Mechanics' Institute Chess Club Newsletter #441


I am all for taking calculated risks"”this is all part of the game also"”but to take any risk just to avoid a draw is pure stupidity. Accept that chess has three plausible results! The rules have!

Kevin Spraggett

1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News

2) Landon Brownell 1989-2009

3) Americans Excel Abroad

4) Here and There

5) Copper State International

6) Upcoming Events

1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News

San Francisco high school student Evan Sandberg defeated Oleg Shakhnazarov last evening in the Spring Tuesday Night Marathon and is now in possession of first place with a score of 5.5 from 6.  Veteran Expert Peter Grey knocked off NM Russell Wong and is tied with Shakhnazarov for second with 5 points. Two rounds remain for the 65-player field

Larry Snyder and Steven Krasnov have had a friendly rivalry going on for many years. Though they haven't played each other as much as McDonnell and Bourdonnais did, this was still game 25 for them. 


Snyder,Larry - Krasnov,Steven [B14]

Spring TNM (6) 2009


1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.exd5 cxd5 4.c4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e6 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.c5 Be7 8.Bg5 0-0 9.Rc1 Re8?!


 The immediate 9...Ne4 was more to the point though Krasnov does emerge with a playable game.


10.Bb5 Bd7 11.0-0 Qa5 12.a3 Ne4 13.Bxc6 Bxc6 14.Bxe7 Rxe7 15.Re1 Rd8 16.Ne5 Qc7 17.f3 Nxc3 18.Rxc3 f6 19.Ng4 e5 20.Rce3 Rde8 21.Qe2 h5 22.Nf2 a6 23.b4 Bb5 24.Qd2 Bc4 25.Nd1 exd4?


This doesn't look right as Black's center is his strength in the position and giving up the d4 square yields nothing positive . Instead of the text 25...Qd7 26.Nb2 Bb5 was indicated with roughly equal play.


 26.Qxd4 a5 27.Rxe7 Rxe7 28.Rxe7 Qxe7 29.Ne3 axb4 30.axb4 Kf8 31.Kf2 Qe6 32.Qf4!


White correctly heads for a wining good Knight versus bad Bishop ending.


32... Ba6 33.Qf5 Qxf5 34.Nxf5 Kf7 35.b5 Bxb5 36.Nd6+ Ke6 37.Nxb5 Kd7 38.Nd4 1-0


The USCF rating system is pretty accurate but every so often a result occurs that shows the form charts don't always hold true. This past Saturday at the start of the 9th Annual Imre Konig Memorial, Ramin Farzaneh-Far was not even in the top ten at 1921 but that did not prevent him from defeating two Experts and a Master on the way to a 5-0 first place finish and a newly earned Experts rating of 2003. Farzaneh-Far was helped by 11-year-old Yian Liou who knocked off IM Ricardo DeGuzman and is now rated solidly over 2100. Liou, DeGuzman, NM Paul Gallegos and Experts David Rupel, Gary Huang and Dmitry Vayntraub shared second with 4 points in the 51-player competition.

size=2>MI member FM Daniel Naroditsky will play in the Somovs Memorial in Russia from May 8-21. Top seed in the 12 player event for strong young juniors, is 16-year-old  Alexander Shimanov of St. Petersburg. You can follow Daniel's play at Somovs Memorial

2). Landon Brownell 1989-2009

We were saddened to read the following on NM Michael Aigner's website at . Go to to read FM Robby Adamson's tribute.


NM Landon Brownell passed away this morning after a car accident.: The crash occurred in Bakersfield, California at about midnight on Monday night. He was 19 years old, spending much of his life in Corvallis, Oregon and Tucson, Arizona. Landon's claim to fame came in 2006 when he won the National High School Championship. He was a key member of the  Catalina Foothills High School (Tucson) dynasty coached by FM Robby Adamson. His final chess ratings were 2255 USCF and 2283 FIDE. He was also a 7 dan at go

3) Americans Excel Abroad

The Pricewaterhouse Coopers Toronto Open took place last weekend and MI member GM Josh Friedel tied for first with GM Bator Sambuev in the 80 player top section.

