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2024 SMCC Spring Open

May 10 @ 7:00 am - May 11 @ 8:00 pm


Players of any age are invited to join the Springfield, Missouri Chess Club on May 10 and 11 for a group lesson with National Master Bob Holliman, an unrated blitz tournament with the prize of a USCF membership, and a 3-round G/90 Swiss.

Friday May 10, 2024
Free class with National Master Bob Holliman – Everyone is welcome to join us at our regular Friday night club meeting for a free class taught by National Master and chess teacher Bob Holliman. Mr. Holliman will be giving his lecture, “The Secrets Chess.” His focus will be on the best ways to study and play based on a lifetime of experience. The class will last 45-60 minutes followed by up to 30 minutes in which you’ll have an opportunity to ask a National Master your biggest questions about chess.

We will plan to start at 7:30 PM on May 10 at the Southside Senior Center in Springfield, Missouri.

Win a USCF Membership Blitz – Following National Master Bob Holliman’s class, we will have a blitz tournament for players whose US Chess Federation membership is expired or those who have never had a US Chess Federation membership. Five-round Swiss, G/5;d0. Entry $7, $5 for K-12 players, $10 for families. First place wins a 1-year US Chess Federation membership and free entry in the SMCC Spring Swiss on the following day.

Saturday May 11, 2024

SMCC Spring Swiss – Three-round Swiss. G/90;d5. Players will be arranged in sections of 8 players, based on rating and beginning with the highest-rated player. Round times will be 10:00 AM, 1:45 PM, and 5:00 PM.

Prizes for the top section, including the 8 highest rated players – $175 to first and $100 to second. Prizes for all other 8-person sections – $100 to first and $50 to second. If the bottom section has less than 6 players, it will be combined with the next section in which the prizes will be $100 to first and $50 to second.

Current US Chess Federation membership is required as all games will be regular rated.

Entry: $25 for those who enter by March 31, 2024. $35 for those who enter between April 1-30, 2024. $45 entry starting May 1, 2024.


Southside Senior Center
2215 South Fremont Avenue
Springfield, Missouri 65804

Any money made beyond the cost of the tournament will be donated to the Southside Senior Center or deposited into the Springfield, MO. Chess Club’s bank account to support local chess activities. Additional donations are greatly appreciated.

To enter, or to ask any questions about the SMCC Spring Swiss, please email me at .


May 10 @ 7:00 am
May 11 @ 8:00 pm


Adam Whitaker


Southside Senior Center
2215 S. Freemont Ave.
Springfield, MO 65804 United States
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