♘  "No matter how much theory progresses, how radically styles change, chess play is inconceivable without tactics." -Samuel Reshevsky  ♘

Arthur Barlas & George Mirijanian


World Top Ten:
2700chess.com for more details and full list World Top Ten Women:
2700chess.com for more details and full list

WCC News 2020 ♔

Miscellaneous News & Other Chess Events of Interest:


MACA Event Calendar of Tournaments throughout Massachusetts

NHCA Event Calendar of Tournaments throughout New Hampshire

Relyea Event Calendar of Open & Invitational Tournaments

Continental Chess Association Tournament Schedule for All States

SENECA Southeast New England Chess Association Tournament Schedule

Connecticut Chess Magazine by Rob Roy blog.


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


Metrowest Chess Club Monthly Event NEW LOCATION:
Note:
Henceforth all Metrowest Chess Club events are at our new location,
St. Paul's Episcopal Church; 39 E. Central Ave., Natick MA
PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY
See http://www.metrowestchess.org/Community/Club/Maps/Location_and_Maps.pdf for maps.
Also: The time control is now 40/90; SD/30; d5

(Formerly located at the Natick Community Center, 117 E. Central St. (Rt.135) in Natick Massachusetts.)


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

Ayer Chess Club at Billiards Café schedules info & results are now available on this site.

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

MetroWest Chess Club events calendar


♔ ♞ Print or download a .PDF version of the Wachusett Chess Club Flyer ♘ ♚

♚ ♛ An Archive of these & earlier News Links is now available in the "Chess Online" section ♛ ♚

YOU CAN NOW EASILY CONVERT YOUR GAMES TO PGN FORMAT & EMAIL THEM! ♗ ♞ ♖

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

♚ ♔ ♚ Three books by local author FM John Curdo, 'Chess Caviar', 'More Chess Caviar' & 'Still More Chess Caviar'
all now available directly from John Curdo. Each book contains 100 of John's selected miniature games ♔ ♚ ♔

ECO code to enjoy =  C23-C24 Bishop's opening: 1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 
♔   ♛   ♖   ♝   ♘   Four Random Mating Patterns   ♞   ♗   ♜   ♕   ♚

Double Bishop Mate

Opera Mate

Pawn Chain Knight Mate

Epaulette Mate



February 19th, 2020

George E. O'Rourke Memorial, February 19th, 2020
Round 2 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
♔ 202Mike Commisso 1-0Ray Paulson
George Mirijanian 1-0Michael David
Dave Couture1/2-1/2Roger Cappallo
Geoff LePoer 1-0Stephen Murray
Tom Fratturelli 0-1Ralph McNeilage
Gary Brassard 1-0Paul Carrier
Paul Godin 1-0Larry Gladding
Ken Gurge 1-0Jim Donahue
Brian Biglow 0-1Vince Premus
Don Ostrowski 0-1♔ Don Briggs
Mike Meehan 1-0Keith Hamer
Hugh McLaughliin 0-1Jim Hankard
Phil Iovanna 1-0Emily Gawboy
Mitchell Haley 0-1John Bastarache
Mark Wheeler1/2-1/2♖ Leo Marzoratti
Mike Densmore 0-1Bob Mathieu
Total of 16 boards,
2 major upsets (♔ ♕), 1 upset draw ().

♝ Receiving half-point byes were Rob King, Bruce Felton, Larry O'Rourke, Richard Hubbard and Ritvik Pulya.
♖ Not playing round 2 were Raaga Pulya and Jason McKelvey.

George E. O'Rourke Memorial, February 19th, 2020
CURRENT STANDINGS After 2 Rounds
PointsPlayers
2.0Mirijanian, LePoer, McNeilage, Brassard, Commisso
1.5King, Godin, Felton, Cappallo, Couture, O'Rourke
1.0Paulson, Hubbard, Ri. Pulya, David, Murray, Gurge, Fratturelli, Premus, Meehan, Hankard, Iovanna, Bastarache, Mathieu, Briggs, Carrier
0.5Donahue, Wheeler, Marzoratti
0.0Gladding, Ostrowski, Biglow, Hamer, McLaughlin, Gawboy, Ra. Pulya, Haley,, McKelvey, Densmore


