March 14-28, 2011 – G/60 Monthly Tournament

Apologies for not updating pre/post Round 2.  Many games were played, and the Ides have come and gone.  Some action from Round 1:

Garrett Scott Peers In

When the pawns are a'rockin, don't bother knockin...

Garrett Scott and Nathaniel Sobery play an unrated game

...Don't bother, Come on In!

Round 1 of March G/60 in play

The players (the two eventually winners among them) are working in Round 1.

Back to the future past:

Our tournament was completed on March 28th, after presenting the final trophies of the Club Championship (pix will be available in the Club Champ picture post later.)  We had eleven players participate in at least one round.  The surprise of the tournament was Dennis Bourgerie, who had a winning position in the judgment of the players present, but ending up losing on time.  Dennis and Niranjan Panneerselvam, therefore, will each receive a Chess Thing for their efforts.  Congratualations!

Final crosstable:

TCCC March 2011 G/60, March 14-28, 2011
Final Results, Uploaded and Rated

 No.            Name            Rate  Pts Rnd1 Rnd2 Rnd3
 1 Bourgerie,Dennis             1770  2.0  W3   W4   L2
 2 Panneerselvam, Nir           1518  2.0  W9  ---   W1
 3 Bonwell, Jonathan            1807  1.0  L1  ---  W11
 4 Thangadurai,Bragadeesh        754  1.0  W8   L1  ---
 5 Scott,Garrett H              1444  1.0 ---  W10  ---
 6 Morgan,Chris                       1.0 ---   W8  ---
 7 Thompson,L.T.                      1.0 ---  ---   W8
 8 Boyle, Michael                591  0.0  L4   L6   L7
 9 Kumar,Prithiv Sen            1207  0.0  L2  ---  ---
 10 Pallem,Nikhil               1085  0.0 ---   L5  ---
 11 Arnold,Brian                      0.0 ---  ---   L3

Round 1 and pre-tournament after the cut.

Round 1:

Aye, people are much in fear of the Ides…  Yet six people boldly ventured to play rated G/60,  another four played a casual unrated game, and one did observe with a lean and hungry look…

Round 1 is complete, Round 2 will be paired at 7:20 on March 21st, join us then!

Round 1 G/6o Crosstable

TCCC March 2011 G/60 Crosstable
Players:OP                                                                Page 1
 No.            Name         Rate  Pts  Rnd1
 1 Bourgerie,Dennis          1770  1.0  W4
 2 Panneerselvam, Nir        1518  1.0  W5
 3 Thangadurai,Bragadeesh     754  1.0  W6
 4 Bonwell, Jonathan         1807  0.0  L1
 5 Kumar,Prithiv Sen         1207  0.0  L2
 6 Boyle, Michael             591  0.0  L3

Pictures will be posted shortly – link will be up here as soon as they are.  Original announcement and TLA follow the cut.


If Julius Caesar had played Brutus a game of chess on the day before the Ides of March, they could have worked out their differences over the board.  (If only Chess in its current form had existed then!)

Our monthly G/60 series begins on the eve of the Ides.  Arrive and check in before 7:20 to be paired.  We begin play on March 14th, then play one round per week on March 21 and 28.  You do not even have to have the Roman Senate plotting to assassinate you to participate!  First place will receive the homemade plaque featuring the “Chess Thing” on April 4th,  a treasure that Caesar would have been proud to have over his mantle.

If rated play isn’t your thing, stop by and find an unrated opponent for a casual game or two.

More information about the tournament (sans Julius Caesar references) are after the cut.



Colley’s Chess Cafe, 320 N. Main St., Bloomington, IL 61704. 3SS, 1 Rd/Wk, G/60 + 5 Sec. USCF Rated. 1 Open Section. No prizes awarded. $1.00/Rd. EF. Onsite Registration: 7:00-7:20 P.M. Round Start: 7:30 P.M. Questions to: Darren Erickson, 309-262-5553. No Smoking. No Computers. Wheelchair Accessible. Follow us on Facebook – “Twin Cities Chess Club.”

For those who don’t understand “TLA Speak*” :

The event will be held at Colley’s Chess Cafe. It is a 3 Round tournament (3 games per player in the tournament.) Each week we will play one round (you are playing one game each week for three weeks.) It will be a Swiss System tournament, which is the most common type of chess tournament. Each player will have 60 minutes on their clock to play all your moves in each game, and each player will have a delay of 5 seconds on each move before the clock starts to count down.

It is a United States Chess Federation Rated tournament, and therefore USCF membership (an additional expense if you’re not already a USCF member) is expected to participate. There is only one section – all participants will compete against each other. There will be no prizes for participation. There is a $1.00 entry fee charged for each round played – $3.00 total if you play all three rounds.

Arrive to register for the tournament between 7:00 PM and 7:20 PM. (It is highly recommended that you arrive as close to 7:00 as possible.) On each week the games will begin at 7:30 – if you are not present in subsequent weeks, it is assumed you are not playing that week. (Typically, each round ends between 9:30 and 10:00 P.M.)

If you have further questions you may call the Event’s Tournament Director, Darren Erickson, at 309-262-5553.

No smoking is allowed inside the building, and computer programs are not allowed to be entered. The facility is wheelchair accessible. We have a Facebook site that you can also check out (use the “Our Facebook Site” button to the right!)

See you there!

* – TLA = Tournament Life Announcement, a shorthand way to speak of a tournament announcement (typically placed in the Tournament Life section of Chess Life magazine or online at the USCF website.)

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