Tuesday, July 25, 2017

$15 open photos

Banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.

$15 Open   Photos


Bernardo Iglesias

The July $15 Open was another big success -  a good turnout - 51 players.

Directed by Nick Sterling,
and assisted by Natasha  Christiansen and  
Bernardo Iglesias, who also took the photos below.


  1 | FARZAD ABDI                     |3.5  |W  16|W  10|D   6|W   8|
   MA | 12868372 / R: 2327   ->2327     |     |W    |B    |W    |B    |
      |            Q: 2218   ->2217     |     |     |     |     |     |
    2 |LINH NGUYEN                     |3.5  |W   3|W   9|D   4|W  11|
   MA | 15702603 / R: 1884P25->1992     |     |W    |B    |B    |W    |
      |            Q: 1839P19->1927P23  |     |     |     |     |     


 1 | EOGHAN DOWNEY                   |4.0  |W  13|W   6|W   4|W   2|
   MA | 16333152 / R: 1669P16->1747P20  |     |W    |B    |W    |W    |
      |            Q: 1533P16->1591P20  |     |     |     |     |    

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Senior Championship

Banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.

DateSunday, July 30 and August 6
Event Format6SS; accelerated pairings will be used
Time ControlG/80 d10
Entry FeeFor 6 rounds: $70, $40 for BCF members; For 3 rounds: $35, $20 for BCF members. All: $5 more at door.
PrizesTo be announced
Registration9:15am - 9:45am
Round Times10:00am, 1:45pm, and 5:00pm
DescriptionBCF senior club championship; open to all players born before July 31, 1967. One day option: pay the 3-round entry fee at the door with up to 3 half-point byes, with no eligibility for title or prizes. For two-day option, bye for last round must be requested before start of Round 2. Note: free parking on Sundays
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List

Summer Action Swiss

Banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.

DateSaturday, July 29, 2017
Event Format7SS
Time ControlG/30 d5
SectionsOne section
Entry Fee$35, $20 for BCF Members, $5 more at the door
Prizes$300 based on 25 paid entries: Open 1st $150, 2nd $100 U1800 1st $50
Round Times10:00am, 11:20am, 1:00pm, 2:15pm, 3:30pm, 4:45pm, 6:00pm
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List   

Friday, July 21, 2017

Mika tactic

Nice tactic ...

Swindles and Surprises at the US Junior Champs


US Junior Championship 

July 17, 2017

Brattain, Mika
Troff, Kayden

Mika Brattain’s excellent opening preparation against Troff gave him a comfortable initiative, which he pressed to his first victory of the tournament.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Grand Prix #3 photos

Banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.

Photos by  
Gabriel Birzu (also TD) 
of the  
Grand Prix #3:

Mass Open Musings, Part 2: No Country for Old Men (G/45, d/5)

A twist in English Opening preparation

Round 1, playing White:
When I arrived at the board, my young opponent Andrew, whose legs didn't reach the floor from the chair, was slumped over the board. Asleep? No. Tactically asleep? Hopefully.

Before we started, Andrew set me straight on having configured my clock incorrectly for increment instead of delay. Not as "equivalent" as I'd once thought. Onward...

After 5 Nf3

He's not going to blunder with 5...Bb7??, is he?

Yes, he is! After 6 Nxe5, I was up a clean, no strings attached, pawn.

After 22...Rc8

Here, 23 Ne2 (for instance) controlling d4 would have avoided trouble. Instead, after 23 Nd5 Bb2

24 Rc2?? I think at this point I had seen Black's next move coming (24...Rxc5, to be followed by 25 Rxc5 Bd4+ and 26...Bxc5), but I was too flustered, feeling time-pressured, to find 24 Ne7!, when White is still winning (+-). I may be giving myself too much credit, but I think that if the time control had been slower (maybe even just the 40/100, G/60 of the last three rounds), I would have seen the right move. By forking the two rooks, White ensures he will get back the exchange that he'd lose to Black's bishop after 24 Ne7 Bxc1. If, after 24 Ne7, 24...Nb7, then 25 b4 +-.

Assistant Regional Grandmaster Dwight Schrute from The Office, from whom I could apparently stand to learn a thing or three:
Whenever I’m about to do something, I think, 'Would an idiot do that?' And if they would, I do not do that thing.
After 27...Kxd6

Here, I played 28 bxc5+??, failing to notice that 28 Rd1! would have avoided losing a piece. I was, quite unreasonably, still psychologically rocked from not having foreseen the 24...Rxc5 and 25...Bd4+ moves earlier in the game.

Eventually, 0-1, with me playing the last moves quite quickly, illogically worried about losing on the clock after having already gotten a lost position on the board. Probably part of me just wanted the end to arrive more quickly.

This grizzled warrior found it cute that, after the game, Andrew innocently suggested to me that I needn't have hurried with my last moves, because I had plenty of time left. "Plenty of time left" is in the eye of the beholder....

