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The Right Move, in partnership with New York State Department of Parks, provides FREE Chess Tournaments for youth in the New York City area.

Monthly ChessTournaments are held at Roberto Clemente State Park, 301 W Tremont Ave., Bx, 10453. See our sidebar for more info and to register for a tournament.

The Right Move Chess Foundation, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit corporation which serves scholastic chess players in  New York City and the Greater Capital District of Albany, New York by providing a series of free chess tournaments during the school year.  

DateTournamentNotes: Limited to 230 or date indicated Pre-Registration required.
Dec 6 , outdoors Roberto Clemente uncertain.TRM#252 Nervous KnightsPlease stay safe and healthyRegister here
Jan 10 RiverbankTRM#253 Dream Big
Stay safe & healty. Respect others. COVID-19: No adequate safety standards yet.
Feb 2 Riverbank254 Begin Here sponsor this tournamentPre-registration opens 3 weeks prior to tournament
Mar 7 Riverbank255 Slow Down sponsor this tournamentPre-registration opens 3 weeks prior to tournament
Apr 4 Riverbank256 Think, Think sponsor this tournamentPre-registration opens 3 weeks prior to tournament
May 2 Riverbank257 Preparedsponsor this tournamentPre-registration opens 3 weeks prior to tournament
June 6 Riverbank258 Wishful sponsor this tournamentPre-registration opens 3 weeks prior to tournament
Riverbank259 Courageous sponsor this tournamentPre-registration opens 3 weeks prior to tournament
Riverbank260 Probingsponsor this tournamentPre-registration opens 3 weeks prior to tournament
Riverbank261 Imaginesponsor this tournamentPre-registration opens 3 weeks prior to tournament
Riverbank262 Fulfilled sponsor this tournamentPre-registration opens 3 weeks prior to tournament
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Results from all of our tournaments are NOW POSTED.

Dec 6 Still Outdoors at RCSP

Happy Thanksgiving, Everybody!!! Stay healthy. Stay safe.

This update Wednesday, November 25, 2020. 5:00 PM (14 signed up already. Be one of the 34 players who can still sign up. Masks are required. )

It’s FREE. It’s FUN. Don’t Wait, COME.

Yes, December outdoors is still the best option for over-the-board chess at this time.

So here goes. Sign up for Dec 6 (limit first 48 due to health concerns)

brjohn@juno.com Subject: Dec 6. Give full name, uscf ID and section.

You will receive a confirmation notice and can see the list below with all those already signed up.

The six section field projected below needs you. Unless the total number of players approaches 48, many sections will have to be combined!! Beat those winter blues. Play chess safely outdoors! (But do dress warmly. Free parking available.)

Here is the current list of those signed up so far: (This list shows the November rating list. December uscf rating list will be used. It is the annual list and should be available soon.)

Nervous Knights: Frightful Choices: Choose your weapons!

SwissSys Standings. Nervous Knights: King (Above 1400 & Unrated)

#PlaceNameRtngTot
11-3KASTIOUKEVITCH,DA15790
2 BARANWAL,SUVAN15590
3 DAS,ADITEYA14750

Nervous Knights: Assert your privilege. Bring your best!

SwissSys Standings. Nervous Knights: Queen (Under 1400 & Unrated)

#PlaceNameRtngTot
11-5BERKSON,LEO11770
2 SHEMO,ETHAN10950
3 WILEY,ROSEMARY JA8510
4 MATOS,YESHUA8470
5 HAN,LEQIunr.0

Nervous Knights: Prepare, prepare, prepare…

SwissSys Standings. Nervous Knights: Rook (Under 1100 & Unrated)

#PlaceNameRtngTot
11-2SHEMO,JAMES7830
2 FUNK,RAPHAEL7140

Nervous Knights: Go forward! Take the Challenge.

SwissSys Standings. Nervous Knights: Knight (Under 800 & Unrated)

#PlaceNameRtngTot
11-1SHEMO,RYAN4980

Nervous Knights: The brave, the strong and the rest…

SwissSys Standings. Nervous Knights: Bishop (Under 500 & Unrated)

#PlaceNameRtngTot
11-1BARANWAL,SAVIT3010

Nervous Knights: You can do it!

SwissSys Standings. Nervous Knights: Pawn (Under 300 & Unrated, Gr 3 & below)

#PlaceNameRtngTot
11-2SHEMO,VIOLET1180
2 SHEMO,WILLIAMunr.0

Please note the categories have changed. All are uscf rated sections and current membership is required. A minimum six players in each section is required or that section will be combined. (Join or renew USCF membership on-site for $9 yearly membership.)

Trophies for 1st and 2nd each section (based on less than 10 in each section. More players means more trophies). Medals for 2.5 or more points.

