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

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Reubens Landey 2014

beginning July7


U2200 Championship
 

Event Organizer: The Boylston Chess Foundation  Visit Organizer Website
Event Location: Boylston Chess Club , 240B Elm Street, Suite B9 , Somerville , MA  02144   
Event Date: Monday, July 07, 2014
Monday, July 14, 2014
Monday, July 21, 2014
Monday, July 28, 2014
Time Control: 4SS; 40/90,d5 G/20,d5
Rounds Time: 7:00
Byes: Maximun two byes; bye for the last round must be declared before round 2
Prize Info: Winner receives free entry into the BCC Championship beginning on 9/8.
Inquiry: boylstonchess@aol.com    (617) 629-3933
Event Webpage: www.boylstonchessclub.org


Registration Information

Entry Fee: $20
Registration - Onsite: 6:15 to 6:55
        

The 2014 Reubens Landey begins Monday, July 7.  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.  

 

Last year's Reubens Landey winner and U2200 Champion was Professor Timothy Sage, Physics Department, Northeastern University.

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.

You may request a 1/2 point, 1st round bye.

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

 EMIL M. REUBENS 

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 andAndrew 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.

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BENJAMIN LANDEY 

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.


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year Reubens-Landey (U2200 Champion)
2014
2013 J. Timothy Sage
2012 Simon Warfield, Carey Theil
2011 Simon Warfield
2010 Jeffrey Hall, Sean Ingham, David Glickman
2009 NM Greg Kaden
2008 Simon Warfield
2007 Gregory Kaden
2006 Brian Salomon
2005 Kenneth Newman, Carey Theil
2004 Simon Warfield
2003 Edward Astrachan
2002 Simon Warfield
2001 Edward Astrachan, Kimani Stancil
2000 Simon Warfield
1999 Daniel J. Woods
1998 Paul Mishkin
1997 Robert Armes
1996 Larry Schmitt
1995 Miguel Angel Santana
1994 Alex Slive
1993 Timur Feinstein
1992 Daniel J. Woods
1991 Larry Schmitt
1990 Alex Slive
1989 Thomas Durnan
1988 Thomas Durnan
1987 Harold Dean Lawton
1986 Charlie Mays
1st U2200 champion

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

BCC: GRAND PRIX // HALF WAY POINT // SATURDAY // JUNE 28, 2014 // REGISTER EARLY //

PLAY YOUR WAY TO THE TOP OF THE 
BOYLSTON CHESS CLUB 
GRAND PRIX STANDINGS
Yu Ja Wang Plays at Boston Symphony Hall  2014            Photo: Steve Stepak
BCC GRAND PRIX; PREFERRED BY KIDS OF ALL AGES
THE DAY: SATURDAY
THE DATE: JUNE 28, 2014
THE TIME: 9:30 AM REGISTRATION
ROUND 1: 10:00 AM (+/-)
WORLD CHESS CHAMPION: MIKHAIL TAL
GM Tal died on June 28, 1992.
Come on over to the BCC and
celebrate the memory of this
most talented and entertaining
champion.  Tal won the World
Blitz Chess Championship in
St. John, New Brunswick, CAN
in 1988. The very first city he
visited in the USA in his entire
life was Boston. The very first
chess club he played in was the
Boylston Chess Club.
                                                                                                  Photo: Steve Stepak
World Chess Champion, Mikhail Tal
Boylston Chess Club, Boston, MA 1988
just before 30 board simultaneous exhibition.
BOYLSTON CHESS CLUB GRAND PRIX
CLASS STANDINGS THROUGH MAY
U2400: NM Hal Terrie 6.5; NM Avraam Pismennyy 3; Siddharth Arun 2.5
U2200: Nithin Kavi 10; Andrew Hoy 6; Carissa Yip 4; Arthur Tang 3
U2000: Aashish Welling 9; Robert Neale 7.5; Jason Tang 6.5; Alex Yu 5
U1800: Steve Stepak 12; Phu Vo 9.5; David Martin 7.5 Harold Dondis 6.5
U1600: Julian Morris 4; Jacob Gillis 3.5; Mark O'Brien 3.5;
Suraj Ramanathan 3; Michael Yu 3; Evan Welch 3; Alon Trogan 3;
Daniel Wang 2.5; Elia Samuel Harmatz 2.5
U1400: Richard Alan Chen 7; David Zhou 5; David Sun 4.5; Ed Chiu 4.5;
Mark Buckles 3; Rishi Jun-Kai Basu 2.5
U1200: Tom Shneer 7; Daniel Zhou 6.5; Boshen Li 5; Dongping Zhou 3;
Alex Brown 3; Winston Zhao 2
SEE YOU ALL THIS SATURDAY!

Monday, June 23, 2014

BCC $5 OPEN REPORT: ARUN / PREMIER // FRICKER / PALNATI / BANAKUS /U1950 // ZHAO U1650 // 31 PLAY // MANY NEW FACES // KIDS DOMINATE //

BOYLSTON CHESS CLUB
$5 OPEN IN 3 SECTIONS
PREMIER
NM Siddharth Arun, a perfect 4.0 for clear 1st place.
+8 to 2242 rating.
2-4th
NM Eric Godin makes a plan v Joe Kelly in Round 1.
Eric scored 2.5 points to share 2-4th place.
ROUND 1
NM Hal Terrie, black v Loring Lauretti;
(background): Conway Xu v Peter Teorodescu;
Sandeep Shankar v Varun Panati;
Richard Alan Chen black, vs Adam Banakus
Suraj Ramanathan plays Loring Lauretti in Round 2.
Loring won this game and scored 2.5 points to share 2-4th
place for a +72 to 1844 rating.
10 yr old Brandon Wu v NM Siddharth Arun, Round 1.
Brandon scored 2.5 points for a share of 2-4th place with
NM Eric Godin and Loring Lauretti.
and a +12 to 1940 rating.
ROUND 2:
Joe Kelley, black v NM Hal Terrie; Peter Teodorescu v Brandon Wu;
Varun Palnati v Seth Lieberman; Maxwell Chen v Adam Banakus.
U1950
Terrence Fricker 3 points for 1-3rd and +15 to 1921 rating.
Varun Palnati plays black vs Sandeep Shankar in Round 1.
Varun scored 3 points to share 1-3rd place.
ROUND 2
Varun Palnati v Seth Lieberman; Maxwell Chen v Adam Banakus.
Adam scored 3 points to share 1-3rd and a +21 to 1786 rating.
Maxwell scored 2 points for a +35 to 1428 rating.
U1650
Derek Chubo Zhao scored a perfect 4 points to 
take clear 1st in the U1650 Section for a +227 to 1520 rating.
Bravo, Derek!
Jeff Weinstein plays Derek Chubo Zhao in Round 1.
Ahaan Rungta plays Tom Shneer in Round 1. Tom won this
game and went on to score 3 points to share 2-3rd place
for a +1 to 1427 rating.
(background): David Tianyi Zhou v Shivrath Yandra.
This was the first tournament for both Ahaan and Shivrath,
and the first appearance at the BCC: Welcome Ahaan and Shivrath!
CRITICAL GAME
David Tianyi Zhou, black vs Derek Chubo Zhao, Round 2.
Derek won this game and went on to win the section.
David did well, with 3 points, a share of 2-3rd place
 and a +6 to 1402 rating.
(background): Bernie Xu, black v Richard Alan Chen;
Sandeep Shankar, black v Brian Yin.
NEW FACES ON THE USCF/BCC CIRCUIT
Ahaan Rungta, black vs Shivrath Yandra, Round 2.
(background): Alex Brown, black v Tom Shneer.
(upper right): Alan Song.
Tony DiNosse v Paul Hyatt, Round 2.
Paul scored 2.5 points to take clear 4th place.
ANALYSIS TIME
Richard Alan Chen shares his thoughts with
Niranjan Shankar, Brandon Wu and friends.
NEW FACES
Alan Song plays black vs Raymond Xu.
STRATEGIC BATTLE
Niranjan Shankar plays black vs Daniel Zhou, Round 2.
Both Niranjan and Daniel scored 2 points for 50 percent.
Daniel was +19 to 1057. Bravo, Daniel!
PARTING SHOT
Kids: the future of the BCC
Daniel Zhou, black v Maxwell Chen, Extra Game.
nice clock !
PHOTOS: STEVE STEPAK
31 PLAYERS
TD Nathan Smolensky