Saturday, February 17, 2018

Alan Lasser's Game of the Week

Yixin Li is currently the strongest player at the UMass Chess Club and he played in his first rated tournament last weekend, receiving the phenomenal provisional rating of 2461 by going 5-0 in a field where the highest rated foe was 2066.  Perhaps Mr. Elo has yet to peg him accurately, but in his last round game, Li's counterattack 22…Ne2, comes out of nowhere to turn around the game. 
Ian Dudley-Yixin Li
93rd Western Mass Championships
1.c4 c5 
3.d3 g6 
6.e4 e5 
[Event "2018 WMA Championships"]
[Site "Amherst, MA"]
[Date "2018.02.11"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Ian Dudley"]
[Black "Yixin Li"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A35"]
1.c4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.d3 g6 4.g3 Bg7 5.Bg2 d6 6.e4 e5 7.Nge2 Nge7 8.O-O O-O
9.h3 Be6 10.Kh2 Nd4 11.f4 f5 12.Be3 $6 { -0.25/18 } ( 12.fxe5 { +0.06/18 }
{ 12...dxe5 13. exf5 gxf5 14. Bxb7 Rb8 15. Bg2 Kh8 16. Rb1 f4 17. gxf4 Ng6
18. Nd5 Nxe2 19. Qxe2 Bxd5 20. cxd5 Nxf4 21. Qg4 Nxg2 22. Rxf8+ Qxf8 23.
Qxg2 Qd6 +0.10 Stockfish } 13.Bh6 Rf7 14.Bf4
{ 14. Qd2 Nxe2 15. Qxe2 Kh8 16. Qd2 Nc6 17. Rae1 Qd7 18. exf5 Rxf5 19. Nd5
Rxf1 20. Rxf1 Bf5 +0.55 Stockfish } 14...Qb6 15.Nxd4 cxd4 ) 12...Nec6 13.Nd5
Rb8 14.Rb1 $6 { -0.24/17 } ( 14.Nxd4 { +0.08/17 } 14...Nxd4 15.Bxd4 cxd4
16.exf5 Bxf5 17.a4 exf4 18.Nxf4
{ Stockfish thinks Black is winning by 0.10 after 18...Be5 19. Qd2 Kh8 20.
Rf2 Qg5 21. Raf1 Rf6 22. h4 Qh6 23. a5 Bd7 } ) ( 14.fxe5 Bxe5 15.Nxd4 Nxd4
16.exf5 Rxf5 17.Qd2 b5 18.Rxf5 Nxf5 19.Bf4 Kg7 20.Re1 Bxd5 21.Bxe5+ dxe5
22.Bxd5 { +0.07 Stockfish } ) 14...b5 15.a3 $6 { -0.58/17 } ( 15.fxe5
{ -0.25/16 } 15...dxe5 16.cxb5 Rxb5 17.Nxd4 cxd4 18.Bd2 fxe4 19.Rxf8+ Bxf8
20.dxe4 Rb7 21.Qa4 Nb8 22.b4 Rf7 ) ( 15.b3 bxc4 16.dxc4 Qa5 17.exf5 gxf5
18.fxe5 dxe5 19.Nec3 e4 20.Na4 Bxd5 21.cxd5 Nb4 { -0.17 Stockfish } )
15...Kh8 $6 { -0.23/15 } ( 15...bxc4 { -0.58/17 } 16.dxc4 Na5 17.Bxd4 cxd4
18.b3 Qd7
{ 18...Kh8 19. Ng1 Qd7 20. Re1 fxe4 21. Bxe4 g5 22. Nf3 gxf4 23. gxf4 Bh6 
-1.32 Stockfish } 19.h4 Kh8 20.Qd3 Rfc8 21.Kg1 ) 16.cxb5 Rxb5 17.Nec3 Rb8
18.Qa4 $6 { -1.00/18 } ( 18.b4 { -0.14/17 } 18...fxe4 19.dxe4 exf4 20.Rxf4 a5
{ 20...Ne5 21. Bxd4 cxd4 22. Ne2 d3 23. Rxf8+ Qxf8 24. Nef4 Bxd5 25. exd5
Rc8 26. Nxd3 Nxd3 27. Qxd3 Rc3 28. Qe4 Rxa3 -0.15 Stockfish } 21.bxc5 Rxb1
22.Qxb1 dxc5 23.Qf1 Ne5 24.Qa6 Qc8 25.Rxf8+ Qxf8 ) 18...fxe4 19.dxe4 Bxd5 $6
{ -0.07/20 } ( 19...exf4 { -0.78/18 } 20.Rxf4 Rxf4 21.Bxf4 g5 22.Be3 g4
{ 23. Qd1 Ne5 24. Bf4 gxh3 25. Bxh3 Nef3+ 26. Kg2 Bxh3+ 27. Kxh3 Qc8+ -1.50
Stockfish } 23...Ne5
{ 23... Bxg4 24. Qa6 Be5 25. Nf4 Qg5 26. Ncd5 Nf3+ 27. Bxf3 Bxf3 28. Qxc6
Bxe4 -5.46 Stockfish } 24.Bf4 a5 25.g5 Bd7 26.Qd1 Bg4 27.Qf1 Ndf3+ 28.Bxf3
Nxf3+ 29.Kg2 Nxg5 30.Bxg5 Qxg5 31.Qf4 Qg6 32.b3 Be5 ) 20.Nxd5 Rb3 $6
{ +0.88/20 } ( 20...Ne7 { -0.07/19 } 21.Qc4 a5 22.b3
{ 22. Bd2 exf4 23. Nxf4 Nec6 24. Bc3 g5 25. Ne6 Nxe6 26. Qxe6 Bxc3 27. bxc3
Rxb1 28. Rxb1 Rf6 -0.08 Stockfish } 22...Nxd5
{ 22... Nb5 23. Nxe7 Qxe7 24. Qc1 exf4 25. Bxf4 Nd4 26. Qd2 Rb5 27. Bg5 Qe8
28. Bf4 Qe6 -0.32 Stockfish } 23.Qxd5 Ne2 24.Qc4 exf4 ) ( 20...exf4 21.Nxf4
Qa5 22.Qd1 Ne5 23.Qc1 Nb3 24.Qc2 Qb6 25.Nd5 Qb5 { -0.31 Stockfish } ) 21.Bxd4
$6 { -0.10/21 } ( 21.f5 { +0.88/20 } 21...a5
{ 21...gxf5 22. exf5 e4 23. Bxe4 Qe8 24. Nc3 Qb8 25. Bxc6 Nxc6 26. Qxc6
Bxc3 27. Bf4 Bd4 28. Bxd6 Rb6 29. Bxb8 Rxc6 30. Bf4 Rxf5 +0.82 Stockfish }
22.Rf2 gxf5 23.exf5 ) 21...Nxd4 22.Qxa7 $2 { -1.27/20 } ( 22.f5 { -0.14/20 }
{ 22... Qg5 23. Nc3 Bf6 24. h4 Qh5 25. fxg6 Qxg6 26. Qd7 Rg8 27. Qh3 Bd8
28. h5 Qg5 29. Rf5 Nxf5 30. exf5 Qd2 31. f6 Bxf6   -1.83   Stockfish }
23.fxg6 hxg6 24.Rxf8+ Bxf8 25.Rf1 Rxb2 26.Qc4 Bg7 27.Rf7 Qe8 28.Qf1 g5 29.Ne7
Rb1 30.Qf2 Rb3 31.Ng6+ Kh7 32.Qf6 ) ( 22.fxe5 Bxe5 23.Rxf8+ Qxf8 24.Rf1 Bxg3+
25.Kg1 Qb8 26.Rf7 Rb7 27.Rxb7 Qxb7 28.Qe8+ Kg7 { -1.45 Stockfish } ) 22...Ne2
23.Rf3 $6 { -5.38/21 } ( 23.Qa4 { -3.22/19 } 23...Rxg3 ) ( 23.Rf2 exf4
24.gxf4 Nxf4 25.Nxf4 Be5 26.Kh1 Bxf4 27.Qa4 Re3 28.Qd1 Kg7 29.Rf3 Rxf3
30.Qxf3 Be5 { -1.88 Stockfish } ) 23...Rxf3 24.Bxf3 exf4 25.Qe7
{ 25.Be2 gets crushed by 25... fxg3+ 26. Kg2 Rf2+ 27. Kxg3 Qf8 28. Qxg7+
Kxg7 29. Rf1 Rxf1 30. Bxf1 Qxf1    -12.37    25.Nf4 Nf4 loses to
26... Qh4 27. Qxg7+ Kxg7 28. Rf1 Qxf4+ 29. Kg2 Qg5+ 30. Kf2 Qf6 31. Kg1 Qxb2 32. Rf2 Qxa3  -66.19     and loses to 25... Qh4 26. Bg2 Qg3+ 27.
Kh1 Nxf4 28. Nxf4 Be5 29. Qe7 Qxf4 30. Qxf8+ Qxf8   -13.82 } 25...Qxe7
26.Nxe7 fxg3+ 27.Kg2 Nd4 28.Bg4 $6 { -6.21/25 } ( 28.Rf1 { -5.21/26 }
28...Be5 29.Nd5 Rb8 30.b4
{ 30. Rb1 Nxf3 31. Kxf3 Rf8+ 32. Ke2 Rf2+ 33. Kd3 g2 34. Ne3 Rxb2 -7.33
Stockfish } 30...Ra8 31.bxc5 dxc5 32.Kh1
{ 32. Bg4 Rxa3 33. Kg1 Ra2 34. Ne3 Ne2+ 35. Kg2 Nc3+ 36. Kf3 Nb5 -7.93
