Mechanics' Institute Chess Club Newsletter #464


Chess is sometimes luck, you know how sometimes you play a tournament and out of nine rounds you get six or seven openings that you don't feel good about — and sometimes you play in a tournament where you've just been working on all the openings you get.
John Fedorowicz interviewed by Jennifer Shahade


1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News

2) Jerry Hanken Memorial Service

3) Arthur Bisguier 80th Birthday

4) Here and There

5) Upcoming Events


1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News

This was a strange match to put it mildly. Greg was lost right out of the opening and if someone had told me 30 minutes into the match this was the only game we were going to win I would have been quite surprised. When Greg won, making the score 1.5 -.5 for us, and with Rogelio's King seemingly more exposed and Daniel playing effectively two pieces up in the ending, it seemed 3.5 points were in the offing, but Caissa was not on our side. Looking at the games the day after an objective reading of the match is that boards 3 and 4 canceled each other out and ultimately the match was decided on board one which was an eventful encounter to say the least with White winning Queen versus Rook the 39th move after the last capture at move 100. The game could have gone either way as Vinay explains below.

With half our roster playing in Europe or traveling on business we are going to have to tough it out until reinforcements return.

Arizona 2.5 vs San Francisco 1.5

1. IM Rogelio Barcenilla (ARZ) vs GM Vinay Bhat (SF)  1-0
2. IM John Donaldson (SF) vs IM Dioniso Aldama (ARZ)  1/2-1/2
3. FM Danny Rensch (ARZ) vs FM Daniel Naroditsky (SF)  1-0
4. NM Gregory Young (SF) vs David Adelberg (ARZ)  1-0

Vinay writes:

Hi John,

Turns out I had one shot to win - 32...fxg6 was correct (...hxg6 leads to a forced draw because of the weak h8-square), but after 33. Re4, I have to play 33...Qxe4! 34. Bxe4 Bxc4+ 35. Ka3 and now only 35...Be6!!. I'm down a queen for a rook, but he can't stop ...Bb4+ and ...Bd6+, when I take his Queen and the h2-pawn. After 38...Rb7+ instead of 38...Qb4+, 39.Kc1 is just equal. Turns out the check from a3 doesn't do anything great for me, and just chases his king forward.

As for the endgame, it looks like I defended correctly until my horrible 57...h3 move. He should've won with 58. Bd7 Rxc7 59.Kxc7 h2 59.Bc6 here, when my king is one square away from making it a draw. I saw that, but too late. Instead 57...hxg3 58. Bd7 Rxc7 59.Kxc7 g2 draws, since he can't stop my king from coming in. Oops.

Barcenilla,Rogelio (2583) - Bhat,Vinay (2504) [C45]
USCL Arizona vs San Francisco (7), 14.10.2009

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nxc6 bxc6 6.e5 Qe7 7.Qe2 Nd5 8.c4 Nb6 9.Nc3 Qe6 10.b3 a5 11.a4 Bb4 12.Bb2 0-0 13.0-0-0 Re8 14.f4 d5 15.cxd5 Nxd5 16.Nxd5 cxd5 17.Qc2 c5 18.Bd3 Qh6 19.Kb1 Bb7 20.Rhf1 Rac8 21.Bf5 Rc7 22.Rd3 g6 23.Rh3 Qg7 24.Rff3 d4 25.Rfg3 Rd8 26.Rg4 Kf8 27.Bc1 c4 28.bxc4 Ba6 29.Bd3 Rb8 30.f5 Bc3+ 31.Ka2 Qxe5 32.fxg6 fxg6 33.Re4 Qd6 34.Ba3 Bb4 35.Bxb4 Rxb4 36.Qf2+ Rf7 37.Qxd4 Rxa4+ 38.Kb1 Qb4+ 39.Qb2 Bb7 40.Re2 Ra3 41.Qxb4+ axb4 42.Kb2 Ba6 43.Rc2 Rc7 44.Rf3+ Kg7 45.Be2 Bb7 46.Rxa3 bxa3+ 47.Kxa3 Bxg2 48.c5 Be4 49.Rc3 Kf6 50.Bb5 Ke5 51.Kb4 g5 52.Rc1 g4 53.c6 h5 54.Kc5 Rc8 55.Kb6 h4 56.c7 g3 57.hxg3 h3 58.Bc6 Kd4 59.Bxe4 Kxe4 60.Rh1 Rh8 61.Rxh3 Rxh3 62.c8Q Rxg3 63.Qe6+ Kf4 64.Kc5 Re3 65.Qf6+ Kg3 66.Kd4 Re1 67.Kd3 Rb1 68.Ke2 Rb5 69.Qc3+ Kh2 70.Qc7+ Kg1 71.Qg7+ Kh2 72.Qh6+ Kg3 73.Qf6 Kg4 74.Qe6+ Kg5 75.Ke3 Ra5 76.Qe8 Ra6 77.Ke4 Rf6 78.Qg8+ Rg6 79.Qd5+ Kh6 80.Qd8 Kg7 81.Kf5 Ra6 82.Qd4+ Kh7 83.Qd3 Rg6 84.Qc2 Kh6 85.Qc3 Rg5+ 86.Kf4 Rg7 87.Qf6+ Kh7 88.Kf5 Ra7 89.Qe5 Ra6 90.Qh2+ Kg7 91.Qg2+ Kf8 92.Qb7 Rh6 93.Qd7 Kg8 94.Qe8+ Kg7 95.Kg5 Rh7 96.Qe7+ Kg8 97.Qd8+ Kf7 98.Qd7+ Kg8 99.Qe6+ Kg7 100.Qe8

Aldama played the opening very accurately ( no ...Qa5 allowing Rd1, Nd5 ...Nxd5, Rxd5) and had no problems. 12.Qc1,  played several times by GMs Barsov and Fridman and endorsed by GM Mikhalevski at, ultimately seems to lead to nothing.This was not one of the more exciting games played in the US Chess League this season.

Donaldson,John (2408) - Aldama,Dioniso (2473) [E63]
USCL Arizona vs San Francisco (7), 14.10.2009

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 0-0 5.0-0 d6 6.d4 Nc6 7.Nc3 a6 8.d5 Na5 9.b3 c5 10.dxc6 Nxc6 11.Bb2 Bd7 12.Qc1 Rc8 13.Nd5 Nxd5 14.Bxg7 Kxg7 15.cxd5 Ne5 16.Qb2 f6 17.Nd4 Qb6 18.Qd2 a5 19.f4 Kg8 20.e3 Nf7 21.Rac1 Rc5 22.Ne6 Rxc1 23.Rxc1 Rc8 24.Rxc8+ Bxc8 25.Qd4 Qxd4 26.Nxd4 Bd7 27.Kf2 Kf8 28.Ke2 Ke8 29.Kd3 Kd8 30.Ne6+ Kc8 31.Nf8 Kd8 32.Ne6+ Kc8 33.Nf8 Kd8 34.Ne6+

This was a sad loss for Daniel Naroditsky after he outplayed his opponent in excellent fashion from an equal looking middlegame when White drifted into a passive position with 35.Ra2 ( 35.Rc6 looks right but it's hard to justify playing a pawn down in a team match). Black did everything right, particularly bringing his King to b7 before winning the b-pawn. Danny Rensch did what he could to create counterplay on the kingside but playing without his King and Knight it should not have worked. Daniel had only to find 61...Kc4 62. g6 Ra2 when there is no defense against ...b3. Instead 61...b3?? turned the tables.

I rarely get a chance to watch matches not involving the Mechanics' so this seemed to me a particularly tough loss, but key USCL administrator Arun Sharma says this sort of thing happens at least once a week in the US Chess League!

