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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!
This past Saturday, Aug 9th, I was happy to help with running the wonderful free chess event – B’ROOK’LYN CHESS FESTIVAL in the Dr Roland McNair Park at Eastern Parkway organized by the New York Chess and Games in co-operation with the New York City’s Park Department. The attractions of the day for hundreds of participants included free lessons, a chance to challenge a master to a speed game ( I was one of the masters to beat- congratulations to all who made it!) and a simultaneous display by Grandmaster Giorgi Kacheishvili who faced opponents on 30 boards at the same time. It was a beautiful day and I saw a lot of people having a great day playing chess- you can see some of that fun on the pictures below. I’m looking forward to more events like this one!
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!
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.