Mechanics' Institute Chess Club Newsletter #466

"No," he said humbly, "one tournament doesn't mean that much. Maybe," he paused, "maybe Reshevsky is better!"


Bobby Fischer asked by a reporter whether he now considered himself the best chess player in the United States after winning the 1957-58 US Championship. (Profile of a Prodigy, page 21 - 2nd edition)




1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News

2) Mechanics' Abroad

3) US Squad for World Team named

4) Book Launch and Bullet Chess Exhibition in Vancouver

5) Berkeley Chess Club News by Marc Newman

6) Here and There

7) Upcoming events



1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News


 The Mechanics' has bounced back from a rough patch in the middle of the season to clinch a playoff spot with back to back wins its last two matches. The team's final seeding in the playoffs is completely open with places 1 to 4 all possible as the M.I. faces Dallas, Seattle meets Chicago and Arizona and Miami battle it out on November 4th.

Round 9 October 26

San Francisco Mechanics



Tennessee Tempo

GM Patrick Wolff: 2623



IM Ron Burnett: 2380

GM Vinay Bhat: 2504



FM Todd Andrews: 2360

FM Daniel Naroditsky: 2371



FM John Bick: 2260

NM Yian Liou: 2149



David Justice: 2087

Avg Rating: 2412



Avg Rating: 2272

San Francisco Total -------



------- Tennessee Total



Wolff,Patrick (2623) - Burnett,Ron (2380) [B06]
USCL San Francisco vs Tennessee (9) 2009

1.e4 d6 2.d4 g6 3.Nf3 Bg7 4.Be2 c6 5.a4 Nd7 6.0-0 Qc7 7.Nc3 Ngf6 8.Be3 b6 9.Nd2 e5 10.dxe5 Nxe5 11.h3 0-0 12.f4 Ned7 13.Bf3 Ba6 14.Re1 Rfe8 15.Ra3 Rad8 16.b4 h6 17.b5 Bb7 18.bxc6 Bxc6 19.Bd4 Nh5 20.Bxg7 Nxg7 21.Kh1 Nf6 22.Nb5 Qb7 23.Rd3 Bxb5 24.axb5 Qc7 25.Nb3 Ngh5 26.Bxh5 Nxh5 27.Nd4 Nxf4 28.Rf3 Ne6 29.Nc6 Rd7 30.Rf6 a6 31.c4 axb5 32.cxb5 Nd8 33.Nb4 Re5 34.Nd5 Qc5 35.Rxg6+ fxg6 36.Nf6+ Kg7 37.Nxd7 Qxb5 38.Nxe5 Qxe5 39.Qa4 Nf7 40.Rf1 Qe7 41.Qd4+ Qe5 42.Qc4 Qe7 43.Qc3+ Qe5 44.Qc7 Qe6 45.Qb7 h5 46.Rf4 Qc4 47.Kh2 Qe6 48.h4 Kg8 49.Qxb6 Qe5 50.g3 Qe7 51.Qb3 Kg7 52.Qc3+ Ne5 53.Kg2 Kh7 54.Qd4 Ng4 55.Rf3 Qc7 56.Rc3 Qa5 57.Rc2 Kg8 58.Rc8+ Kf7 59.Qc4+ Ke7 60.Qc7+ Qxc7 61.Rxc7+ Kf6 62.Ra7 Ke5 63.Ra4 Nf6 64.Kf3 d5 65.exd5 Nxd5 66.Ra5 Ke6 67.Ke4 Nc7 68.Ra7 Nb5 69.Ra6+ Kf7 70.Ke5 Kg7 71.Rb6 Nc3 72.Rb7+ Kh6 73.Rb3 Ne2 74.Re3 Ng1 75.Kf6 Nh3 76.Re8 Kh7 77.Re7+ Kh6 78.Rg7 Nf2 79.Rxg6+ Kh7 80.Kg5 1-0


 Andrews,Todd (2360) - Bhat,Vinay (2504) [C92]
USCL San Francisco vs Tennessee (9), 2009

