Mechanics' Institute Chess Room Newsletter #497

Beauty in chess is closer to beauty in poetry; the chess pieces are the block alphabet which shapes thoughts, and these thoughts, although making a visual design on the chessboard, express their beauty abstractly, like a poem. Actually, I believe that every chess player experiences a mixture of two aesthetic pleasures: first, the abstract image akin to the poetic idea of writing; secondly, the sensuous pleasure of the ideographic execution of that image on the chessboard. From my close contact with artists and chess players, I have come to the personal conclusion that while all artists are not chess players, all chess players are artists.

Marcel Duchamp - August 30, 1952, address to the New York State Chess Association

1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News

2) National Open

3) Here and There

4) Upcoming Events


1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News

Cyrus Lakdawala of San Diego shared first place with fellow IM Ricardo DeGuzman in the William Addison Memorial G/45 held June 12th at the Mechanics' Institute. The two drew each other in a tough fourth round battle and both beat Master Rohan Agarwal and Expert Dmitry Vaintraub to finish with 4.5 from 5.

Here is IM Lakdawala's last round game.

Cyrus Lakdawala - Rohan Agarwal

San Francisco 2010

1.d4 d5 2.Bf4 Nc6 3.e3 Bf5 4.Nf3 Nf6 5. Bb5 Nd7 6.00 e6 7.c4 a6 8. Bxc6 bxc6 9.Qa4 Bd3 10.Rc1 Bxc4 11.Qxc6 Rc8 12.Nc3 Bb4 13.b3 Bxc3 14.Rxc3 Bb5 15.Qb7 c5 16.Bd6 Nf6 17.Rxc5 Rxc5 18.dxc5 Qd7 19.Qb6 Qd8 20.a4 Be2 21.Nd4 Qxb6 22.cxb6 Kd7 23. Bg3 10

Round 4 of the Tuesday Night Marathon will be played tonight with tournament leader Jorge Lopez (3-0) facing his toughest test yet in IM Mikhail Baturin.

Peter Sherwood points out a missed opportunity in last week's game between Oleg Shakhnazarov and George Sanguinetti that cost the latter a share of the lead.

Oleg Shakhnazarov - George Sanguinetti

San Francisco 2010

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 e6 3.Bf4 Bd6 4.Bg3 Ne7 5.e3 Nd7 6.Bd3 Ng6 7.Bxd6 cxd6 8.h4 e5 9.h5 Ne7 10.Nfd2 Nf6 11.h6 g6 12.Nc3 00 13.Qf3 Nc6 14.Nxd5 Nxd5 15.Qxd5 Be6 16.Qf3 exd4 17.exd4 Nxd4 18.Qf4 Nc6 19.00 f5 20.Rfe1 Ne5 21.Nc4 Nxd3 22.cxd3 Bxc4 23.Qxc4+ Rf7 24.Qd5 Qg5 25.Rac1 Qxh6 26.Rc7 Raf8 27.Re8 Qg7 28.Ree7 h5 29.Rxb7 a5 30.d4 f4 31.Qe6 g5 32.a3 g4 33.Rxf7 Rxf7 34.Qe8+ Qf8 35.Qxf8+ Kxf8 36.Rb5 h4 37.Rxa5 Kg7 38.Rg5+ Kf6 39.Rxg4 Ke6 40.Rg5 f3 41.Rh5 Rg7 42.Rxh4 Rxg2+ 43.Kf1 Rg8 44.Rf4 Rc8 45.Rxf3 Kd5 46.Rc3 Rb8 47.Rc2 Kxd4 48.Rd2+ Ke5 49.Ke2 d5 50.b4 d4 51.Kd3 Ra8 52.Kc4 Rc8+ 53.Kb5 Kd5 54.Ka4 d3 55.Kb3 Kd4 56.b5 Rc3+ 57.Kb2 Rc5 58.a4 Rc4 59.Kb3 Rc3+ 60.Kb2 Kc4 61.f4 Rb3+ 62.Ka2 Rb4 63.f5 Rxa4+ 64.Kb1 Kc3 65.Rf2 Rb4+ 66.Kc1 Ra4 67.Kb1 Rb4+ 68.Kc1 Rxb5 69.f6

A draw was agreed here (W-Kc1, Rf2, pf6; B-Kc3, Rb5, pd3) but Black could have won the rook ending in pretty fashion by 69...Re5 70.Rf1 Ra5 71.Kb1 Rb5+ 72.Ka2 d2 73.f7 Ra5+ 74.Kb1 Rf5! 75.Rg1 Rb5+! 76.Ka2 Rb8 77.Rh1 d1Q!! 78.Rxd1 Kc2 79.Ka3 Kxd1.

