Mechanics' Institute Chess Club Newsletter #514
Chess is a way of life. It slays boredom and exhilarates the spirit. You're always thinking, always in present time. You know you're alive. You're always being challenged and threatened. There is no social purpose, only the joy of trying to create a pocket of beauty in a noisy world.
Larry Evans (from a 1971 Washington Post feature story about Bobby Fischer.)
Grandmaster Evans died on November 15, 2010, in Reno, Nevada, from complications following gallbladder surgery.
1) Mechanics' Chess Club News
1) Mechanics' Chess Club News
Peter Zavadsky, Christophe Bambou and Demetrius Goins share the lead in the Fall Tuesday Night Marathon with 4.5 points from 5 rounds. A large group of players are tied at 4 including 20-year-old Mongolian student Uyanga Byambaa of Oakland who has score 200 point or more upsets in three of her last four games.
San Francisco High School Evan Sandberg won the November 17th Wednesday Night Blitz ahead of Expert Jules Jelinek and Master Romy Fuentes.
IM David Pruess, one of the leading lights at Chess.com, will be the special guest lecturer before round 6 of the Fall Tuesday Night Marathon, next Tuesday, November 23rd, starting at 5:15 pm. David will be talking about the 2011 Berkeley International to be held next January 2 to 8. Organizer Arun Sharma, the US Chess League's number two, will also be present.
2) Tal Memorial and Blitz
Hikaru Nakamura entered the the exclusive group of the top ten rated players in the world with an outstanding performance at the Tal Memorial in Moscow. Playing in his first truly elite event (average rating 2752 FIDE) Hikaru scored an undefeated 5 from 9 to tie for fourth place and nearly shared first when he narrowly missed winning against Alexander Grischuk in the last round. Perhaps most impressive about Nakamura's performance was his ability to combine stability with his normal take no prisoners style - only in the game with Sergey Karjakin was he in some trouble.
1-3. Aronian, Karjakin and Mamedyarov 5.5
Hikaru followed up this performance with another outstanding result in the World Blitz Championship which was expertly organized by the Russian Chess Federation which televised much of the action live. Hikaru had a bad patch in the middle of the first of the three day competition but then turned things around getting stronger and stronger as the 38 (!) round, 20 player double round robin wore on. In the end he shared 4th place in the event which included 16 players over 2700 and four 2600 + rated blitz specialists.
1. Aronian 24.5; 2. Radjabov 24; 3. Carlsen 23.5; 4. Nakamura and Gelfand 21.5 .
3) Metropolitan FIDE Invitational by Ankit Gupta
IM Zhanibek Amanov has taken a huge lead at the mid-way point with a score of 4.5 out of 5.0 and a very respectable tournament performance of 2691 FIDE. Out of the norm contenders, SM Roman Yankovsky sits comfortably with 3.5 out of 5.0 and a performance of 2515. He needs 2.5 out of the remaining 4.0 matches to secure an IM norm. Also tied for second is IM Enrico Sevillano.
4) Mike Goodall Farewell - December 5
When: Sunday, December 5 from 1 to 5 pm. The blitz tournament will be held from 2 to 4 pm. There will be a chance to reminisce about Mike over light refreshments both before and after the event.
Where: Mechanics' Institute, 57 Post St, San Francisco (Montgomery BART)
Format: Five Double-Round Swiss or Round robin depending on entries.
Prizes (guaranteed) if there are more than 20 entries the prize fund will be increased (100 percent payout)
Entry Fee: $10. Free to IMs and GMs. Enter at tournament from 1pm to 1:45. Entries close at 1:45 pm please take note. No phone entries. Come honor Mike's memory and help make this the largest and strongest blitz tournament in the history of Northern California chess!
5) Here and There
Unofficial FIDE Ratings after the Tal Memorial:
1. Carlsen 2812
The Torneig Magistral d'Escacs Ciutat de Barcelona - Casino de Barcelona took place from 4-12 November 2010. It was an all-play-all 14th category event .
1-2. GMs Bruzon (CUB) and Salgado Lopez (ESP) - 7 out of 9
The following exciting battle is yet another game rescued by Andy Ansel from an old, long forgotten magazine.
Ivanov,Igor - Kopec,D [A28]
1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.d4 exd4 5.Nxd4 Bb4 6.Bg5 Bxc3+ 7.bxc3 h6 8.Bh4 Ne5 9.e3 0-0 10.Qc2 d6 11.Rd1 Re8 12.c5 Bg4 13.f3 dxc5 14.Nc6 bxc6
(14...Nxf3+ 15.gxf3 Rxe3+ 16.Be2 Qe8 17.fxg4 Qxc6 18.0-0 Rae8 and14...Qc8 15.Nxe5 Rxe5 16.fxg4 Qxg4 17.Bxf6 Rxe3+ 18.Kf2 Qf4+ 19.Kg1 Qxf6 were other possibilities)
15.Rxd8 Raxd8 16.Bxf6 gxf6 17.fxg4 Nxg4 18.Be2 Nxe3 19.Qc1 Rd5 20.Kf2 Rde5 21.Bf3 f5 22.Re1?
22...Ng4+ 23.Bxg4 Rxe1 24.Qxh6 fxg4 25.Qg5+ Kh7 26.Qh5+ Kg7 27.Qxg4+ Kf8 28.Qh5 R8e5 29.Qh6+ Kg8 30.Qxc6 R1e2+ 31.Kf3 R5e3+ ½-½
6) Upcoming Events
Pierre Saint-Amant Memorial - November 20
Bob Burger Open - January 8
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: ask@BayAreaChess.com, Info/Form/Entries: BayAreaChess.com/tg. NS, NC, W. Chess Magnet School JGP.
Dec. 31-Jan. 2 or Jan. 1-2 New Year Open GPP: 40 Enhanced California Northern 6SS 30/90 G/60 (2-day sched rds 1-3 G/60). Hyatt Regency, 5101 Great America Pkwt, Santa Clara, CA 95054. Hotel rate $79. $7,000 b/118 entries (80% guaranteed). 5 sections: Open (2100+) $1000-500-200-100-100. XA (1900-2099), AB (1700-1899), BC (1500-1699) $700-300-100-100-100 each. CDE (under 1500) $500-200-100 (u1300 200-100-100). The 5th place prize will be awarded in only the 2 largest sections. Unrated prize limit of $200 in all sections except Open. EF: $99 3-day & $98 2-day mailed by 12/28, online by 12/29, Onsite +$25, Play-up +$20. 5% off bef 11/30. GMs/IMs free: EF subtr from prize. Re-entry $40. EF Econ Opt: EF minus $30 & 1/2 of computed prize. Jan 2011 Supp, CCA min & TD discretion used to place players accurately. TD/Org: 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. 10-10:30. Max two 1/2-pt byes & must commit before rd 3. Ent: Bay Area Chess, 1590 Oakland Rd., Suite B213, San Jose 95131. T: 408-786-5515. E: ask@BayAreaChess.com, Info/Form: BayAreaChess.com/ny. 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 chesstour.com 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 chesstour.com 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 chesstour.com, 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 uschess.org ratings usually used if otherwise unrated. Foreign player ratings: See chesstour.com. 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 www.chesstour.com/gso11.htm, reserve by 12/31 or rate may increase. Car rental: Avis, 800-331-1600, use AWD #D657633. Questions: chesstour.com, 845-496-9658. Ent: Continental Chess, c/o Goichberg, Box 661776, Arcadia, CA 91066. $15 service charge for withdrawals. Advance entries posted at chesstour.com. Chess Magnet School JGP.