Chess Club Newsletter #373

Ninety percent of my students give up tournament chess when they get into junior high school and the main reason is that they can't stand losing.
Bruce Pandolfini - From King’s Gambit ( page 78) by Paul Hoffman.
1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News
2) Daniel Naroditsky World Champion by Michael Aigner
3) Gata Kamsky and Alex Onischuk advance to rd 3 of the World Cup
4) Berkeley Chess Club Report by Marc Newman
5) Dresden 2008 Chess Olympiad Information
6) Corrections
7) Upcoming Events
1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News
Jules Jelinek defeated fellow Expert Larry Snyder last night to take over the lead after six rounds of the Tuesday Night Marathon. The standings with three rounds to go are:
1. Jelinek 5.5 2-3. Felix Rudyak and Alan Naroditsky 5  Among those on 4.5 are IM John Grefe, FM Frank Thornally and Expert Nicholas Nip.
Alex Yermolinsky won the American Open this past wekend with 6 from 8 by defeating FM Alexander Kretchetov in a key last round game. MI member Vinay Bhat shared second at 5.5 with GM Melik Khachian, IM Enrico Sevillano and NM John Bryant. The latter, the step-son of Sevillano, had an outstanding performance scoring 3 from 5 against GMs and IMs (+IMs Sevillano and Matikozian, = GM Yermolinsky and IM Bhat, - GM Khachian).
Next Tuesday night newly crowned World Under 12 Champion Daniel Naroditsky will comment on his most interesting game from Turkey right before the Tuesday Night Marathon. His talk will start at 5:30. Don't miss it!
On Tuesday, December 11, International Master David Pruess will talk about his experiences playing in France ( where he picked up his second GM norm) and Germany last month. David's lecture will start at 5:15 pm.
Both of these lectures, by two of the Mechanics' outstanding young talents, are free to the public.
This weekend The  Mechanics' will feature the Jim Hurt Memorial Amateur open to players rated under 1800.  Jim Hurt was a key organizer and tournament director in the Bay Area for almost three decades. His LERA events in Sunnyvale, held four times a year, are sorely missed.
2) Daniel Naroditsky World Champion by Michael Aigner
BREAKING NEWS from Antalya, Turkey.

Congratulations to Northern California youngster FM Daniel Naroditsky for winning the under 12
division at the World Youth Chess Festival in Turkey!  Ranked #1 for his age in America for the
past two years, a past national champion for K-3 and 4th grade, and the 2007 CalChess High School Champion,
 Danya has been used to success in chess.  He also won a bronze medal at the 2006 Pan American Youth Chess Festival. 
 But the World stage is something much bigger.

Danya finished with a remarkable score of 9.5 out of 11 against the world's top youths in his age
group.  He actually tied for first place with top ranked wunderkind FM Illya Nyzhnyk (2377) from
Ukraine, but Danya had the superior tiebreaks.  In addition to the gold medal, Danya will receive
the automatic FIDE Master title for this performance.

Our young hero began the event with five straight wins against lower rated players.  In the second
half of the tournament, Danya faced three of the top five rated players, all masters.  First, he
drew with top seed Nyzhnyk in round 6, then he suffered his only defeat to Ulvi Bajarani (2268) of
Azerbaijan in round 8 and finally he defeated Ivan Bukavshin (2248) of Russia in the final round.
Danya also beat each of the other eight players that he faced. 

This was not Danya's first attempt at winning the World Youth, but it certainly was his most
eventful trip.  He was 5th in the Under 10 competition in his international debut at Belfort 2005
while in the same U12 division in Batumi, Georgia last year, Danya scored only
6.0 out of 11.  However, the experience from previous years really paid off, especially in the
final round when his higher rated opponent Ivan Bukavshin (2248) of Russia was clearly rattled by
the enormous pressure of the moment.  What should have been a difficult struggle ended up being an
easy two hour victory.

To close, I want to say that it has been a great pleasure for me to work with Danya as one of his
coaches.  His pure love for the game of chess is enormous.  Danya is obviously a very strong
player, so I am glad that he has Grandmasters Gregory Kaidanov and Alexander Kalinin who provide most of his instruction.  Hopefully he
picked up a few tidbits here and there from the many sparring contests that we have had over the
past 1.5 years.  The future is bright for Danya and I predict that the FM title will be just the
first step to achieving even higher success in chess.

Congratulations to America's newest FIDE Master, Daniel Naroditsky!  You're #1!

Michael Aigner
Here are all but one of Daniel's games from Antalya.
1) Aslan,E - Naroditsky,D (2124) [B25]

WORLD YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP 2007 Limra Hotel  -  Kemer/Antalya (1.12), 18.11.2007

 1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.f4 Bg7 5.Bg2 e6 6.Nf3 d6 7.d3 Nge7 8.0–0 0–0 9.Be3 Nd4 10.e5 Bd7 11.Nxd4 cxd4 12.Bxd4 dxe5 13.Bxe5 Qb6+ 14.d4 f6 15.Kh1 fxe5 16.dxe5 Rad8 17.Ne4 Bb5 18.Nd6 Bxf1 19.Qxf1 Nf5 20.Nc4 Qc7 21.b3 b5 22.Na3 Ne3 23.Qf2 Nxg2 24.Qxg2 Qc5 0–1



(2) Naroditsky,D - Heung,C [A05]

WORLD YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP 2007 Limra Hotel  -  Kemer/Antalya (2.10), 19.11.2007

 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Bg7 4.0–0 0–0 5.d3 d6 6.e4 Nc6 7.Nbd2 e5 8.c3 Nh5 9.Nc4 f5 10.exf5 Bxf5 11.Ne3 Be6 12.d4 e4 13.Nd2 d5 14.f3 Bh6 15.Nb3 Qd6 16.fxe4 dxe4 17.Nc5 Rxf1+ 18.Nxf1 Bxc1 19.Rxc1 Nf6 20.Nxb7 Qd5 21.Nc5 Bg4 22.Nxe4 Kg7 23.Qc2 Qe6 24.Nxf6 Qxf6 25.Ne3 Bd7 26.Rf1 Qg5 27.Qf2 Rd8 28.h4 Qe7 29.Nd5 Qd6 30.Qf7+ Kh8 31.Nf6 Qe7 32.Nxd7 1–0



(3) Isgandarov,M (2031) - Naroditsky,D (2124) [B90]

WORLD YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP 2007 (12) Limra Hotel  -  Kemer/Antalya (3.6), 20.11.2007

 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e5 7.Nb3 Be6 8.f3 Be7 9.Qd2 0–0 10.0–0–0 Nbd7 11.g4 b5 12.Qf2 Bxg4 13.Rg1 Bh5 14.h4 Rb8 15.Bd3 Qc7 16.Qg2 g6 17.Kb1 Kh8 18.Bg5 Rg8 19.Rdf1 Bf8 20.f4 Bg7 21.fxe5 dxe5 22.Qd2 Qd6 23.Ne2 Rbf8 24.Ng3 Bg4 25.Bh6 Nh5 26.Nxh5 Bxh5 27.Be3 f6 28.Rf2 Rd8 29.Qa5 f5 30.Bg5 Nf6 31.Rd2 f4 32.Bc4 bxc4 33.Rxd6 Rxd6 34.Qxe5 Ne8 35.Qxf4 cxb3 36.axb3 Rf8 37.Qe3 Bd4 38.Qh3 Bxg1 39.e5 Rd1+ 40.Ka2 Rff1 41.Ka3 Bc5+ 0–1



(4) Naroditsky,D - Altarboush,W [A07]

2007 WYCC Kemer (4.2), 21.11.2007

 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 d5 3.Bg2 c5 4.0–0 Nc6 5.d4 cxd4 6.Nxd4 e5 7.Nxc6 bxc6 8.c4 Be7 9.Nc3 Be6 10.Bg5 e4 11.cxd5 cxd5 12.Qa4+ Qd7 13.Qxd7+ Nxd7 14.Bxe7 Kxe7 15.Rfd1 Nb6 16.Nb5 a6 17.Nd4 Rac8 18.e3 Bg4 19.Rdc1 Rxc1+ 20.Rxc1 Rc8 21.Rxc8 Bxc8 22.Kf1 Kd6 23.Ke1 Nc4 24.b3 Ne5 25.Bf1 Kc5 26.Kd2 a5 27.Kc3 f5 28.Be2 g6 29.a3 Bd7 30.h4 Nf7 31.Kd2 Nd6 32.Kc3 Nf7 33.b4+ axb4+ 34.axb4+ Kb6 35.Kd2 Nd6 36.Kc3 Bb5 37.Bd1 Bc4 38.g4 Nb5+ 39.Nxb5 Bxb5 40.gxf5 gxf5 41.Bb3 Kc6 42.Kd4 Kd6 43.Bxd5 h6 44.Bg8 Ba6 45.Bh7 Bc8 46.b5 Ke6 47.Kc5 Ke7 48.b6 Bb7 49.Bxf5 Kf6 50.Bd7 Kg6 51.Bc6 Ba6 52.b7 Bxb7 53.Bxb7 Kh5 54.Bxe4 Kxh4 55.Kd4 Kg4 56.Ke5 h5 57.f4 h4 58.f5 Kg5 59.f6 1–0


Daniel's round 5 game is missing from the tournament PGN file.


(6) Naroditsky,D - Nyzhnyk,I [A05]

2007 WYCC Kemer (6.1), 22.11.2007

 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 b5 3.Bg2 Bb7 4.0–0 e6 5.d3 d6 6.e4 Be7 7.Nbd2 0–0 8.Re1 c5 9.c3 Nbd7 10.a4 a6 11.Qc2 Qb6 12.b3 bxa4 13.bxa4 Qc7 14.a5 Rab8 15.Nc4 Bc6 16.Bf4 Nh5 17.Bd2 Bb5 18.Ne3 Nhf6 19.c4 Bc6 20.Nd5 exd5 21.exd5 Bxd5 22.Rxe7 Be6 23.Ng5 Rfe8 24.Rxe8+ Rxe8 25.Nxe6 fxe6 26.Rb1 d5 27.Re1 Kf7 28.Qb3 Rb8 29.Qa4 Qb7 30.Bf4 Rc8 31.Qc2 Qb4 –



(7) Han,C - Naroditsky,D [B06]

2007 WYCC Kemer (7.2), 24.11.2007

 1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Be3 c5 4.c3 cxd4 5.cxd4 d5 6.e5 Nh6 7.Nc3 Nc6 8.Nf3 0–0 9.Be2 Nf5 10.Qd2 Nxe3 11.Qxe3 Bg4 12.Nd2 Nxe5 13.dxe5 d4 14.Qe4 Bf5 15.Qf3 dxc3 16.Qxc3 Rc8 17.Qe3 Qa5 18.f4 Rc2 19.Rd1 Rd8 20.g4 Be6 21.Bd3 Rxb2 22.0–0 Qa3 23.Nf3 Bxg4 24.Qc1 Rxa2 25.Qc4 Qb2 26.Rd2 Qb6+ 27.Rff2 Rxd2 28.Nxd2 Qe3 29.f5 gxf5 30.e6 f6 31.Bf1 Rxd2 32.Qc8+ Bf8 0–1



(8) Bajarani,U - Naroditsky,D [B09]

2007 WYCC Kemer (8.1), 25.11.2007

 1.e4 g6 2.f4 Bg7 3.Nf3 d6 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nc3 0–0 6.Bd3 Nc6 7.0–0 Bg4 8.Be3 e5 9.fxe5 dxe5 10.d5 Nd4 11.Be2 Nxe2+ 12.Qxe2 c6 13.dxc6 bxc6 14.h3 Be6 15.Ng5 Qc8 16.Bc5 Re8 17.Nxe6 Qxe6 18.Rad1 Bf8 19.Qf2 Nd7 20.Bxf8 Rxf8 21.Rd3 Qe7 22.Rfd1 Nc5 23.Rd6 Ne6 24.Rxc6 Qb7 25.Rdd6 Qxb2 26.Nd5 Nf4 27.Nf6+ Kg7 28.Kh2 Qc1 29.Qh4 h6 30.Ng4 Ne2 31.Rd1 Qf4+ 32.g3 Qg5 33.Qxg5 hxg5 34.Nxe5 Rfe8 35.Nf3 g4 36.hxg4 Rxe4 37.Rd7 Rxg4 38.Rxf7+ Kxf7 39.Ne5+ Kg7 40.Nxg4 Rb8 41.Rc7+ Kf8 42.Ne5 Rb2 43.Nxg6+ Kg8 44.Rxa7 Rxc2 45.Kh3 Rc3 46.Ne7+ Kf8 47.Nf5 Rc4 48.Ra8+ 1–0

