The Port 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/
2829 Armour Street
Port Huron, Michigan 48060
Austin Webb hoists his first ever chess trophy - and it's a grand one at that!
West controls his own destiny as final rounds of the 2017 PHCC Championships approach.
Tony West seems determined to secure his second PHCC Championship crown as a 6th round showdown looms with 5 Time Champion Alan Gregg. With a half point lead over Gregg, it would take a total collapse on his part to stymie his seemingly overwhelming momentum as he looks to complete a clean sweep in the 40th rendition of the PHCC's premier event!
The top heavy cohort featuring 5 entrants with ratings over 1800 represents a stronger than usual cluster, making an undefeated result a rigorous proposition indeed. That being said, a quick perusal of the game scores illustrates less than stellar play, and yet it seems as if Tony has been immune to the "blunder mania" plaguing the remainder of the field! While the trend favors the front-runner, as usual, it's the finish that counts! Stay Tuned!
Round 5 Patial Results:
See Game scores in 2017 Championships Section
See the EVENTS Section for the latest
information on upcoming events!
February Issue of Chess Chatter
available in Chess Chatter 2017
Newcomer Josh Muir leads the field in the 2017 PHCC Novice Tournament
In a second concurrent novice event, SC4 student Josh Muir has taken a commanding early lead in the inaugural winter tournament with the majority of its participants new to the club! With father and son team of Don and Liam Best representing Sarnia, Gerrit Beneker serving as houseman, the trio of R.C. Barnes, Jeshuah Mitchell and Jared Sergent round out this intrepid crew participating in their first ever PHCC chess event!
The tournament features a 7 round, double-round robin event with G/30 time controls. Because this is a novice event, keeping score was not required and Lon figured that the increased anxiety caused by using a chess clock for the first time would be enough distraction and add an unnecessary variable to the learning curve of any novice!
Thusfar the Point Scores are as follows: Josh Muir = 8.5;Gerrit Beneker = 7; Jeshauh Mitchell= 2.5, R. C. Barnes = 2; and 1 point each for Liam Best, Don Best, and Jared Sergent. All Games need to be completed by March 9th at 9:30 PM.
PHASD/Phil Willard MemorialTournament Scheduled for March 25th - See Flyer Below
Needed: PHCC volunteers for the
PHASD/Phil Willard Memorial
Tournament on March 25th
Once again the Evon Rodriguez has asked for PHCC to volunteer and lend support and expertise to this year's 21st tournament. Please let Lon know if you can attend and help. We would need to be there by 8:00 am on Saturday morning. See the flyer on the final page of this issue!
Annual Dues for 2017:
Adult: $20.00; Under 19: $10