Mechanics' Institute Chess Club Newsletter #512

"He's an incredible talent," said Anand, soon after being outplayed by Carlsen in round 7 (in Nanjing) from a dead-equal position and barely hanging on to a draw. "Some of the things he does, even Vlady [Kramnik], who is a great technician, can't do."

Viswanathan Anand

1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News
2) Steven Zierk wins World Under 18 Championship
3) Bill Addison 1933-2008
4) Here and There
5) Berkeley International 
6) Upcoming Events

1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News

National Master Peter Zavadsky, Experts Hayk Manvelyan, Oleg Shakhnazarov and Igor Traub and Class A player Uyanga Byambaa are tied for first after three rounds of the Fall Tuesday Night Marathon with perfect scores. Byambaa, a 20-year-old Mongolian student, has been particularly impressive with wins over Expert Steven Gaffagan and National Master Russell Wong the last two rounds.

This is an uncompromising event. Just like round two there was only a single draw in the 25 games played. It is still not to late to enter the 9 round event with half point byes for rounds 1-3.

Here is an interesting game from round two.

David Klinetobe - Peter Zavadsky
French Tarrasch [C08]
Fall Tuesday Night Marathon 2010

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nd2 a6 4.Ngf3 c5 5.exd5 exd5 6.Be2 Nf6 7.0-0 Be7 8.dxc5 Bxc5 9.Nb3 Bb6 10.Nbd4 0-0 11.c3 Nc6 12.Bf4 Bg4 13.h3 Bh5 14.Be3 Re8 15.Re1 Ne4 16.Qb3 Na5 17.Qa4 Bc7 18.Rad1 b5 19.Qc2 Qf6 20.Nb3 Nc4! 21.Bd4?

21.Rxd5 Nxe3 22.fxe3 Qh6 is good for Black but after 21.Bf4 Qd6! Peter is winning.

21...Qd6! 22.g4 Bxg4?

22...Bg6 with ideas of ...h5 and ...Ng5 would have won quickly.

23.hxg4 Qf4 24.Rd3?

24.Kf1 Qxg4 25.Ng1 was necessary.

24...Qxg4+ 25.Kf1 Qh3+ 26.Kg1 Re6 27.Ne5 Rg6+ 28.Bg4 Rxg4+ 29.Nxg4 Qxg4+ 30.Kf1 Re8 31.Qd1 Qf4 32.f3 Nxb2 33.Qc2 Nxd3 34.Qxd3 Qf5 35.Re3 Re6 36.Ke1 Ng3 37.Rxe6 Qxe6+ 38.Kd1 Bf4 39.Nc5 Qh6 40.Kc2 Qh2+ 41.Kb3 Qe2 42.Qxe2 Nxe2 43.Nxa6 Nxd4+ 44.cxd4 h5 45.Nb4 h4 46.Nxd5 h3 47.Nxf4 h2 0-1

Arthur Ishmakow won the Wednesday Night Blitz last evening taking home the first prize of $50. Romolo Fuentes and Jules Jelinek tied for 2nd/3rd each winning $25.

This Saturday and Sunday the Mechanics' Institute Chess Club will be hosting the Carroll Capps Memorial. Among those entered in advance is the esteemed veteran International Master Walter Shipman.

2) Steven Zierk wins World Under 18 Championship

Vini Vidi Vici ! 17-year-old Los Gatos High school student and San Francisco Mechanics' team member Steven Zierk won the World Under 18 Championship in Halidiki, Greece, this past week.

Seeded 26th at 2390 Steven's performance was outstanding. He scored 9.5 from 11 including 2.5 from 3 against the GMs he faced for a performance rating of 2723. Steve's victory gained him an automatic International Master title, one norm for the GM title and a whopping 66 FIDE rating points (the latter based on information from Chess

To put this result in perspective a list of previous winners of this prestigious event includes such famous names as Akopian, Tiviakov, Kramnik, Svidler, Ponomariov, Vallejo Pons, Mamedyarov, Jakovenko and Almasi.

Steven becomes the third SF Mechanics' team member in four years, joining Daniel Naroditsky (U12) in 2007 and Sam Shankland (U18) - third on tiebreak - in 2008. Add a silver medal by Jordy-Mont Reynaud in the World Under 10 Championship in 1993 and Vinay Bhat' finishing in the top five on fine different occasions in different World Youth Championships and one can see the Bay Area has been a consistent producer of top-level youth talent.

Steven was not the only Bay Area player to shine as Cameron Wheeler, Samuel Sevian and Vignesh Panchanatham all finished in the top ten in the World under 10. Well done!

