Monday, October 07, 2013
Chess by Stephen Dann
GM Max Dlugy was interviewed Thursday on www.chessbase.com to possibly break open the year-old cheating scandal in Croatia. In short, the ease of putting a small computer device in your shoe is called "low tech," but will this solve all kinds of other issues "underfoot?"
National Chess Week starts with a bang tomorrow, as www.pbs.org/pov/brooklyncastle runs the 90-minute movie on I.S.318 in New York City. Time at most New England PBS stations is 10 p.m. The trailer is on the website, and the movie will be on demand until Nov. 6. There will be a live online program for educators Tuesday offering tips on forming chess groups at schools, which may also be of interest to librarians and to parents across the country.
In Massachusetts, programs on Saturday, traditional National Chess Day, are not overflowing on www.masschess.org, but there is a Game/30 tournament to benefit Boston's One Fund at NESA in Westwood, a free scholastic event at the Stoughton Public Library, and both a rated Open and two unrated scholastic sections at Blackstone Valley Prep. School in Cumberland, R.I.
During the week, however, there are plenty more free and low-cost events, like Tuesday's 5 p.m. Larry Christiansen simultaneous display at the South Station concourse in Boston. Many clubs are starting new monthly events, both rated and unrated. Also check at www.uschess.org to view upcoming events as well as rating reports within hours after many tournaments end.
Visit www.wachusettchess.org, to view results of the Yedidia Open, where Bruce Felton of Fitchburg took first in a 37-player field at Fitchburg State University. At www.chesspals.com, see how John Curdo of Auburn won the September Chess Snippet, and Peter Shtudier and Marc Quevillon shared first in the Snippy September Under 1700 at the Greater Worcester Chess Club.
Local master Cliff McLaughlin came out of retirement to tie with John Curdo and Matt Meredith of Connecticut at the 30-player 6th WMCA Memorial in Holyoke. Last weekend also saw a 26-player round robin Blitzfest in Manchester, N.H., with Vadim Martirosov of Allston winning at 22.5-2.5, drawing with Braden Bournival of New Hampshire, who came a close second.
At www.uschessleague.com, New England defeated New Jersey, to now lead the Northeast Division, 5-1, with just four rounds to go. Boston drew New York and Connecticut lost to Manhattan. On Tuesday (at www.chess.com) more rival conference action, as New England takes on Los Angeles, Boston faces San Francisco, and Connecticut meets Arizona in round 7.
Chess.com, claiming 8 million online members, has made an agreement to purchase www.chessvibes.com a top chess news site in Europe.