Sunday, April 21, 2019

Boylston Chess: May Thursday Night Swiss

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
DateThursdays, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Event Format5SS
Time ControlG/105 d10
SectionsOpen & U1900
Entry Fee$35, $20 for BCF members; $5 more if not registering online in advance. Club members rated 2200+ may play in the Thursday Night Swiss with no entry fee and no prize deductions.
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.
Sections with fewer than 12 players may be merged
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List









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DateSunday, April 28, 2019
Event Format6SS double round
Time ControlG/5 d0
SectionsOpen, U2000, & U1500
Entry Fee$35, $20 for BCF members, $5 more if not registering online in advance. Free entry for BCF members rated 2300+, but entry fee deducted from won prize.
Prizes$360 Based on 30 paid entries: Open 1st $150, 2nd $90 U2000 1st $70, U1500 1st $50
Registration1:15pm - 1:45pm
Round Times2:00pm, 2:30pm, 3:00pm, 3:30pm, 4:00pm, 4:30pm
DescriptionUSCF-rated blitz event to be held outdoors at Smith Center at Harvard University. Please bring your own sets and clocks - none will be supplied.
USCF membership required.
Advance registration limited to 40 players.
Sections with fewer than 10 players may be merged.
Tournament will be held indoors in case of inclement weather.
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List








MACA: MA Girls Invitational Championship



 
 
DateSaturday, April 27, 2019
Event Format5RR
Time ControlG/90 d5
Entry FeeFree entry to invited players
Round TimesSat: 10:00am, 1:45pm, 5:00pm; Sun: 10:00am, 1:45pm
DescriptionSix player round robin, open by invitation only. For more information, see the MACA listing or the MACA scholastic championship page.







Boylston Chess: April G/90

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DateSaturday, April 27, 2019
Event Format3SS
Time ControlG/90 d5
SectionsOpen, U2000, & U1500
Entry Fee$35, $20 for BCF members, $5 more if not registering online in advance. Free entry for BCF members rated 2300+, but entry fee deducted from won prize.
Prizes$$240 guaranteed: Open $100 - $50, U2000 $50, U1500 $40
Registration9:15am - 9:45am
Round Times10:00am, 1:45pm, 5:00pm
DescriptionIn accordance with BCF policy, unrated players may play in any section. Rated players rated within 200 points of the lower section maximum may play up one section. Sections with fewer than 8 players may be merged
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List








Boylston Chess: Legends of Chess Taimanov by Nick Sterling


banners:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.



by Nick Sterling



Fellow BCF players,

We were in competition this weekend with Foxwoods, Easter, Passover, spring vacation, and maybe even Anime. In this torturous field of all those activities outside BCF, we managed to draw in 15 players and kept them in their respective sections.

The winner in the tiny U1900 Section was Sritan Devineni with a 4-0 record. When he can get his Rating high enough, he'll be breaking into the Open Section on future weekends.

Winners:

Open:

1st: Nathan Solon
2nd (tied): Eric Feng, Kevin Lu




U1900:
1st: Sritan Devineni
2nd: Steven Feng, Roland Booker


I hope to see many of you at the Boylston Blitz at the Smith Center at Harvard on Sunday afternoon. We need outstandingly good weather.

See you over the board.

Nicholas P. Sterling, Ph.D.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Boylston Chess: Nick Sterling on the BCF Patriots' Day Open

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Nicholas Sterling added 76 photos to the album: BCF Patriots' Day - 04-13-2019.

Fellow BCF Players,

BCF runs its own marathon on Patriots' Day weekend. Today we had 24 players join us and squeeze tightly and madly into three strained Sections. Happily all worked out well as the U1500 Section finished remarkably quickly and the U2000 finished with a tough shootout for 1st Place, landing ultimately in the lap of Ben Marlin.

On top Ridvan Sakir, our visitor from Turkey, and Joaquin Carlson faced a small but intense group and walked off with 1st Place (4-0 score) and 2nd Place (2.5 score).



New player Evan Sharp joined us for his first tournament, and though he lost all his games, he had fun all the way through with a smile on his face, Awesome spirit for a first-timer.

Winners:
  • Open:
1st: Ridvan Sakir
2nd: Joaquin Carlson
  • U2000:
1st: Ben Marlin
  • U1500:
1st (tied): Steven Feng, Jacob Wu

Great job, everybody! We'll see the group over the board next Saturday at the Legends of Chess Taimanov.

Nicholas P.. Sterling, Ph.D.
BCF. Local TD








Monday, April 15, 2019

Boylston Chess: April Scholastics

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DateSunday, April 21, 2019
Event Format4SS
Time ControlG/30 d5
Sections14 & Under, 8 & Under. A current USCF membership is required for both sections.
Entry Fee$25, $20 for BCF members, $5 more at door if not registering online in advance
PrizesTrophies for 1st/2nd each age group section, medal for 3rd
Registration10:00am - 10:20am
Round Times10:30am, 11:50am, 1:00pm, 2:00pm
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List






Boylston Chess: Legends of Chess - Mark Taimanov

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DateSaturday, April 20, 2019
Event Format4SS
Time ControlG/60 d5
SectionsOpen & U1900
Entry Fee$35, $20 for BCF members, $5 more if not registering online in advance. Free entry for BCF members rated 2300+, but entry fee deducted from won prize.
Prizes$300 based on 25 paid entries: Open 1st $125, 2nd $75; U1900 1st $60, 2nd $40
Registration9:15am - 9:45am
Round Times10:00am, 1:00pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm
DescriptionIn accordance with BCF policy, unrated players may play in any section. Rated players rated within 200 points of the lower section maximum may play up one section.
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List








Friday, April 12, 2019

BOTVINNIK AT HARVARD BY STEVE STEPAK // APRIL 11, 2019

DAVIS CENTER
(RUSSIAN RESEARCH CENTER)
AT HARVARD UNIVERSITY
PRESENTS A RETROSPECTIVE 
ON GM MIKHAIL M. BOTVINNIK, Ph.D.
FORMER WORLD CHESS CHAMPION

THE TOPIC

THE PRESENTERS
Left to RightGM Emil Sutovsky (Israel), Dr. Maxim Shrayer,
Professor, Boston College, and IM John Donaldson . . . 




the audience: (mostly BCC people)

Harvard University Campus 1730 Cambridge Street S010

BCC people NM Professor Tim Sage, Ed Astrachan, Natasha 
Christiansen, Alex Slive, also Bob Huntington chess journalist 
and lawyer, NM Bryan Hu, Harvard Fellow, Misha Kreisel 
and Steve Stepak as well as three other attendees, 
one Israeli and 2 Americans, not identified.

Topics discussed included Botvinnik's attaining and
reclaiming of the World Chess Championship,
his emphasis on "home" chess preparation and
the all important activity of reviewing one's
tournament chess games critically in extensive
 analysis, preferably shared in published or unpublished
form, for critical evaluation.

It was also highlighted that Botvinnik began a
chess mentoring program in a former palace
of Czar Alexander III, which included the
likes of Kasparov, Karpov, Shirov, just to name
a few.  M.B also made serious inroads into the
development of computer chess which
no doubt inspired future researchers to
pursue this worthy goal [culmination in
the total dominance of human chess
by Google's Alphazero!]
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AlphaZero

Not only was Botvinnik a world chess champion, but
also a PhD in engineering [power engineering] 
which served him well during World War II
fighting against the Nazis.
Born in 1911, Botvinnik died in 1995 having
lived a full inspiring life.

PHOTOS AND TEXT BY:
STEVE STEPAK

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Boylston Chess: Soren Pedersen is off to a good start atthe Reykjavik Open




While taking time off from our Thursday Night Swiss,
Soren Pedersen is off to a good start at the Reykjavik Open.



https://en.chessbase.com/post/gamma-reykjavik-open-2019-starts



Start of the GAMMA Reykjavik Open

by André Schulz
4/10/2019 – The 33rd Reykjavik International started at the Harpa Concert Hall (pictured) in the Icelandic capital Reykjavik on Monday. The two sometime-2700s Gawain Jones and Nils Grandelius have both dropped half points, leaving two GMs, an IM, a class A and even a class B player (!) as the only perfect scores through three rounds. Highlights and live commentary of Round 4 (from 17:00 UTC / 19:00 CEST / 13:00 EDT) | Photo: Lennart Ootes / ReykjavikOpen.com ...
 




Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Boylston Chess: April School Break Chess Clinic with Jacob Rasin

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DateApril 16, 17, 18, 19
Event Format9am - 12:30pm each day
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!
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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: $180; $140 per child, if two or more per family. For first-time Club members, the fee is reduced to $150. 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






Monday, April 08, 2019

Boylston Chess: Milestones Sunday

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.


