Monday, August 24, 2015

BCC PRESENTS: CHARLES DRAFT MEMORIAL // RESULTS // MATEOS SAHAKIAN 1ST OPEN // DAVID MARTIN 1ST U1950 // STELLAR FIELD // 34 PLAY //

BOYLSTON CHESS CLUB
CAMBRIDGE
PREMIER VENUE
CHARLES DRAFT MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT
IN 2 SECTIONS: OPEN & U1950
OPEN SECTION
 Mateos Gouren Sahakian 3.5/4: clear 1st place!
Mateos was +81 to 2091 rating! Bravo, Mateos!
CRITICAL GAME
Joe Perl plays white vs Mateos Sahakian in Round 4.
Mateos held even in the opening and won the endgame
struggle. Bravo, Mateos! Joe Perl scored 3/4 for a
+11 to 2114 rating and a share of 2-4th place.
FIGHTING CHESS
Nithin Kavi held tight with black vs Eric Feng in this
Round 4 game to score the full point, share a piece of
2-4th place and a earn a +7 to 2140. Eric was even on the 
day with 2/4.  Stellar performances in a very tough field.
CRITICAL GAME
Alex Yu vs Kevin Zifeng Lu, Round 4.
Alex won a well-calculated effort to score 3 points
and share a piece of 2-4th place. Alex earned a
+52 to 1963 rating. Kevin was even
with 2 wins and 2 loses. Bravo, both!
U1950 SECTION
David Martin, a solid, consistent player, 3 time
BCC Grand Prix winner, clinches yet another
1st place performance at the Charles Draft
Memorial 2015!.  David scored 3 wins [including
one against me, in a totally drawn endgame,
misplayed. I've got a bit of studying to do in
this area!] 
CRITICAL GAME
David Martin, black vs Stephen Savage, Round 4
David won this game to claim clear 1st place.
Bravo, David!
PROPHETIC SHOT
Arthur Emanuel Williams, MIT sophomore, steadly
improves. He scored 2.5 points in this event for a
+17 to 1641 rating performance. Bravo, Arthur! 
[Standing: Mr. Feng, father of Eric Feng. Photo: upper
right: World Chess Champion and World Blitz Chess
Champion GM Mikhail Tal. Photo taken by
Steve Stepak at BCC, Boylston Street, Boston, 1988.]
Arthur is a very serious and quiet person. Keep up the
great work, Arthur. You are an inspiration to all of us!
CRITICAL ROUND 4 GAME
 
Nowell Sheinwald, black vs Arthur Williams.
Nowell won this game, scored 3 points, shared 2-4th
place and was +1 to 1916 rating. Bravo, Nowell!
Jerry Li: 3/4 shares 2-4th place!
Bravo, Jerry!
Thomas Ha recovered from his loss to me
and scored 3 wins in a row to share 2-4th
place and a +196 to 1475 rating.
Bravo, Thomas!
TOURNAMENT ADMINISTRATION
CHIEF TD: WALTER DRISCOLL
AM TD: ANDREW BOYER
PHOTOS: STEVE STEPAK
Walter Driscoll, hard at work managing all the uncertainties,
anomalies, complaints and other unforeseen nightmares that normally
occur in a chess tournament of this size, seems to be happy, 
 nonetheless. Bravo, Walter, for a performance well done!

BOYLSTON CHESS CLUB
FRIDAY NIGHT BLITZ
ELITE 4X4
Alejandro Botta (2250) 12 points: 1st place
Steve Stepak (1740) 6.5 points: 2nd place
Sergio Miranda-Elmaleh (1680) 4.5 points: 1st U1800 prize
Michael Punzak (1350) 1 point
NM Alejandro Botta (2250) 12 points: 1st place
Steve Stepak (1740) 6.5 points for 2nd place.
Sergio Miranda-Elmaleh (1680) 4.5 points: 
1st U1800 prize. Bravo, Sergio !
TD: STEVE STEPAK
PHOTOS: STEVE STEPAK

Sunday, August 23, 2015

BCC Summer G/80

 


Summer G/80

Saturday, Aug 29, 2015
 
40 Norris Street Cambridge, MA 02140 (map)
 
3SS. G/80 d10. 
 
Sections: Open & U1800. 
 
Entry fee: $35, $20 for BCF members. 
 
Prizes: $240 based on 20 paid entries: Open $100-$60, U1800 $50-$30. 
 
Rounds: 10:00am, 1:30pm, 4:30pm. 
 
Maximum One (1/2 point) bye. 
Bye for 3rd round must be declared before start of round 1. 
 
Registration: 9:15am - 9:45am.
 
 
 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

New Chess Books for Adult Beginners

Dear BCC members,

Please indulge me in a bit of shameless self-promotion.

I recently wrote two chess books for adult beginners, a topic on which I have given free classes at the club for the past 20 years. I published the books a few weeks ago. They are available at the Harvard Book Store, both online and at the brick and mortar store at 1256 Mass. Ave. in Cambridge.


