Thursday, January 08, 2015

#1169 Non-Rated Kenilworth Swiss Starts Tonight

Non-Rated Kenilworth Swiss
January 8-29, 2015

Format: 4-SS, Non-rated.
Time Control: G/60
Register: Until 8:10 p.m. on 1/8 (Tonight!)
Rounds: 8:20 p.m. on January 8, 15, 22, 29
Entry Fee: Free for members, $1 for non-members.
Prizes: None.

Each player is entitled to one full point bye. If you are taking a bye in round 2, 3 or 4, you must notify TD Bob Sherry at least 75 hours in advance. Players can join in week 2 will a full point bye for week one.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

#1167 FYI

Much of the content uploaded to this blog & several others that I (John Moldovan) author, is stored on the Kenilworth Chess Club's web site.

I received access to Kenilworth's site in September 2006, have been allowed to use it for 8+ years, without objection from 4 other Presidents, club officers, trustees or members, and hope that arrangement remains in place.

If it does not & my access is cut-off, I will demand removal of my intellectual property.

The Kenilworth Chess Club does not own content that I have created for the Chess Coroner blog, Garden State Chess League blog, Chess Mates blog and KCC Tournaments blog. The content includes, but is not limited to, annotated games and related files.

Friday, December 19, 2014

#1166 Kenilworth CC Business Meeting Minutes

Minutes of the Kenilworth Chess Club's 2014 Business Meeting:

- The meeting was delayed until there was a quorum and did not commence until 9:15 p.m.

- Those in attendance included Ziggy Bliznikas, Mark Kernighan, Scott Massey, Pat Mazzillo, Geoff McAuliffe, Jack McCorkell, Joe Renna, Luis Ruales, Ed Selling, Bob Sherry, Lou Sturniolo, and John Moldovan.

- President Moldovan announced he would not seek re-election or accept any appointment. He advised a club path for 2015 that included more lectures and seeking an earlier starting time.

- Treasurer McAuliffe reported that, following a donation to the Kenilworth Recreation Department and payment for the Holiday Party, the club will only break even this year and warned that we may not be able to keep our website when renewal is due.

- Bob Sherry was elected President for 2015. 
- Joe Renna was elected Vice-President.
- Geoff McAuliffe was re-elected as Treasurer.

- There was no voting for Secretary, Webmaster, Tournament Director and Trustee. Those nominated for the 1st 2 positions declined or were not present. The other posts were not even discussed. The club will attempt to fill the 4 vacancies by soliciting nominations and voting via email.

- The club will not sponsor any USATE entries in 2015. 

- The price of Regular membership dues ($15) and Senior membership dues ($10) will remain the same. Junior membership dues have been increased to $10.

- After a long discussion on the Club Championship, the attendees agreed to a two-section, USCF-rated tournament with a 6-8 player RR in the top group & a 5-7 round RR or Swiss in the lower section. To play in the top you must have an 1800+ rating.

   The event will start March 26. It could conclude as early as April 23rd and as late as May 14. The cost to join will be dues (1 full year) + $10 entry fee + a $10 anti-forfeit deposit (=$35 for most players). The time-control was not discussed and will have to be addressed when details are finalized.

- A motion to hold another meeting in late May was approved.

- Finally, the Kenilworth CC approved the Westfield CC's offer to cross-honor memberships in 2015. Kenilworth members will be able to play in Westfield's events, at a discount, and play in the WCC Championship. Westfield members will get a weeknight venue and the right to play in the KCC Championship.

Friday, December 12, 2014

#1165 Friday G/60 At Chess Mates

Tonight, at 8 p.m., Chess Mates is beginning a 3-round Friday G/60 that will run through December 26th.

The entry fee is $30 for Chess Mates' members, $40 for non-members. 70% of EF returned in prizes.

For details, visit or click on the image below.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

#1164 Scott Massey Lecture On Carlsen-Anand II Tonight

Tonight, at the Kenilworth Chess Club, LM Scott Massey will be giving a lecture on last month's Carlsen-Anand match.
Admission is $5. The lecture will probably begin at 8:30 but I suggest that you arrive 15 minutes early.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

#1163 Jon Edwards Presentation In Westfield, On 11/23

On Sunday, November 23, the Westfield Chess Club will be hosting a presentation by, & book signing with, Jon Edwards, author of ChessBase Complete: Chess in the Digital Age.

