Thursday, July 19, 2018

The 2018 Lev Paciorkowski Chess Simul Results

29 Participants!

25 Wins!
  3 Draws and 1 Loss!

Chess Master Lev Paciorkowski 
Dazzles a Standing-Room-Only Crowd
at the Rochester Chess Center

We need a bigger room!  Chess is alive and well in Rochester!

The Event:
On Wednesday, July 18th, the Community Chess Club of Rochester's Champion, Chess Master Lev Paciorkowski (USCF rating 2460) played chess simultaneously against 29 opponents.We planned for 25 simultaneous chess games, but we were overflowing with 29 participants, and we had to turn away a few last minute signups because there simply was no more room to setup chess boards and tables. Spectators looked on and studied chess positions during the event. The Community Chess Club congratulates Lev Paciorkowski on an excellent performance at this year's annual Chess Simultaneous! Special thanks to Ron Lohrman, David Phelps and Jamshed Ahmed for helping to set up the playing room. This event is held annually. The club champion has the honor (and challenge) to be the featured chess player.

Some Fun Facts:
  • While each participant stayed seated for most of their own game, Lev walked approximately 5 miles in circles around the 29 chess boards over the course of 4.5 hours of chess play, between 6:15pm and 10:45pm.
  • Lev's current USCF rating is 2460!  But, the combined USCF rating of his 29 opponents was well over 36,000.
  • While each participant attempted to solve approximately 45 chess puzzles, Lev solved over 1300 chess puzzles.
  • Over the course of the evening, Lev's total time analyzing each game averaged about 9.5 minutes, while each of the 29 players had more than 4 hours to study the chess positions.
The 3 Draws and 1 Loss:
The ONE win against Lev was by Matthew O'Heron, and was the first and last game that Lev would lose during the Simul. Matthew won a chess DVD for his win against Lev.  The three draws were by Garrett Thompson, Anirudh Ramesh and Joshua Stevens.  Garrett, Anirudh and Joshua won hard cover score books for their draws with Lev.  The games will be posted here over the weekend.

The Participants:
Bill Pollifrone, Bob Talbot, Walter Plizga, Joe Sarratori, Jim Attaya
Gerald Birmingham, Dr. Hanan Dery, Anirudh Ramesh, Ramesh Nagarajan, Joshua Stevens, Jim Trowbridge, Jeremy Bateman, Carter Bateman, Roei Dery, Matthew O'Heron, Don Stubblebine, Fred Harris, Mark Wattenberg, Jamshed Ahmed, Chris Gargan, Blaze Veljovski, Matt Slomski, Nate McKay, Tanush Senthil Kumar, John Roberts, Garrett Thompson, Langston Woods, Wayne Jarvis and Dan Burnside.

About Lev:
Lev Paciorkowski is 18 years old, and a student at R.I.T.  He is ranked #9 in the United States for his age group by the United States Chess Federation.  This past weekend, Lev won first place in the Columbus Open.  He is a USCF Life and National Master.  Lev also is a Rochester Chess Center camp counselor this summer, and he gives chess lessons for players of any skill level. Lev is the champion of the chess club and the highest rated chess player in the greater Rochester area, with a USCF rating of 2460.  

Simul Awards Night - Wed. July 25th at 7:20pm:
Join us next week as we hand out certificates for those players who drew or won their game against Lev. We will also present Lev with his award and certificate for his Simul performance. Cake and coffee will be served after the awards ceremony. 

Exhibiting confidence and patience with every chess move, Lev finished with 25 wins out of 29.

Chris Gargan makes his move against Lev Paciorkowski.

Lev Paciorkowski shakes hand with Nate McKay to signify the end of the 29th and final game of the Simultaneous!

Dr. Alex Paciorkowski with his son Lev.

Above photos are courtesy of our chess club's photographer, Dan Burnside.

Click the link below for some more photos taken by club members.
There are also some photos of score sheets.

