Mechanics' Institute Chess Room Newsletter # 94
"Spassky was less concerned about the position's evaluation than about
the character of the arising struggle. If he liked the character of the
battle, he felt absolutely at home and, as a rule, didn't fail to outplay
1) Erin Harrington wins Providian Mechanics' Bay Area Scholastic Championship 2) Wong leads MI Summer Tuesday Night Marathon 3) De Guzman triumphs in Jessie Jeans 4) Michael Goodall 5) Upcoming Events
Honor Roll of Imre Konig Memorial donors: fund raising is now over $13,000
1) Erin Harrington wins Providian Mechanics' Bay Area Scholastic Championship
Erin Harrington won the rated section of the 2002 Providian Mechanics' Bay Area Scholastic Championship held this past Saturday with a 5-0 score. Tying for second at 4-1 in the 34 player section were Erin's brother, Anyon, and Levon Mikhitaryan. A total of 56 players competed in the two section event sponsored by Providian Bank and the Mechanics' Institute. Anthony Corrales organized and directed this free event which saw every child win a trophy or medal and receive a chess book due to the generosity of the sponsors. It is hoped that this will be come an annual event.
2) Wong leads MI Summer Tuesday Night Marathon
Russell Wong defeated fellow National Master David Blohm to increase his lead in the Summer Tuesday Night Marathon to a full point. Wong lead the 69-player event with a 5-0 score.
3) De Guzman triumphs in Jessie Jeans
IM Ricardo De Guzman won the Jessie Jeans Open held this past weekend in Santa Rosa with a 4-0 score. NM Robin Cunningham and up-and-coming junior Alex Setzepfandt shared second at 2 1/2. Michael Goodall directed and organized the two section, 46 player event.
4) Michael Goodall
Last Newsletter I wrote that it was Alan Benson who directed the 1984 US Championship held in Berkeley. In fact it was Michael Goodall who did. Michael also directed the 1975 (Oberlin, Ohio) and 1986 (Estes Park, Colorado) US Championships.
5) Upcoming Events
Charles Bagby Memorial: July 20
Both these events are 5-round, G/45, Swiss system events starting at 10 AM. The links for these two tournaments will be up shortly.
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.
Jul. 5-7 GPP: 6 N. California
Aug. 24-25 GPP: 6 N. California
Aug. 31-Sept. 2 GPP: 15 N. California
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