Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Boylston Chess Foundation Annual Membership Meeting






 
 

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

On Wednesday, October 24 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 B103. 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 24. Together, we can continue to strengthen our foundation and give it a bright future!








Sunday, October 14, 2018

Mass Chess Association - Spiegel Club Scholastic October Event






October Scholastics  
DateSunday, October 21, 2018
Event Format4SS
Time ControlG/45 d5
Sections14 & Under, 11 & Under, 8 & Under, and Booster U1200. Booster section open to all players under age 15
Entry Fee$25, $20 for BCF members, $5 more at door. OPEN TO FIRST 56 PLAYERS TO REGISTER; No refund of advance entries.
PrizesTrophies for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in each section
Registration8:45am - 9:15am
Round Times9:30am, 11:15am, 1:00pm, 2:45pm
DescriptionMACA Spiegel Cup Scholastic event
Players in the 14 & Under, 11 & Under, and 8 & Under sections will receive points for the MACA Spiegel Cup Series.
USCF membership required for all sections.
Booster section open to all players under age 15 who meet the rating requirements.
Sections with fewer than eight players may be combined.
Section eligibility based on age as of Dec. 31, 2018.
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List









Boylston Chess: Fall /80

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.




 
 
 
DateSaturday, October 20, 2018
Event Format3SS
Time ControlG/80 d10
SectionsOpen, U2000, & U1500
Entry Fee$35, $20 for BCF members, $5 more if not registering online in advance
Prizes$$240 guaranteed: Open $100 - $50, U2000 $50, U1500 $40
Registration9:15am - 9:45am
Round Times10:00am, 1:45pm, 5:00pm
DescriptionSections with fewer than 10 players may be merged.
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List









Monday, October 08, 2018

Boylston Chess: Chess Day Open

banner:  Tony Cortizas. Jr.
(The four gentlemen in Tony's banner were past luminaries who played at the Boylston.)



 
 
 
DateSaturday, October 13, 2018
Event Format4SS
Time ControlG/60 d5
SectionsOpen, U2000, & U1500
Entry Fee$35, $20 for BCF members, $5 more if not registering online in advance
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
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.
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List









Tuesday, October 02, 2018

COLLINS CUP BLITZ CHAMPIONSHIP AT THE SMITH CENTER HARVARD SQUARE: FM VARUN KRISHNAN (HARVARD) 1ST // 12.5/15; IM ALEX KATZ (MIT, BCC CHAMP) 2ND // 11.5 // BRIAN HU (HARVARD) 3RD // 10 POINTS // 16 PLAY // 15 RR // G5 NO DELAY !!

BILLY COLLINS
SMITH CAMPUS CENTER
HARVARD UNIVERSITY
FORMERLY HOLYOKE CENTER 
(AU BON PAIN CHESS CAFE)
THOROUGHLY RENOVATED
CHESS AREA INCLUDES WHAT IS
NOW REFERRED TO AS:
COMMON SPACES
 CLEAR FIRST PLACE
FM Varun Krishnan, clear 1st place with 12.5 points
FM Bill Kelleher vs FM Varun Krishnan.
Varun, black vs Billy Collins
Billy Collins on the move vs Varun.
THE VENUE
FM Kelleher vs FM Krishnan.
CLEAR SECOND PLACE
IM Alexander Katz, (right) current BCC Champion,
plays black vs FM/WIM Carissa Yip, former BCC Champion
and 1st female to win the BCC championship!
Alexander scored 11.5 points to take clear 2nd place.
IM Alex Katz, considers his
options . . . 
IM Alex Katz vs IM Richard Wang,
former Canadian Junior Champion.
IM Katz, black, vs IM Wang, white, on the move.
(background, right) NM Michael Isakov.
CLEAR 3RD PLACE/1ST U2350
NM Brian Hu, on the move vs NM Ilya Krasik.
Brian scored 10 points to claim 3rd place over-all
and the 1st U2350 price.
IM Richard Wang, black vs NM Abyelardo Cadavid, on the move.
Both Richard and Abyelardo scored 9.5 points to share 4-5th place.
FM Kelleher, black vs NM Michael Isakov.
Michael scored 9 points to take clear 6th place.
CAMBRIDGE TRUST COMPANY
Joe Perl, black vs former BCC president IM David Vigorito. 
David scored 8 points to share 7-8th place.
BCC veteran player FM Bill Kelleher, black vs BCC 
veteran player NM Farzad Abdi.
Farzad scored 8 points to share 7-8th place.
IM David Vigorito vs NM Vadim Martirosov.
SHOTS FROM 
AROUND THE VENUE
Billy Collins
Billy Collins vs NM Vadim Martirosov.
Billy Collins vs FM Bill Kelleher
BCC veteran player Joe Perl, black vs IM Alex Katz.
Billy Collins thinking.
CHECK THIS CHART OUT. 
IT SHOWS THE PERFORMANCE RATING
OF EACH PLAYER

Billy Collin's performance rating was
2199 [over 2200 with the correction!!] pushing his rating to
 2137 [actually higher]!  He beat Bill Kelleher on time 
in an even position and he won his game with IM Vigorito. 
And as Billy explained it, in his game with FM Yip,
she did not claim a "touch move" action
which would have allowed her to win a 
rook and the game. Billy drew his game vs
Michael Isakov! Billy drew his game vs Brian Hu!
Check the times on the clocks!
Collins v Kelleher
For some reason the result of Billy and FM Kelleher
shows a draw, though I did witness this game
with Kelleher flagging with mating material
on the board. [I have asked TD Nathan Smolensky
about this and await his reply. Reply in hand, award
one full point to Billy Collins and subtract one full
point from FM Bill Kelleher's score. For Billy C,
a win in drawn position: a credible result for 
a blitz game, yes?]
IS THIS FUN OR WHAT? !!!
event chief TD:
A great round of applause for former BCC President
and current Massachusetts Chess Association
President not to forget Editor in Chief of the
world famous Chess Horizons Magazine
Nathan Smolensky. Even when his computer
crashed right in the middle of a pairing announcement,
Nathan was cool under fire. I didn't even see him
get the slightest bit flustered. He was rock solid,
nerves of steel. Bravo, Nathan!
No kidding, folks, this guy is good.
What's a chess tournament without the 
cash prizes?  So:
Nathan divides the cash for the winners: Varun Krishnan,
Alexander Katz and Brian Hu.
What a day, what a chess event!
IM Richard Wang, black, vs NM Ilya Krasik.
Photography editor of 
this event, former
BCC President, BCC
Senior Champion, &
BCC veteran player:
STEVE STEPAK

Monday, October 01, 2018

Boylston Chess: Masters Sunday

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.


 
 
 
DateSunday, October 7, 2018
Event Format4SS
Time ControlG/60 d5
Entry Fee$35 for BCF members, $50 for non-members, $5 more if not registering online
Prizes$350 based on 15 paid entries: $250-$100
Registration9:30am-9:45am
Round Times10:00am, 1:00pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm
DescriptionOpen to players rated at least 1900 on the September or October Supplement or live MSA rating.
Free entry for GMs and IMs with no deduction from any prize won.
Free parking on Sundays!
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List












Boylston Chess: October Quads

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.



 
 
 
DateSaturday, October 6, 2018
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
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: October Thursday Night Swiss

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.




DateThursdays, October 4, 11, 18, and 25
Event Format4SS
Time ControlG/105 d10
SectionsOpen & U1900
Entry Fee$35, $20 for BCF members; $5 more if not registering online in advance
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











Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Boylston Chess: Legends of Chess - Smyslov ... report

banner:  Tony Cortias, Jr.

Legends of Chess:  Smyslov

photo:  Nick Sterling

   
Nicholas Sterling
September 24 at 11:09 PM
Fellow BCF Chess players,

After we came from for air - gasp, gasp - from last weekend's massively overcrowded tournament schedule, we had a modest but still much better attended LOC Smyslov. . With 26 players, we were unable to field the separate U1500 Section, so we got by with Open and U2000.

The Open Section proved that it's sometimes the player who persists the most steadfastly who ends up winning. In this case, an 1800 player triumphed even though we had several players north of that rating.

The U2000 Section featured a massive 4-way tie for 1st place, and the U1500 a 2-way tie. I extend welcome to Pitambar Dayal, one of our newest players who debuted last week at the Harvard Open. He and I slugged it out in a side game featuring the Classical Dutch, and it was one of the most fascinating games I played.

Winners:

Open:

1st Place: Nicholas Stevenson

2nd Place (tied): Joaquin Carlson, Alexander Meng, Lewis Tu

U2000:

1st Place (tied): Thomas Ha, Riya Kanury, Robert Holmgren, Robert Oresick

U1500:

1st Place (tied): Eric Li, Jericho Carlson

Finally, I would like to welcome Suraj Ramanathan and Alexander Meng, who both played here, to the Waltham Club Championship starting next month.

