Wednesday, June 12, 2024

June Quads

With the AC finally fixed the club combatants could focus on chess without the challenge of the heat. Thomas Rees took the top quad. Holden Chalfant took the top spot in the second quad.  His strong performance resulted in him passing 2000 for the first time. Big time congrats. Jerry Chen won the small Swiss. It’s a tough crown when an 1800 gets relegated to the small Swiss. It needs to be mentioned that Marcus Farzaneh-Far continues his ascent from the scholastic level with a 2 out of 3 performance increasing his rating by 144 points. Marcus is a junior to watch, having picked up over 500 points in the last two months. 

Wednesday, June 05, 2024

Removing the escape square

White has one move which wins, all the other options are equal games.  The rest of the action isn’t forced but the computer assures me that it’s mate in a lot if black wants to draw things out.  I picked the illustrative move for black rather than a series of spite checks and sacrifices.  

Club Championship Cycle kicks off

The club championship cycle kicked off on Monday with the Weaver Adams. Club members with a rating of under 1800 can compete for a spot in the Rueben Landy. The battle will surely be fierce. Round 1 began with the two top rated players being held to draws ensuring a wide open tournamanet. Michael Brown ground out a win in the last game of the night to finish outting him in pole position for the tournament. With Justin Guerra taking a bye in round 2 and the two first round draws, Michael will play Patrick Colleran for a chance to be the only player on 2 points after two rounds. Interestingly they both ended the May Tuesday Night Swiss tied for first, so anything can happen.

Hoy wins Open Section on May Tuesday Night Swiss

Andrew took first in the Open section. The Under section was hotly competed with four players tied for first Congrats to Michael Brown, Michael Barry, Ed Astrachan, and Patrick Colleran for finihsing tied for first.

Monday, May 20, 2024

Boylston Chess: Early Summer Six-Week Swiss Online

 


 

Early Summer Six-Week Swiss Online

 
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Date
beginning Tuesday, May 28, 2024
 
Event Format
6SS, 1 lichess game per Tuesday night set up by individual challenge
 
Time Control
Open: G/60 + 10 sec, U1900: G/45 + 5 sec
 
Sections
Open & U1900 (Unrated); accelerated pairings may be used
 
Entry Fee
$40, $25 for BCF members
 
Prizes
Open: $120-$80 based on 10 players; U1900: Trophy to 1st Place
 
Registration
Deadline June 18, 2024 @ 6 PM
 
Round Times
6:30pm
 
Description
Contact info: TD Nick Sterling. E-mail: td@boylstonchess.org. Text/cell: 781-733-0849.

If I do not have your e-mail and cell phone # already, please send those to me in case we have to contact each other.

If I do not have your lichess Username, please send that to me or include it in the comments in your Registration.

For Round 1, Pairings will be posted on Tuesday just after 6 PM on the Boylston CC website. The cutoff time for registration in time to play a Round is Tuesday at 6 PM. Any players who register subsequent to 6 PM will be skipped until the following week's Round. Each Round begins at 6:30 PM except for games whose start times were agreed in advance to be changed.

Players must join Zoom and Share their Screens or show their play areas in their camera views. The link will be sent to players by e-mail. Players with scores of at least +2, or in contention for a prize, may, at the TD's discretion, be required to provide at least two separate camera views on Zoom.

Players must be current Members of USCF for the OPEN SECTION ONLY, not the U1900. However, if the Sections need to be combined due to insufficient registration, then players who joined the U1900 Section will need USCF Memberships to play in the Open.

Forfeit of a Round for any reason may result in forfeit of any prize $$$ that would otherwise have been won, at the TD's discretion.

Rating with USCF will be delayed by 72 hours after the completion of the tournament to give lichess time to ensure Fair Play was observed in all games.
 
