Chess Notes

Weekly chess column

In terms of local events, there are a couple that bear notice. The always-active Metrowest Chess Club is currently holding its 35th anniversary Club Championship. It is divided into two sections: championship and class (limited to ratings under 2000), both events six-player round robins. You can watch all these games live on the club’s website (www.metrowestchess.org) by means of the very nice DGT chess boards every Tuesday night. After Round 3, Denys Shmelov and Jonathan Yedidia are tied for first in the championship section. In the class group, Neil Cousin is the sole leader.

The Massachusetts Chess Association just finished its annual scholastic team event, the Hurvitz Cup. More than 39 teams and 167 players showed up in Boxborough to play this year. The winner in the grades 9-12 section was Lexington High (Mika Brattain, Timothy Lung, Nicholas Zhang and Nikhil Krishnan) with a score of 3.5-5. The grades 6-8 section was won by the Curtis Middle School of Sudbury (Michael Isakov, Eric Feng, Sandeep Shankar, Jesse Sun) at 3.5-0.5 In the K-5 group, there was a tie for first between Lexington Hastings School (David Zhou, Richard Chen, David Sun, Daniel Zhou) and the Park School, Brookline (Derek Jin, Luke Randolph, Gavin Randolph, Shahab Kousheshi) both with 3.5-0.5 scores. The K-3 tournament was won by the Cabot School, Newton (Benjamin Fauman, Noah Brauner, Duncan Naylor, Desmond Fitzgerald-Lara). The tournament was ably directed by Bob Messenger and aided by George Mirijanian, Nathan Smolensky, Maryanne Reilly, and Chris Chase.


We have just learned of a new major US event, The Millionaire Chess Open, which will be offering $1 million in guaranteed prizes. It will be held at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas in October. The first prize in the open section is $100,000. Even in the lowest section (U800), first place is worth $8,000. This event is the brain child of New York grandmaster Maurice Ashley and his partner, Amy Lee. The United States Chess Federation will help promote it. In addition to the prize fund, the event also boasts a large entry fee: $1,000 if paid before by July 31, and up to $2,000 by Oct. 8. For more information, go to www.millionaire

Brevity: Juan Manuel Bellon Lopez - Ljubomir Ljubojevic (1972) 1.b3 e5 2.Bb2 Nc6 3.e3 g6 4.d4 exd4 5.Nf3 Bg7 6.Nxd4 Nf6 7.Nxc6 bxc6 8.Be2 O-O 9.Nd2 a5 10.a4 Re8 11.O-O Nd5 12.Bxg7 Kxg7 13.Bd3 Nc3 14.Qf3 Ba6 15.Bxa6 Rxa6 16.e4 Qf6 17.Qd3 Raa8 18.f4; 1-0 as there is no saving the knight.


Winners: April Waltham CC Kasparov G/20, D3: 1st, Denys Shmelov, 4-0, 2nd – 3rd Todd Chase, Ed Astrachan, 3-1; Newburyport Chess Club 134, February; 1st, Frank Sisto, 4-0.

Coming Events: Saturday, New Hampshire Quick Chess Championship — A State Championship Event; Holiday Inn Portsmouth, 300 Woodbury Ave., Portsmouth, N.H., www.rely
eachesss.com; Sunday, 24th Massachusetts G/60 Championship, Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel, 181 Boston Post Road., West Marlboro, www
.masschess.org; Sunday, Boylston Chess Club Scholastic, 240B Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville, www.boylstonchessclub.org.