The event will take place from 12:30 to 2:15 p.m, at the Westfield YMCA's main branch, prior to the Westfield Quick Swiss.

Jon, a 2-time U.S. Correspondence Champion, has written many other chess books including .

Thursday, October 23, 2014

#1162 Sy Fish Memorial Starts Tonight

7th Annual Sy Fish Memorial
October 23rd thru November 6th, 2014
  • USCF-Rated
  • 3-round Swiss
  • Time Control: G/40;d5
  • Rounds: 8:30 p.m. on October 23, 30 and November 6.
  • Site: Kenilworth Community Center, 575 Boulevard, Kenilworth, NJ 07033.
  • Entry Fee: $5.
  • Projected Prizes, based on 8 entries: 1st place $15; 2nd place $11, 3rd place or Class prize $10.
  • 10% of EF reserved for rating fees and scoresheet purchases.
  • Register with Geoff McAuliffe or John Moldovan, on site, before 8:25 p.m. on 9/12.
  • Late-joins accepted until the start of round 2.
  • 1 bye allowed, any round. Must declare before the end of round 3.
  • If taking a bye, please inform the TD (Geoff or John) before the round is

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

#1161 Kenilworth CC Schedule For The Remainder Of 2014

Here is the Kenilworth Chess Club's Schedule for the rest of 2014:

9 - Game/30 Tournament, rounds 1 & 2 (non-rated, 4-SS, G/25;d5, EF: free)
16 - Game/30 Tournament, rounds 3 & 4
23 - Sy Fish Memorial, round 1 (USCF-rated, 3-SS, G/40;d5, Details tba)
30 - Sy Fish Memorial, round 2

6 - Sy Fish Memorial, round 3
13 - Kenilworth Consultation Game, week 1
20 - Kenilworth Consultation Game, week 2
27 - No Meeting (Thanksgiving)

4 - Lecture (speaker & subject TBA)
11 - Scott Massey Lecture on Anand-Carlsen II. $5
18 - Business Meeting & Holiday Party
25 - No Meeting (Christmas)

Friday, September 26, 2014

#1160 USA Leads India In Correspondence Match

On Wednesday night, I defeated Vaibhav Saxena, to give the United States a 10.5-7.5 lead in its ICCF match versus India.

Here is the game:

With the victory, my rating should surpass 2340 is 2336. Having completed 30+ games, I am now eligible to play in an ICCF IM Norm tourney but will instead take a long break from correspondence play.

#1159 Browne Wins U.S. Senior Championship

GM Walter Browne won the U.S. Senior Championship, which was held Sepetmber 14-20, on a cruise ship.

Ariel Levi was 2nd. FM Steve Stoyko, who recently moved to Florida, tied for 3rd.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

#1158 Kenilworth's Events For 9/18 & 9/25

The Kenilworth Chess Club has scheduled a Partner Tournament for this Thursday (September 18) and a Blitz Tournament for next week (September 25).
Here are the details for the events:

Partner Tournament
September 18
8:30 p.m.
EF: Free.
Prizes: none.
TD: John Moldovan.
  • Lower-rateds get to pick their partner for the 3 games.
  • Higher-rated partner may switch his team's playing order up to 3 times per game.
  • Otherwise, partners will alternate moves.
  • Lower-rated player on a team gets to play his team's 1st move in each game.
  • A player may only tell his partner "be careful", "take your time", "watch our time" or "help!"
  • Only the higher-rated partner can offer draws, accept draws, or resign a game.
  • Score-keeping is optional but will be necessary for claims.

Blitz Tournament
September 25
8:30 p.m.
3-SS. 2 games per round.
EF: $3 KCC members, $5 non-members.
Prize Fund: $3 x number of players.
Prize distribution: TBA.
TD: Geoff McAuliffe or Bob Sherry.