LONG ISLAND CHESS NUTS
May 2007: Margarita Lanides, director of the Long Island Chess Nuts, was invited to give a lecture at Winthrop University Hospital. The program was through their Arts & Humanities Series, headed by Dr. Kuhna. Margarita was ably assisted by Bob Sostack, a Long Island Chess Nuts instructor, and John Lanides. An honorarium, usually paid for this type of lecture, was donated by Margarita back to the hospital. The lecture itself was informative and entertaining, with over 60 staff members from the hospital in attendance.
Jan. 2006: Margarita
Lanides, founder and director of the Long Island Chess Nuts, was voted
the 2006 New York State Chess Association Hall of Fame inductee. The New York
State Chess Association, in existence for over 100 years, is the oldest chess
organization in the
The award was presented by Phyllis Benjamin, representing the
New York State Chess Association, and Henry Holly, representing
Senator Kemp Hannon.
Phyllis Benjamin stated, “I presented [Margarita Lanides] with a beautiful
plaque inscribed with our appreciation for her tireless efforts on behalf of the
“Margarita was selected for this honor because of her intense devotion to the advancement of chess for children and adults through various activities in the ten years that the Chess Nuts have been in operation: operating a very successful scholastic chess club, conducting annual chess camps for kids, holding frequent tournaments, organizing and encouraging her club's students to play in such national events as the U.S. Amateur Team Championship and the National Scholastics. Margarita is assisted in her chess endeavors by her husband, John, and a dedicated staff of coaches.
Margarita has always had a passion for helping children through education.
She holds degrees in mathematics and education.
Having taught math, she has also volunteered at many organizations,
including the L. I. Children’s Museum, the
2003: Matthew Masino, and Jimmy Zheng,
L. I. Chess Nuts’ members had the opportunity to play Garry Kasparov, the
world’s greatest chess player, in a clock simul over the internet.
The event was held by ZMD, a leading semiconductor manufacturer in
Europe, which is headquartered in Dresden, Germany. Kasparov flew to
Germany for the event. He played 6 opponents in all: 2 were in Germany, 2
in Switzerland, and 4 in New York. Of course, no one came close to challenging
Kasparov, but it was exciting to try!
March 2003: Nickelodeon featured one of the L. I. Chess Nut classes. Some of the younger children, playing chess at the club, were actually on TV! This is the third time we've been on this channel in the past year.
Feb. 2003: The L. I. Chess Nuts brought 5 teams (4 players on a team) to
the National Amateur Team Tournament in New Jersey. In addition to a great
weekend of some very challenging chess, two of our teams tied with one other for
Tops Under 1200! It was a great accomplishment!
June 2002: Eight Chess Nuts members played
Garry Kasparov in an in-person simul here on Long Island. The occasion was
sponsored by ZMD, to celebrate the opening of its' new North American
dignitaries and several politicians were present to welcome the new company, and
to meet Garry Kasparov. GM Kasparov
twelve selected customers of ZMD and eight L. I. Chess Nuts members.
There were many company executives from Germany in attendance. Margarita and John Lanides of the Long Island Chess Nuts,
having assisted in setting up the simul, were delighted that some of the
club’s members were afforded this unique opportunity.
The participating members were: Elliott Bottoms, Karl Eschelbach, Jareb Gleckel,
Elias Lanides, Zachary Lessen, Tom Ludwiczak, Adam Weser, and Erica Weser.
The over 200 invited guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, and watched some
rather interesting chess. With excitement in the air, GM Kasparov graciously signed
autographs and took pictures with audience members. It was a memorable event for all.