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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!
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!
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!
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.
Tournament chess is very exciting- whether following super-grandmaster events like the ongoing Fide Candidates tournament in London, or playing in one when you are a kid! The big scholastic chess tournament- “Supernationals”, will take place in Nashville, TN on the weekend of April 5th-7th and students from all over the country will be competing on 64 squares. Last week, I was invited to conduct a training session with the chess team at the Robert F. Wagner Secondary School in Long Island City, Queens and it was a very productive time; we plan to meet again with the team before they leave. Good luck to all Wagner Chess Club players!