From the Editor

We hope everyone had a happy and safe holiday. The new year starts with the annual member meeting in January, followed by the first Board meeting in February, and the 2004 Club Championship in March!

Comment & critique to     Info at MetroWestChess.org 


Harvey Reed
Marketing Director
MetroWest Chess Club


Annual Member Meeting  – 3rd Tuesday in January @ 6:00pm

Member Survey – Results are in

Program of the Month Game Collection




North East Chess

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! Thank you for supporting North East Chess the past year. It was the first time to hold all four seasonal getaways. Without your support it would not have been possible. I am looking forward to your continued support this year. I have been informed by many chess friends that having monthly tournaments and four evenly spaced weekend getaways helps them to set there chess schedule for the year.

I am looking forward to seeing you on Jan 10, 2004 for the one-day or Jan 23-25, 2004 for the Winter Getaway. Please reserve your hotel room before 1/10/2004 to lock in the $55/night.

Best wishes and truly your chess friend,

Severine Wamala


Member Survey

    The survey results are in. For the raw results CLICK HERE.

When the Board meets in February 2004, we will use the survey results to make policy decisions. As we make these decisions, they will be reported in the Board meeting minutes, and this newsletter, as appropriate.

We appreciate the members who took part in the survey. We had 41 respondents, which is 1/3rd of the membership. This is great for our first survey of this kind, and we look forward to even greater participation in the next annual survey!

Harvey Reed

Board Activity


The Annual Member Meeting is Tuesday January 20, 2004 at 6:00pm. At the Annual meeting, the new Directors introduce themselves to the Club membership, and take over as Directors (no election by members since this is uncontested). Existing Officers stay in place until the Directors elect new Officers from the new Directorship at the first Board meeting which is either Thursday, February 19, 2004 or Thursday February 26 at 6:30pm (make note, this is changed from last month, we are polling Board members to determine the exact date) at the Kennedy Senior Center. We will le you know the date we pick in the February newsletter.

To learn more about our governance, click here.

Mark Kaprielian, President

Anti-SPAM update


Trevor has successfully completed the anti-SPAM prototype. He is still putting the finishing touches on it. We are still planning to have it running in January 2004.

Harvey Reed, Marketing Director & Mark Kaprielian, WebMaster




    Program of the Month

The freshly updated database contains 457 games including high rated contests from past events in 1984, 1987 and 1988, as well as the Tal simul from 1988!

We are looking for volunteers to help transcribe games that we collect, as well as to follow-up with players if we need clarification or extra game scores to complete a set. Please contact us if you are interested.

To see the collections look for "collections : games" on the right hand side of the home page.

Eric Sonnenstuhl and Steve Eddins



To see who the MetroWest CC Volunteers are, click here.

 Mark Kaprielian 

Official Merchandise

    We have a number of items in stock for sale, T-shirts, Polo shirts and caps that can be purchased Tuesday. No need to place an order if you spot an item with the size and color you want. Display will be set up with the Book Vendor and he will collect your payment.
To view the complete line of 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.

 Mark Kaprielian 

Books and Equipment

Happy New Year everyone I will be down at the Club for Round 1, Jan 6. I will have a bunch of different calendar options to choose from so you can be ready for the new year.

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


Randi Macuit, Stateline Chess



Monthly Tournaments


MCC Winter Warmer Swiss

When January 6-13-20-27, 2004
Format 4-SS, 40/90, SD/30
Prizes $ 800, 100% G
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



Holiday Swiss 2003 standings

Congratulations to the winners of the Holiday Swiss!:

Open GM Alexander Ivanov
U1800 Robert Frederick
U1500 Henry Forber-Pratt
U1200 Nikolay Popov

Holiday Swiss 2003 commentary

Players with upsets over 200 points:

Round 5
Round 4
Simon A Slutsky
Andrew Taylor
Seth P Johnson
Justin P Grimes
Round 3
Round 2
Seth P Johnson
Round 1
Andrew Taylor
Alfred G Ward
Seth P Johnson
Players with multiple upsets over 200 points:

Andrew Taylor
Seth P Johnson







Cross tables and Ratings

The October crosstable is posted and rated.

