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
MetroWest Chess Club
– 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
Weekly Group Lesson - October is opening traps! Served up by John Chamberlain
ChessSchool and Member
– This is the last month for the Endgame class. We will be
conducting a member survey in October for future directions of
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
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
the day of
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.
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
To see he draft Agenda a supporting materials for the meeting as
they become available or are updated, check the Minutes page for
Mark Kaprielian, President
Email Changes to reduce Spam
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
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
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
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!
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
please see the flyer at my book display, and in the main playing
I can now
accept PayPal at my email address.
Please email me at
Hotmail.com for more info.
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
MCC Halloween Swiss
October 7, 14, 21, 28 2003
$800, 100% G
Masters > 2200 Free;
MCC Members $ 15
Others $ 20
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.
players may not win more than $50 except in the Open section.
your own sets and clocks. We have a limited number available for
use by those new to the game without their own equipment yet.
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
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.
No special events scheduled.
Learn & Improve
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!
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
. First game starts
consider what you would like to see offered for the next
MCCChessSchool. 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.
We will be
re-vitalizing this program for Fall 2003, stay tuned.
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.