Mechanics' Institute Chess Club Newsletter #463

Playing chess, being at the chessboard, almost five years after retirement, that was quite a challenge. If I hadn't started my cooperation with Magnus earlier this year I would not have accepted the offer, because I knew the difficulties I would face. Even in preparation, because you lose your instincts. It is very hard to explain to non-professionals. If you don't play chess, at the chessboard, in the auditorium, facing real opponents – nothing can substitute that. Even if you do chess studies at home, if you play chess on the Internet, there’s a huge difference. Internet blitz is causing some damage, because you play with a different kind of instincts.

Garry Kasparov in an interview about his match with Anatoly Karpov by Robert Fontaine  ( )


1) Mechanics’ Institute Chess Club News

2) Jerry Hanken 1934-2009

3) Here and There

4) Upcoming Tournaments


1) Mechanics’ Institute Chess Club News


This was a tough match against a longtime rival and the final result, a 2-2 tie, helped neither team as Seattle moved a point ahead in the division. 
San Francisco 2 vs Miami 2

1. GM Patrick Wolff (SF) vs GM Julio Becerra (MIA)  1-0
2. FM Marcel Martinez (MIA) vs GM Jesse Kraai (SF)  1-0
3. FM Daniel Naroditsky (SF) vs NM Eric Rodriguez (MIA)  1/2-1/2
4. Miguel Recio (MIA) vs NM Yian Liou (SF)  1/2-1/2

Defeating Julio Becerra is always an accomplishment, doubly so in the USCL where he reigns supreme. His 73 MVP points heading into the 2009 season put him well ahead of second place Vinay Bhat's  46. Here Patrick uses 3.Bc4 to steer in a Ruy Lopez setup. After Black's eighth move White is three tempi ahead of a regular Spanish but as Patrick pointed out just who are those three tempi ( ...a6, ...b5, ...Bb7) good for. Play was delicately balanced until White started to get the better of it with 18.b4 and after 30.Qg3 he had a large advantage which he converted. This battle should be a strong contender for Game of the Week.
Wolff,Patrick (2623) - Becerra,Julio (2615) [C55]
USCL San Francisco vs Miami (6), 2009

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d3 Be7 5.0-0 0-0 6.Re1 d6 7.a4 Na5 8.Ba2 c5 9.Nc3 Nc6 10.Bg5 Nb4 11.Bc4 Be6 12.h3 Nd7 13.Bd2 Nb6 14.Bxe6 fxe6 15.Ne2 Nc6 16.Ng3 Qd7 17.c3 Bf6 18.b4 Nc8 19.Qb3 N8e7 20.bxc5 dxc5 21.a5 Ng6 22.Be3 Be7 23.Nf5 Rac8 24.Red1 Kh8 25.Nxe7 Qxe7 26.Ng5 Nd8 27.d4 exd4 28.cxd4 Nf4 29.Bxf4 Rxf4 30.Qg3 Rf6 31.dxc5 Rg6 32.f4 h6 33.Qh4 Qxc5+ 34.Kh1 Qc2 35.Qh5 Rf6 36.Qe8+ 1-0

White always use to meet the McCutcheon with 9.Bd3 Nxd2 10.Kxd2 but since about 2004 has scored very well with 9.Qf4 planning to recapture with the Queen and not the King on d2. It says a lot that Igor Glek, one of the great exponents of 4...Bb4, has suffered several serious defeats in this variation.

Jesse could have captured the h-pawn ( 20...Qxh4 but after 21.Qb4 White would have enjoyed a serious initiative. One idea might to induce ...b6 by doubling Queen and Rook on the a-line. Once ...b6 was playing a4-a5 would be natural and strong. Jesse tried to mix things up by sacrificing the exchange for play along the long diagonal but it did not work out.

