Schenectady Chess Club Annual Meeting

The Schenectady Chess Club will hold its annual meeting on Thursday September 21st at 8:00 PM. Dues are likely to remain at $36 annually. Please be kind to our Treasurer and bring exact change.

I intend to propose a scholastic club tourney, with G/25 d/4, to run concurrent with the traditional club championship. Schenectady has traditionally offered significantly reduced annual membership for scholastic participants. Note that the time control will only impact quick rating. This is negotiable. A time control of G/30 d/5 would impact regular rating, if preferred. A start time of 7:30 each Thursday would have an expected end time of 8:30. I propose that the tourney be a round robin, all play all. A smaller turnout could have a double round robin, all play all, each player having both white and black. If there is any interest, please email me with inquiries or entry request to Walter AT

The club meets at the Niskayuna Community Center.

Albany Area Chess Club 2017 Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the Albany Area Chess Club will be held Wednesday September 27th at 7:30 PM at the Hamilton Union Presbyterian Church, 2291 Western Avenue, Guilderland, NY. The business of this meeting will include: approval of the minutes of last year’s meeting; receipt of Treasurer’s report of financial status of the club; receipt of Secretary’s report of club activities for preceding year; consideration of a by-laws amendment changing the quorum requirement; nomination and election of officers for 2017-18; sponsorship of a Make-the-Right-Move tournament; determination of dues for the 2017-18 year; and determination of format for the 2017-18 club championship tournament. Members should come prepared to pay renewal dues at the end of the meeting. Prospective members and former members are welcome to attend and join or re-join at the end of the meeting.

Saratoga Staunton Chess Club annual meeting and club championship tournament

The Saratoga Staunton Club’s annual meeting will be held Sunday September 24, 2017 at 7:30 PM. The championship tournament usually starts one week later, which would be October 1. Combined membership/entry fee is $16; there has been discussion of raising it. The club meets at the Saratoga Springs United Methodist Church, 175 Fifth Av. Saratoga Springs, NY. New members are welcome and encouraged.

Notes on the tournament: Most likely it will be a double round robin, depending on entries. The past few years it has been a relatively small tournament. Also, it is run semi-informally, allowing for players to reschedule games as needed to accommodate the players. Most players have rescheduled games in the past. The length of the tournament will be determined by the entries and how many games have to be rescheduled. It is a great way to play one rated game a week.

There is no need to attend the annual meeting to play in the tournament, in the past entries have even been accepted after the tournament has started.

The club is planning to also host some Quick Chess events; tentatively, on Oct 8 and Dec 10 but no one has checked for conflicts yet. That and any other events will be discussed at the meeting. I will announce it here when it is decided.

Frenzy of Local Clubs’ Annual Meetings

Details for the locations of the clubs can be found on the Clubs tab.

Schenectady Chess Club: Thursday, September 21st, 2017 8:00 P.M.

Saratoga Staunton Knights: Sunday, September 24th, 2017 8:00 P.M.

Albany Chess Club: Wednesday, September 27th, 2017 7:30 P.M.

I might edit these times if someone screams loud enough, so please pencil these in, and check back over the next two days.

Blitz Tournament – Free!

This Tuesday, August 29th, Chess in the City will hold their annual blitz tourney in front of Proctor’s Theater, 432 State Street, Schenectady, with registration from 11:15, rounds starting at 11:30. Entry is free. Preregistration is available by emailing dmeguin AT [please insert the @ for AT as per the usual.] This event is NOT rated so no USCF membership is required. All players will participate in 5 rounds of play, five minutes per game for each player. As always, a bevy of prizes will be awarded to the winners of categories as varied as youngest participant or greatest distance traveled by participant. Clocks and sets will be provided courtesy of The Right Move. BroJo McManus will direct the tournament. The weather is supposed to be perfect. This is a great event for players of all ages, so please, let’s see a big turnout to support Schenectady, City Mission, and chess in the Capital District.

