Monday, March 23, 2015

BCC LEGENDS OF CHESS MARCH: FM CHASE WINS OPEN // VINCENT NGUYEN U1950 // 22 PLAY

ELECTRIC ENERGY
FM Chris Chase plays chess! 3.5/4; clear 1st place.
MORNING LIGHT SHINES ON THE BOARD
FM Chris Chase weaves his web vs Mike Griffin, Round 1.
Mike was 2/4 for 50 percent.
COMPLICATIONS GALORE
NM Farzad Abdi looks for the key to this opening position vs
FM Chris Chase, Round 2.
Farzad was 2.5/4 for a share of 2-5th place.
CRITICAL GAME: SHAKE!
FM Chris Chase v Jared Becker (Asst. TD), Round 3.
Jared squeezes his brain to find a solid setup vs FM Chase,
Round 3. Jared scored 2.5 to share 2-5th place 
and a +5 to 2036 rating.
MASTERLY GAME
Pinyi Hu on the move vs NM Hal Terrie, Round 2. The game
was drawn. Hal scored 2.5 points to share 2-5th place and
Pinyi Hu can be proud of his 1st round victory over NM Eric
Godin for a +69 to 1811 rating. Bravo, Pinyi!
U1950 SECTION
PERFECTION
Vincent Nguyen, Co-President of the
Harvard University Chess Club, scores
a perfect 4-0 to take clear 1st place in the
U1950 section, for a +14 to 1952 rating.
Bravo, Vincent!
 
 Jerry Li plays white vs Vincent Nguyen in Round 2.  Jerry
scored 2 points to share 3-5th place with Boshen Li and
Skyler Huang Zhou. (background): Rui Liang.
Vincent Nguyen white vs Rui Liang, Round 3.
(background): Terrence Fricker (hat) and Boshen Li.
Rui Liang (right) plays William Karafelis in Round 1.
Rui scored 3 points to take clear 2nd place in the U1950 section,
for a +42 to 1831 provisional rating.  This is Rui's first visit
to the BCC Cambridge site! Welcome Rui. William scored 1.5
points for a +13 to 1213 provisional rating.
(background, left to right): Mark Fins plays Gabriel Birzu;
Greg Ardini white, vs Howard Goldowsky.
NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Boshen Li scored 2 points to share 3-5th
place in the U1950 for a +26 to 1533 rating.
Bravo, Boshen!
Jerry Li scored 2 points to share 3-5th place in the U1950 section 
for a +3 to 1495 rating. Bravo, Jerry! (background): NM Abdi v 
Harold Dondis, Esq. Round 1.
Skyler Huang Zhou scored 2 points to share
 3-5th place in the U1950 section for a +49 to
 1243 rating. Bravo, Skyler!
GREEN TINT
Greg Ardini plays black vs Harold Dondis, Esq. in an extra game.
Harold won this game and had 1.5 points for his efforts in the
Open Section!  Greg had 1.5 points total in the U1950 section.

PHOTOS: STEVE STEPAK
CHIEF EVENT TD
NM ANDREW HOY

Monday, March 16, 2015

BCC $5 OPEN // TIMES / GODIN / HOY /// DONDIS / LI / U1950 // 29 PARTICIPANTS // NEW FACES

BOYLSTON CHESS CLUB + $5 OPEN
IN TWO SECTIONS
OPEN SECTION
1-3rd
NM Lawyer Times scores with White vs NM Hal Terrie,
in Round 2.  Lawyer scored 3 points to share 1-3rd place
with NM Eric Godin and NM Andrew Hoy!
 
NM Eric Godin dressed for summer, scored
3 out of 3 to share 1-3rd place with NM
Lawyer Times and NM Andrew Hoy!
CRITICAL GAME
NM Eric Godin scored the full point vs NM Lawyer Times
in Round  3 for a +19 to 2250 rating. Bravo, Eric!
NM Andrew Hoy scored 2 wins plus 2 half-point byes, to
total 3 points to share 1-3rd place with NM Lawyer Times
and NM Eric Godin. Here Andrew is playing black vs
Niranjan Shankar.
U1950 SECTION
Harold Dondis, Esq. plays black vs Jason Xiong in Round 1
as John Archibald observes. Harold was 3 for 3 with
a last round half point bye to share 1-2nd place with
Boshen Li. Bravo, Harold!
YOUTH SURGES
Boshen Li scored 3 straight wins with a last round
half-point bye to share 1-2nd place with Harold
Dondis.  Boshen was +127 for 1487 rating!!
Bravo, Boshen!
CREATIVE SPARK
Mariam Abd-El-Barr first time at the BCC!
Welcome, Mariam!
Mariam Abd-El-Bar plays black vs Jerry Li in Round 1.
(background, left-to-right): Nithin Kavi, Aidan Sowa, 
NM Lawyer Times, NM Eric Godin (holding up the wall)
BROTHERS ZHAO HOLD STEADY
Maxwell Zhao scored 1.5 points in the Open
section for a +2 to 1917 rating.
SHADES OF MICHAEL JORDAN
Is this position delicious, or what? 8 yr old Winston 
Zhao sets up his game with the black pieces vs 
Jerry Li: draw! Game played in Round 3. Winston
was 50 percent on the day 2/4!
BOB IS BACK!
Robert "Bob" Oresick, Dean Emeritus, Boston
University, is back on the chess circuit after
recuperating from a serious illness.  Here he is
seen playing Richard Alan Chen in Round 2. Bob is 
also in the field of the 10 2RR Paramount, played 
on Monday nights.  Welcome back Bob! 
You look marvelous!!
CONTEMPLATIVE CHESS SCENE
Ed Foye plays Boshen Li in Round 2.
(background, center): Bob Oresick, Jared Becker (playing an adjourned
 round of the Paramount with Soren Pedersen); David Zhu Sun,
Winston Zhao; as a portrait of Harry Lyman, BCC Guardian
Angel, radiates  approval and joy at this splendid robust chess event.
BERNARDO IGLESIAS: TD
PHOTOS: STEVE STEPAK
PS
NEUROSCIENCE
has it that sticking out your tongue helps
your brain to power-up for serious thinking
and critical action!
 
Michael Jordan
Gary Kasparov

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

BCC: NM CHRIS WILLIAMS VS CARISSA YIP // BCC LEGENDS // GAME ANALYSIS // COMMENTS // APPLAUSE // CARISSA +41 FOR 1-2ND PLACE

GAME OF THE YEAR
BCC LEGENDS OF CHESS FEBRUARY 21, 2015, R=4
POSTURE IS KEY
NM Chris Williams played 9.g5 . . . prompting Nfd7;  now
Chris is thinking about playing "f4"; Carissa looks ready!
Objectively, the position was equal through move 16.
The tenor of the game was spirited, both sides playing boldly. 
Though by move 17. . . . Qxg5, Carissa had "stuff" especially 
because of Chris's uncastled king, still in the center of the board.
Maybe the final chance for Chris to "save things" was choosing
to play 20.Qe2!? rather than what he played (20.Qd2 . . . )
What do you think?
Carissa displayed some very impressive endgame technique to put this game
in the win column for the black pieces.  Very well played, Carissa!
[After this BCC Legends event (February 21, 2015), in which Carissa tied for
1st place, attaining a +41 to 2191 rating, she completed her participation in the BCC
Thursday Night Swiss in which she scored 2/4 for a +3 to 2194 rating (February 26, 2015).
Finally, on February 28, 2015 Carissa closed out her play in the Billerica CC February
Swiss, in which she scored 2.5 points out of 3 with a rating increase of +9 to to 2203.
This gave Carissa the clear distinction of becoming the youngest female player
in USCF history to become a master! Brava, bravissimo, Carissa!]
PHOTO AND GAME PREPARATION: 
STEVE STEPAK

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

BCC PARAMOUNT EVENT 10 ROUNDS // DOUBLE ROUND ROBIN // TIME CONTROL: 40/90; d5, G/60; d5 // CALL FOR PLAYERS // CONTACT ASAP