The Mechanics' Institute welcomes Japan's highest rated active player, 19-year-old FM Shinsaku Uesugi who will be studying at Cal this fall. The M.I. Chess Club would also like to welcome back FM Andrey Chumachenko who has returned to Sacramento after spending several years in North Carolina.

Action is picking up in the Smyslov Memorial, a category 3 (2305 FIDE average) IM norm tournament being held in June at the Mechanics' Institute. The early leaders are SM Steven Zierk at 3 from 4 and FM Richard Lobo at 2.5 from 4.

Thanks to Payam Afkham-Ebrahimi the event can be followed at:

The Copper State International took place in Mesa, Arizona June 3rd to 9th and IM Sam Shankland turned in another fine performance scoring 5.5 from 9 against a field averaging close to 2500. He missed his final GM norm by a half a point for the second time in less than two weeks. We are confident that Sam will be a Grandmaster before this summer is over. Mackenzie Molnar make his second GM norm in tying for first with Uzbek GM Timur Gareev.


2) National Open

Uzbek GM Timur Gareev bounced back from a first round draw with IM Joe Bradford, reeling off five wins in a row including a last round victory over GM Varuzhan Akobian to take home $6400. The latter, who lead for the entire event and had defeated two GMs and two IMs in rounds 2 through 5, finished in a four way tie for second with GMs Alex Lenderman, Alejandro Ramirez and Arthur Kogan. A total of 693 players competed in the multi-section event held June 11-13.


3) Here and There

Alexander Onischuk, one of America's big three, made an even score in the tough Category 18 (2695) Poikovsky Karpov Cup held June 2-14 in Russia.

1-2. Karjakin and Bologan - 7 out of 11,
3-4. Jakovenko and Vitiugov - 6,
5. Riazantsev - 6,
6. Onischuk - 5,
7-9. Sutovsky, Jobava and I.Sokolov -5,
10. Naiditsch - 4,
11-12. Rublevsky and Motylev - 4.

John Blackstone sends in the following game from the 1914 telegraph match between Los Angeles and San Diego which won the brilliancy prize.

C.W. Waterman played for the Los Angeles team.

Waterman,W - Smith,J [C24]
Los Angeles-San Diego Telegraph, September 1914
1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.Qe2 Bc5 4.Bxf7+ Kxf7 5.Qc4+ d5 6.Qxc5 Nxe4 7.Qe3 Rf8 8.Nf3 Nd6 9.Nxe5+ Kg8 10.0-0 Qf6 11.d4 Nd7 12.Nc3 Nb6 13.f4 Bf5 14.b3 Bxc2 15.Ba3 Rfe8 16.Rac1 Bf5 17.Rfe1 Rad8 18.g4 Bc8 19.Qg3 c6 20.Re2 a6 21.Bb4 Na8 22.Rce1 Nf7 23.g5 Qf5 24.Ba5 b6 25.Nxc6 Rxe2 26.Rxe2 Qd7 27.Nxd5 bxa5 28.Nxd8 Nxd8 29.g6 hxg6 30.Ne7+ Kf8 31.Nxg6+ Kg8 32.Qd3 Ne6 33.f5 Nxd4 34.Qc4+ Ne6 35.Rxe6 1-0

Source: Brooklyn Daily Eagle 1914.10.01 p.XX

The 29th North American Open, held May 28-31 in Stillwater, Oklahoma, attracted players from 11 states. Colorado Master Brian Wall won the event with a score of 8.5 from 10 and is not likely to forget his 141 move draw with Iowa Master Pete Karagianis - probably a record for organized tournaments in Oklahoma. IA Frank Berry directed this traditional event. Official site:

FIDE has extended the time period where the time control G/90 + 30 seconds a move is valid for norms. While this is far from an ideal time control for events that are one round a day it makes a lot of sense for tournaments in which scheduling makes two rounds in a day essential. The alternative, in many cases, would be playing up to 12 hours a day.

WHERE: The Boylston Chess Club
WHEN: Wednesday, June 23rd at 7:00 P.M.
HOW MUCH: For BCC Members: Free
Non-members: $7
OTHER: The format of the evening will allow for questions from the audience.

