2013USJuniorOpenColasvsWilliamsRd5

Record Breaking Attendance at the 2013 U.S. Junior Open!

Report by Beatriz Marinello
Photo Credit: All photos by Dora Leticia ©

Justus Williams wins the 2013 U.S. Junior Open Chess Championship!

The 2013 U.S. Junior Open, which took place in Tarry Town, New York (May 31 – June 2nd) welcomed players from all across the USA. Players, school teams and clubs went head to head in this competition.

One of the most exciting games was in Round 5 of the U21 Section.

The game was a classic between two young promising players, Joshua Colas and Justus Williams. Joshua and Justus have played against each other three times this year. The first time they played against each other was at the New York City Championship, Joshua Colas won that game. The second time they went head to head was at the New York State Championship, Joshua Colas won yet again. Finally,  in their third game against each other, which took place at the 2013 U.S. Junior Open in Round 5, Justus Williams finally won a game against Joshua, placing him in a very good position to qualify for the U.S. Junior Closed.

Congratulations to all of the players!

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2013 U.S. Junior Open, Justus, Williams, Round 5, Photo Credit Dora Leticia ©
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2013 U.S. Junior Open, Joshua Colas, Round 5, Photo Credit Dora Leticia ©

Replay the Game

Tied for 2nd Place were: Andrew Ng, Jarod Pamatmat, Deepak Aaron and Andrew Tang.

2013 U.S. Junior Open: Andrew Ng, U21 Tied for 2nd Place, Photo Credit Dora Leticia ©
2013 U.S. Junior Open: Andrew Ng, U21 Tied for 2nd Place, Photo Credit Dora Leticia ©
2013 U.S. Junior Open: Jarod Pamatmat, U21 Tied for 2nd Place, Photo Credit Dora Leticia ©
2013 U.S. Junior Open: Jarod Pamatmat, U21 Tied for 2nd Place, Photo Credit Dora Leticia ©
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2013 U.S. Junior Open: Deepak Aaron, U21 Tied for 2nd Place, Photo Credit Dora Leticia ©

The youngest player in the U21 Section was 11 year old, Nicholas Checa, who decided to play up to get the experience of playing against older and higher rated players. He finished with a solid result of 3 1/2 points.

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2013 U.S. Junior Open: 11 Year Old, Nicholas Checa, U21 Section, Photo by Dora Leticia ©

Prizes were given to: Top Player U2000, Jared Goldfarb, Top Player U1800, Miguel Yanez, Top Player U1600 Brittany Denniston, Top Player U1400, James Zheng, Jarod Pamatmat won the Top Player Age 15, Wilaysha Evans was the Top Player Age 16, Andrew Ng was the Top Player Age 18 and the Top Girl was Jovanna D’Alonzo.

U21 Section Results

  • First – JustusWilliams  5.0
  • Tied for Second: Deepak Aaron  4.5
  • Tied for Second: Andrew Ng  4.5
  • Tied for Second:Jarod Pamatmat  4.5
  • Tied for Second: Andrew Tang  4.5
  • U2000 – Jared Goldfarb  3.5
  • U1800 – Miguel Yanez  3.0
  • U1600 – Brittany Denniston  2.5
  • U1400 – James Zheng  2.5
  • Age 15: Jarod Pamatmat  4.5
  • Age 16: Wilaysha Evans  2.5
  • Age 17: None
  • Age 18: Andrew Ng  4.5
  • Top Girl: Jovanna D’Alonzo 2.0

In the U15 Section, Andrew Liu and Alexander Crump tied for 1st Place. Jason Shi and Jonathon Aiyathurai tied for 3rd Place.

