Monday, June 30, 2014

BCC GRAND PRIX // MATTHEW MEREDITH / 1st AND PERFECT / OPEN SECTION // SANDEEP SHANKAR / STEPHEN SAVAGE / 1-2nd U1800 // 38 PLAYERS / 4 TALENTED WOMEN PLAY !! //

BOYLSTON CHESS CLUB
GRAND PRIX
OPEN SECTION
Matthew Meredith takes clear 1st
Mrudula Nambiar faces off with Matthew Meredith, Round 2.
Mrudula is playing her first USCF and BCC event. Welcome,
Mrudula! She attained a provisional rating of 1945. Matthew
was "hot" today, scoring a perfect 4-0, and a +47 to 2150 rating.
CRITICAL MASTER GAME
Carissa Yip inspects the moves of Matthew Meredith vs
NM Siddarth Arun in Round 3. No doubt inspired by the
attention, Matthew went on to win this game, and the event!
Siddharth withdrew from the tournament, after this game.
CRITICAL GAME: DETERMINATION! 
Matthew Meredith faces off with Joseph Bihlmeyer in Round 4.
Joseph scored 2.5 points to share 2-5th with NM Hal Terrie,
Yang Dai, and Jason Tang
NM Hal Terrie prevails in his game with chess phenom 
Brandon Wu in Round 1.
MIT CHESS TALENT
Yang Dai, Computer Science student at MIT
scored 2.5 points to share 2-5th place.
HICCUP IN ROUND 1: SOMEONE'S BEEN STUDYING
Stijn Brand, (right) plays an aggressive opening for white,
takes full point from Yang Dai in Round 1.
Stijn was +47 for a 1903 rating and 2 for 4 for the day.
NEW FACES AT THE BCC
Stijn Brand, from New Hampshire.
Welcome Stijn!
Jonathan Aiyathurai from Connecticut, black vs Conway Xu, Round 2.
This is Jonathan's first visit to the BCC. Welcome Jonathan!
Jason Tang scored 2.5 points for a share of
2-5th place and a +17 to 1992 rating.
FLOWER CHILD
The ever-popular and talented Carissa Yip
playing in the GP vs NM Hal Terrie, in Round 3.
BEAUTIFUL WOMEN DO PLAY CHESS WELL!
Center Stage: Carissa Yip vs Michael Isakov, Round 2.
Mrudula Nambiar plays in Round 1.
 
Daniel Zhou, black vs Ben Parker, Round 2.
(center stage): Natasha Christiansen (right) vs 
Nolan Brett Burke, extra game. 
(top): Ed Chiu, black vs Edward Morris.
U1800 SECTION
Sandeep Shankar scored 3.5 points to share 1-2nd place
with Stephen Savage. Sandeep went +8 to 1626.
Stephen notched +45 to 1609 rating.
Richard Alan Chen writes down his move vs Stephen Savage,
in Round 3. Stephen scored 3.5 points and a share of 1-2nd place.
Richard broke even with 2 for 4.
David Martin vs Paul Becotte, Round 2.
Paul won this game and scored 3 points, taking clear 3rd place,
with a +34 to 1512 rating. David was 2.5/4.
(background): William Wisdom v Stephen Savage;
Evan Wei, black vs Sandeep Shankar;
Neil Gurram v Richard Alan Chen
David Tianyi Zhou writes down his move vs Neil Gurram, Round 1.
Neil Gurram, MIT undergraduate.
This is Neil's first USCF and BCC event:
welcome Neil. [Yang Dai gets the recruitment credit for
initiating the invitation to join her in this
BCC event! Brava, Yang Dai!]
MORE NEW FACES AT THE BCC
Zhengkai Zhu, black vs David Katzman, Round 3.
David Zhu Sun plays newcomer Abhinav Govindarju from NH, Round 2.
Abhinav has played in the BCC Sunday Scholastics as well as a total
of 189 tournament games with a 56.1 percentage. Bravo, Abhinav!
(background): Zhengkai Zhu vs David Tianyi Zhou
David Katzman vs Tom Shneer.
Nolan Brett Burke vs Will Wisdom, Round 1.
Will is back on the chess circuit after a healthy hiatus.
This is Nolan's first appearance at the BCC
Welcome Nolan Burke from Arizona!
KIDS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN
Zhengkai Zhu and friends: Richard Alan Chen, Daniel Zhou,
Abhinav Govindaraju and David Tianyi Zhou.
CHESS, CHESS CHESS: well not quite. This attraction was
a sweet action video game. The kids just loved it, as you can see!
VETERAN CHESS
Steve Stepak vs Harold Dondis: draw.
[Well, I had a win in this Ragozin D30; and it just slipped 
out of my clutches with 4 minutes left on my clock.
Uncle Houdini said that I had a tough win in 73ish moves or a
quicker win in 60ish, depending on HD's responses.
I felt a great sense of accomplishment, after I totally messed
up the win, and nose-dived to defeat, that I stayed cool,
and secured the draw, a pawn down!]
[Photo: Bernardo Iglesias]
CHESS LESSON
Steve Stepak, black vs Daniel Zhou: D85 Gruenfeld Defense.
Learning to set up the pieces on the best squares.
(background): Evan Wei, black vs Abhinav Govindaraju, extra game.
[Photo:LiuTang]
BEST HATS
Harold Dondis, Esq. vs Edward Morris from Billerica, MA,
Round 1. (background): Paul Becotte vs David Katzman;
Nolan Brett Burke vs Will Wisdom;
David Tianyi Zhou vs Neil Gurram
LITTLE VS BIG
Evan Wei vs Ed Morris, Round 3: this time BIG won.
PHOTOS: STEVE STEPAK
Bernardo Iglesias from Costa Rica, event TD
GO TEAM!
Costa Rica 
vs Netherlands
Saturday, July 5, 2014
4:00 PM

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