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Friday, December 25, 2015

More Photos From The Thomas Elberling Memorial

Here are 21 additional photos from Saturday's Thomas Elberling Memorial Swiss:

Round 1

Ronald Saylo (grey cap) vs. FM Boris Privman

Daniel Girsh (facing the camera) vs. Michael O'Connor.

SM Praveen Balakrishnan vs. LM Vladimir Polyakin (foreground)
and LM James West vs. GM Michael Rohde 

 Paul Joseph vs. David Milliern

 Eddy Tian vs. Eric Li

Jack Silver (left) vs. Chris Farmer

 Abhinav Chinnambeti (left) vs. James Merickel

Round 2

J. Silver vs. Ilya Zhurbinskiy (foreground) and Errol Singh (center)

Terry Fricker (green vest) vs. Farmer and Nikhil Kalyanraman (in yellow) vs. Ken Cohen.

GM Rohde looking at Arthur Macaspac's game while Balakrishnan moves.

Milliern (b/w shirt) vs. Charlie Silver

Round 3

E. Singh vs. Balakrishnan (front) and David Zhurbinsky vs. Macaspac.

Madhu Chinnambeti (standing) watching the action.

Between rounds...

The players and their families were treated to a sumptuous spread that included

John Moldovan's Lemon Knots (left), nutmeg-laced "Gemelli" (right) ...

and his ugly but yummy Cocoa-Mint Drops...

An assortment of other sweets, such as cupcakes and Black/White Cookies...
Delicious baked ham slices, courtesy of Gracielle Macaspac...

Domino's pizza and more!

Finally, we want to express our gratitude to the 24 players who turned-out to honor Thomas and the families who purchased items for the party.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Happy Holidays

Chess Mates wishes its members and friends the happiest of holidays.

We will be open on December 26th, for our Saturday Blitz tournament.

However, we will be closed on Sunday, 12/27 & Wednesday 12/30.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

3 Tie for First at Thomas Elberling Memorial

The Thomas Elberling Memorial tournament ended in a three-way tie for first place between GM Michael Rohde, FM Praveen Balakrishnan, and FM Boris Privman.

Paul Joseph captured the under 2000 section.

Round Four: Sicilian Defense, Najdorf Variation

Jim West (USCF 2211) - Ronald Saylo (USCF 2067), Rahway NJ 12/19/2015

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 e6 7.Bb3 Nbd7 8.f4 Nc5 9.f5 Bd7 10.Qf3 Be7 11.Be3 Qc7 12.O-O Nxb3 13.axb3 O-O

14.g4 h6 15.h4 e5 16.Nde2 Bc6 17.g5 hxg5 18.hxg5 Nh7 19.Qh5, Black resigns.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Pix from Saturday Game/60 Swiss & Quad

These pictures were taken by me during Saturday's tournament.

Monday, December 14, 2015

NM West Takes Swiss; Agashe Wins Quad

On Saturday, NM Jim West took first place in the 8-player Swiss tournament, while Aditya Agashe won the quad.

Round Two: Sicilian Defense, Lowenthal Variation

Jim West (USCF 2214) - Terry Fricker (USCF 1910), Rahway NJ 12/12/2015

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e5 5.Nb5 a6 6.Nd6+ Bxd6 7.Qxd6 Qe7 8.Qd1 Nf6 9.Nc3 h6 10.Bc4 b5 11.Bb3 d6 12.O-O O-O 13.Be3 Be6

14.Nd5 Bxd5 15.Bxd5 Rac8 16.c3 Nxd5 17.Qxd5 Na5 18.a4 Nc4 19.axb5 axb5 20.Qxb5 Nxe3 21.fxe3 Rb8 22.Qe2 Qb7 23.Rad1 Qxb2 24.Qxb2 Rxb2 25.Rxd6 Rc2 26.Rc6 Rb8 27.h4 f6 28.Rf3 Rb1+ 29.Kh2 Rbc1

30.Kg3 Rxc3 31.Rxc3 Rxc3 32.Kg4 Rc4 33.Kf5 Kf7 34.h5 Rc2 35.g3 Rh2 36.Kg4 g6 37.hxg6+ Kxg6 38.Rf1 h5+ 39.Kf3 h4 40.gxh4 Rxh4 41.Rg1+ Kf7 42.Ra1 Rh3+ 43.Kf2 Rh2+ 44.Kg3 Rh5 45.Ra7+ Kg6 46.Ra8 Rg5+ 47.Kf3 Kf7, draw.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Photos from Saturday Game/60 Quads

On Saturday, I snapped these pictures during the game/60 quads.

John Lekocevic flagged against Ken Cohen.

Nikhil Kalyanraman defeated Eric Yuhan Li.

NM Mauricio Camejo triumphed over NM Art Macaspac.

Eric Yuhan Li bested Ken Cohen.

Nikhil Kalyanraman completed his sweep by beating John Lekocevic.

NM Mauricio Camejo won against Terry Fricker.