Mechanics' Institute Chess Club Newsletter #467

In one of his games he was in a must-win situation and played Black.  He chose the Caro-Kann defense but could achieve only a draw.  When a reporter asked about the choice of such a quiet opening and something sharp like the Sicilian defense Tal responded: I play the Sicilian Defense when I need a draw, but when I want to win, I play the Caro-Kann defense!

 

GM Gregory Serper, Chess Life – September 2007, page 33

 

 

1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News

2) Americans Abroad

3) November FIDE Ratings

4) World Cup Pairings

5) The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down  - a chess song?

6) CalChess Website News

7) Special Election For Two USCF Executive Board Seats

8) Upcoming Events

 

 

1) Mechanics's Institute Chess Club News

The Mechanics' Institute finished the regular season with a draw against two-time defending USCL Champions the Dallas Destiny. Sometimes the final score doesn't give a good indicator of a match but this was fairly close all the way. Yian got the better of a theoretical Dragon battle with, Bayaraa Zorigt, one of the League's all-time great board fours, and defeated her in a nice game. Vinay was the next to finish with a solidly played draw with IM Salvijus Bercys. At this point things were looking pretty good as our rival for second in the West, Arizona, was losing to Miami. We clinched second when Daniel drew a well-played game against Keaton Kiewra. This left Patrick in the sort of odd situation of playing a game that didn't have any effect on the standings as Seattle had drawn with Chicago clinching first in the West. His opponent, IM Daniel Ludwig, finally won in an up and done struggle in which the advantage changed hands several times. 

This leaves the Mechanics' facing Arizona in round one of the playoff with draw odds. The team meet in a rematch of round seven of the regular season where Arizona won 2.5-1.5 in a crazy match that could have gone either way. Arizona, which is sort of two teams in one with players drawn from Phoenix and Tucson usually playing along side those from their own city, has benefited immensely from the addition of former Dallas Destiny team member GM Alejandro Ramirez. He played a key role in leading Arizona to a second half resurgence which included wins over the two teams with the best regular season records - New Jersey and Seattle. One of the best run teams in the league with extensive sponsorship ( Chess.com from Silicon Valley among them), Arizona will be a formidable foe.

Congratulations go to the New Jersey Knockouts whose regular season record of 8-2 was the best in the league and and only half a point shy of the all-time record set by the Mechanics' 2006 team. Curiously the team with the season winner has had mixed success in the post season with New York in 2005 and Carolina, Queens and Miami in 2008 failing to make the final. San Francisco managed to get the job done in 2006 but only after defeating New York in a blitz playoff. The form charts only held in 2007 when the two teams with the best season records, Dallas and Boston met in the final with the former winning the championship in another dramatic blitz playoff.

 One of the most interesting lineup decisions will be made by Seattle manager Eddie Chang who will have to decide whether to go with his 1-2 punch of GMs Nakamura and Serper with NM Howard Chen on board four or a more balanced lineup with SM Mikhailuk on board two and 2300 NM Josh Sinanan. The thought at the beginning of the season was that the two GM lineup would be rolled out as the first option, but the unavailability of Chen, who rumor has it had high school tennis matches on Wednesdays, nixed that plan. Milhailuk and Sinanan rose to the challenge for much of the season ( Slava defeating GM Shabalov) before cooling off. Sinanan, one of the USCL's premier fourth boards, lost his last two matches, but the results are a little deceiving as the loss in round 9 was in a position where he had to decline a draw because his team was losing in the match, but in doing so immediately found himself in a losing position. Against Chicago he was doing well but stumbled and lost again - but in a situation where his result was unimportant for the team as they had already clinched the top seed in the West.

It's also not entirely clear who will be board three. Going into the season SM Michael Lee was the clear choice but a combination of some difficult games and possible unavailability led to Canadian ex-pat Marcel Milat being inserted into the lineup and he has performed well. All USCL team managers would love to have to ponder the choices that manager Chang faces. One thing that no doubt help him sleep well at night is that if Seattle makes it to the championship match and it ends in 2-2 he will have Hikaru for the blitz.

Boston, having  come so close two years in a row, will be hungry as will New Jersey whose 1-2 punch of GMs Joel Benjamin and Boris Gulko have been near perfect this season. The West has won the league title three seasons running but either of these teams could bring the title back East.

Those who like underdogs might consider New York and Miami. Neither team had exceptional regular season records but both have a tradition of playing well come the playoffs.

 

Dallas Destiny (3.0 - 6.0) vs San Francisco Mechanics (6.0 - 3.0)

All Time Series Record:  (San Francisco leads 5  - 4)

Starts at 8:45 PM ET       Time Control - Game in 75 with 30 second increment

Dallas Destiny



San Francisco Mechanics

IM Daniel Ludwig: 2543

1.0

0.0

GM Patrick Wolff: 2623

IM Salvijus Bercys: 2503

0.5

0.5

GM Vinay Bhat: 2504

FM Keaton Kiewra: 2365

0.5

0.5

FM Daniel Naroditsky: 2371

WFM Bayaraa Zorigt: 2270

0.0

1.0

NM Yian Liou: 2149

Avg Rating: 2421



Avg Rating: 2412

Dallas Total -------

2.0

2.0

------- San Francisco Total



 Ludwig,Daniel (2543) - Wolff,Patrick (2623) [A21]
USCL Dallas vs San Francisco 2009


1.d4 d6 2.c4 e5 3.Nf3 e4 4.Ng5 f5 5.Nc3 c6 6.f3 Be7 7.Nh3 Nf6 8.Bg5 0-0 9.Nf4 Na6 10.e3 Re8 11.Bxf6 Bxf6 12.fxe4 Bg5 13.g3 Bxf4 14.gxf4 Qh4+ 15.Kd2 fxe4 16.Qe1 Qf6 17.Qg3 c5 18.d5 Nc7 19.Qg5 Qxg5 20.fxg5 Re5 21.h4 b5 22.b3 bxc4 23.bxc4 Rb8 24.Kc2 Ba6 25.a3 Na8 26.Na4 Rf5 27.Kc3 Rf2 28.Rg1 Nc7 29.Rg4 Bc8 30.Rg2 Rf3 31.Re1 Bd7 32.Nb2 Rh3 33.Rf2 Rxh4 34.Rf4 Rh2 35.Re2 Rxe2 36.Bxe2 Re8 37.Nd1 Re5 38.Nf2 Rxg5 39.Nxe4 Re5 40.Nxd6 Rxe3+ 41.Kd2 Re7 42.Bd3 g5 43.Rf1 Ne8 44.Ne4 Rxe4 45.Bxe4 Nd6 46.Kd3 Kg7 47.Rb1 h5 48.Rb8 Bh3 49.Rd8 Bf1+ 50.Ke3 Nxc4+ 51.Kf2 Nd2 52.d6 Bb5 53.Bf5 Kf6 54.d7 Bxd7 55.Rxd7 Nc4 56.Bd3 1-0

Bhat,Vinay (2504) - Bercys,Salvijus (2503) [D37]
USCL Dallas vs San Francisco 2009


1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Be7 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.Bf4 0-0 6.e3 Nbd7 7.c5 c6 8.Bd3 b6 9.b4 a5 10.a3 Ba6 11.0-0 Qc8 12.h3 Qb7 13.Rb1 axb4 14.axb4 Bxd3 15.Qxd3 Ra3 16.Qc2 Rfa8 17.Rfc1 b5 18.Nd2 Bd8 19.Nb3 R3a6 20.f3 Nh5 21.Bh2 Bc7 22.g4 Nhf6 23.f4 g6 24.Rf1 h5 25.Qg2 hxg4 26.hxg4 Kg7 27.Qf3 Rh8 28.Bg3 Ra3 29.Kg2 Qa8 30.Bf2 1/2-1/2

Kiewra,Keaton (2365) - Naroditsky,Daniel (2371) [B99]
USCL Dallas vs San Francisco Internet Chess Club 2009

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Be7 8.Qf3 Qc7 9.0-0-0 Nbd7 10.Bd3 h6 11.Bh4 g5 12.fxg5 Ne5 13.Qe2 Nfg4 14.h3 hxg5 15.Bg3 Nf6 16.Rhf1 Bd7 17.Kb1 b5 18.a3 Rb8 19.Na2 Nh5 20.Bh2 Nf4 21.Qd2 a5 22.Bxf4 gxf4 23.Qxf4 b4 24.axb4 axb4 25.Nb3 Ba4 26.Qf2 Rf8 27.Qd4 Nxd3 28.Rxd3 Bb5 29.Nxb4 Bxd3 30.Nxd3 Rc8 31.Qf2 f5 32.Qe2 fxe4 33.Rxf8+ Bxf8 34.Nf4 Qc4 35.Qxc4 Rxc4 36.Nxe6 e3 37.Ned4 Bg7 38.Ne2 Rb4 39.Ka2 Ra4+ 40.Kb1 Rb4 41.Ka2 Be5 42.c3 Rb7 43.Nbc1 Rg7 44.g4 Rh7 45.Kb3 Rxh3 46.Kc4 Rh4 47.Kd3 Rxg4 48.Kxe3 Kd7 49.Nd3 Ke6 50.Nb4 Rh4 51.Kd3 Rh3+ 52.Kc4 Rh2 53.Kd3 d5 54.Nc6 Kd6 55.Nb4 Bf6 56.Nf4 d4 57.cxd4 Rxb2 58.Nc2 Bg5 59.Ne2 Rb3+ 60.Kc4 Rb8 61.Nc3 Rc8+ 62.Kd3 Be7 63.Ne3 Kd7 64.Nc4 Rh8 65.Ke4 Bf6 66.Kd5 Ke7 67.Ne5 Rc8 68.Nb5 Rd8+ 69.Ke4 Bxe5 70.dxe5 Rb8 71.Nd4 Rb1 72.Nf5+ Kd7 73.Nd4 Re1+ 74.Kd5 Rd1 75.Ke4 Re1+ 1/2-1/2

Liou,Yian (2149) - Zorigt,Bayaraa (2270) [B76]
USCL Dallas vs San Francisco Internet Chess Club 2009

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 9.0-0-0 d5 10.Kb1 Nxd4 11.e5 Nxf3 12.gxf3 Nh5 13.Qxd5 Qc7 14.f4 Bg4 15.Be2 Bxe2 16.Nxe2 Rfd8 17.Qc5 Qxc5 18.Bxc5 Bh6 19.Be3 Rac8 20.b3 f6 21.exf6 exf6 22.Bxa7 Rxd1+ 23.Rxd1 Re8 24.Ng3 Nxf4 25.a4 f5 26.a5 Ng2 27.b4 f4 28.Nf1 Bf8 29.c3 Bg7 30.Kc2 g5 31.b5 g4 32.Bf2 Ra8 33.Bb6 h5 34.Rd8+ Rxd8 35.Bxd8 Be5 36.b6 Ne1+ 37.Kd1 g3 38.hxg3 fxg3 39.Nxg3 Bxg3 40.Bc7 Bf2 41.Ke2 Nd3 42.Kxd3 h4 43.Ke2 Bc5 44.a6 bxa6 45.b7 Ba7 46.b8Q+ Bxb8 47.Bxb8 Kf7 48.Kf3 Ke6 49.Ke4 Kd7 50.Kd5 Kc8 51.Bh2 Kb7 52.Kc5 Ka7 53.Kc6 h3 54.Bg1+ Ka8 55.Kb6 a5 56.Kxa5 Kb7 57.Kb5 Kc7 58.Bh2+ Kb7 59.c4 Ka8 60.c5 Kb7 61.c6+ Kc8 62.Kb6 1-0

2009 Final Regular Season Standings


EASTERN DIVISION

W

L

Game Points

Opps Avg Rating

Opps Record

# - New Jersey

8.0

2.0

26.0/40 (65%)

2402

43.5-42.5 (51%)

@ - Boston

7.5

2.5

23.5/40 (59%)

2401

39.5-46.5 (46%)

@ - New York

5.0

5.0

22.0/40 (55%)

2405

48.5-37.5 (56%)

@ - Baltimore

4.5

5.5

18.5/40 (46%)

2400

38.5-47.5 (45%)

