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07/7/2021Cash prizes for the Massachusetts Senior Championship. Room for two more players.

MACA has added cash prizes for the Massachusetts Senior Championship in addition to the trophy prizes:

$400 for 1st, $200 for second, trophies for the top three players

 

The following players have been invited so far:

 

GM Alexander Ivanov

IM David Vigorito

Timothy Sage

Natasha Christiansen

 

There is room for two more players. Send email to info@masschess.org if interested.

 

Bob Messenger
MACA Tournament Committee Chair

07/5/2021MACA Girls Championship will take place July 10-11

The Massachusetts Girls Championship will be held as a six player invitational round robin for top scholastic female players. See http://www.masschess.org/Events/Event_Details.aspx?Event_ID=7526 for details. The tournament will be held July 10-11 at the Boylston Chess Club in Cambridge.

Oleg V. Poliannikov
MACA Webmaster

06/22/2021Massachusetts Senior Championship scheduled for July 10-11

The Massachusetts Senior Championship will be held as a six player invitational round robin for players age 50 and above. See http://masschess.org/events/Event_Details.aspx?Event_ID=7518 for details. The tournament will be held July 10-11 at the Boylston Chess Club in Cambridge. The six highest rated players who apply by July 6 will be invited to play. Send email to info@masschess.org.

Bob Messenger
MACA Tournament Committee Chair

06/20/2021Prize winners at the Barry S. Spiegel Cup

Prize winners at the Barry S. Spiegel Cup, held June 19-20 at the Boylston Chess Club in Cambridge, Mass.
 
High School Section
 
1st WGM Carissa Yip 4-0
2nd Alan Song 3-1
3rd-4th Alex Yu, Jerry Li 2.5-1.5
 
Age 14 & Under Section
 
1st-3rd Ryan Sun, Derek Jin, Eric Feng 3-1
 
Age 11 & Under Section
 
1st-4th Ansh Yadawad, Riya Kanury, Isabella Lai, Dattasai Kilari 3-1
 
The tournament was directed by Bob Messenger, Oleg Poliannikov, and Steve Frymer.
 

Bob Messenger
Chief TD

06/17/2021Final list of Spiegel Cup finalists is posted

(UPDATED)  Vineeth Nareddy substituted for Brandon Wu starting in round 2.

(UPDATED) All qualifying events have concluded. Invitee lists followed by links to tournaments results are posted below. Please contact MACA at info@masschess.org with any questions or concerns. 

SwissSys Wall Chart. Barry S. Spiegel Cup: High School 

# Name/Rtng/ID St/Tm Cl/Gr Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4
1 Carissa Shiwe Yip MA          
  2506 14514636             
2 Danila Poliannikov MA          
  2359 14969622             
3 Brandon Wu MA          
  2282 14933988             
4 Jerry Li  MA          
  2199 15391332             
5 Alan Song MA          
  2198 15418978             
6 Alex Yu MA          
  2119 14581805             
7 Bernie Xu MA          
  2105 14940771             
8 Joaquin Carlson MA          
  2050 15794580             
9 Henry Han MA          
  1856 14728674             
10 William Macleod MA          
  1696 14926028             

SwissSys Wall Chart. Barry S. Spiegel Cup: Age 14 & Under 

# Name/Rtng/ID St/Tm Cl/Gr Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4
1 Derek Jin MA          
  2152 15200352             
2 Eric Feng MA          
  2045 15742464             
3 Lewis Tu  MA          
  2007 15454526             
4 Ryan Sun MA          
  2007 16379802             
5 Brandon Ni MA          
  2002 15801498             
6 Kelsey Liu MA          
  1984 15770981             
7 David Katsman MA          
  1900 14958088             
8 Justin Y Li MA          
  1809 15826242             
9 Oskar Zoffer MA          
  1680 16471866             
10 Sritan Devineni MA          
  1633 15586296             

SwissSys Wall Chart. Barry S. Spiegel Cup: Age 11 & Under 

# Name/Rtng/ID St/Tm Cl/Gr Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4
1 Ansh Yadawad  MA          
  1745 15842414             
2 Riya A Kanury MA          
  1726 16066054             
3 Yuze Luke Ji MA          
  1703 16237733             
4 Santhosh Ayyappan MA          
  1641 16959235             
5 Shouri Mosaliganti MA          
  1621 16646805             
6 Stanley Wu MA          
  1566 16202522             
7 Dattasai Kilari MA          
  1563 16429310             
8 Isabella Lai MA          
  1550 15990974             
9 Steven Ziang Feng MA          
  1428 16388220             
10 Maxim Klempf MA          
  801 16715527             
 

 

Oleg V. Poliannikov
MACA Web Coordinator

06/16/2021Spiegel Cup Finals format

Spiegel Cup Finals will be 4-round swiss tournaments with time conrol G/90+30. Round times are Sat June 19 and Sun Jun 20 10AM and 3PM.

All players must play all four rounds. Early withdrawals and no-shows may be subject to penalties up to and including a ban on participaion in subsequent Spiegel Cup Finals or other MACA tournaments.

Masks are required at all times. Please bring your own mask; none are provided by the organizers.

Bring a clock. Show at least 10 minutes before the round. 

Oleg V. Poliannikov
MACA Webmaster

06/10/2021Spiegel Finals will take place June 19-20 at Boylston Chess Club

Spiegel Cup Finals will take place on June 19-20 in Boylston Chess Club in Cambridge, MA. The rounds will start at 10am and 3pm on both Sat and Sun. The tournament format is 4SS, G/90+30. Participants are determined based on ratings and results of the 4 Qualifiers, according to the rules. Participants will be emailed directly by MACA staff. Masks are required for all participants and visitors of BCC. Please send all inquiries to info@masschess.org.

Oleg V. Poliannikov
MACA Web Coordinator

06/10/2021MACA Board meetings and the Annual Meeting minutes are posted online

 Minutes of all past Board meetings, minutes of the Annual Meeting including all committee reports are posted on our website. Please direct all questions to info@masschess.org.

Oleg V. Poliannikov
MACA Web Coordinator

05/29/2021MACA Election Results

 Voting Results

 

MASSACHUSETTS CHESS ASSOCIATION 2021 ELECTION

 

 

Online

Paper

Total

Registered Voters

111

7

118

 

 

 

 

Ballots Cast

71

4

75

(64%)

 

 

 

          President

ANDREW HOY (elected)

56

ROBERT E. KING

17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blanks

2

Spoiled ballots

0

Total ballots

75

 

          Vice President

STEVEN WINER (elected)

65

Robert E. King

1

Nicholas Sterling

1

 

 

 

 

Blanks

8

Spoiled ballots

0

Total ballots

75

 

Treasurer

ROBERT MESSENGER (elected)

71

 

 

 

 

Blanks

4

Spoiled ballots

0

Total ballots

75

 

          Clerk

JEFFREY CARUSO (elected)

65

 

 

 

 

Blanks

10

Spoiled ballots

0

Total ballots

75

 


 

          Director (8 positions)

 

STEVE FRYMER (elected)

66

NICHOLAS STERLING (elected)

65

YI WANG (elected)

54

PAUL AROND (elected)

52

OLEG POLIANNIKOV (elected)

50

LATANYA SWEENEY (elected)

48

PRATHIBA YUVARAJAN (elected)

42

FIDEL CORRALES JIMENEZ (elected)

40

ROBERT E. KING

24

ROBIN KING-FRANKLIN

20

Dmitry Barash

2

Chris Bird

1

Vincent Cammarano

1

Katherine Gasser

1

Paul Mishkin

1

Robert Secino

1

Tom Sifter

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blanks

131

Total

600

Valid ballots      (total divided by 8)

75

Spoiled ballots

0

Total ballots

75

 

Oleg V. Poliannikov
MACA Webmaster

05/22/2021Q1 results on lichess

 https://lichess.org/team/massachusetts-chess-association

Oleg V. Poliannikov
MACA Web Coordinator

05/21/20212021 MACA Annual Meeting will take place May 31, 2021 at 9PM on zoom

 Oleg Poliannikov is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

 
Topic: 2021 MACA Annual Meeting
Agenda:
  1. Election results
  2. Committee reports
  3. Massachusetts Open
  4. Miscellaneous
Time: May 31, 2021 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
 
