Westchester Chess Club

Sep 16, 2015, 10:06 AM |

A few weeks ago, I made my first trip to the Westchester Chess Club, which holds regular meetings on Thursday evenings (8pm) at the Trinity Lutheran Church on 25 Crane Road, Scarsdale NY, 10583.

I went during a casual game night; other nights take the form of quads or swiss tournaments, with a seperate round each week. The club is located on the 2nd floor of the church, and everybody was friendly. Although changes in my personal life make it difficult for me to commit to a tournament for several weeks, I really like their format and fees; tournaments are only $15, or free if you are a member (membership is worth it, at only ~$40 a year).

This club is located very close to the meeting site of the Bob Peretz Chess Club, which I have played in many times. It serves as a nice contrast, since the BPCC runs rapid tournaments that require no commitment, has monetary prizes, generally stronger players, and a higher entry fee.

To give you an idea of the type of play at the Westchester Chess Club, I present my three casual games, recreated from memory, that I played during my 1-hour visit. In particular, the King and Pawn endgame in the first game was interesting, and I was quiet proud of my pawn break. Enjoy!

The rematch was more one-sided, since my opponent did not know theory in the Vienna (Nf6 and exf4 should not be mixed in this way).

The final game I played, unlike the first two, used the clock; it was 10-min, no increment.

I hoped you liked the games. Let me know what you think, or if I missed anything important in my annotations. I played well that day, but poorly earlier this week at the BPCC, with what was probably my worst tournament performance ever. I'll be posting those games shortly.