Tuesday, July 22, 2014

BCC PRESENTS: $5 OPEN // LOWEST ENTRY FEES IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD // QUALITY CHESS // GREAT EVENT FOR KIDS // HAPPY AMBIENCE

BOYLSTON CHESS CLUB PRESENTS
$5 OPEN
THIS IS THE LEAST EXPENSIVE
TOURNAMENT
FOR
SATURDAY
July 26, 2014
Register Early for Discount
This event is preferred by the kids of chess . . . 
and amateur players of all ages who just want to play
some friendly tournament chess in a relaxed environment.
ON A BEAUTIFUL SUMMER DAY
Chess and Good Cheers
4SS // 60/SD
Play 4 rounds, 3 rounds + half point bye;
or 2 rounds + 2 half point byes
A casual, friendly experience
See you this Saturday!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

BCC SUMMER CHAMPIONSHIP // JESSE NICHOLAS 1ST // NICHOLAS LESIEUR 1ST U1800 // 24 PARTICIPANTS // TOP JUNIORS // GAME ANALYSIS

BOYLSTON CHESS CLUB
SUMMER CHAMPIONSHIP
OPEN SECTION
Jesse Nicholas wins Open Section with undefeated score of
3.5/4 for a +10 to 2100 rating.
CRITICAL GAME
Conway Xu plays black vs Jesse Nicholas, Round 4: draw.
Fast passed action characterized the opening.
David Tianyi Zhou, black vs Conway Xu in Round 1.
Conway won this encounter and took clear 2nd place
with 2.5 points and a +3 to 1943 rating.
8 yr old David scored 1 point for a +31 to 1469 rating.
3-7th
NM Hal Terrie, Nithin Kavi, Uri Feld, Brandon Wu, Derek Jin
NM Hal Terrie, black vs Brandon Wu. 10 yr old Brandon
took the full point from the master in Round 1 for a 2/4
score overall, and a +25 to 1943 rating.
Nithin Kavi plays black vs Harold Dondis in Round 1.
Nithin won this encounter and was 2/4 overall,
for a +2 to 2024 rating.
(background): Nicholas Lesieur vs Will Wisdom.
A FEW OF THE BEST KIDS IN MA AND THE USA
7 yr old Derek Jin plays black vs 10 yr old Alex Yu, Round 2. 
Alex took the full point in this game and was
+4 to 1705 rating. Derek was 2/4.
(background): 8 yr old David Tianyi Zhou vs 91 yr old Harold Dondis.
David won the day with the white pieces.
U1800 SECTION
Nicholas Lesieur scored a perfect 4.0 to take clear 1st place.
Lesieur's rating pushed up +14 to 1806. Bravo, Nicholas!
DORMANT CHESS TALENT
Greg Ardini (left) engages Jeff Weinstein in Round 2.
Greg scored 3 points to take clear 2nd place and a
+174 provisional rating to 1400. Greg also won his
game vs GM Larry Christiansen at the 2nd Tuesday
South Station, Boston, Simul of July. Bravo, Greg!
 Greg told us that he hasn't played a tournament chess
game for over 10 years. Well, welcome back Greg!
(background): Seth Lieberman vs Rory Liao;
Niranjan Shankar, black vs Will Wisdom;
Robert Margaryan vs Tony DiNosse.
NEW FACES AT THE BCC
Rory Liao, from China plays Raymond Xu, Round 1.
Rory scored 1 point for a +43 to 829 rating.
Greg Ardini, white vs Robert Margaryan, Round 4.
Robert is from Armenia and this is his first rated event where he 
was 2 for 4 and a provisional rating of 1299. Welcome Robert!
(background): Niranjan Shankar, black vs Richard Alan Chen;
Rory Liao, black vs Will Wisdom;
Jeff Weinstein, white vs Nicholas Lesieur.
CHESS LESSON
Steve Stepak offers the Caro Kann Defense vs Raymond Xu
in this Round 2 extra game. Raymond got a full point bye
for the event and this extra game to keep his mind sharp.
[You wouldn't think you could learn something from a 6 yr old,
but I did! The first 5 moves went:
1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.Bd3 Bd3 5.cd3!?
I had encountered this once before but thought it just a "random"
sequence made by a beginner. This time, I learned from my database
research that this is indeed a line in the B12 Caro Kann with the
intension of launching king-side attack on Black's king.
I was caught in a trap and indeed Raymond succeeded in creating
a won-position and a forced checkmate, which he did not actually
find.  Well, at 6 yrs old, he has many years to perfect his play. But
from a "theoretical" point of view, he's doing quite well, already.
He is poised at the board, totally still and took almost the entire hour
to play his Game 60 moves. Well done Raymond!]
B12: RAYMOND XU - STEVE STEPAK 7/19/2014
ESSAYING ". . . (6.Bd3 Bxd3; 7. cxd3!?)"
MASTER CHESS GAME FEATURING 4. . . .Bxd3; 5. cxd3!?
Yuri Rushkin (2232) v Edward Babushkin (2200), 
Moscow, USSR Spartakiad, (Soviet Sports Olympiad) 1963.
JUNIOR STARS REUNION WITH BLITZ
Brandon Wu plays some spirited blitz games with
Alex Yu as Richard Alan Chen and Rory Liao observe.
PUTTING THE JUNIOR STAR THROUGH HIS PACES
Derek Jin (1538) holds Bernardo Iglesias (1729) to a draw
in this extra game. Bernardo was also the event TD.
PHOTOS: STEVE STEPAK
The old and the new: Arrow Street, Cambridge, MA

Sunday, July 13, 2014

BCC GRAND PRIX // JULY // 33 PARTICIPANTS // SIDDHARTH ARUN 1ST IN PREMIER // DAVID ZHU SUN / NED KERWIN 1-2nd / U1800 //

BOYLSTON CHESS CLUB
GRAND PRIX JULY 2014
IN 2 SECTIONS
OPEN (PREMIER)
NM Siddharth Arun was undefeated with 3.5/4 to capture
clear 1st place in BCC GP, for a rating of +5 to 2250.
3 TIE FOR 2ND
MIT student Yang Dai shared 2-4th place with Jason Tang
and Nathan Smolensky, each scoring 3 points out of 4.
Yang Dai was +9 for a 2152 rating.
Yang Dai holds the fort vs Jason Tang, in Round 4: draw!
Mark Robert Neale plays MACA President and Chess
Horizons Editor, Nathan Smolensky in Round 2.
Mark "oops'd" a rook and Nathan collected the full point.
In spite of this, Mark earned a +60 to 1701 rating.
Nathan, once over 2000, is climbing back with a +26 to 1963 rating.
Not, bad for a very busy individual, who wears many hats.
(Here, however, he is not wearing a hat, as one can see!)
5-7th
Andrew Hoi, center stage, engages Loring Lauretti in Round 2.
Andrew scored 2.5 points; Loring went 2 for 4 with a 
+59 to 1897 rating, sharing 5-7th place with
Michelle Chen and Brandon Wu.
Michelle Chen is back, after a long absence
from the BCC. She scored 2.5 points to share
5-7th place and a +9 to 2017 rating.
Welcome back Michelle!
(Yes, I should have removed the bottle of
water from the frame, but sometimes 
a photographer should be as unobtrusive
as possible during play. If this were Hollywood, I 
would, for sure, have re-moved the bottle.
I offer my apologies to Michelle and
the viewing audience.)
10 yr old Brandon Wu, on the move vs Conway Xu, in Round 4.
This game was drawn! Brandon scored 2.5 points
for a +16 to 1926 rating. Brandon is ranked No. 15 in USA.
for 10 yr old players.
(background): Mark Neale plays Michael Yu.
U1800 SECTION
David Zhu Sun scored 3 points to share 1-2nd place,
and earned a +94 to 1523 rating. Bravo, David Zhu Sun!
Will Wisdom, white, vs Ned Kerwin, in Round 2.
Ned won this game and went on to score 3 points for a
share of 1-2nd place, and a +35 to 1489 rating.
Bravo Ned! (background): Neil Gurram v Ahaan Rungta;
Derek Chubo Zhao v Alex Brown. Will broke even
with 2 for 4.
Steve Stepak shared 3-4th place with
a 2.5 out of 3 performance and a
+10 to 1617 rating.
CHESS LESSON BY A YOUNG LAD

David Tianyi Zhou: No. 46 in USA for 8 yr olds.
This time, the teacher learned a lesson:
Playing opening moves by rote is not a good
idea. [I had a strong advantage for the taking
out of the opening by an inaccuracy made by my young
opponent which only a master might have 
normally detected. I didn't even take the time to 
consider the position, to find the "!" move.
With this deficiency, I proceeded to wreck the pawn structure, 
and David could have converted the position to a won endgame. 
He didn't trade down fast enough and I caught
him with a perpetual check draw.]
A credible performance by an 8 yr old: 2.5/3
and a +59 to 1438 rating.
2 NEW FACES AT THE BCC
Bernardo Iglesias, event TD plays a side game with
newcomer Raymond Xu who has a provisional rating
of 801. Welcome, Raymond!
William Shand from Colorado via Harvard Summer School,
engages Jackson Bogdan Parker in Round 2.
Welcome William and welcome back Jackson!
VETERANS DUKE IT OUT
In the red cap, playing white: Harold Dondis, Esq; on the
right, playing the black pieces: Leonid Bondar from the USSR.
This time, Soviet chess training prevailed.
SERIOUS CHESS JUNIORS
No. 1, 7 yr old in MA Derek Jin (1572) plays black vs
11 yr old Michael Yu (1757). This time age had its
advantages. Michael won the game.
[Derek is ranked No. 12 in the USA, and Michael is 42nd
in their respective age categories.]
SOUTHERN INDIA AT THE BCC
High Schooler Ahaan Rungta plays black vs 
MIT undergraduate Neil Gurram in Round 2.
In this game, white prevailed.
(background): Alex Brown v Derek Chubo Zhao;
David Katzman v Boshen Li.
GP's YOUNGEST PLAYER
6 yr old David Katzman plays black vs
Boshen Li. David got a one-point bye good 
for the tally in the GP standings. Boshen picked
up one win and a full point bye, good for 2 points.
HIGHLIGHTS
OF SUMMER
SCHEDULE
MONDAY: REUBENS LANDEY
THURSDAY: TNS
SATURDAY: SUMMER CH
PHOTOS: STEVE STEPAK

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

BCC PRESENTS THE EVER POPULAR GRAND PRIX EVENT // EARLY // SATURDAY / JULY 12, 2014 // 4SS //

BOYLSTON CHESS CLUB
GRAND PRIX: JULY
SATURDAY
JULY 12, 2014
4SS / 5" delay
Boys and Girls / Men and Women
MIDWAY POINT
TIME TO ACT / PLAY AND WIN
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YOU
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FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
A RELAXED CHESS ENVIRONMENT
PLAY YOUR GAME
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