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   Jan 2017 Supplement
Name, City, Image, E-mail, rating, gain/loss since 1216, state ranking, annual winning %,

- The CCC has 73 currently paid members -
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Puneet Kapur,  Alex Rambo-Navarrete, Slobodan Sinanovic  
Points Gained Since 1216
Emmanuel Cooper
Addison Shonts
Hank Vergi
Carl McKern
Julio Echeverria
+30 1824
If a violation of a rule of chess occurs during your game, immediately stop the clocks and "quietly" report it to the Director who will address the issue.
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Any Member may avoid being paired against players under 16 years of age  upon request.  -- No penalty...
CCC Cell Phone Policy
Unless approved by the Director, after 7:30pm, the use of a cell phone in the playing area is strictly prohibited. First offense subtracts 10 minutes from violators clock; second offense may result in forfeiture of game.
TD a Player Himself
Time Control For McAlister's
All Sections: G75

The player with the Black pieces chooses whether to use "5 second time delay." If so, 5 minutes subtracted from both clocks.

15G. Ownership of Scoresheets
"...scoresheets... property of the sponsoring organizer(s)"
16L. Possible Stipulations
"The Director may require that clocks face a certain direction or that  Black  sit on a particular side of the table..."
 Moving before button pushed
Legal Method for Adjusting Pieces
USCF Rule 10A, p.21, Adjustment of Pieces. "A player who is on the move and first expresses the intention ...
Insufficient Losing Chances
Official Rules of Chess, 6th Edition, 14H1 p.54 states as follows: "In a sudden death time control, a player on the move with 2 minutes or less of remaining time may stop the clock and make a claim of insufficient losing chances." Doing such constitutes an offer of Draw. If his opponent rejects the offer, half of the claimants time will be subtracted and the 5 second delay feature will be imposed. "The claimant may win, lose or draw the game"
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S. Blvd. at Woodlawn Rd.
Jan 4 - Feb 1
McAlister's 27
5-SS, G75, D5 or no
(Black decides upon 5 second delay; if so, 5 minutes subtracted from both clocks)
In 4 Sections:
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   FREE Entry for 1st Place in all Sections.
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"Most Recent Published Rating"
- Active CCC members Class "C" and above -
(Provisional ratings listed in red)
NM Daniel Cremisi 2304
NM Shawn Pealer 2230
Mark Biernacki 2117
NM Patrick Sciacca 2082
Michael Uwakwe 2039
NM Leland Fuerstman 2036
Keith Eubanks 1986
Michael Kliber 1980
Bernard Baker
Daryl Gordon 1852
Clarke Brosi 1835
Julio Echevarria 1824
Xiaodong Jin 1798
Spencer Singleton 1733
Jermaine Green 1720
Paul Lucas 1718
Dwayne Tutt 1701
James Boswell 1691
Chris Lecordier 1673
Hank Vergi 1655
Dawuud Richards 1641
George Cashell 1600
Luke Harris 1585
Joe Rafferty
Shane Strom 1573
Carl McKern 1534
Drew Canning 1526
Scott LaPorte 1519
Julian Billings 1509
Byron Butler 1508
Addison Shonts 1478
C. Krishnamurthy 1467
Sam Fuerstman
Corey Frazier 1433
Mikey Trott 1421
*CCC Top 10 Q Rated*

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Buddha was asked, " What have you gained from meditation? He replied, "Nothing! However, let me tell you what I have lost: anger, anxiety, depression, insecurity, fear of old age and death..." Buddha
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"The breakfast of champions is not cereal, it is the opposition!"
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"I don't  give 'em hell; I just tell the truth, and they think it's hell!" 
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"Evil will prevail when good men stand silent"  Edmund Burke
"You don't stop playing when you get old; you get old when you stop playing!"  Benjamin Franklin
Here is the only truth:  "We are the pawns of the mysterious game of chess played by God,  who moves us,  stops us,  shifts us ahead,  and soon picks us up one after the other and gathers us in the same box of  Nothing."
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"Chess grips its exponent, shackling the mind and brain so that the inner freedom and independence of even the strongest character cannot remain unaffected."  Albert Einstein
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Chesterton, The Maniac (1908).

