Institute Chess Club Newsletter #433
The goal of
analysis is to arrive at a position that is not "critical' but "settled' in
Questions of Modern Chess Theory (page 90)
1) Mechanics' Institute Chess
3) Aeroflot Open
4) Cozianu wins Washington State Championship
5) Haessler wins Oregon State Championship
6) Upcoming Events
1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News
Larry Snyder, Igor Margulis, Oleg Shaknazarov and Evan Sandberg tied for
first at 6-2 in the Winter Tuesday Night
Marathon which concluded yesterday evening. The Spring TNM, an 8-round
USCF and FIDE rated Swiss,
starts March 17.
John Blackstone points out that the Brooklyn Chess
Chronicle for 1884 has more information on Zuckertort's visit to San Francisco. On
August 15, 1884, on page 161 it reports:
On the 3rd of July ,
Zuckertort contested 7 blindfold games at the Mechanics' Library, winning 6 and
losing 1. On the 8th he gave another blindfold exhibition, meeting 12 opponents
simultaneously. The Doctor won
9 games, drew 1 with Mr. Walstein, and lost 2 to Messrs. Welsh and
Dr. Zuckertort left San Francisco for China on the 26th of July.
During the last week of his stay he played 11 blindfold simultaneous games
against Messrs. Krouse, Levy, Jacobi, SCammel, Gates, Reis, Halweigen, McCrea,
Wilhern, Richard and J.D. Condon, winning all of them. He also played a match of
5 games with Mr. J.D. Redding, with the condition that Mr. Redding should have
the move on every game and would play the Evans Gambit. The
Doctor backed himself, giving his opponent the odds of 5 to 1. Mr. Redding lost
all the games.
A month (page 178) later the BCC writes that Zuckertort, who did
not go to China but returned to the Eastern US, played 12 games with Mr. Fritz
Peipers . Six games even and six games with the odds of a Knight. The result
was that of the even games the Doctor won 4 and Mr. Peipers 1; of the odds games
Mr. Peipers won 5 and lost 1.
leads Gata Kamsky 3.5-2.5 with
two games remaining in their match. One interesting aspect about it is the
time control with
the increment only kicking in for the last time control. Time Control: 120 minutes for the
first 40 moves : add 60 minutes after move 40 : add 15 minutes
plus 30 seconds inc. after move 60. This seems like the best of both worlds
using the traditional time limit for the first two controls and the increment
only at the end of the game.
3) Aeroflot Open
Congratulations to GM Melik Khachian of Los Angeles who turned in a near 2700 performance to
tie for first in the second group of the Aeroflot Open with a 7-2 score. Jann
Ehlvest was the top scoring American in the A group with 5 from 9 followed by
Alex Onischuk at 4.5 and Varuzhan Akobian
at 4. 15-year-old Ray Robson had an
eventful tournament. He had only 1 draw in rounds 1-3 and 7-9 but in the middle
of the tournament he beat three 2600 players in consecutive rounds.
4) Cozianu wins Washington State
Top seed FM Costin Cozianu (USCF 2566), formerly of
Romania, came from behind in the last round to win the Washington State
Championship with a 7-2 score. NM Michael Lee (2374) was leading throughout but
lost his last game to US Womens Olympiad team member WGM Katerine
Rohonyan in the event held in mid February at the Microsoft Campus in Redmond, Washington. Players
competed for $3500 prize fund in the annual round robin which dates back to
1932. Defending champion GM Gregory Serper
did not play.
Top scores in the 10-player round robin
1.FM Cozianu 7; 2-3. NMs Lee and Curt
Collyer 6.5; 4-5. NM Josh Sinanan and Howard Chen 6; 6. WGM Rohanyan 5.
5) Haessler wins Oregon State
NM Carl Haessler won the Oregon Championship, held in the middle of February with a
7-2 score. Roger Martin was second at 6 with Radu Roua, Steve Breckenridge and
Mike Pendergast sharing third on 5 points. Neil Dale directed the event the
10-player round robin for the Oregon Chess Federation.
6) Upcoming Events
Events - full details at www.chessclub.org
A.J. Fink Amateur Championship - March
Wilkerson Open - March 28
Lovegrove Senior Open - April 4-5
Memorial - April 18
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