Currently the tournament will be at Roberto Clemente State Park, 301 West Tremont Ave., Bx 10453. Park outdoors down after the circle with the statue of Roberto Clemente, Make a left hand turn at the bottom (not to public parking $$$) and near the river outdoors (with no hot food vendor). Bring your own food. Free parking.

Updated information will be published here as conditions permit, for example, for cancellation, moving to a new site indoors (if possible…) or other news. The weather has been consistently wonderful for outdoor chess for many months. Maybe, just maybe…

Nov 8 Battlin’ Bishops – Final Results

Battlin’ Bishops

SwissSys Standings. Battlin’ Bishops: King (Over 1000)

#PlaceNameRtngRd 1Rd 2Rd 3Rd 4Tot
11-4CHIN,DAMON1640W8W3L2W53
2 CHIN,CHRISTIAN1560W9W6W1L43
3 BARANWAL,SUVAN1559W7L1W5W63
4 STARK,CHLOE A1560W11L5W9W23
55-8DAS,ADITEYA1475W10W4L3L12
6 MEYERS,JACOB1323W12L2W7L32
7 BUCKLEY,GLYNN1094L3W8L6W122
8 YUE,TARIQ1268L1L7W10W112
99-10BERKSON,LEO1177L2W12L4D10
10 ROBINOVICH,RAFAEL1055L5W11L8D9
1111COTLER,DALE1224L4L10W12L81
1212CHOVANEC,ALICE1024L6L9L11L70

Battlin’ Bishops

SwissSys Standings. Battlin’ Bishops: Queen (Under 1000)

#PlaceNameRtngRd 1Rd 2Rd 3Rd 4Tot
11SHEN,LEO XIAOHANG560W7W6W2W34
22LING,CHENXUAN494W8W3L1W43
33-5MATOS,YESHUA847W4L2W7L12
4 MILCHEVSKIY,TIMOTHY620L3W5W6L22
5 COTLER,AMELIA718L6L4W8W72
66-8SOLL,ALEXANDER HR896W5L1L4L81
7 STARK,MAX W775L1W8L3L51
8 FUNK,RAPHAEL714L2L7L5W61

Battlin’ Bishops

SwissSys Standings. Battlin’ Bishops: Rook (Under 600)

#PlaceNameRtngRd 1Rd 2Rd 3Rd 4Tot
11HAN, LEQIunr.W6D4W5W7
22-3XU, CORNELIAunr.L3W8W4W53
3 CHAHAL, AVYANunr.W2L5W6W83
44ASENCIOS, EMILIO554W7D1L2W6
55BARANWAL, SAVIT301W8W3L1L22
66-7PACK, GABRIEL567L1W7L3L41
7 CHOVANEC, WILLIAMunr.L4L6W8L11
88CHOVANEC, RACHELunr.L5L2L7L30

Magnificent Thanks to all the players, parents and friends who helped Brother John at Sunday’s tournament. He was most enthused about all the positive energy and support the kids received throughout the day. Everyone did a great job! —Renee M Scorcia, President

So far no safety guidelines for indoor chess tournaments have been issued for New York. Riverbank State Park is not possible for November or +December. As soon as possible The Right Move will hold indoor tournaments at Riverbank, but now Prepare for the outdoors on November 8 at Roberto Clemente State Park*.

Sign up for this 4 games of exciting chess now. It’s free. (4 SS, G/30;d5) USCF membership required. To join or renew USCF on-site costs $9 for the entire year.

Send an email to brjohn@juno.com with your name, uscf id and your section. Tell NEW if joining for the first time. There are no team awards due to the limited number of players (48).

There are really three separate tournaments, called sections. New players and beginners can choose the Under 600 section (Rook). There is a section for Under 1000 (Queen) and another for those Over 1000 (King). You only play against those in your section.

Games are at 10:00, 11:00, 12:30 and 1:30. Trophies to top 3 in each section, top U1200, top U700, with medals for a finish of 2.5 or better. Sign up on-site allowed on a first- come basis until 48 is reached, so do pre-register to hold your place.

Farewell tour: Many thanks to The Scorcia Family (Renee, Yvonne, Marilyn and Henry) They are finishing 10 years of volunteer work helping maintain the high professional level of tournament conditions demanded by our youth. Please be prepared to step forward and help out in November as they will not be present due to other obligations. Tell Brother John you are willing to help. Keep the tradition of Free Chess for Youth alive.

  • Riverbank State Park is located at 145th Street and Riverside Drive in NYC 10024. Roberto Clemente State Park is located at 301 West Tremont Ave., Bronx 10453.

The Chess Indoor Plan from The Right Move for use when Riverbank State Park might become available (projected January??):

Round pairings would be posted outside the building 10 minutes prior to the round.

Only those playing would be allowed in the tournament hall, limited to a total of 48 players.

There will be only two players at each table. Tables would be spaced a minimum 6 feet apart from each other.  Players would be required to wear a mask and sanitize hands before each game.

