Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Tonight's Meeting Canceled

Tonight's Kenilworth CC meeting has been canceled, due to an impending winter storm.

The 5th round of the Club Championship will be played next week (February 16th).

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Moldovan Wins Club Championship


John Moldovan is the 2016 Kenilworth Chess Club Champion, on tiebreaks over Life Master Mark Kernighan.

John is just the 2nd non-Master to win the title in the club's 34-year history.

Geoff McAuliffe was 3rd.

Joe Renna won the Reserve Section.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Club Championship Starts Tonight!

A reminder: The 25th annual Kenilworth Chess Club Championship starts tonight.

Here are the tournament details:

  • 5-RR.
  • 2 sections: Championship & Reserve
  • G/75 with 5 second delay time control.
  • Rounds will commence at 8:30 p.m. on March 17, 24 & 31 + April 14 & 21.
  • Postponed games from Rounds 1-3 will be made-up on April 7th. Postponed games from rounds 4-5 or 4-7 will be made-up on April 28th
  • Cost: $10 entry fee + dues + $5 anti-forfeit deposit = $35 for most players.
  • KCC membership is required. Dues for 2016 are $10 for age 17 or less, $10 for those age 65+, $20 for everyone else.
  • Prizes: Trophies to winners of each section. Other trophies (based on the number of participants) to be awarded.
  • Register with Treasurer Geoff McAuliffe during our 3/3 and 3/10 meetings or before 8:25 p.m. on 3/17 @ Kenilworth Community Center, 575 Boulevard, Kenilworth, N.J.
  • The Tournament Committee reserves the right to make changes as are deemed necessary for the good maintenance of the tournament.
Past Champions include LM Scott Massey (who has won the title 12x), Rene Ray (1996), FM Steve Stoyko (2005-2007), LM Mark Kernighan (2008, 2015), IM Yaacov Norowitz (2009), LM Arthur Macaspac (2010, 2012), NM Ken Chieu (2011) and FM Praveen Balakrishnan (2013, 2014).
9 players took part in last year's event.

Round by round coverage of the tournament will be posted on the KCC Tournaments blog and/or the Chess Coroner blog.

For stories of past championships, see the 2005 Club Championship website, 2006 Championship website, the Chess Coroner blog and the KCC Tournaments blog.

Post updated 3/25/2016 @ 2:32 p.m.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Reminder: 40 Years Of Friendship Lecture Tomorrow Night

A reminder: Tomorrow night (Thursday 3/10), the Kenilworth Chess Club will present a lecture by FIDE Master/ Correspondence IM Wayne Conover and National Master Gene Salomon, co-authors (along with NM Steve Pozarek) of 40 Years Of Friendship, 100 Games Of Chess.
There will be no charge for admission.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Praveen Balakrishnan Vs Greg Tomkovich

1 e4 c5 2 Nf3 e6 3 d4 cxd4 4 Nxd4 Bc5 5 Nb3 Bb6 6 Bd3 Nc6 7 0-0 Nf6 8 Qe2 0-0 9 e5 Nd5 10 Qe4 f5 11 Qe2 (I expected exf6 ep Nxf6) Qb7 12 Re1 Ncb4 13 Bc4 Nde7 14 c3 Nbc6 15 Nbd2 Ng6 16 Nf3 a6 17 Bd3 Ba7 18 h4 b5( Here I missed Bb8 winning the Whites e pawn) 19 h5 Nge7 20 h6 g3 21 Bg5 Nd5 ( to prevent Bf6) 22 a4 bxa4 23 Rxa4 Qb6 24 Nd4 Nxd4 25 Nxd4 Rb8 26 Bxa6 Bxa6? ( Qxb2 27 Qxb2 Rxb2 28 Bxc8 Bxd4 29 cxd4 Rxc8(or Bxd7 Bxf2+) is better for black 27 Rax6 Qb7 28 Bc1 Rfc8 (Bxd4 cxd4 Rfc8 is better) 29 Ra2 Bxd4 30 cxd4 Nb4 31 Ra4 Rc2 32 Qe3 Nd5 33 Qd3 Rbc8 34 Ra1 R8c6 At this point there were only 3-4 players left and Praveen was coming around pretty quickly 35 Bg5 Kf7 (better is Rxb2) 36 Reb1 Rc7 37 Wa6 Qb6 38 Qa8 Rc8( my last and best chance for an advantage was Qxd4) 39 Qa7 Qc6 40 Rc1 Qb5? (this move seals my fate) 41 Rxc2 Rxc2 42 Qa8 Qb4 43 Qh8 Qf8 44 Qxh7+ resigns

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Reminder: Praveen's Simul Is Tonight

FM/SM Praveen Balakrishnan will be giving a simul tonight. The exhibition will begin at 8:15.

The participation fee is $5. Proceeds will go toward refreshments.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Swap Meet Tonight

Tonight the Kenilworth Chess Club is having a swap meet.

If you have chess books/equipment that you want to sell or trade, I suggest that you arrive early (8:00 p.m. or a little before) to set-up.

Buyers are advised to do the same. Otherwise, you may miss out on the good stuff!