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.

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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.

TOP SCHOOLS

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

SCHOLASTIC PLAYER OF THE YEAR

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.

COACH OF THE YEAR

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!

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Mr. Bergin with his students at a TRM award ceremony

HALL OF FAME AWARD

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 rightmovechessATgmail.com.

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 www.chestrm.org. If you have any questions, send an email tomoc.l1501260264iamg@1501260264ssehc1501260264evomt1501260264hgir 1501260264

2017-18 School Year Tentative Schedule

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

TOP SCHOOLS

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.

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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.

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Right Move Tournament at La Salle

SCHOLASTIC PLAYER OF THE YEAR

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

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COACH OF THE YEAR
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.

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

HALL OF FAME AWARD
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.

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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.l1501260264iamg@1501260264ssehc1501260264evomt1501260264hgir1501260264

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 www.chestrm.org

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

Sandeep’s Chess Journey – Entry 2

As I mentioned in my very first entry to the blog, I started exploring ChessBase Program (ChessBase) database as well as reading the ChessBase Complete: Chess in the Digital Age (book), whenever I have time given my busy school work. It is taking a while to get used to my homework and the routine after three months of summer break (I’m still waiting for the next break).   Some of you still in school probably understand what I meant.

In the first Chapter of the Book, the author refers to ChessBase as a powerful tool which has many useful gadgets and capabilities. He begins talking about its ability for the user to create and even get published books which will be further covered later on. By following the book, we can learn how to analyze games, search games from various tournaments, and locate games played by specific players.

I did notice while reading the first Chapter that it does take some time to follow the book if you are not a prolific user of computers.  It was the case with me.

One of the first things, I did on ChessBase was to establish a folder that would contain my games.  By establishing your own folder, you could keep your games and notes here. To establish your own folder,  go to the File tab on the top of the ribbon, then select the tiny arrow next to the new icon. Once another options table pops up, click on the database icon which will automatically create a new database folder. I named my folder/database as mychessgames (see below).

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The next step was to copy my old games that were in the PGN format. Chessbase stores the games in its own format but I wanted to bring my games into mychessgames folder. So, I copied all my pgn formatted games into a folder on the same computer I have my ChessBase software.  I highlighted all the games I want to import and copied them (by pressing Ctrl-C). Then I opened mychessgmes database by selecting it, and then pasted all the games in to the folder (by pressing Ctrl-V). Now, I have all my games transferred into my ChessBase folder (see below).

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Now you can manipulate the information such as the date, players’ names and their ratings, tournament information, etc. for individual game by highlighting the game and pressing F2 key (see below). This information was not specifically covered in the book, but one of the side notes is related to this topic.

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Then, after my curiosity got the best of me, I wanted to look at GM Aronian’s games just to get a taste of d4 opening. This did took some time for me to search because I did not know how to search for specific games. I looked at the overhead menu (“ribbon” as noted in the book) and found the “Filter List” icon as mentioned in the book. By filling in the right information (after clicking on the icon), I was able to obtain number of GM Aronian’s games with d4 opening.

That’s all for now.  Stay tuned for more as I continue exploring the software and the book.

Sandeep’s Chess Journey

Hello, my name is Sandeep. My passion for chess began 3 years ago at a Right Move Chess Tournament organized by Brother John McManus, who is phenomenal for what he does for kids. Thank you Brother John! He is so generous and encouraging that he made me the President of his organization. I took classes in-person and online to improve my game. But opportunities are limited in the place where I live. I don’t live in New York City, Washington, D.C., London, or San Francisco. I live in Albany, NY, three hours away from New York City, where opportunities to play long games of chess are limited, and there is no Marshall Chess Club close-by.

In my efforts to become a better player, I took coaching and played online games. Soon enough my coach told me to get a vital tool, ChessBase Program. It has been a month since I got the ChessBase 12 Program – Starter Version Package. It is a software with more than 5.7 million games that you can explore and analyze positions, tactics, and openings. As I started exploring it, I felt it is almost like having a coat with pockets you never knew you had.

I met Mr. Michael Mockler at the Chess in the City special blitz event in Schenectady, NY. He thought it is a good idea if I started writing about my experience using ChessBase. He mentioned books that can help in my exploration and contacted Russell Enterprises for a copy of their recent book. Mr. Hanon Russell was very generous and sent us a free copy of the book ChessBase Complete: Chess in the Digital Age. As I explore the software with the help of this book, I plan on writing periodically about my experiences and encounters. I hope you join me in my exploration. Feel free to give your feedback and insights!!