From the Editor

The results of the Club Championship, the Club Class Championship are in. Brainstorming for the next Chess School has begun, and we will start recruiting for another Team Email Match.

Comment & critique to     Info at MetroWestChess.org 


Harvey Reed
Marketing Director
MetroWest Chess Club

Club & Partner Calendar

April 6

  • Club & Class Championship Closing Ceremony
  • Round 1 of Spring Swiss
  • Stateline Chess Book & Equipment Vendor
  • No Weekly Group Lesson
April 13
  • Round 2 of Spring Swiss
  • Weekly Group Lesson
April 20
  • Round 3 of Spring Swiss
  • Weekly Group Lesson
April 23-25
  • NorthEast Chess, Spring Getaway, Marlboro Radisson
April 27
  • Round 4 of Spring Swiss
  • Weekly Group Lesson
May 4
  • Observed 21st Anniversary for MetroWest CC (founded May 3, 1983)
June 6
  • NorthEast Chess, G/55, G/90, Marlboro Radisson

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 - Howard Goldowsky is actively recruiting volunteers, we want to start another class soon. One Thursday night per month, 1-3 months depending on topic. Topics on chess software, and openings in response to the member survey. See Howard
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
  • Recruiting the MCC-03 team in April
  • See Harvey Reed


NorthEast Chess -- Regional chess organizer

I want to thank everyone for their support during the transition to the Marlboro Radisson location. I trust you agree this is a much better situation

I accept PayPal via my email address: swamala at hotmail.com.

Severine Wamala

Stateline Chess -- Book & equipment vendor

I will be coming down April 6 with some new books The Reliable Past and The HC New In Chess Yearbook # 70 from of course New In Chess; and King's Indian Battle Plan and C.J.S Purdy's Fine Art of Chess Annotation Vol 1 Revised 2nd Edition. I will also be adding the latest New In Chess magazine to my rapidly expanding chess magazine selection.

I will be adding more books to my 25%-50% off book sale I have been running the last few months so checkout the new books and save.

I accept PayPal via my email address: statelinechess at hotmail.com.

Randi Macuit

The Club

Board Activity


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


    We are actively seeking volunteers for the Library, Mentoring, and Chess School.

To see all the MetroWest CC Volunteers, click here.

 Mark Kaprielian 



I have created a new set of chess program FAQ and info pages, linked from the Knowledge page. 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


Spring Swiss

When April 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
Championship Points Available Open (64-32-16), U1850 (24-12), U1550 (8)
plus 50% bonus for a perfect score of all wins
Entry Fee
(all sections)
Masters > 2200 Free
MCC Members $ 15
Others $ 20

Previous  Tournament


Congratulations to the new MetroWest CC Champions!

Club Champion - Alexander Ivanov
Class Champion - Trevor de Koekkoek

Forward March Swiss

Congratulations to the winners of the Forward March Swiss!:

Open: Ilya Krasik
U1700: Walter Champion
U1350: Gregory Siciliano

Forward March Swiss Commentary

Players with upsets over 200 points:

Round 5
Calvin G Hori
Round 4
John G Niarhos
Round 3
Jim Merullo (840 points!)
Travis A Nilsson (432 points!)
Round 2
Ilya Krasik
Round 1
Achutha Raman

Players with multiple upsets over 200 points:





Cross tables and Ratings

The USCF rated January 2004 cross-table is posted. January is not rated yet.

Errata Errata in last month’s Leap Year Swiss results:
Nikolay Popov tied for first in the U1600 section
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 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 & Class Championships


GM Alexander Ivanov posted a perfect 5-0 score to capture the 2004 MetroWest CC Club Championship. IM Igor Foygel came in second and NM Charles Riordan nailed down third place in the 5-RR event. All 15 games in the Championship section were decisive – there were no draws!

Trevor de Koekkoek won the 2004 MetroWest CC Class Championship by placing the highest among U2000 players in the Open section of the Forward March Swiss. He and Mark Fins battled head-to-head for the title in the last round as they both had a half point lead on the rest of the U2000 field after 4 rounds. Trevor’s only loss was to the winner of the Open section, Ilya Krasik.

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

James Krycka

2005 Club Championship Qualification List


The qualification cycle for the 2005 Club Championship has begun. The current standings based on the first three months of play are as follows:

1  IM Igor Foygel 194
2  GM Alexander Ivanov 150
3  Ilya Krasik 120
4  FM John Curdo 79
5  John Chamberlain 54
6  NM Charles Riordan 40
7  Trevor de Koekkoek 40
8  Walter Champion 30
9  Mark Jo La Rocca 23
10  Neil Cousin 21
11  James Todhunter 20

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 MetroWestChess.org

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 in April 2004.

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.

The Weekly Group Lesson April 2004
Topic: Analytical Technique

Week 2: Methods of analyzing and move selection
Week 3: Common mental mistakes and and how to correct them
Week 4: Using training materials and analyzing your own games

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!

Howard Goldowsky

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 MetroWestChess.org or see me on Tuesday nights.

Matthew Phelps