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10/4/20151st Spiegel Cup Qualifier prize winners

Prize winners at the 1st Spiegel Cup Qualifier, held October 4th in Marlborough, Mass.

Age 14 & Under Section

1st Eric Feng 4-0
2nd Anton Barash 3-1
3rd-7th Alex Yu, Michael Mi, Alan Sikarov, Jerry Li, Bharath Heggadahalli 2.5-1.5

Age 11 & Under Section

1st Maxwell Chen 4-0
2nd Bernie Xu 3.5-0.5
3rd-10th Rafael Pashkov, Nicholas Belous, Mark Chudnovsky, Lewis Tu, John Archibald, Benjamin Zilber, Vittal Ranganath, Charles Bing 3-1

Age 8 & Under Section

1st-5th Lawrence Tu (playoff winner), Tianna Wang, Henry He, Adithya Sharma, Kevin Li 3-1

Booster Under 800 Section

1st Jack McAuliffe 3.5-0.5
2nd-4th Abhimany Bhargava, Jonathan Traub, Amit Piryatinsky 3-1

Booster Under 400 Section

1st Allen Guo 4-0
2nd-5th Kelsey Liu, Patrick Liu, Chiraq Katragadda, Ivan Roldan-Levchenko 3-1

Tied players are listed in tiebreak order.

The tournament was directed by Nita Patel, assisted by Alex Relyea, Dmitriy Barash, Steve Frymer and Bob Messenger.

Bob Messenger
Assistant TD

10/3/2015 Adv. Entries for the 1st Spiegel Cup Qualifier

 Adv. Entries for the 1st Spiegel Cup Qualifier: (as of 10/03/15 10:03 PM)

Tiffany Wang
MACA Webmaster

09/10/20152015-2016 Spiegel Cup Announcement

The Massachusetts Chess Association is proud to announce the 2015-2016 Spiegel Cup season. The top 5 players by the March 2016 rating supplement, winners of the 4 MACA Qualifiers and the player who accumulates the most points in the Spiegel Cup Series will make up the field of 10 players in each age group. This will mark the 3rd year that the Spiegel Cup Series (SCS) will determine the final entrant in the Spiegel Cup Finals.  We are very excited for the number of affiliates returning to organize SCS events, including the Waltham Papa Ginos, PerelChess, New England Sports Academy (NESA) Chess and the Fuller Craft Chess Club.  

The first SCS event will take place on Sunday (9/20) at the Waltham Papa Ginos.  For more information please click here.
The 1st Spiegel Cup Qualifier will take place at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel in Marlborough on October 4, 2015. To register, please click here.

Information about the Spiegel Cup will be updated throughout the year can be found on our State Scholastics page.

Nicholas Sterling
MACA Web Coordinator

09/7/201575th New England Open prize winners

Prize winners at the 75th New England Open, held September 5th-7th in Boxborough, Massachusetts.

Championship section:

1st-2nd Mika Brattain, FM Steven Winer 5-1
3rd IM Denys Shmelov 4.5-1.5
Top U2400 Yi Yang, Joseph Han 4-2
Top U2200 Mikhail Koganov, Nithin Kavi 4-2

Under 2000 section:

1st Raymond Paulson 5.5-0.5
2nd-3rd James Zhou, Jerry Li 4.5-1.5

Under 1800 section:

1st-2nd Larry Eldridge, Alan Sikarov 5-1
3rd-5th Collins Apiri, Yuanzhe Wang, Bharath Heggadahalli 4-2

Under 1600 section:

1st-2nd Mark Khrapko, Ananth Rangan 5-1
3rd/Top Under 1400 Yue Huang, Joy Cao 4.5-1.5
3rd/Top Under 1200 Raghav Srinivasan 4.5-1.5

K-12 Under 1500 section:

1st Max Bennett 4-0
2nd-6th Henry He, David Xie, Lance Wong, Audrey Gaines, Alan Lu 3-1

K-12 Under 800 section:

1st-2nd Gregory Klimov, Ayush Kumar 3.5-0.5
3rd-8th Apollo Fung, Sravan Mandepudi, David Gao, Ritvik Pulya, Anirudh Gopalan, Reema Dawar 3-1

K-6 Under 1400 section:

1st Nicholas Belous 4-0
2nd Benjamin Zilber 3.5-0.5
3rd-5th Nitish Kumar, Daniel Zhou, Timmy Guan 3-1

K-6 Under 600 section:

1st Adam Lubomirski 4-0
2nd Jasper Xu 3.5-0.5
3rd-5th Sahil Dua, Chasen Hu, Michelle Chudnovsky 3-1

K-3 Under 1200 section:

1st Henry He 3.5-0.5
2nd-4th Kevin Li, Andrew Su, Rex Lu 3-1

K-3 Under 400 section:

1st Katerina Lung 4-0
2nd-3rd Agathyan Sivaharan, Chasen Hu 3-1

Players in the scholastic sections are listed in tiebreak order.

