This blog covers events at the Chess Mates Chess Club,
which is now located at 75 East Cherry Street, Suite 10A in Rahway, N.J.

For more information, please visit
our web site, email us, or call us at 732-499-0118

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

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Today's Hectos Canceled

Today's tournament at Chess Mates has been cancelled, due to wintry weather & travel concerns.

G/45 Quads on December 31st have been added to the schedule:

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.

Monday, December 5, 2016

3-Way Tie at Saturday Quad 12/3/2016

On Saturday, three national masters tied for first place in the game/60 quad.

In ratings order, they were Art Macaspac, Jim West, and Mauricio Camejo.

Round One: Philidor Counter Gambit

Ken Cohen (USCF 1217) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Rahway NJ 12/3/2016

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bc4 f5 4.d3 c6 5.a4 Nf6 6.Nbd2 Be7 7.O-O f4 8.c3 Bg4 9.Qc2 Nbd7 10.b4 a6 11.Bb3 Qc7 12.Ba3 O-O-O 13.Rfe1 Kb8

14.a5 h6 15.Rac1 g5 16.d4 Nf8 17.h3 Bxf3 18.Nxf3 g4 19.hxg4 Nxg4 20.Kf1 h5 21.Ke2 Nh7 22.Rh1 Ng5 23.Nxg5 Bxg5 24.Ke1 Qe7 25.f3 Bh4+ 26.Ke2 Ne3 27.Qd3 Qg5 28.Rcg1 Qg3 29.Kd2 Qf2+ 30.Kc1 exd4 31.cxd4 d5

32.e5 Rdg8 33.Qd2 Qxd2+ 34.Kxd2 Bf2 35.Rc1 Nxg2 36.Rhf1 Be3+ 37.Kc2 Bxc1 38.Bxc1 h4 39.Rh1 h3 40.Kd3 h2 41.Bd1 Ne3 42.Bxe3 fxe3 43.Kxe3 Rg1, White resigns.

Saturday, April 23, 2016


This is a test post.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

G/60 Swiss Today

Today we will be running a 3-round Swiss, not Blitz, nor 30+10. See the details below:

Saturday Hectos
3-SS, G/55;d5.
Rounds: 1:00, 3:15 & 5:30 p.m.
EF: $40, $30 members.
Prizes per 6-player group: 1st $100, 2nd $50.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Delay In Rating Yesterday's Tourney

Yesterday's tournament at Chess Mates, which was won by King Arthur Curry, was submitted for rating but there was a problem on the USCF's end.

It may take 2-3 days for the event to appear online.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

G/60 Hectos On Saturday, Blitz Canceled

We have canceled the blitz tournament scheduled for Saturday 2/27 & will be running a 3-round, G/60 Swiss in its place.

3-SS. G/55;d5. Chess Mates, 75 East Cherry Street, Suite 10a, Rahway, NJ 07065. Prizes per 6-player section: $90-60. Entry Fee: $40, $30 members. Register: 12:30-12:55 p.m. Rounds: 1:00-3:15-5:30 p.m. For more information contact Arthur Macaspac at, 732-499-0118, or 760-583-8429.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Chess Mates Closed Tomorrow

Chess Mates has canceled tomorrow's classes and will be closed all day.

We will re-open Wednesday evening.

Chess Mates Closed Today Due To Blizzard

Due to very dangerous weather and travel conditions, Chess Mates is closed today!

Whether or not we open for tomorrow's Sunday's School is to be determined.

I will closely monitor the situation and send an email tonight.

Please be safe!


Friday, December 25, 2015

More Photos From The Thomas Elberling Memorial

Here are 21 additional photos from Saturday's Thomas Elberling Memorial Swiss:

Round 1

Ronald Saylo (grey cap) vs. FM Boris Privman

Daniel Girsh (facing the camera) vs. Michael O'Connor.

SM Praveen Balakrishnan vs. LM Vladimir Polyakin (foreground)
and LM James West vs. GM Michael Rohde 

 Paul Joseph vs. David Milliern

 Eddy Tian vs. Eric Li

Jack Silver (left) vs. Chris Farmer

 Abhinav Chinnambeti (left) vs. James Merickel

Round 2

J. Silver vs. Ilya Zhurbinskiy (foreground) and Errol Singh (center)

Terry Fricker (green vest) vs. Farmer and Nikhil Kalyanraman (in yellow) vs. Ken Cohen.

GM Rohde looking at Arthur Macaspac's game while Balakrishnan moves.

Milliern (b/w shirt) vs. Charlie Silver

Round 3

E. Singh vs. Balakrishnan (front) and David Zhurbinsky vs. Macaspac.

Madhu Chinnambeti (standing) watching the action.

Between rounds...

The players and their families were treated to a sumptuous spread that included

John Moldovan's Lemon Knots (left), nutmeg-laced "Gemelli" (right) ...

and his ugly but yummy Cocoa-Mint Drops...

An assortment of other sweets, such as cupcakes and Black/White Cookies...
Delicious baked ham slices, courtesy of Gracielle Macaspac...

Domino's pizza and more!

Finally, we want to express our gratitude to the 24 players who turned-out to honor Thomas and the families who purchased items for the party.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Happy Holidays

Chess Mates wishes its members and friends the happiest of holidays.

We will be open on December 26th, for our Saturday Blitz tournament.

However, we will be closed on Sunday, 12/27 & Wednesday 12/30.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

3 Tie for First at Thomas Elberling Memorial

The Thomas Elberling Memorial tournament ended in a three-way tie for first place between GM Michael Rohde, FM Praveen Balakrishnan, and FM Boris Privman.

Paul Joseph captured the under 2000 section.

Round Four: Sicilian Defense, Najdorf Variation

Jim West (USCF 2211) - Ronald Saylo (USCF 2067), Rahway NJ 12/19/2015

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 Bd7 10.Qf3 Be7 11.Be3 Qc7 12.O-O Nxb3 13.axb3 O-O

14.g4 h6 15.h4 e5 16.Nde2 Bc6 17.g5 hxg5 18.hxg5 Nh7 19.Qh5, Black resigns.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Pix from Saturday Game/60 Swiss & Quad

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