Monday, May 4, 2015

Uconn Chess May 17 Sunday

Sponsored by the UCONN School of Engineering and UCONN Chess Club  |||

May 17, 2015 UCONN School of Engineering Grade 9-12 $3,500 Scholarship Tournament 2015  |||

UCONN Castleman Bldg., Room 201 261 Glenbrook Rd. Storrs, CT 06269 Note Foreign & out of state are welcome and are prize/scholarship eligible. Open Grade 9 - 12 Prizes:Trophies to Top 3, Top Upset . UCONN School of Engineering Scholarships to Top 3 Individuals, ( foreign & out of state eligible ), who are admitted to and enroll in the UCONN School of Engineering.  |||

1st Place: Trophy and $2000 Scholarship for one year. 2nd Place: Trophy and $1000 Scholarship for one year. 3rd Place: Trophy and $500 Scholarship for one year. Continuing students are eligible to reapply annually for these Academic Merit Scholarships. Students are limited to one scholarship in the School of Engineering. Scholarships are not transferable. Previous scholarship winners are eligible to upgrade only. Previous 1st place winners are eligible for title and trophies only.  || 

Scholarship winners who matriculate are expected to participate in UCONN Chess Club activities. Format: 4 Round Swiss, G/60;d5 Affects both Quick and Regular rating. Round Times: Round 1 at 10 AM, all others ASAP. Byes: 1/2 point byes available with advance notice in rounds 1 - 3 only, no last round byes.Entry Fees: $25 by 05-17, $35 at site. Checks payable to"UCONN" .Entries To: Tom Hartmayer, 963 Mansfield City Rd., Storrs, CT 06268 On-site Reg: May 17, 2015 8:30 - 9:30 AM For More Information:Tom Hartmayer, 860-989-5394,  ||!/groups/175706789220525/  || 

E-mail: Directions to site:  Official Web Site: Note:All ties will be broken according to USCF tiebreak rules. During the games players must leave all electronic devices, ( except Monroi ), with the TD. Players determined to be in possession of such devices while playing will be subject to forfeiture, expulsion and arrest. Event Limitations and Site Conditions: No Smoking. No Computers. Wheelchair Accessible. UCONN School of Engineering Grade 9-12 $3,500 Scholarship Tournament 2015 May 17, 2015. || 

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Saturday, May 2, 2015

Chess Club to form in NorthEast Connecticut

Rob Roy will be establishing a chess club somewhere within a 22 mile radius of Coventry CT. I am in search of volunteers, sponsors, and participants. I am in search of a meeting place.  (Examples of free sites are:  Library, Recreation Center, Senior Center, Knights of Columbus (Or any other fraternal organization), College Student Center, Church. Club must be free and no residency restrictions for participants. Club is for adults.  Children may participate only if accompanied by an adult. Club sessions each begin with a free lecture on chess. Novice players are also given feedback on their games. Rob will furnish all club equipment needed. After lecture is open-play, where you get paired-up with an opponent to play a clocked-game.  (We will show you how to play using a chess clock). Rob is also an expert on chess software for phones and tablets. When you win your next opponent will be a little stronger, etc.... Andover, Bolton, Coventry, Manchester, Columbia, Mansfield, Tolland, Vernon, Hebron, Willimantic, Ellington, Chaplin, Willington, Ellington, Lebanon, Ashford, Marlborough, Colchester, East Windsor, South Windsor, Somers, Glastonbury, Enfield. Connecticut Chess Magazine - Rob Roy 860 887-5052   Voicemail.    203 805-8456 Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn. Publisher/Editor, 35 years. President of CSCA 10 years. Columnist for 25 years. Senior TD 35 years. Instructor 35 years. Backgammon 35 years. Webmaster 20 years. -- Sent from Fast notepad

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Free Chess Lecture by Grandmasters - Thursday April 16 UConn Storrs CT

Photo: Chess Grandmaster Larry Christiansen Chess Grandmaster Larry Christiansen & Grandmaster Robert Hungaski (UConn 2012) will conduct a chess lecture Thursday April 16 at the UConn main campus in Storrs Connecticut. Starts at 7:30 p.m. in Room 212 of the Castleman Building. Free Admission. Please bring your games & questions. || || The UConn Club Championship will resume on April 23rd with round 3. || || The UConn CC will host the UCONN School of Engineering High School Scholarship tournament on Sunday May 17, 2015 as well as a UConn K-8 Scholastic on the same day. || || The UConn CC will also run a K-8 scholastic Blitz tournament at the Plainville Library on Saturday June 6, 2015. || || Click here for UConn Chess on Facebook || || Photo: Grandmaster Robert Hungaski

Monday, April 13, 2015


SHUT DOWN YOUR CHESS ENGINE AND THINK FOR YOURSELF || Viswanathan Anand believes that serious followers of chess will be better served by switching off their computers once in a while in order to understand the flavorful ‘human elements’ of the match

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Computers have shortened the learning cycle

Computers have shortened the learning cycle - Interview with Grandmaster Anish Giri. He became the youngest Grandmaster at the age of 14 years and seven months in 2009. And earlier this year, he finished joint second at the prestigious Tata Steel Chess Tournament in the Netherlands. He has also been the Dutch national champion three times. His father hails from Nepal and his mother from Russia, the country where Giri was born and where he took his first lessons in chess. His father’s work brought the family to the Netherlands, a country which is proud of him now and celebrates him as a sports icon. Giri is a contributing editor to the leading ‘New in Chess’ magazine and his first book ‘My Junior Years in 20 Games’ was recently published. He is refreshingly humble in acknowledging that he was lucky at important turns, which helped in his rapid rise. CLICK HERE FOR ENTIRE INTERVIEW