Stockfish } 32...Rxa3 33.Bg2 Rb3 34.Re1
{ 34. Nf6 Bxf6 35. Rxf6 c4 36. Bf1 c3 37. Rf8+ Kg7 38. Rc8 c2 39. Kg2 Rb1
40. Ba6 c1=Q 41. Rxc1 Rxc1 42. Kxg3 Kf6 -10.58 Stockfish } 34...c4 35.Rc1 Ne2
36.Rf1 c3 ) 28...Re8 $2 { -3.22/26 } ( 28...Be5 { -6.21/25 } 29.Rf1 Rb8
30.Rb1 c4 31.Nd5 Nc2 32.Nb4 Nxb4
{ 32...Rf8 33. Nc6 Ne3+ 34. Kg1 Bxb2 35. Re1 Bxa3 36. Rxe3 Bc5 37. Kg2 Bxe3
 -8.20 Stockfish } 33.axb4 Rxb4 34.Bd1 c3 35.Bc2 cxb2 36.Rf1 Rd4 37.Bb1 d5
38.exd5 Rxd5 ) 29.Nd5 Rxe4 $6 { -2.39/25 } ( 29...h5 { -3.22/25 } 30.Bd1 Rxe4
{ 30...h4 31. Bg4 Rxe4 32. Kh1 Kh7 33. a4 Nc6 34. Bf3 Rxa4 35. Nc3 Bxc3 36.
Bxc6 Rb4 37. Kg2 Bxb2 -5.17 Stockfish } 31.Kxg3 Nf5+ 32.Kf2 Bd4+ 33.Kf1 Re5
34.Nc3 Re3 35.Nb5 Rxh3 36.Nxd4 Rh1+ 37.Ke2 Nxd4+ 38.Kf2 Rh2+ 39.Ke3 Rh3+
40.Kf2 Kg7 41.a4 Nc6 42.b3 g5 43.Bf3 Ne5 44.Bg2 Rc3 ) 30.Kxg3 h5 31.Bd7 $2
{ -12.89/28 } ( 31.Nc3 { -2.39/23 } 31...Re8 32.Bd7 Rb8
{ 32...Rd8 33. Ba4 Be5+ 34. Kg2 Kg7 35. Nd5 c4 36. Bd1 Nf5 37. Kf1 Rf8 38.
Ke1 Ng3 39. Be2 Nxe2 40. Kxe2 Bd4 41. Rd1 Bxb2 -2.16 Stockfish } 33.Kf2
{ 33. a4 c4 34. Kg2 Rd8 35. Bb5 d5 36. Ra1 Nxb5 37. axb5 Rb8 -2.17
Stockfish } 33...c4 34.a4 Rd8 35.Bb5 Nxb5 36.axb5 d5 37.Kf3 ) 31...Re5 $2
{ -2.35/24 } ( 31...Be5+ { -12.89/28 } 32.Kg2
{ 32. Kf2 Re2+ 33. Kf1 Bg3 34. Ba4 Rf2+ 35. Ke1 Rxb2+ 36. Kd1 Rxb1+ -17.25
Stockfish } 32...Re2+ 33.Kg1
{ 33. Kf1 Bg3 34. Ba4 Rf2+ 35. Ke1 Rxb2+ 36. Kd1 Rxb1+ 37. Kd2 Ra1 38. Be8
Be1+ 39. Kd3 Rxa3+ -36.30 Stockfish } 33...Bh2+ 34.Kf1 Bg3 35.Ba4 Rf2+ 36.Ke1
Rxb2+ 37.Kd1 Rxb1+ 38.Kd2 Ra1 39.Be8 Be1+ 40.Kd3 Rxa3+ 41.Kc4 Nf3
{ 41...Kg7 42. Bb5 Kf7 43. Bd7 Ba5 44. Nf4 Nf3 45. Bb5 Bd2 46. Nxg6 Nd4 47.
Bd7 Kxg6 -50.77 Stockfish } 42.Kb5 Ne5 43.Kb6 c4 ) 32.Nc3 Re7 33.Bc8 Rc7
34.Ba6 Nf5+ 35.Kf2 $6 { -2.77/26 } ( 35.Kf4 { -2.00/23 } 35...Rf7
{ 35...Re7 36. Nd5 Re5 37. Bc4 Nh4 38. Kg3 g5 39. Kf2 Re4 40. b3 Bd4+ 41.
Kf1 g4 42. hxg4 hxg4 43. Re1 g3 44. Rxe4 g2+ 45. Ke2 g1=Q 46. Rxh4+ -1.76 
Stockfish } 36.a4 Ne7+ 37.Kg3 d5 38.Kg2 Bd4 39.Rf1 Nf5 40.Kh2 Ra7 41.Bb5 Be5+
42.Kg1 Bd4+ 43.Kh2 ) ( 35.Kg2 Re7 36.Bb5 Re3 37.a4 Rg3+ 38.Kf2 Bd4+ 39.Ke2
Bxc3 40.bxc3 Rxc3 41.Bd3 Nd4+ 42.Kd2 Ra3 { -1.59 Stockfish } ) 35...Ra7
36.Bd3 Bxc3 37.bxc3 Rxa3
{ The scoresheet I compiled as the game was being analyzed ends here, but
play continued for many moves as Black easily won the ending. } 0-1
Alan Lasser





