Sets and boards are provided. If time and TD permit, you can play another rated game. Always report the result to the TD or post it on the pairing sheet. Yes, even if you lost.
Rates: CCCR annual membership dues are $25.00.
Officers: Donald Stubblebine (President); Doug Spencer (Vice-president); Mike Lionti (Treasurer); Dr. David Worl and Ken McBride (Secretaries)
Once David Bronstein offered a draw to Vasily Smyslov after only 12 moves (Moscow Ch. 1967). An irate soviet sport official accused him of a short draw and argued that the Soviet Chess Federation pays him for his job. Bronstein became famous, troubling as well by responding with "Do you think I'm going to attack Smyslov for 3 rubles a day?"
The Rochester Chess Center and the Community Chess Club don't like this site, no how, no way. It infuriates them. They don't want it publicized. Word.
While chillin' at the CCCR pool party in Vegas, admiring the flesh parade and pondering the wisdom of doubling down when the dealer shows a face card, it HIT ME ... CCCR is already a successful and popular chess club. We try to give the leaders autonomy and that generates pleasant people with a desire to accomodate the wishes of the membership.
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Friends say "Goodbye!" to Isay Golyak
Isay Golyak has relocated to Florida. An entire epoch of Rochester chess is over. He was a prominent nuclear physicist in the former Soviet Union before emigrating to the U.S.A. He became a high-energy research physicist at the University of Rochester, Department of Physics and Astronomy.
And for about 70 years he has displayed a great enjoyment of chess, for which he retains all his youthful enthusiasm. As a FIDE Master and International Correspondence Chess Master he has played thousands of games, many against legendary figures, some of whom he knew personally. His postal games are often cited as masterpieces of correspondence chess.
Never one to suffer fools gladly, he graciously revealed the deeper secrets of the royal game for a quarter century at the Rochester Chess Center. We will always remember Isay for his forceful demeanor and honest approach, as well as his devotion to chess. With an appreciative smile we wish him "Good Luck! and Good Chess!" in his new Southern U.S. location.
Merry pranksters at the RCC and CCCR!
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A man's got to know his limitations. The 2100-rated players (the lowest) bracket of Euro players in the TWIC games database are better than American 2100-rated players. Frankly, it's a miracle some local players are rated over 2000 USCF.
Jacob Chen wins National Scholastic Ch. (7th Grade)
Back in the 60's the Rochester Chess Club had a 10-second per move electric buzzer that was rarely used. Then we used chess clocks for 5-minute games. This remained popular for at least fifty years. Older players claimed it was harmful and ruined chess. Younger players scoffed and continued to win.
With the advent of the internet, chess servers are largely devoted to blitz and bullet games. ICC and FICS offer 5 0, 3 0, as well as 1 0 time limits.
5-minute chess is that fastest you can play without ruining your game. Most players who play 1 0 bullet chess find that their playing strength is permanently ruined. They will never be able to play good chess at standard OTB time limits again.
European tournament standards differ from American
In America, TD's are not held to the same annoyingly high standards as in Europe where all TD's are well-trained. You can't become a TD there by just paying fees. You study and pass multiple tests in front of a serious commission.
A chess TD in Europe is constantly vigilant and frequently intervenes, watching everything and noting violations, similar to American basketball, baseball, and football referees. But in American chess tournaments, the TD may see problems but doesn't interfere with play unless requested to by a player. Normal in USCF practice. It's practically a totally different chess culture in Europe.
Suppose a European Qualification Committee member, let's say in a Zurich chess club, noticed irregularities in a rated tournament. Players noisily eating potato chips, slurping soups over the board, almost using the board as a plate or a tray, talking during the game, not keeping score sheets, making moves with one hand and pressing the clock with the other, offering a draw more than once, etc. All of which regularly happens in RCC.
If the TD there condones that type of behavior, he would lose his TD certificate and the club would lose its license. They would be told, "You can have good time here socializing and playing chess, but forget about being affiliated with the national federation and FIDE. Just enjoy yourselves and you don't need any TDs at all."
The Rochester Chess Center must turn a profit to survive. But in a socialist country like Europe, businessmen are often well-dressed philanderers, supported by their rich contessa wives. What keeps the Rochester Chess Center afloat is snack bar sales. A genuine business, of course.
"Don't be so serious! It's only chess."
You'll hear this whenever someone discusses having elections, or adhering to USCF rules, or having club bylaws or a constitution, or open accounting books or at least a financial summary.
After the Awards Ceremony trumpeted a player's mediocre simul results, someone calculated that he won 15, drew 4 and lost 6 out of 25. So he scored 68%. He lost a third of his games. Hardly a stellar performance.
Accolades are awards or privileges granted as a special honor or as an acknowledgment of merit. But his result was statistically achieveable by any one of a dozen experts in the Greater Rochester area.
And for such a poor score, the CCCR bought a celebratory cake and issued the guy a Certificate of Excellence. Yes, today's feel good society awards mediocrity on par as excellence.
You might be a low master if you...
Play the first few rounds of a tournament then drop out to avoid meeting serious opposition.
Neglect post-mortem sessions which give duffers insight about your valuable, secret pet lines.
Believe that the key to winning chess games is automatic pawn exchanges.
Rely on computers assessments rather than doping it out yourself.
Trust the latest analysis from Moscow rather than your own instincts.
Scrutinize the player list to see if you will face serious opposition. And walk out if prospects look bleak.
Prefer grabbing material (mostly pawns) rather than playing good chess.
Consider yourself the custodian of your USCF rating, rather than simply enjoying chess.
Worry about dipping below 2200, because your USCF rating is the fashion statement that defines you.
Played a USCF-rated match with a player rated 150 points below you to safely push your rating over 2200.
You might be a high master if you...
Play to improve your position, following principles and themes, eschewing material loss or gain.
Routinely show others correct lines, knowing that you will have more ideas and lines later.
Acknowlege computer assessments, but realize that being up "+1.43" isn't really saying anything.
Willing to match anyone at any time.
Prefer playing real chess rather than bean-counting pawns and pieces.
Don't sweat dipping below 2200, because a USCF rating is just a number.
What are the duties of the CCCR officers?
Please note that with the exception of treasurer, these offices appear to be ceremonial. There is no secretary keeping minutes of meetings because AFAIK there are no officer's meetings. The president has no duties because there are no club bylaws or constitution defining those duties, and no elections. We have officers because other chess clubs do and we think we probably should, too. This "election" nonsense, a remnant from a time when some people had critical thinking skills, is no longer necessary or meaningful.
These are politically charged times. Battle lines are drawn. We expect your indulgence, obedience and steadfast, unyielding loyalty. Please try to be loyal mean, or at least quiet, best you can.
Normally, I'd be a little concerned because, generally, appointing officers is done to avoid the appearance of impropriety and rubber stamp the decisions of the person that appointed them. But sometimes they are appointed as a matter of convenience and that is what has occurred in this case. Yes, that is what happened. I am sure of it.
Most of the members are not interested or capable of actively participating in running the club. Still, if a "club officer" told me today was Wednesday, I'd probably buy a calendar.
CCCR is more of a social club than a chess club. I hope you will like the "chess club" ... give it a chance. If it doesn't work, you can always go to the chessclub on the interwebz.
Benefits of a kinder, gentler chess club
The good and kind gentleman who owns the Rochester Chess Center nobly protects the weak and innocent from the rigors and drudgery of real chess tournaments. And that means that sometimes the official U.S. Chess rules requiring writing down the moves during the game may occasionally be suspended for psychologically flawed players. No chit or medical variance is required. I follow his example and endeavor to show similar compassion and consideration to others in my daily life!
So maybe the official USCF rules are not always strictly followed. I'm OK with that, and you should be, too, as an American in 2016. The human approach, looser and less mechanical, is a perfectly acceptable way of running a club.
