NM Jon Burgess

Tuesday, March 9, National Master Jon Burgess started a lecture series at Evanston Chess Club. To make it most valuable to ECC regulars, he's lecturing on our games. While it might be fun (if occasionally baffling) to hear a lecture on what Magnus Carlsen's up to, it's even more fun to hear a master's take on a game played by someone you know, who plays closer to your level.

NM Burgess' first lecture featured two games by ECC organizer Tom Sprandel from the Rochester (MN) Grand Summer Open in 2008, as well as two of Jon's own games: a recent correspondence game, and a particularly sharp line against GM Yury Shulman. We are thrilled to announce that NM Burgess plans two more free lectures at the club: April 6, and May 4. Lectures begin at 7:15 p.m. and run about an hour.

We need your games! This is your chance to have a master go over your game. If you would like one of your games to be considered for the lecture, email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or drop it off to Tom Sprandel or Maret Thorpe at Tuesday evening chess club.

By Maret

Michael FailorMichael Failor was undefeated and untied in the Alpha Section of the February Swiss Groups. Second place went to Jiri Kabelac with 2.5/3.0 and third to Tony Christian at 2.0/3.0.

Mark ColemanBravo Section was won by Mark Coleman who also had a perfect 3.0/3.0. Second place went to Wayne Clark and Dan Griffin who tied with 2.0/3.0 each. Clark lost to Coleman in the final round and Griffin gave up two draws.

Charles WhippleAbe SunAbe Sun and Charles Whipple tied for first in Charlie Section drawing their final round match. They scored 2.5/3.0 each. Third place was shared by Sritej Vontikommu and Michael Wishner just half a point behind the leaders.


by Tom

Dmitri SergatskovDmitri Sergatskov, a class A player, overcame stiff competition to take first place in the January Rapid. He scored 4.5/5.0 giving up only one draw.

Sergatskov drew his fifth round game with Alex Bian. He defeated NM Eric Rosen in the third round and FM Aleksandar Stamnov in the fourth. Congratulations to Dmitri on an outstanding performance.


by Tom