The Emmorton Rec. Chess provides an environment where players can improve their game and make some friends.The Emmorton Rec. Chess Club is open to players of all ages. We are a club not classes. While we occasionally provide some informal instruction, it is a good idea to know how to play chess before you join. We meet most Thursday nights from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Emmorton Rec and Tennis Center. Please stop by and check us out.
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We are a USChess Affiliate and hold rated events. Most of our rated events are FREE. If you are not a USChess member, we always hold a club rated event at the same time. Everybody gets to play.
Our club has two USChess Tournament Directors. You can find a list of our previous rated events here.
Most nights we run some sort of organized event. We hold both club and USChess rated mini tournaments. Look at our schedule below to see what we have coming up and or join our mailing list to get a weekly(ish) email.
We provide boards, sets and clocks. You of course are welcome to bring your own equipment. Remember players can request to play on sets that meet the USChess equipment standards.
Below are some of the types of events we coordinate. Members can always play casual games.
- Rated Quick Chess – About once a month we hold USCF Rated quick chess tournaments. If you do not have a USCF membership we usually have a non-rated section. As the cost is low / free, we promise no prizes but often have a small token prize.
- Multi-week events with slower time controls like our Club Championship.
- Thematic Nights – In the past we have had thematic nights for various openings, gong chess, and bughouse.
- Puzzles and Position Analysis – We occasionally review interesting positions, difficult puzzles, and significant games.
- Organized trips to larger tournaments outside our club.
Third Annual Bel Air National Chess Day Tournament
Come to visit Bel Air for two days of chess and explore our town!
For players of all levels! Tournament for USChess Members and casual players.
At the Bel Air Armory, 37 N Main St, Bel Air, MD 21014 on Oct 14 and 15.
Updates and registration at Emmortonrec.com go to the Chess Page
Questions: email RFEChess@yahoo.com
Casual Players Tournament
A great first tournament! This is a five-round tournament (Swiss System), where players are not eliminated. Time control is 30 minutes per player with 10 seconds added per move.
USChess memberships for the top finishers. One prize for every 10 players. Entry Fee: $5. Only first time USchess members are eligible for these prizes.
Sunday, Oct 15:
Registration, 8:00 – 8:45 am
Round 1, 9:00 am
Round 2, 10:20 am
Round 3, 12:40 pm
Round 4, 2:00 pm
Round 5, 3:20 pm
USChess Rated Tournament
Two sections over two days. A 5 round Swiss System, G/90 + 10.
$1,560 fully guaranteed.
Entry Fee: $40 with registration before 10/13 online and $45 on site.
Open Section: 1st $400; U2000 $240; U1800 $240, U1600 $200
U1400 Sectión: 1st $200; U1200 $160; U1000 $120
Saturday Oct 14:
Registration; 7:30 – 8:00 am
Round 1, 8:15 am
Round 2, 12:30 pm
Round 3, 3:30 pm
Sunday Oct 15:
Round 4, 9:00 am;
Round 5, 1:15 pm.
- Spectators Welcome
- Remember your chess etiquette.
- During play, electronic devices must be off and not on your person
- Notation required in USChess rated sections, optional in non-rated section.
- If necessary, we may merge sections to optimize pairings.
