Sunday, June 17, 2018

Grand Prix #1

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.



 
 
 
 
DateSaturday, June 23, 2018
Event Format4SS
Time ControlG/60 d5
SectionsOpen & U1800
Entry Fee$35, $20 for BCF members, $5 more if not registering online in advance
PrizesPrizes to top scorers over 3 tournaments: $400-$200, U1800 $200
Registration9:15am - 9:45am
Round Times10:00am, 1:00pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm
DescriptionHalf point byes do not count for Grand Prix points.
Top Grand Prix scorer will be invited to play in the Club Championship starting in September.
Grand Prix Standings
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List








Sunday, June 10, 2018

Chess Clinic with Jacob Rasin

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.






with   Jacob Rasin 

 

Tuesday June 26 - Friday June 29

9:00am to 12:30pm each day
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This 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!
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Who can join? School-age children, K-12, who are interested in improving at chess and maturing from motivated beginners to skilled intermediate players.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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





June Scholastic

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.






Sunday, June 17, 2018
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Format:
4SS

Time control:

G/30 d5

Sections:

14 & Under, 8 & Under, and Non-USCF
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Entry fee:.

$25, $20 for BCF members, $5 more at door
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Prizes:.

Trophies for 1st/2nd each age group and non-USCF section, medal for 3rd

Registration:

10:00am - 10:20 am

Rounds:

10:30am, 11:50am, 1:00pm, 2:00pm
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Sections info:

14 & Under and 8 & Under sections are USCF rated, and USCF membership is required. The Non-USCF section is open to all players who are no more than 14 years old (both rated and unrated players), and will not be rated by the USCF; thus, USCF membership is not required for the Non-USCF section
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Current Pre-Registration List




Father's Day Open

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr




USCF GRAND PRIX 
 
 
 
DateSaturday, June 16, 2018
Event Format4SS
Time ControlG/60 d5
SectionsOpen & U1900
Entry Fee$35, $20 for BCF members, $5 more if not registering online in advance
Prizes$$400 GUARANTEED: Open 1st $150, 2nd $100, 3rd $50 U1900 1st $100
Registration9:15am - 9:45am
Round Times10:00am, 1:00pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm
DescriptionUS CHESS GRAND PRIX EVENT!
US CHESS GRAND PRIX POINTS: 6
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List





Photos from IM Marc Esserman's Morra Gambit lecture





Photos from 
IM Marc Esserman's 
Morra Gambit lecture

by Tony Cortizas, Jr.




Hi all,

Some pics from Marc’s excellent Morra Gambit lecture at the BCC on June 8, 2018.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I added some other pics of Marc from the past.
 
 

Special thanks to Chef Charles Slade for a great dinner!
 
 
View the entire gallery at




Friday, June 08, 2018

Milestones Sunday

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.




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DateSunday, June 10, 2018
Event Format3SS
Time ControlG/80 d10
SectionsTBA
Entry Fee$35, $20 for BCF members, $5 more if not registering online in advance
PrizesTBA
Registration9:30am - 9:45am
Round Times10:00am, 1:45pm, 5:00pm
DescriptionOpen to all players born in 1997 or earlier.
Accelerated pairings may be used. Free parking on Sundays!
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List






Summer Game /80

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.




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DateSaturday, June 9, 2018
Event Format3SS
Time ControlG/80 d10
SectionsOpen, U2000, & U1600
Entry Fee$35, $20 for BCF members, $5 more if not registering online in advance
Prizes$$240 guaranteed: Open $100 - $50, U2000 $50, U1600 $40
Registration9:15am - 9:45am
Round Times10:00am, 1:45pm, 5:00pm
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List






Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Mass Open 2018 photos by Tony Cortizas, Jr.



Mass Open 2018


by    Tony Cortizas, Jr.
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View all the photos in the gallery at
https://photos.app.goo.gl/aOlYJDjUpmKklK8S2





Prize winners at the 87th Massachusetts Open, 
held May 26-28 in Marlborough.

Championship Section:

1st-3rd Mika Brattain, FM Nathan Solon, Michael Isakov 5-1

Top U2300 Farzad Abdi, Danila Poliannikov 4-2



Mika Brattain, co-Champion
 
Mika Brattain, co-Champion


Michael Isakov, co-Champion


FM Nathan Solon, co-Champion



Farzad Abdi, co-Top U2300

Danila Poliannikov, co-Top U2300


Yan Barash


Kaiya Bridgit Smits


Sandra Shur

TD Bob Messenger


TD Frank Vogel

TDs Ben Swiszcz  & Nathan Smolendsky watching  Armageddon game.

