Mechanics' Institute Chess Club Newsletter #469

Too many young players fail to realize that there's far more to chess than just moves.

Jeremy Silman
1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News
2) 2nd Annual Congress and Open Championship of the United States Chess Federation, St. Louis, 1941
3) Jerry Hanken versus Pal Benko -  1963 Chicago US Open
4) Upcoming Events
1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News
Sic transit gloria mundi. Just after everything seemed to be coming together after defeating Arizona last week we collapsed in the semi-finals against Miami. The final score is not indicative of the one-sidedness of the match, one of the worst defeats the Mechanics' has ever been administered.
San Francisco 1.5 - 2.5 Miami

1. GM Jesse Kraai (SF) vs GM Julio Becerra (MIA)  1/2-1/2
2. IM Blas Lugo (MIA) vs GM Vinay Bhat (SF)  0-1
3. IM David Pruess (SF) vs IM Alejandro Moreno Roman (MIA)  0-1
4. NM Eric Rodriguez (MIA) vs NM Yian Liou (SF)  1-0
The opening here was a bit of a surprise as GM Becerra usually favors the Slav and King's Indian but Jesse's treatment of these openings ( dxe5 and cxd5) may have persuaded him to try something more active. At any rate his use of the Grunfeld quickly paid dividends. Jesse could have and maybe should have played 15.Bd3 planning Nc5 with a solid position where he wouldn't stand worse. Instead he lashed out with 15.f4. Maybe he could have salvaged his position with the computer like 18.Bf3 Qb6 19.Rd3 Rfe8 20.Rb3. He definitely was on the road to defeat after 18.Rd4.The half point at the end was just a gift to clinch the match for Miami.
Kraai,J (2552) - Becerra,J (2615) [D85]
USCL San Francisco vs Miami Internet Chess Club (12), 16.11.2009

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.Bd2 Nb6 6.Nf3 Bg7 7.e3 0-0 8.Be2 Nc6 9.0-0 e5 10.Nxe5 Nxe5 11.dxe5 Bxe5 12.Qc2 c6 13.Rad1 Be6 14.Ne4 Bf5 15.f4 Bg7 16.Bc3 Nd5 17.Bxg7 Kxg7 18.Rd4 Qb6 19.Qd2 Bxe4 20.Rxe4 Rae8 21.Qd4+ Qxd4 22.Rxd4 Nxe3 23.Rf2 Rd8 24.Re4 Rfe8 25.Rxe8 Rxe8 26.Bf3 Nc4 27.Rc2 Nb6 28.Kf2 h5 29.Rd2 Re7 30.Rd8 Na4 31.b3 Nc3 32.a4 Ne4+ 33.Bxe4 Rxe4 34.g3 a5 35.Kf3 Rb4 36.Rd3 c5 37.Ke3 b6 38.Rc3 Kf6 39.h3 Ke6 40.g4 hxg4 41.hxg4 g5 42.fxg5

This game was the only bright spot for the Mechanics'. Vinay equalized out of the opening and when Blas chose 21.Nh2 instead of 21.Nf2 he was better and steadily increased his advantage and could have finished off in fine style with 33...Nf4! followed by ...g5. Instead things got ragged ( 35...Ng5? instead of 35...Nc5) and with 37.Bg4 White would have been equal - instead 37.Bd4?? lost on the spot.

Lugo,B (2351) - Bhat,V (2504) [C55]
USCL San Francisco vs Miami Internet Chess Club (12), 16.11.2009

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.d3 Be7 5.Nc3 d6 6.a4 0-0 7.0-0 Bg4 8.h3 Bh5 9.Be3 Qd7 10.Nd5 Nxd5 11.Bxd5 Bg6 12.Nh2 Nd8 13.f4 exf4 14.Bxf4 Ne6 15.Be3 c6 16.Ba2 d5 17.exd5 cxd5 18.Qf3 Rfd8 19.Ng4 Qd6 20.Rae1 h5 21.Nh2 Bf6 22.Qf2 Be5 23.Nf3 Bg3 24.Qd2 Bxe1 25.Rxe1 Rac8 26.c3 Qa6 27.Ne5 Bh7 28.Bb3 f6 29.Nf3 Bxd3 30.Qf2 Bg6 31.Nh4 Be4 32.Bxa7 Re8 33.Bb6 Rc6 34.a5 Qb5 35.Bd1 Ng5 36.Bxh5 Re5 37.Bd4 Nxh3+ 38.gxh3 Rxh5 0-1

The famous game Steinitz-Zuckertort, London 1872, saw 8...Bc5 but IM Moreno Roman's seems quite playable as well. Maybe White had to try Rybka's suggestion of 10.g3 fxg3 11.Bg2 gxh2 12.Kf1. Instead David, who was working everything out over the board, played 10.Qe1 as seen in Chigorin-Mortimer, Paris 1900. Black's 10...Bxf3+ was a substantial improvement over 10...Re8+ as played by Mortimer and White never had a chance.

