Mechanics' Institute Chess Club Newsletter #458

Chess has a great future. It is a marvelous tool of the mind that transfers skills such as reasoning, planning, strategic thinking, responsibility and discipline to everyday life. Chess players are more aware of when their brains are working and whether they are having productive mental storms or not. Chess players understand the need to invest their time to improve their game and when they don’t put in the required work their results will suffer. This is true for all things, whether building a house or a business. Planning is key. Things don’t just happen. An idea is conceived, nurtured and brought into being. Theory and practice go hand in glove. As teachers become more aware of how chess can positively impact the lives of children, chess will become an elective class for schools.
Yasser Seirawan interviewed by Jeremy Silman (
1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News
2) Myron Johnson
3) FIDE Rating List
4) Upcoming Events
1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News
The Mechanics' drew its opening US Chess League match with arch-rival Seattle 2-2. Both teams were without some of their top guns and evenly matched. The final score was probably fair but the individual results could have easily have been quite different. Josh Friedel and Gregory Serper have a real history in the USCL and have met roughly a half dozen times on board one with the same result in every game - White won! Strange things have happened as the two players checked each other out. Try Gregory playing 1.e4! This time he put his favorite Kan Sicilian on the bench and played the French. Mega Database gives one game where he played the French, back in 1991, so it was definitely a surprise. Josh was always slightly better but hallucinated on move 27 ( he thought Qb4+ would pick up the Rook forgetting it was protected).
David Pruess and Eric Tangborn played the longest game of the match and the last to finish. Both sides had terrible pawn structures in the Rook ending ( 4 doubled f-pawns) but David was able to defeat Eric despite playing the last part of the game on the increment.
Board three saw the game go back and forth between a Black advantage and White holding even chances. Fortunately for me Michael spent a lot of time in the opening and was in time pressure for much of the game which is annotated below.
Hikaru may have been missing from the Seattle lineup but his team gained one advantage as they could put Josh Sinanan, one of the league's best fourth boards ( 2300 and very good with White), into the match. When he secured three connected passed pawns for the exchange I figured Yian Liou was a goner but the 12-year-old played very well and was able to hold. A draw with Black against a tough opponent was a good start to the USCL for Yian.
San Francisco 2 -2 Seattle

