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 NEO Wrap Up - Paschall, Wang Tie at 2013 New England Open
 George Mirijanian
  April 2014

International Master Bill Paschall, 40, of South Yarmouth, MA and USCF Life Master and two-time Massachusetts State High School champion Andrew Wang, 18, of Cambridge, MA tied for first place in the 73rd New England Open, held Aug. 31-Sept. 2 at the Double Tree by Hilton hotel in Leominster, MA. The duo tallied 5-1 in an Open section field of 21 players. Paschall defeated Wang in their head-to-head encounter in round 2, but both were declared New England Open co-champions as a result of finishing with the same score. Ending up as runner-up with a 4.5-1.5 result was three-time New England champion IM Igor Foygel, 65, of Brookline, MA, who drew Paschall in round 4. Farzad Abdi of Rockland, MA captured the 1st U220 prize by scoring 3.5-2.5. Tying for the 2nd U2200 prize with 3-3 tallies were Leonid Tkach of Swampscott, MA and Scott Didham of Sharon, MA.

The 28-player Under 2000 section saw a four-way tie for first place among Stephen Brudno of Brookline, MA, Valentin Levin of Lynn, MA, Peter Korzeb of Ellington, CT and Mateos Sahakian of Medford, MA. All four tallied 4.5-1.5.

John Brady of Sanford, ME finished first in the 26-player Under 1750 section with a score of 5-1. Sharing 2nd-3rd prize with 4.5-1.5 tallies were Arthur Nagel of Salem, CT and William Ravn of Ocean Park, ME.

Sandra Shur, a 10-year-old MACA member from Agawam, MA posted an impressive 5-1 score to win first place in the 19-player Under 1500 section. Taking second place with a 4.5-1.5 result was Lawrence Legros of Oxford, MA. Tying for third place with 4-2 tallies were Raymond Behenna of Quincy, MA, Stanford Talcott of Brookline, NH, Michael Stevens of Whitinsville, MA and Donald Kirouac of Sutton, MA. Both Stevens and Kirouac shared the top U1350 prize. Also scoring 4-2 and winning the top U1200 prize was Andrew Piortowski of Needham, MA.

Vadim Martirosov, 43, of Allston, MA repeated as the "5-minute champion" by winning the New England Open Blitz Championship with a score of 8-2 in a field of 18 players. Tying for second place with 7.5-2.5 tallies were FIDE master William Kelleher of Watertown, MA and life master Andrew Wang of Cambridge, MA. Sharing the top U2000 prize with 6.5-3.5 results were Anatoly Levin of Watertown, MA and Michael Isakov of Sudbury, MA. Tying for the top U1800 prize with 5.5-4.5 results were Bay State resident Andrew Boyer and William Ravn of Ocean Park, ME.

The following are the prize winners in the various scholastic tournaments that were held during the Labor Day weekend:

K-12 Under 1500 section (19 players)
1st: David McCabe of Newton, MA, 3.5
2nd: Michael Yu of Acton, MA, 3.5
3rd: David Sun of Lexington, MA, 3
Medal winners: Luke Randolph of Jamaica Plain, MA, Bernie Xu of Needham, MA, 3

K-12 Under 800 section (6 players)
1st: Nicholas Belous of Reading, MA, 4/4
2nd: Derek Zhao of Westford, MA, 3
3rd: Joy Cao of Westford, MA 2
Medal: Winston Zhao of Bolton, MA, 2

K-3 Under 1200 section (5 players)
1st: Derek Zhao of Westford, MA, 3/4
2nd: Danila Poliannikov of Belmont, MA, 3
3rd: Dustin Liang of Sharon, MA 3

K-3 Under 500 section (15 players)
1st: Sasha Kaneko of Shrewsbury, MA, 4/4
2nd: John Archibald of Arlington, MA, 3.0
3rd: Siri Vadlamudi of Sharon, MA, 3.0

K-6 Under 1400 section (12 players)
1st: Brian Yin of Natick, MA, 4/4
2nd: Luke Randolph of Jamaica Plain, MA 3
3rd: Alexander Bao of Milton, MA, 2.5
Medal: Michael Yu of Acton, MA 2.5

K-6 Under 600 section (21 players):
1st: Nicholas Belous of Reading, MA, 3.5/4
2nd: Mark Chudnovsky of Newton, MA, 3.5
3rd: Keshav Rangan of Nashua, NH, 3
Medal winners: Allan Kafig of Westborough, MA, Aaron Huang of Andover, MA, John Archibald of Arlington, MA, and Vineeth Nareddy of South Grafton, MA, all 3/4.

The 73rd New England Open, sponsored by the Massachusetts Chess Association for the third straight year in Leominster, drew 162 players in 11 sections and was directed by Bob Messenger of Nashua, NH, assisted by George Mirijanian of Fitchburg, MA. Stephen Frymer of Lexington, MA, MACA's scholastic committee chairman, supervised all six scholastic sections.


Spotlight: Bill Paschall

William Mark "Bill" Paschall, who was awarded the International Master title by the World Chess Federation (FIDE) in 1998, was born on Dec. 19, 1972 in Haddon Heights, New Jersey, a suburb of Philadelphia. He started playing USCF-rated chess in 1987. After Bill graduated from Haddon Heights High School in 1990, he moved to Boston in September of that year to attend Boston University. In the USCF annual rating list for 1990, he was rated 2165 and quickly reached master level around his 18th birthday. In the USCF February 1991 rating list, his rating is given as 2206.

After Bill's father passed away in 1995, his mother moved to South Yarmouth, MA from New Jersey, and the Cape became a sort of home for Paschall. Although he has lived in Boston, Cambridge and Jamaica Plain on and off for 13 years between 1990 and 2003, he has lived in Budapest, Hungary most of the year since 2004, though he still resides on the Cape from late June through September with his two children and wife as well as with his mother.

Bill has been New England champion three times. Besides sharing this year's championship with life master Andrew Wang, he won the New England Open championship clear in 2001 when he scored 5-1 in Springfield, MA. In 1995, he shared championship honors with FIDE master and five-time Wachusett Chess Club champion Allan Bennett, now of Columbus, OH.

Bill has won numerous tournaments over the years, including the 1994 Mass. Open, tying for first in the 1999 Greater Boston Open, winning the 2000 BU Open, tying for first in the 2001 Foxwoods Open, and tying for first in the 2003 Mass. Open. In 2002 and 2003, he competed in the U.S. Championship in Seattle, WA. In 2002, he won the Boylston Chess Club championship. While living in Hungary, he has competed in many 1st Saturday GM tournaments in Budapest. He plays every year in the Hungarian Team Championship for a team in the Hungarian 2nd Division, where he plays Board 1. For the past five years, he has played more poker than chess, mostly online, but also the occasional live poker tournaments as recently as April in the European Poker Tour in Berlin.

Bill still hopes to attain the Grandmaster title before he turns 50 years old. MACA wishes Bill all the best in reaching his goal.