Sunday, December 30, 2012

Venue, Time Change For Karpovs vs. Chess Mates

The venue and time for the March 5th Kenilworth Karpovs-Chess Mates match has been changed.

It will take place in Kenilworth, at 8:15 p.m., not in Rahway.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Karpovs Edge Rutgers

Last night the Kenilworth Karpovs edged Rutgers University 2.5-1.5, as Don Carrelli defeated Will Talbot in the deciding game.

Ian Mangion gave the Karpovs a 1-0 lead and it looked like a sweep might be in the works but Rutgers rallied to tie the match at 1.5, with a win by Aleksey Vishynakov and a draw from Eric Hou.

Friday, December 7, 2012

3rd Round Results

Here are the 3rd round GSCL Results:

Tuesday, 12/4

Summit 2 Newark-McDonald's 2

Last night

Kenilworth Kortchnois 3.5 Chess Mates 0.5
Hamilton 4 West Orange 0
DOCA Knights 2 Kenilworth Karpovs 2

Unfortunately, there was at least 1 board forfeited in all 4 matches.

Rutgers U. had the bye in round 3 but will face the Karpovs on December 13th, in Kenilworth, in a make-up match from round 2.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Hamilton 3 DOCA Knights 1

On Tuesday night, Hamilton defeated the DOCA Knights 3-1.

Photo: Kevin Chen

Saturday, November 17, 2012

West Orange & Newark-McDonald's Tie 2-2

West Orange and Newark-McDonald's played to a 2-2 tie on Tuesday.

Jose Fernandez and Doran Race had wins for West Orange while Nathan Napper and Greg Shaw scored for Newark.

Hamilton-DOCA To Play 11/20

The twice-postponed Hamilton-DOCA Knights game has been re-scheduled for Tuesday, November 20th, at 7:45 p.m, in Branchburg.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Chess Mates 3.5 Summit 0.5

On Tuesday in Rahway, Chess Mates defeated Summit 3.5-0.5.

NM Arthur Macaspac, Roger Pedersen and Fermin Arias won on boards 1-3.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Hamilton-DOCA Postponed

Tomorrow's Hamilton-DOCA match has been postponed, due to the after-effects of Hurricane Sandy. No make-up date has been set.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Hamilton-DOCA Rescheduled

The upcoming Hamilton at DOCA match has been rescheduled. The new date & time is Thursday, November 8 at 7:45pm.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Oct. 30 & Nov. 1 Matches Postponed

Next week's Garden State League matches have been postponed.

Tuesday's scheduled Summit-Chess Mates match was scratched due to the expected effects from Hurricane Sandy.

Thursday's scheduled Karpovs-Rutgers match was shelved because Rutgers' planned transportation will not be available & the Karpovs cannot get 4 players to New Brunswick on short notice.

I am re-scheduling Summit-Chess Mates for Tuesday, November 13th at 8 p.m. in Rahway and shifting Karpovs-Rutgers to Thursday, December 13th at 8:15 p.m. in Kenilworth.

If the new dates aren't suitable, please contact me ASAP.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Rutgers 2.5 Hamilton 1.5

Rutgers University defeated Hamilton on Monday night 2.5-1.5. The Scarlet Knights got wins from Tom Coughlan and Will Talbot plus a draw by Robert Forney.

FM Boris Privman scored a full point for Hamilton while John Chladnicek added a half.

Next month, Rutgers plays the Kenilworth Karpovs and Hamilton visits the DOCA.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Newark-McD's vs. W. Orange Postponed

The October 30th match between Newark-McDonald's and West Orange has been postponed.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Summit 3 Kortchnois 1

Summit beat the Kenilworth Kortchnois last night 3-1, with Donnally Miller, Glen Hart and Lou Sturniolo collecting full points.

Summit's next match is Tuesday, October 30 at Chess Mates. The Kortchnois have a bye in round 2.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Opening Night Results

In last night's season openers, West Orange edged Chess Mates 2.5-1.5 and the DOCA Knights won by forfeit against Newark-McDonald's.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Schedule Changes

Summit, Chess Mates and West Orange players please note the following schedule changes:

Round 2

Summit at Chess Mates
Tuesday, October 30
8 p.m., in Rahway.

