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  • Next Meeting As of Update Time:  Tuesday, December 23rd, 7PM (B&N)
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Club and Other Local Events

Schedule of Events (Parentheses show restrictions and/or sponsoring group if not Twin City.)  Link to BNASC.  Link to Grandmaster CC.  Twin City events bold underlined.  Major events in bold.   TCCC is not endorsing or responsible for events we do not sponsor and notice is given here as a courtesy.

Wednesdays, Club Outreach Play at Barnes & Noble, 7 PM.

  • Tuesday, December 23rd, Club Outreach Play at B&N (in place of Wednesday the 24th.)

Club Ladder

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Club Ladder Recent Games/Info

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iExcell December Christmas Open/Scholastic

iExcell Open/Scholastic Tournament, December 2013

A total of 30 players braved the freezing rain and icy roads and sidewalks to come play at iExcell on Saturday, December 21st.  Players came locally, but also from Hudson, Decatur, Champaign, and even Oak Park and Naperville.  Our Under 1200 section was too small to sustain the tournament, but the players got experience by playing up into the Open Section where they competed for the trophy prizes for their section.

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As freezing rain continued throughout the day, the people inside played through five rounds of G/30 (U600,) or four rounds of G/60 (Open.)  In the 15 Player Under 600 section there were four players who scored 4 of 5 points.  Rahul Vudaru (Evans JH) scored fourth on tiebreaks.  Gowtham Krishnakumar (Evans Jr. High) took the third place trophy, Sreeansh Vakiti (Colene Hoose Elem) took second, and first place was  awarded to Niroop Krishnakumar (Benjamin Elem.)  This was Niroop’s first tournament.  The team trophy was taken by Grove, represented by six players in the fifteen player field.

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Although the Under 1200 section was folded into the Open, we awarded the U1200 trophies to the players who had registered U1200 in that section.  Third place went to Marcus Lee (Colene Hoose Elem.)  Second place was awarded to Aarushi Bafna (Washington Elem.)  First place was awarded to Raghav Mukundan (Washington Elem,) who scored 2.5 points.  The team trophy went to Washington Elementary.

The Open section, 15 players total, saw excitement in Round 3 where Joseph Alford lost a minor piece for a pawn and lost to Mihir Bafna.  Mihir earned over 100 ratings points by defeating the Class A player Alford, going from 1404 to 1527 rating.  Mihir drew round 4, but earned $75 with a 3.5 score.  For Joseph Alford, it was his only defeat and he finished with a 3.0 score for $50.  Scoring 2.5 points and receiving $25 were Alexander Hsia, Minkee Lee, Grahame Watt, and Chris Morgan.

Every player received a Christmas gift from Twin Cities Chess Club and iExcell; players got to choose from scorepads, pens, pencils, and books (chess and non-chess) by drawings held every round.  The winners of the Grand Prize giveaway drawing were Jai Mahajan and Khel Gordhan, who each had a choice of either a DGT 960 or a Saitek Competition clock.  Our great thanks to iExcell for providing the clocks and many of the gifts.

The tournament also saw the debut of a new round information display system.  Paper was all-but-dispensed-with in favor of putting pairings and standings directly online.  Two large screen TVs (one in the playing hall, and one in the players area) provided refreshed information on tournament status, pairings and standings throughout the tournament.

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The system was well received, and future improvements are planned.

For a frozen day, the chess action was hot indeed.  Link to tournament crosstable at USCF.

Merry Christmas to All, and to All Play Good Chess!

Original event listing post follows.

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Chess – the Musical – in Urbana playing in December

The Rice/Andersson/Ulvaeus musical Chess is playing in Urbana in December at The Station Theater.  Details from a received email below.

Chess The MusicalThe Station Theatre – 223 N. Broadway, Urbana, IL

Phone: 217-384-4000                     Web: www.stationtheatre.com

Please call for reservations

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Performance Dates: December 5-8; 11-15; 18-21

All performances begin at 8:00pm

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Ticket Prices

Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday – $10

Friday and Saturday – $15

CHESS is a story of love, duty and sacrifice set against the backdrop of 1980’s glasnost and the World Chess Championship. It was inspired, in part, by the Cold War-era Championship match between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky.

At the forefront are the two chess masters: Freddie Trumper, a brash, cocky American who enjoys his rock star status in the chess world; and the Russian player Anatoly Sergievsky, the current champion and Freddie’s opposite in almost every respect but mastery of the game. All too soon Freddie’s temperamental nature causes problems not only for Anatoly, but for their chess seconds (Florence Vassy and Ivan Molokov) and the tournament’s Arbiter.

Tying the story together is a strongly thematic and intricate musical score, with lyrics by Tim Rice (“The Lion King” et. al.) This show spawned the 1985 Top 5 hit “One Night in Bangkok,” and the ballad “I Know Him So Well” has been covered by Whitney Houston and Barbra Streisand.

The Station Theatre is a small (approx. 100-seat) black-box theatre sited in a converted train station, one block west of US 45 off University St. in Urbana. Despite its small size, The Station has successfully staged full Broadway musicals as well as smaller dramatic and comedic plays. They produce as many as ten shows each season.

November 30, 2013 – NM Karagianis on the World Championships

Long title!  Here are the details, courtesy of an email from iExcell:

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is organizing a world championship Recap on Saturday, November 30th 2013 from 5 PM to 6 PM at iEXCELL.  National Master Pete Karagianis is leading this event and will provide his views on the games played in this world championship.  Please find below more information about the event.

 Chess World Championship Recap – Anand vs. Carlsen

with National Master Pete Karagianis

Magnus Carlsen won the Chess World Championship this week, defeating former champion Vishwanathan Anand with a decisive 6.5-3.5 score. Carlsen remains the highest rated player in the history of the game and has also now become the 16th Official World Chess Champion in the classical line. This exciting duel was viewed worldwide by over 250 million chess fans and generated global interest in the game. USCF Chess Master and Bloomington resident Pete Karagianis will be giving a recap of the match on Saturday, November 30 2013 from 5-6 pm at the I-Excell Center on 2416 East Washington Street, Suite B3.

 NM Karagianis will give a general overview of the match including his views on how the games played out and the future implications of the result. He will also focus on the key turning points of the match, with analysis and discussion of the critical positions. Afterwards he will be available for a short Q&A session about the match.

The event is open to everyone and FREE to attend. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to: admin@iexcellkids.com or simply show up shortly before 5pm. Seating is on a first come first basis.

iEXCELL

2416 East Washington Street, Arches I

Suite B2, B3, & F, Bloomington, IL 61704

Ph: 309-664-6473, 309-533-7676, 1-888-386-9226

Fax: 309-807-0588, Email: admin@iexcellkids.com

 

 

 

Next IExcell lTournament Details

Bookmark this post for the next iExcell Tournament details.

The last tournament held was December 21, 2013.  Link to the event report here.

 

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Courtesy of The Week In Chess

November 2, 2013 – iExcell Open/Scholastic

iExcell Open/Scholastic Tournament, November 2013

We had 22 Players come to play at iExcell on November 2nd.

In the Under 600 section, Aatmodhee Goswami placed first with a perfect 5.0 score. Sreeansh Vakiti placed second, and Zachary Gross received the third place trophy on tiebreaks. Ayush Banerjee and Nathan Donohue tied Zachary with 3.0 points each. With an amazing turnout, Colene Hoose took the top school team trophy. All other players took home medals.

In the Under 1200, six players with five rounds led to a Swiss paired all-play-all. Arnav Sriram placed 1st with 4.0 points. Siblings Naaman and Kyra Rivera placed 2nd and 3rd with 3.5 and 3.0 points respectively. With two of the six players present, Benjamin took the school team trophy. All other players took home medals.

In the Open section, Joseph Alford managed a perfect 4.0 plus score for $100; Mihir Bafna and Narayan Karthik Karra tied for 2.5 points (drawing their last game against each other) for $25.

Link to ratings at USCF for this tournament are at this link.

The next iExcell tournament will be on December 7th.

Final Results:

Players:U600                                                              Page 1

Plc            Name               ID    Exp. St  Gr Rate Pts  Rnd1 Rnd2 Rnd3 Rnd4 Rnd5
   1 Goswami,Aatmodhee         15005635 1113 IL      574  5.0  W5   W3   W4   W2   W7
   2 Vakiti,Sreeansh R         14747680 1014 IL      504  4.0  W9   W8   W3   L1   W5
   3 Gross, Zachary            15065112 1012 IL      378  3.0 W11   L1   L2  -B-   W4
   4 Banerjee, Ayush           15029187 1113 IL      559  3.0  W7   W6   L1   W8   L3
   5 Donohue,Nathan            15061213 0114 IL      397  3.0  L1  -B-  W11  W10   L2
   6 Billingsly,Cora           15262370 1014 IL           2.5 W10   L4   L9  D11   W8
   7 Vanguru,Rishith           15041748      IL           2.0  L4  W10   L8   W9   L1
   8 Karra,Kunal Prath         14744151 1213 IL      305  2.0 -B-   L2   W7   L4   L6
   9 Ravi,Ishita               15260518 1014 IL           2.0  L2  L11   W6   L7  -B-
  10 Tummala,Shritan           15264340 1114 IL           2.0  L6   L7  -B-   L5  W11
  11 Sreekanth,Arun            15256753      IL           1.5  L3   W9   L5   D6  L10

Players:U1200                                                             Page 1

Plc            Name               ID    Exp. St  Gr Rate Pts  Rnd1 Rnd2 Rnd3 Rnd4 Rnd5
   1 Sriram,Arnav              14353916 0214 IL      795  4.0  W4   D2   W3   W5   D6
   2 Rivera, Naaman Jos        14303281 0214 IL      900  3.5  W3   D1   L5   W6   W4
   3 Rivera, Kyra Elian        14572996 0214 IL      722  3.0  L2   W6   L1   W4   W5
   4 Nadkarni,Anusha           14789160 0214 IL      642  2.0  L1   W5   W6   L3   L2
   5 Bhamidipati,Nishant       14815241 0114 IL      585  1.5  D6   L4   W2   L1   L3
   6 Wang,Jaden                14818345 1015 IL      774  1.0  D5   L3   L4   L2   D1

Players:OPEN                                                              Page 1

Plc            Name               ID    Exp. St  Gr Rate Pts  Rnd1 Rnd2 Rnd3 Rnd4
   1 Alford,Joseph O           10279241 9999 IL     1900  4.0  W3   W2   W4   W5
   2 Bafna,Mihir               13737414 1113 IL     1363  2.5  W4   L1  -B-   D3
   3 Karra,Narayan Karthik     12988332 1213 IL     1391  2.5  L1  -B-   W5   D2
   4 Prabu,Advaith             14378111 0214 IL     1487  2.0  L2   W5   L1  -B-
   5 Bafna,Aarushi             14289595 1113 IL      734  1.0 -B-   L4   L3   L1

PreTournament (Before November 2) Info:

The next tournament to be held at iExcell will be on Saturday, November 2, 2013.  Details in “TLA” (“Tournament Life Announcement”) format follow, then a “plain language” explanation.  The tournament flyer can also be found here.

TLA Information:

Nov. 2, IEXCELL BLOOMINGTON/NORMAL OPEN/
SCHOLASTIC NOVEMBER 2013
iExcell, 2416 East Washington Street, Suite B3, Bloomington IL 61704.
For new players, see http://laughingvulcan.org/TCCCBlog/iexcell/ for more
comprehensive explanations. In 3 Sections Open: 4SS, G/60;d5, EF:
$30.00 if Prepaid by Oct. 30; $35.00 Onsite. $$: $100.00 for 4.0 score;
$75.00 for 3.5 score; $50.00 for 3.0 score, $25.00 for 2.5 score. Only
zero point byes allowed, all rounds. Floor repairings will be done for
any player 15 minutes after round start if opponent not present.
U1200 Scholastic: 5SS, G/30;d5, Open to 1200 & under. Open to
Scholastic Players Only. EF: Scholastic sections: $15 if paid by October
30; $20 Onsite. Prizes: 1st-3rd Place Trophy, 1st Place School Team
Trophy. All players receive at least one’goodie.’ All scholastic players
receive participation medals. ½ point bye available any single round
*except final round*; zero point byes only in final round. We reserve
the right to combine the U600/U1200 sections or reduce rounds if
number of players is low. U600 Scholastic: 4SS, G/30;d5, Open to
600 & under. Open to Scholastic Players Only. EF: Scholastic sections:
$15 if paid by October 30; $20 Onsite. Prizes: 1st-3rd Place Trophy,
1st Place School Team Trophy. All players receive at least one’goodie.’
All scholastic players receive participation medals. ½ point bye available
any single round *except final round*; zero point byes only in final
round. We reserve the right to combine the U600/U1200 sections or
reduce rounds if number of players is low. ALL: Rds: Check-In and
Door Registration Ends 8:30 AM; 1st Round begins play ASAP after
registration closes at 8:30. Lunch break provided, all other rounds ASAP.
Preregistered players are expected to check-in. ENT: Rahul Bafna, iExcell
(309) 287 -0293 or admin@iexcellkids.com. INFO: admin@iexcellkids.com.
DIR: See http://goo.gl/maps/w1SnT for Google Map to site.

