The annual SuperNationals established and operated by the United States Chess Federation for scholastic players is an event of stupendous proportions. This year’s event (the fifth) held at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in Nashville, broke prior records with 5,335 participants and billed itself as the largest tournament in the world. It’s an exciting experience for youngsters, many of whom prepare extensively for it with their coaches.
The tournament was held April 5-7. On April 4, advance Blitz (fast) and Bughouse (a variety of chess in which teams of two players are allowed to exchange captured pieces between themselves) tournaments were held. A 37-player simultaneous exhibition was given by former women’s world champion Alexandra Kosteniuk. The vast main event is designed to accommodate competitive players with approximately equal ratings in the same grades. There were 20 such sections. For example, this year’s K-6 National sections totaled nine. The junior high level had six, there were three each in the K-9 and K-8 grades, and the high school level had five sections. Analysis sessions by adults were available during the rounds.
The scale and the enthusiasm of this tournament are described by Melinda Matthews in an article on uschess.org. She noted that most players experience only one or two SuperNationals in their careers. However, five players had attended four of the five SuperNationals. The jewel of the tournament was the K-12 event, which determined the National Scholastic Champion. Atulya Shetty of Michigan, a pupil of Gregory Kaidanov, was the top seed but in the sixth round was a half-point behind Luke Harmon-Velotti of Idaho, who had a 6-0 score. Shetty won the game, the championship, and a full scholarship to the University of Texas-Dallas. The individual winners in the other sections read like a collection of United Nations players: K-9: Akshat Chandra, K-8: Siddharth Banik; K-6: David Peng: K-5: Rayan Taghizadeh, and K-3: Aydin Turgut. The Edward R. Murrow school of Brooklyn won the
K-12 team title.
Meanwhile, at home we have the results of the 2013 Hurvitz Cup/Team Championships held in Boxborough. Lexington High won the high school team event 4-0, with BU Academy and Newton North close behind. Curtis Middle School of Sudbury swept the Grades 6-8 group; Bridge School of Lexington won the Grades K-5 section; and Grades K-3 was dominated by the Vinson-Owen School of Winchester. More
results, team members, and photos can be found at www.masschess.org.
It’s also time to announce the upcoming Massachusetts Open (state championship).
Additional information is listed below. Aside from cash prizes, there are also prizes (courtesy of Walter Champion) for the most interesting game in each section: $850 in cash prizes plus books/DVDs, a tradition that has generated great interest in the past opens.
Brevity: J. Rowson vs. T. Persson (1997) 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e6 7.Be2 Nbd7 8.0–0 b5 9.a4 b4 10.Na2 Nxe4 11.Nxb4 Bb7 12.Bh5 Ndf6 13.Nxe6 Qa5 14.Nd3 Qxh5 15.Nc7+ Kd7 16.Nxa8 Bxa8 17.f3 Ng5 18.Nf4 Qh4 19.Qd4 Nd5 20.Qa7+; 1-0
Winners: Boylston April Thursday Night Swiss: 1st, Eric Godin, 3.5-0.5, 2d, Dan Schmidt, 3-1; Wachusett CC Game/25: Section 1 — Mike Lally, 3-0, Section 2:— Gary Brassard, 2.5-.5; 1st Beantown Open: 1st, David Vigorito, 3.5-.5,
2d, Lawyer Times, 3-1.
Coming Events: 82d Massachusetts Open
May 25-27, May 26, Blitz Tournament, Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel, 181 Post Road West, Marlborough, firstname.lastname@example.org; Waltham Friday Blitz, May 24, IBM Office Building. 404 Wyman St., Waltham,