Here are the results:

U15 Section Results

  • Tied for First – Andrew Liu 5.5
  • Tied for First – Alexander Crump 5.5
  • Tied for Third – Jason Shi 5.0
  • Tied for Third – Jonathon Aiyathurai 5.0
  • Tied for Fifth – Haik Der Manuelian 4.5Ag
  • Tied for Fifth – Daniel Kostovetsky 4.5
  • Tied for Fifth – Michael Yen 4.5
  • Tied for Fifth – Colin Denniston 4.5
  • Tied for Fifth – Warren Wang 4.5
  • Tied for Fifth – Jerry Tianyi Wu 4.5
  • Tied for Fifth – Jordan Pamatmat 4.5
  • Tied for Fifth – Dexin Li 4.5
  • Tied for Fifth – Daniel Yedidia 4.5
  • Under 1800 – Jerry Tianyi Wu 4.5
  • Under 1600 – Alexander Hemmat 4.0
  • Under 1400 – Jameison Wade 4.0
  • Under 1200 – Keshav Rao 3.0
  • Under 1000 – Thaman Chillakuru 3.0
  • Age 11 – Colin Denniston 4.5
  • Age 12 – Alexander Crump 5.5
  • Age 13 – Jonathon Aiyathurai 5.0
  • Age 14 – Jordan Pamatmat 4.5
  • Top Girl – Dexin Lee 4.5
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2013 U.S. Junior Open: Daniel Levkov, Co-Champion U11 Section, Photo Credit Dora Leticia ©

Daniel Levkov and Jin Edwin tied for 1st Place and are Co-Champions in the U11 Section.

U11 Section Results

  • First Place Daniel Levkov 5.5
  • Second Place and Top player age 10 Jin Edwin 5.5
  • Third Place and Top player age 9 Justin Chen 5.0
  • Fourth Place and Top player age 8 Rohan Suryawanshi 5.0
  • Fifth Place Oskipper, Constantine 5.0
  • Sixth and Top player U1600 Sarah Yen 5.0
  • Seventh David Brodsky 4.5
  • Top Girl Hilary Zen 4.5
  • Top player U1400 Mateos Haile-Manas 4.0
  • Top player U1200 Bryan Weisz 3.5
  • Top player U1000 Arya Patel 3.5
  • Top player U800 Wade Grayson 3.0

In the U8 Section, Maximillian Lu and Benjamin Medina tied for 1st Place and are Co-Champions in the U8 Section.

Under 8 Section Results

  • First Place Lu, Maximillian 1514 5.0
  • Second Place Medina, Benjamin 1404 5.0
  • Third Place Shillingford, Hamilton 1396 5.0
  • Fourth Place Lalwani, Jay 1382 5.0
  • Fifth Place: Hu, Merric 5.0
  • Sixth Place: Jung, Caden Li 5.0
  • Seven Place: Shuman, Nathaniel 5.0
  • U1400: Shillingford, Hamilton 5.0
  • U1200: Leonardo Liu 4.5
  • U1000: Forester-Yialamas, Lucas 4.0
  • U800: Lee, Haeon 3.5
  • U600: Sencion, Sebastian 3.0
  • Age 5: Casenas, Luis-Joshua 4.0
  • Age 6: Shuman, Nathaniel 5.0
  • Age 7: Medina, Benjamin 5.0
  • Top Girl: Phillips, Amanda 3.5

School Team Awards

 U8:

  • 1st Place went to NEST+M, 12.0
  • 2nd Place went to Speyer, 11.5
  • 3rd Place went to PS116, 11.5
  • 4th Place Hunter, 11.0
  • 5th Place, Dalton, 10.0
  • 6th Place, PS41, 8.5
  • 7th Place, Hutchi, 8.5
  • 8th Place, Avenues, 6.0
  • 9th Place, Hesche, 4.5
  • 10th Place, Levey, 4.0
  • 11th Place, OLMA, 0

U11:

  • 1st Place, PS124 , 12.5
  • 2nd Place, Speyer, 12.5
  • 3rd Place, PS41, 12.5
  • 4th Place, Scicor, 12.0
  • 5th Place, Dalton, 12.0
  • 6th Place, Green, 8.5
  • 7th Place, Kings, 6.5
  • 8th Place,  EdgeWo, 5.5
  • 9th Place, Bronxv, 5.5
  • 10th Place, Putnam, 4.5
  • 11th Place, Nation’s Changers, 3.5

