October Club Match 10/7

Reminder that our monthly online battle with neighboring clubs (Westchester, Rockland, Saratoga) is taking place this Thursday at 8pm on Lichess:

Another reminder that to join you have to be a member of our lichess club. To become a member, go to our page and click to Join. And provide your name and/or details so we know you are local and/or a current/former member (we are trying to keep it from being a free-for-all but actually relevant to Vassar-Chadwick). Club page: https://lichess.org/team/vassar-chadwick-chess-club

Simmons takes first tournament of 2021

You can never be sure how things will turn out after a long absence. Have players moved on during the pandemic, more used to playing online than in person? Will other pursuits grab their attention or have Monday nights just become not available? Some of those questions were answered at the conclusion of the first tournament of 2021 that ended on Monday.

Fifteen players – including some new faces! – made the trek to Vassar and played some real in person chess. With a long time control. For real rating points. What a great turnout!

Another surprising result – if only on paper – was the winner and how he did it – three wins, no losses, no draws. While coming in as the 5th seed by rating, Bob Simmons took no prisoners (or byes) and took down the 1 and 2 seed in the process. I hope the trophy for this one is made of real gold, because he deserves it. Perhaps this is a yin and yang thing, where the bad situations in life (being a Vikings fan) are balanced by the good. In any case, good job Bob!

Second place (and perhaps only because he took a bye in round 2) was Trevor Brooks, our young powerhouse who (if he doesn’t jet to Hollywood) might be the only one able to take down Ernie’s record of Dutchess County Chess Championships (coming soon btw!).

Booster prize goes to James Reap, a relative newcomer (joining us in 2019, before the troubles), but sports a healthy 1500 rating. After losing the first game to the top seed he recorded two wins to close it out.

Reminder that next Monday is unrated blitz, perfect for those who aren’t sure if paying USCF dues and rated tournament chess is right for you, or who are just used to playing very fast online. Note to those players, nothing beats the thrill of smashing a chess clock 30 times a minute during the end of an over the board blitz game. Online chess can’t compete with that.

After that is the premier event of the year, the Dutchess County Chess Championship! Five round event, G/90, this is the big one. Will Ernie add another jewel to his crown? Will Matan come back to defend his title? Or will Bob run undefeated through the gauntlet while wearing some gaudy purple Vikings uniform? Since we are not televised, there’s only one way to find out – join us!

OTB Schedule Posted for Fall/Winter 2021!!!

There are not enough exclamation points to express the good news for our club. After some hard work from our club president, Ernie Johnson, rooms have been secured at Vassar. Further hard work by Ernie has laid out our schedule for the year, starting in September.

Please check out our Event Schedule page for details – and start studying now for the Dutchess County Championship which will take place over October and November.

Our very own Renaissance man

Trevor Brooks is an accomplished chess player (an underrated 1982 USCF), actor (do you have an IMDB page?), and now published author. In the latest Chess Life Kids, Trevor has a 3 page article titled The Masked GrandMaster.

It is not about what Hikaru Nakamura wore last Halloween. It covers a game featuring an unnamed GM. In the course of the article he provides clues and details of the GM’s life, interspersed with the moves and commentary on the game.

Access to the magazine requires (as far as I can tell) membership in the USCF, as you need to log in to see it. Here is the link: https://new.uschess.org/chess-life-kids-magazine-issues

However, I plan to extract Trevor’s article and post it to our Facebook page. So check back soon!

James P Lynch 3/5/54 – 2/16/21

Sad news to report. One of the members of our club, Jim Lynch, has passed away.

HOPEWELL JUNCTION – James P. Lynch, 66, an area resident since 1958, died on February 16, 2021 at the Grand at River Valley. Born in Bronxville on March 5, 1954, James was the son of the late William and Catherine (Mitchell) Lynch.

James spent his career as a landscaper, doing what he loved. He played baseball for John Jay High School in Hopewell Junction and then went on to play at Temple University. He also enjoyed coaching his sons in Little League, and his family founded the Hopewell Ions, a division of the American Legion Rookie League. In addition, James was an avid fan of the NY Mets and NY Jets and was a proud member of the United States Chess Federation. Most of all, James was loved by all who knew him.

James is survived by his sons and their spouses, James J. and Jessica Lynch of the Town of Poughkeepsie and Justin A. and Kristen Lynch of the Town of Poughkeepsie; his grandchildren, Cameron, Brenden, Gemma, Madison, and Caleb; his siblings and their spouses, Virginia and Ralph Chiavelli and Kathleen and Doug Snider; his former wife who he remained friends with, Deidre Lynch; his cousins especially his “Guardian Angel”, Lorraine Tully; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. In addition to his parents, James was also predeceased by his brother, William Lynch.

Due to COVID restrictions, a Celebration of His Life will be held in the spring or summer. Donations may be made in his memory to St Vincent De Paul Food Pantry at St. Columba Church, 835 Route 82, Hopewell Junction, NY 12533. Arrangements are under the direction of the McHoul Funeral Home. Please visit James’ Book of Memories at http://www.mchoulfuneralhome.com

Congrats to Wesley So!

In the 2 day finals of the Opera Euro Rapid chess tournament, Wesley So faced against World Champion Magnus Carlson. The first day ended in a draw after four games. In the first game of the 2nd day, Wesley got an important win. Magnus had his chances, but in the end Wesley held on and took the event.

Wesley is also the FIDE Chess960 world champion…do we have yet another American on track to challenge Magnus in classical chess?

It was exciting chess and there was great coverage online, including on Twitch. See here for replays and future events: https://www.twitch.tv/chess24

Replay the games on lichess here: https://lichess.org/broadcast/opera-euro-rapid-finals-day-2/NhD0dtLd