1. GM Josh Friedel (SF) vs GM Gregory Serper (SEA)  0-1
2. IM Eric Tangborn (SEA) vs IM David Pruess (SF)  0-1
3. IM John Donaldson (SF) vs FM Michael Lee (SEA)  1/2-1/2
4. NM Joshua Sinanan (SEA) vs NM Yian Liou (SF)  1/2-1/2
Friedel,Josh (2612) - Serper,Gregory (2592) [C10]
USCL San Francisco vs Seattle
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Be7 5.Nf3 Nf6 6.Bd3 Nxe4 7.Bxe4 c5 8.0-0 Nd7 9.c3 0-0 10.Bc2 Qc7 11.Re1 Rd8 12.Qd3 Nf8 13.Qe4 cxd4 14.Nxd4 Bd7 15.a4 a6 16.a5 Be8 17.h4 Rd5 18.Bb3 Rxa5 19.Rxa5 Qxa5 20.Qxb7 Qd8 21.h5 Bf6 22.Bf4 h6 23.Bc2 a5 24.Qe4 a4 25.Bd6 Ra5 26.Bxf8 Kxf8 27.Nxe6+?? fxe6 28.Qh7 Re5 29.Rd1 Rd5 30.Re1 Qd6 31.Qh8+ Ke7 32.g4 Re5 33.Rd1 Rd5 34.Re1 Rd2 35.Bf5 Rd1 0-1
Tangborn,Eric (2455) - Pruess,David (2418) [D31]
USCL San Francisco vs Seattle 
1.c4 e6 2.Nc3 d5 3.d4 c6 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Qc2 Bd6 6.Nf3 Ne7 7.Bg5 f6 8.Bh4 Bf5 9.Qd2 0-0 10.Bg3 Be4 11.e3 Bxf3 12.gxf3 f5 13.Bxd6 Qxd6 14.f4 Nd7 15.Bd3 b5 16.Rc1 Rf6 17.Ne2 a6 18.Ng1 c5 19.dxc5 Nxc5 20.Nf3 d4 21.Nxd4 Nc6 22.Bc2 Nxd4 23.Qxd4 Qxd4 24.exd4 Ne6 25.Bb3 Kf8 26.Rc6 Nxd4 27.Rxf6+ gxf6 28.Kd2 Rd8 29.Ke3 Nxb3 30.axb3 Re8+ 31.Kd3 Re4 32.Ra1 Rxf4 33.Rxa6 Kf7 34.Ke3 Rb4 35.Ra3 Kg6 36.Kf3 Kg5 37.Kg3 Rg4+ 38.Kh3 h6 39.Ra8 Rb4 40.Rg8+ Kh5 41.Rg3 Rd4 42.Kg2 Rg4 43.Kf3 Kh4 44.Kg2 h5 45.h3 Rg5 46.Kh2 Rxg3 47.fxg3+ Kg5 48.Kg2 f4 49.Kf3 fxg3 50.Kxg3 b4 51.Kf3  0-1
Donaldson,John (2408)  - Lee,Michael (2384) [A33]
1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e6 5.Nc3 Nf6 6.g3 Qb6 7.Nb3 Ne5 8.e4 Bb4 9.Qe2 d6 10.f4 Nc6 11.Bg2?!
I was playing too fast and forgot to play 11.Be3 first, and am immediately fighting for equality after Black's next move. It is some consolation that this mistake has been made by such greats as Karpov and Portisch. 
11...e5! 12.f5
12.Bd2 is likely better.
 12...Nd4 13.Qd1?!
Here 13.Nxd4 exd4 14.a3 Qa5 15.Rb1 Bxc3+ 16.bxc3 Qxc3+ 17.Bd2 was superior.
This wins material but allows White to resolve his King position. Maybe  13...Bd7 14.Bg5 Rc8 15.Bxf6 gxf6 or  13...0–0 14.Bg5 Bd7 15.Bxf6 gxf6  made more sense. In the latter position White would have to try something like 16.Kf1.
 14.Nxd4 exd4 15.Qxd4 Bxf5 16.Bd2 Bc5 17.Qd3 0–0 18.0–0–0 was sharper but risky.
 14...Qxc4 15.Bg5?
This was a major mistake that could have had very serious consequences. White wants to resolve the situation in the center but the Bishop on c1 doesn't yet know it's best square. Much better was 15.Kh1 with the idea 15...Bxc3 16.bxc3 Nxb3 17.axb3 Qxc3 18.Qxd6 Qxa1 19.Ba3.
15...Bxc3 16.bxc3 Nxb3?
This isn't bad it's just that 16...Ne2+ probably wins or is at least very strong for Black. . For example  17.Kh1 Nxe4 18.Nd2 N2xg3+ 19.hxg3 Qxf1+! 20.Bxf1 Nf2+ 21.Kg2 Nxd1 22.Rxd1 f6 23.Be3 Bxf5 24.Nc4 Ke7 25.Nxd6 Bg4 26.Rd2 b6 and Black is consolidating his material advantage.
17.axb3 Qc5+ 18.Kh1 h6?! 19.Bh4
19.Bc1 was suggested by Josh Friedel after the game and it is definitely better than what I played. After 19... 0–0 20.Ba3 Qxc3 21.Bxd6 Re8 (21...Rd8 22.Bxe5) White has better chances than  in the game. White could capture on f6 but after 19...gxf6 20.Rf3 Ke7 21.Rd3 b6 22.Qd2 Bb7 23.Rd1 Rad8 it's hard to see how I can improve my position.
19...b6 20.Ra4
This weird looking move with a crude threat ( 21.Rc4) is designed to provide ...b5. I thought if I tripled on the d-file and put my pawns on b3 and c4 Black would guard d6 and later play ...a5-a4.
20... b5 21.Ra5 Qb6 22.b4
Now Black has the use of the c4 square but a break with ...a5 and later ...b4 will trade all the queenside pawns.
22... Bb7 23.Qe2 a6 24.Rd1 Rc8 25.Rd3 Rc4 26.Bxf6 gxf6 27.Ra1 Ke7 28.Rad1 Rd8 29.g4?
This looks good as it prepares Rh3 but it is another critical mistake. 29.Re1 Qc6 30.Qd2 was correct. White should hold the position.
Immediately after the game Josh pointed out the brutal double attack 29...Qc6! hitting c3 and more importantly e4. White has no satisfactory answer to this move. To be fair to Michael he had only three minutes on his clock and had disconnected twice in the last twenty minutes which might have rattled him.
White doesn't miss the opportunity to improve the position of his Queen and hits the pawn on h6 hoping to capture it and quickly follow up with g5..
30...Rh8 31.Qd2
31.Rxd6 Qxd6 32.Rxd6 Kxd6 33.h4 was possible but the inactivity of the Bishop on g2 leaves the Queen playing by itself.
31...Rc6 32.Rh3 Rg8 33.Rg3 Rc4 34.Re1
I was very conscious of my weak back rank. 34.Qxh6 Rxc3 35.g5 Rxg5 36.Rxg5 Rc1! would not have been pretty.
Black could have tried 34...a5 35.bxa5 Qxa5 planning ...b4 in the future, but down to less than two minutes ( against twelve for White) decides to allow a repetition.
35.Rh3 Rg8 36.Rg3 Rh8 37.Rh3 Rg8 38.Rg3 ½–½
Wednesday Night Blitz Winners for the week of 08/26/2009 are:

