Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Southwest Chess Club: Summertime Fun!

Hola, darlings!

Now that Goddess has decided not to drown out Wisconsin after all and has, at least temporarily, called a halt to incessant torrential downpours, horrific displays of lightning bolts that have started more than one fire in the area, and nearly non-stop house-rattling thunder, people are pouring (a 'poor' choice of words, har har) into the streets to do what they can while these precious few days of cooler temperatures, sunshine and MUCH lower dew points (my knees finally stopped aching today about 3:34 p.m.) last -- I don't know what the forecast is for the 4th of July and I don't want to know!  Right now, it's lovely outside and for the past two nights it's been cooling down sufficiently at night so one can crank open one's windows and enjoy fresh cool air, snuggle under a blanket and get a good night's sleep free of the fear of being wiped out by a tornado. 

The Big Gig a/k/a Summerfest is building up to its grand climax this weekend.  I am SO looking forward to a three-day weekend as July 4th falls on a Sunday this year that means we get the official national holiday off on Monday, July 5th!  Whoopee!

Right in step is my dear adopted chess club, Southwest Chess Club, with lots of action ongoing this summer.

For those of my observant readers (ahem) you will notice that it has been quite awhile since I referred to it as the Southwest Chess Club of Hales Corners. That is because during some nasty flooding weather (rather reminds me of this year) a couple of years ago, the basement of the bank where the Southwet (har) Chess Club used to meet was flooded out and what was originally thought to be a temporary displacement has turned into what seems to be a permanent one.  The Club no longer meets in Hales Corners, as no suitable location made itself available at the time. 

I digress - what is most important is that the Club held together and its strong leadership found a new place for the members to congregate once a week :)  And so, without further ado - here's some of the upcoming events:

SWCC Simul Kickoff: July 1 (tomorrow night, darlings):

John Becker (2009 SWCC Club Champion) will give a lecture followed by a simul. This is a free event.
LECTURE: 6:15 pm
SIMUL: 7:00 pm

John will be going over his recent simul game vs GM Yermolinsky (interesting game w/o any major errors, and full of tactics!). Also, a game or two that would fall under the idea of creating complications when standing worse or heading towards a blocked position.

The Joe Crothers Memorial SWCC Championship
July 8, 15, 22, 29 & August 5 & 12:

Nn honor of the recently deceased club President, Joe Crothers.

6-Round Swiss in One Section. Game/100. USCF Rated.
EF: $7. (must be a member to participate). SWCC Membership $10 (can join prior to first round).
(Two ½-point byes available in rounds 1 through 5 if requested at least 2 days in advance; no byes available for round 6.)
TD is Becker; ATD is Grochowski.

Resuming on July 15:

Every Thursday night at 6:00 PM (right before the usual games begin). Instructive lectures. Watch the Southwest Chess Club blog for weekly announcements.

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