USCF Home Press ICC hosts online U.S. State Champion of Champions Tournament
|ICC hosts online U.S. State Champion of Champions Tournament|
|By John Henderson|
|March 17, 2009|
Internet Chess Club, in conjunction with the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, sponsors of the 2009 U.S. Chess Championship, and the United States Chess Federation is pleased to announce details of the upcoming 2009 U.S. State ‘Champion of Champions’ online tournament, the winner of which will go forward to play in the 2009 U.S. Chess Championship, May 7th through 17th in St. Louis, MO.
State champions from Alaska through California to Hawaii and from Maine through to New York and Florida will come together as one over the internet on Saturday, March 28th at chessclub.com for this unique online tournament, with the four qualifying conference winners going forward to the knockout finals on the weekend of April 4th-5th.
Apart from the attraction of one of the final spots up for grabs at what promises to be a memorable U.S. Chess Championship, in a spectacular new setting and with a prize fund exceeding $130,000, the winner will also receive the title of State Champion of Champions, a round trip ticket to St. Louis and a glass trophy designed by The Stained Glass Store of Des Moines, Idaho.
ICC has organized and sponsored this tournament four times now with great success on each occasion. Not only has it proved to be a popular event with all the players, but it also ably demonstrates that online chess and over-the-board chess can indeed be a perfect mix. “We have always looked at ways of bringing the virtual world of ICC into the real world of tournament chess,” commented ICC President Joel Berez. “And thanks to this perfect symbiosis with our partners at the St. Louis Chess Club and USCF, the State Champion of Champions event helps us work further towards that goal.”
Full rules and regulations for the U.S. State Champion of Champions tournament can be found here: www.chessclub.com/activities/
John B. Henderson
ICC Director of Chess Content