Projected Round 3 Pairings for February 26th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: McNeilage vs. Mirijanian Board 2: Brassard vs. LePoer Board 3: King vs. Commisso Board 4: Couture vs. Godin Board 5: O'Rourke vs. Felton Board 6: Paulson vs. Meehan Board 7: Premus vs. Hubbard Board 8: Hankard vs. Ri. Pulya Board 9: David vs. Iovanna Board 10: Murray vs. Bastarache Board 11: Mathieu vs. Gurge Board 12: Briggs vs. Fratturelli Board 13: Carrier vs. Donahue Board 14: Gladding vs. Wheeler Board 15: Marzoratti vs. Ostrowski Board 16: Ra. Pulya vs. Biglow Board 17: Hamer vs. Haley Board 18: Gawboy vs. Densmore
Note: Projected pairings & colors are only estimates. Official pairings are posted at the beginning of each round.

♗ Requesting a half-point bye for Round 3 is Cappallo.
♝ McLaughlin is declining a half-point bye.
♗ McKelvey will be paired if he shows up.

REMINDER: Players must be present in Room C-159 by 7:10 P.M.
in order to be paired for Round 3 on February 26th
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 P.M.

February 17th 2020
GM Humpy Koneru wins 2nd Cairns Cup;
WGM Carissa Yip upsets world champion

The 9th and final round of the 2nd annual Cairns Cup was played on Sunday, Feb. 16, at the Saint Louis Chess Club, where GM Humpy Koneru of India emerged the winner, scoring 6-3.
Finishing as runner-up with a 5.5-3.5 tally was world champion GM Ju Wenjun of China, who was deprived of first place and possibly a tie for first place, after she was upset in Round 8 by WGM Carissa Yip, champion of the Wachusett Chess Club in 2014 and the Boylston Chess Club in 2016.
Tying for 3rd-4th place with 5-4 results were GM Mariya Muzychuk of Ukraine and Alexandra Kosteniuk of Russia. GM Kateryna Lagno of Russia and GM Harika Dronavalli of India shared 5th-6th place with even scores of 4.5-4.5.
Deadlocked in 7th-9th place with 4-5 tallies were Carissa Yip, who will be awarded the International Master title by FIDE at the end of February, fellow American GM Irina Krush, and GM Nana Dzagnidze of Georgia.
Finishing in 10th place with 2.5-6.5 result was last year's Cairns Cup winner, GM Valentina Gunina of Russia.
This performance places Carissa at #42 on the Women’s live rating list and she is the youngest of the top 50!
A private closing ceremony was to be held Monday evening, Feb. 17, in Saint Louis.

Games can be found in .PGN format at: https://www.chessgames.com/perl/chess.pl?tid=98600.
Each round of the entire tournament with live commentary by
GM Yasser Sierawan, GM Alejandro Ramirez & WGM Jennifer Shahade may be viewed at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fnw7GO1E6e4 Round 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CNLVrjNV58 Round 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTICiqBbRGg Round 3
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3e8Nw7hC1wY Typ 3
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLaUCWvSBPQ Round 4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksZGi19qmoY Round 5
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ii8HUeXUi2Q Round 6
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eReAJ0pLNYw Round 7
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FM3YyMgMzws Round 8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiUufnpwJPU Round 9

-George M.

February 12th, 2020
2020 George E. O'Rourke Memorial
Round 1 of 5

George E. O'Rourke Memorial, February 12th, 2020
Round 1 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Vince Premus 0-1Rob King
Ray Paulson 1-0Don Ostrowski
♖ Jim Donahue1/2-1/2Paul Godin
Bruce Felton 1-0Mike Meehan
Jim Hankard 0-1George Mirijanian
Roger Cappallo 1-0Phil Iovanna
John Bastarache 0-1Geoff LePoer
Ralph McNeilage 1-0Mark Wheeler
Bob Mathieu 0-1Gary Brassard
Mike Commisso 1-0Brian Biglow
♔ Larry O'Rourke 1-0Larry Gladding
Michael David 1-0Hugh McLaughlin
Emily Gawboy 0-1Dave Couture
Stephen Murray 1-0Mitchell Haley
♔ Paul Carrier 1-0Ken Gurge
Tom Fratturelli 1-0Mike Densmore
Total of 16 boards,
2 major upsets (♔ ♕), 1 upset draw ().

♝ Receiving half-point byes were Richard Hubbard and Ritvik Pulya.
♖ Not playing round 1 were Don Briggs, Keith Hamer, Raaga Pulya, Leo Marzoratti and Jason McKelvey.

George E. O'Rourke Memorial, February 12th, 2020
CURRENT STANDINGS After 1 Round
PointsPlayers
1.0King, Paulson, Felton, Mirijanian, Cappallo, LePoer, McNeilage, Brassard, Commisso, David, Couture, Murray, Fratturelli,
O'Rourke, Carrier
0.5Godin, Hubbard, Ri. Pulya, Donahue
0.0Gladding, Gurge, Premus, Ostrowski, Meehan, Hankard, Iovanna, Bastarache, Wheeler, Mathieu, Briggs, Biglow, Hamer,
McLaughlin, Gawboy, Ra. Pulya, Haley, Marzoratti, McKelvey, Densmore


Projected Round 2 Pairings for February 19th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: King vs. Commisso Board 2: Brassard vs. Paulson Board 3: David vs. Felton Board 4: Mirijanian vs. Murray Board 5: Couture vs. Cappallo Board 6: LePoer vs. Fratturelli Board 7: O'Rourke vs. McNeilage Board 8: Godin vs. Carrier Board 9: Hubbard vs. Ri. Pulya Board 10: Gladding vs. Donahue Board 11: Gurge vs. Briggs Board 12: Biglow vs. Premus Board 13: Ostrowski vs. Hamer Board 14: Meehan vs. Ra. Pulya Board 15: McLaughlin vs. Hankard Board 16: Iovanna vs. Gawboy Board 17: Haley vs. Bastarache Board 18: Wheeler vs. Marzoratti Board 19: Densmore vs. Mathieu
Note: Projected pairings & colors are only estimates. Official pairings are posted at the beginning of each round.

♗ McKelvey will be paired if he shows up.

REMINDER: Players must be present in Room C-159 by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 2 on February 19th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 P.M.

February 10th, 2020
Ratings in effect for the George E. O'Rourke Memorial tournament

The following ratings are in effect for the George E. O'Rourke Memorial tournament,
which begins Wednesday, February 12th, in Room C-159 of the McKay Complex at Fitchburg State University.
Registration is from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., with Round 1 starting at 7:15 p.m.
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
George E. O'Rourke Memorial tournament:
1Ray Paulson 1996
2Paul Godin 1969
3Bruce Felton 1968
4Andrew Jeselson 1953
5Richard Hubbard 1947
6George Mirijanian 1946
7Roger Cappallo 1926
8Geoff LePoer 1901
9Ralph McNeilage 1855
10Gary Brassard 1830
11Mike Commisso 1794
12Ritvik Pulya 1769
13Larry Gladding 1767
14Michael David 1764
15Dave Couture 1746
16Stephen Murray 1744
17Ken Gurge 1705
18Arthur Barlas 1668
19Tom Fratturelli 1658
20Vince Premus 1650
21Don Ostrowski 1641
22Jim Donahue 1627
23Roland Booker 1600
24Jim Hankard 1600
25Phil Iovanna 1498
26John Bastarache 1479
27Mark Wheeler 1458
28Bob Mathieu 1451
29Don Briggs 1441
30Brian Biglow 1400
31Larry O'Rourke 1392
32Keith Hamer 1379
33Hugh McLaughlin 1241
34Emily Gawboy 1239
35Raaga Pulya 1180
36Mitchell Haley 1063
37Leo Marzoratti 915
38Paul Carrier 869
39Jason McKelvey 859
40Mike Densmore 695

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

February 5th, 2020

Paulson performs perfectly to take Boone 5-0!

Reggie Boone Memorial, February 5th, 2020
Round 5 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Geoff LePoer 0-1Ray Paulson
Paul Godin 1-0Ken Gurge
♔ Michael David 1-0Roger Cappallo
Bruce Felton 1-0Vince Premus
Ralph McNeilage 1-0Dave Couture
Phil Iovanna 0-1Mike Commisso
Gary Brassard 1-0Don Ostrowski
Ritvik Pulya 1-0Tom Fratturelli
Don Briggs 0-1Larry Gladding
Larry O'Rourke 0-1Stephen Murray
Rob King 1-0Emily Gawboy
Brian Biglow1/2-1/2Jim Hankard
♖ Raaga Pulya1/2-1/2Mark Wheeler
John Bastarache 1-0Mitchell Haley
Keith Hamer 0-1Bob Mathieu
Paul Carrier 0-1Leo Marzoratti
Mike Densmore 0-1Hugh McLaughlin
Total of 17 boards,
1 major upset (♔ ♕), 1 upset draw ().

