The CCC Annual Meeting for elections is tonight, April 1st, 2015. If you have not renewed your membership ($25), you must do so before you are eligible to vote and play in the upcoming club championship in May. Doors will be open at 7pm and the meeting will begin at 7:30pm, so any outstanding dues can be collected before the meeting begins. After the meeting, we will discuss the format of our championship as well as possibly setting up a blitz championship before the regular championship begins. Looking forward to seeing as many members as possible tonight so that you can have input into our future activities.
For many years, it has been known that the open format of the Snowstorm Special can lead to some major upsets. Many a master has gone down to a Class A or B player in the early rounds. For the lower rated players, generally a score of 3-2 will secure some prize money, due to the competition. This year’s tournament was no exception, as Ian Bell, rated 1654, downed last year’s champ, Expert Donny Gray of Georgia, in round four, and went on to win his final round game to place second overall. South Carolina state champion, Expert Wayne Christensen, who had beaten Bell in round two and drawn Gray in round 3, finished the tournament with two strong wins to go 4.5-.5 and take first place overall. Congratulations to Wayne and Ian on a great tournament!
In the U1401 section of the tournament, James A. Williams of Virginia finished just like last year with a 5-0 result and took first place alone. His travelling companion, Joseph Jackson, playing in his first tournament, lost only to his friend, Williams, drew another game, and won 2nd place with a 3.5-1.5 score. For our friends from Virginia, congratulations and thanks for your support!
Commentary: The Snowstorm Special is the only weekend tournament held in the Charleston area to give local players a chance to play without travel and hotel expenses. Some of our club players played in this year’s tournament, as in the past, and we are thankful for their support. It must be mentioned that those who did not attend should note there was no player under 1600 in the Open section, thus no prize was paid out. In fact, some players withdrew that would have probably shared or won the U2000 prize due to Ian Bell achieving the 2nd place finish. An U2000 player that finished the tournament with a 2.5-2.5 score (50%!) won the U2000 prize! If you don’t play, you don’t win prizes! “Food for thought” for those that think they didn’t have a chance after a loss in the early rounds of the Open section. We may make some changes next year to encourage more players to attend, but, hopefully, if those that quit early or didn’t play at all will just look at the results, they should realize that they “left prize money on the table”.
The 41st Snowstorm Special will be held this weekend, Feb. 14-15, 2015, at the Holiday Inn Express, Summerville. This is the same site as last year and the accommodations were excellent. Check out the TLA listing by clicking “Upcoming Tournaments” on the right and follow the links. This is our only weekend tournament held here in the Charleston area so local players have a chance to play without travel and hotel costs. Make this your “must” tournament for the year! Hope to see you there.
For the second straight year, the attendance at the Patrick Hart Memorial Scholastic has set a new record. On Saturday, January 31, 2015, the tournament had 69 participants, breaking last year’s record attendance of 47. These gains would not be possible without the help of our dedicated coaches and teachers who energize these young players into pursuing our beloved activity. Our thanks go out to Stephen Welt, Ec Setser, Dennis Dawley, Derek Duncan, Zach Darga, and Eric Brunhouse for their efforts to grow our scholastic chess in the Charleston area.
Pinckney Elementary Cafeteria, 3300 Thomas Cairo Blvd., Mt. Pleasant, SC 29456
4 Round Swiss System
Game 30; delay (0)
Entry Fee: $15 (if received by 1/28/15; $20 at site)
USCF membership required (go online at “uschess.org” to join or renew)
Sections: K-3, K-5, K-8, K-12
Trophies: Top 3 in each section; Top 2 U300 in K-3; Top 2 U600 in K-5; Top 2 U700 in K-8; Top 2 U800 in K-12
Registration: 8-9:30am at site
Sections may be combined for pairing purposes, if necessary.
Mail advance entries to: Charleston Chess Club c/o David Y. Causey, 741 Dragoon Drive, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
Email inquiries to “firstname.lastname@example.org”
Please provide following info with your entry:
Name & USCF #
School & Grade
Date of birth
Make checks payable to : Charleston Chess Club
Our next meeting will be January 7, 2015, which begins the new year. Remember that annual dues ($25) need to be paid in January per our new bylaws. With two scholastic tournaments being held locally in January and February as well as the Snowstorm Special in February, we have a busy tournament agenda for our local players. We are looking forward to a very active chess year in the Charleston area!
Since our last meeting of the year will be on December 17, let’s bring our used books and equipment to trade or sell on that final night of 2014. It’s a good chance to slim down your inventory and maybe upgrade it with some new material. Bring some cash just in case you need to “sweeten” a deal!
Thirty-six scholastic players and 16 adult players packed the house at the Charleston Thanksgiving Scholastic and Quads last Saturday, November 22, 2014!
Top winners were:
Braeden Reed/Daniel Island – 1st place Grade 6-12
Nathan Poillion/Daniel Island – 2nd place Grade 6-12
Timothy Wilson/East Cooper Montessari – 3rd place Grade 6-12
Kevin Fan/Porter Gaud – 1st place Grade K-5
Campbell Lesher/James Simons – 2nd place Grade K-5
Walker Bauknight/Daniel Island – 3rd place Grade K-5
Riverio Richardson/Sanders Clyde – 1st place Beginners
Lauren Center/Mitchell Elem. – 2nd place Beginners
William Meany/Mason Prep – 3rd place Beginners
Adult Quad prize winners:
Quad 1 – Chris Falter -1st Douglas Hare – 2nd
Quad 2 – Zach Darga – 1st John King – 2nd
Quad 3 – Paul Miller – 1st Derek Duncan – 2nd
Quad 4 – Robert Hartnett – 1st Martin Skelly – 2nd
Congratulations to all the winners and participants for making this a successful tournament. Also, a special thanks goes out to the parents and coaches for their patience and support.
