Monday, August 15, 2016

August - October 2016 Tournaments and Activities


Round 3 of the CCCR championship.  Oct. 19, 2016.
Scroll to the photo gallery link below to see the Cross Table.

CCCR Championship Results for Round 3.

Defending club champion Clif Kharroubi won his game against Chris Brown.  Oct. 12, 2016.

 The second round of the 20th Annual Community Chess Club of Rochester (CCCR) championship was held, Wed. Oct. 12, 2016 at the Rochester Chess Center.  Round #2 photos have been added to the gallery link below.  Round #3 will be held at the Rochester Chess Center, 221 Norris Drive, Rochester, NY 14610 on Wed. Oct. 19th, 2016.  Visitors and spectators are welcome.  Rated games can also be played which are not part of the club championship tournament.

The 39th Marchand Open will be April 1 & 2, 2017

Sample of what you can find on Jim's Smoke The Pawn blog.

The first round of the 20th Annual Community Chess Club of Rochester (CCCR) championship was held last night, Wed. Oct. 5, 2016 at the Rochester Chess Center.  Thirty nine players participated in the first round.  Last year's champion, Clif Kharroubi won his first game against Bill Pollifrone.  There was only one upset with Steve Blazak winning his game against Edwin Rosenberg.  Jim Trowbride is collecting games from the tournament and several will be posted online on his blog - Smoke The Pawn - and in the quarterly journal Empire Chess published by the NYS Continental Chess Association.  Some games will also appear here in this blog.  It was a full house at the chess center with another 6 players also in attendance playing rated games that were not part of the championship tournament.  The games are G/80d5 USCF-rated and are in the Swiss format.  Ron Lohrman is the tournament director.  Other TDs are Ken McBride, Mike Runnells and Mike Lionti.  The second round of the championship will take place on Wed. Oct. 12, 2016 at 7:30pm.  Some photos are available for viewing by clicking on the camera link below.  Spectators and visitors are welcome, and several were present for the first round.  Snacks and beverages are complimentary and included pizza during the first round.  This is a five round tournament, which concludes on Wed. Nov. 2, 2016.

Round #1 of the Community Chess Club of Rochester Championship.  Oct. 5, 2016.

Click here for photo gallery.  
Thanks to Howard Decker for contributing several photos.

Round #1 of the Community Chess Club Championship
 October 5th, at 7:30 pm
 at the Rochester Chess Center.  Registration ends at 7:15 pm.
Visitors and Spectators are welcome.  Pizza and snacks will be served.
Scroll down for the tournament flyer.

Left to Right: Adam DeSantis, Grant Glor, Laszlo Tapaszto and David Love, Sept. 2016

Grant Glor and Laszlo Tapaszto, Sept. 2016

138th New York State Championship! 
Once again, this year's championship was held at the Marriot in Albany, NY.  There were 38 players in the Open Section and 208 players overall.  One of our own Rochester players, Lev Paciorkowski, had a brilliant tournament. Lev was on board #1 for the final round, tied for first place.  Lev (2294) did not win the final game against Aleksandr Ostrovskiy (2490), but nonetheless finished with an excellent 4-point score in the Open Section.  Lev's USCF rating also jumped from 2294 to 2303 which is another fine achievement.  The chess club would like to extend congratulations to Lev Paciorkowski for an excellent performance at the NYS Championship.  One of his games from the 2016 NYS Championship is posted below. 

Tournament Announcement:
The Community Chess Club Championship 
Starting Wednesday, October 5th 2016
The annual Community Chess Club Championship is coming up in October.  Clif Kharroubi is the defending chess club champion.  Scroll down in the blogs space for details given on tournament flyer.  Sign up at the Chess Center.  Entry fee: only $5, and bring snack to share for one round (or $5 toward snack).  Over $1000 in guaranteed prizes! 6 Game pre-requisite.  Details at Chess Center.  This is the second biggest annual local tournament!  If you are not a club member, visit out club and and play some chess with us.  We play Wednesday at 7:30pm (G/80 d5) and registration is between 6:30pm and 7:20pm.  We would be happy to have you come play some chess with us!
Non-tourament games can also be played while the championship is in-progress.

