Important Notice: No meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 26, Dec. 24, and Dec. 31! Happy Holidays!

November 25th, 2014

Charleston Thanksgiving Scholastic and Quads enjoyed a full house!

November 24th, 2014

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.

 

 

Charleston Thanksgiving Quads and Scholastic Tournament

October 13th, 2014

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

Scholastic Tournament:

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 “chessbass@att.net” for pre-registration form

CCC Club Members Treated to a Special Event – “Meet the Grandmasters”!

September 8th, 2014

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!

U.S. Women's Champion, GM Irina Krush (right center), GM Alex Lenderman (left center), and their trainer, GM Giorgi Kacheishvili (far right) joined by CCC club members for a photo.

U.S. Women’s Champion, GM Irina Krush (right center), GM Alex Lenderman (left center), and their trainer, GM Giorgi Kacheishvili (far right) joined by CCC club members for a photo.

75th S.C. Championships, October 3-5, 2014

August 28th, 2014

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:

http://www.uschess.org/tlas/upcoming.php?STATE=SC

NOTE:  Be sure to reserve your hotel rooms by 9/01/14 to get the special $89 rate!

CCC will not meet this week!

August 4th, 2014

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.

Results of 1st Charleston Scholastic (K-8) Team Tournament

July 30th, 2014

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

Top Scorers:

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.

1st Charleston Scholastic Chess Team Tournament (K-8), Saturday, July 26th

July 13th, 2014

Click on the link below to see flyer:

Charleston Scholastic Team Tournament ver2

CCC 2014 Club Champion, Elijah Neumann, scores 5-1 in club simul

June 19th, 2014

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.

Scholastic Kick Off Oct. 25

October 7th, 2014

Charleston Scholastic Kick Off

Chess Tournament

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

Tournament Details:

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 sawelt@yahoo.com or 843-991-1116

Scholastic Kick Off Tournament Registration Form

Player’s Name _______________________________

Address__________________________________________________

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

Elijah Neumann, 2014 CCC Champion!

June 15th, 2014

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!

 

Annual Meeting – April 2nd/CCC Championship begins April 9th!

March 26th, 2014

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!

With the weather improving and Spring just around the corner, the CCC is back in action!

March 14th, 2014

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!

Due, again(!), to our winter weather, the Charleston Chess Club will not meet tonight

February 12th, 2014

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.

Donny Gray wins his third Snowstorm Special!

February 9th, 2014
Expert Donny Gray of St. Simons, Georgia

Expert Donny Gray of St. Simons, Georgia

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:

40th Snowstorm Special

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!

40th Snowstorm Special and 9th Pat Hart Memorial Scholastic!

February 3rd, 2014

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:

SCCA Calendar

See you there!

Due to winter weather and bridge closures, Charleston CC will not meet tonight, January 29th.

January 29th, 2014

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.

Club News

January 15th, 2014

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!

Meeting schedule notice for holidays

November 22nd, 2013

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’s Elijah Neumann, 2013 S.C. Amateur Champion!

October 21st, 2013

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:

74th SC championships crosstable

 

CCC Ladder Continues!

October 1st, 2013

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 Nov 9th

September 20th, 2013

 

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

Tournament Details:

  • 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.

Questions?

Contact Stephen @ sawelt@yahoo.com or 843-991-1116

CCC meeting on 9/25/13 will be a “Games Review Night”

September 19th, 2013

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!

CCC Ladder Has Begun!

August 22nd, 2013

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.

International Master Danny Kopec to visit club on August 14th/Lecture/Simul/Books for sale

August 8th, 2013

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!

No meeting on August 7th

August 6th, 2013

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.

August 10th “Make a Difference III”

July 31st, 2013

The formally cancelled “Make a Difference III” tournament has been rescheduled for August 10, 2013.  Click on the following link to view the details:

Make a Difference III

Rated Quick Chess or Blitz? Arrive early and we’ll make it happen!

June 12th, 2013

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!

2013 CCC Awards Night pictures

May 9th, 2013
2013 CCC "Under 1500" co-runner up, Gregg Passmore (left)

2013 CCC “Under 1500″ co-runner up, Gregg Passmore (left)

2013 CCC "Under 1500" co-runner up, Zach Darga (left)

2013 CCC “Under 1500″ co-runner up, Zach Darga (left)

2013 CCC "Under 1500" Champion, Michael Doyle (left)

2013 CCC “Under 1500″ Champion, Michael Doyle (left)

2013 CCC Co-Champion, David Causey (left)

2013 CCC Co-Champion, David Causey (left)

2013 CCC Co-Champion, Stephen Welt (left)

2013 CCC Co-Champion, Stephen Welt (left)

2013 CCC Championship Final Results

May 2nd, 2013

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:

