"Current Roster"
Dec 2012 Supplement
Image, E-mail, rating,
gain/loss, state ranking,  lifetime winning %,  CCC & USCF Expiration
- The CCC has 69 currently paid members -
(Points Gained Since Nov 2012)
Tony Cato
Marat Kocharyan
Corey Frazier
Anthony Cato
Joe Shirlen
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 7:45pm, 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 Skyland
All Sections: G90

The player with the Black pieces chooses whether to use "5 second time delay."

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 to adjust...
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"News & Views"
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Games Wanted
I did not know that!
Did You Lose a Piece?
The CCC has a mixed bag of odd pieces in case you have lost one. (I need a standard White Rook) Also, we have chess sets for sale. $20
Upcoming Tournaments Around North Carolina
Dec 29
Reserve Angel IX
Dec 12 thru Jan 9
Skyland 40
5-SS, G90, 
In 4 Sections: Top, "B", "C", Lower.
Free Entry
per section.
EF: $4 for members or $6.
Round @ 7:45pm sharp!
(Winners must have 4 points with no byes)
 (Per USCF rule, EF subtracted from $$ prize)

(Current Crosstable)
Feb 10 (Sunday)
Pageland Championship

Live Chess Ratings!!
CCC Top Twenty!
"Most Recent Published Rating"
NM Pat Sciacca 2164
Shawn Pealer 2157
Keith Eubanks 2101
WFM Jenny Leveikina
Wil Mahan 2069
Patrick McCartney 2059
NM Garrick Wells
NM Leland Fuerstman 2027
Michael Kliber 2025
Sulia Mason
Matthew Green 1983
Jonathon McNeill 1978
Bill Connell 1936
Daniel Cremisi 1913
Clarke Brosi 1894
Mark Biernacki 1865
Daryl Gordon 1841
Tom Hales 1813
Slobodan Sinanovic 1761
Paul Lucas 1751

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"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!"  Harry Truman
"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" Anon
"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 of 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."
Orison Swett Marden

"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?!"
Henny Youngman

"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."
Who is winning   these CCC events? 
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Game of the Week!
Personal Chess Manager
I did not know that!!?
The CCC has 69 current members. This is our 151st  5 Rd event. Highest total of players for 1 Rd is 48. Highest total of players for 5 Rds is 78.
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Dana Mackenzie Blog!
Asheboro Chess Club
Raleigh Chess Club
Statesville Chess Club
Herne-Sodengen Chess Club
(Jenny's Club in Germany!)
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Yahoo Game Server
Bill Wall's Chess Page
MonRoi Personal Chess Mgr.

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This is the Official Website of the
Charlotte Chess Club windy
- Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - Earth - Milky Way -
Today is Chessday, Dec 19, 2012
This site had 42 unique visitors yesterday!

2 Days and Counting Until Syzygy!

Sciacca Clear 1st Place in Skyland 39 with 4-1 * Sciacca, McCartney, Kliber Lead Top Section of Skyland XL with 1-0 * Fuerstman, Kliber =1st-2nd in Reserve Angel VIII with 2.5-.5 * 13 year old Daniel Cremisi (1913) Clear 1st Place in Reverse Angle 60 with 2.5-.5 *

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

Skyland Family Restaurant,
4544 South Blvd. Charlotte, NC
(Just past Woodlawn Rd towards town on L)

Primarily an adult club, the CCC conducts a perpetual 5 round tournament with one round being played each Wednesday evening at 7:45pm. The time control is G90 -  Entry fee is $4. ($6 for non-members) In 4 Sections: Top, "B", "C", Lower. All section winners get Free Entry into next event. (Winners must have 4 points with no byes). The Annual club membership fee is $25. (Current members receive $5 discount) The venue is "open 24 hours" and guarantees a private area with plenty of tables, good lighting, "Wi-Fi," great food, close parking, friendly management and our own personal waitress, Cindy! (The Management requests that you purchase your meal at Skyland) Join us to participate in casual play as well as USCF rated games. Your first visit is FREE! Non-members, who have visited more than once, and play off-hand games are required to pay $2. 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. The USCF now offers a special "3 month trial membership" for new players for only $15!!  Note: Non-members will be preempted by CCC members who arrive before 7:45pm!
Explanation of "Weekly Tournament Competition"
The CCC conducts a perpetual 5 round tournament with one round being played each Wednesday evening at 7:45 pm. sharp! The time control is G90 - 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!  Skyland stays open 24 hours!
"The Charlotte Chess Club is open to players of every race, color, creed, national origin, age, gender, religion, political affiliation or alien origin. Regardless of skill level or experience, each member is treated equally with respect. Every member of the CCC has the right to vote!"
For more info Email:
- This website is provided by NM Leland Fuerstman
"Donations" to the Charlotte Chess Club may be submitted to:
NM Leland Fuerstman, 7110 Lancashire Dr, Mint Hill, NC 28227  Thanks!
windyWelcome to the CCCwindy
NM Leland L. Fuerstman, Editor
 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, and other interesting anecdotes for your reading, viewing, and listening pleasure. We welcome your contributions and comments on our
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Oh, by the way, he's 11 years old!! Earned NM at age 9!

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GM Magnus Carlsen (2861) Draws World Champion Anand in the Final Round to finish Clear 1st
Place with 18 points in the London Chess ClassicKramnik was 2nd with 16 points. Nakamura and Adams =3rd-4th with 13.

I Did Not Know That!?
> Note: The time control for all Sections is now G90 <
( Black pieces decide whether or not to use "Time Delay")
windyCCC NEWS & VIEWS  12-13-12windy
Skyland XL Begins
Charlotte, NC 12-12-12: An "extra large" turnout of 23 of the most competitive chess players from 2 cities converged upon this grand ballroom more commonly known as the Skyland Family Restaurant in order to participate in Skyland XL(CCC members got very comfortable sitting in the padded booths and full size tables and chairs while being catered to by our own personal waitress, Cindy. Most enjoyed a generously portioned delicious home style meal for a ridiculously low price ($6.95!), drank fresh hot coffee and other beverages, analyzed on our demo board and monitored  the giant flat screen TV with the sound turned off; open 24 hours!) In the Top Section, the CCC's #1 player, NM Pat "Kahn" Sciacca, Esq. (2153) had his hands full against the anti-Grunfeld played by the pride of Mint Hill, Ex-member of the NCCA Hall of Fame, NM Leland "Ennui" Fuerstman (2022) but finally won in the time scramble (See Game 1124) to share the lead with Expert Patrick "Flanker" McCartney (2059) who vanquished superhero Clarke "Kent" Brosi (1889) (See Game 1127) and Michael "Bolton" Kliber (2025) who totally clobbered  Paul "Survivalist" Lucas (1776) each with 1-0. In addition, Expert Wil "Mayhem" Mahan (2069)
split the point with "Wild" Bill Connell (1922) while with seven seconds left on his opponents clock,
Expert Shawn "P Diddy" Pealer (2157) graciously agreed to a Draw (See Game 1126) with Team Greensboro's Josh "Lawman" Lawson (1991)! In the "B" Section, "Judge" Slobodan Sinanovic (1761) fell prey to a nifty draw (See Game 1128) with Team Greensboro's John Retarides (1636). In the "C" Section, Team Greensboro's Tony "Prime Time" Sanders (1577) demonstrated a cute Philador's Legacy (See Game 1125)  to "Smokin" Corey Frazier (1406) while Winfred "Guns" Gatlin (1583) unloaded on Robert "Xbox" Zboch (1467) each leading with 1-0. In the Lower Section, Eric "Truth" Hartung (1215) defeated Michael "the Fox" Trott (721) while Rich "Alert" Trela (1145) bested "Little" Joe Little (1334). In order to observe all results see "Current Crosstable" The facility was great and everybody was happy! We hope that more players will join us next Wednesday to dine, socialize and play one rated game of chess! Everyone is welcome. Long live the CCC! 
Fuerstman, Connell =1st-2nd in MHIX
Mint Hill, NC 12-8-12: Four honored members of the CCC Royal Guard gathered at the palatial estate of NM LF in order to participate in Mint Hill IX and enjoy a delicious bowl of "spicey beef stew!" The time control for this "dual" rated event was G65 with no time delay. In Rd:1, the Pride of Mint Hill, Ex-member of the NCCA Hall of Fame, NM Leland "Ennui" Fuerstman (2024) got an edge in the opening and finally prevailed in the ending after Slobodan "Judge" Sinanovic (1777) retreated his Knight to the back rank while "Wild" Bill Connell (1936) survived a viscous time scramble against Paul "Survivalist" Lucas (1765). In Rd:2, "Ennui Boy" snapped a couple of Pawns in the middle game and held on to beat the "Survivalist while "Wild" Bill defended handily against the "Judge." In Rd:3, Fuerstman and Connell played an Exchange French which soon fizzled to a Draw guaranteeing =1st-2nd Place with 2.5-.5 and each pocketing $30. In addition, Sinanovic defeated Lucas in the final round and then hung around for a while to drink shots of bourbon and play speed chess! In order to observe all results see "Crosstable." An enjoyable afternoon was had by all. Fuerstman directed.
Fuerstman, Kliber Share Top Honors in Reserve Angel VIII; Haigler Takes Lower Section
Charlotte, NC 11-24-12: An equal turnout of 19 of the most loyal and contented holiday revelers assembled on the 7th floor of the Dowd "Y" in order to participate in Reserve Angel VIII. (Every person, to a man, had fun at this event! It's still difficult for me to get used to the silence!) In the Top Section, NM Leland "Ennui" Fuerstman (2010) dispatched of Tony "the Tiger" Cato (1620) in Rd:1 before his celebrated encounter with Expert Keith "Chuckie" Eubanks (2107) in Rd:2 whereby White won a piece but suffered because of an undeveloped Queenside. The ensuing line allowed the extraordinary 26... b2!? (See Game 1118) whereupon Black went on to win! In the final round, Fuerstman promptly agreed to a GM Draw with Expert Michael "Bolton" Kliber (2025) who clobbered Bob Moore (1700) in Rd:1 and Sulia Mason (2016) in Rd:2 each finishing =1st-2nd Place with 2.5-.5 and pocketing $75. In the Lower Section, Team Monroe's Ian "Fleming" Haigler (1528) defeated Marat Kocharyan (1445) in Rd:1, "Little" Joe Little (Unr) in Rd:2 and Eric "Truth" Hartung (1225) in Rd:3 to finish Clear 1st Place with 3-0 and take home $90. Clear 2nd Place was renewing CCC member Marnzell "Pat" Hand (1600) with 2.5-.5 winning $45. In order to observe all results see "Crosstable." Fuerstman directed.

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