Institute Chess Club Newsletter #372

When the position changes, your heads gotta change!
Dennis Waterman
1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News
2) Eugene Perelshteyn wins SPICE tournament
3) FIDE News
4) Here and There
5) Igor Ivanov
6) Upcoming Tournaments
1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News
MI member Daniel Naroditsky is tied for first in the Boys Under 12 World Championship in Antalya, Turkey, after four rounds with a perfect score having just defeated Wared Altarboush of Syria. Also representing the MI in the 11 round event are Sam Shankland and Louiza Livschitz.
Nicholas Nip and Jules Jelinek continue to lead the Fall Tuesday Night Marathon with 4.5 from 5 after a hard fought draw but are trailed by a large group on 4 headed by former US Champion IM John Grefe who took byes in rounds one and two. The last game to finish last night really went the distance with soon-to-be Expert Alan Naroditsky having exactly one second on his clock when he won on time against Expert Batsaikhan Tserendorj.
IM Ricardo DeGuzman won the 7th Annual Pierre St. Amant G/45 last Saturday defeating NM Peter Zavadsky in the last round to go 5-0. Among the many players on 4 was B-player Ryan Cassidy who defeated NM Gregory Young to move firmly into the A class.
IMs Josh Friedel and David Pruess are heading home after several weeks in Europe where they played in two tournaments. David had the hot hand in the Rohde Open in France where he made his second GM norm but at Bad Wiessee it was Josh who did better, tying for 14th with US Champion Alex Shabalov at 6.5 from 9 in a monster open with over 400 players. David had 5.5.
Ashish Mukharji, rated 2010, is interested in playing USCF rated games against similarly rated opponents at a mutually agreeable time control at the Mechanics'. Interested parties should contact him at .
There are many MI members on the  USCF's December 2007 list for the top players under 21:
2. Josh Friedel 2537
20. Nic Yap 2282
35. Sam Shankland 2262
45. Daniel Naroditsky 2234
52. Michael Pearson 2218
60. Gregory Young 2203
Nicholas Nip ( age 9), Daniel Naroditsky (age 11) and Gregory Young (age 12) are the top rated players in the country for their age.
2) Eugene Perelshteyn wins SPICE tournament
Boston GM Eugene Perelshetyn won the SPICE ( Susan Polgar Institution for Chess Excellence) GM tournament held in Lubbock, Texas.
Congratulations and thanks to Susan Polgar and Paul Truong for putting on this event.
Final standings:
1. GM Perelshteyn (USA, 2536) - 6 out of 9.
2. GM Gi.Hernandez (MEX 2536) - 6,
3-4. GM Becerra (USA, 2568) and GM Miton (POL, 2628) - 5,
5. GM Hera (HUN, 2544) - 5,
6. IM/WGM Krush (USA, 2475) - 4,
7. IM Leon Hoyos (MEX, 2495) - 3,
8-10. IM Lugo (USA, 2411), IM D.Schneider (USA, 2502) and GM Gulko (USA, 2571) - 3.
One tends to think of round robins as rock solid affairs where players aim to win with White and draw with Black and play close to the vest but there was plenty of aggressive play on the Texas plains and several gambit openings.

D. Schnieder - K. Miton
Lubbock 2007

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. b4 Bxb4 5. c3 Be7 6. d4 Na5 7. Nxe5 Nxc4 8.
Nxc4 d5 9. exd5 Qxd5 10. Ne3 Qa5 11. O-O Nf6 12. Re1 O-O 13. Nc4 Qd5 14. Rxe7
Qxc4 15. Qb3 Qc6 16. Ba3 Nd5 17. Re5 Nf4 18. f3 Re8 19. d5 Nh3+ 20. gxh3 Qg6+
21. Kf2 Rxe5 22. Nd2 Bxh3 23. Rg1 Qb6+ 0-1

