Calendar - 2019

The Kenilworth Chess Club meets every Thursday night, starting by 8:00 p.m., in the Recreation Center at 575 Kenilworth Boulevard, which has been our home for 46 years!!

All chessplayers are welcome to attend, even if they are not going to participate in the evening's main event. We usually have a skittles and discussion room available when there is a tournament, match or lecture in the main hall.

Highlights of the year include the Club Championship tournament, which this year will begin April 4th, the Summer Tournament, which will run June 6-August 29th, and our Holiday Party in late December.

You can find past calendars online for 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 2017 and 2018.

Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov | Dec

January

January 3 - Casual chess.

January 10 - Lecture by Life Master Scott Massey on the Carlsen-Caruana World Championship match. Admission: $5.

January 17 - Casual chess.

January 24 - USATE Warm-up Tournament: Round 1 of 3.

Here are the rules of the tournament:

  • NON-RATED.
  • 3-round Swiss.
  • Begins January 24th & runs through February 7th. (1 game per week)
  • Rounds: 8:00 p.m. on January 24, 31 + February 7.
  • Time Control: G/40 with 5 second delay.
  • Entry Fee: $5.
  • Prize Fund: 100% of EF returned.
  • Prizes: 60% to 1st, 30% to 2nd, 10% to 3rd.
  • Register with David Lazarus prior to the 1/24 meeting @ Kenilworth Community Center, 575 Boulevard, Kenilworth, N.J. 07033
  • Byes: 1 half-point bye per player allowed. Email Dave at kenilworthchessclub@gmail.com to request.

January 31 - USATE Warm-up Tournament: Round 2 of 3.

February

February 7 - USATE Warm-up Tournament: Round 3 of 3.

February 14 - Casual Chess.

February 16-18 - 47th annual U.S. AMATEUR TEAM EAST at the Parsippany Hilton, 1 Hilton Ct., Parsippany , N.J. 07054.

Kenilworth Chess Club teams have done very well in this event!

In 2005, Kenilworth A (FM Steve Stoyko, LM Ed Allen, LM Scott Massey, Michael Goeller and Bob Rose) won the Best NJ Team award.

In 2007, the A team played at Board #1 in round 5 but lost a close match to the eventual tournament winner Beavis and Butt-Vinnik.

In 2008, they went 5-1, losing only to the notorious "GGGg" that had 3 GMs and was ineligible for the USAT playoffs.

In 2010, the team entered round six at 5-0 but lost to Cambridge Springers.

In 2013, Knightmare 3, featuring Stoyko, Massey, NM Praveen Balakrishnan and Dr. Ian Mangion, came within 1 move of winning it all, lost to Princeton University A and had to settle for Best NJ team award. The Kenilworth CC Niners (LM Mark Kernighan, John Moldovan, Greg Tomkovich and Dr. Geoff McAuliffe) tied for 1st among U1900 teams.

In 2014, The Kenilworth CC Niners (Kernighan, Moldovan, Tomkovich, McAuliffe and Dan Komunicky) again tied for 1st among U1900 teams.

Maybe 2019 will be the victory year. Stop by to visit if you are not playing. It is a great event.

February 21 - USATE Post-Mortem Session. Bring your games for review.

February 28 - USATE In Review, continued & Casual Chess.

March

March 7 - Tom Polese Memorial Swiss: Round 1 of 4.

Here are the rules of the tournament:

  • USCF-RATED.
  • 4-round Swiss.
  • Begins March 7th & runs through March 28th (1 game per week).
  • Rounds: At 8:20 p.m. on March 7, 14, 21 & 28.
  • Time Control: G/50 with 5 second delay.
  • Entry fee: $15. $10 for Kenilworth & Westfield Chess Club members.
  • Prizes: 1st place $60, 2nd place $40, Under 1900 $30, Under 1600 $20.
  • Register with David Lazarus prior to the 3/7 meeting @ Kenilworth Community Center, 575 Boulevard, Kenilworth, N.J. 07033.
  • Byes: 1 half-point bye per player allowed, any round. Email Dave at kenilworthchessclub@gmail.com at least 8 hours in advance to request.

March 14 - Tom Polese Memorial Swiss: Round 2.

March 21 - Tom Polese Memorial Swiss: Round 3.

March 28 - Tom Polese Memorial Swiss: Round 4.

April

April 4 - 28th Annual Kenilworth Chess Club Championship: Round 1 of 5.

Here are the rules of the tournament:

  • NON-RATED, 5-round Swiss
  • Begins April 4th & runs through May 2nd. (1 game per week)
  • G/70 with 5 second delay time control.
  • Rounds: At 8:20 p.m. on April 4, 11, 18 & 25 + May 2.
  • Cost: $10 entry fee + dues + $5 anti-forfeit deposit = $30 for most players.
  • KCC membership is required. Dues for 2019 are $10 for age 17 or less, $10 for those age 65+, $15 for everyone else.
  • Prizes, based on 16 paid entries: 1st $60, 2nd $40, U2000 $30, U1800 $20, U1500 $10 1st.
  • Register: From 8:00-8:15 p.m. on April 4 or earlier, @ Kenilworth Community Center, 575 Boulevard, Kenilworth, N.J. 07033
  • Byes: 2 half-point byes allowed, any round. Late-joins allowed until the start of round 3.
  • The Tournament Committee reserves the right to make changes as are deemed necessary for the good maintenance of the tournament.

LM Mark Kernighan won the tournament last year, also in 2008, 2015 & 2017. Other past Champions include LM Scott Massey (who has won the title 12x!!), Rene Ray (1996), FM Steve Stoyko (2005, 2006, 2007), IM Yaacov Norowitz (2009), LM Arthur Macaspac (2010, 2012), NM Ken Chieu (2011), IM Praveen Balakrishnan (2013, 2014) and John Moldovan (2016).

