My digital clock, though, suffers from some simple analog problems. Its batteries never seem to stay in its battery case. Ultiamtely, I had to resort to scotch tape to hold this in. This proved very annoying. Saturday I realized I am no longer willing to be annoyed in this way. Early this morning, I read a product review that
stated that exactly the problems I have had are common to this clock. I decided it is time for a new clock. I felt comforted that I was not alone in my issues.
Fortunately, chess clocks are not expensive--a low-end is about 35 and a high end not much more than 100. I believe that the United States Chess Federation recently sent me a five dollars off coupon, so that my purchase price will be reduced. Now I have to decide on brand. I'm in the mood to run some tournaments, so I may pick up a couple of inexpensive extra clocks to have on hand when needed at small tourneys.
The tournament I won last week was rated by the United States Chess Federation. I see that my rating for quick-paced games rose from 1671 to 1695. I had hoped to cross 1700, but the increase just about matched the prediction I had made doing the math in my head. I hope to play in another tournament in August, and to play in more regular tournaments.
I am down to one postal chess game on schemingmind.com. I am within 8 moves or so of winning that one. I am a bit surprised my opponent has not resigned. He seems to be playing for a stalemate that is very unlikely to occur. I signed up for a USCF postal tournament a couple of weeks ago, but have not heard anything back about my pairings.
Soon I will start scouting out locations for a Fall tournament for my recently reactivated little chess club.
I am inclined to find a very inexpensive room, and host a free chess tournament. The world needs a little less
of this and a little less of that and a lot more free.