It's coming around to that time of year again, chessplayers. The Hales Corners Chess Challenge XIX, on April 12, 2014!
This year's playing venue is a well known gracious hotel in southeastern Wisconsin: The Olympia Resort Hotel, Spa and Conference Center in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.
|Olympia Resort Hotel lobby|
You can get all the information you need on and print out the entry form. The Challenge is worth 10 Grand Prix points and Junior Grand Prix points (don't know how many Junior GP points).
This is all in one day action (4 games), G-60, 6 second delay. Early registration fee (prior to April 9, 2014) is $40 for the Open Section and $30 for the Reserve Section. $5 more each after April 9th and same day entry. Games are at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Prizes are awarded at end of play.
Goddesschess is once again sponsoring prizes for female chessplayers. The top female finishers from Challenge XVIII receive entry fee paid by Goddesschess, should they choose to play in Challenge XIX. Female prizes are awarded in addition to any other prize a player may win. Open Section: $20 for a win; $10 for a draw. Reserve Section: $10 for a win; $5 for a draw. Entry will be paid by Goddesschess for top female finisher in each Section if they play in Challenge XX in October, 2014.
For the past few Challenges, I've had lots of fun putting together gift bags of chessly items (or chess-themed items) for the top female finisher in each Section. I am already shopping, darlings!
Please come out and support this wonderful 2X a year southeastern Wisconsin regional event. Southwest Chess Club also sponsors the Milwaukee Summer Challenge, this year scheduled for June 21-22, 2014 (Holy Summer Solstice!) Goddesschess will also be offering prizes for the chess femmes in that event. Stay tuned!
P.S. I did a quick check of restaurants in the area of the Olympia Resort Hotel, in case you feel the need to spread your wings rather than eating at the hotel's restaurant, and there are several within a mile or less, although it doesn't look like there are any sidewalks so walking to them rather than driving -- problematical. You might also want to check a travel aggregator like Expedia to see what room rates are available.