Saturday, October 5, 2013

Hales Corners Chess Challenge XVIII

Hola darlings!

Don't delay, please register to play today!  Please come out -- especially chess femmes -- and support this great local event in southeastern Wisconsin sponsored by the Southwest Chess Club.  Can we break a chess femme participating players record this year - please please please!

Veterans of the Hales Corners Chess Challenges know that each event is worth 10 USCF Grand Prix and (I believe) 10 USCF Junior Grand Prix points!  I copied the info below directly from an email the other day from my adopted chess club, Southwest Chess Club:

The event will be held at the Holiday Inn Express Airport Hotel (near Milwaukee airport: 1400 W. Zellman Court-Milwaukee-414-563-4000). Note - this is a new location-- just across the street from our last two events, HCC XVII and MSC-II! Mention Southwest Chess Club for $89 room rate. We hope you will attend this major regional event, which is a part of the USCF Grand Prix (with 10 Grand Prix points) and also a JGP (Junior Grand Prix) Event. You can print the attached flyer, or use the text-formatted version at the bottom of this email, or print the online version .

Watch for pre-registration news on our blog, and also round-by-round pairings and news while the tournament is in progress.

Some event highlights:
Several regional Masters and Experts are expected to participate. So far, FM Alex Betaneli and NMs Bill Williams and Ben Smail have registered! (Currently, we have 25 pre-registered players, but expect 70-80 total).

Goddesschess Prizes for Females in Addition to Above Prizes, Open: $40 per win/$20 per draw; Reserve: $20 per win/$10 per draw. Highest-scoring female in each section wins free entry into Hales Corners Challenge XIX, April 12, 2014.

Goddesschess is also offering a Best Game prize ($50!), open to any player in either section.

Life Master Sheldon Gelbart will be on hand throughout the tournament analyzing games for tournament participants.

Hales Corners Challenge XVIII

Sponsored by The Southwest Chess Club
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Two Sections – Open & Reserve (Under 1600)

FORMAT: Four Round Swiss System - Four Games in One Day

USCF Rated

TIME CONTROL: Game in 60 Minutes; 6 second delay
ENTRY FEE: $40 – Open; $30 – Reserve

(both sections $5 more after October 10, 2013)
Comp Entry Fee for USCF 2200+: Entry fee subtracted from any prizes won

SITE REGISTRATION: 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
ROUNDS: 10 am -- 1 pm -- 3:30 pm -- 6 pm

Pairings by WinTD---No Computer Entries---No Smoking
1st— $325 1st —$100
2nd— $175 2nd —$75
A— $100 D —$50
B & Below —$75 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

Tournament Director: Tom Fogec
Assistant Tournament Directors: Robin Grochowski & Allen Becker
SITE: Holiday Inn Express Airport Hotel—, 1400 W. Zellman Ct., Milwaukee, WI 414-563-4000.

(mention Southwest Chess Club for $89 room rate)

ENTRIES TO: Allen Becker--2130 N. 85th Street, Wauwatosa, WI 53226

QUESTIONS TO: Tom Fogec--414-405-4207 (cell)

USCF I.D. Required -- Bring your own clocks – Sets and Boards Provided
Half point bye available in Round 1, 2 or 3 if requested prior to round 1; not available in Round 4.

Checks payable to Southwest Chess Club

(Please indicate section desired) __Open Section __Reserve Section
Name: __________________________________________________
USCF ID#: ________________ Rating: _________ Expire Date: ___________
Address: ______________________________________
City: _____________________ State: _______ Zip: _________
Phone: __________________ e-mail Address: _______________________
I love how Allen Becker put the Goddesschess part in pretty pink :)  LOL!  And, to spread a little love around, I've put up $50 for a best game prize for which players of both genders can submit their games.
Just in case the links above don't work, here's the registration form that you can print off.  You can also register on site on the day of Challenge XVIII between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. 

Goddesschess has provided special prizes to the Hales Corners Chess Challenges since Challenge XVIII.  My my, how time flies!  I personally have played in a few and while absolutely daunting and exhausting, darlings, whew! -- these events were so much fun for me, too.  And I've met so many wonderful people along the way. 

You can check out the latest news on Challenge XVIII at the Southwest Chess Club's blog

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