Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Photos from the Spiegel Cup by Tony Cortrizas, Jr.

from the 

Spiegel Cup 

by Tony Cortizas, Jr.

The 2017 Spiegel Cup State Championship was held on Mar 19 in Marlboro MA. 

Tony Cortizas, Jr. took photos and shared his photo gallery with quite a few beautiful photos of the players and their families.  

Many are familiar faces at the Boylston,  and congrats to all.


The winners are announced at the MACA website.


03/19/2017Prize winners at the Barry S. Spiegel Cup

Prize winners in the Barry S. Spiegel Cup, which is the Massachusetts state scholastic championship for individuals. The tournament was held in Marlborough, Mass. on March 19th.

High School Section
1st Andrew Liu 4-0
Andrew Liu

2nd Alon Trogan 3.5-0.5
3rd-7th Michael Isakov, Nithin Kavi, Eric Feng 3-1
3rd-7th/Top Under 2000 Anton Barash, Zubin Baliga 3-1

Top Under 1600 Samuel Gloss, Andrew Trias, Vishnu Ranganath, Shoumik Sompally 2-2

Age 14 & Under Section
1st Brandon Wu 4-0
Brandon Wu

2nd Danila Poliannikov 3-1
3rd-7th WFM Carissa Yip, Jason Tang, Michael Mi, Alan Song, Suraj Ramanathan 2-2

Age 11 & Under Section
1st-2nd Dustin Liang, David Zhou 3-1
David Tianyi Zhou
3rd-4th Derek Jin, Nicholas Belous 2.5-1.5

Age 8 & Under Section
1st-3rd Kelsey Liu, Victor Feng, Alexander Meng 3-1

Kelsey Liu
Victor Feng
Alexander Fang Meng

Tied players are listed in tiebreak order. Players tied for first are co-champions for that age group.

 The tournament was directed by Bob Messenger, Paul Arond, and Steve Frymer.

Bob Messenger
Chief TD



Monday, March 20, 2017


NM Chris Williams vs Zubin Baliga, Round 2.
Chris scored 3.5 points to take clear 1st place.
Professor Dr. Alejandro Botta vs Tianna Wang, Round 2.
Dr. Botta tied for 2-3rd place with 3 points.
BCC President NM Andrew Hoy scored 3 points
to share 2-3rd place in the Open Section.
Soren Sandmann Pedersen vs Atul Kannan, Round 2.
Soren scored 2.5 points to share 4-6th place.
Atul also scored 2.5 points to share 4-6th place.
Tony Wang faces off with Jerry Li in Round 2.
Tony scored 2.5 points to share 4-6th place.
This is Tony's 5th USCF event in which he up'd his
provisional rating +4 to 2082.  Jerry broke even 
with 2 points to maintain his rating at 2084.
David Martin vs Arshya Feizi, Round 2. This is Arshya's
first USCF tournament, and the first time at the BCC.
He scored a perfect 4-0 to take clear 1st place. Bravo, Arshya!
Welcome to the BCC. Arshya established a USCF rating
of 2166.
Eoghan Downey scored 3 points to share 2-3rd place.
This is Eoghan's first USCF tournament and the first trip
to the BCC. Bravo, Eoghan, and welcome to the BCC.
Eoghan established his first provisional rating at 1821.
Rachna Nambiar vs Bob Oresick, Round 2.
Bob was in the groove with 3 points to share 2-3rd place,
and a rating upgrade of +45 to 1523. Rachna posted her
second draw in her first 5 USCF events for a rating
increase of + 46 to 430.  Brava, Rachna!
Keep up the good work.
(background): Achyuta Rajaram vs Mike Griffin;
Alan Lu plays Kevin Li;
Natasha Christiansen, black vs Gabrial Birzu
playing in the Paramount Tournament.
Joy Cao like a ballet dancer on the chess board.
Dr. Botta vs Tianna Wang;
Ryan Wang vs Skyler Zhou, Round 2.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

New England Masters - FIDE rated

This FIDE-rated tournament is open to non-masters.  There are two sections:


