July 2003



From the Editor

July is a simple month, come celebrate 20 years of chess at MCC on Tuesday July 29, 2003. Enjoy!

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


Harvey Reed
Marketing Director
MetroWest Chess Club


MCC 20th Anniversary

  • Celebrate & Review past 20 years  -- (if you have good stories to share, let us know!!)
  • Simul with Igor Foygel!
  • Speed Chess!

Summer Scholastics

  • We are seeking volunteers!

"Best Game" contest ends after Round 1 of July, see John Chamberlain




North East Chess


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

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

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


20th Anniversary Party!

    All MCC members are invited to help us celebrate the club's 20th anniversary on July 29th, 2003


The Anniversary night celebration is organized as:

  • 6:00pm Dinner (catered, or bring your own food)
  • 7:00pm Share & Listen to stories (if you have good stories to share, let us know!!)
  • 8:00pm register for Simul with Foygel
  • 8:00 register for Speed chess
  • Play till 11:30pm

I hope to see you there!

Mary Murphy

Board Activity

    No recent Board activity. Next meeting needs to be rescheduled and is currently TBD

To learn more about our governance, click here.

Mark Kaprielian, President




    The game collection continues to grow. See for yourself at: Game collection

Plamen Krastev


    We are seeking volunteers to help John Bottini run Summer Scholastics on Thursday nights. If you are willing and able, please send email to JBottini at metrowestchess.org.. 

We are seeking volunteers that are knowledgeable in Chessbase and Fritz to help develop educational FAQ and future Chess School class material. Please send email to: MKaprielian at MetroWestChess.org

To see who the MCC Volunteers are, click here.

 Mark Kaprielian 


    Hi MetroWesters!

I will be at the club 7/1 from 6:15 to 9:15 not my usually 6:15 to 12:00 or 1:00. I will have some new books like The Art of Bisguier and Shall We Play  Fischerandom Chess. I will also have the book Chess Master ... at any age by  local chess player/author Rolf Wetzell (who can be seen playing at the  Billerica Chess Club) for $15 that is 40% off.

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 Independence Swiss


July 1, 8, 15, 22 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 June 2003 standings.  Congratulations to the winners of the June Swiss: Igor Foygel and Chris Desmarais in the Open section; James Todhunter clear  first in the U1750 section; Calvin F Bohn in the U1450 section.
Commentary June 2003 commentary  (some amazing upsets!)
Crosstables The May event has been rated and the crosstable should be posted shortly; player ratings have been updated by the USCF on their site.


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 games 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


Summer Scholastics

The MCC Summer Scholastic Chess Program kicked off its fourth season on June 19 with 36 players playing in three sections. The program will run every Thursday night through August 21, except for the Thursday just before the July 4 holiday. On our first night, we had good mix of players who have been with us in previous summers along with those making their first appearance at MCC. It's nice to see both newcomers and MCC "veterans". I expect we'll have more players from both groups jumping in as the summer progresses.

This program is a great way to introduce a child to organized chess. The games are rated and tournament rules are followed (e.g. touch move, use of clocks, etc.). That said, the environment is friendly and fun. The kids come to play, learn and have a good time. For more details, go to the Scholastics section of the MCC website.

Volunteering Opportunity!

I could use a volunteer to help with some light duties on Thursday nights. The transition from the first round to the second round of the evening can get busy, and sometimes it would be great if someone else were there just to post or retrieve pairing sheets, help the younger players get situated, or find a place for a side game for players who got paired out. Volunteers don't need any directing experience and won't have to make rulings or adjudicate any disputes that arise.

It's not too late to enter! You can enter on-line, or just show up at the Club any Thursday evening before 7:15. We play two rounds per night (G30), with the first round starting at 7:30. I hope to see you there!

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

John Bottini

Team Email Matches


You can view the MCC-2 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


We will hold the Round 1 Weekly Group Lesson in the same room as the bookseller. So, for Round 1 we will have the lights on, and we will improvise a little on the room setup. 

I look forward to seeing everyone!

John Chamberlain

Chess School


ROOK ENDINGS start Thursday July 17, 2003 with a lecture by NM Lou Mercuri.

Need we say more?  Don't miss out on the highlight of the course. 

Howard Goldowsky

Game Advice


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 now has it's own glass door bookcase so members can see more of the books easily. We are still in transition period, but it looks great already, go check it out!

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

Matthew Phelps