Wednesday, January 04, 2017

BCC HERB HEALY NEW YEARS DAY EVENT SMASHES ALL RECORDS: 70 PLAY // NM MIKA BRATTAIN 4-0 1ST / RATED SECTION // IM JONATHAN YEDIDA / SURAJ RAMANATHAN 1-2ND / UNRATED //

 BCC HERB HEALY
JANUARY 1, 2017
70 PLAYERS IN 2 SECTIONS:
50 PLAY IN RATED SECTION; 20 PLAY IN UN-RATED 
RATED SECTION
BEST SCORE IN THE HOUSE
 NM Mika Brattain scored 4-0 to take clear 1st place
in the Rated Section of the Herb Healy, 2017.
Bravo, Mika!
NM Mika Brattain plays black vs BCC Veteran Joe Kelly,
Round 1.  Joe finished the event with 2 points, 15-28th place.
NM Mika Brattain, black vs NM Chris Williams, Round 4.
Chris racked up 2.5 points to share 9-14th place.
NM Farzad Abdi plays black vs Michael Mi, Round 10.
Farzad scored 3.5 points to share 2-3rd place with Joe
Perl.  Michael scored 2.5 points to share 9-14th place.
Joe Perl plays black vs Walter Driscoll, Round 1.
Joe scored 3.5 points to share 2-3rd place with Farzad
Abdi. Walter scored 2 points to share 15-28 place.
John Martin, brother of David Martin, plays white vs
NM Andrew Hoy who was also Chief TD of the event.
Andrew scored 3 points to share 4-8th place and John
scored 2 points to share 15-28th place.
NM Lawyer Times considers his move vs Natasha Christiansen
in Round 1 as NM Andrew Hoy shows us that he does not have
to look at the button to push his clock, playing Derek Chubo Zhao.
Lawyer scored 3 points to share 4-8th place. Natasha took a
piece of 9-14th place. 
  
