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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Sarkar-Lenderman PGN & Replay

[Event "Chess Mates G/45 11-21-2010"]
[Site "Rahway, NJ"]
[Date "2010.11.21"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Sarkar, Justin"]
[Black "Lenderman, Aleksandr"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D17"]
[WhiteElo "2429"]
[BlackElo "2638"]
[PlyCount "75"]
[EventDate "2010.11.21"]
[EventType "swiss"]
[EventRounds "4"]
[EventCountry "USA"]
[SourceDate "2008.02.21"]

1. d4 c6 2. c4 d5 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. a4 Bf5 6. Ne5 e6 7. f3 Bb4 8. Nxc4 c5 9. dxc5 Qxd1+ 10. Kxd1 Bxc5 11. Nb5 Na6 12. Nbd6+ Ke7 13. Nxb7 Bb4 14. e4 Nxe4 15. fxe4 Bxe4 16. Ncd6 Bxd6 17. Bxa6 Bb4 18. Bf4 Rac8 19. Rf1 f6 20. Bd2 Bxd2 21. Kxd2 Rc2+ 22. Ke3 Bxg2 23. Rac1 Rhc8 24. Rxc2 Rxc2 25. Rf2 Rxf2 26. Kxf2 Bd5 27. b4 e5 28. Na5 f5 29. Bb7 Ke6 30. Bxd5+ Kxd5 31. b5 Kc5 32. Nc6 a6 33. Nxe5 axb5 34. axb5 Kxb5 35. Ke3 Kc5 36. Kf4 g6 37. Nd7+ Kd4 38. Nf8 {Black resigned after further play.} 1-0

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Sarkar-Lenderman Game

By Roger E. Pedersen

The Sunday Grand Prix chess tournaments at Chess Mates have attracted such top chess talent as Super GM/resident teacher Leonid Yudasin, GM Michael Rohde, GM Mark Paragua, GM Alex Lenderman, GM Alex Stripunsky, IM Justin Sarkar, IM Jay Bonin, FM Victor Shen and numerous other masters.
In a recent event, IM Sarkar scored this victory over GM Lenderman en route to a first-place finish:
Sarkar 2428 - Lenderman 2628
Chess Mates' G/45 Grand Prix, 11/21/2010

D17 Queen's Gambit

Slav Defense
Krause Attack

1.d4 c6 2.c4 d5 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.a4 Bf5 6.Ne5 e6 7.f3 Bb4 8.Nxc4

8...c5 9.dxc5 Qxd1+ 10.Kxd1 Bxc5 11.Nb5 Na6 12.Nbd6+ Ke7 13.Nxb7 Bb4 14.e4

14...Nxe4 15.fxe4 Bxe4 16.Ncd6 Bxd6 17.Bxa6 Bb4 18.Bf4 Rac8 19.Rf1 f6 20.Bd2 Bxd2 21.Kxd2 Rc2+ 22.Ke3

22...Bxg2? 23.Rac1 {+-} Rhc8 24.Rxc2 Rxc2 25.Rf2 Rxf2 26.Kxf2 Bd5 27.b4 e5 28.Na5 f5

29.Bb7 Ke6 30.Bxd5+ Kxd5 31.b5 Kc5 32.Nc6 a6 33.Nxe5 axb5 34.axb5 Kxb5 35.Ke3 Kc5 36.Kf4 g6 37.Nd7+ Kd4 38.Nf8 {Black resigned after further play.} 1-0

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Chess Mates' Grand Opening

Sunday October 10 was the Grand Opening for Chess Mates - 1531 Irving Street, Rahway.

The day started with a ribbon cutting followed by lunch: Pizza, spaggetti, meatballs, pigs in a blanket, Subway sandwiches, empanadas, chicken wings and pancit (Phillipino noodles).
I must have sucked down 5 empanadas in a row. They were so delicious.

After lunch National Master Yaacov Norowitz gave a lecture based on different types of pawn structures and control of light and dark squares. Yaacov is a blitz grandmaster and has beaten Vishy Anand on ICC.

Following Yaacov's intresting lecture Grandmaster Yudasin gave a simul against 16 players.
James Walker an expert visiting from Kentucky defeated Mr. Yudasin and Ken Chieu ( master)
Grandmaster Yudasin a 4 time condenter for the World Championship gives lectures on Mon and Thur each week for $15 followed by a blitz tournament.

