Friday, September 22, 2023

More Info on the Hales Corners Chess Challenge XXXIII

Hola!  Just after I'd posted the previous info on the upcoming Hales Corners Chess Challenge XXXIII, an email arrived with concise information so I copied it and here it is, clean and concise:

Hales Corners Challenge XXXIII, September 30, 2023


 Hales Corners Challenge XXXIII
Sponsored by The Southwest Chess Club  


A Wisconsin Tour Event
Saturday, September 30, 2023

Two Sections – Open & Reserve (Under 1601)

FORMAT:  Four Round Swiss System - Four Games in One Day - USCF Rated
ROUNDS:  10 am -- 1 pm -- 3:30 pm -- 6 pm
 TIME CONTROL:  Game in 60 Minutes; 5 second delay
 ENTRY FEE:  $50 – Open;  $40 – Reserve
 (both sections $10 more after September 28, 2023)  
Total entries capped at 100, so register early!
Comp Entry for USCF 2200+: Entry fee subtracted from any prizes won
SITE REGISTRATION: 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Printable FLYER

MAILED ENTRIES TO:   Robin Grochowski  – 3835 E Morris Avenue—Cudahy, WI  53110 --- (mailed entries must be sent by September 23, 2023) 

 Pairings by WinTD---No Computer Entries---No Smoking

     OPEN              RESERVE
    1st—$325         1st—$100
2nd—$175            2nd—$75
  A—$100           D—$60
             B & Below—$75   E & Below—$50

Goddesschess Prizes (for females) in Addition to Above Prizes
Open: $50 per win/$25 per draw; Reserve: $20 per win/$10 per draw; Perfect Score Prizes for Females: $80 in Open/$40 in Reserve
Tournament Director:  Chris Wainscott     
Assistant Tournament Director:  Robin J. Grochowski

  SITE:  Country Inn & Suites, 1250 S. Moorland Rd, Brookfield, WI 53005       262-782-1400
QUESTIONS TO:   TD: Chris Wainscott – - 414-839-5232 (after 5:30 pm)

USCF I.D. Required -- Bring your own clocks  Sets and Boards Provided 

Hales Corners Challenge XXXIII!

Hola darlings!

Happy Autumnal Equinox - or whatever it's called. Sorry I haven't been around lately, but I've been busy with the garden beds, lawn upkeep, and since we hit a record temperature a few weeks back of 129 degrees F on the "heat index" (you know, what the heat actually feels like when you think you're on fire but you're not because you don't see any flames on your body), I haven't been up to doing much of anything other than watching videos of - can you believe this, probably not, I can't either:  lawn mowers online doing good deeds for bad yards.  

NOW, let's get to the fun stuff.  It's hard to believe, but Goddesschess has been sponsoring special money prizes for chess femmes since Hales Corners Chess Challenge VIII - that's Challenge 8 for you non-Roman numeral folks out there.  And here we are at Challenge XXXIII - that's Challenge 33 for you non-Roman numeral folks.  A long stretch of Goddesschess sponsorship, I can't believe it myself, Geez Louise!  All Goddesschess money prizes are in addition to whatever the players may qualify for.

Link to all the info about Hales Corners XXXIII.  Basic info:

September 30, 2023
A Wisconsin Tour event.
Two Sections: Open & Reserve (Under 1601).
ROUNDS: 10 am -- 1 pm -- 3:30 pm -- 6 pm.
TIME CONTROL: G/60; d5 (Game in 60 Minutes; 5 second delay)
ENTRY FEE: $50 – Open; $40 – Reserve (both sections $10 more after September 28, 2023).
SITE REGISTRATION: 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Country Inn & Suites, 1250 S. Moorland Rd, Brookfield, WI 53005.
Email: Phone: 414-839-5232

And here's a link to the Club's blog where you can find information on Hales Corners Challenge XXXIII.

Thursday, August 17, 2023

And I'm Still Here After All These Years - Darlings! WTF is FIDE Doing?

Hola from Milwaukee.  The rumors of my premature departure from blogging - well, not so wrong. But...

I am turning 72 year old on August 19th darlings.  Give me a break!  I don't have the energy I used to although the drive and the mind are still there.  Don't you know what the New Testament scripture by a certain so and so Apostle said about "the soul is willing but the body is weak?" Yeah - think about it.  

Enough of that hoo haa.  Let's get to woo woo!  I got my girlish figure back.  I'm not going into all of the oh - well, never mind boring details.  it took awhile (five years) of getting more physically active and cutting down on all the fatty crap - YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN!  

It's summer in Milwaukee and I am busy whenever the dew point permits working out in the backyard and the front yard and puttering around endlessly in my flower gardens.  Yeah yeah, so it's boring to you young folks.  For me, I'm thrilled to be able to do that hard work.  How many of you can spend an hour cutting a backyard lawn PERFECTLY when it's 85 degrees F and the dew point is 62, heh?  And the front yard is nearly twice as large.  Go for it - bet you'd pass out.  I don't - but then, I know my limitations and take plenty of time to rest in the air conditioning inside my house and rehydrating between bouts of mowing and dumping the grass clippings and spread them around in my various garden beds.  You wanna work hard, you wanna get a real work-out and sweat half your butt off - come see me. I'll put you to work!

Okay, got that off my not so perky chest these days but bras do wonders for making you look perky ladies, even at 72.  Yeah yeah yeah, the calendar tells me I'm not a young hot chick any more.  I'm an old hot chick.

Now - for the latest:  Surely you've all seen the reporting on FIDE's most recent spewing out yet another pile of absolutely fear-filled pile of nothing about banning "trans-gender females" from competing in FIDE chess events.  

Darlings, don't even get me started on the blatant sexism and misogyny that "temporary" (or whatever they're trying to pass it off as) "ruling" issued by FIDE that today was reported by multiple news outlets - talk about ginning up the haters, wowsers.  If you haven't already read some of the reporting, below are links to three trust-worth sources:

From BBC News online:  "Transgender women banned from women's chess events." 
No author or date listed, but I copied the url today (August 17, 2023). 

From CNN online:  "FIDE bans transgender women from competing in women’s chess events pending ‘further analysis’"
By Ben Church, CNN Update 11:46 AM EDT, Thu August 17, 2023

And from The Guardian online:  "Trans women banned from world chess events while review takes place."
From Associated Press, Thu 17 Aug 2023 09.16 EDT

Said "review" may take up to two years.  Yeah.  So what female chess players complained?  Or was it the male chess players who complained?  Inquiring minds want to know!

Personally, the whole issue is ridiculous as far as I'm concerned.  chess is a MIND game.  If you can't hack it, why are you playing chess on a professional level trying for the big bucks and big titles?

Friday, May 12, 2023

I'm Still Standing After All These Years! Brief Update

Hola!  I just had to drop by to let you know what I saw today in the news.  The Moscow Times has published an article about the Russian government building an American Ex-Pat village outside of Moscow for future immigrants.  Here is a link to the article published on May 11, 2023 titled "Russia to Build 'Migrant Village' for Conservative American Expats," no reporter/author attribution listed.

Please note that the Russian government has not officially announced such a project, and it should further be noted that ex-pat Canadians are also welcome.

Interesting, n'est-ce pas? I have plenty to say on the subject but if I wrote what I wanted to the post might be censored or something - something about "Community Standards"?  I haven't been here for quite awhile.  You know, life gets in the way and then there was the COVID-19 pandemic that put just about everybody on the planet out of whack when it came to what we had previously considered "the new normal."  

It appears that if I get a little too rowdy about my stand on certain political matters or even make some comments about misogny or something regarding chess my post may be blocked or come with a "warning."  I find that rather interesting, since everybody on the face of the planet must by now understand that I am a Wisconsin Progressive from a family of Wisconsin Progressives that pre-date Wisconsin becoming a state in 1848. You know - I'm of French (on the paternal side) and Polish (on the maternal side) descent and if you look at the history of those countries, you see where the liberal fighting spirit and the desire for equality for all comes from.   I also don't pull punches, and I guess that's considered not polite or something.  Maybe because I'm a woman and I'm not supposed to actually throw punches?  Oh, whatever.

I have other things to post, including the results of the two most recent chess tournaments to which I provided funding for special women's prizes:  The Hales Corners Chess Challenge XXXII held April 29, 2023 (Wisconsin) and the 16th Annual Grand Pacific Open Chess Tournament held April 7-10, 2023 in Victoria, British Columbia (Canada).  

But for now, I'm getting back to checking out today's news, and then I'm going to watch my favorite gardening videos because darlings, you know, this is the time of year when I'm super-busy continuing to clean out the gardens from last year's debris and getting the lawn up to par. Yes - I've turned into ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE, gasp!  

I've said it before and I'll say it again, NOW I understand why the retirees in the neighborhood where I used to live had the most beautiful yards and garden beds, while I worked away over 46 years for five, sometimes six and even seven days a week in one downtown office or another and had only the weekends (or days after 6:30 p.m. when I wasn't working on some last minute rush something or other) to get out and do yardwork, never-ending yard work!

So, who do you know spends three hours trimming the edges along their lawn (sidewalk areas only).  ME.  I still have all the trimming to do along the driveway(I've actually no idea how long it is) and the curbside on my 75 foot wide lot.  It is absolutely true darlings:  A woman's work is never done - unless she doesn't want to have a nice looking front yard, back yard, and garden beds.  Competitive - who, me?  Nah!


