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Saturday, December 29, 2012

No Grand Prix Today

Chess Mates is closed today, Saturday 12/29, due to a tournament scheduling error.

We will be open tomorrow, from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m., and running G/30 Quads.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Ivanov Wins Machan Open X

GM Alexander Ivanov won Saturday's Dr. Luzivminda Machan Open X, which featured 9 titled players.

LM Sam Barsky and expert Mauricio Camejo tied for 2nd. FM Rodion Rubenchik and NM Praveen Balakrishnan tied for 4th.

Connor Riddell won the U2000 and Biggest Upset prizes.

December G/90 Update

Mauricio Camejo leads our December G/90 with 1 round to play. Anthony Norris is a half-point behind.

Round 3

Camejo 1-0 Kampel
Ghosh 0-1 Norris
L. Moreira 0-1 Adelson
Williams -+ Rainford
G. Moreira 0-1 Vinson

Moldovan: 1/2 point bye

Extra Game: Rainford 1/2-1/2 Moldovan

Standings, after 3 of 4 rounds:

1. Camejo 3.0
2. Norris 2.5
= 3-5. Adelson, Moldovan, Rainford 2.0
= 6-7. Kampel, Ghosh 1.5
= 8-9. Vinson, L. Moreira 1.0
= 10-11. Williams, G. Moreira 0.0

Projected Last Round Pairings (subject to change):

Norris vs. Camejo
Adelson vs. Ghosh
Kampel vs. G. Moreira
Vinson vs. L. Moreira

Rainford: 1/2 point bye
Moldovan: 0 point bye

Williams, who did not show in rounds 2 & 3, has apparently withdrawn. If he appears for round 4, the TD may re-pair.

Projected Prizes: 1st place, 2nd place, U1500, 2nd U1500 ($ amounts to be determined)

Monday, December 17, 2012

Chess Mates Winter Camp with GM Yudasin

Chess Mates Winter Camp with GM Leonid Yudasin

December 24-28, 2012
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. each day

$80 per day, club member
$90 per day, non-member

All 5 days, club member $350
All 5 days, non-member $400

Those registering at least 7 days in advance will receive an additional $5 per day discount.
For more information, click the image, call us at 732-499-0118 or send an email to

West, Camejo, D. Zhurbinsky Sunday G/30 Winners

LM James West and expert Mauricio Camejo tied for 1st in the top group of yesterday's G/30.

David Zhurbinsky won the 2nd section with 3.0/3.

Rubenchik Wins Machan Open IX

FM Rodion Rubenchik won Saturday's Dr. Luzivminda Machan Open IX, a half-point ahead of Ted Belanoff.

FM Boris Privman, Kuberan Naganathan and Anthony Norris tied for 3rd. Naganathan also scored the biggest upset. In round 1, he defeated LM James West.

The U1400 prize went to Nikita Popov.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Camejo Leads G/90

Mauricio Camejo leads our December G/90 at its halfway point.

Guido Kampel, Anthony Norris, who late-joined, John Moldovan and Raja Ghosh are a half-point back.

Round 2

Adelson 0-1 Camejo
Kampel 1/2-1/2 Ghosh
Norris 1-0 Vinson
Williams 0-1 (forfeit) L. Moreira
Rainford 1-0 G. Moreira

Moldovan: 1/2 point bye.

Standings, after 2 of 4 rounds:

= 1. Camejo 2.0
= 2-5. Kampel, Norris, Moldovan, Ghosh 1.5
= 6-8. Adelson, Rainford, L. Moreira 1.0
= 9-11. Williams, Vinson, G. Moreira 0.0

Late-joins accepted until the start of round 3.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

West Wins Sunday G/30

LM Jim West won our Sunday G/30. LM Sam Barsky, expert Mauricio Camejo and Claude Rainford tied for 2nd.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Rubenchik Wins Machan Open VIII

FM Rodion Rubenchik won yesterday's Dr. Luvizminda Machan Open, with 3.5/4.

LM James West, Ted Belanoff, Mauricio Camejo and Aravind Kumar tied for 2nd. With his result, Belanoff raised his rating to 2200 and became a National Master but a re-rate left him 1 point short of NM level.

Anthony Norris was the U2000 prize-winner and Brandon Ng was the top U1400.

John Moldovan's opening round draw with West was the biggest upset.

Post corrected 12/26 @ 12:19 p.m.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

December G/90 Underway

Chess Mates December G/90

December 5, 12, 19, 26
Rahway, NJ

Round 1

No upsets. All the favorites won.

Mauricio Camejo (2143) 1-0 Larry Williams (1262)
Robert Vinson (1256) 0-1 Guido Kampel (1941)
Serge Adelson (1926) 1-0 Claude Rainford (1043)
Leonardo Moreira (1007) 0-1 John Moldovan (1779)
Raja Ghosh (1457) 1-0 Gabriel Moreira (299)


= 1-5. Camejo, Kampel, Adelson, Moldovan, Ghosh 1.0
= 6-10. Williams, Vinson, Rainford, L. Moreira, G. Moreira 0.0

Late-joins accepted until the start of round 3.

Barsky Wins G/30

LM Sam Barsky won our Sunday G/30.

635-rated Kesava Dhanasekaran drew LM Jim West in round 2!

Sunday, December 2, 2012

West Wins Grand Prix

LM James West won yesterday's Dr. Luvizminda Machan Grand Prix with a 4-0 score. It was his first-ever Grand Prix victory.

NM Arthur Macaspac was the runner-up. Sameer Mujumdar and Mauricio Camejo tied for 3rd. John Moldovan received U2000 honors.

Brandon Ng earned the U1600 prize and notched the biggest upset, by beating Dan Komunicky in round 4.