Sunday, February 17, 2019

Boylston Chess: Masters Octads

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.


 
 
 
 
 
DateSunday, February 24, 2019
Event Format3SS
Time ControlG/85 d10
SectionsOctads, see description
Entry Fee$45, $60 for non-BCF members
PrizesTop section $$200-$100; Other sections $125; All guaranteed
Registration9:30am-9:45am
Round Times10:00am, 2:00pm, 5:30pm
DescriptionPlayers rated at least 2200 may register for the top section.
Players rated at least 2000 may register for the second section.
Players rated below 2000 may register for the lowest section, i.e., "other octads."
The top two Octads are open to the first 8 players to register for each.
Additional players over 2200 and over 2000, as well as all players rated 2000 and below, will be arranged into Octads by rating.
Higher of live rating and February supplement used for eligibility to top two Octads. Juniors under 18 may add 50 points for qualification purposes.
Octad winners of second and third Octads may play up one section in the next event.
Registration will open Wed, Feb 6 at 10am.
Minimum prize of $200 for the first two GM's or IM's to register and complete all three games.
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List












Boylston Chess: Tornado #133

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.

 
DateSaturday, February 23, 2019
Event Format4SS
Time ControlG/60 d5
SectionsOpen, U2000, & U1500
Entry Fee$35, $20 for BCF members; $5 more if not registering online in advance. Free entry for BCF members rated 2300+, but entry fee deducted from won prize.
PrizesPrizes$$360 GUARANTEED: Open 1st $150, 2nd $90 U2000 1st $70, U1500 1st $50
Registration9:15am - 9:45am
Round Times10:00am, 1:00pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm
DescriptionIn accordance with BCF policy, unrated players may play in any section. Rated players rated within 200 points of the lower section maximum may play up one section. Sections with fewer than 10 players may be combined.
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List














Sunday, February 10, 2019

Boylston Chess: February Scholastics

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.


DateSunday, February 17, 2019
Event Format4SS
Time ControlG/30 d5
Sections14 & Under, 8 & Under. A current USCF membership is required for both sections.
Entry Fee$25, $20 for BCF members; $5 more if not registering online in advance
PrizesTrophies for 1st/2nd each age group section, medal for 3rd
Registration10:00am - 10:20am
Round Times10:30am, 11:50am, 1:00pm, 2:00pm
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List













Boylston Chess: Presidents Day Swiss

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.



DateSaturday, February 16, 2019
Event Format4SS
Time ControlG/60 d5
SectionsOpen, U2000, & U1500
Entry Fee$35, $20 for BCF members, $5 more if not registering online in advance. Free entry for BCF members rated 2300+, but entry fee deducted from won prize.
Prizes$360 Based on 30 paid entries: Open 1st $150, 2nd $90 U2000 1st $70, U1500 1st $50
Registration9:15am - 9:45am
Round Times10:00am, 1:00pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm
DescriptionIn accordance with BCF policy, unrated players may play in any section. Rated players rated within 200 points of the lower section maximum may play up one section. Sections with fewer than 10 players may be combined.
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List










Thursday, February 07, 2019

Nithin Kavi on the "Magnus Metric"

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.




NM Nithin Kavi  wrote a clever piece on the Magnus Metric in the February issue of Chess Life.  Read it on page 34 of your copy.



photo:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.


banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.












Monday, February 04, 2019

Boylston Chess: Feb School Break Chess Clinic

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.

 
DateFebruary 19, 20, 21, 22
Event Format9am - 12:30pm each day
DescriptionThis program invites young chess players who already have a complete understanding of the rules of chess to come and develop their abilities. With a combination of lecture, question/answer and guided cooperative learning, the instructor will cover essential elements of the game: Tactics, Strategy, Openings, Middlegames, Endgames, Problems. Students will develop their memory, visualization ability, attention span, critical thinking skills, as well as their sense of fairness and good sportsmanship — all while having fun!

Who can join? School-age children, K-12, who are interested in improving at chess and maturing from motivated beginners to skilled intermediate players.

How much does it cost? Club membership is required for participation (Junior: $120/yr; $67/6 months; Family: $180/yr; $100/6 months). Participation fee: $180; $140 per child, if two or more per family. For first-time Club members, the fee is reduced to $150. Please make checks payable to the Boylston Chess Foundation and please pay on site.

Registration: Located in the renovated former Ellis School building, there is plenty of room at our pristine site. Reservation is not required. Just show up to unit B103, at 40 Norris Street the morning of the first day, before or around 9:00 a.m.! Use the right-side door of the building.

About the instructor: A master of the game and a Boylston Chess Club member for over 25 years, Jacob Rasin has been a professional chess teacher for over 35 years in the Soviet Union and the United States. 1978-1989, Jacob served as head coach at the Pioneers Palace of the Leningrad Province; 1982-1985, he had the additional assignment of training Soviet grandmasters and international masters. Since 1990, he has taught privately and at schools in the Boston area. His students have won dozens of scholastic state championships and medals, and more than ten national championships in various brackets. Jacob has directed the School Break Program since 1994.

For more information, call Jacob Rasin at home after 9pm (617) 783-6307; cell (857) 225-1297 or email boylstonchess@gmail.com












Boylston Chess: Legends of Chess - Alexey Suetin

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.


Alexey Suetin  
DateSaturday, February 9, 2019
Event Format4SS
Time ControlG/60 d5
SectionsOpen & U1900
Entry Fee$35, $20 for BCF members, $5 more if not registering online in advance. Free entry for BCF members rated 2300+, but entry fee deducted from won prize.
Prizes$$360 Guaranteed: Open 1st $150, 2nd $90 U1900 1st $70, 2nd $50
Registration9:15am - 9:45am
Round Times10:00am, 1:00pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm
DescriptionIn accordance with BCF policy, unrated players may play in any section. Rated players rated within 200 points of the lower section maximum may play up one section.
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List












Boylston Chess: Feb Thursday Night Swiss

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.


 
 
 
 
DateThursdays, February 7, 14, 21, 28
Event Format4SS
Time ControlG/105 d10
SectionsOpen & U1900
Entry Fee$35, $20 for BCF members, $5 more if not registering online in advance. Club members rated 2200+ may play in the Thursday Night Swiss with no entry fee and no prize deductions.
Prizes$300 based on 25 paid entries: 1st $125, 2nd $75; U1900 1st $60, 2nd $40
Registration6:15pm - 6:45pm
Round Times7:00pm
DescriptionBye and withdrawal requests must be received by 6:45pm.
Sections with fewer than 10 players may be merged.
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List











Friday, February 01, 2019

Natasha plays in the Marshall Senior Classic



Natasha plays in the Marshall Senior Classic    photo: Jim West


Thursday, January 31, 2019

Pix from Marshall Senior Classic 1/27/2019

Look at these pictures, taken by me on Sunday, during the tournament at the Marshall Chess Club.











Wednesday, January 30, 2019

GM SAMUEL SHANKLAND, US CHAMPION, BRILLIANT WIN WITH BLACK VS VLADIMIR KRAMNIK 2019

GM SAMUEL SHANKLAND
USA CHAMPION 2018
BRILLIANT WIN 
WITH BLACK
VS
FORMER WORLD CHAMPION
GM VLADIMIR KRAMNIK 
 GM Samuel Shankland plays at the BCC, 2013
for US Chess League team N.E. Nor'easters.
(Photo: Steve Stepak)
Shankland was paired with GM Kramnik
in Round 13 [last round] of the 
Super GM Tata Steel event 2018-2019 
"Masters" section.
Kramnik had the white pieces
 I was hoping for "at least" a draw.
Shankland was hurting from
his loss to Giri, (which was a drawn
position), from the previous round.
I was delighted to see the following
game. After going over this 
game several times
with my chess comrades
I realized that we had 
a masterpiece on our hands
with the black pieces.
What do you think?
Note that Shankland essayed a sacrifice of a bishop
to get connected passers on the queen-side
and offered an exchange sacrifice at the end
of the game which Kramnik could not accept.
This game is truly instructive for people
playing the black pieces, on how
to win with black.
Bravo GM Samuel Shankland!!

PhotoStory
Steve Stepak

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Boylston Chess: Milestones Sunday


banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.




DateSunday, February 3, 2019
Event Format3SS
Time ControlG/55 d5
SectionsPlayers will be arranged into groups of 6 by rating, to the extent possible.
Entry Fee$35, $20 for BCF members, $5 more if not registering online in advance
PrizesTBA
Registration9:30am-9:45am
Round Times10:00am, 12:50pm, 3:00pm
DescriptionOpen to all players born in 1998 or earlier.
Accelerated pairings may be used. Free parking on Sundays!
All games will finish in time for the Super Bowl!
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List








Boylston Chess: February Quads

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.


DateSaturday, February 2, 2019
Event Format3RR
Time ControlG/65 d10
SectionsPlayers will be arranged into quads by rating
Entry Fee$35, $20 for BCF members, $5 more if not registering online in advance. Free entry for BCF members rated 2300+, but entry fee deducted from won prize.
Prizes$80 First place in top quad, $50 First place in each of the other quads
Registration9:15am - 9:45am
Round Times10:00am, 1:15pm, 4:00pm
DescriptionABSOLUTELY NO ONSITE REGISTRATION AFTER 9:45AM
** No byes or withdrawals are allowed. All rounds must be played
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List













Sunday, January 20, 2019

Boylston Chess: Winter G/80


banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.
DateSaturday, January 26, 2019
Event Format3SS
Time ControlG/80 d10
SectionsOpen, U2000, & U1500
Entry Fee$35, $20 for BCF members, $5 more if not registering online in advance. Free entry for GMs & IMs. Free entry for 2300+ BCF members, but entry fee deducted from won prize.
Prizes$$240 guaranteed: Open $100 - $50, U2000 $50, U1500 $40
Registration9:15am - 9:45am
Round Times10:00am, 1:45pm, 5:00pm
DescriptionIn accordance with BCF policy, unrated players may play in any section. Rated players rated within 200 points of the lower section maximum may play up one section.
Sections with fewer than 10 players may be merged.
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List












Monday, January 14, 2019

Boylston Chess: January Scholastics postponed to Jan 27

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.

January Sunday Scholastic 

postponed to Jan 27 

due to snow

POSTPONED from Jan 20

.

.

DateSunday, January 27, 2019
Event Format4SS
Time ControlG/30 d5
Sections14 & Under, 8 & Under
Entry Fee$25, $20 for BCF members; $5 more if not registering online in advance.
PrizesTrophies for 1st/2nd each age group, medals for 3rd
Registration10:00am - 10:20am
Round Times10:30am, 11:50am, 1:00pm, 2:00pm
DescriptionA current USCF membership is required for all sections.
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List













Boylston Chess: Polar Vortex

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.


 
USCF Grand Prix  
 
 
 
 
DateSaturday, January 19, 2019
Event Format4SS
Time ControlG/60 d5
SectionsOpen & U1900
Entry Fee$35, $20 for BCF members; $5 more if not registering online in advance. Free entry for 2300+ rated BCF members, but entry fee deducted from won prize.
Prizes$$400 Guaranteed: Open 1st $150, 2nd $100, 3rd $50 U1900 1st $100
Registration9:15am - 9:45am
Round Times10:00am, 1:00pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm
DescriptionUS CHESS GRAND PRIX EVENT!
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 6

In accordance with BCF policy, unrated players may play in any section. Rated players rated within 200 points of the lower section maximum may play up one section.
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List













Tuesday, January 08, 2019

7TH ANNUAL BOSTON CHESS CONGRESS 2019: IMPRESSIONS BY STEVE STEPAK


7th ANNUAL 
BOSTON CHESS CONGRESS
Boyd M. Reed, Chief TD
Robert D. Messenger Chief Assistant TD
press here for crosstables: 
http://www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain.php?201901066442-12659519 

IM Denys Shmelov (top)
Round 5: NM Siddharth Arun 
 NM Chris Williams
NM Professor Timothy Sage writing . . .  
Natasha Christiansen vs David Milliern (upper left)
NM Alan Song; blue stripes
David Katzman (right)
massive endgame
serious planning . . .
on the mouth . . . 
BCC talent
 opening strategy
Dr. Bob Oresick wins with black . . .
BOSTON CHESS CONGRESS 
2019 BLITZ CHAMPIONSHIP
Blitz: 1st: Rubens Cezila, Jr.; 2nd: Brian Salomon
setting the stage
 nice !
 Tony C BCC photograher (left)
 BCC regulars: NM Nithin Kavi vs Soren Sandmann Pedersen
Skittles at lunch . . . 
 Chess is in the details . . . 
Look and learn . . .
Leonard ! with white . . . 
 the chess ship
 super glasses . . . 
Boston: Home of the Red Sox 2018 World Series Champions
locking horns . . . 
Final Exam
Boston Financial District from the East
Big Set . . . big thoughts . . .
winning position . . . 
 Former BCC Champion NM Lawyer Times, Round 5
on the move . . .
thinking!
 
The Venue: Ballroom, Hyatt Regency Hotel at Logan Airport
270 Participants
HOMEWARD BOUND
 MBTA Blue Line
 PHOTOGRAPHICS:
STEVE STEPAK