Wednesday, April 16, 2014

BCC QUADS // A QUALITY EVENT // FOR THE SELECT FEW // 14 PLAYERS // JUNIORS SHINE //

BCC QUADS
A TALE IN 3 SECTIONS
QUAD 1
Jason Tang plays NM Almir Dzhumaev, Round 2.
Almir scored 2.5/3 to win Quad 1, and +8 to 2267 rating.
CRITICAL GAME: CLASH OF MASTERS
NM Siddarth Arun writes as NM Almir Dzhumaev makes
his move in this critical Round 3 game.
Almir won this game and the Quad.
CREDIBLE PERFORMANCE
Expert Michael Mahoney impresses with 3 draws in Quad 1
for share of 2-3rd place. Rating +8 to 2083.
QUAD 2
10 year old Brandon Wu poised playing white vs veteran 
Tim O'Malley in Round 2. Brandon was 2.5/3 to clinch 1st place,
and a +21 to 1870 rating (Bobby Fischer did not have this
kind of rating at the age of 10!)
Tom Medrek vs Nicholas Lesieur, Round 2.
Nick scored 2/3 for clear 2nd place and a +15 to 1814 rating.
3SS (small swiss)
Soren Sandmann Pedersen from Denmark
was the only player in the tournament to win
all three games, taking clear 1st place in the 3SS
and a +135 to rating (provisional) 1619!
Bravo, Soren!
Phu Si Vo plays white vs Suraj Ramanathan: draw!
9 year old Suraj scored 2.5/3 for clear 2nd place 
and a +4 to 1693 rating. (Note: this is a swiss paring,
and Pedersen and Ramanathan did not play each other,
this time!)
3SS ACTION: ROUND 3
Sammi Pan plays Boshen Li. Sammi is getting so very 
close to chess mastery. As postmortem analysis of Sammi's
3 games confirmed, she had forced wins in 2 of them,
thus emphasizing the need for perseverance in a chess career.
(background): Phu Si Vo, black vs Soren Pedersen.
Bernardo Iglesias, TD
PHOTOS BY STEVE STEPAK
Remember, Chess Fans,
BCC $5 OPEN THIS COMING SATURDAY
APRIL 19, 2014
Get your entry fee paid by the deadline
to receive a discount!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

BCC $5 OPEN // THE BEST SHOW IN TOWN // 4SS // 60/SD // SATURDAY // APRIL 19 2014 // BRING THE KIDS! // BRING THE WHOLE FAMILY! //

BOYLSTON CHESS CLUB
FIVE DOLLAR OPEN
 THIS COMING SATURDAY
APRIL 19 2014
 THIS
will get you one admission to
either the Open Section 
or the U1950 Section
or the U1650 Section
(pay by Thursday, check or cash;
by PayPal Friday 11:59PM)
This is the total eclipse of the moon . . . 
over Boston at 3:07 am
Tuesday morning . . . 
This is a May Flower
from April Showers . . . 
See you this Saturday
for the BCC April $5 Open!

Friday, April 11, 2014

BCC QUADS: SATURDAY // APRIL 12 // 60 SD // 3RR //

BCC: QUADS
4 PLAYER GROUP // ALL PLAY ALL
4 PLAYER GROUP BY RATING
TOMORROW !! SATURDAY !!
APRIL 12, 2014
A SPECIAL FORMAT RECOMMENDED BY
LUCY CAI
COME ON OVER, AND JOIN LUCY
AND ALL THE CHESS FAMILY OF THE BCC
FOR AN INTENSE, COMPETITIVE
PLAY AMONGST YOUR PEERS!
Your boards await you.
See you tomorrow morning!