"Adversity reveals character"
 James Lane Allen

"the chess playing of a master ties him to the game, fetters his mind and shapes it to a certain extent so that his internal freedom and ease, no matter how strong he is, must inevitably be affected."  Spinoza
"One bad move nullifies 40 good moves."  Horowitz
"The older I grow, the more I value my pawns."  Keres
"Morphy was probably the greatest genius of them all."  Fischer
"I thinks it's almost definite
that the game of chess is a draw theoretically."  Fischer

"There is never 'always' anything
in chess; save for one's consideration for the exception!" 
NM Leland Fuerstman

"The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself.  It is not in your environment; it is not in luck or chance, or the help of others;
it is in yourself alone."
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"Personally,  I don't believe in superstition... It's bad luck!?
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"What's the use of happiness?
It can't buy you money?!"
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"Don't worry about avoiding temptation... as you grow older,
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"A sure way to lose something you really want, is to desire it too much."  anonymous
"Love can not be found where love does not exist; and love is never hidden where love really is" anonymous
"If you have enemies; good. That means you stood up for something during your life..." Winston Churchill
“The more you play, the more beauty you are able to see.”
Alexander Stripunsky

"The side which stays within it's fortification is beaten" Napoleon
"Great spirits have often encountered violent opposition
from weak minds."  Einstein
"I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones."  Einstein
"Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts."  Einstein
"The belly, when not restrained,  destroys the virtue of the soul."
Pope Gregory the Great
"Brilliant man, Sherlock Holmes. Too bad he was honest..." Moriarty
Watson: "Ghosts don't stab people in the back; do they?"  Holmes: "Not well bread ghosts..!"
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- Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - Founded in 1975 -
*We play one rated game every Wednesday evening!*
Today is Friday, Jan 20, 2017
This Site had 107 unique visitors yesterday!
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* Gordon Leads Top Section of McAlister's XXVII with 2.5-.5 *

The Charlotte Chess Club has 73 current members
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  Greetings from Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, Earth to everyone out there in cyberia, and welcome to the Charlotte Chess Club website. On this page, which is continuously updated, we will report a weekly synopsis of the previous meeting to include current standings, annotated games, Weekly Puzzle and other interesting anecdotes for your reading, viewing, and listening pleasure. We welcome your contributions and comments.
This Website is provided by NM Leland Fuerstman, Editor 
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The Charlotte Chess Club is the premier "adult" chess club in the southeast.  The CCC is open to players of every race, color, creed, national origin, gender, religion, political affiliation or galaxy! (Considering that we are in such close proximity, all members are required to arrive bathed, in clean clothing and making use of deodorant and mouthwash. Also, if a member is sick with a cold or symptoms of  flu, he should think twice before spreading unwanted germs). As a CCC member, you are expected to treat your fellow members equally, with dignity and respect, regardless of skill level or experience. In accordance with the standards of good sportsmanship, all members are asked to shake hands (or bump fists) before and after each game! If during play, a possible rules violation occurs, you must first stop your clock and report the situation to the Tournament Director. (A loud verbal confrontation over the rules is a distraction to everyone) The TD will make the necessary ruling.  If a noise distraction occurs, you may stop your clock, turn to the "minor noise violators" and silently place your finger over your lips! After the "talkers" acknowledge your complaint, you resume your game. All postmortem analysis must be moved to an area away from games which are still in progress. Anyone who violates these rules will receive 10 lashes with a wet noodle...  Have fun!!  NMLF
The Charlotte Chess Club, an Independent Affiliate
of the USCF meets each Wednesday evening at 6:30pm
(or as early as 5:30 for some!)
at the

