North Market Organic Swiss Monday, Sep 17 2007 

Ten area chess players decided to test their brains against one another in the North Market rather than spending time outside enjoying the sunny fall day. John Stopa, the highest rated player, won the four round swiss without getting nicked and took home $80. My game against the Master made him think. Two back-to-back mistakes, however, led to his third round win. I positioned my knight for a combination instead of first castling. Then, I proceeded to move my King away from an attacked piece instead of holding on to it as long as possible. My three other wins gave me clear second place, although the prize money was based on class. Jim Dohnal, Brennan Blackburn, and Murray Weber split the $40 prize money for those Under 1600. Dan Benway and Tim Jenks shared the $40 for top Under 1200. Playing rated games is an important way to improve one’s chess.

63rd Ohio Chess Congress Tuesday, Sep 4 2007 

The 63rd Ohio Chess Congress was a six round chess tournament held at the Dayton Chess Club over the Labor Day Weekend. About 100 chess players participated in four sections directed by Riley Driver. Carl Brandon Boor claimed top honors as the Ohio State Chess Champion in the Open section of 29 players. He tied for first place with Mark Heiman from Pennsylvania. Both players met in the fourth round in a game that was drawn and they each drew one other game. Drew Hollinberger from Indiana was the top finisher in the Under 2000 section of 32 players. He also had a 5-1 score that included two draws. My record of 2.5-3.5 included a last round bye so that I could work my regular Monday evening shift. James Lake and Alan Du topped the 22 player Under 1700 section with 4.5-1.5 scores. Daniel Jones won the 18 player Under 1400 section with 5.5-0.5 record. Although not many players participate in over-the-board chess, it’s great to be able to play two six hour chess games each day over three days. Think chess!

Panoramic Ohio Saturday, Sep 1 2007 

Seventy-five panoramic photographs by Thomas R. Schiff are on display at the Richard M. Ross Art Museum at Ohio Wesleyan University until September 23. He uses a Hulcherama 360 Panoramic Camera that can automatically rotate for a 360-degree picture. He uses a tripod that can extend twenty-five to thirty feet in the air to capture his unique perspective. Some of the pictures were taken early in the morning, others near sunset; in all cases there is interesting lighting.  How he was able to capture some city scenes with no people and no cars? Other scenes feature people and because of the panorama they can appear to be looking in a direction different than was really the case. His panoramic photographs give this viewer a new appreciation of the beauty of things that surround us every day.