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The 86th Central Jersey Chess Tournament is Saturday, November 18, 2017, please Register  by Thursday, November 16, 2017, to receive a $10 discount for entry. Read More...

2017 Schedule: Nov 18, Dec 16

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Past Results

May 18, 2013
April 13, 2013
March 23, 2013
February 23, 2013
December 1, 2012
November 17, 2012
August 18, 2012
July 14, 2012
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Jairo Moreira

About us

Jairo Moreira and Grant Oen

The Central Jersey Chess Tournament began in August 2010 with the idea of bringing young chess players together to play, learn and compete monthly in a U.S. Chess Federation sanctioned tournament. CJ Chess forms friendship and camaraderie between local and tri-state area players using chess as the common language. 

Grant Oen, a high school sophomore at the time, had always wanted to run a chess tournament that would incorporate the things he learned from playing in over 95 nationally-rated tournaments. Chief among them are making the tournament fun, efficient, and comfortable.

Grant approached his long-time chess mentor and friend, Jairo Moreira with the idea. After several months of planning and set-up, the tournament began at the Hyatt Place Princeton with a large turn-out.  

The tournament has increased steadily and has moved to its current location at Princeton Academy in Princeton.
 

Tournament Directors

Jairo Moreira TD

Jairo Moreira is an International FIDE Master who has been an active chess player for over 20 years. He has competed internationally, including in two Chess Olympiads. In 1994, he won the South American Chess Championship in Uruguay.

He currently runs seven different chess programs in NJ and NY schools and directs numerous local tournaments. 

Jairo enjoys the interaction with children and taking them to the next level of the game.

Grant Oen TD
 

Grant Oen is currently attending Emory University and has been playing chess since he was 8. Although his dad taught him the game, he was able to beat his dad blindfolded since he was 11, which prompted his dad to vow to never play against him again.

He has won several tournaments, and is a 2-time New Jersey State Grade Champion, and a 2-time Georgia State Collegiate Chess Champion.

In addition to running the Central Jersey Chess Tournament, Grant has taught the game to over 200 children at both the Boys & Girls Club of America in Trenton and the West Windsor Library.

Running CJ Chess and teaching chess help fulfill his long-time dreams to spread the game of chess to kids with various backgrounds and to have a monthly venue where they can learn, share and test out what they have learned.

Grant is an active tournament player with a peak USCF rating over 2130. He is also a certified Tournament Director, actively running chess tournaments in Princeton, NJ and Atlanta, GA.

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