Tuesday, January 10, 2017

BCC DOMINATES BOSTON CHESS CONGRESS: GM ALEXANDER IVANOV CLEAR 1ST // GM HANSEN / IM VIGORITO / FM CHASE / NM YIP / NM ABDI / 2-6TH IN PREMIER SECTION // 218 PLAY // 7 SECTIONS // CHIEF TD: STEVE IMMITT / CHIEF ASST. TD: BOB MESSENGER // ASST. TD: HAROLD SCOTT //

BOYLSTON CHESS CLUB AT THE
BOSTON CHESS CONGRESS
JANUARY 2017
BOSTON SKYLINE: JANUARY 2017
1st Place: GM Alexander Ivanov $1,207
2-3rd Place: GM Eric Hansen $232
2-3rd Place: IM David Vigorito $232
2-3rd Place: FM Chris Chase $232
2-3rd Place: WFM (BCC Champion 2016) Carissa Yip $232
1st U2300: NM Farzad Abdi $464
2nd U2300 Matthew Meredith $232
CROSSTABLES FOR ALL SECTIONS 
BOSTON CHESS CONGRESS 2017 
PREMIER SECTION
It's all in the pencil!


GM Alexander Ivanov, endgame specialist, builds his win.
Alex won this Round 4 game and took 1st price in the Premier. 
CRITICAL GAME
 GM Alexander Ivanov on the move vs IM David Vigorito
Round 4. Boston Chess Congress, Hyatt Boston Harbor Hotel
at Logan Airport. Alex won this game in a convincing positional
endgame zugzwang position, up a pawn.
 GM Ivanov (right) up a pawn, on the move, calculating
for the full point, vs IM David Vigorito, Round 4
FINAL POSITION: BLACK RESIGNS 
 Black on the think: resigns. White will re-position the knight 
on c3 to d5 after the bishop on d5 vacates that square, to 
usher in one of white's queen-side pawns for queening . . . 
MASTERLY DISCUSSION
 GM Alexander Ivanov shares his comment on the draw between
GM Eric Hansen (left) and IM Alexandr Ostrovsky, Round 4. 
Bb5!
WFM Carissa Yip on the move vs GM Alex Ivanov, Round 5.
This game ended in a draw, securing first place to Alex and
prize money for Carissa.
GM Eric Hansen on the move vs NM Michael Isakov, Round 5.
FM Chris Chase, former BCC Champion and board member, black vs
NM Nithin Kavi;  Former BCC president, IM David Vigorito vs
 expert Zhanehe Liu; Paul Mishkin, Esq. BCC board member, observes
Round 5. Chris and David won their games to place in the money.
CRITICAL GAME
 WFM Carissa Yip (2324), black vs NM Grant Xu (2397), 
Round 4. Carissa won this game with style, catapulting 
her up to the money parings for the last round.
 IN THE GROVE

NM Farzad Abdi, BCC master and chess coach, laser focused,
holds the board vs Alexandr Ostrovsky for the full point, Round 5.
(background): GM Eric Hansen (3rd ranked player of Canada) vs
NM Michael Isakov.
TIME PRESSURE EXCITEMENT 
BCC regulars Nicholas Belous (left) plays black vs
Josh Keller, on the move with white, trying to squeeze 
a win out of a drawn position . . . time-pressure: draw!
Nick and Josh shared 1-2nd place in the U1700 section,
each to earn $649 for their sporting efforts. Bravo, both! 
BOYLSTON CHESS CLUB 
2017 NEW YEARS DAY TRAINING 
PAYS OFF
Paul Arond, trains at the BCC, Herb Healy
un-rated section, New Year's day event.
Paul found his stride and won the U1900
Section of the Boston Chess Congress
with a perfect 5-0 score. Bravo, Paul!  
Nowell Sheinwald (right) plays Robert Stewart, Round 4.
(background): Rishabh Vuthamaraju, from Connecticut,
plays black vs Paul Arond. Paul won this game and the
section with a perfect 5-0. Nowell, former BCC board
member, now in law school, finished the day with 4 points
and 2-3rd place for a $185 cash prize. (way back):
Paul Mishkin plays Matthew Manzo.
SCENES FROM 
AROUND THE HALL 
 Alan Song vs Ian Lomeli, Round 4
BOYLSTON CHESS CLUB PLAYERS
NM Hal Terrie vs Danila Poliannikov; NM Ryan Sowa vs 
Zhanhe Liu; NM Nithin Kavi plays NM Timothy Sage;
FM Chris Chase vs WFM Martha Samadashvili.
(standing, left): IM David Vigorito and NM Farzad Abdi.
REALLY! 
 Patric Schenk plays black vs former BCC Vice President
WCM Natasha Christiansen, Round 5.
 Brian Yin vs Scott Didham; Matt Manzo, black vs Alonzo Ross;
Calvin Hori vs Christopher Lomeli . . . 
Brian Yin, black vs BCC patron Mark Fins, Round 4.
 squeezing . . .
 Maxwell Chen, black vs Alex Yu, Round 4.
One comment: "Alex had a win in the middle game."
By the endgame, I thought the game looked
drawn to me. [It might have been.]
Alex was pushing for a miracle . . .
but got caught in a mating net.
Ansgarius Aylward vs Bob Oresick [center stage]
Joy Cao and Tianna Wang before the start
of Round 5 in the U1900 Section
U2100 SECTION
BCC Veteran Bob Sullivan vs Jarrod Tavares, Round 4: draw!
BCC Veteran Tom Sifter plays black vs Justin Li, Round 5
in the U1700 section.
Patric Schenk v Chris Lomeli; Calvin Hori, 
black v Scott Didham, Round 4.
THOUGHT PROVOKING
CONCENTRATION
CALCULATION
CENTER STAGE: David Katzman (writing) vs Mark Chudnovsky.
you don't saaay!
Jonathan Lee finger talk'n with his opponent, Round 4.
Eric Feng (2030) plays in the Premier Section.
 
Alexander Meng (top) plays black vs Kevin Liu (writing) 
Round 5 U1900 Section
Lydia Shen vs Arthur Learnard, Round 5, U1500 Section.
Kelsey Liu vs Jack Tompros, R5 
U1250 Section.
  OOPS!
BLACK: CARISSA!
DREAM ILLUSION

  
BOSTON CHESS CONGRESS
BLITZ EVENT 
BLITZ CROSSTABLE
Grant Xu (2497) 8-0; clear 1st place: $85
Charles Slade, BCC board member
scored 6/8 for 2nd place: $43
 Maxwell D. Chen
BCC regular, scored
6/8 for 1st U2100: $51 
 BCC president, NM Andrew Hoy 
scored 5/8 for 4-6th place.
BCC regular NM Siddharth Arun 
scored 5/8 for 4-6th place.
Former BCC board member
and current law school student 
Nowell Sheinwald scored 
5/8 for 4-6th place.
WFM Carissa Yip/Anton Barash placed 
1-3rd in the Mixed Doubles Teams
Category for a cash prize of: $433.34
PARTING SHOT
WFM Carissa Yip on the move vs GM Alexander
Ivanov, Round 5: draw!
 
PHOTOS: STEVE STEPAK

1 comment:

Longwell Kort said...

The place itself looks great with good pub area, and a much larger upstairs beer hall. Nice decor at venue New York with brick walls, wooden bench seating, and chalkboard beer lists showing off the day's selections.