Mechanics' Institute Chess Room
Newsletter #110

"It is a mistake to think that a combination is solely a question of talent, and that it cannot be acquired."

1) Novikov Wins 20th Western States Open
2) Fall Tuesday Night Marathon Begins
3) Here and There
4) Upcoming Events

1) Novikov Wins 20th Western States Open

Brooklyn Grandmaster Igor Novikov won the 20th Sands Regency Western States Open in convincing fashion as he scored 5-1 against a field of two GMs and four IMs. As usual the field was very strong with eight GMs and 10 IMs competing in the top section. Bay Area players did very well. Walter Browne was battling for first all the way. He began with three consecutive wins and then drew top seeds Novikov and Ildar Ibragimov before losing to Alex Wojtkiewicz in the last round. Ricardo De Guzman had a strong event defeating Vladimir Strugatsky and drawing with Hikaru Nakamura en route to a tie for second. His only loss was as Black versus Ibragimov. Dmitri Zilberstein really shined while playing up almost the entire event. He defeated GM Alex Stripunsky, and had draws with GM Ivanov and IM Nakamura among others. Ron Cusi also had a very good tournament drawing several titled players including GM Gregory Serper as Black.

The Mechanics' A Team tied for second with Seattle behind Reno in the team competition. The team was composed entirely of players who compete in the Tuesday Night Marathon and was headed by Victor Ossipov and Yefim Bukh. I hope to have more on the results of lower sections next week.

The 20th Western States Open, which attracted close to 400 players, was made possible by the team of Fran and Jerry Weikel in combination with Barbara Woodward and the Sands Regency Hotel. The Western States Open Chess Festival featured not only the main tournament but also a variety of side events including lectures by GM Larry Evans, two simuls, a WBCA blitz extravaganza, chess movies and much more. It was especially dedicated to the memory of the late Edmar Mednis who came regularly to Reno every October.

1. GM Igor Novikov 5-1

2- 8. GM Ildar Ibragimov, GM Alex Wojtkiewicz, GM Gregory Serper, IM Hikaru Nakamura, IM Enrico Sevillano, IM Melikset Khachiyan, and IM Ricardo DeGuzman 4 1/2 - 1 1/2

9-16. GM Sergey Kudrin, GM Alexander Stripunsky, GM Walter Browne, GM Alexander Ivanov, IM Nikolay Andrianov, IM Jesse Kraai, SM Vladimir Strugatsky, and NM Dmitri Zilberstein 4-2

You can order the bulletin of the event from Tom Dorsch for $6 (

2) Fall Tuesday Night Marathon Begins

The Fall Marathon started last night with a bang as 12-year-old Ewelina Krubnik (1650) drew with veteran Master David Blohm (2235). This result should help move Ewelina even higher in the USCF Girls Under 13 standings where she is currently ranked number five in the country. At present 66 players are competing in this Marathon. It is still not to late to join with a half point bye for round one. This Marathon is a nine-rounder which will finish on December 17.

3) Here and There

Well-known book dealer Fred Wilson is offering some rare items on his web site. Remember the valuable Honus Wagner baseball card produced by a tobacco company? Fred has unusual antique chess tobacco trading cards at much more reasonable prices featuring the likes of Alekhine and Rubinstein among others. You can take a peak at

Congratulations to MI Tuesday Night Marathon stalwart Brian Bilby. The Bay Guardian, in its annual Best of San Francisco issue, recognized his Chelsea Bookstore ( 6th and Irving in the Inner Sunset) as the best place to buy used chess books in San Francisco.

4) Upcoming Events

Carroll Capps Memorial: November 8-10
Pierre St. Amant Memorial: November 23


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 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


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: 30/90, G/60

Players may play one section higher than their official rating for $10. PRIZES:
- $6,375.00 -
Master: $1000-$600-$300-150
U2400: $300-$150
Expert: $400-$250-$100
"A": $350-$175-$100
"B": $350-$175-$100
"C": $350-$175-$100
"D": $350-$175-$100
"E": $350-$175-$100
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 11-4:30.
THREE-DAY SCHEDULE: Fri. 9:30-11:45-2:00-4:30, Sat. 10-3:30; Sun 11-4:30.
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, 8-9:00 am
Directors: Carolyn Withgitt, John McCumiskey. Information: Tom Dorsch (650)322-0955.
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 Foundation.


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)

-4-day JIM HURT MEM'L __________ 99 by 11/18 (Jrs. $59); $120 at door Jrs. $70).
-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 Tournaments")

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.

National Events

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

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