Albany v Schenectady match tomorrow, August 24th

Tomorrow night the annual match between the Albany chess club and the Schenectady chess club will be held at the Niskayuna Community Center. Details for location and contact information for the club presidents can be found on the Clubs tab above.If you are thinking about joining the clubs this is an excellent opportunity to meet the membership. For a nominal fee, players may participate, playing a rated game [game in 100 minutes with 5 second delay.] If you just wish to show up and quietly watch the games in progress, all are welcome. Registration is at 7, play begins at 7:30. USCF membership is required for rated play, so bring your card if you can.

Make The Right Move 2016-17 School Year: Year-End Report

Make The Right Move, in association with the Eastern New York Chess Association (ENYCA), has been offering opportunities for kids of all ages and levels of ability to enjoy chess, learning, and competition. Make the Right Move promotes the serious and continuous growth of youth using Chess as an educational tool through a series of free monthly competitions, for various skill levels, at multiple sites throughout the Greater Capital District. Chess mastery is achieved using the best methods of study and participation and the engagement of parents and educators. Groups and individuals are recognized for their achievement on a monthly and yearly basis. This article gives a summary of the 2016-17 school year activities along with next year’s schedule.

The 2016-17 School Year has been a great success with more than 1500 total participants (500+ individual players) and 40+ schools participating, with 10+ tournaments organized in the Capital District area. The Right Move assisted with the Bennington Spring Open in Vermont, the MLK Tournament in Kingston, the Harris Memorial Tournament in Newburgh, the PAL Tournament in Albany, and the Miller Tournament in Lake Katrine.

Chess Tables at Madison Avenue Fair with Brother John McManus and Sandeep Alampalli

Before the start of the tournaments this year, the Right Move had an opportunity again to showcase chess at the Madison Avenue Fair in Albany. The Right Move had several chess tables and scores of people stopped by to play chess and get more information. Some of the kids who came there also became regulars at the tournaments this school year.

The first tournament of the school year (TRM 109) was during National Chess Day on October 8, 2016, at the Bethlehem Central Middle School. We had a strong turnout with more than 100 players. Bethlehem Central Middle School and Albany High School each hosted two tournaments this year with Giffen Elementary School, MLK Magnet Elementary School, Wood Road Elementary School, Central Park Middle School, and LaSalle School hosting one tournament each. The last tournament of the year was at Albany High School on June 17, 2017, and had more than 160 players, the highest turnout of the year.

TRM 115 at Central Park Middle School
TRM 116 in Progress at the LaSalle School

Last tournament of the year (TRM 117) at Albany High SchoolFollowing tradition, the school year ended with a grand picnic on Wednesday, June 21, 2016, at the Christian Brothers Academy. At this picnic, the host schools, volunteers, tournament directors, top schools, top players, and individuals were recognized. The Coach of the Year award was presented to Mr. Patrick Bergin and the Hall of Fame award to Sandeep Alampalli. One of the highlights of the picnic was the presentation of the Sportsmanship of the Year award to Mary Livingston. Below are details related to top schools and individuals honored for their achievements during this school year.


During the 2016-2017 School year, more than 40 schools participated in the Right Move Tournaments. Below are the top 10 schools/clubs with the highest total points.

Consistent team attendance at all tournaments with at least four scholastic players is a key to be on the above list. Congratulations to all the players, parents, and their coaches. All team scores are posted here.

Bethlehem Central Middle School students receiving the Top School award at the year-end picnic


The Right Move congratulates Allen Crucetta, 2016-2017 Scholastic Player of the Year. Scholastic Player of the Year Award and Top Scholastic Players are based on combined scores in the numbered tournaments (TRM 109 through TRM 117) hosted by the Right Move in the Capital District area with both rated and unrated sections. All the top scholastic players also received their choice of a book from ENYCA. All individual scores are posted here.


This award is presented to an individual who has been a role model to younger players through coaching or participation in chess activities. Right Move presented the 2016-2017 Coach of the Year Award to Mr. Patrick Bergin. Mr. Bergin is a teacher and chess coach at the Central Park Middle School. He has been promoting chess as a teacher and chess coach at MLK Magnet Elementary School until moving to the Central Park MS last year. His team has consistently done well in the tournaments they participated in. He has also been instrumental in hosting Right Move tournaments at both schools. Congratulations Mr. Bergin!

