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October 10: ACE CHESS Tournament in honor of National Chess Day: Clarion Hotel, Event Room, 120 Pershing Blvd, NLR, AR.  G/45, delay 5 seconds.
Registration time, Start time and round schedule - TBA
Entry: $30 for in State players; $25 for out of State players.
Prizes: based on 25: 1st overall - $150; 2nd overall - $100.  Class prizes, based on 3 per class:  Under 2000, Under 1800, Under 1600, and Under 1400 - $75 each. Unrated and Scholastic prizes - $75 each (based on 5). Upset prize $50.  
Director: Kenan Wright: acechess_sup@yahoo.com 817-933-7259  Details later


Aug 1st 5SS, G/45, d0. One day event.  Jacksonville Community Center, 5 Municipal Dr, Jacksonville, AR 72076. Room “A”  Registration starts at 9 am, first round at 9:30.  EF: $25.  Prizes 1st: $150.00 2nd $100.00 Class prizes based on 3 per class U2000 $75.00 U1800 $75.00 U1600 $75.00 U1400 $75.00. if there is a enough unrated players, may be a prize for them. Director: Kenan Wright: acechess_sup@yahoo.com 817-933-7259 

August 8,9: Arkansas State Championship: 5 SS, G/90 + 30 sec per move.
Crowne Plaza hotel,  201 S. Shackleford, Little Rock, AR 72211, 1-501-223-3000; Hotel chess rate: $79 but have to ask for chess rate before July 18! 

Prizes (b/50): $250-$150, A,B,C,D & below, $120 each class (min. 3 in class). Unrated: $45. Plaques for each prize.  EF $40 (by 8/6), $45 at door.  ACA membership required (available at site) unless a member of another state association.  Registration: Sat. 8:30-9:15.  Rds. 9:30-2-6:30, 9-1:15.  One ½ pt. bye.

Send advance entries to TD, Steve Paulson, 238 Paulson Lane, Melbourne AR 72556. 870-373-0150. d4d5c4@yahoo.com



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Arkansas State Championship a Success

Congratulations to a new EXPERT, Steven Bellisario (2052), who finished the 118th U.S. Open with 6/9, taking 1st place in Class A, and splitting the prize fund with one other A player. There were over 80 A players competing in the event, along with many GM, IM, FM in the total field of approximately 400 players. Overall, Steven finished 37th-64th with the others who also scored 6, all of whom were Experts, Masters or titled players except he and one other A player. Steven will receive $1500 for his first place in Class A. Congratulations.





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March 29-30:  Arkansas Open: Fayetteville AR


Congrats to Tony Davis, the 2013 Arkansas Champion!
Tony won the title on tie breaks this year.  He and Alex Wolf were the top Arkansas finishers with scores of 5. Ruifeng Li, of Texas, won the overall tournament with a perfect score of 6!





















2015 ACA Calendar 


 March 14: Urban Knights Classic Chess Tournament
Little Rock Arkansas Convention Center .  4 round swiss, game in 60 w/ 5 second delay.
$1,000 Guaranteed Prize Fund
 
Entry Fee: $30.00 if mailed by March 4th.
1st time rated tournament players entry fee: $25.00, if mailed by March 4th.
1st and 2nd round bye available if requested during registration.
3rd and 4th round byes must be requested before 2nd round.

Prizes: 1st Place: $300.00, 2nd Place: $200.00, 3rd Place: $100.00, Class A: $100.00, 
Class B: $100.00, Class C: $100.00, Class D, E, Unrated: 100, 

Reg: 8 am-9 am.  Round 1: 9:30 am, rd 2: 12:30, rd 3: 2:45, rd 4: 4:55.

Make checks payable to Tony Davis, 619 Brookside dr apt 19.
Little Rock, Ar 72205...For more info or questions contact Tony Davis at 501-744-4911 or Fletcher Graggs at 501-565-2205.

March 21-22: Arkansas Open
Mount Sequoyah Retreat and Conference Center, 150 N Skyline Drive, Fayetteville AR

5 round swiss, Game in 90 + 30 seconds per move.

Entry Fee: $40 (by 3/19), $45 at door.

