Saturday, December 07, 2019

Boylston Chess: GM Larry Christiansen - Intensive Two Day Clinic


banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.


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DateMonday, Dec 30 - Tuesday, Dec 31
Event FormatMonday 9:00am-4:00pm, Tuesday 9:00am-1:00pm
Entry Fee$120
Description .
This two day clinic will feature GM Larry Christiansen, three time US Champion.
Lectures will be geared towards players rated at least 1400, but players of all levels may attend. The clinic is open to scholastic players at least 8 years old. Lunch will not be provided.

BCF membership required (Junior $120/year or $67/six months; Family $180/year or $100/six months)

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Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List




Boylston Chess: December School Break Program with Jacob Rasin

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DateDecember 23, 24, 26, 27
Event Format9:00am - 12:30pm each day
Registration8:30am - 9:00am
Description
This program invites young chess players who already have a complete understanding of the rules of chess to come and develop their abilities. With a combination of lecture, question/answer and guided cooperative learning, the instructor will cover essential elements of the game: Tactics, Strategy, Openings, Middlegames, Endgames, Problems. Students will develop their memory, visualization ability, attention span, critical thinking skills, as well as their sense of fairness and good sportsmanship — all while having fun!
 

Who can join? School-age children, K-12, who are interested in improving at chess and maturing from motivated beginners to skilled intermediate players.
 

How much does it cost? Club membership is required for participation (Junior: $120/yr; $67/6 months; Family: $180/yr; $100/6 months). Participation fee: $180; $140 per child, if two or more per family. For first-time Club members, the fee is reduced to $150. Please make checks payable to the Boylston Chess Foundation and please pay on site.
 

Registration: Located in the renovated former Ellis School building, there is plenty of room at our pristine site. Reservation is not required. Just show up to unit B103, at 40 Norris Street the morning of the first day, before or around 9:00 a.m.! Use the right-side door of the building.
 

About the instructor: A master of the game and a Boylston Chess Club member for over 25 years, Jacob Rasin has been a professional chess teacher for over 35 years in the Soviet Union and the United States. 1978-1989, Jacob served as head coach at the Pioneers Palace of the Leningrad Province; 1982-1985, he had the additional assignment of training Soviet grandmasters and international masters. Since 1990, he has taught privately and at schools in the Boston area. His students have won dozens of scholastic state championships and medals, and more than ten national championships in various brackets. Jacob has directed the School Break Program since 1994.
 

For more information, call Jacob Rasin at home after 9pm (617) 783-6307; cell (857) 225-1297 or email boylstonchess@gmail.com





Tuesday, December 03, 2019

Boylston Chess: December Quads


banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.

 
 
 
 
 
 
DateSaturday, December 7, 2019
Event Format3RR
Time ControlG/65 d10
SectionsPlayers will be arranged into quads by rating
Entry Fee$35, $20 for BCF members, $5 more if not registering online in advance. Free entry for BCF members rated 2300+, but entry fee deducted from won prize.
Prizes$80 First place in top quad, $50 First place in each of the other quads
Registration9:15am - 9:45am
Round Times10:00am, 1:15pm, 4:00pm
DescriptionABSOLUTELY NO ONSITE REGISTRATION AFTER 9:45AM.
** No byes or withdrawals are allowed. All rounds must be played. **
** A current USCF membership is required. **
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List







Boylston Chess: December Thursday Night Swiss

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.


DateThursdays, December 5, 12, 19, & 26
Event Format4SS
Time ControlG/105 d10
SectionsOpen and U1900
Entry Fee$35, $20 for BCF members; $5 more if not registering online in advance. Club members rated 2200+ may play in the Thursday Night Swiss with no entry fee and no prize deductions.
Prizes$300 based on paid 25 entries: 1st $125, 2nd $75; U1900 1st $60, 2nd $40
Registration6:15 pm - 6:45 pm
Round Times7:00 pm
DescriptionBye and withdrawal requests must be received by 6:45pm.
Sections with fewer than 10 players may be merged.
** A current USCF membership is required. **
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List








Sunday, November 24, 2019

Boylston Chess: Thanksgiving Open

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.



DateSaturday, November 30, 2019
Event Format4SS
Time ControlG/60 d5
SectionsOpen, U2000, U1500
Entry Fee$35, $20 for BCF members; $5 more if not registering online in advance. Free entry for BCF members rated 2300+, but entry fee deducted from won prize.
Prizes$$360 GUARANTEED: Open 1st $150, 2nd $90 U2000 1st $70, U1500 1st $50
Registration9:15am - 9:45pm
Round Times10:00am, 1:00pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm
DescriptionSections with fewer than 10 players may be combined.
In accordance with BCF policy, unrated players may play in any section. Rated players rated within 200 points of the lower section maximum may play up one section.
** A current USCF membership is required. **
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List










Sunday, November 17, 2019

Boylston Chess: November Scholastic Grand Prix


banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.


 
 
 
 
 
DateSunday, November 24, 2019
Event Format4SS
Time ControlG/30 d5
Sections14 & Under and 8 & Under. A current USCF membership is required for both sections.
Entry Fee$25, $20 for BCF members, $5 more at door if not registering online in advance
PrizesTrophies for 1st/2nd each age group section, medal for 3rd
Registration10:00am - 10:20am
Round Times10:30am, 11:50am, 1:00pm, 2:00pm
DescriptionPlayers accumulate Grand Prix points (win = 3pts, draw = 2pts, loss = 1pt).
Grand Prix runs September-May.
Prizes for Grand Prix series winners include a special trophy, free entries to future events, and lessons with titled players.
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List








Boylston Chess: Tornado #135



banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.



DateSaturday, November 23, 2019
Event Format4SS
Time ControlG/60 d5
SectionsOpen, U2000, & U1500
Entry Fee$35, $20 for BCF members, $5 more if not registering online in advance. Free entry for BCF members rated 2300+, but entry fee deducted from won prize.
Prizes$$360 GUARANTEED: Open 1st $150, 2nd $90 U2000 1st $70, U1500 1st $50
Registration9:15am - 9:45am
Round Times10:00am, 1:00pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm
DescriptionIn accordance with BCF policy, unrated players may play in any section. Rated players rated within 200 points of the lower section maximum may play up one section. Sections with fewer than 10 players may be combined.
** A current USCF membership is required. **
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List









Monday, November 11, 2019

Boylston Chess: Legends of Chess - Savielly Tartakower

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.




DateSaturday, November 16, 2019
Event Format3SS
Time ControlG/65 d10
SectionsOpen, U2000, U1500
Entry Fee$35, $20 for BCF members, $5 more if not registering online in advance. Free entry for BCF members rated 2300+, but entry fee deducted from won prize.
Prizes$$240 guaranteed: Open $100 - $50, U2000 $50, U1500 $40
Registration9:15am - 9:45pm
Round Times10:00am, 2:00pm, 4:45pm
Description
Centennial Lecture Series - Boylston Chess Club - Decades of Reminiscences, to be presented by George Mirijanian between rounds at 1:15 PM - 2:00 PM.

In accordance with BCF policy, unrated players may play in any section.
Rated players rated within 200 points of the lower section maximum may play up one section.
Sections with fewer than 8 players may be merged.
** A current USCF membership is required. **
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List









Sunday, November 03, 2019

Boylston Chess: $15 Open


banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.



DateSaturday, November 9, 2019
Event Format4SS
Time ControlG/60 d5
SectionsOpen, U2000, & U1500
Entry Fee$15 in advance, $30 at door, $20 for BCF members at door. Free entry for BCF members rated 2300+ but entry fee deducted from prize won.
Prizes$$300 Guaranteed: Open: $150-$50, U2000: $60, U1500: $40
Registration9:15am-9:45am
Round Times10:00am, 1:00pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm
DescriptionOPEN TO FIRST 52 PLAYERS TO REGISTER; no refund of advance entries.
Sections with fewer than 10 players may be merged.
In accordance with BCF policy, unrated players may play in any section. Rated players rated within 200 points of the lower section maximum may play up one section.
** A current USCF membership is required. **
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List











Boylston Chess: Milestones Sunday

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.




 
 
 
 
 
DateSunday, November 10, 2019
Event Format3SS
Time ControlG/65 d10
SectionsPlayers will be arranged in groups of 6 by rating, to the extent possible.
Entry Fee$35, $20 for BCF members, $5 more if not registering online in advance
PrizesTBA
Registration9:30am-9:45am
Round Times10:00am, 1:15pm, 4:00pm
DescriptionOpen to college students and to all players born in 1998 or earlier.
Accelerated pairings may be used. Free parking on Sundays!

Free entry to BCF members rated 2100+ who register online by midnight of Friday, November 8. Specify "free entry" at checkout.
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List









Boylston Chess: November Thursday Night Swiss


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DateThursdays, November 7, 14, and 21
Event Format3SS
Time ControlG/105 d10
SectionsOpen & U1900
Entry Fee$35, $20 for BCF members; $5 more if not registering online in advance. Club members rated 2200+ may play in the Thursday Night Swiss with no entry fee and no prize deductions.
Prizes$300 based on 25 paid entries: 1st $125, 2nd $75; U1900 1st $60, 2nd $40
Registration6:15pm - 6:45pm
Round Times7:00pm
DescriptionBye and withdrawal requests must be received by 6:45pm. Maximum one (1/2 point) byes. Last round bye must be declared before Round 2.
Sections with fewer than 8 players may be merged.
** A current USCF membership is required. **
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List










Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Boylston Chess: November Quads


banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.



 
 
 
 
DateSaturday, November 2, 2019
Event Format3RR
Time ControlG/65 d10
SectionsPlayers will be arranged into quads by rating
Entry Fee$35, $20 for BCF members, $5 more if not registering online in advance. Free entry for BCF members rated 2300+, but entry fee deducted from won prize.
Prizes$80 First place in top quad, $50 First place in each of the other quads
Registration9:15am - 9:45am
Round Times10:00am, 1:15pm, 4:00pm
DescriptionABSOLUTELY NO ONSITE REGISTRATION AFTER 9:45AM.
** No byes or withdrawals are allowed. All rounds must be played.
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List








Boylston Chess: Carissa Yip earns the IM title

Carissa Yip earns the IM title!









Monday, October 21, 2019

Boylston Chess: Nick goes to chess TD paradise


Nick goes to chess TD paradise





Nicholas Sterling added 51 photos to the album: BCF October G/30 d5 - 10-20-2019.

Fellow BCF Scholastic players,

Without question this will go down as the most astonishing TD experience I have had thus far. A very young player advanced to Board 1 and proceeded totally to demolish his 600+ point higher rated opponent by lashing out move after move after move, bang-bang-bang-bang-bang.

When the game was done and the very young player had promoted a Pawn in a R & P endgame - he was three Pawns ahead - to force resignation from his visibly shaken opponent, a glance at the clock revealed that the defeated opponent was down to one SECOND left on his clock (G/30 d5). And the clock of the winner?
20 MINUTES.
You read that right.
Jaw-drop.

When this was finished, the kids in the waiting room gave this youngster a whole slew of back-slaps.

I have NEVER seen that before in my TD experience. This was an entirely unique moment. And that is why a special Upset Medal was awarded to this youngster for his outstanding victory.

Winners:

14 & Under:
1st: Franklin Lewis
2nd: Aayush Patel
3rd (tied): Suhavi Tiruveedhula, Emilia Shen

8 & Under:
1st: Jaswant Ambati
2nd: Eilam Kuo
3rd: Christian Li


Chess is the most awesome game on the planet. This is why.
See you over the board.

Nicholas P. Sterling, Ph.D.
BCF. Local TD (who feels like he has been to chess paradise and back)


Sunday, October 20, 2019

Boylston Chess: Hauptturnier Swiss

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.




 
 
 
 
 
 
 
DateMondays, November 4, 11, 18, 25
Event Format4SS
Time ControlG105 d10
SectionsOpen & U1800
Entry Fee$35, $20 for BCF members, $5 more if not registering online in advance.
Prizes$160 based on 12 paid entries, Open 1st $120, U1800 1st $40
Registration6:40pm - 7:00pm
Round Times7:10pm
DescriptionIn accordance with BCF policy, unrated players may play in any section. Rated players rated within 200 points of the lower section maximum may play up one section. Sections with fewer than 10 players may be combined.
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List




Boylston Chess: Halloween Open

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.



DateSaturday, October 26, 2019
Event Format4SS
Time ControlG/60 d5
SectionsOpen, U2000, & U1500
Entry Fee$35, $20 for BCF members, $5 more if not registering online in advance. Free entry for BCF members rated 2300+, but entry fee deducted from won prize.
Prizes$$360 GUARANTEED: Open 1st $150, 2nd $90 U2000 1st $70, U1500 1st $50
Registration9:15am - 9:45am
Round Times10:00am, 1:00pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm
DescriptionIn accordance with BCF policy, unrated players may play in any section.
Rated players rated within 200 points of the lower section maximum may play up one section.
Sections with fewer than 10 players may be merged.
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List












Thursday, October 17, 2019

Boylston Chess: New Board of Directors for 2019-2020

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.




Board of Directors Election for 2019-2020 Term

Only one person was nominated for each of the Board Officer positions, President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Clerk. Five people were nominated as Directors. No vote was needed or conducted. All nominees were approved by acclamation. 
 
 

The New Board of Directors as of November 1, 2019

Officers

President - Andrew Hoy
Vice President - Paul Mishkin
Treasurer - Charles Slade
Clerk - Tony Cortizas, Jr.

Directors

Bernardo Iglesias
Mike Griffin
Timothy Sage
Latanya Sweeney
Bob Oresick

 
Thanks to David Milliern for serving on the 2018-2019 Board.










Boylston Chess: a complimentary email



At the annual meeting a gracious letter was shared:


"October 14, 2019

I wanted to thank you and the Boylston Chess Club for an enjoyable visit this past Saturday, October 12th, during your National Chess Day Open.  It was a real pleasure to be able to play in such a fine facility - your club has a wonderful atmosphere, created not just from years of tradition, but clearly from the hard work of many members and the Boylston Chess Foundation.  It was particularly memorable to celebrate your centenary during National Chess Day.

Here's to another hundred years of great chess!

Sincerely,

A visiting Master




Boylston Chess Club Weblog







Sunday, October 13, 2019

Boylston Chess: Oct Scholastic Grand Prix

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.




 
 
 
 
DateSunday, October 20, 2019
Event Format4SS
Time ControlG/30 d5
Sections14 & Under and 8 & Under. A current USCF membership is required for both sections.
Entry Fee$25, $20 for BCF members, $5 more at door if not registering online in advance
PrizesTrophies for 1st/2nd each age group section, medal for 3rd
Registration10:00am - 10:20am
Round Times10:30am, 11:50am, 1:00pm, 2:00pm
DescriptionPlayers accumulate Grand Prix points (win = 3pts, draw = 2pts, loss = 1pt).
Grand Prix runs September-May.
Prizes for Grand Prix series winners include a special trophy, free entries to future events, and lessons with titled players.
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List






Boylston Chess: Fall Game/65


banner:  Tony  Cortizas, Jr.




DateSaturday, October 19, 2019
Event Format3SS
Time ControlG/65 d10
SectionsOpen, U2000, & U1500
Entry Fee$35, $20 for BCF members, $5 more if not registering online in advance. Free entry for BCF members rated 2300+, but entry fee deducted from won prize.
Prizes$$240 guaranteed: Open $100 - $50, U2000 $50, U1500 $40
Registration9:15am - 9:45am
Round Times10:00am, 1:15pm, 4:00pm
DescriptionIn accordance with BCF policy, unrated players may play in any section. Rated players rated within 200 points of the lower section maximum may play up one section. Sections with fewer than 8 players may be combined.
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List









Saturday, October 12, 2019


banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.




 
 
 
DateWednesday, October 16, 2019
Round Times7:00pm
DescriptionOn Wednesday, October 16, the Boylston Chess Foundation will hold our Annual Membership Meeting.
On this important night, we will conduct our annual election of Officers and Board Members. The meeting will start at 7:00 PM, and the election will be held shortly thereafter.

Please come to this important event, and help determine the future of our non-profit organization.

The meeting will be held at 40 Norris Street in Cambridge, in Suite B101. Parking is available on Massachusetts Avenue, or in Davis Square.


To be eligible to vote, you must be a member in good standing at the time of our Annual Meeting, and have been a member for a least one month at any time prior to the date of the meeting. Our membership vote is non-binding, and must be ratified by the current Board of Directors.

