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Slow Blogging Again

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

I’m ramping up to my second regular time control tournament this upcoming Saturday, so I’m now going into tournament prep mode. The next couple of nights I will be doing some last study on areas of improvement, followed by a no-chess night on Friday – if I follow my plan, of course! Which pretty much means no blogging before a quick post-tournament post on Saturday.

Wish me luck!

As to tonight, I did stop by Colley’s. Weather was just too bad for me last night (hence the video blogpost.) Managed to lose three games, a G/5 blitz, a G/20 regular, and a “wild” variant against a very young player where I had nothing but pawns against a full array. (Which was good training drill for me on pawn structures and management…) I then ‘lost’ a race to set up the array.

For those new to chess, or parents out there, the “array” is the starting position of all pieces. It can be a fun drill to see how fast one can correctly set up the array with the pieces scattered. Not to mention a really good drill for if you ever have to set up ten or more boards as part of a scholastic. Every round during the last tournament I did inspect every board on conclusion of the round, and consistently found 1-3 boards with King-Queen reversed on one side Remember that the light square should be to each player’s right, and the Queens take their own color:

The Array In All Its Glory!

The Array In All Its Glory!

After that, Chris Morgan and I worked on the TLA and some details for the upcoming Tri-Cities Chess Club quarterly tournament we’re going to TD together. (April 10! Not in my upcoming tournaments reveiw, which I’ve been lousy at maintaining, but it is coming…. Posts to ICA and Chess Life Online TLA coming soon, and mark your calendars now!)

Upcoming Tournaments Review – Dec. 19, 2009

Saturday, December 19th, 2009

I was trying to figure out how to work out a link for someone else’s tournament in my CSS, and no luck so far. :( But out of desperation can come inspiration (in chess and coding!) So, I present what will hopefully be a regular feature of LV’s Chess Blog – upcoming tournaments!

There are many sources for tournament information out there, including the USCF’s Tournament Life Announcement (TLA) system, State Federations’ websites, Club Websites, and many more. This list will not be comprehensive, rather it will be: tournaments I plan to participate in, tournaments I would like to participate in, tournaments of national significance, or tournaments that I have been requested to list and I have agreed that they fit this blog’s emerging themes – or that I like (grin!)

(All tournaments are rated and Require USCF Membership, unless otherwise noted. Tournaments may have additional entry requirements – see links and contacts for more information.)

So, without further ado:

January, 2010

January 9 (Sat): Northbridge Baptist Church, Bloomington, IL. Chief TD: Jeff Smith. (More details to follow.)

January 4 (Monday): Colley’s Chess Cafe, Bloomington, IL. Twin Cities Chess Club presents a 1st Monday of the Month Game in 10 Blitz tournament. Come and Blitz!

January 11,18,25 (Mondays): Colley’s Chess Cafe, Bloomington, IL. Twin Cities Chess Club presents weekly rounds of a Game in 50 tournament in Reverse Swiss format. If enough players enter, a fourth round will be added February 8.

January 18, 2010 (Monday): Bloomington/Normal Area Scholastic Chess (BNASC) presents its annual Martin Luther King Day scholastic tournament. More details to come.

February, 2010

March, 2010

March 19-25, 2010 (Friday-Thursday):
World Amateur Chess Championships
Skokie, IL. World Amateur and Intercontinental School Team Championships. FIDE-Rated, a National/International event. Check out the website for more details by clicking the picture above, or go to Tournament brochure at (PDF format.)

April, 2010

May, 2010

June, 2010

July, 2010

August, 2010

September, 2010

October, 2010

November, 2010

December, 2010

I can be contacted to take tournament listing requests by PM on the USCF Forums, Username: LaughingVulcan. Or email me at lv_blogger at this domain (laughingvulcan and then it is dawt org.)