Wednesday, October 06, 2021

Boylston Chess: Milestones Sunday (OTB in club)

 


 

 
 
DateSunday, October 31, 2021
Event Format4SS
Time ControlG/60 d10
SectionsOne section, accelerated pairings may be used
Entry Fee$40, $25 for BCF members
PrizesNone; all proceeds will support the club
RegistrationOnline only - ends 9:00am October 31
Round Times9:30 AM - 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
DescriptionOver the board (OTB) event!

Limited to players born in 2000 or earlier, or college students.

Masks required for all players.

Free parking on Sundays!
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Friday, October 01, 2021

Boylston Chess: Hauptturnier Swiss (OTB in club)

 


 

Hauptturnier Swiss

Date
Mondays, October 4-25, 2021
Event Format
4SS
Time Control
G/90 d20
Sections
One section
Entry Fee
$25, $40 for non-BCF members
Prizes
Winner(s) receive free entry to Reubens Landey Qualifier 2022
Registration
6:30-6:45pm
Round Times
7:00pm
Event Dates
Monday, October 4
Monday, October 11
Monday, October 18
Monday, October 25

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Boylston Chess: Friday Night Blitz (OTB in club)

 


 

Friday Night Blitz

Date
Friday, October 1, 2021
Event Format
6SS, double round swiss
Time Control
G/5 d0
Sections
One section
Entry Fee
$10, $15 for non-BCF members
Prizes
Based on entries
Registration
7:30-7:40pm
Round Times
Round 1 at 7:45pm, rest ASAP

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Thursday, September 23, 2021

Boylston Chess: Sept Quads (OTB in club)

 


 

September Quads

Date
Saturday, September 25, 2021
Event Format
3RR
Time Control
G/60 d10
Entry Fee
$20, $35 for non-members
Prizes
None, all proceeds will support the club
Registration
9:15am-9:45am; ABSOLUTELY NO ONSITE REGISTRATION AFTER 9:45AM.
Round Times
10:00am, 1:00pm, and 3:30pm
Description
Masks required for all players

ABSOLUTELY NO ONSITE REGISTRATION AFTER 9:45AM.

** No byes or withdrawals are allowed. All rounds must be played. **

** A current USCF membership is required. **

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Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Boylston Chess: Friday Night Blitz (OTB in club)

 

 


 

Friday Night Blitz

Date
Friday, September 24, 2021
Event Format
6SS, double round swiss
Time Control
G/5 d0
Sections
One section
Entry Fee
$10, $15 for non-BCF members
Prizes
Based on entries
Registration
7:30-7:40pm
Round Times
Round 1 at 7:45pm, rest ASAP

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Thursday, September 16, 2021

Boylston Chess: Friday Night Blitz (OTB in Club)

 


 

Friday Night Blitz

Date
Friday, September 17, 2021
 
Event Format
6SS, double round swiss
 
Time Control
G/5 d0
 
Sections
One section
 
Entry Fee
$10, $15 for non-BCF members
 
Prizes
Based on entries
 
Registration
7:30-7:40pm
 
Round Times
Round 1 at 7:45pm, rest ASAP

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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Boylston Chess: Autumn Tuesday Night Swiss Online

 


 

Autumn Tuesday Night Swiss Online

Date
Tuesday, September 21
Tuesday, September 28
Tuesday, October 5
Tuesday, October 12
Tuesday, October 19
 
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 10/12/2021 @ 6 PM
 
Round Times
Tuesday at 6:30 PM unless two players agree to change the start
 
Description
Contact info: TD Nick Sterling. E-mail: boylstonchess@gmail.com. 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.

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.

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.
 
Event Dates
Tuesday, September 21
Tuesday, September 28
Tuesday, October 5
Tuesday, October 12
Tuesday, October 19

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Saturday, September 11, 2021

Boylston Chess: Black Diamond Premier

 


 


Black Diamond Premier

Date
Sunday, September 12, 2021
Event Format
4SS
Time Control
G/60 d10
Sections
One section
Entry Fee
$25, $40 for non-BCF members
Prizes
None, all proceeds will support the club
Registration
9:30am-9:45am
Round Times
10:00am, 1:00pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm
Description
Open to players rated at least 1900

Live rating or supplement rating, may also use online regular rating for qualification

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Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Boylston Chess: Thursday Night Swiss (OTB in club)

 


 

September Thursday Night Swiss

Date
Thursdays, September 2 - September 30
Event Format
5SS
Time Control
40/90 SD/20 d10
Sections
One section
Entry Fee
$20, $35 for non-members
Prizes
$300 based on 25 entries: Open $125, $75; U1900 $60 $40
Registration
6:30pm-6:55pm
Round Times
7:00pm
Description
Over the board event, masks required for all players
Event Dates
Thursday, September 2
Thursday, September 9
Thursday, September 16
Thursday, September 23
Thursday, September 30


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Monday, August 30, 2021

Boylston Chess: Chess and Beers at Tavern of Tales (OTB Blitz)

 


 

 

Chess & Beers at Tavern of Tales (OTB Blitz)

Date
Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Event Format
6SS, double round swiss (unrated)
Time Control
G/5 d0
Sections
One section
Entry Fee
$10
Prizes
$$150 guaranteed: $100 1st, $50 2nd; Gift cards for U1900, U1500/unr
Registration
6:30pm-6:55pm
Round Times
7:00pm, rest ASAP
Description
A fun night of blitz, chess, and beer at
Tavern of Tales
1478 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02120
Next to the Roxbury Crossing Orange Line stop.

Masks required.

Tournament games will start at 7pm, but sets will be available for casual games all night!

Weather permitting, spacious outdoor seating available for games.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Boylston Chess:

 


Dear chess friends,
 
We write to let you know about an exciting development for the Boylston Chess Club.  For the first time in our 102 year history, and after actively looking for roughly two years, the BCC has an opportunity to buy a permanent home.
 
The new site will suit our purposes beautifully.  We will comfortably be able to accommodate around 100 boards in two large playing rooms, and the site will have two other spacious areas that could serve as lounges for parents or players waiting for their next game.  All areas (most importantly, the playing rooms) will have high ceilings and great lighting.  There will also be two smaller rooms that would be perfect for staff offices, dedicated private lessons, or just as a place to concentrate on last-minute prep before a round.   
 
The new site is located at 28 High Street, in Medford.  This is in the middle of Medford Square, which is roughly 2.5 miles north of the club's current location.  Medford Square is every bit as lively as Davis Square, with at least 12 diverse restaurants located within a quarter mile of the new site, spanning everything from fast casual to sit-down dining, and everything from a classic American diner to Halal or sushi.  In between there are nail salons, massage studios, and various other services.  There's a CVS a block away to satisfy any miscellaneous needs. The site backs up to the Mystic River, with an idyllic walking path, for those days when you want to just take a walk.
 
For those that take public transportation, this location is well-served by many bus lines, two of which (94 and 96) stop right outside and go to and from Davis Square.  By way of comparison, Google Maps puts the walk from Davis to the current site at 10 minutes, and the bus from Davis Square to the new site at 15 minutes.  The site is also 12 minutes by bus from Wellington Station on the orange line, 5 minutes by bus from the West Medford commuter rail stop on the Lowell line, and looking further into the future, roughly a mile from the planned Tufts/Medford stop on the green line extension.
 
For those who drive, the location is an improvement over 40 Norris.  First, there is ample metered parking in lots a block or two away, and on the street.  There is also a free lot that is roughly a 5 minute walk from the site that has around 60 spaces.  Moreover, the site is right off Route 16, which connects to Route 2 (... which connects to US95), and the site is also right off US93.  Whether driving from the North, South, or West, most of the trip can almost entirely stay off slower surface streets.
 
We are tremendously excited at this opportunity.  As many of you know, we are limited by the space we have available at the current club.  The recent Laurence Schmitt Memorial was well attended by around 50 players at our current site.  But with only 25 boards, this tournament tested the capacity of our facilities.  At the future site, a tournament of this size will be positively comfortable!  Players will have room to adjust their chairs without bumping into their neighbors, and spectators will not have to play a spontaneous game of Tetris to deal with passers by. 
 
