Thursday, April 30, 2015

Eastern Class photos



by Anthony Cortizas Jr.




Tony Cortizas shared  photos from the  4/25/15, Saturday, Eastern Class Championship.   Many Boylston CC members and players competed. View all 79 photos at:

Eastern Class Championship photos by Anthony Cortizas Jr.



NM Andrew Hoy v.   WFM Martha Samdashvili
Suraj Ramanathanon playing Mark Fins

Brandon Jacobson playing NM Prof.. Tim Sage

NM Andrew Hoy v. WFM Martha Samadashvili

GM Alexander Ivanov

former BCC Champion (x 8) FM Chris Chase

NM Farzad Abdi


IM Marc Esserman







Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Girls Championship  May 3, 2015

BCC HOSTS: 

MASSACHUSETTS CHESS ASSOCIATION  

GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP

SUNDAY MAY 3,  2015

 


MASSACHUSETTS 
GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP
SUNDAY
MAY 3, 2015
Boylston Chess Club
40 Norris Street, Cambridge, MA
4 ROUND SWISS
IN
2 SECTIONS
OPEN SECTION: GAME 45
 U1000: GAME 30



FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CALL:
Steve Frymer 781-862-3799. 
Boylston Chess Club 617-714-3022


Physics and Chess
REVISITING THE GAME:
Dr. Albert Einstein vs Dr. Robert Oppenheimer
Princeton, NJ 1933
Dr. Lisa Randall, Professor of
Physics, Harvard University
How would Lisa have fared against
the Icon of Intellect?

MACA GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP
BOYLSTON CHESS CLUB
40 NORRIS STREET
CAMBRIDGE
MAY 3 2015
SEE YOU THERE!


Quads




BCC Quads


WhenSaturday, May 2, 2015
Where40 Norris St, Cambridge, MA 02140, USA (map)
Description3RR. G/65;d5 Entry fee $35, $20 for BCF members. Prizes: G$50 First place each quad. Registration: 9:15 to 9:45 am; Rounds: 10:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:30 pm. No Byes or Withdrawals or $25 forfeit fee will be imposed. 


Sunday, April 26, 2015

BCC GRAND PRIX: KIDS PLAY HARD // 92+ YRS YOUNG HAROLD DONDIS CLEAR 1ST !! // 15 PLAYERS

BOYLSTON CHESS CLUB
APRIL GRAND PRIX
in one section
Harold Dondis, Esq. played first 3 rounds for 3 
points and traditional half-point bye in the last
round (giving other players a chance to overtake
him for 1st place: no one did!).
Here Harold (in cap) plays black vs young man
Charles Bing, first time at BCC Cambridge site.
Welcome Charles.
Charles Bing writes down his move vs Harold Dondis,
Round 1: BCC Grand Prix April.
Harold scored 3.5 points for clear 1st place and a +56 to 1751 rating.
Charles was 2/4 for a share of 4-10th place: bravo, Charles!
[My parenthetical remark here is this: I have made it a goal to take 
my own chess to a master level. My first task on the road to this holy
grail is to learn not to fall asleep during critical points in
my own games.  I simply can't imagine how Harold does it,
at 92. Well, I noticed that he does nap from time to time, but,
not during critical points in his game. Bravo, Harold!
You are an inspiration to us all. This is Harold's 24th event
played at the BCC in 2015, where he has won 3, this event being Harold's
first gold medal in the Open Section of a tournament!]
Boshen Li scored 3 points to claim clear 2nd place in this
event. Boshen played all 4 rounds, with 1 draw. His rating
hovers around 1600. When asked, Boshen attributes his recent
rise to power to his coach FM Chris Chase who is training
this young lad well. Bravo, Boshen. Keep up the good work.
{Here Boshen is playing black in his Round 1 game vs Brendy 
Scully, a BCC member, playing her 3rd rated USCF event.}
NM Hal Terrie plays Varatharajan Venkatraman in Round 1.
Hal scored 2.5 points for clear 3rd place. Varatharjan was 2/4 to share
4-10th place. The critical game of this event was Round 3: Harold
Dondis v NM Hal Terrie, which Harold won. Simply amazing, yes?
Harold Dondis vs NM Hal Terrie, Cambridge, MA [BCC GP R=3] 2015 

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 Nc6 3.Nf3 e6 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.Bd2 0–0 
6.e3 d6 7.Bd3 e5 8.d5 Ne7 
9.0–0 Ng6 10.e4 a6 11.h3 Bc5 12.Ne2 Nh5 
13.b4 Ba7 14.Rc1 Nh4 15.Nxh4 Qxh4 
16.c5 f5 17.exf5 e4 18.Rc4 Bxf5 19.Bxe4 Bxe4 
20.f3 Rae8 21.fxe4 Rxf1+ 
22.Qxf1 Rxe4 23.Bg5 Qxg5 24.Rxe4 Nf6 25.Re7 dxc5 
26.Nf4 cxb4+ 27.Kh1 Bc5 28.Ne6 Qe5 29.Rxg7+ Kh8 
30.Rf7 Ng8 31.Nxc5 1-0
 4th through 10th Pile-up
Griffin, Oresick, Chiu, Zhou, Potula, Bing, Venkatraman
NM Eric Godin plays white vs Skyler Zhou in Round 1.
Eric had to go to work and withdrew from this event
after his Round 1 game. Skyler went on to score 2/4 to 
share 4-10th place. In the game above, Skyler lasted over 
60 moves in a complex endgame. Eric was impressed with 
the young lad's play.  Bravo, Skyler: study your loses 
and reach chess mastery soon!
VETERAN VS NOVICE
Mike Griffin played white vs Ajay Potula in Round 1.
Mike scored 2/4 to share 4-10th place. Ajay also scored
2/4 for a share of 4-10th place. Bravos, both!
BEST HAT
Ed Chiu (yellow hat) MACA Board Member, plays white
vs Jacob Yu Zhang, in Round 1. Ed was 2/4 to share 4-10th
place. This is Jacob's first event at BCC Cambridge.
Welcome Jacob who is just starting out on his chess 
tournament career. (background): Brenda Scully; 
Venkatraman Varatharjan.
Bob Oresick scored 2/4 overall for a share of
4-10th place and a +24 to 1503 rating: way-t-go, Bob!
Pinyi Hu plays white vs Venkatraman Varatharjan, not to be
confused with his father, Varatharjan Venkatraman, who
is noted above playing NM Hal Terrie. This father-son team
plays at BCC Cambridge for the first time: welcome both!
KIDS EXPLORE THE SECRETS OF CHESS
Jacob Yu Zhang plays white vs Boshen Li;
Skyler Zhou discusses chess with Venkatraman 
Varatharjan, Skittles Room, Boylston Chess Club.
JARED BECKER, TD
PHOTOS: STEVE STEPAK

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Carissa Yip on Chess Chat

Carissa Yip

Featured on

Chess chat
fatv.org



George Mirijanian
George Mirijanian3:26pm Apr 25
Carissa will be the special guest on the TV program "Chess Chat," which is produced by the Wachusett Chess Club at Fitchburg State University and will be shown, starting the week of May 4, on Fitchburg Access Television. The show will be available on the station's website via video on demand at www.fatv.org Carissa will present her win against Woman FIDE master Akshita Gorti from the 2015 Philadelphia Open.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Women and chess

I have been enjoying reading about Carissa Yip.

... and now Nigel Short is in the news.



Nigel Short on women's short-comings in chess is short-sighted in my opinion.



This all made me think of the medieval  age (when Queen became the most powerful piece on the board)


 and when depictions of chess often showed men and women both enjoying the game.







































 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Sunday, April 19, 2015

BCC RACE FOR THE KING PAWN 4SS GAME 60 REPORT: NM TIMES / ABDI 1-2ND 19 PLAY //

BOYLSTON CHESS CLUB
RACE FOR THE KING PAWN
TOURNAMENT IN ONE SECTION
NM Lawyer Times scored 3.5 points to share 1-2nd
place with NM Farzad Abdi. Lawyer was +1 for 2320
rating. Bravo, Lawyer!
NM Farzad Abdi scored 3.5 points to share 1-2nd place
with NM Lawyer Times. Farzad was +4 for 2254 rating.
Bravo, Farzad!
Boshen Li, black vs Jonathan Aiyathurai, Round 1.
Jonathan won a brilliant zugzwang king-and-pawn ending in
this game. Bravo, Jonathan for a score of 3/4 and +17 to 1889
rating, securing clear 3rd place. Boshen was 2.5/4 and a +12 to
1600. Bravo, Boshen who took a piece of 4-8th place!
Jonathan Archibald opens his bottle of soda as his opponent,
Nowell Sheinwald sets up a Reti Opening with White.
Nowell was 2.5/4 sharing 4-8th place and a +2 to 1970 rating.
THE GENERAL
Terrence Fricker plays black vs Tom Shneer in Round 3: draw!
Terrence scored 2.5 points to claim a piece of 4-8th place, along
with Tom who was +12 to 1616 rating. Bravo, T & T!
(background): Jerry Williams, black vs Kelvin Zhang;
Boshen Li vs Ray Behenna.
SERIOUS DUDE
Professor Jerry Williams scored 2.5 points to share
4-8th place. Welcome back Jerry!
Ray Behenna plays white vs junior star, Boshen Li. Ray was
quite impressed with his young opponent who took the full
point in this encounter. Ray finished the day with 2/4.
CHESS LESSON
8 yr old Derek Jin plays former BCC Champion, and co-winner
of this event, NM Lawyer Times.  The game was interesting
and Derek learned a lot from the master's performance.
Derek was 1.5/4 in a challenging field.
Harold Dondis, Esq. thinking, vs Tom Shneer: draw!
Harold was 2 for 3 on the day. Bravo, Harold!
NEW
Doug Keeler, black vs Brenda Scully, Round 3.
This is Doug's 1st USCF event and Brenda's 2nd, both
at the BCC: welcome, welcome. (background):
Bob Oresick, black vs John Archibald.
Kelvin Zhang, first time at the BCC!
Welcome, Kelvin!
ALWAYS A DELIGHT
10 yr old Sammi Pan, first time
at BCC Cambridge: welcome!
CHESS MAKES YOU SMART: KIDS PLAY WELL!
8 yr old Derek Jin plays 10 yr old Sammi Pan: 1-0.
LUNCHTIME BREAK
Sammi Pan demonstrates her chess technique to Derek Jin
during a lunchtime break in the tournament action.
(background): Brandon Wu v Jason Tang. Conway Xu observes.
BOBBY FISCHER CLUB
Top BCC juniors: Brandon Wu v Jason Tang; Conway Xu
observes.
GUEST FROM NEW YORK/DOMINICA
Juan Payan who scored 2 points and a share of 4-8th place
in the Game 60 event, entertains FM Luis Flaguer (right) in 
some off-hand blitz games. Luis, born in Dominican Republic
is on his country's olympiad team, and  resides for now in 
New York City to soak up the rich chess culture and  
pick up some valuable pointers from the resident grandmasters 
in the Big Apple. Luis was off to Harvard Square for some
springtime chess in the unseasonably warm weather.
He promises to return to play in one of the BCC's many
events. Welcome Luis!
BERNARDO IGLESIAS: TD

PHOTOS: STEVE STEPAK