Tuesday, December 16, 2014

BOYLSTON CHESS FOUNDATION PRESENTS: HERB HEALY MEMORIAL // 40 NORRIS STREET // CAMBRIDGE / MA // OPEN HOUSE // JANUARY 1st //

BOYLSTON CHESS CLUB
HERB HEALY MEMORIAL
and Open House
4SS // 2 SECTIONS
NEW HOME OF THE BOYLSTON CHESS CLUB
40 NORRIS STREET, CAMBRIDGE, MA 02140
BOYLSTON CHESS CLUB
PRESIDENT
WISHES YOU !
A HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
 CAREY THEIL
Carey "EveryGreen" Theil vs Jason Tang
GRANDMASTER
LARRY CHRISTIANSEN
3 TIME USA CHAMPION
PLAYING THE HERB HEALY 2012
Larry invites you to come on over to the new
site of the BCC and play chess, socialize and take
photos of the celebration, inaugurating the
 40 Norris Street venue.
GM Larry C, loved by all,
especially the kids!
NM Mika Brattain
MASS State Chess Champion
BCC Blitz Champion 2014
BCC Co-Champion 2014
Invites you to play in the 
Herb Healy Memorial on New Years Day!
Herb Healy, 2009
Mika awaits your challenge!
INAUGURATING 
THE HARRY LYMAN
ROOM AT THE BCC, 40 NORRIS ST, 
CAMBRIDGE, MA USA
NM Harry Lyman, circa 1993. PHOTO: STEVE STEPAK
BOYLSTON CHESS CLUB OF THE
BOYLSTON CHESS FOUNDATION
BCC BENEFACTOR AND OLDEST CLUB PLAYER
92 years young, Harold Dondis, Esq.
Greg Hager Memorial Co-Champion, U1950 Section, 2014
HERB HEALY MEMORIAL
NEW YEARS EVENT
LOVED BY KIDS OF ALL AGES
Bernardo Iglesias, TD, Natasha Christiansen and
Harvard Graduate, IM Marc Esserman,
Herb  Healy Memorial, 2009.
Irving Yaffe, in Memoriam.
Irv catered the Herb Healy for years!
Passing the baton to
MIKE GRIFFIN (right)
Boylston Chess Club Veteran Player and
Member of the Board
now catering the Herb Healy Memorial.
Bravo, Mike!
HERB HEALY MEMORIAL 2015
SPECIAL REQUEST
To etch this event into the annals
of chess history, I encourage all the
people who will come on over to the
40 Norris Street address, for fun, frolic,
conversation, laughter, celebration
and chess, to bring your cameras.

Yes, players, parents, and visitors who
will come over for a chess tournament or
just a visit, bring your SLRs and your iPhones and take
photos of this maiden voyage of the BCC in
Cambridge, Massachusetts
 
Take as many photos as you like and
send them to me in a jpeg format:
 stevechess2003@yahoo.com
and I will edit and prepare them for
the photo essay of this historic event
to appear on the Boylston WebLog.
(appropriate photo credits will be noted)
HERB HEALY MEMORIAL
JANUARY 1st 2015
Boylston Chess Club
40 Norris Street
Cambridge, MA
HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE
FOR A HAPPY NEW YEAR
CELEBRATION
40 Norris Street

Friday, December 12, 2014

BCC QUADS: DECEMBER 6 // KAVI / MANZO / ROBERTS / EDDIE WEI // 1st // YOUTHS EXCEL //

QUAD 1
CONSISTENTLY GOOD!
Nithin Kavi 3-0, clear 1st.
Rating +34 to 2156! Bravo, Nithin!
QUAD 2
Matthew Manzo 1 win; 2 draws: 2 points, 1st place.
Rating: +43 to 1809. Bravo, Matthew!
QUAD 3
William Connor Roberts, 3-0, clear 1st place.
 Rating: +81 to 1768!  Bravo, Connor!
3SS (SMALL SWISS)
Eddie Wei, 3-0, clear 1st place.
Rating: +22 to 1651. Bravo, Eddie, way'ta go!
(ps. 7 yr old Derek Jin and 6 yr old Evan Wei,
Eddie's younger brother, were each 2 out of 3!)
PHOTOS: STEVE STEPAK
THIS QUADS WAS THE LAST TOURNAMENT AT
BCC ELM STREET VENUE
WONDERFUL MEMORIES!!
ONWARD AND FORWARD
Premises of new home of BCC
Imagine tables and chairs and chess sets and clocks,
and all the wonderful players, like you, playing chess,
and you have the new home of the Boylston Chess Club
for our New Year's Day (Thursday, January 1) event.
Stay tuned for an update on the development 
of the new BCC 40 Norris Street, Cambridge site!
Steve Stepak signing off
from 140A Elm Street, Somerville.
Hope to see you January 1st
at 40 Norris Street, Cambridge!

Friday, December 05, 2014

TOP EVENTS OF 2014: BOYLSTON CHESS CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP / HAUPTTURNIER // BRATTAIN / CHASE / 1-2nd // ELDRIDGE / CLEAR 1ST //

9 ROUND 
BOYLSTON CHESS CLUB 
CHAMPIONSHIP
10 ROUND HAUPTTURNIER
BCC CHAMPIONSHIP
YOUTH
NM Mika Brattain scored 7.5 points out of a possible 9 to
tie for 1-2nd Place and earn the title:
Boylston Chess Club co-Champion for 2014.
Mika was +12 to 2455 rating for his efforts. Bravo, Mika!
VETERAN
FM Chris Chase (right), many time former BCC Champion,
(seen here playing NM Chris Williams in Round 2: draw!)
also scored 7.5 points to share 1-2nd place with NM Mika Brattain
and earn the title of BCC co-Champion 2014.
Chris was +18 to 2423 rating! Bravo, Chris!
NM Professor J. Timothy Sage plays black vs 
FM Charles Riordan, BCC 2013 Champion, in Round 2.
Tim secured clear 3rd Place in the event with 6.5 points,
though, losing to Sir Charles in this encounter.
PRESIDENTIAL GAME
NM Mika Brattain plays NM Carey Theil, BCC President,
in Round 2. Mika won this game on the road to a share of
1st place and BCC co-Championship title.

BCC HAUPTTURNIER
Ross Eldridge plays black vs Jonathan Lee in Round 1.
Though Ross lost this encounter, he went on to best Jonathan
 by one point point to secure clear 1st place in this 10 round event,
with 5.5 points. Jonathan had 4.5 points to rank 3rd place.
THE GENERAL

Terrence Fricker scored 5 points to secure
clear 2nd place in the 2014 BCC Hauptturnier.
VETERANS DUKE IT OUT
Frank Frazier played Terrence Fricker to a draw
in Round 1. (background): Ross Eldridge with
black vs Jonathan Lee.
BERNARDO IGLESIAS, TD
PHOTOS: STEVE STEPAK

Friday, November 28, 2014

BCC PRESENTS: GAME 80 // SATURDAY / NOVEMBER 29 / FOR THE THOUGHTFUL CHESS PLAYER // 3SS //

BOYLSTON CHESS CLUB PRESENTS
GAME
3SS 60+20=80
YES!
80 minutes to play each round
of a 3 round swiss!
SATURDAY: NOVEMBER 29th
Boylston Chess Club 
2014 Hauptturnier 2nd Place Finisher
Terrence Fricker endorses this event.
80 minutes is time to think; to play good chess!
This event is a 3 Round, Swiss Paring System
Cash prizes awarded!
SEE YOU TOMORROW!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

BCC THRIVES WITH GREG HAGER MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT IN 3 SECTIONS // NM FARZAD ABDI: CHAMPION // ABBOT / DONDIS 1-2nd U1950 // BOSHEN LI 1ST U1650 // 34 PLAY // 5 MASTERS PARTICIPATE //

BOYLSTON CHESS CLUB
GREG HAGER MEMORIAL
CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP IN 3 SECTIONS
OPEN SECTION
NM Farzad Abdi: 3 wins + 1/2 point bye
for clear 1st place in Open Section for a
+13 to 2263 rating. Bravo, Farzad!
NM Lawyer Times (left) plays out his endgame vs Ryan Sowa
in Round 2. Lawyer scored 3 points to take clear 2nd place;
Ryan broke even with a 2/4 record in the event.
Andrew Hoy defends vs NM Farzad Abdi
in Round 4. Andrew scored 2.5 points to share
3-5th place with NM Frank Wang and Carissa Yip.
NM Frank Wang scored 2.5 points to share
3-5th place with Andrew Hoy and Carissa Yip.
STRONG PERFORMANCE
Carissa Yip hits 2.5 points in tough field, to share
3-5th place and a +11 to 2152 rating. Brava, Carissa!
EVERYBODY PLAY CHESS!
NM Lawyer Times, former Boylston Chess Club Champion,
faces off with Carissa Yip in Round 2. Everything was quiet until (!)
When the dust settled, Carissa had won the game with the black pieces!
(background): Tony DiNosse defends with black vs Mike Griffin.
U1950 SECTION
INCREDIBLE PERFORMANCE
92 yr old Harold Dondis, Esq. went undefeated in the
U1950 section scoring 3 points to share 1-2nd place
with Ames Abbot. Harold was +111 for a 1714 rating!
Bravo, Harold!
ENDGAME TIME!
Juan Payan (left) plays black vs Ames Abbot in Round 1.
Ames scored 3 points to share 1-2nd place with Harold Dondis.
Juan scored 2.5 points to share 3-4th place with Niranjan 
Shankar. Ames was +9 for a 1921 rating; Juan was +20 to 1693.
SOLID PLAY
William Ravn (1817) vs Niranjan Shankar (1707), Round 4.
Niranjan essayed a strong performance for the win and a piece
of 3-4th place for a +7 to 1714 rating.
CHESS MAKES YOU SMART
7 yr old Derek Jin played William
Ravn (1817) in Round 1 and drew!
Derek earned a +14 to 1532 rating!
Bravo, Derek! Way't-go!
U1650 SECTION
Boshen Li scored 3.5 points for an undefeated
performance and clear 1st place! Bravo, Boshen!
ROUND 3
Michael Samuels plays Boshen Li: draw!
(foreground): Harold Dondis; (background):
James Beyer, black vs Dr. Chase Yarbrough.
SEASONED VETERAN
Michael Joshua Samuels played his first BCC
event, scoring an undefeated 2 wins and 2 draws
to take clear 2nd place in the U1650 Section!
Michael also played in such major events as 
the World Open, and the Boston Chess Congress 
to name just a few! Welcome, Michael!
SETTING THE CLOCK
D. David Cutler scored 2.5 points to take clear 3rd place.
Here he is seen playing Michael Jacques Longue in Round 2.
This was Michael's first tournament at the BCC. 
Welcome Michael!
(background): James Breyer vs Andrew Royal.
Andrew Christopher Royal plays James Beyer, Round 2.
This is Andrew's first USCF tournament! Welcome, Andrew
to the BCC and to the chess community of the USA!
FULL HOUSE
It's a pleasure to see the tournament hall full, once again!
PHOTOS AROUND THE TOURNAMENT HALL
NM Hal Terrie, black vs Ross Eldridge, Round 2.
(background): Eric Feng, black vs Nithin Kavi;
Loring Lauretti, black vs Andrew Hoy.
Maxwell Zhao vs Ryan Sowa, Round 2: draw!
(background): Pinyi Hu vs Walter Driscoll.
Veteran BCC member, Walter Driscoll, III.
Tony DiNosse, BCC Veteran has won
165 games, including 1 win and 1 draw
 from masters!  Bravo, Tony!
NM Lawyer Times vs NM Frank Wang, Round 4.
(background): Ed Chiu vs Boshen Li.
BCC TOURNAMENT ADMINISTRATION
FM Chris Chase processes entries.
Nathan Smolensky is the TD!
Great Job, Guys!