Sunday, November 19, 2006

#38 Annotations From The Roselle Match

I've uploaded my notes to the Kenilworth-Roselle Java-replay page & PGN file. Due to a transcribing error, moves 42-45 of Camejo - Minkov & the corresponding comments may be incorrect.

I'll re-check the score with my source & make any necessary changes late tonight.

Friday, November 17, 2006

#37 Roselle Routs Kenilworth

The Kenilworth Chess Club closed out their 2006 match schedule with a 7½-2½ loss at Roselle last night. Ari Minkov was the visitors’ lone victor. FM Steve Stoyko, NM Scott Massey and Joe Demetrick had draws. Roselle, which won last year’s inter-club tilt by an even more lopsided 8½-1½ count, did most of their damage on the bottom 6 boards, scoring 5½-½.

Here’s a
Java-replay page & a zipped PGN file with 3 of the games. I’ll add notes sometime in the next few days.

Monday, November 13, 2006

#36 Local Chess Clubs

Below is a list of local (mostly Union County) chess clubs. I have purposely omitted a certain chess school in Springfield because it's a business.

Checkmate Chess Club
Sundays 7:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Barnes & Noble Booksellers
240 Route 22 West
Springfield, NJ 07081

not USCF-affiliated
Contact :
Bob Sherry or John Moldovan
Web Site :

Clark Chess Club
Thursdays 10 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Clark Public Library
303 Westfield Ave.
Clark, NJ 07066

Not USCF-affiliated
For more information, call the library : 732-388-5999

Kenilworth Chess Club
Thursdays 8:00 p.m - 12:30 a.m (& often beyond!)

Kenilworth Community Center
575 Boulevard
Kenilworth, NJ 07033

Contact :
John Moldovan
Web Site :

Maplewood Chess Club
Thursdays 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Civic House
120 Burnett Ave.
Maplewood, NJ 07040

Not USCF-affiliated

Newark Sleepless Knights
1st & 2nd Saturdays of each month
2:00-6:00 p.m.

Boylan Recreation Center
916 South Orange Ave.
Newark, NJ 07103

contact : Lev Zilbermints

Roselle Chess Club
Thursdays 6:00 p.m. - 12 midnight

Roselle Community Center
1268 Shaffer Avenue
Roselle, NJ 07203

Contact :
Web Site : (not maintained)

Scotch Plains Chess Club
Mondays 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Scotch Plains Public Library
1927 Bartle Avenue
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076

Not USCF-affiliated
For more information, call the library : 908-322-5007

Summit Area Chess Club
Mondays 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m for youths
7:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. for all

Cornog Field House
Memorial Park
Myrtle Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901

Contact :
Simon Thomson 908-522-6543
Web Site : (not maintained)

Westfield Chess Club
Sundays 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Westfield YMCA
220 Clark Street
Westfield, NJ 07090

Contact : Todd Lunna 732-946-7379
Web Site :

West Orange Chess Club
Tuesdays 7 p.m - 12 midnight

Toby Katz Community Center
Degnan Park
650 Pleasant Valley Way
West Orange, NJ 07052

Contact : John Haggerty 973-736-3433

Web Site :

#35 Daftani wins Springfield G/5

Maraj Daftani (2164) won the 5-minute tournament at Springfield last night, with a 6½-½ score. Bob Sherry (1812) was a point back at 5½-1½ and Freeman Jackson (2028) was 3rd with 5-2. Here’s the event crosstable.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

#34 Annotations to the Consultation Game

I've uploaded my notes to the Kenilworth consultation game. Hope you like them. Here's the Java-replay page & the PGN file. Sorry for the delay.

Friday, November 10, 2006

#33 White team wins Kenilworth Consultation Game

The White team, boosted by the addition of FM Tom Bartell, won the consultation game at Kenilworth. Here are the moves played last night :

25...Ng5? (sealed move) 26.Bd4 a5 27.Bxe5 Nxf3+ 28.Qxf3 Rxe5 29.Nd4 Qb6?? 30.Rc7 Re1+ 31.Rxe1 Qxc7 32.Re8+ Kg7

33.Nf5+!! gxf5 34.Qg3+ Kh6 35.Rg8+ 1-0 PGN

Annotations & java-replay will follow sometime tonight.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

#32 5-Minute Tournament in Springfield

There will be a 5-minute tournament at Springfield’s Checkmate Chess Club on Sunday the 12th. Details here.

Friday, November 03, 2006

#31 Lost & Found

One of the chess players forgot his coat at the Kenilworth Community Center last night. It was put in the club’s locker for safe-keeping and may be claimed next week.

#30 Kenilworth at Roselle on November 16th

A 10-board match between the Kenilworth & Roselle chess clubs will take place at Roselle on Thursday the 16th. If you’re a Kenilworth member & would like to take part, contact Joe Demetrick.

#29 Kenilworth Consultation Game Adjourned

The consultation game between teams headed by NM Scott Massey (White) & FM Steve Stoyko (Black) had to be adjourned after 25 moves as the generous 5 minute per turn time limit prevented us from completing the contest in a single session. The fun will resume next Thursday night.

Here are the moves played thus far:

White team - Black team
consultation game
Kenilworth, NJ 11/02/2006

B44 Sicilian Defense
Taimanov Variation

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nb5 d6 6.c4 Nf6 7.N1c3 a6 8.Nd4 Be7 9.Be2 0–0 10.0–0 Qc7 11.b3 d5 12.exd5 exd5 13.Nxc6 bxc6 14.cxd5 Rd8 15.Bf3 cxd5 16.Ne2 Bd6 17.h3 Be5 18.Nd4 Ne4 19.Be3 Bb7 20.Rc1 Qa5 21.Qe2 Rd6 22.Rc2 Re8 23.Rfc1 Qd8 24.Qd3 g6 25.Ne2

Adjourned. Black sealed his 25th move.

Java replay PGN

Thursday, November 02, 2006

#28 Consultation Game & Lecture at Kenilworth Tonight

Tonight at the Kenilworth Chess Club, two lecturers (in seperate rooms) will play a game & provide commentary to their respective audiences as they go along.

The orators, as of this writing, have not been announced but I invite all the players in the area to attend. I played in a consultation game on FICS (PGN) last year & enjoyed exchanging ideas with the other participants.

The club opens at 8 p.m. & the event will probably start at 8:15 or 8:30.