Tuesday, October 17, 2017

BCC NATIONAL CHESS DAY: THOMAS FANG 1ST PLACE / OPEN SECTION / / RUOHAN YIN 1ST PLACE / U1800 //

BCC NATIONAL CHESS DAY IN 2 SECTIONS
4SS + 5" DELAY
OPEN SECTION
IT'S ALL IN THE SPRING WATER
Thomas Fang burst through the field to take clear 1st place
in the National Chess Day, Open Section with a perfect
4 - 0 score, and a + 73 to 2105 rating. Bravo, Thomas!
ROUND 1
Lawrence Tu, black vs Zubin Baliga. Zubin scored 2.5 points
to share 2-6th place and a rating upgrade of +14.
(background): Thomas Fang, black vs Natasha Christiansen
CRITICAL GAME: ROUND 4 !
Thomas Fang, with the advantage of the white pieces takes
on NM Rajesh Shanmugasundaram in the last round of this
4SS. Point: anything can happen. And it did. Thomas won!
Suraj Ramanathan, black vs Logan Boucher, Round 1.
Logan scored 2.5 points to share 2-6th place and
Suraj scored 2 points to share 7-8th place!
MIT vs HARVARD
NM Andrew Hoy vs expert David Stoner: 1-0!
Andrew scored 2.5 points to share 2-6th place and
David, a Junior majoring in math (note square root sign) 
scored 2 points to share 7-8th place.
NM Rajesh Shanmugasundaram vs David Stoner, Round 1.
Rajesh scored 2.5 points to share 2-6th place.
on the move . . . 
David Milliern, black vs Jonathan Pfefer, Round 1.
Jonathan scored 2.5 points to share 2-6th place.
David scored 1.5 points for a rating upgrade of +8.
U1800 SECTION
PRODIGY REIGNS
Intense and sweet! Is this possible? Yes!
7 1/2 yr old Ruohan is silent, still and polite at the board!
Ruohan Yin, newly arrived from China,
writes down his moves with calligraphic style
in his game vs Bob Oresick.
Ruohan was undefeated in this event, scoring
3.5 points to take clear 1st place and a
rating upgrade of +336 to 1602!
Bravo, Ruohan, you are a prince!
CLAIMING THE DRAW
Steve Stepak vs Ruohan Yin, Round 4: draw!
[SPS: I suspect that it will not be so far in time that
I will not be able to even draw this young lad!]
Steve scored 2 points to share 3-5th place.
(background): Juan Carlos Morales vs 
Will Wisdom.  Juan Carlos scored 3 points to take
clear 2nd place and a rating upgrade of 
UNRATED TO 1774. Bravo, Juan Carlos!
Will scored 2 points to share 3-5th place.
Event Chief TD, Bernardo Iglesias (blue), finds the win vs
Will Wisdom in Round 3. Bernardo scored 2 points to share
3-5th place.
CRITICAL GAME: ROUND 4
Ruohan Yin (1266) writes down his opening moves vs
veteran chess player Bernardo Iglesias (1739). 
[. . . the rating spread is +473 in Bernardo's favor.
Ruohan won this game rather quickly!]
[I am sure we are dealing here with a chess phenom!]
Stay tuned!]
(background, right): Juan Carlos Morales looks on . . . his opponent
is me, Steve Stepak, who is taking this historic photo!
(Top of photo): Bob Oresick vs Will Wisdom.
NEW TO CHESS
Nick Mastromarino loves chess. This is his 4th rated 
tournament, the 2nd at the BCC. Nick has a
provisional rating of 1291. He is experimenting,
trying things out. He does not have a chess coach!
Bravo, Nick! You have a courageous heart!
Keep studying: endgames and chess tactics!
SCENES FROM 
AROUND THE HALL
the biggest and the littleist
Juan Carlos vs Ruohan, Round 3.
Ruohan won with black.
This is Juan Carlos' first USCF tournament 
and the first trip to the BCC:
Welcome: Juan Carlos, and good chess!
Roland Booker the 3rd came all the way over from
Fitchburg, MA to play at the BCC! Welcome, Roland!
Here Roland is playing black vs Nick Mastromarino
in Round 1.
CHESS AT THE BCC: U1800 GROUP
Juan Carlos vs Ruohan Yin; Bernardo Iglesias, black
vs Will Wisdom; Roland Booker III vs Steve Stepak,
Bob Oresick vs Will Wisdom!
FOCUSED!!!
Fang v Boucher, Round 2
TOURNAMENT ADMINISTRATION:
BERNARDO IGLESIAS, CHIEF TD
NATASHA CHRISTIANSEN, ASST. TD
PHOTOS: STEVE STEPAK

Monday, October 16, 2017

Greater Boston Open photos by Tony Cortizas, Jr




Greater Boston Open  2017



by 

Tony Cortizas, Jr.