2013 CCC Championship Crosstable

CCC Championship 3rd Round Results

April 25th, 2013

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:

Bd. White Rating Result Black Rating Result
 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
 7 Gregg Passmore 1224   (1) BYE    
  Dennis Dawley 1964  (1/2) Requested    
  Jim Burden 2111   Withdrew    

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:

Stephen Welt 2.5
David Causey 2.5
Ian Morton 2.5
Dennis Dawley 2.0
Daniel Makowsky 2.0
Carl Vero 2.0
Michael Doyle 2.0
Elijah Neumann 1.0
John King 1.0
Gregg Passmore 1.0
Zach Darga 1.0
Alan Hopkins 1.0
Anthony Brown 0.5
Gordon Miller 0.5
   

 

CCC Championship 2nd Round Results

April 18th, 2013

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:

Bd. White Rating Result Black Rating Result
 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
 8 Gordon Miller 964 (1/2)      

 

2013 CCC Championship attracts 14 competitors

April 11th, 2013

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:

Bd White Rating Result Black Rating Result
 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!

Results of Annual Meeting and Elections

April 4th, 2013

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!

 

Annual Meeting and Elections – April 3

March 14th, 2013

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!

8th Patrick D. Hart Memorial Scholastic – Results and Photos

February 21st, 2013

Click the following link for the USCF crosstable – 8th PHM Scholastic

Report and photos to follow soon.

39th Snowstorm Special – NM Klaus Pohl wins his tenth title!

February 20th, 2013

 

National Life Master Klaus Pohl of Greenville, S.C., winner of the 39th Snowstorm Special

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

 

8th Patrick D. Hart Memorial Scholastic Pre-entries

February 14th, 2013
K-12 Rating
Elijah Neumann 1439
Hannah Whatley 1016
Kevin Rogers 987
Joshua Hutchins 905
Zach Darga 900
Lucas McMillan Unr
   
K-8 Rating 
Alex Mazzeo 917
Austin Setser 613
   
K-5 Rating 
Vince Apostolico 692
   
K-3 Rating 
Brady Setser 713
Thomas Mazzeo 713
G. Simmons 634
Whit Suber 556
Kendra Rogers 500
Luke Wassung 391
Sophia Martin 292

 

39th Snowstorm Special Pre-entries

February 14th, 2013
Open Section Rating 1/2pt. bye  
Philipp Lamby 2222    
Klaus Pohl 2207    
Patrick Sciacca 2199 Rd. 4  
Wayne Christensen 2117    
James Burden 2111    
John Von der lieth 1861    
Ian Morton 1849    
Randy Mosteller 1816 Rd. 3  
Jay Mitchell 1742    
Bob Halliday 1737 Rd. 5  
Chris Falter 1715    
John Retarides 1624 Rd. 1  
Kenneth Fickling 1474    
       
U1400 Section Rating   1/2pt. bye  
John W. King 1258    
Chris Kenyon 1215    
Gordon Miller 932    
Gregg Passmore Unr    

 

December 16th, 2012

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

Upcoming Tournaments for South Carolina

October 19th, 2012

To see the most recent “Tournament Life Announcements” for S.C., click on the following link:

Upcoming Tournaments for South Carolina

National Chess Day Quads – October 13, 2012

August 30th, 2012

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:

National Chess Day Quads

IM John Bartholomew will be giving a simul at the CCC meeting on August 15th

August 9th, 2012

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!

Be sure to checkout “Upcoming Tournaments” and “Club Calendar” for new posts

August 8th, 2012

Charleston Chess Olympic Spirit Results

June 29th, 2012
 
                                  The Charleston Chess Olympic Spirit tournament was held Saturday, June 23, 2012, at the office of SPARC (2387 Clements Ferry Road on Daniel Island).  Six supporters attended and battled against a full array of rated players, some with surprising results.  Chris Falter, who organized the event and secured his company’s office for the playing site, also succeeded in placing first with a 3-0 score, upsetting last year’s tournament winner at this location, John Von der Lieth.  Congratulations to Chris for his efforts and well deserved result.  Below is a link to the USCF- rated crosstable for the event:
 

Charleston Chess Olympic Spirit crosstable

Charleston Chess Olympic Spirit Tournament, June 23, 2012

June 6th, 2012

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!

Stephen Welt dominates field to repeat as CCC Champion for 2012

May 24th, 2012

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:

2012 CCC Championship/CCC G75 Fundraiser crosstables

Game 75 Quads Fund Raiser

April 26th, 2012

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!

