Saturday, December 30, 2006

#52 No Checkmate CC Meeting on 12/31

The Checkmate Chess Club in Springfield will not meet tomorrow, on New Year's Eve; as Barnes & Noble will be closing at 6 p.m. Please have a Happy New Year & join us on January 7th.

#51 Springfield G/10 on January 21 & 28

A free, ten-minute tournament will be held at the Checkmate Chess Club in Springfield on January 21st & 28th. To join, just seek TD Ted Mann in the Barnes & Noble cafe from 7:30-8:15 p.m. on the 21st. Play will begin at 8:30 both nights.

#50 Checkmate Compilation

Here's a zipped PGN file with all the local games (88 total, 71 annotated) posted on the Checkmate Chess Club site from January 2005 thru March 2006 plus some subsequent blitz games (10). It includes...

- D36 Moldovan 1-0 Tomkovich : Kenilworth Club Championship 03/09/2006 (my best game of the year)
- C00 Goeller 0-1 Moldovan : Kenilworth Club Championship 02/02/2006 (my 3rd best)

- D36 Moldovan 0-1 Kernighan : Checkmate Club Championship 03/19/2006 (best game by an opponent)
- D36 Moldovan 0-1 Stoyko : Kenilworth Club Championship 01/12/2006 (2nd best by an opponent)
- B28 Sherry 1-0 Moldovan : Checkmate Club Championship 03/05/2006 (4th best by an opponent)

... & 16 other games (10 annotated) from the 2006 KCCC.

FYI : I won't be posting any games for the next 13-15 days. You should have enough to tide you over. :) I'll try to get a list of 2007 Kenilworth Championship participants & post that for you next Friday (January 5th).

#49 Chess Coroner Compilation

To save you the trouble of downloading multiple files from my archives & piecing them together, I've put all 89 games (75 annotated) posted since I started blogging into a convenient zipped PGN package.

#48 Loose Ends

I've uploaded 6 leftovers (4 annotated) from this year's Kenilworth schedule; including...

- The 3rd-best game by a 2006 opponent
A29 Goeller 1-0 Moldovan : Kenilworth Thematic 05/04/2006

- My 2nd-best game of 2006
C16 Stephan 0-1 Moldovan : Kenilworth vs. West Orange 06/27/2006

- My worst game of 2006 :
D34 Moldovan 0-1 Garcia : Kenilworth vs. Roselle 11/16/2006.

The other best of 2006 games are contained in post #50.

Here's is the Loose Ends Java-replay page & its zipped PGN file.

#47 2007 Kenilworth Club Championship

The 2007 Kenilworth Club Championship starts on January 11th. If there are more than 10 total entries, we'll, like last year, have an Open section & an U1800 group.

The Open section will be a round-robin with a maximum of 10 players (probably based on rating if more wish to play in the top group.

The U1800 format may depend upon the number of entries in the section. If there are 7-10 U1800s, it will be a round-robin. However, for example, if there are just 4-6 U1800s, Tournament Director Geoff McAuliffe could run a double RR. If there are >10 players seeking the U1800 crown, a 9-round swiss would seemingly be required.

To play in the event, you need to pay the $15 membership dues, a $25 entry fee & a $10 (refundable) commitment deposit (= $50 total). Registrations will likely be accepted until 8:30 p.m. on January 11 but I suggest that you join at our next meeting (Thursday, Jan. 4th) & state which section you prefer.

For more information, contact Geoff or our Club President, Joe Demetrick.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

#46 Happy Holidays...

Happy Holidays everyone! Here are 3 games for you to play thru online, download the PGN of & hopefully enjoy :

- a Zukertort System QP Game

D05 Barnett 0-1 So : U.S. Amateur Teams East, Parsippany 02/21/2005

Black to win

- a Classical Nimzo-Indian

E32 Minkov 0-1 Hall : Action Quads, Westfield 08/28/2005

White to win

- an Alapin Sicilian
B22 Mann 0-1 Sherry : Checkmate Chess Club, Springfield 10/22/2006

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

#45 Best Games Request

I'd like to do a "Best of 2006" post featuring 1 game by each Kenilworth Chess Club member. So, please bring a copy of your finest to our next meeting or e-mail it to . Game submissions by members of other NJ clubs are also welcome.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

#44 Frankenstein-Dracula Refutation? & 4 Others

Sorry for being a few days late. To make ammends, I have 5 games for you this week :

- a possible Frankenstein-Dracula Vienna refutation
C27 Shaw 0-1 Cavaliere : correspondence 2005-6

- a somewhat humorous Exchange Caro-Kann
B13 Hutama 0-1 Stoyko : Westfield Quads 11/26/2006

- an Advance French
C02 Pelican 1-0 Sherry : Kenilworth Championship 02/19/2004

- a King's Indian
E91 Moldovan 1/2 Stephan : West Orange vs. Kenilworth 09/28/2005

- a Symmetrical 4 Knights English
A35 Moldovan 0-1 Chieu : Springfield Swiss #2 01/26/2003

Here's the usual Java-replay page & zipped PGN file.

