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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Garcia Wins November G/90

Ramon Garcia won the G/90 held November 6-27. NM Mauricio Camejo and Ken Cohen tied for 2nd.

Here are a handful of photos and 2 interesting games from the event:

Round 1: Ken Thoms vs. Camejo.

Garcia vs. Leo Moreira, in round 1.

Garcia vs. Gabe Moreira, in round 2.

Cohen vs. Serge Adelson, in round 3.

Cohen (1250) 1-0 John Moldovan (1826)
C04 French Defense
Guimard Variation

Incredibly, there wasn't a pawn exchange in this one until move 54!! After a bad opening From an inferior position, Black out-maneuvers his opponent but, in time-pressure, he misses 64...Nxc3! (64...Rxb4! is also good) 65.Rxc3 Bxd4 -/+ and the idea of 66.Bd2? Rxb4 which threatens 67...Rb2, 68...Rxa2+ 69.Kxa2 Qb2#


Moldovan (1833) 1-0 G. Moreira (830)
E18 Queen's Indian Defense
(by transposition)

White experiments with a Catalan and wins a pawn in the opening. Black defends well, for a time, and is only slightly worse after move 21 but he erroneously trades dark-squared Bishops with 22...Bd4? and overloads his Queen and Rook with 24...Qc4?? The final position deserves a diagram photo.


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Camejo, Elberling & E. Singh Tie In Sunday G/30

NM Mauricio Camejo, Thomas Elberling and Errol Singh tied for 1st in Sunday's G/30.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Polyakin Wins Varneckas Memorial

LM Vladimir Polyakin was the Open Section winner in yesterday's Donatas Varneckas Memorial.

NM Arthur Macaspac was 2nd. NM Mauricio Camejo, Lev Zilbermintz and Errol Singh tied for 3rd.

In the U1800 section, Mina Awad was the victor.

Thanks to the 17 participants for turning-out on short notice and honoring our good friend.

Here are a two photos from the event:

Round 1: Singh vs. Sikata Sengupta & Gabe Moreira (b) against Awad.

 Camejo (b) and Polyakin, in the last-round battle for 1st place.

E. Singh Wins Sunday G/30 (Nov. 17)

Errol Singh won last Sunday's G/30. Mauricio Camejo finished 2nd and secured his long-sought National Master title.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Varneckas Memorial

Today Chess Mates will be hosting a tournament in memory of its late friend Don Varneckas.

Date & Time:
Saturday, November 23, 2013
1:30 p.m.

Chess Mates
1531 Irving St.
Rahway, NJ 07065

Format: 3 Round Swiss, G/50;d5

3 Sections: Open, U1800, U1400

Entry Fees: $25 for Chess Mates members, $30 for non-members

Prize Fund & Prizes, per section:
70% of EF Returned.
1st place: minimum $75.
2nd & class prizes will be added, based on the number of participants in each section.

Registration: On-site 12:35-1:25 p.m.

Rounds: 1:30, 3:35, 5:40 p.m.

Byes: 1 bye available.

Note: Sections will be combined if there are less than 4 players in a section.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Privman, Camejo Saturday Swiss Winners

FM Boris Privman and Mauricio Camejo won yesterday's G/60 swiss.

Maanav Ganthapodi and John Moldovan split the U1900 prize. There was a 3-way tie among U1600s Christopher Giordano, Dan Komunicky and Ken Cohen.

Privman Wins Sunday G/30 (Nov. 10)

FM Boris Privman won last Sunday's G/30.

Mauricio Camejo and David Zhurbinsky tied for 2nd.

Camejo, 4 Others Saturday Quad Winners

Expert Mauricio Camejo was the top-section winner in our Nov. 9th Saturday Quads.

The was a 4-way tie for 1st in the 2nd group among Colin Kneucker, Robert Ruggiero, John Cartier and Luke Drennan.

Here are a few photos from the event:

 NM Arthur Macaspac and LM Vladimir Polyakin getting ready in round 1.

Drennan awaits Ruggiero's 1st move while LM Jim West sneaks-in some last-minute preparation.


Cartier vs. Knuecker underway.

In round 3, West and Macaspac (top) drew while Camejo lost to Polyakin (bottom).

Chris Mulvaney looks at the camera while Ruggiero ponders his 6th move in an Advance French.

Macaspac Wins Sunday G/30 (Nov. 3)

NM Arthur Macaspac won the Sunday G/30 held on November 3rd.

NM Ted Belanoff and NM Alexander Crump tied for 2nd.

Privman Wins Dr. Machan 28

FM Boris Privman won the 28th Dr. Luzviminda Machan Open held on November 2nd.

Aaron Jacobson and Brandon Jacobson tied for 2nd.

Vladimir Polyakin earned the U2200 prize while John Moldovan, Colin Kneucker and Christopher Giordano split the U1900/U1600 pool.

Here are a few photos from the event:

Privman (b) vs. B. Jacobson and Polyakin-A. Jacobson in round 2.

Michael O'Connor essays the Smith-Morra Gambit against Christopher Giordano's Sicilian (foreground) while Michael Giordano plays the Steinitz Variation against Kneucker's French.

Round 3: M. Giordano (b) vs. O'Connor (another Smith-Morra?) and Mina Awad-C. Giordano.