Final Standings:
1-2. GMs Sambuev and Friedel "“5/5;
3. FM Milicevic - 4½;
4-9. GM Nakamura, GM Perelshteyn,IM Samsonkin, IM Gerzhoy, IMNortisyn, and Martchenko 4, etc.

Here is a key win by Josh that was likely influenced by time pressure.

Friedel,J (2516) - Perelshteyn,E (2543) [B35
PWC Open Toronto CAN (4), 2009

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Bc4 Qa5 8.0-0 0-0 9.Bb3 d6 10.h3 Bd7 11.f4 Nxd4 12.Bxd4 Bc6 13.Qd3 Rad8 14.Rad1 e6

This move leads to less analyzed positions than the traditional 14...Nd7


15.f5 gxf5 16.Bxf6 Bxf6 17.exf5 d5 18.Kh1 Kh8 19.fxe6 fxe6 20.Rfe1 Rfe8 21.Ne2 e5


The position seems delicately balanced between White's piece pressure and Black's center.



 22.Qf5 Bg7 23.Nc3 Qc5 24.Qh5 Rg8 25.Re2 Bf6 26.Qf3 Rgf8 27.Nxd5 Bg7 28.Qe3 Qxe3 29.Rxe3 Rf2


 Perelshteyn likely also considered 29...e4 30.c3 (30.Rxe4 Bxb2) 30...Rf2 but the text is also fine. 


30.Kg1 Rdf8 31.Re4 Bxd5?!


This decision to simplify looks like it might have been influenced by time pressure.


32.Rxd5 Rf1+ 33.Kh2 Bh6 34.h4


Worth considering  was 34.Rdxe5 Bf4+ 35.Rxf4 R8xf4 36.Re8+ (36.Re7 Rb4) 36...Rf8 37.Re7 b6 38.Rxa7 Rb1 39.Rb7 with three pawns for the exchange though after 39...Rf6 Black's position is not easy to crack. 


34...Bf4+ 35.g3 Rf2+


35...Bxg3+ 36.Kxg3 Rg8+ was a draw by perpetual.


 36.Kh3 1"“0


Black must have lost on time as 36...Rf3 was available.

Gata Kamsky, the only American representative in the FIDE Grand Prix, has an even score after six rounds in Nalchik, Russia.

1. Aronian "- 4;
2-5. Alekseev, Grischuk, Leko and
Svidler - 3½
6-11. Akopian, Bacrot, Karjakin,
Kamsky, Kasimdzhanov and
Mamedyarov - 3;
12. Gelfand - 2½
13. Eljanov - 2;
14. Ivanchuk - 1½.

Amsterdam based former American Candidate Yasser Seirawan is retired from tournament play but still plays from time to time in the Dutch Team Championship

for his club HSG which has again taken first place. The following victory against a young Dutch IM was important in determining the round eight winner of the match between HSG ( 5.5 ) and (4.5)

Seirawan,Yasser - Ris,Robert [D94]

Dutch Club Championship 2009

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e3 g6 5.Nf3 Bg7 6.Bd3 0-0 7.0-0 Bg4 8.h3 Bxf3 9.Qxf3 e6 10.Rd1 Nbd7 11.Bf1 Re8 12.Qe2 a6 13.Qc2 Qe7 14.Bd2 b5 15.b3 Rec8 16.Rac1 e5 17.dxe5 Nxe5 18.cxd5 cxd5 19.Qb1 Nc6 20.Be1 Qe5 21.Qd3 Ne7 22.Ne2 Ne4 23.Nd4 Nc5 24.Qd2 Ne6 25.Nxe6 Qxe6 26.a4 Rxc1 27.Rxc1 d4 28.axb5 axb5 29.exd4 Qxb3 30.Qb4 Qxb4 31.Bxb4 Nf5?!

