Mechanics' Institute Chess Club Newsletter #541
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1) Mechanic's Institute Chess Club News
2) US Record in Olympiads and World Team Championships
3) Here and There
4) Upcoming Special Events at the Mechanics' Institute
5) Upcoming Events
1) Mechanic's Institute Chess Club News
Berkeley Expert Todd Rumph maintained his lead in the Summer Tuesday Night Marathon with a fifth round draw against Igor Traub to extend his score to 4.5 from but there is a big pack of players half a point behind him. This includes Traub, FM Robin Cunningham, NMs Sevan Buscara, Peter Zavadsky and Evan Sandberg plus Expert Oleg Shakhnazarov.
Here is key fourth round win by Rumph with his own annotations.
Todd Rumph (2152) - Robin Cunningham (2274) [D34]
San Francisco - Summer TMN (4) 2011
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.g3 Nf6 7.Bg2 Be7 8.0-0 0-0 9.dxc5
More popular is 9.Bg5.
A dangerous gambit. The main alternative is 9...Bxc5 10.Na4 Be7 11.Be3.
10.Na4 Bf5 11.Bf4 Be4 12.Rc1 Qd5 13.Qb3 Qh5
13...Qxb3 14.axb3 Nd5 15.Bd6 Bxd6 16.cxd6± followed by 17.Nc5.
14...d3 15.Rxd3 Bxd3 16.exd3 Nd5 17.Bd2 with good compensation for the exchange.
15...Rd7 16.Qa6 Rfd8 17.a3±
16.Nc3! dxe2 17.Rxd8 Nxd8?!
17...Rxd8 18.Nxe4 Nxe4 (18...Rd1+ 19.Ne1+-) 19.Ne1 Qd5 20.Qa6 f5 21.Qxe2±
18...Nc6 19.Qxf6! gxf6 20.Nxe4 Qf5 21.Nh4 Qe6 22.Re1 Nd4 23.Be3 Rd8 24.Nd6 with material and positional advantages.
19.Qxe8+ Nxe8 20.Nxe4+- Ne6
20...Qd5 21.Nc3 Qxc5 22.Nxe2 Qd5 23.Rc8 Qd1+ 24.Bf1 Qd7 25.Bh3+]
21.Be3 N8c7 22.Nc3 g5 23.h3 f5 24.Nxe2 g4 25.hxg4 fxg4 26.Nd2 Ng5 27.Ne4 Nxe4
27...Nf3+ 28.Bxf3 gxf3 29.Nf6+; 27...Nh3+ 28.Bxh3 Qxh3 29.c6 and the black queen is out of the game.
28.Bxe4 Qe5 29.Nc3 h5 30.Bf4 Qxc5 31.Nd5 Qd4 32.Rxc7 Qxb2
32...Qxe4 33.Nf6+ Kh8 (33...Kf8 34.Bh6#) 34.Nxe4
33.Bg5 Qxa2 34.Nf6+ Kf8 35.Bh6# 1-0
The Mechanic's Institute Chess Club will be proud to host a lecture on Tuesday, July 5th, by America's newest Grandmaster, Sam Shankland of Orinda. The talk will run from 5:15 pm to 6:15pm and is free to all.
Mark Sunday, July 31st, down on your calendar. That afternoon the Mechanic's Chess Club will honor Neil Falconer with a blitz tournament. A former California Open and US Senior Champion, Neil has been involved with Mechanics' activities since the late 1930s when he first visited the club for a team match. He has served as a Mechanics' Institute Trustee for close to 40 years and was a key player in helping to organize the great Pan Pacific International Grandmaster tournaments of 1987, 1991 and 1995 which including such luminaries as Mikhail Tal, Viktor Kortchnoi and Tony Miles.
This event will be the second of three large blitz tournaments held every year at the MI with the others being the Ray Schutt (May) and Mike Goodall (October) Memorials. The Schutt drew 50 players including 3 GMs and 4 IMs and we hope to increase these numbers for the Falconer. We would like to thank Jim Eade for his help in sponsoring this event.
Neil Falconer Blitz Tournament
NM John Blackstone sends the following games from Frank Marshall's simul at the Mechanics' almost one hundred years ago. Incidentally, during this event Marshall became the first person to sign the M.I. Chess Club guest book. This oversized book is stored in a lockcase in the Chess Room and includes the signatures of many prominent visitors including World Champions Alekhine, Spassky andKarpov.
