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
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.
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)"
Stipulations "The Director may
require that clocks face a certain direction
or that Black sit on a
particular side of the table..."
Nov 11 - Dec 9 McAlister's
16 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 FREE
Entry for 1st Place in all Sections.
(Must have 4
points with no Byes) EF: $5 per Rd (Nons
$8.) Round @ 7:30 pm
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
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!"
don't give 'em hell; I just tell the truth,
and they think it's hell!"
"Evil will previal
when good men stand silent"
"You don't stop playing
when you get old; you get old when you stop
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."
Omar Khayyam 1040 ad
"Chess grips its
exponent, shackling the mind and brain so that
the inner freedom and independence of even the
strongest character cannot remain unaffected."
"Imagination does not
breed insanity. Exactly what does breed insanity
is reason. Poets do not go mad; but
chess-players do". —Chesterton, The
character" James Lane Allen
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
"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
that the game of chess is a draw
"There is never
in chess; save for one's consideration for the exception!"
NM Leland Fuerstman
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."
Orison Swett Marden
don't believe in superstition... It's bad luck!? Groucho Marx
"What's the use of
It can't buy you money?!"
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
"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..."
“The more you play, the
more beauty you are able to see.”
"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
"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
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It is with a heavy heart that I share the news
of the loss of my lifelong and "best" friend Jon F. Pietras, Sr, 70. who passed away
last night after a brief struggle with cancer.
In 1966-67, he was an Officer in the U.S. Army
and "commander in the field" in Vietnam! I met Jon when I was 14 years old through
bowling! His naturally competitive spirit
spilled over to chess where we finally met at a
tournament. An already strong "A" player, the
ease at which he won became an inspiration for
me to study and improve my game. As time went
by, we enjoyed many exciting encounters over the
board! Win, lose or draw, he was always gracious
and complimentary. Through the years, we each
monitored the progress of our lives. Everyone
knows about Infinitys End
which Jon built
into a thriving million dollar business! - often
providing employment for those who marched to
the beat of a different drummer and always
taking time to converse with every
customer, regardless of one's race,
color, creed or station in life. This guy
enjoyed an incredibly interesting life, with his
3 wives, 3 children and
wonderful grandchildren! Until his recent
return, he was living in Costa Rica where I
visited him. What a fantastic trip! Jon Pietras was the
most loving, friendly and benevolent man I
have ever known. My grief is profound. My best
friend is gone. May he rest in peace... NMLF
(Funeral Tuesday, 2pm at
to the CCC
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 email@example.com
Scroll down for Weekly "News & Views"
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
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 McALISTER'S
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.
for non-members) Top
FREE Entry for
other Section winners. -
must have 4
points with no byes). The Annual
club membership fee is $25.
Current members receive $5 discount.
Non-members who pay a $25 EF to
participate in CCC Saturday events
credit toward membership for each
event entered!) The
a private area with padded
chairs and a lamp over each table!
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
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
order to compete in "Tournament
Competition" and join
the CCC orUSCF simply
show up at the site! (Current
Crosstable) Note: Non-members
will be preempted by
Members who arrive before7:30pm!
If you're running late, call or text
and we'll work you in! ******************************* Contact
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
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
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 night round begins at 7:30pm
If you're running late, please
call or text 704-965-8931
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* Chess Tweet * Honorificabilitudinitatibus!! Поздравляем!
Congratulations to Francois
"the Pope" Gros
who finished =1st-4th place
in the Knights Section of Asheboro
100 with 2.5-.5
and pocketed $100.
year old NM Daniel
who finished =1st-3rd
and by virtue of
tie-breaks, should be
North Carolina State
************************************** Kudos to Charlene "Curley" Howard
(1102) who finished
clear 1st Place in the U1100 Section of RA55
gained 110 rating
points and earned $120!
Congratulations to 14
year old Mark Boyd
(1174) who finished
clear 1st Place in the Top Section of the Charlotte
Fall Scholastics with 4-0.
