Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Father's Day Swiss

Father's Day Swiss

Saturday, Jun 20, 2015
40 Norris St, Cambridge, MA 02140, USA (map)
4SS, G/60 d10. 
Sections: Open & U1800. At least 12 in each section, otherwise one section. 
Entry fee: $35, $20 for BCF members. 
Prizes $300 based on 25 paid entries: Open $125-$75, U1800 $60-$40. 
Registration: 9:15 - 9:45 am. Rounds: 10:00, 1:30, 3:45, 6:00.

Note:  between rounds there will be a special dedication ceremony.
All are invited, whether playing in the tournament or just attending the dedication.

BCF Dedication Ceremony
Sat, June 20, 1:00pm – 1:30pm
Please join us on Saturday, June 20, at 1:00 PM, for a special naming ceremony at the Boylston Chess Club. 
On this day, we will be permanently naming our playing hall the Harry Lyman Room, and our skittles area the Mark Fins Room. To mark the event, we will be joined by supporters Harold Dondis and Mark Fins. Harold and Mark have been very generous to our Foundation, and were instrumental in helping us move to our new home. Refreshments will be served, including cake.

The Father's Day Swiss honors our fathers. especially in the chess world.

Some are fathers in an honorific sense:

wilhelm steinitz
 Father of chess, at least in his mind

Aaron Nimzowitsch
Father of modern chess

faik gasanov the-father-of-chess-in-azerbaijan

In many ways Harry Lyman, known as the dean of New England chess, was also the honory father, or perhaps the god father, of the Boylston Chess Club.  He is being honored Saturday with a dedication of our playing room to him.

Visit Alex Cherniack's Harry Lyman page and read the forth-coming special issue:

MACA Chess Horizons Magazine Article
Harry Lyman: Essays on the Dean of New England Chess
Mike Griffin, Bernardo Iglesias, Harold Dondis, and Steve Stepak
June 2015
June 15th, 2015 marks what would be the 100th birthday of Harry Lyman, an unforgettable force in the development of New England chess for much of the 20th century. To commemorate the anniversary, we now present a collection of four essays from prominent figures in New England chess on the legendary figure. 

 Some chess fathers were quite deliberate:

 L Polgar demonstrated that he could develop his daughters into strong chess players, attaining the grandmaster level.

Some examples the influence of the father was more indirect:
Capablanca famous story of learning chess as a four year old boy by watching his father play, noting a mistake in his father's play, and then beating his father in the first game he ever played.

Carlsen's father (and mother) helped him emerge as a great player.

Sometimes the father relationship is mysterious or problematic.

Harold Dondis and Chris Chase wrote a Chess Notes column including
Gata Kamsky "... one of America’s great players. ... guided and managed by his father ... "  and Hikaru Nakamura ...w under the tutelage of this stepfather — the well-known chess coach Sunil Weeramantry ..."


And there are many accounts, often touching, of "chess dads."

Chess: A Bond Between Father and Son 

A Chess Dad's Philadelphia Story

Confessions_of_a_chess_dad: How to console your son after checkmate.

How to Beat Your Dad at Chess (Gambit Chess) Hardcover – October 1, 1998 by Murray Chandler (Author)



Happy Fathers Day !

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