending by 11:30 p.m. at the latest (see my post about our last five-minute event), but several suggestions have been made to make the event more interesting and the format may depend upon the number of participants. The strength of this event may be affected somewhat by the concurrent start of the French Defense Analysis Group with FM Steve Stoyko, NM Scott Massey, Michael Goeller, and others (talk to Steve if you are interested in joining us and making the commitment to really study the lines!)

April 20 - AWARDS CEREMONY. Awards ceremony for the 2006 Kenilworth Chess Club Championship (photos from last year's ceremony can be found here).

April 27 - TEAM MATCH. Team match with Holmdell CC (at home) - please contact Club President Joe Demetrick to play.

May 11 - THEME TOURNEY. Thematic Tournament, opening to be announced (likely Lasker's Defense to the QGD or the French Defense). All games must start from a predetermined position. The format for our unrated thematic tournament has not been set. We may decide to play a number of games at a short time control (three at Game-15) or fewer games at a longer time control (two at Game-30 or one at Game-60). The theme and rules of this year's tournament will be announced in mid-April (see calendar for updates).

May 18 - THEME TOURNEY. Thematic Tournament, day 2, opening to be announced.

May 25 - CHESS AND MUSIC LECTURE. Lecture by Ari Minkov on "Chess and Music" - $5.00. Come hear some great music and learn more about the rich connections between these two great forms of art.

June 1 - SUMMER TOURNAMENT. Start of the annual Summer Tournament, which is designed to encourage attendance during this busy season of vacations and general distractions. Please submit your entry and pay your entry fee by this date. Entry Fee is $5.00. The tournament will run from June 2 through August 31. The time control is G/60. You may play anyone in the tournament. The first time you play an opponent, the lower rated player has white, in subsequent games against the same opponent you alternate colors. You may not play the same opponent more than four times in the tournament. You may play as many or as few games as you like, but no more than two in one night. The more you play the more points you can win. All games are to be played at the Kenilworth Chess Club during normal operating hours. The winners are the players who have the most points at the end of the tournament. All money returned as prizes at 60% for first place, 30% for second, and 10% for third.

Last year's event was won by Mark Kernighan and received extensive coverage in our blog. We may also have a Summer Film Series during this event as we did last year and likely an opening study group led by club masters.

June 8 - PROPOSED "CANDIDATE EXPERT INVITATIONAL" - An A-player-only Round-Robin rated tournament running concurrently with the Summer Tournament, designed to get Class A players to attend more regularly and to make the commitment toward getting over that 2000-rating-hump. $100 guaranteed prize fund donated by sponsors. $5 entry fee to cover ratings costs and additional prizes. TD Michael Goeller. Interested players should contact me to help organize the event.

September 28 - ANNUAL SCOTT MASSEY LECTURE (topic to be announced), $5 fee, from 8:30 p.m. -12 midnight. Kicking off our Annual Fall Lecture Series, NM Scott Massey will analyze games on a theme. Previous lectures have dealt with Moscow 1925, Bobby Fischer and Steinitz. Club will open at 7:00 p.m. during the lecture series for casual play or mini-lectures, depending on the night's activities. Light refreshments served.

October 5 - RATED TOURNAMENT. Kenilworth Classic G-30 Rated Tournament. Club will open at 7:00 p.m. for short lecture or game analysis. 8:00-8:30 Registration, with two rounds per night for two nights. Rounds 1 and 2: 8:30-9:30 and 9:45-10:45. Details to be announced. Pictures from Day 1 and Day 2, Games from Day 1 and Day 2, and the official crosstable from last year's event can be found online.

October 12 - RATED TOURNAMENT. Kenilworth Classic G-30 Rated Tournament, Day 2. Club will open at 7:00 p.m. for short lecture or game analysis.

October 19 - CHESS & COMPUTERS LECTURE. Lecture by Michael Goeller on "Getting the Most Out of Your Chess Computer," 8:30 - 10:30 p.m., $5.00. Please submit any specific software questions in advance to Light refreshments served.

October 26 - MASTER LECTURE, $5 fee. Lecture series continues.

November 2 - CONSULTATION GAME LECTURE. On the model of the 2005 Polgar-Nakamura Exhibition Match, two masters will challenge each other in separate rooms, discussing their strategies to the audience present and answering questions about their thinking during the game. Light refreshments.


December 21 - HOLIDAY PARTY


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