Minutes were recorded by Mark Flowers, secretary.
Minutes of the Illowa Chess Club meeting held Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Vice President John Beydler opened a meeting called to elect new officers.
Attending:George Meister, Roger Stanfield, Rick Rector, Ed Reedy, Roger Kromphardt, Luis Peralta, Brian Archibald, Ben Nordick, Gary Nordick, Mark Flowers, Isaac Newton, Don Bruemmer, Artur Mueller, Joe Willett, John Beydler, Micah Gilbertson, Ryan Gilbertson
Nominations for President were opened. Beydler nominated Killian for a new term. Rector seconded. Meister nominated Gary Nordick, Flowers seconded. Gary Nordick was elected on a hand vote 8 to 6.
Nominations for Vice President were opened. Stanfield nominated Beydler, Bruemmer seconded. No further nominations were made. Beydler was elected on a hand vote, without dissent.
Nominations for treasurer were opened. Gary Nordick nominated Rector, Ben Nordick seconded. No further nominations were made. Rector was elected on a hand vote, without dissent.
Nominations for secretary were opened. Kromphardt nominated Flowers, Rector seconded. No further nominations were made. Flowers elected on a hand vote, without dissent.
Officers will serve a one year term.
Discussion: Should we change pairing system to standard swiss only? No motion.
Discussion: Should we use incremental time control part of the time. No motion.
Discussion:Should we change the number of open months? No motion.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
Club to offer free one-year trial memberships to IASCA for eligible club members - club wants to encourage newer players to get out there and play
In the interest of encouraging all our newer and less experienced players to play in outside tournaments, the club elders have decided to institute a policy that might help reduce the financial burden of playing in Iowa tournaments that require IASCA membership (the state chess organization) to play.
IASCA promotes chess in Iowa, publishes a quarterly newsletter that features games by Iowa players and provides news about upcoming events. They also maintain a website that publicizes upcoming tournaments.
IASCA also sponsors the annual Iowa Closed Championship. One qualifies for that tournament by earning "Qualifying Points" when playing in Iowa tournaments that offer Qualifying Points. If a tournament in Iowa is advertised as a "Qualifier" or "Mini-Qualifier" or a "Grand Prix" event, IASCA membership will be required to play. That's where your chess club will come to the rescue.
The requirements for a “free one-year trial membership” would be these:
The player would be reimbursed by the club for his IASCA fee (or we would pay it for him for one of our own annual tourneys).
So we hope this helps a little in getting you out into the Iowa chess scene, play some new faces, and gain valuable tournament experience.
May you have White for all your games!
Kevin Megill thanks club members
The club received the following e-mail from Kevin Megill this week:
Thank you, Kevin. And we hope you play again soon. In fact, you have no idea how much some players want you to play again soon...
New pairing method proposed - proposal to go back to USCF standard pairings with option for Reserve section
Due to the growth of the club with a terrific influx of beginning players, it has been proposed that we return to the standard USCF pairing method (top half of same score players against bottom half) rather than our current method (adjacent rated same score players paired).
In addition to that, with all the beginners we now have, we have enough players to have a Reserve section tourney in parallel with the Open tourney. The Reserve section tourney would be only for players below a certain rating, e.g. below 1200, but any player could play in the Open section if he wanted.
Points earned in the Reserve section would not count toward the Club Championship, since they would be points earned against weaker players than points earned in the Open section. However, we could start a Reserve section ladder for those players like the one we have now.
Please send your comments or questions on this proposal to me.
We will also discuss this at our next meeting, so please come at 6:30 if you want to talk about it. Unless we need more time to think it over and discuss further, we will probably vote on the proposal next Tuesday.
Volunteer needed for chess at Family Museum - club looking to re-establish Saturday chess in Bettendorf
I've been getting a lot of e-mails from people who are looking for a place where their kids can play chess or where adults can just play casual chess.
Therefore we're investigating whether we can start our Family Museum skittles (casual chess) up again. The hours are every Saturday afternoon from 1 PM to 2:30 PM. We currently have three volunteers to open up and shut down. With one more, it would mean a commitment of one Saturday a month. We will send out a schedule so the volunteers would know exacty when they will be needed.
If you can do it, please e-mail me so we can get this started.
Luis Peralta led the charge for our club at both the January Tornado in Peoria and at the Cedar Rapids Leatherjackets tournament. Luis finished 3rd of 23 in Peoria with 3 points in a 4-round tourney. He finished 8th of 47 in Cedar Rapids, getting the same score as he did in Peoria, also in four rounds.
Also representing our club well in these tournaments was Joe Willett, Don Bruemmer, Jim Robinson, Rich Rector, and Fidel Vallejo.
Great going, guys. Let's keep hitting the outside world now and then and bring back some rating points that the rest of us can try to get
Club Elders decide on tiebreak procedures for Club Championship qualification - info on breaking ties for the precious No. 6 spot
It appears that this year there is a good chance that there could be a tie for the Number 6 spot to qualify for the Club Championship. Therefore the club officers have decided that ties will be broken as follows:
Good luck, guys!
