"The essence of a chess master's art consists of the ability to
analyze chess positions."
1) Man versus Machine
2) GM Kavalek reports on Konig Memorial in the Washington Post
3) MI Chess History
4) Here and There
5) Appeal for Konig Games and Stories
6) Upcoming Events
Late News: The J.J. Dolan G/45 will be held this Saturday at the
MI starting at 10 AM.
1) Man versus Machine
Vladimir Kramnik is leading Fritz 2 1/2 -1/2 with game four scheduled
tomorrow. The official site is http://www.brainsinbahrain.com.
Live coverage is offered. For NM Eric Schiller's take on the match and
how Fritz came to be selected as Kramnik's opponent visit
2) GM Kavalek reports on Konig Memorial in The Washington Post
One of the best chess columns in the country appears each week in The
Washington Post. Written by GM Lubosh Kavalek, it features a mixture of
news and annotated games. This week Lubosh covers the recently concluded
Imre Konig Memorial. It can be found at
3) MI Chess History 1953
International Master Imre Konig, recently settled in San Francisco,
gave a simultaneous exhibition at the Mechanics' Institute on January
31. Meeting 31 players, Mr. Koenig won 24 games, lost 2 and drew 5. Dr.
Frank Ruys of Redwood City and Honario Abella of San Francisco defeated
The San Francisco Argonaut (The Chess Player by Dr. H.J. Ralston)
The following brilliant miniature was played by noted master and
problemist Robert Burger who is still going very strong today at age 71.
A.J.Fink - Robert Burger
San Francisco (Mechanics' vs. U.C. Berkeley) 1953
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.c3 d5 4.Qa4 Nf6 5.Nxe5 Bd6 6.Nxc6 bxc6 7.e5 Bxe5 8.d4
Bd6 9.Be3 0-0 10.Be2 Ng4 11.Bxg4 Bxg4 12.Qxc6 Re8 13.0-0 Re6 14.Qa4
Bxh2+! 15.Kxh2 Qh4+ 16.Kg1 Bf3! 17.Nd2 Bxg2 18.Kxg2 Qg4+ 19.Kh2 Rg6
20.Bg5 Rxg5 0-1
The California Chess Reporter 1953, pp.144-145
4) Here and There
The Bay Area will be well-represented at the upcoming Chess Olympiad in
Bled, Slovenia, in late October. 2001 US Women's Champion Camilla
Baginskaite of El Cerrito will be playing for the US Womens team while
UC Berkeley graduate Nick DeFirmian will Captain the US Mens team.
Elizabeth O'Shaughnessy, founder of the Berkeley Chess School, will
represent her native Ireland.
The October Fide rating list has posted the following Bay Area events as
rated: Charles Linklater Memorial, Bay Area Grand Prix 2 and 3 (all MI
events), Class Struggle (Berkeley) and Jesse Jeans Open (Santa Rosa).
The American Chess Bulletin of 1919 reports that a new magazine, The
Western American Chess and Checker Bulletin, is being edited and
published by Professor C.C. Kanaga of 515 Jones Street in San Francisco.
The 16 page bulletin offers 13 pages on chess and 3 on checkers. Kanaga is
said to be the former chess and checker editor of the Denver Times and
the San Francisco Bulletin. Can anyone provide more information?
Davis is best known for its University but is rapidly becoming a center
of chess activity with a strong scholastic chess program. Several
high-rated players have recently taken up residence including Senior
Master Andrey Chumachenko and National Masters Zoran Lazetich and
Alex Yermolinsky will begin play in the FIDE Grand Prix in Hyderabad,
India, tomorrow. The website at
is out of date (for example Yasser Seirawan who declined his invitation
long ago is still listed as participating) but hopefully will catch up
when the action begins.
5) Appeal for Konig Games and Stories
MI Chess Director John Donaldson is working on a book on Imre Konig and
welcomes any games or stories about him. Donaldson has all the material
published in The California Chess Reporter. It appears that IM Koenig's
last tournament game was against Tibor Weinberger (North-South Match
1962). Did he play in any events after this, particularly after moving
to Santa Monica in 1971? Does anyone know anything about his 1954 match
with John Alexander? If you have any information you would like to
contribute you can reach John at firstname.lastname@example.org
6) Upcoming events at the MI
J.J. Dolan Memorial: October 12
Carroll Capps Memorial: November 8-10
Pierre St. Amant Memorial: November 23
Los Angeles Open
6-SS, 40/2, SD/1.
LAX Radisson Hotel, 6225 W. Century Blvd., Los Angeles
$$8,000 b/240, half of all prize guaranteed.
Choice of 2 schedules:
3-day schedule plays all rounds at 40/2, SD/1.
2½-day schedule plays first 2 rds at G/1, others at
Open, $$1400-700-400-300-200, U2200 $600-300-150,
Amateur, open to U1800/Unr, $$600-300-150, U1600
500-250-150, U1400 400-250, U1200 150, Unr. 150.
Unr. may win Unrated prize only.
All, EF $50 if rec'd by 10/10, $60 at site.
SCCF memb. req'd of So. Californians ($12, jrs. U18
$7.50, includes Rank & File magazine).
Reg: 8:30-10 a.m. (4-day), 6-7 p.m. (2½ day).
Rds 3-day: 10:30-4:30, 10-4:30, 10-4:30
Rds 2½-day: 7:15 p.m.-9:30 p.m., 10-4:30, 10-4:30
One or two 1/2-pt. byes with advance notice.
HR: $84 (310) 670-9000, mention chess.
Info: Randy Hough (626) 282-7412,
Ent: SCCF, PO Box 205, Monterey Park, CA 91754.
Qualifies 2 for 2003 Southern California Championship
Candidates. GPP: 30.
20th Annual Sands Regency Western States Open
Friday, October 18, 2002 to Sunday, October 20, 2002 Event Info.
6 round seeded swiss, 40 moves in 2 hours, 20 moves in 1 hour. Prize
fund $50,000 (based on 500 entries), $30,250 guaranteed. 200 Grand Prix
Points. Tournament dedicated to GM Edmar Mednis.Open Section
Entry fee, GMs and IMs are free, Masters are $135, rated 2000-2199
are $156, rated below 2000 are $206. Prizes are $3,000 and trophy -
$1,500 - $1,100 - $1,000 - $900 - $800 - $700 - $600 - $500 - $400 -
rated 2400-2499, $1,000 - rated 2300-2399, $1,000 - $600 - $400 - rated
below 2300, $1,000 - $600 - $400. If a tie for 1st overall then game in
15 playoff for $100 from prize fund. GMs and IMs with free entry not
eligible for class prizes (2499/below) although may elect to pay entry
fee and become eligible.Expert Section
Open to rated below 2200. Entry fee, $134. Prizes are $2,000 and
trophy - $1,000 - $700 - $500 - $300 - $200 - $200 - $200 - $200 - $100 -
$100 - $100 - $100 - $100 - rated below 2100, $700."A" Section
Open to rated below 2000. Entry fee, $133. Prizes are $1,900 and
trophy - $1,000 and trophy - $700 and trophy - $500 - $300 - $200 -
$200 - $200 - $200 - $200 - $100 - $100 - $100 - $100 - $100."B"
Open to rated below 1800. Entry fee, $132. Prizes are $1,800 and
trophy - $1,000 and trophy - $600 and trophy - $500 - $300 - $200 -
$200 - $200 - $200 - $200 - $100 - $100 - $100 - $100 - $100."C"
Open to rated below 1600. Entry fee, $131. Prizes are $1,700 and
trophy - $1,000 and trophy - $600 and trophy - $500 - $300 - $200 - $200
- $200 - $200 - $200 - $100 - $100 - $100 - $100 - $100."D"
Unrated adults and rated below 1400. Entry fee, $130 or if unrated
then free entry but must join USCF for 1 full year through this tournament
- if already a member, must join for 1 additional year - adults $40,
juniors $17. Prizes are $1,500 and trophy - $1,000 and trophy - $500
and trophy - $400 - $300 - $200 - $200 - $200 - $200 - $200 - $100 -
$100 - $100 - $100 - $100 -1st unrated, 2 year USCF membership and
Unrated juniors and rated below 1200. Entry fee, $65 or if unrated
then free entry but must join USCF for 1 full year through this tournament
- if already a member, must join for 1 additional year - juniors $17.
Note: no junior or senior discounts for this section, plus each entry
counts as half of an entry for Western States Open total prize fund.
Prizes are $500 and trophy - $400 and trophy - $300 and trophy - $200 -
$100 - $100 - $100 - $100 - $100 - $100 - $100 - $100 - $100 - $100 -
$100 -1st unrated, 2 year USCF membership and trophy.Seniors (65 years
Prizes are $500 - $300 - $200 - $100. Provisional unrated seniors,
"E" Section seniors and Master seniors are not eligible for
these prizes.Club Championship
Decided by best 10 scores from one club or area in main tournament.
