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Bird River Studios in Williamsburg has been very active in the local popularization of chess- we have after-school classes twice a week and regularly organize tournaments, which attract players of all levels with their fun&friendly atmosphere and the great trophy prizes generously given out to top 10 players in each section. The next tournament is going to take place this coming Sunday, November 23rd. There will be 4 rounds and we start at 10am in 3 different sections: Beginner (unrated, scholastic players under 14) , U-1000 (Rated,scholastic players under 14) and the Open Section (Rated,for scholastic players rated over 1000 and beginner adults). Games will be played using clocks in the rated sections with 30 minutes per player per game. Please go here for details and to register. Looking forward to seeing you at the board!
After the great Brooklyn Chess Festival two weeks ago, we have another great chess event for you! This coming Sunday, Aug 24th, we are bringing a new exciting tournament to the New York chess scene- 7 rounds of blitz with time odds! The way it works is that we’re giving extra chance for lower-rated players to win by giving them more time than their higher-rated opponents will get. It is a novel idea which we hope to catch on. There are great money prizes with $400 for the winner and several class prizes given in various age groups. So, it’s this Sunday, Aug 24th at 4 at the New York Chess and Games Shop at 192 Flatbush Ave in Park Slope ( at Dean St, across the street from the Barclay’s Center). Click here for details and to register. You can’t miss it!
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!
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/
Questions: Please contact the organizer, Simon Rudowski at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call the JEI Center.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.