Mechanics' Institute Chess Club Newsletter #370
I actually played much worse because it was very depressing. I saw that he was so much faster than me and could constantly feel things on the chessboard that took me time to figure out for myself. There were many occasions where he wouldn't trust a variation before he did any calculations. He is a very intuitive player. He often decides immediately on his next move and spends his thinking time confirming his choice. When I play, I make a lot of my decisions by vigorously calculating everything. I close in on the right move by methodical, step-by-step analysis. Instead he feels the right move. That skill is very hard to learn – it’s more of a gift.
Joel Lautier after serving as a second for Vladimir Kramnik  ( King’s Gambit by Paul Hoffman, pages 129-130)
1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News
2) David Pruess makes second GM norm in France
3) US News
4) International News
5) Upcoming Events
1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News
Miami 2.5 vs San Francisco 1.5
The Mechanics' season ended on a sad note when they were eliminated in the first round of the USCL playoffs last night. This was a difficult season. After extending our unbeaten streak to 15 matches ( this will be a record not so easily broken) we lost to Seattle in round 4 and continued to struggle for much of the season until winning three key matches down the stretch to finish second in the division.
The match with Miami started on a positive note as Patrick Wolff easily equalized against League MVP Julio Becerra. Patrick's play this season was one of the positive points for our team as he scored 3 from 5 against 2 GMs and 3 IMs having the Black pieces four times.
Becerra,J (2634) - Wolff,P (2623) [B65]
USCL Miami vs San Francisco (11) 2007

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bg5 e6 7.Qd2 Be7 8.0-0-0 Nxd4 9.Qxd4 0-0 10.f4 Qa5 11.Bc4 Bd7 12.e5 dxe5 13.Qxe5 Qb6 14.f5 Rac8 15.Bb3 Ng4 16.Qf4 Bxg5 17.Qxg5 Nf6 1/2-1/2


Blas Lugo loves the Botvinnik System of the Semi-Slav but might have feared preparation and surprised Vinay with the Winawer Counter Gambit. Vinay knew next to nothing about it and soon emerged with a big advantage (the novelty 8...Nd7 is probably the culprit. Black should stick to 8...Ne3 as played in several all GM encounters). 23.Bd5 was just a fingerfehler. Vinay intended 23.Bxg7 Rg8 24.Bxb7 leaves White a pawn up with Black's King in the center but touched the wrong piece first. Some Thursday morning quarterbacks wondered why Vinay passed up draws in the ensuing ending, likely because they were not watching boards 2 and 4 at the same time. Greg was only winning (36.Rc6) when Vinay was already losing.


Bhat,V (2465) - Lugo,B (2430) [D10]
USCL Miami vs San Francisco (11) 2007

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 e5 4.dxe5 d4 5.Ne4 Qa5+ 6.Nd2 Nh6 7.Ngf3 Nf5 8.g3 Nd7 9.Bg2 Ne3 10.fxe3 dxe3 11.0-0 exd2 12.Bxd2 Qc5+ 13.Kh1 Be7 14.Qc1 Nxe5 15.b4 Qd6 16.Bf4 f6 17.c5 Qe6 18.Qc3 a5 19.b5 cxb5 20.Nxe5 fxe5 21.Bxe5 b4 22.Qd4 Bd7 23.Bd5 Qxd5+ 24.Qxd5 Bc6 25.e4 Bxd5 26.exd5 Bxc5 27.Bxg7 Rg8 28.Rae1+ Kd7 29.Rf7+ Kd6 30.Rd1 Rae8 31.Bh6 Be3 32.Rxb7 Bxh6 33.Rb6+ Kc5 34.Rc6+ Kb5 35.Rxh6 Re2 36.d6 Rd8 37.d7 Ka4 38.Rh5 Rxa2 39.Re5 Rf2 40.Re8 Rf8 41.Rxf8 Rxf8 42.d8Q Rxd8 43.Rxd8 b3 44.Rb8 Ka3 45.g4 a4 46.g5 Kb2 47.h4 a3 48.h5 a2  0-1


This was partly my fault. With David and Josh in Europe Miami could just easily predict our lineup as we could there's. Dima played great against Marcel the first time around ( same variation of the Ruy as Black) and won a very nice game against John Bartholomew last week, but there are so many critical lines of the Archangel that Black is always vulnerable to extensive pregame prep ( Marcel says he had it worked out to move 28!). In retrospect I should probably have put myself in the lineup as Dima has such a limited repertoire. 


