Thursday, September 12, 2013

GWCC Update 9-12-2013

Hi All,

We're trying another new system - Constant Contact - and I just sent out the email beta test of it.  It says it will go out within the hour so hopefully, that is going to work without a hitch.

Meanwhile, the pairings are up on the website at under the Current Tournament section.  They are tentative and subject to change - especially since it's week two and not uncommon for folks to late enter the event.

Mike Odell will be leading the study group on a review of a Bishop and Pawn endgame by Lasker.

The other email is longer.  If it bounces, I'll post it here.  (Silly me didn't keep a copy of it before hitting the send button and I'm still a newbie in dealing with Constant Contact, but I'm sure it's there "somewhere".)



Thursday, September 5, 2013

Hi All,

The Upcoming Events tab of the website has the details for this month's (September) events - Open and Under 1700 - 4 rounds.

I expect to start the earlier posting schedule next week.  :)

This weekend much of my time was spent at the New England Open cheering on my students and some of the club players.  Excellent results for many of our club members!

Larry Legros came in second in the Under 1500 section with a score of 4.5 and Don Kirouac tied for third with a 4 point score.  Interestingly enough they played each other in the last round.  Perhaps one of them will be able to send me the game score and I'll find a way to get it up on the website (with my unsolicited comments.  Muahhahahhaha  :))

Congratulations go to Sasha for winning his section and a humongous trophy in one of the scholastics events with a 4-0 score .  Vineeth and Allan scored 3 each and both won stunning medals and applause. Unfortunately for Haley, she was paired against Sasha in the last round and while attempting a checkmate to win the event, she lost her Queen.  This was a gallant effort which I'm sure gave Sasha heart palpitations. I expect that there will be a take no prisoners approach from Haley the next time they face each other.  :)  And a 2.5 score is still a good solid result which Haley can be quite proud of.

Mike Odell will be leading the study group this week with a review of the Vancura position which comes out of a Rook and Pawn endgame.

Hope to see y'all tonight!



Thursday, August 29, 2013

8-29-2013 GWCC Update

Hi all,

Pairings are up on the website at under the current tournament tab.

I realize that those of you who are subscribed to this blog may not get this email in your inbox until Thursday night due to the way the spiders collecting the blog posts work. Hopefully, with a whole lot of luck, I'll be able to get the pairings done by Mondays in the future so that there will be time for the blog update to arrive before Thursday. My fall schedule for chess classes has been sorted out for the most part, so I've put aside time earlier in the week to do this.

Alonzo is currently scheduled for a bye in the upper section, but as always, he will still need to make an appearance. If someone is able to give him a game as a house player, that would be wonderful.

Mike Odell will be leading the study group with a review of an endgame by two top players which was played recently. (I don't think he means me. ;))

The 73rd New England Open is coming up this weekend in Leominster. Details may be found at this link:

I'll print a few copies of the flyer to bring with me to the club on Thursday night. Also, I plan to be at the N.E. Open on Sunday and Monday mornings since five of my students are planning to play in the scholastics events on those days. If you're at the event, please do look for me in one of the skittles rooms - most likely going over games with my students. I'm always willing to go over a game with folks from the club as well. :)

Happy back to school! Okay, well, maybe most kids aren't so happy, but a lot of parents are. ;) 



Thursday, August 22, 2013

8/22/2013 Update

Hi All, Pairings are up on the Current Tournament portion of the website. Please remember that these are tentative and subject to change and even if scheduled for a bye, that is likely to change at the last minute as we have several people popping in for side games. Mike Odell will be leading the study group with a review of a Karpov/Spassky game from 1974...the year I graduated from high school. ;) A very good year. I feel like finely aged wine now... Blackstone Chess Festival is this coming weekend and a flyer on this is located in the Upcoming Events section of this website. Stay cool! Cheers, Donna

Thursday, August 15, 2013

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