Opens and Tournaments in the Summer
Michael Rhode, Grandmaster
competitive chess players, summertime means the arrival of the
Open tournaments. The season officially begins with the Chicago
Open over Memorial Day weekend, followed by many warm-ups for
the ‘big one,’ the World Open in Philadelphia over the July 4th
holiday. Other landmarks on this summer’s tour are the Continental
Open in Los Angeles during late July and the US Open in Framingham,
Mass., during mid-August. Details for all these tournaments can
be found at the U.S. Chess Federation website, uschess.org.
For chess students, playing in an Open tournament is a major step
up from the usual scholastic competition. Opponents are usually
seasoned adults who have played for many years, and for ambitious
players, facing this tough competition is the best way to improve
Bill Goichberg of the Continental Chess Association ran statistical
comparisons of promising junior players and found that those who
consistently played up in open tournaments rather than racking
up title after title in scholastic events, ultimately reached
a higher level of playing strength.
The second annual Forest Hills Chess Tournament, to be held at
the Central Queens YMHA, (67-09 108th St.) on July 15, is a fun
event, a blitz tournament open to the public, featuring several
grandmasters. Both the entry fees ($20 to play; pay on site at
noon and expect to be there until 4 p.m.), and all other donations,
will benefit the American Cancer Society. The event also includes
a donated $450 prize fund for place and rating-based prizes, with
$50 scholarships awarded to the best under-18-year-old and under-13-year-old.
Please send any donations, payable to American Cancer Society,
to Mr. Alan Hackman; 61-61 Woodhaven Boulevard, Rego Park, NY
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