Mechanics' Institute Chess Club Newsletter #418

The art of evaluation-cum-analysis is the decisive factor in a chessplayer's practical strength.
Isaac Lipnitsky
(From Questions of Opening Theory, page 90)
1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News
2) Here and There
3) Upcoming Events
The Mechanics' is hosting the J.J. Dolan this Saturday. The Fall Tuesday Night Marathon starts next Tuesday.
1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News
The Mechanics' won a key battle against Seattle  last night to remain in first a point ahead of  Dallas in the West with three matches remaining. Leading the way for the MI were Vinay Bhat who defeated Hikaru Nakamura and juniors stars Sam Shankland and Daniel Naroditsky. Sam now has 5.5 from 7 to place him number three in the MVP standings. Vinay formally received his GM title on October 1st. Congratulations to both!  San Francisco Mechanics (4.5-1.5) vs Seattle Sluggers (3.5-2.5)

All Time Series Record: (San Francisco leads 3.5-1.5)

Starts at 9:00 PM ET       Time Control - Game 75 with 30 second increment

San Francisco Mechanics

Seattle Sluggers
GM Vinay Bhat: 2481 1.0
GM Hikaru Nakamura: 2742
IM John Donaldson: 2422 0.0
FM Slava Mikhailuk: 2437
FM Sam Shankland: 2364 1.0
FM John Readey: 2296
FM Daniel Naroditsky: 2321 1.0
Andy May: 2134
Avg Rating: 2397

Avg Rating: 2402
San Francisco Total ------- 3.0
------- Seattle Total

 Bhat,Vinay (2481) - Nakamura,Hikaru (2742) [E91]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Be2 Nc6 7.d5 Nb8 8.0-0 Bg4 9.Be3 Nbd7 10.Nd4 Bxe2 11.Qxe2 Rc8 12.f4 c6 13.Rac1 Re8 14.Kh1 Qa5 15.Bg1 cxd5 16.cxd5 Nb6 17.a3 Na4 18.Nb1 Rxc1 19.Rxc1 Qa6 20.Qc2 Nc5 21.Nd2 Nd3 22.Rf1 Nd7 23.b4 Bxd4 24.Bxd4 Nb6 25.Qb3 Nxf4 26.Rxf4 Rc8 27.Rf1 Qe2 28.Qf3 Qxf3 29.Nxf3 Rc2 30.Bxb6 axb6 31.Kg1 Ra2 32.Rc1 Rxa3 33.Rc7 Kf8 34.Rxb7 Re3 35.Rxb6 Rxe4 36.Kf2 h6 37.Rb5 e5 38.Nd2 Rd4 39.Nb3 Rc4 40.Na5 Rc2+ 41.Kf1 Rc1+ 42.Ke2 Rc2+ 43.Kd1 Rxg2 44.Rb8+ Kg7 45.b5 e4 46.b6 Rg5 47.Ra8 1-0

Mikhailuk,Slava (2437) - Donaldson,John (2422) [A37]

1.c4 c5 2.Nc3 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 Nc6 5.Nf3 e5 6.a3 Nge7 7.0-0 0-0 8.Ne1 d6 9.Nc2 Be6 10.d3 d5 11.cxd5 Nxd5 12.Bd2 a5 13.Ne3 Nde7 14.Rb1 Rb8

This offers to transpose back into typical positions but 15...b6 or 15...Rc8 are possibly better.

 15.Na4 b6 16.b4 axb4 17.axb4 cxb4 18.Bxb4 Nxb4?

This is a bad idea as will soon be seen. Instead 18...Re8 intending ...Nd4 with equal play was correct. Now Slava plays well and grinds me down.

