Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Play the Masters this Sunday

You and your kids can play in a simul at Taste of Chicago

There’s more chess coming to Taste of Chicago. Next Sunday, July 8, Renaissance Knights of Northbrook will hold a “Triple Play Chess Simul” in which three of the top chess masters in the Chicago area will take on 50 regular players in a simultaneous exhibit—a simul, as it’s generally called. In this case, though, instead of one master, there will be three playing the same game: Grand Master Sam Palatnik, International Master Stan Smiatankin, and National Master William Aramil. As I understand it, each chess expert will play the circuit of challengers and play off the moves of the others. I’ve never seen it done this way before, but it should be interesting, to say nothing of making the game move faster and not drag on forever.

Sam Palatnik

William Aramil

Will having to play off another player’s moves unnerve the masters and give the patzers a better chance? The only way to find out is to play.

You can if you hurry. The game will take place Sunday from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. in the Taste Sports Pavilion at the southwest corner of the Buckingham Fountain. If you or your child would like to play in the simul, get in touch with Renaissance Knights right away:


Anonymous said...

Thank You Tom,
It is very upstanding of you to take your time & write about chess & as always...helping your chess club at Ray School.
The Triple Simul is going to be a very exciting event. Everyone is looking forward to it. RKNIGHTS is providing the chess sets we recommend the players to bring some water..:)
Hope to see you there,
Sheila Heiser

Tom Panelas said...

Thanks, Sheila. Yes, indeed, do bring water.