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12/31/2010FM John Curdo wins Greater Worcester Chess Club's Delectable December Open

FIDE master John Curdo of Auburn scored 3.5-0.5 to the win the Delectable December Open, held Thursday nights, December 2-30, at the Greater Worcester Chess Club in the Hibernian Cultural Centre in Worcester. Class A players Robert J. King and Michael Odell, both of Worcester, tied for 2nd-3rd place with 3-1 tallies. Richard Marseglia of Worcester won the top Under 1800 prize with a 1.5-2.5 result, while Alex Chand of Worcester and Marc Quevillon of Dayville, Connecticut shared the top Under 1600 prize with 1-3 performances. The tournament drew 11 players and was directed by Joseph Alfano of Holden, assisted by Robert J. King, for the sponsoring ChessPals affiliate.

George Mirijanian
MACA Board Member

12/30/2010BCF Thursday Night Swiss ends in three-way tie for first

The BCF Thursday Night Swiss, held December 9-30 at the Boylston Chess Club in Somerville, ended in a three-way tie for first place. Sharing top honors with 3-1 scores were expert Alex Slive, a MACA life member from Cambridge, fellow expert Ted Cross of Arlington, and Class B entrant Khikmet Sadykov of Medford. Slive took half-point byes in rounds 1 and 3 but defeated Cross in the final round. The tournament drew 15 players and was directed by Bernardo Iglesias of Stoughton.

George Mirijanian
MACA Board Member

12/29/2010Manisy, Godin tie for first in George Sturgis Memorial

Michael Manisy, a 16-year-old high school student from Otter River, and Class A player Paul Godin, 61, of Burlington tied for 1st-2nd place in the George Sturgis Memorial tournament,, held Wednesday nights, December 1-29, at the Wachusett Chess Club in the McKay Campus School at Fitchburg State University. Both tallied 4-1 in a field of 30 players. Manisy defeated Godin in their head-to-head matchup in the fourth round. Manisy, who is expected to gain a Class A rating as a result of his performance, including two wins against "A" players, opted not to play the final round, allowing Godin the opportunity of pulling even with him with a win in that round. Tying for 3rd-5th  place with 3.5-1.5 scores were fellow Class A contestants Robert King of Worcester and Bruce Felton of Fitchburg, as well as Brian Biglow of Leominster. Deadlocked in sixth place with 3-2 results were 1999 club champion Geoff LePoer of Westford, 2008 club champion Martin Laine of Lunenburg, Leonard Arsenault of Leominster, and George Miller of Ashburnham. George Mirijanian of Fitchburg, assisted by Dave Couture of Westminster, directed. The tournament honored the memory of George Sturgis (1891-1944), the first USCF president elected in 1939 and a Massachusetts State Chess Association president during the 1930s.

George Mirijanian
MACA Board Member

12/29/2010Andrew Hoy wins Sven Brask Chess Club's Year End Open

Expert Andrew Hoy of Mansfield, a 2006 graduate of Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood, tallied 4.5-0.5 to win the Sven Brask Chess Club's Year End Open tournament, played Wednesday nights, December 1-29, at United Methodist Church in Plainville. Tying for 2nd-3rd place with scores of 3.5-1.5 were fellow expert Lawrence Dean, 59, of Norton, and Class A participant James Aspinall, 43, of Mansfield. The event drew 15 players and was directed by James Aspinall.

George Mirijanian
MACA Board Member

12/28/2010Ken Ballou resigns as MACA president

Kenneth Robert Ballou has resigned as MACA president and from all MACA committee positions, effective immediately. The 49-year-old Framingham resident, who was elected president in May 2010, had served on the MACA board of directors for the past five years. During those years he served in various capacities, including as vice president (2009-2010), tournament coordinator and subsequently tournament committee chairman, elections commissioner, college chess coordinator, and occasionally as acting clerk. A national tournament director with 156 events and 686 sections directed since January 1, 1991, Ballou is one of the most active TDs in the country and among the top three TDs in New England. He is the chief and most active TD at the Metrowest Chess Club in Natick, the largest club in New England and possibly the largest in the country, based on weeknight attendance at its Tuesday night sessions. He has been a Massachusetts delegate to the USCF for the past several years.

George Mirijanian
MACA Board Member

12/28/2010Shmelov, Foygel share top honors in MCC Holiday Cheer Swiss

USCF life senior master Denys Shmelov of Pepperell and international master Igor Foygel of Brookline tied for 1st-2nd place in the Metrowest Chess Club's Holiday Cheer Swiss tournament, held Tuesday nights, December 7-28, at the Kennedy Senior Center in Natick. Both masters tallied 3.5-0.5, including a draw with one another in the third round. Tying for third place with 3-1 scores were FIDE master John Curdo of Auburn and national master Benjamin Goldberg of Cumberland, Rhode Island. Charlie Fauman, 12, of Newton won the Under 2000 section with a score of 3.5-0.5. Tying for 2nd-4th place with 3-1 results were Mark Fins of Newton, MIT professor Oleg Poliannikov of Brookline, and Larry Eldridge of West Newton. The Under 1700 section saw a two-way tie for first place between Rohan Shankar, 13, of Sudbury and Daniel Blessing, 12, of Medfield. Both scored 3.5-0.5. Scott Stapel of Auburn, New Hampshire was the winner in the Under 1400 section, tallying 3.5-0.5. Tying for 2nd-4th place with 3-1 scores were Harvey Reed of Natick, Kenneth Brisbois of Framingham, and Sandeep Shankar, 10, of Sudbury. The four-section tournament drew 67 players and was directed by national TD Ken Ballou of Framingham, assisted by Matthew Phelps of Groton.

George Mirijanian
MACA Board Member

12/24/2010MACA releases state's Top 20 rating list

The Massachusetts Chess Association, the official governing body for chess in the commonwealth, released today the Top 20 list of the highest-rated players in the state who are current members of the U.S. Chess Federation.  Ratings are based on official USCF ratings as of January 1, 2011. Included are only those players who are registered as Massachusetts residents with the USCF and who have had rating activity within the past year.

  • 1. GM Larry Christiansen, 54, of Cambridge - 2665
  • 2. GM Alexander Ivanov, 54, of Newton - 2589
  • 3. GM Eugene Perelshteyn, 30, of Swampscott - 2588
  • 4. Denys Shmelov, 24, of Pepperell - 2515
  • 5. IM David Vigorito, 40, of Somerville - 2515
  • 6. IM Marc Esserman, 27, of Somerville - 2513
  • 7. IM Igor Foygel, 63, of Brookline - 2505
  • 8. FM Charles Riordan, 31, of Somerville - 2437
  • 9. FM Steven Winer, 29, of Melrose - 2433
  • 10. IM William Paschall, 38, of South Yarmouth - 2406
  • 11. FM William Kelleher, 61, of Watertown - 2392
  • 12. FM Christopher Chase, 54, of Somerville - 2380
  • 13. IM James Rizzitano, 49, of Southborough - 2361
  • 14. FM Paul MacIntyre, 48, of Malden - 2346
  • 15. FM Oliver Kniest, 35, of Boston - 2327
  • 16. Alex Cherniack, 46, of Watertown - 2311
  • 17. Max Enkin, 21, of Peabody - 2305
  • 18. Avraam Pismennyy, 73, of Salem - 2303
  • 19. FM John Curdo, 79, of Auburn - 2285
  • 20. Lawyer Times, 46, of Hyde Park - 2257

George Mirijanian
MACA Board Member

12/22/2010Paulson, Vaughan share top honors in Billerica December Swiss

Expert Raymond Paulson of Lowell and Class A player John Vaughan of Burlington tallied 3-1 to tie for 1st-2nd place in the Billerica Chess Club's December Swiss, held Friday nights during the month at the Billerica Council on Aging Building, aka Senior Center, in Billerica. Vaughan, who was leading the tournament after three rounds, chose not to play the final round. Tying for 3rd-5th place with scores of 2.5-1.5 were expert Arthur Nugent of Beverly (who drew Paulson in the final round), Class A entrant Jeffrey Caruso of Peabody (who drew Paulson in the second round but lost to Vaughan in the third round), and Class B participant Meyer Billmers of Lexington (who lost to Paulson in the third round). The tournament drew 13 players and was directed by Nathan Smith of Derry, New Hampshire.

George Mirijanian
MACA Board Member

12/19/2010Ivanov, Finney among prize winners in Atlantic City International Tournament

Grandmaster Alexander Ivanov of Newton, Mass. and 15-year-old Stuart Finney of Barrington, Rhode Island were among the prize winners in the Atlantic City International Tournament, held December 17-19 at the Sheraton Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Both MACA members competed in the Open section of the event, which saw GMs Gata Kamsky, the reigning U.S. champion, and Loek Van Wely of the Netherlands tie for 1st-2nd place with 5-1 scores. Ivanov, who lost to Kamsky in the third round but defeated fourth-ranked GM Alexander Shabalov in the final round, tallied 4.5-1.5 to tie for 3rd-4th place with fellow GM Nick DeFirmian. Finney chalked up a 3-3 score, including wins against Juan Sena of New York, a USCF life master from the Domincan Republic, and international master Bryan Smith of Pennsylvania. The was good enough for Finney to tie for 1st Under 2300, take home prize money, and achieve a national master's rating of 2208 for the first time in his career. He has been playing rated chess since he was nearly 7 years old in early December 2001. Other Massachusetts players winning prize money were Brandeis University student Evan Rabin, who scored 4-2 to tie for 4th-7th place in the Under 2200 section, and James Krycka of Shirley, who tallied 3-3 to tie for 8th-9th place in the Under 1600 section. The tournament drew 161 players in seven sections and was directed by FIDE arbiter Wayne Clark of Illinois, assisted by international arbiter Christopher Bird of Melrose, Mass., for the sponsoring Illinois-based Bubbacat Chess affiliate. Glenn Panner and Tim Just organized the event.

George Mirijanian
MACA Board Member

12/18/2010Evan Rabin runner-up in Atlantic City International Blitz Tournament

Brandeis University student Evan Rabin of Waltham tallied 7.5-2.5 in a five-round double Swiss to finish as runnerup in the Atlantic City International Blitz Tournament, held Saturday, December 18, at the Sheraton Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Rabin drew and lost to the tournament winner, international master Bryan Smith of Pennsylvania, who ended up with a score of 8-2. The event drew 20 players in two sections and was directed by international arbiter Christopher Bird, a MACA member from Melrose, Mass. He was assisted by Hal Sprechman of New Jersey.

George Mirijanian
MACA Board Member

12/18/2010FM Christopher Chase wins Harry Lyman Memorial

FIDE master Christopher Chase of Somerville won the Harry Lyman Memorial tournament on Saturday, December 18, at the Boylston Chess Club in Somerville. The 54-year-old Boylston CC champion tallied 3.5-0.5 to take home first prize in a field of 22 players. Tying for second place with 3-1 scores were 73-year-old USCF life master Avraam Pismennyy of Salem (who drew Chase in the final round) and three Class A contestants: former Florida resident Emmanuel Mevs, 17-year-old Jesse Nicholas of Newton (who lost to Chase in the third round), and 22-year-old Austin, Texas native Tyson Slesnick of Boston (who took a half-point bye in the last round). Bernardo Iglesias of Stoughton directed the tournament, which honored the memory of 1957 U.S. Amateur champion and three-time New England champion Henry "Harry" Lyman (1915-1999) of Saugus. Lyman was the "Dean of Boston Chess" and was active for many years as a player, teacher and patron at the Boylston Chess Club.

George Mirijanian
MACA Board Member

12/17/2010Raymond Paulson victorious in Newburyport Chess Club Tournament #102

Raymond Paulson regained his expert''s rating by winning the Newburyport Chess Club Tournament #102, held Thursday nights, November 4 through December 16, at Hope Community Church in Newburyport. The 54-year-old Lowell resident tallied 5.5-0.5 in a field of 20 players. Tying for 2nd-3rd place with scores of 3.5-2.5 were Class A participants Ronald Burris, 62, of North Hampton, New Hampshire and Arthur King, 60, of Haverhill. John Elmore of Stratham, New Hampshire directed.

George Mirijanian
MACA Board Member

12/12/201016th Papa Gino's tournament in Waltham draws 24 players

The 16th Papa Gino's tournament in Waltham on Sunday, December 12, drew 24 players in two sections. Winning section 1 with a perfect 4-0 score was Aashish Welling of Nashua, New Hampshire. Tying for first place in Section 2 with 3.5-0.5 tallies were 7-year-old Carissa Yip of Chelmsford and 8-year-old Maxwell Wang of Acton. They drew in the second round. Matt Gosselin of Medford directed the event for the sponsoring MARI affiliate.

George Mirijanian
MACA Board Member

12/12/2010GM Alexander Ivanov sweeps BCF Quick Chess tournament

Grandmaster Alexander Ivanov of Newton swept to a 5-0 victory in the BCF Quick Chess tournament, held Sunday, December 12, at the Boylston Chess Club in Somerville. Finishing as runner-up in the six-player round-robin event was Class B entrant Daniel Schmidt of Somerville. He tallied 3.5-1.5. Bernardo Iglesias of Stoughton directed.

George Mirijanian
MACA Board Member

12/12/2010USCF life master Miro Reverby wins 110th Rhode Island Pawn Eater

USCF life master Miro Reverby of Providence, Rhode Island tallied a perfect 4-0 to finish first in the Open section of the 110th Rhode Island Pawn Eater tournament on Sunday, December 12, in Providence. Aidan Sowa of North Kingstown, R.I. won the Under 1500 section with a 3-1 score. The two-section event drew 21 players, including one player who contested only a side game. Frank Vogel III directed the tournament for the sponsoring Rhode Island Chess Association.

George Mirijanian
MACA Board Member

12/11/20101st Saint Nick Amateur tournament draws 18 players

The 1st Saint Nick Amateur tournament, held Saturday, December 11, at the Holyoke Public Library in Holyoke drew 18 players in two sections. Winning the Top section with a score of 3.5-0.5 was Jesse Anderson of Vermont. Jaime Cintron of Springfield was second with a 3-1 tally. Alexander George finished first in the Booster section with a 3.5-0.5, while fellow Mass. players Lester Hutton and Edward Kostreba of Ware tied for second place with 3-1 results. Vincent Bradley III directed the event for fhe sponsoring Western Massachusetts Chess Association.

George Mirijanian
MACA Board Member

12/11/2010Theil, Seehaus share top honors in Albert Hodges Memorial

National master Carey Theil of Arlington and German-born expert Dr. Bernhard Seehaus tallied 3-1 to tie for first place in the Albert Hodges Memorial tournament, held Saturday, December 11, at the Boylston Chess Club in Somerville. Tying as runners-up with 2.5-1.5 scores were FIDE master Christopher Chase of Somerville, Class A player Vikas Shiva of Lexington, and tournament director Bernardo Iglesias of Stoughton, the last of whom regained his Class A rating after winning one game and drawing three, including one with Theil in the first round. The tournament drew 14 players and honored the memory of 1895 U.S. champion Albert Hodges (1861-1944), whose main claim to fame was that he played inside Ajeeb, the 19th century chess automaton.

