October 2003



From the Editor

There is a lot of news as well as important changes to our tournaments in this newsletter. Also, we hope you had a chance to read our article in the October 2003 issue of Chess Life. It’s a good read, and gives an historical perspective of our Club over the last 20 years.  

Comment & critique to     Info at MetroWestChess.org 


Harvey Reed
Marketing Director
MetroWest Chess Club


Monthly Tournaments – In months with four rounds, we will experiment with offering four sections, starting this month in October! The five round months will remain three sections.

Email changes made to reduce spam  

Summer Scholastics – Read a wrap-up of the Summer Scholastics in the latest issue of Chess Horizons, It’s placed in the Club News section just before Larry Eldridge’s usual MetroWest CC summary.   by John Bottini

Weekly Group Lesson - October is opening traps!  Served up by John Chamberlain

Chess School and Member Survey – This is the last month for the Endgame class. We will be conducting a member survey in October for future directions of the Chess School



North East Chess

I thank all MetroWest Chess Club members for their strong attendance at the last North East Chess Summer Getaway, and the one-day tournaments.

Oct. 5 NorthEast chess G/5, G/55, G/90 this Sunday.

Nov. 21-23, 2003 NorthEast Chess Fall Getaway. Taking entries now. Also please register for your hotel room as soon as possible. You can always cancel your hotel room if you cannot make it. You will not be charged for your hotel room as long as you cancel before 4pm the day of arrival.


Severine Wamala


Member Survey

    We will conduct a member survey in October. Be on the lookout for it.  The purpose of the survey is to understand membership needs for the next set of classes in the Chess School.

Harvey Reed

Board Activity


The Board meeting is Thursday, October 9th at 7:30 at the Senior Center pending clearance of the date.  If for some reason the time or location are changed, it will be announced on the home page of the web site.  All members are welcome to attend.

To learn more about our governance, click here.
To see he draft Agenda a supporting materials for the meeting as they become available or are updated, check the Minutes page for changes.

Mark Kaprielian, President

Email Changes to reduce Spam

    Like most organizations with web presence and like most every day users, our site gets hit with a  great deal of Spam.  Automated programs search the internet for email addresses to assemble huge lists which then are often sold to people to help them reach you with their spam.  The MCC has a large collection of lists with often the same people on multiple lists.  This means that when our lists are hit with spam, the Board members and volunteers get hit will multiple copies of it.  Imagine getting five or ten times as much spam as you may be getting now.

As a first step measure to reduce spam we have replaced all address links on the web site with a version of it that is not usable unless re-assembled by hand.  Thus, if you need to find the address it is there for you to find.  What we've done is break it into pieces and instead of the @ symbol, we've replaced it with  the word   at   surrounded by a space on each side.

Also, we have now made the News List, which this newsletter is sent to, a more restricted list.  In the past, anyone on the list could send out a message to the entire list.  Anyone now wishing to contact whomever is on the list must send their request to the Info address. 

Mark Kaprielian, WebMaster




    No updates. I have to take a sabbatical for up to a year for family reasons. If you would like to volunteer to be my replacement, please contact Harvey Reed.  You can find a description of the various tasks involved on the web site by clicking here.  Even if you only do one of the tasks listed, it would be of great service to the club.   If you want more info or would like to volunteer, send an email to Info at MetroWestChess.org

Plamen Krastev


    To see who the MCC Volunteers are, click here.

 Mark Kaprielian 

Official Merchandise

    The Club now offers high-quality official logo MetroWest Chess Club clothing through a partnership with LL Bean. Currently we offer caps, t-shirts, and polo shirts. Multiple styles, sizes and colors are available. All logos are embroidered, and built to last.
To view the merchandise, go to our home page and follow the link "Official Merchandise" on the left, or click here. Everything can be ordered online, securely, via Pay Pal, or with a paper form available at the Club. In addition, we try to carry a few samples for display in the playing room. Samples are brand new, never been worn, and are available for purchase also.
These high-quality clothing items are great for Tuesday night games, as well as sporting around weekend tournaments. Be fashionable, and show people where you play chess, all at the same time!

 Mark Kaprielian 

Books and Equipment


I will be there next Tuesday with some new books from Everyman and USCF and a new digital chess clock from Germany the Schach Timer Silver $55. I would also like to have everyone take note that I will be setting up in the first room on the left as you enter so that John Chamberlain's study group can use the projector.

