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.

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Friday, December 26, 2014

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Happy Holidays

Chess Mates Corporation wishes its members and patrons the happiest of holidays.

We will be closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day (12/24-26).
Our next event will be on Saturday, December 27th.

G/30 Quads are scheduled for Sunday.
We will close-out 2014 by wrapping-up the December G/90 on Tuesday night.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Praveen Balakrishnan - Michael O'Connor

Michael O'Connor [pictured, left] sends this game from the Thomas Elberling Memorial Swiss.

Round Two: French Defense, Tarrasch Variation

Praveen Balakrishnan (USCF 2297) - Michael O'Connor (USCF 1939), Rahway NJ 12/20/2014

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Bd3 c5 6.c3 Nc6 7.Ne2 cxd4 8.cxd4 f6 9.exf6 Qxf6 10.Nf3 Bb4+ 11.Bd2 Bd6 12.O-O h6 13.Ng3 O-O

14.Bc3 e5 15.dxe5 Ndxe5 16.Be2 Nxf3+ 17.Bxf3 d4 18.Bxc6 dxc3 19.Bd5+ Kh8 20.bxc3 Qxc3 21.Ne4 Qe5 22.Nxd6 Qxd6 23.Qb3 Rb8 24.Rad1 Qf6 25.Qa3 Bg4 26.f3 Qb6+ 27.Kh1 Bf5 28.Rfe1 Rfe8

29.h3 Qf2 30.Re7 Qg3, draw.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Lenderman Wins Elberling Memorial

On Saturday, with a perfect score, GM Alex Lenderman won the Thomas Elberling Memorial tournament.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Friday G/60 Starts Tonight

Tonight, at 8 p.m., we are beginning a 3-round Friday G/60 that will run through December 26th.

The entry fee is $30 for Chess Mates' members, $40 for non-members. 70% of EF returned in prizes.

For details, visit or click on the image below.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Game from 1st Saturday Swiss 12/6/2014

This game was played in the 1st Saturday Swiss.

Round Three: English Opening

Kevin Corrigan (USCF 1725) - Jim West (USCF 2206), Rahway NJ 12/6/2014

1.c4 g6 2.g3 Bg7 3.Bg2 Nf6 4.Nc3 O-O 5.Rb1 a5 6.d3 d6 7.Nf3 e5 8.Nd2 Nbd7 9.Nde4 h6 10.Bd2 Nxe4 11.Nxe4 f5 12.Nc3 c6 13.f4 Qe7 14.O-O Nc5

15.a3 a4 16.Be3 exf4 17.Bxf4 g5 18.Bd2 Bd7 19.Qc2 Nb3 20.Rbe1 Nxd2 21.Qxd2 Rfe8 22.e3 Bxc3 23.bxc3 Rab8 24.Re2 b5 25.Qa2 Kg7 26.cxb5 Rxb5 27.Rb1 Rxb1+ 28.Qxb1 f4 29.Qb7 d5 30.e4 Bg4 31.Qxe7+ Rxe7

32.Rf2 f3 33.Bxf3 Bxf3 34.Rxf3 dxe4 35.Re3 Kf6 36.Kf2 exd3 37.Rxd3 Rb7 38.Ke3 Ke5 39.c4 Rb1 40.Rd2 Ra1 41.Rd3 g4 42.Kf2 Ra2+ 43.Kg1 Rc2 44.Re3+ Kf5 45.Rd3 Rxc4 46.Rd6 h5 47.Rd2 Rc3 48.Ra2 Ke4

49.Kf2 Kd3 50.Ke1 Rc1+ 51.Kf2 Rc2+ 52.Rxc2 Kxc2 53.Ke3 Kb3 54.Kf4 Kxa3 55.Kg5 Kb3 56.Kxh5 a3 57.Kxg4 a2 58.h4 a1=Q 59.Kh5 Qh8+ 60.Kg4 Qg7+ 61.Kh3 c5 62.h5 Qg5 63.g4 c4 64.Kg3 c3 65.Kf3 c2 66.Kg3 c1=Q 67.Kf3 Qce3+ 68.Kg2 Qxg4+ 69.Kf1 Qgg1#.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Photos from !st Saturday Swiss

During the final round of yesterday's tournament, TD John Moldovan and I took these pictures.

FM Boris Privman won his game against Ken Cohen.

David Zhurbinsky defeated Kevin Corrigan.

NM Jim West was victorious against Abhinav Chinnambeti.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Photos from Machan Open 11/29/2014

During Saturday's tournament, I took these pictures, featuring three members of the Maini family.

NM Art Macaspac defeated Sumer Maini, in round one.

Meanwhile, Tom Polese won against Dilsher Maini.

In round three, Harpal Maini bested Ken Cohen.