Saturday, April 25, 2015

Carissa Yip on Chess Chat

Carissa Yip

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George Mirijanian
George Mirijanian3:26pm Apr 25
Carissa will be the special guest on the TV program "Chess Chat," which is produced by the Wachusett Chess Club at Fitchburg State University and will be shown, starting the week of May 4, on Fitchburg Access Television. The show will be available on the station's website via video on demand at www.fatv.org Carissa will present her win against Woman FIDE master Akshita Gorti from the 2015 Philadelphia Open.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Women and chess

I have been enjoying reading about Carissa Yip.

... and now Nigel Short is in the news.



Nigel Short on women's short-comings in chess is short-sighted in my opinion.



This all made me think of the medieval  age (when Queen became the most powerful piece on the board)


 and when depictions of chess often showed men and women both enjoying the game.







































 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Sunday, April 19, 2015

BCC RACE FOR THE KING PAWN 4SS GAME 60 REPORT: NM TIMES / ABDI 1-2ND 19 PLAY //

BOYLSTON CHESS CLUB
RACE FOR THE KING PAWN
TOURNAMENT IN ONE SECTION
NM Lawyer Times scored 3.5 points to share 1-2nd
place with NM Farzad Abdi. Lawyer was +1 for 2320
rating. Bravo, Lawyer!
NM Farzad Abdi scored 3.5 points to share 1-2nd place
with NM Lawyer Times. Farzad was +4 for 2254 rating.
Bravo, Farzad!
Boshen Li, black vs Jonathan Aiyathurai, Round 1.
Jonathan won a brilliant zugzwang king-and-pawn ending in
this game. Bravo, Jonathan for a score of 3/4 and +17 to 1889
rating, securing clear 3rd place. Boshen was 2.5/4 and a +12 to
1600. Bravo, Boshen who took a piece of 4-8th place!
Jonathan Archibald opens his bottle of soda as his opponent,
Nowell Sheinwald sets up a Reti Opening with White.
Nowell was 2.5/4 sharing 4-8th place and a +2 to 1970 rating.
THE GENERAL
Terrence Fricker plays black vs Tom Shneer in Round 3: draw!
Terrence scored 2.5 points to claim a piece of 4-8th place, along
with Tom who was +12 to 1616 rating. Bravo, T & T!
(background): Jerry Williams, black vs Kelvin Zhang;
Boshen Li vs Ray Behenna.
SERIOUS DUDE
Professor Jerry Williams scored 2.5 points to share
4-8th place. Welcome back Jerry!
Ray Behenna plays white vs junior star, Boshen Li. Ray was
quite impressed with his young opponent who took the full
point in this encounter. Ray finished the day with 2/4.
CHESS LESSON
8 yr old Derek Jin plays former BCC Champion, and co-winner
of this event, NM Lawyer Times.  The game was interesting
and Derek learned a lot from the master's performance.
Derek was 1.5/4 in a challenging field.
Harold Dondis, Esq. thinking, vs Tom Shneer: draw!
Harold was 2 for 3 on the day. Bravo, Harold!
NEW
Doug Keeler, black vs Brenda Scully, Round 3.
This is Doug's 1st USCF event and Brenda's 2nd, both
at the BCC: welcome, welcome. (background):
Bob Oresick, black vs John Archibald.
Kelvin Zhang, first time at the BCC!
Welcome, Kelvin!
ALWAYS A DELIGHT
10 yr old Sammi Pan, first time
at BCC Cambridge: welcome!
CHESS MAKES YOU SMART: KIDS PLAY WELL!
8 yr old Derek Jin plays 10 yr old Sammi Pan: 1-0.
LUNCHTIME BREAK
Sammi Pan demonstrates her chess technique to Derek Jin
during a lunchtime break in the tournament action.
(background): Brandon Wu v Jason Tang. Conway Xu observes.
BOBBY FISCHER CLUB
Top BCC juniors: Brandon Wu v Jason Tang; Conway Xu
observes.
GUEST FROM NEW YORK/DOMINICA
Juan Payan who scored 2 points and a share of 4-8th place
in the Game 60 event, entertains FM Luis Flaguer (right) in 
some off-hand blitz games. Luis, born in Dominican Republic
is on his country's olympiad team, and  resides for now in 
New York City to soak up the rich chess culture and  
pick up some valuable pointers from the resident grandmasters 
in the Big Apple. Luis was off to Harvard Square for some
springtime chess in the unseasonably warm weather.
He promises to return to play in one of the BCC's many
events. Welcome Luis!
BERNARDO IGLESIAS: TD