New England Blitz Championship:

1st-2nd Vadim Martirosov, Andrew Hoy 7-3
Top Under 2000: Natasha Christiansen 5.5-4.5

The tournament was directed by Alex Relyea, assisted by Nita Patel, Jeff Caruso, Nicholas Sterling, Steve Frymer and Bob Messenger.

Bob Messenger
Assistant TD

09/5/2015NEO Adv. Entries as of 9/5 1:14 AM

All (2 & 3 Day) :

Scholastics Entries:


Tiffany Wang
MACA Webmaster

09/3/2015Most Interesting Game prize winners, 84th Massachusetts Open

Winners of the Most Interesting Game prizes at the 84th Massachusetts Open:

Open Section:

Andrew Hoy, for his game against Ian Lomeli

Under 2100 Section:

Stijn Brand, for his game against Thomas Keegan

Under 1800 Section:

Erik Brodsky, for his game against Bernie Xu

Under 1500 Section:

David Sigman, for his game against Joy Cao

The games were judged by FM David Griego.

Bob Messenger
Chief TD

06/30/2015MACA Committee Chairs and Coordinators 2015-2016

The Massachusetts Chess Association Board of Directors is pleased to announce committee members and coordinators for the 2015-2016 term.

Budget Committee: TBD
Bylaws Committee: Bob Messenger (chair), Jeffrey Caruso
Education Committee: Nicholas Sterling (chair), John Sadoff, Paul Arond
Promotions Committee: Edward Chiu (chair), Christopher Chase, Nicholas Sterling, Anthony Cortizas, Tom Shneer
Scholastic Committee: Steve Frymer (chair), Dmitry Barash, Robert Messenger

Tournament Committee: Bob Messenger (chair), Jeffrey Caruso, Christopher Chase, Nicholas Sterling

Nathan Smolensky, as President, is a member of every Committee ex-officio.

Membership Secretary: Bob Messenger
Prison Chess Coordinator: Steve Frymer
Fundraiser Committee: TBD
LMCF Coordinator: Steve Frymer
Club Coordinator: Stephen Dann
Assistant Clerk: Bob Messenger

Volunteer Coordinator: Nathan Smolensky
Parliamentarian: Jeffrey Caruso
Web Coordinator: Nicholas Sterling
Webmaster: Tiffany Wang

Chess Horizons Editor: Nathan Smolensky

Nicholas Sterling
MACA Web Coordinator

06/7/2015Revised MACA Election Results


Edward Chiu, Election Commission Chair

87 members registered to vote.

75 ballots were returned (67 of 78 electronic, 8 of 9 paper)

2 ballots FOR DIRECTORS rejected because there were nine directors chosen in each case.
There were 75 counted ballots for officers and bylaws, but only 73 ballots for directors.


Nathan Smolensky 53

Robert E. King 16

Steven Frymer 1

Vice President:

John Sadoff 59

Robert E. King 1

Christopher Chase 1


Robert Messenger 69

Robert E. King 1


Nicholas Sterling 61

Robert E. King 1

Directors: [in order of finish; top 8 elected]

1. Steven Frymer 59
2. Christopher Chase 56
3. Tiffany Wang 56
4. Edward Chiu 52
5. Dmitry Barash 50
6. Paul Arond: 47
7. Jeff Caruso 42
8. Stephen Dann 38
Robert E. King 29
Kenneth Ballou 2
Bernardo Iglesias 2
Matthew Phelps 2
Carissa Yip 2
Mikhail Perelshteyn 1
Donna Alarie 1
Mark Kaprielian 1
Nicholas Sterling 1
George Mirijanian 1
Max Enkin 1
Bill Kelleher 1
Tom Shneer 1

Bylaws changes (voter registration and online voting):

Yes: 68
No: 5

Bob Messenger
MACA Board Member

05/25/201584th Massachusetts Open prize winners

Prize winners at the 84th Massachusetts Open, held May 23-25 at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel in Marlboro.

