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which is now located at 75 East Cherry Street, Suite 11 in Rahway, N.J.

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Sunday, April 14, 2019

Saturday Quad 4/13/2019

National masters Jim West and Mauricio Camejo [pictured right, playing against Timothy Xie] tied for first place in yesterday's quad.

Round Two: King's Indian Defense

Timothy Xie (USCF 1991) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Rahway NJ 4/13/2019

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.c4 Bg7 4.Nc3 O-O 5.e4 d6 6.Be2 e5 7.O-O Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.Ne1 Nd7 10.Be3 f5 11.f3 f4 12.Bf2 g5 13.Nd3 Nf6 14.c5 Ng6 15.cxd6 cxd6 16.Rc1 Rf7 17.Nb5 a6 18.Na3 b5 19.Nb4 Bd7

20.Nc6 Qf8 21.Nb1 g4 22.a4 g3 23.hxg3 fxg3 24.Bxg3 Nh5 25.Bh2 Bh6 26.Rc3 Bf4 27.Bxf4 Ngxf4 28.Kf2 Qg7 29.g4 Nxe2 30.Qxe2 Nf4 31.Qe3 Bxg4 32.Na3 b4 33.Nxb4 Bxf3 34.Qxf3 Nh3+ 35.Ke1 Rxf3 36.Rfxf3 Nf4 37.Nd3 Rf8 38.Nxf4 exf4

39.Nc4 Qe7 40.Nd2 Qh4+ 41.Ke2 Qg4 42.Kd3 a5 43.Kc2 Rc8 44.Kb3 Rb8+ 45.Ka3 Re8, draw.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Photos from Saturday Swiss 3/9/2019

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

In the first round, Nikita Panasenko drew against Timothy Xie, NM Mauricio Camejo did the same against Errol Singh, and Aarav Mahajan lost to filler John Moldovan.

Timothy Xie and Errol Singh drew their game in round three.

There was yet another draw when Errol Singh played against Nikita Panasenko in the final round.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Saturday Swiss 3/9/2019

Timothy Xie won yesterday's tournament.

Round Three: King's Indian Defense

Nikita Panasenko (USCF 1957) - Jim West (USCF 2200), Rahway NJ 3/9/2019

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.c4 Bg7 4.Nc3 O-O 5.e4 d6 6.Be2 e5 7.O-O Nc6 8.d5 Ne7 9.Ne1 Nd7 10.Be3 f5 11.f3 f4 12.Bf2 g5

13.a4 a5 14.Nd3 Nf6 15.b4 axb4 16.Nb5 g4 17.Na7 g3 18.hxg3 fxg3 19.Be3 Nh5 20.Nxc8 Nxc8 21.Re1 Qh4 22.Kf1 Nf4 23.Nxf4 exf4 24.Bg1 Bxa1 25.Qxa1 Qh5 26.Bd3 Ne7 27.e5 Ng6 28.exd6 cxd6 29.c5 Ne5 30.Be4 dxc5 31.Bxc5 Qh1+ 32.Bg1 Rae8

33.Qd4 Ng4 34.fxg4 f3 35.gxf3 Rxf3+ 36.Ke2 Rf4 37.Kd3 Rfxe4 38.Rxe4 Rxe4 39.Qxe4 Qxg1 40.Qe8+ Kg7 41.Qe5+ Kg6 42.Qf5+ Kg7 43.Qe5+ Kg6 44.Qf5+, draw.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Saturday Quad 3/2/2019

Pictured are national masters Mauricio Camejo and Art Macaspac, playing in yesterday's quad.

Round One: Sicilian Defense, Taimanov Variation

Jim West (USCF 2200) - Errol Singh (USCF 1988), Rahway NJ 3/2/2019

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e5 5.Nb5 d6 6.Be3 a6 7.N5c3 b5 8.Nd5 Nf6 9.Bb6 Qd7 10.Nc7+ Ke7 11.Nxa8 Qb7 12.Be3 Qxa8 13.Nc3 Be6 

14.Bg5 Nd4 15.a3 h6 16.Bxf6+ gxf6 17.g3 Bg7 18.Bg2 Rc8 19.O-O a5 20.Rc1 h5 21.Qxh5 Bc4 22.Nd5+ Bxd5 23.exd5 Rh8 24.Qd1 Bh6 25.Rb1 Qg8 26.c3 Nf5 27.Qd3 Qh7 

28.h4 Kf8 29.Be4, Black resigns.

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.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Upcoming Tournaments

Chess Mates Academy will be running the following tournaments from late December through Early February:


Sat. 23 - Holiday Quads (G/40 d5) 12:30 p.m.
Sun. 31 - New Year's Eve Quads (G/40 d5) 12:30 p.m.

January 2018

Sat. 6 - Dos Por Dos Team Tournament (G/25 d5) 12:30 p.m.
Sun. 14 - Chess Mates Sunday Blitz (G/5 d2) 3:00 p.m.
Sat. 20 - Dos Por Dos Team Tournament 12:30 p.m.
Sun. 28 - Chess Mates Sunday Blitz 3:00 p.m.


Sat. 3 - Dos Por Dos Team Tournament 12:30 p.m.
Sun. 11 - Chess Mates Sunday Blitz 3:00 p.m.

For info on the December events, contact John, via
For January and February info, please email Errol, via

Monday, July 17, 2017

Games from "Chess Mates" Championship

William Guskind [pictured] sends games from the Chess Mates club championship on Saturday.