Sunday, December 31, 2017

Westfield CC Policy On ChessNoteЯ

The USCF has approved another electronic scoresheet device: The ChessNoteЯ by Black Mirror Studio, LLC, which runs exclusively on Nexus phones.

In our opinion, letting players record games with phones is a bad decision. It creates cheating opportunities & places additional burdens on TDs. Monroi, eNotate & PlyCount devices are easily identifiable. Now, we need to know what brand phone people are using, ascertain who is using ChessNoter or an unapproved app & deal with opponents or their parents who are disturbed by, or jealous of, the new product.

Thus, the Westfield CC is setting the following rules re: ChessNoter, effective 1/1/2018:

1. A player must inform the Chief TD of his/her intent to use ChessNoter before round one.
2. Your device must remain at the board during the game.
3. Any player violating rules 1 or 2, using other phones or other chess apps is subject to immediate forfeit & ban.

Friday, December 29, 2017

New Year's Eve Quads In Rahway

We invite you to play in Sunday's New Year's Eve Quads at Chess Mates Academy:

Dec. 31   New Year’s Eve Quads

3-RR. G/40 d5. Chess Mates Academy, 75 E. Cherry St., Suite 11, Rahway, NJ 07065. EF: $25, $20 Westfield CC members. Prizes: $60 to first in each section. Register: 12:00-12:25 p.m. Rounds: 12:30, 2:15, 4:00 p.m. Contact: Note: Please bring a chess clock.

This event, which should end by 5:30 p.m., was designed to give our players a low-cost, 1-day alternative to the tournaments being run in Manhattan & Cherry Hill this week/weekend.

Parking in the lot across the street (behind The Waiting Room) is free on Sundays.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Westfield CC Closed Today & Next Sunday

The Westfield Chess Club will be closed today, Sunday, December 24th, & next Sunday, December 31st. Our next tournament will be G/45 Quads on Sunday, January 7th, 2018, at 1 p.m.

If you are looking to play before then, we suggest Chess Mates' New Year's Eve Quads on Sunday, December 31st. The event starts at 12:30 p.m. & should be done at 5:30. Bring a clock.

Happy Holidays

The Westfield Chess Club wishes its members and friends the happiest of holidays.

We thank you for making 2017 our best year to date!

Grasso Wins Westfield Championship

NM David Grasso won the Westfield Club Championship held December 3rd-10th.

LM James West, Merric Hu, Steve Hrop, & Boyang Zhao split the 2nd, 3rd, U2200 & U2000 prizes.

Bowen Liu won the U1800 Section.

Benjamin Liang was the U1200 Section winner.

52 players participated in the 3 sections.

Thanks to all for playing!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Club Championship Concludes Today

The Club Championship concludes today.
We will be using rooms 107-109.

Round 3 begins at 12:30 p.m.
The 4th/final round is at 4.

Players may take 2 half-point byes.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Westfield Championship: 3rd Round Pairings

Westfield Club Championship

3rd Round (of 4)
Sunday, December 10th
12:30 p.m., sharp!

Pairings revised 12/8 @ 5:50 p.m.
Subject to change if there other withdrawals.

Open Section



Radomskyj, Peter (1.5)
Grasso, David (2.0)
Camejo, Mauricio (1.5)
Hu, Merric (1.5)
Zilbermintz, Lev (1.5)
Lazarus, David (1.5)
Hrop, Stephen (1.5)
Zhurbinsky, David (1.5)
Zhao, Boyang (1.0)
Hu, Alan (1.0)
Kalyanraman, Nikhil (1.0)
Omprakash, Thoshan (1.0)
Martinez, Alberto (1.0)
Fleysher, Leonid (1.0)
Garcia, Ramon (0.5)
Leiggi, Louis (0.5)
Zhurbinskiy, Ilya (0.5)
Oruganti, Suraj (0.0)

Zhang, Samuel (0.0)


 Todd Lunna, Terrence Fricker, Ellen Wang & Aayush Ajith withdrew.

U1800 Section

U1200 Section

Extra Game

Players will toss for color.

Evie Shen vs. Suvid Bordia

The 4th/Final round is at 4:00 p.m.

