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."
   Ben Franklin, 1779

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

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.

Prize Winners:
1st - 2nd Overall: De Guzman and Aigner - $325.
3rd Overall: a three way tie between Margulis, Gallegos and Rodolfo Hernandez - $50 each.
Best Expert: Nambiar - $200.
Best "A" Player: Yu, Banning, Argishti - $50 each.
Best "B" Player: Pouchak - $125
Best "C" Player: Brown and Bilby - $57.50 each.
Best "D" Player: Clapp - $110.
Best "E" Player: Karnad - $60.
Best Unrated: Lazar - $40.

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

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.
When : August 12-16, from 9am to 5pm
Where: 57 Post Street, 4th floor (Montgomery BART station)
Cost: $320 for Mechanics' members, $355 for junior (under 21)
non-members, $405 for adult non-members. All non-members will receive a one year membership in the MI. There is a limit of 40 players for this camp. If you can't attend the whole camp there is a drop in fee of $80 a day

Regional Events:

Jun. 29-30 GPP: 6 N. California
Jessie Jeans Open. 4SS, G/120. Jessie Jean's Coffee House & Deli, 1426 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa (parking on south side of Burger King lot). $$1000 Gtd! Open: (All) $250-175. Reserve: (1500-1900) $200-125. Booster: (U1500) $150-100. All: EF: $35 if rec'd by 6/22, $40 at site (no phone ents). Reg: 6/29 8:30-9:30am, Rds: 10-3, 10-3. Time delay preferred, bring equip., none supp. Unr. must play in Open sect. One 1/2 pt. bye avail. Ent/Info: Mike Goodall, 461 Peachstone Terr., San Rafael, CA 94903-1327. 415-491-1269, NS,NC,W,FIDE.

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