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2103, 2023

Exton Commons Event #29 – State Warm – Up

By |March 21st, 2023|Categories: News|

38 participants! This was our record showing on Saturday, March 11th, for the 29th ECE (Exton Common Event) -   In the Under 1250, Abhiram Vadiguri, a long time active club player knocked off some rust and scored 3.5 out of 4. In second place was Vignesh Divvela who scored 3 out of 4, losing to Abhi in round 4. In third was Mohit Mariganti who also was 3 - [...]

2103, 2023

Exton Commons Event #28 – Friday Night Tournament

By |March 21st, 2023|Categories: News|

This Friday evening as part of our additional chess club we decided to have a blitz tournament so that several players could get the games they needed to get an established blitz rating. Unfortunately, I made a mistake, and I made it a 3 round event when they needed a 5 round event to get established ratings. Aside from this error the event went very well. The event was free [...]

1902, 2023

Exton Commons Event #27

By |February 19th, 2023|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |

On February 18th we had a post Covid record of 21 players attended the 27th Exton Common Event tournament.  We had 8 players in the Under 1200 Section.  This section was won by Kalyani Puranikmath, seeded 4th at 924, with 3.5 points.  Four players tied for 2nd through 5th with 2.5 - 1.5 scores.  Three 900s, Vignesh Divvela, Gideon Richard, and Ratan Konda, were joined by Kanishk Ramprasath, who is [...]

1602, 2023

Exton Commons Event #26 – Friday Night Event

By |February 16th, 2023|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

The January 27th Friday night event was the largest since COVID. We had 17 players over two sections, and a new assistant tournament director as Kasyap Tumuluri is now a club TD. This is an official US Chess recognition, not just from our club- congratulations to Kasyap! In the top section. Ratan Kanda scored a perfect 3-0. In the third round he defeated Partha Gottumukkala who came in second and [...]

1402, 2023

Exton Commons Event #25

By |February 14th, 2023|Categories: News|Tags: , |

In the first event of 2023, we had 16 participants, including several new ones.   This event clearly showed that ratings are merely suggestions and should not be much of a consideration for beginners when deciding to play.  In the Under 1000 section (accidentally called the Under 400 on the rating list), Hugo Duvall, the lowest rated player, scored a perfect 4-0.  He started with a bye, then had a [...]

1302, 2023

Boxing Day Blitz #3

By |February 13th, 2023|Categories: News|Tags: , |

On December 26, we had the third Boxing Day blitz tournament. This event is a game 5 d0 event, meaning that you have 5 minutes and no delay for all your moves. There were seven players ranging from 1900 to unrated. (These ratings are based solely on blitz games, not their regular ratings.) Joseph Mucerino won the event with a perfect 12-0 score. Vasishta, back from his studies at University [...]

2612, 2022

Friday Night ECE #23

By |December 26th, 2022|Categories: News|Tags: , |

For the second consecutive month, the event, a single section 3-rounder, was won by a girl who beat her brother in the last round to win the event.  In this case, it was the Puranikmath family, as older sister Kalyani defeated younger brother Achintya.  Achintya edged Simon Ye and Hugo Derval for 2nd place, with all three players having 2 points.  Felix Feng, Ethan Jiang, and Shiven Mishra (in his [...]

1312, 2022

TBCC at Grade School Championships

By |December 13th, 2022|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

This year we had 3 kids, and a former student who participated at Grade School Championships. In 1st grade Achintya Puranikmath went 4 - 3 gaining over 100 rating points.  His score of 4 - 3 was equaled by his sister Kalyani, except she game over 200 rating points!  A mammoth gain, especially considering that her one game was a no show victory.  Her 3 victories each came over players [...]

1312, 2022

And a Chessing We Will Go Results

By |December 13th, 2022|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Twelve players met at the Chessing We Will Go Event.  While this is a little light, there was an accidental double booking with Main Line Chess and Leteef had an event in Hershey (funny story about that at the end.) We ended up with two sections, an Under 400 section with 3 players and an Under 900 section with 9 players. The Under 400 section, a double round robin was [...]

1012, 2022

TBCC (and friends) at National Chess Congress!

By |December 10th, 2022|Categories: News|

A highlight of Thanksgiving weekend is always the National Chess Congress in Philadelphia.  This year numerous people who play in TBCC events such as club or tournaments, participated in this event.  (The list I worked off of for this write up can be found at - National Chess CongressStandings for Premier ( )  These players ranged from IM Tom Bartell who generously donates to the Holly Heisman every year and [...]

2011, 2022

British Chess Literature to 1914: A Handbook for Historians

By |November 20th, 2022|Categories: Book Reviews|

Tim Harding’s new book British Chess Literature to 1914: A Handbook for Historians highlights noted chess columns, magazines, and even books from before the First World War. As a handbook, it strives to be not only a research tool, but also to serve as an example of how one historian works. The end date of 1914 is chosen because ‘the outbreak of the first World War, after which there are [...]

2011, 2022

San Francisco 1995 by James Eade

By |November 20th, 2022|Categories: Book Reviews|

  San Francisco 1995 by James Eade Piatagorsky 1966, AVRO 1938, Zurich 1953. These top rated tournaments are known by all and reported by many. There are few books, however, geared to telling the story of lesser category tournaments, even though there are many such tournaments held each year. One work that does accomplish this task is James Eade’s San Francisco 1995. This book is part of the Competitive Chess Series published by [...]

1711, 2022

Reach for the Sky – November 5 2022 – Tournament Summary

By |November 17th, 2022|Categories: News|

Tournaments happen for all kinds of reasons.  In the case of the Reach for the Sky Tournament, the Suresh family sponsors the event to celebrate and honor their son, Sid’s, love of chess tournaments.  Their generous sponsorship allows us to run this event for free, and even to offer generous prizes of Amazon gift cards of $60, $40, and $25 in each of 3 sections - Open, Under 1000, and [...]

1311, 2022

The Day Kasparov Quit: and other chess interviews

By |November 13th, 2022|Categories: Book Reviews|

Smart Chip from St. Petersburg and other tales of a bygone chess era by Genna Sosonko was published by New In Chess in 2006. This book contains character portraits of some quite strong, but lesser-known names like Irina Levitina and Jan Donner, and some even less familiar characters, such as Genrikh Chepukaitis. There are also articles on how age affects chess, the killer instinct, chess in dreams, and religion and [...]

1311, 2022

Tal, Petrosian, Spassky and Korchnoi — A Chess Multibiography with 207 Games

By |November 13th, 2022|Categories: Book Reviews|

Andy Soltis’ new book, Tal, Petrosian, Spassky and Korchnoi: A Chess Multibiography with 207 Games explores the lives of four of the top Soviet chess players during the Fischer era. This book is a group biography with less focus on the entirety of an individual player’s life, but rather includes some of the chess highlights within the context of their interactions. There is a focus on the years 1958 to [...]

1603, 2016

Kurt Richter – A Chess Biography with 499 Games

By |March 16th, 2016|Categories: Book Reviews|Tags: , |

Alan McGowan’s Kurt Richter: A Chess Biography with 499 Games examines the life and times of the often-forgotten about European master. The book highlights not only Richter’s career but also the German chess culture and the effect that the two world wars had on his play. McGowan divides Richter’s life into 9 parts. All 9 are basically the same in style and substance, which has a few pictures, sometimes not [...]




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