Here are some other great local tournaments coming up:

Tournament Announcement:

Tournament Announcement:
 21st Annual Arkport Open
Gran Prix - Oct. 1, 2016
4 Round Swiss System, Rounds 1 & 2 G/d60 d5, rounds 3&4 G/90 d5 
at Arkport Village Hall, 6 Park Ave., Arkport, NY 14807.
PRIZES: $$ GTD: $200 - 100, B/25: (otherwise in proportion) U1800 $100 - 50,
U1600 $100 - 50.
ENTRY FEE: $30 CASH at site. Open to all USCF members or join at site.
REGISTRATION: 9 - 9:45am, Saturday 10/1/16
ROUNDS: 10, 12, 2:15, 5:30
Info: (607) 661-4295
ADVANCE ENTRIES: make checks payable to F. K. Harris, 1 N. Ridge Dr., Arkport, NY 14807
TRANSPORTATION: Add your name to list at Chess Center to ride in the Chess Center's van.  Van leaves chess center at 8:30am.  Small fee for transportation.  ** Don't forget to bring set, board, clock, etc..  Good places to eat nearby.  This is an excellent tournament!

Tournament Announcement:

Tournament Announcement:

Here are some recent photos from the Chess Center.
Joe Sarratori analyzing the chessboard.

Saturday Youth tournament: Every Saturday from 10am to 1pm.  Trophy & Prizes awarded.  $5 entry fee.

The Rochester Chess Center will be closed on Labor Day Weekend
(Saturday - Monday) and will reopen on Tuesday Sept. 6th.

The Monday Night summer chess league make-up night is Sept. 12th.

The Monday Night fall league begins on Sept. 19th (G/90d5).  Please register on-site by 6:45pm, or call if you expect to arrive late.

We are very happy to welcome back Laszlo Tapaszto.  Laszlo will be playing on Wednesday nights with the Community Chess Club for the next several weeks.  Laszlo will also be playing chess
 on Saturdays.

Laszlo Tapaszto won his game with Sterling Carroll this past Wednesday night, Sept. 1, 2016.

Laszlo is visiting from Caracas Venezuela.
From left to right: Adam DeSantis, Jim Trowbridge, Caleb Carroll, Jim Attaya, Laszlo Tapaszto, Mike Lionti, Joe Sarratori.

Coming this Labor Day weekend is the NYS Championship in Albany. 
For more information about this tournament, scroll down for the TLA or click here.

Another tournament coming soon is the 3rd Annual Central NY Open to be held at Syracuse University, Oct. 15-16, 2016.  Click here to visit to get more information.

Rochester Chess Center's Weekly
 Saturday Youth Chess Tournament 
10am-1pm, Time control: G/30d5.

Aug. 20th Trophy winner: Ben Barnosky
2nd Place: Sky Justice


SUMMER Chess Camp at the Rochester Chess Center!
Scroll down to previous post for more information, or call 585-442-2430.

Chili Chess Club meets
this Monday, August 15th
6:00pm - 8:00pm at the Chili Library

The Chili Chess Club will award the Club Champion Medal and start a new ladder. There will be a special, one time only, second place prize too.  On the new ladder everyone starts with a rating of 800.  See Adam or Fred at the Chili Library for more information.

The Community Chess Club of Rochester's
20th Annual Club Championship 
will take place Oct. 5th - Nov. 2nd

During the weeks of the club championship, regular rated games 
can be played for individuals not participating in the championship.


 Sept 2-5, 3-5 or 4-5, 2016
Labor Day weekend at Albany Marriott
A Heritage Event- America's oldest annual tournament!
                                      US Chess Junior Grand Prix Sept 2-5, 3-5 or 4-5  NY                     Trophies Plus Grand Prix Points: 100 (enhanced)

138th annual NY State Championship. Out of state welcome. 6SS, 40/100, SD/30, d10 (2-day option in U2100 & below, rds 1-3 G/40, d10). No 2-day Open Section. Albany Marriott, 189 Wolf Road, Albany 12205 (Thruway Exit 24, I-87 north to Wolf Rd, Exit 4). Luxurious hotel with indoor/outdoor pool, fitness center, free parking, free airport shuttle, many restaurants in area. 

