♔  "Undefended pieces are the seeds of combinations." -Roger Cappallo  ♔

Dave Couture vs. Ananth Rangan


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 2021 ♔

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 =  A28 English opening, four knights system, Nimzovich variation: 1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e4 
♔   ♛   ♖   ♝   ♘   Four Random Mating Patterns   ♞   ♗   ♜   ♕   ♚

Stan Talcott's Mate

Hook Mate

Opera Mate

Lolli's Mate



September 15th, 2021

3 Non-Upset Upsets in "A" Championship Rd 2

WCC 'A' Championship, September 15th, 2021
Round 2 of 7 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Ray Paulson 1-0Larry Gladding
Ralph McNeilage 0-1Stephen Murray0
Mike Commisso1/2-1/2Roger Cappallo
Dave Couture 1-0Gary Brassard
Total of 4 boards,
no major upsets (♔ ♕), no upset draws ().

WCC 'A' Championship, September 15th, 2021
CURRENT STANDINGS After 2 Rounds
PointsPlayers
2.0Paulson, Murray
1.5-----
1.0McNeilage, Gladding, Couture
0.5Cappallo, Commisso
0.0Brassard


Projected Round 3 Pairings for September 22nd:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Murray vs. Paulson Gladding vs. McNeilage Cappallo vs. Couture Brassard vs. Commisso
Note: Projected pairings & colors are only estimates. Official pairings are posted at the beginning of each round.

September 15th, 2021

King, Kildahl, Jeselson, Nair, & Biglow Lead WCC "B" After 2

WCC 'B' Championship, September 15th, 2021
Round 2 of 7 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Todd Tsakiris 0-1Rob King
Brett Kildahl 1-0Vihaan Jain
Ken Gurge 0-1Andrew Jeselson
Jim Donahue 0-1Anand Nair
Brian Biglow 1-0Tom Fratturelli
Bob Mathieu 0-1Kevin Perera
Rene Minalga-Rheault 0-1Raaga Pulya
Matt Moore 0-1Michael David
Don Ostrowski 0-1Mike Bergeron
Hugh McLaughlin 1-0Larry O'Rourke
John Bastarache1/2-1/2Emily Gawboy
Jon Stephan 0-1Mark Wheeler
Total of 12 boards,
no major upsets (♔ ♕), no upset draws ().

♝ Receiving half-point byes were George Mirijanian, Mike Manisy, Mitchell Haley,
Paul Godin, Geoff LePoer, and Don Briggs.
Declining a bye was Mike Densmore..
♙ Withdrawn from the tournament were Alan Condon and Roland Booker..

WCC 'B' Championship, September 15th, 2021
CURRENT STANDINGS After 2 Rounds
PointsPlayers
2.0King, Kildahl, Jeselson, Nair, Biglow
1.5Mirijanian, Manisy, Pulya, Perera, Haley
1.0Godin, LePoer, David, Tsakiris, Jain, Gurge, Donahue, Wheeler, Bergeron, McLaughlin
0.5Fratturelli, Briggs, Bastarache, Mathieu, Gawboy, Minalga-Rheault, Moore
0.0(Condon), Ostrowski, (Booker), O'Rourke, Stephan, Densmore


Projected Round 3 Pairings for September 22nd:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
King vs. Jeselson Nair vs. Kildahl Mirijanian vs. Biglow Perera vs. Manisy Pulya vs. Haley Jain vs. LePoer David vs. Donahue Wheeler vs. Tsakiris Bergeron vs. Gurge Fratturelli vs. McLaughln Briggs vs. Moore Bastarache vs. Minalga-Rheault Gawboy vs. Mathieu Ostrowski vs. Stephan O'Rourke vs. Densmore
Note: Projected pairings & colors are only estimates. Official pairings are posted at the beginning of each round.

REMINDER: Players must be present in Room C-142 by 7:10 P.M.
in order to be paired for Round 3 on September 22nd
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 P.M.

September 8th, 2021

A Snack for Black as
2021 WCC Championship Gets Underway

WCC 'A' Championship, September 8th, 2021
Round 1 of 7 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Mike Commisso 0-1Ray Paulson
Roger Cappallo 0-1Larry Gladding
Dave Couture 0-1Ralph McNeilage
Gary Brassard 0-1Stephen Murray
Total of 4 boards,
no major upsets (♔ ♕), no upset draws ().

WCC 'A' Championship, September 8th, 2021
CURRENT STANDINGS After 1 Round
PointsPlayers
1.0Paulson, McNeilage,Gadding, Murray
0..0Cappallo,Brassard, Commisso, Couture


Projected Round 2 Pairings for September 15th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Paulson vs. Gladding McNeilage vs. Murray Commisso vs. Cappallo Couture vs. Brassard
Note: Projected pairings & colors are only estimates. Official pairings are posted at the beginning of each round.

September 8th, 2021

2021 WCC "B" Championship Opens

WCC 'B' Championship, September 8th, 2021
Round 1 of 7 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Robert King 1-0Don Ostrowski
Roland Booker 0-1Brett Kildahl
Andrew Jeselson 1-0Don Briggs
Larry O'Rourke 0-1George Mirijanian
Anand Nair 1-0John Basttarache
Mark Wheeler 0-1Michael Manisy
Michael David 0-1Brian Biglow
Mike Bergeron 0-1Todd Tsakiris
Vihaan Jain 1-0Hugh McLaughlin
Emily Gawboy 0-1Ken Gurge
Alan Condon 0-1Mitchell Haley
Jon Stephan 0-1Jim Donahue
Total of 12 boards,
no major upsets (♔ ♕), no upset draws ().

♝ Receiving half-point byes were Paul Godin, Geiff LePoer, Mariano Rivera,
Bob Mathieu, Raaga Pulya, and Kevin Perera.
♖ Players who missed the first round can still enter the tournament and may receive a retroactive bye, if requested, for Round 1.

WCC 'B' Championship, September 8th, 2021
CURRENT STANDINGS After 1 Rounds
PointsPlayers
1.0King, Kildahl, Jeselson, Mirijanian, Nair, Manisy, Tsakiris, Jain, Gurge, Donahue, Biglow, Haley
0.5Godin, LePoer, Rivera, Mathieu, Pulya, Perera
0.0David, Condon, Ostrowski, Booker, Briggs, O'Rourke, Bastarache, Wheeler, Bergeron, McLaughlin, Gawboy, Stephan


Projected Round 2 Pairings for September 15th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Tsakiris vs. King Kildahl vs. Jain Gurge vs. Jeselson Mirijanian vs. Donahue Biglow vs. Nair Haley vs. Godin LePoer vs. Pulya Rivera vs. Perera Bastarache vs. David Wheeler vs. Condon Ostrowski vs. Bergeron McLaughlin vs. Booker Briggs vs. Gawboy Sephan vs. O'Rourke
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 Manisy.
♙ The Wachusett Chess Club welcomes Anand Nair, Todd Tsakiris, Mike Bergeron,
Vihaan Jain, Mitchell Haley, & Jon Stephan. Also Michael Manisy, is returning after a hiatus.

REMINDER: Players must be present in Room C-142 by 7:10 P.M.
in order to be paired for Round 2 on September 15th
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7:00 P.M.

June 26th 2021
King is King at 2021 Summer Festival Swiss

Rob King scored 5 points out of a possible 5 to win the Summer Festival ("Kesajuhla") Swiss, aka Evert Siiskonen Memorial, on Sunday, June 20, at Saima Park in Fitchburg.
The 2011 Wachusett Chess Club champion topped the field by defeating in succession: Tom Fratturelli, Geoff LePoer, Roger Cappallo, Mike Commisso & Mariano Riviera.
-PG



Event: 		Summer Festival (Kesajuhla) SWISS 2021
Location: 	Saima Park, Fitchburg, MA
Event Date: 	2021-06-20
Chief TD: 	George Mirijanian
Non-rated
Time Control: G/15 d5

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 Pair | Player Name         Rating  | Round | Round | Round | Round | Round | Total |
 Num  |                             |  1    |  2    |  3    |  4    |  5    |       |
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   1  | Rob King            2204    |  W19  |  W7   |  W5   |  W6   |  W3   |  5.0  | 1st 🐔
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   2  | Andrew Jeselson     1964    |  L9   |  W15  |  W17  |  W7   |  W4   |  4.0  | 2nd
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   3  | Mariano Riviera     1651    |  W4   |  D6   |  W11  |  W10  |  L1   |  3.5  | 3rd
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   4  | Paul Godin          1970    |  L3   |  W12  |  W19  |  W5   |  L2   |  3.0  | 4th-9th
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   5  | Roger Cappallo      1940    |  W14  |  W13  |  L1   |  L4   |  W8   |  3.0  | 4th-9th
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   6  | Mike Commisso       1852    |  W15  |  D3   |  W8   |  L1   |  D10  |  3.0  | 4th-9th
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   7  | Geoff LePoer        1774    |  W18  |  L1   |  W9   |  L2   |  W14  |  3.0  | 4th-9th
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   8  | Dave Couture        1773    |  W16  |  W10  |  L6   |  W11  |  L5   |  3.0  | 4th-9th
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   9  | Don Ostrowski       1620    |  W2   |  L11  |  L7   |  W16  |  W13  |  3.0  | 4th-9th
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  10  | Bruce Felton        1971    |  W17  |  L8   |  W13  |  L3   |  D6   |  2.5  | 10th-12th
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  11  | Gary Brassard       1832    |  D12  |  W9   |  L3   |  L8   |  W15  |  2.5  | 10th-12th
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  12  | Angel Soto          1425    |  D11  |  L4   |  W18  |  L13  |  W19  |  2.5  | 10th-12th
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  13  | Jack Martin         1363    |  W20  |  L5   |  L10  |  W12  |  L9   |  2.0  | 13th-16th
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  14  | Roland Booker       1600    |  L5   |  W20  |  L15  |  W17  |  L7   |  2.0  | 13th-16th
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  15  | Don Briggs          1544    |  L6   |  L2   |  W14  |  W19  |  L11  |  2.0  | 13th-16th
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  16  | Hamed Zarei         Unr.    |  L8   |  L17  |  W20  |  L9   |  W21  |  2.0  | 13th-16th
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  17  | Dave Martin         1700    |  L10  |  W16  |  L2   |  L14  |  D18  |  1.5  | 17th-18th
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  18  | Emily Gawboy        1199    |  L7   |  L19  |  L12  |  X20  |  D17  |  1.5  | 17th-18th
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  19  | Tom Fratturelli     1675    |  L1   |  W18  |  L4   |  L15  |  L12  |  1.0  | 19th
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  20  | Zachary Koutonen    Unr.    |  L13  |  L14  |  L16  |  F18  |  ...  |  0.0  | 20th-21st
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  21  | Chris Warner        Unr.    |  ...  |  ...  |  ...  |  ...  |  L16  |  0.0  | 20th-21st
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Past Evert Siiskonen Memorial winners at Saima Park:

2021 - Rob King - 21 players
2020 - no tournament
2019 Geoff LePoer - 16 players
2018 Rob King - 16 players
2017 Paul Godin - 10 players
2016 Paul Godin - 8 players
2015 Gary Brassard - 14 players


June 6th 2021
Unrated Fun Tournament on Sunday June 20th!

George is once again organizing an unrated 5 round G/15 tournament as part of the annual Finnish Festival on June 20th.
See details in the link below. Hope to see everyone there!
-Dave C.
Evert Siiskonen Memorial at Summer Festival in Fitchburg
Chess Event Details on MACA Tournament Rules and Other Information: Registration from 9:30 to 9:45 a.m. on June 20.
Tournament will be held outside if the weather is nice enough to do it; otherwise, an indoor event www.masschess.org
-George M.