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   Sep 2015 Supplement
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  Dr. Ron Breukelaar 
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Austin Chuang
Rich Trela
Ervon Nichols
Francois Gros
Debs Pedigo
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. TD
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..."
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USCF Rule 10A, p.21, Adjustment of Pieces. "A player who is on the move and first expresses the intention to adjust...
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Sep 2 - Sep 30
McAlister's 14
5-SS, G75, D5 or no
(Black decides upon 5 second delay; if so, 5 minutes subtracted from both clocks)
In 4 Sections:
Top, "B", "C", Lower
  Top Section $50. FREE Entry other Sections.
(Must have 4 points
with no Byes)
EF: $5 per Rd (Nons $8.)
Round @ 7:30 pm Sharp!
(Current Crosstable)
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"Most Recent Published Rating"
- Active CCC members Class "C" and above -
NM Daniel Cremisi 2237
NM Emmanuel Carter 2206
Jonathon McNeill
NM Shawn Pealer 2129
NM Pat Sciacca 2089
Michael Kliber 2050
Mark Biernacki 2046
NM Leland Fuerstman 2026
Keith Eubanks 2001
Bill Connell 1954
Lorenzo Carter 1941
Michael Uwakwe
Bernard Baker 1873
Daryl Gordon 1808
George Melton 1800
 Paul Lucas 1799
Dr. Ron Breukelaar 1781
Derek Smith 1743
Dawuud Richards 1728
Kydriana Carter 1682
Spencer Singleton 1655
Austin Chuang 1641
Jullian Billings 1641
George Cashell 1640
Marnzell Hand 1609
Joe Little 1588
Carl McKern 1542
Ian Haigler 1530
Jason Mytrysak 1505
Ervon Nichols 1506
Mikey Trott 1486
Danny Cropper
Scott LaPorte 1468
Samuel Fuerstman 1458
Jaiden Chuang 1453
Byron Butler 1436

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
"If people are not laughing at your goals, then you have not set them high enough!" Anon
"The breakfast of champions is not cereal, it is the opposition!"
Nick Seitz

"I don't  give 'em hell; I just tell the truth, and they think it's hell!" 
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"Evil will previal 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
"Imagination does not breed insanity. Exactly what does breed insanity is reason.  Poets do not go mad;  but chess-players do".
—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 reasonable man adapts himself to the conditions that surround him... The unreasonable man adapts surrounding conditions to himself... All progress depends on the unreasonable man."
George Bernard Shaw
"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!? Groucho Marx
"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,
it will avoid you!"

Winston Churchill
"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"

"Great spirits have often encountered violent opposition
from weak minds."
"I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones."
"Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts."
"The belly, when not restrained,  destroys the virtue of the soul."
Pope Gregory the Great
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The CCC has 67 current members. This is our 182nd  5 Rd event. Highest total of players for 1 Rd is 48. Highest 5 Rds is 78 Highest total unique hits in 1 day 173
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Official Website of the "Original"
windyCharlotte Chess Clubwindy
- Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - Founded in 1974 -
Today is Tuesday, Sep 1, 2015
This Site had 67 unique visitors yesterday!
This site has been visited  times since April 1, 2002
--- Click on numbers above for "GoStats!" ---

* Cremisi Finishes =1st-4th in N.C. Open with 4-1 * Biernacki  =1st-2nd in U2000 with 4.5-.5! * Cremisi, Fuerstman =1st-2nd in Top Section of McAlister's XIII with 4-1 *

The Charlotte Chess Club has 67 current members!
windyWelcome to the CCCwindy
 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, Sinanovic's 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!  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 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
(East on Woodlawn Rd, right on Park Rd. 2blks on L at Seneca Pl)
  Primarily an "adult" club, 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 - Entry fee is $5. ($8 for non-members) Top Section $50 FREE Entry for other 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 "Tournament Competition" and join the CCC or USCF 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. - If you're running late, call me at 704-965-8931 and I'll pair you! McAlister's stays open til 10:30pm.
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Click Here to See the NCCA Website???
Great job, guys?! It's been that way for a week and nobody cares? (actually, I prefer the blank page! LOL) Instead. Jones is promoting his important new "logo" contest? Again, his priorities are skewed. Since it is completely goofed up, why not find a qualified webmaster who can get their ridiculous website back on line? What a bunch of incompetent panjandrums...
8-31-15: According to a reliable source, a series of high level meetings took place between WW and Hyde this past weekend whereby the NCCA attorney convinced Hyde to stay on as President?!? I guess that he is proud of the job he has done so far and wants to continue to serve the chess community with his great work... (O.K. I admit I'm being a bit facetious) however, I was happy to hear that, after much protest, the Invitational may, indeed, take place this year, after all! Though, trying to adhere to strict policy in choosing the players might become a difficult task. Particularly considering that with only 40+ members from which to choose, the only potential participant who might qualify is LM Robin Cunningham, who is the only currently "paid" member among them! Apparently, the rule that they must have been an active member of the NCCA for at least 6 months must be waived. What a mess... this is the result of things which have been neglected for years... also, I have learned that Tom Kabasakalian intends to, or has resigned as Secretary/Treasurer and they have offered the job to Sara Walsh!? No offense to Sara, whom I supported in her candidacy for VP, but this might be a good time for accountant Ken Baxter to jump back onto the bandwagon! NMLF
N.C. Invitational Been Cancelled??
Some People in ...North Carolina chess...
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As of 9am, 8-27-15, Drew Canning was discharged from CMC... Let's pray for a
quick recovery! NMLF

Big Shout Out to CCC member and student Doug Mackey who just underwent a kidney transplant. Get well soon!!

