Saturday, August 24, 2013

Tournaments & Chess Events Coming Soon!

Labor Day weekend: NYS Championship, Albany NY

Sep. 9: Rochester Chess Center's Monday night Dr. Farley Memorial fall chess league begins

October 2, 9, 16, 23: The Community Chess Club of Rochester's 17th Annual Club Championship

Oct 5: 18th Annual Arkport Open Gran Prix 


RCC Saturday Youth and Adult tournament results for August 24, 2013

In the Youth Tournament there were 9 players:
1st - Aidan Kharroubi with 4 points
Joshua Iosevich and Arianna Kharroubi each had 3 points
Piotr Cetner and Caleb Grams each had 2 points
Felix Huang had 1 point
Nathan Iosevich and Jacob Grams each scored 1/2
James Dorsey had 0 points.

Owen Shriver and Edwin Rosenberg win the first Bughouse Tournament!

Congratulations to Owen and Edwin, this week's bughouse Champions!
You don't know what bughouse is? No problem! 
Click the BUGHOUSE picture above to learn more about it from Wikipedia. 
Next week, come and play! 
 Every Wednesday. 

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Unusual "golf" chess set appears at Chess Center

Ron says that you can make him an offer if you are interested in this unique golf-themed chess set.

And, now for something on the lighter side...

With the PGA golf tournament recently in town at the Oak Hill Country Club, the above  golf-themed chess set is very fitting to be displayed and put up for sale at the Chess Center.

Did you read about the unusual fan happenings at the PGA tournament last weekend? There were shouts of "Mashed potatoes!", "Chewbacca!", "Baba Booey!" and other assorted things said between golf swings? Well, you wouldn't think that would ever happen at the Chess Center. Well, last Wednesday night, I definitely heard somebody yell out "Mashed potatoes!". That person shall remain nameless. So, it even happens in chess tournaments.

Click here for the Democrat and Chronicle article.

Friend of Dan Meehan's visits Bobby Fischer's grave in Iceland

The following pictures were given to Ron Lohrman by local chess player Dan Meehan. Dan's friend visited Iceland this past summer. Dan's friend was not a chess player, but was nice enough to go out of his way to take some pictures of Bobby Fischer's grave. Dan had sent his friend a logo of the chess center, which appears in one of the photos.

Around the flowers, there is volcanic rock for people to take, probably so that visitors and tourists do not deface the grave and can take something home with them to remember.

Volcanic rocks at grave site.

RCC Saturday Youth and Adult tournament results for August 17, 2013

Saturday Afternoon Adult Tournament
3rd Round: The Chicken?? (rating unknown!!) plays against Matthew Wang (1420).
3rd Round: The chicken surprises Matthew Wang with his first move. Apparently the chicken knows how to play chess! Later, the chicken was unmasked and found to be "Jason The Entertainer" (1524) aka Jason Young.
By the way, Jason can be reached at for Chicken or Gorilla singing telegrams, magic shows for kids, juggling, etc. 1-800-Juggler (584-4537). Jason was a good sport to wear the chicken head at the beginning of round 3.

In the Youth Tournament there were 5 players:
1st - Aidan Kharroubi with a perfect score of 3 points.
Arianna Kharroubi and Joshua Iosevich scored 1 point each.
Nathan Iosevich and Paul Dykens scored 1.5 points each.

Congratulations to Aidan Kharroubi who earned first place in the Youth tournament today!

Wednesday Night Bughouse at the Chess Center!

Chess Coach James Hiltunen will direct the Bughouse tournament

The Rochester Chess Center is located at 221 Norris Drive, Rochester, NY 14610

These games are not USCF-rated, so everyone can play! Everyone is welcome!

Remember, this is EVERY Wednesday!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Adam DeSantis has very impressive online game stats

Adam's game summary statistics 2000-2013 and still going strong!
As you can see, Adam (aka "Mr. Chess") has played over 11,000 chess games at These are games played one move at a time, much like correspondence chess. Adam has a pretty good win-loss ratio as well. Adam has tried all the chess variants and has played people from all over the world.

If you'd like to play a game with Adam, his handle is "kandahar". Ask him for a game and identify yourself and he will be likely to accept a game with you. Mention that you got the idea from this web site. Adam plays on here all the time, even very late at night. Be sure to make your moves at least every day or two, so the games keep moving along.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

RCC Saturday Youth and Adult tournament results for August 10, 2013

In the Youth Tournament there were 3 players:
Tied for First - Edward Hoffmeister and Leonid Solodov with 2 points.  
Kai Patrone scored zero.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

18th Annual Arkport Open Gran Prix - Oct 5, 2013

4 Round Swiss System, Rounds 1 & 2 G/60, rounds 3 & 4 G/90 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 - 9:45 a.m., Saturday, 10/5/13

ROUNDS: 10, 12, 2:15, 5:30



ADVANCE ENTRIES: make checks payable to F. K. Harris, 1 N. Ridge Dr., Arkport, NY 14807. Info: (607) 295-9858 cell (607) 968-0135

Directions. Arkport is 5 miles north of Hornell, NY on NY36. From Rochester area take I390 south to Exit 4 at Dansville, follow NY36 south to Arkport. From Buffalo area take I90 to Batavia, NY63 to Geneseo, the I390 as above. From west: I86 to Exit 34N onto NY36 and north to Arkport. From east: I86 to Exit 34N and as from the west.

At traffic light on NY26 in Arkport turn east onto East Ave., immediate right onto Main St., first left onto Park St. by U.S. Post Office, and look for Village Hall (fire station) on right. Tournament is in Village Hall Community Room in rear (east end) of Village Hall, NOT in Hornellsville Town Hall (brick building).

Food: Cy's Grocery on Main St., has deli, other restaurants nearby.

Motels: Sunshine Motel (good value) (607) 324-4565 about 2 miles south of Arkport. Other motels in area.