♟  "Just because it's simple doesn't mean it's easy." -PG  ♟

Ken Gurge & John Bastarache

World Top Ten:
2700chess.com for more details and full list World Top Ten Women:
2700chess.com for more details and full list

WCC News 2020 ♔

Miscellaneous News & Other Chess Events of Interest:

MACA Event Calendar of Tournaments throughout Massachusetts

NHCA Event Calendar of Tournaments throughout New Hampshire

Relyea Event Calendar of Open & Invitational Tournaments

Continental Chess Association Tournament Schedule for All States

SENECA Southeast New England Chess Association Tournament Schedule

Connecticut Chess Magazine by Rob Roy blog.

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

Metrowest Chess Club Monthly Event NEW LOCATION:
Henceforth all Metrowest Chess Club events are at our new location,
St. Paul's Episcopal Church; 39 E. Central Ave., Natick MA
See http://www.metrowestchess.org/Community/Club/Maps/Location_and_Maps.pdf for maps.
Also: The time control is now 40/90; SD/30; d5

(Formerly located at the Natick Community Center, 117 E. Central St. (Rt.135) in Natick Massachusetts.)

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

Ayer Chess Club at Billiards Cafe schedules info & results are now available on this site.

Keene, NH Chess Club events calendar

Waltham Chess Club events calendar

Boylston Chess Club events calendar

Greater Worcester Chess Club events calendar

New Britain CT Chess Club events calendar

MetroWest Chess Club events calendar

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

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


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

♚ ♔ ♚ Three books by local author FM John Curdo, 'Chess Caviar', 'More Chess Caviar' & 'Still More Chess Caviar'
all now available directly from John Curdo. Each book contains 100 of John's selected miniature games ♔ ♚ ♔

ECO code to enjoy =  C45 Scotch, Meitner variation: 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Bc5 5.Be3 Qf6 6.c3 Nge7 7.Nc2 
♔   ♛   ♖   ♝   ♘   Four Random Mating Patterns   ♞   ♗   ♜   ♕   ♚

Damiano's Mate

Pillsbury's Mate

David & Goliath Mate

Damiano's Mate

January 8th, 2020

Reggie Boone Memorial, January 8th, 2020
Round 1 of 5 Results
Paul Godin 1-0Don Ostrowski
Jim Donahue 0-1Richard Hubbard
Andrew Jeselson 1-0John Bastarache
Bob Mathieu 0-1Roger Cappallo
George Mirijanian 1-0Mark Wheeler
Don Briggs 0-1Ray Paulson
Geoff LePoer 1-0Brian Biglow
♔ Phil Iovanna 1-0Ralph McNeilage
Gary Brassard 1-0Randy McLaughlin
Hugh McLaughlin 0-1Mike Commisso
Larry Gladding 1-0Emily Gawboy
Paul Carrier 0-1Stephen Murray
Michael David 1-0Leo Marzoratti
Mike Densmore 0-1Ken Gurge
Total of 14 boards,
1 major upset (♔ ♕), no upset draws ().

♝ Receiving half-point byes were Bruce Felton, Ritvik Pulya, Dave Couture, Tom Fratturelli, Vince Premus,
Jim Hankard, Roland Booker, Larry O'Rourke and Raaga Pulya.

Reggie Boone Memorial, January 8th, 2020
1.0Godin, Hubbard, Jeselson, Cappallo, Mirijanian, Paulson, LePoer, Brassard, Commisso, Gladding, Murray, David, Gurge, Iovanna
0.5Felton, Ri. Pulya, Couture, Fratturelli, Premus, Hankard, Booker, O'Rourke, Ra. Pulya
0.0McNeilage, Ostrowski, Donahue, Bastarache, Mathieu, Wheeler, Briggs, Biglow, R. McLaughlin, H. McLaughlin, Gawboy,
Carrier, Marzoratti, Densmore

Projected Round 2 Pairings for January 15th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: LePoer vs. Godin Board 2: Hubbard vs. Brassard Board 3: Commisso vs. Jeselson Board 4: Cappallo vs. Gladding Board 5: Gurge vs. Mirijanian Board 6: Paulson vs. David Board 7: Felton vs. Iovanna Board 8: Ri. Pulya vs. Hankard Board 9: Couture vs. Booker Board 10: O'Rourke vs. Fratturelli Board 11: McNeilage vs. Ra. Pulya Board 12: Ostrowski vs. H. McLaughlin Board 13: Biglow vs. Donahue Board 14: Bastarache vs. Carrier Board 15: Gawboy vs. Mathieu Board 16: Wheeler vs. Densmore Board 17: Marzoratti vs. Briggs
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. Premus will be paired if he shows up.
♙ The Wachusett Chess Club welcomes Phil Iovanna of Foxboro and Leo Marzoratti of Gardner.

REMINDER: Players must be present in Room C159 by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 2 on January 15th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 P.M.

January 7th, 2020
Ratings in effect for the Reggie Boone Memorial tournament

The following ratings are in effect for the Reggie Boone Memorial tournament,
which begins Wednesday, November 13th, in Room C159 of the McKay Complex at Fitchburg State University.
Registration is from 6:00 to 7:00 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
Reggie Boone Memorial tournament:
1Brett Kildahl 2154
2Bruce Felton 1971
3Paul Godin 1958
4Richard Hubbard 1958
5Andrew Jeselson 1957
6Roger Cappallo 1938
7George Mirijanian 1936
8Ray Paulson 1915
9Geoff LePoer 1903
10Ralph McNeilage 1864
11Gary Brassard 1849
12Mike Commisso 1797
13Ritvik Pulya 1780
14Larry Gladding 1771
15Dave Couture 1750
16Stephen Murray 1747
17Michael David 1716
18Ken Gurge 1691
19Don Ostrowski 1672
20Tom Fratturelli 1671
21Jim Donahue 1628
22Jim Hankard 1607
23Roland Booker 1600
24John Bastarache 1510
25Bob Mathieu 1505
26Mark Wheeler 1496
27Don Briggs 1446
28Brian Biglow 1400
29Keith Hamer 1396
30Larry O'Rourke 1373
31Randy McLaughlin 1321
32Hugh McLaughlin 1245
33Emily Gawboy 1202
34Raaga Pulya 1146
35Paul Carrier 1033
36Mike Densmore 676

December 26th 2019
USCF Rule changes for 2020

Effective January 1st, 2020, the following changes to the USCF rules will go into effect.