Thursday, December 31, 2015

Kenilworth CC Facebook Group

We have created a Facebook page for the club, added 26 members to it & invited a few more people.

Geoff McAuliffe, Joe Renna & John Moldovan have been named Administrators.
Others may be added later.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Happy Holidays

The Kenilworth Chess Club wishes its members and friends the happiest of holidays.

We will be closed on Christmas Eve & New Year's Eve.

Our next meeting will be on Thursday, January 7, 2016.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Business Meeting Minutes

Minutes of the Kenilworth Chess Club's 2015 Business Meeting
(+ addenda/comments by the President-elect in red italics)

Those in attendance included Ziggy Bliznikas, Joseph Dovydaitis, Dan Komunicky, Richard Lewis, Pat Mazzillo, Geoff McAuliffe, Jack McCorkell, John Moldovan, Howard Osterman, Joe Renna, Luis Ruales, Ed Selling, Bob Sherry, Lou Sturniolo, Greg Tomkovich and Jun Tang.

- Officer & Trustee Election Results:

John Moldovan
was elected President.
Joe Renna was re-elected as Vice-President.
Geoff McAuliffe was re-elected as both Treasurer and Tournament Director.
Bob Sherry & Paul Gottlieb were elected as Trustees for terms expiring 12/31/2018 & 12/31/2017, respectively.
It was incorrectly stated (by me: John Moldovan) that Pat Mazzillo's term was expiring. It was actually Greg Tomkovich's term that is expiring. In fairness to Pat, Greg, Bob & Paul, I propose that Greg's term be extended for 1 year & that all 4 serve as trustees for 2016.

There were no nominations for Secretary.
The club will fill this vacancy at a future meeting.
Discussion Re: Webmaster was postponed.
The club will vote for Webmaster at a future meeting. See related point below.

- Future of the club's website:
It was revealed that Michael Goeller is the registrant, administrative contact and technical contact of/for the domain
It was reported that the web-hosting payment is due in mid-January.
Members agreed to have a committee (of all the officers and trustees) meet before mid-January to discuss the future of the website.
Addendum: On 12/19/2015, Brinkster will bill the KCC/Michael $534 for the hosting plan. Payment is due 1/18/2016. The club has assets to cover the cost but the amount is significantly higher ($150) than what we paid in January 2014.

- Financial Report & Dues:

Treasurer McAuliffe reported that with inclusion of a donation to the Kenilworth Recreation Department and re-imbursement for the Holiday Party food/supplies, the club operated at a $30 to $35 loss in 2015.

Members voted to increase Regular dues by $5 & add a $10 "Suggested Donation" provision.

Effective immediately, the annual KCC dues are:
Regular (Adults age 18-64) $20 + $10 "Suggested Donation".
Senior (65+) $10 + $10 "Suggested Donation".
Junior (<18) $10 + $10 "Suggested Donation".

Visitors attending 2 club meetings will be asked to join the club & pay dues.
My interpretation: The above does not apply to meetings where the individual paid entry/admission fees for KCC tournaments/lectures.
Addendum: The Westfield CC will continue honoring KCC memberships in 2016.
- Club Championship:

After a tedious discussion, the attendees agreed to a 2 section, non-rated tournament with a 6-8 player RR of top-rated entrants & a 5-7 round RR or Swiss with the other entrants.

The event will start sometime in March (Dates TBA). After 3 or 4 rounds of play there will be an off-week to make-up postponed games. After the final 3-4 rounds, there would be an additional week to make-up postponements. The cost to join will be dues (1 full year) + $10 entry fee + a $5 anti-forfeit deposit (=$35 for most players). As in recent years, the time-control will be G/75;d5.

- Other Business:
President-elect Moldovan asked V.P. Renna if the Cranford Community Center would be available for special KCC events. The reply was: Yes. 
Addendum: Joe & I will definitely look into this. Not sure if we would run a free/almost free USCF-rated tournament or bring in a GM/IM to do a simul but it could be a wonderful promotional opportunity for our club.

