Monday, March 30, 2015

BCC MARCH GRAND PRIX: J LAWRENCE BEZVINER PERFECT 4-0 TOPS FIELD OF 22 PLAYERS // ONE SECTION // GODIN / SLADE / SULLIVAN / 2-4th

BOYLSTON CHESS CLUB
MARCH GRAND PRIX
Finance Professor J. Lawrence Bezviner
plans his way to a perfect 4-0 record
claiming sole possession of 1st place and a
+28 to 2053 rating. Bravo, Larry!
First time at the BCC: welcome
Hope to see you again soon!
CRITICAL GAME
 
Professor Bezviner (right) plays Charles Slade, always a tough
opponent, playing creative, dynamic chess. Charles scored
3 points to share 2-4th place and a +7 to 1975. Bravo, Charles!
KIDS POWER
NM Eric Godin sets up an endgame vs junior prodigy Suraj 
Ramanathan, who held his ground in this game for a draw! 
Eric scored 3 points to share 2-4th place with Charles 
Slade and Robert Sullivan. 10 yr old Suraj scored 2.5 points
for a +21 to 1787.  Bravo, Suraj!
Robert Sullivan (right) plays black vs Mariam Abd-El-Barr in R=2.
Bob scored 3 points to share 2-4th place with NM Eric Godin
and Charles Slade. (background): Loring Lauretti vs Juan Payan.
BCC HOSTS 2 NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY STUDENTS 
First time to the BCC: Nicholas Haubrich vs Lucas Oliver, R=2.
Welcome Nicholas and Lucas! Nicholas scored 2.5 points for a
+32 1762.  This is Lucas' first USCF event creating a 944 rating.
NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Boshen Li, seen here playing Robert Sullivan in Round 3, played 
creatively vs Loring Lauretti for a win and a +38 to 1571. 
Bravo, Boshen!
10 yr old Jerry Li scored 2 points
to make a +110 to 1605 rating.
Bravo, Jerry!
LIQUID COOLING!
William Ravn scored 2 points for a +13 to 1852 rating.
Here he is seen playing Nithin Kavi in Round 3: draw!
Juan Payan plays black vs Loring Lauretti in Round 2.
Juan  scored 2/4 for a +12 to 1723 rating. (background): 
Bob Sullivan, Lucas Oliver, Bob Oresick, Jerry Li. (standing 
center): TD Jared Becker; (upper far left): Brenda Scully.
CHESS SCENE AT THE BCC
Nicholas Belous scored 1.5 points for a +58 to 1343 rating.
Here Nick is playing a winning game in Round 2, vs Harold 
Dondis. (background): world-class photographer Tony Cortizas
takes some shots of the venue for his portfolio.
FIRST CHESS TOURNAMENT EVER!
Brenda Scully plays her first rated chess
tournament. She is very enthusiastic to
learn chess and to apply her knowledge.
Brenda is also a BCC member.
Welcome, Brenda, who has etched a
1300 rating for her efforts.
Brenda Scully plays black vs Harold Dondis, Round 3.
PINYI HU WATCH
Pinyi Hu is serious about his chess. Bravo, Pinyi!
In this event he was 2.5/4 for a +6 to 1783 rating.
NICE HAT!
Harold Dondis, Esq. with a classy slant of his hat,
considers his next move.
Harold likes to catch up on the news 
between rounds.
CHESS SCULPTURE
BY MIRIAM
FULL-FLEDGED TD
Jared Becker finished his
apprenticeship to become
a bone fide TD for the BCC.
Bravo, Jared.
PHOTOS: STEVE STEPAK

