Chess Teacher Named New Berlin Citizen of the Year!

  • Written by Mike Nietman
  • Published: 06 May 2010
  • Last Updated: 27 June 2012


Because of his dedication to the teaching, coaching, and encouragement of our children in chess for the past 7 years, Randy Bubolz has been named New Berlin Citizen of the Year for 2010 by the New Berlin Mayor’s office.  Over the course of more than 800 sessions, Randy has mentored more than 1200 students to learn and excel in Chess!


Randy states "Motivated and considerate parents and students from Glen Park, Orchard Lane, Elmwood, Reagan, Poplar Creek, and now a number of other schools are the keys to my success with chess.  I merely opened a door for the students to show them they can have fun and be successful not only at their school, but regionally and nationally.  The efforts of the whole community sparkle in every trophy and medal.  Without the commitment of many, many people, I would be hearing my chess lessons echo in empty rooms." 


Randy will be given the award Tuesday, May 11 at the New Berlin City Council meeting.  Congratulations Randy!

Chris McKinney Captures 2008 WI Chess Tour!

  • Written by Administrator
  • Published: 28 May 2007
  • Last Updated: 27 June 2012

Congratulations to 2008 Wisconsin Chess Tour winner Chris McKinney. He held off TD Guy Hoffman at the WI Memorial to capture his first Tour title. Guy takes second.

Since the place winners were in class A, Jim Coons moved up to take the A prize and Robin Grochowski took the B prize. Greg Reese, Jr took the C prize while WCA Treasurer Ken Rasmussen captured the D prize. Sean Chang captured the Under 1200 prize.

The $450 prize fund came from $1 per entry from the nine Tour events.

The 2009 Wisconsin Chess Tour kicks off February 7-8 with the UW-Winter Open. The remainder of the 2009 Tour includes The Waukesha Memorial Feb. 28, Hales Corners April 25, Arpad Elo Open May 16-17 (Pewaukee), Green Bay Open July 25-26, Wisconsin Closed Championship (Milwaukee) Sept. 5-7 and the Badger Open (Waukesha) October 3-4 with additional events to be approved by the WCA Board of Directors later in the year.

LATEST NEWS:  Events Added!  In addition to those listed above, 2009 Tour events include Greg Knutson Memorial October 24-25 (Madison), William Martz Memorial/North Central Open (Pewaukee) November 27-29 and Wisconsin Memorial (Madison) December 19-20.

WCA President Nietman a Candidate for USCF EB

  • Written by Administrator
  • Published: 04 March 2007
  • Last Updated: 27 June 2012

The USCF announced last week that WCA President Mike Nietman's nomination papers are in order and he is one of eleven candidates for the four Executive Board seats open in the 2009 USCF Executive Board contest. All USCF voting members (those 16 and over) will receive a ballot in the mail in early June. Deadline for voting will be July 20. Mike thanks all those who signed his nomination papers and hopes you'll support his candidacy.

Phythyon, Berrens Elected

  • Written by Administrator
  • Published: 29 May 2005
  • Last Updated: 27 June 2012
John Phythyon and Dan Berrens were elected to the WCA board at the membership meeting in Neenah, May 29, 2005. The new board members contact information has been added to the board members page.

Green Bay Open

  • Written by Don Hwang
  • Published: 16 November 2004
  • Last Updated: 14 April 2009

My first appearance at the Green Bay Open did not begin on a good note. First of all, I arrived 50 minutes late for my first round game having been caught behind a slow moving semi on a "short cut" up to Green Bay. Then I proceeded to blunder a piece away early. Fortunately, my unrated opponent missed two simple tactical maneuvers which would have allowed him to retain the piece and the game. Nevertheless, he ended up with a pawn and I had to play sharply in order to turn the game to my advantage. I managed to win a long endgame with opposite colored bishops. I had two passed pawns on opposite sides of the board, but they were not the same color as my bishop. This game went into triple time control and left me with a bad feeling about the rest of the tournament.

My second game against Kelly Borman went better, but still I was beginning to go crazy because this game also went to triple time control! I ended up in a Rook vs. Bishop ending where I had the exchange, but neither side had any pawns and Kelly's king was not trapped on the back rank. In the end, I set a trap in which one variation loses outright, one traps the king on the back rank and which requires extremely patient handling and good technique to win, and one which draws by maintaining the freedom of both king and bishop. Unfortunately, Kelly chose the first variation and had to resign because he would lose his bishop by force.

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