This blog covers events at the Chess Mates Chess Club,
which is now located at 75 East Cherry Street, Suite 11 in Rahway, N.J.

For more information, please visit
our web site, email us, or call us at 760-583-8429

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Saturday Game 12/8/2018

Yesterday national masters Jim West and Art Macaspac played this game at Chess Mates.

French Defense, Exchange Variation

Jim West (USCF 2203) - Art Macaspac (USCF 2200), Rahway NJ 12/8/2018

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.Bd3 Bg4 6.O-O Be7 7.Bg5 O-O 8.Nbd2 h6 9.Bh4 Nbd7 10.c3 c5 11.Qc2 cxd4 12.Nxd4 Qb6 13.Rae1 Bc5

14.N2b3 Rfe8 15.f3 Bxd4+ 16.Nxd4 Bh5 17.Bf2 Nc5 18.Nb3 Rxe1 19.Rxe1 Nxd3 20.Bxb6 Nxe1 21.Qf2 axb6 22.Qxe1 Rxa2 23.Qb1 Ra8 24.Nd4 Bg6 25.Qc1 Nd7 26.h3 Nc5 27.Qf4 Ra1+ 28.Kh2 Rb1 29.b4 Nd3

30.Qb8+ Kh7 31.Qxb7 Rb2 32.Qxd5 Rxg2+ 33.Kh1 Rd2 34.Qd6 Nf2+ 35.Kg1 Nxh3+ 36.Kh1 Nf2+ 37.Kg1 Nh3+ 38.Kh1 Bd3 39.Qxb6 Nf2+ 40.Kg2 Ne4+ 41.Kg1 Ng5 42.Qc5 Nh3+ 43.Kh1 Nf2+ 44.Kg1 Nh3+ 45.Kh1 Nf2+ 46.Kg1 Nh3+ 47.Kh1, draw.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Photos from Saturday Swiss 12/1/2018

These pictures were taken by me during Saturday's tournament.

In round two, Nikhil Allam played Bryan Lewis while Humberti Vargas watched.

Student Nikhil Allam battled his coach NM Art Macaspac in the fourth round.

On the next board, Lev Zilbermintz opposed NM Mauricio Camejo.

Filler Humberti Vargas relaxed during the final round.

Meanwhile my opponent Bryan Lewis looked at his cell phone following our game.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Saturday Swiss 12/1/2018

National masters Art Macaspac, Jim West, and Mauricio Camejo shared first place with 3 points in Saturday's tournament.

Round Two: Sicilian Defense

Mauricio Camejo (USCF 2018) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Rahway NJ 12/1/2018

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 d6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d3 Nc6 5.Bg5 e6 6.f4 Be7 7.Qf3 a6 8.Nge2 Na5 9.Bb3 Nxb3 10.axb3 Qc7 11.Nd1 Bd7 12.Ne3 Bc6 13.f5 e5

14.Bxf6 Bxf6 15.Nc3 b5 16.Ned5 Qb7 17.Ne3 b4 18.Ncd5 O-O-O 19.Nc4 Bxd5 20.exd5 Kd7 21.Na5 Qb6 22.Qe4 Ra8 23.O-O c4+ 24.Kh1 cxd3 25.Nc4 Qc7 26.cxd3 a5 27.Rfc1 Qd8 28.Ra4 Qb8 29.Rca1 Bd8

30.Qg4 Rg8 31.Qh5 Ke7 32.Qxh7 Bc7 33.f6+ gxf6 34.d4 Qb5 35.dxe5 Qxd5 36.exd6+ Bxd6 37.Qc2 Rh8 38.Nxd6 Qxd6 39.Qe4+ Qe5 40.Qb7+ Ke6 41.Qb6+ Ke7 42.Qg1 Kf8 43.Re1 Qxb2 44.Qc5+ Kg7 45.Qc4 Rh6 46.Raa1 Rah8

47.Qg4+ Rg6 48.Qf3 Rgh6 49.h3 Qc3 50.Qxc3 bxc3 51.Rxa5 Rb8 52.Ra3 Rh5 53.Rc1 Rc5 54.Kg1 c2 55.Kf2 Rc3 56.Ke2 Rbxb3 57.Rxb3 Rxb3 58.Rxc2 f5 59.Kf2 Kf6 60.Re2 Kg5 61.Re3 Rb2+ 62.Kf3 f6

63.g3 Rb1 64.h4+ Kg6 65.Re8 Rb3+ 66.Kg2 f4 67.gxf4 Kf5 68.Rh8 Kxf4, draw.

