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MACA Event Calendar of Tournaments throughout Massachusetts

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Relyea Event Calendar of Open & Invitational Tournaments

Continental Chess Association Tournament Schedule for All States


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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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August 20th, 2017
Video #11 from Brett Kildahl [Kildahl-Barlas August 2017]

Arthur Barlas and I played an instructive game last Wednesday in Fitchburg. Check it out!
Kildahl-Barlas August 2017
-Brett

[See this & all of Brett's other videos at Brett's YouTube Channel].

August 20th, 2017

The 2017 US Cadet Championship is being held in Manchester, NH this year under the auspices of Relyea Chess. Carissa Yip, 2014 WCC Champ currently is tied for the lead with 3.5 after the first five rounds of the nine round National Level event.

Watch live here.

August 16th, 2017

John A. Grefe Memorial, August 16th, 2017
Round 2 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Brett Kildahl 1-0Arthur Barlas
Roger Cappallo 1-0Larry Gladding
♔ Kevork Haddad 1-0Ray Paulson
Dave Couture 0-1Bruce Felton
George Mirijanian 0-1Gary Brassard
Walter Paton 0-1Vince Premus
Tom Fratturelli 0-1Roland Booker
Larry O'Rourke 0-1Paul Godin
Jim Hankard 1-0Harry Richardson
Wayne Steadman 0-1Bill Burke
♔ Don Briggs 1-0Gail Lingner
John Bastarache 0-1♔ Randy McLaughlin
Emily Gawboy 0-1Bob Mathieu
Brian Biglow 1-0James Petullo
Total of 14 boards, 3 major upsets ().

♝ Receiving half-point byes were Rob King, Diego Ubiera, Ken Gurge, Mike Commisso, Mike Meehan,
Ralph McNeilage, Alex Venezia, Jim Donahue, Ed Rogers, Noah Rogers, Francis Scanlon, Finn Rogers,
Lenny Arsenault, Britton Sprouse, Arthur Bramble and Tom Whistler.
♖ Not playing round 2 was Hugh McLaughlin.

John A. Grefe Memorial, August 16th, 2017
CURRENT STANDINGS After 2 Rounds
PointsPlayers
2.0Kildahl, Cappallo, Felton, Haddad, Brassard, Premus
1.5King, Ubiera, Gurge, Commisso, Meehan, McNeilage, Booker
1.0Godin, Paulson, Mirijanian, Barlas, Gladding, Couture, Venezia, Hankard, Donahue, E. Rogers, Burke, Mathieu, N. Rogers,
Biglow, R. McLaughlin, Briggs, Scanlon, F. Rogers
0.5Paton, Arsenault, Fratturelli, O'Rourke, Sprouse, Bramble, Whistler
0.0Lingner, Bastarache, Richardson, Steadman, H. McLaughlin, Gawboy, Petullo


Projected Round 3 Pairings for August 23rd:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Brassard vs. Kildahl Board 2: Felton vs.Haddad Board 3: Meehan vs. King Board 4: Ubiera vs. Commisso Board 5: Gurge vs. McNeilage Board 6: Booker vs. Godin Board 7: Paulson vs. E. Rogers Board 8: Burke vs. Mirijanian Board 9: Barlas vs. N. Rogers Board 10: Gladding vs. Biglow Board 11: Mathieu vs. Couture Board 12: Venezia vs. Briggs Board 13: Scanlon vs. Hankard Board 14: F. Rogers vs. Donahue Board 15: O'Rourke vs. Paton Board 16: Sprouse vs. Arsenault Board 17: Bramble vs. Fratturelli Board 18: Lingner vs. Whistler Board 19: Bastarache vs. H. McLaughlin Board 20: Richarson vs. Gawboy Board 21: Petullio vs. Steadman

♙ The club welcomed three visitors: Steve Courtemanche and his wife Linda from King of Prussia, PA, and Don Ostrowski of Fitchburg. Steve, a graduate of St. Bernard's High School in Fitchburg and a member of the Wachusett CC from the mid-1970s to 1984, is a health physicist with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Don, formerly of Reading, PA, is a former member of the chess club there and currently secretary of the Fitchburg Historical Commission.

REMINDER: Players must be present in Room C159 by by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 3 on August 23rd.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 P.M.

August 15th, 2017
Joe Bennett sole Wachusett CC player as prize winner in Continental Open

Joe Bennett, the 29-year-old Class A player and Wachusett Chess Club member from Hubbardston, Mass., was the sole prize winner among Wachusett CC players competing in the 47th Continental Open, Aug. 10-13, at the Host Hotel at Cedar Lake in Sturbridge, Mass. Bennett, competing in the Under 1900 section of the 7-section, record-breaking 352-player tournament, posted a score of 4.5-1.5 to tie for the 5th prize in the section. Had he won his final-round game, instead of drawing, Bennett would have tied for 1st-4th place and won a huge share of the combined top prizes in the section.

The Continental Chess Association-sponsored event was organized by the country's top chess organizer, Bill Goichberg, who has been running tournaments for more than a half-century. He was assisted by Bob Messenger, a national TD who was the chief director of the 2011 Wachusett CC Championship, and Harold Stenzel, an international arbiter who had a Wachusett CC tournament named after him in 2012: the Harold G. Stenzel 60-Year Tribute.
-George M

August 15th, 2017
Video #10 from Brett Kildahl [Neto - Kildahl August 2017]

I had a rematch this week against Neto at the Worcester club. Neto - Kildahl August 2017
-Brett

[See this & all of Brett's other videos at Brett's YouTube Channel].

August 14th, 2017
Wachusett CC players compete at 47th Continental Open.

The 47th Continental Open rating reports were filed this weekend. Here are the results for WCC players:

♙   ♝   ♘   ♜   ♘   ♟   Monday August 14, 2017 47th Continental Open Rating Updates   ♗   ♞   ♖   ♞   ♗   ♟
USCFID#: WCC Member NameEnd DateMost Recent Rated TournamentSection: NamePre => PostClass
12681247: ROBERT KING2017-08-1347TH ANNUAL CONTINENTAL OPEN (MA)1: OPEN 2222 => 2210 NM
10004471: GEORGE M MIRIJANIAN2017-08-1347TH ANNUAL CONTINENTAL OPEN (MA)2: UNDER2100 1900 => 1900 A
13250463: JOSEPH BENNETT2017-08-1347TH ANNUAL CONTINENTAL OPEN (MA)3: UNDER1900 1833 => 1856 A
12809976: KEVORK HADDAD2017-08-1347TH ANNUAL CONTINENTAL OPEN (MA)2: UNDER2100 1808 => 1820 A
12633241: JAMES E DONAHUE2017-08-1347TH ANNUAL CONTINENTAL OPEN (MA)4: UNDER1700 1620 => 1597 C
15518741: ANDREW SU2017-08-1347TH ANNUAL CONTINENTAL OPEN (MA)3: UNDER1900 1596 => 1564 C
12522461: STEVEN KOROSKENYI2017-08-1347TH ANNUAL CONTINENTAL OPEN (MA)5: UNDER1500 1395 => 1316 D
12865733: BRITTON P SPROUSE2017-08-1347TH ANNUAL CONTINENTAL OPEN (MA)6: UNDER1300 995 (P19) => 1156 (P24) New
Link to gallery of 47th Continental Open 2017: Tony Cortizas photos

August 10th, 2017
Wachusett CC players among participants in Continental Open

Four Wachusett Chess Club players are among the participants in the 47th annual Continental Open, being played Aug. 10-13 at the Host Hotel at Cedar Lake in Sturbridge, Mass. Competing in this year's event are:
Kevork Haddad of Hollis, NH (U2100 section, 4-day schedule),
Joe Bennett of Hubbardston (U1900 section, 2-day),
Jim Donahue of Stow (U1700 section, 3-day), and
Steve Koroskenyi of Leominster (U1500 section, 4-day).
-George M

August 9th, 2017
2017 John A. Grefe Memorial
Round 1 of 5

John A. Grefe Memorial, August 9th, 2017
Round 1 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Rob King 1-0Jim Hankard
Lenny Arsenault 0-1Brett Kildahl
Paul Godin 0-1♔ Ralph McNeilage
Bill Burke 0-1Roger Cappallo
Ray Paulson 1-0John Bastarache
Bob Mathieu 0-1Diego Ubiera
Bruce Felton 1-0Brian Biglow
Harry Richardson 0-1George Mirijanian
Arthur Barlas 1-0Wayne Steadman
Randy McLaughlin 0-1Kevork Haddad
Larry Gladding 1-0Don Briggs
Hugh McLaughlin 0-1Ken Gurge
Gary Brassard 1-0Emily Gawboy
Britton Sprouse 0-1Dave Couture
Mike Commisso 1-0Arthur Bramble
Tom Whistler 0-1Mike Meehan
Vince Premus 1-0James Petullo
Total of 17 boards, 1 major upset ().

♝ Receiving half-point byes were Alex Venezia, Walter Paton, Jim Donahue, Ed Rogers, Tom Fratturelli,
Noah Rogers, Larry O'Rourke, Francis Scanlon and Finn Rogers.
♖ Not playing round 1 was was Gail Lingner.

John A. Grefe Memorial, August 9th, 2017
CURRENT STANDINGS After 1 Rounds
PointsPlayers
1.0King, Kildahl, Cappallo, Paulson, Ubiera, Felton, Mirijanian, Barlas, Haddad, Gladding, Gurge, Brassard, Couture,
Commisso, Meehan, Premus, McNeilage
0.5Venezia, Paton, Donahue, E. Rogers, Fratturelli, N. Rogers, O'Rourke, Scanlon, F. Rogers
0.0Godin, Hankard, Arsenault, Burke, Lingner, Bastarache, Mathieu, Biglow, Richardson, Steadman, R. McLaughlin, Briggs, H.
McLaughlin, Gawboy, Sprouse, Bramble, Whistler, Petullo


Projected Round 2 Pairings for August 16th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Haddad vs. King Board 2: Kildahl vs. Barlas Board 3: Cappallo vs. Gladding Board 4: Couture vs. Paulson Board 5: Ubiera vs. Brassard Board 6: Meehan vs. Felton Board 7: Mirijanian vs. Premus Board 8: E. Rogers vs. Venezia Board 9: Fratturelli vs. Paton Board 10: N. Rogers vs. Donahue Board 11: Scanlon vs. Godin Board 12: Hankard vs. R. McLaughlin Board 13: Steadman vs. Arsenault Board 14: Briggs vs. Burke Board 15: Lingner vs. H. McLaughlin Board 16: Bastarache vs. Sprouse Board 17: Gawboy vs. Mathieu Board 18: Biglow vs. Whistler Board 19: Petullo vs. Richardson

♗ Requesting half-point byes for Round 2 are Gurge, Commisso, McNeilage, O'Rourke and Bramble.
♙ The Wachusett Chess Club welcomes Arthur Bramble, a medical doctor from Westwood.

REMINDER: Players must be present in Room C159 by by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 2 on August 16th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 P.M.

August 9th, 2017
Chess: My Week at the Club #37
Chess video from last week's last-round game, vs. Ken Gurge

Hello All,
Here is a link to last week's last-round game of the Harlow B. Daly Memorial tournament. I played against Ken Gurge (1793) in a Semi-Slav opening. Hope you like it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_0rGgiCulY
Roger

See this & all of Roger Cappallo's other videos at Roger's YouTube Channel

August 8th, 2017
Ratings in effect the 2017 IM John A. Grefe Memorial tournament

The 2017 IM John A. Grefe Memorial tournament starts Wednesday, August 9, at the Wachusett Chess Club at Fitchburg State University. Those wishing to play round 1 on that date must be present by 7 p.m. in Room C159 of the McKay Complex, 67 Rindge Road, Fitchburg, in order to be paired. The following ratings for players will be in effect for this event:

  ♔   ♛   ♖   ♝   ♘   ♞   ♗   ♜   ♕   ♚     Ratings in effect for
the 2017 IM John A. Grefe Memorial tournament:
12223 Rob King
22185 Brett Kildahl
32011 Paul Godin
41966 Roger Cappallo
51963 Ray Paulson
61960 Geoff LePoer
71943 Diego Ubiera
81909 Bruce Felton
91900 George Mirijanian
101816 Vlad Gaciu
111810 Arthur Barlas
121808 Kevork Haddad
131802 Larry Gladding
141783 Ken Gurge
151779 Gary Brassard
161752 Dave Couture
171719 Alex Venezia
181716 Seeth Ganesan
191713 Mike Commisso
201710 Ed Harris
211705 Paul Lynch
221691 Mike Meehan
231651 Vince Premus
241649 Walter Paton
251648 Francois Gauthier
261634 Jim Hankard
271633 Lenny Arsenault
281630 Ralph McNeilage
291630 Jackson Parker
301622 Dave Martin
311620 Jim Donahue
321618 Alan Condon
331612 Ed Rogers
341606 Roland Booker
351600 Bill Burke
361597 George Miller
371560 Tom Fratturelli
381547 Gail Lingner
391515 John Bastarache
401482 Bob Mathieu
411470 Noah Rogers
421448 Brian Biglow
431446 Harry Richardson
441395 Larry O'Rourke
451374 Wayne Steadman
461367 Stan Talcott
471346 Randy McLaughlin
481312 Ritvik Pulya
491305 Don Briggs
501247 Hugh McLaughlin
511103 Emily Gawboy
521077 Francis Scanlon
531041 Finn Rogers
541034 Andrew Kiser
551012 Martin Bowers
56950 Britton Sprouse
57929 Tom Whistler
58843 Duncan Premus
59535 James Peetullo
60466 Raaga Pulya

August 6th, 2017
Video #9 from Brett Kildahl

Hey!
In the final round of the most recent Wachusett Chess Club tournament, I played against NM Rob King.
[Here is the video, board one, last round of five, top two highest rated players in the club, & some crazy opening shenanigans, What's not to like?] Kildahl - King August 2017
[Also see Brett's latest engame video:] Basic Endgames: QvP7
Thanks!
Brett
[See this & all of Brett's other videos at Brett's YouTube Channel].

August 2nd, 2017

Vince Premus: A tough act to follow

After winning three big upsets in his first four games of the Harlow B. Daly tournament, Vince Premus did himself one better by defeating 1789 rated, Gary Brassard, this Wednesday in a sharp double edged battle playing black against Gary's reliable London System, Queen's Pawn Opening. Vince thereby finished the five round tournament with 4 wins consisting of 4 upsets ranging from 358 to 635 rating points & placing him in a tie for first place alongside Rob King, Brett Kildahl & Paul Godin, while only giving up a single loss to 1966 rated, Roger Cappallo.

All three of Vince's co-winners are currently rated over 2000 USCF while Premus entered the tournament with a class D rating of just 1392. Vince may be the lowest rated player ever to win or tie for first place in a regular USCF rated WCC tournament. As a result of his outstanding performance, Vince will add a whopping 259 points to his own rating, effectively skipping class C altogether & moving to class B with his new USCF rating of 1651, which of course is his new all time high also.

♔ ♔ ♔ ♔      Congratulations to Vince for his fine record breaking performance!      ♔ ♔ ♔ ♔

Harlow B. Daly Memorial, August 2nd, 2017
Round 5 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Brett Kildahl 0-1Rob King
Paul Godin 1-0Alex Venezia
Gary Brassard 0-1♔ Vince Premus
Roger Cappallo 1-0Ken Gurge
Bruce Felton 1-0Mike Commisso
Gail Lingner 0-1Kevork Haddad
Dave Couture 1-0Ed Rogers
Lenny Arsenault 0-1Larry Gladding
Roland Booker 0-1Mike Meehan
Bill Burke 1/2-1/2Jim Hankard
♔ Larry O'Rourke 1-0Noah Rogers
Brian Biglow 0-1Harry Richardson
Vlad Gaciu 1-0Wayne Steadman
Hugh McLaughlin 0-1Tom Fratturelli
John Bastarache 1-0Emily Gawboy
♔ Britton Sprouse 1-0Don Briggs
James Petullo 0-1Randy McLaughlin
Total of 17 boards, 3 major upsets ().

♖ Not playing round 5 were Diego Ubiera, Walter Paton, George Mirijanian, Arthur Barlas, Jim Donahue, Seeth Ganesan,
Ralph McNeilage, Bob Mathieu, Ray Paulson, Francis Scanlon, Finn Rogers and Tom Whistler.

Harlow B. Daly Memorial, August 2nd, 2017
FINAL STANDINGS After 5 Rounds
PointsPlayers
4.0King, Kildahl, Godin, Premus
3.5Cappallo Felton, Haddad, Couture
3.0Ubiera, Gladding, Brassard, Venezia, Meehan, O'Rourke
2.5Gurge, Commisso, Arsenault, Paton, Hankard, Burke, E. Rogers, Lingner, Richardson
2.0Mirijanian, Gaciu, Barlas, Donahue, Booker, Fratturelli, Bastarache, Sprouse
1.5Ganesan, McNeilage, Mathieu, N. Rogers, Biglow, R. McLaughlin
1.0Paulson, Briggs, Steadman, H. McLaughlin, Scanlon, Gawboy, F. Rogers
0.5Whistler
0.0Petullo

♔ 2017 Harlow B. Daly Memorial PRIZE WINNERS ♔
1st-4th: Rob King of Framingham, Brett Kildahl of Worcester,
Paul Godin of Bedford, Vince Premus of Pepperell
Top U1850: Kevork Haddad of Hollis, NH, Dave Couture of Westminster
Top U1650: Lenny Arsenault, Walter Paton, Roland Booker & Harry Richardson, all of Leominster,
Jim Hankard of Antrim, NH, Ed Rogers of New Ipswich, NH,
Gail Lingner of Fitchburg
Top U1450: Vince Premus of Pepperell

A total of 3 players
gained 50 or more rating points:
The following players had
a rating increase of
50 or more points:
Vince Premus + 259
Larry O'Rourke + 95
Britton Sprouse + 85
A total of 3 players
reached new all time highs:
The following players achieved
new all-time high ratings:
Vince Premus 1651
Walter Paton 1649
Britton Sprouse 950P18

Pictures from this year's Harlow B. Daly Memorial tournament.

REMINDER: The next tournament at the club, the IM John A. Grefe Memorial, begins Wednesday, August 9th.
  ♔ ♕ Players must be present in Room C159 of the McKay Complex by 7 p.m. ♕ ♔  
  [NOTE: change of time]  

in order to be paired for Round 1.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 p.m.

July 23rd, 2017
Video #8 from Brett Kildahl

Hey!
My eighth video [Basic Endgames: Two Pawns ] is up, and you can find it and the others on my YouTube channel, which is easy to get to by bringing up YouTube and typing Brett Kildahl into the search bar.
I won't be sending out anymore mass emails, so if you want to be aware of future videos, check my channel occasionally or watch for Paul's updates on the WCC website.
[Kildahl - Cappallo July 2017 Posted July 30, 2017]
Thanks!
Brett
See this & all of Brett's other videos at Brett's YouTube Channel.

July 26th, 2017
2017 Harlow B. Daly Memorial
Round 4 of 5

Vince Premus scores third upset in four rounds

Vince Premus, with a class D rating of 1398, achieved yet another major upset in this Wednesday's fourth round of the Harlow B. daly Memorial Tournament. Having beaten Dave Couture, & Ray Paulson in rounds 1 & 2, thus scoring upsets of 358 & 635 points respectively, Vince took a bit of a breather when he lost a close game to his round 3 opponent, 1968 rated, Roger Cappallo. Then last night he got back on track by beating 1900 rated, George Mirijanian, scoring an upset of 508 points.

For the final round of the tournament, Vince is projected to play another strong opponent, Gary Brassard, who is currently rated 1789. Even a draw in this game would constitute an upset, since Gary is a 391 rating point favorite. Whether this pairing actually comes to pass, & regardless of the outcome of his round 5 game, Vince Premus is having a great tournament & is not likely to remain in class D for long.

Harlow B. Daly Memorial, July 26th, 2017
Round 4 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Brett Kildahl 1-0Roger Cappallo
Mike Commisso 0-1Diego Ubiera
♔ Vince Premus 1-0George Mirijanian
Larry Gladding 0-1Gary Brassard
Kevork Haddad 1/2-1/2Dave Couture
Ken Gurge 1/2-1/2Lenny Arsenault
Noah Rogers 0-1Bruce Felton
Ralph McNeilage 0-1♕ Gail Lingner
Ed Rogers 1-0Bob Mathieu
Arthur Barlas 1-0Tom Fratturelli
Jim Hankard 1-0John Bastarache
Wayne Steadman 0-1Roland Booker
Bill Burke 1-0Hugh McLaughlin
Harry Richardson 1-0Emily Gawboy
Don Briggs 1-0Randy McLaughlin
Britton Sprouse 1-0James Petullo
Total of 16 boards, 2 major upsets ().

♝ Receiving half-point byes were Rob King, Paul Godin, Alex Venezia, Walter Paton, Mike Meehan,
Jim Donahue, Larry O'Rourke, Brian Biglow, Francis Scanlon and Finn Rogers.
♖ Not playing round 4 was Ray Paulson.
♙ Andrew Kiser withdrew from the tournament. Seeth Ganesan and Tom Whistler had already withdrawn after round 2.

Harlow B. Daly Memorial, July 26th, 2017
CURRENT STANDINGS After 4 Rounds
PointsPlayers
4.0Kildahl
3.5-----
3.0King, Godin, Ubiera, Brassard, Venezia, Premus
2.5Cappallo, Felton, Haddad, Gurge, Couture, Commisso, Arsenault, Paton, E. Rogers, Lingner
2.0Mirijanian, Gladding, Barlas, Meehan, Donahue, Hankard, Booker, Burke, O'Rourke
1.5(Ganesan), McNeilage, Mathieu, N. Rogers, Biglow, Richardson
1.0Paulson, Fratturelli, Bastarache, Briggs, Steadman, H. McLaughlin, Scanlon, Gawboy, F. Rogers, Sprouse
0.5R. McLaughlin, (Whistler)
0.0Petullo


Projected Round 5 Pairings for August 2nd:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Kildahl vs. King Board 2: Godin vs. Venezia Board 3: Brassard vs. Premus Board 4: Cappallo vs. Paton Board 5: Felton vs. Commisso Board 6: Haddad vs. E. Rogers Board 7: Lingner vs. Gurge Board 8: Arsenault vs. Couture Board 9: Mirijanian vs. Hankard Board 10: Donahue vs. Gladding Board 11: Booker vs. Barlas Board 12: Burke vs. Meehan Board 13: O'Rourke vs. McNeilage Board 14: Mathieu vs. Richardson Board 15: Biglow vs. N. Rogers Board 16: H. McLaughlin vs. Fratturelli Board 17: Bastarache vs. F. Rogers Board 18: Sprouse vs. Briggs Board 19: Gawboy vs. Steadman Board 20: Petullo vs. R. McLaughlin

REMINDER: Players must be present in Room C159 by by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 5 on August 2nd.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 P.M.

July 23rd, 2017
Three more chess videos from Brett Kildahl

Brett Kildahl has posted two more student videos, & one of his own games on YouTube
Student Game #2
Student Game #3
Kildahl vs. Neto

See this & all of Brett's other videos at Brett's YouTube Channel.

July 21st, 2017
"The Chess Player" to be performed by FSU professor at Fitchburg Library

"The Chess Player," a one-man play written by Fitchburg State University theater professor Richard McElvain, will be performed Saturday, July 22, at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Fitchburg Public Library, 610 Main St., Fitchburg. Admission is free and open to the public. Access to the library's auditorium is through the Fitchburg Youth Library entrance on Newton Place, just off Main Street. Free parking is available behind the library and across the street. Professor McElvain will perform in this play, which was inspired by the 1941 classic novella of Austrian writer Stefan Zweig. Members of the Wachusett Chess Club at Fitchburg State University are expected to attend the performance.
-George M

July 20th, 2017
Student Game #1
Chess video #4 from Brett Kildahl

Here's a game played recently at the Worcester club by Mike, one of my students. Enjoy!
Student Game #1
-Brett

See this & all of Brett's other videos at Brett's YouTube Channel.

July 19th, 2017
2017 Harlow B. Daly Memorial
Round 3 of 5

Harlow B. Daly Memorial, July 19th, 2017
Round 3 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Rob King 1/2-1/2Paul Godin
Walter Paton 0-1Brett Kildahl
Roger Cappallo 1-0Vince Premus
Lenny Arsenault 1/2-1/2Kevork Haddad
Alexander Venezia 1-0Jim Donahue
Ed Rogers 0-1Mike Commisso
Diego Ubiera 1-0Jim Hankard
Roland Booker 0-1Larry Gladding
John Bastarache 0-1Ken Gurge
Tom Fratturelli 0-1Gary Brassard
Dave Couture 1-0Bill Burke
Mike Meehan 1/2-1/2Gail Lingner
Bob Mathieu 1/2-1/2Ralph McNeilage
Randy McLaughlin 0-1Bruce Felton
♔ Larry O'Rourke 1-0Harry Richardson
Francis Scanlon 0-1Brian Biglow
♕ Emily Gawboy 1-0Don Briggs
Wayne Steadman 1-0Britton Sprouse
Hugh McLaughlin 1-0James Petullo
Total of 19 boards, 2 major upsets ().

♝ Receiving half-point byes were George Mirijanian, Ray Paulson, Noah Rogers and Finn Rogers.
♖ Not playing round 3 were Arthur Barlas and Andrew Kiser.
♜ Withdrawn from the tournament were Seeth Ganesan, Tom Whistler, Paul Lynch and Alan Condon.

Harlow B. Daly Memorial, July 19th, 2017
CURRENT STANDINGS After 3 Rounds
PointsPlayers
3.0Kildahl
2.5King, Godin, Cappallo, Venezia, Commisso
2,0Ubiera, Mirijanian, Gladding, Haddad, Gurge, Brassard, Couture, Arsenault, Paton, Premus
1.5Felton, (Ganesan), Meehan, McNeilage, Donahue, E. Rogers, Lingner, Mathieu, N. Rogers, O'Rourke
1.0Paulson, Barlas, Hankard, Booker, Burke, Fratturelli, Bastarache, Biglow, Steadman, H. McLaughlin, Gawboy, F. Rogers
0.5Richardson, R. McLaughlin, Scanlon, (Whistler)
0.0Briggs, Kiser, Sprouse, Petullo


Projected Round 4 Pairings for July 26th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Kildahl vs. Cappallo Board 2: Godin vs. Venezia Board 3: Commisso vs. Ubiera Board 4: Brassard vs. Mirijanian Board 5: Gladding vs. Couture Board 6: Haddad vs. Paton Board 7: Gurge vs. Arsenault Board 8: Premus vs. Felton Board 9: N. Rogers vs. Meehan Board 10: McNeilage vs. O'Rourke Board 11: Donahue vs. Mathieu Board 12: Lingner vs. E. Rogers Board 13: Paulson vs. Bastarache Board 14: Barlas vs. H. McLaughlin Board 15: Hankard vs. Steadman Board 16: Biglow vs. Booker Board 17: Burke vs. Gawboy Board 18: F. Rogers vs. Fratturelli Board 19: Richardson vs. R. McLaughlin Board 20: Sprouse vs. Briggs Board 21: Petullo vs. Kiser

♗ Requesting half-point byes for Round 4 are King and Scanlon.
♙ The Wachusett Chess Club welcomes new player Britton Sprouse of Fitzwilliam, NH.

REMINDER: Players must be present in Room C159 by by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 4 on July 26th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 P.M.

July 16th, 2017
Basic Endgames: One Pawn
Chess video #3 from Brett Kildahl

My third video is up! It's the first in a series about basic endgames.
[It's at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnCAvxcTgBo]
(The cats are back!)
-Brett

See this & all of Brett's other videos at Brett's YouTube Channel.

July 12th, 2017
2017 Harlow B. Daly Memorial
Round 2 of 5

Harlow B. Daly Memorial, July 12th, 2017
Round 2 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Ken Gurge 0-1Rob King
Brett Kildahl 1-0Mike Meehan
Ralph McNeilage 0-1Paul Godin
Roger Cappallo 1/2-1/2♖ Mike Commisso
Larry Gladding 0-1♔ Walter Paton
Jim Donahue 1/2-1/2Kevork Haddad
♔ Vince Premus 1-0Ray Paulson
Bruce Felton 0-1♔ Ed Rogers
Gary Brassard 1/2-1/2♖ Noah Rogers
Harry Richardson 0-1Alex Venezia
Finn Rogers 0-1Lenny Arsenault
Tom Whistler 0-1Dave Couture
Jim Hankard 1-0Brian Biglow
Don Briggs 0-1Roland Booker
Bill Burke 1-0Wayne Steadman
James Petullo 0-1John Bastarache
Gail Lingner 1-0Hugh McLaughlin
Bob Mathieu 1-0Emily Gawboy
Total of 18 boards, 3 major upsets (), 2 upset draws ()

♝ Receiving half-point byes were George Mirijanian, Seeth Ganesan, Arthur Barlas, Paul Lynch, Alan Condon,
Tom Fratturelli, Randy McLaughlin, Larry O'Rourke and Francis Scanlon.
♖ Not playing round 2 was Andrew Kiser.

Harlow B. Daly Memorial, July 12th, 2017
CURRENT STANDINGS After 2 Rounds
PointsPlayers
2.0King, Kildahl, Godin, Paton, Premus
1.5Cappallo, Mirijanian, Haddad, Ganesan, Venezia, Commisso, Donahue, Arsenault, E. Rogers
1.0Gladding, Barlas, Gurge, Brassard, Couture, Lynch, Meehan, McNeilage, Hankard, Condon, Booker,
Burke, Fratturelli, Bastarache, Lingner, Mathieu, N. Rogers
0.5Paulson, Felton, Richardson, R. McLaughlin, O'Rourke, Scanlon, F. Rogers, Whistler
0.0Biglow, Briggs, Steadman, H. McLaughlin, Gawboy, Kiser, Petullo


Projected Round 3 Pairings for July 19th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: King vs. Godin Board 2: Paton vs. Kildahl Board 3: Cappallo vs. Premus Board 4: Arsenault vs. Mirijanian Board 5: E. Rogers vs. Haddad Board 6: Ganesan vs. Commisso Board 7: Venezia vs. Donahue Board 8: Booker vs. Gladding Board 9: Bastarache vs. Gurge Board 10: Fratturelli vs. Brassard Board 11: Couture vs. Burke Board 12: Meehan vs. Lingner Board 13: Mathieu vs. McNeilage Board 14: N. Rogers vs. Hankard Board 15: Paulson vs. F. Rogers Board 16: O'Rourke vs. Felton Board 17: Scanlon vs. Richardson Board 18: R. McLaughlin vs. Whistler Board 19: Biglow vs. H. McLaughlin Board 20: Gawboy vs. Briggs Board 21: Steadman vs. Petullo

♙ The Wachusett Chess Club welcomes back - after absences of various lengths:
Bruce Felton, Lenny Arsenault, Harry Richardson, Ed Rogers, Noah Rogers and Finneas Rogers.

♔ The club also welcomed back - after an absence of 57 years (!) - Frank Hacker of Fort Myers, FL,
who won the 1st official Wachusett Chess Club championship in 1960.
Frank visited the club and had his picture taken along with 7 other club champions.
The 8 are each listed with year(s) of their championships:
Rob King (2011), Bruce Felton (2004, 2005), Paul Godin (1967), Roger Cappallo (2016), Larry Gladding (1992, 1998, 2009), George Mirijanian (17 times between 1977 and 2015), Ray Paulson (2016, 2017), Frank Hacker (1960).


8 WCC Champs spanning 58 years, L to R:
♔ Rob King, Bruce Felton, Paul Godin, Roger Cappallo, Larry Gladding, George Mirijanian, Ray Paulson, & Frank Hacker ♔

REMINDER: Players must be present in Room C159 by by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 3 on July 19th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 P.M.

July 11th, 2017

Hi guys,
I made another video. It's much shorter this time, and the board sounds are softer, but for some reason the webcam footage came out darker.
Here's an attempt at a shorter video, check it out if you feel like it: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=UxeYYXGWFwI
What do you think?
-Brett

July 8th, 2017
Carissa Yip & Mika Brattain represent MA at 2017 US Junior Championship

2014 WCC, Champ Carissa Yip, & Mika Brattain 4-time winner of the MACA Spiegel Cup High School Championship will provide strong representation of their home state as they compete in this year's US Junior Championships

With a USCF rating of 2368, WFM Carissa is the top seed in the Girls' Section. Having recently logged a plus score of 5/9 at the 2017 World Open in the Open Section competing with dozens of titled players, she is expected to be in top form for this tournament.
Mika Brattain, with a USCF rating 2486, a recent #2 finish at the 2017 Columbus Open in Ohio 1/2 point behind GM Pavel Blatney, & a regular top competitor in New England tournaments is expected to have a steeper climb at the US Junior as the #8 seed. We wish them both the best.

The round robin tournaments will run from July 7 to July 18 & will be held at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center in St Louis.
You may view the games live online at: http://uschesschamps.com/2017-us-junior-championship/information/watch-live
Prizes include $20,600 cahs plus invitations to next year's US Championship & US Women's Championship.

July 5th, 2017
2017 Harlow B. Daly Memorial
Round 1 of 5

Harlow B. Daly Memorial, July 5th, 2017
Round 1 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Rob King 1-0Jim Hankard
Roland Booker 0-1Brett Kildahl
Paul Godin 1-0Bill Burke
John Bastarache 0-1Roger Cappallo
George Mirijanian 1-0Bob Mathieu
Brian Biglow 0-1Larry Gladding
Kevork Haddad 1-0Don Briggs
Wayne Steadman 0-1Ken Gurge
Dave Couture 0-1♔ Vince Premus
Randy McLaughlin 0-1Seeth Ganesan
Mike Meehan 1-0Larry O'Rourke
Hugh McLaughlin 0-1Ralph McNeilage
Mike Commisso 1-0Francis Scanlon
Emily Gawboy 0-1Jim Donahue
Walter Paton 1-0James Petullo
Total of 15 boards, 1 major upset ().

♝ Receiving half-point byes were Ray Paulson, Arthur Barlas, Gary Brassard, Alexander Venezia, Paul Lynch,
Alan Condon, Ed Rogers, Tom Fratturelli, Noah Rogers, Finn Rogers and Tom Whistler.
♖ Not playing round 1 were Gail Lingner and Andrew Kiser.

Harlow B. Daly Memorial, July 5th, 2017
CURRENT STANDINGS After 1 Rounds
PointsPlayers
1.0King, Kildahl, Godin, Cappallo, Mirijanian, Gladding, Haddad, Gurge, Ganesan, Meehan, McNeilage,
Commisso, Donahue, Paton, Premus
0.5Paulson, Barlas, Brassard, Venezia, Lynch, Condon, E. Rogers, Fratturelli, N. Rogers, F. Rogers, Whistler
0.0Couture, Hankard, Booker, Burke, Bastarache, Lingner, Mathieu, Biglow, Briggs, Steadman, R. McLaughlin,
O'Rourke, H. McLaughlin, Scanlon, Gawboy, Kiser, Petullo


Projected Round 2 Pairings for July 12th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Gurge vs. King Board 2: Kildahl vs. Meehan Board 3: Ganesan vs. Godin Board 4: Cappallo vs. Commisso Board 5: McNeilage vs. Mirijanian Board 6: Gladding vs. Paton Board 7: Donahue vs. Haddad Board 8: Premus vs. Paulson Board 9: E. Rogers vs. Barlas Board 10: Fratturelli vs. Brassard Board 11: Venezia vs. N. Rogers Board 12: Condon vs. F. Rogers Board 13: Whistler vs. Couture Board 14: Hankard vs. Steadman Board 15: O'Rourke vs. Booker Board 16: Burke vs. R. McLaughlin Board 17: Scanlon vs. Bastarache Board 18: Lingner vs. H. McLaughlin Board 19: Mathieu vs. Gawboy Board 20: Petullo vs. Biglow Board 21: Briggs vs. Kiser

♙ Former member Max Sewell visited the club.

REMINDER: Players must be present in Room C159 by by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 2 on July 12th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 P.M.

July 5th, 2017
Chess: My Week at the Club #36
Chess video from last round of club championship, vs. Ray Paulson

Hello Everyone,
The link below is to my youtube video of my last round game against Ray Paulson. It was an exciting game, but ended in a draw, which allowed Ray to win the 2017 Club Championship with 6.5/7. I'd like to extend my hearty congratulations to Ray on his achievement.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzPXD1aT9rc
Cheers,
Roger
See this & all of Roger Cappallo's other videos at Roger's YouTube Channel

July 4th, 2017
Ratings in effect the 2017 Harlow B. Daly Memorial tournament

The 2017 Harlow B. Daly Memorial tournament starts Wednesday, July 5, at the Wachusett Chess Club at Fitchburg State University. Those wishing to play round 1 on that date must be present by 7 p.m. in Room C159 of the McKay Complex, 67 Rindge Road, Fitchburg, in order to be paired. The following ratings for players will be in effect for this event:

♔   ♛   ♖   ♝   ♘   ♞   ♗   ♜   ♕   ♚   The following ratings are in effect for
the 2017 Harlow B. Daly Memorial tournament:
1Robert King 2227
2Brett Kildahl 2176
3Ray Paulson 2027
4Paul Godin 1995
5Roger Cappallo 1968
6Geoff LePoer 1960
7Diego Ubiera 1932
8George Mirijanian 1900
9Eric Strickland 1862
10Vlad Gaciu 1835
11Joe Bennett 1832
12Larry Gladding 1823
13Kevork Haddad 1812
14Arthur Barlas 1803
15Ken Gurge 1793
16Gary Brassard 1789
17Dave Couture 1750
18Ed Harris 1715
19Seeth Ganesan 1712
20David Thomas 1707
21Alexander Venezia 1705
22Paul Lynch 1705
23Mike Meehan 1679
24Ananth Rangan 1675
25Ralph McNeilage 1660
26Mike Commisso 1657
27Francois Gauthier 1648
28Richard Cohen 1639
29Roland Booker 1631
30Jim Donahue 1631
31Jackson Parker 1630
32Lenny Arsenault 1625
33Walter Paton 1623
34Jim Hankard 1619
35Alan Condon 1618
36David Martin 1609
37Andrew Su 1606
38Bill Burke 1601
39George Miller 1597
40Ed Rogers 1591
41Tom Fratturelli 1572
42David Svolba 1553
43John Bastarache 1535
44Gail Lingner 1500
45Bob Mathieu 1487
46Noah Rogers 1485
47Brian Biglow 1483
48Nik Lavoie1475
49Don Briggs 1444
50Wayne Steadman 1397
51Vince Premus 1392
52Randy McLaughlin 1379
53Stan Talcott 1367
54Ritvik Pulya 1312
55Larry O'Rourke 1300
56Nicholas Anderson 1295
57Hugh McLaughlin 1271
58Francis Scanlon 1085
59Emily Gawboy 1081
60Finneas Rogers 1043
61Sebastian Tilton 1042
62Andrew Kiser 1034
63Jeremy Tilton 1021
64Tom Whistler 929
65Duncan Premus 843
66James Petullo 535
67Raaga Pulya 466

July 1st, 2017
Cappallo - Kildahl 20170622: Brett Kildahl's first video

Hi!
Roger's video about our game inspired me to make one of my own. Check it out if you're interested:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=S4tRT6QipKE Cappallo - Kildahl 20170622
Thanks for checking out my first video! This is a game I played against Roger Cappallo during the 2017 Wachusett Chess Club Championship.

July 1st, 2017
Chess: My Week at the Club #35 (Cappallo - Kildahl):
R6 of 2017 Club Championship by Roger Cappallo

Hello All,
Linked below is my 6th round loss to Brett Kildahl in this year's championship. Brett played a Gruunfeld Defense, though I was able to steer it into somewhat unusual channels.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-76-nQqsdU My Week at the Club #35
Cheers,
Roger
See this & all of Roger Cappallo's other videos at Roger's YouTube Channel

June 28th, 2017

Ray Paulson clear winner in 2017 WCC Championship

Ray Paulson, USCF rated expert from Lowell, won clear first place with a convincing undefeated 6.5/7 score in the 2017 WCC Championship. This marks Ray's second WCC Championship title in a row, having finished equal first with Roger Cappallo in the 2016 event. It was a watershed event for Ray both in terms of his competition & recent his performance.

Having been the unfortunate victim of several large upsets at the Billerica CC, where he also regularly competes, at the hands of significantly lower rated players, combined with a somewhat front loaded schedule in this tournament. He faced his highest rated & probably strongest opponent of the group, Brett Kildahl, in round 1 & managed to come away with the full point. Ray then expanded his win streak by defeating Paul Godin, Mike Commisso, Ken Gurge, Gary Brassard, & Alex Venezia, only to yield a single draw to his 2016 WCC co-champ, Roger Cappallo, in the final round. This put Ray at an untouchable 6.5, half a point ahead of his nearest competitor, Brett Kildahl, & a point & a half ahead of Cappallo.

The tournamnet was slightly marred by the early withdrawal of Paul Godin after only four rounds & the later withdrawal of Gary Brassard with two unplayed games. However since Ray had already won his games against each of these players, nothing that might otherwise have happened would have changed the final outcome.

WCC 'A' Championship, June 28th, 2017
Round 7 of 7 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Roger Cappallo 1/2-1/2Ray Paulson
Ken Gurge 1-0Mike Commisso
Brett Kildahl 1F-0FGary Brassard
Paul Godin 0F-1FAlex Venezia
Total of 4 boards, no major upsets.

WCC 'A' Championship, June 28th, 2017
FINAL STANDINGS After 7 Rounds
PointsPlayers
6.5Paulson
6.0Kildahl
5.5-----
5.0Cappallo
4.5-----
4.0-----
3.5-----
3.0Gurge
2.5Venezia
2.0Godin, Brassard
1.5-----
1.0Commisso

♔ 2017 WCC 'A' Championship PRIZE WINNERS ♔
1st: Ray Paulson of Lowell
2nd: Brett Kildahl of Worcester
3Rd: Roger Cappallo of Groton

Pictures from this year's WCC 'A' Championship tournament.


June 28th, 2017

Rob King takes 2017 WCC "B" Championship
by a point & a half

WCC 'B' Championship, June 28th, 2017
Round 7 of 7 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Kevork Haddard 0-1Rob King
Ralph McNeilage 0-1Dave Couture
Walter Paton 0-1Bill Burke
♔ Jim Donahue 1-0George Mirijanian
Bob Mathieu 0-1Larry Gladding
Tom Fratturelli 0-1Roland Booker
Brian Biglow 0-1Jim Hankard
John Bastarache 1-0Gail Lingner
Randy McLaughlin 0-1Don Briggs
Alex Venezia 1-0Hugh McLaughlin
Francis Scanlon 0-1Wayne Steadman
Emily Gawboy 1-0James Petullo
Total of 12 boards, 1 major upset ().

♖ Not playing round 7 were Arthur Barlas, Mike Meehan, Paul Lynch, Diego Ubiera, Alan Condon, Mike Commisso, Dave Martin,
Larry O'Rourke, Ritvik Pulya, Jackson Parker, Tom Whistler, Stan Talcott, Andrew Kaiser and Raaga Pulya.

WCC 'B' Championship, June 28th, 2017
FINAL STANDINGS After 7 Rounds
PointsPlayers
6.5King
6.0-----
5.5-----
5.0Couture
4.5McNeilage, Donahue, Burke
4.0Gladding, Haddad, Barlas, Meehan, Lynch, Booker, Paton
3.5Ubiera, Condon, Hankard, Bastarache
3.0Mirijanian, Fratturelli, Mathieu, Briggs
2.5Commisso, Venezia, Lingner, Biglow, Steadman
2.0Martin, R. McLaughlin, O'Rourke, Ri. Pulya, Gawboy
1.5Parker, H. McLaughlin, Scanlon, Whistler
1.0Talcott, Kiser
0.5-----
0.0Ra. Pulya, Petullo

♔ 2017 WCC 'B' Championship PRIZE WINNERS ♔
1st: Rob King of Framingham
2nd: Dave Couture of Westminster
Top U1800: Ralph McNeilage of Worcester
Top U1600: Jim Donahue of Stow, Bill Burke of Leominster
Top U1400: Wayne Steadman of Lunenburg

One player gained
50 or more rating points:
The following player had
a rating increase of
50 or more points:
Ray Paulson + 69
A total of 4 players
reached new all time highs:
The following players achieved
a new all-time high rating:
Robert King 2227
Walter Paton 1623
William Burke 1601
Ritvik Pulya 1312

Pictures from this year's WCC 'B' Championship tournament.

REMINDER: The next tournament at the club, the Harlow B. Daly Memorial, begins Wednesday, July 5th.
Players must be present in Room C159 by 7:10 p.m. in order to be paired for Round 1.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 p.m.

June 25th, 2017
Paul "Chicken Player" Godin sweeps Summer Festival Swiss

Some players play for money prizes and other play for rating points, but Paul Godin proved once again that he's in the game "for the chicken," i.e. the barbecue chicken dinner top prize that was awarded at the non-rated, four-round quick Swiss on Sunday, June 25, at the Finnish Center at Saima Park in Fitchburg. The 1967 Wachusett CC champion swept the 10-player field with a perfect 4-0 score - a score he also posted last year when he won the event that is part of the Finnish Center's Summer Festival each year, known in Finnish as "Kesajuhla." Tying as runners-up with 3-1 scores were 2016 club co-champion Roger Cappallo and inactive club player Dave Thomas.
-George M


Event: 		Summer Festival (Kesajuhla) SWISS 2017
Location: 	Fitchburg, MA
Event Date: 	2017-06-25
Chief TD: 	George Mirijanian
Non-rated
Time Control: G/15 d5


---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 Pair | Player Name		Rating	| Round	| Round	| Round	| Round	| Total	|
 Num  | 				|  1	|  2	|  3	|  4	| 	|
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1 | Paul Godin 2002 | W8 | W2 | W4 | W5 | 4.0 | 🐔 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2 | Roger Cappallo 1969 | W7 | L1 | W6 | W4 | 3.0 | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3 | Dave Thomas 1704 | W10 | L6 | W9 | W8 | 3.0 | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 4 | Brett Kildahl 2177 | W6 | W5 | L1 | L2 | 2.0 | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 5 | Joe Bennett 1832 | W9 | L4 | W8 | L1 | 2.0 | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 6 | Dave Couture 1702 | L4 | W3 | L2 | W10 | 2.0 | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 7 | Francis Scanlon 1101 | L2 | L8 | W10 | W9 | 2.0 | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 8 | Gail Lingner 1500 | L1 | W7 | L5 | L3 | 1.0 | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 9 | Rick Evans 1051 | L5 | W10 | L3 | L7 | 1.0 | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 10 | Steven Bousquet Unr | L3 | L9 | L7 | L6 | 0.0 | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------

June 21st, 2017
Funeral for Larry Eldridge on Friday, June 23rd

Larry Eldridge, longtime chess player, teacher, coach and journalist, dead at 84

Larry Eldridge at 27th Mass Game/60 Championship, Sunday, April 23, 2017

Larry Eldridge, one of this country's most accomplished chess teachers, died on Sunday, June 18th, at his home in West Newton, Mass. He was 84. Eldridge, a longtime active player who competed in tournaments at the Metrowest Chess Club in Natick and the Boylston Chess Club in North Cambridge, among others, was noted as a skillful chess coach who mentored many winning teams for years at the Hurvitz Cup, the Massachusetts Scholastic Team Championships, sponsored by the Massachusetts Chess Association (MACA). He was also a chess journalist who wrote many chess stories for the Christian Science Monitor, of which he was once the sports editor. He played a key role in getting the late GM Arthur Bisguier to become a chess columnist for the Monitor. Eldridge was also very generous with his huge chess library, donating many books and magazines over the years to MACA to sell at its fundraising auctions.
The funeral for Larry Eldridge will be held 11 a.m. Friday, June 23rd, in the Newton Cemetery Chapel, 791 Walnut St., Newton Centre, MA 02459. Following burial, a lunch/repast will be held at 36 Wedgewood Road, West Newton. Family and chess friends are welcome to attend.
-George M

June 21st, 2017
Finnish Center at Saima Park to Host Fun Chess Tournament

The Finnish Center at Saima Park, Scott Road in Fitchburg, off Ashby State Road (Route 31), will host on Sunday, June 25th, as part of its Summer Festival (Kesajuhla), a fun chess tournament in its function hall. The non-rated event will be a 4-round Swiss in one section. Time control is Game/15, with a 5-second delay (on digital clocks). The tournament honors the memory of two-time Wachusett Chess Club champion Evert Siiskonen (1963 and 1966), a Finnish-born Fitchburg resident who is memorialized with a stone chess table at Saima Park. Registration for the tournament is from 9:30 to 10 a.m., with Round 1 starting shortly thereafter. The tourney will end by 12:30 p.m.. There is no entry fee. Top prize will be a succulent chicken barbecue dinner, compliments of Lorna Sulin of the Finnish Center. Other prizes will be awarded to all participants. For a complete schedule of activities at the Summer Festival, visit www.saima-park.org
-George M

June 21st, 2017
>2017 WCC 'A' Championship
Round 6 of 7

WCC 'A' Championship, June 21st, 2017
Round 6 of 7 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Ray Paulson 1-0Alex Venezia
Roger Cappallo 0-1Brett Kildahl
Ken Gurge 1-0Gary Brassard
Mike Commisso 1F-0FPaul Godin
Total of 4 boards, no major upsets.

WCC 'A' Championship, June 21st, 2017
CURRENT STANDINGS After 6 Rounds
PointsPlayers
6.0Paulson
5.5-----
5.0Kildahl
4.5-----
4.0-----
3.5Cappallo
3.0-----
2.5Venezia
2.0Gurge, Brassard,(Godin-withdrawn)
1.5-----
1.0Commisso


Projected Round 7 Pairings for June 28th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Cappallo vs. Paulson Board 2: Kildahl vs. Brassard Board 3: Gurge vs. Commisso Godin 0F-1F Venezia

June 21st, 2017
2017 WCC 'B' Championship
Round 6 of 7

WCC 'B' Championship, June 21st, 2017
Round 6 of 7 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Mike Meehan 1/2-1/2Dave Couture
Alan Condon 0-1Ralph McNeilage
George Mirijanian 0-1Kevork Haddad
Larry Gladding 0-1Arthur Barlas
Tom Fratturelli 0-1Jim Donahue
Bill Burke 1-0Brian Biglow
Jim Hankard 1/2-1/2Bob Mathieu
Roland Booker 1-0Don Briggs
Mike Commisso 1-0Randy McLaughlin
John Bastarache 1-0Francis Scanlon
Gail Lingner 1-0Wayne Steadman
Larry O'Rourke 1-0Emily Gawboy
Tom Whistler 1-0James Petullo
Total of 13 boards, no major upsets.

♝ Receiving half-point byes were Rob King, Paul Lynch, Walter Paton and Diego Ubiera.
♖ Not playing round 6 were Ritvik Pulya, Hugh McLaughlin, Andrew Kiser and Raaga Pulya.

WCC 'B' Championship, June 21st, 2017
CURRENT STANDINGS After 6 Rounds
PointsPlayers
5.5King
5.0-----
4.5McNeilage
4.0Haddad, Barlas, Couture, Meehan, Lynch, Paton
3.5Ubiera, Condon, Donahue, Burke
3.0Mirijanian, Gladding, Booker, Fratturelli, Mathieu
2.5(Commisso), Hankard, Bastarache, Lingner, Biglow
2.0(Martin), Briggs, R. McLaughlin, O'Rourke, Ri. Pulya
1.5(Parker), Steadman, H. McLaughlin, Scanlon, Whistler
1.0(Talcott), Gawboy, Kiser
0.5Ra. Pulya, Petullo


Projected Round 7 Pairings for June 28th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 4: Haddad vs. King Board 5: McNeilage vs. Barlas Board 6: Lynch vs. Couture Board 7: Paton vs. Condon Board 8: Ubiera vs. Burke Board 9: Donahue vs. Mirijanian Board 10: Mathieu vs. Gladding Board 11: Fratturelli vs. Booker Board 12: Biglow vs. Hankard Board 13: Bastarache vs. Lingner Board 14: Ri. Pulya vs. Briggs Board 15: R. McLaughlin vs. O'Rourke Board 16: Scanlon vs. Steadman Board 17: H. McLaughlin vs. Whistler Board 18: Gawboy vs. Kiser Board 19: Petullo vs. Ra. Pulya

♖ Not paired for Round 7 is: Meehan.

REMINDER: Players must be present in Room C159 by by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 7 on June 28th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 P.M.

June 21st, 2017
2017 WCC 'A' Championship
Standings Update

Paulson Kildahl Godin Cappallo Brassard Gurge Venezia Commisso
Paulson X 1 1   1 1   1
Kildahl 0 X 1     1 1 1
Godin 0 0 X 0F 1 1 0F 0F
Cappallo     1F X   1 0.5 1
Brassard 0   0   X 0 1 1
Gurge 0 0 0 0 1 X 1  
Venezia   0 1F 0.5 0 0 X 1
Commisso 0 0 1F 0 0   0 X
STANDINGS PCT. RECORD GB GR
1.000 5-0-0 Paulson - 2
0.875 3-0-1 Cappallo 1 3
0.800 4-1-0 Kildahl 1 2
0.417 2-3-1 Venezia   1
0.400 2-3-0 Brassard   2
0.333 2-4-0 Gurge   1
0.286 2-5-0 Godin   0
0.167 1-5-0 Commisso   1

GB = Games Behind, GR = Games Remaining

June 20th, 2017
2017 WCC 'A' Championship
Standings Update

Paulson Kildahl Godin Cappallo Brassard Gurge Venezia Commisso
Paulson X 1 1   1 1   1
Kildahl 0 X 1     1 1 1
Godin 0 0 X   1 1    
Cappallo       X   1 0.5 1
Brassard 0   0   X 0 1 1
Gurge 0 0 0 0 1 X 1  
Venezia   0   0.5 0 0 X 1
Commisso 0 0   0 0   0 X
STANDINGS PCT. RECORD GB GR
1.000 5-0-0 Paulson - 2
0.833 2-0-1 Cappallo 1.5 4
0.800 4-1-0 Kildahl 1 2
0.500 2-2-0 Godin 2.5 3
0.400 2-3-0 Brassard 3 2
0.333 2-4-0 Gurge 3.5 1
0.300 1-3-1 Venezia 3.5 2
0.000 0-5-0 Commisso 5 2

GB = Games Behind, GR = Games Remaining

June 17th, 2017
2017 WCC 'A' Championship
Standings Update

WCC 'A' Championship, June 17th, 2017
Postponed Round 2 Game Update
WhiteResultBlack
Roger Cappallo 1-0Ken Gurge
Total of 1 boards, no major upsets.

WCC 'A' Championship, June 17th, 2017
CURRENT STANDINGS After Postponed Cappallo/Gurge Game
PointsPlayers
5.0Paulson
4.5-----
4.0Kildahl
3.5-----
3.0-----
2.5Cappallo
2.0Godin, Brassard, Gurge
1.5Venezia
1.0-----
0.5-----
0.0Commisso

June 16th, 2017
2017 WCC 'A' Championship
Standings Update

WCC 'A' Championship, June 16th, 2017
Postponed Round 6 Game Update
WhiteResultBlack
Ken Gurge 1-0Gary Brassard
Total of 1 boards, no major upsets.

WCC 'A' Championship, June 16th, 2017
CURRENT STANDINGS After Postponed Gurge/Brassard Game
PointsPlayers
5.0Paulson
4.5-----
4.0Kildahl
3.5-----
3.0-----
2.5-----
2.0Godin, Brassard, Gurge
1.5Cappallo, Venezia
1.0-----
0.5-----
0.0Commisso

Paulson Kildahl Godin Cappallo Brassard Gurge Venezia Commisso
Paulson X 1 1   1 1   1
Kildahl 0 X 1     1 1 1
Godin 0 0 X   1 1    
Cappallo       X     0.5 1
Brassard 0   0   X 0 1 1
Gurge 0 0 0   1 X 1  
Venezia   0   0.5 0 0 X 1
Commisso 0 0   0 0   0 X
STANDINGS PCT. RECORD GB GR
1.000 5-0-0 Paulson - 2
0.800 4-1-0 Kildahl 1 2
0.750 1-0-1 Cappallo 1.5 5
0.500 2-2-0 Godin 2.5 3
0.400 2-3-0 Brassard 3 2
0.400 2-3-0 Gurge 3 2
0.300 1-3-1 Venezia 3.5 2
0.000 0-5-0 Commisso 5 2

GB = Games Behind, GR = Games Remaining

June 14th, 2017
2017 WCC 'A' Championship
Round 5 of 7

WCC 'A' Championship, June 14th, 2017
Round 5 of 7 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Gary Brassard 0-1Ray Paulson
Brett Kildahl 1-0Ken Gurge
Alex Venezia 1-0Mike Commisso
Total of 3 boards, no major upsets.

♖ Not playing round 5 (POSTPONED) were Paul Godin & Roger Cappallo.

WCC 'A' Championship, June 14th, 2017
CURRENT STANDINGS After 5 Rounds
PointsPlayers
5.0Paulson
4.5-----
4.0Kildahl
3.5-----
3.0-----
2.5-----
2.0Godin, Brassard
1.5Cappallo, Venezia
1.0Gurge
0.5-----
0.0Commisso

Paulson Kildahl Godin Cappallo Brassard Gurge Venezia Commisso
Paulson X 1 1   1 1   1
Kildahl 0 X 1     1 1 1
Godin 0 0 X   1 1    
Cappallo       X     0.5 1
Brassard 0   0   X   1 1
Gurge 0 0 0     X 1  
Venezia   0   0.5 0 0 X 1
Commisso 0 0   0 0   0 X
STANDINGS GB GR
1.000 5-0-0 Paulson - 2
0.800 4-1-0 Kildahl 1 2
0.750 1-0-1 Cappallo 1.5 5
0.500 2-2-0 Brassard 2.5 3
0.500 2-2-0 Godin 2.5 3
0.300 1-3-1 Venezia 3.5 2
0.250 1-3-0 Gurge 3.5 3
0.000 0-5-0 Commisso 5 2

GB = Games Behind, GR = Games Remaining

Projected Round 6 Pairings for June 21st:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Paulson vs. Venezia Board 2: Cappallo vs. Kildahl Board 3: Commisso vs. Godin Board 4: Gurge vs. Brassard (to be played 6/15)

June 14th, 2017
2017 WCC 'B' Championship
Round 5 of 7

WCC 'B' Championship, June 14th, 2017
Round 5 of 7 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Rob King 1-0Diego Ubiera
Alan Condon 1/2-1/2Mike Meehan
Arthur Barlas 1/2-1/2George Mirijanian
Larry Gladding 1-0Brian Biglow
Roland Booker 0-1Kevork Haddad
Bob Mathieu 1/2-1/2Bill Burke
Francis Scanlon 0-1Tom Fratturelli
Wayne Steadman 1/2-1/2John Bastarache
Hugh McLaughlin 1/2-1/2Gail Lingner
Don Briggs 1-0Larry O'Rourke
Randy McLaughlin 1-0Emily Gawboy
Tom Whistler 0-1Ritvik Pulya
James Petullo 0-1Andrew Kiser
Total of 13 boards, no major upsets.

♝ Receiving half-point byes were Dave Couture, Ralph McNeilage, Paul Lynch, Walter Paton and Jim Donahue.
♖ Not playing round 5 were Jim Hankard and Raaga Pulya.
♗ Withdrawn from the tournament were Dave Martin, Jackson Parker and Stan Talcott.

WCC 'B' Championship, June 14th, 2017
CURRENT STANDINGS After 5 Rounds
PointsPlayers
5.0King
4.5-----
4.0-----
3.5Couture, McNeilage, Meehan, Lynch, Condon, Paton
3.0Ubiera, Mirijanian, Gladding, Haddad, Barlas, Fratturelli
2.5Donahue, Burke, Biglow, Mathieu
2.0(Martin), Booker, Hankard, Briggs, R. McLaughlin, Ri. Pulya
1.5(Parker), Bastarache, Lingner, Steadman, H. McLaughlin, Scanlon
1.0(Talcott), O'Rourke, Gawboy, Kiser
0.5Whistler
0.0Ra. Pulya, Petullo


Projected Round 6 Pairings for June 21st:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 4: Lynch vs. Couture Board 5: Condon vs. McNeilage Board 6: Meehan vs. Paton Board 7: Ubiera vs. Haddad Board 8: Fratturelli vs. Mirijanian Board 9: Gladding vs. Barlas Board 10: Donahue vs. Mathieu Board 11: Burke vs. Biglow Board 12: R. McLaughlin vs. Booker Board 13: Ri. Pulya vs. Hankard Board 14: Bastarache vs. Briggs Board 15: Lingner vs. Steadman Board 16: O'Rourke vs. Scanlon Board 17: Kiser vs. Gawboy Board 18: Whistler vs. Petullo

♗ Requesting a half-point bye for Round 6 is King. H. McLaughlin is requesting a 0-point bye.
♙ The Wachusett Chess Club welcomes new USCF member James Petullo of Sterling.

REMINDER: Players must be present in Room C159 by by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 6 on June 21st.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 P.M.

June 12th, 2017
Wachusett CC players among participants in Kopec Memorial

Four very active members of the Wachusett Chess Club and five inactive members of the Wachusett CC were among the participants in the tournament, "In Memory of IM Dr. Danny Kopec," held Saturday, June 10th, at Congregation Ahavas Achim in Keene, NH. The WCC contingent represented 20 percent of the total field of 43 players in three sections. Class A-rated players Vince Bradley III and Dave Kochman, inactive club members, competed in the Master-Expert section, which was won by GM Alexander Ivanov of Newton, MA with a score of 3.5-0.5. Semi-active club member Joe Bennett of Hubbardston also tallied 3.5-0.5 to tie for 1st-2nd place in the Under 1900 section. Also playing in that section were active club members Gary Brassard of Leominster, Dave Couture of Westminster, Mike Commisso of Brookline, NH, and Jim Hankard of Antrim, NH, as well as inactive club members Eric Strickland of Brattleboro, VT and Francois Gauthier of Francistown, NH. The tournament, directed by Hal Terrie of Manchester, NH, honored the memory of IM Danny Kopec. who died on June 12, 2016 at age 62. Kopec had played in the 1970s and '80s in the Central New Open tournaments held in Fitchburg and Leominster.
-George M

June 9th, 2017
Former Wachusett CC champions finish high in standings in Waltham CC tourney

Two former Wachusett CC champions finished high in the standings in the Waltham June G/15 tournament held Friday night, June 9th, at the Waltham Chess Club. Rob King of Framingham, club champion in 2011, scored 4-1 to take clear second place, while Carissa Yip of Andover, club champion in 2014, tallied 3-2 to finish in a seven-way tie for 3rd place. The winner of the tournament with a perfect 5-0 result was IM Denys Shmelov of Newton, formerly of Pepperell. King lost to Shmelov in round 3, while Yip suffered losses to Shmelov and King in rounds 4 and 5, respectively. The quick-rated event drew 19 players.
-George M

June 8th, 2017
George Mirijanin honored with Tournament Director Lifetime Achievement Award

Hi all,
George has won an award! The US Chess Forum announcement is pasted below.
-Mike C
The Executive Board names the following 2017 award winners. The awards ceremony will be held Saturday, August 5 at the US Open in Norfolk, VA.
Distinguished Service Award - Ruth Haring (N-CA), Mike Atkins (MD)
Outstandng Career Achievement Award:
Murrel Rhodes (IL), GM Larry Kaufman (MD), John Roush (WV), R. Mark Johnson (VA),
FM Macon Shibut (VA), Ernest W. Schlich (VA)
Special Services Award - Maureen Grimaud (SC), Tom Dart (IL)
Meritorious Services Award:
Jean Troendle (LA), Andy Rea (VA), Anand Dommalapati (VA), Ed Westing (WA), Ralph Mikell (DC)
Committee of the Year - Ethics Committee
Chess City of the Year - Franklin County, MS
Koltanowski Awards:
Gold - US Chess Trust
Silver - Two Sigma
Scholastic Service Award:
Individual - David MacEnulty (NY)
Organizer of the Year - Judit Sztaray (N-CA)
Frank J. Marshall Award - IM Walter Shipman (N-CA and NY) posthumously and IM Danny Kopec (NY) Posthumously
Grandmaster of the Year - GM Wesley So (MN)
Honorary Chess Mate - Helen and Allen Hinshaw (VA)
Chess Club of the Year - Hampton Roads Scholastic Chess Club (VA)
Chess College of the Year - St. Louis University (MO)
Tournament Director of the Year - NTD Korey J. Kormick (TN))
Tournament Director Lifetime Achievement Award - NTD George M. Mirijanian (MA) and NTD Ernest W. Schlich (VA)
Outstanding Player Achievement Award - IM Jay Bonin (NY)
Outstanding Team Performance Award:
2016 gold medal winning US Olympiad team
Woman Chessplayer of the Year Award - Nazi Paikidze (NV)
Special Friend of US Chess - Sen. John Davison "Jay" Rockefeller IV

June 7th, 2017
2017 WCC 'A' Championship
Round 4 of 7

WCC 'A' Championship, June 7th, 2017
Round 4 of 7 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Ken Gurge 0-1Ray Paulson
Brett Kildahl 1-0Paul Godin
Roger Cappallo 1/2-1/2Alex Venezia
Mike Commisso 0-1Gary Brassard
Total of 4 boards, no major upsets.

WCC 'A' Championship, June 7th, 2017
CURRENT STANDINGS After 4 Rounds
PointsPlayers
4.0Paulson
3.0Kildahl
2.0Godin, Brassard
1.5Cappallo
1.0Gurge
0.5Venezia
0.0Commisso

Paulson Kildahl Godin Cappallo Brassard Gurge Venezia Commisso
Paulson X 1 1     1   1
Kildahl 0 X 1       1 1
Godin 0 0 X   1 1    
Cappallo       X     0.5 1
Brassard     0   X   1 1
Gurge 0   0     X 1  
Venezia   0   0.5 0 0 X  
Commisso 0 0   0 0     X
STANDINGS GB GR
1.000 4-0-0 Paulson - 3
0.750 3-1-0 Kildahl 1 3
0.750 1-0-1 Cappallo 1.5 5
0.667 2-1-0 Brassard 1.5 4
0.500 2-2-0 Godin 2 3
0.333 1-2-0 Gurge 2.5 4
0.125 0-3-1 Venezia 3.5 3
0.000 0-4-0 Commisso 4 3

GB = Games Behind, GR = Games Remaining

Projected Round 5 Pairings for June 14th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Brassard vs. Paulson Board 2: Kildahl vs. Gurge Board 3: Godin vs. Cappallo Board 4: Venezia vs. Commisso

June 7th, 2017
2017 WCC 'B' Championship
Round 4 of 7

WCC 'B' Championship, June 7th, 2017
Round 4 of 7 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Dave Couture 0-1Rob King
Arthur Barlas 1/2-1/2Paul Lynch
Ralph McNeilage 1-0Jim Donahue
Jim Hankard 0-1Mike Meehan
Bill Burke 0-1Alan Condon
Tom Fratturelli 0-1Walter Paton
Brian Biglow 1-0Bob Mathieu
John Bastarache 0-1Larry Gladding
Kevork Haddad 1-0Don Briggs
Dave Martin 1-0Stan Talcott
Wayne Steadman 0-1Roland Booker
Emily Gawboy 1-0Tom Whistler
Total of 12 boards, no major upsets.

♝ Receiving half-point byes were Diego Ubiera, George Mirijanian, Jackson Parker, Francis Scanlon, Gail Lingner
and Larry O'Rourke.
♖ Not playing round 4 and also not receiving half-point byes were Randy McLaughlin, Hugh McLaughlin, Ritvik Pulya, Andrew Kiser and Raaga Pulya.

WCC 'B' Championship, June 7th, 2017
CURRENT STANDINGS After 4 Rounds
PointsPlayers
4.0King
3.0Ubiera, Couture, McNeilage, Meehan, Lynch, Condon, Paton
2.5Mirijanian, Barlas, Biglow
2.0Gladding, Haddad, Martin, Booker, Hankard, Donahue, Burke, Fratturelli, Mathieu
1.5Parker, Scanlon
1.0Bastarache, Lingner, Briggs, R. McLaughlin, Steadman, Talcott, O'Rourke, H. McLaughlin, Ri. Pulya, Gawboy
0.5Whistler
0.0Kiser, Ra. Pulya


Projected Round 5 Pairings for June 14th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 5: King vs. Ubiera Board 6: Lynch vs. Couture Board 7: Condon vs. Meehan Board 8: Paton vs. Barlas Board 9: Mirijanian vs. Biglow Board 10: Gladding vs. Burke Board 11: Donahue vs. Haddad Board 12: Booker vs. Fratturelli Board 13: Mathieu vs. Hankard Board 14: Scanlon vs. Bastarache Board 15: Talcott vs. Lingner Board 16: Briggs vs. O'Rourke Board 17: R. McLaughlin vs. Gawboy Board 18: H. McLaughlin vs. Steadman Board 19: Whistler vs. Ri. Pulya Board 20: Kiser vs. Ra. Pulya

♗ Requesting a half-point bye for Round 5 is McNeilage.
♙ The Wachusett Chess Club welcomes Dave Martin (12877246) of Boylston, 2nd Category rated 1657. His all-time high rating is 1844. Dave's last appearance at the WCC was on March 23, 2016 in the Wachusett CC Blitz Championship. Dave is a regular player at the Metrowest CC in Natick. He just recently won the U1700 section of the MCC 34th Anniversary Swiss on May 30th.

REMINDER: Players must be present in Room C159 by by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 5 on June 14th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 P.M.

May 31st, 2017
Ex-Wachusett CC champion Rob King now co-champion of the Metrowest CC.

Rob King, champion of the Wachusett Chess Club in 2011, is now 2017 co-champion of the Metrowest Chess Club in Natick. The 33-year-old player from Framingham shared top honors with master Sherif Khater in this year's MCC championship by drawing him in the 5th and final round of the event on Tuesday night, May 30th. Both scored 3.5-1.5. Among those whom King defeated in the six-player round robin was master Lawyer Times, who the day before (May 29th) had defeated GM Alexander Ivanov in the final round of the 86th Massachusetts Open in Marlborough, winning the event and becoming the new state champion.
-George M

May 31st, 2017
2017 WCC 'A' Championship
Round 3 of 7

WCC 'A' Championship, May 31st, 2017
Round 3 of 7 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Ray Paulson 1-0Mike Commisso
Paul Godin 1-0Ken Gurge
Alex Venezia 0-1Brett Kildahl
Total of 3 boards, no major upsets.

♖ Not playing round 3 (POSTPONED) were Gary Brassard & Roger Cappallo.

WCC 'A' Championship, May 31st, 2017
CURRENT STANDINGS After 3 Rounds
PointsPlayers
3.0Paulson
2.0Kildahl, Godin
1.0Cappallo, Brassard, Gurge
0.0Venezia, Commisso


Projected Round 4 Pairings for June 7th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Gurge vs. Paulson Board 2: Kildahl vs. Godin Board 3: Cappallo vs. Venezia Board 4: Commisso vs. Brassard

May 31st, 2017
2017 WCC 'B' Championship
Round 3 of 7

WCC 'B' Championship, May 31st, 2017
Round 3 of 7 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Rob King 1-0Ralph McNeilage
Dave Couture 1-0Arthur Barlas
Diego Ubiera 1-0Walter Paton
Larry Gladding 0-1♔ Paul Lynch
Kevork Haddad 0-1♔ Tom Fratturelli
Mike Meehan 1-0John Bastarache
♔ Bob Mathieu 1-0Roland Booker
Don Briggs 0-1Jim Hankard
Jim Donahue 1-0Wayne Steadman
Stan Talcott 0-1Bill Burke
Gail Lingner 0-1Brian Biglow
Tom Whistler 0-1Randy McLaughlin
Raaga Pulya 0-1Hugh McLaughlin
Ritvik Pulya 1-0Emily Gawboy
Total of 14 boards, 3 major upsets ().

♝ Receiving half-point byes were George Mirijanian, Alan Condon, Jackson Parker, Francis Scanlon and Larry O'Rourke.
♖ Not playing round 3 was Andrew Kiser.

WCC 'B' Championship, May 31st, 2017
CURRENT STANDINGS After 3 Rounds
PointsPlayers
3.0King, Couture
2.5Ubiera, Lynch
2.0Mirijanian, Barlas, McNeilage, Meehan, Condon, Hankard, Paton, Donahue, Burke, Fratturelli, Mathieu
1.5Biglow
1.0Gladding, Haddad, Parker, Booker, Bastarache, Briggs, R. McLaughlin, Steadman, Talcott, H. McLaughlin, Ri. Pulya, Scanlon
0.5Lingner, O'Rourke, Whistler
0.0Gawboy, Kiser, Ra. Pulya


Projected Round 4 Pairings for June 7th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 5: Couture vs. King Board 6: Lynch vs. Mirijanian Board 7: Barlas vs. Hankard Board 8: McNeilage vs. Donahue Board 9: Burke vs. Meehan Board 10: Condon vs. Mathieu Board 11: Fratturelli vs. Paton Board 12: Biglow vs. Gladding Board 13: Steadman vs. Haddad Board 14: Parker vs. Briggs Board 15: Ri. Pulya vs. Booker Board 16: Bastarache vs. Talcott Board 17: Scanlon vs. Lingner Board 18: O'Rourke vs. Whistler Board 19: Gawboy vs. Ra. Pulya

♗ Requesting a half-point bye for Round 4 is Ubiera.
♝ Not playing and declining half-point byes are Randy and Hugh McLaughlin.
♙ Kiser will be paired if he shows up.

REMINDER: Players must be present in Room C159 by by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 4 on June 7th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 P.M.

May 30th, 2017
Revised Projected Pairings for Round 3, WCC Championship B Division 2017


 Revised projected pairings round 3 WCC Championship "B" Section May 31st:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 4: Robert King (2.0) Ralph McNeilage (2.0) Board 5: Dave Couture (2.0) Arthur Barlas (2.0) Board 6: Diego Ubiera (1.5) Walter Paton (2.0) Board 7: George Mirijanian (1.5) Paul Lynch (1.5) Board 8: Wiliam Burke (1.0) Larry Gladding (1.0) Board 9: Kevork Haddad (1.0) Tom Fratturelli (1.0) Board 10: Mike Meehan (1.0) John Bastarache (1.0) Board 11: Donald Briggs (1.0) Roland Booker (1.0) Board 12: Stanford Talcott (1.0) Jim Hankard (1.0) Board 13: Jim Donahue (1.0) Wayne Steadman (1.0) Board 14: Jackon Parker (0.5) Brian Biglow (0.5) Board 15: Francis Scanlon II (0.5) Gail Lingner (0.5) Board 16: Tom Whistler (0.5) Randy McLaughlin (0.0) Board 17: Andrew Kiser (0.0) Larry O'Rourke (0.0) Board 18: Hugh McLaughlin (0.0) Emily Gawboy (0.0) Alan Condon (1.5) BYE

May 30th, 2017
Joe Bennett takes 1st place U1800 section of Mass. Open.

Joe Bennett, a once-active member of the Wachusett Chess Club (whose last appearance at the club was at the Rocco Pasquale Memorial in October 2016), captured first place in the Under 1800 section of the 86th Massachusetts Open, held May 27-29 at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel in Marlborough. The Hubbardston player scored 5.5.-0.5 in a 46-player field, the largest section in the four-section, three-day main event, and gained more than 100 rating points, bringing his current rating to 1804.
-George M

May 30th, 2017
Bob Messenger awarded NTD title by U.S. Chess Federation.

Bob Messenger, chief tournament director of the 2011 Wachusett Chess Club Championship, has been awarded the National Tournament Director title by the U.S. Chess Federation. The Nashua, NH resident, who is viewed by many players as New England's premier TD, received the award recently from the USCF for his more than 25 years of directing tournaments throughout the country and primarily on the East Coast. Since directing his first tournament, the Fall Foliage Festival, for the Massachusetts Chess Association on Nov. 3, 1991 in Andover, Mass., Messenger has been chief TD of 460 tournaments and has directed 2,648 sections and worked at 79 other events - for a total of 2,799 sections. Messenger's directing of the 2011 Wachusett CC Championship involved overseeing a 10-player round-robin "A" Division and a 20-player, 9-round Swiss "B" Division.
-George M

May 30th, 2017
Pictures from the Mass Open PLUS Past & present WCC members' rating updates from recent activities.

Hi all,
Link to gallery of 86th Mass Open, Saturday photos: https://goo.gl/photos/XDACnPg666YEWERJ9
Something to look at Sunday night instead of preparing for Monday's games. Good luck.
-Tony Cortizas Jr.

The 86th Mass Open & the Billerica CC May Swiss rating reports were filed this weekend. So, these are the rating updates for May 30, 2017:

♙   ♝   ♘   ♜   ♘   ♟   Tuesday May 30, 2017 Tournament Rating Updates   ♗   ♞   ♖   ♞   ♗   ♟
USCFID#: WCC Member NameEnd DateMost Recent Rated TournamentSection: NamePre => PostClass
10010985: CHRISTOPHER W CHASE2017-05-2986TH MASSACHUSETTS OPEN (MA)1: CHAMPIONSHIP 2376 => 2372 NM
14514636: CARISSA SHIWEN YIP2017-05-2986TH MASSACHUSETTS OPEN (MA)1: CHAMPIONSHIP 2355 => 2370 NM
12401616: RAYMOND PAULSON2017-05-26BILLERICA MAY SWISS 2017 (MA)1: OPEN 1992 => 1956 A
12809976: KEVORK HADDAD2017-05-2986TH MASSACHUSETTS OPEN (MA)2: UNDER 2100 1857 => 1828 A
11156665: GARY BRASSARD2017-05-2986TH MASSACHUSETTS OPEN (MA)2: UNDER 2100 1818 => 1811 A
13250463: JOSEPH BENNETT2017-05-2986TH MASSACHUSETTS OPEN (MA)3: UNDER 1800 1701 => 1804 A
15163642: ANANTH RANGAN2017-05-2986TH MASSACHUSETTS OPEN (MA)3: UNDER 1800 1661 => 1675 B
15518741: ANDREW SU2017-05-2986TH MASSACHUSETTS OPEN (MA)3: UNDER 1800 1538 => 1649 B
16062155: RALPH MCNEILAGE2017-05-2986TH MASSACHUSETTS OPEN (MA)3: UNDER 1800 1686 => 1645 B
10569176: ROLAND D BOOKER III2017-05-2986TH MASSACHUSETTS OPEN (MA)3: UNDER 1800 1624 => 1623 B
12633241: JAMES E DONAHUE2017-05-26BILLERICA MAY SWISS 2017 (MA)1: OPEN 1599 => 1595 C
15648356: RITVIK PULYA2017-05-2986TH MASSACHUSETTS OPEN (MA)3: UNDER 1800 1215 => 1308 D

May 29th, 2017
Robert King tied for lead in Metrowest CC Championship

Rob King, champion of the Wachusett Chess Club in 2011, is currently tied for first place in the 2017 Metrowest Chess Club Championship in Natick. King defeated expert Alan Song in round 4 of the six-player round robin on Tuesday night, May 23, while master Sherif Khater upset top-rated IM David Vigorito in the same round. Both King and Khater stand at 3-1 and will face each other in the 5th and final round on May 30 in a game that will determine who the new Metrowest CC champion will be.
-George M

May 24th, 2017
2017 WCC 'A' Championship
Round 2 of 7

WCC 'A' Championship, May 24th, 2017
Round 2 of 7 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Paul Godin 0-1Ray Paulson
Brett Kildahl 1-0Mike Commisso
Alex Venezia 0-1Gary Brassard
Total of 3 boards, no major upsets.

♖ Not playing round 2 (POSTPONED) were Roger Cappallo & Ken Gurge.

WCC 'A' Championship, May 24th, 2017
CURRENT STANDINGS After 2 Rounds
PointsPlayers
2.0Paulson
1.0Cappallo, Gurge, Kildahl, Godin, Brassard
0.0Venezia, Commisso


Projected Round 3 Pairings for May 31st:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Paulson vs. Commisso Board 2: Godin vs. Gurge Board 3: Venezia vs. Kildahl

♗ Round 3 game Brassard vs. Cappallo is POSTPONED.

