Mechanics' Institute Chess Club Newsletter #417

 
Long Experience has taught me the secret of playing Maroczy Bind positions for a win: remember always to be White.
 
IM David Stauss - (quoted in Grandmaster Opening Secrets by Andrew Soltis)
 
1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News
2) New FIDE Rating List out
3) Here and There
4) Upcoming Events
 
1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News
 
The Mechanics' bounced back from a bad loss to Boston to defeat Arizona 3-1 in a match we might have swept. This coming week we face a resurgent Seattle team led by Hikaru Nakamura.
 
 
Arizona vs San Francisco

1. IM Rogelio Barcenilla (ARZ) vs IM Vinay Bhat (SF)  1/2-1/2
2. IM David Pruess (SF) vs IM Mark Ginsburg (ARZ)  1-0
3. FM Daniel Rensch (ARZ) vs FM Sam Shankland (SF)  0-1
4. FM Daniel Naroditsky (SF) vs NM Leo Martinez (ARZ)  1/2-1/2
 
Barcenilla,Rogelio (2560) - Bhat,Vinay (2481) [C68]


1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.Nc3 Qd6 6.d4 exd4 7.Nxd4 c5 8.Nde2 Qxd1+ 9.Nxd1 Bd7 10.Bf4 0-0-0 11.Ne3 Re8 12.f3 Ne7 13.Kf2 Ng6 14.Bg3 Be7 15.h4 h5 16.Rad1 Be6 17.f4 Bd7 18.f5 Nf8 19.e5 c4 20.Nd4 Bc5 21.c3 b5 22.Rhe1 g6 23.f6 Ne6 24.Kf1 Rd8 25.Nec2 Rhe8 26.b4 cxb3 27.Nxb3 Bf8 28.Bf2 c5 29.Na5 Kc7 30.Ne3 Kb6 31.Nb3 Bc6 32.c4 Nc7 33.Rxd8 Rxd8 34.a3 Rd3 35.Rb1 Ne6 36.Ke2 Rxb3 37.Rxb3 Nd4+ 38.Kd3 Nxb3 39.g4 hxg4 40.Nxg4 bxc4+ 41.Kxc4 Nd2+ 42.Kd3 Nf3 43.Bg3 Nd4 44.Bf4 Bb5+ 45.Ke4 Bc6+ 46.Kd3 Nf5 47.Bg5 Kb5 48.e6 fxe6 49.Ne5 Nd6 50.f7 c4+ 51.Kc2 Be4+ 52.Kc3 Bg7 53.Bf6 Bh6 54.Be7 Nf5 55.f8Q Bxf8 56.Bxf8 Nxh4 57.Nxc4 Bf5 58.Ne5 Ng2 59.Be7 Ne3 60.Kd4 Nd5 61.Bd6 g5 62.Nf7 g4 63.Nh6 Nf6 64.Be5 Ne4 65.Nxg4 Ka4 66.Nf6 Nxf6 67.Bxf6 Kxa3 68.Kc4 a5 69.Be7+ Ka4 70.Kc3 Kb5 71.Kb2 Kc4 72.Ka1 1/2-1/2

 Pruess,David (2479) - Ginsburg,Mark (2410) [D01]

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Bg5 c6 4.Qd2 Qa5 5.f3 e6 6.e4 Bb4 7.Nge2 dxe4 8.Bxf6 e3 9.Qxe3 gxf6 10.0-0-0 Nd7 11.d5 Bc5 12.Nd4 e5 13.Qe1 Qb6 14.Nf5 Bf2 15.Qe2 Bc5 16.f4 Rg8 17.Qh5 Nf8 18.Bc4 Qb4 19.Ne4 Bxf5 20.Qxf5 Rxg2 21.Nxf6+ Kd8 22.dxc6+ Bd4 23.c7+ 1-0

Rensch,Daniel (2411) - Shankland,Sam (2364) [B65]

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.Kb1 Rd8 12.Qd2 h6 13.Bxf6 Bxf6 14.Nd5 Qxd2 15.Nxf6+ gxf6 16.Rxd2 b6 17.Be2 Bb7 18.Bf3 Kf8 19.Rhd1 Ke7 20.e5 Bxf3 21.exd6+ Rxd6 22.Rxd6 Bxd1 23.Rxd1 e5 24.fxe5 fxe5 25.c4 Ke6 26.Kc2 f5 27.b4 Rc8 28.Kc3 f4 29.a4 h5 30.a5 h4 31.axb6 axb6 32.Ra1 h3 33.gxh3 Kf5 34.Ra7 Rh8 35.Rf7+ Ke4 36.b5 f3 37.Rf6 Rxh3 38.Kb4 Ke3 39.c5 bxc5+ 40.Kxc5 Rxh2 41.b6 Rb2 42.Re6 e4 43.Kd5 Rd2+ 44.Kc6 f2 45.Rf6 Rb2 46.b7 Ke2 47.Kc7 f1Q  0-1