'Chess For Adult Beginners' is a 170 pages long, with just under 100 exercises to solve (answers in the back). Covered is specific material I believe every chessplayer in the USCF 800-1200 rating range needs to know in order to improve: visualization, notation, being aware of your opponent's threats, creating your own threats, systematically choosing the best move, tactics, the importance of the center, basic endgame checkmates, and finding your own unique style. I geared the prose towards adults, although high school students should be able to follow it too. 


 'Chess Workbook for Adult Beginners' is 230 pages long, and has 640 exercises, with answers in the back. The workbook covers the same material as 'Chess For Adult Beginners,' and can be read on its own, but has less writing and more problems to solve. The difficulty of the problems range from easy (USCF 800) to moderate (USCF 1000 to 1200) to challenging (USCF 1200-1400, with a few tougher ones thrown in).

Thanks for indulging me. Again, these books are available at the Harvard Book Store (http://www.harvard.com/book/chess_for_adult_beginners/ and  http://www.harvard.com/book/chess_workbook_for_adult_beginners/). Unfortunately, the 'Look Inside' option isn't available online. I'll bring in and leave a copy of each book for the club this weekend, so that members can flip through the pages.

Thanks,
Alex Cherniack

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Carissa Yip on the cover of Chess Life


Yip, Yip, Hooray!

"... Carissa is the youngest female in history to earn the chess master title."

Read Carissa's story in Chess Life.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Charles Drafts Memorial

Mark your chess calendar for this Saturday:


Charles Drafts Memorial

Saturday, Aug 22, 2015


40 Norris Street Cambridge, MA 02140 (map)
4SS, G/60 d10. 
Sections: Open & U1950. 
Entry fee: $35, $20 for BCF members. 
Prizes: $$400 Guaranteed: $100-$50-$50 in each section. 
Registration: 9:15am - 9:45am. 
Rounds: 10:00am, 1:00pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm 
Maximum two (1/2 point) byes. Bye for last round must be declared before start of round 2


22nd annual
Charles Drafts Memorial
Sat Aug 22, 2015
 

 


 ........ 
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 22 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.



 



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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.]

BCC: FRIDAY NIGHT BLITZ // AUGUST 13, 2015 // NM JESSE NICHOLAS PERFECT 8 // EUGENE SLAVIN 2ND

BOYLSTON CHESS CLUB
CAMBRIDGE MA
NM Jesse Nicholas (2200) 8 points 1st place
Eugene Slaven (1700) 5 points 2nd place
(correcting error of omission of "2" from No. 3 player on cross table)
Harold Dondis (1720) 2.5 points 1-2nd U1800 prize
Steve Stepak (1740) 2.5 points 1-2nd U1800 prize
Michael Punsak (1400) 2 points
BCC Veteran tournament player, NM Jesse Nicholas
scored a perfect 8/8 to clinch clear 1st place.
Bravo, Jesse!
COURAGEOUS!
Almost 93 years young (October) Harold Dondis, Esq.,
held his own vs NM Jesse Nicholas, yet lost both games on
time!  Bravo, Harold, you are a good sport and a courageous
chess spirit! Harold prevailed to share 1-2nd for the U1800
prize. Bravisimo, Harold!
TWO NEW BCC PLAYERS: WELCOME
Eugene Slavin, black vs Michael Punsak, first time to the
BCC Cambridge: welcome Eugene and Michael !
TD/PHOTOGRAPHS: STEVE STEPAK
Steve Stepak 1-2nd U1800 prize.
See you all next Friday, for the
August 20th FNB!

Continental Open, Sturbridge Aug 2015



by Tony Cortizas, Jr


 Click here to visit Tony's entire photo collection of the Continental Open 2015.
(I suggest using the slideshow option to view these beautiful photos. - rjo) 


GM Gata Kamsky and GM Sergey Kudrin led the open section with 5.0 each.

Details of the entire tournament are at the Continental Open crosstable


The more than 70 pictures of players in Sturbridge include prominent GMs and many Boylston Chess Club players:

GM Gata Kamsky
GM Sergey Kudrin and IM Marc Esserman
GM Alexander Shabalov, 2015 US Open Champion

GM Alexander Ivanov

IM Marc Esserman
Carissa Yip
Arthur Guo
Gerry Williams



Percy Yip


IM Marc Esserman

Denys Shmelov

Mark Fins

Andrew Hoy
Natasha Christiansen
Brian Perez-Daple

Nisha Deolalikar
GM Alexandr Lenderman v Christopher Gu
Joseph Perl
Mateos Sahakian
Loring Lauretti
Natasha Christiansen and Carissa Yip

Farzad Abdi

Jonathan Lee
Andrew Hoy
Brant Vernon
Ani Perl
Nithin Kavi
Walter Driscoll
Alex Yu
Bob Oresick