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Chris Baumgartner, 9985 Linda Ln Apt 2E, Des Plaines, IL 60016 Phone: 847-609-2987 Email: email@example.com
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G/90+30Sec, 9-RR (10 players, everyone plays each other once)
FIDE & USCF rated. 1 Game Friday night, Sep 10, 2 each Sat & Sun 10am-3:30pm
EF: $50 to non-FIDE, free to FIDE rateds (unless 1st event, then $50)
Anyone who obtains their FIDE rating at this event gets to play in the next RR free.(Space permitting)
Info: Chris Baumgartner, 9985 Linda Ln Apt 2E, Des Plaines, IL 60016 Phone: 847-609-2987 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Here's the lineup:
FIDE William Blackman
FIDE Bill Brock
FIDE George Stone
FIDE Dusan Tutush
Mark Robledo Jr
Round 1: 1-10, 2-9, 3-8, 4-7, 5-6
Round 2: 10-6, 7-5, 8-4, 9-3, 1-2
Round 3: 2-10, 3-1, 4-9, 5-8, 6-7
Round 4: 10-7, 8-6, 9-5, 1-4, 2-3
Round 5: 3-10, 4-2, 5-1, 6-9, 7-8
Round 6: 10-8, 9-7, 1-6, 2-5, 3-4
Round 7: 4-10, 5-3, 6-2, 7-1, 8-9
Round 8: 10-9, 1-8, 2-7, 3-6, 4-5
Round 9: 5-10, 6-4, 7-3, 8-2, 9-1
Stone-Tutush 1-0, Robledo-Cohen 0-1, Brock-Tan 1/2-1/2,
Penway-Vecanski 0-1, Delay-Blackman 0-1
Tutush-Blackman 0-1, Vecanski-Delay 1-0, Tan-Penway 1-0,
Cohen-Brock 0-1, Stone-Robledo 0-1
Robledo-Tutush 1/2-1/2, Brock-Stone 1-0, Penway-Cohen 1-0,
Delay-Tan 0-1, Blackman-Vecanski 1-0
Tutush-Vecanski 1/2-1/2, Tan-Blackman 1-0, Cohen-Delay 0-1,
Stone-Penway 1-0, Robledo-Brock (delayed until 6/11)
Brock-Tutush 1-0, Penway-Robledo 0-1, Delay-Stone 1/2-1/2,
Blackman-Cohen 1/2-1/2, Vecanski-Tan 0-1
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
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Monday, February 8, 2010
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Tuesday, July 14, 2009
This is a blog run by two of the main organizers/players in Wisconsin, FM Alex Betaneli and NM Ashish Vaja. They will be publishing information about the local chess scene in Wisconsin, the National Events that they bring to Wisconsin, like the US Junior Championship and US Junior Closed Championship. There are contests, games, and eventually the site will feature material from GMs. It is worth looking into.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
We will be holding the 8th edition of the FIDE Futurity series. Due to some scheduling conflicts, we have moved the tournament from Aug 14, 15, 16 & 22, 23 to Sep 18, 19, 20 & 26, 27. The site is Angelo Young's Touch Move Chess Center. Spectators are welcome.
Schedule: Friday, Sep 18 7:30pm, Sat Sep 19 11:00am-5:00pm, Sun Sep 20 11:00am-5:00pm, Sat Sep 26 11:00am-5:00pm, Sun Sep 27 10:00am-4:00pm
Round 1 1:10 2:9 3:8 4:7 5:6
Round 2 10:6 7:5 8:4 9:3 1:2
Round 3 2:10 3:1 4:9 5:8 6:7
Round 4 10:7 8:6 9:5 1:4 2:3
Round 5 3:10 4:2 5:1 6:9 7:8
Round 6 10:8 9:7 1:6 2:5 3:4
Round 7 4:10 5:3 6:2 7:1 8:9
Round 8 10:9 1:8 2:7 3:6 4:5
Round 9 5:10 6:4 7:3 8:2 9:1
Player order was picked at random:
1. Jeff Britt
2. Chris Wood
3. Dan Dugovic
4. Daniel Parmet
5. Tommy Ulrich
6. Christopher Baumgartner
7. William Blackman
8. Dimitrios Kosteris
9. Larry Cohen
10. Brian Villarreal
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
The only drawback was I had to be on my feet for about 12 hours a day on a concrete floor. It got to be a little painful! I met the famous Ed Labate. If you don't know who Ed was, he was one of THE FIRST people to publish Informant style tournament reports in the 70s and he ran a mega chessclub in California up until the early 90s. He is now terrorizing the Ohio countryside. I saw many old chess friends and made a few new ones. Three of my co-workers flew over from London. I also got to meet the owner of The London Chess center, etc., IM Malcolm Pein. He is a delightful man. He looked at a few games of people who came into the bookstore at no charge! He took the staff out to dinner every night! It was work, but it was enjoyable work. I will post a few pictures a little later. The best ones are the ones my co-workers took of me being silly, not knowing they were taking my photo. The thing I am most proud of is District 103 took 1st place for 2nd & 3rd graders!! I am one of the coaches of their chessclub. Cheers!
