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Miscellaneous News & Other Chess Events of Interest:

MACA Event Calendar of Tournaments throughout Massachusetts

NHCA Event Calendar of Tournaments throughout New Hampshire

Relyea Event Calendar of Open & Invitational Tournaments

Continental Chess Association Tournament Schedule for All States


Billerica Chess Club weekly results are now available on this site as part of the Other Organizations section.

Keene, NH Chess Club events calendar

Waltham Chess Club events calendar

Boylston Chess Club events calendar

Greater Worcester Chess Club events calendar

New Britain CT Chess Club events calendar


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February 19th, 2017
USATE sets new attendance record; WFM Carissa Yip among team players

Carissa Yip at US Amateur Team East tournament


Member of "YIP YIP HOORAY!" team at USATE

Carissa Yip, champion of the Wachusett Chess Club in 2014, is another former WCC title-holder participating in the World Amateur Team & U.S. Team East Championship in Parsippany, NJ. The 13-year-old Woman FIDE master from Andover has her own team, called "Yip Yip Hooray!" in the 6-round Swiss event, which this year is setting a new record for attendance. It Is reported that the championship has more than 300 teams (1200-plus players), including quite a few from Massachusetts.
-George M

February 17th, 2017
Former Wachusett CC champion Rob King to play in 2017 World Amateur Team event

Robert J. "Rob" King, champion of the Wachusett Chess Club in 2011 and currently a participant in the George E. O'Rourke Memorial at the club, will be among more than a thousand players taking part in the World Amateur Team & U.S. Team East Championship on Feb. 18-20 at the Hilton Hotel in Parsippany, NJ. The 33-year-old Framingham resident and USCF-rated expert will be a member of a 4-man team headed by IM Denys Shmelov of Newton, formerly of Pepperell, in a 6-round single-section Swiss tournament that has drawn well over 1100 players in the past four years. This will be King's fifth straight appearance at the World Amateur Team event.
-George M

February 17th, 2016
Chess: My Week at the Club #31 by Roger Cappallo
Wednesday's game against dave Couture

Hello All,
Well, in a drastic departure from normal, I've managed to produce the video for last night's game against Dave Couture. Perhaps I was eager to get a slight sense of guilt over the rules infraction off my chest.
Hope you like it. https://youtu.be/dWXXOpYwbOU
-Roger
See this & all of Roger Cappallo's other videos at Roger's YouTube Channel

February 16th, 2017
WCC 2012 Quick Champ is now published comedy author!

Hitler's Idiot Son: and his intervention in World War II - by Arthur Barlas


Now available in paperback on Amazon


What if you were the geeky son of the most evil man in the world? Talk about the ultimate dysfunctional father-son relationship! In this light comic novel, the hapless son of Adolf Hitler tries hard to please Big Daddy and become the racist ideal he was born to be, but the forces of tolerance, kindness, and love keep getting in the way. The son's misadventures take him from Nazi cults in Germany to an assignment as a saboteur in America, where he passes himself off as a Greek olive merchant, has a romance with the enemy, and is exposed to New York values and 1940's jazz culture. A hilarious remedy for feelings of despair in dark times.

"A first-rate farce worthy of Mel Brooks. I could easily see this novel being made into a movie or a play. My only disappointments are that it was over too quickly and that I couldn't find any other titles by the author. Hopefully more will be coming in the future from this author!" -Dave Couture

February 15th, 2017

George E. O'Rourke Memorial, February 15th, 2017
Round 2 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Ken Gurge 0-1Brett Kildahl
Ray Paulson 1-0Gary Brassard
Roger Cappallo 1-0Dave Couture
Alex Venezia 0-1Geoff LePoer
Ralph McNeilage 0-1George Mirijanian
Larry Gladding 1-0Ed Harris
Rob King 1-0Jim Hankard
Diego Ubiera 1-0Tom Fratturelli
Tom Whistler 0-1Paul Godin
Jim Donahue 1/2-1/2Brian Biglow
Wayne Steadman 0-1Mike Commisso
Mike Meehan 1-0Don Briggs
Bill Burke 1-0Emily Gawboy
Total of 13 boards, no major upsets.

♝ Receiving half-point byes were Vlad Gaciu, Dave Thomas, Jackson Parker, John Bastarache, Nik Lavoie,
Bob Mathieu, Vince Premus, Francis Scanlon, Andrew Kiser, Seeth Ganesan, Gail Lingner, Randy McLaughlin and Larry O'Rourke.
♖ Not playing round 2 were Hugh McLaughlin, Duncan Premus and first-time club player Martin Bowers of Gardner.
♙ George Miller withdrew from the tournament.