Martinez,M (2462) - Zilberstein,D (2453) [C78]
USCL Miami vs San Francisco (11) 2007

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 b5 6.Bb3 Bc5 7.a4 Rb8 8.axb5 axb5 9.c3 d6 10.d4 Bb6 11.Na3 0-0 12.Nxb5 exd4 13.cxd4 Bg4 14.Be3 Nxe4 15.Qc2 Qe8 16.Ba4 Bd7 17.Nc3 Nf6 18.Rfe1 Nb4 19.Qd2 Qc8 20.Bg5 Nfd5 21.Bb3 Qb7 22.Bh6 f6 23.Re7 Rf7 24.Rxf7 Kxf7 25.Re1 Re8 26.Rxe8 Bxe8 27.Nxd5 Nxd5 28.Ng5+ Kf8 29.Bxg7+ Kg8 30.Bxf6 c6 31.Qe2 Qd7 32.Qe4 Bg6 33.Bxd5+ cxd5 34.Qxd5+ Kf8 35.Ne6+ Ke8 36.Nc5

Miami 4th board Luis Barredo was once rated over 2300 FIDE when he played in Cuba but he had a long layoff before joining the Sharks in their lineup last year. He didn't play much this season (nor did Lugo) but it was clear this was Miami's best combination and having White on board one and three ( the plus side of giving draw odds) their best color allocation ( I would expect them to likely chose the same versus Dallas).
This was mainline Guimard theory and on move 18.Greg chose the double-edged 18.dxc5. I think this was a fine decision but he should have met 20...a5 with 21.b5! with very good compensation for the pawn. Instead after 21.Bc3? things started to go Black's way big time and had he found 32...Bd4 and then ...h5, instead of the immediate 32..h5? he would likely have won. Still I found it a very inspired fighting performance by 12-year-old Gregory who played the last 25 moves of the game with only a couple minutes on his clock.
Young,G (2127) - Barredo,L (2160) [C04]
USCL Miami vs San Francisco (11) 2007

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 Nc6 4.Ngf3 Nf6 5.e5 Nd7 6.Be2 f6 7.exf6 Qxf6 8.Nf1 Bd6 9.Ne3 0-0 10.0-0 Qg6 11.c4 Nf6 12.c5 Be7 13.Bb5 Bd7 14.Bxc6 Bxc6 15.Ne5 Qe8 16.a4 b6 17.b4 bxc5 18.dxc5 Bb7 19.Qd4 c6 20.Bb2 a5 21.Bc3 Ne4 22.f3 Nxc3 23.Qxc3 Rf4 24.Rfb1 Ba6 25.bxa5 d4 26.Qb4 Qf8 27.N3g4 Bxc5 28.Qb3 d3+ 29.Kh1 Qd6 30.Rd1 Rb8 31.Qc3 Rxg4 32.Nxg4 h5 33.Rac1 Bd4 34.Qxc6 Rd8 35.Qe4 hxg4 36.Rc6 Qd5 37.Rxa6 Qxe4 38.fxe4 Be3 39.Rc6 d2 40.Rc2 Rd4 41.Ra2 Rxe4 42.a6 g3 43.hxg3 Re5 44.g4 Re4 45.g3 Rxg4 46.Kg2 Rc4 47.a7 Bxa7 48.Rdxd2 Rc7 49.a5 e5 50.a6 Bd4 51.Rxd4 1-0


Ricardo DeDuzman won the annual Carroll Capps Memorial held November 3rd and 4th, topping the 50-player field with a score of 5.5 from 6. Here is his key win was over NM Michael Aigner in round five.


