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Chess Club Was Closed On November 12 Due To Building Maintenance Problem

Posted on November 15, 2019 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Please be advised that on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 the West Orange Chess Club had to close at the last minute due to an electric problem at the Toby Katz Community Center which is where the West Orange Chess Club Meets. We do however expect the chess club to reopen on November 19, 2019 and therefore expect the blitz tournament that is scheduled for that day to be held accordingly.

Secretary Minkov

Rated Blitz Tournament

Posted on November 11, 2019 at 6:20 AM Comments comments (0)

A rated blitz tournament with cash prizes is scheduled to be held at the West Orange Chess Club On November 19th, 2019.


Registration: 7:00 PM to 7:45 PM.



Entry Fee: $20.00.




This event will be rated under the USCF separate speed rating system.




No increment or delay features involved. Current USCF membership required.




Format, number of rounds, and prizes based on entries.




For more information on this event please contact Club President and TD John Hagerty by email at [email protected] [<buickchess @>] or by phone at 973-736-3433 between the hours of 10:00 AM and 9:00 PM.




Secretary Minkov

Top Finishers Of The Mohan Nayak Memorial Tournament

Posted on November 4, 2019 at 5:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Congratualtions to the following top place finishers of the 2019 Mohan Nayak Memorial Tournament:

Radomskyj 5 points, 1st place 

Boxer 4 points 2nd place 

Zilbermintz 3 points, and Weiss 3 3rd place

Billingham 2.5 points, Best under 1900

Asante 2 points, Best under 1700 

Most Current Results Of The Mohan Nayak Memorial Tournament

Posted on October 22, 2019 at 6:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Round 1

Radomskyj 1---------Martinez 0

Bobby Quian 1/2---------Race 1/2

Weiss 1-----------Asante 0

Burn 1-----------Charles Hart 0

Boxer 1----------Reade 0

Glen Hart 1/2 point bye

Zilbermintz 1/2 point bye

Mike Pepe 1/2 point bye

Round 2 

Boxer 0-----Radomskyj 1

Burn 0-----Weiss 1


Zilbermintz 1/2------Pepe 1/2

Camejo 1------Qian 0


Race 0-------Glen Hart 1

Charles Hart 1F-------Robert Billingham 0F

Asante 1-------Reade 0

Martinez 1/2 point bye

Round 3

Radomskyj 1------Weiss 0

Hart, Glen 0------Camejo 1

Zilbermintz 1------ Burn 0


Pepe 0------Boxer 1

Asante 0------Race 1

Martinez 1/2------Qian 1/2


Reade 0-------Billingham 1

Hart, Charles 1/2 point bye

Round 4

Camejo 0------Radomskyj 1

Weiss 1------Zilbermintz 0

Race 0F------Boxer 1F

Charles Hart 1-----Glen Hart 0

Billingham 1------Martinez 0

Pepe 1-----Burn 0

Qian 1-----Asante 0

Round 5

Radomskyj 1------Hart, Charles 0

Asante 1------Pepe 0

Weiss 0------Boxer 1

Billingham 0F------Camejo 0F--Double forfeit

Qian 0------Zilbermintz 1

Hart, Glen-------0 Martinez 1

Burn 1-------Reade 0

Race 1/2 point bye

Garden State Chess League Message

Posted on September 19, 2019 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

The following message is from West Orange Chess Club Co-Vice President Lev Zilbermintz:

President to Cabinet:

Please find enclosed the revised minutes of the September 10 GSCL meeting. All the revisions have been made.

Regarding Garden State Chess League matches, the calendar is as follows:

October 1

November 5

December 3

February 4

March 3

April 7

January 2020 will be set aside for make-up games.


Bruce, start looking into what options are available for the Stewartsville Presbyterian Church. John Moldovan, please send me ASAP and copy everyone else, which team plays whom.

George, please keep in touch with Bruce as to where Rutgers-New Brunswick will play its match. I want to make sure everyone is accommodated.

Lastly, please understand that the minutes reflect the state of affairs as of the day the meeting was held, September 10. Since that time, new updates have changed what we know.




In addition to the four clubs we have now (Newark McDonalds, Hamilton, Lehigh Valley, West Orange) Rutgers is playing. NJIT should be responding later today or tomorrow. Woodbury Chess Club refused to play. Princeton has not responded. Essex County College has not responded. Rowan University has not responded. Toms River has not responded. Kenilworth responded, saying they have to wait for their members to decide. This could be tomorrow or even later. FYI, Kenilworth is considering a merger with Roselle Chess Club. There are a couple of scholastic clubs. I am going to make last minute phone calls tomorrow. One is in Livingston, the other in Princeton.


Again, try to recruit clubs in your area and schools to join the GSCL.

I will keep you posted.

Hope to hear from you soon.

Lev Zilbermintz

President of the Garden State Chess League



Posted on August 12, 2019 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

The following message is from club Co-Vice President Lev Zilbermintz:

Ladies and Gentlemen,

My name is Lev Zilbermintz, and I am the Vice President of the West Orange Chess Club. I am writing to extend an invitation to your chess club to join the Garden State Chess League. The GSCL, as it is known, is composed of several chess teams from New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Once a month the teams come together at locations in New Jersey and play against each other.

Each team has four players, with an alternate. The players are ranked from Board 1 (highest) to Board 4 (lowest). The average team rating cannot be more than 1925. This is similar to United States Amateur Team East, where the combined ratings of all four players has to be under 2200 USCF. That explained, in the Garden States Chess League the average team rating should be 1925 or lower.

As stated earlier, we would like to invite your club to be a part of Garden States Chess League. Our meeting of all team captains is set for 10 September 2019, at 7 Alisa Drive, West Orange, New Jersey, 8 p.m. It is the Toby Katz Community Center in Diegnan Park, opposite West Orange High School.

Please let us know if you are interested in joining the Garden States Chess League.

Any questions, feel free to contact me. You can reach me at 201-572-3180.

Sincerely yours,

Lev Zilbermintz

Vice President of West Orange Chess Club

Captain, Newark McDonalds chess team

GM Molner Clock Simultaneous Exhibition

Posted on August 4, 2019 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

On July 30, 2019 a game 45 clock simultaneous exhibition was held at the West Orange Chess Club. 22 people participated in this event. GM Molner won 16 games, drew 1 game against L. Zilbermintz, and lost on time to A. Minkov, A. Leman, M. Burn, D. Race, and J. Bernard. Below is a link to an article that was written about this event which can be found on page 11 of the pdf in it:

Secretary Minkov


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. These tournaments are intended to be given in addition to any lectures and/or other type of event that Doran might give. 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.

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.