This Saturday, May 19th, 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!
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.
Those looking for a two day tournament this weekend can journey up to Santa
Rosa for the Frank Doyle Open organized and directed by Mike Goodall
(see details under upcoming events)
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.
The following weekend (June 2-3) The Mechanics' will be hosting the 44th
Annual Arthur Stamer Memorial and the next weekend Richard Koepcke will
put on the Bent Creek Winery Open in Livermore.
The US Championship started yesterday.
Pretty much all the favorites won but an exception was a
theoretically important draw between America's top-rated women, IM Irina Krush
and the Lion of Lexington, GM Gregory Kaidanov.
Krush,Irina (2488) - Kaidanov,Gregory
The Frank K. Berry 2007 US Championship Stillwater United States
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 e6 5.Bg5 dxc4 6.e4 b5
7.e5 h6 8.Bh4 g5 9.Nxg5 hxg5 10.Bxg5 Nbd7 11.g3
This move and 11.exf6 are White's two
11...Rg8 12.h4 Rxg5 13.hxg5 Nd5 14.g6 fxg6 15.Qg4 Qe7
This is considered White's best. In this line Black
wants to trade Queens
I believe this is a TN. 16...Qf7, 16...Bg7,
16...Bb7, 16...Ba6 and 16...Kd8 have all been tried.
17.bxc3 Rb8 18.Be4 Kd8 19.Qxg6 b4
Black ignores White's play on the kingside and
carries through on the opposite wing.
20.Rh7 Qe8 21.Qxe8+ Kxe8 22.g4
White ignores Black's threats on the queenside and
carries through on the kingside.
22...bxc3 23.g5 c5 24.g6 cxd4 25.Rh8
Time to bail out!
25... Ke7 26.Rh7+ Ke8 27.Rh8 Ke7 28.Rh7+
Black has to acquiesce as
28...Kd8 29.Rh8 threatens not only g7 but Rxf8 ...Nxf8 g7 with twin threats
of gxf8 and g8.
Round Two Pairings
||GM HIKARU NAKAMURA
||GM SERGEY KUDRIN |
||GM EUGENE PERELSHTEYN
||GM ALEXANDER ONISCHUK |
||GM ALEX YERMOLINSKY
||GM JAAN EHLVEST |
||GM ILDAR IBRAGIMOV
||GM JULIO BECERRA |
||GM DMITRY GUREVICH
||GM ALEXANDER SHABALOV |
||IM ENRICO M SEVILLANO
||GM ALEXANDER STRIPUNSKY |
||GM MELIKSET KHACHIYAN
||GM VARUZHAN AKOBIAN |
||GM GREGORY KAIDANOV
||FM JOSEPH MARK BRADFORD |
||GM YURY SHULMAN
||IM IRINA KRUSH |
||GM BORIS GULKO
||IM JAY BONIN |
||GM ALEXANDER IVANOV
||IM MICHAEL MULYAR |
||FM RAY S ROBSON
||IM JOSHUA E FRIEDEL |
||GM WALTER S BROWNE
||FM MICHAEL LANGER |
||IM DAVID PRUESS
||FM MOVSES MOVSISYAN |
||FM ROBERT L HESS |
||IM JUSTIN SARKAR
||WFM IRYNA ZENYUK |
||IM BRYAN SMITH
||WFM CHOUCHANIK AIRAPETIAN |
||IM RONALD W BURNETT
Michael Aigner writes:
Hello chess friends,
Rounds 1-8 of the US
Championship will be played daily at 2pm Central time (12noon
You can follow the games live on the MonRoi website and the
Internet Chess Club. Even if you can't log in when the games start (school
work), check them out when you can--each round will last 4-6
1. Go to the official website
<http://www.monroi.com/tournamentgate/USChamp07>. Click on
Games and then select the US Championship at the top of the list.
You need to agree to their
license by clicking on "Click Here to Accept
License Terms" (small text near the top of the page).
Select the correct
round number and then choose a game.
2. Log into ICC with your username
and password or go to <http://www.chessclub.com/register> to
for a free trial (14 days free if you've never used ICC before). After you
logged in, go
to the Window menu and select the Events list. The
Internet Chess Club will relay five games live
each day. Find the game
you want to look at from the top of the list and click on the eyeball
observe it. Watch for live commentary by GMs and IMs!