Join Zoom Meeting
 
Meeting ID: 829 5654 9496
Passcode: 577283
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Oleg V. Poliannikov
MACA President

05/18/2021Remembering Ken Ballou

I first met Ken in 2005, when he volunteered to direct chess tournaments for the Massachusetts Chess Association (MACA). This was a win-win: Ken was a very capable director and directed many tournaments for MACA, never charging a directing fee, and he got directing credits which helped him eventually become a National Tournament Director (not just from directing MACA tournaments, of course).

 
Ken was elected MACA President in 2010, but unfortunately this was the beginning of the end of his involvement with MACA. It was a tumultuous year, and Ken ended up resigning, along with half of the MACA board. Ken went on to direct higher level national and international tournaments, but he still helped MACA by providing us with a combined USCF-FIDE-MACA database each month. I continued to see Ken at the US Chess Federation Delegates Meetings each year.
 
In 2016 Ken was the chief tournament director of the Millionaire Chess 3 tournament in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and at his recommendation I was hired to be the chief director of two of the sections - a fond memory. Ken was a respected colleague and a friend, and I'll miss him.
 

Bob Messenger
MACA Board Member

05/16/20212021 Spiegel Cup season has started. First two ONLINE qualifiers next weekend!

 It has been a rough year but the worst seems to be behind us. With the COVID pandemic on decline, we begin the new season. This year Spiegel Cup is different but we are determined to make the best out of what is possible.

There will be 4 online qualifiers, and Over The Board finals held at Boylston Chess Club in Cambridge, MA. The qualifier dates are:

  1. May 22, 2021
  2. May 23, 2021
  3. June 5, 2021
  4. June 6, 2021 

Please note that the first qualifier is next weekend! Click on the link to get more information. Email nicholas@xenophon98.com if you have any questions!

Oleg V. Poliannikov
MACA Webmaster

05/13/2021Public visitation for Ken Ballou on May 21

On Friday,  May 21, 3:00-3:30pm, there will be a brief prayer service for former MACA President Ken Ballou at the Bryant funeral home. From 3:30-5:00 will be public visitation.


John C Bryant Funeral Home
56 Pemberton Rd, Wayland, MA 01778

For details, please see https://everloved.com/life-of/kenneth-ballou/
 

Bob Messenger
MACA Board Member

05/3/2021Services for Ken Ballou, 1961-2021 Have Been Postponed

From the Metrowest Chess Club, metrowestchess.org:

 

Services for Ken Ballou, 1961-2021 Have Been Postponed
 

The services for Ken Ballou previously announced for Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. have been postponed. We do not have an update on the rescheduled time yet, but we will announce it here when we do.

 

Bob Messenger
MACA Board Member

04/29/2021Services for Ken Ballou, 1961-2021 are set for Wed. May 5, 4:30-6:00PM

From the MetroWest Chess Club:

Services for Ken Ballou, 1961-2021 are set for Wed. May 5, 4:30-6:00PM
 

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.

John C Bryant Funeral Home
56 Pemberton Rd, Wayland, MA 01778

For details, please see https://everloved.com/life-of/kenneth-ballou/

Bob Messenger
MACA Board Member

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 Chess.com I am fourth among USA players for total medals with 332, and fourth in gold medals with 96.  On Chess.com 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 (http://www.masschess.org/about/MACA-Bylaws-2018.aspx) or visit the Elections FAQ at http://www.masschess.org/resources/faqs/chess_faqs.aspx?faq_type_uid=5
 
Please e-mail nominations and questions to director6@masschess.org.
 
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 election@masschess.org 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 election@masschess.org to check on your registration status.

To vote, MACA membership must be valid as of February 28, 2021.  For more information, please visit  http://www.masschess.org/resources/faqs/chess_faqs.aspx?faq_type_uid=5

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