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:

  • NON-RATED
  • 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!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Praveen Balakrishnan Simul On January 28th


The Kenilworth Chess Club is very pleased to announce that FIDE Master Praveen Balakrishnan will be giving a simultaneous exhibition on January 28th.

Praveen, who won the 2013 and 2014 Kenilworth Championships, is the 3rd highest-rated 13-year old in the United States and the 16th highest-rated player in New Jersey. He also stands 16th in the World in his age-group.

Here are the full details :

Simultaneous Exhibition
by FM Praveen Balakrishnan

January 28th, 2016
8:15 p.m.

Kenilworth Recreation Center
575 Boulevard
Kenilworth, NJ 07033

$5 participation fee to defer the cost of refreshments.
Praveen is not accepting any money for the simul!!

Non-members welcome!

Please arrive early (the club opens at 8 p.m.) so we can have everyone seated and ready to go at starting time.

Directions

Photo credit: John Moldovan

Monday, January 11, 2016

Leon Hrebinka Memorial Swiss Starts February 4th


Leon Hrebinka Memorial Swiss
February 4-25, 2016
  • USCF-rated!
  • 4-round Swiss.
  • Time Control: G/55+5 second increment.
  • Site: Kenilworth Community Center, 575 Boulevard, Kenilworth, N.J. 07033
  • 1 game per week.
  • Rounds to start at 8:30 p.m. on February 4, 11, 18 & 25.
  • Please register with Geoff McAuliffe or John Moldovan during our January meetings or before 8:25 p.m. on February 4th.
  • 1 half-point bye per player allowed. Must commit before the end of round 2.
  • Late-joins accepted until round 2 is paired.
  • Entry fee: $5.
  • Prize fund: 100% of EF minus rating fee.
  • Number of prizes (b/10 entries): 3. More players = more prizes.
  • Projected prizes (b/10 entries): $20 1st, $15 2nd, $10 U1800.
  • Players must have a valid USCF membership that is active through to the final date of the tournament.
  • The Tournament Committee reserves the right to make changes as are deemed necessary for the good maintenance of the tournament as allowed by USCF rules.
  • A non-rated section will be added if we get at least 4 players requesting one.

Photo credit: Joe Renna

40 Years Of Friendship, 100 Games Lecture On March 10th



On Thursday, March 10th, at 8:15 p.m., 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.


Post revised 3.9.2016 @ 10:53 p.m.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Reminder: Yaacov's Lecture Is Tonight


 International Master Yaacov Norowitz will be giving a lecture at the Kenilworth CC tonight, beginning at 8:15.

The topic: Color Complexes.

Admission is $5.

Calendar Of Events For 2016



Kenilworth Chess Club
2016 Calendar of Events

Highlights:
  • The Leon Hrebinka Memorial Swiss, which (weather permitting) will run February 4-25.
  • The Club Championship, which will begin March 17th.
  • The Summer Tournament, which, as usual, will run June through August.
January 7 - Lecture by IM Yaacov Norowitz. Admission: $5.
January 14 - Skittles + Officers & Trustees Meeting.
January 21 - Swap Meet. Sale & trade of chess books & equipment. Members & invited guests only. If you are a non-member and would like to attend, email a request to John Moldovan by January 20th.
January 28 - 40 Years Of Friendship, 100 Games Lecture by FM/Correspondence IM Wayne Conover, NM Steve Pozarek & NM Eugene Salomon. Admission: $5. (date tentative)
February 4 - Leon Hrebinka Memorial Swiss: Round 1. (Details to be announced)
February 11 - Leon Hrebinka Memorial Swiss: Round 2.
February 18 - Leon Hrebinka Memorial Swiss: Round 3.
February 25 - Leon Hrebinka Memorial Swiss: Round 4.
March 3 - Garden State Chess League match: Summit at Kenilworth
March 10 - Lecture by LM Scott Massey. Admission: $5. (date tentative)
March 17 - 25th Annual Kenilworth Chess Club Championship: Round 1, 8:30 p.m.
Here are the rules of the tournament:
  • NON-RATED
  • 5 to 7 rounds. We are planning to have 2 sections: a 6-8 player Open Round-Robin & a Reserve Swiss.
  • G/75 with 5 second delay time control.
  • Rounds will commence at 8:30 p.m. on March 17, 24 & 31 + April 14 & 21.
  • If we have a 7-round tournament, rounds will also take place on April 28th & May 12th.
  • 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 or May 19th.
  • Cost: $10 entry fee + dues + $5 anti-forfeit deposit = $35 for most players.
  • KCC is required. Dues for 2016 are $10 for age 17 or less, $10 for those age 65+, $20 for everyone else.
  • 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. Late-joins accepted until round 2 is paired.
March 24 - Club Championship: Round 2, 8:30 p.m.
March 31 - Club Championship: Round 3, 8:30 p.m.
April 7 - Club Championship: Postponed games from rounds 1-3.
April 14 - Club Championship: Round 4.
April 21 - Club Championship: Round 5.
April 28 - Club Championship: Round 6, if necessary, or postponed games from rounds 4-5.
May 5 - GSCL Playoff match: Kenilworth vs. a team TBA (tentative)
May 12 - Club Championship: Round 7, if necessary.
May 19 - Club Championship: Postponed games from rounds 4-7. (date tentative)
May 26 - Club Championship: Awards Ceremony. (date tentative)
June 2 - Kenilworth Summer Tournament: Week 1 of 13.
June 9- Kenilworth Summer Tournament: Week 2.
June 16- Kenilworth Summer Tournament: Week 3.
June 23- Kenilworth Summer Tournament: Week 4.
June 30- Kenilworth Summer Tournament: Week 5.
July 7 - Kenilworth Summer Tournament: Week 6.
July 14 - Kenilworth Summer Tournament: Week 7.
July 21 - Kenilworth Summer Tournament: Week 8.
July 28 - Kenilworth Summer Tournament: Week 9.
August 4 - Kenilworth Summer Tournament: Week 10.
August 11 - Kenilworth Summer Tournament: Week 11.
August 18 - Kenilworth Summer Tournament: Week 12.
August 25 - Kenilworth Summer Tournament: Week 13.
September 1 - Garden State Chess League Business Meeting.
September 8 - To be announced.
September 15 - To be announced.
September 22 - To be announced.
September 29 - To be announced.
October 6 - Garden State Chess League match: Kenilworth vs. a team TBA (tentative).
October 13 - To be announced.
October 20 - To be announced.
October 27 - To be announced.
November 3 - Garden State Chess League match: Kenilworth vs. a team TBA (tentative).
November 10 - To be announced.
November 17 - To be announced.
November 24 - NO MEETING. Closed for Thanksgiving.
December 1 - Garden State Chess League match: Kenilworth vs. a team TBA (tentative).
December 8 - To be announced.
December 15 - To be announced.
December 22 - Holiday Party and Business Meeting.
December 29 - To be announced.