Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Happy Holidays

The Kenilworth Chess Club wishes its members and friends the happiest of holidays.

We will be closed on Christmas Eve & New Year's Eve.

Our next meeting will be on Thursday, January 7, 2016.

Our 1st tournament in 2016 will be the Leon Hrebinka Memorial Swiss, which is scheduled to begin February 4th.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Kenilworth Fall Swiss (Starts October 29)

Kenilworth Fall Swiss
October 29-November 19

Format: 4-SS
Time Control: Black's choice of G/60, G/50 + 5 second delay or G/30 + 20 second delay.
Site: Kenilworth Community Center
Address: 575 Kenilworth Blvd., Kenilworth, NJ 07033
Register: 8:00-8:15 p.m. on October 29th.
Rounds: 8:20 p.m. on October 29, November 5, 12, 19
Entry fee: KCC members $1, Non-members $2.
Prizes: 1st place 60% of EF, 2nd place 40% of EF.
Byes: One 0.75 point bye is available for any round but you must request it at least 72 hours in advance.

For more information, contact Bob Sherry.

This event is not USCF-rated.

Sherry Wins Summer Tournament

Bob Sherry won the annual Summer Tournament for the 4th consecutive year.

John Moldovan finished 2nd for the 5th straight time and Greg Tomkovich was 3rd.

Full standings will follow at some point, if time permits.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Summer Tournament Starts June 4th

The Kenilworth Chess Club's fun, friendly, yet highly competitive Summer Tournament starts on June 4th at 8:00 p.m.

Here are the rules :
  • The 2015 Summer Tournament will run from June 4th through August 27th.
  • The entry fee is $5.00.
  • The event is not rated.
  • The time control is G/60.
  • G/55+5 (delay) may be used if there is mutual agreement between paired players. Increment settings are not allowed.
  • You may play anyone who is entered. The first time you play an opponent, the lower rated or unrated player has White. In subsequent games against the same opponent you alternate colors. If both players are unrated or have identical ratings, they toss for initial color.
  • You may not play the same opponent more than four times in the tournament.
  • All games are to be played at the Kenilworth Chess Club during normal operating hours. No game may start before 8 p.m. or later than 9:45 p.m.
  • You may play up to 2 games per week. You can skip weeks but the more you play the more points you can accrue.
  • You get one point for a win, one half point for a draw and zero for a loss. No bye points are awarded.
  • The winner is the person who has the most points at the end of the tournament.
  • The prizes are 60% for first place, 30% for second, and 10% for third.
  • Registration closes on July 30th. However, if there is an overwhelming turnout, the TD may cut-off entries as early as July 2nd.
Bob Sherry won last year, in 2013 and in 2012. Other past winners of this popular event include LM Scott Massey (2004), LM Mark Kernighan (2005, 2011), Greg Tomkovich (2006), Ari Minkov (2007, 2010), John Moldovan (2008) and Ian Mangion (2009).

Shumowitz & Tomkovich Win Spring Swiss

Marvin Shumowitz and Greg Tomkovich won the Kenilworth Spring Swiss, a 4-round G/30 held May 14-21.

Kernighan Wins 45 Move Tournament

LM Mark Kernighan won the Win Within 45 Moves Or Draw Tournament held April 23-May 7.

Bob Sherry, Greg Tomkovich and Bruce Mason tied for 2nd.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Photos From The Win In 45 Moves Tourney

Here are 4 photos from last night's final round of the Win In 45 Moves Or Draw tournament:

Bob Sherry (b) vs. Paul Gottlieb.

LM Mark Kernighan (b) vs. Greg Tomkovich.

Manuel Yunes vs. Bruce Mason.

Joseph Dovydaitis (b) vs. Joseph Pergalo III.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Win Within 45 Moves Or Draw Tourney Starts 4/23

Win Within 45 Moves Or Draw Tournament
April 23-May 14
  • Non-Rated, 4 round Swiss. Runs April 23 thru May 14.
  • Time control: 45 moves in 45 minutes. No delay.
  • Any game that takes more than 45 moves will be declared a draw.
  • Tournament Director: Robert Sherry
  • Register: On site, from 8:00 to 8:20 p.m. on April 23rd. Club members can late-join by e-mail until April 27.
  • Byes: 1 bye per player allowed. If taking a bye in round 2, 3 or 4, you must inform the TD at least 48 hours in advance.
  • Rounds: 8:30 p.m. on April 23, 30 & May 7, 14.
  • Entry fee: Free for club members. $1 for non-members.