Bay Area Final Standings at the 2010 World Youth

* U18: FM Steven Zierk 9.5 -- 1st place
* U12: Kesav Viswanadha 4.5
* U12: Allan Beilin 5.0
* U10: Cameron Wheeler 8.0 -- 5th place
* U10: Samuel Sevian 8.0 -- 6th place
* U10: Vignesh Panchanatham 8.0 -- 9th place
* U8: Rayan Taghizadeh 7.0
* Girls-U8: Joanna Liu 6.5

The last round Steven crushed a 2495 rated Azeri Grandmaster, his fourth straight victory

Steven Zierk - Vasif Durarbeyli
O'Kelly Sicilian [B28]
World under 18 Championship 2010

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 a6 3.c3 d5 4.exd5 Qxd5 5.d4 Nf6 6.Be3 cxd4 7.cxd4 g6

7...e6 was safer but the text is playable if followed up correctly.

8.Nc3 Qa5?

8...Qd8, as played by Pia Cramling, was essential. The text loses a vital tempo as will soon be seen.

9.Qb3! Bg7 10.Ne5! 0-0 11.Nc4

Steven zeroes in on the weakness on b6.


11...Qd8 12.Nb6 Ra7 13.d5 Bf5 14.h3 also leaves Black paralyzed.

12.Nb6 Ra7 13.d5

White is already winning as Black has no way to extricate his rook.

13...Bf5 14.Rc1 Qd8 15.Be2 Ng4 16.Bxg4 Bxg4 17.Qc4 f5? 18.d6+ Kh8 19.Nbd5 e6 20.Nf4 Qxd6 21.Bxa7 Nc6 22.Bc5 Qe5+ 23.Be3 g5 24.Nd3 Qf6 25.0-0 f4 26.Bc5 Rc8 27.Ne4 Qg6 28.f3 Bf5 29.Qb3 Bxe4 30.fxe4 Rd8 31.Qxb7 Qxe4 32.Nf2 1-0

3) Bill Addison 1933-2008

The great San Francisco chessmaster and gentlemen William Addison, who passed away two years ago on October 29th, is the subject of a first rate tribute by Bill Wall which appears at Bill Addison Tribute

4) Here and There

The November FIDE rating list is out. Bilbao was counted, but not Magnus Carlsen's great result in Nanjing.

The US has two players in the top 20 - Hikaru Nakamura is tied for 14th-15th at 2741 and current US champion Gata Kamsky shares 19th place at 2726.

1. Anand IND - 2804
2. Carlsen NOR - 2802
3. Aronian ARM - 2801
4. Kramnik RUS - 2791
5. Topalov BUL - 2786
6. Grischuk RUS - 2771
7. Ivanchuk UKR - 2764
8. Mamedyarov AZE - 2763
9. Karjakin RUS - 2760
10. Wang Yue CHN - 2756
11. Ponomariov UKR - 2744
12. Radjabov AZE - 2744
13. Eljanov UKR - 2742
14. Gelfand ISR - 2741
15. Nakamura USA - 2741
16. Shirov ESP - 2735
17. Gashimov AZE - 2733
18. Wang Hao CHN - 2727
19. Kamsky USA - 2726
20. Wojtaszek POL - 2726
21. Jakovenko RUS - 2726
22. Adams ENG - 2723
23. Svidler RUS - 2722
24. Movsesian SVK - 2721
25. Almasi HUN - 2721
26. Nepomniachtchi RUS - 2720
27. Leko HUN - 2717
28. Dominguez CUB - 2716
29. Bacrot FRA - 2715
30. Malakhov RUS - 2712

American number one Hikaru Nakamura faces his toughest test to date in the category XXI (average rating - 2757) Tal Memorial in Moscow which starts today.

The players are:
Aronian ARM 2801
Kramnik RUS 2791
Grischuk RUS 2771
Mamedyarov AZE 2763
Karjakin RUS 2760
Eljanov UKR 2742
Gelfand ISR 2741
Nakamura USA 2741
Shirov ESP 2735
Wang Hao CHN 2727

4) 2011 Berkeley International

The 2011 Berkeley International will not only be strong (already 8 GMs signed up including 2600s Van Wely, Gareev, Hess and Erenburg) but also has 22 foreigners in the 47 player field.

The large number of foreign players and foreign title-holders will allow FIDE rule 1.43e to be met. It says:

Swiss System tournaments in which the competitors include at least 20 FIDE Rated players, not from the host federation, from at least 3 federations, at least 10 of whom hold GM, IM, WGM or WIM titles.

The effect of this is that the foreigner requirement is waived for the event and all players are eligible for norms assuming that meet the right number of titleholders and obtain the necessary points. This is very rare for American tournaments with only the World Open typically meeting these requirements.

Contact Arun Sharma ( or David Pruess ( for more information.

6) Upcoming Events

MECHANICS' TOURNAMENTS (go to for more information)

2010 Events

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

2011 Events

Bob Burger Open - January 8
Henry Gross Memorial - February 5
A.J. Fink Amateur Championship - March 12-13
Max Wilkerson Open - March 19
Imre Konig Memorial - April 9
Walter Lovegrove Senior Open - April 16-17
Charles Powell Memorial - May 7
Arthur Stamer Memorial - June 4-5
William Addison Open - June 11


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