Words cannot describe the chess career of Grandmaster Larry Evans, 78, of Reno, Nev., who died on Monday. He was a five-time U.S. champion, author of many books, and familiar columnist in Chess Life, where he answered readers’ questions each month for decades. He also collaborated with Bobby Fischer on several major works. Former Chess Life editor Larry Parr salutes his friend at www.uschess.org.

Yesterday was one of the busiest chess competition days of the year in New England, and you can get instant updates from Fitchburg’s George Mirijanian at www.masschess.org, including the results of the U.S. Chess League’s final match of the New England Nor’easters versus the Miami Sharks and this weekend’s 119th Rhode Island Open, as well as details of future events. Games can be found at www.uschessleague.com.

Today, the 36th Framingham Burger King Scholastic will begin at 9:30 a.m. at 259 Cochituate Road in Framingham. The 53rd Chelmsford BK Scholastic, also with trophy awards, will be next Sunday, courtesy of Matt Gosselin of Medford.

The Pillsbury Memorial will also be run in three sections Sunday at Leominster Veterans Center, 100 West St., Leominster, as a four-round game/60 in three sections, beginning at 10 a.m., with cash prizes.

Paul Godin of Burlington won the 30-player Edmund Wheeler Memorial at the Wachusett Chess Club of Fitchburg. John Moran of Jefferson (Holden) took second. The Sturgis Memorial will begin at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday in Room C-159 of Fitchburg State University’s McKay Campus School, 67 Rindge Road, Fitchburg. Details at

Alexander Ivanov of Newton won the 298-player 19th King’s Island Open in Mason, Ohio, and Alex Stripunsky of New Jersey and Michael Rohde of New York tied in the 17th Eastern Chess Congress in Stamford, Conn., both last weekend.

It’s not too early to check out the 2011 calendar offered by www.ImagesofChess.com.

Answer to quiz: The position is correct and this Sam Loyd gem won first prize in the 1878 American Chess and Problem Assn. competition. The key line, 1. Rf5 RxB 2. Ng5 mate. Find the mates with other moves by black.