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Message From Co-Vice President Lev Zilbermintz

Posted on June 3, 2021 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Game/10 or Game/5 tournament in June 2021 and other matters 



Now that the club has reopened, it is time to bring back tournaments. Vice President Doran Race has returned to active status as well. I would like to thank Andrew Chan for serving as Acting Vice President during May, when Doran was out. Thus, Andrew reverts to being Online Tournament Director, now that Doran is back.


West Orange has clinched first place in the 2020-2021 Garden State Chess League, with 8 points out of 10. Lehigh Valley Chess Association is in second place, with 6/10 points. Congratulations to all winners.


Stay safe.


Lev Zlbermintz


Acting President of West Orange Chess Club


President of Garden State Chess League

[For more information about any upcoming chess tournament please send an email to Club President and TD John Hagerty at [email protected] (<buickchess @>) or alternatively to Co-Vice President Lev Zilbermintz at [email protected] (<westorange.chessclub @>)] 

Message From The Club President

Posted on March 18, 2021 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)

I am so proud of all who helped our team succeed! If we get a plaque, I`ll make sure that we can get it put up on our wall at the club so that it can be viewed someday (soon, I hope!) in person. Needless to say, I really the camaraderie our club has when we get together in person. Kudos to Lev Zilbermintz, our acting president, for helping us keep the interest in the GSCL and USATE alive and a huge round of applause to Andy Chan, our Director of Player Development, for his analysis of the league games and coaching. Andy and Lev have also helped me by reaching out to various folks wishing to get involved in our club even though the activity is restricted, for now, to online events. This help is very much appreciated during my surgery recovery. I will be submitting an updated list of Chess books that were donated to the WOCC by former club champion Herb Hickman. These books are free to anyone who wants them.                                                                                                                                                           

 John M. Hagerty

Online Garden State Chess League Matches

Posted on March 18, 2021 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

On March 16, 2021 a team representing the West Orange Chess Club defeated a team representing the NJIT B team by the perfect score of 4-0 to in the Garden State Chess League!

Also, on March 11, 2021 a team representing the West Orange Chess Club defeated a team representing Lehigh Valley by a score of 2 1/2 to 1 1/2 in the Garden State Chess League.


Below are links for the results and the games of those matches.


Secretary Minkov

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 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).



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 (please only call between the hours of 10 am and 9 pm).

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