Rensch,Daniel (2434) - Naroditsky,Daniel (2371) [A45]
USCL Arizona vs San Francisco(7), 2009

1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 Ne4 3.Bf4 c5 4.f3 Qa5+ 5.c3 Nf6 6.a3 cxd4 7.b4 Qb6 8.cxd4 Nc6 9.e3 Nd5 10.Ne2 Nxf4 11.Nxf4 e6 12.Nc3 d5 13.Be2 Bd6 14.Nd3 0-0 15.f4 a5 16.Na4 Qd8 17.b5 Ne7 18.0-0 Nf5 19.Qd2 Be7 20.Ne5 Nd6 21.Bd3 f6 22.Nf3 Bd7 23.Nc5 b6 24.Nxd7 Qxd7 25.Qc2 Nf5 26.Bxf5 exf5 27.Rfc1 Rac8 28.Qb3 Qe6 29.Kf2 Rfe8 30.Rxc8 Rxc8 31.Ra2 Rc4 32.Nd2 a4 33.Qd3 Rc1 34.Rc2 Bxa3 35.Ra2 Bb4 36.Rxa4 Ba5 37.Ra2 Rc3 38.Qe2 g6 39.Nb1 Rc1 40.Qd3 Qe4 41.Qxe4 fxe4 42.Na3 Rc3 43.Ke2 Rb3 44.Kf2 Kf7 45.Ke2 Ke7 46.Kf2 Kd7 47.Ke2 Kc7 48.g4 Kb7 49.h4 Bb4 50.Nc2 Bd6 51.Ra1 Rxb5 52.g5 f5 53.Rh1 Rb2 54.Kd2 Bb4+ 55.Kc1 Bc3 56.h5 b5 57.hxg6 hxg6 58.Rh7+ Kb6 59.Rg7 b4 60.Rxg6+ Kb5 61.Rg8 b3 62.Rb8+ Ka6 63.Na1 Re2 64.Nxb3 Rxe3 65.Kc2 Rg3 66.Rd8 Bb4 67.Rxd5 Rg2+ 68.Kd1 Rg1+ 69.Ke2 Re1+ 70.Kf2 e3+ 71.Kf3 Bd2 72.Rxf5 Rf1+ 73.Ke2 Rf2+ 74.Kd3 

I don't know how Gregory won this game but commend him for his fighting spirit.

Young,Gregory (2242) - Adelberg,David (2160) [B43]
USCL Arizona vs San Francisco (7), 2009

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.f3 Bb4 8.Qd2 d5 9.0-0-0 e5 10.Nb3 d4 11.Nxd4 exd4 12.Bxd4 Be6 13.Qg5 Nbd7 14.Qxg7 Qf4+ 15.Kb1 Rg8 16.Ne2 Qh4 17.Bxf6 Nxf6 18.g3 Rxg7 19.gxh4 Rd8 20.Rd3 Nh5 21.b3 Bd6 22.Kb2 Be5+ 23.Kc1 f6 24.Kd2 Nf4 25.Rxd8+ Kxd8 26.Ng3 Rd7+ 27.Bd3 Bh3 28.Rd1 Bd4 29.Ne2 Nxe2 30.Kxe2 Bc5 31.e5 fxe5 32.Bxh7 Rxd1 33.Kxd1 Ke7 34.Be4 b6 35.h5 Be3 36.Ke2 Bf4 37.b4 Be6 38.a4 Bd7 39.a5 bxa5 40.bxa5 Kf6 41.c4 Bc8 42.c5 Ke7 43.h4 Kd7 44.Kd3 Kc7 45.Bd5 Bb7 46.Bxb7 Kxb7 47.Ke4 Kc6 48.Kf5 Kxc5 49.Kg6 e4 50.fxe4 Kb5 51.Kf5 Bh6 52.Kg6 Bf4 53.Kf5 Bh6 54.e5 Kc6 55.Kg6 Bf4 56.e6 Kc7 57.e7 Kd7 58.Kf7 

IM Sam Shankland tied for second at 5.5 from 9 in the October First Saturday GM norm section in Budapest, turning in a FIDE performance of 2513.

IM Ricardo DeGuzman and Expert Romy Fuentes tied for first at 4.5 from 5 in the J.J. Dolan G/45 held last Saturday at the MI.

