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12/16/2012Prize Winners, 2nd Barry S. Spiegel Cup Qualifier

Prize winners at the 2nd Barry S. Spiegel Cup Qualifier, held December 16th 2012 at the Crowne Plaza in Woburn.

Age 14 & Under Section

1st: Loring Lauretti 3½-½
2nd: Alvin Tan 3-1
3rd-4th: Luke Lung, Jason Tang 2½-1½

Age 11 & Under Section

1st-2nd: Anton Barash (playoff winner), Maxwell Zhao 4-0
3rd-8th: Alan Sikarov, Alon Trogan, Eric Feng, Henry Liu, Luke Randolph, Brian Yin 3-1

Age 8 & Under Section

1st: Alex Yu 4-0
2nd-4th: Larry Jin, Aahan Mehra, Eric Han 3-1

Novice Under 800 Section

1st: Alexander Bao 4-0
2nd-3rd: Michael Yu, Ryan Saklad 3-1

Novice Under 400 Section

1st: Michael Nurnberger 4-0
2nd-5th: Maddox Leveque, Swapnesh Baguli, Madison Dietl, Nicholas Holt-Doucette

Players are listed in tiebreak order.

The tournament directors were Bob Messenger, Nathan Smolensky, George Mirijanian and Steve Frymer.
 

Bob Messenger
Chief TD

12/2/2012Prize Winners, Harry Nelson Pillsbury Memorial

Prize winners at the Harry Nelson Pillsbury Memorial, held December 2nd at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel in Marlboro:

Open Section

1st GM Alexander Ivanov 3½-½
2nd-3rd IM David Vigorito, Grant Xu 3-1
Top U2100  Blaise Aguirre, Tian Rossi, Conway Xu 2½-1½

Under 1900 Section

1st Peter Teodorescu 4-0
2nd Gary Cote 3½-½
Top U1750 Syed Al-Mamun 3-1

Under 1600 Section

1st-2nd Joseph Treacy, Maxwell Zhao 3½-½
Top Under 1400 Lisa DeBenedictis 3-1

Under 1200 Section

1st Sandra Shur 3½-½
2nd Raghav Srinivasan 3-1
3rd Matthew Sullivan 3-1
Top Under 1000 Rohan Krishnan 3-1
Top Under 800 Giorgio Roscini 2-2
Top Under 600 Srini Veeravanallur 2-2
Top Unrated Robert Cote 2-2

There were a total of 62 players.  Bob Messenger and George Mirijanian directed.
 

Bob Messenger
Chief TD

11/18/2012Prize Winners, 1st Spiegel Cup Qualifier

Prize winners at the 1st Spiegel Cup Qualifier, held November 18th at the Crowne Plaza in Woburn:

Age 14 & Under

1st-5th: Evan Meyer (playoff winner), Charlie Fauman, Alvin Tan, Luke Lung, Nithin Kavi, all with 3-1

Age 11 & Under

1st: Alex Fauman 4-0
2nd: Eddie Wei 3½-½
3rd-7th: Alan Sikarov, Alon Trogan, David Sun, Henry Liu, Jucy Cai 3-1

Age 8 & Under

1st: Luke Randolph 3½-½
2nd-4th: Ben Fauman, Eric Han, Brian Yin 3-1

Novice Under 800

1st: Ellis O'Donnell 4-0
2nd: Adrian Seeger 3-1
3rd-4th: Ryan Saklad, Michael Yu 2½-1½

Novice Under 400

1st: Michael Nurnberger 4-0
2nd-5th: William Kim, Andrew Cass, Amy Khoshbin, Benjamin Holman 3-1

There were a total of 85 players.  Bob Messenger was the chief director, assisted by George Mirijanian, Doc Kinne and Steve Frymer.
 

Bob Messenger
Chief TD

11/17/2012World Youth Championship

In Girls-U10 Carissa Yip of Chelmsford finished 5.5-5.5.

In Open-U18 Robert Perez of MIT finished 7-4.

In Open-U14 Kapil Chandran of Connecticut finished 5.5-5.5 and Chris Gu of Rhode Island finished 7.5-3.5.

Steve Frymer
MACA Board Member

11/16/2012Free Movie Tickets to Teachers from USCF Donor

Below is the e-mail from USCF:

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Hello Chess Leaders,

 
As you know the award winning film "Brooklyn Castle”  is opens at the Landmark Kendall Square in Cambridge beginning Friday, November 16th. 
We have a generous donor agree to underwrite the cost to give Free Tickets to Brooklyn Castle to any school teacher in greater Boston and would like your help passing this along to your fellow educators. 
 
From Friday, November 16 through Thursday, November 22, teachers can get 1 free ticket by showing their valid Teacher Identification or Union ID Card at the box office. 

USCF hopes this generous gift will help us expand awareness of the importance of after school programs and chess in education and we encourage you to invite every educator you are in contact with to take advantage of the offer. Details are on the film's website.
 
Also for the aspiring chess player, after the 7:05 pm screening THIS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16th, there will be a Q&A with 20-year-old Chess Grandmaster, Sam Shankland.
 
Brooklyn Castle follows the successes and challenges of IS 318 in Brooklyn, NY, the most successful middle school chess team in the nation. While working to excel at the chess board, the students and teachers face another major hurdle as cutbacks to after school programs threaten the very existence of their program. It's an inspiring story of what it takes to be a champion, on the chess board, and in life. The film has been playing in select cities to major press support from such diverse outlets as the the Today Show and the Hollywood Reporter, Sports Illustrated and Teen Vogue. You might like to see the review in the New York Times. Teachers might also like this one from Salon.com
 
The attention the film is bringing to scholastic chess is unprecedented. Let's help the film fill the house and get as many people as possible to see this wonderful film.
 
On behalf of the filmmakers and USCF, we appreciate your support,
 
Robert McLellan
Executive Director, Brooklyn Castle
Director of Marketing, USCF
 
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Tiffany Wang
MACA Webmaster

10/21/201279th Greater Boston Open prize winners

Open Section:

1st-2nd  IM James Rizzitano, Lawyer Times 3½-½
Top U2100  Leonid Tkach, Arthur Tang 2½-1½

Under 1900 Section:

1st-2nd  Howard Goldowsky, Jason Tang 3½-½
Top U1750  Robert Holmgren, Erik Elbieh, Yuanzhe Wang 3-1

Under 1600 Section:

1st-3rd: Peter Teodorescu, Robert Walton Jr 3½-½
1st-3rd/Top U1350  Alexander Cheung

Under 1200 Section:

1st-2nd  Patrick Sullivan, Sondra Shur 4-0
3rd Matthew Sullivan 3-1
Top U1000 Aaron Zhang 3-1
Top U800  Jerry Tan 2½-1½
Top U600  Srini Veeravanallur2-2
Top Unrated  Benjamin Johnson-Staub 2½-1½

95 players – the highest turnout in many years!
Directed by Bob Messenger and George Mirijanian
 

Bob Messenger
Chief TD

10/13/2012POSTPONED - QCC's Evening with IM David Vigorito

The Quincy Chess Club
 With regret, it has been announced that the Quincy Chess Club's Evening with International Master David Vigorito has been postponed until further notice due to a lack of response from the community.

We would like to thank IM Vigorito for his participation & support and hope to give this another try as the club in Quincy matures.
 

Doc Kinne
MACA Correspondent

10/9/20122012 Grand Prix Scholastic tournaments at Papa Gino's and Burger King

This is a scholastic tournament series at Papa Gino's and Burger King
in the suburbs to support scholastic activity. These are the leaders,
showing total points and total events attended.

Here is the updated Grand Prix standings after yesterday's event:

 

Here are the leaders in Grand Prix:
RAGHAV SRINIVASAN	9.5	4
AAHAN SAMIR MEHRA	9	3
EVAN MACLURE    	8	3
YUANZHE WANG    	8	3
ALEX YU         	7.5	3
DAVID ZHU SUN	        7.5	4
AARON HAOXIANG ZHANG	7	3
BHARATH HEGGADAHALLI	6.5	2
ADAM MAIMON     	6	2
VIGNESH L VANCHINATHAN	6	2

 



Steve Frymer
MACA Correspondent

10/8/2012The Quincy Chess Club Presents: An Evening with IM Vigorito!

The Quincy Chess Club
 Mark your calendars, folks, for the first in what is hoped will be many events and cooperative ventures with the newly resurrected Quincy Chess Club!
 
Join the Quincy Chess Club on Friday, October 19th , from 7.30-10.30PM, for an exclusive evening of dinner and chess with Boylston's own International Chess Master, David Vigorito.
 
International Master Vigorito will conduct a simultaneous chess game exhibition playing 20 chess players at one time.

Master Vigorito will also give a chess lecture and hold an open question and answer session.  Dinner is included and will consist of buffet style Chinese cuisine. 
IM David Vigorito
(Photo by Bob Oresick)
  
RSVP Required
 
$30 for dinner, lecture, and to play in the simul (20 person limit).
$20 for dinner and lecture only.

Friday, October 19th 730pm-1030pm.
 
Chung's Asian Cuisine Restaurant
731 Granite Street
Braintree, MA 02184
 
For questions or to RSVP, contact President Dan Racine from the QCC at 1-857-888-1531 or email: quincychessclub@gmail.com.
 
Reservations and payments can be sent to President Dan Racine at:
 
Dan Racine
57 Edinboro Road
Quincy MA 02269
 
Payments via PayPal can be sent to President Racine at dcrdcr@gmail.com.

This promises to be a fun evening that will also help to start to revitalize chess along the South Shore!

Doc Kinne
MACA Correspondent

10/5/2012Meet Your 2013 MA USCF Delegates!

by Doc Kinne

One of the responsibilities of MACA as the MA State Affiliate is to recruit and select state delegates to the USCF for the coming year. Among other things, these Delegates attend the Annual USCF Delegate Meeting, held during the US Open to propose and approve legislation of various types, from By-Laws to various Committees. Each "state" - and I put that in quotes because, according to the USCF Northern CA and Southern CA are states, as is the District of Columbia - get a number of Delegates based on their USCF population. Massachusetts is allocated three. We select three Primary Delegates, and also three Alternate Delegates to step up in case something happens with the Primary Delegates. Without further ado, here are the 2013 MA USCF Delegates!

 Primary Delegates

1) Ken Ballou

Ken has been an MA Delegate for a number of years. He is a National USCF Tournament Director, and a FIDE Arbiter. Ken is active on the Elections, Rules, and Tournament Director Certification Committees of the Federation. He is part of the Metrowest Chess Club where he is on the Tournament Directing Staff.

 

 

 

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 2) Bob Messenger

Bob is a very active Associate National USCF Tournament Director having directed more than 2000 sections in 420 different events since 1991. Last year he was created a FIDE Arbiter. Politically, Bob is also very active holding the office of Treasurer of MACA as well as heading various Committees on that Board. He is also President of the New England Chess Association. In his non-MA time he directs for the CCA.

 

 

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 3) Richard "Doc" Kinne

Doc is new after having returned to chess almost a year and a half ago. He is a Local USCF Tournament Director, Clerk for the Boylston Chess Club, and on the MACA Board of Directors. This is his first time as a Delegate, and this will also be his first US Open.

 
 
 
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 Alternate Delegates 

 

 1) Walter Driscoll, III

Walter is a member of the MACA Board of Directors. He is a Local USCF Tournament Director where he mainly organizes and directs the Charles Drafts Memorial Tournament at the Boylston Chess Club.




 
 
 
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 2) Nathan Smolensky

Nathan, a recent BU graduate, is a new member of the MACA Board of Directors. He is also on the Boylston Chess Club Board and active in reviving that club's scholastic program. As a Local USCF Tournament Director Nathan is very active on the Boylston's Directing Staff as well.

 
 
 
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 3) National Master Andrew Wang

At 17 Andrew has already built up an impressive playing resume. He has been MA State Scholastic Champion multiple times, National Scholastic Champion, and also part of the USCF All-American Team for several years. This will be his first foray into chess politics.

Doc Kinne
MACA Board Member

10/1/2012Brian Mottershead Resigns From MACA Board

Brian MottersheadIt is with regret, and not a little sense of loss, that the MA Chess Association must announce the resignation of Brian Mottershead from the Board.

Brian headed up MACA's Scholastic Committee for several years and was the Chief Tournament Director for MACA's Scholastic State Championship Cycle as well rising to the rank of USCF Senior Tournament Director in order to effectively do the job. We're sure that many of the Commonwealth's youth players will miss seeing Brian in the Tournament Hall. Directing scholastic tournaments, and balancing the needs and wants of its several participants, is not an easy thing, but Brian pulled it off.

At its 30 September meeting the Board passed a resolution thanking Brian Mottershead for his years of service to Massachusetts chess, and wishing him the best of luck in his future plans. We look forward to Brian carving a new niche for himself in the chess community soon.

Doc Kinne
MACA Board Member

09/17/2012MA Club Corner - The Quincy Chess Club

The Roche Brother's Grocery Store Community Room in Quincy was like most of the community rooms I'd been in in greater Boston, if somewhat larger and a bit better decorated with scholastic portraits taken in local colleges. But that wasn't the thing that what you first noticed when walking into the room last Wednesday evening. Easily the first thing you noticed was Dan Racine, the new Quincy Chess Club's founder, greeting people at the door, answering questions and watching everything connected with this new project.

 
The Quincy Chess Club existed sometime in the past, but, like many clubs, it seemed to succumb both to cultural changes and perhaps a bit of the letdown chess suffered when Fisher vanished. None of that mattered to Racine. Moving to Quincy he saw the need for a chess club, and he just did it. "We're creating our own history," he told me Wednesday night.
 
As we talked Wednesday night, Racine constantly multi-tasked. He made pairings for the Quincy Chess Club's first Quad tournament (unrated at this time), took down results, played one of the youngest club members, Josh, in a game, and then arranged for a lesson on how to do game recording for him from another club member. With the club currently having one big room it has to be admitted that games were not held in the you-can-hear-a-pin-drop environment that seems to have become the norm in tournament environments today, but Racine successfully made an effort to keep things at a reasonable level.
 
The Quincy Chess ClubRacine has gathered a good bit of community support for his club. The Roche Brothers are giving the club the Community Room free once a week. Many club members are business owners in the community that can be drawn upon for support and perhaps other playing sites as the club expands. I was impressed with both the solidity that the club has established now, as well as the solid plans for expansion and publicity that are in the works.
 
It has always been my opinion that chess clubs are the backbone of organized chess in this country. Dan Racine and the developing new Quincy Chess Club are making a major play to help anchor chess on the South Shore. The Quincy Chess Club meets Wednesday nights starting at 6:30PM in the Community Room of the Roche Brothers Grocery Store Community Center, 101 Falls Blvd. More details can be found on their website at www.quincychessclub.com.

Doc Kinne
MACA Correspondent

09/8/2012MACA Seeks 2013 USCF Delegates

These last two weeks are filled with US Delegate events - the national political party conventions - making this month a political junkie's dream! What may be news to you is that the chess world has something similar (although, at times, I hope, better!) and you can be involved!

The US Open is one of the largest and most important general chess events in the country, and its not all about those nine critical games. One of the things that happens during the US Open every year is the USCF Delegate's Meeting. While the USCF Office and the USCF Executive Board run the day-to-day operations of the Federation, the policy decisions and overall aims are decided by a 150-person Board of Delegates that meet every year at the US Open.

Each USCF "state" (I put that in quotes because, for example, as far as the USCF is concerned, there is a N. California and a S. California) has a certain number of Delegates based on their USCF membership. Choosing those Delegates, and submitting their names to the Federation, is the responsibility of the State Chess Associations. A body of Primary and Alternate Delegates - in the case of MA, three of each - is recruited and chosen by the MACA Board in our case. These names are submitted to the Federation near the end of the year and their terms of office go from January to January. Three Alternate Delegates are chosen in case any of the Primary Delegates cannot fulfill their responsibilities during the year.

So what does a USCF Delegate do? Their primary responsibility is to attend the Annual Delegate's Meeting, representing their state and its membership, during the last weekend of the US Open. This is when the actual business gets done, and these two meetings don't interfere with the US Open playing schedule. If you've been to the US Open you might also know that from Wednesday to Friday there are several workshops held. This is where a lot of the discussions take place regarding things that come up during the Delegates Meeting, so it can be important, but not critical, to attend the areas that you, or your constituents, are interested in. These meetings may conflict if you're on an accelerated playing schedule, but not if you're on the traditional playing schedule.

You can read about Al Lawrence's impression of the 2012 Delegate's Meeting in Vancouver here
 
Otherwise, during the year, Delegates are part of the USCF representative infrastructure. It's possible that people may want to contact you regarding a question or a problem they have regarding the Federation. Also, while you don't need to be a Delegate to serve on a USCF Committee, statistically, usually most USCF Committee members are Delegates.

So, are you going to the US Open in Madison, WI next year? How would you like to take an active hand in both shaping the policies of your USCF and representing the active tournament chess players in your state? The MA Chess Association is currently seeking a slate of three Primary and three Alternate Delegates to represent MA to the USCF during its 2013 Delegates Meeting at the US Open next August in Madison.

Are you a USCF member and interested in putting your name in the ring? Have additional questions? Contact Doc Kinne at kinnerc @ gmail.com

Doc Kinne
MACA Board Member

09/5/201272nd New England Open, top prize winners

by Bob Messenger & Doc Kinne

BCC Member IM David Vigorito Plots His Way to the Top
During the 1st Round of the 72nd New England Open
(Photo by Kinne)

 Over the Labor Day weekend the New England Open, and associated side events, were held in Leominster, MA. After a tough battle lasting three days, the defending title holder, International Master Igor Foygel, was defeated by a triad of 2012 New England Champions: USCF Life Senior Master Denys Shmelov, International Master David Vigorito, and International Master Jonathan Yedidia!

Combined, the New England Open Championship had 162 players battling for the New England Open Championship title, class titles, scholastic titles, and the 2012 New England Blitz Championship title. The Open Section, nicely, was FIDE-rated as the tournament was directed by FIDE Arbiter, and the New England Chess Association President, Robert Messenger. He was aided by National Tournament Director George Mirijanian.

Further down the Open section was nicely populated as well with such luminaries as FIDE Master Chris Chase, USCF Life Master Lawyer Times, and Woman Candidate Master Natasha Christiansen, who received her highest rating in 14 years and is on her way to breaking through the 2000 "glass ceiling" very soon, all participating.