BCC PUTS BLITZ CHESS ON THE CAMBRIDGE MAP: FRIDAY NIGHT BLITZ 2RR // 5' NO DELAY //

WINNER'S CIRCLE
Joe Perl, black vs Mateos Sahakian. Joe was 2-0 vs Mateos and 
scored 12.5 points overall to take clear 1st place is this robust field. 
Mateos scored 10 points to tie for 3-4th with Charles Slade.
ENDGAME SCRAMBLE
Joe Perl white vs Charles Slade: 1-0; 2nd game with Charles
was a draw! Yet, Charles played consistently well and held
tight for 10 points overall, good for a share of 3-4th place.
Natasha Christiansen reaches out vs NM Andrew Hoy. Andrew
held his ground for a 2-0 performance and a total of 11.5
good for clear 2nd place.
FIRST TIME
Chris Dreher (right) plays his first over-the-board chess event
in his life, this time vs Mike Signorella. Chris won both games
in this mini-match, scoring 5 points overall. 
This is Chris' first visit to the BCC. Welcome Chris! 
NM ANDREW HOY, TD
PHOTOS: STEVE STEPAK

Spring Thaw Premier

One section – open to 1800 and above



Boylston Chess Foundation

40 Norris St., Suites B101 and B103
Cambridge – MA – 02140
Tel. 470-BCF-1919


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One section – open to 1800 and above


SaturdaysApril 11 and 182015   

4SS; 30/90, SD/30;d5

Registration: 9:15 – 9:55 AM, April 11

Rounds:   
1 and 2 on April 1110:003:00
3 and 4 on April 18, 10:00, 3:00

Entry fee: $35, $20 BCF members if received by 4/9/2015; $5 more at the door; all proceeds to benefit Boylston Chess Foundation

Prizes: $$200G$100-$50U2000 $50


USCF MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED

NS, NC, W; Bring chess clocks


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Monday, March 23, 2015

BCC LEGENDS OF CHESS MARCH: FM CHASE WINS OPEN // VINCENT NGUYEN U1950 // 22 PLAY

ELECTRIC ENERGY
FM Chris Chase plays chess! 3.5/4; clear 1st place.
MORNING LIGHT SHINES ON THE BOARD
FM Chris Chase weaves his web vs Mike Griffin, Round 1.
Mike was 2/4 for 50 percent.
COMPLICATIONS GALORE
NM Farzad Abdi looks for the key to this opening position vs
FM Chris Chase, Round 2.
Farzad was 2.5/4 for a share of 2-5th place.
CRITICAL GAME: SHAKE!
FM Chris Chase v Jared Becker (Asst. TD), Round 3.
Jared squeezes his brain to find a solid setup vs FM Chase,
Round 3. Jared scored 2.5 to share 2-5th place 
and a +5 to 2036 rating.
MASTERLY GAME
Pinyi Hu on the move vs NM Hal Terrie, Round 2. The game
was drawn. Hal scored 2.5 points to share 2-5th place and
Pinyi Hu can be proud of his 1st round victory over NM Eric
Godin for a +69 to 1811 rating. Bravo, Pinyi!
U1950 SECTION
PERFECTION
Vincent Nguyen, Co-President of the
Harvard University Chess Club, scores
a perfect 4-0 to take clear 1st place in the
U1950 section, for a +14 to 1952 rating.
Bravo, Vincent!
 
 Jerry Li plays white vs Vincent Nguyen in Round 2.  Jerry
scored 2 points to share 3-5th place with Boshen Li and
Skyler Huang Zhou. (background): Rui Liang.
Vincent Nguyen white vs Rui Liang, Round 3.
(background): Terrence Fricker (hat) and Boshen Li.
Rui Liang (right) plays William Karafelis in Round 1.
Rui scored 3 points to take clear 2nd place in the U1950 section,
for a +42 to 1831 provisional rating.  This is Rui's first visit
to the BCC Cambridge site! Welcome Rui. William scored 1.5
points for a +13 to 1213 provisional rating.
(background, left to right): Mark Fins plays Gabriel Birzu;
Greg Ardini white, vs Howard Goldowsky.
NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Boshen Li scored 2 points to share 3-5th
place in the U1950 for a +26 to 1533 rating.
Bravo, Boshen!
Jerry Li scored 2 points to share 3-5th place in the U1950 section 
for a +3 to 1495 rating. Bravo, Jerry! (background): NM Abdi v 
Harold Dondis, Esq. Round 1.
Skyler Huang Zhou scored 2 points to share
 3-5th place in the U1950 section for a +49 to
 1243 rating. Bravo, Skyler!
GREEN TINT
Greg Ardini plays black vs Harold Dondis, Esq. in an extra game.
Harold won this game and had 1.5 points for his efforts in the
Open Section!  Greg had 1.5 points total in the U1950 section.