Each round a sanitized set and board would be used and the previous equipment will be removed from play.

Results: Oct 18 “Aim High”

Sunday, Oct. 18. Weather – 62 degrees and partly sunny.

SwissSys Report: Aim High

SwissSys Standings. Aim High: King (Over 1000)

#NameIDRatingRd 1Rd 2Rd 3Rd 4Total
1ADITEYA DAS168733351438D4W6W8W33.5
2SUVAN BARANWAL166730001556W6W8L3W53.0
3CHLOE A STARK161388061549W7W5W2L13.0
4LEO BERKSON162623171036D1W7L5W82.5
5OLIVER CHARLES MA161295901409B—L3W4L22.0
6GLYNNTON BUCKLEY165737451089L2L1W9B—2.0
7RAFAEL ROBINOVICH166154521059L3L4B—W92.0
8IXOYE MOGUEL162686321366W9L2L1L41.0
9Liam Luna16268715995L8B—L6L71.0

SwissSys Standings. Aim High: Queen (Under 1000)

#NameIDRatingRd 1Rd 2Rd 3Rd 4Total
1Tariq Yue30014129unr.W15W2W4W54.0
2ROSEMARY JA WILEY16771420702W7L1W8W123.0
3ISAAC DIAZ16913526685W14L12W7W63.0
4LUCAS BOCKOWSKI17113484654W8W10L1W93.0
5KAMILA TURSUNOVA30039618651B—W6W12L13.0
6ALEXANDER HR SOLL16948262940W11L5W10L32.0
7SIMONE MAIMON16108331861L2W13L3W172.0
8IMMANUEL PURUSHOTHAM17113133821L4W17L2W162.0
9MAX W STARK16158726818L13W11W16L42.0
10NATHANAEL KUFFOUR15810471816W17L4L6W142.0
11RAPHAEL FUNK16995532741L6L9B—W132.0
12TIMOTHY MILCHEVSKIY15840198580W16W3L5L22.0
13NICOLE S CAI17262612467W9L7W14L112.0
14Arston Wang17254770835L3W15L13L101.0
15KYLIE BOCKOWSKI16448263796L1L14L17B—1.0
16SAVIT BARANWA30044447328L12B—L9L81.0
17GABRIEL PACK unr.L10L8W15L71.0

Due to the “spike” in COVID in some areas of NYC The Right Move can only respond safely within current guidelines. No indoor tournament allowed at this time. Roberto Clemente State Park outdoors is the site for Oct 18.

The Right Move will limit the number of players to 48, with no team awards at this time, since players from one team may wind up playing their own team due to the limits in participation.

Ratings from the Oct 4 tournament (shown below) will be used to make pairings for those involved

King (Over 1000) Are you ready? Then join in now or sign-in early on Sunday

  • Suvan Baranwal 1556
  • Megan Paragua 1526
  • Chloe Stark 1549
  • Oliver Ma 1447
  • Aditeya Das 1438
  • Dominic Paragua 1403
  • Ixoye Moguel 1366
  • GB Anon 1089
  • Rafael Robinovich 1059
  • Leo Berkson 1036

Queen (Under 1000)

  • Alexander Soll 940
  • Simone Maimon 861
  • Immanuel Purushotham 821
  • Max Stark 818
  • Nathaniel Kuffor 816
  • Kylie Bockowski 796
  • Raphael Funk 741
  • Rosemary Wiley 702 Bye Rd 1
  • Isaac Diaz 685
  • Lucas Bockowski 654
  • Kamila Tursunova 651
  • Nicole S Cai 467
  • Tariq Yue Unr

Rook (Under 600) Learn new skills and have fun. Six players minimum required for this section. Beginners and new players most welcome. Sign up now or Sign in early on Sunday.

  • Timothy Milchewskiy 580
  • Savit Baranwal 328
  • Gabriel Pack Unr

Who: You!! Scholastic Chess players (Players limited to 48; Social Distancing and mask required). Teams welcome but may play each other due to small numbers in each section. No team awards will be presented. Minimum 18 must sign up by Friday Noon or event will be cancelled.

What: 3 sections (Over 1000, Under 1000, and Under 600) of rated uscf outdoor chess with 4 games for each player (G/30;d5). Free. Players may join or renew USCF membership on-site for $9 (good for one year).

When: Sunday, October 18, 2020 Rounds at 10:00, 11:00, 12:30 and 1:30. Check in on stage area by 9:30 to play in round 1.

Where: Roberto Clemente State Park, 301 West Tremont Ave., Bronx, NY 10453

Why: Because you are important, you work hard and you deserve the best opportunities to show your skills safely and within healthy guidelines.

How: Send your email to: brjohn@juno.com Subject: Oct 18 Include your full name and uscf id number. Put NEW if joining uscf for the first time. Cost to join or renew USCF membership on-site is $9, good for the entire year.

Additional info:

Trophies to First, Second and Third in each section U1200, U700 (Section must have a minimum of 6 players) Medal winners for 2.5 or more points.

This tournament will be outdoors around the stage near the river and can be cool (cold to some). Dress correctly.

Please note: Our favorite vendor from last year, Sevi, plans to bring food for sale. Hot food available for purchase on site!!

The list of those already signed up will be posted on www.chesstrm.org/NYC/

(Upcoming event: Riverbank State Park, 145th Street & Riverside Drive, Indoors on November 8 PENDING. Limited to 48 players. Only players will be allowed inside and shall leave to go outside when the game finishes. You are invited to sign up at brjohn@juno.com and be clear to show you are signing up for the November 8 indoor Sunday event.)

Renee M Scorcia, President, The Right Move

Results. Sunday, Oct 4, 2020 Roberto Clemente State Park Outdoor Chess

Here are the results

SwissSys Report: Chillin’ By The Harlem River

SwissSys Standings. Chillin’ By The Harlem River: King

#PlaceNameIDRatingRd 1Rd 2Rd 3Rd 4Total
11Megan Paragua171066921417W9W8W7W44.0
22Chloe Stark161388061476L5W3W10W63.0
33-4Suvan Baranwal166730001570D4L2W9W72.5
4 Oliver Charles Ma161295901409D3W10W8L12.5
55-6Dominic Paragua171066861403W2L7L6W102.0
6 Ixoye Moguel162686321363L8W9W5L22.0
77Max Cacciatore164565181440D10W5L1L31.5
88-9Aditeya Das168733351462W6L1L4U—1.0
9 Glynnton Buckley165737451095L1L6L3B—1.0
1010Josiah Sillau161186521351D7L4L2L50.5

SwissSys Standings. Chillin’ By The Harlem River: Queen

#PlaceNameIDRatingRd 1Rd 2Rd 3Rd 4Total
11Rafael Robinovich16615452961W11W7W3W54.0
22-4Yeshua Matos16786251852L12W8W6W73.0
3 Shawn Epelbaum16736153787W8W12L1W63.0
4 Isaac Diaz16913526685L5W9W10W113.0
55-10Liam Luna16268715995W4L6W11L12.0
6 Kylie Bockowski16448263786W9W5L2L32.0
7 Max Stark16158726783W10L1W13L22.0
8 Andres Grundy16930164574L3L2W12W142.0
9 Lucas Bockowski17113484unr.L6L4W14W132.0
10 Kamilla Tursunova30039618unr.L7W13L4W122.0
1111-13Jade Sillau16765652624L1W14L5L41.0
12 Timothy Milchevskiy15840198603W2L3L8L101.0
13 Savit Baranwal30044447unr.W14L10L7L91.0
1414Emir Grundy30030980unr.L13L11L9L80.0

Sign up on-site. Join these players who are already signed up: (Maximum Limit 48)

Great weather and very competitive field brought the total number of players to 26 vied for their best performance. While many great moves achieved temporary successes Megan Paragua emerged as the Champion in the King section with a perfect score, while Rafael Robinovitch captured the Queen section crown also undefeated.

N.B.- There are still only three players signed up for the Under 600 section. That section has been cancelled since there are not the minimum six (6) signed up. (May re-open if sign-in on-site has three more U600. Rare = 10% probability. Only you can make it happen!!)

Sign-ups on-site are still allowed for all sections until the maximum is reached, 48.

King (Over 1000)

  • Kyle Cheung 1646
  • Suvan Baranwal 1570
  • Chloe Stark 1476
  • Aditeya Das 1462
  • Megan Paragua 1417
  • Oliver Ma 1409
  • Jesse Lee 1406
  • Dominic Paragua 1403
  • Ixoye Moguel Lara 1363
  • Josiah Sillau 1351
  • Lukus Francisco 1172

Queen (Under 1000)

  • Liam Luna 995
  • Rafael Robinovitch 961
  • Maya Louis 867
  • Yeshua Matos 852
  • Shawn Epelbaum 787
  • Kylie Bockowski 786
  • Max Stark 783
  • Leo Francisco 686
  • Isaac Diaz 685
  • Kamila Tursunova 666/4
  • Jade Sillau 624
  • Timothy Milchevskiy 603

Rook (Under 600) This section has been cancelled at this time since there are less than the six players necessary for a section. Unless six players join these Players may choose to play in a higher section. Well? …

  • Savit Baranwal Unr
  • Andres Grundy 547
  • Emir Grundy Unr

Who: Scholastic Chess players (Players limited to 48; Social Distancing and mask required). Teams may come but may play each other and no team awards will be presented.