Round by round coverage of the tournament will be posted on the Chess Coroner Blog.

For stories of past championships, see the 2005 Club Championship website, 2006 Championship website, the Chess Coroner Blog and the KCC Tournaments Blog.

April 11 - Club Championship: Round 2

April 18 - Club Championship: Round 3

April 25 - Club Championship: Round 4

May

May 2 - Club Championship: Round 5

May 9 - Lecture by John Moldovan. Topic: A Selection Of Halfway Decent Summer Games! Admission: $5.

May 16 - Kenilworth Summer Tournament, Week 1 of 16.

Here are the rules of the tournament:

  • The tournament will run from May 16 through August 29.
  • The event is NON-RATED.
  • Entry Fee is $5 for club members, Free entry for under age 18 (-$5 from prize). $6 others. $5 of each paid EF goes into the prize fund.
  • The time control is G/60.
  • G/55+5 (delay) may be used if there is mutual agreement between paired players. Increment settings are not allowed.
  • You may play anyone who is entered. The first time you play an opponent, the lower rated or unrated player has White. In subsequent games against the same opponent you alternate colors. If both players are unrated or have identical ratings, they toss for initial color.
  • You may not play the same opponent more than four times in the tournament.
  • Games may begin at 8:00 p.m. in weeks 1-5 (May 16-June 13), 7:15 p.m. in weeks 6-16 (June 20-August 29).
  • You may play up to 2 games per week. You may play those games simultaneously. You can skip weeks but the more you play the more points you can accumulate.
  • You get one point for a win, a half-point for a draw and zero for a loss. No bye points are awarded.
  • The winner is the person who has the most points at the end of the tournament.
  • Prizes: 1st place: 40%. 2nd place: 20%. 3rd place: 10%. U1600: 10%, Under Age 18: 10%, Under Age 13: 10%.
  • Registration is expected to remain open for the duration of the tournament. However, if there is an overwhelming turnout, the TD may cut-off entries at some point.
  • Bring clocks. The club has a limited number for use.
  • All games are to be played at the Kenilworth Chess Club during normal operating hours.
  • IMPORTANT NOTE: The tournament may be interrupted for 1 week to allow for a lecture by IM Yaacov Norowitz. The date for that is to be announced.

LM Mark Kernighan won last year, in 2005 & in 2011. Other past winners of this popular event include LM Scott Massey (2004), Greg Tomkovich (2006), Ari Minkov (2007, 2010), Ian Mangion (2009), Bob Sherry (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) and John Moldovan (2008, 2016, 2017).

May 23 - Kenilworth Summer Tournament, Week 2 of 16.

May 30 - Kenilworth Summer Tournament, Week 3 of 16.

June

June 6 - Kenilworth Summer Tournament, Week 4 of 16.

June 13 - Kenilworth Summer Tournament, Week 5 of 16.

The club will, pending Recreation Department approval, open at 7:15 p.m. from 6/20 through 8/29.

June 20 - Kenilworth Summer Tournament, Week 6 of 16.

June 27 - Lecture by International Master Yaacov Norowitz. Admission: $5 for Kenilworth members or those under age 18, others: $10.

June 27 - After the lecture... Kenilworth Summer Tournament, Week 7 of 15. No tournament games allowed during the lecture.

July

July 4 - Meeting canceled. Closed for Independence Day.

July 11 - Kenilworth Summer Tournament, Week 8 of 15.

July 18 - Kenilworth Summer Tournament, Week 9 of 15.

July 25 - Kenilworth Summer Tournament, Week 10 of 15.

August

August 1 - Kenilworth Summer Tournament, Week 11 of 15.

August 8 - Kenilworth Summer Tournament, Week 12 of 15.

August 15 - Kenilworth Summer Tournament, Week 13 of 15.

August 22 - Kenilworth Summer Tournament, Week 14 of 15.

August 29 - Kenilworth Summer Tournament, Week 15 of 15.

September

DUE TO RENOVATIONS AT THE KENILWORTH RECREATION CENTER, THE KENILWORTH CHESS CLUB WILL BE DISPLACED FOR AN UNSPECIFIED NUMBER OF WEEKS BEGINNING SOMETIME IN SEPTEMBER.

DURING THE DISPLACEMENT PERIOD, THE ROSELLE CHESS CLUB, WHICH MEETS AT THE ANTHONY AMALFE COMMUNITY CENTER, 1268 SHAFFER AVE., ROSELLE, NJ 07203 ON THURSDAY EVENINGS, WILL BE OUR TEMPORARY HOME.

MEETINGS IN KENILWORTH WILL CONTINUE FOR NOW. WE WILL UPDATE THE CALENDAR & HOME PAGE WHEN THAT CHANGES & WHEN MORE CONCRETE INFORMATION BECOMES AVAILABLE.

September 5 - Casual Chess. Return to 8:00 p.m. starting time.

September 12 - Casual Chess.

September 19 - Casual Chess.

September 26 - Casual Chess.

October

October 4 - To be announced.

October 11 - To be announced.

October 18 - To be announced.

October 25 - To be announced.

November

November 1 - To be announced.

November 8 - To be announced.

November 15 - To be announced.

November 22 - NO MEETING. Closed for Thanksgiving.

November 29 - To be announced.

December

December 5 - To be announced.

December 12 - To be announced.

December 19 - To be announced.

December 26 - To be announced.

Updated 02.21.2019 | Contact The Kenilworth Chess Club