♕  "You only need one win per game." -Mikhail Tal  ♕

Arthur Barlas (L) v. Tom Fratturelli (R)

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Miscellaneous News & Other Chess Events of Interest:

WORLD AMATEUR TEAM & U.S. TEAM EAST. 6SS, 40/2, SD/30 delay 5.
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Reserve early 973-267-7373 or 1- 800-HILTONS. Morris/Essex train to Morris Plains 1.5 miles.
Open to 4- player teams with one optional alternate. Team average (4 highest ratings-2019 January Rating list) must be under 2200.

EF: $199 postmarked by 2/5/19. ALL-$240 after or at door. - all teams, any changes at site $25 charge. ENTRY MAXIMUM IS 325 TEAMS. Enter early!

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Special Plaque: Top Future team, (all players under age 10),

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Entry fee refunded to team with Best "Chess related" name,

Sunday night: Best "Chess Related costumes or gimmick"
1st-gourmet dinner for four, 2nd-Gourmet dinner for 4.

Reg. 9-12 Sat 2/16: Rds. 1-7:30, 11-6, 9-3:30.
Surprises and special give-aways each round.

Sunday night - Bughouse $20 per team. Cash prizes.

Chess rates expire 1/17/2019.
Rates $123(single double) $125 (Triple, Quad)
2nd hotel attached to Hilton $130 per night (single-double) $132 (triple, Quad) - Hampton Inn includes breakfast each day.

For help forming teams and more information contact: noreenchess@gmail.com.
Chks payable to NJSCF, mail by 2/05/19 to: NJSCF, 17 Stonehenge Road, Morristown, NJ 07960.
(Include Team name, Captain, players full names, USCF Expiration, ID numbers and ratings in board order).

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MACA Event Calendar of Tournaments throughout Massachusetts

NHCA Event Calendar of Tournaments throughout New Hampshire

Relyea Event Calendar of Open & Invitational Tournaments

Continental Chess Association Tournament Schedule for All States

SENECA Southeast New England Chess Association Tournament Schedule

Connecticut Chess Magazine by Rob Roy blog.

♔ US Chess upcoming Tournament Schedule:
Massachusetts, ♛ New Hampshire, ♖ Rhode Island, ♝ Connecticut, ♘ MaineVermont

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

Keene, NH Chess Club events calendar

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Boylston Chess Club events calendar

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An unofficial but nice to have Glossary of Chess terms ♜ ♘ ♝

ECO code to enjoy =  D16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav accepted, Alapin variation: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 dxc4 5.a4 
♔   ♛   ♖   ♝   ♘   Four Random Mating Patterns   ♞   ♗   ♜   ♕   ♚

Two Knights' Mate 6

Corridor Mate

Two Knights' Mate 6

Cozio's Mate

January 18th, 2019
My Week at the Club #51
Board 2 in Round 3 of the Reggie Boone Memorial, vs. Geoff LePoer

Hello All,
After a fair amount of futzing about with the machine, I was able to get a video produced on my game against Geoff LePoer. I was on the Black side of a Torre Attack. Here's the link:
https://youtu.be/qnegT7pIASo My Week at the Club #51
My weekly bout at the Wachusett Chess Club, this week playing Black against Geoff LePoer (1907) in a Torre Attack.
I hope you find something of interest in it.
[See this & all of Roger Cappallo's other videos at Roger's YouTube channel.]

January 18th 2019
Just The Rules: No Claim, No Fame

Position from H. McLaughlin - Mike Commisso, 2019.01.16


Your opponent's flag is about to fall in a US Chess sudden death time control. The TD comes over to the contest to observe. They see that your opponent has run out of time-their flag is down, but the TD says nothing and does nothing. You look up at them with a quizzical expression, and still there is no response from the TD. To get the TD to act, you must point out the flag fall and say something-like "Flag" or "Flag Fall" or "Time." You and your opponent are locked in a position where your king gets checked over, and over, and over. The TD is watching this little dance contest; yet, says nothing. Why? There was no claim by a player. Note: the TD can declare a draw without a claim if the same position appears five times in a row. Your opponent touches their queen but moves their knight instead. They do this right in front of the TD; yet, the TD does nothing?! But if you make a claim, what do you think the TD will do?

Rarely will a TD intervene in your game without an invitation by you or your opponent to do so. TDs rarely rule on a claim that you don't make, even if they observe a violation of US Chess rules (FIDE rules are a bit different and there are some rare exceptions in US Chess.) So if you want to claim a flag fall, draw, illegal move, touched piece, etc., then you have to make that request-verbally. One notable time a claim does not need to be verbalized is when 75 moves have been made with no pawn move plus no piece has been captured-then the TD can simply declare the game drawn. If a TD sees an illegal move early in the game-the US Chess rules have some wiggle room here-a TD may, unannounced, step in and correct the miscue (even though US Chess advises against it). They positively cannot do a thing about an illegal move in the last five minutes of a time control unless you or your opponent makes an illegal move claim-aloud.

Coaches, friends, relatives, spectators, teachers, and all others cannot make any claim in the game you are playing. Having someone summon a TD for you is not the same as making a claim. When the TD does show up, you have to state your claim yourself.
-Larry G.

January 16th, 2019

Reggie Boone Memorial, January 16th, 2019
Round 3 of 5 Results
Brett Kildahl 1-0Paul Godin
Geoff LePoer 0-1Roger Cappallo
Arthur Barlas 0-1Ray Paulson
Ken Gurge 0-1Larry Gladding
George Mirijanian 1-0Tom Fratturelli
Jim Hankard1/2-1/2Dave Couture
Jim Donahue 1-0Don Ostrowski
Hugh McLaughlin 0-1Mike Commisso
Gary Brassard 1-0Raaga Pulya
Michael David 0-1John Bastarache
Bryce McLaughlin 0-1Mark Wheeler
Don Briggs 1-0Emily Gawboy
Brian Biglow 1-0Dillon Motyka
Total of 13 boards,
no major upsets, (♔ ♕), no upset draws ().

♝ Receiving half-point byes were Ritvik Pulya, Dave Thomas and Larry O'Rourke.
♖ Not playing round 3 was Stephen Murray.
♙ Randy McLaughlin had already withdrawn from the tournament.

Reggie Boone Memorial, January 16th, 2019
2.5Cappallo, Paulson, Gladding
2.0Godin, Mirijanian, LePoer, Donahue, Commisso
1.5Couture, Gurge, Barlas, Brassard, Ri. Pulya, Thomas, Hankard, Fratturelli, O'Rourke, Bastarache
1.0Murray, Ostrowski, Wheeler, Briggs, Biglow, H. McLaughlin, Ra. Pulya
0.0(R. McLaughlin), B. McLaughlin, Gawboy, Motyka

Projected Round 4 Pairings for January 23rd:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Paulson vs. Kildahl Board 2: Cappallo vs. Gladding Board 3: Godin vs. Mirijanian Board 4: Commisso vs. Donahue Board 5:Couture vs. Thomas Board 6: Fratturelli vs. Gurge Board 7: Barlas vs. Hankard Board 8: O'Rourke vs. Brassard Board 9: Bastarache vs. Murray Board 10: Ostrowski vs. Briggs Board 11: Wheeler vs. David Board 12: Gawboy vs. Motyka
Note: Projected pairings & colors are only estimates. Official pairings are posted at the beginning of each round.

♗ Requesting half-point byes for Round 4 are LePoer and Biglow.
♝ Not being paired are Ritvik and Raaga Pulya as well as Hugh and Bryce McLaughlin.
♙ The Wachusett Chess Club welcomes new player Dillon Motyka of Leominster, who is playing in his first USCF-rated tournament.

REMINDER: Players must be present in Room C159 by by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 4 on January 23rd.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 P.M.

January 10th, 2019
Dave Couture vs Brett Kildahl
Board 1 in Round 2 of the Reggie Boone Memorial, vs. Dave Couture

Hi all,
For those of you who are interested, I'm back to making chess videos.
Here's my most recent: https://youtu.be/IcNe4m_V2UE
The rest can be found through my channel (Brett Kildahl).
[See this & all of Brett Kildahl's other videos at Brett's YouTube channel.]

January 10th, 2019
My Week at the Club #50
Board 2 in Round 2 of the Reggie Boone Memorial, vs. Ken Gurge

Hello All,
I've just posted my 50th Week at the Club video on youtube. It's at:
In it I play Ken Gurge (1784) on the white side of a Caro-Kann Panov Attack. I hope you enjoy it.
[See this & all of Roger Cappallo's other videos at Roger's YouTube channel.]

January 9th, 2019
2019 Reggie Boone Memorial
Round 2 of 5

Reggie Boone Memorial, January 9th, 2019
Round 2 of 5 Results
Dave Couture 0-1Brett Kildahl
Roger Cappallo1/2-1/2Ken Gurge
Larry Gladding1/2-1/2Ray Paulson
Paul Godin 1-0Jim Donahue
Mike Commisso 0-1Geoff LePoer
Ritvik Pulya1/2-1/2George Mirijanian
Tom Fratturelli 1-0Gary Brassard
John Bastarache 0-1Jim Hankard
Dave Thomas 1-0Brian Biglow
Don Ostrowski 1-0Bryce McLaughlin
♔ Hugh McLaughlin 1-0Mark Wheeler
♔ Raaga Pulya 1-0Don Briggs
Larry O'Rourke 1-0Emily Gawboy
Total of 13 boards,
2 major upsets (♔ ♕), no upset draws ().

♝ Receiving half-point byes were Arthur Barlas, Stephen Murray and Michael David.
♙ Withdrawing from the tournament were Randy McLaughlin and Francis Scanlon.

Reggie Boone Memorial, January 9th, 2019
2.0Kildahl, Godin, LePoer
1.5Cappallo, Paulson, Gurge, Barlas, Gladding, Fratturelli
1.0Mirijanian, Couture, Donahue, Commisso, Ri. Pulya, Thomas, Hankard, Murray, Ostrowski, O'Rourke, H. McLaughlin, Ra. Pulya
0.5Brassard, David, Bastarache
0.0Wheeler, Briggs, Biglow, (R. McLaughlin), B. McLaughlin, Gawboy

Projected Round 3 Pairings for January 16th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Kildahl vs. Godin Board 2: LePoer vs. Cappallo Board 3: Paulson vs. Barlas Board 4: Gurge vs. Gladding Board 5: Donahue vs. Fratturelli Board 6: Murray vs. Couture Board 7: Ostrowski vs. Commisso Board 8: O'Rourke vs. Ri. Pulya Board 9: H. McLaughlin vs. Thomas Board 10: Hankard vs. Ra.Pulya Board 11: Brassard vs. David Board 12: Wheeler vs. Bastarache Board 13: Briggs vs. B. McLaughlin Board 14: Biglow vs. Gawboy
Note: Projected pairings & colors are only estimates. Official pairings are posted at the beginning of each round.

REMINDER: Players must be present in Room C159 by by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 3 on January 16th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 P.M.

January 8th 2019
Carissa Yip to play in PRO Chess League

Carissa Yip is on the Montclair Sopranos along with GM's Sam Sevian, Aleksandr Lenderman, Gadir Guseinov & WGM Sabina Foisor.
PRO Chess League season 3 starts Tuesday January 8, 2019.
Greg Shahade, Pro Chess League Commissioner, explains the Pro Chess League objectives & comments about the coming season in a 2017 interview on YouTube.
Here's an example of a Pro Chess League game where Carissa Yip checkmates GM Demchenko:
[Event "PRO League Group Stage"]
[Site "chess.com INT"]
[Date "2019.01.08"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Yip,Carissa"]
[Black "Demchenko,A"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteTitle "FM"]
[BlackTitle "GM"]
[WhiteElo "2279"]
[BlackElo "2679"]
[ECO "C44"]
[Opening "Scotch gambit"]
[Variation "Dubois-Reti defence"]
[WhiteTeam "Montclair Sopranos"]
[BlackTeam "New York Marshalls"]
[WhiteFideId "2090732"]
[BlackFideId "4160258"]
[EventDate "2019.01.08"]
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Bc4 Nf6 5. e5 Ne4 6. Qe2 Nc5 7. O-O Ne6 8. Rd1 d5 9. exd6 Bxd6 10. c3 O-O
11. cxd4 Re8 12. Be3 Nf4 13. Qd2 Qf6 14. Ne1 Bg4 15. f3 Bh5 16. Nc3 Bg6 17. Nb5 Ne6 18. Nxd6 cxd6 19. d5 Ne5
20. Bb5 Nf8 21. Bxe8 Rxe8 22. Bd4 Qh4 23. f4 Ned7 24. Nf3 Qd8 25. Re1 Re4 26. Ng5 Rxe1+ 27. Rxe1 h6 28. Nf3 Nb6
29. Qa5 Qb8 30. Bxb6 axb6 31. Qxb6 Nd7 32. Qe3 Nf6 33. Nd4 Qa8 34. f5 Bh7 35. Qa3 Qd8 36. Qb3 Qc7 37. Kh1 Kh8
38. a4 Qc5 39. Nf3 Bxf5 40. Qxb7 Be4 41. Qxf7 Bxd5 42. Qf8+ Kh7 43. Re7 Qc1+ 44. Ng1 Qg5 45. Re2 Ng4 46. h3 Ne5
47. Qxd6 Nd3 48. Rd2 Nf4 49. Nf3 Bxf3 50. gxf3 Qg3 51. a5 Qxf3+ 52. Kg1 Qg3+ 53. Kf1 Qxh3+ 54. Ke1 Qh1+ 55. Kf2 Qh2+
56. Ke3 Qg3+ 57. Ke4 g5 58. Qe7+ Kg6 59. Qe8+ Kf6 60. Rd6+ Kg7 61. Qe7+ Kg8 62. Rd8# 1-0

January 7th 2019
WCC Weekend Warriors

Five Wachusett Chess Club players competed in a few events this past weekend. Here are the rating updates from: The 2019 Westford January Blitz & the 7th Boston Chess Congress tournaments.

♙   ♝   ♘   ♜   ♘   ♟   Monday January 7, 2019 Westford January Blitz & 7th Boston Chess Congress Rating Updates   ♗   ♞   ♖   ♞   ♗   ♟
USCFID#: WCC Member NameEnd DateMost Recent Rated EventSection: NamePre => PostClass
14514636: CARISSA SHIWEN YIP2019-01-05WESTFORD JANUARY BLITZ (MA)1: OPEN 2221 => 2213 NM
12681247: ROBERT KING2019-01-067TH ANNUAL BOSTON CHESS CONGRE (MA)1: PREMIER 2202 => 2202 NM
12633241: JAMES E DONAHUE2019-01-067TH ANNUAL BOSTON CHESS CONGRE (MA)3: U1900 1724 => 1718 B
16636306: MICHAEL DAVID2019-01-05WESTFORD JANUARY BLITZ (MA)1: OPEN 1586 (P18) => 1615 B
12222200: JAMES A HANKARD2019-01-067TH ANNUAL BOSTON CHESS CONGRE (MA)4: U1700 1673 => 1615 B

January 2nd, 2019
2019 Reggie Boone Memorial
Round 1 of 5

Reggie Boone Memorial, January 2nd, 2019
Round 1 of 5 Results
Brett Kildahl 1-0Dave Thomas
Jim Hankard 0-1Roger Cappallo
Ray Paulson 1-0Don Ostrowski
Mark Wheeler 0-1Paul Godin
Geoff LePoer 1-0Michael David
Don Briggs 0-1Dave Couture
Ken Gurge 1-0Larry O'Rourke
Brian Biglow 0-1Arthur Barlas
Gary Brassard1/2-1/2♖ John Bastarache
Randy McLaughlin 0-1Larry Gladding
Jim Donahue 1-0Hugh McLaughlin
Emily Gawboy 0-1Mike Commisso
Total of 12 boards,
no major upsets (♔ ♕), 1 upset draw ().

