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

Horsboll Online Memorial Results

Nine players participated in the tournament last night in honor of Eric Horsboll. The five round (10+5) Swiss was won by Trevor Brooks (4.5), who only conceded a draw to the 2nd place finisher, Robert Wehrli (4).

Reminder that you can review all the games from the tournament: https://lichess.org/swiss/ny75dV1R

Eric Horsboll (1943 – 2021)

Please CLICK HERE to read the obituary of a good friend of the club (and three time Dutchess County Chess Champion) who passed away earlier this month.

As mentioned in the obit, there is an Eric Horsboll Memorial Fund, part of which will go to support young chess players. From the fund page:

This fund will help keep his spirit alive by celebrating the following things he was passionate about: The Vassar Chadwick Chess Club through scholarships for young chess players (the club is already planning a Memorial Tournament in his name); a memorial bench in front of P&Gs Restaurant where we can sit and remember him, and memorial recognition on the New Paltz campus. Donations are very much appreciated, and additionally reflections of a story of remembrance would be great.  Reflections will be distributed electronically and at a memorial to be scheduled when we can gather together again, hopefully in the summer of fall.

Stanley Chadwick results

Newcomer “Untapped_Potential” didn’t leave much untapped, as he cruised through the 5 round Swiss – winning all games, and boasting a 2260 performance rating! The real person behind Untapped_Potential, Nick, is eager to play OTB once that becomes possible again. For someone who does not appear to have a USCF rating, he is quite strong and will be a force to be reckoned with.


With 3.5/5, Mark Courtney (“chadwick2000”) took 2nd place, and Ernie Johnson (“soulpower74”) captured third (on tiebreaks), with 3 out of 5. Twelve players in total participated, which is also good to see.


Look for more online events coming soon – let us known on our Facebook page, if other days and times work better for you.