Welcome – 2017 challenges to The Right Move

Our Planning Board Meeting is open to all, and your voice is important for the quality and improvement of our FREE Scholastic Chess Tournaments.  These meetings  take place every tournament for fifteen minutes after the trophy presentation, from approximately 3:30 to 3:45. (Most recent are placed on top of former meetings.)  Latest Summaries occur on top:  Official Notice of Next Meeting:

June 4, 2017 Meeting of Corporation of the Board of The Right Move at Riverbank, New York, NY

Attendance:  Brother John McManus, Eliot Weiss, Yvonne M. Scorcia, Marilyn C. Scorcia, Renée M. Scorcia, Alex Beasley, Henry J. Scorcia

It’s been a wonderful chess season for 2016-2017.  Now on to the 2017-2018 season beginning Oct. 15 with our 226th tournament.  Best wishes to all.  See you soon.

Magnificent THANK YOU to all OUR VOLUNTEERS who never seek reward, setting up tables and chairs, boards and sets, as well as everyone who helps put things away correctly.

Reports:  ·         4 vouchers sold in June. We also received.

  • 4 on-site registrations
  • $20.00 in donations
  • $5.50 from the sale of pencils
  • $5.00 from Dylan Kang for pre-check in for 2017 – 2018

Submitted by Renée M. Scorcia, Secretary

Special big Thank You on June 4, 2017 specifically to our talented, competent and generous staff:   Alex Beasly           Eliot Weiss     Henry J. Scorcia                                 Marilyn C. Scorcia      Renée M. Scorcia       Yvonne M. Scorcia     Lawrence Chachere  Vamsee Bandaru         Satish Samayamantula       Ishmael Huaman

Results from Tournament #225                                                                                   Date:  June 4, 2017   Congratulations to our team and individual champions!

Open: Team 1st   BSI (9.0)                                                  Team 2nd  None

  1. 1st  Daniel Belenky (3.0)
  2. 2nd  Arthur Bugayev (3.0)
  3. 3rd  Jack Nathani Yang (2.0)

1400: Team 1st BSI (7.0)                                                      Team 2nd  None

  1. 1st  Howard Zheng (3.0)
  2. 2nd  Sourish Bandaru (2.5)
  3. 3rd  Shubhi Jha (2.5)

U1000: Team 1st  BSI (6.5)                                                 Team 2nd

  1. 1st  Alexander Chang (4.0)
  2. 2nd Vishal Srinivasan (3.5)
  3. 3rd  Milosz Marci Bury (3.5)

U600:  Team 1st  PS 323Q (11.5)                                      Team 2nd  WHEDCO (9.5)

  1. 1st  Rafael Cruz (4.0)
  2. 2nd  Joshua Feliciano (3.5)
  3. 3rd  Ryan Bradley (3.0)

U400: Team 1st  Rosalyn Yalow (10.0)                           Team 2nd  BSI (9.5)

  1. 1st  Sahasra Vidap (3.5)
  2. 2nd  Matthew Temni (3.5)
  3. 3rd  Nathan Eppel (3.0)

Beginner Gr 4-7:  Team 1st: PS 498X (9.0)                    Team 2nd  PS 323Q (8.5)

  1. 1st  Cleon Henry Logmao (4.0)
  2. 2nd  Ayan Chowdhury (4.0)
  3. 3rd  Daria Grace Cavallo (4.0)

Beginner Gr 2-3: BSI (14.0)                                               Team 2nd  PS 9 (13.5)

  1. 1st  Sabine Crawford (5.0)
  2. 2nd Abby Hom (4.5)
  3. 3rd  Michael Kaninskiy (4.0)

AWE

  1. 1st  Avto Chanadiri (4.0)
  2. 2nd Giorgi Sukhiashvili (3.0)
  3. 3rd  Nelson Hilario (2.0)

May 7, 2017 Meeting of Committee of the Corporation of the Board of The Right Move at Riverbank, New York, NY

Attendance:

Brother John McManus, Eliot Weiss, Yvonne M. Scorcia, Marilyn C. Scorcia, Renée M. Scorcia, Alex Beasley, Henry J. Scorcia

Meeting called to order at 3:32 pm by Brother John

  1. Thank you to all who volunteered.
  2. Thank you to PS 75 Afterschool Program and Charlotte Turner for their donation of printer paper.
  3. Acknowledgement: Received a $400.00 donation from Anna Zinder and a matching donation from her employer, Indus Capital Partners, LLC.  This will help to sponsor four months of tournaments for the 2017-1028 season at Riverbank State Park.  Most gracious thanks from all the families and chessplayers served by this donation.

Reports:

  1. ·         9 vouchers sold
  2. 6 on-site registrations
  3. $20.00 in donations

New Business:

  1. The number of people able to participate this month was down this month due to weather, NYC Bike Tour and subway problems that made movement slow and troublesome..·
  2. Officers for next year are still not forthcoming.  Are you willing to donate consistent quality time to help steer our ship “Free Chess for Youth” through 2017-2018?   We need nominations for President, Vice President,  Secretary, and Financial Officer, people willing to work together once a month. Interested?  ·
  3. Congratulations to our officers who have served this past year for the extraordinary work and standards set. June completes our 2016 – 2017 year for The Right Move with our 225th tournament since 1990.· The new term for officers begins in June!!!
  4. The Right Move does not provide supervision of players outside the tournament floor.  Chess coaches and parents please watch over your children and be vigilant in the hallway.  Please remember, the NYC Parks Department is in charge of the building and playing area.  Help them keep us all safe.  Since the weather is getting warmer, may we suggest outdoor activities between rounds.

Old Business:

  1. We still have some $9 vouchers left. Please renew or become a new member, it’s to your advantage.·
  2. We still can use sponsors for the 2017 – 2018 tournament year.  The cost per tournament is $200.00.  ·Check our website for updates and keep us in mind when asking businesses / schools and friends to consider the tax benefits and matching grants.
  3. We need pictures to show on our website which can inspire potential sponsors; they like to see the joy  and hard work produced by their labors.·
  4. If any section decreases substantially in numbers then the Tournament Director will have the discretion to consolidate that section.  It would be announced via the website before the tournament in the Swisssys sections posting.

Motions:

  • Motion made by Eliot Weiss to change the list of pre-registered players to 300. Once we reach capacity, registration will be closed, but anyone who wishes to register at the door will pay $30.00.  Motion second by Marilyn Scorcia and it was approved.
  • Motion to adjourn the meeting made by Marilyn Scorcia and 2nd by Renée M. Scorcia. Meeting adjourned at 3:45 pm

Submitted by Renée M. Scorcia, Secretary

Great big Thank you to all who volunteered on May 7, 2017

Alex Beasly                                                                     Eliot Weiss

Henry J. Scorcia                                                             Marilyn C. Scorcia

Renée M. Scorcia                                                         Yvonne M. Scorcia

Lawrence Chachere                                                    Nadia Negussie

Amit Mutha                                                                    Dawit Negussie

The Right Move #224 AssertTournament Champions by team and Individuals                                                                                                                Date:  May 7, 2017

Open: Team 1st   PS 166 (5.0)                                           Team 2nd  None

  1. 1st  Lavon Sykes (3.0)
  2. 2nd  Christopher Louie (2.5)
  3. 3rd  Elizabeth Bugayev (2.0)

1400: Team 1st Dalton (7.5)                                               Team 2nd  Ave (6.5)

  1. 1st  Benjamin Nallengara (3.0)
  2. 2nd  Sonam Lama (3.0)
  3. 3rd  Joshua Mak (2.5)

U1000: Team 1st  SAHW (10.0)                                         Team 2nd  BSI (7.0)

  1. 1st  Siddhartha Mutha (4.0)
  2. 2nd Benjamin Goroshnik (3.0)
  3. 3rd  Steven Mayol (3.0)

U600:  Team 1st  Whedco (9.5)                                        Team 2nd  BSI (8.0)

  1. 1st  Maksymilian Bury (4.0)
  2. 2nd  Kento Y. Carrera (4.0)
  3. 3rd  Nima Jones (3.0)

U400: Team 1st  Rosalyn Yalow (11.5)                           Team 2nd  None

  1. 1st  Ixoye Moguel (4.0)
  2. 2nd  Veronica Uss (3.0)
  3. 3rd  Alex Sukhiashvili (3.0)

Beginner Gr 4-7:  Team 1st:Wagner (8.0)                    Team 2nd

  1. 1st  Rafael Cruz (4.0)
  2. 2nd  Luka Lomidze (3.5)
  3. 3rd  Alexandr Davitadir (3.5)

Beginner Gr 2-3: BSI (14.0)                                               Team 2nd  SAUW (8.0)

  1. 1st  Samuel Negussie (5.0)
  2. 2nd Sonya Zinder (4.0)
  3. 3rd  Gavin Ballester (4.0)

AWE

  1. 1st  Auto Chanadiri (4.0)
  2. 2nd Giorgi Sukhiashvili (3.0)
  3. 3rd  Jonathan Doyle (3.0)

3:45 PM April 2 at Riverbank State Park Auditorium/Theater.

March 5, 2017 Meeting of Corporation of the Board of The Right Move at Riverbank, New York, NY

Attendance:   Brother John  McManus       Eliot Weiss      Yvonne M. Scorcia           Marilyn C. Scorcia     Renée M. Scorcia     Alejandro Beasley   Henry J. Scorcia                 Nagaraja Aeturi    Lawrence Chachere           Satish Samayamantula

Meeting called to order at 3:43 pm by Yvonne M. Scorcia

Reports:   Old News:   Big Thank you to all those many who volunteered.   14 vouchers purchased.   1 pre-check in sold: (Sadig Sekou)    4 late sign-in at the door paid $5 to play Rd 1.    $28.26 in donations and sale of pencils

New Business:

  • ·         We are behind with the nomination processfor officers to begin on June 1.  Looking for nominations for President, Vice President, Secretary, and Financial Officer.·         Computer help is coming:  Nagaraja Aeturi will input the registration entries beginning with the April tournament, TRM #223, on April 2.·
  • Seeking sponsors for each of the nine months for 2017 – 2018 tournament year.  The cost per tournament is $200.00.·
  • Website lacks needed pictures to add what we do and who we are. It is necessary to show potential sponsors; they like to see who and what we serve.  Pictures show just how proud we are of our product.   Need person to add pictures to website.
  • If the Gr. 4-7 section continues to decrease in numbers then the Tournament Director will use discretion to consolidate sections as necessary.
  • We still have 80 vouchers for a one year membership ($9 each) to USCF.  We will continue make them available for purchase.
  • Enjoy the 3 remaining tournaments this year.  Use and enjoy the outdoors between rounds.

Miscellaneous:

Motions:

  • Motion made by our President, Yvonne Scorcia:  Beginning in April we will limit the registrations to 267 players for pre-registration since we do not have many more tables nor chairs to allow for larger numbers. Anyone who registers after that will be put on a waiting list and will be able to play if players do not show up on the date of the tournament.  Please register early and check the posted list on the website to correct any errors.  Motion was seconded by Henry Scorcia and it passed unanimously by voice vote.
  • Motion to adjourn the meeting made by Henry Scorcia and 2nd by Renée M. Scorcia. Meeting adjourned at 4:17 pm     –Submitted by Renée M. Scorcia, Secretary

Great big Thank you to all who volunteered on March 5, 2017 including by not limited to the following:    Alejandro Beasly       Eliot Weiss    Henry J. Scorcia                                 Marilyn C. Scorcia   Renée M. Scorcia   Yvonne M. Scorcia     Lawrence Chachere           Satish Samayamantula     Nagaraga Aeturi        Tracey Fox

Tournament Champions—   The Right Move #222  Truly Trust                                                                                                               Date:  March 5, 2017

Open: Team 1st  BSI (5.0)                                                   Team 2nd  None

  1. Lavon Sykes (3.0)
  2. Arthur Bogayev (2.5)
  3. Ian Buchanan (2.0)

U1400: Team 1st  Dalton (6.5)                                              Team 2nd  None

  1. Benjamin Nallengara (3.0)
  2. Michael Avrahami (3.0)
  3. Lutton Seignoret (3.0)

U1000: Team 1st  BSI (10.0)                                               Team 2nd  SAHW (8.5)

  1. 1st  C. Harding-Perkins (4.0)
  2. 2nd April Babenko (3.5)
  3. 3rd  Maria Poulos-Chachere (3.5)

U600 Reserve: Team 1st  BSI (11.0)                                Team 2nd  ROS (7.5)

  1. Jasmine Thiessen (4.0)
  2. Leo Clayton Kindred (3.5)
  3. Jerry Xia (3.0)

U600: Team 1st  PS 323Q (9.5)                                          Team 2nd  SAWH (9.0)

  1.  Miles T. Thurnherr (4.0)
  2. Rachel Vildman (4.0)
  3. Kento Y. Carrera (3.5)

Beginner Gr 4-7:  Team 1st: None                                  Team 2nd  None

  1. Langston Byrd (5.0)
  2. Richard Perez (3.5)
  3. Luke Lomidze (3.0)

Beginner Gr 2-3: BSI (14.5)                                         Team 2nd  PS 75 (10.0)

  1. Brandson Polonsky (5.0)
  2. Malcolm Krop (4.0)
  3. Marco Penna (4.0)

AWE

  1. Jonathan Doyle (4.0)
  2. Leroy Saunders (3.5)
  3. Sooraj G. Potty (3.0)

February 12, 2017 Meeting of Corporation of the Board of The Right Move at Riverbank, New York, NY  10025

Attendance: Brother John McManus, Eliot Weiss, Yvonne M.Scorcia,                 Marilyn C. Scorcia, Renée M. Scorcia,  Alejandro Beasley, Henry J. Scorcia

Meeting called to order at 3:50 pm our President, Yvonne Scorcia. She extends a powerful THANK YOU to all who volunteered: setting up tables, chairs, boards, etc.

Reports:

  • 15 players purchased uscf mebership vouchers at $9 yearly fee.
  • 4 players took advantage of the pre-check program, paying $5 (refundable, good forever at TRM tournaments to avoid standing in 9:15 check in line: Kira Kosharskyy, Miles Thurnherr, Siddhaarta Venkatesh and John Chandler
  • 1 player paid $5 to play round 1after missing sign-in time at the door
  • $28.50 in donations and sale of pencils

Miscellaneous:

  • The  Right Move calendar for 2017 has changed the date from October 8 to October 15 for the beginning of next year’s program.
  • The new section for Under 600 Reserve, Grades 2 and below (U600R) worked very well. It will remain in effect for the remainder of the year if the number of players warrant it.·
  • Many adult volunteers·are needed more now to help with our growing number of players, especially at 8:30-9:30 to help sign-in procedure.
  • To donate to The Right Move (Checks payable to The Right Move, 391 Western Ave., Albany, NY 12203) please see Marilyn Scorcia after 10:15am during the rounds of play, not during the busy sign-in or pairings for round 1.

Motions:

  • Motion to adjourn the meeting made by Alex Beasley and 2nd by Renée M. Scorcia. Meeting adjourned at 4:08 pm

Submitted by Renée M. Scorcia, Secretary

Great big Thank you to all who volunteered on February 12, 2017. Here are some special people–  Alejandro Beasly         Eliot Weiss    Henry J. Scorcia                     Marilyn C. Scorcia    Renée M. Scorcia    Yvonne M. Scorcia   Lawrence Chachere   Satish Samayamantula       Nagaraga Aeturi    Cerwin Ma     Merari Feliciano

January 8, 2017 Meeting of Corporation  of the Board of The Right Move at Riverbank, New York, NY

Attendance:  Brother John McManus      Eliot Weiss   Yvonne M. Scorcia                   Marilyn C. Scorcia    Renée M. Scorcia      Alejandro Beasley   Henry J. Scorcia

Meeting called to order at 3:17 pm by Marilyn C. Scorcia

The December 2016 minutes were approvedwith a big “Thank you” to all who volunteered.

Reports:

  • $39.50 in donations and sale of pencils

Miscellaneous:

  • Gave out invitations to players for the New York City Championship to be held at the Brooklyn Marriott.·
  • As required, the President presented the proposal for The Right Move Scholastic year. The TRM 2017 – 2018 calendar is as follows:
  • October 8, 2017
  • November 5, 2017
  • December 3, 2017
  • January 7, 2018
  • February 4, 2018
  • March 4, 2018
  • April 8, 2018
  • May 6, 2018
  • June 3, 2018·
  • Many more volunteers are still needed to help at our tournaments. Get involved.  Training provided to make this a most enjoyable experiece for all.  ·
  • If you wish to donate to The Right Move please see Marilyn Scorcia after 10:15am, during the rounds of play, not at sign-in or during the pairings. This also helps if you need to correct information on the pairings,

Motions:

  • Motion made by Brother John and seconded by Henry J. Scorcia to have the unrated sections play 5 rounds at G20;d0. The playing times will be: 10:00, 11:00, 12:15, 1:05 and 2:10.  Awards follow last round.  Motion approved.
  • Motion to adjourn the meeting made by Yvonne M. Scorcia and 2nd by Renée M. Scorcia. Meeting adjourned at 3:28 pm

Submitted by Renée M. Scorcia, Secretary

Great big Thank you to all superheros  (especially those who did not leave their names) who volunteered on January 8, 2017.  We mention especially:   Alex Beasly        Eliot Weiss   Henry J. Scorcia       Marilyn C. Scorcia    Renée M. Scorcia   Yvonne M. Scorcia     Lawrence Chachere       Cerwin Ma

December 4, 2016 Meeting of Corporation of the Board of The Right Move at Riverbank, New York, NY

Attendance:   Brother John  McManus       Eliot Weiss     Yvonne M. Scorcia                  Marilyn C. Scorcia     Renée M. Scorcia    Alejandro Beasley   Henry J. Scorcia

Meeting called to order at 3:24 pm by Yvonne M. Scorcia.  The November 2016 minutes were approved.  Once again thanks to all who volunteered setting up chairs, tables, sets and boards so the rounds could begin on time.  The on-time sign kept up throughout the day for all sections.

Reports:

  • $15.00 received from on-site registration
  • $10.00 received from pre-check in
  • 10 new memberships to USCF
  • $136.00 in donations and sale of pencils, Miscellaneous:
  • Chess parents – the seats at the food court are for patrons of the food court.  If you purchase food at the food court, please eat in a timely fashion and do not loiter/hang out once you are finished.
  • The draft TRM 2017 – 2018 chess calendar at Riverbank State Park is as follows:
    • October 8, 2017
    • November 5, 2017
    • December 3, 2017
    • January 7, 2018
    • February 4, 2018
    • March 4, 2018
    • April 8, 2018
    • May 6, 2018
    • June 3, 2018
  • Many more volunteers are still needed
  • Photographs for the website are essential.  Please submit any for publication on the web.
  • If you wish to purchase or renew your USCF membership please see Eliot Weiss.
  • We need $$$ to keep our trophies and medals, etc., in stock.  Please help by donating to The Right Move. If you need to correct information on the team or name spelling, please see Marilyn Scorcia after 10:15am, during the rounds of play.   Sign-in and during the pairings takes up much time and attention all through round 1 and getting round 2 out on time correctly.  Your cooperation is essential.

Motions:

  • Motion to adjourn the meeting made by Renée M. Scorcia and 2nd by Henry J. Scorcia.  Meeting adjourned at 3:36 pmGreat big Thank you to all who volunteered on December 4, 2016, especially  Alex Beasly        Eliot Weiss   Renée M. Scorcia     Yvonne M. Scorcia       Cerwin Ma   Lisa Byrd                        Lawrence Chachere      Henry J. Scorcia           Marilyn C. Scorcia   Brother John McManus      -Submitted by Renée M. Scorcia, Secretary

November 6, 2016 Meeting of Corporation of the Board of The Right Move at Riverbank, New York, NY

Attendance:   Brother John    Eliot Weiss     Yvonne M. Scorcia                                         Marilyn C. Scorcia     Renée M. Scorcia      Alex Beasley     Henry J. Scorcia

Meeting called to order at 3:34 pm by Yvonne M. Scorcia. The October 2016 minutes were approved. Our many volunteers stepped forward setting up chairs, tables and sets and boards so all rounds could begin on time.  All rounds maintained the on-time section schedule.

Reports:

  • Received $200.00 donation from Tracey & Charles Fox  –  Thank you!
  • 20 new and renewal memberships to USCF
  • $89.00 in donations and sale of pencils
  • 5 persons paid for Pre-check in
  • Miscellaneous:
  • Thank you to all who helped
  • The NYC Marathon was not too much of a problem
  • Will know by the end of the December 2016 or beginning of the January 2017 tournament the names of the people who will be attending the Greater NY Scholastic Chess Championship to be held at the Brooklyn Marriott in February 2017
  • The award ceremony went well
  • In terms of equipment, we are doing well
  • Still need volunteers
  • Still need photographs for the website
  • If you wish to purchase or renew your USCF membership please see Eliot Weiss.
  • If you wish to donate to The Right Move or need to correct information on the pairings, please see Marilyn Scorcia after 10:15am, during the rounds of play, not at sign-in or during the pairings.

 

Motions:

  • Motion to adjourn the meeting made by Renée M. Scorcia and 2nd by Yvonne M. Scorcia.  Meeting adjourned at 3:47 pmGreat big Thank you to all who volunteered on November 6, 2016 Alex Beasly                                                                     Eliot WeissRenée M. Scorcia                                                         Yvonne M. ScorciaSeetaram Bhandar
  • Makoto Nozaki                                                             Lawrence Chachere
  • Henry J. Scorcia                                                             Marilyn C. Scorcia
  • -Submitted by Renée M. Scorcia, Secretary

October 16, 2016 Meeting of Corporation of the Board of The Right Move at Riverbank, New York, NY

Attendance:  Brother John     Eliot Weiss    Henry J. Scorcia           Marilyn C. Scorcia  Renée M. Scorcia      Alex Beasley       Yvonne M. Scorcia

  • Meeting called to order at 3:35 pm by Yvonne M. Scorcia
  • The October 2016 minutes were approved.
  • Thank you to all those many who volunteered.

Reports:

  • Received $9.00 in donations
  • 10 new memberships and 5 renewal membership to USCF
  • 1 Pre-check in
  • Old Business:
  • All medals and trophies have been purchased.  This leaves a balance of $128.
  • Committed to sell 300 vouchers

 

New Business:

  • Reminder to all:  those individuals who help are volunteers doing their best.  If we do not start on time or run a little late, bear with us.
  • Greater NY Scholastic Chess Championship to be held at the Brooklyn Marriott – we aim to pick the top 3 rated players in each section for the months of October, November & December.  From this list Marilyn Scorcia will determine the top 10 players in the rated sections.  The criteria will be attendance, performance, good sportsmanship, etc.
  • If you wish to purchase or renew your USCF membership please see Eliot Weiss.
  • If you wish to donate to The Right Move or need to correct information on the pairings, please see Marilyn Scorcia after 10:15am, during the rounds of play, not at sign-in or during the pairings.

Motions:

  • Motion made by Henry Scorcia stating if you win 1st, 2nd or 3rd place in an unrated section you must purchase membership to USCF.  Motion seconded by Renee Scorcia and it was passed.
  • Motion made by Marilyn Scorcia stating that players must wait until the end of the games in each section before awards are handed out.  Motion seconded by Yvonne Scorcia and it was passed.
    • In summary: beginning November 2016, if a player is 1st, 2nd for 3rd in their section, the player will have to become a USCF member by purchasing a membership.
    • Summary: all players in their sections (unrated, U600, U1000, U1400, Open) must wait until all players are finished and results are recorded or they may arrange for someone else to pick up their award for them.
  • Motion to adjourn the meeting made by Yvonne M. Scorcia and 2nd by Renée M. Scorcia.  Meeting adjourned at 3:55 pm
  • Great big Thank you to all who volunteered on October 16, 2016:
  • Henry J. Scorcia    Marilyn C. Scorcia     Tracey Fox                                         Lawrence Chachere    Renée M. Scorcia         Yvonne M. Scorcia
  • Alex Beasly        Eliot Weiss  and so many more……
  • Submitted by Renée M. Scorcia, Secretary

June 5, 2016 Meeting of Corporation of the Board of The Right Move at Riverbank, New York, NY

Attendance:

Brother John  McManus       Eliot Weiss     Henry J. Scorcia                                                Marilyn C. Scorcia   Renée M. Scorcia    Aex Beasley      Yvonne M. Scorcia

Meeting called to order at 3:50 pm by Brother John.  The May 2016 minutes were approved.  Again, many thanks to all who volunteer, setting up chairs and tables as well as sets and boards.  This is really “the people’s tournament.”  Still free thanks to all your work!!!