X - Philadelphia

4.0

6.0

17.5/40 (44%)

2398

40.5-45.5 (47%)

X - Queens

3.5

6.5

17.0/40 (43%)

2402

45.5-40.5 (53%)

X - Carolina

2.0

8.0

13.5/40 (34%)

2410

41.5-44.5 (48%)



WESTERN DIVISION

W

L

Game Points

Opps Avg Rating

Opps Record  

# - Seattle

7.5

2.5

23.5/40 (59%)

2392

41.0-45.0 (48%)

@ - San Francisco

6.5

3.5

22.5/40 (56%)

2403

42.5-43.5 (49%)

@ - Arizona

6.0

4.0

22.5/40 (56%)

2399

48.5-37.5 (56%)

@ - Miami

6.0

4.0

22.0/40 (55%)

2400

43.0-43.0 (50%)

X - Chicago

4.0

6.0

18.5/40 (46%)

2405

43.5-42.5 (51%)

X - Dallas

3.5

6.5

17.0/40 (43%)

2412

44.5-41.5 (52%)

X - Tennessee

2.0

8.0

16.0/40 (40%)

2405

41.5-44.5 (48%)


 

Arthur Ismakov won the Mechanics' Wednesday Night Blitz last evening scoring 9 from 9! A distant second in the ten player field at 6 was Yefim Bukh with Romy Fuentes third at 5.5.

A third of the way into the nine round Winter Tuesday Night Marathon five players remain with perfect scores: NM Oleg Shakhnazarov and Experts Igor Traub (who upset top-seed NM Michael Pearson last round), Steven Gaffagan, Evan Sandberg and Igor Margulis.

This Saturday and Sunday the Mechanics' will host the 39th Carroll Capps Memorial.

2) Americans Abroad

French GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave won the World Junior Championship held in Argentina on tiebreak. American GM-elect Alex Lenderman did very well tying for third. The other American in the tournament, US Junior Champion and GM-elect Ray Robson, finished in 18th, but turned a respectable 2552 performance rating that gives some indication of how tough this 84-player event was.

1-2. GMs Vachier-Lagrave (FRA 2718) and S. Zhigalko (BLR, 2646) - 10½/13,
3-5. GMs Olszewski (POL, 2544) and I. Popov (RUS, 2582), IM Lenderman (USA, 2542) – 9


Jude Acers played very strongly for much of the 2009 World Senior Championship in northern Italy. Here is a nice win as Black over a Ukrainian IM.


Kernazhitsky - Acers, 2009 World Senior

1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qd6 4. d4 Nf6 5.Nf3 a6 6. g3 b5 7. Bg2 Bb7 8. O-O e6 9. Bf4 Qb6 10. Qe2 Bd6 11. Bxd6 cxd6 12. Nd1 O-O 13. Ne3 Rc8 14. c3 Nbd7 15. a4 Be4 16. a5 Qb7 17. Nd2 Bxg2 18. Nxg2 e5 19. Ne3 g6 20. Nc2 Re8 21. Qf3 e4 22. Qf4 Re6 23. f3 Nd5 24. Qh4 e3 25. Ne4 f6 26. Rae1 Nf8 27. Nxe3 Nxe3 28. Rxe3 Kg7 29. Ree1 Qe7 30. d5 Re5 31. g4 Re8 32. Rd1 g5 33. Qf2 Ng6 34. Ng3 Nh4 35. f4 Re3 36. fxg5 fxg5 37. Nh5 Kh8 38. Qf7 Qxf7 39. Rxf7 Nf3 40. Kh1 Ne5 41. Rf5 Nxg4 42. Rdf1 Re1 43. Rf8 Rxf8 44. Rxe1 Ne5 45. Kg2 h6 46. Rf1 Rxf1 47. Kxf1 Nc4 48. b4 Ne3 49. Ke2 Nxd5 50. Kd3 Kh7 51. Kd4 Nc7 52. Nf6 Kg6 53. Nd5 Ne6 54. Ke4 h5 55. Ne3 Nc7 56. Nf5 Ne8 57. Ne7 Kf7 58. Nd5 Ke6 59. Kd4 h4 60. h3 Kd7 61. Ke4 Ke6 62. c4 bxc4 63. b5 c3 64. Nxc3 d5 65. Ke3 Ke5 66. Kf3 d4 67. b6 Nd6 68. Ne4 Nb7 69. Nxg5 Nxa5 70. Kg4 d3 71. Nf3 Ke4 72. Nd2 Ke3 73. Nb1 d2 74. Nc3 Kd3 75. Nd1 Nb7 76. Kxh4 a5 [0:1]

