Tuesday, September 16, 2014

BCC: HARRY LYMAN MEMORIAL // LAST HURRAH ?? // REMEMBERING A BENEFACTOR OF CHESS //

BOYLSTON CHESS CLUB PRESENTS
HARRY LYMAN MEMORIAL
$1,000 GUARANTEED
IN 3 SECTIONS
OPEN // U1950 // U1650
& a U2100 PRIZE in the OPEN SECTION!
SEPTEMBER 20, 2014
NM Harry Lyman, a gentleman and a mentor to us all.
BCC PLAYING HALL, SOMERVILLE MA
BCC PLAYING HALL, YWCA, BOSTON
BCC HOSTS ASPIS PRIZE
BCC YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN UNION
BOYLSTON STREET, BOSTON MA
Frank Ferdinand, Harvard '34, BCC Day Manager
WALLS OF THE BCC, SOMERVILLE MA
From the front door looking towards the skittles room.
PHOTO GALLERY, SKITTLES ROOM
Featuring the trophy cabinet.
TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR STATION AND CABINETS
Bernardo Iglesias, Chief TD
BCC SOMERVILLE, MA NORTH WALL // BOOKCASES
BCC PAIRINGS AND CROSSTABLES BOARD
BCC SOMERVILLE, MA WEST WALL
Note: Harry Lyman Portrait (center, right) 
overlooking the 2 master tables.
BOYLSTON CHESS CLUB
STRIVING FOR CHESS EXCELLENCE
IN THE DIGITAL AGE
CHESS MASTERS
GM Alexnder Ivanov, No. 4 in MA, playing for NE Nor'Easters.
NM Alexander Ivanov vs NM Bill Kelleher, BCC Blitz Tournament
YMCU, Boston, circa 1989. [Note: Alex is now a GM and
Bill is an FM, and served as a regional FIDE Vice President]
BCC: TONY MILES MEMORIAL 2014
NM Timothy Sage, Professor of Physics,, NU plays FM Bill Kelleher 
(ranked No. 15 in MA) in Round 3. [Note: Bernardo Iglesias, TD and 
Natasha Christiansen, event sponsor (center, standing), observe.]
BCC GM MENTOR // CHAMPION OF CHESS
                                                                    PHOTO: NATASHA CHRISTIANSEN
3 Time USA Chess Champion gives a simul at the BCC, Somerville, MA
GM Larry Christiansen, plays chess at the BCC and is ranked No. 1 in MA. 
GM Larry C makes some humorous introductory remarks at
the commencement of the Tony Miles Memorial 2014, which
he and his wife, Natasha (right) sponsored.
A CHESS PROFESSIONAL

IM David Vigorito, former BCC President,
Club Champion, and Manager, US Chess League Team: 
Nor'Easters, plays at the BCC, and is ranked No. 6 in MA.
FM Steve Winer plays IM Marc Esserman at the BCC.
Steve is ranked No. 11 and Marc is No. 5 on MACA rating list.
DEEP THINKER
FM Chris Chase, long-time BCC member,
Board member, former Club Champion; ranked No. 12 
in MA & is current chair: BCC new-site search committee. 
CONSUMATE MASTER
NM Eric Godin has been with the BCC since the
YWCA site and has won many tournaments throughout
the years. He is currently the BCC Vice President.
NM Lawyer Times, former BCC Champion, and current US Chess League: 
Nor'Easter's player @ BCC site. Lawyer is ranked No. 24 in MA overall.
ROOK-LIFT INJURY
Former BCC Champ Lawyer Times sustained an injury
to his Achilles tendon. We wish him a speedy recover.
NM Siddharth Arun, No. 29 in MA
NM Hal Terrie, chess author and coach, ranked No. 33 in MA
FROM THE PAST
FM Paul MacIntyre, former BCC President and Club Champion.
MEN PLAY CHESS
Bob Oresick plays Tom Pendergast, R=3 BCC Weaver Adams, 2013.
Bob has been a life-blood for the BCC, preserving essential photos
of the Club taken by me and others throughout the Club's history.
He is currently the BCC Treasurer. Bob is a retired dean of Boston
University and was instrumental in organizing many BU Open Chess
events during his tenure at the BU.  Bob is scheduled to go in for major 
surgery in the near future and I would be remiss if I did not shout out a 
communal "speedy recovery" and hope that Bob will heal up nicely and be back 
with all of us at the BCC, playing and directing as he has done in the past so well.
BCC CHESS CAMP
NM Jacob Rasin, Soviet trained chess master, (No. 20 in MA)
has devoted his life to teaching kids chess in the New England area for decades.
WITH LOVE FROM THE USSR
NM Avraam Pismennyy plays chess at the BCC
because he loves chess, not for the prize money!
MATH, ENGINEERING AND CHESS
NM Almir Dzumaev, visiting scholar 
at MIT and Harvard, from Moscow, Russia, 
played in a number of BCC events in 2013-2014.
MUSIC AND CHESS
FM Nathan Resika is an opera singer and a
chess coach, now living in New York City.
He spent many years in Boston, playing at the BCC.
19TH CENTURY BCC: YOUNG MEN'S CHRISTIAN UNION
CHESS: A GENTLEMEN'S GAME
Harry Nelson Pillsbury played chess in the back room
of the Young Men's Christian Union, the first home
of the Boylston Chess Club, on Boylston St., Boston.
THE WINNINGEST MASTER IN NEW ENGLAND
FM John Curdo (center) plays chess at the BCC, YWCA, 1995.
John has won more tournaments than any other master in N.E. 
[Note: background "Mural of Masters" by Steve Stepak.]
IM Bill Paschall, was BCC Champion in 2002 & 
NE Open Co-Champion in 2013 and is currently 
ranked No. 9 in MA.
SUPERMAN AT THE BCC
Clark Kent, a.k.a. NM Chris Williams, No. 22 in MA plays
and wins at the BCC, especially the Thursday Night
Swiss (TNS, an event for the serious player).
Chris is in contention for the BCC Championship,
which is in its 3rd round for the 2014 cycle.
PERFECT
NM Farzad Abdi, No. 26 in MA playing the 2014
BCC Championship, Round 2.
PHYSICS AND CHESS
NM Timothy Sage, ranked No. 31 in MA from the Physics Department
of Northeastern University, Boston is seen here playing in Round 3 
of the BCC Championship 2014.
KIDS: THE FUTURE OF THE 
BOYLSTON CHESS CLUB
THE BCC PROVIDES MANY A SCHOLASTIC CHESS STAR
THE CHANCE TO MASTER THE TECHNIQUES THE ROYAL GAME
MASSACHUSETTS STATE CHESS CHAMPION 2014
15 yr old NM Mika Brattain won the National 8th Grade Ch in 2011. 
Mika is ranked No. 3 in the USA for his age group and No. 10 in MA over 
all.  He is currently competing in the BCC Championship.
PLAYING SMART
NM Andrew Liu, 15 yrs old, seen here playing for NE Nor'Easters 
out of the BCC, is ranked No. 11 for his age group in the USA
and No. 23 in MA overall.
TALENTED PLAYERS AT THE BCC
Oliver Traldi plays Michelle Chen, 2013.
10 yr old Brandon Wu. Brandon is ranked No. 14
for his age group in the USA.
EXPERT INTERNET CHESS PLAYER
10 yr old Carissa Yip plays Board 4 for NE Nor'easters.
Carissa is No. 2 for 10 yr olds in the USA (August, 2014)
ON THE ROAD TO CHESS MASTERY
Nithin Kavi is a regular player at the BCC Saturday 
tournaments. He is ranked No. 26 in the USA for 12 yr olds.
Impressive at 6 yrs old, now 7 . . . 
Derek Jin, studies hard and plays thoughtfully. He is No. 1 for his age 
in MA and 8 in the USA; he has won games at the BCC from a number 
of adults who were surprised at his precision. Way to Go Derek!
Jason Tang, ranked No. 15 for his age group in USA.
Maxwell Zhao, BCC regular, ranked No. 50
for age 10 in USA.
5 yr old Winston Zhao at the BCC. Winston is now
7 yrs old and ranked 39th in the USA.

Alex Yu at the BCC (background): David Sun.
Alex is ranked No. 56 for 10 yr olds in the USA.
LEARNING THE ROPES FROM A VETERAN
Harold Dondis puts Michael Yu to the test in a BCC tournament
game. Michael is ranked 64th in the USA for 11 yr olds.

Achyuta Rajaram: top scholastic player in MA
David Zhou 8 yrs old: 42nd in USA.
CREATIVE MIND

Eddie Wei, ranked No. 16 in USA for 8 yr olds. No. 1 in MA.
EMULATION
5 yr old Evan Wei, Eddie's younger brother.
Aashish Welling: top ranked in Massachusetts
CREATIVE CHESS
Masterly Expert: Jesse Nicholas
Expert Alex Slive, long-time player at the BCC and the man
who fixes anything that breaks at the Club!  Thank you Alex!
STUDYING THE BRAIN AND CHESS
Elia Samuel Harmatz, MIT neuroscientist, plays the black
pieces in a BCC event vs Ed Chiu with the red ear plugs!
(background): Daniel Zhou
PRE-GAME COMRADERY
  KIDS PLAY CHESS
Joy Cao, Evan Wei, Arjun Girish
Evan Wei, black vs Raymond Xu
YOUNGEST AND OLDEST
5 yr old Evan Wei plays Harold Dondis, who will be
92 years young on October 1, 2014: happy birthday HD!
Harold is the oldest active amateur tournament chess player
in the world.
Boshen Li
BCC JUNIOR REGULARS
Eric Feng and Lucy Cai
Sandeep Shankar, BCC junior regular.
Mrudula Nambiar (USCF 1945) plays Conway Xu in BCC June GP 2014
MIT COMPUTER SCIENCE STUDENT
Yang Dai at the BCC. Yang is ranked 11th for
females U21 in the USA.
Daniel Zhou (right) at the BCC (David's older brother)
SERIOUS DUDE
Tom Shneer, 15 yrs old, is actually quite a friendly
fellow and has improved his rating over 200
points since beginning to play at the BCC.
FROM NEW HAMPSHIRE
High Schooler Arthur Tang travels all the way from
University of New Hampshire where his parents
teach, to the BCC.  Arthur is now playing out of 
Maryland (college already?) . . . 
TOURNAMENT CHESS AT ITS BEST
A MIXTURE OF REGULARS AND NEW FACES
(left to right): Sammi Pan, David Martin, Mr. Brown, Seth Lieberman.
FAMILY FAUMAN: ALEX, BEN, CHARLIE, ERIC,
JACOB, AND LEO . .  
Alex Fauman defends vs Hector Perez, BCC May QUADS, 2013.
Matthew Manzo at the BCC.
Sammi Pan at the BCC, deep and talented.
CHESS AT THE BCC IS A FAMILY AFFAIR
Evan, Eddie and Jiong Wei
CHESS HISTORY
NM Anna Aksharumova looks at the position as World Chess
Champion, Gary Kasparov ponders his next move during
an 8 board master clock simultaneous exhibition at 
Sanders Theatre, Harvard University, 1989.
THE HEART OF THE BCC IS ITS REGULAR PLAYERS,
SOME OVER DECADES OF TOURNAMENT CHESS
CELEBRITY
Harold Dondis, Esq. has been a BCC member the longest.
Harold is a lawyer (arguing cases before the US Supreme Court) and
a Chess Journalist (publishing a chess column in the Boston
Globe) But Harold's real claim to fame is his win over Bobby
Fischer in a simul at the Wachusett Chess Club, Fitchburg.
Fischer v Dondis, Simul, 1964
1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Bc4 Nxe4 4.Qh5 Nd6 5.Bb3 Nc6 6.d4 Nxd4
7.Nd5 Ne6 8.Qxe5 c6 9.Nc3 Qf6 10.Qxf6 gxf6 11.Nge2 Nf5 12.g4
Nfd4 13.Nxd4 Nxd4 14.Be3 Nxb3 15.axb3 d5 16.Rxa7 Rxa7 17.Bxa7
Bxg4 18.Bd4 Be7 19.Kd2 c5 0-1
On October 1st, 2014, Harold will be 92 years young!
THE GENERAL
Terrence Fricker has been a long-standing chess player at 
the BCC. He is currently playing in the BCC Hauptturnier.
ACTION ON THE BATTLE FIELD
 
Derek Jin engages Terrence Fricker in the Charles Draft
Memorial Tournament 2014: This time the general won!
Richard Kahn observes.
BCC HAUPTTURNIER 2014
Frank Frazier vs Terrence Fricker, Round 2.
(background): Ross Eldridge, black vs Jonathan Lee.
VETERANS AT PLAY
Paul Mishkin, Esq. (left) has played many tournaments 
at all 3 sites of the BCC. Natasha Christiansen, Esq. (center)
and Robert Title, (far right).
PRE-GAME ANIMATED CONVERSATION AT THE BCC

