Tuesday, January 17, 2017

BCC POLAR VORTEX: 2 DAY EVENT !! // ERIC FENG 1ST / PREMIER SECTION // GRANT REINGOLD 1ST U2000 SECTION // 29 PLAY //

BOYLSTON CHESS CLUB
40 NORRIS STREET, CAMBRIDGE, MA
PREMIER SECTION 
Eric Feng vs Atul Kannan, R3. Eric won 3 games with a
half point bye for 3.5 points and clear 1st place! Bravo, Eric!
Atul was even on the day: 2/4.
Derek Jin vs NM Andrew Hoy, Round 2.
Andrew scored 2 wins with 2 byes for 3 points and
clear 2nd place. Bravo, Andrew!
9 yr old Derek had 1 point for a +16 to 1927 rating.
Bravo, Derek!
Maxwell Zhao, black, vs Paul Mishkin, R3: draw!
(background): Calvin Hori, black vs Bernie Xu: draw!
Calvin and Bernie finished 3-4th with 2.5 points. 
Atul Kannan plays Natasha Christiansen, Round 2.
Atul scored 2 points to share 5-8th place.
 Gabriel Birzu vs Alan Song, Round 3.
Gabriel and Alan scored 2 points each for a share of
5-8th place. Bravo, Gabriel and Alan!
BCC Patron Mark Fins plays black vs Paul Hodgden, Round 2.
Paul finished the day with 2 points for a share of 5-8th place.
(background): Alan Song, black vs Paul Mishkin. 
U2000 SECTION
Princeton '17
Grant Rheingold scored 3.5 points in the U2000
Section to clinch clear 1st place. Grant, with a
provisional rating of 839 increased his numbers
by + 358 for a 1197 final rating from this event.
Bravo, Grant!
Grant Rheingold plays black vs John Archibald, Round 3.
Grant won his first 3 games and drew with Yue Huang
for a total of 3.5 and clear 1st place. Bravo, Grant!
John scored 2.5 points to share 4-5th place. 
Yue (Kerry) Huang plays white vs Joy Cao, Round 3.
Yue was undefeated in this event with 2 wins, a draw and
a half-point bye for 3 points to share 2-3rd place.
Bravo! Yue!
TRUE GRIT 

 Istem Fer Polat plays Bob Oresick, Round 2.
After losing to Kerry, Bob won 3 games in a row
to share 2-3rd place. Way'ta go Bob!!
Joy Cao scored 2.5 points for 4-5th place.
Brava, Joy!
THE NEXT BOBBY FISCHER
John Archibald scored 2.5 points
to share 4-5th place.
Bravo, Jonny!!
 SCENES FROM AROUND THE HALL
Aaron Lu vs Alexander Fang Meng, Round 2, U2000 Section.
Uygar Polat plays black vs Srikanth Rapaka, Round 2.
 Istem Fer Polat, wife of Uygar Polat plays white vs
Kelsey Liu, Round 3. The Polat's are a new chess
couple I will make note of here! Welcome: Polat family! The 
other famous couples of the BCC that come to mind are 
WCM Natasha Christiansen/GM Larry Christiansen
and WIM Vesna Dimitrijevic/FM Bill Kelleher.
 PATRON SAINTS OF THE BCC
Portraits of Harry Lyman and Harold Dondis, grace the walls
of the BCC, as they look down from Chess Heaven,
enjoying the action. It is always good to remember that
the sustenance and vitality of a chess club is dependent on the
generosity in time and money of its caring members and friends.
Thank you Harry Lyman and Harold Dondis! 
Harry and Harold would have loved to see all the kids,
both boys and girls, who play regularly at the BCC now!
[Featured in the photo are: John Archibald playing 
Kelsey Liu; Lawrence Tu playing Grant Rheingold;
Uygar Polat playing Srikanth Rapaka; and
Kevin Liu playing Raymond Xu. This is Grant
Rheingold's first trip to the BCC: Welcome Grant!
And his 3rd tournament of his career! Good show!]
Bravo, kids of the BCC!
TOURNAMENT
ADMINISTRATION:
CHIEF TD
NATASHA CHRISTIANSEN
CHIEF ASSISTANT TD
MICHAEL HODGDEN
3RD TD
NM ANDREW HOY
PHOTOS: STEVE STEPAK

COMPLETE CROSSTABLE

Monday, January 16, 2017

Senior Sunday



 
 
DateSunday, January 22, 2017
Event Format3SS
Time ControlG/80 d10
Entry Fee$35, $20 for BCF Members, $5 more at the door
PrizesTo be announced
Registration9:15am - 9:45am
Round Times10:00am, 1:30pm, 4:30pm
DescriptionOpen to players age 50 and over based on the tournament end date.
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List  





Plus Score




 
 
 
DateSaturday, January 21, 2017
Event Format4SS
Time ControlG/60 d5
Entry Fee$35, $20 for BCF Members, $5 more at the door
PrizesPrizes based on score: 4.0 = $100, 3.5 = $60, 3.0 = $40, 2.5 = $20
Registration9:15am - 9:45am
Round Times10:00am, 1:00pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm
DescriptionMax two half point byes (half point byes do not count for prizes)
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List



Polar Vortex Premier photos by Tony Cortizas, Jr


 BCC Polar Vortex Premier  

Photo Gallery link


Some photos by Tony Cortizas, Jr.



Kerry Huang. BCC Polar Vortex 2017.
Alan Song. BCC Polar Vortex 2017.
Istem Polat. BCC Polar Vortex 2017.
Uygar Polat. BCC Polar Vortex 2017.
Kelsey Liu with father Jiayun. BCC Polar Vortex 2017
Lawrence Tu. BCC Polar Vortex 2017.
Maxwell Zhao. BCC Polar Vortex 2017.

Paul Mishkin. BCC Polar Vortex 2017.
TD Natasha Christiansen. BCC Polar Vortex





Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Boston Chess Congress photos by Tony Cortizas, Jr.



Hi all,

Photos from Sunday at the 2017 Boston Chess Congress  
at Hyatt Regency Boston.


Enjoy.
Tony Cortizas, Jr.



Nicholas Belous. 2017 Boston Chess Congress, Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor.



GM Alexander Ivanov, IM David Vigorito. 2017 Boston Chess Congress, Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor.


Farzad Abdi, IM Aleksandr Ostrovskiy. 2017 Boston Chess Congress, Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor.  


Alan Sikarov. 2017 Boston Chess Congress, Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor.
Alexander Meng. 2017 Boston Chess Congress, Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor.
Ani Perl. 2017 Boston Chess Congress, Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor.
Carissa Yip. 2017 Boston Chess Congress, Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor.
David Katsman and mother Galina Dymkova. 2017 Boston Chess Congress, Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor.
Farzad Abdi (GM Eric Hansen watching). 2017 Boston Chess Congress, Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor.


BCC DOMINATES BOSTON CHESS CONGRESS: GM ALEXANDER IVANOV CLEAR 1ST // GM HANSEN / IM VIGORITO / FM CHASE / NM YIP / NM ABDI / 2-6TH IN PREMIER SECTION // 218 PLAY // 7 SECTIONS // CHIEF TD: STEVE IMMITT / CHIEF ASST. TD: BOB MESSENGER // ASST. TD: HAROLD SCOTT //

BOYLSTON CHESS CLUB AT THE
BOSTON CHESS CONGRESS
JANUARY 2017
BOSTON SKYLINE: JANUARY 2017
1st Place: GM Alexander Ivanov $1,207
2-3rd Place: GM Eric Hansen $232
2-3rd Place: IM David Vigorito $232
2-3rd Place: FM Chris Chase $232
2-3rd Place: WFM (BCC Champion 2016) Carissa Yip $232
1st U2300: NM Farzad Abdi $464
2nd U2300 Matthew Meredith $232
CROSSTABLES FOR ALL SECTIONS 
BOSTON CHESS CONGRESS 2017 
PREMIER SECTION
It's all in the pencil!


GM Alexander Ivanov, endgame specialist, builds his win.
Alex won this Round 4 game and took 1st price in the Premier. 
CRITICAL GAME
 GM Alexander Ivanov on the move vs IM David Vigorito
Round 4. Boston Chess Congress, Hyatt Boston Harbor Hotel
at Logan Airport. Alex won this game in a convincing positional
endgame zugzwang position, up a pawn.
 GM Ivanov (right) up a pawn, on the move, calculating
for the full point, vs IM David Vigorito, Round 4
FINAL POSITION: BLACK RESIGNS 
 Black on the think: resigns. White will re-position the knight 
on c3 to d5 after the bishop on d5 vacates that square, to 
usher in one of white's queen-side pawns for queening . . . 
MASTERLY DISCUSSION
 GM Alexander Ivanov shares his comment on the draw between
GM Eric Hansen (left) and IM Alexandr Ostrovsky, Round 4. 
Bb5!
WFM Carissa Yip on the move vs GM Alex Ivanov, Round 5.
This game ended in a draw, securing first place to Alex and
prize money for Carissa.
GM Eric Hansen on the move vs NM Michael Isakov, Round 5.
FM Chris Chase, former BCC Champion and board member, black vs
NM Nithin Kavi;  Former BCC president, IM David Vigorito vs
 expert Zhanehe Liu; Paul Mishkin, Esq. BCC board member, observes
Round 5. Chris and David won their games to place in the money.
CRITICAL GAME
 WFM Carissa Yip (2324), black vs NM Grant Xu (2397), 
Round 4. Carissa won this game with style, catapulting 
her up to the money parings for the last round.
 IN THE GROVE

NM Farzad Abdi, BCC master and chess coach, laser focused,
holds the board vs Alexandr Ostrovsky for the full point, Round 5.
(background): GM Eric Hansen (3rd ranked player of Canada) vs
NM Michael Isakov.
TIME PRESSURE EXCITEMENT 
BCC regulars Nicholas Belous (left) plays black vs
Josh Keller, on the move with white, trying to squeeze 
a win out of a drawn position . . . time-pressure: draw!
Nick and Josh shared 1-2nd place in the U1700 section,
each to earn $649 for their sporting efforts. Bravo, both! 
BOYLSTON CHESS CLUB 
2017 NEW YEARS DAY TRAINING 
PAYS OFF
Paul Arond, trains at the BCC, Herb Healy
un-rated section, New Year's day event.
Paul found his stride and won the U1900
Section of the Boston Chess Congress
with a perfect 5-0 score. Bravo, Paul!  
Nowell Sheinwald (right) plays Robert Stewart, Round 4.
(background): Rishabh Vuthamaraju, from Connecticut,
plays black vs Paul Arond. Paul won this game and the
section with a perfect 5-0. Nowell, former BCC board
member, now in law school, finished the day with 4 points
and 2-3rd place for a $185 cash prize. (way back):
Paul Mishkin plays Matthew Manzo.
SCENES FROM 
AROUND THE HALL 
 Alan Song vs Ian Lomeli, Round 4
BOYLSTON CHESS CLUB PLAYERS
NM Hal Terrie vs Danila Poliannikov; NM Ryan Sowa vs 
Zhanhe Liu; NM Nithin Kavi plays NM Timothy Sage;
FM Chris Chase vs WFM Martha Samadashvili.
(standing, left): IM David Vigorito and NM Farzad Abdi.
REALLY! 
 Patric Schenk plays black vs former BCC Vice President
WCM Natasha Christiansen, Round 5.
 Brian Yin vs Scott Didham; Matt Manzo, black vs Alonzo Ross;
Calvin Hori vs Christopher Lomeli . . . 
Brian Yin, black vs BCC patron Mark Fins, Round 4.
 squeezing . . .
 Maxwell Chen, black vs Alex Yu, Round 4.
One comment: "Alex had a win in the middle game."
By the endgame, I thought the game looked
drawn to me. [It might have been.]
Alex was pushing for a miracle . . .
but got caught in a mating net.
Ansgarius Aylward vs Bob Oresick [center stage]
Joy Cao and Tianna Wang before the start
of Round 5 in the U1900 Section
U2100 SECTION
BCC Veteran Bob Sullivan vs Jarrod Tavares, Round 4: draw!
BCC Veteran Tom Sifter plays black vs Justin Li, Round 5
in the U1700 section.
Patric Schenk v Chris Lomeli; Calvin Hori, 
black v Scott Didham, Round 4.
THOUGHT PROVOKING
CONCENTRATION
CALCULATION
CENTER STAGE: David Katzman (writing) vs Mark Chudnovsky.
you don't saaay!
Jonathan Lee finger talk'n with his opponent, Round 4.
Eric Feng (2030) plays in the Premier Section.
 
Alexander Meng (top) plays black vs Kevin Liu (writing) 
Round 5 U1900 Section
Lydia Shen vs Arthur Learnard, Round 5, U1500 Section.
Kelsey Liu vs Jack Tompros, R5 
U1250 Section.
  OOPS!
BLACK: CARISSA!
DREAM ILLUSION

  
BOSTON CHESS CONGRESS
BLITZ EVENT 
BLITZ CROSSTABLE
Grant Xu (2497) 8-0; clear 1st place: $85
Charles Slade, BCC board member
scored 6/8 for 2nd place: $43
 Maxwell D. Chen
BCC regular, scored
6/8 for 1st U2100: $51 
 BCC president, NM Andrew Hoy 
scored 5/8 for 4-6th place.
BCC regular NM Siddharth Arun 
scored 5/8 for 4-6th place.
Former BCC board member
and current law school student 
Nowell Sheinwald scored 
5/8 for 4-6th place.
WFM Carissa Yip/Anton Barash placed 
1-3rd in the Mixed Doubles Teams
Category for a cash prize of: $433.34
PARTING SHOT
WFM Carissa Yip on the move vs GM Alexander
Ivanov, Round 5: draw!
 
PHOTOS: STEVE STEPAK