16th Annual Paramount 
CALL FOR PLAYERS
TO ADD TO THE FIELD TO MAKE 2 SECTIONS
OF 6 PLAYERS EACH FOR A 2RR 10 ROUND EVENT
FOR THOSE WISHING TO JOIN
THE FIELD, PLEASE CONTACT:

BERNARDO IGLESIAS (EVENT TD)
email: biglesia@bu.edu

Monday, March 02, 2015

BCC: GIRL POWER // FEBRUARY GRAND PRIX REPORT: NATASHA CHRISTIANSEN / MAXWELL ZHAO 1-2nd / 21 PLAYERS / 1 SECTION // NEW FACES // MILESTONES GALORE // CARISSA YIP BECOMES NM

BCC: GRAND PRIX (OPEN)
NM Eric Godin on the move vs Natasha Christiansen, Round 4,
 ready to win in her regal chess sweater, anticipates the set-up.
Natasha scored 3 wins and a 3rd Round half-point bye to
chalk up 3.5 points for a share of 1-2nd place. Natasha earned
a +69 to 1925 rating. Brava, Natasha!
LASER FOCUS
Maxwell Zhao, ready to rumble with white vs Jerry Li in their
Round 2 game. Max won 3 games in row with a half-point bye
 for Round 4 to share 1-2nd place with Natasha Christiansen.
Max scored 3.5 points and a +62 to 1915 rating. Bravo, Max!
ROCK SOLID
NM Andrew Hoy (orange) (event TD) "silent force" awaits
his opponent's (Jason Tang) move in Round 4. With this win,
Andrew went on to share 3-5th place. Jason was 50 percent
with 2 points. Bravo, Andrew!
RECOVERY MODE
Nithin Kavi scored 3 wins in a row
after losing to Maxwell Zhao in
Round 1 to post 3 points and a
share of 3-5th place. Bravo, Nithin!
PLANNING THE ATTACK
Brandon Wu, (right) calculates his win vs Juan Payan in Round 2.
Brandon pulled himself together after his Round 1 loss to
Michael Yu, to score 3 wins in a row to share 3-5th place.
Bravo, Brandon! Always a fighter! (center, background: Jason Tang)
MILESTONE
Winston Zhao (rt.) plays NM Eric Godin in Round 2. Keeping his
eye on the center of the board, Winston recorded 2 wins, one
loss (to Eric) and 2.5 points to take clear 6th place!
8 yr old Winston was +74 to 1602 rating. Bravo, Winston!
MILESTONE
Michael Yu scored a Round 1 upset over
Brandon Wu to finish the tournament
with 2 point and a +66 to 1801 rating.
Bravo, Michael!
Jin Watch
8 yr old Derek Jin plays Mark Fins in Round 2.
Though Derek lost this game, he regained his
composure to draw his next two games for
1.5 points and a +7 to 1632 rating. Bravo, Derek!
SKITTLES BREAK BETWEEN ROUNDS
Michael Yu plays blitz with Brandon Wu.
(background): John Archibald, Max, Winston and Yi Zhao.
ANTICIPATION
Round 4 pairings: (left to right): NM Eric Godin, Mike Griffin,
Jared Becker, TD trainee, Andrew Hoy, TD, Pinyi Hu, Michael Yu
and Brandon Wu: in the BCC Skittles/TD room.
BEST HAT
Harold Dondis, Esq. 92 years young!
BEST PHOTO!
Harold Dondis, Esq. black vs Jason Tang, Round 3: 1-0 .
NM ANDREW HOY EVENT TD
PHOTOS: STEVE STEPAK
LATE BREAKING NEWS
It's official: Carissa Yip is youngest girl USCF master!
Carissa Yip had two good tournaments in a row
to get her rating to 2203! Brava, Carissa!
Carissa Yip: Step 1: press here!
Carissa Yip: step 2: press here !!
Carissa Yip final lap: press here!