♖ Not playing round 5 were George Mirijanian, Richard Hubbard, Andrew Jeselson, Jim Donahue,
Randy McLaughlin and Jason McKelvey.

Reggie Boone Memorial, February 5th, 2020
FINAL STANDINGS After 5 Rounds
PointsPlayers
5.0Paulson
4.5-----
4.0Godin, David
3.5Felton, McNeilage, Commisso
3.0Cappallo, Mirijanian, LePoer, Brassard, Ri. Pulya, Gladding, Murray, Gurge, Premus
2.5King, Couture, Iovanna
2.0Hubbard, Jeselson, Ostrowski, Fratturelli, Donahue, Hankard, Bastarache, Mathieu, Wheeler, Briggs,
Biglow, O'Rourke, Gawboy, Ra. Pulya, Marzoratti
1.5-----
1.0Hamer, H. McLaughlin, Haley
0.5Carrier, Densmore
0.0R. McLaughlin, McKelvey

♔ 2020 Reggie Boone Memorial PRIZE WINNERS ♔
1st: ♔Ray Paulson of Lowell
2nd-3rd: Paul Godin of Bedford, Michael David of Groton
Top U1810: Mike Commisso of Brookline, NH
Top U1610: Jim Hankard of Antrim, NH, John Bastarache of Fitchburg,
Bob Mathieu and Mark Wheeler, both of Leominster, and Don Briggs of Lunenburg
Top U1410: Phil Iovanna of Foxboro

A total of 4 players
gained 50 or more rating points:
The following players had
a rating increase of
50 or more points:
Phil Iovanna + 129
Leo Marzoratti + 126
Ray Paulson + 66
Michael David + 54
A total of 4 players
reached new all time highs:
The following players achieved
a new all-time high rating:
Michael David 1764
Phil Iovanna 1498
Emily Gawboy 1239
Leo Marzoratti 915

Pictures from this year's Reggie Boone Memorial tournament.

Current 2020 Championship Grand Prix Standings Championship Grand Prix Archive

REMINDER: The next tournament at the club, the George E. O'Rourke Memorial, will begin Wednesday, February 12th.
Players must be present in Room C159 by 7 p.m. on that date in order to be paired for Round 1.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 p.m.

February 3rd 2020
Former Wachusett CC champion Carissa Yip to compete in 2nd annual Cairns Cup

Former Wachusett Chess Club champion Carissa Yip to compete in 2nd annual Cairns Cup in Saint Louis.
Carissa Yip, champion of the Wachusett Chess Club in 2014, is among the entrants set to compete in the 2nd annual Cairns Cup, which will be contested Feb. 6-17 at the Saint Louis Chess Club. The 16-year-old Woman Grandmaster, who is expected to be approved for the International Master title by the World Chess Federation, more commonly known by its acronym FIDE (Federation Internationale des Echecs) at the 90th FIDE Congress in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, at the end of February, will engage in a 10-player round robin that will include the current women's world champion, GM Ju Wenjun, 29, of China, rated 2583, and eight other high-rated GMs in addition to Carissa. This field will be the highest-rated all-female tournament in chess history. Rounds will be played daily at 1 p..m. (Central Time) and can be viewed LIVE at https://www.uschesschamps.com/2020-cairns-cup/overview. The tournament, billed as one of the strongest women's tournaments ever, will have prize fund of $180,000.
-George M.

January 29th, 2020
2020 Reggie Boone Memorial
Round 4 of 5

Paulson leads by a full point with one round left

Reggie Boone Memorial, January 29th, 2020
Round 4 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Ray Paulson 1-0Bruce Felton
Roger Cappallo1/2-1/2Geoff LePoer
Stephen Murray 0-1Paul Godin
♔ Ken Gurge 1-0Gary Brassard
Mike Commisso1/2-1/2Dave Couture
Vince Premus 1-0Ritvik Pulya
Larry Gladding 0-1Michael David
Tom Fratturelli1/2-1/2Phil Iovanna
Jim Hankard 0-1Ralph McNeilage
Don Ostrowski 1-0Keith Hamer
John Bastarache 0-1Larry O'Rourke
♕ Emily Gawboy 1-0Bob Mathieu
Leo Marzoratti 0-1Don Briggs
Brian Biglow1/2-1/2Raaga Pulya
Mark Wheeler 1-0Paul Carrier
Mitchell Haley 1-0Mike Densmore
Total of 16 boards,
2 major upsets (♔ ♕), no upset draws ().

♝ Receiving half-point byes were George Mirijanian, Richard Hubbard, and Jim Donahue.
♖ Not playing round 4 were Hugh McLaughlin and Jason McKelvey.
♙ Andrew Jeselson was withdrawn from the tournament. Randy McLaughlin had already withdrawn from the event.

Reggie Boone Memorial, January 29th, 2020
CURRENT STANDINGS After 4 Rounds
PointsPlayers
4.0Paulson
3.5-----
3.0Godin, Cappallo, Mirijanian, LePoer, David, Gurge, Premus
2.5Felton, McNeilage, Commisso, Couture, Iovanna
2.0Hubbard, (Jeselson), Brassard, Ri. Pulya, Gladding, Murray, Ostrowski, Fratturelli, Donahue, Briggs, O'Rourke, Gawboy
1.5Hankard, Wheeler, Biglow, Ra. Pulya
1.0Bastarache, Mathieu, Hamer, Marzoratti, Haley
0.5Carrier, Densmore
0.0(R. McLaughlin), H. McLaughlin, McKelvey


Projected Round 5 Pairings for February 5th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Cappallo vs. Paulson Board 2: Godin vs. David Board 3: Mirijanian vs. Gurge Board 4: LePoer vs. Premus Board 5: Felton vs. Commisso Board 6: McNeilage vs. Couture Board 7: Iovanna vs. Hubbard Board 8: Brassard vs. Ostrowski Board 9: Ri. Pulya vs. Fratturelli Board 10: Briggs vs. Gladding Board 11: O'Rourke vs. Murray Board 12: Gawboy vs. Hankard Board 13: Biglow vs. Wheeler Board 14: Ra. Pulya vs. Bastarache Board 15: Mathieu vs. Haley Board 16: Hamer vs. Marzorartti Board 17: Carrier vs. Densmore Board 18: H. McLaughlin vs. McKelvey
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 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 5 on February 5th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 P.M.

January 22nd, 2020
2020 Reggie Boone Memorial
Round 3 of 5

Reggie Boone Memorial, January 22nd, 2020
Round 3 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Paul Godin 0-1Ray Paulson
Tom Fratturelli 0-1Bruce Felton
Richard Hubbard 0-1Roger Cappallo
Don Briggs 0-1Gary Brassard
Keith Hamer 0-1Mike Commisso
Ritvik Pulya 1-0Leo Marzoratti
Dave Couture 1-0John Bastarache
Michael David 1-0Brian Biglow
Larry O'Rourke 0-1Ken Gurge
Phil Iovanna 1-0Don Ostrowski
Raaga Pulya 0-1Vince Premus
Ralph McNeilage 1-0Mark Wheeler
Mike Densmore 0-1Jim Hankard
Bob Mathieu 1-0Mitchell Haley
Jason McKelvey 0-1Emily Gawboy
Total of 15 boards,
no major upsets (♔ ♕), no upset draws ().

♝ Receiving a half-point bye was Donahue.
♗ Declining a half-point bye is H. McLaughlin.

Reggie Boone Memorial, January 22nd, 2020
CURRENT STANDINGS After 3 Rounds
PointsPlayers
3.0Paulson
2.5Felton, Cappallo, Mirijanian, LePoer
2.0Godin, Jeselson, Brassard, Commisso, Ri. Pulya, Gladding, Couture, Murray, David, Gurge,Premus, Iovanna
1.5Hubbard, McNeilage, Fratturelli, Donahue, Hankard,
1.0Ostrowski, Bastarache, Mathieu, Briggs, Biglow, Hamer, O'Rourke, Gawboy, Ra. Pulya, Marzoratti,
0.5Wheeler, Carrier, Densmore
0.0(R. McLaughlin), H. McLaughlin, Haley, McKelvey


Projected Round 4 Pairings for January 29th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Paulson vs. Felton Board 2: Cappallo vs. Mirijanian Board 3: LePoer vs. Godin Board 4: Murray vs. Jeselson Board 5: Gurge vs. Brassard Board 6: Commisso vs. Couture Board 7: Premus vs. Ri. Pulya Board 8: Gladding vs. David Board 9: Hubbard vs. Iovanna Board 10: Hankard vs. McNeilage Board 11: Ostrowski vs. Fratturelli Board 12: Bastarache vs. O'Rourke Board 13: Hamer vs. Mathieu Board 14: Gawboy vs. Briggs Board 15: Biglow vs. Ra. Pulya Board 16: Marzoratti vs. Wheeler Board 17: Carrier vs. Densmore Board 18: Haley vs. McKelvey
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 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 4 on January 29th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 P.M.

January 21st 2020
Former Wachusett CC champion Yip runnerup in GM Norm Invitational

Sixteen-year-old Carissa Yip, champion of the Wachusett Chess Club in 2014, finished as a runnerup in the GM Norm Invitational tournament, held January 16-20 at the Charlotte Chess Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. In a 10-player round robin, Carissa scored 5.5-3.5 to tie for 2nd-4th place - a half point behind tournament winner GM Mark Paragua (USCF-rated 2602) of the Philippines, who inflicted Carissa with one of her two losses. With 4 wins and 3 draws, Carissa missed obtaining a GM norm by a single point, but did manage to defeat reigning US Women's Champ, Jennifer Yu, in the penultimate round.
-George M

January 15th, 2020
2020 Reggie Boone Memorial
Round 2 of 5

Reggie Boone Memorial, January 15th, 2020
Round 2 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Gary Brassard 0-1Paul Godin
Roger Cappallo1/2-1/2Larry Gladding
Mike Commisso 0-1George Mirijanian
Ray Paulson 1-0Michael David
Ken Gurge 0-1Geoff LePoer
Bruce Felton 1-0Phil Iovanna
Jim Hankard 0-1Tom Fratturelli
Vince Premus1/2-1/2Keith Hamer
Don Ostrowski 1-0Hugh McLaughlin
Emily Gawboy 0-1Jim Donahue
John Bastarache 1-0Paul Carrier
♔ Leo Marzoratti 1-0Bob Mathieu
Mark Wheeler1/2-1/2♖ Mike Densmore
Mitchell Haley 0-1Don Briggs
Brian Biglow 1-0Jason McKelvey
Total of 15 boards,
1 major upset (♔ ♕), 1 upset draw ().

♝ Receiving half-point byes were Richard Hubbard, Andrew Jeselson, Stephen Murray, Ritvik Pulya,
Dave Couture, Roland Booker, Larry O'Rourke, Raaga Pulya and Ralph McNeilage.
♙ Randy McLaughlin withdrew from the tournament.

Reggie Boone Memorial, January 15th, 2020
CURRENT STANDINGS After 2 Rounds
PointsPlayers
2.0Godin, Mirijanian, Paulson, LePoer
1.5Felton, Hubbard, Jeselson, Cappallo, Gladding, Murray, Fratturelli
1.0Brassard, Commisso, Ri. Pulya, Couture, David, Gurge, Ostrowski, Premus, Donahue, Booker, Bastarache, Briggs, Biglow,
Hamer, O'Rourke, Iovanna, Ra. Pulya, Marzoratti
0.5McNeilage, Hankard, Wheeler, Densmore
0.0Mathieu, (R. McLaughlin), H. Mclaughlin, Gawboy, Carrier, Haley, McKelvey


Projected Round 3 Pairings for January 22nd:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Godin vs. Paulson Board 2: Mirijanian vs. Felton Board 3: Hubbard vs. Cappallo Board 4: Gladding vs. Jeselson Board 5: Fratturelli vs. Brassard Board 6: Briggs vs. Commisso Board 7: Ri. Pulya vs. Bastarache Board 8: Couture vs. Biglow Board 9: David vs. O'Rourke Board 10: Hamer vs. Gurge Board 11: Iovanna vs. Ostrowski Board 12: Ra. Pulya vs. Premus Board 13: Donahue vs. Marzoratti Board 14: McNeilage vs. Wheeler Board 15: Densmore vs. Hankard Board 16: Mathieu vs. Haley Board 17: McKelvey vs. Gawboy
Note: Projected pairings & colors are only estimates. Official pairings are posted at the beginning of each round.

♗ Requesting half-point byes for Round 3 are LePoer, Murray and Carrier.
♝ H. McLaughlin is declining a half-point bye and Booker will be paired if he shows up.
♙ The Wachusett Chess welcomes two new members: Mitchell Haley of Worcester and Jason McKelvey of Gardner.

REMINDER: Players must be present in Room C159 by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 3 on January 22nd.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 P.M.

