Monday, July 06, 2015

Annual Appeal

Annual appeal


Dear Friend,  





I started playing at the Boylston Chess Club after I picked up the game of chess four years ago. When I first started playing in the club, it felt like I was the only kid who played regularly. It seemed like there weren’t any chess clubs in Massachusetts for children my age.

Today, the Boylston is a favorite place for chess kids. You see a lot of children playing in Saturday tournaments, and the club has expanded to also include Sunday scholastic tournaments.

The Boylston even has chess camps  during school breaks. I attended one of these camps only a month after I started  playing in rated tournaments, and also enjoyed the free after school chess  lessons the club has offered!

Thanks to the dedication of many  volunteers, more schoolchildren are  being attracted to this wonderful game. Playing in Saturday tournaments is one of my favorite things to do. I get to play this royal game, and also socialize  intellectually with other kids.

Chess is not only fun, but it helps us grow. It gives children an opportunity to exercise their brains and develop logical reasoning, rather than spending all of their spare time playing video games. Which will they choose? I think their future depends on you. In fact, the future of chess depends on you! The club relies on your donations to survive, and we need your help to support this wonderful game. With your help, I can see the future: I see a lot of future grandmasters playing in the club!  Come and meet them there.

I have a dream. When I visited St Louis scholastic chess club this March, I started this dream. I hope we will have a wonderful scholastic chess club in Boston. Is it just a dream? It all depends on you. Please make a donation today of $15, $25, $50, $100, $500, $1000 or whatever you can afford.  Because we are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, all donations are tax-deductible.

I look forward to seeing you on Saturdays, and thank you for your generous donation! 


   
Please accept my check to support the programs and services of the    
Boylston Chess Foundation.

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BCC 4th OF JULY QUADS: 1+1 // MAXIMILLIAN LU 1ST // TIANNA WANG 1ST SMALL SWISS // 14 PLAY //

BOYLSTON CHESS CLUB
CAMBRIDGE
4TH OF JULY QUADS EVENT
QUAD
10 yr old Maximillian Lu: 3 - 0 
for clear 1st place and a 
+43 to 2089 rating.
Bravo, Max!
Evan Meyer white vs Max Lu. Evan scored 2 points to
claim clear 2nd place in the QUAD and a +2 to 2123 rating.
SMALL SWISS
Tianna Wang scored 2.5 points to notch clear
1st place in the Small Swiss. Tianna went
+237 for a 927 rating. Brava, Tianna!
Sammi Pan perfects the GM Mikhail Tal stare in her 
game vs Thomas T Ha, in Round 2.
THE GROUP: ROUND 1
Thomas T Ha vs Ryan Wang;
Tianna Wang vs Ed Chiu;
Sammi Pan, black vs Reema Dawar
KEEPING IN SHAPE
Harold Dondis came in for one game
in his Saturday schedule. At 92.7 yrs
young, Harold took on master
photographer Tony Cortizas and
won the game. Bravo, Harold!
BERNARDO IGLESIAS: TD
PHOTOS: STEVE STEPAK

BCC FRIDAY NIGHT BLITZ: JULY 3 2015 // MARATHON 10 = 18 GAMES // BRIAN SALOMON PERFECT 18 = 1ST // JOE PERL 2ND // BEN PARKER 1ST U1800 //

BOYLSTON CHESS CLUB
CAMBRIDGE
FRIDAY NIGHT BLITZ
4TH OF JULY WEEKEND CELEBRATION
Brian Salomon playing white vs Bob Sullivan.
Brian scored a perfect 18 points to claim clear 1st place
and a BCC Blitz Rating of 2209
(background): Joe Farah plays Sebastian Richert;
Nikita Roldan-Levchenko vs Joe Perl
Alejandro Botta (2200), black vs Ben Parker (1436)
Alejandro scored a total of 13.5 points but missed 2nd place
by half a point. Ben is visiting from New Orleans LA and
has played the legendary Jude Acers in a simul, spurning the
draw for a pawn, and then losing the endgame.
Ben won the U1800 prize with 9.5 points, attaining a
BCC Blitz rating of 1550.  Bravo, Ben!
Joe Perl plays black vs Nikita Roldan-Levchenko. Joe scored
14 points for clear 2nd place in the event. Nikita scored 8.5
points and was in line to win the U1800 prize but was out-scored
by Ben Parker who scored 9.5 points. (background, left to right): Alejandro 
Botta vs Ben Parker; Sebastian Richert vs Joe Farah; Bob Sullivan 
vs Brian Salomon.
(left to right): Alejandro Botta plays Ben Parker; 
Sebastian Richert, black vs Joe Farah; Bob Sullivan, black
vs Brian Salomon. Joe Farah was unrated coming into this
event and with his results has earned a 1408 rating.
                                                                                                                       Average rating: 1810 
TD: STEVE STEPAK
PHOTOS: STEVE STEPAK

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Special Offer for BCF Members - Five Free Entries!

Get to the Next Level with IM Dave Vigorito!
Next week, International Master Dave Vigorito will hold a Summer Chess Clinic for Advanced Tournament Players. This special event is open to all scholastic players rated between 1650 and 2250, and is available on a first come, first serve basis.

IM Vigorito is one of the most experienced chess instructors in New England, and has coached players of all levels up to and including Grandmaster. He is the author of eight highly acclaimed chess books, won the Massachusetts Championship in 2007, and was New England Co-Champion in both 2009 and 2012. He is also the former state champion of two other states, New Hampshire and Nevada.

This is an incredible opportunity for aspiring chess players, and we are honored to serve as host for this Summer Chess Clinic.

Even better, if you sign up in the next 48 hours the BCF is offering five free entries to regular Boylston Chess Club events. That's right -- not only will you spend a week working with esteemed chess instructor Dave Vigorito, you will also receive free entries to five fun BCF tournaments.

To be eligible for this special offer, you must register online for the Summer Chess Clinic for Advanced Players by end of the day on July 3.

Our Summer Chess Clinic for Advanced Tournament Players will cover many important areas, including:
  • Tactics and Calculation
  • Positional and Strategic Play
  • Classical Games
  • Opening Preparation
  • Fun Blitz Tournament!

The cost for this event is $350. It will run from July 6 to July 10, starting each day at 9:00 AM and ending at 4:00 PM. BCF membership is required.

Sign up for this fun event today, and get your five free entries!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Summer Chess Clinic with IM David Vigorito July 6-10



Mark your calendars and plan ahead for this opportunity!
Register soon and save your spot!


The Boylston Chess Foundation presents


Summer Chess Clinic

for Advanced Tournament Players

with 

IM David Vigorito




July 6-10    9:00am-4:00pm


  • open to all scholastic players USCF 1650-2250
  •  improve tactics and calculation
  •  positional and strategic play
  •  studying the classics
  •  opening preparation
  •  blitz tournament, and more!


IM David Vigorito

  •  highly experienced trainer of scholastic tournament players and has coached players of all levels up to and including Grandmaster
  • author of eight highly acclaimed chess books
  • USCF 2517; FIDE 2422
  • 2007 Massachusetts Champion
  • 2009 and 2012 New England co-champion
  • former state champion of New Hampshire and Nevada
  • player and manager of New England Nor’easters, U.S. Chess League 2010 Champions

·        $350, July 6-10, 9:00am-4:00pm (early drop off/late pickup available; please inquire)
·        Space is limited! Class size will be limited to ensure individual attention so please sign up early.
·        BCF membership required ($120/year; $67/six months; members are entitled to discounts on tournament entry fees, various foundation activities, lectures, access to our library, and use of the facilities during member days. In addition, when you join, you get to play in your first tournament free)
·        send payment to: 

BCF 40 Norris St. Suite B101 Cambridge, MA 02140
·        email dvigorito@msn.com with any questions

Monday, June 29, 2015

MUSIC // CHESS // MATHEMATICS // BRAIN WORKS TO CREATE MASTERPIECES //

SERGEI PROKOFIEV 
(1891 - 1953)
CHESS CAREER HIGH POINT:
["St. Petersburg, Russia"] [Date "1914.05.16"][Round "3"][Result "0-1"]
[White "Jose Raul Capablanca"] [Black "Sergei Prokofiev"] [ECO "D02"]
1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.c4 Bf5 4.Qb3 Nc6 5.Qxb7 Na5 6.Qa6 Nxc4 7.Nc3 e6 8.e4 dxe4 9.Bxc4 exf3 10.Qc6+ Nd7 11.g4 Bg6 12.Bg5 Be7 13.Bxe7 Kxe7 14.O-O-O Re8 15.h4 h5 16.gxh5 Bxh5 17.Nb5 Kf8 18.d5 Qf6 19.dxe6 Ne5 20.Qc5+ Kg8 21.exf7+ Bxf7 22.Bxf7+ Qxf7 23.Kb1 Rab8 24.Nxc7 Rbc8 25.Rc1 Re7 26.Qd6 Rexc7 27.Rxc7 Qxc7 28.Qe6+ Kh8 29.a3 Qc2+ 30.Ka1 Nd3 31.Rb1 Nxf2 32.h5 Qc6 33.Qf5 Ne4 34.Qxf3 Nd2 35.Qxc6 Rxc6 36.Rd1 Rc2 37.Rg1 Rc5 38.Rg6 Rxh5 39.Ra6 Nb3+ 40.Ka2 Ra5 41.Rxa5 Nxa5 42.b4 g5 43.Kb2 g4 0-1
Jose Raul Capablanca (1888 - 1942) World Chess Champion: 1921 - 1927
Capablanca vs Emanuel Lasker,
Havana, Cuba, 1921
[Site "Chicago, IL"] [Date "1922"][Result "1/2-1/2"]
[White "Sergei Prokofiev"] [Black "Edward Lasker"] [ECO "C68]
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.b3 Bc5 6.Bb2 f6 7.d3 Bg4 8.Nbd2 Ne7 9.h3 Bh5 10.Qe2 Ng6 11.g3 Qe7 12.Qf1 Bxf3 13.Nxf3 O-O-O 14.Nd2 h5 15.O-O-O h4 16.gxh4 Nf4 17.Nc4 Rxh4 18.Ne3 g6 19.Ng2 Rxh3 20.Nxf4 Rxh1 21.Nxg6 Rxf1 22.Nxe7+ Bxe7 23.Rxf1 Bc5 24.Kd2 Rh8 25.Ke2 Rh2 26.c3 Kd7 27.Bc1 Rh3 28.Be3 Bxe3 29.fxe3 1/2-1/2
IM Ed Lasker was born in Kempen (Poland) German Empire in 1885; died In NYC in 1981.
Lasker earned a university degree in mechanical and electrical engineering from 
Technical College of Charlottenburg. He invented a mechanical breast pump which 
served to sustain many a prematurely born baby!
["Mont La Joli, FRANCE"][Date "1924.03.14"][Result "1-0"]
[White "Sergei Prokofiev"] [Black "Maurice Ravel"] [ECO "E30"]
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Bg5 Nc6 5.e3 O-O 6.Bd3 d5 7.Nge2 a5 8.Qc2 h6 9.h4 hxg5 10.hxg5 Re8 11.gxf6 Qxf6 12.O-O-O dxc4 13.Bh7+ Kf8 14.Ne4 Qe7 15.Nf4 b5 16.Rh5 e5 17.Ng6+ fxg6 18.Bxg6 Be6 19.Rdh1 Rad8 20.Rf5+ Kg8 21.Qe2 Bxf5 22.Rh8+ Kxh8 23.Qh5+ Kg8 24.Qh7+ Kf8 25.Qh8# 1-0
Joseph-Maurice Ravel, composer 1875 - 1937: famous piece: Bolero;
Piano Concerto for Left Hand in D Major;
TAKE A LOOK/LISTEN: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6fMOflJMio
["Paris: Simultaneous Exhibition][Date "1933"][Result "1-0"] 
[White "Emanuel Lasker"] [Black "Sergei Prokofiev"] [ECO "C62] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 d6 4.c3 Nf6 5.d4 Bd7 6.Nbd2 g6 7.Qe2 Qe7 8.O-O Bg7 9.Re1 O-O 10.d5 Nb8 11.a4 a6 12.Bd3 Nh5 13.Nb3 a5 14.Be3 Bg4 15.h3 Bxf3 16.Qxf3 Nd7 17.Bb5 f5 18.exf5 Rxf5 19.Qd1 Nf4 20.Bxf4 Rxf4 21.Bxd7 Qxd7 22.Nd2 Qf5 23.Qe2 Rf8 24.f3 Bf6 25.Ne4 Bd8 26.b4 Qf7 27.Red1 axb4 28.cxb4 Qd7 29.a5 Be7 30.b5 Ra8 31.Rdb1 Rff8 32.Qc4 Kg7 33.a6 b6 34.a7 Rf7 35.Kf2 Bh4+ 36.Ke3 Rf4 37.Qc6 Qxc6 38.bxc6 Rff8 39.Kd3 h6 40.Kc4 Rfc8 41.Kb5 Bg5 42.Ka6 Be3 43.Kb7 Bc5 44.Ra2 Bd4 45.Rb3 Kf7 46.Nd2 Ke7 47.Nc4 Bc5 48.Rb5 Kd8 49.Rxc5 dxc5 50.Na3 Rxa7+ 51.Kxa7 1-0
Emanuel Lasker was an accomplished mathematician; his brother was a professor of
mathematics.