My HIARCS chess software has never seen a game like this

The Gashimov Memorial Tournament from Azerbaijan will be on early in the mornings starting Thursday. Try the usual sites. || || My HIARCS chess software has never seen a game like it, at the conclusion of the analysis, a pop-up window informed me, “HIARCS makes no improvements”. That’s right, none of the moves by EITHER player exceeded the parameters( HIARCS is set at a quarter of a pawn) that required the software to comment. If there were no pop-up window, I would have thought the software had malfunctioned and I would have run it again to try to get it to work. This error-free game logically ended in a draw, so were the players who fought it grandmasters of the highest caliber? No. Were they the actively proficient masters you might expect to encounter in a state championship event? No. These guys were just the sort of competitors you’d expect to find in the $5,000 first prize class A section of the Philadelphia Open. If you always suspected that one had to be about master-strength to win a big A prize, the HIARCS chess software certainly agrees with you. I had to use the Stockfish program to find any different moves at all, and you can see from the evaluations that they weren’t particularly significant. So my congratulations to the players of this game, and let it serve to remind the rest of us to never underestimate our opponents. || [Event "2015 Philadelphia Open"] [Date "2015.04.04"] [Round "3"] [White "Likhit Ganedi"] [Black "Jarett Dewelde"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "B00"] 1.e4 Nc6 2.d4 e5 3.dxe5 Nxe5 4.Nf3 Nxf3+ 5.Qxf3 Qf6 6.Be2 Bc5 7.Nc3 d6 8.Nd5 Qxf3 9.Bxf3 Kd8 10.b4 { Stockfish: 10.0-0 Ne7 11.Nf4 Ng6 12.Rd1 f6 13.Nd5 +.24 and 10.Bf4 Ne7 11.0-0-0 Nd5 12.Rd5 Be6 13.Rd2 is +.19 and 10.Bd2 Ne7 11.Nf4 f6 12.Bh5 c6 13.0-0 is +.20 } 10...Bd4 11.c3 Be5 12.Bf4 { Stockfish 12.Bg5 f6 13.Bd2 c6 14.Ne3 Ne7 15.Be2 +.25 } 12...Bxf4 13.Nxf4 Nf6 { 13...g5 14.Nh5 Ke7 15.Be2 Nf6 16.Nf6 Kf6 17.f3 Rg8 18.Kd2 a5 and Black is only losing by .05 } 14.O-O-O Re8 15.Rhe1 Ke7 { Here Stockfish plays 15...Ng4 16.Bg4 Bg4 17.f3 Be6 18.Kb2 Kd7 19.a4 a5 and White is winning by .05 } 16.e5 dxe5 17.Rxe5+ Kf8 18.Rxe8+ Kxe8 19.Nd3 a5 { Stockfish plays 19...Rb8 20.a4 Ke7 21.a5 Bf5 22.Re1 Kf8 23.Ne5 Kd7 24.Kb2 and White is winning by .32 at 34 ply. } 20.b5 Rb8 21.a4 { Stockfish prefers 21.Kb2 Ke7 22.c4 Be6 23.Re1 Kd6 24.Kc3 Nd7 25.Kd4 b6 +.28 } 21...b6 22.Ne5 Be6 23.Nc6 Rc8 24.Kb2 { Stockfish says 24.Nd4 Bd5 25.Bd5 Nd5 26.Kc2 Nf6 27.Nc6 Nd7 28.Re1 Kf8 29.Ne5 Nc5 30.Nd3 Nd3 31.Kd3 Rd8 32.Kc2 Re8 33.Re8 Ke8 is 0.00 equal at 36 ply. } 24...Kf8 25.Ne5 Ke7 26.Nc6+ Kf8 27.Ne5 { Stockfish says it's 0.00 here, the ending 27...Ke7 28.c4 Nd7 29.Nd7 Bd7 30.Rd7 Kd7 31.Bg4 Kd8 32.Bc8 Kc8 33.g4 c6 34.Kc3 Kd7 35.f4 Kd6 36.Kd4 g6 37.bc Kc6 38.g5 Kd6 39.h3 Kc6 40.Kd3 Kc5 41.Kc3 Kd6 42.Kd4 is a draw. } 1/2-1/2 || Alan Lasser, web site: || email:

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Willimantic Connecticut Chess Club

My name is Rob Roy. I have run many clubs and tournaments across Connecticut since 1976. This is my current project: a chess club near or in Willimantic Connecticut. We need: 1) a meeting place, (preferably free); 2) players, (From Willimantic and surrounding towns); 3) players who can also help, such as; Tournament Directors, Tournament Clerks, Scorekeepers, Welcome Greeters, Recruiters, Teachers, Coaches, chair and table setup, Donuts and Coffee custodian, Ice Water helper, Cleanup Crew. Club Equipment Custodian. If you can help please contact 860 887-5052 I have a list of all the registered chess players in Connecticut, and I will be engaged in an email campaign to put something together in Willimantic, so far a neglected city for chess and for backgammon.