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Message From The Club President

Posted on March 14, 2019 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)

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

First off, I personally want to congratulate one of our 3 teams in the USATE, the West Orange Kings, for winning the Best Team from NJ. The team members were Mark Kernighan, James West, Lev Zilbermintz and Matthew Boxer. The team had a 4-2 score! The plaque will be hung in the hallway of the Katz Center alongside our other awards.

Now for the upcoming schedule:

March 12, March 19 and March 26 will be "open dates" unless Doran Race wishes to run a tournament.

April 2 will be a Garden State Chess League night--Lehigh Valley vs West Orange.

April 9--the club will be closed as the West Orange Recreation Dept. has reserved the entire building for a private event.

2019 West Orange Chess Club Championship

Posted on March 14, 2019 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Here are the dates for the West Orange CC Championship:

Round 1-April 16

Round 2-April 23

Round 3-April 30

Round 4-May-7

Round 5 (Final)-May 14


The details: 5-SS, G/100 d5 EF: $25.00. On site registration from 7:00 to 7:45. Late entrants may be forced to take a 1/2 point bye. Advance registration welcome.

Two 1/2 point byes available in any round. The Tournament Committee must know at the latest of the bye request by 4:30 PM of the night of the round. Otherwise, one may get a forfeit for that particular round.

Prizes: 1st, 2nd, 3rd. Best Under prizes will also be awarded based on the number of entries and the rating distribution. Monies will be disbursed based on USCF guidelines. Ties for prizes will be evenly split. In case of a tie for 1st place, the Club Champion will be decided by a playoff series of games to be determined by the Tournament Committee.

Official club membership required to be eligible to play.

The Tournament Committee, as allowed by USCF affiliate rules, reserves the right to make changes and modifications to the above specifications for the proper governance of the tournament.

Chief TD: John M. Hagerty. Any questions or registering by phone, call: (973) 736-3433. Call between 10:00 AM and 10:00 PM and leave a message.

Assistant TD: Doran Race.

West Orange Kings Win NJ Team Prize

Posted on February 25, 2019 at 8:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Congratulations to the West Orange Kings who won the top team in New Jersey prize at the 2019 United States Amateur Teams East!

This team was comprised of the players:

Board #1 - Mark Kernighan

Board #2 - James West

Board #3 - Lev Zilbermintz

Board #4 - Matthew Boxer

Alternate - Steve Moctezuma

A special thanks to all 3 West Orange Chess Club teams for competing:

West Orange Kings

West Orange Krush

Nayak Knights of West Orange

Doran Race Run Tournaments

Posted on February 24, 2019 at 8:15 PM Comments comments (0)

West Orange Chess Club Vice President and TD Doran Race will very likely be running a chess tournament at the West Orange Chess Club on each club meeting. For more information regarding the details of his events please contact Doran by text message at 973-652-9559 or by visiting his Twitter account by clicking on the link below:


Please note that Club President and TD John Hagerty (who is normally the contact person for the West Orange Chess Club) is not involved at all in organizing this event and should therefore not be contacted regarding it.

GM Molner Clock Simultaneous Exhibition

Posted on January 13, 2019 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Grandmaster Mackenzie Molner will be giving a Game 45 clock simuaneous exhibition at the West Orange Chess Club on a date that has yet to be determined. The entry fee for this event is $10 a board which will be collected around 8:00 pm on that day. There will very likely be an update regarding the details of this event which will be posted on this website once they become available.


Revised Update: This event which was originally scheduled for January 29th and had been rescheduled for February 12th, has now been postponed indefinitely. Please periodically visit this website and/or contact Club President and TD John Hagerty either by email at [email protected] [<buickchess @>] or by phone at 973-736-3433 between the hours of 10:00 AM and 10:00 PM for the latest information. 

This information is subject to change.

Secretary Minkov



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. 

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.



Makeup Games

Posted 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] [<buickchess @>]

Garden State Chess League Schedule

Posted 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: