by John Donaldson
"To me chess is a game of training in orientation for problem solving, not only in strategy and tactics and plane geometry, but in learning to use the pieces as a cooperative team. I would put little emphasis on the elements of hostility and aggression, and dismiss completely the sexual symbolism. The players are trying to overcome difficulties, and while they are also trying to attain mastery, the game is a form of social intercourse."
~Dr. Kurt Alfred Adler, son of the late Alfred Adler
1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News 2) Shulman wins US Championship 3) Donaldson wins Calgary International 4) Dutch Team Championship by Rene Olthof
1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News
Michael Aigner kindly provides the following news items on the US Cadet and the Northern California Scholastics which I have shortened. Go tohttp://fpawn.blogspot.com for the complete stories. Incidentally Gregory Young won't be the only Mechanics' member playing in a US National Championship this summer. NM Sam Shankland has qualified for the US Junior Championship.
I would like to congratulate the winners of the 33rd annual CalChess Scholastic State Championships in San Jose. The following participants distinguished themselves by winning one of the five Open divisions in a huge tournament of about 1050 players.
Finally, I want to take this opportunity to thank the staff and many volunteers for ensuring a reasonably smooth and enjoyable tournament. I will single out three special individuals for personal recognition: first and foremost Organizer Salman Azhar, National Tournament Director John McCumiskey and CalChess President Tom Langland. Thank you!
2) Shulman wins US Championship
GM Yury Shulman of Chicago is the 2008 US Champion and automatically qualifies for a spot on the US Olympiad team. Mechanics' member IM Josh Friedel made his third and final GM norm and needs only 10 rating points to go over 2500. Frank Berry U.S. Championship Final Standings
1. Yury Shulman-7
2. Alexander Onischuk-6.5
3. Sergey Kudrin-6
4-6. Josh Friedel, Eugene Perelshteyn and Varuzhan Akobian-5.5
7-10. Alexander Ivanov, Benjamin Finegold, Boris Gulko and Julio Becerra-5.0
11-14. John Fedorowicz, Dmitry Gurevich, Gregory Kaidanov and Alexander Shabalov-4.5
15-18. Daniel Ludwig, David Pruess, Jesse Kraai and Alexander Yermolinsky-4.0
19-22. Larry Kaufman, Michael Langer, Dean Ippolito and David Vigorito-3.5
23. Sam Shankland-2.5
24. Sergey Galant -1.5
Anna Zatonskih won the playoff over Irina Krush by the narrowest of margins to take the title of 2008 US Women's champion. Her only loss was to MI member WIM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs.
Final Standings of 2008 US Womens Championship
1-2. 7.5 Anna Zatonskih and Irina Krush
3-4. 6.0 Tatev Abrahamyan and Katerine Rohonyan
5. 5.5 Batchimeg Tuvshintugs
6. 4.5 Tsagaan Battsetseg
7. 3.5 Iryna Zenyuk
8-9. 2.0 Esther Epstein and Chouchanik Airapetian
10. 0.5 Courtney Jamison
3) Donaldson wins Calgary International
IM John Donaldson won the Calgary International held May 16-19 with a score of 5.5 from 7. Tying for second with 5 were IM Lawrence Day and NMs Rob Gardiner and Victor Kaminski. Among those tied for 5th at 4.5 were Canadian Champion Igor Zugic (rusty after a long playoff from playing) and many time Alberta Champion FM Greg Huber.
Zugic,Igor (2578 CFC) - Donaldson,John (2518 CFC) [B34]
Calgary International (6) 2008
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc35.Be2 Bg7 6.Nb3 is a way to reach the game continuation without allowing Black the option of ...Bxc3+. 5...Bg7 6.Nb3 Nf6 6...Bxc3+ 7.bxc3 Nf6 8.Bd3 d5 is recommended by IM Andrew Greet in his new book on the Accelerated Dragon. 7.Be2 0–0 8.0–0 a5 Black could transpose into the Classical Dragon with 8...d6 but I preferred to direct play into lines that might be less familiar to Igor. Black's idea with the text is ...a4-a3 to enhance his Bishop on g7. 9.a4 9.a3 a4 10.Nd4 d5 allows Black to achieve one of the central aims of the Accelerated Dragon - ....d7-d5 in one go as opposed to ...d7...d6 ...d5 of the regular Dragon. 9...Nb4 10.f4 10.Be3 d5 11.e5 Ne4 12.f4 Nxc3 13.bxc3 Nc6 14.Bf3 e6 15.Bc5 f6 16.Bxf8 Qxf8 17.exf6 Qxf6 is recommended by Greet who feels Black has good compensation for the exchange.;
4) Dutch Team Championship by Rene Olthof
Last weekend the final round of the Dutch Team Championship was held in Hilversum. The venue was the wonderful Town Hall by the famous architect W.Dudok.