Naroditsky,Daniel (2321) - Martinez,Leo (2209) [A05]

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 b6 3.Bg2 Bb7 4.0-0 e6 5.d3 d5 6.Nbd2 Nbd7 7.e4 dxe4 8.dxe4 Nc5 9.Qe2 Nfxe4 10.Nxe4 Nxe4 11.Ng5 Nd6 12.Bxb7 Nxb7 13.Qf3 Nd6 14.Rd1 Be7 15.Nxf7 0-0 16.Nxd8 Rxf3 17.Nxe6 Rf7 18.Nxc7 Rc8 19.Nd5 Rxc2 20.Nxe7+ Rxe7 21.Rxd6 Re1+ 22.Kg2 Rcxc1 23.Rxc1 Rxc1 24.Rd8+ Kf7 25.Rd7+ Kf6 26.Rxa7 Rc2 27.b3 Rb2 28.Ra6 Kf7 29.Rxb6 Rxa2 30.Rb7+ Kf6 31.b4 Rb2 32.b5 Rb3 33.b6 Kg6 34.Rb8 h5 35.h3 Kh7 36.b7 Rb2 37.Kf1 Kg6 38.f4 Rb4 39.Ke2 Rb3 40.f5+ Kh7 41.h4 Rb5 42.Ke3 Rb4 43.g4 Rb3+ 44.Ke2 Rb2+ 45.Ke3 Rb3+ 46.Kd2 hxg4 47.Ke2 Rb5 48.h5 g3 49.h6 g2 50.Kf2 Rxf5+ 51.Kxg2 Rb5 52.hxg7 Kxg7 53.Kf3 Rb3+ 54.Ke4 Rb4+ 55.Kd5 Rb1 56.Kc4 Rc1+ 57.Kb3 Rb1+ 58.Ka3 Kh7 59.Ka2 Rb6 60.Rc8 Rxb71/2-1/2

Good luck to MI members Josh Friedel and David Pruess who just left for China to represent the United States in the Mind Sports Olympiad.
 
2) New FIDE Rating List out
 
The US men have 4 players in the top 100 ( Kamsky, Nakamura 2704!, Onischuk and Seirawan) and two women ( Krush and Zatonskih).
 