What: 3 sections (Over 1000, Under 1000, and Under 600) of rated uscf outdoor chess with 4 games for each player (G/30;d5). Free. Players may join or renew USCF membership on-site for $9 (good for one year).

When: Sunday, October 4, 2020 Rounds at 10:00, 11:00, 12:30 and 1:30. Check in on stage area by 9:30 to play in round 1.

Where: Roberto Clemente State Park, 301 West Tremont Ave., Bronx, NY

Why: Because you are important, you work hard and you deserve the best opportunities to show your skills safely and within healthy guidelines.

How: Send your email to: brjohn@juno.com Subject: Oct 4 Include your fuul name and uscf id number. Put NEW if joining uscf for the first time.

Additional info:

Trophies to First, Second and Third in each section (Section must have a minimum of 6 players) Medal winners for 2.5 or more points.

This tournament is outdoors on the stage near the river and can be cool (cold to some). Dress correctly.

Please note: Our favorite vendor from last year plans to bring food for sale.

There must be at least 18 total signed up by Noon on Friday Oct 2 or chess tournament will be cancelled.

The list of those already signed up will be posted on www.chesstrm.org/NYC/

(Upcoming event: Riverbank State Park, 145th Street & Riverside Drive, Indoors on Oct 18. Limited to 48 players. Only players will be allowed inside and shall leave to go outside when the game finishes. You are invited to sign up at brjohn@juno.com and be clear to show you are signing up for the Oct 18 Sunday event.

Renee M Scorcia, President, The Right Move

Sat, Sept 26 Outdoor Chess in Brooklyn (results included)

Hi!!!  This outdoor scholastic chess tournament on Saturday, September 26, at Prospect Park in Brooklyn awaits you. See you soon… 

Results

  • 202009269972  SEPTEMBER 26 OUTDOOR CHESS IN BROOKLYN

2 Sections, 14 Players, 25 Games    A6017902 THE RIGHT MOVE

14890158 RENEE M SCORCIA     10081912 JOHN MCMANUS

1 OPEN           4 Rounds, 6 Players, 10 Games, Swiss

Memb ID PAIR      NAME        ST PRERATE POST–R PRERATE POST–Q  1    2    3    4  TOTAL

——– —- —————– — ——- ——- ——- ——- —– —– —– —– —–

16138806    1 STARK, CHLOE A    NY 1476*  1537*  1310*  1389*  W—4 W—3 W—2 W—5  4.0

16129590    2 MA, OLIVER CHARLE NY 1409*  1416*  1215*  1240*  W—5 W—6 L—1 B—0  3.0

16995547    3 BARRY, LOUIS JOHN NY 1553*  1509*  1320*  1300*  W—6 L—1 W—5 L—4  2.0

16573745    4 BUCKLEY, GLYNNTON NY 1095*  1106*  1057*  1063*  L—1 L—5 X—0 W—3  2.0

16799435    5 COHEN, THEODORE  NY  980*  1006*  1019/24 1022*  L—2 W—4 L—3 L—1  1.0

15926145    6 POULOS-CHACHERE,  NY 1368*  1333*  1279*  1226*  L—3 L—2 F—0 U—0  0.0

2 U1000

4 Rounds, 8 Players, 15 Games, Swiss

Memb ID PAIR      NAME        ST PRERATE POST–R PRERATE POST–Q  1    2    3    4  TOTAL

——– —- —————– — ——- ——- ——- ——- —– —– —– —– —–

16158726    1 STARK, MAX W      NY  783*    840*    760*    817*  W—8 W—5 D—2 W—4  3.5

17254770    2 WANG, ARSTON      NY  839*    835*    812*    810*  W—3 D—6 D—1 W—5  3.0

30039618    3 TURSUNOVA, KAMILL NY  475/00  666/04  475/00  643/04 L—2 W—8 W—7 W—6  3.0

16786251    4 MATOS, YESHUA    NY  852*    830*    816*    796*  U—0 W—7 W—6 L—1  2.0

16910354    5 GUO, DAIWEN      NY  413*    424*    404*    415*  W—7 L—1 W—8 L—2  2.0

30025432    6 MUTHA, KABIR PART NY  311/00  488/03  311/00  464/03 B—0 D—2 L—4 L—3  1.5

16959345    7 CHU, ELIAS        NY  150*    162*    150*    161*  L—5 L—4 L—3 W—8  1.0

17352126    8 CHU, SOFIA        NY  473/00  101/04  473/00  101/04 L—1 L—3 L—5 L—7  0.0

Sign in on-site allowed, first come first served. Limit 24. (There’s still room for 8 more players. Weather looks fine. Come on out and have fun.)

