Mechanics' Institute Chess Club Newsletter #468

Reductio ad absurdum is a powerful tool of the logician. The chess master sacrifices a pawn or even a piece, but with this tool the mathematician is willing to sacrifice the whole game.
 (T.H. Hardy, 1940)  from The Road to Reality by Roger Penrose
1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News
2) Student Union - a poem by Dennis Fritzinger
3) Local and National News
4) International News
5) Bobby Fischer by Bill Price
6) CalChess Open State and Class Championship
7) American Open
8) Upcoming Events
1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News
Arizona .5 - 3.5 San Francisco 

1. GM Alejandro Ramirez (ARZ) vs GM Patrick Wolff (SF)  1/2-1/2
2. GM Vinay Bhat (SF) vs IM Daniel Rensch (ARZ)  1-0
3. FM Robby Adamson (ARZ) vs FM Daniel Naroditsky (SF)  0-1
4. NM Yian Liou (SF) vs NM Leo Martinez (ARZ)  1-0
This was a great team effort with everyone doing their job beautifully. Patrick played like a real professional and completely shut down GM Ramirez, the heart and soul of the Scorpion's team, Vinay got an early jump on board two and our young tigers (ages 14 - Daniel turned 14 on November 9 and Yian is 12) played like veterans. This was a great victory over a tough team.
Ramirez,Alejandro (2601) - Wolff,Patrick (2623) [D22]
USCL Arizona vs San Francisco Internet Chess Club (11), 11.11.2009

1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.Nf3 a6 4.e3 b5 5.a4 Bb7 6.b3 e6 7.axb5 axb5 8.Rxa8 Bxa8 9.bxc4 bxc4 10.Bxc4 Nf6 11.0-0 Nbd7 12.Nc3 Bb4 13.Qb3 Bd6 14.Nb5 0-0 15.Nxd6 cxd6 16.Ba3 Ne4 17.d5 Ndc5 18.Qc2 Bxd5 19.Bxd5 exd5 20.Bb2 Qa5 21.Nd4 Qd2 22.Qxd2 Nxd2 23.Rd1 Nc4 24.Ba1 Ra8 25.Nf5 f6 26.Ne7+ Kf7 27.Nxd5 Ra2 28.Bd4 Nb3 29.Bc3 Rc2 30.g4 Ne5 31.h3 Nc5 32.Kg2 Ned3 33.Be1 Ke6 34.Nb4 Nxe1+ 35.Rxe1 Rb2 36.Nc6 Ne4 37.Re2 Rxe2 38.Nd4+ Ke5 39.Nxe2 d5 40.Nd4 g6 41.h4 Nc3 42.Kf3 Ne4 43.Ke2 Kd6 44.f3 Nc5 45.f4 Ne4 46.Nf3 h5 47.gxh5 Ng3+ 48.Kf2 Nxh5 49.Nd4 f5 50.Nf3 Ke6 51.Ne5 Kf6 52.Kf3 1/2-1/2

8...Ne4 doesn't enjoy a good reputation and Vinay quickly got the better of it. By 30.Qe4 Qe6 31.h4 he was clearly winning. His technique was not the best but with both players very low on time Vinay missed 46.gxf4 Kxf4 47.Bd5 blockading the pawns and winning easily. Instead after 46.g4?? he should have lost. Danny had no time or he would have found 47...Kd4 48.bxc4 b3 49.Kc1 Ke3 winning. Fortunately for the Mechanics,  Arizona was never better on the bottom two boards and found themselves very short of time.
Next Wednesday we face our friends and rivals the Miami Sharks led by the all-time top US Chess League player Julio Becerra and a strong and experienced supporting cast. The battles between these two teams have been epic (after 10 matches stretching over 5 years we are 5-5 and drew earlier this season). This will be a tough one.

