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03/30/2015Andover School of Montessori: Chess Instructor position

Nicholas Sterling
MACA Web Coordinator

03/29/201525th Massachusetts G/60 Championship prize winners

Prize winners at the 25th Massachusetts G/60 Championship, held March 29th in Marlborough.

Open Section

1st GM Alexander Ivanov 4-0
2nd IM Denys Shmelov 3.5-0.5
Top U2400 J Timothy Sage 3-1
Top U2200 Carissa Yip 3-1

Under 2000 Section

1st Gaetano Bompastore 4-0
2nd Robert Stewart 3.5-0.5

Under 1800 Section

1st-2nd Andrew Luff, Yudong Jiang 3.5-0.5

Under 1600 Section

1st-2nd Robert Babcock, Adam Grossack 3.5-0.5

Under 1400 Section

1st Thomas Ha 4-0
2nd-4th Ian Dudley, David Matthews, Matthew Biancuzzo 3-1

Under 1200 Section

1st-2nd Alan Lu 3.5-0.5
1st-2nd/Top U1000 Frank Jin, Ricardo Romero 3.5-0.5

The tournament was directed by Bob Messenger, Chris Bird and Steve Frymer.

Bob Messenger
Chief TD

03/26/2015Adv. Entries for Mass G/60 (as of 3/28 4:11 PM) Available Now!

Webmaster: updated again at 3/28 8:44 PM.

Webmaster: Updated (as of 2:27 1:08 PM).

Adv. Entries for Mass G/60 (as of 3:40 PM):

Tiffany Wang
MACA Webmaster

03/22/2015Prize winners at the Barry S. Spiegel Cup

Prize winners at the Barry S. Spiegel Cup, held March 22nd in Boxborough, Mass.

High School Section

1st Mika Brattain 3.5-0.5
2nd Grant Xu 3-1
3rd-4th Andrew Liu, Danny Angermeier 2.5-1.5
Top U2000 Luke Lung 2-2
Top U1600 Gershon Gilman 1-3

Age 14 & Under Section

1st-3rd Evan Meyer (playoff winner), Carissa Yip, Anton Barash 3-1

Age 11 & Under Section

1st-3rd Eddie Wei, Evan MacLure, Alex Yu 3-1

Age 8 & Under Section

1st-4th Achyuta Rajaram, Derek Zhao, David Katsman, Rafael Pashkov 3-1

Except as noted, players are listed in tiebreak order.  Players tied for first are co-champions for that age group.

The tournament was directed by Bob Messenger, Chris Bird and Alonzo Ross.

Bob Messenger
Chief TD

03/19/2015Adv. Entries for 2015 Spiegel Cup (as of 3/21 2:19 PM)

Adv. Entries for Spiegel Cup (as of 3/20 1:44PM) :

Tiffany Wang
MACA Webmaster

03/17/2015 News Release for Spiegel Finals

The Barry S. Spiegel Cup will be held on Sunday, March 22nd.  This is the Massachusetts scholastic championship for individual players.  There are four sections: High School, Age 14 & Under, Age 11 & Under, and Age 8 & Under.  The 14 & Under, 11 & Under and 8 & Under sections are invitational.  The High School section is open to all Massachusetts residents and students aged under 20 in grades 9-12.

For details of the Barry S. Spiegel Cup and to enter the High School Section online:

Notables for the 2015 Spiegel Finals:

Age 14 & Under:
*Eleven year-old Carissa Yip is the top seed in the Age 14 & Under section, competing in a field where 8 players are above 1900.

*This is the strongest field since the 2011 Spiegel Finals, where 7 players over 1900 participated.

Age 11 & Under
*Maxwell Zhao, the top seed in the Age 11 & Under section, has a current rating over 1900, and is the first 1900-player in this section since 2001 (Noah Pang, Max Enkin).

*The 8 players with rating over 1700 is the highest since 2013 (6).

Age 8 & Under
*Derek Zhao (2014 co-champion) is attempting to be the first player to win back-to-back as at least a co-champion since Mika Brattain (2006, 2007)

*This feat was also accomplished by Bary Lisak (2005, 2006) and Andrew Wang (2003, 2004).

