♘  "What gave additional quality to the training was that he [Mark Dvoretsky] was a very strong player himself. He could easily outcalculate me, even though I was
200-300 points higher rated." -Victor Bologan  ♘

WCC News 2016 ♔

Miscellaneous News & Other Chess Events of Interest:

Harry Nelson Pillsbury Memorial
♖ Sunday, December 4, 2016
Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel, 181 Boston Post Rd. West, Marlboro, MA, 508-460-0700 or 888-543-9500
♘ 4 round Swiss. G/60 d5. 10 Grand Prix points (enhanced)
♕ Four sections: Open, Under 1910, Under 1610 and Under 1310, with additional prizes for the top players rated under 2110, under 1760, under 1460, under 1100, under 900 and unrated.
♞ The advance entry fee is $39, with a $20 discount to players in the Under 1310 section.
♙ Rounds at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 6 p.m.
♝ Byes OK all rounds, limit 1, must commit before round 2, no half point byes for players receiving full point byes
♚ Prize Info: $1,500 based on 70 paid entries ($20 off entries count half), 60% guaranteed
♙ Unrated can't win more than $50 in U1310, $75 in U1610 or $100 in U1910
♟ Unofficial uschess.org ratings usually used if otherwise unrated
info@masschess.org Bob Messenger 603-891-2484. Day of the tournament call 603-557-1732

QuickChess in Middlebury, VT
IMPORTANT >>> The playing site has been changed! <<<
♖ Saturday, December 3, 2016
♝ The new site is Middlebury Recreation Center, 154 Creek Road, Middlebury, VT.
It is less than half a mile from the hotel site that is advertised in the November issue of Chess Life.

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

Boylston Chess Club events calendar

Greater Worcester Chess Club events calendar

New Britain CT Chess Club events calendar


♔ 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.


♔ ♞ 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 =  A06 Reti opening, Old Indian attack: 1.Nf3 d5 2.d3 
♔   ♛   ♖   ♝   ♘   Four Random Mating Patterns   ♞   ♗   ♜   ♕   ♚

Stan Talcott's Mate W

Cozio's Mate

Lawn Mower Mate

Fianchetto Mate

December 2nd, 2016
WCC's Gladding & McNeilage to play in Pillsbury Memorial

Ralph McNeilage of Worcester, having joined the USCF in June 2016, will be making his MACA tournament debut in the Harry Nelson Pillsbury Memorial slated for Sunday, December 4th, at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel in Marlborough. Ralph is among the advance entrants registered to play in the Under 1910 section.
-George M

November 30th, 2016

George Sturgis Memorial, November 30th, 2016
Round 1 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Brett Kildahl 1-0Seeth Ganesan
Alan Condon 0-1Ray Paulson
Roger Cappallo 1/2-1/2♖ Mike Commisso
Jim Hankard 0-1Paul Godin
Diego Ubiera 1-0Francois Gauthier
♔ George Miller 1-0Geoff LePoer
Ken Gurge 1-0John Bastarache
Brian Biglow 0-1Gary Brassard
Larry Gladding 1-0Hugh McLaughlin
♔ Randy McLaughlin 1-0Dave Thomas
Arthur Barlas 1-0Don Briggs
Larry O'Rourke 0-1Dave Couture
Alexander Venezia 1-0Emily Gawboy
Andrew Kiser 0-1Jim Donahue
Ed Harris 1-0Tom Whistler
15 boards, 2 major upsets () one upset draw ()

♝ Receiving half-point byes were George Mirijanian, Vlad Gaciu, Ralph McNeilage, Jackson Parker, Tom Fratturelli,
Lenny Arsenault, Mike Meehan, Bill Burke, Gail Lingner, Wayne Steadman, Bob Mathieu, Stan Talcott, Andrew Su,
Nicholas Anderson and Francis Scanlon.

George Sturgis Memorial, November 30th, 2016
CURRENT STANDINGS After 1 Rounds
PointsPlayers
1.0Kildahl, Paulson, Godin, Ubiera, Gurge, Brassard, Gladding, Barlas, Couture, Venezia, Donahue,
Harris, Miller, R. McLaughlin
0.5Cappallo, Mirijanian, Gaciu, McNeilage, Parker, Commisso, Fratturelli, Arsenault, Meehan, Burke,
Lingner, Steadman, Mathieu, Talcott, Su, Anderson, Scanlon
0.0LePoer, Thomas, Ganesan, Condon, Hankard, Gauthier, Bastarache, Biglow, H. McLaughlin, Briggs,
O'Rourke, Gawboy, Kiser, Whistler


Projected Round 2 Pairings for December 7th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Gladding vs. Kildahl Board 2: Paulson vs. Barlas Board 3: Godin vs. Venezia Board 4: Couture vs. Ubiera Board 5: Donahue vs. Gurge Board 6: Brassard vs. Harris Board 7: Mirijanian vs. Miller Board 8: Meehan vs. Cappallo Board 9: Burke vs. McNeilage Board 10: Parker vs. Steadman Board 11: Commisso vs. Talcott Board 12: Fratturelli vs. Anderson Board 13: Scanlon vs. Arsenault Board 14: Thomas vs. Biglow Board 15: Ganesan vs. O'Rourke Board 16: Briggs vs. Condon Board 17: Gawboy vs. Hankard Board 18: Gauthier vs. Kiser Board 19: Bastarache vs. Whistler

♗ Requesting half-point byes for Round 2 are R. McLaughlin, Gaciu, Lingner, Mathieu, Su and LePoer.
♝ Requesting a 0-point bye is H. McLaughlin.

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

November 30th, 2016
Ratings in effect for the George Sturgis Memorial 2016

The following ratings are in effect for the George Sturgis Memorial 2016,
which starts Wednesday, November 30, at the Wachusett Chess Club in Fitchburg.

Players listed in boldface are most likely to play.

♔   ♛   ♖   ♝   ♘   ♞   ♗   ♜   ♕   ♚   List of current ratings:
1Chris Chase 2399
2Robert King 2161
3Brett Kildahl2140
4Tony Cesolini 2110
5Ray Paulson2006
6Roger Cappallo1951
7Paul Godin1943
8Walter Niemi 1935
9Diego Ubiera1930
10George Mirijanian1920
11Geoff LePoer1875
12Vincent Bradley 1849
13Vlad Gaciu 1848
14Ken Gurge1839
15Eric Strickland 1835
16Gary Brassard1833
17Larry Gladding1822
18Dave Thomas1777
19Arthur Barlas1774
20Ralph McNeilage1773
21Dave Couture1750
22Alexander Venezia1744
23Jim Donahue1722
24Ed Harris1717
25Joe Bennett 1706
26Seeth Ganesan1706
27Jackson Parker1702
28Alan Condon1673
29Ananth Rangan 1662
30Mike Commisso1636
31Jim Hankard1631
32Tom Fratturelli1627
33Lenny Arsenault1625
34Mike Meehan1609
35Ed Rogers1591
36David Svolba1553
37George Miller1539
38Noah Rogers 1517
39Bill Burke1504
40Gail Lingner1500
41John Bastarache1496
42Wayne Steadman1483
43Tom Giampietro 1472
44Bob Mathieu1449
45Brian Biglow1447
46Hugh McLaughlin1429
47Stan Talcott1425
48Andrew Su1421
49Jack Appelmans1420
50Steve Koroskenyi 1395
51Richard Bennett 1383
52Roland Sorel1372
53Randy McLaughlin1338
54Don Briggs1335
55Larry O'Rourke1319
56Nicholas Anderson1290
57Francis Scanlon1088
58Sebastian Tilton 1078
59Emily Gawboy1021
60Jeremy Tilton 1017
61Andrew Kiser1014
62Tom Whistler945
63Finn Rogers 827

November 30th, 2016
How chess has changed over the past 150 years

Article online about how chess has changed over the past century & a half:
http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2016/11/how-chess-has-changed-over-the-last-150-years/

"The history of chess dates back 1500 years, but it wasn't until the introduction of competitive chess in 1834 that the rules were solidified. Since that time, players of all calibers have diligently worked to find new and better ways of winning."

November 30th, 2016
New England's Top 25 Active Players

♚ Top 25 Active New England Players ♔ 2016-November-30 ♚
PlaceTitleNameRatingState
1GMSAMUEL SEVIAN2676MA
2GMLARRY M CHRISTIANSEN2659MA
3GMEUGENE PERELSHTEYN2585MA
4GMSERGEY KUDRIN2579CT
5GMALEXANDER IVANOV2537MA
6IMJAN VAN DE MORTEL2527CT
7IMDENYS K SHMELOV2513MA
8 MIKA ANDREW BRATTAIN2499MA
9IMIGOR FOYGEL2466MA
10IMDAVID VIGORITO2450MA
11FMSTEVEN WINER2443MA
12FMJACOB CHUDNOVSKY2431MA
13IMDANNY EDELMAN2426CT
14FMCHRISTOPHER GU2425RI
15FMKAPIL CHANDRAN2410CT
16FMCHRISTOPHER W CHASE2396MA
17FMBRADEN BOURNIVAL2390NH
18IMJAMES A RIZZITANO2387MA
19FMHANS NIEMANN2386CT
20 VADIM MARTIROSOV2385MA
21FMNELSON CASTANEDA2373CT
22IMJOSEPH H FANG2363NH
23FMCHARLES RIORDAN2362MA
24 IAN HARRIS2361CT
25 AHMET BOLAT2356MA

November 29th, 2016

Mark Taimanov, World-Class Chess and Piano Player, Dies at 90:
GM Mark Taimanov

"Mark Evgenievich Taimanov was one of the leading Soviet and Russian chess players, among the world's top 20 players from 1946 to 1971. He was also a world-class concert pianist. Taimanov became a Grandmaster in 1952, and in 1956 won the USSR Chess Championship. He was a World Championship Candidate twice, in 1953 and 1971. In 1971, however, Taimanov lost his Candidates match by 6-0 to Bobby Fischer. Taimanov excelled in team play representing the USSR. Several chess variations are named after him." -Wikipedia

"Mark Taimanov, a virtuoso pianist and former Soviet chess champion whose lopsided loss to Bobby Fischer in 1971 in the quarterfinals of a major chess tournament cost him his government salary, died on Monday in St. Petersburg, Russia. He was 90."
Story by: Dylan Loeb McClain, New York Times November 28, 2016

November 28th, 2016
Wachusett CC co-champion Paulson ties for first in Billerica CC tournament

Ray Paulson, co-champion of the Wachusett Chess Club, tallied 3.5-0.5 to tie for first place In the Billerica November Swiss that ended on Friday, Nov. 25, at the Billerica Chess Club. The USCF-rated expert shared top honors with Class A rival Joe Kelly in the 27-player event.
-George M

November 25th, 2016
World's Top Rated Players

Players Rated Above FIDE 2700 as of November 25th, 2016
RankNameClassic+/-RapidBlitzAge
1Carlsen 2842.0-11.0 2894.0 2873.025
2Caruana 2823.00.0 2752.0 2800.024
3Kramnik 2809.4-0.6 2778.0 2727.041
4Vachier-Lagrave2804.4-6.6 2795.0 2823.026
5So2794.00.0 2759.0 2791.023
6Aronian 2785.0-10.0 2770.0 2830.034
7Karjakin 2783.0+11.0 2818 2800.026
8Anand2779.00.0 2802.0 2754.046
9Nakamura 2779.00.0 2839.0 2842.028
10Giri2770.7+3.7 2750.0 2776.022
11Nepomniachtchi 2767.00.0 2812.0 2830.026
12Harikrishna 2765.5-2.5 2706.0 2759.030
13Mamedyarov 2762.5+0.5 2805.0 2813.031
14Topalov 2760.00.0 2715.0 2710.041
15Ding Liren 2756.8-7.2 2704.0 2875.024
16Eljanov 2755.3-1.7 2645.0 2659.033
17Ivanchuk 2751.9+18.9 2771.0 2754.047
18Adams2751.3+7.3 2741 276845
19Wojtaszek 2747.9+3.9 2721.0 2666.029
20Svidler 2747.2+5.2 2729.0 2797.040
21Grischuk 2742.1-8.9 2767.0 2761.033
22Dominguez Perez2738.7-13.3 2803.0 2783.033
23Andreikin 2736.5+0.5 2759.0 2720.026
24Navara2731.2+6.2 2741.0 2754.031
25Yu Yangyi 2729.2+8.2 2743.0 2712.022
26Vitiugov 2726.3+8.3 2648.0 2682.029
27Gelfand 2724.7+4.7 2743.0 2745.048
28Li Chao 2719.6-10.4 2648.0 2632.027
29Le Quang Liem2718.00.0 2761.0 2747.025
30Inarkiev 2717.5+3.5 2707.0 2605.030
31Rapport 2716.7-13.3 2729.0 260020
32Tomashevsky 2716.0-6.0 2710.0 2756.029
33Malakhov 2712.9+14.9 2721.0 2672.035
34Radjabov 2710.3+14.3 2788 280029
35Wang Yue 2710.3-12.7 2701.0 2683.029
36Ponomariov 2709.00.0 2702.0 2743.033
37Vallejo Pons2708.7-7.3 2666.0 2648.034
38Wei Yi2707.0+1.0 2609.0 2636.017
39Jakovenko 2706.8-2.2 2699.0 2623.033
40Bu Xiangzhi 2705.1+7.1 2663.0 2613.030
41Jobava2702.00.0 2710.0 2752.033

November 25th, 2016
Magnus Carlsen Evens the Score in World Chess Championship

"Magnus Carlsen has beaten Sergey Karjakin to level the score in the 2016 World Chess Championship with two games to go. The first half of Game 10 saw both players creaking under the pressure and could have ended abruptly if Sergey had spotted an all but forced draw. Instead, after more adventures, Magnus got the kind of slightly better endgame on which he's built his chess empire. Sergey seemed to have constructed a fortress, but one moment's inattention was all it took to see it all come crashing down. A hugely relieved Magnus Carlsen is now favourite again - but so are tiebreaks!"

November 22nd, 2016
Sergey Karjakin Surges Ahead in World Chess Championship

Challenger, Sergey Karjakin, has taken the lead over reigning World Chess Champ, Magnus Carlsen, with a win in game 8 of the match being played this week in New York, after drawing each of the first seven games. With a FIDE rating of 2772, & four games remaining in the match, Sergey Karjakin of Russia, the world 9th ranked player has pulled ahead of his #1 ranked opponent, Magnus Carlsen of Norway, FIDE rated 2853, in what may prove be an insurmountable lead of a single game.

November 19th, 2016
Sebastian Tilton wins NH scholastic tourney

Sebastian Tilton, a Wachusett Chess Club member from New Ipswich, NH, scored 3.5-0.5 to win the Open section of the Hanover High Scholastic tournament on November 12 in Hanover, NH. Fellow Wachusett CC member and New Ipswich resident Finneas Rogers tied for 4th place with a 2-2 tally.
-George M

November 17th, 2016
2017 Club Championship Qualification Standings

2017 Club Championship Qualification Standings as of November 17th, 2016
After 20 of 44 games completed in the 2016-2017 season, the following are the current standings for qualification for the
2017 WCC 'A' Club Championship Tournament.
  The Top Eight Highest GPP Finishers Qualify.  
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.
For comparison to last year, the percentage is calculated in the last column.
Seed # Name USCF
Rating
Games Played
This Season
Additional
Games Needed
Grand
Prix
Points
Pct.
1.Gary Brassard183319314.737
2.Brett Kildahl214014813.5.964
3.Paul Godin195219313.5.711
4.Ray Paulson200618413.722
5.Alexander Venezia174420213.650
6.Dave Thomas177720212.600
7.Ken Gurge183919311.5.605
8.Ed Harris173018411.611
9.Jim Donahue172218411.611
10.Dave Couture175018410.5.583
11.Mike Commisso163718410.526
12.Larry Gladding18221399.5.731
13.Jim Hankard16081939.5.500
14.George Mirijanian192012109.750
15.Ralph McNeilage177312108.5.708
16.wayne Steadman14832028.5.425
17.Tony Cesolini211081481.000
18.Roger Cappallo195112108.667
19.john Bastarache14962028.400
20.Diego Ubiera19278147.5.938
21.Brian Biglow14471937.5.395
22.Tom Fratturelli16271487.500
17.gail Lingner15001397.538

November 16th, 2016

Brett Kildahl Wins Fandreyer Memorial

With a score of 4.5/0.5 which he accomplished by means of four wins & a bye, Brett Kildahl of Worcester, has once again captured an impressive clear first place in the 2016 Ernest E. Fandreyer Memorial tournament at the WCC. Brett was victorious over Mike Meehan, Ed Harris, Dave Couture, took a half point bye in round 4, then continued his win streak by defeting Ray Paulson in round 5.

Brett's winning 4.5 performance placed him clear first & left the quintet of competitors, Ray Paulson, Roger Cappallo, Paul Godin, Diego Ubiera, & Ralph McNeilage, deadlocked back at 2nd-6th place with 4 points each. Other notable finishers were: Gary Brassard (3.5) , Top U1850, Ralph McNeilage (4) Top U1700, Brian Biglow (2.5) Top U1550, Wayne Steadman (3) Top U1450, & finally, Emily Gawboy (1), & Tom Whistler (1) Top U1250.

Ernest E. Fandreyer Memorial, November 16th, 2016
Round 5 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Ray Paulson 0-1Brett Kildahl
Roger Cappallo 1-0Dave Thomas
Paul Godin 1-0Alexander Venezia
Jim Donahue 0-1Diego Ubiera
♔ Ralph McNeilage 1-0Ken Gurge
Gary Brassard 1-0Dave Couture
Ed Harris 1/2-1/2D*311 Brian Biglow
John Bastarache 0-1Mike Commisso
Gail Lingner 0-1Jim Hankard
♔ Wayne Steadman 1-0George Miller
Mike Meehan 1/2-1/2Tom Fratturelli
Don Briggs 0-1Hugh McLaughlin
Emily Gawboy 0-1Nicholas Anderson
Larry O'Rourke 1/2-1/2D*471 Tom Whistler
Randy McLaughlin 1-0Francis Scanlon
Total of 15 boards, 2 major upsets ().

♖ Not playing round 5 were Larry Gladding, Andrew Su, David Svolba, George Mirijanian, Arthur Barlas,
Seeth Ganesan, Geoff LePoer, Jackson Parker, Bill Burke and Stan Talcott.

Ernest E. Fandreyer Memorial, November 16th, 2016
FINAL STANDINGS After 5 Rounds
PointsPlayers
4.5Kildahl
4.0Paulson, Cappallo, Godin, Ubiera, McNeilage
3.5Brassard
3.0Thomas, Venezia, Donahue, Commisso, Hankard, Steadman
2.5Gurge, Harris, Biglow, H. McLaughlin
2.0Gladding, Couture, Fratturelli, Meehan, Miller, Bastarache, Lingner, Su, Anderson, Svolba
1.5Mirijanian, Barlas, Ganesan, R. McLaughlin
1.0LePoer, Parker, Burke, Talcott, O'Rourke, Briggs, Gawboy, Whistler
0.5Scanlon

♔ 2016 Ernest E. Fandreyer Memorial PRIZE WINNERS ♔
1st:   ♔ Brett Kildahl of Worcester
2nd-6th: Ray Paulson of Lowell, Roger Cappallo of Groton,
Paul Godin of Bedford, Diego Ubiera of Fitchburg, &
Ralph McNeilage of Worcester
Top U1850: Gary Brassard of Leominster
Top U1700: Ralph McNeilage of Worcester
Top U1550: Brian Biglow of Fitchburg
Top U1400: Wayne Steadman of Lunenburg
Top U1250: Emily Gawboy of Leominster, Tom Whistler of Worcester

♔   ♛   ♖   ♝   ♘   ♞   ♗   ♜   ♕   ♚   Rating changes from the
2016 Ernest E. Fandreyer Memorial:
2RALPH MCNEILAGE +126
3WAYNE L STEADMAN +95
4DIEGO I UBIERA +32
5HUGH S MCLAUGHLIN +31
6EMILY GAWBOY +26
7JAMES E DONAHUE +20
8GARY BRASSARD +19
9PAUL L GODIN +18
10TOM WHISTLER +16
11BRETT KILDAHL +12
12RAYMOND PAULSON +8
13JAMES A HANKARD +8
14BRIAN BIGLOW +7
15DAVID J THOMAS +5
16ALEXANDER VENEZIA +5
17LAWRENCE DAVID GLADDING +3
18GEORGE MILLER +1
19ANDREW SU +1
21MICHAEL J MEEHAN 0
22GAIL S LINGNER 0
24ROGER J CAPPALLO -1
25WILLIAM T BURKE II -3
26STANFORD TALCOTT -4
27MICHAEL COMMISSO -6
28ARTHUR BARLAS -8
29FRANCIS W SCANLON II -8
30EDWARD ARTHUR HARRIS -9
31NICHOLAS EDWARD ANDERSON -9
32SEETHARAMAN GANESAN -14
33KENNETH W GURGE -17
34TOM FRATTURELLI -18
35RANDY MCLAUGHLIN -18
36DONALD L BRIGGS -18
37JACKSON PARKER -18
38GEORGE M MIRIJANIAN -19
39GEOFFREY LEPOER -20
40DAVE J COUTURE -22
41JOHN BASTARACHE -23
42LAURENCE MATTHEW O'ROURKE -81

REMINDER: There is no chess club on Wednesday, November 23rd.
The next tournament, the George Sturgis Memorial, starts November 30th.
Players must be present by 7:10 P.M. on November 30th in order to be paired for Round 1.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 P.M. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

November 16th, 2016

Carissa Yip, winner of the 2014 Wachusett Chess Club Championship, is the new champion of the Boylston Chess Club. The 13-year-old whiz and newly titled Woman FIDE master from Andover tallied 7 wins vs. 2 losses to finish first in the 10-player round robin that ended on Monday, Nov. 14, at the 97-year-old club in Cambridge. Carissa made club history by becoming the first female and youngest player ever to win the prestigious BCC Championship.
-George M

November 10th, 2016

The World Chess Championship match between defending champion Magnus Carlsen and his challenger Sergey Karjakin takes place in New York City 11th to 30th November 2016. Organisers: AGON.
Match over 12 games plus possible tie-breaks. Dates 11th-30th November.
Round:Date:Carlsen:Karjakin:Result:
Game 1:November 11th0.50.5Draw
Game 2:November 12th11Draw
Game 3:November 14th1.51.5Draw
Game 4:November 15th22Draw
Game 5:November 17th2.52.5Draw
Game 6:November 18th33Draw
Game 7:November 20th3.53.5Draw
Game 8:November 21st3.54.5Karjakin
Game 9:November 23rd45Draw
Game 10:November 24th55Carlsen
Game 11:November 26th5.55.5Draw
Game 12:November 28th66Draw
Tie Break (if needed):November 30th

The players have 100 minutes for 40 moves, then 50 minutes for 20 moves, then 15 minutes to the end of the game, with a 30-second increment from move 1. The first player to reach 6.5 points is the winner, with a 6-6 tie decided by four 25 minute + 10 second/move rapid games. If still tied two 5+3 games are played, then another two 5+3 if needed, then finally an Armageddon game, where White has 5 minutes to Black's 4, but a draw will make the black player World Champion.

Watch the games live on the official website: nyc2016.fide.com

November 9th, 2016
2016 Ernest E. Fandreyer Memorial
Round 4 of 5

Ernest E. Fandreyer Memorial, November 9th, 2016
Round 4 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Ray Paulson 1-0Ralph McNeilage
Diego Ubiera 1/2-1/2Paul Godin
Jim Hankard 0-1Roger Cappallo
Dave Couture 0-1Jim Donahue
George Miller 0-1Dave Thomas
Alex Venezia 1-0Wayne Steadman
George Mirijanian 0-1Gary Brassard
Ken Gurge 1-0Seeth Ganesan
Mike Commisso 1-0Mike Meehan
Hugh McLaughlin 1/2-1/2Tom Fratturelli
Don Briggs 0-1John Bastarache
Nicholas Anderson 0-1Gail Lingner
Brian Biglow 1-0Emily Gawboy
David Svolba 1-0Randy McLaughlin
♖ Francis Scanlon 1/2-1/2Larry O'Rourke
Total of 15 boards, one upset draw.

♝ Receiving half-point byes were Brett Kildahl, Ed Harris, Andrew Su and Tom Whistler.
♖ Not playing round 4 were Larry Gladding, Arthur Barlas, Geoff LePoer, Jackson Parker, Bill Burke and Stan Talcott.

Ernest E. Fandreyer Memorial, November 9th, 2016
CURRENT STANDINGS After 4 Rounds
PointsPlayers
4.0Paulson
3.5Kildahl
3.0Cappallo, Godin, Ubiera, Thomas, Venezia, Donahue, McNeilage
2.5Gurge, Brassard
2.0Gladding, Couture, Harris, Commisso, Hankard, Miller, Bastarache, Lingner, Biglow, Su, Steadman, Svolba
1.5Mirijanian, Barlas, Ganesan, Fratturelli, Meehan, H. McLaughlin
1.0LePoer, Parker, Burke, Talcott, Briggs, Anderson, Gawboy
0.5O'Rourke, R. McLaughlin, Scanlon, Whistler


Projected Round 5 Pairings for November 16th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Paulson vs. Kildahl Board 2: Cappallo vs. Thomas Board 3: Godin vs. Venezia Board 4: Donahue vs. Ubiera Board 5: McNeilage vs. Gurge Board 6: Brassard vs. Gladding Board 7: Bastarache vs. Couture Board 8: Harris vs. Biglow Board 9: Lingner vs. Commisso Board 10: Steadman vs. Hankard Board 11: Svolba vs. Miller Board 12: Mirijanian vs. Fratturelli Board 13: Meehan vs. Barlas Board 14: Burke vs. H. McLaughlin Board 15: Talcott vs. Anderson Board 16: Gawboy vs. Briggs Board 17: O'Rourke vs. Whistler Board 18: R. McLaughlin vs. Scanlon

♗ Not playing the final round is Ganesan.
♝ The following players will be paired if they show up for the round: Su, LePoer, Parker.

REMINDER: Players must be present by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 5 on November 16th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 P.M.

November 8th, 2016
Chess: My Week at the Club #18 by Roger Cappallo
Wednesday's game against Ralph McNeilage

Wednesday's game against Ralph McNeilage, by Roger Cappallo
Roger Cappallo vs. Ralph McNeilage

Ralph about to make his 15th move.

Hello all,
I've put up the video analysis of my loss to Ralph McNeilage this past Wednesday. You can find it at:
My Week at the Club #18
Hope you enjoy it,
Roger

November 6th, 2016
Carissa Yip on verge of becoming 2016 Boylston CC Champion

Carissa Yip, 2014 champion of the Wachusett Chess Club, is close to becoming the 2016 champion of the Boylston Chess Club. The 13-year-old "wunderkind" from Andover is leading the 10-player round-robin field at the BCC going into the 9th and final round on Monday, November 7th. A win will clinch the championship for her, while a draw will guarantee at least a tie for first place with her closest rival if he wins his game. Here are the current standings with current ratings going into the final round:
1. Carissa Yip (2303), 6-2
2. Lawyer Times (2235), 5.5-2.5
3. Sherif Khater (2284), 5-3
4. J. Timothy Sage (2120), 5-3
5. Andrew Hoy (2239), 4.5-3.5
6. Brandon Wu (2176), 4.5-3.5
7. Bryant Vernon (2031), 4-4
8. Gabriel Birzu (1948), 3.5-4.5
9. Soren Pedersen (2000), 2-6
10. Charles Bing (1560), 0-8

The final round will be played Monday, November 7, starting at 7:15 p.m. at the Boylston Chess Club, 40 Norris St., Suite B101, Cambridge, MA. Pairings are as follows:
Board 1: Yip vs. Vernon
Board 2: Times vs. Birzu
Board 3: Sage vs. Khater
Board 4: Hoy vs. Pedersen
Board 5: Wu vs. Bing

-George M

November 2nd, 2016
2016 Ernest E. Fandreyer Memorial
Round 3 of 5

Ernest E. Fandreyer Memorial, November 2nd, 2016
Round 3 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Brett Kildahl 1-0Dave Couture
Dave Thomas 0-1Ray Paulson
Roger Cappallo 0-1♔ Ralph McNeilage
Paul Godin 1-0Ken Gurge
Gary Brassard 0-1Diego Ubiera
Jim Donahue 1/2-1/2Ed Harris
Tom Fratturelli 0-1Alex Venezia
George Miller 1-0Mike Commisso
Jim Hankard 1-0Brian Biglow
Mike Meehan 1-0David Svolba
Wayne Steadman 1-0Don Briggs
Francis Scanlon 0-1John Bastarache
Tom Whistler 0-1Gail Lingner
Larry O'Rourke 0-1♕ Emily Gawboy
Total of 14 boards, 2 major upsets ().

♝ Receiving half-point byes were Larry Gladding, George Mirijanian, Arthur Barlas, Seeth Ganesan, Andrew Su,
Hugh McLaughlin, Geoff LePoer, Jackson Parker, Bill Burke, Stan Talcott, Nicholas Anderson and Randy McLaughlin.
♘ Withdrawn from the tournament were Vlad Gaciu, Lenny Arsenault and Roland Sorel.

Ernest E. Fandreyer Memorial, November 2nd, 2016
CURRENT STANDINGS
PointsPlayers
3.0Kildahl, Paulson, McNeilage
2.5Godin, Ubiera
2.0Cappallo, Gladding, Couture, Thomas, Venezia, Donahue, Hankard, Miller, Steadman
1.5Mirijanian, Gurge, Brassard, Barlas, Harris, Ganesan, Meehan, Su, H. McLaughlin
1.0LePoer, Parker, Commisso, Fratturelli, Bastarache, Burke, Lingner, Biglow, Talcott, Briggs, Anderson, Gawboy, Svolba
0.5R. McLaughlin
0.0O'Rourke, Scanlon, Whistler


Projected Round 4 Pairings for November 9th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
1 Raymond Paulson (3.0) Ralph McNeilage (3.0) 2 Diego Ubiera (2.5) Paul Godin (2.5) 3 Jim Donahue (2.0) Roger Cappallo (2.0) 4 Alexander Venezia (2.0) Lawrence Gladding (2.0) 5 Dave Couture (2.0) George Miller (2.0) 6 James Hankard (2.0) David Thomas (2.0) 7 George Mirijanian (1.5) Wayne Steadman (2.0) 8 Edward Harris (1.5) Kenneth Gurge (1.5) 9 Seetharaman Ganesan (1.5) Gary Brassard (1.5) 10 Arthur Barlas (1.5) Michael Meehan (1.5) 11 Geoff LePoer (1.0) Andrew Su (1.5) 12 Jackson Parker (1.0) Stanford Talcott (1.0) 13 Michael Commisso (1.0) Hugh McLaughlin (1.0) 14 Donald Briggs (1.0) Tom Fratturelli (1.0) 15 John Bastarache (1.0) Nicholas Anderson (1.0) 16 Emily Gawboy (1.0) Gail Lingner (1.0) 17 Brian Biglow (1.0) David Svolba (1.0) 18 Randy McLaughlin (0.5) Laurence O'Rourke (0.0) 19 Tom Whistler (0.0) Francis Scanlon II (0.0)

♗ Requesting a half-point bye for Round 4 is Kildahl.
♖ Not playing Round 4 is Burke.

REMINDER: Players must be present by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 4 on November 9th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 P.M.

October 29th, 2016
Wachusett CC champions to play in Greater Boston Open

Two former Wachusett Chess Club champions are among the advance entrants in the 83rd Greater Boston Open, to be played Sunday, October 30, at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel in Marlborough. Three-time club champion Larry Gladding (1992, 1998, 2009) and 2012 club champion and ex-club member Trevor Bierig are registered to play in the Under 2000 section of this long-running prestigious event. Another Wachusett CC member, Andrew Su, is also an advance entrant, accepting the challenge of playing in the very competitive Open section.
George M

October 28th, 2016
Chess: My Week at the Club #17 by Roger Cappallo
Wednesday's game against Alex Venezia

Wednesday's game against Alex Venezia by Roger Cappallo


Alex Venezia studies the position
just prior to his 15th move.

Hello all,
I've recorded an analysis of my Ruy Lopez game with Alexander Venezia from the night before last, with the following link.
My Week at the Club #17
Cheers,
Roger

October 26th, 2016
2016 Ernest E. Fandreyer Memorial
Round 2 of 5

Ernest E. Fandreyer Memorial, October 26th, 2016
Round 2 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Ed Harris 0-1Brett Kildahl
Ray Paulson 1-0Seeth Ganesan
Alex Venezia 0-1Roger Cappallo
Gary Brassard 1/2-1/2Jim Donahue
Dave Couture 1-0Jim Hankard
Mike Commisso 0-1Dave Thomas
♔Ralph McNeilage 1-0Geoff LePoer
Diego Ubiera 1-0Jackson Parker
Tom Fratturelli 1/2-1/2Arthur Barlas
Randy McLaughlin 0-1George Miller
John Bastarache 0-1Wayne Steadman
Gail Lingner 0-1Don Briggs
Brian Biglow 1-0Francis Scanlon
Emily Gawboy 0-1Andrew Su
David Svolba 1-0Larry O'Rourke
Hugh McLaughlin 1-0Tom Whistler
Total of 16 boards, 1 major upset ().

♝ Receiving half-point byes were Paul Godin, Ken Gurge, Larry Gladding, George Mirijanian, Vlad Gaciu,
Lenny Arsenault, Roland Sorel, Mike Meehan, Bill Burke, Stan Talcott and Nicholas Anderson.

Ernest E. Fandreyer Memorial, October 26th, 2016
CURRENT STANDINGS
PointsPlayers
2.0Kildahl, Paulson, Cappallo, Couture, Thomas, McNeilage
1.5Godin, Ubiera, Gurge, Brassard, Gladding, Donahue
1.0Mirijanian, Gaciu, Barlas, Harris, Ganesan, Venezia, Commisso, Hankard, Fratturelli, Arsenault,
Miller, Biglow, Su, H. McLaughlin, Steadman, Sorel, Briggs, Svolba
0.5LePoer, Parker, Meehan, Burke, Talcott, Anderson
0.0Bastarache, Lingner, O'Rourke, R. McLaughlin, Scanlon, Gawboy, Whistler


Projected Round 3 Pairings for November 2nd:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Kildahl vs. Couture Board 2: Thomas vs. Paulson Board 3: Cappallo vs. McNeilage Board 4: Godin vs. Brassard Board 5: Gladding vs. Ubiera Board 6: Donahue vs. Gurge Board 7: Mirijanian vs. Fratturelli Board 8: Barlas vs. Biglow Board 9: Miller vs. Harris Board 10: Ganesan vs. H. McLaughlin Board 11: Su vs. Venezia Board 12: Steadman vs. Commisso Board 13: Hankard vs. Briggs Board 14: Parker vs. Svolba Board 15: Meehan vs. Talcott Board 16: Anderson vs. Bastarache Board 17: Scanlon vs. Lingner Board 18: O'Rourke vs. Gawboy Board 19: Whistler vs. R. McLaughlin

♗ Requesting half-point byes for Round 3 are Geoff LePoer and Bill Burke.
If Vlad Gaciu, Lenny Arsenault or Roland Sorel show up to play, they will be paired. All three have missed the first two rounds.
♙ The Wachusett Chess Club welcomes a new USCF member, David Svolba, who joined the tournament tonight. David is an assistant professor in the Humanities Department at Fitchburg State University. This is his first rated tournament. He received a 0-point bye for round 1 last week.

REMINDER: Players must be present by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 3 on November 2nd.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 P.M.

October 23rd, 2016
Carissa Yip leads Boylston Chess Club Championship

Carissa Yip, 2014 champion of the Wachusett Chess Club, leads the 2016 Boylston Chess Club Championship after 5 rounds. The 13-year-old Andover resident, who has the highest USCF rating (2309) in the event, has a perfect score of 4-0, with a postponed round 5 game against master and Boylston CC president Andrew Hoy (2254). In second place with a 4-1 tally is expert J. Timothy Sage (2143). Tied for 3rd place with 3-2 scores are masters Sherif Khater (2244) and Lawyer Times (2222). The 10-player round-robin championship, which is being played Monday nights at the club in North Cambridge, started September 12 and will end November 7. -George M

October 23rd, 2016
Chess: My Week at the Club #16 by Roger Cappallo
Wednesday's game against John Bastarache

Wednesday's game against John Bastarache by Roger Cappallo


John Bastarache with the black pieces faces Roger Cappallo

Hello all,
After quite a bit of a break, I've resumed my chess video series, highlighting Wednesday's game against John Bastarache.
After recording it, I decided to publish a short addendum as a separate video, touching on a few interesting ideas I had.
Hope you enjoy them,
Roger
MWATC #16:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcrEOVD2dy8
Addendum:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2P5GBw7sk8

October 19th, 2016
2016 Ernest E. Fandreyer Memorial
Round 1 of 5

Ernest E. Fandreyer Memorial, October 19th, 2016
Round 1 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Brett Kildahl 1-0Mike Meehan
George Miller 0-1Ray Paulson
Roger Cappallo 1-0John Bastarache
Bill Burke 0-1Paul Godin
Ken Gurge 1-0Brian Biglow
Andrew Su 0-1Gary Brassard
Larry Gladding 1-0Stan Talcott
Larry O'Rourke 0-1Dave Couture
Dave Thomas 1-0Hugh McLaughlin
Wayne Steadman 0-1Ed Harris
Seeth Ganesan 1-0Randy McLaughlin
Don Briggs 0-1Alexander Venezia
Jim Donahue 1-0Nicholas Anderson
Francis Scanlon 0-1Mike Commisso
Jim Hankard 1-0Emily Gawboy
Tom Whistler 0-1Ralph McNeilage
Total of 16 boards, no major upsets.

♝ Receiving half-point byes were George Mirijanian, Geoff LePoer, Diego Ubiera, Vlad Gaciu, Arthur Barlas,
Jackson Parker, Tom Fratturelli, Lenny Arsenault and Roland Sorel.
♟ Declining a half-point bye was Gail Lingner.

Ernest E. Fandreyer Memorial, October 19th, 2016
CURRENT STANDINGS
PointsPlayers
1.0Kildahl, Paulson, Cappallo, Godin, Gurge, Brassard, Gladding, Couture, Thomas, Harris, Ganesan,
Venezia, Donahue, Commisso, Hankard, McNeilage
0.5Mirijanian, LePoer, Ubiera, Gaciu, Barlas, Parker, Fratturelli, Arsenault, Sorel
0.0Meehan, Miller, Bastarache, Burke, Lingner, Biglow, Su, Talcott, O'Rourke, H. McLaughlin, Steadman,
R. McLaughlin, Briggs, Anderson, Scanlon, Gawboy, Whistler


Projected Round 2 Pairings for October 26th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Harris vs. Kildahl Board 2: Paulson vs. Thomas Board 3: Venezia vs. Cappallo Board 4: Godin vs. Ganesan Board 5: Brassard vs. Donahue Board 6: Commisso vs. Gladding Board 7: Couture vs. Hankard Board 8: McNeilage vs. Mirijanian Board 9: Parker vs. LePoer Board 10: Ubiera vs. Fratturelli Board 11: Arsenault vs. Barlas Board 12: Meehan vs. Sorel Board 13: H. McLaughlin vs. Miller Board 14: Bastarache vs. Steadman Board 15: Lingner vs. Briggs Board 16: Biglow vs. Scanlon Board 17: R. McLaughlin vs. Su Board 18: Talcott vs. Whistler Board 19: Gawboy vs. O'Rourke

♗ Requesting half-point byes for Round 2 are Gurge, Burke and Anderson.
Not being paired is Gaciu, who, if he shows up, will be paired.

REMINDER: Players must be present by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 2 on October 26th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 P.M.

October 18th, 2016
Ex-Wachusett CC member, Paul Connelly, ties for 1st in Knights CC Championship

Class "B" player Paul Connelly of Vermont, a member of the Wachusett Chess Club from May 1, 2013 through April 30, 2014, has become co-champion of the Knights Chess Club in Keene, NH. The former Marlborough, NH resident chalked up a score of 4-1 in the 10th annual Knights CC Championship that was played Monday nights from September 19 through October 17, 2016 at the Life Journey Church, 570 Parker Ave., in Keene.

In the 5th and final round of play Connelly upset New Hampshire expert Christopher Wood, who had been leading the championship going into the last round. Both Connelly and Wood share top honors in this year's championship, which drew 17 players, including active Wachusett CC competitors Paul Godin, Ed Harris, Jim Hankard and Stan Talcott.
-George M
Click here for the crosstable of the tournament.

October 13th, 2016
2017 Club Championship Qualification Standings

2017 Club Championship Qualification Standings as of October 13th, 2016
After 15 of 44 games completed in the 2016-2017 season, the following are the current standings for qualification for the
2017 WCC 'A' Club Championship Tournament.
  The Top Eight Highest GPP Finishers Qualify.  
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.
For comparison to last year, the percentage is calculated in the last column.
Seed # Name USCF
Rating
Games Played
This Season
Additional
Games Needed
Grand
Prix
Points
Pct.
1.Gary Brassard184114810.5.750
2.Paul Godin195715710.667
3.Alexander Venezia1719157 10.667
4.Brett Kildahl212810129.5.950
5.Ken Gurge1856157 9.5.633
6.Ray Paulson20101399.692
7.George Mirijanian193911119.818
8.Dave Thomas17721579.600
9.Ed Harris1754 14 89.643
10.Larry Gladding181912108.5.708
11.Dave Couture17901398.5.654
12.Tony Cesolini2110 81481.000
13.Jim Donahue17011398.615

October 12th, 2016

Diego Ubiera Tops Pasquale Memorial

After over eleven & a half years without playing any USCF rated chess, WCC newcomer & Fitchburg State University assistant professor, Diego Ubiera, blasted his way to the top of the Rocco R. Pasquale Memorial tournament. Diego joined the tournament at round two & hence he was given a first round bye worth half a point. He then went on a clean sweep of his four opponents, scoring wins over Ed Rogers, of New Ipswich, NH, Mike Commisso, of Brookline, NH, Dave Couture, of Westminster, & finally a 225 rating point upset over Ray Paulson, of Lowell. This undefeated performance was enough to keep Diego half a point ahead of his nearest competitors, Brett Kildahl, George Mirijanian, & Paul Godin.

Brett Kildahl took a fourth round bye while he played in the Millionaire Open in Atlantic City, & then had to settle for a draw against George Mirijanian in round five, which left him at 4. George Mirijanian was also stuck at 4 out of 5 as he had drawn with Mike Commisso in round 2. Paul Godin had lost to George Mirijanian in round 4, but won all four of his remaining games thereby creating a three-way tie for 2nd-4th place.

There was plenty more excitement in other sections of the rating list also as this tournament saw 747 rated Tom Whistler, of Worcester boost his rating to 929 by scoring two gigantic upsets over Brian Biglow, of Fitchburg & John Bastarache, of Fitchburg. Tom's game against Brian is posted in the Games Section.

Rocco R. Pasquale Memorial, October 12th, 2016
Round 5 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
George Mirijanian 1/2-1/2Brett Kildahl
♔ Diego Ubiera1-0Ray Paulson
Paul Godin 1-0Alexander Venezia
Ken Gurge 1/2-1/2Roger Cappallo
Jackson Parker 0-1Gary Brassard
Arthur Barlas 0-1Jim Donahue
Andrew Su 0-1Geoff LePoer
Larry Gladding 1-0Lenny Arsenault
Jim Hankard 0-1Dave Thomas
Randy McLaughlin 0-1Ed Harris
Tom Whistler 0-1Ralph McNeilage
Mike Commisso 1/2-1/2Bill Burke
Tom Fratturelli 1-0Larry O'Rourke
George Miller 1-0Brian Biglow
Vlad Gaciu 1-0Nicholas Anderson
Wayne Steadman 1-0Hugh McLaughlin
Francis Scanlon 0-1Stan Talcott
Don Briggs 0-1John Bastarache
Total of 18 boards, 1 major upset ().

♖ Not playing round 5 was Seeth Ganesan, Dave Couture, Joe Bennett, Gail Lingner, Roland Sorel, Ananth Rangan,
Ed Rogers, Jack Appelmans, Emily Gawboy and Andrew Kiser.

Rocco R. Pasquale Memorial, October 12th, 2016
FINAL STANDINGS
PointsPlayers
4.5Ubiera
4.0Kildahl, Mirijanian, Godin
3.5Cappallo, Brassard, Gurge, Donahue
3.0Paulson, LePoer, Gladding, Thomas, Harris, Ganesan, Parker, Venezia
2.5Barlas, Couture, McNeilage, Fratturelli, Miller
2.0Gaciu, Hankard, Commisso, Arsenault, Burke, Talcott, Steadman, Su, R. McLaughlin, Whistler
1.5Bennett, Bastarache, Lingner, Biglow, O'Rourke, Sorel, Anderson
1.0Rangan, Rogers, H. McLaughlin, Appelmans, Scanlon, Gawboy
0.5Briggs, Kiser

♔ 2016 Rocco R. Pasquale Memorial PRIZE WINNERS ♔
1st:   ♔ Diego Ubiera of Fitchburg
2nd-4th: Brett Kildahl of Worcester, George Mirijanian of Fitchburg,
Paul Godin of Bedford
Top U1900: Gary Brassard and Ken Gurge, both of Leominster
Top U1750: Jim Donahue of Stow
Top U1600: George Miller of Ashburnham
Top U1450: Andrew Su of Harvard, Stan Talcott of Keene, NH,
Wayne Steadman of Lunenburg, Randy McLaughlin of Groton
Top U1300: Tom Whistler of Worcester

Pictures from this year's Rocco R. Pasquale Memorial tournament.

A total of 4 players gained
50 or more rating points:
The following players had
a rating increase of
50 or more points:
Tom Whistler + 182
Diego Ubiera + 79
Nicholas Anderson + 72
Jim Donahue + 59
A total of 5 players reached or exceeded
their all time highs:
The following players hit or surpassed
their all-time high rating:
Diego Ubiera 1895
Ken Gurge 1856
Alexander Venezia 1719
Andrew Su 1460
Nicholas Anderson 1299/P12

♔   ♜   ♘   Congratulations to all!   ♚ ♖   ♞  

REMINDER: The next tournament at the club, the Ernest E. Fandreyer Memorial, starts Wednesday, October 19th.
Players must be present by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 1 on October 19th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 P.M.

October 11th, 2016

Gary Brassard, a nationally rated Class A chess player from Leominster, scored 4-1 (three wins, two draws) to win the 1st annual Oppenheimer Chess Tournament on October 8 at the Fitchburg Public Library. The event commemorated National Chess Day, which was proclaimed by President Gerald Ford in 1976. Finishing in second place, also with a score of 4-1, was Mike Commisso of Brookline, N.H., whose only loss was to Brassard in the second round. Taking clear third place with a score of 3.5-1.5 was Dave Thomas of Fitchburg, who held tournament winner Brassard to a draw in round 4.

A total of 14 players competed in the unrated event, which was directed by George Mirijanian of the Wachusett Chess Club at Fitchburg State University.
-George Mirijanian, Wachusett CC

Event: 		1st Annual Oppenheimer Tournament 2016
Location: 	Fitchburg Public Library, Fitchburg, MA 
Event Date(s): 	2016-10-08
Chief  TD: 	George Mirijanian
Non Rated
Time Control: G/20 d5

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  Pair  |  Player Name	     Rating   | Round | Round | Round | Round | Round | Total | Place |
  Num   |                             |  1    |  2    |  3    |  4    |  5    |       |       |
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1. Gary Brassard 1852 | W8 | W2 | W5 | D3 | D4 | 4 | 1st | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2. Mike Commisso 1693 | W10 | L1 | W7 | W6 | W5 | 4 | 2nd | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3. Dave Thomas 1782 | W7 | L5 | W4 | D1 | W8 | 3.5 | 3rd | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 4. Jim Hankard 1705 | W9 | W6 | L3 | D8 | D1 | 3 | | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 5. Alexander Venezia 1692 | W13 | W3 | L1 | W11 | L2 | 3 | | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 6. Hugh McLaughlin 1410 | W14 | L4 | W9 | L2 | W11 | 3 | | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 7. Tom Whistler 747 | L3 | W11 | L2 | W10 | W9 | 3 | | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 8. Wayne Steadman 1368 | L1 | W14 | W10 | D4 | L3 | 2.5 | | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 9. Walter Oppenheimer Unr. | L4 | W12 | L6 | W12 | L7 | 2 | | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 10. Robin Venezia Unr. | L2 | W13 | L8 | L7 | W12 | 2 | | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 11. Daniel Baah Unr. | W12 | L7 | W14 | L5 | L6 | 2 | | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 12. David Baah Unr. | L11 | L9 | W13 | L9 | L10 | 1 | | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 13. Chris Bolduc Unr. | L5 | L10 | L12 | withdrew | 0 | | ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 14. Seamus Leger Unr. | L6 | L8 | L11 | withdrew | 0 | | -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

October 7th, 2016
Brett Kildahl Scores 3.5/7 at Millionaire Chess Open

42 Brett Kildahl129244452127D63W61L22W15D35D21L243.5

It looks like this performance was enough for Brett to qualify for a prize! This was undoubtedly a toughly contested event. (Notice the huge 'factor of ten' difference in prize that one more half point would have made.) Congratulations Brett!

October 7th, 2016
Brett Kildahl Undefeated After 2 Rounds of Millionaire Chess Open

Brett Kildahl, one of the Wachusett Chess Club's top players, drew his Round 1 game in the Under 2200 section of the Millionaire Chess Open, being held October 6-10 in Atlantic City, NJ. The Worcester resident split the point with 43-year-old FIDE instructor Dimitrios Kondopoulos of Greece, who has no USCF rating but sports a FIDE rating of 1985. Brett's second-round opponent was Adeyinka Adewole, 43, of Nigeria, who has a provisional USCF rating of 2014 (based on 11 games) and a FIDE rating of 2018. The result is pending.
George M

[As of this (Friday) morning, Brett now stands at 1.5/2, having defeated his round 2 opponent. -PG]

[For round 3, Brett will have the black pieces & face 24-year-old, Mohammed Dilshad of India, who is rated 1949 & ranked #525 among India's active players. -PG]

The WCC wishes Brett continued success at this auspicious event!

October 7th, 2016
2016 Rocco R. Pasquale Memorial Revised Projected Pairings for Round 5 of 5

♗ ♝ Due to some additional byes after round 4, both the standings after 4 rounds & the projected pairings for round 5 have been revised as follows.

Rocco R. Pasquale Memorial, October 7th, 2016
Revised CURRENT STANDINGS
PointsPlayers
3.5Kildahl, Mirijanian, Ubiera
3.0Paulson, Godin, Cappallo, Gurge, Ganesan, Parker, Venezia
2.5Brassard, Barlas, Couture, Donahue
2.0LePoer, Gladding, Thomas, Harris, Hankard, Arsenault, Su, R. McLaughlin, Whistler
1.5Commisso, McNeilage, Fratturelli, (Bennett), Miller, Burke, Lingner, Biglow, O'Rourke, Sorel, Anderson
1.0(Rangan), Rogers, H. McLaughlin, Talcott, Appelmans, Steadman, Scanlon, Gawboy
0.5Bastarache, Briggs, Kiser


Revised, October 7th, Projected Round 5 Pairings for October 12th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: George Mirijanian (3.5) vs. Brett Kidahl (3.5) Board 2: Diego Ubiera (3.5) vs. Raymond Paulson (3.0) Board 3: Paul Godin (3.0) vs. Alexander Venezia (3.0) Board 4: Kenneth Gurge (3.0) vs. Roger Cappallo (3.0) Board 5: Jackson Parker (3.0) vs. Gary Brassard (2.5) Board 6: Arthur Barlas (2.5) vs. Dave Couture (2.5) Board 7: Jim Donahue (2.5) vs. Geoff LePoer (2.0) Board 8: Lawrence Gladding (2.0) vs. Lenny Arsenault (2.0) Board 9: Tom Whistler (2.0) vs. David Thomas (2.0) Board 10: Randy McLaughlin (2.0) vs. Edward Harris (2.0) Board 11: James Hankard (2.0) vs. Andrew Su (2.0) Board 12: Michael Commisso (1.5) vs. Brian Biglow (1.5) Board 13: Gail Lingner (1.5) vs. Ralph McNeilage (1.5) Board 14: Tom Fratturelli (1.5) vs. Nicholas Anderson (1.5) Board 15: George Miller (1.5) vs. Roland Sorel (1.5) Board 16: William Burke (1.5) vs. Laurence O'Rourke (1.5) Board 17: Ed Rogers (1.0) vs. Jack Applemans (1.0) Board 18: Wayne Steadman (1.0) vs. Hugh McLaughlin (1.0) Board 19: Francis Scanlon II (1.0) vs. Stanford Talcott (1.0) Board 20: John Bastarache (0.5) vs. Emily Gawboy (1.0) Board 21: Donald Briggs (0.5) vs. Andrew Kiser (0.5)

October 6th, 2016
Andrew Su leader in US Chess Junior Grand Prix

In the October 2016 issue of Chess Life for Kids, the U.S. Chess Federation has acknowledged that Wachusett Chess Club member Andrew Su of Harvard, Mass. is the current leader for the state of Massachusetts in the US Chess Junior Grand Prix.

Andrew has amassed 3672 Grand Prix points in 5 tournaments, all played at the Wachusett CC. Joining the club on April 27, 2016, Andrew has competed in the Evert Siiskonen Memorial, the Martin Laine Memorial, the Wachusett CC "B" Championship, the Harlow B. Daly Memorial, and the Harold B. Dondis Memorial. With the Rocco R. Pasquale Memorial that ends on October 12th, Andrew will have completed his 6th US Chess Junior Grand Prix event at the club and will be gaining additional GP points.

Congratulations to Andrew on being our current Massachusetts state leader!

George M

October 6th, 2016
Fitchburg Public Library Chess Club

EVENT: Library Chess Club

Saturday October 8, 2016
10:00 AM until 3:30 PM

This Saturday will be a chess tournament sponsored by former president of the Massachusetts Chess Association, George Mirijanian.

Registration is at 10 am and the tournament will begin at 10:30.
Location: Garden Room Click here to go to the Fitchburg Public Library calendar for Saturday October 8, 2016.

October 5th, 2016
2016 Rocco R. Pasquale Memorial
Round 4 of 5

Tom Whistler Scores 834 Point Upset in Round 4 of Rocco Pasquale Memorial

Rocco R. Pasquale Memorial, October 5th, 2016
Round 4 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
George Mirijanian 1-0Paul Godin
Dave Couture 0-1Diego Ubiera
Ray Paulson 1-0Jim Hankard
Ed Harris 0-1Ken Gurge
Jackson Parker 1-0Larry Gladding
Dave Thomas 0-1Seeth Ganesan
Alex Venezia 1-0Mike Commisso
Gary Brassard 1-0Larry O'Rourke
Jim Donahue 1-0Gail Lingner
Ralph McNeilage 1/2-1/2D331*Andrew Su
Brian Biglow 1/2-1/2Tom Fratturelli
Roland Sorel 1/2-1/2Bill Burke
John Bastarache 0-1♔Tom Whistler
Wayne Steadman 1-0Don Briggs
Emily Gawboy 1-0Andrew Kiser
Total of 15 boards, 1 major upset ().

♝ Receiving half-point byes were Brett Kildahl, Roger Cappallo, Arthur Barlas, Geoff LePoer, Lenny Arsenault,
Randy McLaughlin, Ed Rogers, George Miller, Stan Talcott, Nicholas Anderson, Hugh McLaughlin and Francis Scanlon.
♖ Not playing round 4 was Jack Appelmans.
♞ Withdrawn from the tournament are Ananth Rangan and Joe Bennett.

Rocco R. Pasquale Memorial, October 5th, 2016
CURRENT STANDINGS
PointsPlayers
3.5Kildahl, Mirijanian, Ubiera
3.0Paulson, Godin, Cappallo, Gurge, Ganesan, Parker, Venezia
2.5Brassard, Barlas, Couture, Donahue
2.0LePoer, Gladding, Thomas, Harris, Hankard, Arsenault, Su, R. McLaughlin, Whistler
1.5Commisso, McNeilage, Fratturelli, (Bennett), Rogers, Miller, Burke, Lingner, Biglow, Talcott, O'Rourke, Sorel, Anderson
1.0(Rangan), H. McLaughlin, Appelmans, Steadman, Scanlon, Gawboy
0.5Bastarache, Briggs, Kiser


Projected Round 5 Pairings for October 12th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Mirijanian vs. Kildahl Board 2: Ubiera vs. Paulson Board 3: Godin vs. Venezia Board 4: Gurge vs. Cappallo Board 5: Parker vs. Brassard Board 6: Barlas vs. Couture Board 7: Donahue vs. LePoer Board 8: Gladding vs. Arsenault Board 9: Whistler vs. Thomas Board 10: R. McLaughlin vs. Harris Board 11: Hankard vs. Su Board 12: Commisso vs. Biglow Board 13: Lingner vs. McNeilage Board 14: Fratturelli vs. Talcott Board 15: Rogers vs. Anderson Board 16: Miller vs. Sorel Board 17: Burke vs. O'Rourke Board 18: Steadman vs. H. McLaughlin Board 19: Scanlon vs. Appelmans Board 20: Bastarache vs. Gawboy Board 21: Briggs vs. Kiser

REMINDER: Players must be present by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 5 on October 12th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL Dave Thomas at 508-904-3476 by 7 P.M.

October 1st, 2016
Upcoming WCC Events for 2017 Listed

I have sent the New England Clearinghouse (Ken Ballou) the schedule of club tournaments for 2017.
[2017 Event dates are now posted in the Events Section]

All the tournaments, except the Laine Memorial and the club championship, are 5-round Swisses. The Laine Memorial is 4-SS. The club championship ("A" Division) is an 8-player single round robin, while the "B" Division is a 7-SS.

There is no provision for make-up weeks for snow, since I wanted to maximize the number of 5-round Swisses in the winter.

Thus, there will be no Quick Chess or Blitz Championship in 2017. Priority is given to regular Swisses, G/100 d5.
-George M.

September 30th, 2016
2016 Rocco R. Pasquale Memorial Revised Projected Pairings for Round 4


Revised Projected Round 4 Pairings for October 5th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: George Mirijanian (2.5) vs. Paul Godin (3.0) Board 2: Dave Couture (2.5) vs. Diego Ubiera (2.5) Board 3: Raymond Paulson (2.0) vs. Seetharaman Ganesan (2.0) Board 4: Edward Harris (2.0) vs. Kenneth Gurge (2.0) Board 5: James Hankard (2.0) vs. Lawrence Gladding (2.0) Board 6: Jackson Parker (2.0) vs. Arthur Barlas (2.0) Board 7: David Thomas (2.0) vs. Alexander Venezia (2.0) Board 8: Jim Donahue (1.5) vs. Geoff LePoer (1.5) Board 9: Andrew Su (1.5) vs. Gary Brassard (1.5) Board 10: Gail Lingner (1.5) vs. Michael Commisso (1.5) Board 11: Randy McLaughlin (1.5) vs. Lenny Arsenault (1.5) Board 12: Joseph Bennett (1.5) vs. Laurence O'Rourke (1.5) Board 13: Stanford Talcott (1.0) vs. Tom Fratturelli (1.0) Board 14: Ed Rogers (1.0) vs. Roland Sorel (1.0) Board 15: Tom Whistler (1.0) vs. William Burke (1.0) Board 16: Brian Biglow (1.0) vs. Nicholas Anderson (1.0) Board 17: John Bastarache (0.5) vs. Hugh McLaughlin (0.5) Board 18: Wayne Steadman (0.0) vs. Donald Briggs (0.5) Board 19: Emily Gawboy (0.0) vs. Andrew Kiser (0.5)

September 28th, 2016
2016 Rocco R. Pasquale Memorial
Round 3 of 5

Rocco R. Pasquale Memorial, September 28th, 2016
Round 3 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Brett Kildahl 1-0Ken Gurge
Paul Godin 1-0Ed Harris
Roger Cappallo 1-0Alex Venezia
Geoff LePoer 0-1Dave Couture
Joe Bennett 0-1George Mirijanian
Mike Commisso 0-1Diego Ubiera
Arthur Barlas 1/2-1/2Jim Hankard
Tom Fratturelli 0-1Ray Paulson
Gary Brassard 1/2-1/2Jim Donahue
Stan Talcott 0-1Larry Gladding
Nicholas Anderson 0-1Dave Thomas
Seeth Ganesan 1-0Tom Whistler
Lenny Arsenault 1-0Don Briggs
♔Andrew Su 1-0John Bastarache
Larry O'Rourke 1-0Francis Scanlon
Andrew Kiser 0-1George Miller
Bill Burke 1-0Wayne Steadman
Brian Biglow 1-0Emily Gawboy
Total of 18 boards, 1 major upset ().

♝ Receiving half-point byes were Jackson Parker, Gail Lingner, Randy McLaughlin, Ed Rogers, Jack Appelmans and Roland Sorel.
♘ Declining a half-point bye was Hugh McLaughlin.
♟ Withdrawn from the tournament were Tony Cesolini, Vlad Gaciu, Alan Condon, Bob Mathieu,
♟ Sebastian Tilton, Jeromy Tilton and Ananth Rangan, the last of whom had already withdrawn after round 2.

Rocco R. Pasquale Memorial, September 28th, 2016
CURRENT STANDINGS
PointsPlayers
3.0Kildahl, Godin
2.5Cappallo, Mirijanian, Ubiera, Couture
2.0Paulson, Gurge, Gladding, Barlas, Thomas, Harris, Hankard, Ganesan, Parker, Venezia
1.5LePoer, Brassard, Commisso, Arsenault, Bennett, Donahue, Lingner, O'Rourke, Su, R. McLaughlin
1.0(Rangan), Fratturelli, Rogers, Miller, Burke, Biglow, Talcott, Appelmans, Sorel, Anderson, Whistler
0.5Bastarache, H. McLaughlin, Briggs, Scanlon, Kiser
0.0Steadman, Gawboy


Projected Round 4 Pairings for October 5th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Mirijanian vs. Godin Board 2: Couture vs. Ubiera Board 3: Paulson vs. Hankard Board 4: Gurge vs. Ganesan Board 5: Harris vs. Gladding Board 6: Parker vs. Barlas Board 7: Thomas vs. Venezia Board 8: Donahue vs. LePoer Board 9: O'Rourke vs. Brassard Board 10: Lingner vs. Commisso Board 11: Su vs. Arsenault Board 12: R. McLaughlin vs. Bennett Board 13: Talcott vs. Fratturelli Board 14: Rogers vs. Appelmans Board 15: Miller vs. Sorel Board 16: Whistler vs. Burke Board 17: Anderson vs. Biglow Board 18: Bastarache vs. H. McLaughlin Board 19: Steadman vs. Briggs Board 20: Gawboy vs. Kiser

♗ Requesting half-point byes for Round 4 are Kildahl, Cappallo and Scanlon.

REMINDER: Players must be present by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 4 on October 5th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL Dave Thomas at 508-904-3476 by 7 P.M.

September 27th, 2016
2016 Rocco R. Pasquale Memorial, Revised Projected Pairings for Round 3


Projected Round 3 Pairings for September 28th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1 Brett Kidahl (2.0) Kenneth Gurge (2.0) Board 2 Paul Godin (2.0) Edward Harris (2.0) Board 3 Roger Cappallo (1.5) Alexander Venezia (2.0) Board 4 Geoff LePoer (1.5) Dave Couture (1.5) Board 5 Jackson Parker (1.5) George Mirijanian (1.5) Board 6 Michael Commisso (1.5) Diego Ubiera (1.5) Board 7 Arthur Barlas (1.5) James Hankard (1.5) Board 8 Joseph Bennett (1.5) Raymond Paulson (1.0) Board 9 Tony Cesolini (1.0) Tom Whistler (1.0) Board 10 Gary Brassard (1.0) Stanford Talcott (1.0) Board 11 Robert Mathieu (1.0) Lawrence Gladding (1.0) Board 12 Randy McLaughlin (1.0) David Thomas (1.0) Board 13 Seetharaman Ganesan (1.0) Gail Lingner (1.0) Board 14 Alan Condon (1.0) Nicholas Anderson (1.0) Board 15 Sebastian Tilton (1.0) Tom Fratturelli (1.0) Board 16 Jeromy Tilton (1.0) Jim Donahue (1.0) Board 17 Lenny Arsenault (0.5) Jack Applemans (0.5) Board 18 Ed Rogers (0.5) Donald Briggs (0.5) Board 19 John Bastarache (0.5) Roland Sorel (0.5) Board 20 Andrew Su (0.5) Hugh McLaughlin (0.5) Board 21 Laurence O'Rourke (0.5) Francis Scanlon II (0.5) Board 22 Andrew Kiser (0.5) George Miller (0.0) Board 23 William Burke (0.0) Wayne Steadman (0.0) Board 24 Brian Biglow (0.0) Emily Gawboy (0.0)

Tal Memorial opens with a tribute to Mark Dvoretsky

The first round of the Tal Memorial was overshadowed by the announcement of the passing of legendary trainer Mark Dvoretsky and started with a minute of silence. -Mark Crowther (Mon Sep 26 21:28:00 2016)



Mark Dvoretsky

"Mark Dvoretsky, the world's best-known chess trainer, has died today at the tragically early age of 68. His death was reported by the Russian Chess Federation, with a minute's silence held at the start of the Tal Memorial. Mark was a talented player who switched to coaching at an early age and became a mentor for generations of top players. He shared his knowledge with the chess world at large in highly-regarded books, and was always open to new ideas, as we saw at first hand when he came to Hamburg earlier this year to film chess videos. It seemed at the time that was just the beginning." -Chess24.com

September 26th, 2016
Joe Bennett ties for 3rd in U2010 at 7th Hartford Open

Chris Chase and Joe Bennett competed this past weekend in the 7th Hartford Open at Bradley Airport in Windsor Locks, CT. Chase lost 5 rating points in the Open section, scoring 2 points out of 4 games played and brought his rating to 2397. Bennett gained 118 rating points in the U2010 section and raised his rating to 1755. He scored 3.5-1.5 and tied for 3rd place in the section and also shared the 1st-2nd U1810 prize.

Brandon Wu competed in the Open Section of the tournament which was won by Massachusetts GM Alexander Ivanov.

Here are their updated ratings:
Chris Chase -> 2397
Joe Bennett -> 1755

September 22nd, 2016
Bob Messenger awarded International Arbiter title

Bob Messenger of Nashua, NH, an associate national TD with the USCF and chief TD of the 2011 Wachusett Chess Club Championship ("A" and "B" divisions), has been awarded the International Arbiter title by the World Chess Federation (FIDE). The award was approved by the FIDE General Assembly at its Congress, Sept. 11-13, 2016 in Baku, Azerbaijan. Messenger is the longtime treasurer of the Massachusetts Chess Association and longtime chairman of the MACA Tournament Committee. He is currently chairman of the MACA Budget Committee and Bylaws Committee. He is also the association's assistant clerk. Since Jan. 1, 1991, Messenger has been chief TD of 435 tournaments in the USA and has been in charge since then of 2,673 playing sections. The Wachusett Chess Club congratulates Mr. Messenger on this prestigious award from FIDE.
George M

September 21st, 2016
2016 Rocco R. Pasquale Memorial
Round 2 of 5

Rocco R. Pasquale Memorial, September 21st, 2016
Round 2 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Larry Gladding 0-1Brett Kildahl
Ray Paulson 0-1♔Ed Harris
Dave Thomas 0-1Paul Godin
Jim Hankard 1/2-1/2Geoff LePoer
George Mirijanian 1/2-1/2Mike Commisso
♔Alexander Venezia 1-0Gary Brassard
Ken Gurge 1-0Ananth Rangan
Diego Ubiera 1-0Ed Rogers
Roland Sorel 0-1Dave Couture
Don Briggs 0-1Jackson Parker
Francis Scanlon 0-1Joe Bennett
Tom Fratturelli 1-0Andrew Kiser
Hugh McLaughlin 1/2-1/2Lenny Arsenault
Jim Donahue 1-0Wayne Steadman
Larry O'Rourke 1/2-1/2John Bastarache
George Miller 0-1Randy McLaughlin
♔Nicholas Anderson 1-0Bill Burke
Gail Lingner 1-0Emily Gawboy
♔Tom Whistler 1-0Brian Biglow
Total of 19 boards, 4 decisive upsets ().

♝ Receiving half-point byes were Roger Cappallo, Arthur Barlas, Tony Cesolini, Vlad Gaciu, Seeth Ganesan,
Alan Condon, Bob Mathieu, Stan Talcott, Sebastian Tilton, Jeromy Tilton, Jack Appelmans and Andrew Su.
♖ Ananth Rangan has withdrawn from the tournament.
♜ Also withdrawn from the tournament were Mike Meehan, Noah Rogers and Finn Rogers.

Rocco R. Pasquale Memorial, September 21st, 2016
CURRENT STANDINGS
PointsPlayers
2.0Kildahl, Godin, Gurge, Harris, Venezia
1.5Cappallo, LePoer, Mirijanian, Ubiera, Barlas, Couture, Hankard, Parker, Commisso, Bennett
1.0Cesolini, Paulson, Brassard, Gaciu, Gladding, Thomas, Ganesan, Condon, Rangan, Fratturelli, Donahue, Lingner, Mathieu,
Talcott, R. McLaughlin, Anderson, S. Tilton, J. Tilton, Whistler
0.5Arsenault, E. Rogers, Bastarache, H. McLaughlin, Appelmans, O'Rourke, Briggs, Sorel, Su, Scanlon, Kiser
0.0Miller, Burke, Biglow, Steadman, Gawboy


Projected Round 3 Pairings for September 28th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Kildahl vs. Gurge Board 2: Godin vs. Harris Board 3: Cappallo vs. Venezia Board 4: LePoer vs. Couture Board 5: Parker vs. Mirijanian Board 6: Commisso vs. Ubiera Board 7: Barlas vs. Hankard Board 8: Bennett vs. Paulson Board 9: Cesolini vs. Donahue Board 10: Brassard vs. Whistler Board 11: Gaciu vs. Lingner Board 12: Talcott vs. Gladding Board 13: R. McLaughlin vs. Thomas Board 14: Ganesan vs. Anderson Board 15: S. Tilton vs. Condon Board 16: Rangan vs. J. Tilton Board 17: Mathieu vs. Fratturelli Board 18: Arsenault vs. Appelmans Board 19: Rogers vs. Briggs Board 20: Bastarache vs. Sorel Board 21: Su vs. H. McLaughlin Board 22: O'Rourke vs. Scanlon Board 23: Kiser vs. Miller Board 24: Burke vs. Steadman Board 25: Biglow vs. Gawboy

♘ The Wachusett Chess Club welcomes Diego Ubiera.
He is assistant professor of Latin American literature at Fitchburg State University.
He is a 2nd Category player currently at his all-time high rating of 1816. Bienvenido, Diego!

REMINDER: Players must be present by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 3 on September 28th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL Dave Thomas at 508-904-3476 by 7 P.M.

September 20th, 2016
New Places to Play Chess

A couple (somewhat) local places are now available to play chess:
  • The Chess Club at Worcester State University Chess club meeting days/time (Fall, 2016)
    The Chess Club at WSU will be meeting in the LRC Cafe on:
    Monday, Wednesday 11 am - 12 noon
    Fri 12 noon-1 pm.
    Email: chesswsu@gmail.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Chess-club-at-Worcester-State-University-371370659737636/

  • New Chess Club in Milford NH Called Union Chess Club
    Me and Nathan Kelley are starting a casual chess club in Milford NH at the Union Coffee. It will meet Tuesday at 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Last Tuesday was the first night for the club. If you can come that would be great but I would really like help with spreading the word to the chess community.
    For more info people can call Nathan Kelley at 603-374-4444 or me at 603-303-0222 or
    E-mails are Nathan_Kelley@comcast.com and statelinechess@hotmail.com.
    Thanks,
    Randi Malcuit
    Union Coffee
    42 South Street
    Milford, N. H. 03055
    603-440-5604

September 19th, 2016
Wachusett CC Players' Rating Gains and Losses at the Massachusetts Senior Open

Four active & inactive WCC members took part in the Massachusetts Senior Open in Marlboro, held this past weekend. The trio of active WCC Class A rated members tied for 6-9th place in the Open Section in a field topped by GM Alexander Ivanov & NM's David Carter & Tim Sage. John Martin, an inactive member & occasional visitor to the WCC finished in sixth place behind a quintet of others who tied for first through fifth place in the Under 1810 Section.

♙   ♝   ♘   ♜   ♘   ♟   Monday September 19, 2016 Member Rating Updates from the Mass Senior Open  ♗   ♞   ♖   ♞   ♗   ♟
USCFID#: WCC Member NameEnd DateMost Recent Rated TournamentSection: NamePre => Post
10011965: ROGER J CAPPALLO2016-09-18MASSACHUSETTS SENIOR OPEN (MA)1: OPEN 1954 => 1947
12459389: PAUL L GODIN2016-09-18MASSACHUSETTS SENIOR OPEN (MA)1: OPEN 1965 => 1945
11156665: GARY BRASSARD2016-09-18MASSACHUSETTS SENIOR OPEN (MA)1: OPEN 1856 => 1852
10008191: JOHN W MARTIN2016-09-18MASSACHUSETTS SENIOR OPEN (MA)2: U1810 1700 => 1711
These & other rating updates nay be found at: ./RatingUpdates.php or in the Statistics Menu under "Recent Activity".

September 19th, 2016
Current Seasson Club Game Scores Submitted for Publication Standings

Games Submitted This Season for Publication
Standings as of September 19th, 2016
After 11 of 44 games completed in the 2016-2017 season, a total of 200 rated games, the following are the current standings for number of games sent in for publication.
By comparison to last year, this response is still pretty anemic.
Seed # Name USCF
Rating
Games Played
This Season
Games Submitted Games Annotated
Including Videos
1.Roger Cappallo1947522
2.Tony Cesolini2110811
3.Everybody Else1589.87920000

September 14th, 2016
2016 Rocco R. Pasquale Memorial
Round 1 of 5

Rocco R. Pasquale Memorial, September 14th, 2016
Round 1 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Brett Kildahl 1-0Tom Fratturelli
Lenny Arsenault 0-1Ray Paulson
Paul Godin 1-0Jim Donahue
John Bastarache 0-1Roger Cappallo
Geoff LePoer 1-0George Miller
Bill Burke 0-1George Mirijanian
Gary Brassard 1-0Gail Lingner
Brian Biglow 0-1Ken Gurge
Larry Gladding 1-0Larry O'Rourke
Jack Appelmans 0-1Arthur Barlas
Dave Couture 1/2-1/2♖ Don Briggs
Wayne Steadman 0-1Dave Thomas
Ed Harris 1-0Andrew Su
Randy McLaughlin 0-1Jim Hankard
Mike Commisso 1-0Nicholas Anderson
Emily Gawboy 0-1Alexander Venezia
Ananth Rangan 1-0Tom Whistler
Total of 17 boards, 1 major upset ().

♝ Receiving half-point byes were Tony Cesolini, Vlad Gaciu, Seeth Ganesan, Jackson Parker, Alan Condon,
Joe Bennett, Mike Meehan, Ed Rogers, Noah Rogers, Bob Mathieu, Stan Talcott, Roland Sorel, Sebastian Tilton,
Francis Scanlon, Andrew Kiser, Jeromy Tilton and Finn Rogers.

Rocco R. Pasquale Memorial, September 14th, 2016
CURRENT STANDINGS
PointsPlayers
1.0Kildahl, Paulson, Godin, Cappallo, LePoer, Mirijanian, Brassard, Gurge, Gladding, Barlas, Thomas, Harris, Hankard,
Commisso, Venezia, Rangan
0.5Cesolini, Gaciu, Couture, Ganesan, Parker, Condon, Bennett, Meehan, E. Rogers, N. Rogers, Mathieu, Talcott, Sorel,
S. Tilton, Scanlon, Kiser, J. Tilton, F. Rogers
0.0Fratturelli, Arsenault, Donahue, Bastarache, Miller, Burke, Lingner, Biglow, H. McLaughlin, O'Rourke, Appelmans,
Steadman, Su, R. McLaughlin, Anderson, Gawboy, Whistler


Projected Round 2 Pairings for September 21st:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Gurge vs. Kildahl Board 2: Paulson vs. Gladding Board 3: Thomas vs. Godin Board 4: Cappallo vs. Harris Board 5: Hankard vs. LePoer Board 6: Mirijanian vs. Commisso Board 7: Venezia vs. Brassard Board 8: Cesolini vs. Rangan Board 9: N. Rogers vs. Gaciu Board 10: Talcott vs. Couture Board 11: Briggs vs. Parker Board 12: Condon vs. Sorel Board 13: S. Tilton vs. Bennett Board 14: Meehan vs. Scanlon Board 15: Kiser vs. E. Rogers Board 16: Mathieu vs. J. Tilton Board 17: Fratturelli vs. F. Rogers Board 18: O'Rourke vs. Arsenault Board 19: Donahue vs. Appelmans Board 20: Su vs. Bastarache Board 21: Miller vs. Steadman Board 22: Anderson vs. Burke Board 23: Lingner vs. R. McLaughlin Board 24: Whistler vs. Biglow Board 25: H. McLaughlin vs. Gawboy

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

REMINDER: Players must be present by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 2 on September 21st.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL Dave Thomas at 508-904-3476 by 7 P.M.

September 14th, 2016
2017 Club Championship Qualification Standings

2017 Club Championship Qualification Standings as of September 13th, 2016
After 10 of 44 games completed in the 2016-2017 season, the following are the current standings for qualification for the
2017 WCC 'A' Club Championship Tournament.
  The Top Eight Highest GPP Finishers Qualify.  
The tiebreaker, if necessary, is the higher USCF rating
after the final regular season tournament is rated!  
A minimum of 21 games must be completed to qualify.
For comparison to last year, the percentage is calculated in the last column.
Seed # Name USCF
Rating
Games Played
This Season
Additional
Games Needed
Grand
Prix
Points
Pct.
1.Tony Cesolini211081381.000
2.Gary Brassard18569127.778
3.Alex Venezia169210117.700
4.Brett Kildahl212761561.000
5.Ray Paulson20418136.750
6.Paul Godin196510116.600
7.Ken Gurge183510116.600
8.Dave Couture17919126.667
9.Dave Thomas178210116.600
10.Ed Harris17379126.667
11.Larry Gladding18317145.5.786

September 7th, 2016

Harold B. Dondis Memorial, September 7th, 2016
Round 5 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Paul Godin 0-1Brett Kildahl
Alex Venezia 0-1Larry Gladding
Dave Thomas 1/2-1/2Jim Hankard
Ken Gurge 0-1♔ Mike Commisso
Dave Couture 1-0Alan Condon
Brian Biglow 0-1Tom Fratturelli
Ed Rogers 1-0Larry O'Rourke
Roland Sorel 0-1Jim Donahue
Francis Scanlon 0-1Bill Burke
Gail Lingner 1-0Wayne Steadman
John Bastarache 1/2-1/2♕ Emily Gawboy
Finn Rogers 0-1Nicholas Anderson
Tom Whistler 0-1Andrew Kiser
Total of 13 boards, 2 major upsets ().

♖ Not playing round 5 were Chris Chase, Tony Cesolini, Ray Paulson, Ed Harris, Gary Brassard, Arthur Barlas, George Mirijanian,
Vlad Gaciu, Lenny Arsenault, Ralph McNeilage, Jackson Parker, Mike Meehan, Noah Rogers, Jack Appelmans, Stan Talcott,
Sebastian Tilton, Vince Bradley, Joe Bennett, Don Briggs, Hugh McLaughlin, Richard Bennett, Andrew Su,
Randy McLaughlin and Jeromy Tilton.

Harold B. Dondis Memorial, September 7th, 2016
FINAL STANDINGS
PointsPlayers
4.5Kildahl
4.0-----
3.5Chase, Cesolini, Paulson, Gladding, Commisso
3.0Godin, Harris, Brassard, Couture, Thomas, Barlas, Hankard, Venezia
2.5Mirijanian, Gaciu, Arsenault, Fratturelli, E. Rogers, Donahue, Burke, Lingner
2.0Gurge, McNeilage, Condon, Parker, Meehan, N. Rogers, Biglow, Appelmans, Talcott, S. Tilton
1.5Bradley, J. Bennett, Bastarache, Sorel, O'Rourke, Steadman, Anderson, Scanlon, Gawboy
1.0Briggs, H. McLaughlin, R. Bennett, Su, R. McLaughlin, Kiser, J. Tilton
0.5F. Rogers, Whistler

♔ 2016 Harold B. Dondis Memorial PRIZE WINNERS ♔
1st: Brett Kildahl of Worcester
2nd-6th: Chris Chase of Somerville, Tony Cesolini of Rindge, NH,
Ray Paulson of Lowell, Larry Gladding of Leominster,
Mike Commisso of Brookline, NH
Top U1850: Larry Gladding, Mike Commisso
Top U1650: Ed Rogers of New Ipswich, NH, Jim Donahue of Stow,
Bill Burke of Leominster, Gail Lingner of Fitchburg
Top U1450: Jack Appelmans of Acton, Stan Talcott of Keene, NH
Top U1250: Sebastian Tilton of New Ipswich, NH

Pictures from this year's Harold B. Dondis Memorial tournament.

A total of 4 players
gained 50 or more rating points:
The following players had
a rating increase of
50 or more points:
Emily Gawboy + 118
Stan Talcott + 84
Sebastian Tilton + 75
Nicholas Anderson + 60
A total of 5 players
reached new all time highs:
The following players achieved
a new all-time high rating:
Alexander Venezia 1692
Nicholas Anderson 1227
Sebastian Tilton 1142
Jeromy Tilton 1006
Emily Gawboy 972

♔   Congratulations to all!!!   ♕

REMINDER: The next tournament at the club is the Rocco R. Pasquale Memorial,
honoring Wachusett CC co-founder Rocco R. Pasquale (1922-2014) of Jaffrey, NH.
The event starts Wednesday, September 14th. Players must be present by 7:10 p.m. sharp in order to be paired for round 1.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL Dave Thomas at 508-904-3476 by 7:00 p.m.

September 6th, 2016
Top Prize Winners at 76th New England Open

Godin Takes Top Tally in U2000 at New England Open

Even though only three Wachusett CC members competed in this year's New England Open, presented by RelyeaChess.com it could still be considered a successful effort, at least for Class A rated Paul Godin, who turned in an undefeated performance & tied with two others for first place in the Under 2000 Section of the tournament.

Top honors in the Open Section went to IM Denys Shmelov, while second place was claimed by many time NE Open Champ, GM Alexander Ivanov. IM David Vigorito, NM Farzad Abdi & NM Sherif Khater shared 3rd through 5th place.

In the Under 2000 Section, WCC member Paul Godin shared first through third place with Alan Sikarov and Derek Zhao, each scoring 5-1.

The (partial) online wall chart for all sections is available here.

♔ ♔ 76th New England Open PRIZE WINNERS ♔ ♔
1st: ♚ IM Denys Shmelov (5.5-0.5)
2nd: ♖ GM Alexander Ivanov (5-1)
3rd-5th: ♜ IM David Vigorito, NM Farzad Abdi & NM Sherif Khater (4-2)
Top U2000: ♗ Alan Sikarov, Paul Godin, & Derek Zhao (5-1)
Top U1800: ♞ Kevork Haddad & Robert Sawdey (5-1)

Congratulations to all!!!

August 31st, 2016
2016 Harold B. Dondis Memorial
Round 4 of 5, Stephen Dann visits the WCC

Stephen Dann, an active Massachusetts chess journalist, correspondent & organizer for nearly half a century, stopped by the club tonight to make some announcements & provide some background information about the late Harold Dondis. Due to his close association with both Harold & the Massachusetts Chess Association (MACA) from its incipience, Stephen was able to illuminate in a bit more detail, the origin & progress of MACA including a description of the earliest version of "Chess Horizons" as an 8-page publication. Stephen highlighted the consistent dedication & labor of love involved in maintaining chess columns both in the Boston Globe & the Worcester Telegram, while managing MACA & its own award winning publication.

Harold B. Dondis Memorial, August 31st, 2016
Round 4 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Chris Chase 1-0Paul Godin
Ken Gurge 0-1Ray Paulson
Alan Condon 0-1Ed Harris
Jackson Parker 0-1Gary Brassard
Dave Couture 0-1Alexander Venezia
Tom Fratturelli 0-1George Mirijanian
Dave Thomas 1-0Ed Rogers
Jim Hankard 1-0Jim Donahue
Noah Rogers 1/2-1/2Mike Meehan
Mike Commisso 1-0Larry O'Rourke
Lenny Arsenault 1-0Francis Scanlon
Bill Burke 1/2-1/2Wayne Steadman
Andrew Su 0-1Brian Biglow
Don Briggs 0-1Stan Talcott
Randy McLaughlin 0-1Jack Appelmans
Emily Gawboy 0-1Roland Sorel
Gail Lingner 1-0Tom Whistler
Nicholas Anderson 0-1John Bastarache
Jeromy Tilton 1-0Andrew Kiser
Total of 19 boards, no major upsets.

♝ Receiving half-point byes were Brett Kildahl, Tony Cesolini, Arthur Barlas, Vlad Gaciu, Larry Gladding,
Sebastian Tilton and Finn Rogers.
♖ Not playing round 4 were Joe Bennett, Vince Bradley and Hugh McLaughlin,
the last two of whom had already withdrawn from the tournament.
♜ New withdrawals from the event were Ralph McNeilage, Richard Bennett, Bob Mathieu.

Harold B. Dondis Memorial, August 31st, 2016
CURRENT STANDINGS
PointsPlayers
3.5Chase, Kildahl, Cesolini, Paulson
3.0Godin, Harris, Brassard, Barlas, Venezia
2.5Mirijanian, Gaciu, Gladding, Thomas, Hankard, Commisso, Arsenault
2.0Gurge, Couture, (McNeilage), Condon, Parker, Meehan, N. Rogers, Biglow, Appelmans, Talcott, S. Tilton
1.5J. Bennett, Fratturelli, E. Rogers, Donahue, Burke, Lingner, Sorel, O'Rourke, Steadman, Scanlon
1.0(Bradley), Bastarache, Briggs, (H. McLaughlin), Su, (R. Bennett), R. McLaughlin, J. Tilton, Gawboy
0.5Anderson, F. Rogers, Whistler
0.0Kiser


Projected Round 5 Pairings for September 7th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Cesolini vs. Kildahl Board 2: Godin vs. Brassard Board 3: Harris vs. Barlas Board 4: Mirijanian vs. Venezia Board 5: Gaciu vs. Hankard Board 6: Gladding vs. Commisso Board 7: Thomas vs. Arsenault Board 8: Gurge vs. N. Rogers Board 9: Appelmans vs. Couture Board 10: Biglow vs. Condon Board 11: Talcott vs. Parker Board 12: Meehan vs. S. Tilton Board 13: Lingner vs. J. Bennett Board 14: Sorel vs. Fratturelli Board 15: E. Rogers vs. O'Rourke Board 16: Steadman vs. Donahue Board 17: Scanlon vs. Burke Board 18: Bastarache vs. Su Board 19: Gawboy vs. Briggs Board 20: F. Rogers vs. Anderson Board 21: Whistler vs. Kiser

♖ Not paired for Round 5 are: Chase, Paulson, R. McLaughlin and J. Tilton.

REMINDER: Players must be present by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 5 on September 7th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL Dave Thomas at 508-904-3476 by 7 P.M.

August 28th, 2016
2016 Harold B. Dondis Memorial
Revised Projected pairings for Round 4


(Revised) Projected Round 4 Pairings for August 31st:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Tony Cesolini (3.0) Brett Kildahl (3.0) Board 2: Christopher Chase (2.5) Paul Godin (3.0) Board 3: Raymond Paulson (2.5) Edward Harris (2.0) Board 4: Kenneth Gurge (2.0) Lawrence Gladding (2.0) Board 5: Alan Condon (2.0) Gary Brassard (2.0) Board 6: Jackson Parker (2.0) Vlad Gaciu (2.0) Board 7: Dave Couture (2.0) Alexander Venezia (2.0) Board 8: George Mirijanian (1.5) Tom Fratturelli (1.5) Board 9: David Thomas (1.5) Ed Rogers (1.5) Board 10: James Hankard (1.5) Jim Donahue (1.5) Board 11: Noah Rogers (1.5) Michael Meehan (1.5) Board 12: Joseph Bennett (1.5) Laurence O'Rourke (1.5) Board 13: Sebastian Tilton (1.5) Michael Commisso (1.5) Board 14: Lenny Arsenault (1.5) Francis Scanlon II (1.5) Board 15: William Burke (1.0) Wayne Steadman (1.0) Board 16: Andrew Su (1.0) Brian Biglow (1.0) Board 17: Donald Briggs (1.0) Stanford Talcott (1.0) Board 18: Randy McLaughlin (1.0) Jack Applemans (1.0) Board 19: Emily Gawboy (1.0) Richard Bennett (1.0) Board 20: Gail Lingner (0.5) Tom Whistler (0.5) Board 21: Nicholas Anderson (0.5) Roland Sorel (0.5) Board 22: Jeromy Tilton (0.0) John Bastarache (0.0) Board 23: Finneas Rogers (0.0) Andrew Kiser (0.0)

August 27th, 2016

The Wachusett Chess Club now has an online blog at: http://wccnotes.blogspot.com/ where you can post comments, reply to messages, post your games & analysis, etc. This will provide a more suitable immediate & open forum than this web site or email alone. Eventually, I'll be adding other features including topical links to other online discussions for commentary or instructional purposes. Due to the nature of the web, this resource has potential that is limited only by your imagination.
Enjoy!

August 24th, 2016
2016 Harold B. Dondis Memorial
Round 3 of 5, FM Chris Chase addresses the WCC

Tonight FM Chris Chase spoke to the club about his association with fellow chess journalist & good friend, Harold B. Dondis. In addition to some background about Harold & his long & pivotal relationship with the Boylston Chess Club, Chris also described how Harold had been instrumental in creating & maintaining both the US Chess Trust and the Boylston Chess Foundation.

Harold B. Dondis Memorial, August 24th, 2016
Round 3 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Brett Kildahl 1-0Ken Gurge
Gary Brassard 0-1Tony Cesolini
Paul Godin 1-0Jackson Parker
Vlad Gaciu 0-1Chris Chase
Jim Hankard 0-1Arthur Barlas
Ed Harris 1-0Lenny Arsenault
Brian Biglow 0-1Dave Couture
Larry Gladding 1-0Bill Burke
Larry O'Rourke 1/2-1/2Dave Thomas
Richard Bennett 0-1Ralph McNeilage
Alan Condon 1-0Andrew Su
Alexander Venezia 1-0Stan Talcott
Sebastian Tilton 1/2-1/2Joe Bennett
Mike Commisso 1-0Emily Gawboy
Tom Fratturelli 1-0Gail Lingner
Ed Rogers 1-0Nicholas Anderson
Tom Whistler 0-1Noah Rogers
John Bastarache 0-1♔Randy McLaughlin
Andrew Kiser 0-1Don Briggs
Jeromy Tilton 0-1Jack Appelmans
Wayne Steadman 1-0Finn Rogers
Total of 21 boards, 1 major upset ().

♝ Receiving half-point byes were Ray Paulson, George Mirijanian, Mike Meehan, Jim Donahue,
Francis Scanlon and Roland Sorel.
♖ Not playing round 3 were Bob Mathieu, Vince Bradley and Hugh McLaughlin,
the last two of whom had already withdrawn from the tournament.

Harold B. Dondis Memorial, August 24th, 2016
CURRENT STANDINGS
PointsPlayers
3.0Kildahl, Cesolini, Godin
2.5Chase, Paulson, Barlas
2.0Gurge, Harris, Brassard, Gaciu, Couture, Gladding, McNeilage, Condon, Parker, Venezia
1.5Mirijanian, Thomas, Hankard, Meehan, J. Bennett, Commisso, Arsenault, Fratturelli, E. Rogers, Donahue, N. Rogers,
O'Rourke, S. Tilton, Scanlon
1.0(Bradley), Burke, Biglow, Mathieu, Briggs, (H. McLaughlin), Appelmans, Su, R. Bennett, Steadman, Talcott,
R. McLaughlin, Gawboy
0.5Lingner, Sorel, Anderson, Whistler
0.0Bastarache, Kiser, J. Tilton, F. Rogers


Projected Round 4 Pairings for August 31st:

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

REMINDER: Players must be present by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 4 on August 31st.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL Dave Thomas at 508-904-3476 by 7 P.M.

August 19th, 2016
Chess Table in Downtown Leominster

FYI, they just started installing chess tables on Monument Square in downtown Leominster.
Well, one table anyway, don't know if there are more planned.
Check out the picture.

Kindest Regards,
Mike Meehan

August 17th, 2016
2016 Harold B. Dondis Memorial
Round 2 of 5

FM Chris Chase Visits WCC to Compete in Dondis Memorial

Harold B. Dondis Memorial, August 17th, 2016
Round 2 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Dave Couture 0-1Brett Kildahl
Tony Cesolini 1-0Larry Gladding
Dave Thomas 0-1Ray Paulson
Ralph McNeilage 0-1Paul Godin
Ken Gurge 1-0Alan Condon
♔ Jackson Parker 1-0Ed Harris
Gary Brassard 1-0Alex Venezia
Jim Donahue 0-1Vlad Gaciu
Chris Chase 1-0Emily Gawboy
Arthur Barlas 1-0Tom Fratturelli
Noah Rogers 0-1Jim Hankard
Lenny Arsenault 1-0Tom Whistler
George Mirijanian 1-0Andrew Kiser
Mike Meehan 1-0Wayne Steadman
♔ Stan Talcott 1-0John Bastarache
Nicholas Anderson 1/2-1/2Gail Lingner
Jack Appelmans 0-1Brian Biglow
Don Briggs 0-1♔ Sebastian Tilton
♔ Francis Scanlon 1-0Roland Sorel
Hugh McLaughlin 1-0Jeromy Tilton
Finn Rogers 0-1Larry O'Rourke
Total of 21 boards, 4 major upsets ().

♝ Receiving half-point byes were Joe Bennett, Bob Mathieu, Richard Bennett, Andrew Su, Mike Commisso and Ed Rogers.
♙ Withdrawing from the tournament was Vince Bradley.

Harold B. Dondis Memorial, August 17th, 2016
CURRENT STANDINGS
PointsPlayers
2.0Kildahl, Cesolini, Paulson, Godin, Gurge, Brassard, Gaciu, Parker
1.5Chase, Barlas, Hankard, Arsenault
1.0Mirijanian, Harris, Couture, Gladding, Thomas, (Bradley), McNeilage, Condon, Venezia, Meehan, J. Bennett, Donahue,
Burke, Biglow, Mathieu, H. McLaughlin, O'Rourke, R. Bennett, Su, Talcott, S. Tilton, Scanlon, Gawboy
0.5Commisso, Fratturelli, E. Rogers, N. Rogers, Lingner, Anderson, Whistler
0.0Bastarache, Briggs, Sorel, Appelmans, Steadman, R. McLaughlin, Kiser, J. Tilton, F. Rogers


Projected Round 3 Pairings for August 24th:

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

♗ Requesting half-point byes for Round 3 are Paulson and Scanlon.
♔ The Wachusett Chess Club is honored to welcome FM Chris Chase, who joined the tournament in honor of Harold B. Dondis, his long time friend & former co-editor of Boston Globe Chess column.
One of Chris' games can be found in the WCC Games Section.

REMINDER: Players must be present by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 3 on August 24th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL Dave Thomas at 508-904-3476 by 7 P.M.

August 16th, 2016
Wachusett CC Players' Rating Gains and Losses at the 46th Continental Open

A number of active & inactive WCC members took part in the 46th Continental Open in Sturbridge, held this past weekend.

♙   ♝   ♘   ♜   ♘   ♟   Tuesday August 16, 2016 WCC Rating Updates   ♗   ♞   ♖   ♞   ♗   ♟
USCFID#: WCC Member NameEnd DateMost Recent Rated TournamentSection: NamePre => Post
14514636: CARISSA SHIWEN YIP2016-08-1446TH ANNUAL CONTINENTAL OPEN (MA)1: OPEN 2282 => 2301
12844878: TONY S CESOLINI2016-08-1446TH ANNUAL CONTINENTAL OPEN (MA)1: OPEN 2113 => 2122
12890962: NOWELL RYAN SHEINWALD2016-08-1446TH ANNUAL CONTINENTAL OPEN (MA)3: UNDER1900 1846 => 1886
13459495: VLAD JAN GACIU2016-08-1446TH ANNUAL CONTINENTAL OPEN (MA)3: UNDER1900 1840 => 1836
12465223: EDWARD ARTHUR HARRIS2016-08-1446TH ANNUAL CONTINENTAL OPEN (MA)3: UNDER1900 1854 => 1763
13250463: JOSEPH BENNETT2016-08-1446TH ANNUAL CONTINENTAL OPEN (MA)3: UNDER1900 1663 => 1680
15163642: ANANTH RANGAN2016-08-1446TH ANNUAL CONTINENTAL OPEN (MA)4: UNDER1700 1680 => 1671
12222200: JAMES A HANKARD2016-08-1446TH ANNUAL CONTINENTAL OPEN (MA)4: UNDER1700 1684 => 1644
12633241: JAMES E DONAHUE2016-08-1446TH ANNUAL CONTINENTAL OPEN (MA)4: UNDER1700 1569 => 1594
12522461: STEVEN MICHAEL KOROSKENYI2016-08-1446TH ANNUAL CONTINENTAL OPEN (MA)5: UNDER1500 1385 => 1395
These & other rating updates nay be found at: ./RatingUpdates.php or in the Statistics Menu under "Recent Activity".

August 12th, 2016
Top Prize Winners at 46th Continental Open

Carissa Yip Wins Big At Sturbridge!!

After opening the tournament with a disappointing loss to USCF Expert & 2010 WCC Champ, Tony Cesolini, 12-year old Carissa Yip, 2014 WCC Champ, proceeded to turn in an undefeated performance for the remainder of the tournament, giving up only a single half point to 2648 rated GM Alexander Srtipunsky, & defeating two USCF Experts & two National Masters in the process. Her score of 4.5-1.5 placed her tied with two GM's, half a point behind the tournament winner, & brought her to sole posession of the Under 2300 prize of $1400, an amount second only to first place finisher, GM Sergey Kudrin! Kudos to Carissa for an outstanding performance. [Tony Cesolini analyzed his first round game with Carissa & it's in the 2016 Section of the Games page.]

♔ 46th Continental Open PRIZE WINNERS ♕
1st: ♔ GM Sergey Kudrin (5-1) $3200
2nd-3rd: GM Alexander Stripunsky (4.5-1.5) $1100
GM Michael Rohde (4.5-1.5) $1100
Top U2300: ♕ Carissa Yip (4.5-1.5) $1400
4th-5th: GM Alexander Ivanov (4-2) $266.67
FM Chris Chase (4-2) $266.67
FM Rico Salimbagat (4-2) $266.67

Congratulations to all!!!

August 12th, 2016
Wachusett CC players set to compete in Continental Open

At least a half dozen players with ties to the Wachusett Chess Club are registered to compete in the 46th annual Continental Open, August 11-14, at the Host Hotel at Cedar Lake in Sturbridge, MA.
Carissa Yip of Andover, 2014 Wachusett CC champion, is playing in the Open section (4-day schedule).
Taking part in the Under 1900 section are Ed Harris of Marlboro, NH (3-day schedule), Vlad Gaciu of Holden (4-day schedule) and Joe Bennett of Fitchburg (2-day schedule).
Participating in the Under 1700 section are Ananth Rangan of Nashua, NH (2-day schedule) and Jim Donahue of Stow (3-day schedule).
It is reported that 2010 Wachusett CC champion, Tony Cesolini of Rindge, NH and Jim Hankard of Antrim, NH will also be competing, but both are not among the advance entrants at the present time.
George M

August 10th, 2016
2016 Harold B. Dondis Memorial
Round 1 of 5

Harold B. Dondis Memorial Tournament
Opens with Record Breaking Upset!

Harold B. Dondis Memorial, August 10th, 2016
Round 1 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Brett Kildahl 1-0Mike Commisso
John Bastarache 0-1Tony Cesolini
Ray Paulson 1-0Ed Rogers
♔ Jim Donahue 1-0George Mirijanian
Paul Godin 1-0Bill Burke
Brian Biglow 0-1Ken Gurge
Ed Harris 1-0Don Briggs
Roland Sorel 0-1Gary Brassard
Vlad Gaciu 1-0Hugh McLaughlin
Larry O'Rourke 0-1Dave Couture
Larry Gladding 1-0Jack Appelmans
Wayne Steadman 0-1Dave Thomas
Vince Bradley 1-0Stan Talcott
Randy McLaughlin 0-1Ralph McNeilage
Alan Condon 1-0Nicholas Anderson
Andrew Kiser 0-1Jackson Parker
Alexander Venezia 1-0Francis Scanlon
♕ Emily Gawboy 1-0Mike Meehan
Total of 18 boards, 2 major upsets ().

♝ Receiving half-point byes were Arthur Barlas, Jim Hankard, Ananth Rangan, Joe Bennett, Lenny Arsenault,
Tom Fratturelli, Noah Rogers, Bob Mathieu, Andrew Su, Richard Bennett and Tom Whistler..
♖ Not playing round 1 were Gail Lingner, Sebastian Tilton, Jeromy Tilton and Finn Rogers.

Harold B. Dondis Memorial, August 10th, 2016
CURRENT STANDINGS
PointsPlayers
1.0Kildahl, Cesolini, Paulson, Godin, Gurge, Harris, Brassard, Gaciu, Couture, Gladding, Thomas, Bradley, McNeilage,
Condon, Parker, Venezia, Donahue, Gawboy
0.5Barlas, Hankard, Rangan, J. Bennett, Arsenault, Fratturelli, N. Rogers, Mathieu, Su, R. Bennett, Whistler
0.0Mirijanian, Meehan, Commisso, Bastarache, E. Rogers, Burke, Lingner, Biglow, Briggs, Sorel, H. McLaughlin, O'Rourke,
Appelmans, Steadman, Talcott, R. McLaughlin, Anderson, Kiser, Scanlon, S. Tilton, J. Tilton, F. Rogers


Projected Round 2 Pairings for August 17th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Thomas vs. Kildahl Board 2: Cesolini vs. Gladding Board 3: Bradley vs. Paulson Board 4: McNeilage vs. Godin Board 5: Gurge vs. Condon Board 6: Parker vs. Harris Board 7: Brassard vs. Venezia Board 8: Donahue vs. Gaciu Board 9: Couture vs. Gawboy Board 10: Barlas vs. Fratturelli Board 11: N. Rogers vs. Hankard Board 12: Rangan vs. Mathieu Board 13: Su vs. J. Bennett Board 14: Arsenault vs. R. Bennett Board 15: Mirijanian vs. Whistler Board 16: Meehan vs. Steadman Board 17: Appelmans vs. Bastarache Board 18: E. Rogers vs. R. McLaughlin Board 19: Burke vs. S. Tilton Board 20: Talcott vs. Lingner Board 21: Anderson vs. Biglow Board 22: Briggs vs. Kiser Board 23: Scanlon vs. Sorel Board 24: H. McLaughlin vs. J. Tilton Board 25: F. Rogers vs. O'Rourke

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

REMINDER: Players must be present by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 2 on August 17th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL Dave Thomas at 508-904-3476 by 7 P.M.

August 7th, 2016
Billerica Chess Club Holds Woody Wink Memorial Swiss Tournament

Starting Friday, August 5, 2016, The Billerica Chess Club will hold a memorial tournament to honor the memory of Woody Wink, long time member & major contributor to the Billerica CC.

August 4th, 2016
Ratings in effect for the Harold B. Dondis Memorial 2016

The following ratings are in effect for the Harold B. Dondis Memorial 2016,
which starts Wednesday, August 10, at the Wachusett Chess Club in Fitchburg.

  ♔   ♛   ♖   ♝   ♘   ♙   ♞   ♗   ♜   ♕   ♚   Players most likely to compete in
the 2016 Harold B. Dondis Memorial
are listed below with their current ratings: (Players at their all time highs are highlighted.)
1King 2150
2Kildahl 2144
3Cesolini 2113
4Paulson 2029
5C. Bradley 2011
6Kochman 1987
7Cappallo 1953
8Niemi 1935
9Mirijanian 1934
10Godin 1917
11LePoer 1916
12Strickland 1888
13Gurge 1857
14Harris 1854
15Brassard 1842
16Couture 1823
17Gladding 1819
18Gaciu 1792
19Thomas 1791
20Barlas 1779
21V. Bradley 1751
22McNeilage 1714/P7
23Condon 1704
24Ganesan 1697
25Parker 1688
26Hankard 1684
27Venezia 1683
28Meehan 1672
29P. Lynch 1667
30J, Bennett 1663
31Commisso 1656
32Arsenault 1655
33Rangan 1655
34Bastarache 1652
35Fratturelli 1650
36E, Rogers 1596
37Donahue 1569
38Miller 1556
39Burke 1532
40N. Rogers 1521
41Lingner 1502
42Biglow 1479
43Giampietro 1472
44Lavoie 1459
45Mathieu 1449
46Gauthier 1443
47Briggs 1440
48Sorel 1410
49H. McLaughlin 1408
50O'Rourke 1405
51Su 1392
52R. Bennett 1391
53Koroskenyi 1385
54Steadman 1384
55Appelmans 1339
56Talcott 1323
57R. McLaughlin 1322
58K. Lynch 1200
59Anderson 1167/P3
60Kiser 1081
61Scanlon 1066
62Gawboy 854
63F. Rogers 829
64Whistler 758

August 3rd, 2016
2017 Club Championship Qualification Standings

2017 Club Championship Qualification Standings as of August 3rd, 2016, 2016
After 5 of 44 games completed in the 2016-2017 season, the following are the current standings for qualification for the
2017 WCC 'A' Club Championship Tournament.
  The Top Eight Highest GPP Finishers Qualify.  
The tiebreaker, if necessary, is the higher USCF rating
after the final regular season tournament is rated! *  
A minimum of 21 games must be completed to qualify.
Seed # Name USCF
Rating
Games Played
This Season
Additional
Games Needed
Grand
Prix
Points
Notes
1.Tony Cesolini21135165
2.Ken Gurge18575164
3.Gary Brassard18425164
4.Alex Venezia16835164
5.Ray Paulson20295163
6.Paul Godin19175163
7.Ed Harris18545163
8.Dave Couture18234173
9.Dave Thomas17915163
10.Vince Bradley17514173
11.John Bastarache16525163
12.Ed Rogers15965163
13.Jim Donahue15694173

August 3rd, 2016

Harlow B. Daly Memorial, August 3rd, 2016
Round 5 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Tony Cesolini 1-0Dave Couture
♔Gary Brassard 1-0Ray Paulson
♔Alex Venezia 1-0Paul Godin
Ken Gurge 1-0Ed Harris
Jim Donahue 0-1Larry Gladding
♔Vince Bradley 1-0Roger Cappallo
Brett Kildahl 1-0Mike Commisso
Noah Rogers 0-1Dave Thomas
Ralph McNeilage 0-1♔John Bastarache
Jim Hankard 0-1♔Ed Rogers
Mike Meehan 1-0Stan Talcott
Hugh McLaughlin 1-0Bill Burke
Gail Lingner 1/2-1/2Brian Biglow
Don Briggs 0-1Wayne Steadman
Andrew Su 1-0Randy McLaughlin
Larry O'Rourke 1-0Roland Sorel
Francis Scanlon 1-0Emily Gawboy
Finn Rogers 1-0Tom Whistler
Total of 18 boards, 5 major upsets ().

♖ Not playing round 5 were George Mirijanian, Ananth Rangan, Rob King, Arthur Barlas, Jackson Parker, Tom Fratturelli, Bob Mathieu,
Jack Appelmans, Nicholas Anderson, Andrew Kiser, Eric Strickland, Richard Bennett and Steve Koroskenyi,
the last three of whom had already withdrawn from the tournament.
Also withdrawn from the tournament as a result of not playing a game was Tom Giampietro..

Harlow B. Daly Memorial, August 3rd, 2016
FINAL STANDINGS
PointsPlayers
5.0Cesolini
4.5-----
4.0Brassard, Gurge, Venezia
3.5Gladding, Couture, Bradley
3.0Kildahl, Paulson, Godin, Mirijanian, Harris, Thomas, Meehan, Bastarache, Donahue, E. Rogers
2.5Rangan, H. McLaughlin
2.0King, Cappallo, McNeilage, Barlas, Parker, Hankard, Fratturelli, Commisso, N. Rogers, Lingner, Biglow, Su, O'Rourke,
Steadman, Talcott, Scanlon
1.5Strickland, Burke, Mathieu, Appelmans, Anderson
1.0Briggs, Sorel, R. Bennett, Koroskenyi, R. McLaughlin, Kiser, F. Rogers
0.5Gawboy, Whistler

♔ 2016 Harlow B. Daly Memorial PRIZE WINNERS ♔
1st: Tony Cesolini of Rindge, NH
2nd-4th: Gary Brassard & Ken Gurge, both of Leominster,
Alex Venezia of Lunenburg (Top U1600)
Top U1800: Vince Bradley of Gilsum, NH
Top U1600: Alex Venezia of Lunenburg
Top U1400: Wayne Steadman of Lunenburg, & Stan Talcott of Keene, NH
Top U1200: Francis Scanlon of Fitchburg

Pictures from this year's Harlow B. Daly Memorial tournament.

A total of 4 players
gained 50 or more rating points:
The following players had
a rating increase of
50 or more points:
Alexander Venezia + 106
Ed Rogers + 94
Jim Donahue + 57
Ken Gurge + 56
A total of 7 players
reached new all time highs:
The following players achieved
a new all-time high rating:
Tony Cesolini 2113
Ken Gurge 1857
Alexander Venezia 1683
Mike Meehan 1672
John Bastarache 1652
Bill Burke 1532
Nicholas Anderson 1167/P3

REMINDER: The next tournament at the club, the Harold B. Dondis Memorial, begins Wednesday, August 10th.
Players must be present by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 1 on August 10th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL Dave Thomas at 508-904-3476 by 7 P.M.

July 31st, 2016
Chess tactics from the Harlow B. Daly Memorial

Harlow B. Daly Memorial, Round 4 Dave Couture vs. Ananth Rangan


White to play & win

Here's a potential tactic to show on the website. It's white to move and win. It came up in my [Round 4] game this past week and I missed it. George [Mirijanian] was just over to prep for our Chess Chat show tomorrow and I showed it to him. He eventually got it, but it took awhile. -Dave C.

July 30th, 2016
2017 Club Championship Qualification Standings

2017 Club Championship Qualification Standings as of July 30, 2016
After 4 of 44 games completed in the 2016-2017 season, the following are the current standings for qualification for the
2017 WCC 'A' Club Championship Tournament.
  The Top Eight Highest GPP Finishers Qualify.  
The tiebreaker, if necessary, is the higher USCF rating
after the final regular season tournament is rated! *  
A minimum of 21 games must be completed to qualify.
Seed # Name USCF
Rating
Games Played
This Season
Additional
Games Needed
Grand
Prix
Points
Notes
1.Tony Cesolini20974174
2.Ray Paulson20664173
3.Paul Godin19274173
4.Ed Harris18804173
5.Dave Couture18063183
6.Gary Brassard18024173
7.Ken Gurge18014173
8.Alexander Venezia15774173
9.Ananth Rangan16024172.5
10.Jim Donahue15123182.5
11.George Mirijanian19252192
12.Dave Thomas18174172
13.Vince Bradley17443182
14.Jim Hankard16854172
15.Mike Commisso16474172
16.John Bastarache16474172
17.Noah Rogers15204172
18.Ed Rogers15024172

Notes:
* This is a change since March 16, 2016.

July 30th, 2016
2016 Harlow B. Daly Memorial
Revised Projected Round 5 Pairings


Revised Projected Round 5 Pairings for August 3rd:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
1: Tony Cesolini (4.0) vs. Dave Couture (3.5) 2: Gary Brassard (3.0) vs. Raymond Paulson (3.0) 3: Alexander Venezia (3.0) vs. Paul Godin (3.0) 4: Kenneth Gurge (3.0) vs. George Mirijanian (3.0) 5: Jim Donahue (3.0) vs. Edward Harris (3.0) 6: Vincent Bradley III (2.5) vs. Lawrence Gladding (2.5) 7: Brett Kildahl (2.0) vs. Tom Fratturelli (2.0) 8: Michael Commisso (2.0) vs. Roger Cappallo (2.0) 9: James Hankard (2.0) vs. David Thomas (2.0) 10: Ralph McNeilage (2.0) vs. John Bastarache (2.0) 11: Arthur Barlas (2.0) vs. Noah Rogers (2.0) 12: Michael Meehan (2.0) vs. Jackson Parker (2.0) 13: Ed Rogers (2.0) vs. William Burke (1.5) 14: Gail Lingner (1.5) vs. Hugh McLaughlin (1.5) 15: Jack Applemans (1.5) vs. Brian Biglow (1.5) 16: Nicholas Anderson (1.5) vs. Robert Mathieu (1.5) 17: Donald Briggs (1.0) vs. Wayne Steadman (1.0) 18: Andrew Su (1.0) vs. Randy McLaughlin (1.0) 19: Laurence O'Rourke (1.0) vs. Roland Sorel (1.0) 20: Francis Scanlon II (1.0) vs. Emily Gawboy (0.5) 21: Finneas Rogers (0.0) vs. Tom Whistler (0.5)

July 29th, 2016
2016 Harlow B. Daly Memorial
Recent Pictures posted






July 27th, 2016

Harlow B. Daly Memorial, July 27th, 2016
Round 4 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Paul Godin 0-1Tony Cesolini
Dave Couture 1-0Ananth Rangan
Ray Paulson 1-0Arthur Barlas
Ed Harris 1-0Jim Hankard
Dave Thomas 0-1♔Alex Venezia
Gary Brassard 1-0Mike Commisso
John Bastarache 0-1Ken Gurge
Roger Cappallo 1/2-1/2Mike Meehan
Bob Mathieu 0-1Vince Bradley
Andrew Su 0-1Brett Kildahl
Roland Sorel 0-1Ralph McNeilage
Bill Burke 1/2-1/2Jack Appelmans
Larry O'Rourke 0-1Noah Rogers
Randy McLaughlin 0-1Ed Rogers
♔Stan Talcott 1-0Don Briggs
Francis Scanlon 0-1Gail Lingner
Tom Whistler 0-1Hugh McLaughlin
Emily Gawboy 0-1Nicholas Anderson
Wayne Steadman 1-0Finn Rogers
Total of 19 boards, 2 major upsets ().

♝ Receiving half-point byes were George Mirijanian, Jim Donahue,
Larry Gladding, Jackson Parker and Brian Biglow.
♖ Not playing round 4 were Rob King, Tom Fratturelli, Tom Giampietro and Andrew Kiser.
♟ Withdrawing from the tournament were Eric Strickland, Richard Bennett and Steve Koroskenyi.

♘ The Wachusett Chess Club welcomes Ralph McNeilage of Worcester, & Jack Appelmans of Acton.
♔ Also returning after a hiatus of several months is NM Brett Kildahl of Worcester

Harlow B. Daly Memorial, July 27th, 2016
CURRENT STANDINGS
PointsPlayers
4.0Cesolini
3.5Couture
3.0Paulson, Godin, Mirijanian, Harris, Brassard, Gurge, Venezia, Donahue
2.5Gladding, Bradley, Rangan
2.0King, Kildahl, Cappallo, Thomas, McNeilage, Barlas, Parker, Hankard, Meehan, Fratturelli, Commisso,
Bastarache, N. Rogers, E. Rogers, Talcott
1.5(Strickland), Burke, Lingner, Biglow, Mathieu, H. McLaughlin, Appelmans, Anderson
1.0Briggs, Giampietro, Su, Sorel, O'Rourke, (R. Bennett), Steadman, (Koroskenyi), R. McLaughlin, Kiser, Scanlon
0.5Gawboy, Whistler
0.0F. Rogers


Projected Round 5 Pairings for August 3rd:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Cesolini vs. Couture Board 2: Brassard vs. Paulson Board 3: Venezia vs. Godin Board 4: Mirijanian vs. Gurge Board 5: Donahue vs. Harris Board 6: Bradley vs. King Board 7: Kildahl vs. Fratturelli Board 8: Commisso vs. Cappallo Board 9: Meehan vs. Thomas Board 10: McNeilage vs. Bastarache Board 11: Barlas vs. N. Rogers Board 12: Parker vs. Talcott Board 13: Hankard vs. E. Rogers Board 14: Burke vs. Mathieu Board 15: Lingner vs. H. McLaughlin Board 16: Appelmans vs. Biglow Board 17: Anderson vs. Briggs Board 18: Steadman vs. Su Board 19: R. McLaughlin vs. Sorel Board 20: O'Rourke vs. Kiser Board 21: Gawboy vs. Scanlon Board 22: F. Rogers vs. Whistler

REMINDER: Players must be present by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 5 on August 3rd.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL Dave Thomas at 508-904-3476 by 7 P.M.

July 26th, 2016
Wachusett CC Players' Rating Gains and Losses at New Hampshire Open & Bradley Open

A number of active WCC members took part in the New Hampshire Open in Nashua, NH, & the Bradley Open in Windsor Locks, CT. Both tournaments were held this past weekend.

Here are their rating updates:
♙   ♝   ♘   ♜   ♘   ♟   Monday July 25, 2016 Active Member Rating Updates   ♗   ♞   ♖   ♞   ♗   ♟
USCFID#: WCC Member NameEnd DateMost Recent Rated TournamentSection: NamePre => Post
12465223: EDWARD ARTHUR HARRIS2016-07-2466TH NEW HAMPSHIRE OPEN (NH)2: UNDER 1950 1890 => 1880
12896953: VINCENT A BRADLEY III2016-07-2466TH NEW HAMPSHIRE OPEN (NH)2: UNDER 1950 1770 => 1744
13459495: VLAD JAN GACIU2016-07-2421ST BRADLEY OPEN (CT)2: UNDER 2010 1790 => 1740
12525099: MICHAEL COMMISSO2016-07-2466TH NEW HAMPSHIRE OPEN (NH)2: UNDER 1950 1639 => 1647
15163642: ANANTH RANGAN2016-07-2466TH NEW HAMPSHIRE OPEN (NH)3: UNDER 1650 1668 => 1627
15518741: ANDREW SU2016-07-2466TH NEW HAMPSHIRE OPEN (NH)3: UNDER 1650 1434 => 1382

July 22nd, 2016
2016 Harlow B. Daly Memorial
Revised Projected Round 4 Pairings

Due to the withdrawls of Steve Koroskenyi and Eric Strickland from the current tournament, and also Tom Giampietro not playing next round, and no news from our newcomer, Nicholas Anderson, the updated projected Round 4 pairings for July 27th now look like this:

Projected Round 4 Pairings for July 27th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Godin vs. Cesolini Board 2: Mirijanian vs. Couture Board 3: Rangan vs. King Board 4: Ray Paulson vs. Arthur Barlas Board 5: Harris vs. Fratturelli Board 6: Hankard vs. Gladding Board 7: Thomas vs. Venezia Board 8: Brassard vs. Commisso Board 9: Bastarache vs. Gurge Board 10: Cappallo vs. Meehan Board 11: Parker vs. Bradley Board 12: Burke vs. Mathieu Board 13: O'Rourke vs. N. Rogers Board 14: R. Bennett vs. E. Rogers Board 15: R. McLaughlin vs. Briggs Board 16: Talcott vs. Biglow Board 17: Su vs. Kiser Board 18: Sorel vs. Scanlon Board 19: Gawboy vs. Lingner Board 20: Whistler vs. H. McLaughlin Board 21: Steadman vs. F. Rogers

REMINDER: Players must be present by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 4 on July 27th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL Dave Thomas at 508-904-3476 by 7 P.M.

July 21st, 2016
2016 Harlow B. Daly Memorial
Round 3 of 5

Harlow B. Daly Memorial, July 20th, 2016
Round 3 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Tony Cesolini 1-0Jim Hankard
Ken Gurge 0-1Paul Godin
Mike Commisso 0-1George Mirijanian
Eric Strickland 0-1♔ Ananth Rangan
Mike Meehan 0-1Dave Couture
Vince Bradley 0-1♔ Jim Donahue
Rob King 1-0Bill Burke
Noah Rogers 0-1Ray Paulson
Brian Biglow 0-1Ed Harris
Ed Rogers 0-1Dave Thomas
Don Briggs 0-1Gary Brassard
Tom Fratturelli 1-0Andrew Su
Richard Bennett 0-1John Bastarache
Alexander Venezia 1-0Francis Scanlon
Tom Whistler 0-1Bob Mathieu
Roland Sorel 1-0Wayne Steadman
Hugh McLaughlin 1/2-1/2Emily Gawboy
Finn Rogers 0-1Larry O'Rourke
Total of 18 boards, 2 major upsets ().

♝ Receiving half-point byes were Larry Gladding, Arthur Barlas, Roger Cappallo, Jackson Parker,
Steve Koroskenyi, Stan Talcott, Andrew Kiser, Gail Lingner and Nicholas Anderson.
♖ Not playing round 3 were Tom Giampietro and Randy McLaughlin.

Harlow B. Daly Memorial, July 20th, 2016
CURRENT STANDINGS
PointsPlayers
3.0Cesolini, Godin
2.5Mirijanian, Couture, Rangan, Donahue
2.0King, Paulson, Harris, Gladding, Thomas, Brassard, Gurge, Barlas, Hankard, Fratturelli, Commisso, Bastarache, Venezia
1.5Cappallo, Strickland, Bradley, Parker, Meehan, Mathieu
1.0Burke, N. Rogers, E. Rogers, Briggs, Biglow, Giampietro, Su, Sorel, O'Rourke, R. Bennett, Koroskenyi, R. McLaughlin,
Talcott, Kiser, Scanlon
0.5Lingner, H. McLaughlin, Gawboy, Whistler, Anderson
0.0Steadman, F. Rogers


Projected Round 4 Pairings for July 27th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Godin vs. Cesolini Board 2: Mirijanian vs. Couture Board 3: Rangan vs, King Board 4: Paulson vs. Barlas Board 5: Harris vs. Fratturelli Board 6: Hankard vs. Gladding Board 7: Thomas vs. Venezia Board 8: Brassard vs. Commisso Board 9: Bastarache vs. Gurge Board 10: Cappallo vs. Meehan Board 11: Parker vs. Strickland Board 12: Mathieu vs. Bradley Board 13: Burke vs. Sorel Board 14: O'Rourke vs. N. Rogers Board 15: R. Bennett vs. E. Rogers Board 16: Koroskenyi vs. Briggs Board 17: R. McLaughlin vs. Biglow Board 18: Giampietro vs. Talcott Board 19: Su vs. Kiser Board 20: Scanlon vs. Lingner Board 21: Whistler vs. H. McLaughlin Board 22: Gawboy vs. Anderson Board 23: Steadman vs. F. Rogers

♗ Requesting a half-point bye for Round 4 is Jim Donahue.

REMINDER: Players must be present by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 4 on July 27th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL Dave Thomas at 508-904-3476 by 7 P.M.

July 20th, 2016
Yip, Rangan to play in Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions

Carissa Yip of Andover, 2014 champion of the Wachusett Chess Club, and Ananth Rangan of Nashua, NH, new member of the Wachusett CC, will represent Massachusetts and New Hampshire respectively in the Dewain Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions that will be held July 30 to August 2 during the U.S. Open in Indianapolis, Indiana. The winner of the event will receive a $ 5,000 college/university scholarship to the school of his or her choice as well as placement in the U.S. Cadet Championship.

Rounds in that event start in the morning, allowing participants, if they choose, to play in the (117th) U.S. Open in the evening. I wonder whether Carissa and/or Ananth will also want to play in the Open. We won't know until the Open starts on July 30.
-George M.

July 20th, 2016
Today (July 20) is International Chess Day, established by UNESCO in 1966.
It is also the 92nd anniversary of the founding of FIDE in Paris, France.

July 15th, 2016
2016 Harlow B. Daly Memorial
Round 2 of 5 Corrected standings and projected Round 3 pairings for July 20th

Harlow B. Daly Memorial, July 13th, 2016
CURRENT STANDINGS
PointsPlayers
2.0Cesolini, Godin, Gurge, Hankard, Commisso
1.5Mirijanian, Strickland, Gladding, Couture, Barlas, Bradley, Rangan, Meehan, Donahue
1.0Paulson, Cappallo, Harris, Thomas, Brassard, Parker, Bastarache, Venezia, Burke, N. Rogers, E. Rogers, Briggs, Biglow,
Giampietro, R. Bennett, R. McLaughlin,
0.5Mathieu, Koroskenyi, Talcott, Kiser, Whistler
0.0Lingner, Sorel, H. McLaughlin, O'Rourke, Steadman, Gawboy, F. Rogers, Anderson


Projected Round 3 Pairings for July 20th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Cesolini vs. Hankard Board 2: Gurge vs. Godin Board 3: Commisso vs. Mirijanian Board 4: Bradley vs. Strickland Board 5: Meehan vs. Gladding Board 6: Barlas vs. Rangan Board 7: Paulson vs. Donahue Board 8: N. Rogers vs. Harris Board 9: E. Rogers vs. Thomas Board 10: Biglow vs. Brassard Board 11: Parker vs. Briggs Board 12: Giampietro vs. Bastarache Board 13: Venezia vs. R. Bennett Board 14: Scanlon vs. Burke Board 15: Whistler vs. Mathieu Board 16: Koroskenyi vs. Talcott Board 17: Steadman vs. Lingner Board 18: Sorel vs. Gawboy Board 19: H. McLaughlin vs. Anderson Board 20: F. Rogers vs. O'Rourke

REMINDER: Players must be present by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 3 on July 20th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL Dave Thomas at 508 ♚ 904 ♚ 3476 by 7 P.M.

July 13th, 2016
2016 Harlow B. Daly Memorial
Round 2 of 5

Upsets Shock Both 2016 WCC Co-Champs!

In round 2 of the Harlow B. Daly Memorial tournament this Wednesday night, both reigning WCC co-champions, Ray Paulson & Roger Cappallo, became the victims of two large upsets. Board two saw Ray Paulson, playing the white pieces, struggle in a very close contest against his 265 point lower rated opponent, Ken Gurge, only to eventually reach a theoretically lost ending, which Ken was able to convert to a full point.

Meanwhile at board three, Roger Cappallo had the better of Jim Hankard for most of the game, winning a pawn & then a second pawn to reach what many would consider an overwhelmingly advantageous position where, in addition to his two extra pawns, Roger still had his bishop pair against Jim's knight & bishop, while each had only one rook & no queens on the board. The most likely result was not to be, however. As both players approached the final few minutes, Jim maneuvered to produce tactical complications which soon led to the capture of Roger's rook & shortly thereafter, a 317 point upset victory for Jim.

Dave Thomas also ran into some rough sledding when he sacrificed a minor piece against Mike Commisso for attacking chances, but failed to obtain sufficient compensation & went on to lose a 188 point upset as he eventually ran short of time. Relative newcomer to the club, Ananth Rangan, was able to hold his 149 piont higher rated opponent, Larry Gladding, to a draw after Larry had traded down to what appeared to be a slightly better ending in which Larry had an extra pawn. However when the pieces on the board eventually became reduced to nothing but Ananth's king & queen against Larry's king, queen & extra pawn, Larry's pieces were sufficiently awkwardly placed such that he could not make progress despite his best efforts & the game ended in a K vs. K draw.

Harlow B. Daly Memorial, July 13th, 2016
Round 2 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Gary Brassard 0-1Tony Cesolini
Ray Paulson 0-1♔Ken Gurge
♔Jim Hankard 1-0Roger Cappallo
Paul Godin 1-0Jackson Parker
Ananth Rangan 1/2-1/2Larry Gladding
Dave Thomas 0-1♔Mike Commisso
George Mirijanian 1-0Ed Rogers
Bob Mathieu 0-1Eric Strickland
Andrew Kiser 0-1Vince Bradley
Jim Donahue 1-0Tom Whistler
Ed Harris 1-0Roland Sorel
John Bastarache 1-0Hugh McLaughlin
Larry O'Rourke 0-1Alexander Venezia
Bill Burke 1-0Wayne Steadman
Emily Gawboy 0-1Noah Rogers
Don Briggs 1-0Finn Rogers
Nicholas Anderson 0-1Brian Biglow
Total of 17 boards, 3 major upsets ().

♝ Receiving half-point byes were Dave Couture, Arthur Barlas, Mike Meehan, Tom Giampietro, Richard Bennett,
Randy McLaughlin, Francis Scanlon, Steve Koroskenyi and Stan Talcott.
♖ Not playing round 2 was Gail Lingner.
♜ Also not playing the round were Walter Niemi, Vlad Gaciu, Alan Condon, Seeth Ganesan, Joe Bennett,
Lenny Arsenault, Tom Fratturelli, Francois Gauthier and Andrew Su, all of whom were withdrawn from the tournament.

Harlow B. Daly Memorial, July 13th, 2016
CURRENT STANDINGS
PointsPlayers
2.0Cesolini, Godin, Gurge, Hankard, Commisso
1.5Mirijanian, Strickland, Gladding, Couture, Barlas, Bradley, Rangan, Meehan, Donahue
1.0Paulson, Cappallo, Harris, Thomas, Brassard, Parker, Bastarache, Venezia, Burke, N. Rogers, E. Rogers, Briggs, Biglow,
Giampietro, Sorel, R. Bennett, R. McLaughlin, Scanlon
0.5Mathieu, Koroskenyi, Talcott, Kiser, Whistler
0.0Lingner, H. McLaughlin, O'Rourke, Steadman, Gawboy, F. Rogers, Anderson


Projected Round 3 Pairings for July 20th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Cesolini vs. Hankard Board 2: Gurge vs. Godin Board 3: Commisso vs. Mirijanian Board 4: Strickland vs. Rangan Board 5: Gladding vs. Bradley Board 6: Barlas vs. Meehan Board 7: Paulson vs. Donahue Board 8: N. Rogers vs. Harris Board 9: E. Rogers vs. Thomas Board 10: Biglow vs. Brassard Board 11: Parker vs. Briggs Board 12: Giampietro vs. Bastarache Board 13: Venezia vs. R. Bennett Board 14: Sorel vs. Burke Board 15: Scanlon vs. Mathieu Board 16: Koroskenyi vs. Talcott Board 17: Whistler vs. Lingner Board 18: H. McLaughlin vs. Gawboy Board 19: F. Rogers vs. O'Rourke Board 20: Steadman vs. Anderson

♗ Requesting half-point byes for Round 3 are Cappallo and Couture.

REMINDER: Players must be present by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 3 on July 20th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL Dave Thomas at 508 ♚ 904 ♚ 3476 by 7 P.M.

July 13th, 2016
Chess: My Week at the Club #14 by Roger Cappallo
Round 1 of the Harlow B. Daly Memorial as White against Bill Burke.

My weekly Wachusett Chess Club game, this time playing the White pieces against Bill Burke (1522) in an Albin's Counter-Gambit opening.

July 6th, 2016
2016 Harlow B. Daly Memorial
Round 1 of 5

Harlow B. Daly Memorial, July 6th, 2016
Round 1 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Tony Cesolini 1-0John Bastarache
Alexander Venezia 0-1Ray Paulson
Roger Cappallo 1-0Bill Burke
Noah Rogers 0-1Paul Godin
Eric Strickland 1/2-1/2Jim Donahue
♔Ed Rogers 1-0Ed Harris
Larry Gladding 1-0Don Briggs
Brian Biglow 0-1Dave Thomas
Dave Couture 1-0Roland Sorel
Hugh McLaughlin 0-1Gary Brassard
Ken Gurge 1-0Larry O'Rourke
Wayne Steadman 0-1Arthur Barlas
Jackson Parker 1-0Steve Koroskenyi
Stan Talcott 0-1Jim Hankard
Ananth Rangan 1-0Emily Gawboy
Finn Rogers 0-1Mike Meehan
Mike Commisso 1-0Nicholas Anderson
Total of 17 boards, 1 major upset ().

♝ Receiving half-point byes were Walter Niemi, George Mirijanian, Vlad Gaciu, Alan Condon, Seeth Ganesan,
Joe Bennett, Lenny Arsenault, Tom Fratturelli, Tom Giampietro, Bob Mathieu, Francois Gauthier, Andrew Su,
Richard Bennett, Randy McLaughlin, Andrew Kiser, Francis Scanlon and Tom Whistler.

Harlow B. Daly Memorial, July 6th, 2016
CURRENT STANDINGS
PointsPlayers
1.0Cesolini, Paulson, Cappallo, Godin, Gladding, Thomas, Couture, Brassard, Gurge, Barlas, Parker, Hankard, Rangan, Meehan,
Commisso, E. Rogers
0.5Niemi, Mirijanian, Strickland, Gaciu, Condon, Ganesan, J. Bennett, Arsenault, Fratturelli, Donahue, Giampietro, Mathieu,
Gauthier, Su, R. Bennett, R. McLaughlin, Kiser, Scanlon, Whistler
0.0Harris, Bastarache, Venezia, Burke, N. Rogers, Briggs, Biglow, Sorel, H. McLaughlin, O'Rourke, Steadman, Koroskenyi,
Talcott, Gawboy, F. Rogers, Anderson


Projected Round 2 Pairings for July 13th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Barlas vs. Cesolini Board 2: Paulson vs. Gurge Board 3: Hankard vs.Cappallo Board 4: Godin vs. Parker Board 5: Meehan vs. Gladding Board 6: Thomas vs. Rangan Board 7: Brassard vs. Commisso Board 8: Niemi vs. E. Rogers Board 9: Giampietro vs. Mirijanian Board 10: Mathieu vs. Strickland Board 11: Gauthier vs. Gaciu Board 12: Condon vs. Su Board 13: R. Bennett vs. Ganesan Board 14: J. Bennett vs. R.McLaughlin Board 15: Kiser vs. Arsenault Board 16: Fratturelli vs. Scanlon Board 17: Donahue vs. Whistler Board 18: Harris vs. H. McLaughlin Board 19: Bastarache vs. O'Rourke Board 20: Koroskenyi vs. Venezia Board 21: Burke vs. Steadman Board 22: Gawboy vs. N. Rogers Board 23: Briggs vs. Talcott Board 24: Anderson vs. Biglow Board 25: Sorel vs. F. Rogers

♗ Dave Couture is requesting a half-point bye for Round 2.
♙ The Wachusett Chess Club welcomes 4th Category player, Ananth Rangan, of Nashua, NH, &
♟ Nicholas Anderson, of Ashby, who is now competing in his first rated tournament.


REMINDER: Players must be present by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 2 on July 13th.
  Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL Dave Thomas at 508 ♔ 904 ♔ 3476 by 7 P.M.  
    NOTE: This is a change from the previous season(s).  


July 5th, 2016
Ratings in effect for the Harlow B. Daly Memorial 2016

The following ratings are in effect for the Harlow B. Daly Memorial,
which starts Wednesday, July 6, at the Wachusett Chess Club in Fitchburg.
Ratings that differ from last stats (06/29/16) on Wachusett CC website are highlighted.

  ♔   ♛   ♖   ♝   ♘   ♙   ♞   ♗   ♜   ♕   ♚   Players most likely to compete in
the 2016 Harlow B. Daly Memorial
are listed below with their current ratings:
1Rob King 2156
2Tony Cesolini 2097
3Ray Paulson 2066
4Clay Bradley 2011
5Roger Cappallo 2002
6Dave Kochman 1987
7Walter Niemi 1935
8Paul Godin 1927
9George Mirijanian 1925
10Geoff LePoer 1916
11Ed Harris 1890
12Larry Gladding 1817
13Dave Thomas 1817
14Dave Couture 1806
15Gary Brassard 1802
16Ken Gurge 1801
17Arthur Barlas 1783
18Vince Bradley 1770
19Vlad Gaciu 1763
20Jackson Parker 1707
21Alan Condon 1704
22Seeth Ganesan 1697
23Jim Hankard 1685
24Paul Lynch 1667
25Mike Meehan 1665
26Joe Bennett 1663
27Lenny Arsenault 1655
28Tom Fratturelli 1642
29Mike Commisso 1639
30John Bastarache 1625
31Alexander Venezia 1577
32George Miller 1556
33Bill Burke 1522
34Noah Rogers 1520
35Jim Donahue 1512
36Ed Rogers 1502
37Gail Lingner 1500
38Don Briggs 1500
39Brian Biglow 1483
40Tom Giampietro 1472
41Nik Lavoie 1459
42Bob Mathieu 1458
43Francois Gauthier 1443
44Andrew Su 1436
45Roland Sorel 1426
46Hugh McLaughlin 1410
47Larry O'Rourke 1407
48Richard Bennett 1400
49Wayne Steadman 1395
50Steve Koroskenyi 1393
51Randy McLaughlin 1352
52Stan Talcott 1300
53Kandy Lynch 1200
54Andrew Kiser 1082
55Sebastian Tilton 1067
56Francis Scanlon 1058
57Jeromy Tilton 981
58Emily Gawboy 850
59Finn Rogers 813
60Tom Whistler 775

July 5th, 2016
Chess: My Week at the Club #13 by Roger Cappallo
Round 5 of the club championship as Black against Ken Gurge.

The final round of the Wachusett Chess Club 2016 Championship, with me fighting it out with Black against Ken Gurge (1795).
A win will mean at worst a tie for the Championship.

July 1st, 2016
WCC Players in Other Tournaments

2014 WCC Champ, Carissa Yip, in playing in the Open Section of the 2016 World Open Tournament in Philadelphia, which runs from June 30 through July 4, 2016. You can watch her progress online at: http://chessevents.com/tag/world-open-2016-standings/, as she competes with more than 30 GM's, & numerous other titled players including GM Irina Krush & FM Akshita Gorti.

Vlad Gaciu tied for 1st in the BCF Weaver Adams Qualifier, which was completed on June 27th.

June 29th, 2016

♔ Paulson & Cappallo 2016 Co-Champions At WCC ♚

WCC 'A' Championship, June 29th, 2016
Round 5 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Ray Paulson 1-0Arthur Barlas
Ken Gurge 0-1Roger Cappallo
Paul Godin 1-0Lenny Arsenault
Gary Brassard 1-0Alan Condon
Ed Harris 1-0George Mirijanian
Total of 5 boards, no major upsets.

WCC 'A' Championship, June 29th, 2016
FINAL STANDINGS
PointsPlayers
4.5Paulson, Cappallo
4.0-----
3.5-----
3.0Godin, Brassard
2.5Harris, Barlas
2.0Gurge
1.5Mirijanian
1.0Condon
0.5Arsenault

♔   ♚ 2016 WCC 'A' Championship PRIZE WINNERS ♚   ♔
1st-2nd:               2016 Co-Champions:
Ray Paulson of Lowell & Roger Cappallo of Groton
3rd-4th: Paul Godin of Bedford & Gary Brassard of Leominster

Pictures from this year's WCC Club Championship tournament.

June 29th, 2016

Gladding Tops B Division by a Full Point

WCC 'B' Championship, June 29th, 2016
Round 5 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Mike Commisso 0-1Larry Gladding
♔John Bastarache 1-0Jim Hankard
Vlad Gaciu 0-1♔Alexander Venezia
Jackson Parker 1-0Bill Burke
♔Andrew Su 1-0Joe Bennett
♔Roland Sorel 1-0Bob Mathieu
Jim Donahue 0-1Tom Fratturelli
Dave Couture 1-0Hugh McLaughlin
Larry O'Rourke 1-0Francis Scanlon
Francois Gauthier 1-0Emily Gawboy
Andrew Kiser 0-1Steve Koroskenyi
Wayne Steadman 0-1Tony Cesolini
Don Briggs 1-0Randy McLaughlin
Total of 13 boards, 4 major upsets ().

♖ Not playing the final round were:
Rob King, Mike Meehan, Vince Bradley, Brian Biglow, Richard Bennett, Walter Niemi, Gail Lingner, Tom Giampietro and Stan Talcott.

WCC 'B' Championship, June 29th, 2016
FINAL STANDINGS
PointsPlayers
5.0Gladding
4.5-----
4.0Bastarache
3.5Venezia
3.0King, Parker, Hankard, Commisso, Meehan, Sorel, Su
2.5Fratturelli
2.0Couture, Gaciu, Bradley, J. Bennett, Mathieu, Biglow, Burke, O'Rourke, Gauthier, Koroskenyi, R. Bennett
1.5Donahue, H. McLaughlin
1.0Cesolini, Niemi, Briggs, Lingner, Giampietro, Kiser, Scanlon, Gawboy
0.5Steadman, R. McLaughlin
0.0Talcott

♔ 2016 WCC 'B' Championship PRIZE WINNERS ♔
1st: Larry Gladding of Leominster - 2016 "B" Champion
Top U1800: John Bastarache of Fitchburg
Top U1600: Alexander Venezia of Lunenburg
Top U1400: Roland Sorel of Westford & Andrew Su of Harvard
Top U1200: Andrew Kiser of Leominster & Francis Scanlon of Fitchburg
Top U1000: Emily Gawboy of Leominster

A total of 6 players
gained 50 or more rating points:
The following players had
a rating increase of
50 or more points:
Andrew Su +184
Alexander Venezia +136
Roland Sorel +131
John Bastarache +93
Larry Gladding +60
Roger Cappallo +56
A total of 7 players
reached new all time highs:
The following players achieved
a new all-time high rating:
Rob King 2156
Vince Bradley 1770
John Bastarache 1625
Alexander Venezia 1577
Andrew Su 1436
Roland Sorel 1426
Steve Koroskenyi 1393

Updated 2016 season-end statistics are at: StatLeaders.

REMINDER: The next tournament at the club, the Harlow B. Daly Memorial, will begin Wednesday, July 6.
Players must be present by 7:10 p.m. in order to be paired for Round 1 of 5 on July 6th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL Ken Gurge by 7 p.m.

June 29th, 2016
Carissa Yip stands at 4.5/7 going into final day at US Junior Girls' Invitational

With 7 of 9 games completed, Carissa Yip has 4.5 points, which places her tied with WIM Agata Bykovtsev & WFM Evan Xianga, mere half point behind the leaders at this year's US Junior Girls' Championship. The last two rounds of the tournament will be played on Wednesday, June 29th, coincidentally the same day on which this year's WCC Championship finishes.

June 28th, 2016
2016 WCC 'B' Championship Projected Round 5 Pairings


Projected Round 5 Pairings for July 6th WITHOUT Rob King:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
6 Michael Commisso (3.0) vs. Lawrence Gladding (4.0) 7: John Bastarache (3.0) vs. James Hankard (3.0) 8: Vlad Gaciu (2.0) vs. Alexander Venezia (2.5) 9: Vincent Bradley III (2.0 vs. William Burke (2.0) 10: Jackson Parker (2.0) vs. Roland Sorel (2.0) 11: Andrew Su (2.0) vs. Joseph Bennett (2.0) 12: Richard Bennett (2.0) vs. Robert Mathieu (2.0) 13: Jim Donahue (1.5) vs. Tom Fratturelli (1.5) 14: Walter Niemi (1.0) vs. Hugh McLaughlin (1.5) 15: Dave Couture (1.0) vs. Steven Koroskenyi (1.0) 16: Laurence O'Rourke (1.0) vs. Francis Scanlon II (1.0) 17: Andrew Kiser (1.0) vs. Francois Gauthier (1.0) 18: Wayne Steadman (0.5) vs. Emily Gawboy (1.0) 19: Donald Briggs (0.0) vs. Randy McLaughlin (0.5)

Projected Round 5 Pairings for July 6th WITH Rob King:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
6: Lawrence Gladding (4.0) vs. Robert King (3.0) 7: Michael Commisso (3.0) vs. James Hankard (3.0) 8: John Bastarache (3.0) vs. Alexander Venezia (2.5) 9: Vlad Gaciu (2.0) vs. Robert Mathieu (2.0) 10: Vincent Bradley III (2.0) vs. William Burke (2.0) 11: Jackson Parker (2.0) vs. Roland Sorel (2.0) 12: Andrew Su (2.0) vs. Joseph Bennett (2.0) 13: Tom Fratturelli (1.5) vs. Richard Bennett (2.0) 14: Jim Donahue (1.5) vs. Hugh McLaughlin (1.5) 15: Walter Niemi (1.0) vs. Francois Gauthier (1.0) 16: Andrew Kiser (1.0) vs. Dave Couture (1.0) 17: Gail Lingner (1.0) vs. Steven Koroskenyi (1.0) 18: Laurence O'Rourke (1.0) vs. Francis Scanlon II (1.0) 19: Wayne Steadman (0.5) vs. Emily Gawboy (1.0) 20: Donald Briggs (0.0) vs. Randy McLaughlin (0.5)

June 28th, 2016
Chess: My Week at the Club #12 by Roger Cappallo
Round 4 of the club championship as White against Paul Godin.

Hello all,
This week I played in round 3 of the club championship, as Black against top-seeded Ray Paulson.
I tried a different variation: I lightly analyzed it first, without computer, then did a quick check with the machine.
I also tweaked my sound a bit, as last week's video was a bit unclear. Hopefully you'll like it.

June 27th, 2016

Tony Cortizas, well known New England chess photographer, has made his archive of photographs taken at various events spanning over 16 years from 2000 to present available online.
The permanent archives are arranged chronologically dating back to 2000 & are supplemented by specific groups of photos from more recent events such as the 85th Mass Open & the 2016 US Junior Girls' Championship.
These archives include many present & former WCC members & represent an invaluable resource of New England chess history & we are most grateful for Tony's consistent & continuing quality work.

June 24th, 2016
Carissa Yip to compete in 2016 Junior Girls' Invitational, June 25-29

Carissa Yip & nine other outstanding competitors to play round robin in Manchester, NH


Ten US Junior Girls' Contestants with Officials

2014 WCC Champ, Carissa Yip will compete in the 2016 US Girls' Junior Championship
The nine round, ten player round robin will run from Saturday, June 25th to Wednesday, June 29th 2016
at the Homewood Suites, Manchester, NH.
The ten invited players include:
WCM Maggie Feng, WFM Jennifer Yu, NM Carissa Yip,
WIM Annie Wang, WIM Agata Bykovtsev,
WCM Apurva Virkud, WFM Emily Nguyen,
WFM Joanna Liu, WFM Evan Xiang, & Alice Dong.
Tournament officials include: Chief Arbiter, Larry Cohen, & Deputy Arbiter, Alex Relyea

June 22nd, 2016
2016 WCC 'A' Championship
Round 4 of 5

Paulson & Cappallo
Still in Front of "A" Championship After Four Rounds

With only one round of play to go, Ray Paulson & Roger Cappallo remain in a dead heat at the top of the 2016 WCC "A" Championship. The duo have led the field since round 2, each with a perfect score except fot a draw in their round 3 individual game, hence they will not face each other for a showdown in the final round on Wednesday, June 29th. The Paulson-Barlas pairing next week at board one sets USCF Expert, Ray Paulson, with the white pieces, as a 272 rating point favorite over his Class B opponent, Arthur Barlas, while board two is somewhat closer, yet still on the "major upset" category, pitting Class B, Ken Gurge, as white against Class A, Roger Cappallo, in a pairing with 151 rating point difference favoring Cappallo.

The next nearest competitors, Godin, Gurge, & Brassard, currently stand a full piont & a half behind the two leaders, so there is no combination of wins losses &/or draws on any board that will allow anyone other than Paulson, Cappallo &/or Barlas to share in first place, & it would require full point upsets at both boards one & two for Barlas to enter into the mix for a share of the title. There have been many large upsets at the WCC, so the results are still uncertain until after next Wednesday's games & one should still expect fierce competition at all boards.

WCC 'A' Championship, June 22nd, 2016
Round 4 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
George Mirijanian 0-1Ray Paulson
Roger Cappallo 1-0Paul Godin
Arthur Barlas 1-0Ken Gurge
Alan Condon 1/2-1/2Ed Harris
Lenny Arsenault 0-1Gary Brassard
Total of 5 boards, no major upsets.

WCC 'A' Championship, June 22nd, 2016
CURRENT STANDINGS
PointsPlayers
3.5Paulson, Cappallo
3.0-----
2.5Barlas
2.0Godin, Gurge, Brassard
1.5Mirijanian, Harris
1.0Condon
0.5Arsenault


Projected Round 5 Pairings for June 29th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Paulson vs. Barlas Board 2: Gurge vs. Cappallo Board 3: Godin vs. Arsenault Board 4: Brassard vs. Condon Board 5: Harris vs. Mirijanian

June 22nd, 2016
2016 WCC 'B' Championship
Round 4 of 5

Gladding Leads "B" Championship Going Into Final Round

With a score of 4.0/4, Larry Gladding, 3-time WCC Champ & 2-time WCC "B" Champ now stands a full point ahead of his five closest competitors, King, Hankard, Commisso, Meehan, & Bastarache, who are tied at 3.0/4 each in the 36-player WCC "B" Championship. As 3-time winner of the WCC "A" Championship & 2-time winner of the WCC "B" Championship Larry is the only player ever to win both the regular "A" Championship & the "B" Championship multiple times. Larry is scheduled to play 2011 WCC Champ, Robert King, on Wednesday, June 29th.

WCC 'B' Championship, June 22nd, 2016
Round 4 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Larry Gladding 1-0Jackson Parker
Joe Bennett 0-1♔John Bastarache
Jim Hankard 1-0Brian Biglow
Bill Burke 0-1Mike Commisso
Richard Bennett 0-1Mike Meehan
Alex Venezia 1-0Roland Sorel
Jim Donahue 0-1Vince Bradley
Francois Gauthier 0-1Vlad Gaciu
Bob Mathieu 1-0Francis Scanlon
♔Andrew Su 1-0Gail Lingner
Tom Fratturelli 1-0Andrew Kiser
Hugh McLaughlin 1-0Wayne Steadman
Randy McLaughlin 0-1Walter Niemi
Dave Couture 1-0Don Briggs
Total of 14 boards, 2 major upsets ().

♜ Receiving a full-point bye was Emily Gawboy.
♖ Not playing round 4 were: Rob King, Larry O'Rourke, Steve Koroskenyi, Tom Giampietro and Stan Talcott,
the last two of whom withdrew from the tournament.
♗ ♘ Returning to the club were Walter Niemi & Max Sewell, who haven't played at the club since August 5th, 2015 & April 10, 2013 respectively.

WCC 'B' Championship, June 22nd, 2016
CURRENT STANDINGS
PointsPlayers
4.0Gladding
3.5-----
3.0King, Hankard, Commisso, Meehan, Bastarache
2.5Venezia
2.0Gaciu, Bradley, Parker, J. Bennett, Mathieu, Biglow, Burke, R. Bennett, Sorel, Su
1.5Fratturelli, Donahue, H. McLaughlin
1.0Niemi, Couture, Lingner, (Giampietro), O'Rourke, Gauthier, Koroskenyi, Kiser, Scanlon, Gawboy
0.5Steadman, R. McLaughlin
0.0Briggs, (Talcott)


Projected Round 5 Pairings for June 29th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 6: Lawrence Gladding (4.0) vs. Robert King (3.0) Board 7: Michael Commisso (3.0) vs. James Hankard (3.0) Board 8: John Bastarache (3.0) vs. Alexander Venezia (2.5) Board 9: Vlad Gaciu (2.0) vs. Robert Mathieu (2.0) Board 10: Vincent Bradley III vs. (2.0) William Burke (2.0) Board 11: Jackson Parker (2.0) vs. Roland Sorel (2.0) Board 12: Andrew Su (2.0) vs. Joseph Bennett (2.0) Board 13: Brian Biglow (2.0) vs. Richard Bennett (2.0) Board 14: Jim Donahue (1.5) vs. Tom Fratturelli (1.5) Board 15: Walter Niemi (1.0) vs. Hugh McLaughlin (1.5) Board 16: Dave Couture (1.0) vs. Steven Koroskenyi (1.0) Board 17: Laurence O'Rourke (1.0) vs. Francis Scanlon II (1.0) Board 18: Andrew Kiser (1.0) vs. Francois Gauthier (1.0) Board 19: Wayne Steadman (0.5) vs. Emily Gawboy (1.0) Board 20: Donald Briggs (0.0) vs. Randy McLaughlin (0.5)

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

June 21st, 2016
Wachusett CC players prize winners in Keene Open

A couple of Wachusett CC players were among the prize winners in the Keene Open, held Saturday, June 18, in Keene, NH.
Tony Cesolini, Wachusett CC champion in 2010, scored 3-1 to tie for first place in the Open section with fellow expert Nithin Kavi and Class A rivals Stijn Brand and Ian Dudley.
♔ Joe Bennett posted a perfect 4-0 to win first place in the Under 1750 section.
The 3-section tournament drew a total of 33 players, 12 of whom were Wachusett CC players.
-- George M

June 21st, 2016
Wachusett CC Players' Rating Gains and Losses at Keene Open

12 active WCC members played in the Keene Open tournament held this past weekend, June 18.

Here are their rating updates whice will be current as of 06/22/16:
♙   ♝   ♘   ♜   ♘   ♟   Tuesday June 21, 2016 Active Member Rating Updates   ♗   ♞   ♖   ♞   ♗   ♟
USCFID#: WCC Member NameEnd DateMost Recent Rated TournamentSection: NamePre => Post
12844878: TONY S CESOLINI2016-06-18KEENE OPEN (NH)1: OPEN 2091 => 2098
12003970: CLAY BRADLEY2016-06-18KEENE OPEN (NH)1: OPEN 2015 => 2011
10032059: DAVID M KOCHMAN2016-06-18KEENE OPEN (NH)1: OPEN 1976 => 1969
10004471: GEORGE M MIRIJANIAN2016-06-18KEENE OPEN (NH)1: OPEN 1984 => 1963
13526267: ERIC STRICKLAND2016-06-18KEENE OPEN (NH)1: OPEN 1909 => 1914
10004802: LAWRENCE DAVID GLADDING2016-06-18KEENE OPEN (NH)1: OPEN 1777 => 1757
13250463: JOSEPH BENNETT2016-06-18KEENE OPEN (NH)2: U1750 1710 => 1755
12222200: JAMES A HANKARD2016-06-18KEENE OPEN (NH)2: U1750 1697 => 1692
11292895: GAIL S LINGNER2016-06-18KEENE OPEN (NH)2: U1750 1500 => 1500
15927258: ALEXANDER VENEZIA2016-06-18KEENE OPEN (NH)2: U1750 1431 => 1441
15780663: FRANCOIS GAUTHIER2016-06-18KEENE OPEN (NH)2: U1750 1405 => 1420
12596228: STANFORD TALCOTT2016-06-18KEENE OPEN (NH)3: U1400 1300 => 1300

June 19th, 2016

Paul Godin of Bedford tallied 4-0 to win the unrated fun tournament on Saturday, June 18, at the Finnish Center at Saima Park's "Kesajuhla" (Summer Festival) in Fitchburg. The 1967 Wachusett CC champion was awarded a scrumptious chicken barbecue dinner as well as chess books and Australian chess magazines for his clean sweep of the field.

Arthur Barlas of Chelmsford finished clear second with a score of 3-1, losing to Godin in the penultimate round. Tying for 3rd-6th place with 2-2 results were Gail Lingner of Fitchburg, Hugh and Randy McLaughlin, both of Groton, and newcomer Nick Anderson of Ashby. Rounding out the 8-player field were Francis Scanlon of Fitchburg, who scored 1-3, and newcomer Karl Lucander of Westminster, who went scoreless.

All participants received chess book prizes. George Mirijanian directed for the Finnish Center at Saima Park, which honored the memory of two-time Wachusett CC champion Evert Siiskonen, who died in 1993 and had been club champion in 1963 and 1966.
-- George M

Event 		Summer Festival Kesajuhla SWISS 2016
Location 	Fitchburg, MA 
Event Date(s) 	2016-06-18
Chief  TD 	George Mirijanian
Non Rated
Time Control: G/20 d5

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 Pair | Player Name		Rating	| Round	| Round	| Round	| Round	| Total	|
 Num  | 				|  1	|  2	|  3	|  4	| 	|
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1 | Paul Godin 1944 | W4 | W5 | W2 | W3 | 4.0 | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
2 | Arthur Barlas 1765 | W6 | W3 | L1 | W4 | 3.0 | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3 | Gail Lingner 1500 | W8 | L2 | W5 | L1 | 2.0 | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 4 | Randy McLaughlin 1367 | L1 | W6 | W7 | L2 | 2.0 | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 5 | Hugh McLaughlin 1409 | W7 | L1 | L3 | BYE | 2.0 | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 6 | Nick Anderson Unr | L2 | L4 | BYE | W7 | 2.0 | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 7 | Francis Scanlon 1033 | L5 | BYE | L4 | L6 | 1.0 | --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 8 | Karl Lucander Unr | L3 | --- | --- | --- | 0.0 | ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------

June 18th, 2016
Pictures of Dave Couture in Bermuda

Dave Couture in Bermuda

Bermuda Chess

In case you're wondering why Dave Couture has not been playing in the 2016 WCC Championship, you can now view the pictures he took playing chess in Bermuda!
Pictures from Dave's visit to Bermuda can be found in the "Pics & Video" section of the Main Menu
(at the top of his page)
under "2016 WCC Events"


Dave Couture in Bermuda

Dave Couture in Bermuda

June 17th, 2016
Fun (unrated) chess tournament on Saturday,
June 18, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Saima Park

To all chess players:

Just a reminder about the fun (unrated) chess tournament on Saturday, June 18, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Saima Park in Fitchburg. Registration is from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Entry fee is $3, payable when you enter the park at 61 Scott Road, which is off Ashby State Road (Route 31). You will be given some sort of sticker, which is proof that you are there for the Finnish Center at Saima Park's Summer Festival ("Kesajuhla"). The chess tournament will be held in the function hall at the far end of the park. There will be plenty of parking. Visit www.saima-park.org for announcement of this tournament.
Last year's tournament at Kesajuhla drew 14 players and was 4 rounds. If there are enough players this year, I plan to expand the event to 5 rounds, with a time control of Game/15 minutes. If it stays at 4 rounds, the time control will be Game/20. If the turnout is disappointing and we get fewer than 8 players, the tournament will be 3 rounds with a time control of Game/25. The event will finish by 1 p.m.
Chess book prizes will be awarded in various categories, by rating, age, gender, etc. Last year, all 14 participants received prizes! The overall winner will be awarded a chicken BBQ at the park.
I hope you will support this fun tournament at Saima Park by participating. If you are taking part. please bring chess sets and clocks if you have them. However, I do have lots of sets and a limited number of clocks for use at the event.
Yours for chess,

George Mirijanian
Tournament director

June 17th, 2016
Chess: My Week at the Club #11 by Roger Cappallo
Round 3 of the club championship as Black against Ray Paulson.

Hello all,
This week I played in round 3 of the club championship, as Black against top-seeded Ray Paulson.
I tried a different variation: I lightly analyzed it first, without computer, then did a quick check with the machine.
I also tweaked my sound a bit, as last week's video was a bit unclear. Hopefully you'll like it.

June 15th, 2016
2016 WCC 'A' Championship
Round 3 of 5

WCC 'A' Championship, June 15th, 2016
Round 3 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Ray Paulson 1/2-1/2Roger Cappallo
Paul Godin 1-0George Mirijanian
Ken Gurge 1-0Ed Harris
Gary Brassard 1/2-1/2Arthur Barlas
Lenny Arsenault 1/2-1/2Alan Condon
Total of 5 boards, no major upsets.

WCC 'A' Championship, June 15th, 2016
CURRENT STANDINGS
PointsPlayers
2.5Paulson, Cappallo
2.0Godin, Gurge
1.5Mirijanian, Barlas
1.0Harris, Brassard
0.5Condon, Arsenault


Projected Round 4 Pairings for June 22nd:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Mirijanian vs. Paulson Board 2: Cappallo vs. Godin Board 3: Barlas vs. Harris Board 4: Condon vs. Brassard Board 5: Arsenault - BYE

Projected Round 4 Pairings for June 22nd if Gurge plays:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Mirijanian vs. Paulson Board 2: Cappallo vs. Godin Board 3: Barlas vs. Gurge Board 4: Condon vs. Harris Board 5: Arsenault vs. Brassard

June 15th, 2016
2016 WCC 'B' Championship
Round 3 of 5

WCC 'B' Championship, June 15th, 2016
Round 3 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Rob King 1-0Jim Hankard
John Bastarache 0-1Larry Gladding
Jackson Parker 1-0Richard Bennett
Steve Koroskenyi 0-1Joe Bennett
Mike Commisso 1-0Tom Giampietro
Alex Venezia 1/2-1/2Jim Donahue
♔Roland Sorel 1-0Gail Lingner
Brian Biglow 1-0Andrew Kiser
Francis Scanlon 0-1Bill Burke
Vince Bradley 1-0Tom Fratturelli
Hugh McLaughlin 0-1Bob Mathieu
Don Briggs 0-1♔Francois Gauthier
Wayne Steadman 1/2-1/2Randy McLaughlin
Emily Gawboy 0-1Larry O'Rourke
Total of 14 boards, 2 major upsets ().

♖ Not playing round 3 were Mike Meehan, Vlad Gaciu, Andrew Su, Dave Couture, Stan Talcott and George Miller,
the last of whom was withdrawn from the tournament.

♘ The Wachusett Chess Club welcomes Francois Gauthier & Vince Bradley (returning after a hiatus), both from New Hampshire.

WCC 'B' Championship, June 15th, 2016
CURRENT STANDINGS
PointsPlayers
3.0King, Gladding
2.5-----
2.0Parker, J. Bennett, Hankard, Commisso, Meehan, Bastarache, Biglow, Burke, R. Bennett, Sorel
1.5Donahue, Venezia
1.0Gaciu, Bradley, Mathieu, Lingner, Giampietro, O'Rourke, Gauthier, Koroskenyi, Su, Kiser, Scanlon
0.5Fratturelli, Steadman, H. McLaughlin, R. McLaughlin
0.0Couture, Briggs, Talcott, Gawboy


Projected Round 4 Pairings for June 22nd:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 6: Gladding vs. King Board 7: Burke vs. Parker Board 8: J. Bennett vs. Biglow Board 9: Hankard vs. Bastarache Board 10: Sorel vs. Commisso Board 11: R. Bennett vs. Meehan Board 12: Donahue vs. Bradley Board 13: Mathieu vs. Venezia Board 14: Su vs. Lingner Board 15: O'Rourke vs. Kiser Board 16: Gauthier vs. Scanlon Board 17: R. McLaughlin vs. Fratturelli Board 18: H. McLaughlin vs. Steadman Board 19: Talcott vs. Couture Board 20: Gawboy vs. Briggs

REMINDER: Players must be present by 7:10 p.m. on June 22nd in order to be paired for Round 4.
Players running late who wish to be paired cannot call Ken Gurge by 7:00 p.m.
Since he will be unavailable, expected late arrivals must contact other players to let the TDs know that they wish to be paired.

June 13th, 2016
2016 WCC 'B' Championship Revised projected Pairings


Revised Projected Round 3 "B" Championship Pairings for June 15th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 6: Robert King (2.0) vs. James Hankard (2.0) Board 7: John Bastarache (2.0) vs. Lawrence Gladding (2.0) Board 8: Vlad Gaciu (1.0) vs. Richard Bennett (2.0) Board 9: Jackson Parker (1.0) vs. Steven Koroskenyi (1.0) Board 10: Thomas Giampietro (1.0) vs. Joseph Bennett (1.0) Board 11: Michael Commisso (1.0) vs. Alexander Venezia (1.0) Board 12: Andrew Su (1.0) vs. Jim Donahue (1.0) Board 13: Roland Sorel (1.0) vs. Gail Lingner (1.0) Board 14: Brian Biglow (1.0) vs. Andrew Kiser (1.0) Board 15: Francis Scanlon II (1.0) vs. William Burke (1.0) Board 16: Donald Briggs (0.0) vs. Tom Fratturelli (0.5) Board 17: Hugh McLaughlin (0.5) vs. Robert Mathieu (0.0) Board 18: Stanford Talcott (0.0) vs. George Miller (0.0) Board 19: Wayne Steadman (0.0) vs. Randy McLaughlin (0.0) Board 20: Emily Gawboy (0.0) vs. Laurence O'Rourke (0.0)

June 13th, 2016

Bill Goichberg has posted on the CCA site news of Kopec's passing. I knew that Danny was younger than both of us [George Mirijanian & Stephen Dann], but I didn't realize he was 62 - having celebrated his birthday on Feb. 28. I am hopeful that Nathan [Smolensky] will have fine tribute to Danny in the next issue of CH.
George M

From Bill Goichberg at Continental Chess Association http://www.chesstour.com/:

IM Danny Kopec

DANNY KOPEC, (February 28, 1954 - June 12, 2016)
I was very sorry to hear of the passing of IM Dr. Danny Kopec today. Danny was a frequent and popular lecturer/analyst at CCA tournaments in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey, having lectured and done analysis of games submitted by players most recently at the New York State Open in Lake George, NY in May and Eastern Class at Sturbridge, MA in April.
He was an active tournament player and prolific chess author and lecturer, also known for devising his "Kopec System" against the Sicilian Defense. His first experience in organized chess was playing in the 1966 Greater New York Elementary School Championship that I directed, where he scored 6 points out of 8 and won a USCF membership. He will be missed by many in the chess world, including CCA players who benefited from his activity at our events.
-Bill Goichberg, 6/12/16

For more information & the Maine Chess Association Blog, go to:
http://chessmaine.net/chessmaine/2016/06/in-memory-of-im-danny-kopec.html
Danny Kopec obituary can be found a:
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/nytimes/obituary.aspxn=danny-kopec&pid=180329330

June 13th, 2016

ChessCenter: Remembering Viktor Korchnoi:
GM Viktor Korchnoi









Viktor Lvovich Korchnoi (March 23, 1931 - June 6, 2016)
Last Monday (6 June) saw the death of one of chess' most iconic figures, the 85 year old Viktor Korchnoi. His famous quote "chess is my life" is one many will connect to. Viktor, however, backed it up, dedicating all his days to the game we love.
The databases record an incredible 70 years of his competitive games. He played in 10 Candidates Tournaments from 1962-1991 and challenged Karpov for the world title twice, losing narrowly in 1978 but finding Karpov too strong in '81.
Viktor surprised everyone by qualifying for the championship matches. Here was a player who was becoming even stronger as he got older. Bear in mind he was 12 years older than Bobby Fischer who had retired in '75, 20 years older than Karpov and was now superior to the stars of his generation (Korchnoi beat both Petrosian and Spassky on the way to the '78 match).
Even in his 60s, he took on the very best, competing in the Intel Grand Prix events against Morozevich, Ivanchuk and Anand. Most people would be proud of that but of course, chess was Viktor's life. He carried on competing, sensationally beating Fabiano Caruana in 2011 at the age of 80!
Ultimately he will be remembered for his fighting ability, his passion for chess and, of course, his games.

Viktor Korchnoi - Detailed Obituary at The Telegraph
Viktor Korchnoi - "A Pleasant Interview" on YouTube

June 13th, 2016
Ken Ballou to be the chief TD for the Millionaire Chess Open in Atlantic City, NJ

National Tournament Director, Ken Ballou, will be the chief TD for the Millionaire Chess Open in Atlantic City, NJ in early October. Senior Tournament Director, Matt Phelps, will be his "Back Room Chief." The duo are veteran TD's currently involved with the MetroWest Chess Club in Natick, MA, where they have directed many events.

June 12th, 2016
New Wachusett Chess Club Feature!
Chess: My Week at the Club #10 by Roger Cappallo

Hello all,
The next installment of my chess adventures is ready at YouTube.
This week I played the black side of an Anderssen's opening against Ed Harris.
Sorry about the annoyance of the server connecting and disconnecting.

June 11th, 2016
June 6, 2016 Edition of FATV Chess Chat features 85th Mass Open

This month George Mirijanian & co-host Dave Couture discuss the results of the 85th Massachusetts Open Championship tournament which ended in a four-way tie for first place between FM Mika Brattain, IM David Vigorito, FM David Brodsky, of New York, & NM Chris Williams. The Mass open trophy & state championship title will be shared among the three Massachusetts residents, Brattain, Vigorito, & Williams.13-year old New Yorker, David Brodsky, will join the ranks of such notables as Joe fang, Harlow Daly, Robert Perez, & Michael Casella as out-of-staters who have won or tied for first place in the event.

This Chess Chat program features the first round game played between 2012 WCC Champ, Trevor Bierig & 11-year old USCF Expert, Danila Poliannikov in which Trevor sacrificed a minor piece, then his queen for an unstoppable mating attack.

Four Way Tie For First Place At 85th Mass Open
Photos by Tony Cortizas, Jr.

FM Mika Brattain

IM David Vigorito

FM David Brodsky

NM Chris Williams

June 10th, 2016

This is Carissa's first IM norm invitational tournament, and she is seeking her first IM norm.

NM Carissa Yip, USCF 2299, FIDE 2196            

The tournament is scheduled to run from June 8, 2016 through June 13, 2016.
You can follow the results & view some selected games, but the USChessChamps.com web site seems a bit clunky to navigate.
If you are seeking your very own GM or IM norm, you can find the regulations & requirements here.

June 8th, 2016
2016 WCC 'A' Championship
Round 2 of 5

Two "Newcomers" At Top After Two

At the end of the first two of five rounds in the 2016 WCC "A" Championship, USCF Expert, Ray Paulson, & Class A rated, Roger Cappallo now share the lead with two wins each. While both Ray & Roger are long term chess veterans & have been consistently strong performers at the WCC & elsewhere for at least this past season, & they rank #1 & #3 respectively by rating at the start of the tournament, neither has ever won the WCC "A" Championship (Roger was WCC "B" Champ in 2014).

In what could prove to be the deciding game of this year's championship, Ray Paulson, & Roger Cappallo will face each other at board one next week. The only former WCC Champs in the remainder of the field, current WCC Champ & 17-time winner, George Mirijanian, & 1967 WCC Champ, Paul Godin, are paired on board two for next week's games.

WCC 'A' Championship, June 8th, 2016
Round 2 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Paul Godin 0-1Ray Paulson
Ed Harris 0-1Roger Cappallo
George Mirijanian 1-0Alan Condon
Ken Gurge 1-0Gary Brassard
Arthur Barlas 1-0Lenny Arsenault
Total of 5 boards, no major upsets.

WCC 'A' Championship, June 8th, 2016
CURRENT STANDINGS
PointsPlayers
2.0Paulson, Cappallo
1.5Mirijanian
1.0Godin, Harris, Gurge, Barlas
0.5Brassard
0.0Condon, Arsenault


Projected Round 3 Pairings for June 15th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Paulson vs. Cappallo Board 2: Godin vs. Mirijanian Board 3: Gurge vs. Harris Board 4: Brassard vs. Barlas Board 5: Arsenault vs. Condon

June 8th, 2016
2016 WCC 'B' Championship
Round 2 of 5

WCC 'B' Championship, June 8th, 2016
Round 2 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Brian Biglow 0-1Rob King
Larry Gladding 1-0Alex Venezia
Tom Giampietro 0-1Jim Hankard
♔Richard Bennett 1-0Mike Commisso
Mike Meehan 1-0Roland Sorel
Andrew Kiser 0-1John Bastarache
Tom Fratturelli 0-1Jackson Parker
Joe Bennett 1-0Hugh McLaughlin
Larry O'Rourke 0-1Vlad Gaciu
♔Steve Koroskenyi 1-0Don Briggs
Jim Donahue 1-0Stan Talcott
Bob Mathieu 0-1♔Andrew Su
Bill Burke 1-0Emily Gawboy
♔Francis Scanlon 1-0Wayne Steadman
Total of 14 boards, 4 major upsets ().

♖ Not playing round 2 were Gail Lingner, Dave Couture, George Miller and Tom Whistler,
the last of whom withdrew from the tournament.

WCC 'B' Championship, June 8th, 2016
CURRENT STANDINGS
PointsPlayers
2.0King, Gladding, Hankard, Meehan, Bastarache, R. Bennett
1.5-----
1.0Gaciu, Parker, J. Bennett, Commisso, Donahue, Lingner, Biglow, Burke, Giampietro, Venezia, Koroskenyi,
Sorel, Su, Kiser, Scanlon
0.5Fratturelli, H. McLaughlin
0.0Couture, Briggs, Miller, Mathieu, Steadman, O'Rourke, R. McLaughlin, Talcott, Gawboy


Projected Round 3 Pairings for June 15th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 6: King vs. Meehan Board 7: Bastarache vs. Gladding Board 8: Hankard vs. R. Bennett Board 9: Gaciu vs. Burke Board 10: Parker vs. Koroskenyi Board 11: Giampietro vs. J. Bennett Board 12: Commisso vs. Venezia Board 13: Su vs. Donahue Board 14: Sorel vs. Lingner Board 15: Biglow vs. Kiser Board 16: Fratturelli vs. Scanlon Board 17: H. McLaughlin vs. Mathieu Board 18: Briggs vs. R. McLaughlin Board 19: Steadman vs. Talcott Board 20: Gawboy vs. O'Rourke

REMINDER: Players must be present by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 3 on June 15th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL Ken Gurge by 7 P.M.

June 6th, 2016
New Wachusett Chess Club Feature!
Chess: My Week at the Club #9 by Roger Cappallo

Hello all,
After some serious wrestling with my recording software and a few takes, I've posted this week's game
from Round 1 of the WCC Club Championship up on my website.
I played Arthur Barlas in what turned out to be an interesting Queen's Indian.
Enjoy!

June 3rd, 2016

Grandmaster Ben Finegold is impressed with 12 year old Carissa Yip.
Yip played in the 2016 U.S. Women's Championship and is rising fast up the ranks.
See four of her best wins to date. Three from the US Women's Championship plus her victory over GM Kovalev.

June 3rd, 2016
FATV Chess Chat Linked on Keene Site

The Keene Knights Chess Club now has direct links to the FATV Chess Chat programs hosted by George Mirijanian.
This means you can select from a list by topic & watch them online.
Of course you can still do that here on the WCC site, but it's nice to have choices.

June 1st, 2016
2016 WCC 'A' Championship
Round 1 of 5

WCC 'A' Championship, June 1st, 2016
Round 1 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Ray Paulson 1-0Ken Gurge
Gary Brassard 1/2-1/2George Mirijanian
Roger Cappallo 1-0Arthur Barlas
Alan Condon 0-1Paul Godin
Ed Harris 1-0Lenny Arsenault
Total of 5 boards, no major upsets.

WCC 'A' Championship, June 1st, 2016
CURRENT STANDINGS
PointsPlayers
1.0Paulson, Cappallo, Godin, Harris
0.5Mirijanian, Brassard
0.0Gurge, Barlas, Condon, Arsenault


Projected Round 2 Pairings for June 8th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Godin vs. Paulson Board 2: Harris vs. Cappallo Board 3: Mirijanian vs. Condon Board 4: Gurge vs. Brassard Board 5: Barlas vs. Arsenault

REMINDER: Players must be present by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 2 on June 8th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL Ken Gurge by 7 P.M.

In keeping with a long standing tradition of the Wachusett Chess Club, dating back to the Summer of 2014,
duplicate score sheets will be distributed to all players in the "A" Championship Section.
A copy of each player's score sheet must be handed in at the end of each round.
(Note: This is covered in Rule 15G of the USCF Official Rules of Chess.)
Game scores will not be posted (in the Games Section) until all championship games are completed.

June 1st, 2016
2016 WCC 'B' Championship
Round 1 of 5

WCC 'B' Championship, June 1st, 2016
Round 1 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Rob King 1-0Bill Burke
Wayne Steadman 0-1Larry Gladding
Jackson Parker 0-1♔Tom Giampietro
♔Alex Venezia 1-0Joe Bennett
Jim Hankard 1-0Larry O'Rourke
Hugh McLaughlin 1/2-1/2Tom Fratturelli
Mike Commisso 1-0Steve Koroskenyi
Stan Talcott 0-1Mike Meehan
Don Briggs 0-1♔Richard Bennett
♔Roland Sorel 1-0Jim Donahue
John Bastarache 1-0Andrew Su
♔Andy Kiser 1-0Bob Mathieu
Gail Lingner 1-0Francis Scanlon
Emily Gawboy 0-1Brian Biglow
Total of 14 boards, 5 major upsets ().

♖ Not playing round 1 were Dave Couture, George Miller, Randy McLaughlin and Tom Whistler.

WCC 'B' Championship, June 1st, 2016
CURRENT STANDINGS
PointsPlayers
1.0King, Gladding, Hankard, Commisso, Meehan, Bastarache, Lingner, Biglow, Giampietro, Venezia, R. Bennett, Sorel, Kiser
0.5Fratturelli, H. McLaughlin
0.0Couture, Parker, J. Bennett, Briggs, Miller, Donahue, Mathieu, Burke, Steadman, O'Rourke, Koroskenyi, R. McLaughlin,
Talcott, Su, Scanlon, Gawboy, Whistler


Projected Round 2 Pairings for June 8th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 6: Biglow vs. King Board 7: Gladding vs. Lingner Board 8: Giampietro vs. Hankard Board 9: Venezia vs. Commisso Board 10: Meehan vs. Sorel Board 11: R. Bennett vs. Bastarache Board 12: Fratturelli vs. Kiser Board 13: Couture vs. H. McLaughlin Board 14: O'Rourke vs. Parker Board 15: J. Bennett vs. R. McLaughlin Board 16: Koroskenyi vs. Briggs Board 17: Su vs. Miller Board 18: Donahue vs. Talcott Board 19: Mathieu vs. Gawboy Board 20: Burke vs. Whistler Board 21: Scanlon vs. Steadman

REMINDER: Players must be present by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 2 on June 8th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL Ken Gurge by 7 P.M.

May 31st, 2016
Seeth Ganesan opts out of WCC Championship, Alan Condon to play instead.

Seeth Ganesan has decided not to play in this year's WCC Championship, and since the next player on the qualified list is Alan Condon, Alan was invited to play & he has accepted, so now the first round pairings based on this change & the latest rating updates look like:


Projected Pairings for Round 1 of the WCC Championship June 1st:
(Including reordered ranking due to rating changes
for anyone playing in this weekend's Mass Open in Marlborough)

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Ray Paulson (2037) vs. Ken Gurge (1795) Board 2: Gary Brassard (1789) vs. George Mirijanian 1984) Board 3: Roger Cappallo (1946) vs. Arthur Barlas (1765) Board 4: Alan Condon (1728) vs. Paul Godin (1944) Board 5: Ed Harris (1855) vs. Lenny Arsenault (1692)

May 31st, 2016
Wachusett CC Players' Rating Gains and Losses at 85th Mass Open

Ten active & inactive WCC members played in the 85th Mass Open Championship tournament held this past weekend, May 28, 29, & 30.

Here are their rating updates:
♙   ♝   ♘   ♜   ♘   ♟   Tuesday May 31, 2016 Active Member Rating Updates   ♗   ♞   ♖   ♞   ♗   ♟
USCFID#: WCC Member NameEnd DateMost Recent Rated TournamentSection: NamePre => Post
14933988: BRANDON WU2016-05-3085TH MASSACHUSETTS OPEN (MA)1: CHAMPIONSHIP 2156 => 2178
11235611: PATRICK SCIACCA2016-05-3085TH MASSACHUSETTS OPEN (MA)2: UNDER 2100 2080 => 2096
12401616: RAYMOND PAULSON2016-05-3085TH MASSACHUSETTS OPEN (MA)2: UNDER 2100 2085 => 2037
11305831: ERIK ZOLTAN2016-05-3085TH MASSACHUSETTS OPEN (MA)2: UNDER 2100 2008 => 1996
14545906: TREVOR WARD BIERIG2016-05-3085TH MASSACHUSETTS OPEN (MA)2: UNDER 2100 1884 => 1893
11156665: GARY BRASSARD2016-05-3085TH MASSACHUSETTS OPEN (MA)2: UNDER 2100 1816 => 1789
13459495: VLAD JAN GACIU2016-05-3085TH MASSACHUSETTS OPEN (MA)3: UNDER 1800 1772 => 1778
14358604: JACKSON PARKER2016-05-3085TH MASSACHUSETTS OPEN (MA)2: UNDER 2100 1737 => 1721
10008191: JOHN W MARTIN2016-05-3085TH MASSACHUSETTS OPEN (MA)3: UNDER 1800 1700 => 1700
12458787: WILLIAM T BURKE II2016-05-3085TH MASSACHUSETTS OPEN (MA)3: UNDER 1800 1485 => 1486
15518741: ANDREW SU2016-05-3085TH MASSACHUSETTS OPEN (MA)4: UNDER 1500 1261 => 1252

May 31st, 2016
New Wachusett Chess Club Feature!
Chess: My Week at the Club #8 by Roger Cappallo

Hello all,
For a change this week, I annotated the exciting and decisive game on board 1, rather than the quiet draw between me and Ed Harris.
It was between Dave Thomas and Eric Strickland. Enjoy!

May 27th, 2016
2016 Club Championship Qualification Standings

2016 Club Championship Qualification Standings as of May 18, 2016
After 44 of 44 games completed in the 2015-2016 season, the following are the final standings for qualification for the Club Championship.
The top ten winning percentage finishers qualified.

For pairing purposes in the 5 round Swiss System Tournament,
the current USCF ratings listed below (following the tournament concluded on May 25, 2016) will be revised to reflect the players' then current ratings as of the start of the WCC Championship Tournament on June 1, 2016.

A coin flip conducted by the Tournament Director on May 25, 2016 resulted in the highest rated player as of June 1, 2016, who will be the number one seed in the Championship Tournament, having the White pieces in Round 1.
Normal Swiss System pairing colors will follow from that.
Name Rating Games Played
This Season
Winning Percentage Additional
Games Needed
Notes
Paulson207433.8640
Cappallo194639.7440
Godin194443.7330
Mirijanian198429.7240
Harris185541.6590
Gurge179541.6590
Barlas176822.6360
Brassard181637.6350
Ganesan169727.6300
Arsenault169234.6180

Notes:
♔ All ten of the players list have qualified & will compete in the Championship.
♚ All others are invited to play in the WCC "B" Championship Tournament.
♖ Geoff LePoer is omitted due to his golf commitments.
♗ Larry Gladding is omitted at his request.
♘ Dave Thomas is omitted at his request.


Projected Pairings for Round 1 of the WCC Championship June ist:
(Barring any changes in ranking due to rating changes
for anyone playing in this weekend's Mass Open in Marlborough)

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Ray Paulson (2074) vs. Gary Brassard (1816) Board 2: Ken Gurge (1795) vs. George Mirijanian 1984) Board 3: Roger Cappallo (1946) vs. Arthur Barlas (1765) Board 4: Seeth Ganesan (1697) vs. Paul Godin (1944) Board 5: Ed Harris (1855) vs. Lenny Arsenault (1692)

May 27th, 2016
New Wachusett Chess Club Feature!
Chess: My Week at the Club #7 by Roger Cappallo

Roger Cappallo has posted a video of his game with Dave Thomas from the third round of the Martin Laine Mmemorial tournament played on Wednesday May 18th.

May 25th, 2016

Martin Laine Memorial, May 25th, 2016
Round 4 of 4 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Dave Thomas 0-1Eric Strickland
Ray Paulson 1-0Jackson Parker
Jim Hankard 1/2-1/2Nik Lavoie
Ed Harris 1/2-1/2Roger Cappallo
Paul Godin 1-0Tom Fratturelli
George Miller 0-1Ken Gurge
♔Don Briggs 1-0Dave Couture
Seeth Ganesan 1-0Larry Gladding
Gary Brassard 1-0Larry O'Rourke
Roland Sorel 0-1Lenny Arsenault
Bob Mathieu 1-0Randy McLaughlin
Steve Koroskenyi 0-1Wayne Steadman
Andrew Su 0-1Alexander Venezia
George Mirijanian 1-0Hugh McLaughlin
Bill Burke 1-0Tom Giampietro
Gail Lingner 1-0Francis Scanlon
Tom Whistler 0-1John Bastarache
Emily Gawboy 0-1Brian Biglow
Total of 18 boards, 1 major upset ().

♖ Not playing round 4 were Clay Bradley, Arthur Barlas, Alan Condon, Joe Bennett, Vlad Gaciu, Mike Commisso,
Richard Bennett, Jim Donahue and Stan Talcott.

Martin Laine Memorial, May 25th, 2016
FINAL STANDINGS
PointsPlayers
4.0Strickland
3.5Paulson
3.0Godin, Gurge, Thomas, Hankard, Parker, Briggs, Lavoie
2.5Bradley, Cappallo, Harris, Brassard, Arsenault, Ganesan
2.0Barlas, Condon, Fratturelli, Miller, Mathieu, Steadman, Venezia
1.5Mirijanian, Couture, Gladding, J. Bennett, Gaciu, Lingner, Burke, O'Rourke, R. McLaughlin, Sorel
1.0Commisso, Bastarache, Biglow, H. McLaughlin, Koroskenyi, R. Bennett, Su
0.5Donahue, Giampietro, Talcott, Scanlon, Whistler
0.0Gawboy

♔ 2016 Martin Laine Memorial PRIZE WINNERS ♔
1st: Eric Strickland of Brattleboro, VT
2nd: Ray Paulson of Lowell
Top U1850: Ken Gurge of Leominster, Dave Thomas of Fitchburg, and
Jim Hankard of Antrim, NH
Top U1650: Jackson Parker of Fitchburg
Top U1450: Don Briggs of Lunenburg
Top U1250: Nik Lavoie of Worcester

Pictures from this year's Martin Laine Memorial tournament.

The following players had
a rating increase of
50 or more points:
Nik Lavoie + 221
Don Briggs + 156
Jackson Parker + 83
Dave Thomas + 63
The following players achieved
a new all-time high rating:
Jackson Parker 1737
Seeth Ganesan 1697
Tom Fratturelli 1689
Don Briggs 1574
Nik Lavoie 1459
Roland Sorel 1295
Andrew Su 1261

♔ Congratulations to all! ♔

REMINDER: The 2016 Wachusett Chess Club Championship starts Wednesday, June 1.
Players in both the "A" and "B" Divisions 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.

May 20th, 2016
2014 WCC Champ, Carissa Yip, to Train in Saint Louis Next Week

As reported at: http://en.chessbase.com/post/young-stars-success:
"Training to be the World's best is no easy task, and there is little rest time. Both Sam [Sevian] and Jeffery [Xiong] will be attending a training session with Garry Kasparov and Michael Khodarkovsky in Saint Louis, from May 27-29. They will be joined by other American stars, such as Kayden Troff, John Burke and the rising female star Carissa Yip."

May 20th, 2016
2016 Club Championship Qualification Standings

2016 Club Championship Qualification Standings as of May 18, 2016
After 43 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
  after the final regular season tournament is rated!   *  
A minimum of 22 games must be completed to qualify.
Name Rating Games Played
This Season
Winning Percentage Additional
Games Needed
Notes
Paulson207432.8590
Cappallo196038.7500
Godin195442.7260
Mirijanian200428.7140
Thomas177339.6920
Harris186240.6630
Gurge177340.6500
Barlas177722.6360
Brassard181536.6250
Ganesan168726.6150
Arsenault169433.6060
Condon172725.6000
Couture185036.5970
Fratturelli165837.5950
Parker165428.5890
Commisso168028.5710
Hankard167942.5710
Meehan164630.5670
Bennett, J.173438.5390
Rogers, E.150229.5170

Notes:
♟ There is 1 regular season game 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.
♝ Arthur Barlas with a current winning percentage of .636 has played 22 games and has qualified based on gamesplayed. If he maintains a sufficientlt high qualifying percentage he would qualify, however, he has indicated that he's still undecided as to whether he'll opt out.
♔ Geoff LePoer is omitted due to his golf commitments.
♚ Larry Gladding is omitted at his request.
* This is a change since March 16, 2016.

May 18th, 2016

Surprise, Surprise: 8 Major Upsets, 7 With Black!

Of the 18 pairings for round 3 of the Martin Laine Memorial tournament this Wednesday night, 8 ended in major upsets of 150 rating points or more, & 7 of those 8 were won by the player with the black pieces!
Board 1 featured two qualifiers for this year's WCC Championship, Roger Cappallo & Dave Thomas. Dave lost a pawn & an exchange early in the game only to turn the tables quickly with a powerful winning mating attack.
At board 3, Jackson Parker out played Ed Harris in an opening variation that caught his rival off guard. Ed accidentally left his queen available for the taking & Jackson took it.
At board 6, Westminster resident & chess author, Dave Couture, found himself a full rook down against Nik Lavoie but missed tricky drawing opportunity & soon had to resign.
At board 7, Larry Gladding lost a piece in the opening & resigned on move 11 when Jim Hankard skewered his queen & king thereby producing one of the shortest games in WCC history.
The remaining four upsets were all won by the player with the black pieces as follows:
Board 11: Mike Commisso 0-1 Don Briggs
Board 14: Tom Giampietro 0-1 Roland Sorel
Board 16: John Bastarache 0-1 Steve Koroskenyi
Board 17: Brian Biglow 0-1 Andrew Su

Martin Laine Memorial, May 18th, 2016
Round 3 of 4 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Roger Cappallo 0-1♔ Dave Thomas
Eric Strickland 1-0Tom Fratturelli
♔ Jackson Parker 1-0Ed Harris
Ray Paulson 1-0Gary Brassard
Clay Bradley 1-0Seeth Ganesan
Dave Couture 0-1♔ Nik Lavoie
Larry Gladding 0-1♔ Jim Hankard
Alexander Venezia 0-1Paul Godin
Arthur Barlas 1-0Bob Mathieu
Hugh McLaughlin 0-1Alan Condon
Mike Commisso 0-1♔ Don Briggs
Richard Bennett 0-1George Miller
Joe Bennett 1-0Gail Lingner
Tom Giampietro 0-1♔ Roland Sorel
Larry O'Rourke 1-0Tom Whistler
John Bastarache 0-1♔ Steve Koroskenyi
Brian Biglow 0-1♔ Andrew Su
Wayne Steadman 1-0Emily Gawboy
Total of 18 boards, 8 major upsets ().

♝ Receiving half-point byes were Ken Gurge, Vlad Gaciu, Lenny Arsenault, Jim Donahue and Francis Scanlon.
♖ Not playing round 3 were Randy McLaughlin, George Mirijanian, Bill Burke and Stan Talcott.
♙ Andrew Kiser was withdrawn from the tournament.

Martin Laine Memorial, May 18th, 2016
CURRENT STANDINGS
PointsPlayers
3.0Strickland, Thomas, Parker
2.5Paulson, Bradley, Hankard, Lavoie
2.0Cappallo, Godin, Harris, Barlas, Gurge, Condon, Fratturelli, Miller, Briggs
1.5Couture, Gladding, Brassard, J. Bennett, Gaciu, Arsenault, Ganesan, O'Rourke, R. McLaughlin, Sorel
1.0Commisso, Mathieu, Steadman, Venezia, H. McLaughlin, Koroskenyi, R. Bennett, Su
0.5Mirijanian, Donahue, Giampietro, Lingner, Burke, Talcott, Scanlon, Whistler
0.0Bastarache, Biglow, Gawboy


Projected Round 4 Pairings for May 25th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Thomas vs. Strickland Board 2: Paulson vs. Parker Board 3: Hankard vs. Lavoie Board 4: Gurge vs. Cappallo Board 5: Godin vs. Condon Board 6: Harris vs. Fratturelli Board 7: Miller vs. Barlas Board 8: Briggs vs. Couture Board 9: Arsenault vs. Gladding Board 10: Ganesan vs. Brassard Board 11: O'Rourke vs. J. Bennett Board 12: R. McLaughlin vs. Gaciu Board 13: Sorel vs. Commisso Board 14: Mathieu vs. H. McLaughlin Board 15: Koroskenyi vs. Steadman Board 16: Venezia vs. R. Bennett Board 17: Su vs. Mirijanian Board 18: Donahue vs. Burke Board 19: Talcott vs. Giampietro Board 20: Lingner vs. Scanlon Board 21: Whistler vs. Bastarache Board 22: Gawboy vs. Biglow

♖ Bradley is not playing the final round.

REMINDER: Players must be present by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 4 on May 25th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL Ken Gurge by 7 P.M.

May 18th, 2016
Eight WCC Players Compete in Keene Quick Championship

Of the twelve players who showed up to do battle in the 2nd annual Keene Knichts Quick Chess Championship, a full two thirds or eight players were from the WCC. Top honors went to Dave Kochman while 2nd -3rd place were shared by Tony Cesolini & Paul Godin, all WCC players.

Here are their quick rating updates:
♙   ♝   ♘   ♜   ♘   ♟   Wednesday May 18, 2016 Keene Knights CC Quick Rating Updates   ♗   ♞   ♖   ♞   ♗   ♟
USCFID#: WCC Member NameEnd DateMost Recent Rated TournamentSection: NamePre => Post
12844878: TONY S CESOLINI2016-05-162ND ANNUAL KCC QUICK CLUB CHAM (NH)1: 2ND ANNUAL 1982 => 1981
12459389: PAUL L GODIN2016-05-162ND ANNUAL KCC QUICK CLUB CHAM (NH)1: 2ND ANNUAL 1991 => 1980
10032059: DAVID M KOCHMAN2016-05-162ND ANNUAL KCC QUICK CLUB CHAM (NH)1: 2ND ANNUAL 1837 => 1933
13526267: ERIC STRICKLAND2016-05-162ND ANNUAL KCC QUICK CLUB CHAM (NH)1: 2ND ANNUAL 1710 => 1721
13250463: JOSEPH BENNETT2016-05-162ND ANNUAL KCC QUICK CLUB CHAM (NH)1: 2ND ANNUAL 1787 => 1721
12222200: JAMES A HANKARD2016-05-162ND ANNUAL KCC QUICK CLUB CHAM (NH)1: 2ND ANNUAL 1588 => 1607
12776334: DAVID J THOMAS2016-05-162ND ANNUAL KCC QUICK CLUB CHAM (NH)1: 2ND ANNUAL 1624 => 1595
12465223: EDWARD ARTHUR HARRIS2016-05-162ND ANNUAL KCC QUICK CLUB CHAM (NH)1: 2ND ANNUAL 1517 => 1541

May 18th, 2016
Carissa Yip featured in Lowell Sun

"She's a national chess master, and she's only 12",
proclaims the headline in the Lowell Sun article by Alana Melanson, as updated this morning.
In addition to some background information & highlights of Carissa's past accomplishments, Alana covers Carissa's performance at the recent US Women's Championship as well as noting that Carissa remains first in the US among girls under age 21 & that she creates instructional videos, and is the only child video author on ChessKid.com.

May 17th, 2016
Tony Cesolini to Play Simul in NH

Tony Cesolini, USCF rated expert & former scholastic chess champion of NH, will play any number of people simultaneously this Saturday, May 21, from 1:00 PM till 4:00 PM at the Gregg Free Library, 7 Forest Road, Wilton, NH.
The promoters are going to borrow some chess sets, and including his and those we probably will total 10 or 12. Ideally, we'll attract some seniors as well as kids. Please bring sets & boards if you have them.

May 14th, 2016
New Wachusett Chess Club Feature!
Chess: My Week at the Club #6 by Roger Cappallo

Roger Cappallo has posted a video of his game with Alan Condon from the second round of the Martin Laine Mmemorial tournament played this past Wednesday.

May 11th, 2016
2016 Martin Laine Memorial
Round 2 of 4

Martin Laine Memorial, May 11th, 2016
Round 2 of 4 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Ken Gurge 1/2-1/2Ray Paulson
Alan Condon 0-1Roger Cappallo
Paul Godin 0-1♔Dave Thomas
Lenny Arsenault 0-1Eric Strickland
Ed Harris 1-0Mike Commisso
Jim Hankard 1/2-1/2Dave Couture
Tom Fratturelli 1-0Arthur Barlas
♔Jackson Parker 1-0George Mirijanian
Gary Brassard 1-0Tom Giampietro
♔Randy McLaughlin 1-0Joe Bennett
Stan Talcott 0-1Seeth Ganesan
♔Nik Lavoie 1-0Jim Donahue
George Miller 1-0Steve Koroskenyi
Don Briggs 1-0Brian Biglow
Bob Mathieu 1-0Andrew Su
♔Richard Bennett 1-0Wayne Steadman
Francis Scanlon 0-1Alexander Venezia
Emily Gawboy 0-1Hugh McLaughlin
Vlad Gaciu 1-0John Bastarache
Total of 19 boards, 5 major upsets ().

♝ Receiving half-point byes were:
Clay Bradley, Larry Gladding, Gail Lingner, Bill Burke, Larry O'Rourke, Tom Whistler and Andrew Kiser.
♙ Requesting a zero-point bye was Roland Sorel.

Martin Laine Memorial, May 11th, 2016
CURRENT STANDINGS
PointsPlayers
2.0Cappallo, Strickland, Harris, Thomas, Fratturelli, Parker
1.5Paulson, Bradley, Couture, Gladding, Brassard, Gurge, Ganesan, Hankard, R. McLaughlin, Lavoie
1.0Godin, Barlas, Gaciu, Condon. Commisso, Arsenault, Miller, Mathieu, Venezia, H. McLaughlin, Briggs, R. Bennett, Kiser
0.5Mirijanian, J. Bennett, Giampietro, Lingner, Burke, O'Rourke, Talcott, Sorel, Whistler
0.0Donahue, Bastarache, Biglow, Steadman, Koroskenyi, Su, Scanlon, Gawboy


Projected Round 3 Pairings for May 18th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Cappallo vs. Fratturelli Board 2: Strickland vs. Parker Board 3: Thomas vs. Harris Board 4: Paulson vs. Brassard Board 5: Bradley vs. Ganesan Board 6: Couture vs. R. McLaughlin Board 7: Gladding vs. Hankard Board 8: Godin vs. Lavoie Board 9: Barlas vs. Miller Board 10: Mathieu vs. Gaciu Board 11: Venezia vs. Condon Board 12: Commisso vs. Briggs Board 13: H. McLaughlin vs. Arsenault Board 14: Mirijanian vs. R. Bennett Board 15: J. Bennett vs. O'Rourke Board 16: Giampietro vs. Talcott Board 17: Sorel vs. Lingner Board 18: Burke vs. Whistler Board 19: Donahue vs. Koroskenyi Board 20: Bastarache vs. Su Board 21: Biglow vs. Scanlon Board 22: Steadman vs. Gawboy

♗ Requesting a half-point bye for Round 3 is Gurge.
♝ Kiser will be paired if he shows up on time to play.

2016 Club Championship Qualification Standings as of May 11, 2016
After 42 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
  after the final regular season tournament is rated!   *  
A minimum of 22 games must be completed to qualify.
Name Rating Games Played
This Season
Winning Percentage Additional
Games Needed
Notes
Paulson207431.8550
Cappallo196037.7700
Godin195441.7200
Mirijanian200428.7140
Thomas177338.6840
Harris186239.6790
Gurge177340.6500
Brassard181535.6430
Ganesan168725.6400
Barlas177721.6191
Couture185035.6140
Fratturelli165836.6110
Arsenault169433.6060
Commisso168027.5940
Condon172724.5830
Parker165427.5740
Meehan163730.5670
Hankard167941.5610
Bennett, J.173437.5270
Rogers, E.150229.5170

Notes:
♟ There are 2 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.
♝ Arthur Barlas with a current winning percentage of .619 has played 21 games and would need to play 1 of the remaining 2 games while maintaining a qualifying percentage to qualify.
♔ Geoff LePoer is omitted due to his golf commitments.
♚ Larry Gladding is omitted at his request.
* This is a change since March 16, 2016.

REMINDER: Players must be present by 7:10 p.m. in order to be paired for Round 3 on May 18th.
  Players who expect to be late who wish to be paired MUST E-MAIL George Mirijanian by 5:30 p.m. on May 18th.  
Ken Gurge cannot be reached by phone on that day.

May 8th, 2016
Mike Meehan ties for 1st in U1600 section of Kaamatan Open

Fresh from winning the Top U1600 prize in the Evert Siiskonen Memorial at the Wachusett Chess Club, WCC member Mike Meehan of Westminster, MA tallied 4-1 to tie for 1st place in the Under 1600 section of the Kaamatan Open, held Saturday, May 7, in West Newbury, MA. Mike gained 9 USCF rating points in the process and raised his rating to 1646. Also competing in the same section was fellow club member Alexander Venezia of Lunenburg, MA, who scored 2.5-2.5 to tie for 6th-8th place, losing 37 points and lowering his rating to 1422. Competing in the Open section were four other Wachusett CC players: Geoff LePoer of Westford, MA, who tallied 2.5-2.5, tying for 6th-9th place, gaining 13 points and raising his rating to 1916; as well as Mike Commisso of Brookline, NH, and Jackson Parker of Fitchburg, MA, both of whom scored 2-3 to tie for 9th-13th place. Mike lost 22 points and lowered his rating to 1680, while Jackson gained 22 points and raised his rating to 1654. Jim Hankard of Antrim, NH rounded out the Wachusett contingent, scoring 1.5-3.5, gaining 6 points and bringing his rating to 1679. The Wachusett CC sextet represented roughly 22 percent of the total field of 27 players in the two sections.

Here are their rating updates:
♙   ♝   ♘   ♜   ♘   ♟   Tuesday May 10, 2016 Active Member Rating Updates   ♗   ♞   ♖   ♞   ♗   ♟
USCFID#: WCC Member NameEnd DateMost Recent Rated TournamentSection: NamePre => Post
12763343: GEOFFREY LEPOER2016-05-07KAAMATAN OPEN (MA)1: OPEN 1903 => 1916
12525099: MICHAEL COMMISSO2016-05-07KAAMATAN OPEN (MA)1: OPEN 1702 => 1680
12222200: JAMES A HANKARD2016-05-07KAAMATAN OPEN (MA)1: OPEN 1673 => 1679
14358604: JACKSON PARKER2016-05-07KAAMATAN OPEN (MA)1: OPEN 1632 => 1654
12758321: MICHAEL J MEEHAN2016-05-07KAAMATAN OPEN (MA)2: U1600 1637 => 1646
15927258: ALEXANDER VENEZIA2016-05-07KAAMATAN OPEN (MA)2: U1600 1459 (P17) => 1422 (P22)

May 7th, 2016
New Wachusett Chess Club Feature!
Chess: My Week at the Club #5 by Roger Cappallo

Roger Cappallo has posted a video of his game with George Miller from the first round of the Martin Laine Mmemorial tournament played this past Wednesday.

May 6th, 2016
2016 Club Championship Qualification Standings

2016 Club Championship Qualification Standings as of May 5, 2016
After 41 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
  after the final regular season tournament is rated!   *  
A minimum of 22 games must be completed to qualify.
Name Rating Games Played
This Season
Winning Percentage Additional
Games Needed
Notes
Paulson207430.8670
Cappallo196036.7640
Mirijanian200427.7410
Godin195440.7380
Thomas177337.6760
Harris186238.6710
Gurge177339.6540
Barlas177720.6502
Brassard181534.6320
Arsenault169432.6250
Ganesan168724.6250
Couture185034.6180
Commisso170226.6150
Condon172723.6090
Fratturelli165835.6000
Meehan163730.5670
Hankard167340.5630
Parker163226.5580
Bennett, J.173436.5420
Rogers, E.150229.5170

Notes:
♟ There are 3 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.
♝ Arthur Barlas with a current winning percentage of .650 has played 20 games and would need to play 2 of the remaining 3 games while maintaining a qualifying percentage to qualify.
♔ Geoff LePoer is omitted due to his golf commitments.
♚ Larry Gladding is omitted at his request.
* This is a change since March 16, 2016.


May 4th, 2016
2016 Martin Laine Memorial
Round 1 of 4

Martin Laine Memorial, May 4th, 2016
Round 1 of 4 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Ray Paulson 1-0Jim Donahue
John Bastarache 0-1Clay Bradley
Roger Cappallo 1-0George Miller
Brian Biglow 0-1Paul Godin
Eric Strickland 1-0Bob Mathieu
Wayne Steadman 0-1Ed Harris
Dave Couture 1-0Bill Burke
Alexander Venezia 0-1Larry Gladding
Arthur Barlas 1-0Larry O'Rourke
Hugh McLaughlin 0-1Ken Gurge
Dave Thomas 1-0Don Briggs
Steve Koroskenyi 0-1Alan Condon
Mike Commisso 1-0Richard Bennett
Andrew Su 0-1Lenny Arsenault
Seeth Ganesan 1/2-1/2Nik Lavoie
Francis Scanlon 0-1Jim Hankard
Tom Fratturelli 1-0Emily Gawboy
Tom Whistler 0-1Jackson Parker
Total of 18 boards, no major upsets.

♝ Receiving half-point byes were George Mirijanian, Gary Brassard, Joe Bennett, Randy McLaughlin,
Stan Talcott, Roland Sorel and Andrew Kiser.
♗ Declining a half-point bye was Gail Lingner.

Martin Laine Memorial, May 4th, 2016
CURRENT STANDINGS
PointsPlayers
1.0Paulson, Bradley, Cappallo, Godin, Strickland, Harris, Couture, Gladding, Barlas, Gurge, Thomas, Condon, Commisso,
Arsenault, Hankard, Fratturelli, Parker
0.5Mirijanian, Brassard, J. Bennett, Ganesan, R. McLaughlin, Talcott, Sorel, Lavoie, Kiser
0.0Donahue, Bastarache, Miller, Biglow, Mathieu, Lingner, Steadman, Burke, Venezia, O'Rourke, H. McLaughlin, Briggs,
Koroskenyi, R. Bennett, Su, Scanlon, Gawboy, Whistler


Projected Round 2 Pairings for May 11th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Gurge vs. Paulson Board 2: Condon vs. Cappallo Board 3: Godin vs. Thomas Board 4: Commisso vs. Strickland Board 5: Harris vs. Fratturelli Board 6: Arsenault vs. Couture Board 7: Hankard vs. Barlas Board 8: Parker vs. Mirijanian Board 9: R. McLaughlin vs. Brassard Board 10: J. Bennett vs. Talcott Board 11: Sorel vs. Ganesan Board 12: Lavoie vs. Bastarache Board 13: Donahue vs. H. McLaughlin Board 14: Miller vs. Koroskenyi Board 15: Briggs vs. Biglow Board 16: Mathieu vs. Su Board 17: Lingner vs. Scanlon Board 18: R. Bennett vs. Steadman Board 19: Gawboy vs. Venezia Board 20: O'Rourke vs. Whistler

♗ Requesting half-point byes for Round 2 are Bradley, Gladding, Burke and Kiser.
♜ Some pictures from this tournament can be seen at:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/zi55rhpff58d63o/AABTa7RxorVwCbj0Rzd1ekyTa/2016%20Martin%20Laine%20Memorial?dl=0

REMINDER: Players must be present by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 2 on May 11th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL Ken Gurge by 7 P.M.

May 3rd, 2016
Rating List for the Martin Laine Memorial (1950-2014)

Round 1 of the 2016 Martin Laine Memorial will be played this Wednesday night, May 4, in Room C192 in the McKay Complex at Fitchburg State University.
Players must be present by 7:10 p.m. in order to be paired for the round.
Players most likely to compete are listed below with their current ratings:

♔   ♛   ♖   ♝   ♘   ♞   ♗   ♜   ♕   ♚  
Players most likely to compete in
the 2016 Martin Laine Memorial
are listed below with their current ratings:
1Tony Cesolini 2091
2Ray Paulson 2074
3George Mirijanian 2004
4Roger Cappallo 1960
5Paul Godin 1948
6Ed Harris 1852
7Dave Couture 1850
8Larry Gladding 1815
9Gary Brassard 1815
10Arthur Barlas 1777
11Ken Gurge 1773
12Joe Bennett 1772
13Dave Thomas 1752
14Mike Commisso 1702
15Lenny Arsenault 1694
16Seeth Ganesan 1687
17Paul Lynch 1667
18Jim Hankard 1660
19Tom Fratturelli 1658
20Mike Meehan 1637
21Jackson Parker 1632
22Jim Donahue 1582
23John Bastarache 1571
24George Miller 1550
25Brian Biglow 1540
26Bob Mathieu 1514
27Gail Lingner 1500
28Wayne Steadman 1480
29xBill Burke 1480
30Alexander Venezia 1459
31Larry O'Rourke 1420
32Hugh McLaughlin 1419
33Don Briggs 1418
34Steve Koroskenyi 1374
35Randy McLaughlin 1336
36Stan Talcott 1300
37Richard Bennett 1275
38Roland Sorel 1261
39Andrew Su 1248
40Nik Lavoie 1238
41Kandy Lynch 1200
42Andrew Kiser 1048
43Francis Scanlon 1043
44Emily Gawboy 863
45Tom Whistler 777

May 3rd, 2016
Harold Dondis Remembered on WBUR

Today the WBUR Remembrance Project featured Chris Chase's touching tribute to Harold Dondis.
"Harold Dondis practiced law in Boston for 70 years, but he played the game of chess for 80. His fellow club members will never forget when Harold defeated Bobby Fischer, nor will they forget his last match."

Listen to the Chris Chase interview.

May 3rd, 2016
2016 Club Championship Qualification Standings

2016 Club Championship Qualification Standings as of May 2, 2016
After 40 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
  after the final regular season tournament is rated!   *  
A minimum of 22 games must be completed to qualify.
Name Rating Games Played
This Season
Winning Percentage Additional
Games Needed
Notes
Paulson206829.8620
Cappallo196035.7570
Mirijanian200427.7410
Godin195139.7310
Thomas175236.6670
Harris185237.6620
Gurge177338.6450
Brassard183134.6320
Barlas177719.6323
Ganesan168723.6300
Arsenault169431.6130
Couture185033.6060
Commisso170225.6002
Condon172722.5912
Fratturelli165834.5880
Meehan163730.5670
Hankard166039.5510
Bennett, J.177236.5420
Parker163225.5400
Rogers, E.153329.5170

Notes:
♟ There are 4 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.
♝ Arthur Barlas with a current winning percentage of .632 has played 19 games and would need to play 3 of the remaining 4 games while maintaining a qualifying percentage to qualify.
♔ Geoff LePoer is omitted due to his golf commitments.
♚ Larry Gladding is omitted at his request.
* This is a change since March 16, 2016.


May 1st, 2016
Happy 60th Birthday, GM Alexander Ivanov

♔ New England Chess Icon, GM Alexander Ivanov, Turns 60 Today ♔

He was born on May 1, 1956 in Omsk, Russia, which is in southwestern Siberia. He came to the United States sometime in the late 1980s (1988 according to his bio on the USCF site) and has lived in Newton, MA for many years. In 1982, Ivanov tied for first place with Anatoly Karpov and Boris Gulko in a Moscow tournament that featured 51 grandmasters.

Ever since his arrival & up until today he is widely considered to be one of the strongest players ever to reside in New England. He is a 15-time Massachusetts state champion and a U.S. Championship co-winner (with GMs Patrick Wolff and Nick DeFirmian) in 1995.

He has won or shared first place in the New England Open at least twelve times including:
1993, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, & 2014.

May 1st, 2016
New Wachusett Chess Club Feature!
Chess: My Week at the Club #4 by Roger Cappallo

Roger Cappallo has posted a video of his game with Ed Harris from the last round of the Evert Siiskonen memorial tournament that was completed this past Wednesday.

May 1st, 2016
Paulson ties for 1st in Billerica April Swiss

Ray Paulson of Lowell scored 3.5-0.5 to tie for first place with fellow expert Tim Bromley in the Billerica April Swiss that ended Friday night, April 29, at the Billerica Chess Club. Ray's lone draw was against fellow Wachusett CC member Paul Godin of Bedford. The event saw another WCC player, Jim Donahue of Stow, participate in the event. Paulson's updated rating is now 2074, while Godin currently stands at 1949 and Donahue is at 1582.

Here are their updated ratings:
Ray Paulson -> 2074
Paul Godin -> 1948
Jim Donahue -> 1582


April 30th, 2016
7 Wachusett CC Players compete in Waltham Miles G/5 d0 Blitz Tournament

Seven Wachusett CC players, a full third of the field of 21 contestants, competed in the Waltham Miles G/5 d0 Blitz Tournament on Friday Night. The tournament consisted of 12 games played as a 6-round double Swiss format. The WCC was well represented in the winners' circle also, as Paul Godin & Geoff LePoer tied for 2nd-3rd place while Mike Commisso won the U1800 prize. First place went to USCF Expert, Todd Chase, who scpred 11.5 out of 12, giving up only a single draw to yet another WCC member, Joe Bennett.

Here are their final scores & new Blitz ratings:
Paul Godin (8.5) -> B: 1903
Joe Bennett (8.0) -> B: 1903
Geoff LePoer (8.5) -> B: 1874
Mike Commisso (7.0) -> B: 1632
Mike Meehan (6.5) -> B: 1630
Jim Hankard (6.0) -> B: 1602
Alex Venezia (4.0) -> B: 1354


April 27th, 2016

♔ Couture Captures Crown in Siiskonen Memorial!

Evert Siiskonen Memorial, April 27th, 2016
Round 5 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Gary Brassard 0-1Dave Couture
Ed Harris 1/2-1/2Roger Cappallo
Paul Godin 1-0Ken Gurge
Geoff LePoer 0-1♔ Mike Commisso
Larry Gladding 0-1♔ Mike Meehan
Lenny Arsenault 0-1Seeth Ganesan
John Bastarache 0-1Arthur Barlas
Bob Mathieu 0-1Dave Thomas
♔ Wayne Steadman 1-0Tom Fratturelli
Jim Hankard 1-0Roland Sorel
♔ Hugh McLaughlin 1-0Brian Biglow
Alexander Venezia 1-0Nik Lavoie
Don Briggs 0-1George Miller
♔ Andrew Su 1-0Larry O'Rourke
Francis Scanlon 0-1Steve Koroskenyi
Randy McLaughlin 1-0Emily Gawboy
Tom Whistler 0-1Richard Bennett
Total of 17 boards, 5 major upsets ().

♖ Not playing round 5 were Ray Paulson, George Mirijanian, Joe Bennett, Alan Condon, Andrew Kiser, William Burke, Gail Lingner,
Stan Talcott, Jim Donahue, Jeromy Tilton and Jackson Parker.

♙ The Wachusett Chess Club welcomes 9 year old Andrew Su, of Harvard, our newest club member. His one game tonight (against Larry O'Rourke) netted him 44 rating points.

Evert Siiskonen Memorial, April 27th, 2016
FINAL STANDINGS
PointsPlayers
5.0 ♔Couture
4.5-----
4.0Godin, Brassard, Commisso
3.5Cappallo, Harris, Ganesan, Meehan
3.0Paulson, LePoer, Gurge, Barlas, Thomas, Hankard, Steadman, H. McLaughlin
2.5Mirijanian, Gladding, Arsenault, Bastarache, Miller, Venezia
2.0J. Bennett, Condon, Fratturelli, Biglow, Mathieu, Koroskenyi, R. McLaughlin, R. Bennett, Sorel, Su, Lavoie, Kiser
1.5Burke
1.0Lingner, O'Rourke, Briggs, Talcott, Scanlon, Gawboy, Whistler
0.5Donahue, Tilton
0.0Parker

♔ 2016 Evert Siiskonen Memorial PRIZE WINNERS ♔
1st: Dave Couture of Westminster
2nd-4th: Paul Godin of Bedford, Gary Brassard of Leominster (Top U1800) & Mike Commisso of Brookline, NH (Top U1800
Top U1600: Mike Meehan of Westminster
Top U1400: Wayne Steadman of Lunenburg and Hugh McLaughlin of Groton

Pictures from this year's Evert Siiskonen Memorial tournament.

The following players had
a rating increase of
50 or more points:
Hugh McLaughlin + 182
Dave Couture + 160
Wayne Steadman + 95
Nik Lavoie + 72
Mike Commisso + 71
Alexander Venezia + 65
Andrew Kiser + 53
Seeth Ganesan + 50
The following players achieved
a new all-time high rating:
Alexander Venezia 1459/P17
Roland Sorel 1261
Andrew Su 1248
Nik Lavoie 1238

♟ ♘ ♝ ♖ ♛ ♔ Congratulations to all !

REMINDER: The next tournament at the club, the Martin Laine Memorial (1950-2014), will start Wednesday, May 4th.
Players must be present by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 1 on May 4th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL Ken Gurge by 7 P.M.


April 25th, 2016
Carissa defeats GM Irina Krush to finish 9th in U.S. Women's Championship

While finishing in 9th place with a 4.5/11 score, 12-year-old Carissa Yip of Andover, MA still managed to conjure up yet another big surprise win over 7-time US Women's Champ, GM Irina Krush in round ten of the eleven round round robin event..

Here is Carissa's thrilling round 10 victory against 7-time US Women's Champ, GM Irina Krush:

[Event "US Chess Championships (Women)"]
[Site "Saint Louis USA"]
[Date "2016.04.24"]
[EventDate "2016.04.14"]
[Round "10.3"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Carissa Yip"]
[Black "Irina Krush"]
[ECO "B43"]
[WhiteElo "2164"]
[BlackElo "2465"]
[PlyCount "105"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 a6 5. Nc3 Qc7 6. Bd3 Nf6 7. O-O d6
8. f4 Nbd7 9. Kh1 Be7 10. Qe2 O-O 11. Bd2 Nc5 12. Rae1 Nxd3 13. cxd3 b5
14. Rc1 Qd7 15. g4 Bb7 16. g5 Ne8 17. f5 b4 18. Nd1 e5 19. Nf3 d5
20. Nf2 f6 21. gxf6 Nxf6 22. Nxe5 Qb5 23. Neg4 dxe4 24. Nxf6+ Bxf6 25. Nxe4 Rfe8
26. Rce1 Rad8 27. Rf3 Rxd3 28. Qxd3 Qxd3 29. Rxd3 Rxe4 30. Kg1 Rg4+ 31. Rg3 Rd4
32. Bg5 Bxg5 33. Rxg5 Kf7 34. Kf2 Bd5 35. b3 a5 36. Ke3 Re4+ 37. Kd2 Rd4+
38. Ke3 Re4+ 39. Kd2 Rd4+ 40. Kc1 Kf6 41. Reg1 Rh4 42. Rxg7 Rxh2 43. Kb1 a4
44. Rd7 Be4+ 45. Ka1 axb3 46. axb3 h5 47. Rf1 Rh1 48. Rd6+ Kg7 49. f6+ Kf7
50. Rd7+ Kg6 51. Rg7+ Kh6 52. Rxh1 Bxh1 53. Rg5 1-0

April 25th, 2016
Wachusett CC Players' Rating Gains and Losses at Eastern Class Championships

Of the four Wachusett CC players who competed in the regular sections of the 25th Eastern Class Championships the weekend of April 22-24 in Sturbridge, MA, Jim Donahue of Stow, MA gained the most number of rating points, 33, raising his rating to 1646. Ed Harris of Marlboro, NH, netted 4 rating points to boost his rating to 1842, while Eric Strickland of Brattleboro, VT lost 13 rating points to lower his rating to 1922 and Dave Couture of Westminster, MA took a loss of 15 points to emerge with a rating of 1690. Tony Cesolini of Rindge, NH took part in the Eastern Class Blitz Championship and saw his USCF blitz rating go from 1976 to 1962.

Here are their Regular & Blitz rating updates:
Tony Cesolini -> B: 1962
Eric Strickland -> R: 1922
Ed Harris -> R: 1842
Dave Couture -> R: 1690
Jim Donahue -> R: 1646

April 25th, 2016
Quinsigamond Community College, Intercollegiate Chess Tournament Results

Quinsigamond Community College Intercollegiate Chess Tournament - Saturday April 23, 2016
Hosted by: Jerry Williams, Quinsigamond Community College
Tournament director: Joe Alfano, Assumption College

PlaceNAMESchoolRound 1Round 2Round 3Round 4TOTAL
1Clark BishopDHS( 6) 1.0( 5) 1.0( 3) 0.5( 4) 1.03.5
2Stephen DannT&G(LE) 0.5( 4) 0.0( 6) 1.0( 3) 1.02.5
3Jerry WilliamsQCC( 4) 1.0( 7) 1.0( 1) 0.5( 2) 0.02.5
4Dustin HopkinsQCC( 3) 0.0( 2) 1.0( 5) 1.0( 1) 0.02.0
5Aidan LightQCC( 8) 1.0( 1) 0.0( 4) 0.0( 7) 1.02.0
6Mike ImseQCC( 1) 0.0( 8) 1.0( 2) 0.0(BY) 1.02.0
7Will PitmanQCC(LE) 0.5( 3) 0.0( 8) 1.0( 5) 0.01.5
8Mark DeVirgilioQCC( 5) 0.0( 6) 0.0( 7) 0.0(WD) 0.00.0

DHS = Douglas High School
QCC = Quinsigamond Community College
T&G = Telegram and Gazette
1.0 = Win
0.0 = Loss
0.5 = Draw
BY = Bye: the player had no opponent, and won by default.
LE = Late entry: 0.5 points for an unplayed first round.
WD = Withdrew.

In each round, the player is listed with their opponent and final score.
E.g. in Round 1, Clark Bishop played Mike Imse (player 6) and won.

April 24th, 2016
New Wachusett Chess Club Feature!
Chess: My Week at the Club #3 by Roger Cappallo

I've published the video of my loss to Gary Brassard this week; it's at: https://youtu.be/5KQvjtvYOOw

Re-listening to it, I hear about 10 mistakes that I make - mostly just saying the wrong word, but I also fail to correctly point out a N fork on g4, and claim in another spot that maybe his K should have come forward (through check!). Consider them Easter eggs to be found.
Once again, I tried to be brief, but it's hard to optimize both for brevity and for information content.

Cheers,
Roger


April 21st, 2016
Wachusett CC players to compete in Eastern Class Championships

Four Wachusett Chess Club players are registered to compete in the 25th Eastern Class Championships, which will be held April 22-24 at the Host Hotel at Cedar Lake in Sturbridge, MA. Playing in the Class A section are Eric Strickland of Brattleboro, VT and Ed Harris of Marlboro, NH, while Dave Couture of Westminster, MA and Jim Donahue of Stow, MA will compete in the Class B section. The tournament, organized by Bill Goichberg for the Continental Chess Association, is one of the most popular events held annually in Massachusetts.

George M

April 20th, 2016
2016 Evert Siiskonen Memorial
Round 4 of 5

Evert Siiskonen Memorial, April 20th, 2016
Round 4 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Roger Cappallo 0-1♔ Gary Brassard
Dave Couture 1-0Lenny Arsenult
Arthur Barlas 0-1Ray Paulson
Dave Thomas 0-1Paul Godin
Geoff LePoer 1-0Alan Condon
Tom Fratturelli 0-1Ed Harris
Ken Gurge 1-0Jim Hankard
Mike Commisso 1-0Joe Bennett
Alexander Venezia 0-1John Bastarache
Brian Biglow 1-0Randy McLaughlin
Bob Mathieu 1-0Richard Bennett
♔ Hugh McLaughlin 1-0Gail Lingner
Larry O'Rourke 0-1♔Roland Sorel
♔ Nik Lavoie 1-0Don Briggs
Francis Scanlon 0-1Wayne Steadman
Steve Koroskenyi 0-1♔ Andrew Kiser
Emily Gawboy 1-0Tom Whistler
Total of 17 boards, 5 major upsets ().

♝ Receiving half-point byes were George Mirijanian, Larry Gladding, Seeth Ganesan, Mike Meehan,
George Miller, William Burke, Jim Donahue and Jeromy Tilton.
♖ Not playing round 4 was Stan Talcott.
Jackson Parker had already withdrawn from the tournament.

Evert Siiskonen Memorial, April 20th, 2016
CURRENT STANDINGS
PointsPlayers
4.0Brassard, Couture
3.5-----
3.0Paulson, Cappallo, Godin, LePoer, Harris, Gurge, Commisso
2.5Mirijanian, Gladding, Arsenault, Ganesan, Meehan, Bastarache
2.0J. Bennett, Barlas, Thomas, Condon, Fratturelli, Hankard, Biglow, Mathieu, Steadman, H. McLaughlin, Sorel, Lavoie, Kiser
1.5Miller, Burke, Venezia
1.0Lingner, O'Rourke, Briggs, Koroskenyi, R. McLaughlin, Talcott, R. Bennett, Scanlon, Gawboy, Whistler
0.5Donahue, Tilton
0.0Parker


Projected Round 5 Pairings for April 27th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Brassard vs, Couture Board 2: Harris vs. Cappallo Board 3: Godin vs. Gurge Board 4: Commisso vs. LePoer Board 5: Mirijanian vs. Ganesan Board 6: Gladding vs. Meehan Board 7: Arsenault vs. Bastarache Board 8: J. Bennett vs. Mathieu Board 9: Steadman vs. Barlas Board 10: Sorel vs. Thomas Board 11: H. McLaughlin vs. Fratturelli Board 12: Hankard vs. Kiser Board 13: Biglow vs. Lavoie Board 14: Venezia vs. Miller Board 15: Lingner vs. Talcott Board 16: R. Bennett vs. O'Rourke Board 17: Briggs vs. Scanlon Board 18: Gawboy vs. Koroskenyi Board 19: Whistler vs. R. McLaughlin

♖ Not paired for Round 5 are: Paulson, Condon, Burke, Donahue, Tilton and Parker.

REMINDER: Players must be present by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 5 on April 27th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL Ken Gurge by 7 P.M.

April 20th, 2016
Carissa draws leader in U.S Women's Championship

In Round 6 of the 2016 U.S. Women's Championship, played Wednesday, April 20, in Saint Louis, 12-year-old Carissa Yip held the tournament leader, IM Nazi Paikidze, 22, of Baltimore, MD to a draw. Paikidze, who had been leading the 12-player round-robin field with a score of 4-1 going into the round, adopted the Caro-Kann Defense against her younger opponent and faced the Advance Variation right away. After a very tricky middlegame, the players traded down to a same-colored bishop and 4 pawns ending that ended peacefully after 43 moves.

The splitting of the point allowed two other contenders, GM Irina Krush and WGM Tatev Abrahamyan, to move into sharing the lead with Paikidze with scores of 4.5-1.5 going into round 7. IM Anna Zatonskih is currently in sole possession of 4th place with a 4-2 tally, while Carissa and WGM Katerina Nemcova are deadlocked in 5th place with 3-3 results. Five rounds remain in the championship.

George M

April 19th, 2016
Carissa even after 5 rounds in 2016 U.S. Women's Championship

With six rounds remaining in the U.S. Women's Championship in Saint Louis, 2014 Wachusett Chess Club champion Carissa Yip is currently tied for 5th place with an even score of 2.5-2.5 after losing in round 5 on Monday, April 18, to 16-year-old WIM Agata Bykovtsev of Goleta, CA in 60 moves of a Sicilian Defense (Najdorf Variation). Carissa and Agata are deadlocked in 5th place with WGM Sabrina Foisor, 26, of Lubbock, TX.

Leading the 12-player round-robin field with a score of 4-1 is IM Nazi Paikidze, followed by GM Irina Krush and WGM Tatev Abrahamyan, both at 3.5-1.5. Four-time U.S. Women's champion IM Anna Zatonskih is in 4th place with a 3-2 tally.

George M

2016 US Women's Championship:
Cross table after round 5

Rank 	Name 				Rating 	1 	2 	3 	4 	5 	6 	7 	8 	9 	10 	11 	12 	Score
1 	IM Paikidze, Nazi 		2346 	x	  	1/2  	1/2  	  	  	  	1  	  	1  	1  	  	4.0
2 	GM Krush, Irina 		2465 	  	x	  	1/2  	1  	  	1  	  	1/2  	  	  	1/2  	3.5
3 	WGM Abrahamyan, Tatev 		2342 	1/2  	  	x	  	1  	1/2  	  	  	1/2  	1  	  	  	3.5
4 	IM Zatonskih, Anna 		2470 	1/2  	1/2  	  	x	  	  	1/2  	  	1/2  	  	  	1  	3.0
5 	WIM Bykovtsev, Agata 		2219 	  	0  	0  	  	x	1  	  	  	  	1/2  	  	1  	2.5
6 	Yip, Carissa 			2164 	  	  	1/2  	  	0  	x	  	1  	  	0  	1  	  	2.5
7 	WGM Foisor, Sabina-Francesca 	2258 	  	0  	  	1/2  	  	  	x	1  	  	  	1/2  	1/2  	2.5
8 	FM Gorti, Akshita 		2184 	0  	  	  	  	  	0  	0  	x	1  	  	  	1  	2.0
9 	WGM Nemcova, Katerina 		2367 	  	1/2  	1/2  	1/2  	  	  	  	0  	x	  	1/2  	  	2.0
10 	WFM Yu, Jennifer R 		2157 	0  	  	0  	  	1/2  	1  	  	  	  	x	1/2  	  	2.0
11 	WIM Eswaran, Ashritha 		2225 	0  	  	  	  	  	0  	1/2  	  	1/2  	1/2  	x	  	1.5
12 	FM Melekhina, Alisa 		2205 	  	1/2  	  	0  	0  	  	1/2  	0  	  	  	  	x	1.0

April 18th, 2016
Non-Rated Blitz At Burger King

Great turnout for yesterday's Burger King Open Blitz Tournament. A great turnout of players in general, actually, as 8 people from the club were there for a fun afternoon of chess, good conversation, and just a little bit of trash talking. Six of the eight in attendance competed in the tournament, a fast paced, 5-round double round robin with G5/d0 time controls.

Congratulations to Tony Cesolini for winning the unrated event with a score of 9/10. Tony sailed through the field, losing only one game on his way to victory to the eventual 2nd place finisher Joe Bennett. Joe finished with a strong 6.5/10. Mike Meehan came in 3rd with 4.5/10, and Gary Brassard, Dave Thomas, and Alexander Venezia rounded out the field with 4th - 6th place, respectively. See the crosstable below for detailed results. Thanks to all that came out and played, and we'll see you at the next one!!

Kindest Regards,
Mike Meehan

Burger King Open Blitz Tournament 17-Apr-16
Double Round Robin Six Entrants UNRATED EVENT
      ♜ ♘ ♝ ♟ ♖ Tony Cesolini Joe Bennett Mike Meehan Gary Brassard Dave Thomas Alexander Venezia TOTAL
Tony Cesolini   1 2 2 2 2 9
Joe Bennett 1   1 1.5 2 1 6.5
Mike Meehan 0 1   1 1 1.5 4.5
Gary Brassard 0 .5 1   .5 2 4
Dave Thomas 0 0 1 1.5   1 3.5
Alexander Venezia 0 1 .5 0 1   2.5

April 18th, 2016
2016 Evert Siiskonen Memorial
Revised (again) Projected Round 4 Pairings for April 20th


Projected Round 4 Pairings for April 20th: (Revised April 18th)

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Roger Cappallo (3.0) Gary Brassard (3.0) Board 2: Dave Couture (3.0) Lenny Arsenault (2.5) Board 3: Tom Fratturelli (2.0) Raymond Paulson (2.0) Board 4: George Mirijanian (2.0) Arthur Barlas (2.0) Board 5: Michael Commisso (2.0) Paul Godin (2.0) Board 6: Geoff LePoer (2.0) David Thomas (2.0) Board 7: Michael Meehan (2.0) Edward Harris (2.0) Board 8: Kenneth Gurge (2.0) Alan Condon (2.0) Board 9: Joseph Bennett (2.0) James Hankard (2.0) Board 10: Alexander Venezia (1.5) John Bastarache (1.5) Board 11: Brian Biglow (1.0) Randy McLaughlin (1.0) Board 12: Robert Mathieu (1.0) Stanford Talcott (1.0) Board 13: Gail Lingner (1.0) Richard Bennett (1.0) Board 14: Hugh McLaughlin (1.0) Laurence O'Rourke (1.0) Board 15: Nickolas Lavoie (1.0) Donald Briggs (1.0) Board 16: Francis Scanlon II (1.0) Wayne Steadman (1.0) Board 17: Steven Koroskenyi (1.0) Roland Sorel (1.0) Board 18: Emily Gawboy (0.0) Tom Whistler (1.0) 1/2 Lawrence Gladding (2.0) BYE 1/2 Seetharaman Ganesan (2.0) BYE 1/2 Jim Donahue (0.0) BYE 1/2 William Burke (1.0) BYE

April 18th, 2016
Carissa half point off lead after four rounds in U.S. Women's Championship


2016 US Women's Championship:
Cross table after round 4

Rank 	Name 				Rating 	1 	2 	3 	4 	5 	6 	7 	8 	9 	10 	11 	12 	Score
1 	WGM Abrahamyan, Tatev 		2342 	x	1/2  	  	  	1/2  	1  	  	1  	  	  	  	  	3.0
2 	IM Paikidze, Nazi 		2346 	1/2  	x	  	1/2  	  	  	  	  	  	  	1  	1  	3.0
3 	GM Krush, Irina 		2465 	  	  	x	  	  	  	1  	1  	1/2  	1/2  	  	  	3.0
4 	IM Zatonskih, Anna 		2470 	  	1/2  	  	x	  	  	1/2  	  	1/2  	1  	  	  	2.5
5 	Yip, Carissa 			2164 	1/2  	  	  	  	x	0  	  	  	  	  	1  	1  	2.5
6 	WFM Yu, Jennifer R 		2157 	0  	  	  	  	1  	x	  	1/2  	  	  	1/2  	  	2.0
7 	WGM Foisor, Sabina-Francesca 	2258 	  	  	0  	1/2  	  	  	x	  	  	1/2  	  	1  	2.0
8 	WIM Bykovtsev, Agata 		2219 	0  	  	0  	  	  	1/2  	  	x	  	1  	  	  	1.5
9 	WGM Nemcova, Katerina 		2367 	  	  	1/2  	1/2  	  	  	  	  	x	  	1/2  	0  	1.5
10 	FM Melekhina, Alisa 		2205 	  	  	1/2  	0  	  	  	1/2  	0  	  	x	  	  	1.0
11 	WIM Eswaran, Ashritha 		2225 	  	0  	  	  	0  	1/2  	  	  	1/2  	  	x	  	1.0
12 	FM Gorti, Akshita 		2184 	  	0  	  	  	0  	  	0  	  	1  	  	  	x	1.0

April 17th, 2016
Carissa draws Abrahamyan - both deadlocked in 1st place in U.S. Women's Championship

In an amazing display of defensive play, 12-year-old Carissa Yip of Andover, MA held WGM Tatev Abrahamyan of Glendale, CA to a draw on Saturday, April 16, in Round 3 of the U.S. Women's Championship in Saint Louis. Carissa, playing the white pieces, faced the French Defense, Tatev's favorite defense against 1. e4, and adopted the Tarrasch Variation (3. Nd2) against her 28-year-old opponent. Carissa experienced some difficulties in the middlegame but managed to turn the game around with effective defensive play and the players agreed to a draw after 45 moves.

The splitting of the point allowed both Tatev and Carissa to remain tied for first place with scores of 2.5-0.5 with IM Nazi Paikidze, who defeated WIM Ashritha Eswaran in round 3 in the 12-player round-robin event, so there is a three-way tie for first right now.

George M

Yip vs. Abrahamyan 1/2 - 1/2
by GM Cristian Chririla
"What a miss by Abrahamyan!
The game between the two leaders in the women's section was a one-sided affair in which Black could have finished her opponent on different occasions. Abrahamyan surprised her young opponent by choosing 3...h6. White developed her pieces well, up to a point, but failed to understand the requirements of the position and tried to save a pawn when he should have went for the dynamic compensation. White should have tried to destabilize the center with 13.c4 instead of 13.Ba4?! which was a poor decision. Abrahamyan played a perfect game, improving her pieces and occupying more space with every single move. 29...c4! with the threat of c3 would have almost certainly finished the game in due time but her big mistake was 33...Bb3? Allowing Rc3! A disappointing round for Abrahamyan who is surely going to have a night full of regrets ahead of her."

[What the distinguished commentator above neglected to mention is that with this, Tatev Abrahamyan adds her name to the ever increasing list of people who have almost beaten Carissa Yip!]

Here is Carissa's round 3 game:

[Event "ch-USA w 2016"]
[Site "Saint Louis USA"]
[Date "2016.04.16"]
[Round "3.1"]
[White "Yip, Carissa"]
[Black "Abrahamyan, Tatev"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[BlackTitle "WGM"]
[WhiteElo "2164"]
[BlackElo "2342"]
[ECO "C03"]
[Opening "French Defence, Tarrasch Variation"]
[EventDate "2016.04.14"]

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 h6 4. Ngf3 Nf6 5. e5 Nfd7 6. Bd3 c5 7. c3 Nc6
8. O-O g5 9. Qe2 Qb6 10. dxc5 Nxc5 11. Bc2 Bg7 12. h3 Nd7 13. Ba4 O-O
14. Bxc6 bxc6 15. Re1 Ba6 16. Qe3 Nc5 17. c4 dxc4 18. Qc3 Nd3 19. Re3 Qb5
20. a4 Qd5 21. Re4 c5 22. Qa5 Bb7 23. Qc3 f5 24. exf6 Bxf6 25. Qxc4 Qxc4
26. Rxc4 Bd5 27. Rc2 Rab8 28. Rb1 Rfc8 29. Nf1 Nxc1 30. Rbxc1 Bxb2 31. Rb1 Ba3
32. Rxb8 Rxb8 33. Ne5 Bb3 34. Rc3 Bb2 35. Rxc5 Bxa4 36. Ng4 Bg7 37. Ra5 Bc6
38. Rxa7 Rb1 39. Nh2 Be5 40. g3 Rb2 41. Ng4 Bg7 42. Rc7 Bf3 43. Rc1 Bxg4 44. hxg4 Bd4 45. Ne3 Bxe3
1/2-1/2

April 16th, 2016
2016 Evert Siiskonen Memorial
Revised Projected Round 4 Pairings for April 20th


Projected Round 4 Pairings for April 20th: (Revised April 16th)

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Roger Cappallo (3.0) Gary Brassard (3.0) Board 2: Dave Couture (3.0) Lenny Arsenault (2.5) Board 3: Tom Fratturelli (2.0) Raymond Paulson (2.0) Board 4: George Mirijanian (2.0) Arthur Barlas (2.0) Board 5: Michael Commisso (2.0) Paul Godin (2.0) Board 6: Geoff LePoer (2.0) David Thomas (2.0) Board 7: Michael Meehan (2.0) Edward Harris (2.0) Board 8: Kenneth Gurge (2.0) Alan Condon (2.0) Board 9: Joseph Bennett (2.0) James Hankard (2.0) Board 10: Alexander Venezia (1.5) John Bastarache (1.5) Board 11: Brian Biglow (1.0 Richard Bennett (1.0) Board 12: Steven Koroskenyi (1.0) George Miller (1.0) Board 13: Robert Mathieu (1.0) Roland Sorel (1.0) Board 14: Hugh McLaughlin (1.0) Gail Lingner (1.0) Board 15: Nickolas Lavoie (1.0) Laurence O'Rourke (1.0) Board 16: Francis Scanlon II (1.0) Donald Briggs (1.0) Board 17: Tom Whistler (1.0) Wayne Steadman (1.0) Board 18: Emily Gawboy (0.0) Randy McLaughlin (0.5) 1/2 Lawrence Gladding (2.0) BYE 1/2 Seetharaman Ganesan (2.0) BYE 1/2 Jim Donahue (0.0) BYE 1/2 William Burke (1.0) BYE

April 16th, 2016
Carissa wins again! - Still tied for 1st place in U.S. Women's Championship

Carissa Yip continued her winning ways by chalking up her second victory in a row in the 2016 U.S. Women's Championship in Saint Louis. In round 2 of the 12-player round-robin event on Friday, April 15, Carissa, playing the black pieces, defeated WIM Ashritha Eswaran in 71 moves of a Sicilian Defense (Najdorf Variation). The win keeps Carissa tied for first place with WGM Tatev Abrahamyan, who beat WFM Jennifer Yu in round 2. Carissa will now face Abrahamyan with the white pieces in round 3 on Saturday, April 16. An exciting game is expected.
George M

April 16th, 2016
New Wachusett Chess Club Feature!
Chess: My Week at the Club #2 by Roger Cappallo

Chess: My Week at the Club #2
My weekly game at the Wachusett Chess Club, in Fitchburg MA.
This week I played on board 1 as Black in a very unusual Reti opening.

Hello All,
Thanks again for all of the good feedback you guys provided me on my first attempt. I've now posted this week's game against Dave Thomas on YouTube, with the URL:
Chess: My Week at the Club #2
It seemed like the principal suggestion was to keep it a bit shorter, so I've limited my analysis, attempting to stay out of the analysis weeds where possible.
Hopefully there's still some instructive content still left in it!

Cheers,
Roger

April 14th, 2016
Carissa Yip wins Game 1 in U.S. Women's Championship


Carissa Yip faces WIM Akshita Gorti in round 1
2014 Wachusett Chess Club Champion, Carissa Yip, 12, of Andover, MA scored a win in Round 1 of the 2016 U.S. Women's Championship, played Thursday, April 14, at the Chess Center and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis. Carissa, playing the white pieces, defeated WIM Akshita Gorti, 13, of Chantilly, VA. The win puts Carissa in a current tie for first place with WGM Tatev Abrahamyan, 28, of Glendale, CA, who beat WIM Agata Bykovtsev, 16, of Goleta, CA in the first round of a 12-player round robin. Four other Round 1 games ended in draws.
Round 2 is Friday, April 15. The 11th and final round is Monday, April 25.
George M
Here is Carissa's game from Round 1:
[Event "US Chess Championships (Women)"]
[Site "Saint Louis USA"]
[Date "2016.04.14"]
[EventDate "2016.04.13"]
[Round "1"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Carissa Yip"]
[Black "Akshita Gorti"]
[ECO "C04"]
[WhiteElo "2164"]
[BlackElo "2184"]
[PlyCount "95"]
1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 Nc6 4. Ngf3 Nf6 5. e5 Nd7 6. c3 f6 7. exf6 Qxf6 8. Nb3 Bd6 9. Be2 O-O 10. Bg5 Qf7 11. Bh4 h6 12. O-O e5 13. dxe5 Ndxe5 14. Bg3 Bd7 15. Nfd4 Nxd4 16. cxd4 Nc4 17. Nc5 Bxg3 18. hxg3 Nxb2 19. Qb3 Nc4 20. Bxc4 dxc4 21. Qxb7 Bf5 22. Rac1 Rad8 23. Qb2 Qd5 24. Rfd1 Bg4 25. Rd2 Bh5 26. Qb7 Qg5 27. Ne4 Qa5 28. Rxc4 Bf7 29. Rc5 Qa4 30. Nc3 Qa3 31. Rxc7 Rde8 32. Rd1 a5 33. Qc6 Rb8 34. Qc5 Qb2 35. Rb1 Qd2 36. Rxb8 Rxb8 37. Rc8+ Rxc8 38. Qxc8+ Kh7 39. d5 Qe1+ 40. Kh2 Qxf2 41. d6 Bh5 42. d7 Bf3 43. Qh8+ Kg6 44. Qe8+ Kh7 45. Qg8+ Kxg8 46. d8=Q+ Kf7 47. Qd7+ Kg8 48. Qc8+ 1-0
The following Wachusett CC players are the only ones currently registered to vote
in the 2016 USCF Executive Board election:

George Mirijanian
Dave Kochman
Larry Gladding
Ken Gurge
Arthur Barlas
Vince Bradley
Dave Couture
Seeth Ganesan
Wayne Steadman

George M

April 13th, 2016
2016 Evert Siiskonen Memorial
Round 3 of 5

Evert Siiskonen Memorial, April 13th, 2016
Round 3 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Dave Thomas 0-1Roger Cappallo
Ed Harris 0-1Dave Couture
Seeth Ganesan 0-1Gary Brassard
Arthur Barlas 1/2-1/2Lenny Arsenault
Tom Fratturelli 1/2-1/2Mike Meehan
Ray Paulson 1-0Brian Biglow
George Miller 0-1George Mirijanian
Paul Godin 1-0Bob Mathieu
Gail Lingner 0-1Geoff LePoer
Larry O'Rourke 0-1Larry Gladding
Wayne Steadman 0-1Ken Gurge
Don Briggs 0-1Joe Bennett
Alan Condon 1-0Steve Koroskenyi
Jim Hankard 1-0Hugh McLaughlin
Richard Bennett 0-1Mike Commisso
John Bastarache 1-0Francis Scanlon
Jim Donahue 0-1♔Alexander Venezia
William Burke 1-0Jeromy Tilton
Roland Sorel 1-0Emily Gawboy
Total of 19 boards, 1 major upset ().

♝ Receiving half-point byes were Randy McLaughlin, Stan Talcott, Nik Lavoie, Andrew Kiser and Tom Whistler.
♙ Withdrawn from the tournament were Vlad Gaciu, Paul Lynch, Noah Rogers, Ed Rogers and Kandy Lynch.
♟ Jackson Parker had already withdrawn from the event.

Evert Siiskonen Memorial, April 13th, 2016
CURRENT STANDINGS
PointsPlayers
3.0Cappallo, Brassard, Couture
2.5Arsenault
2.0Paulson, Mirijanian, Godin, LePoer, Gladding, Harris, Gurge, J. Bennett, Barlas Thomas, Condon, Fratturelli, Hankard,
Commisso, Ganesan, Meehan
1.5Bastarache, Venezia
1.0Biglow, Miller, Mathieu, Lingner, O'Rourke, Burke, Briggs, Steadman, Koroskenyi, R. McLaughlin, Talcott, R. Bennett, H.
McLaughlin, Sorel, Lavoie, Scanlon, Kiser, Whistler
0.5-----
0.0(Parker), Donahue, Tilton, Gawboy


Projected Round 4 Pairings for April 20th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Cappallo vs. Brassard Board 2: Couture vs. Arsenault Board 3: Barlas vs. Paulson Board 4: Mirijanian vs. Thomas Board 5: Fratturelli vs. Godin Board 6: LePoer vs. Condon Board 7: Meehan vs. Harris Board 8: Gurge vs. Hankard Board 9: J. Bennett vs. Ganesan Board 10: Commisso vs. Bastarache Board 11: Venezia vs. Miller Board 12: Biglow vs. R. McLaughlin Board 13: Mathieu vs. R. Bennett Board 14: Lingner vs. Sorel Board 15: H. McLaughlin vs. O'Rourke Board 16: Whistler vs. Briggs Board 17: Scanlon vs. Steadman Board 18: Koroskenyi vs. Lavoie Board 19: Gawboy vs. Donahue

♗ Requesting half-point byes for Round 4 are Gladding and Burke.
♘ Not paired for round 4 are Talcott, Kiser and Tilton.

REMINDER: Players must be present by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 4 on April 20th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL Ken Gurge by 7 P.M.

April 12th, 2016
Carissa Yip Featured in Friday's Sampan

Bob Messenger Shown Below Presenting Carissa Yip with the 2016 Spiegel Cup Trophy


The Chinese-English newspaper "Sampan", published in Boston, has an article about Carissa in its Friday (April 8) edition. The editor, Ling-Mei Wong, called me and asked questions about Carissa. I spent about 45 minutes on the phone with her. Links to the story - in both English and Chinese - are available.
George M


Carissa Yip to Play in National Women's Chess Competition
You can also see the .pdf print versions below:
English page 1 - 7
Chinese page 1 - 10


April 10th, 2016
6 Wachusett CC Members at Mass G/60

The 26th Mass. Game/60 Championship, held on Sunday, April 10, in Marlborough had a record-breaking turnout: 151 players (posted on rating report as 152 players). Six Wachusett CC players (Tony Cesolini, Gary Brassard, Jack Martin, Dave Martin, Mike Commisso, & Stan Talcott) competed in various sections.

The event was dual-rated, so here are their Regular (R) & Quick (Q) rating updates:
Tony Cesolini R: 2066 -> 2091 Q: 1986 -> 2002
Gary Brassard R: 1766 -> 1807 Q: 1700 -> 1726
Jack Martin R: 1738 -> 1733 Q: 1640 -> 1631
Dave Martin R: 1670 -> 1681 Q: 1565 -> 1571
Mike Commisso R: 1659 -> 1631 Q: 1541 -> 1504
Stan Talcott R: 1344 -> 1300 Q: 1223 -> 1200

April 10th, 2016
Wachusett CC Youths Play in NH Scholastic Team Championships

Noah Rogers, Finn Rogers and Sebastian Tilton, three of the youngest members of the Wachusett Chess Club, competed in the Junior High section of the 2016 New Hampshire Scholastic Team Championships on Saturday, April 9, at Pelham Elementary School in Pelham, NH.

Finn posted the only perfect score of 4-0 in the section and raised his regular rating by 50 points, while his brother Noah tallied 3.5-0.5 and lost 16 points. Sebastian scored 3-1 but lost 36 rating points.

The event was dual-rated, so here are their Regular (R) & Quick (Q) rating updates:
Noah Rogers R: -> 1532, Q: -> 1174
Sebastian Tilton R: -> 1007, Q: -> 1042
Finn Rogers R: -> 873, Q: -> 838


April 9th, 2016
New Wachusett Chess Club Feature!
My Week at the Club #1 by Roger Cappallo

My Week at the Club #1
My weekly game at the Wachusett Chess Club, in Fitchburg MA.
This week I played as White in a Pirc opening, against Jim Hankard.

Hello All,
I've decided to take a bit of a leap and to post a video each week on my game from the club. If nothing else, it will give you all a chance to prepare for games with me, exposing the gaping holes in my opening preparations.
(And Jim, sorry for mis-pronouncing your name - I've only known it for 25 years or so!)
If you're interested, here's the link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoQixNXhYo0

Cheers,
Roger

April 7th, 2016
2016 Club Championship Qualification Standings

2016 Club Championship Qualification Standings as of April 7, 2016
After 37 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
  after the final regular season tournament is rated!   *  
A minimum of 22 games must be completed to qualify.
Name Rating Games Played
This Season
Winning Percentage Additional
Games Needed
Notes
Paulson208027.8520
Cappallo197132.7810
Mirijanian200226.7310
Gladding185236.7220
Godin195536.7080
Thomas175333.6970
Harris183834.6760
Arsenault168628.6610
Barlas178916.6566
Gurge179035.6430
Ganesan163721.6431
Brassard176631.6290
Fratturelli168831.6290
Condon173220.6002
Couture170530.5670
Meehan159528.5540
Commisso165922.5452
Bennett, J.178934.5440
Hankard166436.5420
Parker169425.5400
Rogers, E.153329.5170

Notes:
♟ There are 7 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.

* This is a change since March 16, 2016.

♔ Geoff LePoer is omitted due to his golf commitments.
♘ Seeth Ganesan with a current winning percentage of .643 has played 21 games and would need to play 1 of the remaining 7 games while maintaining a qualifying percentage to qualify.
♝ Arthur Barlas with a current winning percentage of .656 has played 16 games and would need to play 6 of the remaining 7 games while maintaining a qualifying percentage to qualify.

April 6th, 2016

Evert Siiskonen Memorial, April 6th, 2016
Round 2 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
♔Dave Couture 1-0Ray Paulson
Roger Cappallo 1-0Jim Hankard
♔Lenny Arsenault 1-0Paul Godin
Larry Gladding 0-1♔Seeth Ganesan
Mike Commisso 0-1Ed Harris
Gary Brassard 1-0Don Briggs
Hugh McLaughlin 0-1Dave Thomas
Stan Talcott 0-1Arthur Barlas
Alexander Venezia 0-1Tom Fratturelli
Mike Meehan 1-0Tom Whistler
Ken Gurge 1-0William Burke
♔Steve Koroskenyi 1-0Jackson Parker
Jim Donahue 0-1♔Wayne Steadman
Nik Lavoie 1/2-1/2John Bastarache
Brian Biglow 1-0Roland Sorel
Jeromy Tilton 0-1George Miller
Emily Gawboy 0-1Gail Lingner
Total of 17 boards, 5 major upsets ().

♝ Receiving half-point byes were George Mirijanian, Joe Bennett, Vlad Gaciu, Alan Condon, Paul Lynch,
Noah Rogers, Ed Rogers, Bob Mathieu, Larry O'Rourke, Richard Bennett, Kandy Lynch, Francis Scanlon,
Randy McLaughlin and Andrew Kiser.
♙ ♟ Withdrawing from the tournament were Geoff LePoer and Dave Martin.

Evert Siiskonen Memorial, April 6th, 2016
CURRENT STANDINGS
PointsPlayers
2.0Cappallo, Harris, Brassard, Thomas, Couture, Arsenault, Ganesan
1.5Barlas, Fratturelli, Meehan
1.0Paulson, Mirijanian, Godin, Gladding, Gurge, J. Bennett, Gaciu, Condon, P. Lynch, Hankard, Commisso, Biglow, N. Rogers,
Miller, E. Rogers, Mathieu, Lingner, O'Rourke, Briggs, Steadman, Koroskenyi, R. Bennett, H. McLaughlin, K. Lynch,
Scanlon
0.5Bastarache, Venezia, R. McLaughlin, Talcott, Lavoie, Kiser, Whistler
0.0Parker, Donahue, Burke, Sorel, Tilton, Gawboy


Projected Round 3 Pairings for April 13th:

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

♗ Requesting a half-point bye for Round 3 is Lavoie. Parker is withdrawing from the tournament.

REMINDER: Players must be present by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 3 on April 13th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL Ken Gurge by 7 P.M.

April 5th, 2016
Non-Rated Blitz At Burger King

The results are in. Low turnout for the latest Burger King Blitz Open Tournament, but fun was had by all.

The tournament was a G/5 double round robin with four contestants. Paul Godin steamrolled his way into the winner's circle, scoring a perfect 6/6. Alexander Venezia also turned in a nice performance, blanking both Mike Meehan and Mike Commisso, on way to a strong second place finish with 4/6 (losing only to eventual tournament winner, Godin). Meehan and Commisso rounded out the field with 3rd and 4th place, respectively. See the attached crosstable for full results.

Thanks all!! See you at the next one!
Kindest Regards, Mike Meehan

Burger King Open Blitz Tournament 3-Apr-16
Double Round Robin Four Entrants UNRATED EVENT
  Paul Godin Alexander Venezia Mike Meehan Mike Commisso Total
Paul Godin   2 2 2 6
Alexander Venezia 0   2 2 4
Mike Meehan 0 0   2 2
Mike Commisso 0 0 0   0


April 3rd, 2016
Wachusett CC rating updates

Ray Paulson won the Billerica March Swiss with a perfect 4-0 score & achieved a new all time high rating of 2080. Tony Cesolini played only one game which was reported as a side game & thereby previously included in his rating calculation. The following Wachusett CC players took part in the event, which ended April 1 and was rated April 2:
Ray Paulson -> 2080
Paul Godin -> 1955
Jim Donahue -> 1613

March 30th, 2016
2016 Evert Siiskonen Memorial
Round 1 of 5

Siiskonen Opener Punctuated by Pair of Huge Upsets

Evert Siiskonen Memorial, March 30th, 2016
Round 1 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Ray Paulson 1-0Jim Donahue
John Bastarache 0-1Roger Cappallo
Paul Godin 1-0Brian Biglow
George Miller 0-1Larry Gladding
Ed Harris 1-0William Burke
♔Don Briggs 1-0Ken Gurge
Arthur Barlas 1/2-1/2Alexander Venezia
Wayne Steadman 0-1Gary Brassard
Dave Thomas 1-0Steve Koroskenyi
Randy McLaughlin 0-1Dave Couture
Jackson Parker 0-1♔Hugh McLaughlin
Roland Sorel 0-1Lenny Arsenault
Jim Hankard 1-0Nik Lavoie
Andrew Kiser 0-1Mike Commisso
Seeth Ganesan 1-0Emily Gawboy
Total of 15 boards, 2 major upsets ().

Hugh McLaughlin graciously contributed his round one game with comments which may be viewed in the Games Section. Not only is the game a significant upset, but it's a fine example of a good old fashioned double edged slug fest. It's of course sprinkled with miscalculations & oversights, but also lots of excitement & fun. If perfect chess is what you want, you have a much better chance of finding it somewhere like here.

♝ Receiving half-point byes were George Mirijanian, Geoff LePoer, Joe Bennett, Vlad Gaciu, Alan Condon,
Tom Fratturelli, Dave Martin, Paul Lynch, Mike Meehan, Noah Rogers, Ed Rogers, Bob Mathieu, Larry O'Rourke,
Stan Talcott, Richard Bennett, Kandy Lynch, Francis Scanlon and Tom Whistler.
♖ Not playing round 1 were Gail Lingner and Jeromy Tilton.

Evert Siiskonen Memorial, March 30th, 2016
CURRENT STANDINGS
PointsPlayers
1.0Paulson, Cappallo, Godin, Gladding, Harris, Brassard, Thomas, Couture, Arsenault, Hankard, Commisso, Ganesan, Briggs,
H. McLaughlin
0.5Mirijanian, LePoer, J. Bennett, Barlas, Gaciu, Condon, Fratturelli, Martin, P. Lynch. Meehan, N. Rogers, E. Rogers,
Mathieu, O'Rourke, Venezia,Talcott, R. Bennett, K. Lynch, Scanlon, Whistler
0.0Gurge, Parker, Donahue, Bastarache, Biglow, Miller, Lingner, Burke, Steadman, Koroskenyi, R. McLaughlin, Sorel, Lavoie,
Kiser, Tilton, Gawboy


Projected Round 2 Pairings for April 6th:

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

♙ The Wachusett Chess Club welcomes Steve Koroskenyi of Leominster & Jim Donahue of Stow.

REMINDER: Players must be present by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 2 on April 6th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL Ken Gurge by 7 P.M.

March 30th, 2016
Link to Spiegel Cup Picture Gallery by Tony Cortizas, Jr.

Tony Cortizas, Jr., photograahper of many MACA events has posted 55 pictures from the recent 2016 Spiegel Cup State Championship tournament:
2016 Spiegel Cup State Championship crosstables
2016 Spiegel Cup State Championship picture gallery
"See you all at Mass Open." -Tony Cortizas, Jr.

Pictures from the 2016 Spiegel Cup Championship:
Photos by Tony Cortizas, Jr.

Carissa Yip (R) - Danila Poliannikov

Danila Poliannikov - Jason Tang

Michael Isakov - Mika Brattain

Carissa Yip - Brandon Wu

March 29th, 2016
Current rating list for 2016 Evert Siiskonen Memorial

Round 1 of the 2016 Evert Siiskonen Memorial will be played this Wednesday night, March 30, in Room C192 in the McKay Complex at Fitchburg State University.
Players must be present by 7:10 p.m. in order to be paired for the round.
Players most likely to compete are listed below with their current ratings:

♔   ♛   ♖   ♝   ♘   ♞   ♗   ♜   ♕   ♚   Players most likely to compete in the 2016 Evert Siiskonen Memorial are listed below with their current ratings:
1Tony Cesolini 2064
2Ray Paulson 2045
3George Mirjanian 2002
4Roger Cappallo 1971
5Paul Godin 1962
6Geoff LePoer 1916
7Larry Gladding 1852
8Ed Harris 1838
9Ken Gurge 1790
10Joe Bennett 1789
11Arthur Barlas 1789
12Gary Brassard 1766
13Vlad Gaciu 1761
14Dave Thomas 1753
15Dave Couture 1705
16Jackson Parker 1694
17Tom Fratturelli 1688
18Lenny Arsenault 1686
19Paul Lynch 1667
20Jim Hankard 1664
21Mike Commisso 1659
22Seeth Ganesan 1637
23Mike Meehan 1595
24John Bastarache 1584
25Brian Biglow 1556
26Noah Rogers 1548
27George Miller 1546
28Ed Rogers 1533
29Bob Mathieu 1517
30Gail Lingner 1501
31Larry O'Rourke 1491
32William Burke 1488
33Don Briggs 1436
34Alexander Venezia 1416
35Wayne Steadman 1385
36Steve Koroskenyi 1381
37Randy McLaughlin 1347
38Stan Talcott 1344
39Richard Bennett 1287
40Hugh McLaughlin 1237
41Roland Sorel 1237
42Kandy Lynch 1200
43Nik Lavoie 1166
44Sebastian Tilton 1103
45Francis Scanlon 1057
46Andrew Kiser 995
47Jeromy Tilton 986
48Emily Gawboy 852
49Finn Rogers 823
50Tom Whistler 807

March 25th, 2016
2016 Club Championship Qualification Standings

2016 Club Championship Qualification Standings as of March 23, 2016
After 35 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
  after the final regular season tournament is rated!   *  
A minimum of 22 games must be completed to qualify.
Name Rating Games Played
This Season
Winning Percentage Additional
Games Needed
Notes
Paulson204525.8800
Cappallo197130.7670
Gladding185234.7350
Mirijanian200226.7310
Godin196234.7210
Thomas175331.6770
Harris183832.6560
Gurge179033.6520
Arsenault168626.6350
Fratturelli168830.6170
Ganesan163719.6053
Brassard176629.6030
Condon173220.6002
Parker169423.5870
Commisso165920.5502
Bennett, J.178934.5440
Hankard166434.5440
Meehan159527.5370
Couture170528.5360
Rogers, E.153329.5170
Barlas178914.6438

Notes:
♟ There are 9 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.

* This is a change since March 16, 2016.

♔ Geoff LePoer is omitted due to his golf commitments.
♘ Seeth Ganesan with a current winning percentage of .605 has played 19 games and would need to play 3 of the remaining 9 games while maintaining a qualifying percentage to qualify.
♝ Arthur Barlas with a current winning percentage of .643 has played 14 games and would need to play 8 of the remaining 9 games while maintaining a qualifying percentage to qualify.

March 24th, 2016
Wachusett CC blitz rating updates

The following are updated USCF blitz ratings for those who competed in the Wachusett CC Blitz Championship on March 23rd:
Rob King -> B:2051
Roger Cappallo -> B:1978
Tony Cesolini -> B:1976
Joe Bennett -> B:1900
Larry Gladding v1877
Paul Godin -> B:1876
Geoff LePoer -> B:1854
Gary Brassard -> B:1799
Jackson Parker -> B:1797
Ken Gurge -> B:1756
Jack Martin -> B:1741
Dave Couture -> B:1722
Arthur Barlas -> B:1692
Seeth Ganesan -> B:1657
Dave Martin -> B:1634
Jim Hankard -> B:1619
Mike Meehan -> B:1603
Mike Commisso -> B:1599
George Miller -> B:1579
Dave Thomas -> B:1545
William Burke -> B:1497
John Bastarache -> B:1487
Gail Lingner -> B:1453
Don Briggs -> B:1420
Randy McLaughlin -> B:1364
Alexander Venezia -> B:1362
Larry O'Rourke -> B:1332
Nik Lavoie -> B:1253
Hugh McLaughlin -> B:1202
Francis Scanlon -> B:1086
Tom Whistler -> B:894
Emily Gawboy -> B:808

March 23rd, 2016

♔   King Is Blitz King   ♔

2011 WCC Champ & USCF rated expert, Rob King, won tonight's WCC Blitz Championship with a convincing 7.0 of 7 games, a point & a half ahead of his closest rival, Roger Cappallo, who finished clear second with 5.5/7. Tied for 3rd through 5th place were Tony Cesolini, Paul Godin, & Jackson Parker

Pictures & video from this event.

WCC Blitz Chess Championship, March 23rd, 2016
Round 1 of 7 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Tony Cesolini 1/2-1/2Ken Gurge
Mike Meehan 0-1Rob King
Joe Bennett 0-1Dave Thomas
John Bastarache 0-1Larry Gladding
Paul Godin 1-0William Burke
Gail Lingner 0-1Roger Cappallo
Jackson Parker 1-0Don Briggs
Alexander Venezia 0-1Gary Brassard
Dave Couture 1-0Larry O'Rourke
Seeth Ganesan 1-0Arthur Barlas
Geoff LePoer 1-0Randy McLaughlin
Hugh McLaughlin 0-1Jack Martin
Jim Hankard 1-0Francis Scanlon
Nik Lavoie 0-1George Miller
Dave Martin 1-0Emily Gawboy
Tom Whistler 0-1Mike Commisso
Total of 16 boards.

Here's a link to the video of the end of Cesolini-Gurge in the 1st round (courtesy of Dave Couture).

WCC Blitz Chess Championship, March 23rd, 2016
Round 2 of 7 Results
WhiteResultBlack
King 1-0LePoer
Gladding 1-0Hankard
J. Martin 0-1Godin
Cappallo 1-0Miller
Commisso 0-1Parker
Brassard 1-0D. Martin
Thomas 0-1Couture
Cesolini 1-0Ganesan
Gurge 0-1Bennett
Barlas 1-0H. McLaughlin
O'Rourke 0-1Meehan
R. McLaughlin 0-1Bastarache
Burke 0-1Lavoie
Scanlon 0-1Lingner
Briggs 1-0Whistler
Gawboy 0-1Venezia
Total of 16 boards.

WCC Blitz Chess Championship, March 23rd, 2016
Round 3 of 7 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Cappallo 0-1King
Parker 1-0Gladding
Godin 0-1Brassard
Couture 0-1Cesolini
Bennett 1-0Meehan
Bastarache 0-1Barlas
LePoer 1-0Thomas
Lingner 0-1J. Martin
Hankard 1-0Briggs
Miller 1-0Venezia
D. Martin 1-0Ganesan
Lavoie 0-1Commisso
Burke 1/2-1/2Gurge
Scanlon 1-0O'Rourke
Whistler 0-1R. McLaughlin
H. McLaughlin 1-0Gawboy
Total of 16 boards.

WCC Blitz Chess Championship, March 23rd, 2016
Round 4 of 7 Results
WhiteResultBlack
King 1-0Parker
Brassard 1/2-1/2Cesolini
J. Martin 1-0Bennett
Gladding 1/2-1/2LePoer
Hankard 0-1Godin
Commisso 0-1Cappallo
Miller 0-1Couture
Barlas 1-0D. Martin
Venezia 0-1Gurge
Meehan 1-0H. McLaughlin
Thomas 1-0Scanlon
Ganesan 1-0Bastarache
R. McLaughlin 1-0Lingner
Briggs 1-0Lavoie
O'Rourke 0-1Burke
Gawboy 0-1Whistler
Total of 16 boards.

WCC Blitz Chess Championship, March 23rd, 2016
Round 5 of 7 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Brassard 0-1King
Cesolini 1-0Parker
Godin 1-0Barlas
Cappallo 1/2-1/2J. Martin
Couture 1-0Gladding
LePoer 1-0Hankard
Meehan 1-0Miller
D. Martin 1-0Thomas
Briggs 0-1Commisso
Gurge 0-1Ganesan
Burke 1-0R. McLaughlin
Bastarache 1-0Scanlon
Lavoie 1-0Venezia
H. McLaughlin 0-1Whistler
Gawboy 0-1O'Rourke
Total of 15 boards.

♗ ♛ Bennett and Lingner withdrew from the tournament prior to round 5.

WCC Blitz Chess Championship, March 23rd, 2016
Round 6 of 7 Results
WhiteResultBlack
King 1-0Cesolini
Couture 0-1Godin
LePoer 0-1Cappallo
J. Martin0-1Brassard
Parker 1-0Ganesan
Barlas 0-1Meehan
Commisso 1/2-1/2D. Martin
Gladding 1-0Burke
R. McLaughlin 0-1Hankard
Miller 1-0Bastarache
Gurge 1-0Briggs
Thomas 1-0Lavoie
Whistler 0-1Venezia
O'Rourke 0-1H. McLaughlin
Scanlon 1-0Gawboy
Total of 15 boards.

WCC Blitz Chess Championship, March 23rd, 2016
Round 7 of 7 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Godin 0-1King
Cappallo 1-0Brassard
Cesolini 1-0Meehan
Parker 1-0Couture
J. Martin 0-1Gladding
D. Martin 1-0LePoer
Barlas 0-1Commisso
Hankard 1-0Thomas
Miller 0-1Gurge
Ganesan 1/2-1/2Burke
Bastarache 1-0Whistler
Briggs 1-0Scanlon
Venezia 1-0H. McLaughlin
O'Rourke 0-1R. McLaughlin
Lavoie 1-0Gawboy
Total of 15 boards.

WCC Blitz Chess Championship, March 23rd, 2016
FINAL STANDINGS
PointsPlayers
7.0King
6.5-----
6.0-----
5.5Cappallo
5.0Cesolini, Godin, Parker
4.5Gladding, Brassard. D. Martin, Commisso
4.0Couture, Hankard, Gurge, Meehan
3.5LePoer, J. Martin, Ganesan
3.0Barlas, Miller, Thomas, Bastarache, Burke, Briggs, Venezia, R. McLaughlin, Lavoie
2.5-----
2.0Bennett, H. McLaughlin, Scanlon, Whistler
1.5-----
1.0Lingner, O'Rourke
0.5-----
0.0Gawboy

              ♔         2016 WCC Blitz Chess Championship PRIZE WINNERS         ♔              
1st: Rob King of Framingham
2nd: Roger Cappallo of Groton
3rd-5th: Tony Cesolini of Rindge, NH, Paul Godin of Bedford, & Jackson Parker of Fitchburg

Pictures from this year's WCC Blitz Chess Championship tournament.

The following players had
a blitz rating increase of
50 or more points in the
Wachusett CC Blitz Championship:
Nik Lavoie + 87
Tom Whistler + 87
Gary Brassard + 86
Rob King + 74
Dave Martin + 55
Mike Meehan + 55
The following players achieved
a new all-time high blitz rating:
Rob King 2051
Roger Cappallo 1978
Gary Brassard 1799
Jackson Parker 1797
John W. Martin 1741
Dave Couture 1722
Seeth Ganesan 1657
Mike Meehan 1603
Mike Commisso 1599
Bill Burke II 1497
Randy McLaughlin 1364
Nik Lavoie 1253
Francis Scanlon II 1086
Tom Whistler 894

REMINDER: Next week starts the 2016 Evert Siiskonen Memorial (1915-1993) tournament.
Players must be present by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 1 on March 30th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL Ken Gurge by 7 P.M.

March 21st, 2016
Potential Lineup for the Wachusett CC Blitz Championship on March 23

The 2016 Wachusett Chess Club Blitz Championship
will be held Wednesday evening, March 23, in
Room C192 in the McKay Complex, 67 Rindge Road, Fitchburg State University.

This will be a 7-round Swiss in one section, Game/10, no delay.
Players who wish to participate should appear at the club by 7 p.m.
and by 7:10 p.m. at the latest.
Late arrivals will be paired in subsequent rounds.

There has not been a club blitz championship since June 19, 2013, when Bruce Felton scored 5.5-1.5 to capture first place. Tying for 2nd-3rd place with 5-2 tallies were Paul Godin and Larry Gladding. The event drew only 16 players.
I am hopeful that we will have many more players compete in this year's club blitz championship. It is an opportunity for many players who do not have a USCF blitz rating to acquire a blitz rating.
Players will be seeded according to their current blitz ratings (B).
For those without blitz ratings, quick ratings (Q) will be used.
For those without quick ratings, regular ratings (R) will be used.
The event will be blitz-rated. Regular ratings will not be affected.
I encourage you all to participate.

George Mirijanian, Wachusett CC Program Director

♔   ♛   ♖   ♝   ♘   ♞   ♗   ♜   ♕   ♚   Here is the current ranking of
past and current members,
for this Wednesday's blitz event:
Carissa Yip 2147Q
Tony Cesolini 1982B
Brett Kildahl 1980Q
Robert King 1977B
George Mirijanian 1944Q
Walter Niemi 1944Q
Joe Bennett 1939B
Bruce Felton 1920B
Dave Kochman 1914B
Larry Gladding 1897B
Paul Godin 1868B
Eric Strickland 1865B
Ray Paulson 1855Q
Roger Cappallo 1846Q
Steve Nelson 1795Q
Vince Bradley 1770B
Jackson Parker 1730B
Paul Lynch 1730B
Gary Brassard 1713B
Dave Couture 1704B
Arthur Barlas 1653Q
Geoff LePoer 1637Q
Jim Hankard 1633B
Vlad Gaciu 1622Q
Ed Harris 1613B
Lenny Arsenault 1603B
George Miller 1595B
Mike Commisso 1570B
Ken Gurge 1565Q
Mike Meehan 1548B
Dave Thomas 1547B
Brian Biglow 1542Q
Alan Condon 1529Q
Ed Rogers 1518B
Bob Mathieu 1517R
John Bastarache 1508B
William Burke 1488R
Gail Lingner 1461Q
Don Briggs 1442Q
Alexander Venezia 1416Q
Tom Fratturelli 1402Q
Percy Yip 1366Q
Vince Premus 1315Q
Larry O'Rourke 1306Q
Seeth Ganesan 1263Q
Richard Bennett 1257Q
Randy McLaughlin 1254Q
Roland Sorel 1237R
Wayne Steadman 1227Q
Stan Talcott 1223Q
Hugh McLaughlin 1140Q
Andrew Kiser 1079Q
Sebastian Tilton 1078Q
Francis Scanlon 1056Q
Nik Lavoie 1033Q
Kandy Lynch 1011B
Noah Rogers 978B
Jeromy Tilton 952Q
Finn Rogers 780Q
Tom Giampietro 690Q
Emily Gawboy 683Q
Ervin Brown 676R
Tom Whistler 622Q
Duncan Premus 472Q

March 21st, 2016
Carissa Yip Wins 14 & Under Section in Spiegel Cup

2014 Wachusett Chess Club champion Carissa Yip, 12, of Andover posted a perfect 4-0 score to capture first place in the 14 & Under section of the Barry S. Spiegel Cup (Massachusetts State Scholastic Singles Championship), held Sunday, March 20, in Marlborough.
Carissa raised her USCF rating to 2315, which is now her all-time high. Because of the ending dates of the New England Masters & this tournament, the USCF rerated this tournament as shown below.

Carissa Yip First place age 14 & under at Spiegel Cup 2016 Chess Championships
Carissa Yip at 2016 Spiegel Cup Championship

First Place age 14 & under.


        ♕   ♛   ♕   ♛  

2014 Wachusett Chess Club champion Carissa Yip, 12, of Andover posted a perfect 4-0 score to capture first place in the 14 & Under section of the Barry S. Spiegel Cup (Massachusetts State Scholastic Singles Championship), held Sunday, March 20, in Marlborough.
Carissa raised her USCF rating to 2315, which is now her all-time high. Because of the ending dates of the New England Masters & this tournament, the USCF rerated this tournament as shown below.

        ♛   ♕   ♛   ♕  

Caarissa Yip -> 2315 -> 2325 (rerated March 23)

March 21st, 2016
Wachusett CC Youths Play in NH Individual Scholastic Championships

Three of the youngest members of the Wachusett Chess Club, Noah Rogers, Finn Rogers and Sebastian Tilton, all of New Ipswich, NH, competed in the 2016 New Hampshire Individual Scholastic Championships, held Saturday, March 19, at Londonderry High School in Londonderry, NH.
Noah and Sebastian tallied 3-1 to tie for 2nd-3rd place in the Junior High section, while Finn scored 3-1 to finish in a tie for 2nd-5th place in the Elementary section.

The event was dual rated, so here are their Regular (R) & Quick (Q) rating updates:
Noah Rogers R: -> 1548, Q: -> 1180
Sebastian Tilton R: -> 1103, Q: -> 1078
Finn Rogers R: -> 823, Q: -> 780

March 21st, 2016
Carissa Yip ties for 3rd-5th in strong invitational New England Masters tournament

2014 WCC Champ, Carissa Yip finished in fine style at the FIDE invitational tournament this weekend at Boylston CC in Cambridge. Her final score was 4.5/7 which placed her in a tie with strong Senior Master Jacob Chudnovsky & local GM, Alexander Ivanov & boosted her USCF rating to 2319. While her score was somewhat buoyed by three half point byes, she also defeated two National Masters, Tim Sage & Lawyer Times, & made draws with Candidate Msster, Nithin Kavi & IM Denys Shmelov, so somewhere in there she had to play some quality chess. Unfortunately while more that 60 games were played in her section, not a single scoresheet is available.

March 18th, 2016
Carissa Yip a full point ahead of GM Ivanov going into round 5 in New England Masters

2014 WCC Champ, Carissa Yip is currently competing in the New England Masters, FIDE Rated tournament at the Boylston CC in Cambridge.

Carissa stands at 3.0 After four rounds of play, a full point ahead of GM Alexander Ivanov. Also with 3.0 scores are 2014 New England Open co-champ, Farzad Abdi, & IM Denys Shmelov, whom she will face in round five.

March 18th, 2016
Wachusett CC Players Compete in Waltham March G/5

Four Wachusett Chess Club players competed in the Waltham March G/5 tournament on Friday night, March 18, at the Waltham Chess Club. Tying for 4th-5th place with scores of 7.5-4.5 were 2010 Wachusett CC champion Tony Cesolini of Rindge, NH and 2011 Wachusett CC champion Robert King of Framingham. Both drew each other twice in the 22-player event. Other club participants were Mike Meehan of Westminster, who tallied 6-6 for a tie for 9th-12th place, and Jim Hankard of Antrim, NH, who scored 5.5-6.5, tying for 13th-15th place.

New blitz ratings for the Wachusett quartet are as follows:
Tony Cesolini -> 1982
Robert King -> 1977
Jim Hankard -> 1633
Mike Meehan -> 1548

March 18th, 2016
Cesolini wins Knights CC Amateur Open
2016 Club Championship Qualification Standings

2010 Wachusett Chess Club champion Tony Cesolini scored 4-1 (three wins, two draws) to capture first place in the Knights Chess Club Amateur Open, held Feb. 15 through March 14 in Keene, NH.

Tying for 2nd-3rd place with 3.5-1.5 tallies were two other Wachusett CC players, Dave Kochman and Anthony Bracco, the latter of whom is reported to be moving to New Mexico. Other WCC players who competed in the 13-player event were Eric Strickland (4th place, 3-2), Ed Harris and Jim Hankard (tied for 6th-9th, 2-3), and Vince Bradley and Stan Talcott (tied for 10th-13th. 1-4). Chief TD was Ed Harris.

2016 Club Championship Qualification Standings as of March 16, 2016
After 35 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
Paulson204525.8800
Cappallo197130.7670
Gladding185234.7350
Mirijanian200226.7310
Godin196234.7210
Thomas175331.6770
Harris183832.6560
Gurge179033.6520
Arsenault168626.6350
Fratturelli168830.6170
Barlas178914.6438
Ganesan163719.6053
Brassard176629.6030
Condon173220.6002
Parker169423.5870
Commisso165920.5502
Bennett, J.178934.5440
Hankard166434.5440
Meehan159527.5370
Couture170528.5360
Rogers, E.153329.5170

Notes:
♟ There are 9 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.
♘ Seeth Ganesan with a current winning percentage of .605 has played 19 games and would need to play 3 of the remaining 9 games while maintaining a qualifying percentage to qualify.
♝ Arthur Barlas with a current winning percentage of .643 has played 14 games and would need to play 8 of the remaining 9 games while maintaining a qualifying percentage to qualify.

March 16th, 2016

It's Harris by a Half at the Final

Ed Harris of Marlboro, NH, overcame long odds & finished in clear first place with a score of 4.5/5 by beating USCF expert Ray Paulson in the final round of the George E. O'Rourke Memorial tournament which concluded this Wednesday. Ed entered the tournament as a middle Class B player rated 1712 & roared to an undefeated finish giving up only a single draw to USCF expert George Mirijanian, thereby boosting his own rating to a solid class A 1838. On the way, he also beat strong competitor, Roger Cappallo, a Candidate Master currently rated 1984, & two lower rated players.

Pictures from this event.

George E. O'Rourke Memorial, March 16th, 2016
Round 5 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Ray Paulson 0-1♔Ed Harris
Lenny Arsenault 0-1Paul Godin
George Mirijanian 1-0Ken Gurge
Arthur Barlas 0-1Larry Gladding
Gary Brassard 0-1Geoff LePoer
John Bastarache 0-1Tom Fratturelli
Joe Bennett 0-1♔Jim Hankard
Seeth Ganesan 1/2-1/2Ed Rogers
Jackson Parker 1-0Gail Lingner
♔Alexander Venezia 1-0Mike Meehan
Noah Rogers 1-0George Miller
♔Don Briggs 1-0Bob Mathieu
Jeromy Tilton 0-1Wayne Steadman
Francis Scanlon 0-1Hugh McLaughlin
Vlad Gaciu 1-0Roland Sorel
Richard Bennett 0-1Mike Commisso
William Burke 0-1Brian Biglow
Larry O'Rourke 1-0Sebastian Tilton
Emily Gawboy 0-1Randy McLaughlin
Total of 19 boards, 4 major upsets ().

♖ Not playing the final round were Roger Cappallo, Dave Thomas, Tony Cesolini, Dave Couture, Anthony Bracco, Nik Lavoie,
Andrew Kiser, Paul Lynch, Stan Talcott, Kandy Lynch and Ervin Brown.

George E. O'Rourke Memorial, March 16th, 2016
FINAL STANDINGS
PointsPlayers
4.5Harris
4.0Paulson, Mirijanian, Godin, Gladding
3.5LePoer, Fratturelli, Arsenault, Hankard
3.0Barlas, Gurge, Brassard, Parker, N. Rogers, Venezia, Briggs
2.5Cappallo, Thomas, Ganesan, E. Rogers, Bastarache, Steadman, H. McLaughlin
2.0Cesolini, J. Bennett, Gaciu, Couture, Commisso, Meehan, Bracco, Biglow, O'Rourke, Miller, Lingner, Lavoie
1.5Mathieu, R. McLaughlin, Scanlon, J. Tilton, Kiser
1.0P. Lynch, Burke, Talcott, R. Bennett, Sorel, K. Lynch, S. Tilton, Brown
0.5-----
0.0Gawboy

          ♔ 2016 George E. O'Rourke Memorial PRIZE WINNERS ♔          
1st: Ed Harris of Marlboro, NH
2nd-5th: Ray Paulson of Lowell, George Mirijanian of Fitchburg,
Paul Godin of Bedford, & Larry Gladding (Top U1850) of Leominster
Top U1650: Jim Hankard of Antrim, NH
Top U1450: Alexander Venezia and Don Briggs, both of Lunenburg
Top U1250: Hugh McLaughlin of Groton

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

The following players had
a rating increase of
50 or more points:
John Bastarache + 96
Don Briggs + 168
Nik Lavoie + 160
Alexander Venezia + 138
Ed Harris + 126
Noah Rogers + 88
Andrew Kiser + 84
Jim Hankard + 64
Jeromy Tilton + 63
The following players achieved
a new all-time high rating:
Jackson Parker 1694
Tom Fratturelli 1688
Anthony Bracco 1665
John Bastarache 1584
Noah Rogers 1559
Alexander Venezia 1416
Nik Laavoie 1166
Ervin Brown 676

The Wachusett Chess Club welcomes William Burke of Leominster, who joined tonight.

REMINDER: The next tournament on Wednesday, March 23rd, will be the 2016 Wachusett CC Blitz Championship,
a 7-round Swiss in one section, Game/10, no delay. (See USCF Blitz Rules excerpts.)
Players MUST APPEAR by 7:10 p.m. in order to be paired for round 1. No exceptions.

The next regular rated event, the Evert Siiskonen Memorial, will begin on the following Wednesday, March 30

March 15th, 2016
2016 FIDE Women's World Championship

The ninth game of the Women's World Chess Championship Match finished with a victory of Hou Yifan and with the final score 3:6 she became the Women's World Champion for the fourth time. It was the last and decisive game of the Match.
Download all games in .PGN format here: http://theweekinchess.com/assets/files/pgn/wchw16.pgn


March 14th, 2016
2016 George E. O'Rourke Memorial
Revised Projected Pairings for Round 5


Projected Round 5 pairings for March 16th: (Revised March 14th)

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
1 Raymond Paulson (4.0) Edward Harris (3.5) 2 Lenny Arsenault (3.5) Paul Godin (3.0) 3 George Mirijanian (3.0) Kenneth Gurge (3.0) 4 Arthur Barlas (3.0) Lawrence Gladding (3.0) 5 Gary Brassard (3.0) Geoff LePoer (2.5) 6 James Hankard (2.5) David Thomas (2.5) 7 John Bastarache (2.5) Tom Fratturelli (2.5) 8 Joseph Bennett (2.0) Ed Rogers (2.0) 9 Dave Couture (2.0) Gail Lingner (2.0) 10 Seetharaman Ganesan (2.0) Alexander Venezia (2.0) 11 Noah Rogers (2.0) Jackson Parker (2.0) 12 Donald Briggs (2.0) Michael Meehan (2.0) 13 Nickolas Lavoie (2.0) George Miller (2.0) 14 Francis Scanlon II (1.5) Robert Mathieu (1.5) 15 Jeromy Tilton (1.5) Wayne Steadman (1.5) 16 Andrew Kiser (1.5) Hugh McLaughlin (1.5) 17 Richard Bennett (1.0) Michael Commisso (1.0) 18 Paul Lynch (1.0) Roland Sorel (1.0) 19 Kandy Lynch (1.0) Brian Biglow (1.0) 20 Laurence O'Rourke (1.0) Sebastian Tilton (1.0) 21 Emily Gawboy (0.0) Randy McLaughlin (0.5)

March 12th, 2016
2016 George E. O'Rourke Memorial
Revised Projected Pairings for Round 5


Projected Round 5 pairings for March 16th: (Revised March 10th)

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
1 Raymond Paulson (4.0) Edward Harris (3.5) 2 Lenny Arsenault (3.5) Paul Godin (3.0) 3 George Mirijanian (3.0) Kenneth Gurge (3.0) 4 Arthur Barlas (3.0) Lawrence Gladding (3.0) 5 Gary Brassard (3.0) Geoff LePoer (2.5) 6 James Hankard (2.5) David Thomas (2.5) 7 John Bastarache (2.5) Tom Fratturelli (2.5) 8 Noah Rogers (2.0) Tony Cesolini (2.0) 9 Joseph Bennett (2.0) Ed Rogers (2.0) 10 Dave Couture (2.0) Gail Lingner (2.0) 11 Seetharaman Ganesan (2.0) George Miller (2.0) 12 Jackson Parker (2.0) Alexander Venezia (2.0) 13 Donald Briggs (2.0) Michael Meehan (2.0) 14 Nickolas Lavoie (2.0) Michael Commisso (1.5) 15 Francis Scanlon II (1.5) Robert Mathieu (1.5) 16 Jeromy Tilton (1.5) Wayne Steadman (1.5) 17 Andrew Kiser (1.5) Hugh McLaughlin (1.5) 18 Paul Lynch (1.0) Richard Bennett (1.0) 19 Kandy Lynch (1.0) Brian Biglow (1.0) 20 Laurence O'Rourke (1.0) Roland Sorel (1.0) 21 Stanford Talcott (1.0) Sebastian Tilton (1.0) 22 Emily Gawboy (0.0) Randy McLaughlin (0.5)

March 12th, 2016
Daylight Saving Time (United States) 2016 begins at 2:00 AM on Sunday, March 13

Don't forget to set your clocks ahead & change the batteries in your     chess clock!

March 9th, 2016
2016 George E. O'Rourke Memorial
Round 4 of 5

George E. O'Rourke Memorial, March 9th, 2016
Round 4 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Paul Godin 0-1Ray Paulson
Ed Harris 1/2-1/2George Mirijanian
Tom Fratturelli 0-1Lenny Arsenault
Larry Gladding 1-0Seeth Ganesan
George Miller 0-1Arthur Barlas
Ken Gurge 1-0Jackson Parker
Anthony Bracco 0-1Gary Brassard
Dave Thomas 1/2-1/2John Bastarache
Bob Mathieu 0-1Geoff LePoer
Ed Rogers 1/2-1/2Dave Couture
Mike Meehan 1/2-1/2Noah Rogers
Jim Hankard 1-0Andrew Kiser
Roland Sorel 0-1Joe Bennett
Brian Biglow 0-1♔Don Briggs
Gail Lingner 1-0Kandy Lynch
Wayne Steadman 1/2-1/2Francis Scanlon
Richard Bennett 0-1♔Nik Lavoie
Sebastian Tilton 0-1Alexander Venezia
Randy McLaughlin 0-1♔Jeromy Tilton
Larry O'Rourke 1-0Emily Gawboy
Total of 20 boards, 3 major upsets ().

♝ Receiving half-point byes were Roger Cappallo, Hugh McLaughlin, Mike Commisso and Ervin Brown.
♖ Not playing round 4 were Tony Cesolini, Paul Lynch and Stan Talcott.
Alan Condon withdrew from the tournament.

George E. O'Rourke Memorial, March 9th, 2016
CURRENT STANDINGS
PointsPlayers
4.0Paulson
3.5Harris, Arsenault
3.0Mirijanian, Godin, Gladding, Barlas, Gurge, Brassard
2.5Cappallo, LePoer, Thomas, Fratturelli, Hankard, Bastarache
2.0Cesolini, J. Bennett, Couture, Ganesan, Parker, Meehan, Bracco, Miller, E. Rogers, Lingner, N. Rogers, Venezia, Briggs,
Lavoie
1.5Mathieu, Steadman, H. McLaughlin, Scanlon, J. Tilton, Kiser
1.0Commisso, P. Lynch, Biglow, O'Rourke, Talcott, R. Bennett, Sorel, K. Lynch, S. Tilton, Brown
0.5R. McLaughlin
0.0Gawboy


Projected Round 5 Pairings for March 16th:

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

REMINDER: Players must be present by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 5 on March 16th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL Ken Gurge by 7 P.M.

March 9th, 2016
Will Go Go The Way Of Chess?

Big story in Scientific American suggests that we're about to witness the silicon robots consume yet another pastoral pastime.

Tanguy Chouard, an editor with Nature, saw Google-DeepMind's AI system AlphaGo defeat a human professional for the first time last year at the ancient board game Go. This week, he is watching top professional Lee Sedol take on AlphaGo, in Seoul, for a $1 million prize.
As I'm sure you've heard, one of humanity's best Go players, Lee Sedol, just lost his first game in a best-of-five series against AlphaGo, the artificial intelligence system created by Google DeepMind. "I'm in shock," Lee said at the post-match press conference.
I was surprised too by my emotional reaction to the result. Before I saw the game, which I watched alongside DeepMind's CEO Demis Hassabis, and David Silver, one of the lead researchers on AlphaGo, I didn't know who I wanted to win.
Now-to my surprise-I find myself rooting for the very personable and human Lee Sedol.

...

"AlphaGo played like a human professional player, but with the emotional element carved out," said one Korean commentator, Kim Sung-ryong. He said that all top-level pro players were in shock. Silver said that-judging from the statistics he'd seen when sitting in Google's technical room-"Lee Sedol pushed AlphaGo to its limits".

Does this mean that AI has finally defeated humanity at what may be the most complex board game we've ever invented? Not quite. There are still four games to go; tomorrow (10 March) we may see a different kind of match, as AlphaGo will play first, with the black stones, rather than second, with the white ones.

Lee said he wouldn't be affected psychologically by the loss. "This game is not going to affect how I play in the next games," he said. As Redmond told me after the game: "he's a very tough guy".


March 7th, 2016
Non-Rated Blitz At Burger King

Congratulations to Tony Cesolini for winning the "Burger King Open Blitz Tournament" with a perfect score of 10/10. The event was an unrated double round robin, with each player playing each other player twice, once with white and once with black, for a total of 10 games played.

It was an exciting evening of chess. We had it all: Hotly contested games, mad time scrambles with pieces flying and clocks knocked over, and heartbreakingly short games ending with hung queens and slumped shoulders...

Congratulations as well to Gary Brassard (2nd place, 6/10 points) and Alexander Venezia (3rd place, 5.5/10 points). All other placements and details can be viewed in the attached results crosstable.
Fun was had by all. Hope to see y'all at the next one!
Kindest Regards Mike Meehan

Burger King Open Blitz Tournament 6-Mar-16
Double Round Robin Six Entrants UNRATED EVENT
  Mike Meehan Anthony Bracco Dave Thomas Alexander Venezia Tony Cesolini Gary Brassard Total
Tony Cesolini 2 2 2 2   2 10
Gary Brassard 2 1 2 1 0   6
Alexander Venezia 1.5 2 1   0 1 5.5
Mike Meehan   2 1 0.5 0 0 3.5
Dave Thomas 1 1   1 0 0 3
Anthony Bracco 0   1 0 0 1 2

The big story here is of course newcomer Alexander Venezia, who was able to split with veterans Gary Barassard & Dave Thomas on his way to a respectable third place.

If all goes well and we don't have any makeup round for the current club tournament, we will be holding the Wachusett CC Blitz Championship on Wednesday, March 23.

An interesting article in Science Magazine: Why this week's man-versus-machine Go match doesn't matter (and what does)
By Dana Mackenzie

March 6th, 2016
2016 George E. O'Rourke Memorial
Revised Projected Pairings for Round 4


Projected Round 4 pairings for March 13th: (Revised March 6th)

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
1 Paul Godin (3.0) Raymond Paulson (3.0) 2 Edward Harris (3.0) George Mirijanian (2.5) 3 Tom Fratturelli (2.5) Lenny Arsenault (2.5) 4 David Thomas (2.0) Tony Cesolini (2.0) 5 Lawrence Gladding (2.0) Seetharaman Ganesan (2.0) 6 George Miller (2.0) Arthur Barlas (2.0) 7 Kenneth Gurge (2.0) Jackson Parker (2.0) 8 Anthony Bracco (2.0) Gary Brassard (2.0) 9 John Bastarache (2.0) Geoff LePoer (1.5) 10 Robert Mathieu (1.5) Dave Couture (1.5) 11 Michael Meehan (1.5) Ed Rogers (1.5) 12 James Hankard (1.5) Noah Rogers (1.5) 13 Andrew Kiser (1.5) Joseph Bennett (1.0) 14 Paul Lynch (1.0) Alexander Venezia (1.0) 15 Sebastian Tilton (1.0) Brian Biglow (1.0) 16 Gail Lingner (1.0) Donald Briggs (1.0) 17 Wayne Steadman (1.0) Roland Sorel (1.0) 18 Stanford Talcott (1.0) Kandy Lynch (1.0) 19 Richard Bennett (1.0) Francis Scanlon II (1.0) 20 Randy McLaughlin (0.5) Nickolas Lavoie (1.0) 21 Ervin Brown (0.5) Jeromy Tilton (0.5) 22 Laurence O'Rourke (0.0) Emily Gawboy (0.0) 1/2 Roger Cappallo (2.0) BYE 1/2 Michael Commisso (0.5) BYE 1/2 Hugh McLaughlin (1.0) BYE

March 6th, 2016
Weekend rating updates: Billerica, MA & New Ipswich, NH

Ray Paulson and Paul Godin played in the Billerica February Swiss, which ended this past Friday, and scored 2.5-1.5 to tie for 3rd-7th place. Ray lost 7 points to bring his rating to 2046, while Paul gained 6 points to raise his rating to 1956.
Had Ray won his final round game (instead of losing it) to expert Tim Bromley, he would have come into first place. Paul also would have come into first place or a tie for it if he had played the final and won instead of sitting out the round.

Sebastian Tilton scored a perfect 4-0 to win first place in the Boynton Middle School March Tournament on Saturday, March 5, in New Ipswich, NH. Sebastian gained 80 (!) rating points and now stands at 1101. The tournament was dual rated, so his quick rating also increased to 1065. Lest one surmise that he was simply foraging on the misfortunes of players having a bad tournament, it is notable that each of his opponents also increased his own rating despite losing to Sebastian.

Ray Paulson -> 2046
Paul Godin -> 1956
Sebasian Tilton -> R: 1101, Q: 1065

March 2nd, 2016
2016 George E. O'Rourke Memorial
Round 3 of 5

George E. O'Rourke Memorial, March 2nd, 2016
Round 3 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Ray Paulson 1-0Anthony Bracco
Jackson Parker 0-1Paul Godin
John Bastarache 0-1Ed Harris
Tom Fratturelli 1-0Mike Meehan
Lenny Arsenault 1-0Bob Mathieu
Roger Cappallo 1-0Paul Lynch
Geoff LePoer 1/2-1/2Jim Hankard
Joe Bennett 0-1♔ George Miller
Brian Biglow 0-1Larry Gladding
Arthur Barlas 1-0Richard Bennett
Kandy Lynch 0-1Ken Gurge
Gary Brassard 1-0Wayne Steadman
Nik Lavoie 0-1Dave Thomas
Francis Scanlon 0-1Seeth Ganesan
Mike Commisso 0-1♔ Noah Rogers
Jeromy Tilton 0-1Ed Rogers
♔ Don Briggs1-0Larry O'Rourke
Alexander Venezia 1-0Emily Gawboy
Total of 18 boards, 3 major upsets ().

Receiving half-point byes were George Mirijanian, Tony Cesolini, Dave Couture, Andrew Kiser, Gail Lingner, Stan Talcott,
Roland Sorel, Hugh McLaughlin, Randy McLaughlin and Ervin Brown.
Not playing round 3 were Alan Condon and Sebastian Tilton.

George E. O'Rourke Memorial, March 2nd, 2016
CURRENT STANDINGS
PointsPlayers
3.0Paulson, Godin, Harris
2.5Mirijanian, Fratturelli, Arsenault
2.0Cesolini, Cappallo, Gladding, Barlas, Gurge, Brassard, Thomas, Ganesan, Parker, Bracco, Miller, Bastarache
1.5LePoer, Couture, Meehan, Hankard, Mathieu, E. Rogers, N. Rogers, Kiser
1.0J. Bennett, Condon, P. Lynch, Biglow, Lingner, Steadman, Talcott, R. Bennett, Venezia, Briggs, Sorel, K. Lynch,
H. McLaughlin, Scanlon, S. Tilton,
0.5Commisso, R. McLaughlin, J.Tilton, Brown
0.0O'Rourke, Gawboy


Projected Round 4 pairings for March 9th:

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

Requesting half-point byes for Round 4 are Cappallo and Commisso.

REMINDER: Players must be present by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 4 on March 9th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL Ken Gurge by 7 P.M.

March 1st, 2016
2016 George E. O'Rourke Memorial
Revised Projected pairings for Round 3


Projected Round 3 pairings for March 2nd: (Revised March 2nd)

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
1 Raymond Paulson (2.0) Edward Harris (2.0) 2 Jackson Parker (2.0) George Mirijanian (2.0) 3 Anthony Bracco (2.0) Paul Godin (2.0) 4 John Bastarache (2.0) Tony Cesolini (1.5) 5 Tom Fratturelli (1.5) Michael Meehan (1.5) 6 Lenny Arsenault (1.5) Robert Mathieu (1.5) 7 Roger Cappallo (1.0) Seetharaman Ganesan (1.0) 8 Geoff LePoer (1.0) Paul Lynch (1.0) 9 Joseph Bennett (1.0) James Hankard (1.0) 10 Brian Biglow (1.0) Lawrence Gladding (1.0) 11 Arthur Barlas (1.0) George Miller (1.0) 12 Richard Bennett (1.0) Kenneth Gurge (1.0) 13 Gary Brassard (1.0) Wayne Steadman (1.0) 14 Kandy Lynch (1.0) David Thomas (1.0) 15 Francis Scanlon II (1.0) Alan Condon (1.0) 16 Dave Couture (1.0) Sebastian Tilton (1.0) 17 Nickolas Lavoie (1.0) Michael Commisso (0.5) 18 Stanford Talcott (0.5) Ed Rogers (0.5) 19 Gail Lingner (0.5) Noah Rogers (0.5) 20 Jeromy Tilton (0.5) Laurence O'Rourke (0.0) 21 Alexander Venezia (0.0) Emily Gawboy (0.0) 22 Ervin Brown (0.0) Donald Briggs (0.0) 1/2 Randy McLaughlin (0.0) BYE 1/2 Roland Sorel (0.5) BYE 1/2 Hugh McLaughlin (0.5) BYE 1/2 Andrew Kiser (1.0) BYE

February 28th, 2016
Queen City Tornado rating updates

Two Wachusett CC players were prize winners in the 3rd Queen City Tornado, held Saturday, Feb. 27, in Manchester, NH.
Dave Kochman tallied 3-1 to tie for 2nd-4th place in the Open section of the event, while Mike Commisso also scored 3-1 to tie for 3rd place in the Under 1800 section.
Dave raised his rating to 1973 and Mike's rating went up to 1719. Also competing in the tournament were club members Gary Brassard, whose rating went down to 1765, and Jim Hankard, whose rating remained the same at 1600.

Dave Kochman -> 1973
Mike Commisso -> 1719
Gary Brassard -> 1765
Jim Hankard -> 1600

February 26th, 2016
News Updates:
WCC info & flyer are now on NH Chess Assoc. website.
2016 Women's World Chess Championship Match scheduled to start March 1st.

WCC info with link to website & flyer are now on the New Hampshire Chess Assoc. website.
2016 Women's World Chess Championship Match (Mariya Muzychuk vs. Hou Yifan) begins March 1 in Lviv, Ukraine

Hou Yifan

2673 FIDE

Women's World Chess Championship Match 2016
between the current World Champion Maria Muzychuk of Ukraine and her challenger Hou Yifan of China (former World Champion 2010-2012 & 2013-2015) is taking place in Lviv, Ukraine, on March 1-18, 2016.
Maria Muzychuk

Current Women's World Champion
2554 FIDE

February 24th, 2016
2016 George E. O'Rourke Memorial
Round 2 of 5

George E. O'Rourke Memorial, February 24th, 2016
Round 2 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Dave Thomas 0-1Ray Paulson
George Mirijanian 1-0Gary Brassard
Ed Harris 1-0Roger Cappallo
Paul Godin 1-0Dave Couture
Larry Gladding 0-1♔ Jackson Parker
♔ Anthony Bracco1-0Arthur Barlas
Ken Gurge 0-1♔ John Bastarache
Tony Cesolini 1-0Nik Lavoie
♔ Bob Mathieu1-0Mike Commisso
Hugh McLaughlin 0-1Tom Fratturelli
Don Briggs 0-1Joe Bennett
Seeth Ganesan 1-0Randy McLaughlin
Jim Hankard 1-0Alexander Venezia
Emily Gawboy 0-1Brian Biglow
Larry O'Rourke 0-1♔ Andrew Kiser
Wayne Steadman 1-0Ervin Brown
Total of 16 boards, 5 major upsets ()

Receiving half-point byes were Lenny Arsenault, Mike Meehan, Geoff LePoer, Alan Condon, Paul Lynch, George Miller,
Richard Bennett, Kandy Lynch, Francis Scanlon, Sebastian Tilton, Ed Rogers, Gail Lingner, Noah Rogers, Stan Talcott,
Roland Sorel and Jeromy Tilton.
Withdrawing from the tournament were Tom Whistler and Finn Rogers.

George E. O'Rourke Memorial, February 24th, 2016
CURRENT STANDINGS
PointsPlayers
2.0Paulson, Mirijanian, Godin, Harris, Parker, Bracco, Bastarache
1.5Cesolini, Fratturelli, Arsenault, Meehan, Mathieu
1.0Cappallo, LePoer, J. Bennett, Gladding, Barlas, Gurge, Brassard, Thomas, Condon, Couture, Ganesan, P. Lynch, Hankard,
Biglow, Miller, Steadman, R. Bennett, K. Lynch, Scanlon, S. Tilton, Lavoie, Kiser
0.5Commisso, E. Rogers, Lingner, N. Rogers, Talcott, Sorel, H. McLaughlin, J. Tilton
0.0O'Rourke, R. McLaughlin, Venezia, Briggs, Gawboy, Brown


Projected Round 3 pairings for March 2nd:

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

Requesting half-point byes for Round 3 are Cappallo, Sorel and Kiser. Condon will be paired if he shows up for the round.

REMINDER: Players must be present by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 3 on March 2nd.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL Ken Gurge by 7 P.M.


February 24th, 2016

Robert King scored 2.5-1.5 to tie for 4th-6th place in the Metrowest Chess Club's Groundhog Day Swiss,
which ended Tuesday night, Feb. 23. Rob's rating for the 2/24/16 spreadsheet is 2138.

Robert King -> 2138

February 21st, 2016

Robert King scored 3-1 to tie for 2nd-3rd place in the Waltham Chess Club's "Levin Game/30" tournament Friday night, Feb. 19. Rob raised his rating to 2135, drawing in the final round with life master Lawyer Times, with whom he shared the runner-up spot.

Robert King -> 2135

October 19th, 2015
40 Massachusetts Players Competing in the 2016 World Team Event

A total of forty players from Massachusetts, including WCC member Rob King, competed in the 2016 World Team Tournament held this past weekend in Parsippany, NJ. They are listed here in order of finishing place, with their rating changes & hyperlinks to their opponents.

Section 1 - USTEAM16
#:	State USCF-ID  Player-Name  Rtng-In -> Rtng-Out Title-Norm   Opp-List
22:	MA 14940771 BERNIE XU R: 1854 -> 1921 N:1 Opponents
34:	MA 13052087 MIKA ANDREW BRATTAIN R: 2456 -> 2453 N:C Opponents
64:	MA 14217413 ERIC FENG R: 2059 -> 2070 N:1 Opponents
94:	MA 13433622 DENYS K SHMELOV R: 2480 -> 2479 N:C Opponents
96:	MA 10010985 CHRISTOPHER W CHASE R: 2374 -> 2390 N:M Opponents
104:	MA 13987660 ANDREW LIU R: 2321 -> 2315 N:C Opponents
115:	MA 13206647 SIDDHARTH ARUN R: 2208 -> 2202 N:1 Opponents
202:	MA 14212491 NITHIN KAVI R: 2094 -> 2097 N:1 Opponents
211:	MA 12596716 TAYLOR CURTIS R: 2002 -> 2042 N:C Opponents
225:	MA 12487244 CHARLES SLADE R: 1960 -> 1974 N:1 Opponents
241:	MA 13215965 URI FELD R: 1904 -> 1891 N:3 Opponents
327:	MA 12681247 ROBERT J KING R: 2132 -> 2127 N:1 Opponents
330:	MA 12909778 JAKE R GARBARINO R: 2097 -> 2107 N:1 Opponents
339:	MA 12414355 TODD S CHASE R: 2063 -> 2053 N:2 Opponents
370:	MA 12768127 BENJAMIN H SMITH R: 1912 -> 1909 N:2 Opponents
468:	MA 12720571 EVAN Z RABIN R: 2247 -> 2238 N:C Opponents
473:	MA 12846607 ANDREW HOY R: 2180 -> 2167 N:1 Opponents
497:	MA 12559342 MIKE E BRUNS R: 2020 -> 2007 N:2 Opponents
506:	MA 15418978 ALAN SONG R: 1943 -> 1936 N:2 Opponents
510:	MA 12367030 MARK FINS R: 1921 -> 1907 N:2 Opponents
535:	MA 14679007 EDDIE YI MING WEI R: 1811 -> 1805 N:3 Opponents
550:	MA 12320880 MATT PHELPS R: 1741 -> 1734 N:4 Opponents
578:	MA 14148891 KEVIN HU R: 1547 -> 1605 N:3 Opponents
587:	MA 15454526 LEWIS TU R: 1586 -> 1576 N:4 Opponents
645:	MA 12426279 DAVID VIGORITO R: 2493 -> 2470 N:C Opponents
647:	MA 12167330 LAWYER TIMES R: 2255 -> 2235 N:1 Opponents
662:	MA 15421306 SOREN SANDMANN PEDERSEN R: 2018 -> 2004 N:2 Opponents
729:	MA 14353593 ERIC HU R: 1405 -> 1424 N:4 Opponents
758:	MA 15958905 ANDREW YAN R: Unrated->  823P4   Opponents
762:	MA 10460921 LARRY M CHRISTIANSEN R: 2661 -> 2663     Opponents
791:	MA 13853501 MICHAEL MI R: 1879 -> 1875 N:2 Opponents
792:	MA 11366805 NATASHA C CHRISTIANSEN R: 1873 -> 1857     Opponents
817:	MA 10020425 WILLIAM G MICHAEL R: 1700 -> 1714 N:2 Opponents
852:	MA 12417865 KARL G HAHN R: 1417 -> 1400     Opponents
862:	MA 13790082 DANIEL MICHAEL PLOTKIN R: 1306 -> 1305     Opponents
877:	MA 15957353 DUNCAN ALFORD PECKHAM R: Unrated-> 1240P5   Opponents
956:	MA 12928533 MATTHEW R LEE R: 1512 -> 1498     Opponents
960:	MA 10095069 ROBERT JELLINGER R: 1460 -> 1429     Opponents
1056: MA 15331380 DAVID ALAN GILIVER R:  863P17->  922P22  Opponents
1157: MA 15961790 SUNGHOON KONG KANG R: Unrated->  519P5   Opponents
Section 2 - FILLER
#:	State USCF-ID  Player-Name  Rtng-In -> Rtng-Out Title-Norm   Opp-List

February 17th, 2016
2016 George E. O'Rourke Memorial
Round 1 of 5

Bastarache Begins By Beating Bennett

The 2016 George E. O'Rourke Memprial tournament began with a bang at as John Bastarache beat Joe Bennett at board 5 while newcomer Nik Lavoie bested Seeth Ganesan at board 14. Hugh McLaughlin held Mike Commisso to a draw at board 13 with each of the 15 remaining boards concluding in wins for the higher rated players. The 366 point upset at board five started off "normal" enough as Joe, playing white, used his familiar Bird's opening to achieve a rather complex & unusual position involving his uncastled king & several ambitious pawn moves. Somewhere in the middlegame manouvers, John managed to capture Joe's queen in exchange for only a minor piece & a couple pawns which turned out to be too big a deficit for Joe to overcome & he resigned fairly early in the evening.

Meanwhile on the other side of the room at board 14, Nik Lavoie took his 672 point higher rated opponent, Seeth Ganesan, to task winning a piece & soon more material & eventually the game to chalk up his third victory this season & one of the biggest upsets in WCC history.

Several of the other games, though they ended in victorys for the higher rated & hence statistically favored players, contained much excitement as well. A few examples would include Jim Hankard's solid handling of the opening phase of his game against USCF expert, Ray paulson's familiar queen pawn opening at board one. However Ray soon got the better of Jim & demonstrated strong consistent technique to assure his win. Arthur Barlas was on his way to a textbook example of a classical positional win at board seven wherein he held several small adavantages & was preparing to prove that to be sufficient for the full point when his opponent, Wayne Steadman, lost his queen to a simple knight fork & immediately resigned. Larry Gladding had an interesting double edged game against Noah Rogers with kings castled on opposite sides of the board & both players trying to simultaneously attack & defend. Ultimately Larry's 373 rating point advantage was confirmed as he finished in the winners' circle as well.

George E. O'Rourke Memorial, February 17th, 2016
Round 1 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Ray Paulson 1-0Jim Hankard
Brian Biglow 0-1George Mirijanian
Roger Cappallo 1-0Larry O'Rourke
Ed Rogers 0-1Paul Godin
Joe Bennett 0-1John Bastarache
Noah Rogers 0-1Larry Gladding
Arthur Barlas 1-0Wayne Steadman
Randy McLaughlin 0-1Ken Gurge
Gary Brassard 1-0Stan Talcott
Alexander Venezia 0-1Dave Thomas
Dave Couture 1-0Don Briggs
Roland Sorel 0-1Ed Harris
Mike Commisso 1/2-1/2Hugh McLaughlin
Nik Lavoie 1-0Seeth Ganesan
Jackson Parker 1-0Jeromy Tilton
Andrew Kiser 0-1Lenny Arsenault
Mike Meehan 1-0Emily Gawboy
Ervin Brown 0-1Anthony Bracco

Receiving half-point byes were Tony Cesolini, Geoff LePoer, Alan Condon, Tom Fratturelli, Paul Lynch, George Miller,
Bob Mathieu, Richard Bennett, Kandy Lynch, Francis Scanlon, Sebastian Tilton, Tom Whistler and Finn Rogers.
Not playing round 1 was Gail Lingner, who declined a half-point bye.

George E. O'Rourke Memorial, February 17th, 2016
CURRENT STANDINGS
PointsPlayers
1.0Paulson, Mirijanian, Cappallo, Godin, Gladding, Barlas, Gurge, Brassard, Thomas, Couture, Harris,
Parker, Arsenault, Meehan, Bracco, Bastarache, Lavoie
0.5Cesolini, LePoer, Condon, Commisso, Fratturelli, P. Lynch, Miller, Mathieu, R. Bennett, K. Lynch,
H. McLaughlin, Scanlon, S. Tilton, Whistler, F. Rogers
0.0J. Bennett, Ganesan, Hankard, Biglow, O'Rourke, E. Rogers, Lingner, N. Rogers, Steadman,
R. McLaughlin, Talcott, Venezia, Briggs, Sorel, J. Tilton, Kiser, Gawboy, Brown


Projected Round 2 pairings for February 24th:

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

Requesting a half-point bye for Round 2 is Sebastian Tilton.
The Wachusett Chess Club welcomes Ervin Brown of Ayer, MA.

REMINDER: Players must be present by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 2 on February 24th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL Ken Gurge by 7 P.M.

February 16th, 2016
2016 World Team rating updates

Robert King played in the World Team event this past weekend in Parsippany, New Jersey.
He scored 3.5/6 in a field of over 1100 players.

Robert King -> 2127

February 15th, 2016
Carissa Yip to compete in 2016 US Women's Championship
12 year old NM Carissa Yip,
2014 WCC Champ, has accepted her invitation to compete in this year's US Women's Championship.
♕   ♛   ♕
Her current rating of 2305, places her at #11 on the US Women's Top Players list.

At just 12 years of age, Carissa Yip has quickly become one of the top female players in America. Known for her creativity over the board, she enters the tournament with an all time high rating of 2305.

Yip has been on a record-shattering pace ever since she learned how to play the game from her father at age 6. Three years later, at age 9, she became the youngest ever to reach the title of Expert.

Two years later she broke the record for youngest female to achieve the title of National Master at the age of 11 years, 5 months, and 18 days -- breaking the record previously held by Annie Wang. Along the way to Master, she set the record for youngest female player to beat a Grandmaster for her win against GM Alexander Ivanov in the New England Open a few days before her 11th birthday.

February 14th, 2016
February Freeze rating updates

Wachusett CC members Sebastian Tilton and Finn Rogers competed on Saturday, Feb. 13, in the 14th Annual February Freeze tournament in New London, NH. Both scored 2-2 to tie for 3rd place. Sebastian's rating now stands at 1021, while Finn's rating is now 788. Due to the time control, G/30;d5, the tournament was dual rated, so both players have new quick ratings as well.

Sebastian Tilton R: -> 1021, Q: -> 943
Finn Rogers R: -> 788, Q: -> 731

February 13th, 2016
Leominster Champion report on chess tournament at WCC

The locally distributed newspaper, The Leominster Champion has an article about the results of the recently completed George Sturgis Memorial Chess Tournament at which three Leominster residents, Larry Gladding, Gary Brassard & Tom Fratturelli finished with prizes.

February 12th, 2016

Joe Bennett's regular rating is now 1854. The event he played in last weekend, the 2016 Greater New Haven Winter Open in Connecticut, has been rated by the USCF. Joe scored 2-2, including wins against a 2033-rated expert and a 2330-rated master. He gained 53 rating points & the event was dual rated, so his Quick rating was also increased. Joe was the only player from Massachusetts to compete in the event & he finished tied for 4th-6th place in the Open Section. Congratulations, Joe!

Joe Bennett
R: -> 1854
Q: -> 1838
(Due to the chronological sequence of Joe's last two Quick rated events & the late reporting of the New Haven tournament, the USCF may rerate the WCC Quick Championship.)

February 10th, 2016

♔ Paul Godin 2016 WCC Quick Champ

Paul Godin took top honors in this year's WCC Quick Chess Championship with a score of 4.5 out of 5. Paul gave up only a half point by obtaining a second round draw against Dave Thomas while winning rounds 1, 3, 4, & 5, against Don Briggs, Jackson Parker, George Mirijanian & Tony Cesolini respectively. The tournament was played at a fast paced 15 minutes per player per game with a 3 second delay & hence all five rounds could be completed in one night.

The formidable thirty player field included two USCF regular rated experts, two first place finishers from last year's quick championship, Tony Cesolini, who also won the 2010 quick championship, & Gary Brassard, two time quick champ, George Mirijanian & 2012 quick champ, Arthur Barlas.

Four players, Tony Cesolini, Joe Bennett, Larry Gladding, & Jackson Parker, tied for second through fifth place each scoring 4.0 out of 5. Also notable is only other player besides Godin to finish undefeated, Jim Hankard of Antrim, NH, who won his first & last rounds & drew each of the middle three to finish with 3.5 out of 5.

WCC Quick Chess Championship, February 10th, 2016
Round 5 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Godin 1-0Cesolini
Cappallo 0-1Gladding
Bennett 1-0Commisso
Brassard 0-1Parker
Barlas 0-1Mirijanian
Hankard 1-0Gurge
Meehan 0-1Thomas
Ganesan 0-1Biglow
Lingner 1-0Venezia
R. McLaughlin 1-0Briggs
Bracco 0-1Lavoie
LePoer 1-0Steadman
Kiser 0-1O'Rourke
Scanlon 0-1Bastarache
Gawboy 0-1H. McLaughlin

WCC Quick Chess Championship, February 10th, 2016
FINAL STANDINGS
PointsPlayers
4.5Godin
4.0Cesolini, Bennett, Gladding, Parker
3.5Mirijanian, Hankard
3.0Cappallo, Brassard, Thomas, Biglow, Lingner, Commisso, R. McLaughlin, Lavoie
2.5-----
2.0LePoer, Barlas, Gurge, Briggs, Meehan, O'Rourke, Bastarache, Venezia, Ganesan
1.5Bracco
1.0Steadman, H. McLaughlin, Kiser, Scanlon
0.5-----
0.0Gawboy

♔ 2016 WCC Quick Chess Championship PRIZE WINNERS ♔
1st: Paul Godin of Bedford
2nd-5th: Tony Cesolini of Rindge, NH,
Joe Bennett and Jackson Parker, both of Fitchburg, and
Larry Gladding of Leominster

The following players had
quick rating increases of
50 or more points:
Jackson Parker + 294
Nikolas Lavoie + 268
Randy McLaughlin + 70
Seeth Ganesan + 68
Jim Hankard + 52
The following players achieved
a new all-time high quick rating:
Paul Godin 1991
Tony Cesolini 1967
Jackson Parker 1532
Brian Biglow 1530
Alex Venezia 1415
Seeth Ganesan 1262
Randy McLaughlin 1254
Anthony Bracco 1038
Nik Lavoie 1006

REMINDER: Next week starts the 2016 George E. O'Rourke Memorial (1929-2007).
Players must be present by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 1 on February 17th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL Ken Gurge by 7 P.M.

WCC Quick Chess Championship, February 10th, 2016
Round 4 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Cesolini 1-0Cappallo
Mirijanian 0-1Godin
Gurge 0-1Bennett
Briggs 0-1Brassard
Parker 1-0Barlas
Lavoie 0-1Gladding
Thomas 0-1Commisso
Biglow 1/2-1/2Hankard
Venezia 1-0LePoer
Steadman 0-1Lingner
Kiser 0-1Meehan
O'Rourke 0-1Ganesan
Bastarache 0-1R. McLaughlin
H. McLaughlin 0-1Bracco
Gawboy 0-1Scanlon

WCC Quick Chess Championship, February 10th, 2016
Round 3 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Brassard 0-1Cesolini
Barlas 0-1Cappallo
Godin 1-0Parker
Mirijanian 1-0Biglow
Hankard 1/2-1/2Thomas
Bennett 1-0O'Rourke
Gladding 1-0Bastarache
Gurge 1-0Venezia
Commisso 1-0Steadman
Ganesan 0-1Briggs
Meehan 0-1Lavoie
Bracco 0-1LePoer
Scanlon 0-1Lingner
H. McLaughlin 0-1Kiser
R. McLaughlin 1-0Gawboy

WCC Quick Chess Championship, February 10th, 2016
Round 2 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Thomas 1/2-1/2Godin
Cesolini 1-0Gladding
Hankard 1/2-1/2Mirijanian
Cappallo 1-0Gurge
Parker 1-0Bennett
Brassard 1-0Commisso
Barlas 1-0Lavoie
LePoer 0-1Biglow
Bracco 0-1Meehan
Lingner 0-1Ganesan
Briggs 1-0H. McLaughlin
O'Rourke 1-0R. McLaughlin
Kiser 0-1Bastarache
Venezia 1-0Scanlon
Gawboy 0-1Steadman

WCC Quick Chess Championship, February 10th, 2016
Round 1 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Paul Godin 1-0Don Briggs
Mike Meehan 0-1Tony Cesolini
George Mirijanian 1-0Larry O'Rourke
John Bastarache 0-1Roger Cappallo
Joe Bennett 1-0Alexander Venezia
Wayne Steadman 0-1Gary Brassard
Geoff LePoer 0-1Jackson Parker
Seeth Ganesan 0-1Arthur Barlas
Larry Gladding 1-0Hugh McLaughlin
Randy McLaughlin 0-1Dave Thomas
Ken Gurge 1-0Andrew Kiser
Francis Scanlon 0-1Jim Hankard
Brian Biglow1/2-1/2Anthony Bracco
Nik Lavoie 1-0Gail Lingner
Mike Commisso 1-0Emily Gawboy


February 8th, 2016
1st Crazy Clock Open rating updates

Dave Kochman, Dave Thomas and Aanthony Bracco scored 2.5-1.5 to tie for 2nd-4th place at the 1st Crazy Clock Open held at the Knights' Chess Club in Keene, NH this past month. These three plus seven other WCC members participaated in the tournament which resulted in the following rating changes:

Tony Cesolini -> 2053
Paul Godin -> 1947
Eric Strickland -> 1921
Dave Kochman -> 1905
Joe Bennett -> 1802
Dave Thomas -> 1774
Ed Harris -> 1726
Jim Hankard -> 1600
Anthony Bracco -> 1575P15
Stan Talcott -> 1399

February 3rd, 2016

Kochman Captures Crown At Boone Memorial Tournament

Pictures from this event.

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

Pictures from this year's Reggie Boone Memorial tournament.

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.


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, January 20th, 2016
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