I cannot believe how quickly the time has flown by! This Saturday is the XV Hales Corners Chess Challenge.
SIGN UP AND PLAY! It's a wonderful group of players and people and the playing venue is comfortable and convenient -- the hotel is a nice one and very close to the airport and to the interstate. Four games in one day is a LONG day (I know from personal experience, whew!), so if you want to stay over you can get a good rate at the hotel; there is dining on the premises and lots of restaurants nearby even within - gasp - walking distance!
Goddesschess is sponsoring prizes for the chess femmes:
Open: $40 for a win; $20 for a draw
Reserve: $20 for a win; $10 for a draw
Ladies, I put that in large print just so you can't miss it, ahem.
The Ulrich sisters are playing! We therefore expect to make pay-outs to them and other chess femmes and we're thrilled! I must remember to take my camera and I must remember to ask to take photos of the various chess femmes during the day. I must also remember to try the "model pose" which is supposed to make me look 20 years younger and 50 pounds lighter. Well - whatever.
Yes, I'm playing. Don't ask me why. In a fit of madness one day I emailed Ellen Wanek and said Ellen, if you come I'll come too and what's more, I'll stay for all 4 games. That means they'll have to carry me out on a stretcher, as I'll be practically dead from sheer exhaustion. Ambulance drivers, my address will be pinned to my jacket -- please roll me on to my lawn if you don't feel like carrying me to to the front door. Someone, please remember to shove a blood pressure down my throat at 8 p.m. It's the bottle with the blue capsules...
Thus far, there are 75 pre-registered player, including Olympic Youth Chess Championship Gold Medal Winner in his age group Awonder Liang! Not too often one gets to rub shoulders, so to speak, with an Olympic gold medal winner. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!
My adopted chess club is hoping for a great turnout of 150 players this tournament!!!! Can we do it?
I'm not very good at picking out some of the chess femmes' names. You would think I would know the names of every single female player in Wisconsin (and Illinois, too), but I don't! I'll give it a go from the pre-registered list thus far:
26 Ulrich, Rachel J WI 1763
36 Karimikonda, Teja
38 Pahl, Sandra R WI 1373
18 Ulrich, Susanna WI 1161
24 Vootkur, Manisha WI 856
25 Wanek, Ellen WI 852
29 Newton, Jan L WI 575 (LOL!)