DeGuzman,R (2439) - Aigner,M (2257) [A87]
Capps Memorial San Francisco (5), 04.11.2007
1.d4 f5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.0-0 d6 6.c4 0-0 7.Nc3 Qe8 8.Re1 Qf7 9.Qb3 Nc6 10.d5 Na5 11.Qc2 e5 12.dxe6 Qxe6 13.b3 Ne4 14.Bb2 Nxc3 15.Bxc3 Bxc3 16.Qxc3 Nc6 17.Rad1 Qf6 18.Qd2 f4 19.c5 fxg3 20.hxg3 dxc5 21.Qd5+ Be6 22.Qxc5 Qf5 23.Qxf5 Bxf5 24.Nd4 Nb4 25.Bxb7 Rad8 26.Nxf5 gxf5 27.Rxd8 Rxd8 28.Rc1 Rd2 29.Rxc7 Rxa2 30.Bc8 f4 31.Be6+ Kh8 32.gxf4 Rxe2 33.f5 h5 34.f6 Re1+ 35.Kg2 Rxe6 36.Rc8+ Kh7 37.f7 1-0
Veteran IM Walter Shipman is still play good chess in his 70s. He finished on 4.5.

Vickers,K (2200) - Shipman,W (2230) [D04]
Capps Memorial San Francisco (6), 04.11.2007
1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.e3 Bg4 4.c4 Bxf3 5.gxf3 c6 6.Qb3 Qb6 7.Nc3 e6 8.Qxb6 axb6 9.b3 Nbd7 10.Bb2 dxc4 11.bxc4 Ba3 12.0-0-0 0-0 13.f4 Ra5 14.Bd3 Rfa8 15.Bb1 Ne8 16.Rd2 Nd6 17.Bd3 Bb4 18.Kb1 Rxa2 19.Nxa2 Bxd2 20.Rd1 Ba5 21.Ba3 Ne8 22.d5 exd5 23.cxd5 Nef6 24.e4 cxd5 25.e5 Nh5 26.Bb5 Nc5 27.Bxc5 bxc5 28.Rxd5 Rd8 29.Rxc5 Nxf4 30.Bd7 Bb6 31.Rb5 Rxd7 32.Rxb6 Nd3 0-1
Many thanks to International Arbiter Frank Berry of Stillwater, Oklahoma, sponsor of the 2007 US Championship  for donating a dozen chess clocks to the Mechanic' Chess Club which will be put to good use in the Tuesday Night Marathon and weekend tournaments.
Book and equipment donations to the Mechanics' are always welcome. All donations to the Mechanics' are tax deductible due to the M.I.'s 501(c) (3) nonprofit status. If you have any chess books or equipment that have been lying around unused for some time consider donating to the Mechanics'. You will not only get a tax write off but also the satisfaction of seeing things put to good use.
Women of all ages are invited to a weekly class taught on Sundays from 2-4 pm at the MI taught by Ewelina Krubnik. The class is free and beginner and intermediate players are most welcome. This class is made possible by a generous donation from the Wiskemann Foundation in memory of Martin Wiskemann.
2) David Pruess makes second GM norm in France
MI member David Pruess made his second GM norm in France last week, tying for first with 7 from 9. We hope to have more news soon. In the meantime here are two of David's game. Fellow MI member IM Josh Friedel played according to his rating and turned in a 2475 performance. 
Bojkov,D (2520) - Pruess,D (2417) [B84]
7th Rohde Open Sautron FRA (7), 01.11.2007

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e6 7.Be2 b5 8.Bf3 b4 9.Na4 Bb7 10.e5 Nd5 11.Bxd5 Bxd5 12.Nf5 Bc6 13.Bb6 Qd7 14.exd6 exf5 15.0-0 Qxd6 16.Re1+ Kd7 17.Qe2 Kc8 18.Nc5 Be4 19.Nxe4 Qxb6 20.Ng5 Bc5 21.Nxf7 Rf8 22.Qc4 Ra7 23.Re6 Qc7 24.Ne5 Rb7 25.Rd1 Rb6 26.Kf1 Rxe6 27.Qxe6+ Kb7 28.Nd7 Rc8 29.Qxf5 g6 30.Qe6 Qc6 31.Nxc5+ Qxc5 32.Qf7+ Rc7 33.Qf3+ Qc6 34.Qb3 Qc4+ 35.Rd3 a5 36.a3 Qxc2 37.axb4 a4 38.Qxc2 Rxc2 39.Ra3 Rxb2 40.Rxa4 Nc6 41.b5 Rxb5 42.Rf4 Rf5 43.Rh4 Rf7 44.g3 Kc7 45.Kg2 Kd6 46.Ra4 Ra7 47.Rf4 Ke6 48.h4 Ne5 49.Rf8 h5 50.Re8+ Kf6 51.Rf8+ Kg7 52.Re8 Ra5 53.Rd8 Ra2 54.Rd4 Ng4 55.Rf4 Rd2 56.Kg1 Ne5 57.Kf1 Rb2 58.Kg1 Nd3 59.Rf3 Rb1+ 60.Kh2 Rd1 61.Kh3 Rd2 0-1

