Saturday, February 27, 2010

March Matches

Tuesday 3/2 at West Orange, 8 p.m.
  • Karpovs (2-2-1) vs. Sparta (2-3-0)
This will be the 1st match between the 2 teams.
Sparta needs at least a draw to keep its 1st place hopes alive.

  • Summit (1-2-2) vs. Staten Island (1-2-1)

Previous meeting : April 7th, 2009 at W. Orange, a 2-2 tie.
Summit needs a draw or better to stay in the title-hunt.
  • West Orange (2-2-1) vs. Kortchnois (2-2-1)
Previous meeting : April 7th, 2009 at W. Orange. The Kortchnois won 2.5-1.5.

Thursday 3/4 at Kenilworth, 8:15 p.m.

  • Hamilton (3-0-1) vs. Kramniks (2-2-1)

Previous meeting : June 30th, 2009 at W. Orange. Hamilton swept 4-0.
If Hamilton wins again, they secure a tie for 1st, eliminate the Kramniks & at least 3 other teams!
In fact, if the other 3 matches end-up 2-2, Hamilton can knock-out 7 teams at once!!!

To be announced
  • Hamilton vs. Staten Island
This match was to take place in January but was postponed. It will be played at Hamilton's convenience.

Magic & Tragic Numbers

Here are the current magic & tragic numbers for clinching 1st place or being eliminated from the race (discounting tiebreaks) :

Magic number
  • Hamilton 1.5

Tragic Numbers
  • Karpovs, Kortchnois, Kramniks, Staten Island, West Orange 1.5
  • Sparta, Summit 1.0

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Schedule Change

Next week's match between league-leading Hamilton & the Kramniks has been shifted to Thursday, March 4th at Kenilworth.

The other 5th round matches will be played at West Orange on Tuesday, March 2nd, as scheduled.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Staten Island 3 Karpovs 1

Staten Island received wins from Jackson Hueckel, Alexander Negron & Pete Cavaliere while notching their 1st match-victory of the season.

This reporter was in prime position to tie the match at 2 but blundered in moderate time-pressure.

Cavaliere - Moldovan
after 33.Nc1?

Black to Win

With the Karpovs' loss, Hamilton leads by 1.5 games & can clinch 1st place by going 1-1-1 against S. Island, the Kortchnois & Kramniks.

Updated 5th round replay & PGN.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Karpovs Add Two

The Karpovs have added 2005 Kenilworth U1800 Champ Joe Demetrick (1660) & Team 45 45 League vet SATELLITE-DAN (1496-rated Dan Komunicky) to their roster.

The latter was on the Kramniks' list but did not play for them.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Hamilton 2.5 Sparta 1.5

Hamilton edged Sparta on Feb. 2nd. &, for the moment, leads the league by a full game.

The Karpovs have a chance to cut the margin tomorrow night, when they host Staten Island at the Kenilworth Chess Club (8:15 start time).

Sunday, February 7, 2010

More 5th Round Games

I have added 2 games from the Kramniks-West Orange match to the 5th round's replay page & zipped PGN file.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

West Orange 3.5 Kramniks 0.5

West Orange defeated the Kenilworth Kramniks last night, 3.5-0.5. Fermin Arias had 1 of the wins & upped his record to 4-1.

Update 2/7 @ 12:13 a.m.- Bryan Cohen & Paul Corcoran also won.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Kortchnois 2 Summit 2

The Kenilworth Kortchnois, enabled by a draw from last-minute sub Richard Lewis, got a lucky win by Ari Minkov & a 2-2 tie at Summit.

Glen Hart had the home team's victory.