Cowley Chess Club invites you to its 2016 Christmas Blitz Tournament, which will be held on Monday 5 December at Cowley Chess Club (at Rose Hill Methodist Church in the Main Hall downstairs), with Round 1 beginning at 7.15 pm. All chessplayers are welcome. During the evening we shall also be hosting the draw for the Frank Wood Shield team handicap competition, which will begin in the New Year.
There will be ten games in the Blitz (five rounds playing games with both colours, with five minutes per player per game). A cash prize of 10% of the entry fees will be an option for the tournament winner, with lots of other prizes of books, etc., including grading prizes, prizes for juniors in various age groups, for the best slow starter, etc. (see the club website for lists of prizes and prizewinners in recent blitzes). We rely on donations of prizes, not only chess books but also other (non-alcoholic) prizes, and these will be gratefully received.
Round 1 is scheduled to start at 7:15pm. Players who have not notified their entries in advance are asked to register by 7pm at the venue on the night, to enable pairing cards to be written and the first round draw to be completed promptly.
Prizegiving for the Blitz will be at approximately 9:45pm. (It will be possible for young juniors for whom a 9:45pm finish is too late to play in either two rounds [8:05pm finish approx.] or four rounds [8:55pm finish approx.] if this is arranged in advance.)
Entry fee: £3, to be paid when you arrive on the night. We will also be glad to receive additional donations for the Lester Millin Memorial Fund, which supports Cowley junior players.
To help us make a prompt start, please register your entry in advance if possible by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org giving the following information (or otherwise getting the information to Gerard O’Reilly):
Grade (Standard-play rather than Rapidplay if you have one):
Age at 1 September 2016 if under 18:
Finally, if the entrant is a junior who can play in only the first two (or the first four) rounds, please specify which:
Advance registration by email will be accepted until 3pm on Monday 5 December.