May 24th, 2017
2017 WCC 'B' Championship
Round 2 of 7

WCC 'B' Championship, May 24th, 2017
Round 2 of 7 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Roland Booker 0-1Rob King
♔ Walter Paton 1-0Kevork Haddad
Arthur Barlas 1-0Tom Fratturelli
Wayne Steadman 0-1Dave Couture
Ralph McNeilage 1-0Stan Talcott
Paul Lynch 1-0Francis Scanlon
Larry Gladding 1-0Tom Whistler
Larry O'Rourke 0-1Mike Meehan
Jim Hankard 1-0Randy McLaughlin
Emily Gawboy 0-1Jim Donahue
Bill Burke 1-0Hugh McLaughlin
John Bastarache 1-0Ritvik Pulya
Don Briggs 1-0Raaga Pulya
Total of 13 boards, 1 major upset ().

♝ Receiving half-point byes were Diego Ubiera, George Mirijanian, Alan Condon, Bob Mathieu,
Jackson Parker, Gail Lingner and Brian Biglow. .
♖ Not playing round 2 and declining a bye was Andrew Kiser.

WCC 'B' Championship, May 24th, 2017
CURRENT STANDINGS After 2 Rounds
PointsPlayers
2.0King, Barlas, Couture, McNeilage, Paton
1.5Ubiera, Mirijanian, Lynch, Condon
1.0Gladding, Haddad, Meehan, Booker, Hankard, Donahue, Burke, Fratturelli, Bastarache, Mathieu, Briggs, Steadman, Talcott
0.5Parker, Lingner, Biglow, Scanlon, Whistler
0.0R. McLaughlin, O'Rourke, H. McLaughlin, Ri. Pulya, Gawboy, Kiser, Ra. Pulya


Projected Round 3 Pairings for May 31st:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 4: King vs. McNeilage Board 5: Couture vs. Barlas Board 6: Ubiera vs. Paton Board 7: Mirijanian vs. Lynch Board 8: Condon vs. Gladding Board 9: Haddad vs. Fratturelli Board 10: Meehan vs. Bastarache Board 11: Mathieu vs. Booker Board 12: Briggs vs. Hankard Board 13: Donahue vs. Steadman Board 14: Talcott vs. Burke Board 15: Parker vs. Biglow Board 16: Scanlon vs. Lingner Board 17: Whistler vs. R. McLaughlin Board 18: Kiser vs. O'Rourke Board 19: H. McLaughlin vs. Gawboy

REMINDER: Players must be present in Room C159 by by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 3 on May 31st.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 P.M.

May 24th, 2017
Chess: My Week at the Club #32 by Roger Cappallo
Roger Cappallo is back in action

Hello All,
After about a 3 month "vacation" I'm resuming my club videos with my first game of the 2017 club championship.
Maybe I'm a little rusty at this video production business, as I neglected to do the little astronomy segment along with the chess.
So here they are separately, for your viewing pleasure:
My Week at the Club #32: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFl0I6KrruQ
My Week at the Club #32 (astronomy addendum): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vR4RK1ZdnY
Cheers,
Roger
See this & all of Roger Cappallo's other videos at Roger's YouTube Channel

May 20th, 2017
Diego Ubiera runner-up in Waltham CC blitz tournament

Diego Ubiera, one of the Wachusett Chess Club's highest-rated players, made his debut Friday night, May 19, at the Waltham Chess Club, where he finished as runner-up in the Waltham May Game/5 tournament. Diego scored 7-3 and faced five opponents in the 13-player event, winning two games each against three of them, drawing two games against one other, but losing two games to the ultimate tournament winner, master Sherif Khater, who tallied 10-0.
-George M

May 17th, 2017
2017 WCC 'A' Championship
Round 1 of 7

WCC 'A' Championship, May 17th, 2017
Round 1 of 7 Results
WhiteResultBlack
♔ Ray Paulson 1-0Brett Kildahl
Gary Brassard 0-1Paul Godin
Mike Commisso 0-1Roger Cappallo
Alexander Venezia 0-1Ken Gurge
Total of 4 boards, 1 major upset ().

WCC 'A' Championship, May 17th, 2017
CURRENT STANDINGS After 1 Round
PlayerRatingWLDPts.Pct.
Godin200210011.000
Paulson199210011.000
Cappallo196910011.000
Gurge 178010011.000
Kildahl21720100 .000
Brassard18180100 .000
Venezia17100100 .000
Commisso16990100 .000


Projected Round 2 Pairings for May 24th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Godin vs. Paulson Board 2: Kildahl vs. Commisso Board 3: Venezia vs. Brassard POSTPONED: Cappallo vs. Gurge

May 17th, 2017
2017 WCC 'B' Championship
Round 1 of 7

WCC 'B' Championship, May 17th, 2017
Round 1 of 7 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Rob King 1-0Jim Hankard
Jim Donahue 0-1Diego Ubiera
George Mirijanian 1-0Bill Burke
♔ Tom Fratturelli 1-0Larry Gladding
Kevork Haddad 1-0John Bastarache
Brian Biglow 0-1Arthur Barlas
Dave Couture 1-0Don Briggs
Randy McLaughlin 0-1Ralph McNeilage
Mike Meehan 0-1♔ Wayne Steadman
♔ Stan Talcott 1-0Jackson Parker
Roland Booker 1-0Larry O'Rourke
Hugh McLaughlin 0-1Alan Condon
Walter Paton 1-0Emily Gawboy
Total of 13 boards, 3 major upsets ().

♝ Receiving half-point byes were Paul Lynch, Bob Mathieu, Francis Scanlon and Tom Whistler.
♖ Not playing round 1 were Gail Lingner, Ritvik Pulya, Andrew Kiser and Raaga Pulya.

WCC 'B' Championship, May 17th, 2017
CURRENT STANDINGS After 1 Round
PointsPlayers
1.0King, Ubiera, Mirijanian, Haddad, Barlas, Couture, McNeilage, Booker, Condon, Paton, Fratturelli, Steadman, Talcott
0.5Lynch, Mathieu, Scanlon, Whistler
0.0Gladding, Meehan, Parker, Hankard, Donahue, Burke, Bastarache, Lingner, Biglow, Briggs, R. McLaughlin,
O'Rourke, H. McLaughlin, Ri. Pulya, Kiser, Ra. Pulya


Projected Round 2 Pairings for May 24th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 4: McNeilage vs. King Board 5: Ubiera vs. Booker Board 6: Condon vs. Mirijanian Board 7: Paton vs. Haddad Board 8: Barlas vs. Fratturelli Board 9: Steadman vs. Couture Board 10: Lynch vs. Talcott Board 11: Whistler vs. Scanlon Board 12: Gladding vs. Biglow Board 13: Briggs vs. Meehan Board 14: Parker vs. R. McLaughlin Board 15: Hankard vs. H. McLaughlin Board 16: O'Rourke vs. Donahue Board 17: Burke vs. Ri. Pulya Board 18: Bastarache vs. Ra. Pulya Board 19: Gawboy vs. Lingner

♙ The Wachusett Chess Club welcomes Kevork Haddad of Hollis, NH,
Kevork is a 2nd Category player with a current rating of 1857 & an all-time high rating of 1947.

REMINDER: Players in the "B" Division must be present in Room C159 by by 7:10 P.M.
in order to be paired for Round 2 on May 24th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 P.M.

May 17th, 2017
2014 Wachusett CC members with updated ratings

The USCF did a re-rating of a couple of events. So, these are the rating updates for 05/17/17:
-George M

Here are their rating updates:
♙   ♝   ♘   ♜   ♘   ♟   Wednesday May 17, 2017 Tournament Rerating Updates   ♗   ♞   ♖   ♞   ♗   ♟
USCFID#: WCC Member NameEnd DateMost Recent Rated TournamentSection: NamePre => PostClass
12459389: PAUL L GODIN2017-05-10MARTIN LAINE MEMORIAL 2017 (MA)1: MARTIN LAINE 2017 1971 => 2002 Exp
12896953: VINCENT A BRADLEY III2017-05-083RD ANNUAL KCC PETER DUPUY REM (NH)1: 3RD ANNUAL 1803 => 1812 A
10014239: ARTHUR BARLAS2017-05-10MARTIN LAINE MEMORIAL 2017 (MA)1: MARTIN LAINE 2017 1781 => 1793 B
12465223: EDWARD ARTHUR HARRIS2017-05-10MARTIN LAINE MEMORIAL 2017 (MA)1: MARTIN LAINE 2017 1724 => 1715 B
12525099: MICHAEL COMMISSO2017-05-10MARTIN LAINE MEMORIAL 2017 (MA)1: MARTIN LAINE 2017 1679 => 1699 B
15780663: FRANCOIS GAUTHIER2017-05-083RD ANNUAL KCC PETER DUPUY REM (NH)1: 3RD ANNUAL 1631 => 1650 B
12633241: JAMES E DONAHUE2017-05-10MARTIN LAINE MEMORIAL 2017 (MA)1: MARTIN LAINE 2017 1636 => 1599 C
12596228: STANFORD TALCOTT2017-05-10MARTIN LAINE MEMORIAL 2017 (MA)1: MARTIN LAINE 201 1366 => 1353 D

May 17th, 2017
Ratings in effect the 2017 WCC B Championship

Round 1 of the 2017 WCC B Championship will be played Wednesday, May 17, in Room C159 in the McKay Complex at Fitchburg State University. Players must be present by 7:10 p.m. in order to be paired for Round 1. Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 p.m. Players who know they won't be there and wish to receive a half-point bye, please let Larry Gladding (lgladding@msn.com) and me (miriling2@aol.com) know by 7 p.m.
-George M

♔   ♛   ♖   ♝   ♘   ♞   ♗   ♜   ♕   ♚   The following ratings are in effect for
the 2017 WCC B Championship tournament:
1Rob King 2183
2Geoff LePoer 1960
3Diego Ubiera 1928
4George Mirijanian 1924
5Larry Gladding 1870
6Vlad Gaciu 1835
7Vince Bradley 1812
8Arthur Barlas 1794
9Dave Thomas 1745
10Ed Harris 1724
11Dave Couture 1715
12Seeth Ganesan 1712
13Ralph McNeilage 1686
14Mike Meehan 1680
15Paul Lynch 1667
16Jackson Parker 1663
17Francois Gauthier 1650
18Roland Booker 1624
19Alan Condon 1607
20Jim Hankard 1600
21Jim Donahue 1600
22Walter Paton 1600
23George Miller
(USCF expired)
1597
24Bill Burke 1584
25Tom Fratturelli 1564
26David Svolba 1553
27John Bastarache 1541
28Andrew Su 1530
29Gail Lingner
(USCF expires June 2017)
1500
30Brian Biglow
(USCF expires June 2017)
1480
31Nik Lavoie 1475
32Bob Mathieu 1468
33Don Briggs 1448
34Randy McLaughlin
(USCF expires June 2017)
1410
35Stan Talcott 1395
36Vince Premus 1392
37Wayne Steadman 1385
38Larry O'Rourke 1305
39Nicholas Anderson 1295
40Hugh McLaughlin 1274
41Ritvik Pulya 1215
42Kandy Lynch 1200
43Francis Scanlon 1101
44Emily Gawboy 1098
45Andrew Kiser 1030
46Martin Bowers 1012
47Tom Whistler 950
48Duncan Premus 843
49Raaga Pulya 467

May 10th, 2017

Godin sweeps Martin Laine Memorial 4-0!

Martin Laine Memorial, May 10th, 2017
Round 4 of 4 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Geoff LePoer 0-1Paul Godin
Brett Kildahl 1-0Larry Gladding
Diego Ubiera 1/2-1/2Roger Cappallo
Ray Paulson 1-0Ralph McNeilage
Arthur Barlas 1-0Roland Booker
♔ Walter Paton 1-0Dave Couture
Tom Fratturelli 0-1Ken Gurge
Bill Burke 1/2-1/2Alexander Venezia
Mike Commisso 1-0Jim Hankard
Don Briggs 0-1Rob King
Jim Donahue 0-1John Bastarache
Alan Condon 1-0Wayne Steadman
Francis Scanlon 0-1Ritvik Pulya
Brian Biglow 1-0Emily Gawboy
Raaga Pulya 0-1Randy McLaughlin
Hugh McLaughlin 1-0Tom Whistler
Total of 16 boards, 1 major upset ().

♖ Not playing round 4 were George Mirijanian, Gary Brassard, Ed Harris, Mike Meehan, Bob Mathieu,
Gail Lingner, Stan Talcott and Larry O'Rourke.
♙ Andrew Kiser withdrew from the tournament.

Martin Laine Memorial, May 10th, 2017
FINAL STANDINGS After 4 Rounds
PointsPlayers
4.0Godin
3.5Kildahl
3.0Paulson, Cappallo, LePoer, Ubiera, Barlas, Paton
2.5Gladding, Gurge, Commisso
2.0King, Mirijanian, Brassard, Couture, McNeilage, Venezia, Booker, Condon, Burke, Bastarache
1.5Harris, Meehan, Hankard, Fratturelli, Biglow, Mathieu, Ri. Pulya
1.0Donahue, Lingner, Briggs, R. McLaughlin, Talcott, Steadman, H. McLaughlin, Scanlon
0.5O'Rourke, Gawboy
0.0Whistler, Ra. Pulya

♔ 2017 Martin Laine Memorial PRIZE WINNERS ♔
1st: ♔ Paul Godin of Bedford
2nd: Brett Kildahl of Worcester
Top U1850: Arthur Barlas of Chelmsford
Top U1650: Walter Paton of Leominster
Top U1450: Bob Mathieu of Ashburnham, Ritvik Pulya of Acton

Pictures from this year's Martin Laine Memorial tournament.


Wednesday, May 17 will be the start of the Wachusett CC Championship, an 8-player round robin,
with the following players who qualified to compete for the 2017 club crown:
Brett Kildahl, Paul Godin, Ray Paulson, Roger Cappallo,
Gary Brassard, Ken Gurge, Alex Venezia, & Mike Commisso.

In keeping with a long standing tradition of the Wachusett Chess Club, dating back to the Summer of 2014,
duplicate score sheets will be distributed to all players in the Championship Section.
A copy of each player's score sheet must be handed in at the end of each round.
(Note: This is covered in Rule 15G of the USCF Official Rules of Chess.)
Game scores will not be posted (in the Games Section) until all championship games are completed.

♔ 2017 Wachusett Chess Club Championship: ♔
Schedule of Rounds


 Round 1 - May 17, 2017:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Paulson (6) vs. Kildahl (2) Board 2: Brassard (5) vs. Godin (3) Board 3: Commisso (7) vs. Cappallo (1) Board 4: Venezia (4) vs. Gurge (8)


Round 2 - May 24, 2017:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board ?: Godin (3) vs. Paulson (6) Board ?: Kildahl (2) vs. Commisso (7) Board ?: Venezia (4) vs. Brassard (5) Board ?: Cappallo (1) vs. Gurge (8) - POSTPONED

Round 3 - May 31, 2017:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board ?: Venezia (4) vs. Kildahl (2) Board ?: Paulson (6) vs. Commisso (7) Board ?: Godin (3) vs. Gurge (8) Board ?: Brassard (5) vs. Cappallo (1) - POSTPONED

Round 4 - June 7, 2017:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board ?: Kildahl (2) vs. Godin (3) Board ?: Gurge (8) vs. Paulson (6) Board ?: Cappallo (1) vs. Venezia (4) Board ?: Commisso (7) vs. Brassard (5)

Round 5 - June 14, 2017:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board ?: Godin (3) vs. Cappallo (1) Board ?: Kildahl (2) vs. Gurge (8) Board ?: Brassard (5) vs. Paulson (6) Board ?: Venezia (4) vs. Commisso (7)

Round 6 - June 21, 2017:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board ?: Cappallo (1) vs. Kildahl (2) Board ?: Paulson (6) vs. Venezia (4) Board ?: Commisso (7) vs. Godin (3) Board ?: Gurge (8) vs. Brassard (5) - POSTPONED

Round 7 -June 28, 2017:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board ?: Cappallo (1) vs. Paulson (6) Board ?: Kildahl (2) vs. Brassard (5) Board ?: Godin (3) vs. Venezia (4) Board ?: Gurge (8) vs. Commisso (7)

REMINDER: The 2017 Wachusett CC Championship starts Wednesday, May 17th.
Held in two sections:
An 8-player single round robin for qualifiers ("A" Division) and a 7-round Swiss for non-qualifiers ("B" Division).
Players must be present by 7:10 p.m. in order to be paired for Round 1.
Players running late who wish to be pared MUST CALL by 7 p.m.
Clocks for players in the "A" Division will automatically be started at 7:15 p.m.,
regardless of whether the players are present by 7:10 p.m. or not.

May 6th, 2017
FATV Lifetime Achievement Award For George

George Mirijanian is receiving the Lifetime Achievement award at FATV's Boulder Awards, Thursday May 11th at Oak Hill Country Club. If you'd like to attend to celebrate tickets are available until this Friday, May 5th.
Meal choices are: Filet, Chicken Piccata or Vegetarian Pasta and are $30 each.

For more information, contact Anne Bisbee, operations manager (anne@fatv.org), or Glenn C. Fossa, executive director at 978-343-0834. http://www.fatv.org
It would be great to see a big turnout from the club members!
-David Couture


May 5th, 2017
Wachusett CC's Brett Kildahl wins Absolutely Awesome April Swiss

Brett Kildahl, one of the Wachusett Chess Club's highest-rated players, scored another victory in his chess career by scoring 4-0 to win the Absolutely Awesome April Swiss tournament, held Thursday nights, April 6-27, at the Greater Worcester Chess Club at the Hibernian Cultural Center in Worcester. Kildahl paved the way to victory by defeating Class B player Donna Alarie, expert Mike Odell, Class A entrant Muharrem Brahimaj and FM John Curdo respectively in the 8-player event. He finished 1.5 points ahead of his closest rival, Odell, who took clear 2nd place. The other players he beat all tallied 2-2 and tied for 3rd place.
-George M

[WCC member, Ralph McNeilage also played in the event.]


May 4th, 2017
2017 Club Championship Qualification Standings

One game to go, 3 still vie for spot

2017 Club Championship Qualification Standings as of May 4th, 2017
After 43 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 more than 20.5 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.Brett Kildahl215236032.0.865
2.Paul Godin196741031.5.768
3.Gary Brassard181342027.5.655
4.Ray Paulson199634026.0.765
5.Alexander Venezia171242024.5.583
6.Roger Cappallo197034023.5.691
7.Ken Gurge176342023.5.560
8.Larry Gladding187930021.5.717
9.Mike Commisso168541021.0.512
10.Jim Donahue163638021.0.553

May 3rd, 2017
2017 Martin Laine Memorial
Round 3 of 4

Martin Laine Memorial, May 3rd, 2017
Round 3 of 4 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Geoff LePoer 1-0Ray Paulson
Paul Godin 1-0Gary Brassard
Brett Kildahl 1-0Mike Commisso
Roger Cappallo 1-0Ken Gurge
Alex Venezia 0-1Diego Ubiera
Larry Gladding 1-0Bob Mathieu
Jim Hankard 1/2-1/2Ed Harris
Dave Couture 1-0Alan Condon
John Bastarache 0-1Ralph McNeilage
Walter Paton 1-0Jim Donahue
Roland Booker 1-0Don Briggs
Tom Fratturelli 1-0Brian Biglow
Bill Burke 1-0Ritvik Pulya
Gail Lingner 1/2-1/2♖ Francis Scanlon
Stan Talcott 1-0Raaga Pulya
Tom Whistler 0-1Wayne Steadman
Total of 16 boards, 1 upset draw ()

♗ Receiving half-point byes were George Mirijanian, Arthur Barlas, Mike Meehan, Randy McLaughlin,
Larry O'Rourke, Emily Gawboy and Andrew Kiser.
♝ Also not playing the round and declining a half-point bye was Hugh McLaughlin.
♙ Withdrawn from the tournament were Rob King, Vlad Gaciu and Francois Gauthier.

Martin Laine Memorial, May 3rd, 2017
CURRENT STANDINGS After 3 Rounds
PointsPlayers
3.0Godin, LePoer
2.5Kildahl, Cappallo, Ubiera, Gladding
2.0Paulson, Mirijanian, Brassard, Barlas, Couture, McNeilage, Booker, Paton
1.5Gurge, Harris, Venezia, Meehan, Commisso, Hankard, Fratturelli, Burke, Mathieu
1.0Donahue, Condon, Bastarache, Lingner, Briggs, Talcott, Steadman, Scanlon
0.5Biglow, R. McLaughlin, O'Rourke, Ri. Pulya, Gawboy, Kiser
0.0H. McLaughlin, Whistler, Ra. Pulya


Projected Round 4 Pairings for May 10th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: LePoer vs. Godin Board 2: Kildahl vs. Gladding Board 3: Ubiera vs. Cappallo Board 4: Paulson vs. McNeilage Board 5: Mirijanian vs. Couture Board 6: Brassard vs. Booker Board 7: Barlas vs. Paton Board 8: Commisso vs. Gurge Board 9: Harris vs. Fratturelli Board 10: Mathieu vs. Venezia Board 11: Meehan vs. Hankard Board 12: Donahue vs. Burke Board 13: Condon vs. Talcott Board 14: Briggs vs. Bastarache Board 15: Steadman vs. Lingner Board 16: Scanlon vs. O'Rourke Board 17: Biglow vs. Gawboy Board 18: Ri. Pulya vs. Kiser Board 19: Ra. Pulya vs. R. McLaughlin Board 20: H. McLaughlin vs. Whistler

♙ The Wachusett Chess Club welcomes three new members from Acton:
Sastry Pulya, his son Ritvik Pulya and his daughter Raaga Pulya.

REMINDER: Players must be present in Room C159 by by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 4 on May 10th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 P.M.

May 2nd, 2017
2014 Wachusett CC Champ among prize winners in 2017 Eastern Class Championships

Carissa Yip, champion of the Wachusett Chess Club in 2014, was among the prize winners in the 26th Eastern Class Championships, held April 28-30 at the Host Hotel at Cedar Lake in Sturbridge, Mass. The 13-year-old Woman FIDE master from Andover tallied 3-2 (two wins, two draws, one loss) to tie for 4th place in the 22-player Master section of the 278-player tournament. In addition to sharing 4th-place prize money, Carissa also cashed in on 2nd-place prize money in the Mixed Doubles competition, where she and Class A section 1st-place prize winner Anton Barash (5-0) teamed up and scored 8 points out of 10. Carissa's total prize winnings exceeded that of three GMs with whom she tied for 4th place in the Master section. They included Georgian GM Giorgi Kacheishvili (2663) and GM Irina Krush (2513), both of New York, and Israeli GM Gil Popilski (2633) of Texas.
-George M

Carissa was among nine active & inactive WCC members who played in the 2017 Eastern Class Championships tournament held this past weekend.

Here are their rating updates:
♙   ♝   ♘   ♜   ♘   ♟   Tuesday May 2, 2017 Eastern Class Championships Rating Updates   ♗   ♞   ♖   ♞   ♗   ♟
USCFID#: WCC Member NameEnd DateMost Recent Rated TournamentSection: NamePre => PostClass
14514636: CARISSA SHIWEN YIP2017-04-3026TH ANNUAL EASTERN CLASS CHAM (MA)1: MASTER 2355 => 2354 NM
12924445: BRETT KILDAHL2017-04-3026TH ANNUAL EASTERN CLASS CHAM (MA)2: EXPERT 2144 => 2152 Exp
12853032: CHRISTOPHER WOOD2017-04-3026TH ANNUAL EASTERN CLASS CHAM (MA)1: MASTER 2115 => 2140 Exp
12890962: NOWELL SHEINWALD2017-04-3026TH ANNUAL EASTERN CLASS CHAM (MA)3: A 1987 => 1999 A
13526267: ERIC STRICKLAND2017-04-3026TH ANNUAL EASTERN CLASS CHAM (MA)3: A 1839 => 1789 B
12465223: EDWARD ARTHUR HARRIS2017-04-3026TH ANNUAL EASTERN CLASS CHAM (MA)4: B 1744 => 1734 B
13250463: JOSEPH BENNETT2017-04-3026TH ANNUAL EASTERN CLASS CHAM (MA)4: B 1695 => 1670 B
12633241: JAMES E DONAHUE2017-04-3026TH ANNUAL EASTERN CLASS CHAM (MA)4: B 1649 => 1636 B
12222200: JAMES A HANKARD2017-04-3026TH ANNUAL EASTERN CLASS CHAM (MA)4: B 1607 => 1622 B

April 27th, 2017
2017 Club Championship Qualification Standings

WCC Championship Grand Prix race still tight

With only two games remaining in the 2016-2017 season, the race to qualify for the WCC Championship is still too close to call. The top six players in the Grand Prix race will definitely qualify, however there remains considerable uncertainty as to just who will fill those last two slots. Since both Mike Commisso & Jim Donahue currently have 21 GPP, Reigning co-champ, Roger Cappallo needs another half point out of his next two games to be sure of a spot. If Larry Gladding can acquire half a point more than the Commisso/Donahue duo, then Larry could match their score & thereby qualify by virtue of his higher USCF rating, which would break the tie. Dave Couture could make it onto the list if he wins both of his remaining two games AND Commisso Donahue & Gladding lose (Byes count as zero GPP.) both of their remaining games.

Of no small interest to competitors who qualify for the Championship is the surprising list of players who will not qualify this year (unless someone drops out at the last minute). By opting to take a bye in round 2 of the Martin Laine Memorial tournament this week, both 17-Time WCC Champion, George Mirijanian, & strong Class A player, Diego Ubiera of Fitchburg, (with a season winning precentage of .841, second only to Candidate Master, Brett Kildahl) will be unable to qualify regardless of results in the remaining two games. Also noteworthy is relative newcomer & strong competitor, Ralph McNeilage, of Worcester, whose loss to Geoff LePoer this Wednesday leaves him with only 18.5 GPP & not enough games remaining to reach the top 8.

2017 Club Championship Qualification Standings as of April 27th, 2017
After 42 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 more than 18 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.Brett Kildahl214436031.0.861
2.Paul Godin196740030.5.763
3.Gary Brassard181341027.5.671
4.Ray Paulson203333026.0.788
5.Alexander Venezia171241024.5.598
6.Ken Gurge176341023.5.573
7.Roger Cappallo197033022.5.682
8.Mike Commisso168540021.0.525
9.Jim Donahue165437021.0.568
10.Larry Gladding187929020.5.707
11.Dave Couture173033019.0.576
* 12.George Mirijanian192025018.5.740
* 13.Diego Ubiera191722018.5.841
* 14.Ralph McNeilage171430018.5.617

April 26th, 2017
2017 Martin Laine Memorial
Round 2 of 4

Martin Laine Memorial, April 26th, 2017
Round 2 of 4 Results
WhiteResultBlack
♖ Ken Gurge 1/2-1/2Brett Kildahl
Ray Paulson 1-0Dave Couture
Ed Harris 0-1Paul Godin
Roger Cappallo 1/2-1/2Alex Venezia
Ralph McNeilage 0-1Geoff LePoer
Mike Meehan 0-1Gary Brassard
Larry Gladding 1-0Bill Burke
Mike Commisso 1-0Brian Biglow
Bob Mathieu 1-0Tom Fratturelli
Jim Donahue 1-0Stan Talcott
Randy McLaughlin 0-1Roland Booker
Alan Condon 1-0Larry O'Rourke
Wayne Steadman 0-1Jim Hankard
John Bastarache 1-0Emily Gawboy
Hugh McLaughlin 0-1Walter Paton
Don Briggs 1-0Whistler
Total of 16 boards, 1 upset draw ()

♝ Receiving half-point byes were George Mirijanian, Diego Ubiera, Arthur Barlas, Rob King, Vlad Gaciu,
Francois Gauthier, Gail Lingner and Francis Scanlon.
♖ Not playing round 2 and declining a half-point bye was Andrew Kiser.
♜ Seeth Ganesan and Martin Bowers withdrew from the tournament.

Martin Laine Memorial, April 26th, 2017
CURRENT STANDINGS After 2 Rounds
PointsPlayers
2.0Paulson, Godin, LePoer, Brassard
1.5Kildahl, Cappallo, Mirijanian, Ubiera, Gladding, Barlas, Gurge, Venezia, Commisso, Mathieu
1.0King, Gaciu, Harris, Couture, McNeilage, Meehan, Donahue, Gauthier, Booker, Condon, Hankard, Bastarache, Paton, Briggs
0.5Fratturelli, Burke, Lingner, Biglow, Scanlon
0.0R. McLaughlin, Talcott, Steadman, O'Rourke, H. McLaughlin, Gawboy, Kiser, Whistler


Projected Round 3 Pairings for May 3rd:

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

♗ Requesting a half-point bye for Round 3 is R. McLaughlin.
♝ H. McLaughlin is declining a bye for Round 3.
♘ King, Gaciu and Gauthier will be paired if they show up for Round 3.

REMINDER: Players must be present in Room C159 by by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 3 on May 3rd.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 P.M.

April 24th, 2017
A trio of Wachusett CC Champs compete at 27th Mass G/60 Championship

Seven active & inactive WCC members played in the Mass Game/60 Championship tournament held this past Sunday, April 23rd. Among them were 2014 WCC Champ, Carissa Yip, 2011 WCC Champ Rob King, & reigning WCC Co-Champ, Roger Cappallo.

Here are their rating updates:
♙   ♝   ♘   ♜   ♘   ♟   Tuesday April 25, 2017 Mass G/60 2017 Rating Updates   ♗   ♞   ♖   ♞   ♗   ♟
USCFID#: WCC Member NameEnd DateMost Recent Rated TournamentSection: NamePre => PostClass
14514636: CARISSA SHIWEN YIP2017-04-2327TH MASSACHUSETTS G/60 CHAMPI (MA)1: OPEN 2354 => 2355 NM
12681247: ROBERT KING2017-04-2327TH MASSACHUSETTS G/60 CHAMPI (MA)1: OPEN 2201 => 2195 Exp
12890962: NOWELL RYAN SHEINWALD2017-04-2327TH MASSACHUSETTS G/60 CHAMPI (MA)2: U2000 1956 => 1987 A
10011965: ROGER J CAPPALLO2017-04-2327TH MASSACHUSETTS G/60 CHAMPI (MA)2: U2000 1965 => 1970 A
10008191: JOHN W MARTIN2017-04-2327TH MASSACHUSETTS G/60 CHAMPI (MA)3: U1800 1781 => 1760 B
13250463: JOSEPH BENNETT2017-04-2327TH MASSACHUSETTS G/60 CHAMPI (MA)3: U1800 1669 => 1695 B
12877246: DAVID W MARTIN2017-04-2327TH MASSACHUSETTS G/60 CHAMPI (MA)3: U1800 1635 => 1652 B
Tony Cortizas' pictures from the event

April 13th, 2017
2017 Club Championship Qualification Standings

2017 Club Championship Qualification Standings as of April 20th, 2017
After 41 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 17 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.Brett Kildahl214435030.5.871
2.Paul Godin196739029.5.756
3.Gary Brassard181340026.5.663
4.Ray Paulson203332025.0.781
5.Alexander Venezia171240024.0.600
6.Ken Gurge176340023.0.575
7.Roger Cappallo196532022.0.688
8.Mike Commisso168539020.0.513
9.Jim Donahue165436020.0.556
10.Larry Gladding187928019.5.696
11.Dave Couture173032019.0.594
* 12.George Mirijanian192025018.5.740
* 13.Diego Ubiera191722018.5.841
* 14.Ralph McNeilage171429018.5.638
* 15.Ed Harris174431017.5.565
* 16.Jim Hankard160737017.5.473

April 19th, 2017
2017 Martin Laine Memorial
Round 1 of 4

Martin Laine Memorial, April 19th, 2017
Round 1 of 4 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Brett Kildahl 1-0Jim Donahue
Roland Booker 0-1Ray Paulson
Paul Godin 1-0Alan Condon
Jim Hankard 0-1Roger Cappallo
Geoff LePoer 1-0John Bastarache
Walter Paton 0-1George Mirijanian
Diego Ubiera 1-0Gail Lingner
♖ Brian Biglow 1/2-1/2Larry Gladding
Gary Brassard 1-0Don Briggs
Stan Talcott 0-1Arthur Barlas
Ken Gurge 1-0Wayne Steadman
Larry O'Rourke 0-1Ed Harris
Dave Couture 1-0Hugh McLaughlin
Emily Gawboy 0-1Ralph McNeilage
Alex Venezia 1-0Francis Scanlon
Tom Whistler 0-1Mike Meehan
Total of 16 boards, 1 upset draw ()

♝ Receiving half-point byes were Rob King, Vlad Gaciu, Seeth Ganesan, Mike Commisso, Francois Gauthier,
Tom Fratturelli, Bill Burke and Bob Mathieu.
♖ Not playing round 1 were Randy McLaughlin, Andrew Kiser and Martin Bowers.

Martin Laine Memorial, April 19th, 2017
CURRENT STANDINGS After 1 Round
PointsPlayers
1.0Kildahl, Paulson, Godin, Cappallo, LePoer, Mirijanian, Ubiera, Brassard,
Barlas, Gurge, Harris, Couture, McNeilage, Venezia, Meehan
0.5King, Gladding, Gaciu, Ganesan, Commisso, Gauthier, Fratturelli, Burke, Biglow, Mathieu
0.0Donahue, Booker, Condon, Hankard, Bastarache, Paton, Lingner, Briggs, R. McLaughlin,
Talcott, Steadman, O'Rourke, H. McLaughlin, Gawboy, Scanlon, Kiser, Bowers, Whistler.


Projected Round 2 Pairings for April 26th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Brassard vs. Kildahl Board 2: Paulson vs. Gurge Board 3: Harris vs. Godin Board 4: Cappallo vs. Couture Board 5: McNeilage vs. LePoer Board 6: Mirijanian vs. Venezia Board 7: Meehan vs. Ubiera Board 8: Gauthier vs. King Board 9: Gladding vs. Fratturelli Board 10: Gaciu vs. Burke Board 11: Ganesan vs. Biglow Board 12: Commisso vs. Mathieu Board 13: Donahue vs. Talcott Board 14: Steadman vs. Booker Board 15: Condon vs. O'Rourke Board 16: H. McLaughlin vs. Hankard Board 17: Bastarache vs. Gawboy Board 18: Scanlon vs. Paton Board 19: Lingner vs. Kiser Board 20: Briggs vs. Bowers Board 21: R. McLaughlin vs. Whistler

♗ Barlas is requesting a half-point bye for Round 2.

REMINDER: Players must be present in Room C159 by by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 2 on April 26th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 P.M.

April 18th, 2017
Ratings in effect for Martin Laine Memorial

Round 1 of the Martin Laine Memorial will be played Wednesday, April 19, in Room C159 in the McKay Complex at Fitchburg State University. Players must be present by 7:10 p.m. in order to be paired for Round 1. Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 p.m. Players who know they won't be there and wish to receive a half-point bye, please let Larry Gladding (lgladding@msn.com) and me (miriling2@aol.com) know by 7 p.m.
-George M

♔   ♛   ♖   ♝   ♘   ♞   ♗   ♜   ♕   ♚   The following ratings are in effect for
the Martin Laine Memorial tournament:
12201 Rob King
22144 Brett Kildahl
32033 Ray Paulson
41967 Paul Godin
51965 Roger Cappallo
61949 Geoff LePoer
71920 George Mirijanian
81917 Diego Ubiera
91879 Larry Gladding
101835 Vlad Gaciu
111813 Gary Brassard
121803 Vince Bradley
131781 Arthur Barlas
141763 Ken Gurge
151745 Dave Thomas
161744 Ed Harris
171730 Dave Couture
181714 Ralph McNeilage
191712 Alexander Venezia
201712 Seeth Ganesan
211691 Mike Meehan
221685 Mike Commisso
231663 Jackson Parker
241654 Jim Donahue
251631 Francois Gauthier
261619 Roland Booker
271611 Alan Condon
281607 Jim Hankard
291597 George Miller
301585 Tom Fratturelli
311578 Bill Burke
321553 David Svolba
331538 Andrew Su
341529 John Bastarache
351508 Walter Paton
361502 Gail Lingner
371485 Brian Biglow
381475 Nik Lavoie
391462 Don Briggs
401441 Bob Mathieu
411420 Randy McLaughlin
421411 Stan Talcott
431407 Wayne Steadman
441392 Vince Premus
451317 Larry O'Rourke
461295 Nicholas Anderson
471277 Hugh McLaughlin
481109 Emily Gawboy
491099 Francis Scanlon
501030 Andrew Kiser
511012 Martin Bowers
52991 Tom Whistler
53843 Duncan Premus

REMINDER: Randi Malcuit of Stateline Chess will be at the club Wednesday (4/19)
with a selection of chess books and equipment for sale.
If interested, please bring cash.

April 14th, 2017
Interesting random chess related links

Every once in a while, a chess related story shows up in mainstream media. Sometimes I catch them; sometimes I don't. Here's a few that may be particularly interesting.

♗ 60 Minutes: Chess in the Bible Belt
http://en.chessbase.com/post/60-minutes-chess-in-the-bible-belt-2
The television show 60 Minutes featured the chess program in Franklin County, Mississippi (MS). Over 15 million viewers watched that episode (original air date March 26, 2017), which featured Dr. Jeff Bulington along with his chess-playing students and their proud parents. Bulington's chess program began in August of 2015 and is sponsored for ten years by an anonymous wealthy benefactor.

♔ Boris Spassky 2016 interview
This interview was conducted by Yuri Golyshak and Sergei Kruzhkov for their column Friday Talk in the Sport-Express newspaper in early 2016.

♖ Nashoba Jr. Chess Club
[I couldn't resist this one! Dr. Imre Toth is one of the most outstanding & respected chess competitors in NEw England from back in the good old days when all chess clocks were analog & Bobby Fischer was still a kid.]
"Dr. Imre Toth, our resident Master of Postal Chess, teaches game fundamentals prior to each session. New players are treated to hands-on instruction at the Beginners' Table. Following instruction, the games begin!"
"Chess makes you smart and good looking." -Dr. Toth

April 13th, 2017
2017 Club Championship Qualification Standings

2017 Club Championship Qualification Standings as of April 13th, 2017
After 40 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 16 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.Brett Kildahl214434029.5.868
2.Paul Godin196738028.5.750
3.Gary Brassard181339025.5.654
4.Ray Paulson203331024.0.774
5.Alexander Venezia171239023.0.590
6.Ken Gurge176339022.0.564
7.Roger Cappallo196530021.0.677
8.Mike Commisso168539020.0.513
9.Jim Donahue165435020.0.571
10.Larry Gladding187927019.0.704
11.Dave Couture173031018.0.581
* 12.George Mirijanian192024017.5.729
* 13.Diego Ubiera191721117.5.833
* 14.Ralph McNeilage171428017.5.625
* 15.Jim Hankard160736017.5.486
* 16.Ed Harris174430016.5.550
* Note: If Roger Cappallo acquires one more GPP {almost crtain}, AND either Mike Commisso or Jim Donahue can accumulate at least 2 more GPP in the remaining 4 games (i.e. a .500 pct. {highly likely}), then no one currently with fewer than 18 GPP will be able to qualify.

April 12th, 2017

King is King & new USCF Rated Master at Siiskonen Memorial

2011 Wachusett CC Champ, Robert King, of Framingham, not only topped the field in the 2017 Evert Siiskonen Memorial tournament with a solid 4.5/5 score, but in doing so raised his USCF rating to his new personal all time high of 2201, which qualifies him for the title of USCF National Life Master (norm achievements pending).

Evert Siiskonen Memorial, April 12th, 2017
Round 5 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Brett Kildahl 0-1Rob King
Paul Godin 1-0Ralph McNeilage
Ray Paulson 1-0Alex Venezia
Gary Brassard 0-1Roger Cappallo
Mike Commisso 1/2-1/2George Mirijanian
Jim Donahue 0-1Larry Gladding
John Bastarache 0-1Diego Ubiera
Ken Gurge 1/2-1/2D363*Don Briggs
Roland Booker 1-0Stan Talcott
Tom Fratturelli 1-0Brian Biglow
Arthur Barlas 1-0Larry O'Rourke
Emily Gawboy 0-1Bob Mahieu
Wayne Steadman 1-0Andrew Kiser
Francis Scanlon 0-1Hugh McLaughlin
Total of 14 boards, no major upsets.

♖ Not playing round 5 were Geoff LePoer, Vlad Gaciu, Mike Meehan, Francois Gauthier, Bill Burke, Randy McLaughlin, Seeth Ganesan,
Jim Hankard, Gail Lingner, Dave Couture, Alan Condon, Walter Paton, Andrew Su, Vince Premus, Tom Whistler, Martin Bowers and Duncan Premus.

Evert Siiskonen Memorial, April 12th, 2017
FINAL STANDINGS After 5 Rounds
PointsPlayers
4.5King
4.0Kildahl, Godin
3.5Paulson, Cappallo, Gladding
3.0LePoer, Mirijanian, Ubiera, McNeilage, Commisso
2.5Brassard, Gurge, Venezia, Donahue, Booker, Fratturelli, Briggs
2.0Gaciu, Barlas, Meehan, Gauthier, Burke, Bastarache, Mathieu, Steadman, Talcott, R. McLaughlin
1.5Ganesan, Hankard, Lingner, Biglow, O'Rourke
1.0Couture, Condon, Paton, Su, H. McLaughlin, Scanlon, Gawboy, Kiser
0.5V. Premus, Whistler
0.0Bowers, D. Premus

♔ 2017 Evert Siiskonen Memorial PRIZE WINNERS ♔
1st: Rob King of Framingham
2nd-3rd: Brett Kildahl of Worcester, Paul Godin of Bedford
Top U1900: Larry Gladding of Leominster
Top U1750: Ralph McNeilage of Worcester, Mike Commisso of Brookline, NH
Top U1600: Bill Burke of Leominster, John Bastarache of Fitchburg
Top U1450: Don Briggs of Lunenburg

Only one player
gained 50 or more rating points:
The following players had
a rating increase of
50 or more points:
Andrew Kiser + 57
A total of 3 players
reached new all time highs:
The following players achieved
a new all-time high rating:
Rob King 2201
Geoff LePoer 1949
Bill Burke 1578

Pictures from this year's Evert Siiskonen Memorial tournament.

REMINDER: The next tournament at the club, the Martin Laine Memorial, will begin Wednesday, April 19th.
Players must be present in Room C159 by by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 1 on April 19th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 P.M.

April 11th, 2017
WCC Members excel at NH Scholastic State Team Championships

Mascenic Chess Club Team Wins the NH State Championship!

On Saturday, April 8th, the Mascenic Chess Club traveled to Pelham to compete in the NH State Team Chess Championships. They played 4 rounds with our top four players battling against the top four players from other schools around southern New Hampshire. Mascenic entered three teams in three separate divisions, High School (grades 10-12), Junior High (grades 7-9) and Elementary (Grades 4-6).

The Elementary team placed 5th and the High School team placed 4th in their respective divisions. The Junior High team won its first three matches, and needed a draw or a win in their last match to secure 1st place. On the top two boards, Noah Rogers and Sebastian Tilton struggled with difficult positions against the Academy for Science and Design, and it looked like they would have to settle for 2nd place again this year. On boards three and four, however, Finn Rogers and Owen Hannah were slowly but surely grinding out winning positions, securing the draw for the team that ultimately earned them the 1st place trophy.

The junior high team collectively won twelve out of their sixteen games, beating out 2nd place World Academy and 3rd place Academy for Science and Design. Special recognition went to Finn Rogers for best performance on board three, winning all four of his games.
Congratulations to our NH State Champs & kudos to Boynton Middle School Chess Club Coach, Ed Rogers!
-Mascenic News

April 6th, 2017

GM Arthur Bisguier Dies at 87:
GM Arthur Bisguier












GM Arthur Bisguier, one of America's greatest chess players of the 20th century, died on Wednesday at the age of 87 while in a care facility in Framingham, Massachusetts. The cause of death was respiratory failure.
Arthur Bernard Bisguier was born in the Bronx on October 8, 1929. He was awarded the IM title in 1950 and the GM title in 1957.
He was one of the dominant tournament players in America in the 1950s. After winning several U.S. junior titles in the late 1940s, Bisguier became U.S. champion in 1954 and U.S. Open champion in 1950, 1956 and 1959. He won the Manhattan Chess Club Championship in 1948, 1949, 1957-58, 1958-59, 1967-68, and 1968-69.
He may have won even more, but served in the U.S. Army from 1951-1953.
In 2005, he was awarded the honorific "Dean of American Chess" by US Chess, supplanting GM Arnold Denker, who had passed away that same year. Bisguier held the status until his death. He was the oldest of 20 living U.S. chess champions, but not the oldest living American grandmaster (GM Pal Benko was born one year earlier).
GM Bisguier had been a regular active member of the Metrowest Chess Club in Natick MA until recently. For more coverage, visit:
https://www.chess.com/news/view/gm-arthur-bisguier-1929-2017-9997
The Wachusett Chess Club celebrated Bisguier's 80th birthday in October-November 2009 with an Arthur Bisguier Octogenarian Tribute tournament. He also is known to have played in one or more of the WCC sponsored
Central New England Open tournaments held from 1961 to 1986.

April 6th, 2017
2017 Club Championship Qualification Standings

2017 Club Championship Qualification Standings as of April 6th, 2017
After 39 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 15 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.Brett Kildahl213033029.5.894
2.Paul Godin195137027.5.743
3.Gary Brassard182838025.5.671
4.Ray Paulson203430023.0.767
5.Alexander Venezia172038023.0.605
6.Ken Gurge178638021.5.566
7.Roger Cappallo196530020.0.667
8.Jim Donahue164234020.0.588
9.Mike Commisso165338019.5.513
10.Larry Gladding187726018.0.692
11.Dave Couture176231018.0.581
12.Ralph McNeilage169627017.5.648
13.Jim Hankard160036017.5.486
14.George Mirijanian192623017.0.739
15.Diego Ubiera191220216.5.825
16.Ed Harris174430016.5.550
17.Dave Thomas174526015.5.596
18.Brian Biglow149138015.0.408

April 5th, 2017
2017 Evert Siiskonen Memorial
Round 4 of 5

Evert Siiskonen Memorial, April 5th, 2017
Round 4 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Brett Kildahl 1-0Paul Godin
Geoff LePoer 1/2-1/2Ray Paulson
Roger Cappallo 1/2-1/2♖ Mike Commisso
Gary Brassard 1/2-1/2Jim Donahue
Francois Gauthier 0-1Ralph McNeilage
Larry Gladding 1-0Tom Fratturelli
Mike Meehan 1/2-1/2Ken Gurge
Alexander Venezia 1-0Jim Hankard
Diego Ubiera 1-0Brian Biglow
Vlad Gaciu 1-0Bob Mathieu
Alan Condon 0-1♔ Don Briggs
♖ Larry O'Rourke 1/2-1/2Roland Booker
Stan Talcott 1-0Walter Paton
John Bastarache 1-0Wayne Steadman
Tom Whistler 0-1Gail Lingner
Hugh McLaughlin 0-1♕ Emily Gawboy
Total of 16 boards, 2 major upsets (), 2 upset draws ()

♝ Receiving half-point byes were Rob King, George Mirijanian, Seeth Ganesan and Andrew Su.
♖ Not playing round 4 were Randy McLaughlin, Dave Couture, Francis Scanlon, Andrew Kiser and Martin Bowers.
♜ Bill Burke withdrew from the tournament. Vince Premus and Duncan Premus had already withdrawn..

Evert Siiskonen Memorial, April 5th, 2017
CURRENT STANDINGS After 4 Rounds
PointsPlayers
4.0Kildahl
3.5King
3.0Godin, LePoer, McNeilage
2.5Paulson, Cappallo, Mirijanian, Gladding, Brassard, Venezia, Commisso, Donahue
2.0Ubiera, Gaciu, Gurge, Meehan, Gauthier, (Burke), Bastarache, Briggs, Talcott, R. McLaughlin
1.5Ganesan, Booker, Fratturelli, Hankard, Lingner, Biglow, O'Rourke
1.0Couture, Condon, Paton, Su, Mathieu, Steadman, Scanlon, Gawboy,Kiser
0.5(V. Premus), Whistler
0.0H. McLaughlin, Bowers, (D. Premus)


Projected Round 5 Pairings for April 12th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Kildahl vs. King Board 2: Godin vs. McNeilage Board 3: Paulson vs. Venezia Board 4: Brassard vs. Cappallo Board 5: Commisso vs. Mirijanian Board 6: Donahue vs. Gladding Board 7: Bastarache vs. Ubiera Board 8: Gurge vs. Talcott Board 9: Briggs vs. Meehan Board 10: Gauthier vs. R. McLaughlin Board 11: Hankard vs. Ganesan Board 12: Lingner vs. Booker Board 13: Fratturelli vs. Biglow Board 14: Couture vs. O'Rourke Board 15: Steadman vs. Condon Board 16: Scanlon vs. Paton Board 17: Gawboy vs. Su Board 18: Mathieu vs. Kiser Board 19: Bowers vs. H. McLaughlin

♖ Not playing Round 5 are LePoer, Gaciu and Whistler.

REMINDER: Players must be present in Room C159 by by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 5 on April 12th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 P.M.

March 31st, 2017
Carissa Yip competing in her second US Women's Championship

US Women's Championship coverage on YouTube
Carissa is at 1:15 (one hour, 15 minutes, lots of coverage), GM Yasser Seirawan, GM Maurice Ashley & WGM Jennifer Shahade covering, with post game comments from all the players.
-Joe Bennett

March 30th, 2017
Fitchburg State University Math Club chess tournament to be held on Tuesday, April 4

Fitchburg State University Math Club will be hosting a [presumably non-rated] chess tournament on Tuesday, April 4, in the Hammond Hall Campus Center [NOT the McKay building!] at the university. There may be an announcement about this event in the March 31 edition of the Leominster Champion.
The math club is offering a $25 first prize and a $15 second prize.
(Only FSU students & faculty members are eligible to win the prizes.)
Number of rounds & time control are TBD.
For details please contact Anthony Manganaro at: amangana@student.fitchburgstate.edu.

March 29th, 2017
2017 Evert Siiskonen Memorial
Round 3 of 5

Evert Siiskonen Memorial, March 29th, 2017
Round 3 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Rob King 1-0Roger Cappallo
Ray Paulson 0-1Brett Kildahl
Paul Godin 1-0Larry Gladding
Roland Booker 0-1George Mirijanian
Walter Paton 0-1Gary Brassard
Ken Gurge 1/2-1/2Jim Hankard
Seeth Ganesan 0-1♔ Bill Burke
Brian Biglow 1/2-1/2Alex Venezia
Ralph McNeilage 1-0John Bastarache
Bob Mathieu 0-1Mike Commisso
Jim Donahue 1-0Francis Scanlon
Wayne Steadman 0-1Francois Gauthier
Tom Fratturelli 1-0Tom Whistler
Don Briggs 1-0Martin Bowers
Hugh McLaughlin 0-1♔ Andy Kiser
Emily Gawboy 0-1Larry O'Rourke
Total of 16 boards, 2 major upsets ().

♝ Receiving half-point byes were Geoff LePoer, Randy McLaughlin, Mike Meehan, Dave Couture and Andrew Su.
♖ Not playing round 3 were Diego Ubiera, Stan Talcott and Gail Lingner.
♙ Vince Premus and Duncan Premus withdrew from the tournament.

Evert Siiskonen Memorial, March 29th, 2017
CURRENT STANDINGS After 3 Rounds
PointsPlayers
3.0King, Kildahl, Godin
2.5LePoer
2.0Paulson, Cappallo, Mirijanian, Brassard, McNeilage, Commisso, Donahue, Gauthier, Burke, R. McLaughlin
1.5Gladding, Gurge, Venezia, Meehan, Fratturelli, Hankard, Biglow
1.0Ubiera, Couture, Ganesan, Booker, Paton, Bastarache, Mathieu, Briggs, Steadman, Talcott, O'Rourke, Scanlon, Kiser
0.5Lingner, Su, (V. Premus), Whistler
0.0H. McLaughlin, Gawboy, Bowers, (D. Premus)


Projected Round 4 Pairings for April 5th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Kildahl vs. King Board 2: LePoer vs. Godin Board 3: Commisso vs. Paulson Board 4: Cappallo vs. McNeilage Board 5: Gauthier vs. Mirijanian Board 6: Brassard vs. Donahue Board 7: Gladding vs. Fratturelli Board 8: Meehan vs. Gurge Board 9: Venezia vs. Hankard Board 10: Ubiera vs. Biglow Board 11: Couture vs. Mathieu Board 12: Briggs vs. Ganesan Board 13: O'Rourke vs. Booker Board 14: Talcott vs. Paton Board 15: Bastarache vs. Steadman Board 16: Scanlon vs. Lingner Board 17: Whistler vs. H. McLaughlin Board 18: Bowers vs. Gawboy

♗ Receiving a half-point bye for Round 4 is Su.
♝ Burke, R. McLaughlin and Kiser are not playing round 4.
♙ The Wachusett Chess Club welcomes Roland Booker, of Fitchburg. Roland is a Second Category player with an all-time high rating for of 1895, which was his rating was when he played on Board 5 for the Wachusett CC in their match against the Framingham Chess Club on April 2, 1985 at the American Legion in Framingham.

REMINDER: Players must be present in Room C159 by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 4 on April 5th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 P.M.

March 24th, 2017
2017 Club Championship Qualification Standings

2017 Club Championship Qualification Standings as of March 24th, 2017
After 37 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 12.5 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.Brett Kildahl213031027.5.887
2.Paul Godin195135026.5.757
3.Gary Brassard182836024.0.667
4.Ray Paulson204828022.5.804
5.Alexander Venezia172036021.5.597
6.Ken Gurge178636020.5.569
7.Roger Cappallo196528019.5.696
8.Jim Donahue164732018.5.578
9.Dave Couture176231018.0.581
10.Mike Commisso165336018.0.500
11.Larry Gladding187724017.0.708
12.Jim Hankard160034017.0.500
13.Ed Harris174430016.5.550
14.George Mirijanian192622016.0.727
15.Diego Ubiera191219315.5.816
16.Dave Thomas174526015.5.596
17.Ralph McNeilage169625015.5.620
18.Brian Biglow149136015.0.417
19.John Bastarache153033014.0.424
20.Tom Fratturelli160528013.5.482
21.Mike Meehan169425013.0.520
22.Wayne Steadman139136012.5.347

March 22nd, 2017
2017 Evert Siiskonen Memorial
Round 2 of 5

Evert Siiskonen Memorial, March 22nd, 2017
Round 2 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
George Mirijanian 0-1Rob King
Brett Kildahl 1-0Ken Gurge
Gary Brassard 0-1Ray Paulson
Roger Cappallo 1-0Seeth Ganesan
Alexander Venezia 0-1Paul Godin
Geoff LePoer 1-0Mike Meehan
Larry Gladding 1-0Wayne Steadman
♔ Randy McLaughlin 1-0Tom Fratturelli
Mike Commisso 1-0Tom Whistler
Andrew Su 0-1Jim Donahue
Jim Hankard 1-0Don Briggs
Bill Burke 1-0Hugh McLaughlin
Larry O'Rourke 0-1Walter Paton
John Bastarache 1-0Emily Gawboy
Andrew Kiser 0-1Brian Biglow
Total of 15 boards, 1 major upset ().

♝ Receiving half-point byes were Diego Ubiera, Ralph McNeilage, Bob Mathieu, Francis Scanlon,
Dave Couture, Gail Lingner and Vince Premus.
♗ Declining half-point byes were Martin Bowers and Duncan Premus.

Evert Siiskonen Memorial, March 22nd, 2017
CURRENT STANDINGS After 2 Rounds
PointsPlayers
2.0King, Kildahl, Paulson, Cappallo, Godin, LePoer
1.5Gladding, R. McLaughlin
1.0Mirijanian, Ubiera, Brassard, Gurge, Ganesan, Venezia, McNeilage, Meehan, Commisso, Donahue, Hankard, Burke, Paton,
Bastarache, Biglow, Mathieu, Steadman, Scanlon
0.5Couture, Fratturelli, Lingner, V. Premus, Whistler
0.0Su, Briggs, H. McLaughlin, O'Rourke, Gawboy, Bowers, Kiser, D. Premus


Projected Round 3 Pairings for March 29th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: King vs. Cappallo Board 2: Paulson vs. Kildahl Board 3: Godin vs. Gladding Board 4: Gurge vs. R. McLaughlin Board 5: Donahue vs. Mirijanian Board 6: Ubiera vs. Hankard Board 7: Paton vs. Brassard Board 8: Ganesan vs. Burke Board 9: Biglow vs. Venezia Board 10: McNeilage vs. Bastarache Board 11: Meehan vs. Mathieu Board 12: Steadman vs. Commisso Board 13: Couture vs. Scanlon Board 14: Fratturelli vs. V. Premus Board 15: Whistler vs. Lingner Board 16: Gawboy vs. Su Board 17: Briggs vs. Bowers Board 18: H. McLaughlin vs. Kiser Board 19: D. Premus vs. O'Rourke

♗ Requesting a half-point bye for Round 3 is LePoer.

REMINDER: Players must be present by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 3 on March 29th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 P.M.

March 16th, 2017
2017 Club Championship Qualification Standings

2017 Club Championship Qualification Standings as of March 16th, 2017
After 36 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 13 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.Brett Kildahl213030026.5.883
2.Paul Godin194534025.5.750
3.Gary Brassard182835024.0.686
4.Ray Paulson204827021.5.796
5.Alexander Venezia172035021.5.614
6.Ken Gurge178635020.5.586
7.Roger Cappallo196527018.5.685
8.Dave Couture176231018.0.581
9.Jim Donahue167631017.5.565
10.Mike Commisso165335017.0.486
11.Ed Harris175430016.5.550
12.George Mirijanian192621116.0.762
13.Larry Gladding187723016.0.696
14.Jim Hankard160033016.0.485
15.Diego Ubiera191219315.5.816
16.Dave Thomas174526015.5.596
17.Ralph McNeilage169625015.5.620
18.Brian Biglow149135014.0.400
19.Tom Fratturelli160527013.5.500
20.Mike Meehan169424013.0.542

March 15th, 2017
2017 Evert Siiskonen Memorial
Round 1 of 5

Evert Siiskonen Memorial, March 15th, 2017
Round 1 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Rob King 1-0Mike Commisso
Jim Donahue 0-1Brett Kildahl
Ray Paulson 1-0Bill Burke
Walter Paton 0-1Roger Cappallo
Paul Godin 1-0John Bastarache
Brian Biglow 0-1Geoff LePoer
George Mirijanian 1-0Andrew Su
Don Briggs 0-1Gary Brassard
Ken Gurge 1-0Vince Premus
♔ Wayne Steadman 1-0Dave Couture
Seeth Ganesan 1-0Larry O'Rourke
Emily Gawboy 0-1Alex Venezia
Mike Meehan 1-0Duncan Premus
Total of 13 boards, 1 major upset ().

♝ Receiving half-point byes were Diego Ubiera, Larry Gladding, Ralph McNeilage, Tom Fratturelli,
Bob Mathieu, Randy McLaughlin, Francis Scanlon and Tom Whistler.
♗ Declining half-point byes were Jim Hankard, Gail Lingner, Hugh McLaughlin, Martin Bowers and Andrew Kiser.

Evert Siiskonen Memorial, March 15th, 2017
CURRENT STANDINGS After 1 Rounds
PointsPlayers
1.0King, Kildahl, Paulson, Cappallo, Godin, :LePoer, Mirijanian, Brassard, Gurge, Ganesan, Venezia, Meehan, Steadman
0.5Ubiera, Gladding, McNeilage, Fratturelli, Mathieu, R. McLaughlin, Scanlon, Whistler
0.0Couture, Commisso, Donahue, Hankard, Burke, Paton, Bastarache, Lingner, Biglow, Su, Briggs, V. Premus,
H. McLaughlin, O'Rourke, Gawboy, Bowers, Kiser, D. Premus


Projected Round 2 Pairings for March 22nd:

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

♗ Bowers is not playing Round 2.
♙ The Wachusett Chess Club welcomes Walter Paton of Leominster
Walter is actually a former club member, who has not played close to 40 years:
The USCF dug up his old rating of 1534 which, for all intents and purposes, is his all time high.

