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Mohan Nayak

Posted by aminkov2000 on April 22, 2017 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (4)

Long time West Orange Chess Club member Mohan Nayak recently passed away at the age of 80. I've been told that Mohan began to attend the West Orange Chess Club circa 1981 (roughly a few years after the club was started in 1978). Mohan was a generous person and a skillful chess player who will be sorely missed. The 2017 West Orange Chess Club Championship will be dedicated in his honor. 

Update: Below is a URL link to Mohan Nayak's obituary: ;

As a reminder, if you have the score of any game that Mohan Nayak won the  please post it as a comment to this website entry and I will edit this posting accordingly. Thanks.

Secretary Minkov

2017 Garden State Chess League Results

Posted by aminkov2000 on April 22, 2017 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Board Medalists

Board 1

Gold - FM Karl Dehmelt, LehighValley

Silver - NM Mauricio Camejo, Newark-McDonald's

Bronze - LM Dragan Milovanovic, Hamilton

Board 2

Gold - Aaron Nicely, LehighValley

Silver - Phil Hepler, Hamilton

Bronze - Lev Zilbermints, Newark-McDonald's

Board 3

Gold - Christian Wadsworth, LehighValley

Silver - Ed Sytnik, Hamilton

Bronze - John Moldovan, Westfield

Board 4

Gold - Grant McCool, West Orange

Gold - Dhriti Iyer, LehighValley

Bronze - Doug Pecota, Dean Of ChessAcademy

Top 10 Scorers

1. Aaron Nicely, LehighValley 5.5

2. Karl Dehmelt, LehighValley 4.5

2. Christian Wadsworth, LehighValley 4.5

4. Grant McCool, West Orange 4.0

4. Ed Sytnik, Hamilton 4.0

6. Mauricio Camejo, Newark-McDonald's 3.5

6. Dhriti Iyer, LehighValley 3.5

8. Phil Hepler, Hamilton 3.0

8. Milovanovic, Hamilton 3.0

8. Lev Zilbermints, Newark-McDonald's 3.0

For more information on this event, please click on the link below:

Spring Chess Clinic

Posted by aminkov2000 on April 22, 2017 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Starting on Tuesday, May 9 and ending on June 13 there will be a spring chess clinic. The chess clinic is an extension of the scholastic chess program at the Katz Civic Center in West Orange, NJ that starts at 6:00 pm on Tuesday nights. For more information on this event please email Club President and TD John Hagerty at [email protected] [buickchess @] or call him at 973-736-3433.  

NJ Open Qualifier Event At The Kenilworth Chess Club

Posted by aminkov2000 on April 16, 2017 at 9:40 PM Comments comments (0)

There will be a NJ Open Qualifier Event starting on April 27 and ending on May 25 at the Kenilworth Chess Club. For more information about this event please click on the links below:

Please note that this event is being organized and held at the Kenilworth Chess Club in Kenilworth, NJ and is being run independent of the West Orange Chess Club. 

Secretary Minkov

2017 Club Championship

Posted by aminkov2000 on March 2, 2017 at 10:55 PM Comments comments (3)

Here are the dates for this event:

3/21/2017 Round 1 of West Orange CC Championship

3/28/2017 Round 2 of West Orange CC Championship

4/11/2017 Round 3 of West Orange CC Championship

4/18/2017 Round 4 of West Orange CC Championship

4/25/2017 Round 5 (Final) of West Orange CC Championship

Time control: G/100-5 second delay (To be set in accordance with current USCF rules).

Entry fee: $25.00 for official club members, $35.00 for new members (includes $10.00 WOCC regular adult membership dues). All West Orange residents, all those under 18 and over 65 pay $5.00 @ year dues.

Important: USCF membership must be valid through to the end of the tournament: this holds true for any event sponsored by this or any other organization in the USA which holds USCF rated tournaments.

Limit one 1/2 point bye that can be taken in any round. Such a request must be announced before the posting of the Round 3 pairings.

Although the tournament committee does preliminary pairings soon after each round, these are subject to change up to 7:45 PM of the night of the round. This is to accommodate an individual who may be ill or who may have transportation issues so that we can redo pairings to maximize having people play and to minimize forfeitures. A player who is unable to contact us before 7:45 PM will be given a forfeit for that round. 0 point byes will be given if deemed appropriate by the committee for the smooth governance of the tournament.

The tournament committee (John Hagerty and Doran Race) reserves the right to make changes to the above rules as they deem appropriate and are allowed for under USCF rules. Once pairings are posted on the night of a round, there will be no changes. As usual, "make up" games at another venue or on GSCL nights may be arranged by mutual consent along with the permission of the tournament committee. Note: A player cannot be forced to play such a match if he chooses to take a forfeit win instead.

Late entrants will be accepted up to and including Round 2. However, under this option, you would be forced to accept a 1/2 point bye for the Round 1 that this person did not play in.

This tournament will use the accelerated pairing method to minimize extreme early round rating discrepancies and to maximize the competition for club champion. In the event of two or more players are tied for first at the end of the tournament, a playoff tournament (at no extra cost) will be held (instead of using tie break systems as we have in the past) to determine the club champion. If such an event needs to be scheduled, a separate new tournament for the players not in the playoff (and perhaps new joiners to the club) will be held.

Advance entries are welcomed by contacting Club President and TD John Hagerty either by phone, 973-736-3433 from 10 am to 10 pm or by email, [email protected] .

This information is subject to change.


Playing Rated Games On Open Nights

Posted by aminkov2000 on June 24, 2016 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Please be aware that during our open nights when no formal event is held it is possible to arrange to play a rated game that will be attached as an extra game to a tournament report. For more information on this possibility please email club president and TD John Hagerty at [email protected] or alternatively call him at 973-736-3433.

Scholastic Chess Group

Posted by aminkov2000 on February 26, 2016 at 7:15 AM Comments comments (0)

The West Orange Chess Club currently runs a chess group for school aged children. It meets on Tuesday nights and starts at 6:00 pm. For more information on this please email club president and TD John Hagerty at [email protected] or call him at 973-736-3433. 

Our Web Pages

Posted by aminkov2000 on October 26, 2015 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Please be sure to check out the webpages/features that have been posted on behalf of the West Orange Chess Club on courtesy of our club president John Hagerty and our notable club member Bryan Cohen.

Below are the links of our webpages:

Our member page in particular is certainly worth checking out as it features many instructive chess games with informative annotations.

If you or someone you know of is interested in posting any chess related content such as one of their games or a puzzle on any of the club's features (subject to the approval of at least one of our administrators) Then please email Bryan Cohen at [email protected] . Any questions or comments should also be directed toward Bryan Cohen or Club President John Hagerty who can be reached via email at [email protected] or by phone at 973-736-3433.



Makeup Games

Posted by aminkov2000 on March 14, 2015 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

As an alternative to getting a half-point bye, the West Orange Chess Club does allow any of the participants in its slow rated tournaments to potentially arrange to play a makeup game off-site. However, to do so you must first contact chess Club President and Chief TD John Hagerty. His contact information is as follows:

Phone Number: 973-736-3433.

Email: [email protected]

Garden State Chess League Schedule

Posted by aminkov2000 on September 23, 2013 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (0)

The Garden State Chess League is a seasonal event that takes place from the fall to the spring.

Please click on the link below for the latest scheduling information:



Comprehensive match results (including those for the West Orange club) can be found in the following link:

For more information on this league, please click on the link below: