Sunday, February 19, 2017

17th annual Paramount

DateMonday, March 6, 2017 - Monday, May 8, 2017
Event Format10 Rounds 2RR. Players divided into six player sections by rating.
Time Control40/90, SD/60 d5. Adjournments are allowed after 3 hours of play, 11:15 PM at the latest.
Entry Fee$35, $20 for BCF Members, $5 more at the door
Prizes50% EF
Registration6:30pm - 7:00pm
Round Times7:15pm
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List

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Enable smoother pairing, 
since this is a double round robin event
 and all pairings for the ten rounds will be set the first evening.


17th Annual Paramount

Weekly on Mondas
     40 Norris St, Cambridge, MA 02140, USA

For some people, spring is signaled 
by the start of Red Sox reporting to spring training, 
by groundhog day, 
by the returning swallows to Capistrano...

But for many of us it is the

This will be the 17th annual edition of the popular tournament (there was a hiatus in 2016), 

a ten-round, double round-robin.
Initiated by past BCC president Bryan Clark
this format [generous time control with two try's against known opponents bunched in competitive groups] remains popular. 
And it is one of the few tournaments left that incorporate adjournments.
At $2 per evening for ten Monday evenings for BCC members,  this is is an incredible bargain for a high quality chess match.
If you haven't played in a Paramount before, give it a try.
If you have, please play again.

As Steve Stepak has put it:

"This is a thinking person's event: 10 rounds, double round robin.  The time control is: 40 moves in 90 minutes (+5" delay) and then G/60. A nuance in the time control is: after 3 hours of play, the game may be adjourned and resumed on a day agreed to by the players.  So this event is for players who like to think out complex combinations and strategies on the board and need the time to do so and who enjoy analyzing adjourned positions and resuming the game like was done in the "old days" . . . in the time of Bobby Fischer, for example.  Today, due to the proliferation of chess programs like Rybka (3199), Fritz (3080), Shredder (3058) and now Houdini (rating 3287) there is no more adjournment option, neither in professional chess play or most amateur club play. So the BCC Paramount may be one of the last places on earth where there is indeed an adjournment."
                       Steve Stepak's photo report on the last Paramount. 

 The crosstable for the 16th Paramount in 2015 is here.

Feb Scholastic

DateSunday, February 26, 2017
Event Format4SS
Time ControlG/30 d5
Sections14 & Under and 8 & Under
Entry Fee$25, $20 for BCF members, $5 more at door
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

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$15 Open

DateSaturday, February 25, 2017
Event Format4SS
Time ControlG/60 d5
SectionsOpen & U1800
Entry Fee$15 in advance, $30 at door, $20 for BCF members at door
Prizes$225 based on 25 paid entries: Open: $110-$75, U1800 $40
Registration9:15am - 9:45am
Round Times10:00am, 1:00pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List

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Friday Night Action

DateFriday, February 24, 2017
Event Format4SS
Time ControlG/25 d5
Entry Fee$40, $30 for BCF members, $5 more at door
Prizes$150-$100-$50, U2200 $50 based on 19 paid entries
Registration6:30pm - 7:00pm
Round Times7:00pm, 8:15pm, 9:15pm, and 10:15pm
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List

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Monday, February 13, 2017

BCC Fundraiser Photos

Hello All,

Thanks to Carissa Yip, Jason Tang, and Anton Barash for organizing this event and to everyone else who helped make it happen.

And thanks to those who made contributions to the Boylston Chess Foundation.

Your support helps us continue introducing people to the joys of chess, and to keep one of America's oldest chess centers up and running.

Tony Cortizas, Jr.

Carissa Yip, Jason Tang. BCC Fundraiser Tournament 2017.

 Anton Barash. BCC Fundraiser Tournament 2017.

 Anton Barash, Jason Tang watching. BCC Fundraiser Tournament 2017.
Andrew Hoy, Percy Yip. BCC Fundraiser Tournament 201
Natasha Christiansen. BCC Fundraiser Tournament 2017.
BCC Families & Supporters. BCC Fundraiser Tournament 2017.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

School break chess clinic with Jacob Rasin

DateFebruary 21, 22, 23, 24, 2017
Event Format9:00am to 12:30pm each day
Registration2/21, 9:00am onsite
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!