Martinez,Marcel (2475) - Kraai,Jesse (2552) [C12]
USCL San Francisco vs Miami (6) 2009

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Bb4 5.e5 h6 6.Bd2 Bxc3 7.bxc3 Ne4 8.Qg4 g6 9.Qf4 c5 10.Bd3 Nxd2 11.Qxd2 Nc6 12.Nf3 Qa5 13.dxc5 Qxc5 14.h4 Bd7 15.Rb1 0-0-0 16.0-0 Kb8 17.Rb5 Qe7 18.Rfb1 Bc8 19.Nd4 Nxd4 20.cxd4 Rd7 21.g3 g5 22.h5 Rc7 23.Qa5 b6 24.R5b3 Bb7 25.Qd2 Rc4 26.Bxc4 dxc4 27.Qb4 Qd7 28.Qxc4 Ka8 29.Ra3 Rc8 30.Qb4 Qc6 31.f3 g4 32.Qxb6 Qxb6 33.Rxb6 gxf3 34.Rxb7 f2+ 35.Kg2 Kxb7 36.Rf3 Rxc2 37.Rxf7+ Kc6 38.Rxf2 Rc4 39.Rf6 Kd5 40.Rxh6 Rxd4 41.Rh7 Rd2+ 42.Kh3 Rxa2 43.g4 Kxe5 44.Rf7 Ra1 45.Kg2 Ra2+ 46.Kg3 Ra3+ 47.Kh4 Ra1 48.Kg5 a5 49.h6 a4 50.h7 Rh1 51.Kg6 a3 52.Ra7 Kf4 53.Ra4+ Kg3 54.g5 e5 55.Kg7 e4 56.h8Q 1-0

Daniel played a great game but in too complex a style for G/60 + 30 second increment. Had he not been down to a minute on his clock he would have undoubtedly found 30.Qf3 or 32.Bxh6, in both cases with a significant advantage for White.
Naroditsky,Daniel (2371) - Rodriguez,Eric (2290) [C79]
USCL San Francisco vs Miami (6), 2009

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.d3 d6 6.0-0 Bd7 7.c3 g6 8.Nbd2 Bg7 9.Re1 0-0 10.Nf1 Qe8 11.Ng3 Kh8 12.Bb3 Ng8 13.h3 f5 14.exf5 gxf5 15.d4 f4 16.Ne4 Rd8 17.d5 Nce7 18.c4 Nh6 19.Bc2 Nhf5 20.Bd3 Ng6 21.g4 fxg3 22.fxg3 h6 23.h4 Rf7 24.h5 Nge7 25.g4 Nd4 26.Nxd4 exd4 27.g5 Rf5 28.Nf6 Rxf6 29.gxf6 Bxf6 30.Bg6 Qg8 31.Rxe7 Bxe7 32.Qxd4+ Qg7 33.Qxg7+ Kxg7 34.Bd2 Bf6 35.Re1 Be5 1/2-1/2

Yian was a little better on the board after 25...c4 but way ahead on the clock. He was a pawn up in the ending after 38...Qd5 but Recio defended very well to split the point. Maybe 41...a5 intending 42...b4 was a better winning try.

Recio,Miguel (2164) - Liou,Yian (2149) [A90]
USCL San Francisco vs Miami (6), 2009

1.d4 f5 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nf3 e6 4.g3 d5 5.Bg2 c6 6.0-0 Bd6 7.b3 Qe7 8.Bb2 0-0 9.Ne5 Nbd7 10.Nd2 Bxe5 11.dxe5 Ng4 12.Nf3 b6 13.Qd2 Bb7 14.Rac1 Rfd8 15.Qf4 Nf8 16.h3 Nh6 17.Rfd1 c5 18.e3 Nf7 19.cxd5 Ng6 20.Qc4 Bxd5 21.Qe2 Rac8 22.h4 Bxf3 23.Bxf3 Ngxe5 24.Bg2 Rxd1+ 25.Rxd1 c4 26.bxc4 Nxc4 27.Rc1 Nfd6 28.Bd4 Qf7 29.Rd1 b5 30.Bf3 a6 31.Bg2 Rd8 32.h5 h6 33.Bc3 Qc7 34.e4 Nxe4 35.Rxd8+ Qxd8 36.Bxe4 fxe4 37.Qxe4 Qd1+ 38.Kg2 Qd5 39.Qxd5 exd5 40.Kf3 Kf7 41.Ke2 g6 42.hxg6+ Kxg6 43.Kd3 Kf5 44.Kd4 Ke6 45.Kc5 h5 46.f4 Nd6 47.Kb6 Ne4 48.Be1 Kd7 49.Kxa6 Kc6 50.f5 d4 51.Ka5 d3 52.Kb4 d2 53.Bxd2 Nxd2 54.f6 Kd6 55.Kxb5 Ne4 56.f7 Ke7 57.a4 Nc3+ 58.Kb4 Nxa4 59.Kxa4 Kxf7 60.Kb3 Kf6 61.Kc2 Kf5 62.Kd1 Kg4 63.Ke1 Kxg3 64.Kf1 Kh2 65.Kf2 h4 66.Kf1 Kh1 67.Kf2 Kh2 1/2-1/2

