Sorry it has been so long for a real update on the site. I’m working on a few things, off and on, that I plan on posting to the site but they aren’t panning out as quickly as I had hoped.
I don’t have any official word on Joplin Chess Club meetings. Though, based on the times I have been able to make it on Tuesday nights the turnout has been really low or non-existent. I have migrated to playing on Sundays and everyone is welcome to come then, as always. If anyone is still attending Tuesdays let me know and I will post it here so other people will know too.
At this point I am sure that most of you know that Bart has a new job and has moved. Due to this change he will be unable to run what would be the next tournament in our quarterly cycle. I am looking at the possibility of running what I am tentatively calling the Winter Open. I started thinking about trying this and then Bart also mentioned that someone locally might look into becoming a club TD. So, I am seriously looking into it. My tentative date is Saturday, February 28th and my fall-back date is Saturday, March 7th. I haven’t fully decided if the format will be exactly the same as the past tournaments but there is a very good chance that will be the case.
I am actively looking for possible locations and looking into becoming a club TD to run this. If anyone has any suggestions, such as the dates not working out or if you know of a location that we could use, please let me know. I would like to hear from as many people as possible. My e-mail address is martin.stahl at joplinchess dot org.
I will create an updated article when I have more news to share. Hopefully, I will know most of the details by the end of next week.