NM Siddharth Arun plays black vs NM Mika Brattain in
Round 2.  Siddarth scored 3 points to share 4-8th place.
Libardo Rueda plays black vs Tianna Wang, Round 4.
Libardo scored 3 points to share 4-8th place. Tianna scored
2 points to take a piece of 15-28th place. 
Dustin Liang scored 3 points to share 4-8th place.
 UNRATED SECTION 
IM Jonathan Yedidia (blue checker) scored 3.5 points to share 1-2nd
with Suraj Ramanathan. Simon Warfield, to Jonathan's left, scored
3 points to claim clear 3rd place.
 DOUBLE-TEAMED
 Suraj Ramanathan (right) prevailed vs the concerted effort of
6'5" Jared and his son Jericho in Round 1. Suraj scored 3.5
points to share 1-2nd place. Bravo, Suraj! (background):
Ed Atstrachan, black vs Jared Mi; Rachna Nambiar, black
vs Daniel Schmidt. Ed finished up the event with 2.5 points
to share 4-8th place.
Jonathan Lee, black vs FM Bill Kelleher, Round 2.
Bill scored 2.5 points to share 4-8th place. Jonathan scored
1.5 points. (background): WIM Vesna Dimitrijevic, black vs Simon
Warfield. Vesna scored 2 points to share 9-12 place.
 Jerry Li, black vs Paul Arond, Round 1.
Jerry scored 2.5 points to share 4-8th place.
AND G-D SAID: LET THERE BE CHESS:
Kelsey Liu              Paul Hodgden              Paul Mishkin 
Paul Hodgden scored 2.5 points to share  4-8th place.
Paul Mishkin scored 2 points for 9-12 place.
And Kelsey, playing in the rated section, scored 1/2 point
to take clear 48th place.
Maxwell Chen scored 2.5 points 
to share 4-8th place.
SCENES FROM AROUND THE VENUE 
Paul Mishkin, black vs WIM Vesna Dimitrijevic, Round 3.
(background): Rachna Nambiar, black vs Jonathan Lee.
Rachna Nambiar is a 7th Grader from
Lexington, MA. This is her first chess
tournament. She has expressed the
desire to study chess and to acquire the
skills necessary to be a good scholastic
player.  Brava! Rachna, and welcome
to the Boylston Chess Club.
CURIOUS PHOTO
Ed Astrachan, black vs Jared Mi; (background): 
Rachna Nambiar, black vs Dan Schmidt. Now on this chess
board, it looks like Dan has just delivered a checkmate move
with his bishop to Rachna's King.  At the same time, I find
it curious that Dan's king seems to be napping. I can't wait
to find out the reason for this!
SLEEPING KING
MORE SCENES FROM AROUND THE HALL
NM Carissa Yip holds the position with black,
vs Jeffrey Guan. Carissa is the first female to win the 
coveted title of "BCC Club Champion" . . .  
this is a fantastic accomplishment. The sad thing is that 
Carissa is one of a handful of females to have ever played
in a BCC Club Championship. Well, we certainly
have a rare and powerful personality in Carissa: wishing 
her success in all her chess endeavors and in life!
FULL HOUSE
BCC Veteran and former TD and member of the board of
directors, not to mention Boston University Dean, now retired,
Bob Oresick, plays the white pieces vs Alexander Meng, in
Round 1.
Ed Foye plays white vs Ryan Wang, Round 1.
(background): Michael Mi vs Ernest Schreiber. 
TOURNAMENT ADMINISTRATION
NM Andrew Hoy checks the pairings  as Bernardo
Iglesias, assistant Chief TD, looks on.
The young champions stand in the middle:
Suraj Ramanathan and BCC Club Champion,
Carissa Yip. Suraj tied 1-2nd in the unrated section.
VETERAN BCC PLAYERS DUKE IT OUT
David Martin, black vs Bob Sullivan, Round 4, rated section.
Bob won this game and a piece of 9-14th place.
Lydia Shen plays Charles Bing, Round 1, rated section.
Charles was even on the day with 2/4 and 15-28th place.
THE PAIRINGS ARE UP
BCC IN THE TECHNO-AGE: Pairings for both sections
are posted electronically on the wide screen for all to see!
Bravo, BCC for coming of age in the digital realm.
YET SOME THINGS NEVER CHANGE
 New England Patriots beating up on the Miami
Dolphins early in the game.  For those people in
the skittles room, there is the cable TV world.
Mike Griffin prepared all the food for the guests.
(background): photographer and BCC Club Executive board
Secretary, Tony Cortizas, adjusts his camera for the day's shoot.
WHOLESOME FOOD (WELL . . . MAYBE NOT)
Traditional fare at the Herb Healy: franks & beans;
brownie and coke . . . 
TABLE OF CHAMPIONS
Johannes Lindvall plays BCC President NM Andrew Hoy,
in Round 2.  Johannes won the BCC Hauptturnier 2016,
last fall.
Picturesque nook of the BCC

 BCC board member Paul Mishkin, Esq. defends with black
vs Paul Hodgden, in Round 2.
CATCHING UP ON NEWS
 WCM Natasha Christiansen chats with
WIM Vesna Dimitrijevic upon Vesn's arrival.
INTRIGUING MATCHUPS
WIM Vesna Dimitrijevic plays black vs 5 yr old Jericho Carlson
in Round 4 of the unrated section.  (above): Rachna Nambiar
plays Paul Mishkin, Esq. This was Rachna's first tournament.
She had really "tough" parings: average rating 1871 -- ooch!
Well, Rachna, don't be discouraged. Just study combinations
and endgame technique and you too will become a chess 
champion!
READY, AIM SHOOT
Professional photographer Tony Cortizas aims his super-lens
at the NM Siddharth Arun (black) playing NM Mika Brattain,
in Round 2.
KIDS ARE GETTING SMARTER EVERY MINUTE!
Eric Li on the move vs Steve Stepak, Round 2.
PLAY CHESS!
Round 1: rated and unrated sections on last table.
ROUND 4: RATED/UNRATED
Veteran BCC player, Dan Sullivan (Bruins Sweatshirt) has
a go of it with Eric Li for the full point.
IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PHOTOGRAPH
Here we have Suraj Ramanathan (RED) VS IM Jonathan 
Yedidia (BLUE): draw!  Bravo, Suraj!
NM ANDREW HOY, CHIEF TD
BERNARDO IGLESIAS CHIEF ASST TD
 PHOTOS: STEVE STEPAK
BOTH RATED AND UNRATED SECTIONS

1 comment:

Krish Banzet said...

This place is stunning. The architecture is beautiful and the decoration is spectacular. Environment was transparent and resonant and warm and immediate. I loved these NYC venues and my experience here was very exciting.