Bhat,Vinay (2504) - Rensch,Daniel (2434) [E17]
USCL Arizona vs San Francisco Internet Chess Club (11), 11.11.2009

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 b6 4.g3 Bb7 5.Bg2 Be7 6.0-0 0-0 7.d5 exd5 8.Nh4 Ne4 9.cxd5 Bxh4 10.Bxe4 Bf6 11.Qc2 g6 12.Bh6 Re8 13.Nc3 Na6 14.a3 Bg5 15.Bxg5 Qxg5 16.Bg2 c5 17.Ne4 Qe5 18.f4 Qd4+ 19.e3 Qxe3+ 20.Kh1 Rxe4 21.Bxe4 Re8 22.Rfe1 Qd4 23.Rad1 Qf6 24.Qa4 Re7 25.Bg2 d6 26.Rxe7 Qxe7 27.f5 gxf5 28.Rf1 Nc7 29.Rxf5 Nxd5 30.Qe4 Qe6 31.h4 Kg7 32.Rg5+ Kf6 33.Rxd5 Bxd5 34.Qxd5 Qe5 35.Qf3+ Ke7 36.Qc3 Ke6 37.Kg1 d5 38.Qxe5+ Kxe5 39.Kf2 b5 40.Ke3 f5 41.Bf3 a5 42.Be2 c4 43.Bf3 b4 44.a4 d4+ 45.Kd2 f4 46.g4 d3 47.b3 cxb3 48.Kxd3 b2 49.Kc2 Kd4 50.g5 Ke3 51.Ba8 f3 52.Bxf3 Kxf3 53.h5  1-0

Adamson,Robby (2340) - Naroditsky,Daniel (2371) [B97]
USCL Arizona vs San Francisco Internet Chess Club (11), 11.11.2009

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Qb6 8.Nb3 Qe3+ 9.Qe2 Ng4 10.Nd1 Qxe2+ 11.Bxe2 Nf6 12.Nc3 Nc6 13.0-0-0 Be7 14.Bf3 h6 15.Bh4 Rg8 16.Bf2 Nd7 17.Rhe1 Rb8 18.Ne2 Kd8 19.Kb1 Kc7 20.c4 b6 21.Nc3 Nc5 22.Nc1 b5 23.cxb5 axb5 24.N3e2 b4 25.Nd4 Nxd4 26.Bxd4 Ba6 27.Re3 f6 28.Be2 Bb7 29.Bxc5 dxc5 30.Bc4 Rgd8 31.Rde1 Rd2 32.Rg3 Rd4 33.Bxe6 Rxe4 34.Rxe4 Bxe4+ 35.Ka1 Rd8 36.Bb3 g5 37.Re3 f5 38.g3 c4 39.Ba4 Bf6 40.Ne2 Rd2 0-1

Liou,Yian (2149) - Martinez,Leo (2230) [B03]
USCL Arizona vs San Francisco Internet Chess Club (11), 11.11.2009

1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.d4 d6 4.c4 Nb6 5.exd6 exd6 6.Nc3 Be7 7.Bd3 0-0 8.Nge2 Nc6 9.0-0 Bg5 10.f4 Bf6 11.d5 Ne7 12.Qc2 g6 13.Ng3 c6 14.dxc6 Nxc6 15.Be3 d5 16.cxd5 Nb4 17.Qd2 N6xd5 18.Nxd5 Nxd5 19.Bc5 Be7 20.Bxe7 Nxe7 21.Rad1 Bg4 22.Be2 Qxd2 23.Rxd2 Be6 24.b3 Rfd8 25.Rfd1 Rxd2 26.Rxd2 Rc8 27.Bf3 b6 28.Kf2 Kg7 29.Ne4 Rc7 30.Nd6 Rc5 31.g4 h6 32.Ne8+ Kf8 33.Nf6 Kg7 34.Ne8+ Kf8 35.Nf6 Nc6 36.Ne4 Rc1 37.Nd6 Ke7 38.f5 gxf5 39.gxf5 Bd7 40.Nxf7 Bxf5 41.Nxh6 Bb1 42.Bxc6 Rxc6 43.Ng4 Rc5 44.Ne3 Ra5 45.a4 Be4 46.Rd4 Bc6 47.h4 Ke6 48.Ke2 Re5 49.Kd2 Ke7 50.Rf4 Bb7 51.Nc4 Rh5 52.Kc3 Bd5 53.Ne3 Be6 54.b4 a5 55.bxa5 Rxa5 56.Rb4 Rc5+ 57.Kd3 Ra5 58.Kc3 Rc5+ 59.Kb2 Re5 60.Nc2 Bd7 61.Kb3 Rh5 62.Nd4 Kd8 63.Ne2 Be6+ 64.Kb2 Bd7 65.Nf4 Ra5 66.h5 Ke7 67.h6 Kf7 68.h7 Kg7 69.Ng6 Kxh7 70.Nf8+ Kg7 71.Nxd7 Kf7 72.Nxb6 Ke6 73.Nc4 Rh5 74.a5 Kd7 75.a6 Rh6 76.Nb6+  1-0

The Mechanics' has been visited by several well known chess personalities the past few weeks. John Fernandez of New York was present for the match versus Dallas the last week of the regular season and another noted organizer, Sevan Muradian, of Chicago was in town this past weekend for the Capps. Newly minted GM Ben Finegold gave a well-received lecture at the MI this past Tuesday.
IM Ricardo DeGuzman and NM Andy Lee, shared top honors in the 39th Carroll Capps Memorial. The two winners, who battled to a hard fought draw in round 5, shared top honors with 5-1 scores in the 49-player event held this past weekend. A selection of games from the events follows.

Pearson,Michael (2280) - De Guzman,Ricardo (2469) [B43]
Capps Memorial San Francisco (4), 08.11.2009 TC G/60
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.f4 b5 7.Be2 Bb7 8.Bf3 d6 9.0-0 Nd7 10.g4 b4 11.Na4 e5 12.Nf5 g6 13.Ng3 exf4 14.Bxf4 Ne5 15.c3 bxc3 16.Rc1 Bg7 17.Rxc3 Qd8 18.Be3 Rc8 19.Qb3 Rxc3 20.Nxc3 Qd7 21.Nd5 Ne7 22.Nb6 Qe6 23.Qa4+ Bc6 24.Qxa6 0-0 25.Bd1 Nxg4 26.Bb3 Qe5 27.Nc4 Qb5 28.Qxb5 Bxb5 29.Bg5 Nc6 30.Rxf7 Bd4+ 31.Kg2 Rxf7 32.Nxd6 Bd3 33.Bxf7+ Kg7 34.Bd5 Nb4 35.Ngf5+ gxf5 36.Nxf5+ Kg6 37.Nxd4 Kxg5 38.Kg3 0-1 after more moves in time pressure.
Manvelyan,Hayk (2051) - Lee,Andy (2305) [A31]
Capps Memorial San Francisco (3), 08.11.2009 TC G/60