After a short break there was a 7 round unrated blitz tournament with 15 competitors.
1st Yaacov Norowitz (QR 2490) 6.5-.5
2nd Daftani Maraj(QR 2161) 6-1
3rd Roger Pedersen (QR 1784) 4.5-2.5
Winners were awarded memberships in the club.

Thanks to the following people for competing and coming to the chess club for the Grand Opening: Yaacov Norowitz, Daftani Maraj, Roger Pedersen, Ken Chieu, Lev Zilbermintz, James Walker (KY), Errol Singh, Frank Bloise (NY), Arunas Simonaitis (NY), Fermin Arias, Richard Blank (PA), Bessale Yarjovski (NY), Jevon O'Neal, William Bybel (PA), John Herson, Joe Renna,
Don Varneckus and other guests.

We hope you had an enjoyable time, please come again.

Many thanks to Arthur, Gracielle and mom for making this a truly Grand Opening'

Arthur - stay safe and good luck in the army. Hope to see you soon.

Last of all : Special thanks to John Moldovan (my friend and mentor) for his patience in showing me the ropes at the club. John has left to pursue other endeavors . I hope I can fill his shoes.

New Tournament Directors

After much deliberation, I have decided to leave Chess Mates and focus upon correspondence chess, the Garden State Chess League and other interests.

The TD shoes in Rahway will be aptly filled by Bessalel Yarjovski, Ziggy Bliznikas and Roger Pedersen. You should eventually see them posting and updating here, along with Joe Renna, but, if there is some delay in transition, I'll keep the blog current.

In closing, I'd like to thank Arthur and Gracielle Macaspac for the opportunity, acknowledge their patience and wish them well.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Norowitz Wins Grand Opening Blitz

SM Yaacov Norowitz won Sunday's non-rated 15-player Grand Opening Blitz Tournament. NM Maraj Daftani was 2nd. 11th-seed Roger Pedersen surprised by taking 3rd. Lev Zilbermintz and NM Ken Chieu headed a 6-way tie for 4th.

To view the event crosstable and full standings click here.

Grand Opening Article

Jim West On Chess has posted a very nice article by Lev Zilbermintz, entitled Rahway Club Holds Grand Opening. 2 games from GM Leonid Yudasin's Simultaneous Exhibition and 3 from the blitz tournament were included in the piece.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Monday, October 4, 2010

Bonin Wins Sunday Swiss

IM Jay Bonin won yesterday's G/45. There was a 5-way tie for 2nd between IM Justin Sarkar, NM James West, expert Sam Barsky, expert Vladimir Polyakin, and Mauricio Camejo.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Monday Blitz

SM Yaacov Norowitz won the September 27th blitz tourney with 4.0 from 4. NM Maraj Daftani was 2nd. David Rubenfeld took the U1900 prize.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Grand Opening Schedule

Here is the events schedule for our Grand Opening/Open House on Sunday, October 10th:

10:00 a.m. – Open
11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. - Ribbon Cutting & Lunch
12:30-2:00 p.m. - Lecture by SM Yaacov Norowitz
2:00-4:00 p.m. - Simul/Lecture by GM Leonid Yudasin
4:30–6:30 p.m. - Blitz Tournament (No Entry Fee!!)
6:30-8:00 p.m. – Casual Play

Note: The house will take care of snacks & prizes.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Norowitz Wins G/45

SM Yaacov Norowitz won today's G/45 Swiss with a 4.5/5 score. GM Mark Paragua was 2nd, a half-point back. Praveen Balakrishnan earned the U2000 prize while NM Arthur Macaspac & Joshua Colas received U2200 honors.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Macaspac Wins Tuesday G/30

NM Arthur Macaspac won Tuesday's G/30. Ralph Warrick was 2nd. Arthur Curry and Joe Renna also participated.

Blitz Results

2nd Chance Blitz

IM Justin Sarkar & SM Yaacov Norowitz tied for 1st in Sunday's post-swiss blitz with 3.5/4.

Monday Blitz

GM Leonid Yudasin went a perfect 4-0. NM Maraj Daftani was 2nd. Arthur Macaspac took the U2100 honors.

