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Free Online Scholastic Chess Lessons

Posted on October 17, 2020 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Two-Time West Orange Chess Club Champion and Chess Expert Victor Rosas is arranging to give free chess lessons via the Zoom website starting in November. The online lessons are geared toward school age children who are under 16 years of age and who have a rating of 1800 or less. If interested, please email him at [email protected] .


Online Garden State Chess League Match

Posted on October 17, 2020 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

On October 13 the West Orange Chess Club swept Newark McDonald's in the 2020-21 Garden State Chess League opener!

Board # West Orange Newark McDonald's

1. Pete Radomskyj (white) 1-0 Lev Zilbermintz (black)

2. Bryan Cohen (black) 1-0 Jey Flores (white)

3. Armaan Singhvi (white) 1-0 Mike O'Connor (black)

4. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay (black) 1-0 Greg Shaw (white)

The results and description of this match have been communicated to me by Bryan Cohen.

For more information about this league please click on the links below.

Secretary Minkov

Update On The Reopening Of The Club

Posted on September 18, 2020 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

The following message is from West Orange Chess Club President John Hagerty:

To all:

I spoke to Juan Pintado (the West Orange Recreation Department activities manager) today about the possibility of the Chess club returning to the Katz Center in the near future. I also mentioned that we would comply completely with whatever safety protocols the town would insist we do.

Nevertheless, unfortunately, it appears that we may have to wait until the beginning of next year to be allowed back in. Juan hopes that this could change to an earlier date but at this point in time no groups (and this even includes groups that want to rent the place for private events) are being allowed to use the building until further notice.


I wish that I had better news but we have to "weather the storm". Try to keep your head in the game by playing USCF Online Chess, USCF Correspondence Chess, events and other Chess gaming websites. I assume that USCF rated private matches can still be played as well.

On a related note, it appears that the Garden State Chess League (GSCL) will be played this season as an online competition. Consult Lev Zilbermintz (the league`s President) at [email protected] for further details.


In closing, I will check back with Juan in early January 2021 if I do not hear from him sooner.

Sincerely, John M. Hagerty WOCC President


Email: [email protected] [<buickchess @>]


Home phone #: (973) 736-3433 Call between 10:00 AM and 9:00 PM. Leave a message and he will get back to you ASAP.


Postal Mail:


John M. Hagerty


4 Karam Circle


West Orange, NJ 07052



The 2020 Club Championship Tournament Has Been Cancelled

Posted on July 5, 2020 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Please note that the West Orange Chess Club Championship for the year 2020 has been cancelled due to the currently ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Please contact Club President and TD John Hagerty regarding any questions or concerns about this development using the following contact information:


Email: [email protected] [<buickchess @>]



Home phone #: (973) 736-3433. Call between 10:00 AM and 9:00 PM. Please leave a message if necessary and he will get back to you ASAP.

Secretary Minkov

Online Alternative To Over-The-Board Chess

Posted on June 26, 2020 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)
Noted West Orange Chess Club member and USCF Rated Chess Expert Andy Chan has been regularly organizing online chess matches. If you wish to participate in one or would like more information about the online chess matches that he organizes then please email him at [email protected] [<andymanchan @>].

Secretary Minkov

Message From The Club President

Posted on June 26, 2020 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

To all club members and guests:

Due to the shutdown of many public facilities throughout the country that came about from the Covid-19 Pandemic, Chess clubs and over the board (OTB) events have been cancelled since March. In fact, March 3 was the last time that our club met. It was, by the way, the first round of the 2020 WOCC Championship which was slated for 5 rounds. After hearing the news reports of the rapidly accelerating worldwide pandemic, I was considering postponing for a few weeks club meetings until the crisis, hopefully, would diminish quickly which it unfortunately did not. On March 5 I called the Recreation Department of West Orange to inform them of my decision on this situation. It was then that Juan Pintado, the gentleman who works with setting up other groups besides the Chess club for usage of the Toby Katz Center, told me that the town was suspending indefinitely any usage of the building until further notice. Yesterday, I spoke to Juan inquiring about how soon the Chess club could return to use the building. I was informed that more than likely the club and other groups (even those groups willing to rent the building for private events) would have to wait until September at the earliest to be allowed back in.


Fortunately, under the direction of Andrew Chan, our Director of Player Development, Lev Zilbermintz, one of our two Vice Presidents and President of the Garden State Chess League (GSCL) and John Moldovan who is an officer in the GSCL, online Chess events have been organized to keep activity that is akin to OTB Chess going. I also want to mention that under the leadership of Lev and John Moldovan the GSCL was able to finish the schedule online in a mostly smooth manner. John Moldovan is also running his Sunday Westfield events online. These events are, to my understanding, being rated in a separate system.


In closing, I want to reassure everyone that the games that were played on March 3 will be eventually rated as "extra games" and "tacked on" the the next available OTB tournament (more than likely, the Mohan Nayak Memorial which is held in October) at the club when it reopens. It is sad and unfortunate that we have to wait for 2021 for the next club championship (which will be dedicated to the memory of Charles Hart) but these are unusual times for us to deal with. Those wishing a refund of their entry fee can contact me or they can let me keep their entry fee as a credit to the next event at the club.


As usual, any comments directed to me will be kept confidential at one`s request.



Sincerely, John M. Hagerty, President of the West Orange Chess Club


PS. Please stay safe and well and I look very forward to seeing all you guys when the town gives us the go ahead to get back to our "home".

If you wish to contact Club President John Hagerty then you may do so using the following contact information:


Email: [email protected] [<buickchess @>]



Home phone #: (973) 736-3433 Call between 10:00 AM and 9:00 PM. Leave a message and he will get back to you ASAP.


Postal Mail:


John M. Hagerty


4 Karam Circle


West Orange, NJ 07052



Garden State Chess League Matches

Posted on November 24, 2019 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (0)

The West Orange Chess Club participates in Garden State Chess League matches. For more information about this league please click on the links below:

Facebook Page

Posted on September 24, 2018 at 7:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Prominent West Orange Chess Club member and chess expert Andy Chan has setup a Facebook page on behalf of the West Orange Chess Club. Below is a link to that page:

Please note that you will however need to login to a facebook account of your own in order to access the club's Facebook page.

Secretary Minkov

Playing Rated Games On Open Nights

Posted on May 28, 2018 at 11:40 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. Such a game could be used for the purpose of a privately arranged match between 2 or more club attendees. For more information on this possibility please email club president and TD John Hagerty at [email protected] [<buickchess @>] or alternatively call him at 973-736-3433 between the hours of 10 am and 9 pm. 

Our Web Pages

Posted 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.

Also, below is a link to a webpage dedicated to showcasing wins by longtime club member Mohan Nayak who passed away in the year 2017:

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] [<Bryan6872 @>]. 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] [<buickchess @>] or by phone at 973-736-3433 (please only call between the hours of 10 am and 9 pm).