Westfield Championship Standings

Westfield Championship Standings, after 2 of 4 rounds:

Open Section

U1800 Section

U1200 Section

Grasso Leads Westfield Championship

NM David Grasso leads the Westfield Club Championship at its halfway point.

8 players, including former champs LM Todd Lunna, LM Peter Radomskyj, Lev Zilbermintz & David Zhurbinsky are just a half-point behind.

Reigning champ Sanjana Vittal is not participating.

Swagnik Roychoudhury (1583), Harrish Vijay Parasara Ramanujam (1471) and Nishant Lebaka (1421) lead the U1800 Section.

Benjamin Liang (1186) heads the U1200s.

The event concludes next week.

Summer & Fall Scholastic Reports Forthcoming

Belated reports on & photos from our Summer & Fall Scholastic tournaments will be posted in the near future.

Sorry for the long delay.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Westfield Club Championship Begins Today!

The Westfield Club Championship begins today! Registration is 11:45 a.m. - 12:20 p.m., with the 1st round starting at 12:30.

For details visit

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Westfield CC Sweatshirts & T-Shirts

The Westfield Chess Club has organized a group order of sweatshirts & t-shirts from Custom Ink. (sweatshirt, $19.47 - runs small!)

If you want to order one or both please visit the above links, login, select your size & pay for your item with PayPal or a credit card. A 35 cent processing fee will be added to each purchase.

We will also be taking orders at our November 12th, November 19th & November 26th tournaments. Cash (preferred) or check: $20 for the sweatshirt, $15 for the tee.

Prices will be lower if the group orders more than 10 of an item.

The deadline for orders is midnight on November 30.

Those who ordered items will receive them at our December 17th Holiday Blitz, Party & Quads.

Westfield CC Facebook Group

In case you didn't know... the Westfield Chess Club has a Facebook group.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Alisa Melekhina Lecture & Book Signing On 9/10

The Westfield Chess Club

Westfield YMCA
220 Clark St.
Westfield, NJ 07090

is proud to host

A lecture and book signing by FIDE Master Alisa Melekhina

author of

Sunday, September 10
12 noon

prior to our G/45 Quads.

There is a $5 admission charge to view the lecture.

The lecture fee will be refunded for those who play in the 2:00 p.m. tournament.

Westfied CC Closed On Sunday

The Westfield Chess Club will be closed on Sunday, September 3rd.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Fishbein Wins Westfield Grand Prix

Grandmaster Alexander Fishbein won the Westfield Grand Prix held on June 25th.

In the Under 1800 Section, Ramneek Singh, Nathan Cheung and Jonathan Qi tied for 1st.

Shreyas Selvaraj was the U1200 Section victor.

There were 86 players in all.

Here are a few photos from the event:


Westfield CC Featured In Local Paper

The Westfield Chess Club is featured in the July issue of Westfield Monthly.

We thank publisher Joe Renna & columnist Nick Sammartino for the terrific write-up.

Eric Li Takes 3rd Place In Online Tournament

Former Westfield Chess Club member Eric Li finished 3rd in the Age 9-10 section of the 2017 Online National Invitation Championships (CONIC), held on from June 2nd thru 4th.

You can read of Eric's success in the July issue of Westfield Monthly, one of 18 local papers published by Renna Media.

Correction: The article incorrectly states the Li family moved to NY. In fact, they now reside in California.

Spring Open Section Winners

Trophy winners from the Open Section of the Westfield Spring Scholastic, held on April 23rd:
From L-R: Jonathan Qi (1st place), Sounak Bagchi (2nd), Shravan Varadharajan (4th), Amelie Chan (5th).

Not pictured: Grant Goldman (3rd) and Tanush Kulkarni (honorable mention).

Final Standings, in tiebreak order.

Spring U1250 Winners

Trophy winners from the U1250 Section of the Westfield Spring Scholastic, held on April 23rd:

From L-R: Gordon Fan (2nd place), Aadith Srinivasan (4th), Alan Weintraub (1st), Adhithya Jambhunathan (= 5th) and Timothy Xie (= 5th).

Not pictured: Rohan Narayanan (3rd).

Final Standings in tiebreak order.

