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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Monday, December 24, 2018

Happy Holidays

Chess Mates Academy wishes its students and their families the happiest of holidays.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Saturday Game 12/8/2018

Yesterday national masters Jim West and Art Macaspac played this game at Chess Mates.

French Defense, Exchange Variation

Jim West (USCF 2203) - Art Macaspac (USCF 2200), Rahway NJ 12/8/2018

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 exd5 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.Bd3 Bg4 6.O-O Be7 7.Bg5 O-O 8.Nbd2 h6 9.Bh4 Nbd7 10.c3 c5 11.Qc2 cxd4 12.Nxd4 Qb6 13.Rae1 Bc5

14.N2b3 Rfe8 15.f3 Bxd4+ 16.Nxd4 Bh5 17.Bf2 Nc5 18.Nb3 Rxe1 19.Rxe1 Nxd3 20.Bxb6 Nxe1 21.Qf2 axb6 22.Qxe1 Rxa2 23.Qb1 Ra8 24.Nd4 Bg6 25.Qc1 Nd7 26.h3 Nc5 27.Qf4 Ra1+ 28.Kh2 Rb1 29.b4 Nd3

30.Qb8+ Kh7 31.Qxb7 Rb2 32.Qxd5 Rxg2+ 33.Kh1 Rd2 34.Qd6 Nf2+ 35.Kg1 Nxh3+ 36.Kh1 Nf2+ 37.Kg1 Nh3+ 38.Kh1 Bd3 39.Qxb6 Nf2+ 40.Kg2 Ne4+ 41.Kg1 Ng5 42.Qc5 Nh3+ 43.Kh1 Nf2+ 44.Kg1 Nh3+ 45.Kh1 Nf2+ 46.Kg1 Nh3+ 47.Kh1, draw.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Photos from Saturday Swiss 12/1/2018

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

In round two, Nikhil Allam played Bryan Lewis while Humberti Vargas watched.

Student Nikhil Allam battled his coach NM Art Macaspac in the fourth round.

On the next board, Lev Zilbermintz opposed NM Mauricio Camejo.

Filler Humberti Vargas relaxed during the final round.

Meanwhile my opponent Bryan Lewis looked at his cell phone following our game.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Saturday Swiss 12/1/2018

National masters Art Macaspac, Jim West, and Mauricio Camejo shared first place with 3 points in Saturday's tournament.

Round Two: Sicilian Defense

Mauricio Camejo (USCF 2018) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Rahway NJ 12/1/2018

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 d6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d3 Nc6 5.Bg5 e6 6.f4 Be7 7.Qf3 a6 8.Nge2 Na5 9.Bb3 Nxb3 10.axb3 Qc7 11.Nd1 Bd7 12.Ne3 Bc6 13.f5 e5

14.Bxf6 Bxf6 15.Nc3 b5 16.Ned5 Qb7 17.Ne3 b4 18.Ncd5 O-O-O 19.Nc4 Bxd5 20.exd5 Kd7 21.Na5 Qb6 22.Qe4 Ra8 23.O-O c4+ 24.Kh1 cxd3 25.Nc4 Qc7 26.cxd3 a5 27.Rfc1 Qd8 28.Ra4 Qb8 29.Rca1 Bd8

30.Qg4 Rg8 31.Qh5 Ke7 32.Qxh7 Bc7 33.f6+ gxf6 34.d4 Qb5 35.dxe5 Qxd5 36.exd6+ Bxd6 37.Qc2 Rh8 38.Nxd6 Qxd6 39.Qe4+ Qe5 40.Qb7+ Ke6 41.Qb6+ Ke7 42.Qg1 Kf8 43.Re1 Qxb2 44.Qc5+ Kg7 45.Qc4 Rh6 46.Raa1 Rah8

47.Qg4+ Rg6 48.Qf3 Rgh6 49.h3 Qc3 50.Qxc3 bxc3 51.Rxa5 Rb8 52.Ra3 Rh5 53.Rc1 Rc5 54.Kg1 c2 55.Kf2 Rc3 56.Ke2 Rbxb3 57.Rxb3 Rxb3 58.Rxc2 f5 59.Kf2 Kf6 60.Re2 Kg5 61.Re3 Rb2+ 62.Kf3 f6

63.g3 Rb1 64.h4+ Kg6 65.Re8 Rb3+ 66.Kg2 f4 67.gxf4 Kf5 68.Rh8 Kxf4, draw.