Ziggy Bliznikas mentioned the possibility of the club offering lessons. Moldovan replied that he had been weighing the idea but felt that front room availability would be a problem.
IMO, the lessons would have to be for intermediate-level players or above (absolutely no beginners!) & instructors (such as myself) would, at a minimum, require re-imbursement for class materials. Even if the logistics were not an issue, we'd still have to gauge interest, determine costs, etc. before beginning. If anyone wants to do the leg work, we can proceed. If not, I say: Pass.

Post updated 12/18/2015 @ 11:10 p.m.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Consultation game 12/10/15

In our annual consultation game the team of Mark Kernighan, Paul Gotlieb, Manuel Yunes, Geoff McAuliffe, and Joe Dovedytis played against Bob Sherry, Greg Tomkovich Pat Mazillo, Ed Selling and Anita. The time control was G70 with a 5 second delay. Bob's team had the white pieces. 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Bb4 4 Qc2 d5 5 e3 0-0 6 Nf3 b6 7 cxd4 exd4 8 Bd3 c5 9 0-0 Nc6 10 Re1 Bb7 11 Bd2 c4 12 Bf5 Bd6 13 e4 Nb4 14 Qb1 dxe4 15 Nxe4 g6 16 Nxf6+ Qxf6 17 Be4 Nd5 18 Bg5 Qh8 19 a3 Rfe8 20 Qd1 Nc3 21 bxc3 Bxe4 22 Nd2 Bd5 23 Qa4 Kg7 24 Nxc4 Rxe1 25 Rxe1 Bxc4 26 Qxc4 Re3 27 Be3 Bxa3 28 Qa4 Qf1 29 Bh6+! Kxh6 30 Rxe8 Qd6 31 g3 a5 32 Qd1 Qc6 33 Qd2+ Kg7 34 Qe3 Bd6 35 Rd8 a4 About this point the white team was down to under a minute on their clock, the remainder of the moves were played at the Demo board with Mark and Bob making the moves, however the Black team which still had plenty of time left was able to go into the other room to consult every couple of moves. 36 Qe8 Qxe8 37 Rxe8 b5 38 Kf1 b4 39 cxb4 Bxb4 40 Ra8 a3 41 Ke2 Kf6 42 Kd3 Ke6 43 f3 h5 44 Kc4 Be7 45 Ra6+ Kd7 46 Kd5 g5 47 Ra7+ Ke8 48 Kc6 f5 d9 d5 g4 50 f4 h4 51 d6 Bd8 52 Rxa3 h3 53 Ra8 1-0 Greg Tomkovich

Monday, October 19, 2015

Kenilworth Fall Swiss (Starts October 29)

Kenilworth Fall Swiss
October 29-November 19

Format: 4-SS
Time Control: Black's choice of G/60, G/50 + 5 second delay or G/30 + 20 second delay.
Site: Kenilworth Community Center
Address: 575 Kenilworth Blvd., Kenilworth, NJ 07033
Register: 8:00-8:15 p.m. on October 29th.
Rounds: 8:20 p.m. on October 29, November 5, 12, 19
Entry fee: KCC members $1, Non-members $2.
Prizes: 1st place 60% of EF, 2nd place 40% of EF.
Byes: One 0.75 point bye is available for any round but you must request it at least 72 hours in advance.

For more information, contact Bob Sherry.

This event is not USCF-rated.

Updated Calendar

Here's our updated calendar:

October 22nd: Lecture by Greg Tomkovich, 8:20 p.m.. Subject: Sacrifices! Admission fee: $5 for members, $6 for non-members.

October 29th: Kenilworth Fall Swiss, round 1.

November 5th: Kenilworth Fall Swiss, round 2.

November 12th: Kenilworth Fall Swiss, round 3.

November 19th: Kenilworth Fall Swiss, round 4.

November 26th: Closed (Thanksgiving).

December 3rd: Garden State Chess League match: West Orange at Kenilworth, 8:20 p.m.
December 10th: To be announced.

