Sunday, August 20, 2017

Tornado #129

Banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.

DateSaturday, August 26, 2017
Event Format4S
Time ControlG/60 d5
SectionsOpen & U1800
Entry Fee$35, $20 for BCF Members, $5 more if not registered online
Prizes$$360 Guaranteed: Open 1st $150, 2nd $90 U1800 1st $72, 2nd $48
Registration9:15am - 9:45am
Round Times10:00am, 1:00pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List

Friday Night Action

Banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.

DateFriday, August 25, 2017
Event Format4SS
Time ControlG/25 d5
Entry Fee$40, $30 for BCF members, $5 more at door
Prizes$150-$100-$50, U2200 $50 based on 19 paid entries
Registration6:45pm - 7:15pm
Round Times7:30pm, 8:45pm, 9:45pm, and 10:45pm
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

August Scholastic

Banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.

DateSunday, August 20, 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

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Charles Drafts Memorial

Banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.

DateSaturday, August 19, 2017
Event Format4SS
Time ControlG/60 d5
SectionsOpen & U1950
Entry Fee$35, $20 for BCF Members, $5 more at door
Prizes$$400 guaranteed: $100-$60-$40 in each section
Registration9:15am - 9:45am
Round Times10:00am, 1:00pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List

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24nd annual
Charles Drafts Memorial


This is a great tournament for several reasons:
  • guaranteed prize fund,
  • good turn-out,
  • competitive level, and
  • an event honoring a truly remarkable man.

Please consider playing.

Walter Driscoll has for 24 years honored and remembered his friend Charles Drafts by helping sponsor a tournament for which he personally guarantees the prize fund.

Walter is a long time member of the Boylston, chess traveler [having competed in Hungry and visited Fischer's home and grave in Iceland before he was exhumed], former boxer, actor, and stand-up comedian.


Charles Drafts

by David Glickman

[republishing of a previous post]

This Saturday the ... Annual Charles Drafts Open is being held at the Boylston Chess Club. Charles died several years ago and so for newer members of the club and the broader readership of the weblog I thought it might be worthwhile to briefly review his story.

Charles was a disabled, double-amputee living in the housing projects in Mission Hill. He loved to play chess but his condition made it difficult for him to come to a club or attend tournaments. At some point in time he contacted the BCC to see if any players would be willing to come to his apartment to play. Over the years several heeded the call, but in particular club member Walter Driscoll was a frequent visitor. I believe Walter was also the driving force behind the Charles Drafts Open. At the beginning and for many years, the tournament was held at Charles' building in Mission Hill so that at least one time a year Charles would have an opportunity to play in a "traditional" chess tournament. Since his death, the tournament has continued at the club as a memorial event.

The introduction of internet chess was obviously a boon to Charles and he was an active player on the ICC. It was, in fact, in the middle of a chess game on the ICC in 1996 when the event occurred which thrust Charles into momentary international prominence:

BOSTON -- A disabled man who became ill while logged on to an Internet chess site reached out to fellow players from around the world for emergency assistance.

Charles Drafts, a double amputee who types using a stick in his mouth, was playing chess in cyberspace Saturday on the multi-use World Wide Web site where 159 others also were logged on.

Suddenly, he sent out this message: "i'm having physical illness problems and need help."

"He was starting to have some really bad feelings, shortness of breath and dizziness, and he typed in a message to all our members," said Daniel Sleator, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University near Pittsburgh who founded the Internet Chess Club.

"It took a little while to know whether it was serious or not because there's an awful lot of kidding and bantering that goes on," Mr. Sleator said. "At first, I think some people were thinking it was a joke. But others realized it was a serious thing and started getting the information right away."

Mr. Drafts managed to type in his address.... while several users tried to find out what symptoms Drafts was suffering, Andy McFarland of Owensboro, Kentucky, was calling Boston's emergency medical services on his second phone line. "When he finally got through, he told dispatchers where he was calling from and explained the situation," Howland relates. 'I think I lost them for just a second,' McFarland said. 'It's not something they get every day.'"

...firefighters rushed to Draft's home, but no one answered the door. They called McFarland back to verify the address. McFarland told the wire service, "The last thing I heard them say was, `We're going in,' and they hung up." ...a short while later Boston firefighters broke down his door to get inside. They rushed the 48-year-old man to Beth Israel Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition ..., suffering from an undisclosed ailment.

About 20 minutes later, a Boston dispatcher called to tell McFarland that they had found Drafts inside and that he had needed help.

[This text is a re-gifting of David Glickman's 2005 post.]