Vavrak,P (2454) - Pruess,D (2417) [D31]
7th Rohde Open Sautron FRA (9), 03.11.2007

1.c4 e6 2.Nc3 d5 3.d4 c6 4.e4 Bb4 5.Bd3 dxe4 6.Bxe4 Nf6 7.Bc2 c5 8.a3 Ba5 9.b4 cxb4 10.axb4 Bxb4 11.Nge2 Nc6 12.Bb2 e5 13.d5 Na5 14.Bd3 Bd7 15.0-0 0-0 16.Na2 Bd6 17.c5 Bxc5 18.Bxe5 Re8 19.Bg3 b5 20.Nac3 Nc4 21.Bh4 h6 22.Bxc4 bxc4 23.Qd2 Bf5 24.Rfd1 a5 25.Nd4 Bg4 26.Rdc1 g5 27.Nc6 Qd6 28.Bg3 Qf8 29.Be5 Nd7 30.Bd4 Bb4 31.Qa2 Bxc3 32.Rxc3 Be2 33.Rg3 Qd6 34.Re1 Qxd5 35.Rxe2 Qxc6 36.h4 Re4 37.Rxe4 Qxe4 38.Qxc4 Ne5 39.Qc3 Ng4 40.Qd3 Rc8 41.Bb2 Nxf2 42.Qxe4 Nxe4 43.Re3 Rc4 44.hxg5 hxg5 45.Rd3 Kh7 46.Rd8 Kg6 47.g4 f6 48.Ra8 Rb4 49.Ba3 Ra4 50.Be7 Nc3 51.Kf2 Rf4+ 52.Kg3 a4 53.Kh3 Ne4 0-1

3) US News
Not far from the 50 year anniversary of the great Dallas tournament, held November 30-December 16, 1957, a strong GM event is being held in Texas. Paul Truong tells more.
2007 SPICE Cup International Invitational Chess Tournament
November 9 - 16, 2007
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, Texas

The average rating of this tournament will be approximately 2527, which is a category 12 event. This will be one of the strongest International round robin tournaments in the United States in many years. The FIDE time control will be 40 moves in 90 minutes + 15 minutes after move 40. There will also be a 30 second increment starting from move 1.

The International Arbiter and Chief TD will be IA Frank K. Berry. The assistant Chief TD will be Mr. Jim Berry, USCF VP.

1. To be announced shortly
2. GM Boris Gulko 2571 USA
3. GM Julio Beccerra 2568 USA
4. GM Imre Hera 2544 Hungary
5. GM Gilberto Hernandez 2536 Mexico
6. GM Eugene Perelshteyn 2536 USA
7. IM Dmitry Schneider 2502 USA
8. IM Manuel Leon Hoyos 2495 Mexico
9. IM Irina Krush 2475 USA
10. IM Blas Lugo 2411 USA

All games will be covered LIVE on

Texas Tech Hosts World-Class International Chess Tournament Texas Tech University's Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence (SPICE)
will host a prestigious invitational tournament Nov. 9-16 at the Matador Room of the Student Union Building. The opening ceremony for the 2007
SPICE Cup International Invitational Tournament will begin at 2 pm. Texas Tech and Lubbock officials including Mayor David Miller will helplaunch an invitational tournament hosted by the Susan Polgar Institute for Chess Excellence (SPICE). The 2007 SPICE Cup International Invitational Chess Tournament, held in
memory of grandmaster Samuel Reshevsky, is the first international tournament at Texas Tech organized by chess giant Susan Polgar, director of SPICE, and Paul Truong, SPICE director of marketing.