 - FIDE Rated 
DateThurs., Mar. 23 - Sun., Mar. 26
Event Format7SS
Time ControlG/90 + 30 sec increment
SectionsMasters and U2200
Entry Fee$100, $80 for BCF members; $20 more after March 15
Prizes$$1500 Guaranteed: Masters: $500-$300-$200, U2200: $250-$150-$100
Round Times7:00pm Thursday; 11:00am & 5:00pm Friday to Sunday
Description20 Grand Prix points.
7 round, FIDE rated tournament.
$1500 in prizes guaranteed
Byes allowed all rounds, request before starting your first round, no limit on # of byes.
USCF ratings used for eligibility and prizes, FIDE laws of chess used during play.
Players rated over 2000 (higher of live rating or March supplement) may play in the Masters section
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List

Save $5

Friday, March 17, 2017

Paramount Round 2

2017 Paramount - Round 2 Report

Round 2 of the Paramount is in the books - well, okay, technically three of the nine games are adjourned and two of the games have been delayed, so round 2 is 44.4% complete.  The adjourned positions are all fairly interesting, so we'll get right to those (note that white is on the bottom in all diagrams and I have listed the white player's name first in all cases):

A. Kannan - G. Birzu

Black sealed his 42nd move in this position.  The opposite color bishops mean that black has excellent drawing chances, but with two connected passed pawns, black will have to find at least a few accurate moves to hold the draw.

Note that even without the black g pawn the position is a tablebase draw, however white's pawns are both on light squares, so black will have to find the correct defensive idea in order to hold the balance.

N. Christiansen - E. Astrachan

White sealed her 47th move here.  The game started as an interesting Morra Gambit declined, and white outplayed black well into the middle game after black chose the incorrect development plan.  However, white allowed a tactical trick and black won two pieces for a rook.  I looked at the position right around time control (move 40), and I thought that white had decent chances to hold the endgame by activating her king and counter-attacking on the kingside.  The adjourned position, however, is very good for black, and black should have a few options to reel in the full point.

R. Oresick - T. Pendergast

Black (obviously) was the player to seal his move.  It's a little bit of a disadvantage to seal a move in this position because black has so few options.  Black must get out of check, and two of the ways to do that are very bad.  Without giving away too much, white will have excellent winning chances in this rook endgame with the extra pawn if he finds the correct idea.  Dvoretsky's endgame manual goes into great depth when it comes to these positions, and both players should probably spend some time looking at example games before resuming play.  After the game is completed, I will share some more of my thoughts.

Adjourned games from round 1

If you remember, there were two adjourned games from the first round.  I've already analyzed my game with Gabe Birzu, but the game between Atul and Natasha was also completed over this last weekend.  Atul managed to win the game with a few nice tricks:

[Event "BCF Paramount 2017"] [Site "?"] [Date "2017.03.11"] [Round "1"] [White "Kannan, Atul"] [Black "Christiansen, Natasha"] [Result "1-0"] [SetUp "1"] [FEN "8/8/3K4/8/6kP/4R1P1/5r2/8 w - - 0 66"] [PlyCount "21"] 66. Kd7 Rf1 67. Kd8 Rf5 68. Ke7 Rf2 69. Ke6 Rf1 70. Ke5 Rf2 (70... Rf8 71. Kd4 (71. Re1 $4 Re8+) 71... Rf7 72. Re1 Kxg3 73. h5 Kg4 74. h6 Kg5 $11) 71. Re1 Kxg3 72. h5 Kg4 73. h6 Kg5 74. h7 Rf8 75. Rg1+ Kh6 76. Rg8 1-0
Black sealed her 69th move, Rf1.  White chose to give away the g pawn and try to queen the h pawn.  In order to try to win, white had to give away one pawn or the other.  It's my humble opinion that giving away the g pawn is slightly more dangerous, but in either case, black had a relatively simple drawing plan.  The correct drawing plan was to keep the black rook on f8 and f7, instead of on f1 and f2.  By keeping the rook in front of the pawn, black would save a full tempo over the game continuation.

The four completed round 2 games

It turns out that there were a few decisive games in the second round.  I managed to win as white against Jared Becker in an open Sicilian.  I sacrificed a pawn relatively early, an idea that I've used in blitz, but never in a serious tournament game.  Although the engine scoffs at my enterprising play, it is difficult to consolidate in an opposite side castling game, and Jared ended up in some time pressure that ultimately was my greatest asset in the position.  

Unfortunately I didn't get much of a chance to see this particular game, but Bob Sullivan won with white against Jon Lee.  The other game from the second section played this week was between Alex Paphitis and club newcomer Omkar Dixit.  It was a quiet opening, featuring three fianchettoed bishops.  As time pressure loomed, black infiltrated with his queen and rook, and managed to win a pawn.  In heartbreaking fashion, white blitzed out his 41st move, perhaps not realizing that he had made time control, and hung his entire queen.  White resigned before adjournment time.  

The third section featured a matchup between the top two rated players, Frank Frazier and Tony Cortizas.  I don't remember the exact placement of the pawns, but this diagram gives the general position.  White decided to attack the b pawn, and he played Rf5.  Black found the winning response and went on to convert without any further trouble.

Tournament statistics and a prediction contest

Since I love random statistics, I put together the expected score for each player in each section.  I used the March supplement ratings, and I rounded the scores to a single decimal place.  I can't speak for any of the other players, but my expected score is almost certainly inflated slightly because I've lost ~40 points since the March supplements were finalized.  (Does it still count as an excuse if I make it preemptively?)

Section 1

  • Andrew Hoy (2242):  7.8
  • Atul Kannan (2130):  6.2
  • Jared Becker (2043):  4.9
  • Ed Astrachan (2015):  4.4
  • Gabe Birzu (1983):  3.9
  • Natasha Christiansen (1903):  2.8

Section 2

  • Bob Sullivan (1900):  6.7
  • Ben Gunby (1898):  6.6
  • Jonathan Lee (1837):  5.7
  • Omkar Dixit (1717):  3.8
  • Alexander Paphitis (1713):  3.7
  • Larry Eldridge (1700):  3.5

Section 3

  • Frank Frazier (1697):  8.4
  • Tony Cortizas (1565):  6.9
  • Bob Oresick (1517):  6.3
  • Andrew Allerdt (1346):  4.2
  • Tom Pendergast (1274):  3.3
  • Geoff Blomerth (1001):  0.8
I don't put too much stock in expected scores, but it will be interesting to see who exceeds expectations as the tournament continues.  

Since I'm sure there are a few fans following along with this tournament, I've put together 15 yes/no style prop bet questions.  If you'd like to participate, either post your answers to the questions as a comment on this post, or print out the questions and turn in a paper copy at the club.  Since the questions all revolve around the Paramount, I'll print out a few copies for Paramount players and bring them this coming Monday.  

In order to make things fair, all of the tournament information we have so far is already posted on the wallchart (https://boylstonchess.org/files/event/160/wallchart) and all of the adjourned positions are listed above.

Without further ado:
  1. Total number of draws in the tournament, over or under 12?
  2. Max rating gain for one player, over or under 100 points?
  3. Max rating loss for one player, over or under 50 points?
  4. Which will be greater, Bob Sullivan’s score or Frank’s score?
  5. Score of the second place finisher in the top section, over or under 6.5?
  6. Which will be greater, the number of Andrew’s wins or the number of Natasha’s losses?
  7. Total number of adjourned games, over or under 23?
  8. Will a player starting in the lowest 3 by rating win one of the sections?
  9. Number of top seed players that win their section, over or under 1.5?
  10. Which will be greater, Atul’s score or Bob Oresick’s score?
  11. Total number of unplayed and unrated games (eg. forfeit wins), over or under 3?
  12. Total number of black wins, over or under 37?
  13. Total number of TD rulings required, over or under 3?
  14. Which will be greater, number of winners with odd USCF ID or winners with even USCF ID?
  15. Will one of the sections have co-winners?
For tiebreak purposes, pick a player to win, place, and show in each of the three sections.

MIT Spring tournament

MIT Spring tournament

A rated USCF tournament hosted at the MIT Media Lab on 

Sunday April 2

Join us for our fourth tournament, hosted at MIT on Sunday, April 2nd! 
We will again be hosting the tournament at the beautiful MIT Media Lab.
Previous results are linked here
Our last tournament was the MIT Winter Open, linked here!



Registration and Check-in:  9-9:45am

4SS G/60 d5, 

Rounds: 10am – 1:00pm – 3:30pm – 6pm



MIT Media Lab
6th Floor Conference Space E14-600


Close to the Red Line and Kendall Square for food.

Prizes and Fees

$700 Total Prize Fund

Open: $200-100-50
U1800: $120-60-30
U1400: $80-40-20

Calculation based on 35 paid entries, adjusted accordingly.

EF: $35 advance, $40 at door 
($15 MIT student discount). 
Titled players (IM and GM) free.



At Door

We only accept cash and checks at the door.


You must pay online to register in advance. The PayPal button will process credit/debit cards. No unpaid advance registrations allowed. 

The advance entry deadline is 11:59:59 PM on Friday, March 31st.

 If paying online, you must fill out BOTH the PayPal and the google form information.
If you are planning to pay on-site but want to register online, only fill out the google form.


 by Alexander Katz

Monday, March 13, 2017

New England Masters - FIDE rated

 - FIDE Rated 
DateThurs., Mar. 23 - Sun., Mar. 26
Event Format7SS
Time ControlG/90 + 30 sec increment
SectionsMasters and U2200
Entry Fee$100, $80 for BCF members; $20 more after March 15
Prizes$$1500 Guaranteed: Masters: $500-$300-$200, U2200: $250-$150-$100
Round Times7:00pm Thursday; 11:00am & 5:00pm Friday to Sunday
Description20 Grand Prix points.
7 round, FIDE rated tournament.
$1500 in prizes guaranteed
Byes allowed all rounds, request before starting your first round, no limit on # of byes.
USCF ratings used for eligibility and prizes, FIDE laws of chess used during play.
Players rated over 2000 (higher of live rating or March supplement) may play in the Masters section
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List

Save $5

Shamrock Open

DateSaturday, March 18, 2017
Event Format4SS
Time ControlG/60 d5
SectionsOpen & U1800
Entry Fee$35, $20 for BCF Members, $5 more at the door
Prizes$300 based on 25 paid entries: Open 1st $125, 2nd $75 U1800 1st $60, 2nd $40
Registration9:15am - 9:45am
Round Times10:00am, 1:00pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List

 Save $5

Friday, March 10, 2017

2017 Paramount - Round 1

17th Annual Paramount - Round 1 Report

In what might be an overly ambitious project, I'm going to try to chronicle the progress of the annual Paramount.  For some background, the Paramount is a double round robin tournament, and players are split into sections of 6 players.  This grueling tournament lasts 10 weeks, and because the players are grouped by ratings, all of the games are competitive.  

One of the most interesting aspects of the tournament is the fact that adjournments are allowed.  Over the years, the time control has evolved.  At one point it started out as a three time control tournament (30/75, 24/60, SD/30) and it evolved into 40/120 SD/60 and finally into the current format of 40/90 SD/60.  Due to the fact that games can easily last 5 hours, adjournments become necessary (nobody wants to start the work week with a 5 hour chess game on Monday night!).  Adjournments really don't exist in tournament chess anymore.  The advent of chess engines and tablebases means that adjournments leave very little up to the skill of the players, other than the ability to remember a few key lines upon resumption.  That said, adjournments are very interesting for players that otherwise wouldn't have a chance to experience them, and personally they've been very generous as I've "stolen" a few extra half points via adjournment.  I wrote a fairly detailed guide to adjournments that is posted on this blog, but feel free to ask in the comments about edge cases and exceptions.

The first Monday night of the Paramount is always a little bit chaotic as we try to cajole players into joining the tournament in order to make a nice round number of players.  We were successful in rounding out the field to 18 (see the wallchart on the tournament website), but many of the nominal first round games had to be rescheduled or will be played out of order.  Now that the sections have been established, it's clear that this is going to be one of the strongest Paramounts in recent history - the average rating of the top section is 2053.  I'm in the unenviable top seed position, and by my rough calculations, my expected tournament score is approximately 7.8 points out of 10 games.  The good news is that I have the inside track to "earn" $60 if I do win the tournament.  Based on an average game length of 4 hours, that would be about $1.50/hr (not counting travel time!).  All joking aside, the Paramount is one of the few chances to have a guaranteed competitive game every week and even review a few technical endgames during adjournments.  On that note, let's look at some of the games from the first evening!

This is my first round game as black against Gabe Birzu.  My annotations will appear under the board.

