From the Editor

This is the month for the Club Championship, the Club Class Championship, and also a modest improvement in the newsletter format. The improvement is a direct result of feedback from the member survey. More Club improvements to come.

Comment & critique to     Info at 


Harvey Reed
Marketing Director
MetroWest Chess Club

Club & Partner Calendar

March 2

  • Round 1 of Club Championship, with Opening Ceremony
  • Round 1 of Class Championship, with Opening Ceremony, and March Forward Swiss
  • Stateline Chess Book & Equipment Vendor
  • No Weekly Group Lesson
March 9
  • Round 2 of Club Championship
  • Round 2 of Class Championship, and March Forward Swiss
  • Weekly Group Lesson
March 14
  • NorthEast Chess, one-day, G/5 and G/55 and G/90, Marlboro Radisson
March 16
  • Round 3 of Club Championship
  • Round 3 of Class Championship, and March Forward Swiss
  • Weekly Group Lesson
March 23
  • Round 4 of Club Championship
  • Round 4 of Class Championship, and March Forward Swiss
  • Weekly Group Lesson
March 30
  • Round 5 of Club Championship
  • Round 5 of Class Championship, and March Forward Swiss
  • Weekly Group Lesson
April 4
  • NorthEast Chess, one-day, G/5 and G/55 and G/90, Marlboro Radisson
Tuesday April 6
  • Club & Class Championship Closing Ceremony
  • Round 1 of Spring Swiss
  • Stateline Chess Book & Equipment Vendor
April 23-25
  • NorthEast Chess, Spring Getaway, Marlboro Radisson
May 4
  • Observed 21st Anniversary for MetroWest CC (founded May 3, 1983)

Please Consider


  • Library - Matt Phelps has it set up, we need people to keep it going, see Matt Phelps
  • Mentoring - Ray Salemi has stepped down because of a new job, mentoring helps new people from first signup thru the first few critical weeks. See Harvey Reed
  • Chess School - One Thursday night per month, 1-3 months depending on topic. Topics on chess programs, and playing chess. See Harvey Reed
Renew your USCF here
  • Renew with Mark Kaprielian, he will donate "USCF Member Appreciation" prize money to the Club. See Mark Kaprielian
Register early
  • Shorter lines
  • Better parking
  • --> and if the front lot is full, you can park behind the building (first left as you turn into the Senior Center)
Team Email Match starting soon!
  • Looking for enthusiastic email correspondence chess players
  • Team match with IECC, starting Spring 2004
  • Play with people around the world
  • See Harvey Reed


NorthEast Chess -- Regional chess organizer

I want to thank everyone for their support during the transition to the Marlboro Radisson location. This will be a much better situation

I accept PayPal via my email address: swamala at

Severine Wamala

Stateline Chess -- Book & equipment vendor

I will be at the Club Tuesday March 2. I will be having another book sale of 25%-50% off on selected books so check it out. Also I will be giving away free calendars so stop in and pick one up.

I accept PayPal via my email address: statelinechess at

Randi Macuit

The Club

Board Activity


The first meeting of the new Board was Thursday, February 19, 2004 at 7:30pm at the Club.   At this meeting we elected the Officers from the new Directorship. 

The new officers are:

Mark Kaprielian - President
John Bottini - Treasurer
Harvey Reed - Clerk

The Directors-at-large are:

John Chamberlain
James Krycka
James Todhunter
Matt Phelps (newly elected Director)

To learn more about our governance, click here.  From the Governance page you can locate the minutes from past Board meetings and the Agenda for the next meeting.

Mark Kaprielian, President


    To see all the MetroWest CC Volunteers, click here.

 Mark Kaprielian 



I have created new FAQs on how to read a "wall chart", and how to read a "crosstable". The Knowledge page, can be reached from the home page on the left, or just 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 



Monthly Tournaments & Championship


March Forward Swiss

When March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30  2004
Format 5-SS, 40/90, SD/30
Prizes $ 1000, 100% G

Highest scoring U2000 player in the Open section will win the 2004 MetroWest CC Class Championship

Open: $  250 150 100
U1700: $  150 100 50
U1350: $  100 60 40
Championship Points Available Open (80-40-20), U1700 (30-15), U1350 (10)
plus 50% bonus for a perfect score of all wins
Entry Fee
(all sections)
Masters > 2200 Free
MCC Members $ 20
Others $ 25

2004 Club Championship (closed)

When March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30  2004
Format 5-RR, 40/90, SD/30
Prizes $ 600, 100% G

Highest scoring player will win the 2004 MetroWest CC Championship

Champ: $  300 200 100
Championship Points Available Championship (100-50-40-30-20-10)
plus 50% bonus for a perfect score of all wins
Entry Fee
(all sections)
Championship contenders are invited and play free.

