♞  "I have two vocations: chess and engineering. If I played chess only, I believe that my success would not have been significantly greater. I can play chess well
only when I have fully convalesced from chess and when the 'hunger for chess' once more awakens within me." -Mikhail Botvinnik  ♞

WCC News 2016 ♔

Miscellaneous News & Other Chess Events of Interest:

MACA Event Calendar of Tournaments throughout Massachusetts

NHCA Event Calendar of Tournaments throughout New Hampshire

Relyea Event Calendar of Open & Invitational Tournaments


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


♘ Sunday, January 31, 2016: 4SS, G/60 d5 Northeastern University Open
Curry Student Center, Northeastern University, 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115

♔ ♕ ♖ ♗ ♘ US Team East February 13-15 Parsippany Hilton, Parsippany, NJ 07054
HR: Chess rate expires 1/16/2016: $119 Single/double; $121 Triple/Quad (973) 267-7373 or 1-800-HILTONS
2nd hotel attached to Hilton, $126 Single/double; $128 Triple/Quad - Hampton Inn (includes breakfast each day)

♔ Second Tuesday of every month: Larry Christiansen Simul at South Station 25 boards, noon to 2:00 PM. Open seating until 1:15pm. No fee.


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

♞ There will soon be an Official Wachusett Chess Club Flyer graced by the now legendary "Barlas Knight". At the moment it's still a work in progress, but feel free to print it out & post it anywhere you like.

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

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

February 3rd, 2016

Kochman Captures Crown At Boone Memorial Tournament

Reggie Boone Memorial, February 3rd, 2016
Round 5 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Dave Kochman 1-0Ken Gurge
Paul Godin 1-0Larry Gladding
Roger Cappallo1-0Mike Meehan
Joe Bennett 0-1Mike Commisso
Tom Fratturelli 1-0Bob Mathieu
Lenny Arsenault 1-0Anthony Bracco
Jim Hankard 0-1Noah Rogers
George Mirijanian 1-0Ed Harris
Jackson Parker 1/2-1/2Geoff LePoer
Brian Biglow 1/2-1/2Gary Brassard
Ed Rogers 0-1Dave Thomas
Seeth Ganesan 1-0John Bastarache
Stan Talcott 0-1Gail Lingner
Larry O'Rourke1-0Francis Scanlon
Richard Bennett 0-1Alexander Venezia
Wayne Steadman 1-0Sebastian Tilton
Don Briggs 0-1Hugh McLaughlin
Finn Rogers 0-1Roland Sorel
Emily Gawboy 0-1Nik Lavoie
Tom Whistler 0-1Andrew Kiser

Not playing round 5 were Tony Cesolini, Arthur Barlas, Vlad Gaciu, Dave Couture, Paul Lynch, Randy McLaughlin, Kandy Lynch and Jeromy Tilton.

Reggie Boone Memorial, February 3rd, 2016
FINAL STANDINGS
PointsPlayers
4.5Kochman
4.0Cappallo, Godin, Gurge, Commisso
3.5Gladding, Fratturelli, Arsenault, N. Rogers
3.0Cesolini, Mirijanian, Thomas, J. Bennett, Barlas, Ganesan, Meehan
2.5LePoer, Brassard, Parker, Hankard, Biglow, O'Rourke, Mathieu, Lingner, Bracco, Venezia
2.0Gaciu, Couture, Harris, P. Lynch, E. Rogers, Bastarache, Talcott, Steadman, Sorel, H. McLaughlin, Lavoie
1.5R. McLaughlin, R. Bennett, K. Lynch, Scanlon S. Tilton
1.0Briggs, Kiser, F. Rogers
0.5J. Tilton, Gawboy, Whistler

♔ 2016 Reggie Boone Memorial PRIZE WINNERS ♔
1st: Dave Kochman of Swanzey, NH
2nd-5th: Roger Cappallo of Groton, Paul Godin of Bedford
Ken Gurge of Leominster (Top U1900)
Mike Commisso of Brookline, NH (Top U1700)
Top U1500: Noah Rogers of New Ipswich, NH
Top U1300: Roland Sorel of Westford, Hugh McLaughlin of Groton &
Nickolas Lavoie of Worcester

The following players had
a rating increase of
50 or more points:
Noah Rogers+161
Mike Commisso+127
Anthony Bracco+91
Sebastian Tilton+58
Arthur Barlas+53
Mike Meehan+51
The following players achieved
a new all-time high rating:
Arthur Barlas1813
Ken Gurge1808
Noah Rogers1471
Kandy Lynch1210
Sebastian Tilton1038
Nik Lavoie1006P24

2016 Club Championship Qualification Standings As of February 3, 2016
After 30 of 44 games completed in the 2015-2016 season, the following are the current standings for qualification for the Club Championship Tournament.
The Top Ten High Winning Percentage Finishers Qualify.
The tiebreaker, if necessary, is the higher USCF rating entering the final regular season tournament.
A minimum of 22 games must be completed to qualify.
Name Rating Games Played
This Season
Winning Percentage Additional
Games Needed
Notes
Paulson203220.9002
Cappallo198427.7780
Gladding184329.7240
Godin196429.7070
Mirijanian199422.7050
Thomas176427.6850
Gurge180828.6610
Arsenault165722.6140
Harris170727.6110
Brassard179024.6040
Condon173220.6002
Fratturelli167726.5960
Commisso169616.5946
Parker167718.5834
Bennett, J.180025.5800
Meehan164123.5650
Couture171425.5400
Rogers, E.151825.5200
Hankard160029.5170

Notes:
♟ There are 14 regular season games left to be played.
♟ Players who cannot reach 22 total games played for the season are excluded from the list.
♙ Players with current winning percentages under .500 are omitted from the list.

♔ Geoff Lepoer is omitted due to his golf commitments.
♖ Tom Giampietro is omitted due to his likely inability to reach 22 games played due to work commitments.
♘ Seeth Ganesan with a current winning percentage of .643 has played 14 games and would need to play 8 of the remaining 14 games while maintaining a qualifying percentage to qualify.
♝ Arthur Barlas with a current winning percentage of .667 has played 9 games and would need to play 13 of the remaining 14 games while maintaining a qualifying percentage to qualify.
♞ Paul Lynch with a current winning percentage of .563 has played 8 games and would need to play 14 of the remaining 14 games while achieving a qualifying percentage to qualify.

REMINDER: The 2016 Wachusett CC Quick Chess Championship, a 5-round Swiss, G/15 d3,
will be played weather permitting, on Wednesday, February 10th. (See list of previous winners here.)
Players must be present by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 1.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL Ken Gurge by 7 P.M.

/ClubChamps.php#quickchamps

February 4th, 2016

Sebastian Tilton scored 3-1 to tie for 2nd-4th place in the Oyster River MS tournament, held on Saturday, January 30, in Durham, NH.
Sebastian gained 19 points to raise his rating to 980. Also competing was Finn Rogers, who tallied 1-3 to tie for 9th-11th place. He lost 65 rating points and now stands at 810. Since this tournament was played at a time control of G/30 d5, it was dual rated, so both Sebastian & Finn now have new quick ratings as well as new regular ratings.

Regular:
Sebastian Tilton -> 980
Finn Rogers -> 810

Quick:
Sebastian Tilton -> 953
Finn Rogers -> 740

February 1st, 2016
Northeastern University Open rating updates

Here are updated ratings for Wachusett CC players as a result of playing in the Northeastern University Open, & the West Newbury Class Clash, both of which ended on Sunday, January 31:

Robert J. King -> 2132
Joe Bennett -> 1801
Mike Commisso -> 1569
♞ Robert King - 2132 - scored 1.5-2.5 in Northeastern University Open on Sunday, Jan. 31, in Boston. Lost 22 points.
♔ Joe Bennett - 1801 - scored 3.5-0.5 to tie for 1st place in U1800 section of Northeastern University Open. Gained 33 points.
♖ Mike Commisso - 1569 - scored 2.5-1.5 to tie for 3rd place in U1800 section of West Newbury Class Clash, in West Newbury, MA. Lost 24 points.

January 31st, 2016
Six WCC players "Represent WCC!!" at Waltham Blitz.

♔ ♖ ♜ ♗ ♘ ♞
2010 Wachusett CC champion Tony Cesolini of Rindge, NH & Joe Bennett of Fitchburg tied with 8 points out of 12 for 2nd-4th place with IM Denys Shmelov Friday at the Waltham January G/5 d0 blitz chess tournament, held at the Waltham Chess Club. WCC members Rob King, Joe Bennett, Jackson Parker, Mike Commisso, & Mike Meehan also competed in the event.

Their blitz ratings were affected as follows:
Tony Cesolini -> B: 2016
Rob King -> B: 1991
Joe Bennett -> B: 1939P22
Jackson Parker -> B: 1730
Mike Commisso -> B: 1570P22
Mike Meehan -> B: 1562P22

Hey Mike,
Thanks in abundance to all the players who came from Fitchburg and the Wachusett Chess Club. You guys made the night a spirited and fun one for all. I'll post this notice on the Waltham CC Facebook page when I get my computer on the internet again.
We look forward to seeing you all again at our next blitz event, and we'll have a trampoline ready for Joe. Smiling face with open mouth and tightly-closed eyes Great job to you all!
-Nick [Sterling]


Good day, all.
Great tournament in Waltham last night. Wachusett Chess Club was well represented, with six members showing up. The field totaled 18.
The tournament was won by Siddharth Arun (Blitz rating: 2265), with a total score of 10.5 out of 12. Joe Bennett and Tony Cesolini kicked butt (as Joe Bennett said: "Represent WCC!!"), and tied with Denys Shmelov (Blitz rating: 2559) for second place with 8 points out of 12.. To be fair, it is entirely likely that the only reason why Shmelov, with a sky high rating like that, only ended up tying for second, was that he did not play the first two rounds. In the 8 games he did play (there were two per round) he scored 7 wins and 1 draw.
Rob King took sole possession of 3rd place, scoring 7.5.
Jackson Parker had a great tournament, tying with one other player for 4th place and scoring 6.5 out of 12. Throughout the course of the tournament, Jackson drew with a 2021 rated player, and took a game from a 2063 rated player (provisional rating). His rating shot up nearly 80 points as a result of his performance. Nice job, Jackson.
Mike Meehan, current Westminster champ, tied with 4 other players for 5th place with 6 out of 12 (OK, OK, I admit, I am taking advantage of the fact that the crosstables were not presented in order of tiebreaks, because given the 4 way tie, and the ties further up in the standings, I was actually somewhere down around 10th, but that will be my dirty little secret), and Michael Commisso took 10th place with 2.5 out of 12. Mike had a tough row to hoe, 3 out of the 6 players he faced had ratings above 1900 (2 of them in fact had ratings over 2000).
Anyway, many thanks for Dr. Nick Sterling and the Waltham Chess Club for hosting such an enjoyable event. We will be back!
See you all next Wednesday.
-Mike [Meehan]


January 27th, 2016
2016 Reggie Boone Memorial
Round 4 of 5


Gurge Surges to Lead After 4;
WCC Attendance Record Matched

Veteran class B player, Ken Gurge, by defeating his class B rival, Joe Bennett, at board one tonight, has most likely increased his USCF rating sufficiently to cross the 1800 threshold & thereby place himself into class A at his all time high. Ken, with the white pieces, somewhat uncharacteristically opened with his queen pawn to which Joe responded with a variant of the Old Benoni Defence known as the Mujannah formation. The game, while not without numerous tactical opportunities for both sides, was a tight positional contest in which Ken was able to maintain a slight advantage & gradually increase his edge until eventually he sacrificed an exchange to reach a winning ending with barely four minutes on his clock.

Ken's win tonight places him in sole possession of the tournament lead & sets up a showdown next Wednesday between himself & class A rated, Dave Kochman, of Swanzey, NH, who while currently rated 1915 has yet to face anyone within 340 points of that in this tournament.

With the exception of Mike Commisso's 184 point upset of Dave Thomas at board six & Noah Rogers' 252 point upset of Larry O'Rourke at board eleven, most other games, while fiercely contested, finished as the ratings would predict. A couple other notable minor upsets included Mike Meehan's win over Seeth Ganesan & Ed Rogers' draw with Gary Brassard.

Once again the WCC equalled our recent record turnout for the club at FSU, and once again, the combined total (42) of regular competitors plus relatively new attendees extended the pairing list to 21 boards. This time however, WCC program director & chief TD, George Mirijanian, had the situation well in hand by producing additional board number tags as needed.

Reggie Boone Memorial, January 27th, 2016
Round 4 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Ken Gurge 1-0Joe Bennett
Anthony Bracco 0-1Dave Kochman
Larry Gladding 1-0Tom Fratturelli
Tony Cesolini 1-0Jackson Parker
Paul Lynch 0-1Paul Godin
Mike Commisso 1-0Dave Thomas
Mike Meehan1-0Seeth Ganesan
Gary Brassard 1/2-1/2Ed Rogers
Kandy Lynch 0-1Lenny Arsenault
Gail Lingner 0-1Jim Hankard
Noah Rogers 1-0Larry O'Rourke
Bob Mathieu 1-0Richard Bennett
Sebastian Tilton 0-1George Mirijanian
Roland Sorel 0-1Dave Couture
Ed Harris 1-0Wayne Steadman
Brian Biglow 1-0Don Briggs
Hugh McLaughlin 0-1Stan Talcott
Randy McLaughlin 1-0Emily Gawboy
Francis Scanlon 1-0Tom Whistler
Nik Lavoie 1-0Jeromy Tilton
Andrew Kiser 0-1Alexander Venezia

Receiving half-point byes were Roger Cappallo, Arthur Barlas, Geoff LePoer and Vlad Gaciu.
Not playing round 4 were John Bastarache and Finn Rogers.
Ray Paulson was withdrawn from the tournament.

Reggie Boone Memorial, January 27th, 2016
CURRENT STANDINGS
PointsPlayers
4.0Gurge
3.5Kochman, Gladding
3.0Cesolini, Cappallo, Godin, J. Bennett, Barlas Commisso, Meehan
2.5Fratturelli, Arsenault, Hankard, Mathieu, Bracco, N. Rogers
2.0Mirijanian, LePoer, Brassard, Gaciu, Thomas, Couture, Harris, Ganesan, P. Lynch, Parker, Biglow, E. Rogers, Bastarache, Talcott
1.5O'Rourke, Lingner, R. McLaughlin, R. Bennett, K. Lynch, Scanlon, S. Tilton, Venezia
1.0Steadman, Briggs, Sorel, H. McLaughlin, Lavoie, F. Rogers
0.5J. Tilton, Gawboy, Whistler
0.0Kiser


Projected Round 5 pairings for February 3rd:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Kochman vs. Gurge Board 2: Gladding vs. Cesolini Board 3: Cappallo vs. Barlas Board 4: Godin vs. Commisso Board 5: J. Bennett vs. Meehan Board 6: Fratturelli vs. Mathieu Board 7: Arsenault vs. Bracco Board 8: Hankard vs. N. Rogers Board 9: Mirijanian vs. Ganesan Board 10: P. Lynch vs. LePoer Board 11: Parker vs. Brassard Board 12: Thomas vs. Biglow Board 13: E. Rogers vs. Couture Board 14: Bastarache vs. Harris Board 15: Talcott vs. O'Rourke Board 16: Lingner vs. K. Lynch Board 17 Scanlon vs. R. McLaughlin Board 18: R. Bennett vs. S. Tilton Board 19: Venezia vs. Steadman Board 20: Briggs vs. Lavoie Board 21: H. McLaughlin vs. Sorel Board 22: Whistler vs. F. Rogers Board 23: Kiser vs. Gawboy

Not paired for Round 5 are Gaciu and J. Tilton.

REMINDER: Players must be present by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 5 on February 3rd.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL Ken Gurge by 7 P.M.


January 27th, 2016
Rating Update

Robert King scored 3.5-0.5 to tie for first place Tuesday night in the Metrowest Chess Club's New Year Swiss in Natick. Rob's score equaled that of master Lawyer Times, whom he drew in round 2. Rob's rating is now back to 2154, his all-time high.
Congratulations Rob!

Robert J. King -> 2154

January 21st, 2016
2016 Reggie Boone Memorial
Revised Projected pairings for Round 4


Revised Projected Round 4 pairings for January 27th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Gurge vs. Bennett Board 2: Kochman vs. Barlas Board 3: Gladding vs. Fratturelli Board 4: Bracco vs. Cesolini Board 5: Parker vs. Godin Board 6: Commisso vs. Thomas Board 7: Meehan vs. Ganesan Board 8: P. Lynch vs. Bastarache Board 9: Brassard vs. E. Rogers Board 10: Lingner vs. Gaciu Board 11: R. Bennett vs. Arsenault Board 12: N. Rogers vs. Hankard Board 13: S. Tilton vs. O'Rourke Board 14: Mathieu vs. K. Lynch Board 15: Steadman vs. Mirijanian Board 16: Briggs vs. Couture Board 17: Harris vs. Sorel Board 18: Biglow vs. H. McLaughlin Board 19: F. Rogers vs. R. McLaughlin Board 20: Scanlon vs. Whistler Board 21: J. Tilton vs. Gawboy Board 22: Lavoie vs. Venezia

Requesting half-point byes for Round 4 are Cappallo & LePoer.

January 20th, 2016
2016 Reggie Boone Memorial
Round 3 of 5

Many Upsets but Few Real Surprises as
Near Record Setting Attendance Continues

Reggie Boone Memorial, January 20th, 2016
Round 3 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Paul Godin 0-1Joe Bennett
Dave Thomas 0-1Ken Gurge
Arthur Barlas 1/2-1/2Tony Cesolini
Geoff LePoer 0-1Larry Gladding
Larry O'Rourke 0-1Dave Kochman
Tom Fratturelli 1-0Ed Rogers
George Mirijanian 0-1Anthony Bracco
Jim Hankard 1/2-1/2Gary Brassard
Dave Couture 0-1Mike Meehan
Mike Commisso 1-0Ed Harris
Seeth Ganesan 1-0Brian Biglow
Wayne Steadman 0-1Paul Lynch
Don Briggs 0-1Jackson Parker
Lenny Arsenault 1/2-1/2Gail Lingner
Jeromy Tilton 0-1Bob Mathieu
Sebastian Tilton 1-0Randy McLaughlin
Alexander Venezia 0-1Kandy Lynch
Roland Sorel 1-0Nik Lavoie
Andrew Kiser (Forfeit) 0-1Hugh McLaughlin
Emily Gawboy 1/2-1/2Francis Scanlon

Receiving half-point byes were Roger Cappallo, John Bastarache, Vlad Gaciu, Richard Bennett, Noah Rogers,
Stan Talcott, Finn Rogers and Tom Whistler.
Not playing round 3 was Ray Paulson.
Alan Condon withdrew from the tournament.

Reggie Boone Memorial, January 20th, 2016
CURRENT STANDINGS
PointsPlayers
3.0J. Bennett, Gurge
2.5Cappallo, Kochman, Gladding, Barlas, Fratturelli, Bracco
2.0Cesolini, Godin, Thomas, Ganesan, P. Lynch, Parker, Commisso, Meehan, Bastarache
1.5LePoer, Brassard, Gaciu, Arsenault, Hankard, O'Rourke, Mathieu, E. Rogers, Lingner, R. Bennett, N. Rogers, K. Lynch, S. Tilton
1.0Paulson, Mirijanian, Couture, Harris, Biglow, Talcott, Steadman, Briggs, Sorel, H. McLaughlin, F. Rogers
0.5R. McLaughlin, Scanlon, J. Tilton, Gawboy, Whistler, Venezia
0.0Lavoie, Kiser


Projected Round 4 pairings for January 27th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Gurge vs. J. Bennett Board 2: Kochman vs. Barlas Board 3: Gladding vs. Fratturelli Board 4: Bracco vs. Cesolini Board 5: Parker vs. Godin Board 6: Commisso vs. Thomas Board 7: Meehan vs. Ganesan Board 8: P. Lynch vs. Bastarache Board 9: E. Rogers vs. LePoer Board 10: Brassard vs. Mathieu Board 11: Lingner vs. Gaciu Board 12: R. Bennett vs. Arsenault Board 13: K. Lynch vs. Hankard Board 14: N. Rogers vs. O'Rourke Board 15: S. Tilton vs. Mirijanian Board 16: Steadman vs. Couture Board 17: Harris vs. Briggs Board 18: Biglow vs. Sorel Board 19: H. McLaughlin vs. Talcott Board 20: F. Rogers vs. R. McLaughlin Board 21: Scanlon vs. Whistler Board 22: J. Tilton vs. Gawboy Board 23: Lavoie vs. Venezia

Requesting a half-point bye for Round 4 is Cappallo.
Kiser was withdrawn from the tournament.


♚ Westminster Championship Changes Hands ♔

Once again, a third round pairing, this time in the Reggie Boone Memorial Tournament on Wednesday night, pitted reigning Westminster champ, Dave Couture, of Westminster, MA against rival resident, Mike Meehan, the only other WCC member also from Westminster, hence another chapter of the continuing Westminster Chess Championship saga was written.

Last yeaar's matchup between these two resulted in Couture's claiming the cup. However, 2016 ushered in a new champ as Meehan took control by winning a king & pawn ending aagainst his class B rated opponent & author of "Progressive Tactics", Dave Couture.

Westminster Championship, May 20th, 2015
Round 1 of 1 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Couture0-1Meehan

Westminster Championship, January 20th, 2016
FINAL STANDINGS
PointsPlayers
1.0Meehan
0.5----
0.0Couture

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

January 20th, 2016
Carissa Yip to Compete in 2016 US Women's Championship!

According to very reliable sources, the 2014 WCC Champ, Carissa Yip, has been invited to play in the next US Womens Championship in St Louis in April 2016.


Carissa Yip at 2015 World Youth Championships

January 19th, 2016
Pair of WCC NH Residents Compete in Portsmouth

Ed Harris and Jim Hankard played in the FIDE rated Portsmouth Open this past weekend (Saturday and Sunday). Ed scored 3-1 in the Under 1750 section and tied for second place, sharing the second-place guaranteed prize money. He lost 4 rating points. His rating is now 1731. Jim, playing in the same section, tallied 2.5-1.5, and his rating of 1600 remained the same.

Ed Harris -> 1731
Jim Hankard -> 1600

January 13th, 2016
2016 Reggie Boone Memorial
Round 2 of 5

Barlas Prevails at Board One as
WCC Sets FSU Attendance Record!

Arthur Barlas, considered by many to be the "Rodney Dangerfield of the WCC", scored a huge 269 rating point upset over USCF Expert & reigning WCC club champ, George Mirijanian at board one in round two of the 2016 Reggie Boone Memorial tournament. Arthur, playing the white pieces, achieved a solid positional advantage early in the middlegame with his bishop against George's knight while each player still had several other pieces & pawns on the board. This proved to be sufficient to win the full point as Barlas used his lone cleric to tie down his opponent's weaker minor piece by means of a deadly pin & some back rank tactics. This allowed Arthur to force exchanges & reach a technically won yet still challenging ending. Ultimately, George was unable to generate sufficient counterplay & resigned as both competitors approached the time control. Except for Noah Rogers' draw upset of Mike Meehan at board ten, this was the only upset of the night.

Buoyed by the recent addition of several new players, namely: Vlad Gaciu, Roland Sorel, Nik Lavoie, Anthony Bracco, & Andrew Kiser plus the return of Jeromy & Sebastian Tilton, the WCC attained a record turnout for the club at FSU! The combined total (42) of regular competitors plus relatively new attendees extended the pairing list to 21 boards, thereby exceeding the number of available board number tags!

A recent archaeological dig has uncovered a hitherto unknown cache of unseen images dating back to 2009!

Reggie Boone Memorial, January 13th, 2016
Round 2 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Arthur Barlas 1-0George Mirijanian
Roger Cappallo 1-0Dave Couture
Ed Harris 0-1Paul Godin
Paul Lynch 0-1Dave Thomas
Joe Bennett 1-0Seeth Ganesan
Jackson Parker 0-1Ken Gurge
Tony Cesolini 1-0Wayne Steadman
Randy McLaughlin 0-1Larry Gladding
Stan Talcott 0-1Tom Fratturelli
Mike Meehan 1/2-1/2Noah Rogers
Kandy Lynch 0-1Larry O'Rourke
Ed Rogers 1-0Jeromy Tilton
Anthony Bracco 1-0Sebastian Tilton
Gary Brassard 1-0Finn Rogers
Vlad Gaciu 1-0Roland Sorel
Jim Hankard 1-0Hugh McLaughlin
Francis Scanlon 0-1Mike Commisso
Brian Biglow 1-0Nik Lavoie
Gail Lingner 1-0Andrew Kiser
Richard Bennett 1-0Emily Gawboy
Tom Whistler 0-1Don Briggs

Receiving half-point byes were:
Geoff LePoer, Dave Kochman, John Bastarache, Ray Paulson, Alan Condon, Lenny Arsenault, Bob Mathieu,
and newcomer Alexander Venezia of Lunenburg.
George Miller withdrew from the tournament.
Not playing round 2 was a new player, Alexander Venezia of Lunenburg. He has been paired for Round 3.

Reggie Boone Memorial, January 13th, 2016
CURRENT STANDINGS
PointsPlayers
2.0Cappallo, Godin, Thomas, J. Bennett, Gurge, Barlas
1.5Cesolini, LePoer, Kochman, Gladding, Fratturelli, O'Rourke, E. Rogers, Bastarache, Bracco
1.0Paulson, Mirijanian, Brassard, Gaciu, Couture, Harris, Condon, Ganesan, P. Lynch,
Parker, Arsenault, Hankard, Commisso, Meehan, Biglow, Lingner, Steadman, R. Bennett, N. Rogers, Briggs
0.5Mathieu, R. McLaughlin, Talcott, K. Lynch, J. Tilton, S. Tilton, F. Rogers, Venezia
0.0Sorel, H. McLaughlin, Scanlon, Lavoie, Kiser, Gawboy, Whistler


Projected Round 3 pairings for January 20th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Godin vs. J. Bennett Board 2: Thomas vs. Gurge Board 3: Barlas vs. Cesolini Board 4: O'Rourke vs. Kochman Board 5: Gladding vs. E. Rogers Board 6: Fratturelli vs. Bastarache Board 7: Mirijanian vs. Bracco Board 8: Hankard vs. Brassard Board 9: Commisso vs. Gaciu Board 10: Couture vs. Meehan Board 11: Biglow vs. Harris Board 12: Ganesan vs. Lingner Board 13: Steadman vs. P. Lynch Board 14: N. Rogers vs. Parker Board 15: Arsenault vs. R. Bennett Board 16: Briggs vs. Mathieu Board 17: J. Tilton vs. R. McLaughlin Board 18: S. Tilton vs. Talcott Board 19: Venezia vs. K. Lynch Board 20: Sorel vs. F Rogers Board 21: H. McLaughlin vs. Gawboy Board 22: Kiser vs. Scanlon Board 23: Lavoie vs. Whistler

Requesting half-point byes for Round 3 are Cappallo and LePoer.
Paulson and Condon will be paired if they show up to play Round 3.

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

January 11th, 2016
4th Boston Chess Congress rating updates

Here are updated ratings for Wachusett CC players as a result of playing in the 4th Boston Chess Congress, which ended Sunday night, January 10:

Robert J. King -> 2126
Vlad Gaciu -> 1788
Dave Thomas -> 1777
Sebastian Tilton -> 961
Jeromy Tilton -> 951

January 10th, 2016
Four WCC players compete in Waltham, 7 at Boston Chess Congress.

♔ ♗ ♘ ♙
2010 Wachusett CC champion Tony Cesolini of Rindge, NH scored 6-1 to finish clear second in the Waltham "Not First Friday" tournament, a G/10 d3 quick chess event, held on January 8 at the Waltham Chess Club.

Tony's only loss was to IM Denys Shmelov of Newton, formerly of Pepperell, who won the tournament with a perfect 7-0 score. Fellow Wachusett CC member Joe Bennett of Fitchburg tallied 4-3 to finish in a tie for 4th place. Other Wachusett CC members competing in the 15-player event were Mike Commisso of Brookline, NH and Mike Meehan of Westminster.

Their quick ratings were affected as follows:
Tony Cesolini -> Q 1960
Joe Bennett -> Q 1792
Mike Commisso -> Q 1469
Mike Meehan -> Q 1372

Congratulations to Tony Cesolini for his strong 2nd place finish at the Waltham G/10 tourney last Friday night. Tony racked up 6 points (out of 7) to take home his prize, losing only to the eventual tournament winner [IM] Denys Shmelov (a 2333 rated player who swept the field, going 7 for 7).

Joe Bennett took 5th place with 4/7 points, Mike Commisso came in 12th place with 2/7, and yours truly, with great skill, NAILED last place with a totally impressive 1/7. Well, I actually escaped TRUE last place due to one player who withdrew after losing his first 3 games. Phew!!

Fun was had by all. Dr. Nick Sterling runs a tight tournament, like clockwork, and the venue was pleasant and comfortable.
-Mike Meehan


The following current and former Wachusett CC players are competing in the 4th Boston Chess Congress:
Premier Section: Carissa Yip, Robert J. King and Brandon Wu
Under 1900 Section: Dave Thomas and Vlad Gaciu
Under 1300 Section: Jeromy Tilton and Sebastian Tilton
The tournament concludes later today.
Among other notables competing in the Premier section is England's #4 ranked & FIDE World #71, GM Luke McShane, whose current USCF rating is 2815!

Today while I was preparing the latest update to this web site, with CNN on in the background, former World Champion, Gary Kasparov, came on for a Fareed Zakaria GPS segment that aired earlier this week about Vladimir Putin & some geopolitical realities.

January 7th, 2016
Two WCC players advance in USCF title norms categories.

♗ The next rating list update will show the highest "USCF Norms-Based Titles" earned by Jackson Parker as a 3rd Category player and Larry O'Rourke as a 4th Category player. Congratulations on continued progress.

Jackson Parker -> 3rd Category
Larry O'Rourke -> 4th Category

January 6th, 2016
2016 Reggie Boone Memorial
Round 1 of 5

2016 Opens With Trio of Upsets

Though there was no shortage of dramatic close calls, the top five & bottom nine boards finished tonight's first round according to rating expectations, but boards six, seven, & eight featured upsets of nearly 400 points each.

Class A rated Gary Brassard's knight & four pawns were overrun by his 385 point lower rated opponent, John Bastarache's seven pawns, at board 6. Board 7 finished in a split point as relative newcomer, Anthony Bracco, overcame a 409 point rating mismatch by playing his class A opponent, Larry Gladding, to a draw. Finally at board 8, Wayne Steadman broke through with a successful mating attack & scored a 443 rating point upset victory over class A rated, Vlad Gaciu.

These results, combined with the expected return of several contestants opting for first round byes, are likely to create a number of significant mismatches in the second round & hence the potential for additional large upsets as the Reggie Boone Memorial tournament proceeds.

Reggie Boone Memorial, January 6th, 2016
Round 1 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
George Mirijanian 1-0Jim Hankard
Mike Commisso 0-1Roger Cappallo
Paul Godin 1-0Brian Biglow
Bob Mathieu 0-1Geoff LePoer
Dave Kochman 1-0Gail Lingner
John Bastarache 1-0Gary Brassard
Larry Gladding 1/2-1/2Anthony Bracco
Wayne Steadman 1-0Vlad Gaciu
Dave Thomas 1-0Richard Bennett
Don Briggs 0-1Joe Bennett
Ken Gurge 1-0Roland Sorel
Hugh McLaughlin 0-1Arthur Barlas
Dave Couture 1-0Francis Scanlon
Nik Lavoie 0-1Ed Harris
Seeth Ganesan 1-0Andrew Kiser
Emily Gawboy 0-1Paul Lynch
Jackson Parker 1-0Tom Whistler

Receiving half-point byes were Tony Cesolini, Ray Paulson, Alan Condon, Tom Fratturelli, Lenny Arsenault, Mike Meehan,
Larry O'Rourke, George Miller, Ed Rogers, Randy McLaughlin, Stan Talcott, Noah Rogers, Kandy Lynch, Jeromy Tilton,
Sebastian Tilton and Finn Rogers.

Reggie Boone Memorial, January 6th, 2016
CURRENT STANDINGS
PointsPlayers
1.0Mirijanian, Cappallo, Godin, LePoer, Kochman, Thomas, J. Bennett, Gurge, Barlas, Couture, Harris, Ganesan, P. Lynch,
Parker, Bastarache, Steadman
0.5Cesolini, Paulson, Gladding, Condon, Fratturelli, Arsenault, Meehan, O'Rourke, Miller, E. Rogers, Bracco, R. McLaughlin,
Talcott, N. Rogers, K. Lynch, J. Tilton, S. Tilton, F. Rogers
0.0Brassard, Gaciu, Hankard, Commisso, Biglow, Mathieu, Lingner, R. Bennett, Briggs, Sorel, H. McLaughlin,
Scanlon, Lavoie, Kiser, Gawboy, Whistler


Projected Round 2 pairings for January 13th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Harris vs. Mirijanian Board 2: Cappallo vs. Couture Board 3: Ganesan vs. Godin Board 4: P. Lynch vs. Thomas Board 5: J. Bennett vs. Parker Board 6: Bastarache vs. Gurge Board 7: Barlas vs. Steadman Board 8: Cesolini vs. E. Rogers Board 9: Bracco vs. Paulson Board 10: R. McLaughlin vs. Gladding Board 11: Talcott vs. Condon Board 12: Fratturelli vs. N. Rogers Board 13: K. Lynch vs. Arsenault Board 14: Meehan vs. J. Tilton Board 15: S. Tilton vs. O'Rourke Board 16: Miller vs. F. Rogers Board 17: Brassard vs. Briggs Board 18: Gaciu vs. Sorel Board 19: Hankard vs. H. McLaughlin Board 20: Scanlon vs. Commisso Board 21: Biglow vs.Lavoie Board 22: Kiser vs. Mathieu Board 23: Lingner vs. Gawboy Board 24: R. Bennett vs. Whistler

Requesting half-point byes for Round 2 are LePoer and Kochman.

The Wachusett Chess Club welcomes three new members:
Dave Kochman, of Swanzey, NH, Roland Sorel, of Westford, & Nik Lavoie, of Worcester.

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

♚ Top 25 Active New England Players ♔ 2016-JANUARY-6 ♚
PlaceNameRatingState
1GM SAMUEL SEVIAN2670MA
2GM LARRY M CHRISTIANSEN2661MA
3GM EUGENE PERELSHTEYN2596MA
4GM ILDAR IBRAGIMOV2584CT
5IM STEVEN C ZIERK2581MA
6GM ALEXANDER IVANOV2578MA
7GM SERGEY KUDRIN2550CT
8IM JAN VAN DE MORTEL2528CT
9IM DAVID VIGORITO2510MA
10IM MARC ESSERMAN2501MA
11IM DENYS K SHMELOV2486MA
12IM IGOR FOYGEL2466MA
13MIKA ANDREW BRATTAIN2455MA
14CHRISTOPHER GU2450RI
15IM DANNY EDELMAN2447CT
16FM STEVEN WINER2446MA
17FM KAPIL CHANDRAN2429CT
18FM CHRISTOPHER W CHASE2404MA
19FM JACOB CHUDNOVSKY2396MA
20EDWARD F MCHUGH2378CT
21VADIM MARTIROSOV2377MA
22FM NELSON CASTANEDA2367CT
23FM CHARLES RIORDAN2353MA
24CHRIS WILLIAMS2342MA
25HANS MOKE NIEMANN2342CT