I'll upload some more games this weekend (Fri. Sat or Sun.) & make a couple end-of-year posts during Christmas week.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

#43 A Reminder

I just wanted to remind all Kenilworth Chess Club members that the annual business meeting will be held tonight. It will start around 8:30 p.m. & probably last an hour. Visitors will be welcome after 9:30.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

#42 An English & 2 Sicilians

I have 3 games for you this week :

- an interesting, instructive English Opening
Minkov - Mann : Springfield 2004

- another game from the recent Roselle match
Demetrick - Adelson : Roselle 2006

- a theoretically important Najdorf Sicilian
De Toledo - Di Beradino : Brazilian Championship 2006

Here's the usual Java-replay page & zipped PGN file.

The Minkov game has color-graphics. So, those with ChessBase, Fritz or one of their compatible programs, should skip the PGN & download this
zipped .CBV file!

Saturday, December 02, 2006

#41 Another Isolated d-Pawn Example

Earlier this week, I defeated one of my Kenilworth Consultation teammates in an isolated d-pawn game. As in the aforementioned, the saddled side failed to push his isolonus at the opportune moment (17.d5!? below) and later lost.

White to play

Here’s the Java-replay & zipped PGN for you.

#40 More Games From The West Orange & Holmdel Matches

I’ve annotated & uploaded 3 additional games from Kenilworth’s matches against West Orange & Holmdel, including my losses to Bill Potts & Charles Hart. Here’s the Java-replay page & PGN file.


If you’re wondering why there’s been a 13-day gap between posts, it’s mostly because I ruined the database with all of my games by accidentally deleting the .cbp player file & emptying the Recycle Bin before realizing the error. I knew all of my commentary was still there but it took parts of 4 days & everything but the kitchen sink (file-merging, doubles-sorting, cutting, pasting, typing, trial & error) to sufficiently incorporate it into a new DB. Some symbols in the scores were turned into text but that can be remedied.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

#38 Annotations From The Roselle Match

I've uploaded my notes to the Kenilworth-Roselle Java-replay page & PGN file. Due to a transcribing error, moves 42-45 of Camejo - Minkov & the corresponding comments may be incorrect.

I'll re-check the score with my source & make any necessary changes late tonight.

Friday, November 17, 2006

#37 Roselle Routs Kenilworth

The Kenilworth Chess Club closed out their 2006 match schedule with a 7½-2½ loss at Roselle last night. Ari Minkov was the visitors’ lone victor. FM Steve Stoyko, NM Scott Massey and Joe Demetrick had draws. Roselle, which won last year’s inter-club tilt by an even more lopsided 8½-1½ count, did most of their damage on the bottom 6 boards, scoring 5½-½.

Here’s a
Java-replay page & a zipped PGN file with 3 of the games. I’ll add notes sometime in the next few days.

Monday, November 13, 2006

#36 Local Chess Clubs

Below is a list of local (mostly Union County) chess clubs.

Checkmate Chess Club

Saturdays 8:30 - 11:00 p.m.

Barnes and Noble Booksellers
240 Route 22 West
Springfield, NJ 07081

not USCF-affiliated

Web Site :

Chess Mates

Open Sundays, Wednesdays and Saturdays

1531 Irving St.
Rahway, NJ 07065

Web Site :
Blog :

Tournaments are run 3 days a week. Lessons given 2 Sundays per month.

For hours of operation, tournament details, lesson and camp info, visit their website, blog, send email to, or call 732-499-0118

Clark Chess Club
Thursdays 10 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Clark Public Library
303 Westfield Ave.
Clark, NJ 07066

Not USCF-affiliated
For more information, call the library : 732-388-5999

Mostly senior citizens.

Garden State Chess League
West Orange CC, Kenilworth CC, Chess Mates, Dean Of Chess Academy and other clubs

Web Site :

Matches played once per month.
The games are not-rated.

