Mechanics' Institute Chess Room Newsletter #358

The beautiful thing about chess is, it's one of the few places in the world where you are just objectively judged for what you have done last week. There is no boss or someone telling you this, that or the other thing. ... I don't need a boss.

GM-elect Jesse Kraai

1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News

2) Seven-way tie in US Open

3) Fabiano does it again

4) Here and There

5) Upcoming Events

1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News

NM Mark Pinto lead the way for a contingent of Mechanics' members who made the trip to Palm Springs for the US Senior Open which started yesterday, winning in round one. IM Walter Shipman, FM Jim Eade and NM Art Wang are among those seeking to become the first Bay Area player to win the US Senior title since Neil Falconer in 1992.

FM Craig Mar and NM Andy Lee head the top of the rankings in the Ben Gross Memorial Tuesday Night Marathon with 2-0 scores. It is still possible to join the nine round with half point byes for rounds one and two.

Thanks to Melvin Chernev, son of the late Irving Chernev, the Mechanics' chess library has some important additions. The Institute now has a complete collection of Chess Review and the American Chess Bulletin, and significant runs of Wiener Schachzeitung and L'Echiquer as well as the series of Yearbooks produced by the American Chess Federation and USCF in the 1930s and 40s. In addition Mr. Chernev donated some very nice photos of his father in action against Fine and Reshevsky in US Championships. Look for them to be up on the walls of the Club shortly.

Those who have not been to the Mechanics' Chess Club in awhile will find many new photographs thanks to the efforts of Bob Burger. Among them are some classic black and white photographs taken by the Nancy Roos for the California Chess Reporter in the 1950s. Among those featured are Herman Steiner, Svetozar Gligoric and Jacqueline Piatigorsky.

The San Francisco Mechanics', defending US Chess League Champions, starts its title defense on August 29 at 5:30 pm. Spectators are welcome to watch the action in person at the Mechanics' or follow it online on the Internet Chess Club.

2007 Team Roster: (San Francisco is using the Dec 06 Rating List)

GM Patrick Wolff: 2623
IM Josh Friedel: 2535
IM Vinay Bhat: 2465
IM Vince McCambridge: 2502
IM David Pruess: 2452
IM John Donaldson: 2460
Daniel Naroditsky: 2076
8. Gregory Young: 2043


NM Mark Pinto: 2228
NM Sam Shankland: 2208

IM Ricardo DeGuzman won the 69-player Vladimir Pafnutieff Memorial held August 11 at the Mechanics' with a 5-0 score. Arthur Liou, rated only 1823 going in, had a monster tournament defeating Expert Gregory Young and NM Peter Zavadsky to take second with 4.5 and pick up almost 60 rating points. There was a massive tie for third at 4 including SM Craig Mar (lost to Zavadsky), NMs Nicolas Yap ( lost to DeGuzman), Zavadsky and Experts Dmitry Vayntrub, Kimani Stancil, Juan Luaces, James Jones and 9-year-old Nicholas Nip (losing only to Mar - up to 2040). Yian Liou, rated 1782, also had a great event, scoring 3.5 points which was good for a 58 point rating gain. Anthony Corrales directed for the Mechanics' assisted by Alex Yermolinsky.

This Saturday the Mechanics' will be hosting the two day Bernardo Smith Amateur for players rated under 1800. Go to for more information.


2) Seven-way tie in US Open

GMs Boris Gulko, Segey Kudrin, Alex Shabalov and Michael Rohde tied with IMs Ben Finegold and Michael Mulyar and NM Anton Del Mundo with 7.5 from 9 in the US Open

held July 28th- August 5th in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

The Northern California representatives in the Polgar and Denker Invitationals for High School champions both scored 4.5 from 6. Louiza Livschitz was leading the Polgar event for girls until she lost in the last round and tied for third. Nicolas Yap was equal fourth in the Denker.