January 8th, 2020
2020 Reggie Boone Memorial
Round 1 of 5

Reggie Boone Memorial, January 8th, 2020
Round 1 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Paul Godin 1-0Don Ostrowski
Jim Donahue 0-1Richard Hubbard
Andrew Jeselson 1-0John Bastarache
Bob Mathieu 0-1Roger Cappallo
George Mirijanian 1-0Mark Wheeler
Don Briggs 0-1Ray Paulson
Geoff LePoer 1-0Brian Biglow
♔ Phil Iovanna 1-0Ralph McNeilage
Gary Brassard 1-0Randy McLaughlin
Hugh McLaughlin 0-1Mike Commisso
Larry Gladding 1-0Emily Gawboy
Paul Carrier 0-1Stephen Murray
Michael David 1-0Leo Marzoratti
Mike Densmore 0-1Ken Gurge
Total of 14 boards,
1 major upset (♔ ♕), no upset draws ().

♝ Receiving half-point byes were Bruce Felton, Ritvik Pulya, Dave Couture, Tom Fratturelli, Vince Premus,
Jim Hankard, Roland Booker, Larry O'Rourke and Raaga Pulya.

Reggie Boone Memorial, January 8th, 2020
CURRENT STANDINGS After 1 Round
PointsPlayers
1.0Godin, Hubbard, Jeselson, Cappallo, Mirijanian, Paulson, LePoer, Brassard, Commisso, Gladding, Murray, David, Gurge, Iovanna
0.5Felton, Ri. Pulya, Couture, Fratturelli, Premus, Hankard, Booker, O'Rourke, Ra. Pulya
0.0McNeilage, Ostrowski, Donahue, Bastarache, Mathieu, Wheeler, Briggs, Biglow, R. McLaughlin, H. McLaughlin, Gawboy,
Carrier, Marzoratti, Densmore


Projected Round 2 Pairings for January 15th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: LePoer vs. Godin Board 2: Hubbard vs. Brassard Board 3: Commisso vs. Jeselson Board 4: Cappallo vs. Gladding Board 5: Gurge vs. Mirijanian Board 6: Paulson vs. David Board 7: Felton vs. Iovanna Board 8: Ri. Pulya vs. Hankard Board 9: Couture vs. Booker Board 10: O'Rourke vs. Fratturelli Board 11: McNeilage vs. Ra. Pulya Board 12: Ostrowski vs. H. McLaughlin Board 13: Biglow vs. Donahue Board 14: Bastarache vs. Carrier Board 15: Gawboy vs. Mathieu Board 16: Wheeler vs. Densmore Board 17: Marzoratti vs. Briggs
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. Premus will be paired if he shows up.
♙ The Wachusett Chess Club welcomes Phil Iovanna of Foxboro and Leo Marzoratti of Gardner.

REMINDER: Players must be present in Room C159 by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 2 on January 15th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 P.M.

January 7th, 2020
Ratings in effect for the Reggie Boone Memorial tournament

The following ratings are in effect for the Reggie Boone Memorial tournament,
which begins Wednesday, November 13th, in Room C159 of the McKay Complex at Fitchburg State University.
Registration is from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., with Round 1 starting at 7:15 p.m.
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
Reggie Boone Memorial tournament:
1Brett Kildahl 2154
2Bruce Felton 1971
3Paul Godin 1958
4Richard Hubbard 1958
5Andrew Jeselson 1957
6Roger Cappallo 1938
7George Mirijanian 1936
8Ray Paulson 1915
9Geoff LePoer 1903
10Ralph McNeilage 1864
11Gary Brassard 1849
12Mike Commisso 1797
13Ritvik Pulya 1780
14Larry Gladding 1771
15Dave Couture 1750
16Stephen Murray 1747
17Michael David 1716
18Ken Gurge 1691
19Don Ostrowski 1672
20Tom Fratturelli 1671
21Jim Donahue 1628
22Jim Hankard 1607
23Roland Booker 1600
24John Bastarache 1510
25Bob Mathieu 1505
26Mark Wheeler 1496
27Don Briggs 1446
28Brian Biglow 1400
29Keith Hamer 1396
30Larry O'Rourke 1373
31Randy McLaughlin 1321
32Hugh McLaughlin 1245
33Emily Gawboy 1202
34Raaga Pulya 1146
35Paul Carrier 1033
36Mike Densmore 676

December 26th 2019
USCF Rule changes for 2020

Effective January 1st, 2020, the following changes to the USCF rules will go into effect.
https://new.uschess.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/RULESUPDATE-2020-v1.pdf