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Mechanics' Institute Chess Club Newsletter #573

February 29, 2012

Though most people love to look at the games of the great attacking masters, some of the most successful players in history have been the quiet positional
players. They slowly grind you down by taking away your space, tying
 up your pieces, and leaving you with virtually nothing to do!

Yasser Seirawan

This is a an abbreviated Newsletter while the editor is on vacation.  Things will return to normal on March 7th.

1) Mechanics' Institute Chess Club News   

Congratulations to Jules Jelinek who won the February 21st edition of the Mechanics' Wednesday Night Blitz with the excellent score of 11 from 14. Tom Stevens was second with 10 points followed by International Master Elliott Winslow at 9, Winslow had the satisfaction of beating the tournament 2-0 but was blanked in kind by Michael Hertetz.

The Wednesday Night Blitz is held weekly and starts promptly at 6:40pm. The event is open to all MI members and the entry fee is $10 with a 100 percent payout to the prize fund.

Nick deFirmian, the new Mechanics' Institute Grandmaster-in-Residence, starts work this week.

Mechanics' Institute Chess Director John Donaldson won the David Collyer Memorial in Spokane this weekend with a 5-0 score. The annual event, the 20th in the

The Mechanics' Chess Club will be holding four chess camps this summer. The dates are 

June 25-29             Beginners
July 9-13                Elite Advanced
July 30-August 3   Intermediate-Advanced
August 13-17         Beginners


Book and equipment donations to the Mechanics' are always welcome. All donations to the Mechanics' are tax deductible, due to the M.I.'s 501(c)(3) nonprofit status. If you have any chess books or equipment that have been lying around unused for some time, consider donating to the Mechanics'. You will not only get a tax write-off, but also the satisfaction of seeing things put to good use.