Reports:

  • Received $200.00 in donations to pay for trophies at our events.
  • 10 new memberships and 1 renewal membership to USCF
  • Late registration donations to play round 1 collected totaled $60

Old Business:

  • Albany approved certificates instead of plaques for team awards.
    • Top 10 teams will get certificates which saves TRM $1,200
  • In Albany, Mahadevan Balasubramaniam maintains and inspects all financial records, writes up donation letters and thank you letters.
  • 231 players pre-registered for the June tournament
  • Sorry for the delay today. Started late because of Manhattan Parade and GWB lower level closed
  • The 2016-2017 tournament calendar is on the website. Tournament names need to be approved – President approved the names.
  • AWE played 3 games because of delayed start

 New Business:

·         Congratulations to the new members of the Board who begin serving their term this month in the following positions:

  • President: Yvonne M. Scorcia
  • Vice President: Maria Collazo
  • Secretary: Renée M. Scorcia
  • Financial Officer: Marilyn C. Scorcia
  • Student Representative: Analeah Collazo

Motion:

  • Motion was made and approved to give out certificates instead of plaques for team awards.
  • Top 2 teams in each section will get team certificate suitable for framing instead of plaque.
  • Motion to adjourn the meeting made by Yvonne M. Scorcia and 2nd by Renée M. Scorcia. Meeting adjourned at 4:10 pm

Submitted by Renée M. Scorcia, Secretary

May 8, 2016 Meeting of Corporation of the Board of The Right Move at Riverbank State Park, NYC, 10025

Attendance:   Brother John McManus     Eliot Weiss      Henry J. Scorcia              Marilyn C. Scorcia       Renée M. Scorcia        Alejandro Beasley    Yvonne M. Scorcia   Meeting called to order at 3:30 pm by Brother John      The April 2016 minutes were approved.

Reports:

  • 1 memberships to USCF – vouchers are finished
  • Received $20.00 from on-site registrations
  • Received $ 380.00 in donations
  • 3 players registered for the Booster Section. The 1st place winner received $100.00; the 2nd and 3rd place winners received $50.00 each. A great big Thank You to 1st place winner, Nicholas Cardenas, who donated his winnings to The Right Move.

Old Business:

  • The 2016 – 2017 tournament calendar has been posted online. It is a 7month calendar as of today.
  • Coach Goldberg, from PS 119 will sponsor a tournament next year
  • There are 2 adult sections in Albany – a rated section and an unrated section. Adults are also welcome to play the Open section
  • The Booster Section, honoring Fred Goldhirsch, was open to all adults and players. The $10.00 Entry Fee was waived for all section winners from the April tournament. Thanks to all who participated in honoring Fred’s contribution in starting (and funding) the Right Move until his death on May 15, 2010. He’s still very much a part of the values and spirit of our all volunteer staff.
  • New Business:· Congratulations to the new members of the Board who will be serving in 2016-2017, effective June 1, 2016, in the following positions:
    • President:            Yvonne M. Scorcia
    • Vice President:        Maria Collazo
    • Secretary:            Renée M. Scorcia
    • Financial Officer:   Marilyn C. Scorcia
    • Student Representative:   Analeah Collazo

    Motion:

    • Motion made by Henry Scorcia to have an Adult Section (AWE) next month on a trial basis. No USCF membership required; the idea is to allow parents who want to better experience the game their child play. This program would offer 4 games with G30; (sudden death). A certificate would be offered to the winners of this section (1st, 2nd, and 3rd) with Honor Certificates going to those with 2.5 or more points. Motion approved unanimously.
    • Motion to adjourn the meeting made by Renée M. Scorcia and 2nd by Yvonne M. Scorcia. Meeting adjourned at 3:50 pmSubmitted by Marilyn C. Scorcia

      Great big Thank you to all who volunteered on May 8, 2016

      Brother John McManus, Alejandro Beasly,  Eliot Weiss, Henry J. Scorcia, Marilyn C. Scorcia, Renée M. Scorcia,  Yvonne M. Scorcia, Ganesh Rao, Vamsee Bandaru, Seetaram Bhandar, Nagaraja Aeturi, Lawrence Chachere, Maria Collazo and many others who performed many tasks to promote and bring many to the fantastic world of chess.  Thanks to those who helped set up and take down chairs and tables, set the boards and put them away.

April 3, 2016 Meeting of Corporation of the Board of The Right Move at Riverbank, New York, NY

Attendance:    Brother John McManus    Eliot Weiss   Henry J.Scorcia   Marilyn C. Scorcia      Renee M. Scorcia       Alejandro Beasley

Meeting called to order at 3:48 pm by Brother John

The March 2016 minutes were approved.

Thank you to all who volunteered. So far our volunteers have given over 4,000 hours to The Right Move.

Thanks to the many parents cooperatingwith our efforts to improve.  The many signs posted outside in the hallway have helped.  Alert!!! – The Business Offices are located on the 2nd Floor and (even in cold weather) soccer playing indoors is not appropriate in this area.

Reports:

  • 8 new and renewal memberships to USCF – vouchers are all used  (300)
  • Received $10.00 donations from on-site registrations
  • Received $ 350.00 in donations (Sponsorship, etc.)  Mighty big THANK YOU.
  • 3 players registered for the Jumbotron Section.  The 1st place winner received $9.00 and the 2nd place winner received $9.00. (Tie)Old Business:
  • Still need to name the 2016 – 2017 tournaments (Done- see published calendar)
  • Lin would like to sponsor tournament next year
  • Jay Hood will be a sponsor for this year (May). Also Coach Goldberg (June).
  •  Director’s Insurance was not renewed. Liability insurance up to date.
  • The expenses of The Right Move total $9,481.48 (for both Albany and NYC).  Total Income is at $8,989.90.  (Tax report for 2015.)  NYC accounts for about $2000 total.

New Business:

  • Still need Nominations for Officer’s for 2016 – 2017
    • President
    • Vice President
    • Secretary
    • Financial Officer
    • Student Representative:  Renee M. Scorcia
  • Motion to adjourn the meeting made by Marilyn C. Scorcia and 2nd by Henry J. Scorcia.  Meeting adjourned at 3:50 pm. Again, a Great Big Thank you to all who volunteered on April 3, 2016. Apologies to those who do not get mentioned here… Henry J. Scorcia                                                             Marilyn C. Scorcia   Ganesh Rao                                                                    Jeanine Murphy
  •  Vamsee Bandaru                                                         Nagaraja Aeturi
  • Renee M. Scorcia                                                         Marquis Brown
  • Alex Beasly                                                                     Eliot Weiss
  • Submitted by Marilyn C. Scorcia

Make The Right Move #213 : March 5, 2016   Meeting of the Committee of the Corporation of the Board at Riverbank, New York, NY

Attendance:    Brother John McManus     Eliot Weiss    Henry J. Scorcia                             Marilyn C. Scorcia      Yvonne M. Scorcia           Renee M. Scorcia      Alejandro Beasley    Analeah Collazo       Maria Collazo

Meeting called to order at 3:47 pm by Student Representative Renee Scorcia

The February 2016 minutes were approved.

Parents cooperated better this month. Perhaps this is due to having many signs posted outside in the hallway. It has helped gather volunteers but financial resources are still very limited..

Reports:

  • 14 new and renewal memberships to USCF through vouchers
  • All 13 “winners” of scholarships to NYC Championships showed up and performed well.
  • 1 automatic pre-registration payment received
  • Received $25.00 from late and on-site registrations
  • Received $ 137.00 in donations this month.  The winner of the Championship Section was awarded $40.00 based on entries at 50%.

Old Business:

  • The Liability Insurance was renewed but not the Director’s Insurance
  • The tentative dates for 2016 – 2017 have been set. Jay Hood will sponsor the May tournament for this year.  We are still looking for a sponsor for the June tournament
  • Clocks should no longer be provided because we are missing five clocks in five months. These clocks were donated by the the Schenectady Chess Club to The Right Move.  We are confident the “borrowed” clocks will be returned soon.

 New Business:

  • ·         Who will lead us  2016 – 2017?  Step right up!!  Your name may be placed in nomination but picking your team is best.  Act now to prepare for next October.·
  • Alex has yet to approve the availability of the 2016 -2017 dates·
  • Volunteers willing to spread the word about the need for donations and the lack of funding means decreased number of tournaments for next year.·
  • Congratulations to everyone.  We are improving. Progress is by leaps and bounds. Please Keep your suggestions and comments open to all·
  • We still have a tremendous need for visual aids to promote The Right Move – banners, pictures on the website, artwork.
  • Need proposal for fundraising; will try to do something April 3rd.
  •  Need monthly themes for the website – Analeah has been volunteered to do this.
  • Suggested names for the tournaments beginning in October 2016 are past due. No volunteers to take care of this yet.

Motion:

  • Motion to adjourn the meeting made by Analeah Collazo and 2nd by Renee Scorcia. Meeting adjourned at 4:02 pm         (Submitted by Marilyn C. Scorcia)

Great big Thank you to all who volunteered on February 7, 2016. Noted are some–

Yvonne M. Scorcia  Henry J. Scorcia             Marilyn C. Scorcia                 Ganesh Rao      Alejandro Beasly         Eliot Weiss      Satish Samayamantida        Vamsee Bandaru    Maria Collazo                                 Nagaraja Aeturi     Analeah Collazo       Josephine Romero  and many more who did not sign in to receive credit for their services….

Tournament 212                                                                                                               Date: February 7, 2016

Open: Team 1st                                                                    Team 2nd

  1. 1st James E.Thierer (3.0)
  2. 2nd Edward Morales (2.0)
  3. 3rd William Zheng (2.0)

U1400: Team 1st Wagner(6.5)                                         Team 2nd LL (4.5)

  1. 1st Eliana Koyenova (3.0)
  2. 2nd Royal Buchanan (3.0)
  3. 3rd Eduardo Ramirez (3.0)

U1000: Team 1st ERM (9.0)                                              Team 2nd Acad (6.0)

  1. 1st Analeah Collazo (4.0)
  2. 2nd U Vinay Saripella (3.5)
  3. 3rd Jonathan Loja (3.0)

U600: Team 1st                                                                     Team 2nd )

  1. 1st Inesh Sahoo (4.0)
  2. 2nd Katherine Chin (3.5)
  3. 3rd Sonam Lama (3.5)

Beginner Gr 4-7: Team 1st                                                Team 2nd )

  1. 1st Pablo Christofferson (4.0)
  2. 2nd Ricki Li (4.0)
  3. 3rd Luka Abesadze (3.0)

 

Beginner Gr 2-3: Team 1st                                                Team 2nd

  1. 1st
  2. 2nd
  3. 3rd

January 17, 2016 The Right Move 211 Meeting of Committee of Corporation of the Board of The Right Move at Riverbank, New York, NY

Attendance:  Brother John McManus       Eliot Weiss   Alejandro Beasley     Henry J. Scorcia   Marilyn C. Scorcia    Yvonne M. Scorcia    Renee M. Scorcia   Analeah Collazo  Maria Collazo     Satish Samayamantida    Sudhir Sundarrao    Nagaraja Aeturi

Meeting called to order at 3:30 pm by Student Representative

Old Business:

  • Minutes from December 6 accepted
  • Report on the Greater NY Scholastic Chess Championships: Saturday, January 9th started out very late due to computer problems, but everyone who was registered played. Sunday, January 10th started out on time.
  • 140 vouchers to USCF have been sold; still have approximately 160 left to be sold. Need to spread the news that you can become members by registering and paying at the Right Move Tournaments.
  • There is no longer parking on the upper level of Riverbank Park. Parking underneath only.
  • Donations are still needed!  We can only finance 6 tournaments next year.
  • Began using Swiss Sys version 9.0 and it went smoothly. ( Download a 2 round game version on swisssys.com)
  • There is no backup Tournament Director in NYC and we need backup TDs. It is relatively easy to become one for regular members: get USCF membership, play at least 25 games and take a test.