The Scholastic tournaments were well attended during all of the three days with K-12 being held on Saturday, K-3 on Sunday, and K-6 on Monday. The kids provided a lively counterpoint to the older players largely playing in the Open Tournament, but younger players such as  7 year old Eddie Wei decided to storm the ramparts and play with the big boys and girls in the Open Section!

The 2012 New England Blitz Championship, a 10 round tournament drawing a respectable 18 players, was won by USCF Life Master Vadim Martirosov who gained a decisive 9/10 points, fully 1.5 points ahead of 2nd place winner 1st Category Frank Wang.

All in all the 72nd New England Championship was a great success and a wonderful way for New England to start off its Fall chess season!

Individual section results can be seen below.

New scholastic player Liam Brown concentrates on
his game during the 2012 New England Open
Scholastic K-12 in Leominster, MA
(Photo by Kinne)

72nd New England Open Top Prize Winners
Open: IM David Vigorito, FM Denys Shmelov, IM Jonathan Yedidia
U2000: Aashish Welling
U1750: John Brady
U1500: Robert Watson Jr, Andrew Stone
K-12 U1500: Yuanzhe Wang
K-12 U1000: James Cassidy, Alex Self
K-6 U1400: David McCabe
K-6 U800: Kathleen Wang, Samuel Gloss, Abhinav Govindaraju

K-3 U1200: Alex Yu, Gavin Randolph
K-3 U800: Jerry Tan
Blitz Championship: Vadim Martirosov

  

  

  

Bob Messenger
Chief TD

07/12/2012Papa Gino's Scholastic Chess

Irina Dronova, Lauren Smorgonsky's mom, is trying to revive scholastic chess at Papa Gino's in metrowest.

The first event is on 22 July at Papa Gino's in Waltham, near the Lexington T/L.

See MACA tournament calendar for details.

Steve Frymer
MACA Board Member

06/7/2012Winners of the 81st Massachusetts Open "Most Interesting Game" Prizes

The following players won prizes for the most interesting games played at the 81st Massachusetts Open:

 

Open section: GM Alexander Ivanov, for his game vs. FM John Curdo

U2200 section: Jesse Nicholas, for his game vs. John Elmore

U2000 section: Tom Keegan, for his game vs. Cale McCormick

U1800 section: Vyacheslav Mayorskiy, for his game vs. Tom Provost

U1600 section: Robert Walton Jr, for his game vs. Lucy Cai

U1400 section: Edward Chiu, for his game vs. Vignesh Vanchinathan

 

The games were judged by IM Jim Rizzitano.  Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to our judge!

 

Bob Messenger
Chief TD

05/30/20122012 MACA ELECTION RESULTS

Ballots issued: 736   Ballots received: 105   Tellers: Richard Kinne, Stephen Dann, George Mirijanian
 
FOR PRESIDENT
Robert E. King of Plymouth - 66 votes - elected
Richard "Doc" Kinne of Somerville - 14
George Mirijanian of Fitchburg - 3
Ken Ballou of Framingham - 1
John Elmore of Stratham, NH - 1
Steven Frymer of Lexington - 1
William Kelleher of Watertown - 1
Brian Lafferty of Andover - 1
Maryanne Reilly of Newton Centre - 1
BLANKS - 16
 
FOR VICE PRESIDENT
Steven Frymer of Lexington - 78 votes - elected
John Elmore of Stratham, NH - 1
Mikhail Perelshteyn of Swampscott - 1
BLANKS - 25
 
FOR TREASURER
Robert Messenger of Nashua, NH - 101 votes - elected
BLANKS - 4
 
FOR CLERK
Nicholas Sterling of Needham - 88 votes - elected
Brian Mottershead of Carlisle - 3
Mark Kaprielian of Framingham - 1
BLANKS - 13
 
FOR DIRECTOR
George Mirijanian of Fitchburg - 98 votes - elected
Larry Eldridge of West Newton - 89 votes - elected
Richard "Doc" Kinne of Somerville - 87 votes - elected
Stephen Dann of Worcester - 81 votes - elected
Walter Driscoll of Cambridge - 79 votes - elected
Brian Mottershead of Carlisle - 63 votes - elected
Kenneth P. Belt of Concord - 61 votes - elected
Nathan Smolensky of Brookline - 3
Walter Champion of Wellesley - 2
Donna Alarie of Rutland - 1
Christopher Bird of Melrose - 1
Charlie Fauman of Newton - 1
Steven Frymer of Lexington - 1
Joshua Haunstrup of address unknown - 1
Bernardo Iglesias of Stoughton - 1
Alexander Ivanov of Newton - 1
Daniel Sullivan of Medford - 1 

Submitted by G. Mirijanian, 2012 MACA elections commissioner

Tiffany Wang
MACA Webmaster

05/28/201281st Massachusetts Open Prize Winners

81st Massachusetts Open
Prize Winners

Webmaster Note: Find all Mass Open events crosstables click here.

Open Section

1st                          GM Alexander Ivanov
2nd-3rd                   Denys Shmelov, Robert Perez
1st U2300                Andrew Wang
= 2nd U2300           Mika Brattain, FM John Curdo, Andrew Liu, Tian Rossi

Under 2200 Section 

1st-3rd                    Jesse Nicholas, Robert J King, Siddharth Arun

Under 2000 Section

1st                         Michael Pascetta (CT)
2nd-3rd                  Max Valau, Joseph Han (CT)

Under 1800 Section

1st                         Daniel Tiedemann
2nd                        Gregory Anderson (ME)
3rd                        Thomas Sifter
 

Under 1600 Section 

1st                         Peter Teodorescu
2nd                        Sean Blaisdell
= 3rd                     Edward Morris, Eddie Wei
 

Under 1400 Section 

1st                         Jeremy Bader (unrated)
2nd                        Alan Sikarov
= 3rd                     Stefan Grosser
=3rd / 1st U1200    Andrew Stone
=2nd U1200           Charley Lei, Daniel Shimberg (RI)
 

K-12 U1500 Section 

1st                        Stefan Grosser
2nd-3rd                 Adam Maimon, Luke Randolph
 

K-12 U1000 Section 

1st                        Jeff Gao
= 2nd-3rd              Patrick Ding (CT), Nicholas Woodman, Giorgio Roscini, Gene Kuperman
 

K-6 U1400 Section 

1st                        Alvin Tan
2nd                       Luke Randolph
= 3rd                    Alon Trogan, Cheney Zhang, Nicholas Woodman
 

K-6 U800 Section 

1st                       Bharath Heggadahalli
= 2nd-3rd             Raghav Srinivasan, Amrit Subramanian, Samuel Gloss
 

K-3 U1200 Section 

1st-2nd                Alex Yu, Ben Fauman
= 3rd                   Abhinav Govindaraju (NH), Vignesh Vanchinathan
 

K-3 U600 Section 

1st                      Raghav Srinivasan
= 2nd-3rd            Isaac Tang, Sei Young Jang
 
Massachusetts Blitz Championship
 

1st                      Jorge Sammour-Hasbun (RI)
= 2nd                  Vadim Martirosov, Chris Williams
= U2000              Agustin Garcia, Mateos Sahakian
= U1800              Eric Strickland, Matt Phelps

 

 

 

Bob Messenger
Chief TD

05/14/20122012 National Elementary Championship Results

The Massachusetts contingent to the 2012 National Elementary Championship in Nashville this weekend was small but proud.

Four Massachusetts youngsters competed including:

Jason Tang, who secured a trophy for 14th place out of 255 competitors with 5.5 points (out of 7 rounds) in the K-3 Championship section.

Carissa Yip scored 5 points which merited a tied for 25th place trophy, also in the K-3 Championship section.

Benjamin Fauman, competing in the K-1 Championship, scored 5 points which earned him a trophy for 24th place out of 289 competitors.

Alex Fauman, competing in the K-5 Championship, scored 4 points for 94th place out of 284 competitors in that section.

Massachusetts' own Ken Ballou served as chief TD for the K3 championship section.

The 8 section tournament saw a total of over 2200 young chess players for the 3 day event.

Next April's "supernational" tournament in Nashville should draw at least 5000 scholastic chess players in the 20 section K through 12 event.  

Eric Fauman
Parent Contributor

05/10/20122012 Spring Girls Chess Tournament Result

The 2012 Spring Girls Chess Tournament took place on May 6th, 2012 at Embassy Suites hotel at Marlborough. It brought 16 girls from all over the state. Girls were competing in two sections: Open and Novice Under 700.

 

Open Section results:

 

1st - Jenny R Qiu of Acton with a perfect score 4 points

2nd - Lauren Smorgonsky of Worcester 1.5 points

3rd - Prakalya Chandrasekar of Ashland 1.5 points

 

2nd and 3rd place winners were decided on a tiebreak.

 

Novice Under 700 Section results:

 

5 players tied with 3 points for 1-5 places and winners were decided on a tiebreak.

 

1st - Kathleen Wang of Shrewsbury

2nd - Audrey E Gaines of Shrewsbury

3rd - Mary Mealdey Ings of Chestnut Hill

 

Medal winners:

 

4th - Shrunotra San of Ashland

5th - Sandra Shur of Agawam

 

The newcomer players were Maya Makarovsky of Newton and Olivia Romito of Natick.

 

Irina Dronova was the organizer and chief tournament director, assisted by Bob Messenger. 

Bob Messenger
Assistant TD

05/8/2012MACA Silent Auction

 

MACA Silent Auction
May 28th 2012
Rules and Lot Descriptions
 
A silent auction will be held on Monday, May 28th at the Massachusetts Open in Marlborough, Mass. to sell dozens of donated chess books and magazines.  Advance bids may be sent to treasurer@masschess.org and must be received by Friday, May 27th at 8:00 p.m.  All bids must be in whole dollar amounts. Bidding for each item will start at the highest bid that was sent by e-mail. The silent auction will close at 4:15 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.
Please note that some of the magazines, especially the older ones, are water damaged or otherwise in poor condition. Lots are sold as-is. No refunds. If you have questions about the condition of any of the lots please send email to treasurer@masschess.org.
Bob Messenger
Treasurer, Massachusetts Chess Association
 
List of lots in the auction:
hc = hard cover
sc = soft cover
AN = algebraic notation
FAN = figurine algebraic notation
 
LOT      DESCRIPTION
1          Manual of Chess, Marach (hc)
            A Contemporary Approach to the Middle Game, Suetin (hc)
            The Development of Chess Style, Euwe (sc)
            Tension in the Chess Position, Sheffield (sc) (AN)
            Combinations in the Middle Game, Bondarevsky (sc)
            Progressing Through Chess, the 35 Best Chess Books, Grefe (sc) (AN)
            Modern Chess Openings, 12th edition, Korn (hc) (1982)
            New in Chess Keybook 1970-1982, Vols. A & B (sc) (FAN) (covers all openings)
            Openings of the Eighties, Vol. 2, Soltis (sc) (1986) (Indian Defenses)
 
2          How Fischer Plays Chess, Levy (hc)
            How to Beat Bobby Fischer, Mednis (sc)
            From Baguio to Merano, Karpov & Baturinsky (sc)
            World’s Chess Championship 1937, Alekhine (sc)
            The Exploits & Triumphs of Paul Morphy, Chess Champion, Edge (sc)
            The Unknown Morphy, Sergeant (sc)
            The World Chess Championship, Gligoric & Wade (hc)
            The Golden Treasury of Chess, Horowitz (hc)
            A Short History of Chess, Davidson (sc)
            USCF Rulebook, 4th edition (sc) (1993) (superseded by 5th edition)
 
3          Chess Skill in Man and Machine, Frey (hc)
Computers, Chess, and Long Range Planning, Botvinnik (sc) (AN)
Chess and Computers, Levy (sc)
More Chess and Computers, Levy & Newborn (sc)
1975 U.S. Computer Chess Championship, Levy (sc)
The Chess Mind, Abrahams (sc)
Chess Psychology, Krogius (sc)
 
4          Chess Informant 33-49 (missing 48) (sc) (FAN) (1982-1990)
 
5          Chess Informant 50-59 (missing 54), 69-72, 74, 81-83 (sc) (FAN) (1990-2002)
 
6          Chess Informant 35-44 (missing 37, 39 & 40) (sc) (FAN) (1983-1987)
            Chess Life: Jul 1967, Jun, Jul & Oct 1969
            Chess Life & Review: Dec 1972, Mar 1973, Sep-Oct 1976
            Blitz Chess: Sep 1992, Mar & Jun 1993
            School Mates: Mar/Apr 1996, Jul/Aug 1991 – Sep/Oct 1992
 
