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2014 Joplin Spring Open

Posted By on March 24, 2014
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Here is Joplin’s second tournament of the year.

Date: May 31, 2014

Location: Christ’s Community United Methodist Church
2700 E 44th St.
Joplin, MO 64804

Hosted by the Joplin Chess Club USCF affiliate

Format: 4 round Swiss, Game in 60 with 5 second delay (G/60,d/5), dual rated.
Two sections: Open and Under 1400; sections may be combined for pairing purposes
One 1/2 point bye available if requested before the beginning of round 3

Round Times: 9:00, 11:00, 2:00, 4:00. Lunch break between rounds 2 and 3

Entry fee:  $20 if registered by 05/30, $30 at site. Scholastic (K-12), play for rating only, $10 if registered by 05/30, $15 at site.

Prizes: $360 prize fund based on 25 full-paid entries.  Scholastic entries count as half.

  • Open: $120, $80; U1600: $60
  • U1400: $60, $40
  • Perfect 4.0 bonus: $20

Registration: Advance Registration requested. Entry fees may be paid in cash in person on 05/31/2014, or checks  (payable to Martin Stahl) can be mailed, to be received by 05/30/2014. Preference that all players be current USCF members by05/30/2014 and current through 05/31/2014. USCF membership can be processed at uschess.org and membership can be purchsased on site for CASH ONLY. Please check the USCF site for rates or contact TD for details.

Registration info can be sent to:

martin.stahl@joplinchess.org

or

Joplin Chess Club
2609 New Hampshire
Joplin, Mo 64804

Please include name, address, phone, e-mail, USCF ID# and rating.

On-site registration begins at 8:00 a.m., first round at 9:00

TD: Martin Stahl (417) 483-1554

Please bring set, clock, board, and score sheets.


2014 Spring Tournaments

Posted By on March 24, 2014
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I thought I would put up a general post about upcoming tournaments in the area. I keep a calendar for all tournaments I know about in AR, KS, OK and MO over at www.fourstateschess.org also, so if you are looking for something close and you don’t see anything on here, check that out too. You can check out the details on the above link or check the USCF tournaments section for each state listed; not all are listed on the USCF site.

March 29-30: Arkansas Open; Fayetteville, AR

April 5
: Springfield Open and Club Championship; Springfield, MO
April 11-13: 20th Bill Wright Saint Louis Open; St. Louis, MO
April 19-20: Heart of America Spring Class Championships;, KC, MO
April 26: ICCC Tournament; Olathe, KS

May 3-4: IM Anna Zatonskih Open; Stillwater, OK
May 10-11: The Second Annual Alekhine Challenge; Tulsa, OK
May 10-11: Little Rock Spring Open; Little Rock, AR
May 24: Show Me Classic; St. Louis, MO
May 24-25: 69th OCF FIDE OK Open and Jerry Spann Memorial and OCF Oklahoma Regional Championship; Stillwater, OK
May 31: Joplin Spring Open; Joplin, MO


Springfield Team Tournament

Posted By on February 16, 2014
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Players gathered in Springfield on Saturday, February 8th, to compete in a club versus club quick tournament. This was the fourth year that the the Joplin Chess Club and Springfield Park Board Chess Club (SPBCC) have co-hosted the match. The past three events consisted of the Joplin and Springfield clubs facing off against each other but this year saw a change in format. Initially the tourney was going to be a three-way battle between Joplin, Springfield and MSU clubs, however, on the day of the tourney, the format changed-up again.

MSU brought a team of four players. During registrations a group of four Springfield area players decided to form their own team (aka The Old Codgers, here-after known by TOC, or The Old School as I was calling them), while weather issues left the SPBCC team with three competitors. Finally, scheduling problems decimated attendance by the Joplin team, with only one player able to play all rounds.

This event was a special one, with seven of the twelve players returning to rated tournament chess after having been away for extended periods, with gaps ranging from almost 5 years to a gap of almost 19 years. The ratings favorite at the start of the tournament was TOC, though as a group they had been away from rated chess the longest, so they had their work cut out for them.

