Wednesday, May 17, 2017

May - June 2017 Events


Announcing the 4th Annual 
Community Chess Club Simultaneous
with Chess Master Lev Paciorkowski
our 2016 chess club champion!

WEDNESDAY evening
June 7, 2017 at
the Rochester Chess Center

Chess Master Lev Paciorkowski



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.

Registration has now started, so plan to sign up soon!

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

Please join us for pizza & beverages before the Simul. 

For those unable to participate in the chess simultaneous, 
we will still have our regular chess play available upstairs
 at the Chess Center on June 7th.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The Rochester Chess Center's Weekly Schedule



Every Monday:  7 to 10pm, Rated League, ~10 weeks.  We’ll get you onto a team.  Runs throughout the year in four 10 week segments.  4 or 5 players on a team, the highest player on your team plays the highest player on your opponent’s team, etc.  Rated by the USCF.  Game in 90 minutes with 5 second delay.  $$25
Registration 1st week to form teams: 6-6:50pm


Every Wednesday:  7:30 to 10pm, USCF Rated Games with the Community Chess Club of Rochester.  This is the best event for adult players new to tournament disciplines of recording moves and budgeting time on a chess clock.  Opponent with similar skill/rating is assigned. Game in 80 minutes with 5 second delay. $$5 Registration: 6:30-7:20pm


Every Saturday:  10am to 1pm, Youth Tournament.  Practice budgeting your time with a chess clock, and recording moves with a score sheet.  Prize for each player, and trophy for “player of the day”.   If you are a USCF member, your games will count toward your national rating.  Game in 30minutes, usually 3-5 games.  $$5
Register no later than 1:55pm


Every Saturday:  2 to 8pm, Afternoon Tournament.  USCF rated, cash prizes 70% of entries.  Sections by rating, 8 players each.  Game in 60 minutes with 5 second delay; 3 rounds.  $$15 adults, 13 high school, 11 pre high school
Registration: Arrive by 10am for 1st round, or arrive later and join the next available round


USCF events require USCF membership,  $46 premium (w/magazine) or $40 regular.  Special rates for youth and seniors.  You can join the USCF here the same day you play.  Entry fees are shown as $$ in the description of each event. 

For chess classes, tutoring, camps, visit our High School League website    www.nychess.org     
                                                             Equipment Sales are also available     www.chessset.com

Monday, March 20, 2017

Women's Tournament this Saturday, March 25th


April 18th Youth Tourament Results


1st Place Trophy with 2 1/2 points: Toby Rizzo
Also with 2 1/2 points: TJ Weaver

(Rear left): Bobby Dodge, TJ Weaver, Sky Justice. (Front left): Evan Peterson, Toby Rizzo, Gabe Levin






 Weekly Saturday Morning Youth Tournament
at the Rochester Chess Center
221 Norris Drive, Rochester, NY 14610
585-442-2430
Entry fee: only $5 for 3 hours of chess, 10am-1pm
Trophy and prizes for all participants. 
Learn chess skills, play several chess games, have fun!!






50th Annual NY State Scholastic Tournament Results



Click here for cross table

High School Champion  Score/Place
Lev Paciorkowski    5/Trophy for 3rd
Webster Kehoe        4
Patrick Chernjavsky    4
Jacob Chen        4  
Sam Cherin        3½
Patrick Phillips    3½        
Connor Wagner        3           
Peter Carter        2½            
Benjamin Chernjavsky    1

Elementary Intermediate                   
Dale Janezic        5/Trophy for 4th

1126 Players, 10 of them were Rochester Players

Thank You!! For playing at the 50th Annual NY States Scholastics Chess Tournament. 
Hope to see you there NEXT YEAR!!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Mar-Apr 2017 Events and Tournaments



CCCR chess postponed one day to 

Thursday March 16th - same time

We will NOT have CCCR chess tonight, March 15th.  However, we will instead have chess on Thursday night, March 16th at the same time at the Rochester Chess Center.  This also means that there can be no league make-up games tonight.  Emails will go out shortly with this information.


MARCH  13-16, 2017 - Due to the severity of the snow storm, we postponed Wednesday's regular CCCR chess meeting to the next day: Thursday March 16th. Please read this advisory:

Weather Advisory

Please be advised that due to the expected severe snow storm there may be numerous road closures, traffic light outages, and slow-downs throughout the Rochester area. Please check traffic conditions for your route to the Chess Center before leaving and drive safely.  Thank you.

Traffic conditions can be checked at http://maps.google.com and selecting traffic from the menu in the top left.





MARCH  8, 2017 - The Rochester Chess Center has power and IS OPEN for chess this evening.   Please read this advisory:

Weather Advisory

Please be advised that due to high winds there are numerous road closures, traffic light outages, and slow-downs throughout the Rochester area. Please check traffic conditions for your route to the Chess Center before leaving and drive safely. Thank you.

Traffic conditions can be checked at http://maps.google.com and selecting traffic from the menu in the top left.