Pruess,D (2418) - Moreno Roman,A (2331) [C25]
USCL San Francisco vs Miami Internet Chess Club (12), 16.11.2009

1.e4 e5 2.f4 Nc6 3.Nc3 exf4 4.d4 Qh4+ 5.Ke2 d5 6.Nf3 Bg4 7.exd5 0-0-0 8.dxc6 Nf6 9.cxb7+ Kb8 10.Qe1 Bxf3+ 11.gxf3 Re8+ 12.Ne4 Qh5 13.Kf2 Nxe4+ 14.Kg1 Bb4 15.Qxb4 Qxf3 16.Qe1 Ng3 0-1 White forfeits on time

Yian was doing fine here ( and had a 50 minute advantage on the clock) but he should have played either 17...Nh5 18.Nxe5 Bxe5 19.Bd3 Be6 or 19...e4 with equal chances. Instead allowing White to capture on f5 and play e4 quickly led to an untenable position.

Rodriguez,E (2290) - Liou,Y (2149) [A85]
USCL San Francisco vs Miami Internet Chess Club (12), 16.11.2009

1.d4 f5 2.c4 Nf6 3.Nc3 d6 4.Bg5 Nbd7 5.Qc2 g6 6.h4 h6 7.Bd2 e5 8.dxe5 Nxe5 9.0-0-0 Be6 10.Nh3 Qd7 11.b3 0-0-0 12.Nf4 Bf7 13.f3 Bg7 14.e3 g5 15.hxg5 hxg5 16.Rxh8 Bxh8 17.Nd3 Bg6 18.Nxe5 dxe5 19.g4 Qh7 20.gxf5 Bxf5 21.e4 Bd7 22.Bxg5 Qh5 23.Qd2 c6 24.Be2 Qf7 25.Qe3 b6 26.c5 b5 27.Rd6 Rg8 28.Bxb5 cxb5 29.c6 Bh3 30.Nxb5 a6 31.Rxf6 Qxf6 32.Bxf6 Bxf6 33.Qa7 1-0

Every team in the US Chess League is bit of a mystery to the rest. How they chose their lineups each weak is based on insider information (who is in town, who is healthy, who is good form) that no scouting report is likely to predict, but this season much of the league might have guessed the Mechanics' were playing musical chairs. Seven of the ten players on the roster made trips to Europe during the season, some for prolonged periods. This was not fully anticipated when assembling the team roster and at times we were down to four eligible players ( i.e.. the court of last resort - Donaldson goes into the lineup). The plan was to field two of our four GMs, put Sam Shankland and his 2550 USCF rating on three, and 2300 strength NM Yian Liou on four.

The potential of this plan was shown the first four weeks of the season when we got off to a hot start with 3.5 from 4 including 3-1 wins over Dallas and Miami. Then we lost Sam who went to Europe in search of his last GM norm. Objectively speaking this was a serious loss as Sam's lifetime winning percentage in the league is over 80 percent. This meant the Mechanics' had gone from one of the most dangerous teams in the league to merely a good one. The change was immediately apparent as the team stumbled drawing only one of its next three matches to hover barely over 50 percent. Then came a good comeback with two consecutive wins and a draw to get the second seed in the West. A victory over Arizona left us only two matches short of the goal and with Sam back for the final match ( but Josh and Vinay out of town for the December 5 final) , but it was not to be as we lost to a Miami team that fully deserved their win 

All things considered tying for third in the 14-team league ( + 6, -3, =3) was a respectable finish even if we still dream of what might have been. None of the successes we enjoyed would have been possible without team MVP Yian Liou. Before the start of the season David Pruess and I were uncertain how to put together the roster. Sam Shankland and Daniel Naroditsky were both substantially high rated than the year before. Many of our GMs were likely to be unavailable at different stages of the season so we knew there were  few spots we could afford for board four. Greg Young, had played well in years past, and did again this season ( 2-0 !), but demanding high school academics and basketball met he could only play a few matches. Also his rating was too high to allow the two GM plus Sam lineup. Enter Yian Liou.

NM Michael Aigner, who has worked with so many of the promising young players to come up through the Bay Area ranks ( Shankland, Naroditsky, Zierk, Young, Schwarz, etc...) wrote to David and I telling us we should check out this 12-year-old kid from Walnut Creek who just might do the trick. This proved to be a slight understatement. Yian scored 6.5 from 10 for a performance rating that was over 2400 until the final match. He not only performed excellently and was extremely durable ( no one else on the team played more than 7 matches) , he did it with an assessed rating of 2019! That's good value.