January 6th, 2016
Rating Updates for start of 2016 Reggie Boone Memorial Tournament

The following up-to-date ratings are in effect for the Reggie Boone Memorial, which starts Wednesday, January 6, at the Wachusett CC.
Some players have undergone re-rates by the USCF.
Updated ratings are as follows: (Outdated ratings are listed in parentheses.)

Robert J. King -> 2149
Tony Cesolini -> 2049 (2052)
Ray Paulson -> 2032
George Mirijanian -> 2029 (2030)
Roger Cappallo -> 1971
Paul Godin 1963 -> (1953)
Geoff LePoer -> 1937
Walter Niemi -> 1934
Bruce Felton -> 1923
Eric Strickland -> 1918
Gary Brassard -> 1843 (1844)
Larry Gladding -> 1834
Vlad Gaciu -> 1817
Dave Thomas -> 1812 (1835)
Joe Bennett -> 1768 (1774)
Ken Gurge -> 1762
Vince Bradley -> 1762
Arthur Barlas -> 1760
Dave Couture -> 1739 (1740)
Ed Harris -> 1735 (1715)
Alan Condon -> 1732 (1733)
Seeth Ganesan -> 1689
Paul Lynch -> 1686
Jackson Parker -> 1679
Tom Fratturelli -> 1658
Lenny Arsenault -> 1650
Jim Hankard -> 1600 (1613)
Mike Commisso -> 1593 (1594)
Mike Meehan -> 1590
Brian Biglow -> 1574
Larry O'Rourke -> 1571
George Miller -> 1540
Ed Rogers -> 1524 (1516)
Tom Giampietro -> 1517
Gail Lingner -> 1500
John Bastarache -> 1459
Anthony Bracco -> 1440/P11 (1425/P8)
Randy McLaughlin -> 1437 (1436)
Stan Talcott -> 1391 (1406)
Wayne Steadman -> 1374 (1373)
Richard Bennett -> 1369 (1368)
Noah Rogers -> 1319 (1317)
Don Briggs -> 1307
Kandy Lynch -> 1187
Hugh McLaughlin -> 1179 (1180)
Francis Scanlon -> 1062
Jeremy Tilton -> 986
Sebastian Tilton -> 947
Andrew Kiser -> 900
Finn Rogers -> 875 (876)
Emily Gawboy -> 870
Tom Whistler -> 828


January 3rd, 2016
Massachusetts Players Competing in 25th Aannual North American Open

In between the holidays, six Massachusetts players competed in the 25th Aannual North American Open in five sections. Here are their finishing places within each section & their rating changes.

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USCF MSA - Cross Table for 25TH ANNUAL NORTH AMERICAN OPEN
Below is a list of all players from the state of MA competing:
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Section 1 - OPEN
#: State USCF-ID  Player-Name  Rtng-In -> Rtng-Out Title-Norm   Opp-List
21: MA 13433622 DENYS K SHMELOV R: 2486   -> 2480 Opponents

Section 2 - UNDER2300
#: State USCF-ID  Player-Name  Rtng-In -> Rtng-Out Title-Norm   Opp-List
72: MA 12580336 ILYA KRASIK R: 2278   -> 2260 Opponents

Section 3 - UNDER2100
#: State USCF-ID  Player-Name  Rtng-In -> Rtng-Out Title-Norm   Opp-List
48: MA 12659361 JOHN CURCURU R: 2000   -> 2006 Opponents
123: MA 15466651 PINYI HU R: 1815   -> 1806 Opponents

Section 5 - UNDER 1700
#: State USCF-ID  Player-Name  Rtng-In -> Rtng-Out Title-Norm   Opp-List
115: MA 12931292 JONATHAN J. CROWE R: 1625   -> 1537 Opponents

Section 6 - UNDER 1500
#: State USCF-ID  Player-Name  Rtng-In -> Rtng-Out Title-Norm   Opp-List
42: MA 15328077 MICHAEL SAMUELS R: 1486   -> 1479 Opponents

January 2nd, 2016
WCC Members With FIDE ID's


The following Wachusett Chess Club players have FIDE ID numbers:

Robert J. King ID No. 2077204 Rating: 2001 Birth year: 1983 Ray Paulson ID No. 2055775 no rating Birth year: 1956 George Mirijanian ID No. 2071177 no rating Birth year: 1943 Roger Cappallo ID No. 30924006 no rating Birth year: 1949 Vlad Gaciu (Canada) ID No. 2602423 no rating Birth year: 1991 Ed Harris ID No. 2044625 no rating Birth year: 1957 Joe Bennett ID No. 2045842 no rating Birth year: 1988