  • Louis Barry 1583
  • Chloe Stark 1416
  • Oliver Ma 1409
  • Maria Poulos-Chachere 1368
  • GB 1095
  • Theo Cohen 1019
  • Maya Louis 867
  • Yeshua Matos 852
  • Arston Chang 839
  • Max Stark 760
  • Suvigya Singh 485
  • Daiwen Guo 413
  • Slias Chu 341
  • Kamila Tursonova Unr
  • Sofia Chu Unr
  • Kabir Mutha (30035432)
  1. Rounds start at 10, 11, 12:30 and 1:30. 
  2. The ideal plan is to have 24 players divided into 4 six-player sections by rating.
  3. If there are 12-14 players there would be two sections.
  4. If there are 18-20 players there would be three sections.
  5. All TD decisions are final.  The purpose is to be fair yet have fun for all.  Parents and coaches should model proper behavior for all.
  6. Medals and trophies awarded at about 3:00.  No large gatherings so keep social distance.
  7. To pre-register send an email to brjohn@juno.com and give name and USCF ID#.
  8. Prospect Park Parade Grounds Outdoor Chess Tables (12) are located near Kermit Place on Coney Island Ave.  If you enter at the Dog Walk on Coney Island Ave. make the first right and another right.  If you reach the ballfields you have gone too far.  You can also enter at Caton Ave. and the chess tables would be on your left. 
  9. Open to players from all areas.  Welcome to Brooklyn from Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, etc.
  10. This is a rated USCF tournament. You must have current USCF membership. ($9 yearly fee for membership is available at sign-in)
  11. Only the first 24 to show up can play due to COVID-19 social distancing guidelines.  Players must avoid gathering and wear mask when appropriate. Hand sanitizing required.
  12. Sign-ups on-site allowed but not to go over 24 players. (Check-in provided for signed up players until 9:45 when pairings are made.)
  13. All play 4 rounds at Game in 30 minutes per player with a 5-second delay.
  14. Bring your own food.  Be helpful and help keep the park clean.
  15. The game is not over until the official result is recorded correctly.  Both players must go to the scoring table to record the result.  Then wait outside the chess playing areas until the next round is posted .
  16. Remember to be polite at all times but do not shake hands. 
  17. Be brave. Be strong.  If you lose learn from the experience and deal with it.
  18. No bullying allowed.  Please report any inappropriate behavior to the TD. 

What to Bring: Be COVID safe– mask is required + social distancing. Use hand sanitizer.

Sets, boards, clocks, scoresheets and pencils provided.

Best to arrive before 9:30 to meet and get settled. Pairings will be posted at 9:50 for round 1. You must be checked in to play round 1 or else begin in round 2. Rounds at 10, 11, 12:30, 1:30.

Rain Date? No. Check website www.chesstrm.org/NYC/ here on Saturday morning before 8:30 AM to see if weather forces cancellation.

Public Transportation: F or G train to Fort Hamilton Parkway (10 min walk). B or Q train to Prospect Park or Church Ave. (10 min. walk)

My name is Renee M Scorcia, President, and I hope to see you playing your best, great chess again.

Brooklyn Scholastic Chess Challenge Results

This outdoor 4 round Swiss Rated USCF tournament took place in Prospect Park on Saturday, September 5, 2020. All health related protocols were in effect: hand sanitizing, mask and social distancing. Congratulations to all involved!

SwissSys Standings. Brooklyn Challenge

#NameIDRatingRd 1Rd 2Rd 3Rd 4Total
1Elian Garcia160838321625W9W2W4W34.0
2Ifaz Howlader165169921232W7L1W5W43.0
3Louis Barry169955471619L5W8W7L12.0
4Maria Poulos-Chachere159261451400W6W5L1L22.0
5Adam Shekel Nosatski17116436962W3L4L2B—2.0
6Mukhammad Yusef Takhirov16825448853L4L9B—W82.0
7Arston Wang17254770789L2B—L3W92.0
8Miley Shekel17116415487X—L3W9L62.0
9Kento Carrera154610571020L1W6L8L71.0

Brooklyn Scholastic Chess Challenge

Plan: Saturday, Sept. 26 Outdoor free Scholastic Chess at Prospect Park!!

When: Saturday, September 5, 2020. Outdoor live free scholastic USCF action is be coming to Prospect Park.

What format: 4 Round Swiss. G/30; d5. Trophy to top Gr 2 and Under, Gr 4 & Under, Gr 6 & Under, Gr 7 & Above. Medals determined by TD.

Needed: Here is the list who is planning to come. Sign ups on-site welcome on a first-come first-served basis keeping entrants under 25.

