Our Most Recent Events... We were hoping to build off of our first week's numbers and we did for Tuesday, we had only six players at our first Tuesday Action and this week we moved up to eight players, that's a step in the right direction but we need to bring in 10 players to break even on the night. Still, this is a positive trend as more people learn about the Chess Center and what we have to offer. It seems that the rainy weather (aka, Winter in Tucson) kept some people from attending the club on our social nights (Wednesday and Thursday) and for our Friday Blitz we only had four rated players in the event. While there were a few social players that showed up we decided to refund the entry fees and run a double round-robin blitz so that some of the youngsters in attendance could get in some target practice. Saturday turned out much better. The rain went away and the players came in. We had 11 people enter the Play In The Center 1. We also had several social players stop by and at one point there were about 16 people playing chess. That's getting closer to what we envisioned that the club would be doing. The event resulted in a tie for 1st and 2nd between IM Alexi Dulger and Robert Keough. The U1400 prize resulted in a 3-way tie between Even Yin, Alliyah Asuncion and Nitish Bhamidipati - congratulations to all!
News in the making... We just started negotiations with the University of Arizona Chess Club to host their upcoming events against other college teams. It looks like the first of these would be in either late March but more likely some time in April. We are excited about this news as we can easily accommodate all the players from not just their first team but their second teams as well - it should be a fun event. We here at the Tucson Chess Center are big-time Wildcat Fans and would love the chance to help support our local school - more news as it comes in.
We are still working to bring in blindfold champion GM Timur Gareyev to town to hold a blindfold simultaneous display as well as a mini-camp around the first part of May 2018. We already have three people interested. The rate for playing in the simul is $100 (limited to 20 people), to attend the lecture/mini camp $75 (limit 40 people) and to attend both is $150 for current members. These rates will go up by $25 beginning March 1st. If you would like to attend follow this link and fill out our entry form.
The site two weeks ago
Present day - Imagine what the future will hold! Come join us at the Tucson Chess Center!
Opening Errors... We apologize to all that we have had some miscommunications while getting things rolling. This is the first business we have done together and the first of its kind in Tucson. We are working on better coordinating our website information with that listed on our events calendar as well as our TLA postings. There have been a few minor errors with this and we have put into place a plan to avoid these glitches. The Month Long Tournament will return for March. Beginning March 1st we will try to get the Month Long Tournament going, for March it will be a Five Round event which offers a big bang for the buck! Check our Events and Reservations page for updates. Group Lessons and Lectures. As many of you know, we are anxious to get things started with Group Lessons and Lectures but we have the problem of having only one large room at this time. We have ordered a sample of a room divider that we feel might work for our needs of separating the lecture/lesson area from the main playing area. If this works then we expect to have the rest of the divider panels to arrive by mid-March at which times we can move forward with our plans for lessons/lectures. It seems that most people are more interested in doing something during a day over the weekend or in the early evening (we had started with the idea of 5 PM but that didn't seem popular). If you have a child who would like to be in group lessons please Email Us the following details:
Title the email as "Lessons/Lectures"
Number of children interested with their age, grade and rating (or mark unrated)
What day and time would work best.
We cannot guarantee that we can get all people to match schedules but we want to give it our best effort. We do offer private lessons, the rates vary depending on the strength of the student as they will be assigned a coach of the appropriate skill level. However, we feel that group lessons would be the most affordable way for all concerned, plus, we want to encourage interaction between students. One of the reasons we wanted to start this chess club was to encourage interaction between players of all levels and ages, and so far that is working out. By having group lessons we can enhance that experience.