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.
At the G/30 Quads held by the Fairfield Chess Club held at the end of May, Trevor achieved another chess milestone by breaking the 1999 rating barrier and making it to Expert! See tournament info here: http://www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain.php?202105301952-1536398
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!
Join us on lichess next Monday (3/15) starting at 8pm for a 5 round Swiss, 10 min + 5 sec increment per game.
Direct link to tournament (you can sign up now): https://lichess.org/swiss/3Aqylns5
Link to club site (if not a member, request to join and provide your real name as we limit access to members): https://lichess.org/team/vassar-chadwick-chess-club
You should know what to do by now:
1. Join our lichess.org team (and give your real name, so we know you are a member of Vassar or at least in the area and interested in our club): https://lichess.org/team/vassar-chadwick-chess-club
2. Go to the tournament and sign up: https://lichess.org/tournament/TjQzRhDp
3. At 8pm 3/4, be ready to play! Good luck and have fun!
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
How about a club tournament to take your mind off the bad weather? How does a five round G/10 + 5 Swiss sound? Interested?
Well you are in luck. At 8pm on Monday, Feb 22nd, join us on lichess for the Joel Benjamin Swiss: https://lichess.org/swiss/52qoTHAZ
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
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
Join us this Thursday, the 4th, at 8pm, for the next installment in the monthly club battle. Featuring Westchester, Rockland, Saratoga, and the universally beloved Vassar-Chadwick club.
You must first be a member of our team on lichess. Click here to join AND please give your real name so we know who you are.
Here is the link to the tournament: https://lichess.org/tournament/4X1epd3Y