Mechanics' Institute Chess Club Newsletter #498

Chess is in its essence a game, in its form an art, and in its execution a science.

Tassilo von Heydebrand und der Lasa


1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News

2) Cal Chess News by Tom Langland

3) Longest Serving USCF Executive Board Members

4) Upcoming Events

1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News

Expert Jorge Lopez continued his impressive run in the Summer Tuesday Night Marathon by defeating NM Oleg Shaknazarov last night to run his record to 5-0. The last three rounds he has defeated an IM and two NMs. Lopez will meet his next challenge in round 6 in Hayk Manvelyan who is alone in second place with 4.5 points.

Here is Jorge's win over IM Mikhail Baturin who is understandably rusty having not played in over a decade.

Mikhail Baturin (2396) - Jorge Lopez (2125)

Mechanics' Summer TNM (4) San Francisco 2010

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.Nc3 g6 4.g3 Bg7 5.Bg2 Nc6 6.00 00 7.d4 d5 8.cxd5 Nxd5 9.Nxd5 Qxd5 10.Ne5 Qxd4 11.Nxc6 bxc6 12.Qxd4 cxd4 13.Bxc6 Rb8 14.Be4 Bf5 15.Bxf5 gxf5 16.b3 Rfc8 17.Bf4 e5 18.Bd2 Rc2 19.Rfd1 Bf8 20.Kf1 Ba3 21.Bg5 Kg7 22.Rd2 Rbc8 23.Rdd1 f6 24.Bd2 Kf7 25.Ba5 Ke6 26.Ke1 R8c5 27.Bd2 e4 28.Bh6 Bb2 29.Rab1 Bc3+ 30.Kf1 Rxa2 31.b4 Rb5 32.Bf8 Kd5 33.Be7 Ke6 34.Bc5 Ke5 35.Rbc1 a5 36.e3 axb4 37.Bxd4+ Bxd4 38.Rxd4 b3 39.Rdd1 Rd5 40.Ke1 Rxd1+ 41.Kxd1 Rxf2 42.Rc5+ Kd6 43.Rb5 b2 44.h4 Ke7 45.Rb7+ Ke8 46.Rb5 Kf7 01

GM Vinay Bhat is off to Spain in a few days where he will spend the next two months playing in five tournaments.

The Mechanics' thanks FM Patrick Hummel for his generous donation of 83 chess books to the Institute. Patrick recently received his Ph.D in economics from Stanford University and is now working for Yahoo. The 1999 National High School Chess Champion, FM Hummel has concentrated on his studies the past decade with impressive results. Besides his doctorate from Stanford Patrick also holds a master's degree in chemistry from Cal Tech where he is was ranked number one in his undergraduate class.

Book and equipment donations to the Mechanics' are always welcome and are tax deductible due to the M.I.'s 501(c) (3) nonprofit status. If you have any chess books or equipment that have been lying around unused for some time consider donating to the Mechanics'. You will not only get a tax write off but also the satisfaction of seeing things put to good use.

Congratulations to FM Steven Zierk who made his first IM norm in the ongoing Smyslov Memorial. The 16-year-old high school student from Los Gatos will be looking for more norms in the Philadelphia International and World Open. We wish him good luck!

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2 Cal Chess News by Tom Langland

Greetings chess organizers and coaches,

You are receiving this email as a chess tournament organizer or chess coach in Northern California to alert you of two recent decisions by the CalChess Board of Directors. We have been working conscientiously on budgetary issues to make CalChess a financially viable organization, and best prepare us to become a 501c3 organization in the very near future.

First, for the four official CalChess Championship events (Open, Scholastic, Girls and Grade Level), membership in CalChess will now be required. Membership in CalChess will be set at $5.00. The organizer of the event may incorporate the $5.00 into the published entry fee for the event or may split it out accordingly. Memberships purchased as part of a tournament entry will be good until the next annual event. This requirement will begin with the upcoming CalChess Open State Championship over Labor Day weekend 2010.

Second, tournament listings on the CalChess website will now cost $10.00 per event. This will help directly fund the cost and maintenance of the CalChess website. This requirement will begin with tournament listings starting in January 2011. This fee may be waived by the CalChess Clearinghouse for events that offer a discount for CalChess membership. The fees must be paid in advance of the listing and may be paid by check or we will have Paypal payments available on the website by that date.

If you have any questions or concerns about these new fees, please feel free to contact me, and/or any other CalChess board member. We are always looking for input from the Northern California chess community, and expect that this course of action will allow us to serve you better.

Tom Langland
CalChess President


3) Longest Serving USCF Executive Board Members

Robert Downey Jr. is only a wannabe iron man compared to Bill Goichberg who is nearing his 15th year on the US Chess Federation Executive Board. The 67-year-old Goichberg, who worked in the USCF office as a teenager, served on the EB in 1975-78, 1989-92, 1996-1999 (as Vice President), 2005-2009 (as President), and was elected to a new term for 2009-2013. USCF rules prohibit serving more than two consecutive terms so Goichberg may end his long tour of duty with this term but it will still be an incredible 17 years, far ahead of his nearest challengers Jerry Hanken (10 years), and Harold Winston, Tim Redman and Myron Lieberman (each 9 years).


4) 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