George Mirijanian
MACA Board Member

12/10/2010Waltham Fireplace Game/60 tournament ends in four-way tie for first

The Waltham Chess Club's Fireplace Game/60 tournament, held Friday night, December 10, in the cafeteria of the IBM Office Building in Waltham ended in a four-way tie for first place. Sharing top honors with 2-0 scores were USCF life senior master Denys Shmelov of Pepperell, expert Todd Chase of Weston, Class A entrant Daniel Shapiro of Cambridge, and 9-year-old Class C participant Nithin Kavi of Acton. The tournament drew 18 players and was directed by Nicholas Sterling of Needham.

George Mirijanian
MACA Board Member

12/6/2010Sherif Khater wins 35th New Hampshire Amateur Championship

Expert Sherif Khater of Nashua, New Hampshire tallied 3.5-0.5 to win the 35th New Hampshire Amateur Championship, held Saturday, December 4, at the Comfort Inn in Manchester, N.H. Tying as runners-up with 2.5-1.5 scores were fellow expert John Elmore of Stratham, N.H., and Class A entrants Jeffrey Ames of Weirs Beach, N.H. and Robert Messenger of Nashua. Thomas Provost Sr., a Class B player from Canterbury, N.H. finished first in the Intermediate section with a score of 3.5-0.5. Tying as runners-up with 3-1 results were fellow "B" participants Thomas Laaman of Madbury, N.H., Jason Havener of Berlin, N.H., and David McGrath of Amherst, N.H. The Novice section ended in a three-way tie for first place among Granite State players Eric Heinecke, Jenny Ma and Donald Ekberg - all with 3-1 tallies. The three-section tournament drew a total of 42 players, including one who played only a side game. Associate national TD Alex Relyea of Bedford, N.H., assisted by his wife, Nita Patel, and New Hampshire Chess Association president John Elmore, directed the event for the sponsoring NHCA.

George Mirijanian
MACA Board Member

12/4/2010GM Alexander Ivanov wins Blackstone December Derby

Grandmaster Alexander Ivanov of Newton chalked up a perfect score of 3-0 to win  first place ih the Blackstone December Derby tournament, held Saturday, December 4, at the Blackstone Chess Center in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Finishing as runner-up with a 2.5-0.5 tally was USCF life master Miro Reverby of Providence, R.I. Benjamin Goldberg of Cumberland, R. I. and fellow Ocean State player Warren MacKenzie tied for third place with 2-1 results. The event drew 11 players and was directed by David Harris of Providence.

George Mirijanian
MACA Board Member

12/3/2010GM Christiansen defeats FM Chase in mini-match at Boylston CC

In an impromptu mini-match held Friday, December 3, at the Boylston Chess Club in Somerville, grandmaster Larry Christiansen of Cambridge defeated FIDE master Christopher Chase of Somerville, The 54-year-old GM downed the 54-year-old BCC champion, 2-0. Match director was Bernardo Iglesias of Stoughton.

George Mirijanian
MACA Board Member

12/3/2010Denys Shmelov wins Waltham First Friday Tournament #104

USCF life senior master Denys Shmelov of Pepperell scored a perfect 7-0 to win the top section of the Waltham Chess Club's First Friday Tournament #104, held December 3 in the cafeteria of the IBM Office Building in Waltham. Tying as runners-up with 4.5-2.5 tallies were Class A players Roman Brusovankin of Stoughton, a 29-year-old Boston University graduate who has not played rated chess in nearly five years, and 12-year-old Andrew Liu of Westborough. Ten-year-old Allen Wang of Acton tallied 6.5-0.5 to win first place in Section 2. Tying for the runner-up position with 4-3 results were Nicholas Sterling of Needham, 11-year-old Eric Liu of Acton and 10-year-old Brandon Wu of Littleton. The two-section Game/10 tournament drew 19 players and was directed by Nicholas Sterling.

George Mirijanian
MACA Board Member

12/2/2010Moiz Mutlu, former USCF member from Worcester, dies at age 69

Moiz Mutlu, a former USCF member from Worcester, Mass., died Wednesday, December 1, in St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester. He was 69. He was born on May 23, 1941 in Istanbul, Turkey, the son of Sami and Elise (Bahar) Mutlu, and had lived in Worcester from 1960 to 1996 before moving that year to Ra'anana, Israel. He lived in Israel until 2000 and then returned to Worcester. He earned a master's degree in mathematics in 1968 from Clark University in Worcester. Mr. Mutlu had been a computer programmer at various banks, including the Worcester County National Bank, Shawmut Bank, and later Mechanics Bank before he retired. He was an avid chess player and played in the Worcester commerical chess leagues during the 1960s. Besides his father, living in Worcester, he is survived by his wife of 40 years, Dora (Ludvigson) Mutlu; three sons, three daughters, two grandsons, and a younger brother, Izak Mutlu of San Ramon, California, who served on the MACA board of directors during the 1970s. His funeral was held today in Worcester. Burial was in Worcester Hebrew Cemetery in Auburn, Mass.

George Mirijanian
MACA Board Member

12/1/2010November tournament winners at various Massachusetts chess clubs

The following are winners in top sections of rated tournaments held in November at various chess clubs in Massachusetts:

  • MCC Thanksgiving Swiss (Metrowest CC, Natick, 79 players): IM Igor Foygel, 4.5-0.5
  • BCF $10 Open (Boylston CC, Somerville, 31 players): GM Larry Christiansen, 4-0
  • Edmund Wheeler Memorial (Wachusett CC, Fitchburg, 28 players): Paul Godin, 4.5-0.5
  • Greg Hager Memorial (Boylston CC, 20 players): Charles Riordan, Carey Theil, Dr. Bernhard Seehaus, 3.5-0.5
  • Waltham November G/20 (Waltham CC, 20 players): Denys Shmelov, Evan Rabin, 3.5-0.5
  • Fall Classic (Sven Brask CC, Plainville, 17 players): John McCauley, Jack Correia, Andrew Hoy, 4.5-1.5
  • Waltham Day of Thanks G/60 (Waltham CC, 16 players): Denys Shmelov, Todd Chase, 2-0
  • Waltham First Friday #103 (Waltham CC, 16 players): Denys Shmelov, 7-0
  • Billerica November Swiss (Billerica CC, 15 players): Jeffrey Caruso, 3-1
  • Noble November Open (Greater Worcester CC, 15 players): FM John Curdo, 4.5-1.5
  • Nov. 13 BCF Quads (Boylston CC, Somerville, 14 players): FM Christopher Chase, 3-0
  • November Quick Chess (Greater Worcester CC, 9 players): Donna Alarie, 3-0
  • BCC Hauptturnier (Boylston CC, Somerville, 9 players): Jonathan Lee, 7-1
  • Nov. 28 Scholastic (Boylston CC, Somerville, 2 players): Shuvom Sadhuka, 1.5-0.5

George Mirijanian
MACA Board Member

12/1/2010NM Alex Fikiet and "A" player Mark Bourque tie for first in 30th Willimantic Fall Open

National master Alex Fikiet and Class A player Mark Bourque tied for first place in the 30th Williamantic Fall Open, held Sundays, October 31 through November 28, at the University of Connecticut at Storrs. Fikiet, a 16-year-old UConn student, and Bourque, who hails from Stafford Springs, Conn., ended up with scores of 5-1. Fikiet's only loss was to Bourque in the third round. Bourque's points included two half-point byes and a forfeit win in the penultimate round. The tournament drew 11 players and was directed by Tom Hartmayer, assisted by Alan Pinto Jr., for the sponsoring UConn Chess Club.

George Mirijanian
MACA Board Member

11/30/2010IM Igor Foygel wins MCC Thanksgiving Swiss

International master Igor Foygel of Brookline tallied 4.5-0.5 to win the Metrowest Chess Club's Thanksgiving Swiss, held Tuesday nights, November 2-30, at the Kennedy Senior Center in Natick. Capturing second place with a 4-1 soore was expert John Chamberlain of Natick. Tying for third place with 3.5-1.5 results were FIDE master John Curdo of Auburn, grandmaster Arthur Bisguier of Wellesley and newly certified master Benjamin Goldberg of Cumberland, Rhode Island. Ethan Thompson of Ashland scored 4.5-0.5 to finish first in the Under 2000 section. Mark Kaprielian of Framingham was second with a 4-1 tally. Robert Taussig was the winner of the Under 1700 section with a score of 4.5-0.5, while Jenshiang Hong of Lexington ended up as runner-up with a 4-1 performance. The Under 1400 section ended in a three-way for first among Harvey Reed of Natick, Franklin Lu of Boxborough and Kenneth Brisbois of Framingham. The four-section tournament drew 77 players, with two additional players contesting side games. Ken Ballou of Framingham, assisted by Matthew Phelps of Groton, directed.

George Mirijanian
MACA Board Member

11/28/2010IMs Vojinovic, Vigorito tie with Shmelov for first in Pillsbury Memorial

International master Goran Vojinovic, a noted chess coach from Serbia who recently moved to Wayland, Massachusetts from Ohio, tied with fellow IM David Vigorito of Somerville and USCF senior life master Denys Shmelov of Pepperell for 1st-3rd place in the Harry Nelson Pillsbury Memorial tournament on Sunday, November 28, at the Leominster Veterans Center in Leominster. The trio tallied 3.5-0.5 in an Open section field of 23 players. Capturing the top Under 2100 prize with a 3-1 score was Winston Huang of Newton. Sharing the 2nd Under 2100 prize with 2.5-1.5 results were Zaroug Jaleel of Lexington, Jacob Fauman of Newton and John Elmore of Stratham, New Hampshire. Philip Lowell Jr. of Westbrook, Maine, Daniel Pascetta of South Glastonbury, Connecticut and Jason Tang of Belmont shared top honors in the 13-player Under 1900 section, where they finished with scores of 3-1 and divided the top two prizes as well as the top Under 1750 prize. Thomas Brinkmann of Somerville and Andy Li of Acton tallied 3.5-0.5 to finish as the top two scorers in the 25-player Under 1600 section. Taking the 3rd-place prize with a 3-1 result was David Todd of Boxford. William Brown Jr. of Winchendon won the 1st Under 1300 prize with a 3-1 score, while James Zhou of Andover captured the 2nd Under 1300 prize with a 2.5-1.5 tally. The turnout of 61 players was the largest attendance for a Pillsbury Memorial in this decade. Directing the event for the sponsoring Massachusetts Chess Association was associate national TD Alex Relyea of Bedford, New Hampshire, assisted by his wife Nita Patel, and national TD and MACA president Ken Ballou of Framingham. Because of the larger attendance, the prize fund was increased by $300 - with more place and under prizes being given in the top and bottom sections. A special feature of the tournament was the broadcast on the Internet of LIVE games from the top two boards in the Open section for all four rounds, made possible by a loan of two DGT electronic boards from MACA life member Walter Champion of Wellesley. This was an historic first for the state association.

George Mirijanian
MACA Board Member

11/27/2010Pillsbury Memorial to broadcast games LIVE worldwide on the Internet

The Harry Nelson Pillsbury Memorial tournament, which will be played Sunday, November 28, at the Leominster Veterans Center, 100 West St., Leominster, Mass., will broadcast LIVE games on the Internet. The top two games from the Open section will be transmitted worldwide for each of the four rounds, starting at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. The broadcast is made possible by two DGT electronic chess boards, made available from MACA life member Walter Champion of Wellesley, Mass., who has graciously allowed MACA president Ken Ballou to use them for this special historic transmission of games from a MACA open tournament. The games can be accessed by either visiting directly http://www.sudburyriverchess.com/MACA/Pillsbury2010.html or clicking on the link on the MACA Website, www.masschess.org Among games that will be transmitted are ones by IM David Vigorito of Somerville, Mass., co-winner of last year's Pillsbury Memorial, and games by FIDE master William Kelleher of Watertown, Mass., winner of the event in 1999.

George Mirijanian
MACA Board Member

11/27/2010Greg Hager Memorial ends in three-way tie for first place

The Greg Hager Memorial tournament, held Saturday, November 27, at the Boylston Chess Club in Somerville, ended in a three-way tie for first place. Sharing top honors with scores of 3.5-0.5 were FIDE master Charles Riordan of Somerville as well as national master Carey Theil of Arlington and German-born expert Dr. Bernhard Seehaus. The last two drew each other in the final round, with Riordan counting among his wins victory over top-ranked GM Larry Christiansen of Cambridge in the penultimate round. The Game/60 event drew 20 players and was directed by Bernardo Iglesias of Stoughton.

George Mirijanian
MACA Board Member

11/22/2010MACA members among prize winners in New England Scholastic Championships

Younger members of the Massachusetts Chess Association were among the prize winnners - some of them top prize winners - in the 7th annual New England Scholastic Championships, held Saturday and Sunday, November 20-21, at the Sheraton Hotel at Bradley Airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut. National master Alex Fikiet, a MACA member from Storrs, Conn., who was competing as an 11th-grader in the high school section, captured first place in that section with a score of 6-1. He was the winner in last year's high school championship. Taking the 5th-place trophy on tiebreak with a 4-3 tally was Class A player Max Chia-Hsin Lu of Lexington, Mass., a 9th-grader at Concord (Mass.) Academy. High school senior William Andrade, a non-MACA member from Massachusetts, scored 3-4 to win the 2nd unrated trophy. Other Mass. players finished as follows:

MIDDLE SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIP

  • 1st: Siddharth Arun of Medfield, grade 7, 6.5-0.5
  • 3rd: Max Wiegand of Cambridge, grade 6, 4.5-2.5
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  • Buckingham, Browne and Nichols School in Cambridge won the top school trophy in the ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIP, with the following school players winning as follows:
  • 3rd: Benjamin Wiegand of Cambridge, grade 3, 4.5-2.5
  • 4th: Jeremy Tang of Southborough, grade 5, 4.5-2.5
  • 6th: Siddharth Simon of Newton, grade 4, 4-3
  • 9th: William Keating of Cambridge, grade 3, 4-3
  • 10th: Aurash Vatan of Lexington, grade 4, 3.5-3.5
  • 1st under 800: Andrew Keating of Cambridge, grade 4, 3-4
  • 17th: Campbell Bell of Somerville, grade 3, 2-5
  • 2nd unrated: Amy Khoshbin of Cambridge, grade 3, 1-6

PRIMARY SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIP

  • 7th: Nikita Roldan-Levchenko of Allston, grade 1, German International School, Boston, 3-4

The four-section tournament drew 67 players and was directed by Steve Immitt, assisted by Walter Browne Jr., for the sponsoring Continental Chess Association.

George Mirijanian
MACA Board Member

11/21/2010GM Alexander Ivanov wins Rhode Island Open; Ben Goldberg captures state title

Grandmaster Alexander Ivanov of Newton, Mass. tallied 3.5-0.5 to win the 119th Rhode Island Open, held Saturday, November 20, at the New England Institute of Technology in Warwick, R.I. Finishing second and capturing the championship title as the highest-scoring state resident was 30-year-old expert Benjamin Goldberg of Cumberland. He scored 3-1, including a draw with Ivanov in the third round and in the process attained a master's rating of 2201 for the first time in his career. Tying for third place with 2.5-1.5 results were FIDE master John Curdo of Auburn, Mass., and experts John Moran of Jefferson, Mass., and 15-year-old Stuart Finney of Barrington, R.I.  Tom Hartmayer of Storrs, Connecticut and Robert Messenger of Nashua, New Hampshire tied for 1st-2nd place in the Under 1900 section. They scored 3.5-0.5, including a draw with one another in the third round. Tying for third place with a 3-1 performance were John Venditto Jr. of Warwick and Cristian Estrada of Central Falls, R.I. Rhode Island players dominated the Under 1500 section, where Nicholas Liotta finished first with a score of 3.5-0.5. Tying for the 2nd- and 3rd-place prizes with 3-1 tallies were Louis Giarrusso, David Coccio and Michael Coppa. The three section, Game/75  tournament had 38 players, 10 of whom competed in the Open section (with one no-show), 14 players in the Under 1900 section, and 11 players in the Under 1500 section. In addition, side games were played by two more players. Frank Vogel III, assisted by Eric Berkey, directed for the sponsoring Rhode Island Chess Association.

George Mirijanian
MACA Board Member

11/21/2010New England Nor'easters win 2010 USCL Championship

By virtue of gaining a forfeit win on board 3, the New England Nor''easters won the 2010 U.S. Chess League Championship on Saturday, November 20, defeating the Miami Sharks, 3-1, The Sharks, the Western Division champions, were at a disadvantage when their third-board player was unable to make it to the playing site after experiencing car trouble. The following are board-by-board results, with the current ratings of the USCL players at the time of the match:

 NEW ENGLAND NOR'EASTERS    vs.       MIAMI SHARKS

  • IM Sam Shankland (2559)            1-0        GM Julio Becerra (2612)
  • IM Robert Hungaski (2549)          1-0        FM Marcel Martinez (2475)
  • FM Christopher Chase (2386)    1F-0F      FM Charles Galofre (2316)
  • NM Alex Cherniack (2311)           0-1        Nicholas Rosenthal (2017)

George Mirijanian
MACA Board Member

11/20/2010Waltham Day of Thanks Game/60 tournament draws 16 players

Sixteen players showed up to compete in the Waltham Chess Club's Day of Thanks Game/60 tournament on Friday night, November 19, in the IBM Office Building cafeteria in Waltham. Tying for first in Section 1 with 2-0 scores were USCF life senior master Denys Shmelov of Pepperell and expert Todd Chase of Weston. Jesse Klimov, a 14-year-old Class C player from Waban, captured first place in Section 2, also with a 2-0 score. Nicholas Sterling of Needham directed.

George Mirijanian
MACA Board Member

11/20/2010GM Larry Christiansen sweeps to victory in BCF $10 Open

Grandmaster Larry Christiansen of Cambridge swept to a 4-0 victory in the BCF $10 Open, held Saturday, November 20, at the Boylston Chess Club in Somerville. Tying as runners-up with scores of 3.5-0.5 were two German players: FIDE master Oliver Kniest and expert Dr. Bernhard Seehaus. The tournament drew 31 players and was directed by Bernardo Iglesias of Stoughton.

George Mirijanian
MACA Board Member

11/19/2010NM Sinclair Banks wins Maple Leaf Swiss

National master Sinclair Banks, a 51-year-old lawyer from Dighton, posted a perfect 3-0 score to win the Maple Leaf Swiss, held Thursday nights, November 4-18, at the Blackstone Chess Center in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Finishing as runner-up with a 2-1 tally was 81-year-old Class B participant Paul Gavlick, a Chess Horizons subscriber from North Providence, R.I. The tournament drew only six players and was directed by David Harris of Providence.

George Mirijanian
MACA Board Member

11/19/2010FM John Curdo scores another tournament win at Greater Worcester Chess Club

FIDE master John Curdo of Auburn won the Greater Worcester Chess Club's Noble November Open, held Thursday nights, November 4-18, at the Hibernian Cultural Centre in Worcester. Curdo, who celebrated his 79th birthday four days before the end of the tournament, finished with a score of 4.5-1.5. Capturing second place with a 4-2 tally was Class A player Robert King of Worcester. Tying for third place with 3.5-2.5 results were expert Muharrem Brahimaj and Class A participant Joshua Marcus, both also of Worcester. Richard Marseglia of Worcester won the Under 1800 prize with a 3-3 performance, while fellow Worcester resident Peter Shtudiner captured the Under 1600 prize with a score of 2.5-3.5. Joe Alfano of Holden, assisted by Donna Alarie of Rutland, directed.

George Mirijanian
MACA Board Member

11/18/2010Sven Brask Chess Club's Fall Classic ends in 5-way tie for first

The Sven Brask Chess Club's Fall Classic, originally scheduled as a four-round Swiss for the month of October, was extended by two rounds and played Wednesday nights, October 6 through November 17, at the United Methodist Church in Plainville. Five players tied for first place with scores of 4.5-1.5. They were experts John McCauley of Fall River, Jack Correia of Attleboro, Andrew Hoy of Mansfield, Lawrence Dean of Norton, as well as Class A entrant George Winsor of South Easton. The tournament drew 17 players and was directed by James Aspinall of Mansfield.

George Mirijanian
MACA Board Member

11/17/2010Paul Godin wins Edmund N. Wheeler Memorial

Paul Godin, a Class A player from Burlington, won the Edmund N. Wheeler Memorial tournament, played Wednesday nights, October 20 through November 17, at the Wachusett Chess Club at Fitchburg State University. The 1967 Wachusett CC champion tallied a winning score of 4.5-0.5 in a field of 28 players. Finishing second with a 4-1 result was nationally certified master John Moran of Jefferson. Tying for third place with scores of 3.5-1.5 were George Miller of Ashburnham, Kenneth Gurge of Leominster and Paul Lynch of Northborough. George Mirijanian of Fitchburg, assisted by Dave Couture of Westminster, directed.

George Mirijanian
MACA Board Member

11/16/2010GM Larry Evans, 5-time U.S. champion and prolific chess writer, dies at 78

Grandmaster Larry Evans, a five-time U.S. champion and one of this country's most prolific chess writers, died in Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nevada on Monday, November 15, from complications following gallbladder surgery there more than two weeks ago. He was 78. GM Evans was a widely read chess writer and nationally syndicated columnist. He began his chess journalism career during the early 1960s, when he was principal editor of the American Chess Quarterly, published from 1961 to 1965 by Nature Food Centres Inc. in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Copies of American Chess Quarterly were auctioned off last month at the Greater Boston Open in Natick, where bidding for such issues in the silent auction was hot and heavy. Prior to American Chess Quarterly, Evans had published David Bronstein's "Best Games of Chess: 1940-1949"  and the "Vienna International Tournament, 1922" by the age of 18. His book "New Ideas in Chess" was published in 1958 and was later reprinted. In 1965, he edited the 10th edition of "Modern Chess Openings" and made a significant contribution to Bobby Fischer's "My 60 Memorable Games," published in 1969. Evans went on to write scores of other books and was best known for his question-and-answer column, Evans on Chess, for many years in Chess Life and most recently in Chess Life for Kids. He was a member of the Chess Journalists of America, which awarded him the prize for the Best Magazine Column in the country on three separate occasions. He was inducted into the U.S. Chess Hall of Fame in 1994. GM Evans is survived by his German-born wife, artist Ingrid (Selver) Evans, and two stepsons, Michael and Gary Selver. For more information on his life and career, visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_Evans

George Mirijanian
MACA Board Member

11/15/2010GMs Stripunsky and Rohde share top honors in 17th Eastern Chess Congress

Grandmasters Alexander Stripunsky of New Jersey and Michael Rohde of New York tied for 1st-2nd place in the 17th annual Eastern Chess Congress, held November 12-14 at the Holiday Inn Select in Stamford, Connecticut. The two GMs tallied 4.5-0.5, including a draw with each other in the final round. Tying for third place with 4-1 scores were international masters Robert Hungaski of Connecticut and Justin Sarkar of New York, as well as national master Matthew Herman of New York. Woman FIDE master Hana Itkis of New York tied for the top Under 2110 prize with Class A entrant William Graif of New York. Both finished with 3-2 results. The following are the top prize winners in the five other sections:

  • SENIOR SECTION
  •  
  • 1st: Sam Barsky of New York, 4.5-0.5
  • 2nd-3rd: Vladimir Polyakin of New York and Hanon Russell of Connecticut, 3.5-1.5
  • Top Under 2010: Roger Pedersen of New Jersey and Richard Murphy of New York, 3-2

UNDER 1910 SECTION

  • 1st-3rd: John Phythyon Sr. of Maine, Michael Bogaty of New York, Max Krall of Connecticut, 4-1

UNDER 1710 SECTION

  • 1st-2nd: Julie Flammang and Alexander Wei, both of New York, 4-1
  • 3rd: Bernard Rosenthal of New York, 3.5-1.5

UNDER 1510 SECTION

  • 1st-2nd: Leonid Kogan of New York and Joseph Lauer of Connecticut, 4.5-0.5
  • 3rd (tie): Augustine Joseph of Connecticut, Rohan and Neev Suryawanshi of New York, 4-1

UNDER 1210 SECTION

  • 1st: Eric Hilhorst of Connecticut, 4.5-0.5
  • 2nd: Dennis Li of Connecticut, 4-1
  • 3rd: Henry Olynik of New York, 3.5-1.5

The tournament drew 135 players in six sections and was directed by William Goichberg for the sponsoring Continental Chess Association. He was assisted by MACA life members Robert Messenger of New Hampshire and Harold Stenzel of New York.

George Mirijanian
MACA Board Member

11/15/2010GM Alexander Ivanov heads west to share top honors in 19th Kings Island Open

Grandmaster Alexander Ivanov headed west to compete in the 19th Kings Island Open on November 12-14 in Mason, Ohio, near Cincinnati. Instead of competing closer to home at the 17th annual Eastern Chess Congress in Stamford, Connectict, the GM from Newton, Massachusetts opted to play at the kings Island Resort event, where he shared top honors with fellow GM Alexander Shabalov of Pennsylvania. Both tallied 4.5-0.5 and never faced each other. Ivanov won an additional bonus prize for scoring better tiebreak points than Shabalov and added more points to his ever-increasing Grand Prix point total. Tying as runners-up in the Open section with 4-1 tallies were GM Gregory Kaidanov of Kentucky, life master Iryna Zenyuk of Pennsylvania, national master Bradley Denton of Alabama, and FIDE master Andrew Karklins of Illinois. The event drew 298 players in seven sections and inlcuded 29 masters, among them five GMs and two IMs. Steve Immitt of New York directed for the sponsoring Continental Chess Association.

George Mirijanian
MACA Board Member

11/14/2010New Hampshire experts tie for first in Capital City CC November Saturday Swiss

New Hampshire experts Kerry Coffin and Robert Cousins tied for first place in the Capital City Chess Club November Saturday Swiss, held Novemer 13 at the Crossroads Church in Bow, N.H. The duo tallied 3.5-0.5, including a draw with each other in the third round. The tournament drew 16 players and was directed by Nathan Smith of Derry, N.H.

George Mirijanian
MACA Board Member

11/13/2010BCF Quads draw 14 players; perfect scorers in all sections

The BCF Quads, held Saturday, November 13. at the Boylston Chess Club in Somerville drew 14 players in three sections. The sectional winners all posted perfect scores of 3-0. Winning Quad 1 was FIDE master and current Boylston CC champion Christopher Chase of Somerville. Class A contestant Michelle Chen of Concord won in Quad 2, while Class B entrant Jeffrey Yao of Lexington finished first in the six-player Section 3. Bernardo Iglesias of Stoughton directed.

George Mirijanian
MACA Board Member

11/12/2010Denys Shmelov, Evan Rabin tie for first in Waltham November Game/20 Tournament

Denys Shmelov, a life senior master from Pepperell, and Evan Rabin, a candidate master and a student at Brandeis University, tied for first place in Section 1 of the Waltham November Game/20 Tournament, played Friday night, Nov. 12, at the Waltham Chess Club in the IBM Office Building cafeteria in Waltham. Both tallied 3.5-0.5, including a draw with each other in the third round. Runner-up with a 3-1 score was Ross Eldridge of Brighton. Section 2 ended in a three-way tie for first place among Leonardo Lopez Jr., Eric Liu of Acton and Justin Wu of Littleton. All three finished with 3-1 results. The two-section event drew 20 players and was directed by Nicholas Sterling of Needham.

George Mirijanian
MACA Board Member

11/11/2010GM Alexander Ivanov visits Blackstone Chess Center; wins November Vamp

Grandmaster Alexander Ivanov of Newton visited the Blackstone Chess Center in Pawtucket, Rhode Island on Saturday, November 6, and had little trouble winning the November Vamp tournament with a 3-0 score. Tying as runners-up with 2-1 tallies were expert David Harris of Providence, R.I., and 81-year-old Class B entrant Paul Gavlick of North Providence, R.I. The event drew nine players and was directed by David Harris..

George Mirijanian
MACA Board Member

11/10/2010New England Nor'easters tie Boston Blitz to advance to USCL Championship match

The New England Nor'easters accomplished their goal of advancing to the U.S. Chess League Championship finals, holding the rival Boston Blitz to a 2-2 drawn match Wednesday night, November 10, in Eastern Division semifinal play. The Nor'easters, who sported the best record in the league, needed only a tie to advance to the finals, where they will now face the Miami Sharks on Saturday, November 20, at 4 p.m., Eastern Time. The Sharks disposed of the Arizona Scorpions, 3-1, in the Western Division semifinals to set up the final match with New England. Here are the board-by-board results in the New England vs. Boston seminfinal match:

               NEW ENGLAND NOR'EASTERS vs. BOSTON BLITZ

  • IM Sam Shankland (2567)          0-1    GM Larry Christiansen (2665)
  • IM Robert Hungaski (2520)        1-0     SM Jorge Sammour-Hasbun (2603)
  • FM Christopher Chase (2382)    0-1     IM Marc Esserman (2492)
  • NM Alex Cherniack (2288)          1-0     Grant Xu (2061)

George Mirijanian
MACA Board Member

11/7/2010BU Open ends in four-way tie for first; new attendance record set

The 16th Boston University Open, held Saturday, November 6, in the backcourt of the George Sherman Union on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston, ended in a four-way tie for first place. It also set a new attendance record of 107 players. Sharing top honors in the Open section with scores of 3.5-0.5 were international master Robert Hungaski, a junior at the University of Connecticut at Storrs, and FIDE master William Kelleher of Watertown, both of whom drew each other in the final round, as well as national master Alex Fikiet of Storrs, Conn., a high school student enrolled at UConn, and candidate master Andrew Wang of Cambridge. Thomas Hartmayer of Storrs, Conn., the tournament director at UConn, tallied a perfect 4-0 to win first place in the Under 1900 section. Tying for second place with 3-1 results Charlie Fauman of Newton, Mark Kaprielian of Framingham, Northeastern University student Michael Raphael, Nicholas Plotkin of Sharon, UConn junior Matthew Morra, , Seth Lieberman of Jamaica Plain, and Wesley Parker of Maine. Eduardo Valadares of Framingham, a longtime member of the Wachusett Chess Club at Fitchburg State University, and first-time player Lino Fabiani, a student at Boston University, posted perfect scores of 4-0 to tie for 1st-2nd place in the Under 1600 section. Winning the top Under 1200 prize with a score of 2.5-1.5 was Benjamin Hansel of Maine. Capturing the award for the top-scoring collegiate team was UConn, with the trio of Hungaski, Fikiet and Morra scoring 10 out of 12 possible points. The three-section tournament was directed by Bernardo Iglesias of Stoughton, assisted by BU associate dean Robert Oresick of Norton, for the sponsoring Boylston Chess Club on behalf of the host Boston University Chess Club.

