Thursday, April 10, 2014

#1146 Ellner Memorial Starts Tonight

The Kenilworth Chess Club's annual Irving Ellner Memorial tournament begins tonight. Here are the details:

7th Irving Ellner Memorial
April 10-May 8, 2014

  • USCF-Rated
  • 4-round Swiss
  • Time Control: G/45 + 5 second per move increment.
  • A player must keep score if he has 5 minutes or more remaining.
  • Rounds: 8:30 p.m. on April 10th, 17th, 24th and May 8th. There is no game on May 1st!
  • Entry Fee: $10
  • Prize Fund: $150 b/ 16 entries. If there are more than 16 players, a 5th round will be added & the prize fund will be increased accordingly.
  • Prizes: To be announced.
  • Register before 8:25 p.m. @ Kenilworth Community Center, 575 Boulevard, Kenilworth, N.J.
  • Late-joins accepted until round 2 is paired. 1 bye allowed. Must commit prior to round 3.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

#1145 Tomorrow's KCC Meeting Canceled

Tomorrow's Kenilworth CC meeting has been canceled due to weather and travel concerns.

Next week (Feb. 20th) the KCC will be running a Bughouse Tournament.

Monday, February 10, 2014

#1144 Norowitz To Lecture In West Orange

International Master Yaacov Norowitz is expected to give a simultaneous exhibition at the West Orange Chess Club on February 18th.

Further details will be provided when become available.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

#1143 Ingersol Advances To USCCC Finals

Harry Ingersol defeated Serdar Aykent yesterday to clinch 1st place in Section 3 of the 20th U.S. Correspondence Chess Championship Semi-Finals and advance to the finals.

Others who have qualified, thus far, include SIM Carl Siefring (Section 1), Grayling Hill (Section 4), Daniel Woodard (Section 5) and Patrick Ryan (Section 6).

Larry Parsons and Leonid Gleyser lead Section 2, with 4.5/6. SIM Ciaran O'Hare, who has 3.5 & 1 game remaining, can join them.

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

#1141 RIP William J. Morris

Dr. William J. Morris, one of my opponents in Section 3 of the 20th U.S. Correspondence Chess Championship Semi-Finals, passed away on November 24th.

Although we didn't keep in touch after our draw, I will remember Bill as being one of my friendliest correspondence foes. During play, we sent messages back and forth, and after I offered to split the point on 12/24/2012, in the position below, ...

... Bill wrote:

"I would be rather foolish not to accept, given the position/material + of a Pawn, albeit isolated, doubled. And, your 2 B's vs my 2 Kn's. However, I am not sure that the Bishop pair is any advantage in this Pawn structure. Have never played 2 B's vs 2 Kn's in an endgame that I can recall. Nonetheless, Black has no opportunities to better himself, given the lack of a complete blunder on White's part, and I do not believe that will occur. So, I accept your gracious offer, given that I am unproven here, Black, and lower rated.

John, thank you for being a good and conversational opponent. I wish you well in the other games here and will be pulling for you. Only Weiss has been as friendly, but then, he's from South Bend! And, I do have to beat him in order to have a chance of advancing! Young Biedermann seems to be the likely candidate for a win in this section, (He played a French against me), but I suspect that 3 wins will be necessary to have a chance at the final. I'm thinking I have a good shot drawing Harry, and Jones as I  have White there. But, as I said, I'm new here. So what do I know?!

Good luck, and again, a good Christmas and a very good New Year."

Morris had 3/5 and an equal Rook ending when he died.

He will be sorely missed.

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Friday, January 03, 2014

#1139 Canada-USA Underway

The Canada-USA correspondence match is underway and we are currently in free time. Days used before January 17th will not be counted.
I am playing on board 3 (!) against 2324-rated Craig Sadler.

See the sidebar for game links.

Addendum 1/6 @ 1:57 a.m. - There is a 5-move transmission delay in effect. So, those who plan to follow the games won't see anything until White plays his 6th move.

Thursday, January 02, 2014

#1138 Tonight's Kenilworth CC Meeting Canceled!

Tonight's Kenilworth Chess Club meeting has been canceled due to weather and travel concerns.

Tonight's Garden State Chess League matches have been postponed.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

#1137 Happy Holidays

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

Thanks to all of you for putting-up with my mood swings, a lack of games and infrequent posts in 2013. I hope to resume uploading annotated games in the coming year.  

Friday, December 20, 2013

#1136 Kenilworth Championship Starts January 9th

The 23rd Kenilworth Chess Club Championship will begin on Thursday, January 9th, 2014 and run through February 6th, 2014.

Here are the details :

23rd KCC Championship
  • Not-rated
  • 5-round Swiss
  • January 9th-February 6th, 2014.
  • Time Control: G/75+5 second delay.
  • Rounds to start at 8:30 p.m. every Thursday, for the duration of the event.
  • 1 half-point bye per player allowed.
  • Prizes (tentative): Trophies for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Top U2100, Top U1800, Top U1600, Top U1400, Biggest upset.
  • Tiebreaks: 1. Head to Head, 2. Modified Median, 3. Solkoff, 4. Cumulative.
  • EF: $10 entry fee + $5 anti-forfeit deposit + dues (= $30 for most players).
  • KCC membership is required. KCC dues for 2014 are $7.50 for those age 17 or less, $10 for those age 65+, $15 for everyone else.
  • Please register with TD Geoff McAuliffe during our 1/2 meeting or before 8:25 p.m. on 1/9 @ Kenilworth Community Center, 575 Boulevard, Kenilworth, N.J. 07033
  • Late-joins accepted until round 2 is paired.
Past Champions include LM Scott Massey (who has won the title 12x), Rene Ray (1996), FM Steve Stoyko (2005-2007), LM Mark Kernighan (2008), IM Yaacov Norowitz (2009), NM Arthur Macaspac (2010, 2012), NM Ken Chieu (2011), and NM Praveen Balakrishnan (2013).
20 players took part in last year's event.

Round by round coverage of the tournament will be posted on the KCC Tournaments blog.

#1135 Kenilworth CC Officer Elections

Last night I was elected Kenilworth Chess Club President, the 4th time in 7 years that I have been so honored.

Bob Sherry will serve as Vice-President and Joe Renna will be the Secretary.

Dr. Geoff McAuliffe and Michael Goeller return as Treasurer and Webmaster while Greg Tomkovich, Pat Mazzillo and Lou Sturniolo continue as Trustees.

If juggling the added responsibilities with those at Westfield, Chess Mates and the Garden State Chess League proves too taxing, I will take a back seat and hand the KCC reins to Bob.