Continental Open photos -- Tony Cortizas, Jr.

Jason Tang, Brandon Wu. Continental Open 2017


Continental Open 2017      Photos

by Tony Cortizas, Jr.

You can view all photos of the Continental Open here. 

Hotel lobby analysis. Continental Open 2017

Skittles and cupcakes. Continental Open

Kevin Zimmerman and classic Jaquar car. Continental Open 2017

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

John Graf, U2200 Boylston Champion

Banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.

John Graf won the Reubens Landey and is the Boylston U2200 champion for 2017.  Congrats!

Gabriel Birzu and Joaquin Carlson tied for 2nd in the strong field of 16.

  1 | JOHN RICHARD GRAF               |4.0  |W  12|D   9|D   4|W   6|W   5|
   MA | 15464283 / R: 1805   ->1914     |N:1  |B    |W    |B    |B    |W    |
    2 | GABRIEL BIRZU                   |3.5  |D  15|H    |W  11|W   9|H    |
   MA | 15148583 / R: 1958   ->1972     |     |W    |     |B    |W    |     |
    3 | JOAQUIN CARLSON                 |3.5  |L  10|D  13|X    |W  16|W   7|
   MA | 15794580 / R: 1677   ->1753     |N:2  |W    |B    |     |B    |W    |
    4 | DAVID S GLICKMAN                |3.0  |W  13|D  10|D   1|H    |H    |
   MA | 11195890 / R: 2027   ->2027     |     |W    |B    |W    |     |     |
    5 | SOREN SANDMANN PEDERSEN         |3.0  |H    |W  15|W  10|D   7|L   1|
   MA | 15421306 / R: 1994   ->1993     |N:2  |     |B    |W    |B    |B    |
    6 | MATTHEW Y HASS                  |3.0  |L   9|W  12|W   8|L   1|W  10|
   MA | 12808712 / R: 1868   ->1887     |N:1  |B    |W    |B    |W    |W    |
    7 | EDWARD ASTRACHAN                |2.5  |W   8|D  11|D   9|D   5|L   3|
   MA | 12430870 / R: 1961   ->1944     |N:2  |B    |W    |B    |W    |B    |
    8 | MICHAEL BARRY                   |2.5  |L   7|W  16|L   6|D  12|W  11|
   MA | 12584196 / R: 1816   ->1825     |N:2  |W    |B    |W    |B    |W    |
    9 | LEO W BONNELL                   |2.0  |W   6|D   1|D   7|L   2|U    |
   MA | 10018048 / R: 1931   ->1931     |N:2  |W    |B    |W    |B    |     |
   10 | BRIAN PEREZ-DAPLE               |2.0  |W   3|D   4|L   5|D  13|L   6|
   MA | 13704827 / R: 1929   ->1912     |N:2  |B    |W    |B    |W    |B    |
   11 | JONATHAN LEE                    |2.0  |W  16|D   7|L   2|H    |L   8|
   MA | 12742928 / R: 1793   ->1793     |N:3  |W    |B    |W    |     |B    |
   12 | ROBERT C SULLIVAN               |1.5  |L   1|L   6|D  16|D   8|H    |
   MA | 12443343 / R: 1918   ->1900     |     |W    |B    |W    |W    |     |
   13 | NATASHA C CHRISTIANSEN          |1.5  |L   4|D   3|H    |D  10|U    |
   MA | 11366805 / R: 1890   ->1876     |     |B    |W    |     |B    |     |
   14 | CHARLES SLADE                   |1.0  |U    |U    |U    |U    |W  16|
   MA | 12487244 / R: 1935   ->1944     |     |     |     |     |     |W    |
   15 | VLAD JAN GACIU                  |0.5  |D   2|L   5|F    |U    |U    |
   MA | 13459495 / R: 1816   ->1814     |     |B    |W    |     |     |     |
   16 | DAVID MILLIERN                  |0.5  |L  11|L   8|D  12|L   3|L  14|
   MA | 13784637 / R: 1852   ->1795     |     |B    |W    |B    |W    |B    |

John Graf v Joaquin Carlson, round 3 of the Weaver Adams                          photo: Steve Stepak

( John won this match to secure a berth in the Reubens Landey.  Joaquin would have to fight for a win in Round 4 and hope that John lost his match.  This turned out to be the case so both players were tied with 3/4 and won free entries into the Reubens Landey!

(background):  Jared Carlsen vs Justin Y Li. Jared won this game to score 2/4 in the event. Jared is the father of Joaquin and Jericho Carlson!  Both Joaquin and Jericho have studied chess in Jacob Rasin's chess clinics.)

