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2017 Delaware State Open Championship

A State Championship Event

20 Grand Prix Points

Mar 11 – 12, 2017

Online Registration Here

Delaware State Open Championship

Newark, DE

Hilton Wilmington/Christiana Hotel, 100 Continental Dr., Newark, DE 19713 (off I-95).
Ask for special price to reserve room for the chess tournament. 302-454-1500. 6-SS Open, 5-SS U1600, G/90 d5.

Open: $600, $300, $150, U2200 $150, U2000 $150, U1800 $150, $ prizes b/40

U1600: $400, $240, $140, U1400 $140, U1200 $140, U1000 $140. $ prizes b/40

Special DE Resident Prizes: Delaware State Champion = Trophy + Free EF to next year’s event, Top Delaware Junior = Trophy, Delaware Women’s State Champion = Trophy + Free EF to next year’s event – may be in Open or U1600 section).

Reg.: Advanced Reg online Here.
By Mail: Delaware Chess Association, 2400 N. Broom St., Apt. 203, Wilmington, DE 19802.
Call 302-893-9519 for info.
On Site: 8am – 9am.

EF: Free entry to GM’s and IM’s ($50 deducted from prizes). $65 by 3/07. On site: $70.

Rds.: Sat.10, 2, 6.
Sun.9, 1, (5, open only).

Half point Byes: 2 available.

$ prizes b/40 in each section.

Email: .

The information shown above is based on information in US Chess records prior to publication of the TLA in Chess Life (or Chess Life Kids.)
As such, the information shown above is subject to change and any URLS may not yet be activated or may refer to other events.
Please check the TLA in Chess Life (or Chess Life Kids) for any corrections, updates or other changes.
In special cases, changes that are made after the publication of Chess Life may be found on the Tournament Listings by State page.
Sponsoring Affiliate: T6007774, DELAWARE CHESS ASSOCIATION.

Tell the TD you heard about this event via TLA Mail or saw it on the US chess website. TLA ID: 17718

2017 Delaware State Open Championship

A State Championship Event

20 Grand Prix Points

Mar 11 – 12, 2017

Online Registration Here

Delaware State Open Championship

Newark, DE

Hilton Wilmington/Christiana Hotel, 100 Continental Dr., Newark, DE 19713 (off I-95).
Ask for special price to reserve room for the chess tournament. 302-454-1500. 6-SS Open, 5-SS U1600, G/90 d5.

Open: $600, $300, $150, U2200 $150, U2000 $150, U1800 $150, $ prizes b/40

U1600: $400, $240, $140, U1400 $140, U1200 $140, U1000 $140. $ prizes b/40

Special DE Resident Prizes: Delaware State Champion = Trophy + Free EF to next year’s event, Top Delaware Junior = Trophy, Delaware Women’s State Champion = Trophy + Free EF to next year’s event – may be in Open or U1600 section).

Reg.: Advanced Reg online Here.
By Mail: Delaware Chess Association, 2400 N. Broom St., Apt. 203, Wilmington, DE 19802.
Call 302-893-9519 for info.
On Site: 8am – 9am.

EF: Free entry to GM’s and IM’s ($50 deducted from prizes). $65 by 3/07. On site: $70.

Rds.: Sat.10, 2, 6.
Sun.9, 1, (5, open only).

Half point Byes: 2 available.

$ prizes b/40 in each section.

Email: .

The information shown above is based on information in US Chess records prior to publication of the TLA in Chess Life (or Chess Life Kids.)
As such, the information shown above is subject to change and any URLS may not yet be activated or may refer to other events.
Please check the TLA in Chess Life (or Chess Life Kids) for any corrections, updates or other changes.
In special cases, changes that are made after the publication of Chess Life may be found on the Tournament Listings by State page.
Sponsoring Affiliate: T6007774, DELAWARE CHESS ASSOCIATION.