The tournament was set up as a 5 round Swiss event, game in 29 minutes with no delay, with team members set not to play each other unless absolutely necessary (for overall prizes). Going into the lunch break, after the second round, MSU led with 6.5 points followed by SPBCC at 3.5 and TOC at 2.5.

Coming back from lunch for the third round, TOC had shaken off some of the rust and were able to catch up with SPBCC at 4.5 each while the MSU team was able to cement their lead at 9 points. The last two rounds saw some team mates being paired, due to overall prize standings, but the MSU club was able to continue their streak and pull out the win after five rounds with 13 points. TOC continued their upward motion, passing SPBCC in the fourth round, to finish with 9 points, leaving SPBCC to finish in third with 7.

The overall tourney winners were Serder Poyraz from MSU with a score of 4.5, Tyler Tyre from MSU with 4.0, and Dr. Sminil Mahajan from SPBCC with 3.5.

I want to thank all the players that made it out. Hopefully we’ll be able to do it again next year and have even more players and teams attend.


2014 Four States Winter Open

Posted By on December 30, 2013
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Here is the Joplin Chess Club’s first tourney of 2014. Hope you can make it.

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4th Annual Four States Winter Open

Date: February 22, 2014

Location: Victory Ministry & Sports Complex Event Center
3405 South Hammons Blvd
Joplin, MO 64804

Hosted by the Joplin Chess Club USCF affiliate

Format: 4 round Swiss, Game in 60 with 5 second delay  (G/60,d/5), dual rated
Two sections; Open and Under 1400, sections may be combined for pairing purposes
One 1/2 point bye available if requested before the beginning of round 3

Round Times: 9:00, 11:10, 2:00, 4:10. Lunch break between rounds 2 and 3

Entry fee: $30 if registered by 2/21, $40 at site. Scholastic (K-12), play for rating only, $15 if registered by 2/21, $25 at site. MCA membership required for MO residents; available on-site.

Prizes: $430 prize fund based on 25 full-paid entries. Scholastic entries count as half.

  • Open: $120, $90, $60; U1600 $60
  • U1400: $60, $40

Registration: Advance Registration requested. Entry fees may be paid in cash in person on 2/22/2014, or checks  (payable to Martin Stahl) can be mailed, to be received by 2/21/2014. Preference that all players must be current USCF members by 2/21/2014 and current through 2/22/2014. USCF membership can be processed online at uschess.org and membership can be accepted on site for CASH ONLY. Please check the USCF site for rates or contact TD for details for membership renewal or purchase on site.

Registration info can be sent to:

martin.stahl@joplinchess.org

or

Joplin Chess Club
2609 New Hampshire
Joplin, Mo 64804

Please include name, address, phone, e-mail, USCF ID# and rating.

On-site registration begins at 8:00 a.m., first round at 9:00

TD: Martin Stahl (417) 483-1554

Please bring set, clock, board, and score sheets.


The 99 Percent, Part 2

Posted By on September 1, 2013
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The winner of the game is the player who makes the next-to-last mistake. – Savielly Tartakower

In the last part (part 1), I provided a couple of positions to ponder over. Here I provide the solutions, along with the original position as a refresher.

 

White to move

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I didn’t spend enough time on the position and missed the equalizing reply (at least equalizing and according to Houdini, white would actually have a slight advantage). Though, to be honest, I might not have found the continuation even if I had taken more time. Here is the solution:

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Springfield National Chess Day Open

Posted By on August 13, 2013
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Here is the next tourney of the year. This one is being co-hosted by the Joplin Chess Club and Springfield Park Board Chess Club. Hope you can make it.