Date: November 22, 2014
Site: Park Circle Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 4701 Park Place, West Durant Ave., North Charleston (CCC regular meeting site)
Adult Quads (based on ratings using four players round robin format)
3 rounds, Time Control: G/55 d/5
Registration: 9-9:30am; Rounds at 9:30am, noon, and 2:30pm
Entry Fee: $15.00
Prizes: $30 – 1st, $15 – 2nd, in each quad
In 3 sections, Beginners, K-5 and 6-12
3 or 4 rounds depending on entries
Time Control: G/30 d/5
Registration: 9-9:30am, pre-registration allowed
Rounds: 9:30, 10:30, 11:30 and, if necessary, 1:00pm
Entry Fee: $10.00
Trophies awarded to top three in each section
Email “email@example.com” for pre-registration form
Charleston Scholastic Kick Off
Saturday October 25
9:15-9:45am Registration/Check In
10:00am Tournament Begins
Bughouse side tournament at 3:00*
Location: Pinckney Elementary Cafeteria, 3300 Thomas Cario Blvd,Mt. Pleasant, SC 29466
Cost: $10 if registered by 10/20; $15 for registration after 10/20
Bughouse entry: $2 by 10/20: $5 after 10/20
USCF Membership Required: All participants MUST have a valid USCF card. Please go to
www.uschess.org & click join/renew. Temporary memberships available (see registration form).
Sections: K-5th grade with a USCF rating under 400
K-6th grade with a USCF rating under 800
K-12th grade with any USCF rating
4 Rounds in 3 Sections (Game time: 30 minutes)
Trophies to top 3 in each section
Trophy to top unrated player in K-5, top Under 600 in K-6, top under 800 in K-12
Swiss System; G30 (each player has 30 min)
The tournament will last up to 5 hours
Many players will be finished by 2:30.
Parents may watch quietly from specified sections.
Please remember to bring lunch & snacks!
*Team requests are encouraged (not necessary) but subject to TD approval. Start time may vary; we’ll begin once main event is completed
Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 843-991-1116
Scholastic Kick Off Tournament Registration Form
Player’s Name _______________________________
Phone _____________________ Email _______________________
School _______________________ Grade: _______________________
Division: □K-5th Under 400 USCF rating □K-6th Under 800 USCF rating □K-12th Open
USCF ID # (unless playing in unrated)_________________EXP Date_________
□YES, I need a temporary USCF membership. (Add $8 for ages 12 and under; $10 for 13&up)
□YES I’d like to play in the bughouse side event
Mail form & entry fee to:
Charleston Scholastic Chess, 835 Hale St., Charleston SC 29412
Thanks to Stuart and Susan Chagrin for their hospitality in inviting CCC members for an afternoon luncheon with GM’s Irina Krush, Alex Lenderman, and Giorgi Kacheishvili. It was a special opportunity for our members to meet and ask questions about top level chess while getting to know these very special chess players. Irina and Alex were in training with their coach, Giorgi, and took a break to meet our members and socialize. They can certainly include our CCC members in their fan base in the future. Good luck to them both!
Just a reminder that the next big state tournament is the S.C. Championships in Columbia, S.C. Check out the link below for details:
NOTE: Be sure to reserve your hotel rooms by 9/01/14 to get the special $89 rate!
Due to an annual church function, the CCC will not meet this week on Wednesday. We will have our regular meeting next week, Aug. 13th, and resume our weekly meetings then.
Four teams competed in the 1st Charleston Scholastic (K-8) Team Tournament last Saturday, July 26th. Below are the final results and trophy winners:
1st Team Trophy – “Old School Gamers”, 1st Bd-Brady Setser, 2nd Bd-Jacob Koscinski, 3rd Bd-Austin Setser, 4th Bd-Bohan Wang
2nd Team Trophy – “Charleston Chess Club”, 1st Bd-Alex Hylton, 2nd Bd-Brandon Steen, 3rd Bd-Shiv Mehta, 4th Bd-Eric Brunhouse(adult alternate)
3rd Team Trophy – “Daniel Island”, 1st Bd-Braedon Reed, 2nd Bd-Nathan Poillion, 3rd Bd-Walker Bauknight, 4th Bd-Mason Bauknight
1st Bd – Tie between Pierson Tran(trophy on tiebreaks) and Alex Hylton (2-1 scores)
2nd Bd – Jacob Koscinski (free entry to PHM 2015 for 3-0 score)
3rd Bd – Austin Setser (free entry to PHM 2015 for 3-0 score)
4th Bd – Bohan Wang(2-1 score)
Note: The 4th place team was from Mason Prep and was made up of Pierson Tran on 1st board, then followed by an all-girls contingent of Christie Tran, Sophie Nguyen, and Eshani Methta. They fought hard and garnered a few points for their efforts.
Thanks to CCC Sec. Dennis Dawley for organizing and directing this new tournament. Also, many thanks to our CCC volunteers, Alan Hopkins, Gregg Passmore, EC Setser, and Wally Jack for helping out with the tournament.
Click on the link below to see flyer:
Newly crowned club champion, Elijah Neumann, methodically downed all but one opponent during his club simul at last night’s meeting. His only loss was to Alan Hopkins, while he dispatched Jeanie Herold, Wally Jack, Gregg Passmore, Doug Hare, and David Causey with losses. Congratulations, again, to our new champ and we look forward to having him for the summer before he goes off to college.
The 2014 Charleston Chess Club championship is now complete and we crown a new champion, Elijah Neumann. Elijah scored 4.5-.5 to take the Upper Section Championship trophy, followed by runner-up, Dennis Dawley, with 3.5-1.5. In the Lower Section competition, Zach Darga swept the double round robin format with a perfect score of 6-0. There was a tie for runner-up between Gregg Passmore and Wallace Jack, both scoring 3-3. Congratulations to all our trophy winners and thanks to all who competed.
Click on this link to see the USCF crosstable: ” http://www.uschess.org/assets/msa_joomla/XtblMain.php?201406047322-10213606″
This Wednesday, as has been tradition for many years, our new champion will give a simul to all members and guest who attend the meeting. Bring your board and set and see if you can knock off the new champ!
The annual meeting will be held April 2nd with election of officers and report on the club standing. We urge all members to attend and any old or new members to renew or join in order to vote. We will discuss the upcoming club championship beginning on April 9th, so your input is encouraged. See you there!
Hard to believe that two meetings were missed due to ice storms! Well, Spring is near and daylight savings time has begun. With that, our club ladder continues with rated games each Wednesday night, so join us for some competitive chess. As a reminder, our annual club championship will begin on the second Wednesday in April, so get your game in shape so that a possible trophy might find its way to your mantle this year!
With the impending threat of bridge closures, we have decided to not chance a meeting tonight, but will, hopefully, be back to our normally scheduled meeting next week.
Expert Donny Gray of St. Simons, Georgia, won his third Snowstorm Special in four years after going 4-1 in the annual event this past weekend. The 40th Snowstorm Special was held at the Holiday Inn Express-Summerville, on February 8-9, 2014, and attracted 18 players from South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia. Expert Patrick McCartney of Charlotte, N.C., finished 2nd with a 3.5-1.5 score. Check out the following link for the USCF crosstable of the event:
Other prize winners were Elijah Neumann and John von der Lieth who tied for the Under 2000 prize and Ken Fickling who won the Under 1600 prize. In the Under 1401 section, James Williams of Virginia won 1st place with a 5-0 score, with Eric Hill (NC), Zach Darga (SC), and Gregg Passmore(SC), tying for 2nd place.
Congratulations to all our winners!
Are you ready for some local chess? The 40th Snowstorm Special and the 9th Patrick D. Hart Memorial Scholastic is this weekend, Feb. 8-9th for the Snowstorm and Feb. 8th for the PHM Scholastic. Last chance to register at the lower pre-entry rate is this Wednesday night at our regular meeting. Each tournament TLA can be found in the January issue of Chess Life. Details can be found at the state website. Just click on the following link:
See you there!
We’ll meet next Wednesday at our regularly scheduled time. Remember to bring your entry fee for those that are registering for the Snowstorm Special or the Pat Hart Memorial Scholastic on the following weekend.
For those that have missed recent meetings, please note that there has been a change in our annual dues. With an announced business meeting on December 18th, 2013, a vote was made to raise the annual dues to $25, payable each year in January. For those that have current memberships expiring in 2014, they are still valid and we will work with you to pro-rate your renewal or else wait until January, 2015, to renew. This change has been recorded in our Bylaws which can be accessed on this site.
The Club Ladder is still going strong with exciting games and upsets! You can still join since the final talley for prizes won’t be until August, 2014. You must be a current member and, for a $10 fee, can play many rated games during the year.
Also, we have some equipment and books for sale at great prices, so bring a few extra dollars and add to your library or equipment stash.
See you there!
There will be no meetings of the Charleston Chess Club on Wednesday, Nov. 27, Dec. 25, and Jan. 1, due to the holidays. There will be a very important business meeting on Dec. 18 for a vote on an amendment change that will be published at the club and by email to all members. Be sure to pick up a copy of the change at the meetings or keep a watch out for an email concerning this important issue.
CCC members who attended this year’s annual S.C. Championships in Columbia did not leave “empty handed”! CCC’s own Elijah Neumann scored 4-1 in the Under 1800 section and tied with Joe Rochester of Greenville, winning the 1st place trophy on tiebreaks. Congratulations to Eli for bringing home the “cash and hardware”! Also winning cash prizes were club members Zach Darga, who won the U1200 prize outright, and Nathen Ritterson, who shared the U1000 prize. Yours truly helped organize and direct the tournament while playing three games and taking two 1/2 point byes. Winning two out of three games played, I managed to tie for the U2000 prize! Miracles do happen! My only loss was to the eventual winner and state champion, IM Alexander Matros. I felt very fortunate to win two games against a talented young scholastic player, Kapish Potula, and pretty WFM, Natasha Fairley! Check out the below link for the USCF rated crosstable:
The CCC Ladder will continue on Wednesday night this week. Don’t forget to bring your set, board, and clock, but we do have some sets, bags, and boards for sale for those that need one. Triple-weighted sets and boards, together, are just $10. Add a new bag for $15 more and you’ll be ready for tournament play!
Folloween Scholastic Chess Tournament
Nov. 9th at 11:30 a.m.
Location: Montessori Community School
2122 Wood Avenue, Charleston, SC 29414
Cost: $10 to enter
- USCF Rated
- 3 Rounds in 3 Sections*
- K-2 Under 350, K-6 Under 500, K-12 Open
- Trophies to top 3 in each section
- Game time: 30 minutes*
- Swiss System
The tournament will last up to 4 hours. Many players will be finished by 2:30.
Parents may watch quietly from specified sections.
Please remember to bring lunch & snacks!
*Number of rounds and game duration may be subject to slight alterations depending on section size.
Contact Stephen @ email@example.com or 843-991-1116
Bring your wins or your losses to get reviewed and discussed with a higher rated player. Be sure it is a complete and accurate scoresheet. This is a great training lesson to get you on the right path towards improvement!
To check on weekly results of games, click on “Results” in the right column.
Also, you can keep track of cumulative results by clicking on “Club Ladder” in the right column. Be sure to check your results and advise us if there are any discrepancies.
IM Danny Kopec will be our guest on August 14th where he will give a lecture, simul, and have some of his books for sale. All CCC members and guests are welcome to attend. We do ask for a $10 donation from adults who would like to challenge him in the simultaneous exhibition. Those proceeds go towards scholastic chess in S.C. Any scholastic players can play for free! Since he will be offering books for sale, be sure to bring some extra $$ in case you want to buy some. Also, be sure to bring your board and set! Any players planning to play in the Columbia Open can register at this time, also.
Hope to see you there for this special event!
Due to a church function utilizing the Fellowship Hall, the CCC will not meet on August 7th. Some members are trying to organize an alternate site to meet and play so keep checking the message board for any developments. We will be meeting again on August 14th at the normal site.
The formally cancelled “Make a Difference III” tournament has been rescheduled for August 10, 2013. Click on the following link to view the details:
In order for our club to hold rated quick/blitz chess, we must have all interested participants arrive between 7:00-7:15pm in order to sign up. Also, to offset rating fees, we ask for a contribution of $2.00 to play. If any are interested in a prize fund, we can set up an optional side pot for the winners. Be sure to bring your board, set, and clock!
