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.
Of course, the two most prominent Massachusetts chess clubs are the Metrowest CC, one of the best-managed clubs in the country, providing heavily attended tournaments on Tuesdays and the Boylston Chess Club, which leases quarters all week and has tournaments on Saturdays and various other nights. A volunteer member, Thomas Carr, will open the BCC on Thursday’s afternoons in addition to the weekly Thursday Night Swiss. Boylston has been experimenting with new types of Saturday tournaments. One was held this past December: the Harry Lyman Memorial, which offered extravagant prizes. The tournament attracted 49 players, but lost a minor amount of money. It will be repeated in the summer. Another type is the $5 Open, which has an inexpensive entry fee with no cash prizes but rewards players with free entries for future tournaments.
Mika Brattain, of Lexington, has won the Massachusetts high school championship. He will be eligible to play in the Danker Tournament of Champions during the US Chess Federation convention in Orlando this summer. He posted a perfect score: 4-0. The contestants for the Spiegel Cup state scholastic championships were students who qualified through a series of tournaments and by rating. Here are the final results posted by the Massachusetts Chess Association. The tournament was held Feb. 9.
High School Section: 1st: Mika Brattain 4-0,
2d: Siddharth Arun 3.5-0.5, 3d: Mateos Sahakian 3-1; 14 and under: 1st-3d: Danny Angermeier, Evan Meyer, Carissa Yip, 3-1; 11 and under: 1st-3d: Brandon Wu, Suraj Ramanathan, Michael Yu, 3-1; 8 and under: 1st-3d Bernie Xu, David Zhou, Derek Zhao, 3-1. As the playoff winner of the 14 and under section, Danny Angermeier, will be eligible to play in the Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions also in Orlando this summer.
Brevity: T. Krabbe v. A. Wolf (1985) 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 d6 5.c3 f5 6.exf5 Bxf5 7.d4 e4 8.Ng5 d5 9.f3 h6 10.fxe4 hxg5 11.exf5 Bd6 12.Nd2 Qf6 13.Bc2 0–0–0 14.Nf3 Re8+ 15.Kf2 g4 16.Bg5 Qf7 17.Nh4 Nf6 18.Bxf6 Qxf6 19.Ng6 g3+ 20.Kf3 Qg5; 0-1
Bonus Brevity: Bill Gates v. Magnus Carlsen (London 2014) 1.e4 Nc6 2.Nf3 d5 3.Bd3 Nf6 4.exd5 Qxd5 5.Nc3 Qh5 6.O-O Bg4 7.h3 Ne5 8.hxg4 Nfxg4 9.Nxe5?? Qh2#; 0-1
Winners: Reggie Boone Memorial, Wachusett CC: 1st, M. Manisy 4.5-.5, 2d, C. Yip 4-1, Tie 3d, S. Nelson, R. Cappallo, G. Brassard all 3.5-1.5; Boylston February 2014 Scholastic Tie for 1st, Li Boshen and Theodore Hoffstrom 3.5-.5, Tie for 3d, Matthew Loose, Thomas Ha, and Tade Kotyan all 3-1.
Coming Events: BCC Thursday Night Swiss: March 6, 13, 20, 27 and The Paramount, each Monday through May 5, both at 240B Elm St., Somerville, www.boylstonchessclub.org; 2014 Gus Gosselin Massachusetts Grade Championships, March 3, Best Western Hotel,181 Boston Post Road, Marlborough, firstname.lastname@example.org.