Tuesday, February 12, 2008

2008 U.S. Amateur Team Championships

The "North" Team Championship is being hosted in my home town, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, heh! I just saw the news tonight. You can find the flyer here (in PDF). Briefly, the event will be held February 16-17, 2008 at the Best Western Hotel by the Milwaukee Airport (on South Howell Avenue). Room rate is $69 for the chess people. Early entry is closed as of February 10th but you can still register your team for $190 cash a player at the door. I wondered what makes this event "amateur" - it's the ratings. A team of four's average rating must be below 2200. Winners don't get any prize money, but they do get a chance to play in the national play-offs. There's going to be a lot of chess squeezed into two days - five games - three the first and two the second day, at different time controls (eek!) Good to see chess in Milwaukee. Back in the 1950's we hosted a lot of top-level events. I wish we could do more here.

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