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04/16/2021IA Ken Ballou (1961-2021)

 By John Hartmann |  April 16, 2021  |   News ,  Obituary 

US Chess has learned that IA Ken Ballou has died.

Ballou, a life member of US Chess, directed 291 tournaments according to his records, with a total of nearly 1400 sections under his oversight.

He was a delegate to US Chess from his home state of Massachusetts, serving on six committees, and chairing two of them  — Elections and Rules.

Ballou also served as the Parliamentarian at Delegates Meetings after the retirement of Mike Nolan.

More information to come as we receive it.

Oleg V. Poliannikov
MACA Web Coordinator

03/31/2021Candidate Statements are posted

 Candidates in the 2021 MACA Election:

The following candidates are on the ballot in the 2021 MACA Election.  Registered voters will receive ballots at the beginning of May.
   President:    Andrew Hoy, Robert E. King
   VP:              Steven Winer
   Treasurer:   Bob Messenger
   Clerk:          Jeffrey Caruso

   Director:      Paul Arond, GM Fidel Corrales Jiménez, Steve Frymer, Robert E. King, Robin King-Franklin, Oleg Poliannikov, Nicholas Sterling, Prof. Latanya Sweeney, Yi Wang, Prathiba Yuvarajan
The following have submitted statements in support of their candidacy:
Robert E. King, candidate for President and for Director

Chess, the most popular board game, is now even more popular than it has ever been.  Chess playing online has increased, greatly.  I have been playing online for years on the chess sites.  On I am fourth among USA players for total medals with 332, and fourth in gold medals with 96.  On there has been a 66% increase in activity since the pandemic, prior to the Netflix miniseries The Queen's Gambit.  The miniseries made the top ten in 92 countries and ranked #1 in 63 countries.  Due to the pandemic and the miniseries, there has been a significant increase USCF sales, USCF memberships, and chess products.  The new USCF members will be looking for chess tournaments to play in.  MACA needs to be ready for this increase of players in MACA tournaments because the time is coming.  MACA and the new chess players deserve the best leadership for a successful future, and my past history of MACA service as MACA President and Director make me uniquely qualified to lead us for the success of chess!

Jeffrey Caruso, candidate for Clerk

This has been a challenging year.  The MACA board has worked to preserve what we have, and to be ready to move ahead to greater success when things start to open up post-COVID-19.  We worked hard to organize an online Spiegel Cup final last year and our first-ever virtual Annual Meeting. We have extended the MACA memberships of everyone who was a member a year ago. And we are preparing to have an in-person Massachusetts Open in the fall.  I support our current board members who are running again, and am also excited by the candidacy of GM Fidel Corrales Jiménez, who would add another important dimension to our board.

I pledge to bring the same values of transparency, service, and fairness to the office of Clerk as you have seen in my work since 2015 as Elections Commission chairman. Please give me your vote so I can continue to work for you!

Steve Frymer, candidate for Director (incumbent)

50+ years on maca board;
served as prez, vice prez, treasurer and sect'y on multiple occasions;
served as membership sect'y, on budget and tournament committees, and 
on elections commision on multiple occasions; and currently as prison chess
coordinator [30+ years] and living memorial chess fund coordinator [5+ years].


Oleg V. Poliannikov
MACA Web Coordinator

01/23/2021Massachusetts Chess Association Call for Nominations

The Massachusetts Chess Association is now accepting nominations for the annual election of its 12-member board, to serve from June 2021 to June 2022. Members may stand for election for one of its 4 officer positions (President, Vice President, Treasurer or Clerk) or 8 Director positions. The submission deadline for nominations is February 15, 2021. In order to be eligible to run, memberships must be valid through the end of the upcoming term (June 2022).
For more information, please review MACA's current bylaws ( or visit the Elections FAQ at
Please e-mail nominations and questions to
Submitted by:  Jeffrey Caruso, Chair of the Elections Commission

Oleg V. Poliannikov
MACA President

01/23/2021Massachusetts Chess Association Election Registration

The annual MACA elections are scheduled for May 2021.  Registered voters will receive either a paper ballot or an e-ballot link at the end of April, with results being announced at the annual meeting, probably on Memorial Day weekend.  Registration is required either way.

IF YOU REGISTERED TO VOTE IN PRIOR YEARS, YOU DO NOT NEED TO REGISTER AGAIN unless your address has changed--just make sure that your membership is current through February.  New members who joined MACA after March 2020 WILL NEED to register to vote in this year's election.

Members can register for an online or paper ballot (not both) as follows:

TO REGISTER FOR AN ONLINE BALLOT:  email with full name and unique email address by February 28, 2021.

TO REGISTER FOR A PAPER BALLOT:  send a letter to Bob Messenger at 4 Hamlett Dr. #12, Nashua, NH 03062, postmarked no later than February 22. You can send an email to to check on your registration status.

To vote, MACA membership must be valid as of February 28, 2021.  For more information, please visit

Submitted by: Jeffrey Caruso, Chair of the Elections Commission

Oleg V. Poliannikov
MACA President

01/8/2021David Griego dead at age 56

Frank DelBonis reports that Rhode Island FM David Griego died of cancer on Wednesday, January 6th. He was 56 years old. His funeral will be at the Armenian Church on Jefferson Street in Providence on Monday, January 11th, at 11:00 a.m., with a wake on Sunday, January 10th from 5 to 7 p.m. at the same church. Funeral attendance may be limited because of Covid restrictions.  Burial will be private.


Bob Messenger
MACA Board Member