3) Fabiano does it again

Any naysayers about Fabiano Caruana, who recently turned 15, are chewing on crow now as the newly minted GM took the 250-player Vlissingen Open held August 4-11 on tiebreak over world class GM Sergei Tiviakov and others with 7.5 from 9, good for a 2715 performance rating. Fabiano showed great versatility but was particularly strong in tactical positions. Here are a few highlights from the tournament.

Leenhouts,K (2395) - Caruana,F (2549) [B42]
Vlissingen (4)2007 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Bd3 Nf6 6.0-0 Qc7 7.c4 Nc6 8.Nf3 b6 9.Nc3 Bb7 10.b3 Bd6 11.Bb2 Ne5 12.h3 0-0 13.Rc1 Rac8 14.Bb1 Nxf3+ 15.Qxf3 Be5 16.g3 Bc6 17.Ba3 Rfe8 18.Nd5 exd5 19.cxd5 Qb8 20.dxc6 dxc6 21.Qe2 c5 22.Kh2 Bd4 23.f4 h5! 24.e5 h4 25.Bb2 As 25.g4 is met by 25...Bxe5! 26.fxe5 Rxe5 25...hxg3+ 26.Kxg3 Rcd8 27.Kh2 Bxb2 28.Qxb2 Nh5 29.Rce1 Rd4 30.Qe2?? 30.Re4 Red8 31.Rf2 had to be tried. 30...Nxf4 31.Qe3 f6 0-1 Caruana,F (2549) - Stellwagen,D (2631) [B54]
Vlissingen (6) 2007 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 d6 6.g4 a6 7.Be3 Nge7 8.Nb3 b5 9.f4 Bb7 10.Qd2 Na5 11.Nxa5 Qxa5 12.Bg2 b4 13.Ne2 h5 14.h3 Ng6 15.Bf2 Be7 16.g5 e5 17.f5 Nf4 18.Nxf4 Bxg5
19.Qxd6 exf4 20.0-0 Rd8 21.Qc5 Qxc5 22.Bxc5 Rc8 23.Bxb4 Rxc2 24.Rf2 Rxf2 25.Kxf2 Rh6 26.Bc3 Rc6 27.Rd1 g6 28.e5 Bh4+ 29.Kf1 Rxc3 30.bxc3 f3 31.Bh1 gxf5 32.Rd4 f4 33.Bxf3 Bxf3 34.Rxf4 Bg3 35.Rxf3 Bxe5 36.c4 h4 37.Ra3 1-0 Caruana,F (2549) - Barua,D (2462) [C06]
Vlissingen NED (8) 2007 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.Bd3 c5 6.c3 Nc6 7.Ngf3 Be7 8.0-0 a5 9.Re1 cxd4 10.cxd4 Nb4 11.Bb1 Nb6 12.Nf1 Bd7 13.Ng3 h5 14.Ne2 Rc8 15.a3 Nc6 16.Nf4 g5 White's next move, to use Britspeak, is very "visual" 17.Ng6!!? Rg8 I'm not sure exactly what is happening after 17...fxg6. White has two major responses 18.Bxg6+ (18.Nxg5 is likely to transpose) and 18.Nh4. After 18.Bxg6+ Kf8 19.Nxg5 Bxg5 20.Qf3+ Kg7 21.Qf7+ Kh6 22.f4 Be7 looks to be okay. 18.Nh4 looks more dangerous and the second piece definitely cannot be accepted: 18.Nh4 gxh4? 