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 0-0 9.h3 Nd7 10.d4 Bf6 11.Qd3 Na5 12.Bc2 c5 13.d5 Nb6 14.Nbd2 g6 15.Nf1 Bg7 16.Ng3 Nb7 17.Qd1 a5 18.Nh2 a4 19.Rb1 Bd7 20.Ng4 Qh4 21.Ne3 c4 22.Qf3 Nc5 23.a3 Nb3 24.Re2 Nxc1 25.Rxc1 Nc8 26.Ree1 Ne7 27.Rcd1 f6 28.Bb1 Kh8 29.Nc2 f5 30.exf5 gxf5 31.Nb4 Ng6 32.Nc6 e4 33.Qh5 Qf6 34.Qe2 Bh6 35.Rd4 Nf4 36.Qd1 Rg8 37.Kh2 Rg7 38.Rg1 Rag8 39.Qf1 Qh4 40.Bc2 e3 41.fxe3 Qxg3+ 42.Kh1 Nxh3 0-1

Naroditsky,Daniel (2371) - Bick,John (2260) [B03]

USCL San Francisco vs Tennessee (9), 2009

1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.c4 Nb6 5.exd6 exd6 6.Nc3 Be7 7.h3 0-0 8.Nf3 Bf6 9.Be2 Re8 10.0-0 g6 11.Be3 Nc6 12.Rc1 Bg7 13.Bg5 f6 14.Be3 Ne7 15.c5 Nbd5 16.Bc4 c6 17.Bxd5+ Nxd5 18.Nxd5 cxd5 19.Qb3 b6 20.Bf4 dxc5 21.dxc5 bxc5 22.Rxc5 Be6 23.Re1 Bf7 24.Rxe8+ Qxe8 25.Qe3 Qxe3 26.Bxe3 a6 27.Bd4 Re8 28.Ra5 Re6 29.Rxd5 Re1+ 30.Nxe1 Bxd5 31.b3 Kf7 32.Nd3 Bf8 33.f3 Be6 34.Kf2 h5 35.Ke2 Bd6 36.Ke3 g5 37.Bc5 Bc7 38.Nb4 a5 39.Nc2 Bf5 40.Nd4 Bd7 41.a3 f5 42.b4 axb4 43.axb4 Be5 44.Ne2 f4+ 45.Kf2 Ke6 46.Bd4 Bd6 47.Bc3 Be7 48.h4 Kf5 49.hxg5 Bxg5 50.Bd4 Bh4+ 51.Kg1 Be7 52.Bc5 Bxc5+ 53.bxc5 Ke5 54.Nc3 h4 55.Kh2 Kd4 56.Ne4 Ke5 57.Nf2 Kd4 58.Ng4 Kxc5 59.Kh3 Bb5 60.Kxh4 Bf1 61.Kh3 Kd4 62.Nf6 Ke5 63.Ne4 Bd3 64.Nf2 Bf1 65.Ne4 Bd3 66.Nc3 Bf5+ 67.Kh4 Bd3 68.Nd1 Bf1 69.Kh3 Kd4 70.Nf2 Ke5 71.Ne4 1/2-1/2


Justice,David (2087) - Liou,Yian (2149) [B37]
USCL San Francisco vs Tennessee (9) 2009

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nc6 5.c4 Nf6 6.Nc3 d6 7.Nc2 Bg7 8.Be2 0-0 9.0-0 Nd7 10.Bd2 a5 11.Na3 Nc5 12.Nab5 Be6 13.Be3 Kh8 14.Rc1 Rc8 15.b3 b6 16.Bg4 Bxg4 17.Qxg4 f5 18.exf5 gxf5 19.Qh3 Nb4 20.Rcd1 f4 21.Bd4 Qe8 22.Bxg7+ Kxg7 23.Rfe1 Qf7 24.a3 Nc6 25.Nd5 Ne5 26.Nxb6 Rb8 27.Nd5 f3 28.b4 axb4 29.axb4 Ne6 30.Nd4 Nxd4 31.Rxd4 fxg2 32.Qg3+ Kh8 33.Rxe5 dxe5 34.Qxe5+ Qg7 35.Qxg7+ Kxg7 36.Re4 Rfe8 37.c5 e6 38.Nc3 Kf6 39.c6 Rg8 40.b5 Ke7 41.Rd4 Ra8 42.Rd7+ Kf6 43.c7 Ra1+ 44.Nd1 Rc8 45.b6 Rb1 46.Rd8 1-0





