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February 25th, 2015
George E. O'Rourke Memorial
Round 2 of 5 Results

Some Thrilling Games Yield Mostly Predictable Results

While there was certainly no shortage of excitement & close calls in tonight's round 2 games of the 2015 George E. O'Rourke Memorial, the vast majority of the outcomes followed expectations based on ratings. The only two exceptions of note were Tom Fratturelli's holding Gary Brassard to a draw at board 4 despite Gary's 157 rating point advantage. In fact Tom had won the exchange with a big advantage on the board, but Gary was able to find a way to repeat moves for the draw. Playing at board ten, John Bastarache out maneuvered his 160 higher rated opponent, Gail Lingner & won the full point.

Though the eventual outcomes were somewhat as expected on all the other boards, class B ranked Ken Gurge, at board 2, forced his class A opponent, Larry Gladding into a king & pawn ending in which despite his extra pawn, Larry was only able to win because he correctly achieved a "zugzwang" position whereby Ken had no moves available to maintain his blockade. Meanwhile at board 8, relative newcomer & nearly 300 rating point underdog, Randy McLaughlin, had the upper hand for most of his game against class B ranked Jim Hankard but found himself in a close but tough knight plus 2 pawns vs bishop plus three pawns ending which he was unable to hold. Having taken a half point bye in the first round, George Mirijanian, rated 1965, found himself way down at board 14 but paired with Nowell Sheinwald rated 1923, a rather unusual situation. Nowell with the black pieces, played into a subvariant of George's "Blackmar-Diemer Gambit" which is known to lead to ultra sharp forcing sequences & tactical positions with abundant opportunities for blunders on both sides. The game was sharp & tricky throughout, eventually leading to a forced sequence in a multiple minor piece ending to split the point.

Round 2 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Roger Cappallo 1-0 Alan Condon
Larry Gladding 1-0 Ken Gurge
Dave Thomas 1-0 Dave Couture
Gary Brassard 1/2-1/2 Tom Fratturelli
Bob Mathieu 0-1 Ray Paulson
Bruce Felton 1-0 Larry O'Rourke
Wayne Steadman 0-1 Len Arsenault
Randy McLaughlin 0-1 Jim Hankard
Seeth Ganesan 1-0 Stan Talcott
John Bastarache 1-0 Gail Lingner
Hugh McLaughlin 0-1 George Miller
Jackson Parker 1-0 Tom Whistler
Emily Gawboy 0-1 Brian Biglow
George Mirijanian 1/2-1/2 Nowell Sheinwald

Receiving half-point byes were:
Walter Niemi, Arthur Barlas, Paul Godin, Geoff LePoer, Steve Nelson, Joe Bennett, Richard Bennett and Don Briggs.

Not playing the round were:
Brett Kildahl, Ray Paulson, Paul Lynch, Gail Lingner, Robert Walton, Wayne Steadman, Kandy Lynch,
Francis Scanlon & Rick Evans.

Returning to active play tonight from a brief hiatus since July of last year was Larry O'Rourke.

George E. O'Rourke Memorial, February 25, 2015
CURRENT STANDINGS
Points Players
2.0 Cappallo, Gladding, Thomas
1.5 Paulson, Felton, Sheinwald, Niemi, Barlas, Brassard, Arsenault, Fratturelli
1.0 Mirijanian, Godin, LePoer, Nelson, Condon, Gurge, J. Bennett, Couture, Hankard, Ganesan, Miller, Parker, Biglow, Bastarache, R. Bennett
0.5 Mathieu, Briggs, O'Rourke, Steadman, R. McLaughlin
0.0 Lingner, Talcott, H. McLaughlin, Whistler, Gawboy

Projected Round 3 pairings for March 4:
Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Board 1: Gladding vs. Cappallo
Board 2: Paulson vs. Thomas
Board 3: Arsenault vs. Felton
Board 4: Sheinwald vs. Brassard
Board 5: Fratturelli vs. Niemi
Board 6: Couture vs. Mirijanian
Board 7: Hankard vs. Godin
Board 8: LePoer vs. Ganesan
Board 9: Miller vs. Nelson
Board 10: Condon vs. Parker
Board 11: Gurge vs. Bastarache
Board 12: Biglow vs. J. Bennett
Board 13: R. Bennett vs. Mathieu
Board 14: Briggs vs. Steadman
Board 15: O'Rourke vs. R. McLaughlin
Board 16: Lingner vs. H. McLaughlin
Board 17: Talcott vs. Gawboy
Tom Whistler is requesting a half-point bye.

REMINDER: Players must be present by 7:10 P.M. on March 4th in order to be paired for Round 3.


February 24th, 2015

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The following players will have a change of rating as of 2/25/15:
Carissa Yip 2191
Nowell Sheinwald 1942
Percy Yip 1565
All as a result of rated play outside the Wachusett Chess Club.
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February 22nd, 2015
Exciting Carissa Yip News!

Carissa Yip Triumphs Over Strong Trio @ BCC
Ties for First With NE Open Champ, NM Farzad Abdi
& Gains 41 Rating Points to Jump to 2191!!!

Tournament Crosstables Here

To Harold Dondis @ Boston Globe:

I have some exciting news for you and your chess column.
Carissa Yip competed in Saturday's tournament at the Boylston Chess Club.
You would know that since you also played there. Besides tying for first place, Carissa raised her USCF rating to 2191 - gaining 41 rating points after beating three players (including 2309-rated Chris Williams in the final round) after taking a half-point bye in the first round.

Carissa is now just 9 rating points away from making U.S. chess history,
i.e. becoming the youngest female in the country to become a master.
Carissa is 11 years old. She turns 12 on September 10 of this year.
The girl who holds the record as the youngest female to become a master is Annie Wang of California, who became a master on March 2, 2014 - 77 days before her 12th birthday. [Annie was born on May 18, 2002.]
If Carissa can break 2200 by mid-June, she will break Annie's record.

Here are the results in Saturday's tournament at the Boylston CC.
The event was called the Legends of Chess: Oscar Panno. Chris Chase directed.
Perhaps he has Carissa's win against Chris Williams and will annotate the game for your column.
1st-2nd: National master Farzad Abdi of Rockland and candidate master Carissa Yip of Andover, both 3.5-0.5
3rd-5th: National master Chris Williams of Brighton, Andrew Hoy of Mansfield, Evan Meyer of Newton, all 2.5-1.5
NOTE: Carissa defeated
Ross Eldridge (1954) in round 2,
Andrew Hoy (2181) in round 3,
and Chris Williams (2309) in round 4.
NOTE also that all the top scorers are MACA members.

George M



February 18th, 2015
George E. O'Rourke Memorial
Round 1 of 5 Results

A 505 Point Upset Draw
& A Cavalcade of Close Calls
Open O'Rourke Memorial

Class B rated Jim Hankard held on for a long tough struggle in a slightly worse position against his USCF expert rated opponent Roger Cappallo but eventually Roger was able to out manuver him & convert his extra pawn to a first round win at board one. At board two Newcomer, class A rated Nowell Sheinwald defended accurately against a potentially dangerous attack in a complex middle game featuring uncharacteristically very few captures until he found a way to execute a winning tactical combination against class C rated Seeth Ganesan.

There were some near misses & might have beens on the middle boards. Class C rated Jackson Parker played an impressive theoretical variation of the French Defense against his much higher rated class A opponent, Walter Niemi, who easily won when Jackson encountered some positional difficulties, then went astray & gave away a minor piece. With a rating advantage of 348 points & playing the white pieces, Arthur Barlas, running a bit short on time, successfully navigated through a long troublesome sequence of positional & tactical shots generated by John Bastarache who ultimately could not combine his forces effectively enough & had to cede the whole point to Arthur. A 388 rating point deficit didn't stop Don Briggs from keeping his winning chances alive against Alan Condon throughout most of the game into a single rook with bishop vs knight ending in which he eventually allowed Alan to win his rook & soon thereafter the game, with a knight forking check.

The only game of the evening that actually resembled an upset came at board ten when 1214 rated Randy McLaughlin, barely into class D, & playing the black pieces, held his notoriously solid mid class B, 1719 rated opponent, Lenny Arsenault to a draw.

George E. O'Rourke Memorial, February 18, 2015
Round 1 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Jim Hankard 0-1 Roger Cappallo
Nowell Sheinwald 1-0 Seeth Ganesan
George Miller 0-1 Larry Gladding
Walter Niemi 1-0 Jackson Parker
Brian Biglow 0-1 Dave Thomas
Arthur Barlas 1-0 John Bastarache
Stan Talcott 0-1 Gary Brassard
Alan Condon 1-0 Don Briggs
Hugh McLaughlin 0-1 Ken Gurge
Len Arsenault 1/2-1/2 Randy McLaughlin
Tom Whistler 0-1 Dave Couture
Tom Fratturelli 1-0 Emily Gawboy

Receiving half-point byes were:
George Mirijanian, Paul Godin, Bruce Felton, Geoff LePoer, Steve Nelson, Joe Bennett, Bob Mathieu &
Richard Bennett.

Not playing the round were:
Brett Kildahl, Ray Paulson, Paul Lynch, Gail Lingner, Robert Walton, Wayne Steadman, Kandy Lynch,
Francis Scanlon & Rick Evans.

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The only rating change as of 2/18/15 is for Carissa Yip.
Due to her recent perfect 5-0 score in Billerica & her outstanding 5.5-0.5 score at the World Amateur Team Championships in Parsippany, NJ, She is now 2150.
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The club would like to welcome new member, UMass-Lowell student & strong class A player, Nowell Sheinwald.

Pictures & puzzles from tonight's club games:
Foreground (Brian on left),
Board 5:

Biglow(L) - Thomas(R)

Brian 1:14 to Dave's 33 minutes.

