Vassar-Chadwick mention in latest Chess Life

The Faces Across the Board section of Chess Life is authored by Al Lawrence and features profiles of “regular” US Chess members from across the country.

The subject for this month is Mildred Starin, a 96 year old resident of Newburgh. While she learned to play some time ago, she decided to get more serious last year and enlisted the help of Eric Horsboll, who got her in touch with our very own Dr. Craig Fisher!

Nice recognition for Craig and the club. Members who do not have a physical copy of Chess Life can view it by CLICKING HERE.

May Swiss after 2 rounds

TD Dr. Craig Fisher has provided the standings for the tournament, as we go into the final round this Monday.

Prilleltensky, Johnson, and Brooks go into the final round tied with 2/2. It is anyone’s tournament!

#Name/Rtng/IDRd 1Rd 2
1Mat PrilleltenskyW    9B    4
2282   12893934   (2183)    1.0 2.0
2Ernest Tr JohnsonB 10W    7
2023   10089115   (1992)    1.0 2.0
3Trevor Wil BrooksW 11B    8
1916   15363983   (1756)    1.0 2.0
4Robert A SimmonsB 12W    1
1857   10104424   (1705)    1.0 1.0
5Craig W Fisherbye  W    6
1821   10124743   (1800)    0.5 1.5
6Kenneth R Evansbye  B    5
1800   10122627   (1708)    0.5 0.5
7Jurij Josep OraczW 13B    2
1798   16069823   (1581)    1.0 1.0
8Darius JafaryB 14W    3
1531   14321073   (1521)    1.0 1.0
9Michael MendezB    1W 15
1530   12495089   (1526)    0.0 1.0
10Richard WheartyW    2B 13
1382   13468991   (1405)    0.0 0.0
11David A WrightB    3W 12
1278   16431640       0.0 0.5
12Joseph An JacksonW    4B 11
1158   16946877   (1155)    0.0 0.5
13Michael P GuseB    7W 10
1154   12619322   (1111)    0.0 1.0
14Barbara RayW    8bye  
 729   16438815       0.0 0.5
15Hance Huston IIIbye  B    9
 579   16094701   (595)    0.5 0.5

Ernie wins Pok Quick

By scoring a draw in the 3rd round against NM Prilleltensky, and then defeating the hard to beat Trevor Brooks in the final round, Ernie Johnson outright won the Poughkeepsie Quick event with 3.5 out of 4.

Eight players participated in the two day (4/1, 4/8) event. Trevor, still greatly under-rated, took the Booster prize for best result in the bottom half of the rating section (which should also tell you how tough of a field this event was).

US Chess cross table results: CLICK HERE

Dore Sheppard wins 2019 Memorial Tournament

Eleven players attended the 2019 Memorial Tournament, which took place in Coldenham (aka, Ernie’s satellite chess office).

The three round G/60+d5 event was won by National Master Dore Sheppard with 3/3, followed by Trevor Brooks (2/3) who edged out Howard Jacobus for 2nd place. Howard, by virtue of his impressive result and pre-tournament rating of 1438, received the booster prize (awarded to best score in the 2nd half of the field).

click here for USCF crosstable results.

Check our Facebook page for event photos courtesy of event organizer and TD, Ernie Johnson..

Matan Prilleltensky is 2019 DCC Champion

With a last round victory over previously undefeated Mark Courtney, NM Matan Prilleltensky has won the 2019 Dutchess County Chess Championship with 4.5 out of 5. Mark takes 2nd on tiebreaks (4/5), followed by Trevor Brooks (who defeated Ernie) and JJ Oracz (1737 pre-tournament rating) with an impressive last round win over Rudy. See below for full standings, and check back later for the USCF crosstable results once they are complete.

Also check our Facebook page for pictures of the start of the last round, including the celebration for Dr. Craig Fisher.

Memorial Tournament at Coldenham

The Memorial Tournament will be hosted this year at the Coldenham-Newburgh RP Church on April 13th.

3 Round G60 d5
10:00 12:30 2:45 

EF $8.00
Trophies 1st, 2nd and Top Booster
TD Ernie Johnson
(for questions, 845 926-0804, or at the day of the tournament, 845 564-3924)

469 Coldenham Rd Walden NY 12586

2019 Marchand Open

A few current and past club members ventured up to Rochester this St. Patty’s weekend to participate in this year’s Marchand Open. FM Bobby Sulman finished up with 4.0/5, which was good enough to tie for 3rd with five others, including GM Shabalov and current DCC top rated NM Matan Prilleltensky. Mat also played to a tidy middlegame draw with former DCC champ Chris Brooks in round 3, who tied for the 1st u2200 prize with two others with 3.5/5. Congrats to all who played, and good chess!

DC Chess Tournament Round 4 Standings

With one round to go, Mark Courtney leads the DCC with a perfect score. On his tail, with 3.5, is NM Matan Prilleltensky. Mark and Matan are destined to meet next week. A four way tie for third place, with 3/4, are Rudolf Van Dommele, Ernie Johnson, Trevor Brooks and JJ Oracz. See below for full standings.

Haldane Spring Chess Tournament

Sharing info on our neighbor scholastic chess organization to the South…

Haldane Spring Chess Tournament Saturday, March 30th, 2019 15 Craigside Drive, Cold Spring, NY (Haldane High School)

Haldane’s parking lot available! Come support Haldane Chess!

Haldane’s Chess Team is going to Dallas this year for the Junior High School Nationals in April. The purpose of this tournament is to reduce team room and entry costs for participants. We will be offering Two USCF Rated Sections and One Unrated Section. Food, drinks and merchandise will be sold

Rated Sections: Championship: K-12, Rated >700 with a time control of G/40, d5. 4 Rounds. Reserve: K-12 Rated <700 with a time control of G40, d5. 4 rounds. Unrated Sections: Rookie: 1st – 4th grade. 4 rounds of chess with notation encouraged. Trophies for all. Prizes: Each section will have trophies awarded to the top 5 participants

Start Time: Check in is from 9:15-9:45. All games to start by 10:00 AM Please register using this link:

Entry fee: $29 by 11:00 PM 3/25. $35 afterwards until 3/29 Questions? Please e-mail