B. Lugo- E. Perelshteyn, Eugene
Lubbock 2007

1. e4 e6 2. Nf3 d5 3. e5 c5 4. b4 cxb4 5. a3 Nh6 6. d4 Nc6 7. axb4 Bxb4+ 8. c3
Be7 9. Bd3 Nf5 10. g4 Nh6 11. h3 Bd7 12. Na3 a6 13. Nc2 Rc8 14. Ne3 Na5 15. Qc2
Bb5 16. Bxh7 Nb3 17. Qxb3 Rxh7 18. Ba3 Ng8 19. h4 Bxa3 20. Qxa3 Ne7 21. h5 Ng6
22. Ng2 Qc7 23. Ng5 Rh6 24. Rh3 Nxe5 25. dxe5 Qxe5+ 26. Re3 Qxg5 27. Qd6 Qxg4
28. Qxd5 Rxh5 29. Qxb7 Rh1+ 30. Kd2 Rd8+ 0-1

Lubbock 2007

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. g3 Bb7 5. Bg2 Be7 6. O-O O-O 7. d5 exd5 8. Nh4
c6 9. cxd5 Nxd5 10. Nf5 Nc7 11. e4 d5 12. Nc3 Re8 13. Bf4 Nba6 14. Qg4 g6 15.
Nh6+ Kg7 16. Nf5+ Kh8 17. Nh6 Rf8 18. Rad1 Bf6 19. exd5 Nxd5 20. Ne4 Bc8 21.
Qe2 Nxf4 22. Nxf7+ Kg7 23. gxf4 Qe7 24. Ne5 Bxe5 25. fxe5 Qxe5 26. f4 Qe7 27.
Qc4 Nc5 28. Qc3+ Kg8 29. Nxc5 Qxc5+ 30. Qxc5 bxc5 1/2-1/2

3) FIDE News
Here are some of the highlights of FIDE Presidential Board member Bill Kelleher's report of the recently concluded FIDE Congress. Go to to read it in its entirety.


The 2008 Olympiad will be held in Dresden Germany. FIDE signed a contract with the City of Dresden to hold the Olympiad next year from the November 12th to the 25th. There was some concern about the financing but the Dresden City Council finally approved the necessary funds. There are a number of significant rules changes for next year’s Olympiad:

Both the men’s and women’s teams will consist of 4 players plus one reserve. Currently the men’s team consists of 4 players plus 2 reserves and the women’s team consists of 3 players plus 1 reserve.

The number of rounds will be reduced from 14 to 11.

The scoring will be changed from the current game points to match points.


Women’s World Championship

The Women’s World Championship will be held in late June 2008 in San Luis, Argentina.


Continental Championship of the Americas

During the Congress there was a meeting of the federations in the Americas Continent. The main decision from this meeting is, that because of its popularity, to make the Continental Championship a yearly event. Currently the Championship is held every other year to qualify 7 players from our continent into the World Cup. In World Cup years it will retain its old name but only 6 players will qualify for the World Cup. In off years it will be called the Pan Am Continental Championship and only the winner will qualify for the World Cup.

4) Here and There
Vladimir Kramnik will likely reclaim the top spot on the FIDE rating list after winning the Tal Memorial in Moscow.
Final Standings:
1. Kramnik – 6
2. Shirov – 5
3-6. Gelfand, Carlsen, Jakovenko and Leko – 4
7-9. Ivanchuk, Kamsky and Mamedyarov – 4
10. Alekseev – 3
Here is a nice win by Gata.
Moscow 2007

