Mechanics' Institute Chess Club Newsletter #462

I must make this very clear, and people are not listening: I have no interest [in coming back to professional chess]. Because I accomplished everything I wanted in the game of chess, and now I enjoy it immensely, but playing professionally is a very different thing. Let us not forget, I am working with Magnus, and that is my professional work. You cannot combine these two things. I'm happy that I played well with Karpov - well, is a huge overstatement. Karpov played some very good moves, but the quality of his chess was not stable, sometimes it dropped quite dramatically, and also his time handling. As a professional player you know that very often your game depends on your opponent.

Garry Kasparov ( interviewed by Robert Fontaine - )

1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News

2) Vinay Bhat ties for first in Spice Cup

3) Here and There

4) Janis Vitomskis 1936-2009

5) KWA Meeting at Mechanics'

6) Upcoming Events

1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News

Opening preparation is very important in the US Chess League and last night New York was very well prepared indeed picking up two points almost straight out of the opening. We will need to do better against Miami next week.

New York 1 vs San Francisco 3

1. GM Giorgi Kacheishvili (NY) vs GM Josh Friedel (SF) 1-0

2. GM Jesse Kraai (SF) vs IM Irina Krush (NY) 1/2-1/2

3. NM Matthew Herman (NY) vs FM Daniel Naroditsky (SF) 1-0

4. NM Yian Liou (SF) vs NM Yaacov Norowitz (NY) 1/2-1/2

Kacheishvili,Giorgi (2666) - Friedel,Josh (2612) [E45]
USCL (5) 2009

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 b6 5.Nge2 Ba6 6.a3 Be7 7.Nf4 d5 8.cxd5 Bxf1 9.dxe6 Ba6 10.exf7+ Kxf7 11.e4

This is much stronger than 11.Qb3+.

11...c5 12.e5

This move, it would seem first played by Aronian, is a substantial improvement over 12.Be3 of Lombardy-Keres, Mar Del Plata 1957.

12... Nc6

This looks like a novelty. White is 3-0 after 12...Re8 and 12...Qxd4. The latter has been suggested as possibly Black's best with the line running 13. e6+ Kg8 14.Qf3 Nc6 15.Qxc6 Rc8 17.Qf3 Qe5+ 17.Be3 Bc4 with slightly better chances for White. Likely Kacheishvili has an improvement in store.

13.exf6 Bxf6 14.Qb3+ c4 15.Qa4 Qe8+ 16.Be3 Na5

All of this is analysis by Gavrikov in ChessBase ( in his comments to Kharlov-Zaja, Warsaw 2005) where he gives only 17.Qxe8+ Rhe8 and "White is only a little better". He didn't have the new version of Rybka at hand which gives a strong preference for 17.Qc2 awarding White with a sizeable advantage.

17.Qc2! Nb3 18.Rd1 Nxd4 19.Rxd4!

This exchange sacrifice breaks Black's position.

19...Bxd4 20.Qf5+ Bf6 21.Qd5+ Kf8 22.0-0

22.Ne6+ might have been even more precise ending Black's suffering straightaway. As it is Josh fights on for the team but the result is never in doubt.

22...Rd8 23.Ne6+ Ke7 24.Nxd8 Qxd8 25.Bc5+ bxc5 26.Qxc5+ Kf7 27.Qxa7+ Qe7 28.Qxa6 Qe6 29.Qxe6+ Kxe6 30.Re1+ Kf5 31.Ne4 Bxb2 32.Nd6+ Kf6 33.Nxc4 Bd4 34.Re4 Bc5 35.a4 Ra8 36.Ne3 Rb8 37.g3 Rb2 38.Kg2 h5 39.h4 g6 40.Kf3 Kf7 41.Re5 Bd4 42.Rd5 Rb4 43.Nc2 Rb3+ 44.Ke2 Bf6 45.Rb5 Rc3 46.Rb2 Bd8 47.Nb4 Ba5 48.Nd5 Ra3 49.Rb7+ Ke6 50.Nf4+ Kf6 51.Ra7 Ra2+ 52.Kf1 Ra1+ 53.Kg2 Be1 54.Ra6+ Kf7 55.Nxg6

Kraai,Jesse (2552) - Krush,Irina (2478) [D27]
USCL (5), 2009

1.Nf3 d5 2.d4 Nf6 3.c4 dxc4 4.e3 e6 5.Bxc4 c5 6.0-0 a6 7.dxc5 Bxc5 8.Qxd8+ Kxd8 9.Nbd2 Ke7 10.Be2 Nbd7 11.Nb3 Bd6 12.Nfd4 Nb6 13.Na5 e5 14.Ndb3 Rb8 15.f3 Be6 16.e4 Rhc8 17.Be3 Nc4 18.Bxc4 Bxc4 19.Rfc1 Bxb3 20.axb3 Rxc1+ 21.Rxc1 Nd7 22.Rc4 Nf8 23.Ba7 Ra8 24.Bb6 Nd7 25.Be3 b6 26.Nc6+ Ke6 27.Kf2 a5 28.Ke2 Nc5 29.b4

Due to the circumstances of the match (we were down 2-0) Jesse had to play for a win from a position in which he had a tiny edge at best. At this point he has already played his hand but maybe 29.Rc3 planning to meet 29....Kd7 with 30.Nxa5 Rxa5 31.b4 was a better practical try.

29...axb4 30.Kd2 Nb3+ 31.Kd3 Na5 32.Rc2 Kd7 33.Nxa5 bxa5 34.b3 a4 35.bxa4 Rxa4 36.Bd2 Ra1 37.Rb2 Rg1 38.Bxb4 Bxb4 39.Rxb4 Rxg2 40.Rb7+ Ke6 41.Rb6+ Ke7 42.Rb7+ Kf6 43.h4 g6 44.Rb6+ Kg7 45.Rb5 Rh2 46.Rxe5 Rxh4 47.Ke3 Rh2

By now the match was already decided ( 2.5-.5 for New York ) but the interesting rook ending that has now arisen still provided interest for the spectators. Three versus two Rook endings are usually easy draws unless one side has a passed pawn. Almost inevitably when four versus three endgames simplify down the best the superior side can hope for is a passed e-pawn with both sides having g and h pawns. You can find hundreds of examples of such endings in Mega Database. The structure that has arisen in the game, where Black has a passed h-pawn is much, much rarer. This makes sense - how many times does ones g and h pawns disappear from the board without at least one of the opponent's kingside pawns missing as well.

If White's pawns were on f2 and f3 ( instead of f3 and e4) and his King were on g2, the position would be an easy draw ( see for example the classical example Suetin-Kholmov , USSR 1954 - colors reversed) .

The text does not seem to be well covered in the literature. Emms in his The Survival Guide to Rook Endings. Gives two examples ( Anderson - Hug, Las Palmas 1973, and Korchnoi - Lputian, Sarajevo 1988, but neither seems completely relevant. In the first example White is much more active than in the game and in the second ( with colors reversed) Black's King and Rook are horribly misplaced.

During the game I was thinking it made sense to leave the pawns on f3 and e4 for the moment and instead improve the position of the White King and Rook ( say the King on g3 and the Rook on the 7th rank) but didn't see how to do it - 48.Kf4 Rg2 cuts the King off.

48.f4 h5 49.Re7 h4 50.e5 Kf8

The position is now almost identical to: Cuellar - Jimenez, Havana 1966, except Irina's h-pawn is further advanced which allows her a possibility not available to Jimenez. As Josh pointed after the game Black didn't have to get out off the way of the threatened e6. Instead 50...h3 was possible. After 51.e6 Black has 51...Re2+! which looks like it wins after 52.Kxe2 h2 but White saves himself with 53.Rxf7+ Kg8 54.Rh7!. Black is a pawn up in the resulting Queen ending after 54...Kxh7 55.e7 h1 (Q) 56.e8(Q) Qh2+ 57.Ke3 Qg3+ but the position is drawn.

51.Ra7 h3 52.Kf3 Rb2 53.Kg3 h2 54.Ra8+ Ke7

This looks like the better route for the King than ...Kg7-h6 as played by Jimenez.

55.Rh8 Ke6 56.Rh7

56.Kg4 doesn't help White as Black simply plays 56...Kd5.

56... Kd5 ?

Now this is a mistake. Instead 56...Ra2 wins a tempo as either the Rook has to remove its attack on f7 or the King can no longer keep attacking g3. Black will play 57...Kd5 with ...Ke4/...g5 in the offing. I believe Black should be winning.

57.Rxh2 Rxh2 58.Kxh2 g5 59.fxg5 Kxe5 60.Kg3 Kf5 61.Kh4 f6 62.gxf6 Kxf6 1/2-1/2

Just like board one Herman rattled his opening moves off very quickly and by move 15 was over a half an hour ahead on the clock but unlike the other game matters were quite tense and only resolved when Black found himself short of time and blundered with 25...Nd7. This game will undoubtedly be analyzed for a long time so the following are just preliminary observations.

