Thursday, March 29, 2018

Jacob Rasin: April Educational Chess Clinic

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DateTuesday April 17 - Friday April 20
Event Format9:00am to 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!

Who can join? School-age children, K-12, who are interested in improving at chess and maturing from motivated beginners to skilled intermediate players.

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.

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.

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.

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

photo:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Fabiana Caruana photos as a boy in New England by Tony Cortizas, Jr.

Fabiano Caruana. Eastern Class 2003. Mar 8, 2003      Photo by Anthony Cortizas, Jr.

Hi all,

GM Fabiano Caruana used to come to tournaments in New England occasionally in 2002 & 2003. He’s 9 or 10 yrs old in the photos.

Tony Cortizas, Jr.

Fabiano Caruana at Foxwoods 2003, April 19 2003, by Tony Cortizas, Jr.

Fabiano Caruana, Top 9 yr old, 2 - 02 rank. Eastern Class 2002. Mar 3, 2002 by Tony Cortizas, Jr.

Fabiano Caruana. Eastern Class 2003.  Mar 8, 2003, by Tony Cortizas, Jr.

Fabiano Caruana. Eastern Class 2003. March 8, 2003 by Tony Cortizas, Jr.

Jack Stolerman, Max Enkin, Fabiano Caruana. Eastern Class 2003.  March 8, by Tony Cortizas, Jr.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Mass. Girls Championship

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DateSunday, April 1, 2018
Event Format4SS
Time ControlOpen: G/60 d5; U1000: G/30 d5
SectionsOpen & U1000
Entry Fee$20 online by March 30, $25 at site. $15 discount to first-time players (first USCF tournament)
PrizesTrophies to top 3 in each section, plus top Unrated in U1000 section. Medals to players scoring 3+ points and not winning a trophy. Open section winner will be MA representative at the 2018 National Girls Tournament of Champions
Registration8:30am - 9:00am
Round TimesRound 1 at 9:30am, other rounds ASAP
DescriptionTournament for girls in Grades K-12. Open section winner will represent MA at the 2018 National Girls Tournament of Champions.
U1000 section open to out of state players.
See MACA website for additional information.
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List

Boylston Blitz

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The Boylston Blitz  
Register Online Now
DateSaturday, March 31, 2018
Event Format4 Rated Double Swiss; First round will use accelerated pairings
Time ControlG3/2 inc.
SectionsOne section: Open
Entry Fee$20, $15 for BCF members; $5 more if not registering online in advance
Prizes$200 based on 20 paid entries: 1st $100, 2nd $50; Top U1800 $50
Registration7:15pm to 7:45pm.
Round Timesfirst round 8:00pm, rest ASAP
DescriptionA great night of entertainment and a chance to win $$$ for a low entry fee? Wow. Come show us your blitz skills. Spectators welcome but no kibitzing or noises.
Please register online to make it easier for us. Online registration ends at 7:30.
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List

Spring G/80

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DateSaturday, March 31, 2018
Event Format3SS
Time ControlG/80 d10
SectionsOpen & U1800
Entry Fee$35, $20 for BCF Members, $5 more if not registering online
Prizes$240 guaranteed: Open $100 - $60, U1800 $50 - $30
Registration9:15am - 9:45am
Round Times10:00am, 1:45 pm, 5:00pm
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Boylston Chess: Masters Sunday

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DateSunday, March 25
Event Format4SS
Time ControlG/60 d5
SectionsMasters and Booster
Entry Fee$50 for BCF members, $70 for non-members, $5 more if not registering online; $15 discount given to player rated at least 2200
Prizes$500 based on 15 paid entries: Masters $350-$75; Booster $75
Registration9:30am - 9:45am
Round Times10:00am, 1:00pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm
DescriptionMasters Section to players rated at least 1900 on the February or March supplement or live MSA rating.
Booster Section open to players rated 1700-2000 on the March 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

$15 Open

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Date               Saturday, March 24, 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

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Photos of Lawyer Times' Future Masters Scholastic by Tony Cortizas Jr.

Lawyer Times hosted his first

Future Masters Scholastic Chess Tournament

Photos by Tony Cortizas, Jr. 
( View all in the gallery Tony posted)

Dear BCC

I want to thank the club for all the generous support to this tournament. It turned out to be a great endorsement for scholastic chess. We had 18 new members join the USCF. Over half of these I presently teach in one of my classes. I will continue to direct them to the Boylston chess club and to become members. As a good number of my students have already played at the club. 

This was a great sparkling example of what good communication and collaboration can accomplish. 58 kids  at our first tournament. We plan on doing 4 a year. One per season for now. 

Special thanks to Bob for helping to get the word out through the club. 

Thanks to Nick for just a tremendous job at TD. And Walter for assisting. We worked you hard didn’t we Walter.   
Walter and I go back some 30 years of close association. 

Thank you Bernado for your presence  at our tourny. You are a class act. 

And Tony. What can I say. Your pictures made this an event that will always be cherished and 
remembered fondly. It’s true no one does it like you. My next order you get Future Master gear. 

Thanks to all

See you at the club soon


Photos by Tony Cortizas, Jr.  ( View all in the gallery Tony has posted.)