Mechanics' Institute Chess Room Newsletter # 97
"The best decisions in chess are always those that are supported by accurate calculation."
Honor Roll of Imre Konig Memorial donors: fund raising is now at $14,540 - only $5,460 to go! Tibor Weinberger, Mark Pinto, Jim Eade, Neil Falconer, John Keker, Toshio Imai, Vince McCambridge, Bryan Bilby, Bear Stearns, Tom Allen, Max Wilkerson, John Cannon, Mervyn Field, Dr. Joe Wagner, Haluk Akol, Mike Goodall, Dr. Ben Gross, Smartchess, Peter Stevens, Kevan Gross and anonymous.
1) Thornally wins MI Summer Tuesday Night Marathon 2) Six way tie for first in 2nd Charles Bagby Memorial 3) Pixton wins US Junior Closed, Bhat second 4) Gligoric in SF in 1952 5) MI Library missing April and May of Issue of The California Chess Journal 6) Upcoming events
1) Thornally wins MI Summer Tuesday Night Marathon
FM Frank Thornally of Marinwood won the MI Summer Tuesday Night Marathon by defeating NM Igor Margulis in the last round. Thornally, who scored 6 1/2 from 8, won $400 for his efforts. Tying for second in the 69 player event were: NMs Michael Aigner, David Blohm, Russell Wong and Expert Victor Ossipov. A complete list of prize winners will be appearing on the MI website shortly. The next marathon will be starting on August 13.
2) Six way tie for first in 2nd Charles Bagby Memorial
IM Ricardo DeGuzman once again finished in first in the MI's monthly G/45 event, but this time he had company. Sacramento NM Kenan Zildzic defeated him in the last round to force a six way tie for first at 4-1. Joining these two in the winners' circle were: NM Bill Reuter, Anthony Rozenwasser, Martin Marshall and Paul King. A total of 41 players competed in the event directed by Anthony Corrales.
3) Pixton wins US Junior Closed, Bhat second
Aaron Pixton of upper state New York, won the 2002 US Junior Closed by an impressive margin. Pixton started with 5 1/2 from 6 and coasted in with three draws to win the event, held at the Dallas Chess Club, with 7 out of 9, a point and a half ahead of the field. San Jose IM Vinay Bhat, no doubt tired from having traveled back from China just before the start of this event, had a poor start, but finished strongly to take second at 5 1/2. Stanford undergraduate Philip Wang, of Reno, finished in the middle at 50%. Other scores were: 3-4. NMs Zaremba and Fernandez, 5-7. IM Schneider, Wang and Hoekstra 4 1/2, 8. Rensch 4, 9-10. NMs Siegel and Ritvin 2 1/2
4) Gligoric in SF in 1952
Svetozar Gligoric, young (29) Yugoslav Grandmaster, made quite a few new friends during his stay in San Francisco from April 21 to April 24. He was dined and shown the sights, and played three exhibitions. The first engagement was:
Golden Gate Chess Club, April 22. Six simultaneous clock games at the rate of 40 moves in two hours. Score: 4 wins, no losses, 2 draws (to R. Currie and W. G. McClain). The next stop was:
Capital City Chess Club, Sacramento, April 23. Here the master was in top form. Score: 21 wins, no losses, 2 draws (to M. O. Meyer and W. G. McClain). The 23 games were rattled off in a little over three hours.
Mechanics' Institute, April 24. Gligoric had a lot of tough games among the 37 played, and required 7 1/2 hours to finish. Score: 24 wins, 4 losses (C. Linklater, F. Arvidson, L. Woolfe (Stockton), and W. Hendricks), 9 draws (L. Grupp (12 years old), C. Svalberg, R. Mathews of Redwood City, H. Gross, C. Bagby, R. Maxwell, R. Currie, P. White and P. Peterson).
The California Chess Reporter May 1952, p. 217
5) MI Library missing April-May Issue of The California Chess JournalThe MI Library is missing the 2002 April-May issue of The California Chess Journal and is seeking a replacement.
6) 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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