Mechanics' Institute Chess Room Newsletter #92
"The game of chess is not merely idle amusement. Several valuable qualities of the mind, useful in the course of human life, are to be acquired and strengthened by it."
Special alert: This Saturday, the Mechanics' Institute will be holding the Second Annual William Addison G/45. The following Saturday, June 29, the Providian MI Bay Area Scholastic Championship will be held. Entry is free to this event, but there is a limit of 70 participants (50 have signed up already). Complete details on these tournaments are available at www.chessclub.org
Imre Konig Memorial Update: fundraising efforts continue for the Imre Konig Memorial, Category 12, GM roundrobin, to be held in early September at the MI. Donors, to date, include: Tibor Weinberger, Mark Pinto, Jim Eade, Neil Falconer, Toshio Imai, Bryan Bilby, Bear Stearns, Haluk Akol, Mike Goodall and Peter Stevens.
1) Tsai and Nakamura shine in Pan Am Junior Championships 2) De Guzman and Aigner tie for first in Stamer Memorial 3) Zilberstein wins 3rd Bay Area Masters Grand Prix 4) Thornally, Wong and Blohm lead Summer Tuesday Night Marathon 5) Pruess and Stein shine in New York City 6) Bhat to play in US - China match 7) Upcoming Events
1) Tsai and Nakamura shine in Pan Am Junior Championships
National Master Cindy Tsai of Gainesville, Florida, won the Pan American Girls' Under 20 Championship held in La Paz, Bolivia, from June 4-14. Tsai won the WIM title, a 9-game WGM norm and direct entry into the World Girls' Under 20 Championship.
Hikaru Nakamura, of New York City, tied for first in the Pan American Junior, losing the title in tie-break. Hikaru will be among the participants in this fall's Imre Konig Memorial to be held in early September at the MI.
2) De Guzman and Aigner tie for first in Stamer Memorial
IM Ricardo De Guzman and NM Michael Aigner shared top honors in the Arthur Stamer Memorial held June 7-9. This event, which honors the memory of the MI's first Chess Director, attracted 55 entries. A complete list of prize winners follows.
3) Zilberstein wins 3rd Bay Area Masters Grand Prix
SM Dimitry Zilberstein defeated IM Ricardo De Guzman en route to winning the third Bay Area Masters Grand Prix held this past weekend. De Guzman and IM Guillermo Rey shared second.
4) Thornally, Wong and Blohm lead Summer Tuesday Night Marathon
Three rounds into the Summer Tuesday Night Marathon, FM Frank Thornally and NMs Russell Wong and David Blohm, are the only perfect scores. The Summer Marathon has set a new attendance record with 66 participants. This is the third consecutive marathon in a row with 60+ players. It's still possible to enter this eight round event with three half point byes.
5) Pruess and Stein shine in New York City
Bay Area Masters David Pruess and Alan Stein have shined in the New York Masters Action Tournaments organized by IM Gregory Shahade. Pruess, who is visiting the Big Apple for the summer, tied for third with GM Alex Shabalov in the June 11 event won by GMs Igor Novikov and Leonid Yudasin.
Stein, who has relocated to NYC, has defeated GM Alexander Stripunsky and drawn with Novikov in recent events.
6) Bhat to play in US - China match
IM Vinay Bhat, a three time winner of the Falconer Award given annually to the top junior under 18 in Northern California, will be representing the United States in its match against China in Shanghai in July. Good luck, Vinay!
7) Upcoming Events
June 22 2nd William Addison Open G/45 - go www.chessclub.org
August 12-16 3rd Annual Mechanics' Institute Chess Camp for Intermediate and Advanced Players (1200-2200)
This is not a camp for players that want to jump two rating classes in five days. You won't learn how to win against the Sicilian every time using the Grand Prix Attack. So why our camp and not others? At the MI camp you will get a look inside a GM's laboratory and get a feel for how they work on their game from the ground up. You will learn not only the importance of analyzing your own games, but also how to do it properly. You will learn to identify the critical points of the game and to understand when and why things went wrong.
You will learn how to use ChessBase and Fritz efficiently as part of a daily training program as well as utilizing resources on the Internet such as TWIC and the Internet Chess Club. Today chess books are cranked out at an incredible rate. Some of them are very good, many are quite bad. We will help students learn to select that which is truly useful.
On the fun side our instructors have unique experience in international competition. Expect to hear stories and anecdotes about what it's like to play against Kasparov and defend first board in a Chess Olympiad. Instructors: Grandmasters Alex Yermolinsky, International Masters John Donaldson and Guillermo Rey, and MI Scholastic Director Anthony Corrales.
Who: Open to all ages from 8 and up.
Jun. 29-30 GPP: 6 N. California
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