31...Nd5 looks more solid.


32.d5 Rd8?


Better 32...Be5 with the idea 33.Bxb5 Rb8. Now Black suffers backrank problems. 


33.Bxb5 Bb2


Now 33...Rb8 is met by 34.Re1.


34.Rb1 Rb8 35.Rxb2 Rxb5 36.Bc3 Rxb2 37.Bxb2 Kf8 38.Kf1 Ke7 39.Ba3+ Kf6?


39...Kd7 had to be tried. Now the Knight doesn't have a good square. 


40.g4 Nh4


 As 40...Nh6 41.g5+ forces a winning King and Pawn ending. 


41.f4 Nf3 42.Bb4 g5 43.Kf2 Nh4 44.f5 1"“0


GM Alexander Onischuk of Baltimore has followed up his victory in the Moscow Open with yet another important success in the Mexican Open.

Final Standings:

1-3. GMs Onischuk (USA, 2684),Cordova (PER, 2543) and Leon Hoyos
(MEX, 2527) - 7Β½ out of 9
4-10. GM Borges Mateos (CUB, 2459),GM De La Paz (CUB, 2491), FM Sanchez Enriquez (MEX, 2282), IM Trent (ENG, 2466), GM Hernandez Guerrero (MEX, 2543), GM Perez Rodriguez (CUB, 2521) and IM Escobar Forero (COL, 2495) - 7, etc
If you go to you will fine two interesting technical endgames annotated by GN Onischuk.
Below is another nice win.


Onischuk,Alexander (2684) - Trent,Lawrence (2466) [E94]

Mexican Open 2009


1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.Nf3 0"“0 6.Be2 e5 7.Be3 c6 8.0"“0 exd4 9.Bxd4 Re8 10.Nd2 Nbd7 11.Re1 Nc5 12.Bf1 Ng4 13.Nf3 Ne5 14.Nxe5 Bxe5 15.Qd2 Qf6 16.Rad1 a5 17.g3 Bg4 18.f4 Bxd4+ 19.Qxd4 Qxd4+ 20.Rxd4 f5 21.Rxd6 fxe4 22.Kf2 Rad8 23.Rxd8 Rxd8 24.Ke3 Bf3 25.Rc1 Kf7 26.Rc2 Kf6 27.Rd2 Rxd2 28.Kxd2 g5 29.Ke3 h5 30.fxg5+ Kxg5 31.Bh3 Kf6 32.Kd4 Nd3 33.c5 Ke7 34.Bc8 Kd8 35.Bxb7 Kc7 36.Ba6 Nb4 37.Bf1 Nc2+ 38.Ke5 Ne3 39.Bh3 Nc4+ 40.Kd4 Nxb2 41.Nxe4 Nd1 42.Bf5 Kd8 43.Nc3 Nf2 44.Ke3 Bg4 45.Be4 Nxe4 46.Kxe4 Ke7 47.Ke5 Be6 48.a3 Bb3 49.Ne2 Be6 50.Nd4 Bd7 51.Nb3 a4 52.Nd4 Be8 53.Nf5+ Kd7 54.Kf6 1"“0



4) Here and There

Chess activity in the Bay Area is definitely picking up with tournaments every weekend into mid June starting with the Frank Doyle in Santa Rosa this Saturday and Sunday. Blitz players have back to back events starting with the 1st MAAT Science Village Chess Club Tournament on May 2nd from 11am to 3pm. The 7 round event with a $5 entry fee and a guaranteed first prize of $100 will be held at the Frank Ogawa Plaza in downtown Oakland. Call ( (510) 290-7907  or e-mail ( Marvin Willis for more information. Players are requested to bring their own clocks and sets.

May 10 the Mechanics' Institute will be hosting the 3rd Annual Ray Schutt Memorial Blitz from 2-4 pm with over $600 in guaranteed prizes and a $10 EF. Refreshments will be served starting at 1pm. All participants will receive a book from Ray's library.

Salar Jahedi writes that players are showing up regularly at the University of California's International House Cafe ( top of Bancroft at Piedmont) in Berkeley every evening after 5pm. .  Thursday to Saturday nights are the most crowded --averaging about 10-12 people per night.

GM Lubos Kavalek's online column with the Washington Post is getting better and better  with more room for annotations for the featured game each week. Go to to see detailed comments to Nakamura-Hess from Foxwoods.

NM John Blackstone contributes the following snippet from  Daily Alta California dated Feb 6, 1859. The column "Chess Gossip of the week" reports that a club took possession of it's new club rooms on the Montgomery Block. No, it was not the Mechanics' Institute but the Cosmopolitan Chess Club. Go to  for the entire column.

5) Copper State International

The Copper State
International Presents
May 29th - June 3rd, 2009.
Abstrax, Inc. 2222 S Dobson Rd, Mesa, AZ 85202-6481.
Sky Harbor International is the recommended Airport. Transportation is available if the organizer is notified in advance.
Lodging will be at the Dobson Ranch Inn. The rate is only $69 a night. Full continental breakfast every morning is
included in the hotel rate. Call at 800-528-1356 to reserve your room. Use the Group Name: ACE Chess or Group
Number: 803964.
One section: Must be 2200 FIDE rated to participate. Special exceptions may be made for youth players who meet
certain requirements, and these decisions will be left to the Tournament Organizer"™s discretion. NO PLAYER lower than
2000 FIDE will be permitted to play. GM and IM Norms will be possible.
The January 2009 FIDE Rating List will be used when determining Entry Fee pricing arrangements.
10 Rounds; Time Control: 90-minutes with a 30 second increment throughout.
May 29th-Rd 1: 10am and Rd 2: 4pm; May 30th-Rd 3: 4pm; May 31st-Rd 4: 10am and Rd 5: 4pm; June 1st-Rd 6: 10am
and Rd 7: 4pm; June 2nd-Rd 8: 10am and Rd 9: 4pm; June 3rd-Rd 10: 1pm.
All players of foreign federation will receive $50 off the entry price listed for their rating class.
All registrations, whether online or by mail, are considered to be final. All players of foreign federation will receive $50
off the entry price listed for their rating class. NO reimbursements will be given.
Grand Masters = FREE (See above note about incentives to first GMs to commit); International Masters rated over 2450
FIDE = FREE; Rated Under 2450 FIDE = $150 by May 1st and $175 after May 1st; Rated Under 2350 FIDE = $225 by
May 1st and $250 after May 1st; Rated Under 2250 FIDE = $300 by May 1st and $325 after May 1st.
1st place: $2,000.00 "“ 2nd place: $1,500.00 "“ 3rd place $1,000. Top U2500 FIDE: $500.00; Top U2400 FIDE: $500.00;
Top U2300 FIDE $500.00. Best Game Prize: $200.00; Brilliancy Prize: $200.00.
All Prizes are unconditionally guaranteed!!
May 30th will be an "Open House" chess festival day. From 10am until 2pm, the doors will be open to welcome all
spectators who wish to view a lecture by Grand Master Alejandro Ramirez, or watch the 20-player Simultaneous by GM
Timur Gareev in action. Although registration/donation is required to reserve a spot in the Simul, the lecture is open to
everyone (or at least as many people that we can fit through the door)! May 30th will also be a chance for a "meet and
greet" between our sponsors, spectators and the International and Grand Masters. Food, fun and chess! Please stop by
and then hang around to catch Round 3 at 4pm.
MAKE A DONATION OF $25 (all proceeds will go toward covering the expenses of this great event, with special
emphasis toward the festivities taking place on May 30th!) AND RESERVE YOUR SPOT IN THE EXCLUSIVE 20
This tournament is conveniently scheduled between the Chicago Open and National Open in Las Vegas. Flights from
Phoenix to Las Vegas are hourly on a daily basis, and Phoenix is a 5-6 hour drive from Las Vegas. Players making a
summer chess schedule would have a great time making an extra stop in Phoenix.
For more information about this event or to be a sponsor and make a donation please contact Daniel Rensch at or 602-618-2045.