Game Points
Opps Avg Rating
Opps Record  
Seattle 5.0
14.5/24 (60%)
15.5-14.5 (52%)
San Francisco 4.0
13.5/24 (56%)
17.5-10.5 (63%)
Miami 4.0
13.5/24 (56%)
10.5-17.5 (38%)
Arizona 3.0
13.5/24 (56%)
16.0-14.0 (53%)
Dallas 2.5
11.5/24 (48%)
19.5-10.5 (65%)
Tennessee 2.0
11.0/24 (46%)
14.0-16.0 (47%)
Chicago 1.5
9.0/24 (38%)
15.5-14.5 (52%)

2009 MVP Standings
GM Hikaru Nakamura (SEA) 14.0
FM John Bick (TEN) 12.5
IM Alex Lenderman (PHI) 12.0
GM Eugene Perelshteyn (BOS)
NM Yaacov Norowitz (NY) 11.0
GM Joel Benjamin (NJ) 10.0
GM Jaan Ehlvest (TEN) 10.0
GM Julio Becerra (MIA) 9.0
NM Yian Liou (SF) 9.0
FM Andrei Zaremba (QNS)

Wednesday night blitz results for September 30.

1st : Jules Jelinek 7/8, 2nd : Romy Fuentes 5.5, 3rd : Yefim Bukh 4

USCF rating director Walter Brown writes with news about the Mechanics' Tuesday Night Marathon series.


I was looking at the rating results from your tournament as it is already FIDE rated. Your club is picking up some rated players. Kyle Shin, Jayakrishnan Ramachandran and Prashant Periwal had FIDE ratings for September but your tournament started in August so it do not help some of the players this time. Hovik Manvelyan and Willie Campers will be rated starting in November. Weston Leavens is up to 8 games, Mikhail Chernobilskiy and James Jones have 6, Joe Russell and Kavyen Riese have 4 and Charles Bultman 3. If they continue to play and are able to play three FIDE rated players in their tournaments, your club will really start getting a lot of rated players. This last tournament had 25% FIDE rated with 15/59. 
MI Tuesday Night Marathon Schedule for 2010 ( events are FIDE rated)

Winter Tuesday Night Marathon
January 5 - February 23 ( 8 rounds)

Spring Tuesday Night Marathon
March 16-May 4  ( 8 rounds)

Summer Tuesday Night Marathon
May 25 -July 13  ( 8 rounds)

Peter Grey Tuesday Night Marathon
August 3- September 28 ( 9 rounds)

Fall Tuesday Night Marathon
October 19-December 14 ( 9 rounds)

2) Jerry Hanken 1934-2009

One of the giants of American Chess passed away this past week. Though he didn't learn the rules of the game until he was 19 ( an incident he wrote about in a story called The Hook - see Chess Chow, March-April 1994), few American players have bitten by the chess bug harder than Jerry Hanken. He played in his first USCF tournament in 1957 and fifty years later he had lost none of his love for the game. Whether it was playing, writing or organizing Jerry enjoyed all of it.

Though he had already played in the 1957 US Open in Cleveland (the one where Bobby Fischer tied for first at 14) Jerry's chess career really began when he moved to Los Angeles in 1960.  That November he first came to the attention of California players by tying for second with 4.5 from 6 in a strong Palo Alto open won by William Addison. He improved steadily the next few years and won the California Open in Fresno in 1964, one of the high points of his career. 

Jerry was always a self-taught practical player without much formal training. Such players tend to do best when they play a lot which may explain why Jerry's rating was still near its peak, and close to 2300, at age 60 -  being retired and no longer with family responsibilities gave him more time for chess. Jerry definitely had his way of handling the opening and with White loved 1.c4, 2.Nc3, 3.g3, 4.Bg2, 5.e3 and 6. Nge2  against most Blacxk setups - Hankin's English he dubbed it.

During the 1966 US Open in Seattle Jerry met Bill Goichberg who would become one of his closest friends for the rest of his life. Jerry's primary interest in chess up to that point had been playing but under Bill's tutelage he developed a passion for USCF governance. He served three terms on the USCF Policy (later Executive) Board and when not holding elected office relished his self-appointed role as the Federation's consigliere. Jerry definitely loved to be in the center of the action!

