Tournament Results

Waltham Chess Club - July 2017

Final Standings from Waltham Chess Club BLITZ Championship 2017

Available also on my blog: https://xenophon98.wordpress.com/2017/07/30/final-standings-waltham-cc-2017-blitz-championship-07-21-2017-07-28-2017/

WINNER: IM Denys Shmelov, WALTHAM CHESS CLUB 2017 BLITZ CHAMPION

WINNERS:

1st Place: IM Denys Shmelov

2nd Place: Sherif Khater

3rd Place: Sergio Dario German

Under 1800: David Milliern

Under 1400: Stephen Desouza

Daily Prize: Alan Sikarov

CODE:

$ = "won two"

# = "won one, drew one"

W = "won one, lost one" or "two draws"

D = "drew one, lost one"

L = "lost two"

#NameIDRtngRd 1Rd 2Rd 3Rd 4Rd 5Rd 6Rd 7Rd 8Rd 9Rd 10Rd 11Rd 12TotPrize
1IM Denys Shmelov134336222586 $15 $8 #2 W3 $6 $7 $7 $5 #2 $3 $8 $4 22 1st-CHAMP
2Sherif Khater127482182359 $11 $5 D1 $17 W3 #4 $10 $13 D1 $6 $5 W3 18.5 2nd
3Sergio Dario German164037412427 $7 $9 $17 W1 W2 $8 $11 W4 $8 L1 $6 W2 18 3rd
4Anand Nair152235271841 $22 L17 $10 W12 W8 D2 $19 W3 D15 $9 $11 L1 14
5Alan Sikarov136792321855 $14 L2 L7 $24 $21 L17 $22 L1 $7 $15 L2 $20 14 D. Pr. 2nd N.
6Todd Chase124143551999 W12 $13 W8 #7 L1 #9 W12 $14 $9 L2 W3 W8 13
7David Milliern137846371698 L3 $21 $5 D6 $12 L1 L1 $22 L5 $19 L20 $18 12.5 Under 1800
8Ian Dudley152566851992 $24 L1 W6 $9 W4 L3 $25 $16 L3 #13 L1 W6 12.5
9Ilya Rozonoyer127333261954 $21 L3 #13 L8 $15 D6 W14 $20 L6 L4 $12 #13 12.5
10Gershon Gilman143017021589 L17 $22 L4 W16 $24 W13 L2 $26 W12 L11 $19 W15 12
11David W. Martin128772461590 L2 W14 L12 $19 L16 $24 L3 $19 W16 $10 L4 $14 12
12Srikanth Rapaka154507581571 W6 W15 $11 W4 L7 D16 W6 D15 W10 W20 L9 $25 11
13Vitaliy Ryabinin142371761815 $19 L6 D9 #15 L17 W10 $26 L2 $23 D8 W15 D9 11
14Stephen Desouza126744731216 L5 W11 L15 W22 #18 $19 W9 L6 L20 $22 $25 L11 10.5 Under 1400
15Anton Barash136792471720 L1 W12 $14 D13 L9 W21 W20 #12 #4 L5 W13 W10 10.5
16Nicholas Sterling124540271715 U.. U.. $19 W10 $11 #12 $23 L8 W11 U.. U.. U.. 9.5
17Soren Aletheia-zomlefer139218952217 $10 $4 L3 L2 $13 $5 U.. U.. U.. U.. U.. U.. 8 D. Pr. 1st N.
18Eric Heinecke141937181025 H.. H.. D24 L21 D14 $22 U.. U.. U.. W25 $22 L7 7.5
19Gordon Peters15885708704 L13 W24 L16 L11 $22 L14 L4 L11 $25 L7 L10 $22 7
20Dennis Kelly146901801560 H.. H.. U.. U.. U.. U.. W15 L9 $14 W12 $7 L5 7
21Joseph Cho159781931217 L9 L7 $22 $18 L5 W15 U.. U.. U.. U.. U.. U.. 5
22Anthony German16403756968 L4 L10 L21 W14 L19 L18 L5 L7 $26 L14 L18 L19 3
23Andrew W. Lo16417480Unr. H.. H.. U.. U.. U.. U.. L16 $25 L13 U.. U.. U.. 3
24Mitchell Gamburg160853211255 L8 W19 #18 L5 L10 L11 U.. U.. U.. U.. U.. U.. 2.5
25Otto German164061651344 H.. H.. U.. U.. U.. U.. L8 L23 L19 W18 $14 L12 2
26Wesley Lo16417500Unr. H.. H.. U.. U.. U.. U.. L13 L10 L22 U.. U.. U.. 1

Waltham Chess Club - June 2017: SUMMERTIME! 960Chess

Fellow Chess-Players,

It has been a long time since I have posted any tournament results on Waltham Chess Club's website. Since then there have been a lot of changes on Waltham Chess Club's schedule, and one of the more recent ones is the addition of 960Chess, or Fischer Random.

At our second 960Chess Summertime! Tournament on June 23, 2017, we drew in 12 players. The major procedural change from last time was to randomize the positions better by drawing them directly off the chessgames.com website instead of pre-printing them. This change definitely made the chosen positions much more varied.

SM IM Denys Shmelov, Robert King, and Anand Nair split 1st, 2nd , 3rd, and Under 1800 Prizes. Highlight and Upset Game of the Night: Vitaliy Ryabinin defeated IM Denys Shmelov in Round 2. Evidently 960Chess is tricky for players at all levels!

Full standings are at my Blog: https://xenophon98.wordpress.com/2017/06/26/waltham-chess-club-june-2017-summertime-960chess/

Blitz Championship in July. We'll see you soon over the board.

Nicholas P. Sterling, Ph.D. Waltham Chess Club, Tournament Director

2017 U.S. Amateur Team East: Best Massachusetts Team

Congratulations to IM Denys Shmelov, Rob King, and Todd Chase of Waltham Chess Club, together with Matt Phelps, for their victory as BEST MA TEAM at 2017 U.S. Amateur Team East.

WCC 2017 Best MA Amateur Team East Plaque

Waltham Chess Club - July 2016

Final Standings from Waltham Chess Club BLITZ Championship 2016

Available also on my blog: https://xenophon98.wordpress.com/2016/08/05/final-standings-waltham-chess-club-2016-blitz-championship-0722-292016/

WINNER: IM Denys Shmelov, WALTHAM CHESS CLUB 2016 BLITZ CHAMPION

WINNERS:

1st Place: IM Denys Shmelov

2nd Place: Sherif Khater

3rd Place: Todd Chase, Andrew Liu, Lawyer Times (3-way tie)

Under 1800: Max Heller Bennett

Under 1400: Jeffrey Hui Gao

Daily Prize, 1st Night: Evan MacLure

Daily Prize, 2nd Night: Sean Murray

CODE:

$ = "won two"

# = "won one, drew one"

W = "won one, lost one" or "two draws"

D = "drew one, lost one"

L = "lost two"

#NameIDRtngRd 1Rd 2Rd 3Rd 4Rd 5Rd 6Rd 7Rd 8Rd 9Rd 10Rd 11Rd 12TotPrize
1IM Denys Shmelov134336222565 $11 $3 #4 #2 $7 $10 $8 $7 W2 $4 $5 $13 22 1st-CHAMP
2Sherif Khater127482182247 $18 $8 #5 D1 W4 W7 $6 $9 W1 W5 $4 $3 18 2nd
3Todd Chase124143552073 $14 L1 $8 W7 $9 #4 $10 $21 L4 W13 $6 L2 15.5 3rd-tied
4Andrew Liu139876602328 $6 $19 D1 $5 W2 D3 #17 $12 $3 L1 L2 $9 15.5 3rd-tied
5Lawyer Times121673302265 $10 #9 D2 L4 #19 $8 $11 W13 $17 W2 L1 $7 15.5 3rd-tied
6Max Heller Bennett141595281576 L4 $20 $19 D9 D10 $15 L2 W14 $16 $10 L3 W17 13 Under 1800
7Ilya Rozonoyer127333261985 B.. $18 W9 W3 L1 W2 $18 L1 D13 $15 $21 L3 12.5
8Sean Murray127402731641 $16 L2 L3 W20 $14 L5 L1 L17 $23 W11 $15 $18 12 D. Pr. 2nd N.
9Vitaliy Ryabinin142371761745 $25 D5 W7 #6 L3 W11 $23 L2 $11 #21 L13 L4 11.5
10Evan MacLure146479581543 L5 $25 W11 $18 #6 L1 L3 $23 W21 L6 L12 W15 10.5 D. Pr. 1st N.
11Dennis Kelly146901801612 L1 W14 W10 W16 $18 W9 L3 $18 L9 W8 L17 W14 10
12Nicholas Sterling124540271707 U.. U.. U.. $25 U.. $14 U.. L4 $18 W17 $10 U.. 9
13Peter Pfiffner126215581926 H.. H.. U.. U.. U.. U.. $12 W5 #7 W3 $11 L1 8.5
14Jeffrey Hui Gao137904531335 L3 W11 L18 $23 L8 L12 L5 W6 L15 W16 $23 W11 8 Under 1400
15Stephen Desouza126744731453 B.. L7 W16 L19 $24 L6 U.. W16 $14 L7 L8 W10 8
16Roman Asanov16081271unr. L8 W18 W15 W11 W20 L19 L21 W15 L6 W14 L18 $23 8
17Ian Dudley152566851633 H.. H.. U.. U.. U.. U.. D4 $8 L3 W12 $11 W6 7.5
18Stephen Desouza128110201353 L2 W16 $14 L10 L11 L20 L7 L11 L12 $23 $16 L8 7
19Brandon Wu149339881934 $20 L4 L6 $15 D5 $16 U.. U.. U.. U.. U.. U.. 6.5
20Dwayne Bell152566851279 L19 L6 $25 W8 W16 $18 U.. U.. U.. U.. U.. U.. 6
21Ross Eldridge123997471739 H.. H.. U.. U.. U.. U.. $16 L3 W10 D11 L7 U.. 4.5
22Andrew Boyer152566851633 H.. H.. U.. U.. U.. $25 U.. U.. U.. U.. U.. U.. 3
23Eric Heinecke141937181017 H.. H.. U.. L14 W25 W24 L11 L10 L8 L18 L14 L16 3
24Patrick Henry Barry15732687unr. H.. H.. U.. U.. L15 W23 U.. U.. U.. U.. U.. U.. 3
25Gordon Peters15885708471 L9 L10 L20 L12 W23 L22 U.. U.. U.. U.. U.. U.. 1

Waltham Chess Club - June 2016

Final Standings from Waltham Chess Club Championship 2016

Available also on my blog: https://xenophon98.wordpress.com/2016/07/22/final-standings-waltham-chess-club-2016-club-championship/

WINNER: Sherif Khater, WALTHAM CHESS CLUB 2016 CHAMPION

#NameIDRtngRd 1Rd 2Rd 3Rd 4Rd 5TotPrize
1Sherif A. Khater127482182227 W2 W4 W3 D5 W6 4.5 1st
2Todd Chase124143552094 L1 W6 D4 W3 U.. 2.5 2nd
3Nicholas Sterling124540271739 W5 L1 D2 W6 L4 2.5 2nd
4Edward Astrachan124308702025 L6 W5 L1 L2 W3 2
5Vitaliy Ryabinin142371761793 W3 L2 D5 L4 L1 1.5
6Ross Eldridge123997471900 L4 L3 D6 D1 U.. 1

Waltham Chess Club - June 2016

Final Standings from Waltham Chess Club Summer Open 2016

Available also on my blog: https://xenophon98.wordpress.com/2016/07/22/final-standings-waltham-chess-club-2016-club-championship

WINNERS:

1st Place: David Martin

2nd Place & 3rd Place: Ilya Rozonoyer, Evan MacLure (2-way tie)

Under 1400: Stephen Carlin, Justin Li (2-way tie)

Daily Prizes:

6/3/16: David Martin, Ilya Rozonoyer, Evan MacLure

6/10/16: Jeffrey Hui Gao

6/17/16: Evan MacLure

6/19/15: David Martin, Ilya Rozonoyer

6/26/15: David Martin, Ilya Rozonoyer, Brandon Wu

#NameIDRtngRd 1Rd 2Rd 3Rd 4Rd 5Rd 6Rd 7Rd 8Rd 9Rd 10TotPrize
1David Martin128772461648 W5 W15 D3 D7 D4 W2 W9 W12 W6 W14 8.5 1st
2Ilya Rozonoyer127333261901 W6 W4 W7 L3 H.. L1 W5 W9 W8 W10 7 2nd-3rd
3Evan MacLure146479581585 W14 W12 D1 W2 W9 W4 D7 D6 H.. H.. 7 2nd-3rd
4Stephen E. Carlin126744731353 W18 L2 D5 W6 D1 L3 W12 D7 W10 L13 5.5 Under 1400
5Justin Y. Li158262421028 L1 B.. D4 W8 D6 H.. L2 W18 W14 U.. 5.5 Under 1400
6Stephen Desouza128110201326 L2 W14 W12 L4 D5 W18 D10 D3 L1 L17 4.5
7Daniel Wang145519001626 W11 W8 L2 D1 H.. H.. D3 D4 U.. U.. 4.5
8Eric Heinecke141937181251 W16 L7 H.. L5 W14 D11 H.. U.. L2 W18 4.5
9Jeffrey Hui Gao137904531248 H.. H.. W14 W11 L3 W10 L1 L2 U.. U.. 4
10Jeremy Li15936418Unr. L15 L11 B.. W18 H.. L9 D6 D14 L4 L2 3.5
11Edward Zhu16056606Unr. L7 W10 W18 L9 H.. D8 H.. U.. U.. U.. 3.5
12Gordon Peters15885708677 B.. L3 L6 W14 H.. H.. L4 L1 U.. U.. 3
13Brandon Wu149339882140 H.. H.. U.. U.. U.. U.. U.. U.. W18 W4 3
14Andrew Zhang16058226Unr. L3 L6 L9 L12 L8 B.. H.. D10 L5 L1 2
15Oscar Chan159463051352 W10 L1 H.. H.. U.. U.. U.. U.. U.. U.. 2
16Ames Abbot125225241865L8 W18 H.. H.. U.. U.. U.. U.. U.. U.. 2
17Steven Winer125225242445 H.. H.. U.. U.. U.. U.. U.. U.. U.. W6 2
18Anthony Zhang16058232Unr. L4 L16 L11 L10 B.. L6 H.. L5 L13 L8 1.5

Waltham Chess Club - July 2015

Final Standings from Waltham Chess Club BLITZ Championship 2015

Available also on my blog: http://xenophon98.wordpress.com/2015/08/01/final-standings-from-waltham-chess-club-blitz-championship-2015

WINNER: Todd Chase, WALTHAM CHESS CLUB 2015 BLITZ CHAMPION

WINNERS:

1st Place: Todd Chase

2nd Place: Ilya Rozonoyer

3rd Place: Timothy Kelly

Under 1800: Vitaliy Ryabinin

Under 1400: Michael Ostrovskiy

CODE:

$ = "won two"

# = "won one, drew one"

W = "won one, lost one" or "two draws"

D = "drew one, lost one"

L = "lost two"