4805 Park Rd. Charlotte, NC 28209
  Primarily an "adult" club, the CCC conducts a perpetual
round tournament with one round being played each Wednesday evening at 7:30 pm sharp!
The time control is G75 - Entry fee is $5. ($8 for non-members) FREE Entry for all Section winners. - (Winners must have 4 points with no byes). The Annual club membership fee is $25. Current members receive $5 discount. (Note: Non-members who pay a $25 EF to participate in CCC Saturday events receive $5 credit toward membership for each event entered!) The venue guarantees a private area with padded chairs and a lamp over each table! - 2 players per table!! "Wi-Fi," great menu and prices, direct parking for 100 cars, his & hers sanitary multi-port lavatories and very friendly crew! --- (Management requests that you purchase your meal at McAlister's Deli) --- Join us to participate in casual play as well as USCF rated games. If you are not playing in the tournament, your first visit is FREE! Non-members, who have visited more than once, and play off-hand games are required to pay $3. The CCC occasionally sponsors a bi-monthly 3 rd. Swiss and other special tournaments. For schedule see "Upcoming Events" In order to compete in USCF "Tournament Competition" you must be a member of the USCF (uschess.org). Or, to join the CCC or USCF you may simply show up at the site!
(Current Crosstable) 
  Note: Non-members will be preempted by Members who arrive before 7:30pm! If you're running late, call or text 704-965-8931 and we'll work you in!
 Contact Information: charlottechessclub@gmail.com
Explanation of "Weekly Tournament Competition"
The CCC conducts a perpetual 5 round tournament with one round being played each Wednesday evening at 7:30 pm. sharp! The time control is G75 - All players who compete in tournament competition are required to be members of the United States Chess Federation.  Regardless of  which round(s) one chooses to enter, a player only gets credit for the game(s) he actually plays. There is no penalty for not showing up; it is simply counted as an unplayed game. Management appreciates your purchase of a healthy meal! McAlister's stays open til 10:30pm.
 NOTE: Wednesday round begins at 7:30pm sharp!
If you're running late, please call or text

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Big Shout Out to CCC Member Keith "Chucky" Eubanks who is in the hospital in Columbia, SC recovering from complications of diabetes. Get well quick, Chucky! We need you back in the mix!
CCC Alive and Well in Its 42nd Year!
Cremisi is 2016 CCC Player of the Year!
Congratulations to 2016 CCC Player of the Year, 16 year old NM Daniel Cremisi. Over the 2016 season, his rating increased from 2234 to 2322 for a net gain of 88 "master" points. In addition, he won 8 CCC Titles. For his accomplishment, Daniel receives FREE entry into all Wednesday night competition for one year, 2 FREE Saturday EF's and his CCC membership will be renewed. Honorable mention goes to NM Shawn "Tater" Pealer (2230) who gained 84 points and won 6 CCC Titles. Shawn receives FREE entry into all Wednesday night competition for one year, 1 FREE Saturday EF and his CCC membership will be renewed. --
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Kudos to Xiaodong Jin (1798) who finished clear 1st Place in the U1800 Section of Asheboro 107 with 3-0 and gained 48 rating points!
Congratulations to NM Leland "Big Apple" Fuerstman (2021) and Paul "Survivalist" Lucas (1739) who finished =1st-2nd in the Top Section of Small Cookie I with 2-0.
Honorable Mention
to Addison Shonts (1448) who went 3-0 in the Lower Section of McAlister's XXVI allowing him to graduate to the Class "C" Section!
to Expert Michael "NN" Uwakwe (2066) who finished clear 1st Place in the Top Section of McAlister's XXVI with 4-1. =2nd-3rd were NM Shawn "Tater" Pealer (2230) and NM Leland "Big Apple" Fuerstman (2010) each with 3 points.

