N.C.C.C. Dragon News

(Jan – Mar 2009)


Meetings every Thursday, 6:30 pm. @ Bearno’s Pizza




Meetings & Greetings  We’ve had some new faces at our meetings since our last newsletter.  Big welcomes to John Craycroft, Gary Horne, and Paul Zarb!  It’s been said that chess is more of a ‘winter sport.’  Perhaps with less yard and garden duties, there is more time to work on our games.  If you want to improve an aspect of your game, pull aside a tournament player in NCCC or E-Town Club.   There are lots of resources available!


Club Championship 2008  Jerry Weldin prevails at our 2008 NCCC Championship!  It was held at First Christian Church (DOC) of Bardstown November 23.  Nine players challenged: Steff, Preston, Stan, Jerry, Danny, Gary, Will H., Craycroft and Doc.  Jerry finished 7.5/8, Doc 6.5/8, Stan 6.0/8 and Craycroft 6.0/8.  Stan had the head-to-head win over John.  Jerry received a trophy and a Dragon Shirt.  Doc and Stan got medallions.


Treasury Notes  We’ve taken some money from the treasury to buy batches of Club T-shirts.  We will redeposit income from the sales.  We plan soon to pay for our Club Embroidery Set-Up, so members can add this to shirts of their choice, golf, long sleeved, etc.  We paid the church $20 for helping with our tournament also.  Right now, we have $181 in the Treasury.


Club Shirts  Director Steff has club t-shirts.  They are only $10 each, and look great!    


See www.kcachess.org for news regarding KY Chess!


Words from our Director   Happy New Year chessnuts!!! I hope everyone has enjoyed chess as much as I have in 2008. The Nelson County Chess Club meetings at Bearno’s started off with good crowds and new members. We are so fortunate to have our new members. Not only are they fine folk, but they are outstanding chess players. As usual, the great food and hospitable employees of Bearno’s Pizza made everyone feel at home and fed us wonderful food. The lasagna special on Thursdays was a favorite!!

The April “Tornado” tournament in E-town kicked off the tournament season and was a blast. NCCC was well represented both at the tournament and on the previous evening for a workshop given by GM Bernard Parham.  In early summer, Stan, one of our braver players,  made a good showing in the Kentucky Open and then in July,  Andrew and Will played in the Bluegrass State Games. Will was the first youth player from NCCC to play in the Bluegrass Games in a while. Andrew, Will, and Sal from E-town had a great time and came home with medals. The year came to a close with Jerry Weldin winning the NCCC 2008 Championship and Mark Abramovitch taking second place with Stan Mullins in third; John became a new daddy, and I beat “the man”, receiving my dog tag and title as “queen forker”. What a hoot!

On the agenda this year is the “Tornado” tournament in April, sponsored by the E-town Chess Club. We hope to have more NCCC folks playing in both the Kentucky Open and the Bluegrass State Games too.

If you have not purchased a club shirt, they are IN. The shirts are heather black with a blue dragon emblem on the left top pocket area along with the club name. Sizes range from medium to XL and cost $10. If we sell enough of them, we can go ahead and pay for a set up fee for embroidered golf shirts so buy one or two now and then plan to get a golf shirt later.

In closing, let me invite anyone who loves chess to join us on Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. at Bearno’s Pizza Sports Bar for good food, some great chess, and lots of laughs and fun.

~Stephanie (NCCC Director)


Final Game of Championship 08   Weldin, G v Craycroft, J, (2008.11.23) [G10+5]  1. e4 Nc6 2. Nf3 e6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Bxc6 dxc6 5. O-O Bc5 6. d3 Nf6 7. a3 O-O 8. b4 Ba7 9. Bg5 Bd7 10. e5 c5 11. exf6 gxf6 12. Bh6 Re8 13. d4 cxd4 14. Nxd4 e5 15. Qd3 Bg4 16. Qg3 Qxd4 17. h3 f5 18. c3 Qd6 19. Be3 Qg6 20. hxg4 f4 21. Bxf4 exf4 22. Qxf4 Re4 23. Qf3 Rae8 24. Nd2 Rxg4 25. Rae1 Bxf2+ 26. Qxf2 Rxe1 27. Rxe1 Rg5 28. Re8+ Kg7 29. Qd4+ Kh6 30. Qh4+ Rh5 31. Qf4+ Kg7 32. Qd4+ Kh6 33. Qe3+ Kg7 34. Qf2 Rf5 35. Nf3 Rd5 36. Re1 Rd7 37. Ne5 Qf6 38. Nxd7 Qxf2+ 39. Kxf2 1-0

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