#NameIDRtngRd 1Rd 2Rd 3Rd 4Rd 5Rd 6Rd 7Rd 8Rd 9Rd 10Rd 11Rd 12TotPrize
1Todd Chase124143552062 $6 $2 $4 #12 $3 $9 $6 $4 #2 W3 $7 $8 22 1st-CHAMP
2Ilya Rozonoyer127333261959 $5 L1 $3 W4 W12 W6 W5 $9 D1 $14 W3 $4 15.5 2nd
3Vitaliy Ryabinin142371761784 $11 L12 L2 $5 L1 $8 D9 $12 $5 W1 W2 $7 14.5 Under 1800
4Timothy Kelly146901951882 W7 $9 L1 W2 $8 $12 $11 L1 L5 $17 $14 L2 14 3rd
5Daniel Wang145519001583 L2 W10 #8 L3 W6 W11 W2 W14 $4 D7 D8 $13 11.5
6Dennis Kelly146901801597 L1 #11 W10 #7 W5 W2 L1 L3 W10 W9 $17 W14 11.5
7Max Heller Bennett141595281435 W4 $8 L12 D6 L9 $17 W14 W15 $9 #5 L1 L3 11
8Evan MacLure146479581598 W9 L7 D5 $11 L4 L3 $16 W13 L3 $11 #5 L1 10
9Michael Ostrovskiy147028911069 W8 L4 W11 L10 $7 L1 #3 L2 L7 W6 W10 L16 9.5 Under 1400
10Nicholas Sterling124540271766 U.. W5 W6 $9 U.. U.. U.. U.. W6 W15 W9 $11 9
11Stephen Desouza128110201337 L3 D8 W9 L8 $17 W5 L4 W16 $15 L8 L13 L10 7.5
12Robert J. King126812471938 B.. $3 $7 D1 W2 L4 U.. U.. U.. U.. U.. U.. 7
13Stephen Carlin126744731308 H.. H.. U.. U.. U.. U.. #15 W8 L14 W17 $11 L5 6.5
14Ross Eldridge123997471894 H.. H.. U.. U.. U.. U.. W7 W5 $13 L2 L4 W6 6
15Edward Astrachan124308701788 H.. H.. U.. U.. U.. U.. D13 W7 L11 W10 W16 W17 5.5
16Jeffrey Hui Gao137904531061 H.. H.. U.. U.. U.. U.. L8 W11 W17 W13 W15 L9 5
17Eric Heinecke14193718945 H.. H.. U.. U.. L11 L7 U.. U.. W16 L4 L6 W15 3.5

Waltham Chess Club - June 2015

Final Standings from Waltham Chess Club Championship 2015

Available also on my blog: https://xenophon98.wordpress.com/2015/07/03/final-standings-waltham-chess-club-2015-club-championship/

WINNER: Steven Winer, WALTHAM CHESS CLUB 2015 CHAMPION

#NameIDRtngRd 1Rd 2Rd 3Rd 4Rd 5TotPrize
1Steven Winer125498132419 W6 D3 W5 D4 D2 3.5 1st
2Carissa Yip145146362215 D5 W4 L3 W6 D1 3 2nd
3Lawyer Times121673302330 L4 D1 W2 D5 W6 3 2nd
4Edward Astrachan124308702029 W3 L2 L6 D1 W5 2.5
5Sherif A. Khater127482182201 D2 W6 L1 D3 L4 2
6Todd Chase124143552069 L1 L5 W4 L2 L3 1

Waltham Chess Club - June 2015

Final Standings from Waltham Chess Club Summer Open 2015

Available also on my blog: https://xenophon98.wordpress.com/2015/07/03/final-standings-waltham-chess-club-2015-club-championship

WINNERS:

1st Place: Andrew Luff

2nd Place: Ilya Rozonoyer

3rd Place: Vitaliy Ryabinin, Daniel Wang, Dustin Liang (3-way tie)

Under 1800: Daniel Wang, Dustin Liang (2-way tie)

Under 1400: Ananth Rangan

Daily Prizes:

5/29/15: Andrew Luff

6/5/15: Ilya Rozonoyer, Ananth Rangan

6/12/15: Syed Al-Mamun, Vitaliy Ryabinin, Dustin Liang

6/19/15: Andrew Luff, Dustin Liang

6/26/15: Andrew Luff, Vitaliy Ryabinin

#NameIDRtngRd 1Rd 2Rd 3Rd 4Rd 5Rd 6Rd 7Rd 8Rd 9Rd 10TotPrize
1Andrew Luff127887881797 W14 W11 H.. H.. D2 L8 W3 W6 D4 W5 7 1st
2Ilya Rozonoyer127333261750 W15 D3 W12 W8 D1 W6 D4 L7 L5 W9 6.5 2nd
3Vitaliy Ryabinin142371761850 W13 D2 L8 L7 W15 W9 L1 W14 W6 D4 6 3rd
4Daniel Wang145519001418 L12 W14 D7 W18 D6 H.. D2 W8 D1 D3 6 3rd / Under 1800
5Dustin Liang150724601660 H.. H.. U.. U.. W14 W17 W8 W13 W2 L1 6 3rd / Under 1800
6Ananth Rangan151636421274 W8 L7 W18 W10 D4 L2 W9 L1 L3 W13 5.5 Under 1400
7Nicholas Sterling124540271719 U.. W6 D4 W3 L8 U.. W16 W2 U.. W11 5.5
8Syed Al-mamun128506351889 L6 W15 W3 L2 W7 W1 L5 L4 L13 W16 5
9Eric Heinecke141937181287 H.. H.. U.. W19 W13 L3 L6 W16 W15 L2 5
10David W. Martin128772461804 H.. H.. W13 L6 D12 U.. W15 U.. W11 U.. 4.5
11Stephen E. Carlin126744731429 W16 L1 H.. H.. U.. U.. D13 W15 L10 L7 3.5
12Ross Eldridge123997471954 W4 H.. L2 H.. D10 U.. W14 U.. U.. U.. 3.5
13Stephen Desouza128110201341 L3 W16 L10 D15 L9 L14 D11 L5 W8 L6 3
14Anish Kammila14756510986 L1 L4 H.. H.. L5 W13 L12 L3 W16 L15 3
15Akhil Kammila14756490946 L2 L8 W19 D13 L3 L16 L10 L11 L9 W14 2.5
16Keshav Rangan15163657827 L11 L13 H.. H.. L17 W15 L7 L9 L14 L8 2
17Jeffrey Hui Gao137904531048 H.. H.. U.. U.. W16 L5 U.. U.. U.. U.. 2
18Andrew The142174341489 H.. H.. L6 L4 U.. U.. U.. U.. U.. U.. 1
19Charles Cleary126702681011 H.. H.. L15 L9 U.. U.. U.. U.. U.. U.. 1

Waltham Chess Club - July 2014

Final Standings from Waltham Chess Club BLITZ Championship 2014

Available also on my blog: http://xenophon98.wordpress.com/2014/08/01/final-standings-waltham-chess-club-blitz-championship-2014-71814-72514/

WINNER: IM Denys Shmelov, WALTHAM CHESS CLUB 2014 BLITZ CHAMPION

WINNERS:

1st Place: IM Denys Shmelov

2nd Place: Steven Winer

3rd Place: Andrew Liu

Under 1800: Srikanth Rapaka

CODE:

$ = "won two"

# = "won one, drew one"

W = "won one, lost one" or "two draws"

D = "drew one, lost one"

L = "lost two"

#NameIDRtngRd 1Rd 2Rd 3Rd 4Rd 5Rd 6Rd 7Rd 8Rd 9Rd 10Rd 11Rd 12TotPrize
1IM Denys Shmelov134336222534 $6 $4 D2 $7 $3 $9 $5 $4 $3 W2 $13 $7 21.5 1st-CHAMP
2Steven Winer125498132496 $5 $7 #1 #3 S4 #12 $8 $7 $13 W1 $4 W3 20.5 2nd
3Andrew Liu139876602394 $10 $9 $12 D2 L1 #4 $14 $6 L1 W13 $5 W2 16 3rd
4Todd Chase124143552057 $11 L1 W5 $9 L2 D3 $11 L1 W5 $7 L2 $14 12.5
5Syed Al-mamun128506351813 L2 $18 W4 #6 L12 $11 $16 L13 W4 $14 L3 W11 12.5
6Vitaliy Ryabinin142371761861 L1 W11 $10 D5 W7 W8 $15 L3 W14 W10 L8 $9 11.5
7Ilya Rozonoyer127333261883 $18 L2 W9 L1 W6 W10 $17 L2 $8 L4 $10 L1 11
8Nicholas Sterling124540271689 U.. U.. $11 L12 $10 W6 L2 $17 L7 $11 $6 U.. 11
9Srikanth Rapaka154507581580 $12 L3 W7 L4 $11 L1 L13 $16 L10 $15 L14 L6 9 Under 1800
10Jonathan Edwin129233061690 L3 L12 L6 W11 L8 W7 L1 W11 $16 W6 L7 $15 8
11Stephen Desouza128110201325 L4 W6 L8 W10 L9 L5 L4 W10 $17 L8 $16 L5 8
12Joshua Marcus126573832138 L9 $10 L3 $8 $5 D2 U.. U.. U.. U.. U.. U.. 6.5
13Gregory Kaden120005502304 H.. H.. U.. U.. U.. U.. $9 $5 L2 W3 L1 U.. 6
14Peter Teodorescu142573571608 H.. H.. U.. U.. U.. U.. L3 $15 W6 L5 $9 L4 6
15Janardhan Nallapu15477520unr. H.. H.. U.. U.. U.. U.. L6 L14 $16 L9 $17 L10 5
16Srivishnu Piratla15472241unr. H.. H.. U.. U.. U.. U.. L5 L9 L15 $17 L11 U.. 3
17Jocelyn Kaden15190568101 H.. H.. U.. U.. U.. U.. L7 L8 L11 L16 L15 U.. 1
18Ethan Qian-Tsuchida15474096unr. L7 L5 U.. U.. U.. U.. U.. U.. U.. U.. U.. U.. 0

