June 2003



From the Editor

The big items this month are:

  • The MCC 20 Year Anniversary dinner & chess details are set. We'll have dinner and chess on a Tuesday night. Mary is coordinating, details below! 
  • We expanded our game collection to include important games from our past, when we were the Framingham Chess Club. Some of the games are from a Tal simul!
  • North East Chess is having another Getaway in August. Please consider playing for MetroWest CC next time you play in a North East Chess Getaway;

As always, feel free to comment & critique at  info at metrowestchess.org.


Harvey Reed
Marketing Director
MetroWest Chess Club




North East Chess


There are more North East Chess monthly tournaments coming up soon:

June 15, 4-SS G/55 or 3-SS G/90
July 12, 4-SS G/55 or 3-SS G/90

The next North East Chess Getaway is in August. One unique feature of the Getaway tournaments is the emphasis on club performance. Tournament players identify themselves as a member of a local chess club, and cash prizes are awarded to the clubs that score the most points in the competition. The next Getaway is:

August, 15-17 5-SS 40/2, SD/1 Summer Getaway
$$ 16,300 b/290 with $2,000 awarded as club prizes

Hotel rooms $55 (1-4 ), VERY NICE ROOMS, Mention Chess Getaway. Reserve Hotel by 8/1/2003. CALL 978-452-1200

[Make sure to register under "MetroWest CC" Ed.]

Severine Wamala



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

20th Anniversary Party!

    All MCC members are invited to help us celebrate the club's 20th anniversary on July 29th, 2003. This is a Tuesday evening. In April, you may recall that we had distributed surveys to club members with choices on how to celebrate the 20th anniversary. Over 80% of the respondents picked the option to celebrate at the MetroWest Club on Tuesday night. 

The celebration will start at 6pm, on Tuesday, July 29th for members who would like to have dinner with us. 

The dinner is going to be catered by the Tennessee BBQ in Framingham. Mary Murphy will have the menu available for members to look at for the entire month of June. If you would like to have dinner, you may see Mary Murphy before or after the game on Tuesday; pick out what you would like to order, place and pay for your order. Mary will keep track of the details of who is going to attend and what they will have for dinner, costs, etc.

Some MCC members may want to come to the club, yet not feel up to having dinner. We want all members to understand they are welcome to come by. 

For those members who would like to celebrate, yet not have dinner you are invited to come by at 8pm. 

Of course there is no cost to MCC members to attend. The only costs are for those members who choose to have dinner. And the cost is merely the cost of their meal. Every member of the MetroWest Chess Club is welcome to come by, socialize, and help celebrate our 20th anniversary.

Igor Foygel has graciously agreed to play simul chess. We are going to have a simul game starting at 8:30 pm, G/60 for up to 20 members. 

Of course, everyone that wishes to bring their chess set is encouraged to do so. We can have side games for fun also. 

Mary Murphy

Board Activity

    No recent Board activity. Next meeting July 10, 2003

To learn more about our governance, click here.

Mark Kaprielian, President





We are pleased  to announce that the archive now has over 350 games, including 20 games (thanks to Jacob Wamala!) that the former World Champion Michail Tal played at the club during a simul in 1988. Check them out! We also have the 1991 Chessfest "Big Board Match" between Framingham CC and Boylston CC. Framingham CC was the name we used to have before we became MetroWest CC.

Sorting is still being worked on, so the games are not currently in perfect order.

These newly added games also include Masters such as Spivakovsky, Gurevich, Curdo, Fang, Hertan, Sortis, Mercuri, Vigorito,and  Ivanov.

Game collection

[Tal played a simul at Framingham CC in the '80s. Read more about this and other historic moments in the September 2003 Chess Life, where there will be a feature article on the MetroWest CC., Ed.]

Plamen Krastev


    Derek Slater will be stepping in as interim Program Director for the Game Advice program, to help Joe Kelly who is tied down with a night job. More about the Game Advice program below.. 

To see who the MCC Volunteers are, click here.

 Mark Kaprielian 


    I will be at the club June 3 with some new books and new software. In the book department I will have the brand new books The Art Of Bisquier, Chinese School of Chess, and Modern Endgame Practice. I will have new software titles on openings and players. All the books I have from the S1E Editrice publishers will be on sale at 40% off again this month. I will also be dropping the price of the Total Chess Training CD from $95 to $70.

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


Randi Macuit, Stateline Chess



Monthly Tournaments


MCC Summer Swiss -- FLYER


June 3, 10, 17, 24 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


Results May 2003 standings.  Congratulations to the winners of the May Swiss: Charles Riordan in the Open section; Ames Abbot, James Todhunter, and John Stengrevics tied for first in the U1800 section; Eric Sonnenstuhl in the U1450 section.
Commentary May 2003 commentary
Crosstables April 2003 USCF crosstable


Game Scores 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 metrowestchess.org for questions.

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

Equipment 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

Scholastic Tournaments


The first evening is Thursday, June 19. This event is a great way to introduce a child to tournament chess. .


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.

Online registration available!

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, players should be matched against suitable competition.

For more info, contact me at info at metrowestchess.org

John Bottini

Team Email Matches


The MCC-2 team of 8 players began a 16 game match against IECC-70 (the Internet Email Chess Club) in April. 

Pairing / standings page

You can view the live games by following the link from the pairing page (near top), or just click here. The games are the current position minus 3 moves, to discourage accidental analysis with the playes.

James Krycka

Special Events

No special events scheduled.

Mark Kaprielian


Learn & Improve

Weekly Group Lessons


This month's theme is "Strategic Concepts in Chess"

Week 1: Strongpoints and weakpoints
Week 2: The exposed king
Week 3: Space advantage
Week 4: Control of the center

John Chamberlain

Chess School


Next class Thursday June 19, 2003.

Nine people attended the May edition of the MCC Chess School. NM Lou Mercuri performed yet another superb lecture for the class, this time about Knight vs. Bishop endings (where the bishop has the advantage), and in our team game, the "White" team, lead by Michael Kaye, Lanny Sun, and Harvey Reed, soundly defeated the "Black" team of Howard Goldowsky, Plamen Krastev, and Jim Klinkinberg, from a starting position obtained from the ending of a Spassky-Fischer match game, 1972. The "Black" team had trouble holding the draw such as Fischer was able to do from the same position thirty-one years before.

On June 19, we will cover Bishop vs. Knight endings where the Knight has the advantage. 

In July, August, and September, it is on to the very important Rook and Pawn endings. Rook and Pawn endings are the most frequently appearing endings, and without studying the basics of these, it's hard to call yourself a serious student of the game. This is why we're spending three whole months on this one topic alone. Conveniently enough, NM Lou Mercuri will lecture in July on the principles of Rook and Pawn endings to get you rolling with what you need to know.

Don't miss out on what should become the climax of the course. 

Howard Goldowsky

Game Advice


I will step in as interim Program Director for the Game Advice program, while Joe Kelly continues his new night job. Look for me to energize this program during the month of June and July, stay tuned for details!

Remember, any MCC member can ask an MCC Expert for advice on their games. Just go to our website, and in the right 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!

Derek Slater



The MCC Library will soon have it's own glass door bookcase so members can see more of the books easily. Read more about this in the coming months..

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 MetroWestChess.org or see me on Tuesday nights.

Matthew Phelps 

Compete & Improve

Monthly Tournaments



Team Email Matches

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