Round 8 October 21


San Francisco 3 -1 Queens

1. GM Vinay Bhat (SF) vs GM Alex Stripunsky (QNS)  0-1
IM Lev Milman (QNS) vs IM John Donaldson (SF)  0-1
FM Daniel Naroditsky (SF) vs FM Andrei Zaremba (QNS)  1-0
Benjamin Katz (QNS) vs NM Gregory Young (SF)  0-1



Bhat,Vinay (2504) - Stripunsky,Alex (2628) [D46]
USCL San Francisco vs Queens (8), 2009

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.e3 Nbd7 6.Bd3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 b5 8.Bd3 Bd6 9.0-0 0-0 10.Qc2 Bb7 11.a3 a5 12.e4 e5 13.dxe5 Nxe5 14.Nxe5 Bxe5 15.h3 Re8 16.Be3 Qe7 17.Ne2 Bc7 18.Bc5 Bd6 19.Bxd6 Qxd6 20.f4 c5 21.e5 Qb6 22.Rf2 c4 23.Bf5 Nd5 24.Re1 Ne3 25.Qb1 Nxg2 26.Rd1 Rad8 27.Bd7 Re7 28.Rd6 Qc5 29.Qd1 Ne3 30.Bc6 Rxd6 31.Qxd6 Qxc6 32.Qxc6 Bxc6 33.Nd4 Bd7 0-1


Milman,Lev (2510) - Donaldson,John (2408) [B36]
USCL San Francisco vs Queens (8), 2009

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.c4 Nf6 6.Nc3 d6 7.Be2 Nxd4 8.Qxd4 Bg7 9.Be3 0-0 10.Qd2 Be6 11.0-0 Qa5 12.Rac1 a6 13.b3 b5 14.Nd5 Qxd2 15.Nxe7+ Kh8 16.Bxd2 Nxe4 17.Ba5 Rfe8 18.Nc6 bxc4 19.Bxc4 Bxc4 20.Rxc4 d5 21.Rcc1 d4 22.Rc4 Rac8 23.a4 Nc3 24.Bxc3 dxc3 25.b4 Re2 26.g3 Ra2 27.b5 axb5 28.axb5 Rb2 29.Rb4 Rxb4 30.Nxb4 Rc5 31.Rd1 Bf6 32.Rd6 Rxb5 33.Rxf6 Rxb4 34.Rc6 Rb3 35.h4 Kg7 36.Kf1 h5 37.Ke2 Rb2+ 38.Ke3 c2 39.f3 Kf8 40.g4 Ke7 41.Kd3 Rb3+ 42.Ke4 Rb4+ 43.Ke3 hxg4 44.fxg4 Rxg4 45.h5 g5 46.Rxc2 Rh4 47.Rc7+ Kf6 48.Kf3 Rf4+ 49.Kg3 Kg7 50.Rc6 f6 51.Rc8 Rh4 52.Ra8 Rxh5 53.Kg4 Rh4+ 54.Kf5 Rf4+ 55.Ke6 g4 56.Ra7+ Kg6 57.Ra8 Re4+ 0-1



Naroditsky,Daniel (2371) - Zaremba,Andrei (2398) [B15]
USCL San Francisco vs Queens  (8), 2009

