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2009 U.S. G/30 and G/60 Chess Championships Conclude! Print E-mail
By Joan DuBois   
October 5, 2009
Official Press Release
October 5, 2009
Contact: Joan DuBois
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(Crossville, TN)
The U.S. Chess Federation's (USCF), U.S. Game 60 and U.S. Game 30 National Chess Championships once again were held in the northern Chicago suburb of Skokie, IL and at the chess centric venue of the Holiday Inn North Shore Hotel (which will also host the 2010 World Amateur Chess Championships). Each event was held over the course of a single day, allowing both national championships to be partaken in.

With the economy down and money tight, chess players still came out to support the event. While not drawing the record setting numbers (for these events) as in 2008, the Game 60 and Game 30 still drew 125 and 83 players respectively.

A new twist to the tournaments were a $20 'Just Play Chess' entry fee where chess lovers can come out and just play chess - no prizes and hence no pressure (well except for your rating!). College bound kids were also enticed to coming out to play as each event also featured a scholarship valued up to $36,000 to Texas Tech University, provided courtesy of the TTU SPICE program.

Our champions:

U.S. Game 60 National Chess Co-Champions - Jeremy Kane and Matthew Waller (both of Wisconsin)
U.S. Game 30 National Chess Co-Champions - Michael Auger and Bill Brock (both local Chicagoans)

In terms of the scholarships:

U.S. Game 60 - Gopal Menon of Grayslake, IL
U.S. Game 30 - Michael Auger of Chicago, IL

Final crosstables are located at:
G/30: http://www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain.php?200908234191
G/60: http://www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain.php?200908234191

The events were also covered in the print editions of the Chicago Tribune and the Pioneer Press.

Organizer of these USCF National Events was, Sevan A. Muradian - FIDE Arbiter and International Organizer North American Chess Association.

The United States Chess Federation (USCF), founded in 1939, serves as the governing body for chess in the United States and is now headquartered in Crossville, Tennessee. USCF is devoted to extending the role of chess in American society. It promotes the study and knowledge of the game of chess, for its own sake as an art and enjoyment, and as a means for the improvement of society. The USCF is a not-for-profit membership organization with over 80,000 members. For additional information on the USCF see: http://www.uschess.org.