Upcoming May 2018 Daily Tournaments
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Upcoming May 2018 Daily Tournaments

Apr 12, 2018, 9:11 AM |

Hello everyone, it is has been quite a long time since I have written anything on my blog. I recently began organizing chess tournaments here on chess.com and wanted to start making monthly announcements for all upcoming tournaments that I am directing. And what better way to do just that than by using my blog. It is my hope that my tournaments will be fun and strong events for everyone to enjoy and improve their game.

Before getting to the list of the upcoming tournaments, I wanted to write a few words about the tournaments and what they are all about. The vast majority of the tournaments are memorial tributes to deceased chess masters, world chess champions, celebrities, and other notable Americans. Through these tournaments, I hope to keep their legacies alive for future generations to enjoy.

In addition to memorial tributes, there are zodiac and holiday-themed tournaments. All zodiac and holiday-themed tournaments will always be open to all chess players regardless of their rating. However, all memorial tribute tournaments will have a rating range imposed on them and players will have to check to see if they are eligible to enter those events.

Finally, I intend to organize these tournaments every year and to make them better every single time. I look forward to seeing all of you in these events for years to come. With all that being said, here is the list of all upcoming tournaments this month and for May:


1. 2018 Taurus Open – April 20th, 2018



This tournament is dedicated to all people who have Taurus for their zodiac sign. Taurus was the first sign of the zodiac established among the ancient Mesopotamians – who knew it as the Bull of Heaven – because it was the constellation through which the sun rose on the vernal equinox at that time. Due to the precession of the equinox, it has since passed through the constellation Aries and into the constellation Pisces (hence our current era is known as the Age of Pisces). The Bull represents a strong-willed character with great perseverance and determination.


2. 2018 Ella Fitzgerald Memorial – April 25th, 2018




This tournament is dedicated to the life and music of Ella Fitzgerald (April 25, 1917 – June 15, 1996), an American jazz singer often referred to as the First Lady of Song, Queen of Jazz, and Lady Ella. She was noted for her purity of tone, impeccable diction, phrasing and intonation, and a "horn-like" improvisational ability, particularly in her scat singing.

While Fitzgerald appeared in movies and as a guest on popular television shows in the second half of the twentieth century, her musical collaborations with Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and The Ink Spots were some of her most notable acts outside of her solo career. These partnerships produced recognizable songs like "Dream a Little Dream of Me", "Cheek to Cheek", "Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall", and "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)". In 1993, Fitzgerald capped off her fifty-nine-year career with her last public performance. Three years later, she died at the age of 79, following years of decline in her health. After her death, Fitzgerald's influence lived on through her fourteen Grammy Awards, National Medal of Arts, Presidential Medal of Freedom, and tributes in the form of stamps, music festivals, and theater namesakes.



3. 2018 Duke Ellington Memorial – April 29th, 2018




This tournament is dedicated to the life and music of Duke Ellington (April 29, 1899 – May 24, 1974), an American composer, pianist, and bandleader of a jazz orchestra, which he led from 1923 until his death in a career spanning over fifty years.

Due to his inventive use of the orchestra, or big band, and thanks to his eloquence and charisma, Ellington is generally considered to have elevated the perception of jazz to an art form on a par with other more traditional musical genres. His reputation continued to rise after he died, and he was awarded a special posthumous Pulitzer Prize for music in 1999.



4. 2018 Bing Crosby Memorial – May 3rd, 2018




This tournament is dedicated to the life and music of Bing Crosby (May 3, 1903 – October 14, 1977), an American singer and actor. Crosby's trademark warm bass-baritone voice made him one of the best-selling recording artists of all time, having sold over one billion analog records and tapes, as well as digital compact discs and downloads around the world.

The first multimedia star, from 1931 to 1954 Crosby was a leader in record sales, radio ratings, and motion picture grosses. His early career coincided with technical recording innovations such as the microphone. This allowed him to develop a laid-back, intimate singing style that influenced many of the popular male singers who followed him, including Perry Como, Frank Sinatra, Dick Haymes, and Dean Martin. Yank magazine said that he was the person who had done the most for American soldiers' morale during World War II. In 1948, American polls declared him the "most admired man alive", ahead of Jackie Robinson and Pope Pius XII. Also in 1948, Music Digest estimated that his recordings filled more than half of the 80,000 weekly hours allocated to recorded radio music.



5. 2018 Cinco de Mayo Open – May 5th, 2018




This tournament is dedicated to Cinco de Mayo, an annual celebration held on May 5. The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican Army's unlikely victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza. 

In the United States, Cinco de Mayo has taken on a significance beyond that in Mexico. In the U.S. the date has become associated with the celebration of Mexican-American culture. In Mexico, the commemoration of the battle continues to be mostly ceremonial, such as through military parades.


6. 2018 Phil Silvers Memorial – May 11th, 2018




This tournament is dedicated to the life and work of Phil Silvers (May 11, 1911 – November 1, 1985), an American entertainer and comedic actor, known as "The King of Chutzpah". He is best known for starring in The Phil Silvers Show, a 1950s sitcom set on a U.S. Army post in which he played Master Sergeant Ernest (Ernie) Bilko.



7. 2018 Wilhelm Steinitz Memorial – May 17th, 2018




This tournament is dedicated to the life and games of Wilhelm Steinitz (May 17, 1836 – August 12, 1900), an Austrian and later American chess master, and the first undisputed World Chess Champion, from 1886 to 1894. He was also a highly influential writer and chess theoretician.

Statistical rating systems give Steinitz a rather low ranking among world champions, mainly because he took several long breaks from competitive play. However, an analysis based on one of these rating systems shows that he was one of the most dominant players in the history of the game. Steinitz was unbeaten in match play for 32 years, from 1862 to 1894.


8. 2018 Max Euwe Memorial – May 20th, 2018




This tournament is dedicated to the life and games of Max Euwe (May 20, 1901 – November 26, 1981), a Dutch chess Grandmaster, mathematician, author, and chess administrator. He was the fifth player to become World Chess Champion (1935–37). Euwe served as President of FIDE, the World Chess Federation, from 1970 to 1978.


9. 2018 Gemini Open – May 21st, 2018




This tournament is dedicated to all people who have Gemini for their zodiac sign. Gemini is the third astrological sign in the zodiac, originating from the constellation of Gemini. Under the tropical zodiac, the sun transits this sign between May 21 and June 21. Gemini is represented by the twins Castor and Pollux. The symbol of the twins is based on the Dioscuri, one mortal and one immortal that were granted shared half-immortality after the death of the mortal brother (Castor).


10. 2018 Cornelius Vanderbilt Memorial – May 27th, 2018




This tournament is dedicated to the life and career of Cornelius Vanderbilt (May 27, 1794 - January 4, 1877), an American business magnate and philanthropist who built his wealth in railroads and shipping. Born poor and having only a mediocre education, Vanderbilt used perseverance, intelligence, and luck to work his way into leadership positions in the inland water trade and invest in the rapidly growing railroad industry. He is known for owning the New York Central Railroad.


11. 2018 Memorial Day Open – May 28th, 2018




This tournament is dedicated to Memorial Day, a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces. The holiday, which is currently observed every year on the last Monday of May, will be held on May 28, 2018. The holiday was held on May 30 from 1868 to 1970. It marks the start of the unofficial summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end. The holiday, from latest to earliest, is slightly more likely to fall on May 30, May 28 or May 25 (58 in 400 years each) than on May 27 or May 26 (57), and slightly less likely to occur on May 31 or May 29 (56).

Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day – Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, whereas Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans.