♕  "The development of beauty in chess never depends on you alone. No matter how much imagination and creativity you invest, you still do not create beauty.
Your opponent must react at the same highest level." -Vladimir Kramnik  ♕

♕ Chess Software, Games & News on the Internet ♛

Chess databases & chess playing software have been steadily evolving over the past few decades & there are now several low cost or free options that are quite high quality. I'm not going to presume to make judgements about which play engine is stronger or "better" or even which database is bigger, partly because some of these parameters are subjective & partly because they're constantly changing.

There are at least a dozen or so Chess Playing Engines that are quite capable of playing above Elo 3000, so there's no trick at all to finding a program that's "strong" enough to assist in analysis of club games. Increasingly, the emphasis has been on providing features that allow for flexibility in playing style or user interface, or platform compatibility. A good example of this is the Shredder 12 program for Windows, which boasts the following features: New in this version:
  • Improved chess engine, more than 100 Elo stronger than the predecessor
  • Simulates a human player with any playing strength
  • Makes typical human mistakes
  • Rates your play in normal or rated games
  • Shredder adapts his playing strength automatically to your strength
  • Graphical display of your progress
  • Improved coach
  • Automatic display of the chess position from anywhere in the notation or the engine output
  • Improved opening book
  • Can create opening books for Pocket Shredder
  • Improved engine tournaments
  • Easier to operate
  • Many more improvements
Other features:
  • User interface that is easy to handle and can be set up individually
  • Six different sets of pieces and chessboards both in 2D and 3D
  • Chess engine with extremely powerful play, that can be individually adjusted and configured
  • Built-in Chess coach, who is alert of mistakes and suggests better moves
  • Own games can be automatically examined for mistakes
  • Daily updated chess puzzles with three levels of difficulty
  • The program always keeps up-to-date with automatic online updates
  • Opening advisor allows Shredder to play much better without opening book
  • Ability to play Chess960, also know as Fischer Random Chess
  • Direct access to huge online endgame database with more than 1200 GB data
  • User interface in German, English, French, Dutch, Spanish and Italian.
  • Moves can easily be entered by mouse or keyboard
  • Extensive documentation
  • Tip of the day
  • Games can be provided with alternative lines and comments
  • Many features for training and analysis
  • Manifold possibilities to systematically search and examine the chess endgame databases
  • Free, open protocol between chess user interface and chess engine (UCI protocol)
  • Possibility to simultaneously load up to ten chess engines
  • Several chess engines that differ in their playing style
  • Many possibilities for automatic tests and comparisons of different chess engines
  • Shredderbases: new extremely fast and compact chess endgame databases
  • Computer assisted game analysis
  • Direct access to online chess opening database with more than 16 million moves
  • Rated games against different computer opponents to measure one's own play strength
  • Automatic game level where Shredder will always play with your strength
  • Voice output of the moves
  • Arrows to show threats, hints, best engine moves and the last move
  • Graphical display of the legal moves and the attacked piecesv
  • Automatic histogram generation
  • Chess engine can access its own chess opening book

That same rationale would apply to online playing sites & to chess news outlets as well. Certainly some play sites will appeal to some people more than others for differing individual reasons & likewise some people may prefer the style or scope of news coverage provided by one news site over another for widely varying reasons. My intention is to list most of the major entities in each of these sectors & provide a brief description of what to expect. Eventually more specific details may be included, such as engine/database installation guidelines, or special notes about upcoming news events.

Ideally, comments here will focus on providing general useful information particularly for those less familiar with the finer details complexities of these products & services. My purpose is to be inclusive rather than judgemental, so for the most part reader feedback is welcome. Most of the major internationational tournaments & matches are covered by every news outlet, so selecting one or more of them becomes a matter of deciding whose style, presentation or depth you prefer.


♔ Chess Playing Engines

Stockfish v7 Free download
Komodo v9.3 available; v5 & v5.1 free
Houdini v4
Gull v3 Free download
EXchess v7.51 beta Free download
Rybka v4.1 free downloads
Deep Saros
BlackMamba
Vitruvius
HIARCS
Deep Shredder

Latest update of each Winboard/UCI engine! (since 01/07/2002)
TOP-UCI Engines
Chess2U Free Chess Engines
Computer Chess Rating List
Online Analysis


♕ Online & Stand-Alone Databases & Game Collections

Chessbase
SCID

Nalimov Endgame Tablebases Perfect endgame play (as long as you have 6 pieces or less (including the kings)):


♞ Interactive Chess Playing Sites

ICC ♘ Internet Chess Club
FICS ♝ Free Internet Chess Server
USCL ♖ United States Chess League
Chess.com ♜ Chess.com, Play online & much more
ChessKid ♟ Chess Kid


♖ Worldwide & Local Chess News Online

TWIC This Week In Chess
New In Chess
Malcom Pein Telegraph, UK
News on Chess.com
ChessBase.comInternational Chess News, Live Games
Susan Polgar Global Chess Daily News
ChessVibes Daily puzzle, Live ratings, Videos, Blog, etc.
Russian Chess News with English translation
Chessdom
Chess24
Reddit Chess
Twitter Chess
News About Chess
Chess News


♕ Women In Chess

(not so) Current Women Chess Champions











World Champion
♕ Mariya Muzychuk,
Ukraine
USA Champion
1998, 2007, 2010, 2012,
2013, 2014, & 2015
♕ Irina Krush
Highest Rated Female
in MA
♕ Carissa Yip
2014
WCC Champion
♕ Carissa Yip
  • In November 2010 she was ranked as the fifth-highest Girl in the world.
  • WIM (2005); WGM (2007); IM (2008).
  • Was granted the title of Grandmaster by winning the 2015 Women's World Chess Championship.
  • 15th Women's World Chess Champion.
  • Born September 21, 1992 (age 22).
  • Currently ranked #12 woman in the world with a FIDE rating of 2526.
  • Her sister, Anna is currently ranked #6 woman in the world with a FIDE rating of 2552.
  • Finished Equal First in Ukrainian Women's Championship 2012 @ 6.5 & won on tie breaks.
  • Won the U.S. Women's Chess Championship 1998 at age 14 to become the youngest ever to do so.
  • Suggested a novelty on move 10 in the "Kasparov versus the World" chess competition in 1999.
  • Played first board on the bronze medal winning U.S. Women's team in the 38th Chess Olympiad, 2008.
  • Won the U.S. Women's Championship on five other occasions: 2007, 2010, 2012, 2013 & 2014.
  • Earned FIDE GM title in 2013.
  • Currently plays for the New York Knights in the U.S. Chess League.
  • Official USCF Rating of 2203 on April 1st, 2015
  • Official USCF Rating of 2219 on May 4th, 2015
  • Listed on Famedpages web site
  • 4th in the US for her age group, either gender
  • 2nd in US for girls Under 13
  • Youngest ever US female master at age 11 in 2015
  • Youngest ever US female expert at age 9 in 2013
  • Youngest player ever to win WCC Championship
  • Youngest girl ever to beat a grandmaster in USCF rated play, 2014.
  • Finished 4th at World Youth Chess Championship Girls U10, UAE, 2013.
  • First & only female ever to win WCC Championship in 55 years.
  • Youngest person, at age 10, ever to win WCC Championship in 55 years.

♕ ♕ ♕ ♕ An interesting statistic that some may not be aware of & certainly might not be apparent to the casual observer is, I believe, right now the Wachusett Chess Club is at an all time high for total number of female members. ♕ ♕ ♕ ♕

Notable Women players













Grand Prix Winner 2015
♕ Hou Yifan, China
USA Champion
♕ Irina Krush
Highest Rated Woman in MA
(Until April 2015)
♕ Katrine Tjoelsen
WCC Champion
♕ Carissa Yip
  • Won her first Chinese Women's Chess Championship at age 13, June 2007.
  • First GM norm, Aeroflot Open, Moscow, February 2008.
  • GM title, August 2008 at the age of 14 years 6 months 2 days.
  • Won the Women's World Chess Championship, December 2010 in Hatay, Turkey. Youngest women's world champion in history.
  • Successfully defended her Women's World Champion title, November 2011.
  • Knocked out in the 2nd round of the Women's World Chess Championship, November 2012.
  • Regained her Women's World Championship title, September 2013.
  • Scheduled to play in the Hawaii Grandmaster Challenge in March 2015. Since this conflicts with the Women's World Chess Championship 2015 (knock-out) she will be relinquishing her title at the conclusion of that event.
  • Having won the FIDE Grand Prix 2014 has qualified to challenge world champion Mariya Muzychuk to a ten-game World Championship match in the third quarter of 2015.
  • Won the U.S. Women's Chess Championship 1998 at age 14 to become the youngest ever to do so.
  • Suggested a novelty on move 10 in the "Kasparov versus the World" chess competition in 1999.
  • Played first board on the bronze medal winning U.S. Women's team in the 38th Chess Olympiad, 2008.
  • Won the U.S. Women's Championship on five other occasions: 2007, 2010, 2012, 2013 & 2014.
  • Earned FIDE GM title in 2013.
  • Currently plays for the New York Knights in the U.S. Chess League.














  • Won Norwegian U16 (including girls AND boys) Championship at the age of 14 in 2007
  • Finished 9th at World Juniors Girls Puerto Madryn, Argentina, November, 2009.
  • Earned FIDE WIM title in 2010.
  • Ranked 45th on FIDE Top 100 Girls 2013.
  • Class of 2016, MIT Electrical Engineering & Computer Science.
  • Her last USCF rated tournament was the FIDE Closed Invitational in Naperville, IL in March 2014. (Which means unless she plays another USCF rated event before March 30, 2015, she'll no longer be on the active list & whoever is the second highest female player in MA will ascend to this honor. [Any wild guesses on who that would most likely be?])













  • Youngest ever US female master at age 11 in 2015
  • Youngest ever US female expert at age 9 in 2013
  • Youngest player ever to win WCC Championship
  • Youngest girl ever to beat a grandmaster in USCF rated play, 2014.
  • Finished 4th at World Youth Chess Championship Girls U10, UAE, 2013.
  • First & only female ever to win WCC Championship in 55 years.






















Susan Polgar Chess = Susan Polgar's Daily News and Information blog
9 Queens = Two time US Women's Champion, Jennifer Shahade's non-profit chess site
JenniferShahade.com = Jennifer Shahade's main site
Lizzy Knows All = Elizabeth Vicary Spiegel's chess blog, main page
Castling Queenside = Polly Wright blog, main page
Alexandra Kosteniuk = Former Women's World Champion Kosteniuk'sofficial site
Natalia Pogoninia = WGM Pogonina's home page of bronze medal winner at the X Women European Chess Championship!

Here's a list of some short Biographies of women in 2014 US Women's Championship.

PhysOrg.com article attributing the low incidence of women at the highest levels in chess to a direct result of their much lower participation rate rather than to innate biological differences.

One of the most tragic events in the world of women's chess recently is this:
FIDE Obituary of Vesna Rozic
[WARNING: This is really sad, so don't read it if you're already on the brink of depression.]


♟ Chess Equipment

House of Staunton High(est) Quality Chess Sets: Wood, Mesta, Plastic, etc.
Giant Sized Chess Sets & Boards Large wooden & plastic chess sets
Comments Junkie Sets, Boards, Pieces, Clocks, Videos, & accessories for sale online.
American Chess Equipment Sets, Boards, Clocks, Videos, Books, etc.
Chess Sets & Boards Staunton chess sets
The Chess House Sets, Boards, Clocks, Videos, Books, etc.
Chess USA Sets, Boards, Clocks, Videos, Books, etc.
The Chess Store Sets, Boards, Clocks, Videos, etc.
USCF Sales Sets, Boards, Clocks, Videos, etc.
Wholesale Chess Sets, Boards, Clocks, Videos, Trophies, Tables, T-Shirts, etc.
Chess Bazar Nice Wooden & Bone Sets, Boards, etc.
Flexible Silicone Chess Pieces
[Finally you can have a full set of pieces that match the "pencil eraser feel" of your silicone chessboard!]
At a price less than $5 above the original cost of the silicone boards, these are destined to become the latest craze!

Now if you decide to give up completely on purchasing a chess set but would prefer to make your own out of wood, there's a series of informative videos on YouTube explaining exactly how to do it:
James, the rookie wood turner, using alder & walnut woods manufactures his own chess set the old fashion way, one piece at a time.
♙ Woodturning a Chess Set - The Pawns ♟
♖ Woodturning a Chess Set - The Rooks ♜
♗ Woodturning a Chess Set - The Bishops ♝
♘ Woodturning a Chess Set - The Knights ♞
♕ Woodturning a Chess Set - The Queen ♛
♔ Woodturning a Chess Set - The King ♚


♗ Other Useful Items

Online PGN Editor - for entering games into PGN format to save or send here for publication.
Chess Diagram Generator - "Quickly and easily make great looking chess diagrams to put on your website, blog, forum post or printout." [This is what I use for all the diagrams on this web site.]
WinBoard - for entering & displaying games
Bruno's Chess Problem of the Day
SwissSys Software Tournament pairing software



♖ Archive of "Other Chess Events of Interest" from the WCC Home Page:


♔ Saturday, Sunday & Monday, May 27, 28, & 29 the Massachusetts Chess Association presents

The 86th Massachusetts Open at Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel, 181 Boston Post Rd. West, Marlboro, MA.

You can play as a 2-day or 3-day event & compete for several thousand dollars in prizes.
6 round Swiss. 40/100, SD/60; d5. 2-day schedule rounds 1-3 are G/45; d5. 80 Grand Prix Points.
info@masschess.org
Bob Messenger 603-891-2484. Day of the tournament call 603-557-1732.

26th annual Eastern Class Championships, April 28-30 or 29-30, 2017
Host Hotel at Cedar Lake, Sturbridge, Massachusetts
$20,000 GUARANTEED PRIZES, In 7 sections
Entry: chessaction.com or Continental Chess, Box 8482, Pelham NY 10803.
Questions: DirectorAtChess.us, chesstour.com, chesstour.info, 347-201-2269.
Entries posted at chessaction.com (online entries posted instantly). $15 service charge for refunds.

Saco Open Saturday - Sunday, March 18-19, 2017, Hampton Inn, Saco, ME (FIDE rated)

Quinsigamond Community College chess tournament Saturday, March 11 2017
($5 entry fee, non-rated, 4 rounds "game in 30 minutes" for each player, and free lunch and refreshments)

MIT Friendly Chess Tournament
Date: Saturday, March 1, 2017
Event Format: 5SS
Time Control: G25 t/d5 (preferred) or G30
Round times: 12PM, 1PM, 2PM, 3PM, 4PM
The tournament will be unrated, so USCF memberships are not required.
Food will be provided. Have fun, and hope to see you there!
MIT Chess Club web page

MIT Winter Open
Date: Sunday, December 11, 2016
Event Format: 4SS
Time Control: G/60 d5
Entry Fee: $25 advance, $30 on-site. $10 discount to current MIT affiliates. IMs and GMs free
Prizes: Open $200-100-50, U1800 $120-60-30, U1400 $80-40-20, b/35 paid entries
Registration: Reg 9:00 - 9:30
Round Times: 10:00 - 12:30 - 3:30 - 6:00
Event web page
Email Inquiries: chess@mit.edu

Boylston Chess: $15 Open
Date: Saturday, December 10, 2016
Event Format: 4SS
Time Control: G/60 d5
Sections: Open & U1800
Entry Fee: $15 in advance, $30 at door, $20 for BCF members at door
Prizes: $225 based on 25 paid entries: Open: $110-$75, U1800 $40
Registration: 9:15am - 9:45am
Round Times: 10:00am, 1:00pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm
Register Online Now Entry List: Current Pre-Registration List

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.

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

"Magnus" at the Regent Theater 7 Medford Street, Arlington, MA
Monday, November 28th at 7:30PM
Box Office (781-646-4849)
♜ "... shot between 2004 and 2014 follows a child prodigy who has become a chess champion."
"A new documentary premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York on April 14th tells the story of Magnus Carlsen's ascent to the top of the chess world. The film aims to go beyond the basic history that will be familiar to chess fans and to show us the thoughts and emotions of the Norwegian star. To do so, the director Benjamin Ree was given unprecedented access to Magnus in the lead-up to the Chennai World Championship in 2013 and during the match itself. But the story goes back all the way to Carlsen's childhood, with priceless footage from his youth."

Quinsigamond Community College Fall 2016 Chess Tournament
♖ Saturday, November 12, 2016
♜ registration is 8:30-9:30am in the cafeteria (in the Administration Building) the first round starts 10:00am.
♙ Entry fee is $5 per person; players are asked to bring chess boards, pieces, and chess clocks if possible.
♙ 5 rounds of chess, Swiss-System pairings, the time control is 30-minutes per player (G/30)
♔ Free lunch; awards for top finishers (but not a USCF rated event)
♙ Two categories - student division, and coaches/parents/grownups division
♝ Prof. Jerry Williams is host; he can be reached at 508-335-0692
♞ Prof. Joe Alfano (Assumption College) is tournament director.
♖ The Chess Club at Worcester State University, Email: chesswsu@gmail.com

41ST NEW HAMPSHIRE AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
Saturday, November 5, 2016
Holiday Inn, 9 Northeastern Blvd. (exit 4 off Everett Tnpk/Rte. 3), Nashua, NH.

4SS, G/60 d5. 3 Sections:
♔ Championship, open to U2100 or Unr. EF: $36 if rec'd by 11/3, $41 at site. $$G: $150-100-50;
trophies to top 3, top 3 U1850.
♗ Intermediate, open to U1750 or Unr. EF: $36 if rec'd by 11/3, $41 at site. $$G: $120-60-40;
trophies to top 3, top 3 U1500.
♘ Novice, open to U1300 or Unr. EF: $30 ($25 to jrs. U21) if rec'd by 11/3, $35 at site ($30 jrs. U21).
Trophies to top 3, top 3 U1100.

All, NHCA membership req'd of rated NH residents; dues $8 adult, $6 under 19.
Reg: 8:30-9:35am Sat. 11/5, Rds: 10-1:00-3:30-6:00.
Bye: All Rds. (except Rd. 4 in Championship section), limit 1, must commit before Rd. 2. No half-point byes for players receiving full-point byes.
Online advance entry available at www.nhchess.org until 11/4 6 PM.
Ent: NHCA, c/o Hal Terrie, 377 Huse Rd. #23, Manchester, NH 03103. Info: halterrie@comcast.net or (603) 668-8368.

83rd Greater Boston Open
Date: Saturday, October 30, 2016
Event Location: Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel, 181 Boston Post Rd. West, Marlboro, MA 508-460-0700 or 888-543-9500
Event Format: 4SS
Time Control: G/60, d5. 15 Grand Prix points (enhanced)
Sections: Open, U2000, U1750, U1500, & U1200
Entry Fee: $39 if mailed by 10/25 or online by 10/28, $45 at site. GMs and IMs free. $10 discount for U1200 section.
Registration Onsite: 8:30 to 9:30 AM
Round Times: 10:00 am, 1:00 pm, 3:30 pm, 6:00 pm,
Inquiry: info@masschess.org Bob Messenger 603-891-2484. Day of the tournament call 603-557-1732.
Advance Entry List: Current Pre-Registration List

Boylston Chess: $15 Open
Date: Saturday, October 15, 2016
Event Format: 4SS
Time Control: G/60 d10
Sections: Open & U1800
Entry Fee: $15 in advance, $30 at door, $20 for BCF members at door
Prizes: $225 based on 25 paid entries: Open: $110-$75, U1800 $40
Registration: 9:15am - 9:45am
Round Times: 10:00am, 1:00pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm
Entry List: Current Pre-Registration List


♔ 76th New England Open, Saturday-Monday, 3-5 September 2016
Hilton Garden Inn Boston/Burlington, Burlington, MA
Six (6) Round Swiss, 4 SECTIONS:
- Championship (open to 1800 & above); FIDE rated
- U2000 (open to 1999 & under); FIDE rated
- U1800 (open to 1799 & under)
- U1600 (open to 1599 & under); Adult unrated not allowed in section
TIME CONTROL (click here for Chronos instructions):
- 40/90, SD/30 + 30 sec increment
PRIZE FUND ($4,000 GTD):
- Championship: 1st $600, 2nd $300, 3rd $250, U2400 $250, U2200 $250
Revolving Trophy to all New England residents tied for first
- U2000: 1st $400, 2nd $200, 3rd $150
- U1800: 1st $400, 2nd $200, 3rd $150
- U1600: 1st $300, 2nd $150, 3rd $100, U1400 $150, U1200 $150
ENTRY FEE (pay online): $70 (postmarked by 26 August)
- $80 after 26 August and at site
- $30 discount to players U1600 section rated under 1000 or unrated; Free to GMs and IMs
- Membership Required REGISTRATION: 8:30-9:30 AM on Saturday
ROUND TIMES: 10am and 4pm on Saturday, Sunday and Monday; Byes available in rounds 1-5, limit 2; must be requested before round 2
LOCATION: Hilton Garden Inn Boston/Burlington, 781-272-8800; 5 Wheeler Rd, Burlington, MA 01803
ENT: Alex Relyea, 49 Technology Drive #89, Bedford, NH 03110
INFO: Alex Relyea, relyea@operamail.com, www.relyeachess.com



♜ 9th WMCA Free G/60 d/5; Saturday, 3 September 2016: 8:30 am - 7:30 pm
Free USCF rated event, $275 prize fund 100% GUARANTEED
Prizes: 1st: $75; Top A: $60; Top B: $50; Top C $40; Top U1400: $30; Top Unrated $20

Location: Amherst College Alumni House, 75 Churchill St, Amherst, MA 01002
Registration: 8:30 - 9:15am on-site
Rounds: 9:30am, 11:45pm, 2:45pm, 5:00pm
Format: 4SS, Game in 60 minutes with a 5 second delay, single section
Byes: Limit of one, 1/2-point bye requested with entry

Entry Fee:
Free to WMCA members
Annual WMCA membership is $10
U.S.C.F. Rated, U.S.C.F. membership is required
Both memberships may be purchased at registration



76th New England Open Saturday, September 03 - Monday, September 05, 2016
Hilton Garden Inn, 5 Wheeler Rd, Burlington, MA 01803
Click Here for Directions 781-272-8800
Time Control: 40/90, SD/30 + 30 sec increment
Rounds Time: 6SS 10:00am and 4:00pm on Saturday, Sunday and Monday
Byes: Byes available in rounds 1-5, limit 2; must be requested before round 2
Prize Info: $4,000 GTD / Grand Prix Points: 30 (enhanced)
Inquiry: relyea@operamail.com
Event Webpage: www.relyeachess.com
Entry Fee: $70 (postmarked by 26 August), $80 at site,
$30 discount to players U1600 section rated U1000 or unrated; Free to GMs and IMs
Registration - Onsite: 8:30-9:30 AM on Saturday
Registration - Mail: Payable: Alex Relyea. Mail entry to: Alex Relyea, 49 Technology Drive #89, Bedford, NH 03110


46th annual CONTINENTAL OPEN AUG 11-14, 12-14 or 13-14, 2016
Host Hotel at Cedar Lake, Sturbridge, Massachusetts
PRIZES $30,000 UNCONDITIONALLY GUARANTEED!
6SS, 40/100, SD/30 d10 (2-day option except Open Section, rds 1-3 G/40, d10),
Host Hotel at Cedar Lake, 366 Main St (Rt 20 West), Sturbridge MA 01566 (I-84 Exit 3, near I-90).
7 sections:
Open: $3000-1500-700-500-300, clear or tiebreak win $200 bonus, top U2300/Unr $1400-700. FIDE rated.
Under 2100: $2000-1000-500-300-200.
Under 1900: $2000-1000-500-300-200.
Under 1700: $2000-1000-500-300-200.
Under 1500: $1400-700-400-300-200.
Under 1300: $1400-700-400-300-200.
Under 1000: $800-400-300-200, trophies to top 3, first U800, U600, Unr.

Mixed doubles bonus prizes: best male/female 2-player "team" combined score among all sections: $1000-600-400.
Team average rating must be under 2200; teammates may play in different sections;
teams must register (no extra fee) before both players begin round 2;
teams including an unrated cannot win over $300.

Unrated may enter any section, with prize limit U1000 $150, U1300 $300, U1500 $450, U1700 $600, U1900 $750;
balance goes to next player(s) in line.

Top 4 sections entry fee: $155 online at chessaction.com by 8/10, $165 phoned by 8/8 (406-896-2038, no questions),
4-day $164, 3-day $163, 2-day $162 mailed by 8/4, $180 (no checks, credit cards OK) at site,
or online until 2 hours before round 1.
GMs free; $150 deducted from prize.
Under 1500 or Under 1300 Section entry fee: all $40 less than top 4 sections entry fee.
Under 1000 Section entry fee: all $80 less than top 4 sections entry fee.

All: Online EF $5 less to MACA members; may join/renew at masschess.org.
Re-entry $80; not available in Open. Unofficial uschess.org ratings usually used if otherwise unrated.

Boylston Chess: $15 Open
Date: Saturday, July 16, 2016
Event Format: 4SS
Time Control: G/60 d10
Sections: Open & U1800
Entry Fee: $15 in advance, $30 at door, $20 for BCF members at door
Prizes: $225 based on 25 paid entries: Open: $110-$75, U1800 $40
Registration: 9:15am - 9:45am
Round Times: 10:00am, 1:00pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm
Entry List: Current Pre-Registration List

♘ The Keene Open will be held on Saturday, June 18th.
(Birthday of Sir Paul McCartney & Anastasia Nikolaevna, after whom Anastasia's Mate was not named)
4SS, G/60 d5. Congregation Ahavas Achim, 84 Hastings Ave., Keene, NH 03431. $$ 650 b/30. 3 sections:
  ♔ Open, $$ 150-100, U1900 75.
  ♜ U1750, $$ 100-50, U1550 25.
  ♘ U1400, $$ 100-50.
All, EF: $35 if rec'd by 6/1 or $42 at site.
Souvenir T-shirt to every advance entrant; indicate size (S,M,L,XL,XXL). Reg.: 8:30-9:30 a.m., Rds.: 10-12:30-3-5:15.
1/2-pt. bye okay, limit 2, must commit before round 3. No Unr may win over $50 except in Open.
Ent: David Thomas, PO Box 7582, Fitchburg, MA 01420-7582; 508-904-3476.

♔ This weekend (Saturday, Sunday & Monday) the Massachusetts Chess Association presents

The 85th Massachusetts Open at Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel, 181 Boston Post Rd. West, Marlboro, MA.

You can play as a 2-day or 3-day event & compete for several thousand dollars in prizes.
6 round Swiss. 40/100, SD/60; d5. 2-day schedule rounds 1-3 are G/45; d5. 80 Grand Prix Points.
Bob Messenger 603-891-2484. Day of the tournament call 603-557-1732.

MIT Open Chess Tournament April 17, 2016
Stratton Student Center, 84 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139 (MIT campus, near Kendall red line stop).
4SS, G/60 d5. $$600 b/30 paid entries, $450 minimum (60% each prize).
3 sections: Open: $200 - $100 U1800: $120 - $60 U1400: $80 - $40. EF: $25, $30 on-site.
$10 off to current MIT students w/ID.
Advance entries: http://goo.gl/forms/Qo1MZ1CWmz Registration: 9-10:00 AM. Rounds: 10, 12:30, 3:30, 6.
Entry./Info.: http://goo.gl/forms/Qo1MZ1CWmz. Questions to chess-club-owner@mit.edu.
Filling out this form constitutes advance registration; bring payment on day of tournament.

Parking highly unlikely to be available; please plan on alternate transportation. Playing site is located at Lobdell dining hall (second floor of the Stratton Student Center) a ~10 minute walk from Kendall red line stop. Navigate to building W20 (Stratton Student Center) and follow signs/volunteers to tournament.
Minors may be required to have parents sign a waiver at registration.


25th annual Eastern Class Championships, April 22-24 or 23-24, 2016
Host Hotel at Cedar Lake, Sturbridge, Massachusetts
$20,000 GUARANTEED PRIZES, In 7 sections
Entry: chessaction.com or Continental Chess, Box 8482, Pelham NY 10803.
Questions: DirectorAtChess.us, chesstour.com, chesstour.info, 347-201-2269.
Entries posted at chessaction.com (online entries posted instantly). $15 service charge for refunds.


