Bobby Fischer Memorial - sign up by Friday and save!

Updated Thursday: Skokie IM Eric Rosen, Chicago IM Angelo Young and Nicaragua's #1 player, FM Mauro Ampie, lead the list of 64 preregistrants for Saturday's Bobby Fischer Memorial. Look for your friends and your favorite over-the-board customers at this link.

It's going to be a fun event with prizes (all Plus-Score prizes are guaranteed, with $1,000 minimum gurantanteed in the top section), and a surprise or two, so why not play?

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Register for the Fischer Memorial here: $60 in advance, $69 at the door, $11 extra if you are under 1700 and want to play in the Open Section. 

And find out more about the Fischer Memorial here.

If you are rated over 900, you are ready to play in the Under 1800 section: the fastest way to improve is to play stronger players!

Suppose you're a young person who can't afford to play? If you live in the city of Chicago, you are age 18 or younger, you would like to play, but you don't have $60 to spare, please drop us a line (our email is note that we cannot handle requests like these at the door! (Special thanks to the Vince & Cynthia Berry Family Fund for making this offer possible.)

In keeping with the occasion, we will have some door prizes:

Agur, Elie. Bobby Fischer: His Approach to Chess.

Brady, Frank. Endgame: Bobby Fischer's Rise and Fall—from America's Brightest Prodigy to the Edge of Madness.

Darrach, Brad. Bobby Fischer vs. the Rest of the World.

Edmonds, David, and John Eidinow. Bobby Fischer Goes to War: How a Lone American Star Defeated the Soviet Chess Machine.

Euwe, Max. Fischer World Champion.

Fischer, Bobby. My 60 Memorable Games.

Kasparov, Garry. Garry Kasparov on My Great Predecessors, Vol. 4.

Mednis, Edmar. How to Beat Bobby Fischer.

Pandolfini, Bruce. Bobby Fischer's Outrageous Chess Moves.

Plisetsky, Dmitry. Russians versus Fischer.

The photo above was taken during the famous game Fischer-Tal, Leipzing 1960. Bobby was only 17!

Happy 30th birthday, Hikaru Nakamura!

Happy 30th birthday, Hikaru Nakamura!

Nakamura failed to covert a piece-up ending against Magnus Carlsen today. (These endings are surprisingly tough: Kramnik failed to convert a similar piece-up ending in his World Championship match with Kasparov.) Doubtless, Hikaru would have had no problem converting this ending had it been played on Saturday, when he will be thirty years old and therefore infinitely wiser.

Celebrate Hikaru's birthday (or, more likely, the weekend) by playing chess! 

FM Alexander Velikanov leads the list of entries for tomorrow's Plus-Score 15. Still time to register here!

Reminder: if you are a GM, IM, WGM, WIM, or rated 2400+, you can enter any of our Plus-Score events for just $1! (Pay the full EF online, and we refund all but $1 via PayPal.)

And we've got 22 players so far in the Rated Beginners' Open. Why not register here?