19.Bxg6+ Kf8 20.Qf3+ Bf6 21.Bg5 Nxd4 22.Qf4 favors White but declining the gift with 18...0-0 (or possibly 18...g4) are not so clear. After declining Barua is worse as he will dearly miss his dark squared Bishop. 18.Nxe7 Qxe7 19.Qd3 g4 20.Qh7 Qf8 21.Ng5 Rh8 22.Qd3 a4 23.Nh7 Qg7 24.Nf6+ Kd8 25.Qb5 Nc4 26.Qxb7 Rc7 27.Qa8+ Bc8 28.Qxa4 Nxd4 29.Kh1 Nc6 30.Qd1 N6xe5 31.Ne4 Nd7 32.Nc3 Bb7 33.Nb5 Nxb2 34.Qb3 Qe5 35.Bg5+ Qxg5 36.Nxc7 Qd2 37.Bc2 Kxc7 38.Qxb2 Rb8 39.Rac1 Bc6 40.Qg7 Qxf2 41.Ba4 Rb6 42.Rf1 Qe3 43.Qxf7 Qe4 44.Bxc6 Rxc6 45.Rce1 Qc4 46.Qxh5 e5 47.Rf7 Qe4 48.Qh4 Qg6 49.Rff1 e4 50.Qg3+ Kd8 51.Rf4 Nf6 52.Ref1 Ke7 53.Qf2 Re6 54.Qa7+ Kd6 55.Qb6+ Ke7 56.Qc7+ Ke8 57.Rb1 Nd7 58.Qc8+ Ke7 59.Rb7 Rd6 60.Rf8 e3 61.Qd8+ Ke6 62.Re8+ 1-0 Fabiano had to defend against FIDE 2004-2005 World Champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov in the last round. Kasimdzhanov,R (2683) - Caruana,F (2549) [C18]
Vlissingen (9) 2007 1.d4 e6 2.e4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Ne7 7.Qg4 0-0 8.Bd3 Nbc6 9.Qh5 Ng6 10.Nf3 Qc7 11.Be3 c4 12.Bxg6 fxg6 13.Qg4 Bd7 14.h4 Rf5 15.Ng5 Raf8 16.Qe2 h6 17.Nh3 b5 18.f3 a5 19.Qd2 Qd8 20.Bf2 Ne7 21.0-0 R5f7 22.Kh2 Nf5 23.g3 Ne7 24.Ng1 Nf5 25.Kg2 Kh7 26.Nh3 Kg8 27.Rh1 Ne7 28.Ng1 Nc6 29.Be3 Ne7 30.g4 Nc6 31.Rh3 Qe7 32.Ne2 b4 33.axb4 axb4 34.cxb4 Qxb4 35.c3 Qb6 36.Qc1 Rb8 37.Ra2 Qb1 38.Qxb1 Rxb1 39.Nf4 Kh7 40.Rh1 Rb3 41.Ne2 Rf8 42.Bd2 Rfb8 43.Rha1 Kg8 44.Kf2 Kf7 45.Ra8 Bc8 46.Rxb8 Rxb8 47.Nf4 Rb6 48.Ke3 Rb5 49.Ra8 Rb8 50.Ra1 Rb6 51.Bc1 Rb3 52.Kd2 Rb6 53.Ra8 Rb8 54.Rxb8 Nxb8 55.Ba3 Nc6 56.Bb4 Bd7 57.Kc2 Be8 58.Kb2 Bd7 59.Ka3 Be8 60.Ng2 Bd7 61.Ne3 Ke8 62.Nd1 Na7 63.Bc5 Nc6 64.Bb6 h5 65.Nf2 g5 66.hxg5 hxg4 67.fxg4 Kf7 68.Nh3 Kg6 69.Kb2 Bc8 70.Kc1 Bd7 71.Kd2 Bc8 72.Ke3 Bd7 73.Kf2 Kf7 74.Nf4 Ne7 75.Bc5 Ng6 76.Ne2 Ba4 77.Kg3 Bd1 78.Nc1 Nh8 79.Na2 Ba4 80.Nb4 Bb5 81.Nc2 Ba4 82.Ne3 Bd7 -

