Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Boylston Chess: re Boston Globe chess column cancellation

Boston Globe 
Chess Notes column cancellation

I recently became aware (through the three letters printed below) 
of the Boston Globe's decision to cancel its Chess column.

Boston has had a vibrant chess community since the mid-19th century, which continues to the present in the 21st century:  thousands of  Boston area adults and young people play actively in person at regional events and online worldwide (Boston and globally, so to speak.)  For most of the 20th century the Boston Globe has covered chess by the distinguished writing of Jim Burgess, Harold Dondis, GM Patrick Wolff, and now FM Chris Chase, all perceptive journalists and accomplished chess players.

Especially as Boston chess is as flourishing as ever and as we just watched  an American contend for the championship of world chess, It was disheartening to hear once again the the Globe has decided to drop its chess column. 

If you wish,
write a note with your thoughts to Brian McGrory at the Globe

McGrory@globe.com

Amici sumus,
Robert Oresick


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Kate Gasser

Thu, Dec 6, 3:38 PM (6 days ago)

to mcgrory
Dear Mr. McGrory,

I was disappointed to see that Chris Chase's two weekly chess columns
have been cut.  I enjoy his columns very much, and look forward to
Monday mornings especially, when I bring my magnetic chess set to the table to play over the game he has annotated.
Chris is our connection to the greater world of chess, with appearances by the best Grandmasters as the tournaments go around the world every year.

Please bring him back.  I know I speak for hundreds of enthusiasts in
the Boston area.  We want Chris!

Sincerely,
Kate Gasser
"Oldest living active woman chess player in Massachusetts"
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Planned cancellation of Boston Globe's chess column



george mirijanian

Tue, Dec 11, 1:26 PM (20 hours ago)


to McGrory,

Dear Mr. McGrory,


As the program director of the Wachusett Chess Club at Fitchburg State University and a journalist (1969-2002) at the Sentinel & Enterprise in Fitchburg, I am very disappointed to hear of the planned cancellation of the Boston Globe's chess column, "Chess Notes," written by World Chess Federation Master Chris Chase of Somerville. I truly hope that this does not happen.
As my longtime friend, Tom Zuppa, the recently appointed senior editor of The Sun in Lowell and an avid and nationally rated chess player has been quoted as saying, "Newspapers are incredibly important to the fabric of a community." And so it is, I believe, with the Boston Globe. If the purpose of a newspaper is to inform, entertain, and yes, to educate, then the Globe has been doing that for more than a half-century with its chess column. To end it now would be a tragedy.
The Boston Globe chess column has a rich history, beginning in the early 1960s with chess columnist Jim Burgess. After his death in late July 1964, the column was taken over by longtime attorney, chess player and chess philanthropist Harold Dondis of Belmont. He ran the column for more than 50 years and experienced two cancellations during his tenure, but the column was reinstated by popular demand from the Globe's readers, who called, wrote and emailed to request that the column be brought back. And so it was.
Chess is viewed as an art, a science, and yes, a SPORT. It has been part of the fabric of our cultural life. It is a game played in every country of the world. Its international body, the World Chess Federation (FIDE), is the second largest sports organization in the world - second only to FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football Association).
The Globe has been ",masterful" in its longtime chess column. While other newspapers in Massachusetts, such as the Boston Herald, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Sentinel & Enterprise, Gardner News, Athol Daily News et al. ran weekly chess columns in the past - and some of them for many years, e.g. T&G (40-plus years), S&E (34 years) - the Globe has been loyal to its chess-playing readers by maintaining a chess column.
I beseech you and the powers that be at the Globe to keep the chess column. It has been good for the cultural life of our society.
Sincerely yours,
George Mirijanian
Fitchburg, Mass.


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  Beautifully written, David.


 I loved every word of your letter to Boston Globe editor Brian McGrory. I hope your well-written email and the email of others will convince the Globe not to cancel the chess column,

I appreciate very much your great help in this effort to keep the column alive.
George M
-----Original Message-----
 Michael David