Dave's rook attacks Brian's queen.
What should Brian do?
First round,
George Mirijanian (standing) observs Larry Gladding (background) reaching for his score book.

Barlas(R) - Bastarache(L)

Near table from left: Alan Condon, Stan Talcott, Don Briggs, Gary Brassard, John Bastarache, Arthur Barlas, Brian Biglow, Dave Thomas
Far table from left: Roger Cappallo, Seeth Ganesan, Nowell Sheinwald, Larry Gladding
White to move.

George E. O'Rourke Memorial, February 18, 2015
CURRENT STANDINGS
Points Players
1.0 Cappallo, Sheinwald, Gladding, Niemi, Thomas, Barlas, Brassard, Condon, Gurge, Couture, Fratturelli
0.5 Mirijanian, Godin, Felton, LePoer, Nelson, J. Bennett, Arsenault, Mathieu, R. Bennett, R. McLaughlin
0.0 Hankard, Ganesan, Lingner, Miller, Parker, Biglow, Bastarache, Talcott, Briggs, H. McLaughlin, Whistler, Gawboy

Projected Round 2 pairings for February 25:
Board #: [White] vs. [Black] (Current scores in parentheses)
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Board 1: Cappallo(1.0) vs. Condon(1.0)
Board 2: Brassard(1.0) vs. Sheinwald(1.0)
Board 3: Gladding(1.0) vs. Gurge(1.0)
Board 4: Couture(1.0) vs. Niemi(1.0)
Board 5: Thomas(1.0) vs. Fratturelli(1.0)
Board 6: J. Bennett(0.5) vs. Mirijanian(0.5)
Board 7: Godin(0.5) vs. Arsenault(0.5)
Board 8: Mathieu(0.5) vs. Feltonv
Board 9: LePoer(0.5) vs. R. Bennett(0.5)
Board 10: R. McLaughlin(0.5) vs. Nelson(0.5)
Board 11: Bastarache(0.0) vs. Hankard(0.0)
Board 12: Ganesan(0.0) vs. Talcott(0.0)
Board 13: Briggs(0.0) vs. Lingner(0.0)
Board 14: H. McLaughlin(0.0) vs. Miller(0.0)
Board 15: Parker(0.0) vs. Whistler(0.0)
Board 16: Gawboy(0.0) vs. Biglow(0.0)

REMINDER: Players must be present by 7:10 P.M. on February 25th in order to be paired for Round 2.


OK, I don't think it's going to snow:
I was too busy shoveling snow today to listen to any weather reports, but by now you know the drill.
If McKay building is closed on Wednesday, February 18th the club meeting will be cancelled for that night.
Check weather reports & school closings.


February 11th, 2015
Reggie Boone Memorial
Round 5 of 5

Roger Cappallo Wins Reggie Boone Memorial by Full Point

USCF rated expert, Roger Cappallo of Groton, took care of business tonight by defeating his 5th round class A opponent, Paul Godin of Bedford, in a tactically tense struggle culminating in a mild time scramble where each player had less than two minutes remaining on his clock. Roger chose the Max Lange Attack against Paul's Two Knights' Defense & both players proceded to play a complex though somewhat well known variation for 13 moves of theoretically correct chess. On his 14th move, Roger chose to underplay his slightly better position by executing a forcing knight fork which led to another long sequence of intricate manuvering including a couple minor missed opportunities by both players. On his 31st move, with six minutes remaining on his clock & five minutes on Roger's in a dynamically equal position, Paul seriously misplayed his defense allowing Roger to win a piece. For the remaining ten moves, Paul was unable to present Roger any significant difficulties on his road to victory despite dwindling clock time. This victory will boost Roger's rating by approximately 14 points in addition to the approximately 8 points he's gained for his performance in rounds 1 through 4 combined & solidify his expert status.

Class C competitor, Gail Lingner scored the only decisive upset of the night by defeating her class B opponent, Lenny Arsenault thereby defying his 236 rating point advantage. The only two draws of the evening were also mild upsets as Dave Thomas vs Walter Niemi and Jim Hankard vs Joe Bennett both ended in ties. Interestingly, both Dave & Jim had played into what would have been easily winning positions had they not decided to split the point with their opponents who outrated them by 61 & 156 points respectively.

Gail's upset win tonight combined with her two other victories in previous rounds for a total of three points easily placed her at the top of the under 1600 rated players. In fact Gail (1506), along with Dave Thomas (1768) of Fitchburg & Dave Couture (1625) of Westminster, were the only players under 1800 to score three or more points in the tournament. Congratulations Gail on a solid performance!

2015 Reggie Boone Memorial
PRIZE WINNERS
1st:Roger Cappallo of Groton
2nd-5th:George Mirijanian of Fitchburg, Geoff LePoer of Westford,
Walter Niemi of Leominster, Dave Thomas of Fitchburg
Top under 1600:Gail Lingner of Fitchburg

Reggie Boone Memorial, February 11, 2015
Round 5 (Final) Results
WhiteResultBlack
Roger Cappallo 1-0 Paul Godin
Dave Thomas 1/2-1/2 Walter Niemi
George Mirijanian 1-0 Ken Gurge
Geoff LePoer 1-0 Arthur Barlas
Steve Nelson 1-0 George Miller
Jim Hankard 1/2-1/2 Joe Bennett
Lenny Arsenault 0-1 Gail Lingner
Dave Couture 1-0 Brian Biglow
Tom Fratturelli 1-0 Hugh McLaughlin
Emily Gawboy 0-1 Richard Bennett
Randy McLaughlin 1-0 Tom Whistler

Not playing the final round were:
Ray Paulson, Bruce Felton, Gary Brassard, Brett Kildahl, Larry Gladding, Alan Condon, Bob Mathieu,
Stan Talcott, Seeth Ganesan, Jackson Parker, Robert Walton, John Bastarache, Don Briggs, Paul Lynch,
Wayne Steadman & Rick Evans.
Withdrawn from the tournament were:
Carissa Yip (after Round 1) as well as Kandy Lynch & Francis Scanlon, both of whom did not play a single game.

Pictures & puzzles from tonight's club games:
Foreground (Roger on left),
Board 1:

Cappallo(L) - Godin(R)

Both players finally out of book.

Roger has just played 22.Re2-d2. With 39 minutes remaining on his clock to Roger's 22, Paul studied this position for 5 minutes & played 22...Ne5. Can you suggest a better move?
Background (Walter on left),
Board 2:

Thomas(R) - Niemi(L)

Material is even, but look at how Walter's pieces get in each other's way.

It looks like Dave has a lasting positional advantage with his better pawn structure including the passed pawn on e5, which should be enough to win in the long run. However, Dave didn't wait for an endgame, instead he broke through quickly with a winning combination (and chose to offer Walter a draw, which Walter alertly accepted). Can you find it (using the diagrammed position)? [The position in the picture doesn't match the diagram because it's from analysis as the game was already over, even though it looks like Dave's clock is still running.]
Geoff LePoer vs. Arthur Barlas,
Board 4:

LePoer(L) - Barlas(R)

Geoff(L) is up a pawn here.

With just under 12 minutes remaining on his clock (to Geoff's 47), Arthur couldn't get out of check & safely defend this position. Is there any feasible defense at this point, or is Arthur lost?

Reggie Boone Memorial, February 11, 2015
FINAL STANDINGS
Points Players
4.5 Cappallo
4.0   -----
3.5 Mirijanian, LePoer, Niemi, Thomas
3.0 Godin, Paulson, Felton, Nelson, Couture, Lingner
2.5 Barlas, Brassard, J. Bennett, Gurge, Hankard
2.0 Kildahl, Gladding, Condon, Arsenault, Fratturelli, Mathieu, Miller, Biglow, Talcott, R. McLaughlin
1.5 Ganesan, Parker, Walton, Bastarache, Briggs, R. Bennett
1.0 P. Lynch, Steadman, Evans, Gawboy, H. McLaughlin
0.5   -----
0.0 (Yip, Scanlon), Whistler

The following players had
a rating increase of
50 or more points:
Emily Gawboy+140
Gail Lingner+82
Dave Couture+68
Dave Thomas+55
The following players achieved
a new all-time high rating:
Dave Thomas1823
Hugh Mclaughlin1312
Francis Scanlon1081
Emily Gawboy693

The following table shows the standings to qualify for this year's (2015) club championship with six tournaments completed and two to go.
The top ten highest winning percentage finishers with a minimum of 20 games played this season will qualify.

Name Current Rating
as of 2015.02.11
Games Played
This Season
Winning Percentage Additional Games Needed Notes
Brett Kildahl 2190 18 .917 2 a
Roger Cappallo 2036 29 .776 0
Paul Godin 1960 24 .750 0 a
George Mirijanian 1965 17 .735 3
Arthur Barlas 1786 15 .700 5 a
Bruce Felton 1928 18 .694 2
Ray Paulson 1943 24 .688 0 b
Steve Nelson 1843 29 .672 0
Larry Gladding 1880 20 .625 0
Dave Thomas 1823 29 .621 0
Gary Brassard 1773 24 .604 0
Alan Condon 1763 14 .571 6 a
Ken Gurge 1748 26 .558 0
Bob Mathieu 1646 21 .548 0
Lenny Arsenault 1719 23 .522 0

Notes: a = Participation availability questionable
b = Participation declined

REMINDER: The next tournament at the club, the George E. O'Rourke Memorial, will start February 18, 2015.
Players must be present by 7:10 p.m. in order to be paired for round 1.


February 4th, 2015
Reggie Boone Memorial
Round 4 of 5

STATEWIDE SNOW EMERGENCY, MAYBE:
If McKay building is closed on Wednesday, February 11th the club meeting will be cancelled for that night.
Check weather reports & school closings.

Roger Cappallo Retains Lead Following Fighting Draw With Walter Niemi

USCF rated expert, Roger Cappallo, continues as tournament leader despite being held to a draw by his seasoned class A opponent, Walter Niemi, in round four of the 2015 Reggie Boone Memorial Tournament. (You may now view this entire game in the 2015 Games Section.) Class B player, Dave Thomas scored a 101 rating point upset over his class A opponent, Steve Nelson, in only 35 moves, thereby pulling to within half a point of the lead along with Niemi & three other class A players. Tonight's biggest upset (268 rating points) came when class D ranked Stan Talcott took the full point from his class B opponent, Tom Fratturelli when Fratturelli fumbled his queen in a roughly equal position late in their game. Also worthy of note was unrated Emily Gawboy, who won her first ever rated game by defeating Tom Whistler in a somewhat flawed but tactically exciting game at board 11.

Reggie Boone Memorial, February 4, 2015
Round 4 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Walter Niemi 1/2-1/2 Roger Cappallo
Ken Gurge 0-1 Paul Godin
Dave Thomas 1-0 Steve Nelson
Joe Bennett 0-1 Geoff LePoer
Lenny Arsenault 1-0 Jackson Parker
Stan Talcott 1-0 Tom Fratturelli
George Miller 1-0 Wayne Steadman
Randy McLaughlin 0-1 Jim Hankard
Brian Biglow 1-0 Hugh McLaughlin
Richard Bennett 0-1 John Bastarache
Tom Whistler 0-1 Emily Gawboy

Receiving half-point byes were:
Ray Paulson, Bruce Felton, George Mirijanian, Arthur Barlas, Gary Brassard, Alan Condon, Bob Mathieu,
Dave Couture, Seeth Ganesan, Robert Walton, Don Briggs and Kandy Lynch.

Not playing the round were: Brett Kildahl, Larry Gladding, Gail Lingner, Paul Lynch & Rick Evans.
Francis Scanlon was withdrawn from the tournament. Carissa Yip had already withdrawn after the first round.

Reggie Boone Memorial, February 4, 2015
CURRENT STANDINGS
Points Players
3.5 Cappallo
3.0 Godin, Paulson, Felton, Niemi, Thomas
2.5 Mirijanian, LePoer, Barlas, Brassard, Gurge
2.0 Kildahl, Gladding, Nelson, Condon, J. Bennett, Arsenault, Mathieu, Couture, Miller, Hankard, Lingner, Biglow, Talcott
1.5 Ganesan, Parker, Walton, Bastarache, Briggs
1.0 P. Lynch, Fratturelli, Steadman, R. McLaughlin, K. Lynch, Evans, Gawboy H. McLaughlin
0.5 R. Bennett
0.0 (Yip, Scanlon), Whistler

Projected Round 5 (final) pairings for February 11:
Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Board 1: Cappallo vs. Godin
Board 2: Paulson vs. Niemi
Board 3: Thomas vs. Felton
Board 4: Brassard vs. Mirijanian
Board 5: LePoer vs. Barlas
Board 6: Kildahl vs. Gurge
Board 7: Couture vs. Gladding
Board 8: Nelson vs. Miller
Board 9: Hankard vs. Condon
Board 10: Lingner vs. J. Bennett
Board 11: Arsenault vs. Biglow
Board 12: Mathieu vs. Talcott
Board 13: Bastarache vs. Ganesan
Board 14: Parker vs. Walton
Board 15: P. Lynch vs. Briggs
Board 16: Fratturelli vs. K. Lynch
Board 17: Steadman vs. R. McLaughlin
Board 18: Gawboy vs. H. McLaughlin
Board 19: R. Bennett vs. Whistler

REMINDER: Players must be present by 7:10 p.m. on February 11th in order to be paired for the final round.


SNOW STORM WARNING:
If McKay building is closed on February 4th the club meeting will be cancelled for that night.
Check weather reports & school closings.

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The following players will see a change in rating as of 2015.02.04:
Brett Kildahl 2189
Carissa Yip 2151
Raymond Paulson 1941
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CHESS CLUB CANCELLED JANUARY 28 DUE TO BLIZZARD:
McKay Complex, IS CLOSED Wednesday, January 28!
Round 4 of the Reggie Boone Memorial is postponed to Wednesday, February 4.

BLIZZARD WARNING:
If McKay building is closed on January 28th the club meeting will be cancelled for that night.
Check weather reports & school closings.


January 21st, 2015
Reggie Boone Memorial
Round 3 of 5

Four Draws in Round 3, Cappallo Now Front Runner

With his win against Gary Brassard, Roger Cappallo has taken sole possession of the lead in the 2015 Reggie Boone Memorial Tournament as four of tonight's thirteen games ended in draws. Class B players, Ken Gurge & Dave Thomas were each able to split the point with their class A opponents, Bruce Felton & George Mirijanian respectively, while class B matchups between Len Arsenault & Jim Hankard as well as Tom Fratturelli & Seeth Ganesan ended in ties. All other games ended as expected based on ratings. These results will most likely produce a Board-1 pairing next week between expert rated Roger Cappallo & near expert rated Ray Paulson, who closely follows Roger in the standings with two & a half points.

Reggie Boone Memorial, January 21, 2015
Round 3 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Roger Cappallo 1-0 Gary Brassard
Bruce Felton 1/2-1/2 Ken Gurge
George Mirijanian 1/2-1/2 Dave Thomas
Bob Mathieu 0-1 Ray Paulson
Walter Niemi 1-0 Dave Couture
Paul Godin 1-0 Brian Biglow
Don Briggs 0-1 Steve Nelson
Robert Walton 0-1 Joe Bennett
Hugh McLaughlin 0-1 Gail Lingner
Jim Hankard 1/2-1/2 Len Arsenault
Tom Fratturelli 1/2-1/2 Seeth Ganesan
Tom Whistler 0-1 George Miller
Emily Gawboy 0-1 Randy McLaughlin

Receiving half-point byes were:
Brett Kildahl, Larry Gladding, Arthur Barlas, Geoff LePoer, Alan Condon, Jackson Parker, Paul Lynch, Stan Talcott,
Wayne Steadman, Rick Evans, John Bastarache, Richard Bennett and Kandy Lynch.

Not playing the round was Francis Scanlon.
Carissa Yip had already withdrawn from the tournament.

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The following players will see a change in rating as of 1/28/15:
Brett Kildahl 2195
Carissa Yip 2125
James Hankard 1600
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Pictures & puzzles from tonight's club games:
Foreground (Gary on left):

Cappallo(R) - Brassard(L)

a tense middlegame struggle.

It's Roger's move here. What should he play to win this game against Gary? Gary was unable to hold a draw from this position. Can you?

Mirijanian(L) - Thomas(R)

B+P vs B+P ending,
Walter Niemi observing

With 3 minutes & 41 seconds remaining on his clock, Dave Thomas held George Mirijanian to a draw from this position. Can you see how?

Felton(L) - Gurge(R)

B+4P vs N+4P ending

With 4:28 on his clock, Bruce was unable to find a win from this position. Can you? How should Ken defend if he wants to hold the draw with only a minute & 56 seconds left to do it?

Reggie Boone Memorial, January 21, 2015
CURRENT STANDINGS
Points Players
3.0 Cappallo
2.5 Paulson, Felton, Niemi, Gurge
2.0 Kildahl, Godin, Mirijanian, Gladding, Nelson, Barlas, Thomas, Brassard, J Bennett, Lingner
1.5 LePoer, Condon, Mathieu, Couture, Parker
1.0 Arsenault, P. Lynch, Fratturelli, Miller, Hankard, Ganesan, Biglow, Walton, Talcott, Steadman, Briggs, R. McLaughlin,
Evans, H. McLaughlin
0.5 Bastarache, R. Bennett, K. Lynch
0.0 (Yip), Whistler, Scanlon, Gawboy

Projected Round 4 pairings for January 28:
Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Board 1: Paulson vs. Cappallo
Board 2: Niemi vs. Felton
Board 3: Gurge vs. Kildahl
Board 4: Thomas vs. Godin
Board 5: Barlas vs. Mirijanian
Board 6: Brassard vs. Gladding
Board 7: Nelson vs. J. Bennett
Board 8: Lingner vs. LePoer
Board 9: Mathieu vs. Condon
Board 10: Couture vs. P. Lynch
Board 11: Arsenault vs. Walton
Board 12: Talcott vs. Fratturelli
Board 13: Miller vs. Steadman
Board 14: R. McLaughlin vs. Hankard
Board 15: Ganesan vs. Briggs
Board 16: Biglow vs. Evans
Board 17: R. Bennett vs. H. McLaughlin
Board 18: K. Lynch s. Bastarache
Board 19: Whistler vs. Gawboy

REMINDER: Players must be present by 7:10 P.M. on January 28th in order to be paired for Round 4.


January 14th, 2015
Reggie Boone Memorial
Round 2 of 5 Results

Briggs Beats Miller in Second Round of Tournament Sprinkled With Surprises.

Donald Briggs, of Lunenburg, overcame Ashburnham resident & class B player, George Miller's 267 rating point advantage to post the biggest upset of the week. This single victory may raise Briggs' current class D rating by as much as 43 points which, though that would place him at 1382, amazingly would still leave him 18 points shy of breaking into class C & 77 points below his all time high. Congratulations on a stellar performance Don!

In addition to the Miller - Briggs encounter, round two of the 2015 Reggie Boone Memorial tournament concluded with a few other mild upsets mixed in with mostly expected results. Dave Thomas of Fitchburg was able to hold his 202 point higher rated opponent, Ray Paulson of Lowell, to a draw while 1625 rated Dave Couture of Westminster split the point with the club's most recent addition to class A, 1801 rated Arthur Barlas of Chelmsford.

Gary Brassard of Leominster scored a 113 point upset by beating Fitchburg native, Steve Nelson & Leominster resident, Ken Gurge, also scored a big upset by winning his game with his 118 point higher rated opponent, Geoff LePoer of Westford. The remaining games finished within statistical expectation based on published ratings of players.

Formerly unrated Hugh McLaughlin of Groton tallied his first win in rated competition by beating 1448 rated John Bastarache of Fitchburg. This result places Hugh's tournament performance rating at 1548 thus far (having lost last week to 1648 rated Bob Mathieu of Ashburnham), which is a highly promising beginning for a recent entrant into the rated chess arena.

Reggie Boone Memorial, January 14, 2015
Round 2 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Alan Condon 0-1 Roger Cappallo
Ray Paulson 1/2-1/2 Dave Thomas
Joe Bennett 0-1 Bruce Felton
Steve Nelson 0-1 Gary Brassard
Ken Gurge 1-0 Geoff LePoer
Arthur Barlas 1/2-1/2 Dave Couture
Brett Kildahl 1-0 Lenny Arsenault
Paul Lynch 0-1 George Mirijanian
Larry Gladding 1-0 Tom Fratturelli
Seeth Ganesan 0-1 Walter Niemi
George Miller 0-1 Don Briggs
Wayne Steadman 1/2-1/2 Jim Hankard
Randy McLaughlin 0-1 Jackson Parker
Gail Lingner 1-0 Richard Bennett
Brian Biglow 1-0 Tom Whistler
Emily Gawboy 0-1 Robert Walton
John Bastarache 0-1 Hugh McLaughlin

Receiving half-point byes were:
Bob Mathieu, Paul Godin, Stan Talcott, Richard Bennett and Rick Evans.

Not playing the round were:
Kandy Lynch and Francis Scanlon.
Carissa Yip withdrew from the tournament.

The club welcomes Seetharaman Ganesan of South Grafton, who has returned after a three year hiatus.

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The following players will see a change in rating as of 1/21/15:
Carissa Yip 2135
Robert Walton 1422
Stanford Talcott 1381
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Reggie Boone Memorial, January 14, 2015
CURRENT STANDINGS
Points Players
2.0 Cappallo, Felton, Brassard, Gurge
1.5 Kildahl, Mirijanian, Paulson, Gladding, Niemi, Barlas, Thomas, Mathieu, Couture
1.0 Godin, Nelson, LePoer, Condon, J. Bennett, Parker, Lingner, Biglow, Walton, Briggs, H. McLaughlin
0.5 Arsenault, P. Lynch, Fratturelli, Hankard, Ganesan, Talcott, Steadman, Evans
0.0 (Yip), Miller, Bastarache, R. Bennett, R. McLaughlin, K. Lynch, Scanlon, Whistler, Gawboy

Projected Round 3 pairings for January 21:
Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Board 1: Cappallo vs. Brassard
Board 2: Felton vs. Gurge
Board 3: Niemi vs. Kildahl
Board 4: Mirijanian v. Barlas
Board 5: Mathieu vs. Paulson
Board 6: Thomas vs. Gladding
Board 7: Couture vs. Godin
Board 8: Lingner vs. Nelson
Board 9: Walton vs. Condon
Board 10: Briggs vs. J. Bennett
Board 11: Parker vs. Biglow
Board 12: H. McLaughlin vs. P. Lynch
Board 13: Arsenault vs. Ganesan
Board 14: Fratturelli vs. Steadman
Board 15: Hankard vs. Talcott
Board 16: Evans vs. Miller
Board 17: K. Lynch vs. Bastarache
Board 18: R. Bennett vs. Gawboy
Board 19: Whistler vs. R. McLaughlin
Geoff LePoer is requesting a half-point bye.

REMINDER: Players must be present by 7:10 P.M. on January 21st in order to be paired for Round 3.


January 7th, 2015
Reggie Boone Memorial
Round 1 of 5 Results

Reigning WCC Champ Stunned by 514 Point Upset!

2014 Wachusett Chess Club Champion & USCF rated Expert, Carissa Yip, on returning to the WCC after a hiatus from the club of several months found herself running short of time when confronted by veteran Class B player & chess author, Dave Couture's obscure but playable gambit variation of the Sicilian Defense. In what appeared to be the byproduct of considerable pre-game preparation, Dave played the opening phase of the game exceptionally fast yet precisely enough so as to cause his much higher rated opponent, Carissa, to expend an inordinately large amount of her own time deciphering the potential complications. There were several interesting tactical pitfalls for both players along the way, but ultimately Dave managed to hang tough long enough to cause Carissa to overstep the time limit allotted for the entire game thereby resulting in a time forfeit victory for him in what was the only upset of the night. This loss ends Carissa's long winning streak at the WCC at 21 games & will most likely boost Dave's USCF rating by 30 points or more. While it's probably premature to expect Dave to win this five round tournament based on this single game performance, he's certainly off to a great start!