ICC does not relay my game, you can still view it on the MonRoi website.
After games are
finished, you can vote on the best game for each day on the
MonRoi site. I think you'll need to
register on their website, but I
don't know the details yet. The winner of the daily best game
Finally, check out my daily BLOG
<http://www.chessclub.com/resources/event/uschamp07> on the
website. I have written two pieces so far and intend to write
something (good or bad) after each
round. For example, tomorrow's blog
should have photos from the opening ceremony that begins in
The New York Times has started a chess blog. Go to
3) Chess Collectors International meeting
in San Francisco
Floyd Sarisohn (Lichess@aol.com
) of Chess
Collectors International writes that chess sets, books and postcards will be for
sale for sale as well as an exhibition of Asian chess sets ands modern
chess sets by California Artists, with free admission to the public, at the
California Parlor and the Monterey room of the Palace Hotel on Saturday, May 26
. The Palace ( Sheraton Palace) is only a stones throw from the Mechanics'
Institute. Both are easily accessible by BART ( Montgomery Station).
4) 2007 Canadian Open
Dear chess player,
I hope you don't mind receiving this
update about the 2007 Canadian Open Chess Championship, to be held July 7-15 in
Ottawa at the Ottawa Marriott. The event is less than two months away, and the
organizers are feeling very positive about progress to date in terms of titled
players, rank-and-file players, sponsors and various side events that have been
confirmed. Here's the latest news:
- Our one-section event has registered nearly 150 players so far, or which
11 are grandmasters. GM Nigel Short tops the field, but he will face stiff
competition from GMs Vadim Milov and Sergey Tiviakov, both over 2650 as well.
Most recently GM Viorel Iordachescu of Moldova and GM Tomas Likavsky of
Slovakia have confirmed their participation. On the IM front, Canadian IMs
Leonid Gerzhoy and Tom O'Donnell have joined the pack. More GMs and IMs will
be confirmed in coming weeks. (Note: entry is free for GMs and IMs.)
- Some of the side events will include simuls featuring Canadian GM Mark
Bluvshtein, GM Iordachescu, and GM Suat Atalik and his wife, WGM Atalik, both
of Turkey. As well, Canadian IM Lawrence Day will launch his book on the late,
great Canadian IM Bryon Nickoloff. U.S, GM Alex Yermolinsky, author of the
excellent books The Road to Chess Improvement and Chess Explained: The
Classical Sicilian, will lecture on the Classical Sicilian. More side events
will be confirmed in coming weeks.
- Blitz and bughouse tournaments are in the works.
- MonRoi, the Montreal-based ESPN of chess, will be broadcasting top games
on the Internet.
Some important deadlines:
- After May 31st, the entry fee of $125 CAD increases to $150 CAD. It is
$175 CAD at the venue.
- The rates at the Marriott ($89 CAD /night single /double, add $10 CAD for
triple and $20 CAD for quad) are available only until June 6th, after which
they increase, I assume, quite steeply.
already signed up, I hope the above makes you glad you've registered. If you're
still on the fence, then I hope you'll be getting off soon to register! Here are
the websites to visit:
Basic event information: www.canchess.ca
classy site: www.monroi.com/tournamentgate/CanOpen07/index.html
registration for the Canadian Open: http://canchess.myshopify.com/
Online reservations for the
Ottawa Marriott: http://cwp.marriott.com/yowmc/chess/
Players registered in
the Canadian Open: http://cocycc.pbwiki.com/CORegisteredPlayers
sending one more update soon -- with the prize fund breakdown which should make
chess mercenaries happy. We're projecting a prize fund of $20,000 CAD on 200
paid entries, and the class prizes should be significant.
We hope to see
you in Ottawa in July!