Mr. Bergin playing with his students
Mr. Bergin with his students at a TRM award ceremony


The Hall of Fame Award is presented to an individual who provided exceptional service to accomplish the mission of the Right Move in the Capital District Area. The 2016-17 award was given to Sandeep Alampalli, a sophomore from the Albany Academy, in recognition of the leadership role he played in advancing the Right Move mission of promoting chess. He was a motivation to all scholastic players at the Right Move with his volunteering and fund raising efforts as the President for the last three years. He was the Player of the Year in 2010-2011 and 2011-2012, the only player to win back-to-back titles so far. Sandeep is a USCF certified Senior Tournament Director and helped with the organization of several tournaments. He is representing New York State as a 2017 delegate to the US Chess Federation.

Sandeep with Brother John and then at an award ceremony

2016-17 School Year Tournament Sponsors

We thank all the schools and their teachers for hosting these tournaments. It’s not possible to organize these tournaments without schools taking the lead. We also thank all the sponsors of the 2016-17 school year tournaments. Their generous contributions make these scholastic tournaments possible. We also thank the ENYCA for generously donating books and chess sets to deserving players at various tournaments. If interested in sponsoring one of the upcoming tournaments, please contact us at

Officers and Tournament Directors

Numerous volunteers make the Right Move chess tournaments possible. All their efforts are greatly appreciated. Nothing is possible without the direction and hard work of Brother John McManus and Dr. Sreenivas Alampalli. We thank both for their dedicated service. We also thank all the officers and tournament directors, who worked hard to successfully plan and organize these events.

2016-17 School Year officers

President: Sandeep Alampalli
Vice-president: Dr. Laurie Miroff
Secretary: Santhosh Abraham
Treasurer: Mahadevan Balasubramaniam

Elected Officers for the 2017-2018 School Year

President: Sandeep Alampalli
Vice-president: Santhosh Abraham
Secretary: Dr. Christine Zhao
Treasurer: Mahadevan Balasubramaniam

Tournament Directors

Brother John McManus
Dr. Sreenivas Alampalli
Santhosh Abraham
Sandeep Alampalli

2017-18 School Year Schedule

Below is the tentative schedule for the 2017-18 School Year. Get the up-to-date information and registration details at If you have any questions, send an email tomoc.l1506138647iamg@1506138647ssehc1506138647evomt1506138647hgir 1506138647

2017-18 School Year Tentative Schedule

By: Sandeep Alampalli, President, Right Move
edited M Walter Mockler, President, ENYCA

Register for the Peter Henner Memorial Tournament July 28-30

The Peter Henner Memorial Tournament will be held next weekend, July 28-30, at the Best Western Sovereign Hotel in Albany. More info can be found here:

I strongly encourage everyone to register for this tournament.

Firstly, and most importantly, playing in this tournament shows our gratitude and remembrance for Peter and his efforts to promote chess in our community. He was our dear friend and colleague, and he deserves a big turnout for his memorial tournament.

Secondly, if we want to have more local tournaments we NEED to attend these events. This is a tournament held by Continental Chess in our area – something many people have expressed interest in seeing more of. Continental Chess does not routinely hold many tournaments nearby, so we need to make it appealing to them. The larger the turnout the more appealing it is for Continental Chess to set up annual tournaments here.

A small speech about Peter is being prepared for the start of the tournament. I hope we can get a strong local turnout to show our support. Please consider registering for this tournament.

Your Move,

Simultaneous Exhibitions and Fundraisers

The dates and locations for Deepak Aaron’s two simultaneous exhibitions this week have been finalized.

Wednesday, July 12th at the East Greenbush Chess Community beginning at 6:30 PM, 14 Hays Rd, East Greenbush, NY

Thursday, July 13th at the LaSalle School in association with Make the Right Move, beginning at 6:00 PM, 391 Western Ave, Albany, NY

Both of these events are fundraisers for Deepak’s younger sister Deepti. Good cause. Bring your wallet.