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Two great chess events in August!!

I’d like to let you know about two exciting chess projects that I’m currently involved in with my friend Christian from the New York Chess and Game Shop in Park Slope- the are both scheduled for August, so mark your calendars please.

Summertime is perfect for playing chess outside and therefore on Aug 9th (Saturday) from 10 to 4 we will be hosting a B’ROOK’LYN CHESS FESTIVAL in the Roland McNair Park at Eastern Parkway& Washington Ave (across the street from the Brooklyn Museum). This is a FREE event organized together with the NYC DEpartment of Parks and Recreation and the activities will include free lectures, play a master challenge, free play for all participants and the main attraction will be a simultaneous exhibition by Grandmaster Giorgi Kacheishvili who will play against opponents at 30 boards. Click here for the details!

And on August 24th we are organizing a speed chess tournament with special rules! We called it The Equalizer because it gives extra chances for the lower-rated players to win- if you are lower-rated player than your opponent, they will get less time on the clock! This is a great chance to beat the players rated few hundred points higher than you! This is an event with a $50 entry fee and there are great money prizes- there is $1000 in the prize fund for the winners in several categories- including prizes for the top performers in U-18 and U-12 groups. The event will take place at the New York Chess and Games Shop, which is located at 192 Flatbush Ave (at Dean St. across the street from the Barclays Center, close to all the trains that go to the Atlantic Terminal. Click here for the details and to register.

August sounds like a lot of fun, and I hope you will join us!

Chess tournament and a simultaneous chess exhibition this Sunday in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Bird River Studios in Williamsburg, Brooklyn will host another tournament this Sunday- June 22nd. Players will compete in 3 different categories- Open, Scholastic U-1000 and Beginner/Unrated , there are beautiful trophies to be won and experiences to gain. Kids love playing and winning trophies and we love to see their passion for chess, so we’re looking forward to the event. Also, the Open section gives a chance for the beginner adult players to join the tournament circuit (better late than never!) and earn their first rating points.

This time, we have a special attraction for all the players- after the event we will host a simultaneous chess exhibition- FIDE Master Andrey Krasnov (rated 2272 USCF) will challenge all of the participants (at no extra charge) who think that they can try and beat him:)! This is a great opportunity for all the players to face a very strong opponent.

Both the tournament and the simul are going to be a lot of fun- if you haven’t registered yet, you should! Please go here to sign up.

See you at the board!

Register now for the summer chess camp for kids in Brooklyn!

 

 

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CHESS CAMP FOR KIDS IN BROOKLYN!

 

DATE: From 6/30 till 7/3 (4 days), from 9 to 3 every day.

Camp ran by expert-level players, two daily instruction sessions, supervised training games, and tournaments. Classes for players of all levels, from absolute beginners to advanced. Players bring their own lunch.

RATES: $300. Register before 6/1 for the early bird discount- only $275

Address: JEI Learning Center, 7721 18th Ave, Bensonhurst, Brooklyn NY 11214 ( conveniently located, close to the 79th St stop of the D train and many bus lines). http://jeibrooklyn.com/

Tel. (718)534-6990

Questions: Please contact the organizer, Simon Rudowski at simon@chessclassesinbrooklyn.com

or call the JEI Center.

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming scholastic chess tournaments in New York City!

Dear Parents,

 
tournament participation is important to your young players, so they can practice the skills acquired at lessons. While I’m still arranging the dates for my own tournaments, I thought it would be useful to share the information about the upcoming events elsewhere in the city.
 
My friend Ian West, who is a coach at the PS 139 school in Ditmas Park, is organizing a free tournament on Sunday next week (4/27) . Please click here to register. There will be rated and unrated sections available, so all levels of players are welcome.
 
Chess Educators organization has tournaments coming up for you on Saturday next week (4/26) in Jackson Heights and on May 18th in Manhattan. Please click here for the details.
 
There is a tournament on Upper East Side at PS 6 on Sunday next week (4/27). Please click here for more information.
 
Chess in the Schools organization’s tournament calendar can be found here with tournaments scheduled for April and May.
 
Marshall Chess Club in Greenwich Village hosts tournaments every day- while most of them are for pretty advanced players, I would encourage you to check out their calendar – playing in an under-1600 section on Saturdays or Mondays should be a very good experience for ambitious scholastic players.
 
There is a wide variety of opportunities for kids to play in New York City- please take advantage of them and have fun!
 
Best Regards,
Simon Rudowski

Scholastic chess students with their ‘hardware’.

Playing chess is fun for everybody. It’s even more fun when you play well and win. Below are some of the images of my students happily sporting their trophies and medals won at recent tournaments. The scholastic chess season is in full swing, there is a tournament almost every weekend at this time of the year. Stay tuned- I’m working on organizing new exciting events for kids and adults alike- coming soon!

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After-school group classes in Brooklyn- fall schedule.

If you are interested in signing up your kids for an after-school chess group, I give classes at few different locations in Brooklyn several times a week. The times and locations are:

Bird River Studios , 343 Grand St, in Williamsburg, tel. (718)782-1791 . Mondays and Thursdays at 3:30

New York Chess and Game Shop , 192 Flatbush Ave in Park Slope/Prospect Heights Mon-Fri at 3:30 . Tel. (718)398-3727

JEI Learning Center , 7721 18th Ave in Bensonhurst. Saturdays at 10(advanced group) and 11(beginner group). Tel. (718)534-6990

I still have a few hours available for one-on-one individual instruction at your home, if you are interested. Hope to see you and your kids at a chessboard!

Chess tournament in Williamsburg to end the summer !

On Sunday, Sep 8th, Bird River Studios in Williamsburg, which is now an official affiliate of the United States Chess Federation, will host its first ever tournament- it’s going to be a scholastic event (for kids 14 years and under) , with 4 rounds of play. Please go here for details and to register . We look forward to seeing you there and stay tuned for more news about all the activities we’re going to bring for you, including lectures and more tournaments at the Bird River Studios chess club.

Chess- busy summer!

Chess- busy summer!

My student of few months, Gabriel Mrowka, sporting his impressive trophy for the 2nd place in the U900 section of the Bryant Park tournament- Gabriel’s score was an undefeated 3.5/4 in his second tournament ever! Congratulations! Looking forward to more tournaments, classes and chess camps this summer.

Busy summer chess tournament season is about to start!

Beginning of the summer is the time of the year when chess players of all levels get a lot of opportunities to join large open tournaments to test their skills and compete for prizes. Just this weekend, there was the New Yorker Open in Manhattan and a large tournament in Chicago. In few weeks, the annual New York International (organized by the Marshall Chess Club) starts, and soon after that the largest tournament – the World Open , will draw chess crowds to compete (this time it takes place in Arlington, VA). If you are serious about your preparation, you may consider my help as a coach- I can share all of my experience in competing in this type of events, help you with polishing your opening repertoire and give you a set of instructive positions/annotated games in each of them. Also, please check my blog post about preparing for/ playing in these weekend tournaments. Good luck and have fun playing!

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United States Chess Championships start in Saint Louis today!

From today till May 13th , all the chess fans in the United States will be following the national championship in Saint Louis, where the 24 men and 10 women will be competing for the national titles in their divisions. And Brooklyn will be strongly represented there- in both groups players from our borough are favorites by rating- Grandmaster Gata Kamsky in the men’s group and International Master Irina Krush in the women’s group. Check the event website for live commentary and coverage of the tournament.