Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Nov-Dec 2016 Events and Tournaments

2017 Community Chess Club of Rochester Championship Tournament
Get your games in early !!


The Saturday Youth tournament on Jan. 7th is at the Harley School.
Click here to view the Harley Tournament Flyer for Jan. 7, 2017
The Chess Center's Monday Chess League begins Jan. 9th.  Register by 6:30pm.

Winter Break Chess Camp !!!!!
at the Rochester Chess Center

Because this is the 27th year of offering camps, our Rochester chess center  counselors are among the most experienced chess teachers found anywhere.  Counselors coordinate daily activities and instruction to expand the students' chess skills.  Chess is known to teach logic, problem solving, analysis techniques, and will improve study habits.  These skills will carry over to school and career.  

Camps are available to kids age 5-13 years.  All skill levels from beginner to advanced are encouraged to come. Beginners who arrive without any knowledge of the game will become proficient players from their camp experience; advanced players will benefit from sharing classes and experiences with some of the top youth players in the US.  Rochester Chess Center is adjacent to Cobbs Hill Park, where the daily outings are held.  Seasonal activities, like frisbee, soccer and hiking are planned so come dressed for the action!  We allow for early drop off (after 8:00am) and/or late pick up (until 5:30pm) at no extra cost.  The main reason kids come back is... We have Fun! 

 2016-2017 School year camps
Holiday Recess: Fri. Dec. 23, 26-30, Jan. 2
Martin Luther King Day: Mon. January 16
Winter Break: Monday-Friday, February 20-24
Spring Break: Monday-Friday, April 17-21
-  Any Single Day $54.00 ($38.00 for Chess Center Members)
-  Five Day Camps  $215.00 ($150.00 for Chess Center Members)

Congratulations to Webster Kehoe who was not able to attend the awards ceremony on Awards Night last month.  The club recognized his achievement of 3rd place in the CCCR Championship on Wednesday night.
Webster Kehoe received his awards and trophy presented by Adam DeSantis.  12/21/16.

 Upcoming Tournaments and Chess Lessons for Youth:
Click here to view the Harley Tournament Flyer for Jan. 7, 2017
Click here to view the Youth chess lesson schedule

Woman's Annual Chess Tournament:
Click here to view the Woman's tournament Flyer for March 25, 2017

Wednesday December 21

Feel free to bring a snack to pass around. (optional)

Holiday Schedule:
There will be no tournaments at the Rochester Chess Center
on Saturday Dec. 24th and Saturday Dec. 31st.

CCCR Newsletters by Email:
Mike Runnells has started to send out electronic newsletters.  If you would like to be added to the distribution list, please register in person at the chess center.  Mike Runnells is the newsletter editor.  Thanks to Mike Runnells for taking on this responsibility of managing the newsletters.

The Chess Center's Winter Chess League
begins on Monday night January 9th 2017

The Saturday Weekly Youth Tournament 
is every Saturday from 10am to 1pm.  Entry fee is $5.  
Trophy to top score and prizes to all players.  G/30d5. 
On Dec. 3rd, 2016, Sathya Mandava won the trophy.
Rochester Chess Center.

Tournament Announcement:
In addition to this tournament at Pioneer Central High School, there will also be the regular youth tournament at the Chess Center for those players unable to attend the event at the HS.  However, we encourage everyone to try and attend this special tournament at the Pioneer Central High School.  Please take a look at the fllyer below for details and registration for the Pioneer Central HS event.

Magnus Carlson wins third World Chess Title
Click here for NY Times Story
Visitors at the Rochester Chess Center watched the final games
 of the World Championship over an internet connection.

World Chess Champion Graph from Wikipedia:

Photos from Awards Night, Nov. 16th

20th Annual Community Chess 
Club Championship "Awards Night"
Wed. November 16th, 2016
Please join us for the award ceremony which will be held at 7:30 pm at the Rochester Chess Center.  Cake will be served.  The club's regularly scheduled chess games will follow the awards ceremony.  For more information about the 20th club championship, check out prior blog posts. 

Congratulations to Lev Paciorkowski 

our 2016 Community Chess Club of Rochester Champion

and to all our other prize winners:

2nd Place: Daniel Johnston
3rd Place: Webster Kehoe
4th Place: Matt Slomski
5th Place: Ken McBride
U2000: David Campbell
U1800: John Frearson
U1600: Matt Nesci
U1400: Hanan Derry
U1200: Stephen Blazak

Webster Kehoe congratulates Lev Paciorkowski on Lev's win.  Nov. 3, 2016.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

2016 World Chess Championship - Watch & Discuss at Chess Center

The 2016 World Chess Championship with Magnus Carlson vs. Sergey Karjakin will be broadcast at the Rochester Chess Center, 221 Norris Drive, Rochester, NY 14610.

Join us at the Rochester Chess Center November 11, 12, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21, 23, 26, 28.  All games start at 1:30pm.  Call 585-442-2430 for details.

