Thursday, August 13, 2009

Blackstone Chess Festival

Here is an update on the Blackstone Chess Festival.

Festivities begin Saturday August 22nd. The club should be open around noon, and the simul with David Griego is scheduled to begin at 2pm.

I have attached the latest flyer [see below]. This is a great way to beat the heat in the air conditioned comfort of the Blackstone Chess Center. We have a cooler full of cold beverages, and Kafe Lila has the best iced coffee in Rhode Island (cold-pressed), along with home made ice cream, ice tea, and fresh squeezed lemonade.

Also, it's not too late to get in on the Thursday night 3-round swiss. Arrive by 7:30, as we are starting round one this Thursday. We are allowing a single bye in any round. Last round bye must be declared when you sign up. We have 4 entries already signed up, so we will start a 3-week cycle this Thursday (8/20), and continue with the next cycle on Sept 10th.


2009 Blackstone Chess Festival
Pawtucket RI August 22-August 30

Blackstone Chess Center, 250 Main St., Suite B3, Pawtucket RI

Saturday August 22 – 2pm – Simultaneous Exhibition – Senior Master David Griego
The 2009 Blackstone Chess Festival opens Saturday August 22nd with a simultaneous exhibition by Senior Master David Griego. Arrive by 2:00pm if you want to play. Fee is $7, $5 for club members. David Griego has won numerous chess titles, including the US Junior Open, 10 Rhode Island Championships (the first at age 14), and 3 New England Championships (back to back in '84, '85). Just show up at the Center, or send a message to to reserve a spot.

Friday August 28 – 7:30pm – Masters Blitz - Invitational
Spectators are welcome to come watch the Masters Blitz, Friday, August 28th, at 7:30pm. Game/7 double round robin. Participants include Senior Masters Jorge Sammour, David Griego, and Denys Shmelov. This is the first in a series of Blackstone Masters and Experts blitz competitions. Jorge Sammour and Denys Shmelov are members of the Boston Blitz USCL team. The Blitz made it to the USCL finals in the past two seasons, but lost to the Dallas Destiny in an exciting but disappointing tie-break playoff. Six local masters are expected to be competing in this event.

Saturday August 29 – 10:30am – Blackstone Chess Festival Open
The Blackstone Chess Festival Open will be held Saturday August 29th. This is a 4SS in 2 sections, Open and Under 1700. Registration: 10:00am-10:30am. Time control: Game/60 (Game 55, 5 sec. delay). Entry fee: $25, advance entry: $20. IM/GM Free! Prizes: $400 based on 20 entries. Two or more members of the same family or chess club can enter together and receive $5 off each entry. This can be in addition to the $5 advance entry discount.
Schedule: Round 1: 10:30am, Round 2: 1:00pm, Round 3: 3:00pm, Round 4: 5:00pm or ASAP.
Byes: One ½ point bye, first or second round only
Mail Entry: Blackstone Chess, 45 Taft Ave, Providence RI 02906 postmark by 8/24
Email Entry: by 6pm 8/28 include USCF ID and phone #

The Blackstone Chess Center is open regulary on Thursday evenings (USCF rated weekly
tournaments) and Saturday afternoons (pick up games, and one day events). Membership is
optional, but helps to support the Chess Center. Introductory 6-month membership is only $20.

Directions: From Massachusetts/I-95 South, take RI exit 27, then take a right onto George Street. From points south/I-95 North, take RI exit 27, and take a left at the second light. Go past the Comfort Inn, to the end of the road. Take a right, and enter the parking garage at the bottom of the hill. The entrance is on Main Street. Kafe Lila is on the street level, the Blackstone Chess Center is down the stairs, and to the right, Suite B3. The address is 250 Main Street (The Grant), Suite B3, Pawtucket RI 02860. Chess books and equipment are available for sale. Air conditioned! 877.747.6464

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