While White's attack looks extremely strong there appear to be some interesting resources for Black. One example is taking the Bishop right away without inserting ...a3. For example 20...exd5 21.hxg7 Re8 22.Qh2 Bh4 23.Nf5 bxa2 24.Nxa2 a3 looks exciting or in the game instead of 24...dxe4 allowing White to activate his Rook maybe 24...Nxb3+ is possible with the idea 25.Kb1 dxe4 26.Rxd6 Qc8 27.Nxh4 exf3 28.Nxg6 Qf5+. Both of these variations are difficult to see with only a few minutes on the clock.

Herman,Matthew (2275) - Naroditsky,Daniel (2371) [B87] USCL(5), 2009

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bc4 e6 7.Bb3 b5 8.f3 Nbd7 9.Be3 Nc5 10.Qd2 Bb7 11.0-0-0 Be7 12.g4 Nfd7 13.g5 Ne5 14.h4 0-0 15.h5 b4 16.Nce2 a5 17.g6 a4 18.h6 Nxg6 19.Bd5 b3 20.Nc3 a3 21.cxb3 exd5 22.hxg7 Re8 23.Qh2 Bh4 24.Nf5 dxe4 25.Rxd6 Nd7 26.f4 Re6 27.Bd4 axb2+ 28.Kb1 h5 29.Rxe6 fxe6 30.Nh6+ Kh7 31.g8Q+ Qxg8 32.Nxg8 Rxg8 33.Rg1 Ndf8 34.f5 1-0

Halfway through the season Yian Liou and Yaacov Norowitz have established themselves as two of the top fourth boards in the League. Their game last night was evenly contested throughout with first Black and later White having a very small advantage. A draw was a fair result.

Liou,Yian (2149) - Norowitz,Yaacov (2354) [B16] USCL (5) 2009

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 5.Nxf6+ gxf6 6.c3 Qd5 7.c4 Qe4+ 8.Be3 e5 9.Ne2 Na6 10.Nc3 Qg6 11.a3 Bf 5 12.d5 Nc5 13.Bxc5 Bxc5 14.Qf3 0-0 15.Be2 Rac8 16.g4 Bc2 17.h4 Bd4 18.Rc1 e4 19.Qf4 Bxc3+ 20.bxc3 Bd3 21.d6 Rcd8 2 2.Bxd3 exd3 23.Kd2 f5 24.gxf5 Qxd6 25.Rcg1+ Kh8 26.Qxd6 Rxd6 27.Rh3 Rfd8 28.Rgg3 Rf6 29.Rf3 Kg7 30.Rhg3+ Kf8 31.Rf4 c5 32.Rfg4 Rdd6 33.Rg8+ Ke7 34.Re3+ Kd7 35.Re5 Rh6 36.Rf8 Rxh4 37.Rxf7+ Kc6 38.Ree7 Rxc4 39.Rc7+ Kd5 40.Kxd3 b6 41.Rxh7 Rf4 42.Rhe7 b5 43.Rxa7 Rf3+ 44.Ke2 Rxc3 45.Rab7 Rxa3 46.Rxb5 Rf6 47.Rc7 Rc3 48.Kd2 Rc4 1/2-1/2




Game Points

Opps Avg Rating

Opps Record  



12.0/20 (60%)


10.5-9.5 (53%)



11.5/20 (58%)


11.0-9.0 (55%)



11.5/20 (58%)


6.5-13.5 (33%)



10.5/20 (53%)


8.0-12.0 (40%)



9.5/20 (50%)


9.0-11.0 (45%)



9.0/20 (48%)


13.5-6.5 (68%)



7.0/20 (35%)


12.0-8.0 (60%)



2009 MVP Standings



GM Joel Benjamin (NJ)



GM Hikaru Nakamura (SEA)



GM Julio Becerra (MIA)



GM Jaan Ehlvest (TEN)



FM John Bick (TEN)



NM Yian Liou (SF)



NM Yaacov Norowitz (NY)



IM Angelo Young (CHC)



IM Dean Ippolito (NJ)



IM Alex Lenderman (PHI)



Congratulations to NM Andy Lee who won the Max Wilkerson Memorial Tuesday Night Marathon. His outstanding 8-1 score will put his USCF rating over 2300 for the first time. NM Russell Wong was second with 7 point. The Fall Marathon starts on October 20th.

MI Blitz Tournament 9/23 1. Yefim Bukh 4.5/6; 2. Jule Jelinek 4; 3. George Sanguinetti 3.5.

2) Vinay Bhat ties for first in Spice Cup

Longtime Mechanics' member Vinay Bhat turned in his second consecutive 2600 result at the Spice Cup in Lubbock , Texas . IM Ben Finegold made his final GM norm after playing at 2500 FIDE for 15 years! IM Danny Rensch made his final IM norm as well. Congratulations!