  1. Elian Garcia, gr 11 (1625)
  2. Louis Barry, Gr 7 (1619)
  3. Maria Poulos-Chachere, gr 8 (1400)
  4. Ifaz Howlader, gr 11 (1232)
  5. Kento Carrera, gr 9 (1020)
  6. Adam Shekel, Gr 2 (962)
  7. Mukhammadyusef Takhirov, gr 4 (853)
  8. Arston Wang, gr 3 (789)
  9. Christopher Thayer, gr 6 (664)
  10. Miley Shekel, Gr 2 (487)
  1. Hi!!!  Thanks for joining this chess adventure.  Some pointers that may help follow…
  2. Rounds start at 10, 11, 12:30 and 1:30. 
  3. The ideal plan is to have 24 players divided into 4 six-player sections by rating.
  4.  If there are 8-10 players there would be one section.
  5. If there are 12-14 players there would be two sections.
  6. If there are 18-20 players there would be three sections.
  7. All TD decisions are final.  The purpose is to be fair yet have fun for all.  Parents and coaches should model proper behavior for all.
  8. Medals and trophies awarded at about 3:00.  No large gatherings so keep social distance.
  9. To pre-register email brjohn@juno.com with name, grade and uscf id of each entrant.
  10. Prospect Park Parade Grounds Outdoor Chess Tables (12) are located near Kermit Place on Coney Island Ave.  If you enter at the Dog Walk make the first right and another right.  If you reach the ballfields you have gone too far.  You can also enter at Caton Ave. and the chess tables would be on your left. 
  11. Open to players from all areas.  Welcome to Brooklyn from Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, etc.
  12. This is a rated USCF tournament. You must have current USCF membership. ($9 yearly fee for membership is available at sign-in)
  13. Only the first 24 to show up can play due to COVID-19 social distancing guidelines.  Players must avoid gathering and wear mask when appropriate. Hand sanitizing required.
  14. Sign-ups on-site allowed but not to go over 24 players. (Check-in provided for signed up players until 9:45 when pairings are made.)
  15. All play 4 rounds at Game in 30 minutes per player with a 5-second delay.
  16. Bring your own food.  Be helpful and help keep the park clean.
  17. The game is not over until the official result is recorded correctly.  Both players must go to the scoring table to record the result.  Procedure:  Tell “on table number (fill-in) white (or black) won.”  Wait until the names are called correctly recording the result, then wait until the next round is posted outside the chess playing areas.
  18. Remember to be polite at all times but do not shake hands. 
  19. Be brave. Be strong.  If you lose learn from the experience and deal with it.
  20. No bullying allowed.  Please report any inappropriate behavior to the TD. 

Under 600 rated players, where are you? Now is the time to get it all together! Let’s get back to some serious chess! Unrated? Get on board and concentrate. Shake out summertime blues, roll up our sleeves and let’s get to work. Chess is worth it.

What to Bring: Be COVID safe– mask is required + social distancing. Use hand sanitizer.

Sets, boards, clocks, scoresheets and pencils provided.

Best to arrive before 9:30 to meet and get settled. Pairings will be posted at 9:50 for round 1. You must be checked in to play round 1 or else begin in round 2. Rounds at 10, 11, 12:30, 1:30.

Rain Date? No. Check website www.chesstrm.org/NYC/ here on Saturday morning before 8:30 AM to see if weather forces cancellation.

Public Transportation: F or G train to Fort Hamilton Parkway (10 min walk).

My name is Renee M Scorcia, President, and I approve this message.

Over-the-board Outdoor Chess in the Park 2020

Welcome to outdoor over the board safe live scholastic chess. Come on out to safely play in a chess tournament. Here are the latest responses for who is coming to outdoor chess this summer of 2020:

Saturday, August 29 at Riverbank State Park, 3:00-6:00: Louis Barry, Adam Shekel, Miley Shekel CANCELED

Sunday, August 30 at Roberto Clemente State Park, 3:00-6:00: Louis Barry, Kylie Bockowski, Lucas Bockowski, Adam Shekel, Miley Shekel CANCELED

To Sign up send an email to brjohn@juno.com Deadline is Friday 12:00 Noon. Maximum number of players is 12 on any day. (Waiting list if more sign up to allow for no-shows.)

On July 17, 2020, The Right Move Chess announced plans to hold limited (12 scholastic players max) chess outdoors on Saturday at Riverbank State Park from 3:00-6:00 and on Sunday at Roberto Clemente State Park from 3:00-6:00. You can register online brjohn@juno.com for any session, or as many sessions as you like. All are free, and require masks, social distancing and sanitizing hands as safety guidelines. PLAYERS CAN REGISTER ON-SITE, BUT ONLY THE FIRST 12 WILL BE PERMITTED TO PLAY.

On August 8, 2020 The Right Move changed the format for over-the-board safe live scholastic chess tournaments. Beginning Aug 15 & 16 Chess began at 3:00 so players can get in 4 rounds. If less than six players are signed up for Saturday or Sunday than that day will be canceled. (G/30; d5). Rounds will start ASAP. Play may extend beyond 6:00PM. The deadline for signing up is Noon on Friday. Check our website here to see the numbers signed up for this week: Trophy for 1st & 2nd (Minimum 8 players in this section); Medal 2.5 points (Minimum 4 players in that section)

Future dates at Riverbank during August: 22,29

Future dates at Roberto Clemente during August: 23, 30.