Waltham Chess Club - June 2014

Final Standings from Waltham Chess Club Championship 2014

Available also on my blog: http://xenophon98.wordpress.com/2014/7/15/final-standings-in-waltham-cc-championship-2014/

WINNER: Steven Winer, WALTHAM CHESS CLUB 2014 CHAMPION

#NameIDRtngRd 1Rd 2Rd 3Rd 4Rd 5Tot
1Steven Winer125498132419 W2 W5 W3 D4 W6 4.5
2Todd Chase124143552051 L1 W6 W5 D3 -4 2.5
3IM Denys Shmelov134336222463 W6 D4 L1 D2 -5 2
4Andrew Liu139876602302 W5 D3 -6 D1 -2 2
5Michael Yu149242361813 L4 L1 L2 -6 -3 0
6Brandon Wu149339881921 L3 L2 -4 -5 L1 0

Waltham Chess Club - June 2014

Final Standings from Waltham Chess Club Summer Open 2014

Available also on my blog: http://xenophon98.wordpress.com/2014/07/01/771/

WINNERS:

1st Place: Vitaliy Ryabinin

2nd Place & 3rd Place: Ilya Rozonoyer, Andrew Luff (2-way tie)

Under 1800: Soren Pedersen

Under 1400: Daniel Wang

Daily Prizes:

5/30/14: Vitaliy Ryabinin

6/6/14: Ilya Rozonoyer, Syed Al-mamun

6/13/14: Stephen Carlin

6/20/14: Vitaliy Ryabinin, Andrew Luff, David Martin

6/27/14: Vitaliy Ryabinin, Ilya Rozonoyer, Andrew Luff, Syed Al-mamun, Soren Pedersen

#NameIDRtngRd 1Rd 2Rd 3Rd 4Rd 5Rd 6Rd 7Rd 8Rd 9Rd 10TotPrize
1Vitaliy Ryabinin142371761861 W9 W2 D12 L4 W3 D6 W5 W7 W8 W10 8 1st
2Ilya Rozonoyer127333261747 W10 L1 W8 W12 W4 D5 L3 W6 W9 W14 7.5 2nd / 3rd
3Andrew Luff127887881713 W13 D12 L4 W6 L1 W8 W2 W5 W10 W9 7.5 2nd / 3rd
4Syed Al-mamun128506351800 W11 D5 W3 W1 L2 L7 D6 W9 W13 W8 7
5Soren Sandmann Pedersen154213061665 W14 D4 H.. H.. D6 D2 L1 L3 W11 W13 5.5 Under 1800
6Daniel Wang145519001389 L12 W13 W9 L3 D5 D1 D4 L2 D18 W11 5 Under 1400
7Nicholas Sterling124540271750 U.. U.. W17 U.. W10 W4 D9 L1 U.. W18 4.5
8David W. Martin128772461639 H.. H.. L2 L11 W13 L3 W10 W14 L1 L4 4
9Stephen Carlin126744731435 L1 D10 L6 D17 W14 W13 D7 L4 L2 L3 3.5
10Stephen Desouza128110201313 L2 D9 H.. H.. L7 W14 L8 W13 L3 L1 3.5
11Eric A Heinecke141937181329 L4 W14 H.. W8 H.. U.. U.. U.. L5 L6 3
12Frank Kroell153759441848 W6 D3 D1 L2 H.. H.. U.. U.. U.. U.. 3
13Jesse Enoch Liu14716377884 L3 L6 H.. H.. L8 L9 W14 L10 L4 L5 2
14David Ren15436981unr. L5 L11 H.. H.. L9 L10 L13 L8 W20 L2 2
15Ted Belanoff127582642205 H.. H.. U.. U.. U.. U.. U.. U.. U.. W16 2
16Peter Teodorescu142573571650 H.. H.. U.. U.. U.. U.. U.. U.. D19 L15 1.5
17Christopher Estremera127026551528 U.. U.. L7 D9 H.. H.. U.. U.. U.. U.. 1.5
18David Moses126593871018 H.. H.. U.. U.. U.. U.. U.. U.. D6 L7 1.5
19Ross Eldridge123997471901 H.. H.. U.. U.. U.. U.. U.. U.. D16 U.. 1.5
20Amelia Chou Tran15209812106 H.. H.. U.. U.. U.. U.. U.. U.. L14 U.. 1

Waltham Chess Club - August 2013: Free Wild Card #21

Fellow Chess-Players,

Waltham Pizza never ceases to amaze me. They had all my pizzas ready right on schedule, and we got to try a new flavor - White, with garlic, onions, and olives. Rave reviews!

Seventeen players went at it tonight, and we played G/15 d3. By popular acclamation, for future votes at Wild Cards, we'll substitute G/15 d0 (five round) for G/13 d0 (six round).

We also plan to start rotating time controls of G/30 d5, G/20 d3, and Rated Blitz among the established time controls G/10 d3, G/40 d5, and Unrated Blitz that will remain our monthly staples. If anyone has a preference, please shoot me an e-mail.

For tonight's event, Ilya Rozonoyer took clear first place, and David Martin and Edward Chiu split second place. Congratulations to the winners! The Standings are given on my Blog at http://xenophon98.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/wcc-free-wild-card-21-standings-83013/.

I'm off for two weeks, so I'll see you when I get back!

Waltham Chess Club - June 2013

Final Standings from Waltham Chess Club Championship 2013

Available also on my blog: http://xenophon98.wordpress.com/2013/08/04/final-standings-in-waltham-cc-championship-invitational-2013/

WINNER: IM Denys Shmelov, WALTHAM CHESS CLUB 2013 CHAMPION

#NameIDRtngRd 1Rd 2Rd 3Rd 4Rd 5Tot
1IM Denys Shmelov134336222501 W3 W5 W4 W6 D2 4.5
2Andrew Liu139876602194 W5 D4 W6 -3 D1 3
3Steven Winer125498132437 L1 W6 W5 -2 -4 2
4Todd S Chase124143552028 W6 D2 L1 D5 -3 2
5Farzad Abdi128683722130 L2 L1 L3 D4 -6 0.5
6Gregory Kaden120005502162 L4 L3 L2 L1 -5 0

Waltham Chess Club - July 2013: G/5

Our numbers for our final event in July slipped slightly to 16, but we had a fun time nonetheless. The Standings are given on my Blog at http://xenophon98.wordpress.com/2013/07/28/wcc-june-g5-standings-72613/. IM Denys Shmelov had first place secured by the fifth round, and Gregory Kaden and Harold Moye took second place, with Ilya Rozonoyer taking the Under 1700 Prize. For the first time in months, I got to play Bughouse afterwards, and enjoyed it immensely; too bad I have missed out on it for so long! Thanks to all who came.

Waltham Chess Club - July 2013: Free Wild Card #20

Tonight was one of the most phenomenal turnouts we have seen for a holiday weekend - 26 players! - and if we had been able to give out prizes, we would have given out all the ones available, for the first time ever! All we need to do is to keep our numbers this high for rated events, and then we will give out all the prizes. The Standings are given on my Blog at http://xenophon98.wordpress.com/2013/07/06/wcc-free-wild-card-20-standings-7513/. We were happy to welcome back Alex Cherniack, and we congratulate him on sharing First Prize overall with Todd Chase.

Waltham Chess Club - June 2013: G/5

We had a decent turnout of 19 players for our final event in June. The Standings are given on my Blog at http://xenophon98.wordpress.com/2013/06/30/wcc-june-g5-standings-62813/. IM Denys Shmelov edged Steven Winer for first place, and Vitaliy Ryabinin and Peter Teodorescu split the Under 1700 Prize. A brand-new player, Alex Yu, was the dark-horse winner of the Under 1200 prize. Way to go, Alex; we'll be keeping an eye on you! Thanks to all who came.

Waltham Chess Club - June 2013

Final Standings from Waltham Chess Club Summer Open 2013

Available also on my blog: http://xenophon98.wordpress.com/2013/06/09/

WINNERS:

1st Place: Jesse Nicholas

2nd Place & Under 1700: David Martin, Andrew Luff (2-way tie)

Under 1200: Daniel Wang

Daily Prizes:

5/3/13: Jesse Nicholas, David Martin, Evan MacLure

5/10/13: Jesse Nicholas, Eric Han, Jesse Enoch Liu

5/17/13: Jesse Nicholas, Syed Al-Mamun, Benjamin Swiszcz

5/31/13: Andrew Luff, Eric Han, Erik Elbieh, Stephen Desouza

6/7/13: Jesse Nicholas, David Martin, Stephen Desouza, Shrujan San, Walter Driscoll

#NameIDRtngRd 1Rd 2Rd 3Rd 4Rd 5Rd 6Rd 7Rd 8Rd 9Rd 10TotPrize
1Jesse Nicholas128728782130 W18 W24 W2 W3 W13 W4 H.. H.. W5 W12 9 1st
2David Martin128772461649 W8 W7 L1 W11 W5 D3 D4 L12 W9 W10 7 2nd / Under 1700
3Andrew Luff127887881625 W9 D5 W4 L1 W15 D2 W8 W16 W7 L6 7 2nd / Under 1700
4Daniel Wang145519001167 W28 D22 L3 W7 W9 L1 D2 D8 W15 D5 6 Under 1200
5Michael Yu149242361050 W11 D3 D7 W8 L2 H.. W15 H.. L1 D4 5.5
6Stephen Desouza128110201369 H.. H.. U.. U.. U.. U.. W28 W11 W8 W3 5
7Stephen Carlin126744731411 W10 L2 D5 L4 L20 W23 L12 W24 L3 W9 4.5
8Bharath Heggadahalli14364786891 L2 W28 W23 L5 W11 L13 L3 D4 L6 W15 4.5
9Eric Han14886125867 L3 L11 W14 W10 L4 L20 W23 W15 L2 L7 4
10Rajanna Heggadahalli14837387624 L7 W15 L27 L9 W16 L21 W24 L18 W22 L2 4
11Shrujal San14365293299 L5 W9 W17 L2 L8 L15 L16 LL6 W14 W22 4
12Nicholas Sterling124540271765 W15 U.. U.. U.. U.. W14 W7 W2 L19 L1 4
13Evan MacLure146479581195 W29 W25 H.. H.. L1 W8 U.. U.. U.. U.. 4
14Xiong Liu14924263975 L1 L26 L9 W28 L21 L12 L18 W23 L11 W30 3
15Jesse Enoch Liu14716377907 L12 L10 W28 W23 L3 W11 L5 L9 L4 L8 3
16Venkata Sai Chai Kandibanda146970881331 H.. H.. U.. U.. L10 W28 W11 L3 U.. U.. 3
17Christopher Ye14830541900 L25 W29 L11 W22 H.. H.. U.. U.. U.. U.. 3
18Erik Elbieh128217371819 H.. H.. U.. U.. U.. U.. W14 W10 U.. U.. 3
19Walter Driscoll125475131810 H.. H.. U.. U.. U.. U.. U.. U.. W12 W28 3
20Syed Al-mamun128506351791 H.. H.. U.. U.. W7 W9 U.. U.. U.. U.. 3
21Benjamin Swiszcz128931911718 H.. H.. U.. U.. W14 W10 U.. U.. U.. U.. 3
22Eric Heinecke141937181059 H.. D4 H.. L17 U.. U.. U.. W28 L10 L11 2.5
23Shawn Shuang Wu15152333unr. H.. H.. L8 L15 W28 L7 L9 L14 U.. U.. 2
24Brandon Wu149339881431 W26 L1 H.. H.. U.. U.. L10 L7 U.. U.. 2
25R. Shane McGary124093171687 W17 L13 H.. H.. U.. U.. U.. U.. U.. U.. 2
26Sri Nuvvula14693352861 L24 W14 H.. H.. U.. U.. U.. U.. U.. U.. 2
27Mark Louis West15064763unr. H.. H.. W10 U.. U.. U.. U.. U.. U.. U.. 2
28Earl Mitchell Gogan14869096382 L4 L8 L15 L14 L23 L16 L6 L22 W30 L19 1
29Ian McGary15154104426 L13 L14 H.. H.. U.. U.. U.. U.. U.. U.. 1
30Eddy Pan15011424unr. H.. H.. U.. U.. U.. U.. U.. U.. L28 L14 1

Waltham Chess Club - May 2013: Free Wild Card #19

Pizza and lots of drinks (thanks to Harold Moye and Stephen Carlin) kept everyone well fed and quaffed during our Wild Card event just prior to Memorial Day weekend. This made for a good respite in our 2013 Club Championship. The Standings are given on my Blog at http://xenophon98.wordpress.com/2013/05/26/standings-from-waltham-cc-free-wild-card-19-52413/. Gregory Kaden came in first place just ahead of Erik Siggelkoe, Robert J. King, and Harold Moye. Thanks to everyone who came, and we'll see you over the board again soon.

Waltham Chess Club - June 2012

Final Standings from Waltham Chess Club Championship 2012

Available also on my blog: http://xenophon98.wordpress.com/2012/06/22/final-standings-in-waltham-cc-championship-invitational-62912/

WINNERS: IM Denys Shmelov, Andrew Liu, WALTHAM CHESS CLUB CO-CHAMPIONS

#NameIDRtngRd 1Rd 2Rd 3Rd 4Rd 5Tot
1IM Denys Shmelov134336222494 W4 D2 D3 W6 W5 4
2Andrew Liu139876602118 W6 D1 D4 W5 W3 4
3Lawyer Times121673302282 W5 W6 D1 D4 L2 3
4Todd S Chase124143552031 L1 W5 D2 D3 W6 3
5Michael Gosselin100059731851 L3 L4 D6 L2 L1 0.5
6Nicholas Sterling124540271796 L2 L3 D5 L1 L4 0.5

Final Standings from Waltham Chess Club Summer Open 2012

Available also on my blog: http://xenophon98.wordpress.com/2012/06/23/154/

WINNERS:

1st Place: Steven Winer

2nd Place: Andy Li

Under 2000: Ross Eldridge, Andrew J Boyer, Peter Teodorescu (3-way tie)

Under 1300: Jesse Enoch Liu

Daily Prizes:

6/1/12: Steven Winer, Andy Li, Ross Eldridge, Conway Xu, Andrew Stone

6/8/12: Steven Winer, Andrew Boyer, Peter Teodorescu, Xiong Liu

6/15/12: Steven Winer, Andy Li, Andrew Stone, Michael Raphael

6/22/12: Vitaliy Ryabinin, Jesse Enoch Liu

6/29/12: Ross Eldridge, Peter Teodorescu, Daniel Wang

#NameIDRtngRd 1Rd 2Rd 3Rd 4Rd 5Rd 6Rd 7Rd 8Rd 9Rd 10TotPrize
1Steven M Winer125498132427 W22 W4 W6 W2 W3 W7 W14 D13 H.. H.. 8.5 1st
2Andy Li141152461674 W15 W5 W3 L1 W4 W10 H.. H.. D6 D7 7 2nd
3Ross Eldridge123997471993 W11 W17 L2 W10 L1 W20 L4 D14 W9 W6 6.5 Under 2000
4Andrew J Boyer128939401671 W16 L1 W11 W14 L2 W5 W3 L6 W7 D9 6.5 Under 2000
5Peter Teodorescu142573571315 W19 L2 W20 W7 L13 L4 D9 W17 W14 W11 6.5 Under 2000
6Conway Xu141458581789 W2 W10 L1 W17 H.. H.. L13 W14 D2 L3 5.5
7Vitaliy Ryabinin142371761609 H.. H.. W12 L5 W11 L1 W17 W10 L4 D2 5.5
8Jesse Enoch Liu14716377629 L9 L22 W24 L11 W18 L17 W24 W12 D20 W14 5.5 Under 1300
9David W. Martin128772461600 W8 H.. W14 H.. U.. U.. D5 W11 L3 D4 5
10Andrew Luff127887881551 W18 L6 W23 L3 W12 L2 W20 L7 L11 W19 5
11Alvin Tan136967701042 L3 W24 L4 W8 L7 W12 W15 L9 W10 L5 5
12Daniel Wang14551900989 L6 W18 L7 W23 L10 L11 W24 L8 W15 W20 5
13Ilya Rozonoyer127333261687 L14 W16 H.. H.. W5 L21 W6 D1 U.. U.. 4.5
14Andrew Stone14702623974 W13 W26 L9 L4 W17 W16 L1 D3 L5 L8 4.5
15Carl Fetteroll14903973935 L2 W19 L17 L20 W24 D22 L11 W26 L12 W18 4.5
16Sri Nuvvula14693352888 L4 L13 W27 L19 W28 L14 W23 D20 H.. H.. 4.5
17Stephen Carlin126744731457 W24 L3 W15 L6 L14 W18 L7 L5 H.. H.. 4
18David Peng14736611418 L10 L12 L19 W27 L8 B.. H.. H.. W24 L15 4
19Xiong Liu14924263unr. L5 L15 W18 W16 H.. H.. U.. L23 W25 L10 4
20Matthew Sullivan14856194unr. H.. H.. L5 W15 W22 L3 L10 D16 D8 L12 4
21Michael Raphael128522361731 H.. H.. U.. U.. W23 W13 U.. U.. U.. U.. 3
22Leonardo Cheng136063301160 L1 W8 H.. H.. L20 D15 U.. U.. U.. U.. 2.5
23Patrick Sullivan14856208671 H.. H.. L10 L12 L21 D24 L16 W19 U.. U.. 2.5
24Earl Mitchell Gogan14869096168 L17 L11 L8 B.. L15 D23 L12 W27 L18 L25 2.5
25Stephen Desouza128110201420 H.. H.. U.. U.. U.. U.. U.. U.. L19 W24 2
26Eric Heinecke141937181011 H.. L14 H.. U.. U.. U.. U.. L15 U.. B.. 2
27Sanjana Kadiyala14728680107 H.. H.. L16 L18 U.. U.. L8 L24 U.. U.. 1
28Atharva Kasar14933471unr. H.. H.. U.. U.. L16 U.. U.. U.. U.. U.. 1

Waltham Chess Club - March 2012

Waltham Chess Club is getting ready for its first Club Championship in several years, to be held in June over five weeks. We will have a Master Invitational with five rounds, one per night, and the rest of the field will play two rounds of G/45 per night. The fee will be $15 per night, with a discounted rate of $40 for the entire event, and a discounted rate for Masters. Bragging rights!

We also are considering introducing two new Prize levels to our general tournaments: Under-2000 and Under-1300. Player attendance and fund levels permitting, these two prizes (single first place) will be given either to separate sections or to the top players under the thresholds in a single section. Our increasing player numbers have made it possible for us to expand our Prizes, and I am grateful to all the players who have come regularly to Waltham Chess Club and swelled our numbers.

Some highlights from the last few months:

  • GM Alexander Ivanov paid us another visit in November and swept the November First Friday with a perfect score of 7 points.
  • Resident master Steven Winer won the Open Section of the Veteran's Day G/40 (one of many events he won), and Syed Al-Mamun took the Under 1500 Section. Both won with perfect scores of 3 points.
  • Masters Steven Winer and Lawyer Times tied with 3.5 points out of 4 in the Open Section of the November G/20, while Steven Malcolm Sparber took the Under 1400 Section with a perfect score of 4 points.
  • Masters IM Denys Shmelov and Steven Winer tied with 6 points out of 7 in the January First Friday.
  • We had a four-way tie in the Snowbound G/40: IM Denys Shmelov, Steven Winer, Alex Cherniack, and David Martin, all with 2.5 points out of 3.
  • IM Denys Shmelov edged Steve Winer with 6.5 points out of 7 in the March First Friday.
  • And finally, last but not least: we had a four-way tie in the Under 1100 Section of the March G/20: Prakalya Chandrasekar, Evan MacLure, Jesse Liu, and David Peng. These last three players were all brand new that night, and scored 3 out of 4 points. This was the largest event we had run recently with a record turnout of 32 players.

See you at the Club Championship!

Nicholas P. Sterling, Ph.D. Waltham Chess Club, Tournament Director

Waltham Chess Club - November 2011

Our Holiday Party will be held on December 16. There will be an unrated G/5 or G/10, and then Bughouse! Bring food! We usually have more food than we know what to do with, but it doesn't matter - bring more!

Some highlights from the last few months:

  • Steven Winer, our resident Master, took the May First Friday with a score of 6.5 out of 7 points.
  • GM IM Denys Shmelov was a winner in every summer event he played in, including taking a perfect 7-point score in the July First Friday and a perfect 4-point score in the July G/20.
  • Friday the 13th was a most lucky night for IM Denys Shmelov, Steven Winer, and Todd Chase, who tied for first place with scores of 6 out of 7 points in the May Triskadekaphobia.
  • How about a four-way tie? Andrew Liu and Jesse Nicholas tied for first place with Shmelov and Winer with 2 points each in the Stanley Cup G/60 (so named in honor of the Bruins' victory earlier that week).
  • How about a five-way tie? Andrew Luff and master Lawyer Times tied with Shmelov, Winer, and Chase with 2 points each in the Hazy and Humid G/60.
  • In the Under-1500 Section of the Mid-Summer G/60, Sam Lurie, Marcus Luzzi, and Andrew Boyer tied for first place with 2 points. Great job, guys!
  • Steven Winer, Evan Rabin, and Andrew Liu split first place three ways with 3.5 out of 4 points in the September G/20.
  • In our first ever G/40 (replacing G/60 by popular request), the Autumnal Equinox G/40, Steven Winer, Lawyer Times, and Andrew Boyer tied three ways for first place in the Open Section with 2.5 out of 3 points. Edward Varvak took sole first place in the under-1000 section - way to go, Edward!
  • Robert Perez, a new Master for Waltham CC, edged Steven Winer in the October First Friday to take sole first place with a perfect score of 7 points. Congratulations, Robert!
  • Another new Master for us, Marek Andrzej Stryjecki, tied with Steven Winer for first place in the *HOWLING!* G/40 with 2.5 out of 3 points. Andrew Luff took the Under-1500 Section with a perfect score of 3 points.

Finally, our five-week Club Championship comes next year in June. This will be a 10-round G/45 Swiss, 2 rounds per Friday night. The fee will be $30 per night, but will be discounted for those who come regularly to our Club. There will be daily prizes for each night and a first- and second-place Grand Prize at the end. Advance entries are recommended.

See you at our Party and enjoy your holiday season!

Nicholas P. Sterling, Ph.D. Waltham Chess Club, Tournament Director

Waltham Chess Club - October 2011: Ghosts and Goblins G/5

Plenty of Halloween candy was on hand to greet chess trick-or-treaters at our Blitz event on 10/28/11. The Wall-Chart is on my blog, http://xenophon98.wordpress.com/2011/11/05/77/. Steven Winer, Robert Perez, and Evan Rabin tied in first place with 10 points apiece out of 12. Thanks to all who played.

Waltham Chess Club - April 2011

Waltham Chess thanks Jim Walker, self-described as "photo editor of the Waltham News Tribune and wickedlocalwaltham.com and proud resident of the Watch City since 2008", for coming to visit our Club in January and posting a great article with pictures in the February Tribune. We came to know Jim last December after he published his blog entry "So many chess tables, so little chess..."(http://blogs.wickedlocal.com/brandnewwatch/2010/12/14/so-many-chess-tables-so-little-chess/#ixzz1KIyzSPTI), with his first mention of the Waltham Club. You may find the final article at the Wicked Local Waltham site:(http://www.wickedlocal.com/waltham/photos/x1240515108/Waltham-Chess-Club).

