Mechanics' Institute Chess Room Newsletter # 103

"Tactics is knowing what to do when there is something to do. Strategy is knowing what to do when there is nothing to do."


Honor Roll of Imre Konig Memorial donors: Tibor Weinberger, Mark Pinto, Jim Eade, Neil Falconer, Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass, Larry Christiansen, John Kekker, Toshio Imai, Vince McCambridge, Vivek Nambiar, Bryan Bilby, Bear Stearns, Tom Allen, Max Wilkerson, John Cannon, Mervyn Field, Dr. Joe Wagner, Haluk Akol, Mike Goodall, Dr. Ben Gross, Smartchess, Alex Baburin, Peter Stevens, Kevan Gross and anonymous.

1) Konig starts today
2) Baburin wins North American Open
3) Wojtkiewicz, Blatny and Novikov tie for first in Chicago
4) Southern California Open ends in 6-way tie for first
5) Tie for first in Konig Tuesday Night Marathon
6) Upcoming events

1) Konig starts today

The category 12 Imre Konig Memorial starts today. Pairings for the first round are as follows:

Round 1, Sept.4

Play starts at 11 AM.

2) Baburin wins North American Open

GM Alex Baburin of Ireland won the North American Open held in Stillwater, Oklahoma over Labor Day weekend. The Dublin resident scored an undefeated 8 1/2 fro 10 to take top honors. Sharing second and third were IMs Michael Brooks and John Donaldson at 8. GM Yury Shulman was fourth at 7 1/2 followed by NMs Sonny Kanberi and Mikhail Langer at 7. A total of 80 players participated in the event organized and directed by Jim and Frank Berry.

3) Wojtkiewicz, Blatny and Novikov tie for first in Chicago

GMs Wojtkiewicz, Blatny and Novikov tie for first in Chicago over Labor Day weekend.

4) Southern California Open ends in 6-way tie for first

Andranik Matikozian won the Southern California Open on tiebreak at 5-1 over fellow IMs Jesse Kraai and Jack Peters, 13-year old Tatev Abrahamyan, 16-year old Pieta Garrett, and top expert Roger Norman.

5) Tie for first in Konig Tuesday Night Marathon

Four rounds into the Konig Tuesday Night Marathon a large number of players are bunched up at 3 1/2 out of 4. The leader board reads: Shakhnazarov, Margulis, Blohm, Wong, Ossipov, Grey and Davies. The latter, rated only 1380, has now defeated three 1900 players and drawn one master!

6) Upcoming events

Howard Donnelly Memorial: Sept. 21
This event is a 5-rounder, G/45, run on the Swiss system starting at 10 AM.

National Events

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).

2nd Annual Lindsborg Rotary Open Chess Tournament
Bethany College, Lindsborg, Kansas
December 17-23 or December 20-23
GM " IM norms are available; FIDE rating and evaluation guaranteed for 7-day option!
$3,000 guaranteed prize fund!
3 sections:
FIDE: 9SS, 40/2, SD/1 (4-day option, rounds 1-5 G/50). First two rounds accelerated pairing.
1st - $800, 2nd - $400, 3rd - $200, 4th - 150, 5th - 100
U2400: $100 - 75; U2200: $100 - 75
Open: 9SS, G/120
1st - $150
U2000: $100 - 75 - 50; U1800: $100 - 75 - 50
U1600: $100 - 75 - 50; U1400: $100 - 75 - 50
Scholastic (12/22): G/30. Trophies for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in each HS, MS, ES categories
Entering fees: GMs & IMs free. Membership at Kansas Chess Association is required (dues can be paid on site).
Before 11/1/02 Before 12/1/02 At site
FIDE Section
FIDE 2300 $70 $80 $90
FIDE, USCF 2200 $80 $90 $100
FIDE 2200 $90 $100 $110
non-FIDE rated, USCF 2200 * $120 $130 $140
Open Section $50 $55 $60
Scholastic Section $15 $20 $25
Credit cards OK. Online entry at
* Number of non-FIDE rated players will be limited in this category
FIDE Session:
7-day: 12/17-12/20 1:00 pm; 12/21 & 22 9:00 am & 5:00 pm; 12/23 9:00 am
4-day: 12/20 (G/50) 4:00 pm, 6:30 pm, 9:00 pm; 12/21 9:00 am, 1:00 pm, & 5:00 pm;
12/22 9:00 am & 5:00 pm; 12/23 9:00 am
Open Sessions (G/120):
4-day: 12/20 4:00 pm; 12/21 9:00 am, 1:30 pm, 7:00 pm; 12/22 9:00 am,
1:30 pm, 7:00 pm;
12/23 9:00 am, 1:30 pm
Scholastic Session (G/30):
12/22 10:00 am, 11:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 4:00 pm, 5:30 pm
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; For more information please contact Mikhail Korenman at 785-227-3380, ext.8164 or USCF, FIDE. NS, NC.

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