Sections Due to increased attendance, MetroWest CC will offer 4 sections for all 4-round tournaments; for the time being, 5-round events will continue to have 3 sections.  The prize structure has been revised to increase the prize money for each section with prizes awarded for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd placements in each section.
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

2004 Club Championship Qualifiers


Based on performance criteria in MCC events during 2003, the following six players have qualified for the 2004 MCC Club Championship:  Ivanov, Foygel, Riordan, Epp, Curdo, and Chamberlian.  Congratulations to you and to all 57 players who earned championship points!

As previously announced, the annual Club Championship has been re-instated.  The 2004 championship event will be held in March 2004 as a closed 5-RR section run in parallel with the other sections.  The six participants will be the top six club members on the championship points list (who accept the invitation).  Players earn points during the previous calendar year by placing 1st-2nd-3rd in the Open section, 1st-2nd in the Upper section, and 1st in the next highest section on a graduated scale based on the section level and number of rounds.  In addition, bonus points are awarded for a perfect score.  To qualify for the championship, players have to be club members and need to play in at least 4 events during the year.

GM Ivanov’s clear win in December along with bonus points for a perfect score was just enough to edge out IM Foygel for the top spot on the championship points qualification list.

The final standings of those who competed in at least 4 tournaments during the year are:

1.   GM Alexander Ivanov


2.  IM Igor Foygel   


3.  NM Charles Riordan


4.  Edward Epp


5.  FM John Curdo


6.  John Chamberlain


Next in line (should any of the above players decline to participate) are:

7.   George Goulding


8.  James Todhunter  


9.   Eric Sonnenstuhl


10.  Seth Johnson


Several players demonstrated consistent play during the year by earning points in three or more tournamants.  They are:

  •  8 events:  FM John Curdo

  • 7 events:  NM Charles Riordan (7 of 7 played) and IM Igor Foygel

  • 4 events:  GM Ivanov (4 of 4 played), Edward Epp, John Chamberlain, and George Goulding

  • 3 events:  Patrick Sciacca, Severine Wamala, Ames Abbot, and Menno Koning

The complete Club 2004 championship point list will be posted at the club in January.

The MCC Winter Warmer Swiss in January will start the qualification process for the 2005 Club Championship cycle  The top three placements in the Open section will earn 64-32-16 points.  The top two placements in the U1850 section will earn 24-12 points, and first place in the U1550 section will be worth 8 points.  Anyone who posts a perfect score of 4 wins will earn bonus points amounting to 50% of the normal award.

For more info, contact me at Info at MetroWestChess.org

James Krycka

Scholastic Tournaments


The Scholastic Tournament schedule for summer 2004 is set.  You can see the dates on our calendar page. If you are interested in volunteering for front-line or backup work, let me know!

For more info, contact me at Info at MetroWestChess.org

John Bottini

Team Email Matches


MCC-2 games are almost done. I will update the game PGNs sometime in the near future.

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

    No lesson round 1, to make room for Stateline Chess book & equipment vendor.

On Round 2, Dr. Edward Epp will analyze two of Bobby Fischer's games!  On rounds 3/4, I will be finishing analysis of opening traps:

  • King's Indian
  • Benoni
  • Dutch Defence
  • flank openings
  • Bird's Opening, and others.

See you in class!

John Chamberlain

Chess School


We will determine the Chess School schedule after reviewing the survey results.

Thank you!

Howard Goldowsky

Game Advice

    We will be re-vitalizing this program for Winter 2004, stay tuned.

Derek Slater



The MCC Library just got several chess related movies on DVD! Movies are available for two weeks at a time. Check them out!!

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

Matthew Phelps