From the Editor

May is a big month:

  • Tuesday May 4 [Round 1] is the Observed 21st Anniversary of MetroWest CC (May 3, 1983 is the founding date) - and we'll have a lecture and book signing by IM Rizzitano as a special treat, courtesy of Stateline Chess, our book & equipment vendor [details in Partner section below]
  • Thursday May 20 [Chess School 2004 Kickoff] features a lecture and Team Simul by GM Christiansen [details in Learn & Improve - Chess School below]
  • This is the last month to sign up for the MCC-03 Team Email Match against IECC. Eric Berkey will be the Captain, and we are looking forward to repeating the success of the MCC-01 team! [details in Compete - Team Email Matches below]
  • And don't forget to check out the results of last month's tournament. The winners had a clear first in all four sections, and in the top three sections the winner had a perfect score! The winners with perfect score get a 50% boost in Qualification points towards the 2005 Club Championship!

Comment & critique to     Info at 


Harvey Reed
Marketing Director
MetroWest Chess Club

Club & Partner Calendar

May 4

  • Observed 21st Anniversary for MetroWest CC (founded May 3, 1983)
  • Round 1 of Spring Swiss
  • Stateline Chess Book & Equipment Vendor
  • Informal Weekly Group Lesson, Q&A with personal help
May 11
  • Round 2 of Spring Swiss
  • Weekly Group Lesson - General self-study lesson
May 18
  • Round 3 of Spring Swiss
  • Weekly Group Lesson - Openings and endings self-study lesson
May 20
  • 2004 Chess School Kickoff with GM Larry Christiansen
May 25
  • Round 4 of Spring Swiss
  • Weekly Group Lesson - Tactics and planning self-study lesson
June 6
  • NorthEast Chess, G/55, G/90, Marlboro Radisson
July 18
  • NorthEast Chess, G/55, G/90, Marlboro Radisson
August 13-15
  • NorthEast Chess, Summer Getaway, 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
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-84, starting Spring 2004
  • Play with people around the world
  • Recruiting the MCC-03 team ends this month!
  • See Eric Berkey Team Captain


NorthEast Chess -- Regional chess organizer

I want to thank everyone for their attendance at the Spring Getaway. I look forward to seeing you at a future event!

I accept PayPal via my email address: swamala at

Severine Wamala

Stateline Chess -- Book & equipment vendor

I will at the club Tuesday May 4 [Round 1] with a special guest lecturer. IM James Rizzitano will be giving a lecture on his book Understanding Your Chess

Lecture -->          6:45pm to 7:15pm
Book Signing --> Before and after lecture

EVENT: The lecture will start at 6:45PM and go till 7:15PM. The book signing will be before and after the lecture. Understanding Your Chess is a book for the club and tournament player. It explains how to analyzing your games to figure out your strengths and weaknesses and then to shape your approach to chess to make the most of there abilities. It also explains how you should approach certain tournament games and opponents.

REGISTRATION: No registration required. Free and open to all.

Also, I will be adding new books to my 25%-50% off book sale so check them out and save!

I accept PayPal via my email address: statelinechess at

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 



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


May Swiss

When May 4, 11, 18, 25  2004
Format 4-SS, 40/90, SD/30
Prizes $ 800, 100% G
Open: $  200 120 80
U1800: $  100 60 30
U1500: $  60 40 20
U1200: $ 40 30 20
Entry Fee
(all sections)
Masters > 2200 Free
MCC Members $ 15
Others $ 20
Championship Points Available Open (64-32-16), U1800 (24-12), U1500 (8)
plus 50% bonus for a perfect score of all wins

Previous  Tournament


Congratulations to the winners of the Spring Swiss!:

Open: Robert Powell (4.0/4.0) - perfect score and clear first!
U1850: Calvin Hori (4.0/4.0) - perfect score and clear first!
U1550: Terry O’Neill (4.0/4.0) - perfect score and clear first!
U1250: Greg Cermak (3.5/4.0) - clear first!

Forward March Swiss Commentary

Players with upsets over 200 points:

Round 5
Round 4
Robert W Powell
Lior Rozhansky
Round 3
Andrew Taylor (520 points!)
Round 2
Calvin G Hori
Anabel Bacon
Round 1
Calvin G Hori
Anabel Bacon

Players with multiple upsets over 200 points:
Calvin G Hori
Anabel Bacon





Cross tables and Ratings

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

Errata n/a
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

2005 Club Championship Qualification List


The qualification cycle for the 2005 Club Championship is well under way.  With his sweep of the Open section, Robert Powell has jumped into 4th place. The current standings based on the first four months of play are as follows:

1.    IM Igor Foygel 


2.  GM Alexander Ivanov 


3. Ilya Krasik


4. Robert Powell


5. FM John Curdo


6. John Chamberlain


7. NM Charles Riordan


8. Trevor de Koekkoek


9. Calvin Hori


10. Navaneetha Ruthramoorthy


11. Walter Champion


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


Summer Scholastic starts June 14, 2004

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-01 and MCC-02 games are in the games collection in the Correspondence files.

We are wrapping up recruiting for the MCC-03 v IECC-84 Team Email Match in May.

After we start the third match, you can view the live games by following the link from the pairing page (near top). The games are the current position minus 3 moves, to discourage accidental analysis with the players. The live games are updated at least monthly.

Eric Berkey

Special Events

No special events scheduled.

Mark Kaprielian


Learn & Improve

Weekly Group Lessons

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

Topic: Self Help

(Week 1 is casual Q&A and personal help)

Week 2: General self help techniques, such as such as appraising your play to
identify weaknesses, dividing your time, planning study and locating resources
Week 3: Studying Openings and Endings
Week 4: Studying Tactics and Planning

John Chamberlain

Chess School

    An Evening of Openings Instruction with GM Larry Christiansen, Including a 6-Board G/45 Team-Game Instructional Clock Simul.

DATE:                   Thursday, May 20, 2004
TIME:                    7:30pm (sharp) to 10:10pm
INSTRUCTOR:      GM Larry Christiansen

EVENT: GM Christiansen will speak for one hour about classical double e-pawn gambits, including some time discussing the Benko gambit. After the lecture, Christiansen will play a G/45 clock simul on six boards. Each board will match the instructor vs. a team of five. The starting position for each game will be a late opening or early middlegame position discussed during the lecture. Thus, the students will have an opportunity to practice against a GM some of the ideas learned during the seminar. If time permits, GM Christiansen will review the most interesting simul games.

REGISTRATION: $7 MetroWest CC members, $10 non-members ($2 discount for lecture only tickets). Simul participants will be chosen on a first to register basis. The first 30 MetroWest CC members to register will be guaranteed a playing spot. Register early to guarantee your spot! If there are less than 30 MetroWest CC members registered, the remaining spots will be filled with non-members on a first to register basis. You will be issued a ticket upon registration. You MUST provide this ticket on the night of the event.

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 or see me on Tuesday nights.

Matthew Phelps 

Compete & Improve

Monthly Tournaments



Team Email Matches

Special Events

Education Zones