*Five players with current ratings above 1450 (Derek Jin, Derek Zhao, Winston Zhao, David Katsman, and John Archibald) are competing.

*From 2000 to 2014 only 3 players competed in this section with current rating over 1450: Andrew Wang (2004), Mika Brattain (2007) and Jason Tang (2011).

*Derek Zhao (1651) and Derek Jin (1622) are the first players to have ratings above 1600 at the time of the final. Previous high rating in this section was held by Mika Brattain in 2007 (1514).

Special thanks to Steve Winer for researching this information.



Nicholas Sterling
MACA Web Coordinator

03/15/2015MACA Member Marc Turgeon Funeral Service

MACA member Robert King  reported the sad passing of Marc Turgeon. The date of the funeral service is this Tuesday
Gigi, Marc's daughter, has invited the chess players as chess was very important to Marc.
Below is the message from Gigi:
Thanks to you all for your kind words of support during this sorrowful time. Please share this information with others.
Marc Turgeon funeral services will be held at Christ Church Parish, 149 Court Street, Plymouth Ma 02360.
  • 9:30 am Visitation and prelude
  • 10:00 am Service
  • After the service we will be heading to the National Cemetery in Bourne
  • 12;30 Internment, National Cemetery, Bourne
  • Reception to follow directions and reception location will be available at the service.
Please feel to reach me by cell (508)981-5076.
With heartfelt thanks,


Tiffany Wang
MACA Webmaster


This year, we are providing an online voting option for our annual board election. Those who choose to vote by these means will receive a survey link several weeks prior to the Mass Open. Those who would prefer a paper ballot will still be able to request one. REGISTRATION IS NOW REQUIRED FOR BOTH VOTING OPTIONS.

TO REGISTER FOR AN ONLINE BALLOT, Email with full name and unique email address by April 15th, 2015.

TO REGISTER FOR A PAPER BALLOT, send a letter to Bob Messenger at 4 HamlettDr., #12, Nashua, NH 03062, postmarked no later than April 10th. You can call (617) 733-6371 to confirm that your registration request has been received.

Members are not allowed to register for both ballots. To vote, MACA membership must be current as of the registration deadline. Answers to frequently asked questions are posted at

Nicholas Sterling
MACA Web Coordinator

03/9/2015Barry S. Spiegel Cup invitees

The following players have earned invitations to the Barry S. Spiegel Cup Massachusetts individual scholastic championship:

Age 14 & Under

Anton Barash 1806 - winner of 1st Qualifier
Brandon Wu 2004 - winner of 2nd Qualifier
Jason Tang 1948 - winner of 3rd Qualifier
Eric Feng 1929 - winner of 4th Qualifier
Alan Sikarov - 1682 - winner of Spiegel Cup Series

Carissa Yip 2150 - 1st seed by rating
Nithin Kavi 2139 - 2nd seed by rating
Evan Meyer 2098 - 3rd seed by rating
Michael Isakov 1949 - 4th seed by rating
Conway Xu 1948 - 5th seed by rating

1st alternate is Alvin Tan 1924

Age 11 & Under

Brian Yin 1791 - winner of 1st Qualifier
Evan MacLure 1656 - winner of 2nd Qualifier
Danila Poliannikov 1841 - winner of 3rd Qualifier
Eddie Yi Ming Wei 1687 - winner 4th Qualifier
Mark Chudnovsky 1229 - winner of Spiegel Cup Series

Max Zhao 1821 - 1st seed by rating
Sandra Shur 1819 - 2nd seed by rating
Alex Yu 1810 - 3rd seed by rating
Suraj Ramanathan 1762 - 4th seed by rating
Michael Yu 1758 - 5th seed by rating

1st alternate is Derek Jin 1652

Age 8 & Under

Winston Zhao 1444 - winner of 1st Qualifier
David Xie 1178 - winner of 2nd Qualifier
Rafael Pashkov 1185 - winner of 3rd Qualifier
Joy Cao 947 - winner of 4th Qualifier
David Katsman 1331 - winner of Spiegel Cup Series

