2-26-2014 Good Afternoon Chess Fans! Hope everyone is doing well today. Got another update for us, REACT 4 was over the weekend and congratulations to Jim Watson who went 4-0 and won $80 for his performance. We had 18 players participate and half the field was award with at least their entry fee back. The crosstable is available here.
Finally, I would like to wish good luck to all of our scholastic players competing this weekend in the NC Scholastics, I will be up there working as a pairing TD for the K-8 and K-12 sections, and probably popping my head in to check with Gordan Ray and our other coach who will be handling analysis for the event.
That's it for me, have a great week everyone.
2-1-2014 Good Evening Chess Players! Hope everyone had a chance to enjoy the winter weather over the week. Every once in a while we get dealt some sour cards, and unfortunately that happen to us with our tournament we were planning on February 8th at D.H. Conley, with the students having exams, a set of teacher workdays and then 4 snow days we did not get the chance to meet with administration to book the tournament site for this event. After discussing with the host coordinator, we decided it would be best to cancel the event instead of proceeding forward with the tournament and having to scramble to make changes. I do encourage everyone to consider attending the event in Henderson, NC scheduled on the same day or attending our event in Raleigh, NC on February 22nd. Thank you for your understanding and we hope to have some news on our March event shortly. Have a great weekend everyone and hope to see you at an event soon. Sincerely, VB.
1-15-2014 Good Evening Chess Players! Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and happy new year! Got a bit of news today, not a lot... but some, from the SNOWBALL Open over the weekend. Congrats to the following winners: John Wehrenberg, Lyrica Handley, and Alexander Judd, who each won their sections. Crosstable for the event is available here.
12-22-13 Good Morning Chess Players! Got a few updates before the new year starts. Victor Beaman wins Christmas Blitz tournament on 12/18 finishing with a 4-1 score. Dan Thomas, Mark Miller and Alex King finished in a tie for second at 3-2. $100 was raised from this event to be donated to the girls scholastic this upcoming April. Update to the Snowball Open, we are in negotiations to have the event at Beddingfield High School. I have updated the form information to show that information as well now. The Girls State Scholastic Information is now available for the upcoming championship this year in Wilson as well as online registration and payment methods. We are still accepting donations for this event, so if you are interested in helping out. Please let us know. Thank you everyone for a wonderful year and we look forward to an even brighter 2014!!! vb
12-16-13 Good Evening Chess Players, and Happy Holidays to all! I hope everyone has been doing well lately. Got a few updates for us. First off, congratulations to Robin Cunningham and Matthew Rosen tying for first place in REACT 3 on November 30th with 4-1 score. We had 19 players show up and the action was intense as always. The crosstable is available here.
Next report is from the NC Closed Championship. Even though the turnout was low, ECC was represented by decently by some of our best players. LM Maurice Dana finished T-4 with a 2.5/5 score in the Open section, Victor Beaman was the biggest surprise with a 3.5/5 score in the U2000 section which was good enough to tie for 2nd. Gordan Ray managed to avoid losing any games by drawing the first 4 games and winning his final game to finish with a 3/5 score and tie for 3rd in the U1600 section. The crosstable for the entire event is available here. Finally, in the Christmas SPOT tournament winners were as followed: Chris Barns won the Open section with a 4/5 score, Josh Smith won the Under 1000 section with a perfect 5-0 score, and Graham Watts and Sam Lee tied for first in the U400 section with a 4/5 score each. The crosstable is available here.
12/18 Christmas Blitz at Barnes and Nobles, remember this year's event is too help fund-raise for the girls championship.
1/11 Snowball Open/Scholastic at the SPOT, Wilson, NC
2/22 REACT 4 in Raleigh, NC
That's it for now chess fans! Hope to see all of you on Wednesday at the Barnes and Nobles for the Christmas Blitz!
11-29-13 Good Afternoon Chess Players! I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. Want to share news about our latest tournament, congratulations to Bethany Ray who went 5-0 last Saturday to win the Thanksgiving Chess Tournament at D.H. Conley High School, we had 19 players. D.H. Conley won the K-12 Team trophy with a final score of 10.5/15 points. The crosstable is available here. Our Christmas Blitz tournament is scheduled for December 18th this year at the bookstore, and I would like to use this as a fundraiser for the girls scholastic tournament we are putting on in April next year. I'll have details for this event available at the next chess club meeting. That's all I have for today and I hope to see you at the REACT tomorrow!