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

GM LARRY CHRISTIANSEN 3 TIME USA CHESS CHAMPION SIMUL // SOUTH STATION // 5:00 - 7:00 PM // WEDNESDAY // APRIL 9TH // FREE ENTRY //

SPRINGTIME WEATHER HAS ARRIVED
TIME TO PLAY CHESS
EDUCATION & RECREATION
FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
KIDS LOVE TO PLAY GM LARRY C
WEDNESDAY: APRIL 9 2014
THE PLACE: SOUTH STATION
THE TIME: 5:00 - 7:00 PM
THE SITUATION: FREE ENTRY
CHESS SETS AND MATS PROVIDED
[bring your paper and pencil to record the games]
bring your camera to take some photos 
of a chess grandmaster and champion
INTRODUCING:
GRANDMASTER LARRY CHRISTIANSEN
AND SOME OF HIS OPPONENTS
DON'T BE AFRAID! LARRY IS VERY FRIENDLY.
HE JUST HAPPENS TO BE A VERY TALENTED CHESS PLAYER
SO, COME ON OVER TO SOUTH STATION
AND TRY YOUR HAND AT PLAYING THIS CHAMPION!
SOME HAVE EVEN GOTTEN A DRAW. A FEW HAVE WON!
SEE YOU SOON!

Monday, April 07, 2014

BCC TONY MILES MEMORIAL // 55 PLAYERS / 3 SECTIONS // 9 MASTERS // VIGORITO 4-0 TOPS ALL // GM LARRY CHRISTIANSEN INTRO & STORIES //

GM TONY MILES MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT
AT THE BOYLSTON CHESS CLUB
SPLENDID TURNOUT OVERFLOWS VENUE
OPEN SECTION
Sole 1st Place: IM David Vigorito, chess coach and former president
of the Boylston Chess Club takes charge with 4-0 performance.
IM Vigorito on the move vs NM Mika Brattain, Round 4.
Mika scored 3 points to share 3-5th place with
Almir Dzhumaev and Yang Dai.
Professor Timothy Sage listens as IM Vigorito speaks
before their 3 Round game. Prof. Sage scored 2.5 points
for a +16 to 2190 rating.
IM Vigorito plays NM Farzad Abdi in Round 2.
Farzad went 2 for 4 with a +4 to 2268 rating.
 
Oliver Traldi vs IM Vigorito, Round 1.
Oliver scored 1.5 points for a +6 to 2079 rating.
IM Marc Esserman undefeated with 3.5 points,
takes clear 2nd place in Open Section.
CRITICAL GAME
FM Steve Winer v IM Marc Esserman, Round 4: Dutch Defense.
Marc won this game and sole possession of 2nd place.
Yang Dai, MIT student in computer science,
goes 3 for 4 and a share of 3-5th place.
Yang's rating went +33 to 2148.
NM Mika Brattain plays black vs Andrew Hoi, in Round 2.
Mika scored 3 points to share 3-5th place with Almir Dzhumaev 
and Yang Dai, posting a rating increase of +1 to 2413. Andrew 
scored 2.5 points for a +14, 2109 rating. (background): 
FM Bill Kelleher, NM Lawyer Times, Brandon Wu, Yang Dai.
 