U15:

  • 1st Place, Witherspoon, 11.5
  • 2nd Place, Nation’s Changers, 10.0
  • 3rd Place, Promise, 8.5
  • 4th Place, NYC Labs, 8.5
  • 5th Place, Wagner School, 8.0
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2013 U.S. Junior Open: 2nd Place School Team, U21, Photo by Dora Leticia ©

U21:

  • 1st Place, Wagner, 10.0
  • 2nd Place, Marshall, 6.0

Club Team Awards

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2013 U.S. Junior Open, 1st Place Club Team, Photo Courtesy Dora Leticia ©

U8:

  • 1st Place: NYChess, 11.0
  • 2nd Place, Whitby, 9.5
  • 3rd Plce, GTCC,  6.5

U11:

  • 1st Place, Dean, 13.5
  • 2nd Place, 64 Squares, 12.5
  • 3rd Place, Whitby, 8.0
  • 4th Place, GTCC, 7.0

U15:

  • 1st Place, 64 Squares Academy, 12.5
  • 2nd Place, ICA, 11.5
  • 3rd Place, GTCC, 10.5

U21:

  • 1st Place: Infinity, 10.5

Results in (DOWNLOADABLE PDF) included below, simply click on the desired file.

Final Standings

School Team Awards

Club Team Awards

 

Chess Educators Tournament by Dora Leticia ©

Garden School Chess Tournament

Garden School hosts the first Jackson Heights, New York Chess Tournament April 27th, 2013.
Open to Grades K-12. Trophies for all players!

Chess Educators is proud to organize the first Chess Tournament in Jackson Heights, NY!

Schedule: April 27, 2013; 1pm – 6pm

  • On-site registrations: 12pm-12:30 pm. Rounds begin at 1pm.
  • Check-In: 12:45pm
  • Pre-K–K Section: Rounds 1-4 pm; Awards 4:15pm (Unrated)
  • Rookies Open: Grades 1-6 Section: Rounds 1-5pm; Awards at 5:15pm (Unrated)
  • Rookies Open: Grades 7-12 Section: Rounds 1-5pm; Awards 5:15 pm (Unrated)
  • Open Under 800 Rating; Rounds begin at 1pm; Game 45 per player; Awards 6:15 PM (USCF Rated)
  • Championship Over 801 Section: Rounds begin at 1pm; Game 45 Per Player; Award Ceremony at 6:15 pm (USCF Rated)

Location: Garden School; 33-16 79th Street, Jackson Heights, NY 11372 (Queens)

School website: www.GardenSchool.org. Refreshments will be served.

Registration & Payment: Available online at www.ChessEducators.com or by Mail: Checks payable to Chess Educators, P.O. Box 160, NY, NY 10028, mail registration form with payment. Pre-registration rates end at Noon on the day before the event. Allow plenty of time for mailed entries.

Entre Fees:

  • $20 if received by April 23 , 2013.
  • $30 if received between April 24-26, 2013.
  • $40 for Walk-ins.

BIS-NY Chess Tournament (May 12, 2013)

The British International School of New York Hosts Chess Tournament (May 12, 2013)

15 Waterside Plaza New York, NY 10010-2612 (BISNY Dining Hall)

Open to All Players from Kindergarten – Eighth Grade
Trophies for All Players. Parent supervision is required.

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE:

On-site registrations: From 9am – 9:30 am. Rounds begin at 10 am. Pre-registration rates end at Noon on the day before the event.

  • Pre-K – K Section: From 10 – 1 ; Awards at 1:15 PM (Unrated)
  • Novice Open: 1-8 Section: From 10 – 1 ; Awards at 1:15 PM (Unrated)
  • Championship Rated Open: GAME 45 PER PLAYER ; Award Ceremony 4:30 PM (USCF Rated)

ENTRY FEES:

  • Entry fee $30 if received by May 4, 2013.
  • $35 if received between May 5-11, 2013.
  • $40 for Walk-ins.