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Nf3 a6 5. c5 Bf5 6. Bf4 Nbd7 7. e3 g6 8. h3 Bg7
9. Be2 Be4 10. Nh4 e5 11. Bg3 exd4 12. exd4 O-O 13. f3 Bf5 14. Nxf5 gxf5 15.
Qd2 Nh5 16. Bf2 f4 17. O-O-O Re8 18. Rhe1 Nf8 19. Bd3 Qf6 20. Na4 Ne6 21. Bc2
Ng3 22. Qd3 Qh6 23. Nc3 Re7 24. b4 Rae8 25. a4 a5 26. b5 Qg6 27. Qd2 Qf6 28.
Ne2 Nxc5 29. Nxf4 Rxe1 30. Rxe1 Rxe1+ 31. Bxe1 Nf1 32. Nh5 Qe7 33. Qxa5 b6 34.
Qa8+ Bf8 35. Bc3 Ne6 36. Qxc6 Qg5+ 37. Kb1 Qxh5 38. a5 Qg5 39. a6 Nd2+ 40. Ka2
Nc4 41. Kb3 0-1
The California Chess Reporter  (Jan-Feb 1953, page 121)  reports:
The "Chess Friends of Northern California, Inc." conducted Class "A", "B" and "C" tournaments at the Horel Cecil January 31 and February 1. V. Zemitis of Berkeley won the "A" division followed by Jim Myers, Bob Burger, Dr. Frank Ruys, and Harold Edelstein. Zemitis won four and drew one in the five round Swiss.
Here is an unpublished game from the event, the only draw yielded by the tournament winner.
Zemitis,Val - Burger,Robert
San Francisco (1), 30.01.1953
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 c6 5.e4 d6 6.Nc3 0-0 7.Nge2 Nbd7 8.0-0 Kh8 9.h3 e5 10.dxe5 dxe5 11.Be3 Nb6 12.b3 Qe7 13.Qc2 Be6 14.Rad1 Nfd7 15.f4 f5 16.fxe5 Nxe5 17.Nd4 Bg8 18.Rde1 c5 19.Nxf5 gxf5 20.exf5 Rae8 21.Ne4 Nbd7 22.g4 h6 23.Qd2 Kh7 24.Nd6 - ( adjudicated a draw by George Koltanowski).
Three interesting homepages are operated by some of the best players in the Western US. Go to and for Los Angeles GMs Varuzhan Akobian and Melik Khachian. Those interested in looking back at the 1970s and 80s will enjoy Tucson IM Mark Ginsburg's site at .
5) Igor Ivanov
The second anniversary of GM Igor Ivanov's death occurred just a few days ago ( November 17) and it seems fitting to honor his memory with the following games which are not to be found in any database. Thanks to Andy Ansel for providing them. The third annual Igor Ivanov Memorial will be held in St. George, Utah, on December 9. There are conditions available for titled players (see below under upcoming events).
Ivanov,IgorV - Markzon,G
Lima (Ohio) Region V Champ (4), 1983
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 0-0 6.Be3 b6 7.Bd3 a6 8.Nge2 c5 9.e5 Nfd7 10.exd6 exd6 11.0-0 Nc6 12.Be4 Bb7 13.Qd2 Nf6 14.Bxc6 Bxc6 15.Rad1 Re8 16.Bg5 Qc8 17.d5 Bb7 18.Ng3 Qc7 19.Nce4 Nd7 20.Bh6 Be5 21.Kh1 Nf6 22.Nxf6+ Bxf6 23.Ne4 Be5 24.Bg5 Kg7 25.Rde1 Qd7 26.f4 Bd4 27.f5 gxf5 28.Bf6+ Bxf6 29.Nxf6 Rxe1 30.Rxe1 source: Ohio Chess Bulletin, Nov/Dec 1983, pages 17-18. 1-0