Championship Section

1st GM Alexander Ivanov 5-1
2nd IM Denys Shmelov 4.5-1.5
3rd-6th IM David Vigorito, Mika Brattain, Lawyer Times, FM David Brodsky 4-2
Top U2300 Carissa Yip, Nithin Kavi 3.5-2.5

Under 2100 Section

1st Joseph Bihlmeyer (CT) 5.5-0.5
2nd William Ravn (ME) 5-1
Top U1950 Danila Poliannikov (top MA player overall) 4.5-1.5

Under 1800 Section

1st-2nd Michael Mi, Erik Brodsky (NY) 5-1
Top U1650 Rahul Kumar, Robert Oresick 4.5-1.5

Under 1500 Section

1st-2nd Sean Blaisdell, David Sigman 5-1
Top U1350 Thomas Ha, Raymond Xu 4-2
Top U1200 Joy Cao 4-2

K-12 Under 1500 Section

1st-2nd Yue Huang, Rishi Basu 3.5-0.5
3rd-4th Vineeth Nareddy, Alan Lu 3-1

K-12 Under 800 Section

1st Ben Blaney 4-0
2nd-7th Daniel Lobo, Daniel Peng, Joseph Aversa, Jonathan Lobo, Abhimanyu Bhargava, Ian Van Hulle 3-1

K-6 Under 1400 Section

1st Nicholas Belous 4-0
2nd Kevin Li 3.5-0.5
3rd-6th Madeleine Hung, Lewis Tu, Arya Chawla, Vignesh Vanchinathan

K-6 Under 600 Section

1st-2nd Nang Dang (playoff winner), Kevin Zhao 4-0
3rd-6th Jonathan Traub, Eric Gu, Ian Van Hulle, Anirudh Gopalan 3-1

K-3 Under 1200 Section

1st-2nd Andrew Su, Charles Bing 3.5-0.5
3rd-5th Eric Feng, Dylan Jiang, Tianna Wang 3-1

K-3 Under 300 Section

1st Joshua Verhoest 4-0
2nd-4th Chirag Katragadda, Apollo Fung, Arvin Venkat 3-1

Massachusetts Blitz Championship

1st Siddharth Arun 9-1
2nd Andrew Liu 7-3
Top U2000 Andrew Luff 4.5-5.5
Top U1800 Jerry Williams 3-7

The tournament was directed by Bob Messenger, Matt Phelps, Nicholas Sterling, Nathan Smolensky and Steve Frymer. Special thanks to Jack Martin for helping to rearrange tables at the start of the tournament, and thanks once again to Walt Champion for his generous financial support.

Bob Messenger
Chief TD

05/25/2015MACA Election Results



Steve Frymer, Election Commission member


Edited by Bob Messenger


The Election Commission consisted of Edward Chiu (chair), Tiffany Wang and Steve Frymer


87 members registered to vote, 9 by mail and 78 online.


73 valid ballots were returned.


Candidates with vote totals, not counting write-in candidates who were not elected.


Candidates elected, pending acceptance, are marked with an asterisk (*)


President:                                                 Treasurer:


* Nathan Smolensky: 52                          * Robert Messenger: 67

Robert E. King: 15


Vice President:                                         Clerk:

* John Sadoff: 57                                     * Nicholas Sterling: 59




* Steve Frymer: 59

* Chris Chase: 56

* Tiffany Wang: 56

* Edward Chiu: 52

* Dmitry Barash: 50

* Paul Arond: 48

* Jeff Caruso: 42

* Stephen Dann: 38

Robert E. King: 29


Bylaws changes (voter registration and online voting):

Yes: 66

No: 5


Steve Frymer
MACA Board Member

05/22/2015Adv. Entries for 84th Mass Open

5/22/15 03:51 PM: Adv. Entries (as of 05/22/15 2:38 PM) for 84th Mass Open posted:

5/21/15 10:00 PM: Adv. Entries (as of 05/21/15 9:51 PM) for 84th Mass Open posted: 

5/20/15 7:58PM: Adv. Entries (as of 05/20/15 5:20 PM) for 84th Mass Open posted: 

Tiffany Wang
MACA Webmaster

05/3/2015Massachusetts Girls Championship prize winners

Trophy winners at the Massachusetts Girls Championship, held May 3rd at the Boylston Chess Club in Cambridge were:

1st, OPEN - Ria Dawar (after playoff)

2nd, OPEN - Madeleine Hung

3rd, OPEN - Jiaying Lucy Cai

1st, U1000 - Mary Mealdey Ings

2nd, U1000 - Sophia Rosenholtz

3rd, U1000 - Tianna Wang

1st, U600 - Saanvi Tiruveedhula

2nd, U600 - Tia Sheth

3rd U600 - Meriame Rochd

The tournament was directed by Nathan Smolensky, Andrew Hoy and Steve Frymer.