Reg. Sat. 8:30-9:15.  Rounds: Saturday: 9:30 - 2 - 6:30, Sunday: 9 - 1:15.  One ½ pt. bye

Prizes (based on 35): 1st - $250; 2nd - $150; A - $120; B - $120; C - $120; D & below - $120.
Minimum of 3 in a class

Notice the change in venue! The Grand Magnuson Hotel (formerly Guesthouse Inn) went suddenly out of business, thus the change to Mount Sequyah.  There are no rooms at Mount Sequoyah so hotel accommodations will be separate from the playing site. 

Send entries and questions to: Les Kline:  cl_kline@sbcglobal.net      (479) 595-5720 
801 N. Rush Dr., Fayetteville AR 72701


May 15 - 17: 2nd Annual Little Rock Spring Open:5SS, G 40/110, SD/30, d/10

3-day schedule: Rounds 1-5 G 40/110, SD/30, d/10.

2-day schedule: Round 1-2, G/60, d/10. Rounds 3-5, 40/110, SD/30, d/10

Crowne Plaza Little Rock, 201 S. Shackleford, Little Rock, AR 72211,

1-501-223-3000; HR: $79-$79 (ask for chess rate before April 24). Free parking. Traveling from the Airport-take I-440 West to Exit 138A (I-30 East) to Exit 139B (I-630 West) follow approximately 7 miles to I-430 South. Turn right onto S. Shackleford Road off of I-430. Turn right into Hotel parking lot (approximately 0.5 mile).

EF: $40 postmarked by May 8th. $50 at site (no checks).  If first tournament, then $30 (preregistered) or $40 at site. Must have active USCF membership; available on site.


Prizes: Only one section. Open: 1st $350, 2nd $175, U2000 $125, U1800 $125, U1600 $125 and U1400 $75 based on 30 entries, else proportional. Takes 4 players to make a class. Unrateds only eligible for Open prizes. 
3-day schedule: Registration ends Friday 6PM, rounds: Friday 7PM; Saturday 11 AM & 5 PM; Sunday 10 AM & 3:30 PM. 
2-day schedule: Registration ends Saturday 10 AM; rounds: Saturday 11 AM, 2 PM & 5 PM; Sunday 10 AM & 3:30 PM.1/2 pt bye (limit 2) available before round 3. 

Entry: Ron Sanders Jr., 133 Sezanne Ct., Little Rock, AR 72223, roncsanders@gmail.com.

I need a fairly accurate count of who will be attending the tournament so please email me if you will be playing.  For those of you who will be travelling to Little Rock, please strongly consider staying at the Crowne Plaza hotel (the host hotel); again the deadline for the chess rate is April 24th.  If you do reserve a room for a night or 2, please let me know so I can keep track. Looking forward to another exciting tournament! :)



2016 ACA Calendar 

March 19 - 20: Arkansas Open: Mt. Sequoyah Retreat Center, 150 N Skyline Dr., Fayetteville AR 72701. Cabins at Mt. Sequoyah:  $70 (no tax) 1 King or 2 Queens.  Call 479-443-4531 or 800-760-8126 M-F 9-5.

5 round swiss; Game in 90 minutes + 30 seconds per move; 

EF:  $40 by 3/17; $45 at door; 

Registration: 8:30-9:15 am .  Rounds: Saturday -  9:30 am - 2 pm - 6:30 pm; Sunday - 9 am - 1 pm.

Prizes (b/35): $250-150; A,B,C,D & below $120 each (min. 3 in class); 1 half pt. bye Rds. 1-5 (requested before 3rd rd. pairings).

Chief TD: Les Kline: Contact info:  cl_kline@sbcglobal.net; 479-595-5720; 801 N. Rush Dr., Fayetteville AR 72701

April 16: Arkansas Scholastic State Championship: Batesville High School Cafeteria, #1 Pioneer Drive, Batesville, AR. 
K-8 winner is eligible to go to the Barber National Tournament
9-12 male is eligible to go to the Denker National Tournament
9-12 Female is eligible to go to the Girls Invitional National Tournament
More information later


