Saturday, December 30, 2006
#52 No Checkmate CC Meeting on 12/31
#51 Springfield G/10 on January 21 & 28
#50 Checkmate Compilation
- 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
- 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 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...
- a Zukertort System QP Game
D05 Barnett 0-1 So : U.S. Amateur Teams East, Parsippany 02/21/2005
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
#45 Best Games Request
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
#44 Frankenstein-Dracula Refutation? & 4 Others
- 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
Sunday, December 10, 2006
#42 An English & 2 Sicilians
- 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
White to play
#40 More Games From The West Orange & Holmdel Matches
#39 BACKUP YOUR DATABASES!!
Sunday, November 19, 2006
#38 Annotations From The Roselle Match
I'll re-check the score with my source & make any necessary changes late tonight.
Friday, November 17, 2006
#37 Roselle Routs Kenilworth
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
Checkmate Chess Club
Saturdays 8:30 - 11:00 p.m.
Barnes and Noble Booksellers
240 Route 22 West
Springfield, NJ 07081
Web Site : http://checkmatechessclub.blogspot.com
Open Sundays, Wednesdays and Saturdays
1531 Irving St.
Rahway, NJ 07065
Web Site : http://www.chessmatesnj.com
Blog : http://chessmatesnj.blogspot.com
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 email@example.com, 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
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 : http://gardenstatechessleague.blogspot.com
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
Kenilworth, NJ 07033
Contact : Donald Carrelli via firstname.lastname@example.org
Web Site : http://www.kenilworthchessclub.org
Maplewood Chess Club
Thursdays 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Maplewood Community Center
120 Burnett Ave.
Maplewood, NJ 07040
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
Mostly senior citizens
For more information, call the library : 908-322-5007
Westfield Chess Club
Sundays 1:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
220 Clark Street
Westfield, NJ 07090
Contact : email John Moldovan via email@example.com or phone Bill Cohen at 848-219-1358
Web Site : http://www.westfieldchessclub.com
Blog : http://westfieldchessclub.blogspot.com
Almost exclusively a tournament site.
West Orange Chess Club
Tuesdays 7 p.m - 12 midnight
Toby Katz Community Center
650 Pleasant Valley Way
West Orange, NJ 07052
Contact : John Hagerty 973-736-3433
Web Site : http://westorangechess.webs.com/
Post updated 4/12/2013 @ 9:40 p.m.
#35 Daftani wins Springfield G/5
Saturday, November 11, 2006
#34 Annotations to the Consultation Game
Friday, November 10, 2006
#33 White team wins Kenilworth Consultation Game
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
Friday, November 03, 2006
#31 Lost & Found
#30 Kenilworth at Roselle on November 16th
#29 Kenilworth Consultation Game Adjourned
Here are the moves played thus far:
White team - Black team
Kenilworth, NJ 11/02/2006
B44 Sicilian Defense
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.
Thursday, November 02, 2006
#28 Consultation Game & Lecture at Kenilworth Tonight
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
Thursday, October 26, 2006
#26 Fewer Posts Forthcoming
#25 Lecture Tonight In Kenilworth
#24 A Recent Caro-Kann Contest
#23 Kenilworth G/30 Wrap-up
Friday, October 20, 2006
#22 Minkov Wins Kenilworth G/30 Again
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 crosstable, Java-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
Mann 1/2 Sherry
Azzarello 0-1 Shiffman
Moldovan 1/2 BYE
Minkov 1-0 BYE
1. John Moldovan 3.5
2. Bert Shiffman 2.5
2. Bob Sherry 2.5
4. Ted Mann 2.0
5. Ari Minkov 1.5
6. Joe Azzarello 1.0
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
Thursday, October 12, 2006
#19 2nd week of Kenilworth G/30 Postponed
#18 WC update - Tiebreak tomorrow
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
#16 Kenilworth G/30 - week 1, part 2
Friday, October 06, 2006
#15 Kenilworth Game 30 - week 1
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!?
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
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.
Kenilworth Community Center
I expect the Kenilworth club will open at 7 p.m. those nights, as it did last year.
West Orange Fall Swiss
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)
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
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
Friday, September 29, 2006
#9 Kenilworth crushed by West Orange
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
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
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
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 (
- Ari Minkov had a excellent event despite an extended vacation (7 weeks!). He suffered but 1 defeat in 9 games (
- Joe Demetrick continued his run of successful
- 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
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
P.S. - I hope NBC, Universal, Glen A. Larson Productions and Jack Klugman don’t sue for copyright infringement!