Thursday Blitz

Mauricio Camejo won 3.5/4. NM Maraj Daftani again finished 2nd. Lev Zilbermintz and NM Arthur Macaspac split the U2100 prize.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Paragua Repeats In G/45

GM Mark Paragua won yesterday's G/45 Swiss by a full point; as he did on Sept 12th.

IM Justin Sarkar & SM Yaacov Norowitz tied for 2nd.

Sam Barsky, Mauricio Camejo & Kavinayan Sivakumar split the U2200 prize. Camejo was also tops among U2000s.

1565-rated Frank Bloise scored the biggest upset of the day, beating NM Arthur Macaspac in round 4.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

October 10th Swiss Canceled

The G/45 Swiss scheduled for Sunday, October 10th has been canceled.

Chess Mates will be open to the public that day and have its Grand Opening festivities.

Blitz Results

2nd Chance Blitz

SM Yaacov Norowitz won Sunday's post-swiss blitz ahead of IM Justin Sarkar.

Monday Blitz

GM Leonid Yudasin & NM Maraj Daftani tied for 1st in Monday's 8-player blitz. Mauricio Camejo earned the U2100 prize while David Rubenfeld of N.Y. took the U1900 prize.

Thursday Blitz

GM Leonid Yudasin won Thursday's blitz with a perfect 5-0 score. NM Maraj Daftani was 2nd. NM Arthur Macaspac & Mauricio Camejo split the U2100 prize. David Rubenfeld again claimed the U1900 honors.

Monday, September 13, 2010

GM Paragua Wins Sunday Swiss

GM Mark Paragua won yesterday's G/45. SM Yaacov Norowitz was 2nd. IM Justin Sarkar and FM Arthur Shen tied for 3rd.

Sunday Prize Fund Changes, Take 2

Beginning with our September 19th event, $100 U2200 and U2000 prizes will only be awarded if there are 15 or more players in the Sunday G/45 Swiss. If there are fewer players, there will be $50 prizes in those categories.

GM Paragua Simul On 9/30

On Thursday, September 30, GM Mark Paragua will be giving a Simultaneous Exhibition at Chess Mates.

The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the cost is $15 per player. This fee also applies to Chess Mates members.

this item was originally posted on 9/11 but accidenally deleted

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Yudasin Simul On 9/27

On Monday, September 27, GM Leonid Yudasin will be giving his monthly Simultaneous Exhibition at Chess Mates.

The event, which will begin at 6:30 p.m., is free for our members and $15 for all other participants.

Members' Lecture On 9/20

GM Leonid Yudasin's September free for members lecture will take place on Monday the 20th, at 6:30 p.m.

The fee for non-members is $15.

Daftani Wins Thursday Blitz

NM Maraj Daftani won Thursday's Blitz tournament. Mauricio Camejo was 2nd.

Chess Mates Joins Garden State League

Chess Mates has entered a team in the Garden State Chess League. We will open the season on Tuesday, October 5th in West Orange and our schedule features 4 matches in Rahway.

If you are interested in playing for us, please send an email to

Friday, September 10, 2010

Blitz Results

Monday Blitz

GM Leonid Yudasin & NM Maraj Daftani tied for 1st with 6.0 out of 7. Newcomer Carlos Sanchez took 3rd.

Thursday Blitz

GM Yudasin took clear 1st, by 1 point over SM Yaacov Norowitz. Mauricio Camejo was 3rd.

Monday Blitz
There was a 4-player RR held in Rahway after the NJ Open. Yudasin won again. Mauricio Camejo finished 2nd.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Simul Reminder

Just a reminder... GM Leonid Yudasin will be giving a simul tonight from 6:30-8 p.m. The event is free for members, $15 for non-members. Of course, the public is welcome to come and watch.

Norowitz Wins Sunday Swiss

SM Yaacov Norowitz won yesterday's G/45 with a 4.5/5 tally. IM Justin Sarkar was 2nd. Mauricio Camejo took 3rd. There were 9 players.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Druha Karunakaran Wins U1600

Druha Karunakaran from Connecticut won Chess Mates' first U1600 tournament on Tuesday 8/24. His brother Aman was 2nd. Joe Renna won the U1400 prize. Wayne Burnett and Arthur Curry also took part.

Blitz Results

Monday Blitz

SM Yaacov Norowitz won the 9-player RR with a 8-0 score. GM Leonid Yudasin was 2nd. NM Maraj Daftani earned the U2200 prize. U2000 honors went to Mauricio Camejo. Alex Schwartzberg (U1300) also picked-up a prize.

