Sunday, October 20, 2013

McKinney Once Again Makes "Quick" Work of the Competition

Congratulations to Chris McKinney who took first place in ORCA's 2013 Fall "Quick Chess" Tournament in Mequon.  Chris scored 4.5 points out of 5 to lead the pack.  Joe Hernandez was a close second with 4.0 points.   The G/15, d3 time control gave rise to many exciting games, including one that was finished by the winner making a series of rapid-fire moves, each within the 3-second delay to avoid a loss on time.  The games were USCF Quick-Rated.

Three players (Peter Joachim, Wade Brooks, Jordan Beck) each earned a U1700 book prize.

Kudos to four players who tied for the top score in the Reserve (U1500) group: James Rockley, Al Buschmann, Tom Hudson and Steve Etzel. 

Complete results can be found here:

Thanks to those who donated their cash prizes to ORCA.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

ORCA Fall "Quick Chess" Tournament Scheduled for Saturday, October 19

Please join us on Saturday, October 19 for our Fall "Quick Chess" tournament in Mequon. G/15, d3.
The Ozaukee Regional Chess Association (ORCA) is offering an opportunity for chess players to play five (5) tournament games in one day at a reasonable cost.  Games affect your USCF Quick Rating only!

: 9:00 AM to 9:45 AM.
ENTRY FEE: $15 (both sections $3 less if registered before October 16, 2013). $2 discount for ORCA members. Cash or check only.  Make checks payable to “Ozaukee Regional Chess Association” or "ORCA".
USCF MEMBERSHIP: Required (payable at site). For more information, go to
FORMAT: Five Round Swiss System - Five Games in One Day -- USCF Quick-rated (USCF Membership Required). USCF rules apply (clock, touch-move, etc. but notation optional)
TIME CONTROL: G/15, d3 (each player has 15 minutes to complete the game).
Digital clocks preferred: Set at G/15 with a 3-second delay.
Analog clocks: Set at 15 minutes.
TWO SECTIONS: Open and Reserve (U1500) based on Quick Chess rating.
DUAL-RATED: Results will affect your USCF Quick Chess rating only.
PRIZES: Cash prizes to 1st and 2nd place in each section based on number of entries.
LOCATION: First floor fellowship hall at Christ Church.
ADDRESS: 13460 N. Port Washington Rd., Mequon, WI 53097
TD: Joe Hernandez. Pairings done using WinTD software.
EQUIPMENT: Chess sets and boards provided. Bring your digital chess clock if you have one.
5 ROUNDS: 10:00 am - 10:45 am - 11:30 pm - 1:15 pm – 2:00 pm
SITE: Christ Church, 13460 N. Port Washington Rd., Mequon, WI 53097
DIRECTIONS: I-43 to Exit 85 (Mequon Road) west, turn right (north) on Port Washington Road, 2.9 miles on right.  For more specific directions:
ENTRIES TO: ORCA, c/o Tom Hudson – 822 W Grand Ave, Port Washington WI 53074 or via email:
QUESTIONS TO: Tom Hudson – 262-284-1948 or

If you think you will be coming, please send an email to let us know in advance, even if you don't meet the deadline for the early registration discount.  It will simplify the registration process on the day of the tournament.
For more information about ORCA, including how to become an ORCA member, go to: