♜  "Chess is a game where the most intense mental activity leaves no traces." -Man Ray  ♜

WCC News 2019 ♔

Miscellaneous News & Other Chess Events of Interest:


28th annual EASTERN CLASS CHAMPIONSHIPS
A HERITAGE EVENT April 5-7 or 6-7, 2019
Host Hotel at Cedar Lake, Sturbridge, Massachusetts
$20,000 GUARANTEED PRIZES
US Chess Grand Prix Points: 120 (enhanced)
28th annual Eastern Class Championships. 5SS, 40/100, SD/30 d10 (2-day option, rds 1-2 G/60 d10),
Host Hotel at Cedar Lake, 366 Main St, Sturbridge MA 01566 (I-84 Exit 3, near I-90), near the Connecticut border. Free parking.
Master Section is FIDE rated.
$$ 20,000 PRIZE FUND UNCONDITIONALLY GUARANTEED. In 7 sections:
Master (2200/up): $2000-1000-500-300, clear winner or 1st on tiebreak $100 bonus, top U2300 $800-400.
Expert (2000-2199): $1500-700-400-300.
Class A (1800-1999/Unr): $1500-700-400-300.
Class B (1600-1799/Unr): $1500-700-400-300.
Class C (1400-1599/Unr): $1300-700-400-300.
Class D (1200-1399/Unr): $700-400-200-100.
Class E (Under 1200/Unr): $600-300-200-100.
Rated players may play up one section.
Unrated may enter E through A, with prize limits: E $100, D $200, C $300, or B $400.
Mixed doubles bonus prizes: best male/female 2-player "team" combined score among all sections: $600-300.
Team average must be under 2200; teammates may play in different sections; teams must register (no extra fee) by 2 pm 4/6.

Top 5 sections entry fee: $115 online at chessaction.com by 4/3, 3-day $118, 2-day $117 if check mailed by 3/26, $130 at site, or online until 2 hours before round1.
GMs free, $100 deducted from prize.
Class D or E Section entry fee: All $50 less than top 5 sections entry fee.
Online entry fee $5 less to MACA members; may join/renew at masschess.org.
No checks at site, credit cards OK. No credit card mailed entries.

3-day schedule: Reg ends Fri 6 pm, rounds Fri 7 pm, Sat 11 am & 5 pm, Sun 10 am & 3:30 pm.
2-day schedule: Reg ends Sat 10 am, rounds Sat 11 am, 2 pm & 5 pm, Sun 10 am & 3:30 pm.

Byes: OK all, limit 2 byes; Master Section must commit before round 2, others before round 3.

MACA Event Calendar of Tournaments throughout Massachusetts

NHCA Event Calendar of Tournaments throughout New Hampshire

Relyea Event Calendar of Open & Invitational Tournaments

Continental Chess Association Tournament Schedule for All States

SENECA Southeast New England Chess Association Tournament Schedule

Connecticut Chess Magazine by Rob Roy blog.


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


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

Keene, NH Chess Club events calendar

Waltham Chess Club events calendar

Boylston Chess Club events calendar

Greater Worcester Chess Club events calendar

New Britain CT Chess Club events calendar

MetroWest Chess Club events calendar


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

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

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

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

ECO code to enjoy =  A00 Benko's opening, reversed Alekhine: 1.g3 e5 2.Nf3 
♔   ♛   ♖   ♝   ♘   Four Random Mating Patterns   ♞   ♗   ♜   ♕   ♚

Damiano's Bishop Mate

Queen Mate

Greco's Mate

Escalator Mate



March 24th 2019
Xiong takes lead in U.S. Championship; Yu on top in Women's Championship

Round 3 of the U.S. Championships on Friday, March 22, at the St. Louis Chess Club produced new tournament leaders in both divisions of play. Jeffery Xiong scored a major win in the main event by defeating defending U.S. champion Sam Shankland. The win now puts Xiong in the lead with a score of 2.5-0.5. Tied for the runner-up spot are Hikaru Nakamura, who beat Massachusetts' Sam Sevian; Wesley So, who drew Varuzhan Akobian; and Leinier Dominguez, who defeated Ray Robson. So, Nakamura and Dominguez have 2-1 tallies. Other Round 3 results were as follows: Awonder Liang 1/2-1/2 Fabiano Caruana, Timur Gareyev 1/2-1/2 Aleksandr Lenderman. WGM Jennifer Yu took over the lead in the Women's Championship, defeating former U.S. Women's champion GM Irina Krush for her third win in a row. IM Anna Zatonskih is now in 2nd place with a score of 2.5-0.5 after beating WIM Maggie Feng. Tied for 3rd place with 2-1 tallies are WIM Carissa Yip of Massachusetts, who lost to former U.S. Women's champion WGM Tatev Abrahamyan, and WIM Annie Wang, who drew WIM Emily Nguyen. Results of other games were as follows: WIM Ashritha Eswaran 1-0 WGM Sabina Foisor, WGM Anna Sharevich 0-1 WIM Akshita Gorti.
-George M

March 22th, 2019

Hello All,
Here is a link for my video on last night's game against Larry O'Rourke, in which he assayed the Slav Defense. The astronomy segment addresses the question, "Which planet, on average, is closest to the Earth?"
Hope you enjoy it,
https://youtu.be/_6W7ozE--6c
Cheers,
Roger
[See this & all of Roger Cappallo's other videos at Roger's YouTube channel.]

March 22th, 2019

Hey guys,
Looks like Roger beat me to it this week. Here's a video about my game with John Bastarache:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_500kTSEnTA
Thanks!
Brett
[See this & all of Brett Kildahl's other videos at Brett's YouTube channel.]

March 22nd 2019
Yip and Yu tied for lead in U.S. Women's Championship;
Sevian shares lead in main championship after Round 2

Yip and Yu tied for lead in U.S. Women's Championship; Sevian shares lead in main championship after Round 2
Carissa Yip, the youngest participant in this year's U.S. Women's Championship, won again in the 12-player round-robin event by defeating 16-year-old WIM Akshita Gorti in Round 2 on Thursday, March 21, at the Saint Louis Chess Club. The win puts the 15-year-old WIM from Andover, Mass. in a tie for the lead with 17-year-old WGM Jennifer Yu, who beat WIM Ashritha Eswaran. Both Carissa and Jennifer have 2 points and currently lead the field. Results of the other Round 2 games in the Women's Championship were as follows: WIM Annie Wang 1/2-1/2 GM Irina Krush, WGM Tatev Abrahamyan 1/2-1/2 IM Anna Zatonskih, WGM Sabina Foisor 1/2-1/2 WGM Anna Sharevich, WIM Maggie Feng 1/2-1/2 WIM Emily Nguyen.
Massachusetts' other participant in the U.S. Championship, 18-year-old GM Sam Sevian of Holden scored a win in the main event's 2nd round over GM Awonder Liang to now share the lead with 1.5 points with GMs Jeffery Xiong and Wesley So. Xiong drew with GM Varuzhan Akobian, while So defeated GM Timur Gareev. Results of the other games were as follows: GM Fabiano Caruana 1/2-1/2 GM Ray Robson, GM Aleksandr Lenderman 1/2-1/2 GM Hikaru Nakamura, GM Leinier Dominguez 1/2-1/2 GM Sam Shankland.

Yip wins, Sevian draws in Round 1 of U.S. Championships in St. Louis
The two Massachusetts players competing in this year's U.S. Championships got off to a good start on Wednesday, March 20th, in Round 1 of the round-robin event being played at the Saint Louis Chess Club. Fifteen-year-old WIM Carissa Yip of Andover, 2014 Wachusett CC champion and 2016 Boylston CC champion, defeated WGM Sabina Foisor in the Women's Championship, while 18-year-old GM Sam Sevian of Holden held the top seed and the world's No. 2 player, Fabiano Caruana, to a draw in the main event. All the games in the women's division were decisive, with the following results in addition to Carissa's win with White over Foisor: GM Irina Krush 1-0 Emily Nuguyen, Anna Zatonskih 1-0 Akshita Gorti, WGM Tatev Abrahamyan 0-1 FM Maggie Feng, WIM Ashrita Eswaran 0-1 WIM Annie Wang, WGM Anna Sharevich 0-1 WIM Jennifer Yu. In the all-GM main event, the only decisive game was Jeffrey Xiong's win (with Black) over Timur Gareev. In addition to Sevian's draw with Caruana, results of the others games were as follows: Hikaru Nakamura 1/2-1/2 Wesley So, Sam Shankland (defending U.S. champion) 1/2-1/2 Ray Robson, Awonder Liang 1/2-1/2 Aleksandr Lenderman, Varuzhan Akobian 1/2-1/2 Leinier Dominguez.
-George M
[Follow the games on YouTube at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmByUlYjiqA Round 3
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAeKjJlM8Qs Round 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bG8f8P4lHAo Round 1
or live at USChess:
https://www.uschesschamps.com/2019-us-championships-live]

March 20th, 2019

Gail S. Lingner Memorial, March 20th, 2019
Round 2 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Ralph McNeilage 0-1Paul Godin
Ritvik Pulya1/2-1/2Bruce Felton
Geoff LePoer 1-0Dave Couture
Arthur Barlas1/2-1/2Andrew Jeselson
Gary Brassard1/2-1/2Ed Harris
Dave Thomas 0-1Larry Gladding
Ken Gurge 1-0Stephen Murray
Ray Paulson 1-0Jim Donahue
Mike Meehan1/2-1/2Dave Kochman
George Mirijanian 1-0Jim Hankard
Mike Commisso 1-0Roland Booker
John Bastarache 0-1Brett Kildahl
Roger Cappallo 1-0Larry O'Rourke
Tom Fratturelli 1-0Mark Wheeler
Don Ostrowski 1-0Brian Biglow
Raaga Pulya 0-1Mike Stevens
Hugh McLaughlin 0-1Don Briggs
Emily Gawboy 0-1Michael David
Total of 18 boards,
no major upsets (♔ ♕), no upset draws ().

♝ Receiving half-point byes were Mike Lally and Bob Mathieu.
♖ Not playing round 2 were Bryce McLaughlin and Dillon Motyka.

Gail S. Lingner Memorial, March 20th, 2019
CURRENT STANDINGS After 2 Rounds
PointsPlayers
2.0Godin, LePoer, Gladding, Gurge
1.5Paulson, Felton, Mirijanian, Jeselson, Brassard, Ri. Pulya, Commisso, Barlas, Harris
1.0Kildahl, Cappallo, Kochman, Lally, McNeilage, Couture, Thomas, Murray, Meehan, Fratturelli, Ostrowski,
Stevens, Briggs, Mathieu, David
0.5Donahue, Hankard, Booker,
0.0Bastarache, O'Rourke, Wheeler, Biglow, Ra. Pulya, H. McLaughlin, B. McLaughlin, Gawboy, Motyka


Projected Round 3 Pairings for March 27th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Godin vs. Gurge Board 2: Gladding vs. LePoer Board 3: Brassard vs. Paulson Board 4: Felton vs. Commisso Board 5: Harris vs. Mirijanian Board 6: Jeselson vs. Ri. Pulya Board 7: Kildahl vs. Barlas Board 8: Kochman vs. Fratturelli Board 9: Stevens vs. Lally Board 10: Briggs vs. McNeilage Board 11: Couture vs. Meehan Board 12: David vs. Thomas Board 13: Murray vs. Ostrowski Board 14: Donahue vs. Hankard Board 15: Booker vs. Bastarache Board 16: O'Rourke vs. H. McLaughlin Board 17: Wheeler vs. B. McLaughlin Board 18: Biglow vs. Gawboy Board 19: Motyka vs. Ra. Pulya
Note: Projected pairings & colors are only estimates. Official pairings are posted at the beginning of each round.

♗ Requesting a half-point bye for Round 3 is Cappallo.
♙ The Wachusett Chess Club welcomes back two Wachusett CC players: Dave Kochman, whose last appearance was on Feb. 3, 2016, when he won the Reggie Boone Memorial, 4.5-0.5; and Roland Booker, whose last appearance was on Sept. 26, 2018.

REMINDER: Players must be present in Room C159 by by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 3 on March 27th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 P.M.

March 19th, 2019

Hello chess fans!
I went to the Shamrock Open in Cambridge last Saturday. Here are the games for those of you who are interested:
https://youtu.be/jIhvgv3-bYc - 2019 Shamrock Open (Pt 1)
https://youtu.be/6GOkIGVDET4 - 2019 Shamrock Open (Pt 2)
Thanks!
Brett
[See these & all of Brett Kildahl's other videos at Brett's YouTube channel.]

March 18th 2019
Worcester Telegram & Gazette features George Mirijanian

This Sunday's Worcester Telegram & Gazette (March 17th 2019) contains a feature story by correspondent, Paula J. Owen, about WCC Program Director, George Mirijanian.
You can read the entire article at the Worcester Telegram web site:
Sunday Sitdown: George M. Mirijanian, chess player at Wachusett Chess Club
https://www.telegram.com/news/20190317/sunday-sitdown-george-m-mirijanian-chess-player-at-wachusett-chess-club

March 16th, 2019

Hello All,
Well, I finally bit the bullet and analyzed my lost to Steve Murray (1651), against whom I adopted a French Defense. As a bonus, I've included a short segment on "The Myth of Infrared". Hope you enjoy it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VSXmJbJgM4
Cheers,
Roger
[See this & all of Roger Cappallo's other videos at Roger's YouTube channel.]

March 14th, 2019

Hey guys,
Check out the video about my game with Dave Thomas: https://youtu.be/r2ZCz5dExrs
Thanks!
Brett
[See this & all of Brett Kildahl's other videos at Brett's YouTube channel.]

March 13th, 2019
2019 Gail S. Lingner Memorial
Round 1 of 5

Big upsets topple top two boards

Gail S. Lingner Memorial, March 13th, 2019
Round 1 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Brett Kildahl 0-1♔ Dave Thomas
♔ Stephen Murray 1-0Roger Cappallo
Paul Godin 1-0Tom Fratturelli
♖ Jim Hankard1/2-1/2Ray Paulson
Bruce Felton 1-0Don Ostrowski
Mike Stevens 0-1Geoff LePoer
Andrew Jeselson 1-0Don Briggs
Michael David 0-1Gary Brassard
Larry Gladding 1-0John Bastarache
Larry O'Rourke 0-1Ken Gurge
Ralph McNeilage 1-0Mark Wheeler
Brian Biglow 0-1Ritvik Pulya
Dave Couture 1-0Raaga Pulya
Hugh McLaughlin 0-1Arthur Barlas
Ed Harris 1-0Emily Gawboy
Total of 15 boards,
2 major upsets (♔ ♕), 1 upset draw ().

♝ Receiving half-point byes were George Mirijanian, Mike Lally, Mike Commisso, Jim Donahue, Mike Meehan and Bob Mathieu.
♖ Not playing round 1 were Bryce McLaughlin and Dillon Motyka.

Gail S. Lingner Memorial, March 13th, 2019
CURRENT STANDINGS After 1 Rounds
PointsPlayers
1.0Godin, Felton, LePoer, Jeselson, Brassard, Gladding, Gurge, McNeilage, Ri. Pulya, Couture, Barlas, Harris, Thomas,
Murray
0.5Paulson, Mirijanian, Lally, Commisso, Donahue, Meehan, Hankard, Mathieu
0.0Kildahl, Cappallo, Fratturelli, Ostrowski, Stevens, Briggs, David, Bastarache, O'Rourke, Wheeler, Biglow, Ra. Pulya, H.
McLaughlin, B. McLaughlin, Gawboy, Motyka


Projected Round 2 Pairings for March 20th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: McNeilage vs. Godin Board 2: Ri. Pulya vs. Felton Board 3: LePoer vs. Couture Board 4: Barlas vs. Jeselson Board 5: Brassard vs. Harris Board 6: Thomas vs. Gladding Board 7: Gurge vs. Murray Board 8: Paulson vs. Donahue Board 9: Meehan vs. Mirijanian Board 10: Lally vs. Hankard Board 11: Mathieu vs. Commisso Board 12: Wheeler vs. Kildahl Board 13: Cappallo vs. O'Rourke Board 14: Fratturelli vs. Biglow Board 15: Ostrowski vs. H. McLaughlin Board 16: Ra, Pulya vs. Stevens Board 17: Briggs vs. B. McLaughlin Board 18: Gawboy vs. David Board 19: Bastarache vs. Motyka
Note: Projected pairings & colors are only estimates. Official pairings are posted at the beginning of each round.

REMINDER: Players must be present in Room C159 by by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 2 on March 20th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 P.M.

March 14th 2019
China wins Women's World Team Championship; USA defeats Egyptian team to finish in 7th place

The Chinese women's team dominated this year's World Team Championship by winning on Thursday, March 14, the 10-team round-robin event in Astana, Kazakhstan. The Chinese won all nine matches, with Russia, scoring 6 match wins, 2 draws and 1 loss, ending up in 2nd place. The U.S. women's team finished in 7th place, with a 2.5-1.5 win over Egypt in the final round. Drawing on board 1 was WGM Katerina Nemcova, losing on board 2 was WIM Carissa Yip, winning on board 3 was WGM Sabina-Fransceca Foisor and on board 4 WCM Rochelle Wu. Carissa's loss was to 21-year-old WGM Shrook Wafa (FIDE-rated 2166), a former Women's African chess champion.
-George M

March 12th 2019
U.S. women's team "routed" in Round 7 by India in World Team Championship

The U.S. women's team was soundly defeated, 4-0, by India in Round 7 of the World Team Championship, played Tuesday, March 12, in Astana, Kazakhstan. All members of the U.S. team, WGM Tatev Abrahamyan on board 1, WGM Katerina Nemcova on board 2, WIM Carissa Yip on board 3, and WGM Sabina-Francesca Foisor on board 4 lost to their Indian opponents. Carissa lost to 17-year-old International Master and Woman Grandmaster Padmini Rout (FIDE rated 2332), four-time Indian women's champion (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017). Despite the loss, the U.S. team still remains in 7th place in the standings, with two rounds left to play.
-George M

March 11th 2019
U.S. women's team loses to Russia in World Team Championship - Rd. 6

The U.S. women's team lost to Russia on Monday, March 11th, in round 6 of the World Team Championship in Astana, Kazakhstan. Draws were gained by WGM Tatev Abrahamyan on board 1, WGM Katerina Nemcova on board 2, and WCM Rochelle Wu on board 4. Suffering the team's only loss was 15-year-old WIM Carissa Yip on board 3. Carissa, a former Wachusett CC and Boylston CC champion, lost to 20-year-old GM Aleksandra Goryachkina (FIDE rated 2504), a two-time Russian women's champion and a two-time World Girls Under-20 champion. The loss now puts the U.S. women's team in 7th place in a field of 10 teams, with three rounds yet to play.
-George M

March 11th, 2019
Ratings in effect for the Gail S. Lingner Memorial tournament

The following ratings are in effect for the Gail S. Lingner Memorial, which begins Wednesday, March 13, in Room C159 of the McKay Complex at Fitchburg State University.
Registration is from 6:30 to 7 p.m., with Round 1 starting at 7:15 p.m.
Deadline for all subsequent rounds is 7:10 p.m. Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 p.m.

♔   ♛   ♖   ♝   ♘   ♞   ♗   ♜   ♕   ♚   Ratings in effect for the
2019 Gail S. Lingner Memorial tournament:
1Brett Kildahl 2168
2Roger Cappallo 2031
3Paul Godin 1971
4Ray Paulson 1960
5Bruce Felton 1911
6George Mirijanian 1900
7Geoff LePoer 1887
8Mike Lally 1881
9Andrew Jeselson 1828
10Gary Brassard 1808
11Larry Gladding 1787
12Ken Gurge 1785
13Ralph McNeilage 1778
14Ritvik Pulya 1764
15Mike Commisso 1756
16Dave Couture 1743
17Arthur Barlas 1740
18Joe Bennett 1721
19Ed Harris 1715
20Dave Thomas 1706
21Jim Donahue 1691
22Stephen Murray 1651
23Mike Meehan 1632
24Jim Hankard 1603
25Tom Fratturelli 1591
26Don Ostrowski 1561
27Mike Stevens 1530
28Don Briggs 1499
29Bob Mathieu 1491
30Michael David 1489
31John Bastarache 1478
32Larry O'Rourke 1431
33Mark Wheeler 1419
34Brian Biglow 1415
35Randy McLaughlin 1362
36Raaga Pulya 1260
37Hugh McLaughlin 1247
38Bryce McLaughlin 1146
39Emily Gawboy 1100
40Dillon Motyka 935

March 10th 2019
U.S. women's team back on winning path
defeats Armenia in World Team Championship

The U.S. women's team rebounded from its loss to Kazakhstan on Friday to defeat Armenia, 3-1, in Round 5 of the 2019 World Team Championship on Saturday, March 9, in Astana, Kazakhstan. Winning for the USA were WGM Tatev Abrahamyan on board 1, WGM Katerina Nemcova on board 2, and WIM Carissa Yip on board 3. WGM Sabina-Francesca Foisor suffered the team's only loss on board 4. Carissa's victory was against 17-year-old Woman FIDE Master Anna M. Sargsyan.
-George M
[Follow the event here: http://chess-results.com/tnr421067.aspx?lan=1&art=46]

March 10th, 2019

My last-round game against Gary Brassard , on the Black side of a London/Indian Defense. The astronomy segment is 'The Color of Stars'
I've published episode 58 of MWATC, my game last night in the 5th round of the George O'Rourke Memorial. I had the black pieces against Gary Brassard (1742) and we ended up in a London / Indian hybrid. The astronomy segment is 'The Color of Stars'. I hope you enjoy it.
Cheers,
Roger
[See this & all of Roger Cappallo's other videos at Roger's YouTube channel.]

2019 George O'Rourke Memorial Rd 5
Hey,
I made a video about my game with Ritvik [Pulya] for those who are interested:
https://youtu.be/JTGdFMUBmvk
See you next week.
Brett

[See this & all of Brett Kildahl's other videos at Brett's YouTube channel.]

March 6th, 2019

Kildahl wins with perfect 5-0... again!

George E. O'Rourke Memorial, March 6th, 2019
Round 5 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Brett Kildahl 1-0Ritvik Pulya
Gary Brassard 0-1Roger Cappallo
Larry Gladding1/2-1/2Paul Godin
Bruce Felton1/2-1/2Mike Commisso
Michael Stevens 0-1Ken Gurge
Stephen Murray 0-1Andrew Jeselson
Don Briggs 0-1Ed Harris
Jim Donahue 0-1Dave Couture
♔ Michael David 1-0Tom Fratturelli
Jim Hankard1/2-1/2Brian Biglow
John Bastarache 1-0Randy McLaughlin
Hugh McLaughlin 0-1Mark Wheeler
Larry O'Rourke 1-0Raaga Pulya
Dillon Motyka 0-1Emily Gawboy
Total of 14 boards,
1 major upset (♔ ♕), no upset draws ().

♖ Not playing round 5 were Ray Paulson, Michael Lally, Ralph McNeilage, Arthur Barlas, George Mirijanian, Geoff LePoer,
Dave Thomas, Bob Mathieu, Don Ostrowski, Joe Bennett and Bryce McLaughlin.

George E. O'Rourke Memorial, March 6th, 2019
FINAL STANDINGS After 5 Rounds
PointsPlayers
5.0Kildahl
4.5-----
4.0Cappallo
3.5Gurge, Gladding, Brassard, Ri. Pulya
3.0Godin, Felton, Jeselson, Harris, Commisso
2.5Paulson, Lally, Couture, McNeilage, Barlas, Stevens, David
2.0Mirijanian, LePoer, Thomas, Murray, Briggs, Bastarache, Wheeler, O'Rourke, Biglow, Mathieu
1.5Donahue, Hankard, Fratturelli, Ostrowski
1.0R. McLaughlin, Ra. Pulya, H. McLaughlin, Gawboy
0.5-----
0.0Bennett, B. McLaughlin, Motyka

♔ 2019 George E. O'Rourke Memorial PRIZE WINNERS ♔
1st: ♔ Brett Kildahl of Worcester
2nd: Roger Cappallo of Groton
Top U1850: Ken Gurge, Larry Gladding and Gary Brassard, all of Leominster, and Ritvik Pulya of Acton
Top U1650: Michael Stevens of Whitinsville, Michael David of Groton
Top U1450: John Bastarache and Brian Biglow, both of Fitchburg,
Mark Wheeler of Leominster, Larry O'Rourke of Acton, and
Bob Mathieu of Ashburnham

A total of 3 players
gained 50 or more rating points:
The following players had
a rating increase of
50 or more points:
Bob Mathieu + 89
Gary Brassard + 67
Ritvik Pulya + 56
A total of 2 players
reached new all time highs:
The following players achieved
a new all-time high rating:
Ritvik Pulya 1764
Stephen Murray 1651

Pictures from this year's George E. O'Rourke Memorial tournament.

2019 Club Championship Qualification Standings as of March 6th, 2019
After 34 of 43 games completed in the 2018-2019 season,
the following are the current standings for qualification for the
2019 WCC 'A' Club Championship Tournament.
  The Top Four Highest GPP Finishers Qualify.  
The remaining four to qualify will be the four with highest percentage as calculated in the last column.
The tiebreaker, if necessary, is the higher USCF rating
after the final regular season tournament is rated!  
A minimum of 22 games must be completed to qualify.
(Only players currently with 13 or more games played & a .500 pct. or greater are listed.)
Current 2019 Championship Grand Prix Standings
Club Members Hometown Current Rating As Of 3/6/19 All-Time High TITLE Total Games W L D Grand Prix Points Winning Pct.
ROGER CAPPALLO Groton 2031 2102 Can. Master 32 23 3 6 26.0 .813
PAUL GODIN Bedford 1971 2020 1st Cat. 33 24 5 4 26.0 .788
RAYMOND PAULSON Lowell 1960 2085 Can. Master 28 19 7 2 20.0 .714
LARRY GLADDING Leominster 1787 1953 1st Cat. 32 18 10 4 20.0 .625
GARY BRASSARD Leominster 1808 1904 1st Cat. 33 17 10 6 20.0 .606
KEN GURGE Leominster 1785 1856 2nd Cat. 33 17 10 6 20.0 .606
MIKE COMMISSO Brookline, NH 1756 1770 2nd Cat. 31 16 9 6 19.0 .613
DAVE COUTURE Westminster 1743 1858 1st Cat. 31 17 10 4 19.0 .613
RITVIK PULYA Acton 1764 1745 3rd Cat. 27 14 7 6 17.0 .630
MICHAEL DAVID Groton 1489 1623 3rd Cat. 32 14 14 4 16.0 .500
DAVID THOMAS Fitchburg 1706 1837 2nd Cat. 24 13 9 2 14.0 .583
STEPHEN MURRAY Ayer 1651P23 1651 none 23 12 10 1 12.5 .543
GEORGE MIRIJANIAN Fitchburg 1900 2186 1st Cat. 16 8 3 5 10.5 .656
BRUCE FELTON Fitchburg 1911 1971 1st Cat. 14 8 2 4 10.0 .714
RALPH MCNEILAGE Worcester 1778 1787 3rd Cat. 13 8 3 2 9.0 .692
ARTHUR BARLAS Stow 1740 1833 2nd Cat. 13 7 4 2 8.0 .615
Club Members Hometown Current Rating As Of 3/6/19 All-Time High TITLE Total Games W L D Grand Prix Points Winning Pct.
ROGER CAPPALLO Groton 2031 2102 Can. Master 32 23 3 6 26.0 .813
PAUL GODIN Bedford 1971 2020 1st Cat. 33 24 5 4 26.0 .788
RAYMOND PAULSON Lowell 1960 2085 Can. Master 28 19 7 2 20.0 .714
LARRY GLADDING Leominster 1787 1953 1st Cat. 32 18 10 4 20.0 .625
GARY BRASSARD Leominster 1808 1904 1st Cat. 33 17 10 6 20.0 .606
KEN GURGE Leominster 1785 1856 2nd Cat. 33 17 10 6 20.0 .606
MIKE COMMISSO Brookline, NH 1756 1770 2nd Cat. 31 16 9 6 19.0 .613
DAVE COUTURE Westminster 1743 1858 1st Cat. 31 17 10 4 19.0 .613
RITVIK PULYA Acton 1764 1745 3rd Cat. 27 14 7 6 17.0 .630
MICHAEL DAVID Groton 1489 1623 3rd Cat. 32 14 14 4 16.0 .500
DAVID THOMAS Fitchburg 1706 1837 2nd Cat. 24 13 9 2 14.0 .583
STEPHEN MURRAY Ayer 1651P23 1651 none 23 12 10 1 12.5 .543
GEORGE MIRIJANIAN Fitchburg 1900 2186 1st Cat. 16 8 3 5 10.5 .656
BRUCE FELTON Fitchburg 1911 1971 1st Cat. 14 8 2 4 10.0 .714
RALPH MCNEILAGE Worcester 1778 1787 3rd Cat. 13 8 3 2 9.0 .692
ARTHUR BARLAS Stow 1740 1833 2nd Cat. 13 7 4 2 8.0 .615
Above are the standings for the club championship qualification.
The players in green would qualify on the basis of grand prix points and the players in yellow would qualify on the basis of winning percentage.
The top sheet of the standings shows who would qualify if the season ended today.
The bottom sheet shows who would qualify if they play enough of the remaining games to reach the 50% threshold.
Championship Grand Prix Archive

REMINDER: The next tournament at the club, the Gail S. Lingner Memorial, will begin Wednesday, March 13th.
Players must be present in Room C159 by by 7 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 1 on March 13th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 P.M.

March 7th 2019
Carissa Yip still undefeated in World Team Championship.
Draws former Georgian women's champion in round 3.

Carissa Yip remained undefeated in the women's division of the 2019 World Team Championship in Astana, Kazakhstan, as she drew the former women's champion of Georgia, 32-year-old WGM Nino Batsiashvili, in round 3 of the nine-round team event on Thursday, March 7. Carissa split the point on board 3 with Batsiashvili, who was Georgian women's champion in 2015 and 2018, while her team mates, WGM Tatev Abrahamyan on board 1, WGM Katerina Nemcova on board 2, and WCM Rochelle Wu on board 4, lost their games, giving Georgia a 3.5-0.5 win over the American team.
-George M

March 5th 2019
Carissa Yip defeats former Women's World Champion in World Team Championship

Former Wachusett CC champion Carissa Yip beats ex-Women's World Champion Ushenina.
Carissa Yip, the 2014 champion of the Wachusett Chess Club, got off to an excellent start in Round 1 in the Women's Division of the 2019 World Team Championship in Astana, Kazakhstan by defeating former Women's World Champion GM Anna Ushenina of Ukraine on Tuesday, March 5th. The 15-year-old Women's International Master from Andover, Mass. beat 33-year-old Ushenina with the black pieces on board 2 in the USA vs. Ukraine match, which ended in a 2-2 tie. Carissa scored the only win for the U.S. team, with fellow team mates WGM Tatev Abrahamyan losing on board 1, WGM Sabina Foisor drawing on board 3, and 12-year-old Woman Candidate Master Rochelle Wu splitting the point on board 4.
-George M

[Here's the game:]
[White "Ushenina, Anna"]
[Black "Yip, Carissa"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "E73"]
[Opening "King's Indian Defense: Averbakh Variation, Geller Defense"]
1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 g6 3. e4 d6 4. d4 Bg7 5. Be2 O-O 6. Bg5 Nbd7 { E73 King's Indian Defense: Averbakh Variation, Geller Defense } 7. Qd2 c6 8. Nf3 e5 9. d5 Nc5 10. Qc2 a5 11. O-O Rb8 12. a3 cxd5 13. cxd5 Qc7 14. Nd2 Bd7 15. Nb5 Bxb5 16. Bxb5 Rfc8 17. Rac1 Qd8 18. Qb1 a4 19. Be3 Qa5 20. Be2 b5 21. f3 Nfd7 22. Rc3 Bf6 23. Qc2 Bd8 24. Rb1 Qa6 25. Qd1 Ba5 26. Rc2 Bb6 27. Bf2 Kg7 28. Rbc1 Rc7 29. Qf1 Ba7 30. Rc3 Rcc8 31. Kh1 Qb7 32. R1c2 Rf8 33. b4 axb3 34. Nxb3 Qa6 35. Bh4 Qa4 36. Qb1 b4 37. axb4 Qxb4 38. Qa2 Nxb3 39. Qxa7 Nd4 40. Qxd7 Qxc3 { White resigns. } 0-1

March 1st 2019
Chess videos by Andrew Jeselson

The newest member of the Wachusett Chess Club, Andrew Jeselson, has posted a number of chess videos on YouTube. Andrew reviews some classical games by players such as Mikhail Botvinnik & Alexi Shirov as well as a game of his from the
2017 New York State Open.
Check out Andrew's chess videos at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDR3Yy09EAQgD1SXfpQKuRw
-PG

February 27th, 2019
Brett's video: OTB Chess 02/27/19
Roger's video: My Week at the Club #57
Board 1 in Round 4 of the George O'Rourke Memorial, Roger Cappallo vs. Brett Kildahl

This week the board 1 pairing consisted once again of NM Brett Kildahl vs. CM Roger Cappallo & both players decided to explain their moves & ideas in respective YouTube videos, so the Wachusett Chess Club is treated with duelling videos for this interesting & important game.

2019 George O'Rourke Memorial Rd 4
Hello,
Here's my game against Roger: https://youtu.be/r5yWFuwGHJE
Thanks!
Brett

[See this & all of Brett Kildahl's other videos at Brett's YouTube channel.]

My Week at the Club #57
And here's my game against Brett. :-)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mZEg81q5tw
My board 1 encounter this week, as White vs. National Master Brett Kildahl, in a Giuoco Pianissimo opening
Cheers,
Roger

[See this & all of Roger Cappallo's other videos at Roger's YouTube channel.]

February 27th, 2019
2019 George E. O'Rourke Memorial
Round 4 of 5

George E. O'Rourke Memorial, February 27th, 2019
Round 4 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Roger Cappallo 0-1Brett Kildahl
♔ Ritvik Pulya 1-0Bruce Felton
George Mirijanian 0-1♔ Gary Brassard
Mike Commisso1/2-1/2Ken Gurge
Ralph McNeilage1/2-1/2Arthur Barlas
Stephen Murray 0-1Larry Gladding
Paul Godin 1-0Bob Mathieu
Ray Paulson 1-0Jim Donahue
Tom Fratturelli 0-1Michael Stevens
Andrew Jeselson 1-0John Bastarache
Dave Couture1/2-1/2Michael David
Ed Harris 1-0Larry O'Rourke
Mark Wheeler 0-1Don Briggs
Raaga Pulya 0-1Don Ostrowski
Emily Gawboy 0-1Brian Biglow
Total of 15 boards,
2 major upsets (♔ ♕), no upset draws ().

♝ Receiving half-point byes were Michael Lally and Geoff LePoer.
♖ Not playing round 4 were Dave Thomas, Jim Hankard, Hugh McLaughlin and Dillon Motyka.
♟ Already withdrawn from the tournament are Joe Bennett and Bryce McLaughlin.

George E. O'Rourke Memorial, February 27th, 2019
CURRENT STANDINGS After 4 Rounds
PointsPlayers
4.0Kildahl
3.5Brassard, Ri. Pulya
3.0Cappallo, Gladding
2.5Godin, Paulson, Felton, Lally, Gurge, McNeilage, Barlas, Commisso, Stevens
2.0LePoer, Mirijanian, Jeselson, Harris, Thomas, Murray, Briggs, Mathieu
1.5Couture, Donahue,Fratturelli, Ostrowski, David, Biglow
1.0Hankard, Bastarache, Wheeler, O'Rourke, Ra. Pulya, H. McLaughlin
0.5-----
0.0(Bennett), (B. McLaughlin), Gawboy, Motyka


Projected Round 5 Pairings for March 6th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
1 Brett Kildahl (4.0) Ritvik Pulya (3.5) 2 Gary Brassard (3.5) Roger Cappallo (3.0) 3 Larry Gladding (3.0) Paul Godin (2.5) 4 Arthur Barlas (2.5) Ray Paulson (2.5) 5 Bruce Felton (2.5) Ralph McNeilage (2.5) 6 Mike Lally (2.5) Michael Commisso (2.5) 7 Michael Stevens (2.5) Ken Gurge (2.5) 8 Stephen Murray (2.0) George Mirijanian (2.0) 9 Don Briggs (2.0) Andrew Jesselson (2.0) 10 Bob Mathieu (2.0) Ed Harris (2.0) 11 Jim Donahue (1.5) Dave Couture (1.5) 12 Michael David (1.5) Tom Fratturelli (1.5) 13 Jim Hankard (1.0) Brian Biglow (1.5) 14 John Bastarache (1.0) Raaga Pulya (1.0) 15 Larry O'Rourke (1.0) Mark Wheeler (1.0) 16 Dillon Motyka (0.0) Emily Gawboy (0.0)
Note: Projected pairings & colors are only estimates. Official pairings are posted at the beginning of each round.

♙ The Wachusett Chess Club welcomes Class A player Andrew Jeselson of Rome, New York, who is studying for an MBA at Fitchburg State University.

REMINDER: Players must be present in Room C159 by by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 5 on March 6th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 P.M.

February 23rd 2019
Ex-Wachusett CC Champion, Carissa Yip to compete in World Team Championship

Former Wachusett Chess Club champion Carissa Yip of Andover, Mass. will represent the United States on a national women's team competing in the 2019 World Team Championship, which will be played between March 4 (arrival) and March 15 (departure) in Astana, capital of Kazakhstan. The 2014 Wachusett CC champion and Woman International Master will join team mates WGM Tatev Abrahamyan, WGM Katerina Nemcova, WGM Sabina-Francesca Foisor, and alternate WCM Rochelle Wu in competing with teams from Russia, China, Armenia, Ukraine, Georgia, India, Hungary, Kazakhstan and Egypt. Team captain is noted chess teacher GM Melikset Khachiyan of Los Angeles, GM Levon Aronian's first chess coach.
-George M

February 22nd, 2019
My Week at the Club #56
Board 2 in Round 3 of the George E. O'Rourke Memorial, vs. Ken Gurge

My Week at the Club #55: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LpDq_lTAvE

Hello All,
This week I played Ken Gurge (1778) on the Black side of a French Defense. Ken sac'd a pawn and the black king was looking pretty shaky. For the details on how it turned out, as well as a few words on the rotation of Mercury, see:
https://youtu.be/uNZuV9msAS0
Cheers,
Roger
[See this & all of Roger Cappallo's other videos at Roger's YouTube channel.]

February 21st, 2019
Brett Kildahl vs. Mike Commisso
Board 1 in Round 3 of the George O'Rourke Memorial, vs. Mike Commisso

OTB Chess 02/14/19

Hey guys,
I had a tough game against Mike Commisso in the third round, and just made a video about it:
https://youtu.be/uZzudIufoo8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZzudIufoo8 2019 George O'Rourke Memorial Rd 3
Thanks,
Brett
[See this & all of Brett Kildahl's other videos at Brett's YouTube channel.]

February 20th, 2019
2019 George E. O'Rourke Memorial
Round 3 of 5

George E. O'Rourke Memorial, February 20th, 2019
Round 3 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Brett Kildahl 1-0Mike Commisso
Ken Gurge 0-1Roger Cappallo
♔ Gary Brassard 1-0Ray Paulson
Bruce Felton 1-0Jim Donahue
Ritvik Pulya 1-0Dave Couture
Don Briggs 0-1Ralph McNeilage
Larry Gladding 1-0John Bastarache
Arthur Barlas 1-0Mark Wheeler
Bob Mathieu 1-0Michael David
Don Ostrowski 0-1Geoff LePoer
Brian Biglow 0-1Tom Fratturelli
Larry O'Rourke 1-0Emily Gawboy
Dillon Motyka 0-1Hugh McLaughlin
Total of 13 boards,
1 major upset (♔ ♕), no upset draws ().

♝ Receiving half-point byes were George Mirijanian, Michael Lally, Dave Thomas, Stephen Murray, Paul Godin,
Michael Stevens, Jim Hankard and Raaga Pulya.
♙ Bryce McLaughlin and Vince Premus withdrew from the tournament.
♟ Joe Bennett had already withdrawn from the event.

George E. O'Rourke Memorial, February 20th, 2019
CURRENT STANDINGS After 3 Rounds
PointsPlayers
3.0Kildahl, Cappallo
2.5Felton, Brassard, Ri. Pulya
2.0Mirijanian, Lally, Gurge, McNeilage, Gladding, Barlas, Commisso, Thomas, Murray, Mathieu
1.5Godin, Paulson, LePoer, Donahue, Fratturelli, Stevens
1.0Couture, Hankard, Briggs, David, Bastarache, Wheeler, O'Rourke, Ra. Pulya, H. McLaughlin
0.5Ostrowski, Biglow
0.0(Bennett), (B. McLaughlin), Gawboy, Motyka


Projected Round 4 Pairings for February 27th:

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

♗ Requesting a half-point bye for Round 4 is is LePoer.
♝ Also not playing but declining a half-point bye is H. McLaughlin.

REMINDER: Players must be present in Room C159 by by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 4 on February 27th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 P.M.

February 20th 2019
Jeff Caruso and Robb Stewart to run in MACA elections

MACA elections are right around the corner!
Billerica CC members, Jeff Caruso and Robb Stewart, are running for positions on the MACA board. Jeff has represented MACA as a director for a number of years and this year he is running for Vice President. Robb Stewart is running for one of the open director positions and has asked for our support. I've known Robb for a long time through the chess circles and has been an instructor for the club in the past.

For those that don't know him, Robb has been an active chess player for over 30 years, and is very involved with scholastic chess. He volunteers to manage a chess program at his daughter's school, directs scholastic tournaments, and tutors students privately.

Both Jeff and Robb are great candidates for the positions and will help Mass Chess move forward. They would like you and/or your child's vote - yes, your child can vote! Mass Chess bylaws state that junior members are eligible to vote The process to vote is underway currently and is a two-step process that is easy to complete.

The first step is that you have to register with the election committee to vote.
You simply need to send an email to the following address: election@masschess.org

You do need to be a current member of MACA. You can paste this text in your note:
Please send me an online ballot for the upcoming election to [your-email].
This must be completed before February 28th.

The second step is to vote!
An on-line ballot will be emailed to the address you provided at the beginning of May which will allow you to vote.
Online voting needs to be completed by May 22nd.
MACA has posted FAQs on its website about the election process; the link can be found here:
http://masschess.org/resources/faqs/chess_faqs.aspx?faq_type_uid=5
Please vote! And please support Robb Stewart and Jeff Caruso, they are both great choices for the future of Mass Chess.
-Paul G.

February 16th, 2019
My Week at the Club #55
Board 2 in Round 2 of the George E. O'Rourke Memorial, vs. Larry Gladding


My Week at the Club #55: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LpDq_lTAvE

Hello All,
This week I played Larry Gladding (1765) in a QGD. The opening line was somewhat similar to our game in episode #52, and Larry got a promising K-side attack out of it.
Cheers,
Roger
[See this & all of Roger Cappallo's other videos at Roger's YouTube channel.]

February 14th, 2019
Brett Kildahl vs. Ralph McNeilage
Board 1 in Round 2 of the George O'Rourke Memorial, vs. Ralph McNeilage

OTB Chess 02/14/19

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone.
I made a video about last night's game. Check it out if you feel like it:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbtSn9hFNWU 2019 George O'Rourke Memorial Rd 2
Thanks,
Brett
[See this & all of Brett Kildahl's other videos at Brett's YouTube channel.]

February 13th, 2019
2019 George E. O'Rourke Memorial
Round 2 of 5

George E. O'Rourke Memorial, February 13th, 2019
Round 2 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Ralph McNeilage 0-1Brett Kildahl
Roger Cappallo 1-0Larry Gladding
♔ Mike Commisso 1-0Paul Godin
Bruce Felton1/2-1/2Gary Brassard
Jim Donahue1/2-1/2Mike Lally
John Bastarache 0-1Ken Gurge
Ray Paulson 1-0Bob Mathieu
Geoff LePoer 0-1♔ Stephen Murray
Tom Fratturelli 0-1George Mirijanian
Dave Couture 1-0Larry O'Rourke
Brian Biglow1/2-1/2Don Ostrowski
Michael Stevens 1-0Hugh McLaughlin
Bryce McLaughlin 0-1Don Briggs
Michael David 1-0Emily Gawboy
Mark Wheeler 1-0Dillon Motyka
Total of 15 boards,
2 major upsets (♔ ♕), no upset draws ().

♝ Receiving half-point byes were Ritvik Pulya, Dave Thomas, Arthur Barlas, Vince Premus, Jim Hankard and Raaga Pulya.
♙ Joe Bennett withdrew from the tournament.

George E. O'Rourke Memorial, February 13th, 2019
CURRENT STANDINGS After 2 Rounds
PointsPlayers
2.0Kildahl, Cappallo, Gurge, Commisso
1.5Paulson, Felton, Mirijanian, Lally, Brassard, Donahue, Ri. Pulya, Thomas, Murray
1.0Godin, Couture, McNeilage, Gladding, Barlas, Premus, Stevens, Briggs, David, Bastarache, Wheeler, Mathieu
0.5LePoer, Hankard, Fratturelli, Ostrowski, Biglow, Ra. Pulya
0.0(Bennett), O'Rourke, H. McLaughlin, B. McLaughlin, Gawboy, Motyka


Projected Round 3 Pairings for February 20th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Kildahl vs. Commisso Board 2: Gurge vs. Cappallo Board 3: Brassard vs. Paulson Board 4: Ri. Pulya vs. Felton Board 5: Mirijanian vs. Donahue Board 6: Lally vs. Thomas Board 7: Murray vs. Godin Board 8: Briggs vs. Couture Board 9: David vs. McNeilage Board 10: Gladding vs. Bastarache Board 11: Barlas vs. Wheeler Board 12: Mathieu vs. LePoer Board 13: Hankard vs. Biglow Board 14: Ostrowski vs. Fratturelli Board 15: Ra. Pulya vs. O'Rourke Board 16: H. McLaughlin vs. Gawboy Board 17: Motyka vs. B. McLaughlin
Note: Projected pairings & colors are only estimates. Official pairings are posted at the beginning of each round.

♗ Requesting a half-point bye for Round 3 is Stevens.

REMINDER: Players must be present in Room C159 by by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 3 on February 20th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 P.M.

February 9th, 2019
My Week at the Club #54
Board 2 in Round 1 of the George E. O'Rourke Memorial, vs. Don Ostrowski


My Week at the Club #54: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHrBSFO0yHo

Hello All,
After a bit more effort than I care to admit, I got my most recent analysis video posted. In it I play Don Ostrowski in the first round of the George O'Rourke Memorial. He played 1. e4 and I responded with a French Defense.
My weekly game from the Wachusett Chess Club, where I played Black in a French Defense against Don Ostrowski (1571).
Cheers,
Roger
[See this & all of Roger Cappallo's other videos at Roger's YouTube channel.]


Board 1 in Round 1 of the Grorge E. O'Rourke Memorial, vs. Jim Hankard

Good morning,
I posted a video about my game against Jim Hankard: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-y80iQChzZ4
There's also a new one about the Budapest Gambit, for those of you who are interested in openings:
Chess Openings: Budapest Gambit: https://youtu.be/m0oBpiVwonQ
See you Wednesday!
Brett
[See this & all of Brett Kildahl's other videos at Brett's YouTube channel.]

February 6th, 2019
2019 George E. O'Rourke Memorial
Round 1 of 5

George E. O'Rourke Memorial, February 6th, 2019
Round 1 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Brett Kildahl 1-0Jim Hankard
Don Ostrowski 0-1Roger Cappallo
Paul Godin 1-0Michael Stevens
Don Briggs 0-1Bruce Felton
Mike Lally 1-0Michael David
♔ John Bastarache 1-0Dave Couture
Ken Gurge 1-0Mark Wheeler
Larry O'Rourke 0-1Ralph McNeilage
Larry Gladding 1-0Brian Biglow
♔ Bob Mathieu 1-0Joe Bennett
Gary Brassard 1-0Raaga Pulya
Hugh McLaughlin 0-1Mike Commisso
Jim Donahue 1-0Bryce McLaughlin
Emily Gawboy 0-1Ritvik Pulya
Dave Thomas 1-0Dillon Motyka
Total of 15 boards,
2 major upsets (♔ ♕), no upset draws ().

♝ Receiving half-point byes were Ray Paulson, Geoff LePoer, George Mirijanian, Arthur Barlas,
Vince Premus and Tom Fratturelli.

George E. O'Rourke Memorial, February 6th, 2019
CURRENT STANDINGS After 1 Rounds
PointsPlayers
1.0Kildahl, Cappallo, Godin, Felton, Lally, Gurge, McNeilage, Gladding, Brassard, Commisso, Donahue, Ri. Pulya, Thomas,
Bastarache, Mathieu
0.5Paulson, LePoer, Mirijanian, Barlas, Premus, Fratturelli
0.0Couture, Bennett, Hankard, Ostrowski, Stevens, Briggs, David, Wheeler, O'Rourke, Biglow, Ra. Pulya,
H. McLaughlin, B. McLaughlin, Gawboy, Motyka


Projected Round 2 Pairings for February 13th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Gladding vs. Kildahl Board 2: Cappallo vs. Brassard Board 3: Commisso vs. Godin Board 4: Felton vs. Donahue Board 5: Ri. Pulya vs. Lally Board 6: Thomas vs. Gurge Board 7: McNeilage vs. Bastarache Board 8: Paulson vs. Mathieu Board 9: LePoer vs. Barlas Board 10: Premus vs. Mirijanian Board 11: Couture vs. Fratturelli Board 12: Bennett vs. O'Rourke Board 13: Hankard vs. Biglow Board 14: Ra. Pulya vs. Ostrowski Board 15: Stevens vs. H. McLaughlin Board 16: B. McLaughlin vs. Briggs Board 17: David vs. Gawboy Board 18:Wheeler vs. Motyka
Note: Projected pairings & colors are only estimates. Official pairings are posted at the beginning of each round.

♘ The Wachusett Chess Club welcomes back Bruce Felton, Joe Bennett, and Mike Lally, the last of whom has not played at the club since September 17, 2014.
♙ The club also welcomes new player Michael Stevens of Whitinsville, who is a regular player at the Greater Worcester Chess Club.

REMINDER: Players must be present in Room C159 by by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 2 on February 13th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 P.M.

February 5th, 2019
Ratings in effect for the George E. O'Rourke Memorial tournament

The following ratings are in effect for the George E. O'Rourke Memorial, which begins Wednesday, Feb. 6, in Room C159 of the McKay Complex at Fitchburg State University.

At 6:40 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 6, the latest episode of Chess Chat will be presented, showing the game between 18-year-old GM Sam Sevian (the No. 1 player in Massachusetts, who lives in Central Mass. in Holden) and soon-to-be 20-year-old IM Ravi Haria (British player) from the Pro Chess League match between the Montclair Sopranos and the London Lions. WIM Carissa Yip, 2014 Wachusett CC champion, is also a member of the Montclair Sopranos team. The Chess Chat episode can also be seen on video On Demand at http://www.fatv.org.
Players must be present by 7 p.m. in order to be paired for Round 1.
Deadline for all subsequent rounds is 7:10 p.m. Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 p.m.

♔   ♛   ♖   ♝   ♘   ♞   ♗   ♜   ♕   ♚   Ratings in effect for the
2019 George E. O'Rourke Memorial tournament:
1Brett Kildahl 2155
2Roger Cappallo 2022
3Paul Godin 1994
4Ray Paulson 1985
5Geoff LePoer 1907
6George Mirijanian 1906
7Dave Couture 1780
8Ken Gurge 1778
9Ralph McNeilage 1774
10Larry Gladding 1765
11Gary Brassard 1742
12Arthur Barlas 1733
13Mike Commisso 1728
14Jim Donahue 1711
15Ritvik Pulya 1708
16Dave Thomas 1706
17Jim Hankard 1652
18Stephen Murray 1642
19Vince Premus 1639
20Tom Fratturelli 1637
21Mike Meehan 1632
22Roland Booker 1600
23Don Ostrowski 1571
24Don Briggs 1498
25Michael David 1484
26John Bastarache 1442
27Mark Wheeler 1432
28Larry O'Rourke 1432
29Brian Biglow 1404
30Raaga Pulya 1284
31Hugh McLaughlin 1265
32Bryce McLaughlin 1157
33Emily Gawboy 1106
34Dillon Motyka 1090

February 2nd, 2019
Local chess on WGBY TV

Scholastic Chess in the WMCA region was on Connecting Point PBS (WGBY) Tues 7pm 22 Jan
The show segment was published on YouTube & may be viewed here:
Western Mass Scholastic Chess League | Connecting Point | Jan. 22, 2019

February 1st, 2019
Roger's video: My Week at the Club #53
Brett's video: OTB Chess 01/30/19
Board 1 in Round 5 of the Reggie Boone Memorial, Roger Cappallo vs. Brett Kilhadl

Duelling videos!

This week the board 1 pairing consisted of NM Brett Kildahl vs. CM Roger Cappallo & both players decided to explain their moves & ideas in respective YouTube videos, so the Wachusett Chess Club is treated with duelling videos for this interesting & important game.

Brett comments on Roger's YouTube video:
Nice analysis, Roger.
It was interesting to hear that you wanted to avoid the Benko and Benoni. I was hoping for one of those openings, and didn't have much of an idea what I'd do against the Slav, so you had me pegged in that regard.
Your description of my late middlegame blunder as a slight glitch was generous. If you had had even a few minutes more on your clock at that point, I think you would have found that line and won the game.
Thanks for linking to my video. I'll do the same!
-Brett

[See this & all of Roger Cappallo's other videos at Roger's YouTube channel.]
[See this & all of Brett Kildahl's other videos at Brett's YouTube channel.]

My Week at the Club #53

The last round fight for 1st place in the Reggie Boone Memorial, where I played Black in a Slav Defense against Brett Kildahl (2132). Brett's video on this game can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiYvEPejnBU, and the club's web site is located at http://www.wachusettchess.org.
Brett also has made a video, which I've linked to in my description. As always, thanks for watching.
Cheers,
Roger

[See this & all of Roger Cappallo's other videos at Roger's YouTube channel.]

January 30th, 2019
Brett Kildahl vs. Roger Cappallo
Board 1 in Round 5 of the Reggie Boone Memorial, vs. Roger Cappallo

OTB Chess 01/30/19

Hi all,
I made a video about my game against Roger Cappallo:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiYvEPejnBU
See you all next week.
Thanks!
Brett
[See this & all of Brett Kildahl's other videos at Brett's YouTube channel.]

January 30th, 2019

Brett Kildahl tops 2019 opener with perfect 5.0

NM Brett Kildahl is back at the WCC & started off the new year with a bang by finishing clear first at 5.0/5 in the five round Reggie Boone Memorial tournament, a full point ahead of his nearest competitor, second place finisher, Paul Godin. Lest one think Brett's clean sweep was some kind of lucky fluke, it's worth noting that after defeating a pair of strong class B players, Dave Thomas & Dave Couture, Brett then went on a complete romp by beating the three highest rated players in the club (aside from himself), Paul Godin, Ray Paulson, & Roger Cappallo, to achieve a tournament performance rating (TPR) of 2421. It's difficult to imagine a more convincing victory, so kudos to Brett.

Paul Godin took clear second place by scoring a solid 65 move win over USCF expert Ray Paulson after Ray had declined Paul's offer to split the point at move 52. Gary Brassard beat Jim Hankard to share the under 1800 prize with Mike Commisso who beat Dave Couture in a somewhat complex tactical melee which will undoubtedly provide more material for any updates to Dave's book Progressive Tactics.

There were several other games of particular interest in the final round. The two "giant killers", Tom Fratturelli & Don Briggs met each other & Briggs was victorious, which landed him the top under 1600 prize. Raaga Pulya scored a huge upset against 1507 rated Mark Wheeler & this combined with her round 2 victory over Briggs netted her 146 rating points & launched her to a new all time high of 1284.

Reggie Boone Memorial, January 30th, 2019
Round 5 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Brett Kildahl 1-0Roger Cappallo
Ray Paulson 0-1Paul Godin
Mike Commisso 1-0Dave Couture
Gary Brassard 1-0Jim Hankard
Don Briggs 1-0Tom Fratturelli
Ken Gurge 1-0John Bastarache
Ritvik Pulya 1-0Larry O'Rourke
Don Ostrowski1/2-1/2Brian Biglow
Ralph McNeilage 1-0Hugh McLaughlin
♕ Raaga Pulya 1-0Mark Wheeler
Dillon Motyka1/2-1/2Bryce McLaughlin
Total of 11 boards,
1 major upset (♔ ♕), no upset draws ().

♖ Not playing round 5 were George Mirijanian, Geoff LePoer, Larry Gladding, Jim Donahue, Dave Thomas, Arthur Barlas,
Michael David, Randy McLaughlin and Emily Gawboy.
♙ Stephen Murray was withdrawn from the tournament.

Reggie Boone Memorial, January 30th, 2019
FINAL STANDINGS After 5 Rounds
PointsPlayers
5.0Kildahl
4.5-----
4.0Godin
3.5Cappallo, Brassard, Commisso
3.0Briggs
2.5Paulson, Mirijanian, LePoer, Couture, Gurge, Gladding, Ri. Pulya, Hankard, Fratturelli
2.0McNeilage, Donahue, Thomas, Ostrowski, Biglow, Bastarache, Ra. Pulya
1.5Barlas, David, O'Rourke
1.0Wheeler, H. McLaughlin
0.5B. McLaughlin, Motyka
0.0R. McLaughlin, Gawboy

♔ 2019 Reggie Boone Memorial PRIZE WINNERS ♔
1st: ♔ Brett Kildahl of Worcester
2nd: Paul Godin of Bedford
Top U1800: Gary Brassard of Leominster, Mike Commisso of Brookline, NH
Top U1600: Don Briggs of Lunenburg
Top U1400: Raaga Pulya of Acton

Only 1 player
gained 50 or more rating points:
The following player had
a rating increase of
50 or more points:
Raaga Pulya + 146
Only 1 player
reached a new all time high:
The following player achieved
a new all-time high rating:
Raaga Pulya 1284

Pictures from this year's Reggie Boone Memorial tournament.

2019 Club Championship Qualification Standings as of January 30th, 2019
After 29 of 43 games completed in the 2018-2019 season,
the following are the current standings for qualification for the
2019 WCC 'A' Club Championship Tournament.
  The Top Four Highest GPP Finishers Qualify.  
The remaining four to qualify will be the four with highest percentage as calculated in the last column.
The tiebreaker, if necessary, is the higher USCF rating
after the final regular season tournament is rated!  
A minimum of 22 games must be completed to qualify.
(Only players currently with 9 or more games played & a .500 pct. or greater are listed.)
Current 2019 Championship Grand Prix Standings
Club Members Hometown Current Rating As Of 1/30/19 All-Time High TITLE Total Games W L D Grand Prix Points Winning Pct.
PAUL GODIN Bedford 1994 2020 1st Cat. 29 22 4 3 23.5 .810
ROGER CAPPALLO Groton 2022 2102 Can. Master 27 19 2 6 22.0 .815
RAYMOND PAULSON Lowell 1985 2085 Can. Master 25 17 6 2 18.0 .720
DAVE COUTURE Westminster 1780 1858 1st Cat. 26 15 8 3 16.5 .635
LARRY GLADDING Leominster 1765 1953 1st Cat. 27 15 9 3 16.5 .611
KEN GURGE Leominster 1778 1856 2nd Cat. 28 14 9 5 16.5 .589
GARY BRASSARD Leominster 1742 1904 1st Cat. 28 14 9 5 16.5 .589
MIKE COMMISSO Brookline, NH 1728 1770 2nd Cat. 26 14 8 4 16.0 .615
RITVIK PULYA Acton 1708 1745 3rd Cat. 23 11 6 6 14.0 .609
MICHAEL DAVID Groton 1484 1623 3rd Cat. 27 12 12 3 13.5 .500
DAVID THOMAS Fitchburg 1706 1837 2nd Cat. 23 12 9 2 13.0 .565
STEPHEN MURRAY Ayer 1642P20 1642 none 20 11 8 1 11.5 .575
GEORGE MIRIJANIAN Fitchburg 1906 2186 1st Cat. 14 7 2 5 9.5 .679
JIM DONAHUE Stow 1711 1738 3rd Cat. 18 8 7 3 9.5 .528
TOM FRATTURELLI Leominster 1637 1688 2nd Cat. 15 7 6 2 8.0 .533
BRUCE FELTON Fitchburg 1933 1971 1st Cat. 9 6 1 2 7.0 .778
RALPH MCNEILAGE Worcester 1774 1787 3rd Cat. 9 6 2 1 6.5 .722
ARTHUR BARLAS Stow 1733 1833 2nd Cat. 11 6 4 1 6.5 .591
MICHAEL MEEHAN Westminster 1632 1705 3rd Cat. 12 5 5 2 6.0 .500
WCC: Biographies
Background color key:
Qualified by Grand Prix Points Qualified by win percentage Qualified but not yet eligible Eligible but not yet qualified
Championship Grand Prix Archive

REMINDER: The next tournament at the club will be the George E. O'Rourke Memorial.
Players must be present in Room C159 by by 7:00 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 1 on February 6th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 P.M.