Although the site will be functional from day 1 (and actually in many ways an improvement over the existing space), it will need some work to be perfect.  We will need more furniture.  We will need more electronics.  We will need signage.  We will need kitchen equipment.  We will need some work on fit and finish to make this proverbial house a home.
 
We will need you.
 
We will send a separate email with our fundraising goals shortly, and we hope to arrange a time for you to see the new site, either in person or online.  But we wanted to share this fantastic news with you immediately.  In the meantime, please let us know your thoughts or if you have any questions. 
 
Thanks,
 
The Board

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Boylston Chess: Milestones Sunday

 


 

Milestones Sunday

Date
Sunday, August 29, 2021
Event Format
4SS
Time Control
G/60 d10
Sections
One section, accelerated pairings may be used
Entry Fee
$40, $25 for BCF members
Prizes
None; all proceeds will support the club
Registration
Online only - ends 9:00am August 29
Round Times
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM - 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Description
Over the board (OTB) event!

Limited to players born in 2000 or earlier, or college students.

Masks required for all players.

Free parking on Sundays!
Event Dates
Sunday, August 29

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Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Boylston Chess: $15 Open (Over-the-board in-club Sat. Tournament.)

 


 

$15 Open

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Date
Saturday, August 21, 2021
Event Format
4SS
Time Control
G/60 d10
Sections
Open & U1900
Entry Fee
$15
Prizes
None, all proceeds will support the club
Registration
9:15am-9:45am
Round Times
10:00am, 1:00pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm
Description
Over the board Saturday tournament!

Registration limited to 50 players.

Masks required for all players

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Thursday, July 29, 2021

Boylston Chess: Laurence L. Schmitt Memorial (OTB in club)

 

 

 

Laurence L. Schmitt Memorial

Dates
Friday - Sunday, August 6-8, 2021
Event Format
5SS
Time Control
40/90 SD/30, 30 sec increment from move 1
Sections
Open & U2000
Entry Fee
$45, $60 for non-BCF members
Prizes
$$3000 guaranteed: Open: $1200, $600, $300, U2300 $300; U2000 $400, $200
Round Times
7pm Friday, 11am & 5pm Sat & Sun
Description
Masks required for all players

Open to the first 56 players to register
Event Dates
Friday, August 6
Saturday, August 7
Sunday, August 8

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Boylston Chess: Reubens Landey U2200 Championship (OTB in club)

 


 

                                                       banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.

 


  

 Reubens Landey  

 
Under 2200 championship
 
 
 
 
DateMondays, August 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30
Event Format4SS
Time ControlG/105 d10
Sections1800-2199
Entry Fee$25, BCF membership required
PrizesWinner(s) receive free entry to club championship
Registration6:30pm-6:55pm
Round Times7:00pm
DescriptionOver the board tournament

Tournament is open to all BCF players rated between 1800 and 2199 in the June or July 2021 supplement. This tournament is part of the BCF Championship Series. Winner(s) receive free entry to the club championship. Players rated 2200 or over will be directly invited to the championship in the fall.

Masks required.
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Reubens Landey

Boylston U2200 Championship

The 2021 Reubens Landey begins Monday, August 2.  It is the second component of the club championship cycle.  The winner becomes the BCC U2200 champion and moves into the club championship to compete against club masters.  

This is a very special tournament - it is traditionally a very competitive, prestigious, yet friendly tournament. Only club members can enter, but if you aren't a member, this is the perfect excuse to join or renew.

If you are traveling for the holiday, you may request a 1/2 point, 1st round bye.                                        


Below is some context for this tournament: two biographical articles by Bernardo Iglesias. 

 _______________________

EMIL M. REUBENS 
by Bernardo Iglesias
"....Chess appeals to our emotions and brings us joys and sorrows."



