Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News 551

You also have to be honest with yourself. Be ready to accept that much of what you are doing is wrong; that is the only way to get it right. The best thing that ever happened to my chess was when I went to the Soviet Union in 1986. I was crushed game after game. It was terrible for my ego but it did illustrate all the weaknesses in my play.

David Norwood

 
 

Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News

 

FM Andy Lee is dominating the Dan Litowsky Tuesday Night Marathon. Lee defeated NM Russell Wong last Tuesday night in a tense game that could have gone either way. The win gives the Berkeley Master a score of 6.5 from 7, good for a full-point lead with two rounds to go. Not only that but he has already faced the players currently occupying second through fifth places in the standings meaning he will have to be dropped down to someone in the 4 point group in round eight.

High-ranked Experts Hayk Manvelyan and Todd Rumph are tied for second with 5 points and a strong finish by both will push them over 2200 - back to Master for Manvelyan and for the first time for Rumph. Fellow Expert Igor Traub is alone in fourth with 5 points in the 58-player field.

Jules Jelinek writes that the MI Wednesday Blitz is being held every week. As always, it starts at 6:40pm with sign-up beginning at 6:20pm. Entry is $10 with clock $11 without clock. Prizes are 50%, 30%, 20% of entry fees. TIme control preferably is 3 minute increment 2 second otherwise 5 minutes increment 0 second.

Last week's winners were
1st -Jules Jelinek

2nd - Joe Urquhart

3rd - Arunesh Saras

This week:

1st Carlos D'Avila

2nd Jules Jelinek

3rd Meirun Mesek

This Saturday the Mechanics' will host the 11th Annual Howard Donnelly Memorial G/45.

NM John Blackstone of Las Vegas passes along the following game won by the late Henry Gross against GM Nicholas Rossolimo in a simul at the Mechanics'.

Rossolimo,N - Gross,H [D21]


San Francisco (simul) 1957

1.d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3.Nf3 a6 4.a4 Nf6 5.e3 Bg4 6.Bxc4 e6 7.0-0 c5 8.Qb3 Bxf3 9.gxf3 Nc6 10.dxc5 Bxc5 11.Rd1 Qe7 12.Bf1 0-0 13.Nc3 Rfd8 14.Bd2 Ne5 15.Be2 Ng6 16.Be1 Nd7 17.Ne4 f5 18.Nxc5 Nxc5 19.Qb6 Rdc8 20.Qd6 Qg5+ 21.Qg3 Qe7 22.b4 Nd7 23.Qd6 Qg5+ 24.Kh1 Ndf8 25.f4 Qf6 26.Qd4 e5 27.fxe5 Nxe5 28.Qd5+ Kh8 29.Rac1 f4 30.Rxc8 Rxc8 31.Qxb7 Rc2 32.Qxa6 Qh4 33.Qd6 Neg6 34.Bf3 Rxf2 35.Bg2 f3 36.Bxf3 Rf1+ 37.Kg2 Rxe1 38.Qg3 Rxe3 39.Qxh4 Nxh4+ 40.Kg3 Rxf3+ 41.Kxh4 Rf4+ 42.Kg3 Rxb4 43.a5 Ra4 44.Rd8 Kg8 45.Ra8 Kf7 0-1

   
   
 

Mechanics' defeat Los Angeles Vibe in USCL

 

Last night the San Francisco Mechanics' convincingly defeated the Los Angeles Vibe 3 - in US Chess League action. The victory puts the Mechanics' in second place in the Western Division after three rounds of competition.

The Mechanics' face their traditional rivals, the Miami Sharks, next Monday night starting at 5:30 pm.

Los Angeles vs San Francisco
1.
GM Melikset Khachiyan (LA) vs GM Vinay Bhat (SF) 0-1
2.
GM Jesse Kraai (SF) vs IM Zhanibek Amanov (LA) 1-0
3.
FM Michael Casella (LA) vs NM Yian Liou (SF) 0-1
4.
NM Samuel Sevian (SF) vs NM Konstantin Kavutskiy (LA) 1/2-1/2

Kraai-SF (2567) - Amanov-LA (2472) [E65]

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Bg7 4.0-0 0-0 5.c4 c5 6.Nc3 Nc6 7.d4 d6 8.dxc5 dxc5 9.Be3 Qa5

The main alternative is 9...Be6 maintaining the symmetry.

10.Qb3

10.Qa4 is also popular here.

10...Ng4 11.Bd2 Qb4?