Nathan Smolensky
Chief TD

05/2/2015Adv. Entries for Massachusetts Girls Championship

FINAL adv. entries (as of 5/2 10:47 AM) for Mass Girls Championship:

4:30/2015: Adv. Entries (as of 04/30 12:58 PM) for Massachusetts Girls Championship this Sunday:

Tiffany Wang
MACA Webmaster

04/12/2015Prize winners at the Hurvitz Cup

Prize winners at the 2015 Hurvitz Cup, held April 12th in Boxborough, Mass.  The Hurvitz Cup is the Massachusetts scholastic team championship.

Grades 9-12 Section

1st-3rd BU Academy A (Bary Lisak, Matthew Lee, Kevin Hu, Eric Hu),
        Noble & Greenough A (Loring Lauretti, Max Sheerin, Iain Sheerin, William Wang),
        Medfield High School (Siddharth Arun, Daniel Blessing, Niall Matthews, Joseph Aversa ) 3-1
Top Booster Team (U1000) Noble & Greenough B (Dane Jacobson, Clayton Mizgerd, Kyle O'Connor, Matthew Solomon) 2-2

Medals: Mika Brattain, Nicholas Zhang, Reggie Luo, James Rao, Nicholas Komarovsky

Grades 6-8 Section

1st RJ Grey Colonials (Nithin Kavi, Brandon Wu, Allen Wang, Kevin Chen) 4-0
2nd-3rd Ephraim Curtis Middle School (Eric Feng, Sandeep Shankar, Jesse Sun, Jacob Donowitz),
        Boston Latin School (Henry Liu, Anton Barash, Armen Youssoufian, Kevin Qi) 3-1
Top Booster Team (U800) Belmont Day School (Max von Gottberg, Gabriel Herman, Paolo Cima, Alexander Kim) 2-2

Medal: Daniel Lobo

Grades K-5 Section

1st Hastings (David Zhou, Daniel Zhou, Raymond Xu, Alan Lu) 4-0
2nd-3rd The Park Knights (Derek Jin, Luke Randolph, Gavin Randolph, Samuel Li),
        Cabot School A (Ben Fauman, Noah Brauner, Javier Bonilla, Duncan Naylor) 3-1
Top Booster Team (U600/Unr) Merriam School (Arjun Girish, Johan Mathew, Robert Elliot, Kayvon Tousrkani),
        Burr School (Adithya Sharma, Meriame Rochd, Quinn Caputo, Jack McAuliffe, Lily Tjia, Lina Rochd),
        Cabot School B (Desmond Fitzgerald-Lara, Luca Guzzi, Yahel Tamir, Sam Bronstein) 2.5-1.5

Medals: Alexander Poulin, Liam Dolan, Noam Lepsky, Jack Stein

Grades K-3 Section

1st Butler-Belmont (Lewis Tu, Lawrence Tu, Lav Hotomski, Xiaogang Xu) 4-0
2nd Conant School (Jonathan Lobo, Manas Kontham, Arhan Kalra, Rohil Saxena, Prakul Saxena) 3-1
3rd Gates School (Advait Natti, Sai Nallajennagari, Victor Li, Varun Nerella, Ryon Das) 2.5-1.5
Top Booster Team (U300/Unr) Learning Project (Jack Tompros, Paul Tompros, Oliver Barca, Jude Cannon, Edgar Torres Jr., Jack Wagner) 2.5-1.5

Medals: David Katsman, Charles Mastromarino, Dennis Jin, Justin Nasdor, Hernan Fitzgerald-Lara, Joshua Verhoest, Jacob Stephenson, Sam Rubin

Tied teams are listed in tiebreak order. Medals were awarded to players scoring three or more points whose team didn't win a trophy, and to players on teams which tied for a trophy but didn't win one.

