The year has turned, and that means folks are turning their thoughts toward spring! So am I. I am happy to shake the dust of 2012 off my feet and turn my face toward the future.
Since Hales Corners Chess Challenge VIII, Goddesschess has provided prizes for female players who participate in this great event in Milwaukee, which also draws players from throughout Wisconsin and Illinois.
I will once again be providing prizes for the ladies. In the Open, a win is worth $40, a draw $20. In the Reserve, a win is worth $20, a draw $10. In addition, the top female finisher in each section has her entry fee paid for the next Hales Corners Challenge, should she choose to participate.
For Challenge XVI, I put together a modest gift bag for the top female finisher in each section (based on tie-breaks). It seems the gift bags were well received, so I am continuing the tradition for Challenge XVII.
Here are the particulars from the TIL sent in to Chess Life:
Hales Corners Challenge XVII USCF Grand Prix Points: 10. April 13, 2013.
4SS, G/60;d5. 2 Sections: Open & Reserve (under 1600). Comfort Suites Milwaukee
Airport Hotel-6362 S 13th St-Oak Creek-414-570-1111 (mention Southwest Chess Club for $89 room rate). EF: $40-
Open, $30-Reserve, both $5 more after 4/10. Comp EF for USCF 2200+. $$ GTD: Open=1st-$325,
2nd-$175, A-$100, B & Below-$75; Reserve =1st-$100, 2nd-$75,
D-$50, E & Below-$40. Goddesschess Prizes for Females in Addition to Above Prizes
Open: $40 per win/$20 per draw; Reserve: $20 per win/$10 per draw.
Rag: 8:30-9:30, Reds: 10-1-3:30-6. Entries to Allen Becker, N112 W17033
Vista Court, Apt. D, Germantown, WI 53022; Becker email. Questions to TD: Robin Grochowski, (414) 861-2745.
Please note: For Challenge XVII, the playing venue is now the Comfort Suites Milwaukee Airport Hotel, at 6362 South 13th Street, Oak Creek, Wisconsin. For locals, this is South 13th Street and around College Avenue. While the map, below, seems to place the hotel somewhere in the middle of the intersection of 13th and College, that cannot be!
If you bus it, like me, the #19 Milwaukee County Transit System bus will get you pretty close, within walking distance. The last stop of the bus going south on South 13th Street is on Zellman Court, a few blocks south of College Avenue.
I believe the hotel complex is a few blocks south of College on South 13th Street, so the Zellman Court bus stop must get one very very close to the hotel.
I'll be providing updates as we get nearer to the tournament date!