3) November FIDE Ratings

1. Topalov - 2810
2. Carlsen - 2801
3. Anand - 2788
4. Aronian - 2786
5. Kramnik - 2772
6. Gashimov - 2758
7. Gelfand - 2758
8. Svidler - 2754
9. Leko - 2752
10. Morozevich - 2750
11. Radjabov - 2748
12. Ivanchuk - 2739
13. Ponomariov - 2739
14. Grischuk - 2736
15. Jakovenko - 2736
16. Wang Yue - 2734
17. Eljanov - 2729
18. Karjakin - 2723
19. Mamedyarov - 2719
20. Shirov - 2719

Top US Players

1. Nakamura 2715

2. Kamsky 2695

3. Onischuk 2672

4. Seirawan 2649

5. Akobian 2624

6. Shulman 2623

7-8. Ehlvest and Shabalov 2608


 



 





4) World Cup Pairings

 

FIDE has publishing the pairings of the 1st round of the World Cup 2009. The 10 American entrants ( from a 128 player field) are highlighted below.


 

World Cup 2009           Round 1

Table

White


Fed


Black


Fed











1

1

GM

Gelfand, Boris

ISR

-

128

IM

Obodchuk, Andrei

RUS

2

2

GM

Gashimov, Vugar

AZE

-

127

IM

Sarwat, Walaa

EGY

3

3

GM

Svidler, Peter

RUS

-

126

IM

Hebert, Jean

CAN

4

4

GM

Morozevich, Alexander

RUS

-

125

IM

Abdel Razik, Khaled

EGY

5

5

GM

Radjabov, Teimour

AZE

-

124

IM

Ezat, Mohamed

EGY

6

6

GM

Ivanchuk, Vassily

UKR

-

123

GM

Bezgodov, Alexei

RUS

7

7

GM

Ponomariov, Ruslan

UKR

-

122

GM

El Gindy, Essam

EGY

8

8

GM

Grischuk, Alexander

RUS

-

121

IM

Sriram, Jha

IND

9

9

GM

Jakovenko, Dmitry

RUS

-

120

GM

Rizouk, Aimen

ALG

10

10

GM

Wang, Yue

CHN

-

119

GM

Kabanov, Nikolai

RUS

11

11

GM

Eljanov, Pavel

UKR

-

118

GM

Al Sayed, Mohamad N.