Round 2, playing Black:

Of course, that doesn't mean I know it well.

Years ago, I bought a used, marked-up Cambridge Springs book online. I was not deterred by the markings which the seller had noted, although I didn't know their full extent until after I received it.

The book was expensive, and I stubbornly refused to pay full price. These are not my markings, but my approach is similar: I play through the variations, assessing, based on my own personal style, how I feel about them, then write in my preferences so that I can more easily find my known preferences later (often enough, long years later). Unfortunately, that is not a task that I'd gotten around to for this opening variation prior to this game (Hmm, still haven't gotten around to that...).

1 d5 d5 2 c4 e6 3 Nf3 Nf6 4 Nc3 c6 5 Bg5 Nbd7 6 e3 Qa5

My young opponent Amy seemed a bit surprised by 6...Qa5, suggesting a lack of familiarity with the position. After some thought she played 7 Bxf6.

Ken seemed a bit surprised by 7 Bxf6, suggesting a lack of familiarity with the position.

Let me tell you, G/45, d5, is *not* when you want to be chewing up precious minutes contemplating at length which of several broad strategies are appropriate for your position, but that's exactly what I found myself doing. I was rapidly smothered, and resigned without much ado.

Round 3, playing Black:

After 3 Bc4

I suspected, but couldn't remember, if 3...Nxe4 was valid. Bologan calls this Zukertort's Strike in Black Weapons in the Open Games.

After 5 Nxe4, Bologan (Did I earlier mistype that as Bologna, or did autocorrect do that?) gives a number of lines beginning with 5...d5. Naturally, I didn't remember them, and couldn't realistically expect to work them out myself in this time control, and I also didn't want to get blown out of the water by known opening tactics, so I played the timid 5...Be7, and aimed to make the best of things. My opponent Noah also played less than aggressively, then after a time scramble (no surprise there!), I won the ending. Noah is older than I, so I guess this win still fits under "No country for old men."

And so, thankfully, ended the faster time control half of the tournament. In my case, age did comparatively better vs youth in the second half. To be continued....

Mass Open Musings, Part 1: Journey to the West (西遊記, 哈哈)

Monday, July 17, 2017

Chess clinic wth GM Larry Christiansen

Banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.

Advanced Summer Clinic 


GM Larry Christiansen

Monday - Friday, July 17-21
Event Format
9:30am - 4:30pm, Monday - Friday
Entry Fee
NEW - DAILY RATE of $95/day
GM Larry Christiansen, three time US Champion, will teach this week long summer clinic for advanced students.

Lectures will be geared to player rated at least 1400, but players of all levels may attend. Clinic is open to scholastic players at least 8 years old, as well as adults.

Lunch will not be provided; there will be a lunch break 12:30pm - 1:30pm.

BCF membership required (for adults $150/year or $84 for six months; for juniors or seniors $120/year or $67 for six months, for families $180/year or $100 for six months).

Clinic fee is $400 until July 1, $450 after July 1.

For more information, please email boylstonchess@gmail.com
Event Dates
Monday, July 17
Tuesday, July 18
Wednesday, July 19
Thursday, July 20
Friday, July 21

Register Online Now

Entry List

Sunday, July 16, 2017

July Scholastc

Banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.

DateSunday, July 23, 2017
Event Format4SS
Time ControlG/30 d5
Sections14 & Under and 8 & Under
Entry Fee$25, $20 for BCF members, $5 more at door
PrizesTrophies for 1st/2nd each age group, medal for 3rd
Registration10:00am - 10:20am
Round Times10:30am, 11:50am, 1:00pm, 2:00pm
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List

$15 Open

Banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.

DateSaturday, July 22, 2017
Event Format4SS
Time ControlG/60 d5
SectionsOpen & U1800
Entry Fee$15 in advance, $30 at door, $20 for BCF members at door
Prizes$300 Guaranteed: Open: $150-$100, U1800: $50
Registration9:15am - 9:45am
Round Times10:00am, 1:00pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm
DescriptionOPEN TO FIRST 56 PLAYERS TO REGISTER; no refund of advance entries.
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List

Grand Prix 2017 leaders preval ...

Grand Prix 2017

Last week Tim Sage tweeted:  

Will the current leaders prevail?

                                 They did.

Zubin Beliga and Logan Boucher shared first / second place prize money ($300 each) over the three events of the 2017 Grand Prix;  they will play two rapid (G/15) games to determine which one will be invited to compete in the Boylston championship in the fall.

Robert Oresick won the generous $200 prize for the U1800 section.

Grand Prix #3

Banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.

Grand Prix #3
41 players competed ! 

Open 1st Place: Timothy Sage

Tim Sage.  Photo: Nick Sterling

U1800 1st place: John Alexander Salifoglou

John Salifogllou, distant center in gray shirt.  Photo:  Nick Sterling


Nick Sterling shared photos on his facebook page:

Fellow BCF players,

Due to a cancellation of another event I had planned for today, I had an unexpected chance to go help out at BCF, and even got to play in Round 1. The game was a very quick loss against Alan Song because I got two French Winawer variations confused, but it was instructive and will help me out a lot long-term. Congrats to Alan for that win.

This was the third of a series of three G/60 d5 Grand Prix events. Despite the series, we still got an excellent turnout of 40 players.

Open 1st Place: Timothy Sage
U1800: John Alexander Salifoglou

Next Saturday let's get another big turnout for the $15 Open. I'm TD. See you all over the board.
Nicholas P. Sterling, Ph.D.
BCF, Chess Tournament Director


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Conversation with Eugene Perelsteyn

Ben Johnson has a podcast conversation with Eugene Perelsteyn which may be of interest to those who heard his Boylston lecture, or missed it.

Hello everyone, 

The latest episode of Perpetual Chess came out this morning and its a good one. I caught up with GM Eugene Perelshteyn. I played (and lost) to Eugene in a tournament many years ago, and I have always been a fan of how he goes about his business.
Eugene has gotten a unique perspective on chess training methods, because he is the son of a chess trainer, has trained with some legendary Soviet teachers and is now a chess teacher himself. We also talked about his career highlights and his website, Chess Openings Explained. along with the usual book recommendations and playing tips.
Click here to listen to the interview, and let me know what you think. Until next time...


Monday, July 10, 2017


NM Sergio German vs Vlad Jan Gaciu, Round 1
Sergio scored 3.5 points to tie 1-2nd place in BCC GP#2.
Aravind Ponukumati vs Kevin Liu, Round 1.
(background): Timothy Bromley, black, vs Daniel Wang.
Aravind scored 3.5 points to share 1-2nd place in GP#2.
Jason Tang vs NM Sergio German, Round 4: draw!
Jason scored 3 points to share 3-4th place in GP#2 and
a rating +9 to 2160! Bravo, Jason!
Zubin Baliga, black vs Kelsey Liu, Round 1.
(background): Joaquin Carlson, black vs Logan Boucher;
Jason Xiong vs David Milliern;
Natasha Christianen vs Max Bennett.
Logan Boucher scored 3 points to share 3-4th place
with Jason Tang.
David Hernandez scored 3.5 points to take clear 1st place
in the U1800 BCC GP#2 event. Bravo, David!
Riya Kanury vs Alan Lu, Round 2.
Alan scored 3 points to share 2-4th place.
Riya scored 2.5 points to share 5-7th place.
Bob Oresick vs Henry Booth, Round 2.
Bob scored 3 points to share 2-4th place.
(background, standing): Bernardo Iglesias, TD
David Hernandez, black vs Lucas Kamon;
Nathaniel Adamian, black vs Steve Stepak;
David Martin vs Kumsal Deniz Sezen, Round 2.
David scored 3 points to share 2-4th place.
Carolina Perez, black vs Riya Kanury;
(background): Yinghan Liu, black vs David Hernandez
(standing): Mark Kaprielian
Veteran Chess Lady Kate Gasser on the move vs Joe
Perl, Esq., Round 1. 
Harvard College junior, GM Darwin Yang shares chess
strategy with Kevin Liu in the Skittles Room of the BCC.
GM Darwin will be teaching at the BCC on Wednesday
July 12th and Sunday July 16. Check BCC schedule for
details. Darwin was awarded the GM title in 2014
and won the US High School Championship in 2014 as well.
Eric Li vs Nathaniel Adamian; Danilo Perez, black vs
Kumsal Sezen; Daniela Perez vs Lucas Kamon
Chess expert Bob Sullivan vs Kelsey Liu (1674), Round 4.
Bob looks at the clock, concerned that he is in time pressure!
Kelsey was cool as a cucumber, poised beyond her young years.
Bob accepted the draw!  One board up (in the photo) we see
older brother Kevin Liu (1657) outplay his opponent, both
being in time-pressure, to gain the full point!
Zubin Baliga: 5.5/8
Logan Bucher: 5.5/8
Bob Oresick: 5/8
Prizes: $400-$200 OPEN SECTION
TOP SCORER IN U1800: $200
44 Participate at the BCC Grand Prix 2 event.
The BCC invites you to play in the 3rd and final GP event
for this season.  Don't miss it!
NM Lawyer Times, BCC Champion 2012
& Massachusetts state chess champion 2017
 poses with Chief TD Bernardo Iglesias
in Lawyer's visit to the Club Saturday to bring
in his trophy to show to the group. This
trophy will be on display at the Club for
a week or so. Bravo, Lawyer!
NM Lawyer Times will be on the cover of
the award-winning state chess magazine for
the Commonwealth of Massachusetts:
Chess Horizons: double issue Summer 2017.
Photo: Steve Stepak