♝ Receiving half-point byes were George Mirijanian, Ritvik Pulya, Stephen Murray and Tom Fratturelli.
♖ Not playing round 1 were Bryce McLaughlin, Raaga Pulya and Francis Scanlon.

Reggie Boone Memorial, January 2nd, 2019
1.0Kildahl, Cappallo, Paulson, Godin, LePoer, Couture, Gurge, Barlas, Gladding, Donahue, Commisso
0.5Mirijanian, Brassard, Ri. Pulya, Murray, Fratturelli, Bastarache
0.0Thomas, Hankard, Ostrowski, Wheeler, David, Briggs, O'Rourke, Biglow, R. McLaughlin,
H. McLaughlin, B. McLaughlin, Ra. Pulya, Gawboy, Scanlon

Projected Round 2 Pairings for January 9th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Couture vs. Kildahl Board 2: Cappallo vs. Gurge Board 3: Barlas vs. Paulson Board 4: Godin vs. Donahue Board 5: Gladding vs. LePoer Board 6: Commisso vs. Mirijanian Board 7: Fratturelli vs. Brassard Board 8: Bastarache vs. Ri. Pulya Board 9: Thomas vs. Biglow Board 10: H. McLaughlin vs. Hankard Board 11: Ostrowski vs. R. McLaughlin Board 12: B. McLaughlin vs. Wheeler Board 13: David vs. Ra. Pulya Board 14: Scanlon vs. Briggs Board 15: O'Rourke vs. Gawboy
Note: Projected pairings & colors are only estimates. Official pairings are posted at the beginning of each round.

♗ Requesting a half-point bye for Round 2 is Murray.

REMINDER: Players must be present in Room C159 by by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 2 on January 9th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 P.M.

January 1st, 2019
Ratings in effect for the Reggie Boone Memorial tournament

The following ratings are in effect for the Reggie Boone Memorial, which begins Wednesday, Jan. 2, in Room C159 of the McKay Complex at Fitchburg State University.
Players must be present by 7 p.m. in order to be paired for Round 1.
Deadline for all subsequent rounds is 7:10 p.m. Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 p.m.

♔   ♛   ♖   ♝   ♘   ♞   ♗   ♜   ♕   ♚   Ratings in effect for the
2019 Reggie Boone Memorial tournament:
1Brett Kildahl 2132
2Roger Cappallo 2021
3Ray Paulson 2016
4Paul Godin 1977
5Bruce Felton 1933
6George Mirijanian 1909
7Geoff LePoer 1907
8Dave Couture 1808
9Ken Gurge 1784
10Arthur Barlas 1758
11Gary Brassard 1756
12Larry Gladding 1740
13Jim Donahue 1724
14Mike Commisso 1714
15Ritvik Pulya 1714
16Dave Thomas 1703
17Jim Hankard 1673
18Stephen Murray 1642
19Vince Premus 1639
20Mike Meehan 1632
21Tom Fratturelli1622
22Roland Booker 1600
23Don Ostrowski 1600
24Mark Wheeler 1507
25Michael David 1491
26Don Briggs 1486
27Larry O'Rourke 1446
28Brian Biglow 1400
29John Bastarache 1400
30Hugh McLaughlin 1238
31Bryce McLaughlin 1181
32Raaga Pulya 1138
33Emily Gawboy 1125
34Francis Scanlon 991
35Tom Whistler 882