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DateSunday, April 14, 2019
Event Format3SS
Time ControlG/80 d10
SectionsPlayers will be arranged in groups of 6 by rating, to the extent possible.
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 1998 or earlier.
Accelerated pairings may be used. Free parking on Sundays!
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List






Boylston Chess: Patriots' Open

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DateSaturday, April 13, 2019
Event Format4SS
Time ControlG/60 d5
SectionsOpen, U2000, & U1500
Entry Fee$35, $20 for BCF members, $5 more if not registering online in advance. Free entry for BCF members rated 2300+, but entry fee deducted from won prize.
Prizes$$360 GUARANTEED: Open 1st $150, 2nd $90 U2000 1st $70, U1500 1st $50
Registration9:15am-9:45am
Round Times10:00am, 1:00pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm
DescriptionIn accordance with BCF policy, unrated players may play in any section. Rated players rated within 200 points of the lower section maximum may play up one section. Sections with fewer than 10 players may be combined.
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List







Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Mikhail Botvinnik




Dear Colleagues,

We write to draw your attention to the panel on the legacy of the great Soviet chess champion Mikhail Botvinnik to take place at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies on 10 April 2019. We would be grateful if you could share this information with members of the local chess community.

We attach the poster and the link to the online information. https://daviscenter.fas.harvard.edu/events/mikhail-botvinnik-1911-1995

With kind regards and thanks,

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Prof. Dr. Maxim D. Shrayer
Professor of Russian, English, and Jewish Studies
Department of Slavic & Eastern Languages and Literatures
Boston College

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Boylston Chess: Centennial Lecture -- Christiansen on Pillsbury

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.



Hi all,

Thanks to GM Larry Christiansen for his lecture on Harry Pillsbury, and thanks to Charles Slade and Andrew Hoy for the excellent dinner — the sliced sausages were great.






- Tony Cortizas Jr.

















 

 Tweets by Tim Sage on Larry's talk:



 
 







Boylston Chess: April Thursday Night Swiss

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DateThursdays, April 4, 11, 18, 25
Event Format4SS
Time ControlG/105 d10
SectionsOpen & U1900
Entry Fee$35, $20 for BCF members; $5 more if not registering online in advance. Club members rated 2200+ may play in the Thursday Night Swiss with no entry fee and no prize deductions.
Prizes$300 based on 25 paid 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.
Sections with fewer than 10 players may be merged
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List








Sunday, March 24, 2019

Boylston Chess: Centennial Quads in March

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DateSaturday, March 30, 2019
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. Free entry for BCF members rated 2300+, but entry fee deducted from won prize.
Prizes$80 First place in top quad, $50 First place in each of the other quads
Registration9:15am-9:45am
Round Times10:00am, 1:15pm, 4:00pm
DescriptionABSOLUTELY NO ONSITE REGISTRATION AFTER 9:45AM
** No byes or withdrawals are allowed. All rounds must be played
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List







Thursday, March 21, 2019

Yip wins, Sevian draws in Round 1 of U.S. Championships in St. Louis




Yip wins, Sevian draws in Round 1

of U.S. Championships in St. Louis



The two Massachusetts players competing in this year's U.S. Championships got off to a good start on Wednesday, March 20th, in Round 1 of the round-robin event being played at the Saint Louis Chess Club. Fifteen-year-old WIM Carissa Yip of Andover, 2014 Wachusett CC champion and 2016 Boylston CC champion, defeated WGM Sabina Foisor in the Women's Championship, while 18-year-old GM Sam Sevian of Holden held the top seed and the world's No. 2 player, Fabiano Caruana, to a draw in the main event. All the games in the women's division were decisive, with the following results in addition to Carissa's win with White over Foisor: GM Irina Krush 1-0 Emily Nuguyen, Anna Zatonskih 1-0 Akshita Gorti, WGM Tatev Abrahamyan 0-1 FM Maggie Feng, WIM Ashrita Eswaran 0-1 WIM Annie Wang, WGM Anna Sharevich 0-1 WIM Jennifer Yu.
In the all-GM main event, the only decisive game was Jeffrey Xiong's win (with Black) over Timur Gareev. In addition to Sevian's draw with Caruana, results of the others games were as follows: Hikaru Nakamura 1/2-1/2 Wesley So, Sam Shankland (defending U.S. champion) 1/2-1/2 Ray Robson, Awonder Liang 1/2-1/2 Aleksandr Lenderman, Varuzhan Akobian 1/2-1/2 Leinier Dominguez.

George M


[ Editor's note:  there is a very nice interview with George in the Telegram.]

telegram.com






Monday, March 18, 2019

Boylston Chess: Centennial Lecture - GM Larry Christiansen on Pillsbury

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.


GM Larry Christiansen 
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DateFriday, March 29, 2019
Entry Fee$5
Round Times7:00pm
DescriptionThe first lecture of the BCF's Centennial Lecture Series will feature GM Larry Christiansen exploring the history of Harry Pillsbury. A full dinner will be served, and games will be analyzed.
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List




I hope that Larry mentions the fact that MACA held a ceremony on June 17, 2006 - exactly on the 100th anniversary of his death - at Laurel Cemetery in Reading, Mass., at Pilsbury's gravesite. A memorial marker was placed at his grave, identifying Pillsbury as a former U.S. Champion but also as the winner of the 1895 Hastings International Tournament. Harold Dondis, who was unable to attend the ceremony, had a statement read about Pillsbury. Various MACA officials attended and spoke about Pillsbury, including President George Mirijanian and former President Stephen Dann. Pillsbury's great-granddaughter, who lives in western Mass., attended the ceremony!