                                                               Top 100
 
Rank Name Title Country Rating Games B-Year
 1  Topalov, Veselin  g  BUL  2791  10  1975
 2  Morozevich, Alexander  g  RUS  2787  9  1977
 3  Ivanchuk, Vassily  g  UKR  2786  50  1969
 4  Carlsen, Magnus  g  NOR  2786  31  1990
 5  Anand, Viswanathan  g  IND  2783  10  1969
 6  Kramnik, Vladimir  g  RUS  2772  16  1975
 7  Aronian, Levon  g  ARM  2757  23  1982
 8  Radjabov, Teimour  g  AZE  2751  23  1987
 9  Leko, Peter  g  HUN  2747  16  1979
 10  Jakovenko, Dmitry  g  RUS  2737  39  1983
 11  Wang, Yue  g  CHN  2736  23  1987
 12  Adams, Michael  g  ENG  2734  16  1971
 13  Movsesian, Sergei  g  SVK  2732  12  1978
 14  Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  g  AZE  2731  16  1985
 15  Karjakin, Sergey  g  UKR  2730  24  1990
 16  Kamsky, Gata  g  USA  2729  22  1974
 17  Svidler, Peter  g  RUS  2727  24  1976
 18  Shirov, Alexei  g  ESP  2726  34  1972
 19  Eljanov, Pavel  g  UKR  2720  26  1983
 20  Gelfand, Boris  g  ISR  2719  27  1968
 21  Dominguez Perez, Leinier  g  CUB  2719  15  1983
 22  Ponomariov, Ruslan  g  UKR  2719  14  1983
 23  Grischuk, Alexander  g  RUS  2719  13  1983
 24  Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime  g  FRA  2716  30  1990
 25  Alekseev, Evgeny  g  RUS  2715  30  1985
 26  Bu, Xiangzhi  g  CHN  2714  9  1985
 27  Polgar, Judit  g  HUN  2711  0  1976
 28  Ni, Hua  g  CHN  2710  5  1983
 29  Bacrot, Etienne  g  FRA  2705  23  1983
 30  Nakamura, Hikaru  g  USA  2704  6  1987
 31  Gashimov, Vugar  g  AZE  2703  27  1986
 32  Rublevsky, Sergei  g  RUS  2702  14  1974
 33  Cheparinov, Ivan  g  BUL  2696  28  1986
 34  Wang, Hao  g  CHN  2696  9  1989
 35  Sasikiran, Krishnan  g  IND  2694  9  1981
 36  Tiviakov, Sergei  g  NED  2686  56  1973
 37  Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter  g  ROU  2684  19  1976
 38  Najer, Evgeniy  g  RUS  2682  20  1977
 39  Bologan, Viktor  g  MDA  2682  9  1971
 40  Milov, Vadim  g  SUI  2681  9  1972
 41  Efimenko, Zahar  g  UKR  2680  10  1985
 42  Akopian, Vladimir  g  ARM  2679  5  1971
 43  Moiseenko, Alexander  g  UKR  2678  40  1980
 44  Naiditsch, Arkadij  g  GER  2678  17  1985
 45  Roiz, Michael  g  ISR  2677  32  1983
 46  Fressinet, Laurent  g  FRA  2676  12  1981
 47  Malakhov, Vladimir  g  RUS  2675  21  1980
 48  Postny, Evgeny  g  ISR  2674  40  1981
 49  Motylev, Alexander  g  RUS  2672  11  1979
 50  Kasimdzhanov, Rustam  g  UZB  2672  5  1979
 51  Timofeev, Artyom  g  RUS  2670  20  1985
 52  Dreev, Alexey  g  RUS  2670  5  1969
 53  Inarkiev, Ernesto  g  RUS  2669  22  1985
 54  Nikolic, Predrag  g  BIH  2669  0  1960
 55  Vallejo Pons, Francisco  g  ESP  2664  22  1982
 56  Jobava, Baadur  g  GEO  2664  12  1983
 57  Areshchenko, Alexander  g  UKR  2664  0  1986
 58  Tkachiev, Vladislav  g  FRA  2664  0  1973
 59  Almasi, Zoltan  g  HUN  2663  5  1976
 60  Nielsen, Peter Heine  g  DEN  2662  10  1973
 61  Volokitin, Andrei  g  UKR  2659  29  1986
 62  Harikrishna, P.  g  IND  2659  12  1986
 63  Ivanisevic, Ivan  g  SRB  2658  42  1977
 64  Avrukh, Boris  g  ISR  2657  16  1978
 65  Riazantsev, Alexander  g  RUS  2656  32  1985
 66  Grachev, Boris  g  RUS  2653  22  1986
 67  Lastin, Alexander  g  RUS  2651  20  1976
 68  Sutovsky, Emil  g  ISR  2651  19  1977
 69  Karpov, Anatoly  g  RUS  2651  0  1951
 70  Guseinov, Gadir  g  AZE  2650  20  1986
 71  Sokolov, Ivan  g  NED  2650  11  1968
 72  Smirin, Ilia  g  ISR  2649  27  1968
 73  Zhang, Zhong  g  SIN  2649  20  1978
 74  Savchenko, Boris  g  RUS  2648  43  1986
 75  Khenkin, Igor  g  GER  2647  20  1968
 76  Bareev, Evgeny  g  RUS  2647  15  1966
 77  Tregubov, Pavel V.  g  RUS  2646  12  1971
 78  Zvjaginsev, Vadim  g  RUS  2646  11  1976
 79  Tomashevsky, Evgeny  g  RUS  2646  0  1987
 80  Berkes, Ferenc  g  HUN  2645  27  1985
 81  Georgiev, Kiril  g  BUL  2645  23  1965
 82  Onischuk, Alexander  g  USA  2644  30  1975
 83  Sadvakasov, Darmen  g  KAZ  2643  16  1979
 84  Sargissian, Gabriel  g  ARM  2642  12  1983
 85  Short, Nigel D  g  ENG  2642  11  1965
 86  Sakaev, Konstantin  g  RUS  2640  11  1974
 87  Caruana, Fabiano  g  ITA  2640  10  1992
 88  Kazhgaleyev, Murtas  g  KAZ  2640  9  1973
 89  Vitiugov, Nikita  g  RUS  2638  21  1987
 90  Graf, Alexander  g  GER  2636  32  1962
 91  Zhang, Pengxiang  g  CHN  2636  4  1980
 92  Vescovi, Giovanni  g  BRA  2635  9  1978
 93  Amonatov, Farrukh  g  TJK  2634  29  1978
 94  Gurevich, Mikhail  g  TUR  2634  19  1959
 95  Nyback, Tomi  g  FIN  2634  18  1985
 96  Gustafsson, Jan  g  GER  2634  12  1979
 97  Seirawan, Yasser  g  USA  2634  0  1960
 98  Malakhatko, Vadim  g  BEL  2633  69  1977
 99  Navara, David  g  CZE  2633  22  1985
 100  Istratescu, Andrei  g  ROU  2633  9  1975

 
Top 100 women
Rank Name Title Country Rating Games B-Year
 1  Polgar, Judit  g  HUN  2711  0  1976
 2  Koneru, Humpy  g  IND  2618  15  1987
 3  Hou, Yifan  wg  CHN  2578  40  1994
 4  Xie, Jun  g  CHN  2574  0  1970
 5  Cramling, Pia  g  SWE  2550  23  1963
 6  Stefanova, Antoaneta  g  BUL  2548  15  1979
 7  Sebag, Marie  g  FRA  2533  7  1986
 8  Kosteniuk, Alexandra  g  RUS  2525  21  1984
 9  Zhao, Xue  g  CHN  2518  4  1985
 10  Danielian, Elina  m  ARM  2513  27  1978
 11  Kosintseva, Tatiana  m  RUS  2513  6  1986
 12  Cmilyte, Viktorija  m  LTU  2512  14  1983
 13  Muzychuk, Anna  m  SLO  2508  19  1990
 14  Dzagnidze, Nana  m  GEO  2503  45  1987
 15  Ushenina, Anna  m  UKR  2496  15  1985
 16  Ruan, Lufei  wg  CHN  2496  6  1987
 17  Zhu, Chen  g  QAT  2496  0  1976
 18  Chiburdanidze, Maia  g  GEO  2489  0  1961
 19  Lahno, Kateryna  g  UKR  2488  24  1989
 20  Zhukova, Natalia  wg  UKR  2488  11  1979
 21  Hoang Thanh Trang  g  HUN  2483  13  1980
 22  Xu, Yuhua  g  CHN  2477  11  1976
 23  Pogonina, Natalija  wg  RUS  2474  12  1985
 24  Gaponenko, Inna  m  UKR  2473  52  1976
 25  Javakhishvili, Lela  m  GEO  2473  11  1984
 26  Paehtz, Elisabeth  m  GER  2471  13  1985
 27  Kosintseva, Nadezhda  m  RUS  2468  6  1985
 28  Hunt, Harriet V  m  ENG  2462  0  1978
 29  Qin, Kanying  wg  CHN  2462  0  1974
 30  Harika, Dronavalli  m  IND  2461  38  1991
 31  Korbut, Ekaterina  m  RUS  2459  0  1985
 32  Skripchenko, Almira  m  FRA  2455  13  1976
 33  Peng, Zhaoqin  g  NED  2455  9  1968
 34  Krush, Irina  m  USA  2452  8  1983
 35  Shen, Yang  wg  CHN  2450  8  1989
 36  Arakhamia-Grant, Ketevan  m  SCO  2448  0  1968
 37  Dembo, Yelena  m  GRE  2446  18  1983
 38  Mkrtchian, Lilit  m  ARM  2443  12  1982
 39  Zatonskih, Anna  m  USA  2440  10  1978
 40  Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina  m  RUS  2439  5  1974
 41  Lomineishvili, Maia  m  GEO  2437  15  1977
 42  Muzychuk, Mariya  wg  UKR  2436  30  1992
 43  Socko, Monika  m  POL  2434  32  1978
 44  Atalik, Ekaterina  m  TUR  2432  31  1982
 45  Peptan, Corina-Isabela  m  ROU  2430  36  1978
 46  Hagarova, Zuzana  m  SVK  2430  9  1977
 47  Huang, Qian  wg  CHN  2430  0  1986
 48  Ovod, Evgenija  m  RUS  2429  7  1982
 49  Shadrina, Tatiana  wg  RUS  2429  0  1974
 50  Li, Ruofan  wg  SIN  2426  11  1978
 51  Tania, Sachdev  m  IND  2425  12  1986
 52  Tairova, Elena  m  RUS  2422  11  1991
 53  Bojkovic, Natasa  m  SRB  2420  8  1971
 54  Zdebskaja, Natalia  wg  UKR  2419  7  1986
 55  Khurtsidze, Nino  m  GEO  2417  14  1975
 56  Matnadze, Ana  m  GEO  2411  40  1983
 57  Matveeva, Svetlana  m  RUS  2411  4  1969
 58  Melia, Salome  m  GEO  2410  43  1987
 59  Mongontuul, Bathuyag  wg  MGL  2410  4  1987
 60  Khukhashvili, Sopiko  m  GEO  2409  13  1985
 61  Wang, Pin  wg  CHN  2407  0  1974
 62  Maric, Alisa  m  SRB  2405  25  1970
 63  Rajlich, Iweta  m  POL  2404  40  1981
 64  Repkova, Eva  m  SVK  2400  18  1975
 65  Michna, Marta  wg  GER  2399  18  1978
 66  Houska, Jovanka  m  ENG  2399  11  1980
 67  Borsuk, Angela  wg  ISR  2398  35  1967
 68  Romanko, Marina  wg  RUS  2398  20  1986
 69  Ju, Wenjun    CHN  2397  4  1991
 70  Tan, Zhongyi    CHN  2395  4  1991
 71  Nadig, Kruttika  wm  IND  2387  62  1988
 72  Karavade, Eesha  wg  IND  2386  46  1987
 73  Stepovaia, Tatiana  wg  RUS  2386  12  1965
 74  Alexandrova, Olga  m  UKR  2383  0  1978
 75  Bodnaruk, Anastasia  wf  RUS  2381  21  1992
 76  Gunina, Valentina  wf  RUS  2381  0  1989
 77  Turova, Irina  m  RUS  2381  0  1979
 78  Wang, Yu A.  m  CHN  2381  0  1982
 79  Zozulia, Anna  m  BEL  2380  36  1980
 80  Vajda, Szidonia  m  HUN  2380  20  1979
 81  Kovanova, Baira  wg  RUS  2379  8  1987
 82  Zawadzka, Jolanta  wg  POL  2378  36  1987
 83  Kononenko, Tatiana  m  UKR  2377  0  1978
 84  Moser, Eva  m  AUT  2376  20  1982
 85  Pokorna, Regina  wg  SVK  2376  9  1982
 86  Madl, Ildiko  m  HUN  2376  4  1969
 87  Kachiani-Gersinska, Ketino  m  GER  2371  2  1971
 88  Nemcova, Katerina  wg  CZE  2369  18  1990
 89  Vasilkova, Svetlana  wm  RUS  2369  8  1988
 90  Vasilevich, Tatjana  m  UKR  2368  8  1977
 91  Zimina, Olga  wg  ITA  2368  0  1982
 92  Milliet, Sophie  wg  FRA  2366  20  1983
 93  Lujan, Carolina  m  ARG  2366  18  1985
 94  Chistiakova, Tamara  wf  RUS  2366  0  1986
 95  Foisor, Cristina Adela  wg  ROU  2365  36  1967
 96  Sedina, Elena  m  ITA  2365  13  1968
 97  Zaiatz, Elena  m  RUS  2364  9  1969
 98  Dworakowska, Joanna  m  POL  2363  9  1978
 99  Fierro Baquero, Martha L.  m  ECU  2361  17  1977
 100  Gvetadze, Sopio  m  GEO  2361  15  1983