George Mirijanian
MACA Board Member

11/5/2010Denys Shmelov wins Waltham November First Friday Tournament

USCF life senior master Denys Shmelov of Pepperell posted a perfect score of 7-0 to win first place in Section 1 of the Waltham Chess Club's First Friday Tournament, held November 5 at the IBM Office Building cafeteria in Watham. Brandon Wu of Littleton and Allen Wang of Acton tied for first place in Section 2 with 6.5-0.5 tallies, including a draw with one another in the third round. The two-section Game/10 event drew 16 players and was directed by Nicholas Sterling of Needham.

George Mirijanian
MACA Board Member

11/2/2010IM David Vigorito becomes a father. It's a girl!

International master David Vigorito, the proud manager of the super-hot New England Nor''easters in the U.S. Chess League, has managed to become proud about something else in his life. The Somerville resident and his wife, the former Heather Kroll, are now the super-thrilled parents of a baby girl, Zoe Denison Vigorito, born at 11:31 p.m. on Friday, October 22, weighing 8 lb., 3 oz.  MACA and the entire New England chess community congratulate David and Heather on the arrival of the new member of their family.

George Mirijanian
MACA Board Member

11/2/2010New England Nor'easters to battle Boston Blitz in USCL Eastern Division semifinals

Chess fans in New England are jumping for joy. Two suburban Boston-based teams in the U.S. Chess League - the New England Nor'easters and the Boston Blitz - will square off on Wednesday, November 10, in the USCL Eastern Division semifinals to determine who will represent the East in the league's championship match later this month. Both teams advanced to the semifinals as a result of winning key matches on Monday, November 1. The Nor'easters, an expansion team that plays its matches at the Boylston Chess Club in Somerville, upended the league's defending champions, the New York Knights, 2.5-1.5. The Blitz, which plays its matches at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, prevailed over the Baltimore Kingfishers by the same 2.5-1.5 score. Here are results of Monday's quarterfinal play:

           NEW ENGLAND NOR'EASTERS vs. NEW YORK KNIGHTS

  • IM Sam Shankland (2567)        1-0    GM Alex Lenderman (2608)
  • IM Robert Hungaski (2520)      1-0     GM Pascal Charbonneau (2566)
  • FM Christopher Chase (2382)  0-1     FM Alec Getz (2377)
  • NM Alex Cherniack (2288)      1/2-1/2  NM Aleksandr Ostrovskiy (2289)

                       BOSTON BLITZ vs. BALTIMORE KINGFISHERS

  • GM Larry Christiansen (2665)  0-1      GM Sergey Erenburg (2646)
  • IM Marc Esserman (2492)        1-0       IM Tegshsuren Enkhbat (2425)
  • NM Vadim Martirosov (2248) 1/2-1/2   FM Ralph Zimmer (2279)
  • NM Ilya Krasik (2253)               1-0      NM Adithya Balasubramanian (2255)

In the semifinals, the Nor'easters need only a draw to advance to the finals - based on their superior regular season record.

George Mirijanian
MACA Board Member

11/1/2010Alex Fikiet wins 77th Greater Boston Open

Alex Fikiet, a 16-year-old master from Storrs, Connecticut, posted a perfect score of 4-0 to win the 77th Greater Boston Open ,held Sunday, October 31, at the Katherine Kennedy Senior Center in Natick. Among his wins were victories against three of the four top-rated masters in the Open section. Tying for second place with 3-1 tallies were top-ranked FIDE master William Kelleher of Watertown, who lost to Fikiet in the final round, and national master Lawyer Times of Hyde Park, who lost to Fikiet in the second round. Tying for the Under 2150 prize with 2-2 results were Winston Huang of Newton and Alan Shalk of Berwick, Maine. Richard Judy of York Beach, Maine won the Under 2000 section with a score of 3.5-0.5. Siddharth Arun was second with a 3-1 tally. Capturing the Under 1850 prize with a 2.5-1.5 performance was Nicholas Zhang of Lexington. The Under 1700 section ended in a tie between John Watters of Gloucester and Kostandinos Sideras, a visitor from Rochester, Minnesota. Both tallied 3-1. Deadlocked in a tie for the Under 1550 prize with scores of 2.5-1.5 were Mark Seedner of York Beach, Maine, Jason Tang of Belmont, and Daniel Blessing of Medfield. Andy Li of Acton won the Under 1400 section with a score of 3.5-0.5. Tying for 2nd-3rd place and sharing the Under 1200 prize with 3-1 results were Rahul Krishnan of Hopkinton and Conway Xu of Lexington. The four-section tournament drew a disappointing 45 players and was directed for the sponsoring Massachusetts Chess Association by associate national TD Alex Relyea of Bedford, New Hampshire. He was assisted by his wife, Nita Patel,  national TD Ken Ballou of Framingham, and senior TD Bob Messenger of Nashua, N.H.

George Mirijanian
MACA Board Member

10/31/2010Patrick Sciacca wins Billerica October Swiss

Billerica Chess Club champion Patrick Sciacca of Salem, New Hampshire tallied 4-1 to win the Billerica October Swiss, held Friday nights, October 1-29, at the Council on Aging building in the town. Tying as runners-up with 3.5-1.5 results were Class A contestants Raymond Paulson of Lowell and Michelle Chen of Concord, as well as Class B entrant Meyer Billmers of Lexington. The tournament drew 20 players and was directed by Nathan Smith of Derry, N.H., assisted by Patrick Sciacca.

George Mirijanian
MACA Board Member

10/31/2010October tournament winners at various Massachusetts chess clubs

The following are winners in top sections of rated tournaments held in October at various chess clubs in Massachusetts:

  • MCC Trick or Treat Swiss (Metrowest CC, Natick, 70 players): IM Igor Foygel, GM Arthur Bisguier, 3.5-0.5
  • Hervey Brisson Mermorial (Wachusett CC, Fitchburg, 27 players): John Moran, 4.5-0.5
  • BCF Fall Open (Boylston CC, Somerville, 22 players): Lawyer Times, Mika Brattain, 3.5-0.5
  • Oct. 2 BCF Quads (Boylston CC, Somerville, 21 players): Lawyer Times, Carey Theil, 2-1
  • Billerica October Swiss (Billerica CC, 20 players): Patrick Sciacca, 4-1
  • BCF Thursday Night Swiss (Boylston CC, Somerville, 19 players): FM Oliver Kniest, 3.5-0.5
  • National Chess Day Tornado (Boylston CC, Somerville, 17 players): IM Marc Esserman, 3.5-0.5
  • Waltham Fright Night! G/60 (Waltham CC, 16 players): LSM Denys Shmelov, 2-0
  • Newburyport CC Tournament #101 (Newburyport CC, 15 players): John Elmore, 4-0
  • Waltham Sukkot G/20 (Waltham CC, 14 players): LSM Denys Shmelov, 4-0
  • Waltham First Friday #102 (Waltham CC, 14 players): Todd Chase, 6.5-0.5
  • Ernst Grunfeld Memorial (Boylston CC, Somerville, 14 players): Dr. Bernhard Seehaus, 4-0
  • BCF Davis Square Open (Boylston CC, Somerville, 13 players): FM Oliver Kniest, 4-0
  • Obviously October Open (Greater Worcester CC, 11 players): Muharrem Brahimaj, 4-0
  • October Quick Chess (Greater Worcester CC, 7 players): Alonzo Ross, 3.5-0.5
  • 2010 Boylston CC Championship (Somerville, 7 players): FM Christopher Chase, 4.5-0.5 (with 1 unplayed game)

George Mirijanian
MACA Board Member

10/30/2010Dr. Bernhard Seehaus wins Ernst Grunfeld Memorial

Dr. Bernhard Seehaus, a 48-year-old FIDE-rated expert from Germany, chalked up a perfect score of 4-0 to win the Ernst Grunfeld Memorial tournament, held Saturday, October 30, at the Boylston Chess Club in Somerville. Finishing in second place with a 3-1 score - losing to Seehaus in the second round - was Northeastern University student Timothy Sniffin of New York, whose rating jumped from 1491 to 1634. The tournament drew 14 players and was directed by Bernardo Iglesias of Stoughton. The event honored the memory of Austrian grandmaster Ernst Franz Grunfeld (1893-1962), one of strongest players in the world for a short period after World War I.

George Mirijanian
MACA Board Member

10/30/2010Purity Spring Open turns into "Italian Swiss": GM Alexander Ivanov the winner

The Purity Spring Open, held Saturday, October 30, at the Purity Spring Resort in East Madison, New Hampshire, turned into an "Italian Swiss" in the top two sections, where sectional winners ended up playing the same player twice due to the low number of players in each section. GM Alexander Ivanov of Newton, Mass. tallied 4-0 to finish first in the five-player Open section, which had one of the participants drop out after the penultimate round - causing a repeat match-up on top board. Class A entrant John Elmore of Stratham. N.H. took second place with 2.5-1.5 score, including a full-point bye in the second round. Expert Patrick Sciacca of Salem, N.H. ended up in third place with a 2-2 result. In the four-player Under 1900 section, Philip Lowell Jr. of Maine and Arthur King of Haverhill, Mass. tied for 1st-2nd place with 3-1 tallies. The Under 1300 section had a more respectable nine players and saw New Hampshire entrants Aashish Welling and Jason Davis tie for first place with scores of 3.5-0.5. The 18-player tournament was directed by associate national TD Alex Relyea of Bedford, N.H., assisted by his wife Nita Patel.

George Mirijanian
MACA Board Member

10/29/2010Muharrem Brahimaj wins 2010 Obviously October Open

Muharrem Brahimaj, an expert from Worcester, scored a perfect 4-0 to win the 2010 Obviously October Open, held Thursday nights, October 7-28, at the Greater Worcester Chess Club at the Hibernian Cultural Centre in Worcester. Tying for 2nd-3rd place with 3-1 tallies were FIDE master John Curdo of Auburn and Class D entrant Marc Quevillon of Dayville, Connecticut. Richard Marseglia of Worcester, who had been absent from rated chess for more than two years, won the Under 1800 prize with a 2-2 performance. Peter Shtudiner, also of Worcester, captured the Under 1600 prize with a 1.5-2.5 score. The tournament drew 11 players and was directed by Joe Alfano of Holden, assisted by Donna Alarie of Rutland, for the sponsoring ChessPals affiliate.

George Mirijanian
MACA Board Member

10/29/2010FM Oliver Kniest wins Boylston Chess Club's Thursday Night Swiss

Oliver Kniest, a FIDE master from Germany who is now a resident of Massachusetts, won the Thursday Night Swiss, held October 7-28 at the Boylston Chess Club in Somerville. Kniest tallied 3.5-0.5, including a half-point bye in the second round. Tying for 2nd-3rd place with 3-1 scores were national master Eric Godin of Boston, who took a half-point bye in the final round, and expert Alex Slive of Cambridge, who lost to Kniest in the final round. The tournament drew 19 players and was directed by Bernardo Iglesias of Stoughton.

George Mirijanian
MACA Board Member

10/29/2010John Elmore sweeps Newburyport Chess Club Tournament #101

John Elmore, a high-rated Class A player from Stratham, New Hampshire, tallied a perfect 4-0 to win the Newburyport Chess Club Tournament #101, held Thursday nights, October 7-28, at Hope Community Church in Newburyport. Finishing as runner-up with a 3-1 score was Class A rival Arthur King of Haverhill. The event drew 15 players and was directed by John Elmore.

George Mirijanian
MACA Board Member

10/27/2010Clay Bradley wins 4th annual Knights Chess Club Championship

Expert Clay Bradley of Marlow, New Hampshire scored 4-0 to win the 4th annual Knights Chess Club Championship,held Monday nights, October 4-25, at the E.F. Lane Hotel in downtown Keene, N.H. Ending up as runner-up with a 3-1 tally was Class A contender Jesse Anderson of Williamsville, Vermont, who lost to Bradly in the third round. The championship drew eight players and was directed by Thomas Cassar of Keene.

George Mirijanian
MACA Board Member

10/26/2010IM Foygel, GM Bisguier tie for first in MCC Trick or Treat Swiss

International master Igor Foygel of Brookline and grandmaster Arthur Bisguier of Wellesley tied for first place in the Metrowest Chess Club's Trick or Treat Swiss, held Tuesday nights, October 5-26, at the Kennedy Senior Center in Natick. The duo ended up with scores of 3.5-0.5, including a draw with one another in the final round. Nikita Konovalchuk of Ashland scored 3.5-0.5 to win first place in the Under 2000 section, while Alex Kahn and Alex Fauman of Newton chalked up the same score to tie for first place in the Under 1700 section. Robert Taussig and Franklin Lu of Boxborough were co-winners in the Under 1400 section, finishing at 3.5-0.5 The four-section tournament drew 70 players and was directed by national TD Ken Ballou of Framingham, assisted by fellow Framingham resident Mark Kaprielian.

George Mirijanian
MACA Board Member

10/25/2010Silent Auction at the Greater Boston Open chess tournament on October 31st

A silent auction will be held on October 31st at the Greater Boston Open in Natick, Mass. to sell hundreds of chess magazines donated by the estate of Andrus Varnik, and also a Berkshire Folding Chess Table with a $350 retail value donated by Chess Cafe (http://www.chesscafe.com).  Advance bids may be sent to auction2010@masschess.org .  E-mail bids must be in whole dollar amounts and must be received by Friday, October 29th.  Bidding for each item will start at the highest bid that was sent by e-mail.  The silent auction will close at 3:30 p.m.  If lots aren't picked up at the tournament they can be picked up at a Boston-area chess club or else mailed.  Winning bidders are responsible for paying all postage costs.  

 Bob Messenger, Treasurer, Massachusetts Chess Association  

 List of lots in the auction: 

 LOT    TITLE

1          Berkshire Folding Chess Table, described here: http://shop.chesscafe.com/Berkshire_Folding_Chess_Table.
 
 
2         American Chess Bulletin (20 issues)
           Oct., Nov., Dec. 1914; Nov. 1916; Jan. Feb., March. April 1917; Jan., Feb., March, April
           July-Aug. 1918 July-Aug , Sept.-Oct., Nov., Dec. 1921; Jan., Dec. 1929, Jan. 1930
 
3         Chess Life & Review: 1969-1970 - 24 issues
 
4         Chess Life & Review: 1971-1972: 24 issues
 
5         Chess Life & Review: 1973-1974: 24 issues
 
6         Chess Life & Review: 1975-1976: 24 issues
 
7         Chess Life & Review: 1977-1978: 24 issues
 
8         Chess :Life & Review: 1979: 12 issues
           Chess Life: 12 issues
 
9         Chess Life: 1981-1982: 24 issues
 
10       Chess Life: 1983-1984: 24 issues
 
11       Chess Life: 1985-1986: 24 issues
 
12       Chess Life: 1987-1988: 24 issues
 
13       Chess :Life: 1989 - 11 issues (December missing)
           Chess Life: 1990 -   7 issues (January through May missing)
 
14       Chess Life: 1991-1992: 24 issues
 
15       Chess Life: 1995 - 5 issues (January through July missing)
           Chess Life: 1996 - 12 issues
 
16       Chess Life: 1997-1998: 24 issues
 
17       Chess Life: 1999-2000 -- 24 issues
 
18       Chess Life: 2001 - 11 issues complete
           Chess Life: 2002 -- 12 issues
 
19       Chess Life: 2003: 12 issues
           Chess Life: 2004: 13 issues
 
20       Chess Life: 2005 - 11 issues (November missing)
           Chess Life: 2006-   8 issues (Sept., Oct., Nov. Dec. missing)
 
21       Chess Life: 2007 - 1 issue (November)
           Chess Life: 2008 - 5 issues (June, July, Aug., Sept., Nov.)
           Chess Life: 2009 - 2 issues (March, May
 
22        Inside Chess: 1988 - 26 issues
 
23        Inside Chess: 1989 - 24 issues
 
24        Inside Chess: 1990 - 25 issues
 
25        Inside Chess: 1991 - 25 issues
 
26        Inside Chess: 1992 - 25 issues
 
27        Inside Chess: 1993 - 25 issues
 
28        Inside Chess: 1994: 25 issues
 
29        Inside Chess: 1995 - 24 issues
 
30        Inside Chess: 1996 - 24 issues
 
31        Inside Chess: 1997 - 24 issues
           Inside Chess: 1998 through Jan. 1999: 12 issues (includes Seirawan's farewell address)
 

32        New in Chess: 2002, No. 1-8 -- 8 issues

                                       2003: No. 1-8 -- 8 issues
                                       2004: No. 1-8 -- 8 issues
                                       2005: No. 3 - 1 issue
 
33       Chess Horizons: 1976-1982 -- 26 issues (Sept.-Oct. 1976; Mar-Apr, Jul-Aug, Sept-Oct., Nov-Dec. 1977
                                                                      Jan-Feb, Mar-Apr, May-June, Sept-Oct, Nov-Dec 1978;
                                                                      Feb-March, June-July, Oct-Nov 1979; Oct-Nov 1980;
                                                                      1981 complete, 1982 complete
 
34       Chess Horizons: 1983-1988 -- 29 issues (1983-1986 complete; Feb-March 1987, May-June, July-Aug,
                                                                       Sept-Oct, Nov-Dec 1988)
 
35     Chess Life: 1989: 11 issues (December missing)
          Chess Life: 1990:  7 issues (January through May missing)
 
37     Chess Life: 1991 -- 12 issues
         Chess Life: 1992 -- 12 issues
 
38     Chess Life: 1995 -- 5 issues (Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec)
         Chess Life: 1996: 12 issues
 
39    Chess Life: 1997 -- 12 issues
        Chess Life: 1998 -- 12 issues
 
40    Chess Life: 1999 -- 12 issues
         Chess Life: 2000 -- 12 issues
 
41    Chess Life: 2001 -- 11 issues (complete)
        Chess Life: 2002 -- 12 issues
 
42    Chess Life: 2003 -- 12 issues
        Chess Life: 2004 -- 13 issues
 
43    Chess Life: 2005 -- 11 issues (November missing)
        Chess Life: 2006 --  8 issues (Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec missing)
 
44    Chess Life: 2007 -- 1 issue (November)
        Chess Life: 2008 -- 5 issues (June, July, Aug, Sept. Nov)
        Chess Life: 2009 -- 2 issues (March, May
 
45    Chess Monthly: 1993 -- 8 issues (all  months except Jan,. Feb, March, April)
         Chess Monthly: 1994 -- 12 issues
 
46    Chess Monthly: 1995 -- 6 issues (July, Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec missing)
         Chess Monthly: 1996 -- 3 issues (August, October, December)
         Chess Monthly: 1997 -- 7 issues (Jan, Jun, July, Sept, Dec missing)
         Chess Monthly: 1998 -- 4 issues (Jan, Feb, March, June)
 
47     Chess Monthly: 1999 -- 4 issues (April, July, Aug, Oct)
         Chess Monthly: 2000 -- 12 issues
         Chess Monthly: 2001 -- 12 issues
 
48     Chess Monthly: 2002 -- 11 issues (December missing)
         Chess Monthly: 2003 -- 10 issues (January and May missing)
         Chess Monthly: 2004 -- 7 issues (January through July)
 
49     Chess (Sutton Coldfield England)
         4 copies: Nov. 1938, Jan. 1939, June 1939, End of October 1938
         Volume 44 (bound): October 1978 through October 1979
         Volume 45 (bound): November 1979 through January 1981
         Volume 46 (bound): February 1981 through March 1982
 
50     Chess Review Annual (2 copies)
         Volume 16 (bound): 1948 - complete
         Volume 23 (bound): 1955 - complete
         American Chess Quarterly (4 copies):
         Jul-Aug-Sept  1964, Oct-Nov-Dec 1964, Jan-Feb, March 1965, April, May, June 1965
         American Chess Journal (3 copies): Premiere Issue 1992; No. 2, 1993, No. 3, 1995
        Chessman Quarterly (5 copies): March, June-July 1968, July-Aug 1969, Nov-Dec 1969, March-April 1970
        British Chess Magazine: July 1969
        Chessworld: Volume 1, No. 3 -- May-June 1964
 
51    Assorted German Chess Magazines
       Schach (8 copies): 1997, No. 3; 2000, No. 10; 2001, No. 6, 2003, No. 6; 2004, No. 6, 2005, No. 2, 2005, No. 5, 2005, No. 9
       Die Schachwoche: April 21, 1994
       Schachreport: Deutsche Schachzeitung/Deutsche Schachblatter: 1994, No. 4
       Kassiber (3 copies): July-Oct 2000, June-August 2003, July-September 2005
       Rochade (4 copies): June 2001, July 2002, June 2004, May 2005
       Schach Magazin (7 copies): 2. Okt. 2000, 2. Mai 2001, 1. Juli 2002, 1. Juni 2003, 2. Mai 2004, 1. Sept. 2004, 1. Mai 2005
       KARL (4 copies): 2002, No. 2; 2003, No. 1, 2004, No. 1, 2004, No. 4
       Computer Schach und Spiele (2 copies): Okt-Nov 2000, Juni-Juli 2002
 
52      Russian and Latvian Chess Magazines (17 copies total)
         Shakhmaty v SSSR (2 copies): 1989, No. 1, 1989, No. 2
         Shakmaty/Sahs  (Latvian magazine in Russian edited by A. Gipslis): 15 copies
         1974, No. 2, 1974, No. 2 (in Latvian), 1974,;No. 6 (in Latvian), 1974, No. 9; 1974, No. 10;
         1974, No. 10 (in Latvian), 1974, No. 11; 1974, No. 12; 1974, No. 14 (in Latvian)
         1974, No. 18, 1974, No. 19; 1974, No. 20; 1974, No. 21, 1974, No. 22, 1974, No. 23 

Tiffany Wang
MACA Webmaster

10/24/2010Times, Brattain share top honors in BCF Fall Open

USCF life master Lawyer Times of Hyde Park and expert Mika Brattain of Lexington tied for 1st-2nd place in the BCF Fall Open, held Saturday, October 23, at the Boylston Chess Club in Somerville. Both tallied 3.5-0.5 in an Open section field of 16 players. Tying for third place with 3-1 scores were FIDE master Christopher Chase of Somerville, who drew both Brattain and Times, and Class A entrant Emmanuel Mevs, formerly of Florida, whose only loss was to Brattain. Kurt Milligan, a Class C player from Stoneham, finished first in the five-player Under 1800 section with a 3-1 result, including a full-point bye in the final round. Tying for second place with 2.5-1.5 tallies were Evan Meyer of Newton and Sandeep Vadlamudi of Lexington. The tournament drew a total of 22 participants, including house player Bernardo Iglesias of Stoughton, who played two extra rated side games and was the chief TD.

George Mirijanian
MACA Board Member

10/23/2010Shmelov, Wu and Teodorescu winners in Waltham Fright Night! Game/60 Tournament

USCF life senior master Denys Shmelov of Pepperell scored 2-0 to win Section 1 of the Waltham Fright Night! Game/60 tournament, held October 22 at the Waltham Chess Club in the IBM Office Building cafeteria in Waltham. Brandon Wu of Littleton and Peter Teodorescu of Marlborough also tallied 2-0 to tie for first place in Section 2. The event drew 16 players and was directed by Nicholas Sterling of Needham.

George Mirijanian
MACA Board Member

10/22/2010September tournament winners at various Massachusetts chess clubs

The following are winners in top sections of rated tournaments that were played in September 2010 in chess clubs in Massachusetts:

  • MCC Memorial Swiss (Metrowest CC, Natick, 81 players): Lawyer Times, 3.5-0.5
  • BCF $10 Open (Boylston CC, Somerville, 36 players): IM Marc Esserman, 3.5-0.5
  • Michael Glinski Memorial (Wachusett CC, Fitchburg, 30 players): G. Mirijanian, M. Manisy, 4-1
  • Newburyport CC 100 (20 players): Frank Sisto, 4-1
  • Sept. 11 BCF Quads 10-9 (Boylston CC, Somerville, 19 players): Mika Brattain, 2.5-0.5
  • 9-11 Memorial (Sven Brask CC, Plainville, 17 players): Andrew Hoy, 4.5-0.5
  • Waltham 1st Friday #101 (Waltham CC, 17 players): Andrew Liu, 6-1
  • Waltham Sukkot G/60 (Waltham CC, 17 players): Denys Shmelov, 2-0
  • September Swiss (Billerica CC, 16 players): Patrick Sciacca, Raymond Paulson, 3.5-0.5
  • September Chess Snipp (Greater Worcester CC, 16 players): FM John Curdo, 4.5-0.5
  • Michael Tomlinson Memorial (Boylston CC, Somerville, 15 players): Dr. Bernhard Seehaus, 4-0
  • BCF Thursday Night Swiss (Boylston CC, Somerville, 13 players): Eric Godin, Alex Slive, 3.5-0.5
  • September Quick Chess (Greater Worcester CC, 12 players): Donna Alarie, 4.5-0.5
  • Sept. 2 Early Bird Rapid Quads (Boylston CC, Somerville, 8 players): Oliver Kniest, 3-0
  • Sept. 12 Scholastic (Boylston CC, Somerville, 4 players): Shuvom Sadhuka, 3-0

George Mirijanian
MACA Board Member

10/22/2010John Moran wins Hervey Brisson Memorial

John Moran, a certified national master from Jefferson, tallied 4.5-0.5 to win the Hervey Brisson Memorial tournament, held Wednesday nights, September 15 through October 13, at the Wachusett Chess Club at Fitchburg State University. Capturing second place with a 4-1 score was former New Hampshire state champion Patrick Sciacca of Salem, NH, who drew Moran in the final round. Tying for third place with 3.5-1.5 results were 1967 Wachusett Chess Club champion Paul Godin of Burlington, Michael Manisy of Otter River, and Mark Marshall of Worcester. The tournament drew 27 players and was directed by George Mirijanian of Fitchburg, assisted by Dave Couture of Westminster.

George Mirijanian
MACA Board Member

10/21/2010Spiegel Cup/Masschusetts Scholastic Singles Championships

 Q1 Winners

  • 8&U Samuel Qiu (1083) of Acton
  • 11&U Evan Meyer (1369) of Newton
  • 14&U Michelle Chen (1926) of Concord
  • HS Jesse Nicholas (2010) of Newton

 Primary (Age 8 & Under) Section:

  •  Jason Tang (1484) of Belmont
  • Isabella Shih (1013) of Andover
  • Rohan Krishnan (887) of Hopkinton
  • Eric Feng (884) of Sudbury
  • Justin Lin (850) of Lexington
  • Justin Wu (796) of Littleton
  • Andrew The (761) of Lexington
  • Ben Wiegand (731) of Cambridge
  • Alexander Kohler (717/P12) of South Hamilton
  • Matthew Ding (707) of Westford
  • Adam Itani (693) of South Easton
  • Maxwell Zhao (661) of Bolton
  • Rohan Singh (649/P20) of Acton
  • Eddie Wang (608) of Acton

 Elementary (Age 11 & Under) Section:

  • Jeffrey Yao (1711) of Lexington
  • Mateos Sahakian (1580) of Medford
  • Alex Fauman (1569) of Newtonville
  • Jason Tang (1484) of Belmont
  • Arnav Ghosh (1399) of Winchester
  • Nithin Kavi (1348) of Acton
  • Eric Liu (1293) of Acton
  • Michael Isakov (1282) of Sudbury
  • Sandeep Shankar (1268) of Sudbury
  • Sabrina Zhang (1268) of Lexington
  • Brandon Wu (1283) of Littleton
  • Sandeep Vadlamudi (1210) of Lexington
  • Jesse Sun (1182) of Sudbury
  • Anton Barash (1171) of Brighton
  • Alan Sikarov (1159) of Newton
  • Allen Wang (1102) of Acton
  • Christopher H. Wang (1059) of Lexington
  • Sathwik Karnik (1035) of Plainville
  • Rahul Krishnan [1018] of Hopkinton
  • Daniel Plotkin (1004) of Sharon

 Age 14 & Under Section:

  •  Grant Xu (2089) of Shrewsbury
  • Mika Brattain (2082) of Lexington
  • Andrew Liu (1993) of Westborough
  • Danny Angermeier (1965) of Franklin
  • Tian Rossi (1957) of West Newton - 9th grade
  • Max C. Lu (1924) of Lexington - 9th grade
  • Charlie Fauman (1893) of Newtonville
  • Fangru Jiang (1881) of Chelmsford
  • Siddharth Arun (1848) of Medfield
  • Ashvin Nair (1831) of Winchester - 9th grade
  • Alex Z. Hu (1791) of Acton
  • Nicholas Trieu (1750) of Watertown - 9th grade
  • Nicholas Plotkin (1696) of Sharon
  • Nicholas Zhang (1666) of Lexington
  • Oron Propp (1654/P4) of Brookline
  • Luke Lung (1641) of Boxborough
  • Matthew Lee (1640) of Walpole
  • Clara Wang (1603) of Sharon
  • Jimmy Wang (1600) of Acton - 9th grade
  • Bowen Wang (1563) of S. Easton
  • Timothy Lung (1581) of Lexington
  • Bary Lisak (1571) of Wayland
  • Edward Andy Li (1568) of Acton
  • Alex Sorets (1548) of Newton
  • Varun Palnati (1492) of Westford
  • David Ter-Ovanesyan (1488) of Newton
  • Rohan Shankar (1412) of Sudbury
  • Max Wiegand (1404) of Cambridge

 High School Section:

  •  Andrew Wang (2183) of Sharon
  • Winston Huang (2084) of Auburndale
  • James Lung (2074) of Lexington
  • Zaroug Jaleel (2066) of Lexington
  • Jacob Fauman (2024) of Newtonville
  • Felix Yang (2023) of Dover
  • Lior Rozhansky (2011) of Newton
  • Elliot Strassman (2009) of Jamaica Plain
  • Tian Rossi (1957) of West Newton - 9th grade
  • Embert Lin (1954) of Acton
  • Vikas Shiva (1953) of Lexington
  • Darwin Ding (1942) of Lexington
  • Max C. Lu (1924) of Lexington - 9th grade
  • Winber Xu (1894) of Newton
  • Alexander J. Hu (1852) of Wellesley
  • Richard Lunetta II (1834) of Burlington
  • Ashvin Nair (1831) of Winchester - 9th grade
  • Richard Han (1752) of Newton
  • Nicholas Trieu (1750) of Watertown - 9th grade

Steve Frymer
Assistant TD

10/17/2010FM John Curdo, Tom Cantin tie for first in 11th Western New England Open

FIDE master John Curdo of Auburn and Class A player Thomas Cantin of Chicopee tied for first place in the 11th Western New England Open, held October 16-17 at Holyoke Community College. In a field of 15 players the duo tallied 3.5-0.5, including a draw with one another in the final round. Tying as runners-up with 3-1 scores were Class A entrant Morris Lainer of Easthampton and Class B participant Steven Bixby of Southwick. Edward Kostreba directed the tournament for the sponsoring Western Massachusetts Chess Association (WMCA).

George Mirijanian
MACA Board Member

10/8/2010Grand Prix Scholastic after 18 events on 10/01/2010

Burger King and Papa Gino's Scholastic Events in 2010: [3 prizes to be awarded]

  • 1. James Zhou..............................................21.0 points..........10 events
  • 2. Aashish Welling.......................................18.5 points.............8 events
  • 3. Lauren Smorgonsky................................17.5 points.............8 events
  • 4. Anton Barash.............................................15.0 points.............6 events
  • 5. Isabella Shih..............................................15.0 points............7 events
  • 6. Sean Cheng................................................15.0 points..........8 events
  • 7. Leonardo Cheng........................................14.0 points..........6 events
  • 8. Rahul Krishnan.........................................13.5 points.........5 events
  • 9. Rohan Krishnan.......................................13.5 points..........5 events
  • 10. Eric Feng..................................................13.0 points..........5 events
  • 11. Maxwell Zhao............................................13.0 points.........5 events 
  • 12. Ari Xuan......................................................12.5 points........5 events 
  • 13. Alex Shih....................................................12.5 points..........6 events

Steve Frymer
Assistant TD

08/29/2010MACA Fundraising Chess Book Auction

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Sheraton Bradley Airport Hotel
1 Bradley International Airport
Windsor Locks, Connecticut
Site of the 70th New England Open
Auction: 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Preview: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
 
The following books, donated by the family of Andrus Varnik of Arlington, MA, a MACA life member who died in 2009, will be auctioned off. The books represent the remainder of the chess books of the library of Mr. Varnik, who had one of the largest private chess libraries in New England.
E-mail bids will be accepted by Friday, September 3, at auction2010@masschess.org
Winning e-mail bids must be paid for before delivery. Winning bidders can either pick up their books in person, e.g. at a designated chess club or tournament, or else pay for shipping. All e-mail bids must include the number of the lot, bidder's name, e-mail address, and phone number.
 
Code for books: hc = hardcover, pb = paperback, AN = algebraic notation, DN = descriptive notation, pp = pages
 
LOT  AUTHOR(S)     TITLE
#1   Divinsky     The Batsford Chess Encyclopedia, hc, 247 pp, AN
      Golombek   Golombek's Encyclopedia of Chess, hc, 360 pp, AN, DN
      Golombek   Chess: A History, 256 pp, DN
      Keene         Chess: An Illustrated History, hc, 128 pp, AN
      Wilson        A Picture History of Chess, pb, 182 pp
      Saidy/Lessing    The World of Chess, jc, 252 pp
 
#2  Hooper/Whyld   The Oxford Companion to Chess, 2nd ed., hc, 483 pp, AN
      Hooper/Whyld   The Oxford Companion to Chess, 1987 ed, pb, 407 pp, AN
      Sunnucks         The Encyclopedia of Chess, hc, 587 pp, AN, DN
      Bruce           An Illustrated Dictionary of Chess, hc, 320 pp, DN
      Horton          Dictionary of Modern Chess, pb, 224 pp, DN
      Harkness      Official Chess Handbook, hc, 304 pp
      Harkness      Official Chess Rulebook, hc, 3rd ed., 121 pp
      Kazic           The Chess Competitor's Handbook, pb, 229 pp
      O'Connell      The Batsford Chess Yearbook, pb, 1975 ed., 212 pp, AN
 
#3  Imprint Editions   Double KIng's Pawn: A Quantitative Analysis of the Opening, 1982, hc, 107 pp, AN
      Griffith/Sergeant  Modern Chess Openings, 6th ed., 1939, hc, 326 pp, DN
      Lane                  Victory in the Opening!, pb, 144 pp, AN
      Bikhovsky   The Closed Spanish: Karpov-Zaitsev Systems, pb, 141 pp, AN
      Schiller       Complete Defense to King Pawn Openings, pb, 288 pp, AN
      Hartston      Benoni, 1977 ed., pb, 111 pp, AN
      Karpov         Beating the Grunfeld, pb, 192 pp, AN
 
#4  Imprint Editions   The Sicilian Defence: A Quantitative Analysis of the Opening, 1981, hc, 235 pp, AN
     Gligoric/Sokolov   The Sicilian Defence, 1974 reprint, pb, 381 pp, DN
     Smith, K.             Sicilian: Smith Morra Gambit Accepted, pb, 1972, 63 pp, DN
     Gipslis   Theoretical Articles on the Latest in the Sicilian Defence Up to 1972, pb, 97 pp, DN
     Levy                    The Sicilian Dragon, hc, 1972 ed., 202 pp, DN
     Levy/O'Connell      How to play The Sicilian Defence, hc, 1978, hc, 152 pp, DN
     Nunn/Gallagher     Beating the Sicilian 3, pb, 1995, 224 pp, AN
     Gallagher             Beating the Anti-Sicilians, pb, 1994, 160 pp, AN
     Nunn                   Beating the Sicilian, pb, 1984, 152 pp, AN
 
#5  Koltanowski        Chessnicdotes, pb, 100 pp, DN
     Koltanowski        Chessnicdotes II, pb, 100 pp, AN
     Koltanowski         TV Chess, produced by KQED, pb, 96 pp, DN
     Koltanowski        Adventures of a Chess Master, hc, 194 pp, DN
     Konig                 Chess From Morphy to Botwinnik, hc, 202 pp, DN
     Bisguier/Soltis    American Chess Masters From Morphy to Fischer, hc, 291 pp, DN
     Sergeant            Morphy's Games of Chess, pb, 352 pp, DN
     Lombardy/Daniels     U.S. Championship Chess, hc, 362 pp, DN
 
#6                           The Chess Player, Vol. 2, 1972, pb, 288 pp, 1247 games, figurine AN
                              The Chess Player, Vol. 7, 1974B, pb. 336 pp, 1265 games, figurine AN
                              The Chess Player, Vol. 8, 1975A, pb, 191 pp, 654 games, figurine AN
                              The Chess Player, Vol. 10, 1975C, pb, 188 pp, 723 games, figurine AN
                              The Chess Player, Vol. 11, 1976, pb, 192 pp, 664 games, figurine AN
 
#7   Kasparyan        Domination in 2,545 Endgame Studies, hc, 541 pp, AN
      Korn                 Amerioan Chess Art: 250 Portraits of Endgame Study, hc, 384 pp, DN
      Bouwmeester    Modern End-Game Studies for the Chess-Player, hc, 128 pp, DN
      Troitzky            360 Brilliant and Instructive End Games, pb, 192 pp, DN
      Euwe/Hooper    A Guide to Chess Endings, pb, 248 pp, DN
      Sutherland/Lommer   1234 Modern End-Game Studies, pb, 358 pp, DN
      Barden                     How to Play the Endgame in Chess, hc, 128 pp, DN
      Krogius                    Notes on the Endgame, pb, 65 pp, DN
      Reinfeld                    Strategy in the Chess Endgame, pb, 128 pp, DN
 
#8   Flear                                Improve Your Endgame Play, pb, 160 pp, AN
      Beliavsky/Mikhalchishin     Winning Endgame Strategy, pb, 208 pp, AN
      Beliavsky/Mikhalchishin     Winning Endgame Technique, pb, 192 pp, AN
      Robertie                            Basic Endgame Strategy, pb, 144 pp, AN
      Yanofsky                          How to Win End-Games, hc, 72 pp, DN
      Horowitz                           How to Win in the Chess Endings, pb, 234 pp, DN
      Fine                                 Basic Chess Endings, pb, 573 pp, DN
      Chernev                            Chessboard Magic, hc, 162 pp, DN
 
#9   Chernev     Practical Chess Endings, hc, 318 pp, DN
       Hooper      Practical Chess Endgames, hc, 143 pp, DN
       Mednis      Practical Endgame Lessons, pb, 332 pp, DN
       Keres        Practical Chess Endings, pb, 262 pp, DN
       Keres        Practical Chess Endings, pb, 279 pp, AN
       Fine          Basic Chess Endings, pb, 573 pp, DN
       Nunn         Secrets of Pawnless Endings, pb, 320 pp, AN
       Nunn         Secrets of Minor-Piece Endings, pb, 288 pp, AN
 
#10  Beasley/Whitworth                 Endgame Magic, pb, 192 pp, AN
       Averbakh/Chekhover/Henkin    Queen v. Rook/Minor Piece Endings, hc, 174 pp, DN
       Griffiths, P.C          The Endings in Modern Theory and Practice, hc, 176 pp, DN
       Fine                       Basic Chess Endings, pb, 573 pp, DN
       Brieger                   Imagination in the Endgame, pb, 56 pp, DN
       Nesis                     Exchanging to Win in the Endgame, pb, 168 pp, AN
 
#11  Lisitsyn/Cafferty      First Book of Chess Strategy, pb, 96 pp, DN
       Pachman                Complete Chess Strategy,Vol. 1, pb, 166 pp, DN
       Pachman                Complete Chess Strategy, Vol. 2, pb, 183 pp, DN
       Pachman   Complete Chess Strategy, First Principles of the Middle Game, hc, 166 pages
       Coles                      Chess Strategy, pb, 184 pp, DN
       Fine                        The Middle Game in Chess, pb, 442 pp, DN
       Euwe/Kramer           The Middle Game, Book 1, hc, 291 pp, DN      
       Euwe/Kramer           The Middle Game, Book 2, hc, 346 pp, DN 
 
#12   Reinfeld              Relax with Chess, hc, 154 pp, DN
        Reinfeld              Chess Strategy for Offense and Defense, pb, 192 pp, DN
        Reinfeld              Attack and Counterattack in Chess, pb, 154 pp, DN
        Reinfeld              Improving Your Chess, pb, 180 pp, DN
        Reinfeld              Great Short Games of the Chess Masters, pb, 221 pp, DN
        Reinfeld/Chernev  Chess Strategy and Tactics, pb, 179 pp, DN
        Horowitz/Reinfeld  How To Think Ahead in Chess, pb, 269 pp, DN
 
#13   Polgar, Laszlo   Chess: 5334 Problems, Combinations, and Games, hc, 1104 pp, AN
        Harley, B.          Mate in Three Moves, hc, 198 pp, DN
        Howard, K.         How to Solve Chess Problems, pb, 171 pp, AN
        Rice, J.              Chess Wizardry: The New ABC of Chess Problems, pb, 362 pp, AN
 
#14   Reinfeld             The Joys of Chess, hc, 288 pp, DN
        Reinfeld              The Complete Chess Course, hc, 692 pp, DN
        Reinfeld              Great Moments in Chess, hc, 182 pp, DN
        Reinfeld              Why You Lost at Chess, HC, 237 pp, DN
        Reinfeld              Challenge to Chess Players, hc, 112 pp, DN
        Reinfeld              How to Win Chess Games Quickly, pb, 157 pp, DN
 
#15   Soltis                Catalog of Chess Mistakes, pb, 213 pp, DN
        Soltis                Karl Marx Plays Chess, pb, 305 pp, AN
        Soltis                The Inner Game of Chess, pb, 359 pp, AN
        Soltis                The Art of Defense in Chess, hc, 262 pp, DN
        Soltis                The Great Chess Tournaments & Their Stories, hc, 257 pp, DN
        Soltis                Chess to Enjoy, hc, 227 pp, DN
 
#16   Welsh, D.         Computer Chess, pb, 309 pp, AN
         Levy, D.           Chess and Computers, pb, 145 pp, DN
         Levy, D.           1975 U.S. Computer Chess Championship, pb, 86 pp, DN
         Pachman/Kuhnmund     Computer Chess, pb, 186 pp, AN
         Keene/Jacobs   Man v. Machine: Kasparov v. IBM's Deep Blue, pb, 112 pp, AN
         Pandolfini          Kasparov and Deep Blue, pb, 172 pp, AN
         Newborn, M       Kasparov versus Deep Blue, hc, 322 pp, AN
 
#17   Hayes/Levy        The (1974) World Computer Chess Championship, hc, 105 pp, DN
        Levy, D.             Computer Chess Compendium, hc, 440 pp, AN
        Levy, D.             Chess and Computers, pb, 145 pp, DN
        Levy/Newborn     How Computers Play Chess, pb, 246 pp, AN
        Frey, P.             Chess Skill in Man and Machine, hc, 225 pp, DN
        Newborn            Computer Chess, hc, 200 pp, DN
 
#18   Hodgson, J.       Chess Travellers Quiz Book, pb, 125 pp, AN
        Kasparov, G.      Garry Kasparov's Chess Puzzle Book, pb, 89 pp, AN
        Norwood, D.       Chess Puzzles, pb, 128 pp, AN
        Reinfeld, F.        Chess Quiz, hc, 120 pp, DN
        Korn, W.            The Brilliant Touch in Chess, pb, 101 pp, DN
        Keene, R.           Winning Moves 2, pb, 96 pp, AN
        Evans, L.            What's the Best Move, hc, 186 pp, DN
        Kane, G.F.          What's The Next Move, pb, 210 pp, AN
        Cordingley, E.G.R,    The Next Move Is ..., hc, 88 pp, DN
        Horowitz, I.A.            Winning Chess Tactics Illustrated, hc, 96 pp, DN
 
#19   Reinfeld, F.         1001 Ways to Checkmate, hc, 224 pp, DN
        Renaud/Kahn       The Art of the Checkmate, pb, 208 pp, DN
        Hooper/Cafferty     Play for Mate, hc, 244 pp, DN
        Collins, J.W.         Maxims of Chess, hc, 276 pp, DN
        Mednis, E.            King Power in Chess, pb, 357 pp, DN
        Soltis, A.              Catalog of Chess Mistakes, pb, 213 pp, DN
        Gufeld, E.             Exploiting Small Advantages, pb, 144 pp, AN
        Chernev, I.            The Best 1000 Best Short Games of Chess, pb, 563 pp, DN
 
#20   Davis/Norwood     Grandmaster Meets Chess Amateur, pb, 111 pp, AN
        Suetin, A.            Three Steps to Chess Mastery, pb, 192 pp, AN
        Levitt, J.               Genius in Chess, pb, 128 pp, AN
        Seirawan, Y.         Play Winning Chess, pb, 222 pp, AN
        Euwe, M.              Meet the Masters, pb, 279 pp, DN
        Euwe, M.              The Development of Chess Style, pb, 152 pp, DN
        Euwe, M.              The Development of Chess Style, hc, 152 pp, DN
        Euwe/Meiden         Chess Master vs. Chess Amateur, hc, 314 pp, DN
 
#21   Hartston, W.     How to Cheat at Chess, pb, 95 pp
        Hartston, W.     Soft Pawn: The Uncensored Sequel to How to Cheat at Chess, pb, 94 pp
        Sohl, J.             Underhanded Chess, pb, 113 pp
        Novrup/Pedersen   Checkmate: 180 Ways to Beat a Grandmaster, pb, 111 pp, AN
        Ward, C.               Opening Play, pb, 108 pp, AN
        Wells, P.               Piece Power, pb, 112 pp, AN
        Burgess, G.           Gambits, pb, 112 pp, AN
        Dunnington, A.       Pawn Power, pb, 111 pp, AN
 