- Please bring set, board, clock if possible. While we have many board sets and clocks, this is a big event, and we may run a bit short
- No eating at the board
- USChess rules used for all sections
- Rated sections get priority on clocks
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|5-Oct||First Meeting – Casual Chess|
|12-Oct||Quick Chess 3Rd Swiss||Club and USChess||G15+5|
|14 & 15 Oct||3rd Annual Bel Air National Chess Day Tournament||USChess and not rated sections||G90+10 Rated
G30+10 not rated
|19-Oct||Dual Rated 3Rd Swiss Rd 1||Club and USChess||G40+10|
|26-Oct||Dual Rated 3Rd Swiss Rd 2||Club and USChess||G40+10|
|2-Nov||Dual Rated 3Rd Swiss Rd 3||Club and USChess||G40+10|
|16-Nov||All in Blitz – Many Round Swiss||Club||G5|
|23-Nov||Thanksgiving – No Chess Club|
|30-Nov||Quick Swiss – 3rd||Club and USChess||G15+5|
|7-Dec||Evans Gambit Thematic 3rd Swiss||Club||G10+5|
|14-Dec||All in Blitz – Many Round Swiss||Club||G5|
|21-Dec||Holiday Social – Casual Chess|
|28-Dec||Holiday Break – No Chess Club|
|4-Jan||Move Quick to Keep Warm||Club and USChess||G15+5|
|18-Jan||Club Championship Rd 1||Club and USChess||G30+30|
|25-Jan||Club Championship Rd 2||Club and USChess||G30+30|
|1-Feb||Club Championship Rd 3||Club and USChess||G30+30|
|8-Feb||Club Championship Rd 4||Club and USChess||G30+30|
|15-Feb||Championship Shootout / G5 Blitz||Club||G30+30 / G5|
|22-Feb||3rd WHAT Time Control???||Club and USChess||G5+10|
|29-Feb||960 / 9LX / Fisher Random – 3 rd Swiss||Club||G15+5|
|7-Mar||All in Blitz – Many Round Swiss||Club||G5|
|14-Mar||Big Fish Little Pond||Club and USChess||G20+10|
|21-Mar||Big Fish Little Pond||Club and USChess||G20+10|
|28-Mar||Another 3rd Quick||Club and USChess||G15+5|
|4-Apr||Mixed Teams – 3rd Swiss||Club||G15+5|
|11-Apr||All in Blitz – Many Round Swiss||Club||G5|
|18-Apr||Slower 4rd Swiss||Club and USChess||G20+10|
|25-Apr||Slower 4rd Swiss||Club and USChess||G20+10|
|2-May||Dual Rated 3Rd Swiss Rd 1||Club and USChess||G40+10|
|9-May||Dual Rated 3Rd Swiss Rd 2||Club and USChess||G40+10|
|16-May||Dual Rated 3Rd Swiss Rd 3||Club and USChess||G40+10|
|23-May||Good God Bughouse||Not Rated||G5|
|30-May||Farewell – Casual Chess|
Some of our events have different names. Here are the descriptions.
Big Fish Little Pond.
For the unrated section, the prize is a USCF membership. Only non-USCF member and those who have never been a USCF member are eligible for the prize. We will have a rated section with a prize also.
One vs. Many
We will split the group into 1/3 (higher rated) vs and 2/3 (lower rated). With G25; d5 time control each player in the top third plays 2 players in the bottom third at the same time (e.g. mini-simul)
A Swiss System tournament where players are not eliminated and can play every round. When there is a odd number of players, one player receives a bye.
A Swiss System tournament where everybody is paired in one section. We play as many rounds as we can during the night. Time control is Game in 5 minutes.
Players are listed from highest rating to lowest rating and grouped into sets of 4. These four players play a small round robin of three games. The bottom 5 – 7 players are paired as a Swiss System. For our purposes, each quad will all USCF players is rated.
When paired, both players start with 5 min on the clock. After a player wins, the winning player starts the next game, with the same player and one less minute on their clock AND gets choice of color. When a player wins with one minute on their clock, they win that round.
Players select their own teams of 2 players. Each team sits opposite the other and one player on each team plays White and Black. A captured piece is passed to your teammate. Instead of a move, a play may place a captured piece on the board. More details to follow.
Teams of two pair up against other teams of two. Each team can only have 1 USCF member and USCF members MUST play each other. On the night of the event, any players without a team, will be randomly assigned.
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Blitz Night 5/11/2023
Usually blitz chess nights don’t provide enough recorded results to make an interesting report but this week was an exception. We ran two sections as usual. After the USChess and Club rated sections completed four rounds, the top two finishers in each group moved on to a Quad Blitz Shootout. The winner had rights to the prize.
In the USChess rated section there were zero surprises. I mean none. There were no upsets. Whit “Princess” Weber finished with a perfect 4-0 record and Val took his sole loss to Whit finishing with a 3-1 record. These scores qualified them both for the shootout quad.
Ben Larson went on a tear and upset Ethan Leahy right out of the gate on his march to claim the top spot in the section. His only stumbling block was Jim Dempsey in the final round.
In round two, Jim Dempsey misplaced his king on the board causing an illegal move and Brian Fox wasted no time claiming a win. In true Gary Kasparov style, Dempsey took his disappointment out on the following two players. Dempsey’s 3-1 record qualified him too for the shootout on tiebreaks.
