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.

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,

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.

AACC Officers & Championship 2016-17

At the Annual Meeting of the Albany Area Chess Club held October 5, Jeremy Berman was elected President, Walter Mockler was elected Vice-President, Paul Axel-Lute was re-elected Secretary, and Glen Perry was re-elected Treasurer.
The Club Championship will be played on Wednesdays, starting October 26th. Start time is 7:30 pm, and time control is game in 90 minutes with 5-second delay. If there are 17 or fewer players, it will be a single round-robin; with 18 or more players, there will be two sections, each playing a round-robin, with the top two finishers playing a final quad. Ties will be decided by two-game playoffs using the same time control (game in 90 minutes with 5-second delay). Playoff ties will be decided via Armageddon games.
The registration fee for the Club Championship is $40 regular, $30 scholastic, $10 of which is refunded to participants upon completion of all the player’s games. Participants in the Club Championship also become members of the Albany Area Chess Club for the current fiscal year. In order to register, payment must be received by Wednesday October 19th. Payment can be made at the club (Wednesday evenings starting at 7:30 pm) or directly to the TD (Glen Perry). For questions, or to arrange registration payments outside of club hours, please contact the TD at

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

Quick Chess Event for Nov 13 and Saratoga Staunton Club Championship starts Sept. 25

The Saratoga Staunton Chess Club will be holding a quick chess tournament on Sunday evening Nov 13. More details will soon be provided soon. I thought it would be good to let everyone know now along with this reminder about the start of our club championship.

There is still time for anyone who wants to play in the Saratoga Staunton Club Championship. It will most likely be a double round robin starting September 25, 2016. Games usually start at 7:30 so get there earlier than that if you want to enter the tournament. For more details, like the $16 entry fee and the location of the Saratoga Springs United Methodist Church, see the previous post


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.

Saratoga Staunton Chess Club – Annual Meeting and 2016 Club Championship Tournament

We are getting started a little bit earlier this year.  I suppose I should figure out how to edit the entry for the club at

The Saratoga Staunton Club’s annual meeting will be held Sunday September  18, 2016 at 7:30 PM. The championship is scheduled to start, one week later, on September 25. Combined membership/entry fee is $16. 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 small tournament, and while I haven’t checked what the ratings of all the players were I would guess the average rating has been around 1900 the past few years. 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.

At the meeting, in addition to the details for the Club Championship Tournament we will also be discussing the possibility of the club hosting other events, such as a scholastic tournament, or one night blitz or quickchess tournaments.

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.l1506138534iamg@1506138534ssehc1506138534evomt1506138534hgir1506138534

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

“Till memory shall be no more.”

Philidor played two blindfold games simultaneously in 1783. This feat of human memory was touted as one of the greatest skills of memory ever displayed. “…it is a phenomenon in the history of man, so should be hoarded among the best samples of human memory, till memory shall be no more.”

Who then could so easily forget March 26th of 2015 when our local chess community was struck by the news of “Passing of a Chess Warrior“?

Bill Little looks over the flock.

So as to not forget, our collective memory of Bill Little is being retained at the Bill Little Memorial Chess Tournament taking place in less than two weeks. Many cultures, sub cultures, and individuals have their own unique ways of dealing with loss and preserving the memory of those who once lived among us. Chess players in this case seem to find a healthy way to engage their denial, anger, bargaining and yes, grief, in part, by playing chess.

Bill Little watches over the Chess.

Parmenidies made the case that “nihil fit ex nihilo”, Latin for “Nothing comes of nothing.” But in the case of Bill Little, who lives with us no more, we do have something. A person we have joining in on April 2nd at the Bill Little Memorial is Patrick Chi. This young man has submitted a number of games and other worthy materials for soon to be published articles.

Open u2300 1-3 Chi
Patrick Chi smiles at the NYS Championship.

If you din’t ever get to play Bill Little, it is your loss. If you don’t try to get a game in with Patrick before he goes off to College, that too will be an unfortunate loss.