April 23: 1st Annual Scarlet Chess Club Open:
Hosted by the Scarlet Chess Club USCF affiliate
Format: 4 round Swiss, Game in 60 with 5 second delay (G/60, d/5), USCF rated
Two sections; Open and Under 1600, sections may be combined for pairing purposes
One 1/2 point bye available if requested before the beginning of round 2
Round Times: 9:00, 11:15, 2:15, 4:30 (or ASAP after round 3 completes). Lunch break between rounds 2 and 3
Entry fee: $40 if registered by 4/16, $50 at site.‎
Prizes: $1000 prize fund based on 30 full-paid entries. ‎
Open: $300, $180, $‎ 120
U1600: $200, $120, $80
Registration: 
Advance Registration requested. Entry fees may be paid in cash in person on 4/23/‎2016, or checks (payable to Famous C. Taylor) can be mailed, to be received by 4/19/2016. Preference that all players must be current USCF members by 4//19/2016 and current through 4/30/2016. USCF membership can be processed online at uschess.org‎. Please check the USCF site for rates or contact TD for details for membership renewal or purchase on site.

Location: Comfort Suites, 3404 Access Rd, Jonesboro, AR
Phone: 870-336-2280
If anybody needs a room you must reserve your room at least 2 weeks in advance
Registration info can be sent to FamousScarletChess@gmail.com
Or
Famous C. Taylor, 2010 Parkside Dr., Jonesboro, AR‎
Please include name, address, phone, e-mail, USCF ID# and rating.
On-site registration begins at 8:00 a.m., first round at 9:00
TD: Famous C. Taylor 870-897-1616
Please bring set, clock, board, and score sheets.


 


2016 ACA Calendar 

March 19 - 20: Arkansas Open: Mt. Sequoyah Retreat Center, 150 N Skyline Dr., Fayetteville AR 72701. Cabins at Mt. Sequoyah:  $70 (no tax) 1 King or 2 Queens.  Call 479-443-4531 or 800-760-8126 M-F 9-5.

5 round swiss; Game in 90 minutes + 30 seconds per move; 

EF:  $40 by 3/17; $45 at door; 

Registration: 8:30-9:15 am .  Rounds: Saturday -  9:30 am - 2 pm - 6:30 pm; Sunday - 9 am - 1 pm.

Prizes (b/35): $250-150; A,B,C,D & below $120 each (min. 3 in class); 1 half pt. bye Rds. 1-5 (requested before 3rd rd. pairings).

Chief TD: Les Kline: Contact info:  cl_kline@sbcglobal.net; 479-595-5720; 801 N. Rush Dr., Fayetteville AR 72701

April 16: Arkansas Scholastic State Championship: Batesville High School Cafeteria, #1 Pioneer Drive, Batesville, AR. 
K-8 winner is eligible to go to the Barber National Tournament
9-12 male is eligible to go to the Denker National Tournament
9-12 Female is eligible to go to the Girls Invitional National Tournament
More information later


April 23: 1st Annual Scarlet Chess Club Open:
Hosted by the Scarlet Chess Club USCF affiliate
Format: 4 round Swiss, Game in 60 with 5 second delay (G/60, d/5), USCF rated
Two sections; Open and Under 1600, sections may be combined for pairing purposes
One 1/2 point bye available if requested before the beginning of round 2
Round Times: 9:00, 11:15, 2:15, 4:30 (or ASAP after round 3 completes). Lunch break between rounds 2 and 3
Entry fee: $40 if registered by 4/16, $50 at site.‎
Prizes: $1000 prize fund based on 30 full-paid entries. ‎
Open: $300, $180, $‎ 120
U1600: $200, $120, $80
Registration: 
Advance Registration requested. Entry fees may be paid in cash in person on 4/23/‎2016, or checks (payable to Famous C. Taylor) can be mailed, to be received by 4/19/2016. Preference that all players must be current USCF members by 4//19/2016 and current through 4/30/2016. USCF membership can be processed online at uschess.org‎. Please check the USCF site for rates or contact TD for details for membership renewal or purchase on site.

Location: Comfort Suites, 3404 Access Rd, Jonesboro, AR
Phone: 870-336-2280
If anybody needs a room you must reserve your room at least 2 weeks in advance
Registration info can be sent to FamousScarletChess@gmail.com
Or
Famous C. Taylor, 2010 Parkside Dr., Jonesboro, AR‎
Please include name, address, phone, e-mail, USCF ID# and rating.
On-site registration begins at 8:00 a.m., first round at 9:00
TD: Famous C. Taylor 870-897-1616
Please bring set, clock, board, and score sheets.