The Fresno Chess Club, led by President Bob Rasmussen,  made their annual pilgrimage to the Mechanics' on October 3. Chess Director John Donaldson defeated the visitors 13-0 in a clock simul. 
GM soon to be Ben Finegold will give a lecture at the Mechanics' on Tuesday, November 10, starting at 5:15. This event is free to the public. Ben will be in town for a few days and is available for private lessons. Interested parties may contact him at .

Last Friday through Sunday the Mechanics' hosted the annual meeting of the Ken Whyld Chess Association. Highlights included lectures by GM Ian Rogers (on Cecil Purdy), IM Anthony Saidy ( his games with Bobby Fischer), FM Daniel Naroditsky ( a presentation of material from his soon to be published book on positional chess by New in Chess), Yakov Susmanovich ( the life of Feodor Bohatirchuk), Michael Negele ( on the 1100 page book on Emanuel Lasker soon to be published in Germany) and Kerry Lawless ( on California Chess Periodicals).

2) Jerry Hanken Memorial Service

Jerry Hanken Memorial Service
Sunday, 3pm, October 25, 2009
Church of Truth
609 East Orange Grove
Pasadena, CA  91104
Donations for the service and any questions can be sent to Barbara Hanken at  5200 Shearin, Los Angeles, CA  90041;
If anyone would like to have something read at the service, they can send their comments to Barbara.
There is a very fine obituary on Jerry Hanken in the Boston Globe, by Harold Dondis and Patrick Wolff at


3) Arthur Bisguier 80th Birthday by George Mirijanian


Grandmaster Arthur B. Bisguier, an honorary MACA member now residing in Wellesley, Mass., formerly of Rock Hill, New York, celebrates his 80th birthday today, October 8, among his wife, family and friends. Proclaimed in 2005 by the USCF as the "Dean of American Chess," GM Bisguier is a regular player at the Metrowest Chess Club in Natick, the largest chess club in New England. He won the U.S. Championship in 1954 and won three U.S. Opens during that decade: 1950 in Detroit, 1956 in Oklahoma City and 1959 in Omaha, Nebraska. In 1957, he tied for first place with Bobby Fischer in the U.S. Open in Cleveland but lost out on tiebreak despite drawing Fischer in their individual encounter. He was awarded the grandmaster title by the World Chess Federation that same year - at a time when there were very few GMs in the world. 
He was U.S. Junior Open champion in 1948 and 1949. In 1949, he also won the strong Manhattan Chess Club Championship in New York. He represented the United States in five Olympiads: Helsinki 1952, Munich 1958, Leipzig 1960, Tel Aviv 1964, and Skopje 1972. Among his numerous tournament successes were first-place finishes in 1950 in Southsea, England; 1954 in Hollywood; 1953 in Vienna, and 1973 at Lone Pine. He participated in two Interzonal tournaments: Goteborg 1955 (where he defeated Boris Spassky) and Stockholm 1962. Also In 1962, he was Bobby Fischer's second at the Candidates Tournament at Curacao. He won National Opens in 1970 (jointly), and in 1974 and 1978. He also captured first place in the first-ever Grand Prix in 1980. He won the U.S. Senior Open in 1989, 1997 and 1998.
For many years, GM Bisguier was hired by the USCF to play in cities and towns throughout the United States, giving simultaneous exhibitions and lectures at schools, hospitals, youth centers, and chess clubs. He played a major role in popularizing chess in this country. In the 1960s, he worked for the magazine Chess Review and later was a regular contributor to Chess Life. In the 1980s, he became a chess columnist for the Christian Science Monitor. He was inducted into the U.S. Chess Hall of Fame in 1994. His autobiography, "The Art of Bisguier" containing 82 games from the period 1945 to 1960 and humorously annotated by Bisguier, appeared in 2003. The second volume, containing 100 games from 1961 to 2003, was published in 2008. MACA hails the 80th birthday of one of this country's living chess legends; Grandmaster Arthur B. Bisguier. He and his wife, Carol (Collins) Bisguier, also find something else to celebrate in 2009. It's the 50th anniversary of their marriage!
This article originally appeared on the Massachusetts Chess Association ( MACA) website - . George Mirijanian is the Publications Coordinator for this organization.


