Wednesday, June 28, 2017

BCC WEAVER ADAMS QUALIFIER: JOHN GRAF / JOAQUIN CARLSON 1-2ND / 3 POINTS / ADVANCE TO REUBENS LANDEY // BERNARDO IGLEASIAS / TD / CLEAR 3RD //

WEAVER ADAMS 4SS 40/90 20/SD 10" DELAY
IN ONE SECTION: U1800
WINNER(S) TO REUBENS LANDEY
[QUALIFIER FOR THE BCC CHAMPIONSHIP]
U1800
John Graf, black vs Bernardo Iglesias, TD of the event,
play in Round 4.  Bernardo won this game to score a 2.5
and a +14 to 1739 rating. John prevailed in the cross
tables with 3 points out of 4 to share 1-2nd place
with Joaquin Carlson to qualify for a free entry into
the Reubens Landey (1800-2199 rating) feed-in to the
BCC Championship, 2017!
Joaquin Carlson plays Bob Oresick, Round 4.
Joaquin won this game to score 3/4 and a share
of 1-2nd place and a free entry into the
Reubens Landey 2017!  Bravo, Joaquin!
SCENES FROM 
OTHER MATCHES
John Graf v Joaquin Carlson, Round 3.  John won this
match to secure a birth in the Reubens Landey.
Joaquin would have to fight for a win in Round 4 and
hope that John lost his match.  This turned out to be the
case so both players were tied with 3/4 and won free
entries into the Reubens Landey! (background): Jared Carlsen
vs Justin Y Li. Jared won this game to score 2/4 in the event.
Jared is the father of Joaquin and Jericho Carlson!  
Bravo, dad!
Bob Oresick, black vs former Weaver Adams Champion,
Frank Frazier duke it out in Round 3. Bob won this
encounter to break even in the event with 2/4! Bravo, Bob!
Frank also scored 2 points to finish in the cross-table
with a piece of 4-7th place, along with Bob, Tom Medrek
and Jared Carlson.
Tom Pendergast vs Steve Stepak, Round 3: draw!
Steve Stepak, black vs Jared Carlson, Round 1.
[Besides having a significant height advantage (7 inches)
Jared came at me with a 4 pawn attack which I was not
totally familiar with. Well I made all the mistakes one
can make vs this opening and got carved up.
But! I was motivated to go back to the drawing board
and learn this open more thoroughly!  Jared,
thanks for push. And great fighting chess!
THE GREEN MACHINE
Bernardo Iglesias (TD) plays black vs Tom Medrek, Round 3.
KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE BOARD
PHOTOS: STEVE STEPAK

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

BCC LEGENDS OF CHESS: GM SAMUEL RESHEVSKY // 50 PLAY // 2 SECTIONS: OPEN // IM DENYS SHMELOV / WFM CARISSA YIP / NM DANIEL CREMISI / ALAN SONG // 1-4TH WITH 3.5 POINTS // U1800 // ERIC LI / CLEAR 1ST / 3.5 POINTS //