After the fourth and final round concluded, the Charleston Chess Club Championship will be shared by Stephen Welt and David Causey, who won their final games after drawing each other in the 3rd round. Each player finished with a score of 3.5 – .5. The “Under 1500″ prize was won by Michael Doyle, who came out of semi- retirement to defend his title, scoring 2.5-1.5 in a field where he played both higher and lower rated opponents. The “Under 1500 Runner-Up” prize will be shared by Zach Darga and Gregg Passmore, both with a final result of 2.0-2.0. Congratulations to all the winners!
We will have an awards presentation during next week’s meeting and make plans for some upcoming “Quick-rated” and “Blitz” tournaments. Click on the following link to view the USCF-rated crosstable:
The third round of the Charleston Chess Club Championship did not produce any real upsets, but it did produce some interesting fighting games and build the stage for the critical final round next week. The following grid shows the results of the games:
|1||David Causey||1919||1/2||Stephen Welt||2030||1/2|
|2||Carl Vero||1742||0||Ian Morton||1873||1|
|3||Daniel Makowsky||Unr||1||John King||1274||0|
|4||Zach Darga||1003||0||Michael Doyle||1472||1|
|5||Elijah Neumann||1450||1||Anthony Brown||1479||0|
|6||Alan Hopkins||Unr||1||Gordon Miller||964||0|
Congratulations to Alan Hopkins on achieving his first USCF-rated tournament win! It’s all easy from here, Alan!
Here are the current point standings for each player:
Unlike Round 1, there were some upsets in Round 2 that will make the rest of the pairings rather interesting! See below for the Rd. 2 results:
|1||David Causey||1919||1||Jim Burden||2111||0|
|2||Stephen Welt||2030||1||Daniel Makowsky||Unr||0|
|3||Ian Morton||1873||1/2||Dennis Dawley||1964||1/2|
|4||Anthony Brown||1479||0||Carl Vero||1742||1|
|5||Michael Doyle||1472||1||Gregg Passmore||1224||0|
|6||Zach Darga||1003||1||Elijah Neumann||1450||0|
|7||John King||1274||1||Alan Hopkins||Unr||0|
Fourteen members registered Wednesday night to compete in the 2013 CCC Championship. We decided on a Swiss System format to provide flexibility for those who can’t make it every night but still want to play. If you have not signed up to play, you can still register and just take a 1/2 pt. bye for any rounds missed. First round results are as follows:
|1||James Burden||2111||1||Michael Doyle||1472||0|
|2||Elijah Neumann||1450||0||Stephen Welt||2030||1|
|3||Dennis Dawley||1964||1||John King||1274||0|
|4||Gregg Passmore||1224||0||David Causey||1919||1|
|5||Daniel Makowsky||Unr||1||Zachary Darga||1003||0|
|6||Gordon Miller||964||0||Ian Morton||1873||1|
|7||Carl Vero||1742||1||Alan Hopkins||Unr||0|
No upsets in Rd. 1, but some games were closely contested. Since the lower rated players are playing for the “Top Under 1500″ and “Runner Up Under 1500″ prize, the tournament will be really just beginning for them in Rd. 2!
Hope to see more join us for Rd. 2!
President – Dennis Dawley
Vice President – Stephen Welt
Secretary/Treasurer – David Causey
Club championship will be a Game 90, delay 10 sec., with the 1st round beginning Wednesday, April 10th, followed by subsequent needed rounds each week. Registration begins at 7pm and 1st round will begin at 7:30pm. Get there early to register so that we can begin on time. Entry fee is just $5.00 and we will offer trophies for 1st place and runner-up, plus an “Under” prize and runner-up to be determined by entries. Club membership is also required ($5.00) as well as USCF current membership. We will determine the rounds and format when we know the number of entries. Bring your set, board, and clock!
Just a reminder to all members, former members, and future members – our annual meeting and election of officers will be on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at 7:00pm. If you need to re-new your club membership or join, please arrive at 7:00pm so that we can take care of it before the official meeting begins at 7:30pm. Dues are just $5 per year! Also, we will be planning our club championship which begins the following Wednesday, April 10. Join us so that you can be involved in the affairs of our club. Hope to see you there!
Click the following link for the USCF crosstable – 8th PHM Scholastic
Report and photos to follow soon.
NM Klaus Pohl of Greenville, S.C., won his tenth Snowstorm Special last weekend with a final score of 4.5 – .5, drawing only his compatriot from the upstate, Expert Wayne Christensen. Two crucial games decided his final standing, one in the 3rd round when he defeated NM Philipp Lamby, and the other in the final 5th round when he defeated NM Pat Sciacca. Lamby won against Christensen in the final round to finish 2nd, with local “A” player, Ian Morton, who also took the U2000 prize. Sixteen players competed in the Open section, including the U1700 prize winner, “B” player, John Retarides of North Carolina.
In the U1400 Section of the tournament, local player, John King, and upstate player, Joe Rochester, Jr., tied for 1st-2nd with a final score of 4-1. John was returning to chess after a long layoff and showed he was not “out of form” with his result. Only seven players competed in the newly established “U1400″ section, so we hope this will grow as players realize their missed opportunity to compete.
Thanks to all who played and we hope you had an enjoyable tournament! We even had a little snow in Summerville to commemorate this special tournament!
Click this link to see the USCF final crosstable and ratings – 39th Snowstorm Special
|Open Section||Rating||1/2pt. bye|
|Patrick Sciacca||2199||Rd. 4|
|John Von der lieth||1861|
|Randy Mosteller||1816||Rd. 3|
|Bob Halliday||1737||Rd. 5|
|John Retarides||1624||Rd. 1|
|U1400 Section||Rating||1/2pt. bye|
|John W. King||1258|
39th Snowstorm Special
February 16-17, 2013
5SS, 30/90, SD/1 t/d 5 (Rd. 1 G/90 t/d 5),
New Venue: Holiday Inn Express,
120 Holiday Drive, Summerville, SC 29483
Prize Fund: Open Section – $1000 b/30 ($500 Gtd.) U1400 Section – $250 b/15($125Gtd.)
