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MACA Event Calendar of Tournaments throughout Massachusetts

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Continental Chess Association Tournament Schedule for All States

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Keene, NH Chess Club events calendar

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April 19th, 2018
Five clinch spots in 2018 WCC Championship tournament

Current 2018 Championship Grand Prix Standings
Club Members Hometown Current Rating As Of 4/18/18 All-Time High TITLE Total Games W L D Grand Prix Points Pct.
ROGER CAPPALLO Groton 1997 2102 Can. Master 36 23 5 8 27.0 .750
PAUL GODIN Bedford 1960 2020 1st Cat. 37 21 5 11 26.5 .716
LARRY GLADDING Leominster 1823 1953 1st Cat. 38 24 11 3 25.5 .671
RAYMOND PAULSON Lowell 1939 2085 1st Cat. 31 20 6 5 22.5 .726
KEN GURGE Leominster 1754 1856 2nd Cat. 35 18 9 8 22.0 .629
BRUCE FELTON Fitchburg 1920 1971 1st Cat. 30 19 6 5 21.5 .717
GARY BRASSARD Leominster 1753 1904 1st Cat. 34 18 11 5 20.5 .603
DAVE COUTURE Westminster 1689 1858 1st Cat. 35 18 12 5 20.5 .586
RALPH MCNEILAGE Worcester 1713 1773 3rd Cat. 33 14 11 8 18.0 .545
ARTHUR BARLAS Chelmsford 1783 1833 2nd Cat. 22 13 5 4 15.0 .682
GEORGE MIRIJANIAN Fitchburg 1937 2186 1st Cat. 18 13 2 3 14.5 .806
Championship Grand Prix Archive

April 18th, 2018

Martin Laine Memorial, April 18th, 2018
Round 1 of 4 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Roger Cappallo 1/2-1/2♖ Jim Hankard
♖ Jim Donahue 1/2-1/2Paul Godin
Ray Paulson 1-0Jackson Parker
Bill Burke 0-1George Mirijanian
Geoff LePoer 1-0Alan Condon
Tom Fratturelli 0-1Larry Gladding
Dave Thomas 1/2-1/2♖ Don Ostrowski
♖ Brian Biglow 1/2-1/2Arthur Barlas
Ken Gurge 1-0John Bastarache
Don Briggs 0-1Gary Brassard
Mike Commisso 0-1♔ Michael David
Larry O'Rourke 0-1Nik Lavoie
Ralph McNeilage 0-1♔ Mariano Rivera
Hugh McLaughlin 0-1Ed Harris
Dave Couture 1-0Emily Gawboy
Larry Legros 0-1Roland Booker
Total of 16 boards, 2 major upsets (♔ ♕)
4 upset draws ()

♝ Receiving half-point byes were Diego Ubiera, Bruce Felton, Vince Premus, Mike Meehan, Ritvik Pulya,
Tom Whistler, Kyle Cullen and Raaga Pulya.
♜ Receiving a full-point bye was Francis Scanlon.
♖ Not playing round 1 was Andrew Kiser.

Martin Laine Memorial, April 18th, 2018
CURRENT STANDINGS After 1 Rounds
PointsPlayers
1.0Paulson, Mirijanian, LePoer, Gladding, Gurge, Brassard, Lavoie, Harris, Couture, Booker, David, Rivera, Scanlon
0.5Cappallo, Ubiera, Godin, Felton, Thomas, Barlas, Premus, Hankard, Donahue, Meehan, Ri. Pulya, Ostrowski,
Biglow, Whistler, Cullen, Ra. Pulya
0.0Commisso, McNeilage, Parker, Burke, Condon, Fratturelli, Bastarache, Briggs, O'Rourke, McLaughlin, Kiser, Gawboy, Legros


Projected Round 2 Pairings for April 25th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Mirijanian vs. Couture Board 2: Harris vs. LePoer Board 3: Gladding vs. Booker Board 4: David vs. Gurge Board 5: Brassard vs. Rivera Board 6: Lavoie vs. Scanlon Board 7: Meehan vs. Cappallo Board 8: Ubiera vs. Donahue Board 9: Godin vs. Ri. Pulya Board 10: Ostrowski vs. Felton Board 11: Whistler vs. Thomas Board 12: Barlas vs. Cullen Board 13: Premus vs. Biglow Board 14: Hankard vs. Ra. Pulya Board 15: Briggs vs. McNeilage Board 16: Parker vs. O'Rourke Board 17: Kiser vs. Burke Board 18: Condon vs. McLaughlin Board 19: Gawboy vs. Fratturelli Board 20: Bastarache vs. Legros

♗ Requesting half-point byes for Round 2 are Paulson and Commisso.
♙ The Wachusett Chess welcomes new member Larry Legros of Millbury. Welcome, Larry!

REMINDER: Players must be present in Room C159 by by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 2 on April 25th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 P.M.

April 17th, 2018

Round 1 of the Martin Laine Memorial will be played Wednesday evening, April 18, in Room C159 of the McKay Complex at Fitchburg State University.
Players who wish to participate must be present by 7 p.m. in Room C159 of the McKay Campus in order to paired for Round 1. Players running late who wish to be paired for Round 1 must call 978-881-8728 by 7 p.m.

  ♔   ♛   ♖   ♝   ♘   ♞   ♗   ♜   ♕   ♚     Ratings in effect for
the 2018 Martin Laine Memorial tournament:
1Rob King 2202
2Brett Kildahl 2129
3Roger Cappallo 1997
4Diego Ubiera 1985
5Paul Godin 1960
6Ray Paulson 1939
7George Mirijanian 1937
8Geoff LePoer 1924
9Bruce Felton 1920
10Larry Gladding 1823
11Joe Bennett 1790
12Dave Thomas 1783
13Arthur Barlas 1783
14Ken Gurge 1754
15Gary Brassard 1753
16Mike Commisso 1753
17Nik Lavoie 1724
18Ralph McNeilage 1713
19Ed Harris 1712
20Paul Lynch 1705
21Dave Couture 1689
22Vince Premus 1676
23Jim Hankard 1634
24Jim Donahue 1633
25Roland Booker 1614
26Mike Meehan 1613
27Bill Burke 1611
28Alan Condon 1605
29Ritvik Pulya 1590
30Tom Fratturelli 1573
31Gail Lingner 1500
32Scott Taylor 1488
33Don Ostrowski 1479
34Bob Mathieu 1450
35Harry Richardson 1447
36Brian Biglow 1405
37John Bastarache 1400
38Don Briggs 1393
39Michael David 1333
40Wayne Steadman 1326
41Larry O'Rourke 1306
42Mariano Rivera 1292
43Hugh McLaughlin 1200
44Andrew Kiser 1088
45Emily Gawboy 1080
46Francis Scanlon 1067
47Tom Whistler 1007
48Kyle Cullen 992
49Raaga Pulya 869
50James Petullo 514

April 16th, 2018
Wachusett CC players win prizes in 28th Mass. G/60 Championship Mass Game/60 Chsmpionship

Players from the Wachusett Chess Club were among the prize winners in the 2018 Mass Game/60 Chsmpionship, held Sunday, April 15, at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel in Marlborough. Ralph McNeilage of Worcester tied for 2nd place in the Under 1800 section, scoring 3-1 (2 wins, 2 draws), while Mariano Rivera of Leominster tied for 2nd place in the Under 1200 section, tallying 3.5-0.5. Former Wachusett CC champion Carissa Yip of Andover finished with a score of 3-1 to tie for the Top U2400 prize in the Open section.
-George M
[FM Nathan Solon won clear first place in the Open Section with a perfect 4.0/4 score. Five active WCC players competed for various section prizes. Mariano Rivra's Round 3 game with comments & analysis, is posted on this site in the "Games" section.]

♙   ♝   ♘   ♜   ♘   ♟   Monday April 16, 2018 Rating Updates from the Mass Game/60 Championship  ♗   ♞   ♖   ♞   ♗   ♟
USCFID#: WCC Member NameEnd DateMost Recent Rated TournamentSection: NamePre => Post
16062155: RALPH MCNEILAGE2018-04-1528TH MASSACHUSETTS G/60 CHAMPI (MA)3: U1800 1700 => 1713 B
10569176: ROLAND D BOOKER III2018-04-1528TH MASSACHUSETTS G/60 CHAMPI (MA)3: U1800 1629 => 1614 B
12458787: WILLIAM T BURKE II2018-04-1528TH MASSACHUSETTS G/60 CHAMPI (MA)3: U1800 1589 => 1611 B
12933153: MARIANO RIVERA2018-04-1528TH MASSACHUSETTS G/60 CHAMPI (MA)6: U1200 1289 (P15) => 1292 (P19) D
16122465: KYLE CULLEN2018-04-1528TH MASSACHUSETTS G/60 CHAMPI (MA)6: U1200 1002 (P24) => 992 F

April 11th, 2018

Five split first in Siiskonen Memorial at WCC

Evert Siiskonen Memorial, April 11th, 2018
Round 5 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Bruce Felton 1/2-1/2Roger Cappallo
Ray Paulson 0-1♔ Dave Thomas
Paul Godin 1-0Ken Gurge
Joe Bennett 0-1♔ Mike Commisso
Gary Brassard 0-1Larry Gladding
Geoff LePoer 1-0Ritvik Pulya
Ed Harris 0-1Jim Hankard
Roland Booker 0-1Dave Couture
Don Briggs 1/2-1/2Jim Donahue
Bill Burke 0-1Tom Fratturelli
Raaga Pulya 0-1Ralph McNeilage
Mike Meehan 1/2-1/2John Bastarache
Kyle Cullen 0-1Brian Biglow
Arthur Barlas 0-1♔ Mariano Rivera
Larry O'Rourke 1/2-1/2Emily Gawboy
Andrew Kiser 0-1Michael David
Hugh McLaughlin 1-0Tom Whistler
Total of 17 boards, 3 major upsets ().

♖ Not playing round 5 were George Mirijanian, Nik Lavoie, Don Ostrowski and Francis Scanlon.
♙ Gail Lingner withdrew from the tournament.

Evert Siiskonen Memorial, April 11th, 2018
FINAL STANDINGS After 5 Rounds
PointsPlayers
4.0Cappallo, Godin, Felton,Thomas, Commisso
3.5Gladding
3.0Paulson, LePoer, Bennett, Gurge, Couture, Hankard, Fratturelli
2.5Mirijanian, Brassard, McNeilage, Donahue, Ri. Pulya, Biglow, Briggs, Rivera
2.0Harris, Burke, Meehan, Booker, Lavoie, Ostrowski, Bastarache, David, Ra. Pulya
1.5O'Rourke, Gawboy, Cullen
1.0Barlas, McLaughlin, Kiser, Whistler
0.5Scanlon

♔ 2018 Evert Siiskonen Memorial PRIZE WINNERS ♔
1st-5th: Roger Cappallo of Groton, Paul Godin of Bedford,
Bruce Felton of Fitchburg, Dave Thomas of Fitchburg,
Mike Commisso of Brookline, NH
Top U1900: Dave Thomas
Top U1700: Mike Commisso
Top U1500: Brian Biglow of Fitchburg, Don Briggs of Lunenburg
Top U1300: Mariano Rivera 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:
Michael David +259
Mariano Rivera +180
Mike Commisso +175
Raaga Pulya +124
Dave Thomas +83
Kyle Cullen +61
A total of 8 players
reached new all time highs:
The following players achieved
a new all-time high rating:
Mike Commisso 1753
Nik Lavoie 1724
Ritvik Pulya 1590
Don Ostrowski 1479P10
Michael David 1333P7
Mariano Rivera 1289P15
Kyle Cullen 1002P24
Raaga Pulya 859

Congratulations to all!

Pictures from this year's Evert Siiskonen Memorial tournament.

2018 Club Championship Qualification Standings as of April 11th, 2018
After 37 of 41 games completed in the 2017-2018 season,
the following are the current standings for qualification for the
2018 WCC 'A' Club Championship Tournament.
  The Top Four Highest GPP Finishers Qualify.  
The remaining four to qualify will be the four with highest percentage as calculated in the last column.
The tiebreaker, if necessary, is the higher USCF rating
after the final regular season tournament is rated!  
A minimum of 21 games must be completed to qualify.
(Only players currently with more than 16.5 GPP are listed.)
Current 2018 Championship Grand Prix Standings
Club Members Hometown Current Rating As Of 4/11/18 All-Time High TITLE Total Games W L D Grand Prix Points Pct.
ROGER CAPPALLO Groton 1987 2102 Can. Master 35 23 5 7 26.5 .757
PAUL GODIN Bedford 1960 2020 1st Cat. 36 21 5 10 26.0 .722
LARRY GLADDING Leominster 1837 1953 1st Cat. 37 23 11 3 24.5 .662
RAYMOND PAULSON Lowell 1971 2085 1st Cat. 30 19 6 5 21.5 .717
BRUCE FELTON Fitchburg 1913 1971 1st Cat. 30 19 6 5 21.5 .717
KEN GURGE Leominster 1747 1856 2nd Cat. 34 17 9 8 21.0 .618
GARY BRASSARD Leominster 1768 1904 1st Cat. 33 17 11 5 19.5 .591
DAVE COUTURE Westminster 1665 1858 1st Cat. 34 17 12 5 19.5 .574
MIKE COMMISSO Brookline, NH 1578 1719 3rd Cat. 35 15 13 7 18.5 .529
RALPH MCNEILAGE Worcester 1741 1773 3rd Cat. 32 14 10 8 18.0 .563
JAMES HANKARD Antrim, NH 1629 1816 2nd Cat. 37 15 16 6 18.0 .486
WILLIAM BURKE Leominster 1633 1665 3rd Cat. 31 13 12 6 16.0 .516
ARTHUR BARLAS Chelmsford 1815 1833 2nd Cat. 21 13 5 3 14.5 .690
GEORGE MIRIJANIAN Fitchburg 1933 2186 1st Cat. 17 12 2 3 13.5 .794
Championship Grand Prix Archive

REMINDER: The next tournament at the club, the Martin Laine Memorial, starts Wednesday, April 18th.
Players must be present by 7 p.m. in Room C159 of the McKay Complex in order to be paired for Round 1 on April 18th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL 978-881-8728 by 7 p.m.

April 9th, 2018
Wachusett CC's Nik Lavoie ties for first at Chess Fool's Day Open in Western Mass

Nik Lavoie, a Wachusett Chess Club member from Worcester, tied for 1st place in the Chess Fool's Day Open, held Saturday, April 7, in the Alumni House at Amherst College in Amherst, Mass. Lavoie scored 3.5-0.5, as did expert Alan Lasser and Class A entrant Douglas Reed. After drawing a "B" player in round 1, Lavoie then beat 3 "A" players in a row to end up gaining 208 rating points and moving his rating from 1493 to 1701 in the 23-player event. Lavoie, who was away from playing in rated chess for more than 13 years, started playing at the Wachusett CC in early January 2016.
-George M

A quartet of active WCC Class B players took part in the tournament. Nik's outstanding performance earned him 208 rating points, which moves him from mid Class C to mid Class B in the USCF ranks.

♙   ♝   ♘   ♜   ♘   ♟   Monday April 9, 2018 Rating Updates from the Chess Fool's Day Open; ♗   ♞   ♖   ♞   ♗   ♟
USCFID#: WCC Member NameEnd DateMost Recent Rated TournamentSection: NamePre => Post
12465223: EDWARD ARTHUR HARRIS2018-04-07CHESS FOOL'S DAY OPEN (MA)1: OPEN 1731 => 1744 B
12840591: NIKOLAS LAVOIE2018-04-07CHESS FOOL'S DAY OPEN (MA)1: OPEN 1493 => 1701 B
12413721: DAVE J COUTURE2018-04-07CHESS FOOL'S DAY OPEN (MA)1: OPEN 1686 => 1665 B
12222200: JAMES ALOYSIUS HANKARD2018-04-07CHESS FOOL'S DAY OPEN (MA)1: OPEN 1615 => 1629 B

April 4th, 2018
2018 Evert Siiskonen Memorial
Round 4 of 5

Evert Siiskonen Memorial, April 4th, 2018
Round 4 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Roger Cappallo 1-0Joe Bennett
Gary Brassard 0-1Bruce Felton
Ray Paulson 1-0Bill Burke
Dave Couture 0-1Paul Godin
Jim Hankard 0-1Ken Gurge
♔ Mike Commisso 1-0Ed Harris
Dave Thomas 1-0Nik Lavoie
George Mirijanian 1-0Mike Meehan
Larry Gladding 1-0Kyle Cullen
Ralph McNeilage 1/2-1/2Roland Booker
Tom Fratturelli 1-0Michael David
♖ Mariano Rivera 1/2-1/2Brian Biglow
Emily Gawboy 0-1Don Briggs
Francis Scanlon 0-1John Bastarache
Tom Whistler 1/2-1/2Andrew Kiser
Hugh McLaughlin 0-1Larry O'Rourle
Total of 16 boards, 1 major upset (♔ ♕)
1 upset draw ()

♝ Receiving half-point byes were Ritvik Pulya, Geoff LePoer, Jim Donahue, Don Ostrowski, Raaga Pulya and Gail Lingner.
♖ Not playing round 4 was Arthur Barlas.

Evert Siiskonen Memorial, April 4th, 2018
CURRENT STANDINGS After 4 Rounds
PointsPlayers
3.5Cappallo, Felton
3.0Paulson, Godin, Bennett, Gurge, Thomas, Commisso
2.5Mirijanian, Gladding, Brassard, Ri. Pulya
2.0LePoer, Harris, Couture, Donahue, Burke, Hankard, Booker, Fratturelli, Lavoie, Ostrowski. Briggs, Ra. Pulya
1.5McNeilage, Meehan, Biglow, Bastarache, Rivera, Cullen
1.0Barlas, Lingner, O'Rourke, Kiser, Gawboy, David, Whistler
0.5Scanlon
0.0McLaughlin


Projected Round 5 Pairings for April 11th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Felton vs. Cappallo Board 2: Paulson vs. Thomas Board 3: Godin vs. Gurge Board 4: Bennett vs. Commisso Board 5: Brassard vs. Mirijanian Board 6: Gladding vs. Ri. Pulya Board 7: Booker vs. LePoer Board 8: Harris vs. Lavoie Board 9: Ostrowski vs. Couture Board 10: Ra. Pulya vs. Donahue Board 11: Burke vs. Fratturelli Board 12: Briggs vs. Hankard Board 13: Basttarache vs. McNeilage Board 14: Meehan vs. Rivera Board 15: Cullen vs. Biglow Board 16: Kiser vs. Barlas Board 17: David vs. Lingner Board 18: O'Rourke vs. Gawboy Board 19: McLaughlin vs. Whistler

REMINDER: Players must be present in Room C159 by by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 5 on April 11th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 P.M.

April 3rd, 2018

Carissa Yip, champion of the Wachusett Chess Club in 2014, made another impressive performance by tying for 2nd place in the 12th annual Philadelphia Open, held March 28 through April 1st at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. The 14-year-old FIDE master from Andover, Mass. tallied 5 wins,3 draws and only one loss, for a score of 6.5-2.5, to tie for the runner-up position with three 3 GMs and 2 IMs. She finished ahead of 4 GMs, including GM Sam Sevian and GM Alexander Stripunsky, the latter of whom she defeated in the final round. Two of her three draws were against IMs. Her score also netted her prize money for tying for 1st-2nd U2400.
-George M

Carissa's round 7 win over IM Andrew Tang is posted in the Games Section.

March 28th, 2018
2018 Evert Siiskonen Memorial
Round 3 of 5

Evert Siiskonen Memorial, March 28th, 2018
Round 3 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Joe Bennett 1-0Dave Couture
Nik Lavoie 0-1Bruce Felton
Paul Godin 1/2-1/2♖ Mike Commisso
Jim Donahue 0-1Gary Brassard
Ken Gurge 1/2-1/2Dave Thomas
Mike Meehan 0-1Ray Paulson
Roland Booker 1/2-1/2Larry Gladding
♔ Ritvik Pulya 1-0Ralph McNeilage
Ed Harris 1-0Tom Fratturelli
Brian Biglow 0-1Bill Burke
Michael David 0-1Jim Hankard
Tom Whistler 0-1Don Ostrowski
John Bastarache 0-1♔ Kyle Cullen
Andrew Kiser 0-1♔ Raaga Pulya
Don Briggs 1-0Hugh McLaughlin
♔ Mariano Rivera 1-0Larry O'Rourke
Total of 16 boards, 4 major upsets (♔ ♕)
1 upset draw ()

♝ Receiving half-point byes were Roger Cappallo, Geoff LePoer and George Mirijanian.
♜ Receiving a full-point bye was Emily Gawboy.
♖ Not playing round 3 was Gail Lingner.
♙ Withdrawn from the tournament were Rob King, Diego Ubiera, Vince Premus, Bob Mathieu and Harry Richardson.

Evert Siiskonen Memorial, March 28th, 2018
CURRENT STANDINGS After 3 Rounds
PointsPlayers
3.0Bennett
2.5Cappallo, Felton, Brassard
2.0Paulson, Godin, Gurge, Harris, Thomas, Couture, Burke, Hankard, Commisso, Ri. Pulya, Lavoie
1.5LePoer, Mirijanian, Gladding, Donahue, Meehan, Booker, Ostrowski, Cullen, Ra. Pulya
1.0McNeilage, Fratturelli, Biglow, Briggs, David, Rivera, Gawboy
0.5Lingner, Bastarache, Kiser, Whistler
0.0O'Rourke, McLaughlin


Projected Round 4 Pairings for April 4th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Cappallo vs. Bennett Board 2: Brassard vs. Felton Board 3: Paulson vs. Burke Board 4: Couture vs. Godin Board 5: Hankard vs. Gurge Board 6: Commisso vs. Harris Board 7: Thomas vs. Ri. Pulya Board 8: Mirijanian vs. Lavoie Board 9: Gladding vs. Meehan Board 10: Cullen vs. Donahue Board 11: Ostrowski vs. Booker Board 12: Ra. Pulya vs. McNeilage Board 13: Fratturelli vs. David Board 14: Rivera vs. Biglow Board 15: Gawboy vs. Briggs Board 16: Lingner vs. Kiser Board 17: Whistler vs. Bastarache Board 18: McLaughlin vs. O'Rourke

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

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

March 26th, 2018
Wachusett CC Players' Rating Gains and Losses at the 2018 NH Quick Chsmpionship

Five active & inactive WCC members took part in the 2018 New Hampshire Quick Chsmpionship in Portsmouth, NH, held this past weekend. The tournament finished in a three way tie between GM Alexander Ivanov, IM Dave Vigorito & NH resident, John P. Elmore. Reigning WCC Champ, Ray Paulson finished in 11th place with a respectsble score of 5.0/8. Four other WCC players competed.

♙   ♝   ♘   ♜   ♘   ♟   Monday March 26, 2018 Quick Rating Updates from the NH Quick Championship  ♗   ♞   ♖   ♞   ♗   ♟
USCFID#: WCC Member NameEnd DateMost Recent Rated TournamentSection: NamePre => Post
12401616: RAYMOND PAULSON2018-03-24NEW HAMPSHIRE QUICK CHESS CHAM (NH)1: CHAMP 1865 => 1854 A
12525099: MICHAEL COMMISSO2018-03-24NEW HAMPSHIRE QUICK CHESS CHAM (NH)1: CHAMP 1500 => 1532 C
12222200: JAMES ALOYSIUS HANKARD2018-03-24NEW HAMPSHIRE QUICK CHESS CHAM (NH)1: CHAMP 1500 => 1510 C
12758321: MICHAEL MEEHAN2018-03-24NEW HAMPSHIRE QUICK CHESS CHAM (NH)1: CHAMP 1525 => 1492 C
15470877: JEREMY TILTON2018-03-24NEW HAMPSHIRE QUICK CHESS CHAM (NH)1: CHAMP 919 => 948 F

March 21st, 2018
2018 Evert Siiskonen Memorial
Round 2 of 5

Evert Siiskonen Memorial, March 21st, 2018
Round 2 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Roger Cappallo 1-0Ed Harris
Dave Thomas 1/2-1/2Paul Godin
Larry Gladding 0-1♔ Dave Couture
Jim Hankard 0-1Joe Bennett
Gary Brassard 1/2-1/2Mike Meehan
Mike Commisso 1/2-1/2Ken Gurge
Ralph McNeilage 0-1♔ Nik Lavoie
Bruce Felton 1-0Michael David
Don Ostrowski 0-1Jim Donahue
Kyle Cullen 0-1Ray Paulson
Geoff LePoer 1-0Don Briggs
Bill Burke 1-0Hugh McLaughlin
Larry O'Rourke 0-1Ritvik Pulya
Tom Fratturelli 1-0Mariano Rivera
Emily Gawboy 0-1Brian Biglow
John Bastarache 1/2-1/2♖ Raaga Pulya
Total of 16 boards, 2 major upsets (♔ ♕)
1 upset draw ()

♝ Receiving half-point byes were Rob King, Diego Ubiera, George Mirijanian, Vince Premus, Bob Mathieu,
Harry Richardson, Gail Lingner, Andrew Kiser and Tom Whistler.
♙ Arthur Barlas withdrew from the tournament.

Evert Siiskonen Memorial, March 21st, 2018
CURRENT STANDINGS After 2 Rounds
PointsPlayers
2.0Cappallo, Bennett, Couture, Lavoie
1.5Godin, Felton, Brassard, Gurge, Thomas, Donahue, Meehan, Commisso
1.0King, Paulson, Ubiera, LePoer, Mirijanian, Gladding, McNeilage, Harris, Premus, Burke, Hankard, Ri. Pulya, Fratturelli,
Mathieu, Richardson, Biglow, David
0.5Lingner, Ostrowski, Bastarache, Kiser, Whistler, Cullen, Ra. Pulya
0.0Briggs, McLaughlin, O'Rourke, Rivera, Gawboy


Projected Round 3 Pairings for March 28th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
1 Joe Bennett (2.0) Dave Couture (2.0) 2 Nik Lavoie (2.0) Paul Godin (1.5) 3 Mike Meehan (1.5) Bruce Felton (1.5) 4 Jim Donahue (1.5) Gary Brassard (1.5) 5 Ken Gurge (1.5) Dave Thomas (1.5) 6 George Mirijanian (1.0) Michael Commisso (1.5) 7 Ray Paulson (1.0) Jim Hankard (1.0) 8 Ritvik Pulya (1.0) Larry Gladding (1.0) 9 Brian Biglow (1.0) Ralph McNeilage (1.0) 10 Ed Harris (1.0) Michael David (1.0) 11 Tom Fratturelli (1.0) William Burke (1.0) 12 Gail Lingner (0.5) Kyle Culllen (0.5) 13 Andrew Kiser (0.5) Don Ostrowski (0.5) 14 Tom Whistler (0.5) John Bastarache (0.5) 15 Raaga Pulya (0.5) Don Briggs (0.0) 16 Mariano Rivera (0.0) Larry O'Rourke (0.0) 17 Hugh McLaughlin (0.0) Emily Gawboy (0.0)

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

REMINDER: Players must be present in Room C159 by by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 3 on March 28th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 P.M.

March 20th, 2018

Former Wachusett Chess Club champion Carissa Yip of Andover was the winner in the 20-player High School section of the 2018 Barry S. Spiegel Cup on Sunday, March 18, at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel in Marlborough. The tournament, which is the annual Massachusetts Singles Scholastic Championship in four sections, saw the 14-year-old FIDE master accomplish this by winning a playoff against national master Michael Isakov , after both scored 3.5-0.5, including a draw with one another in the final round of regular play. The victory qualifies Carissa to represent Massachusetts in the GM Denker Tournament of High School Champions, which will be played July 28-31, 2018 in Madison, Wisconsin. Carissa won the 2014 Wachusett CC Championship with a perfect score of 7-0 when she was 10 years old. She finished a full 2 points ahead of her closest rival. Since leaving the Wachusett CC in January 2015, Carissa has become a stronger player - evidenced by her participation in the 2016 and 2017 U.S. Women's Championship in Saint Louis.
-George M

March 15th, 2018
Simultaneous Chess exhibition by Marc Esserman -- Saturday, March 24, 2018

Simultaneous Chess exhibition by Marc Esserman (International Master; FIDE rating 2446)


Marc faces Vishy Anand at Gibraltar 2016; result, DRAW!
Sophie Triay photo
Marc Esserman on Chessdb.com
Marc Esserman on Wikipedia.org
Marc Esserman on USChessLeague.com
Saturday, March 24, 2018
Quinsigamond Community College, Administration Building cafeteria
Registration opens at 9:00am. Entry fee is $10 per person. The simul begins at 9:30.
Participants are encouraged to bring their own set of chess pieces and board.
All ages are welcome.
Question/Answer Session after the simul.
For more info: contact Jerry Williams, 508-335-0692.
--
The Chess Club at Worcester State University
Email: chesswsu@gmail.com

March 14th, 2018
2018 Evert Siiskonen Memorial
Round 1 of 5

Siiskonen Memorial opens with a quartet of upsets

Evert Siiskonen Memorial, March 14th, 2018
Round 1 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Ray Paulson 0-1♔Mike Commisso
Ritvik Pulya 0-1Roger Cappallo
Paul Godin 1-0Tom Fratturelli
♔ Nik Lavoie 1-0Geoff LePoer
Bruce Felton 1/2-1/2♖ Don Ostrowski
Brian Biglow 0-1Larry Gladding
Joe Bennett 1-0John Bastarache
Don Briggs 0-1Gary Brassard
Ken Gurge 1-0Larry O'Rourke
Hugh McLaughlin 0-1Ralph McNeilage
Ed Harris 1-0Andrew Kiser
Mariano Rivera 0-1Dave Thomas
Dave Couture 1-0Emily Gawboy
♔ Michael David 1-0Bill Burke
Mike Meehan 1-0Tom Whistler
Raaga Pulya 0-1Jim Hankard
Total of 16 boards, 3 major upsets (♔ ♕)
1 upset draw ()

♝ Receiving half-point byes were Rob King, Diego Ubiera, George Mirijanian, Arthur Barlas, Vince Premus,
Jim Donahue, Bob Mathieu, Harry Richardson and Kyle Cullen.
♖ Not playing round 1 was Gail Lingner.

Evert Siiskonen Memorial, March 14th, 2018
CURRENT STANDINGS After 1 Rounds
PointsPlayers
1.0Cappallo, Godin, Gladding, Bennett, Brassard, Gurge, McNeilage, Harris, Thomas, Couture, Meehan, Hankard, Commisso,
Lavoie, David
0.5King, Ubiera, Mirijanian, Felton, Barlas, Premus, Donahue, Ostrowski, Mathieu, Richardson, Cullen
0.0Paulson, LePoer, Burke, Ri. Pulya, Fratturelli, Lingner, Biglow, Bastarache, Briggs, O'Rourke, McLaughlin, Kiser,
Rivera, Gawboy, Whistler, Ra. Pulya


Projected Round 2 Pairings for March 21st:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Cappallo vs. Harris Board 2: Thomas vs. Godin Board 3: Gladding vs. Couture Board 4: Hankard vs. Bennett Board 5: Brassard vs. Meehan Board 6: Commisso vs. Gurge Board 7: McNeilage vs. Lavoie Board 8: King vs. David Board 9: Ubiera vs. Donahue Board 10: Ostrowski vs. Mirijanian Board 11: Mathieu vs. Felton Board 12: Barlas vs. Richardson Board 13: Premus vs. Cullen Board 14: O'Rourke vs. Paulson Board 15: LePoer vs. Briggs Board 16: Burke vs. McLaughlin Board 17: Kiser vs. Ri. Pulya Board 18: Fratturelli vs. Rivera Board 19: Gawboy vs. Lingner Board 20: Whistler vs. Biglow Board 21: Bastarache vs. Ra. Pulya

REMINDER: Players must be present in Room C159 by by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 2 on March 21st.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 P.M.

March 14th, 2018
Ratings in effect for 2018 Evert Siiskonen Memorial

Round 1 of the Evert Siiskonen Memorial will be played Wednesday evening, March 14, in Room C159 of the McKay Complex at Fitchburg State University.
Players who wish to participate should make every attempt to arrive on time - by 7:10 p.m., at the latest, so that the round can get under way by 7:15 p.m.

  ♔   ♛   ♖   ♝   ♘   ♞   ♗   ♜   ♕   ♚     Ratings in effect for
the 2018 Evert Siiskonen Memorial tournament:
1Rob King 2202
2Brett Kildahl 2129
3Ray Paulson 1988
4Roger Cappallo 1987
5Diego Ubiera 1985
6Paul Godin 1960
7Geoff LePoer 1941
8George Mirijanian 1933
9Bruce Felton 1913
10Larry Gladding 1837
11Arthur Barlas 1815
12Gary Brassard 1768
13Ken Gurge 1747
14Ralph McNeilage 1741
15Ed Harris 1731
16Paul Lynch 1705
17Dave Thomas 1700
18Dave Couture 1686
19Vince Premus 1676
20Jim Donahue 1658
21Bill Burke 1633
22Mike Meehan 1627
23Jim Hankard 1615
24Alan Condon 1605
25Mike Commisso 1578
26Ritvik Pulya 1566
27Tom Fratturelli 1551
28Gail Lingner 1500
29Nik Lavoie 1493
30Scott Taylor 1488
31Don Ostrowski 1458
32Bob Mathieu 1450
33Harry Richardson 1447
34Brian Biglow 1418
35John Bastarache 1400
36Don Briggs 1369
37:Larry O'Rourke 1342
38Wayne Steadman 1326
39Hugh McLaughlin 1200
40Andrew Kiser 1150
41Mariano Rivera 1109
42Emily Gawboy 1081
43Michael David 1074
44Tom Whistler 1023
45Kyle Cullen 941
46Raaga Pulya 745
47James Petullo 514

March 7th, 2018

Cappallo & Felton repeat at top

George E. O'Rourke Memorial, March 7th, 2018
FINAL STANDINGS After 5 Rounds
PointsPlayers
4.0Cappallo, Felton
3.5King, LePoer
3.0Paulson, Ubiera, Godin, Mirijanian, Gladding, McNeilage, Ostrowski
2.5Gurge, Brassard, Thomas, Meehan, Donahue, Hankard, Commisso, Ri. Pulya, Fratturelli, Lavoie, Mathieu, Rivera
2.0Burke, Biglow, Bastarache, Briggs, Kiser
1.5Richardson, Gawboy, Cullen, Ra. Pulya, David
1.0O'Rourke, Whistler

♔ 2018 George E. O'Rourke Memorial PRIZE WINNERS ♔
1st-2nd: Roger Cappallo of Groton, Bruce Felton of Fitchburg
Top U1850: Larry Gladding of Leominster, Ralph McNeilage of Worcester
Top U1700: Mike Meehan of Westminster, Jim Donahue of Stow,
Jim Hankard of Antrim, NH, Mike Commisso of Brookline, NH,
Ritvik Pulya of Acton
Top U1550: Tom Fratturelli and Manuel Rivera, both of Leominster,
Nik Lavoie of Worcester, Bob Mathieu of Ashburnham
Top U1400: Don Ostrowski of Fitchburg

A total of 1 player
gained 50 or more rating points:
The following player had
a rating increase of
50 or more points:
Don Ostrowski + 203
A total of 3 players
reached new all time highs:
The following players achieved
a new all-time high rating:
Don Ostrowski 1455P7
Mariano Rivera 1109P10
Michael David 1074P2

Pictures from Dave Couture's visit to the Saint Louis Chess Center.

Current 2018 Championship Grand Prix Standings
Club Members Hometown Current Rating As Of 3/7/18 All-Time High TITLE Total Games W L D Grand Prix Points Pct.
ROGER CAPPALLO Groton 1987 2102 Can. Master 31 20 5 6 23.0 .742
PAUL GODIN Bedford 1960 2020 1st Cat. 31 18 5 8 22.0 .710
LARRY GLADDING Leominster 1837 1953 1st Cat. 32 20 10 2 21.0 .656
RAYMOND PAULSON Lowell 1988 2085 1st Cat. 25 16 4 5 18.5 .740
KEN GURGE Leominster 1747 1856 2nd Cat. 29 15 8 6 18.0 .621
BRUCE FELTON Fitchburg 1913 1971 1st Cat. 25 16 6 3 17.5 .700
GARY BRASSARD Leominster 1768 1904 1st Cat. 28 15 9 4 17.0 .607
DAVE COUTURE Westminster 1686 1858 1st Cat. 29 14 10 5 16.5 .569
RALPH MCNEILAGE Worcester 1726 1773 3rd Cat. 27 12 8 7 15.5 .574
JAMES HANKARD Antrim, NH 1615 1816 2nd Cat. 32 12 14 6 15.0 .469
ARTHUR BARLAS Chelmsford 1815 1833 2nd Cat. 20 13 4 3 14.5 .725
MIKE COMMISSO Brookline, NH 1578 1719 3rd Cat. 30 12 13 5 14.5 .483
WILLIAM BURKE Leominster 1633 1665 3rd Cat. 26 11 9 6 14.0 .538
GEORGE MIRIJANIAN Fitchburg 1933 2186 1st Cat. 16 11 2 3 12.5 .781
BRIAN BIGLOW Fitchburg 1418 1693 3rd Cat. 31 11 17 3 12.5 .403
BRETT KILDAHL Worcester 2129 2214 Natl. Master 15 12 3 0 12.0 .800
DIEGO UBIERA Worcester 1985 2008 1st Cat. 13 11 1 1 11.5 .885
JIM DONAHUE Stow 1658 1738 3rd Cat. 24 8 10 6 11.0 .458
Championship Grand Prix Archive

REMINDER: Players must be present in Room C159 by by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 1 on March 14th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 P.M.

March 6th, 2018
Wachusett CC closed this week!

"This is a Fitchburg State University Alert. Due to inclement weather, the University is closed Wednesday, March 7, 2018,
both day and evening classes are cancelled."
Because Fitchburg State University will be closed Wednesday, here's what we are going to do:
WE WILL NOT MEET WEDNESDAY, MARCH. 7.
Everyone playing in the George E. O'Rourke Memorial tournament will receive a half-point bye for Round 5.
This tournament, the George E. O'Rourke Memorial, will remain a 5-round Swiss, despite our inability to meet for Round 5. -GM

March 5th, 2018
NM Rob King tops Worcester & WCC rating lists

With a USCF rating of 2201, NM Rob King now heads the rating list not only of the Wachusett CC, where he was club champion in 2011, but also the Greater Worcester CC, where he now holds a lead of one rating point over FM John Curdo, currently at his rating floor of 2200.
♔ Wachusett CC Rating List (March 4th 2018)
♚ Worcester CC Rating List (March 4th 2018)

February 28th, 2018
2018 George E. O'Rourke Memorial
Round 4 of 5

George E. O'Rourke Memorial, February 28th, 2018
Round 4 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Roger Cappallo 1-0Larry Gladding
Bruce Felton 1-0Paul Godin
Gary Brassard 0-1Rob King
Ray Paulson 1-0Nik Lavoie
George Mirijanian 1-0Brian Biglow
Jim Hankard 1/2-1/2Ken Gurge
Ralph McNeilage 1-0Don Briggs
Jim Donahue 1/2-1/2Dave Thomas
Tom Fratturelli 1/2-1/2Mike Meehan
♔ Don Ostrowski 1-0Bill Burke
Ritvik Pulya 1-0Emily Gawboy
Kyle Cullen 0-1Bob Mathieu
Raaga Pulya 0-1John Bastarache
Larry O'Rourke 0-1♔ Andrew Kiser
Michael David 1-0Tom Whistler
Total of 15 boards, 2 major upsets ().

♝ Receiving half-point byes were Geoff LePoer, Diego Ubiera, Mike Commisso, Mariano Rivera and Harry Richardson.
♖ Not playing round 4 was Dave Couture, who BTW had the opportunity of visiting the U.S. Chess Center in Saint Louis on Wednesday morning and by chance met Rex Sinquefield and his wife and chatted with him for a few minutes. Dave took photos, which will be posted on the club website (www.wachusettchess.org) soon.

George E. O'Rourke Memorial, February 28th, 2018
CURRENT STANDINGS After 4 Rounds
PointsPlayers
3.5Cappallo, Felton
3.0King, LePoer
2.5Paulson, Ubiera, Godin, Mirijanian, Gladding, McNeilage, Ostrowski
2.0Gurge, Brassard, Thomas, Meehan, Donahue, Hankard, Commisso, Ri. Pulya, Fratturelli, Lavoie, Mathieu, Rivera
1.5Couture, Burke, Biglow, Bastarache, Briggs, Kiser
1.0Richardson, Gawboy, Cullen, Ra. Pulya, David
0.5O'Rourke, Whistler


Projected Round 5 Pairings for March 7th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Felton vs. Cappallo Board 2: King vs. LePoer Board 3: Paulson vs. Mirijanian Board 4: Gladding vs. Ubiera Board 5: Godin vs. Ostrowski Board 6: Gurge vs. McNeilage Board 7: Commisso vs. Brassard Board 8: Thomas vs. Fratturelli Board 9: Meehan vs. Ri. Pulya Board 10: Lavoie vs. Donahue Board 11: Mathieu vs. Hankard Board 12: Biglow vs. Rivera Board 13: Briggs vs. Burke Board 14: Kiser vs. Bastarache Board 15: Richardson vs. Cullen Board 16: Gawboy vs. David Board 17: O'Rourke vs. Ra. Pulya

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

February 24th, 2018

Starting June 4th last year (2017), newest WCC member, Mike David
has been running an informal chess club
Sundays, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.,
at The Billiards Cafe, 39 Main St., Ayer, MA
Play Is "quick chess," i.e. Game/15, usually a round robin.
No entry fees, no prizes - just fun.

February 21st, 2018
2018 George E. O'Rourke Memorial
Round 3 of 5

George E. O'Rourke Memorial, February 21st, 2018
Round 3 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
♔ Larry Gladding 1-0Ray Paulson
Dave Thomas 0-1Roger Cappallo
Paul Godin 1-0Ralph McNeilage
Mike Meehan 0-1Geoff LePoer
Bill Burke 0-1Bruce Felton
Don Briggs 0-1Diego Ubiera
Bob Mathieu 0-1Gary Brassard
Nik Lavoie 1-0Kyle Cullen
Ken Gurge 1-0Raaga Pulya
John Bastarache 0-1Jim Hankard
Mike Commisso 1-0Larry O'Rourke
Don Ostrowski 1-0Harry Richardson
Brian Biglow 1-0Tom Whistler
Mariano Rivera 1-0Michael David
Total of 14 boards, 1 major upset ().

♝ Receiving half-point byes were Rob King, George Mirijanian, Dave Couture, Jim Donahue, Tom Fratturelli,
Ritvik Pulya and Emily Gawboy.
♖ Not playing round 3 was Andrew Kiser.
♟ Withdrawn from the tournament were Scott Taylor and James Petullo.

George E. O'Rourke Memorial, February 21st, 2018
CURRENT STANDINGS After 3 Rounds
PointsPlayers
2.5Cappallo, Godin, LePoer, Felton, Gladding
2.0King, Ubiera, Brassard, Lavoie
1.5Paulson, Mirijanian, Gurge, McNeilage, Thomas, Couture, Meehan, Burke, Donahue, Hankard, Commisso, Fratturelli, Biglow,
Briggs, Ostrowski, Rivera
1.0Ri. Pulya, Mathieu, Gawboy, Cullen, Ra, Pulya
0.5Richardson, Bastarache, O'Rourke, Kiser, Whistler
0.0David


Projected Round 4 Pairings for February 28th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
1 Roger Cappallo (2.5) Larry Gladding (2.5) 2 Bruce Felton (2.5) Paul Godin (2.5) 3 Gary Brassard (2.0) Robert King (2.0) 4 Diego Ubiera (2.0) Nik Lavoie (2.0) 5 Ray Paulson (1.5) Brian Biglow (1.5) 6 Jim Donahue (1.5) George Mirijanian (1.5) 7 Jim Hankard (1.5) Ken Gurge (1.5) 8 Ralph McNeilage (1.5) Michael Commisso (1.5) 9 Tom Fratturelli (1.5) Dave Thomas (1.5) 10 Don Briggs (1.5) Mike Meehan (1.5) 11 Don Ostrowski (1.5) William Burke (1.5) 12 Ritvik Pulya (1.0) Mariano Rivera (1.5) 13 Kyle Culllen (1.0) Bob Mathieu (1.0) 14 Raaga Pulya (1.0) Emily Gawboy (1.0) 15 Harry Richardson (0.5) Andrew Kiser (0.5) 16 Larry O'Rourke (0.5) John Bastarache (0.5) 17 Michael David (0.0) Tom Whistler (0.5)

♗ Requesting a half-point bye for Round 4 is LePoer.
♙ The Wachusett Chess Club welcomes new player and USCF member Michael David of Groton.
Mike runs an informal chess club Sundays, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., at The Billiards Cafe, 39 Main St., Ayer, Mass.
Play Is "quick chess," i.e. Game/15, usually a round robin. No entry fees, no prizes - just fun. Welcome, Mike, to the club!

REMINDER: Players must be present in Room C159 by by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 4 on February 28th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 P.M.

February 14th, 2018
2018 George E. O'Rourke Memorial
Round 2 of 5

George E. O'Rourke Memorial, February 14th, 2018
Round 2 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Jim Hankard 0-1Rob King
Ray Paulson 1-0Mike Commisso
Roger Cappallo 1-0Ritvik Pulya
Harry Richardson 0-1Paul Godin
Geoff LePoer 1-0Brian Biglow
Bruce Felton 1-0John Bastarache
Larry O'Rourke 0-1Larry Gladding
Ken Gurge 0-1♔ Don Briggs
Ralph McNeilage 1-0Don Ostrowski
Emily Gawboy 0-1Dave Thomas
Tom Whistler 0-1Mike Meehan
Bill Burke 1-0Mariano Rivera
♖ Raaga Pulya 1/2-1/2Jim Donahue
Total of 13 boards, 1 major upset (♔ ♕) 1 upset draw ()

♝ Receiving half-point byes were Diego Ubiera, George Mirjanian, Gary Brassard, Dave Couture, Tom Fratturelli,
Nik Lavoie, Scott Taylor, Bob Mathieu, Kyle Cullen and James Petullo.
♖ Not playing round 2 was Andrew Kiser.

George E. O'Rourke Memorial, February 14th, 2018
CURRENT STANDINGS After 2 Rounds
PointsPlayers
1.5King, Paulson, Cappallo, Godin, LePoer, Felton, Gladding, McNeilage, Thomas, Burke, Meehan, Briggs
1.0Ubiera, Mirijanian, Brassard, Couture, Donahue, Fratturelli, Lavoie, Taylor, Mathieu, Cullen, Ra. Pulya, Petullo
0.5Gurge, Hankard, Commisso, Ri. Pulya, Richardson, Biglow, Bastarache, O'Rourke, Ostrowski,
Kiser, Gawboy, Whistler, Rivera


Projected Round 3 Pairings for February 21st:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: King vs. McNeilage Board 2: Gladding vs. Paulson Board 3: Thomas vs. Cappallo Board 4: Godin vs. Burke Board 5: Meehan v. LePoer Board 6: Briggs vs. Felton Board 7: Fratturelli vs. Ubiera Board 8: Lavoie vs. Mirijanian Board 9: Mathieu vs. Brassard Board 10: Couture vs. Cullen Board 11: Donahue vs. Petullo Board 12: Gurge vs. Ra. Pulya Board 13: Ostrowski vs. Hankard Board 14: Commisso vs. O'Rourke Board 15: Ri. Pulya vs. Kiser Board 16: Rivera vs. Richardson Board 17: Biglow vs. Gawboy Board 18: Bastarache vs. Whistler

♙ The Wachusett Chess Club welcomes new member Mariano Rivera of Leominster, formerly of San Antonio, Texas. Welcome, Mariano!

REMINDER: Players must be present in Room C159 by by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 3 on February 21st.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 P.M.

February 14th, 2018

Round 2 of the George E. O'Rourke Memorial will be played Wednesday evening, Feb. 14, in Room C159 of the McKay Complex at Fitchburg State University.
Players who wish to participate should make every attempt to arrive on time - by 7:10 p.m., at the latest, so that the round can get under way by 7:15 p.m. All participants will receive retroactively a half-point bye for round 1, which was not played because of a snowstorm and Fitchburg State University being closed on Feb. 7.

  ♔   ♛   ♖   ♝   ♘   ♞   ♗   ♜   ♕   ♚     Ratings in effect for
the 2018 George E. O.Rourke Memorial tournament:
1Rob King 2203
2Brett Kildahl 2129
3Ray Paulson 1995
4Diego Ubiera 1984
5Roger Cappallo 1972
6Paul Godin 1969
7Geoff LePoer 1935
8George Mirijanian 1931
9Bruce Felton 1889
10Larry Gladding 1821
11Arthur Barlas 1815
12Ken Gurge 1783
13Gary Brassard 1766
14Ralph McNeilage 1722
15Dave Thomas 1707
16Paul Lynch 1705
17Ed Harris 1700
18Dave Couture 1686
19Vince Premus 1676
20Mike Meehan 1665
21Bill Burke 1665
22Jim Donahue 1650
23Alan Condon 1605
24Jim Hankard 1604
25Mike Commisso 1577
26Ritvik Pulya 1567
27Tom Fratturelli 1546
28Gail Lingner 1500
29Nik Lavoie 1494
30Scott Taylor 1488
31Harry Richardson 1472
32Bob Mathieu 1454
33Brian Biglow 1418
34John Bastarache 1405
35Larry O'Rourke 1391
36Wayne Steadman 1326
37Don Briggs 1322
38Don Ostrowski 1252
39Hugh McLaughlin 1200
40Andrew Kiser 1102
41Emily Gawboy 1086
42Tom Whistler 1057
43Raaga Pulya 714
44James Petullo 514

February 11th, 2018
George E, O'Rourke Memorial gets under way Wednesday, Feb. 14

Despite being snowed out for the first round of the George E. O'Rourke Memorial on Feb. 7th, that tournament finally gets under way this Wednesday, Feb. 14, in Room C159 of the McKay Complex at Fitchburg State University. Those who wish to participate should show up by 7 p.m. in order to be paired for Round 2. Participants will receive retroactively half-point byes for Round 1. The 5-round event honors the memory of Wachusett CC member George Edmund O'Rourke of Concord, who passed away at age 77 on Feb. 26, 2007.

Who will win the 2018 edition of the O'Rourke Memorial?
Here is a historical review of the winners in the past 10 years:
2017 - Brett Kildahl, 4.5-0.5
2016 - Edward Harris, 4.5-0.5
2015 - Walter Niemi, 4.5-0.5
2014 - Carissa Yip, 4.5-0.5
2013 - Ray Paulson, Paul Godin, George Mirijanian, Bruce Felton, 4-1
2012 - Bruce Felton, 4.5-0.5
2011 - Paul Godin, 4.5-0.5
2010 - Paul Giovino, 4.5-0.5
2009 - Ken Gurge, 4.5-0.5
2008 - Ken Gurge, 4-1
[Interestingly, none of the tournament's winners in the past ten years did so with a perfect score.]
-George M

February 7th, 2018
Wachusett CC closed this week!

Because Fitchburg State University will be closed Wednesday, here's what we are going to do:
WE WILL NOT MEET WEDNESDAY, FEB. 7.
Everyone who shows up for Round 2 next Wednesday, Feb. 14 (Valentine's Day),
will receive retroactively a half-point bye for Round 1 tonight.
If you know that you are playing and want a half-point bye for Round 2, please let us know.
This tournament, the George E. O'Rourke Memorial, will remain a 5-round Swiss, despite our inability to meet tonight for Round 1. -GM

January 31st, 2018

Cappallo & Felton tie for top honors at 2018 opener

Reggie Boone Memorial, January 31st, 2018
Round 5 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Paul Godin 1/2-1/2Roger Cappallo
Gary Brassard 0-1Bruce Felton
Ray Paulson 1-0Jim Hankard
Arthur Barlas 1/2-1/2Ralph McNeilage
Larry Gladding 1-0Ritvik Pulya
Mike Meehan 0-1Ken Gurge
Geoff LePoer 1-0Jim Donahue
George Mirijanian 1-0Harry Richardson
Nik Lavoie 1/2-1/2Dave Couture
Raaga Pulya 0-1Tom Fratturelli
Larry O'Rourke 0-1Rob King
Mike Commisso 1-0Don Ostrowski
Brian Biglow 1-0Bob Mathieu
John Bastarache 1-0Hugh McLaughlin
Andrew Kiser 0-1Emily Gawboy
Total of 15 boards, no major upsets.

♖ Not playing Round 5 were Dave Thomas, Paul Lynch, Bill Burke, Diego Ubiera, Ed Harris, Gail Lingner,
Don Briggs, James Petullo and Scott Taylor.

Reggie Boone Memorial, January 31st, 2018
FINAL STANDINGS After 5 Rounds
PointsPlayers
4.0Cappallo, Felton
3.5Paulson, Godin, Gladding, Gurge
3.0LePoer, Mirijanian, Barlas, Brassard, McNeilage, Fratturelli
2.5King, Thomas, Couture, Meehan, Hankard, Commisso, Donahue, Ri. Pulya, Lavoie, Biglow, Bastarache
2.0Lynch, Burke, Richardson, Ra. Pulya
1.5Ubiera, Harris, Mathieu, O'Rourke, Gawboy, Ostrowski
1.0Lingner, Briggs, Petullo, Taylor
0.5McLaughlin, Kiser

♔ 2018 Reggie Boone Memorial PRIZE WINNERS ♔
1st-2nd: Roger Cappallo of Groton, Bruce Felton of Fitchburg
Top U1900: Larry Gladding and Ken Gurge, both of Leominster
Top U1700: Tom Fratturelli of Leominster
Top U1500: Nik Lavoie of Worcester, Brian Biglow and John Bastarache,
both of Fitchburg
Top U1300: Raaga Pulya of Acton

A total of 3 players
gained 50 or more rating points:
The following players had
a rating increase of
50 or more points:
Raaga Pulya + 100
Ritvik Pulya + 62
Jim Donahue + 51
A total of 6 players
reached new all time highs:
The following players achieved
a new all-time high rating:
William Burke 1665
Ritvik Pulya 1567
Nik Lavoie 1494
Scott Taylor 1488/P1
Don Ostrowski 1252/P4
Raaga Pulya 714

Congratulations to all!

Pictures from this year's Reggie Boone Memorial tournament.

Current 2018 Championship Grand Prix Standings
Club Members Hometown Current Rating As Of 1/31/18 All-Time High TITLE Total Games  W L D Grand Prix Points Pct.
PAUL GODIN Bedford 1961 2020 1st Cat. 28 16 4 8 20.0 .714
ROGER CAPPALLO Groton 1956 2102 Can. Master 28 17 5 6 20.0 .714
LARRY GLADDING Leominster 1813 1953 1st Cat. 29 18 9 2 19.0 .655
RAYMOND PAULSON Lowell 1997 2085 1st Cat. 22 14 3 5 16.5 .750
KEN GURGE Leominster 1769 1856 2nd Cat. 26 14 7 5 16.5 .635
DAVE COUTURE Westminster 1703 1858 1st Cat. 29 14 10 5 16.5 .569
GARY BRASSARD Leominster 1769 1904 1st Cat. 26 14 8 4 16.0 .615
ARTHUR BARLAS Chelmsford 1826 1833 2nd Cat. 20 13 4 3 14.5 .725
BRUCE FELTON Fitchburg 1864 1971 1st Cat. 22 13 6 3 14.5 .659
RALPH MCNEILAGE Worcester 1757 1773 3rd Cat. 24 10 7 7 13.5 .563
MIKE COMMISSO Brookline, NH 1582 1719 3rd Cat. 28 11 12 5 13.5 .482
JAMES HANKARD Antrim, NH 1600 1816 2nd Cat. 29 11 13 5 13.5 .466
WILLIAM BURKE Leominster 1663 1663 3rd Cat. 23 10 7 6 13.0 .565
BRETT KILDAHL Worcester 2129 2214 Natl. Master 15 12 3 0 12.0 .800
GEORGE MIRIJANIAN Fitchburg 1929 2186 1st Cat. 15 10 2 3 11.5 .767
DIEGO UBIERA Worcester 2008 2008 1st Cat. 12 10 1 1 10.5 .875
Championship Grand Prix Archive

REMINDER: The next club tournament, the George E. O'Rourke Memorial, will start Wednesday, Feb. 7.
Players must be present in Room C159 of the McKay Complex by 7 p.m. in order to be paired for Round 1.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 p.m.