2012 Club Championship has begun!

April 18th, 2012

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.):

Upper Section                                              
Rd 1       Rd 2       Rd 3       Rd 4       Rd 5      
Vero 0 Causey 1 Dawley .5 Vero .5 Vero Morton Vero _ Vonderlieth _ Welt 1 Vero 0
Vonderlieth 1 Morton 0 Vonderlieth Welt Causey Welt Morton _ Welt _ Morton 1 Dawley 0
Welt  Dawley | Causey  Morton   Vonderlieth Dawley  Dawley .5 Causey .5 Causey 1 Vonderlieth 0
                                               
Lower Section                                              
Rd 1       Rd 2       Rd 3                        
Fickling 1 Jack 0 Jack Miller Neuman Jack                  
Neuman 1 Miller 0 Fickling 0 Neuman 1 Miller Fickling                  
                                               
                                               
                                               
                                               
                                               

Elections and Club Championship

April 3rd, 2012

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!

Take the Chess Career Test!

March 1st, 2012

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.

Ananth Pappu and Donny Gray share 38th Snowstorm Special title

February 10th, 2012
 The 38th Snowstorm Special was held February 11-12, 2012, at the Best Western Plus Downtown, Charleston.  Twenty-four players competed for top places plus class prizes with the final outcome not decided until late afternoon on Sunday.  Local National Master Ananth Pappu and Expert Donny Gray from Augusta, Georgia, tied for 1st-2nd with a 4-1 final score.  Local player, John Von Der Lieth, won the Top “A” prize with an undefeated score of 3.5-1.5.  Seth Taylor-Brill from North Carolina won the Top “B” prize with a 3-2 final score.  John Schnacke, also a local player, won the Top “C” prize with a final score of 3.5-1.5 and gained 98 rating points to boot!  The Top “D” prize was a given for local Ken Fickling since he was the only entry in that class, but he proved deserving with a solid win over a “C” player in the final round after having two 1/2 point byes on Saturday.  The Top “E” prize came down to the Navy versus the Marine Corps in the final round, with Navy petty officer, Gordon Miller, facing off against a visiting Marine from Beaufort, David Ortiz, in the final round.  Ortiz won the game and claimed the Top “E” prize for the Marine Corps.  Thanks to all who attended and supported our hertiage tournament in Charleston.  Below are some photos taken during and after the competition:
 

 Click on the following link for the final rated crosstable:  38th Snowstorm Special 2012

 

38th Snowstorm Special, Feb. 11-12, 2012

February 3rd, 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:chessbass@att.net).

Looking forward to seeing all our players!

7th Patrick D. Hart Memorial Scholastic – Results

January 22nd, 2012

CCC member, Kean Balentine, accepting the K-8 2nd place trophy from S.C. Scholastic Coordinator, David Whatley

 

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:           

K-12(K-8 Combined) Cross Table 

No. Name                            St Rate     1     2     3     4     Score           

1. Fleming, Perry R (1)………. SC 1117 W4 W5 W2 D3     3.5     1st K-8  

2. Carroll, Austin Re (2)…….. SC 1108 W7 W3 L1 W4     3.0     1st K-12           

3. Balentine, Kean (3)……….. SC 1106 W6 L2 W5 D1       2.5     2nd K-8    

 4. Whatley, Hannah V (4)….. SC 1009 L1 -B- W6 L2       2.0     2nd K-12           

5. Radev, Simeon (5)……….. SC 814    -B- L1 L3 W7         2.0     3rd K-8      

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          

  

K-5 Cross Table 

 No. Name                           St   Rate   1     2     3     4      Score           

1. Younce, Tres (5)………….. SC nnnn L3  W5 -B-  W2    3.0    1st  

2. Setser, Austin Tho (1)…….SC 576   W4 D3 W5 L1       2.5    2nd           

3. Healy, Aiden James (2)…. SC 563   W1 D2  D4 -H-      2.5    3rd    

 4. Myers, Donovan Way (3).. SC 538   L2 -B-  D3  D5      2.0           

5. Desplaces, Jack Ro (4)…… SC 430 -B-  L1   L2  D4       1.5      

  

K-3 Cross Table 

 No. Name                               St  Rate      1     2     3     4    Score           

1. Apostolico, Vince (3)……… SC 678      W6 W7 W3 W5 4.0    1st  

2. Mini, Ulisse (9)………………. SC nnnn    L3 W8 W6 W7 3.0    2nd           

3. Setser, Brady P (2)……….. …SC 750     W2 W5 L1 D4    2.5   3rd(TB)    

 4. Osborne, Riley Wil (7)…….. SC 213      -B-  W9 L5 D3    2.5           

5. Varadarajan, Varun (1)…… NC 858     W8 L3 W4 L1     2.0      

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           

9. Healy, Sean Stuart (6)……… SC 320     -H- L4 D7  L10   1.0          
10. Wassung, Luke (10)…………SC nnnn  L7 L6 L8    W9    1.0          

 

Congratulations to all the trophy winners  and many thanks to the participants and parents for another successful PHM Scholastic!           