George E. O'Rourke Memorial, February 15th, 2017
CURRENT STANDINGS After 2 Rounds
PointsPlayers
2.0Kildahl, Paulson, Cappallo, LePoer, Mirijanian, Gladding
1.5King, Ubiera
1.0Godin, Brassard, Gaciu, Gurge, Couture, Venezia, Harris, Thomas, McNeilage, Parker,
Commisso, Meehan, Bastarache, Burke, Lavoie, Mathieu, V. Premus, Scanlon, Kiser
0.5Donahue, Ganesan, Hankard, Fratturelli, Lingner, Biglow, R. McLaughlin, O'Rourke, Whistler
0.0Steadman, Briggs, H. McLaughlin, Gawboy, D. Premus, Bowers


Projected Round 3 Pairings for February 22nd:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Kildahl vs. Gladding Board 2: LePoer vs. Paulson Board 3: Mirijanian vs. Cappallo Board 4: Godin vs. Ubiera Board 5: Brassard vs. Meehan Board 6: Commisso vs. Gurge Board 7: Couture vs. Bastarache Board 8: V. Premus vs. Venezia Board 9: Harris vs. Burke Board 10: Scanlon vs. McNeilage Board 11: Kiser vs. Donahue Board 12: Biglow vs. Ganesan Board 13: Hankard vs. O'Rourke Board 14: Fratturelli vs. Whistler Board 15: R. McLaughlin vs. Lingner Board 16: Gwboy vs. Steadman Board 17: Briggs vs. D. Premus Board 18: Bowers vs. H. McLaughlin

♗ Requesting a half-point bye for Round 3 is King.
♙ The Wachusett Chess Club welcomes Martin Bowers of Gardner.

REMINDER: Players must be present by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 3 on February 22nd.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 P.M.

February 10th, 2017
Carissa Yip to run fundraiser tourney at BCC

Carissa Yip, along with two other strong local youngsters, Jason tang & Anton Barash, has organized a Fundraising Tournament at the Boylston Chess Club in Cambridge, MA.

The tournament, which will be held on Sunday, February 12, 2017, includes a four round [G/40, d5] swiss run by Andrew Hoy, and a blitz tournament afterwards.
Registration: 9:15am - 9:45am
Round Times: 10:00am, 12:30pm, 2:15pm, and 4:00pm
Lunch will be provided along with snacks. Side events will include bughouse and a chess puzzle solving contest. GM Larry Christiansen will be available to analyze games.

February 8th, 2017
2017 George E. O'Rourke Memorial
Round 1 of 5

George E. O'Rourke Memorial, February 8th, 2017
Round 1 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Brett Kildahl 1-0Jim Donahue
Seeth Ganesan 0-1Ray Paulson
Paul Godin 0-1♔ Ralph McNeilage
Mike Commisso 0-1Roger Cappallo
Geoff LePoer 1-0Mike Meehan
♖ Jim Hankard 1/2-1/2Diego Ubiera
George Mirijanian 1-0Bill Burke
Brian Biglow 0-1Larry Gladding
Gary Brassard 1-0Wayne Steadman
Don Briggs 0-1Ken Gurge
Dave Couture 1-0Randy McLaughlin
Larry O'Rourke 0-1Alex Venezia
Ed Harris 1-0Emily Gawboy
Total of 13 boards, 1 major upset (), 1 upset draw ().

♝ Receiving half-point byes were Vlad Gaciu, Dave Thomas, Jackson Parker, Tom Fratturelli, George Miller,
John Bastarache, Nik Lavoie, Bob Mathieu, Vince Premus, Francis Scanlon, Andrew Kiser and Tom Whistler.
♗ Declining half-point byes were Gail Lingner, Hugh McLaughlin and Duncan Premus.

George E. O'Rourke Memorial, February 8th, 2017
CURRENT STANDINGS After 1 Round
PointsPlayers
1.0Kildahl, Paulson, Cappallo, LePoer, Mirijanian, Gladding, Brassard, Gurge, Couture, Venezia, Harris, McNeilage
0.5Ubiera, Gaciu, Thomas, Parker, Hankard, Fratturelli, Miller, Bastarache, Lavoie, Mathieu, V. Premus, Scanlon, Kiser, Whistler
0.0Godin, Donahue, Ganesan, Commisso, Meehan, Burke, Biglow, Lingner, Steadman, Briggs, R. McLaughlin, H. McLaughlin,
O'Rourke, Gawboy, D. Premus


Projected Round 2 Pairings for February 15th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Gurge vs. Kildahl Board 2: Paulson vs. Brassard Board 3: Cappallo vs. Couture Board 4: Venezia vs. LePoer Board 5: McNeilage vs. Mirijanian Board 6: Gladding vs. Harris Board 7: Ubiera vs. Miller Board 8: Gaciu vs. Lavoie Board 9: Mathieu vs. Thomas Board 10: V. Premus vs. Parker Board 11: Scanlon vs. Hankard Board 12: Kiser vs. Fratturelli Board 13: Whistler vs. Godin Board 14: Donhaue vs. Lingner Board 15: Steadman vs. Ganesan Board 16: Meehan vs. Briggs Board 17: Gawboy vs. Commisso Board 18: Burke vs. O'Rourke Board 19: D. Premus vs. Biglow

♗ Requesting half-point byes for Round 2 are Bastarache and R. McLaughlin.
♙ Not playing Round 2 is H. McLaughlin.

REMINDER: Players must be present by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 2 on February 15th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 P.M.

