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April 23rd, 2015

2015 Club Championship Qualification Standings As of April 23, 2015
After 7.8 of 8 Tournaments (39 of 40 Games)
Top Ten High Winning Percentage Finishers Qualify
with a minimum of 20 played games required
# Name Rating Games Played
This Season
W L D Winning Percentage Notes
1GEORGE MIRIJANIAN1972221435.750
2PAUL GODIN1960272070.741b
3ROGER CAPPALLO2020372368.730
4RAYMOND PAULSON1906322174.719a
5BRUCE FELTON1929221453.705
6STEVE SCOTT NELSON1843332193.682
7ARTHUR BARLAS1790201361.675a
8DAVID THOMAS18373821116.632b
9LARRY GLADDING18742817101.625
10GARY BRASSARD1812331797.621
11JOSEPH BENNETT18262815103.589
12KEN GURGE17173315126.545
13ALAN CONDON1738211092.524
14LEONARD ARSENAULT16812911108.517
15ROBERT MATHIEU16252914132.517

Notes: a = Participation confirmed (yay Ray!)
b = Participation availability questionable
In the event of a tie in winning percentage, the player with the higher USCF rating entering the final game shall qualify.

For more information about previous Wachusett Chess Club Champions, be sure to visit the Club Champs Section ♔

April 22nd, 2015

Back to Normal For a Change

Ray Paulson extended his winning streak at board one by defeating Bruce Felton & thereby taking sole possession of the lead in this year's Evert Siiskonen Memorial tournament. Ray opened with his usual queen's pawn & Bruce chose the solid & reliable Semi-Slav Defense. It was a close & well played game but eventually Ray was able to accumulate small positional advantages & dominate in the later phases of the game for the victory. Clearly the game was tough struggle as both players had used up nearly all their allotted time & became the last game to finish.

Round 4 also featured one 234 point upset & three big underdog draws, but otherwise each of the higher rated players defeated their lower rated opponents though some had to work harder than others. For example, at board 5, Hubbardston native Joe Bennett defeated Chelmsford resident Arthur Barlas by first letting his game slip to a queen & pawn ending where he was not only significantly worse positionally, but down a pawn against his 36 point lower rated opponent. However with about a dozen or so minutes remaining on his clock & searching for a way to convert his advantage into a win, Arthur blundered his queen & had to resign. In an ironic twist, this happened to be Arthur's 20th game of the season which places him on the list of eligible contenders for this year's WCC Championship. As he himself put it, "Even though I blew a queen to Joe Bennett, I qualified tonight for the WCC Championship Tournament."

By far the biggest upset of the night occurred at board ten when USCF class B rated Jim Hankard of Antrim, NH & 45th on the Granite State's top 100 liat came out of the opening phase of his game two pawns down against Lunenburg resident & USCF class C player, Don Briggs. Shortly thereafter, Jim made a claim of a type of touch move violation by Don, but chief Tournament Director, George Mirijanian denied the claim so the game continued. Briggs then proceeded to play consistently & well for the remainder of the game & came away with the full point against his 234 higher rated opponent. This single result will add more than 24 points to Don's current 1402 USCF rating.

Evert Siiskonen Memorial, 2015
Round 4 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Ray Paulson 1-0Bruce Felton
Nowell Sheinwald 1-0Larry Gladding
Alan Condon 0-1Steve Nelson
Len Arsenault 1/2-1/2Richard Bennett
Joe Bennett 1-0Arthur Barlas
Jackson Parker 0-1Dave Thomas
Gary Brassard 1-0Stan Talcott
John Bastarache 0-1Dave Couture
Keith Kessmann 1-0Randy McLaughlin
Don Briggs 1-0Jim Hankard
Bob Mathieu 1/2-1/2Larry O'Rourke
Kandy Lynch 0-1Gail Lingner
Brian Biglow 1-0Hugh McLaughlin
Wayne Steadman 1/2-1/2Tom Fratturelli
Francis Scanlon 0-1George Miller
Tom Whistler 1-0Emily Gawboy

Receiving half-point byes were: Geoff LePoer, George Mirijanian, Paul Godin, Roger Cappallo & Mike Meehan.
Not playing the round were: Tony Cesolini, Ken Gurge & Seeth Ganesan, the last of whom had already withdrawn from the tournament.
Walter Niemi was withdrawn from the event.

Evert Siiskonen Memorial, 2015
CURRENT STANDINGS
PointsPlayers
4.0Paulson
3.5LePoer
3.0Sheinwald, Nelson, J. Bennett
2.5Mirijanian, Godin, Felton, Gladding, Thomas, Brassard, Arsenault, Couture, R. Bennett
2.0Cappallo, Cesolini, Barlas, Condon, Gurge, Kessmann, Lingner, Biglow, Meehan, Briggs
1.5Mathieu, Miller, Parker, Talcott, Bastarache, R. McLaughlin, O'Rourke
1.0(Ganesan), Hankard, Fratturelli, Steadman, H. McLaughlin, Lynch, Whistler
0.5Scanlon
0.0Gawboy

As a result of several updates & revisions due to changes in schedules & availibility, including the latest news that
Ray Paulson will not be playing the last round, the projected pairings now look like this:


Projected Round 5 (final) pairings for April 29:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: LePoer vs. Sheinwald Board 2: Nelson vs. J. Bennett Board 3: Mirijanian vs. Arsenault Board 4: Brassard vs. Godin Board 5: Felton vs. Couture Board 6: R. Bennett vs. Thomas Board 7: Cappallo vs. Kessmann Board 8: Lingner vs. Barlas Board 9: Biglow vs. Condon Board 10: Meehan vs. Gurge Board 11: Miller vs. Briggs Board 12: Bastarache vs. Mathieu Board 13: R. McLaughlin vs. Parker Board 14: Talcott vs. O'Rourke Board 15: Hankard vs. H. McLaughlin Board 16: Fratturelli vs. Lynch Board 17: Whistler vs. Steadman Board 18: Gawboy vs. Scanlon

REMINDER: Players must be present by 7:10 p.m. on April 29th in order to be paired for Round 5.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL Ken Gurge by 7 P.M.

April 21st, 2015
Carissa Yip's 31 Board Simul
Andover Chess Club

WCC Champ Gives Chess Lecture & Simul:
A lecture at Andover Chess Club and a simul with 31 boards. Carissa won 30 games and drew 1.

From Carissa's Facebook page

Carissa is about to play 2. e5.

After 1. e4 Nf6.

Carissa takes questions from the audience


Carissa deeply immersed in the middlegame

Along with 31 opponents.

Parents & teachers tried their luck too

From the position on the board, it doesn't look like the guy in the striped shirt got the only draw..

Carissa with demo board

Position looks like it's from a Sicilian Dragon.

Misha Smirnov, father of a chess kid drew his game against Carissa. That was the last game to finish.

April 20th, 2015
Final results from non-rated chess tournament
University Center at Clark University in Worcester


Final scores: (Clark Univ. Worcester G/20 unrated Tournament)

It looks like Tom Whistler was the only WCC member who played.
Maik Sohn 4 Paul Herron 4 Josh Burger 4 Bill Shakalis 3 William Staso 3 Larry Legros 3 John Kaplan 3 Utsav Shrestha 3 Angel Gonzalez 3 Michael Gaiewski 2.5 Luke Schoppert 2 Danny Neuman 2 Steven Dan 2 Gary Orcutt 1.5 Tom Whistler 1 Matthew Clauss 0.5 Owen Connell 0.5

April 17th, 2015
non-rated chess tournament (no entry fee) on Sunday, April 19
University Center at Clark University in Worcester

ATTENTION: All Wachusett CC players


There will be an unrated chess tournament (no entry fee) on Sunday, April 19, held in the Lurie Conference room of the University Center at Clark University in Worcester, Mass.
This will be either a 4 or 5-round Swiss, depending on entries. The time control is Game/20, Registration at the playing site is from 10 to 11 a.m., with the first round scheduled to start shortly after 11 a.m. There will be gift cards to winners. There will also be FREE FOOD!

The address of Clark University in Worcester, Mass. is 950 Main St. The University Center is known as the Higgins University Center. Directions to the site are available if you Google the university and/or contact Willy Staso at WStaso@clarku.edu He should also be able to tell you about parking.

If you are interested In playing and need more information, go to Clark University Chess Club Events or you can contact Willy Staso by email at: WStaso@clarku.edu

Yours for chess in Worcester County,
George M

April 15th, 2015
2015 Evert Siiskonen Memorial
Round 3 of 5

Ray Paulson & Geoff LePoer Pace the Pack

Three moderate upsets & one whopper tonight left class A players, Ray Paulson of Lowell & Geoff LePoer of Westford, tied in front at three each after three rounds of this year's Evert Siiskonen Memorial chess tournamnet. Larry Gladding scored a 146 point upset by defeating Roger Cappallo at board 3, Jackson Parker won his game against his 128 point higher rated foe at board 10 & John Bastarache was able to overcome George Miller's 136 rating point advantage & win at board 11. Meanwhile, class D competitor, Richard Bennett, with a rating of 1305 scored an upset of 398 rating points by defeating class B player, Keith Kessmann, at 1703. This upset was just 12 points shy of the sum total of the other three listed above!

Also worthy of note are Randy McLaughlin & Jackson Parker, who are now in third & ninth places respectively in the 2015 USCF Junior Grand Prix Top Standings for Massachusetts.

Evert Siiskonen Memorial, 2015
Round 3 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Steve Nelson 0-1Ray Paulson
Alan Condon 0-1Geoff LePoer
Larry Gladding 1-0Roger Cappallo
Dave Thomas 0-1Bruce Felton
Nowell Sheinwald 1-0Gary Brassard
Paul Godin 1-0Brian Biglow
Arthur Barlas 1-0Bob Mathieu
Keith Kessmann 0-1Richard Bennett
Hugh McLaughlin 0-1Lenny Arsenault
Tom Fratturelli 0-1Jackson Parker
George Miller 0-1John Bastarache
Jim Hankard 1-0Wayne Steadman
Emily Gawboy 0-1Gail Lingner
Don Briggs 1-0Tom Whistler

Receiving half-point byes were:
Tony Cesolini, George Mirijanian, Joe Bennett, Ken Gurge, Dave Couture, Mike Meehan, Stan Talcott,
Randy McLaughlin, Seeth Ganesan, Kandy Lynch and Francis Scanlon.
Not playing the round were: Walter Niemi and Larry O'Rourke.

Evert Siiskonen Memorial, April 15th, 2015
CURRENT STANDINGS
PointsPlayers
3.0Paulson, LePoer
2.5Felton, Gladding
2.0Cesolini, Mirijanian, Sheinwald, Godin, Nelson, J. Bennett, Barlas, Condon, Gurge, Arsenault, R. Bennett
1.5Cappallo, Thomas, Brassard, Couture, Parker, Meehan, Talcott, Bastarache, R. McLaughlin
1.0Niemi, Kessmann, Ganesan, Hankard, Mathieu, Lingner, Biglow, Briggs, O'Rourke, H. McLaughlin, Lynch
0.5Fratturelli, Miller, Steadman, Scanlon
0.0Whistler, Gawboy


Projected Round 4 pairings (revised 17APR15) for April 22:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Paulson vs. Felton Board 2: Cesolini vs. Gladding Board 3: Mirijanian vs. J. Bennett Board 4: Barlas vs. Sheinwald Board 5: Arsenault vs, Godin Board 6: Condon vs. Nelson Board 7: R. Bennett vs. Thomas Board 8: Brassard vs. Talcott Board 9: Bastarache vs. Couture Board 10: Parker vs, R. McLaughlin Board 11: Kessmann vs. Briggs Board 12: Biglow vs. Hankard Board 13: Mathieu vs. H. McLaughlin Board 14: Lynch vs, Lingner Board 15: Steadman vs. Fratturelli Board 16: Scanlon vs. Miller Board 17: Whistler vs. Gawboy

Requesting half-point byes are Cappallo, LePoer, Gurge, & Meehan.
Seeth Ganesan withdrew from the tournament.

Special note:
The Knights Chess Club in Keene NH has a new location. Check it out here: Knights Chess Club, Keene NH

REMINDER: Players must be present by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 4 on April 22.
Players running late who want to be paired must call by 7 P.M.

April 14th, 2015

All Four WCC Women on Top 30 MA List!

This month's USCF Top Rated lists for female players in Massachusetts, based on recent USCF statistics, include four Wachusett Chess Club Members.

Certainly due to her recent meteoric rise and with some assistance from Katrine Tjoelsen, who while slightly higher rated, hasn't played a USCF rated game in over a year & hence has dropped off the active player list, 11-yead old Carissa Yip now tops the list of highest rated female players in the state. Joining Carissa in the top 30 list are Gail Lingner of Fitchburg at 12th place with an official published rating of 1588, Kandy Lynch of Worcester in 19th place at 1186 & Emily Gawboy of Leominster, who with a 693 official USCF rating, holds 28th place in the state. Congratulations to all!

♕ ♛   Top Rated Female Players in MA   ♛ ♕
1st:Carissa Yip of Andover (2203)
12th:Gail Lingner of Fitchburg (1588)
19th:Kandy Lynch of Worcester (1186)
28th:Emily Gawboy of Leominster (693)

April 8th, 2015
2015 Evert Siiskonen Memorial
Round 2 of 5

Two Mac's To Max!

The father son duo of Hugh & Randy McLaughlin claimed the two largest upsets in round two of the Evert Siiskonen Memorial tournament last night as class D rated Randy Mclaughlin, a 262 point underdog & relative newcomer, won his game against class B rated tournament veteran Jim Hankard. Meanwhile Randy's dad, Hugh McLaughlin, also a class D player rated 1261, scored an even bigger upset of 291 points over class C ranked Gail Lingner. 1738 rated Alan Condon managed an upset of 222 rating points when he eventually prevailed at board 3 against his 1960 rated opponent, Paul Godin. Rounding out the evening's surprises were Steve Nelson, who played sharply & well to overcome a 123 rating point imbalance by defeating Nowell Sheinwald & a pair of upset draws as both the George Mirijanian vs Gary Brassard (160 point rating difference) & the Wayne Steadman vs George Miller (233 point rating difference) games ended in ties.

Evert Siiskonen Memorial, 2015
Round 2 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Gary Brassard 1/2-1/2George Mirijanian
Nowell Sheinwald 0-1Steve Nelson
Alan Condon 1-0Paul Godin
Ray Paulson 1-0Arthur Barlas
Geoff LePoer 1-0Keith Kessmann
Roger Cappallo 1-0Tom Fratturelli
Jackson Parker 0-1Tony Cesolini
Bruce Felton 1-0John Bastarache
Dave Thomas 1-0Kandy Lynch
Randy McLaughlin 1-0Jim Hankard
Bob Mathieu 1-0Don Briggs
Wayne Steadman 1/2-1/2George Miller
Gail Lingner 0-1Hugh McLaughlin
Brian Biglow 1-0Francis Scanlon
Tom Whistler 0-1Mike Meehan
Stan Talcott 1-0Emily Gawboy

Receiving half-point byes were:
Larry Gladding, Joe Bennett, Ken Gurge, Walter Niemi, Lenny Arsenault, Dave Couture, Larry O'Rourke,
Richard Bennett and Seeth Ganesan.

Evert Siiskonen Memorial, April 8th, 2015
CURRENT STANDINGS
PointsPlayers
2.0Paulson, LePoer, Nelson, Condon
1.5Cappallo, Cesolini, Mirijanian, Felton, Gladding, Thomas, J. Bennett, Brassard, Gurge
1.0Sheinwald, Godin, Niemi, Barlas, Kessmann, Arsenault, Couture, Mathieu, Biglow, Meehan, Talcott, R. McLaughlin,
O'Rourke, R. Bennett, H. McLaughlin
0.5Ganesan, Fratturelli, Miller, Parker, Bastarache, Steadman, Lynch
0.0Hankard, Lingner, Briggs, Scanlon, Whistler, Gawboy


Projected Round 3 pairings for April 15:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Nelson vs. Paulson Board 2: Condon vs. LePoer Board 3: Gladding vs. Cappallo Board 4: Cesolini vs. Thomas Board 5: Mirijanian vs. J. Bennett Board 6: Brassard vs. Felton Board 7: Mathieu vs. Sheinwald Board 8: Godin vs. Biglow Board 9: Barlas vs. Talcott Board 10: Kessmann vs. R. McLaughlin Board 11: R. Bennett vs. Couture Board 12: Ganesan vs. H. McLaughlin Board 13: Fratturelli vs, Steadman Board 14: Miller vs. Bastarache Board 15: Lynch vs. Parker Board 16: Hankard vs. Whistler Board 17: Scanlon vs. Lingner Board 18: Briggs vs. Gawboy

Requesting half-point byes are Gurge and Meehan.

2015 Club Championship Qualification Standings As of April 8, 2015
After 7.4 of 8 Tournaments (37 of 40 Games)
Top Ten High Winning Percentage Finishers Qualify
with a minimum of 20 played games required
Name Rating Games Played
This Season
Winning Percentage Additional
Games Needed
Notes
Kildahl217218.9172a
Cappallo202036.7500
Mirijanian197222.7500
Godin196026.7310a
Felton192920.7250
Paulson190630.7000b
Nelson184331.6940
Barlas179018.6942a
Thomas183736.6390
Gladding187426.6350
Brassard181231.6290
Condon173819.5791
Bennett, J.182627.5740
Gurge171733.5450
Mathieu162527.5370
Arsenault168127.5000
Lingner155227.4810

Notes: a = Participation availability questionable
b = Participation declined
In the event of a tie in winning percentage, the player with the higher USCF rating entering the final game shall qualify.

REMINDER: Players must be present by 7:10 p.m. on April 15th in order to be paired for Round 3.
Players running late who want to be paired must call by 7 P.M.

April 1st, 2015
2015 Evert Siiskonen Memorial
Round 1 of 5

Higher Rated Players Take All But Two of 15 Pairings

The opening round of the 2015 Evert Siiskinen Memorial finished with only a pair of split point upsets as 13 of the 15 games ended decisively in favor of the higher rated player at each board. At board one, 2020 rated USCF expert Roger Cappallo of Groton had to work for 98 of his 100 minutes to hold a draw when his 1670 class B opponent, Dave Couture of Westminster fought his way to an ending with four dangerous passed pawns against Roger's lone rook. You can see this game with some comments & analysis in the Games Section.

Meanwhile at board 9, Dave Thomas of Fitchburg with his Class A rating of 1837 found himself in trouble against 1433 class C rated John Bastarache of Fitchburg to the tune of his queen against John's two rooks & a knight with several pawns each remaining on the board, but Dave managed to force a draw by threefold repetition.

Evert Siiskonen Memorial, 2015
Round 1 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Dave Couture 1/2-1/2Roger Cappallo
George Mirijanian 1-0Seeth Ganesan
Jim Hankard 0-1Nowell Sheinwald
Paul Godin 1-0Bob Mathieu
George Miller 0-1Ray Paulson
Larry Gladding 1-0Brian Biglow
Mike Meehan 0-1Geoff LePoer
Steve Nelson 1-0Stan Talcott
John Bastarache 1/2-1/2Dave Thomas
Joe Bennett 1-0Randy McLaughlin
Don Briggs 0-1Gary Brassard
Arthur Barlas 1-0Wayne Steadman
Hugh McLaughlin 0-1Alan Condon
Ken Gurge 1-0Tom Whistler
Emily Gawboy 0-1Keith Kessmann

Receiving half-point byes were:
Bruce Felton, Walter Niemi, Lenny Arsenault, Tom Fratturelli, Jackson Parker, Larry O'Rourke and Richard Bennett.
Not playing the round was Gail Lingner.

Evert Siiskonen Memorial, April 1st, 2015
CURRENT STANDINGS
PointsPlayers
1.0Mirijanian, Sheinwald, Godin, Paulson, Gladding, LePoer, Nelson, J. Bennett, Brassard, Barlas, Condon, Gurge, Kessmann
0.5Cappallo, Felton, Niemi, Thomas, Arsenault, Couture, Fratturelli, Parker, Bastarache, O'Rourke, R. Bennett
0.0Ganesan, Hankard, Mathieu, Miller, Lingner, Biglow, Meehan, Talcott, Briggs, R. McLaughlin, Steadman, H. McLaughlin, Whistler, Gawboy


Projected Round 2 pairings for April 8:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Nelson vs. Mirijanian Board 2: Sheinwald vs. J. Bennett Board 3: Brassard vs. Godin Board 4: Paulson vs. Barlas Board 5: Condon vs. Gladding Board 6: LePoer vs. Kessmann Board 7: Cappallo vs. Fratturelli Board 8: Felton vs. Couture Board 9: Niemi vs. Bastarache Board 10: Thomas vs. O'Rourke Board 11: R. Bennett vs. Arsenault Board 12: Ganesan vs. Briggs Board 13: Talcott vs. Hankard Board 14: Mathieu vs, R. McLaughlin Board 15: Steadman vs. Miller Board 16: Lingner vs. H. McLaughlin Board 17: Biglow vs. Gawboy Board 18: Whistler vs. Meehan

Ken Gurge is requesting a half-point bye.

The Wachusett Chess Club welcomes Keith Kessmann of Fitchburg back to the club after an absence dating back to 2012. His rating as of 4/1/15 is 1703. His all-time high rating is 1735/18. His current quick rating is 1453/13.

REMINDER: Players must be present by 7:10 p.m. on April 8th in order to be paired for Round 2.
Players running late who want to be paired must call by 7 P.M.

April 1st, 2015
New Look & Feel for WCC Web Site
First time ever WCC logo by Joe Bennett

You can read some of the details & descriptions of the web site you're now looking at in this month's Webmaster's Message. Even though it's traditionally April Fools' Day, this is no joke. Things are actually starting to come together in useful, logical & informative ways. Not the least of which is an official Wachusett Chess Club logo (shown to the left of this paragraph & elsewhere on this site) designed by Joe Bennett.

March 29th, 2015
2015 Mass Game/60 Championship
Pictures by Tony Cortizas

Over the weekend, some WCC members competed in the Massachusetts Game/60 Championship. Tony Cortizas was on hand to take pictures which can be seen at:
https://picasaweb.google.com/108837361324770661497/2015MassG60Championship329?authuser=0&feat=directlink

March 25th, 2015
2015 WCC Quick Chess Championship
Five Rounds @ G/15 d3

Quartet Tie in Quick Tourney

Reigning WCC Quick chess Champion, Paul Godin had to "do it the hard way" after a first round loss to WCC visitor Jack Martin to come from behind & catch the pair of front runners Tony Cesolini & Ray Paulson. Meanwhile Gary Brassard of Leominster, having suffered his only loss at the hands of Godin in round four, then in the final round faced Roger Cappallo, who while holding a solid 1919 Quick rating might have been expected to play considerably tougher than that considering he also maintains a USCF expert rating at regular tournament speeds. Gary prevailed however, & thus joined the group at the top rounded out by Tony Cesolini, who having given up only two draws to Joe Bennett & Nowell Sheinwald in rounds three & four respectively, was the sole undefeated first place finisher.

While Gary was busy at board three, board one action consisted of a close round five struggle between Ray Paulson, who led the tournament at that point with four wins, & Paul Godin, who came into the final round with three wins & a loss. The game was not without flaws, but teetered at near equality throughout as both players whittled each other's forces down to a two pawn vs. two pawn ending in which Godin had the upper hand & easily won. There may be some pictures &/or video from this game as much of it was played under the watchful eye of Dave Couture's camera.

This year's Quick Chess contest was played at the relatively fast time control of 15 minutes for the entire game for each player plus a three second delay per move. While this is not considered "blitz" chess, it is significantly faster than past WCC Quick Chess tourneys which have been run at 25 minutes for the game rather than 15. The USCF will rate this event as "Quick Chess", & as such, none of these results will affect any player's regular or blitz rating.

2015 WCC Quick Chess
PRIZE WINNERS
1st-4th:Paul Godin of Bedford, Tony Cesolini of Jaffrey, NH,
Ray Paulson of Lowell, and Gary Brassard of Leominster
Top under 1300:Don Briggs of Lunenburg

Quick Chess Championship 2015
Round 1 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Dave Couture 0-1Walter Niemi
Paul Godin 0-1John Martin
Ken Gurge 0-1Roger Cappallo
Steve Nelson 0-1Brian Biglow
George Miller 0-1Tony Cesolini
Ray Paulson 1-0Larry O'Rourke
Richard Bennett 0-1Nowell Sheinwald
Joe Bennett 1-0Hugh McLaughlin
Don Briggs 1-0Bruce Felton
Gary Brassard 1-0Wayne Steadman
John Bastarache 1-0Arthur Barlas
Larry Gladding 1-0Randy McLaughlin
Tom Whistler 0-1Jim Hankard
Dave Thomas 1-0Emily Gawboy

Quick Chess Championship 2015
Round 2 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Niemi 1-0Gladding
Cappallo 1-0Hankard
Cesolini 1-0Thomas
Martin 0-1Paulson
Sheinwald 1-0Briggs
Biglow 0-1J. Bennett
Bastarache 0-1Brassard
O'Rourke 0-1Godin
H. McLaughlin 0-1Nelson
Felton 1-0R. Bennett
Barlas 0-1Steadman
R. McLaughlin 0-1Couture
Whistler 0-1Gurge
Gawboy 0-1Miller

Quick Chess Championship 2015
Round 3 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Paulson 1-0Niemi
Sheinwald 0-1Cappallo
J. Bennett 1/2-1/2Cesolini
Brassard 0-1Godin
Nelson 0-1Martin
Gurge 0-1Felton
Gladding 1-0Biglow
Hankard 0-1Miller
Thomas 1-0Briggs
Steadman 0-1Couture
O'Rourke 0-1Bastarache
R. McLaughlin 0-1Barlas
R.Bennett 1-0Whistler
Gawboy 0-1H. McLaughlin

Quick Chess Championship 2015
Round 4 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Cappallo 0-1Paulson
Cesolini 1/2-1/2Sheinwald
Niemi 1-0J. Bennett
Godin 1-0Thomas
Couture 1-0Felton
Martin 0-1Brassard
Miller 1/2-1/2Gladding
Hankard 1-0Bastarache
Briggs 1-0Nelson
Barlas 1-0R. Bennett
H. McLaughlin 0-1Gurge
Biglow 1-0Steadman
Whistler 0-1O'Rourke
Gawboy 0-1R. McLaughlin

Quick Chess Championship 2015
Round 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Paulson 0-1Godin
Cesolini 1-0Niemi
Brassard 1-0Cappallo
Sheinwald 1-0Couture
J. Bennett 1-0Gladding
Felton 1-0Miller
Gurge 0-1Barlas
Briggs 1-0Hankard
Thomas 0-1Biglow
Bastarache 0-1Martin
Steadman 0-1Nelson
O'Rourke 0-1H. McLaughlin
R.Bennett 0-1R McLaughlin
Gawboy 0-1Whistler

Wachusett CC Quick Chess Championship, March 25, 2015
FINAL STANDINGS
PointsPlayers
5.0----
4.5----
4.0Godin, Cesolini, Paulson, Brassard
3.5Sheinwald, J. Bennett
3.0Niemi, Cappallo, Felton, Barlas, Couture, Martin, Biglow, Briggs
2.5Gladding, Miller
2.0Nelson, Hankard, Thomas, Gurge, H. McLaughlin, Bastarache, R. McLaughlin
1.5----
1.0O'Rourke, R. Bennett, Steadman, Whistler
0.5----
0.0Gawboy

The following players had
a "quick rating" increase of
50 or more points:
Don Briggs+204
Brian Biglow+117
John Bastarache+104
Ray Paulson+61
George Miller+61
John Martin+60
The following club players have
undergone USCF category changes:
Nowell Sheinwald1st Cat.
Seetharaman Ganesan3rd Cat.
Robert Mathieu4th Cat.

Pictures from the 2015 WCC Quick Chess Championship:
Photos by Dave Couture
Round 4

Board 1:

Round 4

Board 1:
Round 4

Board 1:
Tony vs Walter.

Board 2:

Foreground, Board 9:
Foreground: Larry O'Rourke(R);
Middle: Steve Nelson(L), Wayne Steadman(R);
Far: John Martin
Gary Brassard(L)
vs Roger Cappallo
Foreground: Richard Bennett(L) & Ray Paulson(standing far R) watch Gary & Roger at board 3

REMINDER: The next tournament at the club, the Evert Siiskonen Memorial, begins Wednesday, April 1.
Players must be present by 7:10 p.m. in order to be paired for round 1.
Players running late but still want to be paired must call Ken Gurge by 7 p.m.

March 24th, 2015

Over the weekend, current WCC Champion Carissa Yip competed in the Spiegel Cup Championship Tournament in the "Age 14 & Under" section. Though the competition was tough, she managed to finish with 3 out of 4 to come in tied for first place with Evan Meyer whose post tournament rating was 2121 & Anton Barash, who ended the tournament with a rating of 1904. Carissa's performance caused her to drop 2 rating points, which pushed her back to 2201. Once again Tony Cortizas Jr. took some great pictures which he's posted at:
https://picasaweb.google.com/108837361324770661497/2015SpiegelCupStateChampionship

Quick ratings for all WCC members are now posted at http://www.wachusettchess.org/QuickRatings.pdf. You may also click on the "Statistics button in the main menu (above) & select the last tab "Quick ratings".

March 18th, 2015

Walter Wins With White

Class A rated Walter Niemi of Leominster triumphed over USCF rated expert, Roger Cappallo of Groton in Wednesday evening's fifth & final round game to take clear first place in the 2015 George E. O'Rourke Memorial tournament. While there were no perfect scores in the tournament, Walter's 4.5 out of 5 & resulting first place finish was accomplished by his taking a second round half point bye & winning all four of his actual played games. This performance should add more than 20 points to his rating. Joe Bennett of Hubbardston who took half point byes in both his first & second rounds also turned in a strong 2nd place finish by winning all three of his remaining rounds including a 145 point upset over Larry Gladding of Leominster this evening & a 208 point upset over Ray paulson of Lowell last week.

Third through sixth place at 3.5/5 was shared by George Mirijanian of Fitchburg, Dave Thomas of Fitchburg & Gary Brassard of Leominster each of whom won their last round game & Nowell Sheinwald of Lowell, who had opted not to play round 5.

Walter's 34 move win with the white pieces at board one, was the result of both players expertly following established chess theory for at least 12 moves of the "Steinitz, Boleslavsky Variation" of the French Defense, then some additional precise manouvering on both sides of the board which Walter seemed to generally get the better of. Roger made some tactical miscalculations & Walter found a strong winning attack. This entire game may be seen along with Walter's other three wins from this tournament here in the Games section.

The top Under 1600 honor went to Seetharaman Ganesan of South Grafton, who ended the tournament with 3 points including a 126 point upset in tonight's game over Lenny Arsenault of Leominster.

Finally, Larry O'Rourke of Acton, son of the tournament's namesake George E. O'Rourke, scored a 222 point upset draw by splitting the point with Gail Lingner of Fitchburg. Larry played the popular "Dragon Variation" of the Sicilian Defense and through some minor inaccuracies allowed Gail to generate what might have been a winning king's side attack were it not for Larry's careful alert defense in a several difficult positions & eventual extrication by means of a mating threat of his own which Gail could only defend by repeating the position for the draw.

2015 George E. O'Rourke Memorial
PRIZE WINNERS
1st:Walter Niemi of Leominster
2nd:Joe Bennett of Hubbardston
3rd-6th:George Mirijanian of Fitchburg, Nowell Sheinwald of Lowell,
Dave Thomas of Fitchburg & Gary Brassard of Leominster
Top under 1600:Seetharaman Ganesan of South Grafton

George E. O'Rourke Memorial, March 18, 2015
Round 5 (Final) Results
WhiteResultBlack
Walter Niemi1-0Roger Cappallo
Larry Gladding0-1Joe Bennett
George Mirijanian1-0Dave Couture
Tom Fratturelli0-1Dave Thomas
Brian Biglow0-1Gary Brassard
Ray Paulson1-0Randy McLaughlin
Seeth Ganesan1-0Len Arsenault
Jim Hankard1-0George Miller
Ken Gurge1-0Mike Meehan
Bob Mathieu1-0John Bastarache
Gail Lingner1/2-1/2Larry ORourke
Wayne Steadman0-1Stan Talcott
Hugh McLaughlin0-1Rich Bennett
Emily Gawboy1-0Tom Whistler

George E. O'Rourke Memorial, March 18, 2015
FINAL STANDINGS
PointsPlayers
5.0----
4.5Niemi
4.0J. Bennett
3.5Mirijanian, Sheinwald, Thomas, Brassard
3.0Cappallo, Paulson, Gladding, Hankard, Ganesan
2.5Gurge, Couture, Mathieu, Fratturelli, Biglow, R. McLaughlin
2.0Felton, Barlas, Arsenault, Lingner, Miller, Talcott, Briggs, O'Rourke, R.Bennett
1.5Condon, Meehan, Bastarache, Steadman
1.0Parker, H. McLaughlin, Gawboy
0.5Whistler
0.0-----

The following players had
a rating increase of
50 or more points:
Randy McLaughlin+144
Joe Bennett+91
Walter Niemi+68
Seeth Ganesan+52
The following players achieved
a new all-time high rating:
Nowell Sheinwald1988
Walter Niemi1923
Dave Thomas1837
Seeth Ganesan1645
Randy McLaughlin1374
Hugh McLaughlin1316
Emily Gawboy740
2015 Club Championship Qualification Standings As of March 18, 2015
After 7 of 8 Tournaments (35 of 40 Games)
Top Ten High Winning Percentage Finishers Qualify
with a minimum of 20 played games required
Name Rating Games Played
This Season
Winning Percentage Additional
Games Needed
Notes
Kildahl217218.9172a
Cappallo203634.7500
Mirijanian196520.7500
Godin196024.7500a
Barlas178616.7194a
Felton192819.7111
Paulson194328.6790b
Nelson184329.6720
Thomas182334.6320
Brassard180629.6210
Gladding188025.6200
Bennett, J.180626.5580
Mathieu164625.5400
Gurge174832.5310
Condon176317.5293
Arsenault171927.5000
Lingner158826.5000

Notes: a = Participation availability questionable
b = Participation declined

REMINDER: The next tournament at the club will be the Wachusett CC 2015 Quick Chess Championship,
a 5-round Swiss in one section played at Game/15, 3-second delay (on digital clocks).
The entire tournament will be played Wednesday, March 25.
Players must be present by 7:10 p.m. in order to be paired for round 1.

March 17th, 2015
Carissa Yip News Story
Front Page of Boston Globe

Carissa Yip on Front Page of Boston Globe

As expected, the story of Carissa's latest achievement has hit the printed media, in addition to several internet postings. You can now read the latest in print or online,

Boston Globe: "Andover girl is youngest US female chess master"
Lowell Sun: "Checkmate! Andover 11-year-old achieves chess notoriety"
The Valley Dispatch: "Checkmate! Andover 11-year-old achieves chess notoriety"
or
watch a video clip from the interviews with Carissa & her mom & dad titled "Carissa Yip, 11, becomes youngest US female chess master" on the Daily Mail UK web site. [Warning: I'm actually in this video too.]

March 14th, 2015
Carissa Yip News Story
Picked up by other newspapers

Carissa's recent record breaking achievement now in Chinese newspapers:
The Boston Globe has decided to run the story about Carissa's recent record breaking achievement on the front page of the Monday (March 16) edition. The Chinese story has been replicated to appear in the local papers in NY, LA, SF, DC and many other cities (March 12th 2015):

Online versions of newspapers:
Boston
New York
San Francisco
Los Angeles

Many more weekly DJY offices such as Washington DC, Philadelphia, Chicago, Seattle, et. al. published today (March 13th 2015) also ran the story.
For example: Washington DC

I'm sure people who can read Chinese will get more out of it, but even without the translation, it's still a thrill! She's now making headline news across the country in multiple languages.

March 11th, 2015

Sheinwald Topples Cappallo at Board 1.
Nowell Now Neck & Neck With Niemi

UMass Lowell student & class A (1985) rated player, Nowell Sheinwald, after warming up with a somewhat lackluster performance earlier this week in a 7-round online 3-minute blitz tournament, took control at board one against USCF (2036) rated expert, Roger Cappallo, in this evening's regular (100 minutes per player for the entire game) rated round 4 event. Nowell played an aggressive counter gambit in response to Roger's queen pawn opening, won a minor piece & continued to press, which led to Roger's resignation just past the halfway point of the allotted playing time. This win leaves Cappallo with 3 points while Walter Niemi & Sheinwald have surged ahead with three & a half each. Nowell, who has increased his rating by at least 25 points with his performance here thus far placing him well into the expert class, is not expecting to be present for the final round next week, so the range of possibile first place finishers in this tournament is quite large.

Meanwhile five other higher rated players were defeated by their lower rated opponents this round. Most notable were:
♜ Class D (1230) rated Randy McLaughlin, who continued to shine tonight by outplaying his class B (1646) rated opponent, Bob Mathieu to achieve a 416 point upset victory!
♝ Class C player, Brian Biglow (1481) beating class B, Ken Gurge (1748) in a 267 point upset, by his skillful handling of an extremely unbalanced queen vs. rook + knight middlegame.
♚ Class A, Ray Paulson (1943) couldn't contain Class B player, Joe Bennett (1735), who opened with his signature "Bird's Opening" & through complex double edged maneuvering eventually converted to a piece up rook & pawn ending for the 208 point upset at board 3.
And to round out the upset list,
♞ Don Briggs (1375) over 171 point higher rated, Jackson Parker (1546), & finally
♞ Tom Fratturelli (1616), who got the upper hand & made it look easy against his 147 point higher rated rival, Alan Condon (1763).

George E. O'Rourke Memorial, March 11, 2015
Round 4 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Roger Cappallo 0-1 Nowell Sheinwald
Dave Thomas 0-1 Walter Niemi
Joe Bennett 1-0 Ray Paulson
Len Arsenault 0-1 Larry Gladding
Gary Brassard 1-0 Jim Hankard
Alan Condon 0-1 Tom Fratturelli
Brian Biglow 1-0 Ken Gurge
Dave Couture 1-0 John Bastarache
Randy McLaughlin 1-0 Bob Mathieu
Mike Meehan 1/2-1/2 Gail Lingner
Stan Talcott 0-1 George Miller
Jackson Parker 0-1 Don Briggs
Richard Bennett 0-1 Larry O'Rourke
Tom Whistler 0-1 Wayne Steadman
Emily Gawboy 0-1 Hugh McLaughlin

Once again, Dave Couture has provided some excellent photos from tonight's games, which may be seen at:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/zi55rhpff58d63o/AACkqrYCD6_R_dGsGF6qMeN_a?dl=0

George E. O'Rourke Memorial, March 11, 2015
CURRENT STANDINGS
PointsPlayers
4.0----
3.5Sheinwald, Niemi
3.0Cappallo, Gladding, J. Bennett
2.5Mirijanian, Thomas, Brassard, Couture, Fratturelli, Biglow, R. McLaughlin
2.0Godin, Paulson, Felton, Barlas, Arsenault, Hankard, Ganesan, Miller, Briggs
1.5Condon, Gurge, Mathieu, Lingner, Meehan, Bastarache, O'Rourke, Steadman
1.0Nelson, Parker, Talcott, H. McLaughlin, R. Bennett
0.5Whistler
0.0Gawboy


Projected Round 5 (final) pairings for March 18:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Niemi vs. Cappallo Board 2: Gladding vs. J. Bennett Board 3: Mirijanian vs. Couture Board 4: Fratturelli vs. Thomas Board 5: Biglow vs. Brassard Board 6: Paulson vs. R. McLaughlin Board 7: Hankard vs. Felton Board 8: Ganesan vs. Barlas Board 9: Miller vs. Arsenault Board 10: Briggs vs. Meehan Board 11: Lingner vs. Condon Board 12: Gurge vs. Steadman Board 13: Mathieu vs. Talcott Board 14: Bastarache vs. R. Bennett Board 15: H. McLaughlin vs. O'Rourke Board 16: Gawboy vs. Whistler

Not expected to play the final round are Sheinwald, Godin, Nelson and Parker.

The Wachusett Chess Club welcomes Michael Meehan of Westminster, who renewed his USCF membership at the club Wednesday night. His rating as of 3/11/15 is 1501. His all-time high rating is 1642.

Visiting the club but not competing in this tournament was current WCC Champion, Carissa Yip, who stopped by with her parents for a photo session with the Lowell Sun & a few casual blitz games.

REMINDER: Players must be present by 7:10 p.m. on March 18 in order to be paired for Round 4.
Players running late who want to be paired must call Ken Gurge by 7 P.M.

March 7th, 2015
Rating Updates

Here are the players who will undergo rating changes as of 3/7/15:
Nowell Sheinwald - 1985
James Hankard - 1624
Stanford Talcott - 1463
Hugh McLaughlin - 1316/9 (no doubt due to a re-rate)
All as a result of rated play outside the Wachusett Chess Club.

March 4th, 2015
George E. O'Rourke Memorial
Round 3 of 5

Cappallo Continues Winning Ways
Carissa Confirmed Youngest Ever Female USCF Master

Once again USCF rated expert, Roger Cappallo, took the full point in Wednesday night's third round play of the George E. O'Rourke Memorial tournament. Facing class A opponent and two time WCC Champion, Larry Gladding, Roger resorted to his reliable "Benko Gambit" against Larry's Queen Pawn Opening. Gladding declined the gambit pawn & instead opted for a more gradual positional game, but was out manuvered by Cappallo's consistent accurate play & eventually found himself a pawn down with a bad knight against a good bishop & was unable to hold. Interestingly, while this was going on on board 1, at board 2, Dave Thomas also chose to play the Benko Gambit against Ray paulson's Queen pawn, & Ray also declined the pawn ultimately leading to situation where he had a knight & bishop plus two pawns vs Dave's rook plus two pawns, which Dave was able to draw in the last few minutes of the allotted time.

The only upset of the night came at board 11 where 1230 rated Randy McLaughlin beat 1366 rated Larry O'Rourke in a solid close positional struggle which was nearly equal throughout most of the game.

At board 8, recently published author [Progressive Tactics: 1002 Progressively Challenging Chess Tactics], Dave Couture, narrowly escaped a loss to his much (212 points) lower rated opponent, Brian Biglow who, following a misstep by Dave, was able to trap a bishop & thereby go a full minor piece ahead with numerous winning opportunities. Dave, however held the draw when Brian gave back the extra material in a near pawnless ending.

At age 11, Carissa Yip has beaten Annie Wang's record by four months.
2203 rated Carissa Yip is now the youngest ever female USCF master!
NM Carissa Yip

As expected, the USCF has announced on the main page of their web site, that the new all time record for the youngest ever female to achieve the master's rating of 2200 now belongs to Carissa Yip.

This means that her recent triumph at the the "Legends of Chess: Oscar Panno" event held in Cambridge & the "Billerica February Swiss" held in Billerica have been officially rated & re-rated & the results are almost certainly verified to be correct as initially published.

          ♙   ♖   ♗   ♘   ♕   ♔   ♘   ♗   ♖   ♙

George E. O'Rourke Memorial, March 4th, 2015
Round 3 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Larry Gladding 0-1 Roger Cappallo
Ray Paulson 1/2-1/2 Dave Thomas
Nowell Sheinwald 1-0 Gary Brassard
Tom Fratturelli 0-1 Walter Niemi
George Miller 0-1 George Mirijanian
Ken Gurge 1/2-1/2 Seeth Ganesan
Joe Bennett 1-0 Jackson Parker
Dave Couture 1/2-1/2 Brian Biglow
Jim Hankard 1-0 Richard Bennett
Wayne Steadman 0-1 Bob Mathieu
Larry O'Rourke 0-1 Randy McLaughlin
Gail Lingner 1-0 Hugh McLaughlin
Stan Talcott 1-0 Emily Gawboy

Receiving half-point byes were:
Bruce Felton, Arthur Barlas, Lenny Arsenault, Paul Godin, Alan Condon, John Bastarache, Don Briggs and Tom Whistler.
Not playing the round were Geoff LePoer and Steve Nelson.

Pictures & puzzles from tonight's club games:
While each of the positions in these photos may be relatively more or less challenging, since they were not necessarily taken at critical points in the games, & since there are currently no grndmasters at the club,
they were all taken directly from games played last night, March 4th 2015. Enjoy.
Randy McLaughlin(R), on the move, is ahead a knight & a couple of pawns. Is his knight trapped?

Board 11:

Randy confidently places his pawn on e2 attacking Larry's rook on d1.

Board 11:
This picture shows that the queens have been traded & Randy still has his knight & both extra pawns.

Board 11:
Randy completes recording his move as Larry studies his position during the last few minutes of play.

Board 11:





Foreground, Board 4:






Board 6:






Board 10:
Foreground, Board 1:
Walter & Tom go at it with an analog clock.

Black (Walter) to move.
Ken(R) 21 min. to Seetharaman's 53 min.

White (Ken) to move.
Bob Mathieu(L) with plenty of extra time & plenty of extra pawns.

Black (Bob) to move.
Close (25-26min) game on the clock.

Black (Roger) to move.

George E. O'Rourke Memorial, March 4, 2015
CURRENT STANDINGS
PointsPlayers
3.0Cappallo
2.5Sheinwald, Niemi, Thomas
2.0Mirijanian, Paulson, Felton, Gladding, Barlas, J. Bennett, Arsenault, Hankard
1.5Godin, Brassard, Condon, Gurge, Couture, Mathieu, Fratturelli, Ganesan, Biglow, Bastarache, R. McLaughlin
1.0LePoer, Nelson, Lingner, Miller, Parker, Talcott, Briggs, R. Bennett
0.5O'Rourke, Steadman, Whistler
0.0H. McLaughlin, Gawboy


Projected Round 4 pairings for March 11:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Cappallo vs. Sheinwald Board 2: Thomas vs. Niemi Board 3: Mirijanian vs. Gladding Board 4: J. Bennett vs. Paulson Board 5: Arsenault vs. Felton Board 6: Brassard vs. Hankard Board 7: Condon vs. Fratturelli Board 8: Biglow vs. Gurge Board 9: Couture vs. Bastarache Board 10: R. McLaughlin vs. Mathieu Board 11: Parker vs. LePoer Board 12: Lingner vs. Talcott Board 13: Briggs vs. Miller Board 14: R. Bennett vs. O'Rourke Board 15: Whistler vs. Steadman Board 16: Gawboy vs. H. McLaughlin

Requesting a half-point bye in the upcoming round 4 is Seeth Ganesan.
Not expecting to play round 4 are Barlas, Nelson and possibly Godin.

REMINDER: Players must be present by 7:10 p.m. on March 11 in order to be paired for Round 4.
Players running late who want to be paired must call Ken Gurge by 7 P.M.

February 24th, 2015
February 24th, 2015
Rating Updates

Here are the players who will undergo rating changes as of 3/4/15:
Carissa Yip 2203
Nowell Sheinwald 1979
Gary Brassard 1806
James Hankard 1613
Stanford Talcott 1441
Hugh McLaughlin 1315/9
Randy McLaughlin 1230
All as a result of rated play outside the Wachusett Chess Club.
See Carissa's big win against Chris Williams (2309)
[with her annotations]
from her previous tournament.

March 1st, 2015
Carissa Yip 2203
Billerica February Swiss 2015

♕ Carissa Yip Now Rated 2203 ♕
New All Time USCF Record !!!

The USCF Official Tournament Report is in & Carissa Yip is now rated 2203!
This makes her the youngest female ever to break the 2200 mark, beating the record recently set by Annie Wang by nearly four months.
Congratulations on your inspirational effort to a superb achievement against long odds!

By winning rounds 1 & 3, against class A rated Jeff Caruso, who finished the tournament at 1929 & USCF expert Tim Bromley, who ended with a 2027 rating, respectively, taking a half point bye in the second & not playing round 4, Carissa Yip has increased her USCF rating to the rank of National Master at 2203.

This tournament provided the final two games in what might be described as a four month chess binge consisting of 21 rated games in November, 14 games in December, 32 games in January (including some ICC activity which didn't count toward her regular rating) & finally 19 games played in February concluding with the February Billerica Swiss which put her over 2200 to an all time high of 2203. That activity rate is nearly double the rate at which she'd been playing for the past year or more & shows evidence of considerable determination & persistence while successfully taking on a steady stream of strong competition.

Carissa Yip is now living the dream of over 99% of all tournament chess players. Who would have guessed that taking the 2014 Wachusett Chess Club Championship by a 7-0 sweep would so soon be considered "only the beginning"?

The Wachusett Chess Club wishes our current Club Champion & now National Master, Carissa Yip all the best in continued chess success. We also wish to commend Percy Yip for his dedicated efforts throughout.

Event 		BILLERICA FEBRUARY SWISS 2015  (201502285442)
Location 	CONCORD, MA  01821  
Event Date(s) 	2015-02-01 thru 2015-02-28
Sponsoring Affiliate 	BILLERICA CHESS CLUB  (A6004920)
Chief  TD 	NATHAN A SMITH  (12824896)
Processed 	Received: 2015-02-28   Entered: 2015-02-28   Rated: 2015-02-28

Section 1 - FEBRUARY
Chf. Asst. TD 		JEFFREY LAWRENCE CARUSO  (12350410)
Section Date(s) 		2015-02-01 thru 2015-02-28
Processed 		Received: 2015-02-28   Entered: 2015-02-28   Rated: 2015-02-28
Stats 		4 Rounds,  19 Players;  K Factor: F  Rating Sys: R  Tnmt Type: S
Time Control: G/90;d5
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 Pair | Player Name                     |Total|Round|Round|Round|Round| 
 Num  | USCF ID / Rtg (Pre->Post)       | Pts |  1  |  2  |  3  |  4  | 
-----------------------------------------------------------------------
    1 | AASHISH WELLING                 |3.5  |W  18|D   5|W   7|W  10|
   NH | 14343251 / R: 2122   ->2123     |     |     |     |     |     |
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    2 | TIM G BROMLEY                   |3.0  |W  19|W   4|L   3|W   5|
   MA | 13151866 / R: 2010   ->2027     |     |     |     |     |     |
----------------------------------------------------------------------- 3 | CARISSA SHIWEN YIP |2.5 |W 6|H |W 2|U | MA | 14514636 / R: 2194 ->2203 | | | | | | -----------------------------------------------------------------------
4 | ARTHUR P NUGENT |2.5 |W 13|L 2|D 6|W 15| MA | 10011191 / R: 2002 ->2000 | | | | | | ----------------------------------------------------------------------- 5 | NOWELL RYAN SHEINWALD |2.5 |W 16|D 1|W 10|L 2| NY | 12890962 / R: 1929 ->1937 | | | | | | ----------------------------------------------------------------------- 6 | JEFFREY LAWRENCE CARUSO |2.5 |L 3|W 17|D 4|W 8| MA | 12350410 / R: 1855 ->1929 | | | | | | ----------------------------------------------------------------------- 7 | JAMES TAGGART |2.5 |D 17|W 19|L 1|W 18| MA | 12924551 / R: 1604 ->1675 | | | | | | ----------------------------------------------------------------------- 8 | SHERIF A KHATER |1.5 |H |W 11|U |L 6| NH | 12748218 / R: 2196 ->2180 | | | | | | ----------------------------------------------------------------------- 9 | RAYMOND PAULSON |1.5 |W 15|H |U |U | MA | 12401616 / R: 1943 ->1943 | | | | | | ----------------------------------------------------------------------- 10 | ROBERT E STEWART |1.5 |W 14|H |L 5|L 1| MA | 12456989 / R: 1876 ->1858 | | | | | | ----------------------------------------------------------------------- 11 | BRUCE W BLASCHKE |1.5 |H |L 8|W 12|U | MA | 12436277 / R: 1655 ->1667 | | | | | | ----------------------------------------------------------------------- 12 | MEYER A BILLMERS |1.5 |H |U |L 11|W 19| MA | 10018307 / R: 1547 ->1553 | | | | | | ----------------------------------------------------------------------- 13 | SILVERIO GABRIEL JOHNSON |1.5 |L 4|H |W 16|L 14| MA | 15620163 / R: 1338P4 ->1220P7 | | | | | | ----------------------------------------------------------------------- 14 | MAURICE LESSARD |1.5 |L 10|L 18|H |W 13| MA | 12633257 / R: 1087 ->1131 | | | | | | ----------------------------------------------------------------------- 15 | GIRISH WELLING |1.5 |L 9|D 16|W 18|L 4| NH | 15462176 / R: 874P17-> 943P21 | | | | | | ----------------------------------------------------------------------- 16 | THOMAS A KANE |1.5 |L 5|D 15|L 13|B | MA | 12478723 / R: 746 -> 758 | | | | | | ----------------------------------------------------------------------- 17 | JOSEPH F KELLY |1.0 |D 7|L 6|H |U | MA | 12508122 / R: 2037 ->2012 | | | | | | ----------------------------------------------------------------------- 18 | MATTHEW A CATER |1.0 |L 1|W 14|L 15|L 7| MA | 12760291 / R: 1666 ->1615 | | | | | | ----------------------------------------------------------------------- 19 | GEORGE NORMAN |0.5 |L 2|L 7|H |L 12| MA | 12376330 / R: 1573 ->1536 | | | | | | ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Section 2 - EXTRA ----------------------------------------------------- Pair | Player Name |Total|Round| Num | USCF ID / Rtg (Pre->Post) | Pts | 1 | ----------------------------------------------------- 1 | SHERIF A KHATER |1.0 |W 2| NH | 12748218 / R: 2180 ->2180 | | | ----------------------------------------------------- 2 | MAURICE LESSARD |0.0 |L 1| MA | 12633257 / R: 1131 ->1131 | | | -----------------------------------------------------

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. You can view it here, in the 2015 Games section.

