Tuesday, April 30, 2019

BOYLSTON BLITZ AT HARVARD // GM JIANCHAO ZHOU // CLEAR 1ST / UNDEFEATED // 46 play // ANAND NAIR / LAWRENCE TU 1-2ND U2000 // JESSE GECHTMAN / 1ST / U1500 //

BOYLSTON BLITZ CHESS
6 Round Double Round Swiss 
(12 games: Game/5 No Delays)
SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 2019
BCC BLITZ CROSSTABLES OF ALL SECTIONS 
 
GM Jianchao Zhou (China)
FIDE 2669 USCF 2736

 CLEAR 1ST PLACE: 12 - 0
 Jianchao Zhou vs Jacob Chudnovsky, Round 12
Jianchao scored 12 points to take clear first place. 
Jacob scored 6.5 points to capture clear 8th place.
 GM Jianchao Zhou vs NM Vadim Martirosov, Round 10
Vadim scored 8 points to share 2-4th place 
with M Ridvan Sakir and NM Lawyer Times
Former BCC Champion NM Lawyer Times faces off
with GM Jianchao Zhou. 
SHAKE!
Jianchao Zhou, black vs Ridvan Sakir (Turkey) Round 3
Mark Fins, Black vs NM Vadim Martirosov, Round 3.
Michael Isalov (red shirt, center) scored 7.5 points to
take clear 5th place.  
Michael Isakov on the move vs Alan Carrier, Round 3.

FM Nathan Solon vs GM Jianchao Zhou, Round 5
Nathan scored 7 points to share 5-7th place with
Nathan Smolensky (MACA President and Chess
Horizon Editor)
 Chess Expert, Nathan Smolensky on the move with black 
vs Expert Joe Perl, Esq.
(right): Northeastern Graduate Evan Welsh plays NU Physics
Professor, NM Tim Sage, Round 7.
BATTLE OF THE BRAINS
Dr. Natesh Pillai, Harvard Professor of Statistics, on the move
vs NM Dr. Tim Sage, Northeastern University Physics Professor,
Round 3.
 Professor Pillai on the move vs expert Derek Jin, Round 6.
SHARING FIRST PLACE IN U2000
Center Stage (gray pull-over):Anand Nair scored 8.5 points to 
share 1st-2nd with Lawrence Tu
in the U2000 section.
(ORANGE) Lawrence Tu, Black, vs (BLUE) Ryan Wang, Round 7.
Lawrence scored 8.5 points for a 1-2nd tie.
Ryan scored 8 points to share
3-4th place with Dattasi Kilari 
TOP U1500
 
Nick Mastromarino vs Jesse Gechtman, Round 5.
Jesse scored 10.5 points to capture clear 1st place.
Nick scored 9 points to take clear 2nd.
Jesse Gechtman on the move with black vs Paul Tompros.
 VIEWS FROM 
AROUND THE HALL
 Smith Campus Center
 A place to study, to reflect . . . 
to play chess
endgame !
to see the plan . . .
FROM THE TOP
Jianchao Zhou v Jacob Chudnovsky; Nathan Solon vs Lawyer Times;
Vadim Martirosov vs Derek Jin
 WALL TO WALL CHESS

INTENSE FUN
BOARD 1 MASTER ENDGAME
 

U1500 SECTION
Jesse in the middle, wins! 
KIDS LOVE BLITZ CHESS
 ENDGAME
MAGNIFICENT
INTERIOR
ARCHITECTURAL
SPACE
 Image result for calabi yau
GAME OVER
TIME FOR THE PAY OUT
Nick Sterling, PhD, Chief TD, Boylston Chess Club,
Cambridge, writes the checks.
A most magnificent event directed by Nick with
precision, efficiency and compassion. Bravo, Nick!
Looking forward to this event
returning to Smith Campus Center
in the near future. 
PARTING SHOTS 
Kids make this event sing!
 CURIOUS MINDS

 
PHOTOS AND GRAPHICS
BY STEVE STEPAK

Monday, April 29, 2019

Boylston Chess: Boylston Blitz at Harvard



BCF Blitz at Harvard - 04-28-2019


Hey fellow BCF Blitz players,

Delighted that so many of our BCF chess-playing community devotees, and a few newcomers, supported the first ever Blitz Tournament run in collaboration between BCF and Harvard Chess Club. Thanks in abundance to Latanya Sweeney, Ed Herbert, and Lara Adams for all their excellent work putting together this outstanding event. Despite the crowded conditions and the noise, this venue worked out great for the 46 players and the numerous onlookers who were clearly impressed to see the success of Harvard chess on display at the newly renovated Smith Center.

Congratulations to Jianchao Zhou who may rank as the highest rated player (2700) ever to participate in a tournament, and who proved to be a tower of strength with a perfect 12-0 score. In an Open Section with 21 players, that was a great achievement.

Winners:

Open:
                  1st:

Jianchao Zhou

2nd (tied):
            Vadim Martirosov,
            Ridvan Sakir, Lawyer Times

U2000:
                  1st (tied):
             Anand Nair, Lawrence Tu

U1500:
                 1st:  
           Jesse Gechtman


Can't wait for the next Harvard Blitz! This TD is a glutton for punishment.

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

Some photos by Nick
( many more at Boylston Blitz at Harvard )










Sunday, April 28, 2019

Boylston Chess: May Quads

banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.


 
 
 
 
DateSaturday, May 4, 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






BCC ALEX YU PREVAILS OVER BCC ELLA PAPANEK IN SMITH CAMPUS CENTER BLITZ QUALIFIER

 BLITZ CHESS TOURNAMENT
 
 
Alex Yu in close match vs Ella Papanek
Smith Campus Center Harvard
Blitz Qualifier
Organizer: Nathan Smolensky
and the winner is . . .  Alex Yu
semi-finals
 
 Ella Papanek vs Anton Barash
(background): Alex Yu black, vs Tim Sage
finals
 Ella Papanek vs Alex Yu
Tournament Directors: (far right forward): Jared Becker;
(far right, in turquoise pull-over with arms folded): Nathan Smolensky,
Chief TD and Organizer of Event.
the venue
 Smith Campus Center, Harvard University
 Moise Y. Safra Welcome Pavalion
 scenes from around the hall
Strongest section: expert chess in action.

Little and Big Play
lots of brain waves vibrating
the jet set play
1.d4 . . .
time, time, time, is on my side, yes it is . . . 

 
Steve Stepak (blue) defends with black
vs winner of event, Alex Yu
Photo: Captain Cliff
parings: random universe 
 life is electronic
 the final question:

"daddy, can I play in next years blitz tournament?"
Blog Post and photos prepared by Steve Stepak, 
Chess Journalist and photographer