Marshall,F - Bernstein,B [A00]
There is still space available in the Mechanics' Institute Chess Club Intermediate/Advanced Camp with GM Nick deFirmian, IMs Vince McCambridge andJohn Donaldson, FM Mark Pinto andMI Scholastic Director Anthony Corrales. This camp is open to players of all ages and offers an excellent student to teacher ratio.
2) US Record in Olympiads and World Team Championships
While the list of American players to play a match for the World Championship is small the United States has enjoyed an excellent record in team events. The following information shows that for U.S. teams the whole is really greater than the sum of its parts.
Chess Olympiads (1927-2010)
Gold - 1931, 1933, 1935, 1937 and 1976(*)
Silver - 1928, 1960, 1966, 1990 and 1998
Bronze - 1974, 1978, 1980, 1984, 1986, 1996, 2006, 2008
4th Place - 1958, 1962, 1988, 1992, 2004
The US did not play in 1927, 1939, 1954 and 1956.
There was no Olympiad from 1940-49.
(*) In 1976 there was a boycott of the Olympiad by the Soviet Union and the East Bloc.
3) Here and There
Congratulations to noted chess master, author and problemist Robert Burger for turning 80 on June 21st.
The 2011 Western States Open, which will be held October 21-23, will be dedicated to the memory of the late Larry Evans who did so much to promote this event.
The SF Jewish Film Festival is screening "Bobby Fischer Against the World" in San Francisco at the Castro theatre on Saturday, July 23 at 2pm followed by a Q+A session with IM Anthony Saidy who plays a key role in the documentary..
The US Womens Championship held this past May was the strongest ever with all eight players rated over 2300 USCF. To see just how much progress has been made look at the top-rated women in the US almost forty years ago.
January 1964 USCF top 10 rated women
1. Gisela Gresser 2137
2. Sonja Graf Stevenson 2062
3. Mona May Karff 2047
4. Lisa Lane 2038
5. Eva Aronson 2005
6. Mary Bain 1979
7. Adele Belcher 1915
8. Jacqueline Piatigorsky 1895
9. Mildred Morrell 1867
10. Mabel Burlingame 1865
4) Upcoming Special Events at the Mechanics'Institute
GM Sam Shankland gives a free lecture on July 5 at the MI.
MI Advanced Chess Camp with GM Nick deFirmian, IMs Vince McCambridge and John Donaldson, FM Mark Pinto and MI Scholastic Coordinator Anthony Corrales from July 24-29 Go to www.chessclub.org for more information.
July 31st Neil Falconer Blitz
5) Upcoming Events
MECHANICS' TOURNAMENTS (go to www.chessclub.org for more information)
2011 EventsScholastic Championship - July 9Charles Bagby Memorial - July 16Vladimir Pafnutieff Memorial - August 6Bernardo Smith Memorial - August 20-21Howard Donnelly Memorial - September 17J.J. Dolan Memorial - October 8Carroll Capps Memorial - November 5-6Pierre Saint-Amant Memorial - November 19Guthrie McClain Memorial - December 3
July 2-4 or 3-4 2011 Sacramento Chess Championship GPP: 6 California, Northern ROUNDS: 6. FORMAT: Swiss. RATING: Full-K. Best Western Expo Inn, 1413 Howe Ave., Sacramento, CA. ON-SITE REGISTRATION: 7/2-8:30 am-9:45 am; 7/3-8:00 am-8:45 am. ROUNDS: 3-day: 7/2-10 & 3:30, 7/3-10:30 & 4, 7/4- 10 & 3:30. 2-day: 7/3-9, 11:15, 1:30, & 4, 7/4- 10 & 3:30. TIME CONTROLS: 3-day: 30/90 G/60. 2-day: Rounds 1-3, G/60, Rounds 4-6, 30/90 G/60. 5-second delay on all time controls. SECTIONS: Master/Expert (above 1999), Reserve (U2000). ENTRY FEES: 3-day $65 (Juniors $45) postmarked by 6/28. $75 (Juniors $50) after 6/28. IMs/GMs free. Entrants may play up one section for $10. $5 discount to CalChess members (excluding reentries). Reentry after round 2 of the 3-day schedule: $40. PRIZES: Master/Expert 1st Place $350 & trophy, 2nd Place $275. 1st Place Reserve $350 & trophy. Prize fund of $2800 based on 75 full paid adult entries and 10 full paid junior entries overall (with 60 full paid adult entries and 10 full paid junior entries, the prize fund will be $2,000). HOTEL: Best Western Expo Inn, (916) 922-9833 or 1-800-643-4422. Ask for the Sacramento Chess Club rates. ADVANCE ENTRIES & INFO: John McCumiskey (TD), e-mail:email@example.com; phone: (916) 524-9479. Checks payable to Sacramento Chess Club and mailed to 6700 50th St., Sacramento, CA 95823-1306. Full flyer and advance entries: http://sacramentochessclub.org under Weekend Events. OTHER INFO: No Smoking, No Computers, Wheelchair Access. 07/11 rating list only. Please bring clocks and equipment. 1/2 point byes available in any round and must be requested before the completion of the previous round. Maximum two 1/2 point byes per entry. 1/2 point byes for rounds 5 & 6 must be requested prior to round 1 and may not be changed. Chess Magnet School JGP.
September 3-5 2011 Labor Day Chess Festival 6-SS, 30/90, SD/1 (2-day option rds 1-3 G/60). Golden Geteway Holiday Inn. Van Ness at
October 1st - 2011 U.S. Game/60 Championship - Santa Clara 4SS, G/60 - $4,000 b/117 fully paid entries - 75% guaranteed. Hotel rate $99 by 9/16: Hyatt Regency, 5101 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara, CA 95054. Free Parking. In 3 sections, Open Section: $500-201-105, u2300 $200-110, u2100 $150, u2000 $130, u1900 $100. 1400-1799 Section: $500-201-100, u1700 $200, u1600 $150, u1500 $100. Under 1400 Section: $500-201-100, u1300 $200, u1200 $150, u1100 $100. Unrated may play in any section but maximum prize is $100 except no limit in the Open Section. Trophies for top 3 places in each section. Entry Fee: Mailed by Mon 9/26 or online by Tue 9/27: $60. Online 9/28-29 or onsite: $75. Add $20 to play-up in a higher section. DISCOUNTS: $10 off each event if also registering for G/30 on Oct 2. $10 cash rebate onsite if staying at the hotel under chess rate. Byes: One 1/2 pt bye allowed must commit by start of Rd 2. Reenter with 1/2pt bye in Rd 1 for $39. September 2011 Supp, CCA min, TD discretion used to place players accurately. SIDE KIDS EVENT for K-12 students rated under 1000: 4SSxG/60 in 2 sections, 600-999 and under 600. Prizes: Trophies to Top 10 players and Top 5 teams in each section. Best 4 players count for team score. Also trophies to top u800, top u700 in 600-999 section and top u400, top u300, and top u200 in u600 section. EF by Mon 9/26 or online by Tue 9/27: $39. Online 9/28-29 or onsite: $54. Add $10 to play-up in a higher section. Schedule: Onsite Registration 8:30-9:30am; Round Times: 10:00am, 12:30, 3:00, and 5:30pm. Mail payments to: Bay Area Chess, 1590 Oakland Rd., Suite B213, San Jose 95131. $20 for refunds. T: 408-786-5515. E:ask@BayAreaChess.com, Info/Form/Entries: BayAreaChess.com/usg60g30. NS, NC, W.
October 2nd - 2011 U.S. Game/30 Championship - Santa Clara 4SS, G/30 - $3,006 b/88 fully paid entries - 75% guaranteed. Hotel rate $99 by 9/16: Hyatt Regency, 5101 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara, CA 95054. Free Parking. In 3 sections, Open Section: $400-200-102, u2300 $101, u2100 $101, u2000 $100, u1900 $99. 1400-1799 Section: $400-200-102, u1700 $101, u1600 $100, u1500 $99. Under 1400 Section: $400-200-102, u1300 $101, u1200 $100, u1100 $99. Unrated may play in any section but maximum prize is $100 except no limit in the Open Section. Trophies for top 3 places in each section. Entry Fee mailed by Mon 9/26 or online by Tue 9/27: $60. Online 9/28-29 or onsite: $75. Add $20 to play-up in a higher section. DISCOUNTS: $10 off each if also registering for G/60 on Oct 1. $10 cash rebate onsite if staying at the hotel. Byes: One 1/2 pt bye allowed must commit by start of Rd 2. Reenter with 1/2pt bye in Rd 1 for $39. September 2011 Supp, CCA min, TD discretion used to place players accurately. SIDE KIDS EVENT for K-12 students rated under 1000: 5SSxG/30 in 2 sections, 600-999 and under 600. Trophies to Top 10 players and Top 5 teams in each section. Best 4 players count for team score. Also trophies to top u800, top u700 in 600-999 section and top u400, top u300, and top u200 in u600 section. EF by Mon 9/26 or online by Tue 9/27: $39. Online 9/28-29 or onsite: $54. Add $10 to play-up in a higher section. Schedule: Onsite Registration 8:30-9:30am; Round Times: 10:00am, 12:30, 3:00, and 5:30pm. Mail payments to: Bay Area Chess, 1590 Oakland Rd., Suite B213, San Jose 95131. $20 for refunds. T: 408-786-5515. E:ask@BayAreaChess.com,
Info/Form/Entries:BayAreaChess.com/usg60g30. NS, NC, W.
2012 Northern California International Presented by NorCal House of Chess
Dates: January 2nd - January 8th
Section A (GM-norm Round Robin)
Section B (Swiss)
GM and IM norms possible in both sections!
GMs interested in playing and potentially receiving conditions should contact Arun as soon as possible if they wish to have the best chance of doing so.
The Northern California International begins only a couple of days after the North American Open in Las Vegas ends so is a very convenient event for those who are playing in the latter.
July 2-4 or 3-4 51st Annual Pacific Southwest Open A Heritage Event
HR: $89 (310) 410-4000, mention chess. Parking: $8/day.
Inf: (626) 282-7412 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
State Championship Qualifier
Chess Magnet School JGP.
NS, W, F.
And upcoming at Metropolitan Chess:
July 8-10, July 22-24, July 29-31 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th Metropolitan ChessFIDE Qualifier
July 9-10, July 23-24, July 30-31 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th Metropolitan Chess Booster Qualifier
Run under Metropolitan Chess, Inc (2011 USCF Chess Club of the Year)
Organized by National Master Ankit Gupta (2011 USCF Organizer of the Year) Invitation Based. Minimum of 1200 USCF and maximum of 1899 USCF to participate. Requires organizer approval to participate.
E-mail email@example.com to inquire into specific details about event or visit www.metrochessla.com.
1st Metropolitan Chess International
GM, IM, WGM, WIM Norm Event!
GM Michael Adams, GM Loek Van Wely, GM Ilya Smirin, GM Timur Gareev, and other GMs committed to the tournament.
Currently has 27 foreign players, 10 grandmasters, and 37 titled players registered/committed.
9-SS, 40/90, SD/30 + 30 second increment from move 1
Sheraton Downtown Los Angeles, 711 South Hope Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017.
$$14,100 Unconditionally Guaranteed prize fund. 1 Section.
Prizes: $5,000-3,000-1,300-900-800-600, BU2500 $1000-500, BU2300 $1,000 Plus Best Game Prizes: Various Apple Products (iPods, iPads, iShuffles, iTouches, etc).
Reg: Must be done in advance. No on-site registration. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org. July official FIDE ratings used.
Rds: 7:30 PM on Wed, 11:00 AM and 5:30 PM on Thur-Fri-Sat, and 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM on Sun.
EF: Based on FIDE rating. Visit www.metrochessla.com for details. Free entry for GMs and Foreign WGMs/IMs, no entry fee deducted from prizes, but you must register in advance.
Ent: Metropolitan Chess, Inc., PO Box 25112, Los Angeles, CA 90025 or e-mail email@example.com. For more info call Ankit Gupta at (650) 823-1681 or visit www.metrochessla.com.
Hotel Rates: Special rate of only $139 single or double, (213) 488-3500 if booked by 7/16/11, book ASAP, as rates will go up and rooms may sell out by mid-July. Great hotel in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles.