Mechanics' Institute Chess Room Newsletter #114

"I admit to being impulsive. My capacity to remain steady over a long period was, and is, underdeveloped"
   Garry Kasparov

1) Camilla Baginskaite receives WGM title
2) Margulis and Ossipov lead Winter TNM
3) Bobby Fischer in the News
4) Here and There
5) Upcoming Events

1) Camilla Baginskaite receives WGM title

Camilla Baginskaite of El Cerrito recently received her WGM title at the Fide Congress in Slovenia. Camilla, who was World Girls Under 20 Champion in 1987 while representing her native Lithuania, has long been of Womens Grandmaster strength but technical problems with her application caused a delay.

Since moving to the United States Camilla has become a major force in US Womens chess, winning the championship in 2000 and playing on the past two Olympic teams. She has managed to do this while also pursuing a Masters degree in landscape architecture and raising a young son (Eddie) with her husband MI Grandmaster-in-Residence Alex Yermolinsky.

Congratulations Camilla!

2) Margulis and Ossipov lead Winter TNM

Victor Ossipov defeated fellow NM Oleg Shaknazarov to move into a tie for first at 4 1/2 - 1/2 with NM Igor Margulis. Four rounds remain to sort out the standings in the 72-player Swiss.

3) Bobby Fischer in the News

Bobby Fischer seems to be popping up everywhere these days. The December issue of the Atlantic has a 15-page article by Rene Chun, which confirms that Bobby does indeed have a young son. The Philadelphia Inquirer broke a front page story alleging that Fischer's father was not Mr. Fischer. There is conclusive evidence that the FBI spied on Bobby and was particularly concerned about his 1958 visit to Moscow.
Check out,0,1782221.story?coll=ny-nationalnews-headlines for more information. If your looking for more Fischer stories go to

4) Here and There

The rematches between Ali and Frazier had nothing on Kasparov and Karpov who met in 1984, 1985, 1987 and 1990. Now they are getting back together. According to the sponsors the two-day match - to be held 19-20 December at the ABC News building in Times Square, New York - will see the two legendary world champions playing four games in "Extreme 3D," presenting Kasparov and Karpov as though they were floating in space inside and in front of the screen.

Karpov will be coming directly to New York from Lindsborg, Kansas, where he will be opening the 2nd Annual Lindsborg Rotary Open. Among the confirmed participants for this event, which features opportunities for GM and IM norms, are GMs Onischuk, Novikov and Shulman and IMs Brooks, Kraai, Vucic, Charbonneau and Donaldson. More details are given below under upcoming events.

A hearty congratulations to Yasser Seirawan who won the silver medal on board two at the recently concluded Olympiad in Bled.

The November 18 issue of Sports Illustrated points out that Ruslan Ponamariov is not the only Ukrainian chessplayer with a punch. The Klitschkos, Vitali and Vladimir, 6' 8'' and 6' 7'' respectively and weighing in at 250 each, are first rate pugilists who will soon be getting a shot at Lennox Lewis. This won't be their first encounter with a world champion as they have already faced Garry Kasparov in a simul.

The 2002 King's Island Open located just north of Cincinnati Ohio took place Nov 15-17. The tournament was well attended with over 390 entries this year. The Open section, with 50 players, was dominated by GM Maurice Ashley, who beat GMs Ildar Ibragimov and Alexander Goldin on his way to 4.5 out of 5, clear first and a $2580 first prize. Tying for 2nd with 4-1 were GMs Alex Stripunsky, Alex Wojtkiewicz, Dimity Gurevich, Ibragimov, and IM Ben Finegold, who took home $516 each.

Alex Setzepfandt of Oakland is representing the United States in the 2002 World Youth Chess Championships in Heraklio, Greece. The event, which runs from November 15th-24th 2002, has over 800 chessplayers (categories under 18, 16, 14, 12, 10 for boys and girls) from 71 countries competing. Alex started with 1 from 4 and a bye.

Stanford student Etan Ilfeld recently competed in the First Saturday tournament series in Budapest. A report can be found at

Those wishing to improve their game may want to check out the site Chessaid developed by Polish GMs Marcin Kaminski and Pavel Blehm. They offer a free diagonostic test. Go to

5) Upcoming Events

Upcoming events at the MI

Pierre St. Amant Memorial: November 23 
Guthrie McClain Memorial: December 21 
Bob Burger Open: January 4, 2003 
Henry Gross Memorial: February 1, 2003 
Max Wilkerson Open: March 15, 2003 
Walter Lovegrove Senior Championship: April 12-13, 2003 
Imre Konig Memorial: April 26, 2003 


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.

A Heritage Event!
An American Classic!

Nov. 28-Dec. 1 or Nov. 29-Dec. 1 The 38th Annual American Open 120 Grand Prix Points CALIFORNIA SOUTHERN 8SS, 40/2, SD/1. Radisson LAX, 6225 Century Blvd (corner of Sepulveda), Los Angeles 90045. HR: $84, 310-670-9000, reserve early, mention chess. Parking $5. $$50,200 b/400, 50% of ea. prize Gtd. 7 sects. (Unr. must play in Unr. or Open). Master: $5000-2500-1000-700-500-300, U2450/Unr. $1500-700, U2300/Unr. $1000-500. U2200, U2000 U1800, U1600: Each $4000-2000-1000-300. U1400: $3000-1200-800, U1200 $1000-500 (not a separate section; U1200s also eligible for U1400 prizes). Unrated: $250-150. EF: Master, U2200, U2000, U1800, U1600, U1400 $149 if rec'd by 11/26, $170 at door, $30 less for Srs 65 & over & Jrs under 15. If below 2000 playing in Masters, add $50. Unr. Section: $39 if rec'd by 11/26, $60 at door. Elegant trophy each section winner. SCCF membership req'd, $12, $7.50 jrs under 18, includes Rank & File magazine. OSA. Best Game prizes Gtd. $100-50-50 (one must be from non-Master). No checks at door, cash, credit card or money order only. 4-day schedule: Reg. ! closes noon 11/28, Rds: 12:30-7:30, 12:30-7:30, 10:30-5, 10-4:30. 3-day schedule: Reg. closes 11:30am 11/29, Rds: 12-2:30-5-8 (G/1), schedules merge in rd 5 & compete for common prizes. Byes: 2 max. with advance notice. CCA minimum ratings & TD discretion will be used to protect you from improperly rated players. October Rating Supplement used. Chess movies around the clock and GM lectures. Bulletins sold. National Chess & Games will offer full selection of books/equipment. Info/Credit Card Ent:, NTD Randy Hough 626-282-7412, Chief Organizer Jerry Hanken 323-257-9839. Ent: American Open, PO Box 205, Monterey Park, CA 91754. FIDE.

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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