I'm tied up working today...doing tax returns (I'm a CPA) and doing some exciting work for the Chicago Chess Center! Will be getting back to pawn endings shortly, but in the meantime, here's a wonderful endgame lesson by WGM Jennifer Shahade, courtesy of our friends at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis:
AUG. 15-17 OR 16-17 MISSOURI
TROPHIES PLUS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 100
Millionaire Chess Satellite (FIDE Rated)
6/SS, G/90 + 30 second increment. (2 Day schedule Rds.: 1-3 G/61 d5 then merge). Chess Club & Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, 4657 Maryland Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63108. Free entries for GMs and IMs. EF: $100, $80 if registered by 8/10. Three Sections: Open (FIDE Rated), U2000 & U1600. Prize Fund: $10,000 UNCONDITIONALLY GUARANTEED!! Winner of Open section receives Free entry into Millionaire Chess Open and $500. Open: Millionaire Entry+$500-$1000-$800-$600-$500. Under 2300-$550-$300. Under 2100-$400-$200.Under 2000 Section: $1000-$600-$400-$200. Top U1800: $300-$150. U1600 Section: $1000-$500-$250-$175. U1400: $300-$150. U1200: $125. Reg.: 11-12:30 on Friday Afternoon. Rds.: 3-day schedule Friday: 1:00 & 6. Saturday 1:00 & 6. Sunday 10 & 3. 2 day schedule: Reg.: 10:00 am-10:30 am. Saturday: 11, 1:15, 3:30, 6. Sunday 10:00 & 3. Two half point byes available if declared before Round 2. Armageddon Match will be played to break tie for Millionaire Chess entry + $500. MCA Membership required from $5. OSA. Ent: 4657 Maryland Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63108, or online at saintlouischessclub.org. Info: 314-361-CHESS firstname.lastname@example.org.
There's a nice event in Greater Milwaukee:
AUG. 16 WISCONSIN
TROPHIES PLUS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 6
4th Annual BC Open!
Country Inn & Suites Brookfield, 1250 South Moorland Rd., Brookfield, WI 53005, (262)782-1400. All Sections, TC: G/60 d5. Rds.: 10-1-3:30-6. EF: Open: $35 by 8-14, $40 after 8-14, Reserve (U1600) & RBO (U1000). Non Rated K-12 and Non Rated Adults $25 by 8-14, after 8-14 $30. $$Guaranteed!: Open: 1st $300 - 2nd $175 - A $110 - U1800 $110. Reserve (U1600): 1st $100- 2nd $75. RBO (U1000): 1st $100 - 2nd $75. Both Non rated sections are book prizes. Reg.: Aug 16th 8:30 - 9:30. Entries to: ( make payable to Benzochess) Ben Corcoran, 2711 N. University Dr. #64, Waukesha, WI 53188. Q&A: Ask for Ben 262-506-4203 or email@example.com also more info at www.benzochess.com.
I'm working on clearing my Saturday to play in Peoria. It's much closer to Chicago than St. Louis, it's an Illinois Tour event, and it won't take the entire weekend.
AUG. 16 ILLINOIS
TROPHIES PLUS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 6
Bradley Summer Open
4 SS, G/80 d5. Robert Michel Student Center, 915 N. Elmwood, Peoria, IL 61625. 2 Sections: Open & Reserve (U1400). EF: $30 by 8/14, $35 at site. $$Gtd: $1,160. Open: 1st $240, 2nd $120, 3rd $60, Expert, A, B & C $60 & $30 each, Upset $25. Reserve (1400): 1st $90, 2nd $60, Classes D & E $60 & $30 each, Upset $25. Reg.: 8-8:45. Rds.: 9,12, 2:45, 5:30. Bye: 1-4, www.bradleysummeropen.com. Ent: Murrel Rhodes, 1116 N. Parkside Dr., Peoria, IL 61606, 309-682-0675 day, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or if you prefer to do your driving on Interstate 80:
A Heritage Event!
AUG. 16-17 IOWA
TROPHIES PLUS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 30 (ENHANCED)
60th Iowa Open Championship (USCF & FIDE Rated) IASCA GP Super Qualifier
5-SS, G/90, i30. Accelerated pairings may be used in Rounds 1-2. IASCA Super GP Qualifier. Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, 300 E. 9th St. (I-80, SE side of Exit 242), Coralville, IA 52241. Reg.: 8:30am and ends at 9:30am. Rds.: Sat 10, 2:30, & 7:30; Sun 9:30 & 2:30. EF:$57 if postmarked before 8/11; $69 at site. IM & GM free-EF deducted from any prize, Jrs. & Sr. $10 off, $10 off Out of state residents. Prize Info: Prizes: ($1900 b/65 Top 3 Gtd.) 550+T-300-150 U2200, U2000, U1800, U1600 150/75 each. US Chess Federation (USCF) membership required. On Site Available. IASCA membership required, ($15, $10 Jr. or Sr.) or Out of State Accepted (OSA). On-Site Available. Send Entry Fee to: IASCA, c/o Mark Capron, 3123 Juniper Dr., Iowa City, IA 52245 or register online at https://onlineregistration.cc. Additional Info: USCF and FIDE Rated!! Byes: Bye available Rounds 1-3 if requested prior to start of round. Rounds 4-5 only if requested prior to tournament starting. USCF – August 2014 Rating List will be used for pairing purposes. FIDE rules will be used. Head Floor TD will be Bill Broich. Call 319-321-5435 or email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Directions: Take I-80 to exit 242, go south to 9th Street, take a left and follow to the end of 9th Street and you are there! The Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, Chess rate available, $99 only until 7/25/14, rates may increase after this date. Pool, restaurant, more restaurants in walking distance. 319-688-4000.
But what if you're vacationing in the Northwoods?
AUG. 16-17 MICHIGAN
TROPHIES PLUS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 15
2014 U.P. Open
Northern Michigan University, University Center, Brule Room (parking available nearby), Marquette, MI. 5SS, G/115 d5. Entry Fee: $40. $35 if registered (mail/E-mail) by Aug 14. $20 for Juniors 19 or under. Masters and above free (entry deducted from winnings). Prizes: (1st and 2nd GTD) $500 first place, $250 second, others based on entries. Trophy to top UP resident. Reg.: 9-9:30 Sat. Rounds: Sat 10:00, 2:30, 7:00; Sun 9:30, 2:00-all times EDT. Half-point byes available in all rounds, but must be requested before registration ends. Info and early entries:Robert John, 315 E. Prospect St., Marquette, MI, 906-228-8126, email@example.com. Lodging: Rooms with 2 beds for $60+tax/night held until 7/15 under "U. P. Chess" at Value Host Motor Inn, 1101 US Highway 41, Marquette, MI, 906-225-5000. SPECIAL EVENT: Fri., Aug. 15, 7:00 pm at the tournament site. FIDE Master and 2013 Michigan Open Champion Seth Homa will play a simultaneous exhibition. $20 fee; space limited to 20 players; contact Robert John before the event if you would like to challenge the Master.