Calendar - 2014

The Kenilworth Chess Club meets every Thursday night starting by 8:00 p.m. in the Recreation Building at 575 Kenilworth Boulevard. We welcome all chessplayers to attend even if they are not going to participate in the evening's main event. We usually have a skittles and discussion room available when more serious chess is being played in the main hall. Highlights of the year include the Club Championship tournament running through the month of January and the Holiday Party in late December. For the most up-to-date calendar information, please see the KCC Minutes Blog. You can find past calendars online for 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov | Dec



January 9 - Kenilworth CC Championship, Round 1

Tournament Details:

23rd Annual Kenilworth Chess Club Championship, starts January 9th at 8:30 p.m.

  • 5-round Swiss
  • G/75 with 5 second delay time control.
  • Rounds will commence at 8:30 p.m. every Thursday night for the duration of the event.
  • 1 half-point bye per player allowed.
  • Prizes: 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 + dues + $5 anti-forfeit deposit = $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.
  • 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. 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.

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

January 16 - Kenilworth Chess Club Championship, Round 2

January 23 - Kenilworth Chess Club Championship, Round 3

January 30 - Kenilworth Chess Club Championship, Round 4


February 6 - Kenilworth Chess Club Championship, Round 5


February 15-17 - World Amateur Teams and U.S. TEAM EAST, PARSIPPANY, NJ.

In 2005, Kenilworth A (FM Steve Stoyko, LM Ed Allen, LM Scott Massey, Michael Goeller and Bob Rose) won the Best NJ Team award. In 2007, the A team played at Board #1 in round 5 but lost a close match to the eventual tournament winner Beavis and Butt-Vinnik. In 2008, they went 5-1, losing only to the notorious GGGg that had 3 GMs and was ineligible for the USAT playoffs. In 2010, the team entered round six at 5-0 but lost to Cambridge Springers.

Last year, Knightmare 3, featuring Stoyko, Massey, NM Praveen Balakrishnan and Ian Mangion, came within 1 move of winning it all, lost to Princeton University A and had to settle for Best NJ team award. The Kenilworth CC Niners (LM Mark Kernighan, John Moldovan, Greg Tomkovich and Dr. Geoff McAuliffe) tied for 1st among U1900 teams.

Maybe 2014 will be the victory year. Stop by to visit if you are not playing. It is a great event. Parsippany Hilton 1 Hilton Ct., Parsippany,N.J. 07054.

February 20- Bughouse Tournament.

February 27 - Garden State Chess League matches: Lehigh Valley-Kenilworth & Newark-McDonald's vs. Hamilton.


March 6 - Garden State Chess League match: Summit-Hamilton + Review of KCC Championship & USATE games (if analysis room is available).

March 13 - Kenilworth Knockout, Round 1.

Tournament Details:

  • Non-Rated
  • 3-Rounds KO. 8 players per section. 2 Games per round. Players knocked out will play the remaining weeks in a swiss-paired "wild card" section.
  • Time Control: G/25 + 5 second increment.
  • Rounds: 8:30 and 9:40 or ASAP from March 13-27
  • EF: $3. Prizes: 50% to first, 30% to 2nd, 20% to 3rd (wild card winner).

March 20 - Kenilworth Knockout, Round 2.

March 27 - Kenilworth Knockout, Round 3.


April 3 - Garden State Chess League match: Kenilworth-Summit

April 10 - 7th Annual Irving Ellner Memorial, 1st round

Tournament Details:

  • USCF-Rated
  • 4-round Swiss
  • Time Control: G/45 + 5 second per move increment.
  • A player must keep score if he has 5 minutes or more remaining.
  • Rounds: 8:30 p.m. on April 10th, 17th, 24th and May 8th. There is no game on May 1st!
  • Entry Fee: $10
  • Prize Fund: $150 b/ 16 entries. If there are more than 16 players, a 5th round will be added & the prize fund will be increased accordingly.
  • Prizes: To be announced.
  • Register before 8:25 p.m. on 4/10 @ Kenilworth Community Center, 575 Boulevard, Kenilworth, N.J.
  • Late-joins accepted until round 2 is paired. 1 bye allowed. Must commit prior to round 3.