♔   ♛   ♖   ♝   ♘   ♞   ♗   ♜   ♕   ♚  
The following ratings are in effect for the George E. O'Rourke Memorial tournament, which starts Wednesday, Feb. 8, at the Wachusett Chess Club:
1Rob King 2165
2Brett Kildahl 2121
3Ray Paulson 2050
4Paul Godin 1955
5Roger Cappallo 1943
6Geoff LePoer 1933
7Diego Ubiera 1922
8George Mirijanian 1918
9Larry Gladding 1858
10Gary Brassard 1844
11Vlad Gaciu 1832
12Ken Gurge 1785
13Arthur Barlas 1779
14Dave Couture 1769
15Alex Venezia 1766
16Ed Harris 1748
17Dave Thomas 1745
18Jim Donahue 1723
19Seeth Ganesan 1712
20Ralph McNeilage 1680
21Jackson Parker 1663
22Mike Commisso 1644
23Mike Meehan 1644
24Alan Condon 1640
25Francois Gauthier 1621
26Jim Hankard 1618
27Tom Fratturelli 1601
28George Miller 1597
29David Svolba 1553P3
30John Bastarache 1532
31Bill Burke 1515
32Gail Lingner 1500
33Andrew Su 1480
34Nik Lavoie 1475
35Bob Mathieu 1452
36Brian Biglow 1451
37Wayne Steadman 1431
38Don Briggs 1421
39Vince Premus 1414
40Randy McLaughlin 1406
41Stan Talcott 1389
42Hugh McLaughlin 1340
43Larry O'Rourke 1327
44Nicholas Anderson 1294P19
45Emily Gawboy 1170
46Francis Scanlon 1087
47Andy Kiser 982
48Tom Whistler 945
49Duncan Premus 677

February 5th, 2017
Gibraltar Flash: Esserman finishes @#61, Hou Yifan resigns in 5 moves!

2/2/2017: In a curious case at Gibraltar Masters, women's world champion Hou Yifan resigned in a mere 5 moves (against GM Babu Lalith), breaking the record previously held by Viswanathan Anand for the quickest loss by a grandmaster. The 'scandal' occurred during the final round of the Masters tournament, known to be the best Open in the world.

The game went as follows:
1. g4 d5 2. f3 e5 3. d3 Qh4+ 4. Kd2 h5 5. h3 hxg4 0-1

IM Marc Esserman, a frequent visitor to Harvard Square in days past & #75 seed in the tournament, has placed #61 after ten rounds in the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival 2017 - Masters tournament.

February 3rd, 2017
2017 Club Championship Qualification Standings

2017 Club Championship Qualification Standings as of February 3rd, 2017
After 30 of 44 games completed in the 2016-2017 season, the following are the current standings for qualification for the
2017 WCC 'A' Club Championship Tournament.
  The Top Eight Highest GPP Finishers Qualify.  
The tiebreaker, if necessary, is the higher USCF rating
(Only players currently with 10 or more GPP are listed.)
after the final regular season tournament is rated!  
A minimum of 22 games must be completed to qualify.
For comparison to last year, the percentage is calculated in the last column.
Seed # Name USCF
Rating
Games Played
This Season
Additional
Games Needed
Grand
Prix
Points
Pct.
1.Paul Godin195529021.5.741
2.Brett Kildahl212124021.875
3.Gary Brassard184429020.5.707
4.Alexander Venezia176629018.5.638
5.Ray Paulson205023017.5.761
6.Ken Gurge178529017.586
7.Dave Couture176726016.615
8.Dave Thomas174526015.5.596
9.Jim Donahue172325015.600
10.Ed Harris170026014.5.558
11.Jim Hankard163429014.5.500
12.Mike Commisso164429014.483
13.Roger Cappallo194321113.5.643
14.Diego Ubiera192216613.5.844
15.Larry Gladding185819313.5.711
16.Ralph McNeilage168020212.5.625
17.George Mirijanian191816612.750
18.John Bastarache153228012.429
19.Tom Fratturelli160123011.5.500
20.Brian Biglow145229011.5.397
21.Wayne Steadman143129010.5.362

Geoff LePoer takes top honors in Reggie Boone Memorial

February 1st, 2017

Reggie Boone Memorial, February 1st, 2017
Round 5 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Geoff LePoer 1-0Paul Godin
Larry Gladding 0-1Diego Ubiera
Brett Kildahl 1/2-1/2Roger Cappallo
Alexander Venezia 0-1Gary Brassard
Dave Couture 1-0Mike Commisso
Ken Gurge 1/2-1/2Mike Meehan
Brian Biglow 0-1Jim Hankard
♖ Don Briggs1/2-1/2Ed Harris
Emily Gawboy 0-1Tom Fratturelli
Bill Burke 1/2-1/2Ralph McNeilage
♔ Larry O'Rourke 1-0Gail Lingner
Wayne Steadman 1/2-1/2Hugh McLaughlin
Total of 12 boards, 1 major upset (), 1 upset draw ().

♖ Not playing round 5 were Arthur Barlas, Jim Donahue, George Mirijanian, Dave Thomas, Seeth Ganesan, Nik Lavoie, Bob Mathieu,
Vince Premus, Randy McLaughlin, John Bastarache, Jackson Parker, Alan Condon, Stan Talcott, Nicholas Anderson, Francis Scanlon,
Andrew Kiser and Duncan Premus.

Reggie Boone Memorial, February 1st, 2017
FINAL STANDINGS After 5 Rounds
PointsPlayers
4.5LePoer
4.0Godin, Ubiera
3.5Kildahl, Brassard, Gladding, Couture
3.0Cappallo, Hankard, Meehan
2.5Gurge, Barlas, Venezia, Donahue, Fratturelli, Commisso
2.0Mirijanian, Thomas, Harris, Ganesan, Lavoie, Mathieu, Biglow, V. Premus, R. McLaughlin, Briggs, O'Rourke
1.5McNeilage, Bastarache, Burke, Gawboy
1.0Parker, Condon, Lingner, Steadman, Talcott, Anderson, Scanlon, Kiser
0.5H. McLaughlin
0.0D. Premus

♔ 2017 Reggie Boone Memorial PRIZE WINNERS ♔
1st: Geoff LePoer of Westford
2nd-3rd: Paul Godin of Bedford, Diego Ubiera of Fitchburg
Top U1900: Gary Brassard and Larry Gladding, both of Leominster, and
Dave Couture of Westminster
Top U1750: Jim Hankard of Antrim, NH
Top U1600: Mike Meehan of Westminster
Top U1450: Bob Mathieu of Ashburnham, Brian Biglow of Fitchburg,
Vince Premus of Pepperell, Randy McLaughlin of Groton,
Don Briggs of Lunenburg, Larry O'Rourke of Acton
Top U1300: Emily Gawboy of Leominster

A total of 3 players
gained 50 or more rating points:
The following players had
a rating increase of
50 or more points:
Don Briggs + 95
Geoff LePoer + 72
Emily Gawboy + 61
A total of 4 players
reached new all time highs:
The following players achieved
a new all-time high rating:
Alexander Venezia 1766
Nik Lavoie 1475
Vince Premus 1414
Emily Gawboy 1170

Congratulations to all!

Pictures from this year's Reggie Boone Memorial tournament.

"I'll post the video [of Ken Gurge vs. Mike Meehan] later tonight after I get home. It's a wild one! In just the course of the video clip, it goes from a win for Mike (I'm pretty sure anyway), to a win for Ken (Kg3 rather than h4), to a draw..." -Dave Couture

REMINDER: The next tournament at the club, the George E. O'Rourke Memorial, will begin Wednesday, Feb. 8.
Players must be present by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 1 on February 8th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 P.M.

January 31st, 2017
Harris, Hankard runners-up in Knights CC Crazy Clock Open

Ed Harris and Jim Hankard, two of the most active members of the Wachusett Chess Club, finished as runners-up in the 2nd Crazy Clock Open, held Mondays, Jan. 9-30, at the Knights Chess Club in Keene, NH. The WCC duo shared 2nd-4th place honors with expert Christopher Wood, co-champion of the Knights CC in 2016, by scoring 3-1 in a field of 18 players. Winning the tournament with a 3.5-0.5 tally was Class A participant Dave Kochman, whose last appearance at the Wachusett CC was the 2016 Reggie Boone Memorial, which he won with a score of 4.5-0.5.
-George M

January 29th, 2017
Wachusett CC's Joe Bennett wins prize in WN Winter Open

Joe Bennett, a member of the Wachusett Chess Club since he made his debut at the club in the Edmund N. Wheeler Memorial in October-November 2005, captured first place in the Under 1700 section of the WN 2017 Winter Open, held Sunday, Jan. 29, in West Newbury, MA. Bennett scored 3.5-0.5 in a section that drew 15 players. A total of 29 players competed in the two-section, one-day event.
-George M

January 25th, 2017
2017 Reggie Boone Memorial
Round 4 of 5

Godin sole leader after 4

After four rounds of the five round Reggie Boone Memorial tournament, USCF rated class A player, Paul Godin now leads the field with a perfect score of 4/4. The tournament, the first of the new year at the Wachusett CC, has already seen its share of surprises. While two of the WCC's top players both rated experts, Rob King & Ray Paulson chose to sit this tournament out, round one produced a pair of upset draws as class A rated George Mirijanian had to settle for a half point against his clabss B rated opponent, Tom Fratturelli & class B rated Dave Couture split the point with class D rated Don Briggs.

In round two, Don Briggs scored again by beating class B rated Alan Condon, class B rated Alex Venezia upset class A rated Diego Ubiera for the full point & the biggest surprise of the night, class A rated Larry Gladding beat USCF rated expert (& norms based Candidate Master) Brett Kildahl.

Round three narrowed the field a bit more as Gary Brassard, Roger Cappallo & Dave Couture each lost to Paul Godin, Geoff LePoer & Larry Gladding respectively.

