Saturday, June 26, 2010

#695 Games From Rahway

I didn' expect to play in any of the events at Chess Mates but have had to fill in 3 times so far and have dropped 20 rating points by going winless in 7 games (0-5-2).

Here they are for you to laugh at, in java-replay & PGN.

#694 Summer Tourney - Round 4

Ari Minkov took over the #1 spot with victories over Colby Chen and Ken Chieu. Chieu is now 2nd. I'm 3rd after a lucky win over Lou Sturniolo.

Mark Kernighan, Ian Mangion, Greg Tomkovich and Joe Renna also collected full points.

Richard Lewis and Geoff McAuliffe drew.


Kernighan 1-0 Carrelli
Ed Del Asanaro 0-1 Chieu
Chen 0-1 Minkov
Minkov 1-0 Chieu
Pawlowski 0-1 Mangion
Sturniolo 0-1 Moldovan*
McAuliffe 1/2-1/2 Lewis
Tomkovich 0-1 Sherer

* = annotated


1. Minkov 5.5
2. Chieu 5.0
3. Moldovan 4.0
=4. Kernighan, Mangion, Sturniolo 3.0
=7. Pawlowski, Sherer, Tomkovich, Renna 2.0
=11. Komunicky, McAuliffe 1.0
=13. Carrelli, Lewis, Hart,  0.5
=16. Demetrick, Wojcio, Mazzillo, Reinoso, Chen, Ed Delasandro  0.0

Java-Replay (5 of the 9 games)

Friday, June 18, 2010

#693 Summer Tourney - Round 3

Ken Chieu & Ari Minkov won two games to vault into 1st & 2nd places.

Lou Sturniolo & I had victories but dropped to 3rd.

Mark Kernighan & Ian Mangion also took full points to join Max Sherer & David Pawlowski in 5th place.

Braden Reinoso entered the event.


Sherer 0-1 Mangion
Sherer 1/2-1/2 Pawlowski

* = annotated


1. Chieu 4.0
2. Minkov 3.5
=3. Moldovan, Sturniolo 3.0
=5. Kernighan, Mangion, Pawlowski, Sherer 2.0
=9. Tomkovich, Komunicky, Renna 1.0
=12. Carrelli, Hart, McAuliffe 0.5
=15. Demetrick, Wojcio, Mazzillo, Reinoso, Chen 0.0

Crosstable (improved version will follow)

Java-Replay (7 of the 9 games)

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

#692 Chess Mates To Open On Saturday!!

Chess Mates in Rahway will open on Saturday June 19th with a 4-round, G/60 Swiss for U2400s. The entry fee is $40 for non-members, $30 for members.

Full details on the inaugural event:

Every Saturday G/60 U2400  

4-SS, Rds: 10:30 a.m., 12:15, 2:00, 3:45, 5:00 pm. Chess Mates Corporation, 1523 Irving St., Rahway, NJ 07065. A block away from Rahway Train Station and 40 min. train ride from NY Penn Station. May be limited to first 50 entries. EF: $40, members $30. Prize Fund: 70% of EF. Prizes: 1st, 2nd, Top U2200, U2000, 1800, 1600. Limit 2 byes, commit by 11:30 am. Re-entry $15, counts half (no re-entry after 2nd round). Reg. ends 10 min. before game. Entering 10 min. before game and phone entry, $5 Extra. Cell#: (760) 583-8429,

Chess Mates' Cell Phone Rule

Use of a cell phone is prohibited in the tournament room. If your cell phone rings in the tournament room during play, you lose half of your remaining time. For a second offense in the same tournament, you forfeit your game.

Sat. 19 - 4/SS, G/60 for U2400
Sun. 20 - G/45 Swiss (5 rounds) 
Mon. 21 - to be announced 
Tue. 22 - G/30 Quads (3 rounds) 
Wed. 23 - G/30 Swiss (4 rounds) 
Sat. 26 - G/60 Swiss for U2400 
Sun. 27 - G/45 Swiss 
Mon. 28 - G/5 Swiss (7 rounds) 
Tue. 29 - G/30 Quads 
Wed. 30 - G/30 Swiss

Correction : Arthur told me Chess Mates was opening Saturday but, as Don reported on the Kenilworth Kibitzer, it opened Wednesday afternoon.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

#691 Summer Tourney - Round 2

The cooler weather made for a more comfortable environment & a lot more games. There were 11 in all.

Several of the week one victors took hits while a more than a handful of the opening night non-winners picked-up full points.

