Chess -- Stephen Dann.
Lower-grade winners were Evan Meyer (Grade 7), Eric Feng (Grade 6), Sandra Shur (Grade 5), Maxwell Zhao (Grade 4), Bernie Xu (Grade 3), Dustin Liang (Grade 2) and Derek Jin (Grades K-1). All but Zhao had 4-0 scores in their sections.
There was a three-way tie in the 10th Rufus Franklin Memorial in Worcester, with John Curdo, Michael Odell and Brett Kildahl all at 3-1. In the concurrent Fervently February Under-1700, Steven Hammond tied with Don Kirouac at 3.5-.5. The 28-player turnout was superb for the poor weather in February. Information on the Thursday-evening meetings is available at www.chesspals.com.
Paul F. Bouvier, 64, of Ellington, Conn., formerly of Southbridge, died Feb. 23. He graduated from Southbridge High and Windham College and received his M.Ed from Clark University. He taught English and history at Wells Junior High and Southbridge High from 1975 to 1985 and was the chess coach for the team in the Central Mass. Scholastic League. He left teaching in 1985 to become a real estate broker in Sturbridge. His full obituary appeared in this paper on Feb. 26.
It's election season in chess, with just three candidates running for reelection unopposed to the USCF board. Deadline to register to vote is March 31 at www.uschess.org. There's a different scenario at www.masschess.org, with 16 candidates for 12 board positions; to receive a ballot, one had to be a member by Feb. 28. For the first time, candidate profiles and statements will appear online in April, with ballots due back in late May.
Recently the official launch of www.chess24.com was celebrated as a world-class tool for displaying chess events. The site is the fourth venture for the etruvian educational communities; its mission is "making the world a smarter place'' with video learning. Content director for the Gibraltar company is American journalist Macauley Peterson.
On Feb. 23 we didn't give the solution to a complex three-move composed 1909 problem by Murray Marble, mostly due to space to relate the story on Marble's two prizes and the variations following the key move, which was 1. Rg2. Visit www.telegram.com to see the position again and details on the story and solution.
Answer to quiz: Black mates with 1. ... Rh1ch 2. KxR Qh2. A bullet chess game position from 2008 where Hikaru Nakamura won using only 25 seconds for all his 24 moves. Courtesy of Joel Johnson's recent guest appearance on www.tacticstime.com newsletter, previewing his newest book.