QAT

12

12

GM

Karjakin, Sergey

UKR

-

117

GM

Rodriguez Vila, Andres

URU

13

13

GM

Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar

AZE

-

116

GM

Kosteniuk, Alexandra

RUS

14

14

GM

Shirov, Alexei

ESP

-

115

GM

Kunte, Abhijit

IND

15

15

GM

Dominguez Perez, Leinier

CUB

-

114

GM

Smerdon, David

AUS

16

16

GM

Movsesian, Sergei

SVK

-

113

GM

Yu, Yangyi

CHN

17

17

GM

Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime

FRA

-

112

GM

Yu, Shaoteng

CHN

18

18

GM

Alekseev, Evgeny

RUS

-

111

IM

Pridorozhni, Aleksei

RUS

19

19

GM

Tomashevsky, Evgeny

RUS

-

110

GM

Ivanov, Alexander

USA

20

20

GM

Wang, Hao

CHN

-

109

GM

Friedel, Joshua E

USA

21

21

GM

Navara, David

CZE

-

108

GM

Laylo, Darwin

PHI

22

22

GM

Malakhov, Vladimir

RUS

-

107

GM

Amin, Bassem

EGY

23

23

GM

Bacrot, Etienne

FRA

-

106

GM

Nijboer, Friso

NED

24

24

GM

Rublevsky, Sergei

RUS

-

105

GM

Morovic Fernandez, Ivan

CHI

25

25

GM

Jobava, Baadur

GEO

-

104

IM

Robson, Ray

USA

26

26

GM

Motylev, Alexander

RUS

-

103

GM

Hess, Robert L

USA

27

27

GM

Kamsky, Gata

USA

-

102

GM

Antonio, Rogelio Jr

PHI

28

28

GM

Vitiugov, Nikita

RUS

-

101

GM

Gupta, Abhijeet

IND

29

29

GM

Bologan, Viktor

MDA

-

100

GM

Adly, Ahmed

EGY

30

30

GM

Naiditsch, Arkadij

GER

-

99

GM

Hou, Yifan

CHN

31

31

GM

Bu, Xiangzhi

CHN

-

98

GM

Pelletier, Yannick

SUI

32

32

GM

Polgar, Judit

HUN

-

97

GM

Pavasovic, Dusko

SLO

33

33

GM

Nisipeanu, Liviu-Dieter

ROU

-

96

GM

Lupulescu, Constantin

ROU

34

34

GM

Sargissian, Gabriel

ARM

-

95

GM

Li, Chao b

CHN

35

35

GM

Onischuk, Alexander

USA

-

94

GM

Flores, Diego

ARG

36

36

GM

Cheparinov, Ivan

BUL

-

93

GM

Kryvoruchko, Yuriy

UKR

37

37

GM

Efimenko, Zahar

UKR

-

92

GM

Milos, Gilberto

BRA

38

38

GM

Sutovsky, Emil

ISR

-

91

GM

Zhou, Weiqi

CHN

39

39

GM

Najer, Evgeniy

RUS

-

90

GM

Ghaem Maghami, Ehsan

IRI

40

40

GM

Tiviakov, Sergei

NED

-

89

GM

Iturrizaga, Eduardo

VEN

41

41

GM

Areshchenko, Alexander

UKR

-

88

GM

Corrales Jimenez, Fidel

CUB

42

42

GM

Sasikiran, Krishnan

IND

-

87

GM

L'Ami, Erwin

NED

43

43

GM

Smirin, Ilia

ISR

-

86

GM

Ehlvest, Jaan

USA

44

44

GM

Baklan, Vladimir

UKR

-

85

GM

Shabalov, Alexander

USA

45

45

GM

Ganguly, Surya Shekhar

IND

-

84

GM

Filippov, Anton

UZB

46

46

GM

Fier, Alexandr

BRA

-

83

GM

Khalifman, Alexander

RUS

47

47

GM

Fressinet, Laurent

FRA

-

82

GM

Sjugirov, Sanan

RUS

48

48

GM

Meier, Georg

GER

-

81

GM

Petrosian, Tigran L.

ARM

49

49

GM

Grachev, Boris

RUS

-

80

GM

Bartel, Mateusz

POL

50

50

GM

Caruana, Fabiano

ITA

-

79

GM

Bruzon Batista, Lazaro

CUB

51

51

GM

Sokolov, Ivan

NED

-

78

GM

Fedorchuk, Sergey A.

UKR

52

52

GM

Milov, Vadim

SUI

-

77

GM

Negi, Parimarjan

IND

53

53

GM

Timofeev, Artyom

RUS

-

76

GM

Leitao, Rafael

BRA

54

54

GM

Inarkiev, Ernesto

RUS

-

75

GM

Gustafsson, Jan

GER

55

55

GM

Savchenko, Boris

RUS

-

74

GM

Shulman, Yuri

USA

56

56

GM

Kobalia, Mikhail

RUS

-

73

GM

Sandipan, Chanda

IND

57

57

GM

Tkachiev, Vladislav

FRA

-

72

GM

Le, Quang Liem

VIE

58

58

GM

Tregubov, Pavel V.