$15 Open Saturday, April 9, 2016
Boylston Chess Foundation, 40 Norris St Suite B101, Cambridge, MA 02140
4SS G/60 d10. 2 Sections: Open & U1800 EF: $15 in advance. $30 at door, $20 at door for BCF members
Prizes: $225 based on 25 paid entries: Open $110-$75, U1800 $40
Registration: (Online), At site 9:15am - 9:45am. Round Times: 10:00am, 1:00pm, 3:30pm, and 6:00pm


♗ Worcester State University Intercollegiate Chess Tournament, April 2, 2016, 10 am - 3 pm
Saturday, Sullivan Hall, S-101 & 102, Worcester State University
5 rounds, 30 minutes per person
Bring your own sets, boards, clocks
Registration: 9:00am, Two sections: Students; non-students
Pizza, soda with registration
Free parking: use the lot at the South entrance. Entry fee: $5.00, Contact: chesswsu@gmail.com
The Chess Club at Worcester State University, Email: chesswsu@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Chess-club-at-Worcester-State-University-371370659737636/

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

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

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

♜ Jan 8-10 or 9-10, 2016 4th Annual Boston Chess Congress 5SS, 40/110, SD/30, d10 (2-day option, rds 1-2 G/60, d10).
Hyatt Boston Harbor Luxurious hotel, free parking, free airport shuttle, $99 room rates
(I-495, exit 24B, Rt. 20W, one mile from exit).
Visit the CCA site to view Crosstables & standings for each section as results become available.

♔ Tuesday, December 8: Larry Christiansen Simul at South Station 25 boards, noon to 2:00 PM. Open seating until 1:15pm. No fee.

♟ There's apparently a new movie about the Bobby Fischer story coming out soon.
Pawn Sacrifice Official Trailer #1 (2015) - Tobey Maguire, Liev Schreiber Movie HD 

Here's what Алексей «Sager» Смолянов had to say about it:
"Трейлер невероятного кино про лучшего шахматиста всех времен - Бобби Фишера, злых русских и паранойю - Жертвуя пешкой / Pawn Sacrifice."

♙ A Facebook page for the Chess club at Worcester State University

♔ According to Bleecker Street Online, the movie, Pawn Sacrifice, will be showing in only selected places until Sept 25th, when it should be widely available
Based on this review, it looks like it'll be a pretty good movie, which is a difficult task for a chess related movie.
Here's the schedule for showings at the Kendall Square Cinema.

♟ The Andover Chess Club has found a new site:
St. Augustine's, Center for Education and Ministry, 35 Essex Street, Andover.
The club's first meeting is scheduled for Friday, September 18th and the first tournament for October 23rd. For more information, contact Mike Henroid at AndoverChessClub@gmail.com

Relyea Chess sponsors a WIM Norm Tournament on Thursday-Monday, 19-23 November 2015 at Homewood Suites, Manchester, NH. Ten (10) round event! Six (6) player double round robin.

♕ If you scroll down the page a little, you can see that
Relyea Chess is also holding the 2016 US Girl's Junior Invitational Championship

♖ Maximillian Lu, a 10-year old Whitby School student & Connecticut resident, seen here at the Greenwich Time, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, has become the youngest chess player to earn the master rating in U.S. Chess Federation history. Max accomplished this by scoring two wins & a loss in the BPCC September Action Quads in Scarsdale, NY on September 2nd of this year (28 days before his tenth birthday). Congratulations Max!
♕ Since Carissa Yip's picture is on the current issue of Chess Life, the USCF announcement of Max's achievement on Twitter was graced with a picture of Carissa! How cool is that?

♔ MACA President, Nathan Smolensky, is featured in this local news story.

♔ Massachusetts resident & 2013 Mass Open Champ, Mika Brattain is competing in this year's US Junior Closed Championship. You can view the games live & in .PGN here.

♕ 2014 WCC Champ, Carissa Yip's game against Annie Wang at the U.S. Girls Junior Championship (Closed) June 22-26 was featured in an article by GM Gregory Serper on Chess.com. Here GM Serper compares Carissa's playing style to that of former World Champion, Mikhail Tal!

Relyea Chess sponsors a WIM Norm Tournament on Thursday-Monday, 19-23 November 2015 at Homewood Suites, Manchester, NH. Ten (10) round event! Six (6) player double round robin.

♗ Saturday, October 18, 2015 82nd Greater Boston Open 4SS, G/60 d5.
Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel, 181 Boston Post Road West, Marlboro, MA
(I-495, exit 24B, Rt. 20W, one mile from exit).
Info: email to info@masschess.org or phone 603-891-2484.
Day of the tournament phone 603-557-1732.

♔ Tuesday, November 10: Larry Christiansen Simul at South Station 25 boards, noon to 2:00 PM. Open seating until 1:15pm. No fee.

♔ Tuesday, October 13: Larry Christiansen Simul at South Station 25 boards, noon to 2:00 PM. Open seating until 1:15pm. No fee.

Gary Kasparov, bestselling author, and chairman of the Human Rights Foundation, will be at the First Parish Church 1446 Mass Ave, Harvard Square, Cambridge this Sunday, November 1 @ 7:00 PM.
Doors open @ 6:30 for a book signing & discussion of his latest book,
"Winter Is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped"
presented by the Harvard Book Store. Tickets $5.