Loring Lauretti, black vs Professor Jerry Williams.
SCIENTIST CHESS PLAYER
Will Wisdom at the BCC: not afraid to
experiment with the position.
YOUNG AND OLD
(left) Carissa Yip thinking.  (right) Tim O'Malley, tournament winner
and member, BCC Board of Directors, readying his thoughts.
BCC GUARDIAN ANGEL
Natasha Christiansen, Esq. BCC regular, patron and
member, BCC Board of Directors.
BIG AND LITTLE
Alex Brown plays Joy Cao at the BCC.
HARD WORKING AND PATIENT
Bernardo Iglesias, BCC Chief  TD for decades.
A YOUNG MAN OF MANY TALENTS
Nathan Smolensky, BCC TD, former BCC President,
Massachusetts Chess Association President (current)
and Editor, Chess Horizons (current).
BOYLSTON CHESS CLUB AS AN 
EDUCATIONAL RESOURCE
Mom helps the kids with a post-mortem at the BCC.
AT THE DEMONSTRATION BOARD
Kids form a study group to go over a salient
position of interest.
ADULT EDUCATION
Post-mortem at the Boylston Chess Club.
PARENTS MAKE IT ALL POSSIBLE
Suraj's mom and Bernie Xu's mom talk about stuff.
This photo highlights the fact that it is the parents of these
scholastic stars who do a lot of work to get their kids ready
for tournaments, feed them, console them, delight in their
accomplishments, and are patient enough to sit and wait for
their sweet children to finish their tournament games.
Without the parents, there would be no children at the BCC.
And without the children, there would be no future for the BCC.
So a special "thank you" to all the parents who take the
time to care for their kids and help them further their
tournament chess careers.  Bravo dads!  Brava moms!
And 3 cheers to the grandparents too!
A DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE
Dr. Chase Yarbrough, MD is a pediatric resident
at Boston Children's Hospital. He learned chess
in medical school and has played 2 tournaments
at the BCC. Bravo, Chase!
CHESS: A CATALYST FOR CREATIVITY
BCC Regular, Ed Chiu contemplates his position 
during a tournament game.
A FITTING GESTURE OF APPRECIATION
I am sure that if Harry Lyman could see my photo essay promoting his tournament, 
he would be pleased to note the participation of people of all ages, the 
accomplishments of the scholastic stars and the contribution that girls and women
bring forth in making the game of chess a truly remarkable activity on an intellectual, 
social and sporting level. The Boylston Chess Club is facing challenging times.
Due to plans to renovate the 140 Elm Street Building which is our place now, we will 
be obliged to pack up and move. To where? We have yet to find a place which we 
can afford which accommodates our needs: clean, well-lit, well-heated, secure, quiet . . . 
The Harry Lyman Memorial will be the last major fund-raising
event of the 2014 season. It is my hope to see a big crowd to
celebrate the memory and legacy of Harry Lyman.
It would be a smashing success if we could have 55+1 players.
We did have 55 players for the Tony Miles Memorial 2014.
My "pitch" for this event: 
Come over to the BCC and become part of chess history!
I will be on-site, with camera in hand ready to take photos
of this event for the BCC archives and the annals of chess
in Massachusetts and New England, and for souvenirs for
the players and observers of this event.
My apologies to anyone who has been a contributing member or 
friend of the Boylston Chess Club over the years whose photo or 
name I did not include in this promo. The BCC is the sum total of all 
those who take the time to help out in various ways throughout the 
years and decades.  Without the efforts of all our members and 
friends, patrons and benefactors, we could not feature the successes
that the photos in this essay portray.  I can only say: "Thank
you for your efforts, one and all." And for those out there
who read this blog post who wish to know what they can do
to help out, I say: "Come on over and play in the Harry Lyman
Memorial."  You don't have to be a great chess players. You may
be rusty. No matter. Just come and participate in this most
important event. If the future of the BCC is unclear, at least
we can make our last big event of 2014 a resounding success.
Magnus Carlsen photo (left): JennyLu
Photo (right): Will Wisdom plays Tom Carr.
MASSACHUSETTS STATE CHAMPION
NM Mika Brattain invites you to play in the
Harry Lyman Memorial. He will be there!
Will you?
PHOTOS: STEVE STEPAK
Origami by Sami Pan