Mechanics' Institute Chess Room Newsletter # 96
"He, who ventures, should lose."
"He, who does not venture, loses."
Honor Roll of Imre Konig Memorial donors: fund raising is now at
$14,540 - only $5,460 to go!
This Saturday the MI hosts the Charles Bagby Memorial which promises to be stronger than usual with out of town Masters Bill Schill (Seattle), Bill Reuter (Houston) and Kenan Zildzic (Sacramento) competing for the first time along with regulars IM Ricardo De Guzman and NM Michael Aigner.
1) US loses narrowly to China 2) Vinay Bhat, GM norm 3) Margulis leads Summer Tuesday Night Marathon 4) FIDE rating list 5) Upcoming events
1) US loses narrowly to China
The US-China Chess Summit took place July 10th-15th, 2002, in Shanghai with games on the 11th, 12th, 14th, and 15th. Each round consisted of 10 games featuring six of the top male players, two of the top female players, and two of the top junior players from each country. The US led until the final round when a 6-4 loss condemned them to a narrow 20½ - 19½ overall loss.
Individual US results:
The standouts of the American team were top board Alexander Goldin and Joel Benjamin. Goldin, making his debut on the American National Team, scored an undefeated 2 ½ - 1 ½ against China's top, best player Ye Jiangchuan, rated 2676. Benjamin, one of the best team players in American chess history, was top scorer with 3 out of 4.
The American men outscored their more highly rated Chinese counterparts as they did last year in Seattle. This time the margin was 13 ½ - 10 ½ . The US did much better on the Junior boards in 2002, scoring 4 ½ - 3 ½ , partly aided by the fact that last year's Chinese Junior stars, Bu and Ni, were promoted to the men's boards this time around. The difference between the two teams was decided on the women's boards where the hosts prevailed 6 ½ - 1 ½ . The absence of Camilla Baginskaite, who scored 2 ½ out of 4 last year in Seattle, was felt.
2) Vinay Bhat, GM norm
As reported in the last Newsletter, 17-year-old MI member Vinay Bhat of San Jose made his first GM norm in a strong Open preceding the US-China match. Vinay drew with GMs Liang Chang (China) , Harikrishna (India) , Shabalov, Goldin, Kaidanov, Barua (India) and won against GM Zhang Zhong (China), IM Chandra Sandipan (India) and lost to GM Larry Christiansen.
3) Margulis leads Summer Tuesday Night Marathon
National Master Igor Margulis leads the Summer Tuesday Night Marathon with one round to go with a score of 6-1. Right behind him at 5 1/2 are FM Frank Thornally and NMs Michael Aigner and David Blohm.
4) FIDE rating list
The newly released July FIDE rating list shows little change at the top.
Top ten: 1 G Kasparov (Russia) 2838 (=); 2 V Kramnik (Russia) 2807 (-2); 3 V Anand (India) 2755 (+3); 4 M Adams (England) 2752 (+8); 5 V Topalov (Bulgaria) 2745 (=); 6 R Ponomariov (Ukraine) 2743 (=); 7 E Bareev (Russia) 2726 (+2); 8 P Leko (Hungary) 2717 (+10); 9 A Morozevich (Russia) 2716 (-2); 10 V Ivanchuk (Ukraine) 2711 (=).
5) Upcoming events
Note two new additions to the calendar under national listings: the always popular Governor's Cup and a rare opportunity for GM and IM norms this December in Lindsborg, Kansas.
Charles Bagby Memorial: July 20
Both these events are 5-round, G/45, Swiss system events starting at 10 AM.
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.
The John Easterling Memorial - August 3rd and 4th
Aug. 24-25 GPP: 6 N. California
Aug. 31-Sept. 2 GPP: 15 N. California
Dear Chess Friends,
Hope the 7th Governor's Cup Chess Tournament is on your fall calendar--October 11-13--in Sioux Falls, Sourth Dakota. The tourney will be at a new site this year--downtown at the Holiday Inn City Centre at 100 West 8th Street. Once again we will distribute $10,000 in prize money. Call (605) 339-2000 as soon as possible and ask for the $79 chess rate. (Let me know if you have any difficulty making a reservation. I know that the state soccer tourney is in town that same weekend which may be a problem for you if you wait too long to reserve a room.)
The tourney will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday night.
All state chess associations are invited to nominate their current state champion or one of their best to represent their state in this event. Please spread the word to chess association presidents. At this time I do not plan to have the Governor's Office send out invitations like I have done in the past.
The entry fee will be $50 in advance--entries must be postmarked by October 5 to receive this rate. After that entry fees will be $70.
Free entry to all GM's, IM's, and players rated above 2400.
Remember to indicate your section when you register: Open, Premier, or Rserve. (Premier is Under 2000, and Reserve is Under 1600).
1/2-pt byes OK at ALL. Limit 3. Last bye must commit before round 5.
Special Event - 12/20 at 8:00 pm GM Igor Novikov will play simul games with 20 people. $20.
Hotel rates: $49 - $80 at Swedish Country Inn (1-800-231-0266), $36 - $56 at Coronado Motel (1-800-747-2793), $65 - $150 at Rosberg House B&B (1-888-215-5234), $65 - $95 at Smoky Valley B & B (1-800-532-4407), and $60 - $120 at C&W Ranch Bed & Breakfast (785-668-2352). Reserve by 11/15 or rates may increase.
Ent: Lindsborg Chamber of Commerce (for the chess tournament), 104 E.
Lincoln, Lindsborg, KS 67456. 1-888-227-2227; http://www.lindsborg.
org/events.htm For more information please contact Mikhail Korenman at
785-227-3380, ext.8164 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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