We also thank SM IM Denys Shmelov for coming so faithfully week after week through 2010. He has started graduate school at University of Connecticut, and we wish him the best of luck. We additionally congratulate him on receiving his first GM norm at Berkeley.

Finally, we will be hosting a Waltham Club Championship in June, 2012. More details to come.

Some highlights from the last few months:

  • Allen Wang won the under-1500 section in the December First Friday with 6.5 out of 7 points. Great job, Allen!
  • There was a four-way 2-point tie for first place at the Fireplace G/60 among IM Denys Shmelov, Todd Chase, Daniel Shapiro, and Nithin Kavi.
  • GM Alexander Ivanov swept the January First Friday with a perfect score of 7 points, and the January G/20 with a perfect score of 4 points.
  • Yurij Zhaurov and Peter Teodorescu tied, with 2 points apiece, for first place at the MLK G/60.
  • There was a three-way 6-point tie (out of 7 points) at the February First Friday among Todd, Yurij, and Andrew Liu.
  • Todd and Tian Rossi tied, with 2 points apiece, for first place in the Open Section of the Valentine's Day G/60. Steve Carlin and Justin Wu tied , with 2 points apiece, for first place in the under 1500 section.
  • Vitaliy Ryabinin held tough at the March First Friday and won with 4.5 points out of 5. Way to go, Vitaliy!
  • There was a three-way 3-point tie (out of 4 points) at the March G/20 among Todd, Andrew Liu, and Edward Astrachan.
  • Steve Winer, a 2400-rated Master, and Edward Astrachan tied, with 2 points apiece, for first place in the Open Section of the College Hoops G/60. Akshay Saini, Alex Kaye, and Brandon Wu tied , with 2 points apiece, for first place in the under 1600 section.
  • Steve Winer swept the April First Friday with a perfect score of 7 points,a and the April G/20 with a perfect score of 4 points. We welcome Steve aboard at the Waltham Chess Club and hope to have him at many more tournaments.
  • Steve Winer and Simon Slutsky tied, with 2 points apiece, for first place in the Open Section of the Marathon G/60. Akshay Saini, Andrew Luff, and Eddie Wang tied , with 2 points apiece, for first place in the under 1600 section. Great job to all the winners.

Waltham Chess Club - November 2010

In September Waltham Chess Club collaborated with Howard Goldowsky and Back Pages Bookstore to host an event at the bookstore (on Waltham's Moody Street) on the 11th. The event was designed to promote the book Masters of Technique, edited by Goldowsky and published by Mongoose Press. Included was a simultaneous exhibition by Senior Master IM Denys Shmelov, followed by a blitz tournament run by Michael Gosselin and Todd Chase. All of the proceeds were donated to charity. I'd like to thank Howard and Back Pages for organizing this event and inviting us to participate, and Denys, Michael and Todd for running the simul and blitz tournament. The participating players enjoyed themselves and a few copies of Masters were sold. We hope the bookstore will host another such event in the future and that, with more effective promotion, more players will come.

Waltham Chess Club had a slight dip in attendance in September, but came back strong in October, and in November we had our highest turnout in my tenure, 20 players. I am especially pleased with the high inflU.. of new players, an average of one per week.

Check out our newly designed website at http://walthamchessclub.org. Vitaliy Ryabinin worked really hard to get it published for us, and we thank him for the high-class upgrade.

Some highlights from the last few months:

  • SM IM Denys Shmelov marches on! Among several victories, he had a perfect score of 7 points at the November First Friday, taking clear first place over the next contender (with 5.5 points).
  • Evan Rabin split first prize with IM Denys Shmelov with scores of 3.5 out of 4 points in the November G/20. The two players drew in the prize round. We were pleased to welcome Evan from Brandeis University, and we thank him for his blog entry (http://adventuresofrabin.blogspot.com/2010/11/excursion-to-other-side-of-waltham.html) about his experience at our Club.
  • Todd Chase split first prize with IM Denys Shmelov in the Open Section of the Day of Thanks G/60, with 2 points. Jesse Klimov took the Under-1600 prize with a score of 2 points.
  • With 6.5 points out of 7, Todd Chase edged IM Denys Shmelov (with 6 points) to win the October First Friday. It was Todd's night!
  • At the November First Friday, Brandon Wu and Allen Wang split first prize in the Under-1300 section with scores of 6.5 out of 7 points.
  • Leonardo Lopez won the Under-1500 section with 2 points at the Sukkot G/60 in September.
  • Brandon Wu and Peter Teodorescu split first prize in the Under -1300 section with 2 points at the Fright Night G/60.

We'll see you in 2011 - Happy Holidays!

Nicholas P. Sterling, Ph.D.

Waltham Chess Club

Tournament Director

Waltham Chess Club - August 2010

The highlight of our summer was the observance of our 100th First Friday G/10 tournament this August. The first ever First Friday was directed by Michael Gosselin back in 1996, making our 100th a long-awaited watershed to reached. Everyone who came brought lots of munchies to nosh on and made the event a great success.

Another event upcoming (as of the time of writing) will be held at Back Pages Bookstore on Waltham's Moody Street on Saturday, September 11, from 12 PM to 6 PM. The event will include a simultaneous exhibition by Senior Master IM Denys Shmelov, followed by a blitz tournament run by Michael Gosselin and Todd Chase. All of the proceeds will be donated to charity. I'd like to thank Howard Goldowsky for organizing this event and inviting Waltham Chess Club to participate.

Our attendance numbers this summer have stayed consistently high, between 16 and 20 players, with occasional dips when players were away on vacation. We expect our numbers to return to full strength from September onward.

The Waltham Chess Club meets every Friday evening from 7 PM through the evening, sometimes burning the post-midnight oil. Our website is http://walthamchessclub.org, including directions to our site at the IBM Building (404 Wyman Street in Waltham), and our schedule of events (which can also be found on the MACA website calendar).

Some highlights from the last few months:

  • IM Denys Shmelov has continued to march through tournament after tournament in winning style. Perfect 7-point scores at the June and July First Fridays, a perfect 4-point score at the June G/20 - congratulations to Denys!
  • The Hot and Steamy G/60 in July featured a remarkable four-way 2-point tie for first among Denys, Todd Chase, Edward Astrachan, and Andrew Liu.
  • Frank Sisto, Todd Chase, and Geoffrey Collins tied three ways for first place with 3 points out of 4 each in the Open Section. Vitaliy Ryabinin took sole first place in the Under-1400 Section with a perfect score of 4 points.
  • Erik Siggelkoe took sole first place at the August First Friday with a score of 6.5 out of 7 points.
  • Brandon Wu took sole first place in the Under 1500 Section at the Aloha G/60 in August with a perfect score of 2 points. Way to go, Brandon!

And I continue to welcome game scores to publish as articles.

We thank all of you who have come to play at Waltham Chess Club.

Nicholas P. Sterling, Ph.D.

Waltham Chess Club

Tournament Director

Waltham Chess Club – June 2010

Pizza! The staff of life for chess players.

On the Friday before Memorial Day, our club hosted a Free Pizza Night to escort in the MA Open weekend. 11 players appeared, including a few new players and one returning after a long absence; together we made quick work of 3 16” pizzas. The winner of that night’s 5-round G/15 was a new player for us, Igor Gavrilov, who comes to us from Skopje, Macedonia. He put his FIDE experience to good work that Friday night, winning the event with a score of 4.5 out of 5 points.

The Waltham Chess Club meets every Friday evening from 7 PM through the evening, sometimes burning the post-midnight oil. Our website is http://walthamchessclub.org, including directions to our site at the IBM Building (404 Wyman Street in Waltham), and our schedule of events (which can also be found on the MACA website calendar).

The "Top 10" free or low-cost benefits that the club offers are:

  1. Covered Parking Garage with lots of space!
  2. A great, clean and secure facility with low overhead that keeps the club's costs down!
  3. No membership dues! (currently)
  4. Low tournament entry fees, with a no-prize option and free to Masters!
  5. Friday Night games - can play all night
  6. Weekly 1-Night Tournaments
  7. Multiple Time Controls
  8. Varied levels of chess members (rating-wise)
  9. Occasional Free Food and Special Events
  10. BugHouse and Games for Fun after regular tournaments.