Spring U750 Winners

Trophy winners from the U750 Section of the Westfield Spring Scholastic, held on April 23rd:

From L-R (holding trophies): Adharrsh Jambhunathan (2nd place), Michael Martini (3rd), Yishai Clapper (4th), Nicole Xie (5th) and Christopher Bakhos (1st).

Not pictured: Igor Nikolin (honorable mention), Yussef Diakite (h.m.) and Gurkuran Singh (h.m.).

Final U750 Standings, in tiebreak-order.

Spring Scholastic Winners

Jonathan Qi (1529), Alan Weintraub (1032) and Christopher Bakhos (549) were section winners in the Westfield Spring Scholastic, held on April 23rd.

The full list of trophy recipients and some additional photos will follow.

Winter Open Section Winners

Trophy winners from the Open Section of the Westfield Winter Scholastic, held on January 15th:

Siddarth Manikandan (3rd place) & his family.

Not pictured: Jonathan Liu (1st), Joshua Warner (2nd), Pardhav Chakka (4th), Henry Siegel (5th).

Corrected Final Standings, in tiebreak order.

Winter U1250 Winners

Trophy winners from the U1250 Section of the Westfield Winter Scholastic, held on January 15th.

From L-R: Tanush Kulkarni (1st place), Lev Koganov (2nd), Eric Levin (4th), Asgar Musaji (3rd) and Timothy Xie (5th).

Not pictured: Alan Hu (honorable mention).
Final Standings in tiebreak order.

Winter U750 Winners

Trophy winners from the U750 Section of the Westfield Winter Scholastic, held on January 15th:

From L-R: Yussef Diakite (1st place), Adikansh Khanna (2nd), Neil Chowdhury (3rd), Eli Rosenblatt (4th) and Saharsh Bangaru (5th).

Final U750 Standings, in tiebreak-order.

Winter Scholastic Winners

Jonathan Liu (1408),  Tanush Kulkarni (1058) and Yussef Diakite (446) were section winners in the Westfield Winter Scholastic, held on January 15th.

The full list of trophy recipients and some additional photos will follow.

Sunday, July 16, 2017


Due to a variety of factors we have fallen some 6 months behind in posting but reports on our 2017 Winter Scholastic, Spring Scholastic, Grand Prix, NJ Open Qualifier & today's Summer Scholastic will be forthcoming.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Grand Prix Aborted Due To Power Outage, Re-Scheduled For June 25th

Today's Westfield Grand Prix was aborted midway through the 1st round, due to a power outage & the resulting YMCA evacuation.

With the event's abrupt conclusion, we could not issue on-site refunds. Players desiring one should email their pertinent data to If you do not contact us we will hold your entry fee as credit toward future events.

All reported results will be submitted for rating later today, as will 3 adjudicated games in the U1200 Section. Players in the Open & U1800 Sections may submit games for possible adjudication to

The Grand Prix has been re-scheduled for Sunday, June 25th. If we can beat the USCF's publication deadline, its ad will appear in Chess Life's May & June issues.

Thank you all for understanding that the circumstances were beyond our control.

Addendum 3/24 at 2:08 p.m. -  The credit may be used for any Westfield Chess Club tournament except the Club Championship in December.

Monday, January 23, 2017


The new URL for our web site is went offline this morning.

The club was no longer able to update there & refused to pay domain ransom to the notorious Brandon Grey Internet Services.

We only learned of this 6 days ago and are sorry for whatever inconvenience has resulted.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Delay In Reporting Today's Quads

Our report on today's Westfield Quads, which attracted 55 players is being delayed for confirmation of 3rd round results in Section 7.

The USCF site is down at the moment, anyway.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Website Issues!

We will be running G/45 Quads on Sunday, as scheduled.

However, due to serious web site issues, may go offline that day.

If it does, we will re-launch the site at ASAP.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

YMCA Security Screening

YMCA Announcement For Adult (18+) Chess Players, Parents & Visitors

All adult (18+) chess players, parents & visitors will be required to go through the YMCA's security screening on January 15, 22 & 29.

Please arrive 30-45 minutes early!

Click the image below for details.

If you are not playing in, bringing your child to play in or coming to watch the 1/15, 1/22 or 1/29 tournaments, you will be required to go through the screening on your next visit to the club.