The round-robin tournament will pit 10 internationally acclaimed chess players – hailing from countries  including Poland, Hungary, Mexico, Russia and the United States – against each other through nine rounds of play over eight days. Participants have an average rating of 2527 – well above the 2400 required to earn the U.S.
Chess Federation's highest class designation of senior master. "This prestigious tournament will be one of the strongest international invitational round robin tournaments held in Texas since 1972 and the United States in the past decade", Polgar said. Children from a number of Lubbock schools are invited to attend the event each day to participate in special activities and raffles. SPICE was created in part as a tool for chess education and outreach. All games will be broadcast live on
The tournament also features an open section, slated for Saturday and Sunday, that will provide local chess aficionados an opportunity for compete for $500 in prizes. The open tournament will consist of three rounds at 10 a.m., 1p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday and two additional rounds at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday. For
advance registration in the open section contact Hal Karlsson at (806) 742-3130, or Polgar is director of SPICE and coach of the Knight Raiders chess team. She has won four women's world chess championships, five Olympic gold medals, and is the only world champion in history to win the triplecrown
(classical, blitz and rapid women's world championships). Truong, a multiple-time national champion, is the director of marketing for SPICE and the Knight Raiders
assistant coach. He was the captain of the 2004 U.S. Women's Olympiad Team, which captured two silver and two gold medals – a first for the U.S. Contact: Paul Truong, director of marketing, SPICE, Texas Tech University (806) 742-7742, or

SPICE Cup is a Category 12 event, with an average rating of 2527. This will be one of the strongest international round robin tournaments in the United States in many years. Can you name the last ten-player international round robin invitational tournament in the US that was Category 12 or stronger? Please send your answer to - there will be special prizes to ten random winners who submit the correct answer. The contest ends at midnight on November 14, 2007.
Sevan A. Muradian is a busy guy. He will be organizing the following IM and GM tournaments in the Chicago area next year.
Tentative Schedule for 2008
January 20-26 (IM Norm) July 20-26 (IM Norm)
February 17-23 (IM Norm) August 24-30 (IM Norm)
March 23-29 (IM Norm) September 21-27 (IM Norm)
April 20-26 (IM Norm) October 6-10 (GM Norm)
May 18-22 (GM Norm) November 16-22 (IM Norm)
June 22-28 (IM Norm) December 14-20 (IM Norm)
Why are Round Robins better than Swisses?
• Norm opportunity is guaranteed - no guessing
• Know your pairings in advance
• Prepare for your opponents
• Less distractions during the event
• Focus on the norm hunt!
Do you want to gain your FIDE title?
Do you want to stay local within North America?
Do you have the norm hunt fever?
For more information on these events visit:
Or call 888.80.CHESS
Or email
Sponsorship Opportunities Available
Entry Fee Schedule
FIDE 2500+ - Free
FIDE U2500 - $99 USD
FIDE U2400 - $ 149 USD
FIDE U2300 - $ 199 USD
FIDE U2200 - $ 299 USD
FIDE U2100 - $ 499 USD
Foreign Federation—50% off
Special EF - $99 if you scored a norm in a
previous NA FIDE Invitational.
Unrateds by special consideration only.
Where do the Entry Fee’s go?
To pay appearance fees for GM’s / IM’s,
site costs, and any prize funds.
The organizer keeps nothing!
These events are organized by
the 2007 USCF Organizer of the Year:
Sevan A. Muradian
Conditions offered for GM’s and IM’s. Contact organizer for details.
All events are 9R-RR with a time control of G/90 + 30/sec increment
Muradian's North American Chess Association recently organized an event where 13-year-old Ray Robson made his first IM norm.
Chicago, IL - Oct 28 - Nov 3, 2008
1st - 7.0/9.0
FM Ray Robson
2nd - 6.5/9.0
IM David Vigorito
3rd - 5.5/9.0
FM Mehmed Pasalic
4th - 5.0/9.0
FM Todd Andrews
5th - 8th 4.0/9.0
IM Stephen Muhammad
IM Angelo Young
FM Igor Tsyganov
Dale Haessel
9th - 3.5/9.0
FM Albert Chow
10th - 1.5/9.0
WIM Ludmila Mokriak