(was 11/1 in Kenilworth)

Round 9

West Orange vs. Summit
Tuesday, June 4
8 p.m., in West Orange

(was 7:30 p.m. in Parsippany)

Friday, September 21, 2012

Site Being Updated

This blog/site is in the process of being archived and updated. Some pages and files may be temporarily unavailable as they are moved about.

Schedule Released

The GSCL schedule for 2012-13 has been released.

Teams requesting day or venue changes for round 1 should contact the league promptly.

Please postpone other requests until October 10th, as there is much work to do over the next 2-3 weeks.

Season Starts October 2nd

The 2012-13 Garden State League season will open on Tuesday, October 2nd with Chess Mates hosting West Orange and serving as the venue for the DOCA Knights-Newark-McDonald's match.

On October 4th, Summit visits the Kenilworth Kortchois. Rutgers is scheduled to debut at 3-time defending champion Hamilton, on October 15th.

The Karpovs get the bye.

Post revised 9/21 @ 12:32 p.m.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

GSCL To Operate With 9 Teams

The Garden State Chess League will have 9 teams in 2012-13.

Kenilworth managed to piece-together 2 lineups. Rutgers University will play but Newark-Academy won't.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Minutes Of The Pre-Season Meeting

On September 6, 2012, the Garden State Chess League held its annual pre-season meeting.

Kevin Chen (of the DOCA Knights), Jose Fernandez (West Orange), John Hagerty (GSCL President), Arthur Macaspac (Chess Mates), Geoff McAuliffe (Kenilworth Kortchnois), Charles Miller (Hamilton), Donnally Miller (Summit), Nathan Napper (Newark-McDonald's), Ed Selling (Staten Island), Lev Zilbermintz (Essex County College) and John Moldovan (GSCL Vice-President) attended.

Sparta, which sat-out last season, Newark Academy and Rutgers University, both of which expressed interest in joining the league, did not send spoke-persons. Moldovan acted as the Kenilworth Karpovs' proxy.

Incomplete reporting was discussed. Team captains are to list full names on reporting cards (not just "Gary", for example). TDs are to make sure the cards are complete and report results promptly.

The house player loan rule was rescinded.

The official time control was changed to G/75;d5. Analog clocks are to be set at G/75.

The 4-board rating average was increased, to 1925.00.

Use of the USCF's September 2012 Golden Database, to determine this season's ratings, was approved. The database and minutes will be sent to the team captains ASAP. A link to the db will be placed on the GSCL website, in the Downloads category.

The Rules page line that reads "Matches will take place at the West Orange CC on the 1st 
Tuesday of each month...", etc. will be changed to "The league's schedule-maker sets the playing site and takes traveling distance into account. Teams can request a day or venue change."

Last year's frequent forfeitures and single-sided re-scheduling was were strongly criticized.

Teams are to poll their players to judge interest in USCF-rated play during 2013-14.

Team captains and league officials will convene sometime during the season to make preliminary plans for 2013-14.

Summit said it will keep its team name for the present but may play some home matches in 
Parsippany, where the Morris County Industrial League meets, and be re-dubbed.

Seven teams confirmed they will play the 2012-13 season: Chess Mates, DOCA Knights, Hamilton, Newark-McDonald's, Summit, West Orange and a Kenilworth entry to be determined.

Staten Island will not play this season. Upon advice by the President and V.P., ECC was absorbed by Newark-McD. The KCC doubts there will be sufficient interest among its membership to field a 2nd team.

The league expressed concern about Rutgers' ability to travel and reported that our weeknight schedule and starting times may keep Newark Academy from joining.

A September 20th, 9 p.m. deadline was set for Newark Academy, Rutgers University, Kenilworth CC team #2 and others to confirm their participation.

The confirmed teams drew numbers from 1-7 (1. Kenilworth A, 2. Hamilton, 3. Newark-McD, 4. Chess Mates, 5. Summit, 6. West Orange, 7. DOCA) and the undecided teams were assigned numbers from 8-10 (8. Rutgers U, 9. Newark Academy, 10. Kenilworth B). The RR pairing tables on pages 295-296 of the USCF's Official Rules Of Chess (5th edition) will be used to draft schedules.