 
Italian-American Fabiano Caruana continues his meteoric rise.
 
                                                                                   Top Juniors
Rank Name Title Country Rating Games B-Year
 1  Carlsen, Magnus  g  NOR  2786  31  1990
 2  Karjakin, Sergey  g  UKR  2730  24  1990
 3  Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime  g  FRA  2716  30  1990
 4  Wang, Hao  g  CHN  2696  9  1989
 5  Caruana, Fabiano  g  ITA  2640  10  1992
 6  Mamedov, Rauf  g  AZE  2631  31  1988
 7  Kuzubov, Yuriy  g  UKR  2622  33  1990
 8  Li, Chao b  g  CHN  2622  33  1989
 9  Nepomniachtchi, Ian  g  RUS  2616  18  1990
 10  Zhou, Jianchao  g  CHN  2612  9  1988
 11  So, Wesley  g  PHI  2610  69  1993
 12  Rodshtein, Maxim  g  ISR  2609  42  1989
 13  Andreikin, Dmitry  g  RUS  2603  22  1990
 14  Negi, Parimarjan  g  IND  2597  36  1993
 15  Howell, David W L  g  ENG  2593  32  1990
 16  Zhigalko, Sergei  g  BLR  2592  22  1989
 17  Laznicka, Viktor  g  CZE  2591  13  1988
 18  Le, Quang Liem  g  VIE  2583  22  1991
 19  Fier, Alexandr  g  BRA  2581  31  1988
 20  Gareev, Timur  g  UZB  2581  13  1988


