Monday, July 28, 2014

#1151 Anna Matlin Earns NM Title

Congratulations to Anna Matlin, who earned her National Master title on Saturday, at the Manhattan Open!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

#1150 West Orange Mid-Summer Swiss (Corrected)

The West Orange Chess Club is running a USCF-rated Swiss on July 29th and August 5th.

Here are the details:

West Orange Mid-Summer Swiss
July 29 & August 5

Format: 4-SS
Time control: G/50 + 5 second delay
Address: Toby Katz Community Center, 650 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange, NJ 07052.
Entry Fee: $20 West Orange CC members, $25 non-members.
Prizes: Based on the number of participants
Register: 7:40-7:55 p.m. on July 29.
Rounds: 2 rounds per night. 8:00 p.m., then ASAP on 7/29 & 8/5.
2 half-point byes are permitted.
Chief TD: Doran Race

Updated 7/18 at 11:12 a.m.

Friday, July 04, 2014

Thursday, June 05, 2014

#1148 Kenilworth Summer Tourney Starts Tonight!

The Kenilworth Chess Club's fun, friendly, yet highly competitive Summer Tournament starts tonight at 8:00 p.m.

Here are the rules :

  • The 2014 Summer Tournament will run from June 5th through August 28th.
  • The entry fee is $5.00.
  • The event is not rated.
  • The time control is G/60.
  • G/55+5 (delay) may be used if there is mutual agreement between paired players. Increment settings are not allowed.
  • You may play anyone who is entered. The first time you play an opponent, the lower rated or unrated player has White. In subsequent games against the same opponent you alternate colors.
    If both players are unrated or have identical ratings, they toss for initial color.
  • You may not play the same opponent more than four times in the tournament.
  • All games are to be played at the Kenilworth Chess Club during normal operating hours.
  • You may play up to 2 games per week. You can skip weeks but the more you play the more points you can accrue.
  • You get one point for a win, one half point for a draw and zero for a loss. No bye points are awarded.
  • The winner is the person who has the most points at the end of the tournament.
  • The prizes are 60% for first place, 30% for second, and 10% for third.

Bob Sherry won last year and in 2012. Other past winners of this popular event include LM Scott Massey (2004), LM Mark Kernighan (2005, 2011), Greg Tomkovich (2006), Ari Minkov (2007, 2010), John Moldovan (2008) and Ian Mangion (2009).

#1147 Kenilworth Wins GSCL Championship

Kenilworth edged Hamilton 2.5-1.5 last week to become the 2013-14 Garden State Chess League Champions.

The team, which featured Dr. Ian Mangion and Greg Tomkovich of Cranford, Jackson Hueckel of Staten Island, John Moldovan of Garwood, Don Carrelli and Bob Sherry of Mountainside, Dr. Geoff McAuliffe of Dunellen, Paul Gottleib of East Brunswick and finished with a +5-0=3 record, stumbled with draws against Summit & Newark-McDonald's in April, but came through in the must-win season finale against the 4-time defending champs.

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