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
One of the down sides to organizing events is when the participants, well, don't participate! I had two guys who didn't play their schedule in the latest installment of the tournaments I am running. I find it hard to believe why they don't understand they should play their entire schedule. 1. They said they would. (but everyone knows a chessplayer's word isn't worth anything, right?) 2. The event looks very strange when it is submitted with a bunch of zeros. Some people might think there is some funny business going on. 3. Most important to me is the other players came to play! I find it VERY RUDE when you make the others players sit there waiting for a game that will never happen. It saddens me when someone gives their word, then they don't follow through.
I have no choice but to ban the follow players from ever participating in Round Robin events I host: Isaac Braswell and Daniel Jones. They are welcome to play in any Swiss events I organize.
If you play in a Round Robin event, play all the games or don't play. It's as simple as that.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Florention Inumerable won this event with 7/9. I am sad that not all players completed the schedule so, the tournament did not yield completed FIDE ratings for the participants. When someone drops out of a Round Robin, FIDE rates the tournament as a Swiss. The non-FIDE rated players now have 4 rated games against FIDE opposition and require 5 more FIDE-rated games to get their FIDE rating. Maybe it wasn't a complete lost.
The playing field:
1.Florentino Inumerable FIDE 2174
2.Larry Cohen FIDE 2055
3.Chris Baumgartner FIDE 1875
4.Dimitri Kosteris FIDE 1821
5.Isaac Braswell 2089 USCF
6.David Nordahl 1959 USCF
7.Alex Strunk 1948 USCF
8.Daniel Jones 1898 USCF
9.Jeff Britt 1715 USCF
10.Virgilio Forro 1690 USCF
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Another View of the Fireplace
If you are looking for a chess adventure, North Carolina is the place for you! I have attended about 11 out of the 22 Land of the Sky tournaments. Wilder Wadford, organizer, always puts on a great show. I saw a few of my fellow Illinois players here: Larry Cohen, Anthony Gasunas and Ken Marshall. There were 2 GMs, Alex Ivanov and Sergey Kudrin. Also, IMs Bryan Smith, Emory Tate, Kirill Kuderinov and Tim Taylor (who has recently written two very interesting books for Everyman). I have included a few photos to give you a feel of the site.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
I took a trip to the 4th addition of the Okie Chess Festival. I found out that my IA (International Arbiter) Frank Berry (right) and I (Chris Baumgartner, left) both had served in the 82nd Airborne Division. Hoorah!
okie chess festival link
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Ivan Wijetunge stopped by and took a picture of the outside of the club. Ivan's site: http://www.gettingto2000.blogspot.com/.
I started out the tournament badly. Anthony Parker is a tough player and the Monrois were acting up. I went down quickly and badly. (Can anyone say fish?) I got serious after that. Florentino Inumerable finalized his FIDE rating. Anthony Parker scored his 1st FIDE Rating Norm! Congratulations to both of those guys! I really appreciated how we started out with the idea of 8 players and it grew into 12! This was mostly due to the efforts of IM Angelo Young. I am happy to support his chess club. I hope it stays open for many years to come.