Two other players came up big during the season. Former US Champion Patrick Wolff scored 2.5 from 4 for a performance rating well over 2600. He and Vinay Bhat stepped into the lineup the second half of the season replacing European bound GMs Josh Friedel and Jesse Kraai who had been struggling. Josh has been a steady performer for the MI in the USCL over the years but 2009 is a season I am sure he would rather forget with 1.5 from 5, his only win straight from theory. Jesse's final score of 3 from 6 was good for a 2500 performance but a little deceptive as it includes a gift half point from Becerra and scrapping out the bottom of the barrel for a draw and win respectively against Krush and Felecan in the regular season. Both Josh and Jesse are perfectionists who like to think which are not necessarily good qualities in the USCL where practical players reign supreme.

Daniel Naroditsky is also a perfectionist and for much of his USCL career has had a hard time. This season looked to promise more of the same as it started out with a pair of painful losses (particularly the one against Danny Rensch) but he really rose to the occasion the last part of the year. Filling in for Sam Shankland he scored an undefeated 3 from 4 down the stretch to play a key role in helping the team turn things around.

The future is uncertain for the Mechanics'. We lose IM (soon to be GM) Sam Shankland who will be attending Brandeis University next season but will have our young Tigers Daniel and Yian back plus a bunch of GMs and IMs, but how to squeeze them in under the rating cap? The quest will be on to find the missing link. Are there any Bay Area players rated 2000 on the September 2009 rating list that will be 2300 strength come next September? Let me know!

I would like to thank our loyal tournament director Payam Tanaka for performing his duties in exemplary fashion. Payam not only made sure all was proper and by the book but his statistical analysis of other teams was very useful in guessing lineups in advance. He also made sure no one suffered from low blood sugar by providing a steady supply of pastries and drinks. Thank Payam!

One of the reasons the MI has enjoyed the success it has is due to the cultivation of its junior talent. This season was no exception and I would like to thank Michael Aigner, Sam Shankland, David Pruess and Josh Friedel for helping Yian Liou prepare for his games throughout the season. Seeing Patrick Wolff patiently explaining the intricacies of an ending to Yian in a post mortem was watching the knowledge of a great player of the past being transferred to a future star right before my eyes.  The hard work and willingness to share was greatly appreciated.  

NM Oleg Shaknazarov defeated San Francisco high school student Evan Sandberg last night to grab the lead in the Fall Tuesday Night Marathon with a 5-0 score. Tied for second a half point back in the 66-player field are Experts Romy Fuentes and Igor Traub.

Sam Shankland has 6 from 10 ( 2513 performance) in the November First Saturday Tournament in Budapest with two rounds to go.

Daniel Naroditsky begins play in the Netherlands shortly and Vinay Bhat leaves for two tournaments in Spain tomorrow.

MI member Tanuj Vasudeva has 6.0/7 and is tied for second at World Youth U8 being held in Turkey.

NM John Blackstone of Las Vegas sends in the following item from the American Chess Magazine (1898), Volume 1 p.629


The San Francisco Whist Club, in response to the wishes of a number of its members who are chess as well as whist players, is favorably considering the idea of placing its rooms at the disposal of those ladies and gentlemen who may desire to use its facilities for chess purposes only. It is proposed to make a reduction in the dues to meet this particular case and such persons would only be called upon to pay $1,instead of $1.50, per month. The idea is a capital one and it is thought that the opportunity thus afforded will be seized by the many who consider that San Francisco should possess a really representative chess club in keeping with its size. The Mechanics' Institute for many years past has been the stumbling block in the way of the formation of a club, for the reason that its membership charges were practically nil. As the whist club puts no time limitations upon its members, but permits play to be carrier on at all hours, the advantages are not altogether one-sided.—San Francisco Chronicle

