Wednesday, May 31, 2017

#1219 Kenilworth Summer Tournament Starts Tomorrow!

The Kenilworth Chess Club's annual, fun, friendly, yet highly competitive Summer Tournament starts tomorrow night at 8:00 p.m.

This year, in addition to cash prizes, a free NJ Open entry will be awarded to the top-scoring KCC member, courtesy of the NJSCF!

Here are the rules of the tournament:
  • The tournament will run from June 1 through August 31.
  • The event is non-rated.
  • Entry Fee is $5 for club members, $7 for non-members. $5 of each EF goes into the prize fund.
  • The time control is G/60.
  • G/55+5 (delay) may be used if there is mutual agreement between paired players. Increment settings are not allowed.
  • You may play anyone who is entered. The first time you play an opponent, the lower rated or unrated player has White. In subsequent games against the same opponent you alternate colors. If both players are unrated or have identical ratings, they toss for initial color.
  • You may not play the same opponent more than four times in the tournament.
  • Games may begin at 8:00 p.m. in weeks 1-3 (June 1-15), 7:30 p.m. in weeks 4-14 (June 22-Aug. 31). No game may start later than 9:30 p.m.
  • You may play up to 2 games per week. You may play those games simultaneously. You can skip weeks but the more you play the more points you can accumulate.
  • You get one point for a win, a half-point for a draw and zero for a loss. No bye points are awarded.
  • The winner is the person who has the most points at the end of the tournament.
  • Prizes: 1st place: 50%. 2nd place: 30%. 3rd place: 10%. U1600: 10%. The top-scoring Kenilworth CC member will receive free entry to the 2017 NJ Open, courtesy of the NJSCF. The winner of our April 27-May 25 qualifier cannot win another free entry.
  • Registration closes on July 27th. However, if there is an overwhelming turnout, the TD may cut-off entries as early as July 6th.
  • Bring clocks. The club has a limited number for use.
John Moldovan won last year & in 2008. Other past winners of this popular event include LM Scott Massey (2004), LM Mark Kernighan (2005, 2011), Greg Tomkovich (2006), Ari Minkov (2007, 2010), Ian Mangion (2009) and Bob Sherry (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015).

#1218 Camejo Wins Kenilworth's NJ Open Qualifier

NM Mauricio Camejo won the Kenilworth CC's NJ Open Qualfier, held April 27-May 25.

In addition to the 1st place cash prize, Camejo earned a free entry to the NJ Open, courtesy of the NJSCF.

Crosstable, links, prize-winners list & photos to follow.

#1217 Catching Up... Kernighan Wins 2017 Kenilworth Championship

LM Mark Kernighan won the 26th annual Kenilworth Championship, which was held January 12-March 16, 2017.

Paul Gottlieb & Dan Komunicky tied for 1st in the Reserve Section.

Details to follow.

#1216 Catching Up.... 2016 Summer Tournament

On the heels of my 2016 Kenilworth Championship success, I won the 2016 Kenilworth Summer Tournament, scoring +9-2=5 in 16 official games, & +2-0=1 in 3 others.

Details to follow.

#1215 Catching-Up?

I have neglected this blog (& others that I author) for much of the last 4.75 years. At this point I don't know how I am ever going to catch-up but the plan is:

1. Post brief headlines on the 3 most-important Kenilworth events since May 2016 & add material to them in the next few weeks.
2. Resume coverage of current events, starting with the upcoming 2017 Summer Tournament.
3. Post other highlights from September 2012 through mid-April 2017, as time permits.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

#1214 John Michael Burke Simul In Middletown Today

International Master John Michael Burke will be giving a Simultaneous Exhibition today at Middletown-South High School in Middletown, NJ, taking on up to 15 boards at once. Play will begin at 2 p.m.

The simul will be part of the 1st annual "Shave The Shore" fundraiser for St. Baldrick's Foundation, an anti-children's cancer organization.

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