Army, Air Force, Navy (teamed with the Coast Guard) and the Marine Corps will compete for the 2011 Inter-Service Chess Championship June 13th-17th at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California. The Marine Corps Chess team will be led by Inter-Service and NATO chess veteran Master Guns James Adkins from Camp Lejeune. Showing up his second year at the Inter-Service, Sergeant Nicholas Wolff from Okinawa, Japan. The rest of the team will be made up by newcomers Corporal Antonio Jackson, Lance Corporal Chris Barnett, Lance Corporal Diego Gonzales, and Private First Class Jo Ann Ortiz. At minimum, one of these marines will get the chance to represent the United States in the 23rd NATO Chess Championship in Lithuania.
This will be the first year that I will watch the tournament from the sidelines. It is a great opportunity for all the branches to get to know each other and build camaraderie. Many service members play chess, but don't know tournaments like this exist....so spread the word!
To follow along on Facebook with pictures and results, like Military Chess. Hopefully, Monroi will pick up and broadcast this tournament live. I do not see it on their upcoming tournament list yet, but they have done so in the past and covered the Navy and Army Chess Championships from this year.
Good luck to everyone...but a little bit more to the Marine team. Semper Fi!