George Duval. best T-shirt, imho


Alexander Ivanov, David Vigorito





Tuesday, May 29, 2018

IM Marc Esserman lecture

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.



Esserman vs. the Elite  

Friday, June 8, 2018
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$40 in advance online, $45 at the door

6:30pm - 6:55pm

7:00pm - 9:00pm
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International Master Marc Esserman will lecture on two of his best wins vs. elite grandmasters Loek Van Wely and Nigel Short. The games will cover the full spectrum of chess style, from the chaotic and crazy, to the calm and controlled. To conclude, Esserman will delve into the magical and mysterious world of the endgame study.
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Esserman is the author of the best selling Mayhem in the Morra--he even used the ideas in his book to draw five-time World Champion Viswanathan Anand.

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Admission fee includes a buffet dinner, to be prepared by renowned local chef Charles Slade.

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For more on International Master Esserman, 

you can read his biography @ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marc_Esserman, visit his instagram
@ https://www.instagram.com/masterofmayyhem/
youtube @https://www.youtube.com/user/mrlang65

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Current Pre-Registration List





June Thursday Night Swiss

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.




 
 
 
DateThursdays, June 7, 14, 21, and 28
Event Format4SS
Time ControlG/105 d10
SectionsOpen & U1900
Entry Fee$35, $20 for BCF members, $5 more if not registering online in advance
Prizes$300 based on 25 entries: 1st $125, 2nd $75; U1900 1st $60, 2nd $40
Registration6:15pm - 6:45pm
Round Times7:00pm
DescriptionBye and withdrawal requests must be received by 6:45pm.
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List




Weaver Adams




 
banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.






Mondays, June 4, 11, 18, and 25

4SS

40/90, SD/20 d10

U1800

$20, BCF membership required

Winner(s) receive free entry to Reubens Landey

6:30pm - 7:00pm

7:15pm

Tournament open to all BCF players U1800 in the June 2018 supplement. This tournament is part of the BCF Championship Series. Winner(s) receive free entry to the Reubens Landey. Players rated between 1800 and 2200 in the June supplement may play in the Reubens Landey (1800 - U2200 championship) in July.

Current Pre-Registration List





Masters Sunday


banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.



DateSunday, June 3, 2018
Event Format4SS
Time ControlG/60 d5
SectionsMasters
Entry Fee$35 for BCF members, $50 for non-members, $5 more if not registering online
Prizes$350 based on 15 paid entries: $250-$100
Registration9:30am - 9:45am
Round Times10:00am, 1:00pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm
DescriptionOpen to players rated at least 1900 on the May or June Supplement or live MSA rating.
Free entry for GMs and IMs with no deduction from any prize won.
Free parking on Sundays!
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List





June Quads


Banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.



DateSaturday, June 2, 2018
Event Format3RR
Time ControlG/65 d10
SectionsPlayers will be arranged into quads by rating
Entry Fee$35, $20 for BCF members, $5 more if not registering online in advance
Prizes$80 First place in top quad, $50 First place in each of the other quads
Registration9:15am - 9:45am; ABSOLUTELY NO ONSITE REGISTRATION AFTER 9:45AM
Round Times10:00am, 1:15pm, and 4:00pm
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List




Sunday, May 13, 2018

$15 Open

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DateSaturday, May 19, 2018
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








MA Girls Challenge

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.




DateSunday, May 20, 2018
Event Format4SS
Time ControlG/60 d5
SectionsOne Section
Entry Fee$20 in advance, $25 at the door
PrizesTrophies for 1st - 3rd
Registration8:30am - 9:00am
Round Times9:30, 12:30, 3:00, and 5:15
DescriptionWinner will be invited to Girls Invitational in July in St. Louis
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List





May Scholastic

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.