Chess Camp - Veterans Day Nov. 11th

Veterans Day Chess Camp - Nov. 11th

There is chess camp at the Rochester Chess Center on Nov. 11th, 2016.  Call 585-442-2430 for details.  Camp is available for students 5-13 years.  All skill levels can attend.  This is the Chess Center's 26th year of offering camps.  The chess center is located nearby Cobbs Hill Park, at 221 Norris Drive, Rochester, NY 14610.  Spend the day learning and playing chess and having fun!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Tournament: Seneca Lake Open - Nov. 12th

The Rochester Chess Center van will be providing transportation for chess players to the Seneca Lake Open this coming weekend, Sat. November 12th.  The van leaves at 8am and returns around 9:45pm.  Please sign up at the chess center, or call the chess center to get  registered for the tournament and/or van ride.  Call 585-442-2430.  

The Rochester Chess Center will also be running their usual Saturday Youth (G/30d5) and Open (3 rounds, G/60d5) tournaments this Saturday, at 10am and 2pm, respectively.  

Monday, August 15, 2016

Aug - Nov 2016 Tournaments and Activities


Congratulations Lev Paciorkowski 
2016 Community Chess Club of Rochester Champion! 

After a great game, Webster Kehoe congratulates Lev Paciorkowski on Lev's win.  Nov. 3, 2016.

The 20th Annual CCCR Championship: Lev is our new club champion!

The 5th and final round of the 20th Annual Community Chess Club of Rochester (CCCR) championship took place Wednesday night at the Rochester Chess Center on November 2nd, 2016.   On the top board, Lev Paciorkowski (USCF rating 2310) won his game against 2014 CCCR club champion Webster Kehoe (USCF rating 2046) in a close game.  Lev finished with a perfect 5.0 score in five rounds.  With that win,  Lev became the 2016 club champion, succeeding Clif Kharroubi, the 2015 club champion, who finished with 3.5 points. 

Both Lev and Webster have considerable experience playing big games as both play in many tournaments and have had many successes.  Lev and Webster are well on their way to higher chess ratings and more successes in chess tournaments.  Both Lev and Webster play on high school chess teams and are very active chess players, particularly in local tournaments.  Daniel Johnston (USCF rating 2114) won his game against David Campbell (USCF rating 1945) to finish with 4.5 points and achieve second place.  Webster finished with a 4.0 score and a second place finish by tie-breaks.  Rounding out the top 5, Matt Slomski took 4th place with 4 points by tie-breaks, and Ken McBride took 5th place with 4 points by tie-breaks.  Other prizes earned were as follows: U2000: David Campbell with 3.5 points, U1800: John Frearson with 3.5 points, U1600: Matt Nesci with 3 points, U1400: Hanan Dery with 2 points, and U1200: Steve Blazak with 2 points.

Upsets in the 5th round included Matt Nesci's win over Jamshed Ahmed in a very interesting end game, Mike Connelly's win over David Worl, and Mike Lionti's win over Bill Pollifrone.  The gallery has been updated with 5th round photos.  Please also visit and bookmark Jim Trowbridge's chess blog which has more coverage and chess games from this event.  

The awards ceremony will be held at the Rochester Chess Center at 7:30pm on Nov. 16th and cake and coffee will be served.  Regular G/80d5 games will follow the awards ceremony.  The chief TD was Ron Lohrman, with assistant TDs Mike Runnells, Ken McBride and Mike Lionti.  We look forward to next year's annual CCCR chess simultaneous when Lev Paciorkowski will lead the Simul event.  Congratulations to Lev Paciorkowski on becoming the new club champion.  Also, congratulations to all our other prize winners.  

Click here for photo gallery.

1st place: Lev Paciorkowski, 2nd place: Daniel Johnston, 3rd place: Webster Kehoe

Here a complete summary of the tournament, prepared by Mike Runnells.  
This document has links to and you can see anyone's graph and history, even people you played years ago, and there is a USCF link for each player.  You can make it full screen by clicking on the symbol in the lower right hand corner.  

In the 4th round, Lev Paciorkowski won his game against Matt Slomski.  Webster Kehoe won his game against defending club champion Clif Kharroubi.

Here is the cross table after 4 rounds of games in the 2016 CCCR club championship:

The third and fourth rounds of the 20th Annual Community Chess Club of Rochester (CCCR) championship were held, Wed. Oct. 19th and 26th, respectively,  at the Rochester Chess Center.  Round #3 and #4 photos have been added to the gallery link below.  Round #5 will be held at the Rochester Chess Center, 221 Norris Drive, Rochester, NY 14610 on Wed. Nov. 2nd, 2016.  Visitors and spectators are welcome.  Rated games can also be played which are not part of the club championship tournament.  Pizza will be provided for the players and spectators at 6:30pm.  This will be an exciting finish with Lev Paciorkowski paired with 2014 club champion Webster Kehoe on board #1, both players with perfect 4.0 scores up to this point heading into the final round.  Please visit and bookmark Jim Trowbridge's Smoke The Pawn blog to see many games and posts for this chess club championship and other interesting posts.  Here are the preliminary pairings for the championship final round:

Preliminary pairings for the final round.

CCCR Championship Results for Round 4.

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.