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G/30 and G/60 Champs Set for Santa Clara Print E-mail
By FM Michael Aigner   
September 20, 2011
Daniel Naroditsky and a group of young Bay Area players who call themselves the "ChessPunks." Photo by Rob Wheeler  

A pair of U.S. national chess championships come to Northern California on the first weekend of October.  Participants may compete for the U.S. G/60 title on Saturday, October 1, or the U.S. G/30 title on Sunday, October 2.  Of course, true chess nuts seeking a wild weekend on the 64 squares can play in both tournaments, for a total of nine games.  Now that sounds like fun!

Adult players and juniors rated over 1000 compete in three divisions: Open, 1400-1799 and Under 1400.  The projected prize fund for G/60 on Saturday is $4000 (based on 117 full entries).  For G/30 on Sunday, it is $3000 (based on 88).  Kids rated below 1000 can enter a simultaneous scholastic tournament with trophies offered in two divisions: 600-999 and Under 600.  For full details, please print out the flyers:

https://www.bayareachess.com/events/11/usg60g30reg.pdf  (adults)

https://www.bayareachess.com/events/11/usg60g30kids.pdf  (scholastics)

Be sure to bring your digital clocks!  The time control will be G/60 d/5 and G/30 d/5, meaning no clock deduction for time delay.

Quite a few advance entries already arrived, with 69 players in G/60 and 38 in G/30.  Mail yours by Monday 9/26 or enter online by Tuesday 9/27.  Onsite registration ends at 9:30 on both days, with the first round scheduled for 10:00.  Save by entering both days: $20 for adults and juniors, $9 for the scholastic side event.

Watch out for the Bay Area's crop of seasoned juniors.  That 5th grader sitting across from you could be a master!  Moreover, three nearby elementary schools won national team titles in recent years: Mission San Jose dominated K-6 in 2009, Weibel shared top honors for K-3 in 2010, and Regnart muscled its way to victory in K-5 earlier this year.  Beware of the Chesspunks, standing at top of this article together with coach IM Daniel Naroditsky (middle) after a training session.

The championships are held at the Santa Clara Hyatt Regency, across the street from the Great America water park.  The venue is accessible by several freeways and by light rail to San Jose airport, BART and Caltrain.   Hotel guests enjoy a broad view over Silicon Valley, from Mt. Hamilton in the east to Moffett Field in the west.  Call 1-800-233-1234 or click on this link to reserve your room for $99/night.

BAClogo.jpgThanks to organizer Dr. Salman Azhar of BayAreaChess.com for bringing these tournaments to Northern California.  The directing staff is familiar to local players: NTD John McCumiskey and a trio of senior TDs: Tom Langland, Richard Koepcke plus Dr. Azhar.  In recognition of the first nationals in Northern California since 1994 (excluding scholastics), new USCF President WIM Ruth Haring will deliver the inauguration.

Future events: The US Class Championship also takes place over the first weekend of October. See details here. Later in the month, the U.S. National Junior Congress will take place next door at the Santa Clara Convention Center on October 29-30.  Make your plans now.  Trick or treat!

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