Kenilworth Chess Club
Thursdays 8:00 p.m - 11:30 p.m

Kenilworth Community Center
575 Boulevard
Kenilworth, NJ 07033


Contact :
Donald Carrelli via
Web Site :

Maplewood Chess Club

Thursdays 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Maplewood Community Center
DeHart Park

120 Burnett Ave.
Maplewood, NJ 07040

Not USCF-affiliated
For more information, call the center at 973-763-0750

Roselle Chess Club
Thursdays 6:00 p.m. - 12 midnight

Roselle Community Center
1268 Shaffer Avenue
Roselle, NJ 07203


No longer USCF-affiliated

Primarily a blitz club.

Scotch Plains Chess Club

Mondays 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Scotch Plains Public Library
1927 Bartle Avenue
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076


Not USCF-affiliated

Mostly senior citizens

For more information, call the library : 908-322-5007

Westfield Chess Club

Sundays 1:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Westfield YMCA
220 Clark Street
Westfield, NJ 07090



Contact : email John Moldovan via or phone Bill Cohen at 848-219-1358

Web Site :
Blog :

Almost exclusively a tournament site.

West Orange Chess Club

Tuesdays 7 p.m - 12 midnight

Toby Katz Community Center
Degnan Park
650 Pleasant Valley Way
West Orange, NJ 07052


Contact : John Hagerty 973-736-3433

Web Site :

Post updated 4/12/2013 @ 9:40 p.m.

#35 Daftani wins Springfield G/5

Maraj Daftani (2164) won the 5-minute tournament at Springfield last night, with a 6½-½ score. Bob Sherry (1812) was a point back at 5½-1½ and Freeman Jackson (2028) was 3rd with 5-2. Here’s the event crosstable.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

#34 Annotations to the Consultation Game

I've uploaded my notes to the Kenilworth consultation game. Hope you like them. Here's the Java-replay page & the PGN file. Sorry for the delay.

Friday, November 10, 2006

#33 White team wins Kenilworth Consultation Game

The White team, boosted by the addition of FM Tom Bartell, won the consultation game at Kenilworth. Here are the moves played last night :

25...Ng5? (sealed move) 26.Bd4 a5 27.Bxe5 Nxf3+ 28.Qxf3 Rxe5 29.Nd4 Qb6?? 30.Rc7 Re1+ 31.Rxe1 Qxc7 32.Re8+ Kg7

33.Nf5+!! gxf5 34.Qg3+ Kh6 35.Rg8+ 1-0 PGN

Annotations & java-replay will follow sometime tonight.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

#32 5-Minute Tournament in Springfield

There will be a 5-minute tournament at Springfield’s Checkmate Chess Club on Sunday the 12th. Details here.

Friday, November 03, 2006

#31 Lost & Found

One of the chess players forgot his coat at the Kenilworth Community Center last night. It was put in the club’s locker for safe-keeping and may be claimed next week.

#30 Kenilworth at Roselle on November 16th

A 10-board match between the Kenilworth & Roselle chess clubs will take place at Roselle on Thursday the 16th. If you’re a Kenilworth member & would like to take part, contact Joe Demetrick.

#29 Kenilworth Consultation Game Adjourned

The consultation game between teams headed by NM Scott Massey (White) & FM Steve Stoyko (Black) had to be adjourned after 25 moves as the generous 5 minute per turn time limit prevented us from completing the contest in a single session. The fun will resume next Thursday night.

Here are the moves played thus far:

White team - Black team
consultation game
Kenilworth, NJ 11/02/2006

B44 Sicilian Defense
Taimanov Variation

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nb5 d6 6.c4 Nf6 7.N1c3 a6 8.Nd4 Be7 9.Be2 0–0 10.0–0 Qc7 11.b3 d5 12.exd5 exd5 13.Nxc6 bxc6 14.cxd5 Rd8 15.Bf3 cxd5 16.Ne2 Bd6 17.h3 Be5 18.Nd4 Ne4 19.Be3 Bb7 20.Rc1 Qa5 21.Qe2 Rd6 22.Rc2 Re8 23.Rfc1 Qd8 24.Qd3 g6 25.Ne2

Adjourned. Black sealed his 25th move.

Java replay PGN

Thursday, November 02, 2006

#28 Consultation Game & Lecture at Kenilworth Tonight

Tonight at the Kenilworth Chess Club, two lecturers (in seperate rooms) will play a game & provide commentary to their respective audiences as they go along.

