Beginning in July, all tournaments are suspended until a new location is found. Patisserie management waited until the last minute to tell me that they are converting the upstairs to a “high-end corporate meeting venue.”

Anyone who has a lead on possible spaces is encouraged to contact me at pikecountychessclub[at]

Spaces should be:

Free or low-cost
Available between approximately 9:30 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on weekends
Big enough to accommodate at least 14 players

Honors For PCCC Tournament Director

This weekend, I played in the 70th Annual U.S. Amateur East Championship. Even though there was an U1800 section, I decided to register in the championship section (U2200) to get stronger competition. It turned out to be a very good event for me. I played two of my best games to date and scored 3.5/6, earning a performance rating solidly in the expert range. I ended up placing first U1800 and was awarded a trophy to mark the occasion.

Here are my results (opponent’s pre-tournament rating at right):
W-1816 W-1942 W-1962 D-2004 L-2022 L-2041

See New Jersey State Chess Federation for all top results.

Big Changes!

Entry Fees: The new entry fee for all tournaments is $15. Previously, entry was $25.

Prizes: The new prize for all tournaments is $40/quad or 67% of entries (although it is actually larger since the organizers are usually playing too). Prizes were 50% of entries prior to this change.

Registration and Round Times: Registration for all tournaments is now 9:30-45. Round one begins at 10:00 a.m. This is a change from the previous start time of 11:00 a.m. for round one of the G/60 events.

I hope these changes are to your liking and that they make it both more feasible and more fun for you to play chess with us. Fauchere management is working with us for the time being, and without their help, these tournaments would no longer be possible. With that in mind, I encourage you, as usual, to patronize the cafe throughout each event. I also encourage you to spread the word about these changes to any chess players you encounter. A broad group of players is what will ensure our survival.

Chester Bean Makes Expert

Congratulations to Chester Bean for finally becoming an expert! His rating passed 2000 after the 23rd Milford G/90 Quads, held last weekend. Scoring a perfect 3-0, he beat a class E player and two class B players. But we’ve long been expecting this from Chester. His rating has been in the high 1900s for at least a year.

Congratulations once again. Your Milford chess family is proud of you!



January’s G/90 quads marked the two-year anniversary of USCF-rated tournaments in Milford. I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all the players who have helped keep this going, especially Dan Reinert. Dan has been present at all but one event! To those of you who keep my events in mind but can’t always make it, please know that I do appreciate your thoughts. Maybe the new events will make it easier for you.

New Tournaments in 2014

In recognition of how difficult it can be for some of you to show up and spend potentially ten hours in Milford, I will be adding another event this year. I cannot yet guarantee that it will happen every month, but we are going to try doing a G/60 as well. This will cut three hours from the maximum tournament length, which means you won’t need as much stamina and will have plenty of time for traveling.


Our big winner this month is Michael Chiu, who scored 3-0! Michael (1574) earned two slight upsets over myself (1756) and Dan Reinert (1793). He told us that his only goal in chess has been to reach 1600. With a post-tournament rating of 1676, he’ll need a new goal! Congratulations!

Chris Devick (1090) had the opposite experience this time, scoring 0-3.This was not unexpected, considering the ratings. He did have a noteworthy game with Chiu, however, winning a pawn and standing better for quite some time.

Dan Reinert and I had an interesting game where I missed a simple opening move that would have won a queen for two pieces. I went on to reach a won ending, only to drop my rook in what I thought was a tactical way of trading down.