Tuesday, April 21, 2015

#1177 Win Within 45 Moves Or Draw Tourney In Kenilworth

Win Within 45 Moves Or Draw Tournament 
April 23-May 14
  • Non-Rated, 4 round Swiss. Runs April 23 thru May 14.
  • Time control: 45 moves in 45 minutes. No delay.
  • Any game that takes more than 45 moves will be declared a draw.
  • Tournament Director: Robert Sherry
  • Register: On site, from 8:00 to 8:20 p.m. on April 23rd. Club members can late-join by e-mail until April 27.
  • Byes: 1 bye per player allowed. If taking a bye in round 2, 3 or 4, you must inform the TD at least 48 hours in advance.
  • Rounds: 8:30 p.m. on April 23, 30 & May 7, 14.
  • Entry fee: Free for club members. $1 for non-members.

#1176 Kernighan Wins Kenilworth Championship

LM Mark Kernighan won the 24th Kenilworth CC Championship, which was held March 26-April 16.

Here are the final crosstable, in tiebreak order, and the prize-winners list:


LM Mark Kernighan
Paul Gottlieb
Dr. Richard Lewis
Joseph Pergola III
Bruce Mason
Manuel Yunes
Dr. Geoff McAuliffe
Ted Mann
Luis Ruales

W = Win
L = Loss
D = Draw
H = 1/2 point bye
X = Forfeit win
F = Forfeit loss
N = Not paired

Prize Winners:

1st place -  LM Mark Kernighan
2nd place - Paul Gottlieb
3rd place - Dr. Richard Lewis
U1600 - Joseph Pergola III 

Gottlieb will be listed as the Club's 2015 U1800 Champion when the plaque is updated.

Friday, April 17, 2015

#1175 Kenilworth Championship & Calendar "Update"

Mark Kernighan led the Kenilworth Championship going into last night's final round.

No other information about the tournament or the events schedule for April 23, April 30, May 7, May 14 and May 21 is available.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

#1174 Kenilworth Championship: Round 1 Photos

Bob Sherry snapped these photos during Thursday night's opening round of the Kenilworth Championship:

Manuel Yunez (standing) and Joseph Dovydaitis watching the Ted Mann-Mark Kernighan (closest to them) and Richard Lewis-Luis Ruales games.

Geoff McAuliffe vs. Joseph Pergola III (front) and Paul Gottlieb vs. Bruce Mason.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

#1173 Kenilworth Ch. Underway, Reduced To 4 Rounds

The 24th Kenilworth Championship began on Thursday, with LM Mark Kernighan (2200), Dr. Richard Lewis (1726) and Paul Gottlieb (1629) heading a unexpectedly small and relatively weak field.

With just 10 players taking part, the event has been reduced to 4 rounds and been made a 1-section swiss. It is now slated to run thru April 16th.

The 1st round pairings, by board were:

1. Ted Mann (1400) vs. Kernighan
2. Lewis vs. Luis Ruales (685)
3. Bruce Mason (unrated) vs. Gottlieb
4. Dr. Geoff McAuliffe (1600, house player) vs. Joseph Pergola III (unrated).

Pat Mazzillo (1323) and Manuel Yunez (unrated) took half-point byes.

Late-joins will be accepted until the start of round 2 on Thursday, April 2nd.

No results or pictures have been received, as yet, but I can tell you that White was clearly winning on boards 2 & 4, after 40 minutes of play.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

#1172 Kenilworth Championship Starts On Thursday

The 24th Kenilworth Chess Club Championship will begin on Thursday, March 26th, 2015 and is scheduled to be 5-7 rounds in length.

Here are the details :

24th KCC Championship
  • USCF-rated
  • 2 Sections. 1800+ and Under 1800
  • 5-7 rounds. Depends on the number of players. The 1800+ Section is slated be a RR. The U1800 may be a RR or SS.
  • The event starts on March 26th.
  • It can end as early as April 23rd or as late as May 14th. Depends on the number of rounds & if the postponement dates are utilized.
  • 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.
  • KCC or Westfield CC membership is required. KCC dues for 2015 are $10 for those age 17 or less, $10 for those age 65+, $15 for everyone else.
  • EF: $10 entry fee + $10 anti-forfeit deposit + dues (= $35 for most players). Westfield CC members only pay EF & anti-forfeit deposit ($20 total).
  • Please register with Geoff McAuliffe before 8:20 p.m. on 3/26 @ Kenilworth Community Center, 575 Boulevard, Kenilworth, N.J. 07033
  • Late-joins will be accepted for the U1800 section until round 2 is paired, if it's run as a Swiss.
  • If there is a low turnout, the TD may combine sections and run a 5-SS or a 5 to 7 RR.
Past Champions include LM Scott Massey (who has won the title 12x), Rene Ray (1996), FM Steve Stoyko (2005-2007), LM Mark Kernighan (2008), NM Yaacov Norowitz (2009), NM Arthur Macaspac (2010, 2012), NM Ken Chieu (2011), and NM Praveen Balakrishnan (2013, 2014).

18 players took part in last year's event.

#1171 FYI, Re: The Lack Of KCC Info

Regarding the lack of information from the Kenilworth CC:

You'll have to ask the current President why...

1. There has not there been a single post on the Kenilworth Chess Club blog or the KCC Tournaments blog in 2015.

2. There has not been a single message circulated from the KCC's e-mail account since January 8th. (Btw, that one was not sent to me.)

The necessary login ID and password to do the aforementioned was shared. What's the fucking problem?

It's not my place to be sending e-mails out for the club but I can and will blog about the upcoming Club Championship on Kenilworth's blogs, in addition to this one. Somebody has to.

Thursday, March 05, 2015

#1170 RIP Leon Hrebinka

Long-time Kenilworth Chess Club member Leon Hrebinka passed away on Sunday, at the age of 80.

Entombment at Graceland Memorial Park will take place on Friday with guests gathering at the funeral home at 10:30AM.
- See more at: http://www.unionfuneralhome.com/obituary/Leon-Hrebinka/Hillside-NJ/1485834#sthash.SM9xAAfD.dpuf
Entombment at Graceland Memorial Park will take place on Friday with guests gathering at the funeral home at 10:30AM.
- See more at: http://www.unionfuneralhome.com/obituary/Leon-Hrebinka/Hillside-NJ/1485834#sthash.SM9xAAfD.dpuf
Entombment at Graceland Memorial Park will take place on Friday with guests gathering at the funeral home at 10:30AM.
- See more at: http://www.unionfuneralhome.com/obituary/Leon-Hrebinka/Hillside-NJ/1485834#sthash.SM9xAAfD.dpuf
He will be entombed tomorrow at Graceland Memorial Park in Kenilworth. Those wishing to say their goodbyes to Leon & pay their respects to his family will gather at the Union Funeral Home, 1600 Stuyvesant Ave., Union, NJ at 10:30 a.m.

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.