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Lawyer Times, who is not a lawyer, but is a loyal and low-key attendant at Boylston Chess Club and sometimes at Metrowest, has broken the grip of Chris Chase on the Boylston Club Championship. Chase had won the most recent year’s championship, but this year was different. The club’s championship entries are determined by acceptance of invitations sent to the 20 top-rated members. One or two lower-rated players can also qualify by winning the Reubens-Landey tournament.

This year, Carey Theil and Simon Warfield were co-winners. Warfield declined his invitation. This year had uncommonly low number of entrants, only seven, though they were all strong players rated well over 2100.

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Times, only the fifth seed, though with a respectable rating of 2216, had to wait till his delayed game with Jonathan Yedidia to claim the title. Times scored wins against Theil, Chase, Libardo Rueda, and Yedidia. His loss to Chris Williams narrowed his victory to a half point. Yedidia placed second with four points. Chase came in third with a score of 3.5 points. The championship is very rewarding as it grants the victor a free entry in all Boylston tournaments for a full year.

A companion to the club championship was the Haupturnier tournament for players not eligible for the championship event. It was played over seven weeks, but each player received a bye and played only five rounds. Ted Cross was rated 140 points higher than his closest opposition and had a fairly easy time in winning the round robin. He had five points, one point ahead of Bernardo Iglesias and Josh Lee, who tied for second.

This month there was much preoccupation with the Women’s World Championship. The event has a very odd arrangement. Hou Yifan, the present women’s world champion, entered this tournament, and apparently was defending her title in this knockout tournament, a very odd arrangement. It appears that the winner will be the women’s world champion, an arrangement that would be unthinkable for the men.

Upsets were rampant. The top four seeds were eliminated in the early rounds, including Hou, who was knocked out by the Polish grandmaster, Monika Socko, and the top seed, Humpy Koneru.

We gather that Hou will get a championship match next year against the winner as the result of her winning the Women’s Grand Prix title earlier this year. Irina Krush, the sole US survivor, won the second round by defeating Pia Cramling, a former two-time European women’s champion. Krush lost the first match game against Cramling, but tied the match up by winning the second. This forced them into a blitz tiebreaker, where Krush prevailed. Unfortunately, Krush lost in the third round in a blitz tiebreaker to the Chinese grandmaster, Huang Qian.

Brevity: Razinger v. G Harum (1933) 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Be3 c5 6.Qg4 cxd4 7.Bxd4 Nc6 8.Nf3 Nxd4 9.Qxd4 Bc5 10.Qg4 0–0 11.Bd3 a6 12.Bxh7+ Kxh7 13.Ng5+ Kg8 14.Qh5 Re8 15.Qxf7+ Kh8 16.Qh5+ Kg8 17.Qh7+ Kf8 18.Qh8+; 0–1

Winners: Wachusett Stenzel Memorial, 1st, Bruce Felton, 4.5-.5, Tie for 2d through 4th, Larry Gladding, Trevor Biereg and Martin Laine, all 3.5-1.5; Waltham Dark and Darker; 1st, Steve Winer 3-0, tie for 2d-3d, Farzad Abdi and Ilya Rozonayer, both 2-1.

Coming Events: Harry Nelson Pillsbury Memorial, Dec. 2, Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel, Marlborough. E-mail: info@masschess.org.; Holiday Cheer Swiss, Dec. 6,13, 20,27; Metrowest CC. 90 Oak St., Natick,
inforequest@metrowestchess.org.

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