                                                                                         Top 20 US Players

# Name Title Fed Rating G B-Year
 1  Kamsky, Gata  g  USA  2729  22  1974
 2  Nakamura, Hikaru  g  USA  2704  6  1987
 3  Onischuk, Alexander  g  USA  2644  30  1975
 4  Seirawan, Yasser  g  USA  2634  0  1960
 5  Shulman, Yuri  g  USA  2616  9  1975
 6  Akobian, Varuzhan  g  USA  2606  9  1983
 7  Kaidanov, Gregory S  g  USA  2605  0  1959
 8  Becerra Rivero, Julio  g  USA  2602  37  1973
 9  Christiansen, Larry M  g  USA  2588  9  1956
 10  Ibragimov, Ildar  g  USA  2586  0  1967
 11  Shabalov, Alexander  g  USA  2585  37  1967
 12  Benjamin, Joel  g  USA  2583  8  1964
 13  Ehlvest, Jaan  g  USA  2581  33  1962
 14  Goldin, Alexander  g  USA  2557  2  1965
 15  Kudrin, Sergey  g  USA  2553  21  1959
 15  Stripunsky, Alexander  g  USA  2553  18  1970
 17  Gulko, Boris F  g  USA  2552  0  1947
 18  Dzindzichashvili, Roman  g  USA  2550  2  1944
 19  Ivanov, Alexander  g  USA  2547  27  1956
 20  De Firmian, Nick E  g  USA  2545  2  1957
 
3) Here and There
 
2008 SPICE CUP International Invitational ( Lubbock, Texas)
Final Standings
1-4. GMs Pentala, Harikrishna IND 2668, Onischuk, Alexander USA 2670 5, Kritz, Leonid GER 2610 and Akobian, Varuzhan USA 2610 5
5. GM Becerra, Julio USA 2598 5
6. GM Mikhalevski, Victor ISR 2592 4
7. GM Perelshteyn, Eugene USA 2555 4
8-9. GM Kaidanov, Gregory  USA 2605 and Miton, Kamil g POL 2580 3
10. GM Stefansson, Hannes  ISL 2566 2
 
Hello John,

I just looked up everyone's FIDE rating and added four new players to the list.    As always, I excluded people who have not played a FIDE rated game in the past year.

Michael Aigner

CalChess FIDE Top 20
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1. IM Josh Friedel 2498 (GM-elect)
1. IM Vinay Bhat 2498 (GM-elect)
3. FM Sam Shankland 2436
4. GM Walter Browne 2435
5. IM David Pruess 2422
6  IM Andrei Florean 2420
7. IM John Donaldson 2411
8. IM Ricardo DeGuzman 2409
9. IM Vladimir Mezentsev 2405
10. FM Vladimir Strugatsky 2397
11. IM Dmitry Zilberstein 2393
12. FM Daniel Naroditsky 2382
13. IM John Grefe 2348
14. FM Elliott Liu 2356
15. FM Shiv Shivaji 2308
16. WIM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 2293
17. NM Julian Landaw 2286
18. NM Gregory Young 2264
19. NM Nicolas Yap 2255
20. NM Steven Zierk 2240
20. NM Andy Lee 2240

CalChess FIDE Rated Juniors
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1.  FM Sam Shankland 2436
2.  FM Daniel Naroditsky 2382
3.  NM Gregory Young 2264
4.  NM Steven Zierk 2240
5.     Rohan Agarwal 2176
6.  NM Nicholas Nip 2150
7.     Alan Naroditsky 2133
8.     Adarsh Konda 2115
9.     Michael Zhong 2113 (i)
10.    Adam Goldberg 2008
11.    Louiza Livschitz 1972
12.    Micah Cohen 1891
 
Michael Bacon passes along the following item.
 