LePoer, Gladding, & Cappallo all took byes in round four which left Paul Godin paired with Alex Venezia at board one. This game ended in a victory for Godin after only 20 moves. The round four play also included three major upsets as class D rated Randy McLaughlin found a win in some tricky complications against his class B rated opponent Ralph McNeilage, class C rated Brian Biglow beat class B rated Jackson Parker, & class E rated Emily Gawboy held on for a come from behind win after losing her queen for only two minor pieces to class D rated Hugh McLaughlin until eventually Hugh returned the favor by dropping his queen in a tactical skirmish.

The tournament winner(s) could still come from any of the top three boards next week, but the combination of two top players sitting out the tournament & a few significant upsets has created an unusual opportunity for some of the less likely contenders to shine.

Reggie Boone Memorial, January 25th, 2017
Round 4 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Paul Godin 1-0Alex Venezia
Mike Meehan 0-1Brett Kildahl
Vince Premus 0-1Diego Ubiera
Mike Commisso 1/2-1/2Gary Brassard
George Mirijanian 1/2-1/2Seeth Ganesan
Arthur Barlas 1-0Don Briggs
Ed Harris 0-1Dave Couture
Gail Lingner 0-1Ken Gurge
Ralph McNeilage 0-1♔ Randy McLaughlin
♔ Brian Biglow 1-0Jackson Parker
Jim Hankard 1-0Stan Talcott
Tom Fratturelli 1-0Wayne Steadman
Hugh McLaughlin 0-1♕ Emily Gawboy
Andrew Kiser 1-0Duncan Premus
Total of 14 boards, 3 major upsets ().

♝ Receiving half-point byes were: Geoff LePoer, Larry Gladding, Roger Cappallo, Jim Donahue,
Nik Lavoie, Bob Mathieu, John Bastarache, Alan Condon and Larry O'Rourke.
♖ Not playing round 4 were: Dave Thomas, Nicholas Anderson and Francis Scanlon.

Reggie Boone Memorial, January 25th, 2017
CURRENT STANDINGS After 4 Rounds
PointsPlayers
4.0Godin
3.5LePoer, Gladding
3.0Kildahl, Ubiera
2.5Cappallo, Brassard, Barlas, Couture, Venezia, Donahue, Commisso, Meehan
2.0Mirijanian, Gurge, Thomas, Ganesan, Hankard, Lavoie, Mathieu, Biglow, V. Premus, R. McLaughlin
1.5Harris, Fratturelli, Bastarache, Briggs, Gawboy
1.0McNeilage, Parker, Condon, Lingner, Talcott, O'Rourke, Anderson, Scanlon, Kiser
0.5Steadman
0.0H. McLaughlin, D. Premus


Projected Round 5 Pairings for February 1st:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: LePoer vs. Godin Board 2: Gladding vs. Ubiera Board 3: Kildahl vs. Cappallo Board 4: Venezia vs. Brassard Board 5: Commisso vs. Barlas Board 6: Couture vs. Meehan Board 7: Lavoie vs. Mirijanian Board 8: Gurge vs. Mathieu Board 9: R. McLaughlin vs. Thomas Board 10: Ganesan vs. Biglow Board 11: Hankard vs. V. Premus Board 12: Bastarache vs. Harris Board 13: Briggs vs. Fratturelli Board 14: Gawboy vs. McNeilage Board 15: Parker vs. O'Rourke Board 16: Talcott vs. Condon Board 17: Anderson vs. Lingner Board 18: Scanlon vs. Steadman Board 19: D. Premus vs. H. McLaughlin

♖ Not paired for Round 5 are: Donahue and Kiser.

REMINDER: Players must be present by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 5 on February 1st.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 P.M.

January 18th, 2017
2017 Reggie Boone Memorial
Round 3 of 5

Reggie Boone Memorial, January 18th, 2017
Round 3 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Gary Brassard 0-1Paul Godin
Roger Cappallo 0-1Geoff LePoer
Dave Couture 0-1Larry Gladding
Don Briggs 0-1Mike Meehan
Brett Kildahl 1-0Ralph McNeilage
Diego Ubiera 1-0Jim Hankard
Ken Gurge 0-1♔ Mike Commisso
John Bastarache 0-1Jim Donahue
Tom Fratturelli 0-1♔ Vince Premus
Wayne Steadman 0-1Nik Lavoie
Emily Gawboy 0-1Brian Biglow
Randy McLaughlin 1-0Andy Kiser
Total of 12 boards, 2 major upsets ().

♝ Receiving half-point byes were Alexander Venezia, Dave Thomas, George Mirijanian, Arthur Barlas, Ed Harris,
Seeth Ganesan, Bob Mathieu, Gail Lingner, Nicholas Anderson, Francis Scanlon, Alan Condon and Larry O'Rourke.
♗ Declining a half-point bye was Hugh McLaughlin.
♙ Withdrawn from the tournament were Vlad Gaciu and Stan Talcott.

