Prescott Quads #6 Saturday, Feb 27 2016 

A dozen area chess players participated in the Prescott Chess Club Quads #6 held at Yavapai College on Saturday, February 27th. This U. S. Chess rated event, directed by Prescott Chess Club President Tom Green, was divided into three sections based on rating.

Chess ratings are a method of estimating playing strength. Unlike athletics whose results can be measured against standards such as time or distance, chess players can be measured only against each other. The U. S. Chess rating system is a combination of the average rating of a player’s opponents and the percentage score one makes against them.

Jeff Hardin

Jeff Hardin

Candidate Master Jeff Hardin, Prescott, won the top section with two wins and a draw. He received $50 in prize money. Spencer Lower, Clarksdale, a chess master and two time Arizona State Champion, finished in second place and received $25 for his record of one win and two draws.

Tom Green, Prescott, won Section B and $50 for his 2-1 record. Joshua Beck and Phillip Ebarb, both of Prescott, shared the $25 2nd place money for their records of one win, one draw, and one loss.

Nishan Arumugam, Prescott, was undefeated in Section C. He won $50 for his perfect 3-0 finish. Jason Solomon, Modesto, California, took second place and $25 with his 2-1 record.

Sonoran Light Saturday, Feb 20 2016 

Beacon

Beacon

Last night we visited the Desert Botanical Garden to experience the large-scale light-based installations of British artist Bruce Munro. Our evening began with a sunset splashing yellow across the Phoenix sky. Although we did not purchase a separate ticket for the “Music in the Garden” performance, we enjoyed the soulful sounds of the Dmitri Matheny Group as we walked the Garden grounds in search of the “Sonoran Light” installations. Using 2,730 empty bottles threaded with optical fiber, “Beacon” (2008-2015) illuminates a geodesic dome with changing color. “Field of Light” (2004-2015) spreads frosted glass spheres connected by illuminated optical fiber from the Sonoran Desert Nature Loop Trail up a hillside. “Water Towers” (2012-2015) features 58 glowing towers using fiber optic, PET bottles, wood, and light. One of my favorites, “Chindi” (2013-2015), suspends fiber optic, acrylic, stainless steel, and light. “Saguaro” (2015) uses fiber optic, acrylic, steel, and light. I also liked the changing colors of “Eden Blooms” (2012-2015) which uses fiber optic, sintered nylon, and light. “Bruce Munro: Sonoran Light” continuing most nights through May 8, 2016 is well worth experiencing.

Valentine’s Day Weekend in Yuma Monday, Feb 15 2016 

smart fortwo & Winnebago Via

smart fortwo & Winnebago Via

We traveled to Yuma towing our new (to us) 2015 smart fortwo to visit with grandson Josh. This new marine sergeant showed us where he works, the impressive Marine Corps Air Station, the premier training base for pilots.We enjoyed meals with him at the Texas Roadhouse which required more than 50-minute wait and the River City Grill that required a 5 p.m. seating time with an advance registration. We planned to attend the Jaycees Silver Spur Rodeo until the marine component of Sunday’s flag ceremony was cancelled. We stayed at the Araby Acres RV Resort. We enjoyed their billiards room, one of two swimming pools, and gym facilities. We also participated in Billy Tee’s Comedy Hypnosis program. Towing our own car gave us more freedom while decreasing our miles per gallon.