LEGENDS OF CHESS 4SS / 60SD / 5"
IN 2 SECTIONS: OPEN AND U1800
OPEN SECTION
OPEN SECTION
Aravind Ponukumati vs IM Denys Shmelov, Round 2.
Denys scored 3.5 points to share 1-4th place.
BCC Champion, WFM Carissa Yip, black vs NM Nithin 
Kavi, Round 4.  Carissa scored 3.5 points for a +4 to 2366
to share 1-4th place.
Yue (Kerry) Huang, black vs NM Daniel Cremisi, Round 1.
Daniel scored 3.5 points  for a +8 to 2320 and a share of
 1-4th place.  Daniel, from North Carolina, plays at the BCC
for the first time: Welcome, Daniel. Hope to see you again 
soon.
Alan Song scored 3.5 points to share 1-4th place
in the Open Section +8 to 2106. Bravo, Alan!
U1800 SECTION
THE LEADER EMERGES
LEFT TO RIGHT: Eric Li plays Brandon Ni; Steve Stepak plays
Joe Garcia and Kumsal Deniz Sezen plays Bob Oresick,
Round 3. Eric scored 3.5 points to take clear 1st place
for a +73 to 1468 rating. Bravo, Eric!
Brandon Ni scored 3 points to share 2-5th place!
Jonathan Hsu vs Jericho Carlson; David Martin, black
vs Lucas Kamon; Steve Stepak v Henry Booth,  Round 1.
Jonathan scored 3 points to share 2-5th place.
Ybelka Granger plays black vs Aidan Breen, Round 3.
Ybelka scored 3 points to share 2-5th place.
This was Aiden's first rated tournament and first visit
to the BCC: Welcom Aidan. Hope to see you again
soon.
Steve Stepak scored 3 points
to share 2-5th place.
SCENES FROM
AROUND THE HALL
FULL HOUSE: ROUND 1
ROUND 1
Yue (Kerry) Huang, black vs Kevin Li, Round  4.
Jericho Carlson on the move, Round 2.
Joy Cao
The Girls of BCC Chess
take a lunch break !
FAMILY CHESS AT THE BCC
Top to bottom: mother of Bernie Xu, father of
WFM Carissa Yip; Joe Garcia plays the BCC
Champion, WFM Carissa Yip; Matthew Garcia,
son of Joe Garcia; Bernie Xu
BCC Kids hard at work studying!
TOURNAMENT 
ADMINISTRATION
BERNARDO IGLESIAS
CHIEF TD
PHOTOS: STEVE STEPAK

Sunday, June 25, 2017

July Quads


Banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.

Date           Saturday, July 1, 2017
Event Format3RR
Time ControlG/65 d10
SectionsPlayers will be arranged into quads by rating
Entry Fee$35, $20 for BCF Members, $5 more at the door
Prizes$$80 First place in top quad, $$50 First place in each of the other quads
Registration9:15am - 9:45am;  
ABSOLUTELY NO ONSITE REGISTRATION AFTER 9:45AM
Round Times10:00am, 1:00pm, and 3:30pm
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List


Register Online Now
Save $5
Save first round pairing delay and confusion! Register early online!

Legends of Chess photos by Nick Sterling



Nick Sterling has been increasing his help at Boylston events.

In addition to assisting the TD (Bernardo and Natasaha, of course), he shot about 40 photos at Saturday's Legends of Chess:  Sammy Reshevsky, which had 50 players


You can view them all at one of his facebook pages.






Saturday, June 24, 2017

New Chess Books for Advanced Adult Beginners

Dear BCC members,

I published two chess books this week: Chess for Advanced Adult Beginners and
its companion workbook Chess Workbook for Advanced Adult Beginners. They are
successors to the books I wrote in 2015 for adult beginners
(http://boylston-chess-club.blogspot.com/2015/08/new-chess-books-for-adult-beginners.html)
and are available at the Harvard Book Store, both online and at the brick and mortar store
at 1256 Mass. Ave. in Cambridge. I wrote them for players in the 1500 to 2000 USCF
rating range.



















Chess for Advanced Adult Beginners is 168 pages long. Covered are issues that
every tournament player struggles with: correctly evaluating positions, winning
better positions, saving worse positions, playing equal positions, connecting the
pieces, exchanging the right pieces, using the empty squares around the pieces,
studying opening theory, learning from your own games, and how to continue
enjoying chess. 100 exercises are included, with answers in the back (more are
available from the workbook).




















Chess Workbook for Advanced Adult Beginners is 246 pages long, and has 640
exercises with answers in the back. The workbook covers the same material as
Chess for Advanced Adult Beginners, and can be read on its own, but has less
writing and more problems to solve. I chose these exercises from messy positions
in real games, not tidy postcard-perfect snapshots with bows on them.

I've donated a copy of each book to the Boylston Chess Club. Feel free at the club
to pick them up and flip through the pages. If you like them, please buy them. 
Again, these books are available at the Harvard Book Store
(http://www.harvard.com/book/chess_for_advanced_adult_beginners/ and 
http://www.harvard.com/book/chess_workbook_for_advanced_adult_beginners/).

Thanks,
Alex Cherniack

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Larry Eldridge passed away.