Please note that our space is limited. Please visit us at www.ChessEducators.com for tournament House Rules and complete information.

Registration & Payment:

For More Information Contact: Beatriz Marinello (917)553-4522 or Beatriz@Chesseducators.com

For more information about British International School of New York please visit www.bis-ny.org.

How to Get There

Directions to 15 Waterside Plaza:

 

By Car and approaching from south of 23rd Street: FDR Drive to the 20th-23rd Street exit, then onto the FDR Drive Service Road (along the East River) to 25th Street. Enter the Waterside Plaza complex go past the marina & UNIS. Parking is available for a fee at both the Marina at 23rd Street and at Waterside Plaza. Building 15 is on the Plaza level. To access the Plaza level take the main staircase just north of the parking garage entrance and walk South across the Plaza to Bldg 15.

By Car and approaching from north of 23rd Street: FDR Drive to the 23rd Street Exit; make a left at the 23rd Street traffic light and go underneath the FDR Drive; make a second left (bearing to the right) at the next traffic light onto the FDR Drive Service Road (along the East River) to 25th Street. Enter the Waterside Plaza complex go past the marina & UNIS. Parking is available for a fee at both the Marina at 23rd Street and at Waterside Plaza. Building 15 is on the Plaza level. To access the Plaza level take the main staircase just north of the parking garage entrance and walk South across the Plaza to Bldg 15.

By Taxi: If coming by taxi, ask the driver to take you to “Waterside Plaza”, when he pulls in, ask him to go straight just past the parking garage you will see a staircase with waterfall & glass elevator. Building 15 is on the Plaza level. To access the Plaza level take the main staircase just north of the parking garage entrance and walk South across the Plaza to Bldg 15.

By subway: Trains 1, 6, E, F, Q, 63 St/6 Ave Shuttle, or W to the 23rd Street station; then take the 23rd Street crosstown bus east (M23) to FDR Drive. Walk under the FDR drive, turn left at the Marina, and walk north two blocks along the East River. Enter Waterside complex, walk straight just past the parking garage you will see a staircase with waterfall & glass elevator. Building 15 is on the Plaza level. To access the Plaza level take the main staircase just north of the parking garage entrance and walk South across the Plaza to Bldg 15.

By bus: Any north or southbound bus to 23rd Street; transfer to the 23rd Street crosstown bus (M23) to the FDR Drive. Walk under the FDR drive, turn left at the Marina, and walk north two blocks along the East River. Or take the 34th Street crosstown bus (M-16 Waterside) east to Waterside Plaza (last stop). Enter Waterside complex, walk straight just past the parking garage you will see a staircase with waterfall & glass elevator. Building 15 is on the Plaza level. To access the Plaza level take the main staircase just north of the parking garage entrance and walk South across the Plaza to Bldg 15.

By foot: Take the pedestrian footbridge at the end of East 25th Street over the FDR Drive and follow the ramp to the left. Walk past water feature & roof access staircase and Bldg 15 will be on your right side.

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2013 U.S. Junior Open

This Spring, the 2013 U.S. Junior Open comes to Tarrytown, New York!

May 31 – June 2, 2013

The U.S. Chess Federation and Chess Educators are pleased to invite you to participate in the 2013 U.S. Junior Open.

Where: Doubletree Tarrytown Hotel; 455 South Broadway; Tarrytown, NY 10591 USA
Tournament Organizer: IO Beatriz Marinello; Chess Educators
Chief TD: IA Carol Jarecki

Tournament Format: 6 Rounds, Swiss System. One 1/2 point bye available, except Rd 6, if requested prior to Round 1

Time Control: G/1:55. plus 5 second delay.

Rating: USCF Rated; Sections Under 21 & Under 15 are FIDE Rated.

4 Sections: (by age) U21, U15, U11, U8 (ages as of 1/1/2013). Individual and Team Awards (schools and clubs). Plaques are decided by tie breaks, cash prizes are divisible.

Sections

  • UNDER 21: #1 player gets the US Junior Open Champion title, qualifies to play in the 2014 US Junior Closed Invitational, if still eligible by age. Plaque and $600; #2-5 players cash prizes: $400-$300-$200-$100; Plaques for best player age 18, 17, 16, 15, top Girl, top ratings U2000, U1800, U 1600, U1400, U1200.
  • UNDER 15: #1 player gets the US Junior Under 15 Champion title, Plaque and $400; #2 – 5 players cash prizes: $300-$200-$100-$50. Plaques for best player age 14, 13, 12, 11, top Girl, top ratings U1800, U 1600, U1400, U1200, U1000.
  • UNDER 11: #1 player gets the US Junior Under 11 Champion title, Plaque and $300; #2 – 5 players cash prizes: $200-$100-$75 -$50.Plaques for best player age 10, 9, 8, top Girl, top ratings U 1600, U1400, U1200, U1000, U800.
  • UNDER 8: #1 player gets the US Junior Under 8 Champion title, Plaque and $200; #2-5 players cash prizes: $150-$100-$75 -$50. Plaques for best player age 7, 6, 5, top Girl, top ratings U1400, U1200, U1000, U800, U600.

SCHOOLS AND CLUBS TEAM TROPHIES AWARDS FOR ALL THE SECTIONS: (minimum 3 players for team, and winning teams will be selected by the top three individual scores) SCHOOL TEAM AWARDS TOP 5; CLUB TEAM AWARDS TOP 5.

Schedule:

  • Rounds 1-4 ; May 31 & June 1: 11am & 5 pm;
  • Rounds 5-6; June 2: 9am & 2 pm;
  • Award ceremony; June 2: 7pm.

Entry Fee & Registration:

  • $60 if registered or postmarked by April 22, 2013,
  • $70 if registered or postmarked by May 20, 2013
  • $80 after May 20
  • $100 at site from 8am-10am

Players registering on site after 10am (Friday) will not be paired for round 1, will receive a 1/2 bye, and will begin play with round 2.

Withdrawals:  If you registered and cannot participate in the tournament, please send us an email at info@chesseducators.com as soon as possible.

Refunds:  If a player withdraws from the tournament, refunds will be processed only if the refund is requested prior to May 29, 2013. No refunds after May 29, 2013.

Lodging:

  • DOUBLE TREE TARRYTOWN HOTEL, 455 South Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 10591, USA. Located in Westchester county in New York, only 40 minutes away from Grand Central Station in New York City by Metro North Train.
  • Chess Rate $129 single/double/triple/quad Free Parking, free internet connection.
  • Reservation: Call 914-631-5700 or online at www.tarrytown.doubletree.com and enter the group code CHS. Chess rate applies to reservations made by April 26th.

Contact:

Tournament Organizer, Beatriz Marinello at Tel: 917-553-4522 or by email at Beatriz@chesseducators.com; Official website is www.ChessEducators.com/us-junior

2013 Blitz US Junior

7 Rounds G 5; Thursday, May 30th @ 5 pm.

Three Sections:

  • Open
  • Under 1600
  • Under 1000

Fee: $20

Blitz Tournament Registration:

The Blitz Tournament will take place at the DoubleTree (Tarrytown) hotel in the ‘River Room’.  On-site registrations for the Blitz tournament will begin at 1pm and will close at 4:30pm . The Blitz Tournament begins at 5pm. Prizes for top 5 players in each section.

Related News: Results of 2012 U.S. Junior Open

Karthik Ramachandran, 2012 U.S. Junior Open, U21 Section winner. Photo Courtesy USCF
Karthik Ramachandran, 2012 U.S. Junior Open, U21 Section winner. Photo Courtesy USCF
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The 2013 U.S. Senior Open comes to New York

This Spring, the 2013 U.S. Senior Open comes to Tarrytown, New York!

May 28 – June 2, 2013

More Prizes Added!