Spice Cup
Group A

1-2. GMs Kuzubov (2636, UKR), R.Mamedov (2626, AZE) and Andreikin (2659, RUS) - 5.5

4-6. . GMs Hammer (2585, NOR),, Akobian (2636, USA ) and So (2644, PHI) - 4˝,
Group B

Final Standings:
1-3. GM Perelshteyn (2542, USA ), IM Finegold (2515, USA ) and GM Bhat (2459, USA ) - 6 out of 9,
4. IM Robson (2527, USA ) - 5˝,
5. IM G.Papp (2562, HUN) - 5,
6-8. FM Rensch (2388, USA ), IM Antal (2486, HUN) and IM Kuljasevic (2547,CRO) - 4,
9. GM Diamant (2526, BRA) - 2˝,
10. IM Ippolito (2459, USA ) - 2.

3) Here and There

Gata Kamksy tied for first in a strong open tournament Azerbaijani capital. He defeated the co-winner in the last round with Black.
Final standings:

1.-2. GMs B.Savchenko (2638, RUS) and Kamsky (2692, USA ) - 7˝,
3-6. GM Smirin (2648, ISR), GM Sanikidze (2600, GEO), IM Erdogdu (2467, TUR) and IM L.Guliev (2426, AZE) - 7,

Yasser Seirawan got off to a good start in the Dutch Club Championship winning his first round game.

Seirawan,Y - Siebrecht,S [A20]
(1), 26.09.2009

1.c4 e5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 c6 4.d4 Bb4+ 5.Bd2 Bxd2+ 6.Qxd2 d6 7.Nc3 0-0 8.Nf3 e4 9.Ng5 d5 10.cxd5 cxd5 11.0-0 Re8 12.e3 Nc6 13.f3 h6 14.Nh3 exf3 15.Rxf3 Ne4 16.Nxe4 dxe4 17.Rf2 Qd6 18.Nf4 Bg4 19.Rc1 Rac8 20.Rc5 b6 21.Rd5 Qb4 22.h3 Bf3 23.Rd7 Qb5 24.Rd5 Qa4 25.b3 Qa3 26.Bxf3 exf3 27.Nd3 Qe7 28.Rxf3 g6 29.Nf2 Qe6 30.e4 Rcd8 31.Ng4 f5 32.exf5 Qe1+ 33.Qxe1 Rxe1+ 34.Kf2 Rxd5 35.Nf6+ Kg7 36.Nxd5 Rd1 37.Rc3 Rxd4 38.Rxc6 Rxd5 39.Rxg6+ Kh7 40.g4 Rd2+ 41.Kg3 Rxa2 42.Rc6 Ra3 43.Rc7+ Kg8 44.Kh4 Rxb3 45.Kh5 1-0

John Blackstone writes that "there has been a book published by Russell Targ (Bobby's brother-in-law) titled "Do You See What I See" published by Hampton Roads Publishing Company ISBN=978-1-57174-559-0. In the book there is an EPILOGUE "The Return of the Bobby Snatchers (or Bye-Bye Bobby)". It is about his burial in Iceland . He was one of only six or seven people there."

IM Tony Saidy notes that former Interzonalist and IMF Chief Economist Kenneth Rogoff appears in Michael Moore's new movie Capitalism:A Love Story.

We have just learned that one of the giants of American chess, Jerry Hanken, passed away today ( October 1) at 75. He had been in bad health for some years. The next Newsletter will have a tribute on a key figure in American chess for close to fifty years.

4) Janis Vitomskis 1936-2009

Val Zemitis reports that Latvian Correspondence Grandmaster Janis Vitomskis died of melanoma on 25 June 2009 at the age of 72. Vitomskis was the games editor for the magazine Latvian Correspondence Chess & Latvian Gambit published the first half of this decade in Davis , California .

Here is one of his favorite games translated into English by Anda Krauze

Vitomskis- Koifman, [B78]

Correspondence 1985

Commented by Janis Vitomskis

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 0–0 8.Qd2 Nc6 9.Bc4 Bd7 10.h4 Rc8 11.Bb3 Ne5 12.0–0–0 Nc4 13.Bxc4 Rxc4

When this game was played this was the most popular variation of the Dragon and had survived many challenges. Theory has moved on since then so I prefer to skip the theoretical discussions and focus on later developments in the game.

14.h5 Nxh5 15.g4 Nf6 16.e5!?

This is a very sharp solution to the position, more realistic and safer would be 16.Nb3


Probably more precise was 16...dxe5 17.Nb3 Rc6 18.g5 Rd6 19.gxf6 Rxd2 20.Rxd2 exf6 21.Rhd1 f5 22.Rxd7 Qh4 23.Nd5.