11-9-13 Good Evening Chess Players, another update for all of you, we are working to get our thanksgiving scholastic tournament scheduled. I hope to have news by no later than Wednesday of this upcoming week. Our previous scholastic tournament had a turnout of 14 players with Bennett Houston and Charles Johnson taking a share of 1st Place with a score of 4/5 points. Crosstable for that tournament is available here. I hope to have news on the next REACT about our first one for 2014, with more dates being added soon. That's all I have for now! Hope you all have a great weekend!
11-1-13 Good Evening Chess Players! Sorry I haven't been on in a while to update... joys of being a super busy person you know! Congrats to John Smithwick who won the Ron Simpson REACT-IIon over the weekend of the 19th! John went 5-0 and won $155 dollars. Once again we had a very good payout with almost 60% of the players taking home some type of prize money. The Crosstable is available here. I've also have added a photo/video page for our tournaments, I will try to come up with better naming conventions moving forward for the photos, but for now, I'll keep it simple. :) Our final REACT for this year is scheduled for November 30th. I hope to have news by then about next year's tournaments... maybe looking at doing 4-6 depending on how scheduling looks with the scholastic side of things as well. Speaking of Scholastics, we recently have partnered up with the Wilson Chess Academy and have successfully won the bid to host the 2014 girls scholastic championship in Wilson. This is a great opportunity for us to grow chess in eastern NC and we look forward to having a great time and hopefully a turnout for the event. Finally, we are working on getting the next scholastic tournament set up for November 23rd. We are looking for a site in Greenville to do it at, so as soon as I have some news I will relay that along.
That's it for now from my, hope you all have a great night! See you tomorrow if you are coming for the scholastic tournament in New Bern, NC!
10-16-13 Good Evening Chess Playing Friends! National Chess Week is over and we have some folks to recognize. Congratulations to John Wooten, who won the Greenville Blitz tournament with a 5-0 score, Patrick Bounds who won the Retired Guys Tournament on Friday with a 3-0 score, and Bethany Ray who went 5-0 in the National Chess Day Scholastic Challenge! The next scholastic tournament (Fall Chess Festival) is schedule to be at West Craven Middle School on November 2nd. The Ron Simpson REACT-IIon is this Saturday. Come out if you have nothing better to do this weekend. That's all I have, hope all of you have a great week!
9-21-13 First, I want to say a few words about FM Ron Simpson, Ron was a wonderful guy to be around, I remember first meeting him at one of our Greenville tournaments and he grew right on me from the start. His passion for the game of chess was unmatched, he loved the game even willing to drive down from Raleigh to take on us simple folks. When I was directing in Raleigh, before my brief layoff, he was always the first player there, even sometime before I even got up there, and one of the last ones to leave. He was always helpful to any chess player that was willing to learn. We've had some fun conversions about family, and life throughout the years, and some very exciting games, he always came out on top, but the lessons were well appreciated. Ron accomplished a lot during his chess career, Fide Master, NC Champion, and was even a champion of our ECC Series. Ron, we hope you rest in peace, and we'll get to play again one day.
Now, onto other news, The National Chess Week is taking shape, we've decided to keep it simple and do 3 USCF events, 2 events will be open to all, with the last event scheduled for just our scholastic players. We will kickoff in Greenville with a Blitz Tournament on Wednesday, October 9th. Wilson, NC will be hosting a Friday event on October 11th, The Retired Guys Tournament, this is a 3 Round USCF Regular rated event. The venue is small so entry space is limited to 14 players. Finally, our last event is our scholastic Kick-Off, the National Chess Day Scholastic Challenge, which will also be held in Wilson, NC at the Spot. USCF Membership is required for all 3 event. Details for all 3 events are under the National Chess Week Tournament tab. If you have any questions, please e-mail Victor Beaman.
That's all I have for now, until then take care and keep on chessin'.
