Novato Checkmates will be hosting a 20-board simultaneous exhibition (simul) given by International Master Elliott Winslow at Sundays on Sherman, this Sunday July 14th.
Chess players of all ages and skill levels are welcome. Registration begins at 11am and the event will start at noon, with a short introductory lecture by Elliott. The simul is free!
Take a chance on winning or drawing an International Master! If you lose, no big deal. But if you win or draw...
See this link for the full list of activities at Sundays on Sherman:
So how does a chess simul work?
A chess simul consists of a chess player, generally at master-level or above, playing a number of people at once. The boards are usually arranged in a circle or rectangle. The master proceeds from board to board, making a move at each board. When the master again appears at a given board, his or her opponent must make a move. The master almost immediately makes another move and proceeds to the next board.
If the master’s opponent wins or loses, then the player drops out and that is one less board for the master to worry about. The pacing gets faster with the master’s opponents not having as much time to think. Things become very interesting...
So that’s how a simul works. It’s fun. So, fun and free. Please come and help ensure this event is a success. It is not the stereotypical slow chess game. Dramas unfold on each board and observers get to witness them. Just watching a simul is entertaining.
Elliott kindly came up with some biographical information about himself. I will only add that Elliott is a long-time and well-known member of the famed Mechanics’ Institute Chess Club in San Francisco, the oldest chess club in the USA. He has taught a variety of chess classes. Here’s more about Elliott in his own words:
“Let's see. I've been playing since 1959, but didn't start in tournaments until 1966. I made quick progress, was master in 1970 or so, but this was in pre-Sinquefeld Missouri, so there were no IM norms or anything remotely like that. It was only when I came out West, moving to San Francisco in 1979 or so, that I made more progress, even breaking 2500 in the 1980s. And I got my IM title via three round-robin tournaments (unusual then!), the last in 1985.
I've done many things in chess: playing, analyzing, some writing (but no book -- yet), editing: I was Assistant Editor of Chess Life a bunch of times in the 1990s -- I'd head off, my replacement would leave, I'd come back for however long it took Glenn Peterson to find another (if at all) -- it was a fun job, and my computer knowledge was also useful. I've directed a bit, but don't have certification, which I'll probably be getting this summer. I've become the ‘go-to guy’ for game entry, doing the weekly tournaments for both the Mechanics' and the Berkeley Chess Club.
“I didn't play for 15 or 16 years, finding myself caught up in backgammon; I was second in the World Championship in 1998, among other things. Just for the record, when people ask ‘Isn't that just all luck?’ I respond ‘Not at all! It's 55% skill, 40% luck -- and 20% math!’”
So come to Sundays on Sherman for an enjoyable afternoon, whatever activities you decide to participate in. Thanks!