Thursday, January 4, 2018

New Britain Chess Club weekly news

Weekly News January 4, 2018


This Week’s News Items:

  • Danny Pascetta/Raghav Arun tie for 1st in “What are the Odds?” Tournament

  • Training Class 6:30-7:15 this week

  • NBCC Club Championship Starts Jan 9, 2018

  • Register NOW for GM Aleksandr Lenderman at NBCC on Feb.2 & 3, 2018


What are the Odds? Tuesday, Jan 2, 2018

Congratulation to Danny Pascetta and Raghav Arun for their 1st place tie in the “What are the Odds?” tournament over 18 other competitors.  Danny wins on tie-breaks, but Raghav becomes the youngest player ever to win or tie for 1st place in a NBCC tournament.  With all players with a + performance receiving a cash award, the competition was exciting throughout,   


Training class 6:30-7:15

Joe Bihlmeyer will continue to teach on Queen vs. pawn endgames this week.  See the calendar for more up-to-date information on the training classes.


NBCC Club Championship starts Jan 9, 2018 with qualifying tournament

Championship Section: (12 players. Defending Champion, 2017 Candidates Champion, next 6 highest rated players, remaining 4 slots determined by 2-week 16 seed un-rated qualifying tournament. G/75;d10. higher seed gets choice of color. Lower seed must win to advance.)
Candidates Section: Tournament Games Start 1/23

See TLA for complete information.  NBCC Club Championship

Registration is open for the Club Championship on the Event Registration page of the homepage. Championship Section entrants must register by Tuesday, 7:15 p.m.  Note: Weather related announcements will be made by 5:00 p.m. and posted on the Website and Calendar.



The NBCC is proud to announce that Grand Master Aleksandr Lenderman will come to the NBCC Feb. 2 & 3 to conduct Master level training class.  

Registration is now open, and can be accessed on the club web-site Event Registration Page on the homepage.  When you register, also reply to the club the topic you prefer taught. The choice will be determined in the next 2 weeks, so register now.

Friday, Feb 2  6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

GM Lenderman will conduct a Master level training class on Friday, Feb 2.  Cost for this will be $25 and will be limited to ~10-15 expert and master level players (members only).  The 3-hour session he will teach will be chosen by the participants (via a preference polls) from these 3 topics:

- “Psychology at the board” - From the practical standpoint how we are influenced when playing at a tournament and how to use psychology during our games.

- “Unconventional decisions” - While playing a game we face situations where we have to make a game changing decision.

- “ Profilaxis applied to the game” - Thinking about opponent moves and deciding whether we want to prevent our opponents plans or not.

Saturday, Feb 3 10:30 a.m.

On Saturday Mr. Lenderman will conduct a lecture followed by a simultaneous exhibition.  Cost will be $5 for scholastic players and $10 for adult.  Non-members may participate for $10/$20 more.


Norman Burtness, President