Saturday, September 16, 2017

NBCC Weekly News September 15, 2017

This Week’s News Items:

  • NBCC in need of teachers/trainers for its training programs




Oktoberfest Tournament Starts Tuesday 9/19/2017

In 2006, the club administrators created the annual Oktoberfest Open Chess Championship as a way to remember the German heritage of the members who were instrumental in shaping our historic organization from as early as the 1940s through the 1990s. As has been tradition, the club holds its annual Oktoberfest dinner party on the weekend after the conclusion of the tournament to celebrate the joy of this festive season.  The Oktoberfest Dinner will be held on Sunday, October 22 at 5:30 P.M., the location has yet to be finalized.  FM Nelson Castaneda is the 2016 defending Oktoberfest champion, and he has won or tied for first place in this event the most times.

Oktoberfest 2016 Tournament Details:
Tuesday, Sep. 19, 26 Oct. 3, 10, 17, 2017
• 5-SS G/85;d15   (U1800 (TBD) G/60;d5)
• 2 sections: Open, U1800 (TBD)
• Entry Fee: $20 member ($35 non-member)
• Prizes: 80% Returned, 1st – 3rd , class
• USCF Regular rated (USCF membership is required)
• Registration: 6:45 – 7 P.M.

• Pairings will be made at 7:00

       Register online  


NBCC Quick Chess Championships Results:

Congratulations to Nelson Castaneda and Dennis Prawira for winning the Quick Championship Tournament with 5.5 pts each, and to Norman Burtness for winning the U1780 section with a perfect 6.0 pts.  Suhas Kodali took 3rd place while Joe Hricko and Mark Bourque tied for the U1900 class prize.  It is nice to see Joe again after being away from the club for a while.

In the U1780 section, Ryan Wantroba took 2nd, while Gaetano Bompastore and Manav Ramprasad tied for 3rd. Kevin Zimmerman and Wes Thompson tied for the U1400 prize.  See the USCF Crosstable for complete results.    


NBCC to initiate Training Programs

As mentioned last week, the NBCC would like to have regular training classes on Tuesday evenings, before tournament play.  Please consider passing on your knowledge to other players.  The NBCC is will to pay Masters and experienced trainers $40 per session, $35 for experts and $30 for class players.  The two new initiatives for training are outlined below.  We hope to commence with the training classes in the next few weeks.

Individual Training Program in lieu of cash prizes.

In this initiative, any player in lieu of cash prizes, can get one-on-one training with a master or expert.   We have a group of strong players who are willing to work with other players to improve their game.  Typically this might involve going over some games recently played.  Mark Rovenskiy will administer the program, which will begin this week with the Quick Championship tournament.   See the link for full details.  Training Sessions in lieu of Cash Prizes

Tuesday Training Classes

This past year, NM Derek Meredith, FM Nelson Castaneda and Expert Suhas Kodali conducted numerous training classes before regular club play.  Due to the tremendous success of these classes, the NBCC would like to continue this initiative on a more regular basis.  Because of the financial health of the club and recent donations to the club, we are able to offer to pay the presenters ($40 for Masters, $35 for Experts, and $30 for class players).  The classes would run  from 6:15 or 6:30 to 7:00 or 7:15.  The training classes, as before, are free to members, $10 to non-members.  If you would like to run a class or a series of classes, email the club or see VP Mark Bourque or Secretary Luis Delgado who will be administering the program and arranging the presenters.  We have many players in the club who could contribute in this way!  Please consider being a presenter.  If you have a favorite opening you know very well, many other players would love to know what you know.  The training class schedule will be published on the club calendar and posted on the website.  NBCC Calendar of Events  



New Membership Year Starts now!  Renew your membership before the Oktoberfest Tournament to take advantage of the $20 entry fee:

The membership rate is $60, $30 for full-time students/hardship (same as last year).  

Our treasurer prefers payment by mailed check.

Make checks payable to NBCC and send to our Treasurer,

Gert Hilhorst, 18 The Courtyard, Simsbury, CT 06070-2214

You can also pay him with check or cash at the club or renew by PayPal on our website.


NBCC membership page and PayPal link

Norman Burtness, President 






New Britain Chess Club

Training Time in lieu of prize money

For any club tournament where a participant is awarded a cash prize: winners can elect to receive training time from a participating master or expert level player instead of the cash prize (or a portion of it). The goal of this program is to increase chess training of the lower level club players by the club masters and experts.


Instead of taking the cash award, the player may choose to use the entire award or a portion of it toward a training session with a participating trainer. If the award exceeds the desired training session cost, the player can choose to take the remainder of the award in cash, or to schedule multiple training sessions. Additionally, if the award does not reach the desired training session, the player may choose to add to the total in order to get the desired training time according to the below schedule. (See Training Duration) It is the responsibility of the player or their guardian to arrange the training session at a time that is convenient for both parties. It has been suggested that Tuesdays between 6:15pm and 7:00pm would be the best time for training as it allows the use of the club facility for training and does not interrupt club sponsored events and tournaments. If after a few attempts, the training session cannot be arranged, the player can choose to collect the cash award they used for the training session.


The training time will be valued at $30/hour, to be paid to the trainer. The awarded player can choose a time increment of 30-60 minutes of training in exchange for an equivalent amount of awarded cash. There will be a minimum of 30 minutes and a maximum of 60 minutes training duration during one session. The training duration and time must be agreed upon by the trainer and the participant. Below is a breakdown of training session choices.

$15 – 30 min, $20 – 40 min, $25 – 50 min, $30 – 60 min


The trainer for the particular session will be determined through a rotation of all the participating trainers available. The relative strength of the trainer and the participant will be taken into account to determine the pair. There must be at least four participating trainers at any time for the program to be active. If the number of trainers falls below four, the program will cease until a time when more trainers become available.

Administering the Program

Mark Rovenskiy will administer the program, arranging the teachers and keeping track of training sessions to report to Gert Hilhorst for paying trainers.  Contact Mark if you would like to  be a trainer, or when you win a cash prize to be linked to a trainer.