Sunday, July 15, 2018

Boylsto Chess:: July Scholastic

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.

July Scholastic

Sunday, July 22, 2018
Event Format
Time Control
G/30 d5
14 & Under, 8 & Under, and Non-USCF
Entry Fee
$25, $20 for BCF members, $5 more at door
Trophies for 1st/2nd each age group and non-USCF section, medal for 3rd
10:00am - 10:20am
Round Times
10:30am, 11:50am, 1:00pm, 2:00pm
14 & Under and 8 & Under sections are USCF rated, and USCF membership is required. The Non-USCF section is open to all players who are no more than 14 years old (both rated and unrated players), and will not be rated by the USCF; thus, USCF membership is not required for the Non-USCF section
Event Dates
Sunday, July 22

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Entry List

Boylston Chess: Grand Prix #3

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.

Grand Prix #3

Saturday, July 21, 2018
Event Format
Time Control
G/60 d5
Open & U1800
Entry Fee
$35, $20 for BCF members, $5 more if not registering online in advance
Prizes to top scorers over 3 tournaments: $400-$200, U1800 $200
9:15am - 9:45am
Round Times
10:00am, 1:00pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm
Half point byes do not count for Grand Prix points.
Top Grand Prix scorer not otherwise eligible will be invited to play in the Club Championship starting in September.
Grand Prix Standings
Event Dates
Saturday, July 21

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Entry List

Advanced Summer Chess Clinic with GM Larry Christiansen

banner:  Tony Christiansen, Jr.

Advanced Summer Chess Clinic 

with GM Larry Christiansen

Monday - Thursday, July 23-26
Event Format
9:00am - 5:00pm
Entry Fee
$400 before July 1, $450 after July 1
GM Larry Christiansen, three time US Champion, will teach this summer clinic for advanced students.
Lectures will be geared to player rated at least 1400, but players of all levels may attend. Clinic is open to scholastic players at least 8 years old, as well as adults.

Lunch will not be provided; there will be a lunch break 12:00pm - 1:00pm.

BCF membership required (for adults $150/year or $84 for six months; for juniors or seniors $120/year or $67 for six months, for families $180/year or $100 for six months).

Clinic fee is $400 until July 1, $450 after July 1. Single day is $110, $120 after July 1.
Event Dates
Monday, July 23
Tuesday, July 24
Wednesday, July 25
Thursday, July 26

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Carissa Yip approved as WIM by FIDE

Carissa Yip 

approved as  

Women's International Master (WIM) 


George Mirijanian wrote the following news about Carissa's latest title.   (In 2016 Carissa was the first female champion of the Boylston Chess Club.)

photo:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.

Carissa Yip approved as WIM by FIDE

Carissa Yip was among the new American title holders approved by the World Chess Federation (FIDE) at its Presidential Board Meeting recently in Bucharest, Romania. The 14-year-old from Andover, Mass., who was champion of the Wachusett Chess Club in 2014, was approved as a Woman International Master (WIM).

She already held the titles of Woman FIDE Master (WFM) and FIDE Master (FM). Carissa is currently the highest-rated 14-year-old girl in the world and is ranked 9th in the world with a FIDE rating of 2364 for all girls under the age of 21.

She is currently playing in the U.S. Girls Junior Championship in Saint Louis.

George M
 George Mirijanian
George Mirijanian 10:59am Jul 15
Carissa is also ranked among the Top 100 Women chess players in the world. Her current ranking is 95th.

photo:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.
Congrats Carissa!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Quads report

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.

Nicholas Sterling posted in Bay State Chess Kings Facebook Group.
Nicholas Sterling
July 9 at 7:59 PM
Fellow BCF Chess Players, 
Even though we were up against the World Open in Philadelphia this weekend, we still had a respectable showing of 28players for the July Quads. My thanks to Nithin Kavi, who, in addition to sweeping the top Quad, assisted me capable as TD.

And as you'll see in the winners' list, youth triumphed over adulthood all the way down the Quads, showing once again how powerful and dominating MA Scholastic players are.


Quad #1: Nithin Kavi
Quad #2: Kevin James Hass, Brian Yin (tied)
Quad #3: Sharvil Trifale
Quad #4: Matthew Garcia
Quad #5: Prachi Dayal
Small Swiss: Jericho Carlson

My next events directing will be the Sunday Scholastic on 7/22 and the $15 Open on 7/28. See you over the board.

Nicholas P. Sterling, Ph.D.
Boylston Chess Club
Local TD

Monday, July 09, 2018

Cortizas Photo Gallery: Future Masters at BCC, July 2018

banner:  Anthony Cortizas, Jr

Photo Gallery 

Future Masters at BCC 

July 2018

photos by   Anthony Cortizas, Jr.

Here are some photos from today’s Future Masters Scholastic Tournament at the BCC. A good time was had by all.
View all the photos at: 

Nicholas Sterling posted in Bay State Chess Kings Facebook Group.
Nicholas Sterling
July 9 at 8:23 PM
Fellow BCF and Future Masters Scholastic players,

I simply cannot say enough good things about Lawyer Times and his amazing chess education program Future Masters. On a weekend with a big chess event elsewhere, we were able to whip together a last-minute Scholastic Tournament at BCF and come away with a complement of the wished-for - AND attained! - 30 players. Thanks to everyone who came, and strong appreciation to those parents and kids in Future Masters who helped promote this event.

The U1400 Section was very spare this time, but we will gradually get some of the younger Future Masters players higher in rating and be able to flesh out that Section with a higher complement of higher-rated players.


U1400: Leonard Sweeney-Barrett
U700:  Jesse Zhang
Top Player Aged 11+: Ramaiza Sohail
Top Player Aged 8+: Raymond Vasile (2nd Place: Shouri Mosaliganti)

The two big Future Masters events coming up will be held at Harvard University on Saturday 9/15/18 and Sunday 11/11/18. These are open to all ages. We hope to have many of you play.

Photos in this album captioned "Future Masters Scholastic BCC Tournament 7/8/18" are contributed courtesy of Tony Cortizas. Thanks to Nithin Kavi and to all the Future Masters personnel for their assistance with TD and supervision, and thanks to BCF for generously hosting this very successful Scholastic.

See you over the board.

Nicholas P. Sterling, Ph.D.
Future Masters & BCF
Local TD

Sunday, July 08, 2018

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.

DateSaturday, July 14, 2018
Event Format4SS
Time ControlG/60 d5
SectionsOpen & U1800
Entry Fee$35, $20 for BCF members, $5 more if not registering online in advance
PrizesPrizes to top scorers over 3 tournaments: $400-$200, U1800 $200
Registration9:15am - 9:45am
Round Times10:00am, 1:00pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm
DescriptionHalf point byes do not count for Grand Prix points.
Top Grand Prix scorer not otherwise eligible will be invited to play in the Club Championship starting in September.
Grand Prix Standings
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

FIDE Master Carissa Yip ties for 1st in World Open Women's Championship

George wrote the following post about Carissa's great recent result in Philadelphia. (In 2016Carissa was the first female champion of the Boylston Chess Club.)

photo:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.

FIDE Master Carissa Yip 

photo:  Torny Cortizas, Jr.

Carissa Yip, champion of the Wachusett Chess Club in 2014, scored 5-1 to tie for 1st place in the World Open Women's Championship that ended July 3 at the Philadelphia Marriott Hotel in downtown Philadelphia. 

The 14-year-old FIDE master from Andover, Mass. shared top honors with 23-year-old California expert Badamkhand Norovsambuu, a native of Mongolia, whom she drew in round 4. Going into the sixth and final round, Carissa was leading the tournament with 4.5 points but elected to take a half-point bye in the final round, allowing Norovsambuu, who won, to tie her. The championship had 19 players.

George Mirijanian

photo:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.

The Boylston needs tournament directors

Call for Tournament Directors ...



The Boylston Chess Club
Needs Your Help

We urgently need more tournament directors (TDs) to keep offering a wide variety of tournaments each month.  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. 

Bernardo Iglesias     photo:  Tony Cortizas, Jr
Nick Sterling   photo:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.
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:

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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.

Please feel free to contact me or any other TD if you have any questions.  We look forward to working with you.
Natasha Christiansen      photo:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.
 Natasha Christiansen

Board Member, BCF

Monday, July 02, 2018

Reubens-Landey U2200 Championship

Tony Cortizas, Jr. (The photo in this banner is actually from the early days of the Boylston.)

DateMondays, July 9, 16, 23, 30 and August 6
Event Format5SS
Time Control40/90 SD/20 d10
Entry Fee$20, BCF membership required
PrizesWinner(s) receives free entry to Club Championship
Registration6:30pm - 7:00pm
Round Times7:15pm
DescriptionTournament open to all players rated between 1800 and 2199 on either the June or July rating supplements.
This tournament is part of the BCF Championship Series. Winner receives free entry to the Club Championship, held in the fall of 2018.
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List


Reubens Landey

Boylston U2200 Championship

The 2018 Reubens Landey begins Monday, July 9.  It is the second component of the club championship cycle.  The winner becomes the BCC U2200 champion and moves into the club championship to compete against club masters.  

This is a very special tournament - it is traditionally a very competitive, prestigious, yet friendly tournament. Only club members can enter, but if you aren't a member, this is the perfect excuse to join or renew.

If you are traveling for the holiday, you may request a 1/2 point, 1st round bye.                                        

Below is some context for this tournament: two biographical articles by Bernardo Iglesias and a listing of past winners.


by Bernardo Iglesias
"....Chess appeals to our emotions and brings us joys and sorrows."

Emil Reubens was born in a beautiful land very far away, in Yelisavetpol (Kirovabad) Russia, in 1886, on September 23 and, died in Massachusetts in Norwood Hospital in 1973, on August 29 after a brief illness. Emil Reubens was 86 years old when he died, an extraordinary man who believed that mankind could become rehabilitated through Chess. Chess is more than life and can change a person to benefit Society.
He was a chess master emeritus and one of the founding member of the United States Chess Federation, a member of the Boylston Chess Club, the Brockton Chess Club and his dear Sharon Chess Club. 

Reubens received his formal education at the University of Prague. In 1906 he immigrated to the United States and worked for a time in steel mills in Detroit. Eventually he moved to Boston and graduated from Boston University in 1922 with a degree in business administration. Much later, in June of 1973 he received his Master's degree in business administration, he was the oldest person in the university's history to obtain such a degree at 86.
He lived in Sharon, Mass. for many years. Emil Reubens was a U.S.C.F. life director and authored a wonderful book on chess play, entitled Chess - Trick and Treat in 1965. This book is a treasure, a precious jewel for any novice player. At the end of the book he recommends that every young player should “Join a chess club. Meet chess players of differing skill and style. Subscribe to a periodical that will keep you abreast of the important events in Chess world." 

In 1964, he helped to bring the U.S. Open to Boston. He was an honorary Chairman of the Committee, along with a lot of the great chess organizers of the time: Robert Goodspeed (Brockton C.C), Harold Dondis (Johnson C.C.), Eleanor Goodspeed, Eleanor Terry, Frank Ferdinand (Harvard C.C.), James Burgess (Boylston C.C. ),Harry Goober (Clarendon C.C.), Beverly Jarnigan and Joseph Hurvitz (Boylston C.C.). That year, the U.S.C.F. was celebrating the silver anniversary of its foundation, in which Emil Reubens had been a strong force in promoting chess in this country. 

Emil had a long time interest in prison reform and was instrumental in assisting many prisoners get back into society. In his book, mentioned above, he thought that “When I was drafted into becoming a "leader" in youth clubs, I employed chess and chocolate bars to lead the youth into the paths of righteousness. There are no available data to estimate the effect of chess on juvenile delinquency, nor are there statistics to gauge the collateral effects of chocolate bars freely rewarded for chess merits." 

Reubens combined a lifelong interest in better prisons, rehabilitation and parole systems with chess activities. He organized many teams of players who visited several penal institutions to play against teams of inmates, or just to play simultaneous exhibitions against the inmates. On one occasion, he took Steve FrymerJohn Curdo, and R. Gleason to Norfolk Prison, delighting one inmate in particular so much that he became an active player and organizer in Norfolk area.
Emil Reubens loved the youth, kids of all ages, -- they are our future joys and sorrows in life. The second Brockton Open, on September 25 & 26, 1971 in Brockton, Mass.William Lombardy, former World Junior Champion, had agreed to participate in the selection and awarding of a special Lombardy - Reubens “best played game” trophy to some player under the age of 21 (Harry Lyman was present in this ceremony). The winner of the award trophy was won by the young John Peters. The third Brockton Open, on September 23 & 24,1972, the Lombardy-Reubens award trophy was won byJohn Stopa. For the Boylston C.C. member’s information, at this event Alex Slive and Andrew Anisimov, two new youngsters showed up in the chess arena. After this event, it seems that such award stopped being awarded by the Brockton Chess Club, since he became sick and died shortly.
The "MASS STATE JUNIOR CHESS CHALLENGE TROPHY PRESENTED BY EMIL M. REUBENS " is a silver trophy cup at the Boylston Chess Club to preserve his memory for future generations. In 1988, William Lukowiak, treasurer of the Boylston Chess Club and long time an officer on the board of MACA, introduced a motion to the Executive Board of MACA that the winner’s name of the Junior Scholastic Champion from Massachusetts be inscribed in this trophy and that MACA will help to pay for traveling expenses to the National Championship whenever it was to be held. The MACA board turned down this motion, and denied youngsters of this State such an honor. 

After his death, the Mass State Chess Association, organized a one time "the Emil Reubens Memorial" at the Massachusetts Open at the new Brockton High School in 1974. The winner of this event was John Peters.
Emil founded the Steinberg-Reubens Educational Foundation. The Boylston Chess Club Board of Directors decided that in 1986 to pay tribute to Emil Reubens and Ben Landey by naming a qualifier cycle of the B.C.C. championship qualifier in their honor, for players rated 1800 to 2199. The winners of the Reubens/Landy move on to play against the club’s masters for the club championship.



by Bernardo Iglesias

Benjamin Landey was born in 1912 and died on January 20, 1981 in Quincy. From his high school days he worked for the Sharon Bolt and Screw Company founded by Emil Reubens, reaching the position of board chairman, which he held at his death. According to Harry LymanBenjamin married Reubens’ daughter. 

For many years, he was the ceremonial chess leader of New England: Landey was President of the MSCA, the Boylston Chess Club, the Boston Metropolitan Chess League, the New England Chess Association, and the USCF Regional Vice-President.
He was a truly regional chess entrepreneur, a notable chess organizer, a man of remarkable poise and intelligence, a master of parliamentary procedure and a skillful politician, that is, a leader among leaders in the region. He worked for long hours at his job and then spend evenings and weekends on numerous chess projects and clubs. 

While Ben Landey was a tournament director for M.S.C.A., he brought to Boston the U.S. Open in 1970 and the U.S. Junior Open in 1965 and 1969, held at Northeastern University. Ben Landey's most active years were from 1965 to 1970; after this year his health impeded more time in his passion for the royal game of chess. Despite his failing health, he was an extremely successful teacher of chess for beginners, though he himself was rated only about 1500 during most of his over the board career; he also, worked with the Massachusetts Association for Retarded Citizens and several local groups.
Along with Emil Reubens, Landey was a major sponsor of prison chess programs, and the two of them sought the parole of a number of inmates who were avid chess players. In addition to being a regular tournament player, Ben Landey was very active in postal chess with the Nights of the Square Table (NOST). 

Landey was the first person to compete with a computer in chess at a U.S. Chess Federation rated tournament. He lost. 

Landey’s most glorious moment in the spotlight as an organizer was winning the bid for the 1970 US Open for Boston. It was Ben Landey’s rhetoric that easily won the bid at the 1969 U.S.C.F. meeting in Lincoln, Nebraska. It was unfortunate that the then M.S.C.A. was not ready to host such a major event. The host site, Boston's Parker House, was a less than welcoming host, and a great number of participants complained about the space designated for the playing room, that the light was not good enough for many, etc. Also, Ben Landey got sick a few months before the event along with his co-organizer Lewis Icenogle. It was not Landey's shining hour. ` 

Ben was treasurer of the Greater Boston Committee of the U.S. Peace Council, past President of the South Shore Assn. for Retarded Citizens. He was the President of the Boylston Chess Club at the time of his death. 

After his death in 1981, M.A.C.A. organized a memorial tournament at the Mass. Open in April; the winner of this tournament was the young James Rizzitano in North Darmouth. 

The Boylston Chess Club has honored Ben Landey since 1986, when the Board of Directors dedicated a qualifier tournament to those members of the club rated 1800 to 2199 plus the winners of the Weaver Adam's; the winner to participate in the fall championship. His memory will endure for ever at the Boylston Chess Club along with that of Emil Reubens.



(U2200 Champion)

Weaver Adams

(U1800 Champion)   



Bernardo Iglesias
John Graf
John Graf, Joaquin Carlson
Soren Pedersen, Ed Astrachan

Johnathan Lee, Vlad Gaciu, Bernardo Iglesias
Soren Pedersen

Tom Medrek

Ted Cross

Timothy O'Malley

Timothy Sage

Joel Bryan Wald, Brandon Wu

Simon Warfiel, Carey Theil

Brian Perez-Daple

Simon Warfield

Ken Ho, Mike Griffn, Khikmet Sadykov

Jeffrey Hall, Sean Ingham, David Glickman

Alexander Paphitis

NM Greg Kaden
Frank Frazier
Simon Warfield
Johnathan Lee, Adam Yedidia
Gregory Kaden
Alexander Paphitis
Brian Salomon
Alexander Paphitis, Jonathan Lee, Lior Rozhansky
Kenneth Newman, Carey Theil
Robert Oresick, Joshua Blanchfield
Simon Warfield
Mike Griffin
Edward Astrachan
Robert Oresick 
Simon Warfield
William MacLellan
Edward Astrachan, Kimani Stancil
Mike Griffin
Simon Warfield
Stephen E. Smith
Daniel J. Woods
Bryan Clark
Paul Mishkin
Bryan Clark, Charles G. Alex
Robert Armes
Walter A. Driscoll III
Larry Schmitt
Hector Perez, Jared Becker
Miguel Angel Santana
Miguel A. Santana
Alex Slive
Andrew L. Yerre
Timur Feinstein
Charles G. Alex
Daniel J. Woods

Larry Schmitt

Alex Slive

Thomas Durnan

Thomas Durnan

Harold Dean Lawton

Charlie Mays 1st