Reggie Boone Memorial, January 7, 2015
Round 1 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Dave Couture 1-0 Carissa Yip
Roger Cappallo 1-0 George Miller
Jackson Parker 0-1 Ray Paulson
Bruce Felton 1-0 Brian Biglow
Bob Walton 0-1 Steve Nelson
Geoff LePoer 1-0 John Bastarache
Stan Talcott 0-1 Arthur Barlas
Dave Thomas 1-0 Wayne Steadman
Richard Bennett 0-1 Alan Condon
Gary Brassard 1-0 Randy McLaughlin
Rick Evans 0-1 Joe Bennett
Ken Gurge 1-0 Emily Gawboy
Hugh McLaughlin 0-1 Bob Mathieu

Receiving half-point byes were:
Brett Kildahl, Paul Godin, George Mirijanian, Larry Gladding, Walter Niemi,
Lenny Arsenault, Paul Lynch & Tom Fratturelli.

Not playing the round were:
Jim Hankard, Gail Lingner, Don Briggs, Kandy Lynch, Francis Scanlon & Tom Whistler.

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The following players are the only ones who will see a change in rating as of 1/7/15:
Brett Kildahl 2194
Raymond Paulson 1934
David Thomas 1768
James Hankard 1602
Stanford Talcott 1414
Carissa Yip 2139
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The club would like to welcome new member, Hugh McLaughlin, Randy's father. We'd also like to welcome returning members Robert Walton, who last played at the club in the Harlow B. Daly Memorial July 2012 & Carissa Yip, who last played at the club in the 2014 Club Championship. It's good to have them back.

Reggie Boone Memorial, January 7, 2015
CURRENT STANDINGS
Points Players
1.0 Cappallo, Paulson, Felton, Nelson, LePoer, Barlas, Thomas, Condon, Brassard, J. Bennett, Gurge, Mathieu, Couture
0.5 Kildahl, Godin, Mirijanian, Gladding, Niemi, Arsenault, P. Lynch, Fratturelli
0.0 Yip, Miller, Hankard, Parker, Lingner, Biglow, Walton, Bastarache, Talcott, Steadman, Briggs, R. Bennett, R. McLaughlin, K. Lynch, Scanlon, Evans, Whistler, Gawboy, H. McLaughlin

Projected Round 2 pairings for January 14 (revised 13JAN15):
Board #: [White] vs. [Black] (Current scores in parentheses)
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Board 1: Alan Condon (1.0) vs. Roger Cappallo (1.0)
Board 2: Raymond Paulson (1.0) vs. David Thomas (1.0)
Board 3: Joseph Bennett (1.0) vs. Bruce Felton (1.0)
Board 4: Steve Nelson (1.0) vs. Gary Brassard (1.0)
Board 5: Robert Mathieu (1.0) vs. Geoff LePoer (1.0)
Board 6: Arthur Barlas (1.0) vs. Kenneth Gurge (1.0)
Board 7: Brett Kildahl (0.5) vs. Dave Couture (1.0)
Board 8: Leonard Arsenault (0.5) vs. Paul Godin (0.5)
Board 9: George Mirijanian (0.5) vs. Paul Lynch (0.5)
Board 10: Tom Fratturelli (0.5) vs. Lawrence Gladding (0.5)
Board 11: Walter Niemi (0.5) vs. James Hankard (0.5)
Board 12: George Miller (0.0) vs. Seetharaman Ganesan (0.5)
Board 13: Randy McLaughlin (0.0) vs. Jackson Parker (0.0)
Board 14: Gail Lingner (0.0) vs. Richard Bennett (0.0)
Board 15: Brian Biglow (0.0) vs. Kandy Lych (0.0)
Board 16: Francis Scanlon (0.0) vs. Robert Walton (0.0)
Board 17: John Bastarache (0.0) vs. Richard Evans (0.0)
Board 18: Tom Whislter (0.0) vs. Stanford Talcott (0.0)
Board 19: Wayne Steadman (0.0) vs. Hugh McLaoughlin (0.0)
Board 20: Emily Gawboy (0.0) vs. Donald Briggs (0.0)

REMINDER: Players must be present by 7:10 P.M. on January 14th in order to be paired for Round 2.


First Tournament of 2015,
Reggie Boone Memorial Scheduled for:
Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28, Feb. 4


5SS, G/100, d/5
Fitchburg State University, McKay Campus School, Room C159.
67 Rindge Road, Fitchburg, MA 01420 Click Here for Directions

Rounds Time: 7:10 p.m.

Byes: 1-4, limit two.
Prize Info: Chess books.
Inquiry: Phone: George Mirijanian, 978-345-5011
E-mail: mailto:miriling2@aol.com
Requirement: USCF membership required. MACA membership optional.
Registration Information: Entry Fee: $1 per game played; free to Wachusett CC members.
Registration - Onsite: 7-7:10 p.m.

On-line ratings as of first night of each tournament will be used.

REMINDER: Players must be present by 7:10 p.m. on January 7th in order to be paired for Round 1.

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