 19.Rxb4 b5 20.Nc5 Qd6 21.Nxe6 Qxb4 22.Nxf8 Kxf8 23.Qa1 Qa4 24.Qxa4 bxa4 25.Ra1 Rb4 26.Ra2 f5 27.Nc2 Rb1+ 28.Bf1 Rc1 29.Ne3 f4 30.Nc4 e4 31.Rxa4 exd3 32.exd3 fxg3 33.hxg3 Nf5 34.Ra8+ Kf7 35.Ra7+ Kf8 36.Ra2 Bd4 37.Kg2 h5? 38.Be2 Kg7 39.Bf3 Ra1 40.Re2 Bf6 41.Be4 Nd4 42.Rb2 Ra6 43.f4 Kh6 44.Ne5 Nc6 45.Bxc6 Rxc6 46.Kf3 Rc7 47.Rb6 Kg7 48.Ke4 Kh7 Black resigns 1-0

 Shankland,Sam (2364) - Readey,John (2296) [B07]

1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.Be3 Nf6 5.f3 c6 6.Qd2 Qa5 7.0-0-0 b5 8.Kb1 Nbd7 9.g4 Nb6 10.b3 Rb8 11.h4 h5 12.g5 Nfd7 13.f4 b4 14.Nce2 c5 15.dxc5 dxc5 16.Bg2 Bb7 17.Rh2 0-0 18.e5 Bxg2 19.Rxg2 Rfd8 20.Ng3 e6 21.Ne4 Nd5 22.Qc1 Nxe3 23.Qxe3 Nxe5 24.Rgd2 Ng4 25.Qxc5 Qxc5 26.Nxc5 Rdc8 27.Ne4 Ne3 28.Re1 Nd5 29.Ne2 a5 30.Rf1 a4 31.Rf3 Rc7 32.Rfd3 axb3 33.cxb3 Rbc8 34.Rf3 Rc6 35.Rf1 Ra6 36.Rc1 Rxc1+ 37.Kxc1 Ra8 38.Nd6 Kf8 39.Nc4 Ke7 40.Kb1 Rd8 41.Kc2 Rc8 42.Kb1 Nc3+ 43.Nxc3 Bxc3 44.Re2 Rd8 45.Kc2 Bg7 46.Rd2 Rc8 47.Kd3 Rc5 48.Ke4 f5+ 49.Kf3 Rd5 50.Rxd5 exd5 51.Ne3 Kd6 52.Nc2 Kc5 53.Ke3 Bb2 54.Kd3 Bg7 55.a3 bxa3 56.Nxa3 Kb4 57.Nc2+ Kc5 58.b4+ Kb5 59.Ne3 Kc6 60.Nc2 Bf8 61.Nd4+ Kb6 62.Nf3 Bxb4 63.Ne5 Bd6 64.Nxg6 Kc5 65.Ne5 Be7 66.g6  1-0

May,Andy (2134) - Naroditsky,Daniel (2321) [B24]

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 d6 3.f4 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 5.g3 Nc6 6.Bg2 Nh6 7.0-0 0-0 8.d3 f5 9.h3 Nd4 10.Be3 Nf7 11.Qd2 Bd7 12.Rae1 Bc6 13.Qf2 fxe4 14.dxe4 Nb5 15.Nxb5 Bxb5 16.Rd1 Bxf1 17.Bxf1 Qe8 18.Bc4 e6 19.f5 gxf5 20.exf5 d5 21.Bf1 d4 22.Bc1 exf5 23.Bc4 Kh8 24.Re1 Qc6 25.Re7 Nd6 26.Rxg7 Kxg7 27.Ne5 Qe4 28.Bf4 Nxc4 29.Nxc4 Rae8 30.Nd6 Qe1+ 31.Qf1 Qxf1+ 32.Kxf1 Re7 33.h4 Rd7 34.Nc4 Rd5 35.Ke2 Re8+ 36.Kd1 Re6 37.Nd2 b5 38.Nf3 h6 39.Kd2 c4 40.Ng1 d3 41.b3 c3+ 42.Kxc3 Rc6+ 43.Kb4 Rxc2 44.Nf3 d2 45.Nxd2 Rcxd2 46.Bxd2 Rxd2 47.Kxb5 Rxa2 48.b4 Rg2 49.Ka6 Rxg3 50.Kxa7 Rb3 51.b5 Rxb5  0-1

2008 Standings


Opp Avg Rating
Opps Record
@ Queens 5.5 1.5 18.0/28 (64%)

19.5-20.5 (49%)
Carolina 4.5 2.5 17.0/28 (61%)