PHOTOS: STEVE STEPAK
CHIEF EVENT TD
NM ANDREW HOY

Monday, March 16, 2015

BCC $5 OPEN // TIMES / GODIN / HOY /// DONDIS / LI / U1950 // 29 PARTICIPANTS // NEW FACES

BOYLSTON CHESS CLUB + $5 OPEN
IN TWO SECTIONS
OPEN SECTION
1-3rd
NM Lawyer Times scores with White vs NM Hal Terrie,
in Round 2.  Lawyer scored 3 points to share 1-3rd place
with NM Eric Godin and NM Andrew Hoy!
 
NM Eric Godin dressed for summer, scored
3 out of 3 to share 1-3rd place with NM
Lawyer Times and NM Andrew Hoy!
CRITICAL GAME
NM Eric Godin scored the full point vs NM Lawyer Times
in Round  3 for a +19 to 2250 rating. Bravo, Eric!
NM Andrew Hoy scored 2 wins plus 2 half-point byes, to
total 3 points to share 1-3rd place with NM Lawyer Times
and NM Eric Godin. Here Andrew is playing black vs
Niranjan Shankar.
U1950 SECTION
Harold Dondis, Esq. plays black vs Jason Xiong in Round 1
as John Archibald observes. Harold was 3 for 3 with
a last round half point bye to share 1-2nd place with
Boshen Li. Bravo, Harold!
YOUTH SURGES
Boshen Li scored 3 straight wins with a last round
half-point bye to share 1-2nd place with Harold
Dondis.  Boshen was +127 for 1487 rating!!
Bravo, Boshen!
CREATIVE SPARK
Mariam Abd-El-Barr first time at the BCC!
Welcome, Mariam!
Mariam Abd-El-Bar plays black vs Jerry Li in Round 1.
(background, left-to-right): Nithin Kavi, Aidan Sowa, 
NM Lawyer Times, NM Eric Godin (holding up the wall)
BROTHERS ZHAO HOLD STEADY
Maxwell Zhao scored 1.5 points in the Open
section for a +2 to 1917 rating.
SHADES OF MICHAEL JORDAN
Is this position delicious, or what? 8 yr old Winston 
Zhao sets up his game with the black pieces vs 
Jerry Li: draw! Game played in Round 3. Winston
was 50 percent on the day 2/4!
BOB IS BACK!
Robert "Bob" Oresick, Dean Emeritus, Boston
University, is back on the chess circuit after
recuperating from a serious illness.  Here he is
seen playing Richard Alan Chen in Round 2. Bob is 
also in the field of the 10 2RR Paramount, played 
on Monday nights.  Welcome back Bob! 
You look marvelous!!
CONTEMPLATIVE CHESS SCENE
Ed Foye plays Boshen Li in Round 2.
(background, center): Bob Oresick, Jared Becker (playing an adjourned
 round of the Paramount with Soren Pedersen); David Zhu Sun,
Winston Zhao; as a portrait of Harry Lyman, BCC Guardian
Angel, radiates  approval and joy at this splendid robust chess event.
BERNARDO IGLESIAS: TD
PHOTOS: STEVE STEPAK
PS
NEUROSCIENCE
has it that sticking out your tongue helps
your brain to power-up for serious thinking
and critical action!
 
Michael Jordan
Gary Kasparov