The theoretical line is 11...Nd4 12.Nxd4 cxd4 and now either 13.Qb5 or13.Ne4. After the text Black is always struggling.

12.Na4 Qxb3 13.axb3 Rb8

As 13...b6 is met by 14.h3 Nh6 15.Ne5 winning material.

14.Nxc5

This is quite strong but 14.h3 Nge5 (14...Nf6 15.Nxc5; 14...Nh6 15.Nxc5) 15.Nxe5 Bxe5 16.Be3 Nd4 17.Nxc5 Nxe2+ 18.Kh2 looks deadly as the pawn is hanging on a7 and 19.Rad1 threatens to corral the knight on e2.

14...Bxb2 15.Ra2 Bg7 16.h3 Nge5 17.Nxe5 Bxe5 18.b4 Bd6 19.Rb1 Rd8 20.Ne4 Bc7?

Black's desire to preserve his bishop turns out to be the losing move. Necessary was completing development with 20...Be6 or 20...Bf5.

21.b5 Ne5 22.Bf4 Bf5 23.Rxa7!

Jesse accurately calculated the ensuing complications.

23...Rd4 24.b6 Bd6 25.Nxd6! Bxb1 26.Nxf7! Rxf4 27.Nxe5 Rd4 28.Rxb7 Rd1+ 29.Kh2 Rf8 30.Rxe7 Rxf2 31.b7 1-0

WESTERN DIVISION

W

L

Game Points

Opps Avg Rating

Opps Record

Chicago

3.0

0.0

9.5/12 (79%)

2350

3.0 - 3.0 (50%)

San Francisco

2.5

0.5

8.0/12 (67%)

2401

3.0 - 3.0 (50%)

Dallas

2.0

1.0

7.5/12 (63%)

2375

3.0 - 3.0 (50%)

Los Angeles

1.5

1.5

5.0/12 (42%)

2450

3.0 - 3.0 (50%)

Arizona

1.0

2.0

5.5/12 (46%)

2414

3.0 - 3.0 (50%)

Miami

1.0

2.0

5.0/12 (42%)

2381

3.0 - 3.0 (50%)

Seattle

1.0

2.0

4.0/12 (33%)

2372

3.0 - 3.0 (50%)

St. Louis

0.0

3.0

3.5/12 (29%)

2418

3.0 - 3.0 (50%)

   
 

2011 MVP Leaderboard

Pts.

 

1.

SM Jorge Sammour-Hasbun (BOS)

13.0

2.

GM Ben Finegold (STL)

9.0

3.

IM Conrad Holt (DAL)

7.0

4.

GM Giorgi Kacheishvili (NY)

6.0

5.

NM Vadim Martirosov (BOS)

6.0

6.

IM Daniel Naroditsky (SF)

5.5

7.

NM James Black (MAN)

5.0

8.

IM Jonathan Schroer (CAR)

5.0

9.

NM Jared Defibaugh (BAL)

5.0

10.

NM Ian Schoch (BAL)

5.0

11.

GM Vinay Bhat (SF)

5.0

12.

IM Alejandro Moreno Roman (MIA)

5.0

   
   

Glen Buckendorf (1929 - 2011)

 
   

June 19, 1929 - September 12, 2011

 
   
 

Western States Open

 

