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Ayer Chess Club Tournaments at Billiards Café

Thanks largely to the efforts of Michael David, Stephen Murray & others, the recently created Chess Club at Billiards Café in downtown Ayer, MA has become an important chess venue in central Massachusetts, however they don't have a web site of their own just yet, so I'll be posting updates on rated & non rated tournaments at the Ayer Chess Club here for reference & research purposes.

  • Open on Sunday nights, 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM
  • Open to adults whether rated or not
  • USCF Rated & non rated events on Sunday evenings
  • Billiards Café, 39 Main Street, Ayer, MA
  • Michael David is the club contact







March 14th 2020
Billiards Café Chess Club - Sunday Evenings - looking forward

As Chess Clubs throughout the state halt their operations,
the Billiards Café Chess Club will not announce any Sunday evening tournaments for the next three weekends in March.
The Club usually does game reviews when tournaments are not being played. I don't plan on being at the Café this upcoming Sunday (March 15th), but you can check with me or Steve Murray for future Sundays.
Likewise the Youth Chess Club on Sunday afternoons is taking a long Spring Break until further notice.
For all the great benefits provided by the game of chess, it is antithetical to social distancing.
Monday night tournaments on chess-dot-com, setup by Steve Murray, should be a good outlet for some.
Regards,
Michael David

February 24th 2020

Brian Salomon, a candidate master from Somerville, won the Billiards Café 1st 2020 Blitz Tournament on Sunday, Feb. 23, at the Billiards Café Chess Club in Ayer, Mass. Salomon, a sofware engineer in his early 40s, chalked up 11 wins versus one loss to take first place in the 18-player event. Finishing in second place with 10 wins, one draw and one loss (to Salomon) was national master Brett Kildahl of Worcester. The tournament was directed by Stephen Murray of Ayer,
-George M.

February 10th 2020
Wachusett CC leads Billerica CC 4-3 after first round of match

On Sunday, February 9th, seven members from each of the Billerica and Wachusset Chess Clubs traveled to a neutral site at the Billiards Café in Ayer to compete in the Club Match between these two venerable Massachusetts Chess Clubs. This will be a two-round match with the same opponents meeting both weeks with alternate colors.

The Billerica Chess Club entered the tournament with an average player rating of 1868, over 50 points greater than the average Wachusett Chess Club player rating of 1817. Despite their underdog status, the Wachusett Chess Club scored a 4-3 advantage in the first round. This is particularly noteworthy in light of Billerica having the advantage of four White Boards in the first round. Billerica only netted a one-point advantage on the White Boards scoring 2.5 points. Billerica wins on the White Boards were scored by Fred Pearson (over Gary Brassard) and Michael David (over Steve Murray). Paul Baginski, playing for Billerica with White, had a drawn game with Wachusett player, Jim Donahue. Meanwhile, Wachusett scored 2.5 points in their 3 games with the White Boards, netting a 2-point advantage. Wachusett wins on the White Boards were scored by Brett Kildahl (over John Vaughan) and Roger Cappallo (over Joe Kelly). Don Ostrowski, playing for Wachusett with White had a drawn game with BIllerica player, Kaustubh Kislay.

The second, and final, round will be again hosted by the Billiards Café Chess Club in Ayer this upcoming Sunday, February 16th. The Billerica Chess Club will be tasked with closing the 1-point deficit to Wachusett this week with just three White Boards.

All games are being played with a time control of Game/90; with a delay of 10 seconds. Larry Gladding is the Tournament Director.

Michael David
Tournament Organizer

Pictures from Billerica vs. Wachusett match


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Board 5


Board 6


Board 7


TD's

February 10th 2020
Wachusett CC vs. Billerica CC happens at Billiards Café in Ayer, MA

Greetings to all Central Mass Chess Enthusiasts,
The Superbowl is over - this Sunday, February 9th, 2020, we are four hours away from kickoff of the Club Match:

The Billerica Chess Club vs. The Wachusett Chess Club
Tournamet Director, Larry Gladding, has prepared the lineups and scoresheet and they have been distributed via email.
We will be posting results of this evening's event in the next few days.
-Michael David

January 31st 2020
Billiiards Café - February 2nd, 9th and 16th

The Billiards Café Chess Club will not be meeting for the next three Sunday evenings.

We won't compete with the Super Bowl this Sunday and the following two Sundays the Billiards Café Chess Club is hosting a Club Match between:

The Billerica Chess Club vs The Wachusett Chess Club.
We have seven players from each club to play this match. For those familiar with the Billiards Café and entertaining the thought of dropping-in to observe this match, you will probably want to select the second round. On Sunday February 9 we will be on the third floor in a conference room and some general office space which will make traffic patterns constricted. On Sunday February 16 we will be back in the Café Library, as usual.

Regards,
-Michael David

January 13th 2020

The Billiards Café Chess Club hosted the Eldon C. Robison Memorial Quick Tournament on Sunday evening in Ayer, Mass.

It was not only a record turnout for the Ayer site, it was also an exceptionally strong field of players. National Masters Rob King (Framingham) and Brett Kildahl (Worcester) were the top two rated players that eventually played to a drawn game in the final round after winning their first two games. The final game saw minor pieces stripped from the board with Rob pressing a Queen-Rook attack into Brett's King's corner. Brett defended well resulting in the drawn game.

John Vaughan (Burlington), Ray Paulson (Lowell), and Roger Cappallo (Groton) entered the field with their titles of Candidate Master. John Vaughan scored 2.5 points in the tournament with an initial draw against Jim Donahue (Stow), followed by wins over Dave Kochman (Swanzey, NH) and Steve Gradijan (Wayland); Steve entered the final round against John with a perfect score and finished tied for fourth place.

King, Kildahl and Vaughan split the first and second prize pool awards three-ways with their 2.5/3 results. Mike Commisso (Brookline, NH) was the best performing player with a rating less than the median rating of all players. Mike's 2-points earned the third prize category in the tournament.

This tournament was a tribute memorial to my friend Eldon Robison. Eldon and I played a lot poker, shot a fair amount of pool and always enjoyed a good game of chess. We were very close in the last year of high school and the two following years. We were surprised to find each other on the campus of Indiana University years later, both being on a six-year plan to graduate college. Our final time together was spent playing a game of chess. I could write volumes on his unique qualities, but I'll simply attach his obituary that nicely captures his essence.

Michael David

https://www.goethalswells.com/notices/Eldon-Robison

http://www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain.php?202001121242

January 9th 2020

The Billiards Café Chess Club had tournament events on both December 22nd and December 29th. The Billiards Café 2019 Quick Club Champion was determined on December 22nd when the top four Quick players met in a 3-round Round-Robin format. Brett Kidahl (Worcester) won all three of his games to win the honor as the 2019 Quick Player of the Year. Geoff LePoer (Westford) came in second place with 2 points, followed by Steve Murray (Ayer) with 1 point and Michael David (Groton), who lost to all three opponents. On December 29th the Year End 2019 Blitz Tournament was played as an eleven-round, Round-Robin Tournament with a field of 12 players. Brett Kildahl and Steve Gradijan (Wayland) both scored 10 points to tie for first place and they split the first and second-place prize. A third category in the prize pool was for the player with the best performance in the tournament that had a rating less than the median rating, for all entrants. That category winner was Mike Meehan (Westminster) as he scored six points in the tournament. There were four Blitz Tournaments played in 2019. Using a Grand Prix Point-System, Brett Kildahl was the 2019 Blitz Player of the Year. The final standings follow. Here are the final standings for 2019 Quick Chess Tournaments: =========================================================================================== Billiards Café 2019 Spring Summer Fall Year End Total Grand Blitz Chess Tournaments Blitz Blitz Blitz Blitz Prix Points ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1 B. Kildahl 8.5 10.0 12.5 10.0 41.0 2 M. Commisso 6.0 11.0 7.0 24.0 3 R. Paulson 4.5 8.5 9.5 22.5 4 T. Zuppa 8.5 6.0 14.5 4 M. David 3.5 6.0 2.0 3.0 14.5 6 G. LePoer 4.5 9.0 13.5 7 S. Murray 4.0 5.5 3.0 12.5 8 D. Kilari 11.0 11.0 9 S. Gradijan 10.0 10.0 9 M. Meehan 4.0 6.0 10.0 11 L. Gladding 8.0 8.0 11 R. Riaz 3.0 5.0 8.0 13 M. Rivera 7.0 7.0 14 R. Kilari 6.5 6.5 15 D. Couture 5.5 5.5 16 J. Hankard 3.0 2.0 5.0 16 D. Ostrowski 2.0 2.5 0.5 5.0 17 R. Cappallo 4.0 4.0 18 A. Gopalan 0.5 0.5 =========================================================================================== The Billiards Café hosted 12 tournaments in 2019; eight were Quick Tournaments and four were Blitz Tournaments. The Club in Ayer had 27 unique players in the twelve tournaments with tournament size growing throughout the year - in part, thanks to George Mirijanian putting us on the MACA calendar. This Club has come a long way since June 2017 when I didn't really have much of a vision for a chess club other than I had a great time shooting pool with 40 other people at the Billiards Café and I wanted to see if I could transfer that to the game of chess. A special thanks to: Roger Cappallo who came to the second club session in 2017 and patiently sat with three mediocre chess players for a lot of Sunday evenings. I was one of them and he improved my game a lot. Roger was the gateway to Ayer members joining the Wachusset Chess Club. Paul Godin took the concept of game review to another level - patiently, and sometimes impatiently, giving games played on Wednesday night's a keen analytical eye. Over time Paul convinced us that chess engines have a limited role in good analysis. Steve Murray has lugged a lot of equipment every Sunday to improve the experience - from computers, to projectors and projector screens - Steve constantly pushes me to make the club bigger and better. Recently, Steve and Mike Commisso are volunteering as Tournament Directors. Larry Gladding volunteered to be our Tournament Director from the get-go and having Larry serve in that role for the first nine tournaments was a boost in our club's credibility. Larry, Mike and Steve now comprise a strong bench of TD's looking into 2020. All of this great support gives me a very optimistic view of the Club in 2020 and beyond. And finally thanks to all the Chess Enthusiasts that travel to Ayer to play the game. I have attached a game review I did for one of the December 22nd Quick Games between Brett Kildahl and myself. To all, a Happy New Year. -Michael David

December 20th 2019
No Billiards Café Chess Club Activities this Sunday, December 22nd.

The Billiards Café There will be no Billiards Café Club Activities this Sunday, December 22nd.
I've been waiting for the owner of the Café to confirm that he hadn't rented out the Library that we use for a Holiday event.
In the meanwhile I moved the planned last Blitz Tournament to December 29,
which again will be subject to change since paying-event-customers take precedence on the space that we use.
-Michael David

December 16th 2019

Paul Godin (Bedford) won the December Quick Tournament held at the Billiards Café Chess Club in Ayer, Mass on Dec. 15. Paul won each of his 3 matches, defeating Dave Martin (Sudbury), Steve Murray (Ayer) and Tom Zuppa (Billerica). Jeff Caruso (Concord) and Brett Kildahl (Worcester) tied for second place as they each scored 2.5 points in the three-round tournament. Jeff and Brett met in the final round with perfect scores and had a tense Knight-Pawns End Game. They had a three-move-repetition drawn game as both their clocks ran low on time. Jim Donahue (Stow) and Dave Martin split the third category prize money with the best performance from a player that had a rating less than all the entrants median rating. Jim and Dave each scored 2.0 points in the tournament. The tournament was directed by Dave Couture with Stephen Murray & Mike Commisso as Assistant TD's. Here is the link to the Cross Table for the Billiards Café December Quick Tournament: http://www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain.php?201912159432.0 The December Quick Tournament was the seventh and final Quick Tournament in 2019. The Billiards Café had twenty-three unique players during the year. Each of the seven tournaments used the same time control of G/25; d3. Here are the final standings for 2019 Quick Chess Tournaments: =================================================================================================================== Billiards Café 2019 June Summer August August Fall November December Total Grand Quick Chess Tournaments Quad Quick Quad Quick Quick Quick Quick Prix Points ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1 M. David 1.0 2.5 3.0 3.0 0.5 1.0 1.0 12.0 2 B. Kildahl 2.5 1.5 2.0 3.0 2.5 11.5 2 S. Murray 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 0.5 2.0 1.0 11.5 4 G. LePoer 3.0 3.5 3.0 9.5 5 L. Gladding 1.0 4.5 1.5 2.0 9.0 6 J. Donahue 1.0 1.5 1.0 2.0 5.5 6 D. Ostrowski 2.0 1.0 1.0 1.5 0.0 5.5 8 T. Zuppa 1.5 2.0 1.0 4.5 8 J. Caruso 2.0 2.5 4.5 10 D. Couture 0.5 1.0 2.0 3.5 11 R. King 3.0 3.0 11 P. Godin 3.0 3.0 11 M. Commisso 1.0 0.0 2.0 0.0 3.0 14 J. Hankard 1.0 1.5 0.0 2.5 15 D. Martin 2.0 2.0 15 D. Kochman 2.0 2.0 15 A. Venezia 0.5 1.5 2.0 18 R. Cappallo 1.5 1.5 19 R. Riaz 1.0 1.0 19 R. Paulson 1.0 1.0 19 D. Kilari 1.0 1.0 22 R. Kilari 0.0 0.0 23 K. Hamer 0.0 0.0 =================================================================================================================== As the Billiards Café Chess Club looks forward to 2020, the plan is to have 12-15 Quick Rated Tournaments during the upcoming year. If you know of other players that should be on our email list or you no longer want to be on the list, send me a private email reply. Best Wishes to Everyone for the Year-End Holiday Season, -Michael David

♙   ♝   ♘   ♜   ♘   ♟   Monday December 16, 2019 Quick Rating Updates   ♗   ♞   ♖   ♞   ♗   ♟
USCFID#: Member NameEnd DateMost Recent Rated EventSection: NamePre => PostClass
12924445: BRETT KILDAHL2019-12-15BILLIARDS CAFE DECEMBER QUICK (MA)1: OPEN 1958 => 1967 A
12350410: JEFFREY L CARUSO2019-12-15BILLIARDS CAFE DECEMBER QUICK (MA)1: OPEN 1933 (P14) => 1946 (P17) New
12459389: PAUL L GODIN2019-12-15BILLIARDS CAFE DECEMBER QUICK (MA)1: OPEN 1854 => 1876 A
10018005: THOMAS C ZUPPA2019-12-15BILLIARDS CAFE DECEMBER QUICK (MA)1: OPEN 1790 => 1773 B
12413721: DAVE COUTURE2019-12-15BILLIARDS CAFE DECEMBER QUICK (MA)1: OPEN 1622 => 1641 B
16752964: STEPHEN MURRAY2019-12-15BILLIARDS CAFE DECEMBER QUICK (MA)1: OPEN 1623 => 1597 C
12877246: DAVID W MARTIN2019-12-15BILLIARDS CAFE DECEMBER QUICK (MA)1: OPEN 1529 => 1553 C
16636306: MICHAEL SCOTT DAVID2019-12-15BILLIARDS CAFE DECEMBER QUICK (MA)1: OPEN 1526 => 1525 C
16429310: DATTASAI KILARI2019-12-15BILLIARDS CAFE DECEMBER QUICK (MA)1: OPEN 1535 => 1523 C
12633241: JAMES E DONAHUE2019-12-15BILLIARDS CAFE DECEMBER QUICK (MA)1: OPEN 1447 => 1471 C
12525099: MICHAEL COMMISSO2019-12-15BILLIARDS CAFE DECEMBER QUICK (MA)1: OPEN 1496 => 1452 C
16429325: RITHIKA KILARI2019-12-15BILLIARDS CAFE DECEMBER QUICK (MA)1: OPEN 1234 => 1212 D

December 9th 2019
Mike Commisso posts YouTube chess video

Mike Commisso recently posted a video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LojdOqoCo8k
In the video, in Episode 1 of his "What were you thinking?" series, Mike addresses a worthwhile topic to many chess players, i.e. "Missing the point about blunders".
It's worth checking out, even if you don't own a computer & never make blunders.
-PG

November 18th 2019


Brett Kildahl (Worcester) scored 12.5 points to win the 14-round Fall Blitz Tournament held at the Billiards Café 
on Sunday evening, November 17. Second place prize money went to Dattasai Kilari (Hopkinton) as he scored 11 points. 
The best performance for a player under all entrant's median rating was accomplished by Rithika Kilari (Hopkinton) 
as she scored 6.5 points and that category also was awarded prize-pool money.

Here is the link to the Cross-Table for the Billiards Café Fall Blitz Tournament:
http://www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain.php?201911173902.0
Larry Gladding was the Tournament Director.

After three Blitz Tournaments in 2019 here are the Blitz Standings sorted by Grand Prix Points.
  	  		Spring 	Summer 	Fall 	Total Grand
  	  		Blitz 	Blitz 	Blitz 	Prix Points
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1 	B. Kildahl 	8.5 	10.0 	12.5 	31.0
2 	R. Paulson 	4.5 	8.5 	9.5 	22.5
3 	M. Commisso 	6.0 	11.0 	  	17.0
4 	S. Murray 	4.0 	5.5 	3.0 	12.5
5 	M. David 	3.5 	6.0 	2.0 	11.5
6 	D. Kilari 	  	  	11.0 	11.0
7 	T. Zuppa 	  	  	8.5 	8.5
8 	L. Gladding 	  	8.0 	  	8.0
9 	R. Kilari 	  	  	6.5 	6.5
10 	D. Couture 	5.5 	  	  	5.5
11 	D. Ostrowski 	2.0 	2.5 	  	4.5
11 	G. LePoer 	  	4.5 	  	4.5
13 	R. Cappallo 	4.0 	  	  	4.0
13 	M. Meehan 	4.0 	  	  	4.0
15 	J. Hankard 	3.0 	  	  	3.0
15 	R. Riaz 	  	  	3.0 	3.0
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-Michael David
Below are the blitz rating updates for the the eight players who competed in the November Blitz tournament.

♙   ♝   ♘   ♜   ♘   ♟   Monday November 18, 2019 Blitz Rating Updates   ♗   ♞   ♖   ♞   ♗   ♟
USCFID#: Member NameEnd DateMost Recent Rated EventSection: NamePre => PostClass
12924445: BRETT KILDAHL2019-11-17BILLIARDS CAFE FALL BLITZ (MA)1: FALL BLITZ 2106 => 2108 Exp
16429310: DATTASAI KILARI2019-11-17BILLIARDS CAFE FALL BLITZ (MA)1: FALL BLITZ 1931 => 1946 A
12401616: RAYMOND PAULSON2019-11-17BILLIARDS CAFE FALL BLITZ (MA)1: FALL BLITZ 1856 => 1863 A
10018005: THOMAS C ZUPPA2019-11-17BILLIARDS CAFE FALL BLITZ (MA)1: FALL BLITZ 1877 (P10) => 1848 (P24) New
16752964: STEPHEN MURRAY2019-11-17BILLIARDS CAFE FALL BLITZ (MA)1: FALL BLITZ 1698 => 1617 B
16636306: MICHAEL SCOTT DAVID2019-11-17BILLIARDS CAFE FALL BLITZ (MA)1: FALL BLITZ 1633 => 1549 C
16429325: RITHIKA KILARI2019-11-17BILLIARDS CAFE FALL BLITZ (MA)1: FALL BLITZ 1233 => 1479 C
16543002: RAYHAN RIAZ2019-11-17BILLIARDS CAFE FALL BLITZ (MA)1: FALL BLITZ 1283 => 1331 C

November 16th 2019
Billiards Café Youth Chess Club

I still have two more seats available in my Youth Chess Club that meets on Sunday afternoons from 4:15 pm to 5:45 pm.
I currently have five families bring their eight kids from Shirley, Westford and Groton. The room seats more, but I think ten would be my capacity. Their ages range from six to twelve years old. This is a class for beginners. I charge $5 per session.
Please pass this along to any families that you think might be interested in their kids' learning the great game of chess.
Thanks,
-Michael David 978-877-2322

November 11th 2019

Brett Kildahl (Worcester) scored a perfect 3-0 in the Quick-Rated Chess Tournament at the Billiards Café in Ayer, 
Mass on Sunday Night, November 10. Brett had wins against Don Ostrowski (Fitchburg), Steve Murray (Ayer) and in the final 
round a crucial win against then undefeated Larry Gladding (Leominster). Larry Gladding, Steve Murray and 
Tom Zuppa (Billerica) finished with two wins each to tie for second place.
An additional prize was awarded to the best performance from a player with a rating less than all the entrant's median rating. 
That category was split three ways between Jim Donahue (Stow), Rayhan Riaz (Andover), and Michael David (Groton).

After six Quick-Rated Tournaments, all using a G/25; d3 Time Control the Grand Prix Standings are as follows:
  	Billiards Café 2019 	June 	Summer 	August 	August 	Fall 	November Total Grand
  	Quick Tournaments	Quad 	Quick 	Quad 	Quick 	Quick 	Quick 	Prix Points
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1 	M. David 		1.0 	2.5 	3.0 	3.0 	0.5 	1.0 	11.0
2 	S. Murray 		2.0 	2.0 	2.0 	2.0 	0.5 	2.0 	10.5
3 	G. LePoer 	  	  		3.0 	3.5 	3.0 	  	9.5
4 	L. Gladding 	  		1.0 	  	4.5 	1.5 	2.0 	9.0
4 	B. Kildahl 	  		2.5 	1.5 	  	2.0 	3.0 	9.0
6 	D. Ostrowski 		2.0 	1.0 	1.0 	  	1.5 	0.0 	5.5
7 	J. Donahue 	  		1.0 	1.5 	  	  	1.0 	3.5
7 	T. Zuppa 	  	  	    			1.5 	2.0 	3.5
9 	M. Commisso 	  		1.0 	0.0 	2.0 	  	  	3.0
9 	R. King 	  	  		3.0 	  	  	  	3.0
11 	J. Hankard 		1.0 	1.5 	0.0 	  	  	  	2.5
12 	D. Kochman 	  		2.0 	  	  	  	  	2.0
12 	A. Venezia 	  		0.5 	1.5 	  	  	  	2.0
12 	J. Caruso 	  	  	    			2.0 	  	2.0
15 	D. Couture 	  	  		0.5 	  	1.0 	  	1.5
15 	R. Cappallo 	  	  	  	  		1.5 	  	1.5
17 	R. Paulson 	  	  		1.0 	  	  	  	1.0
17 	R. Riaz 	  	  	  	    			1.0 	1.0
19 	K. Hamer 	  	  	  		0.0 	  	  	0.0
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The Billiards Café Chess Club was founded in June 2017,  meeting on Sunday evenings to play some casual 
unrated Quick games. As members from the Wachusset Chess Club in Fitchburg began attending Sunday evening, 
most members of the Billiards Café Chess Club joined the Wachusset Chess Club to play USCF Regular-Rated 
Tournaments on Wednesday night at Fitchburg State University. Sunday nights in Ayer then evolved to reviewing 
the prior Wednesday games played in Ayer followed by some Blitz Chess. Steve Murray contributed some projection 
equipment to advance the reviews from a Demo Board to computer ChessBase-powered displays with a Fritz Chess 
Engine at hand. Looking forward, the Café will have a Fall and Winter Blitz Tournament in November and December. 
There will likely be at least two more Quick-Rated Tournaments at the Café in 2019.

Steve Murray then created an Ayer Chess Club on the site Chess-dot-com where Monday night online Quick rated 
games are played at 7:30pm. Contact Steve Murray for all things online.
For all activities at the Billiards Café on Sunday evening, I am the primary contact.
Larry Gladding has been our Tournament Director for all tournaments played in 2019.

Starting in October 2019 I started the Billiards Café Youth Chess Club.
We currently have eight beginner students ranging from ages six to twelve.
We meet on Sunday afternoons at 4:15pm and usually meet for 90 minutes with time split between instruction and game play.
-Michael David
Below are the quick rating updates for the the eight players who competed in the November Quick tournament.

♙   ♝   ♘   ♜   ♘   ♟   Monday November 11th, 2019 Quick Rating Updates   ♗   ♞   ♖   ♞   ♗   ♟
USCFID#: Member NameEnd DateMost Recent Quick Rated EventSection: NameQuick
Pre => Post
Quick
Class
12924445: BRETT KILDAHL2019-11-10NOVEMBER QUICK (MA)1: NOVEMBER QUICK 1947 => 1958 A
10018005: THOMAS C ZUPPA2019-11-10NOVEMBER QUICK (MA)1: NOVEMBER QUICK 1802 => 1790 B
10004802: LAWRENCE D. GLADDING2019-11-10NOVEMBER QUICK (MA)1: NOVEMBER QUICK 1696 => 1719 B
16752964: STEPHEN MURRAY2019-11-10NOVEMBER QUICK (MA)1: NOVEMBER QUICK 1613 => 1623 B
16636306: MICHAEL SCOTT DAVID2019-11-10NOVEMBER QUICK (MA)1: NOVEMBER QUICK 1554 => 1538 C
12420184: DON OSTROWSKI2019-11-10NOVEMBER QUICK (MA)1: NOVEMBER QUICK 1568 (P22) => 1510 (P25) New
12633241: JAMES E DONAHUE2019-11-10NOVEMBER QUICK (MA)1: NOVEMBER QUICK 1437 => 1447 C
16543002: RAYHAN RIAZ2019-11-10NOVEMBER QUICK (MA)1: NOVEMBER QUICK 1216 => 1259 D

October 15th 2019

Geoff LePoer (Westford) won all of his games in the 3-round Swiss Quick Rated Chess Tournament played on Sunday night, October 13, at the Billiards Café in Ayer, Mass. Geoff had wins over Don Ostrowski (Fitchburg), Tom Zuppa (Billerica) and Brett Kildahl (Worcester).
Jeff Caruso (Concord) and Brett Kildahl scored 2 wins against a single loss, resulting in their tie for second place. An additional category winner(s) was awarded to the highest point total in the tournament with a rating less than the 10 entrants median rating. Sharing the special category prize money were Larry Gladding (Leominster) and Don Ostrowski; each scored 1.5 points.
Here is the link to the tournament's Cross Table: http://www.uschess.org/msa/XtblMain.php?201910134802.0

Below are the quick rating updates for the the ten players who competed.

♙   ♝   ♘   ♜   ♘   ♟   Tuesday October 15th, 2019 Quick Rating Updates   ♗   ♞   ♖   ♞   ♗   ♟
USCFID#: Member NameEnd DateMost Recent Rated EventSection: NameQuick
Pre => Post
Blitz
Class
12924445: BRETT KILDAHL2019-10-13BILLIARDS CAFÉ FALL QUICK (MA)1: FALL QUICK 1947 => 1947 A
12350410: JEFFREY L CARUSO2019-10-13BILLIARDS CAFÉ FALL QUICK (MA)1: FALL QUICK 1929 (P11) => 1933 (P14) New
10011965: ROGER CAPPALLO2019-10-13BILLIARDS CAFÉ FALL QUICK (MA)1: FALL QUICK 1843 => 1828 A
12763343: GEOFFREY LEPOER2019-10-13BILLIARDS CAFÉ FALL QUICK (MA)1: FALL QUICK 1717 => 1805 A
10018005: THOMAS C ZUPPA2019-10-13BILLIARDS CAFÉ FALL QUICK (MA)1: FALL QUICK 1821 => 1802 A
10004802: LAWRENCE DAVID GLADDING2019-10-13BILLIARDS CAFÉ FALL QUICK (MA)1: FALL QUICK 1696 => 1696 B
12413721: DAVE COUTURE2019-10-13BILLIARDS CAFÉ FALL QUICK (MA)1: FALL QUICK 1691 => 1672 B
16752964: STEPHEN MURRAY2019-10-13BILLIARDS CAFÉ FALL QUICK (MA)1: FALL QUICK 1628 (P24) => 1613 B
12420184: DON OSTROWSKI2019-10-13BILLIARDS CAFÉ FALL QUICK (MA)1: FALL QUICK 1539 (P19) => 1568 (P22) New
16636306: MICHAEL SCOTT DAVID2019-10-13BILLIARDS CAFÉ FALL QUICK (MA)1: FALL QUICK 1567 => 1558 C

September 23rd 2019

A total of eight players showed up to compete in the 2019 Billiards Café Summer Blitz Tournament which was held on Sunday September 22nd, 2019. The tournament time control was Game/5 d2 & cash prizes were awarded. Larry Gladding directed the tournament.

Below are the blitz rating updates for the the eight players who competed.

♙   ♝   ♘   ♜   ♘   ♟   Monday September 23rd, 2019 Blitz Rating Updates   ♗   ♞   ♖   ♞   ♗   ♟
USCFID#: Member NameEnd DateMost Recent Rated EventSection: NameBlitz
Pre => Post
Blitz
Class
12924445: BRETT KILDAHL2019-09-22SUMMER BLITZ (MA)1: SUMMER BLITZ 2170 (P19) => 2106 Exp
12525099: MICHAEL COMMISSO2019-09-22SUMMER BLITZ (MA)1: SUMMER BLITZ 1754 => 1900 A
10004802: LAWRENCE DAVID GLADDING2019-09-22SUMMER BLITZ (MA)1: SUMMER BLITZ 1877 => 1866 A
12401616: RAYMOND PAULSON2019-09-22SUMMER BLITZ (MA)1: SUMMER BLITZ 1845 => 1845 A
12763343: GEOFFREY LEPOER2019-09-22SUMMER BLITZ (MA)1: SUMMER BLITZ 1874 => 1795 B
16752964: STEPHEN MURRAY2019-09-22SUMMER BLITZ (MA)1: SUMMER BLITZ 1685 (P19) => 1710 B
16636306: MICHAEL SCOTT DAVID2019-09-22SUMMER BLITZ (MA)1: SUMMER BLITZ 1492 => 1634 B
12420184: DON OSTROWSKI2019-09-22SUMMER BLITZ (MA)1: SUMMER BLITZ 1564 (P19) => 1556 C

