Preview Open Winners Aren't the Usual Suspects

David ShinerJune 29 was a day for newcomers, up-and-comers and comebacks. David Shiner, a Shimer College associate dean coming off a 10-year hiatus from rated chess, won first place in our preview open at the Illinois Institute of Technology, with a score of 3.5/4. With only three prior rated games to his name, Armando Rodríguez took second with 3.0/4 (in a tie with the house player, Bill Brock). Young player Mark Jungo, a member of the Knight Moves Chess Club at the Rudy Lozano Branch Library in Pilsen, placed third with 2.5/4, scoring an upset win over his mentor, Héctor Hernández, in the first round.

Shiner's most dramatic win came in the third round, against Hernández. Enjoying more space and an outposted rook and knight by move 26, Shiner had difficulty converting his advantages into a winning position and found himself in deep time trouble by move 30. He was able to detonate the position on move 33, helped out by Hernández's recapture on c6 with a rook rather than a pawn (an oversight that may have been aggravated by the ringing of a mobile phone in the tournament room), and played the position down to a KQ vs. K endgame with less than a minute of time remaining on his clock:

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Come One, Come All . . . Come Early

If you plan on driving to the Chicago Chess Center Preview Open tomorrow (Saturday, June 29) at the Illinois Institute of Technology and haven't already reserved parking, arrive early: visitors' lot B5 is expected to fill up quickly because of another event. Follow this link for alternative parking locations (lots A4, A6, C5 and D5).

Rather not pay $12 for all-day parking? We don't blame you. You can also take the 'L' to 35th-Bronzeville-IIT (Green/Red Line), the Rock Island Line Metra to 35th, the 24 (Wentworth) or 29 (State) bus to 33rd, or the 35 (35th) bus to Federal.

Come Out and Play!

The Chicago Chess Center is pleased to announce its second preview event -- and this one is open to all U.S. Chess Federation members!

On Saturday, June 29, we're holding a four-round Swiss system tournament at Hermann Hall on the Illinois Institute of Technology campus, 3241 S. Federal St., Chicago (map). The time control is G/45 plus 5-second delay. Rounds will start at 10 AM and 12:15, 2 and 3:45 PM. Entry is $15 for Chicago Chess Center members, $25 for nonmembers. Up to $300 in prizes will be awarded (prize fund based on 30 entries).

Hermann Hall is a seven-minute walk from the 35th-Bronzeville-IIT Green Line 'L' station and a five-minute walk from the 35th Street station on Metra's Rock Island Line -- a great option if you're coming from Auburn-Gresham, Beverly or Morgan Park. Parking will be available in visitor lot B5, on Federal between 31st and 33rd streets, for $4 with advance registration by Wednesday, June 26. (To get this rate, please mention parking when you register.)

To register, send us an e-mail message and pay on the day of the event, or mail your entry to Chicago Chess Center NFP Inc., c/o William Brock, 230 W. Monroe St., Suite 330, Chicago, IL 60606. On-site registration will be from 9 to 9:45 AM downstairs in the Faculty Club Lounge.

USCF membership is required; three-month memberships will be available on-site. Sets and duplicate scoresheets will be provided. Please bring a clock if you have one. The site is nonsmoking and wheelchair-accessible.

We're excited to be able to present this event to you, and we hope you'll be among the first to enjoy what we have to offer. See you on June 29!