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Hamilton hosts international chess master

Chess lovers should mark their calendars for March 10, when Hamilton High School hosts “Blitz to the Max 2007” in the Hamilton Fine Arts Center. The Hamilton Chess Club again will sponsor the event which will bring international chess master Dejan “Max” Maksimovic to Sussex.

The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a fast-action tournament among students chess players from area schools. The tournament features 10-minute, one-on-one games. Following the speed tournament, Maksimovic will take on dozens of students and interested community members in a simultaneous exhibition in which he plays all challengers at the same time.

Maksimovic will present the blitz tournament champion with a trophy and then take on the top player in a one-on-one game.

Born in Yugoslavia, Maksimovic now makes his home in Chicago. He is ranked 33rd in the world among speed chess players.

The tournament and exhibition will be in the lobby of the Hamilton Fine Arts Center, W220 N6151 Town Line Road, Sussex. People are invited to bring chess clocks, sets and boards for use at the event.

The blitz tournament is open to students in elementary school through high school. Community members are welcome to participate in the simultaneous exhibition. The entry fee to participate is $3, with proceeds going to the Hamilton Chess Club. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Preregistration is encouraged. Contact Chess Club advisor Tim Moeller at (262) 246-6471 ext. 1368 or e-mail him at to preregister or for more information.