The tournament was directed by Bob Messenger, Ken Ballou, Steve Frymer, Alonzo Ross, David Yasinovsky, and Maryanne Reilly.

Bob Messenger
Chief TD

04/11/2015Adv. Entries for 2015 Hurvitz Cup (as of 4/11 1:20 AM)

Adv. Entry List for 2015 Hurvitz Cup (as of 4/11 1:20 AM):

Tiffany Wang
MACA Webmaster

04/5/2015MACA Election Candidate Statements

Nathan Smolensky (Incumbent)
I have served as MACA president for two years running now, and I am proud to say that some of my wide-eyed ideas for change in the organization have begun to manifest into real progress through the work of the MACA board. The new election system which I pushed forward has cut down countless man-hours and paper waste, and allowed us funds which we can allocate to bettering the Massachusetts chess experience. With the publication of our supplementary guide in the winter, the ambitious Teacher Training Initiative is moving ahead, laying the seeds for a grassroots chess education campaign across the Commonwealth. The Spiegel Cup Series has been a boon for local clubs, creating a symbiosis with our organization that has not been seen in some time. Chess Horizons, under my editorship, continues to evolve in exciting ways.  These are the building blocks of a bridge into MACA’s future, and there is much more work to be done. I have been honored to serve as president of this organization these past two years, and hope you will help grant me the boundless opportunities that accompany one more.
Robert E. King (Challenger)
In an e-mail from a member of the Boylston Chess Club, a man wanted to make sure that I ran for the board and he said he would help me. He said I have good ideas, including investing, and he had heard Nathan talk against investing at the club.  In the past, MACA's investments did very good while Gus Gosselin was MACA's Investment Coordinator.  Regardless of the misunderstood proposal to buy Southern Copper stock on quantity, price per share, and dividends, and the ups and downs of the stock as the mines are in foreign countries because investors got fears of foreign stock after what happened in Cypress:  It should not be concluded that all investments are too risky!  MACA could have, and still can, invest in municipal bonds as I reported that they are available as shares of mutual funds.  Over forty thousand dollars sits at Citizens Bank earning only 0.10% interest, when MACA could get 3.5% interest from the municipal bonds.  FEAR stops MACA from investing; AND FEAR stops MACA from taking the risk in running chess tournaments all around the state!!  There is the obligation to promote chess where-ever sites and players, especially scholastic players, really do exist!
Dmitry Barash (Incumbent)
I’m chess player (2300), parent (Anton Barash is one of top 8th graders), tutor (teaching kids for 30 years), director, sponsor, member of Scholastic Committee, and Board member.  I’m running Chess Scholastic Grand Prix based on Matt Gosselin’s tournaments, and awarded winners for 6 years. You can see more details on my page: After my first year on MACA board I’m glad to see increased interest in scholastic chess, and greater number of kids playing chess.
Edward Chiu (Incumbent)
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Steve Frymer (Incumbent)
Steve Frymer has volunteered for MACA for over 45 years. He has held the President, Vice President and Treasurer positions numerous times. Currently he serves as Living Memorial Fund coordinator, Scholastic chair and Prison Chess coordinator.
Paul Arond (Challenger)
I have been an avid tournament chess player, coach, and student of chess history for the past 40 years. Having experienced chess practices in different parts of the country, I am familiar with programs that help foster awareness and growth of chess. In Seattle, I worked for a chess learning center that promoted scholastic chess through classes, coaching, tournaments, and camps. This entailed technical aspects of the game, problem solving, and life skills that can be gleaned through chess. I am interested in maximizing competitive tournament opportunities for players of all levels, and supporting chess in the schools.
Jeff Caruso (Challenger)
I was born in Boston, learned chess here, and grew up competing in MACA-sponsored scholastic tournaments. I love chess and want to see it grow in Massachusetts, and help promote the game and its traditions to the next generation. I will work to foster civility, accountability and leadership in MACA governance. Also, I will draw upon my expertise to further a robust technical infrastructure so MACA can effectively engage its audience.
Stephen Dann (Challenger)
MACA-empowered volunteer since 1969 (creation of Chess Horizons). 
USCF-empowered volunteer since 1970 (U.S. Open, Boston). 
AUSCJ-CJA empowered volunteer, honorary life member.
Always listening and looking forward.

Tiffany Wang
MACA Webmaster

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