Reggie Boone Memorial, January 18th, 2017
CURRENT STANDINGS After 3 Rounds
PointsPlayers
3.0Godin, LePoer, Gladding
2.5Venezia, Meehan
2.0Kildahl, Cappallo, Ubiera, Brassard, Thomas, Donahue, Commisso, Premus
1.5Mirijanian, Barlas, Couture, Harris, Ganesan, Lavoie, Mathieu, Briggs
1.0Gurge, McNeilage, Hankard, Bastarache, Lingner, Biglow, R. McLaughlin, Anderson, Scanlon
0.5Condon, Fratturelli, Steadman, O'Rourke, Gawboy
0.0H. McLaughlin, Kiser


Projected Round 4 Pairings for January 25th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Godin vs. Gladding Board 2: Meehan vs. Venezia Board 3: Thomas vs. Kildahl Board 4: Premus vs. Ubiera Board 5: Commisso vs. Brassard Board 6: Mirijanian vs. Ganesan Board 7: Barlas vs. Mathieu Board 8: Lavoie vs. Couture Board 9: Harris vs. Briggs Board 10: Hankard vs. Gurge Board 11: McNeilage vs. R. McLaughlin Board 12: Biglow vs. Lingner Board 13: Anderson vs. Fratturelli Board 14: Condon vs. Gawboy Board 15: O'Rourke vs. Steadman Board 16: Kiser vs. H. McLaughlin

♗ Requesting half-point byes for Round 4 are LePoer, Cappallo and Donahue.

REMINDER: Players must be present by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 4 on January 25th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 P.M.

January 18th, 2017

Hans Berliner, Master Chess Player and Programmer, Dies at 87:
Arnold Denker, L;
Hans Berliner, R.
Vic DeLucia, NYT Photo



















Hans Berliner, a former world champion of correspondence chess who won one of the greatest games ever played on his way to the title, and who later helped develop game-playing computers, died on Friday in Riviera Beach, Fla. He was 87.

In the early '60s, inspired by the work of programming pioneers in artificial intelligence, Mr. Berliner, who was working at IBM at the time, began writing a program to play chess.
...
In spring 1985, the new computer, HiTech, made its debut. It quickly ascended to the rank of master and then to senior master, becoming the world's strongest chess computer. In 1988, it became the first computer to beat a grandmaster in a match, defeating Arnold Denker, 3.5 to 0.5, though Mr. Denker was well past his prime.
...
In 1937, amid the rise of Nazism, Mr. Berliner's family emigrated to Washington, D.C. He learned to play chess at 13 during a rainy day at summer camp.

He became a chess master at 20 and by 23 was good enough to be part of the United States team that played in Helsinki at the biennial Chess Olympiad.
...
"Sooner or later, the moment of truth comes where you put them all together and see what it does," he said. "And from the very beginning, I could see that it had the potential - maybe not every single time - it had the potential to play better than any device that existed."
-By Dylan Loeb McClain, NYT, January 16, 2017

CCRL 40/40 Ratings of top computer programs today

January 18th, 2017
Wachusett CC member Geoff LePoer interviewed the late Hans Berliner at CMU

Geoff LePoer, champion of the Wachusett Chess Club in 1999 and currently an active member of the club, has brought to light that he interviewed the late Hans Berliner, who directed the development of the chess computer HiTech when he was a professor of computer science at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. Berliner passed away in Riviera Beach, FL on Friday, Jan. 13, 2017 - two weeks before his 88th birthday. LePoer, a graduate of Carnegie-Mellon in 1987, had the opportunity of interviewing Berliner for a writing class he was enrolled in. Berliner granted the interview because LePoer identified himself as a chess player. That made the difference! In the mid-1980s Berliner directed the development of HiTech, which was the first computer to attain a rating over 2400 in 1985. Besides his contribution to computer chess, Berliner is also known as the winner of the 5th World Correspondence Chess World Championship (1965-1968) and a participant in several U.S. Chess Championships in the 1950s. He was also on the U.S. team that played in the 1952 Chess Olympiad in Helsinki, Finland.
-George M

Sorry folks - I am afraid there is no trace of that Interview. It was my junior year - would have been fall of 85. I think I had a copy in my portfolio when I graduated, but that was 30 years ago!! It was never published - which was negligence on my part. My professor asked me to submit it to our campus paper and I just never got around to it. Too bad - would be a nice piece of nostalgia to share it.
-Geoff LePoer

Geoff,
You were fortunate to be at Carnegie-Mellon during a period when HiTech was the dominant computer program in the country, possibly in the world. HiTech prevailed from September 1985 (the start of your junior year) until around July 1988, a little more than a year after you graduated. And the fact that you met Berliner and interviewed him will be something you will never forget. Carnegie-Mellon made its mark in computer chess while you were there.
-George M

What a lot of folks don't know - even chess players - is that HiTech was one of two chess programs developed at CMU (what we called it before a marketing effort dropped the University, added a hyphen and converted our identity to Carnegie-Mellon). Deep Thought was also developed there at the same time. They competed against each other and Deep Thought eventually surpassed HiTech.
My recollection is that HiTech was built on a series of processors that calculated all the moves by squares. There was a processor dedicated to each of the 64 squares. But DeepThought was more of an algorithm based program and analyzed more by piece moves - more along the lines of how humans played. Of course - analyzing it at thousands of times faster and deeper than any of us can.
DeepThought was already strong program when I met Hans - but it had a different name then. I can't remember what it was originally - but by time it passed HiTech it was called DeepThought.
[DeepThought most likely was originally named "ChipTest". -PG]
-Geoff LePoer