1st : Romy Fuentes                     9-0             $22.50
2nd : Jules Jelinek                       7.5             $13.50
3rd : George Sanguinetti              5.5           $ 9.00
NM Russell Wong leads the Max Wilkerson Memorial Tuesday Night Marathon with 4.5 from 5 with four rounds remaining. Tied for second with four points are NMs Oleg Shakhnazarov and Andy Lee and George Sanguinetti.

Mechanics' member Vinay Bhat is having a great result in Montreal. He started with 1 from 4 in the 12 player round robin averaging 2615 ( over 2630 for Vinay who is the lowest rated player in the field at 2473) but he has just defeated Sergei Tiviakov and Thomas Roussel Rouzman to get back to 50 percent.
Standings in the bitterly fought event:
1. Bacrot 4.5; 2-3. Naidtsch and Kovalyov 4; 4-5. Bluvstein and Maze 3.5; 6-8. Onischuk, Akobian, Bhat 3; 9-10. Shulman and Tiviakov 2.5; 11. Moiseenko 1.5; 12. Roussel Rouzman  1.
Go to to follow the action.
2) Myron Johnson
Kenn Fong writes that Myron Johnson, a key worker in helping the Lone Pine tournaments flourish in the  1970s, suffered a stroke but is doing well. He is staying at McClure Rehabilitation Hospital ( 2901 McClure Street (corner of 29th, three blocks parallel to Broadway near Summit Hospital in Oakland) Oakland, CA 94609 - 510-836-3677) and would appreciate visitors.