4) Here and There

IM Jeremy Silman points out that a YouTube video showing Fischer's visits to the Philippines, Tokyo, and Hong Kong can be found at

An article entitled Abolish Women's Chess Titles, written by Barbara Jepson, appeared in the Wall Street Journal on October 14. Among those quoted are Alexandra Kosteniuk, Irina Krush and Jennifer Shahade. The article can be found at .
Greg Lopez  won the Santasiere Friday Night Marathon at the Berkeley Chess Club with a score of 5.5/6. Peter Sherwood was second at 4.5.
Thanks to IM Jack Peters for supplying the following information.
Andranik Matikozyan defeated IMs Enrico Sevillano and Tim Taylor to win this 93-player LA Open , held October 9-11 in Los Angeles.
Final standings:
1. IM Matikozyan - 4½/5
2-4. GM Khachiyan, Kretchetov and IM Peters – 4
5-7. Baghdasaryan, IM Taylor and Kudryavtsev - 3½, etc.

5) Upcoming Events


Mechanics' Institute

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-Nov. 1, San Jose Open

Swiss 4SSx30/90 G/60 at BayAreaChess Center, 4423

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

Schedule: 11am-4pm. Free lunch – donations welcome.

2 sections: 1800+, u1800.

EF: $55 bef 10/17. $63 bef 10/27. $71 onsite.

Prizes: $2,002 based on 66 paid entries. 2 sections.

Over 1800: $300-200-100-60-60 (u2000: 150-100-55-55)

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:

Contact: 408-786-5515




A State Championship Event!

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

CalChess Annual State Championship 2009

6SS 40/2 G/1 (2-day option, rounds 1-3 G/60).

Hotel: Hyatt Regency Santa Clara, 5101 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara,

CA 95054. 4-star rooms @ $99. Free parking.

Prizes: $8,010 based on 166 paid entries. 7 sections.

Master/Open (FIDE rated): $$ Gtd. 1000-500-300-200 (top 4 guaranteed),

(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/E: $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 fees 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, 4:15pm.

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:, Tel 408-786-5515.

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Jan. 1-3 or 2-3, GPP: 30 California Northern

NorCal Open 2010 6SS 30/90 G/60 (2-day option, rounds 1-3 G/60).

Hotel: Hyatt Regency Santa Clara, 5101 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara, CA 95054. 4-star rooms @ $99. Free parking. Prizes: $6,007 129 paid entries.

7 sections.  

Master/Open (FIDE rated): $$ Gtd. 700-300-201 (u2300: 200 100)

EXPERT: $400-200-101 (u2100: 100-100)

A: $400-200-101 (u1900: 100-100)

B: $400-200-101 (u1700: 100-100)

C: $400-200-101 (u1500: 100-100)

D/E: $400-200-101 (u1200: 100-100).

Unrated may enter any section but prize limit of $200 in all u2200 sections;

balance goes to next player(s) in line.

EF: $85 3-day, $79 2-day mailed or online by 12/20. Add $5 for 12/21-23, 12/24-26 $15

(no mailed entries after 12/26), add $25 onsite, add $19 for play-up, subtract $45 for BayAreaChess Pass.

GMs & IMs free before 12/20 (entry fee deducted from prize).

Re-entry $39. TD may assign ratings.

3-day schedule: Reg.: Fri 10-10:30a, Fri/Sat 11:30a 4:45p, Sun 10a, 3:15p.

2-day sched: Reg.: Sa 9-9:30a, Sat 10, 12:10, 2:20, 4:45p. Sun 10a, 3:15p.

Byes must commit before rd 3. Max 2 byes.

Hotel $99 BayAreaChess rate, 800-233-1234. reserve by 12/18 or rate may increase.

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

$20 service charge for refunds.

Questions:, Tel 408-786-5515.

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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.