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Date: October 12, 2013

Location: Southside Senior Center
2215 S. Fremont
Springfield, MO

Co-hosted by the Springfield Park Board Chess Club and Joplin Chess Club USCF affiliates

Format: 4 round Swiss, Game in 60, delay 5 (G/60,d/5), dual-rated
Two sections, Open and U1400; Sections may be combined for pairing purposes.
One 1/2 point bye available if requested before the beginning of round 2

Round Times: 9:00, 11:15, 2:00, 4:15

Entry fee: $20 if registered by 10/11 , $30 on-site. Scholastic (K-12) $10 if registered by 10/11, $15 on-site (no cash prize)

Prizes: Based on 25 non-scholastic entries (b/25)

  • Open: $120, 80, 60; U1600 $60
  • U1400: $60, 40
  • Scholastic: Trophy for 1st place

Registration: Advance Registration requested. Entry fees may be paid in cash in person on 10/12/2013, or checks  (payable to Martin Stahl) can be mailed, to be received by 10/11/2013. Preference that all players must be current USCF members by 10/11/2013 and current through 10/12/2013. USCF membership can be processed online at uschess.org and membership can be accepted on site for CASH ONLY. Please check the USCF site for rates or contact TD for details for membership renewal or purchase on site.

Registration info can be sent to:

martin.stahl@joplinchess.org or jmbroz@att.net

or

Joplin Chess Club
2609 New Hampshire
Joplin, Mo 64804

Please include name, address, phone, e-mail, USCF ID# and rating.

On-site registration begins at 8:00 until 8:50 a.m., first round at 9:00

TD: Martin Stahl (417) 781-9091; (417) 483-1554 day of the tournament

Please bring set, clock, board, and score sheets.

Lunch – Players may bring their own food and drink


Chanute Kansas Free Chess Tourney

Posted By on June 12, 2013
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Sorry to get this up late but the Chanute chess club is holding a free, unrated tourney on June 29th. Below are the details:

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Free Chess Tournament

Sponsored by the Chanute Library and the Chanute Chess Club

Date: Saturday, June 29

Location: Central Park Pavilion
101 S. Forest
Chanute, KS

Note: Chanute is not accessible from Hwy 39/59 to the east, due to bridge construction.  You must use Hwy 169 coming from the North or South or Hwy 39 from the West

Time: All participants are to register between 8:30 and 9:15 with the first round to begin at 9:30.  The tournament should be concluded about 3:00.

5 Rounds of Game in 30 minutes

Each player will play five games

A lunch will be served onsite

USCF and State memberships are not required; therefore this is a perfect “starter” tournament for someone who has never competed in a Chess Tournament.


Oops…

Posted By on May 8, 2013
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Today I was scouting for a game on ICC and accidentally missed a number on my seek.  What should have been an ad for a G30 + 15 sec increment got put in as a G0 + 15 sec increment.  Quite the difference!  I’ve really grown to dislike playing blitz because I usually get to a promising position and then blow it cause I can’t think quickly, but this game didn’t go so bad for me…

I didn’t annotate this one, but White played a few moves that didn’t do much for him and in the end Black got a nice attack on the king side.  I particularly like the coordination of the queen and knight in conducting the final moves.  Thoughts…questions…suggestions?

 


C’est la Vie Mon Ami

Posted By on March 24, 2013
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Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the chess is quite delightful.  Yes friends it’s snowing so what better to do with my day than play some chess and get a few games posted.  First up we have a game featuring the French Defense.  I do not like playing against the French.  White I’ve done fairly good against it, I can never seem to get the types of positions I would truly like to play.  Having played a large number of White attempts to overrun the sturdy 1…e6 (including the Winawer, Tarrasch, and various gambits) I have recently set my sights on the Exchange Variation.  While the Exchange Variation has a history of being draw-ish, it was recommended by IM John Watson in some video lessons on ICC.  I figure if a French expert like Watson recommends it, it definitely deserves a closer look and he certainly provides enough compelling evidence that I am paying close attention.

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Opposition in the Endgame

Posted By on March 7, 2013
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Typically I’ve done annotated games when I’ve posted, but it takes a while to do that and my time has been limited lately with work and family.  So I’ve been focusing on trying to take a snapshot from a game and use it to demonstrate something.  Hopefully this is entertaining and instructive.  We’ll see.  For my first one I decided to focus on an endgame position that arose in one of my recent games on ICC.  Here is the position…

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