Mechanics' Institute Chess Club Newsletter #506

As Petrosian once remarked, chess is a game that is hard to predict: you only have to move some unobtrusive pawn one square -- and the entire evaluation changes. In the given instance the move ...h7-h6 creates an amazing geometry, refuting our traditional impressions of such positions. This is already a new level of chess understanding -- the ultra-accurate play of the computer era.

Garry Kasparov ( My Great Predecessors, vol. III, pp. 242-243)

1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News
2) Here and There
3) Carroll Capps Winners
4) Upcoming Events

1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News

The Peter Grey Tuesday Night Marathon is heating up as the players just crossed the half way mark. FM Andy Lee and NM Romy Fuentes, who drew with each other last night, continue to share the lead with 4.5 from 5 with four rounds to go. Close behind is a large group with four points which includes NM Peter Zavadsky and Experts Jorge Lopez, Igor Traub, Steven Gaffagan, Todd Rumph and Hayk Manvelyan.

Arthur Ismakov took top honors in the MI Wednesday Night Blitz held August 25th with a score of 9-1. Jorge Lopez was second with 8-2.

The Mechanics' Institute is off to an excellent start in the 2010 United States Chess League having won its first two matches against the Dallas Destiny (3.5-.5)) and the Miami Sharks (3-1). Daniel Naroditsky has been the star performer to date winning both his games with Black against IM Salvijus Bercys and NM Eric Rodriguez. GM Patrick Wolff survived difficult moments to win against IM Puchen Wang and draw with GM Julio Becerra. This brings Patrick's career record to 8/14 against GM opponents in the USCL, good for a performance over 2600. This isn't too shabby for someone who has been retired from competitive chess over a decade. Go to and for more on the Mechanics' whose next match is September 8th against the Chicago Blaze.

Australian GM Ian Rogers will be giving a free lecture at the Mechanics' on September 14 from 5:15 to 6:15 pm. All are welcome.

This weekend the Northern California State Championship will be held at the Holiday Inn on Van Ness. Details can be found below under upcoming events.

2) Here and There

GM Hikaru Nakamura continues his busy schedule this September. The highest rated American ( #15 in the world at 2733 - unofficially 2738 after the Spanish Team Championship) will make his debut for St. Louis in the US Chess League this evening before venturing to Alberta for The 2010 Battle at the Border in Lloydminster from September 4-6. Among those participating besides Hikaru are GM Pascal Charbonneau, IM Yan Teplitski and FM Jack Yoos. September 8th he will be playing top board in the St; Louis-Dallas match in the USCL and two days later will serve as one of the advisors for the World against Magnus Carlsen in the RAW World Chess Challenge held at the Cooper Square Hotel in New York City. From there its back to St. Louis for the Arch's match against Miami on September 13th before flying off to Europe and soon after Khanty Mansiysk for the Olympiad which begins September 21.

Noted book dealer and chess historian Fred Wilson showed he can still play by tying for first with IM Dean Ippolito in an a one day action event in Branchburg, New Jersey, on August 29th. The two winners, who scored 3.5 from 4, drew in the second round.

3) Carroll Capps Winners

Carroll M. Capps Memorial Winners (the event is traditionally held the second weekend of November)

1971 Julio Kaplan
1972 Craig Barnes
1973 James Tarjan
1974 Walter Browne
1975 David Strauss and Paul Cornelius
1976 Jay Whitehead and Max Burkett
1977 Jeremy Silman and Cicero Braga
1978 Tournament Cancelled
1979 (July) Nick deFirmian and (November) ???
1980 John Grefe, Jay Whitehead and Charles Powell
1981 Peter Biyiasas and John Grefe
1982 Jeremy Silman, Peter Biyiasas, Alan Pollard and Vince McCambridge
1983 Peter Biyiasa, Craig Mar and Victor Baja
1984 Charles Powell, Victor Baja and Bill Orton
1985 Nick deFirmian, Peter Biyiasa, Charles Powell and Rudolfo Hernandez
1986 Igor Ivanov and Jay Whitehead
1987 Marc Leski, John Grefe and Gustavo Darcy Lima
1988 Guillermo Rey, Bill Orton and Romulio Fuentes
1989 Vladimir Strugatsky, Charles Powell and Rudolfo Hernandez
1990 Loal Davis
1991 Walter Browne, Jay Whitehead, and Greg Kotlyar
1992 Walter Browne and Renard Anderson
1993 John Grefe, Emmanuel Perez and Adrian Keatinge-Clay
1994 Craig Mar, John Grefe and Rostislav Tsodikov
1995 Enrico Sevillano and Joe Weber
1996 Igor Ivanov and Omar Cartagena
1997 Alexander Baburin
1998 Mladen Vucic, Mark Pinto, Omar Cartagena, Ron Cusi and Jonathan Baker
1999 Russell Wong, Paul Gallegos, David Blohm, Walter Shipman, Agnis Kaugars, Keith Vickers and Larry Snyder
2000 Kenneth Hills and Ryan Porter
2001 Ricardo DeGuzman
2002 Ricardo DeGuzman and Victor Ossipov
2003 Ricardo DeGuzman and Batsaikhan Tserendorj
2004 Nicolas Yap
2005 Ricardo DeGuzman and Ron Cusi
2006 Batchimeg Tuvshintugs
2007 Ricardo DeGuzman
2008 Ricardo DeGuzman 2009 Ricardo DeGuzman and Andy Lee