Prizes are $1,000 - $500 - $300 - $200. "E" Section, unrated
and Masters are not eligible towards Club Championship scores.More Entry
Fee Info. - Discounts and Late Fees
All entry fees are $11 more if postmarked after September 30, 2002,
and $22 more if postmarked after October 12, 2002 or at site. $20 off
entry fee to seniors (65 years and older) and juniors (under 20 years)
although this does not apply to "E" Section players. $1 of
entry fee will be donated to USCF Professional Fund.More Section and
Players may play up. Provisionally rated players may only win 50%
maximum of 1st place money except in the Open Section (1st through 10th
places overall). Unrated players are not eligible for cash prizes except
Open Section (1st through 10th places overall). CCA ratings may be used.
Byes are available in any round but must be requested before round
Pairings not changed for color alternation unless three in a row or
a plus three occurs and if the unlikely situation occurs then three colors
in a row may be assigned.Time Info.
Registration is 5:00pm-9:00pm, Thursday, October 17, 2002 or
8:30am-10:00am, Friday, October 18, 2002. Rounds commence at 12:00pm
and 7:00pm on Friday, 10am and 6pm on Saturday and 9am and 4pm on Sunday
(times are approximate).Side Events
Wednesday, October 16, 2002, 7:00pm - Clock Simul, IM John Donaldson,
entry fee $30, includes analysis for all games on Thursday afternoon.
Wednesday, October 16, 2002, 7:00pm - Quick Quads, game in 29, entry
Thursday, October 17, 2002, 6:00pm - Larry Evans Lecture, free entry.
Thursday, October 17, 2002, 7:30pm - GM 30 Board Simul.
Thursday, October 17, 2002, 7:30pm - WBCA Blitz, game in 5, entry fee
$20, 80% of entry fee returned as prizes.
Friday through Sunday - GM Larry Evans will give analysis on top
Saturday, October 19, 2002, 2:30pm-5:00pm - GM Larry Evans Clinic.
Game/position analysis, free entry fee.
Sunday, October 20, 2002, 12:00pm-6:00pm - Quick Tournament, game
in 29, 5 round seeded swiss, entry fee $20.
1:30pm-3:00pm - GM Larry Evans will show and answer questions on the
European made film "Clash of the Titans" concerning Boris
Spassky and Bobby Fischer. This film has not been shown un the US
except at this tournament, and has had great reviews.Hotel Info.
Sundays through Thursdays, $44 + tax, Fridays and Saturdays, $54
+ tax. Please mention "chess" for these rates and please help
the tournament by staying at the Sands Regency! Make checks payable to
Sands Regency and send (or provide credit card info and signature,
Sands Regency Hotel/Casino
345 N. Arlington Ave.
Reno, NV 89501
Telephone (800) 648-3553 or (775) 348-2200Contact Information
6578 Valley Wood Dr.
Reno, NV 89523
Telephone (775) 747-1405
Coastside Chess Club Scholastic Tournaments
Saturday, October 5, 2002 and November 2, 2002 The Coastside Chess Club
will be holding two scholastic tournaments this fall at the Half Moon Bay
Community Center at 535 Kelly Avenue in Half Moon Bay (telephone: 650 726
8297) from 1 to 5 p.m. on the first Saturday in October and in November.
The tournament is open to individuals in grades K-9. USCF, CalChess or
other membership is not required. For many participants, this will be
their first tournament, with some "veterans" from last year.
Tournament rules will be briefly explained at the start. All players will
receive ratings on the Coastside rating list but the games will not count
for (or against) USCF ratings. There will be five games. Writing down
moves is encouraged, but not required. Each player will have 20 minutes
to complete all moves. Prizes will include trophies, certificates, and
chess books, for the top winners and for the best results in each grade.
All players are encouraged to register in advance by emailing the following
player information to email@example.com Please try to get the information to us
by noon on the Thursday before the tournament, to help save time at the
start of the event. Name:Age:School:Grade:Rating (if any, specify USCF,
ICC, Yahoo, Coastside or other source): Players who are not registered
in advance must arrive at 1:00 p.m. on the day of the tournament. The
registration fee is $15 per player. Chess sets and some clocks will be
available, but players who have their own clocks are encouraged to bring
them along. National Master Eric Schiller, Arbiter of the 2000 World
Championship and author or many books on chess, including The Official
Rules of Chess, will be directing the event. He will provide information
to parents on how to encourage and develop chessplaying skills. The
Coastside Chess Club has been formed to provide opportunities to the
growing number of scholastic chess players on the Coastside. We welcome
players from all over the Bay Area. We hope to offer competitions each
month during the coming year, so please let us know if you can't make
this one but are interested in future events. The tournament site is
in downtown Half Moon Bay with its many great restaurants, shops and
areas of historical interest. Drive time is approximately 30 minutes
from San Francisco, SFO, or Palo Alto and about 45 minutes from Berkeley
or San Jose.
Coastside Chess Club
Honoring a Northern California legend!
CalChess JIM HURT Memorial
NOVEMBER 28-DECEMBER 1, 2002 - SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
2002 CalChess JIM HURT MEMORIAL. 8-round Swiss-system tournament, November
28-December 1, Thursday through Sunday, (4-day schedule) or November
29-December 1, Friday through Sunday (3-day schedule).
Location: Golden Gateway Holiday Inn; Van Ness at Pine, San Francisco.
Time Control: 4-DAY SCHEDULE: 30 moves in 90 minutes, then Game in 60.
3-DAY SCHEDULE: Rounds 1-3: Game in 60; Rounds 4-8:
Players may play one section higher than their official rating for $10.
- $6,375.00 -
trophies for U1000, U800, U600, Top Senior
UNR: 4 trophies
Rounds: FOUR-DAY SCHEDULE: Thurs 11-4:30; Fri 10-3:30, Sat. 10-3:30; Sun
THREE-DAY SCHEDULE: Fri. 9:30-11:45-2:00-4:30, Sat. 10-3:30; Sun
3-day and 4-day schedules merge in Round 4. Rounds 7 & 8 byes must
be requested in advance.
Re-entry Option: $50 (Jrs. $39). After Rds 1-2 of 4-day schedule,
fresh start in 3-day schedule.
Hotel Rooms: Golden Gateway Holiday Inn 1-415-441-4000 may sell out.
If so, try nearby hotels Cathedral Hill (415-776-8200), Richielieu
(415-673-4711), Vagabond Inn (415-776-7500).
Registration:, Thurs. 11/28, 8-9:00 am.; Fri (3-day schedule) 11/29,
Directors: Carolyn Withgitt, John McCumiskey. Information: Tom
Entries: CALCHESS TOURNAMENTS, PO BOX 7453, MENLO PARK, CA 94026.
USCF membership required. USCF rated. No Computers, Wheelchair
access. 10/02 Ratings, CCA Minimums and Directors' discretion will be
used to place players as accurately as possible.
$1 from each paid entry will be donated to the Kolty Chess For Youth
o 2002 JIM HURT MEMORIAL o
NAME___________________________USCF ID #_______________ Exp. Date______
CITY _________________________________ STATE ______ZIP __________
PHONE ( )
E-MAIL SECTION ENTERED _____________
o 1/2 point bye round(s) __________ (Request byes for rds 5 and/or
6 before round 1)
MARK ALL THAT APPLY:
-4-day JIM HURT MEM'L __________ 99 by 11/18 (Jrs. $59); $120 at door
-3-day JIM HURT MEM'L __________ $ 98 by 11/18 (Jrs. $58); $120 at
door (Jrs. $70).
-CalChess discount____________________-$6 discount to CalChess members MAIL ENTRIES TO:
-USCF renewal _______________________ $40/yr. ($20 Jrs.) CalChess Tournaments
-CalChess renewal ____________________ $15/yr.
(Includes "California ChessJournal") PO Box 7453
-Play up 1 section ____________________ $10 ($5 Jrs.) Menlo Park, CA 94026
-TOTAL _______________________(Check payable to "CalChess
JIM HURT 1918-2000
This tournament is dedicated to Jim Hurt, 1938 Washington State Chess
Champion, who ran quality tournaments at LERA in Sunnyvale, California,
for 35 years.
Dear Chess Friends,
Hope the 7th Governor's Cup Chess Tournament is on your fall
calendar--October 11-13--in Sioux Falls, South 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.)
GMs Blatny, Kaminsky, Kudrin, Shulman and Wojtkiewicz will play.
Chessco will operate the book concession.
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
Reserve. (Premier is Under 2000, and Reserve is Under 1600).
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
GMS ONISHUK, SHULMAN AND NOVIKOV ARE CONFIRMED! ULF ANDERSSON MAY PLAY.
$3,000 guaranteed prize fund!
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 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 www.lindsborg.org/events.htm
* Number of non-FIDE rated players will be limited in this category
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;
http://www.lindsborg.org/events.htm For more information please contact
Mikhail Korenman at 785-227-3380, ext.8164 or firstname.lastname@example.org
USCF, FIDE. NS, NC.