Most chess players will remember Jerry primarily as an organizer and a writer but may be surprised to learn that both of these were relatively late developments in his life. It was only around 1990 that Jerry started to organize the American Open tournaments that he became synonymous with. The US Opens of 1991 and 2003 as well several US Championships were his babies. Jerry was one of the first American organizers to offer conditions to Grandmasters who attended his events and the 1991 US Open remains the second strongest strong in the series stretching over 100 years behind only Reno (1999).

This past decade it was hard to open an issue of Chess Life without finding an article by Jerry - usually a tournament report on one of the big opens. Though Jerry loved to write he had one major problem. He couldn't type and his handwriting could generously be described as challenged . It was a blessing when he found that his good friend Randy Hough could actually decipher the Hanken scrawl. Later Frank Berry taught him how to use ChessBase and Jerry was fully-armed. It's a pity that he did not live long enough to complete his memoirs or his long-planned interview with Jacqueline Piatigorsky, a project he was uniquely equipped for as the two had been friends for close to fifty years.

Jerry was not a man of pretensions. Earthy and indifferent to personal appearance he nonetheless cut an imposing figure in his prime at around 6' 2"" and 230 pounds. His always present bushy beard and mustache gave him the look of an Old Testament patriarch but Jerry was anything but a prude. He was fill of life and while he might have not loved his Los Angeles Lakers as much as Caissa they were definitely a close second. Jerry may not have been center court with Jack Nicholsen but his friends quickly learned never to call him when the Lakers were playing.

Jerry would be the first person to tell you that he wasn't a saint. He had a terrible temper and more than once in his days serving on the USCF Policy Board friends had to walk him around the block after he exploded, but he never held a grudge. One of the few USCF members from the 1950s still active, Jerry could remember back to the days when the Federation had less than 5,000 members - to the time when it was more was like a large family. He took matters involving the USCF very personally and when he was convinced he was right it was hard to dissuade him.

The last few years of his life found Jerry in and out of the hospital and often in constant pain. There were financial problems as well but Jerry shouldered on in large part because of the love he had for the game and the many friends he made through chess.

 The following obituary by Jerry's good friend  George following Mirijanian first appeared on the Massachusetts Chess Association website - 

Jerry Hanken, noted chess journalist and former USCF Policy Board member, dies at 74 by George Mirijanian

Jerry Hanken, one of the most colorful personalities in U.S. Chess, died Thursday, October 1, in Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles - one month before his 75th birthday. He had been hospitalized for about three weeks after surgery and passed away from complications of diabetes. He was known to tens of thousands of American players as a longtime reporter and interviewer for Chess Life. He was also a USCF life master and served on the federation's Policy Board (now Executive Board) for 10 years between 1978 and 1994. In addition, he was president of the Chess Journalists of America.

Jerome "Jerry" Bernard Hanken was born on October 30, 1934 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He graduated there in 1951 from Walnut Hills High School and later received his bachelors degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. While a resident of Cincinnati, he became the top player in the city's chess club and in 1959 won the second-ever Cincinnati Chess Club Championship. Two years earlier he played in his first U.S. Open in Cleveland, scoring 6-6. He moved to Southern California in the early 1960s and competed in the 1961 Southern California Chess Championship. He went on to become one of the most active tournament players in the country, competing in events from coast to coast. He had a predilection for the English Opening (1. c4) as White and the Robatsch, aka Modern Defense (1...g6) as Black. In 1964, he won the California Open in a very strong field and with it earned the title of USCF life master, awarded to those who maintain a master's rating for 300 consecutive games. His appearances in New England in the past decade were limited to the Foxwoods Open in Connecticut, where he competed seven times, and to the 2001 U.S. Open in Framingham, Mass., and the 2002 Continental Open in Sturbridge, Mass. The U.S. Opens were by far his most favorite event and he competed in them just about every year from 1957 through 2008, including 1964, 1970 and 1988 in Boston. At the 1990 U.S. Open in Jacksonville, Florida, Hanken initiated a column in the round-by-round game bulletins titled "Hanken's Corner" and they became popular as part of the games bulletins for the next two decades. As a journalist, he won many awards from the Chess Journalists of America. And in 1997, the CJA honored him with the prestigious Cramer Award by naming him Chess Journalist of the Year.