Event Dates
Tuesday, May 28 
Tuesday, June 4 
Tuesday, June 11 
Tuesday, June 18 
Tuesday, June 25 
Tuesday, July 2

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Sunday, May 19, 2024

IM Shmelov wins Friday Night Blitz as Mikayel hot streak comes to an end

IM Shmelov took first with 9.5 a full point and a half ahead of Andrew Hoy and Jay Yalamanchili in second. As a reminder there will be no Friday Night Blitz on Memorial Day weekend.

An endgame tactic

 Does black have a chance here?


19 battle it out at the $15 Open

 Maximus Lu took first in the open section with a 3.5 out of 4 score. The performance took him over 1800 for the first time. Congratulations are also in order for Ben Palmer who recently graduated up from winning the under section regularly who took down Kelsey Liu in round 4. A nearly 400 point upset. 

Ella Zhang took first in the 76er section with a perfect score. The performance improved her rating and she is back to within a couple points of her sister who struggled with the increased competition in the Open section. Peter Marston may be one to watch out for. The adult improver got 2 wins in his first OTB tournament and should have had three wins as your author won on time from a clearly losing position.

Friday Night Blitz Round Robin edition

 On May 10th, 9 people signed up for Friday Night Blitz so we moved from a 7 round Swiss to a round robin event. 9 rounds 16 grueling blitz games were had. When the dust settled Mikayel took first with 13.5, 1.5 points clear of Andrew in second. Mikayel has been dominating the non-Danya blitz events recently. Will the streak continue next week?

Wednesday, May 08, 2024

Boylston Chess: Sunday Morning Action

 


 

Sunday Morning Action

 
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Date
Sunday, May 12, 2024
 
Event Format
4SS
 
Time Control
G/25 + 5
 
Sections
Open & U1800
 
Entry Fee
$20, $35 for non-BCF members
 
Prizes
$360 based on 30 paid entries: Open 1st $150, 2nd $90; U1800 1st $70, 2nd $50
 
Registration
8:45m - 8:55am
 
Round Times
First round promptly at 9:00am, rest ASAP
 
Description
In 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 may be merged if there are few players in one section.

A current USCF membership is required. Please visit the US Chess Membership site to join or renew.

Metered street parking is free on Sundays!

First round is at 9:00am, second round will be no earlier than 10:00am, but rds 2-4 will be played as soon as possible.

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Boylston Chess: $15 Open

 


 

$15 Open  
 
 
 
 
Date
Saturday, May 11, 2024
 
Event Format
4SS
 
Time Control
G/60 d5
 
Sections
Open & U1800
 
Entry Fee
$15
 
Prizes
$225 based on 25 paid entries: Open: $110-$55, U1800: $60
 
Registration
9:00am - 9:15am
 
Round Times
9:30am, 12:30pm, 3:00pm, 5:30pm
 
Description
Sections with few players may be merged.

In accordance with BCF policy, unrated players may play in any section. Players rated within 200 points of the lower section maximum may play up one section.

A current USCF membership is required. Please visit the US Chess Membership site to join or renew.

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Monday, May 06, 2024

Andrew, Emma, and Anand take quads

 Andrew Hoy won the top quad with 2.5/3. 

Emma Zhang won the second quad with a perfect score. The performance helped push Emma over 1600 for the first time. 

Anand Swaroop win the bottom quad with a perfect score. 

Mate in 9

 This one is shown as a mate in 8 but is technically a mate in 9 as our opponent has a spite block.  To solve this you will need to combine two tactical motifs. Warning this one isn’t easy despite the fact it came from 1001 tactics for beginners.  


New month, same result at Big Money Blitz

GM Naroditsky took first with 11.5 out of 12. Not surpringly, Danya who is considered one of the best speed chess players in the world defeated all comers at our Big Money Blitz event.  IM Shmelov as the only person not to lose both games to GM Naroditsky holding him to a draw with the white pieces. 

Friday, May 03, 2024

Is it really a sacrifice if you end up material at the end of the tactic?

