Chess Simultaneous Chess Exhibition (Simul)
Simul giver: GM Wesley So
When: 10/25, Saturday from 10am - 2:30pm
Where: Laura Bush Library
Audience - 30 lucky players, no age limits, no rating limits.
Cost: $25 / player, cash / check (title to Friends of Westbank Library)
10-10:30am -- check-in and find your seat
10:30-11:00am -- photos and autograph with GM So
11-11:15am -- Simul rules announcement
11:15am -- Games begin
2:30pm -- award ceremony
Library closes at 4pm
1. Don't forget to make your move only when GM arrives at your board.
2. You can ask for a "PASS" during the duration of the simul if you are not ready to make your move when GM arrives at your board.
3. Write down your moves. A scoresheet means that when the game finishes, you can ask GM to sign it. If you manage to win the game, it could be worth its weight in gold.
4. GM So, according to Simul Rules, has the right to change his move until the moment he makes his move on the next board. A simul is a special situation and you can be proud that you forced a GM and world champion to change his move -- showing that even they are human and can make mistakes sometimes.
5. Play mainstream openings! It will be a great opportunity for you to test your knowledge.
6. If a move looks like a blunder there is a good chance it is. A GM gas a strong instinct due to their greater experience but can make tactical errors due to playing so many games at once.
7. Play for the win! A GM always prefers to play risk-free position in simuls, so if you can, complicate the position. Since a simul-giver doesn't have much time to think, it will force them to make mistakes.Especially attacks of the simul-giver's king are very dangerous.
8. Always try to create traps! Your opponent doesn't have time to think and it's likely a GM will make the first move that comes in his mind, and you can surprise him by a sudden tactical blow.
9. Respect your opponent -- you get much more time than GM and sometimes your next move many seem too obvious. But, while waiting for GM to come around once again to your board, don't talk too loud and don't discuss what is going on on the other chess boards. Also don't allow your parents or friends who are just behind you to comment on your game and advice you what moves to make. After all, it's your game and usually advice from onlookers is not so good.
10. Believe in yourself! Think that there is nothing that you can't do or achieve! Yes, a GM has a lot of experience, a higher rating and lots of significant chess titles --- but you are playing a chess game -- you and your opponent have the same number of chess pieces at the start of the game, its only your skills in this game in front of you that matter!
Have FUN and enjoy this special moment playing a game with Super GM Wesley SO!