Tuesday, December 24, 2013

#1137 Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays to all my chess friends, acquaintances and readers.

Thanks to all of you for putting-up with my mood swings, a lack of games and infrequent posts in 2013. I hope to resume uploading annotated games in the coming year.  

Friday, December 20, 2013

#1136 Kenilworth Championship Starts January 9th

The 23rd Kenilworth Chess Club Championship will begin on Thursday, January 9th, 2014 and run through February 6th, 2014.

Here are the details :

23rd KCC Championship
  • Not-rated
  • 5-round Swiss
  • January 9th-February 6th, 2014.
  • 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.
  • EF: $10 entry fee + $5 anti-forfeit deposit + dues (= $30 for most players).
  • KCC membership is required. KCC dues for 2014 are $7.50 for those age 17 or less, $10 for those age 65+, $15 for everyone else.
  • Please register with TD Geoff McAuliffe during our 1/2 meeting or before 8:25 p.m. on 1/9 @ Kenilworth Community Center, 575 Boulevard, Kenilworth, N.J. 07033
  • Late-joins accepted until round 2 is paired.
Past Champions include LM Scott Massey (who has won the title 12x), Rene Ray (1996), FM Steve Stoyko (2005-2007), LM Mark Kernighan (2008), IM Yaacov Norowitz (2009), NM Arthur Macaspac (2010, 2012), NM Ken Chieu (2011), and NM Praveen Balakrishnan (2013).
20 players took part in last year's event.

Round by round coverage of the tournament will be posted on the KCC Tournaments blog.

#1135 Kenilworth CC Officer Elections

Last night I was elected Kenilworth Chess Club President, the 4th time in 7 years that I have been so honored.

Bob Sherry will serve as Vice-President and Joe Renna will be the Secretary.

Dr. Geoff McAuliffe and Michael Goeller return as Treasurer and Webmaster while Greg Tomkovich, Pat Mazzillo and Lou Sturniolo continue as Trustees.

If juggling the added responsibilities with those at Westfield, Chess Mates and the Garden State Chess League proves too taxing, I will take a back seat and hand the KCC reins to Bob.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

#1134 KCC Holiday Party & Business Meeting

Tonight, beginning at 8 p.m., the Kenilworth Chess Club is having its annual Holiday Party, Business Meeting, Officer Elections and Awards Ceremony.

The club will be providing pizza. Members may bring other food and refreshments, if they desire. Alcohol is not permitted.

Trophies are to be awarded to NM Praveen Balakrishnan, LM Mark Kernighan, LM Scott Massey, Michael Goeller, Nelson Gutierrez, Joe Renna and Robert Vinson.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

#1133 LM Massey To Lecture In Kenilworth On Thursday

On Thursday night, at the Kenilworth Chess Club, Life Master Scott Massey will lecture on last month's Anand-Carlsen World Championship match.

Admission is $5. The club opens at 8 p.m. and the lecture will begin at 8:15.

Friday, December 06, 2013

#1132 Irina Krush To Give Lecture & Simul In Staten Island

GM-elect Irina Krush, the current and 5-time U.S. Women's Chess Champion, will be giving a lecture and 20-board simultaneous exhibition at the Staten Island Chess Club on Wednesday, December, 11, 2013.

The lecture will begin promptly at 8 p.m., with the simul to follow.

Admission to the lecture is free. The cost to participate in the simul is $30. There are currently 10 seats available. Please contact Jackson Hueckel ASAP if you would like to play against Irina.

Hat tip to Melissa Biegel.