 
 
 
DateSunday, May 20, 2018
Event Format4SS
Time ControlG/30 d5
Sections14 & Under, 8 & Under, and Non-USCF
Entry Fee$25, $20 for BCF members, $5 more at door
PrizesTrophies for 1st/2nd each age group and non-USCF section, medal for 3rd
Registration8:30am - 9:00am
Round TimesFirst round at 9:30am, rest ASAP
Description14 & Under and 8 & Under sections are USCF rated, and USCF membership is required. The Non-USCF section is open to all players who are no more than 14 years old (both rated and unrated players), and will not be rated by the USCF; thus, USCF membership is not required for the Non-USCF section.
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List





Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Masters Sunday

banner:  Tony Cortrizas, Jr. 




DateSunday, May 13, 2018
Event Format4SS
Time ControlG/60 d5
Entry Fee$35 for BCF members, $50 for non-members, $5 more if not registering online
Prizes$350 based on 15 paid entries: $250-$100
Registration9:30am - 9:45am
Round Times10:00am, 1:00pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm
DescriptionOpen to players rated at least 1900 on the April or May supplement or live MSA rating.
Free entry for GMs and IMs with no deduction from any prize won.
Free parking on Sundays!
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List




Mother's Day Open

banner: Tony Cortias, Jr.



DateSaturday, May 12, 2018
Event Format4SS
Time ControlG/60 d5
SectionsOpen & U1800
Entry Fee$35, $20 for BCF members, $5 more if not registering online in advance
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






Monday, April 30, 2018

Photos of 2018 US Chess Champion GM Sam Shankland lecture at Boylston Chess Club (May 20170




For those of you who might have missed this. On May 19, 2017, the 2018 U. S. Chess Champion GM Sam Shankland gave a lecture at BCC.



Photos by Tony Cortizas, Jr.




Sam autographing for the Wang family. BCC GM Sam Shankland Lecture May 19, 2017.

Sam posing with the Lee boys. BCC GM Sam Shankland Lecture May 19, 2017.










Friday, April 27, 2018

May Quads

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.



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Saturday, May 5, 2018

3RR

G/65 d10

Players will be arranged into quads by rating

$35, $20 for BCF members, $5 more if not registering online in advance

$80 First place in top quad, $50 First place in each of the other quads

9:15am - 9:45am; ABSOLUTELY NO ONSITE REGISTRATION AFTER 9:45AM

10:00am, 1:15pm, and 4:00pm

Current Pre-Registration List



Thursday Night Swiss


banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.




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DateThursdays, May 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31
Event Format5SS
Time ControlG/105 d10
SectionsOpen & U1900
Entry Fee$35, $20 for BCF members, $5 more if not registering online in advance
Prizes$300 based on 25 entries: 1st $125, 2nd $75; U1900 1st $60, 2nd $40
Registration6:30pm - 6:50pm
Round Times7:00pm
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List

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Hi TNS players,

Requests for a bye or withdrawal from a tournament must be received at least 15 minutes before the scheduled start of a round. This helps us start rounds promptly and avoids inconveniencing participants with games that end later than they should.

Given our May TNS round start time of 7:00 PM, such requests must be received by 6:45 PM. Requests received after 6:45 PM will not be acted upon. If you are paired and don’t appear in time (one hour after round starts), our standard forfeit policy will be invoked.

Bye and withdrawal requests can be made by…

Sending an email to the club’s email address:  boylstonchess@gmail.com.

or 

Calling the club’s phone number 617-714-3022. Be sure to leave a message if no one answers.

Thanks for your cooperation!

Tony Cortizas Jr.
May TNS TD & BCC Clerk



Tornado photos by Nick Sterling




banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.


Fellow BCF Players,

As the city of Cambridge, like all of New England, finally started to see spring-like temperatures, 36 players gathered at BCF for a violent-sounding TORNADO! Fortunately there was no wind-driven destruction of anything other than my chess-player ego at being very nicely butt-kicked by Ruohan Yin in a side game. (The game score is preserved complete if anyone wants to see it.) The weather stayed calm and warm outside while we battled over the chessboards inside.
A shout-out to our visitor from FL Jordan Applebaum who came in a three-way tie for second place in the U1800 Section. We get players from a long way around.
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Winners:
Open: Nithin Kavi
U1800: Henry He
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MACA will be hosting the MA Girls Challenge as a follow-up to our much-touted MA Girls Championship on Sunday 5/20. This special event will be combined with our normal monthly Scholastic. Details are on the Calendar.
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See you over the board.
Nicholas P. Sterling, Ph.D.
BCF, Local TD
Nicholas



Tim came from Ireland