Kudos to Michael Uwakwe
(1982) who finished
clear 1st Place in McAlister's
XV with 4-1.
Honorable mention to Danny
"the Stopper" Cropper
(1654) who eclipsed
the 1600 mark and
Drew Canning (1400) who broke 1400.
Begins at 7:30pm
Sharp! Time control G75
EF:$5 (Black pieces decide whether or not to use
"Time Delay," 5 minutes
News & Views 11-19-15 (Note: Round 3 of
McAlister's XVI has been postponed until Wednesday,
Fuerstman Lead Top; Cashell "B"; Canning
"C"; Boyd Lower Section of McAlister's XVI
(Black won 8 of
the 12 games!!)
Charlotte, NC 11-18-15:Another strong
turnout of 26 of
the most congenal competitors in the
county slogged their way to this institution of higher
thinking more commonly known as McAlister's
Deli in order to participate in
of McAlister's XVI.
In the Top Section, Expert
Michael "Bolton" Kliber(2038)
snapped a Pawn right out of the
opening, then another before mutual
time trouble caused the Pride
of Columbia, S.C. Expert
to blunder his Queen in the
end allowing the former player to
share the lead with the Pride
of Mental Hill,
the NCCA Hall
of Fame, NM Leland "Ennui"
chose the dubious strategy of castling
Queen side where he was forced
to sacrifice his Queen for a Rook
and Knight minus a Pawn?!
But, as luck would have it, (See Game
1601) the venerable Master
regrouped and bounced back to defeat PhD
candidate Michael Uwakwe (1982)
each with 2-0.
In the "B" Section, George
"Cashman" Cashell (1615)
outplayed Danny "the Stopper" Cropper
1604) to lead with 2-0.
In addition, Paul
"Survivalist" Lucas (1789)
defeated Dave "Dawuud" Richards (1740)
while Marnzell "Pat" Hand(1600)
split the point with Phillip
In the "C" Section, Drew
tripped up Scott "the Door" LaPorte (1526) to lead with 2-0.
Meanwhile, "Big" Joe Rafferty (1587)
dispatched of Carl "Marx" McKern (1531) while
"Lord" Byron Butler (1443)
beat down Mikey "Trout" Trott (1508).
you, Mikey, for installing my
radiator today... You were a
Godsend). In the
Lower Section, 14
year old Mark Boyd (1144) upset
Debs Pedigo (1260)
to lead with 2-0.
Meanwhile, Eric "Truth" Hartung
notched the point against Charlene
"Curley" Howard (1102) (Thank you,
Charlene, for providing transportation
for me and other club members!)FSCStudent
Doug Mackey (1226)
defeated Francois "the Pope" Gros (1339)(See Game
1603) and James E.
reported a win (See Game
1602) versus Rich "Alert"
In order to observe
all results see "Current
will conduct Rd:3
of McAlister's XVI on Wednesday, Dec 2,
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! --- Happy
Takes Carlsen Section; Canning
1st in Topolov Section of Big Cookie
10-24-15: A grand total
of the most loyal members
of the CCC Royal
gathered at this grand ballroom more commonly
known as McAlister's Deli
in order to participate in Big Cookie
VII. In the Carlsen Section,
year old NM Daniel Cremisi(2246)
dispatched of Aditya Shivapooja (1705) in
Rd:1, the pride of Mental
Hill, ex-member of the NCCA Hall
of Fame, NM Leland
in Rd:2 and George "Cashman"
in the final round to finish clear 1st
Place with 3-0
and pocket $100.
Equal 2nd-3rd place were Fuerstman
and Danny "the Stopper" Cropper
each with 2-1
In the Topolov Section,
Drew "Morrison" Canning(1387)
reported wins against Rich "Alert" Trela
Rd:1, Francois "the Pope" Gros (1299) in
Rd:2 and Debs Pedigo (1272) in
the final round to finish clear 1st
Place with 3-0
and collect $60.
Clear 2nd Place was Gros
For complete results, see "Crosstable."
A good time was had by all. Fuerstman
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