2017 Norwich Chess Open
Otis Library - Sat., March 25
USCF-Rated.    Entry fee $30 cash at site only.
3-SS.    G/30 d5.   Register 10 am - 10:20 am.
Round-One at 10:40 am, Rounds 2 and 3 asap.
Prizes: 1st-$240, 2nd-$120 b/12, more/entries.
One section.       Open to all ages and ratings. 
Otis Library,  261 Main St. Norwich Connecticut

Open to players never a USCF member.
Register 11 am - 11:15 am.
3-SS, G/15 d5.  Top three win prizes.

Saturday, February 25, 2017


Free USCF-Rated Chess Tournament

23 Royce Circle, Storrs, CT 06268

Chess Open House

G/45 d5. 3-SS.  Register at site only 10:10 am - 10:30. Round One starts 10:30 am Sharp. Must be a current USCF member. Rounds 2-3 ASAP.

Please arrive prior to 10:30 to be included in round one of the tournament.  We will offer Free USCF-Rated games (also G/45 d5) up until 2 PM.

Chess is at street level in parking garage building.  Storrs Center Parking Garage  Free for first 2 hours,  $1/hour thereafter.

We are part of "Storrs Center" downtown district adjacent to UConn campus Rt-195 Storrs.  Plenty of restaurants within walking distance.

Please bring your equipment, especially a digital chess clock. If you don't have equipment we will have extras you can borrow.  

Please bring ear plugs as we have no control over any noise.   The room we play in is open to library patrons and the general public.

Nobody is required to play USCF to attend. All chess players are welcome to drop-in anytime for any reason. We close at 4 pm.

Rob Roy USCF Senior TD 860 742-5562. If we get a good turnout, and the host likes us, we will conduct more events here.

Thanks to Mansfield Public Library Express,  UConn Transportation, Windham Region Transit District, Peter Pan Bus Lines and LAZ Parking for making this possible.

Otis Library Chess Club
Wed. 5 pm - 8 pm
Otis Library, 261 Main Street

Otis Library reaches out to community members of all ages and filling the community center role after a local YMCA closed.

Rhode Island State Chess Champion Alan Lasser is a regular attendee. Players here prefer the G/15 time control, as it allows games with 3 different opponents each meeting.

Chris Scarborough and Geoff Hankinson

Tues. 5 pm
Bartleby's Cafe

Thurs. 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Westerly Public Library

Al Lasser and Michael S. Smith

Strongest two players at the club, they attend every week.

National Expert level

Connecticut Chess Magazine

We have tables near the library's magazines on the
front wall of the building, located in downtown Norwich.

It is bright and in view of the city sidewalk.

Norwich Chess Club extends hours

I was in downtown Norwich to attend the new chess club across the street.  I went into Mi Casa Mexican restaurant to grab a bite to eat, and obtain permission to use their dining room for chess after the library closes.

Veronica, my waitress at Mi Casa, was very friendly.   I knew how to pronounce the Spanish word for chess "ajedrez".  She is one of the owners, understood what I was asking, agreed it was a good idea, and gave us permission. 

So we now have the option to keep playing chess by simply crossing the street to Mi Casa restaurant. I explained that we will have our chessboards spread out, but we will also be customers.

So chess players please order at least one item, preferably when you first arrive. And please remember to tip the server so we remain valued patrons.

Free parking is available in several downtown lots.

Q:  Why do we never see Rob Roy in these photos ?

A:   He is the guy behind the camera.