1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club
IMs Cyrus Lakdawala and Ricardo DeGuzman tied for first with 4.5 from 5 in
the 7th Annual Charles Powell Memorial held last Saturday. NM Michael Pearson,
Expert Pablo Pena and Class A players Nicholas Nip and Brendan Purcell tied for
second with 4 points in the 43-player field. This was a particularly
meaningful tournament for Nicholas who went over 2000 for the first time. This
is a great accomplishment for anyone but especially when you are only eight
This Saturday the Mechanics' will be honored to host a visit by IM Josh
Waitzkin who will be discussing his new book The Art of
Learning followed by a book signing. Many MI members will remember
Josh's participation in the 1995 Pan Pacific GM tournament held in Chinatown.
Since then Josh has gone in a different direction becoming a World Champion of
Tai Chi Chuan Push Hands. Don't miss this exciting event! For more on Josh's
activities see below.
This Sunday, May 20th, the Mechanics' will host the Cliff Lundberg
Memorial Chess Tournament for the late cab driving chess enthusiast. The event,
which has free entry, will have registration from 11:30 to 11:55. Play runs from
noon to 4pm with a time control of G/5. There are $600 in prizes with $150 for
first. Cliff's sister Julie Alden, Big Dog.Citywide Cab, DeSoto Cab, Alan
Freiburg (Green Book), Luxor Cab, Metro Cab and Yellow Cab Co-op are
co-sponsoring the event.
May 26 the Mechanics' will play host a six player G/45 roundrobin playoff
for the Northern California spot in the Arnold Denker Tournament of High School
Champions. Competing for the title are those who placed 2-6 in the N. California
High School Championship earlier this year - NMs Nicholas Yap and Sam Shankland,
Experts David Chock, Adarsh Konda and Michael Zhong and Class A player Micah
Cohen. The winner of the event, Daniel Naroditsky, is ineligible for the Denker,
as he is in fifth grade, and participants must be in high school.
2) Josh Waitzkin visiting the Bay
Discussion & Signing/Stanford Bookstore
519 Lasuen Mall
Stanford, CA 94305
San Mateo, CA
Discussion & Signing/College of San
Center (Building 5) – South
1700 West Hillsdale
San Mateo, CA 94402
San Francisco, CA
Institute 57 Post St. 4th floor (415)
421-2258 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more
Hip Hop, Chess & Life Strategies Exhibition and
Hosted by the Hip
Hop Chess Federation (HHCF) in connection with ShinKen Public
International Chessmaster Josh Waitzkin scheduled to appear at the Hip
Hop, Chess & Life Strategies Exhibition
April 12th 2007, San Francisco, CA- International chess icon Josh Waitzkin
has joined the rank of stars scheduled to appear at the Hip Hop, Chess &
Life Strategies Exhibition on May 19, 2007 at the Omega Boys Club located at
1060 Tennessee St. in San Francisco, California.
The Hip Hop, Chess & Life Strategies Exhibition, organized by the Hip Hop
Chess Federation founders Adisa Banjoko and Leo Librian, teams up rappers,
martial artists, athletes and other stars in a head-to-head intellectual battle
in a fun and safe environment. “Our purpose is to encourage young people
across the country to infuse their artistic and physical gifts with chess
tactics and strategies to enrich their lives for years to come” stated
co-founder Adisa Banjoko, “after spending nearly 3 years defining our goals and
vision we are so honored to announce Josh’s participation with our
Josh Waitzkin recently authored, The Art of Learning, a breakthrough book on
how to cultivate mind and body. Waitzkin burst into the chess world as a child
in the mid 1980’s. His journey to winning his first National Chess Championship
was captured in the film Searching for Bobby Fischer. Since then he has gone on
to become eight-time National Chess Champion, a World Champion of Tai Chi Chuan
Push Hands and a student of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Mr. Waitzkin is the author of
Attacking Chess and is developer and spokesperson for Chessmaster, the biggest
computer chess program in the world.
“I look forward to coming to San Francisco and participating in the Hip Hop,
Chess & Life Strategies Exhibition,” stated Josh Waitzkin. “I believe that
positive aspects of Hip Hop, chess and martial arts can effectively empower
young American minds.”
Co-founder of the Hip-Hip Chess Federation Leo Libiran stated, “To have Josh
Waitzkin at our tournament is like having Michal Jordan participate in your
three on three. It is like having Al Capone get down at your gangster
convention! We are grateful to Mr. Watizkin, The Omega Boys Club of San
Francisco and all of the artists involved for supporting our goal of promoting
chess to American youth. We expect a very strong turnout, but we are still in
need of sponsorships. We invite any philanthropic donations available. ”
Other participants in Hip-Hop, Chess & Life Strategies Exhibition include
award winning film director Kevin Epps, DJ QBert and countless others. The
Hip Hop Chess Federation is currently in negotiations to secure RZA of Wu-Tang
and UFC Champion Referee Herb Dean for the May 19 event.
For more information, contact Veronica Cohen at
email@example.com or visit:
3) US Championship starts
The 2007 US Championship starts tomorrow with GMs Alex Yermolinsky and
Walter Browne, IMs Josh Friedel and David Pruess and NM Michael Aigner
representing Northern California.
Chess Life online is running a fantasy chess contest to go with the event.
Note the deadline for entries is tomorrow.
As many of you know, the Frank Berry 2007 U.S. Chess
Championship kicks off Tuesday, May 15 in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
This year, Chess Life Online
a fantasy chess contest. Any current USCF member** is eligible to select a
seven-player team and enter to win exciting prizes including an 80 GB video
Ipod. The deadline for entry, Tuesday, May 15th 3 PM, is coming up fast. For
more details on prizes and contest rules,go here: http://beta.uschess.org/frontend/news_7_355.php
register for the contest, go here: http://alpha.eudemonia.net/timw/fc_register.php
note that this is a separate registration process from your USCF login so you
will create a new password. However, your USCF ID must be current for you to be
eligible for prizes.
I encourage you to enter to make the games
from the Championship (May 15-23) even more exciting as you root on your fantasy
team members! Also be sure to forward this on to other USCF members who may not
know about the contest. If you are not a member or your membership has recently
expired, then renew or
and take your chance to win at fantasy chess!
All the best,
**- USCF employees or immediate
family members of employees are ineligible for
4) FM David Weinstock
Washington state FM David Weinstock, perhaps best known to the chess world
for the beautiful magnetic chess sets he produces
was in a really bad car accident last week. He is currently at
Harborview Hospital in Seattle , in the Trauma Intensive Care Unit. He is in
stable condition, but is on a respirator
If you would like to
visit David, he is on the 2nd floor of the West Wing, in room
5) IM David Vigorito on John Watson Chess And
Tune-in for The John Watson Chess & Book Show on Tuesday, 15 May at
21:00 Server Time on the Internet Chess Club..
Each week John's 90-minute show will be reviewing all the
latest titles and discussing books with his guests.
IM David Vigorito, author of new book Challenging the
Nimzo-Indian will be John Watson's guest on the show.
6) ICC acquires World Chess Network and
The Internet Chess Club (“ICC”), the world’s premier
online subscription chess service, has today announced the acquisition
of two competitive online chess services, World Chess Network, from
Master Games International, and Chess Live, from GamesParlor. The
two services will be merged together to form a new service, separate from
ICC, to be called World Chess Live.