Chess Center Youth Tournament - Saturday, March 4th 2017.  Trophy winner: Matt O'Heron
Chess Center Open Tournament - Saturday, March 4th 2017.  Jacob Chen (left) and Derek Linton
Jacob won 1st place with a perfect 3.0 score
Chess Center Open Tournament - Saturday, March 4th 2017.   John Manning (left) and Toby Rizzo


50th annual New York State Scholastic Championships
MAR. 11-12     

6SS, G/60 d10, open to grades K-12; top NYS player & team in each section are NY champions. In 11 sections. HS Championship and HS Reserve at Courtyard by Marriott, 11 Excelsior Ave., Saratoga Springs NY 12866. Other 9 sections 2/5 mile away at Saratoga Hilton and adjacent Saratoga City Center (connected by indoor walkway), 534 Broadway (I-87 Exit 13-N, 4 miles north on US 9), Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.  Online entry: www.chessaction.com. Mail entry: Continental Chess, PO Box 249, Salisbury Mills, NY 12577. Include name, rating, USCF ID, USCF expiration (non-members include dues), section, school, grade, birth date, address of each player. Checks payable to Continental Chess. $15 per player service charge for refunds. $10 extra to switch sections, all substitutions from advance list charged $60. Questions: DirectorAtChess.US (At = @)), 347-201-2269. Bring clock if possible- none supplied. Bring set & board for HS Championship, HS Reserve & JHS Championship; set & board supplied for other sections. March official ratings used (except unofficial web ratings usually used if otherwise unrated). TD reserves right to assign estimated rating to players with non-USCF ratings.  More information here from Continental Chess.




Scholastic: Geneva North Street School - 11th Annual
March 18th





The Women's tournament is held at the Rochester Chess Center



Scholastic: Freewill Elementary School - 2nd Annual
April 29th


Portrait of Dr. Erich Watkinson Marchand displayed at the Rochester Chess Center
39th Annual Marchand Open
APR. 1-2   
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 150 (ENHANCED)

Dr. Erich Marchand "requested that his friends play chess in his memory." 5SS, G/115, d5. Location: Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester, NY 14607. $16,440 Gtd. Open Section: $3000-2000-1300-800-500-300. Under 2200 & U2000 each $750-450. FIDE Rated. EF: $85. U1800 Section: $1100-750-450. Under 1600 $750-450. EF: $70. U1400 Section: $500-300-200. Under 1200 $300-200. EF $60. U1000 Section: $400-250-160. Under 800 $200-130. EF: $50. Unrated players in the U1800 section can only win $375, in U1400 $175 & U1000 $125. No limit in Open. Balance to next prize winners. EF refunded and $100 appearance award to all GM and IM if paid by 3/20/2017. All: EF add $20 after 3/20/2017. NYSCA members deduct $3. All sections USCF rated. Ratings as in April Supplement. Bring sets, boards, and clocks – none provided. Food court and chess books & equipment sales available onsite. No smoking allowed on The Strong campus. Free parking. Reg.: 8:30-9:15am. Rds.: Sat. 10-2:15-6:30, Sun. 10-2:15. One 1/2 point bye available in rd. 1, 2, 3, or 4 if requested at entry. Optional first round Friday, 3/31/2017 at 7pm played at Rochester Chess Center (register by 6:30pm). Info: 585-442-2430. Mail entry to: Rochester Chess Center, 221 Norris Dr., Rochester, NY 14610. Web: nychess.org. Store: chessset.com.




Dr. Farley Memorial XXVI Chess League
The Monday Night Spring Chess League begins
 April 3rd 
The league runs for 10 weeks on Monday nights.
Teams are forming.  Sign-up at the Chess Center.
Time Control: G/90d5
Call 585-442-2430 for Info.  Register by 6:30pm 4/3/17.  





Rochester Chess Center's Regular Schedule

Every Monday:  7 to 10pm, Rated League, ~10 weeks.  We’ll get you onto a team.  Runs throughout the year in four 10 week segments.  4 or 5 players on a team, the highest player on your team plays the highest player on your opponent’s team, etc.  Rated by the USCF.  Game in 90 minutes with 5 second delay.  $$25
Registration 1st week to form teams: 6-6:50pm


Every Wednesday:  7:30 to 10pm, USCF Rated Games with the Community Chess Club of Rochester.  This is the best event for adult players new to tournament disciplines of recording moves and budgeting time on a chess clock.  Opponent with similar skill/rating is assigned. Game in 80 minutes with 5 second delay. $$5 Registration: 6:30-7:20pm


Every Saturday:  10am to 1pm, Youth Tournament.  Practice budgeting your time with a chess clock, and recording moves with a score sheet.  Prize for each player, and trophy for “player of the day”.   If you are a USCF member, your games will count toward your national rating.  Game in 30minutes, usually 3-5 games.  $$5
Register no later than 1:55pm


Every Saturday:  2 to 8pm, Afternoon Tournament.  USCF rated, cash prizes 70% of entries.  Sections by rating, 8 players each.  Game in 60 minutes with 5 second delay; 3 rounds.  $$15 adults, 13 high school, 11 pre high school
Registration: Arrive by 10am for 1st round, or arrive later and join the next available round


USCF events require USCF membership,  $46 premium (w/magazine) or $40 regular.  Special rates for youth and seniors.  You can join the USCF here the same day you play.  Entry fees are shown as $$ in the description of each event. 