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.Nf3 cxd4 4.Nxd4 e5 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.Nc3 Bc5 7.e3 0-0 8.Be2 e4 9.Nd4 Qb6 10.Na4 Bb4+ 11.Bd2 Qa5 12.Nc3 Qg5 13.0-0 Bc5 14.a3 d5 15.Kh1 Qh4 16.Nxd5 Ng4 17.Bxg4 Bxg4 18.Qe1 Ne5 19.f4 Qxe1 20.Raxe1 Nxc4 21.Bc3 Rad8 22.Nb4 Bc8 23.Nbc2 f5 24.Rd1 a6 25.b3 Nb6 26.Rd2 Rd6 27.Rfd1 Rfd8 28.b4 Bxd4 29.Rxd4 Nc4 30.Rxd6 Rxd6 31.Rxd6 Nxd6 32.Kg1 Bd7 33.Kf2 Nc4 34.Ke2 g6 35.Bd4 Ba4 36.Na1 Nxa3 37.Kd2 Kf7 38.Bc5 Ke6 39.Kc3 Kd5 40.Nb3 Nb5+ 41.Kb2 Bxb3 42.Kxb3 Nc7 43.Kc3 Ne6 44.Bb6 Kc6 45.Bd4 Nxd4 46.Kxd4 Kd6 47.Kc4 b6 48.Kd4 a5 49.Kc4 axb4 50.Kxb4 Kc6 51.Kc4 b5+ 52.Kb4 Kb6 53.Kb3 Kc5 54.Kc3 b4+ 55.Kb3 Kb5 56.Kb2 Kc4 57.Kc2 b3+ 58.Kb2 Kd3 0-1
De Guzman,Ricardo (2469) - Lee,Andy C (2305) [E63]
Capps Memorial San Francisco (5), 08.11.2009 TC 30/90; G/1
1.c4 Nf6 2.Nc3 g6 3.Nf3 Bg7 4.g3 0-0 5.Bg2 d6 6.0-0 Nc6 7.d4 a6 8.b3 Rb8 9.Bb2 b5 10.cxb5 axb5 11.Rc1 Bd7 12.d5 Na5 13.Nd2 b4 14.Ncb1 Bb5 15.Nc4 Bxc4 16.bxc4 b3 17.axb3 Nxb3 18.Rc2 Nd7 19.Na3 Bxb2 20.Rxb2 Nbc5 21.Nb5 Nb6 22.Qc2 Ra8 23.Rb4 Qd7 24.Rfb1 Ra6 25.h3 Rfa8 26.R1b2 Ra1+ 27.Kh2 R8a6 28.f4 R1a4 29.h4 f5 30.h5 Rxb4 31.Rxb4 Ra8 32.h6 Nba4 33.Rb1 Qd8 34.Kg1 Qf8 35.Nxc7 Rc8 36.Nb5 Qxh6 37.Rb4 Qg7 38.Rxa4 Nxa4 39.Qxa4 Qb2 40.Kf2 Qc1 41.Na3 Rb8 42.Nb5
White should have preferred 42.Nc2 Qb2 43.c5 dxc5 44.Qa7 Qb7 45.Qxc5 Qb6 46.Qxb6 Rxb6 47.Nd4.
42...Rc8 43.Nd4
Or 43.Qa7 Qxc4 44.Qxe7.
43...Qxc4 44.Qxc4 Rxc4 45.Ne6 h6 46.Bf3 Kf7 47.g4 fxg4 48.Bxg4 g5 49.Kf3 Kf6 50.fxg5+ hxg5 51.e3 Ra4 52.Nd4 Ra1 53.Be6 Rf1+ 54.Kg2 Re1 55.Kf2 Rc1 56.Nf3 Rc2+ 57.Kg3 Re2 58.Kg4 Rg2+ 59.Kh3 Re2 60.Kg4 Rg2+ ½-½
2) Student Union - a poem by Dennis Fritzinger
student union