Gabe Birzu - Andrew Hoy, Round 1

[Event "BCF Paramount 2017"] [Site "Boylston Chess Club"] [Date "2017.03.06"] [Round "1"] [White "Birzu, Gabe"] [Black "Hoy, Andrew"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B31"] [Annotator "Hoy,Andrew"] [PlyCount "124"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 {Gabe started playing 1.e4 relatively recently and I've seen him play Bb5+ against 2...d6, so I kind of assumed that he would play a Rossolimo if I played 2...Nc6.} g6 4. Bxc6 dxc6 5. d3 Bg7 6. O-O Nf6 7. h3 O-O 8. a4 {This was a new move for me, I'm only familiar with Nc3 first, and then a4.} Ne8 9. e5 (9. a5 Nc7 10. Nc3 Ne6 11. Be3 Nd4 $11 {should be fully equal}) 9... b6 10. Bf4 (10. a5 Ba6 11. axb6 axb6 {This should be much easier to play for black with the bishops.}) 10... Nc7 {I wasn't worried about Bh6 because c4 and my doubled pawns are resolved and I keep the light square bishop} 11. Qd2 Ba6 12. Bh6 (12. Nc3 c4 13. d4 Bb7 14. Rad1 Nd5 15. Bh6 Nxc3 16. bxc3 c5) 12... c4 13. Bxg7 (13. d4 c3 14. Nxc3 Bxf1 15. Rxf1 {An extra exchange is certainly nice...}) 13... Kxg7 14. dxc4 Bxc4 15. Re1 Ne6 {trying to keep the tension as long as possible} (15... Qxd2 16. Nbxd2 Bd5 17. c4 Be6 { I didn't see a clear plan for the endgame from here.}) 16. Nc3 a5 {Trying to ensure that a4 will always be a target for the light square bishop, this is one of the key plans for black in order to maintain winning chances in an endgame.} (16... Qxd2 17. Nxd2 Ba6 18. Nb3 c5 19. Red1 Rfd8 20. a5 {this looked like very little for black, the bishop on a6 is precarious}) 17. Rad1 Qc7 18. Qd7 $1 {This is a great idea for white in order to avoid losing a tempo to Rd8. Although white is now fighting for equality, white is very close to achieving just that.} Rfd8 19. Qxc7 Nxc7 20. Nd2 (20. Nd4 $1 {Nd4 would have allowed white to maintain at least equality}) 20... Ba6 21. Nf1 Ne6 22. Ne4 h6 23. Ne3 Rac8 {I did not see a clear way to make progress if I traded rooks on the d file or tried to lift my rook. After thinking about the endgame plans for about 10 minutes, I decided to basically "pass" and wait and see what white would do.} (23... Rd4 24. Rxd4 Nxd4 25. Rd1 Rd8 26. Kh2 {I didn't see Kh2 at first, but once I did I decided to keep all of the rooks on the board for the moment} Ne6 27. Rxd8 Nxd8 {white is the only one that can be better here}) 24. Rxd8 {White was starting to get into time pressure here, with approximately 20 minutes to make 17 moves. While that's not extreme time pressure, when coupled with the fact that black has a little bit of positional pressure it makes white's defensive job fairly difficult.} Rxd8 25. Rd1 Rxd1+ 26. Nxd1 Nd4 {black has some very nice pressure already} 27. Ne3 (27. c3 {This is the main alternative to the game continuation, and black can very quickly target the weak a4 pawn in two different ways.} Nb3 28. f3 Bd3 (28... f5 29. exf6+ exf6 30. Nd6 Nc5 31. Ne3 Nxa4 32. Nec4) 29. Ndf2 Bc2) 27... Nxc2 {An unhealthy obsession with endgame studies allowed me to see this idea almost instantly before playing Nd4. Although white can fight on, the position is very possibly losing for white already.} 28. Nc5 {After this move, black can enter a pawn up knight endgame. Knight endgames are very similar to king and pawn endgames, so objectively black should be winning, although as the course of the game will show, things are not so simple.} (28. Nxc2 Bd3 29. Ne3 Bxe4 30. Nc4 b5 31. axb5 cxb5 32. Nxa5 Bd5 {Material might be equal, but white's knight is under arrest and black has the very easy plan of g5 and Kg6 to start picking off the e5 pawn.}) 28... Nxe3 29. Nxa6 Nc4 30. b3 Nxe5 31. Nb8 g5 32. g3 Nf3+ 33. Kg2 Nd4 34. Nd7 b5 35. Nc5 Kf6 36. f4 gxf4 37. gxf4 Kf5 38. Kg3 Ne2+ 39. Kf3 Nxf4 40. Nb7 {After this move, white will get a passed a-pawn by force. Black will have a 2 or 3 pawn advantage (depending on whether or not black wants to capture on h3), but black still has to be a little bit careful because the knight is very clumsy when trying to stop a rook pawn.} bxa4 41. bxa4 Nd3 {I spent a fair bit of time trying to decide how best to continue. I ultimately decided to try and restrict the white knight and bring the black king to the queenside to stop the a pawn. In the meantime, I have a passed c pawn which can distract white, and if all else fails, the connected f and e pawns should carry the day.} 42. Nxa5 Ke6 {The c pawn is immune due to the threat of Ne5+} 43. Nb7 Kd7 44. a5 Kc7 45. a6 f6 46. Kg4 Kb6 47. h4 {In desperation, white tries to queen the h pawn.} Kxa6 48. Nd8 c5 49. Ne6 c4 50. Kh5 c3 51. Nd4 Ne5 52. Kxh6 Nf3 {Moves like this are always a little bit of fun to play, and in this case it gains a tempo so that my knight can comfortably stop the h pawn.} 53. Ne2 c2 54. h5 Nd4 55. Nc1 {At this point, it was time for adjournment and I sealed my next move. In this position there are a few moves that are outright blunders so black has to be a little bit careful. I spent ~6 minutes double checking my calculations before I sealed the move.} Ne6 {Gabe and I finished the game on Thursday night after we both won our respective Thursday Night Swiss games. Gabe mentioned afterwards that he had basically decided to resign if I played Ne6, so we made a few perfunctory moves and then called it a night.} 56. Kh7 f5 57. Kg6 f4 58. h6 f3 59. Kf7 f2 60. Kxe6 f1=Q 61. Kxe7 Qxc1 62. h7 Qh6 {Overall I'm fairly happy with my play. With black it's hard to force anything, and one of my worst chess habits is my tendency to overpress in otherwise equal positions. In this game I thought I was patient and took only what the position offered. Hopefully I can continue playing restrained chess (and not blunder!) over the rest of the 9 games.} 0-1

There were a few other interesting games on the first night as well.  Bob Sullivan and Ed Astrachan had a very interesting, back and forth game.  Ed won an exchange with black very early in the game, but Bob found some creative ways to generate serious counterplay, and Bob ultimately ended up regaining his exchange.  In a position that was close to equal, both players were in time pressure, and Ed unfortunately flagged on move 38.  There was a little bit of TD drama because the clock added the extra hour and it wasn't clear why the clock added the time, but it turned out that the type of clock the players were using simply rolls over and adds an hour after one player exhausts their first time control time, so Bob correctly claimed the time forfeit and had the complete scoresheet necessary to score the full point.

The other game that I followed fairly closely was the game between Atul Kannan and Natasha Christiansen.  The game started as an interesting King's Indian Defense, and Atul gradually improved his position until he reached a winning endgame.

Atul Kannan - Natasha Christiansen, Round 1

[Event "?"] [Site "?"] [Date "2017.03.06"] [Round "?"] [White "Kannan, Atul"] [Black "Christiansen, Natasha"] [Result "*"] [SetUp "1"] [FEN "5k2/R7/p2p2B1/7p/3n4/1r4P1/5P1P/5K2 w - - 0 39"] [PlyCount "12"] 39. Rf7+ (39. Rxa6 $1 {White should be very comfortably winning here, he will be up two pawns, and one of them is a passed pawn.}) 39... Kg8 40. Ra7 Rb6 41. Bxh5 Nb5 42. Ra8+ Kg7 43. Be2 d5 44. Bxb5 axb5 {Black now has excellent chances to hold the game!} *

This game has actually not been completed yet!  After a few more twists and turns, the game was adjourned in the following position:

In this position, black sealed her move.  Endgame tablebases will very quickly say that the position is objectively drawn, but there are a few interesting attempts for white to win, and black will have to defend accurately.  I won't go into too much detail because the game is still in progress.

That wraps up the first round report.  Keep an eye on the website in order to see updated standings and to find the results of adjourned games.  

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Paramount adjournments

The Paramount is now underway.  Players (in 3 groups of 6) will play a double round robin match for 10 weeks.

One of the interesting features of this event is the use of adjournments.

Adjournments are rare now days.  Andrew Hoy has written up a handy guide for those unfamiliar with rules.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Paramount ... we can still accept 2 more players.