For chess classes, tutoring, camps, visit our High School League website    www.nychess.org     
                                                             Equipment Sales are also available     www.chessset.com

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Jan-Feb 2017 Events and Tournaments


Congratulations to Daniel Johnston, Chess Master - who attained a rating of 2200+

This past Wednesday, the Community Chess Club celebrated the great achievement of Rochester's newest Chess Master: Daniel Johnston.  A chess player attains the Master title when he achieves a 2200 chess rating.  Daniel has been playing chess since he was a youngster and frequently attended chess camps.   We are sure that Daniel's parents, Frank and Sue, are very proud of their son's chess achievements - who traveled with Daniel in the early years so that Daniel could play in tournaments across the United States.  Daniel has always been an excellent student of chess -  including reading chess books, taking lessons and studying his completed games.  Daniel then tested his refined chess skills by playing in tournaments.  Daniel received lessons from the Chess Center's teachers, especially FIDE Master Isay Golyak who now resides in Florida.  Later, as Daniel's rating continued to rise, Daniel received lessons from GMs and Daniel continued to compete in tournaments across the United States.  Daniel set a goal at a very young age to achieve chess master and we congratulate him on his success in achieving his personal goal.  Daniel also teaches chess and has a web site which was featured on a previous blog post.  Daniel is currently ranked by the USCF at 109th out of  6751 in New York State.  Daniel is a frequent Rochester Chess Center player and is a member of the Community Chess Club of Rochester.  Daniel plays USCF-rated games on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays and is one of our most active players. We wish all the best of luck to Daniel and we know further achievements are on the way.  Congratulations Daniel!

Daniel's achievement was celebrated on Wednesday night, Feb. 22nd 2017.

USCF chess rating graph for Daniel Johnston




Amateur Team Results



The Rochester Chess Center will be closed Monday evening
Feb. 20th and there are no chess league games scheduled.



Community Chess Club.  15-Feb-2017
Community Chess Club.  15-Feb-2017
Community Chess Club.  15-Feb-2017

"Man beats Tractor at chess" - from New Yorker Magazine cartoon archive


Jim Attaya (left) had a titanic chess battle with Chaitanya Mahajan Wednesday night.  19-Jan-2017.


Community Chess Club of Rochester member Jim Trowbridge submitted an excellent chess news article to Empire Chess Magazine - Winter 2017 Issue, published by the New York State Chess Association.  The article contains several wonderfully annotated games and excellent coverage of our chess club's recent 20th annual club championship held in Oct-Nov 2016.


Click this image to go to the article.


Click this image to go to the article.






Tournament Announcements



February 18-20  Parsippany Hilton  Parsippany, NJ 07054
(973) 267-7373 or 1-800-HILTONS $119 (single double), $121 (Triple, Quad) - Hotel Chess rate valid until 1/17/2017. The Chess Center is sending several teams!  Contact the Chess Center for details.













The Winter Monday Night Farley Memorial Chess League has started.  There are some openings for the under 1400 USCF rating level.  Check with the chess center for details to join a team.

The Chess Center Youth tournaments will be held at schools on Jan. 7, 14 and 21.  The 10am-1pm Youth tournaments are held at the Rochester Chess Center, except for the dates noted below:


The CCCR weekly Wednesday night chess meeting is held all year long, and we invite you to join us for a rated game, or to visit and learn about our chess club.  Visitors welcome.  We play one USCF-rated game, G/80d5.  Registration from 6:30pm to 7:20pm.  Games start at 7:30pm.  This is a great way to prepare for the Marchand Open.

The Saturday 3-round Swiss USCF-rated tournament (G/60d5) is held nearly every Saturday at the Chess Center (except for the Marchand weekend, Labor Day and some holidays).  Registration ends at 1:45pm.  You may show up or call by 1:45pm to register.  This is a great way to prepare for the Marchand Open.

The 39th Annual Marchand Open tournament is April 1st and 2nd, 2017.   Register by mail, phone or in person at the Chess Center.  Open Section players must provide a birthday and contact information required by FIDE.  This is a wonderful event, and the largest in Western New York.  This event is held at the Strong Museum of Play in downtown Rochester.  The event is named after long-time CCCR chess player and NY State Champion, Erich Marchand.



The Annual Chess Simultaneous event will be held this summer.  The champion of the CCCR chess club, Lev Paciorkowski, will be the featured chess player who will simul against many players.  Details will be announced later this year.




Chess Camps
are held at the Rochester Chess Center.  
Contact the Chess Center at 585-442-2430 for details.