Tuesday, January 16, 2018

BCC $15 OPEN:DR BOTTA / JOAQUIN CARLSON / 1-2ND / OPEN // GREG ARDINI 1ST / U1800 // 43 PLAY

 
GAME 60 5" DELAY IN 2 SECTIONS:
OPEN AND U1800
OPEN SECTION
NM Dr. Alejandro Botta vs Eric Feng, Round 2.
Dr. Botta scored 3.5 points to share 1-2nd place
with Joaquin Carlson.
Logan Boucher, black vs Joaquin Carlson, Round 3.
Joaquin was 3-0 on the day with a half point bye to
rack up 3.5 points sharing 1-2nd place with NM Dr. Botta.
TOP JUNIORS
Nicholas Belous(2011) vs Ruohan Yin, Round 2.
Nick was 3-1, losing to Dr. Botta in the last round.
This was good enough to claim clear 3rd place!
8 yr old Ruohan was even on the day, 2:2 and notched
his rating up to 1700. Terrific results for both juniors!
U1800 SECTION
Alexander Fang Meng, black vs Thomas Veeramani, Round 2.
(upper): Harrison Jumper, black vs Greg Ardini.
Greg won 3 in a row and drew his last game with Ian Brody
to take clear 1st place with 3.5 points. Bravo, Greg!
Jeffrey Liu, black vs Andrew Scacchi, Round 1.
Jeff scored 3 points to share 2-3rd place with Ben Hough!

SCENES FROM
AROUND THE HALL
BCC PLAYING VENUE: PRESTINE
Kids planning their game . . . 
Atul Kannan, black vs David Milliern, Round 2.
Atul and David each scored 2.5 points to share 4-8th place.
Atul and David are also BCC assistant TDs and
Atul in on the Board of Directors 2017-2018.
Another view of the BCC playing area . . .  nice!
sister brother consultation . . . 
 . . . planning with white . . . 
REFUELING
LUNCH!
Boylston Chess Club kids: sweet and good!
LEARNING TO PLAY WELL
Jericho Carlson (right): +54 to 1022 rating!
Bravo, Jericho!
TOURNAMENT ADMINISTRATION:
NICK STERLING CHIEF TD
NATASHA CHRISTIANSEN ASST TD
Nick, in his summer gear!
PHOTOS:STEVE STEPAK


Monday, January 15, 2018

Spiegel Cup January Scholastic

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DateSunday, January 21, 2018
Event Format4SS
Time ControlG/30 d5
Sections14 & Under, 11& Under, 8 & Under, and Non-USCF
Entry Fee$25, $20 for BCF members, $5 more at door
PrizesTrophies for 1st/2nd each age group and non-USCF section, medal for 3rd
Registration10:00am - 10:20am
Round Times10:30am, 11:50am, 1:00pm, 2:00pm
DescriptionSection eligibility based on age as of December 31, 2017.
14 & Under and 8 & Under sections are USCF rated, and USCF membership is required. The Non-USCF section is open to all players who are no more than 14 years old (both rated and unrated players), and will not be rated by the USCF; thus, USCF membership is not required for the Non-USCF section.

Points earned from the 14 & Under, 11 & Under, and 8 & Under count toward qualification to be invited to play in the Spiegel Cup in March, the Massachusetts State Scholastic Championship organized by MACA.

Half-point byes, if granted, do NOT count toward Spiegel Cup qualification.
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List



Polar Vortex: Game/80

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DateSaturday, January 20, 2018
Event Format3SS
Time ControlG/80 d10
SectionsOpen & U1800
Entry Fee$35, $20 for BCF Members, $5 more if not registering online
Prizes$240 guaranteed: Open $100 - $60, U1800 $50 - $30
Registration9:15am - 9:45am
Round Times10:00am, 1:45 pm, 5:00pm
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List



Monday, January 08, 2018

Dynamic Piece Value - seminar by NM Atul Kannan


banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.




seminar by NM Atul Kannan  
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Friday, January 19, 2018

7-9 pm on Friday, January 19th

Fee:  $30 for members; $50 for non-members

Registration:  6:30pm - 7:00pm (online ends at 6:30pm)


Seminar time:  7:00pm - 9:00pm


We have all heard that pawns are 1 point, knights & bishops 3, rooks 5, queen 9, and the King is worth the whole game. But can this valuation change? Can rooks ever be worth less? Can pawns be worth 6 points? One of the fastest ways to improve at chess and boost your rating is to understand how pieces and pawns can shift in value.

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In this seminar, National Master Atul Kannan will show you how to use this information to your advantage in the game. In addition to rules of thumb and techniques, the session will feature some illustrative games including one between Google's Alpha Zero and Stockfish. Last but not least, the event is meant to be interactive and questions are welcome.

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Atul is a National Master and has been playing and teaching chess for over 15 years. He has run chess camps and done coaching for children and adults; has done several lectures and seminars; and has won multiple tournaments including the Louisiana Pro-Am and Grand Picayune Open. He also has tutored high level math and science, and has done workshops on personal finance. He is currently a second year student at the Harvard Business School and a board member of the Boylston Chess Foundation.

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Current Pre-Registration List

NM Atul Kannen    photo:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.




Boston Chess Congress photos by Tony Cortizas, Jr.


Harbor view. 2018 Boston Chess Congress, Hyatt Regency Boston. Harbor.




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Self-portrait. 2018 Boston Chess Congress, Hyatt Regency Boston. Harbor.


 The Boylston was well represented in all sections,  and among the leaders in the Premier section:



    1 | YAROSLAV ZHEREBUKH              |4.0  |W  35|W  21|D  11|W   3|D   2|
   MO | 15105277 / R: 2705   ->2701     |     |B    |W    |B    |W    |B    |
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    2 | ALEXANDER IVANOV                |4.0  |W  17|D   4|W  16|W   6|D   1|
   MA | 12513936 / R: 2565   ->2576     |     |W    |B    |W    |B    |W    |
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    3 | MIKA BRATTAIN                   |4.0  |W  38|W  22|W  13|L   1|W  14|
   MA | 13052087 / R: 2507   ->2510     |     |W    |B    |W    |B    |W    |
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    4 | EDWARD SONG                     |4.0  |W  19|D   2|W  36|W   8|D   7|
   MI | 13994740 / R: 2402   ->2420     |     |B    |W    |B    |W    |W    |
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    5 | DR ALEJANDRO FELIX BOTTA        |4.0  |W  41|H    |W  27|H    |W  13|
   MA | 12740272 / R: 2249   ->2266     |     |B    |     |W    |     |W    |
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    6 | STEVEN ZIERK                    |3.5  |W  18|D   8|W  20|L   2|W  19|
   CA | 12796611 / R: 2562   ->2556     |     |B    |W    |B    |W    |B    |
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    7 | DENYS SHMELOV                   |3.5  |D  15|W  24|D  14|W  11|D   4|
   MA | 13433622 / R: 2538   ->2528     |     |W    |B    |W    |W    |B    |
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    8 | NATHAN SOLON                    |3.5  |W  12|D   6|W  25|L   4|W  22|
   MA | 12637883 / R: 2321   ->2333     |     |W    |B    |W    |B    |W    |
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    9 | CARISSA SHIWEN YIP              |3.5  |W  47|L  13|H    |W  36|W  21|
   MA | 14514636 / R: 2329   ->2331     |     |W    |B    |     |W    |B    |
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   10 | RAJESH COIMBATORE SHANMUGASUNDARAM |3.5  |L  23|D  37|W  38|W  30|W  24|
   MA | 16434545 / R: 2283   ->2283     |     |W    |B    |W    |B    |W    |
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   11 | NITHIN KAVI                     |3.5  |W  31|W  23|D   1|L   7|W  27|
   MA | 14212491 / R: 2214   ->2238     |     |B    |W    |W    |B    |W    |
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   12 | JASON M DRAKE                   |3.5  |L   8|W  48|D  31|W  34|W  16|
   IL | 12632954 / R: 2152   ->2173     |     |B    |W    |B    |W    |W    |
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You can view all of Tony's photos of the Boston Chess Congress here.



Sunday, January 07, 2018

Milestones Sunday

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.



 
 
 
DateSunday, January 14, 2018
Event Format3SS
Time ControlG/80 d10
SectionsTBA
Entry Fee$35, $20 for BCF Members, $5 more if not registering online
PrizesTBA
Registration9:30am - 9:45am
Round Times10:00am, 1:45 pm, 5:00pm
DescriptionOpen to all players born in 1997 or earlier.
Accelerated pairings may be used. Free parking on Sundays!
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List






$15 Open

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DateSaturday, January 13, 2018
Event Format4SS
Time ControlG60 d5
SectionsOpen & U1800
Entry Fee$15 if registering online, $30 at door, $20 for BCF members at door
Prizes$300 Guaranteed: Open: $150-$100, U1800: $50
Registration9:15am - 9:45am
Round Times10:00am, 1:00pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List



Wednesday, January 03, 2018

January Thursday Night Swiss


banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.




DateThursdays, January  11, 18, 25
Event Format3SS
Time Control40/90, SD/20 d10
SectionsOpen & U1900
Entry Fee$35, $20 for BCF Members, $5 more if not registering online
Prizes$300 based on 25 paid entries: Open 1st $125, 2nd $75 U1900 1st $60, 2nd $40
Registration6:30pm - 7:00pm
Round Times7:15pm
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List

BCC WINTER GAME 80: DEEP / INTENSE / NM LAWYER TIMES 1ST: 3-0 // ROBERT ORESICK 1ST: 3-0 // U1800 // 21 PLAY //

 
80 MINUTES SUDDEN DEATH + 10" DELAY
IN 2 SECTIONS: OPEN AND U1800
OPEN SECTION
NM Lawyer Times, former BCC Champion, entertains
expert Jerry Li, Round 2. Lawyer posted a perfect 3-0 to
clinch 1st place. Jerry scored 2 points to share 3-7th place.
ONE HANDED SNATCH
Ilya Rozonoyer, black vs NM Lawyer Times, Round 1.
CRITICAL GAME
NM Lawyer Times (2260) vs NM/WFM Ramya Inapuri (2254)
Round 3. Ramya scored 2 points to share 3-7th place.
NM Nithin Kavi, black: planning his defense,
vs expert Linden Li, Round 2.
Nithin scored 2.5 points to take clear
2nd place. Linden scored 1.5 points to share
8-9th place.
U1800 SECTION
Bob Oresick, former Boston University Dean, awaits his next
opponent. With focus and fortitude, Bob pulled off a hat-trick:
3-0, to claim clear 1st place in the U1800 section.
Bravo, Bob, way'ta go!
Richard Kahn scored 1.5 points to take clear 2nd place
in the U1800 section.
BEAUTIFUL VENUE

CELEBRITY CHESS PERSONALITY
Alice Lee
and her brother Linden Li . . .  
Alice Lee and brother Linden Li [note American spelling
of last name for Alice; Chinese spelling for brother
Linden, yet same family!] Sister-brother warm up during
lunch break at BCC Game 80.  Chess: a family affair!
EXTRA GAME
Dr. Fang Li, research scientist at Harvard Medical School,
and proud father of Linden and Alice Li engage Bob Oresick
in a rated game of chess. Bob, on a roll in this event,
won this game too!
KIDS AT THE BCC
 
Liam Henry Putnam vs Alice Lee, Round 1.
(background): Eric Feng vs Linden Li.
Jierui Li, (standing).
(background, sitting): Derek Chubo Zhao
AGE MIX
CHESS IS TOUGH: FOCUS !  THINK !
MOTLEY CREW
Jeffrey Liu, Soren Sandman Pedersen vs Liam Putnam,
Paul Mishkin, Esq. vs Eric Feng . . . 
 Alice Lee plays black vs Liam Putnam.
Mother of Alice, (center, background): watches.
FACES
INDIAN CHESS PRINCESS
Lewis Tu vs WFM Ramya Inapuri, Round 1.
COACH!
NICK STERLING PHD CHIEF TD
BERNARDO IGLESIAS ASST TD
PHOTOS: STEVE STEPAK