Kernighan Wins Club Championship

LM Mark Kernighan won the 24th Kenilworth CC Championship, which was held March 26-April 16.

Here are the final crosstable, in tiebreak order, and the prize-winners list:


LM Mark Kernighan
Paul Gottlieb
Dr. Richard Lewis
Bruce Mason
Joseph Pergola III
Manuel Yunes
Ted Mann
Dr. Geoff McAuliffe
Luis Ruales

W = Win
L = Loss
D = Draw
H = 1/2 point bye
X = Forfeit win
F = Forfeit loss
N = Not paired

Prize Winners:

1st place -  LM Mark Kernighan
2nd place - Paul Gottlieb
3rd place - Dr. Richard Lewis
U1600 - Joseph Pergola III 

Gottlieb will be listed as the Club's 2015 U1800 Champion when the plaque is updated.

Crosstable corrected 12/9/2015 @ 2:38 p.m.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Club Championship: Round 1 Photos

Bob Sherry snapped these photos during Thursday night's opening round of the Kenilworth Championship:

Manuel Yunez (standing) and Joseph Dovydaitis watching the Ted Mann-Mark Kernighan (closest to them) and Richard Lewis-Luis Ruales games.

Geoff McAuliffe vs. Joseph Pergola III (front) and Paul Gottlieb vs. Bruce Mason.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Club Championship Underway, Reduced To 4 Rounds

The 24th Kenilworth Championship began on Thursday, with LM Mark Kernighan (2200), Dr. Richard Lewis (1726) and Paul Gottlieb (1629) heading a unexpectedly small and relatively weak field.

With just 10 players taking part, the event has been reduced to 4 rounds and been made a 1-section swiss. It is now slated to run thru April 16th.

The 1st round pairings, by board were:

1. Ted Mann (1400) vs. Kernighan
2. Lewis vs. Luis Ruales (685)
3. Bruce Mason (unrated) vs. Gottlieb
4. Dr. Geoff McAuliffe (1600, house player) vs. Joseph Pergola III (unrated).

Pat Mazzillo (1323) and Manuel Yunez (unrated) took half-point byes.

Late-joins will be accepted until the start of round 2 on Thursday, April 2nd.

No results or pictures have been received, as yet, but I can tell you that White was clearly winning on boards 2 & 4, after 40 minutes of play.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Club Championship Starts On Thursday

The 24th Kenilworth Chess Club Championship will begin on Thursday, March 26th, 2015 and is scheduled to be 5-7 rounds in length.

Here are the details :

24th KCC Championship
  • USCF-rated
  • 2 Sections. 1800+ and Under 1800
  • 5-7 rounds. Depends on the number of players. The 1800+ Section is slated be a RR. The U1800 may be a RR or SS.
  • The event starts on March 26th.
  • It can end as early as April 23rd or as late as May 14th. Depends on the number of rounds & if the postponement dates are utilized.
  • Time Control: G/75+5 second delay.
  • Rounds to start at 8:30 p.m. every Thursday, for the duration of the event.
  • 1 half-point bye per player allowed.
  • Prizes (tentative): Trophies for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Top U2100, Top U1800, Top U1600, Top U1400, Biggest upset.
  • Tiebreaks: 1. Head to Head, 2. Modified Median, 3. Solkoff, 4. Cumulative.
  • KCC or Westfield CC membership is required. KCC dues for 2015 are $10 for those age 17 or less, $10 for those age 65+, $15 for everyone else.
  • EF: $10 entry fee + $10 anti-forfeit deposit + dues (= $35 for most players). Westfield CC members only pay EF & anti-forfeit deposit ($20 total).
  • Please register with Geoff McAuliffe before 8:20 p.m. on 3/26 @ Kenilworth Community Center, 575 Boulevard, Kenilworth, N.J. 07033
  • Late-joins will be accepted for the U1800 section until round 2 is paired, if it's run as a Swiss.
  • If there is a low turnout, the TD may combine sections and run a 5-SS or a 5 to 7 RR.
Past Champions include LM Scott Massey (who has won the title 12x), Rene Ray (1996), FM Steve Stoyko (2005-2007), LM Mark Kernighan (2008), NM Yaacov Norowitz (2009), NM Arthur Macaspac (2010, 2012), NM Ken Chieu (2011), and NM Praveen Balakrishnan (2013, 2014).

18 players took part in last year's event.