2007 Canadian Open Chess Championship
Event website: www.canchess.ca
5) Nikolay Minev and the Pirc
Recently I was going through 200 Modern Chess
Traps in the Fianchetto openings
by J.B. Howson. On page 148 I came
across what is alleged to be
Minev - Kratkovsky , Bulgarian ch, 1956. The score given is 1.e4 d6 2.d4
Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Bg5 h6 5.Bh4 Bg7 6.f4 c5 7.e5 Nh5 8.Nd5 cxd4 9.Bb5+ Bd7 10.Bxe7
Qa5+ 11.b4 Qxb5 with the verdict that Black is doing well - Howson
gives five of Black's first 11 moves either one or two
exclamation marks. He also queries White's 7th move.
Botterill and Keene in their book The Pirc Defense (page 124)
write after 13...Bxb5, with a material advantage for Black which is a bit odd
since after 14.Qxd4 it is White who has the extra pawn. B and K also give the
wrong date for the game ( 1956 instead of 1955) and give Minev's opponent as
Kratkowski ( as opposed to Howson's Kratkovsky and Minev's Kviatkovsky.
Gaige gives Sergey Fedorovich Kviatkovsky born in 1925 in the Soviet Union.
Could this player and how did he end up in Bulgaria? The Bulgarian Chess
Encyclopedia printed in 1989 in Sofia on page 334 gives a crosstable for the
1955 Bulgarian championship which shows a draw between Minev and a S.
A search of Mega Database 2007 reveals no games with 8.Nd5 ( 8.dxc5 is
preferred). My guess is this is not because of the sequence seen in Minev's
games where White might possibly even improve with 15.Nf3 or 15.Qe3 but
because of 8...Nc6 (instead of 8...cxd4). After 8...Nc6 9.Bb5 Be6 White's center
Minev,Nikolay - Kviatkovsky,Sergey [B07]
Bulgarian ch Sofia (10),
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 g6 3.e4 d6 4.Bg5 Bg7 5.f4 h6 6.Bh4 c5 7.e5 Nh5 8.Nd5
cxd4 9.Bb5+ Bd7 10.Bxe7 Qa5+ 11.b4 Qxb5 12.Nc7+ Kxe7 13.Nxb5 Bxb5 14.Qxd4 Rd8
15.Qe4 Bc6 16.exd6+ Kxd6 17.0-0-0+ Kc7 18.Qe7+ Rd7 19.Rxd7+ Nxd7 20.Ne2 Bf6
21.Qxf7 Rf8 22.Qxg6 Nxf4 23.Nxf4 Bg5 24.Qxg5 hxg5 25.Ne6+ Kd6 26.Nxf8 Nxf8
27.Rd1+ Ke5 28.c4 Ne6 29.Rd2 a6 30.Kb2 g4 31.Kc3 Nf4 32.g3 Ne6 33.Re2+ Kf5
34.Rb2 Ke5 35.b5 axb5 36.cxb5 Bf3 37.Kc4 b6 38.Rd2 Nc7 39.a3 Nd5 40.a4 Ne3+
41.Kb4 Nd5+ 42.Kb3 Ke4 43.a5 bxa5 44.Kc4 Nb6+ 45.Kc5 Na4+ 46.Kd6 Nc3 47.b6 Ke3
48.Rb2 Ne4+ 49.Kd5 Nxg3+ 50.Ke5 Ne2 51.b7 Bxb7 52.Rxb7 g3 53.Rb3+ Kf2 54.hxg3
Nxg3 55.Ra3 Ne2 56.Rxa5 Ke3 57.Ra3+ ½-½
6) Upcoming Events
May 19-20 Frank Doyle Open
GPP: 10 Enhanced California
4SS, G/2. Exchange Banks,
Andrew J Shepard Building, 440 Aviation Boulevard, Santa Rosa, CA. $1000 GTD. 3
Sections: Open: $250-175. Reserve (1500-1899): $200-125. Booster (U1500):
$150-100. Unr. Must play in Open Section. EF: $35 advanced, $40 at door. Reg:
8:30-9:30 am. Rds: 10-3; 10-3. Ent: Mike Goodall, 461 Peachstone Terrace, San
Rafael, CA 94903. Phone: (415) 491-1269. Email: email@example.com. No phone or
email entries. Bring equipment, none provided. NS, NC, W, FIDE.