Derek Jin 1652 - 1st seed by rating
Derek Zhao 1601 - 2nd seed by rating
Achyuta Rajaram 1347 - 3rd seed by rating
John Archibald 1317 - 4th seed by rating
Advait Natti 1190 - 5th seed by rating

1st alternate is Krishna Mutnuri 1177

Information provided by Dmitriy Barash

Bob Messenger
MACA Board Member

03/8/20154th Spiegel Cup Qualifier prize winners

Prize winners at the 4th Spiegel Cup Qualifier, held March 8th in Marlborough.

Age 14 & Under Section

1st Eric Feng 3.5-0.5
2nd Suraj Ramanathan 3-1
3rd-6th Alan Sikarov, Michael Yu, Michael Mi, Alex Fauman 2.5-1.5

Age 11 & Under Section

1st-2nd Eddie Wei (playoff winner), Derek Zhao 4-0
3rd-8th David Zhou, John Archibald, Mark Chudnovsky, Maxwell Chen, David Katsman, Carah Su 3-1

Age 8 & Under Section

1st Joy Cao 4-0
2nd-6th Lewis Tu, Arya Chawla, Thomas Ha, Krishna Mutnuri, Raymond Xu 3-1

Novice Under 800 Section

1st Eli Traub 4-0
2nd Jack Tompros 3-1
3rd-7th Jonathan Lobo, Daniel Lobo, Manas Kontham, Sujith Yeruva, Ronan Doherty 2.5-1.5

Novice Under 400 Section

1st Jonathan Traub 4-0
2nd-5th Anirudh Gopalan, Misha Mishechkin, A Sebastian Cuervo, Pascal Srinivasan 3-1

Tied players are listed in tiebreak order except as noted.

The tournament was directed by Bob Messenger, Nicholas Sterling, Alonzo Ross, Steve Frymer, and Paul Arond.  Donna Alarie helped with registration.

Bob Messenger
Chief TD

03/7/2015Q4 Adv. Entries Updated

Final Adv. Entries for the 4th Spiegel cup Qualifier (as of 3/7/15 8:51 AM):


Adv. Entries for the 4th Spiegel cup Qualifier (as of 3/6/15 10:12 PM):

Tiffany Wang
MACA Webmaster

03/5/2015Adv. Entries for the 4th Spiegel cup Qualifier

Adv. Entries for the 4th Spiegel cup Qualifier (as of 3/5/15 8:37 PM):

Tiffany Wang
MACA Webmaster

03/2/2015Carissa Yip Achieves Master Rating

It is now official. Carissa Yip has achieved a master's rating!  The Billerica CC February Swiss got rated Saturday and Carissa, who played two of the four rounds, ended up with a rating of 2203 - thus making U.S. chess history by becoming the youngest female in the country to attain a master's rating. She broke the record of Annie Wang of California.

USCF Article: Article:

Nicholas Sterling
MACA Web Coordinator

02/20/2015Spiegel Cup Contenders: Current Ratings as of 2/20/2015

We are three-fourths of the way through qualifications to the Spiegel Cup finals, and three players in each age group have qualified for the finals. The 4th Spiegel Qualifier takes place on Sunday 3/8 at the Best Western Royal Plaza in Marlborough. Please check MACA's calendar of events for full event details and registration information.

Below is the list of players who have qualified and possess the top ratings by age group (as of 2/20/2015):

Anton Barash 1806 Q1 winner
Brandon Wu 2004 Q2 winner
Jason Tang 1948 Q3 winner

Carissa Yip 2151
Nithin Kavi 2139
Evan Meyer 2098
Michael Isakov 1949
Conway Xu 1948
Alvin Tan 1934
Eric Feng 1910
Alex Fauman 1904
Henry Liu 1860
Allen Wang 1845
Brian Yin 1791 Q1 winner
Evan Maclure 1656 Q2 winner
Danila Poliannikov 1841 Q3 winner