Described by some as a "friendly bear-type" but with a fiery disposition, Hanken worked for 39 years as a deputy probation officer for Los Angeles County until his retirement. He gained the respect and the admiration from his department and the juveniles he mentored. When not working or playing chess, he performed occasionally in amateur theatrical productions in the Los Angeles area. And his knowledge of Shakespeare was extensive, being able to quote passages without hesitation. But chess was Hanken's lasting passion - not only as a player and journalist but also as an organizer. He played a major role in bringing the 1991 and 2003 U.S. Opens to Los Angeles. And in 1990, his organizational skills saved the American Open after the event had lost its corporate sponsorship that year. Decades earlier, he worked with chess philanthropist Louis Statham and Los Angeles Times chess columnist GM Isaac Kashdan in helping organize the successful Lone Pine grandmaster tournaments that were held between 1972 and 1981 in California. It was during those years - in 1977 to be precise - that he played a key role in creating the Southern California Chess Federation, when the state of California was split into two by the USCF for voting purposes, and served on the SCCF board of directors for many years and also a term as its president.

Hanken's last USCF-rated tournament was the 14th Pacific Coast Open, a Continental Chess Association-sponsored tournament in July of this year in Agoura Hills, Calif., where because of health reasons he had to drop out after playing two games out of six. The U.S. chess community has lost one of its finest, most knowledgeable and most passionate promoters of chess. He was unique in the annals of U.S. Chess. He is survived by his former wife, Barbara (Kirschner) Hanken, and their children, Andrea and Dan.; Tax-deductible donations in memory of Jerry Hanken may be made to MACA's Living Memorial Chess Fund and be sent to Robert D. Messenger, MACA Treasurer, 4 Hamlett Drive #12, Nashua, NH 03062-4641.

The following reminiscence by Michael Carr deals with Jerry's part in the success of the 1963 Piatigorsky Cup. Ten years later, and for close to a decade, Jerry would again play a major role in another important Southern California tournament series - Lone Pine. 

Jerry was the head of the Communications Committee. This Committee had twelve of us young local players that made it up. Besides myself there was Donn Rogosin, Robert Bliss, Tom Lux, Andrew Sacks, Michael Sheehan, Steven Rains, Ted Jester, Randy Kluz, Martin Cooper, Stephen Englund, and Kenneth Pfeiffer. Tom Lux ( who became a U.S. Amateur Champion) was the oldest at about 20, and Andy Sacks was the youngest at 15. I was 17 at the time.

This Committee was in charge of making the moves on large demo boards behind all the players so the audience could see the positions of all the games at any time. Four of us would also sit behind the players recording the moves of the games. The last group of four were running the moves into the analysis room were a group of local masters (headed by Irving Rivise) would analyze the games. Other members of that group were IM William Addison, Carl Pilnick, Robert Jacobs, and Saul Yarmak.

Jerry had to make sure that all of us were doing what we were supposed to do, and do it without intruding on the players.

As to any anecdotes involving Jerry. Well, you know that Jerry always liked to be the center of attention and play the big cheese. He liked to hobnob with the GM's. Actually he became close friends with GM Fridrik Olafsson. Jerry kind of became Fridrik's unofficial second. During a weekend day between rounds he had Fridrik come over to his apartment for a pool party. He invited all twelve of us on his committee. Well one thing lead to another and Jerry suggested that we play a blitz tournament. Fridrik was quite willing. So here we had 14 players playing a 13 round 5 minute tournament. And Fridrik didn't give any of us time odds. It was 5 to 5. Well needless to say Olaffson won 13-0. I ended up somewhere in the middle, but I did beat Jerry. Jerry actually ended up toward the bottom. Most of us kids had 9 to 14 years of youth on Jerry and just moved faster. Afterwards, Jerry said maybe the tournament hadn't been so good an idea.

Olafsson did very well in the tournament, tied for 3-4th with Najdorf. In fact he was tied for the lead with Keres after 10 rounds, but losses in the 11th and 13th rounds set him back. He was still tied for the lead with Petrosian after 12 rounds.

Another great event was the pretournament garden party hosted by the Piatigorsky's at their home. All of us kids were invited. I was in awe as I stood only a couple of feet away from the inlaid chess table were Petrosian and Keres were playing over a game. Mr. Piatigorsky pulled out his cello and entertained all of us with some of the most beautiful music. Now Jerry loved to hobnob with the GM's, but he loved food more. Most of his time was spent by the magnificent spead of the food table. He would stand there and talk with any GM who came to the table; but he never once left the table. Jerry was even bigger at that time then he was later on.