6) Upcoming Events

MI Events - full details at

Charles Powell Memorial May 9

3rd Ray Schutt Memorial Blitz May 10

Northern California and Nevada


Apr. 25-26   4th Annual Frank Doyle Open   GPP: 6   California Northern

Exchange Bank, 444 Aviation Blvd., Santa Rosa, CA 95403. 4 round Swiss, G/120. In 3 Sections Open: $$GTD: $250-175. Reserve: Open to 1899 & under. $$GTD: $200-125. Booster: Open to 1499 & under. $$GTD: $150-100. Unr. must play in Open Section. ALL: EF: $35 advance until 4/18, $45 at site. Reg.: 04/25 8:30am - 9:30am. Rds.: Sat 10,3; Sun 10,3. ENT: Mike Goodall, 461 Peachstone Terrace, San Rafael, CA 94903-1327 (415) 491-1269. INFO: No phone or e-mail entries. Bring equipment, none provided. NS NC W. WCL JGP.

Sat Apr. 25   Bay Area Chess $uper$wiss (Adult/Regular) 

4SS x G/60. 4423 Fortran Ct., Suite 160, San Jose, CA 95134. EF: $44 before 3/24, Additional discount if combined with other tournament entries. Prize fund $1,000 b/44 entries:  1800+ 200-100-50 1st u2000 100, U1800 200-100-50 u1600 100-50, U1200 50. Reg: Sat 9:15-9:45 AM, Rds: 10, 12:40, 2:50, 5:00 PM. Ent: Online at or mail to BayAreaChess 4423 Fortran Ct., Suite 160, San Jose, CA 95134. Payable to BayAreaChess Info: NS NC W

May. 23-25 or 24-25   Memorial Day Long Swiss (Adult/Regular) 

6SS 30/90 G/60 (2-day option first 3 rounds G/60 merges in round 4). 4423 Fortran Ct., Suite 160, San Jose, CA 95134.. EF: $66 for 3-day, $65 for 2-day. $16 more after 5/19.
Prize fund: $3360 b/85




































Format & Time Control (3day) 6SS x 30/90 G/60; (2day) Rounds 1-3> G/55; Rounds 4-6> 30/90 G/60 (merges with 3day in Round 4).

Rounds times (3day) 5/23 11am, 4pm every day. am, 3:20pm; 5/23 11am, 4:10pm.

Onsite registration: 5/23 10-10:30am | 5/24 8-8:30am. (2day) 5/24 9, 11:15am, 1:30, 4pm; 5/25 11am, 4pm.

Entry Fee:  $66 for 3-day, $65 for 2-day; $19 fee for ea. section playing up; re-entry $33

Entry: Online at or mail to BayAreaChess 4423 Fortran Ct., Suite 160, San Jose, CA 95134. Payable to BayAreaChess