The orators, as of this writing, have not been announced but I invite all the players in the area to attend. I played in a consultation game on FICS (PGN) last year & enjoyed exchanging ideas with the other participants.

The club opens at 8 p.m. & the event will probably start at 8:15 or 8:30.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

#27 Shen ties for 23rd in Youth Championships

New Jersey Master Victor Shen (2066 FIDE) tied for 23rd place in the Boys U14 section of the 2006 World Youth Chess Championships. None of his games, however, are among the 490 in the Monroi database & TWIC #625. Hopefully, his teacher, NM Scott Massey, will supply 1 or 2.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

#26 Fewer Posts Forthcoming

Due to the large number of recent events, I’ve been making more posts than originally intended. In November & December, I will likely make just 1 post per week.

#25 Lecture Tonight In Kenilworth

Scott Massey will be giving a lecture on Estonian GM Paul Keres tonight, starting at 8:15 or so. A $5.00 fee will be charged.

#24 A Recent Caro-Kann Contest

Last week at Kenilworth, I played a training game against Laukik Gadgil, who asked me to analyze & post it for him. Here’s the replay & PGN.

#23 Kenilworth G/30 Wrap-up

The Java-replay page & PGN file for this event have been updated.

Friday, October 20, 2006

#22 Minkov Wins Kenilworth G/30 Again

Ari Minkov successfully defended his 2005 Kenilworth G/30 title, with a win over Ted Mann & a 4th-round bye.

Final Standings
1. Ari Minkov 3.5
2. Ted Mann 3.0
3. Ed Selling 2.5
4. Robert Bernard 1.5
5. Pat Mazzillo 1.0
6. Jim Cole 0.0

Here’s the event’s final crosstableJava-replay page and a PGN file with all 10 games (7 annotated. I'll update in a few days when I finish my notes to all of last night's games.

Monday, October 16, 2006

#21 Handicap Tournament - wrap-up

Round 4
1/2 Sherry
0-1 Shiffman
1/2 BYE
1-0 BYE

Final Standings
1. John Moldovan
2. Bert Shiffman
2. Bob Sherry
4. Ted Mann
5. Ari Minkov
6. Joe Azzarello

Final crosstable
Java-replay page
Zipped .cbv file with all 9 games from the event

Friday, October 13, 2006

#20 WC update - Kramnik takes title, flushes foe 2.5-1.5

Vladimir Kramnik has won the tie-breaking rapid match over Veselin Topalov 2.5-1.5 & is now the undisputed World Chess Champion. The 1st game was drawn. Kramnik won the 2nd, Topalov stayed alive with a win in the 3rd but lost game 4. All of the rapid contests featured Slav or Semi-Slav variations.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

#19 2nd week of Kenilworth G/30 Postponed

Tonight's meeting of the Kenilworth Chess Club was cancelled because the back room/playing area was unavailable. Rounds 3 & 4 of the G/30 tournament will be next Thursday night, 10/19. If you have any questions, contact Club President Joe Demetrick.

#18 WC update - Tiebreak tomorrow

Vladimir Kramnik & Veselin Topalov played to a draw in game 12 of their World Championship match. There will be a rapid match tomorrow, to break the current 6-6 tie & determine a winner.

For annotations go to
The Week in Chess, Zsuzsa Polgar's blog & Chess in St. Petersburg. ChessBase has a replay but no notes as yet.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

#17 Handicap Tournament - round 3

Week 3 wasn’t much different than the 2nd as Bob Sherry & I again won the only games. My match was even after 20 moves but my opponent self-destructed. Sherry was even luckier as his foe missed a rather obvious winning combo :

Sherry - Minkov
Black to play & win
Here are all the games thus far, in Java-replay & a zipped .cbv file plus a crosstable. The event concludes next Sunday.

#16 Kenilworth G/30 - week 1, part 2

All the round 1 & 2 games have been annotated & uploaded. Here’s the updated Java-replay page and the amended PGN file.

Friday, October 06, 2006

#15 Kenilworth Game 30 - week 1

Ari Minkov & Ted Mann (2-0) are tied for 1st after 2 rounds of the Kenilworth G/30 swiss. Ed Selling & Pat Mazzillo share 3rd (1-1). There are but 6 players in the event, compared to the 11 that took part in last year's G/30.

Minkov, the defending champion, escaped a bad opening in the 1st contest & a lost position in his 2nd. Just 1 of the 6 games played lasted more than 26 moves.
You can play thru all of them online or download a PGN file with them.