The possibility of online play and geographic alignment were not brought-up.

If Kenilworth fields the same 2 teams as last year, the Karpovs would be "A" and the Kortchnois would be "B".

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Pre-Season Meeting

The Garden State Chess League's annual pre-season meeting will be held at the Kenilworth Community Center on Thursday, September 6th, from 8:00-9:30 p.m.

I hope the team captains and representatives of prospective teams can make it as there is a lot to discuss and resolve before the 2012-13 season.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Team Scoring Leaders

The leading scorers for each team in 2011-12 were:

Chess Mates... Roger Pedersen, NM Arthur Macaspac 4.0
DOCA Knights... Doug Pecota 4.5 (+4-1=1)
Essex County College... Matthew Taylor 1.0?
Hamilton... LM Dragan Milovanovic 8.0 (+7-0=2)
Kenilworth Karpovs... FM Steve Stoyko 7.0 (+6-0=2)
Kenilworth Kortchnois... NM Richard Mattern 4.5 (+3-2=3)
Newark-McDonald's... Nathan Napper 5.0 (+5-0=0)
Staten Island... Ed McCormack 4.5 (+4-2=1)
Summit... John Moldovan 6.5 (+5-1=3)
West Orange... Matt Boxer 4.5 (+3-1=3)

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Top Scorers

LM Dragan Milovanovic of Hamilton led the Garden State League in scoring this season.

GSCL Top Scorers, 2011-12


Five players had 4.5 points.

Chess Mates Edge West Orange

Chess Mates closed-out the 2011-12 GSCL schedule, last night, with a 2.5-1.5 win over West Orange.

Arthur Macaspac and Roger Pedersen led the way with victories on boards 1 & 2.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Hamilton Players Sweep Board Prizes

Hamilton players Dragan Milovanovic, Charles Miller, John Chladnicek and Ed Sytnik were the top scorers on boards 1-4 this season.

Top Scorers, Board 1:
1. LM Milovanovic (Hamilton) 8.0
2. FM Steve Stoyko (Kenilworth Karpovs) 7.0
3. NM Richard Mattern (Kenilworth Kortchnois) 4.5

Top Scorers, Board 2:
1. C. Miller (Hamilton) 7.0
2. Dr. Richard Lewis (Karpovs) 5.5
3. Dr. Ian Mangion (Kortchnois) 3.5

Top Scorers, Board 3:
1. Chladnicek (Hamilton) 4.5
2. John Moldovan (Summit) 4.0
2. Max Sherer (Karpovs) 4.0
2. Matt Boxer (West Orange) 4.0

Top Scorers, Board 4:
1. Ed Sytnik (Hamilton) 7.0
2. Doug Pecota (DOCA Knights) 4.5
3. Joe Demetrick (Karpovs) 4.0

Kortchnois Forfeit To Newark-McD

The Kenilworth Kortchnois have forfeited their postponed match vs. Newark-McDonald's. It was originally scheduled for April 3rd.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Chess Mates 3.5 Kortchnois 0.5

On June 7th in Rahway, Chess Mates defeated the Kenilworth Kortchnois 3.5-0.5.

The winners will finish their season against West Orange this Tuesday (6/12). The Kortchnois have a match with Newark-McDonald's remaining.

Thanks to Arthur Macaspac and Geoff McAuliffe for promptly relaying the results.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Hamilton Wins 3rd Straight Title

Hamilton CC won by forfeit over Newark-McDonald's last night and captured its 3rd straight GSCL title.

In other matches, the Kenilworth Karpovs collected a forfeit win vs. Essex County College and set a league record with its 7th victory of the season while Summit came from behind to draw West Orange 2-2.

John Moldovan (S) 1823 - Damon Garrett (W.O) 1775
Board 3

A10 English Opening

Friday, June 1, 2012

Hamilton Beats Karpovs, Takes Over 1st

Hamilton defeated the Kenilworth Karpovs last night, 2.5-1.5, to take over 1st place.