Thursday Blitz

Norowitz, Yudasin & Daftani (the U2100 prize-winner) finished 1-2-3 again. Kola Adeyemi collected the U1900 prize.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Trio Tie In Sunday G/45

GM Michael Rohde, IM Jay Bonin and SM Yaacov Norowitz tied for 1st place in yesterday's G/45 Swiss.

Expert Kavinayan Sivakumar was the U2200 winner. Serge Adelson and Edwin Cadorniga shared the U2000 spoils.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Blitz Results

Monday Blitz

GM Leonid Yudasin won. NM Maraj Daftani finished 2nd. Mauricio Camejo and Adeyemi Kola split the U2100 prize.

Thursday Blitz

GM Yudasin took 1st again. NM Maraj Daftani & Sameer Mujumdar shared the 2nd place & U2200 prizes.

Monday, August 16, 2010

4-Way Tie in Sunday Swiss

GM Michael Rohde, GM Leonid Yudasin, IM Jay Bonin and SM Yaacov Norowitz tied for 1st place in yesterday's G/45 Swiss.

NM Arthur Macaspac pocketed the U2200 prize while Edwin Cadorniga collected the U2000 award.

The 11 player field, we're sorry to report, featured just 4 New Jerseyans.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Play In 10 Tourneys, Get 1 Free Entry

Beginning August 12th (this past Thursday), individuals who play in 10 Chess Mates' tournaments will get a 1 free entry. Regular & Blitz tourneys will be tallied separately. Events that took place from June 19-August 11 will not be counted nor will free entries earned in our upcoming Scholastic Quads.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Yudasin Simul On August 30

On Monday, August 30, GM Leonid Yudasin will be giving another Simultaneous Exhibition at Chess Mates.

The event, which will begin at 6:30 p.m., is free for our members and $15 for all other participants.

Blitz Results

Monday Blitz

GM Leonid Yudasin won with 5-0. NM Arthur Macaspac finished 2nd. Kola Adeyemi took the U1900 prize.

Thursday Blitz

GM Yudasin swept again. SM Yaacov Norowitz was 2nd. Mauricio Camejo collected the U2100 prize.

3rd Summer Camp Added

Chess Mates will be holding another children's chess camp from August 30th thru September 3rd.

For rates, schedule and other information, please visit our Summer Camps page.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Rohde Wins G/45

GM Michael Rohde won yesterday's G/45 Swiss with a perfect 5-0 score. Rahul Swaminathan was 2nd. Kavinayan Sivakumar & Arthur Macaspac tied for 3rd. Roger Pederson and unrated Kevin Orcutt shared the U2000 prize.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Blitz Results

2nd Chance Blitz

GM Leonid Yudasin won the 4-player double round-robin with a 5-1 score. SM Yaacov Norowitz was next at 4-1.

Monday Blitz

GM Yudasin won the 3-player double RR with a 4-0 score. Roger Pederson earned the 2nd prize.

Thursday Blitz

GM Yudasin completed his hat-trick by taking the 4-player double round-robin with a 6-0 Score. NM Maraj Daftani was the runner-up.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Sarkar Wins Sunday Swiss

IM Justin Sarkar won today's upset-filled G/45 with a score of 4.5/5. FM Victor Shen was 2nd. GM Leonid Yudasin finished 3rd.

Lev Zilbermints & Kavinayan Sivakumar split the U2200 prize. Edwin Cadorniga earned the U2000 award. Praveen Balaskrihnan landed the U1800 laurels and Anthony Cadorniga collected the U1600 honors.

There were 9 titled players in the field of 18, which had an average rating of 2127.67!

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Yudasin Goes +7-0=1 In Simul

GM Leonid Yudasin went undefeated in his July 26th simul scoring 7 victories and allowing a draw to NM Arthur Macaspac.

Blitz Results

2nd Chance Blitz

SM Yaacov Norowitz won the 6-player double RR with 8.5/10. IM Ilye Figler was 2nd. Mauricio Camejo received the U2200 prize.

Monday Blitz

SM Yaacov Norowitz won again, going 6-0. GM Leonid Yudasin was 2nd. NM Arthur Macaspac (U2200) and Alexander Ilnytsky (U2000) collected class prizes.