August 31st 2019
The Billiards Café will be closed on Sunday and Monday

The Billiards Café will be closed on Sunday and Monday (September 1 & 2), eliminating any Sunday Night Chess this weekend.

July 25th 2019

A total of ten players showed up to compete in the 2019 Billiards Café Summer Quick Tournament which was held on Sunday July 21st, 2019. The tournament time control was Game/25 d3 & cash prizes were awarded to the two winners, Brett Kildahl & Michael David.

Below are the quick rating updates for the the ten players who competed.

♙   ♝   ♘   ♜   ♘   ♟   Thursday July 25, 2019 Quick Rating Updates   ♗   ♞   ♖   ♞   ♗   ♟
USCFID#: Member NameEnd DateMost Recent Rated EventSection: NameQuick
Pre => Post
Quick
Class
12924445: BRETT KILDAHL2019-07-21BILLIARDS CAFÉ SUMMER QUICK (MA)1: BILLIARDS CAFÉ SUMMER QUI 1958 => 1957 A
10032059: DAVID M KOCHMAN2019-07-21BILLIARDS CAFÉ SUMMER QUICK (MA)1: BILLIARDS CAFÉ SUMMER QUI 1811 => 1815 A
16752964: STEPHEN MURRAY2019-07-21BILLIARDS CAFÉ SUMMER QUICK (MA)1: BILLIARDS CAFÉ SUMMER QUI 1653 (P13) => 1661 (P16) New
10004802: LAWRENCE GLADDING2019-07-21BILLIARDS CAFÉ SUMMER QUICK (MA)1: BILLIARDS CAFÉ SUMMER QUI 1683 => 1635 B
12420184: DON OSTROWSKI2019-07-21BILLIARDS CAFÉ SUMMER QUICK (MA)1: BILLIARDS CAFÉ SUMMER QUI 1597 (P13) => 1549 (P16) New
12222200: JAMES A. HANKARD2019-07-21BILLIARDS CAFÉ SUMMER QUICK (MA)1: BILLIARDS CAFÉ SUMMER QUI 1500 => 1518 C
12633241: JAMES E DONAHUE2019-07-21BILLIARDS CAFÉ SUMMER QUICK (MA)1: BILLIARDS CAFÉ SUMMER QUI 1477 => 1493 C
12525099: MICHAEL COMMISSO2019-07-21BILLIARDS CAFÉ SUMMER QUICK (MA)1: BILLIARDS CAFÉ SUMMER QUI 1493 => 1484 C
16636306: MICHAEL SCOTT DAVID2019-07-21BILLIARDS CAFÉ SUMMER QUICK (MA)1: BILLIARDS CAFÉ SUMMER QUI 1304 => 1456 C
15927258: ALEXANDER VENEZIA2019-07-21BILLIARDS CAFÉ SUMMER QUICK (MA)1: BILLIARDS CAFÉ SUMMER QUI 1387 (P19) => 1377 (P22) New


Where:
Billiards Café 39 Main Street, Suite 201, Ayer, MA 01432
www.thebilliardscafe.com 978-772-(POOL)7665
When:
The Ayer Chess Club, meets Sundays at 7:00 PM.
What:
The club mostly hosts game analysis & casual play but also USCF rated events with various time controls including blitz & quick.
Who:
Michael David, the club organizer, began regular casual chess activities on Sunday evenings at the Billiards Café in Ayer & due to the attendence of a fairly regular group of rated players from the surrounding area, mostly members of the Wachusett CC in Fitchburg (one of whom, Stephen Murray, who happens to own a projector), expanded activities to include game analysis by the group using a computer & a projector.