Nassau Chess Club meets Mondays at First Presbyterian Church of Mineola except most holidays from 7 PM to 11:30 PM. Nassau is the largest and strongest club on Long Island with rated tournaments for all ages and strengths from novice to Grand Master. The club offers more Grand Prix points and FIDE events than all other LI clubs combined. Visitors welcome. For those not playing entire tournaments, rated games available. Rated matches may be arranged. Bring equipment and pen/pencil. Separate scholastic tournaments will be held at Mineola and other locations. Contact the club for more information. No Smoking. Information: Harold Stenzel, 80 Amy Drive, Sayville, NY 11782 (631) 218 4440. Captnhal@optonline.net No phone or online entries. Handicap access. Rule 14H not used. Registration is 7-7:15 PM the first night. Details subject to change. See Chess Life or website for the latest information. Club closed 10/14/13, 1/20/14, 2/17/14, 5/26/14, 9/1/14, 10/13/14. Web site: www.nassauchessclub.webs.com.
Nassau Chess Club Membership is $50 for 12 months for adults, $40 for over 64 years old, $2 times age for under 25. Among the benefits of club membership are discounts on books, equipment, and back issues of Chess Life. USCF membership is required for rated events. Schedule subject to change without notice. Read Chess Life for latest info. June 2, 2014. Elections. Nominations by 5/19/14. Only members may vote.
Directions: By car: Meadowbrook Pkwy to exit M1 Old Country Rd. West 1.4 miles to Main St. & turn right. 4 blocks to First St. LIE exit 37 or Northern Pkwy exit 28 Willis Av. south 2.8 miles to First St turn right. Church is on NW corner of Main & First. Free parking after 6 PM. By LIRR: Church is 3 blocks northeast of Mineola station (14 min from Jamaica).
Half point byes: Nassau CC Swisses offer half byes to make it possible for those that can't play every week to enter without being penalized too severely for missing a game. The number of byes varies in each tournament. A player who doesn't request a bye and fails to appear will be charged with a forfeit loss and a $5 fine. Players wishing to enter after the 1st round may do so by paying the late EF and receive a half bye for each round they missed up to the max. Players should notify the director (631 218 4440) as soon as needed and no later than 6:45 PM on the day of the bye. The request should not be made by email as there is no access to email at the club. No byes in round robins. Last round must be requested during the first half and are irrevocable.
Tournament rule I.12.N: "A player who doesn't notify the tournament director well in advance that he will be unable to play in any round, and then defaults the game by not appearing within 1 hour after the starting time of the playing session at the assigned board, may be fined up to the amount of the entry fee, payable to the sponsoring organization. The player may be barred by the sponsoring organization from any of its tournaments until the fine is paid. The player will not be allowed to continue play in the tournament, unless the tournament director believes he has a reasonable excuse." This rule is enforced at Nassau CC. If you drop out or can't make a round, please notify the director. Failure to do so is rude and deprives someone of a game. Fines added to the Nassau Championship.