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Online 2021 USATE Tournament

Posted on January 6, 2021 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)

If you and/or someone else that you know of is interested in playing and representing the West Orange Chess Club in the online United States Amateur Team (USATE) Tournament for this year (2021) then please contact West Orange Chess Club Vice President Lev Zilbermintz by January 25, 2021 either by email at [email protected] or by phone/text message at 201-572-3180. 

Online Garden State Chess League Match

Posted on January 1, 2021 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (0)

On December 29, 2020, a team representing the West Orange Chess Club drew the Center Squares team by a score of 2 to 2 in an online Garden State Chess League match.




For more information about this match, its games, and its outcome please click on the links below.



Secretary Minkov

A Message From The Club President

Posted on December 26, 2020 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

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

Due to my upcoming bladder surgery (Jan. 11), I am going to take a temporary leave of absence at least through to the end of March. I believe that my prognosis will be good as it is a one day surgery to remove a tumor. In the meantime, I am designating Lev (who is one of our two vice presidents) to be "in charge" as the President Pro Tem and that I wish all the officers to be "on deck" to assist him. I will be "in the background" to advise him should Lev need to hear my opinions on plans. As of this moment, the only "club activity" is the GSCL. Lev happens to be the president of that group and he, Andy Chan and I have been working on an issue of dealing with a suspected "cheater" who is active in the league.


As far as our next Annual Meeting and Election, I propose that we wait to conduct that process until we get the "green light" from the town to begin to use the Katz Community Center again.


Concerning the USATE tournament this year, I will leave it up to Lev and Ken Ganning to discuss that possibility of our club participating.


This has been, in my view, a "throwaway year" since we last met on March 3. On a personal note, my children`s Chess classes in various venues have been indefinitely cancelled.


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] .


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



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

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).