Mechanics' Institute Chess Club 515


While it is more agreeable to attack than to defend, in my opinion it is
easier to defend successfully  than to attack successfully. The reason for this is that the stalker must find a way to sustain the initiative against all possible defenses, no matter how absurd they may appear at first blush; the defender, on the other hand need find only one adequate continuation in order to repulse the attack, as Tal pointed out. The attacker, moreover, usually commits himself to such an extent that he is in no shape to retreat or consolidate.


 Larry Evans - Chess Catechism (page 134)

1) Mechanics's Institute Chess Club News

2) Kasparov and Short in St. Louis after Thanksgiving Tourney by Mike Wilmering
3) A Chess Poem by Dennis Fritzinger
4) Here and There
5) Upcoming Events


1) Mechanics's Institute Chess Club News

Expert Christophe Bambou knocked off top-seed Peter Zavadsky to grab the lead in the Fall Tuesday Night Marathon with three rounds to go. Trailing Bambou, who has 5.5 from 6 is Demetrius Goins at 5 followed by a large group at 4.5 lead by Zavadsky.

Five players tied for first in the 10th Annual Pierre Saint Amant G/45 last Saturday. IM Ricardo DeGuzman, Master Michael Pearson and Experts Dmitry Vayntrub, Jack Zhu and Sergey Khristofurov all scored 4 from 5 to lead the 32 player field.

The Michael Goodall Memorial Blitz on December 5th will not only offer cash prizes but all participants will receive a book from Mike's library.


2) Kasparov and Short in St. Louis after Thanksgiving Tourney by Mike Wilmering

 

 

SAINT LOUIS, November 23, 2010 - Grandmaster and former World Champion Garry Kasparov will be making an appearance at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis on Monday, November 29, just one day after the conclusion of the Thanksgiving Open tourney featuring renowned GM Nigel Short and an $11,000 prize fund.

Kasparov, who is coming to Saint Louis to deliver a political lecture, will make an appearance at the CCSCSL from 4-5 p.m. The club has arranged a special setting in which club members and the general public can meet and greet the living legend.

Short, who was already scheduled to conduct a special lecture and simul beginning at 6 p.m., will also be in attendance. His lecture is free for club members but will cost the general public $10. The simul, scheduled to follow the lecture at 7:30 p.m., has been capped at 30 participants, but those interested can still submit their name for the wait list.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet two of the best players in the world, who once battled one another for the World Chess Championship title in 1993.

The festivities follow the largest prize fund tournament ever offered by the CCSCSL excluding a U.S. Championship event. The Thanksgiving Open, which takes place November 26-29, features an $11,000 prize fund, and two-day and three-day options are available to make the tournament easily accessible for all.

In addition to Short, a host of other titled players have committed including:

  • Resident GM Ben Finegold
  • GM Yury Shulman
  • GM Alex Onischuk
  • GM Ray Robson
  • GM Gregory Kaidanov
  • GM Dmitry Gurevich
  • GM Timur Gareev
  • GM Mesgen Amanov
  • IM Michael Brooks
  • IM Istvan Sipos
  • IM Angelo Young
  • IM Raja Panjwani
  • WGM Sabina Foisor
  • WIM Alisa Melekhina



Registration costs $119 for the three-day option and $118 for the two-day option. There will be a re-entry option available for $60.

This event will be a FIDE-rated, six-round, G/120 event in three sections: Open, U1800 and U1400. The prize breakdown is as follows:

Open:

  • Overall: $1,600-$1,000-$600-$400
  • U2400: $550-$450
  • U2200: $500-$300
  • U2000: $450-$250



U1800:

  • Overall: $1,000-$500-$300
  • U1600: $450-$250



U1400:

  • Overall: $1,000-$500-$300
  • U1200: $250-$150
  • U1000: $225-$125


Don't miss your opportunity to meet two living legends and play in a fantastic tournament in Saint Louis. For more information, please call 314.361.CHESS (2437) or visit www.saintlouischessclub.org.



3) A Chess Poem by Dennis Fritzinger

 

blitz

the germans would send
their panzer tanks
across the border
into some weak,
unsuspecting country,
in a lightning strike.
they called it 'blitzkrieg'.
today we've shortened
the word to 'blitz'
and use it to refer
to speed chess.  and the pieces
and pawns do move
across the border
in the center of the board
with lightning speed,
bishops penetrating,
knights parachuting in,
rooks rolling over everything.
the queen is here, there,
everywhere, while the king
watches from his castle
and counts the dead.
when the smoke clears,
the slain have been taken away
and a truce declared,
or one king, surrounded, gives up.
and all this at lightning speed.




4) Here and There


The Berkeley Chess School is pleased to welcome International Master and Olympiad Gold Medalist Sam Collins to its Winter Chess Camp, afternoons on Dec. 27-31.  Sam will teach the top class.  Camp is open to students in grades K-12 and there will be at least three levels.  You can get all the information here:
https://www.berkeleychessschool.org/signups/signup/166 or by calling 510-843-0150.

1st Metropolitan tournament (Los Angeles)
Category 4 (2334) 10 player round robin - IM norm = 6 points

Final standings - top scores
1. IM Enrico Sevillano (USA) - 7/9

2. IM Zhanibek Amanov (KAZ) 7

3-4. Joel Banawa (USA) and Garush Manukyan (Armenia)  5

5. Roman Yankovsky (Russia) 4,
......



5) Upcoming Events


MECHANICS' TOURNAMENTS  (go to www.chessclub.org for more information)

2010 Events

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

BAY AREA TOURNAMENTS


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. 10-10:30. 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.