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
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).
Lindsborg Rotary Open Chess Tournament
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