Thursday, October 23, 2014

Looking Forward to a New Day for the BCF

Dear friends,

Last week, I was honored to be elected as President of the Boylston Chess Foundation for another year. At the same time, a new Board of Directors was approved. I'm happy to say that this Board is both talented and passionate about our organization.

It's a good thing we have such a strong Board, because we are truly at a crossroads. The next year is critical to the future of the BCF.

As you know, it is unclear what the immediate future holds for the location of our club. We have appointed a tenacious Search Committee and are looking for new possible homes. I'm particularly grateful to committee members Frank Frazier and Ted Cross, who are working tirelessly on our behalf. If you see possible spaces that might work for us, e-mail details to boylstonchess@gmail.com. If we have to move from our present location permanently, we would ideally like a space that is at least 1,200 square feet in size and no more than $2,000 per month in rent, including utilities.

At the same time, we are working with the owners of our current building, who have pledged to make space available to us in the newly renovated 240B Elm Street. BCF Vice President Charles Riordan is our primary representative in those negotiations, and has my complete faith.

Like a good chess player, we are maintaining maximum flexibility and exploring every possibility.

We also recently discovered that some of our state and federal filings had been allowed to lapse in previous years. Thankfully, a team of four attorneys have stepped up and are now volunteering their time to help us address this. In particular, BCF Director Natasha Christiansen and former BCF director Ed Foye have been instrumental in moving the issue forward. We have submitted critical filings necessary to resolve the problem, but we still have work left to do.



I'm also excited about the addition of our new Treasurer Tim O'Malley, and will be working with him to implement stronger financial oversight controls. In the last five years we have significantly improved our financial situation, and will strive to continue on this positive path.

Regarding tournaments, I'm happy to announce that the new Chair of our Tournament Committee is Nathan Smolensky. Nathan is not only a former BCF Board President, he is also the current President of the Massachusetts Chess Association. Nathan has some exciting ideas, including new events that may occur at off-site venues. Stay tuned for further details.

Finally, I would like to particularly thank new BCF Directors Andrew Boyer, Jared Becker, and Terry Fricker for their willingness to serve. Like every organization, we constantly need new ideas and fresh perspectives.

The BCF is what we make it. Please continue to support us over the next year, as we reinvent ourselves. Together, we can create a bright future for chess in the Boston area.

For the entire BCF Board,
Carey Theil

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

BCC PRESENTS: "FALL CHAMPIONSHIP" // 4SS // 60/SD // SATURDAY // OCTOBER 25, 2015 //

BOYLSTON CHESS CLUB
FALL CHAMPIONSHIP
COME ON OVER TO A FULL HOUSE!
THIS COMING SATURDAY
REGISTRATION BEGINS AT 9:30 AM
ROUND 1 BEGINS AT 10:00 AM
CASH PRIZES
BOYLSTON CHESS CLUB
A FUN PLACE TO PLAY CHESS
TIME CONTROL: 60/SD WITH A 5 SEC DELAY
BRING YOUR DIGITAL CLOCK
IF YOU HAVE ONE
SEE YOU SATURDAY !

Monday, October 20, 2014

GRANDMASTER PLAYS AT SOUTH STATION /BOSTON: TUESDAY / OCTOBER 21, 2014 / 5 - 7 PM / FREE !

3 Times US Chess Champion
Grandmaster Larry Christiansen
plays a simultaneous exhibition vs all comers
at South Station, Boston
UNDER THE ELECTRONIC ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE BOARD
COME AND PLAY / WATCH 
A CHESS GRANDMASTER IN ACTION
THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO ALL
GM Larry C is very nice and very good at chess.
He encourages you to come: kids, grandparents, 
high-schoolers, college and grad students.
The event is from 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Chess sets and mats are provided. Just bring your
pencil and paper and record the game; and bring
your camera to get a photo of a grandmaster in action.
This is a great opportunity to be involved in a very
congenial, friendly chess event, with lots of laughs
and a good time for all.
See you tomorrow!
5-7 PM
South Station
Boston

