OPEN SECTION: BCC GRAND PRIX
Aashish Welling (right) on the move scored 3.5/4 to take
clear 1st in the January BCC Grand Prix.
Here he is seen playing Alex Yu who finished
with 2 for 4. Aashish up'd his rating 50 points;
Alex's rating was +20.
NEW FACE AT BCC EVENT
Yongjoo Kim played a very strong game
scoring 3 out of 4 points to share 2-4th place
with NM Hal Terrie and Mark Neale.
Yogjoo up'd his rating +42 to 2011.
COMING OF AGE AT THE BCC
Nithin Kavi played solid chess but suffered from severe
time pressure ceding the full point to Mark Robert Neale
in the last round. Mark scored 3 out of 4 and up'd his
rating +136 points from 1675 to 1811. Bravo, Mark.
[Alex Yu, (red), observes.]
NM Hal Terrie also took a full point from Nithin Kavi
in a complicated position in Round 3 to finish with 3 for 4,
sharing 2-4th place with Kim and Neale.
BCC GRAND PRIX: U1800 SECTION
Jacob Gillis (left), a new face at the BCC (welcome Jacob!)
gave a strong showing to score 3.5 out of 4 to take
clear 1st in the U1800 Section. Here Jacob is playing
white vs David Martin (GP U1800 Category prize winner 2013)
in Round 4. In time pressure, Jacob won this complex endgame
and the section and up'd his rating +84 for his efforts.
Suraj Ramanathan (left) plays the black pieces vs Joy Cao
in Round 2. Suraj scored 3 out of 4 points to share 2-6th place
with Steve Stepak, Michael Yu, Mark Buckles and David Zhu Sun.
A GRUELING, EXHAUSTING EVENT
Steve Stepak finds some interesting play in a QGD vs
Daniel Wang in Round 4. Daniel held things together well
and was even slightly better until he dropped a piece.
(Though I was up considerable material, I was totally
exhausted--out of gas--so to speak. My head was spinning.
I struggled to play adequate moves; at the same time, Daniel let
me finish with a mating flourish. He was a good sport about the game.
We were both very tired after 4 rounds of chess.)sps
Daniel went 2 for 4 and Stepak scored 3 out of 4, sharing 2-6th place.
Mark Buckles (red) plays Suraj Ramanathan in Round 4: draw.
Mark also scored 3 points to share 2-6th place.
BCC #117 TORNADO WINNER KEEPS PACE
Michael Yu (right) seen here playing black vs David Martin
in Round 2 (draw) impressed as he scored 3 out of 4 points
to share 2-6th place in the U1800 Section. Michael won the
BCC #117 Tornado on the weekend of the Boston Chess Congress.
Michael is maturing into a very strong player (age 10); he is
well schooled and armed with good technique, playing a
solid game, consistently. Keep up the good work Michael Yu!
David Zhu Sun (left) plays Aaron Huang in Round 2.
David Zhu is also becoming a strong and consistent player
over the months. The age of these tallented chess kids is
around 10! Bravo, David. He scored 3 out of 4 points
sharing 2-6th place and up'd his rating +43.
[background]: Mark O'Brien vs Daniel Zhou.
MORE NEW FACES AT THE BCC
15 yr old Tom Shneer from Andover, MA, plays black vs
Daniel Lukason in Round 2. Tom scored 2 out of 4
points to up his rating +56. This was Daniel's
first rated chess tournament in his life.
Welcome to our world! Hope to see you both
back at the BCC for more tournament chess!
Youngest player at the January Grand Prix is
Winston Zhao, age 6. He scored 1.5 out of 4
and up'd his rating +39. (I played Winston last year
when he was 5!)sps These kids are truly amazing.
#1 "7 and Under" in Massachusetts: Derek Jin (below)
Derek Jin (right) plays black against Boshen Li. Boshen
was poised to take the full point from Derek, who actually
had a won game out of the opening.
(Derek just turned 7 on the 12th of January.)
Well these kids are just that: kids. Tournament chess is always a
learning experience. From critical analysis, we all are motivated to learn from
our mistakes, on the road to improving our chess and gaining future victories.
(#1 "8 and Under" in Massachusetts:)
Eddie Wei, at Boston Chess Congress 2014
MORE KIDS: IN THE OPEN SECTION
Lucy Cai (1582), black vs Maxwell Zhao (1692)
(average age here: 10), play in Round 3. Max won a
complicated endgame, as you can see.
Edward Chiu plays black vs Aaron Huang, Round 3.
Daniel Wang vs David Tianyi Zhou, Round 3.
(background): Jacob Gillis.
PARTING SHOTS: "FEARLESS"
He may be little, but he's right in the game: Winston Zhao
plays the U1800 Section winner, Jacob Gillis in Round 1.
Mark O'Brien plays 7 yr old Joy Cao in Round 3.
ON THE ROAD TO VICTORY
ENDGAME: Fridrick Karlsson (1980) plays Aashish Welling (1907)
in Round 3. Yongjoo Kim and Bernardo Iglesias, event TD
observe. Aashish won this encounter on his way to
clinching the top spot in the the Open Section.
PHOTOS BY STEVE STEPAK
See you all next Saturday