3) FIDE Rating List
Vassily Ivanchuk gained 53 points (!) and is back in the top 10 while Anatoly Karpov (2619) is out of the top 100 for
the first time.
Top 20 players:
1. Topalov BUL 2813 (0)
2. Anand IND 2788 (0)
3. Aronian ARM 2773 (13)
4. Carlsen NOR 2772 (10)
5. Kramnik RUS 2772 (10)
6. Leko HUN 2762 (23)
7. Radjabov AZE 2757 (10)
8. Ivanchuk UKR 2756 (42)
9. Gelfand ISR 2756 (33)
10. Morozevich RUS 2750 (18)
11. Jakovenko RUS 2742 (24)
12. Svidler RUS 2741 (9)
13. Ponomariov UKR 2741 (9)
14. Gashimov AZE 2740 (0)
15. Wang Yue CHN 2736 (0)
16. Nakamura USA 2735 (17)
17. Grischuk RUS 2733 (0)
18. Shirov ESP 2730 (18)
19. Alekseev RUS 2725 (23)
20. Karjakin UKR 2722 (13)
US Top Players
1. Nakamura 2735
2. Onischuk 2699
3. Kamsky 2692
4. Seirawan 2646
5. Shulman 2638
6. Akobian 2636
7-8. Ehlvest and Shabalov 2607
4) Upcoming Events

Mechanics' Institute

Howard Donnelly Memorial - September 19
J.J. Dolan Memorial - October 10
Carroll Capps Memorial - November 7-8
Pierre Saint-Amant Memorial - November 21
Guthrie McClain Memorial - December 5
Northern California

Sept. 5-7   Labor Day Chess Festival   GPP: 15   California Northern

6-SS, 30/90, SD/1 (2-day option rds 1-3 G/60); Golden Gateway Holiday Inn. Van Ness at Pine, San Francisco. $$B 160 paid entries (not counting free or unrated entries). Six Sections: Master $700-$400-$250 U2400 $250; Expert $380-$200-$150. "A" $380-$200-$150. "B" $380-$200-$150. "C" $380-200-150. "D/E" $380-$200-$150 U1200 $150. Unr: Trophy First. Trophy to top finisher (State Champion) in each section. All, EF: postmarked by 8/31 $70 (Jrs. $60). $80 at site (Jrs. $70). Unrateds $20 in the D/E section or may play up to the Master section for the regular fee. $5 discount to CalChess members. USCF memb. req'd. May play up one section for add'l $10 (Jrs $5). GM/IM free entry. Reg.: Sat 9/5 8-9:30am, Sun 9/6 8:15-9:15am. RDS: Choice of schedules- 3-day, 2-day merge at round 4, all compete for the same prizes. 3-day schedule: Sat 10:00-4:00; Sun 11:00-4:45; Mon 10:00-3:30. 2-day schedule: Sun 9:30-11:45-2:00-4:45; Mon 10:00-3:30. 1/2 pt bye(s) any round(s) if requested in advance (byes rds 5-6 must be requested before rd 1). 2009 August Ratings List, CCA minimums and Directors discretion will be used to place players as accurately as possible. Please bring clocks and equipment. HR: Golden Gateway Holiday Inn (415)-441-4000. INFO: Richard Koepcke (650)-224-4938. Ent: Richard Koepcke, P.O. Box 1432, Mountain View, CA 94042. No Phone entries. Master Section FIDE Rated. WCL JGP.

Sept. 12-13   4th Ursula Foster Memorial Open

5 round swiss. TIME CONTROLS: rds 1-3 g/90 rds 4-5 G/2. SITE: Doctors Medical Center (cafeteria), 1441 Florida Ave., Modesto, CA 95352. PRIZE FUND 70% returned in prizes 1st 50% plus plaque 2nd 20% and 1st U 1700 30%. ENTRY FEE: $30.00 if rec'd by Sept 8th, $35.00 at site. REGISTRATION: 9 am-9.45. ROUNDS: Sept 12th 10am, 1:30, 4:45 Sun Sept 13th 10am 2:15. Byes up to two if requested before round 2. ADVANCE ENTRY: Please, write checks to Don Tiffin, 128 Palm Ave., Modesto, CA 95350. Phone (209 524-2901). E-Mail WCL JGP.