Who can join? School-age children, K-12, who are interested in improving at chess and maturing from motivated beginners to skilled intermediate players.


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: $160; $120 per child, if two or more per family. 
For first-time Club members, the fee is reduced to $125. 
Please make checks payable to the Boylston Chess Foundation and please pay on site.
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.

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.

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

DateSaturday, February 18, 2017
Event Format4SS
Time ControlG/60 d5
SectionsOpen & U1800
Entry Fee$35, $20 for BCF Members, $5 more at the door
Prizes$300 based on 25 paid entries: Open 1st $125, 2nd $75 U1800 1st $60, 2nd $40
Registration9:15am - 9:45am
Round Times10:00am, 1:00pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List

GM Larry Christiansen Simul

Larry Christiansen Simul 

at South Station

 GM Larry Christiansen, 

three time US Champion

Second Tuesday of each month
Event Dates
Tuesday, February 14
Tuesday, March 14
Entry Fee
Round Times
12:00 - 2:00 pm
Larry Christiansen will play against 25 chess players
simultaneously at South Station.
Open seating until 1:15pm.
Winner(s) receive free entry coupon for a BCC tournament.
Email with any questions.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

A half century ago, the first human vs. computer chess game was played at the Boylston

Photos & Games

Robert Q

First tournament game by a computer, Carl Wagner (2190) - Mac Hack VI aka "Robert Q" [7] [8]
"Robert Q", a computer programmed to play chess, was beaten in its first competition with a human, Carl Wagner. The computer, at MIT in Cambridge, Mass., was operated by Allen Moulton, and R. William Gosper, while Wagner made his moves several miles away in the YMCU in Boston. The moves were relayed into the computer by teletype operated by Alan Baisley. "Robert Q" was entered as an experiment, in the monthly Boylston Chess Club Tournament at the Young Mens Christian Union.

Carl Wagner and Alan Baisley (right) [9]
[Event "Boylston Chess Club Tournament"]
[Site "YMCU, Boston"]
[Date "1967.01.21"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Carl Wagner"]
[Black "Robert Q"]
[Result "1-0"]
1.g3 e5 2.Nf3 e4 3.Nd4 Bc5 4.Nb3 Bb6 5.Bg2 Nf6 6.c4 d6 7.Nc3 Be6 8.d3 exd3
9.Bxb7 Nbd7 10.exd3 Rb8 11.Bg2 O-O 12.O-O Bg4 13.Qc2 Re8 14.d4 c5 15.Be3 cxd4 
16.Nxd4 Ne5 17.h3 Bd7 18.b3 Bc5 19.Rad1 Qc8 20.Kh2 Ng6 21.Bg5 Re5 22.Bxf6 gxf6 
23.Ne4 f5 24.Nf6+ Kg7 25.Nxd7 Qxd7 26.Nc6 Rbe8 27.Nxe5 Rxe5 28.Qc3 f6 29.Rd3 Re2 
30.Rd2 Rxd2 31.Qxd2 Ne5 32.Rd1 Qc7 33.Bd5 Kg6 34.b4 Bb6 35.Qc2 Nc6 36.Be6 Nd4 
37.Rxd4 Bxd4 38.Qxf5+ Kg7 39.Qg4+ Kh6 40.Qxd4 Qe7 41.Qh4+ Kg6 42.Bf5+ Kf7 43.Qxh7+ 
Kf8 44.Qh8+ Kf7 45.Qa8 Qc7 46.Qd5+ Kg7 47.Kg2 Qe7 48.h4 Kh6 49.g4 Kg7 50.h5 Qe2 
51.h6+ Kf8 52.h7 Qxf2+ 53.Kxf2 Ke7 54.h8=Q a6 55.Qe6# 1-0

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Chess equipment discounts at Leavitt & Pierce

Chess equipment discounts 

at Leavitt & Pierce

 Leavitt and Peirce is a 124 year-old tobacco shop located in Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA, just across the street from the historic "old Harvard Yard." We have been a gathering place for generations of Harvard men and women, offering unique and traditional gifts, games, and toiletries. This is in addition to our fine selection of pipes, tobacco, cigars, and accoutrements.

