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.

2021 Online Tournament Jan 4th

This upcoming Monday, the first online tournament of 2021 for our club, will take place starting at 8pm. A 5 round 10min + 5sec increment event. On as always – if you are not a member of our club yet, please request to join and give your name so we know who you are.

Link to tournament:

Link to team page to request to join:

First Vassar online tournament results

The Wesley So Swiss took place on Monday night – not in the illustrious halls of Vassar College, but online, to be precise. Seven players participated, and it was a strong field (over 1900 average rating). After six rounds, the virtual dust had cleared, and Trevor Brooks captured first place (5/6), followed by Mark Courtney (4.5) and NM Alan Cantor (3.5)

Tournament results (you can also view games):

Hopefully we will have more of these events in the near future. Stay tuned!

Club Swiss on Dec 14th

The second lichess event for our club will take place Monday 12/14, starting at 7pm. It is a 6 round Swiss, Game 10 + 5 second increment.

The only requirement is that you are a member of our club. Link to tournament: (you can sign up and register to play now).

Hope you can make it!

First online club tournament results

Trevor Brooks captured first place (4/5, 2247 performance) in the first online club tournament that finished less than an hour ago. Seven players participated in the 5 round (G/15) event.

Second place went to Robert Wehrli (3.5, 2177 performance) and Ernie Johnson (who set up this tournament) took 3rd place with 3 points – and was the only one to win a game from Trevor.

Congrats to everyone for participating, and keep a look out for more tournaments like this in the near future!

Club tournament this Monday!

No, it isn’t at Vassar, but on If you are already a member of the Vassar-Chadwick team page, you will see the tournament listed on the page. It was created by Ernie, is a 4 round swiss (15 min a game + 2 sec/move) starting at 7pm on Monday 11/16

If you are not a member of the club yet on lichess, CLICK HERE to request to join. PROVIDE YOUR REAL NAME when doing so, so that I know who you are – we want to limit our membership to those who actually are members of the club or at least who live in the area and are interested in joining once we can all meet again.

You can click to join the tournament now, you don’t have to wait for the time of the event. When you do join you will be asked for a password. Please SEE THE TEAM PAGE for the password.

New HV clubs match Nov 5

Direct link to tournament:
Starts at 8pm. Each club should have at least 10 members participating (as the top 10 scores from each club are used to calculate the winning team).
You need to register on (if you have not done so already) and then request to join the Vassar-Chadwick club – please provide your real name in the request so we know who it is. See you then!

RIP Andrew Lawson

Sad news to report. Andrew Lawson, who played in over a dozen events at Vassar-Chadwick between 2000 and 2017, passed away earlier this month. You can find his obituary on Poughkeepsie Journal.

If any of you have games where you played against Andrew that you’d like to share, please let me know (contact via Facebook).