Reports:

  • 3 new memberships to USCF and 1 pre-registration payment received from Ishaan Bhagat
  • Received $ 256.00 in donations

New Business:

·         There are currently only 6 tournaments scheduled for the coming 2016 – 2017 scholastic year due to lack of financial support. Suggestions: a) The idea of giving out paper certificate instead of trophy for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners was suggested. Student Representative stated it is not a good idea because kids want trophies to display not paper certificates. It was decided that trophies and medals will remain the same for all sections. This being approved, it means that if we do not receive any more donations, then only6 tournaments next year beginning in October 2016.·         Need more volunteers to spread the word about getting donations and the decreased number of tournaments for next year.·         b) Trophies that are not customized was another idea posed. If there are uncollected trophies from prior tournaments, Eliot suggested just changing the name plaque and using them for tournaments next year.·  No conclusion at this time.        Volunteers are needed at Riverbank Park as early as 8:00 am in order to help Brother John set up. Due to the new  parking situation, Brother John has to drop off everything, go park his car and then set up in the gym which takes roughly 30 minutes. So if you are able to come in early, please volunteer. The earlier we set up and smoother the day is so all will begin and start on time.·         Training is very important for both the computer and the floor people. Need people to be trained in case of someone not being able to attend a tournament.·         NYS Scholastic Chess Championships to be held in Saratoga Springs, NY will be March 11 and 12. There will also be an Albany tournament in Siena College April 2-3.      The Champions  new Adult Rated Sections went well with 4 entries and an EF of !0$ for 2 rated games.  It concluedes in March.  Try new Pawnpushers section in April open to adults, including non-members,  $10 for three games at G/45;d5 with 1/2 EF as prize for first.

Motion:

  • Motion to adjourn the meeting made by Satish Samayamantida and 2nd by Brother John. Meeting adjourned at 4:00 pm

Great big Thank you to all who volunteered on January 17, 2016. Without your help this program would not be possible:

Yvonne M. Scorcia   Renee M. Scorcia   Marilyn C.Scorcia     Henry J. Scorcia    Alex Beasly        Eliot Weiss    Satish Samayamantida       Vamsee Bandaru     Maria Collazo        Nagaraja Aeturi

Submitted by Marilyn C. Scorcia

Tournament 211                                                                Date: January 17, 2016

Open: Team 1st BSI (5.0)                                                   Team 2nd

  1. 1st Kenneth Martin (3.0)
  2. 2nd Alex K. Harris (2.5)
  3. 3rd Matthew Kelerman (2.0)

 

U1400: Team 1st MCSM (5.0)                                          Team 2nd PS 77 (4.0)

  1. 1st Ian Buchanan (3.0)
  2. 2nd Acoye Downer (3.0)
  3. 3rd Andrew Whitehead (2.0)

 

U1000: Team 1st Acad (6.5)                                              Team 2nd Scholars Academy (6.0)

  1. 1st Renée M. Scorcia (4.0)
  2. 2nd Siddharth Hegde (3.5)
  3. 3rd Deanna Soukhaseum (3.0)

 

U600: Team 1st BSI (10.0)                                                 Team 2nd PS 166 (5.0)

  1. 1st George Bugayev (4.0)
  2. 2nd Naganikhil Acturi (3.5)
  3. 3rd William Kelly (3.5)

 

Beginner Gr 4-7: Team 1st Voice (3.0)                         Team 2nd (no second place team)

  1. 1st Ethan Fox (4.0)
  2. 2nd Jacob Galindo (3.0)
  3. 3rd Iroha Tokumoto (2.0)

 

Beginner Gr 2-3: Team 1st PS 166 (13.0)                     Team 2nd BSI (4.5)

  1. 1st Nathanal Kuffour (4.0)
  2. 2nd Aidan McCormick (4.0)
  3. 3rd Vaibhavi Bandaru (3.0)

December 6, 2015 Meeting of Corporation of the Board of The Right Move at Riverbank, New York, NY

Attendance: Brother John McManus    Eliot Weiss   Henry J. Scorcia         Marilyn C. Scorcia    Yvonne M. Scorcia      Renee M. Scorcia                      Analeah Collazo     Maria Collazo    (posted Dec. 21, 2015)

Meeting called to order at 3:30 pm

Old Business:

  • Minutes from November 8 accepted
  • Everything  posted on the website and appears up to date
  • Discussion was held regarding the attendance of Officers at monthly meetings. Our Secretary, Oliver Bravo, has been in contact with Brother John.  Our President, Ganesh Rao will propose the tentative 2016 – 2017 scholastic schedule at the January 2016 meeting.  If Officers are not able to do the job, then new Officers must be nominated and/or appointed.  (to be continued…)
  • We have received $200 from Jay Wood for sponsorship and $200 from the family of Aidan Evans, as well as $100 from the family of Josh Blaustein. Letters of appreciation have been sent. We have not heard from Gregory (he said he wants to sponsor 3 tournaments) so right now the proposed schedule for 2016 – 2017 is as follows:
  • Oct 9 TRM 217  –  Kellerman Family
  • Nov 6 TRM 218  –  Wood Family
  • Dec 4TRM 219  –  Evans Family
  • Jan 8 TRM 220  –  Nozaki Family
  • Feb 5 TRM 221  –  Blaustein Family
  • Mar 5 TRM 222  –  cancelled
  • Apr 2 TRM 223  –   cancelled
  • May 7 TRM 224  –   cancelled
  • Jun 4 TRM 225  –   cancelled
  • The Mail chimp campaign was effective. Henry’s draft of letter soliciting funds was positively received.
  • We currently have enough in our account to pay insurance ($2000) due in February 2016. After payment of the insurance the funds will be wiped out unless we receive donations.
  • The account for updating our charter needs $1500 to complete the renewal. But this is not possible at this time due to the lack of donations.

·         Make The Right Move, www.chesstrm.org our Albany component, has set the goal of $400 per tournament.  They are doing this by getting two sponsors for each tournament.  Thanks to Sreenivas Alampalli for moving ahead with this. There are currently 14 tournaments emanating from Albany.  ·         The goal for Albany is currently $5000 to pay all expenses (trophies, medals, TLA, rating fees, internet and all related chess matters like Charter from USCF).  No one receives any payment in NYC or Albany for all services rendered. Last year expenses exceeded $9000 for both NYC and Albany.  The efforts to get donations must be increased for NYC.  Be more aggressive.

Reports:

  • 2 new & 3 renewal memberships to USCF and 2 pre-registration payments
  • Received $ 160.00 in donations

New Business:

·         Jay Wood suggested more aggressive campaign by posting direct signage: “Would you be willing to support The Right Move?  We can get to our goal ($4000) with enough $20, $40 or whatever financial help is possible!  Yes, we can!”  Vote taken and it was approved.·         Had discussion on whether or not a $100 prize should be available for the winner of the Open Section?  A possible donor stands by to donate this incentive as a way to get better players to enter our Open section.  Vote was taken and the result was a unanimous no.  Brother John suggested that prize money might be awarded to a player or someone who supports other players.  Support can be in the form of instruction, going over the game and discuss better options, etc.·         Motion was made to replace the Unrated Beginner Section grades 6 – 12 with splitting it into two sections: grades 2 and 3 and grades 4 – 7. Those in upper grades can join USCF ($9 voucher).  If passed by voice vote, it will go into effect on our next tournament.  It was unanimously passed.  Therefore, beginning in January 2016 the Unrated Beginner sections will be Grades 2 – 3 and Grades 4 – 7.  If USCF rated players are permitted to play in beginner section, they may earn medals but not trophies. ·         Information is being gathered for contenders for the New York City Scholastic Championships (http://www.gnyscc.com/sections.html) held at the Brooklyn Marriot on Jan 8-10 as they are considered for “Chess Free Entry” as guests of The Right Move.  (Free entry is made possible by donation of time as TD by Brother John at the Tournament).  Information needed is players name, address, grade, school, birthdate and email or phone for each one.  Updated USCF memberships through at least 1/31/16.  Correct section for each player using January ratings.·         The Secretary will forward emails to all the necessary parties so all are kept in the loop, even though they cannot attend our meeting.  Yvonne M. Scorcia has stepped forward to become an Assistant Secretary.  Will send a list of people who should be included in these emails to Brother John.Motions:·         If any player will be leaving at any time during the tournament, the player must notify (tell) the computer person and/or the TD working their section.  The imposing a $5.00 penalty for rated sections, if rated player leaves without notifying the TD or computer person before the pairings are posted, was passed by voice vote.

  • Motion to adjourn the meeting made by Renee M. Scorcia and 2nd by Henry J. Scorcia. Meeting adjourned at 3:50 pm        -Submitted by Marilyn C. Scorcia

The Right Move #208 at Riverbank State Park   “Teamwork”
November 8, 2015   Sponsored by the Wong Family

Attendance:   Brother John McManus    Eliot Weiss   Henry J. Scorcia       Marilyn C. Scorcia    Yvonne M. Scorcia      Renee M. Scorcia  Alex Beasley     Ganesh Rao    Tejal Mehta     Bodri Doraiswany   Analeah Collazo

Meeting called to order at 3:20 pm

Old Business:

  • Minutes from October 4 accepted.
  • Tournament rated by USCF & posted on web with results for all to see.
  • There are many tournaments throughout the area.  Attendance is low at TRM.
  • The notice that there may be only 2 tournaments next year due to lack of finances has been posted.  Only one donor has stepped forward and the calendar for next scholastic year is planned in January.
  • All workers are volunteers at our tournaments. Join us. Share the workload. See Marilyn to find out how you can get involved and make more enjoyment for all.

Reports:

  • The voucher program is well received, with 15 new & 7 renewal memberships to USCF costing only $9, a tremendous saving to you chessplayers.  (The Right Move has purchased 300 paid in advance memberships to make this possible.)
  • Received $ 76.00 in donations
  • The cost for trophies and medals through June 2016 has been completed.  Next big payment is insurance for $2000 due in February.

New Business:

  • There are too few players to run the Beginner Grades 6-12 section, with only about 5-6 players showing up.  Players may have to join USCF ($9) unless more begin to participate.
  • In October total contributions was $255.00. For November totals now come to $116.
  • The last few years Brother John has been able to donate about $3500 each year to keep Fred Goldhirsh’ dream alive. That is not the best plan since this is no longer possible. The necessary goal for this year is $4,000.00 to cover all expenses. (Last Year’s goal of $2000 fell short.  Sponsors and donations contributed only $1556.
  • Greg has stepped forward saying he plans to sponsor 3 tournaments. He also wants to provide a “stimulus prize” of $100 to the winner of the Open section.  Stay tuned for details. Brother John suggested instead to give money to the higher point player(s) based on the individual totals section posted on the web. (cumulative points for certain number of months)
  • Make the Right Move, the Albany Chapter formed in 2004,  has developed staff with 3 tournament directors to serve at tournaments responding to needs. All their staff are likewise unpaid professionals donating their time and services. In addition, they have raised $1600 so far this year and have set a goal of $5,000 so they can have 14 tournaments.  The President is a 9th grader who posts the notices on Mailchimp while another person completely handles registration on the Website. Visit their website at chesstrm.org and especially notice the fine pictures posted.

Motion:

  • Motion to adjourn the meeting made by Ganesh Rao and 2nd by Brother John. Meeting adjourned at 3:35 pm
  • A decision to post the notice regarding financial proposal (only two tournaments unless finances can be found) was approved by voice vote.

Submitted by Marilyn C. Scorcia

Great big THANK YOU to all who volunteered on November 8, 2015: (Please notify me if I left your name off the list.)

Yvonne M. Scorcia   Renee M. Scorcia  Marilyn C. Scorcia                           Henry J. Scorcia   Alex Beasly     Eliot Weiss    Kelvin Hoang                     Tejal Mehta     Ganesh Rao      Bodri Doraiswany   Analeah Collazo             Joohnie Dje   Nagaraja Aeturi

The Right Move#207 at Riverbank State Park    Oct. 4, 2015       “Bring It”                Sponsored by the Kellerman Family

Attendance:
Brother John McManus      Eliot Weiss     Henry J. Scorcia       Marilyn C. Scorcia     Yvonne M. Scorcia          Renee M. Scorcia    Alex Beasley     Sreenivas Alampalli

Volunteers (without their help there is No Tournament): Join us Nov. 7!