Two decades ago, LM David Vest, aka The High Plains Drifter, won the Georgia State Championship. A few years ago when he won the Georgia Senior Championship he became the only player to have won both titles. In May of this year he tied for the title of Georgia State Champion. This past weekend he won the Georgia Senior title, thus becoming the only player to hold both titles simultaneously!

Has this feat ever been accomplished in any other state?
 
Ted Castro writes:
 
Thanks a lot for coming last Saturday for the chess tournament in BAYFAIR MALL. It was a unique experience for everyone. Parents were able to shop and hang around in the MALL while their kids play serious chess. The kids had a lot of fun as well! For those who weren't able to make it, don't worry, we'll have another one in Nov. 1, 2008. It was a great tournament.  We have about 65 people (kids and adults) who participated considering we only had 2 1/2 weeks of preparation.  Here are the top winners. The USCF results will come out in the next few days.

   OPEN SECTION WINNER  -  Armaan Kalyanpur
   Under 1300 WINNER    -  Justin Wang
   Under 1000 WINNER    -  Dawood Rahmot & Moksh Jawa
   Under 600  WINNER    -  Rashika Sudharshan

   In the meantime, you can check the photos that were taken during that day. Here's a link to Dr. Kirshner's website if you want to see more pictures.
   Again, i'd like to thank to everyone who participated and our major sponsors: BAYFAIR MALL (for the nice venue),
BAYAREACHESS.COM (advertising, trophies, organization), WEIBEL CHESS (for the chess equipment, photos), CHESSTHINGS.COM, NEWARK PUBLIC LIBRARY, and NEWARK CHESS CLUB.
  Please feel free to email me if you have suggestions for future tournaments.

Thanks again,Ted


http://www.calnorthjuniorchess.org/BayFair-9-27-08/

http://luckyseth.multiply.com/photos/album/3/BayFair_Chess_Tournament

FM Richard Koepcke took first in the small top section of the 35-player Exchange Bank Fall Classic held in Santa Rosa last weekend. Koepcke won with 2.5 from 4 just ahead of NM Mark Pinto (who only played 2 games!), and Experts Arthur Ismakov and Roy Hoppe on 2. Mike Goodall organized and directed the event assisted by Paul Stagnoli.

Michael Aigner reports:

A whopping ten Northern California juniors are ranked on the USCF Top 100 Juniors (U21) list for October. After an amazing streak of success this summer, CalChess State Champion FM Sam Shankland, standing in front of the demo board at right, has cracked the top 10. This total does not include a pair of talented college freshmen from Southern California and another from Texas who now attend local universities. Congratulations to all these young men!

How does our state compare to others? New York, which boasts 17 players on the Top 100 Juniors, including the top four (GM Nakamura, IM Hess, IM Lenderman and IM Milman). Texas has 11 ranked players, mostly due to recruiting by chess programs at several universities. Southern California is tied with CalChess at 10 each. No other state has more than a half dozen, with New Jersey at 5 and Florida at 4.
  • #9 FM Sam Shankland, 16
  • #11 FM Elliott Liu, 18 (from Southern California)
  • #19 FM Daniel Naroditsky, 12
  • #24 NM Nicolas Yap, 18
  • #27 NM Daniel Schwarz, 18
  • #33 NM Julian Landaw, 18 (from Southern California)
  • #38 NM Matthew Ho, 20
  • #43 NM Drake Wang, 18
  • #48 NM Steven Zierk, 15
  • #53 NM Gregory Young, 13
  • #73 NM Nicholas Nip, 10
  • #97 Rohan Agarwal, 15
  • #97 Jimmy Heiserman, 19 (from Texas)
 
4) Upcoming Events
 
Mechanics' Events
 
October 12
2008 Westwood Fall Open
5-SS, G/40. Los Angeles Chess Club, 11514 Santa Monica Blvd, LA, CA 90025, 2nd floor (4 blocks West of 405 Fwy).
$$1500 b/50, 80% of each prize guaranteed. In two sections:
Open: $400-200-50, U2200 125, U2000 125.
Reserve (U1800) $$200-125, U1600 $100, Under 1400/unrated $100, U1200 $75.
EF: $47 if received by 10/11, $55 at site.
SCCF memb. ($18, under 18 $10) req. for rated S. CA residents. No checks or credit cards at site. Half point byes: limit 1, must be req. w/entry.
Reg: 9-9:45 a.m.
Rds: 10-11:30-1:30-3:15-4:45.
2 Free Parking lots on the SW corner of Santa Monica & Purdue, or in the building basement ($3).
Inf: admin@westernchess.com.
Ent: SCCF, c/o John Hillery, 835 N. Wilton Place #1, Los Angeles, CA 90038. On-line entry:
GP 10 State Championship Qualifier  
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Heritage Event!
An American Classic!