 

Anton takes April Tuesday Night Swiss

The Tuesday night event ended with familiar faces in the top spots.  Anton Barash took first despite taking a 0 point bye in the last round. Andrew Hoy finished second.  In the Under section Nicanor Millán won with 5 out of 5. Nicanor has completely graduated from the under sections as between this event and the Spring festival he has increased his rating to 1828.

Wednesday, May 01, 2024

Boylsston Chess: May Thursday Night Swiss

 


 

May Thursday Night Swiss

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Date
Thursdays, May 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30
 
Event Format
5SS
 
Time Control
40/90 SD/20 d5
 
Sections
Open & U1610
 
Entry Fee
$20, $35 for non-BCF members
 
Prizes
300 based on 25 paid entries: Open $125, $75; U1610 $60, $40
 
Registration
Onsite registration is 6:45pm-7:00pm
 
Round Times
7:15pm
 
Description
Need to withdraw or take a bye: please send email to td@boylstonchess.org at least 30 minutes before the round.

In accordance with BCF policy, unrated players may play in any section. Players rated within **200** points of the lower section maximum may play up one section. Sections with less than 6 players may be merged.

This is a US Chess Federation rated event. USCF membership is required for all players. Please visit US Chess Membership to join or renew.
 
Event Dates
Thursday, May 2 Thursday, May 9 Thursday, May 16 Thursday, May 23 Thursday, May 30

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Sunday, April 28, 2024

Is there a fork?

White is down a pawn. Can white make Ne6 work? Is there something else?

GM Zhou win BBQ and Blitz

Good food and fun was had by all at the BBQ and Blitz event. Charles Slade generously prepared the food for the players. While the food was a new thing, the results were the same with GM Zhou taking first. Thanks to everyone who signed up esrly helping to facilitate the food preparation.

Justin Guerra wins Thursday Night Swiss

Justin Guerra won the April Thursday Night Swiss event with a score of 3.5/4.0.

Jianchao wins the Spring Festival

GM Zhou took first place in the Open section with a 4.5/5.0 sscore. The GM was able to win in the final round over GM Ivanov to separate himself from GM Ivanov NM Hoy, and IM Shmelov. Andrew Hoy finished tied for second with IM Shmelov. Nicanor Millan had a very strong event, raising his rating 201 points to 1812 (P14). Those that play in the weekday under sections will be glad he has graduated from the under section. Ren Yang won the Under section with a perfect score. with that performance Rem raised his rating 200 points 1620.

Sunday, April 21, 2024

Sunday morning tactic

 

GM Ivanov and IM Shmelov lead heading into final day of Spring Festival

59 combatiants are taking part in the Spring Fesitval. The three day event includes side events like Bughouse and Time odds blitz after 3 rounds GM Ivanov ans IM Shmelov are leading the open section with 3 points. 6 players are in the chasing pack including GM Zhou. Michael Carey and Jacob Morris are performing abive their rating with 2.5 out of 3.0. Rem Yang is the only player on 3 in the under section. The Zhang sisters sre right behind tied for second with 2.5. Lots of interesting chess to be played today. The night will be capped off by time odds blitz giving the lower rated players a chance to topple the higher rated club members.

Sunday, April 14, 2024

Mate in 5.

 There is also a mate in 4 if black doesn’t defend as resolutely. Correct calculation should show you both. 


Youth dominate Tornado #141 event

The youth dominated Saturday’s event. Bohan Wang took 1st in the Open section with 3.5 out of 4. Bohan who is already one of the top 13 year olds in the country picked up 60 rating points and is very close to 2000. Royce Zhang finished tied for second with 3.0 out of 4 and passed 1800 for the first time. Royce was in the top 50 in the country for his age group at the time of the April Supplement will likely see that position skyrocket having picked up nearly 150 points since then. 

Rohan took the top spot in the under section finishing with 3.5 out of 4.0. 