SAVIELLY TARTAKOWER VS EDWARD LASKER, NEW YORK 1924
["Paris"][Date "1934"][Result "1-0"] 
[White "Savielly Tartakower"] [Black "Sergei Prokofiev"] [ECO "C51"]   
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. b4 Bb6 5. a4 a6 6. Bb2 d6 7. b5 axb5 8. axb5 Rxa1 
9. Bxa1 Nb8 10.d4 f6 11. dxe5 dxe5 12. Qe2 Nh6 13. Nxe5 fxe5 14. Qh5+ Kf8 15. Qxe5 Bxf2+ 
16.Ke2 Qd7 17. Rd1 Qg4+ 18. Kxf2 Nd7 19. Qxc7 Ke7 20. Nc3 Rf8+ 21. Kg1 Rd8 22. Qd6+
Ke8 23. Be6 Qh5 24. Rd5 Nf7 25. Bxd7+ Bxd7 26. Qxd7+ Rxd7 27. Rxh5 Rd2 28. Rd5
Rxc2 29. Nd1 1-0   

Maurice Delage 1879 - 1961, Paris,

composer, pianist: "Quatre Poemes Hindous" (India) (1912- 1913)

[Paris] [Date "1937"][Result "0-1"]
[White "Maurice Delage"] [Black "Sergei Prokofiev"] [ECO "C18]
 1. d4 e6 2. e4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e5 c5 5. a3 Bxc3+
 6. bxc3 Ne7 7. Qg4 cxd4 8. Qxg7 Rg8 9. Qxh7 Qc7 10. Ne2 Nbc6 11. f4 dxc3 12. Qd3 d4 13. Nxd4 Nxd4
14. Qxd4 Nf5 15. Qf2 Bd7 16. Bd3 Bc6 17. Rg1 O-O-O 18. Bxf5 exf5 19. g3 f6 20. Qxa7 fxe5 21. Kf2 exf4
22. Bxf4 Qxf4+ 23. gxf4 Rd2+ 24. Kf1 Bb5+ 25. Ke1 Re8+ 0-1
 