Summary of Sessions for Over the Board Outdoor Chess in the Park:

July 25 Surya Krishnan (Gr 6) played 4 games (G/30;d5) finishing 2-2. Games played at picnic table in shade at far end of track (close to 138th St entrance). Session ended at 6;05. Yeshua Matos Gr 5 (962) searched park end to end but did not find chess playing group.

Picture shows opening day with Surya’s family and Brother John at Riverbank State Park, not far from the pool near the 138th St. entrance to the park. The basketball and tennis courts are located on the deck above our shaded area, at the far end of the track from the 145th St Entrance .

July 26 Glynnton Buckley defeated Yeshua Matos in a three game match play (G/30;d5), 2-1

Aug 1 Kylie Bockowski (708), Lucas Bockowski (628), Yeshua Matos (962) and one more played a quad with exciting chess action for all as all were tied at 1-1 going into the third and final round.

Aug 2 Sunday– While the thunderstorms were expected between 1:00 and 3:00 in the Bronx today that didn’t happen. Instead by 4:00 the sun shone brightly. . The Right Move was well prepared in the shade. Yeshua Matos lost in match play, 2-1.

Aug 8  Yeshua Matos taught Brother John many lessons after Edward and his mom showed off their chess skills.

Aug 9 Yeshua Matos arrived and played one game (unrated)

Aug 15 Alice Chovanec and Samuel Negussie tied for 1st place, 5-1, in the round robin format, while Kylie Bockowski and Andres Gundy tied for 3rd place, 4-2. All games ended by 5:30. (Ed. note: tournament not yet rated while uscf website if still being updated.)

Samuel versus Mytery Guest
Andres takes on Gabriel at Riverbank

August 22 at Riverbank, beginning at 3:00: Canceled- not suffieient entries
Yeshua Matos, Adam Shekel, Miley Shekel
(Need six signed up or event canceled)

August 23 at Roberto Clemente, beginning at 3:00: Canceled – not sufficient entries
Yeshua Matos
(Need six signed up or event canceled)

Thanks to all those able to responed to out live outdoor over the board chess this summer. We especially thank the New York State Department of Parks for their help and support. The staffs at Riverbank and Roberto Clemente have been most gracious during these pandemic days.

Tentative Indoor Scholastic Free Chess Tournaments at Riverbank State Park if adequate safety guidelines for COVID-19 and protocols are firmly kept: All events would be on Sunday and limited to 48 people with a new format that has been sent out on mailchimp on Sunday, August 16.

Oct. 18, Nov. 8, Dec. 6, Jan. 10, Feb. 2, Mar. 7, Apr. 4, May 2 and June 6.

-Renee M. Scorcia, President

The Right Move after 30 Years- Remembering Mr. Goldhirsch

Thanks to the work started by Fred Goldhirsch The Right Move Chess Foundation has served scholastic chess with FREE monthly chess tournaments since 1990. Fred died ten years ago on May 15. Thanks much, Fred, for your vision and perseverance.

Your spirit continues and will keep going after this latest interruption of COVID-19…

GOLDHIRSCH–Fred P., died on May 15, 2010 in New York City. He is survived by his soul mate Nobuko Mogi, his sons Bob and Douglas, his daughters Susanna and Katherine, daughter-in-law Sharon, grandson Rafael, brother Henry and sister Trudy Schwartz. Born in Vienna, Austria, July 20, 1925, he came to America with his family in 1938. As soon as he was of age to volunteer, he joined the U.S. Army and served overseas in WWII. He later earned a civil engineering degree from CCNY where he was a star soccer player. He went into business as a builder, and over the next 50 years became a well-respected real estate developer in Queens and Staten Island. A long-time summer resident of Fire Island, Fred has a life-long love of tennis and was an avid skier and fierce chess player. He was a generous friend and an ardent supporter of many causes, among them the State of Israel. He was also the proud founder and for 20 years the primary financial supporter of The Right Move, the longest running free scholastic chess tournament program in New York City history. Donations in Fred’s memory can be made to: The Right Move, 1214 Beverley Road, Brooklyn, NY 11218

TRM250 Nervous Knights Apr 25 at Roberto Clemente SP- Cancelled

All events and gatherings are closed at least until April 30. If special guidelines to hold public gatherings (such as chess tournaments) become available they will be published here. Stay healthy and follow all guidelines.

If possible TRM250 will be held sometime in May following such health and safety regulations as may become advisable.

Chessplayers can renew (or join) the USCF for $9.00 yearly fee here. Check or money order can be made to: The Right Move, 1214 Beverley Rd., Brooklyn, NY 11218.