Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Dec. 18th - A Chess Lecture with Senior Master Lev Paciorkowski

 Special Event 
Lecture Series with Chess Master
Lev Paciorkowski

Topic: The Spectator
Sponsored by the Community Chess Club of Rochester
December 18th, 2019 
Time: 5:00-6:30pm at the Rochester Chess Center

Free for CCCR members; $5 for non-members.  All are welcome!
Visitors should plan to arrive by 5pm. Please be seated for the lecture by 5:25pm. 

5pm-5:30pm: Free pizza for all who attend Lev Paciorkowski's chess lecture
5:30-6:30pm: Lecture (Introduction, Presentation, Q&A, Closing notes)
6:30pm: Registration for CCCR G/80d5 games (optional, following lecture)

The lecture will be video recorded and made available at a future date.

The Community Chess Club of Rochester (CCCR) is proud to present a chess lecture series at the Rochester Chess Center with Chess Master Lev Paciorkowski.

This will be Lev's fourth lecture in the CCCR Lecture Series. 

Lev is the #1 rated chess player in Rochester and a very accomplished chess player with many prestigious tournament victories.  Lev is attending Rochester Institute of Technology, and continues to play competitive chess.

The Community Chess Chess Club invites all club members and visitors to attend Lev's chess lecture and play a game of chess afterwards.  For more information, please contact the Chess Center at 585-442-2430, or better yet, why not stop by and visit us on a Wednesday night? The club is ready to answer your questions beginning at 6:30pm any Wednesday night.  We'd really like to introduce you to our chess club.

You are welcome to join us for The Community Chess Club's Annual Holiday Party
which begins immediately after the chess lecture!

Everyone is invited.  It is not required, but feel free to bring a dish or snack to share at the Holiday party.  Some treats will be provided by the Community Chess Club. 
Happy Holidays!

Chess Calendar:
  • The Winter Chess Camp Schedule will be posted here Soon!!!!  Sign-up at the Chess Center or call 585-442-2430!
  • There will be no CCCR chess on Wed. 12/25/19 and 1/1/20!  We WILL HAVE CHESS on Thursday night Dec. 26th 2019 and Thursday night January 2nd 2020!
  • There will be no "Wendy's Night" in December because it falls on Christmas.
  • A link to upcoming tournaments will be posted soon, so come back for details.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

My Games from the 2019 Seneca Lake Open

The 5th annual Seneca Lake Open was held on Saturday, November 16 in Geneva, NY. It was a quick four-round event with time control of G/60. My last round game in particular was especially entertaining.

Round 1

My first round was against one of our young talents from Rochester. Unfortunately, he started off on the wrong foot in the opening and things quickly went from bad to worse.

If black does not want to play a Tarrasch defense against the Catalan, he can still (after 4.g3) play 4. ... dxc4 (instead of 4. ... c5 immediately), and then after 5.Bg2 play 5. ... c5, which is actually one of the main lines that Grandmasters use with black.

Round 2

My second round game was also against a class A player. It was pretty sloppy as I completely missed some important tactical details, but had a neat finish in the end.

I actually remember almost playing 21. ... Nd3? in the middlegame but fortunately noticed the strong exchange sac in time - that's an instructive example of how a bishop can actually be stronger than a rook. That was a somewhat up and down game where white missed a big chance on move 12, but after that black got a nearly winning position by move 25 since white's pieces were so restricted.

Round 3

This game was another against a regular Rochester player who I also played a couple weeks ago in the club championship.

Black was doing fine in the opening, but went off the rails quickly with the berserk sacrifice on move 13.

Round 4

This was by far the most fun game I had over the weekend - my opponent played an old romantic line of the King's Gambit and his king staggered up to d3 before move 10!

White actually would have had a playable position with 7.Bxf4! 0-0-0 8.Ke3!? instead of 7.Kd3?! In the game white quickly got in trouble after my strong break 12. ... d5!, opening up the center. Definitely don't miss my note on move 3 - that game from the 1800s is a real treat!

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Chess Camp and Special Events Calendar

Mon. Nov. 11: Veterans Day Chess Camp at the Rochester Chess Center. Register: 585-442-2430.

Wed. Nov 13: Community Chess Club Awards Night. Cake, Cookies, Apple Cider & Coffee will be served.

Sat. Nov 16: 5th Annual Seneca Lake Open. Ramada Plaza, Geneva, NY. 2 Sections. Open $1250 prizes and U1600 $750 prizes. EF $40, U18 $25. 4 Round Swiss, G60 d5. 1st Round 10am. Register at the Chess Center. Tournament director: Ron Lohrman.

Note: CCCR will have regular chess games on Wed. Nov. 27th which is the day before Thanksgiving. Registration for Wednesday chess is 6:30pm-7:15. Please be sure to call ahead at 585-442-2430 during the registration period if you think you may arrive later that 7:15pm.

Save the date: The 42nd Marchand Open will be held April 4&5 2020 at Bill Gray's Regional Iceplex (on the MCC Campus) 2700 Brighton Henrietta Town Line Rd, Rochester NY 14623. Details will be linked here soon.