Sept. 26-27   1st Annual Exchange Bank 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 9/21, $45 at site. Reg.: 09/26 8:30am - 9:30am. Rds.: Sat 10, 3; Sun 10, 3. ENT: Paul Stagnoli, 4233 Kintyre Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95409 (707) 539-6368. INFO: No phone or e-mail entries. Bring equipment, none provided. No cell phones allowed. NS NC W. WCL JGP.


Jan. 15-18, 16-18 or 17-18   Golden State Open   GPP: 200 Enhanced   California Northern

7SS, 40/2, SD/1 (3-day option rds. 1-2 G/75, 2-day option rds. 1-4 G/35, no 2-day Open Section.) Under 900 Section plays separate 2-day schedule Jan 17-18 only, G/35. At Concord Hilton Hotel, 1970 Diamond Blvd., Concord, CA 94520 (I-680 Willow Pass Rd exit). Free shuttle between hotel and Concord BART station. Free parking. $$60,000 based on 450 paid entries (re-entries & U900 Section count as 1/3 entries), minimum guarantee $40,000 (2/3 each prize). Open, open to all. $$4000-2200-1300-1000-800-700-600-500-400-400, clear or tiebreak winner $300, top U2400 $2000-1000. FIDE. Under 2200: $3000-1500-800-700-600-500-400-300-200-200. Under 2000: $3000-1500-800-700- 600-500-400-300-200-200. Under 1800: $3000-1500-800-700-600-500-400-300-200-200. Under 1600: $2500-1300-700-600-500-400-300-300-200-200. Under 1400: $2000-1000-700-500-400- 300-200-200. Under 1200: $2000-1000-700-500-400-300-200-200. Under 900: $800-400-200-150-100-80-70. Prize limits: 1) Unrated (0-3 lifetime games rated) may enter any section, with maximum prize U900 $200, U1200 $400, U1400 $600, U1600 $900, U1800 $1200, U2000 $1500. 2) Players with under 26 lifetime games rated may not win over $400 in U900, $800 in U1200 or $1200 in U1400. 3) If more than 30 points above section maximum on any list 1/09-12/09, prize limit $1000. 4) Balance of any limited prize goes to next player(s) in line. Top 7 sections EF: 4-day $174, 3-day $173, 2-day $172 mailed by 1/7, all $175 online at by 1/12, $180 phoned to 406-896-2038 by 1/12 (entry only, no questions), $200 at site. GMs free; $150 deducted from prize. Under 900 Section EF: $52 mailed by 1/7, $55 online at by 1/12 (entry only, no questions), $60 phoned to 406-896-2038 by 1/12, $70 at site. All: Special 1 yr USCF dues with Chess Life if paid with entry: online at $30; mailed, phoned or paid at site $40. Re-entry (except Master) $60. Mailed EF $5 less to rated CalChess members. 4-day schedule: Reg. ends Fri 6:15 pm, rds. Fri 7 pm, Sat 11 & 6, Sun 11 & 6, Mon 10 & 4:30. 3-day schedule: Reg. Sat to 10:15 am, rds Sat 11, 2:30 & 6, Sun 11 & 6, Mon 10 & 4:30. 2-day schedule: Reg Sun to 9:15 am, rds Sun 10-12-2-4-6, Sun 10-4:30, not available for Open Section. Under 900 schedule: Reg. Sun to 9:15 am, rds. Sun. 10-12-2-4, Mon. 10-12-2. Byes: OK all; Open must commit before rd 2, others before rd 4; limit 3 byes in Open. Unofficial ratings based on 4 or more games usually used if otherwise unrated. Foreign player ratings: See HR: $99-99-109, 925-827-2000, reserve by 1/1 or rate may increase. Car rental: Avis, 800-331-1600, use AWD #D657633. Questions:, 845-496-9658. Ent: Continental Chess, c/o Goichberg, Box 661776, Arcadia, CA 91066. $15 service charge for withdrawals. Advance entries posted at WCL JGP.