I am also hosting a simul with GM Larry Christiansen Sunday October 12 in Haverhill, please see the flyer at my book display, and in the main playing room.

I can now accept PayPal at my email address.  

Please email me at StateLineChess at Hotmail.com  for more info. 


Randi Macuit, Stateline Chess



Monthly Tournaments

Special Note: Due to the increased participation in MCC monthly tournaments this year (we've averaged about 84 players per month!), the October event will feature four sections.  You'll have a choice of entering the Open, U1850, U1550, or U1250 sections.  In addition, the total prize money has been increased from $610 to $800.  Pending a final decision at the October Board meeting, it is my expectation that 4-round events will offer 4 sections in the future.  The current thinking is that 5-round events will continue to have 3 sections.

MCC Halloween Swiss

When October 7, 14, 21, 28 2003
Format $800, 100% G
Prizes 4-SS 40/90, SD/30
Open: $ 200 – 120 – 80
U1850: $ 100 – 60 – 30
U1550: $ 60 – 40 – 20
U1250: $ 40 – 30 – 20
Entry Fee all sections: 
Masters > 2200  Free;
MCC Members  $ 15
Others  $ 20



September 2003 standings.  Congratulations to the winners of the Late Summer Swiss:

Open Dr. Epp
U1750 George Goulding
U1450 Harvey Reed

September 2003 commentary  

More good commentary from Larry. Many upsets to peruse, including these players with upsets over 200 points:

Round 5
Joey Kagan
Round 4
Michael W Kaye
Douglas Thompson
Andrew D Ossmann
Larry Zhu
Round 3
James A Krycka
Anabel Bacon
Round 2
Eric Sonnenstuhl
Thomas J Martin
Andrew Taylor
Seth P Johnson
Anabel Bacon
William Luff
Round 1
Joey Kagan
Gabriel Frieden
Seth P Johnson
Alan D Schaefer
Edwin F Burnett
Gus Gosselin
Travis A Nilsson
Players with multiple upsets over 200 points!
Seth P Johnson
Joey Kagan
Anabel Bacon








Cross tables and Ratings

The August event cross table is posted and rated.

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. If you have questions, send email to Games at MetroWestChess.org for questions.

Important Rule 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


If MetroWest CC newsletter recipients missed the Summer Scholastic wrap-up last month, they can read an expanded version in this quarter's Chess Horizons!

A number of players from this summer's program played in the Tuesday night event this September and are becoming "regulars"!  Please welcome Thomas Ryabin and Larry Zhu.  Travis Nilsson and Anirudh Arun have been Tuesday night players since well before the summer (Travis since early last year, if I recall).  During the Summer Scholastic, these two players were playing two nights a week.  I wish my schedule would allow that!

Some of the prizes given out this year were our Club t-shirts and caps so don't be surprised to see more of our official merchandise at weekend events!

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 players.

James Krycka

Special Events

No special events scheduled.

Mark Kaprielian


Learn & Improve

Weekly Group Lessons


Opening Traps!

Round 1: Traps in the open games
Round 2: Traps in semi-open games
Round 3: Traps in the Queen's pawn and Indian defenses
Round 4: Traps in the flank openings

I look forward to seeing everyone!

John Chamberlain

Chess School


ROOK ENDINGS last class Thursday October 16, 2003 .

The last meeting of the Endgame Class for this school year will be October 16. The entire night will be spent playing fun and entertaining group games.

Doors open at 6:30pm. First game starts at 7pm.

Please consider what you would like to see offered for the next MCC Chess School. The club will be taking a survey shortly. Topics could be the traditional ones such as Openings, Middle game, Strategy, Tactical Motifs, etc., or less traditional ones, such as Computer and Database Management, Chess Book Club, Current Event Discussion (analysis of recent GM games), the study of a specific book (such as "My System"), or anything else you might think of. In order to have a class we have to have student interest, and we either need to have a teacher, or enough people motivated to teach each other. Also think about your ideal course length, (1 year, 6 months, 4 months, 3 months, 1 month), and the number of sessions you would like to see per month.

Howard Goldowsky

Game Advice

    We will be re-vitalizing this program for Fall 2003, stay tuned.

Derek Slater



The MCC Library is transitioning away from the index card based system of tracking book loans to a completely electronic one. For the time being, contact Matt Phelps (usually playing in the middle section) directly if you want to borrow or return a book or video.

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

Matthew Phelps