August 9, 2016

IM Michael Brooks TONIGHT at the Westport Flea Market

I have just been informed that IM Michael Brooks WILL be playing in the G/29 Chess tournament tonight at the Westport Flea Market!

If you have any desire to improve your game, Michael is always more than generous with recommendations. Just don't talk his ear off, okay?

One of the biggest mistakes a chess beginner can make, is to skip steps on the path to improvement. IM Brooks once answered my question as to how to get better at chess, by giving me a short reading list. I read one of the books from cover to cover, played through every game, every variation and read every word of it.

It was the book I had seen a few months earlier in a New York City Chess center. It was the only book they had for sale! Probably 20 or so copies on the shelf.

It was My System, by Aron Nimzowitsch, 21st Century Edition.

My game improved dramatically in about 6 weeks (from crap to respectable), but not so much as it would of if I had read the other books books Michael had recommended:

The Game of Chess, By Siegbert Tarrasch

Chess Fundamentals, by Jose Raul Capablanca

Lasker's Manual of Chess, by Emanuel Lasker

THEN pick up a to collection of Grandmaster games, such as

My Best Games of Chess 1908-1937
, by Alexander Alekhine
(okay, I read most of that one ... it helped considerably!)

These books are regarded as having stood the test of time. Don't be like me. Read them, or find a teacher and develop your own study plan. 📚

But whatever you do, don't drink and drive, and we hope to see you tonight at the Westport Flea market!  http://westportfleamarket.com/

Will be back at the club in the near future. I'll get my butt kicked after this much chess-brain atrophy! Looking forward to seeing you all! -- Richard Franklin

In case you missed the last notice:
Every 2nd-Tuesday of the month, our club hosts a rated Game-29 round-robin chess tournament. You have to be a member of the USCF to participate. Each player will have 29 minutes to make their moves. You will play 3 rounds in a round-robin system, and there will be 4 players per section. Sections will be created according to your USCF quick rating (You will only play people near your current rating.) The entry fee is $5, and the winner of each section will win $15. Since this is G/29, only your quick rating will be affected.
Registration begins at 6:30. Please try to arrive by 6:45 to help our Tournament Director get the pairings done in a timely manner

If you have a functional CHESS CLOCK, please bring it to the club for the tournament! 🕦🕦

There are always other players available for non-tournament, casual play, so feel free to come to the club, even if you do not plan to play in the tournament. That includes beloved kibitzers, who will whisper very quietly to themselves to avoid interfering with the tournament









August 5, 2016

G/29 Chess Tournament

Tuesday, August 9, 2016 @ 7 p.m. (Arrive by 6:45 please)


Come join the Westport Chess Club for our monthly 
G/29 Chess Tournament!

If you have a functional CHESS CLOCK, please bring it to the club for the tournament! 🕦🕦


Every 2nd-Tuesday of the month, our club hosts a rated Game-29 round-robin chess tournament. You have to be a member of the USCF to participate. Each player will have 29 minutes to make their moves. You will play 3 rounds in a round-robin system, and there will be 4 players per section. Sections will be created according to your USCF quick rating (You will only play people near your current rating.) The entry fee is $5, and the winner of each section will win $15. Since this is G/29, only your quick rating will be affected.

Registration begins at 6:30. Please try to arrive by 6:45 to help our Tournament Director get the pairings done in a timely manner

We hope to see you at the Westport Flea Market!!

🍔🍺 Please don't drink and drive!

http://westportfleamarket.com/

There are always other players available for non-tournament, casual play, so feel free to come to the club, even if you do not plan to play in the tournament.

August 2, 2016

Tournament Reminder

TODAY, Tuesday, August 2, 2016, 1st Tuesday of the month free G/60 chess tournament @ 7 PM (arrive between 6:30 and 6:45 please)

If you have a usable CHESS CLOCK, please bring it to the club

🕚🕚

Every 1st-Tuesday of the month, our club hosts a rated Game-60 single-game-per-night chess tournament. You must be a member of the USCF to participate. Each player will have 60 minutes to make their moves, and there is no time delay. You will play only ONE game per night, up to 3 games per quarter, 12 games per year. Pairings will be created according to the USCF regular ratings of those participating. THERE IS NO ENTRY FEE ... just the regular nightly club fee of $2 for adults, and $1 for students. There are no prizes. This is just for regular game ratings.

NOTE PLEASE. The G/60 games are rated at the end of each quarter.

There are always other players available for non-tournament, casual play, so feel free to come to the club, even if you do not plan to play in the tournament.

We hope to see you at the Westport Flea market! 🍔

As always, please don't drink and drive 😱

http://westportfleamarket.com/

July 25, 2016

Tournament Reminder

Tomorrow, Tuesday, July 26, 2016 @ 7:30 p.m. (Arrive by 7:00 p.m. please)

Yes, this this our extraordinarily fun, frantic, clock-slapping G/10 Tournament! We hope to see you at the Westport Flea Market!

http://westportfleamarket.com/

BRING YOUR CHESS CLOCK! 🕦🕦

Every last Tuesday of the month, our club hosts a rated Game-10 chess tournament in the Swiss format. However, you do NOT have to be a member of the USCF to participate. You will play four ten-minute games. The entry fee is $5. A win will net you $2.50, and a draw will get you $1.25.

There are always other players available for non-tournament, casual play, so feel free to come to the club even if you do not plan to play in the tournament. Registration begins at 6:45.

BRING YOUR CHESS CLOCK! 🕦🕦 ... if you have a functional chess clock, then please bring it along. If not, no worries. There will still be enough clocks for the tournament.

July 12, 2016

Tournament Reminder

TODAY, July 12, 2016 @ 7 p.m. (Arrive by 6:45 please)

Come Join the Westport Chess Club for a
G/29 Chess Tournament With IM Michael Brooks

PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN CHESS CLOCK! 🕦🕦


Every 2nd-Tuesday of the month, our club hosts a rated Game-29 round-robin chess tournament. You have to be a member of the USCF to participate. Each player will have 29 minutes to make their moves. You will play 3 rounds in a round-robin system, and there will be 4 players per section. Sections will be created according to your USCF quick rating (You will only play people near your current rating.) The entry fee is $5, and the winner of each section will win $15. Since this is G/29, only your quick rating will be affected.

Registration begins at 6:30. Please try to arrive by 6:45 to help our Tournament Director get the pairings done in a timely manner

We hope to see you at the Westport Flea Market!!

🍔🍺 Please don't drink and drive!

http://westportfleamarket.com/

There are always other players available for non-tournament, casual play, so feel free to come to the club, even if you do not plan to play in the tournament.