4) International News
Tal Memorial This super-tournament will take place in Moscow between the 9th and the 19th of November. Round 1 will be played on Saturday.
The participants are: Vassily Ivanchuk (Ukraine, 2787), Vladimir Kramnik (Russia, 2785), Peter Leko (Hungary,2755), Shakhriar Mamedyarov
(Azerbaijan, 2752), Alexey Shirov (Spain, 2739), Boris Gelfand (Israel,2736), Gata Kamsky (USA, 2724),Evgeny Alekseev (Russia, 2716),
Magnus Carlsen (Norway, 2714) and  Dmitry Jakovenko (Russia, 2710).The time control is 1h 40 minutes for 40 moves, 40 minutes for the next 20
moves and then 15 minutes for the rest of the game, with 15 seconds increment for every move
Here is a very nice game from the European Team Championship. White 28th move g4 might of tipped the balance between an unclear but balanced position to one where Black was only playing for two results.
Ivanchuk,V (2787) - Mamedyarov,S (2752) [D97]
Crete 2007
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Qb3 dxc4 5.Qxc4 Bg7 6.e4 0-0 7.Be2 c6 8.Nf3 b5 9.Qb3 Qa5 10.Bd2 b4 11.Na4 Nxe4 12.Bxb4 Qc7 13.0-0 Be6 14.Qc2 Nd6 15.Rfd1 a5 16.Ba3 Bd5 17.Nc3 Na6 18.Rac1 Qb8 19.Ne5 Nb4 20.Bxb4 axb4 21.Nxd5 cxd5 22.Nd7 Qc8 23.Nxf8 Qxc2 24.Rxc2 Kxf8 25.b3 Ne4 26.Rd3 e6 27.Kf1 Bf6 28.g4 Ra3 29.f4 Nc3 30.Rdd2 Kg7 31.Kg2 Bh4 32.Kf1 Bd8 33.Kg2 Bh4 34.Kf1 Kg8 35.Rb2 Ra8 36.Rbc2 Ra3 37.Rb2 Kf8 38.Rbc2 Be7 39.Kg2 Kg7 40.Rb2 h6 41.Rbc2 Bd6 42.Kf3 g5 43.fxg5 hxg5 44.Bd3 f6 45.Rf2 e5 46.dxe5 fxe5 47.Bf5 e4+ 48.Kg2 Bf4 49.h4 Kf6 50.h5 Ke5 51.h6 d4 52.h7 Ra8 53.a3 d3 54.axb4 dxc2 55.Rxc2 Kd4 56.b5 e3 57.b6 e2 58.b7 Rh8 0-1
Yasser continues to defend the colors for his team in the Dutch Club league competition. 

Yasser Seirawan (2634)  - Edwin van Haastert (2414)  [E12]
LSG - HSG bord 3 (3), 03.11.2007
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.Nc3 Bb7 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 g5 7.Bg3 Nh5 8.e3 Nxg3 9.hxg3 Bg7 10.g4 d6 11.Bd3 Nd7 12.Be4 Qc8 13.Nd2 Nf6 14.Bxb7 Qxb7 15.Qf3 Qxf3 16.gxf3 Ke7 17.Ke2 c6 18.Rac1 Rhc8 19.Rc2 Rc7 20.Nce4 Nd7 21.b3 Rac8 22.Rhc1 a6 23.Ng3 Bh8 24.Nde4 Bg7 25.Nh5 Bh8 26.f4 f5 27.gxf5 exf5 28.Neg3 Rf8 29.d5 c5 30.a4 Rb7 31.Ra2 b5 32.axb5 axb5 33.Rcc2 bxc4 34.bxc4 Rb3 35.Ra7 Rf7 36.Ra8 gxf4 37.exf4 Bd4 38.Kf1 Rb2 39.Rxb2 Bxb2 40.Ra7 Bd4 41.Ne2 Bh8 42.Nhg3 Bg7 43.Ng1 Kf6 44.Ra6 Bf8 45.Nf3 Ke7 46.Nh4 Kd8 47.Ke2 Kc7 48.Kd3 Kb7 49.Ra2 Re7 50.Ngxf5 Rf7 51.f3 Nf6 52.Ng3 Ne8 53.Ng6 Bg7 54.Re2 Nf6 55.Ne4 Kc7 56.Ra2 1-0
5) Upcoming Events
MI Events

Pierre Saint-Amant Memorial - November 17th
Jim Hurt Amateur - December 1st and 2nd
Guthrie McClain - December 8th

go for more information 

Northern California

I will be running USCF rated chess tournaments in Cupertino! Events for scholastic (K-12) players will be on Nov 25, Dec 22, Jan 12, and Feb 16. These will all be
trophy prize quads. Please note the earlier start time of 2pm. Please check in before 1:45pm. I will also have an Adult tournament on Nov 24. These are octos, 3-SS. I expect some masters to play in this one. The players will be distributed into sections of 8 each. This allows a first prize of $100 for each section. If you have
any questions, please contact me.