2)   2nd Annual Congress and Open Championship of the United States Chess Federation, St. Louis, 1941
The 42nd annual congress and Open Tournament of the United States Chess Federation were held July 17-27, 1941 at the Hotel DeSoto in Saint Louis, under the auspices of the St. Louis Chess League and the Missouri Chess Association.
 An able committee headed by Erich W. Marchand handled all arrangements in excellent fashion. There were 16 entrants, divided into three groups for preliminary play. Of these, 10 qualified for the championship division of the finals.
          Reuben Fine won the tournament by a comfortable margin, maintaining his remarkable record of never finishing out of first place in an Open Tournament. Herman Steiner was second and Weaver W. Adams third.
          By the luck of the draw, Fine encountered Adams and Steiner in the first two rounds. Victory over these two formidable opponents left him clear sailing the rest of the way. Draws in later rounds with Boris Blumin and Fred Anderson gave him a final score of 8-1.
          Steiner lost to Fine and Adams, drew with Blumin and won the rest of his games to finish 6 ½ - 2 1/2 , which earned him second place by half a point. Adams lost to Fine and beat Steiner, but dropped his games to Blumin and Anderson to finish third with 6-3. Blumin, former champion of Canada, was fourth.
           The Canadian’s score of 5 ½ - 3 ½ does not tell the whole story of his accomplishments, for he completed his games against the first three prize winners without a loss, drawing with Fine and Steiner and defeating Adams. He lost only to Anderson and Dr. Bruno Schmidt.
           Marchand and Anderson shared fifth and sixth places with scores of 5-4.
           The six players who did not qualify for the championship division played a double round Class A tourney. C. M. Burton and Ward M. P. Mitchell tied for first with scores of 6 ½ - 3 1/2. David Ehrlich was third with 6-4.
            L. Walter Stephens, Federation vice-president, directed the tournament and donated special prizes for the best played and most brilliant games. The former went to Dr. Schmidt for his splendid ending in the game, Schmidt vs. Blumin, and the latter to Anderson for his victory over Adams.
Source:  The USCF Yearbook for 1941-43, page 7.
3) Jerry Hanken versus Pal Benko - Chicago 1963 US Open
The sensation of the third round was Jerome Hanken's play against Pal Benko. Hanken, a young California expert with a U.S.C.F. rating of 2187,  very close to master class, since 2200 and over is necessary to win that high rating), had the Whites against the ex-Hungarian broker of securities who is now an investment broker of securities in New York, and played the English with great care and originality. Though he lost a pawn, he retained a bind on the position and, with queens off the board, maneuvered so deftly that Benko got into time pressure, shed the extra pawn, and towards the end was actually a pawn down, but was unable to squeeze out with a draw. In post-game analysis, Hanken clapped his hand to his forehead and groaned, 41.P-K4 would have won for me!"
Chess - September 11, 1963, page 378 by P.H. Little
Page 379 of the same issue of Chess features a picture of the top boards from round 3 with Jerry clearly visible.
The following game, played when Jerry was 28, was possibly his first tournament game against a Grandmaster.

Hanken,Jerome  - Benko,Pal  [A11]

USA-ch op 64th Chicago (3), 1963


1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 d5 3.Bg2 c6 4.0–0 Bf5 5.d3 e6 6.c4 Nbd7 7.Nc3 Be7 8.h3 h6 9.a3 a5 10.cxd5 exd5 11.Nd4 Bh7 12.Na4 0–0 13.Be3 Re8 14.Qd2 Bd6 15.Rfc1 Qe7 16.Nb3?!


White blunders a pawn with this move. Instead he could have held the balance with  16.Bf4 as shown by the following variation. 16...Bxf4 (16...Ne5 17.Rc2 Nfd7 18.Rac1) 17.Qxf4 c5 18.Nb5 g5 19.Qd6 Qxd6 20.Nxd6 Rxe2 21.Nxb7 Bxd3 22.Nbxc5 Nxc5 23.Nxc5 Be4=


16...Bxg3 17.fxg3 Qxe3+ 18.Qxe3 Rxe3 19.Kf2 Re7 20.Nac5 Nxc5?!


20...Ne5! leaves White with a redundant Knight on b3.


21.Nxc5 a4 22.b3 axb3 23.Nxb3 Nd7 24.a4 Nb8?


24...Rae8 25.Rc2 Ne5 26.Nd4 (26.Rb2 Bxd3; 26.Rd2) 26...Nc4 is tricky but it is still not entirely clear how Black will make progress once White places his pawn on a5. The text just blunders a pawn.


25.Bxd5 Na6 26.Bf3 Bf5 27.h4 g5 28.hxg5 hxg5 29.Nc5 g4 30.Bg2 Bc8


30...Ra7 looks more natural.


31.a5 Kg7 32.Rab1 Nb8 33.Ra1 Ra7


33...Na6 34.d4 Nxc5 35.Rxc5 Bd7 was also be considered. Now White starts to get the better of it.


34.d4 f5 35.e3


35.d5! increases the scope of White's Bishop. After  35...cxd5 36.Bxd5 Re5 37.Bg2 he is definitely better.


35...Re8 36.Rcb1 Nd7 37.Nxd7 Bxd7 38.a6 bxa6 39.Ra5 Kf8 40.Rb6 Rc8 41.Raxa6


White afterwards thought that 41.e4 would win but changed his mind when he analyzed the move with Gligoric in the post mortem..


41...Rxa6 42.Rxa6 Rb8 43.Bxc6 Rb2+ 44.Kg1 Rb1+ 45.Kh2 Bxc6 46.Rxc6 Rb2+ ½–½

4) Upcoming Events
MI Events - got to for more information.

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:




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,


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.