$13,000 prize fund unconditionally guaranteed. In 5 sections.

Open Section: $1500-700-500-300, top Under 2300/Unr $800-400.  State title and $100 bonus to top scoring NY State resident (both decided on tiebreak if tied).

Under 2100 Section: $1000-500-300-200, top Under 1900 $400-200.
Under 1800 Section: $1000-500-300-200, top Under 1600 $400-200.
Under 1500 Section: $700-400-200-100, top Under 1300 $300-150.
Under 1200 Section: $400-200-100-50, trophy to first 3, top Under 1000, Under 800, Under 600, Unrated.

Unrated may not win over $150 in U1200, $300 U1500, or $500 U1800.

Mixed doubles bonus prizes: best male/female 2-player "team" among all sections: $600-300. Team average must be under 2200; teammates may play in different sections; teams must register before both players begin round 2; teams including an unrated cannot win over $300.

Top 3 sections entry fee: $99 online at by 8/31, $110 phoned to 406-896-2038 by 8/29 (entry only, no questions), 4-day $109, 3-day $108, 2-day $107 if check mailed by 8/24, all $120 at site, or online until 2 hours before round 1.  No 2-day Open Section.  No mailed credit card entries.

Under 1500 Section entry fee: All $20 less than top 3 sections entry fee.
Under 1200 Section entry fee: All $40 less than top 3 sections entry fee. 

All: Online entries $7 less to NYSCA members. NYSCA dues $12/yr with 2 issues of Empire Chess or $20/yr with 4 issues; join or renew together with entry.

USCF MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED. Special 1 year USCF dues with paper magazine if paid with entry. Online at, Adult $35, Young Adult $22, Scholastic $15. Mailed, phoned or paid at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $25, Scholastic $17. Re-entry $60, all sections but Open.  GMs free, $90 deducted from prize.   No checks at site, credit cards OK.

3-day schedule: Reg. ends Sat 11 am, rds. Sat 12 & 6, Sun 12 & 6, Mon 10 & 3:15.

4-day schedule: Reg. ends Fri 6 pm, rds. Fri 7 pm, Sat 6 pm, Sun 12 & 6, Mon 10 & 3:15.

2-day schedule: Reg. ends Sun. 10 am, rds Sun 11, 1:30, 3:30 & 6, Mon 10 & 3:15, no 2-day schedule in Open.

Bye: all, limit 2, Open must commit before round 2, others before round 4.
CCA electronic devices policies will be used.
Hotel rates: $102-102, 800-443-8952, 518-458-8444, reserve by 8/27 or rate may increase.
Car rental: Avis, 800-331-1600, AWD D657633, or reserve car online through
Ratings:  September official USCF rating list used.  Unofficial ratings usually used if otherwise unrated.
Foreign player rating info.      Prizewinner tax info
(ROCHESTER CHESS CENTER STORE on-site for equipment)
NYSCA annual meeting, Sunday 9 am.
New York State Blitz Championship (BLZ)
Out of state welcome; NYS blitz title to top NYS resident, on tiebreak if necessary. 5SS, G/5, d0, double round, 10 games, Albany Marriott (see NY State Championship). $$ 1000 guaranteed: $300-150-100, Under 2000/Unr $160-80, U1700/Unr $140-70. EF: $40, NYSCA members $35, at site only, no checks. Reg. ends 9:45 pm, rds. 10, 10:30, 11, 11:30. 12. One half point bye allowed, must commit before rd 2. Blitz rated, but higher of regular or blitz used for pairings & prizes.

Arkport Open Tournament
Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016
More information coming soon.

More tournaments & Activities will be listed soon.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

June-July 2016 Tournaments and Activities


SUMMER Chess Camp at the Rochester Chess Center!
Scroll down for more information, or call 585-442-2430.