Sunday, October 19, 2014

BCC LEGENDS OF CHESS: RIGOROUS EVENT // 16 TALENTS // NM GODIN NO. 1 // CURTIS / XU 2-3rd //

BCC LEGENDS OF CHESS
"ARON NIMZOVICH"
IN ONE SECTION
OPEN SECTION
ON TARGET
NM Eric Godin 3.5 points, clear 1st.
Rating +8 to 2250! Bravo, Eric!
NM Eric Godin vs Kenneth Wells, Round 2.
2 TIE FOR 2-3RD PLACE
Taylor Curtis, black vs Mike Griffin, Round 2.
Taylor scored 3 points to share 2-3rd place with Conway Xu.
Conway Xu, black vs Harold Dondis, Round 1.
Conway was undefeated, scoring: W W D D for 3 points,
sharing 2-3rd place with Taylor Curtis. Conway earned a
+27 to 1918. Bravo, Conway!
EXPERT GAME
William Connor Roberts, black vs Taylor Curtis, Round 1.
MASTER GAME
NM Hal Terrie vs NM Farzad Abdi, Round 2: draw!
(background): Taylor Curtis, black vs Mike Griffin.
 SOME OTHER PLAYERS AROUND THE HALL
Nithin Kavi on the move with black vs 
William Roberts, Round 2.
Kenneth Wells vs Scott Didham: endgame, Round 1.
(background, upper left): Taylor Curtis; 
Pinyi Hu, black vs Robert Sullivan;
(upper right): Nithin Kavi plays Mike Griffin.
NATHAN SMOLENSKY TD
PHOTOS: STEVE STEPAK

Friday, October 17, 2014

BCC PRESENTS: 4SS 60/SD LEGENDS OF CHESS: ARON NIMZOVICH // PRACTITIONER OF SCIENTIFIC CHESS [2709 HIGHEST CHESSMETRICS RATING]

BOYLSTON CHESS CLUB
LEGENDS OF CHESS
NIMZOVICH
CASH PRIZES AWARDED
["Dresden"][Date "1926.04.09"][Round "5"][Result "1-0"]
[White "Aron Nimzowitsch"][Black "Akiba Rubinstein"][ECO "A34"]
1. c4 { Notes by Raymond Keene. Awarded the prize for the
best-played game.} c5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4
Nb4 6. Bc4 e6 7. O-O N8c6 8. d3 Nd4 9. Nxd4 cxd4 10. Ne2 a6
11. Ng3 Bd6 12. f4 O-O 13. Qf3 Kh8 14. Bd2 f5 15. Rae1 Nc6
16. Re2 Qc7 17. exf5 exf5 18. Nh1 {!! A wonderful idea. White
has in mind the manoeuvre Nh1-f2-h3-g5, in conjunction with
Qh5, as a method of assaulting the position of Black's
king. When I first read My System I was so impressed by this
game that I deliberately created situations in my next few
games where the move Ng3-h1 was possible, in the belief that
this mystical retreat would somehow result in a miraculous
increase of energy in my position, irrespective of whatever
else may have been happening on the board at the time.}
18...Bd7 19. Nf2 Rae8 20. Rfe1 Rxe2 21. Rxe2 Nd8 22. Nh3 Bc6
23. Qh5 g6 24. Qh4 Kg7 25. Qf2 {Another brilliant idea. The
threat to the d-pawn forces Black to withdraw either his queen
or his king's bishop from the defence of his kingside. }
25...Bc5 26. b4 Bb6 27. Qh4 {Back again and with redoubled
strength. } 27...Re8 {Or 27...Rf6 28 Ng5 h6 29 Nh7 +- }
28. Re5 {!} Nf7 {If 28...Rxe5 29 fxe5 Qxe5 30 Qh6+ or 28...h6
29 g4 hxg4 30 f5 Qxe5 31 f6+ Qxf6 32 Qxh6 mate. These
beautiful variations are just an indication of what
Nimzowitsch saw. } 29. Bxf7 Qxf7 30. Ng5 Qg8 31. Rxe8 Bxe8
32. Qe1! Bc6 33. Qe7+ Kh8 34. b5 {If Black plays 34..axb5 he
is mated as follows: 35. Ne6 h5 36 Qf6+ Kh7 37 Ng5+ Kh6 38 Bb4!
In view of this, Rubinstein elects to surrender a piece but
that too is obviously without hope.} 34...Qg7 35. Qxg7+ Kxg7
36. bxc6 36...bxc6 37. Nf3 c5 38. Ne5 Bc7 39. Nc4 Kf7 40. g3 Bd8
41. Ba5 Be7 42. Bc7 Ke6 43. Nb6 h6 44. h4 g5 45. h5 g4 46. Be5
1-0
NIMZOVICH
NIMZOVITSCH
NIMZOWITSCH

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2014
4/SS, 60/SD

Thursday, October 16, 2014

BCC OCTOBER GRAND PRIX // 33 PLAY // ARUN / KAVI // TOM SHNEER U1800 // KIDS CONTINUE TO IMPRESS

BOYLSTON CHESS CLUB
GRAND PRIX / OCTOBER
OPEN SECTION
warm'up
NM Siddarth Arun scored 3.5/4 to share 1st place
with Nithin Kavi, for a +6 to 2231 rating.
CRITICAL GAME
NM Siddharth Arun on defense in Round 4 vs Terrence Fricker,
who was 2/4 on the day for a +2 to 1971 rating.


