Evanston Chess Club usually holds open chess for high school age and over on Tuesday evenings. Problem is, this year Christmas Day and New Year's Day both fall on Tuesday. But we have a solution! For two weeks only, Tuesday night chess will migrate to...Wednesday night. That's right, you can come to the Levy Activity Center on Wednesday, December 26 and Wednesday, January 2 and play chess from 6:30-9:00 p.m. As always, sets are supplied and there is no entry fee. On January 8, we'll be back to our usual Tuesday night schedule. Look forward to seeing you all there.

Your trusty editor/organizer is ... delayed with the results from the November 3 Tri-Level. Here we go: And the winners are (drum roll) FM Albert Chow and NM Ken Wallach, tied for 3 points out of a possible 4 in the Gold Section. It was a day of draws: Wallach drew Chow and Expert Bill Brock. Chow drew Wallach and Brock. Brock and Vyto Vitkauskas were in second place with 2.5 points. Tough crowd.

In the Silver Section, Rahul Dhiman led the field with a perfect 4 points. Mike Wishner was back to in fighting form to take second place with 3 points.

Bronze Section winner Lorenzo Sampson also had a perfect score. Sampson's been on a roll lately, and this tournament boosted him up to a USCF rating of 1207. Say goodbye to the Bronze section. Adam Wallach (son of Ken) was second with 3 points, losing only to Sampson. (more photos here.)

What else, you ask? The first Tuesday in January will be Evanston Chess Club's sixth anniversary. We continue to meet weekly on Tuesday for open chess. People analyze, people play blitz, people play slow games. We have a good range of players. Our basic tournament schedule for 2012 is set: six regular tournaments booked every other month, plus our Braswell Memorial Blitz event on June 8 (see events page). We're still holding a monthly unrated blitz on the third Tuesday of the month, and someone always goes home with chocolate. I'm noodling on some other events for the "off months". A lecture? A different tournament format? Who knows? If you have ideas, send them to me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thanks for the past year go out to people who have helped. Michael Matek is our Blitz Director and closes the club most nights. Frank Lasch opens the club every Tuesday. Mark Jutovsky covers vacations when the rest of us can't make it. Thanks, guys!

by Maret

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Photos/Carola Sonder