2013 Festival Feature Event
Blackstone Chess Festival Open
3-days: Friday August 23 - Sunday August 25
5-round swiss · Game/90 · 30 second increment
Round 1: Friday 7pm
Rounds 2 and 3: Saturday 11am-4pm
Rounds 3 and 4: Sunday 10am-3pm
Entry Fee: $50/60
(online / on-site)
Prizes: $800 based on 20 paid entries.
$300 · $180 ·
Under 2100 : $125 ·
3-day 8/23-25: Festival Open Details→
2-day 8/24-25: Festival U2000, U1500 Details→
1-day 8/25: Festival Octads (Under 2200) Details→
Comfort Inn $99 1-401-723-6700
2 George Street, Pawtucket RI 02860
This is sixth annual Blackstone Chess
Festival, a traditional dating back
to the summer of 2008.
2012 Blackstone Chess Festival
The 2012 Blackstone Chess Festival was won
by IM Jonathan Yedidia. The event was held
Friday October 26, to Sunday October 28. It
was a 5-round swiss, FIDE rated, with 10
Grand Prix points awarded.
2011 Festival Events
The 2011 festival featured three main events,
the 3-day Blackstone Chess Festival FIDE Open,
the 1-day Festival Class Championship, and the
Festival Octads. The tournament was shortened
to 4 rounds in 2 days due to
severe storm warnings. National Master
Farzad Abdi emerged from the storm
with a score of 3.5/4 to earn the title of
2011 Blackstone Chess Festival Champion.
Howard Goldowsky swept the Octad, 3-0,
which was shortened to a Quad due to the storm.
Ken Ballou was our Chief TD/FIDE Arbiter.
Tropcial Storm Irene motivated us to move
the Festival Class Championship to October 2.
Blackstone International - FIDE - GPP
4SS · Game/90 · 30 second increment
August 26-28 (7pm Fri · 10-2-6 Sat)
EF: $50 (advance)
FIDE rated · 10 Grand Prix points
$1200 based on 24 entries
Under 2100: $125-75
Festival Class Championship (U2000/U1500)
3SS · Game/65, 5 second delay
Sunday October 2 (12 noon - 2pm - 4pm/ASAP)
EF: $20 (advance)
Sections: Under 2000 · Under 1500
Prizes: $400 based on 24
Under 1500: $125-75
Sunday August 28, at noon, we hold the Festival Octads,
3-round swiss, open to all USCF members, Game/35 plus
5 second delay. Entry fee is only
Players will be divided into rating class in groups of
4 to 8, if there are enough entries.
Highlights from past Chess Festivals
David Griego Simultaneous Exhibition (2009)
No Marshall for you!
The 2009 Festival opened Saturday, August 22nd, with a simul by David Griego.
Griego played a total of 14 games against 7 players.
Griego, from Providence RI, has won 10 RI State Championships
and 3 New England Championships.
Griego scored six wins and a draw in the first round of the simul.
Blackstone Chess member Jeff Hall, pictured above,
pulled a draw out of his hat in a tricky position.
Two players lost quickly but got to play a second game.
Griego chalked up one win, Rick Massimo escaped with a draw..
The excitement continued with a Game/20 5-player clock simul
in which David pitched a perfect 5-0.
In the 2009 Masters Blitz, Jorge Sammour-Hasbun (left) took a point
from David Griego (right) in the first
game, but Griego shut him down in
their second game. The advantage of the
White pieces is amplified when you wear red!
See the full report on the
2009 Blackstone Chess Festival
Chess Festival 2-day and 1-day events
Under 2000, Under 1500 Championship
2-days: Saturday 8/24 - Sunday 8/25
Sections: Under 2000, Under 1500
4SS · Game/90 · 30 sec. increment
Rounds 1 and 2: Saturday 10am, 3pm
Rounds 3 and 4: Saturday 10am, 3pm
Entry Fee: $30/40
(online / on-site)
Prizes: $480 based on 20 entries
Under 2000: $120-60
Under 1750: 60
Under 1500: $120-60
Under 1250: 60
Sunday 8/25: Under 2200 Octads
Sections: Divided by rating (4-8 players)
3SS · Game/45 · 15 sec. increment
Rounds: 11am, 1pm, 3pm
Entry Fee: $25/30
(online / on-site)
Prizes: $100-60 based on 8 entries
Sextad (6): $75-45 ·
Octad (4): $80
The Blackstone Chess Club and the Chess Festival
enjoy a unique location in the historic
building, thanks to Jason Hogue and Mike Lozano
who have saved this historic building and transformed
it into a vibrant community.