From: Michael David 

 To: McGrory <McGrory@globe.com>


Sent: Tue, Dec 11, 2018 5:39 pm


Subject: Chess


Dear Mr. McGrory,
 I am sure the economic forces on the print media business are incredibly difficult to navigate in today’s environment. To learn that the Boston Globe has chosen to sacrifice the chess column is indeed disheartening. It fundamentally seems like a stark contradiction to Boston’s well-deserved reputation as an educational and cultural center.
I began playing tournament chess earlier this year. When I returned home my wife would ask if I won – much like she would do when I returned from a night of poker or billiards. I struggled to find the right answer until I finally reflected on my discomfort and realized that I did not feel that I had been simply playing a game that is defined by a win or a loss. I did not wish my opponent to fail and allow me to win the contest with ease. I wanted my opponent to give me their best - for both of us to play with an understanding of the history of the game and have insight to the art and science that has been forged by each generations brightest minds' contributions to chess’ highly evolved state. To “play” chess well requires inspiration. I do not reach out to move cheap plastic pieces. I reach out through the cosmos and hope, in my best moments, to brush the fingertips of a Paul Morphy, a Jose Raul Capablanca or a Bobby Fischer.
It is never the right time to consider trimming  the classical literature in our libraries, or to have the museums take down the art that has inspired viewers for centuries. Chess deserves its time-honored place in newsprint. Chess sits at the nexus of Big Data, Computer Simulation,  Artificial Intelligence and Optimization Modeling. All of our best technology is actively being employed in the pursuit of better chess. Chess has never been more relevant.
I challenge the Boston Globe to not eliminate their coverage of chess, but instead to creatively redesign the format to make it a compelling read. One has to look no further than Antonio Radic’s YouTube channel that has raced to 300,000 subscribers with his reviews of games that many have already done. His casual style, with his dog lounging in the background on the couch, is done with the right amount of review, historical context and efficient use of descriptive vocabulary. It's worth noting that Antonio does not have any chess title; he is not a great chess player. He succeeds in engaging others with a forthright passion for the game; he makes great chess content.
Boston deserves the very best chess content in newsprint, consistent with finding active chess clubs in Cambridge, Natick, Billerica and Fitchburg. Imagine the Boston Globe successfully reinvigorating the chess column. That just seems like the right answer for Boston.
Regards,
Michael David

Groton Massachussets

george mirijanian












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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Boylston Chess: Legends of Chess - Leonid Stein - Report

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.

 Legends of Chess:  Leonid Stein

Report
Fellow BCF Players,

Eastern MA had an action-packed weekend on the day we ran LOC Stein, but we still came away with 26 players and had just barely enough to run the two advertised Sections.

We still had a massive tie in the small Open Section. My thanks to Rayhan Riaz for playing an excellent side game with me - it is really hard to play kids in case you were unaware - and to Jiayun Liu for volunteering to play a side game with Dennis Kalloor.

Special recognition should be given to Sophia Rosenholtz who won the U1900 Section and came very close to passing her father Jeremy in rating. That day is coming.

Winners:
Open:
1st: Brian Salomon
2nd (tied): Karthik Padmanabhan, Andrew The, Matthew Meredith, Timothy Bromley

U1900:
1st: Sophia Rosenholtz
2nd (tied): Sritan Devineni, Leonard Sweeney-Barrett

Come on back next Saturday 12/15 for the Tornado!
See you over the (windswept) board.

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













Monday, December 10, 2018

Boylston Chess: Dec Scholastics

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.



 
 
 
 
DateSunday, December 16, 2018
Event Format4SS
Time ControlG/30 d5
Sections14 & Under, 8 & Under, and Non-USCF
Entry Fee$25, $20 for BCF members, $5 more if not registering online in advance.
PrizesTrophies for 1st/2nd each age group and non-USCF section, medal for 3rd
Registration10:00am - 10:20am
Round Times10:30am, 11:50am, 1:00pm, 2:00pm
Description14 & Under and 8 & Under sections are USCF rated, and USCF membership is required. The Non-USCF section is open to all players who are no more than 14 years old (both rated and unrated players), and will not be rated by the USCF; thus, USCF membership is not required for the Non-USCF section.
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List












Boylston Chess: Tornado #132

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.


DateSaturday, December 15, 2018
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.
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List












Boylston Chess: Support One of America's Oldest Chess Clubs - Donate.

banner:  Tony Cortrizas, Jr.

Boylston Blitz


banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.



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DateFriday, December 14, 2018
Event Format4SS Double Round
Time ControlG5
SectionsOne section: Open
Entry Fee$20, $15 for BCF members; $5 more if not registering online in advance
Prizes$200 based on 20 paid entries: 1st $100, 2nd $50; Top U1800 $50
Registration6:45 pm
Round TimesRound 1 7:00 pm, remaining rounds asap
DescriptionFast-paced Friday night blitz!
This event will also feature an opportunity to try new chess recording technology.

This tournament is unrated, so USCF membership is not required.
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List










Boylston Chess: Dec. School Break Chess Clinic with Jacob Rasin

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.



 Chess Clinic
with    Jacob Rasin
DateDec. 24, 26, 27, 28
Event Format9am - 12:30pm each day
DescriptionThis 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!
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Who can join? School-age children, K-12, who are interested in improving at chess and maturing from motivated beginners to skilled intermediate players.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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











Sunday, December 02, 2018

Boylston Chess: Milestones Sunday

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.


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DateSunday, December 9, 2018
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 1997 or earlier.
Accelerated pairings may be used. Free parking on Sundays!
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List












Boylston Chess: Legends of Chess- Leonid Stein

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.


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DateSaturday, December 8, 2018
Event Format4SS
Time ControlG/60 d5
SectionsOpen and 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













Boylston Chess: Time Management Workshop with FM Nate Solon, MA State Champion

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.

