Open Game Play

Open Chess Game Play: All ages and skill-levels welcome!

When: Every Tuesday evening 7:15 pm - 11pm (or so) * * * * * Where: Aurora Turners Club, 1335 Mitchell Rd., in the Banquet Hall, downstairs.

This is just north of Indian Trail, in Aurora, east of Lake Street, west of Farnsworth.

ANCC is affiliated with the US Chess Federation and the Illinois Chess Association.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

NO CHESS on 3 Jan!!



Sorry, but I will be unavailable to host.  I will be back for the following weeks meeting however!

Darin, for the ANCC

A great night!!!

Thank you everyone for coming out to ANCC last night and making it a fun night of chess. It was our biggest crowd in a bit.  I hope to see you all again soon.  Until then, happy trails, good luck in all your chess games, and in life.  Keep us at ANCC in mind, and don't forget to check the website often for any updates and such.

We had several people come back after a few weeks apart from us.  Some of you came back during winter break from University studies, and others after a short absence from us at ANCC.  You are all welcome, and we all appreciate your time and talents!

Darin, for the ANCC

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Annotated game ...!!

I have posted a game between Kyle and myself from last Tuesday night.  I asked Kyle for his annotations, and I have posted both his and my own thoughts on the game.  It was a good game, with dynamic play, up until the end.. but I don't want to spoil your reading!

If any of you other club members have games from club time, or other times, that you wish to post here, send them to me and I can post them to this site!  You don't have to have annotations, but those are welcome and encouraged of course, so the rest of us can gain insight into the 'behind the scenes' goings on!

Darin, for the ANCC.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Well wishes and BLITZ TOURNEY!!

...please enjoy this special time of year, and be safe.  I hope to see everyone at ANCC on this upcoming Tuesday, the 27th!

If we get a sufficient number of people willing to participate, I would like to have (simultaneously during regular club games/activities of course) a 5 min. Blitz tourney.  I still have the two small trophy left from this summers ill-fated tourney.  So, come on down and lets have an informal, no fee, Blitz tourney!!! 

We will start the first rounds at 7:30 pm.  I hope to have it be a round robin format.  However, if we do get too many people (that would be a great problem to have!), we will go to a swiss style tourney.  I do want each 'round' to be the best of 3 games.  I will decide if to allow ties (1.5pts/1.5pts) or not on site.  As mentioned before this summer for this tourney, we could also option it to be where black gets a little extra time, but a 'draw' is a win for white. 

Hope to see you all there, and talk of the wonderful celebrations from the previous week.

Darin, for the ANCC.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

thanks for a great night!

Thank you all for a fun night of chess last night.  I wish to say a special thank you, and 'welcome' to Will, for coming in for his first visit to ANCC!  Plus, a couple of guests that only get to visit a few times a year (my own kids), and the good games that they played.  Ryan, had not played in probably a years time, and showed some good retention on his 'best of three' games versus an ANCC regular. 

Also, I brought with me one of my own games, a 4 person chess game!  We had some fun with a few of us playing a few rounds of 4 person chess.  Interesting variation of chess!!  I will try to remember to bring that next week - actually, I'm sure my kids won't let me forget!  :)

One more thing.  My game with Kyle was a good, long hard-fought game, to which I blundered into a definite losing position at the very end when Kyle had approximately 1.5 min. left on his clock, to my approx. 5.5 minutes.  Such a sinking feeling when you play a complicated variation not known very well and with 'gut feeling risks' taken resulting in a fun game, and then ending it all with a silly blunder!  3 hours of fighting, and then, whoops!  Oh well!  I enjoyed the game, and will post this battle, hopefully with some comments of mine (and maybe Kyle's if he would be so kind to provide those) on the sister page on this site. 

Thank you all, and have a MERRY CHRISTMAS!  I will see you all next Tuesday, 27 Dec. here at ANCC... same place, same time! 

Darin, for the ANCC

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Join us tonight!

... for a bit of fun and camaraderie!

20 Dec. 11!

Darin, for the ANCC

Saturday, December 10, 2011

See you on the 13th!

Here is your official invitation (not that you need one!) to come on out, and join us for a night (or partial night if you wish :)  ) of chess and conversation between some great people.  Stay for an hour, or for for 5 hours!  I sincerely enjoy seeing all the people that do visit us at ANCC, and I believe all of us at the ANCC feel that way. 
For those that have not visited recently, come down and reacquaint yourselves as we have had some new members (your only a guest the first night! ;)  )  come in recently.  I hope those new members continue to enhance the atmosphere in ANCC.  If you have yet to visit, and are curious, please come on down, say hello, and play a game of chess with us.

We have a large base of players that have come in and you never know who will be in attendance on any given Tuesday night, save for Kyle and myself.  :)  We have some youngsters ( 6-8 yrs old), some teens, and then adults of every generation.  Please set aside a night in your schedule to enjoy an evening of intellectual stimulation as well as the company of others!

For the ANCC,

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Friday, December 2, 2011

Naperville Scholastic Tourney! (NOT at ANCC)


One of ANCC's club players family organized a non-rated chess tournament for players in grades K thru 8.

Here are the specifics!

Title:  Naperville Chess Challenge
When:  10 Dec. 2011
Time:  Registration begins at 8:30 am.  Round 1 at 9:30 am.
Where:  Community Christian Church-Naperville
Ages:  K - 8

Time Controls:  K - 3; no time limit.
                           4-5; G/30
                           6-8; G/30

Prizes:  Trophies will be given to top 3 winners in each section.

Tourney Fee:  $15.00 if confirm by email 
on or before 5 Dec. 2011, and $20.00 thereafter.  (email addy is if you can't click and email from the link)

Please bring your own chess set and clock.

Venue:  Community Christian Church.  1635 Emerson Ln, Naperville, IL  60540

...tell 'em Darin sent ya!  :) 

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Next meeting..

..will be this Tuesday, 6 Dec. I hope to see a large gathering to produce some great chess games, and have some good conversation!

Darin for the ANCC