Huron Chess Club meets Thursdays, except holidays, from 6:30-10:00 PM, at
Palmer Park Recreation Center, 2829 Armour Street, (NE corner of Garfield Street and Gratiot Ave…1 mile North of the
Blue Water Bridge) Port Huron, Michigan. Everyone
is welcome. Founded in 1969 the PHCC offers instruction, casual play,
nationally rated and locally related tournaments. Membership is not required to
play on Thursdays, but is required for tournament play. Membership fees are
$20/yr for adults; $10/yr for those under 19. The PHCC publishes a monthly
newsletter, Chess Chatter, which is available on its website, or directly
by contacting Lon Rutkofske at 810-388-9219. Learn to play, improve your game,
or just come in to enjoy the camaraderie. The club has a number of highly rated
players including two state champions if you might be interested in serious
play or even private lessons. All equipment provided. Website: http://porthuronchessclub.yolasite.com/
Petrosian Christmas Event
Scheduled for December 15th
2017 CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS
TO BEGIN JANUARY12TH
REGISTER WITH LON BY
JANUARY 5TH TO SAVE A SPOT!
Check December 2016 Chess
Chatter or Events Section
With the new year right around the corner it is once again time to plan for
the 2017 PHCC Championships. This year's format, based on entries will be a
round robin if there are less than 9 players, or a 7- Round Swiss System
tournament if there are more entrants. While a round-robin is preferable, the
Swiss System permits a more inclusive field, and adjustments will be made
accordingly. Because this year's tournament will once again be a "pay to play"
event, USCF and PHCC memberships are required. Additionally, all entries will be
by pre-registration only, so plan accordingly. Changes and details to the
tournament will be emailed prior to January 12th , with January 5th being the
registration cutoff deadline.
I am in the process of preparing the December issue of Chess Chatter and
want to include details regarding the 2017 PHCC Championships, but I need to
know how many are interested in participating. Right now I am looking to have
the tournament during the tentative window of January 12 - March 16th....but
format will be based on entries. My choice is for a round robin format, but if
we have an overwhelming turnout, I may have to change that plan, mostly because
I need to allow for makeup dates due to weather!. You can find the details
regarding last year's event on our website and look up the December 2015 issue
I am asking you to contact me as soon as possible so I can get an idea of
how many wish to participate by Chess Chatter's tentative publication date and
website posting date of December 22, 2016.
Morabito captures 2nd Turkey Gobbler
in 17th Annual Duncan Fete!
At the 11th
hour (In this case the 10 O'clock hour because the club closes then...) Matt
Morabito vaulted passed a pair of rivals to notch his second Turkey Gobbler's
title by solving one of the two-move problems cleverly crafted by Kenneth
Howard one of America's premier chess problem composers! This "fun type"
tourney created by club Co-Founder Bob Duncan designed with the "wacky
factor" typical of Bob, featuring a
variety of different types of chess challenges centering around effectively
creating an artificially level playing field through rating handicaps,
random playing assignments and radically constructed tournament events. Using PHCC Speed tournament ratings,
TD Lon Rutkofske attempted to keep the event on time, but time constraints
forced a reduction of the planned 3 round G/10 Random draw segment of the tilt
to but a single contest. Since the tournament was handicapped in a number of
unconventional ways, this was an unrated event, but performance ratings were
projected for the Handicapped Blitz segment, with surprising results as Chuck Heinrich blew everyone out of the
water by a full point and a half score and an 1855 performance rating...not bad
for being the lowest rated contestant!!In general, most took the event
in stride as good natured fun and everyone managed to score a point or two.
Here is hoping that everyone enjoys a wonderful Thanksgiving and we give thanks
for Bob Duncan's persistence in providing a host of challenging experiences for
members of the PHCC!
See the EVENTS Section for the latest
information on upcoming events!
December issue of Chess Chatter can be
found in Chess Chatter Section
Annual Dues for 2016:
Adult: $20.00; Under 19: $10