January 31st, 2018
Updated Projected Round 5 pairings for Reggie Boone Memorial


Updated (SwissSys) Projected Round 5 Pairings for January 31st:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
1 Paul Godin (3.0) Roger Cappallo (3.5) 2 Gary Brassard (3.0) Bruce Felton (3.0) 3 Dave Thomas (2.5) Ray Paulson (2.5) 4 Arthur Barlas (2.5) Jim Hankard (2.5) 5 Larry Gladding (2.5) Jim Donahue (2.5) 6 Mike Meehan (2.5) Ken Gurge (2.5) 7 Ritvik Pulya (2.5) Ralph McNeilage (2.5) 8 Nik Lavoie (2.0) Geoff Lepoer (2.0) 9 George Mirijanian (2.0) Tom Fratturelli (2.0) 10 Raaga Pulya (2.0) Paul Lynch (2.0) 11 Harry Richardson (2.0) Dave Couture (2.0) 12 Larry O'Rourke (1.5) Diego Ubiera (1.5) 13 Brian Biglow (1.5) Ed Harris (1.5) 14 Michael Commisso (1.5) Don Ostrowski (1.5) 15 John Bastarache (1.5) Bob Mathieu (1.5) 16 Scott Taylor (1.0) Gail Lingner (1.0) 17 James Petullo (1.0) Andrew Kiser (0.5) 18 Hugh McLaughlin (0.5) Emily Gawboy (0.5)

January 30th, 2018
Wachusett CC players Paulson & Donahue runners-up in 2018 Billerica January Swiss

Current Wachusett Chess Club champion Ray Paulson of Lowell and fellow Wachusett CC member Jim Donahue of Stow were among the runners-up in the Billerica January Swiss, played Friday nights, Jan. 12-26 at the Billerica Chess Club in the town's senior center. Both shared those honors with the top-rated player, expert Tim Bromley of Billerica. All three tallied 2-1 in a 12-player field. Winning the tournament with a score of 2.5-0.5 was expert Arthur Nugent of Beverly. Nugent is the longtime contact person for the Billerica Chess Club.
-George M

January 24th, 2018
2018 Reggie Boone Memorial
Round 4 of 5

Reggie Boone Memorial, January 24th, 2018
Round 4 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Bruce Felton 1/2-1/2Paul Godin
Roger Cappallo 1-0Larry Gladding
Ralph McNeilage 1/2-1/2Ray Paulson
Jim Donahue 1/2-1/2Arthur Barlas
Dave Couture 0-1Gary Brassard
Harry Richardson 0-1Dave Thomas
Ken Gurge 1-0Mike Commisso
Bob Mathieu 0-1Mike Meehan
Jim Hankard 1-0Larry O'Rourke
Tom Fratturelli 1-0John Bastarache
Don Briggs 0-1Nik Lavoie
Andrew Kiser 0-1Brian Biglow
Don Ostrowski 1-0Hugh McLaughlin
Emily Gawboy 0-1Scott Taylor
Total of 14 boards, no major upsets.

♝ Receiving half-point byes were Ritvik Pulya, Geoff LePoer, George Mirijanian, Paul Lynch, Bill Burke,
Raaga Pulya, Diego Ubiera, Ed Harris, Gail Lingner and James Petullo.
♙ Vince Premus withdrew from the tournament.

Reggie Boone Memorial, January 24th, 2018
CURRENT STANDINGS After 4 Rounds
PointsPlayers
3.5Cappallo
3.0Godin, Felton, Brassard
2.5Paulson, Barlas, Gladding, Gurge, McNeilage, Thomas, Meehan, Hankard, Donahue, Ri. Pulya
2.0LePoer, Mirijanian, Lynch, Couture, Burke, Fratturelli, Lavoie, Richardson, Ra. Paulya
1.5Ubiera, Harris, Commisso, Mathieu, O'Rourke, Biglow, Bastarache, Ostrowski
1.0Lingner, Briggs, Petullo, Taylor
0.5McLaughlin, Kiser, Gawboy


Projected Round 5 Pairings for January 31st:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Godin vs. Cappallo Board 2: Brassard vs. Felton Board 3:Thomas vs. Paulson Board 4: Barlas vs. Meehan Board 5: Gladding vs. Hankard Board 6: Donahue vs. Gurge Board 7: Ri. Pulya vs. McNeilage Board 8: Fratturelli vs. LePoer Board 9: Lavoie vs. Mirijanian Board 10: Ra. Pulya vs. Lynch Board 11: Richardson vs. Couture Board 12: O'Rourke vs. Ubiera Board 13: Biglow vs. Harris Board 14: Commisso vs. Ostrowski Board 15: Bastarache vs. Mathieu Board 16: Lingner vs. Petullo Board 17: Taylor vs. Kiser Board 18: McLaughlin vs. Gawboy

♖ Not paired for Round 5 are: Burke and Briggs.
♙ The Wachusett Chess Club welcomes Scott Taylor of Londonderry, NH. This is his first USCF-rated tournament.

REMINDER: Players must be present in Room C159 by by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 5 on January 31st.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 P.M.

January 17th, 2018
2018 Reggie Boone Memorial
Round 3 of 5

Players receive half-point byes for round 3 due to snow

♝ Receiving half-point byes were: Paul Godin, Roger Cappallo, Bruce Felton, Larry Gladding, Ray Paulson, Arthur Barlas,
Gary Brassard, Ralph McNeilage, Dave Couture, Jim Donahue, Ritvik Pulya, Harry Richardson, Geoff LePoer, George Mirijanian,
Ken Gurge, Paul Lynch, Dave Thomas, Mike Meehan, Vince Premus, Bill Burke, Jim Hankard, Mike Commisso, Bob Mathieu,
Larry O'Rourke, John Bastarache, Raaga Pulya, Diego Ubiera, Ed Harris, Tom Fratturelli, Nik Lavoie, Don Briggs, Gail Lingner,
Brian Biglow, Hugh McLaughlin, Andrew Kiser, Emily Gawboy, James Petullo, & Don Ostrowski.
♙ Rob King, Alan Condon, Wayne Steadman and Francis Scanlon were withdrawn from the tournament.

Reggie Boone Memorial, January 17th, 2018
CURRENT STANDINGS After 3 Rounds
PointsPlayers
2.5Godin, Cappallo, Felton, Gladding
2.0Paulson, Barlas, Brassard, McNeilage, Couture, Donahue, Ri. Pulya, Richardson
1.5LePoer, Mirijanian, Gurge, Lynch, Thomas, Meehan, Premus, Burke, Hankard, Commisso, Mathieu,
O'Rourke, Bastarache, Ra. Pulya
1.0Ubiera, Harris, Fratturelli, Lavoie, Briggs
0.5Lingner, Biglow, McLaughlin, Kiser, Gawboy, Petullo, Ostrowski


Projected Round 4 Pairings for January 24th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
1 Bruce Felton (2.5) Paul Godin (2.5) 2 Roger Cappallo (2.5) Larry Gladding (2.5) 3 Ralph McNeilage (2.0) Ray Paulson (2.0) 4 Jim Donahue (2.0) Arthur Barlas (2.0) 5 Dave Couture (2.0) Gary Brassard (2.0) 6 Harry Richardson (2.0) George Mirijanian (1.5) 7 Ken Gurge (1.5) Michael Commisso (1.5) 8 Jim Hankard (1.5) Paul Lynch (1.5) 9 Bob Mathieu (1.5) Dave Thomas (1.5) 10 Larry O'Rourke (1.5) Mike Meehan (1.5) 11 John Bastarache (1.5) Diego Ubiera (1.0) 12 Tom Fratturelli (1.0) Ed Harris (1.0) 13 Don Briggs (1.0) Vince Premus (1.0) 14 Gail Lingner (0.5) Nik Lavoie (1.0) 15 Brian Biglow (0.5) Emily Gawboy (0.5) 16 James Petullo (0.5) Hugh McLaughlin (0.5) 17 Andrew Kiser (0.5) Don Ostrowski (0.5)

♗ Requesting a half-point byes for Round 4 are Geoff Lepoer, William Burke, Ritvik Pulya, & Raaga Pulya.

REMINDER: Players must be present in Room C159 by by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 4 on January 24th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 P.M.

January 16th, 2018
Wachusett CC closed this week!

Because Fitchburg State University will be closed Wednesday, here's what we are going to do:
WE WILL NOT MEET WEDNESDAY, JAN. 17.
But instead of eliminating the round, we will give half-point byes to everyone for Round 3
except the following players (whom I am withdrawing from the tournament):
Rob King, Alan Condon, Wayne Steadman and Francis Scanlon. -GM

January 15th, 2018


Former Wachusett CC member Richard D. Chromiak dies at 22

Richard D. Chromiak

Richard "Richie" Dmytro Chromiak of Leominster, a former member of the Wachusett Chess Club and the U.S. Chess Federation, died on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 2017. He was only 22. He was the son of Stephan and Marylee Chromiak. His father had also been a member of the Wachusett CC. Richard and his father were members of the Wachusett CC between May 2009 and April 2010. Richard played in nine club tournaments during that time. They included the 2009 Wachusett Chess Club Championship ("B" Division), Harlow Daly Memorial, Tigran Petrosian Memorial, Hervey R. Brisson Memorial, Arthur Bisguier Octogenarian Tournament, George Sturgis Memorial, Reggie Boone Memorial, George O'Rourke Memorial, and the Wachusett Chess Club Championship Prelims. Among current club members he faced were Ken Gurge, Lenny Arsenault, Tom Fratturelli, Wayne Steadman, Brian Biglow and Francis Scanlon. He had a win and a draw against Scanlon, and a win against Biglow.

A memorial service for Richard D. Chromiak will be held Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 at 10 a.m. in Grace Baptist Church, 42 River Road, Pepperell, MA 01463, on Saturday, January 27, 2018, at 10:00 am. Reception immediately following the service.

Richard's obituary is published at:
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/fitchburg/obituary.aspx?n=richard-dmytro-chromiak&pid=187845527

-George M

January 13th, 2018
Instructional video #3 from Rob King

NM Rob King has posted another instructional video on YouTube as part of the
Metrowest Chess Club Video Series:
Fischer - Benko, 1963
Check it out / share if you would like.
Thanks!
Rob

January 10th, 2018
2018 Reggie Boone Memorial
Round 2 of 5

Reggie Boone Memorial, January 10th, 2018
Round 2 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Paul Godin 1-0Ken Gurge
Paul Lynch 0-1Roger Cappallo
Dave Thomas 0-1Bruce Felton
Arthur Barlas 1/2-1/2Dave Couture
Mike Meehan 0-1Larry Gladding
Gary Brassard 1/2-1/2Ritvik Pulya
Diego Ubiera 0-1♔ Jim Donahue
Ralph McNeilage 1-0Tom Fratturelli
Ed Harris 0-1♔ Harry Richardson
Geoff LePoer 1-0Don Briggs
Bill Burke 1-0Brian Biglow
Hugh McLaughlin 0-1Jim Hankard
Mike Commisso 1-0Andrew Kiser
♔ Raaga Pulya 1-0Gail Lingner
Bob Mathieu 1-0Emily Gawboy
Larry O'Rourke 1-0James Petullo
John Bastarache 1-0Don Ostrowski
Total of 17 boards, 3 major upsets ().