Carissa Yip qualifies for the 2015 World Youth Championships held in Halkidiki, Greece,
from October 24 - November 5 Carissa will be competing in the FIDE rated event as part of
the USA Youth Chess Team in the 2015 Girls under 12 Section.
As the games are played, they may be available for viewing or PGN download at Chess-Results.com
After four rounds, Carissa is one of four leaders with four points!
The tournament crosstable shows results after each round & next pairing.
We wish her the best.

8th WMCA Free Tournament will take place at the Amherst College Alumni House,
75 Churchill St. Amherst, MA 01002 this Saturday, Sept 19th [Free enrty, cash prizes!]
Click here for entry form. For more info, contact: Ron (413)695-7689 or RonGist@ComCast.net

♚ The Second Saturday in (October 10, 2015) is National Chess Day
According to the USCF, it's now "more official".

♔ Tuesday, September 8: Larry Christiansen Simul at South Station 25 boards, noon to 2:00 PM. Open seating until 1:15pm. No fee.

♔ This weekend (Saturday, Sunday & Monday) the Massachusetts Chess Association presents

The 75th New England Open at Holiday Inn Boxborough, 242 Adams Place, Boxborough, MA 01719.

You can play as a 2-day or 3-day event & compete for several thousand dollars in prizes.


♘ This upcoming Saturday, August 29th, the Keene Super Amatueur Chess Tournament in Keene, NH.
          $$$ Prize fund of $1000! $$$
Online entries accepted hrough the 27th at: https://payableform.appspot.com/forms/lyxae
or through email and directly Bradley.Chess@gmail.com via Paypal.

♖ This weekend, August 14-16, includes the 45th Continental Open in Sturbridge.
It also happens to be the 46th anniversary of the Woodstock Music Festival ♫.

♟ Note: The Andover Chess Club will be in recess for the rest of the summer and they will need to find a new location.

♔ Tuesday, August 11: Larry Christiansen Simul at South Station 25 boards, noon to 2:00 PM. Open seating until 1:15pm. No fee.


The Waltham Chess Club will be present GM Timur Gareev to do a Blindfold 10-Player Simul [or lecture] on Friday, August 07, 2015. Players will vote on their choice of event that night. Cost is $10 & it's "Free Pizza Night."

♔ If you like Shakespeare &/or want to see WCC member, Arthur Barlas, play the part of a merchant, head over to the Concord Public Library this weekend at 5:30 PM Saturday & Sunday (August 1st & 2nd) for The Concord Players' production of "The Comedy Of Errors". It's free & if it's raining they'll do it indoors @ 51 Walden Street, Concord, MA.

♔ Tuesday, July 14: Larry Christiansen Simul at South Station 25 boards, noon to 2:00 PM. Open seating until 1:15pm. No fee.

♕ WCC Champ, Carissa Yip, will be playing in the U.S. Girls Junior Championship (Closed) June 22-26 at:
Trade Winds Central Motor Inn, 3141 East Skelly Drive, Tulsa, OK 74105
Last year's winner, WCM Claudia Munoz will not be defending her title due to other commitments.
To watch the games live & track the tournament, you can go to Monroi.com at:http://monroi.com/chess-games.html. You'll have to crete a login ID to see the games, but it's free.
The USCF has some details about this event at:All Girls US Junior, Tulsa.

You can take a look at Carissa's first round victory against WFM Sarah Chiang here.

♙ Saturday, June 20, 5-round Swiss, Game/15 one section, non-rated fun tournament at Saima Park in Fitchburg as part of their 109th Summer Festival Kesajuhla
♘ TIME SENSITIVE announcement regarding Mike Beatini on the Announcements page of the KCC website, with your responses needed almost immediately, RSVP.

♔ Tuesday, June 16: Larry Christiansen Simul at South Station 25 boards, noon to 2:00 PM. Open seating until 1:15pm. No fee.

♔ Tuesday, June 9: Larry Christiansen Simul at South Station 25 boards, noon to 2:00 PM. Open seating until 1:15pm. No fee.
84th Annual Mass Open 2-day or 3-day schedule options; Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel, 181 Boston Post Rd. West, Marlboro, MA
♔ Tuesday, June 9: Larry Christiansen Simul at South Station 25 boards, noon to 2:00 PM. Open seating until 1:15pm. No fee.
IM David Vigorito Lecture & Simul Tue, June 2, 7:00 PM - 9::00 PM " Psychological Insights on Beating a Higher Rated Opponent"; Admission fee: $15 for BCC members, $25 for non-members. A buffet dinner will be provided for all attendees.; Location: BCC @ 40 Norris St, Camridge, MA
Danila Poliannikov of Massachusetts finished tied fourth-ninth place with a 6-1 score at the K-5 National Elementary Championships completed on May 10th in Nashvillee TN.
♗ Thursday May 7-11: IM Norm Tournament Homewood Suites, Manchester, NH
♔ Tuesday, May 12: Larry Christiansen Simul at South Station 25 boards, noon to 2:00 PM. Open seating until 1:15pm. No fee.
♙ A Facebook page for the Chess club at Worcester State University