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Nf6 5.Nxf6+ exf6 6.Bc4 Bd6 7.Ne2 0-0 8.0-0 Qc7 9.Ng3 Be6 10.Bxe6 fxe6 11.Qg4 f5 12.Qe2 e5 13.dxe5 Bxe5 14.f4 Bd4+ 15.Kh1 Qf7 16.Rd1 Bb6 17.b3 Nd7 18.Bb2 Rae8 19.Qh5 Nc5 20.Qxf7+ Rxf7 21.Re1 Ne4 22.Nxe4 fxe4 23.Be5 g5 24.g3 e3 25.Rad1 h5 26.Re2 Kh7 27.a4 a6 28.Rd3 Kg6 29.Kg2 Kf5 30.Kf3 Rxe5 31.fxe5 Kxe5+ 32.Kg2 Ke4 33.Rd6 h4 34.Re6+ Kf5 35.Re8 hxg3 36.hxg3 g4 37.a5 Bd4 38.c3 Ba7 39.b4 Rd7 40.c4 Bd4 41.Re1 c5 42.b5 axb5 43.cxb5 c4 44.a6 bxa6 45.bxa6 c3 46.Rf1+ Kg6 47.Re6+ Kg7 48.Rc6 e2 49.Re1 Re7 50.Rc4 Bf6 51.Kf2 Ra7 52.Rxg4+ Kf7 53.Rxe2 Rxa6 54.Rc4 Rd6 55.Kf3 Kg6 56.g4 Rd3+ 57.Re3 Rd6 58.Rc8 Ra6 59.Rd3 Re6 60.Rc5 Ra6 61.Rc4 Rb6 62.Rd5 Rb3 63.Kf4 Rb1 64.Rc6 Rf1+ 65.Ke3 Rg1 66.Rdd6 Rf1 67.Rxc3 Kg5 68.Rc4 Be7 69.Rd5+ Kh4 70.Ke2 Ra1 71.Kf3 Bg5 72.Rd3 Rg1 73.Rdd4 Rg3+ 74.Ke2 Rg2+ 75.Kf1 Rg3 76.Re4 Rf3+ 77.Kg2 Ra3 78.Re8 Ra2+ 79.Kf3 Ra3+ 80.Ke2 Ra2+ 81.Kd3 Ra3+ 82.Kc2 Ra2+ 83.Kb3 Ra5 84.Rh8+ Kg3 85.Rh5 Kf3 86.Rh3+ Kg2 87.Rd3 Rb5+ 88.Rb4 Re5 89.Rc4 Rb5+ 90.Ka3 Ra5+ 91.Kb4 Ra2 92.Kb3  1-0



Katz,Ben (2139) - Young,Gregory (2242) [B37]
USCL San Francisco vs Queens (8), 2009

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.c4 Bg7 6.Nc2 Nf6 7.Nc3 d6 8.Be2 0-0 9.0-0 Nd7 10.Bd2 a5 11.Qc1 Nc5 12.Bh6 Bxc3 13.Bxf8 Qxf8 14.bxc3 Nxe4 15.Qe3 Nc5 16.Nd4 Bd7 17.Rfe1 Rc8 18.Bf1 Be6 19.Rab1 Rc7 20.Rb5 Qd8 21.f4 a4 22.f5 Bd7 23.fxg6 hxg6 24.Rb2 Ne5 25.h3 Qf8 26.Rf2 Qg7 27.Nf3 Nxf3+ 28.Rxf3 Bc6 29.Rf2 Ne4 30.Rc2 Qe5 31.Qd4 Qc5 32.Kh2 f5 33.g4 e5 34.Qxc5 Nxc5 35.Rd1 Rd7 36.Bg2 e4 37.gxf5 gxf5 38.Rcd2 f4 39.Rxd6 Rxd6 40.Rxd6 f3 41.Bf1 e3 42.Rd8+ Kf7 43.Kg3 e2 44.Bxe2 fxe2 45.Kf2 Bf3 46.Rd4 Ne6 47.Rh4 Kg6 48.Rh8 Nf4 49.Rg8+ Kf7 50.Rd8 Ng2 51.Kxf3 e1Q 52.Kxg2 Qe2+ 53.Kg3 Qxa2 54.Rd7+ Ke6 55.Rxb7 a3 56.c5 Qc4 57.Ra7 a2 58.Ra3 a1Q White resigns 0-1