Some highlights from the last few months:

  • Our resident master, SM IM Denys Shmelov, swept all the events that he came to since my last report, with perfect scores at several of them. Congratulations to Denys. Watch next issue for an annotated game of his.
  • Andrew Liu deserves an honorary mention for defeating Denys at the April First Friday and drawing with him at the April G/25. In addition Andrew took sole second place at the Patriot’s Day G/60, with 1.5 out of 2 points; and split second place three ways with Glen Soucy and Tian Rossi at the May First Friday, with 4.5 out of 7 points. Good job, Andrew, Glen, and Tian.
  • Lawyer Times split first place with Denys at the Memorial Day G/60. We are glad to have him playing at our club again.
  • Edward Astrachan and Steve Desouza split first prize at the March Madness G/60. (No Denys?)
  • We welcomed back Paul Sciaraffa, Carlos Avalos, and Tomas Ramirez, and we are really pleased to have many new Scholastic and other players join us. Our numbers grew considerably these past few months, and it is all thanks to you, the players who have come to our club.

Finally, I intend to publish regularly in Chess Horizons one featured game from a WCC tournament. If you have a score of a game that you’d like to see in print, turn it in to me and I’ll write up an article. Annotations are welcome but not necessary.

Thanks to all those who have come to Waltham on Friday night. We love to have you!

Nicholas P. Sterling, Ph.D.

Waltham Chess Club

Tournament Director

Waltham Chess Club – February 2010

We closed out 2009 in high spirits with a highly successful Holiday Party on 12/18/09. Everyone who came brought so much pizza and so many delicious desserts, snacks, and soda that we were all floating in food within an hour. We ran a 3-Round Game/10 tournament, which Max Chiu-hsin Lu won with a perfect score of 3 points; we followed that with a team quad Bughouse tournament., which Team I (Todd Chase and Hao-Yuan Pai) won with a perfect score of 3 points. This is certainly the first Bughouse Tournament WCC has held for a long time, if ever, and I look forward to many more. Thanks to everyone who came, brought food, and played.

The Waltham Chess Club meets every Friday evening from 7 PM through the evening, sometimes burning the post-midnight oil. Our website is http://walthamchessclub.org, including directions to our site at the IBM Building (404 Wyman Street in Waltham), and our schedule of events (which can also be found on the MACA website calendar).

Some highlights from the last few months:

  • Tomas Girnius took first place in the Festival of Lights G/60 in December, with a score of 2 points.
  • Frank Sisto took first place in the First Friday in January with a score of 6.5 out of 7 points.
  • We were delighted to welcome International GM Arthur Bisguier, and welcome back Edward Epp, to the MLK G/60 in January. Todd Chase and Matthew James Webber took first and second prizes with scores of 2 points and 1.5 points respectively.
  • Todd Chase took first prize in the January G/25 with a perfect score of 3 points, while George Comeau took the first under-1500 prize with a score of 2 out of 3 points.
  • We are honored to welcome SM IM Denys Shmelov to our club. In a tough field that included Gregory Kaden, Todd Chase, and Frank Sisto, Denys took first prize in the First Friday in February with a score of 6 out of 7 points.
  • In our first Wild Card event in February, we held a 5-Round G/15. We were pleased to have Patrick Sciacca join us that night, and he and Tomas Girnius took first and second prizes with scores of 5 and 4 points respectively. We were also happy to welcome back Barbara Peskin. Free pizza was served that night, and I thank everyone who made donations to cover the cost.

Finally, I intend to publish regularly in Chess Horizons one featured game from a WCC tournament. If you have a score of a game that you’d like to see in print, turn it in to me and I’ll write up an article. Annotations are welcome but not necessary.

Thanks to all those who have come to Waltham on Friday night and helped our club to grow and prosper.

Nicholas P. Sterling, Ph.D.

Waltham Chess Club

Tournament Director

Waltham Chess Club – December 2009

Thank you to all the players who have come to the Waltham Chess Club recently and raised our attendance! We had so many people show up on the Friday before Columbus Day that we were able to run an impromptu unrated G/5! My goal is to crack an attendance of 16 so that we can have sections with at least 8 players in a section. So keep on coming and helping our club to be a success.

The Waltham Chess Club meets every Friday evening from 7 PM through the evening, sometimes burning the post-midnight oil. Our website is http://walthamchessclub.org, including directions to our site at the IBM Building (404 Wyman Street in Waltham), and our schedule of events (which can also be found on the MACA website calendar). Each month, we schedule most of the following events: a First Friday G/10, a two-round G/60, a three-round G/25 (all of these USCF rated), and an unrated G/5 Blitz. Our prizes come out of the cash from entry fees each night.

Masters play for free, as long as they have a 2200 Rating as of the latest Supplement, or can show they have a Life Master title.

We’ll have Free Pizza some nights, and we look forward to scheduling big special events with lots of prize money.

Some highlights from the last few months:

  • We were pleased to have GM Alexander Ivanov join us for the First Fridays in September and October, winning both events handily with perfect scores.
  • We were also pleased to have NM Charles Robert Riordan and expert Frank Sisto join us for the First Friday in November. They split first prize with tie scores of 6.5 out of 7 points.
  • Winston Huang took first prize in the Waltham November Triskaidekaphobia G/13, winning 6.5 out of 7 points. Congratulations to Winston.
  • Tomas Girnius, Steve DeSouza, and Homer Franck split first place three ways with scores of 2 points each at the Waltham Turkey Day G/60.
  • We gladly welcomed NM Lawyer Times back to the Club for the First Friday in December. He and Max Yarmolinsky split first prize, winning 6 points out of 7 each. James Thompson and Homer Franck split the Under 1550 prize with 3 points each.

Finally, I intend to publish regularly in Chess Horizons one featured game from a WCC tournament. If you have a score of a game that you’d like to see in print, turn it in to me and I’ll write up an article. Annotations are welcome but not necessary.

Happy chess-playing and all the best wishes for a safe and prosperous 2010.

Nicholas P. Sterling, Ph.D.

Waltham Chess Club

Tournament Director

Waltham Chess Club – September 2009

This is my first report to MACA as Tournament Director of the Waltham Chess Club. I have been regularly active as Director since November, 2008, and since I started, we have had a slowly but steadily increasing number of regular attendees to our Club. The Waltham Chess Club, after having endured a lengthy period of doldrums with distressingly low attendance, appears at last poised to enter a new period of renewed vigor. Rumors afoot of our demise are greatly exaggerated.

We meet every Friday evening from 7 PM on, and our website is http://walthamchessclub.org, including directions to our site at the IBM Building on Wyman Street in Waltham, and our schedule of events (which can also be found on the MACA website calendar). Each month, we schedule most of the following events: a First Friday G/10, a two-round G/60, a three-round G/25 (all of these USCF rated), and an unrated G/5 Blitz. Our prizes come out of the cash from entry fees each night.

Masters get to play for free, as long as they have a 2200 Rating as of the latest Supplement, or can show they have a Life Master title.

On some nights, we will bring in Free Pizza, and whoever is lucky enough to show up first will get some. The more people come regularly, the more Free Pizza we’ll bring in – and the more prize money we can award!

Some highlights from 2009:

  • Stephen Brudno took first prize in the First Friday in January, winning 6.5 points in 10 games in a Double Round-Robin.
  • Frank Sisto took first prize in the First Friday in March, winning 6.5 points in 7 rounds.
  • Joseph Perl took first prize in the First Friday in April, winning 4.5 points in 5 games in a Round Robin.
  • Todd Chase took first prize in the April G/60, winning a perfect 4 points. See my article on the Games page featuring his brilliant victory against me in Round 2.
  • Gregory Kaden and Todd Chase tied for first prize in the First Friday in June, both winning 6 points in 7 rounds.
  • Andrew Tichenor took first prize in the First Friday in July, winning 6 points in 7 rounds.
  • Max Enkin took first prize in the July G/25, winning a perfect 3 points, and in the First Friday in August, winning a perfect 7 points. Way to go, Max!

We may also schedule some big special events in the future, so stay tuned.

I heartily thank everyone who has played at our Club, and hope you will all come visit us regularly and often to keep our Club prospering and flourishing.

Nicholas P. Sterling, Ph.D.

Waltham Chess Club

Tournament Director

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