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2014 Master Challenge #1 Quads

2014 Master Challenge #1 Quads


 Date: January 4, 2014

Location: 685 Linwood Ave. Atlanta, Georgia, 30306

Registration: Online.   No onsite registration.

Cost: $40 per player.

Prizes: 1st $120; 2nd free entry (future quad).

Format: USCF rated Quads (All players must have a current rating of 1800+)

Rounds: 10, 1 & 4. Players are allowed to begin early if agreed.

Time Control: G/90;d/5

Eligible: Current USCF Members.


NOTE: We will pick up the frequency of these events based on interest. Quiet environment with several food options located in walking distance. Chess equipment provided.This is a private playing atmosphere for those training for major events. Strict USCF rules will be followed.

June 29 Master Challenge #5


June 29 Master Challenge #5
64 Squares Chess Club presents the Master Challenge. 5SS, G/30;d/5, 64 Squares Chess Club, 685 Linwood Ave., NE, Atlanta, GA 30306. Open to minimum 1800 rating. Must have 1800 rating or above. USCF rated. EF: $40 online; $45 onsite. $20 for 64 Squares Chess Club Members. No checks onsite, Credit Cards okay. $$b/32: $200-100-50. u2200 $100, u2000 $100. Reg.: 8:15-8:45am. Rds.: 9,10:15,12:30,1: 45,2:45. One half point bye allowed during registration. ENT: frankjohnson@chess-coach.net 404-492-9039. INFO: Frank Johnson frankjohnson@chess-coach.net

Pay and register here.


More Chess

We will be playing chess around town. The Master Challenge will resume in May with new time control. Don’t forget to visit the Georgia Chess website for details on other events. http://georgiachess.org



Ironman Free Chess Club 1st and 3rd Tuesday each month, starts 7:00. Best club in GA for Scholastic players.

Church at Decatur Heights, 735 Sycamore Drive, Decatur, GA 30030.

Contact Coach Tim Brookshear 770-633-6718

 Map it!


Plycounter Electronic Score sheet Review




PlyCounter is an electronic score sheet designed to record chess games. Moves are entered on the touch screen that displays the board and pieces, using the included stylus. The algebraic notation of the last moves is displayed on the lower part of the board and the complete game notation is also available.

The Plycounter electronic score sheet is about the size of the old Palm Pilot PDA system and uses a similar stylus. The screen is equivalent to that of the average smartphone.

313798_489378931122867_1091540794_nThe Plycounter seen here on the left next to my old iPhone 3G.

The Plycounter has a sturdy feel to it. I initially considered getting some type of case for it but I no longer think there is a need. The screen is slightly recessed which keeps casual contact down to a minimum.

One of the early observations I had about the Plycounter is the simplicity of the device. There are no complicated features or buttons to get lost in.

I believe even the first time tournament director would have no trouble navigating around this device.

The device has been submitted to the USCF for certification and I would anticipate a rapid approval.

There is no reason why this device would fail the certification process, giving the past devices that have been certified.

One feature that is required by the USCF (United States Chess Federation), is illegal move allowance. No player wants to consciously make an illegal move, but since the rules dictate that you can receive no help from the device, illegal moves must be permitted.  During my tournament test, I found myself a couple of times trying to move a little fast. One time I tried to move for my opponent twice and skip my move. I don’t think that worked, however, it will let you drop a pawn almost anywhere you would like.

I have been looking into extra stylus options. I just feel like that the stylus is something that will get lost eventually. I found myself laying the stylus on top of the Plycounter between moves.525338_516405685077912_2124886772_n

I will probably end up getting one of those stylus/pen combinations from the office supply store or ebay.  I am sure they are pretty cheap now.

Another actual tournament experience using the Plycounter was during sudden death or less than 5 minutes on the clock. I am pleased to report that I was able to easily record my moves without scrambling.  This ability should greatly improve my personal game record keeping going forward.

I did not have any problems with the local tournament directors letting me use the device. Part of that acceptance could have been reputation however. I recommend that you read up on the USCF’s policy for electronic score sheets and be prepared to remind the tournament director that it is up to them. It helps to alert them to the fact that their is no chess engine or any other type of assisting technology in the device.  I would go as far as also letting them know that their is no wifi transmitting/receiving capability either.

558023_489336544460439_1035412764_n There are a couple of nice features built into the user interface of the Plycounter. The first is the colored box indicator letting you know whose move it is. This box is somewhat universal with chess puzzles. Also, the battery monitor is always visible, just in case you are getting low. Which brings up another important feature.  The Plycounter is not meant to be always on. You should take advantage of the button at the bottom of the device that will put it in sleep mode. Using the sleep button is critical to extending the rechargeable battery life.

The Plycounter is $199 and available via Plycount.com



Chess Club assistant needed (Part-Time)


64 Squares Chess Club is looking for a part-time club assistant. Must be responsible and available on the weekends.

Light duties include:

  •  Responding to emails/voicemails.
  • Opening/Closing club.
  • Assisting with payment processing
  • Selling small inventory items like chess sets and other manageable equipment.

You do not need to have chess experience for this position. The ideal candidate would be a retired person who doesn’t mind interacting with parents and children on the weekend. Strong patience is a must. Reliable transportation required.  We don’t expect this position to exceed 20 hours a week.

Please contact Frank Johnson 404-492-9039 or frankjohnson@chess-coach.net email preferred for initial contact.