 Oct 31-Nov1 Adults Only Open (17 and older only) 4SSx30/90 G/60 at BayAreaChess Center,

4423 Fortran Ct, Ste 160, San Jose, CA 95134.

Rounds: Both days 11am-4pm. Free lunch – donations welcome.

EF: $49 bef 9/19, $57 bef 9/29. $65 onsite. Prizes: $1,000 based on 38 paid entries.

2 sections. Open (1800+): $200-100-50 (u2000: 100-50)

Reserve (u1800): $150-100-50 (u1600: 100, u1400: 50, u1200: 50)

ENT: BayAreaChess, 4423 Fortran Ct, Ste 160, San Jose, CA 95134.

More info Info. & Orientation Email: NS NC W.

Oct 31-Nov1 Fall Open 4SSx30/90 G/60 at BayAreaChess Center,

4423 Fortran Ct, Ste 160, San Jose, CA 95134.

Rounds: Both days 11am-4pm. Free lunch – donations welcome.

EF: $55 bef 10/17. $63 bef 10/27. $71 onsite. Prizes: $2,002 based on 66 paid entries.

2 sections. Open (over 1800): $300-200-100-60-60 (u2000: 150-100-55-55) –

Reserve (u1800): $200-150-101-60 (u1600: 100-55, u1400: 100-55, u1200: 100-55)

ENT: BayAreaChess, 4423 Fortran Ct, Ste 160, San Jose, CA 95134.

More info Info. & Orientation Email: NS NC W.

A State Championship Event!

Nov. 27-29 or 28-29, GPP: 40 California Northern

CalChess Annual State Championship 2009 6SS 40/2, SD/1 (2-day

option, rounds 1-3 G/60). Hotel: Hyatt Regency Santa Clara, 5101 Great

America Parkway, Santa Clara, CA 95054. Free parking. Prizes: $8,010

based on 166 paid entries. 7 sections. Master/Open (FIDE rated): $1000-

500-300-200, (u2300 $201-101) - EXPERT: $500-200-100-100 (u2100: 201-

101) -- A: $500-200-100-100 (u1900: 201-101) -- B: $500-200-100-100

(u1700: 201-101) -- C: $500-200-100-100 (u1500: 201-101) -- D: $300-200-

100-100 (u1200: 201-100). Unrated may enter any section but prize limit of

$200 in all u2000 sections; balance goes to next player(s) in line. EF: $85 3-

day, $79 2-day mailed or online by 11/13. Add $15 for 11/14-11/25, add $25

onsite, add $19 for play-up, and subtract $45 for BayAreaChess Pass. GMs &

IMs free before 11/7 (entry feed deducted from prize). Re-entry $39. TD may

assign ratings. 3-day schedule: Reg.: Fri 10-10:30a, Fri/Sat 11a 5:15p, Sun

10a, 4:15p. 2-day sched: Reg.: Sa 9-9:30a, Sat 10, 12:15, 2:30, 5:15p. Sun

10am, 3:15pm. Tel 408-786-5515. Byes must commit before rd 3. Max 2 byes.

Hotel $99 BayAreaChess rate, 800-233-1234. reserve by 11/13 or rate may

increase. Ent: BayAreaChess, 4423 Fortran Ct., Ste. 160, San Jose, CA

95134. $20 service charge for refunds. Questions:, Info & Entries: More

info: NS NC W. WCL JGP

Southern California

September 5-7
31st Annual Southern California Open
6-SS, 40/2, SD/1. Crowne Plaza Hotel, 2270 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA 92108.
$20,000 prize fund based on 200 players, 60% of each prize is guaranteed. In 5 Sections:
Open Section: 1st $2,600-1,800-1,200-900-600-500-400, U2300 $800-400, U2200 $1,000-600-400-200
Premier Section (U2000): $1,000-600-400-200
Amateur Section (U1800) $1,000-600-400-200
Reserve Section (U1600) $1,000-600-400-200
Booster Section (U1400) $600-400-200-100, U1200 $300-150, Best Unrated $100

Unrated must play in Open (eligible for place prizes only) or U1400 (eligible for Unrated prize only).

