|Mechanics' Chess Club Newsletter
February 15, 2012
would also be feasible to look for parallels between the
growth of chess ideas and the general development of
thought in human society, for despite its individual
characteristics chess cannot be divorced from other
aspects of culture. Our game mirrors the
intellectual level and cultural trends of the
times. However, such a theme would require a
separate, comprehensive treatment of its own, beyond the
scope of this work."
Pachman - Complete Chess
Strategy (Doubleday, 1975, p. 10)
1) Mechanics' Institute
Chess Club News The last round of the
Night Marathon should provide plenty of excitement as
the leaders are all bunched together.
International Elliott Winslow and
National MasterRussell Wong are tied for
first with 6 from 7 with Experts Daniel
Liu, Todd Rumph andIgor
Traub half a point
are two games from Henry Gross G/45 won by International
Master Ricardo DeGuzman.
first is a battle between nine-year-old
expert Rayan Taghizadeh and veteran
International Master Elliott
Winslow where experience triumphs over
Taghizadeh - Elliott Winslow
Francisco - Henry Gross G/45 (2) 2012
c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 e5 7.Nb3
Be7 8.Be3 Be6 9.0-0 0-0 10.Bf3 Nbd7 11.Re1 Rc8 12.Nd5
Nxd5 13.exd5 Bf5 14.Rc1 Bg6 15.c4 f5 16.g3 Bg5 17.Bxg5
Qxg5 18.h4 Qf6 19.Be2?
could have kept his disadvantage to a minimum with
20.Nd4 Nc5 21.Bf1? Nd3
to the point was 21...f4!
Qxd4 23.Be2 Qxb2 24.Rb1 Qe5
exf3 26.Bxf3 Qxg3+ 27.Bg2 f4 28.Qf3 Qxf3 29.Bxf3 Bxb1
30.Rxb1 Rxc4 31.Rxb7 Rc1+ 32.Kg2 Rc2+ 33.Kh3 Rc3 34.Kg2
Re8 35.Rb3 Rxb3 36.axb3 Re3 0-1
second is a battle between two seasoned IMs where
DeGuzman wins what proves to be the decisive game of the
Winslow - Ricardo de Guzman
Francisco - Henry Gross G/45 (4) 2012
c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Bd3 Nf6
7.Be3 b5 8.a3 Bb7 9.0-0 h5 10.h3 Nc6 11.Qe2 Be7 12.f4 d6
13.Rf2 h4 14.Rd1 Nxd4 15.Bxd4 e5 16.Be3 g6 17.f5 Rg8
18.fxg6 fxg6 19.Bg5 Qb6 20.Rdf1 Nh5 21.Qg4 Bxg5 22.Qxg5
Nf4 23.Kh2 Qd8 24.Qxd8+ Rxd8 25.Nd5 Bxd5 26.exd5 Ke7
27.a4 bxa4 28.Bxa6 Rb8 29.c4 Rb4 30.Bb5 g5 31.Ra1 Rb8
was more resilient.
33.Kxg3 Rb3+ 34.Kg4 Kf6 35.h4?? gxh4 36.Ra3 Rg8+ 37.Kxh4
Kf5! puts an end to things.
eight spots for the Thursday evening class with MI
GM-in-Residence Nick deFirmian
were filled in
one day. The 8-week-long course, which runs concurrent
with the Tuesday Night Marathons (8 weeks on, 2 weeks
off), will be held only on Thursday this session. If
there is sufficient demand an extra class will he held
another night. Those who are interested are strongly
encouraged to register early. The cost for the eight
week session, which runs from 6:30 to 8:30pm, is $240.
Master Romy Fuentes won the Mechanics'
Chess Club Wednesday night blitz with a score of 9.5
from 12 followed by Expert Jules
Jelinek with 9 followed by IM Elliott
Winslow on 8.5.
GM-in-Residence Nick deFirmian took
second place in the Marshall Chess Club Invitational
which ended last Sunday night. Georgia
GM Mikheil Kekelidze won the event with
the excellent score of 8 from 9 with deFirmian at 6 1/2
, to held February 17-19 at the
Bunratty Castle Hotel, promises to be one of the
strongest weekend tournaments in the world this year.
The open section, with 40 odd players, has
11 Grandmasters and 10 International Masters
competing led byMichael
and Nigel Short
champion Gawain Jones
will have his
hands full trying to match Peter Svidler, the only
player to win this event back to back. Among the
International Masters competing is Mechanics' Institute
Chess Director John Donaldson
round event is sponsored by Blackthrone Transport. Go
more information on this event which will broadcast the
first seven boards live each round.
Here and There
The 16th Metropolitan Chess
FIDE Invitational, an IM norm round robin event will
be held from February 22nd to 26th. The IMs
are IM Andranik Matikozyan, IM Zhanibek
Amanov, and IM Larry
Remlinger. This event has a FIDE average of
A six-game match between Vladimir
Kramnik and Levon Aronian will
be held in Zurich, Switzerland from the 21st to the 28th
of April 2012.
The Candidates Tournament will
take place in London from the 23rd October to the 13th
Belanoff is no stranger to Mechanics' players,
but they won't be seeing much of him this year as he has
decided to play a tournament in all 50 states. This has
been done before by Jerry Dennison and the late Robert
Feldstein, but Ted's quest is different. He intends to
play in all 50 states in a single year! It took Dennison
and Feldstein much longer to accomplish their
barnstorm in part because several states only have a
handful of events often on the same weekends.
far Ted's adventure has taken him to 9 states (Texas,
Oregon, New Hampshire, New York, Kentucky, Louisiana,
South Carolina, Michigan and Alabama). The latter two
were particularly impressive as he played in both of
them on the same weekend in one day events.
Belanoff will pick up state number 10 this weekend when
he plays in the 3rd Jerry Hanken Memorial in Stillwater,
Oklahoma. Tournament organizer Frank Berry explains that
Belanoff will not win the prize for having traveled the
farthest to play. That honor will go to Oregon high
school student and Expert rated player Alexandra