In a big upset, the underdog Manhattan Applesauce has defeated the St. Louis Arch Bishops, 2.5 to 1.5, to win 2015 United States Chess League championship. The key match was on board 4 when the much outrated (and only 12 years old) Applesauce player Akira Nakada defeated Nicholas Rosenthal with a scathing attack. Third board was a pretty easy win by the higher rated Manhattan player, Levy Rozman, who capped off a 9-1 season with a win over Spencer Feingold. On the top board, Illya Nyzhnyk beat Alex Lenderman, but Varuzhan Akobian was only able to draw his game against Zviad Izoria on board 2, when in a winning position, Izoria, took a draw by three-fold repetition to clinch the championship.
Meanwhile, Newton’s Alexander Ivanov was competing in the World 50+ championship in Acqui Terme in Northern Italy, close to Genoa and not so far from Milan. He was very much in the running until a ninth round loss to the tournament’s eventual winner, Predrag Nikolic, and another loss in the 11th left him in fifth place.
The MACA Fall Scholastic Team Tournament was held this past November in Boxborough. In the K-12 section, the team from Newton South (Alan Sikarov, James Rao, Nicholas Komarovsky, Samuel Burnham) managed a clean sweep of the field with a 4-0 score. There was a tie for second and third places between Concord-Carlisle A (Kevin Chen, Daniel Erlich-Herzog, Alexander-Herzog, Brian Wirth) and Concord-Carlisle B (Arya Chawla, Holden Chalfant, Lucas Kamon, Henry Booth) at 2-2.
In the K-6 section, first place was taken by the “Rook and Roll” team (Krishna Mutnuri, Meghana Kancharla, Arjun Girish, Venkatraman Varatharajan) with 3.5-0.5. Second place was captured by “The Knights of ChessLand” (David Katsman, Benjamin Zilber, Amit Piryatinsky, Ivan Roldan-Levchenko) with a 3-1 score. In third place was the Cabot School (Benjamin Fauman, Adithya Sharma, Duncan Naylor, Desmond FitzGerald-Lara) with a 2.5-1.5 score. The best team in the K-3 group was BCCUW team (Joshua Verhoest, Hernan FitzGerald-Lara, Henri Medernach, Isabella Sawicka) at 1-3.
Coming Events: Third State Championship/Spiegel Cup Qualifier, Dec. 13, Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel, 181 Boston Post Road, Marlborough, www.MassChess.org; Waltham Open House Christmas Party, Dec. 18. Waltham Chess Club, walthamchessclub.org/Schedule.html.
Winners: Turkey Action Swiss 2015, Boylston CC: 1st-2d: Chris Williams, Lawyer Times: 6.5-5, 3d: Jason Cigna, 5-2; Waltham Howell G/5, 1st: Denys Shmelov 11-1, 2d: Robert J. King: 8-4; MetroWest Thanksgiving Swiss: Open 1st: Denys Shmelov: 3.5-.5, 2d: U2000: Alex Fauman: 4-0, U1700: 1st: Benjamin Fauman: 4-0.
Answer to today’s problem: 1.Qh7+!! KxQ (forced) 2.RxR+Kh8 3.Rg8+ Kh7 4.R(1)g7+ Kh6 5.Rg6+ Kh7 6.R(8)g7+ Kh8 7.Rh6+ mate