For information about CHESS CAMPS
and other events for the summer, scroll down to the previous blog post.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Summer Chess Events, Camps and more

Annual Chess Simultaneous
with CCCR Champion
Lev Paciorkowski!
July 18th!

Wed. July 18th - At the Rochester Chess Center
Sign up at the Chess Center to reserve your spot!
We will also have regular chess games upstairs.

2018 Summer Chess Camp

Because this is our 28th year of offering camps, our counselors are among the most experienced chess teachers found anywhere.  We 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. 
But the main reason kids come back is. . .
We have fun!!

2018 Summer Camp Schedule
Week 1
July 5 and July 6 (short week due to July 4)
Week 2
July 9 - July 13
Week 3
July 16 - July 20
Week 4
July 23 - July 27
Week 5
July 30 - August 3
Week 5
July 30 -  August 3  (Advanced Camp)
Week 6
August 6 - August 10
Week 6 August 6 - August 10  (Advanced Camp)
Week 7
August 13 - August 17
Week 8
August 20 - August 24
Week 9
August 27 - August 31

-  Any Single Day $54.00 ($38.00 for Chess Center Members)

Five Day Camps  $215.00 ($150.00 for Chess Center Members)
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.

Typical Day:

9:00am - 10:00am
Chess Play or Computer Play

10:00am - 12:00n
Chess Instruction

12:00n - 12:30pm   Lunch and Chess Play or Video

12:30pm - 2:00pm     Outdoor Activities at Cobbs Hill Park (weather permitting)

2:00pm - 4:00pm
Blitz, Kriegspiel or Bughouse fun
 Send your deposit (1/2 of the camp fee) to reserve your spot!
Campers may attend single days.

Call the Chess Center at (585) 442-2430 to register and mail your deposit to:
Rochester Chess Center
221 Norris Drive
Rochester, NY 14610
or e-mail us at

Weekly Chess at the Rochester Chess Center!

  • Mondays - Farley Memorial Summer chess league, G90d5 (still some open boards, call to join!)
  • Wednesdays - Community Chess Club, G80d5 - Register/Call between 6:30pm-7:20pm, games start at 7:30pm
  • Saturday - Chess Center's Youth tournament, G30d5 10am-1pm w/ prizes/trophy to champion!
  • Saturday - Chess Center's Open tournament, G/60d5, 3 Rounds, 2pm-8pm, Reg. by 1:4pm. games start at 2pm

Annual Community Chess Club Championship!
Five rounds. Must have 9 weeks played with club since last championship. A fantastic event. Be a part of it!  Dates (all Wednesdays): Sept. 26, Oct. 3, Oct. 10, Oct. 17 and Oct. 24.
- more details comings soon!

Annual Picnic!
July 11th!

Wed. July 11th - Rochester Chess Center's Picnic
2018 Summer Picnic
Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Mendon Ponds Park, East Lodge
Lodge is open at 1pm.  Grill fires stoked at 5:30

We provide chess sets, soft drinks, plates, utensils, charcoal and condiments.
You bring your won food to grill and any sports equipment.

This is a communal event; please bring a dish to pass
Last name A to M:  please bring a dish to pass
Last name N to Z:  please bring a dessert to pass

Everyone is welcome.  $5 per person; $15 max per family

Picnic is FREE to Chess Center members and families

The Community Chess Club will also have their 
regular Wednesday night games at the Rochester Chess Center. 

Rochester Chess Center
221 Norris Drive
Rochester, NY 14610
Phone: 585-442-2430

About the Chess Center:
The Rochester Chess Center is the largest and best place to play chess in Western New York.  We have hundreds of players who participate in a variety of tournaments.  The Chess Center also has a huge store with chess equipment at great prices. Stop by and visit us. We'd be happy to show you around and help you get started in the chess club, whether you are a beginner player, or a chess master. Everyone is welcome! The first step, starts with you... Stop in and check us out!

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:

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

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

Dorian Kang, Tomasz Bazani

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

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

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

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

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
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: Store:

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!"