I remember Deep Thought, because it was the computer that played in the 1988 U.S.Open in Boston that I directed. I cannot forget when it was paired against Igor Ivanov (R, pictured here with Alexander Ivanov, L), who was in a state of intoxication, in round 9 and defeated Igor in 29 moves of a Scandinavian Defense (See game here). Igor dropped out of the tournament right after that.
Igor Ivanov was no stranger to chess aficionados in the Fitchburg-Leominster area. He played in the Central New England Opens more than 30 years ago.
-George M
[More details of this fascinating & somewhat local story may be found in: AI Magazine Volume 10 Number 2 (1989) -PG]

January 16th, 2017
Wachusett Chess Club players compete in Portsmouth Open

Four Wachusett CC players, all residents of New Hampshire, competed in the Portsmouth Open, held Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 14-15, at the Holiday Inn in Portsmouth, NH. Ed Harris of Marlboro, Jim Hankard of Antrim, Mike Commisso of Brookline and Francois Gauthier of Francistown took part in the Under 1750 section of the 40-player tournament.
Harris, Hankard and Commisso all scored 2.5-1.5, while Gauthier tallied 2-2. None of the players gained rating points or won prize money. Hankard drew Commisso in round 3, while Harris finished the tournament with three blacks in a row!
-George M

January 14th, 2017
Former Wachusett CC member Jon Edwards columnist for new American Chess Magazine

Jon R. Edwards, a member of the Wachusett Chess Club in the early 1970s, is now a columnist for the new American Chess Magazine, published by the Chess Informant. Edwards, who lived in West Acton, Mass. during the period in which he played at the Wachusett CC when it was situated at the Fitchburg YMCA, is a well-known correspondence chess player. He won the 10th U.S. Correspondence Chess Championship in 1997 and the 8th North American Invitational Chess Correspondence Championship in 1999. A Senior International Master in the International Correspondence Chess Federation (ICCF), the 63-year-old resident of New Jersey has written more than 20 books on chess. During his time at the Wachusett CC, he was greatly influenced by two-time (1973 & 1974) club champion Stephan Gerzadowicz, a noted correspondence player and author of several chess books. Edwards' column in the American Chess Magazine is titled "Chess Tech," In his first article, he introduces the readers to the wonders of ChessBase Account and plans in future columns to teach the intricacies of ChessBase 13/14.
-George M

January 11th, 2017
2017 Reggie Boone Memorial
Round 2 of 5

Reggie Boone Memorial, January 11th, 2017
Round 2 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
♔ Larry Gladding 1-0Brett Kildahl
Paul Godin 1-0Ken Gurge
Arthur Barlas 0-1Roger Cappallo
♔ Alex Venezia 1-0Diego Ubiera
Geoff LePoer 1-0Ed Harris
Jim Donahue 0-1Gary Brassard
Ralph McNeilage 0-1Dave Couture
Mike Meehan 1-0Tom Fratturelli
♔ Don Briggs 1-0Alan Condon
Seeth Ganesan 1-0Hugh McLaughlin
Jim Hankard 1-0Randy McLaughlin
Mike Commisso 1-0Larry O'Rourke
Brian Biglow 0-1John Bastarache
Wayne Steadman 1/2-1/2♖ Emily Gawboy
Bob Mathieu 1-0Andrew Kiser
Total of 15 boards, 3 major upsets (). 1 upset draw ()

♝ Receiving half-point byes were Dave Thomas, George Mirijanian, Vlad Gaciu, Stan Talcott,
Gail Lingner, Nik Lavoie, Nicholas Anderson and Francis Scanlon.
♙ Withdrawing from the tournament were Jackson Parker and George Miller.

Reggie Boone Memorial, January 11th, 2017
CURRENT STANDINGS After 2 Rounds
PointsPlayers
2.0Godin, Cappallo, LePoer, Brassard, Gladding, Venezia
1.5Couture, Thomas, Meehan, Briggs
1.0Kildahl, Mirijanian, Ubiera, Gaciu, Gurge, Barlas, Donahue, Harris, McNeilage, Ganesan, Hankard, Commisso, Bastarache,
Mathieu, Talcott
0.5Fratturelli, Lingner, Steadman, Lavoie, Anderson, Gawboy, Scanlon
0.0Condon, Biglow, H. McLaughlin, R. McLaughlin, O'Rourke, Kiser


Projected Round 3 Pairings for January 18th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Brassard vs, Godin Board 2: Cappallo vs. Gladding Board 3: Venezia vs. LePoer Board 4: Couture vs. Meehan Board 5: Briggs vs. Thomas Board 6: Kildahl vs. McNeilage Board 7: Mirijanian vs. Ganesan Board 8: Ubiera vs. Hankard Board 9: Gurge vs. Commisso Board 10: Bastarache vs. Barlas Board 11: Talcott vs. Donahue Board 12: Harris vs. Mathieu Board 13: Fratturelli vs. Lavoie Board 14: Anderson vs. Lingner Board 15: Scanlon vs. Steadman Board 16: Gawboy vs. Condon Board 17: O'Rourke vs. Biglow Board 18: R. McLaughlin vs. Kiser

REMINDER: Players must be present by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 3 on January 18th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 P.M.

