2016 1/18 Weekly Update

Our first USCF-rated, quad tournament of the year was held on Saturday, 1/16, at the Genetti Hotel. 10 club members competed in two sections. Congratulations to Mark Confer for taking 1st place in the Quad section with a score of 2.5; Jim Cunningham placed 2nd with 2 points. Congratulations to Eric Holecko for taking 1st place in the Swiss section with a perfect 3-0 score and to Tony Maurer for taking 2nd place with 2 points. For photos of the players: http://www.williamsportchessclub.org/quad-tournament-saturday-1162016

With three rounds left to play World Champion Magnus Carlson is leading the 78th Tata Steel Chess Tournament in Wijk aan Zee. The Tata Steel Chess Tournament is one of the most prestigious events in the international chess calendar. http://www.tatasteelchess.com/tournament

Another strong tournament, the 2016 TradeWise Gibralter Chess Festival, started this week, featuring top U.S. grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura along with many other strong grandmasters including past world champion Vishy Anand. http://www.gibraltarchesscongress.com/index.htm

We will have our regular open play meeting this Saturday, 1/30, starting at 10:00 a.m. in the coffee shop area of the Books-A-Million store at the Lycoming Mall. We will also meet for casual play next Tuesday, 2/2, at 6:00 p.m., in the 4th Street Grill at the Genetti Hotel.

As the new year has rolled around, we’re asking all club members who wish to support the growth and success of our club to renew their annual $20 donation. Supporting Members receive a $5 discount to all club tournaments and are eligible to become club directors with voting rights on club officer positions and other club business.

Please give your $20 2016 Supporting Member donation to club secretary-treasurer Jim Cunningham. Thanks to all of the 2015 Supporting Club members!

Club website: www.williamsportchessclub.org
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WilliamsportChessClub
Chess.com group: http://www.chess.com/groups/home/williamsport-chess-club

“To improve at chess you should in the first instance study the endgame.”  – Raoul Capablanca