Harrisons Prevail at Chess Wars VI

On October 18, the Glenwood Chess Club hosted Chess Wars VI. Unfortunately, a website error relating to registration information, seemed to seriously impede on our number of entrants!

With an eight-player field, we added an adult/open section and played a four-person quad in both divisions. USCF crosstables can be found here.

In the Scholastic Section, David Harrison (8th grade) was undefeated. (3-0) Second place went to his younger brother Christopher (5th grade) who scored 2-1. Third place was earned by visiting 4th grade Indiana “New Comer”, Bill Wei. (1-2) Finally, Matthew Brison, played with “Heart and Spirit”, but regrettably, came in 4th with a 0-3 score.

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Glenwood Club Hosts Successful Two Week Boot Camp

Glenwood CampThe Glenwood Chess Club completed its first summer “Boot Camp” on August 14.

The camp was held at the Forest Field House in Glenwood. The camp was run by instructor Herbert Ferguson who is also vice-president of the club.

The students (ages 8 – 12) were put through a rigorous program of tactics and endgame puzzles in the morning, a master study game before lunch, and a tournament game in the afternoon.

“It was amazing how well the students took to the program. I saw growth in their game in just a few days,” said instructor Ferguson.

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Glenwood Holds Chess Wars V

On August 9, 2015, The Glenwood Chess Club held Chess Wars V. Three divisions of warriors competed in this event.

In the Ribbons Section, 1709-rated Eric Luster “battered and bullied” his lower ranked opponents! The closest finisher next to him was 1346-rated Matthew Kelly who placed second.

David Harrison took third, Michael Crouse and Christopher Harrison, who drew with Luster in the first round, took the fifth place prize.

In the Trophy Section, young scholastic player, Yashom Kapoor, who had won another tournament the day before with a 4-0 score, repeated the feat and garnishing a well-deserved 1st place trophy.

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IM Maksimovic 18-0 at Glenwood Simul

On July 16th, The Glenwood Chess Club was proud to host International Master Dejan "Maks" Maksimovic, who has recently returned to the Chicago area from Europe.

"Maks", an IM with a FIDE rating of 2432 (and a GM norm), warmly greeted the members of the club, and after some introductory remarks from Glenwood CC President Ken Windmon, proceeded to take on 18 club members in a simultaneous exhibition.  

Moving from board to board, Maks introduced himself to each player with a handshake, and the battles were on!  

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Glenwood Club Hosts Unique Simul Swiss

On July 7, 2015, the Glenwood Chess Club hosted an 8 round Simul Swiss. The format: Each player would play two simultaneous games (one white, one black) against their opponent.

Each game was rated and each player had to keep score. In the 9 player field, the top three finishers were: 1st: Adrian Zolkos at 7.0/8, 2nd, Brian Villarreal with 5.5/8, and Jon Winick 3rd with 5.0/8.

This was a fun specialty event that was fast-paced and definitely not for everybody (smile).