Info: NS NC W


Southern California


These are three of the remaining five events that qualify players for the State Championship Candidates.
April 18-19
2009 SCCF Senior/Junior Open
5-SS, rds 1-3 G/90 with 10 second delay, rds 4-5 G/120 with 10 second delay. San Diego Chess Club, 2225 Sixth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101.
$$3,200, based on 60 players (60% of each prize guaranteed) In 2 sections: Senior (must be at least 50 years old), Junior (must under 50 years old).
Both Sections: $$300-150-50 U2300 $150-50 U2100 $150-50 U1900 $150-50 U1700 $150-50 Plus $100 for Best over 60 years old, $100 for BU 20 years old $100 for Best over 70 years old, $100 for BU 16 years old $100 for Best over 80 years old, $100 for BU 12 years old. Each player is eligible for only one of all the above prizes! Unrated players can win only the top 3 prizes, no rating or age prizes.
Reg: 9-9:45 Saturday.
Rds: 10 -2-6 Saturday, 10-3  Sunday.
EF: $50 if rec"™d by 4/17,  $10 more on event day. Special rate for players rated U1500: $25.
SCCF membership req"™d, $18, $10 Juniors under 19 includes Rank & File magazine, OSA.  One half point bye OK in Rds 1-4,  please request by Rd 1, no last round byes. 
Please bring your own chess equipment, but we do have sets, boards, bags and digital clocks for sale at a good price.
WEB: Online unofficial web ratings used. Strict $5 fine for cell phone and noise violations. Keep the noise down, respect your fellow chess players. This is a gentleman"™s game, so rude or obnoxious behavior may be grounds for ejection; thankfully this is rare.
Parking: Free spots on street, arrive early for closest ones.
Hotel: Suggested hotel is Crowne Plaza in Misson Valley, just four miles from the chess club at 2270 Hotel Circle North, San Diego CA 92108, (619) 297-1101, home to this year"™s 31st Annual Southern California Open (Labor Day weekend 9/5-7/09), see hotel info at
Info: Bruce Baker at (619) 239-7166 or  see our website at for further info.
Ent: SDCC, PO Box 120162, San Diego, CA 91112.
NS. NC. State Championship Qualifier.

April 19
2009 Westwood Spring 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 4/18, $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 requested with 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.

May 2-3
11th Annual Los Angeles County Championship
5-SS, 30/85, SD/30 (1st 3 rounds), 40/2, SD/1 (last 2 rounds). Sierra Vista Rec Center, 311 N Rural Drive, Monterey Park, CA 91755.
$1000 guaranteed: $300-150, U2200, U2000, U1800, U1600, U1400 each $100, U1200 $50.
EF: $39 if rec"™d by 4/30, $45 at door. Special option for HS/below: $15, 10 trophies only.
SCCF membership req"™d of So. Californians: $18, $10 jrs.
Reg: 9-9:40 am,
Rds: 10-2-6, 10-4.
Inf: Randy Hough (626) 282-7412,
Ent: SCCF, PO Box 205, Monterey Park, CA 91754.
WCL JGP. GP: 6. State Championship Qualifier.


Third Annual
Clark Harmon Memorial Open
April 25-26
 $1700 Guaranteed!
Sponsored by Portland Chess Club and contributors to the
Harmon Memorial Fund
5-round Swiss:  One open section
Time Control:  Saturday 40/90, SD/30; Sunday 40/120, SD 60
Registration:  Saturday 9-9:45 am.  Registration is limited to first 50 entrants.  Advanced registration is strongly encouraged.
Rounds:  Saturday 10:00; 2:00 & 7:00;  Sunday 9:30 & 4:30
Location:  Portland Chess Club, 8205 SW 24th   check for directions
Byes:  1 half-point bye available if requested before 1st round.
1st $500   2nd $300   3rd $150
U2000, U1700, U1400 each 1st $150, 2nd $100
Entry:  $50; $40 for PCC members. 
Memberships:  USCF and OCF/WCF required (OSA). Harmon NW Grand Prix.
This is the Third Annual Harmon Memorial.  We hope players will join in this tribute to one of the Northwest"™s premier players and ambassadors of the game.  The prize fund is underwritten through the generosity of contributors to the Harmon Memorial Fund.
Address _____________________________________________________________________________________
USCF ID # ________________   USCF Exp ____________  O CF/WCF Exp _____________   Rating ________
Email ________________________________________________________                                  Bye Rd__________
Entries:  Payable to Portland Chess Club; mail to Mike Morris, 2344 NE 27th Ave., Portland, OR 97212

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