Blocker,C - Ivanov,IgorV
Lima (Ohio) Region V Champ (5), 1983
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.a3 Bb7 5.Nc3 Be7 6.d5 0-0 7.e4 d6 8.Bd3 c6 9.0-0 cxd5 10.cxd5 exd5 11.exd5 Nbd7 12.Re1 Re8 13.b4 Bf8 14.Rxe8 Qxe8 15.Bf4 Rc8 16.Qd2 Ne5 17.Bxe5 dxe5 18.Re1 Bd6 19.Ne4 Nxe4 20.Bxe4 g6 21.g4 Qd8 22.h3 Kg7 23.Bb1 Qc7 24.Ng5 Qd8 25.Ne4 Rc4 26.f4 Rd4 27.Qf2 Be7 28.fxe5 Rxd5 29.Ba2 Bh4 30.Ng3 Bxg3 31.Qxg3 Rd2 32.Qc3 Rd3 33.Qc4 Rg3+ 34.Kf1 Rf3+ 35.Ke2 Qe7 [35...b5!] 36.e6 Qxe6+ 37.Qxe6 fxe6 38.Rc1 Rxa3 39.Bxe6 Kf6 40.Rc7 Bf3+ source: Ohio Chess Bulletin, Nov/Dec 1983, page 18. 0-1
Jones,Curt - Ivanov,IgorV
Lima (Ohio) Region V Champ (3), 1983
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bg5 Qb6 7.Nb3 e6 8.Qd2 a6 9.0-0-0 Qc7 10.f3 Bd7 11.Be3 b5 12.g4 h6 13.Qf2 Rb8 14.h4 Ne5 15.Rg1 b4 16.Nb1 g6 17.g5 hxg5 18.hxg5 Nh5 19.f4 Nc4 20.Bd4 Rh7 21.Bxc4 Qxc4 22.N1d2 Qc7 23.e5 d5 24.Nf1 a5 25.Kb1 a4 26.Nc1 Rc8 27.Ne3 a3 28.b3 Bc5 29.c3 Bxd4 30.cxd4 Bb5 31.Rh1 Kf8 32.Nc2 Qc3 33.Ne3 Kg7 34.Rh4 Rhh8 35.Qd2 Qxd2 36.Rxd2 Ng3 37.Rxh8 Rxh8 38.Nc2 Ne4 source: Ohio Chess Bulletin, Nov/Dec 1983, page 19. 0-1
Blocker,C - Ivanov,Igor V
Columbus Cardinal op (5), 1983
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.g3 d5 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.Bg2 Nxc3 7.bxc3 c5 8.e3 0-0 9.Ne2 Qc7 10.0-0 Rd8 11.Ba3 Nd7 12.Nf4 e6 13.Nd3 Bf8 14.Qa4 a6 15.dxc5 Nf6 16.Qf4 Qxf4 17.Nxf4 e5 18.Ne2 Bg4 19.Rfe1 Rac8 20.h3 Be6 21.Rad1 Bc4 22.Rxd8 Rxd8 23.Bxb7 Rd2 24.Nc1 Nd7 25.Bf3 Bxc5 26.Nb3 Bxb3 27.Bxc5 Nxc5 28.axb3 Nxb3 29.Rd1 e4 30.Rxd2 Nxd2 31.Bd1 a5 32.Bc2 Kf8 33.f4 exf3 34.Kf2 f5 35.g4 fxg4 36.hxg4 h5 37.gxh5 gxh5 38.c4 h4 39.c5 Kf7 40.Ba4 h3 41.Kg3 h2 42.Kxh2 f2 43.Bb5 a4 44.Kg2 a3 source: Ohio Chess Bulletin, March/April 1983, page 21. 0-1
Schulian,C - Ivanov,Igor V
Columbus Cardinal op (3), 1983
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.g3 0-0 5.Bg2 d6 6.Nf3 Nbd7 7.0-0 e5 8.e4 exd4 9.Nxd4 Re8 10.h3 Nc5 11.Re1 a5 12.b3 c6 13.Bf4 Nh5 14.Be3 Qe7 15.Qd2 Bd7 16.Rad1 Rad8 17.Kh2 Bc8 18.Bg5 Bf6 19.Be3 Bg7 20.Bg5 Nf6 21.Bf4 Nfd7 22.Bg5 f6 23.Be3 Ne5 24.Qc2 Qc7 25.Rf1 Nf7 26.Qd2 Rd7 27.Rfe1 Rde7 28.Bf4 f5 29.f3 fxe4 30.fxe4 Be5 31.Rf1 Qb6 32.Rf3 Bg7 33.Be3 Qb4 34.Rff1 a4 35.Nd5 Qxd2 36.Nxe7+ Rxe7 37.Rxd2 Nxe4 38.Bxe4 Rxe4 39.Re1 Ng5 40.h4 Bxd4 41.hxg5 Bc3 42.Bf2 Rxe1 43.Bxe1 Bxd2 44.Bxd2 Kf7 45.Be3 c5 46.Bd2 Bf5 47.b4 b6 48.a3 Bd3 49.Kg2 Bxc4 50.Kf2 Ke6 51.bxc5 bxc5 source: Ohio Chess Bulletin, March/April 1983, pages 22-23. 0-1
