Sunday, November 29, 2009

Farewell Wishes and Bon Fortune Patrick!

As many of you have already heard, shortly after our last meeting Patrick accepted an employment opportunity out of state beginning prior to our next meeting. Join me in wishing all the best for Patrick in his new adventure. We will miss the camaraderie in conversation and spirited competition  in games he infused in our meetings.

  Patrick (left) v. Dang during his farewell performance

Congratulations to our November Quad winners--Clear 1st-Anthony Nguyen, Huy Nguyen Co-winners Frank Lacava, Duy Nguyen and Patrick Clot, Jonathan Manion and Khoa Nguyen.

Third Round Results

Frank     1   Nam      0

Dang       0   Patrick   1
Jonathan  1   Khoa     0

Brian       0   Anthony  1
Steve      1    Brad       0

Lee         0    Huy         1
Sarah      1    Emily       0

Performances of note:

Huy gained 145 points and moved up to Class D.
Anthony gained 59 points and moved up to Class B.

Khoa gained 36 points and moved up to Class C.

Action Central

December Quads will start this Wednesday. I would like to get as many players to pre-register as possible as I will have to miss the meeting and would like to post the pairings in advance. Entry fees will be collected on 12/9.

Players registered so far:

Brian          (will miss 12/2)
Herb          (will miss 12/2)  I will place Herb & Brian in same Quad-1st round pairing to be made up later.
John E.       (may arrive late on 12/2--clocks start at 5:45 pm)

 Match Play between John E. and Duy

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Second Round Results

Duy        1  Nam     0
Roger     0  Frank   1

Jonathan 1  Dang    0
Khoa      1  Patrick 0

Steve      0  Brian    1
Emily      0  Huy      1

Jim         1  John E. 0

Third Round Pairings

NOTE: Color selection by random lot in this round (pawn in hand preferred). Score in ( ).

Nam (1.0)      Frank (1.5)
Duy   (1.5)     Roger (0.0)

Dang  (0.0)    Patrick (1.0)
Jonathan (1.0) Khoa  (2.0)

Brian (2.0)   Anthony (2.0)
Steve (0.0)  Brad (0.0)

Looks like the big showdown game next week will be between Brian and Anthony both with scores of 2.0

Lee has offered to put together a club flyer for distribution in Georgetown and local chess events.

Lee's study corner.

Lee offered to share this photo of his study corner. From the bookshelf to the computer screen to the artwork on the wall you can just feel the chess knowledge oozing out. Very nicely done, Lee!

If you would like to share photos of your chess study area just email an attachment to me and I will get it posted in an upcoming blog.

Reminder: Today is the last day to pre-register for the Cactus Ranch Open in Round Rock this Saturday. See my previous blog post for details and click on the Austin Chess Tournaments link on the right of this screen.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

November Quads

We had a turn-out of 20 players last night with 16 joining the line-up for the November Quads. A warm welcome to new club member Brian W. returning to rated play for the first time since the early 1990s. Carrying a USCF rating of 1802, Brian dusted any rust off quickly with a nice win against Brad.

First Round Results

Nam    1   Roger   0
Frank 1/2  Duy     1/2

Dang    0   Khoa    1
Patrick  1  Jonathan  0

Brian     1   Brad    0
Anthony 1  Steve   0

Lee        0   Emily   1
Huy        1   Sarah  0

The players out were Herb, Jim, John E. and Kaitlyn.

Herb and Jim played a rated g/60 match while John E. and Kaitlyn played skittles.

Next week we should have John T. back with us so perhaps we can have a couple of rated matches for those who desire.

Round Two Pairings 11/11/09

Duy           Nam
Roger        Frank

Jonathan    Dang
Khoa         Patrick

Steve        Brian
Brad         Anthony

Sarah        Lee
Emily        Huy

I would like to hear any ideas to help promote the club. With the new meeting room we can expand freely and any increased membership means new opponent opportunities. Anybody out there with skills they can volunteer for designing flyers or brochures to post at the Library?

Special Note: There is an open chess tournament on Saturday, November 14th at the Cactus Elementary School in Round Rock, Texas. 4-SS with G/45 time control 1st round beginning at 9:30 (regristration 8:30-9:00). EF: $25 in advance, cash prizes. See this address for details (or click on Austin Chess Tournaments link on the right of this screen):

I encourage you to support any and all local chess events. Let's keep building our local chess community as this will increase playing opportunities and fun competition for all of us!