May 2003



From the Editor

This is the second month of the new website and new newsletter format. We appreciate all of the feedback. Most of the feedback has been very positive, except for concerns about filesize. We have addressed the filesize concerns with this issue of the newsletter. There were additional requests for adding the filesizes next to the links to the historical PDFs which can be large. This request is still under consideration.

As always, feel free to comment & critique at  info at


Harvey Reed
Marketing Director
MetroWest Chess Club




North East Chess

I thank all of you for your support in this most recent North East Chess Getaway weekend. The crosstables will be posted on the MACA site as soon as it is available. . 

Here are the next North East Chess dates:

June 15 (Sunday) for the June 2003 June North East Chess monthly one-day event.

July 12 (Saturday) for the June 2003 July North East Chess monthly one-day event.

Severine Wamala

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Email Lists Changing

    We are considering modifying how we handle email lists, in order to reduce unwanted SPAM for MCC volunteers. We will keep everyone posted on what we decide to do.

Harvey Reed

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20th Anniversary Survey


Mary will be distributing member surveys next Tuesday for Round 1 of the May tournament. The survey will ask the membership what we should do to celebrate our 20th anniversary. Your response could range from "nothing" to a "dinner cruise" with a bunch of choices in between. 

If you have ideas, or an opinion, please fill out the survey, and also feel free to talk to Mary, our newest Director!. You can reach Mary at info at 

Mary Murphy

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Board Activity

    Mary Murphy was appointed as Director. Mary also volunteered to start training to become an MCC TD. The minutes from the last Board meeting will be posted this weekend, before Round 1 of the May tournament.

Mark Kaprielian, President

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    We have updated the Digital Clock knowledge page. From the home page, go to: Community->Collections->Knowledge->Digital Clocks.


Plamen Krastev

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    As we wrote above, Mary is our newest Director, and will also train to be a TD. We will update the volunteer page soon to add her. To see who the other MCC Volunteers are, click here.

 Mark Kaprielian 

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    I will be at the club Tuesday 5/6. I will have the new American chess magazine "Squares" for sale for $9.50. I will also have all the books I have from the S1 Editrice Publisher on sale at 40% off. The books I have from them are on specific openings or opening variations. Some of the openings are Caro-Kann 3 books, English 2 books and Sicilian 4 books etc.

Please email me at statelinechess at if you need me to bring a particular book or piece of equipment.  


Randi Macuit, Stateline Chess

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Monthly Tournaments


MCC May Swiss -- FLYER


May 6, 13, 20, 27 2003

Format 4-SS 40/90, SD/30
Prizes $610, 100% G
Sections Open      
$ 200 - 100 - 50
$ 80 - 50 - 30
$ 50 - 30 - 20 
Entry Fee all sections: 
Masters > 2200  Free;
MCC Members  $ 15
Others  $ 20
Commentary Last month's April 2003 commentary by Larry Eldridge was great. You can always view commentary by looking for the link at the top of the page when you read the tournament standings. If you can't find it, click here.
Crosstables March 2003 crosstable posted. 
Special Notes If you are in the Open section, please use the 'carbonless score sheets' that we provide, and turn in a copy of your game score when you are done with your game. Ask Plamen Krastev at info at for questions.

Unrated players may not win more than $50 except in the Open section

Please bring your own sets and clocks. We have a limited number available for use by those new to the game without their own equipment yet.

James Krycka

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Scholastic Tournaments


The MCC Scholastic Tournaments will start June 19, 2003, and continue June 26, July 10, 17, 24, 31, August 7, 14, and finish August 21.

The program will be open to all players age 14 and younger as of June 19 (it's ok if you turn 15 during the summer). Depending on attendance, I will run three or four sections. By running several sections, I expect that players will be matched against suitable competition.

Promotional flyer (Word) available here. For more info, contact me at info at

The first evening is Thursday, June 19. This event is a great way to introduce a child to tournament chess. I am delayed, so details will be on the website by mid-May.

John Bottini

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Team Email Matches


MCC-2 captain: James A. Krycka

Play started in April. For complete pairings with IECC click here. We will have a complete update next month.

James Krycka

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Special Events

No special events scheduled.

Mark Kaprielian

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Learn & Improve

Weekly Group Lessons


Round 1 starts another month of reviewing top-level games. Details TBD.


John Chamberlain

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Chess School


Next class Thursday May 15, 2003.

Thursday, April 17, was the latest, and the smallest session of the MCC Chess School yet, due to Easter and Foxwoods. We covered the second session on Bishop endgames, and it was fun and intimate.

The next session of the chess school will cover bishop vs. knight endings, and NM Lou Mercuri will be present for a one hour lecture/Q&A session

Hope to see you there!

Howard Goldowsky

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Game Advice


Are you seeking expert advice? Any MCC member can ask an MCC Expert for advice on their games. Just go to our new website, and in the left column under "Learn & Improve" click on "Game Advice". On this page, I explain how to submit your game, via email to us.

Simple as that. We have a group of Experts lined up for this, so don't be shy, throw us your hardest questions!

Joe Kelly

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Using the Readerware software purchased by the Club, the cataloging of all books that are on-site has been completed. Reconciliation of the on-loan cards and the old Microsoft Access database is in progress.

Members that have books that have been out longer than six months will be notified by email and asked to return the items immediately.

 If you have questions or comments, please email Library at or see me on Tuesday nights.

Matthew Phelps 

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Compete & Improve

Monthly Tournaments



Team Email Matches

Special Events

Education Zones