David Oistrakh 1908 - 1974 Odessa, Russian Empire; died Moscow, USSR
Renowned violinist . . . 
PRESS HERE: DAVID OISTRAKH PLAYS PROKFIEV VIOLIN CONCERTO NO. 1
[Moscow]
[Date "1937"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[White "Sergei Prokofiev"]
[Black "David Oistrakh"]
[ECO "B72"]
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.Be2
a6 8.Qd2 Ng4 9.Bxg4 Bxg4 10.f3 Bd7 11.Bh6 Rg8 12.Bxg7 Rxg7
13.Qh6 Kf8 14.O-O-O Nc6 15.Nxc6 bxc6 16.Rhe1 Rb8 17.e5 d5
18.Qf4 Kg8 19.Rd4 e6 20.Red1 Qb6 21.b3 Be8 22.R4d2 Qc7 23.Qe3
Qe7 24.Re1 Kh8 25.Kb2 Rg8 26.Qf4 Bd7 27.Qf6+ Qxf6 28.exf6 Rb7
29.g4 g5 30.h4 gxh4 31.Rh2 Rg6 32.Rxh4 Rxf6 33.Reh1 Kg8
34.R1h3 Kf8 35.Rxh7 Rb4 36.Ne2 e5 37.Kc3 c5 38.R7h6 d4+ 39.Kd2
Rbb6 40.Rxf6 Rxf6 41.Rh5 e4 42.fxe4 Bxg4 43.Rg5 Bf3 44.Rxc5
Bxe4 45.Nxd4 Bg2 46.a4 Ke7 47.b4 Kd7 48.Ke3 Rd6 49.b5 Rd5
50.Rxd5+ Bxd5 51.bxa6 Kc7 52.Nb5+ Kb6 53.Kd4 Bg2 54.a7 Kb7
55.Kc5 Bf3 56.c3 f6 57.Kd6 Bd1 58.a5 Be2 59.Nd4 Bf1 60.Nc6 f5
61.Ke5 Bd3 62.Kd4 Be4 63.a6+ Ka8 64.Nb4 Kxa7 65.c4 Kb6 66.c5+
Ka7 67.Ke5 Kb8 68.Nd5 Bd3 69.Nb4 Be4 70.c6 Kc7 71.a7 Bxc6
72.Nxc6 Kb7 1/2-1/2
             PRESS HERE: PROKOFIEV: PIANO CONCERTO NO. 3 // YUJA WANG, PIANIST
 
Albert Einstein (1879-1955), theoretical physicist, Nobel Laureate, Physics, 1921.
Einstein played in a string quartet/chamber group throughout his life. ["Princeton: Center for Advanced Studies"] [Date "1933"] [Result "1-0"] [White "Albert Einstein"] [Black "Robert Oppenheimer"] [ECO "C70"] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 b5 5.Bb3 Nf6 6.O-O Nxe4 7.Re1 d5 8.a4 b4 9.d3 Nc5 10.Nxe5 Ne7 11.Qf3 f6 12.Qh5+ g6 13.Nxg6 hxg6 14.Qxh8 Nxb3 15.cxb3 Qd6 16.Bh6 Kd7 17.Bxf8 Bb7 18.Qg7 Re8 19.Nd2 c5 20.Rad1 a5 21.Nc4 dxc4 22.dxc4 Qxd1 23.Rxd1+ Kc8 24.Bxe7 1-0 Dr. Robert Oppenheimer, Ph.D. physics, was head of the "Manhatten Project" to 
develop the atomic bomb during World War II and head of the Center for Advanced
Studies, at Princeton University, where Einstein spent the last years of his life.
Robert Openheimer, circa 1953
 
Philidor plays blindfold chess at Parsloe's Chess 
Club, London, 1780.
FRANCOIS-ANDRE DANICAN PHILIDOR 1726-1795: French composer, mathematician 
and chess player:  Famous for "l'Analyse du jeu des Echecs (1777) "Philidor Defense": 
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 . .  
NM Noam Elkies, Harvard's youngest tenured professor at 26, uses chess to help
illustrate mathematical points to his undergraduate students. Dr. Elkies has also
composed an opera and other formats. Dr. Elkies is an accomplished pianist as well 
as a good opera singer, himself.  A chess master, Dr. Elkies won the World 
Composition Championship (individual) as well as on the Israeli team for the
same event.  He is on the Advisory Board of the Journal of Mathematics and Music!
He is a composer of chess problems and won the 1996 World Chess Solving 
Championship.  Bravo, Noam !
                    Professor of Mathematics, Noam Elkies, pianist
Israeli Championship Team in Chess Composition: Paz Einat, Ofer Comay, Aharon 
Hirschenson, Noam Elkies . . . 47th World Congress of Chess Composition, 
Halkidiki,Greece. 2004 . . . 
                  BCC CHESS PLAYERS: CHESS INTERFACE MUSIC
Mateos Sahakian, chess expert, pianist and piano teacher.
Brandon Wu, chess expert and violinist
Sowa Brothers
 
Ryan and Aidan: piano
Professor Jerry Williams plays black vs Aiden Sowa, BCC, Somerville 2014
Aidan Sowa plays Luis Baez, BCC, Somerville
Derek Jin, top 8 yr old in Massachusetts
Alex Jin, Derek's older brother, recently
gave a piano recital at Carnegie Hall, NYC
The mind sings with tunes of the
heart and combinations of the mind for
winning chess on the geometric grid...
[ps: How did I come upon the motivation for this
blog post, you ask? Well, I was looking up
openings covering C62 and C68 Ruy Lopez,
for white, and I came across Prokofiev's name.
Wow, was I surprised: he beat Capablanca!]