Tell the TD you heard about this event via TLA Mail or saw it on the US chess website. TLA ID: 17718

Cecil County Quads-August 27, 2016

4th Saturday Quads
Cecil County Chess Club (C-4) July 27, 2016
Address: North East UMC Church
308 South Main St.
North East, Md  21901
USCF Membership Required – Time control: G/90;d5
Registration time: 9 – 9:45 am / Entrance fee: $25
Bring someone new with you & get $5 off on entrance fee
First Prize in each Quad and Swiss: $60/ 2nd Swiss $30
Coffee, Tea, and snacks are available
Great Restaurants within a block
5min. drive off Rt. 95/20 min. from Newark/30 min. from Wilmington 
North East is a unique town at the head of the Chesapeake Bay.  A good view looking down the Chesapeake Bay is just 4 blocks away in the town park.  There are many quality craft and antique shops within a few blocks.  There’s a large flea market on the same day one block away when it’s warm and dry.    The Cecil County Chess Club Tournament has been active in this area for over seven years.  The room is quiet and we also have a skittles room for analysis of your games. 
Entrance is at the white door on Main St.  Go down the stairs to the white door. 
Info: call John Anderson at 302-593-3752 or E-mail: daoceanandjohn@aol.com

 

4/15/14 Newsletter

Its been a slow month for DSCA. Here are some past and upcoming events.

A Crossroads article in the Delaware News Journal newspaper featured a review of Drew Serres and his Delaware State Chess Champion title. Check it out at the following link: http://www.delawareonline.com/story/life/2014/04/02/crossroads-chess-champ-challenge/7226193/

Upcoming Events in this region

 

We at DSCA, Delaware State Chess Association, are looking forward to a new year of improved communications, tournaments and sponsored events. See all that has happened so far!

  1. DelawareChess.org is DSCA website is being updated every week!  Check it out!
  2. DSCA is helping chess clubs in and around Delaware by offering a webpage on its site. Contact us for more information.
  3. We will be featuring more Matches of Interest and Daily Puzzles for anyone interested.
  4. We are looking for contributors if anyone is interested. Send your request to Webmaster@DelawareChess.org!

Any ideas for chess in the Delaware Area? Send them to me and we’ll try to help make it happen.

Brandywine CC 4/11/14 Newsletter

The BLCC will be meeting tonight in room 209 from 5:30pm – 8:30pm.  We continue to offer free national rated games for those who are also USCF members.  Last week, Matthew Clowes won his second match game with Brad Thomas. Congratulations Matt!
For those of you who weren’t able to get a copy of last Thursday’s Crossroads article in the Delaware News Journal newspaper, you may find it at the following link: http://www.delawareonline.com/story/life/2014/04/02/crossroads-chess-champ-challenge/7226193/
A lot of information was not used in the article, and who knows what the letters DSOCC stand for since the sponsoring organization was the Delaware Chess Association (DCA), but the reference in the FYI section concerning the Brandywine Library Chess Club and www.delawarechess.org are helpful.  The best part was that the article focused on Drew Serres giving him the recognition that he earned.
At the Delaware Elementary School tournament this past Sunday, Elijah Duval finished 8th and the Kuumba team finished 4th.  These results are impressive for elementary school kids who didn’t know how to play chess a few months ago. Great coaching on the part of Drew Serres.
James Church and I are playing in the Pitman Championship Warm-up tournament as well as the Woodbury Chess Club Championship.  Both chess clubs are in NJ and I provide transportation for anyone who is interested in attending / participating.  These are USCF events that are nationally rated and “permanently recorded” in the USCF tournament history.  They call us the Delaware Destroyers because we are taking out their top players.  After 4 rounds in Woodbury and 2 rounds in Pitman we are undefeated by NJ/PA players and James Church’s only loss was to his fellow Delaware player and driver.  🙂
We had 22 players participate last week at the BLCC.
I hope to see you this evening,
-Bill

Brandywine CC 4/3/14 Newsletter

There will be a meeting of the BLCC on Friday April 4 from 5:30pm till 8:30pm in room 209. I will try to have the coffee ready on time this week. The second USCF rated G/75 d5 match game between Brad Thomas and Mathew Clowes will be played tonight. Last Friday, there was a rated match game being played between Steadroy Lloyd and Drew Serres which Drew won, but due to distractions in the room, Drew decided that he couldn’t take a rated win and this was acceptable by Steadroy so it will not be rated. I will not be playing rated matches, but will continue to play casual games because I need to be available for club management. If you have a chess clock, please bring it because that is the one thing we are lacking. There are several things happening this week in local chess that I am going to cover.

