Monday, November 20, 2017

BCC $15 OPEN: NM CHRIS WILLIAMS / NM DR. BOTTA 1-2ND OPEN // SETH LIEBERMAN / BOB ORESICK / HERMENEGILDO NETO / 1-3RD U1800 // 60 PLAY //

 
BCC 4SS $15 OPEN IN 2 SECTIONS
GAME 60 5"DELAY
OPEN SECTION
NM Dr. Alejandro Botta, on the move in winning endgame
vs IM Denys Shmelov, Round 4.
NM Dr. Alejandro Botta, BU Professor watches as IM Denys
Shmelov plays out a rook and pawn endgame. Dr. Botta won
this game and tied 1-2nd place in the event.
IM Shmelov placed 3-8th!
Jake Garbarino, black vs NM Chris Williams, Round 3.
Chris scored 3.5 points to share 1-2nd place and Jake
scored 2.5 to share in 9-12th place.
U1800 SECTION
Seth Lieberman plays white vs the Benoni Defense, Round 3.
Seth scored 3.5 points to share 1-3rd place in U1800 Section.
Robert Oresick vs Roland D. Booker III, Round 2.
Bob scored 3.5 points to share 1-3rd place.
(standing): Natasha Christiansen, Event Chief Asst. TD.

Hermenegildo Neto, black vs Arjun Girish, Round 3.
Hermenegildo scored 3.5 points to share 1-3rd place.
(background, center, observing): Bob Oresick.
Sai Sneha Yerra vs Jeffrey Liu, Round 2.
Sai scored 3 points to take clear 4th place.
SCENES FROM
AROUND THE HALL
FULL HOUSE
BCC $15 OPEN: 60 PLAYERS
NCM Ilya Figelman vs NM Dr. Botta
IM Denys Shmelov vs NM Siddharth Arun, Round 3.
Veteran BCC player Ed Astrachan and Suraj Ramanathan
ENDGAME
Lewis Tu vs Bernie Xu, Round 3.
Jake Garbarino vs Ames Abbot, Round 2.
Zubin Baliga, black vs Dr. Botta, Round 2.
Ella Sharpe Papanek vs Kelsey Liu, Round 2.
Lester Naing, black vs Steve Stepak; 
(foreground): Jeffrey Liu, black vs Sai Sneah Yerra, Round 2.
(center): David Milliern, black vs Ruohan Yin, Round 3.
Maya Figelman, black vs Ruohan Yin, extra game.
(background): Seth Lieberman . . . 
KIDS AT THE BCC
Lydia Shen, black vs David Xie, Round 2.
CHESS IN THE CORNERS
CHESS IN THE KITCHEN
TOURNAMENT ADMINISTRATION
CHIEF TD: BERNARDO IGLESIAS
ASST CHIEF TD NATASHA CHRISTIANSEN
ASSIST TD DAVID MILLIERN
GRAPHICS:ChessPress
PHOTOS: STEVE STEPAK

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Greg Hager Memorial

Banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.

 
 
 
DateFriday, Nov 24 - Sunday, Nov 26
Event Format5SS
Time Control30/90 SD/30 d10 (3-day schedule), G/45 d5 for rds 1 and 2 (2-day schedule, then merge with 3-day schedule)
SectionsOpen & U2000
Entry Fee$35, $50 for non-BCF members, $5 more if not registering online
Prizes$450 based on 20 paid entries: Open: $200-$100 U1900: $100-$50
Registration6:15pm - 6:45 on Friday, November 24
Round Times3-day: 7:00 PM on Friday, 10:30am and 3:30pm on Saturday
Description3 day option:
Round 1 - 7:00 PM on Friday
Round 2 - 10:30am on Saturday
Round 3 - 3:30pm on Saturday
Round 4- 10:30am on Sunday
Round 5 - 3:30pm on Sunday

2 day option:
Round 1 - 11:00am on Saturday (G/45 d5)
Round 2 - 1:30pm on Saturday (G/45 d5)
then merge with 3-day schedule for round 3 at 3:30pm on Saturday, round 4 at 10:30am on Sunday, and round 5 at 3:30pm on Sunday

Maximum of 2 half point byes; last round bye must be requested before round 2.
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List




Friday, November 17, 2017

December Educational Chess Clinic with Jacob Rasin

Banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.


with Jacob Rasin
 
DateDecember 26, 27, 28, 29
Event Format9:00am to 12:30pm each day
Registration12/26, 9:00am onsite
Round Times9:00am to 12:30pm
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!
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Who can join? School-age children, K-12, who are interested in improving at chess and maturing from motivated beginners to skilled intermediate players.

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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: $160; $120 per child, if two or more per family. For first-time Club members, the fee is reduced to $125. Please make checks payable to the Boylston Chess Foundation and please pay on site.

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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.

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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.

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For more information, call Jacob Rasin at home after 9pm (617) 783-6307; cell (857) 225-1297 or email boylstonchess@gmail.com



Wednesday, November 15, 2017

GM Larry Christiansen Intensive Two Day Clinic



Banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.

Intensive Two Day Clinic  
DateThurs & Fri, December 28-29, 2017
Event Format9:00am - 4:00pm, Thursday & Friday
Entry Fee$200, $110 for one day
DescriptionThis two day clinic will feature GM Larry Christiansen, three time US Champion.
Lectures will be geared towards players rated at least 1400, but players of all levels may attend. The clinic is open to scholastic players at least 8 years old. Lunch will not be provided, there will be a lunch break between 12:00pm and 1:00pm.

BCF membership required (Junior $120/year or $67/six months; Family $180/year or $100/six months).
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List



Monday, November 13, 2017

Nov Scholastic

Banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.



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DateSunday, November 19, 2017
Event Format4SS
Time ControlG/30 d5
Sections14 & Under, 8 & Under, and Non-rated
Entry Fee$25, $20 for BCF members, $5 more at door
PrizesTrophies for 1st/2nd each age group and non-rated section, medal for 3rd
Registration10:00am - 10:20am
Round Times10:30am, 11:50am, 1:00pm, 2:00pm
Description14 & Under and 8 & Under sections are USCF rated, and USCF membership is required. The Non-rated section is open to all players under the age of 14, and will not be rated by the USCF; thus, USCF membership is not required for the Non-rated section.
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List




$15 Open

Banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.




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DateSaturday, November 18, 2017
Event Format4SS
Time ControlG60 d5
SectionsOpen & U1800
Entry Fee$15 if registering online, $30 at door, $20 for BCF members at door
Prizes$300 Guaranteed: Open: $150-$100, U1800: $50
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.
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List



Monday, November 06, 2017

Three Boylston players named to USCF All-American Chess Team




2018 US Chess Federation All-America Chess Team Announced

(Crossville, TN)

The United States Chess Federation is pleased to announce the 2018 All-America Chess Team. Team members will be presented with their team jackets and plaques at the 2017 National K-12 Grade Championships to be held December 8th through the 10th in Orlando, Florida at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.
The All-America Chess Team was created in 1987 to honor the very best players ages 18 and under. The team, one of the highest national honors attainable by a young chess player, is selected on the basis of age, rating, and chess activity during that year, similar to the selection process of “all conference” sports teams. This year’s candidates were selected based on their age as of January 1, 2017, and their peak post-tournament rating from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017. Since this award is a “post-season” selection, the minimum rating limits in each age group are reviewed annually by US Chess staff and the US Chess Scholastic Council.

The United States Chess Federation wishes to congratulate each of the 74 members of this year’s All-America Chess Team for receiving this prestigious award!

2018 US Chess All-America Chess Team


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Age 18 (Min. Rating 2500)


Kayden Troff   UT

Luke Harmon-Vellotti  ID


Mika Andrew Brattain   MA


NM Mika Brattain, Boylston champion, 2015
NM Mika Brattain, Boylston champion, 2015




Age 17 (min. rating 2450)

Akshat Chandra  MO

Andrew Tang  MN

Kesav Viswanadha  CA

Age 16 (min. rating 2400)

Jeffery Xiong  TX

Samuel Sevian  MA

Cameron Wheeler  CA

Craig Hilby  CA

Vignesh Panchanatham  CA

John Gabriel Ludwig  FL

Roland Feng  WA

Joshua Sheng  CA

Bryce Tiglon  WA

Zhaozhi Li  IL

Ethan Li NY

Age 15 (min. rating 2400)

Ruifeng Li TX

John Michael Burke  NJ

Nicolas Checa  NY

Albert Lu CA

Age 14 (min. rating 2350)

David Brodsky NY

Advait Patel  OK

Praveen Balakrishnan  VA

Rayan Taghizadeh  CA

Ben Li  MI

Aravind Kumar  NJ

Jennifer Yu  VA

Age 13 (min. rating 2300)

Awonder Liang WI

Hans Moke Niemann CT

Brandon Jacobson NJ


Carissa Shiwen Yip  MA



NM Carissa Yip, Boylston champion 2016
NM Carissa Yip, Boylston champion 2016



David Tianjian Peng  IL

Justin Chen  NY

Josiah Paul Stearman  CA

Ivan Ke  CA


Age 12 (min. rating 2250)
         Andrew Zhang Hong  CA
        Nikhil Kumar  FL
        Christopher Shen  OH
        Andy Huang  VA
       Wesley Wang  NY



Age 11 (min. rating 2200)
Justin Wang  TX

Anthony Bi He  WA

Maximillian Lu  CT

Balaji Daggupati  CA

Robert Shlyakhtenko  CA

Vincent Tsay  NY

Kevin D Chor  AZ

Daniel Hung  TX


Age 10 (min. rating 2100)

Christopher Woojin Yoo  CA

Nico Werner Chasin  NY

Arthur Guo  GA

Jason Yuyang Wang  OH

Eddy Tian  NJ

Derek Clasby  NJ

Rithik Sai Polavaram  TX

Rochelle Wu  AL

Eric M Zhang  WA

Nathaniel Lande Shuman  NY
        Ming Lu  CA
        Shelev Oberoi  TX




Age 9 (min. rating 2000)
Arthur Xu  IL


Derek Jin  MA





Eric Yuhan Li  CA

Sandeep Sethuraman  AZ



Age 8 & Under (min. rating 1900)

Liran Zhou NY

Abhimanyu Mishra NJ

Dimitar Mardov IL

Marvin Gao  FL

Luke Sicong Ye MO

Sriram Kriishnakumar  CA

Liam Henry Putnam NY

Brian Huang  CA

Steve Wongso  AZ





Hugh Alexander Memorial

Banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.


 
 
 
DateSaturday, Nov 11 - Sunday, Nov 12
Event Format4SS
Time ControlG/90 d10
SectionsOpen, U1800
Entry Fee$60, $40 for BCF Members, $5 more if not registering online
Prizes$600 based on 25 paid entries: Open 1st $300, 2nd $150; U1800 1st $150
Registration9:15am - 9:45am
Round Times10:00am and 2:30PM each day
DescriptionIM Hugh Alexander was an Irish-born British cryptanalyst, chess player, and chess writer. He worked on decrypting the German Enigma machine during the Second World War. His most notable chess results were tying for first place with David Bronstein in the Hastings 1953/54 tournament and winning the British chess championship twice. 
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List




BCC QUADS: A QUALITY CHESS EXPERIENCE // 5 QUADS + SMALL SWISS // WINNERS: NATHAN SOLON QUAD 1 // DEREK JIN / QUAD 2 // NATASHA CHRISTIANSEN / QUAD 3 // BENJAMIN YIN / QUAD 4 // WILL WISDOM / QUAD 5 // RIYA KANURY / SMALL SWISS // 28 PLAY //

 
BCC QUADS: 4 PLAYER / ALL PLAY ALL +
SMALL SWISS // GAME 65 + 10" DELAY
5 QUADS / 1 SMALL SWISS
QUAD 1
NM Nathan Solon vs Jake Garbarino, Round 1.
Nathan scored 3 points to clinch sole 1st place.
Nathan also served as an assistant TD. Bravo, Nathan!
QUAD 2
chess expert players:
Nicholas Balous vs Derek Jin, Round 2.
Derek was undefeated with 2 draws and a win for 2 points,
enough to secure sole position of 1st place. Bravo, Derek!
QUAD 3
Joaquin Carlson, Black vs WCM Natasha Christiansen, 
Round 3. Great position for white on Natasha's way
to scoring a perfect 3-0 score for 1st place.
Natasha also served as an assistant TD for the event.
(background): Professor Natesh Pillai.
QUAD 4
Daniel Wang vs Benjamin Yin, Round 1.
Benjamin scored 2.5 points to take clear 1st place,
and a +53 point upgrade in rating to 1705.
Bravo, Benjamin!
QUAD 5
Will Wisdom playing black in an extra game with 
Maya Figelman. Will scored 3 points in Quad 5 to take 
clear 1st place as well as winning his extra game with 
Maya for a total win count of 4! (Background standing, left to right):
David Martin, NM Ilya Figelman, Maya's father, and 
Nick Sterling, event TD.
SMALL SWISS
Riya Kanury setting up her game with enthusiasm,
in Round 1. Riya won all her games for a perfect
3-0 score and a clear 1st place in the Small Swiss.
Riya earned a +43 upgrade to her rating, now
standing at 1424. Brava, Riya!
SCENES FROM 
AROUND THE HALL
Will Wisdom, black vs Steve Stepak, Round 1.
Steve had a move for winning chances in the
late middle game but was caught napping 
and plunged into the abyss of darkness
to lose the contest in a most painful manner.
MORNING SUNSHINE
WCM Natasha Christiansen, black vs Ilya Rozonoyer, Round 1.
(background): Daniel Wang vs Benjamin Yin;
Professor Natesh Pillai, black vs David Martin, Bob Oresick 
observes, waiting for his opponent to show up.

Bob Oresick, black vs Peter Anton Teodorescu, Round 1.
Bob gave top seed Peter a run for his money in Quad 5, and
won this encounter. Devastated, Peter quit the event, forgetting
that the quad format requires the players to play all
3 rounds with no byes or withdrawals, except for serious
medical or life-threatening emergencies.
IBM executive Antonio Scali plays white vs
Kumsal Deniz Sezen, Round 2.
(background): Nick Afshartous
Daniel Wang vs Harvard Professor of Statistics,
Natesh Pillai, Round 2.
LET THE GAMES BEGIN
Oleksandr Shumaiev vs NM Nithin Kavi, Round 1.
Oleksandr is from Ukraine. This is his 2nd
USCF event and the 2nd visit to the BCC.
Welcome Oleksandr!
Will Wisdom vs Bob Oresick: winner take all.
Well, if Bob had won, it would have been a 3-way
tie for 1st place between Will, Bob and Steve Stepak.
A draw or a win for Will would give Will clear
1st place. Will won, totaling 3-0 for clear 1st!
Bravo, Will!
ENDGAME TIME
Natesh vs Benjamin . . . 
Leonard Sweeney-Barrett vs Riya Kanury, Round 2.
TOURNAMENT ADMINISTRATION:
NICK STERLING, CHIEF TD
NATASHA CHRISTIANEN, ASST. TD
NATHAN SOLON, ASST. TD
PHOTOS: STEVE STEPAK