Open Heart Surgery Revisited Monday, Nov 25 2019 

I am part of a select group that has experienced open heart surgery twice within three months. When it was discovered that at least one suture had failed after the initial mitral valve replacement, we scheduled an appointment for a procedure to plug the hole, expecting to spend a day in the hospital. The procedure was not successful because the hole was too big. Consequently, we scheduled a second open heart surgery using the surgeon who heads the James Family Heart Center at Yavapai Regional Medical Center. He was successful in suturing the mitral valve replacement and did some preventive work on the tricuspid valve. The nurses in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit carefully monitored my post-surgery recovery. Many nurses and nurse’s aides in the Progressive Care Unit remembered me from my earlier stay. One of my brothers visited. After ten days in the hospital, I returned home Saturday. With Thanksgiving later this week, I have much to be thankful for. I am alive!

Arizona Senior Open Chess Championship Monday, Nov 4 2019 

Arizona Senior Chess Players

Arizona Senior Chess Players

Tom Green, Prescott, played in the 2019 Arizona Senior Open Chess Championship on November 2nd-3rd. The tournament, held in Tucson, attracted 31 chess players aged 50 and older.

Green won his first three games and was paired against the only other undefeated player on board one in round four. Although Green, a Class A chess player, lost to his Candidate Master opponent in round four and a FIDE Master with a rating over 2300 in round five, there was some consolation in that both players tied with two others for first with 4-1 records.

The Tucson Woman’s Club hosted this event along with the 2019 Southwest Regional Women’s Chess Championship and Fall Festival Quads.