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DateFriday, December 7, 2018
Entry Fee$25 in advance online, $30 at the door
Registration6:30pm - 6:55pm
Round Times7:00pm - 9:00pm
DescriptionWant to improve your tournament results fast? Work on your time management. This is clearly a key skill for tournament success, yet it's hard to find concrete advice on it anywhere.
In this workshop we'll discuss strategies, exercises, and best practices for time management gleaned from the top players and trainers, as well as data from online games. This is a hands-on workshop with active participation and exercises. Come prepared to participate and have fun!

Led by FIDE Master and MA State Champion Nate Solon.
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List














Boylston Chess: Dec Thurs Night Swiss

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.



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DateThursdays, December 6, 13, 20, 27
Event Format4SS
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 paid 25 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.
Sections with fewer than 10 players may be merged.
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List













Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Boylston Chess: Masters Action Sunday


banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.



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DateSunday, December 2, 2018
Event Format4SS
Time ControlG/30 d5
Entry Fee$25 for BCF members, $40 for non-members, $5 more if not registering online in advance. Free entry for GMs and IMs with no deduction from any prize won.
Prizes$250 based on 15 paid entries: $150-$100
Registration10:30am - 10:45am
Round Times11:00am, 1:00pm, 2:30pm, 4:00pm
DescriptionOpen to players rated at least 1900 on the November or December Supplement or live MSA rating. Free parking on Sundays!
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List










Boylston Chess: December Quads

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.




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DateSaturday, December 1, 2018
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











Sunday, November 18, 2018

Boylston Chess: Milestones Sunday





banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.



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DateSunday, November 25, 2018
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 1997 or earlier.
Accelerated pairings may be used. Free parking on Sundays!
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List








Boylston Chess: Thanksgiving Open

banner:  Tony  Cortizas, Jr.




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DateSaturday, November 24, 2018
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
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.
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List








Sunday, November 11, 2018

Boylston Chess: November Scholastics

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.




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DateSunday, November 18, 2018
Event Format4SS
Time ControlG/30 d5
Sections14 & Under, 8 & Under, and Non-USCF
Entry Fee$25, $20 for BCF members; $5 more if not registering online in advance.
PrizesTrophies for 1st/2nd each age group and non-USCF section, medal for 3rd
Registration10:00am - 10:20am
Round Times10:30am, 11:50am, 1:00pm, 2:00pm
Description14 & Under and 8 & Under sections are USCF rated, and USCF membership is required. The Non-USCF section is open to all players who are no more than 14 years old (both rated and unrated players), and will not be rated by the USCF; thus, USCF membership is not required for the Non-USCF section
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List









Boylston Chess: Greg Hager Memorial

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.





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DateSaturday, November 17, 2018
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$$400 Guaranteed: Open 1st $150, 2nd $100, 3rd $50 U1900 1st $100
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, November 09, 2018

MIT Fall Tournament


MIT Stata Center



2018 MIT Fall Tournament 




A rated USCF tournament hosted at the MIT Stata Center on
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Come join us for a fun half-day of chess on Monday, November 12th! 
We will be hosting the tournament at the beautiful MIT Stata Center.

Previous results are linked here
Our last tournament was the 2018 MIT Spring Open, linked here!

 

Format

 4SS G/25 d5

Schedule

9-9:45am Registration and Check-in
Rounds: 10am – 11:15am – 1:00pm – 2:20pm

 Registration

9-9:45am Registration and Check-in
4SS G/25d5, Rounds: 10am – 11:15am – 1:00pm – 2:20pm

Location

MIT Stata Center (32 Vassar St)
32-124 & 32-144 (first floor)

Prizes and Fees

$700 Total Prize Fund
Open: 1st: $200 2nd: $100 3rd: $50
U1800: 1st: $120 2nd: $60 3rd: $30
U1400: 1st: $80 2nd: $40 3rd: $20
Unrated: 1st: 2/3 of total entry fees in the section; 2nd: 1/3 of total entry fees
Calculation based on 50 paid entries, adjusted accordingly.
EF: $25 advance, $30 at door ($10 MIT student discount). $10 for unrated section. Titled players (IM and GM) free.

Registration


At Door

  • We only accept cash and checks at the door.

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Boylston Chess: Alan Price returns.


Alan Price at the Harvard Open 2018   photo:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.


Alan Price, long time player at the Boylston,  will be returning to Boston to become the new Director of the Kennedy Library.

Congrats and welcome back.






Sunday, November 04, 2018

Boylston Chess: $15 Open

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.




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DateSaturday, November 10, 2018
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 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.
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List









Monday, October 29, 2018

Boylston Chess: Masters Action Sunday

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.


 
 
 
DateSunday, November 4, 2018
Event Format4SS
Time ControlG/30 d5
Entry Fee$25 for BCF members, $40 for non-members, $5 more if not registering online
Prizes$250 based on 15 paid entries: $150-$100
Registration10:30am - 10:45am
Round Times11:00am, 1:00pm, 2:30pm, 4:00pm
DescriptionOpen to players rated at least 1900 on the October or November Supplement or live MSA rating.
Free entry for GMs and IMs with no deduction from any prize won.
Free parking on Sundays!
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List