We hope that every member who is able to, attends our annual meeting on October 16. Together, we can continue to strengthen our foundation and give it a bright future!










Monday, October 07, 2019

Boylston Chess: Milestones Sunday


banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.




DateSunday, October 13, 2019
Event Format3SS
Time ControlG/65 d10
SectionsPlayers will be arranged in groups of 6 by rating, to the extent possible.
Entry Fee$35, $20 for BCF members, $5 more at door if not registering online in advance
PrizesTBA
Registration9:30am-9:45am
Round Times10:00am, 1:15pm, 4:00pm
DescriptionOpen to college students and to all players born in 1998 or earlier.
Accelerated pairings may be used. Free parking on Sundays!

Free entry to BCF members rated 2100+ who register online by midnight of Friday, October 11. Specify "free entry" at checkout.
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List








Boylston Chess Foundation Centennial - Chess Day Open

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.



DateSaturday, October 12, 2019
Event Format4SS
Time ControlG/60 d5
SectionsOpen, U2000, & U1500
Entry Fee$35, $20 for BCF members, $5 more if not registering online in advance. Free entry for BCF members rated 2300+, but entry fee deducted from won prize.
Prizes$$360 GUARANTEED: Open 1st $150, 2nd $90 U2000 1st $70, U1500 1st $50
Registration9:15am-9:45am
Round Times10:00am, 1:00pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm
DescriptionIn accordance with BCF policy, unrated players may play in any section.
Rated players rated within 200 points of the lower section maximum may play up one section.
Sections with fewer than 10 players may be merged.
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List










Tuesday, October 01, 2019

MIT TRUMPS HARVARD IN BILLY COLLINS INVITATIONAL BLITZ // 22 PLAY // YOUTH + EXPERIENCE PREVAIL // CHESS OUTREACH //

 
MASTERS PLAY BLITZ CHESS
SMITH CAMPUS CENTER, HARVARD
First winner of William Collins Speed Chess
Championship, Moise Y. Safra Plaza
(Smith Campus Center, Harvard University:
FM Varun Krishnan, Harvard University)
SOLVING THE PUZZLE
ROUND 1: 2 DRAWS
Ålex Yu vs Michael Isakov
ROUND 3: 2 DRAWS
 Danila Poliannikov (2302) plays black vs  
Jacob Chudnovsky (2449)
DEEP ACTION
 Andrew Lu vs Le Nguyen
CHESS MAKES YOU SMART AND TIRED
Alex Yu plays Ilya Krasik Round 4
(above): Deepyaman Datta (2270) plays Andrew Lu (2230)
 FM CARISSA YIP TAKES TWO: ROUND 6
EARLY STAGES:
FINISHING TOUCHES WITH BLACK:
 Billy Collins in deep consternation vs Carissa  Yip.

 INTENSITY 
Mikhail Minkin, black vs FM Bill Kelleher
(Above, Center) Vesna B. Dimitrijevic, Ph.D. MIT
 veteran chess player in the Boston area
for over 40 years; [USCF rating: 2159; 
FIDE title: Woman's International Master]    
FINAL ROUND
NM Jason Altschuler (USCF: 2380 {highest} vs
FM Mikhail Perelshteyn [USCF: 2674 (highest)]
FM Mikhail Perelshteyn, age 63, chess coach
and proud father of GM Eugene Perelshteyn
captured clear 3rd place.
Andrew Lu (USCF: 2230) vs Aaron Jacobson (USCF: 2426)  
CLEAR 2ND PLACE
 FM Aaron Jacobson (USCF: 2426), Harvard University
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, SM program,
collects his cash prize, handed out by Nathan Smolensky,
organizer of the event and tournament director.
And the winner is: Jason Altschuler, 
Ph.D. 4th year, Computer Science MIT
/Princeton University. Class of 2016
(USCF: 2380)
(seen here with Billy Collins)
PHOTOS AND TEXT:
STEVE STEPAK
[crosstable constructed by: Nathan Smolensky]
Billy Collins, Boston MA, age 64
USCF: 2127
playing chess for 45 years.
 Best result: beating an IM, FM and NM
in one tournament at the Boylston Chess Club,
Davis Square, Somerville.