Main Street now has much to offer. The Cup & Saucer
across the street has a great breakfast, chicken salad, burgers, and
the best hot weenies in RI. Ronzio's next door has
pizza specials -- $5.99 for a large (8 slice) pizza with
one topping, $7.99 with 2 toppings (see TD for coupon).
For late night, the China Inn, a half block up the road
is an excellent choice.
Late night fare is also available at the Irish pub at
the Comfort Inn, or cross the highway and check out Doherty's
Pub on East Ave, 2 blocks from the hotel. The taco truck is
another fine dining option!
History of the Blackstone Chess Festival
The first Blackstone Chess Festival was held in 2008 at
the Blackstone Chess Club and Academy's first situs,
the To Kalon Club, up the road from the present day
Main Street location.
The festival kicked off there with the 5-day New England Masters.
The 4-round Blackstone Chess Festival Open took place over the weekend
at the Pawtucket Comfort Inn, where the visiting Grandmasters lodged.
It is now held at the Blackstone Chess Center at 250 Main Street, Pawtucket.
2008 Blackstone Chess Festival
The 2008 Festival featured two super strong tournaments,
the 2008 New England Masters, organized by Chris Bird
(Chess Tournament Services), and the Blackstone Chess
Festival Open, organized by Blackstone Chess, and directed
by Ken Ballou.
The Festival Open featured 4 Grandmasters, with the
Festival Championship going to GM Timur Gareyev by
winning a tie-break game against IM Justin Sarkar.
Gareyev tied for first in the New England Masters
with Sergey Erenburg with a score of 7.5/9.
2010 Blackstone Chess Festival Open
The winner of the 2010 Chess Festival Open was International Master
Justin Sarkar, who ended up with a score of 4/5.
The youth championship went to Kapil Chandran, who also
shared 2nd place with Nelson and Andres Castaneda
with a score of 3.5/5.
Robert Holmgren took the under 2000 Championship,
and William Petrillo won the under 1500 Championship.
A clean sweep for both, at 3-0 in this one-day event,
held Saturday August 23.
2009 Blackstone Masters Blitz
The 2009 Blackstone Masters Blitz took place on August 28, 2009.
The Center was packed with chess enthusiasts who gathered around
the tables to see the exciting fast paced action.
The tournament was a double round-robin with a field of six players:
International Master Igor Foygel (MA),
Senior Master David Griego (RI),
Senior Master Jorge Sammour-Hasbun (RI),
Senior Master and 2008 New England Co-Champion Denys Shmelov (MA),
and two former Rhode Island Chess Champions,
NM Miro Reverby (RI), and Expert James Della Selva (RI).
Della Selva filled in for NM Sinclair Banks (MA),
who had been invited, but was unable to play.
Time control was Game in 7 minutes.
2009 Blackstone Chess Festival Open
The Festival Open was the final event of the 2009 Chess Festival. It
took place Saturday, August 29th. The winner of this tournament
is crowned the new Festival Champion. Last year's champion is
GM Timur Gareev of Uzbekistan.
This year's tournament was a single day, 4-round Swiss, with
a time control of Game in 55 minutes, plus a 5 second delay.
The 2009 winner was Zachary Weiner, a senior at Stuyvesant High School in New York. His perfect score of 4-0 advanced him from Class A to Expert. David Harris and John Terrall tied for second at 3-1. A good crowd of spectators was on hand to watch the event.
Festival Champion Crowned
Zachary Weiner, contemplating the correct
course of action in his round 3 game against
David Harris. Weiner played the Pirc, which
invited Harris to launch an attack against
his uncastled King.