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01/26/2015Spiegel Cup Contenders: Current Ratings as of 1/26/2015

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 1/26/2015):

Anton Barash    1806    Q1 winner
Brandon Wu    2025    Q2 winner
Jason Tang    1962    Q3 winner

Nithin Kavi    2164
Carissa Yip    2125
Evan Meyer    2098
Michael Isakov    1949
Alvin Tan    1934
Conway Xu    1931
Eric Feng    1917
Alex Fauman    1904
Henry Liu    1860
Allen Wang    1845

Brian Yin    1787    Q1 winner
Evan Maclure    1656    Q2 winner
Danila Poliannikov    1850    Q3 winner

Alex Yu    1830
Sandra Shur    1819
Max Zhao    1800
Michael Yu    1776

Suraj Ramanathan 1770 
Eddie Yi Ming Wei    1687

Dustin Liang 1648
Niranjan Shankar    1648
Derek Jin    1632
Derek Zhao    1601

David Zhou 1600
Nikita Roldan-Levchenko    1578
Bernie Xu    1521

Winston Zhao    1436    Q1 winner
David Xie    1178    Q2 winner
Rafael Pashkov    1185    Q3 winner

Derek Jin    1632
Derek Zhao    1601
Achyuta Rajaram    1354
John Archibald    1338
David Katsman    1258
Krishna Mutnuri    1178
Thomas Ha    1086
Evan Wei    1022
Alan Lu    1000

Raymond Xu   987
Advait Natti    983

Joy Cao   947

Arya Chawla 930
Venkatraman Varatharajan    915


(Submitted on behalf of the Scholastics Committee)

Nicholas Sterling
MACA Web Coordinator

01/25/20152015 Winter Team Final Adv. Entries

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

Tiffany Wang
MACA Webmaster

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)

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

01/23/20152015 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