Previous  Tournament


Leap Year Swiss

Congratulations to the winners of the Leap Year Swiss!:

Open: IM Igor Foygel and FM John Curdo
U1900: Neil Cousin, Larry Pratt, George Goulding, and Matthew Gosselin
U1600: T.J.Martin and Brian O’Rourke
U1300: Robert Matthews (perfect score!)

Leap Year Commentary

Players with upsets over 200 points:

Round 5
Round 4
Justin Grimes
Round 3
Achutha Raman
Jim Merullo
Round 2
Round 1

Players with multiple upsets over 200 points:





Cross tables and Ratings

The USCF rated December cross-table is posted. January is not rated yet.

Special Notes
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 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 & Class Championships


Two Championship events will be held in March to crown the MetroWest CC Club Champion (closed) and the MetroWest CC Class Champion.

The Club Championship will be contested in a special Championship section using a 5-RR format.  Based on performance criteria in MetroWest CC events during 2003 and acceptance of the invitation, the following six players will vie for the 2004 Club Championship:  GM Alexander Ivanov, IM Igor Foygel, NM Charles Riordan, Dr Edward Epp, John Chamberlian, and James Todhunter.  Note that James Todhunter has replaced FM John Curdo after Curdo declined and first alternate George Goulding also declined.

A public drawing was held to determine the seeding of the players which in turn established the pairings for all of the rounds and the color assignments.  First round pairings (with player with white pieces listed first) are Ivanov vs Foygel, Todhunter vs Chamberlain, and Riordan vs Epp.

The MetroWest CC Class Championship will be awarded to the Club member rated U2000 who places highest in the Open section of the March Forward event.  The February 2004 ratings supplement will be used to determine a player’s eligibility for the Class Champion title.

For more info, contact me at Info at

James Krycka

2005 Club Championship Qualification List


The qualification cycle for the 2005 Club Championship has begun.  The current standings based on the January and February events are as follows:

1.      IM Igor Foygel      


2.      FM John Curdo   


3.      John Chamberlain  


4.      Neil Cousin   


5.      Mark Jo La Rocca  


6.      Howard Goldowski   


7.      William Michael  


8.      Seth Johnson   


The 2005 championship event will be held in March 2005 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.

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

John Bottini

Team Email Matches


MCC-2 games are complete. I am in the process of updating the game PGNs. We will be recruiting players for an upcoming MCC-3 team.

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.

Week 2:  Introduction to Computer Chess
The various kinds of computer software used by serious chess players. Summary and
demonstration of the major products.

Week 3:  Using a Chess Database
How to store and organize your own games and create a professional reference database.
How to use the features of a chess database like Chessbase to research openings, prepare
for your opponent, and locate key position and endgame types.

Week 4:  Training and Analyzing Using Chessbase and Fritz
How to analyze using Chessbase/Fritz. How to put Chessbase/Fritz to work as a training

Week 5: TBD

John Chamberlain

Chess School


We are currently recruiting Chess School volunteer teachers. Short courses, 1 - 3 nights, one Thursday per month. If you are interested, please contact me.

Thank you!

Harvey Reed

Game Advice

    We are currently recruiting a "mentoring" volunteer to help new members get acquainted, and to coordinate getting their first games in front of me to give comments. See Harvey if you are interested in volunteering.

Derek Slater



The MCC Library is currently recruiting for a volunteer to be the Program Director. The Library is in good shape, and taking care of it will be light duty. This is a key position, since it gets quite a bit of use from the lower sections.

If you are interested in volunteering, please email Library at or see me on Tuesday nights.

Matthew Phelps 

Compete & Improve

Monthly Tournaments



Team Email Matches

Special Events

Education Zones