            

            

            

            

            

            

            

            

Upcoming Tournaments!

December 8th, 2011

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.

December Scholastic Tournament Results!

December 6th, 2011

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

CCC will meet on Wednesday, November 23rd

November 21st, 2011

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.

Scholastic Tournaments

November 17th, 2011

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 Kickoff III

October 6th, 2011

Charleston Scholastic Chess Kick Off Tournament

Saturday, Nov. 5th

10:00 a.m.

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).

Tournament Details:

USCF Rated

4 Rounds in 3 Sections*

K-2, K-5, K-12

Game time: 30 minutes*

1st Round starts at 10:30

Swiss System

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.

Questions?

Contact sawelt@yahoo.com or 843-991-1116

2nd Annual National Chess Day and Festival, Oct. 7-9, 2011

September 2nd, 2011

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 – Lecture and Simul – Aug. 24th, 7pm

August 11th, 2011

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

“Make a Difference 2″ attracts fourteen players

July 25th, 2011

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! 

Best under 1400 - Joshua Hutchins

G: 75 Swiss starting 7/27

July 21st, 2011

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!

7/13 and 7/20

July 11th, 2011

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.

G: 30 Quads . . . again!

July 2nd, 2011

We will be doing more G:30 quads this week (7/6) as we wait for the CCCC to finish up.

“Make a Difference 2″ Chess Tournament

June 29th, 2011

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!

Action Quads 6/29!

June 22nd, 2011

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.

Stephen Welt, 2011 CCC Champion!

June 16th, 2011

2011 Club Champion, Stephen Welt (L) and Runner Up, Ananth Pappu

 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.

2011 CCC Championship

April 14th, 2011

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”):

  Upper Section                                    
No. Name Rating   1     2    3    4     5    6             Total
 1 David Causey 1907  X     .5     0      1     0      0             1.5
 2 Dennis Dawley 1987  .5     X     0      0     1     1             2.5
 3 Ananth Pappu 2215   1      1    X      1     0     0             3.0
 4 Ian Morton 1861   0     1     0     X     1    0             2.0
 5 John Vonderlieth 1859   1      0    1     0    X     0             2.0
 6 Stephen Welt 1978   1    0     1     1     1     X             4.0
  Lower Section                                    
No. Name Rating  1      2     3     4     5     6              Total
 1 Shaun Davis Unr  X    0    0     1     0     0             1.0
 2 Isaiah Glessner 1402  1    X     0    0      0    0             1.0
 3 Gordon Miller 935   1F    1F     X    0     0     0             2.0
 4 John Schnake 1412  0     1     1     X    1    1             4.0
 5 Rob Woodworth    1246  1      1F    1     0    X     0            3.0
 6 Richard Hartnett 1473   1F     1     1     0      1    X            4.0 

 Trophies will be awarded to the winner and runner up in each section.

Annual Club Election Meeting on April 6, 2011

March 24th, 2011

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

37th Snowstorm Special/Final standings

February 7th, 2011

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
Charleston, SC
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

37th Snowstorm Special is underway!

February 5th, 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!

37th Snowstorm Special this weekend!

February 2nd, 2011

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!

Weekly Swiss VI Results Posted

January 27th, 2011

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.

6th Patrick D. Hart Memorial draws 27 scholastic players

January 23rd, 2011
Click on the following link to view the official USCF rated crosstable:  6th Patrick D. Hart Memorial Scholastic

6th Patrick D. Hart Memorial Scholastic, January 22, 2011

January 14th, 2011

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.

Vonderlieth wins Weekly Swiss V, Upper Section;Doyle takes Lower Section

December 30th, 2010

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.

Mad River Meeting results in mad results in Weekly Swiss V

December 16th, 2010

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.

CCC December 15th meeting to be held at Mad River Bar And Grille, 32 Market St.

December 10th, 2010

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:

 Mad River Bar and Grill

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!

Folloween IV Results

November 21st, 2010

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.

Folloween IV, Charleston, SC, 11/20/10

CCC will have meeting on Wednesday before Thanksgiving

November 18th, 2010

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.

Folloween Open 4 – November 20, 2010

September 9th, 2010
Saturday, November 20, 2010 
  
3 Round Swiss System, USCF rated, Game/60 
  
Hawthorn Suites, 2455 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC 29414 

 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 (joshnissenboim@gmail.com)   

For pre-registration, include Name, USCF ID#, bye requests (Any prepayments by check can be made out to “Charleston Chess Club”.)   

    

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