The U.S. Chess Federation and Chess Educators are pleased to invite you to participate in the 2013 U.S. Senior Open.

Where: Doubletree Tarrytown Hotel; 455 South Broadway; Tarrytown, NY 10591 USA
Tournament Organizer: IO Beatriz Marinello; Chess Educators
Chief TD: IA Carol Jarecki

Eligibility:

Open to USCF members born on or before May 27, 1963.

Tournament Format: 6 Rounds, Swiss System. Two 1/2-point byes allowed if requested before end of Rd 2.
Time Control: 40/2 followed by G/1, plus 5 second delay

Rating: USCF Rated & FIDE Rated.

Prizes and Awards: $5,500 GTD! Plaques for the top 10 players overall.

  • 1st $1,250
  • 2nd 850
  • 3rd $600
  • 4th 300
  • Under 2300 $500 & $300
  • Under 2000 $300 & $150
  • Under 1800 $300 & 150
  • Under 1500/unr $300 & $150
  • Top Woman $350

More Prizes Added!

  • Plaque for Top Player over age 65, age 75 and age 85.

 

Top finisher born on or before 12/31/53 qualifies for the 2013 FIDE World Senior Championship in Opatija, Croatia.  The USCF will provide a $500 stipend and the US Chess Trust will provide a $500 stipend.

6 Day Schedule:

  • May 28 – June 1; Rounds 1-5 @ 5 pm
  • June 2; Round 6 @ 9am

3 Day Schedule:

Note: (First three rounds not eligible for FIDE rating, since it’s G/60)

  • May 31; Rounds 1-3 @ 9am, 11:30am & 2pm.
  • Merges on Round 4.
  • Awards Banquet on Sunday, June 2nd @ 4pm, $35, open to all.

Entry Fee & Registration:

  • Free entry for Grandmasters and Woman Grandmasters
  • $95 if registered or postmarked by April 20th, 2013. < — Extended to April 22, 2013
  • $110 if registered or postmarked by May 10th, 2013
  • $130 after May 10th and on-site.

Mailed Entry Forms to: Chess Educators P.O. Box 160, New York, NY 10028.

Lodging:

  • DOUBLE TREE TARRYTOWN HOTEL, 455 South Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 10591, USA. Located in Westchester county in New York, only 40 minutes away from Grand Central Station in New York City by Metro North Train.
  • Chess Rate $129 single/double/triple/quad Free Parking, free internet connection.
  • Reservation: Call 914-631-5700 or online at www.tarrytown.doubletree.com and enter the group code CHS. Chess rate applies to reservations made by April 26th.

Contact:

Tournament Organizer, Beatriz Marinello at Tel: 917-553-4522 or by email at Beatriz@chesseducators.com; Official website is www.ChessEducators.com/us-senior

2013 Blitz US Senior

7 rounds G 5 Sunday, June 2@ 8pm

Two Sections:

  • Open
  • Under 1600

Fee: $20

Blitz Tournament Registration:

On-site registrations for the Blitz tournament will close at 7:30pm . (70% of total entry fees for Blitz Chess Challenge will be allocated to cash prizes) 50% 1st Place, 30% 2nd Place & 20% 3rd Place.

Related News: Results of 2012 U.S. Senior Open

Check out this video featuring GM Alexander Ivanov, Winner of the 2012 U.S. Senior Open and Hikaru Nakamura.

2012 NYC Rapid Chess Challenge, Joshua Colas vs Michael Bodek by Dora Leticia ©

ROSNEFT: 2012 New York City Rapid Chess Challenge, Before the Storm

2012 NYC Rapid Chess Challenge, Joshua Colas vs Michael Bodek by Dora Leticia ©

As Hurricane Sandy headed to the North East (USA), the monster storm did not stop young chess players from participating in the 2012 New York City Rapid Chess Challenge, which was held at the United Nations International School (UNIS Manhattan Campus) on October 28th, 2012.  This event included a scholastic tournament and a three games match between two of the top USA cadet players, 15 year old Michael Bodek (2413) and 14 year old Joshua Colas (2395).

