Saturday, February 17, 2018
Monday, February 12, 2018
Gert Hilhorst Quick Tournament, Feb 20, 2018
The NBCC has been naming its Quick tournaments in honor of members based on their longevity with the club. First in line this year is Treasurer Gert Hilhorst, or Gary as he cheerfully refers to himself in America, is one of the club’s most veteran members, having joined our community over a decade ago. This gentleman, however, was not new to the chess world prior to his membership in the club. One of the most traveled people in the NBCC, Gert is proud to hold memberships in chess clubs in Germany and in his birth country, the Netherlands, where two of our members had the experience of a lifetime visiting with Gert and his wife Holly in 2008. They treated our visitors to an enlightening Dutch experience. Months prior to the visit, Gert tried coordinating an international chess match between the NBCC and the Fischer-Z Chess Club of Amsterdam, but unfortunately that never happened. Maybe it will one of these days! With chess deeply rooted in his blood, shortly after moving to the United States, Gert formed a scholastic chess program in the Simsbury Public School System. Since 2008, Gert has worked passionately to expand and enrich scholastic chess in his hometown. Because of his steadfast efforts, the Simsbury Public Library Chess Club, where he has coached his son Eric, has become one of the largest scholastic chess communities in Connecticut. Beyond Simsbury, Gert, who is rated near 2,000 these days, has been actively involved in our club for years. As you all know, Gert is our club treasurer. He was elected to this position in 2015 after the tragic passing of his predecessor, Andris Strazdins, who had held the position for a record forty-two years. Gert has done wonders for the club in this major role. Gert is a very altruist person like Andris was, always giving of himself with his time and money. Ever true to his character, he will be sponsoring the prizes to the winners of his honorary tournament. The NBCC is proud to recognize and show appreciation to Gert Hilhorst for his amazing contributions to the enrichment of chess and for the warmth and generosity that he has bestowed to everyone in our family for so many years.
Weekly News February 10, 2018
This Week’s News Items:
Tuesday Round 4 of NBCC Club Championship
Training Class 6:15-7:00 this week - Intro to Smith-Morra Gambit
Gert Hilhorst Quick Tuesday 2/20/18
NBCC Club Championships Swiss Week 4 on Tuesday
Below is a link to the pairings for the Club Championships. Any cancellations must be made as soon as practical for the courtesy of your opponent. Note: Weather related announcements will be made by 5:00 p.m. and posted on the Website and/or Calendar.
Round 4 Pairings
Training class 6:15-7:00
NM Derek Meredith will be teaching this week, Introduction to the Smith-Morra Gambit vs. the Sicilian.
Saturday, February 10, 2018
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Sat. Feb. 24
2018 EASTERN CONNECTICUT OPEN
USCF-Rated Chess Tournament
Guaranteed Cash Prizes:
3-SS, G/60, d5. Rob Roy Chess Center,
3111 South St., Coventry CT 06238.
EF: $30 cash only. Reg: 10-10:15am.
Round One 10:30, Rounds 2 and 3 asap.
All in one section. Acceler. Pairings.
Free snacks and beverages all day.
No advance entries, No byes. USCF
Dual-Rated. 860-742-5562 (voice only)
We avoid pairing players from same
View announcement on USCF website
Monday, February 5, 2018
Saturday, February 3, 2018
Monday, January 29, 2018
I had to handle an emotionally-deranged man at my Jan 13 tournament. This is something that comes with the job of directing events open to the general public. I've also seen plenty of this behavior at the casino during my 12 years working as a dealer.
This emotionally-deranged man has a long history of harassing players, especially tournament directors. I also know that most of his stories are falsehoods, or bad situations he himself created.
Also, I've discovered some players have been staying away from my tournaments so as to avoid him (he's played in 6 of my events). I ask these players to please come back, and to know that he won't be here.
I have fallen victim to these type of people many times during my 42 years as a director. I re-evaluate my involvement with running tournaments. But then I recall all my friendships that would never have happened without chess.
As we head into our 3rd year in Coventry, I want to acknowledge my friends and volunteers; Liz Glick, (my girlfriend), who lets us use her house. Liz has also prepared many delicious lunches for us.
I thank Mark Denihan, a close friend of 40+ years, is always here and ready to help in many ways. I thank Mark Bourque, who runs the Thursday night club in Stafford Springs, grill cook.
I thank Derek Meredith and Joe Bihlmeyer, both national chess experts and teachers at the New Britain Chess Club, who are always willing to share advice with our players between rounds of play.
Regarding our "Connecticut Chess Magazine": I want to acknowledge our columnists: Alan Lasser, "Game of the Week", Norman Burtness, "New Britain Chess Club Weekly News", and Bob Cyr, Historian.
We became our state's official chess publication and so far have seen no benefit. We would like to publish more games, and more annotated games, but we have no funds that would enable us to pay anyone.
Our next tournament in Coventry is Feb 24, the Eastern Connecticut Open. I hope you can make it.
Yours In Chess,