Sunday, February 16, 2020

Boylston Chess: Milestones Sunday

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.


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DateSunday, February 23, 2020
Event Format3SS
Time ControlG/65 d10
SectionsPlayers will be arranged in 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, 1:15pm, 4:00pm
DescriptionOpen to college students and to all players born in 1999 or earlier.
Accelerated pairings may be used. Free parking on Sundays!

Free entry to BCF members rated 2100+ who register online by midnight of Friday, February 21. Specify "free entry" at checkout.

** A current USCF membership is required. **
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List






Boylston Chess: Legends of Chess - Jan Timman



banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.

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DateSaturday, February 22, 2020
Event Format3SS
Time ControlG/65 d10
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$$240 guaranteed: Open $100 - $50, U2000 $50, U1500 $40
Registration9:15am - 9:45am
Round Times10:00am, 1:15pm, 4:00pm
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 8 players may be merged.
** A current USCF membership is required. **
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List

Sunday, February 09, 2020

Boylston Chess: February Scholastic Grand Prix


banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.



 
 
 
 
 
DateSunday, February 16, 2020
Event Format4SS
Time ControlG/30 d5
Sections14 & Under and 8 & Under. A current USCF membership is required for both sections.
Entry Fee$25, $20 for BCF members, $5 more at door 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
DescriptionGrand Prix Standings
Players accumulate Grand Prix points (win = 3pts, draw = 2pts, loss = 1pt).
Grand Prix runs September-May.
Prizes for Grand Prix series winners include a special trophy, free entries to future events, and lessons with titled players.
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List






Boylston Chess: Presidents Day Open

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.

 
 
 
 
 
 
DateSaturday, February 15, 2020
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$$240 guaranteed: Open $100 - $50, U1900 $90
Registration9:15am-9:45am
Round Times10:00am, 1:00pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm
DescriptionSections with fewer than 10 players may be merged.
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.
** A current USCF membership is required. **
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List

Monday, February 03, 2020

Boylston Chess: Call for Tournament Directors



    More 
    TOURNAMENT DIRECTORS 
    needed!

     
    The Boylston Chess Club 
    needs your help.


    We urgently need more tournament directors (TDs) to keep offering a wide variety of tournaments each month. Last year we ran more than 90 rated events (requiring TDs), many of which lasted multiple days.

    Last year we ran more than 90 rated events (requiring TDs).


    Bernardo Iglesias

    Nick Sterling

    Tony Cortizas, Jr.

     

    Jason Tang



    Natasha Christiasen

    Our small core group of currently active TDs is stretched quite thin, and we cannot run as many events at our beautiful site as we would like due to insufficient (wo)manpower. 


    Please consider becoming a certified USCF tournament director, if only to act as an assistant TD from time to time.

    The certification process is extremely straightforward: 


    1) Read the USCF rulebook (USCF Official Rules of Chess), available at the club or online, e.g., on Amazon

    2) Fill out and return the following form to the USCF:
     
    Parents, please consider helping out as a TD occasionally to keep the tournaments we all enjoy running smoothly. For example, perhaps
    you can help direct while your child plays to help support the club's contributions to scholastic chess.

    Finally, whether or not you choose to become a tournament director - please consider serving as a liaison to the USCF, to deal with the formalities of running USCF Grand Prix tournaments and/or to post our tournaments on the US Chess website online to raise awareness nationwide of our tournaments.

    Please feel free to contact me or any other TD if you have any questions. 


    We look forward to working with you. 

    Natasha Christiansen

    boylstonchess@gmail.com

    Sunday, February 02, 2020

    Boylston Chess: Polar Vortex


    banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.



      
    DateSaturday, February 8, 2020
    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  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.
    ** A current USCF membership is required. **
    Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List








    Wednesday, January 29, 2020

    Boylston Chess: Feb School Break Program with Jacob Rasin

    banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.



