Mechanics' Institute Chess Room Newsletter #115

"Intuition is the first move I see in the position."
   Viswanathan Anand

1) CD of MI Chess History: Volume One (1854-1953)
2) Ossipov leads Fall Tuesday Night Marathon
3) Win Aung-Ye upset winner of Pierre Saint Amant Memorial
4) Alex Setzepfandt does well in Crete
5) Upcoming Events

1) CD of MI Chess History: Volume One (1854-1953)

The staff of the Mechanics' Institute recently completed the first of a two volume series on the history of the Mechanics' Institute Chess Room. The fruits of their research are available on a CD which includes almost 90 pages of text, approximately 10 photos from the MI archives and over 150 games in ChessBase format. Visits of World Champions Lasker (twice), Capablanca, Alekhine (twice), and Euwe, are among the highlights. The price of the CD is $10 + $1 for shipping. To order, send a check payable to the Mechanics' Institute for $11 to: Mechanics' Institute, Room 408, 57 Post Street, San Francisco, CA, 94104.

2) Ossipov leads Fall Tuesday Night Marathon

Victor Ossipov defeated fellow National Master Igor Margulis in round six of the fall Tuesday Night Marathon to grab the lead. The 71-year-old Ossipov, who is currently rated number 24 for players over 65 in the United States, has 5 1/2 points. Right behind him is NM David Blohm with a score of 5-1.

3) Win Aung-Ye upset winner of Pierre Saint Amant Memorial

Visiting Burmese Expert Win Aung-Ye was the upset winner of the Pierre Saint Amant Memorial, held November 23 at the Mechanics' Institute. He defeated National Master Victor Ossipov in round 4 and held on to draw in the last round when Senior Master Ron Cusi ran out of time in a position in which Win only had a bare King left. Tying for second at 4-1 in the 48-player tournament, which featured seven Masters, were Cusi, Ossipov and National Masters Emmanuel Perez, Michael Aigner, and Mark Pinto. Top seed IM Ricardo DeGuzman, who has dominated the MI's monthly Game/45 series this year, showed strong character in completing the event after scoring only one point in his first three games. Junior player Drake Wang knocked him off in round 2. Another junior, Ben Haun, defeated NMs Perez and Victor Baja. This was one of the strongest and best a! ttended Game/45s ever held at the MI and was smoothly directed by Anthony Corrales.

4) Alex Setzepfandt does well in Crete

MI member Alex Setzepfandt of Oakland scored 7 points from 11 games to finish 25th in the Boys Under 12 at the World Youth Championships in Heraklio, on the island of Crete. Well done, Alex! Below is the USCF press release for the event:


November 14-25th, Heraklio, Crete, Greece

A record breaking eight hundred and sixty players from eighty-two different countries gathered in Heraklio, Crete to compete in the 2002 World Youth Chess Championships. Nineteen of these were some of the top-rated youths in American chess including FIDE Master (FM) Fabiano Caruana, who had won his right to attend by winning a gold medal in the Pan-American Youth Chess Festival earlier this year. The team's coaches were Grandmaster (GM) Joel Benjamin, GM John Fedorowicz, and FM Aviv Friedman.

Boys Under 10: FM Fabiano Caruana of Brooklyn, NY placed sixth, scoring 8 out of a possible 11 points; Marc Tyler Arnold and Micheal Thaler, both of New York City came in 17th and 18th, both scoring 7 points. Boys Under 12: Alexander Setzepfandt of Oakland, CA came in 25th place with 7 points and Sarkis Agaian from Staten Island, NY finished 56th with 5.5 points. Boys Under 14: FM Igor Schneider of New City, NY placed 30th with 6.5 points, Max Enkin of Peabody, MA came in 51st with 5.5 points, and Alex Lenderman of Brooklyn, NY placed 54th with 5.5 points. Boys Under 16: FM Aaron Pixton of Vestal, NY took 7th place with 8 points and Josh Friedel of Goffstown, NH took 54th with 5. Boys Under 18: International Master Dmitry Schneider from New City, NY came in 6th place with 7.5 points.

Girls Under 10: Karsten McVay of Saddle River, NJ, with 5.5 points and Anjali Datta from Lawrence, KS with 5.5 points, came in 43rd and 49th respectively. Girls Under 12: Women's FIDE Master (WFM) Alisa Melekhina from Philadelphia, PA came in 28th place with 6 points, and Marina Asami of Irvine, CA came in 64th place with 4 points. Girls Under 14: WFM Laura Ross from Forest Hills, NY took 9th place with 7.5 points, and Shirley Ben-Dak of New Rochelle, NY came in 55th place with 4.5 points. Girls Under 16: Vanessa West of Gardenia, CA scored 5 points to come in 41st. Girls Under 18: Anna Levina from Fayetteville, NY placed 40th, earning 5 points.

5) Upcoming Events

Upcoming events at the MI

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


The 1st Pan American Amateur Championship will be held at the elegant Fairmont Southampton from 27th January to 5th February 2003. It will be nine rounds plus a rest day and will be held alongside two GM Invitational Tournaments (Cat XV and X). The rate of play will be 150 plus 30 seconds per move. It is open to players under 2000 FIDE or no FIDE rating at all. Each Federation in the Americas is allowed to nominate two players who do not have to pay an entry fee, otherwise entry fee is $150 per player. It will be followed by the 20th Bermuda Open from 6th to 9th February.

Rooms are $125 per night plus taxes etc. for one or two people, a third person in a room would be an extra $30 plus taxes. etc To book rooms contact the Fairmont Southampton on 1-800-441-1414 or 1-441-238-8000, mentioning "PanAmerican Amateur Chess."

Details/Info: or Nigel Freeman 441-234-2322, or Carol Jarecki 917-690-8566,

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