2015 3/4 Weekly Update

Club members compete in a USCF-rated tournament on Saturday, February 28,

Club members compete in a USCF-rated tournament on Saturday, February 28,

Meetings
We’ll return to our usual open play this Saturday, 3/7, 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 online using the Chess.com LIVE play service the following Tuesday, 3/10, starting at 7:00 p.m.

Tournament Update
Last Saturday we had a very successful event for our first USCF-rated tournament of 2015. We ended up with Youth and Adult sections of four players each. Competing in their very first USCF-rated tournament were Jesse Kight, Caleb Kight, and Mario Pineda-Bermudez. They were joined by David Han of Lewisburg rounding out the Youth section. Congratulations to all the competitors and “well done” to the Youth section winner David, with a perfect 3-0 score. In the Adult section were Mark Confer, Jim Cunningham, Gary Inch and Tony Maurer. Only two rounds were completed on Saturday with the final round scheduled for this Saturday before we can announce the results. You can see photos from the event here: http://williamsportchessclub.org/?page_id=125

Mark your calendar for Saturday, March 28 for the club’s next USCF-rated tournament.

Membership Drive
Our Supporting Member membership drive has started and thanks to those who have already committed to becoming or renewing Supporting Members. Supporting Members help the club financially through an annual $20 dues donation. Club funds are used for trophies for tournaments, our affiliation dues with the USCF and to support the club’s chess teaching efforts through our “Chess Lessons” program at the James V. Brown Library.

Supporting Members also receive the following benefits:

  • Discount on annual USCF membership
  • Director status on the club’s board of directors including voting rights for club officer elections
  • May be nominated for club officer positions
  • $5 discount on club USCF-rated tournament registration fees

To become a Supporting Member or to renew for 2015 give Jim Cunningham, Solomon Francis or Pat Murray your dues payment. Please make checks payable to “Williamsport Chess Club”.

Club Officer Elections
In the near future we will be asking for nominations for club officer positions. Nominations will be accepted from all members but the nominee must be a Supporting Member. Shortly after we close the Supporting Member membership drive (Saturday, 3/28) we’ll hold elections for club officers — if needed, as often we only receive a single nomination for a position. As a reminder we have three officer positions; President (Solomon Francis), Vice-President (Pat Murray) and Secretary/Treasurer (Jim Cunningham).

Upcoming Local Tournament
Several club members are planning to enter the 2015 Lancaster Open, a USCF-rated traditional Sat/Sun weekend tournament with five rounds of competition. Held at the Lancaster Host Resort hotel this tournament site will also host the 2015 PA State Scholastic Championship held concurrently with the Lancaster Open. For more information: http://www.pitt.edu/~schach/Flyers/2015_Lancaster_Open_&_Collegiate_Championship.pdf
Club website: www.williamsportchessclub.org
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WilliamsportChessClub
Chess.com group: http://www.chess.com/groups/home/williamsport-chess-club