#22   Winter, E.         Kings, Commoners and Knaves, pb, 452 pp, AN
        Ree, H.             The Human Comedy of Chess, pb, 333 pp, AN
        Schonberg, H.   Grandmasters of Chess, revised and updated, hc, 345 pp, DN
        Mitchell, E.V.    The Art of Chess-Playing, hc, 127 pp
        Carroll, C.M.      The Great Chess Automaton, pb, 116 pp
        Hagedorn, R.K.  Benjamin Franklin and Chess in Early America, hc, 92 pp
        Davidson, H.A.   A Short History of Chess, hc, 228 pp
        Spanier, D.        Total Chess, hc, 231 pp
        Matthews, K.     British Chess, hc, 50 pp, DN
        Hurst, S.           Curse of Kirsan: Adventures in the Chess Underworld, pb, 285 pp
 
#23   Nimzovich, A.    My System, pb, 372 pp, DN
        Kotov, A.           Think Like a Grandmaster, hc, 200 pp, DN
        Kotov, A.           Play Like a Grandmaster, pb, 221 pp, AN
        Mednis, E.        King Power in Chess, pb, 357 pp, DN
        Znosko-Borovsky   How Not to Play Chess, pb, 119 pp, DN
        Coles, R.N.           Dynamic Chess, pb, 195 pp, DN
        Reshevsky, S.       The Art of Positional Play, hc, 333 pp, DN
        Lasker, Edward      Chess Secrets, hc, 428 pp, DN
 
#24   Kostyev, A.              40 Lessons for the Club Player, pb, 216 pp, AN
        Dvoretsky/Yusupov   Technique for the Tournament Player, pb, 240 pp, AN
        Dvoretsky/Yusupov   Training for the Tournament Player, pb, 189 pp, AN
        Povah, N.                 Chess Training, pb, 176 pp, AN
        Levitt/Friedgood        Secrets of Spectacular Chess, pb, 222 pp, AN
        Zak, V.                    Improve Your Chess Results, pb, 201 pp, AN
 
#25  Tartakower/du Mont  100 Master Games of Modern Chess, hc, 171 pp, DN
       Bronstein, D.            200 Open Games, hc, 240 pp, DN
       Wicker, K.               200 Modern Brilliancies, hc, 133 pp, AN
       du Mont, J.              200 Miniature Games of Chess, pb, 287 pp, DN
       Tartakower/du Mont  500 Master Games of Chess, pb, 669 pp, DN
       Chernev, I.               The 1000 Best Short Games of Chess, hc, 555 pp, DN
       McDonald, N.           Modern Chess Miniatures, pb, 150 pp, AN
       Barden/Heidenfeld     Modern Chess Miniatures, pb, 148 pp, DN
 
#26  Seirawan/Minev        Take My Rooks, pb, 95 pp, AN
       Keene, R.                 The Young Pretenders, pb, 160 pp, AN
       Collins, J.W.             My Seven Chess Prodigies, hc, 313 pp, DN
       Mednis, E.               How to Beat the Russians, hc, 297 pp, DN
       Stahlberg, G.            Chess and Chessmasters, hc, 131 pp, DN
       Reti, R.                    Masters of the Chessboard, pb, 436 pp, DN
       Coles, R.N.              Epic Battles of the Chessboard, hc, 173 pp, DN
       Assiac                     The Delights of Chess, hc, 279 pp, DN
 
#27  Burgess, G.             Chess: Tactics and Strategy, hc, 537 pp, AN
       Pachman, L.            Complete Chess Strategy, hc, 175 pp, DN
       Pachman, L.   Complete Chess Strategy: First Principles of the Middle Game, hc, 168 pp, DN
       Pachman, L.   Complete Chess Strategy: Principles of Pawn Play and the Centre, hc, 184 pp, DN
       Euwe, M.        Strategy and Tactics in Chess, pb, 172 pp, DN
       Young, F.K.     Chess Strategetics, pb, 284 pp, DN
       Young, F.K.     The Major Tactics of Chess, pb, 272 pp, DN
 
#28  Chernev, I.      The Golden Dozen: 12 greatest chess players of all time, hc, 331 pp, DN
       Chernev, I.       The 1000 Best Short Games of Chess, pb, 563 pp, DN
       Fine, R.           The World's Great Chess Games, hc, 287 pp, DN
       Fine, R.           Great Moments in Modern Chess, pb, 323 pp, DN
       Reshevsky, S.  Great Chess Upsets, hc, 312 pp, DN
       Reshevsky, S.  How Chess Games are Won, hc, 212 pp, DN
       Winter, W.       Chess for Match Players, hc, 328 pp, DN
       Assiac             The Pleasures of Chess, pb, 192 pp, DN
 
#29  Gerzadowicz, S.  Journal of a Chess Original, pb, 165 pp, AN
       Harding, T.           Winning at Correspondence Chess, pb, 176 pp, AN
       Motwani, P.          C.O.O.L. Chess, pb, 192 pp, AN
       Wilson, F.      Lesser Known Chess Masterpieces 1906-1915, pb, 369 pp, DN
       Beheim, M.    Chess with the Masters: 100 Classic Games 1834-1962, hc, 271 pp, DN
       Lerner, P.M.   Famous Chess Players, hc, 88 pp
       Keene, R.      The World Chess Championship: Korchnoi vs. Karpov, pb, 159 pp, DN
       Gligoric, S.    The World Chess Championship (1948-1972), hc, 221 pp, DN
 
#30  Krogius, N.                   Psychology in Chess, hc, 243 pp, DN
       Hartston/Wason            The Psychology of Chess, hc, 138 pp, AN
       Fine, R.                        The Psychology of the Chess Player, pb, 74 pp
       Benko/Hochberg           Winning with Chess Psychology, pb, 264 pp, AN
       Horowitz/Rothenberg     The Chess Personality, hc, 372 pp, DN
       Cockburn, A.                Idle Passion: Chess and the Dance of Death, pb, 248 pp
 
#31  Alexander, C.H.O'D       A Book of Chess, hc, 164 pp, DN
       Levy/Reuben                 The Chess Scene, hc, 276 pp, DN
       Schultz, D.                    ChessDon, pb, 356 pp, AN
       Forbes, C.                    Meet the Masters, pb, 160 pp, AN
       Cockburn, A,                Idle Passion: Chess and the Dance of Death, hc, 248 pp
       Chernev, I.                    The Chess Companion, hc, 288 pp, DN
       Chernev/Reinfeld            The Fireside Book of Chess, hc, 401 pp, DN
       Santasiere, A.               Essay on Chess, pb, 55 pp
      
#32  Reti, R.          Modern Ideas in Chess, pb, 181 pp, DN
       Saidy, A.        The March of Chess Ideas, pb, 321 pp, AN
       Evans, L.         New Ideas in Chess, hc, 196 pp, DN
       Evans, L.         Evans on Chess, hc, 128 pp, DN
       Evans, L.         Modern Chess Brilliancies, pb, 226 pp, DN
       Evans, L.         Chess Catechism, hc, 250 pp, DN
       Znosko-Borovsky   How Not to Play Chess, pb, 119 DN
       Cozens, W.H.       The King Hunt, hc, 120 pp, DN
 
#33  Lein, A.           In the World of Tactics, Vol. 1 - 1997, pb, 111 pp, AN
       Nesis, G.         Tactical Chess Exchanges, pb, 121 pp, AN
       Pachman, L.    Modern Chess Tactics, pb, 216 pp, DN
       Kmoch, H.       Pawn Power in Chess, pb, 304 pp, DN
       Timmer, R.       Castling to Win!, pb, 240 pp, AN
       Nunn/Cozens    The King-Hunt, pb, 160 pp, AN
       Renaud/Kahn    The Art of the Checkmate, hc, 208 pp, DN
 
#34  Spielmann, R.   The Art of Sacrifice in Chess, pb, 198 pp, DN
       Reshevsky, S.   The Art of Positional Play, pb, 333 pp, DN
       Soltis, A.           The Art of Defense in Chess, pb, 262 pp, DN
       Mason, J.          The Art of Chess, pb, 373 pp, DN
       Chernev, I.         Logical Chess Move by Move, hc, 250 pp, DN
       Abrahams, G.    Technique in Chess, pb, 216 pp, DN
       Mason, J.          The Principles of Chess, pb, 366 pp, DN
       Evans, L.           New Ideas in Chess, pb, 185 pp, DN
 
#35  Barden, L.             Play Better Chess, hc, 153 pp, AN
       Bloss, F.D.            Rate Your Own Chess, hc, 206 pp, DN
       Chernev/Harkness   An Invitation to Chess, pb, 221 pp, DN
       Chernev, I.              The Bright Side of Chess, pb, 160 pp, DN
       Horowitz, I.A.         All About Chess, pb, 197 pp, DN
       Fine, R.                 Chess The Easy Way, hc, 186 pp, DN
       Fine, R.                 A Passion for Chess, pb, 225 pp, DN
       Abrahams, G.        Chess, pb, 256 pp, DN
       Mason, J.              The Art of Chess, pb, 378 pp, DN
 
#36   Lasker, Edward     Modern Chess Strategy (with an appendix on Go), hc, 442 pp, DN
        Lombardy/Daniels  Chess Panorama, pb, 196 pp, DN
        Staunton, H.          The American Chess Players Handbook, hc, 256 pp, DN
        Grover/Wiswell       Chess, hc, 93 pp, DN
        Barden, L.              How Good is Your Chess, hc, 112 pp, DN
        Mason, J.              The Principles of Chess in Theory and Practice, hc, 330 pp, DN
        Reshevsky, S.       The Art of Positional Play, hc, 335 pp, DN
        Chess Review editors   The Golden Treasury of Chess, 326 pp, DN
 
#37   Mitchell, D.A.      Mitchell's Guide to the Game of Chess, hc, 83 pp, DN
        Reubens, E.M.    Chess Trick or Treat, pb, 128 pp, DN
        Morley, F.V.        My One Contribution to Chess, hc, 113 pp, DN
        Tiller, T.              Chess Treasury of the Air, pb, 260 pp, DN
        Stean, M.            Simple Chess, pb, 116 pp, DN
        Golombek, H.      The Game of Chess, pb, 255 pp, DN
        Golombek, H.      Fifty Great Games of Modern Chess, hc, 88 pp, DN
        Abrahams, G.      The Chess Mind, pb, 346 pp, DN
        Staunton, H.        The American Chess Player's Handbook, hc, 256 pp, DN
        Lasker, Emanuel  Common Sense in Chess, hc, 139 pp, DN
 
#38   Williams, G.        Master Pieces, hc, 160 pp
        Greygoose, F.      Chessmen, hc, 160 pp
        Mackett-Beeson   Chessmen, hc, 120 pp
        Dennis, J.M.        Chess: East and West, Past and Present, hc, 108 pp
 
#39   Smullyan, R.       The Chess Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes, hc, 171 pp
        Glyn, A.              The Dragon Variation, hc, 319 pp
        Tevis, W.             The Queen's Gambit, hc, 243 pp
        Keyes, F.P.         The Chess Players, hc, 533 pp
        Stout, R,              Nero Wolfe: Gambit, pb, 156 pp
        Medvedev, Z.        Andropov, hc, 227 pp
 
#40   Leithauser, B.      Hence: A Novel, hc, 320 pp
        Arrabal, F.           The Tower Struck by Lightning, hc, 242 pp
        Glavinic, T.           Carl Haffner's Love of the Draw, pb, 182 pp
        Keyes, F.P.         The Chess Players, hc, 533 pp
        Smullyan, R.        The Chess Mysteries of Sherlock Holmes, hc, 108 pp
 
#41   (in Russian)         Russian Chess Yearbook for 1947-1949, hc, 457 pp, AN
        (in Russian)         Russian Chess Yearbook for 1950, hc, 330 pp, AN
        (in Russian)         Russian Chess Yearbook for 1951-1952, hc, 244 pp, AN
        (in Russian)         Russian Chess Yearbook for 1953, hc, 320 pp, AN
        (in Russian)         Russian Chess Yearbook for 1954, hc, 368 pp, AN
        (in Russian)         Russian Chess Yearbook for 1955, hc, 288 pp, AN
        (in Russian)         Russian Chess Yearbook for 1956, hc, 336 pp, AN
        (in Russian)         Russian Chess Yearbook for 1958-1959, hc, 504 pp, AN
        (in Russian)         Russian Chess Yearbook for 1960, hc, 496 pp, AN
        (in Russian)         Russian Chess Yearbook for 1962, hc, 304 pp, AN
 
#42  (Russian) Dvoretzky: Shkola Vyshevo Masterstva 1-2 (endshpil.kombinatzionnaya igra), hc, 384 pp, AN
       (Russian) Dvoretzky: Shkola Vyshevo Masterstva 3 (strategiya), hc, 271 pp, AN
       (Russian) Dvoretzky: Shkola Vyshevo Masterstva 4 (slozhniye partii), hc, 256 pp, AN
       (Russian) Vainshteyn: Kombinatsii i lovushki v debiute, pb, 95 pp, AN
       (Russian) Averbakh: Shakmatnaya Shkola (istoriya i teoriya debiuta, etc), hc, 256 pp, AN
       (Russian) Neishtadt: Nekoronovanniye Chempiony, hc, 304 pp, AN
       (Russian) Kasparyan: Sila peshki, hc, 352 pp, AN
       (Russian) Neishtadt: 10 sledam debiutnykh katastrof, hc, 304 pp, AN
       (Russian) Botvinnik: Polveka v shakhmatakh, hc, 272 pp, AN
       (Russian) Khaitun: Grossmeister Portisch, hc, 224 pp, AN
       (Russian) Estrin: Zaschita dvukh konyei, pb, 144 pp, AN
       (Russian) Lasker, E.: Uchebnik shakhmatnoy igry
 
#43  (German) Keres: Dreispringerspiel bis Koenigsgambit, hc, 1971, 341 pp, AN
       (German) Keres: Vierspringerspiel bis Spanisch, hc, 1976, 336 pp, AN
       (German) Keres: Spanisch bis Franzoesisch, hc, 1969, 375 pp, AN
       (German) Boleslawski: Skandinavisch bis Sizilianisch, hc, 1971, 319 pp, AN
       (German) Polugajewski: Sizilianisch (Morra-Gambit bis Scheveninger System), hc, 1982, 256 pp, AN
       (German) Boleslawski: Koenigs-Indisch bis Gruenfeld Verteidigung, hc, 1969, 352 pp, AN
       (German) Taimanow: Nimzowitsch-Indisch bis Katalanisch, hc, 1970, 528 pp, AN
       (German) Schwarz: Die Franzoesische Verteidigung, hc, 1967, 576 pp, AN
       (German) Schwarz: Die Sizilianische Verteidigung, hc, 1961, 587 pp, AN
       (German) Schwarz: Hollaendisch, hc, 1964, 392 pp, AN
       (German) Awerbach: Schachtaktik fuer Fortgeschrittene, hc, 1979, 376 pp, AN
       (German) Suetin: Typische Fehler, hc, 1980, 188 pp, AN
       (German) Gelenczei: Spiel mit gegen Grossmeister!, hc, 1980, 152 pp, AN
       (German) Euwe/Muehring: Ich teste mich selbst, pb, 80 pp, AN
       (German) Euwe/Muehring: Neue Schachteste, pb, 92 pp, AN
       (German) Palatz und andere: Kleinkunst im Schachproblem, pb, 64 pp, AN
 