Albert Rich
USCF Tournament Director
USCF National Master


He adds I had to change the date for the adult tournament. It is now on the Friday after Thanksgiving, November 23. There is supposed to be  an adult tournament in Los
Gatos that weekend. The kids tournament is still going to be held on Sunday.
Albert Rich
USCF Local Tournament Director
USCF Master

Nov. 10   California Classic Championship 

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


A Heritage Event!
An American Classic!

Nov. 22-25   43rd Annual American Open   GPP: 100   California Southern

8SS, 40/2, SD/1. LAX Renaissance Hotel, 9620 Airport Bl, Los Angeles, CA 90045. $$40,000 b/o 400 entries, 50% of each prize gtd. In 6 sections (Unr. must play in Unr. or Open). Open: $4000-2000-1000-700-600-500, U2450/Unr. $1000-500, U2300/Unr. $600-300. U2200, U2000, U1800: Each $3200-1600-800-400. U1600: $2600-1300-650-350. U1400/Unr: $2200-1100-550, U1200 $1000-500 (not a separate section; U1200s also eligible for U1400 prizes), Unrated: $350-200 (Unrateds in this section eligible for these prizes only). EF: Open, U2200, U2000, U1800, U1600, U1400 $120 if rec’d by 11/20, $50 more for players rated under 2000 playing in Open, Unrated $40. All: $25 more at door. SCCF membership req’d, $14, $9 jrs under 19 includes Rank & File magazine, OSA. Elegant trophy each section winner. Special $1000 gtd. prizes in memory of Joyce Jillson: 100 (brilliancy), 100 (positional win by player 1700+), 100 (positional win by player U1700), 100 (known true gambit); biggest rating gain by established player rated over 1000: $400, 200 (latter female only). No checks at door – cash, credit card or money order only. 4-day schedule: Reg. closes noon 11/22, Rds. 12:30-7:30, 12:30-7:30, 10:30-5, 10-4:30. 3-day schedule: Reg. closes 11:30 a.m. 11/23, Rds. 12-2:30-5-8 (G/1), schedules merge in Rd 5 and compete for common prizes. Byes (2 max) with advance notice. CCA minimum ratings and TD discretion will be used to protect you from improperly rated players. November Rating Supplement used. Lectures and videos. HR: $99, (310) 337-2800, mention chess. Parking only $7. Info: NTD Randy Hough (626) 282-7412, Ent: American Open, PO Box 205, Monterey Park, CA 91754 or NS, W, F.

Special guests are GMs Melik Khachian and Alex Yermolinsky and lecturer IM Jeremy Silman.

Dec 8, 2006   3rd Annual Igor Ivanov Memeorial.

GPP 15

5SS, G/60, 1st round is G/45, St. George Chess Club Tournament, 354 E. 600 S. #301, St George, Utah 84770, JUST 120 MILES NORTH OF LAS VEGAS. EF:$35.  GMs and IMs free entry. $150 appearance stipend for IMs and GMs; and free room and Lunch.  Prize fund: $1200 absolutely guaranteed. $400-225-125, other distributed as class prizes Reg: Friday Dec. 7th, 6:30pm- 7:30pm, Saturday Dec. 9, 8:00am to 8:45am.  Please register in advance if Possible.  Rds: 1st round 9:00am. Next rounds ASAP.  Byes must be submitted before the 2nd round for a half point.  Award Ceremony: there will be an Awards Ceremony immediately after the last round.  All cash prizes are unconditionally
guaranteed.  What to bring: chess clocks, pen.  Please turn cell phones off.  
Ent:  St. George Chess Center, the same address as given above.  You can also
register and have questions answered at: or call Alan Crooks at1-888-GO-CHESS