Monday, April 2, 2018

Spring Monday Night Chess League

Monday Night Chess League
The Spring Monday Night Dr. Farley Memorial Chess League begins Monday, April. 2nd.
Sign-up at the Chess Center.  Register by 6:30pm.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

GM Alexander Fishbein wins Marchand 2018 with 4.5 points

Grandmaster Alexander Fishbein and Master Lev Paciorkowski  play on board #1 in the Open.

The biggest chess event in the Western NY area was even bigger this year, with more than 150 players, and an Open Section that was bursting with players.  It was a full-house at the Strong Museum with players and spectators enjoying some of the greatest chess games to see all year in Rochester, NY.

At high-stakes tournaments like this, chess players in all sections play extra hard and it is not only the prizes on the line, but also the prestige. And, this was a special year, the 40th Marchand.

Dan Burnside compiled a very nice set of photographs which can be viewed individually, or as part of a picture movie.  Here are the links:


Slideshow (low resolution) provided by Dan Burnside - Click here. - coming soon

Slideshow (high resolution) provided by Dan Burnside - Click here. - coming soon


FIDE rating report link coming soon for the Open section.

40th Annual Marchand 2018 Results:

Open:
1st - Alexander Fishbein
2nd thru 5th - Alexander Shabalov, Holden Hernandez, Sergei Kudrin, Artiom Samsonkin
6th - Fidel Corrales Jimenez, Azarov, Aleksandr Ostrovsky, Lev Paciorkowski, Eugene Hua, Daniel He, Ben Dean-Kawamura

U2200: 
1st:Kevin Roulhac
2nd-5th: Martha Samadashvili, Stephen Capp, Clif Kharroubi, Michael Opaska, Owen Shriver

U2000: 
Dorian Kang, Tomasz Bazani

U1800:
1st thru 2nd - Chris Darling, Jonathan D'Alonzo
3rd: Aaron Gindi, Ferdinand Supsup, Peter Agok, Sam Cherin, Dale Janezic

U1600:
1st thru 2nd - Aidan Kharroubi, Arianna Kharroubi, Michelle Hua

U1400:
1st thru 2nd - Steve Baer, Mauri Miettinen
3rd: Dan Pike, Matthew O'Heron, Abraham Porschet

U1000:
1st - Grant Glor
2nd - Jacob Chung
3rd - Langston Woods, Henry Swing, Joseph Orozco, Sebastian Dankner, Dr. Edward Arnold, Jonathan Carmina

U800: 
1st thru 2nd - Henry Liu, Griffin Monrad, Thomas Auld, Naji Anaizi

This year's 40th Marchand was organized by the Rochester Chess Center, under the direction of Ronald Lohrman and Ken McBride and assistant Mike Lionti.

We hope to see YOU at the 41st Annual Marchand next year!







Friday, March 2, 2018

Rochester's Biggest Chess Event: The Annual Marchand Tournament


Portrait of Dr. Erich Watkinson Marchand displayed at the Rochester Chess Center


The 40th Year - Don't miss it!

March 17-18th


At the Strong National Museum of Play, One Manhattan Square, Rochester, NY


The Strong Museum of Play, Downtown Rochester, NY


Tournament Life Announcement (TLA):
A Heritage Event!
US Chess Junior Grand Prix!
MAR. 17-18   40th Annual Marchand Open
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 3/5/2018. All EF add $20 after 3/5/2018. NYSCA members deduct $3. All sections USCF rated. Ratings as in March 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 rds. 1, 2, 3, or 4 if requested at entry. Optional first round Friday, 3/16/2018 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.






Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Feb. 28th - Lecture with Chess Master Clif Kharroubi



 Special Event 
Lecture Series with Chess Master
Clif Kharroubi 
on February 28th, 2018

Topic: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly:
A Look at Commonly Played Club Player Gambits

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 Clif Kharroubi'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.

PLEASE JOIN US Feb. 28th at the Chess Center!






 Special Event 
Lecture Series with Chess Master
Lev Paciorkowski

Topic: Offense Is The Best Defense
Sponsored by the Community Chess Club of Rochester
February 28th, 2018 
** Lev Paciorkowski's Chess Lecture will be rescheduled **

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.

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 third 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.


Chess Master Lev Paciorkowski, USCF rating 2430


Other Tournaments & Events Coming Up:
Please visit the Chess Center at 221 Norris Drive, Rochester, NY 14610 for more information about any of the following:

Feb. 16-19: Amateur Team East - Join a chess team and sign up at the Chess Center!

Feb. 19-23: Chess Camp! at the Rochester Chess Center

Mar. 17-18: 40th Marchand Open
Dr. Erich Marchand "requested that his friends play chess in his memory."

Links to flyers and schedules:
Tournaments: Find them here at  NYCHESS
Chess Camps: Find them here at NYChESS




Sunday, January 14, 2018

Jan. 24th - Lecture with Chess Master Matt Slomski

 Special Event 
Lecture Series continues with Chess Master
Matt Slomski
Topic: Initiative
Sponsored by the Community Chess Club of Rochester
Date: January 24th, 2018 
Time: 5:00-6:30pm at the Rochester Chess Center
Free for CCCR members; $5 for non-members.  All are welcome!
5pm-5:30pm: Free pizza, cookies & apple cider for all who attend 
Matt Slomski'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)
Note: The lecture will be video recorded. 

Matt Slomski, USCF Master.  Rating 2070.


This lecture will include Q&A to willing participants from Chess Master Matt Slomski.  
Here is how that will be accomplished: 
In this lecture, Matt will request that those interested in being asked questions by Matt fill out a short questionnaire with your name and chess rating.  During the lecture, Matt may call upon only those people that are willing to respond to questions.  Matt will tailor the questions to willing participants based on their chess rating (with questions being more challenging for higher rated participants). If the participant has no chess rating, then beginner, intermediate or expert can be noted on the questionnaire. Please note that everyone is welcome and participation in questions from the lecturer Matt Slomski is optional.  Thank you for your interest, and we hope to see you at the lecture.


Update Jan. 15, 2018:
The blog editor has asked Matt to provide a short summary about his chess life.  
This is what Matt would like to share with everyone:

"I always enjoy having someone of greater strength at the chess center to play against. The biggest help was playing over 70 rated games with Igor Nikolayev which was very educational for me as well as increase my rating every time I managed a draw or even a win. The chess center today has this same glorious feeling!"