Game Points

Opps Avg Rating

Opps Record  

@ - Seattle



21.5/36 (60%)


34.5-33.5 (51%)

@ - Arizona



21.5/36 (60%)


39.5-28.5 (58%)

@ - San Francisco



20.5/36 (57%)


35.5-34.5 (51%)

@ - Miami



19.0/36 (53%)


33.0-35.0 (49%)

X - Chicago



16.5/36 (46%)


33.5-34.5 (49%)

X - Dallas



15.0/36 (42%)


35.5-34.5 (51%)

X - Tennessee



14.5/36 (40%)


33.0-35.0 (49%)


NM Michael Pearson heads a group of 12 players tied for first with perfect scores after two rounds of the Tuesday Night Marathon. NM Andy Lee, the winner of the last TNM, has 1.5 after taking a first round bye. It's still possible to enter the nine round event with two half point byes.


Congratulations to MI member Tanuj Vasudeva who recently received the  Fide Master title. Tanuj, born June 18th 2001, is one of the youngest titleholders in the world.


2) Mechanics' Abroad


Josh Friedel finished among the prize winners at Hoogoveen (Netherlands) scoring 6 from 9. Fellow MI GM Jesse Kraai had 5. Both will be playing in a strong tournament in Bad Weisse , Germany, that starts in a few days.


IM Sam Shankland has 4.5 from 6 in the Rhodes Open in France with David Pruess on 4.Go to to follow the action.



3) US Squad for World Team named


US Chess Live ( recently ran the following announcement.


Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis founder Rex Sinquefield will sponsor the US team to go to the World Team Championship, set for Bursa, Turkey from January 3-13.  According to Tony Rich, the executive director of the CCSCSL, The World Team Championship squad will consist of GMs Hikaru Nakamura, Alexander Onischuk, Yury Shulman, Varuzhan Akobian and Robert Hess. Rich said, "Each of the players has agreed to come to Saint Louis for various events thanks to Rex's generosity." Stay tuned for more info on this exciting event    


We would add that the US earned the right to play in the World Team Championship when it finished third at the Dresden Chess Olympiad in 2008, but the US Chess Federation was unable to fund a team due to ongoing litigation. Mr. Sinquefield's sponsorship was not only very generous but well timed.


4) Book Launch and Bullet Chess Exhibition in Vancouver



Book Launch and Bullet Chess Exhibition
Friday, October 30, 2009
5:00 pm 11:00 pm
The Hudson
610 Granville St. (by Dunsmuir)
Vancouver, B.C.


Bullet Chess One Minute to Mate, by Bruce Harper and Grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura, explores the world of one minute chess, where each player must play the entire game in less than a minute or lose on time.

Is it really possible to play a game of chess in a minute? Surprisingly, the answer is “yes”, and seeing is believing. On Friday, October 30, 2009, starting at 6:00 pm sharp, U.S. Champion Grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura, one of the world’s top chess players, will be in Vancouver and log onto the popular Internet Chess Club to demonstrate his mastery of this form of chess. Matched randomly by the ICC computer, he will play opponents from all over the world and will show why he is the best bullet player, period. His games will be projected on a screen for the enjoyment of the spectators.


Copies of the newly-released Bullet Chess One Minute to Mate will be available for purchase ($15 per copy), along with copies of Chess on the Edge (the chess biography of Canadian Grandmaster Duncan Suttles) , chess sets, boards and Seirawan chess pieces (the elephant: a rook/knight; the hawk: a bishop/knight).

Refreshments will be provided.

There is no cover charge or entry fee to this event.

To reserve a copy of Bullet Chess One Minute to
Mate, for purchase on October 30, e-mail:

The Hudson is located on the southeast corner of Granville and Dunsmuir, in downtown Vancouver, directly above the Granville Skytrain station.

Grandmaster Duncan Suttles, current B.C. Champion Jack Yoos, and other prominent members of Vancouver’s chess community will be in attendance.