Monday, April 18, 2022

St. Louis Chess Club Hosting The 2022 American Cup

 Hola darlings!  It's snowing/raining here today.  It's ONLY April 18, 2022 and Spring evidently doesn't intend to appear in Milwaukee this year since it decided to make an appearance during the last part of November and the first part of December 2021.  She can be rather temperamental, Ms. Spring.  

Soon to start, the 2022 American Cup hosted by the St. Louis Chess Club, and lots of players and lots of prize money to entertain you.

Here's a link providing you all the information on the grand event.  April 18 - 29, 2022 (play begins April 20).

My interest is the female players.  Here's the line-up of "Group B," which is the women. They only receive half the prize money that the male players will receive, even though of course their ELOs are not HALF of what the male players' ELOs are.  But - whatever darlings.

GM Irina Krush (USA 2421)
IM Anna Zatonskih (US 2393)
IM Stavroula Tsolakidou (GRE 2359) (currently at student in St. Louis)
WGM Gulrukhbegim Tokhirjonova (US 2335)
WGM Katerina Nemcova (US 2335)
WIM Alice Lee (US 2334) (youngest player in the group)
WGM Tatev Abrahamyan (US 2311)
FM Ruiyang Yan (US 2283)

Friday, April 1, 2022

2022 - 15th Annual Grand Pacific Chess Open (Victoria, BC)

 Hola!  So pleased to see one of the tournaments that Goddesschess has sponsored women's prizes for many years is once again going to be ON - in person over the board, hooray!  

The tournament will be held at The Grand Pacific Hotel in Victoria, British Columbia (Canada).  

Quick Note:  For this event only Goddesschess is also sponsoring additional prizes for top finishing women in the U1700 group as follows:  $75, $50, $25.  All Goddesschess prizes are in addition to any other prize for which the player qualifies.

Registration for this tournament looks to be a record-breaker, and we're thrilled!  

15th Annual Grand Pacific Open
Easter 2022 
April 15 - 18

(Summary below - for more details, click on link above)

Online RegistratIon or by mail at 1012 Spiritwood Place, Victoria, BC  V8Y 1C6 (with cheques payable to "Victoria Chess") or contact us at  THERE IS NO ONSITE REGISTRATION.


Sections: 4 Sections:  Premier (FIDE and CFC rated); U2000 (CFC rated), U1700 (CFC rated), U1100 (CFC rated)


Round Times: 
Rd 1 at 6:00 pm Friday April 15 ;
Rds 2 and 3 at 12:00 noon and 6:00 pm Saturday April 16;

Rds 4 and 5 at 12:00 noon and 6:00 pm Sunday April 17;
Rd 6 at 10:00 am Monday April 18


Prize Fund:  $7000 Guaranteed;   


Premier:    $1000+trophy / $600 / $400 / $250;  U2100 $450 + trophy / $350 / $175;  Top BC resident qualifies for BC Closed; 

Top Women: $375 / $275 / $175

U2000:  $400 + trophy / $300 / $200; U1800 $225 + trophy / $150 / $75

Top Women: $100, $75, $50

U1700:  $200 + trophy / $150 / $75;  U1400 $125 + trophy / $100 / $75;

U1100:  $125 + trophy / $100 / $75; U900: trophy


- Unrated (top score in any section) $100; 

- Biggest upset $50

- Door prizes for rounds 2-6 (must be present at start of round to win)

- Top women & biggest upset are in addition to any other prize won.   If there are not enough women in the Premier section, remaining prizes will be distributed in the U2000 section etc.  Sponsored by Goddess Chess  Thanks!  


Throwing Over the Chessboard - An Analogy for Our Times

When I saw this article (an opinion piece) at The New York Times today, I immediately thought of many old tales of Kings and men of high rank who have smashed chessboards after losing a game, or used the chessboard to strike at the winner, wiping chess pieces off the board in a display of temper, etc.  

Putin Just Threw Over the Chess Board and Russians Feel Shame and Dismay 
March 31, 2022
Serge Schmemann

Check out "Sore Losers and Tempers in Chess" for some examples (by no means all of them) of players throwing hissy fits after losing a game of chess. also has an interesting list of "10 Craziest Events in the History of Chess," which includes a review of several chessplaying greats from the past who were from the beginning or ended up being mentally unbalanced - some claim as a result of the game and what it does to one's mind.  Check Out #2 on the List - "Chess Rage."   

A trip down memory lane and as far as I can tell, the use of the term "throwing over the chessboard" by The New York Times for the first time.  Many of my readers may not have been born in 1993, and many of my readers may have forgotten about this period in chess history, so take a trip down memory lane when chessplayers around the world revolted against a corrupt FIDE and formed their own independent players' association and held their own independent tournaments.

