Blackstone Chess Club and Chess Academy

Second Annual

Blackstone Chess Festival

Thanks to everyone who helped make the 2009 festival a big hit!

Festival Events

This year's festival featured three main events. The kick off event was a simultaneous exhibition Saturday, August 22nd, with Senior Master David Griego. The second event was the First Blackstone Masters Blitz Invitational, Friday, the 28th. The Blackstone Chess Festival Open was held Saturday, the 29th.

The Festival drew dozens of spectators to the Center. One of the goals of the Festival is to bring new faces to chess, and to promote chess as something that is fun to watch as well as play. Everyone seemed to enjoy the action, regardless of their level of play.

David Griego Simultaneous Exhibition

David Griego, Jeff Hall

No Marshall for you!

The Festival opened Saturday, the 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 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!

David Griego, Jeff Hall

Blackstone Masters Blitz Invitational

The Blackstone Masters Blitz Invitational took place on Friday the 28th. The Center was packed with chess enthusiasts who gathered around the tables to see the exciting fast paced action. The Masters Blitz and Experts Blitz will be an ongoing series at the Blackstone Chess Center.

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.

Continued ... Blitz Kings

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.

This year's 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.

Full Report... Festival Champion Crowned

Zachary Weiner

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.

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