Here is the playing field:
Jeff Dixon USCF 1820
Florentino Inumerable USCF 2034
Mehmed Covic USCF 1800
Anthony Parker USCF 2052
Daniel Parmet USCF 1767
Yaodi Hu USCF 1568
Jeff Britt USCF 1792
Greg Shapiro USCF 1637
Sam Devenport 1929
Angelo Young 2367 International Master
Larry Cohen 2055
Chris Baumgartner 1792
Young-Dixon Round 5
Parmet-Cohen Round 5
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Time Control: G/90 + 30 Sec increment
Players: 4 FIDE, 2 Non-FIDE per section
1.FIDE 2239 Aleksander Stamnov
2.FIDE 2381 Angelo Young (Replacing Robert Loncarevic)
3.FIDE 2022 Larry Cohen
4.FIDE 1785 Chris Baumgartner
5.USCF 1859 William Blackman
6.USCF 1811 Jon Bonwell
1. 1-6, 2-5, 3-4
2. 6-4, 5-3, 1-2
3. 2-6, 3-1, 4-5
4. 6-5, 1-4, 2-3
5. 3-6, 4-2, 5-1
Tournament Crosstable FIDE
Round 1: Stamnov-Bonwell 1-0, Young-Blackman 1-0, Cohen-Baumgartner 1-0
Round 2: Bonwell-Baumgartner 0-1, Blackman-Cohen 0-1, Stamnov-Young 0-1
Round 3: Young-Bonwell 1-0, Cohen-Stamnov 0-1, Baumgartner-Blackman 0-1
Round 4: Bonwell-Blackman 1/2-1/2, Stamnov-Baumgartner 1/2-1/2, Young-Cohen 1/2-1/2
Round 5: Cohen-Bonwell 1-0, Baumgartner-Young 1/2-1/2, Blackman-Stamnov 0-1
William Blackman achieved his 1st FIDE rating norm! (by beating CB)
Cohen-Baumgartner Round 1
Blackman-Cohen Round 2
Bonwell-Baumgartner Round 2
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
It is now history. It was a success overall. We had 2 IMs, 1 FM, a sizeable amount of players and one participant achieved his first FIDE rating norm. The downside was that the event lost about $300. So, let me do a little fund raising. If you like international competition in the Midwest, please send anything you can. Even $5.00 would help. What I promise you is I will put the money back into a few ideas I've been kicking around. First, the Monroi device. I would like to transmit the events on the internet, but the investment for the equipment is sizeable. I also would like to provide chess sets, so the players don't have to bring them. Providing appearance fees helps attract IMs and GMs. Lastly, I would like to give away T-shirts to those players that achieve their FIDE ratings. Thank you for tolerating the fund drive, but I can't continue to spend my own money for long, but as a community we can build something special.
This event was not about Chris Baumgartner, either. This event would not have been possible without the support of many people. I wish to thank the staff of the Southwest Chess Club. They shared their wonderful space and they gave their time and energy. Tom Fogec was the spearhead of their team. If I held the checkbook, Tom held the rulebook. Allen Becker was our computer guru. Robin Grochowski came to my aid on the blog forums and served as Assistant TD. His son, Andrew and David Sagunsky helped to set up and break down the event. These guys are awesome and I couldn't have asked for a better team. Jim Coons provided the DGT demonstration board! I think everyone enjoyed that. Ivan Wijetunge posted the event on his site beforehand and provided information to the internet beast during the event. (Sorry I couldn't do it, but I'm not the best multitasker-I had to watch all the details. And a player didn't have an opponent in the first round, so I wanted him to have a game. It is only right, I hate to pay money to sit around at a chess tournament; chessplayers come to play!) And we can not forget the players themselves! Ashish Vaja stopped by and donated $100 to first prize bringing it up to $400! Thank you to the two IMs who said they wanted to support FIDE chess in the midwest. Special thanks goes out to Sevan Muradian and International Arbiter Frank Berry who supplied invaluable technical information and support!!! Some people get it and some talk trash.
Mesgen Amanov 4.5 1st-2nd $325 each
David Sagunsky 3.0 1st & 2nd U1800 $83.33
Steve Richardson 2.0 1st & 2nd U1600 $75 each
Walter White 2.0 U1400 $75
Joe Hall-Reppen Biggest Upset $50 Monico-Barros_Hall-Reppen
Friday, February 22, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
I established a partnership with google to display chess ads on this site. Please click on these links for great offers. Every click pays us. I pledge to funnel this money back into FIDE tournaments.
