The 43rd Snowstorm Special will be held February 18th at The Church of the Holy Cross parish hall as a 4 round Open Swiss. Check out the following flyer for details:
The 12th Patrick D. Hart Memorial Scholastic will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2017, at our regular meeting site, The Church of the Holy Cross on Daniel Island. For those that don’t know our club history, Pat Hart was a stalwart of the Charleston Chess Club as well as the S.C. Chess Association. Pat not only kept the club in good standing, but also organized tournaments and other chess events for the community. He served as President and Treasurer of the CCC and as Treasurer of the SCCA. As a player, he achieved not only club champion, but also state champion, and an Expert ranking in OTB and postal chess. He was a strong blitz player, also. The most incredible achievement was that he was wheel chair bound, with limited use of his hands and body! Pat had a wonderful wit, great intelligence, and unwavering diligence that manifested itself through his running of our club. We honor his life by holding this tournament in his memory. Check out the flyer below for details:
Update: Click on the below link for final results:
We are interested in holding a blitz tournament before the end of the year. Email “firstname.lastname@example.org” with your feedback so that we can decide on a date and format.
The CCC is hosting the November Scholastic on Saturday, 11/12/16, at our meeting site, Church of the Holy Cross, 299 Seven Farms Dr., Daniel Island, 29492. Click below for the flyer and entry form:
The 77th S.C. Championships were held in Columbia this past weekend and after all the games were finished, our own club champion is now the 2016 S.C. Co-Champion. Elijah tied Columbia’s Ben Caiello at 3-2 and was 2nd on tiebreaks for the 1st place trophy. His score does make him the co-champion and he can represent South Carolina at any event Ben Caiello is unable to make, including the Border Battle with North Carolina. Congratulations to Elijah for his solid play and tremendous result.
For those members that would like to play a rated match, let us know and we can arrange one. You and your opponent must have an established USCF rating and be within 400 points of each other. The minimum number of games is four and you can choose the time control. Games with Quick Chess time controls (less than Game/30) can play at least two games per meeting night. Longer time controls may only allow one game per night. It’s good training and good experience, so let us know if you are interested.
This week’s meeting will feature our club champion (and Prez), Elijah Neumann, giving us a presentation on the King’s Gambit. This is an opening that will test your ability to play double-edged positions where either mate or a material advantage will decide the game. Sometimes, one player will have the material advantage only to succumb to mate by the opponent. Join in and watch some of the variations in the opening that Elijah will demonstrate, then test yourself in a few thematic games playing both White and Black.
GM Lubomir Ftacnik will be visiting our club on Wednesday night to give a lecture and simul. Visitors are welcome to attend and watch the lecture, but if you want to play in the GM simul, there is small fee of $5 that goes toward scholastic chess. Scholastic players can play for free, but the fee will only apply to non-scholastic players. Bring your set and board if you wish to play against GM Ftacnik.
Update: Thanks to all that showed up and attended GM Ftacnik’s lecture and simul. Around 25 attended the lecture with 17 giving it their best to upset GM Ftacnik, but he held his own 17-0!
Due to a church event requiring all rooms, we will not meet on July 13th. The next meeting on July 20th is a special event for the club with GM Lubomir Ftacnik giving a lecture and simul for our members and guests. The simul is usually a $5 entry fee for non- scholastic players which supports our scholastic chess events. The lecture is free to all, so don’t miss the chance to listen to a strong GM show how they think in complicated chess positions. Be sure to bring your board and set if you plan to participate in the simul.