They can clinch their 3rd straight GSCL title with a win versus Newark-McDonald's on June 5th.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Standings Update

Current Standings:

= 1-2. Kenilworth Karpovs 6.5/7, DOCA Knights 6.5/9
3. Hamilton 5.5/7
4. West Orange 4.5/7
5. Summit 4.0/8
6. Newark-McD 3.5/7
7. Kenilworth Kortchnois 2.5/7
= 8-9. Essex County College 2.0/8, Staten Island 2.0/9
10. Chess Mates 1.0/7

W. Orange-Chess Mates Rescheduled

The 5th round match between West Orange and Chess Mates will be played at the WOCC on Tuesday, June 12th.

Kortchnois-Newark, from round 7, is still TBA.  

West Orange Beats Newark-McD

On May 1st, West Orange defeated Newark-McDonald's 2.5-1.5. Lineups and game results have not been reported.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Updates Delayed

An update of the standings and other pages will be delayed until the Newark-West Orange results and a ruling on the ECC-Staten Island debacle is received.

May 3rd Results

In the May 3rd matches at Kenilworth:

The Karpovs defeated Chess Mates 3-1, Hamilton beat the Kortchnois 3-1 and the DOCA Knights slammed Summit 3.5-0.5.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Staten Island Withdraws

The ECC-Staten Island match will not be played tonight. Staten Island has withdrawn from the Garden State League because of the match's date and venue switch.

Friday, April 20, 2012

ECC-Staten Island Re-scheduled

Next month's Essex County College-Staten Island match has been re-scheduled. It will be played on Tuesday, May 1st in West Orange.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Chess Mates Blanks Staten I. For 1st Win

Chess Mates blanked Staten Island tonight in Rahway, 4-0. The games and page updates will follow later tonight.

Update 4/6 @ 12:55 a.m.: Games added to the 7th round PGN and Java-replay.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Last Night's Scores

Last night, Summit defeated Essex County College 3-1 and the DOCA Knights beat West Orange by the same count.

Both winners swept on the first 3 boards & lost on board 4.

Here is one of the clinchers:

John Moldovan 1823 (S) - Malcolm Gillon (ECC)
D02 QP Game
London System

Kortchnois vs. Newark Postponed

Last night's scheduled match between the Kenilworth Kortchnois and Newark-McDonald's was postponed at the former's request.

ECC & Staten Island Awarded Forfeit Wins

Essex County College has been awarded a 4-0 forfeit win over Chess Mates & Staten Island has been tentatively awarded a 3-0 forfeit win over Newark-McDonald's.

On March 23rd, Chess Mates failed to field a team vs. ECC and Newark has apparently made no effort to re-schedule vs. S.I.

The matches were originally scheduled to be played on December 6th, in round 2.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Hamilton-Karpovs Rescheduled For 5/31

The Kenilworth Karpovs-Hamilton match originally scheduled for April will be played at the Kenilworth Chess Club on May 31st. Hamilton will be the home team.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Summit & Hamilton Tie

Glen Hart defeated John Chladnicek in the final game to give Summit a 2-2 tie with Hamilton, on Thursday night.

NM Dragan Milovanovic had staked Hamilton to a 1-0 lead, with a victory vs. Donnally Miller, but Don Varneckas and I drew with Black against 2 of last year's board-prize winners (Ed Sytnik and Charles Miller) to keep the match close.

C. Miller (H) 1877 - John Moldovan (S) 1823
A48 King's Indian Defense
Colle System

Annotated PGN & Java-replay

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Page Updates

The Standings, Crosstables, Results, Schedule, Team Schedules, Ratings and Rosters pages have been updated, along with team pages for the Dean Of Chess Academy, Newark-McDonald's and Staten Island.

Staten Island-DOCA Scheduled

The June match between Staten Island and the DOCA Knights will be played on June 7th, at Chess Mates in Rahway. The starting time is 7:30 p.m.

The following matches remain unscheduled:
  • Essex County College at Chess Mates
  • Newark-McDonald's (H) at Staten Island (V)
  • West Orange at Chess Mates
  • Hamilton (H) at Kenilworth Karpovs (V)

Friday, March 16, 2012

Newark-McDonalds Edges DOCA Knights

Newark-McDonald's edged the DOCA Knights last night 2.5-1.5.