17.fxg4 Bxg4 18.Rdg1

Fritz10 recommends 18.Qd3!?, with the following continuation: 18...Rxc3 19.Qxc3 Bxd1 20.Rxd1 Bxe5 This position is very uncertain. How should White continue? 21.Bh6 (or 21.Qd2!? ) 21...Re8 22.Qf3 with a small advantage.

18...dxe5 19.Rxg4 h5

More fundamental is 19...exd4. After the forced sequence 20.Bh6 dxc3 21.Qxd8 Rxd8 22.Rxc4 cxb2+ 23.Kb1 a nonstandard position, favorable to White, has arisen. Such positions should be evaluated by trusting one's intuition and not a computer.

20.Qe2 exd4 21.Rxg6 fxg6 22.Qxc4+ Kh8?!

22...Kh7! was more precise. For example - 23.Rd1 Qb8 24.Rxd4 Bxd4 25.Qxd4 Rf1+ 26.Kd2 Rf8 (26...Qh2+ 27.Kd3 Qh3 (or 27...Qd6 ) ) 27.Kc1 with equality.

23.Rd1 e5 24.Ne4 Qh4 25.Ng5 Qg4 26.Bd2 e4 27.Ne6 e3 28.Bb4 b5 29.Qd5 Bh6

29...d3 30.Nxf8 d2+ 31.Bxd2 exd2+ and it seems that there are great opportunities for White; however it is very hard to forecast the consequences of 32.Rxd2.

30.Re1 Rf1?

Missing the saving solution with 30...e2+! 31.Kb1 (31.Bd2 Rf1) 31...Rf1 32.Qa8+ (32.b3 Qg3 with counterplay) 32...Kh7 33.Qxa7+ Kg8 34.Qa8+ Kh7 35.Qb7+ Kg8 36.Qd5 (36.Qc8+ Kh7 37.Qd7+ Kg8 38.Qd8+ Kh7 39.Qe7+ Kg8 and it is not clear how White can play for a win.) 36...Qg3 37.Ng5+ Kh8 38.Qxd4+ Bg7 39.Qd8+ Bf8 40.a3 Rxe1+ 41.Bxe1 Qxe1+ 42.Ka2 Qb1+ 43.Kb3 Qf1 44.Qd7 Qh3+ 45.Qxh3 e1Q 46.Qd3 Qe8=.

31. Qd4

White obtains no advantage after 31.Qa8+ Kh7 32.Qxa7+ (32.Qb7+ Kh8) 32...Kg8 33.Qb8+ Kh7 34.Qc7+ Kg8 35.Qd8+ Kh7 36.Qe7+ Kg8 37.Qe8+ Kh7 38.Qd7+ Kg8.

31...Qxd4 32.Nxd4 h4 33.Kd1 Rf4 34.Ke2 1–0

5) KWA Meeting at Mechanics’

The Ken Whyld Association of chess historians is holding its annual meeting in San Francisco this year at the Mechanics' Institute.

The meeting is open to those with an interest in chess history. Contact John Donaldson at imjd (at) for more information.

Friday October 9

Opening Reception and Consultation Game 5pm-7pm
Dinner afterwards

Saturday October 10

9:30 -10:30 Tour of Mechanic' Chess Club and Library by IM John Donaldson

10:30-11:30 Opening of KWA meeting

11:30-12:30 talk by GM Ian Rogers on Cecil Purdy
12:30-2:00 Lunch
2:00-3:00 Talk by Yakov Susmanovich on Feodor Bohatirchuk
3:00- 3:45 Talk by IM Anthony Saidy on "My Battles with Fischer"
4:00-4:30 Talk by Michael Negele on Emanuel Lasker
Dinner in Berkeley after visit to Moe's bookstore

Sunday October 11

9:30 -10:30 Book fair

10:30-11:00 Talk by world's soon to be youngest author ( publisher New in Chess) by 13-year-old FM Daniel Naroditsky
11:00-11:30 Talk by Phil McCready on Nikolay Minev and self publishing
11:30-12:00 Talk by Kerry Lawless on and California Periodicals

12:00-12:30 Talk by IM John Donaldson on the longest running regional periodical in the world (Northwest Chess - 1947 to the present)
12:30-1:00 Closing comments

6) Upcoming Events

Mechanics' Institute

J.J. Dolan Memorial - October 10
Carroll Capps Memorial - November 7- 8
Pierre Saint-Amant Memorial - November 21
Guthrie McClain Memorial - December 5

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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.