Larry Eldridge. Mass. G-60 Championship 2017.  photo:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.




Larry Eldridge passed away Sunday, June 18th. 

He had just recently played in the Paramount at the Boylston.  Larry's passing is shocking and sad for all of us. His loss for the chess community is enormous.


Larry's obituary, which includes information for his funeral tomorrow (June 23rd), is online at
  
https://www.brezniakrodman.com/obituary-archive/larry-eldridge/



Larry Eldridge, 20th club anniversary, MetroWest Chess Club 2003  photo: Tony Cortizas, Jr.

Holiday Team Challenge -  K-3 1st place, Loch Chess Monsters. Darrith Phan, Max Wiegand, Tristan Young, Nelson Barnett and Coach Larry Eldridge.  photo:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.




Larry Eldridge, longtime chess player,

teacher, coach and journalist, dead at 84


Larry Eldridge, one of this country's most accomplished chess teachers, died on Sunday, June 18th, at his home in West Newton, Mass. He was 84. Eldridge, a longtime active player who competed in tournaments at the Metrowest Chess Club in Natick and the Boylston Chess Club in North Cambridge, among others, was noted as a skillful chess coach who mentored many winning teams for years at the Hurvitz Cup, the Massachusetts Scholastic Team Championships, sponsored by the Massachusetts Chess Association (MACA). He was also a chess journalist who wrote many chess stories for the Christian Science Monitor, of which he was once the sports editor. He played a key role in getting the late GM Arthur Bisguier to become a chess columnist for the Monitor. Eldridge was also very generous with his huge chess library, donating many books and magazines over the years to MACA to sell at its fundraising auctions.
The funeral for Larry Eldridge will be held 11 a.m. Friday, June 23rd, in the Newton Cemetery Chapel, 491 Walnut St., Newton, MA 02459. Following burial, a lunch/repast will be held at 36 Wedgewood Road, West Newton. Family and chess friends are welcome to attend.

George Mirijanian

 
BBN A team. K-3 2nd place - Max Wiegand, Tristan Young, Larry Eldridge, Sophie Applbaum, Darrith Phan  photo:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.


Just to let more chess people know about Larry's chess and  communications legacy, George did a great summation. I started to work very closely with Larry in 1969 (First Chess Horizons), 1970 (the U.S. Open program book), 1971 (coverage of Fischer's early world championship match games before Spassky--Larry worked nights for the Associated Press--late 1960's to at least 1970--and urged me to urge all major newspapers to use AP's "B" wire to get chess stories in American newspapers! What a hassle it was to do this decades before the Internet! I did my part in 1970-71 at the Globe, and, in 1972 at the Hartford Courant (when it was Harold Dondis calling me from Iceland). Larry wrote the chess column in the Maine Sunday Telegram from 1960 to 2000...he was a Portland native, and featured all kinds of detail from Portland stalwarts Stu Laughlin, Richard Collins, Stan Ellowitch, and others...the golden days of New England chess. More coming, so spread the word. As I see it, there will be more feedback on Larry (from former students), than on anyone, even Gus Gosselin! Amazing he found time to play and promote the game in so many ways for so very long...Remember his activity since 1992 is recorded in the USCF archives...
 Stephen Dann


New England Open 2016. Burliington, MA. Round 1. Larry Eldridge  photo:  Tony Cortizas, Jr



Two hands needed for rook lift



At The Plaza of Harvard Common Spaces.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Rihel returns


Bernardo (BCC president 1990-1991) and Jason (BCC president 2009-2011)  photo:  Steve Stepak


Jason Rihel visited the Boylston last week.  Jason (BCC president 2009-2011) was in Cambridge for a conference and stopped by the club on his way to the airport to return to London.

It was great to see him.  I am sure his smile was due to his pleasure at being back at the club, but partly due also to the afterglow of his lab's recent discovery of a new type of cell in the zebrafish brain.




 Congrats.