I won against Greg Tomkovich in 23-move Modern Defense to keep a share of the lead but lost to David Pawlowski, who, by coincidence, used the very same line. He totally out-played & out-worked me.

after 25...Qf8

White to win

Glen Hart, Mike Wojcio, Dan Komunicky & Colby Chen joined to expand the field to 18.

2nd round results:
Carrelli 0-1 Kernighan
Wojcio 0-1 Chieu
Chieu 1-0 Wojcio
Sherer 1-0 Minkov
Minkov 1/2-1/2 Sherer
Tomkovich 0-1 Moldovan
Pawlowski 1-0 Moldovan
McAuliffe 1/2-1/2 Hart
Sturniolo 1-0 Mazzillo
C. Chen 0-1 Renna
Komunicky 1-0 Renna

Standings after week 2 of 13:

= 1-3. Chieu, Moldovan, Sturniolo 2.0
= 4-6. Minkov, Pawlowski, Sherer 1.5
= 7-11. Kernighan, Mangion, Tomkovich, Komunicky, Renna 1.0
= 12-14. Carrelli, Hart, McAuliffe 0.5
= 15-18. Demetrick, Wojcio, Mazzillo, C.Chen 0.0

Java-replay (6 games)

Monday, June 07, 2010

#690 Chess Mates Update

Chess Mates passed its final inspection this morning and got the green light to set-up its tables, chairs, boards and pieces. The tournament room, as arranged today, will accommodate 44 players.

Don Carrelli will likely post some photos on the Kenilworth Kibitzer later today in the days to come.

Hopefully, the C.O. will be issued in a day or two.

Saturday, June 05, 2010

#689 Summer Tourney - Round 1

The 2010 edition of the Kenilworth Summer Tournament opened with 6 games & 2 upsets; as Max Sherer (-480) jolted NM Mark Kernighan & Greg Tomkovich (-272) downed Ari Minkov.

I won against Joe Demetrick but, as usual, it wasn't a clean performance. We followed my 2006 KST loss to Anna Matlin for 15 moves, though there were transpositions. Joe erred 6 turns later, allowing me steal a pawn with 21...Ncxd4! -+.

Then, while I was wilting in the tournament room's oppressive heat, he missed the Exchange-nabbing 33.Nd7+ Ke8 34.Nb6 and a possible draw.

At any rate, I'm happy to start-off on the right foot and pleased that the field is so strong. Of the 14 current players, 5 are KST champs & just 2 are under 1660 3 are <1650.

If anyone would like to schedule for a particular week or play in the air-conditioned analysis room, just say so!

1st round results, by board:

1. Sherer 1-0 Kernighan
2. Tomkovich 1-0 Minkov
3. Dave Pawlowski 1/2-1/2 Don Carrelli
4. Joe Renna 0-1 Ian Mangion
5. Demetrick 0-1 Moldovan
6. Pat Mazzillo 0-1 Lou Sturniolo

Ken Chieu and Geoff McAuliffe joined but didn't get a chance to play.

Standings after week 1 of 13:

= 1-5. Mangion, Moldovan, Sherer, Tomkovich, Sturniolo 1.0
= 6-7. Carrelli, Pawlowski 0.5
= 8-14. Kernighan, Chieu, Minkov, McAuliffe, Demetrick, Mazzillo, Renna 0.0

Java-replay (5 of the 6 games)

Friday, June 04, 2010

#688 Oops!

I somehow forgot to upload the 3rd round Ellner Memorial games on May 23rd.

Here are the links for them again:

3rd round Java-replay
3rd round PGN
PGN of all games

Thursday, June 03, 2010

#687 Summer Tournament Starts Tonight!

The Kenilworth CC's Summer Tournament starts tonight at 8 p.m.!!

Here are the rules :
  • Entry Fee is $5.00
  • The tournament will run from June 3rd through August 26th.
  • The time control is G/60.
  • You may play anyone in the tournament. The first time you play an opponent, the lower rated player has white, in subsequent games against the same opponent you alternate colors.
  • You may not play the same opponent more than four times in the tournament.
  • You get one point for a win, one half point for a draw, and zero for a loss.
  • You may play as many or as few games as you like, but no more than two in one night. The more you play the more points you can win.
  • All games are to be played at the Kenilworth Chess Club during normal operating hours.
  • 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.

Last year's field featured a record 24 players.

Past winners of this popular, unrated event include NM Scott Massey (2004), NM Mark Kernighan (2005), Greg Tomkovich (2006), Ari Minkov (2007), John Moldovan (2008) & Ian Mangion (2009).