I've annotated 1 game thus far & will upload notes to the others as soon as possible. Unfortunately, Wednesday night's storm knocked my phone line out & it won't be fixed until Sunday afternoon. I had to submit this report from a local library.

Monday, October 02, 2006

#14 Handicap Tournament - round 2

Unlike the first week, there were no upsets in the Springfield Handicap last night. Bob Sherry won his game, despite spotting 4 moves, & I capitalized on my foe’s faulty sac to take the lead at the event’s halfway mark.

Here’s a Java replay page & a zipped .cbv file with all the contests.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

#13 Demo Boards in Bathrooms Causing WC Crisis!?

Here's the latest on Toiletgate, from

Veselin Topalov & his camp apparently protested Vladimir Kramnik's numerous bathroom visits over concern the latter was using the demonstration board that match organizers placed in his (& Topalov's) facility.

Saturday, September 30, 2006

#12 Tournament Announcements

Kenilworth Swiss
Thursday, October 5th (rounds 1-2) &
Thursday, October 12th (rounds 3-4)
Time Control : G/30
Entry Fee : ? (It was $6 last year.)
Registration : On 10/5, from 8:00 to 8:30 p.m.

site :
Kenilworth Community Center
575 Boulevard
Kenilworth, NJ

I expect the Kenilworth club will open at 7 p.m. those nights, as it did last year.

West Orange Fall Swiss
5 rounds
starting Tuesday, October 10th
Time Control - 40/90 then 30/60
Entry Fee : $15

10/10 - (round 1)
10/17 - (round 2)
10/24 - (adjournments & postponements)
10/31 - (round 3)
11/7 - (round 4)
11/14 - (adjournments & postponements)
11/21 - (round 5)

site :
Toby Katz Community Center
650 Pleasant Valley Way
West Orange, NJ

The WOCC club meets on Tuesdays, from 7 p.m to midnight.
For more details, contact John Haggerty @ 973-736-3433

#11 Holmdel wrap-up

NM Mark Kernighan vs. FM Tom Bartell
NM Mark Kernighan vs. FM Tom Bartell on Board 1
I have added Kernighan-Bartell & Jim Cole’s win to the Holmdel Java replay page & PGN file.

Thanks to Mike Goeller for sending the above photo.

#10 Games from the West Orange match

The Java replays & PGN with Thursday’s games against West Orange have been uploaded.

Friday, September 29, 2006

#9 Kenilworth crushed by West Orange

The Kenilworth CC, playing without 3 of their top 4 players (FM Steve Stoyko, NM Scott Massey, Michael Goeller), took a whooping at the hands of visiting West Orange last night, 7.5-2.5. NM Peter Radomskyj scored the decisive point.

Glen Hart & Joe Demetrick notched wins for the home squad. Ari Minkov managed a draw. Kenilworth had won the previous meeting (at West Orange, on 6/22) by a 6.5-3-5 count.

3 games from this event & 2 more from last week’s Holmdel match will be posted in the next few days.

Monday, September 25, 2006

# 8 Handicap Tournament - round 1

Mann - Minkov
White to play & win

The Springfield Handicap got underway on a surprising note last night as Ted Mann & Bert Shiffman upset the 2 top seeds. I overcame my opponent’s 3-move advantage & won a nice game.

Here’s a Java replay page & a zipped .cbv file* with all the contests.

* This is a compressed ChessBase archive. To read it, you’ll need a ChessBase product, such as ChessBase Light, which you can download for free.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

#7 Kramnik leads World Championship

Vladimir Kramnik beat Veselin Topalov again today to take a 2-0 lead in their 12-game match. Topalov missed a win on move 32 :

White to play
Games 1 & 2 in Java replay & PGN.

Game 3 is Tuesday. You can watch it on
FICS or U.S. Chess Live, among other places.

Friday, September 22, 2006

#6 Bartell brillancy in D.C.

Before the start of last night’s match, folks at the Holmdel CC raved about Tom Bartell’s Atlantic Open win against Larry Kaufman but they didn’t have the full score. Luckily, I found it in a recent The Week In Chess issue (#617).

Tom’s effort deserved all the praise it has & will continue to receive but Kaufman could have kept the upper hand by declining the 1st sac (15...b5) & avoided a trip to my morgue by refusing the 2nd offer (16...Nxd5!). Once the following position was reached, White was lost :

Black to play & win

Here’s the Java replay & PGN for you.

#5 Kenilworth beats Holmdel!

