Friday, December 05, 2008

This and that..

It looks like I will be able to play in the North American Open, after an 11 year break. In 1997 I scored 2.5/5.0 in the U1800 section.

I started coaching my son's scholastic chess team on a volunteer basis. I am enjoying the experience especially since I have a very enthusiastic group.(7 new USCF members)

We play in our 3rd tournament tomorrow. We placed 3rd in our very first, and tied for 4th the second time around.

Click here for the coaching blog.


  1. good luck on the tournament, I look forward to hearing of your adventures.

  2. That looks fun, but I'm on a tight budget and don't really want to play down in the U1000 or up in the Open (note the $200 penalty fee!). I found a couple strong local clubs, Kolty & The Mechanics Institute.

    This looks interesting:

    5 rounds, G/45. The last MI event drew nine players rated 2000-2400.

  3. I played at Bally's twice and plan to go back one of these years. However, the Eastern Open in DC takes the cake as far as organization, prizes and hotel rates! That's where I am going again this year.


  4. Good luck in the NAO! I wish I could be there.
    I have one more tournament this year (12/13), unless another pops up unexpectantly. Now I'm just waiting on 3 of my tournaments to get rated (gained small amount of points in each) and then wait until the first Monday in January to see what the February rating supplement shows. Right now we are neck & neck in rating, so I'll be trying extra hard.
    This race is going to go down to the wire! I wish you well as this is one contest I dont really mind losing.


  5. Tony,

    Thanks, good luck to you too. I too don't mind losing this contest!

    I misplaced your email address. Please send it to iwijetunge[at]yahoo[dot]com

    I will have 7 games fromm NAO and pissibly 2 more games against a 2200 and a 1771 in local tournaments before the Jan 2 cutoff

  6. Will you be updating us on your progress during the NAO tournament?