The following books were donated by Dr. Greg Gregoriou, a professor at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh:
 
#44 (German) Cheron: Lehr- und Handbuch der Endspiele I (Turm-Endspiele), hc, 354 pp, AN
      (German) Cheron: Lehr- und Handbuch der Endspiele II (Bauernendspiele, u.a.), hc, 468 pp, AN
      (German) Cheron: Lehr- und Handbuch der Endspiele III (Damen-Endspiele), hc, 343 pp, AN
      (German) Cheron: Lehr- und Handbuch der Endspiele IV (Ergaenzungen), hc, 328 pp, AN
      (German) Barcza, Alfoldy, Kapu: Die Weltmeister des Schachspiels (Morphy-Aljechin), pb, 363 pp, AN
      (German) Barcza u.a.: Die Weltmeister des Schachspiels (Botwinnik-Fischer), pb, 347 pp, AN
      (German) Suetin: Typische Fehler, hc, 187 pp, AN
 
#45 (German) Suetin: Schachstrategie der Weltmeister, hc, 1983, 239 pp, AN
      (German) Koblenz: Lehrbuch der Schachstrategie, Band 1, hc, 1975, 246 pp, AN
      (German) Koblenz: Lehrbuch der Schachstrategie, Band 2, hc, 1975, 280 pp, AN
      (German) Suetin: Schachstrategie fuer Fortgeschrittene, Band 1, hc, 1983, 336 pp, AN
      (German) Suetin: Schachstrategie fuer Fortgeschrittene, Band 2,hc, 1983, 368 pp, AN
      (German) Suetin: Schachlehrbuch fuer Fortgeschrittene, hc, 1981, 360 pp, AN
      (German) Awerbach: Schachtaktik fuer Fortgeschrittene, hc, 1983, 359 pp, AN
 
#46 (German) Suetin: Tigran Petrosjan: Die Karriere eines Schachgenies, hc, 352 pp, AN
      (German) Suetin: Angreifen mit Wolga-Gambit, hc, 144 pp, AN
      (German) Suetin: Schachtraining, hc, 256 pp, AN
      (German) Suetin: Typische Fehler, hc, 256 pp, AN
      (German) Koblenz: Schach positionell. Training mit Alexander Koblenz, hc, 144 pp, AN
      (German) Koblenz: Schach spielend leicht kombinieren. Training mit Koblenz, hc, 152 pp, AN
      (German) Gelenczei: Spiel mit gegen Grossmeister!, hc, 152 pp, AN
      (German) Keres: Klassiches Spanisch bis Franzoesisch, hc, 1979, 336 pp, AN
 
#47 (Russian) Match Botvinnik-Petrosian, Moskva, 1983, hc, 152 pp, AN
      (Russian) Tallin 1975, hc, 142 pp, AN
      (Russian) Mezhzonalniye Turniry: Riga '79 i Rio de Janeiro '79, hc, 416 pp, AN
      (Russian) Larsen: 50 izbranniykh partii, hc, 224 pp, AN
      (Russian) Suetin: Stupeni k masterstvu v shakhmatakh, hc, 320 pp, AN
      (Russian) Kan: Ot debiuta k mittelshpilyu, pb, 136 pp, AN
      (Russian) Neishtadt: Otkazanniy ferzevyiy gambit, hc, 328 pp, AN
 
#48 (Russian) Kasparyan: Etiudy, staty, analyzy, pb, 288 pp, AN
      (Russian) Kasparyan: Pozitsionnaya nichya, pb, 144 pp, AN
      (Russian) Kasparyan: Shakhmatniye Etiudy (dominatsiya), hc, 356 pp, AN
      (Russian) Kasparyan: Shakhmatniye Etiudy (dominatsiya), hc, 352 pp, AN
      (Russian) Bondarenko: Etiud v peshechnom okonchanii, pb, 160 pp, AN
      (Russian) Nadareishvili: Etiud glazami grossmeisterov, pb, 208 pp, AN
      (Russian) Kofman: Izbranniye etiudy S. Kaminera i M. Liburkina, pb, 160 pp, AN
 
#49 Fischer       My 60 Memorable Games, pb, 384 pp, DN
      Waitzkin     Mortal Games: The Turbulent Genius of Garry Kasparov, hc, 302 pp
      Wetzell       Chess Master ... at any age, pb, 310 pp, AN
      Ivanov, V.    Bird's Opening (1. f4 d5), pb, 2003, 52 pp, AN
      Kuligowski/Wienigk/Carlsson   1. e4 c6 Caro-Kann, 344 pp, figurine AN
      Hodgson, J.       Modern Practical Endings, pb, 1993, 46 pp, AN
      (French)      Koblentz: L'ecole des echecs/I, pb, 189 pp, AN
      (French)      Kotov: L'ecole des echecs/II, pb, 220 pp, AN
      (French)      Nikitine: Kasparov, pb, 351 pp,
      (French)      Souetine: La dynamique de l'ouverture et du milieu de jeu aux echecs, pb, 223 pp, AN
      (Spanish)    Koblenz: Ajedrez de entrenamiento, pb, 148 pp, Spanish DN
 
#50 Chess Informant, Vol. 84, Feb.-May 2002, pb, 341 pp, AN, 488 games
      Chess Informant, Vol. 85, June-Sept. 2002, pb, 356 pp, AN, 492 games
      Chess Informant, Vol. 86, Dec. 2002-Jan. 2003, pb, 380 pp, AN, 536 games
      Chess Informant, Vol. 93, Feb.-May 2005, pb, 381 pp, AN, 476 games
      Chess Informant, Vol. 94, June-Sept. 2005, pb, 364 pp, AN, 452 games
      Chess Informant, Vol. 95, Oct.-Dec. 2005, pb, 340 pp, AN, 406 games
      Chess Informant, Vol. 96, Jan.-April 2006, pb, 332 pp, AN, 428 games
      Chess Informant, Vol. 97, May-August 2006, pb, 346 pp, AN, 431 games
      Chess Informant, Vol. 98, Sept.-Dec. 2006, pb, 331 pp, AN, 432 games
      Chess Informant, Vol. 99, Jan.-April 2007, pb, 339 pp, AN, 413 games
      Chess Informant, Vol. 100, May-August 2007, pb, AN, 339 pp, 451 games 

Tiffany Wang
MACA Webmaster

08/23/2010Special day of chess activities to promote new chess fiction anthology, "Masters of Technique"

Mongoose Press, Chess Books from Europe, and Back Pages Books in Waltham, MA will be sponsoring a special day of chess activities to promote new chess fiction anthology, "Masters of Technique." On Saturday, September 11, 2010, Senior Master Denys Shmelov will give a 20-board simultaneous exhibition at 12:30pm, followed by a blitz tournament at 4pm, at Back pages Books in Waltham, MA. Tickets for the simul are free with the purchase of a copy of the anthology. (Contact Back Pages to buy a book and reserve a ticket. First come, first served.) Prizes to players who win or draw will be donated by Back Pages Books. Entry to the blitz tournament is free, with prizes for the tournament donated by Chess Books from Europe. Please bring sets, boards, and clocks. All profits from the sale of "Masters of Technique" go to charity. 

For directions or more information about the event contact 
Back Pages Books
http://www.backpagesbooks.com
289 Moody Street
Waltham, MA 02453 
781.209.0631 
info@backpagesbooks.com 

Tiffany Wang
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08/3/2010Boylston Chess Club tournament results for July 2010

July 3, 2010.................Quads: #1 B. Pellows...2.5-0.5; #2 E. Lin...3-0; #3 A.Z. Hu...3-0; #4 S. Lieberman and V. Amrit...2.5-0.5;

July 10, 2010...............Swiss #29: T. Slesnick...3.5-0.5;

July 17, 2010...............Legends: Open- D.K. Shmelov...3.5-0.5; U1800- A. Cortizas, Jr....4-0;

July 18, 2010...............Scholastic: A. Guo...3.5-0.5;

July 24, 2010..............Summer Open: Open- C. Chase...4-0; U1800- A.Z. Hu...4-0;

July 8-29, 2010...........Thursday Night Swiss:  A. Psphitis...4-0;

July 31, 2010...............$10 Open: Open- D.K. Shmelov...4-0; U1800- A. Cortizas, Jr....3.5-0.5

 

Steve Frymer
MACA Board Member

07/20/201060th New Hampshire Open Championship

Held on 10-11 July 2010...124 players...Open Section: A. Ivanov and D. Shmelov 1st-2nd 3.5-0.5; S. Kudrin and N. Castenada 3rd-4th 3-1;

NH state champion: J. Fang 2.5-1.5; Top U2060: T. Chase 3.5-0.5, Top U1860: O. Chase 4-0, Top U1660: L. Stolov and J. Kuehne 3.5-0.5,

Top U1460: H. Clark 3.5-0.5, Top U1260: A. Franke 4-0. Sunday Swiss: F. Sisto 3-0.

Alex Relyea was chief TD for the NHCA.

Steve Frymer
MACA Correspondent

06/22/2010GM Alexander Ivanov wins Connecticut State Championship

Grandmaster Alexander Ivanov of Newton, Massachusetts scored 4-0 to win the Connecticut State Championship, held June 19-20 at the University of Connecticut at Storrs. Tying as runners-up with 3-1 results were two Connecticut players - FIDE master Nelson Castaneda of New Britain and now provisionally rated master Sivasankar Balakumar, formerly of Toronto, Canada - and USCF life master Max Enkin of Peabody, Mass.  Balakumar defeated Enkin in the third round but lost to Ivanov in the final round. Confirmation is still awaited on which Connecticut player - Castaneda or Balakumar - was awarded the Connecticut state championship title and trophy. In the Reserve section, first place with a perfect 4-0 score went to Noah Arthurs of Connecticut. He gained a Class B rating for the first time in his career. Tying as runners-up with 3-1 tallies were Class B contestants David Gaston, Max Krall and Kevin Zimmerman, all of Connecticut, as well as Class C entrant Eric Nechayev, also of Connecticut.  The two-section tournament drew 36 players and was directed by Timothy Hartley, assisted by John Fikiet, for the sponsoring UConn Chess Club.

George Mirijanian
MACA Correspondent

06/21/2010National master Alex Fikiet wins UConn Strength Builder Tournament

National master Alex Fikiet, a MACA member from Storrs, Connecticut, tallied a perfect 4-0 to win the UConn Strength Builder Tournament, held Thursday nights, June 10 and 17, at the University of Connecticut in Storrs. Capturing second place with a 3-1 score was expert Sarathi Ray, a fellow UConn Chess Club member. Fellow MACA member Tom Hartmayer of Storrs finished with a 2.5-1.5 result to take third place. The tournament drew eight players and was directed by Timothy Hartley for the sponsoring UConn Chess Club.

George Mirijanian
MACA Correspondent

06/19/2010FM Christopher Chase wins BCF Tornado #102

FIDE master Christopher Chase of Somerville scored 3.5-0.5 to capture first place in the BCF Tornado #102, held Saturday, June 19, at the Boylston Chess Club in Somerville. Tying for 2nd-4th place with 3-1 tallies were life senior master Denys Shmelov of Pepperell (who drew Chase in the final round), life master Lawyer Times of Hyde Park (who lost to Chase in the third round), and expert William Collins of Boston (who lost to Chase in the second round). The tournament drew 15 players and was directed by Bernardo Iglesias of Stoughton.

George Mirijanian
MACA Correspondent

06/18/2010Denys Shmelov wins Waltham June Game/20 Tournament

Senior master Denys Shmelov continued to prove his dominance at the Waltham Chess Club, winning the Waltham June Game/20 Tournament on Friday night, June 18, at the club's playing site in the IBM Office Building cafeteria in Waltham. The 23-year-old Pepperell resident tallied 4-0 to finish clear first. Tying as runners-up with 3-1 scores were Andrew Liu of Westborough and Erik Siggelkoe of Millis. The quick-rated event drew 13 players and was directed by Nicholas Sterling of Needham.

George Mirijanian
MACA Correspondent

06/17/2010Tony Cesolini wins Wachusett Chess Club Championship

Tony Cesolini, a Class A player from Jaffrey, New Hampshire, won the 2010 Wachusett Chess Club Championship, held Wednesday nights, May 5 through June 16, at the McKay Campus School at Fitchburg State College. Cesolini tallied 4.5-0.5, yielding a sole draw to George Mirijanian of Fitchburg. Mirijanian finished as runner-up with a 3-1 score with one unplayed game. Third place with a 2.5-2.5 result went to Glenn Rochon of Leominster. Martin Laine of Lunenburg and Dave Couture of Westminster shared top honors in the "B" Division Championship, scoring 5.5-1.5. Tying for 3rd-4th place with 5-2 tallies were Ken Gurge and Leonard Arsenault, both of Leominster. The two--section championship event drew 30 players and was directed by George Mirijanian, assisted by club Webmaster Dave Couture.

George Mirijanian
MACA Correspondent

06/13/2010GM Alexander Ivanov wins 7th Vermont Spring Open

Grandmaster Alexander Ivanov of Newton, Massachusetts scored a perfect 5-0 to win the 7th annual Vermont Spring Open, held June 11-13 at the Stratton Mountain Inn in West Wardsboro, Vermont.  Tying for 2nd-3rd place with 3.5-1.5 tallies were FIDE master Nelson Castaneda of New Britain, Connecticut, who lost to Ivanov in the third round, and Class A contestant Chen Qu of New York, who lost to Ivanov in the final round. Gabriel Katz of Vermont won first place in the Under 1750 section with a score of 4-1. Tying for 2nd-3rd place with 3.5-1.5 results were Andrew Palmer of Vermont and Mark Dreher of New York. Henry Olynik of White Plains, New York was the winner in the Under 1350 section with a score of 4.5-0.5. Jameson Voll of Vermont was second with a 4-1 performance. Tying for third place with 2.5-2.5 tallies were Jeffrey Qu of Clifton Park, New York, and Andrew Berzolla of Connecticut. The three-section tournament drew 32 players and was directed by Bill Goichberg for the sponsoring Continental Chess Association.

George Mirijanian
MACA Correspondent

06/12/2010William Collins surprise winner in BCF Somerville Open

Expert William "Billy" Collins was the surprise winner in the BCF Somerville Open, held Saturday, June 12, at the Boylston Chess Club in Somerville. The Boston player tallied a perfect 4-0, including wins against life master Alex Cherniack of Watertown (round 2), international master David Vigorito of Somerville (round 3), and FIDE master Christopher Chase of Somerville (round 4).  Senior master Denys Shmelov of Pepperell, who took a half-point bye in the first round, finished second with a score of 3.5-0.5 Tying for first place in the Under 1800 section with 3-1 results were Bernardo Iglesias of Stoughton, Nicholas Lesieur of Cambridge, and George Duval of Sudbury. In individual encounters, Iglesias beat Lesieur (round 2) but lost to Duval (round 3), while Duval lost to Lesieur (round 4). The two-section tournament drew 23 players and was directed by Bernardo Iglesias.

George Mirijanian
MACA Correspondent

06/11/2010Waltham Flag Day Game/60 Tournament ends in three-way tie for first

The Waltham Chess Club's Flag Day Game/60 Tournament, held Friday night, June 11, at the IBM Office