Monday, December 11, 2017

BCC LEGENDS OF CHESS: AKIBA RUBINSTEIN MEMORIAL: IM DENYS SHMELOV / 1ST OPEN // RUOHAN YIN / MICHAEL TANG / STEVE STEPAK / 1-3RD / U1800 / 28 PLAY // FIRST SNOW //

4SS GAME 60 5" DELAY
OPEN SECTION
IM Denys Shmelov, black vs Atul Kannan, Round 3.
Denys scored 3.5 points to take clear 1st place.
Atul scored 2.5 points to share 3-9th place!
Jake Garbarino plays black vs Logan Boucher, Round 3.
Jake scored 3 points to take clear 2nd place and a +15
rating hike to 2124, Bravo, Jake! Logan finished with 2.5
points to share 3-9th place.
Akiba Rubinstein vs cousin, pianist Arthur Rubinstein
(center, standing) nanny, and Arthur's sister Frania
[from autobiography of Arthur: My Young Years, 1973]
U1800 Section
1, 2, 3 . . . 
                                                                                   (photo: LD]
Michael Siyuan Tang, Steve Stepak, Ruohan Yin,
shared 1-3rd place, with 3 points each, 
in U1800 Section. [Scene from Round 1.]
CRITICAL GAME
Michael Tang, black vs Ruohan Yin, 3.
[I was sitting next to this match and saw, at one
point in the opening, Ruohan had a chance to 
collect 2 pieces for a rook, which certainly would 
have drawn the game in the long run.
Ironically, I had a chance to collect the total
pot had I been prepared to face Ruohan's
special defense to the King's Indian Attack
which I essayed, the game being played in
Round 2. Instead, I played a speculative 
sacrifice, 2 pawns for the piece in the opening
but failed to find a winning line, or even a
chance to draw. Ruohan played with his
usual accuracy to punish my experiment.]
Emanual Lasker, black vs Akiba Rubinstein,
St. Petersburg, Russian Empire, 1909.
Match for the title of World Chess Champion, 1914, between the two,
never happened due to the disruption of World War 1.
SCENES FROM
AROUND THE HALL

BATTLE LINES DRAWN!
Berlin, 1918: (Left to right) Emanuel Lasker, Akiba Rubinstein,
Karl Schlechter and Siegbert Tarrasch. (standing)
tournament organizer, Bernard Kagan.
Round 3
Bob Oresick, white vs Steve Keenan.  (background, center):
Daniel Lomartra. This is Daniel's 3rd USCF tournament
and the first visit to the BCC. Welcome, Daniel!
Efim Bogoljubov (1889-1952) plays Akiba Rubinstein,
Moscow 1925 grandmaster tournament.
Joy Cao defeats NM Farzad Abdi, Round 2, for a 
feeling of accomplishment and a +17 rating hike
to 1822. A girl of valor and determination, 
who is focused and consistent. Brava, Joy!
CONCENTRATION
Logan Boucher, black vs Kelsey Liu, Round 1.
Kelsey scored 1.5 points in the Open Section for a 
+17 to 1764 rating. Brava, Kelsey!

Akiba Rubinstein (center) with Jose Capablanca
(on his left), St. Petersburg, 1914. Capablanca
won the event by 1.5 points! Akiba was 6-7th
with Ossip Bernstein, drawing in his encounter
with Capablanca, but losing to Emanuel Lasker
and Alexander Alekhine.
Alexander Speicher vs Isaac Chen, Round 2.
This is Alexander's 6th USCF event and his first trip
to the BCC: Welcome Alexander!

Akiba Rubinstein vs Alexander Alekhine
Karlsbad,, 1911, Round 23 [ECO D15]
1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.c4 c6 4.Nc3 Qb6 5.Qc2 Bg4 6.Bg5 Nbd7 7.e3
Ne4 8.Bf4 e6 9.Bd3 Qa5 10.O-O Nxc3 11.bxc3 Bxf3 12.gxf3 dxc4
13.Bxc4 Nb6 14.Qb3 Rd8 15.Be2 Bd6 16.Bg3 Bxg3 17.hxg3 O-O
18.f4 c5 19.Bf3 Rd7 20.a4 Nd5 21.Rfc1 g6 22.Qb5 Qxb5 23.axb5
cxd4 24.cxd4 b6 25.Rc4 f5 26.Rc6 Kf7 27.Bxd5 exd5 28.Rac1 Rfd8
29.Kf1 Ke7 30.Ke2 Rd6 31.R6c3 R6d7 32.Kd3 Ra8 33.Rc6 Rd6
34.Ke2 Rxc6 35.Rxc6 Kd7 36.f3 Re8 37.Kd3 Re7 38.g4 Re6 39.Rc1
Re7 40.Rh1 Ke6 41.Rc1 Kd7 42.Re1 Rf7 43.Ra1 Kd6 44.Rc1 Kd7
45.Rc6 Rf8 46.Ke2 Rf7 47.Kf2 Rf8 48.Kg3 Re8 49.Rc3 Re7 50.Kh4
h6 51.Kg3 h5 52.Kh4 Rh7 53.Kg5 fxg4 54.fxg4 hxg4 55.Kxg4 Rh1
56.Kg5 Rb1 57.Ra3 Rxb5 58.Rxa7+ Kd6 59.Kxg6 Rb3 60.f5 Rxe3
61.f6 Rg3+ 62.Kh7 Rf3 63.f7 Rf4 64.Kg7 Rg4+ 65.Kf6 Rf4+ 66.Kg5
Rf1 67.Kg6 Rg1+ 68.Kf6 Rf1+ 69.Kg7 Rg1+ 70.Kf8 Rd1 71.Ke8 Re1+
72.Kd8 Rf1 73.Rd7+ Kc6 74.Ke8 Rf4 75.Re7 Kb5 76.Rc7 1-0

THE FUTURE OF THE BOYLSTON CHESS CLUB
BCC prodigies: Maxwell Chen vs Kelsey Liu;
(upper) Joy Cao, black vs Jerry Li!
Dressed for the summer. What an optimist!
Dr. Nick Sterling, Chief event TD
Great Job!  Bravo, Nick!
CHIEF ASSISTANT TD:
NATASHA CHRISTIANSEN
ASSISTANT TD:
DAVID MILLIERY
PHOTOS: STEVE STEPAK

For more photos of Akiba and his world:
Akiba Rubinstein: Chess History in Pictures

December Scholastics

Banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr,



Sunday, December 17, 2017


4SS


G/30 d5


Sections:  14 & Under, 8 & Under, and Non-USCF


Entry:  $25, $20 for BCF members, $5 more at door


Prizes:  Trophies for 1st/2nd each age group and non-USCF section, medal for 3rd


Registration:  10:00am - 10:20am


Rounds:  10:30am, 11:50am, 1:00pm, 2:00pm


14 & Under and 8 & Under sections are USCF rated, and USCF membership is required. The Non-USCF section is open to all players who are no more than 14 years old (both rated and unrated players), and will not be rated by the USCF; thus, USCF membership is not required for the Non-USCF section.





Current Pre-Registration List




Monday, December 04, 2017

BCC DECEMBER QUADS // FULL MOON // 34 PLAY // 7 QUADS + SMALL SWISS // QUAD 1: BRANDON WU // QUAD 2: JERRY LI // QUAD 3: MICHAEL CAREY // QUAD 4: DAVID MILLIERN // QUAD 5: BENJAMIN YIN // QUAD 6: HENRY HE // QUAD 7: ROBERT HALLYBURTON / ANSH YADAWAD 1-2ND // SMALL SWISS: 1ST PLACE: KUMSAL SEZEN // EFFICIENTLY RUN EVENT // GOOD TIME HAD BY ALL //

BCC QUADS: 7 4x4 GROUPINGS BY RATING
 + SMALL SWISS
GAME 65 + 10" DELAY
QUAD 1
NM Brandon Wu vs NM Dr. Alej Botta, Round 2.
Brandon scored 2 points to take clear 1st place.
Bravo, Brandon!
QUAD 2
Jerry Li vs Tony Wang, Round 1.
Jerry scored 2 points to take clear 1st place.
Bravo, Jerry!
QUAD 3
Michael Carey vs Brian Yin, Round 1.
Michael scored the only perfect 3-0 in the event
for a clear 1st place in Quad 3.
Bravo, Michael!
QUAD 4
David Milliern scored 2.5 points to take clear 1st place in
Quad 4, for a +16 to 1906 rating. Bravo, David!
QUAD 5
Benjamin Yin went undefeated with 2.5 points
to take clear 1st place in Quad 5.
Bravo, Benjamin!
QUAD 6
Henry He scored 2 points to take clear 1st place
and a +35 to 1522 rating. Bravo, Henry!
QUAD 7
Robert Spencer Hallyburton, Harvard undergraduate (right) 
plays white vs Jeffrey Liu in Round 2. Robert scored 2
points to share 1-2nd place.
CRITICAL GAME
Robert Hallyburton plays black vs Ansh Yadawad Round 1.
Ansh took the full point in this game to eventually claim 
a share of 1-2nd place in Quad 7. Bravo, Ansh!
(background, middle): Jeffrey Liu vs Jared Carlsen;
SMALL SWISS
(top of photo): Michelle Zhang, black vs Kumsal Deniz Sezen.
Kumsal scored 2.5 points to take clear 1st place.
Bravo, Kumsal!
SCENES FROM 
AROUND THE HALL
Rhode Island resident, Nial Renshaw plays black vs
Joaquin Carlsen, Round 2: draw!
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Michelle
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GENTLEMEN OF THE REALM
YOUTH OF THE BCC
THE SHORT AND THE TALL OF IT
Jericho Carlson, black vs Nikolas Praschma, Round 1.
Jericho and Nikolas both scored 2 points to share 2-3rd
place in the Small Swiss. And Jericho earned a +79 
to 1065 rating. Bravo, Jericho!
TOURNAMENT 
ADMINISTRATION
CHIEF TD: BERNARDO IGLESIAS
ASST. TD NATASHA CHRISTIANSEN
PHOTOS: STEVE STEPAK

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Milestones Sunday

Banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.



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DateSunday, December 10, 2017
Event Format3SS
Time ControlG/80 d10
SectionsTBA
Entry Fee$35, $20 for BCF Members, $5 more if not registering online
PrizesTBA
Registration9:30am - 9:45am
Round Times10:00am, 1:45 pm, 5:00pm
DescriptionOpen to players born in 1996 or earlier. 
Accelerated pairings may be used. 
Free parking on Sundays!
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List




Legends of Chess: Rubinstein

Banner:  Tony Cortizas, Jr.

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DateSaturday, December 9, 2017
Event Format4SS
Time ControlG/60 d5
SectionsOpen & U1800
Entry Fee$35, $20 for BCF Members, $5 more if not registering online
Prizes$$360 GUARANTEED: Open 1st $150, 2nd $90 U1800 1st $70, 2nd $50
Registration9:15am - 9:45am
Round Times10:00am, 1:00pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm
Entry ListCurrent Pre-Registration List

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You may like to view this video about Rubinstein and chess in Poland.

In it you can find the solution to this position (Black to move and win) in the early part of the video