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MACA Chess Horizons Magazine Article
 Chess Club News: Waltham Chess Club
 Nicholas P. Sterling, Ph.D.
  November 2011

Waltham Chess Club is getting ready for its fi rst Club Championship in several years, to be held in June over fi ve weeks. We will have a Master Invitational with fi ve rounds, one per night, and the rest of the fi eld will play two rounds of G/45 per night. The fee will be $15 per night, with a discounted rate of $40 for the entire event, and a discounted rate for Masters. Bragging rights!

We also are considering introducing two new Prize levels to our general tournaments: Under-2000 and Under-1300. Player attendance and fund levels permitting, these two prizes (single fi rst place) will be given either to separate sections or to the top players under the thresholds in a single section. Our increasing player numbers have made it possible for us to expand our Prizes, and I am grateful to all the players who have come regularly to Waltham Chess Club and swelled our numbers.
Some highlights from the last few months:
• GM Alexander Ivanov paid us another visit in November and swept the November First Friday with a perfect score of 7 points.
• Resident master Steven Winer won the Open Section of the Veteran’s Day G/40 (one of many events he won), and Syed Al-Mamun took the Under 1500 Section. Both won with perfect scores of 3 points.
• Masters Steven Winer and Lawyer Times tied with 3.5 points out of 4 in the Open Section of the November G/20, while Steven Malcolm Sparber took the Under 1400 Section with a perfect score of 4 points.
• Masters Denys Shmelov and Steven Winer tied with 6 points out of 7 in the January First Friday.
• We had a four-way tie in the Snowbound G/40: Denys Shmelov, Steven Winer, Alex Cherniack, and David Martin, all with 2.5 points out of 3.
• Denys Shmelov edged Steve Winer with 6.5 points out of 7 in the March First Friday.
• And fi nally, last but not least: we had a fourway tie in the Under 1100 Section of the March G/20: Prakalya Chandrasekar, Evan MacLure, Jesse Liu, and David Peng. These last three players were all brand new that night, and scored 3 out of 4 points. This was the largest event we had run recently with a record turnout of 32 players.