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

BCC $15 OPEN: / IN 2 SECTIONS // 6 MASTERS / FM STEVE WINER / NM FARZAD ABDI / 3.5 / 1-2ND OPEN // HERMENEGILDO NETO / 4-0 / 1ST U1800 // 66 PLAYERS // BCC CAMBRIDGE MILESTONE //

WORLD RENOWNED BCC $15 OPEN
4SS 60/SD 5" DELAY IN 2 SECTIONS
OPEN SECTION

FM Steve Winer vs Jerry Li, Round 2.
Steve scored 3.5 points to share 1-2nd place.
Jerry scored 3 points to take a piece of 
3-9th place and a +9 to 2140 rating!
CRITICAL GAME
 NM Farzad Abdi, black vs IM Denys Shmelov, Round 3.
Farad won this game and a share of 1-2nd place for a 
+13 to 2341 rating! Bravo, Farzad!
CRITICAL GAME
NM Chris Williams, black vs Jacob Chudnovsky, Round 4.
Jacob won this game and a share of 3-9th place.
Joy Cao plays the professor: NM Dr. Timothy Sage, Round 3.
Tim scored 3 points to share 3-9th place.
NM Brandon Wu vs IM Denys Shmelov, Round 2.
Brandon scored 3 points to share 3-9th place, 
and a +3 to 2249 rating.  Bravo, Brandon!
David Xie, black vs Zubin Baliga, Round 4.
Zubin scored 3 points to share 3-9th place and 
a +37 to 2045 rating. Bravo, Zubin!
CRITICAL GAME
Nicholas Belous vs NM Nithin Kavi, Round 4.
Nicholas won this game and a share of 3-9th place
for a +27 to 1979 rating. Bravo, Nicholas!
Aravind Ponukumati scored 3 points to share
3-9th place and a +27 to 2066 rating.
Bravo, Aravind!
U1800 SECTION
MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU
Hermenegildo Neto, Black vs Bob Oresick, Round 4.
Both players had 3 points.  In a long endgame,
Bob ran out of gas. Hermenegildo sealed the deal
for the only perfect score in this most fascinating
and grueling event, with 22 players in this 
U1800 section!  Bravo both!
Hermenegildo was +76 to 1668 rating.
Bob was +32 for a 1549 rating.
Hermenegildo was perfect with 4-0 for clear 1st
place and Bob scored 3 points to share 2-4th!
Kevin Li, left in army fatigues, scored 3 points
to share 2-4th place and a +16 to 1617 rating.
SCENES FROM 
AROUND THE HALL
BCC SPARKING VENUE
Packed House: 44 in the Open Section and 22 in the U1800
section for a wapping 66 player field, a record at the
Cambridge BCC!  Thanks, all for participating!
Saanvi Tiruveedhula scored 3 points to share 2-4th place
in the U1800 section. Saanvi earned a +46 to 1528 rating.
Brava, Saanvi!
Victor Feng, black vs Joy Cao, Round 2.
Aaron Lu, black vs Ed Astrachan; Zubin Baliga, Round 4.
(background): Bob Oresick.
Michelle Zhang
3 year law student Nowell Sheinwald plays
black vs NM Chris Williams in Round 2.
ROUND 2
(Bottom to Top): Eddie Wei vs Jacob Chudnovsky;
David Grawoig v Maxwell Chen; 
Professor Sage, black vs Lewis Tu
Round 2: Open Section
Derek Jin, black vs David Xie; 
David Tianyi Zhou vs Mark Kaprielian
et al . . .
CONCENTRATION
NM Professor Timothy Sage et al . . . 
MOSTLY KIDS
Round 2: OVERFLOW
Eric Li vs Michelle Zhang;
Nang Dang vs Evan Wei; 
Cuu Van Dang v Kishore Sivarjan.
TOURNAMENT ADMINISTRATION
Bernardo Iglesias, Chief TD looks on as 
Riya Kanury plays Alan Lu;
and Eric Li, black vs Ranjan Dey.
[NOTE: Bernardo deserves the Nobel Peace Prize
for his magnificent handling of this most challenging
event: 66 players (a record).  The shear impact of  30 + kids 
being kids would be enough to drive a normal person
bonkers.  Bernardo was totally calm and decisive during
the pairing and officiating of this event, an awesome 
performance! Bravo, Bernardo!]
PHOTOS: STEVE STEPAK