George E. O'Rourke Memorial, February 25th, 2015
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, Paul Lynch, Robert Walton, Kandy Lynch, Francis Scanlon & Rick Evans.

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

Pictures & puzzles from tonight's club games:
While each of the positions in these photos may be relatively more or less challenging, since they were not necessarily taken at critical points,
they were all taken directly from games played last night, February 25th 2015. Enjoy.
Foreground - Tom Fratturelli on left
Board 4:

Background
Dave Thomas(R) @ Board 3
Randy McLaughlin(R) retreats his knight to try to catch Jim's h-pawn.
Board 8:

Jim Hankard(L) vs. Randy McLaughlin(R)
Board 8:

Jim now studies the position.
Board 4:

Tom's up an exchange.
Black to move. Can he win?


Board 8:

Black (Jim) to move.



Board 8:

Black (Jim) to move.



Foreground
Board 2:

Larry Gladding(L) vs. Ken Gurge(absent)
Board 11:

Hugh McLaughlin(L) vs. George Miller(R)
Board 9:

Seeth Ganesan(L) vs. Stan Talcott(R)
Larry 55 min to Ken's 2 min & 34 sec.

What must Larry play here to win?
Hugh 34 min to George's 17 min.

George is a pawn down.
Can he draw or win?
Close (:25-:26) game on the clock.

Black (Stan) to move.
Is it close on the board as well?

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

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.

February 22nd, 2015

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

A picture from the Legends of Chess: Oscar Panno tournament by Steve Stepak with diagram added:
Carissa Yip takes on 2300+ rated NM Chris Williams February 21st 2015 in the final round.
Just five minutes into the game
Board 1:

NM Chris Williams(L) vs. Carissa Yip(R)
White to move:

Round 4 @ Legends of Chess: Oscar Panno

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.

The club would like to welcome new member, UMass-Lowell student & strong class A player, Nowell Sheinwald.

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.

Pictures & puzzles from tonight's club games:
While each of the positions in these photos may be relatively more or less challenging, since they were not necessarily taken at critical points in the games, & since there are currently no grndmasters at the club,
they were all taken directly from games played last night, February 18th 2015. Enjoy.
Foreground (Brian on left), Board 5:

Biglow(L) - Thomas(R)

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

Brian 1:14 to Dave's 33 minutes.

Dave's rook attacks Brian's queen.
What should Brian do?
"A very complicated position..." -David Bronstein

White to move.

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

Projected Round 2 pairings for February 25:
(Current scores in parentheses)

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
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:
While each of the positions in these photos may be relatively more or less challenging, since they were not necessarily taken at critical points in the games, & since there are currently no grndmasters at the club,
they were all taken directly from games played last night, February 11th 2015. Enjoy.
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
PointsPlayers
5.0-----
4.5Cappallo
4.0-----
3.5Mirijanian, LePoer, Niemi, Thomas
3.0Godin, Paulson, Felton, Nelson, Couture, Lingner
2.5Barlas, Brassard, J. Bennett, Gurge, Hankard
2.0Kildahl, Gladding, Condon, Arsenault, Fratturelli, Mathieu, Miller, Biglow, Talcott, R. McLaughlin
1.5Ganesan, Parker, Walton, Bastarache, Briggs, R. Bennett
1.0P. 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
PointsPlayers
4.0-----
3.5Cappallo
3.0Godin, Paulson, Felton, Niemi, Thomas
2.5Mirijanian, LePoer, Barlas, Brassard, Gurge
2.0Kildahl, Gladding, Nelson, Condon, J. Bennett, Arsenault, Mathieu, Couture, Miller, Hankard, Lingner, Biglow, Talcott
1.5Ganesan, Parker, Walton, Bastarache, Briggs
1.0P. Lynch, Fratturelli, Steadman, R. McLaughlin, K. Lynch, Evans, Gawboy H. McLaughlin
0.5R. Bennett
0.0(Yip, Scanlon), Whistler

Projected Round 2 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.

The following players will see a change in rating as of 2015.02.04:
Brett Kildahl 2189
Carissa Yip 2151
Raymond Paulson 1941


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.

February 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.

The following players will see a change in rating as of 1/28/15:
Brett Kildahl 2195
Carissa Yip 2125
James Hankard 1600

Pictures & puzzles from tonight's club games:
While each of the positions in these photos may be relatively more or less challenging, since they were not necessarily taken at critical points in the games, & since there are currently no grndmasters at the club,
they were all taken directly from games played last night, February 11th 2015. Enjoy.
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
PointsPlayers
3.0Cappallo
2.5Paulson, Felton, Niemi, Gurge
2.0Kildahl, Godin, Mirijanian, Gladding, Nelson, Barlas, Thomas, Brassard, J Bennett, Lingner
1.5LePoer, Condon, Mathieu, Couture, Parker
1.0Arsenault, P. Lynch, Fratturelli, Miller, Hankard, Ganesan, Biglow, Walton, Talcott, Steadman, Briggs, R. McLaughlin, Evans, H. McLaughlin
0.5Bastarache, 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.

The following players will see a change in rating as of 1/21/15:
Carissa Yip 2135
Robert Walton 1422
Stanford Talcott 1381

Reggie Boone Memorial, January 14, 2015
CURRENT STANDINGS
PointsPlayers
2.0Cappallo, Felton, Brassard, Gurge
1.5Kildahl, Mirijanian, Paulson, Gladding, Niemi, Barlas, Thomas, Mathieu, Couture
1.0Godin, Nelson, LePoer, Condon, J. Bennett, Parker, Lingner, Biglow, Walton, Briggs, H. McLaughlin
0.5Arsenault, 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.

The following players 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

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
PointsPlayers
1.0Cappallo, Paulson, Felton, Nelson, LePoer, Barlas, Thomas, Condon, Brassard, J. Bennett, Gurge, Mathieu, Couture
0.5Kildahl, Godin, Mirijanian, Gladding, Niemi, Arsenault, P. Lynch, Fratturelli
0.0Yip, 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)
(Current scores in parentheses)

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Condon(1.0) vs. Cappallo(1.0) Board 2: Paulson(1.0) vs. David Thomas(1.0) Board 3: J. Bennett(1.0) vs. Felton(1.0) Board 4: Nelson(1.0) vs. Brassard(1.0) Board 5: Mathieu(1.0) vs. LePoer(1.0) Board 6: Barlas(1.0) vs. Gurge(1.0) Board 7: Kildahl(0.5) vs. Couture(1.0) Board 8: Arsenault(0.5) vs. Godin(0.5) Board 9: Mirijanian(0.5) vs. P. Lynch(0.5) Board 10: Fratturelli(0.5) vs. Gladding(0.5) Board 11: Niemi(0.5) vs. Hankard(0.5) Board 12: Miller(0.0) vs. Ganesan(0.5) Board 13: R. McLaughlin(0.0) vs. Parker(0.0) Board 14: Lingner(0.0) vs. R. Bennett(0.0) Board 15: Biglow(0.0) vs. K. Lych(0.0) Board 16: Scanlon(0.0) vs. Walton(0.0) Board 17: Bastarache(0.0) vs. Evans(0.0) Board 18: Whislter(0.0) vs. Talcott(0.0) Board 19: Steadman(0.0) vs. H. McLaughlin(0.0) Board 20: Gawboy(0.0) vs. 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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