Max Zhao 1821
Sandra Shur 1819
Alex Yu 1810
Suraj Ramanathan 1762
Michael Yu 1758
Eddie Yi Ming Wei 1687
Derek Jin 1652
Dustin Liang 1613
Niranjan Shankar 1601
Derek Zhao 1601
David Zhou 1600
Nikita Roldan-Levchenko 1571
Bernie Xu 1521
Winston Zhao 1444 Q1 winner
David Xie 1178 Q2 winner
Rafael Pashkov 1185 Q3 winner

Derek Jin 1652
Derek Zhao 1601
Achyuta Rajaram 1347
David Katsman 1331
John Archibald 1317
Advait Natti 1190
Krishna Mutnuri 1177
Thomas Ha 1133
Evan Wei 1022
Raymond Xu 1014
Alan Lu 1001



(Submitted on behalf of the Scholastics Committee)

Nicholas Sterling
MACA Web Coordinator

02/7/2015Postponement of Providence College Open Chess Tournament

Rhode Island Chess News

Providence College Open Chess Tournament - POSTPONED

Due to the recent cases of meningitis at Providence College the Providence College Open Chess Tournament scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, February 7th has been postponed to a future date to be determined. Please check back at for the new date which will be posted as soon as the tournament has been rescheduled.

Nicholas Sterling
MACA Web Coordinator

02/7/2015Postponement of MA Girls Championship

Due to inclement weather expected, the MA Girls Championship has been postponed.  The new date has yet to be determined, and will be posted once it has been.

Published on behalf of MACA Scholastic Committee

Nicholas Sterling
MACA Web Coordinator

01/25/2015Winter Team Challenge prize winners

Prize winners at the Winter Team Challenge, held January 25th in Boxborough, Massachusetts.

Grades K-12

1st Medfield-Franklin 9.5 (Siddharth Arun, Daniel Blessing, Arvind Sridhar, Niall Matthews)
2nd Newton South 8.5 (Yifan Xu, Nicholas Komarovsky, Ben Fisher, Timmy Leong)
3rd NESSP Colonials 6 (Andrew The, Audrey Gaines, Abhimanyu Bhargava, Ashish Dasu)

Grades K-6

1st-2nd The Four Knights (Boshen Li, Alan Song, Jerry Li, Benjamin Zilber),
    LDGB 3.5-0.5 (Luke Randolph, Daniel Wang, Gavin Randolph, Benjamin Fauman)
3rd-4th Perfect Girls (Lucy Cai, Madeleine Hung, Yue Huang, Sammi Pan),
    Knights of Jedi 3-1 (Nicholas Belous, Rafael Pashkov, David Katsman, Mariam Abd-El-Barr)

Medals (3+ points): Daniel Zhou, Krishna Mutnuri, Alexander Ying, Meghana Kancharla, Javier Bonilla, Andrew Lee

Grades K-3

1st The Chess Mates 3.5-0.5 (Eli Traub, Fitzgerald Hung, Sai Nallajennugari, Samuel Li)
2nd-3rd Artemis (Joy Cao, Ani Perl, Sarra Abd-El-Barr, Sophia Rosenholtz),
    NESSP Cubs 3-1 (Arhan Kalra, Manas Kontham, Jonathan Lobo, Chirag Katragadda)

Medals (3+ points): Adithya Sharma, Eric Miller, Victor Feng, Curtis Ying, Neil Patel, Jeffrey Xu, Edward Li, Nate Seeley

Tied teams are listed in tiebreak order.

The tournament was directed by Bob Messenger, George Mirijanian and Steve Frymer.

Bob Messenger
Chief TD

01/24/20152015 Winter Team Final Adv. Entries

2015 Winter Team Adv. Entries (as of 1/24 7:29PM): 

Tiffany Wang
MACA Webmaster

01/23/20152015 Winter Team Adv. Entries

2015 Winter Team Adv. Entries (as of 1/22 10:38PM): 

Tiffany Wang
MACA Webmaster

01/21/2015Call for nominations for 2015 MACA election

The Massachusetts Chess Association is now accepting nominations for the annual election of its 12-member board, to serve from June 2015 to June 2016. Members may stand for election for one of its 4 officer positions (President, Vice President, Treasurer or Clerk) or 8 directors. The submission deadline for nominations is February 15, 2015. In order to be eligible to run, memberships must be valid through the end of the upcoming term (June 2016).