I can only say that this was probably the most elegant tournament ever held on U.S. soil. The venue; the Embassy Room at the Ambassdor Hotel (home of the famous Coconut Grove) were most of the rounds were held was magnificent. It brings back fond memories.

Max Burkett writes about the vaunted Hanken temper and his ability to laugh at himself.

The penultimate (7th?) round of 1966 National Open in Las Vegas ended early so Kolty, the TD, decided to start the final round an hour early and posted a notice to that effect on the bulletin
board. Jerry had finished early and was unaware of the change although he knew better, since this was Kolty's annoying habit.Jerry's opponent, Walter Grombacher, was a Class A chess character who worked at a Chicago haberdashery. It gave him ample vacation time to pursue his chess 'career'. It also furnished him with the shirts he wore at chess tournaments which were orange and were decorated with a printed scheme of black chess pieces, making him look like he was wearing a Halloween costume.

Walter showed up for the final round on time, but Jerry was nowhere to be found. As the forfeit hour grew near, Walter got up and stood by a door. Jerry showed up "right on time" as Walter, who had just won the A prize, ran out the other door telling Kolty "Mail me my check". Jerry walked in, discovered he had forfeited, that Walter had hit the bricks, and went into his Hulk mode and yelled "Where is he?  I'll wring his scrawny chicken neck!".

Fast forward five months to an hour before the start of the first round of the US Open in Seattle - Jim Tarjan, Jerry, and I were at the downtown station of the train to the Space Needle which was
near the tournament venue. Grombacher walked in and up to Jerry, carrying a cake box. Then he said "I'm really sorry. I hope you'll accept my apology" and handed Jerry the cake box. As Jerry opened the box, Walter ran out the door laughing. Jerry extracted a rubber chicken from the box. Tarjan and I expected another Hulk transformation, but Jerry just smiled and said "He got me again".

That rubber chicken belongs in the Chess Hall of Fame, if it still exists.

3) Here and There

Anna Zatonskih leads the US Womens Championship in Saint Louis with 3.5 from 4 having just defeated her chief rival, fellow IM Irina Krush. The youngest participant, 18-year-old Alisa Melekhina, is doing very well with 3 from 4, good for clear second.

The US Chess Hall of Fame has found a great new home in the Saint Louis Chess Club. Add rescuing the Hall of Fame, which recently lost its home in Miami,  to the chess resume of Rex Sinquefeld - right next to holding the 2009 US Championship and the 2009 US Womens Championship. Mr. Sinquefeld is also responsible for revitalizing the St. Louis Chess Club with a beautiful new home and acquiring a significant collection of Fischer memorabilia which will be on public display in the future. St. Louis is not only close to the geographic center of the US it is rapidly becoming the heart of American chess.

America's big three - US Champion Hikaru Nakamura, Alex Onischuk and Gata Kamsky - all have 2 from 3 in the European Club Cup being held in Ohrid, Macedonia. Hikaru is playing for Husek Wien, Alex for Kiev PKV and Gata for Alkalod Skopje.

4) Upcoming Tournaments

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
Northern California

Oct. 17-18   Fremont Open   GPP: 6   California Northern
4-SS, 30/90; SD/60. Fremont Adult School, 4700 Calaveras Ave., Fremont, CA 94538. $$B 80 paid entries (not counting unrateds). Three Sections: Open $400-260 U2200 $250-150; A/B A $250-150 B $250-150; Reserve C $250-150 D/E $250-150 Unr: Trophy First. Reserve players playing in the A/B section compete for the B prizes. All, EF: postmarked by 10/12 $60, $70 at site. Unrateds $20 in the Reserve section or may play up to the Open section for the regular fee. USCF memb. req'd. May play up for add'l $10 per section. Reg.: Sat 10/17 9:00-9:45am. RDS.: Sat 10:00 & 3:30; Sun 10:00 & 3:30; One 1/2 pt bye available if requested in advance (bye in rds 3 or 4 must be requested before rd 1). 2009 October Ratings List, CCA minimums and Directors discretion will be used to place players as accurately as possible. Please bring clocks and equipment. INFO: Ken Zowal (510)-623-9935. Email: or Ent: Ken Zowal, P.O. Box 3211, Fremont, CA 94539. No Phone entries. 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

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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.