7          Inside Chess, Vol. 3 (1990) issue 8
            Inside Chess, Vol. 5 (1992) issues 15-26
            Inside Chess, Vol. 6 (1993) issues 1-26 (complete)
 
8          Inside Chess, Vol. 7 (1994) issues 1-26 (complete)
            Inside Chess, Vol. 8 (1995) issues 1-26 (complete)
            Inside Chess, Vol. 9 (1996) issues 1-18 (issues 9 and 19-26 missing)
 
9          Chess Review: Dec 1945 – Feb 1946, Nov – Dec 1946, Jan – Dec 1948 (Jun is missing),
Aug – Dec 1949, Jan – Dec 1951 (Feb, Apr, Jun, Nov are missing), Aug 1952, May 1954,
Feb & Oct 1958, Feb, May - Jun & Sep – Oct 1959, Feb – Nov 1960 (May & Jun are missing), Dec 1961, Mar 1962, Jan 1969. Note: some issues are severely water damaged or have missing covers.
 
10         Chess Life: Jan 1961 – Dec 1966 (complete)
 
11         Chess Life: Jan 1967 – Oct 1969 (complete)
            Chess Life & Review: Nov 1969 – Nov 1970 (May & Dec 1970 are missing)
 
12         Chess Life & Review: Jan 1971 – May 1973 (complete). Note: some issues have water damage.
 
13         Chess Life & Review: Jan – Jun, Sep & Dec 1975, Jan 1976 – Jun 1977 (missing
            Mar & Apr 1976), Jul 1978
            Chess Life: Jan 1981, May – Dec 1983
 
14         Chess Life: Aug 1988 – Dec 1992 (missing Dec 1988, Feb, Apr, Jun, Jul, Dec 1989). Note: some issues have water damage.
 
15         Chess Life: Jan 1993 – Dec 1995 (complete)
 
16         Chess Life: Jan 1996 – Dec 1998 (missing Jul, Oct, Nov 1997)
 
17         Chess Life: Jan 1999 – Dec 2000 (missing Nov & Dec 1999, Nov 2000)
            Note: some issues have water damage.
 
18         Chess Life: Mar 2001 – Dec 2001 (missing Aug), May – Dec 2002 (missing Jul),
            Jan – Dec 2003 (missing Feb, May, Aug, Oct), Feb – Jul 2004
 
19         Chess Review: Dec 1945 (partial cover), Dec 1946 (writing on cover), Jan – May 1948, Jul 1949, Jul 1960.
Chess Life: Mar, Jul – Aug, Nov – Dec 1963, Jan – Dec 1964 (complete), Jan – Nov 1965 (missing Apr), Nov – Dec 1966, Feb – Dec 1967 (missing Apr, Sep), Jan – Dec 1968 (complete).
            Note: some issues have water damage.
 
20         Chess Life: Jan – Oct 1969 (complete)
            Chess Life & Review: Nov 1969 (missing cover photo), Mar – Apr 1970,
            Jun, Sep, Dec 1972, Mar 1973, Dec 1975, Jan, Jul – Dec 1976
            Note: some issues have water damage.

Bob Messenger
MACA Board Member

05/6/2012Spring Girls Chess Tournament

The 2012 Spring Girls Chess Tournament took place on May 6th, 2012 at Embassy Suites hotel at Marlborough. It brought 16 girls from all over the state. Girls were competing in two sections: Open and Novice Under 700.
 
Open Section results:
 
1st - Jenny R Qiu of Acton with a perfect score 4 points
2nd - Lauren Smorgonsky of Worcester 1.5 points
3rd - Prakalya Chandrasekar of Ashland 1.5 points
 
2nd and 3rd place winners were decided on a tiebreak.
 
Novice Under 700 Section results:
 
5 players tied with 3 points for 1-5 places and winners were decided on a tiebreak.
 
1st - Kathleen Wang of Shrewsbury
2nd - Audrey E Gaines of Shrewsbury
3rd - Mary Mealdey Ings of Chestnut Hill
 
Medal winners:
 
4th - Shrunotra San of Ashland
5th - Sandra Shur of Agawam
 
The newcomer players were Maya Makarovsky of Newton and Olivia Romito of Natick.
 
Irina Dronova was the organizer and chief tournament director, assisted by Bob Messenger.

Bob Messenger
MACA Board Member

04/15/201222nd Massachusetts Game/60 Championship Final Results

Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel, Marlborough
Chief TD: ANTD Robert Messenger of Nashua, NH
Assistant TD: NTD George Mirijanian of Fitchburg
Total number of players: 90
Total prize fund (increased): $ 2,250
 
Open Section (18 players)
1st-2nd: GM Alexander Ivanov of Newton and SM Robert Perez, an MIT student from Miami Beach, FL, 3.5-0.5
1st U2200: Jacob Fauman of Newton, 3-1
 
Under 2000 Section (19 players)
1st: Richard Judy of York Beach, ME, 3.5-0.5
2nd: Stephen Brudno of Brookline, Joseph Bennett of Hubbardston and Conway Xu of Lexington, 3-1
 
Under 1750 Section (25 players)
1st: Bowen Wang of South Easton, 4-0
2nd: Richard Kahn of Merrimack, NH, Henry Liu of Northborough, David Hoyt of Haverhill, Yoon-Young Kim of Providence, RI, Alon Trogan of Needham and Kaushik Nimmagadda of North Smithfield, RI, 3-1
 
Under 1500 Section (11 players)
1st: Alan Sikarov of Newton, 4-0
2nd: Sean Smith of Amherst, 3-1
1st U1350: Brian Santiago of Springfield and Rahul Krishnan, Hopkinton, 2.5-1.5
 
Under 1200 Section (17 players)

1st-2nd: Eddie Wang of Acton, Aaron Dunigan AtLee of Centerville, Edward Chiu of Brighton (also 1st U1000) and Alvin Tan of Westwood (also 1st U1000), 3.5-0.5 

George Mirijanian
MACA President

04/1/2012 Hurvitz Cup


High School: Newton North...........................W. Huang, T. Rossi, J. Fauman, R. Han

Middle School: Diamond/Lexington..............M. Brattain, V. Amrit, D. Amirault, M. Jones

Elementary School: Gates/Acton..................A. Wang, D, Shih, E. Wang, A. H. Zhang

Primary School: Conant/Acton......................A. Yu, A. Ying, J. Cui, E. Zhong


Steve Frymer
Assistant TD

03/12/2012Gus Gosselin Grade School Championships

Top prize winner is in boldface.

 
Grade 8 section (6 players)
1st: Siddharth Arun of Medfield, 3.5-0.5
2nd: Charlie Fauman of Newton, 3-1
3rd: Daniel Blessing of Medfield, 2-2
Medal winner: Prakalya Chandraseka of Ashland, 2-2
 
Grade 7 section (8 players)
1st: David Maimon of Weston, 3.5-0.5
2nd: Michael Ostrovskiy of Newton, 2.5-1.5
3rd: Adam Maimon of Weston, 2.5-1.5
Medal winner: Maxwell Bennett of Newton, 2.5-1.5
 
Grade 6 section (10 players)
1st: Leonardo Cheng of Westford, 4-0
2nd: Michael Isakov of Sudbury, 3.5-0.5
3rd: Tal Puhov of Shrewsbury, 2.5-1.5
 
Grade 5 section (15 players)
1st: Evan Meyer of Newton, 3.5-0.5
2nd: Alex Fauman of Newton, 3.5-0.5
3rd: Allen Wang of Acton, 3-1
Medal winners: Sandeep Shankar of Sudbury and Henry Liu of Northboro, 3-1
 
Grade 4 section (12 players)
1st: Nithin Kavi of Acton, 4-0
2nd: Daniel Shih of Acton, 3-1
3rd: Eric Feng of Sudbury, 3-1
Medal winner: Bharath Heggadahalli of Southboro, 3-1
 
Grade 3 section (12 players)
1st: Adrian Seeger of Newton, 4-0
2nd: Shahab Kousheshi of Newton Center, 3-1
3rd: Eddie Wang of Acton, 3-1
Medal winner: Vignesh Vanchinathan of Westboro, 3-1
 
Grade 2 section (15 players)
1st: Maxwell Zhao of Bolton, 4-0
2nd: Luke Randolph of Jamaica Plain, 3-1
3rd: Nikita Roldan-Levchenko of Allston, 3-1
Medal winner: Daniel Wang of Lexington, 3-1
 
Grade K-1 section (7 players)
1st: Eddie Yi Ming Wei of Winchester, 4-0 (also top-scoring K)
2nd: Benjamin Fauman of Newton, 3-1
3rd: Toby Shu of Winchester, 2-2
Medal winners: Christopher Ye of Lexington and Milo Somers of Newton, 2-2
Winner of top Kindergarten trophy: Sanjana Kadiyala of Acton, 1.5-2.5
Medal winner: Vassily Dudkin of ????, 1.5-2.5
 
Compiled by George Mirijanian
 
 

Steve Frymer
Assistant TD

03/11/2012Winter Team Challenge

K-12 Division: 10 teams

1st Wildcats [Weston HS]...3.5-0.5 [Saini, Lurie, Luzzi and Hedayat]...on tie-break over Chess Patriots [Wu, Qiu, Qiu and Wu]

K-5 Division: 4 teams

1st Four White Knights...4-0 [Kavi, Yin, Wang and Yang]

K-3 Division: 8 teams

1st R2SJ...3.5-0.5 [Randolph, Randolph, Shu and Jin]

Steve Frymer
Assistant TD

02/13/2012MA Chess Needs You!

Run for a Spot on the MACA Board of Directors! 

Have you played in MA tournaments since before Carter was President?
 
Have you just graduated college and maybe are looking for something interesting to put on your resume?
 
Are you unable to tell a King from a pawn, but have a child who routinely beats people who have been playing in MA tournaments since before Carter was President?
 
Are you now a MACA member?
 
If any of the above applies to you, the MA Chess Assocation - your state chess association - needs you! MACA works to promote chess in the Commonwealth of MA. We run state level general tournaments and championships, as well as state youth and scholastic tournaments and championships. Through the Living Memorial Chess Foundation, MACA donates hundreds of chess sets to schools, libraries, community groups and other service organizations all over MA. Through the Prison Chess Program we promote our game in MA correctional institutions giving inmates the concentration skills they'll need to make a new life for themselves. Finally, four times a year, we publish the award-winning Chess Horizons magazine.
 
Be part of the team that makes chess live in MA!
 
Running for the Board is easy. Simply contact any member of the MACA Elections Commission by 15 February:
 
George Mirijanian at miriling@aol.com
Steve Dann at steveadann@gmail.com
or
Doc Kinne at kinnerc@gmail.com
 
stating your intention to be on the ballot. You may also send a statement of 150 words or less that will be included in the ballot.
 
More than ever chess in MA needs fresh ideas and new blood! Your rating doesn't matter. Your ideas and passion is paramount!
 
Make the right move, and join the winning MACA Team! Run for the Board!

George Mirijanian
MACA President

02/12/20122012 Spiegel Cup

8U championship:

Jiaying 'Lucy' Cai, Lexington,...........................4-0

11U championship:

Evan Meyer, Newton,.......................................4-0

14U championship:

Mika Brattain, Lexington,................................3.5-0.5

High School championship:

Jacob Fauman, Newton, and James Lung, Lexington, both 3.5-0.5; James Lung won the blitz playoff.

Steve Frymer
Assistant TD

02/10/2012Spiegel Cup / State Singles Championship Statistics on Web

Dmitry Barash's State Singles Championship Statistics page has been updated here.

Tiffany Wang
MACA Webmaster

02/5/2012Spiegel Cup Statistics from Dima Barash!

SPIEGEL CUP STATISTICS

In view of shortly forthcoming Spiegel Cup finals I decided to look at the history of those tournaments. Published on the Web (on MACA and USCF) cross tables go back to beginning of 90s (and the history perhaps goes even further), but the number of players varied a lot in 90s, for example at the end of 90s there were mostly 6 players in each age group. Note that in Maryland (where I lived for 7 years prior to moving to MA) the similar finals were called Sweet 16 (and obviously had 16 players per age). Ten seems to me to be the optimal number to exclude random players, and to include all the top ones.