Chili Chess Club meets
this Monday, July 18
6:00pm - 8:00pm at the Chili Library
Note: On August 15th we will award the Club Champion Medal and start a new ladder. There will be a special, one time only, second place prize too.
On the new ladder everyone starts with a rating of 800.
The beauty of a move lies not in its appearance but in the thought behind it.”  –  Aaron Nimzowitsch
Rules for the Chili Public Library Chess Club
  • Be respectful of other players and the instructor. You are here to play and learn about chess. All players will be expected to follow the Chili Public Library’s Code of Conduct. Members that do not follow the rules will be asked to leave.
  • There should never be running, horseplay or loud voices during Chess Club.
  • This club is for children up to age 18. Parents, grandparents, and guardians of members are welcome to stay and help with the chess club if possible.
  • Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult in the library. No exceptions. Parents of older children must leave a cell phone number, or telephone number where they can be reached, if they leave the library. All members must sign in and provide this information at every meeting.
  • All snacks and drinks are optional, and care should be taken around the chess sets. The library is not responsible for monitoring food for allergies, etc. Concerned parents should stay to ensure that your child does not eat a forbidden food. 

Update: The Summer chess league is now in-progress.
There are one or two openings on board 5.  Call 585-442-2430 to inquire.
 The Farley Memorial XXIII Summer Chess League begins Monday night, June 20th.  Please register by 6:30pm at the Rochester Chess Center.  This is a G/90 d5 single or double round-robin team event which runs for about 10 weeks.  Contact the chess center at 585-442-2430 for more information. 

The annual CHESS CLUB PICNIC sponsor by the Rochester Chess Center will be held at Mendon Ponds Park on Wednesday, July 6th.  Though we hope everyone attends the picnic, we will also still have the regular Community Chess Club games (G/80 d5) at 7:30pm at the Chess Center.  Many folks choose to go to the picnic for a while in the afternoon, and then go to the chess center in the evening for a rated game.  Try do do both, or at least the picnic!  At the park, the chess center will provide boards, sets and clocks for unrated games.  More information about the picnic will be found on the flyer at the chess center.  It is free for Chess Center members, and a small fee for non-members.

The Chess Center's summer camps begin in July and continue into early September.  Scroll down in this post to see the chess camp flyer.

The Community Chess Club of Rochester's
3rd Annual Simultaneous Results:

Reggie Houston congratulates Clif Kharroubi for a game well played.

Logan and Tyler Canfield wait for Clif to return so they can play a move.

Jan Tarwid congratulates Clif Kharroubi for his win.

Clif Kharroubi makes his move against Jim Attaya.

The Chess Simul with Clif Kharroubi took place Thursday night June 16th, 2016 at the Rochester Chess Center.  The games were underway by 6:05.  The last game finished around 9:15pm.  Twenty three people participated.  Clif had 14 wins, 4 draws, and 5 losses.  The Community Chess Club provided free pizza, cookies and other snacks and beverages to the participants and the large group of spectators who attended this special annual event.  Here is a link to the online photo gallery.  It has photos taken during the event and also copies of many games score sheets:!AoRMVo7Vc-2rmS5yOvBKGajdaEEY
Harper and Lawton Teegardin look over their games while their grandmother watches from a distance.

The players who had a draw with Clif were: Jim Trowbridge, Brian Jesse, Mike Gorman and Don Stubblebine.  The players who won their game with Clif were: Matt Slomski, David Phelps, Jonah Green, Pranav Senthil Kumar and Tanush Senthil Kumar.  Prizes will be handed out next week.  Those with draws will get a hardcover score book.  Those who won will get a chess video DVD of their choice.  Clif's prize will be $50 (base prize) plus a $15 bonus prize, for a total of $65.  Clif will also be awarded a certificate commemorating this year's chess simul event. 

We will hand out prizes and awards from the 
Chess Simul at 7:20 pm June 22nd.
Cake and Cookies will be provided.
Please join us!

