US Chess Rules Available Online

Many years ago the powers that be in the USCF went into agreement with a publishing company, giving them exclusive rights to the rules of the game (and all of the related standards, policies and procedures) as codified by US Chess. Which meant a Tournament Director (or any active player wanting to avoid issues) had to purchase the rule book – it was not available online.

Many members complained, but the contract was apparently very long term (if not forever). Until recently, when an amendment to the contract was put in place, allowing US Chess to publish selected chapters of the rule book (the ones most people are most interested in) online, for free.

You can view, search, and download these sections – CLICK HERE

Joseph Guadagno Memorial Tournament (Westchester)

We are passing along information from the Westchester Chess Club:

We are saddened by the loss of our friend Joe and extend our condolences to family and friends.

The WCC will host a memorial tournament in Joe’s honor. Thanks to Lou Saltaformaggio for the idea and the name – the Joe Guads. It will be G/75;d5 starting in January (Andre is finishing up the winter schedule). There will be a modest entry fee which will go towards a donation to support chess for underprivileged children and students (suggestions welcome!). The tournament is open to members from other clubs and I will do my best to get the word out, but please feel free to forward this to friends of Joe’s. Space in the church is limited to  about 40 people. First round will be January 3rd. Let me know if you are interested. Also, please feel free to visit and participate in the WCC, and please let me know if you would like me to add you to my email list. Hope to see you soon.

Alan Kuras

Westchester Chess Club Schedule

You can go to that page to look up the schedule (2019 tournaments not posted yet), as well as details on where the club meets and who to contact for more information.

A Grand Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from the club leadership to all our members!  The Grand Prix has been updated to reflect results of the recently completed Falling Leaves Swiss.  The next update will arrive somewhere between Christmas and New Years.

Falling Leaves Swiss

Peter Barkman won the shorter than usual Falling Leaves Swiss with a score of 2.5/3.  Ernie Johnson, Trevor Brooks, Craig Fisher, and Harold Stenger followed with 2/3 each.  Our next event is the Holiday Leaves Swiss which features a normal four rounds.  Thanks to all who participated.

Club Championship

Trevor Brooks completed an undefeated tournament, winning our Club Championship with a final score of 4.5/5.  Very well done for our youngest champion ever!  Ayman Haoula secured a draw with Trevor in the final round to lock up the Class A prize with 4/5.  John Weigand and Hernan Salazar-Chala both finished up with 3/5 to tie for Class B (tiebreaks pending).  Newcomer Ahmed Karameldin and veteran Michael Mendez both scored 2.5/5 to tie for Class C (tiebreaks pending).

CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP FALL 2018

I# Name/Rtng/1D Rd1 Rd2 Rd3 Rd4
1 Ernest Tr Johnson

1989 10089115 (1922)

W16 bye B   8 B 11
1.0 1.5 2.0 3.0
2 Mark G Courtney

1984 11403387 (1888)

B17 9 B    7 8
1.0 2.0 2.0 2.5
3 Ayman Haoula

1984 14624013 (1849)

W18 B10 W11 bye
1.0 2.0 3.0 3.5
4 Eric Horsboll

1943 10661935 (1990)

bye B12 w   5 B16
0.5 1.5 1.5 2.5
5 Alqi Dore

1876 15713707 (1964)

bve W14 B    4 w   7
0.5 1.5 2.5 2.5
6 Robert A Simmons

1833 10104424 (1705)

B19 W11 B15 W12
1.0 1.0 2.0 3.0
7 Trevor Wil Brooks

1819 15363983 (1664)

W20 B26 w   2 B    5
1.0 2.0 3.0 4.0
8 Craig W Fisher

1805 10124743 (1810)

B21 bye 1 B    2
1.0 1.5 2.0 2.5
9 Rasit Topaloglu

1792 14724540 (1639)

W22 B    2 W16
1.0 1.0 1.0 U1.0
10 Jurij Josep Oracz

1.765 16069823 (1506)

B23 3 bye W13
1.0 1.0 1.5 2.5
11 John Maxw Weigand

1753 15330742 (982)

W24 B    6 B    3 1
1.0 2.0 2.0 2.0
12 Her Salazar-Chala

1738 15210316

B25 4 B26 B    6
1.0 1.0 2.0 2.0
13 Harold Stenger

1702 12458408

W26 B20 W23 B10
0.0 1.0 1.5 1.5
14 Ahmed Karameldin

1700 16778946

bye B    5 W19 W25
0.5 0.5 1.5 2.5
15 Michael O’Connor

1697 12592786 (1579)

bye bye w   6 bye
0.5 1.0 1.0 1.5
16 Darius Jafary

1655 14321073 (1578)

B    1 W21 B    9 4
0.0 1.0 2.0 2.0
17 Seamus Gould

1599 15321555 (1541)

2 B22 bye
0.0 1.0 1.5 U1.5
18 Michael Mendez

1520  12495089  (1554)

B   3 W23 B21 W26
0.0 0.0 0.5 1.5

 

19 Richard Whearty

1469  13468991  (1405)

6 B25 B14 W22
0.0 0.5 0.5 1.5
20 Ori Raz

1358 15447060 (1123)

B    7 W13 B22 W21
0.0 0.0 0.5 1.5
21 David A Wright

1268 16431640

8 B16 W18 B20
0.0 0.0 0.5 0.5
22 Michael Guse

1116 12619322 (1111)

B    9 W17 W20 B19
0.0 0.0 0.5 0.5
23 Barbara Ray

483 16438815

W10 B18 B13 bye
0.0 1.0 1.5 2.0
24 Benjamin Ferrier

unr. 16743206

B 11 bye bye bye
0.0 0.5 1.0 2.0
25 Hance Huston

unr.

W12 W19 bye B14
0.0 0.5 1.0 1.0
26 Bertrand Topczylko

unr. 16778355

B13 7 W12 818
1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0

Chris Brooks featured in Empire Chess

Published four times a year, Empire Chess is the official magazine for the New York State Chess Association. The current issue, Fall 2018 (click here), has a story on recently held NY State Championship. As our very own Chris Brooks shared first place honors in the Under 2100 section, it was nice to see his last round game against Harold Scott featured in the story. I encourage everyone to check out the magazine, but see below for the game itself.

Keith Delia Memorial

The Keith Delia Memorial tournament has been added.  It will run on (Saturday) October 20 starting at 9:30 AM.  It will not be played at Vassar College, Rockefeller Hall.  Instead, it will run at Secretary Ernie’s church at 469 Coldenham Rd, Walden, NY 12586.  Thanks to Ernie Johnson for the space to run the event.  Details have been added to our events tab.