♝ Receiving half-point byes were Ray Paulson, Rob King, George Mirijanian, Vince Premus, Alan Condon,
Wayne Steadman, Francis Scanlon and Nik Lavoie.
♙ Tom Whistler withdrew from the tournament.

Reggie Boone Memorial, January 10th, 2018
CURRENT STANDINGS After 2 Rounds
PointsPlayers
2.0Godin, Cappallo, Felton, Gladding
1.5Paulson, Barlas, Brassard, McNeilage, Couture, Donahue, Ri. Pulya, Richardson
1.0King, LePoer, Mirijanian, Gurge, Lynch, Thomas, Meehan, Premus, Burke, Condon, Hankard, Commisso, Mathieu, O'Rourke,
Bastarache, Steadman, Scanlon, Ra. Pulya
0.5Ubiera, Harris, Fratturelli, Lavoie, Briggs
0.0Lingner, Biglow, McLaughlin, Kiser, Gawboy, Petullo, Ostrowski


Projected Round 3 Pairings for January 17th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Felton vs. Godin Board 2: Cappallo vs. Gladding Board 3: Couture vs. Paulson Board 4: Donahue vs. Barlas Board 5: Richardson vs. Brassard Board 6: Ri. Pulya vs. McNeilage Board 7: King vs. O'Rourke Board 8: Hankard vs. LePoer Board 9: Mirijanian vs. Commisso Board 10: Gurge vs. Mathieu Board 11: Condon vs. Lynch Board 12: Bastarache vs. Thomas Board 13: Steadman vs. Meehan Board 14: Ra. Pulya vs. Burke Board 15: Fratturelli vs. Ubiera Board 16: Briggs vs. Harris Board 17: Lingner vs. Lavoie Board 18: Biglow vs. Gawboy Board 19: Petullo vs. McLaughlin Board 20: Kiser vs. Ostrowski

REMINDER: Players must be present in Room C159 by by 7:10 P.M. in order to be paired for Round 3 on January 17th.
Players running late who wish to be paired MUST CALL by 7 P.M.

January 8th, 2018


Former Wachusett CC member Dean E. Turra dies at 62

Dean E. Turra

Dean E. Turra, a USCF life member and a former member of the Wachusett Chess Club, died Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, at his home in Fitchburg. He was 62. Born Oct. 22, 1955 in Shirley, Mass., the son of Frank and Josephine (Bartolo) Turra, he graduated from Ayer High School in 1973. Dean served in the U.S. Army from 1975 to 1978. During that time, he became chess champion at Fort Meade in Maryland. While serving in the Army, he enrolled in the University of Maryland and continued his education at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

After graduating from UMass-Amherst in 1982 with a degree in business, Dean joined the Wachusett Chess Club, which at that time was meeting at the St. Joseph Club in the Cleghorn section of Fitchburg. Dean became one of the most active members of the club during the 1980s and continued playing there right into the early 1990s. His last tournament at the club was the Wachusett CC Fall Swiss, held October-November 1992. His last over-the-board tournament was the Nashoba Chess Club July Swiss, held in Westford, Mass. in 1995. While playing at the Wachusett CC, Dean was a key member of the Wachusett CC team that narrowly lost a 14-board match to the Framingham Chess Club on April 2, 1985 at the American Legion in Framingham. Outrated on 11 of 14 boards, the Wachusett CC team lost 7.5 to 6.5, with Dean scoring a crucial win on board 8.

A funeral Mass for Dean Turra will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 11, at St. Mary's Church, 31 Shirley St., Ayer. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery. Dean's family will receive family and friends 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 11, at the Anderson Funeral Home, 25 Fitchburg Road, Ayer. For more information, visit: http://www.andersonfuneral.com/?s=Turra
or
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/fitchburg/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=187766034.

-George M

January 3rd, 2018
2018 Reggie Boone Memorial
Round 1 of 5

Ritvik Pulya opens new year with another big upset!

Reggie Boone Memorial, January 3rd, 2018
Round 1 of 5 Results
WhiteResultBlack
Ray Paulson 1-0Bill Burke
Jim Hankard 0-1Paul Godin
Roger Cappallo 1-0Mike Commisso
♔ Ritvik Pulya 1-0Geoff LePoer
Bruce Felton 1-0Bob Mathieu
Nik Lavoie 0-1Arthur Barlas
Larry Gladding 1-0Larry O'Rourke
Brian Biglow 0-1Gary Brassard
Ken Gurge 1-0John Bastarache
♖ Don Briggs 1/2-1/2Ralph McNeilage
Paul Lynch 1-0Hugh McLaughlin
Emily Gawboy 0-1Dave Thomas
Dave Couture 1-0Raaga Pulya
Don Ostrowski 0-1Mike Meehan
Total of 14 boards,
1 major upset (♔ ♕) 1 upset draw ()

♝ Receiving half-point byes were Rob King, Diego Ubiera, George Mirijanian, Vince Premus,
Alan Condon, Jim Donahue, Tom Fratturelli, Harry Richardson, Wayne Steadman, Francis Scanlon, and Tom Whistler.
♖ Not playing round 1 were Gail Lingner, Andrew Kiser, and James Petullo.

Reggie Boone Memorial, January 3rd, 2018
CURRENT STANDINGS After 1 Rounds
PointsPlayers
1.0Paulson, Godin, Cappallo, Felton, Barlas, Gladding, Brassard, Gurge, Lynch, Thomas, Couture, Meehan, Ri. Pulya
0.5King, Ubiera, Mirijanian, McNeilage, Premus, Condon, Donahue, Fratturelli, Richardson, Steadman, Briggs, Scanlon,
Whistler
0.0LePoer, Burke, Hankard, Commisso, Lingner, Mathieu, Lavoie, O'Rourke, Biglow, Bastarache, McLaughlin, Kiser, Gawboy, Ra.
Pulya, Petullo, Ostrowski


Projected Round 2 Pairings for January 10th:

Board #: [White] vs. [Black]
Board 1: Godin vs. Gurge Board 2: Lynch vs. Cappallo Board 3: Thomas vs. Felton Board 4: Barlas vs. Couture Board 5: Meehan vs. Gladding Board 6: Brassard vs. Ri. Pulya Board 7: Fratturelli vs. King Board 8: Ubiera vs. Richardson Board 9: Steadman vs. Mirijanian Board 10: McNeilage vs. Scanlon Board 11: Condon vs. Briggs Board 12: Whistler vs. Donahue Board 13: LePoer vs. Biglow Board 14: Burke vs. Kiser Board 15: Bastarache vs. Hankard Board 16: Commisso vs. Gawboy Board 17: McLaughlin vs. Lingner Board 18: Mathieu vs. Petullo Board 19: Ra. Pulya vs. Lavoie Board 20: O'Rourke vs. Ostrowski

♗ Ray Paulson and Vince Premus are requesting half-point byes for Round 2.
♙ The Wachusett Chess Club welcomes new player, Don Ostrowski (Ph.D) of Fitchburg, a senior advisor and lecturer in social studies at Harvard University Extension School, where he teaches world history.
Don also serves on the Fitchburg Historical Commission and was a member years ago of the Reading (Pennsylvania) Chess Club. Welcome Don!

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

Reminder: Your digital electronic chess clock doesn't like the cold either!

"In surface-mount designs, the differential temperature coefficient of expansion between the parts-soldered-to-the-circuit-board and the circuit board can cause large stresses. The stress-strain-temperature relationship often barely works over the specified temperature range. When the equipment is powered up, the hot components can change shape and break the brittle plastic, much like my old ice chest."

"If the equipment is below zero degrees C [32 degrees F] and then you take it into a nice warm, humid office, water will condense on the circuit boards and can cause problems. Presumably a similar thing can happen with frost, depending on the weather. When the frost melts, there can be problems."
For more info, refer to:
Storing electronics at low temperatures
Operating electronics at low temperatures

Most electronic chess clocks are difficult &/or expensive to repair, so don't leave your clock in your car overnight!

January 1st, 2018
Ratings in effect for Reggie Boone Memorial (Jan. 3, 2018)

  ♔   ♛   ♖   ♝   ♘   ♞   ♗   ♜   ♕   ♚     Ratings in effect for
the 2018 Reggie Boone Memorial tournament:
1Rob King 2220
2Brett Kildahl 2129
3Diego Ubiera 2008
4Ray Paulson 2002
5Paul Godin 1961
6Roger Cappallo 1956
7Geoff LePoer 1955
8George Mirijanian 1929
9Bruce Felton 1864
10Arthur Barlas 1826
11Larry Gladding 1813
12Vlad Gaciu 1777
13Gary Brassard 1769
14Ken Gurge 1769
15Ralph McNeilage 1756
16Paul Lynch 1710
17Dave Thomas 1708
18Dave Couture 1703
19Mike Meehan 1678
20Vince Premus 1676
21Bill Burke 1663
22Lenny Arsenault 1631
23Alan Condon 1605
24Roland Booker 1600
25Jim Hankard 1600
26Mike Commisso 1582
27Jim Donahue 1579
28Tom Fratturelli 1542
29Gail Lingner 1507
30Ritvik Pulya 1505
31Bob Mathieu 1487
32Harry Richardson 1448
33Larry O'Rourke 1405
34Brian Biglow 1400
35John Bastarache 14000
36Randy McLaughlin 1371
37Wayne Steadman 1326
38Don Briggs 1316
39Hugh McLaughlin 1208
40Andrew Kiser 1144
41Francis Scanlon 1077
42Emily Gawboy 1070
43Tom Whistler 1047
44Raaga Pulya 613
45James Petullo 515

January 1st, 2018
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