Vamsee Bandaru      Seetaram Bhandar    Yvonne M. Scorcia    Renee M. Scorcia    Marilyn C. Scorcia     Henry J. Scorcia         Alex Beasly        Eliot Weiss   Sreenivas Alampalli     Satish Samayamantula      Nagaraja Aeturi    Brother John McManus

Meeting called to order at 3:45 pm
Old Business:
To date the expenditures are $2,762 and the budget is $4,000.00. Donation Oct. 4 $5. Goal is $4000 for 9 tournaments next year.  It is a shared mission of all to find sponsors to continue “Free Chess for Youth”, Fred Goldhirsch’ dream

The lists posted on the web are transparent.  A phone number is listed to contact Brother John who operates the website.  Parents/guardians/coaches must help assure the listings are correct by signing up in plently of time and then correcting mistakes as long before the event as possible. Every registrant is listed on the web site by hand, not by any machine. Some listings repeat when parent and coach sign students up in different sections. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian/coach to make sure the list is correct before the tournament. Avoid confusion and notify Brother John immediately of any errors.

Our new season brought new opportunities needing new expertise.  Officers from last year were on hand to provide much needed support and continue the tradition of professional chess for our young competitors… Looking for responsible people willing to share their time and energy in a noble cause without any pay except knowing your time, work and enthusiasm is priceless!
Need volunteers from 8:00-10:00 for set up. Need volunteers to collect results for each of four rounds from 10:00-3:00.  Need volunteers from 2:30-3:30 to take down chairs and tables, collect and store equipment.  That volunteer could be you!  To Sign up – see Marilyn.
New Business:
Winners of each section will (hopefully) win entry into the NYC Championship at the Brooklyn Marriott. The list will be posted on the website. Sections with perfect scores will determine the winner by 5-minute Blitz playoff games until a championship is won. Sectiions with ties without perfect (unbeaten) scores will use ordinary tie-break methods posted at the tournament.
Please note: The January 2016 tournament will be held on January 17, 2016. The change has been posted on the website. New brochures are available that lists the tournaments. Please use these booklets to recruit sponsors for next season. We are hoping 20 people (stores, schools. families) will donate $200 each so we can reach our goal of $4000.

Since USCF implemented the 5-second delay rule chess has been dramatically changed. Chess is much more exciting as players fight the clock with more chances of a draw. Responding to this change a sponsor has helped The Right Move upgrade clocks to provide 5-second delay.  Initial results are good but small unpaid staff works much harder so that players can meet what must become their own responsibility.
Miscellaneous:
Need improvement Points: we have too few staff with too many jobs leading to a super overworked staff;  more volunteers are needed.  The new officers appointed in June must assume more responsibility.
Positive observations: staff is gracious and they do all possible for the players, parents and coaches.
Motion:
Motion to adjourn the meeting made by Renee Scorcia and 2nd by Yvonne Scorcia. Meeting adjourned at 4:05 pm
Submitted by Marilyn C. Scorcia

Great big Thank you to all who volunteered on October 4, 2015

Notice of Board of Director Yearly Meeting – June 7 at 4:00 at Riverbank State Park.

The Right Move Chess Foundation Board met at Riverbank State Park on Sunday, June 7, 2015 for the Annual Board Meeting.  We reviewed and approved  the work of the Committees of the Corporation for Albany and New York City. We reviewed the budget and the work of the Finance Committee.  We approved the tentative calendars for tournaments in each area and expressed much admiration and commendations to the many volunteers who all contribute services freely.

We intend to continue using our website www.therightmove.org and www.chesstrm.org to publish and advertise, keeping our costs at a minimum.  We also intend to offer 300 vouchers at $9 each for scholastic players to join/renew USCF memberships, a substantial saving for many parents and coaches.  With the help of tournament directors we intend to offer a limited number of free entries to the Brooklyn Bridge Scholastic Championships and the State Scholastic Championships in Saratoga Springs.

Lofty goals and worthy challenges!  We have a fantastic crew of parents, teachers, coaches and friends who find us and spread the word, helping chess grow while challenging us to listen and respond to the youth of today.

  • Brother John McManus
  • Eliot Weiss
  • Alejandro Beasley
The Right Move at Riverbank #206           June 7, 2015

 

\Attendance:   Brother John  McManus    Eliot Weiss  Henry J. Scorcia  Marilyn C. ScorciaYvonne M. Scorcia    Renee M. Scorcia   Alex Beasley                                       Nagaraja Aeturi    Sweety Mehta    Ganesh Rao  Badrinarayanam Dovoiswary                      Vamsee Bandaru  Lakshmi Aeturi

Meeting called to order at 3:16 pm   All minutes from previous year accepted.

Old Business:

  • If anyone knows of any free summer chess camps please let Brother John know and it will be posted on the website

New Business:

  • Proposal #1 – pre-pay $5.00 to avoid 9:15 check in and will show up at 10:00 am  Approved by unanimous voice vote.
  • Proposal #2 – 9 tournaments instead of 8; October to June; proposal was approved. Calendar will be updated and posted on line     Approved by unanimous voice vote.

Reports:

  • We received 1 membership renewal and 1 new membership to USCF at today’s tournament
  • Received $20.00 donation
  • Pre-paying $5.00 for late check in for the 2015-2016 year was a success.
  • Still need other volunteers to be check-in people, TDs and door person. All you have to do is put your name down and give it a try.
  • The proposal of skipping the June tournament due to insufficient funds and lack of attendance beginning with the 2015 – 2016 tournament year was not passed. The tournament calendar will remain as it was submitted.  Coaches and parents please print and post the schedule in schools, libraries and public places to attract interested persons.
  • So far we have 7 sponsors (of nine) so that most of our financial demands for this season have already been met.  Donations now are in planning for the 2016-2017 season.  Last year’s budget for NYC fell about $300 short.

Budget:

  • Received $8,000.00 in income
  • Spent $9,000.00 in expenses, but there was a surplus from prior year
    • $2,700.00 (returnable) spent for vouchers
    • $2000.00 spent for insurance (required)
    • $4000.00 for trophies, medals, rating fees, renewals, etc.
  • Vouchers for the 2015-2016 tournament season will be $9.00 for both new and renewal memberships. Those who can renew must have expiration dates of September 2015 through April 2016.  Must be less than 24 years old to take advantage of this discount.  In order to renew the membership we must have the USCF membership number, full name, address, phone number and email address.

Motion:

  • Motion to adjourn the meeting made by Ganesh Rao and 2nd by Brother John. Meeting adjourned at 3:31 pm

Submitted by Marilyn C. Scorcia

 

The Right Move at Riverbank  #205                           May 3, 2015

Attendance:  Brother John  McManus       Eliot Weiss      Henry J. Scorcia     Marilyn C. Scorcia      Yvonne M. Scorcia        Renee M. Scorcia    Alejandro Beasley                     Tejal Mehta    Seetaram Bhandar        Ganesh Rao    Badrinarayanam Dovoiswary           Vamsee Bandaru     Sachin Mehta

Meeting called to order at 3:23 pm

  • Bethlehem Central Middle School    New Business:
  • Beginning with the 2015 – 2016 year: because of the number of people who do not show up, when they do show up they must pay $5.00 and will play beginning round 2.  When they do show up, must step aside and give your name to the registration person beginning at 9:30 am.
  • Plaques for coming year cost  $1,169.00  from Crown Awards (pd on June 12, 2015) These cover NYC (12 per tournament) and Albany (10 per tournament) from Oct, 2015 through June, 2016
  • The Section formats and numbers attending each appear good and sections will remain the same but sections with less than 12 will only give two trophies (instead of three)

Reports:

  • We received 4 membership renewals and 1 new membership to USCF at today’s tournament
  • Received $20.00 from 4 people who paid $5 to play round one
  • Congratulations to the new members of the Board who will be serving in 2015-2016 in the following positions:
    • Ganesh Rao, President
    • Tejal Mehta, Vice President
    • Oliver Bravo, Secretary/Treasurer
    • Badri Dovaisway, Finance Enforcement Officer
    • Seetaram Bhandar, Volunteer Recruitment
    • Kelvin Hoang, Website Master
    • Renee M. Scorcia, Youth Representative
      • It is a 2 year term with the 2nd year being a training year to train the next group of officers & volunteers.
    • Still need other volunteers to be check-in people, TDs and door person. All you have to do is put your name down and give it a try.
    • The proposal of not doing the June tournament beginning with the 2015 – 2016 tournament year was not passed The tournament calendar will remain as it was submitted.  All are invited to  print the calendar and post in schools, libraries, storefronts, and community bulletin boards.
    • So far we have 8 sponsors for next year. Our costs show we really need 2 sponsors per tournament.

Proposal:     We shall offer $9 vouchers for USCF membership next year.   Explanation: Need 27 people to pay $100 each for 11 $9.00 vouchers from USCF memberships. The vouchers can be used to renew or register as a new member.  Need to pre-pay USCF $2,700.00 then they will issue the discounted vouchers.  This $2,700 then comes in through each of the purchases. Those who can renew must have expiration dates or September 2015 through April 2016.  Must be under age 24 to take advantage of this discount

Motion:      Motion to adjourn the meeting made by Henry and seconded by Yvonne.    ——-Submitted by Marilyn C. Scorcia

Great big Thank you to all who volunteered on May 3, 2015

Pumima Chowdhury  Sachin Mehta  Tejel Mehta        Ganesh Rao Badrinarayanam Dovoiswary       Seetaram Bhandar     Yvonne M. Scorcia                      Renee M. Scorcia   Marilyn C. Scorcia              Henry J. Scorci   Alejandro Beasly   Eliot Weiss    Oliver Bravo              David Ovejero      Ranjith Dhanekula

The Right Move at Riverbank                            April 19, 2015

Attendance: Brother John McManus      Eliot Weiss      Henry J. Scorcia          Alex Beasley      Marilyn C. Scorcia          Tejal Mehta        Yvonne M. Scorcia                          Vamsee Bandaru       Ganesh Rao          Oliver Bravo

Meeting called to order at 3:21 pm
New Business:

  • Minutes from March meeting were approved unanimously
  • Albany received $400.00 in sponsorship donations
  • All 300 vouchers for USCF membership were sold at $9.00 each. It seemed to be too much trouble so will re-consider for next year. The idea of doing only 100 vouchers next year was proposed.
  • Kelvin Hoang will be the Website Master for 2015 – 2016.
  • Calendar was submitted for approval

Reports:

  • We received 2 membership renewal for USCF membership at today’s tournament
  • Received $15.00 from 3 people who paid $5 to play round one
  • Congratulations to the new members of the Board who will be serving in 2015-2016 in the following positions:
    • Ganesh Rao, President
    • Tejal Mehta, Vice President
    • Oliver Bravo, Secretary/Treasurer
    • Badri Dovaisway, Finance Enforcement Officer
    • Seetaram Bhandar, Volunteer Recruitment
    • Kelvin Hoang, Website Master
    • Renee M Scorcia, Student Rep
      • It is a 2 year term with the 2nd year being a training year to train the next group of officers & volunteers.
    • Many positions are available to help keep the dream alive, “Free Chess for Youth.”  Needs include other volunteers to be check-in people and especially trained and certified USCF TDs.  All you have to do is put your name down and give it a try.

Motion:

  • Eliot Weiss proposed not to have the June tournament beginning with the 2015 – 2016 tournament year. Vote was taken, but did not pass. Tournament calendar will remain as it was submitted.
  • Motion to adjourn the meeting made by Yvonne and seconded by Henry.