PHOTOS: STEVE STEPAK

BCC: SPRING THAW // REPORT: NM SAGE / NM HOY / WU / 1-3RD // WALD 4TH // 13 PARTICIPATE //

BOYLSTON CHESS CLUB
SPRING THAW
NM Andrew Hoy vs Mark Fins, Round 3. Andrew shared 1-3rd
with NM Timothy Sage and Brandon Wu (left): Jerry Williams
observes.
NM Professor Timothy Sage shares 1-3rd
place in BCC Spring Thaw 2015.
Brandon Wu figures out the position and for his efforts, shares
1-3rd place in BCC Spring Thaw. Brandon was +10 for 2011
rating. Bravo, Brandon!
Paul Mishkin, Esq. vs Joel Wald, Round 2. Paul won this game
but Joel snuck in to clear 4th place with 2.5 points. Paul had
2 points to share 5-9th place.  Bravo, gentlemen, well-played!
Jason Tang, black vs Mike Griffin, Round 9. Mike took the full
point in this game. Jason and Mike finished the event sharing
5-9th place with 2 points each.
Brandon Wu vs Soren Sandmann Pedersen, Round 3.
Brandon won this encounter. Soren finished the event even,
with 2/4 and a share of 5-9th place.
Suraj Ramanathan, black vs Natasha Christiansen, Round 3.
Suraj won this game and finished the event with 1.5 points
and a +5 to 1851 rating. A special "thank you" goes out to
Natasha, who guaranteed the prize fund for the event!
Brava, Natasha!
9 yr old Maximilian Lu from Connecticut, visiting
Grandma in Belmont, played 2 rounds of this event,
finishing with 1 point. keeping his rating level at
2024!  Bravo, Max. Hope to see you again soon!
BERNARDO IGLESIAS, TD
PHOTOS: STEVE STEPAK

BCF Grand Prix


BCF Grand Prix
WhenSaturday, Apr 25, 2015  
Where40 Norris St, Cambridge, MA 02140, USA (map) 
Description4SS. G/60;d5.  EF: $10, $5 to BCF members if received by 2/26 (cash or check) in advance, or through PayPal by 2/27. $15/$10 at door.  Players compete in either of two sections: Open, U1800, where they fall under when they first play in that section in accordance with the Grand Prix format.  Prizes will be awarded to those with the most accumulated points for the year (cycle) for top three scores U2300 in the “Open section” and, top three scores U1800 in the “U1800 section”. Grand Prix winners will receive 6 Free Entries* for BCF Members, 3 Free Entries* for Non-BCF Members.  Reg: 9:15 – 9:55; Rounds: 10, 12:40, 3:00, and 5:15  


Sunday Scholastic



BCF  Sunday Scholastic
WhenSun, April 26, 10am – 3pm  
Where40 Norris St, Cambridge, MA 02140, USA (map) 
DescriptionSections: 8 and under; 11 and under; 14 and under.  4SS. G/30, USCF Rated.  Registration: 10:00 – 10:20am in suite B101. Rounds: 10:30, 12:00, 1:00, and 2:00pm (parents and other children not allowed in playing room during the rounds). Lunch: 11:30 to 12:00pm.  EF: $20, $15 to BCF members.  Trophies: for 1st & 2nd in each age group. Medals: for 3rd in each age group. The very popular chess pencils to all! USCF  Membership required. All USCF rules will be in effect: time controls; touch move, score keeping, good sportsmanship, etc.  New and unrated players welcome!