14.5-25.5 (36%)
New Jersey 4.5
2.5 16.0/28 (57%)

18.0-20.0 (45%)
Boston 3.0 4.0 13.5/28 (48%)

20.0-20.0 (50%)
Philadelphia 2.0
11.5/28 (41%)

21.5-20.5 (51%)
New York 2.0
9.5/28 (34%)

19.5-20.5 (49%)
Baltimore 1.5
5.5 10.5/28 (38%)

21.5-16.5 (57%) 


Opp Avg Rating
Opps Record  
San Francisco 5.5 1.5 17.5/28 (63%)
22.0-20.0 (52%)
Dallas 4.5
15.5/28 (55%)

20.0-22.0 (48%)
Miami 4.0 3.0 17.5/28 (63%)

21.0-21.0 (50%)
Chicago 4.0
16.0/28 (57%)

18.0-22.0 (45%)
Seattle 3.5
12.5/28 (45%)

23.0-19.0 (55%)
Arizona 2.5
10.5/28 (38%)

25.5-16.5 (61%)
Tennessee 2.0 5.0 10.5/28 (38%)
20.0-20.0 (50%)

Leaders After Week 7, 2008
1. IM Alex Lenderman: QNS 18.5
2. GM Sergey Erenburg: BAL 15
3. FM Sam Shankland: SF 12
4. NM Eric Rodriguez: MIA
5. GM Julio Becerra: MIA 11
6. IM Josh Friedel: SF 10
7. IM Dean Ippolito: NJ 9.5
8. FM Oleg Zaikov: CAR 9
9. GM Hikaru Nakamura: SEA 9
10. SM Marc Esserman: BOS

Formula for MVP points:
a win on board 1 is worth 4 points, a loss on board 1 is worth -4 points
a win on board 2 is worth 3 points, a loss on board 2 is worth -3 points
a win on board 3 is worth 2.5 points, a loss on board 3 is worth -2.5 points
a win on board 4 is worth 2 points, a loss on board 4 is worth -2 points
if you draw or win with the black pieces you receive 1 bonus point.

2) Here and There
NY Times Chess columnist Dylan McClain had an interesting interview with GM Ken Rogoff, well-known these days as a influential economist, than ran on September 27. Here is a partial excerpt.

Rogoff said an understanding of chess helped him learn economics: “The whole logic of game theory, which is a big part of economics, came easily to me.”

He also said his knowledge of chess had helped him in his career. “I was the chief economist of the International Monetary Fund from 2001 to 2003, and you are involved in a lot of high-stakes negotiations,” he said, “and chess teaches you to think about what the other person is thinking.”

He stopped playing competitively in 1980 because he found it too demanding to balance his chess schedule and his studies, and he had to make a choice. “First, I wanted to do something more important with my life,” said Rogoff, who is now 55. “Second, I thought I was traveling too much playing chess. Third, I wanted to have a better social life.”

Yet, he said, he is traveling more than ever, and his social life is no better than when he was playing. “I eventually realized it was me,” Rogoff said. “I could have had a perfectly reasonable life in chess.”

Arlen Walker writes about the late Bill Martz, a Wisconsin chess legend:

It's from a  club simul back in 1968. His victim is one of the  characters from Wisconsin chess history. Henry Meifert was, I 
believe, the first player in Wisconsin history to earn the Master  rank. There were other masters first, but they were at that rank when 
the rating system was created.

Henry went on to run a second club in Milwaukee, after a dispute with  Pearle Mann. It ran until the mid-1990's, long after Pearle died, 
before it folded back into the municipal club. In fact, Henry was the  man who welcomed me back into chess back in the 80's, and his club 
met just three blocks from my house.

The scoresheet is Henry's, so it's a bit problematic, because he  wasn't the most meticulous scorekeeper.