Emil Reubens was born in a beautiful land very far away, in Yelisavetpol (Kirovabad) Russia, in 1886, on September 23 and, died in Massachusetts in Norwood Hospital in 1973, on August 29 after a brief illness. Emil Reubens was 86 years old when he died, an extraordinary man who believed that mankind could become rehabilitated through Chess. Chess is more than life and can change a person to benefit Society.
He was a chess master emeritus and one of the founding member of the United States Chess Federation, a member of the Boylston Chess Club, the Brockton Chess Club and his dear Sharon Chess Club. 

Reubens received his formal education at the University of Prague. In 1906 he immigrated to the United States and worked for a time in steel mills in Detroit. Eventually he moved to Boston and graduated from Boston University in 1922 with a degree in business administration. Much later, in June of 1973 he received his Master's degree in business administration, he was the oldest person in the university's history to obtain such a degree at 86.
He lived in Sharon, Mass. for many years. Emil Reubens was a U.S.C.F. life director and authored a wonderful book on chess play, entitled Chess - Trick and Treat in 1965. This book is a treasure, a precious jewel for any novice player. At the end of the book he recommends that every young player should “Join a chess club. Meet chess players of differing skill and style. Subscribe to a periodical that will keep you abreast of the important events in Chess world." 

In 1964, he helped to bring the U.S. Open to Boston. He was an honorary Chairman of the Committee, along with a lot of the great chess organizers of the time: Robert Goodspeed (Brockton C.C), Harold Dondis (Johnson C.C.), Eleanor Goodspeed, Eleanor Terry, Frank Ferdinand (Harvard C.C.), James Burgess (Boylston C.C. ),Harry Goober (Clarendon C.C.), Beverly Jarnigan and Joseph Hurvitz (Boylston C.C.). That year, the U.S.C.F. was celebrating the silver anniversary of its foundation, in which Emil Reubens had been a strong force in promoting chess in this country. 

Emil had a long time interest in prison reform and was instrumental in assisting many prisoners get back into society. In his book, mentioned above, he thought that “When I was drafted into becoming a "leader" in youth clubs, I employed chess and chocolate bars to lead the youth into the paths of righteousness. There are no available data to estimate the effect of chess on juvenile delinquency, nor are there statistics to gauge the collateral effects of chocolate bars freely rewarded for chess merits." 

Reubens combined a lifelong interest in better prisons, rehabilitation and parole systems with chess activities. He organized many teams of players who visited several penal institutions to play against teams of inmates, or just to play simultaneous exhibitions against the inmates. On one occasion, he took Steve FrymerJohn Curdo, and R. Gleason to Norfolk Prison, delighting one inmate in particular so much that he became an active player and organizer in Norfolk area.
Emil Reubens loved the youth, kids of all ages, -- they are our future joys and sorrows in life. The second Brockton Open, on September 25 & 26, 1971 in Brockton, Mass.William Lombardy, former World Junior Champion, had agreed to participate in the selection and awarding of a special Lombardy - Reubens “best played game” trophy to some player under the age of 21 (Harry Lyman was present in this ceremony). The winner of the award trophy was won by the young John Peters. The third Brockton Open, on September 23 & 24,1972, the Lombardy-Reubens award trophy was won byJohn Stopa. For the Boylston C.C. member’s information, at this event Alex Slive and Andrew Anisimov, two new youngsters showed up in the chess arena. After this event, it seems that such award stopped being awarded by the Brockton Chess Club, since he became sick and died shortly.
The "MASS STATE JUNIOR CHESS CHALLENGE TROPHY PRESENTED BY EMIL M. REUBENS " is a silver trophy cup at the Boylston Chess Club to preserve his memory for future generations. In 1988, William Lukowiak, treasurer of the Boylston Chess Club and long time an officer on the board of MACA, introduced a motion to the Executive Board of MACA that the winner’s name of the Junior Scholastic Champion from Massachusetts be inscribed in this trophy and that MACA will help to pay for traveling expenses to the National Championship whenever it was to be held. The MACA board turned down this motion, and denied youngsters of this State such an honor. 

