Tuesday, December 03, 2019

Boylston Chess: December Quads


banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.

 
 
 
 
 
 
DateSaturday, December 7, 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. **
** A current USCF membership is required. **
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List







Boylston Chess: December Thursday Night Swiss

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.


DateThursdays, December 5, 12, 19, & 26
Event Format4SS
Time ControlG/105 d10
SectionsOpen and 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 paid 25 entries: 1st $125, 2nd $75; U1900 1st $60, 2nd $40
Registration6:15 pm - 6:45 pm
Round Times7:00 pm
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








Sunday, November 24, 2019

Boylston Chess: Thanksgiving Open

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.



DateSaturday, November 30, 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 GUARANTEED: Open 1st $150, 2nd $90 U2000 1st $70, U1500 1st $50
Registration9:15am - 9:45pm
Round Times10:00am, 1:00pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm
DescriptionSections with fewer than 10 players may be combined.
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










Sunday, November 17, 2019

Boylston Chess: November Scholastic Grand Prix


banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.


 
 
 
 
 
DateSunday, November 24, 2019
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
DescriptionPlayers 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: Tornado #135



banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.



DateSaturday, November 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.
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









Monday, November 11, 2019

Boylston Chess: Legends of Chess - Savielly Tartakower

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.




DateSaturday, November 16, 2019
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 - 9:45pm
Round Times10:00am, 2:00pm, 4:45pm
Description
Centennial Lecture Series - Boylston Chess Club - Decades of Reminiscences, to be presented by George Mirijanian between rounds at 1:15 PM - 2:00 PM.

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.
Sections with fewer than 8 players may be merged.
** A current USCF membership is required. **
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List









Sunday, November 03, 2019

Boylston Chess: $15 Open


banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.



DateSaturday, November 9, 2019
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











Boylston Chess: Milestones Sunday

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.




 
 
 
 
 
DateSunday, November 10, 2019
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 1998 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, November 8. Specify "free entry" at checkout.
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List









Boylston Chess: November Thursday Night Swiss


banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.



 
 
 
 
 
DateThursdays, November 7, 14, and 21
Event Format3SS
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. Maximum one (1/2 point) byes. Last round bye must be declared before Round 2.
Sections with fewer than 8 players may be merged.
** A current USCF membership is required. **
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List










Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Boylston Chess: November Quads


banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.



 
 
 
 
DateSaturday, November 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








Boylston Chess: Carissa Yip earns the IM title

Carissa Yip earns the IM title!









Monday, October 21, 2019

Boylston Chess: Nick goes to chess TD paradise


Nick goes to chess TD paradise





Nicholas Sterling added 51 photos to the album: BCF October G/30 d5 - 10-20-2019.

Fellow BCF Scholastic players,

Without question this will go down as the most astonishing TD experience I have had thus far. A very young player advanced to Board 1 and proceeded totally to demolish his 600+ point higher rated opponent by lashing out move after move after move, bang-bang-bang-bang-bang.

When the game was done and the very young player had promoted a Pawn in a R & P endgame - he was three Pawns ahead - to force resignation from his visibly shaken opponent, a glance at the clock revealed that the defeated opponent was down to one SECOND left on his clock (G/30 d5). And the clock of the winner?
20 MINUTES.
You read that right.
Jaw-drop.

When this was finished, the kids in the waiting room gave this youngster a whole slew of back-slaps.

I have NEVER seen that before in my TD experience. This was an entirely unique moment. And that is why a special Upset Medal was awarded to this youngster for his outstanding victory.

Winners:

14 & Under:
1st: Franklin Lewis
2nd: Aayush Patel
3rd (tied): Suhavi Tiruveedhula, Emilia Shen

8 & Under:
1st: Jaswant Ambati
2nd: Eilam Kuo
3rd: Christian Li


Chess is the most awesome game on the planet. This is why.
See you over the board.

Nicholas P. Sterling, Ph.D.
BCF. Local TD (who feels like he has been to chess paradise and back)


Sunday, October 20, 2019

Boylston Chess: Hauptturnier Swiss

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.




 
 
 
 
 
 
 
DateMondays, November 4, 11, 18, 25
Event Format4SS
Time ControlG105 d10
SectionsOpen & U1800
Entry Fee$35, $20 for BCF members, $5 more if not registering online in advance.
Prizes$160 based on 12 paid entries, Open 1st $120, U1800 1st $40
Registration6:40pm - 7:00pm
Round Times7:10pm
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




Boylston Chess: Halloween Open

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.



DateSaturday, October 26, 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 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 merged.
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List












Thursday, October 17, 2019

Boylston Chess: New Board of Directors for 2019-2020

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.