January 8th, 2017

Woman FIDE master Carissa Yip, champion of the Wachusett Chess Club in 2014, scored one of the biggest successes in her tournament career by tying as one of the runners-up in the 5th annual Boston Chess Congress, held Jan. 6-8 at the Hyatt Boston Harbor Hotel. Carissa, playing on top board in the final round of the event, drew GM Alexander Ivanov (2564), who clinched first place with a score of 4.5-0.5 Sharing the 2nd and 3rd-place prizes with Carissa with 4-1 tallies were Canadian grandmaster Eric Hansen (2659), IM David Vigorito (2448), and FM Chris Chase (2391). Also scoring 4-1 and finishing as a runner-up was Farzad Abdi (2246), who won the top Under 2300 prize, and M. Derek Meredith (2125), who won the 2nd U2300 prize.
Carissa started the tournament by defeating two high-rated experts in the first two rounds, then drew IM Aleksandr Ostrovskiy (2489) of New York in round 3, beat a frequent rival, master Grant Xu (2396), in round 4 before splitting the point with Ivanov in the final round.
The Wachusett Chess Club congratulates Carissa on her very fine finish.
-George M

January 4th, 2017
2017 Reggie Boone Memorial
Round 1 of 5

Reggie Boone Memorial, January 4th, 2017
Round 1 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Brett Kildahl 1-0Seeth Ganesan
Alan Condon 0-1Paul Godin
Roger Cappallo 1-0Jim Hankard
♖ Tom Fratturelli 1/2-1/2George Mirijanian
Diego Ubiera 1-0Mike Commisso
John Bastarache 0-1Geoff LePoer
Gary Brassard 1-0Wayne Steadman
Nik Lavoie 0-1Larry Gladding
Ken Gurge 1-0Brian Biglow
Hugh McLaughlin 0-1Arthur Barlas
Dave Couture 1/2-1/2♖ Don Briggs
Larry O'Rourke 0-1Alexander Venezia
Dave Thomas 1-0Nicholas Anderson
Emily Gawboy 0-1Jim Donahue
Ed Harris 1-0Francis Scanlon
Andrew Kiser 0-1Ralph McNeilage
16 boards, no major upsets () two upset draws ()

♝ Receiving half-point byes were Vlad Gaciu, Jackson Parker, Mike Meehan, George Miller and Stan Talcott.
♗ Declining half-point byes were Gail Lingner and Randy McLaughlin.

Reggie Boone Memorial, January 4th, 2017
CURRENT STANDINGS After 1 Round
PointsPlayers
1.0Kildahl, Godin, Cappallo, Ubiera, LePoer, Brassard, Gladding, Gurge, Barlas, Venezia, Thomas, Donahue, Harris, McNeilage
0.5Mirijanian, Gaciu, Couture, Parker, Fratturelli, Meehan, Miller, Talcott, Briggs
0.0Ganesan, Condon, Hankard, Commisso, Bastarache, Lingner, Steadman, Lavoie, Biglow, H. McLaughlin, R. McLaughlin,
O'Rourke, Anderson, Gawboy, Scanlon, Kiser


Projected Round 2 Pairings for January 11th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Barlas vs. Kildahl Board 2: Godin vs. Gurge Board 3: Venezia vs. Cappallo Board 4: Donahue vs. Ubiera Board 5: McNeilage vs. Brassard Board 6: Gladding vs. Thomas Board 7: Mirijanian vs. Harris Board 8: Gaciu vs. Meehan Board 9: Miller vs. Couture Board 10: Parker vs. Talcott Board 11: Briggs vs. Fratturelli Board 12: Ganesan vs. Lavoie Board 13: Biglow vs. Condon Board 14: Hankard vs. H. McLaughlin Board 15: Commisso vs. O'Rourke Board 16: R. McLaughlin vs. Bastarache Board 17: Lingner vs. Gawboy Board 18: Steadman vs. Kiser

♗ Requesting a half-point bye for Round 2 is LePoer, Anderson and Scanlon.

REMINDER: Players must be present by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 2 on January 11th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 P.M.

January 3rd, 2017
CHESS WORKSHOP with George Mirijanian
Saturday, January 7, 2017 at Fitchburg Public Library


CHESS WORKSHOP for youth and adults with George Mirijanian of the Wachusett Chess Club, 10:30 AM 'til noon, Saturday, January 7, 2017 at Fitchburg Public Library. Work on your game, and enjoy the company of other players. George (who is also my uncle) is the host and founder of "Chess Chat," the most popular chess show in the world, which originates at FATV. PLEASE share with students!!
-Sally C.