After his death, the Mass State Chess Association, organized a one time "the Emil Reubens Memorial" at the Massachusetts Open at the new Brockton High School in 1974. The winner of this event was John Peters.
Emil founded the Steinberg-Reubens Educational Foundation. The Boylston Chess Club Board of Directors decided that in 1986 to pay tribute to Emil Reubens and Ben Landey by naming a qualifier cycle of the B.C.C. championship qualifier in their honor, for players rated 1800 to 2199. The winners of the Reubens/Landy move on to play against the club’s masters for the club championship.

_______________________


BENJAMIN LANDEY 

by Bernardo Iglesias

Benjamin Landey was born in 1912 and died on January 20, 1981 in Quincy. From his high school days he worked for the Sharon Bolt and Screw Company founded by Emil Reubens, reaching the position of board chairman, which he held at his death. According to Harry LymanBenjamin married Reubens’ daughter. 

For many years, he was the ceremonial chess leader of New England: Landey was President of the MSCA, the Boylston Chess Club, the Boston Metropolitan Chess League, the New England Chess Association, and the USCF Regional Vice-President.
He was a truly regional chess entrepreneur, a notable chess organizer, a man of remarkable poise and intelligence, a master of parliamentary procedure and a skillful politician, that is, a leader among leaders in the region. He worked for long hours at his job and then spend evenings and weekends on numerous chess projects and clubs. 

While Ben Landey was a tournament director for M.S.C.A., he brought to Boston the U.S. Open in 1970 and the U.S. Junior Open in 1965 and 1969, held at Northeastern University. Ben Landey's most active years were from 1965 to 1970; after this year his health impeded more time in his passion for the royal game of chess. Despite his failing health, he was an extremely successful teacher of chess for beginners, though he himself was rated only about 1500 during most of his over the board career; he also, worked with the Massachusetts Association for Retarded Citizens and several local groups.
Along with Emil Reubens, Landey was a major sponsor of prison chess programs, and the two of them sought the parole of a number of inmates who were avid chess players. In addition to being a regular tournament player, Ben Landey was very active in postal chess with the Nights of the Square Table (NOST). 

Landey was the first person to compete with a computer in chess at a U.S. Chess Federation rated tournament. He lost. 

Landey’s most glorious moment in the spotlight as an organizer was winning the bid for the 1970 US Open for Boston. It was Ben Landey’s rhetoric that easily won the bid at the 1969 U.S.C.F. meeting in Lincoln, Nebraska. It was unfortunate that the then M.S.C.A. was not ready to host such a major event. The host site, Boston's Parker House, was a less than welcoming host, and a great number of participants complained about the space designated for the playing room, that the light was not good enough for many, etc. Also, Ben Landey got sick a few months before the event along with his co-organizer Lewis Icenogle. It was not Landey's shining hour. ` 

Ben was treasurer of the Greater Boston Committee of the U.S. Peace Council, past President of the South Shore Assn. for Retarded Citizens. He was the President of the Boylston Chess Club at the time of his death. 

After his death in 1981, M.A.C.A. organized a memorial tournament at the Mass. Open in April; the winner of this tournament was the young James Rizzitano in North Darmouth. 

The Boylston Chess Club has honored Ben Landey since 1986, when the Board of Directors dedicated a qualifier tournament to those members of the club rated 1800 to 2199 plus the winners of the Weaver Adam's; the winner to participate in the fall championship. His memory will endure for ever at the Boylston Chess Club along with that of Emil Reubens.

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Boylston Chess: Late Summer Tuesday Night Swiss Online

 


 

 

 
 
 
 
DateTuesday, August 3
Tuesday, August 10
Tuesday, August 17
Tuesday, August 24
Tuesday, August 31
 
Event Format6SS, 1 lichess game per Tuesday night set up by individual challenge
Time ControlOpen: G/60 + 10 sec, U1900: G/45 + 5 sec
SectionsOpen & U1900 (Unrated); accelerated pairings may be used
Entry Fee$40, $25 for BCF members
PrizesOpen: $120-$80 based on 10 players; U1900: Trophy to 1st Place
DescriptionNOTE: NO Chess Meeting on Tuesday 9/7 (Rosh Hashanah)

Contact info: TD Nick Sterling. E-mail: boylstonchess@gmail.com. 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.

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.

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.
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List