Monday, February 12, 2018

Feb 20 Tues Quick-Chess to honor Gert Hilhorst

Gert Hilhorst Quick Tournament, Feb 20, 2018

The NBCC has been naming its Quick tournaments in honor of members based on their longevity with the club.  First in line this year is Treasurer Gert Hilhorst,  or Gary as he cheerfully refers to himself in America, is one of the club’s most veteran members, having joined our community over a decade ago. This gentleman, however, was not new to the chess world prior to his membership in the club. One of the most traveled people in the NBCC, Gert is proud to hold memberships in chess clubs in Germany and in his birth country, the Netherlands, where two of our members had the experience of a lifetime visiting with Gert and his wife Holly in 2008. They treated our visitors to an enlightening Dutch experience. Months prior to the visit, Gert tried coordinating an international chess match between the NBCC and the Fischer-Z Chess Club of Amsterdam, but unfortunately that never happened. Maybe it will one of these days! With chess deeply rooted in his blood, shortly after moving to the United States, Gert formed a scholastic chess program in the Simsbury Public School System. Since 2008, Gert has worked passionately to expand and enrich scholastic chess in his hometown. Because of his steadfast efforts, the Simsbury Public Library Chess Club, where he has coached his son Eric, has become one of the largest scholastic chess communities in Connecticut. Beyond Simsbury, Gert, who is rated near 2,000 these days, has been actively involved in our club for years. As you all know, Gert is our club treasurer. He was elected to this position in 2015 after the tragic passing of his predecessor, Andris Strazdins, who had held the position for a record forty-two years. Gert has done wonders for the club in this major role. Gert is a very altruist person like Andris was, always giving of himself with his time and money.  Ever true to his character, he will be sponsoring the prizes to the winners of his honorary tournament. The NBCC is proud to recognize and show appreciation to Gert Hilhorst for his amazing contributions to the enrichment of chess and for the warmth and generosity that he has bestowed to everyone in our family for so many years.


Weekly News February 10, 2018

This Week’s News Items:

  • Tuesday Round 4 of NBCC Club Championship

  • Training Class 6:15-7:00 this week - Intro to Smith-Morra Gambit

  • Gert Hilhorst Quick Tuesday 2/20/18


NBCC Club Championships Swiss Week 4 on Tuesday

Below is a link to the pairings for the Club Championships.  Any cancellations must be made as soon as practical for the courtesy of your opponent. Note: Weather related announcements will be made by 5:00 p.m. and posted on the Website and/or Calendar.

Round 4 Pairings

NBCC Club Championship Pairings for Round 4


Training class 6:15-7:00

NM Derek Meredith  will be teaching this week,  Introduction to the Smith-Morra Gambit vs. the Sicilian.   

Norman Burtness, President

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Alan Lasser's Game of the Week

 The Chess World Champion, Magnus Carlsen, is currently playing Hikaru Nakamura in a Fischer-Random chess match.  The non-traditional starting positions generate opening moves unlike what they play on the grandmaster circuit, but it doesn’t seem to make any difference, the second game of the match is a common everyday sort of chess position after 18…0-0.  It certainly sounds like a good idea, throw out the preparation and see who is really the best at moving the pieces around, but the first two games of the match have shown that at the elite level, it’s just as difficult to gain a winnable advantage at Fischer-Random.  Two games is too small for a sample, but the worst case scenario for the future of Fischer-Random would be if it actually made draws a bit more likely, by removing the decisive results that come from bad opening preparation. 
  The starting position has the Black knights at a8 and b8, the queen at c8, rooks at d8 and h8, the bishops are at e8 and f8, and the King is at g8(ready to complete the castling maneuver allowed in Fischer-Random).
  The White starting position is the mirror, knights at a1 and b1, queen on c1, rooks on d1 and h1, bishops on e1 and f1, and the King on g1.
GM Hikaru Nakamura-GM Magnus Carlsen
2018 Fischer-Random Match
Berum, Norway
4.c4 b5 
18.Qc2 0-0 
The software programs just stop here, they do not yet recognize the Fischer-Random castle, where the rook on h8 hops to f8.  At this point I had to start a new game with the remaining moves and combine the two sections for the notation to the whole game.  The moves played are numbered correctly, but the moves in the analysis are not.
21.Nf1 Rd7 
22.Rxd7 Nxd7 
23.Bc4 Qd6 
24.Ne3 Qd4 
28.Qb3+ Kf8 
30.Nf1 Nd6 
31.Ng3 Nb5 
33.Qd1 Nd4 
34.Qd2 Kg7 
35.Kh2 Qc2 
36.Qe3 a6 
40.Kh2 Qxa3 
41.Qc5 Kf8 
43.Qc4+ ½-½
Your pgn reader may be unable to play through the game because it has not been programmed for the Fischer-Random castling move.
[Event "2018 Fischer-Random Match "]
[Site "Berum, Norway"]
[Date "2018.02.09"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Hikaru Nakamura"]
[Black "Magnus Carlsen"]
[Result "*"]
[FEN "nnqrbbkr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/NNQRBBKR w - - 0 1"]
[SetUp "1"]
1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.Rxd4 d6 4.c4 b5 5.Nb3 Nc6 6.Rd1 bxc4 7.Bxc4 Nb6 8.Be2 g6
$6 { +0.39/19 } ( 8...f5 { +0.07/21 } 9.exf5 Qxf5 10.f4 e6 11.Nc3 Be7 12.Bg3
Bf6 13.Bd3 Qg4 14.Kf2 Nb4 ) ( 8...Qb8 { -0.17   Stockfish } ) ( 8...h5 9.Nc3
h4 10.h3 Qb8 11.Bd2 d5 12.Bf4 e5 13.Bg5 f6 14.exd5 Nb4 15.Be3 N6xd5
{ -0.19   Stockfish } ) 9.Bc3 f6 10.h4 h5 11.Rh3 Bf7 12.Rg3 Ne5 13.Bxe5 dxe5
14.Rc3 Rxd1+ 15.Qxd1 Qa8 16.N1d2 Bh6 17.Rc7 Qb8 18.Qc2 0-0
19.Ba6 Bxd2 22.Nxd2 Rd8 21.Nf1 Rd7 22.Rxd7 Nxd7 23.Bc4 Qd6 24.Ne3 Qd4 25.b4 $6
{ -0.23/27 } ( 7.Qb3 { +0.29/25 } 7...Bxc4 8.Qxc4+ Qxc4 9.Nxc4 Nc5 10.f3 Nd3
11.a3 Kf7 12.Kf1
{ 12. b4 Ke6 13. Kf1 Kd7 14. Ne3 Nf4 15. a4   +0.21   Stockfish } 12...Ke6
13.g3 g5 14.hxg5 fxg5 ) ( 7.Bxf7+ Kxf7 8.Qc7 Nb6 9.Qxa7 Qxb2 10.a4 Qb1+
11.Kh2 Qxe4 12.Qxb6 Qxh4+ 13.Kg1 Qxa4 { +0.25   Stockfish } ) 26...Nb6 27.Bxf7+
Kxf7 28.Qb3+ Kf8 29.Qb1 Nc8 30.Nf1 Nd6 31.Ng3 Nb5 32.a3 Qc4 $6 { -0.19/26 } ( 
13...Qc3 { -0.69/26 } 14.a4 Na3
{ 14...Nd4 15. b5 Qd2 16. Kf1 Kf7 17. Kg1 Ke8 18. Kf1 Qc3 19. Kg1 Qc4 20.
Qd1 Ne6 21. Kh2 Nf4   -0.76   Stockfish } 15.Qd1 Qxb4 16.Qd8+ Kg7 17.Ne2 Nb1
18.Qe8 Qd6 19.Kh2 Qe6 20.Kh1 a6 21.Kg1 Nd2 22.Nc3 Nc4 23.Qa8 Qb6 24.Qc8 Nd2
25.Qe8 Qc5 26.Qd8 Nb3 ) 33.Qd1 Nd4 34.Qd2 Kg7 35.Kh2 Qc2 36.Qe3 a6 37.f4 $6
{ -0.55/26 } ( 18.f3 { -0.14/28 } 37...Qc4 38.Qd2 Qb3 39.Qc1 Kf7 40.Nh1 Qd3
22.Ng3 Qc2 23.Qf1 Kg7 24.Qxa6 Nxf3+ 25.Kh3 Ne1 26.Qe2 Qc3 27.Kh2 Nc2 28.Qb5
Qd4 29.Qe8 Qd6 30.Qa4 ) ( 18.Nf1 Nb5 19.f3 Nd4 20.Ng3 Kf7 21.Nf1 Ke8 22.Nd2
Kd7 23.f4 Nc6 24.Nb3 exf4 25.Nc5+ Kd8 26.Qxf4 Ne5 { -0.09   Stockfish } )
37...exf4 38.Qxd4 fxg3+ 39.Kxg3 Qb3+ $6 { 0.00/28 } ( 20...Qe2 { -0.71/26 }
{ 21. a4 Qg4+ 22. Kh2 Qxh4+ 23. Kg1 Qe1+ 24. Kh2 h4 25. e5 fxe5 26. Qc5
Qg3+ 27. Kg1 Kf8 28. b5 h3 29. Qc8+ Kf7 30. Qxh3 Qxh3 31. gxh3 axb5 32.
axb5 Ke6 33. Kg2 Kd5 34. Kf3 Kc5 35. Ke4 Kxb5 36. Kxe5 Kc4 37. Ke6 Kd4 38. Kxe7 Ke5 39. Kf7 g5 40. Kg6 Kf4 41. Kf6 g4 42. hxg4 Kxg4   =   Stockfish
} 21...Qg4 22.Qd5 Qxh4+ 23.Kg1 Qe1+ 24.Kh2 Qc3 25.Qe6 Qc7+ 26.Kg1 Qc1+ 27.Kh2
Qf4+ 28.Kg1 Qe3+ 29.Kh2 Qf4+ ) 40.Kh2 Qxa3 41.Qc5 Kf8 42.Qc8+ Kf7 43.Qc4+


Wednesday, February 7, 2018


Sat. Feb. 24


USCF-Rated Chess Tournament

Guaranteed Cash Prizes:

$160-1st $80-2nd

3-SS, G/60, d5. Rob Roy Chess Center,

3111 South St., Coventry CT 06238.

EF: $30 cash only. Reg: 10-10:15am.

Round One 10:30, Rounds 2 and 3 asap.

All in one section. Acceler. Pairings.

Free snacks and beverages all day.

No advance entries, No byes. USCF 

Dual-Rated. 860-742-5562 (voice only)

We avoid pairing players from same 


View announcement on USCF website



Google Map to Site

Monday, February 5, 2018

Monthly Chess Club in Coventry CT Boasts of Strong Players

Top Tournament Winners
in Coventry Connecticut:
Most Frequent Players:
8    Hugh James
7    Mark Bourque
7    Gary Cote
7    Rob Roy
5    Suhas Kodali
Next Tournament is     Sat. Feb 24
Our top 12 regular players
have an average rating = 2000.
8 of which are from the NBCC.
Among our regular players are
1 IM, 1 FM, and 5 National Experts.
Our top 6 tournament winners
have an average rating of 2198.
Here is why we have strong players:
We are relatively close to the New Britain
Chess Club, historically the best chess club
in Connecticut.
We award prizes to 1st and 2nd place only.
We spend no money on hall rental, trophies etc....
Our 1st place prize is a good sum of cash.
We feel $30 is a very reasonable entry fee
for our events, even for those with little
chance to win prizes.
All players enjoy their 3 rated games and free
refreshments. All players may have the chance to
play masters and experts.
Lower-rated players wanting class prizes should
play at Goichberg's events held in Sturbridge, 
Stamford and Windsor Locks.
The chess center cost $10,000 to furnish, donated
by Rob Roy.  It also took hundreds of hours of his 
free labor.  Rob is not seeking reimbursement.
Rob is seeking to break-even with current
expenses.  Nobody is being paid for work,
we are all 100 percent volunteer.
Liz Glick, Mark Denihan, Derek Meredith,
Joe Bihlmeyer, Mark Bourque.
Other than the $30 per person entry fee
per event, we charge no other dues nor 
fees of any kind.  
Rob Roy has been elected an officer of the
Connecticut State Chess Association.  
He maintains the membership database
and publishes the official newsletter.
Next Tournament is     Sat. Feb 24

Saturday, February 3, 2018

GM wins all 21 games in Simul at New Britain Chess Club

Dear NBCC officers and chess friends:
Thank you all for being a part of the historic GM Alexandsr Lenderman visit to the NBCC. It was so wonderful that GM Lenderman provided the three-hour master/expert training classes on Friday and then gave a very nice lecture and simultaneous chess exhibition on Saturday.
Twenty-one players from our community participated in the simul. Our competitors gave the GM a good battle on the chess board, with many challenging games, according the GM. Despite our players attempts to slow him down, the GM emerged victorious on all boards - a perfect 21-0 in exactly three hours to the minute!
Afterwards, a few of our members (FM Nelson Castaneda, Mario Guevara, Laxma Dendi, and Bob Cyr) went to lunch with Mr. Lenderman at the Olive Garden. Nelson paid for the GM's lunch, a very touching gesture. We also owe Mario a deep gratitude for coordinating Mr. Lenderman's visit our to family and who provided him with transportation to and from Milford. I got a nice picture of our lunch gathering that Laxma took on his camera.
I also want to thank Rob Roy for helping us promote this two-day event and for taking so many pictures (he brought in four Iphones!). The NBCC sincerely thanks Rob for his continual efforts for promoting our club and chess in Connecticut for 40+ years. Amazing! Thank you, sir!
Of course, last, but not least, a special token of appreciation to our club officers, who continue to work so tirelessly and so passioniately to provide a social and friendly environment at the club and for their steadfast efforts to expand programs throughout our thriving community for the betterment of all chess enthuasists - young and old, beginner or master, friend and friend.
A television reporter from CT FOX 61 was onsite for the GM lecture and simul. I usually watch FOX 61 news at 10:00 and perhaps coverage of this historic visit by one of the United States top chess played will be aired tonight. I was able to finally get in contact with the New Britain Herald to publish this event. Maybe our club can start using this media resource to promote more NBCC activities.
The highlights of GM Lenderman's visit to the club will be published in the 2018 newsletter, along with about four photos.
With best regards,
Bob Cyr
NBCC Historian

Monday, January 29, 2018

Trouble-maker barred from club

I had to handle an emotionally-deranged man at my Jan 13 tournament.  This is something that comes with the job of directing events open to the general public.  I've also seen plenty of this behavior at the casino during my 12 years working as a dealer.

This emotionally-deranged man has a long history of harassing players, especially tournament directors. I also know that most of his stories are falsehoods, or bad situations he himself created. 

Also, I've discovered some players have been staying away from my tournaments so as to avoid him (he's played  in 6 of my events).  I ask these players to please come back, and to know that he won't be here.

I have fallen victim to these type of people many times during my 42 years as a director.   I re-evaluate my involvement with running tournaments.  But then I recall all my friendships that would never have happened without chess.

As we head into our 3rd year in Coventry, I want to acknowledge my friends and volunteers; Liz Glick, (my girlfriend), who lets us use her house.  Liz has also prepared many delicious lunches for us.

I thank Mark Denihan, a close friend of 40+ years, is always here and ready to help in many ways. I thank Mark Bourque, who runs the Thursday night club in Stafford Springs, grill cook.

I thank Derek Meredith and Joe Bihlmeyer, both national chess experts and teachers at the New Britain Chess Club, who are always willing to share advice with our players between rounds of play.

Regarding our "Connecticut Chess Magazine":  I want to acknowledge our columnists: Alan Lasser, "Game of the Week", Norman Burtness, "New Britain Chess Club Weekly News", and Bob Cyr, Historian.

We became our state's official chess publication and so far have seen no benefit.  We would like to publish more games, and more annotated games, but we have no funds that would enable us to pay anyone.

Our next tournament in Coventry is Feb 24, the Eastern Connecticut Open.  I hope you can make it.

Yours In Chess,

Rob Roy