Meeting adjourned at 3:35pm        —–Submitted by Marilyn C. Scorcia

The Right Move at Riverbank #204                            March 8, 2015

Great big Thank you to all who volunteered on March 8, 2015:

Quan Ince       Elijah Johnson     Tejel Mehta        Ganesh Rao        Badri Dovaisway      Seetaram Bhandar    Yvonne M. Scorcia          Renee M. Scorcia    Nagaraja Aeturi         Oliver Bravo      Marilyn C. Scorcia        Henry J. Scorcia      Alex Beasly      Eliot Weiss      Karen Facette-Moore     Brother John McManus      (and the many others who do so much behind the scenes)

Meeting called to order at 3:55.  Present:  Brother John McManus        Eliot Weiss      Henry J. Scorcia        Alex Beasley Marilyn C. Scorcia      Yvonne M. Scorcia

New Business:

  • Trophies needed for New York City and Albany are for 8 tournaments  ($1215)
  • Suggested: only do 8 tournaments during 2015 – 2016 year (Eliminate June)
  • During awards Section winners must be present to receive award for both team and individual awards.
  • Check-in has problem with call-ins.  No telephone calls will be allowed to check someone in.
  • Reports:
  • Expense outgoing March 2015: $2,000.00 to pay for insurance
  • Expense outgoing March 2015: $1,200.00 to pay for trophies
  • We received 11 vouchers for $9 USCF membership at today’s March 8 tournament. 20 vouchers remain of the 300 purchased.  First come…
  • We Received $25.00 from 5 people who paid $5 to play round one
  • List of people nominated to officer positions for year 2015-2016 beginning June 2015:   Team to decide / divide work and availablilty / properly trained, trainers.
    • Seetaram Bhandar
    • Tejal Mehta
    • Ganesh Rao
    • Oliver Bravo
    • Badri Dovaisway
      • Hopefully nominees will attempt a 2 year term with the 2nd year being a training year to train the next group of officers & volunteers.
  • Many more volunteer positions are still available for 2015 – 2016. Training on site by qualified staff.  On-the-job training!  Hard work with no pay – Sign up quickly with Marilyn to guarantee our 27th season.
  • Motion to adjourn the meeting made by Yvonne and seconded by Brother John.Submitted by Marilyn C. Scorcia
  • Meeting adjourned at 4:11pm   (Published on web April 10.)

The Right Move #203 at Riverbank State Park     February 8, 2015

Attendance:   Brother John McManus         Manju Bhargari Bandaru       Henry J. Scorcia    Tejel Mehta       Marilyn C. Scorcia       Eliot Weiss     Yvonne M. Scorcia                              Alex Beasley     Ganesh Rao    Oliver Bravo

Meeting called to order at 3:20

Minutes from January 2015 meeting were approved

Old Business:

  • The policy of no re-paring any section is working.
  • Henry suggested an instruction sheet for each floor TD that he will draft.
  • Ensure each player’s school is listed on the paring sheet

Reports:

  • $18.00 in donations was collected today
  • We received 7 new memberships and 1 renewal membership
  • Still need officers and volunteers for 2015 – 2016. No names by March means next year is cancelled…  Free training now! The biggest positions to be filled are:
    • President
    • Vice President
    • Secretary
  • If any section has less than 12 players, only 2 trophies will be handed out.

Motion:

  • Any section that has less than 12 players will only award 2 trophies beginning in March, 2015.  Passed by voice vote.
  • Motion by Henry that we post the Silent Announcements on the confirmation email that the players receive when they register for the tournament. Motion was seconded by Brother John and it passed.
  • Motion to adjourn the meeting made by Yvonne and seconded by Henry.

Meeting adjourned at 3:28pm    (-Submitted by Marilyn C. Scorcia)

The Right Move #202 at Riverbank        January 4, 2015

 Attendance:  Brother John McManus        Manju Bhargari Bandaru     Henry J. Scorcia        Vamsee Bandaru     Marilyn C. Scorcia        Eliot Weiss   Yvonne M. Scorcia                        Alex Beasley         Meeting called to order at 3:30

Old Business:

  •  Most of the December TRM trophies were claimed.  Some remain from Dec. to be picked up on Feb. 8.
  • Schedule for April (now Apr 19) only change through June 2015.
  • We have 9 tournaments scheduled for Oct. 2015 – June 2016 See calendar below–
  • The titles for next year’s tournaments are awesome & inspired.

Reports:

  • $244.00 collected today; so far the year to date total is $1,384. We are getting closer to a full year ($1800) trophies for tournaments
  • The April tournament date is subject to change because of the Easter holiday and the National Scholastics. New date: April 19, 2015 (not April 12)
  • Nominations of needed officers and volunteers for 2015 – 2016 are not being produced. Nominations are non-existent.  The positions available are:
    • President
    • Vice President
    • Secretary
    • Internet /Website Person
  • The title of the sections will remain the same: Sections with less than 12 participants would only offer trophies to first and second place individuals.
    • Beginner Grades 2 – 5
    • Beginner Grades 6 – 12
    • USCF Unrated & U600
    • USCF Unrated & U1000
    • USCF Unrated & U1400
    • USCF Unrated & Open

Motion:   Beginner sections would have 5 rounds if there are 50 or more players per section.   (Failed voice vote.)

Meeting adjourned at 3:50pm

Submitted by Marilyn C. Scorcia

Proposed Scholastic Chess Calendar Oct – June 2014-2014:  Special thanks to the many sponsors who help with providing money for the awards and giving so freely of their time in helping to run these tournaments, keeping the dream “Free Chess for Youth” alive now for our 26th year.

  • Oct 11 TRM 208 Sponsor: Kellerman Family Bring it on
  • Nov 8 TRM 209 Sponsor: Wong Family  Teamwork
  • Dec 6 TRM 210 Sponsor: LaPorte Family Anticipation
  • Jan 3 TRM 211 Sponsor: Nozaki Family  Baited, Not Beaten
  • Feb 7 TRM 212 Sponsor: Ward Family  Center Control
  • Mar 6 TRM 213 Sponsor: Evans Family  Improve Play
  • Apr 3 TRM 214 Sponsor: Vamsee/Ganesh Family  Help Coming
  • May 8 TRM 215 Sponsor:                           Not Too Fast
  • June 5 TRM 216 Sponsor:                         Finish the Deal

The Right Move #201 at RiverbankState Park “Finish Strong”
December 7, 2014 

 Attendance:    Brother John McManus   Manju Bhargari Bandaru   Henry J. Scorcia   Vamsee Bandaru    Marilyn C. Scorcia    David Granik     Yvonne M. Scorcia            Alex Beasley    Eliot Weiss

Old Business:

  • October and November 2014 minutes approved
  • The Silver Anniversary Cake was a big success and brought joy to all. (Picture too big to be posted on the website)
  • Karen Foncette-Moore, our door volunteer, reported that most people were happy with the timing and running of TRM201, “Finish Strong” Medals were given out but no trophies or plaques as they were inexcusably left behind in Albany.  Available on January 5 to be claimed/signed for with phone #/email.
  • No re-pairing in the Open and U1400 Sections
    • Emphasize the rule that you must show up- no re-pairing
    • Must get the each month’s no shows, including those missing rounds three and four, etc., to pay the $5.00 penalty for not showing up for a scheduled game.
  • The list for the Brooklyn Marriott tournament is still tentative, but needs to be updated with more information (Update: submitted Dec. 18, 2014 but not yet confirmed)

Reports:

  • The Open and Under 1400 Sections will remain as G/45;d5 with three rounds with no repairing. Other sections will no longer repair. Missing players will be fined $5.
  • $9 Vouchers for membership to USCF are at 164. We have already paid for 300, and need to fill that quota by April to “break even”.
  • Finances: Promises from 3 people stating they will sponsor a tournament means we can afford trophies/medals for all nine if these checks come in. Family of Aidan Evans sent $200 check/donation with Christmas card.  See calendar proposed by Vamsee under New Business.
  • Foundation did not get into contact with attorney to establish the New Articles of Incorporation. David Goldstein, Esq.,  was sent best wishes for Hannukah and the New Year.
  • Training of next year’s staff now top priority. Nominations are mainly non-existent. If you think someone might do the job let me/you contact them. The positions available are:
    • President
    • Vice President
    • Secretary
    • Internet /Website Person (I received phone calls on this.  We are looking for reliable volunteers with no fees involved.  I prefer to see person and extend support/help at tournament site, while actual work could then be done from individual homes.)

New Business:

  • 2015 – 2016 First Draft Scholastic Chess The Right Move tentative schedule is ready Website:
    • We need a web/internet person who can help with the website. Also, need pictures to post on the website.
  • Need to nominate officers for the upcoming 2 years
  • Announcements at 9:15 seem to be very well received, although many parents refuse to give up chairs in the hall to attend announcements. Verbal Contributions to the announcements must be written and emailed to Brother John with the information to be included. Be brief and to the point.
  • The Right Move Banners must be displayed for pictures. Trophies/medals not handed out in December will be distributed. The List follows:
  • Team & Individual Champions TRM 201 Dec. 7, 2014 “Finish Strong”
Section First Place Second Place Third Place
Open Kenneth Fernandez MarkusPond Ryan JHoang
Under 1400 HwarinZoh Matthew TKellerman MarquisBrown
Under 1000 GiladAvrahami Aidan JEvans EllenHoang
Under 600 MichaelAvrahami Mantas Kempinas ChunHaoZhang
BeginnerGrades 6-12 StevenRosario JeremyGarcia NaheemAllen
BeginnerGrades 2-5 PatrickRouse ReynaldoGayle BenjaminEppel
Section First Place Team Second Place Team
Open Nest (5.0); Markus Pond, Mario Tutunco-Macias BCSM (4.); Quan Ince, Keyron Jarvis
Under 1400 PS166 (5.0); Hwarin Zoh, Brandon Damiano PS163 (4.5); Kaden Pollard, Henry Olenich
Under 1000 PS163 (9.0); Ian Olenich, Teja Pollard, Wyatt Fritton, Ryan Casey PS166 (7.5); William Braffman, Vedaant Shah, Gabriel Avrahami, Manoj Harikumar
Under 600 Edward R Murrow (13.0); Chun Hao Zhang, Anana Kapanadze, Peng Dong, Jianxin Weng PS163 (9.0); Mantas Kempinas, Diya Sriram, Kaia Behrstock, Nikhil Sriram
Beginner Grades 6-12 CCAA (7.0); Steven Rosario, Jeremy Garcia
Beginner Grades 2-5 PS166 (8.0); Leo Ting, Rafael Hernandez, Maria Happ, Miles Thurnherr PS107 (7.5); Benjamin Eppel, Percy Yee, George Bugayev

 

Motion:      No re-pairing of any section.  Unanimously passed

  • Our next meeting will be after TRM 202, Jump in, at Riverbank on January 5, 2015
  • Meeting adjourned at 3:57.             —Submitted by Marilyn C. Scorcia

The Right Move at Riverbank #200            November 2, 2014

Attendance: Brother John McManus      Manju Bhargari Bandaru     Henry J. Scorcia           Vamsee Bandaru     Marilyn C. Scorcia       David Granik      Yvonne M. Scorcia                                     October Meeting Minutes:

Motion to approve the October meeting minutes was made by Vamsee and seconded by Henry.  However the minutes had not not yet been posted on the website. They were later posted under “Building the Future” on November 20, to be approved after review..

Old Business:

  • Henry brought a list of names to to be considered as winners of Scholarships from The Right Move at the Brooklyn Marriott tournament January 11-12 since acceptance is needed to follow up with the players & their families.  Brother John still working on confirmation with Steve Emmitt regarding this possibility as was done last year. Two TD’s give 2 days of work in exchange for free entry to 10 players.  Details as they emerge will be made at the December meeting.
  • Open and U1400 sections have advanced players and once checked in they  will not be re-paired. They will be treated as having paid to play against quality players and must sit and wait 45 minutes for opponent to show up. No shows are charged $5, as at all USCF tournaments. These sections will remain at three rounds.
  • Vouchers to become members of the USCF for a yearly fee of $9.00 serve our Under age 20 players extremely well, saving much money to families . While gathering information and record keeping is quite intense the prospect of selling all 300 by April 2015, seems within reach. To date, 102 vouchers have been sold.
  • There are still many new players who do not understand the limits we can offer as a free tournament.  The USCF membership requirements do not allow expired memberships to play in rated tournaments.  This is one of the reasons for lowing the price to $9 through the voucher program. Players with memberships that are no longer valid are not permitted to play unless they renew membership.
  • Awards – Many thanks to David Granik for assuming responsibility for posting the list of winners prior to announcing the results and awarding the prizes.
    • Open & U1400 will receive a medal if they have 2.0 points (only 3 games).
    • U1000 & U600 will receive a medal or 2.5 points
    • Unrated grades 2-12 will receive a medal for 2.5 points
    • Teams with only 1 player may not receive a team plaque. Teams need 2 players or more to be recognized. Top four scores completes the team score.
    • Tie breaker rule: the more players on a team the higher the team tie-break points
  • Posting of pairings outside the tournament hall needs better planning to allow players space to find out necessary information so they can be properly seated on time for each round.

