Mechanics' Institute Chess Club Newsletter #510

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1)     Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News

2)     U.S. Chess Championships return to St. Louis in 2011 by Mike Wilmering

3)     A Poem by Dennis Fritzinger

4)     Here and There

5)     Upcoming Events





1)    Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News


     National Masters Peter Zavadsky, Romulo Fuentes and Russell Wong head the list of entries

     in the Fall Tuesday Night Marathon which started last evening. It is still possible to enter the

     9-round event with a half-point bye for the first game.


    The San Francisco Mechanics' suffered one of their worst-ever defeats this past Monday, losing     to Seattle 3.5-.5, with only Daniel Naroditsky's draw against Senior Master  Michael Lee on        board three preventing a sweep. A week from today the Mechanics' face a tough Miami team    needing a win  to prevent missing the playoffs for  the first time in the league's six year existence.          

        Jules Jelinek writes:


       Hello Blitz Lovers,


       We were very fortunate to have someone step forward to provide a $100 prize fund guarantee

       for the Nov 3. Blitz Tournament. If you only come occasionally to the weekly Wednesday

       Night Blitz Event, make this one of the days you come. The more MI Members that attend,

       the more likely it is that this type of guaranteed prize fund blitz event can occur more often.


       The winners for October 13th Blitz were:

       1st Place: Jules Jelinek 11 points

       2nd Place: Joe Urquhart 6 points

       3rd Place: Gary Colvin 4 points


 The Weekly Wednesday Night Blitz (5-Minute)

Chess Tournament

(For Mechanics' Institute Members Only)

$100 Prize Fund Guarantee on Wednesday November 3, 2010


  • Round-Robin in groups of up to 12 players. First and second place players from each group will play off for overall prizes
  • Mechanics' Institute 4th Floor Chess Club, 57 Post Street, San Francisco
  • Every Wednesday evening
  • Entry Wednesday evenings from 6:30pm to 6:40pm
  • Tournament starts promptly at 6:40pm
  • Time Control: G/5
  • Tournament will follow WBCA rules
  • Entry Fee: $5 with clock; $6 without clock; Must be Mechanics' Institute Member (no Exceptions)
  • Prizes: 1st Place 50%; 2nd Place 30%; 3rd Place 20% of entry fees collected.
  • Top scoring player that brought a clock wins the extra $1 collected from players entering without clocks.
  • Prizes only given out Wednesday evenings at the event. Any unclaimed prizes can be claimed the following Wednesday night before the next tournament ends. Any unclaimed prizes from the previous week will then be added to current week's prize fund.
  • Must play all rounds; No-byes given
  • Contact Jules Jelinek at for more information

2)    U.S. Chess Championships return to St. Louis in 2011 by Mike Wilmering


 The Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis (CCSCSL) has been selected to host the U.S. Championship and the U.S. Women's Championship for the third year in a row. These two prestigious events will be held concurrently in Spring 2011 and will feature the largest per capita prize funds in history.

A prize fund of at least $170,000 is guaranteed for the 2011 U.S. Championship, and $60,000 for the 2011 U.S. Women's Championship.

This year, the field in each tournament will be reduced, further heightening the top-notch level of play each of these events has showcased in the two previous years. The 2011 U.S. Championship will feature 16 competitors, and the 2011 U.S. Women's Championship will see eight players competing for the title. All players will be hosted at the historic and luxurious Chase Hotel, a short walk from the Chess Club.

The U.S. Championship will be split into two round-robin fields of eight players, with the top two players from each round robin advancing to a four-player knockout finale. The U.S. Women's Championship will see eight players facing off in a preliminary round robin, with the top four players also advancing to a four-player knockout finale. Look for further details to come.

Tony Rich, executive director of the CCSCSL, said the 2011 event will, once again, raise the bar for U.S. Championship chess. "We are thrilled to once again host these two prestigious tournaments, and as always, we are working hard to make these events more exciting than ever," Rich said.

Although four spots are still currently categorized as "wildcards" in the 2011 U.S. Championship, the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis is strongly considering using two of those spots for a Wildcard Qualifier Event, to be held at the CCSCSL about two months prior to the Championship. Details to be announced soon.

The breakdown of the 16 invitations for the 2011 U.S. Championship is as follows:
·       (1) The 2010 U.S. Champion
·       (1) The 2010 U.S. Women's Champion
·       (1) The 2010 U.S. Junior Closed Champion
·       (1) The 2010 U.S. Senior Open Champion
·       (1) The 2010 U.S. Open Champion
·       (7) The top seven U.S. players by rating (by the January rating supplement)
·       (4) Four wildcards

The breakdown of the eight invitations for the 2011 U.S. Women's Championship is as follows:
·       (1) The 2010 U.S. Women's Champion
·       (6) The top six female U.S. players by rating (by the January rating supplement)
·       (1) One wildcard spot

Both of these tournaments will feature live grandmaster commentary and analysis, and the streaming video of the commentary will be broadcast, the official website of the U.S. Championships.


3)    A Poem by Dennis Fritzinger


          tick tick, tick tick
         on a sultry summer evening
         a board with 64 squares,
         a stereo with a record on,
         a chess army set up,
         the clock ticking.
         every neuron in my brain
        seems to be working
        at peak efficiency.
        it produces a sensation
        similar to eating
        a bar of chocolate,
        or, even better,
        a chocolate truffle.
        wired, ready to go.
        every nerve waiting
        to be of use.
       "tick tick, tick tick,"
      the pieces dance
       around the board.
       the night remains sultry.
       outside, who knows what goes on?
       inside, all eyes are on the action:
       just like at a boxing ring.
       two opponents,
       both players, both
       out to kill the other.
       nonviolently, of course.
      (the referee/clock
      will see to that.)
      "tick tick, tick tick"
       the great clock of summer
       counts off the minutes,
      while the players, oblivious,
      move their pieces
      around and around the board
      in a deadly dance.


