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County chess tourney underway in Westfield

June 13, 2012
By DAVE O’CONNOR - CORRESPONDENT ( , Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

WESTFIELD - Ten players will know on June 13 who is Chautauqua County's chess champion for 2012.

The competition started on Wednesday, May 23 and continues every Wednesday through next week.

Westfield's Chess Club is sponsoring the four-week event at the club's meeting place, C.J.'s Restaurant on East Main Street.

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Photo by Dave O’Connor
Chess players from Erie, Pa; Fredonia, Jamestown and Westfield compete in the second round of the Chautauqua County 2012 Chess Championship May 30th at C.J.’s Pizza and Subs on E. Main St. Pictured at the left table are: Charles Ferraro playing Ray Willis; and Mark Clark playing Richard Kalfas. Pictured at the back table are: Rick Mitchell playing Dan Miraglia; and Ryan Tofil playing Len Andrzjewski. Pictured at the right table is Walt Sedlmeyer playing Lucas Seybold.

This year's competition is "Swiss Style," according to club president Charles Ferraro. This style means there is no elimination, no one plays any other player twice and the player with the most "W's", including a tie-breaker if necessary, is the victor.

The local club meets every Wednesday at 5 p.m. in the restaurant.

"Anyone interested just needs to show up," Ferraro explained, adding, "We play for fun. There are no dues."

Chess ratings of those involved in the current contest range from Dan Miraglia's 2044 to Len Andrzjewski's 959.

Players who show up for a game need not be officially rated, Ferraro noted.

In order to win the trophy for the present contest, a player must reside in Chautauqua County. There are also two plaques - one for best player rated no higher than 1600 and the other for best player rated no higher than 1400.

The trophy and plaques are permanent and will have the names of the respective yearly winners engraved on them, Ferraro said.

Entrants in this year's championship include: Mark Clark, president of the Jamestown Chess Club, and Miraglia and Richard Kalfas of the Jamestown Club; Walt Sedlmeyer and Lucas Seybold from Fredonia; Rick Mitchell, Ray Willis and Andrzjewski all from the Erie, Pa., Chess Club; and Ryan Tofil and Ferraro representing Westfield.



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