New Business:

  • Are there any immediate changes in store for the coming year with size of sections?
    • Consensus to leave the groupings as they have been this year, noting that the beginner grade 2-5 section is usually younger players, sometimes even kindergarten and first graders.
  • Website:
    • Seeking a person with availability and competence to volunteer to upgrade sections of our website as well as post pictures to enliven our site.
  • Cake:
    • The grand cake celebrating the beginning of our new era “201” will arrive at the December 7 “Finish Strong” tournament.
  • The 2015 – 2016 scholastic calendar will be announced in January  by Vamsee. We are still in need of five sponsors ($1000) for trophies and medals, as well as new officers to take over in June, 2015.    (October 12 is National Chess Day)
  • Congratulations to Alex Beasley and the staff from the NYC Parks Department for letting us use Riverbank State Park each month. We appreciate all those who have “jumped in” to help as many people set up tables, chairs, sets and equipment to help The Right Move keep “on schedule” to professionally serve FREE CHESS FOR YOUTH.

Great big Thank you to all who volunteered on November 2, 2014:

Marilyn C. Scorcia   Elliot Weiss   Henry J. Scorcia       Vamsee Bandaru      Yvonne M. Scorcia     Manju Bhargari Bandaru      Renee M. Scorcia     Seetaram Shandar             Peter A. Rodrigues      David Garnik      Ganesh Ruo         Brother John McManus                -Submitted by Marilyn C. Scorcia

The Right Move at Riverbank               October 12, 2014          TRM199

Attendance:       Brother John  McManus       Vamesee Banderu    Henry J. Scorcia             Mariu Bhargari              Marilyn C. Scorcia     Tejel Mehta    Yvonne M. Scorcia                     Sachin Mehta   (posted on Wed., Nov. 20, 2014)

Old Business:

  • The minutes from the June 8th meeting were approved.
  • There will be a Board of Directors meeting at 4pm to approve the by-laws to be sent to David Goldstein for updated Letter of Incorporation.
  • We need a search committee to begin looking for new board members for the 2015-2016 year.
  • Going forward, at 9:15 check-in ends and every player should be inside the gym. At that time, announcements are made.  After announcements all parents & non-players must leave.
  • Any announcements to be made are sent to Brother John for approval.
  • At 9:30 the Under 1400 Section and the Open Section begin their play.
  • The voucher program so far has worked well.
  • Assignment and committee member lists are kept by Marilyn, our Secretary.

New Business:

  • By January 2015, we have to send out a list of possible tournament dates and try to get any sponsors for the following year.
  • Doug Goldhirsh is still listed as the President of the Board of Directors of The Right Move, but he has not been president since 2010 – 2011. The IRS needs a letter of resignation from Doug.
  • The committee to pick players for the Brooklyn Marriott tournament will be Henry & Marilyn Scorcia and Brother John. Must let parents know that they must drive the players themselves to and from the Marriott.  (Confirmation of 10 entries not yet confirmed by Steve Emmitt.)
  • Motion brought on by Yury Belenky:
    • In the Open Section he would like to go back to 4 rounds instead of 3 rounds. He thinks the time waiting for the opponent to show up is long.
    • He suggests waiting 15 minutes before re-pairing players who do not have an opponent. Giving the player a bye is not fair since everyone comes to play chess.
    • He has spoken to parents of players who play with Chess in the Schools and they don’t bring kids to The Right Move because it is only 3 rounds and lots of waiting around.
  • Resolution of the Motion:
    • Brother John took an informal survey of the players in the Open and Under 1400 Sections and the results were as follows: 17 players in favor of 3 rounds and 13 players in favor of 4 rounds.
    • There will be a house player who will play with anyone who is waiting for their opponent. Once the round starts everyone will start their clocks even those waiting for their opponent.  The player who is here can play with the house player until their opponent shows up.  Vote taken and unanimously passed.
    • There will be 3 rounds for Under 1400 and Open Sections. [Henry Scorcia will look into a Chess in the Schools Tournament and report back as to how they accommodate the higher sections.  Vote taken and unanimously passed.  (update – A review online of the CIS Tournaments for Oct 4 & 13 show the Open section is NOT 4 games but in fact 3 Rounds, Time Control: G/40;d5 ]

Any opponent whose opponent has not shown up will wait for their full 45 minutes.  There will be no re-pairing of players.  Vote taken and unanimously passed.

New Business for November Meeting:

  • How do volunteers contact The Right Move to do volunteering work?
  • How do we train the new volunteers?              -Submitted by Marilyn C. Scorcia

          The Right Move #199 at Riverbank, June 8, 2014

Congratulations to the top two teams in each section:

  • Open: 1st  WR (6)  2nd  Nest  (3)
  • Under 1400: 1st   WR (7)   2nd  Dalton (3)
  • Under 1000: 1st  Millenium (7.5) 2nd  282 (7.5)
  • Under 600: 1st   39 K (7)  2nd  163 (6.5)
  • Grade 6-12: 1st  TMA (3)  2nd  DLS (3)
  • Grade 2-5: 1st  166 (11.5)  2nd  153 (11)

Attendance:

Brother John McManus, Alex Beasley, Eliot Weiss,  Henry J. Scorcia,  Marilyn C. Scorcia, Vamesee Banderu, Yvonne M. Scorcia, George Alex Poulos, Joan Waldron,  Aisha Arenas

Items discussed:

  • The Right Move Chess Foundation is a 501C Corporation.  $1,500.00 paid to attorney to amend the articles of incorporation. ($592 charged by June 30, 2014).
  • New by-laws (proposed)have to be adopted by the New Board of Directors at the Annual Meeting after ratification. Amendments will be made as necessary.
  • Raj Travel Agency sponsored June tournament  in Albany.Trophies and Medals for The Right Move at Riverbank have been paid for through the 2014 – 2015 scholastic year.  Needed:  $200.00 sponsorship for each tournament 2015-2016.
    • Contingency fund necessary for for lawyers fees, insurance and other incidentals.  All billing / payments are based on trophies, medals, TLA’s and rating fees ($200/month).
  • $39.00 in donations collected during May 2014 tournament. Totals January – June $189.00
  • Complete Riverbank State Park 2014-2015Tournament Schedule has been posted on line.
  • Change earlier flyers: January 11, 2015 TRM 202 had to be re-scheduled to January 4.
  • January 11 & 12, 2015 there will be a tournament at the Brooklyn Marriott
  • Seeking $2,700.00 to sponsor $9.00 USCF membership voucher program, whereby 300 youth under age 18 can join/renew membership for $9.00. Limited to six months period from October to April.  Chess magazine will be available at Riverbank Park through bulk mail. (38 purchased so far)
  • The proposed picnic at Riverbank State Park in Summer of 2014 still needs more people involved in the planning/implementation/commitment.  Looking forward to hearing from our zealous parents/coaches eager to carry out such a venture.
  • The Right Move has served parents, coaches and friends throughout the educational system providing FREE chess professional level nationally rated chess tournaments to New York City since 1990, 26 straight years. Congratulations for another great year. 

Submitted by Marilyn C. Scorcia

           The Right Move #198 at Riverbank
May 4, 2014

 Attendance:

Brother John McManus   Henry Scorcia      Marilyn Scorcia   Yvonne Scorcia        Alex Beasley

Meeting called to order at 3:15.

Items discussed:

  • Thank you to all our volunteers today:  Saswato Das, Vamsee Bandaru, Seetaram Bhandaf, Tejal Mehta, Henry Scorcia and Marilyn Scorcia.
  • Need for $200 sponsors for each of the nine tournaments; May  $33.00 in donations. Total for year = $186.  Spent January – May 2014 = $1000. ($-814)  Thank you to all who donated.
  • Almost half of the donated funds ($13) from May came from players who failed to follow sign-up procedures but wished to supercede listed rules and play round 1.
  • Program for Blitz and Bughouse Chess cancelled at this time due to lack of follow-up in  planning / preparation.
  • The Board of Directors’ Officers for NYC have generously donated serving a second year and will be installed in June for the 2014 – 2015 year.  President: Vamsee Bandaru, etc. see above. Alex Beasley will continue to serve on our Board.
  • Meeting adjourned at 3:22 pm              –Submitted by Marilyn C. Scorcia           

 Donations NYC May 2014 $33.  Totals January through May $186.  Outlay: 5 tournaments @ $200 = $1000.  Deficit = $ $814.  Still NO SPONSORS from NYC area.  2016 – 2017 season in jeopardy. Needed: People actually helping Brother John pay for trophies, rating fees, etc. @ $200/tournament.  501c3 deductions available

                            TRM 197 at Riverbank

                                      April 7, 2014

Attendance:  Brother John McManus Alex Beasley   Vamsee Bandaru   Henry Scorcia   Marilyn Scorcia  Yvonne Scorcia

Additional gratuitous staff (volunteers): Seetaram Bhandar, Harish Daboley, Badri Doraiswamy.

  1. Attempting to accomodate players, beginning in May 2014 late on-site registration (clearly not allowed to play round 1, see rules) may be given $2.00 fine exemption, when possible.
  2. Plans for a fun fund-raiser day “Blitz, Bughouse and Outdoor Fresh Air Chess” have not progressed. Awaiting report from Sam and Alex for next step.
  3. A review of the staggered times for starting rounds shows attendance down drastically since the changes began in January.  Postings and accuracy have been made much easier for the tournament staff and access to players (noise) has not been much of a problem.  Elliot Weiss objected to not being able to make announcements and generally opposes the staggered schedule. Feedback from the many players is good.  May and June will continue with the staggered schedule.
  4. Contributions for April, 2014: $26. This brings the total from January – April 2014 to $112.  (Expenses listed at $200 per tournament. Actual is much higher.) Dificit $678.  Sponsors necessary to help Brother John pay these expenses.  There is no other source of income!
  5. The early check-in program will continue, even though many players have used this and not yet paid their fine.  The fines are clearly indicated “$5.00 fine if checked in” on the website under the currently signed in list. Brother John will be approaching players on that list asking them to meet their obligation of fairness to the opponent when  skipping a posted game.
  6. Change in next year’s projected schedule: Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015  tournament moved back one week to April 12.-Submitted by Marilyn C. Scorcia

The Right Move at Riverbank # 196
March 9, 2014

Present: Brother John McManus, Vamsee Bandaru, Henry Scorcia, Marilyn Scorcia, Alex Beasley, Yvonne Scorcia, Saswato Das, Oliver Bravo, Samuel Greenberg

Additional gratuitous staff (volunteers): Karen Foncette-Moore, Seetaram Bhandar, Harish Daboley, Badri Doraiswamy.

A. The new plaques for team performance were presented to each of the six sections. Many “team” awards went to players with only one person on the team. (Special thanks to Samantha Giknis (Saratoga) for her work sorting the plaques.)

  • Open: 1st  Mott Hall  2nd  PS6 (NJ)
  • Under 1400: 1st   LCCS   2nd  PS6 (NJ)
  • Under 1000: 1st  Dalton   2nd  LSA
  • Under 600: 1st   39 K   2nd  Mott Hall
  • Grade 6-12: 1st  Scholars’ Academy   2nd  Lab
  • Grade 2-5: 1st  Voice Charter  2nd  LL

B. Tournament costs of $200/month (for awards and rating fees) are supported by generous donations from our players, coaches, friends and sponsors.  Brother John makes up the difference.  No staff receives any salaries or monetary support. Costs for January, February, March: $600. Contributions: $86. (Thanks, Linda $50 mail 3/14)

C. Our staff continues to grow, learning to serve gratuitously as FREE CHESS FOR YOUTH since 1990 welcomes new members. Contact Marilyn to help improve our service with your time and talents, if not your financial help (as well).

D. As per the by-laws, membership to The Right Move Chess Foundation is $100.00 yearly. Your $100.00 donation may include a membership.  Donations collected today, $36. Mail $50. Jan, Feb, Mar costs $600. Total donations $86.

