Sunday, December 30, 2012

Ashland XXXI begins Jan 3!

Our first weekly tournament of the year begins on Thursday, Jan 3. Ashland XXXI will be five rounds, one round a week. You do not have to play every round, play when you can! Two sections, Open & U1505. Entry fee is $2 for club members, $5 for non members. Renewing or new members receive free entry into current weekly tournament when renewing or joining. One bye allowed, no last round byes. Rounds start at 7:30, register by 7:15.

Time control change!! We will try Game 75 +30 second increment in this tournament. If your clock does not do increment, you will use 30s delay. If you have any questions, check with Bob or Dan on site.

The Land of the Sky tournament is coming up Jan 25-27 in Asheville, NC. Early entry deadline is Jan 18.

The Snowstorm Special has moved to Summerville on Feb 16 & 17 and has a new format!

NEW Sat series for 2013! Cola Chess & CSRA Chess are working together to bring you the Lowry Grand Prix Series. This is a series of six tournaments held every other month alternating between Columbia & Augusta starting Feb 23. Entry fee is only $5 for each tournament. There are no tournament prizes but players will accumulate points towards series prizes that will be paid to the top five finishers at the end of the final tournament, Dec 28. The series is named after Paul Lowry who brought a friendly atmosphere to club each week and whose presence is missed.

The Club Championship will begin on Feb 21. This year's championship is shaping up to be a real battle of champions as State Co-Champions Edsel Pena & Ben Caiello are expected to compete as well as State Amateur Champion (U1800) Chris Labrecque and State Reserve (U1400) Champion Andrew Manion. Of course Three Time and defending Club Champion Keith Eubanks is expected to try to claim his third straight crown. The clocks start for the Championship in only 8 weeks and the top two boards will be broadcast live!

The club is also meeting regularly Monday evenings from 6:00pm-8:30pm at the St Andrews Regional Library on Broad River Rd. These are more casual meetings and are great for new or beginning players to come out and play.

Be sure to check the SC Chess Calendar for a list of weekend tournaments.

2013 is shaping up to be another active year for chess! Come out and play!

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