a tournament
the student union
on the UC
berkeley campus,
where all the energy
of generations
of students
still swirls about,
like autumn leaves,
in the sunshine.
a tournament
where many come
from out-of-town
to play the
royal game,
"the game of kings",
in hopes of
a prize or money
or rating points,
or sometimes all three,
and the adulation
of their peers.
the student union
is crowded;
the lights glare.
you'd expect the crowd
to be noisy,
but this is a chess tournament--
silence is
much like in libraries.
the brain cells
are little dynamos,
generating energy--
they run on tic tacs,
soft drinks,
and slices of pizza.
blunders are made,
kingdoms won or lost,
prizes decided.
the blossom of aesthetics
is rewarded with the lowly
fertilizer of cash
3) Local and National News
Jerry Weikel, the organizer of the recently concluded Western States Open, won by GM Melik Khachiyan, kindly provides details of the side events
Top Senior was Igor Margulis of the Mechanics' with  4.5 points in the Expert section.
Team - 1st - Seattle Chess Club - 40 pts, 2nd - Mechanics I - 36.5 pts. - 3rd - Mechanics II - 32 pts.
Blitz - 1st - Jaan Elhvest - 2nd - Melik Khachiyan - 3rd - Loek Van Wely - 1st Under 1700 - Justin Garvin
Quick - 1st - Cyrus Lakadawala - 2nd - (Tie) Marcus Robinson - Alejahdrino Baluran
The long-established Kolty Chess Club, one of the oldest chess clubs in the bay area with members ranging from beginners to experts, has found a new home in Campbell.
We invite chess players of all ages and skill levels to join us at our new location for chess instruction, casual play, and USCF-rated tournaments. 
When:        The club meets every Thursday evening, except on certain holidays. 
Chess lectures are given by Frisco Del Rosario, author of A First Book of Morphy, from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  USCF-rated tournament games (G/120) and casual play run from 7:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.
Where:       1675 Winchester Boulevard, Campbell, CA  95008.
The club meets in the Fellowship Hall at the Campbell United Methodist Church conveniently located near the intersection of Winchester Boulevard and Hamilton Avenue, not far from downtown Campbell, with easy access to VTA light rail, bus routes, I-880/SR-17, I-280, and SR-85.  The club rents the hall from the church and is not affiliated with it.
Equipment:        The club provides chess sets, boards, and clocks for anyone to use.
For more information about tournament schedules and fees, please visit and click on the link to the Kolty Chess Club page.

The Seattle Chess Club  is moving into new facilities at the Northway Square East Building (2150 N 107th St), across the freeway from Northgate Mall. This move was made possible by the efforts of King County Council member Bob Ferguson. National Master Ferguson, a former Washington state champion, was instrumental in obtaining funding for the club which has a long and rich history dating back to the late 1870s. One of the key players in the early history of the city, Clarence "Pops" Bagley, was a driving force behind the club for several decades in the early 1900s. The past twenty years Fred Kleist and his wife Carol have headed a strong crew of volunteers that have kept things running in the Emerald City.
The St Louis Chess Club and Scholastic Center has a  "Grandmaster-in-Residence."  GM Ben Finegold of Ann Arbor will assume the position this January.
The St Louis Chess Club and Scholastic Center has come to the rescue of American chess yet again. This time it is the US and World Hall of Fame. First based in the USCF headquarters in New Windsor several decades ago, then in the US Chess Center in the nations' capital, the Hall of Fame has made its home in Miami this past decade thanks to the generosity of the Samole family and their company Excalibur Electronics. The Hall of Fame will be relocating from Miami to Saint Louis the first half of 2010.
4) International News
Italian -American teenager GM Fabiano Caruana just keeps getting stronger and stronger . He proved the difference in the recently concluded final of the Spanish Team Championship held in Linares, beating Alexander Graf (formerly Nenashev) to bring  victory to his team C. A. Linex-Magic.

Shirov vs Gashimov ½-½
Adams vs. Vallejo ½-½
Sargissian vs. Inarkiev ½-½
Cheparinov vs. V. Milov ½-½
Caruana vs. Graf 1-0
Caruana,Fabiano (2652) - Graf,Alexander (2596) [C11]
Spanish Team Ch Linares, 08.11.2009
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.e5 Nfd7 5.f4 c5 6.Nf3 Nc6 7.Be3 Qb6 8.Na4 Qa5+ 9.c3 c4 10.b4 Qc7 11.g3 Ne7 12.Bf2 Nb8 13.Bg2 b6 14.Nb2 a5 15.b5 a4 16.Nxa4 Bd7 17.0-0 Bxb5 18.Nb2 Ra3 19.Qb1 Bd7 20.Nd1 Nbc6 21.Ne1 b5 22.Nc2 Ra7 23.Nde3 Nc8 24.f5 Nb6 25.Be1 Na4 26.Qd1 Nb2 27.Qh5 g6 28.fxg6 fxg6 29.Qf3 Bc8 30.Nxd5 exd5 31.Qxd5 Ra6 32.Rf6 Na7 33.Rxa6 Bxa6 34.Qe6+ Be7 35.Qxa6 0-0 36.Qe6+ Kg7 37.Bd2 b4 38.Rf1 Rxf1+ 39.Kxf1 Nb5 40.Bd5 Qd8 41.Qf7+ Kh8 42.Bh6 1-0
The World Senior Championships concluded in Condino, Italy on 7 November 2009.
Final standings, Open Section:
1-2. Cebalo and Klovans - 8½ out of 11
3-9. Tseshkovsky, Chernikov, Bo Jacobsen, Suba, Butnorius, Kaufman and Gutman - 8, etc.
Other top American scorers were James Sherwin 6.5 and Jude Acers 6.
Nona Gaprindashvili bounced back from an early loss to take the womens crown with  7½ out of 9