For more information contact Paul MacIntyre: TEL:781 322 7936


Larry Christiansen is a Southern California native who now resides in Cambridge, Massachusetts with his wife, Natasha. One of the greatest attacking players in the history of the United States, Larry was a star of the Bundesliga (a German league of chess teams) and was U.S. Champion in 1980, 1983, and 2002.

A major figure in international chess for over two decades, Larry is also the author of several books on the game: Storming the Barricades was published to universal acclaim in 2000, followed by the equally well-received Rocking the Ramparts in 2003.

The Boylston Chess Foundation
240B Elm St., Suite B9
Somerville, MA 02144 web:
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5) Upcoming Events

MI Tournaments

Scholastic Championship - July 10
Charles Bagby Memorial - July 17
Vladimir Pafnutieff Memorial - August 7
Bernardo Smith Memorial - August 21-22
Howard Donnelly Memorial - September 18
J.J. Dolan Memorial - October 9
Carroll Capps Memorial - November 6-7
Pierre Saint-Amant Memorial - November 20

Local Events

June 26-27 Berkeley Open

4-SS, 30/90; G/60. Hillside School, 1581 Le Roy Ave., Berkeley, California. $$B 80 paid entries (not counting unrated entries). Three Sections: Open: $320-225, U2200 $220-115; A/B Section: A $220-115, B $220-115; Reserve: C $220-115; D/E $220-115, Unr: Trophy First. Reserve players playing in the A/B section compete for the B prizes. All, EF: postmarked by 6/21 not 5/11 $40, $50 at site. Unrateds $20 in the Reserve section or may play up to the Open section for the regular fee. $3 discount to Berkeley Chess Club Members. USCF memb. req'd. May play up for additional $10 per section. Reg.: Sat 6/21 9:00-9:45 am. RDS.: Sat 10:00-3:30; Sun 10:00-3:30; One 1/2 pt bye available if requested in advance, a bye in rds 3 or 4 must be requested before rd 1. 2010 June Ratings List, CCA minimums and Directors discretion will be used to place players as accurately as possible. Please bring clocks and equipment. INFO: Richard Koepcke (650)-224-4938 Email: Ent: Richard Koepcke, P.O. Box 1432, Mountain View, CA 94042. No Phone entries. Chess Magnet School JGP.

July 3-5 or 4-5 2010 Sacramento Chess Championship GPP: 6 California Northern

Rds.: 6. FORMAT: Swiss RATING: Full-K. SITE: Best Western Expo Inn, 1413 Howe Avenue, Sacramento, CA. ON-SITE REGISTRATION: 7/3 - 8:30 am - 9:45 am; 7/4 - 8:00 am - 8:45 am. Rds.: 3-day: 7/3 - 10 & 3:30, 7/4 - 10:30 & 4, 7/5 - 10 & 3:30. 2-day: 7/4 - 9, 11:15, 1:30, & 4, 7/5 - 10 & 3:30. TIME CONTROLS: 3-day: 30/90 G/60. 2-day: Rounds 1-3, G/60, Rounds 4-6, 30/90 G/60. 5-second delay on all time controls. SECTIONS: Master/Expert (above 1999), Reserve (U2000). EF: 3-day $65 (Juniors $45) postmarked by 6/28. $75 (Juniors $50) after 6/28. IMs/GMs free. Entrants may play up one section for $10. $5 discount to CalChess members (excluding reentries). Reentry after round 2 of the 3-day schedule: $40. PRIZES: Master/Expert 1st - $340 & trophy, 2nd - $260; Reserve 1st - $340 & trophy. Prize fund of $2620 based on 75 full paid adult entries and 10 full paid junior entries overall (with 60 full paid adult entries and 10 full paid junior entries, the prize fund will be $1,840). HOTEL: Best Western Expo Inn, (916) 922-9833 or 1-800-643-4422. Ask for the Sacramento Chess Club rates. ADVANCE ENTRIES & INFO: John McCumiskey (TD), 6700 50th St., Sacramento, CA 95823-1306; e-mail:; phone: (916) 524-9479, checks payable to Sacramento Chess Club. Full flyer and advance entries: under Weekend Events. OTHER INFO: No Smoking, No Computers, Wheelchair Access. 07/10 rating list only. Please bring clocks and equipment. 1/2 point byes available in any round and must be requested before the completion of the previous round. Maximum two 1/2 point byes