Die-hard chess players and chess parents are known to weather snow storms and challenging weather conditions all to play chess.

The school’s Manhattan campus with it’s views to the east river welcomed players and their families for a day of rapid chess and face-painting, a feature added to the tournament considering the upcoming Halloween holiday.

2012 NYC Rapid Chess Challenge, Face Painting by Dora Leticia ©
2012 NYC Rapid Chess Challenge, Chess Player with face painted by Dora Leticia ©

Players and parents lined the halls of the school in anticipation of the tournament and checked for weather updates on their mobile devices.

It was an unusual day, public transportation was scheduled to shut down in New York City later that evening, which made for a tight schedule. But, the children had a blast!

Chess players received t-shirts, souvenirs, medals and trophies to the top winners.

2012 NYC Rapid Chess Challenge, Michael Bodek (l) and Joshua Colas (r). Julie Menin, candidate for Manhattan Borough President and proud chess mom makes the first move. Photo by Dora Leticia ©

Among the guests was Julie Menin, a candidate for Manhattan Borough President and proud chess mom, shown above making the first move for Joshua Colas in the exhibition match

David MacEnulty of The David MacEnulty Chess Foundation also attended, taking time to review some of the players chess games after their rounds.

David MacEnulty reviewing games with young chess players. Photo by Dora Leticia ©

We would like express our appreciation to ROSNEFT, FIDE Chess in the Schools, Dr. Lidana Jalilvand Director of Special Programs at the United Nations International School (UNIS), our wonderful staff and the chess players and chess parents who make a commitment to bring chess to their children’s lives.

(From left to right) Dr. Lidana Jalilvand Director of Special Programs (UNIS), Event Organizer Beatriz Marinello, Julie Menin candidate for Manhattan Borough President, Polly Wright TD Photo by Dora Leticia ©

I would like to thank FIDE Chief Executive Officer Mr. Geoffrey Borg and Project Manager, Anastasia Sorokina for coordinating the ROSNEFT Training project with Chess Educators in New York City.

It is wonderful when people who make up our chess community support chess events and tournaments and see the value in it. Young chess players deserve our commitment.

Photo Gallery: All photos courtesy of the event photorapher, Dora Leticia ©.

2012 NYC Rapid Chess Challenge, Exhibition Match, Joshua Colas and Michael Bodek. Photo by Dora Leticia ©
2012 NYC Rapid Chess Challenge, Exhibition Match, Joshua Colas. Photo by Dora Leticia ©
2012 NYC Rapid Chess Challenge, Exhibition Match, Michael Bodek. Photo by Dora Leticia ©
2012 NYC Rapid Chess Challenge, Chess Kids. Photo by Dora Leticia ©
2012 NYC Rapid Chess Challenge. Photo by Dora Leticia ©
2012 NYC Rapid Chess Challenge. Photo by Dora Leticia ©
2012 NYC Rapid Chess Challenge. Going over games. Photo by Dora Leticia ©
2012 NYC Rapid Chess Challenge. Photo by Dora Leticia ©
2012 NYC Rapid Chess Challenge. Photo by Dora Leticia ©
2012 NYC Rapid Chess Challenge. Photo by Dora Leticia ©
2012 NYC Rapid Chess Challenge. Photo by Dora Leticia ©
2012 NYC Rapid Chess Challenge. Photo by Dora Leticia ©
2012 NYC Rapid Chess Challenge. Photo by Dora Leticia ©
2012 NYC Rapid Chess Challenge. Photo by Dora Leticia ©
2012 NYC Rapid Chess Challenge, Exhibition Match, Joshua Colas and Michael Bodek. Photo by Dora Leticia ©
2012 NYC Rapid Chess Challenge, Exhibition Match, Joshua Colas and Michael Bodek. Photo by Dora Leticia ©
2012 NYC Rapid Chess Challenge, Michael Bodek, Beatriz Marinello and Joshua Colas (left to right). Photo by Dora Leticia ©