Open Section Prizes: $400-200, u2000-200, u1700-200
U1400 Section Prizes: $175-75
EF:$50 for Open Section if rec’d by 2/13, $60 at site, $25 re-entry
EF: $25 for U1400 Section; USCF & SCCA req’d, OSA both sections
Schedule: Reg.- Sat. 8-9am Rd. 1: 10am, 2pm, 8pm, Sun. 9am, 2:30pm
Half pt. byes: avail. all rds., must commit before Rd. 2 for Rds. 4&5 (irrevocable)
HR: $85 (mention “Charleston CC”) reserve by Jan. 15, 2013 (843-875-3300)
Other info: Free entry to Masters and above($50 deducted from any winnings)
Info/Reg/Pmt: Charleston Chess Club c/o David Y.Causey, 741 Dragoon Dr., Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
To see the most recent “Tournament Life Announcements” for S.C., click on the following link:
Very light turnout for our annual event commemorating this special date. For those that did support our cause, it was a competitive event and we thank them. The following link is the USCF final crosstable:
International Master John Bartholomew, who is playing in this year’s Columbia Open, will be visiting our club on August 15th and will be giving a simultaneous exhibition. We urge all interested participants to show up at 7pm and support us in raising funds for scholastic chess by donating $10 to play the IM. Just bring your board and set and be ready to give him your best game! See you there!
Mark your calendar for June 23, 2012, to participate in the “Charleston Chess Olympic Spirit Tournament”! All net proceeds will benefit the 2012 U.S. Chess Olympiad team. Time and place: Saturday, June 23, 2012, at the office of SPARC (2387 Clements Ferry Road on Daniel Island). On-site registration: 9:15am-9:45am Rounds: 10:00am, 1:00pm, and 3:15pm. Entry fee: $10 (USCF membership required; join online at “uschess.org”) Time control: Game/50min + 10 second increment. Format: TBD based on attendance. Advance entry/contact: Charleston Chess Club c/o Chris Falter, 213 Goldfinch Ln, Summerville, SC 29485 (ph#843-696-8277)
Come support our men’s and women’s teams while having fun! The Charleston Chess Club thanks SPARC for their generous support.
Update: Chris Falter wins 3-0! Picture and crosstable coming soon!
The 2012 CCC Championship finished last Wednesday night and Expert Stephen Welt repeated as the Upper Section champion with a 5-0 score. David Causey scored 3 1/2 – 1 1/2 to finish as the runner-up. In the Lower Section Championship, Wando High junior, Elijah Neuman, scored 3-0 to dominate that section and become the Lower Section Champion. (To top off his great showing, he scored 2 1/2- 1/2 in the CCC Fundraiser held on Saturday, 5/19/2012, to tie for 1st amongst some of the CCC’s top players! Nothing like a two hundred point plus rating increase to get your rating up!) Ken Fickling scored 2.0 – 1.0 to finish as the Lower Section runner-up. Check out the link below for the crosstables and photos of the champions and runner-up’s:
Charleston Chess Club
Game 75 Quads Fund Raiser
For Park Circle Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall
When: Saturday, May 19, 2012
Where: Park Circle Presbyterian Church, 4701 Park Place at West Durant Ave., N. Charleston, SC 29406
Format will be Game 75 Quads based on attendance. Quads that have all USCF members will be rated.
Registration: 8:00am – 9:00am
Rounds: 9:30am, 12:45pm, 3:30pm
We are asking for a minimum donation of $10.00, but more will be welcomed to help defray the cost of our hosts for allowing us to utilize their facility on a weekly basis throughout the year.
All players are welcome to play in order to support our event.
Even if you cannot play, any donation would be appreciated to help our cause!
The 2012 Charleston CC championship began on April 11 with four players in the Top Section playing a Quad format and four players in the Lower Section playing also a Quad format. If others want to join, you can register on Wednesday, April 18, and we will either expand the sections or with enough numbers, add an additional Quad with a future playoff of the winners of each Quad in their section. The key is to be at the club meeting by 7pm so that we can determine how to place you in the competition. Entry is free to current club members, so just bring your set and clock.
Results thru 5/16/12 (Note: Morton and Vonderlieth have been added to the Upper Section to make it a 6 player Round Robin. Colors have been adjusted to ensure players have no more than three Black’s.):
|Rd 1|||||Rd 2|||||Rd 3|||||Rd 4|||||Rd 5|
|Rd 1|||||Rd 2|||||Rd 3||||
The election of club officers will be held on April 4th during our weekly meeting. Our club championship will begin the following week, April 11th.
Don’t forget to bring $5 to join or re-new your club membership!
*Results of Annual Meeting Elections: Pres. – Stephen Welt, V-Pres. – Dennis Dawley, Sec. – Ian Morton, Treas. – David Causey
Congratulations for winning another term in office!
For all you long-time players as well as newcomers, try taking the “Chess Career” test by clicking on the link on the right side of the home page. See how you measure up as a veteren chess player. It’s just for fun, but it is a good way to see how much your involvement has been throughout your chess career. Give us your feedback on the message board.
Click on the following link for the final rated crosstable: 38th Snowstorm Special 2012
The 38th Snowstorm Special will be held begining Saturday, February 11, 2012, with rounds 1-3 that day and rounds 4-5 on Sunday. This is a change from past Snowstorm’s, but actually it reverts back to the original format in the early years. In a effort to reduce entry fee costs for our players, but still maintain the same class prizes of $100, we have gone to the 2 day schedule by reducing the cost of the meeting room by one day. We encourage all of our local players to not miss the opportunity to play in a weekend tournament in their home area, thus saving on hotel and travel costs. Early registration at the lower $50 entry fee is available until Wednesday, Feb. 8, and if you cannot get it in the mail before then, just stop by our club meeting that night and you can still register for the lower rate. USCF and SCCA membership is required for play. If your USCF membership has expired, you can renew online at “uschess.org”, but if you just need a SCCA membership, you can join or renew at registration. SCCA memberships are just $10 a year for adults and $5 a year for juniors under 19 years of age.
Our annual Snowstorm Special is considered a “heritage” event by the USCF, having been held for more than 25 years. It is our premier tournament in Charleston and is proud to have not only strong International Masters as winners, but also some of our best local players. This year’s tournament has been tailored more towards the “class” player, since it does not offer grand prix points to attract touring masters, but instead focuses on giving the class players a chance to win either a place prize or a class prize. For those that have not played in awhile, dust off that set and clock, confirm your USCF membership, and get your entry fee in so that you can “capture the glory” once again with your “over-the-board” chess prowess!
