Thursday, August 18, 2022

Chess Events Coming Up & The Latest Results for Rochester-area & NY State

For events outside the Rochester NY area, scroll toward the bottom of this post.

Upcomming Events at the Rochester Chess Center:


Oct 3 - The Dr. Farley Memorial Monday Night Fall Chess League begins.  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 10/3/22.

Community Chess Club Championship

Oct 5, 12, 19, 26 (Four rounds, One round per Wednesday).

2022 CCCR Champioship Flyer.

2022 Championship Photo Gallery Link.

2022 Awards Night Photo Gallerly Link.

Fall/Winter Chess Camp


Chess Camp!  Sign up at the Rochester Chess Center.  

Chess Camp Schedule - Coming Soon (call 442-2430).

          A Typical Day at Chess Camp - Click Here.

Rochester Chess Center's Summer Chess Schedule.   Coming Soon (call 442-2430).


Chess Lecture

Nov 16 - Clif Kharroubi Chess Lecture at 5:30pm, followed by CCCR Awards Night ceremony and rated games at 7:30pm.  Topic: To Be Announced. There will be pizza & beverages at 5:00pm!  Sign up at the Chess Center. Sponsored by the Community Chess Club of Rochester.  Free for CCCR members; $5 for non-members.  All are welcome!  5pm-5:30pm: Free pizza & Beverages.  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.  Sign up at the Chess Center.  Flyer will be available in October.

Also on Nov. 16th: CCCR's Awards Night.  The Championship Awards Ceremony will start at 7:30pm and will be followed by the serving of a celebration cake.  USCF-rated games will follow.

Dec 21 - CCCR's Annual Holiday Party with USCF-Rated Games.  Pizza will be provided.  Players can bring a treat to share (optional).



Other Events in NY State:

Syracuse NY Tournament

Oct 21-23 or 22-23, 2022. Central New York Open, Syracuse NY$5,000 GUARANTEED PRIZES!  Click here for link.

Click here for the Continental Chess Association Tournament Site



Past Events at the Rochester Chess Center:

Summer Chess Camp


Chess Camp all Summer!  Sign up at the Rochester Chess Center.  

Chess Camp Summer Schedule - Click Here.

          A Typical Day at Chess Camp - Click Here.

Rochester Chess Center's Summer Chess Schedule.  Click here.

July 11 - The Dr. Farley Memorial Monday Night Summer Chess League begins.  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 7/11/22


July 13 - Chess Center's Annual Picnic at Mendon Ponds Park, East Lodge.  Lodge is open at 1pm.  Grill fires stoked at 5:30. We hope to see you there!  

Update: Here are photos from the Picnic!  We had a great time.  We hope to see you there next year!

Chess Lecture

Aug 3 - Clif Kharroubi Chess Lecture at 5:30pm.  Topic: The Dynamic English in Black and White.  There will be pizza & beverages at 5:00pm!  Sign up at the Chess Center. Sponsored by the Community Chess Club of Rochester.  Free for CCCR members; $5 for non-members.  All are welcome!  5pm-5:30pm: Free pizza & Beverages.  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. 

Update: Our first post-Covid in-person lecture was well-attended and a great success!  If you missed it, then you are in luck because it will be posted to the CCCR YouTube channel in the near future.  When it gets posted, there will be an update to this post.




Chess Simultaneous

Aug 17 - Annual CCCR Chess Simultaneous. Simultaneous is at 7:30pm.  There will be pizza & beverages at 6:30pm!  Prizes!  Sign-up at the chess center.  Check out this flyer. 

Update: Congratulations to CCCR Club Champion David Phelps for 11 Wins, 4 Draws and 2 Losses in a field of 17 opponents. There were many exciting games to watch.  Congratulations to the two players who scored Wins: Jacob Snell and Jim Attaya! Congratulations to the players who scored draws: Dominic Shand, David B. CarrVinnie Basile and Joshua Stevens!  OK, you had to have ENDURANCE to survive the marathon chess simultaneous this year... it started at 7:30pm and the last game with Joshua Stevens finished at 11:30pm! It certainly paid off for Joshua Stevens after the 4-hour mark as Joshua once again showed why his is known as the Draw Master! Thanks to everyone who participated to help make this a great night of chess to remember!  Those who won their games against the Club Champion received prizes of super-sized magnetic analysis boards.  Those who drew received new hardcover scorebooks. 

The Photo Gallery includes copies of several scoresheets.  Click here to open the gallery in a New Window.

David Phelps faced a field of 17 Opponents.

Jacob Snell won his game and was the FIRST
to take-down the Club Champion!

Jim Attaya won his game!
It's another take-down of the Club Champion!

Dominic Shand was the FIRST to finish his game and Draw!
David B. Carr (left) and Vinnie Basile (center) were the
next two players to agree to draws with the Club Champion!

Joshua Stevens celebrates his Draw with the Club Champion!
This game brings an end to the 2022 CCCR Chess Simultaneous!

Quasar Pulluaim studies the board in preparation for his next move.


 Joe Sarratori aka the STRONGEST chess player!
Joe has the awards to prove it!

David B. Carr is enjoying his Chess Game!

The Photo Gallery includes copies of several scoresheets.  Click here to open the gallery in a New Window.

The 2022 CCCR Club Championship is in October.  Whoever wins the championship will be next year's chess player to Simultaneously play the field mid-year in 2023!  Become a CCCR Member, get 10 USCF-rated games played with the club to qualify in the Championship.  


New York State Championship

Sept 2-5, 3-5 or 4-5, 2022.  144th annual NEW YORK STATE CHAMPIONSHIP.  Labor Day weekend at Albany Marriott. PRIZE FUND RAISED TO $18,000 GUARANTEED!  Click here for link.


Chess Lecture

Sept 14 - Matt Slomski Chess Lecture at 5:30pm.  Topic: Queen vs 1 Pawn and Queen vs 2 Pawns Close to Promotion.  There will be pizza & beverages at 5:00pm!  Sign up at the Chess Center. Sponsored by the Community Chess Club of Rochester.  Free for CCCR members; $5 for non-members.  All are welcome!  5pm-5:30pm: Free pizza & Beverages.  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. 



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.