Saturday, April 13, 2024

Early Spring Six Week Swiss results

BCC has been holding regular rated online events since the pandemic. Nick TDs the events which are UCSF rated. Each event runs six weeks with one game each Tuesday night. They provide shorter time controls and no need to travel for those that want that midweek chess fix but can’t travel. Michael Carey won this edition. The next one starts next Tuesday for those that are interested. 

Saturday puzzle

Black is up a pawn but white has an attack brewing and black’s king is far from safe. What tactic does black have which results in a clearly won position? White has a checkmate threat which helps clarify your candidate moves.

GM Zhou takes another Big Money Blitz

 GM Zhou took first place in the 34 player field with a +10 =2 -0 performance. Charles Slade finished second which is a very strong performance given the filed had 2 GMs and an IM. Charles who is now a blitz specialist saw his blitz rating go back over 2100. The blitz event in two weeks will feature food for the players so sign up early. A proper headcount is important. 

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Boylston Chess: Big Money Blitz

 


 

Big Money Blitz

 
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Date
Friday, April 12, 2024
 
Event Format
6SS
 
Time Control
G/5 d0
 
Sections
Open and U1900
 
Entry Fee
$25 for members, $35 for non-members
 
Prizes
 
$$800 Guaranteed
 
Round Times
7:45pm first round, rest ASAP
 
Description
Big Money Blitz!!

Same format as our normal Friday Night Blitz (six double rounds), but this event has a guaranteed prize fund:

Open Section: $320-$160-$80
Top Under 2300: $60
Top Under 2100: $40

U1900 Section: $80-$40
Top U1600: $20

This is a US Chess Federation rated event. USCF membership is required for all players. Please visit the US Chess Membership site to join or renew.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Boylston Chess: Mid-Spring Six-Week Swiss Online

 


 

Mid-Spring Six-Week Swiss Online

 

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Date
beginning Tuesday, April 16, 2024
 
Event Format
6SS, 1 lichess game per Tuesday night set up by individual challenge
 
Time Control
Open: G/60 + 10 sec, U1900: G/45 + 5 sec
 
Sections
Open & U1900 (Unrated); accelerated pairings may be used
 
Entry Fee
$40, $25 for BCF members
 
Prizes
Open: $120-$80 based on 10 players; U1900: Trophy to 1st Place
 
Registration
Deadline May 7, 2024 @ 6 PM
 
Round Times
6:30pm
 
Description
Contact info: TD Nick Sterling. E-mail: td@boylstonchess.org. Text/cell: 781-733-0849.

If I do not have your e-mail and cell phone # already, please send those to me in case we have to contact each other.

If I do not have your lichess Username, please send that to me or include it in the comments in your Registration.

For Round 1, Pairings will be posted on Tuesday just after 6 PM on the Boylston CC website. The cutoff time for registration in time to play a Round is Tuesday at 6 PM. Any players who register subsequent to 6 PM will be skipped until the following week's Round. Each Round begins at 6:30 PM except for games whose start times were agreed in advance to be changed.

Players must join Zoom and Share their Screens or show their play areas in their camera views. The link will be sent to players by e-mail. Players with scores of at least +2, or in contention for a prize, may, at the TD's discretion, be required to provide at least two separate camera views on Zoom.

Players must be current Members of USCF for the OPEN SECTION ONLY, not the U1900. However, if the Sections need to be combined due to insufficient registration, then players who joined the U1900 Section will need USCF Memberships to play in the Open.

Forfeit of a Round for any reason may result in forfeit of any prize $$$ that would otherwise have been won, at the TD's discretion.

Rating with USCF will be delayed by 72 hours after the completion of the tournament to give lichess time to ensure Fair Play was observed in all games.
 
 
Event Dates
Tuesday, April 16 
Tuesday, April 23 
Tuesday, April 30 
Tuesday, May 7 
Tuesday, May 14 
Tuesday, May 21

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