The Paramount has begun with 16 players (see below),
but ideally we could have 3 groups of 6,
so we can accept 2 more players.
At this point we have found two additional players

17th annual Paramount

DateMonday, March 6, 2017 - Monday, May 8, 2017
Event Format10 Rounds 2RR. Players divided into six player sections by rating.
Time Control40/90, SD/60 d5. Adjournments are allowed after 3 hours of play, 11:15 PM at the latest.
Entry Fee$35, $20 for BCF Members, $5 more at the door
Prizes50% EF
Registration6:30pm - 7:00pm
Round Times7:15pm

Current registration in the Paramount:
2242 12846607
2130 12932528
2015 12430870
1983 15148583
1903 11366805
1900 12443343
1898 13518190
1837 12742928
1717 16241347
1713 12436540
1700 10017297
1697 10014280
1565 12378850
1517 12659519
1346 16064194
1274 13869178


17th Annual Paramount

Weekly on Mondas
     40 Norris St, Cambridge, MA 02140, USA
For some people, spring is signaled 
by the start of Red Sox reporting to spring training, 
by groundhog day, 
by the returning swallows to Capistrano...

But for many of us it is the

This will be the 17th annual edition of the popular tournament (there was a hiatus in 2016), 

a ten-round, double round-robin.
Initiated by past BCC president Bryan Clark
this format [generous time control with two try's against known opponents bunched in competitive groups] remains popular. 
And it is one of the few tournaments left that incorporate adjournments.
At $2 per evening for ten Monday evenings for BCC members,  this is is an incredible bargain for a high quality chess match.
If you haven't played in a Paramount before, give it a try.
If you have, please play again.

As Steve Stepak has put it:

"This is a thinking person's event: 10 rounds, double round robin.  The time control is: 40 moves in 90 minutes (+5" delay) and then G/60. A nuance in the time control is: after 3 hours of play, the game may be adjourned and resumed on a day agreed to by the players.  So this event is for players who like to think out complex combinations and strategies on the board and need the time to do so and who enjoy analyzing adjourned positions and resuming the game like was done in the "old days" . . . in the time of Bobby Fischer, for example.  Today, due to the proliferation of chess programs like Rybka (3199), Fritz (3080), Shredder (3058) and now Houdini (rating 3287) there is no more adjournment option, neither in professional chess play or most amateur club play. So the BCC Paramount may be one of the last places on earth where there is indeed an adjournment."
                       Steve Stepak's photo report on the last Paramount. 

 The crosstable for the 16th Paramount in 2015 is here.

Monday, March 06, 2017



IM Denys Shmelov 3.5/4: 1st place.
NM Nithin Kavi vs IM Denys Shmelov, Round 1.
Nithin was 2/4 on the day, good for 9-10th place
with Sherif Khater.
NM Farzad Abdi, black vs IM Denys Shmelov, R2.
Farzad scored 3 points to share 2-4th place.
NM Ryan Sowa, black vs IM Alex Katz, Round 2.
Ryan scored 2.5 points to share 5-8th place.
Alex scored 3 points to share 2-4th place.
WFM Carissa Yip, black vs NM Lawyer Times, Round 2.
Carissa scored 3 points to share 2-4th place.
Lawyer scored 2.5 points to share 5-8th place.
Libardo Rueda vs NM Sherif Khater, Round 2.
Sherif scored 2 points to share 9-10th place.
WFM Roza Eunula scored 2.5 points
to share 5-8th place.
(background): NM Ryan Sowa.
POST-MORTEM: Zubin Baliga, black vs NM Farzad Abdi,
Round 1 game whiuch Zubin lost due to an oversight in
in his morning musings. No matter, Zubin is a conscientious
lad, a junior in high school, diligent and a gentleman.
Keep your eye on Zubin. By summer he will be a master.
In the BCC Sunday Masters, Zubin scored 2.5 points to
share 5-8th place.
Atul Kannan vs NM Nithin Kavi, Round 3.
Round 2
Dustin Liang vs Professor NM Timothy Sage;
(background, right): Danila Poliannikov vs Alex Yu.
Alan Song v Joe Pearl; Dustin Liang v Libardo Rueda;
Zubin Baliga v Dr. Timothy Sage, Round 3.
Danila Poliannikov vs Alex Yu, Round 2.
Jerry Li vs WFM Roza Eunula, Round 3: draw!
(left to right and around the horn): Zubin Baliga vs NM 
Dr. Timothy Sage; Dustin Liang vs Libardo Rueda;
Alan Song plays Joe Pearl; WFM Carissa Yip plays
NM Sherif Khater; NM Lawyer Times plays IM Alex Katz.
Tony Cortizas does his thing.
Alex and Carissa chill in their NY Giants outfits.
No. 10 Alex Katz receives the ball
from the center, No. 74 blocking . . .