The 1978 event was scheduled for the normal dates, the second week of November, but canceled at the last minute. A tournament was held in July of 1979 and another was advertised in Chess Voice to be held in November of that year. All indications are that it was held. We have been unable to find results for this event and ask for assistance.

4) Upcoming Events

Howard Donnelly Memorial - September 18
J.J. Dolan Memorial - October 9
Carroll Capps Memorial - November 6-7
Pierre Saint-Amant Memorial - November 20

Northern California Events

Sept. 4-6 2010 CALCHESS LABOR DAY CHAMPIONSHIPS GPP: 20 California Northern A State Championship Event! 6-SS, 30/90, SD/1 (2-day option rds 1-3 G/60). Golden Geteway Holiday Inn. Van Ness at Pine, San Francisco. $$B/160 paid entries (not counting free or unrated entries). Six Sections: Master $1200-$650-$400 U2300 $250; Expert $600-$300-$150. "A" $600-$300-$150. "B" $600-$300-$150. "C" $600-300-150. "D/E" $600-$300-$150 U1200 $150. Unr: Trophy First. Trophy to top finisher (State Champion) in each section. All, EF: postmarked by 8/30, $95; $105 at site. Unrateds $20 in the D/E section or may play up to the Master section for the regular fee. $5 discount to CalChess members. USCF memb. req'd. May play up one section for add'l $10 (Jrs $5). GM/IM free entry. Reg.: Sat 9/4 8-9:30am, Sun 9/5 8:15-9:15am. RDS.: Choice of schedules: 3-day, 2-day merge at round 4, all compete for the same prizes. 3-day schedule: Sat 10:00-3:30; Sun 11:00-4:45; Mon 10:00-3:30. 2-day schedule: Sun 9:30-11:45-2:00-4:45; Mon 10:00-3:30. 1/2 pt bye(s) any round(s) if requested in advance (byes rds 5-6 must be requested before rd 1). 2010 August Ratings List, CCA minimums and Directors discretion will be used to place players as accurately as possible. Please bring clocks and equipment. HR: Golden Gateway Holiday Inn (415)-441-4000. INFO: Richard Koepcke (650)-224-4938. Ent: Richard Koepcke, P.O. Box 1432, Mountain View, CA 94042. No Phone entries. Master Section FIDE Rated. Chess Magnet School JGP.

Sept. 25-26 2nd Annual Exchange Bank Open GPP: 6 California Northern Exchange Bank, 444 Aviation Blvd., Santa Rosa, CA 95403. 4 round Swiss, G/120. In 3 Sections, Open: $$GTD: $250-175. Reserve: Open to 1899 & under. $$GTD: $200-125. Booster: Open to 1499 & under. $$GTD: $150-100. Unrated plays in Booster Section. ALL: EF: $35 advance until 9/22, $45 at site. Reg.: 09/25, 8:30am - 9:30am. Rds.: Sat 10,3; Sun 10,3. ENT: Paul Stagnoli, 4233 Kintyre Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95409. INFO: (707) 478-4385 NS. NC. W. Chess Magnet School JGP

A Heritage Event!
An American Classic!
Oct. 22-24 28th Annual Sands Regency Reno-Western States Open GPP: 200 Enhanced Nevada

