Tuesday, September 28, 2004

The Boston Globe covers the BCC Championship (Thanks Harold!)

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The BCC Championship (including this weblog) was the main topic of the Boston Globe's Chess Notes article on Monday, September 27. The relevant paragraphs follow:

Harold Dondis and Patrick Wolff

The Boylston Chess Club Championship has commenced on Wednes­day nights at the Somerville headquarters of the club and will continue through October. Readers who want to follow the elite matches can find games and reports at http://2004-bcc-championship.blogspot.com/. The club championship is an annual affair held by qualification of the club's most successful players. A secondary tournament called the Haup[t]turnier runs along with the championship itself for other members, some not quite strong enough to qualify for the championship competition. Elev­en players are in the Haup[t]turnier from [the] bottom of the chess ratings to the top.

A large picture of the deceased chess saint Harry Lyman beams down from the walls of the playing room. The players in the championship are Christopher Chase, Alex Cherniack, David Glickman (who operates the website), Charles Riordan, Paul MacIntyre, Vadim Martirosov, Alex Slive, and youngster Christopher Williams. At this writing we only have reports on two of the seven rounds, MacIntyre (club president) leading with two wins. It is interesting that adjournments are still allowed in the Boylston Championship, probably because of the late hours. This prac­tice lends itself to computer assistance, but if there are adjournments, this cannot be helped.

Recent past Boylston Club champions include: Bill Kelleher: 1979, 1980, 1881, 1983, 1984, 1987; Jacob Rasin: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1997; Maclntyre: 2000, 2001, 2003; Chase: 1990, 1994, 1998; and Cherniack: 1987, 1995, 1999.

The club's new location is an opportunity for people near Davis Square. The club reports that it set up six chess tables in late July at Art­Beat, a festival in which the entire square was closed to traffic for a little merriment. The tables were fully occupied for hours with many waiting in line to play. Also, scholastic instruction is available from 3 to 4:30 at the club on Wednesday and Friday afternoons, at least until November, courtesy of international master Satea al Husari, a club member.


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