4)    Here and There


 Fide Master and International Arbiter Eric Schiller, recently released from the hospital and

 living in Palo Alto, has room for a few more students both online and in person. Contact him at


The elections this November in California are almost here and members of the chess community are running for office.  Former North Carolina State Champion and long-time Cal State Northridge professor Charles "Kit" Crittenden, is the Green party's candidate for California Treasurer. You can find out more about his campaign at .


Subru Bhat, father of GM Vinay Bhat, is running for the Union City Council. Go to for more information.


Alex Betaneli passes on the following information on the upcoming Pan Am Intercollegiate.




Pan American Championships in 3 Sections:

1. Pan American Intercollegiate Team Championship, December 27-30

2.Pan American Open (open to any age and rating), December 28-30

3.Pan American Scholastic (open to high school and younger), December 28-30

Pan American Blitz Championship, December 28th


All information can be found on and on Please contact the main organizer Alex Betaneli with any questions.



John Blackstone of Las Vegas has made several nice historical finds.


You can find a fine display of historical chess photos, including one from the Fischer-Reshevsky match, at the Los Angeles Times Archives at:



The following game is not in MegaDatabase 2010.


Jean Hebert- Sammy Reshevsky,S

Long Beach (American Open)1988


1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.Bg5 c5 4.e3 Be7 5.Nbd2 b6 6.c3 Bb7 7.Bd3 cxd4 8.exd4 Nd5

9.Ne4 0-0 10.0-0 d6 11.Re1 h6 12.Bd2 Re8 13.Qe2 Nd7 14.Rad1 N5f6 15.Ng3 Qc7

16.Rc1 Bf8 17.c4 e5 18.dxe5 dxe5 19.Bb1 e4 20.Nd4 Rad8 21.Red1 g6 22.Bc3 a6

23.Nc2 h5 24.h3 Bd6 25.Nf1 Be5 26.Nce3 Nc5 27.Rxd8 Rxd8 28.Bxe5 Qxe5 29.Rd1 Rxd1 30.Nxd1 Qd4 31.Nfe3 Nfd7 32.b4 Nd3 33.Bxd3 exd3 34.Qb2 Qf4 35.Nc3 Ne5 36.Ncd5 Bxd5 37.Nxd5 Nf3+ 38.gxf3 Qg5+ 39.Kf1 Qh4 40.Kg2 Qxc4 41.Nf6+ Kf8 42.a3 Qf4 43.Ne4 g5 44.Qd2 1-0



Thanks to Mike MacGregor of  Tacoma, scans are now available of the August 2004 to August 2008 issues of Northwest Chess magazine. (See All NWC magazines after August 2008 were already on the website.




5)    Upcoming Events


Mechanics' Chess Club Events (go to for more information)


Carroll Capps Memorial - November 6-7
Pierre Saint-Amant Memorial - November 20
Guthrie McClain Memorial - December 4


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, $$1,200-600-400-300-300-2 00-200."D"/under Sec. (1399/below) EF: $137, $$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   California Class Championship   GPP: 40 Enhanced   California Northern

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. 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 Fri 10-11, 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.

Jan. 14-17 or 15-17   2nd Annual Golden State Open   GPP: 150 Enhanced   California Northern

7SS, 40/2, SD/1 (3-day option, rds. 1-2 G/75). 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. Prizes $40,000 based on 320 paid entries (re-entries & U1300 Section count as half entries), minimum guarantee $30,000 (75% of each prize). In 6 sections. Open, open to all. $3000-1500-1200-800-600-500-400, clear or tiebreak winner $200, top U2400/Unr $1800-1000. FIDE. Under 2200: $2400-1200-1000-700-500-400-300. Under 2000: $2400-1200-1000-700-500-400-300. Under 1800: $2400- 1200-1000-700-500-400-300. Under 1600: $2000-1000-800-600-400-300-200, top Under 1400 $800-400. Under 1300: $800-500-400-300-200-100-100, top Under 1100 $400-200. Unrated (0-3 lifetime games rated) may enter any section, with maximum prize U1300 $300, U1600 $500, U1800 $700, U2000 $900. Top 5 sections EF: 4-day $154, 3-day $153 mailed by 1/6, all $155 online at by 1/11, $160 phoned to 406-896-2038 by 1/11 (entry only, no questions), $180 at site. GMs free; $130 deducted from prize. Under 1300 Section EF: $4-day $74, 3-day $73 mailed by 1/6, $75 online at by 1/11 (entry only, no questions), $80 phoned to 406-896-2038 by 1/11, $100 at site. All: Special 1 yr USCF dues with magazine if paid with entry. Online at, Adult $30, Young Adult $20, Scholastic $15. Mailed, phoned or paid at site, Adult $40, Young Adult $30, Scholastic $20. Re-entry (except Open) $60. Mailed EF $5 less to CalChess members. 4-day schedule: Late reg. ends Fri 6:15 pm, rds. Fri 7 pm, Sat 11 & 6, Sun 11 & 6, Mon 10 & 4:30. 3-day schedule: Late reg. ends Sat 10:15 am, rds Sat 11, 2:30 & 6, Sun 11 & 6, Mon 10 & 4:30. Byes: OK all, limit 3; Open must commit before rd 2, others before rd 4. Unofficial ratings usually used if otherwise unrated. Foreign player ratings: See HR: Rate of $99-99 has been reduced to about $93-93, even lower for seniors 62 or over, 925-827-2000, for details see, reserve by 12/31 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 Chess Magnet School JGP.