6SS, 40/2,20/1,G 1/2. Sands Regency Hotel/Casino, 345 N. Arlington Ave., Reno, NV 89501. 1-800-648-3553 or (775) 348-2200. $$37,000 b/400, Gtd. $$25,250-$3500-2500-2000-1500-1000-800-700-600-500-400 in Open Section plus 1/2 of all other prizes. 6 Sections: OPEN: EF: GMs & IMs free (enter by 10/1 or pay late fees), Masters $142, (2000-2199)-$175, (1999-below)-$201. $$ Prizes 1-10 listed above, (2399-below) $1000-500, (2299-below) $1000-500. If a tie for 1st overall then 2 (G/10) playoff for $100 from prize fund. (Note: GM/IM w/free entry not eligible for class prizes 2399 and below; may elect to pay entry fee and become eligible). EXPERT: (2000-2199) EF: $141. $$1700-800-600-500-400 (under 2100)- $700. "A" Sec.(1800-1999) EF: $140, $$1600-800- 500-400-300-200-200. "B" Sec.(1600-1799) EF: $139, $$1,400-700-500-300-300-200-200. "C" Sec.(1400-1599) EF: $138, $$1,200-600-400-300-300- 200-200."D"/under Sec. (1399/below) EF: $137, $$1,000-500-400-300-200-200-200 (under 1200) - $300. (Unrated Players) EF: Free + must join USCF or increase membership for 1 additional year thru this tournament ($49 adults, $25 juniors). Prizes: Top unrated in "D" Section wins 1 yr. USCF membership plus trophy. Note: Unrated will be put in "D" Sect. unless request to play up. Seniors (65+) additional prizes $$200; (Seniors not eligible: provisionally rated, unrated, masters); Club Championship $$800-400-300-200 decided by total score of 10 (and only 10) players from one club or area (not eligible - GMs, IMs, or unrated). Trophies to Top 3 (A-D Sections). ALL: EF $11 more if postmarked after 10/2 and $22 more if postmarked after 10/15 or at site. Do not mail after 10/15 or phone or email after 10/19. $20 off EF to Srs (65+) and Jrs 19/under. Players may play up. Unrated players not eligible for cash prizes except Open 1-10. Provisionally rated players may win up to 50% of 1st place money except open Section 1-10. CCA ratings may be used. Note pairings not changed for color alternation unless 3 in a row or a plus 3 and if the unlikely situation occurs 3 colors in a row may be assigned. Reg.: (10/21) 5-8 pm, (10/22) 9:00-10 am. Rds.: 12-7, 10-6, 9:30-4. Byes available any round, if requested before 1st round (Open Section - 2 byes max.). SIDE EVENTS: Wed. (10/20) 7pm Clock Simul, [40/2, G/1] (Including an analysis of YOUR game. GM Sergey Kudrin $30 (A great value!). Thurs (10/21) 6-7:30 pm GM Larry Evans lecture -Free, 7:30 Simul GM Melikset Khachiyan (only $15!), 7:30 Blitz (5 min) Tourney ($20-80% to prize fund). Sat 10/23 (3-4:30pm) GM Larry Evans Clinic(Game/Position Analysis) - Free. Sun. (10/24) Quick Tourney (G/25) 5 Rd. Swiss ($20) [12 (Noon)-5pm] 80% to prize fund. ENT: Make checks payable and send to: SANDS REGENCY (address above) HR: $35! (Sun-Thurs) & $59! (Fri-Sat) + 13.5% tax. (mention CHESS 1020 & reserve by 10/5/10 to guarantee room rates.) INFO: Jerry Weikel, (775) 747 1405, or website: (also go here to verify entry). FIDE. W. Chess Magnet School JGP.

Nov. 26-28 or 27-28, GPP: 60 (enhanced) California Northern

California Class Championship 6SS, 30/90 G/60 (2-day sched rds 1-3 G/60). Hyatt Regency SFO Airport, 1333 Bayshore Hwy., Burlingame, CA 94010. Hotel rate $89. $8,000 b/137 entries (80% guaranteed). 6 sections: Open (2200+ FIDE rated)> 1000-500-200-100-100. X (2000-2199), A (1800-1999), B (1600-1799) & C (1400-1599): 700-300-100-100-100 each. Section DE (1000-1399): 500-200-100 (u1200 200-100-100). The 5th place prize will be awarded only in the 2 largest sections. Unrated prize limit of $200 in all sections except Open. EF: $99 3-day & $98 2-day mailed by 11/23, online by 11/24, Onsite +$25, Play-up +$20. 5% off before 10/26. GMs/IMs free: EF subtr from prize. Re-entry $40. Refunds $20 EF Econ Opt: EF minus $30 & 1/2 of computed prize. Nov 2010 Supp, CCA min & TD discretion used to place players accurately. TD/Org: McCumiskey, Langland, Azhar. 3-day sched: Reg Fri10-11, Rds Fri/Sat 11:30 5:30, Sun 10 3:30. 2-day sched: Reg Sat 9-9:30, Rds Sat 10 12:30 2:45 5:30, Sun 10 3:30. Max two 1/2-pt byes & must commit bef rd 3. Ent: Bay Area Chess, 1590 Oakland Rd., Suite B213, San Jose 95131. T: 408-786-5515. E:, Info/Form/Entries: NS, NC, W. Chess Magnet School JGP.