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Lumen Christi Chess Club visits Jackson Chess Club

Lumen Christi members play a game at Jackson Chess Club

Lumen Christi members play a game at Jackson Chess Club

The Lumen Christi Chess Club came to visit the Jackson Chess Club. Around 6 or 7 members attended and enjoyed pizza and sodas. All in all a good time and lots of fun games. -Jimio

Things Are Looking Up

Anna and Sammy

Anna and Sammy

Anna and Sammy sharpening their skills for the next Tournament. Practice makes perfect they say, so its *Play Play Play* This is Jimio saying *Chess for Fun*

Anna, Brenden and Sammy win Trophies

The 3 Trophy Amigos

The 3 Trophy Amigos

Sammy’s Mom Stacy and Anna’s Mom Lisa took Anna, Brenden and Sammy to a Chess Tournament at Chippewa Middle School in Okemos Mi.
The Tournament Area

The Tournament Area

150 kids participated in this event. That is a great turnout. Ray Garrison organized and ran it. I have played Ray many times in Lansing, Ann Arbor, Detroit and other cities around michigan. He is a very strong player and teaches and coaches chess.
Brenden in Action

Brenden in Action

Brenden has a Excalibur Chess Clock with a unique “Hour-Glass” timer mode.
Sammy looks confident of the win

Sammy looks confident of the win

Anna writing down her move

Anna writing down her move

Gwen, Reuben and Joe also went to cheer the players on

Gwen, Reuben and Joe also went to cheer the players on

Some More Cheering!

Some More Cheering!

Brenden pondering a move

Brenden pondering a move

Sammy getting into his game

Sammy getting into his game

Brenden has it all figured out

Brenden has it all figured out

This Chess Tournament was not USCF [United States Chess Federation] Rated. The 3 Chess Amigos did very well in representing the Jackson Chess Club and many thanks to Stacy Way for the fantastic photos and for the info about the tournament. I’m sure our young Jackson club chess players will return to more tournaments in Michigan to bring home more Trophies.

Playing on a Giant Chess Set

They said they were going to crush each other. I guess who had the toughest voice wins.

They said they were going to crush each other. I guess who had the toughest voice wins.

Gario, Dougio and I were in Detroit a few days ago checking out the ice along the Detroit River but most had already melted, so we had lots of time to kill and headed over to the Motor City. We stumbled across this huge chess set so I figured I’d naturally take a few photos.
Gario in a GrandMasterly pose.

Gario in a GrandMasterly pose.

The chess pieces were made of a very durable plastic and it seemed they had some sand inside them to weigh them down so the wind would not knock them over.
Gario making a move.

Gario making a move.

Actually it was kinda hard seeing the entire position. I think a ladder to stand on would have helped me calculate my variations better.
Jimio prefers Knights

Jimio prefers Knights

We need a chess set like this in downtown Jackson. Maybe next to the Clock Tower. This is Jimio saying *Groovy Chess to All*

New Member of the Club

Julia

Julia

A new member came down to the club Thursday. Her name is Julia and she is getting energy from her chocolate ice cream cone. Anna is her opponent and giving her a few pointers on the game. In fact Sammy,Joe, Rueben and Gwen all joined in a kind of consultation match. This is Jimio saying *Chess for Fun*

Group Selfie

One Third of the Chess "Gang"

One Third of the Chess “Gang”

Getting these guys together is like pulling teeth but I somehow managed to get most of the club together for a kibitz session. I took 2 photos in case the 1 did not turn out and sure enough picture #2 one player was frowning and one player had his eyes closed. This is Jimio saying *Smile for Chess!* :-]

The World of Blitz Chess

Marc vs Gario

Marc vs Gario

Blitz Chess, sometimes called Speed Chess or 5 Minute Chess or 5 0 Chess [ 5 Minutes with 0 Increment added] is a crazy fun variant of regular normal chess. For instance in blitz chess you dont want to announce “check” because if your opponent leaves his king in check, you simply take it off the board and the game is immediately over, done for -Kaput! Actually there are even faster forms of blitz chess with shorter time controls of like 4 0 or 3 0 but when you get down to 2 0 chess its called “Lightning Chess” because your hands have to move like lightning to keep from losing on time :-] One nice thing about speed chess is you can run a big tournament and get a lot of rounds in since each game can only last a maximum of 10 minutes. Thats about 5 Rds per hour if you leave 10 minutes for setting up each board after the rounds. Another great advantage of blitz chess is you can play many games over and over to try out a certain variation or pet line you have been studying all week. The only problem is, blitz chess can tend to make it difficult to study the game in depth over the board due to the short time span. Some chess coaches frown on too much blitz chess for this reason. I say you need both blitz practice and long term slow chess playing for a proper balance. This is because even in long tournament games, you can still run low on time and then it turns into a blitz frenzy anyways! This is Jimio saying *Chess for Fun* and *Chess for Calculation n Focusing Ability”.


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