Tiebreak proposed for monthly tourneys - would give victory to player without half-point bye
I would like to propose a tiebreak method for our monthly tourneys that I feel would eliminate a small degree of unfairness.
Suppose that two or more players tie for first at the end of the monthly tourney with 3 points each. But one of them played all 4 games, while the other two each took a voluntary 1/2 point bye during the month.
I propose that the player who played all 4 games should be declared the clear winner and receive the full prize without sharing it with the other players. The logic behind this is that he EARNED all 3 of his points, whereas the other players only earned 2.5 of their points because they were given a free 0.5 points without having to play for it.
That's exactly what happened in our February '08 tourney. Flowers, Killian, and Bonzon all tied at 3.0. But Mark played all 4 games, whereas Roman and I each took a 1/2 point bye. It seems only fair to give the clear win and prize money to the player who played all his games and received no free points.
And of course this only would apply to the voluntary 1/2 point byes. It would not apply to full point byes because they are assigned to a player involuntarily, whereas a 1/2 point bye is not.
All other ties, e.g. all tied players have a 1/2 point bye or all played all 4 games, would not be affected. The players would all share the title and prize as we do it now.
So that's my proposal. Please let me know what you think.
Clover Public Library sponsors exhibition with Illowa Club members - will pay expenses in order to promote chess
Clover Public Library, located in Woodhull, IL, about halfway between the Quad Cities and Galesburg, is sponsoring us for a chess event to be held by the library. We are being asked to provide some elementary instruction to the patrons, and to play some informal games.
The library is willing to pay our expenses for the drive.
If you are interested in coming on Saturday, June 7 to do this, please let me know.
Reminder - only 5 will play for 2008 championship - 4-Tuesday January sets number at 5
For the last three January's (2008, 2007, and 2006), the month has had 5 Tuesdays, which allowed up to 6 players to play in the round robin format. In 2009, however, January is only a 4-Tuesday month.
This will set the limit for the 2008 club championship at 5 players, one less than we've been used to.
So be forewarned! The competition this year to get in the 2008 Club Championship will be tougher!
Does chess really imitate life? - an insightful letter to Chess Life refutes the cliche´
The following letter appeared in the December 2007 issue of Chess Life magazine. Because I'm also familiar with poker (thanks to two sons who play), I thought this letter was just too good to go unnoticed. If you'd like to send me comments on it, I'll publish them here, too. So here it is.
Beydler leaves them in the dust - 4 straight wins put Championship out of reach for all contenders
John Beydler clinched the 2007 Club Championship title Tuesday night by defeating his closed contender, Roman Bonzon. With the closest contender 1.5 points behind and only one round remaining, John has won the 2007 Club Championship.
2007 was a bad year for record book winning streaks. In 2006, there were no less than three winning streaks that were entered in the books, the last one being Tom Seeley's incredible 14-game streak of May - Sep 2006 (10-0-4).
Finally, someone broke the ice. Roman Bonzon put together two good months in 2007 to achieve a 7-game streak with a 5-0-2 record in Sep-Oct. We hope there are more of these in 2008.
Machalek checks in! - thanks club for sympathy card, but warns "I will return"
I received the following e-mail from Sid last week:
"Just a quick note to thank everyone for the card and let everyone know I'm thinking of them. I miss the comraderie and competition. I hope to be back in March, or April at the latest. Tell everybody hi, and tell Pfeiffer next time I kick his xxx. I guess I still have a sense of humor, in spite of it all."
We look forward to having you back, Sid.
Welcome, Josh Stalsberg - ambitious young 8th grader defies club members to beat him
Josh Stalsberg, a young 8th-grader from Port Byron, has entered the January side tourney and will be trying out his skills this month. Last week, Artur helped him with keeping score and getting used to the clock.
Welcome, Josh, and we hope you enjoy the world of competitive chess!
It's OVER! - Bonzon takes #1 in King of Hill competition - Mital falters in year's penultimate round to give Bonzon the win in photo-finish
It came down to a photo-finish. With only two rounds left to play in 2007, Joe Mital needed two wins to tie Roman for the title of King of the Hill, 2007. But in the penultimate round, he fell to spoiler and current 2006 club champion, Don Bruemmer.
With that, Roman finishes a remarkable year, establishing himself as the most dominating player of 2007 in the Illowa Chess Club. Congrats, Roman!
Below are the tie-break methods that will be used to break any ties in the club championship. This is the same procedure we had in place for the 2005 championship.
The first three bullets below are the standard methods of breaking ties for round-robin tourneys as specified by the USCF rulebook. The remaining bullets describe methods that will only be used if the USCF methods do not break the tie. These methods will use the club results over the 11 monthly tourneys to break the tie. These are preferred over, say, a blitz playoff because 1) blitz is a different kind of chess than we play; and 2) we are using a player's actual club performance over the year to break the tie.
If there are any players tied at the end of the club championship, the tie will be broken as follows: