Friday, August 10, 2007

Continental Open 07 at Sturbridge

The tournament began yesterday actually, but tommorow is your last chance to join via 2-day schedule. The 2-day schedule goes: Reg Sat to 9 am, rds Sat 10-1-4-7, Sun 10-4:30. Sturbridge is approximately a 3-hour drive from New York City. Prizes are Open Section: $2500-1200-600-400, U2300/Unr $1500-700. FIDE rated, Under 2100 Section: $2000-1000-500-300, Under 1900 Section: $2000-1000-500-300, Under 1700 Section: $2000-1000-500-300, Under 1500 Section: $2000-1000-500-300, Under 1200 Section: $1500-700-500-300, Under 800/Unrated Section: Trophies to top 8.

Not bad at all. I like the way the classes were broken down, under1900 instead of under2000 and then normallly the under1600 follows that. But, one can't fully trust ratings and it is best to play like you're playing someone from the Open Section. Entry fee is a cool $130 at the site. On a personal note, for the second time, the wife is tagging along to the tournament. Great. This way, she does not feel that I have abandoned her for the weekend. The wife will be sightseeing and shopping with a friend while I try to win points. By sunday afternoon, everybody should be happy and ready to go home.


Blogger Jack Le Moine said...

I’m sorry I have to contact you like this but I can find no other way to contact you.

Announcing the first ever Chess Blog Carnival to be held on September 1, 2007 at my blog.

There are now thousands of carnivals on the web. Almost every area of interest has its own carnival. Except for chess blogs. Until now.

The advantages of having a chess carnival: (1) For bloggers – to showcase a sample of their work to the chess community; (2) For readers – to sample content from a wide variety of chess blogs in one place. A Chess Blog Carnival will also encourage quality work. If a blogger knows that his piece is being showcased right alongside pieces from the other blogs, then that serves as a motivator right there.

I don’t mean to be presumptuous in doing this. I just know that instead of complaining about nobody doing something, pointing fingers, and endless discussing, sometimes it’s best that someone just steps up and gets the ball rolling. That’s what I’m doing. If someone else wants to take over, then that would be fine with me. In fact, I need all the help on this that I can get.

First, hosting. The successful carnivals rotate blog hosts from month to month.

Second, publicity. The successful carnivals have a number of blogs who post an announcement on the upcoming carnival on their blogs and keep doing so each month.

Third, participation. Successful carnivals have a large sample of work from their blogging communities. Note here, bloggers don’t do any additional work. A carnival is not for original pieces written just for the carnival. A carnival is for work that has already been posted onto the blog.

I’ll try to contact as many blogs this weekend as possible. I’d like the initial roll-out of this venture to be as high quality as possible. Once people see what a chess carnival can look like, then they can have a better idea of what this is all about. Please help!

Here the link for further information on this:
That page includes a link to submit a post from your blog for inclusion in the carnival.

Jack Le Moine

8:22 PM  

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