This is the game score of John Graf's win over Soren Pederson to clinch the championship title.

Joaquin Carlson    photo:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.

Gabriel Birzu     photo:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

The Past As Prologue

Earlier this week, Chris Chase annotated a game from rising Chicago chess star Eric Rosen in his Boston Globe Chess Notes column. It reminded me of this post from 2005 when a much younger Eric and his Dad came to visit the BCC.

Monday, August 07, 2017


GAME 65 + 10" DELAY
NM Nathan Solon, black vs NM Dr. Alexandro Botta,
Round 1: draw! Nathan scored 2.5 points to take clear
1st place and Dr. Botta scored 2 points for clear 2nd!
Anex Yu, black vs Suraj Ramanathan, Round 1.
Suraj scored 2.5 points to take clear 1st place.
Alex scored 2 points to capture 2nd place.
10 yr old Derek Jin vs Zubin Baliga, Round 1: 1-0 !
Derek scored 2.5 points to take clear 1st place.
Brian Perez-Daple (writing) vs Mark Fins, Round 1.
Brian scored 3 points to take clear 1st place!
Lewis Tu scored 2.5 points to
share 1-2nd place with Brian Yin.
Brian Yin scored 2.5 points to share 1-2nd place
with Lewis Tu!
Raymond Xu scored 2.5 points to take
clear 1st place.
Kevin Liu (baseball cap) scored 2.5 points to take clear
1st place. Sister Kelsey Liu (left of Kevin) was 2nd . . . !
Eric Feng (the little) vs Kevin Li, Round 1.
Eric scored 2.5 points to take clear 1st.
Kevin scored 2 points for clear 2nd.
Antonio Scali vs Steve Stepak, Round 2. [PHOTO: BOB ORESICK]
Steve scored 2.5 points to take clear 1st place.
Justin Y Li scored 3 points to take clear
1st place.
3SS (small swiss)
Kumsal Sezen scored 2.5 points to take clear 1st
place in the 8 player small swiss!
Alexander Gavronsky, black vs Nick Sterling, Round 1
extra game. Nick also served as an assistant TD!
Kevin Liu plays Jason Xiong with black: time pressure!
Kevin held tough to win the match.
Mr. Liu, Kevin's father watches intently with his
daughter! (far left) 
Bernardo Iglesias, Chief TD (center, blue shirt)
observes . . . 
NM Farzad Abdi, black vs. NM Dr. A.F. Botta, Round 3.
Dr. Botta in on the faculty of Boston University
School of Theology, Professor of Hebrew Bible.

Jacob Rasin Clinic

Banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.

 Jacob Rasin
DateAugust 15, 16, 17, 18, 2017
Event Format9:00am to 12:30pm each day
Registration8/15, 9:00am onsite  
DescriptionThis program invites young chess players who already have a complete understanding of the rules of chess to come and develop their abilities. With a combination of lecture, question/answer and guided cooperative learning, the instructor will cover essential elements of the game: Tactics, Strategy, Openings, Middlegames, Endgames, Problems. Students will develop their memory, visualization ability, attention span, critical thinking skills, as well as their sense of fairness and good sportsmanship — all while having fun!

Who can join? School-age children, K-12, who are interested in improving at chess and maturing from motivated beginners to skilled intermediate players.

How much does it cost? Club membership is required for participation (Junior: $120/yr; $67/6 months; Family: $180/yr; $100/6 months). Participation fee: $160; $120 per child, if two or more per family. For first-time Club members, the fee is reduced to $125. Please make checks payable to the Boylston Chess Foundation and please pay on site.

Registration: Located in the renovated former Ellis School building, there is plenty of room at our pristine site. Reservation is not required. Just show up to unit B103, at 40 Norris Street the morning of the first day, before or around 9:00 a.m.! Use the right-side door of the building.

About the instructor: A master of the game and a Boylston Chess Club member for over 25 years, Jacob Rasin has been a professional chess teacher for over 35 years in the Soviet Union and the United States. 1978-1989, Jacob served as head coach at the Pioneers Palace of the Leningrad Province; 1982-1985, he had the additional assignment of training Soviet grandmasters and international masters. Since 1990, he has taught privately and at schools in the Boston area. His students have won dozens of scholastic state championships and medals, and more than ten national championships in various brackets. Jacob has directed the School Break Program since 1994.

For more information, call Jacob Rasin at home after 9pm (617) 783-6307; cell (857) 225-1297 or email