Congratulations to 15 year old NM Daniel Cremisi (2237) who finished =1st-4th in the Top Section of the N.C. Open with 4-1
and won
$460. In addition, 15 year old NM Emmanuel Carter (2206) scored 3-2 and pocketed $50. Meanwhile, 18 year old Expert Mark "Steeler" Biernacki (2046) finished =1st-2nd Place in the U2000 Section with 4.5-.5 and took home $750!
Kudos to 15 year old NM Daniel Cremisi (2225) and 68 year old NM Leland "Ennui" Fuerstman (2026) who finished =1st-2nd in McAlister's XIII with 4-1 and each pocketed $25. Honorable mention goes to Danny "the Stopper" Cropper (1475) who finished clear 1st Place in the "C" Section with 4-1 winning FREE Entry into McAlister's XIV and 127 rating points and Drew Canning (1331) who finished clear 1st Place in the Lower Section with 3.5-1.5 and gained 125 points! (Get well, Drew!)
Congratulations to Rich "Alert" Trela (1087) who finished =2nd-3rd in the U1200 Section of the Columbia Open with 4-1, gained 187 rating points and pocketed $123!!

windyThe following game was published in the January 1992 issue of the Carolina Gambit Magazine in an article by Robert MorrellNM Leland Fuerstman - SM Craig Jones
Everyone needs a study partner!...
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windyCCC News & Views 8-27-15windy
Cremisi, Fuerstman Share Top Honors; Lucas, Cashell, Little "B"; Cropper "C"; Canning Lower Section of McAlister's XIII

Charlotte, NC 8-26-15: A grand total of 26 of the most loyal members of the CCC royal guard gathered at this grand ballroom more commonly known as McAlister's Deli in order to participate in McAlister's XIII. In the Top Section, the CCC's #1 player, 15 year old NM Daniel Cremisi (2225) requested, and was granted after his opponent agreed, a revenge game against Michael Uwakwe (1917). This time the young Master emerged victorious to finish =1st-2nd with the Pride of Mental Hill, ex-Member of the NCCA Hall of Fame, NM Leland "Ennui" Fuerstman (2026) who somehow survived a vicious assault by a feisty George "Cashman" Cashell (1640) who won a couple of Pawns and the exchange, but with 5 minutes remaining, boldly refused the Draw offer (See Game 1560) and went on to lose, each with 4-1 winning $25. In addition, Expert Michael "Bolton" Kliber (2050) dispatched of Paul "Survivalist" Lucas (1799). In the "B" Section, Lucas, Cashell and Little finished =1st-3rd with 2 points. Furthermore, "Little" Joe Little's (1588) game with Drew Canning (1331) was adjourned for emergency medical reasons (but, was submitted for rating as a Draw). In the "C" Section, the lowest rated player in the section, Danny "the Stopper" Cropper (1475) outplayed "ringer" Mikey "Trout" Trott (1484) (See Game 1563) to finish clear 1st Place with 4-1, win FREE entry into McAlister's XIV and gain 127 rating points! Meanwhile, "Lord" Byron Butler (1445) split the point with Debs Pedigo (1257). In the Lower Section, in spite of the fact that he was carted away to the hospital, Drew Canning (1331) finished clear 1st Place with 3.5-1.5 and gained 125 rating points! In addition, Addison Shonts (1287) seemed to be getting pummeled by James E. Butterworth, III until the latter player blundered a Rook (See Game 1561), FSC student Emmanuel Cooper (841) upset Charlene Howard (976) and Rich "Alert" Trela (1052) got by Michael "Tiger" Lyons (613). In order to observe all results see "Current Crosstable." The CCC will conduct Rd:1 on Wednesday, Sep 2, 2015 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! Long live the CCC!
windyWeekend Event Resultswindy
Cremisi Clear 1st In Carlsen Section; Canning, Howard =1st-2nd in Caruana Section of Big Cookie VI
Charlotte, NC 8-1-15: A grand total of 16 of the most loyal members of the CCC Royal Guard
gathered at this perfect chess facility more commonly known as McAlister's Deli in order to participate in Big Cookie VI. In the Carlsen Section, the CCC's #1 player, 15 year old Daniel Cremisi (2235) dispatched of 10 year old Aditya Shivapooja (1709), Michael Uwakwe (1915), 18 year old Expert Mark "Steeler" Biernacki (2038) and the pride of Mental Hill, ex-Member of the NCCA Hall of
Fame, NM Leland "Ennui" Fuerstman (2000) to finish clear 1st Place with 4-0 and pocket $100. Clear 2nd Place was Biernacki with 3-1 winning $50. In the Caruana Section, Charlene Howard (993) pulled off a final round upset over new CCC member Drew Canning (1206) with whom she shared =1st-2nd Place with 3-1 and each won $45. For complete results (See Crosstable) The facility was perfect, the cuisine was excellent and the camaraderie made for a perfect afternoon of chess. Fuerstman directed
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White to Mate in 3!!

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