Sunday, March 19, 2017

#1213 Westfield Grand Prix Aborted Due To Power Outage, Re-Scheduled For June 25th


Today's Westfield Grand Prix was aborted midway through the 1st round, due to a power outage & the resulting YMCA evacuation.

With the event's abrupt conclusion, the club could not issue on-site refunds. Players desiring one should email their pertinent data to westfieldchessclub@gmail.com. If you do not contact them, your entry fee will be held as credit toward future events.

All reported results will be submitted for rating later today, as will 3 adjudicated games in the U1200 Section. Players in the Open & U1800 Sections may submit games for possible adjudication to westfieldchessclub@gmail.com.

The Grand Prix has been re-scheduled for Sunday, June 25th. If the USCF's publication deadline, can be beat ads will appear in Chess Life's May & June issues.

A reminder: The Westfield CC's web site is now located at westfieldchessclub.org (not .com). Its blog remains at westfieldchessclub.blogspot.com 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

#1212 West Orange & Chess Mates Closed Tonight

The West Orange Chess Club & Rahway's Chess Mates are closed tonight, due to the wintry weather.

Here is the revised 2017 West Orange Chess Club Championship schedule:


March 21 - Round 1

March 28 - Round 2

April 4 - NO ROUND - Garden State League match: Hamilton vs. Newark-McDonald's

April 11 - Round 3

April 18 - Round 4

April 25 - Round 5

Sunday, March 05, 2017

#1211 Garden State Chess League Game

On Thursday night, I played in Westfield's Garden State Chess League victory over Hamilton.

Here is my game against Ed Sytnik:


[Event "Garden State Chess League 2016-17"] [Site "Kenilworth, NJ"] [Date "2017.03.02"] [Round "6"] [White "Moldovan, John"] [Black "Sytnik, Ed"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D36"] [WhiteElo "1786"] [BlackElo "1700"] [Annotator "Moldovan, John"] [PlyCount "85"] [EventDate "2016.10.04"] [EventType "team-tourn"] [EventRounds "7"] [EventCountry "USA"] [Source "The Chess Coroner: post #1211"] [SourceDate "2017.03.05"] [SourceVersion "1"] [SourceVersionDate "2017.03.05"] [SourceQuality "1"] [WhiteTeam "Westfield"] [BlackTeam "Hamilton"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 d5 {He wants to discuss the Q's Gambit again, instead of an Indian? Okay!} 3. c4 e6 {No Slav?...} 4. cxd5 exd5 5. Bg5 Be7 {... & no Ragozin, either? That suits me just fine.} 6. Nc3 c6 7. Qc2 {I've had this position 52x before!!} O-O 8. e3 Nbd7 9. Bd3 Re8 {This is imprecise.} ({>= the} 9... h6 $1 10. Bh4 Re8 {he played in the 2009-10 season.}) 10. O-O (10. h3 h6 $140 11. Bf4 $1 {, as in my 2008 USATE win over Scheinbach, is a good alternative.}) 10... h6 {[#]} 11. Bh4 (11. Bf4 $142 $1 $14 Nh5 $140 $2 12. Nxd5 $1 Nxf4 (12... cxd5 $4 13. Bc7 $18 {Roebuck - Hickey : Nice 1938}) 13. Nxf4 $16 {Nedeljkovic - Van Steenis : YUG-NED match, Utrecht 1950}) 11... Nf8 ({RR} 11... b6 $143 $6 {Moldovan - P.T. Boris : Westfield, Quads 3/15/2015} 12. Rac1 $14 ({or} 12. Rfe1 $14)) 12. Rab1 Bg4 (12... Ne4 $142 13. Bxe7 Qxe7 14. b4 a6 {H. Mueller - Glass : Vienna 1931}) 13. Ne5 Bh5 14. h3 (14. b4 $142 $14 {Lechleitner - A. Mueller : Bayern 1998}) ({or} 14. Bf5 $146 {+/=}) 14... N6d7 {[#]} 15. Nxd7 $146 ({Previously seen here were} 15. Bxe7 Qxe7 16. Nxd7 Qxd7 17. b4 $11 {Ferry - Wiltshire : Clarkston 1997}) ({&} 15. Bg3 Nxe5 16. Bxe5 Bd6 17. Bxd6 Qxd6 18. Rfc1 Bg6 19. b4 Bxd3 20. Qxd3 $11 {Jovanic - Banic : Portoroz 2004}) 15... Qxd7 16. Bf5 (16. Bxe7 $142 Qxe7 17. b4) 16... Qd8 (16... Bg6 $142 $1 17. Bxg6 {Safest.} ({After} 17. Bxd7 Bxc2 18. Bxe7 Rxe7 19. Rbc1 Bg6 20. Bg4 f5 21. Bf3 f4 {White has to try} 22. Bxd5+ $5 (22. exf4 $143 Ne6 $15) 22... cxd5 23. Nxd5 Rd7 24. Nxf4 $44) 17... Nxg6 18. Bxe7 Qxe7 19. b4 Nh4) 17. Bg3 Bg6 18. b4 Bd6 (18... Bxf5 $142 19. Qxf5 a6 20. a4 Nd7 $11) 19. Bxd6 Qxd6 20. Rfc1 (20. b5 $142 $14) 20... a6 {[#]} 21. Ne2 (21. Bxg6 $142 Nxg6 22. a4 Rec8 23. Ne2 $14) 21... Qf6 $6 (21... Bxf5 $142 22. Qxf5 Nd7 $11) 22. Ng3 $6 (22. Bxg6 Nxg6 23. a4 $14) 22... Bh7 $6 (22... Nd7 $142 23. Bxg6 fxg6 $11) 23. Bxh7+ Nxh7 24. Nh5 (24. a4 $142 $14) 24... Qg5 25. Nf4 {[#]} Re4 $2 ( 25... Rec8 $142 $11) {Now the long-delayed minority attack is very strong. My pieces are perfectly placed for it. Black's aren't. Only his Q, which is watching d5, is remotely involved in the action.} 26. a4 Nf8 (26... Qd8 $142) 27. b5 axb5 28. axb5 Rc8 29. Qb3 $6 (29. bxc6 $142 Rxc6 (29... bxc6 $143 30. Rb6) 30. Qa2) 29... Ne6 $4 {[#]} (29... Ng6 $142 30. bxc6 bxc6 (30... Rxc6 $143 31. Nxd5 Nh4 32. g3 Nf3+ 33. Kg2 Nxd4 $1 34. Qa2) 31. Qb7 Rf8 32. Nxg6 fxg6 $16) 30. Nxe6 $4 ({We missed} 30. Nxd5 $1 $18 Qxd5 $140 $2 31. Qxd5 cxd5 32. Rxc8+ Kh7 33. Rb8 {after which White will emerge an Exchange & 2 Ps to the good.}) 30... Rxe6 {Black offers a draw.} 31. bxc6 {White declines.} bxc6 $6 ( 31... Rg6 $142 32. g3 Rgxc6 33. Rxc6 bxc6 $11) 32. Qb7 Rce8 $2 (32... Qd8 $142 $14) 33. Rxc6 Rxc6 $6 (33... Qf5 $142) 34. Qxc6 Re6 $2 {The losing move.} ( 34... Rd8 $142 $16) 35. Qc8+ $18 Kh7 36. Rb8 {[#]} Rxe3 $2 (36... Kg6 $142 37. Qc2+ Qf5 38. Qxf5+ Kxf5 39. Rb7 Ke4 40. Rxf7 g6) ({not} 36... Rg6 $143 $2 37. Qh8# (37. Qg8#)) 37. fxe3 ({Not} 37. Qg8+ $4 Kg6 38. fxe3 Qxe3+ 39. Kh1 {as} Qc1+ {forces a draw.}) 37... Qxe3+ 38. Kf1 $2 {This lets Black get in several spite checks.} ({After the simple} 38. Kh1 Qe1+ 39. Kh2 {he has to throw-in the towel.}) 38... Qf4+ 39. Ke1 Qe4+ 40. Kd1 Qxd4+ 41. Kc1 Qg1+ 42. Kb2 Qd4+ (42... Qxg2+ {allows} 43. Qc2+ Qxc2+ 44. Kxc2) 43. Qc3 {[#] &, after picking-up his Q, my opponent resigned.} 1-0

Friday, February 24, 2017

#1210 Boy Scouts Tournament In Cranford Tomorrow

Tomorrow, I will be directing the 4th Annual Munsee District Boy Scouts' Chess Tournament at the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Ave, Cranford, NJ 07016.

All boys and girls who are Boy Scouts, Adventurers or Explorers and know how to play chess can play in the event. Sign-in is between 9:00 and 10:00 a.m. Non-scouts are also welcome.

This non-rated event is sponsored by Renna Media, which is supplying trophies & White Castle, which will be providing lunch!

For registration details and more info, double-click on the image below.