Therefore I set the start point in 2001, since when there were constantly 10 players in each group (with couple exceptions during all 12 years).

 

HIGH SCHOOL

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

Average Rating

1635

1761

1816

1786

1979

2008

1934

1867

1871

2028

2047

Rating MAX-MIN

839

737

1002

874

479

532

608

658

386

256

267

Winner Points

3.5

3.5

3

3.5

3

3

3

4

3.5

4

4

Second Place Points

2.5

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

2.5

Third Place Points

2.5

3

3

3

3

3

2.5

2.5

3

2.5

2.5

 

 

14 & U

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

Average Rating

1574

1709

1729

1658

1591

1708

1719

1783

1839

1936

1928

1998

Rating MAX-MIN

991

801

780

534

352

204

250

255

401

231

500

527

Winner Points

3.5

3.5

3.5

3.5

3

3

3

3

3

3.5

3.5

 

Second Place Points

2.5

2.5

2.5

3

3

2.5

3

3

3

3

3

 

Third Place Points

2.5

2.5

2.5

2.5

3

2.5

2.5

2.5

2.5

2.5

2.5

 

 

11 & U

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

Average Rating

1402

1411

1240

1356

1383

1483

1541

1555

1681

1579

1492

1629

Rating MAX-MIN

944

468

304

331

549

424

471

548

543

735

529

447

Winner Points

3.5

3

3.5

4

4

3

3

3

3.5

3

4

 

Second Place Points

3.5

3

3

3

3

3

3

2.5

3

3

2.5

 

Third Place Points

2.5

3

2.5

2.5

2.5

3

3

2.5

2.5

2.5

2.5

 

 

8 & U

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

Average Rating

918

960

1089

1198

1056

1159

1124

963

919

1056

1037

993

Rating MAX-MIN

402

333

465

557

266

606

587

618

364

460

607

772

Winner Points

3.5

3.5

3

4

4

3

4

4

4

4

3.5

 

Second Place Points

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

 

Third Place Points

3

3

3

2

2.5

3

2

2

2.5

2.5

3

 

 

It’s easy to notice that in all ages except 8&U tournaments became much stronger by the average rating.

 

Top Players by overall number of points and tournaments

Name

pts

trn

ANDREW C WANG

23.5

7

CHRIS WILLIAMS

21

8

JAMES LUNG

21

8

REILLY NATHANS

19

8

MIKA ANDREW BRATTAIN

18.5

6

WINSTON HUANG

16.5

6

FELIX M YANG

16.5

7

MICHELLE XUEYING CHEN

16

6

 

 

 

 

Top players by the number of award winnings (only top 3 places count in each final)

ANDREW WANG            7            5 wins (!!!) and 2 second places (!) but he skipped two finals in 2007 and 2008

JAMES LUNG            6            Unique achievement: never was the champion but 6 times in a row (!) got trophies (one third place and 5 second places)

MIKA BRATTAIN            5            5 times in a row was awarded (2 wins, one second place and 3 third places)

WINSTON HUANG            5            6 participations in a row, and during the last 5 of them he got 2 first places and 3 third

JOSH BAKKER            4            2 wins, one second place and one third, but in the middle he was 5th in 2004

MAX ENKIN            4            4 trophies in 4 participations: third place (2002), 2 second ones (2001, 2003), and a win (2007)

REILLY NATHANS            4            2 wins and 2 third places in 8 finals (2001-2007, 2009)

CHRIS WILLIAMS            4            2 wins and 2 third places in 8 consecutive tournaments (2001-2008)

 

 

Players, who won finals more than once:

ANDREW WANG            5

JOSH BAKKER            2

MIKA BRATTAIN            2

WINSTON HUANG            2

BARY LISAK            2

REILLY NATHANS            2

JACK STOLERMAN            2

CHRIS WILLIAMS            2

GRANT XU            2

FELIX YANG            2

No one of them played only twice. From interesting decisions the following should be mentioned:

- Bary Lisak played 3 times (2005-2006, 2009): 2 wins, then second place.

- Jack Stolerman played 3 consecutive times (2001-2003): two wins, then 4th place.

- Grant Xu played 3 consecutive times (2009-2011): 10th place and two next wins(!).

All others from the above list played at least 5 events.

 

 

If statistics talks only about the past, it is incomplete! Let’s try to predict the future based on the past results.

Obviously no one knows who will win this year finals, but we can look who has better chances. I divided each final into two parts by rating to see if the second half has any chances to win or at least to get trophies.

The chance to become a champion for a player from the second half is really small – it happened only twice in 44 finals! In 2007 Genesis LUNG, who was only 6-th by rating became a champion in 14&U.

In 2002 Daniel WITKE was the last 10-th by rating in 8&U but became the champion!

In all(!) other cases winners were from the first half.

But it’s quite possible to win a trophy for a lower rated player. In average two players from the second half won trophy (second or third place) each year out of 8 such trophies.

 

 

Note 1. I don’t have tie-breaks for 2006 and 2011 (all other tables were published on MACA page with places ordered by tie-breaks). I calculated the tie-breaks myself, hopefully I did it right.

Note 2. Although finalists were determined and pared by rating on February the 1st(usually), I used their last rating before the tournament (the one used by USCF).

 

Dmitry Barash

Steve Frymer
MACA Board Member

01/15/20122012 Spiegel Cup - Qualifier #4

Qualifier 4 winners were the following:

8U...Maxwell Zhao of Bolton

11U...Alan Sikarov of Newton

14U...Bowen Wang of South Easton

Steve Frymer
Assistant TD

01/4/2012Spiegel Cup

The state finals are scheduled for 12 February 2012 at the Best Western/Royal Plaza Hotel in Marlborough.

For determining the top 6 rated in divisions 8U, 11U and 14U we are using the official February ratings.

These ratings will become 99.9% final on 7 January 2012 PRIOR to Qualifier #4. 

If you have questions pertaining to invitations you can address them to me at SFrymer@rcn.com.

The High School division is OPEN to any high school player under the age of 20. Any other eligibility questions will be decided by the MACA Scholastic Committee. 

Steve Frymer
MACA Board Member