(9) Naroditsky,D (2124) - Idani,P (1853) [A07]

WORLD YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP 2007 (12) Limra Hotel  -  Kemer/Antalya (9.3), 26.11.2007

 1.Nf3 d5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 c6 4.0–0 Bg4 5.d3 Nbd7 6.Nbd2 e5 7.e4 dxe4 8.dxe4 Bd6 9.c3 0–0 10.Nc4 Bc7 11.Qc2 Be6 12.Ne3 h6 13.Nh4 g6 14.c4 Rc8 15.Nef5 Bxf5 16.exf5 g5 17.Nf3 Re8 18.Rd1 Qe7 19.h4 e4 20.hxg5 exf3 21.gxf6 Qe2 22.Rd2 Qe1+ 23.Bf1 Bxg3 24.Rd1 Qe5 25.Rxd7 Bh2+ 26.Kh1 Qxf6 27.Qd2 Re2 28.Qxh6 Qxf5 29.Bxe2 fxe2 30.Qg5+ 1–0

(10) Naroditsky,D - Nakauchi,G [A04]

2007 WYCC Kemer (10.2), 27.11.2007

 1.Nf3 c5 2.g3 Nc6 3.Bg2 g6 4.0–0 Bg7 5.d3 d6 6.e4 e5 7.Nbd2 Nge7 8.Nc4 0–0 9.Nh4 b5 10.Ne3 Be6 11.f4 exf4 12.gxf4 f5 13.Nf3 h6 14.Qe1 Qd7 15.Qg3 Rae8 16.Kh1 Nd4 17.Ng1 b4 18.Bd2 d5 19.e5 Ndc6 20.h4 a5 21.Nf3 Nd4 22.Rf2 Kh7 23.Rg1 Nxf3 24.Rxf3 Rg8 25.Rff1 Ref8 26.Nd1 d4 27.b3 Bh8 28.Nb2 Nd5 29.Nc4 a4 30.Kh2 Qa7 31.Bf3 Nb6 32.Nd6 Rd8 33.h5 gxh5 34.Qh4 Rd7 35.Rxg8 Kxg8 36.Qxh5 Rxd6 37.Rg1+ Bg7 38.Qe8+ Kh7 39.Bh5 Bf7 40.Bxf7 Rc6 41.Qg8# 1–0


The game for the gold medal.


(11) World Youth 2007, Antalya, Turkey
White: Bukavshin, Ivan
Black: Naroditsky, Daniel

Daniel was not the only Mechanics' Institute member playing in Turkey. Sam Shankland was in the hunt for an IM norm for much of the competition in the Boys Under 16 before cooling off but still finished with a very respectable 6 from 11 in his international debut. Here are two of Sam's wins, the first against an IM.
World Youth 2007, Antalya, Turkey
White: Shankland, Sam
Black: Bogner, Sebastian

Louiza Livschitz scored 5.5 from 11 to finish in the middle of the Girls Under 16 competition.
The following results of American players comes from USChessLive at . Incidentally this was the best overall result ever by the US in the World Youth Championships not only for Daniel's gold medal and Sarah Chiang's silver in the Girls Under 10, but also  Ray Robson and Jonathan Chiang finishing on 8, Alisa Melekhina on 7.5 and several players on 7 and 6.5. Not so long ago scoring 50 percent was an acceptable performance in the World Youth for American kids - not so anymore!
World Youth  (November 18-28, Antalya, Turkey)
U.S. Team member scores after 11 rounds- Final scores

