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

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!

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!

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!

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

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

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!