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Round Three: Sicilian Defense, Najdorf Variation

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Art Macaspac (USCF 2200), Rahway NJ 12/1/2018

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 e6 7.Bb3 Nbd7 8.f4 Nc5 9.f5 Be7 10.Qf3 O-O 11.Be3 Nxb3 12.axb3 e5 13.Nde2 Qc7 14.O-O b5 15.g4 b4

16.g5 bxc3 17.gxf6 Bxf6 18.bxc3 Bb7 19.c4 Rfe8 20.Nc3 d5 21.Nxd5 Bxd5 22.exd5 e4 23.Qg4 Bxa1 24.Rxa1 f6 25.Kh1 Qd7 26.Rg1 Kh8 27.h4 Re5 28.d6 Rg8 29.Bd4 Rxf5 30.Bxf6 e3 31.Bc3 Qc6+ 32.Qg2 Qd7 33.Qg4 Qf7

34.Qg3 Rf3 35.Qg2 Rf2 36.Qg3 Rf3 37.Qg2 e2 38.Be1 Qf5 39.Qxe2 Rh3+ 40.Kg2 Qd7 41.Bg3 Re8 42.Qxe8+ Qxe8 43.Kxh3 Qe6+ 44.Kh2 h5 45.Re1 Qf5 46.Re2 Qg4 47.Rf2 Qe6, draw.

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Round Four: Philidor Counter Gambit

Mauricio Camejo (USCF 2018) - Lev Zilbermintz (USCF 2070), Rahway NJ 12/1/2018

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bc4 f5 4.d3 c6 5.Bb3 f4 6.d4 Qf6 7.h3 g5 8.c3 h6 9.Na3 Ne7 10.Nc4 Ng6 11.a4 b6 12.d5 c5 13.Na3 a6 14.Nc4 Nd7 15.Bc2 Rb8 16.Bd2 Be7

17.Bd3 b5 18.axb5 axb5 19.Na5 c4 20.Bc2 O-O 21.Nc6 Rb6 22.b3 cxb3 23.Bxb3 Nc5 24.c4 b4 25.Qc2 Bd7 26.Nxe7+ Nxe7 27.Ra7 Rfb8 28.O-O g4 29.hxg4 Bxg4 30.Rfa1 Nc8 31.Ra8 Qg6

32.Kf1 Qxe4 33.Rxb8 Rxb8 34.Rb1 Bf5 35.Rb2 Qd3+ 36.Kg1 Ne7 37.Qd1 Nxb3 38.Qxb3 Ng6 39.Qxd3 Bxd3 40.Rxb4 Rxb4 41.Bxb4 Bxc4, draw.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Photos from Club Championship

Look at these photos taken by me at the Chess Mates club championship.


Daniel Gu lost to John Moldovan.

Eric Levin bested Daniel Gu..

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Lev Zilbermintz defeated Daniel Gu.

Eric Levin fell to John Moldovan.

NM Art Macaspac won against Daniel Gu.

Lev Zilbermintz and John Moldovan battled, with Lev winning.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Eric Yuhan Li Becomes National Master

Former Chess Mates Academy student Eric Yuhan Li went 3-0 at today's quad & earned his National Master title.
Photo credit: Vanessa Sun

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Our Summer Tournaments

 Chess Mates Academy in Rahway will be running six Saturday Quad tournaments this summer.

The first of these is on June 30th.

Others will be held on July 14, July 21, August 11, August 18 & August 25.

All will feature a G/45 d5 time control.
Registration is from 10:00 to 10:30 a.m.

For more information call Arthur at 760-583-8429 or send an email to

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Summer Camps & 2018-19 Chess School

For information about lessons, summer camps & our 2018-19 Chess School, contact Arthur at, or 760-583-8429.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Upcoming Tournaments

Chess Mates Academy will be running the following tournaments from late December through Early February:


Sat. 23 - Holiday Quads (G/40 d5) 12:30 p.m.
Sun. 31 - New Year's Eve Quads (G/40 d5) 12:30 p.m.

January 2018

Sat. 6 - Dos Por Dos Team Tournament (G/25 d5) 12:30 p.m.
Sun. 14 - Chess Mates Sunday Blitz (G/5 d2) 3:00 p.m.
Sat. 20 - Dos Por Dos Team Tournament 12:30 p.m.
Sun. 28 - Chess Mates Sunday Blitz 3:00 p.m.


Sat. 3 - Dos Por Dos Team Tournament 12:30 p.m.
Sun. 11 - Chess Mates Sunday Blitz 3:00 p.m.

For info on the December events, contact John, via
For January and February info, please email Errol, via

Monday, July 17, 2017

Games from "Chess Mates" Championship

William Guskind [pictured] sends games from the Chess Mates club championship on Saturday.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

USCF Affiliation Change

We have changed our USCF affiliation to Chess Mates Academy.

Here is our listing:

RAHWAY NJ. CHESS MATES ACADEMY (USCF ID A6049491). Affiliate Type: Club, RAHWAY. Contact: Arthur Macaspac. Contact Phone: 760-583-8429. Club Phone: 732-499-0118. Address: SUITE 11, 75 EAST CHERRY ST, RAHWAY, NJ, 07065. email: Web Site:, USCF Rated Events, Sets Available, Book Library, Chess Camps, Private Lessons Offered, Under Age 18 Welcome, Group lessons available September-June, Club Membership: $50 for 12 months.