Girls U18  
Ettie Nikolova     6
Elina Kats     4.5
Julia Kerr     4.5
Girls U16     
WFM Alisa Melekhina     7.5
Abby Marshall     6.5
Courtney Jamison     5.5
Louiza Livschitz    5.5
Girls U14     
Dai Yang     7.5
Jennie Liu    5
Gayatri Vempati     5
Girls U12     
Alena Kuzniatsova     5.5
Anna Matlin     6.5
Girls U10     
Sarah Chiang    8.5
Ellen Xiang    6
Girls U8     
Evan Xiang    6.5
Simone Liao     8
Boys U18     
FM Elliot Liu     5.5
Boys U16     
Marc Tyler Arnold    6
Warren Harper     6
Samuel Shankland    6
Boys U14     
FM Ray Robson     8
Victor Shen     7
Alec Getz    6
Michael Yee    5
Christian Tanaka     7
Boys Under 12     
Daniel Naroditsky     9.5
FM Darwin Yang    6
Christopher Heung    6.5
Boys Under 10     
Brian Luo     8
Varun Krishnan    6.5
Jarod Pamatmat     6
Boys Under 8      
Jonathan Chiang     8
Dachey Lin     7 
3) Gata Kamsky and Alex Onischuk advance to rd 3 of the World Cup
Nine US players showed up for the first round of the FIDE World Cup in Khanty Mansiysk but only three survived two round two. Particularly tough was Los Angeles GM Varuzhan Akobian's loss to GM Michael Roiz of Isreal. They split two games with a normal time control, two rapid and then two blitz games. The match was finally decided in an Armageddon battle with White having 6 minutes to Black's five, but the latter receiving draw odds. Roiz won this to advance.
Round two saw Alexander Onischuk and Gata Kamsky both win again to advance but Yury Shulman was eliminated by Alexey Shirov. 32 of the original 126 players remain the knockout competition, the winner of which plays a match with Veselin Topalov for the right to face the victor of Anand-Kramnik.
4) Berkeley Chess Club Report by Marc Newman

The new Berkeley Chess Club has just finished its second six-week tournament.  Expert Salar Jahedi took first place with 5 from 6 and won the $125 first prize.  Expert Maximilian Landaw, Art Marthinsen, and Robert Duran shared second prize with 4.5.  We again had over 30 participants.

The BCC is skipping this Sunday and then resuming with a new six-week tournament on December 9th.  There will also be two special weeks on Dec. 23rd and Dec. 30th that are one-shot rapid chess events.  Three games, G/30, $5 entry fee.  We'd love to see some new faces, either for the main tournament or the special events around the holidays.

As always, the BCC web page is here:
5) Dresden 2008 Chess Olympiad Information
The City of Dresden and the German Chess Federation (DSB) have the honour to invite all FIDE member Chess Federations around the world to participate in the
38th Chess Olympiad - Dresden 2008 which will take place in Dresden, Saxony, Germany, between the 12th - 25th November 2008

12 November 2008 Wednesday Opening
13 November 2008 Thursday 1st Round
14 November 2008 Friday 2nd Round
15 November 2008 Saturday 3rd Round
16 November 2008 Sunday 4th Round
17 November 2008 Monday 5th Round
18 November 2008 Tuesday Free Day
19 November 2008 Wednesday 6th Round
20 November 2008 Thursday 7th Round
21 November 2008 Friday 8th Round
22 November 2008 Saturday 9th Round
23 November 2008 Sunday 10th Round
24 November 2008 Monday Free Day
25 November 2008 Tuesday 11th Round Closing Ceremony

Each team has to consist of four players. Additionally, every Federation is allowed to
nominate one reserve. Each team shall have a captain, who may also be one of the
players (or reserve).
Maximum accreditation quota thus is 6 persons per team.

The official website of the Chess Olympiad in Dresden (
now is also available in the English language.
6) Corrections
 Sarah Cohen writes:
Dear sir,
In the Mechanics' Institute Chess Room Newsletter #369 (11-05-2007),  there is an error misascribing my website to Sarah Hurst:
4) Interesting West Coast Websites
 3. Sarah Hurst's Sarah's Chess Journal from Anchorage, Alaska - devoted to chess history and culture. There is a recent in-depth piece on the history of women in American chess that is quite fascinating.
I'm sure Ms. Hurst will understandably gain some relief to discover she didn't actually author any of my "East Coast" pages.
Thank you,
Sarah non-Hurst 
7) Upcoming Events

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





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