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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



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#: WCC 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.