RUS

-

71

GM

Akobian, Varuzhan

USA

59

59

GM

So, Wesley

PHI

-

70

GM

Guseinov, Gadir

AZE

60

60

GM

Granda Zuniga, Julio E

PER

-

69

GM

Sakaev, Konstantin

RUS

61

61

GM

Laznicka, Viktor

CZE

-

68

GM

Papaioannou, Ioannis

GRE

62

62

GM

Andreikin, Dmitry

RUS

-

67

GM

Nyback, Tomi

FIN

63

63

GM

Mamedov, Rauf

AZE

-

66

GM

Zhou, Jianchao

CHN

64

64

GM

Amonatov, Farrukh

TJK

-

65

GM

Volkov, Sergey

RUS


5) The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down  - a chess song?

 

IM James Rizzitano, is one of the strongest players ever to have been born in New England, and a well known chess author. He also happens to have a very good ear.

Recently, while traveling to work, he had the radio on when the song The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down by J. R.( Robbie) Robertson came on and caught his attention.

The first few lines might suggest that the song is about the Civil War and the fall of the South.

Virgil Caine is the name, and I served on the Danville train,
'Til Stoneman's cavalry came and tore up the tracks again.
In the winter of '65, We were hungry, just barely alive.
By May the tenth, Richmond had fell, it's a time I remember, oh so well,
(Chorus)

But listen longer and what do you hear but a line that could have been the mantra for many a starving chess pro.

Now I don't mind choppin' wood, and I don't care if the money's no good."



6) CalChess Website News

 

Tom Langland, CalChess President, writes:


As many of you have observed the CalChess  website (www.calchess.org)
has suffered a major malware attack.  From what I can gather, the
www.calchess.org web site was possibly penetrated several weeks ago, and has since been hit critically.   This is not the first time the site has been attacked and penetrated, but one of several.  The current location appears to provide insufficient protection against outside attacks.  I also continue to receive 40-50 spam messages a day.

My attempts to remedy the situation have met with extreme resistance, and the current environment is untenable.   This was a position I thought was regrettably forthcoming.

To that end, I have been working on a long-term project to improve the site, and due to the above situation, I am releasing it ahead of
my intended schedule.


So...

I am announcing the new official Calchess website located at:

    http://www.norcalchess.org

The new site is still a work in progress, and I am looking forward to feedback.  I do not have any plans to maintain the "old" site.

Bay area organizer Salman Azhar writes:


I have posted the latest tournament announcements I have at
http://bayareachess.com/events/norcal to serve as an unofficial reference until Tom recovers the calchess.org site. I have marked the differences in yellow highlight along with the reasons if I could recall.

 

7) Special Election For Two USCF Executive Board Seats

 

Due to the revocation of the memberships of Susan Polgar and Paul Truong which took place at the USCFdelegates’ meeting this past August, there will be a special election in June to elect two board members to one-year terms. Deadline for receipt of nominating petitions is midnight, January 11, and they should be sent to Cheryle Bruce at the USCF office, P.O. Box 3967, Crossville, TN 38557. Petitions must include 30 signatures of USCF voting members, and the filing fee is $250.




8) Upcoming Events


Mechanics' Institute



Carroll Capps Memorial - November 7- 8
Pierre Saint-Amant Memorial - November 21
Guthrie McClain Memorial - December 5

 

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: BayAreaChess.com/events/09oct.

Contact: contact@BayAreaChess.com. 408-786-5515

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 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: contact@BayAreaChess.com, Tel 408-786-5515.

Info & Entries: BayAreaChess.com/events/ccc09.

NS NC W

WCL JGP





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: contact@BayAreaChess.com, Tel 408-786-5515.

Info & Entries: BayAreaChess.com/events/10norcal

NS NC W

WCL JGP



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Salman Azhar, Ph.D. | Email me at Salman@BayAreaChess.Com | Email Contact@BayAreaChess.com for all chess administrative communications | Tel 408-786-5515



Executive Director BayAreaChess 2008-present - Chief Organizer CalChess State Scholastics 2008 to 2012



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January

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 chesstour.com 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 chesstour.com 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 chesstour.com $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 uschess.org ratings based on 4 or more games usually used if otherwise unrated. Foreign player ratings: See chesstour.com. 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: chesstour.com, 845-496-9658. Ent: Continental Chess, c/o Goichberg, Box 661776, Arcadia, CA 91066. $15 service charge for withdrawals. Advance entries posted at chesstour.com. WCL JGP.