Guests are welcome to bring chess sets and clocks should they wish to play.Guests will be met at the front door and brought to the launch site. If a greeter is not present, please telephone (604) 838-9099 or (604) 788-4405 and you will be admitted to the building.




5) Berkeley Chess Club News by Marc Newman


The Berkeley Chess Club championship will be five weeks and starts Nov. 6th.  Entry fee is $25 and there are multiple cash prizes.  Sign up at the website listed below.

With one round to go in the BCC’s current six-week tournament, Farid Watson has clear first with 4.0.  Joshua Cao, Greg Lope, and Steven Krasnov are right behind with 3.5.

You can see standings and a lot of archived games at the BCC page:



6) Here and There


Defending champion GM Larry Kaufman has started well with three wins in the World Senior Open. The legendary Judea Acers drew German GM Lev Gutman in round two.







Acers, Jude - Gutman, Lev



World Senior 2009







1. d4 Nf6 2. Nc3 d5 3. Bg5 Nbd7 4. Qd3 c6 5. e4 dxe4 6. Nxe4 Nxe4 7. Qxe4 Nf6 8. Bxf6 Qa5 9. c3 gxf6 10. Bc4 Qf5 11. Qxf5 Bxf5 12. Ne2 e6 13. Rd1 Bc2 14. Rd2 Be4 15. O-O Bh6 16. f4 O-O-O 17. Ng3 Bd5 18. Bxd5 Rxd5 19. Re2 f5 20. Nh5 Bf8 21. b4 Be7 22. Rf3 b6 23. Re5 Rd7 24. Rg3 Bd6 25. Re1 c5 26. bxc5 bxc5 27. Kf1 cxd4 28. cxd4 Bc7 29. Rd1 Bb6 30. Rgd3 Rd5 31. Nf6 Ra5 32. a3 Ra4 33. g3 h5 34. d5 h4 35. Kg2 Rc4 36. R1d2 hxg3 37. hxg3 Bd8 38. Nd7 Kxd7 39. dxe6 Kc8 40. exf7 Ba5 41. Re2 Re4 42. Rde3 Rf8 43. Rxe4 fxe4 44. Rxe4 Rxf7 45. g4 Rd7 46. g5 Bd8 47. Kf3 Be7 48. a4 Kd8 49. Kg4 Rd1 50. Kh5 Rg1 51. Kg6 Ke8 52. Kg7 Rg4 53. g6 a5 54. Re5 Rxf4 55. Rxa5 Bf6 56. Kg8 Rg4 57. Ra8 Ke7 58. Ra7 Ke6 59. g7 Bxg7 60. Rxg7 Rxa4 ½:½



  IM Anthony Saidy writes about German films where chess is featured prominently:


In the run-up to the Dresden Olympiad last year, I tried to get Goethe Institute in Los Angeles to do a chess-film festival to no avail. Of dozens, besides the Zweig Novelle & Peterson's "Schwarz und  Weiss wie Tage und Nachte," I singled out 1985 "Die Grunstein Variante"(recommended by Lasker honcho Dr. Negele), and 2004 "Zwulf Stohle", the 4th version of Ilf & Petrov's "12 Chairs," after the Russian, US (Mel Brooks) & Cuban ones. (In Peterson's the protagonist surrounds himself with women's shoes a la Morphy, etc.).



USCF News: USCF Fees for FIDE Change
October 29, 2009
The USCF affiliate charges for the FIDE rating of events will be raised effective March 1, 2010 for Swisses and Jan 1, 2010 for round robins.  The new fee for Swisses shall be $2 per FIDE ratable performance, with a minimum fee of $60 per section. The new fee for round robins or matches shall be, in dollars, an amount similar to the fee charged in Euros by FIDE to USCF.  The exact amount will be determined by the Executive Director after consideration of the likely value of the Euro. This fee may be reviewed quarterly, with changes taking effect three months after that review.


7) Upcoming events

Mechanics' Institute

Northern California

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.

Info & Entries:





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.

Info & Entries:





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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.