4) Here and There

If one were asked to name the most important person in the chess world names like top players like Kramnik, Anand and Topalov would be sure to be mentioned and if you asked the right person FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov would be on the list but a strong argument could be made that individual that would be most missed is Mark Crowther, who has faithfully produced The Week in Chess ( TWIC) - every chess players weekly source for recent news and games - for over a decade. If you suffer from hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia, read no further, for issue 666 of TWIC is out this week. Thank you Mark (and Malcolm Pein of the London Chess Center and Chess magazine for sponsoring Mark).

The U.S. Chess Federation (USCF) held its' Annual USCF Awards luncheon at this years 2007 U.S. Open Chess Championship at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.The luncheon took place on Saturday, August 4 with the following award recipients accepting:

Chess City of the Year (1983): Stillwater, Oklahoma (accepted by Frank and Jim Berry).
Chess Club of the Year (1999): Atlanta Chess Center.
Committee of the Year (1982): 2007 Financial Review Committee.
Distinguished Service Award (1979): Fred Gruenberg of Illinois.
Friend of the USCF: GM Garry Kasparov of the USSR.
Gold Koltanowski Medal (1979): Frank K. Berry of Oklahoma for his contribution to the 2007 U.S. Championship.
Grandmaster (GM) of the Year (1997): GM Gata Kamsky of New York.
Frank J. Marshall Ambassador Award (1994): GM Gregory Kaidanov of Kentucky.
Meritorious Service Award (1980): Richard Shorman of California, John Hilbert of New York, Dan Heisman of Pennsylvania, and Grant Perks of Ohio.
Organizer of the Year (1994): Sevan Muradian of Illinois.
Outstanding Career Achievement (1986): Fred and Carol Kleist of Washington, Gordon Barrett of Nevada, Stephen Dann of Massachusetts.
Scholastic Services Award (1994): GM Susan Polgar of New York and Brownsville, Texas School District.
Society of Chess Mates (1998): Donna Gruenberg of Illinois and Jan Rogers of Georgia.
Special Services Award (1983): Steve Doyle of New Jersey, Ernie Schlich of Virginia.
Tournament Director of the Year (2004): Michael Atkins of Virginia.

The Chess program Rybka won a pawn-odds match versus GM Joel Benjamin with a score of 4-3, . In each game, Rybka
removed a different one of the eight pawns at the start. Coverage at


5) Upcoming Events


MI events - go for more information

Bernardo Smith Amateur - August 18th and 19th

Northern California

Sacramento Chess Club Weekend Swiss #18

August 25 & 26, 2007

4 Round Swiss, 30/90, G/1, d/5 at The Learning Exchange, 1111 Howe Avenue, Sacramento. Entry Fee: $45 (Juniors $35) postmarked by 8/18/2007, $55 (Juniors $40) after 8/18. Two sections, Master/Expert/A and Reserve (Under 1800). $1600 prize fund based on 50 adult and 10 junior full paid entries. Master/Expert/A 1st Place $200 and 2nd Place $150 are guaranteed. Registration 8/25, 8:30-9:30, rounds 10:00 and 3:30 both days. Entries payable to the Sacramento Chess Club and mail to Sacramento Chess Club, c/o 6700 50th Street, Sacramento, CA 95823-1306. Contact information: TD John McCumiskey, 916-524-9479 or e-mail Check the Weekend Events page of the Sacramento Chess Club website, for a tournament flyer with additional information and the advance entry list.

Sept. 1-3 2007 CALCHESS LABOR DAY CHAMPIONSHIPS GPP: 15 California Northern

6SS, 30/90, SD/1 (2-day option rds. 1-3 G/60). Golden Gateway Holiday Inn, Van Ness at Pine, San Francisco. $$ b/160 paid entries (not counting free or unrated entries). Six Sections: Master: $725-$375-$200; U2400 $300; Expert $430-$230-$110. "A": $375-$200-$120. "B": $375-$200-$120. "C": $375-200-120. "D/E": $375-$200-$120; U1200 $250. Unr: Trophy first. Trophy to top finisher (State Champion) in each section. All, EF: postmarked by 8/27, $70 (Jrs. $60), $80 at site (Jrs. $70). Unrateds $20 in the D/E section or may play up to the Master section for the regular fee. $5 discount to CalChess members. USCF memb. req'd. May play up one section for add'l $10 (Jrs. $5). GM/IM free entry. Reg.: Sat. 9/1 8-9:30 am, Sun. 9/2 8:15-9:15 am. RDS.: Choice of schedules- 3-day, 2-day merge at round 4, all compete for the same prizes. 3-day schedule: Sat. 10:00-4:00, Sun. 11:00-4:45, Mon. 10:00-3:30. 2-day schedule: Sun. 9:30-11:45-2:00-4:45, Mon. 10:00-3:30. 1/2 pt. bye(s) any round(s) if requested in advance (byes rds. 5-6 must be requested before rd. 1). 2007 August Ratings List, CCA minimums and Directors' discretion will be used to place players as accurately as possible. Please bring clocks and equipment. HR: Golden Gateway Holiday Inn (415)-441-4000. INFO: Richard Koepcke (650)-964-2640. Ent: CalChess, P.O. Box 1432, Mountain View, CA 94042. No phone entries. Master Section FIDE Rated.

