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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 (email@example.com).
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 www.fredwilsonchess.com.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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).
Players may play one section higher than their official rating for $10.
Rounds: FOUR-DAY SCHEDULE: Thurs 11-4:30; Fri 10-3:30, Sat. 10-3:30; Sun
o 2002 JIM HURT MEMORIAL o
NAME___________________________USCF ID #_______________ Exp. Date______
MARK ALL THAT APPLY:
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.
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