Friday, September 27, 2013

Thursday, September 26, 2013

#1126 Correspondence Update

This morning I drew 2414-rated Harry Ingersol and finished the 20th U.S. Correspondence Championship Semi-Finals with a 4-2 score.

At the moment I lead our section but Ingersol (3.5/4), Bill Morris (2.5/4) and Serdar Aykent (0.5/1) have the ability to surpass me.

Here is a snapshot of the final position and move list:

Sacking a pawn with 35.Nf3?! was foolish and nearly cost me the game but at the time I had just 1 advantage (vs. Weiss) and needed to take risks.

PGN of the above

PGN of the games finished in USA/C20/sf03

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

#1125 RIP Steve Ferrero

Steve Ferrero, editor and publisher of the Atlantic Chess News, passed away yesterday. He was 51.

Steve played 4th board on the Top NJ Team at the 2012 USATE, had a 2039 FIDE rating and regularly participated in the Dean Of Chess Academy League.

Update 9/19 @ 4:28 p.m. (per Lou Sturniolo)


Friday, September 20
2-4 and 7-9 p.m.

Vainieri Funeral Home
5923 Kennedy Boulevard
North Bergen, NJ 07047

Maps and Directions

Funeral Mass:
Saturday, September 21
9:00 10:00 a.m.
at Vainieri Funeral Home

Entombment to follow at:

Madonna Mausoleum
2070 Hoefleys Lane
Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Obituary in the Jersey Journal

Updated 9/20 @ 5:00 p.m. (with info from Jim West On Chess)

Sunday, September 08, 2013

#1124 Sy Fish Memorial Starts On Thursday

The Kenilworth Chess Club's 6th Annual Sy Fish Memorial will begin this Thursday night.

The event will be a 4 or 5 round swiss and have a G/60;d5 time control. It will run thru 10/10 or 10/17.

Here are the details:

6th Annual Sy Fish Memorial
September 12th - October 17th, 2013
  • USCF-Rated
  • 4 or 5-round Swiss
  • If there are 16 or fewer players, there will be 4 rounds. If there are 17-32 players, there will be 5 rounds.
  • Time Control: G/60;d5
  • Rounds: 8:30 p.m. on September 12, 19, 26 and October 10.
  • If a 5th round is necessary, it will be on October 17.
  • There is no game on October 3rd!
  • Site: Kenilworth Community Center, 575 Boulevard, Kenilworth, NJ 07033.
  • Entry Fee: $10.
  • Prize Fund: $90% of EF.
  • Prizes: 1st place 30% of EF; 2nd place 20% of EF; 3rd place, U2000, U1750, U1500 each 10% of EF.
  • 10% of EF reserved for rating fees and scoresheet purchases.
  • Register with Geoff McAuliffe or John Moldovan, on site, before 8:25 p.m. on 9/12.
  • Late-joins accepted until the start of round 2.
  • 1 bye allowed, any round. Must declare before the end of round 3.
  • If taking a bye, please inform the TD (Geoff or John) before the round is

#1123 Norowitz Wins NJ Open

IM Yaacov Norowitz won the 2013 NJ Open on tiebreaks over NM David Hua.

The event attracted 157 players.

Sunday, September 01, 2013

#1122 Chess Mates Site Hacked Again

Google Chrome users who visit Chess Mates' website ( are getting a "Reported Phishing Website Ahead!" warning about

Chess Mates has nothing to do with this other site, which according to Who Is, is owned an Alexsandr Stripunsky. See photo below.

It is not known if the aforementioned is GM Stripunsky or if rival chess establishment, ICA is involved.

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