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7 & 14 Dec. - 4 Round Swiss - Rated and Unrated

7 & 14 Dec - 4 Round Swiss over 2 Weeks
Four Rounds of time control is G25; inc 3 (Game in 25 minutes with a 3 second increment)  2 sections - Rated for USCF Members and Unrated for non-members.  We will have a prize, a small one. FREE to ERC members and $2 for non-members. Round 1 will start at 7:00 pm SO don't be late or you may not get paired.

21 Dec – 11 Jan – We Take a Break

18 Jan – 4 Round Action Swiss G15; d5

4 Rounds of Game in 15 minutes with a 5 second delay in two sections.  One section, rated for USCF members and a second section for non-USCF members.  Registration via email or on site.  We will need to start on time to get it all in before 9:00 so don’t be late!

25 Jan – One vs. Many

This should be a hoot!  The top third of the club plays the bottom third in a collection of mini-simuls.  This means that the better players will have to manage two games at the same time.  To make it extra hard on the “big guns” we will have a time control of G25; d5. 

1 Feb – First Thursday Blitz

All players in a giant game in 5 min Swiss – Club Ratings are on the line!

8, 15 & 22 Feb – Club Championship!

A 3 round Swiss for the Club Title!!! Game in 50 with a 5 second increment.  There will be two sections.  USCF members will play in the rated section and non-USCF members play in the unrated section.  The winners of each section face off in the following week for the club title!

1 Mar – First Thursday Blitz and CHAMPIONSHIP SHOOTOUT!

Like most first Thursdays, All players in a giant game in 5 min Swiss – Club Ratings are on the line!  EXCEPT, the top players from the previous weeks will face off to battle for the club tile and tropy.

What We Do

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 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.

Rated Quick Chess -

About once a month we hold USCF Rated quick chess tournaments.  These are free to our members and typically cost $2 for non members.  If you do not have a USCF membership we often have a non-rated section.  As the cost is low / free, we promise no prizes but often have a small token prize.  Click Here for recent results.

Tournament Trips -

We organize occasional trips to larger tournaments. 

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. 


If you have any questions or want to be added to our email list, contact us at rfechess@yahoo.com.

BONUS - 60 Checkmate in 1 problems for free

Problems to solve!!!

Black to move, why not … Qxd3

1.   ...       Qxd3
2.   Qh4  and Black has few options (note that 3. Rh8 and Qxd8 threaten #
      ...       Qxf1
3.   Kxf1

White to move, find the best move

1.   Rxf8+     Qxf8
2.   Nxf8       Rxf8
2.   ...             Rxe2
3.   Ne6   (threating Qxg7#)
        ...             Rxe6
4.   Qb8 and checkmate is forced.

White to move,
Find the Best Move

1. Bf5 (all other moves allow Black to promote the c pawn)
1... exf5 (Other moves for Black allow both pawns to promote and therefore which results in a draw.)
2. h4 and stalement on the next move.
Sometimes, the best move is to fight for a draw.

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