A Classic Event!
Oct. 6 California Classic Championship 18 California , Northern

4SS G/60. 3003 Scott Blvd. , Santa Clara , CA 95054 . EF: $39, Juniors $35. $16 more after 10/2, $2 Cal Chess Discount, $4 discount if combined with 11/10 Classic. $850 b/36: Open 200-100 U2000 50, Reserve: 200-100 U1600 50, U1400 50, U1200 50, U1000 50. Reg: Sat 9:00-9:30 AM, Rds: 10:00-12:00, lunch, 12:30-2:30 PM, 2:40-4:40 PM, 4:55-6:55 PM. Ent: Salman Azhar, 1551 Garvey Pl. San Jose , CA 95132 . Payable to Salman Azhar or paypal to Info: NS NC W

A Classic Event!
Nov. 10 California Classic Championship 20 California , Northern
4SS G/60. 3003 Scott Blvd. , Santa Clara , CA 95054 . EF: $39, Juniors $35. $16 more after 11/6, $2 Cal Chess Discount, $4 discount if combined with 10/6 Classic. $850 b/36: Open 200-100 U2000 50, Reserve: 200-100 U1600 50, U1400 50, U1200 50, U1000 50. Reg: Sat 9:00-9:30 AM, Rds: 10:00-12:00, lunch, 12:30-2:30 PM, 2:40-4:40 PM, 4:55-6:55 PM. Ent: Salman Azhar, 1551 Garvey Pl. San Jose , CA 95132 . Payable to Salman Azhar or paypal to Info: NS NC W

Southern California

September 1-3
27th Annual Southern California Open
6-SS, 3-day 40/2, SD/1, 2-day rds. 1-3 G/60 then merges. LAX Hilton, 5711 W. Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045.
$$10,000 b/200, 60% of each prize guaranteed.
In 2 sections:
Open: $$T+1700-1000-800-450-300, U2400 400, U2300 200, U2200 600-300, U2000 $$600-300.
Amateur (U1800): T+750-400-200-150-100, U1600 $$500-300-200-100, U1400 $$300-150, U1200 100, Unr 100.
All: Half-pt bye available in rds 1-4 if requested with entry, limit 2. SCCF membership req. of S. Cal. res., $14 reg, $9 junior. No credit card entries or checks at door. SCCF Annual Membership Meeting: 2:30 p.m. Sept. 3. $25 Best Game prize, all sections eligible.
Reg: 3-day 9-10 a.m. 9-1, 2-day 8:30-9:30 a.m. 9-2.
Rds: 3-day: 10:30-5 Sat-Sun, 10-4:30 Mon. 2-day: 10-12:15-2:30 Sun., then merges.. EF: $83 if received by 8/31, $95 door. Special EF: U1400/unrated $67 adv, $80 door.
HR: $95 (310-410-4000, use group code SOU). Reserve by 8-26 or rates may rise. Parking $8/day.
Inf: John Hillery.
Ent: SCCF, c/o John Hillery, 835 N. Wilton Pl. #1, Los Angeles CA 90038 or on-line at
NS. NC. F. GP: 50. State Championship Qualifier

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