NM Almir Dzhumaev an MIT/Harvard student
scored 3 points to share 3-5th place and a
+19 rating to 2259.
NM Almir Dzhumaev is impressive with black vs
former BCC Champion, NM Lawyer Times, in Round 4.
Lawyer was 2.5/4 and a +2 rating 2279 on the day.
NM Lawyer Times displays his trophy for
best 4th Board tally in the US Chess League.
MOST EXCITING GAME
Down to the wire: seconds to play!! FM Bill Kelleher, Senior World
Chess Champion, 2011, former FIDE Vice President and many time 
winner of MACA tournaments, and a blitz chess specialist, tries to
pull a rabbit out of a hat after dropping a rook! Up against
NU Professor of Physics Timothy Sage, and with 2 seconds
on the clock, Bill could not find the key (or the hare) 
and was about to be check-mated when he resigned.
Professor Sage scored 2.5 points for a +16 to 2190 rating.
U1950 SECTION
Jarrod Tavares, black vs Eric Feng;
(background): Jeremy Bader, black vs Seth Lieberman.
Jarrod scored 3.5/4 to share 1-2nd place with
Jeremy Bader. Jarrod was +5 to 2042 rating. 
Eric was impressive with 3 points, 3-4th place, and a +57 to 
1792 rating. Jeremy was +15 to 1946; and Seth with 1.5 points, 
a +17 hike to 1714 rating.
CRITICAL GAME
Paul Mishkin plays black vs Jarrod Tavares in Round 4: draw!
Paul scored 3 points to share 3-4th place and a +13 to 1908 rating.
(background): Michael Yu, black vs Jeremy Bader.
5-8th Place with 2.5 points:
Harvard student, Nisha Deolalikar plays black vs Tim O'Malley
in Round 2: draw! Nisha shared 5-8th place with 2.5 points.
Professor Jerry Williams on the defense vs Eric Emer, Round 1.
Emer scored 2.5 points and took a share of 5-8th place.
Nisha Deolalikar vs Michael Yu. Michael won this Round 3 game,
and a share of 5-8th place with 2.5 points and a +61 to 1731 rating.
(background): Derek Jin, black vs Paul Mishkin.
Eddie Wei, Mike Griffin, Suraj Ramanathan, Nisha Deolalikar,
Round 1. Eight year old Eddie scored 2 points for a +6 1728 rating;
9 yr old Suraj scored 2.5 points for a +21 to 1689 rating.
U1650 SECTION
Jeffrey Weinstein clear first place with 3.5 points.
Jeffrey Weinstein, black vs Boshen Li;
(background): Joseph Hooker, black vs Bernie Xu.
Boshen Li scored 2.5 points to share 2-3rd place
with Bernie Xu. Jeff was +92 to 1445 rating;
Boshen was +15 to 1298;  Bernie was +15, to 1370.
Sammi Pan vs Alex Brown. Alex won this game
and with it scored 2 points on the day,
for clear 4th place and a +59 to 867 rating.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS
PRE-TOURNAMENT ACTIVITIES
The crowd listens to storys of the days of GM Tony Miles,
told by GM Larry Christiansen, his contemporary and friend.
INTRO AND STORIES
Larry shares some funny stories about GM Tony Miles as his
wife Natasha stands by enjoying it. The Christiansen family
were the generous sponsors of this event; they guaranteed the 
$1,000 prize fund and paid out appearance fees to top titled players.
THE VENUE
Sky-view of 55 players at the BCC Tony Miles Memorial.
Veteran MA chess player
Anatoly Levin in the Open Section.  
(background): Jason Tang and Andrew Hoy.
TOO LITTLE TO FAIL
7 yr old chess prodigy Derek Jin takes the full
point from Harvard Senior Connor Haley,
Round 2. Derek pushed his rating +34 to 1437.
Derek is No. 1 in his age category in MA
and 28th in the USA.
GAMESMANSHIP
Aditya Prasetyo, chess expert
and professional poker player,
hovers around Foxwoods, for now.
Aditya scored 2 out of 4 points and  
+11 to post a rating of 2105.
SUPER JUNIORS
Nithin Kavi, black vs Carissa Yip, Round 4.
With this win, Carissa scored a total of 2 points
 out of 4 rounds and a +6 to 2069 rating.
PURPLE POLKA-DOTS
Lucy Cai, top scholastic player in MA
was one of 6 female players participating in this event.

NEW FACES AT THE BCC
Michael Mahoney vs Anatoly Levin. Michael went
1.5 out of 4 for a +3 to 2075 rating.
(background): Luis Baez-Rosario, 2 for 4, +6 to 2059 rating.
Connor Haley vs Frank Kroell, Round 1.
(background): Boshen Li vs Joseph Hooker.

FUTURE CHESS STAR
Ellie Cai, Lucy's 7 month old sister came to visit
the BCC for the first time with her grandmother.

PRIZE MONEY DISTRIBUTION 
OPEN SECTION
IM David Vigorito: Appearance Fee $75; Prize (1st Place) $300.
IM Marc Esserman: Appearance Fee $75; Prize (2nd Place) $180.
U2100 CLASS PRIZE:
Carissa Yip, Conway Xu, Luis Baez-Rosario & Aditya Prasetyo $25 each.
U1900 SECTION
Jarrod Tavares & Jeremy Bader: (1-2nd Place) $160 each.
U1650 SECTION
Jeffrey Weinstein: (1st Place) $100.

TOURNAMENT ADMINISTRATION:
ABOVE AND BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY
Bernardo Iglesias, TD.
Cool under fire. Bernardo registered all 55
players into 3 sections plus side games.
With patience and courage, Bernardo
got it right, time after time.
Bravo, Bernardo!
PHOTOS BY STEVE STEPAK