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.