From The New York Times
September 21, 1993
(From The New York Times' Digital Archives)

Saturday, March 19, 2022

Russian Invasion of Ukraine Affects FIDE and the World of Chess

Putin's unprovoked terrorist war against babies, pregnant women, mothers, children and the elderly civilians in Ukraine has affected the world of chess.  

From the US Chess Federation (online):

U.S. Chess Executive Board Statement on Russian Federation Invasion of Ukraine

By U.S. Chess
February 25, 2022

... The United States Chess Federation (US Chess) strongly condemns the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation.  The unprovoked attack is unlawful and endangers the political sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.

Chess and all international sports unite people, but it cannot do so when nations are under attack.  Effective immediately, US Chess will not send a delegation to any official FIDE event (such as the 2022 Olympiad) held in the Russian Federation as long as it continues its unlawful invasion, occupation and attacks on Ukraine or any other nation state. ...

From The Telegraph (India) online:  

Checkmate: Russia's War on Ukraine Fractures Tight-Knit World of Chess

March 18, 2022

In an open letter, 28 grandmasters from Ukraine have demanded Russia's complete exclusion from international competitions and the resignation of FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich, who is from Russia. ...

"We are for peace. Stop the war!" read a written appeal to President Vladimir Putin signed by 34 Russian grandmasters – including world championship runner-up Ian Nepomniachtchi.

FIDE chief [Arkady] Dvorkovich is under pressure because he has had close ties with the Kremlin in the past. The 49-year old was part of Russia's political elite until 2018. The economist, who is considered liberal, was Russia's chief negotiator at G-8 meetings and deputy prime minister for six years. ...

From Yahoo News online:

Top Ex-Kremlin Official Quits Post After Condemning Ukraine War 

[he did not quit as FIDE President]
March 18, 2022

...Arkady Dvorkovich, deputy prime minister from 2012 to 2018, became one of Russia's most senior establishment figures to question the war when he told U.S. media this week that his thoughts were with Ukrainian civilians.

His comments prompted a senior ruling party lawmaker to demand that he be fired and to accuse him of being part of a "fifth column" undermining Russia.

The 49-year old had been chairman since 20187 of the Skolkovo Foundation, an innovation and technology hub on the outskirts of Moscow that brands itself as a kind of Russian Silicon Valley.

On Friday, the Skolkovo Foundation said in a statement that Dvorkovich had decided to step down.  He could not be reached immediately for comment.  He remains president of the International Chess Federation (FIDE).

Igor Shuvalov, chairman of the foundation's board of directors, said Dvorkovich had resigned, saying that he could no longer combine his duties at Skolkovo with his responsibilities at FIDE under the current circumstances. ...

From The New York Times (online):

Chess Distances Itself From Russia

By Michael Levenson
March 3, 2022 (updated March 4, 2022)

... Over the last several days, the International Chess Federation, the game's global governing body, has criticized the war, cut ties with Belarusian and Russian sanctioned or state-controlled companies, and canceled events in Russia and Belarus, including the 44th Chess Olympiad, which was scheduled to begin in Moscow in July.

The federation, known as FIDE, also forbade Russian and Belarusian players from flying their countries' flags at events and referred two Russian grandmasters who have supported the war, Sergey Karjakin and Sergei Shipov, to an internal disciplinary commission that could disqualify them from tournaments. ...

Please note:  

On February 26, 2022 US Chess has established a GoFundMe campaign to assist suffering Ukrainian chess players.  The Kasparov Chess Foundation has seeded the campaign with a generous $10,000 commitment.  

Goddesschess is a small operation and can't afford to donate $10,000, but we did donate $100 to help support Ukrainian chessplayers.  May the Chess Goddess bless them and keep them all safe, and end this horrific war.

Thursday, February 24, 2022

News Shorts: A Chess Upset and a Sad Love Story

 Hola darlings!

Just a brief visit, I've yet to finish reading all the news but there isn't much "good" in most of it.

First, it appears that Magnus Carlsen is not a Borg machine-man after all, he actually lost a chess game, to a 16 year old Indian kid, no less.  GASP!  I couldn't help but laugh at the headline of this article, from The New York Times morning online edition today:

16-Year-Old Chess Prodigy Defeats World Champion Magnus Carlsen

While it did not affect the reigning champion's title, Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa of India defeated Carlsen in the middle of the night during a rapid online tournament, stunning the chess world.

The second article, also from today's morning online edition of The New York Times, is a love story that, unfortunately, had a sad ending.  Two people, long together, in their 80s, separated when she was put into a nursing home and COVID-19 restrictions in Australia prevented him from visiting her daily.  They tried to escape, and tragedy ensued:

Terry Gibbs was apprehended after abducting his longtime partner from her nursing home and setting out on a 3,000-mile journey.
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