The site for this year’s tournament is the same as in the past few years, the Best Western Plus Downtown near the corner of Spring St. and Lockwood Blvd. Parking is free and there are many eateries nearby, including a restaurant in the hotel. We look forward to seeing our regular tournament players, but are always encouraged by those that show up and support our tournament as their lone annual tournament. Newcomers are welcome and we will help with the details of joining all the required associations so that you can become a rated tournament player.
The tournament announcement details can be viewed by clicking on “Upcoming Tournaments” on the right side of the home page. Any questions can be sent to David Causey (email:firstname.lastname@example.org).
Looking forward to seeing all our players!
A total of twenty-two scholastic players turned out for the 7th annual edition of the Patrick D. Hart Memorial Scholastic chess tournament held at the Best Western Plus Downtown in Charleston this past Saturday. After four rounds of competitive play, the final standings were as follows:
No. Name St Rate 1 2 3 4 Score
2. Carroll, Austin Re (2)…….. SC 1108 W7 W3 L1 W4 3.0 1st K-12
4. Whatley, Hannah V (4)….. SC 1009 L1 -B- W6 L2 2.0 2nd K-12
6. Utley, Eugene R (7)……….SC nnnn L3 W7 L4 -B- 2.0 3rd K-12
7. Blackman,III, Bardin (6). SC nnnn L2 L6 -B- L5 1.0
No. Name St Rate 1 2 3 4 Score
2. Setser, Austin Tho (1)…….SC 576 W4 D3 W5 L1 2.5 2nd
4. Myers, Donovan Way (3).. SC 538 L2 -B- D3 D5 2.0
No. Name St Rate 1 2 3 4 Score
2. Mini, Ulisse (9)………………. SC nnnn L3 W8 W6 W7 3.0 2nd
4. Osborne, Riley Wil (7)…….. SC 213 -B- W9 L5 D3 2.5
6. Lewis, Jacob (8)…………….. SC nnnn L1 W10 L2 W8 2.0
7. Swanson, Adam Mich (4)…. SC 386 W10 L1 D9 L2 1.5
8. Lewis, Joshua (5)…………. …SC 338 L5 L2 W10 L6 1.0
Congratulations to all the trophy winners and many thanks to the participants and parents for another successful PHM Scholastic!
May 19, 2012 – Charleston Chess Club/Park Circle Fundraiser
May 25-27, 2012 – The South Carolina Open, Greenvile, SC
Don’t miss your locally held tournaments!
Check out the details on the above tournaments and others by clicking “Upcoming Tournaments” on the right of this page.
The December Scholastic Tournament this past weekend in Charleston was attended by almost 30 very talented players! Many up-and-coming chess stars came out to Pinckney Elementary on December 3rd to battle for glory (and trophies!). Filled with enthusiasm, and showing unparalleled sportsmanship, these scholastic players are a force to be reckoned with.
Members of the Charleston Chess Club had better watch out for these faces in the next few years; they’ll give you a run for your money!
Hopefully we’ll see all of these promising young players, and more, at the Pat Hart Scholastic Tournament on January 21st, 2012!
–posted by Susan Reed
Just so our CCC members and guests can get in some last minute games before the Thanksgiving holiday, the club will meet on Wednesday night at 7pm. In the past, we have had reasonably good turnouts before the holiday, so plan to come out and play some chess.
Charleston has two scholastic tournaments scheduled. One will be held December 3rd and another, the Pat Hart, January 21st. Please refer to the scholastic page of this site for more details.
Charleston Scholastic Chess Kick Off Tournament
Saturday, Nov. 5th
Location: Charles Pinckney Elementary Cafeteria
3300 Thomas Cario Blvd, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29466
Cost: $10 to enter
All participants MUST have a valid USCF card.
Please go to www.uschess.org and click USCF (left side).
Then click join/renew (top right).
4 Rounds in 3 Sections*
K-2, K-5, K-12
Game time: 30 minutes*
1st Round starts at 10:30
The tournament will last up to 5 hours
Many players will be finished by 2:30.
Parents may watch quietly from specified sections.
Please remember to bring lunch & snacks!
*Number of rounds and game duration may be subject to slight alterations depending on
section size. Sections may be combined for pairing purposes only.
Contact email@example.com or 843-991-1116
Mark you calendar and get prepared for the 2nd Annual National Chess Day and Festival being held Oct. 7-9, 2011, at the Hawthorn Suites, 2455 Savannah Hwy (US 17S), Charleston, S.C. Be sure to take advantage of the early entry fee of $49 if received before 9/07/11; otherwise, it’s $59 thereafter and at the site. Check out the following link at the SCCA site for details – 2nd Annual National Chess Day and Festival or click on “Upcoming Tournaments” on our main page. This is an important event for Charleston chess since it’s the largest tournament being held in our state commemorating this important date.
Early report: Final standings at following link – 2nd Annual National Chess Day
Grandmaster Lubomir Ftacnik of Slovakia will be at our club on Wednesday, August 24th, 2011, to present a chess lecture and simultaneous exhibition. The lecture is free to all members and guests, while for the simul, we request a $5 contribution from adult players which goes towards scholastic chess. Scholastic players can play for free! Join us at 7:00pm to attend both events and bring your set and board if you plan to play in the simul. GM Ftacnik has attended twice before in the past and has given very instructive lectures on famous games. His tour of our state has been sponsored by the generosity of Precision Tune Auto Care.
Check out his info at Wikipedia – GM Lubomir Ftacnik
The “Make a Difference 2″ chess tournament held on Saturday, July 23rd, brought out fourteen supporters who graciously donated their entry fees for the benefit of the fledgling Summerville High Chess Club. The organizer and tournament director, Chris Falter(pictured below, right), held the tournament in the office of SPARC on Daniel Island, where he is employed. The conditions where excellent for the players, where the amenities in the office were well suited for creativity and thought.
With numerous players from the Charleston Chess Club as well as high school players, a Swiss-system format was used, so many of the newcomers had games against higher rated players. After three rounds, the only player achieving a 3-0 score was CCC member, John Vonderlieth, a long-time class “A” player and former Expert. Congratulations to John for his effort!
