Chess by Stephen Dann
Sunday, June 8, 2014

Howard Goldowsky of Canton has written one of the longest and most thought-provoking articles on chess cheating in June Chess Life (, and editor Daniel Lucas of Georgia has posted this cover story for everyone to see. Goldowsky visited Dr. Ken Regan in Buffalo last year to compile this epoch piece that took about a year to finish, and already has dozens of comments online.

Sam Sevian, 13, of Southbridge posted his second grandmaster norm last weekend at the St. Louis Invitational with 6.5 of 9 points in the GM section. It may say at, that Sevian is from California, but his parents recently told an Armenian enclave that they hoped to move soon to Worcester, according to George Mirijanian of Fitchburg. One more GM norm, and Sam has the title, his next major opportunity is weeks away at the World Open.

At this writing, Carissa Yip, 10, of Chelmsford is 4-0 in the Wachusett Chess Club Championship, with just three games to go. Winning all seven games would not give her a master rating, but she’s not idle on weekends, with just about 50 points to gain that title in record time. Peek at the Wachusett championship and “B” event at, and view amateur games at Fitchburg State University all summer on Wednesday evenings at one of the state’s friendliest clubs.

One of the greatest video series for amateurs continued live from on June 2, as “Chess Chat” analyzed a game from the recent U.S. Women’s championship in St. Louis. The crew are all volunteers from the Wachusett Chess Club, and the show was available on demand two days later. The club has recorded 42 hours of video in the roughly nine years the show has been on Fitchburg Access TV and is a key educational program as well as a sporting and hobby effort.

George Mirijanian and Martin Laine give you analysis that amateurs can understand, using short games that are either recent or historical in American and International chess culture. Learn to pronounce the many names of foreign-born players who make the highest levels of domestic competition so rich in talent from coast to coast.

Muharrem Brahimaj won the Mayte in Five Open at the Greater Worcester Chess Club (, with John Curdo of Auburn second, and Marc Quevillon and Louis Jacques leading the Under-1700 section. Donna Alarie of Rutland captivates chess fans from near and far with her weekly email newsletter, and you can still visit Thursdays this month and compete in the June Knights and Jolly June Under-1700 events.

Visit to view a variety of upcoming events for young and old — next Sunday, the first Concord-Carlisle rated scholastic from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Just $10 if your family members pre-enter the over-age-11 or age-11-and-under groups at the Harvey Wheeler Community Center, 1276 Main St., Concord.


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