Friday, December 31, 2010
On Dec 31, we had 134 current members and in the course of the year 2010, we had 226 members. Among the members and players were 3 GMs, 4 IMs, 29 Masters, and 38 Experts.
Stop by the club and play some chess in 2011. You'll find some good matches in the new decade.
Happy New Year!
Please consider having your child play in the
on Sunday, January 2nd.
All proceeds benefit the Living Memorial Chess Foundation which provides free chess sets to schools. Jordan Shapiro has organized this tzedakah (charity) project as part of his Bar Mitzvah.
There are three "unrated" sections (8&U, 12&U and 16&U) which are not USCF rated and do not require any memberships and one USCF rated section which requires memberships in the United States Chess Federation and the Massachusetts Chess Association.
Info and registration here: http://masschess.org/ASP/DOFE/
Event Organizer: Jordan Shapiro *
Event Location: Temple Sinai. 25 Canton Street, Sharon, MA 02067
[Click Here for Directions ]
Event Date: Sunday, 1/2/2011
Time Control: 4-SS, G/30
Rounds Time: 9:30
Prize Info: Trophies for each section.
Inquiry: Phone: Susan Shapiro 781-956-7738
Requirement: USCF membership requirement for the rated section. **
Entry Fee: $20
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Saturday, January 1
Please come to the annual BCC open house, see some old friends, make some new ones, play some chess (rated or unrated), and enjoy a free lunch. It's a great way to start the 2011 chess year.
Registration isn't until 10:45 so you can sleep in from your celebrating the night before.
Saturday, January 1st:
- 4SS; G/40;
- 2 sections: Rated and Non-Rated;
- Entry fee: $25, $20 BCF members if received by 12/30, $5 extra on site.
- Registration: 10:45 to 11:40.
- Rounds: 11:45, 1:20, 3:00, 4:40.
- Free food and drink served all day long to tournament players.
- Send advance entries to: Herb Healy Open House, 240B Elm St. Suite B9 Somerville, MA 02144
Herbert E. Healy was born on July 13, 1885 and died on Wednesday, January 9, 1974 in Boston. [Thanks to George Mirijanian for providing July 13 as his exact day of birth.]
He was 88 years old and one of the original Charter members of the Boylston Chess Club at its official organization in 1919. He was Secretary Emeritus at his death.
“The Club was saddened by the death of Herbert Healy, Charter Member and Secretary Emeritus, on Wednesday night, January 9, 1974. This occurred only days after the Herbert Healy Appreciation Tournament (the 30-30 New Year’s Event) and Testimony was held in his honor. Wednesday had a 10”-12” snowfall, but Mr. Healy showed up at the Union and peeked into the Chess Quarters. [ He went to his home in the South End on Brookline Ave.] He died in his sleep. (Only Dave Hudnut, in the Providence Rhode Island area, remains as a Charter Club Member.)”
In 1980 the New Year's 30/30 was permanent dedicated to him as Herbert E. Healy Open House. Herbert E. Healy along with Harry Lyman, Irvin Yaffee, Myer Edelstein and others customarily provided food to the participants of this event.
This information was taken from minutes of the club from January 27, 1974 and talking with Mr. Harry Lyman and William Lukowiak in past years. There are more testimonies about Mr. Healy that I am omitting.
Bemardo IglesiasDecember 2007
Monday, December 27, 2010
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Grandmaster Larry Christiansen of Cambridge was once a bullfighter? The famous photo from a vintage Chess Life cover was part of Edward Winter’s Chess Explorations featuring chess players with some unusual pets, including photos of early 20th-century world champion Jose Capablanca on horseback, found at www.chessbase.com.
Read more: http://www.telegram.com/article/20101226/NEWS/12260482/1011#ixzz19GrY86SF
Edward Winter's Chess Explorations (54)
20.12.2010 – The bullfighter is revealed as Larry Christiansen. In giving the answers to the picture quiz the Editor of Chess Notes
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
After you have recycled the Christmas wrapping paper and watched Celtics and cheered the Patriots, what are you going to do in that slow period until the Jan 1st Herb Healy?
How about a little chess action at the last BCC tournament of 2010?
Monday, December 27: BCF Monday Night Swiss 3SS; G/30 Entry fee: $27, $17 to BCF members. Prizes: Based on entries. Reg.: 6:30 – 6:55 PM. Rounds: 7:00 – 8:10 – 9:15.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Foxborough’s Sage School students win two trophies at national chess tournament
Over the weekend of Dec. 10-12, seven members of The Sage School chess team traveled to Orlando, Florida for the United States Chess Federation’s K-12 National Championship tournament.
The Sage players brought home two trophies.
The seventh grade team of Nick Plotkin, Eric Hu, Kevin Hu, and Matt Lee finished fourth in the nation and the fourth grade team of Derek Meuth, Shubhum Giroti, and Daniel Plotkin finished eighth.
The Sage School is a private independent school dedicated to providing an educational program that serves the needs of academically gifted girls and boys, ages 4 to 14, in the greater Boston and Providence areas.
The Sage School draws students from over 40 different communities in three states, including Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire.
Visit us online at www.sageschool.org.
Copyright 2010 Wicked Local Foxborough. Some rights reserved
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
Once again the Boston area is well-represented (8 of 20!), with winning games competing in the contest. Hardly a surprise given the success of both teams, the Champions, the New England Nor'easters (with 3 games) and the Boston Blitz (5 games).
From the Boston Blitz:
Larry Christiansen -- Jesse Kraai, Week Six 1-0. Castling on opposite wings, hanging pieces, an elegant attacking finish. What more could you ask for? Despite this, my gut feeling is that this game is barely in the Top 10. This game did win the Game of the Week in a relatively strong week, but I personally liked Lendermann-Becerra and Zilberstein-Esserman from that week more. For a rabid pro- or anti- Esserman stance, see almost any comment thread in the USCL this year.
IM Jonathan Schroer- GM Larry Christiansen, Week 8 0-1. Larry played a beautiful combination as a bolt from the blue. Adding to the quality of this combo, it did not lead to the immediate mate that many of the observers had assumed. Unfortunately, Larry butchered the last half of the game, perhaps even slipping into some drawn opposite colored bishop positions. Maybe it cracks the Top 15, but certainly no better than that. One of the wild cards from Week 8 is a strong contender to finish in the Top 10 (see below).
Jorge Sammour-Hasbun - GM Giorgi Kacheishvili, Week 10, 1-0. A double pawn sac followed by relentless creative attacking a la Jorge. A contender for Game of the Year. I'll put it in my personal Top 3.
Ilya Krasik - Adithya Balasubramanian, Quarterfinals, 1-0. Krasik's best game, best prep, and best blog post of the year. I seriously doubt a Board 4 game is going to be a serious contender for Game of the Year, especially given the fewer number of games competing that week, but an entertaining game. Although Black didn't find the best continuations, I think this will finish in the Top 15, probably even ahead of Larry's Week 8 game.
Jorge Sammour-Hasbun - Sasha Kaplan, Wildcard, 1-0. Maybe I'm biased, but I like games in the Marshall Gambit. This one seems theoretically important. It also was a hair-line tightrope from win to loss, so even more plusses. A top 10 finish for this game, maybe even higher.
From the New England Nor'easters:
IM Sam Shankland - GM Julio Becerra, Championship, 1-0. Although this game clinched the championship victory for the New England Nor'easters, I predict this will not finish terribly high in the contest. Sam converted a tough opposite colored bishops ending into a win. I don't want to give it away, but several of us have been quietly concluding that Becerra had missed a least one and perhaps two concrete drawing lines in this game (stay tuned for analysis). If A players and experts without a computer can find drawing lines, so will the judges. I predict this finishes in places 20-15.
GM Giorgi Kacheishvili - IM Sam Shankland, Wildcard, 0-1 . Some people didn't like this game. I loved this game. Not only was it the culmination of very clever team prep led by David Vigorito, this unbalanced endgame is very difficult, instructive, and exciting as a fan. This is the kind of game that will get some very high votes and some very low votes (I am the exact opposite, but some people won't like that it was based in part on strong prep). Tough to say where it will land, but let's put it right in the #10 spot, no more, no less.
IM Robert Hungaski - IM Jonathan Schroer, Wildcard, 1-0. I didn't understand this game when I was watching it live, and I don't really understand this game replaying it now. I hands down love this game, especially since strong human and computer opinion seems to be that White was always doing well in the massive complications. I want to put it into the Game of the Year #1 spot, but prudence prevails -- I'll predict a Top 5 finish. Played between two GMs, or maybe GM Tal vs. GM Random, this game would have gotten more respect.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Yessiree, in theaters now, in the movie The Fighter, is our club's own Walter Driscoll.
How lethal is this guy? Well, he KO'd me at the chess board in our last five rated encounters, an unheard of feat. Okay, maybe that's not such a difficult feat, but nobody else has given me a shellacking like that.
I spoke with the celebrity himself, who told me to pay attention after the two brothers have been arrested, when our man the Court Officer will show Christian Bale who's boss (don't blink and don't be eating popcorn or you'll miss Walter's big moment).
Satisfied, Art? :-)
Friday, December 03, 2010
Bobby sued over the publication of this book (the suit was eventually thrown out of court). Many chess people complained that the book was a work of fiction pretending to be non-fiction. Others thought that the crisp dialogue was certainly embellished, but that it had the basic attitude of Fischer nailed.
Monday, November 29, 2010
Clarium's Patrick Wolff is spinning out of the fund to form his own hedge fund, Grand Master Capital.
The fact that Wolff, a former general manager at the firm, is leaving underscores another bad year for Clarium, a fund which sprung out of the gate with amazing (+57.4%) returns but then began performing terribly.
This year alone Thiel has seen investors leave and his returns head into the double-digit negatives.
We've heard from an investor that most of the money in Clarium right now is Thiel's, so the fund shouldn't be damaged by the loss of a star manager like other hedge funds have been when star portfolio managers leave.
And the move must be amicable, because Clarium's founding manager, Peter Thiel, will seed the fund with $50 million.
Wolff's personal returns are a mystery at this point, but if his ability to play chess says anything about his investing skills (and he's expecting it to - his new fund, Grand Master Capital, is named for Wolff's title as a chess champion and international grand master), get ready to be amazed.
Wolff's ELO, his "batting average," is 2564, which is top-level. There's technically no "best" ELO rating, but if you're in the 2700s, you're among the best in the world.
Wolff is currently ranked number 393 in the world.
So in terms of vanity hedge funds names (which are usually names or initials or properties managers own), Wolff's is pretty awesome.
Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/clarium-portfolio-manager-is-spinning-out-into-a-new-hedge-fund-2010-11#ixzz16iz00ue7
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
I have come unstuck in time.
It is late summer. I am in the Boylston Chess Club, watching the Nor'easters take on the Cobras. The masters and I are blinking at the chessboard of Vigorito-Simpson, move 10.
Now I am sitting in a restaurant in Davis Square with a member of the Boston Blitz, Marc Esserman and a member of the Nor'easters, Charles Riordan. Marc is showing us a position on my tiny pocket chess board. Marc is unstuck in time, too, and now he is demonstrates on my shabby $5 flat magnetic set his future memory of his game with IM Zilberstein in Week 6. In his memory, the game went:
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c6 4.e4 dxe4 5.Nxe4 Bb4+ 6.Bd2 Qxd4 7.Bxb4 Qxe4+ 8.Be2 Na6 9.Ba5 f6 10.Qd8+ Kf7 11.0-0-0 b6 12.Bc3 e5 13.Bd3 Qxg2 14.Ne2 c5 15.Qd6 Bb7 16.Ng3 and Marc continues with a queen sacrifice that leads to a Game of the Year.
Unfortunately, future memories are as unreliable as past ones. When the game actually happened, IM Zilberstein went along up to 16. Bf5, lost more prosaically, and Marc only won Blog Post of the Week. That may have been worth more money. So it goes. I was pretty mad those two days later when I learned Marc's future memory was all a pack of foma.
Some might wonder how a Nor'easter and a Blitz player could have talked about upcoming matches without tearing off a jugular using bare teeth. The idea that the Boston teams hate each other is all a pack of foma, too.
Some other time in the future, the Nor'easters will also be well prepared against the New York Knights, anticipating the games on Boards 1+3 to spin the strong New York squad down to 4th place. So it goes. The Blitz are not the only team to prepare well.
Now I am watching the Blitz play the Nor'easters in Week 4. I'm in London. While I am lecturing at University College London, projecting behind me is this position from Cherniack-Krasik, Board 4, Week 4.
After 17.Qb3, Alex loses a pawn to Bxd2 18.Nxd2 Rxe2 19.Rxe2 Nxd4. He goes on to draw the game and the match. So it goes. It is the only draw during the regular season that New England suffers.
I talk to a Tramalfadorian about what it is like to watch a chess game in four dimensions.
It replies, "Consider what it is like to watch the chessgame in two dimensions, on your ICC, for example."
"Now consider what it is like to play the game in 3-D, on a board, with pieces."
"OK. I get that, too."
"Is there a difference in these two experiences?"
"Not really. They are pretty much the same. The vision and the touch are different. Otherwise, the problems are the same."
"Watching the chess board in 4 dimensions is nothing like going from 2D to 3D."
That is a jerk way to respond, so I ask for some clarity.
"For us, we saw the Blitz-Nor'easters week four match simultaneously with the Blitz-Nor'easters Semi-final match. The combinations that were happening in the other dimensions blew this Tramalfadorian's mind. That, and the parallel of the two Boston teams getting a draw in both matches. "
Of course this is all a pack of foma, but the Tramalfadorian wanted me to like it. They are not very good flirts.
Sometimes I wonder if the Internet could ever acheive consciousness. All those fiber optic neural connections firing. Ones and zeros slithering around coaxial cables to make a brain that becomes self-aware. I ask the Tramalfadorians about this.
"So sure about it?"
"Have you read an internet chess blog comment section lately? Better chances for the mud of the Earth to become intelligent."
Since Christianity tells us intelligence did spring from the mud, I take that as a maybe.
When I'm stopped on the street, people ask me what I'm working on. I tell them a summary of the greatest team in USCL history. They always ask me what the USCL is. I tell them it stands for the United States Cricket League and that I am a fan from Sri Lanka. I don't, but trust me, this is a better method for getting a date. If you are reading my post, better try this foma over the truth. Let me know how it turns out.
In the Eighteenth Tweet of Bokonon, the Prophet says, "Break all the records to prove you are the best, and you will be hated by all the rest." So it goes.
In the Nineteenth Tweet of Bokonon, the Prophet says, "Make your own luck, or you'll be a sitting duck."
In the Twentieth Tweet of Bokonon, the Prophet says, "When you win, just sit quietly and grin. The loser gets to speak about how you are weak."
Maybe the losers only remember the future when they are better than you. Or maybe they are like the Tramalfadorans, winners in the other dimensions.
I am stuck now in other people's dreams. One dream I can see is this position from Hungaski vs. Sammour Hasbun in Nor'easters-Blitz Semi-Finals. Chess dreams can be the most painful dreams. Chess dreams and the ones where you are standing in your underwear in front of the classroom.
The win for Black is 23...Rxa1 24.Rxa1 cxb2! 25.Rb1 Bxb5+ 26.Kd2 Rd8+ 27.Kc3 Bd3. Instead Black played Bxb5 and eventually got mated, handing the draw and the match victory to New England. So it goes.
I am sitting in a coffeehouse sipping joe when an angry USCL (the chess kind) fan comes up to me to yell at me about this post. "Are you saying that the Nor'easters were lucky to have the best record and win the league championship?" I calmly quote the Fifth Tweet from the Prophet Bokonon. "Do not heed what on the internet you read."
"Sounds like you are saying luck to me."
"Look all around you- those little water droplets under a leaf, the lion's mane, my pinky finger digit. It's all luck, chuck."
Players that the Nor'easters didn't play:
GM Hikaru Nakamura
GM Yuri Shulman
GM Sergey Erenburg
GM Reiner Gonzalez
GM Magesh Panchanathan
Almost all the GMs of the Western Division
So it goes.
Here are some other players they didn't face: Bobby Fischer, Gata Kamsky, Alexander Onischuk, Magnus Carlson. Anatoly Karpov. Jason Rihel.
In the First Tweet of Bokonon, the Prophet, says, "It's all luck, chuck."
I am leaving the Nor'easters vs. Miami Sharks Final early, for I am tired. I ate some pizza, the result is unclear. The forfeit win was a boost, but as I leave NE's Alex looks worse on Board 4 (He lost. So it goes.), Sam maybe is at least a safe draw on Board 1 (He won. So it goes.), and the Hungaski game is repeating the position and declining draws (He won. So it goes.) Could still be a playoff and a long night ahead.
I walk home to my old apartment. I can see downtown from there, the solitary Prudential Tower cracking the sky. I still don't know the outcome of the New England match. Then I see Ilya Krasik, member of the perpetual #2 Boston Blitz, scramble up to the tippy-top of the Pru. He looks up at the heavens, thumbs his nose as a gesture of the pent up frustrations of watching the local upstarts take the prize, and freezes his body in place by taking the Ice-9.
So it goes.
Monday, November 22, 2010
This weekend, at the 2010 Rhode Island Open, Ben Goldberg hit the magic 2201 rating, making him the latest area national master. The road was not easy-- he had to hold GM Ivanov to a draw in Round 3 and play two other master-level opponents to make this last push.
Ben has been a long-time player in Boylston Chess Club events, so we would like to congratulate him on this achievement.
Last Saturday Larry won the $10 Open with four wins out of four games.
Larry said he had to really work hard for two of those victories and it really cool to see the three time US Champ compete head to head with us locals.
(Michelle Chen, Art Nugent, Bernhard Seehaus, and Anya Corke got to play a game with Larry for a $10 entry - not a bad deal. - editor's note.)
Thank you Larry hope to see you next week at the BCF.
(graphics by Bob Oresick)
Saturday, November 20, 2010
In front of a pizza-eating crowd of about 20 people, the Nor'easters finished off Miami to end an UNDEFEATED record-smashing season. Fittingly, only the Boston Blitz managed to twice nick them for draws. But with this Finals win, the Nor'easters have managed to do what the Boston Blitz haven't quite done-- win the championship.
Congrats to the New England Nor'easters on a spectacular season.
Stay tuned for more details.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
A squad of cops in bulletproof vests swooped into an upper Manhattan park and charged seven men with the "crime" of playing chess in an area off-limits to adults unaccompanied by kids -- even though no youngsters were there.
"Is chess really something that should be considered a threat to the neighborhood?" Inwood resident and mom Joanne Johnson wrote Mayor Bloomberg, the City Council and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly after the raid.
Read the full article.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Some of us may have cheated on chess with a Rubik's Cube last weekend, but this Saturday's full day of chess at the Boylston Chess Club in Davis Square is not to be missed!
First, you can still use the Paypal button on the right panel to get the $10 rate for this Saturday's $10 Open. Sign up by Thursday to get the discounted rate.
Also, starting at 6PM (the middle of Round 4), we will project the games from the New England Nor'easters vs. Miami Sharks US Chess League Finals in the Skittles Room. After the $10 Open tournament is over, we will move to the main hall.
Come join us for an inexpensive chess tournament followed by live discussions of the remarkable US Chess League Final, featuring the local expansion upstarts, the New England Nor'easters!
Support the Bolyston Chess Club webmaster Alex Cherniack on Board 4, the newly minted Boylston Chess Club Champion Chris Chase on Board 3, and the talented IMs Hungaski and Shankland on Boards 2 and 1! The Nor'easters have already had an historic run; come watch to see if they can cap that amazing season with one more win.
Can a shark survive such a nasty storm?
Stay tuned all this week for even more details for these events.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
There are lots of games to distract nerds from playing chess. One that interested me starting this summer was the classic puzzle, the Rubik's Cube. It comes in many forms, incuding a monstrous 11x11x11 cube!
But the classic tournament event is known as speedcubing. The goal is simple-- solve the 3x3x3 cube from a random position as quickly as possible. When I saw there was a competition at MIT this weekend, I had to give it a try.
Let me start by comparing the Rubik's Cube event to a chess tournament. There are some key differences. First and foremost is that the Cube events are more introspective than a chess tournament. In a chess tournament, you are playing against other people in a direct competition. In some ways, your performance in chess is dictated not only by the quality of your play but other over the board factors that you do not 100% control. For example, even very poor chessplayers have a somewhat reasonable hope of beating much stronger competition. How many players under 2000 do you know who have scalped strong IMs or GMs after their opponents have blundered or fallen into a bad position? I personally have lost to players rated more than 1000 rating points below me because of errors. When I sit down across from a GM or a player rated 1000, I have in the back of my mind the possibility that I could win or lose if the stars are aligned.
In the Rubik's Cube events, you have ZERO delusions about where you stand, because the event is more like a race. I have many friends who can run marathons, but none of them have any hope of winning. Winning a marathon for most people is not the point-- personal achievement, gaining a personal best, maybe even just finishing the race and earning an official time is the goal. Because the goal is not really to beat the other person, in a race like the Rubik's Cube tournament, the goals are more aimed inward at beating your own goals, setting new best times.
One way a chess tournament and the Cube tournament are similar: they bring together people with a common interest to share in that interest. I learned about new types of puzzles. Some families brought storage tubs filled with Rubik's cubes, pyramids, tetrahedrons, and snakes. It was really a lot of fun.
So, how did I do? My personal best time is around 36 seconds, but I average much closer to 1 minute. My personal goal at this event was therefore to average 1 minute.Here I am solving my first of five cubes. At 23.34 seconds, I am already off the pace to make the 2nd round.
And here I am after my first official time: 1:36:43. In fact, my cube is off by one row, so I got a 2 second penalty added for a first official time of 1:38:43.
The little boy judge says, "That was good!" I'm laughing because solving the cube in front of a room full of other people put me some 30 seconds off my normal pace! I didn't anticipate that this would matter so much.
On my 3rd try, I did hit sub-one minute (58:42), which gives me a World Ranking of 9072. My average time was a slow 1:19:79, which puts me in 8635th place in the world, and 61st out of 70 in this event! Funny how in chess, my world ranking is much lower than this (by absolute number, not by percentile). How do I compare with the best? This weekend, the USA single 3x3x3 record was set by Rowe Hessler at 6.94 seconds! The World Record is 6.77 seconds:
There is some comfort in knowing that my aged muscle synapses will never let me get even close to threatening the world record. But next time, I am going to average below 1 minute!
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
With wins from Hungaski on Board 2 and Cherniack on Board 4, the New England Nor'easters have advanced to the Final over cross-town rivals, the Boston Blitz! Winning the regular season proved crucial, as their draw odds made the difference in this one.
Stay tuned for a recap and a preview of the Final, which is scheduled for Nov. 20th at 4:00 PM.
UPDATE: Miami wins the West! New England vs. Miami in the Final!
107 players participated –a record turnout for a BU Open (Open = 36, U1900 =35, and U1600 =36.) The Open section was strong with 9 masters, 5 FMs, an IM (Hungaski) and a GM (Christiansen).
One of the most enjoyable features of the tournament is the number of chess friends who return year after year. Alex Kurjatko (a former BUCC president) took a break from his 4th year medical school internship in NJ to come up and play. And Barry Lai (a former BUCC president) emailed me at 3:40 in the morning saying he needed a 1st round bye to get some sleep, but still made it.
Frank Frazier broke with his Monday Night BCC mostly tradition to play. Tony Cortizas put down his camera and picked up the pieces in his first time playing in the BU Open. Mike Griffin continues to come to our event after he broke a 19 hiatus from playing chess (while raising his family) to resume playing chess at the BU Open years ago. Harold Dondis supports us year after year - his step is lighter, his hearing softer, but his game is sharp sharp sharp.
Tony DiNosse took a break from caring for his hospitalized father to play.
Prof Timothy Sage from Northeastern (the champion of the 1st BU Open in 1995) was persuaded to play again by the 8 man group from the NE chess club.
Bill Kelleher returned again this year and won his fifth title.