Results final round Meesterklasse
LSG 2 - Schrijvers Rotterdam 4 - 6
LSG - HMC Calder 7 - 3
HSG - Hotels.nl 7,5 - 2,5
ESGOO - Homburg Apeldoorn: 5 - 5
HWP - Utrecht: 4,5 - 5,5
Final Standings Meesterklasse
1. HSG 18-67
2. Schrijvers Rotterdam 14-53½
3. Hotels.nl 12-47½
4. HMC Calder 10-45½
5. ESGOO 10-45
6. LSG 1 8-46
7. Utrecht 8-42½
8. Homburg Apeldoorn 7-44½
9. HWP Sas van Gent 3-35½
10. LSG 2 0-23
HSG won the Dutch team championship for the first time in its 121 year old history. The previous titleholder Hotels.nl from Groningen were no match. On board one Magnus Carlsen made his debut in the Meesterklasse with a convincing win over Jan Werle.
HWP (Sas van Gent) and LSG 2 relegate, BSG (Bussum) and Voerendaal will play in the Meesterklasse next year.
Jan-Willem de Jong and Rafael Fridman scored an IGM-norm.
Topscorers with 7 out of 9 were Jan-Willem de Jong and Pascal Vandevoort.
Werle,Jan (2552) - Carlsen,Magnus (2710) [E29]
HSG-Groningen 2007-08 (9.1), 17.05.2008
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 0-0 5.Bd3 c5 6.a3 Bxc3+ 7.bxc3 b6 8.Ne2 Nc6 9.e4 Ne8 10.0-0 Ba6 11.f4 f5 12.e5 d6 13.d5 exd5 14.cxd5 Bxd3 15.Qxd3 dxe5 16.fxe5 Nxe5 17.Qd1 Qd7 18.Bf4 Ng6 19.Qd3 Nf6 20.Rad1 Rae8 21.Ng3 Nxf4 22.Rxf4 g6 23.h3 Re5 24.c4 Rfe8 25.Rf3 R8e7 26.Qc3 Ne8 27.d6 R7e6 28.Rfd3 Nf6 29.Qd2 Re8 30.a4 Qxa4 31.d7 Rd8 32.Qg5 Kf7 33.Rd6 Re6 34.Kh2 Rxd7 35.Nxf5 gxf5 36.Rxd7+ Nxd7 37.Qh5+ Ke7 38.Qxh7+ Kd8 39.Qh8+ Re8 0-1Seattle GM Yasser Seirawan who lives in Amsterdam has retired from tournament play but still plays for his club HSG which won the championship.
Seirawan,Yasser (2634) - Peelen,Piet (2330) [D91]
HSG-Groningen 2007-08 (9.6), 17.05.2008
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.Bg5 Ne4 6.cxd5 Nxg5 7.Nxg5 e6 8.Nf3 exd5 9.b4 c6 10.e3 0-0 11.Be2 Qd6 12.b5 c5 13.0-0 Be6 14.dxc5 Qxc5 15.Na4 Qa3 16.Nd4 Nd7 17.Qb3 Qxb3 18.axb3 Rfc8 19.Rad1 Rc7 20.Nxe6 fxe6 21.e4 dxe4 22.Bc4 Kf7 23.Rfe1 Ne5 24.Bf1 Rd7 25.Rxd7+ Nxd7 26.Rxe4 Rc8 27.Bc4 Ne5 28.Kf1 g5 29.Ke2 Ke7 30.h4 h6 31.hxg5 hxg5 32.Nb2 Kd6 33.Nd3 Nxd3 34.Kxd3 Be5 35.Re2 Rf8 36.Ra2 g4 37.g3 b6 38.Ke4 Bc3 39.Rxa7 Rxf2 40.Rb7 Kc5 41.Rc7+ Kb4 42.Rc6 Ka5 43.Bd3 Bb4 44.Kd4 Rf7 45.Kc4 Ra7 46.Be4 Be1 47.Rc8 Bxg3 48.Bc6 Be5 49.Rd8 Bb2 50.Rd2 Rf7 51.Rxb2 Rf4+ 52.Kc3 1-0Last week I included several Fischer games which I thought were not in any database but I was wrong! Rene points out that the games with Anelli and Buraschi are in the online New in Chess database.