A Chess Simul with 

Clif Kharroubi 
(USCF rating 2132)

will be held tonight at 6pm (June 16th)
Pizza, snacks, soft drinks & coffee will
be provided at 5:30 pm to participants and spectators.
We hope you will join us for this special event!

Announcing the 3rd Annual 
Community Chess Club Simultaneous
with Clif Kharroubi
our 2015 chess club champion!

Clif Kharroubi
2015 Community Chess Club Champion

Our 3rd Annual Chess Simultanous 
is coming up on THURSDAY evening
June 16, 2016.

Please join us for pizza & beverages.
We will still have our regular chess games 
on June 15th - but, don't forget that the
Simul is on THURSDAY.

We hope to see you there as a participant
or as a spectator.

Registration can be done at the Chess Center.
Payment is required with registration.
Spectators & Visitors are welcome! 
The pizza & beverages will arrive at ~5:30pm
and the simultaneous will begin at ~6:00pm.

There are still a few seats available, so plan to sign up soon!

There is an Simul overflow list 
for any last-minute player cancellations.

Important Schedule Update:
There will be no Rochester Chess Center Saturday Youth & Adult Tournament on Saturday, June 11th.  We will instead be at the Can-Am in Buffalo, and we encourage everyone to come and be a part of this excellent event!
The Chess Center van will be going Saturday morning and staying overnight, then returning Sunday.  Sign up at the chess center to ride along in the van, share a room at a hotel and submit your entry fee.  Ron and Ken will be running the tournament.  We hope to see you there!

Information about Summer Chess Camps!

Upcoming Events in NYS:

Scholastic Year End Challenge
Saturday, June 11, 2016
Bishop Timon/St. Jude HS, 601 McKinley Parkway, Buffalo, NY

Can-Am Tourney
Saturday, June 10-12, 2016
The Rochester Chess Center is taking sign-ups.
Here is the USCF online TLA:
US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
JUNE 10-12   Can-Am International Chess Tournament
5SS; G/115 d5. Wick Student Center, 4380 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14226. $10,500 guaranteed prize fund in 4 sections; Open [FIDE rated]: $1500, 1000, 700, 500, 300; U2000: $1100, 800, 550, 350, 200; U1700:$1000, 700, 500, 250, 150; U1400: $350, 250, 150, 100, 50. Unrated limited to 3rd place prize in their section. EF [by June 3]: Open - $75, U2000 - $65, U1700 - $60, U1400 - $50. After June 3, add $10 each section. Cash only on site. Early Canadian entries at par. GM’s free entry. On-site registration Sat. 8:30 - 9:30 am. Registrants after 9:30 Sat. must take a 1/2 point bye 1st round. Rounds at: Saturday 10:00; 2:30; 7:00Sunday: 10:00; 2:30; 1/2 point byes available for rounds 1, 2, 3, and, 4, if requested prior to round 2 (limit of 2 byes). US Chess membership required. FIDE rules apply to Open section, all other sections, US Chess Official Rules, 6th ed. in effect. Must use highest of US Chess, FIDE or CFC rating & US Chess ‘back’ rating if renewing. Friday 6:00 pm blindfold-simul event with Grandmaster Robert Hungaski – 6 boards, spectators welcome. Accommodation, direction and registration information at Bring sets and clocks; none provided.
                                   Here is the official flyer:


Here is a Scholastic Tournament coming up soon!

Weekly Events at the Chess Center

Every Saturday - Chess Center Youth Tournament 10am-1pm, Great way to start out and play, Multiple rounds, USCF-rated (optional): G/30d5

Every Saturday - Chess Center Adult Tournament 2pm-8pm, 3-rounds, USCF-rated games: G/60d5, Register by 1:45pm

Nearly every Monday - Chess Center League 7pm-10pm, One USCF-rated game: G/90d5
Every Wednesday Night at 7:30pm - Community Chess Club, Register by 7:15pm, One USCF-rated game: G/80d5

The Chess Center is not open on Sundays, except for private lessons.