Sunday, March 17, 2019

Boylston Chess: Spring G/80

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DateSaturday, March 23, 2019
Event Format3SS
Time ControlG/80 d10
SectionsOpen, U2000, & U1500
Entry Fee$35, $20 for BCF members; $5 more if not registering online in advance. Free entry for BCF members rated 2300+, but entry fee deducted from won prize.
Prizes$$240 guaranteed: Open $100 - $50, U2000 $50, U1500 $40
Registration9:15am - 9:45am
Round Times10:00am, 1:45 pm, 5:00pm
DescriptionIn accordance with BCF policy, unrated players may play in any section. Rated players rated within 200 points of the lower section maximum may play up one section. Sections with fewer than 8 players may be combined.
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List








Thursday, March 14, 2019

China wins Women's World Team Championship; USA defeats Egyptian team to finish in 7th place




China wins Women's World Team Championship;

USA defeats Egyptian team to finish in 7th place
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The Chinese women's team dominated this year's World Team Championship by winning on Thursday, March 14, the 10-team round-robin event in Astana, Kazakhstan. The Chinese won all nine matches, with Russia, scoring 6 match wins, 2 draws and 1 loss, ending up in 2nd place. The U.S. women's team finished in 7th place, with a 2.5-1.5 win over Egypt in the final round. Drawing on board 1 was WGM Katerina Nemcova, losing on board 2 was WIM Carissa Yip, winning on board 3 was WGM Sabina-Fransceca Foisor and on board 4 WCM Rochelle Wu. Carissa's loss was to 21-year-old WGM Shrook Wafa (FIDE-rated 2166), a former Women's African chess champion.
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Great news report, George, even though it wasn't the happiest news for the American women's chess team. Virtually every woman player that Carissa competed was titled and noted in her home country. What an experience this was for Carissa Yip!!!

Thanks for the concise reports on all 9 rounds! I'm so, so, so glad that someone did it.

Stephen Dann








Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Despite the losses, the U.S. team still remains in 7th place in the standings, with two rounds left to play.





U.S. women's team "routed" in Round 7
by India in World Team Championship
The U.S. women's team was soundly defeated, 4-0, by India in Round 7 of the World Team Championship, played Tuesday, March 12, in Astana, Kazakhstan. All members of the U.S. team, WGM Tatev Abrahamyan on board 1, WGM Katerina Nemcova on board 2, WIM Carissa Yip on board 3, and WGM Sabina-Francesca Foisor on board 4 lost to their Indian opponents. Carissa lost to 17-year-old International Master and Woman Grandmaster Padmini Rout (FIDE rated 2332), four-time Indian women's champion (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017). Despite the loss, the U.S. team still remains in 7th place in the standings, with two rounds left to play.
George M


U.S. women's team loses to China,
3-1, in World Team Championship
The U.S. women's team suffered another loss in the World Team Championship by falling to China, 3-1, on Wednesday, March 13, in Round 8 of the 10-team event in Astana, Kazakhstan. WGM Tatev Abrahamyan lost on board 1, WIM Carissa Yip drew on board 2, WGM Sabina-Francesca Foisor lost on board 3, and WCM Rochelle Wu drew on board 4. Carissa's draw was with 32-year-old WGM Qian Huang, Chinese women's champion in 2012 and a 5-time Women's World Champion contender. With the loss, the U.S. team still remains in 7th place going into the 9th and final round on Thursday, March 14, when they face the women's team from Egypt, which is currently in last place.
George M











Monday, March 11, 2019

U.S. women's team loses to Russia in World Team Championship - Rd. 6

Carissa Yip, 2017  photo:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.




U.S. women's team loses to Russia

in World Team Championship - Rd. 6

The U.S. women's team lost to Russia on Monday, March 11th, in round 6 of the World Team Championship in Astana, Kazakhstan. Draws were gained by WGM Tatev Abrahamyan on board 1, WGM Katerina Nemcova on board 2, and WCM Rochelle Wu on board 4. 
Suffering the team's only loss was 15-year-old WIM Carissa Yip on board 3. Carissa, a former Wachusett CC and Boylston CC champion, lost to 20-year-old GM Aleksandra Goryachkina (FIDE rated 2504), a two-time Russian women's champion and a two-time World Girls Under-20 champion. The loss now puts the U.S. women's team in 7th place in a field of 10 teams, with three rounds yet to play.
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George M