Sunday, May 19, 2019

BCC SUMMER TRAINING CAMP: SMITH CAMPUS CENTER // HARVARD SQUARE // CAMBRIDGE // MASSACHUSETTS //

SMITH CAMPUS CENTER
HARVARD SQUARE, CAMBRIDGE
OUTDOOR CHESS FOR THE SUMMER
CASUAL GAMES, CHESS INSTRUCTION,
BLITZ CHESS, CHESS FOR FUN, CHESS FOR LEARNING
Leo (blue) shares a few insights with Sebastian (red)
Leo is 60. Sebastian is 6. Chess for all ages
at Smith Center, Harvard Square Cambridge.
Andrei From (left,hat) brings fascination of chess to the kids.
Smith Campus Center, Chess Plaza.
[The weather was spectactular.]
 INDOOR VENUE
Captain Cliff trains for speed and accuracy.
Moise Y. Safra Welcome Pavilion 
Smith Campus Center

IN THE EVENING
Women chess experts: Ellen, black vs Ella.
Nick observes. A fascinating experience.
 
Ella plays black vs Billy Collins eating ice-cream.
Two games were played. Each player won one game,
with the white pieces.
[Rafik, sitting, observes intently.]
GOOD WEATHER, GOOD CHESS
EXPERT CHESS 
 Michelle Chen plays Yang Dai, both BCC tournament
players and both MIT graduates . . . 
CHESS INSTRUCTION AND COACHING
Proud mummy photographs her young boy
just starting out on his chess career. He will
play in the scholastic section of the Massachusetts
Open (state chess championship) next week!  Photo:ChessPress
EXPLORING THE POSSIBILITIES
Steve Stepak watches intently as his young student
finds the move. Photo:ChessPress
Kids play chess at Smith Center, Harvard Square
OUTDOOR FUN FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY 
PHOTOS AND STORY
STEVE STEPAK

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Boylston Chess: Mother's Day Open report by Nick Sterling

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.


BCF Mother's Day Open

05-11-2019


Fellow BCF Chess Players,

This time we were able, with 26 players, comfortably to field both Open and U1900 Sections without major headaches all the way to the end. Thanks to all the players who joined us on the holiday weekend of Mother's Day for a fun, smooth-flowing event. Chess obviously benefits when New England weather turns into a micro-monsoon, and we at BCF are grateful.



Ryan Sun, taking 2nd Place in the U1900, continues to march onward and upward toward Expert-hood. He had a couple of prizes to take home with him, and as a result a boatload of cash made the quest to a higher Rating all the sweeter.

Winners:

Open:

1st: Ridvan Sakir
2nd: Harry Gates

U1900:

1st: Pinyi Hu
2nd: Ryan Sun

Can't wait for an enormous turnout for the May Scholastics. See you over the board.

Nicholas P. Sterling, Ph.D.
BCF, Local TD












Sunday, May 12, 2019

Boylston Chess: $15 Open

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.



 
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DateSaturday, May 18, 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 56 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.
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List







Boylston Chess: May Scholastics

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.





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DateSunday, May 19, 2019
Event Format4SS
Time ControlG/30 d5
Sections14 & Under, 8 & Under
Entry Fee14 & Under, 8 & Under. A current USCF membership is required for both sections.
PrizesTrophies for 1st/2nd each age group, medal for 3rd
Registration10:00am - 10:20am
Round Times10:30am, 11:50am, 1:00pm, 2:00pm
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List








Monday, May 06, 2019

Boylston Chess: Milestones Sunday

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.


 
 
 
 
 
DateSunday, May 12, 2019
Event Format3SS
Time ControlG/80 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, 1:45pm, 5:00pm
DescriptionOpen to all players born in 1998 or earlier.
Accelerated pairings may be used. Free parking on Sundays!
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List






Boylston Chess: Mother's Day Open

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.


DateSaturday, May 11, 2019
Event Format4SS
Time ControlG/60 d5
SectionsOpen & U1900
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 U1900 1st $70, 2nd $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.
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List






Friday, May 03, 2019

PROFESSOR JERRY WILLIAMS // ALWAYS A FRIEND // A FIERCE COMPETITOR // A MAN OF DISTINCTION // A STUDENT OF CHESS

PROFESSOR JERRY WILLIAMS
A MAN OF DISTINCTION
A FRIEND
A CHESS PARTNER
A PROFOUND PERSONALITY
 
 Professor Jerry Williams, Boylston Chess Club,
Davis Square Summerville, BCC Saturday Game 60.
[I have this photo hanging in my study.]
To say that Jerry was "dapper" would not
be an exaggeration. He was always inspiring
in his erudition and his dress. 
[I have taken so many photos of Jerry over the
decades I have know him and played chess
along side him, and also over the board
as an opponent. He always had a kind word
for all; he loves children and they love him.
We all shared many laughs together,
during lunch breaks at the BCC Saturday
Game 60 events, at Davis Square and
in Cambridge. In a word, Jerry was "cool"
in every respect.
I am stunned to hear of his death.
Perhaps I thought he and I would go on
forever, meeting in Harvard Square
for chess and banter. Perhaps I was
unconsciously looking forward to 
sharing the new chess area at the
Smith Campus Center, Harvard (the old Holyoke Center)
in the heart of Harvard Square,
just taking for granted that both he and I 
would be alive to engage in the fun of summer outdoor
chess and conversation.  No doubt it also shakes
me up. Why? Because Jerry's passing reminds me
that I too am only mortal. My days are numbered!
Sad, those remaining days I have left will ring of a
hollow-ness without Jerry's sparkling energy
to share the scene.
CHESS PRODIGIES IN HARVARD SQUARE
JERRY ALWAYS SUPPORTED CHESS
WITH HIS PRESENCE
"The Professor" watches intensely as Carissa Yip engages
Cory Tolbert in a blitz game, on the Au Bon Pan Chess
Plaza, Harvard Square.
 Professor Willliams prepares his score sheet as he faces
off with Eric Feng at the BCC Davis Square Game Saturday
Game 60 event. [Boy in red is Alex Yu, winner of the
2019 Blitz Qualifier event held last weekend.]
ALWAYS DAPPER: CUTTING A UNIQUE IMAGE
IN HARVARD SQUARE
 INTENSE AND DEFINED
ALWAYS SERIOUS
 WELL, NOT ALWAYS
YES A MAN WITH A SENSE OF HUMOR
Professor Jerry Williams
[If there is a Heaven and if Jerry is listening:
Steve Stepak says: you have inspired;
you have made a difference.
You will be dearly missed. 
Thank you for sharing your love!]
 

Thursday, May 02, 2019

Jerry Williams 1949 - 2019


Jerry Williams  1949 - 2019





Some of you may already be aware of this but we are sad to report that Jerry Williams passed away on 4/26.  The link to the obituary and arrangements are below.  Jerry led quite a life outside of chess and as we all know was a fixture in many local clubs (including ours) and at weekend tournaments over the years.  Our condolences go out to all of Jerry's family and friends.  

https://www.jackmanfuneralhomes.com/obits/obituary.php?id=674753 












Tuesday, April 30, 2019

BOYLSTON BLITZ AT HARVARD // GM JIANCHAO ZHOU // CLEAR 1ST / UNDEFEATED // 46 play // ANAND NAIR / LAWRENCE TU 1-2ND U2000 // JESSE GECHTMAN / 1ST / U1500 //

BOYLSTON BLITZ CHESS
6 Round Double Round Swiss 
(12 games: Game/5 No Delays)
SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 2019
BCC BLITZ CROSSTABLES OF ALL SECTIONS 
 
GM Jianchao Zhou (China)
FIDE 2669 USCF 2736

 CLEAR 1ST PLACE: 12 - 0
 Jianchao Zhou vs Jacob Chudnovsky, Round 12
Jianchao scored 12 points to take clear first place. 
Jacob scored 6.5 points to capture clear 8th place.
 GM Jianchao Zhou vs NM Vadim Martirosov, Round 10
Vadim scored 8 points to share 2-4th place 
with M Ridvan Sakir and NM Lawyer Times
Former BCC Champion NM Lawyer Times faces off
with GM Jianchao Zhou. 
SHAKE!
Jianchao Zhou, black vs Ridvan Sakir (Turkey) Round 3
Mark Fins, Black vs NM Vadim Martirosov, Round 3.
Michael Isalov (red shirt, center) scored 7.5 points to
take clear 5th place.  
Michael Isakov on the move vs Alan Carrier, Round 3.

FM Nathan Solon vs GM Jianchao Zhou, Round 5
Nathan scored 7 points to share 5-7th place with
Nathan Smolensky (MACA President and Chess
Horizon Editor)
 Chess Expert, Nathan Smolensky on the move with black 
vs Expert Joe Perl, Esq.
(right): Northeastern Graduate Evan Welsh plays NU Physics
Professor, NM Tim Sage, Round 7.
BATTLE OF THE BRAINS
Dr. Natesh Pillai, Harvard Professor of Statistics, on the move
vs NM Dr. Tim Sage, Northeastern University Physics Professor,
Round 3.
 Professor Pillai on the move vs expert Derek Jin, Round 6.
SHARING FIRST PLACE IN U2000
Center Stage (gray pull-over):Anand Nair scored 8.5 points to 
share 1st-2nd with Lawrence Tu
in the U2000 section.
(ORANGE) Lawrence Tu, Black, vs (BLUE) Ryan Wang, Round 7.
Lawrence scored 8.5 points for a 1-2nd tie.
Ryan scored 8 points to share
3-4th place with Dattasi Kilari 
TOP U1500
 
Nick Mastromarino vs Jesse Gechtman, Round 5.
Jesse scored 10.5 points to capture clear 1st place.
Nick scored 9 points to take clear 2nd.
Jesse Gechtman on the move with black vs Paul Tompros.
 VIEWS FROM 
AROUND THE HALL
 Smith Campus Center
 A place to study, to reflect . . . 
to play chess
endgame !
to see the plan . . .
FROM THE TOP
Jianchao Zhou v Jacob Chudnovsky; Nathan Solon vs Lawyer Times;
Vadim Martirosov vs Derek Jin
 WALL TO WALL CHESS

INTENSE FUN
BOARD 1 MASTER ENDGAME
 

U1500 SECTION
Jesse in the middle, wins! 
KIDS LOVE BLITZ CHESS
 ENDGAME
MAGNIFICENT
INTERIOR
ARCHITECTURAL
SPACE
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GAME OVER
TIME FOR THE PAY OUT
Nick Sterling, PhD, Chief TD, Boylston Chess Club,
Cambridge, writes the checks.
A most magnificent event directed by Nick with
precision, efficiency and compassion. Bravo, Nick!
Looking forward to this event
returning to Smith Campus Center
in the near future. 
PARTING SHOTS 
Kids make this event sing!
 CURIOUS MINDS

 
PHOTOS AND GRAPHICS
BY STEVE STEPAK