While the stronger chess and dramatic spotlight is usually on International tournaments, there is a lot of local news, which now and then demands review.
The most notable of the local tournaments held this year was the 2d Boston Chess Congress, which played host to 179 players in separate sections. It was held at a convenient location, the Hyatt Hotel at Logan Airport. The favorite was GM Elshan Moradiabadi, a former Iranian champion, sporting a rating of 2648. He posted three straight wins, but then he drew with second-rated Alexander Ivanov and fourth-rated Robert Hungaski. These three plus Steve Winer and David Vigorito tied for 1st with 4-1 scores. Ivanov had the highest tiebreak score and thus got a minor boost in his prize over the other four players.