 



Here is a recap of our 2018 AR State championship by the numbers:

    3 sections

    3 states

  63 players

163 rated games

Record prize fund! $2100+

 

PREMIERE

An elite ten player section limited to A and above.

Welcome, and congratulations to our the new AR State Champion, NM Waldemar Ortiz a recent transplant to Centerton, Arkansas who had a clear first with 4/5.  Waldemar was thrilled with his engraved AR board and $525. Our two Arkansas masters, Waldemar and Bill Orton, resigning state champion, battled in round 3 for slightly more than 4 hours and ended in a draw. It was an end game only the late night TDs witnessed, but the game is posted on the ACA Facebook page for those wanting to see what they did while you went to bed. 

 

Second place overall in Premiere goes to Dennis Cummings of Hot Springs. Dennis took the 2nd place plaque on tie-breaks and a one third share of the second place ($300) and A class money ($200), which was shared with Thoshan Omprakash (NJ) and Joseph Holms of Little Rock. Dennis’ brilliant play in the final round stunned many of us watching his prowess at the boards, and with his visual impairment pulled out an amazing win against Joseph. Joseph was declared AR Class “A” Champion.

 

RESERVE was our largest section.

James Morgan of Lincoln, with 4.5/5, for clear first overall is Arkansas Reserve Class Champion. James came in as a “C” Class player and took 1st overall away from any of our top entered B class group, and James has jumped to “B” class in ratings now as the result of his strong showing!  His decisive win resulted in a $300 payday and the AR shaped bamboo board.

 

Caleb Taylor was clear 2nd place overall in Reserve to take home the award and $150 in prize fund. This was something I ADDED after the initial promotional flyer was created.

 

Class prize money was $150 per class in Reserve, along with a distinctive award for the top Arkansan.

Les Kline of Fayetteville shares “B” Class top spot with Jim Huang (OK) to split the class prize money ($75 each) and Les is our state “B” Class Champion for the award.

 

Jonathan Carlson of Fort Smith, and Ken Eddy of Summit shared the “C” Class prize money ($75 each) and Ken is C Class Champion for the award on tie-breaks.

 

D/u Class Champion is Nicholas Jaeger, who enjoys a big rating boost and jump in class for his solid performance which included an upset game (500+ pts) and clear first at 3.5/5 among the D/u players taking home the prize money ($150) and award uncontested.

 

Two newcomers, Christian Westbrook and Thomas Lee were playing their first US Chess tournament and were given samples of Chess Life and Chess Life for kids.

Thomas Lee, father to long time young AR player Kenneth Lee, jumped on the boards and was the top unrated finisher. Thomas came out of his first US Chess tournament with a rating of 1342.

 

KNIGHTS:

Twenty six players, including a contingent of men driving in from Joneboro’s Scarlet Chess Club. Overall nine adults and seventeen students of all ages elementary to high school competed.

 

Congratulations to Kyle Bellisario of Barling - the Knight Champion, on tie breaks over fellow competitors, Manu Garubelli of Little Rock and Riley Hart of Springdale each with 5/6. Manu was second place on tie breaks for the vintage knight trophies that accompanied the prize money the three young men shared. All three of these young players were F class, and topped over all the E class players to capture first. The Tournament Director rounded up in the three way split so they took him $65 each!

 

For the first time, Arkansas Championship has recognized E, F and G/u classes. There was $30 in Class prize money (4 minimum entries per class or prize fund adjusted) and an award:

 

Bryan Miller of Jonesboro, who is also the new President of CAAS, is Arkansas “E” class champion.

 

Justus Thao, Summers, AR, is the “F” Class Champion.

 

“G/u” prize money was shared between two girls: Alexandra Rivera of Barling and Kayla Weng of Little Rock. Both girls scored 4/6 and Alexandra won the tie breaks for the award.

 

There were nine unrated players in this section, both adults and students, some related to players in other sections making our championship friendly to families and multiple generations. The leader among this group for the Unrated award recognition was Tu Ngyyen.  She finished with 4/6 possible points.