For more information, please review MACA's bylaws ( 
Please e-mail nominations and questions to


Edward Chiu

Chairman, MACA Elections Commission


Bob Messenger
MACA Board Member

01/7/2015Upcoming SCS & MACA Scholastic Events; 2015 Chess Education Expo (Keynote Address by WIM Sharon Burtman)

The next SCS tournament will be the Fuller Craft tournament in Brockton. Tournament details can be found here:

The next MACA scholastic tournament will be the Winter Team Tournament. Registration details can be found here:


MACA Chess Education Expo
at Fuller Craft Museum
Sunday, January 18, 2015
2:00 pm-5:00 pm

Calling all chess players and enthusiasts!

Join us for an afternoon of strategy, intellect, and fun as Fuller Craft Museum hosts the 2015 Chess Education Expo sponsored by the Education Committee of Massachusetts Chess Association (MACA).

At 2:00 pm Sharon Ellen Burtman, 1995 United States Women's Chess Champion will present the keynote lecture at the 4th Annual Massachusetts Chess Association (MACA) Chess in Education Expo. Her talk, entitled "Critical Positions", will discuss the theme of over-ambition, and its positive attributes and practical applications on and off the board, in honor of the museum's exhibition of Mark Davis's Icarus
sculpture.  No prior chess experience is required to appreciate this talk.

Participants in the tournaments and Expo will have the opportunity to see the beautiful American craft exhibitions featured in the Museum.

Registration for the tournament (players and observers) is included in the price of admission. Click the button below to register online or call 508.588.6000

Nicholas Sterling
MACA Web Coordinator

01/3/2015Gus Gosselin Grade Championship prize winners

Prize winners at the Gus Gosselin Grade Championship, held January 3rd at the Buckingham Browne and Nichols School in Cambridge.

Grades 8-12:

1st Siddharth Arun 4-0
2nd Alex Fauman (grade 8) 3-1
3rd Mark Khrapko (grade 9) 2.5-1.5
Top Grade 8 Sandeep Shankar 2.5-1.5
Top Grade 9 Gershon Gilman 2.5-1.5

Grade 7:

1st Eric Feng 3.5-0.5
2nd Bharath Heggadahalli 3-1
3rd-5th Max Weinhaus, Audrey Gaines, Arvind Sridhar 2-2

Grade 6:

1st Michael Mi 2.5-1.5

Note: because only one player entered the Grade 6 Section, grades 6 and 7 were combined into a single section but awarded separate prizes.

Grade 5:

1st-3rd Luke Randolph, Gavin Randolph, Daniel Wang 3-1

Grade 4:

1st Danila Poliannikov 4-0
2nd-3rd Arnon Kuzmin, Benjamin Fauman 3-1

Grade 3:

1st Jerry Li 4-0
2nd-6th Alan Song, Achyuta Rajaram, Nicholas Belous, Joy Cao, Krishna Mutnuri 3-1

Grade 2:

1st Derek Zhao 4-0
2nd-3rd Derek Jin, Alan Lu 3-1

Grades K-1

1st Victor Feng 4-0
2nd-3rd Raymond Xu, Jonathan Lobo 3-1
Top Kindergarten Eric Li 3-1

Tied players are listed in tiebreak order

The tournament was directed by Bob Messenger and Steve Frymer.

Bob Messenger
Chief TD

01/1/20152015 GGG Advance Entries

Final advance entry list for Gus Gosselin Grade Championship Updated (as of 1/2/15 6:43 PM).

Advance entries for 2015 Gus Gosselin / Mass Grade Championship published: (as of 01/01/15 7:35 PM). 

Tiffany Wang
MACA Webmaster