REMINDER: Players must be present by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 2 on March 22nd.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 P.M.

March 15th, 2017
Ratings in effect for Evert Siiskonen Memorial

Round 1 of the Evert Siiskonen Memorial will be played Wednesday, March 15, in Room C159 in the McKay Complex at Fitchburg State University. The parking lot will be cleared of snow. Players must be present by 7:10 p.m. in order to be paired for Round 1. Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 p.m. Players who know they won't be there and wish to receive a half-point bye, please let Larry Gladding (lgladding@msn.com) and me (miriling2@aol.com) know by 7 p.m.
-George M

♔   ♛   ♖   ♝   ♘   ♞   ♗   ♜   ♕   ♚   The following ratings are in effect for
the Siiskonen Memorial tournament:
1Rob King 2184
2Brett Kildahl 2130
3Ray Paulson 2048
4Roger Cappallo 1965
5Paul Godin 1945
6Geoff LePoer 1939
7George Mirijanian 1926
8Diego Ubiera 1912
9Larry Gladding 1877
10Vlad Gaciu 1832
11Gary Brassard 1828
12Vince Bradley 1803
13Ken Gurge 1786
14Arthur Barlas 1779
15Dave Couture 1762
16Ed Harris 1754
17Dave Thomas 1745
18Seeth Ganesan 1740
19Alex Venezia 1720
20Ralph McNeilage 1696
21Mike Meehan 1694
22Jackson Parker 1663
23Mike Commisso 1653
24Jim Donahue 1647
25Alan Condon 1640
26Francois Gauthier 1621
27Tom Fratturelli 1605
28Jim Hankard 1600
29George Miller 1597
30David Svolba 1553
31Bill Burke 1534
32John Bastarache 1530
33Gail Lingner 1500
34Brian Biglow 1491
35Andrew Su 1481
36Nik Lavoie 1475
37Bob Mathieu 1449
38Don Briggs 1423
39Vince Premus 1398
40Wayne Steadman 1391
41Stan Talcott 1389
42Randy McLaughlin 1382
43Hugh McLaughlin 1348
44Larry O'Rourke 1309
45Nicholas Anderson 1295
46Francis Scanlon 1117
47Emily Gawboy 1096
48Martin Bowers 1012
49Tom Whistler 997
50Andrew Kiser 973
51Duncan Premus 827
* * *INACTIVE PLAYERS* * *
Joe Bennett 1681
Lenny Arsenault 1625

March 13th, 2017
King, Kildahl & Cappallo top open section at Quinsigamond CC


         Quinsigamond Community College  Intercollegiate Chess Tournament
         Saturday March 11, 2017
         Hosted by Jerry Williams, Quinsigamond Community College
         Tournament director: Joe Alfano, Assumption College
         The tournament had two separate sections: Students and Grownups.
                                 Round 1    Round 2    Round 3    Round 4    Total
                                 --------   --------   --------   --------   -----
         Grownups
   ( 1) Rob King           WCC   ( 6) 1.0   ( 4) 1.0   ( 2) 1.0   ( 3) 1.0    4.0
   ( 2) Brett Kildahl      WCC   ( 5) 1.0   ( 3) 1.0   ( 1) 0.0   ( 4) 1.0    3.0
   ( 3) Roger Cappallo     WCC   ( 8) 1.0   ( 2) 0.0   ( 6) 1.0   ( 1) 0.0    2.0
   ( 4) Joe Alfano         AC    ( 7) 1.0   ( 1) 0.0   ( 5) 1.0   ( 2) 0.0    2.0
   ( 5) Michael Stevens    GWC   ( 2) 0.0   ( 8) 1.0   ( 4) 0.0   ( 7) 1.0    2.0
   ( 6) Jerry Williams     QCC   ( 1) 0.0   ( 7) 1.0   ( 3) 0.0   ( 8) 0.5    1.5
   ( 7) Gary Orcutt        GWC   ( 4) 0.0   ( 6) 0.0   ( 8) 1.0   ( 5) 0.0    1.0
   ( 8) Joseph Garcia      SHS   ( 3) 0.0   ( 5) 0.0   ( 7) 0.0   ( 6) 0.5    0.5

         Students
   ( 1) Adam Maarij        SHS   ( 9) 0.0   (12) 1.0   (11) 1.0   ( 2) 1.0    3.0
   ( 2) Matthew Garcia     EMS   ( 8) 1.0   ( 7) 1.0   ( 3) 1.0   ( 1) 0.0    3.0
   ( 3) Alex Wheeler       DES   (11) 1.0   (13) 1.0   ( 2) 0.0   ( 7) 1.0    3.0
   ( 4) Nadia Ackerman     QCC   (10) 0.5   ( 5) 0.0   ( 8) 1.0   (11) 1.0    2.5
   ( 5) Noelle Hemdal      QCC   (12) 1.0   ( 4) 1.0   (WD) 0.0   (WD) 0.0    2.0
   ( 6) Bradley Pudsey     QCC   (13) 1.0   ( 9) 1.0   (WD) 0.0   (WD) 0.0    2.0
   ( 7) Diego Alonso       SHS   (14) 1.0   ( 2) 0.0   ( 9) 1.0   ( 3) 0.0    2.0
   ( 8) Herman Abalo       SHS   ( 2) 0.0   (14) 1.0   ( 4) 0.0   (10) 1.0    2.0
   ( 9) Ryan Lockhart      DES   ( 1) 1.0   ( 6) 0.0   ( 7) 0.0   (12) 1.0    2.0
   (10) Jackie Afriyie     QCC   ( 4) 0.5   (11) 0.0   (13) 1.0   ( 8) 0.0    1.5
   (11) Mara Rivera        SHS   ( 3) 0.0   (10) 1.0   ( 1) 0.0   ( 4) 0.0    1.0
   (12) Daniel Afriyie     QCC   ( 5) 0.0   ( 1) 0.0   (BY) 1.0   ( 9) 0.0    1.0
   (13) Bright Brimeng     SHS   ( 6) 0.0   ( 3) 0.0   (10) 0.0   (BY) 1.0    1.0
   (14) Camden Boria       SCE   ( 7) 0.0   ( 8) 0.0   (WD) 0.0   (WD) 0.0    0.0

         AC  = Assumption College
         DES = Douglas Elementary School
         EMS = East Middle School
         GWC = Greater Worcester Chess
         QCC = Quinsigamond Community College
         SHS = South High School
         SCE = Simonian Center
         WCC = Wachusett Chess Club
         USC = US Chess Federation
         1.0 = Win
         0.0 = Loss
         0.5 = Draw
         BY  = Bye: the player had no opponent.
         WD  = Withdrew.
      In each round, the player is listed with their opponent and final score.
      E.g. in Round 1, Adam Maarij played Ryan Lockhart (player 9) and lost.

March 12th, 2017
Wachusett CC's Duncan Premus posts perfect score in Pelham NH scholastic

Duncan Premus, a member of the Wachusett Chess Club, posted a perfect score of 4-0 to win first place in the Intermediate section of the Pelham High Scholastic tournament, held on Saturday, March 11, in the library of Pelham High School in Pelham, NH. The victory netted Duncan 160 rating points in the 15-player section. Other Wachusett CC players competing in the 18-player Open section of the event were Finn Rogers, who scored 3-1 to tie for 2nd-5th place, gaining 104 rating points, and Sebastian Tilton, who tallied 2-2 to tie for 8th-12th place, adding 15 points to his rating. The tourney drew a total of 53 players.
-George M

March 10th, 2017
2017 Club Championship Qualification Standings

2017 Club Championship Qualification Standings as of March 9th, 2017
After 35 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 15 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.Brett Kildahl213029025.5.879
2.Paul Godin194533024.5.742
3.Gary Brassard182834023.0.676
4.Ray Paulson204826020.5.788
5.Alexander Venezia172034020.5.603
6.Ken Gurge178634019.5.574
7.Dave Couture176230018.0.600
8.Roger Cappallo196526017.5.673
9.Jim Donahue167630017.5.583
10.Mike Commisso165334017.0.500
11.Ed Harris175430016.5.550
12.Larry Gladding187723016.0.696
13.Jim Hankard160033016.0.485
14.Diego Ubiera191219315.5.816
15.Dave Thomas174526015.5.596
16.Ralph McNeilage169625015.5.620
17.George Mirijanian192620215.0.750

March 8th, 2017

Brett Kildahl tops George E. O'Rourke Memorial

George E. O'Rourke Memorial, March 8th, 2017
Round 5 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Brett Kildahl 1-0Larry Gladding
Roger Cappallo 1-0Geoff LePoer
Rob King 1-0Ken Gurge
Jim Donahue 0-1Paul Godin
Ralph McNeilage 1-0Bill Burke
Alex Venezia 0-1Mike Commisso
Gary Brassard 1-0John Bastarache
Mike Meehan 1-0Hugh McLaughlin
Tom Fratturelli 1-0Jim Hankard
Gail Lingner 0-1Brian Biglow
Randy McLaughlin 0-1Andrew Su
Bob Mathieu 1-0Martin Bowers
Wayne Steadman 0-1Don Briggs
Andrew Kiser 0-1Larry O'Rourke
Francis Scanlon 1-0Emily Gawboy
Total of 15 boards, no major upsets.

♖ Not playing round 5 were Ray Paulson, George Mirijanian, Diego Ubiera, Seeth Ganesan, Vince Bradley, Dave Couture, Ed Harris, Tom Whistler, Vince Premus and Duncan Premus.

George E. O'Rourke Memorial, March 8th, 2017
FINAL STANDINGS After 5 Rounds
PointsPlayers
4.5Kildahl
4.0Cappallo
3.5King, Paulson, Godin
3.0LePoer, Mirijanian, Gladding, McNeilage, Commisso
2.5Ubiera, Brassard, Gurge, Donahue, Ganesan, Meehan, Fratturelli, Burke, Biglow
2.0Bradley, Couture, Venezia, Harris, Bastarache, Su, Mathieu, Briggs
1.5Hankard, H. McLaughlin, O'Rourke, Whistler
1.0Lingner, Steadman, V. Premus, R. McLaughlin, Scanlon, Kiser, Bowers
0,5-----
0.0Gawboy, D. Premus

♔ 2017 George E. O'Rourke Memorial PRIZE WINNERS ♔
1st: Brett Kildahl of Worcester
2nd: Roger Cappallo of Groton
Top U1850: Gary Brassard and Ken Gurge, both of Leominster,
Jim Donahue of Acton, Seeth Ganesan of South Grafton
Top U1700: Ralph McNeilage of Worcester, Mike Commisso of Brookline, NH
Top U1550: Bill Burke of Leominster, Brian Biglow of Fitchburg
Top U1400: Hugh McLaughlin of Groton, Larry O'Rourke of Acton,
Tom Whistler of Worcester

Only 1 player
gained 50 or more rating points:
The following player had
a rating increase of
50 or more points:
Tom Whistler + 52
A total of 2 players
reached new all time highs:
The following players achieved
a new all-time high rating:
Geoff LePoer 1939
Seeth Ganesan 1740

Pictures from this year's George E. O'Rourke Memorial tournament.

REMINDER: The next tournament at the club, the Evert Siiskonen Memorial, will start Wednesday, March 15, in Room C159
[NOTE: new playing room] in the McLay Complex at Fitchburg State University.
Players must be present by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 1 on March 15th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 P.M.

March 6th, 2017
Wachusett CC's Mike Meehan wins prize in 4th Queen City Tornado

Mike Meehan, one of the Wachusett Chess Club's most active players, was among the prize winners in the 4th Queen City Tornado, held Saturday, March 4, at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, NH. Meehan, playing in the Under 1800 section, scored 3.5-0.5 to tie for 1st-3rd place with New Hampshire players Pascal Bakker and Sai Sneha Yerra. Meehan gained 61 rating points to boost his USCF rating to 1705. Other Wachusett CC players competing in the U1800 section were Mike Commisso, who tallied 2.5-1.5, and Jim Hankard, who finished at 2-2. Hal Terrie, assisted by John Elmore, directed the 60-player event for the sponsoring New Hampshire Chess Association.
-George M

March 4th, 2017
Revised Projected Pairings for 2017 George E. O'Rourke Memorial Round 5 of 5


 Revised projected Round 5 Pairings for March 8th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Brett Kildahl (3.5) Larry Gladding (3.0) Board 2: George Mirijanian (3.0) Roger Cappallo (3.0) Board 3: Robert King (2.5) Geoff Lepoer (3.0) Board 4: Jim Donahue (2.5) Paul Godin (2.5) Board 5: Diego Ubiera (2.5) Seeth Ganesan (2.5) Board 6: Ken Gurge (2.5) Wiliam Burke (2.5) Board 7: Ralph McNeilage (2.0) Dave Couture (2.0) Board 8: Alexander Venezia (2.0) Michael Commisso (2.0) Board 9: Ed Harris (2.0) John Bastarache (2.0) Board 10: Tom Fratturelli (1.5) Gary Brassard (1.5) Board 11: Mike Meehan (1.5 Hugh McLaughlin (1.5) Board 12: Brian Biglow (1.5) Jim Hankard (1.5) Board 13: Gail Lingner (1.0) Vince Premus (1.0) Board 14: Wayne Steadman (1.0) Martin Bowers (1.0) Board 15: Randy McLaughlin (1.0) Donald Briggs (1.0) Board 16: Andrew Kiser (1.0) Larry O'Rourke (0.5) Board 17: Duncan Premus (0.0) Emily Gawboy (0.0)

March 1st, 2017
2017 George E. O'Rourke Memorial
Round 4 of 5

George E. O'Rourke Memorial, March 1st, 2017
Round 4 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Geoff LePoer 1/2-1/2Brett Kildahl
♖ Larry Gladding 1/2-1/2Rob King
Roger Cappallo 1-0Ralph McNeilage
Dave Couture 0-1George Mirijanian
Paul Godin 1-0Ed Harris
Seeth Ganesan 1-0Gary Brassard
Ken Gurge 1-0Tom Fratturelli
Jim Donahue 1-0Mike Meehan
Alex Venezia 1-0Don Briggs
Mike Commisso 1-0Vince Premus
John Bastarache 1-0Wayne Steadman
Hugh McLaughlin 1/2-1/2Gail Lingner
Larry O'Rourke 0-1Brian Biglow
Emily Gawboy 0-1♔ Tom Whistler
Duncan Premus 0-1Martin Bowers
Total of 15 boards, 1 major upset (), 1 upset draw ().

♝ Receiving half-point byes were Ray Paulson, Diego Ubiera and Bill Burke.
♖ Not playing Round 4 were Jim Hankard, Bob Mathieu, Randy McLaughlin and Andrew Kiser.
♙ Vince Bradley withdrew from the tournament.

George E. O'Rourke Memorial, March 1st, 2017
CURRENT STANDINGS After 4 Rounds
PointsPlayers
3.5Kildahl, Paulson
3.0Cappallo, LePoer, Mirijanian, Gladding
2.5King, Godin, Ubiera, Gurge, Donahue, Ganesan, Burke
2.0(Bradley), Couture, Venezia, Harris, McNeilage, Commisso, Bastarache
1.5Brassard, Meehan, Hankard, Fratturelli, Biglow, H. McLaughlin, Whistler
1.0Lingner, Mathieu, Steadman, Briggs, V. Premus, R. McLaughlin, Kiser, Bowers
0.5O'Rourke
0.0Gawboy, D. Premus


Projected Round 5 Pairings for March 8th:

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

♖ Whistler is not playing Round 5.

REMINDER: Players must be present by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 5 on March 8th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 P.M.

February 25th, 2017
Top Mass. scorers at U.S. Amateur Team East Championship

The 2017 World Amateur Team & U.S. Amateur Team East Championship, held Feb. 18-20 in Parsippany, NJ, had a number of players from Massachusetts participating in the 306-team event. Among them were three players who have played at the Wachusett Chess Club, including two who are former club champions. Wachusett CC players are listed in boldface. The following were the top Mass. scorers in the event:
Robert King (2189) - 6 points
FM Chris Chase (2399) - 5.5
David Xie (1841) - 5
IM Denys Shmelov (2505) - 4.5
IM David Vigorito (2451) - 4.5
WFM Carissa Yip (2370) - 4.5
WFM Roza Eynula (2167) - 4.5
Todd Chase (2080) - 4.5
Alex Yu (2038) - 4.5
Samuel Korsky (1723P10) - 4.5
Mark Butler (1630) - 4.5
[Other MA players at the tournament scored 4.0 or less.]
-George M


Hi All,
I was experimenting with the new Chessbase 14 and I've published 2 of my best games [wins against Fritz Gaspard (2079) & NM Lawyer Times (2248)] from the recent World Amateur Team East tournament. You can see the games here:
http://www.viewchess.com/cbreader/2017/2/22/Game98684671.html
There is a dropdown menu above the board to see the two games...
Take care,
Rob

February 22nd, 2017
2017 George E. O'Rourke Memorial
Round 3 of 5

George E. O'Rourke Memorial, February 22nd, 2017
Round 3 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Brett Kildahl 1-0Roger Cappallo
George Mirijanian 0-1Ray Paulson
Gary Brassard 1/2-1/2Diego Ubiera
Mike Commisso 0-1Vince Bradley
Mike Meehan 1/2-1/2Ken Gurge
Dave Couture 1-0John Bastarache
♔ Bill Burke 1-0Alex Venezia
Ed Harris 1-0Bob Mathieu
Vince Premus 0-1Ralph McNeilage
Andrew Kiser 0-1Jim Donahue
Brian Biglow 0-1Seeth Ganesan
Jim Hankard 1-0Larry O'Rourke
Tom Fratturelli 1-0Tom Whistler
Emily Gawboy 0-1Wayne Steadman
Don Briggs 1-0Duncan Premus
Martin Bowers 0-1Hugh McLaughlin
Total of 16 boards, 1 major upset ().

♝ Receiving half-point byes were Geoff LePoer, Larry Gladding, Rob King, Paul Godin and Randy McLaughlin.
♖ Not playing round 3 was Gail Lingner.
♙ Withdrawn from the tournament were Vlad Gaciu, Dave Thomas, Jackson Parker, Nik Lavoie and Francis Scanlon.

George E. O'Rourke Memorial, February 22nd, 2017
CURRENT STANDINGS After 3 Rounds
PointsPlayers
3.0Kildahl, Paulson
2.5LePoer, Gladding
2.0King, Cappallo, Ubiera, Mirijanian, Bradley, Couture, Harris, McNeilage, Burke
1.5Godin, Brassard, Gurge, Donahue, Ganesan, Meehan, Hankard, Fratturelli
1.0Venezia, Commisso, Bastarache, Mathieu, Steadman, Briggs, V. Premus, R. McLaughlin, H. McLaughlin, Kiser
0.5Lingner, Biglow, O'Rourke, Whistler
0.0Gawboy, D. Premus, Bowers


Projected Round 4 Pairings for March 1st:

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

♗ Requesting a half-point bye for Round 4 is Burke.
♝ Withdrawing from the tournament is Bradley.

REMINDER: Players must be present by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 4 on March 1st.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 P.M.

February 21st, 2017
Wachusett CC's Rob King's team ends up as Best Mass. team at USATE in NJ

The team "On Topalov Yo'Mamedyarov," headed by IM Denys Shmelov with former Wachusett CC champion Rob King on 2nd board, finished as the Best Massachusetts team in the 2017 World Amateur Team & U.S. Amateur Team East championship on Feb. 20 in Parsippany, New Jersey. The team, initially ranked 43rd in a field of 306 teams, had an average rating of 2122. It was also a personal victory for King, who ended up with a perfect 6-0 score and won 4th place on tiebreak for the best score on Board 2. [This performance brought Rob's rating up to 2189.
Carissa Yip, who finished with 4.5/6 also had a rather stellar performance consisting of wins over IM Shmelov & two 2300+ masters plus a draw with legendary GM John Fedorowicz.]

-George M

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, 2017
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
2017 George E. O'Rourke Memorial
Round 2 of 5

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

February 1st, 2017

Geoff LePoer takes top honors in Reggie Boone Memorial

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.
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"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.