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    DateFebruary 18, 19, 20, 21
    Event Format
    9:00am - 12:30pm each day
    Registration8:30am - 9:00am
    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









    Monday, January 27, 2020

    Boylston Chess: February Thursday Night Swiss

    banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.



     
    DateThursdays, February 6, 13, 20, and 27
    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. No credit card onsite payments.
    Round Times7:00pm
    DescriptionBye and withdrawal requests must be received by 6:45pm.
    Sections with fewer than 10 players may be merged.
    ** A current USCF membership is required. **
    Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List








    Boylston Chess: February Quads

    banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.





    DateSaturday, February 1, 2020
    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
    Registration
    9:15am-9:45am
    Round Times
    10:00am, 1:15pm, 4:00pm
    Description**ABSOLUTELY NO ONSITE REGISTRATION AFTER 9:45AM.
     
    ** No byes or withdrawals are allowed. All rounds must be played. **
     
    ** A current USCF membership is required. **
    Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List



    Monday, January 20, 2020

    Boylston Chess: Milestones Sunday

    banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.




    DateSunday, January 26, 2020
    Event Format3SS
    Time ControlG/65 d10
    SectionsPlayers will be arranged in groups of 6 by rating, to the extent possible.
    Entry Fee$35, $20 for BCF members, $5 more if not registering online in advance.  
    Free entry for BCF members rated 2100+
    but entry fee deducted from won prize.
    PrizesTBA
    Registration9:30am-9:45am
    Round Times10:00am, 1:15pm, 4:00pm
    DescriptionOpen to college students and to all players born in 1999 or earlier.
    Accelerated pairings may be used. Free parking on Sundays!

    Free entry to BCF members rated 2100+ who register online by midnight of Friday, January 24. Specify "free entry" at checkout.

    ** A current USCF membership is required. **
    Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List




    Boylston Chess: Winter Game/80


    banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.

     
     
     
     
     
    DateSaturday, January 25, 2020
    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 BCF members rated 2300+, but entry fee deducted from won prize.
    Prizes$$240 guaranteed: Open $100 - $50, U2000 $50, U1500 $40. Free entry for BCF members rated 2300+, but entry fee deducted from won prize.
    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 8 players may be combined.
    Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List



    Sunday, January 12, 2020

    Boylston Chess: $15 Open

    banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.



     
     
     
     
     
    DateSaturday, January 18, 2020
    Event Format4SS
    Time ControlG/60 d5
    SectionsOpen, U2000, & U1500
    Entry Fee$15 in advance, $30 at door, $20 for BCF members at door. Free entry for BCF members rated 2300+ but entry fee deducted from prize won.
    Prizes$$300 Guaranteed: Open: $150-$50, U2000: $60, U1500: $40
    Registration9:15am-9:45am
    Round Times10:00am, 1:00pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm
    DescriptionOPEN TO FIRST 52 PLAYERS TO REGISTER; no refund of advance entries.
    Sections with fewer than 10 players may be merged.
    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.
    ** A current USCF membership is required. *
    Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List





    Tuesday, January 07, 2020

    BCC PLAYS AT THE BOSTON CHESS CONGRESS // GIRLS PLAYS CHESS BIG // SERIOUS COGITATION // CONGENIAL ATMOSPHERE

    BOSTON CHESS CONGRESS
    ROUND 4 / 5
    decor
    venue
    winner . . . GM Jimenez
     GM Ivanov planning 20 moves ahead . . .
    guest grandmaster Gil . . .  (right)
    former BCC Champion: FM Chris Chase
    where dreams are realized
    Bob and Steve: Tournament Administration
    Round 4 Board 1: white . . . 1. d4
    BOSTON CHESS CONGRESS: CROSSTABLES
    http://www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain.php?202001057442-12659519
    on the move
    master calculation
    deep steam. . .
    GIRLS PLAY CHESS

    deep mind
    a different era
    learning to count
    creating
    Boylston Chess Club stars . . . 
    endgame dynamics
    permutations
    champion
    writing down the moves . . .
     
     Playing with the Black Pieces . . .  making connections
    concentration
    connecting the dots
    Natasha of the Boylston Chess Club
    STOP THE PRESSES!!
    MILESTONE IN A YOUNG
    CHESS PLAYER'S CAREER:
    Derek Jin defeats a grandmaster with
    the black pieces in Round 5!!
    Derek Jin: in the 7th Grade at School
    Derek Jin with White in Round 4
    GM Gil vs Expert Derek: warming up
    1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 . . . good start
     
     Derek with white, wins his 4th round game, here. . .
    who would have known?
    winning with black 
    Round 5 Match-up
     Derek Jin (2108) wins his game against
    Grandmaster Gil Popilski (2540) with black
    Bravo, Derek !!
    TEXT OF DEREK JIN WIN: 
     Gil Popilski USCF (2549 to 2525) vs Derek Jin (USCF 2108 to 2152)

    Boston Chess Congress, Round 5, January 5, 2020

    1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bg5 Be7 6.e3 c6 7.Bd3 0-0 8.Qc2 h6 
    9.Bh4 Re8 10.Nge2 Nbd7 11.f3 b6 12.0-0 Bb7 13.Rad1 a6 14.Bf2 c5 15.Bf5 Qc7 
    16.g4 Bd6 17.h4 g6 18.Bxg6 fxg6 19.Qxg6+ Kf8 20.Qxh6+ Kf7 21.Qg5 Rg8 
    22.Qf5 Raf8 23.dxc5 bxc5 24.Nxd5 Bxd5 25.Rxd5 Ke7 26.Nc3 Kd8 27.g5 Nxd5 
    28.Qxd5 Rg7 29.Rd1 Be5 30.Ne4 Rf5 31.Kg2 Ke7 32.f4 Nb6 33.Qd3 Bxb2 
    34.Ng3 Qc6+ 35.e4 Rxf4 36.Qc2 Ba3 37.Qc3 Rgf7 38.Qe5+ Qe6 
    39.Bxc5+ Bxc5 40.Qxc5+ Ke8 41.Rd6 Rf2+ 42.Kg1 Rf1+ 43.Nxf1 Qg4+ 
    44.Kh2 Qe2+ 45.Kg3 Rf3+ 0-1


    Derek is a member of the 2018 All-America Chess Team. He was invited to represent 
    the USA in the World Cadet Chess Championships in 2015, 2017, and 2019 (in the 
    8& Under, 10& Under and 12 & Under sections). His team won the Top of 
    Massachusetts Award in the 2019 World Amateur Team and US Team East Tournaments, 
    where more than 350 teams attended. He won the highest points for his team. 


    Derek’s achievements come from all the sweat, blood, and tears from all these years of chess 
    studies. Eager to share his passion and knowledge for chess, he volunteered to teach kids how to 
    play chess at the Park School, Brookline, MA that he attended. Boylston Chess Club is like a 
    second home for Derek where he often participates in the lectures and weekend tournaments. 
    His sweet smiles allow him to have formed many wonderful friendships with people of different ages,
     ethnic and career  backgrounds. Derek loves tennis, soccer and fencing.

     
    Jimenez with black, vs Shmelov, Round 5: 0-1
    SCENES FROM AROUND THE HALL
    Round 5
    Suraj: top junior Boylston Chess Club
    evenly matched
    Boylston Chess Club top Junior Master
    Brandon Wu
    deep calculations
    Deep Africa
    Boylston Chess Club Veteran Official:
    Dean Robert Oresick, Ph.D.
    NM Farzad Abdi engineers a winning endgame with black!
    SPLASH OF INSPIRATION
     
    Mark Kaprielian, METROWEST black
    vs Boylston Chess Junior Raymond Xu
    the hall: 271 players participate, a record
    PHOTOS: STEVE STEPAK

    SEE YOU AGAIN IN 2021

    WOLF MOON