Best Game Prizes: $75-50-25, one reserved for non-open sections.
Reg.: 8 to 9:30 a.m.

Rds.: 10 a.m. & 5 p.m. on Sat and Sun, 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Mon.

EF: $120 if received by 8/14, $140 by 8/28, $160 after 8/28 or at door. Only $75 if U1400 or unrated. Free entry for GMs and IMs (EF deducted from winnings).

SCCF membership req'd ($18 Adult, $10 Jr) for all So Cal residents.

No re-entries, no "fast" schedule, only quality chess. Sept. rating list used. Open section will be FIDE rated. SCCF Annual Membership Meeting: Sunday 3 p.m.
Two half point byes OK in rds 1-6, must be requested at least one hour before round, but a last round bye must be requested at registration and is irrevocable.
Ent: SCCF, c/o John Hillery, 835 Wilton Pl. #1, Los Angeles, CA 90038 or enter online at
Inf: Bruce Baker of SDCC at (619) 239-7166 or see our website at
HR: Special rate of only $110 single or double, 619-297-1101, or 1-800-227-6963 if booked by 8/14/09, must reserve at least 2 nights, book ASAP, as rates will go up and rooms may sell out by mid-August. Great tropical themed hotel is in the heart of Mission Valley, close to airport, great attractions such as Sea World, the SD Zoo, the lively Gaslamp District for night life, Seaport Village and Fashion Valley for shopping. The Crown Plaza Hotel (see
) has a great restaurant and sushi bar, a heated pool, a fitness room, Whirlpool spa, free shuttle service and is next to the excellent Riverwalk golf course.
NS, NC, W.
F. WCL JGP. GP: 120.
State Championship Qualifier. 

September 12

San Luis Obispo County Championship
4-SS, G/60, Pimo Dunes Travel Trailer Park Clubhouse, 200 S. Dolliver St., Pismo Beach, CA 93449.
2 Sections: Open and Reserve (U1500/Unr).
Prizes: 80% of paid entries returned.
Reg: 8:45 – 9:30 Saturday at tournament site.
Rds: 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 5:15 p.m.
EF: $40 Open, $30 Reserve – paid in advance by September 10. One $5 discount to SCCF,
S.L.O.CC, or Cal Chess members. All $10 more at site. Cash only at on-site registration.
INF: Barbara McCaleb, 805-540-0747,, Mark Keller, 805-481-6366,
Ent: Payable to San Luis Obispo Chess Club, c/o Barbara McCaleb, 234 Via La Paz, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401.
State Championship Qualifier.

September 12-13
Eclectic Collections
(Sponsored by: Eclectic Collections
6-SS, G/60; Los Angeles Chess Club, 11514 Santa Monica Blvd, LA, CA 90025, 2nd floor (4 blocks W. of 405).
$$$ 1,500 Guaranteed! In two sections:
Open: $400-200-50, U2200: $125, U2000: $125.
Reserve (U1800) $$200-100, U1600 $125, Under 1400/unrated $100, U1200 $75.
EF: $55 if received by 9/10; $60 at the door ($40 LACC members if received by 9/10; $45 at the door; $30 new LACC members). $6 off SCCF members.
Re-entry $25.
Up to 2 half-point byes available.
Reg: 11:00 - 11:45 a.m.
Rds: 12:00, 2:00, 4:00 each day.
1-day option I: Play 3 games- no 1/2 pt byes- Pay 1/2 EF. 1-day option II: Play 3 games- three 1/2 pt byes- pay full EF.
Free Parking lots on the SW corner of Santa Monica & Purdue - 1 block, or in the building basement ($3).
Inf: (310) 795-5710 or Web site:
Ent: LACC - P.O. Box 251774, Los Angeles, CA 90025.
GP: 10.
State Championship Qualifier.