April 17 - 7th Annual Irving Ellner Memorial, 2nd round

April 24 - 7th Annual Irving Ellner Memorial, 3rd round


May 1 - Garden State Chess League match: Chess Mates-Kenilworth

May 8 - Casual games. (4th round of Ellner Memorial canceled)

May 15 - Casual games.

May 22 - Casual games.

May 29 - Garden State Chess League match: Hamilton-Kenilworth


June 5 - Kenilworth Summer Tournament, 1st round.

Here are the rules:

  • Not rated
  • Entry Fee is $5.00.
  • The tournament will run from June 5 through August 28.
  • The time control is G/60. G/55;d5 is allowed if both players agree. Increment setting is not allowed.
  • You may play anyone in the tournament. The first time you play an opponent, the lower-rated player has white, in subsequent games against the same opponent you alternate colors.
  • You may not play the same opponent more than four times in the tournament.
  • You get one point for a win, one half point for a draw, and zero for a loss.
  • You may play as many or as few games as you like, but no more than two in one night. The more you play the more points you can win.
  • All games are to be played at the Kenilworth Chess Club during normal operating hours.
  • 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.
  • Late-joins will likely be accepted through July 3rd. Points will not be awarded for weeks you miss.

June 12- Kenilworth Summer Tournament

June 19- Kenilworth Summer Tournament

June 26- Kenilworth Summer Tournament


July 3 - Kenilworth Summer Tournament

July 10 - Kenilworth Summer Tournament

July 17 - Kenilworth Summer Tournament

July 24 - Kenilworth Summer Tournament

July 31 - Kenilworth Summer Tournament


August 7 - Kenilworth Summer Tournament

August 14 - Kenilworth Summer Tournament

August 21 - Kenilworth Summer Tournament

August 28 - Kenilworth Summer Tournament, last round


September 4 - Garden State Chess League Business Meeting

September 11 - Swap Meet. Members and invited ex-members only

September 18 - Partner Tournament. 1st round: 8:30 p.m. G/15;d5. 3-SS. EF: Free. Prizes: none. Lower-rateds get to pick their partner. Lower-rated player on a team gets to play his team's 1st move in each game. Partners alternate moves thereafter. Higher-rated partner may switch his team's playing order up to 3 times per game. Only the higher-rated partner can offer draws, accept draws, or resign a game. A player may only tell his partner "be careful", "take your time", "watch our time" or "help!" Score-keeping is optional but will be necessary for claims. TD: John Moldovan

September 25 - Blitz Tournament. 1st round: 8:30 p.m. G/5;d0. Non-rated. 3-SS. 2 games per round. EF: $3 KCC members, $5 non-members. Prize Fund: $3 x number of players. Prize distribution: TBA. TD: Geoff McAuliffe or Bob Sherry.


October 2 - Garden State Chess League: Summit at Kenilworth, 8:20 p.m.

October 9 - Unrated G/30, Rounds 1 & 2

October 16 - Unrated G/30, Rounds 3 & 4

October 23 - Sy Fish Memorial, Round 1 (USCF-Rated. 3-SS, G/40;d5, EF: $5)

October 30 - Sy Fish Memorial, Round 2


November 6 - Sy Fish Memorial, Round 3

November 13 - Consultation Game, Week 1

November 20 - Consultation Game, Week 2

November 27 - NO MEETING. Closed for Thanksgiving.


December 4 - Lecture. Subject & Speaker TBA

December 11 - Lecture by LM Scott Massey. Subject: Anand-Carlsen 2014 World Championship match.

December 18 - Holiday Party and KCC Business Meeting

December 25 - NO MEETING. Closed for Christmas.


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