E. A standing committe of establishing priorities for spending surplus monies will be formed. If we have $1,000.00 to spend, what is the best way to use it? (Past ideas have included: tee shirts, membership to USCF, entrance fee to NYC Championship.  New ideas:  new boards,clocks)

F. Fundraising Proposal:   Blitz and Bughouse Chess at Riverbank Park on TBD.

  • Blitz Games Vs. Expert players.  12:00 – 3:00. Bid for coupons on-line, $10 for 5 games vs. Expert players, Masters and more.  (Coupons may be given to students, etc.) $2.00 entrance fee/donation per game.  All Winners (Draws if differential USCF 400 plus points) will have their name displayed on a plaque at Riverbank.
  • Bughouse Chess.  Sign-up by 3:34.  4SS.  4:00 – 6:00.  2 sections: Combined rating Under 1800 and Combined rating Under 1400. $20.00 per team.  Plaques for 1st and 2nd place.  (Minimum 8 teams per section).  Advance sign up advised.
  • Both the Blitz and Bughouse games will be played on the same day.  Rain or shine event.  Alex will reserve indoor space in case of rain.      -Submitted by Marilyn C. Scorcia

The Right Move 195 at Riverbank
February 2, 2014 

Attendance:   Brother John      Alex Beasley    Henry J. Scorcia    Marilyn C. Scorcia   EXC: Vamsee Bandaru

  • ·         Cost projected for trophies & Medals $165 per tournament for 2015. Collected NYC $1440 since December 2013.  $0.00 in 2014. TLA and Rating Fee brings cost per tournament to $240.
    Sponsors and donors appreciated for future operation.  Will post on wall opportunities to provide financial help, with procedures and contact info.
  • Procedures posted on website need to be strictly followed for smooth functioning of the tournament.  Late entries not posted on the web will not be allowed to play round 1. Exceptions at discretion of Section Director
  • ·         Nominations for the two year term of officer for The Right Move are lacking.  Our current officers are eligible for a second year:  Currently:–
    President      Vamsee Bandaru
    Vice President   Henry Scorcia
  • Recording Secretary  Marilyn Scorcia
  •        Treasurer     Srinivas Alampalli
    Student Representative:   None
  • ·         Calendar dates accepted by NYC Dept of Cultural Affairs & Dept of Parks (Riverbank State Park.

Submitted by Marilyn C. Scorcia   Meeting from 3:45-4:00.

The Right Move 194 at Riverbank
January 19, 2014

Attendance:   Brother John  McManus    Vamsee Bandaru   Henry J. Scorcia  Alex Beasley  Marilyn C. Scorcia

  • ·         Proposal 1 – Amend By-Laws: Section 1 Location of Principal Office in Albany, NY; Section 4 Serving the children of NY State  –  both resolutions passed
  • ·         Proposal 2 – Schedule: Sections? Trophies?  (Change/keep/add/delete) Much discussion.
    –  keep at 4 rated sections and 2 unrated sections
  • ·         Proposal 3 – Accept calendar dates October 2014 – June 2015  –  accepted
    • 10/12/14 – TRM 199  Add one number to each ? (discovered July, 2014)
    • 11/2/14 – TRM 200
    • 12/7/14 – TRM 201
    • 1/11/15 – TRM 202
    • 2/8/15 – TRM 203
    • 3/8/15 – TRM 204
    • 4/5/15 – TRM 205
    • 5/3/15 – TRM 206
    • 6/7/15 – TRM 207
  • ·         Discussed the idea of using a plaque next year for team awards instead of trophies.  Plaques turn out to be less expensive in large bulk orders.  TRM #  and Section information on plaques.
  • ·         Individual trophies will all be the same (large) size for all sections, easier to order and assemble.
  • ·         There will continue to be 4 rated sections this year, with extra trophies and awards.  The Open & 1400 stay Game 45 with 5 second delay.  Split vote of players in these sections liking playing these games at 45 minutes vs 30 minutes.
    The U1000 & U600 will remain Game 30 with 5 second delay.
    Beginning February 2nd – on all rated sections, the TD will not switch players after pairings are made.  If an opponent does not show up (after 30 minutes) the player who is present will receive a 1 point Bye.
  • ·         There will be 2 unrated sections Grade 2-5 and Grade 6-12.
  • ·         Awards will be held inside the tournament hall at the far end or in the hallway where the sign-in is held in the morning.
  • ·         Donations received January 2014: $0.00   Please urge donors to step forward without our having to beg.  FREE CHESS FOR YOUTH is a privilege. You can make it continue to happen.  Thank you!

Submitted by Marilyn C. Scorcia

Dec. 8, 2013 The Right Move 193 at Riverbank State Park

Attendance: Brother John McManus,  Henry Scorcia, Marilyn Scorcia, Alex Beltre, Oscar Santana, James Lewis,  Chris Spencer, Claudia Pyke-Sharpe,  LaShawn Toulson. Excused: Alex Beasley, Vamsee Bandaru.

  1. The Open and Under 1400 Sections will be changed to 3SS, G/45;d5. Rd 1 9:30, Rd 2 11:30, Rd 3 1:30.  New Category, Under 1000 will be available Jan. 19, 1014 with 4SS, G/30;d5. Under 700 changed to Under 600.
  2. Playing conditions…Noise and movement cause of concern in tournament hall.  Even more of a concern with different times for start of rounds. Parents and players are currently permitted to sit in tournament hall as long as quiet and respectful spirit permits.  Patrol monitors (Volunteers) are needed to remove / remind “unruly” persons. Alternative: No parents/coaches allowed in tournament hall.
  3. January 12, 2014: Marriott at Brooklyn Bridge. 10 Chess Scholarships awarded– Check with Alex Beltre / Henry Scorcia.
  4. Donations Through December 31 = $285. Matching gifts extends through the end of December, 2014 for up to $1000. (Total so far = $690)
  5. Congratulations to Martha Samadashvili, Albany region of NY State, top Under 10 year old chosen to represent USA in World Youth Chess Championships Dec. 17-29 in the United Arab Emirates.  Martha began playing two years ago and is now 1805 before going 7-4 against the best in the world.  The Right Move generously contributed to finances for her endeavor.
  6. Mailchimp list now 31.  Thanks to all who joined. Easy to communicate format. Please consider signing up.
  7. New Scoresheets made by Edward R Murrow presented to The Right Move at a saving of $429.
  8. Advance Brother John Check-in “I will donate $5 if I do not show up” on Dec. 8, 2013 but did not show up–
    1. Sakura Laporte, St B, U700
    2. Adithya Narayan, 199, U1400
    3. Mark Pipko, WR, U1400
    4. Jisella San Juan, 282, U700
    5. Joella San Juan, Gen, 6-12
    6. Wyatt Saru-Riley, -, 2-5
    7. James Thierer, Voice, 2-5
    8. Maximillian Volostnov, 104, Open
    9. Michael Zeretser, 686, 2-5

-submitted by Marilyn Scorcia

Nov. 3, 2013 The Right Move 192 at Riverbank State Park

Attendance: Brother John McManus, Alex Beasley, Henry Scorcia, Marilyn Scorcia, Alex Beltre, Oscar Santana, Vamsee Bandaru

  1. Our Mailchimp NYC list now totals 16.  It would make communication much easier if the 350 or more families concerned would sign up for our e-mail through mailchimp.
  2. Contributions for November. totaled $205. The Matching Gift offer from Brother John of $1000 extends through the end of December.  Thanks to all who have helped so far.
  3. Number of $200 sponsors for NYC = 0. We are looking for big donors to ensure The Right Move beyond this, our 25th year.
  4. Alex Beltre helped coordinate a drive wherein 10 Scholarships to the Jan 12 tournament at the Marriot in Brooklyn and 10 Scholarships to the NYS Scholastic Championships in Saratoga Springs will be presented to deserving players.
  5. The establishment of a $300 fund for winners of the unrated section to receive memberships is still unresolved.
  6. Our 501 (c) 3 status is in process of being updated as Marily Aceto, Fred Goldhirsch’s secretary since 1990, has stepped down. She is to be commended for her fine support and help all these past 23 years.
  7. Henry Scorcia and helpers  are  to be commended for the Check-In list procedures instituted.  Truly great work, and much appreciated.  Needs to be continued.
  8. Questions remain about the Advance Check-in procedure and the large number of absent seats (Marithon Day, NYC).   Collection of donations at desk recommended for those listed.
  9. After late ten minutes section TD may re-assign empty seats for pairings but penalty for those not showing up remain. Those signed up with no opponent receive full point byes.
  10. March 2 tournament conflicted with NYS Scholastic State Championships in Saratoga (March 1-2, 2014) so the website now indicates our TRM tournament will be on March 9, 2014 and the change is accepted.
  11. April 13 suggested date for additional tournament for Fred Goldhirsch Fundraiser Tournament #2.  (No details…EF$20, SS4, G/60;d5, prize $200, 100 in open, Trophies to top 7 Under 1345, Trophies to top 7 Under 654.
  12. Picnic to accompany tournament nixed as to difficulty of crowd control in the City Parks section.

The following list shows who used the Advance Brother John Check-in “I will donate $5 if I do not show up” on Nov. 3, 2013 but did not show up–

  1. Dev Badlani, TEC, 2-5
  2. Sashank Badrinarayanan, PS6, 2-5
  3. Arthur Bugayev, 686, U1400
  4. Elizabeth Bugayev, 686, U1400
  5. Anthony Campana, Yonkers, U1400
  6. Edwin Henriquez, bslgj, U700
  7. Oscar Mata, 210, 2-5
  8. Adithya Narayan, 199, U1400
  9. Jacob Perez, PS 3, 6-12
  10. Nicoli Robles, PS 3, 2-5
  11. Vedaant Shah, 166, 2-5
  12. Boris Shmulevich, -, Open
  13. Srimathi Vadivel, TEC, 2-5

Old Business: Vamsee Bandaru (e-mail) suggested collated list of all players and results for this year be posted in alphabetical list on our website. (Completed.)

New Business: Alex Beltre (e-mail) suggested Open & U1400 sections be G/60; d5 or some combination thereof.  (Idea formerly rejected with earlier boards because of moving/noise concerns).

October 13, 2013 The Right Move 191 National Chess Day at Riverbank State Park

Present: Brother John McManus, Alex Beasley, Henry  J Scorcia, Marilyn C Scorcia

All participants received shirts with The Right Move logo.

Discussion:

  1. Rules need consistent enforcement regarding early sign-up and check-in procedures.  Henry Scorcia will oversee check-in desk (consistent with Chess-in-Schools).
  2. Players not checked in by 9:15 can receive 1/2 point bye in Round one and allowed to participate in Round 2.
  3. Meetings of the Board continue to be open to all.  Lasting 15 minutes after the trophy presentation, all ideas need to be represented and are welcome for review. You can email brjohn@juno.com with the title Board/Ideas.
  4. Donations totalled $150 for October. (Cost $200/tournament for trophies, awards, rating).
  5. Matching gift donation $1000 through December from Brother John will help us prepare for our 26th year.  All are invited to seek out sponsors ($200 per tournament, $2,000 yearly tour sponsor  ALL NINE TOURNAMENTS).
  6. In response to a request from Steve Immitt the January 2013 TRM Tournament was moved from January 12 to January 19, 2013.
  7. Preliminary Calendar for 2014-2015 due in January according to our Rules and Constitution.
  8. The following list shows who used the Advance Brother John Check-in “I will donate $5 if I do not show up” on Oct. 13, 2013 but did not show up–
  1. Raheem Burrows, TMA, U1400
  2. Edward Diaz, ND, 2-5
  3. Nicolas Diaz, ND, 2-5
  4. Rocco Franklyn, Elm, U1400 Thank you.
  5. Archana Ghadge, ECCS, 2-5
  6. Jacob Guzman, PS3, 6-12
  7. Lexington Guzman, 391, 6-12
  8. Daniel Lou, Gen, 2-5
  9. Joshua Lou, Gen, 2-5
  10. Gabriela Martinez, 166, 2-5
  11. Jonathan O’Connor, 166, 2-5
  12. Sankalp Patel, 34, 6-12
  13. Boris Shmulevich, -, Open

July 14, 2013 Fundraiser for Fred Goldhirsch at Riverbank State Park

Present: Brother John McManus, Alex Beasley, Henry J Scorcia, Marilyn C Scorcia, Vamsee Bandaru

Discussion:

  1. Special thanks to winner of Fundraiser, Vladimir Bugayev, for donating his $100 winning prize fund to The Right Move.
  2. Shirts with The Right Move logo would be distributed to each participant at the National Chess Day tournament on Oct. 13.
  3. Majority favored having one or two additional fundraiser tournaments next year.  Date / Format / Fees/ Prizes to be determined.  No one volunteered to be in charge of this issue yet.
  4. Doug Bellitzi’s letter regarding last month’s situation was discussed.
  5. Professional training /recruiting of parental volunteers at the tournament site will be coordinated by Marilyn Scorcia.