Chess4Children May Open
5-SS. USCF Rated. Hebrew Academy, 14401 Willow Lane, Huntington Beach,
CA. Time Controls:
Saturday G/90; Sunday 40/2, SD/1
Prize Fund: $500 Guaranteed. (Prizes will go up
with more than 20 players).
1st-35%, 2nd-15%, Top X/A/B, and C-10% Each, Top D and
April Supplement used. EF: $40 before
5/18/07. After: $50. IM's play free with entry fee deducted from
Rds: Saturday 10-1:30-5 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-4
Reg: Online at http://www.chess4children.com/, click
on Tournament and Class Registrations 2007, and click on
Chess4Children May Open. You can also register by printing out the flyer and mailing it in.
membership required of So. Californians: $14, $9 jrs.
Advanced Entries will be listed at the same page as registration.
NC, NS. State Championship
2007 Lina Grumette
Memorial Day Classic
6-SS, 40/2, SD/1 (2-day
schedule rds 1-3 G/60, then merges). LAX Hilton, 5711 W Century Blvd, Los
Angeles, CA 90045.
$$10,000 b/200, 60% of
each prize guaranteed. In five sections:
Open $$T+1800-750-400-300-200, U2400 400, U2200
Premier (under 2000): $$750-300-200-100.
Amateur (Under 1800): $$750-300-200-100.
Reserve (Under 1600): $$750-300-200-100.
Booster (Under 1400/unrated): $$T+400-200-100,
U1200 T+100, Unr T+100. (Unrated may win Unrated prizes only.)
Best game prize $25, all sections eligible.
byes available, limit 2, rds 5-6 must be requested with entry & cannot be
revoked. SCCF membership req. ($14, jr. $9), OSA. No checks or credit cards at
HR: $95 (310) 410-4000, mention chess. Parking
Reg: 3-day 9-10 a.m. 5-26, 2-day 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Rds: 3-day: 10:30-5 Sat-Sun, 10-4:30 Mon.
2-day: 10-12:15-2:30 Sun., then merges.
EF: Open, Premier, Amateur, Reserve $83 if
received by 5-24, $95 door, Booster $67 by 5-24, $80 door. On-line entry: http://www.westernchess.com/.
Ent: SCCF, c/o
John Hillery, 835 N. Wilton Pl. #1, Los Angeles CA 90038.
Inf: firstname.lastname@example.org. NS, W, F.
GP: 40. State Championship
June 9–10 BENT CREEK WINERY
4-SS, SD/2 Bent Creek
Winery, 5455 Greenville Rd, Livermore, Ca. $$B 80 paid entries (not counting
unrated entries ). Three Sections: Open $300-$150-$75 U2200 $200-100; Reserve
(U2000) $200-100-50; U1800 $200-100; Booster (U1600) $200-100-50 U1400 $200-100
Unr: Trophy First. EF: postmarked by 6/5 $50, $60 at site. Unrateds $20 in the
Booster section or may play up to the Open section for the regular fee. $2
discount to CalChess members. USCF memb. req’d. May play up for add’l $10, add’l
$50 if U1600 playing in the Open Section. Reg: Sat 6/9 8:30-9:30 am. RDS.: Sat.
10:00-3:00; Sun. 10:00-3:00; One 1/2 pt bye available if requested in advance
(bye in rds. three or four must be requested before rd. 1). 2007 June Ratings
List, CCA minimums and Directors discretion will be used to place players as
accurately as possible. Please bring clocks and equipment. INFO: Richard Koepcke
(650)-964-2640. Ent: Richard Koepcke, P.O. Box 1432, Mountain View, CA 94042. No
A Classic Event!
California Classic Championship California, Northern
3003 Scott Blvd., Santa Clara, CA 95054. EF: $29. $15 more after 6/12, $2 Cal
Chess Discount.. $750 b/50: Open 200-100-50 U2000 30, Reserve: 200-100
U1600 30, U1400 30,
U1200 30. Reg: Sat 8:30-9:30
AM, Rds: 10:00-11:30,
11:45AM-1:15 PM, 1:45-3:15PM, 3:25-4:55PM, 5:00-7:00 PM.
Ent: Salman Azhar, P.O. Box 730934, San Jose, CA 95173-0934, Payable to Salman
Azhar or paypal to email@example.com. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org.