The simul (and preceding lecture) mentioned a few days ago took place yesterday and went very well. Bob Banta and the attending members of the Deadwood Chess Club treated me with great hospitality, and I can enthusiastically recommend the club to players in and around Indianapolis.
We didn't manage to fill all 30 seats, but 22 players gave me a good workout, and several more attended the lecture and watched the simul. There were at least a couple of kids who might just be a year or two away from being scary, and there were some pretty solid adult players like Doug Todd, who definitely gave me my toughest game. Unfortunately, three of the strongest players expected to show had other commitments at that time, but if the club invites me back in the future I hope one or more of them will show and try to rough me up over the chess board.
There weren't any brilliancies, unfortunately. As is usually the case in simuls, most games come down to technique. The simul-giver's general knowledge often leads to some sorts of static gains - a better structure, a won pawn, etc. - and then it's a matter of rounding up the point without allowing counterplay or having a tactical accident. Some of the games are instructive for younger or less experienced players trying to develop their technique, but I didn't play anything even slightly reminiscent of some of the masterpieces Alekhine conjured up in his simuls. (Maybe next time, with a little good fortune.)
Anyhow, thanks again to Bob, and I hope the club grows and thrives!