8-22-13 Good Afternoon everyone! Working on the website at the office today, our home internet has been acting up lately, so I figured, this maybe the easiest way to get our information up to date quickly. REACT 1 was a great success, not the turnout I was hoping for, but next time we hope to have more, there was plenty of room for at least another 6 boards to reach the 40 number that we wanted. Congratulations to Geoffrey Polizoti who outlasted the competition finishing 1st with 4.5/5 points score and winning $140 for the superb effort. The field included Masters Robin Cunningham, Maurcie Dana, and Jim Watson. Also, out of the 28 participants, 15 received a prize payout at the event, which always makes me happy when we can payout at least 50% of the field. The crosstable is available here.
I've added a bit of time between the rounds for the REACT, but we can start the last rounds early if everyone is ready.
National Chess Week is coming up on October 7th - 13th, and East Carolina Chess is diving in deeply to make chess happen across our network of chess clubs. We have events scheduled in Washington, Greenville and Wilson, with our main event probably schedule to happen in Greenville... Should have finalized details ready for all of you next week.
Also, we have added a link for our Chess partner, Amatuer Chess, which is ran by Rob Wilson, he is also our chess equipment vendor and has plenty of equipment for sell at fair prices and is located in the Raleigh/Durham market. He hopefully will be at our next REACT tournament on October 19th with chess equipment for sale.
That's all I have for this week, be on the lookout for our announcement of scholastic chess starting back up at IPU next week as well as the tournament announcements for National Chess Week. Until then, keep on Chessin'
8-10-13 Good evening everyone! Chess is back in action in Raleigh next weekend! I am excited that the REACT is coming up and we have 1 LM committed already, Maurice Dana will be driving up from the coast ready to rumble on Saturday. Maurice was the inaugural champion for East Carolina Chess and is one of the best chess players in the state of North Carolina, we are excited to have him coming. You can sign up by just clicking on the Online Registration link and fill out the necessary information, and you should show up on the registration list this will to save you money. Please just remember that you need to be there by 9:50 am otherwise, we may have to assign a 1/2 point bye to you, unless you call in advance on the start time. We really want to try and stay on schedule. Just as a side note, we do know from past experiences that the space with the Caraleigh Fellowship is limited, so please keep that in mind. I highly encourage preregistering to ensure your spot, normally we can fit about 50 players in there, but beyond that it gets very tight, so please keep that in mind.
Other news: We should be announcing our scholastic tournament schedule soon, so stay tune for that, as well as our scholastic chess classes that will be starting up after labor day.
I am also looking to do a special tournament package in celebration of national chess week, attempting to tie in all the local chess clubs in eastern NC. Details should be coming soon.
This is all I have for now, so please take care and see you at the REACT on the 17th.
7-1-13 Ok, so after the lack of attendance over the first part of the summer, we have decided to cancel the Saturday chess classes that are being provided. Thank you to those that have been attending, we appreciate your enthusiasm in coming. Chess lessons are available for those that are interested, please click on the chess lessons tab for more information. We'll be picking up scholastic chess classes again starting after labor day at our area chess clubs and hope to have our tournament announcements for the upcoming year soon.
6-22-13 Just want to send out a reminder for our scholastic players, since our scholastic clubs are off during the summer, we do offer Saturday study classes at Barnes and Nobles now from 10am - Noon. Come out so you don't get rusty with your chess playing over the summer.
6-3-13 Added in a couple of other small detail changes with the REACT. We will start to accept credit cards as well starting with this tournament, looking forward to it.
6-1-13 Good Morning Chess Players! We have some exciting news! Chess is coming back to Raleigh NC courtesy of East Carolina Chess. We are excited to announce the debut of the REACT (Raleigh's Exciting Action Chess Tournament) that is schedule to debut on August 17th! The tournament will be a 5-SS G/30 event at our favorite classic chess site. Caraleigh Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Details for the event are available in the sidebar.
In other news, after discussing with our Washington Chess Club Coordinator (John Wehrenberg) we are going to put the ECCO on hold for now. We just really dont have enough interest to make the event happen at this time.
Just a reminder: Wilson will be hosting a summer scholastic tournament series on the following dates at the Wilson Public Library: June 11th, June 18th, July 9th and July 16th. The games are schedule to be G/20 d5, and it is schedule for the afternoon from 1pm - 5pm.
