The second Tuesday in October begins the City Championship (4SS, G90) for Colorado Springs. It costs $5, does not require any membership, and is not rated. It runs 4 weeks (10/9 thru 10/30; one game per night) and pays prizes based on entries. The top finisher get inscribed on the plaque:
Tim Brennan wrote about using electronic devices to record tournament chess games:
It was a very interesting article, as I have run across these devices myself. I played Joe Pahk at the club and asked him to turn off the rules on his program. He didn't know how to and offered to use paper. I let him use the phone anyway. However, I did catch TD Fred Spell (mentioned in the article) using computer assistance during a chess game:
Peace be with you,
Chess Coach (http://cschess.webs.com/coaching.htm)
The events shown below are ones that have been or will be advertised in Chess Life or Chess Life for Kids:
From: "Matt Grinberg" <email@example.com>
I realize Las Cruces is a heck of a long way to go for a one day tournament, but in case any of your folks are interested see the attached.
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Sponsored by Alamogordo Chess Club
Location: Roadrunner Room, Branigan Library
200 E. Picacho Ave., Las Cruces, NM
Format: Round Robin sections of 4, grouped by current rating. Depending on the number of players, the bottom section may be a Swiss.
Registration: Registration must be submitted in advance. Fill out and mail the registration form below. No onsite registration or entry fees.
Rounds: 10:30AM, 1:00PM, & 3:30PM.
Time Control: G60 with 5 sec. delay.
Sets & Clocks: Sets, boards and clocks are to be supplied by the players. Digital clocks with time delay are preferred over analog chess clocks.
Entry Fee & Prizes: EF is $15/player payable in advance. Prizes: $30 for 1st in each section, $20 for 2nd. Entry includes one year membership in Alamogordo Chess Club.
USCF Membership: Current USCF membership is required and is available at uschess.org, but is not available at the tournament site.
Promoter Bill Daly (603) 731-1988 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
TD/Promoter Matt Grinberg (575) 415-3628 (email@example.com)
Also see the bonus shortest mate contest below!!!!!
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Las Cruces Quads 3 Entry Form
Name: ______________________________ USCF ID#:__________Exp. Date:______
Email: _________________________________ Phone # ________________________
To register, please send $15 per player to: Alamogordo Chess Club
C/O Mr. Matthew Grinberg, 312 Wildwood Dr., Alamogordo, NM 88310
Are You Ready for Some Chessball?
Well, you're in luck! Introducing the shortest mate contest...
Your esteemed TD, Matt Grinberg, has determined the shortest mate (he thinks) for each of the pieces on the board, plus the shortest mate for castling, en passant and promotion. For purposes of this contest the mating piece is the piece that moves even if it only exposes a check and does not itself check.
Your task it to find a mate for one of these 39 cases that is shorter than Matt's mate. The first person who submits a shorter mate to firstname.lastname@example.org AND has entered Las Cruces Quads #4 will get a $100 prize to be presented at the tournament. Sorry, there is only ONE prize. Entries must be received by mail or email by 10/31/2012.
Here are a couple of Matt's solutions to get you started -
Mate by king e8.
1. f3 g6 2. Kf2 d6 3. Kg3 Kd7 4. Kg4 e5 5. g3 Ke8#
Can you do it in 4 moves?
Mate by pawn b7.
1. d4 c6 2. Kd2 Qa5 3. Kd3 Qa3 4. Kc4 b5#
Can you do it in 3 moves?
For the full list of mates with the number you are trying to beat, see below.
If no entry is received shorter than below, a consolation prize of $50 will be given for the most artistic (in the opinion of Matt Grinberg) solution of equal length.
The Number of Moves for Each Shortest Mate
1. Mate by bishop c8 - 4
2. Mate by bishop f8 - 3
3. Mate by king e8 - 5
4. Mate by knight b8 - 3
5. Mate by knight g8 - 4
6. Mate by Black playing O-O - 6
7. Mate by pawn a7 - 5
8. Mate by pawn b7 - 4
9. Mate by pawn c7 - 4
10. Mate by pawn d7 - 4
11. Mate by pawn d7 by en passant - 6
12. Mate by pawn e7 - 4
13. Mate by pawn f7 - 4
14. Mate by pawn g7 - 4
15. Mate by pawn h7 - 5
16. Mate by queen d8 - 2
17. Mate by rook a8 - 5
18. Mate by rook h8 - 5
19. Mate by bishop f1 - 4
20. Mate bishop f1 - 3
21. Mate by king e1 - 6
22. Mate by knight b1 - 4
23. Mate by knight g1 - 4
24. Mate by White playing O-O-O - 6
25. Mate by pawn a2 - 5
26. Mate by pawn b2 - 5
27. Mate by pawn c2 - 5
28. Mate by pawn d2 - 5
29. Mate by pawn e2 - 5
30. Mate by pawn f2 - 5
31. Mate by pawn g2 - 5
32. Mate by pawn h2 - 5
33. Mate by pawn e2 by promotion to bishop - 6
34. Mate by pawn g2 by promotion to knight - 6
35. Mate by pawn a2 by promotion to queen - 5
36. Mate by pawn h2 by promotion to rook - 5
37. Mate by queen d1 - 3
38. Mate by rook a1 - 5
39. Mate by rook h1 - 5
If you would like a file of Matt's solutions, just submit a request to him at email@example.com