I could go on, but you get the idea. … And of course, there were new faces – ten people played in their first rated tournament. Contingents came up from Connecticut and down from Maine (or is it up from down Maine). This is one of those gatherings of the chess community that many of us look forward to and enjoy.
Bernardo Iglesias, one of the premier TDs in New England, did an admirable job again this year and continues to be a major reason for the smooth flow of the event.
The executive board of the BU Chess club, led by President Austin Collins, Edwin Jung, Matt Messer, and Ben Burkholder spent hours before and after the games setting up the room and then cleaning up and restoring it to its pristine condition (following a schematic Austin – an engineering student – had drawn.)
We paid out over a thousand dollars in prizes and still raised some money for entry fees for BU teams in the Amateur Team East – thank you all for that support. Note Bene: The BCF helped make the event possible by sponsoring it under its affiliation with the USCF. The BU chess club is grateful to the BCC for all its support to BU and to the greater Boston Chess community.
For 2010, there were four winners;
IM Robert Hungaski (a star on the USCL Noreasters)
FM William Kelleher (a BU alum and now 5 time winner)
NM Alex Fikiet (who the previous week won the Greater Boston Open)
NM Andrew Wang (a BU student – at the BU Academy)
Congratulations to all!
Results are summarized below, and you can visit USCF for the complete crosstable.
1st/2nd $525/3 IM Robert Hungaski (3.5), FM William Kelleher (3.5), NM Alex Fikiet (3.5)
Top U2200 $135 Andrew Wang (3.5) *
1st $100 Thomas Hartmayer (4)
2nd $50/7 Michael Raphael (3), Matthew Morra (3), Wesley Parker (3), Seth Lieberman (3), Mark Kaprielian (3), Charlie Fauman (3) , Nicholas Plotkin (3)
1st $100 Eduardo Valadares (4)
2nd $50 Barry Lai (3.5) **
Top U1200 $50 Ben Hansel (2.5)
Allan Ong Top BU undergrad $50 Lino Fabiani (4) ***
Top College University of Connecticut (10.5)
IM Robert Hungaski (3.5), NM Alex Fikiet (3.5), Matt Morra (3.5)
Top High School Cape Elizabeth ME High School (6.5)
Benjamin Hansel (2.5), Colin Smith (2), Matt Reale-Hatem (2), Brett Parker (2)
Top Primary School Sage (7)
Kevin Hu (3), Nicholas Plotkin (3), Daniel Plotkin (1), Eric Hu (1), Matthew R Lee (1)
* Andrew tied for 1st/2nd, but earned the higher U2200 money.
** Barry contributed his winnings to the BUCC. Thanks.
*** Lino entered as unrated and so could not get the class prize with Eduardo.
Sunday, November 07, 2010
As far as I know, this hasn't happened since Kamsky. Gata Kamsky was a Top 10 player reaching #4 in the 90s. Of course, Kamsky emigrated to the US already an accomplished chess player as a boy , but Hikaru was 2 years old when he first came to the US. That makes Hikaru the first US-trained player to break the Top 10 since Bobby Fischer. I think Larry Christiansen once broke the top 30, but that would be the most recent American player to get even close.... can anyone confirm that?
Correction: Yasser Seirawan was #10 in 1990 (see comment section). He was also US trained.
Rank Name Track Rating Change # games # events Born @ FIDE
01 Carlsen off 2812,0 +10 10 1 1990 id-card
02 Aronian off 2809,1 +8,1 3 1 1982 id-card
03 Anand off 2808,4 +4,4 10 1 1969 id-card
04 Kramnik off 2790,1 -0,9 3 1 1975 id-card
05 Grischuk off 2775,3 +4,3 3 1 1983 id-card
06 Topalov off 2774,8 -11,2 10 1 1975 id-card
07 Mamedyarov off 2767,3 +4,3 3 1 1985 id-card
08 Karjakin off 2764,4 +4,4 3 1 1990 id-card
09 Ivanchuk off 2764,0 0 0 0 1969 id-card
10 Nakamura off 2746,6 +5,6 3 1 1987 id-card
11 Radjabov off 2744,0 0 0 0 1987 id-card
13 Wang Yue off 2741,6 -14,4 10 1 1987 id-card
14 Gelfand off 2737,0 -4 3 1 1968 id-card
15 Gashimov off 2736,0 +3 10 1 1986 id-card
Saturday, November 06, 2010
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
You are cordially invited to play in the
Boston University Open
Boston University Open
(in association with the Boylston Chess Foundation)
Sat., Nov. 6, 2010
65 players have pre-registered (see below),
including a strong open section.
