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

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.

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


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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.

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.