January 27th, 2019
My Week at the Club #52
Board 2 in Round 4 of the Reggie Boone Memorial, vs. Larry Gladding

Hello All,
I've finished and uploaded the video for Wednesday night's Round 4 game against Larry Gladding. It was a QGD Exchange variation. For convenience I've attached an updated index to my video series. [mwatc_index.xlsx.pdf]
Cheers,
Roger
[See this & all of Roger Cappallo's other videos at Roger's YouTube channel.]

January 24th, 2019
Ray Paulson vs Brett Kildahl
Board 1 in Round 4 of the Reggie Boone Memorial, vs. Ray Paulson

Hi all,
The video about my game with Ray [Paulson] is up.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qz70Of3xUac
See you all next Wednesday!
Thanks!
Brett
[See this & all of Brett Kildahl's other videos at Brett's YouTube channel.]

January 23rd, 2019

Reggie Boone Memorial, January 23rd, 2019
Round 4 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Ray Paulson 0-1Brett Kildahl
Roger Cappallo 1-0Larry Gladding
Paul Godin 1-0Ken Gurge
Dave Couture 1-0Jim Donahue
Arthur Barlas 0-1Jim Hankard
Larry O'Rourke 0-1Gary Brassard
Tom Fratturelli 1-0Ritvik Pulya
John Bastarache1/2-1/2Don Ostrowski
Mark Wheeler 0-1Don Briggs
Emily Gawboy 0-1Michael David
Total of 10 boards,
no major upsets, (♔ ♕), no upset draws ().

♝ Receiving half-point byes were George Mirijanian, Geoff LePoer, Mike Commisso, Dave Thomas and Brian Biglow.
♖ Not playing round 4 were Stephen Murray, Hugh McLaughlin, Raaga Pulya, Bryce McLaughlin and Dillon Motyka.
♟ Randy McLaughlin had already withdrawn from the tournament.

Reggie Boone Memorial, January 23rd, 2019
CURRENT STANDINGS After 4 Rounds
PointsPlayers
4.0Kildahl
3.5Cappallo
3.0Godin
2.5Paulson, Mirijanian, LePoer, Couture, Brassard, Gladding, Commisso, Hankard, Fratturelli
2.0Donahue, Thomas, Briggs, Bastarache
1.5Gurge, Barlas, Ri. Pulya, Ostrowski, David, O'Rourke, Biglow
1.0Murray, Wheeler, H. McLaughlin, Ra. Pulya
0.5-----
0.0(R. McLaughlin), B. McLaughlin, Gawboy, Motyka


Projected Round 5 Pairings for January 30th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Kildahl vs. Cappallo Board 2: Paulson vs. Godin Board 3: Gladding vs. Mirijanian Board 4: Hankard vs. LePoer Board 5: Couture vs. Fratturelli Board 6: Commisso vs. Brassard Board 7: Donahue vs. Briggs Board 8: Bastarache vs. Thomas Board 9: Ostrowski vs. Gurge Board 10: David vs. Barlas Board 11: Ri. Pulya vs. O'Rourke Board 12: Murray vs. Biglow Board 13: Ra. Pulya vs. Wheeler Board 14: Gawboy vs. H. McLaughlin Board 15: Motyka vs. B. McLaughlin
Note: Projected pairings & colors are only estimates. Official pairings are posted at the beginning of each round.

REMINDER: Players must be present in Room C159 by by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 5 on January 30th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 P.M.

January 18th, 2019
My Week at the Club #51
Board 2 in Round 3 of the Reggie Boone Memorial, vs. Geoff LePoer

Hello All,
After a fair amount of futzing about with the machine, I was able to get a video produced on my game against Geoff LePoer. I was on the Black side of a Torre Attack. Here's the link:
https://youtu.be/qnegT7pIASo My Week at the Club #51
My weekly bout at the Wachusett Chess Club, this week playing Black against Geoff LePoer (1907) in a Torre Attack.
I hope you find something of interest in it.
Cheers,
Roger
[See this & all of Roger Cappallo's other videos at Roger's YouTube channel.]

January 18th 2019
Just The Rules: No Claim, No Fame


Position from H. McLaughlin - Mike Commisso, 2019.01.16

Kxb6??

Your opponent's flag is about to fall in a US Chess sudden death time control. The TD comes over to the contest to observe. They see that your opponent has run out of time-their flag is down, but the TD says nothing and does nothing. You look up at them with a quizzical expression, and still there is no response from the TD. To get the TD to act, you must point out the flag fall and say something-like "Flag" or "Flag Fall" or "Time." You and your opponent are locked in a position where your king gets checked over, and over, and over. The TD is watching this little dance contest; yet, says nothing. Why? There was no claim by a player. Note: the TD can declare a draw without a claim if the same position appears five times in a row. Your opponent touches their queen but moves their knight instead. They do this right in front of the TD; yet, the TD does nothing?! But if you make a claim, what do you think the TD will do?

Rarely will a TD intervene in your game without an invitation by you or your opponent to do so. TDs rarely rule on a claim that you don't make, even if they observe a violation of US Chess rules (FIDE rules are a bit different and there are some rare exceptions in US Chess.) So if you want to claim a flag fall, draw, illegal move, touched piece, etc., then you have to make that request-verbally. One notable time a claim does not need to be verbalized is when 75 moves have been made with no pawn move plus no piece has been captured-then the TD can simply declare the game drawn. If a TD sees an illegal move early in the game-the US Chess rules have some wiggle room here-a TD may, unannounced, step in and correct the miscue (even though US Chess advises against it). They positively cannot do a thing about an illegal move in the last five minutes of a time control unless you or your opponent makes an illegal move claim-aloud.

Coaches, friends, relatives, spectators, teachers, and all others cannot make any claim in the game you are playing. Having someone summon a TD for you is not the same as making a claim. When the TD does show up, you have to state your claim yourself.
-Larry G.

January 16th, 2019
2019 Reggie Boone Memorial
Round 3 of 5

Reggie Boone Memorial, January 16th, 2019
Round 3 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Brett Kildahl 1-0Paul Godin
Geoff LePoer 0-1Roger Cappallo
Arthur Barlas 0-1Ray Paulson
Ken Gurge 0-1Larry Gladding
George Mirijanian 1-0Tom Fratturelli
Jim Hankard1/2-1/2Dave Couture
Jim Donahue 1-0Don Ostrowski
Hugh McLaughlin 0-1Mike Commisso
Gary Brassard 1-0Raaga Pulya
Michael David 0-1John Bastarache
Bryce McLaughlin 0-1Mark Wheeler
Don Briggs 1-0Emily Gawboy
Brian Biglow 1-0Dillon Motyka
Total of 13 boards,
no major upsets, (♔ ♕), no upset draws ().

♝ Receiving half-point byes were Ritvik Pulya, Dave Thomas and Larry O'Rourke.
♖ Not playing round 3 was Stephen Murray.
♙ Randy McLaughlin had already withdrawn from the tournament.

Reggie Boone Memorial, January 16th, 2019
CURRENT STANDINGS After 3 Rounds
PointsPlayers
3.0Kildahl
2.5Cappallo, Paulson, Gladding
2.0Godin, Mirijanian, LePoer, Donahue, Commisso
1.5Couture, Gurge, Barlas, Brassard, Ri. Pulya, Thomas, Hankard, Fratturelli, O'Rourke, Bastarache
1.0Murray, Ostrowski, Wheeler, Briggs, Biglow, H. McLaughlin, Ra. Pulya
0.5David
0.0(R. McLaughlin), B. McLaughlin, Gawboy, Motyka


Projected Round 4 Pairings for January 23rd:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Paulson vs. Kildahl Board 2: Cappallo vs. Gladding Board 3: Godin vs. Mirijanian Board 4: Commisso vs. Donahue Board 5:Couture vs. Thomas Board 6: Fratturelli vs. Gurge Board 7: Barlas vs. Hankard Board 8: O'Rourke vs. Brassard Board 9: Bastarache vs. Murray Board 10: Ostrowski vs. Briggs Board 11: Wheeler vs. David Board 12: Gawboy vs. Motyka
Note: Projected pairings & colors are only estimates. Official pairings are posted at the beginning of each round.

♗ Requesting half-point byes for Round 4 are LePoer and Biglow.
♝ Not being paired are Ritvik and Raaga Pulya as well as Hugh and Bryce McLaughlin.
♙ The Wachusett Chess Club welcomes new player Dillon Motyka of Leominster, who is playing in his first USCF-rated tournament.

REMINDER: Players must be present in Room C159 by by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 4 on January 23rd.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 P.M.

January 10th, 2019
Dave Couture vs Brett Kildahl
Board 1 in Round 2 of the Reggie Boone Memorial, vs. Dave Couture

Hi all,
For those of you who are interested, I'm back to making chess videos.
Here's my most recent: https://youtu.be/IcNe4m_V2UE
The rest can be found through my channel (Brett Kildahl).
Thanks!
Brett
[See this & all of Brett Kildahl's other videos at Brett's YouTube channel.]

January 10th, 2019
My Week at the Club #50
Board 2 in Round 2 of the Reggie Boone Memorial, vs. Ken Gurge

Hello All,
I've just posted my 50th Week at the Club video on youtube. It's at:
https://youtu.be/qH4ybOwGJo0
In it I play Ken Gurge (1784) on the white side of a Caro-Kann Panov Attack. I hope you enjoy it.
Cheers,
Roger
[See this & all of Roger Cappallo's other videos at Roger's YouTube channel.]

January 9th, 2019
2019 Reggie Boone Memorial
Round 2 of 5

Reggie Boone Memorial, January 9th, 2019
Round 2 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Dave Couture 0-1Brett Kildahl
Roger Cappallo1/2-1/2Ken Gurge
Larry Gladding1/2-1/2Ray Paulson
Paul Godin 1-0Jim Donahue
Mike Commisso 0-1Geoff LePoer
Ritvik Pulya1/2-1/2George Mirijanian
Tom Fratturelli 1-0Gary Brassard
John Bastarache 0-1Jim Hankard
Dave Thomas 1-0Brian Biglow
Don Ostrowski 1-0Bryce McLaughlin
♔ Hugh McLaughlin 1-0Mark Wheeler
♕ Raaga Pulya 1-0Don Briggs
Larry O'Rourke 1-0Emily Gawboy
Total of 13 boards,
2 major upsets (♔ ♕), no upset draws ().

♝ Receiving half-point byes were Arthur Barlas, Stephen Murray and Michael David.
♙ Withdrawing from the tournament were Randy McLaughlin and Francis Scanlon.

Reggie Boone Memorial, January 9th, 2019
CURRENT STANDINGS After 2 Rounds
PointsPlayers
2.0Kildahl, Godin, LePoer
1.5Cappallo, Paulson, Gurge, Barlas, Gladding, Fratturelli
1.0Mirijanian, Couture, Donahue, Commisso, Ri. Pulya, Thomas, Hankard, Murray, Ostrowski, O'Rourke, H. McLaughlin, Ra. Pulya
0.5Brassard, David, Bastarache
0.0Wheeler, Briggs, Biglow, (R. McLaughlin), B. McLaughlin, Gawboy


Projected Round 3 Pairings for January 16th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Kildahl vs. Godin Board 2: LePoer vs. Cappallo Board 3: Paulson vs. Barlas Board 4: Gurge vs. Gladding Board 5: Donahue vs. Fratturelli Board 6: Murray vs. Couture Board 7: Ostrowski vs. Commisso Board 8: O'Rourke vs. Ri. Pulya Board 9: H. McLaughlin vs. Thomas Board 10: Hankard vs. Ra.Pulya Board 11: Brassard vs. David Board 12: Wheeler vs. Bastarache Board 13: Briggs vs. B. McLaughlin Board 14: Biglow vs. Gawboy
Note: Projected pairings & colors are only estimates. Official pairings are posted at the beginning of each round.

REMINDER: Players must be present in Room C159 by by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 3 on January 16th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 P.M.

January 8th 2019
Carissa Yip to play in PRO Chess League

Carissa Yip is on the Montclair Sopranos along with GM's Sam Sevian, Aleksandr Lenderman, Gadir Guseinov & WGM Sabina Foisor.
PRO Chess League season 3 starts Tuesday January 8, 2019.
Greg Shahade, Pro Chess League Commissioner, explains the Pro Chess League objectives & comments about the coming season in a 2017 interview on YouTube.
Here's an example of a Pro Chess League game where Carissa Yip checkmates GM Demchenko:
[Event "PRO League Group Stage"]
[Site "chess.com INT"]
[Date "2019.01.08"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Yip,Carissa"]
[Black "Demchenko,A"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteTitle "FM"]
[BlackTitle "GM"]
[WhiteElo "2279"]
[BlackElo "2679"]
[ECO "C44"]
[Opening "Scotch gambit"]
[Variation "Dubois-Reti defence"]
[WhiteTeam "Montclair Sopranos"]
[BlackTeam "New York Marshalls"]
[WhiteFideId "2090732"]
[BlackFideId "4160258"]
[EventDate "2019.01.08"]
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Bc4 Nf6 5. e5 Ne4 6. Qe2 Nc5 7. O-O Ne6 8. Rd1 d5 9. exd6 Bxd6 10. c3 O-O
11. cxd4 Re8 12. Be3 Nf4 13. Qd2 Qf6 14. Ne1 Bg4 15. f3 Bh5 16. Nc3 Bg6 17. Nb5 Ne6 18. Nxd6 cxd6 19. d5 Ne5
20. Bb5 Nf8 21. Bxe8 Rxe8 22. Bd4 Qh4 23. f4 Ned7 24. Nf3 Qd8 25. Re1 Re4 26. Ng5 Rxe1+ 27. Rxe1 h6 28. Nf3 Nb6
29. Qa5 Qb8 30. Bxb6 axb6 31. Qxb6 Nd7 32. Qe3 Nf6 33. Nd4 Qa8 34. f5 Bh7 35. Qa3 Qd8 36. Qb3 Qc7 37. Kh1 Kh8
38. a4 Qc5 39. Nf3 Bxf5 40. Qxb7 Be4 41. Qxf7 Bxd5 42. Qf8+ Kh7 43. Re7 Qc1+ 44. Ng1 Qg5 45. Re2 Ng4 46. h3 Ne5
47. Qxd6 Nd3 48. Rd2 Nf4 49. Nf3 Bxf3 50. gxf3 Qg3 51. a5 Qxf3+ 52. Kg1 Qg3+ 53. Kf1 Qxh3+ 54. Ke1 Qh1+ 55. Kf2 Qh2+
56. Ke3 Qg3+ 57. Ke4 g5 58. Qe7+ Kg6 59. Qe8+ Kf6 60. Rd6+ Kg7 61. Qe7+ Kg8 62. Rd8# 1-0

January 7th 2019
WCC Weekend Warriors

Five Wachusett Chess Club players competed in a few events this past weekend. Here are the rating updates from: The 2019 Westford January Blitz & the 7th Boston Chess Congress tournaments.

♙   ♝   ♘   ♜   ♘   ♟   Monday January 7, 2019 Westford January Blitz & 7th Boston Chess Congress Rating Updates   ♗   ♞   ♖   ♞   ♗   ♟
USCFID#: WCC Member NameEnd DateMost Recent Rated EventSection: NamePre => PostClass
14514636: CARISSA SHIWEN YIP2019-01-05WESTFORD JANUARY BLITZ (MA)1: OPEN 2221 => 2213 NM
12681247: ROBERT KING2019-01-067TH ANNUAL BOSTON CHESS CONGRE (MA)1: PREMIER 2202 => 2202 NM
12633241: JAMES E DONAHUE2019-01-067TH ANNUAL BOSTON CHESS CONGRE (MA)3: U1900 1724 => 1718 B
16636306: MICHAEL DAVID2019-01-05WESTFORD JANUARY BLITZ (MA)1: OPEN 1586 (P18) => 1615 B
12222200: JAMES A HANKARD2019-01-067TH ANNUAL BOSTON CHESS CONGRE (MA)4: U1700 1673 => 1615 B

January 2nd, 2019
2019 Reggie Boone Memorial
Round 1 of 5

Reggie Boone Memorial, January 2nd, 2019
Round 1 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Brett Kildahl 1-0Dave Thomas
Jim Hankard 0-1Roger Cappallo
Ray Paulson 1-0Don Ostrowski
Mark Wheeler 0-1Paul Godin
Geoff LePoer 1-0Michael David
Don Briggs 0-1Dave Couture
Ken Gurge 1-0Larry O'Rourke
Brian Biglow 0-1Arthur Barlas
Gary Brassard1/2-1/2♖ John Bastarache
Randy McLaughlin 0-1Larry Gladding
Jim Donahue 1-0Hugh McLaughlin
Emily Gawboy 0-1Mike Commisso
Total of 12 boards,
no major upsets (♔ ♕), 1 upset draw ().

♝ Receiving half-point byes were George Mirijanian, Ritvik Pulya, Stephen Murray and Tom Fratturelli.
♖ Not playing round 1 were Bryce McLaughlin, Raaga Pulya and Francis Scanlon.

Reggie Boone Memorial, January 2nd, 2019
CURRENT STANDINGS After 1 Rounds
PointsPlayers
1.0Kildahl, Cappallo, Paulson, Godin, LePoer, Couture, Gurge, Barlas, Gladding, Donahue, Commisso
0.5Mirijanian, Brassard, Ri. Pulya, Murray, Fratturelli, Bastarache
0.0Thomas, Hankard, Ostrowski, Wheeler, David, Briggs, O'Rourke, Biglow, R. McLaughlin,
H. McLaughlin, B. McLaughlin, Ra. Pulya, Gawboy, Scanlon


Projected Round 2 Pairings for January 9th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Couture vs. Kildahl Board 2: Cappallo vs. Gurge Board 3: Barlas vs. Paulson Board 4: Godin vs. Donahue Board 5: Gladding vs. LePoer Board 6: Commisso vs. Mirijanian Board 7: Fratturelli vs. Brassard Board 8: Bastarache vs. Ri. Pulya Board 9: Thomas vs. Biglow Board 10: H. McLaughlin vs. Hankard Board 11: Ostrowski vs. R. McLaughlin Board 12: B. McLaughlin vs. Wheeler Board 13: David vs. Ra. Pulya Board 14: Scanlon vs. Briggs Board 15: O'Rourke vs. Gawboy
Note: Projected pairings & colors are only estimates. Official pairings are posted at the beginning of each round.

♗ Requesting a half-point bye for Round 2 is Murray.

REMINDER: Players must be present in Room C159 by by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 2 on January 9th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 P.M.

January 1st, 2019
Ratings in effect for the Reggie Boone Memorial tournament

The following ratings are in effect for the Reggie Boone Memorial, which begins Wednesday, Jan. 2, in Room C159 of the McKay Complex at Fitchburg State University.
Players must be present by 7 p.m. in order to be paired for Round 1.
Deadline for all subsequent rounds is 7:10 p.m. Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 p.m.

♔   ♛   ♖   ♝   ♘   ♞   ♗   ♜   ♕   ♚   Ratings in effect for the
2019 Reggie Boone Memorial tournament:
1Brett Kildahl 2132
2Roger Cappallo 2021
3Ray Paulson 2016
4Paul Godin 1977
5Bruce Felton 1933
6George Mirijanian 1909
7Geoff LePoer 1907
8Dave Couture 1808
9Ken Gurge 1784
10Arthur Barlas 1758
11Gary Brassard 1756
12Larry Gladding 1740
13Jim Donahue 1724
14Mike Commisso 1714
15Ritvik Pulya 1714
16Dave Thomas 1703
17Jim Hankard 1673
18Stephen Murray 1642
19Vince Premus 1639
20Mike Meehan 1632
21Tom Fratturelli1622
22Roland Booker 1600
23Don Ostrowski 1600
24Mark Wheeler 1507
25Michael David 1491
26Don Briggs 1486
27Larry O'Rourke 1446
28Brian Biglow 1400
29John Bastarache 1400
30Hugh McLaughlin 1238
31Bryce McLaughlin 1181
32Raaga Pulya 1138
33Emily Gawboy 1125
34Francis Scanlon 991
35Tom Whistler 882