For the benefit of the younger players, the CCC offered a free set and board for the top player under 1400. After tiebreaks, Joshua Hutchins(pictured below, left), won the prize and has an extra set and board to help with his chess career. Thanks to all who participated and keep up the good chess!
We will be starting a 3 round G:75 Swiss this Wednesday. Feel free to miss any week, half point byes will be available for all our Swiss formatted tournaments during club!
This week, 7/13, we will be doing another G:30 quad. The following week, 7/20, we will be having a business meeting to discuss what activities we would like to do in the coming weeks. After the business meeting, on the 20th, current club champion Stephen Welt will be performing a simul, he promises to play quickly if not very well.
We will be doing more G:30 quads this week (7/6) as we wait for the CCCC to finish up.
On Saturday, July 23, 2011, the Charleston Chess Club will host a USCF-rated tournament at the office of SPARC on Daniel Island. The net proceeds from the $10 entry fee will be used to assist the fledgling chess program at Summerville High School. Time control: G/60 (45′ + 15″ with increment clock). Registration: 9-9:30am. Rounds: 9:45am, 1pm, and 3:15pm. Tournament format (Swiss, quads, etc.) will be decided based on number and rating profile of participants. USCF membership required. Pre-registration and contact: Chris Falter, 213 Goldfinch Ln., Summerville, SC 29485 (843)-696-8277. Come have fun and make a difference!
3 round round robin. G: 30. EF: $3 1st- $10.
At the request of one of our newest members National Master Ananth Pappu we will be doing G:30 quads next week. Although the lower section of our club championship is yet to be completed many of the participants are finished and we encourage players in all sections to come out and play. This format, one of my favorites, is a great opportunity for players to get a lot of rated games into one night.
If you are wishing to play please show up before 7:30, when we will be starting.
With a victory against new CCC member, NM Ananth Pappu, in the final game of the Upper Section last night, club president, Stephen Welt, becomes our 2011 Club Champion. Many games in the Upper Section came down to flag-hanging conclusions for many of the players. Stephen, after dropping one game against fellow A player, Dennis Dawley, survived the other competition to score 4-1 and take the title. Ananth, who also dropped a previous game against John Vonderlieth, survived to the final game against Stephen, but succumbed to Stephen’s pressure play, but was still rewarded for his effort with the Runner Up trophy. Congratulations to Stephen and Ananth for their hard-earned prizes.
Revised (#2): The 2011 CCC Championship has begun with twelve club members participating in two sections. The following round robin crosstables reflect games played thus far (for pairings, click on “Club Calendar”):
Trophies will be awarded to the winner and runner up in each section.
The annual election of officers will be held during the April 6, 2011, meeting. For those who need to renew their memberships, we will be taking annual dues ($5) from 7:00pm until 7:30pm. The business meeting will begin at 7:30pm. Come out and give your support for the club officers of your choice and have your voice heard. See you there!
* Results of annual election meeting (6 members present):
President – Stephen Welt
Vice President – Dennis Dawley
Secretary – Ian Morton
Treasurer – David Causey
Before departing with their prize money, we captured the above Snowstorm Special winners for the record. Left to right, Wayne Christensen (Top Expert prize), Expert Donny Gray and current S.C. champion, Philipp Lamby (Tied for 1st/2nd).
37th Snowstorm Special — Cross Table
February 4-6, 2011
Chief TD – Stephen Welt
No. Name St Rate 1 2 3 4 5 Score
1. Lamby, Philipp (1)………… SC 2190 D12 W15 W11 D3 W4 4.0 1st/2nd
2. Gray, Donny (2)…………… GA 2099 W16 D6 D8 W5 W3 4.0 1st/2nd
3. Christensen, Wayne (3)…….. SC 2056 W13 W5 W4 D1 L2 3.5 Top X
4. Morton, Ian Gregor (7)…….. SC 1882 W14 W10 L3 W6 L1 3.0 Top A(tie)
5. Vonderlieth, John (8)……… SC 1830 W19 L3 W13 L2 W9 3.0 Top A(tie)
6. Murrah, Erik Lee (11)……… SC 1691 W18 D2 D9 L4 W10 3.0 Top B(tie)
7. Falter, Christophe (12)……. SC 1652 D8 L11 W16 -H- W13 3.0 Top B(tie)
8. Holmes, Douglas R (5)……… SC 1992 D7 W12 D2 D10 -U- 2.5
9. Causey, David Y (6)……….. SC 1951 L10 W19 D6 W12 L5 2.5
10. Sellards III, Harry (13)…… NC 1608 W9 L4 W18 D8 L6 2.5
11. Welt, Stephen Alex (4)…….. SC 1994 -H- W7 L1 -H- -U- 2.0
12. Musulin, Rade (9)…………. SC 1788 D1 L8 W15 L9 -H- 2.0
13. Bryan, Paul A (15)………… SC 1429 L3 W14 L5 -X- L7 2.0 Top C
14. Woodworth, Robert (17)…….. SC 1148 L4 L13 W19 D15 D16 2.0 Top E
15. Goodwin, Bruce (10)……….. NC 1707 -H- L1 L12 D14 -H- 1.5
16. Doyle, Michael Mal (14)……. SC 1473 L2 L18 L7 W19 D14 1.5
17. Miller, Gordon (18)……….. SC 868 -B- -U- -U- -U- -U- 1.0 W/D
18. Cook, Randall Burk (19)……. SC nnnn L6 W16 L10 -F- -U- 1.0
19. Pilaud, William (16)………. SC 1400 L5 L9 L14 L16 -H- 0.5
Check out the official USCF crosstable by clicking here – 37th Snowstorm Special 2011
Even with a light turnout of only eighteen players, the 37th Snowstorm Special will plod forward to determine prize winners by Sunday afternoon. Representation by class “B” through Expert is average in numbers, but the lower classes, “E” through “C”, are slim. Many of our lower rated players are missing out on the opportunity to win a class prize this year. If you are reading this post and can arrive before the 2nd round begins, we will still enter you with a half-point bye in the first round and at the pre-entry fee of $70. If you can’t play, but have some time this weekend, stop by and check out the chess books and equipment for sale, some at “rock-bottom” prices and even some free! We still have some bags, boards and sets available, too. Hope to see you here!