For a history of our tournaments from 4/2017 to the present visit

For a history of our tournaments from 6/2010 thru 3/2017 visit

Sunday, March 26, 2017

West 1st, Camejo 2nd at Saturday Quad

Saturday's game/60 quad was won by NM Jim West, a half point ahead of NM Mauricio Camejo.

In round one, NM Mauricio Camejo defeated Jonathan Aisoni.

But in the second round, NM Mauricio Camejo was held to a draw by John Moldovan.

Round Two: Dutch Defense

Jonathan Aisoni (USCF 1831) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Rahway NJ 3/25/2017

1.d4 e6 2.e3 f5 3.f4 Nf6 4.Nf3 b6 5.Bd3 Bb7 6.O-O a5 7.Nbd2 Be7 8.Qe2 O-O 9.e4 fxe4 10.Nxe4 Nxe4 11.Bxe4 Bxe4 12.Qxe4 Nc6 13.Bd2 Bf6 14.Rae1 Qe7 15.Kh1 Qf7

16.Ne5 Bxe5 17.dxe5 Qf5 18.Qxf5 Rxf5 19.Bc3 Raf8 20.g3 g5 21.Re4 Ne7 22.Rd4 Nd5 23.Bd2 c5 24.Re4 h5 25.Kg2 Ne7 26.Be3 Ng6 27.Rd1 R8f7 28.Rd6 b5 29.Bxc5 gxf4 30.Bd4 fxg3 31.hxg3 Rg7 32.Kh3 h4

33.g4 Rf3+ 34.Kh2 Nf4 35.Be3 Rh3+ 36.Kg1 Rxg4+ 37.Kf2 Rg2+, White resigns.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

NM Art Macaspac Wins Saturday Quad

On Saturday, NM Art Macaspac [pictured, right] finished first in the game/60 quad.

Round Two: Sicilian Defense, Najdorf Variation

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Art Macaspac (USCF 2261), Rahway NJ 2/11/2017

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 e6 7.Bb3 Nbd7 8.f4 Qc7 9.Be3 Nc5 10.Qf3 b5 11.f5 e5 12.Nde2 Nxb3 13.axb3 Bb7 14.Rc1 Be7 15.O-O O-O 

16.Ng3 b4 17.Nd5 Bxd5 18.exd5 Qb7 19.Rfd1 h6 20.Nh5 e4 21.Nxf6+ Bxf6 22.Qxe4 Rfe8 23.Qf3 Bxb2 24.Rb1 Bf6 25.Bd4 Qe7 26.Bxf6 Qxf6 27.Rd2 Re5 28.Rf1 Rae8 29.Qd3 a5 30.Qb5 Re1 31.h3 R8e5

32.Rdf2 Rxf1+ 33.Rxf1 Rxf5 34.Rxf5 Qxf5 35.Qxa5 Qxc2 36.Qd8+ Kh7 37.Qxd6 Qxb3 38.Qe5 Qc2 39.d6 b3 40.Kh2 b2 41.d7 b1=Q 42.d8=Q Qcc1 43.Qdd4 Qh1+ 44.Kg3 Qg6+ 45.Qg4 Qd3+ 46.Qf3 Qxf3+ 47.Kxf3 Qf1+ 48.Kg3 f6

49.Qe6 Qd3+ 50.Kh2 f5 51.Qf7 Qe4 52.Kh1 f4 53.Kh2 Qe5 54.Kg1 Qf6 55.Qd5 f3 56.Qxf3 Qxf3 57.gxf3 Kg6 58.Kg2 Kf5 59.Kg3 Ke5 60.f4+ Kf5 61.Kf3 g6 62.Kg3 Ke4 63.Kg4 Kd5 64.f5 gxf5+ 65.Kxf5 Kd6

66.Kg6 Ke7 67.Kxh6 Kf8 68.Kh7 Kf7 69.h4 Kf8 70.h5 Kf7 71.h6 Kf8 72.Kg6 Kg8 73.h7+ Kh8 74.Kh6, stalemate.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

New Year's Eve Quads

On Saturday, December 31st we will be running G/45 Quads.
Registration starts at 12 noon. The first round is at 12:30.

Chess Mates New Year's Eve Quads

3-RR. G/40 d5. 75 East Cherry Street, Suite 11, Rahway, NJ 07065. EF: $25, $20 members. Prizes: $60 to 1st in each section. Register: 12 noon-12:25 p.m. Rounds: 12:30, 2:15, 4:00 p.m. Information: email John at

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Photos from Saturday Quad 12/3/2016

On Saturday, I snapped these photos during the game/60 quad.

In round one, NM Art Macaspac lost to NM Mauricio Camejo.

Playing the black pieces, NM Art Macaspac bested Ken Cohen in the second round.

In the final round, Ken Cohen fell to NM Mauricio Camejo.