Thursday Night Blitz

GM Leonid Yudasin won the 5-player event. SM Yaacov Norowitz was 2nd. NM Arthur Macaspac took the 2100 prize.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Arthur Shen Wins G/45

FM Arthur Shen won the Sunday G/45 with a 4.0/5 score. IM Ilye Figler and Expert Rahul Swaminathan tied for 2nd & 3rd. Eve Zhurbinskiy and Serge Adelson shared the U2200 and U2000 prizes.

The event was small (just 9 players) but certainly wasn't lacking in quality. In fact it was so strong (2204.22 average!!!) IM Justin Sarker managed just an even score while FM Victor Shen (Arthur's older brother & NJ Knockouts teammate), who won the U2400 section at last month's World Open, received a full point bye in round 4!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Revised Cell Phone Rule

Chess Mates has revised its Cell Phone Rule. It now will reads as follows:

Use of a cell phone is prohibited in Chess Mates tournament room. If your cell phone rings in the tournament room during play you will be issued a warning. A second offense in the same tournament will cost a player half of his/her remaining time. If a 3rd offense is committed, the player will forfeit his/her  game.

Blitz Results

2nd Chance Blitz

Yaacov Norowitz & GM Mark Paragua tied for 1st with 5.5/6. Expert Anna Matlin and Jan Paragua split the U2100 prize.

Thursday Night Blitz

GM Leonid Yudasin swept through the field with a perfect 12-0 score. NM Arthur Macaspac & Expert Lev Zilbermints tied for 2nd. Jack TrueHaft was the U1500 winner.

Monday, July 19, 2010

3-Way Tie In G/45

GM Michael Rohde, SM Yaacov Norowitz & GM Mark Paragua tied for 1st place in Sunday's G/45.

Anna Matlin (U2200), Eve Zhurbinskiy (U2000), Anthony Cadorniga (U1800), Joe Renna and Austin Zhu (U1600) won class prizes.

There were 20 players.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

July 15th Blitz

GM Leonid Yudasin won the Blitz Tournament held on July 15th.

SM Yaacov Norowitz was 2nd. NM Arthur Macaspac won the U2200 prize. Mauricio Camejo took the U2000 honors.

Mikhail Kruglyak had the best U1600 score.

9 players participated.

July 8th Blitz

GM Leonid Yudasin won the Blitz Tournament held on July 8th.

Maraj Daftani was 2nd. Arthur Macaspac & Mauricio Camejo tied for U2200 honors. Jevon O'Neal had the top U200 score. Fermin Arias was the U1800 winner.

There were 8 players in all.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

GM Rohde Wins Sunday Swiss

Grandmaster Michael Rohde won today's G/45 Swiss. Experts Sameer Mujumdar and Kavinayan Sivakumar tied for 2nd place.

Other prizes went to Sam Barsky (U2200), Edwin Cadorniga (U2000) and Dan Komunicky (U1600).

Thursday, July 1, 2010


Wednesday Quad Results

Lev Zilbermints and Arthur Macaspac tied for 1st in Wednesday's Swiss Quad.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Chess Mates Summer Camps

Chess Mates will be holding two chess camps for children aged 6 to 15.

The first will run July 26-30th and the second will be August 2nd-6th.

Click the above image for details.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Monday Blitz Results

GM Leonid Yudasin won the Blitz Tournament with a perfect 9-0 despite giving time odds (5 vs. 3 minutes) to his opponents.

NM Maraj Daftani was 2nd with 7-2 score.

Arthur Macaspac, Jason Fredericks and Fermin Arias tied for 3rd place and respectively took the U2200, U2000 & U1800 prizes.

There were 10 players in all.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Saturday Swiss Result

Arthur Macaspac won the G/60 today. Mauricio Camejo & Dan Komunicky tied for 2nd.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Tuesday Quad Result

Maurico Camejo won last night's G/30 quad. It was a strong event with a 1905.25 1910.75 average rating. Jason Fredericks again finished 2nd.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Monday Quad Result

Arthur Macaspac won last night's G/30 Quad. Jason Fredericks was 2nd.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Zilbermints Wins G/60

Lev Zilbermints won Saturday's G/60 Swiss with a 2.5-0.5 score. Jim West took 2nd with 2.0

Wednesday, February 24, 2010


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