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Puzzle of the Week!!
- Black to Move, Mate in 2! -

Note: Round Begins at 7:30pm Sharp! Time control G75  EF:$5
(Black pieces decide whether or not to use "Time Delay," 5 minutes deducted)
(In addition, upon registration, a player may choose to use his official published rating or any subsequent higher published rating for pairing purposes)TD
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Gordon Leads Top; Richards "B"; McKern "C"; Gros, Pedigo Lower Section of McAlister's XXVII

Charlotte, NC 1-18-17:
An equal turnout of 20 the most creative calculators in the Charlotte area converged upon this grand ballroom more commonly known as McAlister's Deli in order to enjoy a wonderful meal, socialize with other adults, solve the weekly puzzle and participate in Rd:3 of McAlister's XXVII. In the Top Section, the Pride of Mental Hill, ex-Member of the NCCA Hall of Fame, NM Leland "Big Apple" Fuerstman (2036) assigned himself the Black pieces (equalization before alternation) versus super hero Daryl "Flash" Gordon (1852) who promptly played 1.e4 welcoming the Dragon! When the smoke cleared, Black had established an exchange down Drawn position but continued to play on (See Game 1786) and lost in the time scramble allowing the "Superhero" to lead with 2.5-.5. Meanwhile, the CCC's #2 player, NM Shawn "Spuds" Pealer (2230) defeated Michael "Bolton" Kliber (1980) while NM Pat "Kann" Sciacca (2082) was inadvertently paired against Expert Michael "NN" Uwakwe (2039) again (both players kindly agreed as the other Top Section games had already begun) and this time (See Game 1787)  notched the point. In the "B" Section, Paul "Survivalist" Lucas (1718) gained a middlegame advantage but lost in the end to Dawuud "Richman" Richards (1641) who now leads with 3-0. In addition, Eric "Truth" Hartung (1356) pulled off a 300+ point upset over Hank "the Tank" Vergi (1655) while Francoise "the Pope" Gros (1351) did likewise to Luke Harris (1613). In the "C" Section, Carl "Marx" McKern (1550) outplayed "Lord" Byron Butler (1508) to lead with 3-0. In the Lower Section, Debs Pedigo (1340) defeated Advaith Karthik (1000) to share the lead with Gros each with 2-1. In addition, Rich "Alert" Trela (1050) made peace with Emmanuel Cooper (971). In order to observe all results, see "Current Crosstable."  The CCC will conduct Rd:4 of McAlister's XXVII on Wednesday, Jan 25 at McAlister's Deli, 4805 Park Rd. Round begins at 7:30 sharp! So, get there early and enjoy a wonderful meal or dine while you play! Thank you for participating in CCC competition!
Sciacca, Fuerstman =1st-2nd in Carlsen Section of Arby's I!; McKern Perfect in Caruana Section
Charlotte, NC:  A moderate turnout of 16 frigid holiday revelers braved the inclement 30 degree weather only to arrive at McAlister's and be forced to wait 25 minutes outside the front door until the Manager finally decided to let us in?? -- After a violent verbal confrontation incited by yours truly, the disrespectfully selfish panjandrum called 911 in order to have me ejected from the premises! At that point, all 16 players joined the caravan to Arby's on S. Blvd! Actually, my sandwich was cheaper than McAlister's and so big, that I gave the other half to Cashell! (The CCC will meet this Wednesday, 12-21, at McAlister's Deli as usual) In the Carlsen Section, NM Pat "Kann" Sciacca (2115) dispatched of Team Columbia's Jermaine Green (1740) in Rd:1, Team Columbia's Keith Eubanks (1986) (who, thanks to JG, was on time!!) in Rd:2 and promptly agreed to a GM Draw with Expert Michael "NN" Uwakwe (2089) in Rd:3 to share top honors with the Pride of Mental Hill, Ex-member of the NCCA Hall of Fame, NM Leland "Big Apple" Fuerstman (2010) who defeated George "Cashman" Cashell (1605) in Rd:1, Drew a marathon ECB ending versus Uwakwe in Rd:2 and survived a Sicilian Dragon explosion in the final round (See Game 1775) against upstart James Boswell (1710) each finishing with 2.5-.5 and winning $75. In the Caruana Section, Carl "Marx" McKern (1550) consecutively defeated Eric "Truth" Hartung (1365), Rich "Alert" Trela (1036) and "Lord" Byron Butler (1531) to finish clear 1st Place with 3-0 and collect $60. Clear 2nd with 2-1 was Emmanuel Cooper (928) scoring 2-1 and winning $30. For complete results, see "Crosstable." Fuerstman directed.
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