It's a chess club where people can play rated chess and men enjoy each other's company.
So, kick back and enjoy the
warm summer weather.
Good luck! Support your local chess club!
Chess Center events and info
As a great American and U.S. Army veteran, 39-year-old Ron Lohrman, proprietor of the Chess Center, is married with a son and a daughter. He was an avid amateur bicycle racer and played some ice hockey at Clarkson College while earning an engineering degree. He worked at Kodak. He enjoys playing in baseball leagues. His chess camp and
scholastic youth programs are outstanding. The
Rochester Chess Center sells discounted chess equipment and has a weekly event schedule.
Chess Center 2016 annual picnic
Mendon Ponds Park, East Lodge; Wednesday, July 6th. Directions: Go south on Clover Street, cross the NYS Thruway, enter the park (turn left) at the first entrance. The lodge is 1/2 mile on the left. Fires will be stoked up at 5:30pm, although the lodge is ours from 12:00pm on.
Rain or shine, the lodge will be fine!
Rochester Chess Center provides the Chess Sets, soft drinks, and charcoal. Bring your own food to grill, plates, silverware, and sports equipment. This is a communal event, so please bring a dish to share. Last name A to M please bring a salad to pass, N to Z please bring a desert to share. Of course if you have that very special picnic goodie you always make, please bring that along instead.
Everyone is welcome, $5 per person, $15 maximum per family. Picnic is free to Chess Center members and their families. Catered by Red Light BBQ.
Why no wifi at chess center?
The internet is a foul place full of child pornography and dating. Fortunately, cops can catch perverts with IP logging. Websites log the IP of visitors and cops can trace individuals identities by contacting their ISP and proceeding accordingly. For example, your IP address is "22.214.171.124" and your ISP is "compute-1.amazonaws.com".
Yes, many restaurants have wifi for their customers. But the Chess Center takes a more proactive approach. They don't want people viewing "bad things" on the internet. So wifi is not permitted. Easier that way.
CCCR buys building in Rochester
Community Chess Club has announced the acquisition of a building in downtown Rochester, Minnesota, an area with a more understanding tax environment. The concourse has shops, restaurants, and a health bar. One hundred and fifty individual units will house chessplayers at a room rate of $5.00 USD per day. Extended stays are OK, provided that your CCCR, RCC, and USCF memberships are current, and that your USCF rating doesn't decrease by more than fifty points in any three month period.
The present occupancy rate is 75%, and consists of businesses renting office space at premium prices, which defrays our costs. But chessplayers have exclusive use of seven floors for skittles, bughouse, serious tournament play, or just lounging around and eating pizza. No smoking, no alcohol, no drugs, no religion. Use of the sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, and wifi-ready recreation area is included.
Demographic projections show that a proposed Las Vegas-style Nightly Chess League (NCL) will draw a weekly total of a thousand (1000) players, Monday through Friday. It'll be played in three sections: open, under-1800, and unrated. We believe that an upscale clientele will prefer our events to the bar and restaurant scene in recessionary times. Rochester, Minnesota is a bit like Bagdad but without all the glitter.
[Oct. 4, 2008 Matt Parry Vietnam Tournament] Show your support for Matt's upcoming trip representing the USA at the World Junior Chess Ch. in Vung Tau, Vietnam. Three round Swiss System (2pm, 4pm, 6pm) G/60. Special Entry Fee $20.00, $10 donated to the Parry family, $10 to prizes. Your last chance to see Matt before he leaves for Vietnam for two weeks. Pizza and snacks provided, but bring a dish to share, if possible. Update: Matt won the tournament, the cash prize and got $200.00 to help defray costs of the trip. Congrats, Matt! We all hope you do well in the World Junior Chess Championship! Update 10/24/2008: At the event midpoint, Matt is doing well, winning when expected to, and losing games to much higher rated titled players, GM/IM/FM. He finished with +5 =0 -6.