Oct. 17-19  
26th Annual Sands Regency Reno-Western States Open   GPP: 200 Enhanced   Nevada
6SS.40/2,20/1,SD/30. Sands Regency Hotel/Casino, 345 N. Arlington Ave. , Reno , NV 89501 . 1-800-648-3553 or (775) 348-2200. $$40,000 b/400, Gtd. $$25,850-$3500-2000-1500-1000-800-700-600-600-500-500 in Open Section plus 1/2 of all other prizes. 7 Sections: OPEN: EF: GMs & IMs free (enter by 10/1 or pay late fee), Masters $133, (2000-2199)-$151, (1999-below)-$201. $$ Prizes 1-10 listed above, 2499-below) $1000, (2399-below) $1000-600-400, (2299-below) $1000-600-400. If a tie for 1st overall then 2 (G/10) playoff for $100 from prize fund. (Note: GM/IM w/free entry not eligible for class prizes 2499 and below, may elect to pay entry fee and become eligible). EXPERT: (2000-2199) EF: $132. $$1800-900-500-400-300-200 (under 2100)- $600."A" Sec. (1800-1999) EF: $131, $$1700-900-500-400-300-200-200."B" Sec. (1600-1799) EF: $130, $$1,600-800-500-300-200-200-200. "C" Sec. (1400-1599) EF: $129, $$ 1,400-700-400-300-200-200-200. "D" Sec. (1200-1399) EF:$128, $$1,000-500- 400-300-200-200-200."E" Sec. (1199-below) EF: $65 ("E" Sect. entries count as 1/2 paid player toward prize fund),$$500- 400-300-200-100-100-100. (Unrated Players) EF: Free + must join USCF or increase membership for 1 additional year thru this tournament ($49 adults,$2 5 juniors) Prizes: Top unrated in "D" & "E" Sections wins 1 yr. USCF membership plus trophy. Note: Adult unrated will be put in "D" Sect., Junior unrated in "E", unless requested to play up. Seniors additional prizes (65+) $$400-200-100 (Srs not eligible: provisionally rated, unrated, masters & E Sect); Club Championship $$1000-500-300-200 decided by total score of 10 (and only 10) players from one club or area (not eligible - GMs, IMs, "E" Sec., or unrated). Trophies to Top 3 (A-E Sections). ALL: EF $11 more if postmarked after 10/1 and $22 more if postmarked after 10/11 or at site. Do not mail after 10/11 or email after 10/15. $20 off EF to Srs (65+) and Jrs 19/under (E sect. not eligible). Players may play up. Unrated players not eligible for cash prizes except Open 1-10. Provisionally rated players may win up to 50% of 1st place money except open Section 1-10. CCA ratings may be used. Note pairings not changed for color alternation unless 3 in a row or a plus 3 and if the unlikely situation occurs 3 colors in a row may be assigned. Reg.: (10/16) 5-9 pm, (10/17) 8:30-10 am. Rds.: 12-7, 10-6, 9:30-4. Byes available any round (2 byes max.) if requested before 1st round. SIDE EVENTS: Wed.(10/15) 7pm Clock Simul, (40/2, G/1) (Including an analysis of YOUR game.GM Sergy Kudrin $30 (A great value!). Thursday(10/16) 5:30 "Yermo" champagne reception, 6-7:3020pm GM Larry Evans lecture -Free, 7:30 Simul (only $20!) GM Alex Yermolinsky, 7:30 Blitz (5 min) Tourney ($20). Sat 10/18 (3-4:30pm) GM Larry E vans Clinic(Game/Position Analysis) - Free. Sun. (10/19) Quick Tourney (G/25) 5 Rd. Swiss ($20) (12 (Noon)-5pm) 80% of entries returned as prizes. ENT: Make checks payable and send to: SANDS REGENCY (address above) HR: $34! (Sun-Thurs) & $54 (Fri-Sat) + 13.5% tax. (mention CHE1016 & reserve by 10/4 to guarantee room rates.) INFO: Jerry Weikel wackyykl@aol.com, (775) 747 1405, or website: www.renochess.org/wso (also go here to verify entry). FIDE .W. WCL JGP
 







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