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MACA Chess Horizons Magazine Article
 Club News - Waltham Chess Club
 Nicholas P. Sterling, Ph.D.
  July 2010
On the Friday before Memorial Day, our club hosted a Free Pizza Night to escort in the MA Open weekend. 11 players particpated and we made quick work of 3 16” pizzas. The winner of that night’s 5-round G/15 was a new player for us, Igor Gavrilov, who comes to us from Skopje, Macedonia. He put his FIDE experience to good work that Friday night, winning the event with a score of 4.5 out of 5 points.
Some highlights from the last few months:
  • Our resident master, SM Denys Shmelov, swept all the events that he came to since my last report, with perfect scores at several of them. Congratulations to Denys. Watch next issue for an annotated game of his.
  • Andrew Liu deserves an honorary mention for defeating Denys at the April First Friday and drawing with him at the April G/25. In addition Andrew took sole second place at the Patriot’s Day G/60, with 1.5 out of 2 points; and split second place three ways with Glen Soucy and Tian Rossi at the May First Friday, with 4.5 out of 7 points. Good job, Andrew, Glen, and Tian.
  • Lawyer Times split first place with Denys at the Memorial Day G/60. We are glad to have him playing at our club again.
  • Edward Astrachan and Steve Desouza split first prize at the March Madness G/60. (No Denys?)
  • We welcomed back Paul Sciaraffa, Carlos Avalos, and Tomas Ramirez, and we are really pleased to have many new Scholastic and other players join us. Our numbers grew considerably these past few months, and it is all thanks to you, the players who have come to our club.