Thursday, April 21, 2022

42nd Annual Marchand - GM Bryan Smith & IM Jason Liang tied for 1st Place

This year's 42nd Annual Marchand was held in Rochester, NY at the Bill Gray's Iceplex.  125 players participated in the tournament across 4 sections: Open, U1800, U1400 and U1000.  In addition to our local Rochester chess players, we had a very large group from Buffalo and Syracuse.  The tournament included two Grand Masters: GM Bryan Smith and GM Mark Paragua, and one International Master: IM Jason Lang.  GM Bryan Smith and IM Jason Liang tied for 1st Place.  This year, the total prize fund was a huge $17,000. The 2022 Marchand Open was the largest tournament in size and total prizes in Western New York.  If you were not able to play in this year's Marchand, we hope you will next year!

Here's a link to the USCF rating report.

Here is a full breakdown of the prizes awarded in each section along with the standings:

The view of the Iceplex from the stands.

Ron Lohrman (at left) awards John Luger with his U2000 prize check.

Howard Decker (at left) gets 2 minutes in the penalty box
for blundering!  Chief TD Ken McBride stands by.

GM Mark Paragua (at left, USCF Rating 2556) won his game against
Christopher Shen (USCF Rating 2411) in the final round on Sunday.

Eric Worl (at left, USCF Rating 2063) won his game against
Tom Warner (USCF Rating 1819) in the final round on Sunday.

The tournament was organized by Ron Lohrman of the Rochester Chess Center. The tournament directors were Ken McBride (Chief), Ron Lohrman and Mike Lionti.

Stop by and play some USCF-rated chess at the Rochester Chess Center!  There are also chess camps for kids, a weekly Saturday morning (10am-1pm) youth tournament (USCF membership is optional), a weekly Saturday afternoon tournament, a Monday night chess league, Wednesday chess with the Community Chess Club, chess lessons for youth and adults, chess tournament event information and a chess store on-site for all your chess needs.  

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

42nd Marchand Open April 9 & 10, 2022

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

Dr. Erich Marchand requested that his friends play chess in his memory.  Please Note: The date has been extended for late registration.  Add $20 to all EF if paid on the day of the event.

See the tournament flyer for all details including prizes and registration information:

Rochester Chess Center: 585-442-2430

The Marchand is the largest Chess Tournament in Western New York!

Optional Friday early 1st round game will be held at the
Rochester Chess Center located at 221 Norris Drive, Rochester, NY 14610.
All other Rounds are Saturday/Sunday at the Bill Gray's Iceplex.

Saturday/Sunday Rounds 1-5 at the Bill Gray's Regional Iceplex
(on the MCC Campus) located at 2700 Brighton Henrietta Town Line Rd,
Rochester NY 14623.

Monday, March 28, 2022

Tournament Results: 16th Annual Woman's Invitational and Brittany Broan Memorial

In recognition of Women's History Month, the Rochester Chess Center proudly presented the 16th Annual Women's Invitational and Brittany Broan Memorial.  The event was held at the Rochester Center on Saturday, March 26, 2022.  This was the sixteenth annual all-female chess tournament.  It was held to celebrate the women who have opened the doors in this male-dominated sport and to encourage all those who follow in their footsteps to support and mentor other women.

Congratulations to all the Award Winners!
Thanks to all players for participating!

K-4 Section
1st Place: Lucy Jaramillo - won trophy and cash prize
2nd Place: Eleanor Eckert - won cash prize
K-12 Section
1st Place: Madeline Mark - won trophy and cash prize
2nd Place Tie: Olivia Premo, Ava Scahill, Maggie Hockenberry and Victoria Yao - all won a cash prize
Adult Section
1st Place: Arianna Kharroubi - won Onyx chess set and board, trophy and cash prize

Friday, March 11, 2022

Ivanchuk's Best Game

Vassily Ivanchuk, of Ukraine, is perhaps one of the world's most distinctive super-grandmasters. He is well-known for having a highly imaginative, creative and unique playing style, which has enabled him to score wins against the best players in the world throughout his career. When playing at his best, he was able to defeat world champions in staggeringly lopsided fashion.

One of Ivanchuk's most famous games is probably his win as a 21 year old against then-world champion Garry Kasparov in Linares, 1991:

Against any opponent, this game would have already been a brilliant display by the young Ivanchuk, but defeating Kasparov in such a way - at one point forcing all of the world champion's pieces to the back rank (move 36) - makes this game extra special. For decades, Kasparov was a master of using the initiative and piece activity to dominate his opponents. But here Ivanchuk flipped things around completely - this is certainly one of the most one-sided losses Kasparov has experienced as a world champion. Ivanchuk went undefeated that year in Linares and won the tournament with clear first.

Here I actually want to look at another, less well-known game that also demonstrates Ivanchuk's chess brilliance. Even though he was no longer at the peak of his career during this game, Ivanchuk still played at an extraordinarily high level and made things look easy against another future superstar, Sam Shankland:

Of course, our hearts go out to the people of Ukraine during this difficult time, and we should remember that chess is a big deal in Ukraine, just as it is in Russia. If you would like to donate to support Ukrainian chess players, please do consider this fundraiser organized by the United States Chess Federation, available here:

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Adventures in the King's Indian

Recently I played two experimental games with the King's Indian Defense as black and in both cases got to play a very interesting and fun game. In these two videos I analyze both games from start to finish.