The Kenilworth CC scored a surprising win at Holmdel last night, thanks to a 5-0 sweep by Greg Tomkovich, Mike Wojcio, Joe Demetrick, Joe Renna & Jim Cole on boards 6-10. Michael Goeller’s draw against Vladimir Lipman brought the score to 5.5-3.5 & secured the victory.

Holmdel won the first meeting, in Kenilworth, on April 22nd, by a wide margin but, on this occasion, they were without FIDE Master Anatoly Volovich & expert Steve Anderson.

I have annotated Goeller’s clinching contest & my loss to Brian Katz. You can replay those games online or download the PGN. I’d like to present more games from this event (including Kernighan vs. Bartell) but, to do so, I need your scores. Please e-mail them to me.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

#4 Springfield Handicap Tournament

A 4-round handicap tournament will be held at the Checkmate Chess Club from 9/24-10/15. The lower-rated players will get White + an extra move for every 200 points of rating difference. Entries are being accepted thru Saturday 9/23. Join now

Saturday, September 16, 2006

#3 KST Wrap-Up - part 2

Java-replays for the deciding games & a zipped PGN file with 33 games (21 annotated) are up. Here’s a symbol key, if you need it.

For the event overview, let’s examine the top performances:

- Greg Tomkovich struggled in rounds 1-5, losing twice & nearly dropping 2 other games. But he went undefeated (7-0-2) the rest of the way, upsetting NM Kernighan in week 7 to grab a share of the lead and beating me in last round, to claim clear first. Greg followed his KST triumph with a 3.5-1.5 score at the NJ Open.

- Mark Kernighan The 2005 KST champ, got off to 5-0 start but hit a big bump in weeks 6-11, where he failed to win a single game (0-1-3). Mark skipped rounds 9 & 11 to play 5-minute games against non-competing players and, in the end, this affected his final standing.

- Devin Camenares dropped 2 of his first 3 games but lost just once in the last 10 rounds (7-1-2) and proved to be an under-rated unrated!

- Ari Minkov had a excellent event despite an extended vacation (7 weeks!). He suffered but 1 defeat in 9 games (4-1-4) and nicked Kernighan for a pair of draws.

- Joe Demetrick continued his run of successful Kenilworth results by finishing with a +2 mark.

- Richard Lewis didn’t join until round 6 and was under the radar for most of the tourney but he won 3 late games and vaulted to 5.5-0.5.

- Ed Selling was undefeated thru the first 10 weeks (4-0-2) and had a good showing overall (+2). However, losses to the co-runner-ups nudged him out of the top 5.

- Anna Matlin finished at 1.5-3.5 but impressed everyone. She could have been +1 if not for time pressure stumbles against Goeller & Camenares. Anna gathered additional notice by drawing NM Peter Radomskyj at the 8/20 Westfield Swiss.

- I played poorly & deserved a lower placing. Only my event-high 17 games kept me in the mix.

P.S. - For more on the 2006 KST, visit The Kenilworthian archives.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

#2 KST Wrap-Up - part 1

Here are the final standings from 2006 Kenilworth Summer Tournament, which ended August 31st...

1. Greg Tomkovich 10.5
2. Mark Kernighan 9.0
2. Devin Camaneres 9.0
4. John Moldovan 8.5
5. Ari Minkov 6.0
5. Joe Demetrick 6.0
5. Pat Mazzillo 6.0
8. Richard Lewis 5.5
9. Ed Selling 5.0
9. Mike Wojcio 5.0
11. Ted Mann 4.0
12. Bert Shiffman 3.5
13. Javier Moreno 3.0
14. Anna Matlin 1.5
15. Scott Massey 1.0
15. Michael Goeller 1.0
15. Joe Renna 1.0
18. Geoff McAuliffe 0.5
19. Joe Azzarello 0.0
19. Laukik Gadgil 0.0
19. Jorge Rivera 0.0
19. Jim Cole 0.0

... plus a
Crosstable of the event.

2 prize-deciding games from the last (14th) round and an overview will follow within a few days.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

#1 Introduction

Hi Chess Fans. I’m John Moldovan, a correspondence-chess expert (USCF 2120) and contributor to the Checkmate Chess Club site. As noted above, my blog will primarily feature annotated games but reports on local events & clubs will appear from time to time. Thanks to Michael Goeller, author of The Kenilworthian & the Kenilworth Chess Club webmaster, for his encouragement and this opportunity.

P.S. - I hope NBC, Universal, Glen A. Larson Productions and Jack Klugman don’t sue for copyright infringement!