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.

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.

Save the Date[s]

Just a short note that two events are being scheduled on a rapid schedule for this week, Wednesday July 12th and Thursday July 13th. Deepak Aaron is flying in to hold two benefit events to support charitable endeavors for worthy causes in Guatemala. These are currently planned to be simultaneous exhibitions at the East Greenbush Chess Community on the 12th, and at LaSalle on the 13th. Deepak is currently competing in major events over the summer, striving to attain his FIDE norms, so this break in his schedule might be our only chance to say hello, and for those optimistic souls to try their hand at competing against one of the strongest players to come out of the Capital District. Details about times and preferred donation amounts to follow. Leave your calendar open for one or both days.

Upcoming Tournaments

A short update of three events in the near future.

First, on Saturday, May 6th, 2017, the Bennington Spring Open, offering 4 games [g/60 d/5] with an attractive $30 EF. This event will be directed by Sreenivas Alampalli, who has a reputation for excellence and calm which will be tested by the expected strong turnout for the significant guaranteed prizes [$1130] relative to such a low entry fee.

Second, on Saturday, May 13th, 2017 the Right Move has changed location for TRM 116 to the LaSalle School in Albany. As always, additional details about this great organization can be found at the Right Move website. A free event, as always.

Lastly, the weekend of May 19th – 21st, 2017, 25th annual New York State Open will be held in Lake George. This is usually directed by Steve Immit for Continental, another excellent arbiter for our area. As usual, this event offers the rare opportunity for a Senior section, allowing aging boomers a chance to enter into battle amongst themselves. Last year saw the tourney move out of the basement restaurant space, making this a fine alternative to the windowless halls that so frequently host events.

If you want there to be Over-the-Board chess, please find time to support these local events. Thank you.

Staunton Club Quick Chess Event Nov 13

Hopefully the details will show up in the usual places where such things are announced and publicized but here are the promised details

Staunton Club Quick Chess Event Nov 13

Quick Chess Tournament, USCF Quick Chess Rated, USCF membership required. Official rules apply. Quick Chess is touch move. For pairings we will use the higher of the Quick Chess or Regular Rating.

Prizes (based upon 15 entries) 1st $75, 2nd $30, 3rd $15, top under 1800 $20, under 1500 $20, under $1200/unrated $20

EF $20, (Staunton Club members $15)

Time limit: G/10 d3

Registration from 7:00PM to 7:45 PM

Rounds 8:00, 8:35, 9:10, 9:45 PM

An Embarrassment of Riches

This Saturday, September 17th, 2016, our Events page shows 3 concurrent events, two of which are USCF rated tournaments being held simultaneously 10 miles apart. Each event might be considered make or break for the directors of the events. If neither draws sufficient interest we might find ourselves back in the vacuum of local chess, where only club play is available to our local warriors. Both events will have fine direction, a reasonable entry fee, and a pro rated prize fund, since neither event is likely to draw the numbers hoped for due to competition between the tournaments.

We all watched a similar calamity occur this spring when the Bill Little Memorial was concurrent with the Right Move tournament at the State Library. I recall everyone bemoaning this conflict, and promising that nothing like this would happen again. Less than half of a year has passed and we find ourselves facing the same issue.

While the ENYCA events page can show redundancies once it is too late to resolve them, the absence of successful communication amongst promoters of chess events is the root cause. Right Move publishes their calendar for the year months in advance. It would help greatly if our other promoters would discuss amongst themselves prior to choosing dates. I am hoping this can occur in future, if it is not already too late to save everyone, or anyone.

Blitz tourney, Chess in the City

This Tuesday, August 30th, at Proctor’s Theater in Schenectady, Chess in the City will hold its annual Blitz Tourney! Registration at 11:15. Play from 11:30 until 1 p.m. or so. Many prizes. Game in 5 minutes, touch move. A chance to play some strong opponents for free! You might take home a scalp! Questions or to pre-register, email Dave Lederer at This is a rain or shine event.

Tournaments this weekend and next

Our events page, managed by Thomas Clark, show events each of the next two weekends.

First off, the 3rd Capital Chess Club Tournament will be held this Saturday, July 9th, 2016, registration ending at 0845. The location is 11 Avis Drive in Latham, and will be directed by Mr. Jason Qian. Please contact Jason via text at area code 913, number 738-6826, or his yahoo email account, qianqs AT 4 G/60 with an entry fee of $35.

Second, the weekend of July 16th and 17th, Continental Chess will direct the 2016 Schenectady Open. $2000 guaranteed prize fund, EF of $59 in advance. Proctors Theater in Schenectady.

If you want Over The Board chess tournaments in the area, you need to show up at events. Hope to see you there.

Summer in the City, Proctors Theater, 2016, Free!

Once again the City Mission of Schenectady will be running Chess In The City, every Tuesday from July 5th through August 30th, at Proctors Theater, 432 State Street, Schenectady, from 11:30 AM until 1:00 PM. Free chess, slow or fast, against a wide range of opposition. Please come out and support local chess by playing against someone new.

Save the Date, August 30th, when the traditional Blitz Tourney brings out the strongest local players, competing for trophies and prizes! All free for all to participate!

Big shout out to Proctors, to Ashok Aaron and Dave Lederer of City Mission, and Brother John McManus of Right Move, for making chess available to the community.

To recap: Tuesdays, 11:30 – 1:00, all summer, free, chess! See you at Proctors!

Make The Right Move 2015-16 School Year At a Glance


Make The Right Move, in association with the ENYCA, has been offering opportunities for kids of all ages and levels of ability to enjoy chess, learning, and competition. This article gives a summary of the 2015-16 school year activities.


Chess Tent at Madison Avenue Fair

2015-16 School Year has been a great success with more than 1700 total participants and 35+ schools participating, with 16+ tournaments organized in the Capital District area. The first tournament of the year started at the Albany Academy on October 10, 2015 and ended with the last tournament of the year on June 4, 2016 at LaSalle.

National Chess Day Tournament at Albany Academy

Make the Right Move reached a major milestone during this school year with our 100th tournament being celebrated on January 16, 2016 at the Albany High School. Over this year, there was an increase in number of scholastic players participating and number of tournaments held, and has been regarded as a great place to learn chess, and most importantly, have fun.

Cake from Right Move 100th Tournament Celebration

Following the organization’s tradition, the chess year ends with a grand picnic on Wednesday June 22, 2016 at the Christian Brothers Academy. At this picnic various schools and individuals were recognized for theirs efforts. Also, Coach of the year award to Mr. David Sterner and Hall of Fame award to Dr. Sreenivas Alampalli will be presented.  Below are details related to top schools and individuals honored for their achievements during this school year.


During the 2015-2016 School year, more than 35 schools participated in the Right Move Tournaments. Below are the top 10 schools with highest total points.

top schools

All team scores are posted here. Consistent attendance at all tournaments with many players (at least four) is a key to be on the above list.

Right Move Tournament at La Salle


Right Move congratulates Karthik Narayan, 2015-16 Scholastic Player of the Year. Top Scholastic Players and Scholastic Player of the Year Award are based on “Top ten scores” in the tournaments hosted by the Right Move with both rated and unrated sections. Thus, TRM 96 through TRM 108, MLK 2016 Tournament in Kingston and Miller 2016 Tournament were used in calculating these scores. Right Move also congratulates Mr. William Matters with 35.5 points for his high score in the Adults Section. All individual scores are posted here.

TOP Scholastic Players

top players

Right Move presents its Coach of the Year Award to Mr. David Sterner. Mr. Sterner has been coaching and promoting chess at Albany High School. He has worked with AHS for the past three years on a volunteer basis. He provides weekly lessons, reviews games, attends tournaments, and has been a mentor and positive role model for AHS students. Mr. Sterner is an accomplished local chess player and knows a great deal about the history of the game. He is able to teach in a way that inspires beginners and motivates more advanced players. Congratulations Mr. Sterner.

Sandeep Alampalli, Right Move President, with Coach of the Year Mr. David Sterner with Dr. Laurie Miroff, Right Move Vice President, in the background.

Right Move presents its Hall of Fame Award to Dr. Sreenivas Alampalli in recognition for his past and continued commitment and efforts to the success of the Right Move. Sreenivas was the President of Right Move during 2011 – 2013. He is a USCF certified senior tournament director and instrumental in organizing the Right Move tournaments.

Dr. Sreenivas Alampalli with Albany Academy team during an award ceremony.

2015-16 School Year Tournament Sponsors
Right Move thanks schools for hosting tournaments. It is not possible to organize these tournaments without schools and their teachers taking the lead. We also thank all sponsors of the 2015-16 school year tournaments. Their generous contributions make these scholastic tournaments possible. If interested in sponsoring one of the upcoming tournaments, please contact us at moc.l1506138469iamg@1506138469ssehc1506138469evomt1506138469hgir1506138469

Officers and Tournament Directors
Numerous volunteers make the Right Move chess tournaments possible and we thank all their efforts during the year. Nothing is possible without the dedication, direction and hard work of Brother John McManus, Executive Director of Right Move and all our appreciation goes to him for his dedicated service. We also thank all officers and tournament directors that worked hard to successfully plan and organize these events.
2015-16 School Year officers
President: Sandeep Alampalli
Vice president: Dr. Liz Gialanella
Secretary: Dr. Laurie Miroff
Treasurer: Santhosh Abraham
Tournament Directors: John McManus, Dr. Sreenivas Alampalli, Sandeep Alampalli, and Santhosh Abraham

2016-2017 School Year

Get the up-to-date information, tentative 2016-17 schedule, and
registration details at

Officers for the 2016-2017 School Year
President: Sandeep Alampalli
Vice president: Dr. Laurie Miroff
Secretary: Santhosh Abraham
Treasurer: Mahadevan Balasubramaniam

Right Move hopes you can join us for the 2016-2017 year.

By: Sandeep Alampalli, President, Right Move