Board of Directors Election for 2019-2020 Term

Only one person was nominated for each of the Board Officer positions, President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Clerk. Five people were nominated as Directors. No vote was needed or conducted. All nominees were approved by acclamation. 
 
 

The New Board of Directors as of November 1, 2019

Officers

President - Andrew Hoy
Vice President - Paul Mishkin
Treasurer - Charles Slade
Clerk - Tony Cortizas, Jr.

Directors

Bernardo Iglesias
Mike Griffin
Timothy Sage
Latanya Sweeney
Bob Oresick

 
Thanks to David Milliern for serving on the 2018-2019 Board.










Boylston Chess: a complimentary email



At the annual meeting a gracious letter was shared:


"October 14, 2019

I wanted to thank you and the Boylston Chess Club for an enjoyable visit this past Saturday, October 12th, during your National Chess Day Open.  It was a real pleasure to be able to play in such a fine facility - your club has a wonderful atmosphere, created not just from years of tradition, but clearly from the hard work of many members and the Boylston Chess Foundation.  It was particularly memorable to celebrate your centenary during National Chess Day.

Here's to another hundred years of great chess!

Sincerely,

A visiting Master




Boylston Chess Club Weblog







Sunday, October 13, 2019

Boylston Chess: Oct Scholastic Grand Prix

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.




 
 
 
 
DateSunday, October 20, 2019
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
DescriptionPlayers 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: Fall Game/65


banner:  Tony  Cortizas, Jr.




DateSaturday, October 19, 2019
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 combined.
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List









Saturday, October 12, 2019


banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.




 
 
 
DateWednesday, October 16, 2019
Round Times7:00pm
DescriptionOn Wednesday, October 16, the Boylston Chess Foundation will hold our Annual Membership Meeting.
On this important night, we will conduct our annual election of Officers and Board Members. The meeting will start at 7:00 PM, and the election will be held shortly thereafter.

Please come to this important event, and help determine the future of our non-profit organization.

The meeting will be held at 40 Norris Street in Cambridge, in Suite B101. Parking is available on Massachusetts Avenue, or in Davis Square.


To be eligible to vote, you must be a member in good standing at the time of our Annual Meeting, and have been a member for a least one month at any time prior to the date of the meeting. Our membership vote is non-binding, and must be ratified by the current Board of Directors.

We hope that every member who is able to, attends our annual meeting on October 16. Together, we can continue to strengthen our foundation and give it a bright future!










Monday, October 07, 2019

Boylston Chess: Milestones Sunday


banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.




DateSunday, October 13, 2019
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 at door 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 1998 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, October 11. Specify "free entry" at checkout.
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List








Boylston Chess Foundation Centennial - Chess Day Open

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.



DateSaturday, October 12, 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 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 merged.
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List










Tuesday, October 01, 2019

MIT TRUMPS HARVARD IN BILLY COLLINS INVITATIONAL BLITZ // 22 PLAY // YOUTH + EXPERIENCE PREVAIL // CHESS OUTREACH //

 
MASTERS PLAY BLITZ CHESS
SMITH CAMPUS CENTER, HARVARD
First winner of William Collins Speed Chess
Championship, Moise Y. Safra Plaza
(Smith Campus Center, Harvard University:
FM Varun Krishnan, Harvard University)
SOLVING THE PUZZLE
ROUND 1: 2 DRAWS
Ålex Yu vs Michael Isakov
ROUND 3: 2 DRAWS
 Danila Poliannikov (2302) plays black vs  
Jacob Chudnovsky (2449)
DEEP ACTION
 Andrew Lu vs Le Nguyen
CHESS MAKES YOU SMART AND TIRED
Alex Yu plays Ilya Krasik Round 4
(above): Deepyaman Datta (2270) plays Andrew Lu (2230)
 FM CARISSA YIP TAKES TWO: ROUND 6
EARLY STAGES:
FINISHING TOUCHES WITH BLACK:
 Billy Collins in deep consternation vs Carissa  Yip.

 INTENSITY 
Mikhail Minkin, black vs FM Bill Kelleher
(Above, Center) Vesna B. Dimitrijevic, Ph.D. MIT
 veteran chess player in the Boston area
for over 40 years; [USCF rating: 2159; 
FIDE title: Woman's International Master]    
FINAL ROUND
NM Jason Altschuler (USCF: 2380 {highest} vs
FM Mikhail Perelshteyn [USCF: 2674 (highest)]
FM Mikhail Perelshteyn, age 63, chess coach
and proud father of GM Eugene Perelshteyn
captured clear 3rd place.
Andrew Lu (USCF: 2230) vs Aaron Jacobson (USCF: 2426)  
CLEAR 2ND PLACE
 FM Aaron Jacobson (USCF: 2426), Harvard University
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, SM program,
collects his cash prize, handed out by Nathan Smolensky,
organizer of the event and tournament director.
And the winner is: Jason Altschuler, 
Ph.D. 4th year, Computer Science MIT
/Princeton University. Class of 2016
(USCF: 2380)
(seen here with Billy Collins)
PHOTOS AND TEXT:
STEVE STEPAK
[crosstable constructed by: Nathan Smolensky]
Billy Collins, Boston MA, age 64
USCF: 2127
playing chess for 45 years.
 Best result: beating an IM, FM and NM
in one tournament at the Boylston Chess Club,
Davis Square, Somerville.