Some explanation in English:

This will be a United States Chess Federation rated tournament at iExcell.  There are three sections, one for scholastic players under 600 USCF rating, one for scholastic players under 1200 USCF rating, and an open section for scholastic and adult players.  If the scholastic attendance (U600/U1200) is too small we reserve the right to either shorten the number of rounds or combine the two sections together.

All sections have the following in common:

Everyone must be present and either have checked in, or be in the check in line, by 8:30 AM.  Late arrivals, even those preregistered, may or may not have a first round game.  It pays to be early!

All players must be paid members of the USCF (because we are not separating by grade, all players must have current expirations or pay a minimum three month USCF membership fee, in addition to the tournament registration fee.)

We will take a lunch break when possible and the start time for the post-lunch round will be announced.  Otherwise, all rounds begin as soon as possible after the last game in the prior round is finished.  In practice there’s about a fifteen minute break after the last game finishes and when play in the next round starts.

Typically the scholastic sections end at around 4:30 PM.  (A perfect day would have rounds approximately start at 9:00 AM, 10:30 AM, 12:30 PM, 1:50 PM, and 3:15 PM.)  The open section usually ends at 6:00 PM, (rounds start at 9:00 AM, 12:oo PM, 2:15 PM, and 4:15 PM.)  Things, however, rarely come out perfectly.

To preregister, or if you have any questions, please contact Rahul Bafna of iExcell at (309) 287 -0293 or email admin@iexcellkids.com.

The scholastic sections share the following in common (even though they are two separate sections):

It is a total of 5 rounds in Swiss system format (all players play 5 games of chess during the day.)  Each side has thirty minutes each to play the game (bringing/buying a clock is recommended,) and each there will be 5 seconds of delay each move before time starts counting down.  If neither player has a clock, we will place a clock on the board with both times equally split based on availability (this typically happens in the last 10-20 minutes of the round.)

The top 3 players by tiebreak score receive trophies, and the school with the four best players takes a team trophy. All players take home a medal.

Players may take up to one half point bye for any round except the last round.  This counts as a draw for pairing and prize purposes.

The entry fee is $15.00 if prepaid by October 30, and $20.00 if paid after October 30 / at the site.

The open section has the following characteristics:

It is a total of 4 rounds in Swiss system format (all players play 4 games of chess during the day.)  Each side has sixty minutes each to play the game (bringing/buying a clock is recommended,) and there will be 5 seconds of delay each move before the time starts counting down.  If neither player has a clock, we will place a clock on the board with both times equally split based on availability (this typically happens in the last 10-20 minutes of the round.)

This is a plus-scores section.  A player scoring a perfect 4.0 score receives $100.00.  A player who scores 3.5 receives $75.00.  A player scoring 3.0 receives $50.00.  A player who scores 2.5 points receives $25.00.  Scores less than 2 points receive nothing.

Because we’re playing plus scores, all elected byes count for zero points, not a half point.  Also, to avoid more than one (possible) full point bye in a round, we may do floor repairing of any player whose opponent is more than 15 minutes late for the round start.

The entry fee is $30.00 if prepaid by October 30, and $35.00 if paid after October 30 / at the site.