The 37th edition of the Snowstorm Special Open chess tournament begins Friday night, February 4th. This USCF Hertiage event started in 1973 when the Charleston Chess Club held a junior championship during one of the heaviest snowstorms in Charleston history. Still, young players from around the state showed up and vied for the title. Due to the support in inclimate weather, Ernie and Joan Schlich, the club’s officers, decided to commemorate the event each year since with an open format tournament. Though the tournament was not held in 2002 and 2003 due to lack of organizers, it was re-started in 2004 and has continued to be held ever since. The list of champions for the event extends from local favorites to state champions to International masters. It is a tournament for all players since you are always competing for a prize either at the top or in your rating class. It’s a great tournament to achieve your first “scalp” of a higher rated player since you can be paired against the top group of players, especially in the first round. But don’t despair, since even a loss does not hurt you from competing against your own level players for the class prizes. Many times, a 3-2 score wins or ties for the class prize and anything higher competes sometimes for a place prize.
Check out the announcement on the main page, right column, under “Upcoming Tournaments”. The last chance to register at the pre-entry rate is tonight at our club meeting.
Join us this weekend and support the Snowstorm Special!
Results of the latest Weekly Swiss tournament are posted and after the abbreviated rounds for each section, Stephen Welt took first place in the Upper Section with three wins and a draw. In the Lower Section, Gordon Miller turned in an impressive 3-0 score to take first place. For the next weekly swiss, Stephen has proposed lengthening the time control to Game 75. If you were hesitant to play Game 60 in the past, this should help those worried about time pressure. Remember, the club championship is normally Game 90, so this is a good way to build up your game beforehand. Check out the results by clicking “Weekly Swiss Results” on the right of the main page.
The 6th Patrick D. Hart Memorial (PHM) Scholastic chess tournament is being held January 22, 2011. The new site is the Hawthorn Suites, 2455 Savannah Hwy (US17South) in Charleston, SC. This is a USCF-rated tournament, but features a special non-USCF section for beginning players. Checkout the details by clicking on “Upcoming Tournaments” on our main webpage (right side). For those who never knew Pat, he was an avid chessplayer who excelled in both over-the-board and postal chess, achieving an Expert rating in both. Though stricken with muscular dystrophy since his youth and wheel chair bound, he was an able chessplayer, even excelling at speed and blitz chess. Pat was also the backbone behind the Charleston Chess Club, where he served as President and perenial Treasurer until near the end of his life. He also served as the S.C. Chess Assocation’s Treasurer from 1985 until his death. He will always be remembered as a pillar of both Charleston and South Carolina chess. For all scholastic players, join us at the 6th PHM Scholastic and help us support chess as Pat would have.
John Vonderlieth joined his other top club players by chalking up a victory in the Upper section of Weekly Swiss V. His undefeated score included a win against past champion, Stephen Welt, and a draw with David Causey, who won the last tournament. Also, in the Lower Section, Michael Doyle had to score points against his other competitors while subjecting himself to games against the upper section when he was paired twice due to lack of opponents. Congratulations to both victors in their respective sections. Weekly Swiss VI will begin on January 5 and will be limited to just 4 rounds in order to avoid pairing issues (but if sufficient players turnout, we can easily make it five rounds). It’s a great time to tune up your game before our annual Snowstorm Special in February.
Approximately ten members and guests turned out for Wednesday night’s meeting venue at Mad River Bar and Grill. Six members did battle in round 3 of the Weekly Swiss V, resulting in an upset win on top board between new expert, Stephen Welt, and former expert, now “A”, John Vonderlieth. The second pairing in the Upper Section was Ian Morton playing White against David Causey. An agreed draw was the result after Causey had been up two pawns, but could not consolidate his position with the presence of opposite-colored bishops. John Vonderlieth now leads the Upper Section with 2 pts., with three others tied at 1.5.
One game was paired in the Lower Section due to only three players present. Michael Doyle scored the point against Porter Claytor, while James Pollard graciously accepted the full point bye as the odd player. Michael now leads the Lower Section with 2.5 points.
The CCC will meet next Wednesday at the usual site. We need more participants to show up for the final two rounds of the Weekly Swiss V. Remember, these games are great warm-ups for the upcoming Snowstorm Special in February, 2011.
Due to a church event at Park Circle Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, the Charleston Chess Club will hold its weekly meeting on December 15th at the Mad River Bar and Grille Restaurant at 32 North Market Street in downtown Charleston. There is a parking garage just south of Market Street on East Bay Street or you may find street parking on Market Street or East Bay Street. Go to the following link for directions:
Our meeting will officially commence at 7pm, but for those attending this special event, they can come earlier and enjoy the food and beverage before the meeting (during is okay, too!). We will try to have our 3rd round weekly swiss if conditions are favorable, otherwise, be ready for lots of skittle and/or blitz games and chess chat. See you there!
The Folloween IV chess tournament attracted just 10 players in one section, but the competition more than made up for the low numbers. In attendance was the 2010 South Carolina champion, Philipp Lamby, from Columbia, who scored two wins and one draw against three of the Charleston Chess Club’s top “A” players to take first prize. Stephen Welt, Ian Morton and David Causey tied for 2nd with two points and split the 2nd and 3rd place prize money. A special Under 1200 prize was created for the lower rated players playing in the main section and Charles Ommen and James Pollard split the prize with one point. See USCF crosstable below for the final results.
Just to be sure everyone is aware, the club will meet on Wednesday, 11/24/10, at the regular time and place. Last year, we had a nice turnout of eager players, so don’t be detered that no one will show up to play. We will start a new weekly swiss if turnout is sufficient.
EF: $20 USCF membership required
Free EF for players rated 2200 and over ($15 deducted from prize)
Registration: 9:15- 9:45AM
Rounds: 10:00AM, 1:00PM, 3:30PM
10 – players sections
Prizes: $90 1st, $40 2nd, $10 3rd
Director reserves the right to adjust the number of players in the bottom section based on attendance.
For questions, contact Josh Nissenboim (firstname.lastname@example.org)
For pre-registration, include Name, USCF ID#, bye requests (Any prepayments by check can be made out to “Charleston Chess Club”.)