Steve Winer was the winner.  Photo:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

October Scholastic

Banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.



DateSunday, October 22, 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




Legends of Chess: Rossolimo


Banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.


 
 
 
DateSaturday, October 21, 2017
Event Format4SS
Time ControlG/60 d5
SectionsOpen & U1800
Entry Fee$35, $20 for BCF Members, $5 more at the door
Prizes$$360 GUARANTEED: Open 1st $150, 2nd $90 U1800 1st $70, 2nd $50
Registration9:15am - 9:45am
Round Times10:00am, 1:00pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List





Friday, October 13, 2017

NM Farzad Abdi --- simul and chess classes in Hingham

Farzad Abdi

Simul on the South Shore

Photo:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.




Farzad Abdi is an active member of the Boylston Chess, who competes frequently in our tournaments.  In November he will give a simul in Hingham, sponsored by the Hingham Chess Club, in partnership with the Hingham Public Library.

National master Farzad Abdi also teaches weekly classes at the recently founded Hingham Chess Club.  
(Beginner classes are held on Wednesdays and begin at 4 pm and Advanced classes are held on Thursdays and also begin at 4 pm.  Each lesson is followed by Open Match Play, which is open to all skill and age levels.)

People on the South Shore who might be interested and want to find out more, can  contact Kay Praschma at 617-368-0506 or at HinghamChessClub@yahoo.com.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

BCC OCTOBER QUADS: RADIATING SUCCESS AND GOOD CHESS: 11 QUADS + SMALL SWISS // RECORD 50 PLAYERS //

11 3RR + 1 3 SS
GAME 65 + 10" DELAY
QUAD 1
NM Ryan Sowa vs BCC Champion WFM Carissa Yip,
Round 3. Ryan scored 2.5 points to take clear 1st place.
QUAD 2
Jason Tang, black vs Jonathan Pfefer, Round 2.
Jonathan scored 2.5 points to take clear 1st place.
QUAD 3
YELLOW VS ORANGE
Alex Yu vs Derek Jin, Round 1.
Alex scored 2 points to take clear 1st place.
QUAD 4
David Stoner vs Logan Boucher, Round 1.
David scored 2.5 points to take clear 1st place.
Logan scored 2 points to capture clear 2nd.
QUAD 5
Lewis Tu scored 2.5 points to take
clear 1st place.
Robert Sullivan scored 2 points to take
clear 2nd place.
QUAD 6
Brian Yin vs Mike Griffin, Round 1.
Brian scored a perfect 3-0 to take clear 1st place.
QUAD 7
on your mark!
Mark Kaprielian vs Victor Feng (center match-up) Round 1.
Mark and Victor each scored 2 points to share 1-2nd place.
QUAD 8
Kelsey Liu, black vs David Martin, Round 1.
David scored 2.5 points to take clear 1st place.
QUAD 9
Bob Oresick vs Benjamin Yin, Round 2.
Ben scored 2.5 points to take clear 1st place.
(background): Brandon Ni vs Ed Foye;
David Martin vs Jeremy Rosenholtz.
QUAD 10
3 way tie
Jeffrey Liu, black vs Steve Stepak;
Will Wisdom, black vs Maruthi Tiruveedhula, Round 1.
Jeff, Steve, and Will each scored 2 points to share 1-3rd place
QUAD 11
Sophia Rosenholtz scored a perfect 3 points
to take clear 1st place.
SMALL SWISS
Nikolas Praschma, black vs Kurt Amber, Jr. Round 1.
Nikolas scored a perfect 3-0 to take clear 1st place.
SCENES FROM 
AROUND THE HALL
Joy Cao
WFM Carissa Yip vs NM Brandon Wu, Round 1.
TIME-PRESSURE
David Martin vs Kelsey Liu, Round 1.
(background, left to right): David Milliern, IM Denys Shmelov,
Kevin Liu, Chief TD Nick Sterling, Mr. Liu, 
Bob Oresick, Asst. TD Natasha Christiansen
and Chief Asst. TD Bernardo Iglesias.
Joe Bennett
Michelle Zhang vs Suhavi Tiruveedhula
BCC KIDS PLAY CHESS
DANCING HAND
LUNCH AND VIDEO GAMES
There is nothing that puts a smile on a kid's
face quicker than engaging in video play!
BCC QUADS: THE CAT'S MEOW: FULL HOUSE
KIDS PLAY CHESS AT THE BCC
NICK STERLING TD
PHOTOS: STEVE STEPAK