Dr Jonathan Lee reports that his friends at the venerable Harvard Square shop Leavitt and Peirce  is offering a 20% discount  on chess equipment to Boylston Chess Club members. (The have become an official suppler to the BCC.)

When asking for the discount, be sure to have your current BCC membership card.  If you don't have one, contact a TD or officer at the club.

Sunday, February 05, 2017

DateSunday, February 12, 2017
Event Format4SS
Time ControlG/40, d5
SectionsOpen, U1800
Entry Fee$40 (see description below for all that is included in the $40)
PrizesChess mugs awarded to 1st in each section, and to top U1400
Registration9:15am - 9:45am
Round Times10:00am, 12:30pm, 2:15pm, and 4:00pm
DescriptionThis tournament is aimed to raise money for BCC.
Organized by frequent players at the club Carissa Yip, Jason Tang, and Anton Barash, the tournament includes a four round swiss run by Andrew Hoy, and a blitz tournament afterwards.

Lunch will be provided along with snacks. GM Larry Christiansen will be available to analyze games.

Blitz tournament with 8 rounds of 5+0 time control will be included!

Side events will include bughouse and a chess puzzle solving contest.

See flyer for details
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List

Valentines's Day Open

DateSaturday, February 11, 2017
Event Format4SS
Time ControlG/60 d5
SectionsOpen & U1800
Entry Fee$35, $20 for BCF Members, $5 more at the door
Prizes$300 based on 25 paid entries: Open 1st $125, 2nd $75 U1800 1st $60, 2nd $40
Registration9:15am - 9:45am
Round Times10:00am, 1:00pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List

February Thursday Night Swiss

Thursdays, Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23, 2017
Event Format
Time Control
40/90 SD/20 d10
Open & U1900
Entry Fee
$35, $20 for BCF Members, $5 more at the door
$300 based on 25 paid entries:
Open 1st $125, 2nd $75 U1900 1st $60, 2nd $40
6:30pm - 7:00pm
Round Times
Event Dates
Thursday, February 2
Thursday, February 9
Thursday, February 16
Thursday, February 23

Registration is now closed, please register at the tournament.

Entry List

Tuesday, January 31, 2017


Richard Yi scored 3 wins and withdrew from the
event in Round 4! (oops) to share 1-2nd place.
[Richard earned a +22 to 2207 USCF rating!] 
Bravo, Richard!
Suraj Ramanathan scored 2 wins and 2 draws to rack up 3 points
good enough to share 1-2nd place. Bravo, Suraj!
NM Farzad Abdi vs Bernie Xu, Round  1.
Bernie scored 2.5 points to share 3-4th place. Farzad had 2
points to share 5-10th place.
(foreground): Suraj Ramanathan / Zubin Baliga.
Alan Song vs Eddie Wei, Round 1: 1-0!
Eddie recovered from this loss to score 2 wins + 1/2 point bye,
for a total of 2.5 points and a share of 3-4th place.
Alan scored 2 points for a piece of 5-10th place.

Joy Cao hits the jackpot for
Happy Chinese Lunar New Year
3.5 out of 4: clear first place.
+75 for 1655 rating.
Brava, Joy !!
Chris Estremera scored 3 points to take clear
2nd place. Bravo, Chris!
POST MORTEM: Richard Yi vs Alan Song
Suraj Ramanathan observes. Round 2.
WCM Natasha Christiansen vs Howard Goldowsky, Round 2:
draw! Natasha had 1.5 points, Howard 2 points.
David Xie, black vs Ed Foye, Round 2.
(background): Natasha Christiansen vs Howard Goldowsky.
(background): Kevin Liu vs Bob Oresick.
Evan Maclure, black vs Zubin Baliga, Round 1.
Bob (don't call me Buffalo Bill) Oresick, black vs Kevin Liu
Round 2. Bob scored 2 points to share 8-12th place; Kevin
scored 2.5 points to share 3-7th place! Bravo, Kevin.
Kelsey Liu plays Greg Ardini, Round 1.
Year of the Rooster by Meia Geddes
8 yr old Claire Cao
Joy's sister, saving her
smile for the end of the
tournament when her
sister Joy, won the
U1800 Section.