Thursday, February 09, 2017

#1209 Kenilworth CC Closed Tonight

Tonight's Kenilworth CC meeting has been canceled, due to an impending winter storm.
The 5th round of the Club Championship will be played next week (February 16th).

Monday, January 23, 2017

#1208 New URL For Westfield CC Web Site


The new URL for the Westfield CC's web site is www.westfieldchessclub.org

westfieldchessclub.com went offline this morning, as expected, and no longer belongs to the club.

I was unable to update there & refused to pay domain ransom to the notorious Brandon Grey Internet Services which apparently scammed other club officials prior to 2015.

The problems only came to light 6 days ago. Pat Mazzillo & I are sorry for whatever inconvenience has resulted.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

#1207 Kenilworth Championship Starts Tonight!

The 26th Kenilworth Chess Club Championship starts tonight!

Registration ends at 8:25. Games will begin at 8:30.

Additional details below.

 

Tournament Rules:
  • NON-RATED
  • 5 to 7 rounds. 2 sections: Championship & Reserve.
  • The Championship Section will be a 6 to 8 player Round-Robin. Participants will include the top 4-6 rated players entered plus the 2016 Kenilworth CC Champion. The 2016 Reserve Section winner may also play in this section, if he so chooses.
  • The Reserve Section will be a Swiss or RR & be the same length as the Championship Section.
  • G/75 with 5 second delay time control.
  • Rounds will commence at 8:30 p.m. on January 12, 19 & 26 + February 2 & 9. If 6th & 7th rounds is necessary, they will be played on February 23rd & March 2nd.
  • Postponed games from Rounds 1-5 will be made-up on February 16. Postponed games from rounds 6-7 would be made-up on March 9.
  • Cost: $10 entry fee + dues + $5 anti-forfeit deposit = $35 for most players.
  • KCC membership is required. Dues for 2016 are $10 for age 17 or less, $10 for those age 65+, $20 for everyone else.
  • Prize Fund: 100% of EF returned.
  • Prizes per section, b/6 players: 1st $30, 2nd $20, 3rd $10.
  • Register with Treasurer Geoff McAuliffe before 8:25 p.m. on 1/12 @ Kenilworth Community Center, 575 Boulevard, Kenilworth, N.J.
  • Late-joins allowed prior to round 2, at the TD's & Club President's discretion. For example: The late-joiner would make an even number of players in a section.
  • The Tournament Committee reserves the right to make changes as are deemed necessary for the good maintenance of the tournament.
John Moldovan won last year. Other past Champions include LM Scott Massey (who has won the title 12x!!), Rene Ray (1996), FM Steve Stoyko (2005, 2006, 2007), LM Mark Kernighan (2008, 2015), IM Yaacov Norowitz (2009), LM Arthur Macaspac (2010, 2012), NM Ken Chieu (2011) and IM Praveen Balakrishnan (2013, 2014).

Round by round coverage of the tournament will be posted on the KCC Tournaments Blog and/or the Chess Coroner Blog.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

#1206 Queen's Gambit Miniature

This afternoon, I won a 7-move Queen's Gambit miniature at lichess.org.
6.Ne5!! is a theoretical novelty & the correct ECO code for the game is D21.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

#1205 Happy Holidays


Happy Holidays to all my chess friends, acquaintances and readers.

#1204 Westfield CC Closed Today & Next Sunday


The Westfield Chess Club will be closed today, Sunday, December 25th, & next Sunday.

Its next tournament will be G/45 Quads on Sunday, January 8th, 2017.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

#1203 Chess Mates' New Year's Eve Quads

On Saturday, December 31st Rahway's Chess Mates will be running G/45 Quads.
Registration starts at 12 noon. The first round is at 12:30.
 

Chess Mates New Year's Eve Quads
3-RR. G/40 d5. 75 East Cherry Street, Suite 11, Rahway, NJ 07065. EF: $25, $20 members. Prizes: $60 to 1st in each section. Register: 12 noon-12:25 p.m. Rounds: 12:30, 2:15, 4:00 p.m. Information: email John at chessmatesnj@gmail.com.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

#1202 Today's Chess Mates Tourney Canceled


Today's tournament at Chess Mates has been cancelled, due to wintry weather & travel concerns.

G/45 Quads on December 31st have been added to the schedule:


Chess Mates New Year's Eve Quads 

3-RR. G/40 d5. 75 East Cherry Street, Suite 11, Rahway, NJ 07065. EF: $25, $20 members. Prizes: $60 to 1st in each section. Register: 12 noon-12:25 p.m. Rounds: 12:30, 2:15, 4:00 p.m. Information: email John at chessmatesnj@gmail.com.