BCC GRAND PRIX: KIDS MAKE IT HAPPEN // LAST GP EVENT OF BCC CALENDAR: NM HAL TERRIE / HOWARD GOLDOWSKY 1-2ND // DAVID MARTIN / BOSHEN LI / RICHARD ALAN CHEN 1-3RD U1800

BOYLSTON CHESS CLUB
GRAND PRIX 2015
25 PLAYERS / 2 SECTIONS
OPEN SECTION
CRITICAL GAME
NM Hal Terrie vs Terrence Fricker, Round 3.
Hal won this game, scored 3 points and tied 1-2nd place
with Howard Goldowsky.
CRITICAL GAME
NM Andrew Hoy vs Howard Goldowsky, Round 2.
Andrew won this game, scored 2 points and was +2
for 2204 rating,  sharing 4-6th place.  Had Howard
won or drawn this game, he was destined for 1st place.
Yet! Howard scored 3 points to tie for 1-2nd place
and a +24 to 1890 rating. Bravo, Howard!
HATS OFF TO THE GENERAL
Terrence Fricker plays white vs Harold Dondis, Esq.
in Round 2. Terrence went on to score 2.5 points and a
claim to clear 3rd place in the Open Section. Bravo, Terrence!
Jason Tang, black vs Derek Chubo Zhao, Round 2.
Jason won this encounter but Derek held even on the day
both players tallying 2 points to share 4-6th place.
TRUE GRIT
Maxwell Chen (1687) vs NM Eric Godin (2212) . . . 
Eric offered a draw in a slightly better position.
Max declined but was out-played in a complex ending.
It is possible, that Max was emboldened to play on by
his Round 1 win over Jason Tang.  No doubt, Max will
become a master in the coming years.
U1800 SECTION
SURROUNDED BY KIDS: ROUND 1
David Martin (1732) vs Jason Xiong (1498) : draw!
David scored 3 points to share 1-3rd place with Boshen Li
and Richard Alan Chen! (background): Lewis Tu vs Richard
Alan Chen; Thomas T Ha.
KIDS THRIVE AT THE BCC: ROUND 3
Boshen Li, consistent and creative, scored 3 points to share
1-3rd place with David Martin and Richard Alan Chen.
Here Boshen is playing Thomas T Ha. (background):
Richard Alan Chen vs Lewis Tu; Lawrence Tu, black
vs David Martin.  Bernie Xu, black vs Bob Oresick;
Stephen Savage vs Rajanna Heggadahalli. 
(extreme right):  Ed Chiu.
ROUND 2
David Martin, black vs Bernie Xu; Stephen Savage, 
black vs Jason Xiong. Stephen and Jason both scored
2.5 points to share 4-5th place. Jason was +53 to
1461 rating. Bravo, Jason.
GREAT POTENTIAL: TU BROTHERS
Lewis Tu was 2/4 on the day for a +145
to 1257 rating.
6 yr old Lawrence Tu. [I played both these lads
and they display an uncanny grasp of chess tactics 
and combination skill. Lewis taught Lawrence how to
play chess (very recently); keep your eyes on
these boys; they are destined for greatness!]
STEADY IMPROVEMENT
Juan Payan (1854) black, vs Skyler Zhou (1432)
Round 3: draw. Skyler, clearly the younger of the
two players is rapidly acquiring solid chess 
technique and enjoys playing "up"; for this
Skyler, with 1.5/4 was +8 to 1440 rating.
Bravo, Juan and Skyler for devoting lots of
time and energy in studying and playing chess!
AND THE WINNERS ARE:
(winners for the 6 month BCC GP 2015)
Open/U2300: Eric Godin 11 points
U2100: Pinyi Hu 8 points
U1800: Harold Dondis 8.5 points
U1500: Bishen Li: 8.5 points
U1200: Ajay Potula , Charles Bing
and Lewis Tu: 2 points
BERNARDO IGLESIAS: TD
PHOTOS: STEVE STEPAK