Lastly, I am negotiating with Monroi to have their devices for use at my FIDE tournaments and to have them available for purchase.
I would also like to thank Maret Thorpe who supplied some graphic work gratis. She was very kind to support this venture. Here is her link if you need any graphic work done:
It is possible for sponsorship in chess. We need to show that we offer a value to the vendors who would partner with us. Thank you for your support.
Friday, February 1, 2008
Why should you get a FIDE rating? I agree with the sentiment, why get out of bed in the morning? Why climb a mountain? Because it is what you want to do. The FIDE rating must be EARNED. When you play USCF you can lose every game and get a rating. This is NOT so with FIDE. You are forced to perform. You must earn it. There was a time it was very difficult to earn even a rating. The minimum rating was 2000. FIDE finally realized there was a vast market untapped and so they relaxed the requirements, but there are still requirements nontheless. The FIDE rating is recognized at ANY ORGANIZED TOURNAMENT ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD. You have an opportunity to "start over" if you would like. Are you 1500 USCF? Maybe if you work hard, you can start off at a higher point with FIDE. Maybe you will start at 1800. How many times in life do you get a do over? The tournaments are held to a higher standard, the rules are more strict. The forfeit for the cell phone ringing came from FIDE and was adopted by USCF. I hope that gives you a few reasons to want a FIDE rating. But no one can give you desire.
And another poster added that the time control is different. FIDE was smart to adopt the Fischer add time option. You get 30 seconds with every move. Gone will be the days a higher rated can't outplay you in the position, but tries to "clock" you. This difference will have a dramatic effect in game quality. If you play 60 moves, you are basically playing G/120 (minutes) Thanks for the feedback!
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
There are people like EVANSTON chess who just contacted me. I believe that for every nay sayer out there, there are 5 other people who want to make our past time better and more respectable. I appreciate you! It is a lot of hard work to be an organizer. I organized events in Chicago for 5 years in the mid-90's. I have run about 6o+ tournaments of various sizes. I got burned out for many reasons. I returned to organizing because I saw a need where I could provide a service. I can not tell you how many people make me feel that this is the right decision! I thank each and every one of you!
Let us remember we decide our fate. We will make chess respectable by our actions and words. We need to take ourselves seriously for the general population to take our organizations seriously. I see a lot of fighting off of the chess board. KEEP THE FIGHTING ON THE BOARD!! You don't have to like your fellow chessplayer, but you should learn to respect them and find a way to work together. Because the present situation keeps us in an amateur mentality. Chess does great things. I have been to more places, and met more people I would never have met without the beautiful activity that is chess. I love chess and I salute everyone else who loves chess too!! When you love something, you show your love! We need to work together. Please, our future depends on it. Thanks again for the encouraging words, Evanston chess, you don't know how your kind words helped lift my spirits!
Thank you to Arlen Walker with Wisconsin Chess Association for posting our first tournament on WisChess website!
Thank you to John Flores in Minnesota for posting us on their site!
Monday, December 10, 2007
You have to play 9 rated FIDE players.
The 9 games are divided into 3 groupings of 3 games. None of the games you play will count until you achieve AT LEAST 1 point in your first grouping of 3 games. Then in the next grouping of 3 games you need to score 1/2 point. In the third and final set of 3 games you need only score 1/2 point again. For example, I played 2 FIDE rated tournaments. The first tournament I did not get 3 FIDE rated players. No rating norm. The second tournament I got 4 FIDE rated opponents, but only scored 1/2 /4. No rating norm. In my third FIDE tournament I FINALLY scored 1 1/2/5 FIDE rated games. I now have 5 FIDE rated games because I scored the norm. Now I need 4 more FIDE rated games. With the next set of 3 games I play, I need only to score 1/2 point. THEN, I get a FIDE rating! Here's another way you could achieve your FIDE rating. You play in an event with 9 FIDE rated players. You score 2/9. The requirements are 1 point, then 1/2 and then one last 1/2 or 2 total. In that one tournament, you achieved the requirements you need. Sounds confusing? It can be. If you want more details, go to the FIDE website where it all becomes as clear as milk. Good Hunting!