Lev Zilbermintz and Nathan Napper tallied full points for Newark, which clinched victory when Pierre Damis drew much higher-rated Aravind Kumar.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

ECC Forfeits To West Orange

Last night, West Orange defeated Essex County College 4-0, by forfeit.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Page Updates

The Standings, Crosstables, Results, Schedule and Team Schedules pages have been updated, along with pages of the 6 teams that played on Thursday.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Last Night's Scores

In GSCL action last night... Hamilton defeated Staten Island 3-1, the Karpovs edged the Kortchnois 2.5-1.5 and Summit was a 4-0 forfeit winner over Chess Mates.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Newark-DOCA Rescheduled

The upcoming match between Newark-McDonald's and the DOCA Knights has been rescheduled to Thursday, March 15th, 8:15 p.m., at Kenilworth.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Hamilton-Karpovs To Be Rescheduled

The Hamilton-Kenilworth Karpovs match scheduled for April 12th will be rescheduled. The new date is to be announced.

Staten Island 3 Kortchnois 1

Last night at Kenilworth, Staten Island defeated the Korchnois 3-1. Ed Selling and Ed McCormack had wins on the middle boards.

Karpovs & DOCA Knights Sweep

On February 7th, the Karpovs swept Newark-McDonald's 4-0 and the DOCA Knights defeated Essex County College by the same count.

Summit-Hamilton Postponed

The Summit-Hamilton match, scheduled for February 16th, was postponed. It has been rescheduled to March 22nd.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

West Orange-Chess Mates Postponed

The West Orange-Chess Mates match, scheduled for February 2nd, was postponed.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

DOCA Knights Defeat Chess Mates

On Tuesday night in Branchburg, the DOCA Knights defeated Chess Mates 3-1.

Marvin Shumowitz, Aleksey Vishnyakov and Doug Pecota won on boards 2, 3 and 4.

Thanks to Kevin Chen and Doug for sending the result and lineups.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Pages Updated

The Standings, Results, team pages and others have been updated.

This Week's Results & News

In 4th round action this week... Hamilton and West Orange played to 2-2 tie. Newark-McDonalds won by forfeit over Essex County College 1-0 and the Kenilworth Karpovs defeated Staten Island 2.5-1.5.

It was subsequently learned, via Lev Zilbermintz, that ECC "cannot play this semester, due to schoolwork and people being busy". However, Lev later said he was trying to reform the team and hoped it could continue.

To quote GSCL President John Hagerty: Essex County College and Newark's "participation in this group will have to be seriously examined."

Thanks to John H., Jose Fernandez and Ed Selling for the match reports.

Page updates will follow.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Chess Mates-DOCA Scheduled

The Chess Mates-DOCA Knights match has finally been scheduled. It will be played in Branchburg on Tuesday, Jan. 24th, at 7:30 p.m.

Post updated 1/9 @ 4:13 p.m.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Kortchnois Edge Summit 2.5-1.5

Richard Mattern won an opposite-colored Bishops ending against Donnally Miller to break a 1.5-1.5 tie and give the Kenilworth Kortchnois a victory over Summit last night.

Summit's Lou Sturniolo defeated Dr. Geoff McAuliffe to offset a forfeit loss on board 3 but I played cautiously and could only muster a draw.

John Moldovan 1797 (S) - Dr. Ian Mangion 1983 (K)
E68 King's Indian Defense

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. d4 O-O 5. g3 d6 6. Bg2 Nbd7 7. O-O Re8 8. e4 e5 9. d5 a5 10. Qc2 h6 11. b3 $146 Nc5 12. Nd2 $146 c6 13. Ba3 Nfd7 14. Rac1 Qc7 15. h3 Na6 16. Kh2 Ndc5 17. Bxc5 Nxc5 18. a3 Na6 19. Rb1 Qe7 20. b4 axb4 21. axb4 c5 22. Na2 f5 23. b5 Nc7 24. Nc3 f4 25. Na4 Rf8 26. Nb6 Rb8 27. Nxc8 Rbxc8 28. Qd3 fxg3+ 29. fxg3 h5 30. Nf3 Bh6 31. Nh4 Kg7 32. Rxf8 Rxf8 33. Rf1 Kh7 34. Rxf8 Qxf8 35. Qf3 Qxf3 1/2-1/2

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Karpovs Vs. Staten Island Postponed

Tonight's Kenilworth Karpovs-Staten Island match has been postponed.