This Sunday, April 6, an Elementary School tournament is being held for students who attend school in the State of Delaware. The tournament is being held at JCC, 101 Garden of Eden Road, Wilmington DE 19803. The entry fee is $20 and late entries are allowed up till 11:45am, but try to get there 20 minutes earlier if you haven’t preregistered. Registered players should arrive at 12:00 pm. Play begins promptly at 12:30 pm. There will be an awards ceremony is at 5:30 pm. Unfinished games will be adjudicated after about 55 minutes by Dave Gertler. This is not a USCF tournament and does not strictly follow USCF rules or requirements. No chess clocks are used/required. You do not have to be a USCF member to participate and the tournament is open to students of all abilities. Dave Gertler is the tournament director. The tournament is being held in four divisions, Lower Elementary (grades 3 and below), Elementary (grades 5 and below), Middle School (grades 8 and below), and High School (grades 12 and below). For more information, please contact Katie Glazier at (302) 478-5660 x205 or KatieGlazier@siegeljcc.org. Dave Nettleton (our under age 17 BLCC club champion) as well as our many elementary school members would probably do well here and would enjoy it independent of the result. I may try to attend the event as a spectator especially if I know BLCC kids will be there.

The Pitman Chess Club is starting a championship warm-up tournament tonight at 7:30pm. I have decided to participate in it since I intend to try to win their club championship this year. Those who are interested in a ride to the event may contact me. The entry fee is $10. The transportation is free. USCF membership is required. Time control is G90 d5. The playing conditions are excellent. The Pitman Chess Club requires that people who want to play in their May Club Championship, must have competed in two club tournaments prior to the event. I tied for 1st in their season opener last Summer but I still need to participate in this event to qualify. The downside is that we have an incredibly strong chess club that has USCF rated games every Thursday at 7:30pm in Delaware. That club is the Newark Chess Club (meets in Bear). I am going to have to postpone my return to the Newark Club a bit longer. We may be playing matches with these clubs in the future. Last year, Jeremiah Williams who is the long time member and champion of the Pitman Club also won the Woodbury Chess Club Championship. Geoffrey Herman was the Woodbury Champion. These clubs are rivals and having the Pitman Club guy holding the Woodbury Club Championship is @#$% for Woodbury. Herman still plays as 1st board for Woodbury at the US Team and other events. Williams plays 1st board for Pitman.

The Woodbury Chess Club has finished round 4 in its 7 round club championship. This Tuesday is an open free Pizza night (yep a break in the middle of the tournament). It will be an early night and I will be bringing our Delaware State Champion Drew Serres with me to visit them (and any BLCC people who are interested). Currently James Church is in the middle of the pack with 2 points. There were 41 USCF ranked players participating in the event this year including several experts. This past Tuesday, Justin Samuels asked to use my clock for his game with Herman because he prefers paddles over buttons on clocks and he forgot to bring his clock. My opponent Jeremiah Williams had his clock and the black pieces so since I wouldn’t be using my clock I let Justin use it. Herman arrived late, got in time trouble, and lost his game against Samuels. I also won against Williams. Since Justin and I are now tied for 1st, I will probably be playing him with my clock in round 5. This is also why I decided to go for the Pitman Club tournament over going to the local Newark Club which would be my normal preference. I’m sure the Newark guys will understand. The Newark Club is run by John Anderson who is also BLCC.

Drew Serres is pictured with his trophy and chess set on the front page of “New Castle County Crossroads” section of the Delaware newspaper “The News Journal” today. Yes I picked up some extra copies! The headline reads Chess champ exceeds his expectations. The half page interview with reporter Rob Kalesse is worth the read.

Our founding member, Lowell Basset has formed a chess club in Louisiana. He continues to participate in chess events down there. He wrote about such an event that occurred on 3/22/2014. He wrote: “Bill, I met GM Susan Polgar and played in a sixteen person simul. No surprise that she beat everyone. She was very kind and took time to pose for pics and graciously signed everything anyone put in front of her. Congrats with the club. It sounds so wonderful and I wish I could be there to play and learn more. Please tell everyone hi for me.” I have attached his photo with International Grandmaster Susan Polgar.

Last Friday we had 23 people attend. Welcome new member Scott LaPorte.

I hope to you at the BLCC Friday evening.

-Bill