Chess coaches in Eastern NC, please plan on taking 1 weekend afternoon on meeting for a summit to discuss our strategy and tournament planning for the fall. I know we are going to have to move around some dates since our first meeting. Just want to get some ideas out there, and I think it would be good to do something like that.
Finally, for our Greenville and Washington Chess Players, I am going to be working on trying to make some team matches happen over the next few months. Stay tuned for more details.
That's all I have for now, hope you guys have a great summer, as we'll be planning on coming out swinging in August!
4-14-13 Hello Chess Players! I hope everyone has been doing well. I have been fighting a bug off and on for the last month that I can't seem to shake, so that's why I haven't been on the scene lately. Spring has sprung and we have another scholastic chess tournament coming up at the end of the month on the 27th. Hope you kids can all make it, as it is our last schedule tournament during the school year. We have some other events scheduled by our friends in the Wilson/Rocky Mount area.
May 18th is the next Via Cappuccino tournament in Rocky Mount. It is a 5 round, G/20 tournament, unrated so it is open to all players. Cost is $5 if I remember correctly.
Wilson will be hosting a summer scholastic tournament series on the following dates at the Wilson Public Library: June 11th, June 18th, July 9th and July 16th. The games are schedule to be G/20 d5, and it is schedule for the afternoon from 1pm - 5pm.
In other news, I am working scheduling the East Carolina Chess Open, hope to have some news on that soon probably looking at the end of June or July to have that event.
Finally, I would like to send a congrats to Charity Handley who finished T-1st in the NC Girls Open Under 600 section on Saturday (4/13) and Lyrica Handley on finishing T-2nd in the Under 1000 section.
That's it for my updates for now, I hope all of you take care and I'll drop another update on everyone next month.
3-13-13 Good Evening everyone! I hope everyone is doing well. We have a lot of news since my last update, so let me just hop right into it.
The state tournament had a very great turnout with over 630 players participating in the event, a new record for the event. We were represented very well in the K-12 U1600 section with Patrick Bounds from Henderson taking 1st Place, Bethany Ray taking 5th Place and Nick Das taking 9th Place. James Durham snagged 1st Place Class E with his performance.
Overall our group did very will finishing about the 50% mark in scoring. Way to go kids!
**The event scheduled for Washington this weekend has been cancelled. Between a lack of interest, and myself having to work Saturday, I figure this would be for the best. We've had a lot of tournaments in the area lately, so it makes sense that this should be a down time.
Our next scholastic tournament will be on April 27th. Can Bethany Ray make it 3 in a row? Will the youngers at Iglesia Pentecostal Unida defend their team title? Details will be available soon under the ECC Springtime Chess Tournament.
That's it for me... I'm checking out for now. Take care everyone, and we'll see you at a tournament soon.
2-10-13 Hope everyone has been doing well lately. I've decided it's time to make our group, a bit more of an organization. I am not going to be around to run it forever, so we need to make sure that we have supplies and equipment for whoever becomes the next man up. So starting this year we are encouraging players to join ECC to help support the growth of Chess in Eastern North Carolina. This will help us offset costs in the future for running chess tournaments and purchasing supplies need for our chess clubs.
Some of the goals I have are as followed:
-Supply sets to our main club playing sites so players can go at any time to play chess. We'll probably set up a check-out which requires the individual to hand over an id of some type to have use of our equipment.
-Help lower the cost of running in house tournaments.
-Improve advertising methods for our USCF tournaments.
-Hopefully to the point that we are paying out 100% at all tournaments.
-Have the ability to help support our lower income scholastic and adult players with offsetting costs of USCF memberships and major tournaments.
-Offset major expenses with USCF, mainly affiliate expenses per year.
-Plan by 2015 years to have 1 USCF Grand Prix tournament, probably will be the ECCO.
-Support playing team matches and against other chess clubs in North Carolina.
Membership is optional, but we encourage people to join to help out, discounts to tournaments are available if you join. Check it out!
Adult: $10 per year
Scholastic: $5 per Year
Family: $13 per year
Please let me know if you have any questions about our changes and I will answer them as best as I can.