 
Nithin Kavi on the march vs Robert Sullivan in Round 4.
Sullivan was 2/4 and a +6 to 1906 rating. Nithin, who drew
Siddharth Arun in Round 3, also scored 3.5 points to share in
the 1-2nd place glory.
ON THE ROAD TO THE TOP: ROUND 1
Nithin Kavi defended well with black playing
William Ravn, who in spite of the loss to Kavi, scored
2/4 and a +63 to 1774 rating accomplishment.
NM Eric Godin defends vs Robert Sullivan, Round 1.
Eric scored 3 points to take clear 3rd place.
MASTERLY PLAY
Mike Griffin played a thoughtful counter to the Sicilian Defense
in Round 1, vs NM Hal Terrie, to secure clear 4th place in the
Open Section and a +62 to 1876 rating. Bravo, Mike!
(background):  Michael Yu, Black vs Carissa Yip;
Nithin Kavi, black vs William Ravn; Eddie Wei, 
black vs Arthur Nugent. 8 yr old Eddie went 2/4 for a + 11 to 
1695 rating. Hooded NM Siddharth Arun, upper right corner.
U1800 SECTION
Tom Shneer scored 3 points to take clear 1st place.
Here Tom is seen playing black vs Boshen Li in Round 2.
This game was drawn. Tom secured a +16 to 1635 rating
and Boshen was +8 to 1359. Bravo Tom and Boshen!
3 TIE FOR 2-4th PLACE
Sandeep Shankar scored 2.5 points to share 2-4th
place and a +15 to 1630 rating.
Khari Aexander, Harvard Square Blitz King
                                                                                                                          Photo: Bernanrdo Iglesias
Steve Stepak, black vs Khari Alexander, Round 1 : draw !!
Khari scored 2.5 points for a +57 to 1486 rating. Bravo, Khari!
NEW FACE AT THE BCC
John Travis plays black vs Daniel Wang, Round 1: draw!
This is John's first USCF tournament and he scored a credible
2.5/4 for a share of 2-4th place and a provisional rating
of 1345. Bravo, John: welcome to the BCC and chess!
FACES AROUND THE HALL
THE CAPTAIN
Harold Dondis celebrated his 92nd birthday on October 1st.
Happy Birthday, Harold!  (right): Pinyi Hu, Round 1.
Seth Lieberman. (background): Derek Jin and
John Travis, Round 1.
BIG BOARD LITTLE BOY
5 yr old Evan Wei writes down his moves vs John Travis in R 4.
A DRAW DECLINED
                                                                                                                  Photo: Xu
Steve Stepak plays a "Queen's Pawn Game" vs the ever-alert
6 yr old Raymond Xu. Raymond made a spectacular queen
sacrifice to secure a forced draw with bishops of opposite
color.  Yet!  Raymond is still learning the value of studying
endgames and splitting the point.  Kids like to play and to win!
Bravo, Raymond, for the sharp play and the queen sack!
KIDS ARE GREAT!
No. 1 7 yr old in MA Derek Jin checks out his options in Round 1.
Derek scored 1.5/2 for a +6 to 1567 rating. 
(right): Evan Wei and Niranjan Shankar.
BERNARDO IGLESIAS: TD
PHOTOS: STEVE STEPAK

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

You're Invited to a Special Meeting for the Boylston Chess Foundation

Dear Friends,

Please join us next week at the 2014 Boylston Chess Foundation Annual meeting.


This event will take place on Wednesday, October 15.  At 6:30 PM, the Board will provide an update on the status of our space, and our state and federal filings. At 7:00 PM, we will hold our annual election of Officers and Directors. All members are welcome.

Many board members are working hard to ensure that the BCF continues to exist for years to come. This organization is what we make it. Please do your part and join us on this important night.

Finally, please consider running as an Officer or Director. As one of the oldest chess organizations in the United States, we are truly a cultural institution. Let's work together to keep the tradition going!

For the entire BCF Board,
Carey Theil, President

Sunday, October 05, 2014

BCC QUADS: LUCKY 18 PARTICIPATE: NM GODIN / GRIFFIN / PERFECT // DEREK JIN RATING WATCH //

BCC QUADS PROGRAM
QUAD 1
NM Eric Godin 2.5/3 clear 1st.
QUAD 2
Mike Griffin 3-0, clear 1st.
Rating: +53 to 1814. Way'ta go Mike!
QUAD 3
4-WAY TIE FOR 1ST!
1.5 points out of 3


 
Tom Shneer
Pinyi Hu
7 yr old:
Derek Jin +4 to 1561 rating

 
Bernie Xu: +9 to 1543 rating.
SMALL SWISS
8 yr old David Zhou 2.5/3 1st Place!
Rating +41 to 1471
Bravo, David !
Bernardo Iglesias, TD
PHOTOS: STEVE STEPAK