The New York Times published an article by Dylan Loeb McClain on July 3, 2009, about Margeir Petursson, the chairman and founder of MP Bank, the only commercial bank in Iceland that did not collapse last year when the worldwide economic crisis engulfed the country. GM Petursson, who was rated 2590 in 1989, enjoyed a reputation as a tough and resourceful defender in difficult positions throughout his chess career and those skills have not failed him in business. He saw the looming crisis in Iceland long before others did and took appropriate defensive action.
5) Bobby Fischer by Bill Price

Regarding the article entitled "Missing Fischer Games" in Newsletter #425 from 12/24/2008, you write:

"Bill Price has a very nice website which appears to be temporarily down but is definitely worth checking for. Thanks to a tip from Chris Mavraedis here are three games from Bobby's 1964 simul tour not featured in Legend on the Road."

My website is back up again at The Fischer games are featured on the following pages:

I would like to point out some minor corrections regarding the source of these game scores:

1) The Fischer-Powell game was published in a magazine entitled "Nost-Algia", not "NOST". "NOST" ("Knights of the Square Table") was the name of a postal chess club that published the magazine. (The NOST was organized in March 1960 by Bob Lauzon, and was finally disbanded in June 2003.)

2) The Fischer-Wallace game score is from my private collection. On my website I published the following note accompanying the score:

"You may copy the score of this game and publish it anywhere you want, as long as you mention Bill Price as the source!"

Unfortunately, the source of this score was not clearly specified in your article, and as a result others are now starting to quote the Mechanics Institute Chess Room Newsletter as the source. (See, page 11) I suppose that cannot be helped, and I'm glad that these "lost" Fischer scores are now being made available to the general public. HOWEVER, if John Donaldson should choose to publish these game scores in a new edition of his book "A Legend on the Road" (and I hope he does), I must insist that he at least mention the correct sources for these game scores; to wit:

1) Fischer-Wallace. Source: Bill Price
2) Fischer-Killian. Source: Anthony J. Killian
3) Fischer-Powell. Source: Walt Erdman in "Nost-Algia", No. 51, July 1964

Kind regards,

Bill Price

6) CalChess Open State and Class Championship

Northern California will hold its annual State Championship on Thanksgiving weekend this year in Santa Clara.

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:



7) American Open
Randy Hough writes:
Please be part of Southern California's greatest chess tradition!
The only tournament with videos, lectures (GM Melik Khachiyan and IM Jeremy Silman are on the roster), and side events. Great hotel and parking rates too. Details and online entry available at
November 26-29 or 27-29 
45th Annual American Open
8-SS, 40/2, SD/1. LAX Renaissance Hotel, 9620 Airport Bl, Los Angeles, CA 90045.
$$37,500 b/o 400 entries, $19,500 gtd. In 6 sections (Unr. must play in Unr. or Open).
Open: $3600-1800-800-600-500-400, U2450/Unr. $800-400, U2300/Unr. $600-300.
U2200, U2000, U1800: Each $3000-1500-700-300.
U1600 $2400-1200-500-300.
U1400/Unr: $2000-1000-500, U1200 $900-450 (not a separate section; U1200s also eligible for U1400 prizes), Unrated: $300-150 (Unrateds in this section eligible for these prizes only).
Special prizes $1000 gtd. in memory of Joyce Jillson: Best tactical games 200-100, best positional games 150-75, best tactical game non-Master 175, biggest rating gain by woman 200, biggest rating gain under age 13 100 (established ratings over 1000).
Special cumulative upset prizes $500 gtd. donated by Dr. Harold Valery: Open, Under 2200, Under 2000 Each $100; Under 1800 $75; Under 1600, Under 1400 Each $50; Under 1200 $25.
EF: $120 if rec’d by 11/24, $50 more for players rated under 2000 playing in Open, Unrated $40. All: $30 more at door.
SCCF membership req’d, $18, $10 jrs under 19 includes Rank & File magazine, OSA.
No checks at door - cash, credit card or money order only.
4-day schedule: Reg. closes noon 11/26, Rds. 12:30-7:30, 12:30-7:30, 10:30-5, 10-4:30.
3-day schedule: Reg. closes 11:30 a.m. 11/27, Rds. 12-2:30-5-8 (G/1), schedules merge in Rd 5 and compete for common prizes.
Byes (2 max) with advance notice.
CCA minimum ratings and TD discretion used. November Rating Supplement used. Lectures and videos.
HR: $99, (310) 337-2800, reserve early and mention chess. Parking only $6.
Info: Randy Hough (626) 282-7412,
Ent: American Open, PO Box 205, Monterey Park, CA 91754 or
NS, W, F. WCL JGP. GP: 120. State Championship Qualifier.
November 28
American Open Scholastic
5-SS, G/45. Open to HS/below. LAX Renaissance Hotel, 9620 Airport Bl, Los Angeles, CA 90045.
In 4 sections:
K-12: trophies top 5, 2 each grades 9-12, 1 each K-8.
K-8: trophies top 5, 2 each K-8.
K-6: trophies top 5, 2 each K-6.
K-3: trophies top 4, 2 each K-3.
EF: $16 received by 11/25, $20 at door.
Reg: 9-9:45 Rounds: 10-11:30-1-3-4:30. or American Open, PO Box 205, Monterey Park, CA 91754.
Info: Randy Hough (626) 282-7412,

November 28
American Open Quick Chess Championship
5-SS (double round), G/10. LAX Renaissance Hotel, 9620 Airport Bl, Los Angeles, CA 90045.
$$1000: $250-150; U2200, U2000, U1800, U1600, Unr. each $100 (Unrated eligible only for Open and Unr. prize).
EF: $30 received by 11/25, $35 at site.
Reg closes 8 p.m.
Rounds: 8:15-9-9:45-10:30-11:15.
Double bye (1 pt) available for round 1.
Ent or American Open, PO Box 205, Monterey Park, CA 91754.
Info: Randy Hough (626) 282-7412,
GP: 6.

November 29
American Open Action
5-SS, G/30. LAX Renaissance Hotel, 9620 Airport Bl, Los Angeles, CA 90045.
EF: $20 received by 11/25; $25 at door.
80% of entry fees returned in prizes.
Reg: 11-11:45 a.m.
Rounds: 12-1:15-3-4:15-5:30.
Ent or American Open, PO Box 205, Monterey Park, CA 91754. Info: Randy Hough (626) 282-7412,


8) Upcoming Events
MI Events - got to for more information.
Pierre Saint-Amant Memorial - November 21
Guthrie McClain Memorial - December 5

Bob Burger Open - January 9
Henry Gross Memorial - February 6
A.J. Fink Amateur Championship - March 13-14
Max Wilkerson Open - March 27
Imre Konig Memorial - April 10
Walter Lovegrove Senior Open - April 17-18
Charles Powell Memorial - May 8
Arthur Stamer Memorial - June 5-6
William Addison Open - June 12

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.