Ken Thomas has been a fixture of New Jersey chess for as long as I can remember. I personally played my first tournament at one of his Quads in Hackettstown, and I have always had good experiences at his events. So what better opportunity to offer our appreciation than by playing in his upcoming Grand Prix Swiss on his 75th birthday on Saturday, February 23rd at the Somerset Holiday Inn? Ken writes: "If you can’t play then stop by for some [skittles], maybe coffee and cake too." Registration is by 10 am. Besides the Swiss, Ken is running Under-1701 Quads and two scholastic tourneys. Here is the announcement:
"Happy 75th Birthday Ken" Swiss
February 23rd -- 15 Grand Prix Points
Somerset Holiday Inn, 195 Davidson Ave. Somerset NJ (exit 10 off I-287).
Grand Prix: 4-SS, G/45;d5. G$$: 250-150-100. And Guaranteed minimum $50 to top Expert, Class A, B, U1600 Only. No pooling.
EF: $30 online, entryfeesrus.com (where you can also see who has entered). $40 at site.
U1701 Quads: G/60, d5, EF: $20 at site only. $40 to winners.
Two Scholastic Sections:
Viking U1300 K-8: and U0700 K-8:
5-SS, G/30:d5, Trophies top 10.
EF: $18 online entryfeesrus.com; $25 at site.
Registration: Saturday before 10 am,
First Round: 10 am then ASAP wi/ lunch break.
Info: 908-619-8621, or firstname.lastname@example.org. W, WEB.
Save money with online entry fee deals.
1. If "Gang of 3" enters, the lowest EF will be refunded.
2. You may Play 3 times for 2 EF's. pay two highest EFs.
3. Join the Club $1 online only. Members get $5 cash refund at tournament.