FORMER BCC CHAMPION FM CARISSA YIP CONQUERS HARVARD SQUARE / CAMBRIDGE // IN SIMUL // 32 PARTICIPATE //

HARVARD SQUARE COMMUNITY CHESS
28 SEPTEMBER 2019
SIMULTANEOUS EXHIBITION
AND BLITZ CHESS OPEN
12 NOON: FM CARISSA YIP 
SIMULTANEOUS EXHIBITION
FROM 12 TO 2, JUST SIT DOWN 
AND PLAY . . . 
Carissa is the first female to win the Boylston Chess Club
Championship, 2016-2017
  Carissa also won the 2016 North American 
U20 Girls Championship.

And, Carissa won the USCF Girls Junior Ch 2019

with a $3,000 prize and a $10,000 scholarship

toward university studies from the

Dewain Barber Foundation and the USCF
 Former BCC President, MACA President
and editor, Chess Horizons call Harvard Square
denizens to step up and play in the simul: free!
EVERYBODY READY?
 THE VENUE
SPECTATOR FASCINATION 
 Carissa on the move vs Alex
 FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
 Carissa plays the boy as the proud father watches.
 CHECKMATE!!
Autumn in Harvard Square
for the Family on vacation.
Harvard Square chess regular smiles as he is to be one of
only 2 players who managed a draw out of 32 participants.
Carissa did not lose a game!
 Vlad considers his opening play. The game progressed
to an endgame which was drawn.
 
Carissa plays Yankee fan for the win!
Go Red Sox!
BILLION DOLLAR MAN
FM Carissa and Harvard Senior
BRAVERY KNOWS NO BOUNDS
This man hadn't played chess for 30 years.
He had fun renewing his destiny with the
royal game, though he was checkmated.
 Carissa plays the men and wins, one after the next.
Strong player tried to set up a defense
but was out-maneuvered in the endgame.
SMITH CENTER STAFF PLAY IN SIMUL
Carissa plays smart; collects two points here.
FASCINATION
Skate board girl watches Alex and Alan play in the simul.
ALEX DRAWS (ABOVE)(FINAL POSITION (BELOW)

NEW BEGINNINGS IN CHESS
Carissa plays Joe who is just taking up the game, getting
his feet wet so to speak in this simul.
FULL HOUSE
 Carissa plays with confidence and
creativity.
FASCINATION
 Chess: a puzzle solving activity!
3:00 PM START TIME
BLITZ CHESS OPEN TOURNEY
GAME 5 NO DELAY
TOUCH MOVE, TAKE KING
QUALIFIER FEED-IN FOR BILLY COLLINS
INVITATIONAL CHESS CH
ON 29 SEPTEMBER, SUNDAY
1:00 PM START TIME
 6 double round swiss
20 play:
Harvard Neuroscientist
 Tom takes out brain researcher on time.
BOYS AND A GIRL 
 Intense focus for the youth.
BCC TOP FEMALE  PLAYER
 Tianna Wang plays black in blitz event.
 OPENING PLAY

 THOUGHTFUL CONSIDERATION
MAKING A PLAN
 
IN THE THICK OF IT


SCIENCE AT WORK
Northeastern University Professor Sage, physics.
TOTAL ATTENTION
KIDS LOVE CHESS 
 DOWN TO THE WIRE:
Joe playing white Michael Isakov
 
Joe Perl wins 2 out of 3 in playoff
to gain entrance in the Sunday Invitational Event
LATE SUBSTITUTE
FINAL 3 ROUNDS
Chess journalist and photographer, Steve Stepak, recruited 
to play last 3 rounds substituting for urgent departure.
SPECTATORS ENJOY THE SPARKS
Expert Joe Perl on the move to winning this

Blitz Open qualifier.
BREAKDOWN OF WINNERS OF
BLITZ OPEN EVENT 
 Qualifier Prizes:

Diamonds
1st - Anton Barash (after tiebreak)
2nd - Noel Vellers
3rd - Tianna Wang

Clubs
1st - Joe Perl
2nd - Tom Killeen
3rd - Alex Keyes 

Joe Perl won playoff.
COOLING OFF
PHOTOS + text: STEVE STEPAK