Milwaukee 1968 (simul)
[White "Martz William"]
[Black "Meifert Henry R"]
[Eco "B94"]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 Nbd7 7.Bc4
Qc7 8.Bb3 b5 9.O-O e6 10.a3 Bb7 11.Re1 Rc8 12.Kh1 Qb8 13.f4 Be7
14.f5 e5 15.Nde2 Ng4 16.Qd2 Ba8
Just an innocuous move as filler.  The actual move the scoresheet gives here is ...Q-R3, which is 

17.h3 Nf2+ 18.Kh2 Nxe4 19.Nxe4 Bxe4 20.Nc3 Ba8 21.Bxe7 Kxe7 22.Rad1
Qc7 23.Bd5 Nf6 24.Qg5 Kf8 25.Bxa8 Rxa8 26.Rd3 h5 27.Red1 Rd8
28.Qd2 Rh6 29.Kh1 Ne8 30.Nd5 Qb7 31.Qb4 Qc8 32.Ne3 Rf6 33.Rc3
Qa8 34.Kh2 g6 35.fxg6 fxg6 36.a4 Rf4 37.Qb3 Qa7

At this point the scoresheet becomes useless (It claims QxP is the  next move)
but a draw was agreed on move 41 (Black offered).

Ralph Dubisch named as new Northwest Chess Editor

At a board meeting in Portland, Oregon on Sunday, September 28, the Northwest Chess (NWC) board of directors named FM Ralph Dubisch of San Jose, California as the new editor of Northwest Chess magazine, effective with the November 2008 issue. Ralph served as guest editor for the September 2008 edition of the magazine, which was well-received by the Washington Chess Federation (WCF) and Oregon Chess Federation (OCF) memberships. While thanking editor Fred Kleist for his several years of service to Northwest Chess and to the chess community in the Northwest, the board decided that it was time to make a change.

Although Ralph currently resides in California (also spending time in Arizona), he has a solid connection to Northwest Chess, having served as Editor (May 1989-November 1990) and WCF President (early to mid 1990's) before. As noted in Ralph's "From the Desk of the Guest Editor" column in September, Ralph also has other local connections, including a good working relationship with WCF President (and NWC Publisher) Duane Polich. Some of Ralph's accomplishments include achieving the FIDE Master title; former service as USCF Region XII Vice President; former service on the boards of the Chessmates Foundation and the Seattle Chess Club, and current President of the Free Internet Chess Organization ( His chess-heavy resume includes working for International Chess Enterprises, running chess rating systems and marketing chess software. He has taught private lessons and chess classes in community centers and in after-school enrichment programs in both Washington and California.

Glenn Beck recently interviewed Gary Kasparov ( about the state of the Russian economy and Vladimir Putin.

Here are two quotes from the interview. Thanks to NM Kurt Stein.

KASPAROV: It`s funny that, I think that a lot of the problems that we have been facing in Russia now is inherited here. I always said that Putin`s
regime was the strange mixture of Karl Marx and Adam Smith expenses nationalized, profits privatized.

KASPAROV: And here people believe the same is happening. Expenses nationalize and profits are in the hands of very few. And now instead of this old Karl Marx slogan about worker of the world unite; now we could hear robber barons of the world unite.

3) 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).
Ent: SCCF, c/o John Hillery, 835 N. Wilton Place #1, Los Angeles, CA 90038. On-line entry:
GP 10 State Championship Qualifier  
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, (775) 747 1405, or website: (also go here to verify entry). FIDE .W. WCL JGP


in BayFair Mall

15555 E. 14TH STREET


November 1, 2008  (Saturday)  


Booster Section (UNR- U600)



ROUNDS G/30: Boosters & U1000 – 10:00, 11:45, 1:15, 2:30, 3:45

ROUNDS G/45: U1300  – 10:00, 12:00, 1:45, 3:30

ROUNDS G/60: OPEN SECTION – 9:30 AM, 11:45, 2:00, 4:15 


Trophies will be awarded to top winners and Medals will be given away as well; THERE WILL ALSO BE SPECIAL PRIZES FOR THOSE WHO WILL WEAR THEIR HALLOWEEN COSTUMES! 


A donation of $ 25.00

Please come early. Byes can also be taken. 


BayFair Mall, Newark Chess Club, and 


TED CASTRO  415-756-1204  Email: 


Aamir Aazhar, Matthew Benson, and Ted Castro 








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