From the Editor

June is the month where we kick into summer mode with the June Summer Swiss. Also we have:

  • John Bottini starts Summer Scholastics Thursday June 17
  • John Chamberlain and Igor Foygel have created a special Weekly Group Lesson this month
  • Eric Berkey has finished recruiting for the next MetroWest CC Team Email Match with IECC

For the May wrap-up we have:

  • In last month's tournament, winners had a clear first in all four sections, and in the top two sections the winner had a perfect score! The winners with perfect score get a 50% boost in Qualification points towards the 2005 Club Championship
  • The Chess School kick-off was excellent, and the Wamala Team (Severine, Jacob, and Jessica) achieved a draw against GM Larry Christiansen!

Comment & critique to     Info at MetroWestChess.org 


Harvey Reed
Marketing Director
MetroWest Chess Club

Club & Partner Calendar

June 1

  • Round 1 of Summer Swiss
  • Stateline Chess Book & Equipment Vendor
  • Weekly Group Lesson, informal Q&A with personal help
June 6
  • NorthEast Chess, G/55, G/90, Marlboro Radisson
June 8
  • Round 2 of Summer Swiss
  • Weekly Group Lesson - Tactical Themes: forks
June 15
  • Round 3 of Summer Swiss
  • Weekly Group Lesson - Tactical Themes: rundowns
June 22
  • Round 4 of Summer Swiss
  • Weekly Group Lesson - Special guest -> Foygel Lecture
June 27
  • Stateline Chess Lecture and Simul -> Alexander Ivanov
June 29
  • Round 5 of Summer Swiss
  • Weekly Group Lesson - Tactical Themes: inducing and deflection
July 18
  • NorthEast Chess, G/55, G/90, Marlboro Radisson
August 13-15

Please Consider


  • Library - its all setup, it just needs a little attention each month, see Matt Phelps
  • Mentoring - Peter Karp and Derek Slater could use some help in newbie mentoring and promoting Game Advice. 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)


NorthEast Chess -- Regional chess organizer

Please consider the one-day events in June and July. Also don't forget to sign-up early if you will be going to the Summer Getaway, early registrations are heavily discounted. Also there are discounted hotel rooms available.

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

Severine Wamala

Stateline Chess -- Book & equipment vendor

Hi All,

I will be at the club Round 1, Tuesday June 1. I will have some magazines on sale Empire Chess $3 now $1, New In Chess $12 now $8, and Squares $10 now $8 or buy issues # 2, 3, and 4 (new) and get all 3 for $20. I will also have the following books by the great chess author C.J.S. Purdy on sale Fine Art of Annotation Vol 1 2nd Revised Edition $20 now $12, Fine Art of Annotation Vol 3 $20 now $12, and Extreme Chess World Championships 1935 1937 1972 $25 now $15. As far as new items go I have the DGT XL Clock batteries included for $85 and the DGT Electronic Chess Board (serial) for $400. If you purchase both at the same time then the price will be $450.

On Sunday June 27, Trainside Gallery, 62 Wingate St, Haverhill, MA starting at 12:30pm I will be hosting a lecture and simul with Alexander Ivanov, please see my flyer for details!

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 



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


June "Summer" Swiss

When June 1-8-15-22-29, 2004
Format 5-SS, 40/90, SD/30
Prizes $ 1000, 100% G
Open: $  250 150 100
U1700: $  150 100 50
U1400: $  100 60 40
Entry Fee
(all sections)
Masters (2200 and over) Free
MCC Members $ 20
Others $ 25
Championship Points Available Open (80-40-20), U1700 (30-15), U1400 (10)
plus 50% bonus for perfect score of all wins

Previous  Tournament


Congratulations to the winners of the May Swiss!:

Open: GM Igor Foygel (4.0/4) Clear first, perfect score
U1800: Alexander Paphitis (4.0/4) Clear first, perfect score
U1500: John Bottini (3.5/4) Clear first
U1200: James Taggert (3.5/4) Clear first

Forward March Swiss Commentary

Players with upsets over 200 points:

Round 5
Round 4
Round 3
Round 2
Terry M O'Neill
Round 1
Neil B Cousin
Stephen Schnair
Side Games
Justin P Grimes

Players with multiple upsets over 200 points:





Cross tables and Ratings

The USCF rated March 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 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

2005 Club Championship Qualification List


The qualification cycle for the 2005 Club Championship is well under way. With a sweep of the Open section, Igor Foygel substantially increased his lead and Trevor de Koekkoek’s clear second place finish moved him into the top six. The current standings based on the first five 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. Trevor de Koekkoek


7. John Chamberlain


8. NM Charles Riordan


9. Calvin Hori


10. Alexander Paphitis 36
11. Navaneetha Ruthramoorthy


12. 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, and the web page is up and active.  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-01 and MCC-02 games are in the games collection in the Correspondence files. Recruiting is complete, and the third match will start shortly.

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.

More details after we start.

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: Tactics

Week 1 is casual Q&A and personal help

Week 2: Tactical Themes: forks
Week 3: Tactical Themes: rundowns
Week 4: Foygel Lecture
Week 5: Tactical Themes: inducing and deflection

John Chamberlain

Chess School

    The lecture and simul with GM Larry Christiansen on Thursday May 20 was an excellent event and well attended at over 25 participants. We have a web page and photo album dedicated to this event. The Wamala Team (Severine, Jacob, and Jessica) achieved a draw against GM Larry Christiansen!

This lecture was a kick-off to the 2004 Chess School. We will have an Openings Course this Fall 2004. Details to follow.

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 Derek or 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