Ivanov,Igor V - Harkins,James Jr
Columbus Cardinal op (2), 1983
1.c4 Nf6 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Nbd7 4.Nc3 e5 5.g3 Be7 6.Bg2 0-0 7.0-0 c6 8.e4 a6 9.d5 Rb8 10.Ne1 cxd5 11.cxd5 b5 12.Nd3 Nc5 13.b4 Nxd3 14.Qxd3 Nd7 15.a4 bxa4 16.Rxa4 Qc7 17.Bd2 Nb6 18.Ra2 Nc4 19.Rb1 Nxd2 20.Qxd2 f5 21.exf5 Bxf5 22.Ne4 Rb6 23.Rc1 Qb8 24.Rc4 h6 25.h4 Rc8 26.Rac2 Rxc4 27.Rxc4 Qe8 28.Qa2 Kh7 29.Nc3 Bd3 30.Be4+ Bxe4 31.Nxe4 Kg8 32.Qc2 Bf8 33.Rc8 Qf7 34.Qc4 Qf3 35.Rc6 Rb5 36.Nc3 Rb7 37.Rxa6 e4 38.Nxe4 Re7 39.Nd2 Re1+ 40.Nf1 Re2 41.Qd4 Re4 42.Ra3 Qxg3+ 43.fxg3 Rxd4 44.Rb3 Rxd5 45.b5 Re5 46.b6 Re8 47.b7 Rb8 48.Ne3 Kf7 49.Nd5 Ke6 50.Nc7+ source: Ohio Chess Bulletin, March/April 1983, page 23. 1-0
Ivanov,Igor V - Glueck,David
Columbus Cardinal op (3), 1982
1.Nf3 e6 2.c4 f5 3.g3 Nf6 4.Bg2 Be7 5.0-0 0-0 6.d4 d6 7.Nc3 Ne4 8.Bd2 Bf6 9.Qc2 Nxd2 10.Qxd2 Nd7 11.e4 fxe4 12.Nxe4 Nb6 13.Rac1 d5 14.Nxf6+ gxf6 15.c5 Nd7 16.Rfe1 Re8 17.Rc3 Nf8 18.g4 Bd7 19.g5 fxg5 20.Nxg5 Ng6 21.Nxh7 Kxh7 22.Rh3+ Kg8 23.Qh6 Re7 24.Qxg6+ Rg7 25.Qh6 Qg5 26.Qxg5 Rxg5 27.Rg3 and wins
source: Ohio Chess Bulletin, March/April 1982, page 59. 1-0
Berchenko,Sergey - Ivanov,Igor V
Columbus Cardinal op (4), 1982
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bc4 Qb6 7.Nb3 e6 8.Be3 Qc7 9.Bd3 Be7 10.f4 a6 11.a4 0-0 12.a5 Nd7 13.0-0 b5 14.axb6 Nxb6 15.Qh5 g6 16.Qh6 Re8 17.Rf3 Bf8 18.Qh4 Nb4 19.f5 exf5 20.exf5 Nxd3 21.fxg6 fxg6 22.cxd3 Bb7 23.Rh3 Nd5 24.Ne4 Bc8 25.Rf3 Bg7 26.Rc1 Qe7 27.Bg5 Qb7 28.Nbd2 Bf5 29.Kh1 Re6 30.Rcf1 Rae8 31.Bh6 Qe7 32.Bg5 Qb7 33.Bh6 Qe7 34.Qxe7 R8xe7 35.Bxg7 Kxg7 36.h3 Nb4 37.g4 Bxe4 38.dxe4 Re5 39.Rb3 a5 40.Rc3 d5 41.exd5 Rxd5 42.Nc4 Rc5 43.Rf2 Nd5 44.Rd3 Nb4 45.Rc3 Rec7 46.Nxa5 Rxc3 47.bxc3 Rxc3 48.Rb2 Nd3 49.Rb3 Rc1+ 50.Kh2 Nf4 51.Rf3 Rc2+ 52.Kh1 source: Ohio Chess Bulletin, March/April 1982, page 61. -
6) Upcoming Tournaments

2007 MI Events


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




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 Memorial.

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