See you over the board.

Nicholas P. Sterling, Ph.D.
BCF, Local TD











Boylston Chess: September Scholastics report

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.


photo: Nick Sterling


   
Nicholas Sterling
September 24 at 11:38 PM
Fellow BCF Scholastic players,

We continue to have excellent success with our Scholastic tournaments. Not only did we get 22 players, but we welcomed a new player, Pratik Venkatesan, to our midst. There were plenty enough players to fill both 14 & Under and 8 & Under groups.

Ethan Chan, the highest rated 14 & Under player, made it handily to 1st place with a 3.5 score. The triumph in the 8 & Under Section went once again to the 4-0 winner Shouri Mosaliganti. We expect he'll be breaking into the ranks of the A & B Scholastic players in due time. 






photo:  Nick Sterling

 

Winners:

14 & Under:

1st Place: Ethan Chan
2nd -3rd Place (tied): Jesse Zhang, Yinghan Liu, Jonathan Wei

8 & Under:

1st Place: Shouri Mosaliganti
2nd Place: Mark Piryatinksy
3rd Place: Ryan Wang

 
photo:  Nick Sterling


Next month is a special event, the BCF Spiegel Cup Qualifier combined with our regular October Scholastic. There will be five rated Sections altogether.

See you next month over the board.

Nicholas P. Sterling, Ph.D.
BCF, Scholastics TD












Sunday, September 23, 2018

Milestones Sunday


banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.



DateSunday, September 30, 2018
Event Format3SS
Time ControlG/80 d10
SectionsTBA
Entry Fee$35, $20 for BCF members, $5 more if not registering online in advance
PrizesTBA
Registration9:30am-9:45am
Round Times10:00am, 1:45pm, 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










Harold Dondis Memorial

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.



 
 
 
DateSaturday, September 29, 2018
Event Format4SS
Time ControlG/60 d5
SectionsOpen, U2000, U1500
Entry Fee$40, $25 for BCF members, $5 more if not registering online in advance
Prizes$$1000 Guaranteed: Open: $400-$200-$100 U2000: $200 U1500: $100
Registration9:15am-9:45am
Round Times10:00am, 1:00pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm
DescriptionOPEN TO FIRST 56 PLAYERS TO REGISTER; no refund of advance entries.
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









Monday, September 17, 2018

John Curdo, 86, Wins 934th Chess Event

John Curdo, 86, 

Wins 934th Chess Event



John Curdo, 86, of Auburn Wins 934th Chess Event in Worcester...What an amazing feat!


While athletic sports heroes come and go, who keeps track of people in mind sports who have won or tied for first in 900-plus organized and many USCF-rated chess events over eight decades (since 1948)? This writer does, and a few other stoic chess historians such as George Mirijanian of Fitchburg also do. 


John Curdo, 86, of Auburn, has outlived many in his own fan club, but he keeps on going most Thursday nights at Donna Alarie's Greater Worcester Chess Club that runs at least one nationally rated tournament each month at the Hibernian Cultural Center, Temple Street in Worcester.


Curdo notched his 934th victory by grinding out three wins and one draw against strong competition who has studied his club and tournament games for decades, and a few who have taken lessons from him even before he became a Central Massachusetts resident decades ago after living in Billerica, Chelmsford and Lynn many of his earlier years.


Curdo dominated the 10-player Open section of the August Amiable Open by defeating Hermenegildo Neto, Donna Alarie, and Rawl Rutter and drawing Michael Odell, who took second. In the Under-1750 section, 11 battled in the summer classic event directed by Alonzo Ross, assisted by Alarie and Rutter who are the club's most active certified TD's. The rating report crosstables are in the US Chess Member Service area along with every USCF rated tournament since 1992, though many of the individual results of the rated and unrated events from the 50-plus years from 1939-53 have been lost.


What is so very amazing to me, who has been organizing, directing and reporting on chess events for 49 years, is that John Anthony Curdo was winning tournaments (like the 1948 Mass. Open) before I was born (in 1951). What is doubly amazing was that I competed in hundreds of rated events (mostly before 1990 with a peak rating of 1790, and never won a single event or class prize. If winning 934 events over the board (not online) is amazing, knowing someone who competed in that many events and made such a contribution to New England chess, has been one of my great life pleasures of 67 years, even if I never compete in another chess tournament during my lifetime.

Stephen Dann, New England Chess Organizer