It should be a good day for chess.
Email your entry by Friday and save $10.
4-SS; G/60; 3 Sections: Open; U1900; U1600
George Sherman Union
775 Commonwealth Ave. Boston 02215
Parking is across University road just before the BU bridge on the same side of Comm. Ave. as the George Sherman Union. You must pay the attendant $6 for the day.
- $15 for BU students (BUID)
- $20 by email by Friday Nov 5
- $30 for all others at site
- GM's, IM's, and past winners of the Open Section play for free.
Open section: 1st & 2nd / Top under 2200
U1900 section: 1st & 2nd
U1600 section: 1st & 2nd l/ Top under 1200
Allan Ong Prize for the top undergraduate college student:
Trophies for 3 player teams: Top college / Top high school / Top elementary or middle school
NC, NS, W.
Reg: 9:00 - 9:45 am
Rds: 10:00, 12:30, 2:45, 5:00
email name, section desired, USCF number to firstname.lastname@example.org
Pre-registered players, Weds.
SwissSys Wall Chart. BU Open 2010: Open
|#||Name/Rtng/ID||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Rd 4||Tot|
|1||GM Larry Christiansen|
|2||FM Charles R Riordan|
|3||FM William Kelleher|
|4||FM Christoher Chase|
|5||FM Teddy Coleman|
|2309 12662799 Harvard||0.0|
|6||NM Avraam Pismennyy|
|7||FM Oliver Kniest|
|8||NM Lawyer Times|
|9||NM Ilya Krasik|
|10||NM Alex Miche Fikiet|
|11||LM Chris Williams|
|12||NM Gregory O Kaden|
|14||NM Evan Z Rabin|
|15||CM Stuart S Finney|
|16||Dr Bernhard Seehaus|
|17||Grant Y Xu|
|18||Dmitriy N Noy|
|21||WCM Nata Christiansen|
|1691 13150685 SAGE||0.0|
SwissSys Wall Chart. BU Open 2010: U1900
|#||Name/Rtng/ID||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Rd 4||Tot|
|1||Daniel S Shapiro|
|1826 12755666 BU||0.0|
|6||Jonathan Mark Lee|
|1746 12852236 Northeastern||0.0|
|8||Robert J Holmgren|
|10||Harold B Dondis|
|12||Eric P Lawless|
|1642 12894720 Northeastern||0.0|
|13||Ryan Ke Ottaviano|
|14||Robert J Oresick|
|17||Anthony T Moosey||bye||bye|
SwissSys Wall Chart. BU Open 2010: U1600
|#||Name/Rtng/ID||Rd 1||Rd 2||Rd 3||Rd 4||Tot|
|1||George Thoma Gram|
|1590 14253951 Northeastern||0.0|
|1583 14288523 BU||0.0|
|1491 14077800 Northeastern||0.0|
|1482 12777537 Northeastern||0.0|
|5||Kevin J Hu|
|1439 13861103 Sudbury primary||0.0|
|9||Harvey G Reed|
|1315 13874968 Sudbury primary||0.0|
|12||Jonathan S Wexler|
|1240 14423448 Northeastern||0.0|
|1051 13790082 SAGE||0.0|
|14||Claudio De Mutiis|
|958 14288868 BU||0.0|
|15||Eric Jiarui Hu|
|17||Matthew Ch Messer|
|633 12932717 BU||0.0|
|18||Husayn R Karimi|
|563 12877597 BB&N||0.0|
|unr. 14514710 Northeastern||0.0|
|unr. 14514788 Northeastern||0.0|
|unr. 14513544 BU||0.0|
|unr. 14514746 Northeastern||0.0|