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Round Three: Sicilian Defense, Najdorf Variation

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Art Macaspac (USCF 2200), Rahway NJ 12/1/2018

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 Be7 10.Qf3 O-O 11.Be3 Nxb3 12.axb3 e5 13.Nde2 Qc7 14.O-O b5 15.g4 b4

16.g5 bxc3 17.gxf6 Bxf6 18.bxc3 Bb7 19.c4 Rfe8 20.Nc3 d5 21.Nxd5 Bxd5 22.exd5 e4 23.Qg4 Bxa1 24.Rxa1 f6 25.Kh1 Qd7 26.Rg1 Kh8 27.h4 Re5 28.d6 Rg8 29.Bd4 Rxf5 30.Bxf6 e3 31.Bc3 Qc6+ 32.Qg2 Qd7 33.Qg4 Qf7

34.Qg3 Rf3 35.Qg2 Rf2 36.Qg3 Rf3 37.Qg2 e2 38.Be1 Qf5 39.Qxe2 Rh3+ 40.Kg2 Qd7 41.Bg3 Re8 42.Qxe8+ Qxe8 43.Kxh3 Qe6+ 44.Kh2 h5 45.Re1 Qf5 46.Re2 Qg4 47.Rf2 Qe6, draw.

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Round Four: Philidor Counter Gambit

Mauricio Camejo (USCF 2018) - Lev Zilbermintz (USCF 2070), Rahway NJ 12/1/2018

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bc4 f5 4.d3 c6 5.Bb3 f4 6.d4 Qf6 7.h3 g5 8.c3 h6 9.Na3 Ne7 10.Nc4 Ng6 11.a4 b6 12.d5 c5 13.Na3 a6 14.Nc4 Nd7 15.Bc2 Rb8 16.Bd2 Be7

17.Bd3 b5 18.axb5 axb5 19.Na5 c4 20.Bc2 O-O 21.Nc6 Rb6 22.b3 cxb3 23.Bxb3 Nc5 24.c4 b4 25.Qc2 Bd7 26.Nxe7+ Nxe7 27.Ra7 Rfb8 28.O-O g4 29.hxg4 Bxg4 30.Rfa1 Nc8 31.Ra8 Qg6

32.Kf1 Qxe4 33.Rxb8 Rxb8 34.Rb1 Bf5 35.Rb2 Qd3+ 36.Kg1 Ne7 37.Qd1 Nxb3 38.Qxb3 Ng6 39.Qxd3 Bxd3 40.Rxb4 Rxb4 41.Bxb4 Bxc4, draw.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Photos from Club Championship

Look at these photos taken by me at the Chess Mates club championship.


Daniel Gu lost to John Moldovan.

Eric Levin bested Daniel Gu..

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Lev Zilbermintz defeated Daniel Gu.

Eric Levin fell to John Moldovan.

NM Art Macaspac won against Daniel Gu.

Lev Zilbermintz and John Moldovan battled, with Lev winning.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Eric Yuhan Li Becomes National Master

Former Chess Mates Academy student Eric Yuhan Li went 3-0 at today's quad & earned his National Master title.
Photo credit: Vanessa Sun

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Our Summer Tournaments

 Chess Mates Academy in Rahway will be running six Saturday Quad tournaments this summer.

The first of these is on June 30th.

Others will be held on July 14, July 21, August 11, August 18 & August 25.

All will feature a G/45 d5 time control.
Registration is from 10:00 to 10:30 a.m.

For more information call Arthur at 760-583-8429 or send an email to

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Summer Camps & 2018-19 Chess School

For information about lessons, summer camps & our 2018-19 Chess School, contact Arthur at, or 760-583-8429.