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).


Schmakel Blitzes Evanston Field At July Tri-Level

With a fourth round victory over Jason Daniels, Sam Schmakel completed a perfect 4-0 campaign at the July 11 Evanston Tri-Level.

Schmakel took a lead in the opening which he never relinquished. Daniels finished at 3.0, tying for second place with Robby Hecht, Bill Brock and Jonathan Lee. In the penultimate third round, Daniels defeated Hecht, one of the event's two USCF Experts.

A five-way tie for sixth place at 2.5/4 included Nicholas Bartochowski (the other Expert), Bill Smythe, Neel Jay and brothers Tom and Adam Bareket.

Crosstables are published here. 27 competed in the Gold Open sections with three additional players posting single games.

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Winick Prevails at Glenwood Club Championship

Starting May 5, concluding on May 21, the Glenwood Chess Club held its inaugural club championship. This was a four round event with Game/45, five-second delay time controls.

One game was held every Tuesday and Thursday with an optional “Make Up Game” on May 19. 

Many of us “begged and pleaded” with the Club’s Vice President and tournament organizer, Herbert Ferguson, to include “Runner Up” prizes so that one person would not be the “Sole King of the Hill”! 

Herb “stomped and snorted” and announced, “Nope, this is the Club Championship, not the Runner Up Included Club Championship.  It's winner take all!"

20 enthusiastic players vied for the title.

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