Ethan’s first round loss hurt him as it cost him a shot at the prize. It took the third level tiebreak to separate him Dempsey. Don’t ya just hate tiebreaks?
Two newbies arrived to play in the Club rated section. Gavin “Pittsburgh” Hope returned after cascade night and Matt McBride arrived to play in round 3
On to the Shootout…
Weber walked through the field untouched and finished with a perfect 3-0 to follow his previous perfect performance. Jim Dempsey had a clear winning position but Val leveraged his time advantaged and Jim flagged.
Round 2 of G20+30
Upset Upset Upset!
Two weeks ago, Komiljon made perennial favorite Whit Weber work for his win. This week, Derek Kromm did more than that by nicking the Club Champion for a full point. For want of a pawn… We saw Derek take a pawn advantage and press it for a win. We have the game with some commentary below.
Killmond gave Ranjan a run for his money last week. Unfortunately the score sheet becomes unreliable before the game gets really good. Stump stumped Gabor (sorry had to do that). We would love to have the game as the endgame had some nice maneuvers. Whitehurst held on for a bit however two unforced errors gave Siwinski the advantage he needed for a full point.
Absences in the rated section has left the field with an interesting matchup for the prize. Unless something odd happens, Ranjan and Kromm should face off in the final round.
In the Club rated section, Allman and Dempsey both prevailed. Leahy gave Allman an advantage on the dark squares that cost him a piece, and then the game. No major upsets here. Allman will bow out of the section to keep the numbers even, making predicting round three pairings near impossible.
Final round fireworks are this Thursday at 7:00!
Round 1 of G20+30
We saw some good games last week. Most notable were the Weber v Rahimov and Kromm v Gabor.
Rahimov played very well and kept Weber on his toes however age and guile won the day. You can see here how Weber gives up a pawn in exchange for an attack.
As for Kromm v Gabor, we now have showing a that score as an unforgiving rook pawn endgame taken too to the end with Kromm ultimately prevailing.
Overall, there we no upsets with an odd distribution of wins for black and white where black had almost all the wins in the USChess section and white had almost all the wins in the club rated section.
G15 – All in One Quick
The results of our blitz event on 3/23
Congratulations to Sid and Steve for winning their sections!
USChess Rated Section: https://www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain.php?202303233042-17009851
The Club Rated Section:
2/16/2023 Congratulations to Whit Weber Our Returning Club Champion!
Whit and Pat slugged it out with Whit prevailing to retain the club title. Here is the annotated game.
While Pat and Whit played for the club title, the rest of us played a G5 blitz. We played WAY too many rounds for a Swiss and we had nine round.
Val came out on top by a half point. The close packed crowd shows the tight competition. Results are HERE.
Club Championship Report
Jan 19 – Feb 9
The Club Championship. Four Rounds of G60+5 with one round a week. We have two sections, USChess Rated and club rated. The winners of each section have a shootout on the following week, Feb 16.
5 Jan – Back to the Grind – G15+3 in a 3 round Swiss
Well it wasn’t a Swiss we had Quads instead. Find the results HERE.
15 Dec – Casual Chess and Holiday Social
A night of casual chess. and refreshments. Come on by for a relaxed evening.
3, 10 & 17 Nov – Slower and Colder 3 Rd Swiss
Below are the results form our 3rd Swiss. Congratulations to Whit and Val for taking the top spot in each of their sections!
G60+5 is a good time control to get into some more serious chess and the games proved that out. You can also find the USChess Rated results HERE.
27 Oct – A Club Rated King’s Gambit Accepted Thematic
At the last minute we changed things up a bit to a 4 round G10 event to allow everyone a shot at playing two games each with the white and black piecs. A good thing too as with 16 players, a 3 round event may not have resulted in a clear winner.
There were some serious fireworks with pieces all over the board, busted pawn structures, and exposed kings. The resounding opinion was, folks do NOT like playing the Kings Gambit accepted. Let that sink in, most players in the club don’t like this opening. Hmmm, what could you do with that information?
Not much of a surprise Jim Dempsey, who suggested this thematic night, seemed to fair well by securing a clear second place out of the pack of 16. Whit managed to end up on top but there were some shaky positions for Whit too.
Not that we should look at ratings too closely, Sanat managed a 150 point increase in his club rating. Is he a rising star?