Oct. 21-23, 2011 GPP: 200 (Enhanced) NEVADA [American Classic & Heritage Event!!] 29th Annual SANDS REGENCY RENO-WESTERN STATES OPEN.6SS.40/2,20/1,G. Sands Regency Hotel/Casino, 345 N. Arlington Ave., Reno, NV 89501. 1-800-648-3553 or (775) 348-2200. $$33,200 b/350, Gtd. $$21,750-$3000-2000-1500-1000-800-600-500-400-300-200 in Open Section plus of all other prizes. 6 Sections: OPEN: EF:GMs & IMs free (enter by 10/1 or pay late fee), Masters $147, (2199/below)-$175. $$ Prizes 1-10 listed above, (2399-below) $1000, (2299-below) $1000. If a tie for 1st overall then 2 (G/10) playoff for $100 from prize fund. (Note: GM/IM w/free entry not eligible for class prizes 2399 and below; may elect to pay entry fee and become eligible). EXPERT: (2000-2199) EF: $146. $$2000-1000-500-400-300."A" Sec.(1800-1999) EF: $145, $$2000-1000-500-400-300."B" Sec.(1600-1799) EF: $144, $$1,800-900-500-400-300. "C" Sec.(1400-1599) EF: $143, $$1,600-800-500-400-300."D"/under Sec. (1399/below) EF:$142, $$1,400-700-400-300-200, (under 1200) - $600. (Unrated Players) EF: Free + must join USCF or increase membership for 1 additional year thru this tournament ($49 adults,$25 juniors) Prizes: Top unrated wins 1 yr. USCF membership plus trophy. Note: Unrated will be put in "D" Sect. unless requests to play up. Seniors (65+) additional prizes $$200; (Seniors not eligible: provisionally rated, unrated, masters); Club Championship $$800-400 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 10/1 and $22 more if postmarked after 10/14 or at site. Do not mail after 10/14 or phone or email after 10/18. $20 off EF to Srs (65+). 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: (10/20) 5-8 pm, (10/21) 9:00-10 am. Rds 12-7, 10-6, 9:30-4:30. Byes available any round, if requested before 1st round (Open Section - 2 byes max.). SIDE EVENTS: Wed.(10/19) 7pm Clock Simul [40/2, G/1] (Including an analysis of YOUR game.GM Sergey Kudrin $30 (A great value!). Thurs (10/20) 5-7:30 pm "A Celebration of Life, GM Larry Evans" and lecture by IM John Donaldson -Free, 7:30 Simul GM Lubosh Kavalek (only $15!), 7:30 Blitz (5 min)Tourney ($20-80% to prize fund). Sat 10/22 (3-4:30pm)IM John Donaldson Clinic(Game/Position Analysis) - Free. Sun. (10/23) 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: $29! (Sun-Thurs) & $59! (Fri-Sat) + 13.5% tax. (mention CHESSOCT & reserve by 10/5/10 to guarantee room rates.) INFO: Jerry Weikel wackyykl@aol.com , (775) 747 1405, or website: www.renochess.org/wso (also go here to verify entry). FIDE .W.

   
   

Upcoming Events

 

Howard Donnelly Memorial - September 17

J.J. Dolan Memorial - October 8

Carroll Capps Memorial - November 5-6

Pierre Saint-Amant Memorial - November 19

Guthrie McClain Memorial - December 3

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
Pine, San Francisco. $$B 160 paid entries (not counting free or unrated entries). Six Sections: Master $1500-750-400-350 U2300 $300; Expert $700-350-200-150. "A" $700-350-200-150. "B" $700-350-200-150. "C" $700-350-200-150. "D/E" $700-$350-$200 U1200 $200-150. Unr:
Trophy First. Trophy to top finisher (State Champion) in each section. All, EF: postmarked
by 8/29 $115. $125 at site. Unrateds $20 in the D/E section or may play up to the Master
section for the regular fee. $5 discount to CalChess members. USCF memb. req'd. May
play up one section for add'l $10. GM/IM free entry. Reg.: Sat 9/3 8:30-9:30am, Sun 9/4
8-9am. RDS.: Choice of schedules- 3-day, 2-day merge at round 4, all compete for the same prizes. 3-day schedule: Sat 10:00-3:30; Sun 11:00-4:45; Mon 10:00-3:30. 2-day schedule: Sun 9:30-11:45-2:00-4:45; Mon 10:00-3:30. 1/2 pt bye(s) any round(s) if requested in advance
(byes rds 5-6 must be requested before rd 1). 2011 September Ratings List, CCA minimums and Directors discretion will be used to place players as accurately as possible. Please bring
clocks and equipment. HR: Golden Gateway Holiday Inn (415)-441-4000. INFO: Richard
Koepcke (650)-224-4938. Ent: Richard Koepcke, P.O. Box 1432, Mountain View, CA 94042. No Phone entries. Master Section FIDE Rated. Chess Magnet School JG

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
Location: NorCal House of Chess at Northwestern Polytechnic University
47655 Warm Springs Blvd.
Fremont, CA 94539
Rounds: Jan 2nd: 6:00; Jan 3rd, 5th: 11:00 & 6:00; Jan 4th, 6th, 7th: 4:00; Jan 8th: 11:00
Time Control: 40/90, SD/30 with 30 second increment
Organizers:
Arun Sharma <asharma AT math.berkeley.edu> and Ted Castro <ted0712 AT yahoo.com>

GM and IM norms possible.

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.

http://dotq.org/chess/

   

www.chessclub.org

 

One of the great gentlemen of chess is gone. Ten time Idaho State Chess Champion, Glen Buckendorf, passed away at his home in Buhl, Idaho on September 12, 2011 at 12:05 a.m.

Go to http://www.idahochessassociation.org/index.asp for more information.