Wednesday, August 24, 2016


Soren Sandmann Pedersen scored 3.5 points to
convincingly win the 3 player double round-robin 
event serving as the tie-break, qualifying the
winner to a free entry into the BCC Club
Championship! Soren had a +54 to 1736 rating.
Edward Astrachan was 2nd in this event, scoring 2.5 points.
Round 1: 
Ed Astrachan vs Gabriel Birzu. 
Endgame: Astrachan v Birzu
The position looks "close" . . . Black's rooks look a bit
confined; though Black's h and g pawns might prove
interesting counterplay, especially in time pressure.
Early on, Black had the often-seen a6 - b5 break, with
play on the queenside. Yet, Black never moved his
b-pawn. Ed made the first unforced error (illegal move, 
costing +1 minute added to Gabe's clock) 
Then, in a time scramble, Black dropped a piece.
White developed connected passers on the king side
and though White dropped a rook at the end of 
the game, the connected passers rolled in to give
White a queen, costing black his rook, after
which, Black resigned the game.  A very nerve-racking
game for both players.  Rather bad luck that the
parings written down before the event, forced 
Gabriel to continue playing, though he surely needed
a rest from his harrowing Round 1 loss, Gabe did
not get this break and had to play Soren in Round 2.
Soren won both games with creative, solid play.
Gabriel at that point, withdrew from the event.
Ed Astrachan vs Soren Pedersen. Soren scored 1.5 out of
2 vs Ed to take the event with ease.

Ed v Soren, Round 6: draw

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Nf3 e6 5. Bg5 dxc4 6. e4 b5 7. e5 h6 8. Bh4 g5 9. Nxg5 hxg5 10. Bxg5 Nbd7 11. g3 Bb7 12. Bg2 Qb6 13. exf6 O-O-O 14. O-O c5 15. d5 b4 16. Rb1 Qa6 17. dxe6 Bxg2 18. e7 Bxf1 19. Qd5 Bxe7 20. fxe7 Bd3 21. Bf4 Qb7 22. exd8=Q+ Rxd8 23. Qxb7+ Kxb7 24. Re1 bxc3 25. bxc3 f6 26. h4 Kc6 27. Re6+ Kb5 28. Re7 Kc6 29. Re6+ Kb5 1/2-1/2

Monday, August 22, 2016

2016 Boylston Chess Club Championship

Invitations for the 2016 club championship have been sent out!  Any club member rated over 2200 within the last year is eligible for the championship, as are the winners of the Junior Championship, the Senior Championship (currently under way), and the Reubens-Landey.

Last year's championship was one of the strongest in recent history, and this year's will hopefully be even stronger.

If you think that you are eligible for the championship and you have not received an invitation, please email as soon as possible.

If you're not eligible for the club championship but you would still like to play on Monday evenings in September and October, consider signing up for the Hauptturnier!

$15 Open

 $15 Open  

DateSaturday, August 27, 2016
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

Tuesday, August 16, 2016


NM Carissa Yip, 1st U2300 for $1,400.
GM Alexander Ivanov, 4-5th for $266.67
Former BCC Champion and Board Member
FM Chris Chase, 4-5th for $266.67.
NM Lawyer Times, former BCC Champion,
2nd U2300 for $100
NM Farzad Abdi, 2nd U2300 for $100
NM Michael Isakov, 2nd U2300 for $100
Mateos Sahakian, 1-3rd for $1,166.67
BCC Board Member Nowell Sheinwald,
2-4th for $600
Ryan Wang, 5th for $100
Mark Robert Neale: clear 1st place with 5 points
for $2,000. Bravo, Mark! Way'ta go!!
Daniel Zhou, 4-5th for $83.34
NM Mika Brattain, BCC Club Champion: 
Fast and Good: Clear 1st with 7.5 points
for $170. Bravo, Mika!!
Congratulations to all the winners and
those regulars of the BCC who made
the effort to play, whether they won or not.
And success to all in future chess events
and in life.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Cortizas photos of the Continental Open in Sturbridge

Tony Cortizas Jr. visited Sturbridge this weekend to photograph the 46th  Continental Open.

Many familiar faces from the Boylston were playing in Sturbridge.

Carissa Yi
Carissa Yip

 Mateos Sahakian

Evan Rabin

Alexander Ivanov

Chris Chase

David Katsman

Ryan Wang

Nithin Kavi

Farzad Abdi

Brandon Wu

Ed Astrachan

Anton Barash

Directors Meeting

DateTuesday, August 23, 2016
DescriptionBCF members are always welcome to attend our Board of Directors meetings. A great opportunity to learn how your Chess Club works and to contribute your ideas and opinions.
We meet in the Skittles room (B101) of the Club.

(Mass. Ave. metered parking is Free after 6:00PM)

BCF Senior Open

DateSunday, August 21 & 28
Event Format4SS
Time Control30/90 SD/30 d10
SectionsOne Section
Entry Fee$35, $20 for BCF Members, $5 more at the door
PrizesTo be announced
Registration10:00am - 10:30am
Round Times10:30am & 3:30pm
DescriptionOpen to players age 50 and over based on the tournament end date. Highest scoring BCF member will be invited to play in the annual club championship starting in Sept.
Free Street Parking on Sundays!
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List

Charles Drafts Memorial

  Charles Drafts Memorial 
DateSaturday, August 20, 2016
Event Format4SS
Time ControlG/60 d5
SectionsOpen & U1950
Entry Fee$35, $20 for BCF Members, $5 more at the door
Prizes$$400 Guaranteed: $100-$60-$40 in each section
Registration9:15am - 9:45am
Round Times10:00am, 1:00pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List

 23nd annual
Charles Drafts Memorial



This is a great tournament for several reasons:
  • guaranteed prize fund,
  • good turn-out,
  • competitive level, and
  • an event honoring a truly remarkable man.

Please consider playing.

Walter Driscoll has for 23 years honored and remembered his friend Charles Drafts by helping sponsor a tournament for which he personally guarantees the prize fund.

Walter is a long time member of the Boylston, chess traveler [having competed in Hungry and visited Fischer's home and grave in Iceland before he was exhumed], former boxer, actor, and stand-up comedian.


Charles Drafts

by David Glickman

[republishing of a previous post]

This Saturday the ... Annual Charles Drafts Open is being held at the Boylston Chess Club. Charles died several years ago and so for newer members of the club and the broader readership of the weblog I thought it might be worthwhile to briefly review his story.

Charles was a disabled, double-amputee living in the housing projects in Mission Hill. He loved to play chess but his condition made it difficult for him to come to a club or attend tournaments. At some point in time he contacted the BCC to see if any players would be willing to come to his apartment to play. Over the years several heeded the call, but in particular club member Walter Driscoll was a frequent visitor. I believe Walter was also the driving force behind the Charles Drafts Open. At the beginning and for many years, the tournament was held at Charles' building in Mission Hill so that at least one time a year Charles would have an opportunity to play in a "traditional" chess tournament. Since his death, the tournament has continued at the club as a memorial event.

The introduction of internet chess was obviously a boon to Charles and he was an active player on the ICC. It was, in fact, in the middle of a chess game on the ICC in 1996 when the event occurred which thrust Charles into momentary international prominence:

BOSTON -- A disabled man who became ill while logged on to an Internet chess site reached out to fellow players from around the world for emergency assistance.

Charles Drafts, a double amputee who types using a stick in his mouth, was playing chess in cyberspace Saturday on the multi-use World Wide Web site where 159 others also were logged on.

Suddenly, he sent out this message: "i'm having physical illness problems and need help."

"He was starting to have some really bad feelings, shortness of breath and dizziness, and he typed in a message to all our members," said Daniel Sleator, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University near Pittsburgh who founded the Internet Chess Club.

"It took a little while to know whether it was serious or not because there's an awful lot of kidding and bantering that goes on," Mr. Sleator said. "At first, I think some people were thinking it was a joke. But others realized it was a serious thing and started getting the information right away."

Mr. Drafts managed to type in his address.... while several users tried to find out what symptoms Drafts was suffering, Andy McFarland of Owensboro, Kentucky, was calling Boston's emergency medical services on his second phone line. "When he finally got through, he told dispatchers where he was calling from and explained the situation," Howland relates. 'I think I lost them for just a second,' McFarland said. 'It's not something they get every day.'"

...firefighters rushed to Draft's home, but no one answered the door. They called McFarland back to verify the address. McFarland told the wire service, "The last thing I heard them say was, `We're going in,' and they hung up." ...a short while later Boston firefighters broke down his door to get inside. They rushed the 48-year-old man to Beth Israel Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition ..., suffering from an undisclosed ailment.

About 20 minutes later, a Boston dispatcher called to tell McFarland that they had found Drafts inside and that he had needed help.

[This text is a re-gifting of David Glickman's 2005 post.]

Friday Night Action


Friday Night Action 

DateFriday, August 19, 2016
Event Format4SS
Time ControlG25 d5
SectionsOne Section
Entry Fee$40, $30 for BCF members, $5 more at door
Prizes$150-$100-$50, U2200 $50 based on 19 paid entries
Registration6:30pm - 6:55pm
Round Times7:00pm, 8:15pm, 9:15pm, and 10:15pm
DescriptionOne bye is allowed for either round 1 or round 4, request at registration.
Entry List

Current Pre-Registration List

Thursday, August 11, 2016

More tournament directors needed!

The Boylston Chess Club Needs Your Help

We urgently need more tournament directors to keep offering a wide variety of tournaments each month.

Please consider becoming a certified USCF tournament director (TD), if only to act as an assistant TD from time to time.

The certification process is extremely straightforward: 

1)  Read the USCF rulebook ("USCF Official Rules of Chess), available at the club or online, e.g., on Amazon (

2) Fill out and return the following form to the USCF:

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Players, please consider helping out as a TD from occasionally to keep the tournaments we all enjoy running smoothly.  Parents, perhaps you can help direct while your child plays.

Please feel free to contact me or any other TD if you have any questions.  We look forward to working with you.

   Andrew Hoy,
President, BCF

Photos:  Steve Stepak