Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Otis Library Chess Club doubles in size

Otis Library 261 Main Street in Norwich hosts chess every Wednesday 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm. 11 players came to our December 7 meeting, a new record. After the local YMCA closed Otis Library is also fulfilling the community center role. Otis Library has confirmed their 2017 Norwich Chess Open will be Saturday March 25. The top section will be USCF-Rated, and Section B will be free entry.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Coventry Chess Center now allows Junior Players

Coventry Chess Center now allows Junior Players, limits number of guests instead. Junior players are not the problem. The whole family is what becomes a problem when they all come along. Okay for public venues, but we don't have enough space for this at our chess center. 3111 South Street Coventry Connecticut offers spacious seating for 42 players. Excellent lighting. Two areas: USCF Games Only, and the Skittles Room. Option to play outdoors when weather permits. Free Coffee and Donuts. Free Ice-Cold Drinks and Snacks. Pool table, but not while USCF games are in progress. Giant TV screen. Free WiFi. 4 Personal Computers. Library of books and games. No Age Restrictions. Each player allowed only one guest/parent/spectator. Upcoming events: Jan 7, Feb 4, and March 11. Join our blog

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Niantic Light Parade to display float made by local chess club

To: Niantic Downtown Chess Club Hello, I just now became aware of your new chess club. I would love to inform my readers about it. Please send me details such as when and where you meet etc... thank you, -Rob Roy ||| ||| ||| ||| REPLY: Hi Rob, We just got started this past fall. During the warm weather, we were meeting at 5pm Friday afternoons outdoors either on Main Street in Niantic (the open courtyard adjacent to the Arthur Murray Dance Studio) or at the end of the Niantic Boardwalk at Hole in the Wall Beach (just off Main Street). We used two sets of large pieces in a public area to kind of create a presence and awareness, and we did get lots of positive feedback from the many passers-by. My friend, Marcelo Guinez, is a teacher at East Lyme High School, and we are trying to generate some interest in a chess club at the school. Our plan is to move indoors for the cold weather, most probably to the large "Common" area at East Lyme High School, but we have not yet worked out all the details as to date and time. I will get back to you on that when we do decide. In the meantime, our next project to create an awareness and interest in Chess: I have registered the Niantic Downtown Chess Club to appear with a display vehicle in the Niantic Light parade on December 10, 2016 at 5pm. We will have my vintage 1982 BMW convertible decked out with Holiday lights and with several of the Giant 3 foot Chess pieces prominently mounted on the roll bar. I don't know if you are familiar with Niantic's Light Parade, but it draws a huge turnout, packing them in 'cheek by jowl" on Main Street. And the last thing they will be expecting is a Holiday float from the local chess club! It should be fun! And btw, FYI, the New London Library sponsors a "chess club" from 4:00 - 5:30 pm on Wednesdays in the adult reading room. Basically they provide three chess sets and space for anyone to attend. I am sure they would love to grow it, but they do not advertise it much. It is a start, and it has potential, especially in reaching out to get kids involved. Attendance is usually sparse. ----Tom Schuch

Sunday, November 27, 2016

The Growth of Chess in Connecticut - by Bob Cyr

The passing of Tom Hartmayer left a huge void for chess in our state. Chess growth in Eastern Connecticut, especially at UConn, felt the severest impact. This year, a group of advocates and leaders in our community came forth to re-energize the strong chess foundation that Tom so tirelessly built. The following is a brief biography on the persons who have been instrumental in continuing the legendary work that Tom so passionately pursued for decades for the advancement of Connecticut chess. ||| Rob Roy, who has promoted Connecticut chess since the 1970's in every capacity possible, from state president to tournament director and organizer to editor of Connecticut Chess Magazine and so much more, created a beautiful chess center in the basement of his home in Coventry. Rob, a loyal NBCC advocate and supporter, has graciously welcomed friends to compete in his one-day weekend tournaments in the spacious venue. Rob has donated his time, energy, and money to establishing this beautiful facility for our community. Besides managing his club, Rob has been involved with directing tournaments in Eastern Connecticut, and he continues to work on other projects to promote chess throughout the region. ||| Alexander Lumelsky, director of the Connecticut Chess Organization, worked with Tom as a coordinator of scholastic tournaments in the area for many years. Having worked with Alexander as a tournament director at the First Connecticut State Girls Scholastic Chess Championship in January, I can unequivocally state that he is such an inspirational person to all rising scholastic chess players. Alexander has established an indelible rapport with chess families and students across the state, and he handles all situations that can arise at these events, even the most challenging, with the utmost level of care and professionalism. Alexander was recently appointed to the position of Connecticut State tournament coordinator. ||| Mark Bourque, a long-time member of the UConn Chess Club and the NBCC, also was motivated to get involved in this amazing effort. A few weeks ago, Mark formed a chess club in his hometown of Stafford Springs. The club meets every Thursday evening at the town hall and is in the ideal location of the state to attract chess players from Connecticut and Massachusetts. Mark also, as mentioned earlier in this newsletter, attained his tournament directing certification in the spring, and he intends to start directing events at his club very soon. This club does not charge a membership fee and is open to all chess players. ||| Bob Cyr, Connecticut Chess Historian, November 2016. Click here to view website.

Sun. Dec. 11 - Conn State Scholastic Blitz Chess

Sunday, December 11 ||| CONNECTICUT STATE SCHOLASTIC BLITZ CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS ||| Kingswood Oxford School 170 Kingswood Road, West Hartford Connecticut ||| 7-SS, G/5 d2. 3 sections: High School, Middle School, Elementary. ||| Click here for info

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Results of November tournament in Coventry

EastConn Chess tournament had eight very strong chess players competing. IM Jan Van de Mortel won all three of his games thus winning 1st-Place. Gaetano Bompastore of WMCA shared 2nd-Place and U2000 prizes with Tom Beechey of Mystic Chess Club. Specials thanks to Elizabeth, who allows us into her home, and cooked our hot lunch; Sausage and Peppers, Ziti and Meatballs. Special thanks to WMCA (Western Mass Chess Assoc). They ran a carpool to Coventry with three Class-A players. Thanks also to these chess clubs; UConn-1, NBCC-1, Hebron-1, Coventry-1, Mystic-1. WMCA is a conglomerate of chess clubs in Western Mass. They publish "Skittles Room" magazine. Rob wrote for this publication and helped with production. Rob was friends with the infamous David Lees of Springfield, who was a prime mover for chess. Rob ran several inter-collegiate chess championships at UMass in Amherst and at UConn in Storrs. WMCA is also responsible for the success of the new Stafford Springs Chess Club. This club features several strong WMCA players each Thursday night. WMCA shares the same difficulty that EastConn has. WMCA is too far away to attract Boston area players, whereas EastConn is far away for the players from the New Haven and New Britain areas. EastConn is joining forces with WMCA to support each other's events. We will be organizing carpools to the WMCA events. See our "Calendar" and/or "Carpool" pages for details. View six photos taken at this event on our website. Our next tournament in Coventry is the "Nathan Hale Winter Open" on Jan 7, 2017. Rob Roy Chess Center

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Thursdays 7 pm - Stafford Springs Chess Club

Stafford Springs Chess Club Thursdays 7 pm Town Hall, 1 Main St. Stafford Springs, Connecticut || Click here for our story in the Hartford Courant || Questions => || I-84 x-70, then Rt 32 North. We are on right before junction with Rt 190 || Google map || Always use rear doors to building. If locked, wait, somebody will let you in shortly. || Photos- Grand Opening Oct 13, 2016