December 17th: Holiday Party!! & Business Meeting.

December 24th: Closed (Christmas Eve).

December 31st: Closed (New Year's Eve).

Sherry Wins Summer Tournament

Bob Sherry won the annual Summer Tournament for the 4th consecutive year.

John Moldovan finished 2nd for the 5th straight time and Greg Tomkovich was 3rd.

Full standings will follow at some point, if time permits.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Summer Tournament Starts June 4th

The Kenilworth Chess Club's fun, friendly, yet highly competitive Summer Tournament starts on June 4th at 8:00 p.m.

Here are the rules :

  • The 2015 Summer Tournament will run from June 4th through August 27th.
  • The entry fee is $5.00.
  • The event is not rated.
  • 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.
  • All games are to be played at the Kenilworth Chess Club during normal operating hours. No game may start before 8 p.m. or later than 9:45 p.m.
  • You may play up to 2 games per week. You can skip weeks but the more you play the more points you can accrue.
  • You get one point for a win, one 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.
  • The prizes are 60% for first place, 30% for second, and 10% for third.
  • Registration closes on July 30th. However, if there is an overwhelming turnout, the TD may cut-off entries as early as July 2nd.
Bob Sherry won last year, in 2013 and in 2012. Other past winners of this popular event include LM Scott Massey (2004), LM Mark Kernighan (2005, 2011), Greg Tomkovich (2006), Ari Minkov (2007, 2010), John Moldovan (2008) and Ian Mangion (2009).

Shumowitz & Tomkovich Win Spring Swiss

Marvin Shumowitz and Greg Tomkovich won the Kenilworth Spring Swiss, a 4-round G/30 held May 14-21.

Kernighan Wins 45 Move Tournament

LM Mark Kernighan won the Win Within 45 Moves Or Draw Tournament held April 23-May 7.

Bob Sherry, Greg Tomkovich and Bruce Mason tied for 2nd.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Win Within 45 Moves Or Draw Tourney Starts 4/23

From April 23 thru May 14, the Kenilworth Chess Club will be running a "Win Within 45 Moves Or Draw Tournament".

Click here for details.

Kernighan Wins Club Championship

LM Mark Kernighan won the 24th Kenilworth CC Championship, which was held March 26-April 16.

Click here for details.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Club Championship Starts On Thursday

The 24th Kenilworth Chess Club Championship will begin on Thursday, March 26th, 2015 and is scheduled to be 5-7 rounds in length.

Here are the details :

24th KCC Championship
  • USCF-rated
  • 2 Sections. 1800+ and Under 1800
  • 5-7 rounds. Depends on the number of players. The 1800+ Section is slated be a RR. The U1800 may be a RR or SS.
  • The event starts on March 26th.
  • It can end as early as April 23rd or as late as May 14th. Depends on the number of rounds &amp; if the postponement dates are utilized.
  • 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.
  • KCC or Westfield CC membership is required. KCC dues for 2015 are $10 for those age 17 or less, $10 for those age 65+, $15 for everyone else.
  • EF: $10 entry fee + $10 anti-forfeit deposit + dues (= $35 for most players). Westfield CC members only pay EF &amp; anti-forfeit deposit ($20 total).
  • Please register with Geoff McAuliffe before 8:20 p.m. on 3/26 @ Kenilworth Community Center, 575 Boulevard, Kenilworth, N.J. 07033
  • Late-joins will be accepted for the U1800 section until round 2 is paired, if it's run as a Swiss.
  • If there is a low turnout, the TD may combine sections and run a 5-SS or a 5 to 7 RR.
Past Champions include LM Scott Massey (who has won the title 12x), Rene Ray (1996), FM Steve Stoyko (2005-2007), LM Mark Kernighan (2008), NM Yaacov Norowitz (2009), NM Arthur Macaspac (2010, 2012), NM Ken Chieu (2011), and NM Praveen Balakrishnan (2013, 2014).

18 players took part in last year's event.